Friday, December 13

Craft Stamper Take it, Make it Challenge Six

Good Morning, well I have been a bit busy for the last few weeks... designing,  Christmas card making and getting all the decorations out and dressing the tree, so it didn't leave a lot of time for other inky stuff but I'm sure the recipient has received their card so thought it fitted perfectly into the


As always, the challenge will be based on a technique showcased in the magazine, but this time we don't have one particular project in mind. Katy decided that as there are three projects featuring an 'ombre' effect in the January issue, then this is the technique we'll be focussing on!


an 'ombre' effect is just graduating colours of ink/paint/whatever....but feel free to interpret the theme as you wish! 
I got out my Oriental Zen set and created an ombre background in graduating tones of green to tan inks, stamping off to get a fainter impression.
The peony, I have stamped twice, one with the leaves, then cut out with a border to look like a die cut, I cut the main flower with a border too. The sentiment comes from the Tree Hugs stamp set.

I hope you get some time to join in, the challenge runs for two months so plenty of inky time.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs
Kim x


Sunday, November 24

Christmas Cards...


Well I'm well and truly into making my Christmas cards now thanks mainly to having a go at the Holiday card workshop run with instructors Kristina WernerJennifer McGuireLaura BassenShari CarrolDebby Hughes, and friends...
I fell in love with this technique demonstrated by Jennifer, I've always love wood marquetry inlay and it was so fun to create. I used kraft card instead of wood paper, just because I'm hoarding my wood paper right now and I just wanted to give the idea a go first..
But then I had the idea to try it out with some cork, but couldn't find my stash, then I experimented with sticky back canvas, thought it would work well with the back being sticky...
But it was much fiddlier and the canvas didn't fit in quite as well the card did.
I have more Christmas cards over at the Paperbabe Stamps Blog...

Thanks for stopping by have a wonderfully creative day,
BiG HuGs Kim x

Tuesday, October 15

Published in this months Craft Stamper

I am featured a few times in this months Craft Stamper Woo Hoo
 thank you Katy

First off is the cover stamp makes... 
there's a post over on the Craft Stamper blog with a piccie too
A shirt card with pocket to hold glasses,
Tee hee couldn't resist a fun make with a photo booth inspired frame, Dillon was over the moon he was featured in the magazine!

I have a couple of makes for the Stamping contrasts feature
and there's more about this make on the Paperbabe Stamps Blog...

Thanks for stopping by, I have lots of news to share and am very busy designing and getting ready for the Hobbycraft Show so bear with me! I might find time to take part in the Craft Stamper take it make it challenge this month.

Have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim x






Friday, September 13

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Spooky Blog Hop

HELLO EVERYONE!

WELCOME ALL to the Paperbabe Stamps Spooky Hop.
Pop around to see Paperbabe stamps in the hands of some very talented stampy friends...

Just to recap the September release, "Cumulus Background", "High in the Sky" clear stamps and "MayLeeDee Witchily", "Dillon Batwings" and "Dillon Magic" are available as digital download for INSTANT gratification! And there's svg files to help cut some of those images out. They are NOW in the Shop!

You are in the right place if you are JUST beginning the hop, then make it all the way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with this new collection and to leave your comments and say hi along the way.

For my card I coloured in MayLeeDee Witchily digi, I've framed her to like she's pinned on some fabby striped wallpaper. 
She is coloured using my copic markers, of course. I went for a bright and fun colour palette.

So go, hop, and be a little spooked... Here's where you want to be:



THANK you so much for joining us on this spooky Friday 13th, simply leave a comment to enter to win! we'll announce the winners on the Paperbabe Blog on the 20th!

Have some spooky fun!!!
BiG spooOOOOky HuGs
Kim x


Wednesday, August 7

WOYWW wk218 & New Paperbabe Stamps

Well this was my desk this morning while I busied finishing my sample for today's release... I know cutting it fine, but I'm still in catch up mode from being in Ireland last week,
So, I thought I would take a quick piccy and take part in WOYWW, it's been ages since I've entered..
This is my new MayLeeDee Kimono Stamp, coloured her in using my copics... just love them!
Here's the finished card... there's more samples to see over at Paperbabe Stamps Blog
Thanks for stopping by,
Have a wonderfully creative day
HuGs Kim x


Monday, August 5

Paperbabe Stamps August Sneak Peeks

Hello everyone, I hope you're having a lovely day.... I have a peek for you, the Paperbabe Stamps August release is coming up. 
So, pop over to the Blog to have a look...

We hope you will join us on Friday for the full release, so between now and then pop back to check out some amazing samples!


Thanks for stopping by,
Have a wonderfully creative Day

HuGs Kim x

Wednesday, July 24

Knitted Thanks

Here's a pretty quick card to put together...

 I used the DesignA Knit to create the background panel
The colours are from the summer card camp this week and they are not my usual palette... but I persevered and was pleased with the result.

I scored the banner at the opposite angle then I had wanted but guessing it still reads the same! These wooden buttons I've had in my stash for years.


Have a wonderfully creative Day
BiG HuGs Kim x

Friday, July 19

Summer Card Camp2

I hope you're having a great week wow Friday already, I had wanted to post this earlier but this week had other plans!!! 

 Here is a really quick card, only uses one sentiment stamp from Tree Hugs stamp set, 
I just had fun using it with some die cuts!


This next card, totally warms my heart, who can recognise where this was inspired from ROTFL? Yes a little bit of Horton Hears a Who! Love that film.

I used the pompoms from DesignA Knit to create the field of clover panel, I used post it note to create masks for stamping the different pompoms to get the layered look. 
The yarn in the DesignA Knit set was perfect for all those clover stems. I stamped the clovers in quite bright colours, but diffused it with a layer of vellum.
The sentiment isn't one of mine but it was too perfect not to use! I heat embossed it on the vellum, then, I stamped a small pompom and stem (don't forget how easy it is to curve acrylic stamps) and fussy cut for the embellishment.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderfully creative weekend
 I hope to bring you much more next week...
BiG HuGs Kim x

Wednesday, July 10

Hello

Wanted to pop by with two cards today... 


The DesignA Knit stamp set was used to create this card, I even stamped those pompoms and yarn onto a die cuts from the knitables svg file.

This next card I created a sunset panel using distress stains on an eraser, stamped the tree onto die cut, then stamped lots of leaves over the tree top. The heart has a little glitter too.

head over to Paperbabe Stamps Blog to have a look at the whole card...

These are part of my card camp makes for the first weeks homework, using a sketch and colour combination...


Thanks for stopping by today, have a fantastically Creative Day
BiG HuGs Kim x

Monday, July 8

Retro Knitting...

Hello and happy Monday, hope you had a wonderful weekend,
Just wanted to post this quick card...

I used my Ribbed background stamp for the back panel, trimmed and stamped so the smaller strip is in a darker grey and the rest in the blue, then matched up the stitching.

The DesignA Knit stamp set was used to create this topper, I even stamped those pompoms onto a die cut pompom from the knitables svg file.

I thought it would be great fun to take part in the card camp and the first challenge was a colour challenge...


My card is based on this sketch..

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim x





Saturday, July 6

Check Out Craft Stamper!!!

So I received my copy of Craft Stamper this morning and...

I have two articles in this issue... Thank you Katy!


THE August issue of the Craft Stamper Magazine went on sale, yesterday Fri 5th...

I did a feature called The Captain's Table, yes it's as fun as it sounds...
 this nautical themed table setting was inspired by PaperArtsy's fabulous Hot picks 1111, 1201,
I created little table setting beach huts, that will adorn the table, you can even pop a safety tea light inside, the lids come off for easy use, as do the doors.

I also created table mats with coasters, bunting, invitation cards, and these nautical themed cupcake toppers!

Plus...
I have a card in the Ready Set Stamp regular feature.

And if that wasn't enough you may want to get your hands on a copy as...
quess what? 

The first impressions page has a set of Paperbabe Stamps for a giveaway. WooHoo!!!


Thank you for all your support on the release of my stamps, I had the best time!
Have a wonderful weekend hope it's shining where you are
BiG HuGs
Kim x





Friday, July 5

Paperbabe Stamps LAUNCH PARTY!!!

HELLO EVERYONE! 

WELCOME ALL to the Paperbabe Stamps Co-Hop "LAUNCH PARTY" featuring my debut stamp collection... I thought it would be a lovely treat to see Paperbabe stamps in the hands of some of my talented stampy friends...



Just to recap the debut releases, "Tree Hugs", "DesignA Knit" and "Ribbed Background" are NOW in the Shop! Also, the long awaited "MayLeeDee" is available as digital download for INSTANT gratification! And there's svg files to help cut some of those images out... Woo HOO!!!!

My make today...

This was a very quick card to make, I used the Tree Hugs Stamp set and the coordinating die cuts. All the images and sentiment are included in this set.
I love layering this tree, it holds so many possibilities...

My card is based on the sketch over at 



Be sure to stop by all the blogs, if you are JUST beginning your in the right place... continue the hop and make it all the way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with this new debut collection and to leave your comments along the way... as there are some fabby prizes to be had!

Prizes? Did someone say PRIZES?

Yes indeed! To sweeten the deal in celebration of this new collection, there will be individual prizes given out as well as one ENTIRE release to a lucky winner! Yep, that's a LOT of prizes! So, here's what's for grabs...

1 winner will be chosen to win the TREE HUGS SET

1 winner will be chosen to win the DESIGN A KNIT SET

1 winner will be chosen to win the RIBBED BACKGROUND Stamp

1 winner will be chosen to win the MAYLEEDEE DIGI

and ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive THE ENTIRE RELEASE for JULY!!!

That's a LOT of chances to win! So go, hop, party and be amazed... Here's where you want to be:
Kim Costello (you're here)
Chris Dark (DT)

THANK you so much for joining us on this Launch Party and we'll announce the winners on the Paperbabe Blog on the 12th! You have until the 10th to hop with us and enter to win!

HAPPY LAUNCH DAY, everyone!!!
It means the world to me that you popped by, thank you for all your support!
BiG HuGs Kim x

To note: after lots of editing and trying to get my website working I'm now using Etsy for my temporary shop, I hope to fix the situation ready for next months release, I hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience! Thanks for being patient with me, my inner computer geek is a little inexperienced LOL!

Thursday, July 4

The Final Paperbabe Stamps Reveal....

HAPPY 4TH JULY to everyone in the States!!!

It's time to head over to Paperbabe Stamps Blog to have a look...




At the final stamp in this debut release, the long awaited MayLeeDee image, she is a digi stamp, inspired by my little girl and taken from a piece of artwork I did some time ago... the digital download has bonus images included too.



Well, this is it, the last day of reveals, tomorrow they will be ready to purchase (fingers crossed the website is working for me). 


Do pop by tomorrow for the Launch Party Co-Hop, I can't wait, so excited to see what the talented ladies have created with my stamps... Yippee!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed all the samples with my debut release, Hopefully we've left you itching to get crafty!!! see you tomorrow.

Have a wonderfully creative Day
BiG HuGs
Kim x




Wednesday, July 3

Paperbabe Stamps another reveal...

It's time to head over to Paperbabe Stamps Blog to have a look...




At the Ribbed background and DesignA Knit Stamp Sets reveal...





do, pop over to the blog for all the details and some of my knitted samples, lol!



We hope you will join us on Friday for the party too!!!




Thanks for stopping by,
Have a wonderfully creative Day

BiG HuGs Kim x


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