Tuesday, 13 June 2017

New Stamps Released - Tracy Scott for Paperartsy

Hi Everyone,

I am so happy to be able to share with you that I was lucky enough to have been chosen to create a project using the brand new stamps Tracy Scott has designed for Paperartsy - which are available right now.

Tracy has created three beautiful stamp sets which are great for both card making and journalling.

Here is a card I created using elements from two of the sets....


I created this by stamping the flowers and leaves onto watercolour card, then coloured them using my Ecoline pens, then I fussy cut the elements and arranged on the card.


I added the black repeating element underneath for contrast and to ground the flowers a little bit.


 I mounted all the flowers, leaves and also the card front onto the card blank using foam pads to give extra dimension to the card.


This was such a fun project to create - there are loads of stamps that I didn't get to use from this release.  

Hop on over to the Paperartsy blog HERE to see what Tracy and Carol have created and to see the release in full!

Thanks for looking,
Claire xx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Found Objects Canvas

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge over at Paperartsy this fortnight is 'found objects' you can check out all the challenge info HERE but today is the final day to link up!

I decided today to dig out an old canvas to use - I have them in various shapes and sizes and they tend to sit neglected most of the time as I favour creating in my journal.  The canvas I chose to use was 8x8 inches and I decided to create it using shades of blues and greens:


I started by gathering my 'found objects' which were mainly old tissue paper, sticks and twigs, some old beads etc:


I started by adding the crumpled old tissue to the canvas using matt medium - creating lots of crinkles and texture.  Then I used grunge paste through a TCW stencil then at the last minute decided to add extra grunge paste with my finger and sprinkle mini art stones from Prima into it (these go everywhere and are a pain to clear up!) :


At this stage I didn't really have much of a plan but couldn't decide what to do with my twigs.....I tried placing them on in various compositions but they didn't really look right so I abandoned them for another day!

Next I added colour - I used Paperartsy Frescos in Mermaid, Bora Bora, Jade, Green Patina and South Pacific:


Then I added Snowflake - both dry brushing it on to highlight the texture and then splattering it too. 
I found the lovely chipboard word quote from Scrapiniec in my stash and used it to arrange the beads around then stuck them down using Prima 3D Gloss Gel. 
I embossed the chipboard quote using white embossing powder with a little gold sprinkled on too.

Next came lots of faffing with treasure gold everywhere!  I used Renaissance and Olive Bronze - it really picks up the textures.  I also brushed some over the beads and a little on the quote too.

The top photo here was taken indoors in my craft room, and the bottom one out in the garden - it's a pretty dull day here today so quite difficult to take a good photo but I hope between the two of them you can get a good idea!

Thanks for looking,
Claire xx


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Vintage UTEE Card

Hi Guys,

Over on the Paperartsy blog this fortnight the challenge is Resin/UTEE.  This is something I very rarely use - I don't have any Resin but I did have some UTEE which hadn't been used in an age so I dug it out to have a play!

I made this vintage style card using some Paperartsy stamps designed by Lin Brown:


I stamped the leaf from stamp set ELB33 onto cream cardstock using archival ink and then used about 4 layers of UTEE - which went everywhere!!

I waited until it was cool (plenty of cleaning up to do whilst waiting!) then gently bent the card to crack the UTEE and used potting soil archival ink to distress and age it further.

I created a background using infusions in Sleight Blue and Rusty Car and added some stamping from the same Lin Brown plate.


I mounted by background panel onto black cardstock and wrapped some twine around it then mounted it onto a card blank.

Then I added my UTEE leaf circle on top using foam pads to give extra dimension.


There are some great projects over on the Paperartsy blog HERE so make sure you check them out!

Thanks for stopping by,

Claire x




Saturday, 1 April 2017

Blue and Ochre for Paperartsy

Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am on the fab Paperartsy blog with a post using lots of stamps and stencils designed by Kim Dellow.

Here are a few piccys to whet your appetite! 

You can check out my blog post HERE

Please do go over and check it out in full :-)

Claire Xx






Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Paperartsy Wingman For Emma Godfrey!

Hi Everyone,

I was beyond thrilled (and more than a bit surprised!) to be invited to help Emma with her brand new stamp and stencil release for Paperartsy this year.

Emma has three new beautiful stamp sets out as well as ten (yes ten!) baby stencils!  Which are so cute!

So without further ado here they all are.....





Here is the release video Paperartsy have made to go with Emma's new products.....



So lovely and very versatile and easy to work with - I found all the main focal points really easy to fussy cut making them easy to layer and create dimension with.

Here is a tag I made using EEG22 - we were asked to use a colour palette of yellow/orange/pink which was perfect for the floral elements:




I used some of the white greyboard Paperartsy sell to create this next sample with EEG24, which gave it a nice sturdy feel.  The dragonflies are fab and I loved how there were two sizes of them.  This project was really fun to make as the acetate and glitter really came together to create both dimension and a little bit of a pop!





I made some ATC's using EEG23 which were fun and quite quick to make too as I started this project by creating a masterboard.  I then cut it up into ATC sized cards and added the focal images and quotes.  The quotes on all the sets are very uplifting but this set does seem to have some fab quotes!



I also created this cute little 6x6 card using EEG22 by creating the background first and then adding repeating stamping and masking as I went.  Again the quotes came in very handy and a little bit of glitter here and there was the perfect finishing touch!



Here are some of the samples I created using the baby stencils - I used my 4 inch round gelli plate for all of them, and they fitted perfectly on it:







Finally here is a large size 10 tag created using EEG23 where I turned the large circle element into a flower - I love how striking the 'believe' stamp is on this one!



So that's all from me tonight but please be sure to check out the Paperartsy blog HERE for the full information on the release and also a list of all the stockists where you can buy the stamps and baby stencils now!

Please also visit Emma's blog HERE to see the cool samples she's been busy with and also my fellow wingman Sue Carrington - you can see her blog post HERE.

Well thanks for looking and I hope you've enjoyed Emma's newest releases with Paperartsy.

Claire xx



Sunday, 19 February 2017

New Home Infusions Card

Hi Everyone,

Today I would like to share a new home card I made for a friend - I decided to incorporate some masking into it so I could enjoy a play along with the current Paperartsy challenge.

Here is the card:



I used a couple of different ways to mask - I cut a paper mask to protect the houses along the bottom of the card and also used my Molotow masking pen to create some stars in the sky.



The stamps used are from Paperartsy Hotpicks HP1601 and the newest Everything Art Paperartsy set with that lovely alphabet.




I used Infusions in Black Knight, Violet Storms and Royal Blue, spritzed with water.

To check out the challenge info please click HERE.

Thanks for looking,

Claire x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Masking Fluid Experiments

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog!

The current challenge over on the Paperartsy blog is all about masking.  You can see all the info HERE



My good crafty friend Hazel has been trying out a lot of techniques with masking fluid HERE.  I have a bottle of masking fluid which I think I may have used once upon a time so thought I would dig it out and have another go.

I decided to use one of Lin Brown's stencils - I pondered how best to add my masking fluid and decided on using a small piece of cut and dry foam.  I think I may have used a bit too much as I did get a little seepage (it is quite runny) but it kind of adds to the effect!  At least that's what I'm telling myself anyway!!



Once the masking fluid was dry I sprinkled on Infusions in Royal Blue, A Bit Jaded and Black Knight and spritzed with water.



I blotted it a bit so the colours weren't too dominant.  Once the page was dry I rubbed off the masking fluid - it came away really easily, much better than distant memories of using it before.  Maybe this is because I only got a very thin layer on the page due to the cut and dry foam?

I stamped the sentiment from Lin Brown set ELB33 in black archival.  I added a shadow to the flowers using a charcoal pencil and smudged it with a blending stump.  Then added a smudgy charcoal border around the page to frame it.




I enjoyed my little experiment and as I washed my stencil straight away it is perfectly fine.

Thanks for looking,
Claire Xx