Summer Sunshine & Lazy Days (PaperArtsy Launch)

Hello Everyone
It is time for another launch night over at PaperArtsy. Tonight announces the launch of the first of two new stamp sets from Emma Godfrey, EEG09.

I was filled with excitement and also apprehension when Emma invited me to be one of her wingmen. Excited at the prospect of working with stamps which at one time would have seen me running for the hills, wondering how on earth I could fit the stamps into shabby chic/vintage mode and this was also the reason for my apprehension, would I be able to create samples for Emma that would do justice to her designs.
With the stipulated colour palette of Autumn Fire, Haystack, Guacamole, Lake Wanaka and Concrete I decided to give myself over to the stamps and simply have some FUN!
On first sight of the stamp set I knew I had to turn a sun into a flower head and what was fun was playing around with the design.
sampleonelynnemA peek into the background with the various Frescos and some random stamping and a closer look at the stems for the flowers which was actually the straight edge of the clouds … didn’t I just say that the stamps are versatile!sampleonedetaillynnemThe stamps have a lovely naive quality.  In this sample I once again used the cloud stamp to create a grassy hillock. sampletwolynnemI opted not to ink the edges of the flowers as I wanted a brightness to the overall flowers which I would have lost with the use of ink.  This detail shows the layers of the fussy cutting along with a painted wooden star.  This was the only embellishment used on the first two samples.  No torn layers, no fragments of lace, mica, seam binding, etc, all of my usual suspects, it really was all about the stamps and Frescos.sampletwodetaillynnemSample Three:- A fun, stamped representation of a day at the beach.
Two large clouds were transformed into waves layered with muslin painted with Lake Wanaka, to create this beach scene with a liberal scattering of mica flakes and sequins bringing shimmer to this panel to give the impression of sunlight bouncing off the water.samplethreelynnemA layered sun peeking from behind the chipboard bunting.samplethreedetaillynnemFor this panel I wanted to convey that no matter the weather, especially days of grey clouds and rain, that life can still be a picnic!samplefourlynnemThe lines, representing rainfall are the stamped straight edges from the cloud stamp, the same as I used in the first two samples for the flowers’ stems.
samplefourdetaillynnemSo there we have it, my four samples for the EEG09 launch. I have to say Thank You to Emma Godfrey for inviting me to be one of her wingmen, trusting me with her stamp designs. It was a fun challenge!
If you are interested in Emma’s stamps for the HotPicks launched yesterday evening then please remember they will be available from your favourite stamp retailers and that includes That’s Crafty.

Wish Upon A Star Challenge

Just a few words to alert you to the latest challenge theme over at the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog.
For the new Challenge, they would like to see stars featuring in some way on your projects. This Challenge will run until 7.55am on Friday 17th July 2015.
The winner of the Challenge will receive a £20 voucher to spend in the That’s Crafty on-line store.Challenge Blog VoucherWishes

HotPicks Launch Night At PaperArtsy

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It is an exciting time for PaperArtsy as tonight they launched the first of the new stamp designs.
Tonight, the launch night kicks off with new HotPicks stamps. Here is a video sharing news of the latest HotPicks designs.

The link at the top of this post will take you directly to the launch post over at the PaperArtsy Blog where more details of the stamps and the incredible display of inspiration in the form of samples created by so many talented artists are also on display.
Please remember that the stamps will be available from local stockists as well as on-line suppliers such as That’s Crafty.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this post. I will be returning, through the week ahead with more PaperArtsy news and some samples to share with new stamps I had fun playing with and most definitely outwith my comfort zone!

Don’t Forget To Fly

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My DT post for the That’s Crafty Blog, this week sees me playing with, what are for me, new stamps and also the first time I have played with the Fresco colour, Claret. twoThe full project can be found HERE.

Cape Cod Escape (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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When I became a DT member for Darkroom Door I received various Montage sheets.  I had an idea mulling around my head to create a collection of cards to submit to Take Ten but the idea was always on the back-burner until I received some wonderful sentiment stamps from Redlead Paperworks with a theme relating to the ocean.  The idea of pairing up the Redlead stamps with Seaside Montage images came together and I set about gathering little scraps of this and that to bring texture to the cards.  The Redlead stamps were a trio of sentiments but I really wanted a collection of four cards so for the final card I dipped into Oxford Impressions’ The Deep for the final sea related sentiment.
I was overjoyed to discover that not only was this collection published in The Stampers’ Sampler but one of the cards was selected to make me Cover Girl!  With an issue jam packed full of incredible artwork by so many artists who I admire, this was such an honour.
1SAM-1502-The-Stampers-Sampler-Spring-2015-300x300For each card I selected a Darkroom Door Seaside Montage image in two sizes which I distressed and clipped together with a mini wooden clothes peg which I had painted. happinesslikewaveslynnemI knew from the outset I would use Kraft cardbase but I also knew this would me a stark background so I went to town splattering paint and Gesso to bring texture and a hint of colour but I also wanted a sense of energy as though it was water spray from the waves crashing against the rocks.secretsofthesealynnemHeavily distressed edges to the images with touches of paint swiped on with my fingertips.secrestofthesea.3All of the sentiments, this happens to be the Oxford Impressions’ one, were stamped onto painted balsa wood.  I like this as a surface, so light which is perfect for cards and a breeze to paint and stain and perfect for stamping onto.  More fragments with a length of painted muslin tucked behind the sentiment and images.secretsofthesea.1It is so clever of Darkroom Door to provide varying sizes of the same image.songoftheseashelllynnemThis is one of the Redlead sentiments taken from this stamp HERE.  As written in the introduction to the Cape Cod Escape feature in The Stampers’ Sampler, they noted that by stamping the sentiments onto bits of wood, it compliments the beachy theme, creating an effect comparable to driftwood found as the tide comes in from the ocean.  This was exactly the effect I wanted to achieve so I was more than happy that they picked up on this.
sonofthesea.1The final card.alongthesealynnemThe blue paint splatters pick up the blue in the Darkroom Door image.  I kept to a minimum of colours:- pastel shades of blue, green, pink with white.alongthesea.1Thank You to Stampington & co for publishing this collection and a thank you to Redlead and Darkroom Door (and not forgetting Oxford Impressions) because it is always fun to create with their products.
Now I know that Rachel Greig’s images will not be from Cape Cod but it was lovely that The Stampers’ Sampler selected this location for the feature’s title as it is a place my Mum has always said she would have liked to visit, Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard.  However, I am unlike my Mum when it comes to her desire to view the sea and walk along a sandy shore as I do not like the feel of sand between my toes and I have a definite sense of unease at the thought of what lies beneath the ocean! Although I do share the same desire to visit Martha’s Vineyard as it looks so beautifully picture perfect.
I wonder, are you yearning to spend time at the seaside, dipping your toes into the ocean or submerging yourself to be carried along by the waves, floating in happiness!

Fleur, Amongst The Meadow Flowers

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It is time to announce a new challenge theme over at the Crafty Individuals BlogFace Value, as chosen by the lovely Florence.  Full details as to how to enter the challenge can be found at Jean’s Blog (link above).  Please remember that you must include, somewhere on your project, at least one Crafty Individuals product.
If it had been this time last year then I would have delved into the Crafty Individuals archives, picking one of their collage style stamps with a vintage female BUT as I continue to try to not always make the first choice, which for me would be vintage,  I opted for one of the stamps designed by the lovely Gio for the Face element.
It might well be that at the time I was gathering supplies I had thoughts of music festivals in my mind, not attending, I wish!  With the trend continuing for girls wearing bands of flowers in their hair it brought to mind Gio’s stamp.  This led to thoughts of, what was at the time of my planning, the upcoming Glastonbury which in turn made me think of Woodstock and hippies.  Isn’t it funny how the mind can work?!  Not that I was ever a hippy, I missed out on that generation as I was too young although I did have a lovely afghan style of coat when I was a child, I so loved that coat and in my early twenties, with our long floaty skirts, beads draped around our necks and longish hair and the slightest obsession with the music of Hothouse Flowers, there was many a time that me and my best friend had the question “are you hippies?” directed at us. We were too clean living to ever be hippies!
I wanted a dreamy quality to this, of a hippy style girl wafting through fields of meadow flowers as she merges with the butterflies fluttering around her face.julychallengelynneTo define the flowers in her hair I layered them twice and could not resist having a small butterfly make its home, for a little while at least, amongst the flowers.detailoneAs the music from the festival is carried along on the breeze, she sits in the meadow of flowers contemplating that Today would be a lovely day to be a butterfly.
detailtwoIt is very difficult to see but what I did was stamp onto the actual painted canvas board, painted with Frescos,  to provide some subtle pattern and then I worked with the same Frescos to paint watercolour paper, applying with baby wipes to provide almost a watercolour quality to the Frescos paints.  I stamped various flowers, butterflies and the sentiment onto this then set about fussy cutting.detailthreeThe fussy cut flowers and butterflies provide dimension and all I added to embellish the canvas panel was some tea stained lace to represent the trim on the girl’s floaty dress. detailfourIt would be fun if you could join us whether you go down the same route as myself, working with a face stamp or maybe you would want to stamp up one of the Alice Palace animals or work with one of the images from one of Crafty Individuals image books, it is all about your own interpretation of this theme.

Mystical Mermaids at Oxford Impressions

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I have just learnt of a brand new stamp release from Oxford Impressions.
Suzanne had designed the most fabulous stamp set, Mystical Mermaids available from Oxford Impressions site, Austen Gallery.  In fact I have only just learnt about the release.
As you can see, this set is so much more than mermaids, with beautiful boats and take a look at the whale, oh my word, it is firing up the imagination already!  This set would work as a stand alone but I could also imagine it mixing and matching with The Deep and also By The Sea sets also from Oxford Impressions.OIMysticalMermaidsI hope you don’t mind me sharing this information with you.
Kindest Wishes

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