I've been stamping for 16 years, love trying new techniques. Life has changed since I discovered blogging and a whole new world of art and crafts. If I don't make something regularly I get twitchy and bad tempered!
Oh dear.... not only am I a collecterer of paper, I am now a collecterer of fabric! lol I found a new shop yesterday so raced home from work, grabbed the satnav and shot off down the motorway. I think I was in need of blowing away the winter blues with these colours.
I've always been a fan of green
...then there was this gorgeous sewing themed fabric (and it came in about 4 different colourways!)
In between everything else that's been going on lately, I made this birthday card from some of the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamps. I absolutely love this card. I could hardly bear to part with it so I'll have to make another one! I couldn't blog it before because it uses one of Lin Brown's new quote stamps.
At the same time I made this tag .... and then I decided to turn it into a card!
So anyone who follows the PaperArtsy blog will now know that they have (hooray) released some new papers. I loved their Thorndon papers which are now sadly discontinued. They were such good quality and these are certainly on a par. They go beautifully, not only with Lin Brown's range of stencils, stamps and new Fresco Limited edition paints but also the rest of the PA range.
Once again, I've been so lucky to have a play. I can HIGHLY recommend them.
The set of ATCs below uses a combination of PaperArtsy stencils (old and new) and I used one of the many PA script stamps on the paper as background. You can see that this paper echoes the diamond stencil.
The paper below echoes one of Lin's new stencils
I used Lin's ELB04 plate and the new Fresco colours to stamp up some flowers on black card and used on of the quotes from ELB05 as well as some lace from my stash.
excitement over atPaperArtsytonight as the next new
products come on line and tonight it'sLin Brown'sturn. Lin's
collection with PA just keeps growing and now stencils and new Fresco paint
colours have been added to the list as well as more beautiful new stamp plates.
Lin now has 2 "quote" plates which work really well with the rest of
Again, I've had a wonderful time playing with the new products.
Here are a couple of ideas for you.
The tag below was made before I'd even thought about it really. I just picked up the closest craft items to hand and it was done before I knew it!
The background is coloured with distress inks and overstamped with a quote stamp from ELB05. I then used one of the new stencils.
.... and pushed embossing paste through it, before covering it liberally with gold glitter. The wall hanging below used greyboard as the substrate.
I used Lin's new Fresco colours throughout...
aren't they yummy! I also used another new stencil with PA Grunge Paste.
Highlights were added with White Fire Treasure Gold
Hope you like my....
If you go over to Lin's blog, there are lots more samples and ideas for you there and also over at Jo Myhill's blog.
Before you see the second group of samples I created for Darcy's big reveal, I thought you would like to see the new plates that are available.
Aren't they just fab?!
Darcy has created some really useful stamps for backgrounds and filling. The No 10 tag below was coloured with Fresco paints and a tiny star stamp used to highlight the background for the top half of the tag.
The butterfly has also been painted with Fresco paints and the lower wings highlighted with a white marker.
My final mixed media piece below was made using the images from EDY05, EDY06, EDY07 and EMO4.
The background was put together on corrugated card using Grunge Paste for texture. I painted it with a mixture of Claret, Tinned Peas, Hey Pesto, Green Olives, Cheesecake and Haystack. I stamped the grass/flower stamp and embossed with black embossing powder. I intentionally didn't worry about having a complete image. I used the little mixed circles stamp from EDY06 and Claret Fresco for added interest and finally highlighted with White Fire Treasure Gold.
I painted a couple of pieces of Smoothy Card separately with Fresco Claret and Tinned Peas, stamped the flamingo image and then cut out different sections of the claret flamingo and stuck them onto the tinned peas flamingo. Probably unnecessarily time consuming (!) but it did give more depth lol.
I then did the same with the caterpilllar.
The "sun" flower is a stamp from EDY05. It was stamped onto painted card and cut out twice and layered up.I punched out the edge holes for extra interest.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations from the team. Watch this space as there is more to come!!! (see the link on my previous post)
It's been creative madness over at PAHQ the last few months and the tension has reached fever pitch over the last couple of weeks with all the new products about to be launched. PaperArtsy are going to be on fire this year!
So here we go........ Darcy's new stamps. If you haven't already been over to the PaperArtsy blog for the big reveal it's here. There are 4 new A5 plates and 8 minis.
Darcy has a fabulous line of quirky stamps which are such fun to play with. It was very exciting when the postman arrived with the delivery of the new stamps.
I started off quite simply with some kraft card and my colouring pencils. You can see there's quite a steampunk element to the stamps (EDY08) as well.
Next, using three of the new minis as my main images I created some ATCs using Smoothy Card. (perfect surface for applying inks and paints). Each image (EM01,EM03,EM07) was stamped onto the ATC. I then created a mask for each image, placed it on the card and coloured the background with distress inks. The mask could then be removed and the images were coloured with Fresco paints. I purposely made the mask slightly larger than the stamped image so that a white border was left to highlight the image. Finally I stamped round the edges of the ATC and added the word stamp.
PaperArtsy have recently introduced some new colours to the range. If you haven't come across Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints before, there are now 64 gorgeous colours in the range in a mixture of opaque, semi-opaque and translucent. They dry matt and are very easy to use. One of the great advantages from my point of view is that they can be stamped on without losing clarity of your image. There is a great YouTube tutorial by Leandra here which helps explain how the paints work together.
This is a size No 8 tag. I used one of the minis for my main focal here. This little bird is so cute and the words work beautifully alongside.
I think the birdcage (EDY07) is one of my favourite stamps from the collection. The plaque below was made using greyboard, again painted with Fresco paints. The hanger (EDY07) for the birdcage is actually part of another stamp which I (gulp) decided to cut in half because this fit my purpose better. It's still possible to use it as it was meant to be once the two parts are stuck back together on an acrylic block.
To add interest to the background, I stamped another small background stamp from EDY07 using clear embossing powder.
The birdcage itself I coloured with gold Krylon and to create the glass effect I used Ranger Glossy Accents. A flourish stamp (EDY07) was stamped round the edge with gold UTEE
I used glossy accents again on the the heart stamp (EDY06)
I broke up the word quote as I didn't have room for all of it and it still works just as well.
All Darcy's new stamps will be available via your local stamp store in the coming weeks for PaperArtsy Trade customers to order. Initially shops will be able to order direct from PaperArtsy next week online (wholesale website only) or in person at the Craft Hobby and Stitch International Trade Show, NEC Birmingham, Feb 16-18. PaperArtsy is stand A42, situated as usual in the back left hand corner of the main hall, with a handy coffee cart nearby. Shipping of all new products starts immediately after the trade show ends: Wednesday Feb 19th, 2014.
I hope you've enjoyed my creations with Darcy's new stamps. The rest of the DT have been busy too and you can see more delights here, here and here.More tomorrow night.
I've just finished my second quilting project. I've so enjoyed doing this. The 2 hour class goes in 5 minutes! I'm learning lots including the new terminology like "stitching in the ditch" which means quilting in the seam line - often with invisible thread and is not easy to master (and I haven't mastered it yet!)
It didn't take long for me to realise that if I was going to quilt I would need to invest in one of these...
.... a walking foot. And it is an investment but makes the difference between your project looking smooth or puckered. It enables the layers of fabric to be fed through the machine at the same time.
Learning how my machine does buttonholes
How to stitch evenly spaced rows (nearly!)
These are the pin wheels that give the cover it's name
And the evenly spaced quilted stitching to highlight the pinwheels.