Thursday, 15 June 2017

Paperbabe challenge 49 Sketch

Hello to anyone reading my blog and thank you for visiting.

I decided to join in with a Paperbabe sketch  challenge this week, as I have the gorgeous fairy stamps designed by Chris Dark.

Never tried a sketch challenge before so thought I'd give it a go, although this particular one finishes on the 16th ( tomorrow!). Last minute, as usual!
Anyhow, hope you like my contribution.

The fairy was stamped onto a Distress ink background and the skirt was paper pieced. This is a good method for me as I am not particularly good with colouring.
Not sure how true to the sketch you have to be, but I'm submitting it anyway.

Happy crafting everyone.
Bye for now

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 35


Hello everyone.
Hope your day is a little better than it is here at the moment. Mind you, it's a good day for             
    crafting! :)

I've been attempting to tidy and sort my craft stuff so that my daughter can get into the room to sleep.
This is by no means an easy task ,although I have found a number of things I had forgotten I had, which is always exciting!
I also found a number of projects I had started, one being a beautiful butterfly that just happened to be the right colours for the challenge.
This inspired me to put in another entry,
as it is the end of an era and the last challenge that Chocolate Baroque are doing at the moment.

So here are the gorgeous colours again and my second card.

Products I have used: Stamps from
Patchwork Butterflies
Floral Weave and words from Fantastic Florals
Distress inks, Versamagic and Brilliance.
Mica powders
Have a good day and thanks for visiting.
Bye for now

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Chocolate Baroque Challenge 35

Welcome to my blog.


Challenge 35, with beautiful colours as usual, and what a gorgeous photo.

It is a sad day as this will be the last Chocolate Baroque challenge. A shame, as the challenges keep me focused on my stamping. I am going to have to be very much more disciplined and try to use my lovely stamps more often. It won't stop me visiting the site though to look at the DT's lovely samples and drool over the new stamps that become available.

I have used the Patchwork Butterfly, which is still one of my favourite sets. I love the jumbo butterfly and was very glad that it was a set highlighted by Lesley, on Hochanda recently.  They are stamped onto Chiyogami paper and sections coloured with Versamagic inkpads. Then I stuck them onto purple card  and cut them out.

The background has the flowers from Fleurs Nouveau, which were stamped directly onto a 16cm. white painted  frame.

A stencil was used to add texture to the top, right hand corner.

Thank you for visiting.
Happy crafting

Friday, 5 May 2017

 Chocolate Baroque Challenge 34

 I thought it was about time that I did another challenge post, haven't done one for ages.

Current Challenge
How pretty are these colours and the sample card is  beautiful.


I recently bought a stamp called Serena, having looked at it numerous times. I'm very glad I did now as I have several ideas for projects.

  This is the  card I am entering into the challenge.

Although the stamp is a Christmas one it is possible to use elements of it, which is what I like .

She fitted beautifully onto a 12cm. Artcuts heart and I was able to leave off the candles, therefore making her suitable for any occasion.
The background stamp is from Floral Edges, another set that I am fond of, and the words are from a Hobby Art set called Sunny Day Greetings.


I used watercolour pencils to colour the image and pulled the colour out with a clear Wink of Stella pen.
It doesn't show very clearly in the photo but it is very pretty and shimmery in real life.
The background is done with Distress ink.
Hope you are all having good crafting.
I am up at Ragley Hall next weekend with Artcuts, at the Handmade Fair.
If you are visiting please come and say hello.
Bye for now.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Paperbabe Fairies 2

Hello again.

Well, I really got carried away with these Paperbabe stamps. I haven't done so much stamping in a long time.
I've had great fun with them. So, here are two more samples using the Butterfly fairy and the Musical fairy, as promised.


The Distress ink background is ideal  for the lovely Butterfly fairy and so simple to do. I stamped the fairy directly onto the background and then re-stamped her face onto white, cut it out and overlaid it.
Then I added a little more colour to the dress.


       I did exactly the same with this one, but  I cut her dress from the Chiyogami paper again.
             The flowers have been heat embossed with white powder.

Hope you enjoyed all the lovely samples on the blog hop and thank you for visiting my blog again.
Thank you also for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Next time I have a mixed media project to show you.
Bye for now


Friday, 31 March 2017

Paperbabe new stamp release

Hello to anyone reading my blog and welcome.

I was very pleased and excited to be asked, by my friend Chris, if I would do some samples for the launch of her stamps she designed for Paperbabe.
Please read the information below and view the blog  hop.


We are very excited to announce a guest artist in the Paperbabe Stamps family and to celebrate we are having a little blog hop...

The very talented Chris Dark has designed a collection of beautiful Garden Fairies Stamps, the Butterfly Catcher, Butterfly Emerges, Butterfly Fairy, and Musical fairy, they are a larger set and each includes a beautiful sentiment.

To add extra fun to our blog hop... we are offering up a prize! 
of the whole garden fairies collection to one lucky winner.

Here are the details:
  • A winner will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's blogs and the PaperbabeStamps Blog to win.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the designer's blogs listed below or the Paperbabe stamps blog for your chance to win! (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances) 
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 2nd April to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Wednesday, 5th April to see if you are one of our lucky winners.
Here's a sample from me...

Today, we’ve enlisted some super talented designers to inspire you with ideas on how to use these beautiful new garden fairies! Hop along for lots of fun and inspiration! 
Carole C  ( Me)

Have fun on the HOP!

I think the fairies are very pretty, not normally my thing, but when I first saw the designs I had ideas immediately popping into my mind, as to what I could do with them.

 The two fairies I worked with are Musical fairy  and Butterfly fairy, and I think both of them would  make really pretty Christmas cards, as well as general greeting cards.
 They are also a great size for using on home décor pieces, as you can see from a couple of my samples.

I started by doing a variety of background pieces with Distress inks . Haven't used these in a while.
As I am not brilliant at colouring, I have paper pieced some of the dresses using Artcuts Chiyogami papers and coordinated the backgrounds with the colour of the papers. This worked well, particularly for the Musical fairy, as her dress was much easier to cut out.

The little wooden flowers are from Artcuts and coordinate well with the flowers on the paper.
The tiny flower stamps , with the fairy, made perfect centres for the flowers.

         This time she  has been stamped onto a 15cm. wooden heart (Artcuts) . 
The fairy's hair makes a great hanging, vine like, border too. 
The lovely Butterfly fairy below has been stamped and cut out. A bit fiddly! I like the little butterfly bag , so decided to stamp several of them and cut them out, to fly. Again, the background is made with Distress inks, weathered wood, sage and stormy sky.

Parts of her hair, dress and wings have been foiled and  I made the flower from white muslin.

Lastly, I have another home décor project.
I do like stamps that can be adapted slightly to give a different look, hence the fairy, minus wings.
Again, she has been stamped and cut out, as she fitted well on the 14cm. frame that I had. She has been coloured with Brilliance and VersaMagic ink pads.

I have had great fun using these stamps and I hope that you will too.
I have some more samples to show and I will post those soon.
Please visit again to see a few more ideas..
Happy blog hopping and thank you for your visit.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Stampendous - Laurel Burch 3

Good Morning.

More Laurel Burch stamp projects I have been working on.
One quick and simple and the other on a 12cm.  Artcuts heart.


The image has been heat embossed with Jewelled gold powder and coloured with pearlescent paints. The paper was some I found in my stash and I thought the tiny image worked well.
The image on the heart has been coloured with the same paints and then I put glossy accents over the face and birds. Not the best photo, looks washed out! But you get the idea.
The  background on the card is a Creative Expressions - Sue Wilson Die which was a recent purchase and I'm loving it! The other die cuts were a freebie and I can't remember what make they are, but they cut brilliantly.
Thank you for visiting.