Sunday, 7 February 2016

Last release of the week.

Here is my final round up post of launch week. I am still buzzing after my night, but I wanted to share with you the rest of the new products. 

On thursday evening we had the lastest designs from Lin Brown, both stamps and stencils. Here is just one of the stamp sets. if you missed the official launch night then do go and see the rest of the designs and all the amazing samples in THIS POST. 

Before the launch Leandra did a live demo, see the replay of that HERE. 

The final night of launch week was on Saturday, here we saw all the new paints. The families have been reorganized. We have brand new colours, never seen before. We also have some of the most popular colours from limited edition sets that have been brought back as individual colours. Sadly because of all these new colours we have had to retire a few, so go and check out the run down of colours in THIS POST. if one of the retired colours is a favourite of yours then make sure to stock up before they are all gone. 

Just before launch, Leandra did a final live demo on Periscope. You can catch the replay HERE. 

All these products are now in your favourite PaperArtsy retailer, please support your local stores. 

phew! what a fantastic week, have you been tempted? which ones have made their way into your shopping basket? Whatever you have bought be sure to have fun and share your creations with us. 
Darcy x

Friday, 5 February 2016

It's My Party

YAY! Tonight is my night over on the PaperArtsy blog. I get to finally show you my newest stamp designs... and something else!!!

So here they are and I hope you like them. This time I have gone for a more minimal look, but they still have little quirky bits. let me talk you through the sets then you can go over to the PaperArtsy blog and see some fabulous samples created by my wingmen this evening. 

On this set I adore the wings, they can be used whole or cut into 2 different shaped wings, team them with art dolls or hearts or whatever you like. I also love the dotty circles, they look really punchy when they have been embossed. 

Introducing frilly flowers, now I am not generally a frilly person but I love these. they are a great shape to colour in and they layer up perfectly. i love the spikey flower too, layerd up this makes an effective water lily, but who is to say that it couldn't be a starfish, albeit it with extra legs lol

Here I have a lovely delicate cherry blossom tree for you, this is great in backgrounds, but add liquid pearls to the dots and it brings it right to the forground. another little bug for you too, use with or without his wings. The circles are going to be so useful, either as stand alone elements or as flower centres. Always so useful is the Poppy shape, make it bold and red, or more delicate in pastels. 

I am really loving the text stamps on these plates too, I hope you will find them useful. 

Not content with stamps I now have stencils aswell... *squeal* how exciting. i can't tell you how long I have needed edge stencils. 

First a background of small butterflies and a large more detailed one, this larger one looks lovely when stencilled with 2-3 blended colours. Along the side we have a grass edge. Try bumping this in 2 colours to get great shading. Also try it along the top of a project as icicles for a wintery look. Maybe it could be done in orange and red as fire, or as Dragons teeth?

Next a bamboo tree, lovely for layering up in the background. Also a couple of lollipop flowers, again great for adding interest to a background with the stamped flowers over the top. The edge here is pretty random, and so I shall refer to it as the 'random edge' Great for sectioning off an area of a page, giving interest to the edges of journals or if you criss cross it then you get a great chequerboard effect. 

Finally some circle elements, who doesn't love circles. The hanging beads curtain will look great all year round, in bright happy colours or in metallics at Xmas. turn it around and you have bobbly grass growing up. 
The circle border is lovely just for background, it works great with texture paste, as do all the stencils. The edge here is what I refer to as 'torn paper' and makes the perfect edge to journals, tags and card fronts. but it can also make a great line for landscapes. 
As an extra we have the corner stencil, of course this can be turned around to fit any corner, either add to all corners, or just add to one to make it a feature. 

So there you have it. I am so very happy with these new designs and I hope you will get hours of pleasure using them.. I love to see what you make so do please show me. You can always add your creations to my stamp page on FB. 

Over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening you can see loads of fantastic samples from me and my trusty wingmen, there is even a funny challenge sample at the end. Please go over there and see them all, and visit my wingmen on their own blog's as they have worked so hard and deserve some praise. Huge thanks to Laura Bomber. Kirsten Sheridan and Gabrielle Price. 

All my new releases are available NOW, from your favouriite PaperArtsy retailer, please do support your local stores. 

I will be back on Sunday with a final roundup of other new releases and then starting next week I will show some of my samples in step by step posts. I have done many more samples and they will be on my blog through to the end of March, so please keep popping back. 

Here are some snippets of step by step projects that I have coming soon. 

Thankyou so much for all your support. 

Darcy x

United Kingdom
Artist Trading Post, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex.
Blade Rubber Stamps, Bloomsbury, London.
Clacton Arts and Crafts, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire.
Craftylicious, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Imagine That..., Upminster, Essex.
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk.
Stampers Grove, Edinburgh.
Swanstitch, Deal, Kent.
That's Crafty, Romford, Essex.
The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent.
The Craft Barn, Merstham, Surrey.
The Craft Box, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
The Craft Den, March, Cambridgshire.

Continental Europe
Expression-Hobby, Marcinelle, Belgium.

PaperiSaDe, Turku, Finland.

Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi, France.

Stempelfee-Shop, Hilden, Germany.
Stempeloase Munich, Munich, Germany.

Bianca's Toko, Drenthe, Netherlands.
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Leuke Stempels, Nijverdal, Netherlands.

Big Time Stempel, Gockhaisen, Switzerland.

USA/ Canada
Frantic Stamper Inc, Eagle Point, Oregon.
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio.
Tupelo Designs LLC, Sugarland, Texas.
Vintage in KC, Johnson, Kansas.

Asia/ Pacific
Tiny Dots, Chiba, Japan.

Crafters Cupboard Pty Ltd, Berwick, Victoria, Australia.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

More Exciting Products

Over on the PaperArtsy blog it has been such a brilliant week so far. 

On Tuesday we saw the launch of two more collections. 

The first is from Clare Lloyd. This time Clare has gone for bigger faces. Here is the first one, to see the others and her stencils go over to THIS POST to see the full range. 

Before the launch Leandra did a live demo on Periscope, you can see the replay HERE. 

Later on Tuesday we were treated to the newest release from  Emma Godfrey. Here is just one, but there are more to see, so pop over to the blog and check out THIS POST. 

Again before the launch we were treated to a live demo, catch up with that HERE. 

On Wednesday another collection, this time from Sara Naumann. I just love her stamps, and these are going on my wish list, as are her stencils.  Here is just one stamp plate, head over to THIS POST to see the rest and the stunning samples. 

Another live demo from Leandra, watch the replay HERE. 

All these stamps are available from your favourite paperArtsy retailer now, please support your local shops. 

Darcy x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Hey Did You See...

That we have new products over on the PaperArtsy blog, so many fabulous new stamp designs . 

On Sunday we had exciting and very different designs from Jo Firth Young. Go to THIS POST to see the new stamps,and an great intro video and some stunning projects by Jo herself and her wingmen. 
Here is just one of Jo's new stamps, be sure to check out the others too. 

Just before the launch Leandra did a great little demo over on Periscope, go and watch the replay HERE. 

Then on Monday,  and OMG how exciting, we had the launch of 2 brand new designers within the PaperArtsy family. 

First up we were introduced to the fabulous designs of Kay Carley, Pop over to THIS POST to see them and the really cool projects, plus an intro video. 

Just before the launch Leandra did another live demo, see the replay of that HERE. 

Here is just one of Kay's new stamps, check out the whole post over at PaperArtsy to see the others. 

Later on Monday we were treated to more designs, this time by Kim Dellow, another great addition to the diverse ranges within PaperArtsy. Go and see her designs and samples in THIS POST. and an intro video. 

again there was a live Periscope video demo, see the replay HERE. 

Here is the first, be sure to go see the others. These are on my wish list for sure. 

All these new stamps are available now from your favourite PaperArtsy retailer, please support your local shops. 

Keep an eye on the PaperArtsy blog tonight for more new releases!

Darcy x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Something Sekrit This Way Comes

*Grin* New things are coming! 

New Sekrit things. 


Watch this space, no.. really keep watching... 
*excited squeal*


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Art Rings

Here is embossed card number 3. I started by embossing using this scratchy stamp from PaperArtsy EEV02, I added the WOW powder in diagonal sweeps, using Chocolate Caramel Pearl, Parma Violet and Frozen. 

I then added more Chocolate Caramel Pearl around the edges. 

mmm how yummy is that.. 

I then covered a piece of card  with parma Violet embossing powder and heat set it. once cool I stamped this circle  image on top. EEG15 The circles were them embossed with Ebony. You have to work quick and not overheat the top layer because of course you are remelting the bottom layer, heat too long and they will bleed into each other. 

Once cool I cut them out, leaving just these two-coloured rings. 

See how you get the sheen from both colours. it makes ita bit more special, rather than paint or ink in the background. 

The text is done with WOW Ebony over Ice Blue paint. 

Here is everything layered up. 

I love this, I think it is my fave of the three. 

I hope those three cards have given you some ideas of how you can use your embossing powders. 

Darcy x

Monday, 25 January 2016

River of Bling

Here is another page that I have done for the Wanderlust class. This time just a single layout. 

As I said in the first post, I am doing these pages in an old journal, so this page started out with stuff already on it. I added a coat of gesso. 

I took a black posca pen and drew random shapes. I wasn't inspired or influenced by anyhthing I had seen, and even the prompt didn't factor into it at this stage. My only , self imposed , restrictions were that I wanted to use some old discontinued paint.(PaperArtsy Fresco paint) These were colours that had come in sets and had never really been used. 

The four that i chose did not go together so the best way to use them was to separate them.. hence the random lines. 

I added the colours, and then added gel medium between each block. 

While this was still wet I added some really old chunky UTEE in Pewter. Then I heat set it, UTEE really bubbles up, even more so when it is on glue, gel or paste. I love to watch it, it's a bit like molten lava. 

Close up of the scrummy texture. 

I then found a poem online that covered what i wanted to say really well, in relation to the prompt

It isn't easy to get a good photograph because of all the UTEE bling, but you get the idea. 

I am running a couple of weeks behind with the course, but I have been SUPER busy.. 

SECRET THINGS  are coming, very soon!!!

Darcy x

Friday, 22 January 2016

Best In Blue

Here is number 2 of my embossed cards. i began by melting Melt It powder with WOW embossing powder in Whirlpool, and also some chicks cut from a hot glue stick ( the kind you put in a hot glue gun) I wanted the embossing to be less brittle and the addition of the glue helps with that

I poured everything out onto a non pourous sheet and spread it a little with a metal palette knife. I didn't want a solid piece, i rather like the gaps. 

While that was cooling I dabbed some paint onto a piece of card. I used PaperArtsy Fresco in Cherry Red, China and Pansy. 

I scraped the paint across the card, and added a little white too. 

I then added random amount of embosing powder over the paint. I used Vintage Amethyst, Whirlpool and Strawberry Crush

I have all my embossing powders stood in a drawer, lids upwards. to see which is which I took off each lid and pulled out the little foam/plastic circle. I then embossed a circle of card for each colour, popped it into the lid and replaced the foam/plastic circle. Now I can look down into the drawer and see at a glance which colour I need. 

Look at that random sparkle.. 

This card has a linen texture, I dry brush paint accross it, just enough to pick up the texture. I then embossed the text from HPXT03 using WOW Ebony. 

I peeled up the Whirpool embossing from the sheet and cut 2 hearts from it. I like how they are lumpy and a bit shabby... perfect. The text was mounted onto the dry brushed card and turned into a small tag. 

Just before mounting everything together I flicked some Nougat Fresco  paint across the background. 

Try some freehand embossing in your backgrounds.. 
Darcy x

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Warm and Fuzzy

I recently needed to make some cards, and as I already had my embossing powders and glitters out, what better way to use them. I made 3 very sparkly cards, here is number 1. 

I usually like to work on white linen card blanks, but I think i have used them all and they aren't easy to find at a decent price. however I have a load of cream ones left. I always feel a bit limited with the cream ones, hence the colour schemes, but in the end they turned out lovely. 

I started with a Hero Arts background stamp (Antique Flower) and WOW embossing powder in Copper. 

The copper is a really lovely colour and has always been a favourite of mine. I prefer it to gold. 

Next I cut a strip of card and covered the whole thing with WOW embossing Glitter in Turkish Nights, this is one of the brand new colours. 

This title is from HPXT03 (PaperArtsy) and the embossing is WOW Bark. 

I made some daisies with paper clay, using this cute mould. 

I painted the clay first with black,  then I added a little WOW Metalline Blue, then a little WOW Frozen. and finally added Turkish nights to the centre

Here are all the bits layered up. I added a scrap of lace under the daisy, 

I love the sheen of the copper, and the blue daisy just adds a little pop of colour against the neutral tones. 

I am having fun with these powders, I think we all went crazy for embossing powders in the day and then put them away in drawers. Get them out and play, we need a bit of sparkle in these dark dreary days. 

Darcy x