I'm delighted to say that it's my turn to share a project on the PaperArtsy blog this evening under the banner of "Doors, Windows and Architecture". Click here to hop over there to see where this arched window takes you!
Friday, 10 February 2017
It's time for the Stevenage show and I'm delighted to say that I'll be on the PaperArtsy stand helping Mark and Leandra again this year. It's on Sunday, 12th February at the Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ. This has always been one of my favourite shows, it's not the biggest show but I think that's part of the appeal. It means that I can actually spend more time talking to all you lovely creative people about all the new products and showing you ways to use them. If you've been following the PaperArtsy blog recently, you will now that there are tons of exciting new products available and we would love it if you could stop by and say hello as we are all very excited to show you the new goodies.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
I'm not very good at keeping secrets but I've been sitting on this one for months now, so you can imagine how thrilled I am to finally be able to share this with you. I have four new sets of stamps and three new stencils. The stencils are larger than my previous
ones (6.25" x 9.5"), so not only will they be great for Scrapbooking and card making, they will be ideal for those of you who like to work in large format journals.
First of all let's take a quick looksee at the new products.
We're going to take a sneaky peek at the work of my super talented wingmen, who very kindly agreed to make some samples to help showcase how versatile these new products are, but before I share their beautiful artwork with you, I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank both of these amazing ladies, you were both an absolute pleasure to work with and your artwork is fantastic, so thank you both so much, I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I have.
Now the fun part. first up, Ruth Mescall. Ruth created four stunning samples for me and all the details can be seen on her own blog, so please take a moment to hop over there and enjoy all the details of how Ruth made these gorgeous samples.
My next fabulous guest is the wonderful and very witty Kath Stewart. Kath also has all the nitty gritty on her on blog for you to enjoy.
Here's a couple of close up shots of two of my projects, the full details of how I made these, plus a few others can be seen on the PaperArtsy blog
And last but not least, Leandra filmed this video showcasing the new PaperArtsy releases, I think you'll agree that is is choc-a-block with inspiration, well worth grabbing yourself a cuppa, sitting back and enjoying everyone's hard work.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Over the winter months, I like to have a larger project to work on. Something that I can pick up during an evening to add stitch and embellishment to. I am very lucky to have a fabulous studio in my garden, complete with good heating but during the dark winter evenings, I actually prefer to park myself on the sofa and do a spot of sewing. With this in mind, around October time, I started to prepare some fabric pages for what I thought would be a new fabric book. I gathered bits of lace, ribbon and buttons along with fabrics that I had stencilled designs on, along with a pile of rusty fabric. Apart from the rusting of fabric, many of the other techniques are techniques taught to me by some very talented artists....Hilary Beattie, Lynda Monk and Beryl Taylor so out of respect for those very lovely ladies, I'm not going to share how I made each page, I'd simply like to share the photos with you.
This next page could be my favourite page.
As I mentioned earlier, I started this project with the intention of making it into a book but Mark planted the seed of another idea in my brain by saying "if it's a book, not many people will see it!" Now I'm trying to decide whether to:
a. stitch them all together to make an art quilt.
b. Stitch them on to a larger piece of calico, leaving a border between each piece.
c. Frame them all individually and hang them as a series of nine small artworks.
What do you guys think???
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
I'm more than a tad excited to be able to tell you that there is a sneaky peek of my new PaperArtsy products over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening. Please pop over there and take a look......I can't wait for you guys to see everything in all it's glory in a couple of weeks!!!
Friday, 23 December 2016
I was absolutely tickled pink to be invited to take part in the PaperArtsy/Stencil girl blog hop. What a fabulous opportunity for me to combine my own stamps with some of my favourite Stencil Girl stencils. In addition to that, there is a fabulous giveaway!!!!! I hope you will join us and visit the blogs of all the very talented artists to be in with a chance of winning an awesome prize for yourself.
One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Are you sitting comfortably? Here's my blog hop project.
I chose to use the following products on my 8" x 8"canvas board
PaperArtsy products: ELB29, ELB30, Mermaid, Caribbean Sea, Granny Smith, Snowflake, Hey Pesto Beach Hut, South Pacific and Gold Fresco Finish Paint
Step 1. Using a flat, wide paint brush, I blended together Mermaid and Granny Smith Fresco Finish Paint.
Step 2. Snowflake Fresco through the "Brickwork Factory" stencil created the perfect first layer on my coloured background.
Step 3. Once the Snowflake paint was dry, I used a baby wipe to apply a layer of Hey Pesto Fresco over the green areas of the canvas. This is a translucent colour and also my all time favourite Fresco!!!
Step 4. I repeated this technique with Beach Hut over the blue areas.
Step 5. More Snowflake, this time through the Rembrandt's Words stencil. My intention was to fill a few of the gaps. I also tinted this with Hey Pesto and Beach Hut.
Step 6. Next up....Orange Blossom Archival ink to stamp the circle of dots from ELB29.
Step 7. You can never use too much Snowflake in my opinion when creating layers. This time, I used the biggest stencil, Verdant Moon. I turned it on it's side so that it looked like a sunrise or sunset peeking over the top of a brick wall.
Step 8. Using a small paint brush and South Pacific Fresco, I created a shadow around the edge of the moon to soften the huge, stark expanse of white.
Step 9. I replaced the stencil to apply a layer of Gold Fresco on the brickwork. I like to apply the Gold over the Snowflake, it gives it a bit of extra pop. If I had applied the Gold over the blue and green background, several layers would be needed to achieve the same effect.
Step 10. With some scrap paper in place to protect my Gold brickwork, I applied Caribbean Sea Fresco to my grasses stamp with a small piece of Cut'N'Dry foam and blended a small amount of South Pacific around the edges of the stamp before printing on the canvas.
At this point, I wasn't sure if the piece looked finished. I was pleased with how it was looking but felt that it needed some kind of embellishment.
Step 11. A strip of narrow Washi Tape and some painted trinkets added the finishing touches.