Happy New Year

I hope the holiday season has been kind and enjoyable, and that you have all had plenty of time for some stamping!
Because I have been so busy with other things that I really haven’t had much time to stamp at all.
So today I am going to share two Christmas Easel cards that I made, and then I can move away from Christmas, at least for a few months ūüôā

The first is the card I made for my gorgeous little boy, Jamie, who would have been just devasted if I hadn’t made him a card for Christmas.¬† And of course, the card just had to have a train.¬† He loves his card, and has to have it up on the coffee table so that he can look at it all the time.

Stamp Sets: Trendy Trees, Choo Choo (retired), Right on Track Stampin’ Around Wheel (retired), Occasional Greetings.

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White.

Inks: Basic Grey, Real Red, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Going Grey, Versamark.

Accessories: Markers, Stampin Around Handle, Paper Snips, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestone Brad.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!

The next card is again an Easel card, which I made for my sister and her husband.  For the image in this card I have used the stained glass window technique on the vellum, only I have reversed the vellum and coloured the embossed side, instead of colour behind the embossing. This gave it a really nice subtle effect.

Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled, A Wish For Peace.

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper (retired).

Inks: Versamark, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green, Baja Breeze.

Accessories: Markers, White Embossing Powder and Heat Tool, Rhinestone Brads.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
Images copyright 1990-2010 Stampin’ Up!

Well, I promise that I will bring you something other than Christmas cards very soon, and I look forward to catching up soon for some stamping time with all of you.
And don’t forget to check out my Upcoming Events page for classes starting in a few short weeks time, and send me an email if you would like to book in.

Scrapbook Sketches

I often use sketches to begin the design process of my scrapbook pages, and this is one I particularly like.  In fact, I like it so much that I have made two pages using the same sketch.  It is interesting to see just how differently the two pages have turned out, considering that the layout is pretty much the same.

On this first page, I have done some watercolouring straight on to the Designer Series Paper.¬† First, I stamped¬†the images in Stazon and then¬† watercoloured using¬†a¬†blender pen,¬†just using a¬†small amount of ink and as little blending as possible to make sure that paper¬†wasn’t damaged by the¬†watercolouring process.

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Eastern Influences.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze Carousel Note.

Inks: Black Stazon, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Brown, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red.

Accessories: Blender Pens, Scallop Edge Punch.

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 -2009 Stampin’ Up!¬†



This second page uses one of the Stampin Around Wheels, which I have rolled across the patterned paper before adding the photos. I then stamped the small trees using the rock and roll technique, and two step stamping, onto Confetti White cardstock and cut them out.

Stamp Sets: Trendy Trees, Funky Forest Wheel.

Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Papers, Kiwi Kiss Carousel Note.

Inks: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red.

Accessories: Stampin Around Wheel, Handle and cartridge, sponge daubers, piercing tool and mat pack, white gel pen, scallop edge punch, paper snips, rub ons (retired).

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes

Images copyright 1990 – 2009 Stampin’ Up!