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

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Dragonfly Masking

Hi Everyone,

I was really inspired by Jo Firth Young's post on the Paperartsy blog tonight for the masking challenge they have ongoing - click HERE to visit!

I didn't have the mask and stencil set Jo used but I do own a lovely dragonfly mask made by Carabelle Studios so thought I'd have a go at the technique using that.

I started by creating a blended background in my journal using Paperartsy Frescos in Midnight and Green Patina.  I then flicked some copper splatters onto it as I think it looks fab against the green.

I placed the mask on and stippled Chalk paint all over. I like the effect created as it reminds me of clouds.

It seemed a shame to cover up my dragonflies so I ended up adding a small sentiment at the bottom, which is from a Prima set by Finnabair. 

I was undecided whether or not to add anything else and spent a long time debating if an extra addition would ruin the page. So in the end I decided to leave it alone, I didn't want to mess it up!

Entering this at Paperartsy HERE

Thanks for looking, 

Claire xx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pink and Orange....Again!

Hi Guys,

So another entry into the Paperartsy challenge of 'pink and orange' but I just find these colours so appealing together!

After Tracy Scott's blog post last night where she was creating in a mini notebook I decided to dig out my cheap A6 notebook which I haven't used for ages and I made a little journal spread:

I also decided to use my Distress Inks which I haven't used for ages.....so I used Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry to create the background and I also used them for the background stamping along with some Chalk paint too.

The stamps I used are all Lin Brown ones from sets ELB30, 31 and 33.

All the focal images were stamped using black archival and the pages edges were inked using Walnut Stain DI.

This will definately be my last entry into this challenge as it closes tonight at 5pm but to see all the other entries and to check out the various blog posts from the past two weeks please visit the Paperartsy blog HERE

Thanks for stoppping by my blog today,
Claire xx