Paperbabe Stamps is 3!

IMG_6497Hi ! How are you?
It’s Paperbabe Stamps third Anniversary month and I’m here today along with some other talented girls to share a sampling of the NEW Paperbabe Stamps JULY 2016 release with you! If you’ve joined from the beginning you have probably come from Kerrie’s blog.
So there are FOUR new mini stamp sets and Three new substrate kits will be available to purchase on July 30th. You will find the new products HERE once they go live. 
To add extra fun to our blog hop…Paperbabe Stamps are offering up a prize! 
Two prizes – 
The Paperbabe Stamps entire July’s release and
a £25. gift to choose what you like in the Paperbabe Stamps online store.
So- first up; the projects…
The four mini sets are all designed to work perfectly with each other and I’ve mixed them together a little. All the critters are solid stamps with an extra matching detailed image, so you can have a least two colours per animal really easily.
Because they’re solid images, they lend themselves beautifully to no-line colouring. I’ve done a simple no-line effect with Copics onto the rabbit and then plonked him onto a distress inked sky. He looked a little forlorn so I added a matching sentiment!
This second CAS card is using the rabbit and fox who just sit so well together (obviously in real life, the rabbit would have been supper a long time ago!) but I’ve just stamped in one colour with no shading and added the details with a darker ink; so simple!
I love adding a bit of humour to projects and when I saw the little hedgehogs, they looked like they’d be up for some mischief. One of the new substrate sets is a dimensional plaque. I’ve used both parts separately and the inner part for this mini project.
Obviously this is a hedgehog playground with tug of war and berry fights. You can angle the faces slightly to give more expression and done in different colours they have their own personality too!IMG_6436
For this last project, I’ve used one of the sentiments from the substrate word set plus the back layer of the plaque and one of the animals from the final set. They’re solid MDF and you could just paint them straight off with a decent quality paint, but I added a Gesso layer first. The rabbit had a layer of Gesso, some paint and then I just stamped over the top. This would make a sweet room sign for a new arrival!
Well those are my projects- now for a barrel load of inspiration and the fine print of the blog hop and draw.
Here are the details:
  • Two winners 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, 31st July to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Monday, 1st August to see if you are one of our lucky winners.
Kim has asked some great designers to join in the birthday hop…
Keren –you’re right here!!
You’re off next to my super lovely friend Aimes. I’ve seen her project and it’s gorgeous!
Congratulations Paperbabe Stamps on a fantastic 3 years- and wishing you an even better next three!

July 29, 2016 at 10:00 am 26 comments

Julia’s 10K Video Blog Hop



Today is a celebratory day! My lovely friend Julia Altermann is having a celebration. She’s recently hit 10K YouTube subscribers.


So, she rustled up a few fantastic crafters, secured some wonderful prizes and wanted to celebrate kindness in a blog hop. It’s a thankyou to all her subscribers. If you’re hopping around,-welcome, and you’ve hopefully popped over from Jessa Feig’s blog.

Now I could have gone in for the whole kindness thing (she’s actually a really kind and lovely person), but as I had these giant Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz number stamps– I thought I’d go for the whole 10K thing and add in some florals too. I met Julia when she started on the same Design Team as me for Seven Hills Crafts and I’ve managed to get her into Gorjuss stamps! She’s very funny and we’ve had some fun conversations over the past year or two! 


Julia is known for her exquisite colouring and I was going to get my pencils out in honour of her, but time escaped me, so I plumped for my Zig Clean Color markers instead. I heat embossed this lovely Avery Elle Floral Frame set and then added colour with the markers.


I added in some Lawn Fawn plaid, a little bit of Project Life acetate tabs and some Tim Holtz mini alphas. Pretty eclectic but hopefully something that Julia will love; (it’s on its way to her right now!)


There are some prizes up for grabs, Anyone can be a winner! Everyone who leaves a  comment on any of the blogs by July 31 midnight enters into the drawing, and the winners will be announced August 1 on Just One More Card . There will be a total of 13 prizes up for grabs from these lovely companiesjomc-blog-hop-sponsors

These are the prizes;

A $15 gift card to Altenew 

A $100 gift card to CAS-ual Fridays

A $25 gift card to Concord & 9th

A $20 gift card to Gerda Steiner Designs

A $30 gift card to Kit & Clowder 

A $25 gift card to My Favorite Things 

A $25 gift card to Purple Onion Designs 

A $30 gift card to Pretty Pink Posh

A custom prize package from Seven Hills Crafts 

A $40 gift card to Simon Says Stamp 

Three custom prize packages from Stabilo

Amazingly generous! If you haven’t subscribed to Julia’s You Tube channel or blog– do check them out. Next up is the really lovely Kymona Tracey, so you’re bound for a treat. I’ve added the full list of designers below, in case you get lost somewhere!

Thanks for visiting. Congratulations again Julia, and enjoy the hop!


July 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm 428 comments

Clearly Besotted July Release Day!

Teaser Time


It’s here! Release Day! But whilst you sit and wait until 10pm, I’ve a couple of projects to show you!

The stamps and dies will be available in the store and also at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson tonight at 10pm (BST) (5pm EST)…so don’t miss them!

I’ve got 2 projects using 2 of the other sets. (There are so many, I can’t showcase them all!). First up ‘Best Friends’. IMG_6053


How lovely is the kitty and mouse? If one has a cat as a friend, it only seems right to have a cat-hole right next door? 😉 I’ve just drawn the two holes and skirting boards and coloured them in. A really simple card.



It’s true isn’t it? Unexpected friendships really are the best ones!

The second set is ‘Teeny Tiny Treats’ and this is one of the mini sets. I wanted a real feast of cakes and decided upon a tablecloth. The Aloha set from the store was the perfect set stamped in a fresh green for a fabric. Sadly one of the cakes wasn’t balanced well and fell off. One less for the hips huh!

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The little bunting stamp is so useful with the other cake plate elements. I used to collect cake plates ( the pretty multi layered china ones) but now I’d rather expend energy eating a cake rather than looking for the cake plate 😉


Yes, I did punch out all those teeny circles. They look so much nicer with cardstock sprinkles!

Hope you’ve enjoyed the teasers.

Do check out the Clearly Besotted blog for the last peeks and then pop over to the store and also at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson tonight at 10pm (BST).

Do let me know which sets are your favourites. I’d love to know



July 5, 2016 at 9:30 am 8 comments

StarTrish Design!

Hey! How are you? (if you’re looking for the Clearly Besotted post, just scroll to the previous post!)…

I know- post no.2 today ! It’s just that lots of good stuff is happening all at once!

This post is a bit different- it’s heralding a brand new kid on the block!

StarTrish Designs!

I know Trish Latimer from working with a couple of magazines and more recently as the Editor of Craft Stamper.

She’s doing something amazing and stepping out to create a brand new stamp company which is all about her whimsical designs.

It being 4th July and all that (Happy Birthday America!), and my design happening to look remarkably like a play on the Stars’n’Stripes flag, Trish thought that the 4th would be the perfect day to post!

She’s cute isn’t she. Perfect for stamped greetings, journalling, home decor, the lot. She’s part of a family of 5 girlies – she’s called Wordgirl Four


You can see that I kinda did my own thing with her. There are more designs coming shortly and she’s also having her designs stocked by The Artistic Stamper

Please give her some love- and pop over to her Etsy store and check out the other designs. I’ve simply coloured her in with Copics/Promarkers and then cut a few extra stars out plus added in my own striped design. I thought she needed a star headband too 😉

Many congratulations Trish, your designs are fab & I wish you all the very best with your new venture.

I’d love to know what you think of Trish’s new designs!


July 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm 2 comments

Clearly Besotted July Release Teasers Day 4

Teaser Time

Thankyou for all your lovely comments and for visiting. It’s Day 4 of the Clearly Besotted Teasers already and today I’m showing my favourite set ‘Trouble In A Tutu’IMG_5984

It’s kind of a hippo ballerina version of soldiers falling out of the sky on ropes. Don’t be fooled by their cuteness. These girls mean business!

The sky clouds are part of the set, as is the gorgeous bannery thing! Trouble in a Tutu is perfect for any little girl, or big girl with a sense of humour!


Next up, is the set ‘Cheering For You’. Obviously I needed to create cheerleaders in formation, and then some. Do you reckon this cheerleader pack is big enough?!


There’s always one, isn’t there! One who didn’t quite get the memo and is doing her own thing. I think I prefer to call it uniqueness and individuality (see the panda left on the second row!).

The girl on top? Well she’s giving it 110%. I just wish I could do splits like that.

Maybe I should join a cheer squad.

Maybe I’ll just fluff up the pompoms!


These sets are just!

Do go and visit the Clearly Besotted Blog and see what the other gals came up with. I can’t wait to see.

One more sleep until Release Day!! xx

July 4, 2016 at 9:30 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 3

Teaser Time

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog with another Clearly Besotted Teaser Day. This June release is really varied and in complete contrast to yesterday, we’ve got a not so cute, but just as versatile set based around feathers and called Tickle My Fancy.


First up- contemporary and fun. Love the way that the feathers give such beautiful movement to the card- they look like they’re floating by virtue of the fact that you know they’re feathers!


I’ve just added a little watercolour marker and some simple stamping. Something anyone could do.

Next up- a card suitable for anyone. Lose the pink and it’s a great ‘guys’ card.


The feathers are actually heat embossed onto Dura-Lar using a Rose gold embossing powder. There’s no warping like you often get with adding heat to vellum so you heat emboss the living daylights out of this product! As I turned them over, I liked the softer effect with a little warmth of tone that came through, so used them the wrong way around!


Adding a smattering of sequins just finishes off the design; I’ve not done anything challenging technique-wise here either.

The last card is using some proper watercolour over the white embossed feathers. A really messy haphazard effect that anyone can get.


I’ve added some more of the heat embossed Dura-Lar feathers to finish the card off. I wanted to convey the effect of leaves with this project. If you don’t include the feather bases, they really look like beautiful leaves!


Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek at this set. The sentiments are from this set too!

Do pop over and see Stephanie and the girl’s projects on the blog. You’ll be glad you did!

See you tomorrow for cuteness corner!


July 3, 2016 at 9:30 am 10 comments

Clearly Besotted July Teasers Day 2

Teaser Time

Hey! Welcome to Day 2 of the Clearly Besotted July Release teasers!

Today I’m just showing you one set. Probably my second favourite set of the bunch. It’s called Colour Chameleon and has the cutest little guys inIMG_5980

Little Chummy (it could be his real name!) is sat chilling on a leaf and is balancing a paintbrush from the end of a leaf. Obviously the paintbrush is dripping a beautiful rainbow of colour .

IMG_5987Isn’t he just so sweet.

The next image is of Chummy with a crayon. You could have him making a splash of colour with some of the colour ‘swipe’ stamps but I thought he was clinging onto the crayon rather tightly and maybe just maybe he was jetting off to space on his crayon rocket.


The clouds aren’t from this set (they’re from the ‘Trouble in a Tutu) set and I’ve stamped them in Pearl Sky Blue Brilliance. Brilliance is a great pad, as it’s easy to pull colour away from the stamped lines and create a soft cloud effect.


I’ve just swiped coloured inkpads over the solid stamp and then trimmed out. I hope the jets give way soon as poor Chummy is holding on for dear life!

Do visit the Clearly Besotted blog to see what Stephanie and the rest of the team  plus two very special guests have created. I love seeing everyone’s take on each set!

See you tomorrow



July 2, 2016 at 9:30 am 7 comments

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