Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Stevenage and this coming weekend

Let's start with Stevenage....wow, that was busy but also a lot of fun. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and lots of new people too. We were demoing right up to ten minutes before the end of the show......that's a sign of a good show!!!!! Anyways, I thought I would share a few of the samples that I made on the day.

The background on this one uses Tangerine Twist and Bougainvillea Fresco Finish paint from my new Limited Edition set, blended over some Honey Dew which had been stencilled through some of my stencils and Emma Godfrey's (PS002, PS016 & PS020). More stencilling through PS014 before over stamping with the dandelion from ELB15. The owl and funky bird are from ELB17 & 18 and are coloured with Caribbean Sea, also from my latest Limited Edition set. Now see that trio of leaves at the bottom, that is from one of Jo Firth-Young's new set of stamps (JOFY33).....I'm loving it...it looks fantastic stamped over half a dandelion head.....it creates a cute little shrub.

This next one was a challenge for me. I asked the crowd what colour I should use and they said purple....my worst nightmare....I really don't do purple. I'm OK with blending it into background colours but as for the focal image.....yeah, not so good!!! Anyhooo, I accepted the challenge and this is the result. With hindsight, I should have blended two shades of purple together so that it wasn't solid purple or as Leandra suggested afterwards, shading a little of a lighter colour on his cheeks. I'll remember that for next time....of course if there is a next time!!!

Similar background colours on this one to the sample above but with the addition of some Banana splodges. These were not intended to be there at all. I kind of dipped my hand in a puddle of paint and spread it on the tag on the right hand side. As it had dried, it wasn't coming off, so I added some more over other areas of the tag to balance it out. Another of those happy accidents, I would not have chosen to do it but actually quite liked the result!!!

This was another sample that involved purple.....well Wisteria actually. I used it with Guacamole for the background and although I was reasonably OK with the colours it wasn't really bright enough so I added some Tango with a baby wipe followed by some accents of Tango at full strength.

So that's just a few of the samples I made on the day. Demo samples are never really my favourites as they are always hurried and when I look at them at home, I always think they look rough and ready but hey, that's part of the fun of demoing....making it up as you go along. If you came to the show, it was lovely to see you, if you purchased items from PaperArtsy, thank you very much but we love you all equally.

Now, what will I be up to this weekend. On Saturday, I will be at Colemans Craft Warehouse in Rushden for their March demo day. It is completely free to come along, the doors open at 8.30am and demos commence at 10am. I'll be sharing ideas with all my new PaperArtsy lines and there's free tea, coffee and cake as well as discounts on your purchases. It would be lovely to see you, pop along and say hi.

On Sunday, I am teaching my "Put a bird on it" class at Crafting Time in Shepreth, Hertforshire. A little bird tells me there are still some spaces, so if you fancy a fun, painty day out, click here to book your place. It's always a great day, lots of laughs as well as spending the day with a bunch of great people who share the same interests.

Well that's all my news for today. I'm off to take Missie Meg the dog for a walk while the sun is shining, unlike yesterday when we experienced a freak five minute snow storm!!!!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Lynne Perrella

Today I managed to find some time to have a little play with some of the new Lynne Perrella stamps. I just love all of Lynne's latest release, every time I look at them, I change my mind about which one is my favourite!!! Today I used images from LPC031 & 034 along with an assortment of my new stamps and a few from SN014 & 015.

I used Caribbean Sea, Wisteria and Guacamole Fresco Finish paint for the background with Snowflake highlights. So not only am I embracing the bright new colours from my latest set of Limited Edition paints, I'm using Wisteria too!!!! Those of you who know me well, know that I never use purple tones but this is really pretty.

I'll be taking this sample along to the Stamperama show at Stevenage this Sunday, if you would like to see it close up, stop by and say hi, it will be on my demo desk on the PaperArtsy stand.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Even more new stuff

I have just returned from two fabulous days helping the PaperArtsy team at the annual trade show in Birmingham. It's a brilliant show, lots of wholesalers, suppliers and manufacturers come together under one roof at the NEC to showcase all their new products to the craft industry. Retailers can shop till they drop, placing orders for the new goodies to fill their stores with wonderful new lines to inspire their customers to get creative. It also offers classes to educate retailers in order for them to pass on their new found product knowledge to their customers. I do love this show and of course it's an opportunity to catch up with friends in the industry that I have known for many years.

Unless you have been hiding under your duvet in recent weeks, you will know that the guys at PaperArtsy worked their socks off to bring together a week of blog posts and videos to launch all their new lines this year. Well, what they didn't tell you was that actually, they kept a few items back as a surprise, just to have something completely unseen on their stand at the show. I did hint in my launch blog post that there was more to come as one of my stencils has images on it that didn't have stamps to match at that time. In reality, the stamps were already in the bag and I'm thrilled to now be able to share them with you.

ELB19 is the third plate of houses in the series........

.......and ELB20  is the third botanical set, this set has a couple of matching images one my new stencil PS014.

Here are a few samples I made at the show featuring some of the new stamps, stencils and of course paint. The backgrounds were created using a selection of  Hot Picks and Sara Naumann stamps.

The background on this sample also features one of Emma Godfreys new stencils.

Now if that wasn't enough new stuff, Jo Firth-Young also has some some secret stamps too. Click here to visits Jo's blog to hear all about them. All the extra new stamps will be available at a retailer near you soon. They will start shipping as soon as Mark and Leandra get back from the show.

I'm off to make another cup of tea, I lost my voice at the show.......too much talking I guess so I'm trying hard to get it working again as I'm on Nanna duty tomorrow, I have two little princesses coming for a sleepover.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Look at this!

I'm still very new to this stamp designing malarkey, but I can't tell you how incredibly exciting and thrilling it is to see what other people do with my stuff. I just love it when some has one of those light bulb moments and comes up with a genius idea that you know would never have entered into your head. Yesterday, I saw a blog post from the very lovely Julie Ann Lee who created some amazing work using both my new birdy stamps (now fondly known as wicked chickens) and some of Lynne Perrella's stamps. Please click here to hop on over there and take a look. Please leave her a comment too as she probably doesn't realise what a clever idea this is.

Talking of light bulb moments, I had a mini one of those yesterday. I'm working on an Altered Book which I hope to teach later in the year and I was messing around with some of my new stamps, trying to find something the right size for a small gap at the bottom of a page, when I realised that one of the little wings from ELB17 makes a cute little birds nest for the round and chubby bird with the crazy hairdo on  ELB18. You do need to chop his legs off of course but that's a small price to pay for a new home!!!!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

It's pink and orange

It is pink and orange....yikes!!!! It's also really quite funny as pink and orange is one of Leandra's favourite colour combos and I can quite vividly remember remarking on the fact in not a very favourable way. Anyways, times change, tastes change and I thought I would give it a whirl so today I thought I would show you a few close up shots of another of the projects featured on the PaperArtsy launch video for my new lines. Leandra will NEVER let me live this one down!!!

I painted my canvas board with blend of Banana, Tangerine Twist and Bougainvillea, three of the colours from my new set of Limited Edition Fresco Finish paint. I used Caribbean Sea to to stencil a flower from PS013 along with stamping some of Ellen Vargo's chunky and sketchy hand carved images. I love the contrast between the thick and skinny lines, it makes it so interesting. Lately, I have been using Snowflake to add accents to my work. I love the sharp contrast of the white against the bright background.

In this close up you can see how I added little dots of coloured paint over the top of the Snowflake dots. I thought black would also look quite cool but this time, I used ink instead of paint as I wanted the images to be really sharp.

I used one of those mini canvases for the base of my focal point, painted with Banana and Tangerine Twist and dry brushed with Snowflake and Caribbean Sea. I added a touch of washi tape and stencilling for interest.

Now for the little house. I sponged Tangerine Twist over the shadow stamp of the house (ELB14) with a little bit of Bougainvillea around the edges. When I stamped it, it didn't look bright pink at all, it created another warm orangey colour.

Detail stamped over the top with Jet Black Archival ink. 

I also made a Caribbean Sea house as I like to cut them up and "mix'n'match" them. It really changes the way the house looks.

I also added a few charms for the finishing touches. The ones hanging underneath the mini canvas have been painted with Caribbean Sea and have had the Treasure Gold treatment with a touch of Classic TG.

I know that a lot of my followers have said in the past that they feel a project like this is unachievable for them so I hope by breaking it down and explaining the process, you can see that it is in fact not at all difficult and that you will try it for yourself.

Have a great weekend,
Lin x

Two day catch up

Sadly I 've fallen behind on my blog with the last two days of PaperArtsy releases. Shame on me! I guess better later than never so in case you missed them, here is Leandra's video introducing the new Lynne Perrella stamps along  with some fantastic artwork.....I think these Lynne Perrella designs are by far my favourite release by Lynne. I have all sorts of ideas whizzing around in my head, so I can't wait to play.

And last but by no means least, it's the turn of the new Hot Pick release. These stamps are going to be so useful, days of the week, numbers etc....I can think of a million ways to use these. Leandra also gives you a bit of background information about previous ranges of PaperArtsy images....it's really interesting to see the transition from the small A6 plates to the plates of stamps that they produce today.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Friday Favourite

All week I have been sharing extra details of some of the samples I made for the PaperArtsy blog launch. I left this one, my favourite one until last, as Leandra didn't share this because it is part of a series of class samples. I thought it would be fun to share it with you today as it could be something that you make with me in one of my classes (I will list them again at the end of this post). In the class I am teaching called "Put a bird on it" you will be shown many different samples and I will demonstrate various techniques. You will be encouraged by me, to create a collage of your own with my new stamps, stencils and paints by selecting elements of the samples that you like best. I'll be on hand to help you create a balanced piece of artwork that you will be happy to have on show in your own home.

Here's a couple of close up shots

It could be that you would like to make something a little less colourful like this sample.

But no matter what style you choose, you will have the opportunity to make a little fabric bird as an embellishment for your work.

So now the details. I will be at the following stores to teach my "Put a bird on it" class.

08/03/2015     Crafting Time
22/03/2015     The Stamp Attic
09/05/2015     Artist Trading Post
06/06/2015     Daisy's Jewels & Crafts

I will be teaching a two day Metal Embossing/Rusting Fabric class at Art Van Go on 19th & 20th May 2015.

Or if you just fancy popping along to watch a demo, you can see me at the following places.

01/03/2015     Stamperama, Stevenage Leisure Centre
07/03/2015     Colemans Craft Warehouse, Rushden
10/04/2015     Version Scrap, Paris (This is actually a three day show 10th - 12th April 2015

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the blog comments both here and on the PaperArtsy blog, comments on Facebook, emails and Tweets. I was a tad overwhelmed on launch night but I truly appreciate each and every message, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Hope to see you at a class or demo.
Lin x