Paper Artsy Competition Winner

I am delighted to announce that the winner of this fabulous prize is:

Angie (Angela Cox)

Congratulations!

(If you can get in touch with your address, I can make sure the prize gets to you)

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COMPETITION TIME!

Leandra from Paper Artsy has donated an amazing prize to celebrate our first podcast – 1 of each of their new ‘Squiggly Ink‘ designs! This is a massive prize (well over £100 pounds at retail prices!!!) and one that is sure to be hotly contested!

To enter, please email me at simon@craftswap.co.uk with the answer to the following question:

WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE RANGES WITHIN THE NEW PAPER ARTSY ‘SQUIGGLY INK’ STAMP DESIGNS?

The deadline for answers to reach me is 6pm on Wednesday 19th March 2008. All the correct entries will be put into a hat and the winner announced on Friday 21st March 2008

Good Luck and thanks again to Leandra and the Paper Artsy team for some great stamps and such great generosity.

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Paper Artsy Sample Images

Lots of wonderful cards made by Paper Artsy to showcase their stunning new stamps – don’t you just love them?

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Product Review – Paper Artsy Stamps

I was lucky enough to be sent a pile of the new stamps from the ‘Squiggly Ink‘ range by Paper Artsy (thanks Leandra!). They are available as plain rubber or prestuck to EZ-Mount (saves a lot of hassle) and there are a huge variety of fun doodly/swirly designs.

I have done a couple of projects with them – and I have to say that the quality (as ever with Paper Artsy) is fantastic. Having them premounted on EZ-Mount meant that I was stamping straight away. I tried them with Staz-on, Chalk and Dye inks and they all worked really well. Clean-up was also easy.

They come adhered to a laminated sheet – which protects them well and easy to find when you are rummaging.

Anyway, here are the things that I have made (apologies to my Secret Valentine – but I used them to decorate your card – so I guess that the surprise is spoiled now)

Firstly I did this altered handbag – probably my biggest single project to date!

The handbag is part of the Bare Essentials range from Creative Imaginations and is a good smooth surface on which to work. I traced round the basic shape onto some of the gorgeous new Mira papers from K&Co. Some people have said that they thought they might be a bit too bright. Once you get them home, they are wonderful – zingy and fresh but not in-your-face – if you know what I mean.

Having cut out the papers, I then attacked with my new Paper Artsy Stamps. It was easy to get the design working as they all co-ordinated well.

Then can for the fun part. I inked and dabbered the edges of the handbag. I distressed the edges of my papers using the Tim Holtz tool. I painted the top of the handbag using various Tim Holtz paints – both the dabbers and the new crackle paint (it was easier than trying to fit paper round the handles).

Using mod podge I adhered the papers to the sides of the bag and allowed to dry.

Then I started in with more distress inks and lots of glimmer mists (sugar cookie and gingerbread). I just kept going until I got the effect I wanted.

I finished the look with various fibres from my collection, a tag from the Mira collection (which I decorated front and back with more stamping and glimmer mists).

I took some of my Prima flowers and stamped (using staz-on) over them to tie into the design. More glue held these in place. A couple more squirts of glimmer mists tied them into the overall feel.

I am rather pleased with the result – not bad for a £2.99 pick-up at a Hobbycraft sale.

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For the Valentine card, I took 3 different double sided papers from a Bo Bunny Parisian Romance range (I think they came from one of the CSF supporter sites – but I can’t remember which… oops too many papers) and cut them into 5.75in squares. Using a paper folding technique, I scored them into quarters and then scored two adjacent corners along the diagonal so that I could fold one part up into a tag pocket and the other would allow the card to fold flat (I think you should work it out from the pictures!)

I then cut 3 small tags from the papers and got to work with my stamps.

I used a range of Brilliance inks this time alongside a Purple Versafine – co-ordinating the colours to the papers. I used the occasional blast of glimmer mist and edged the papers and tags using Brilliance inks.

Once everything was dry, I assembled it into a mini pop-up tag card. I used lots of DST to hold the three pages together and then stuck some ribbon to the outside to form the closure.

Using one of the papers, I cut covers to hide all the workings. These were edged in a burgundy ink and glued into place – leaving the ribbon free to be tied. I also covered the joint with another strip of paper – to create a more book-like look. A couple more blasts of Black Cherry Glimmer Mist and my task was complete.

It was great fun to work with and I have another one in progress just because!

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The stamps do work brilliantly for a whole range of themes – doodles and swirls are still a massize part of the design inspiration in crafting at the moment (a lot more so than Oriental IMHO).

I cannot recommend them highly enough – and a big thanks to Leandra for supplying me with them to play with.

You can get them direct from her at www.paperartsy.co.uk

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Report from ‘Stitches’

On 19th February, I made the trip to the NEC to ‘Stitches’ which is the largest UK craft trade fair. Held over 4 days, it is a showcase for the new ranges being introduced to the UK market this spring.

If I am being honest, I was a little disappointed by the lack of innovation on show. It was very much a case of more of the same. Yes, there were some lovely new ranges from certain suppliers (more of this to come) – but there was nothing amazingly, radically, earth-shatteringly new.

It was great to go round the NEC when it was quiet (the public shows are always so crowded) and the ability to sit down in one of the food areas without having to queue was a bonus.

The one thing that was missing from the show was ORIENTAL. This really is a trend from 3 years ago – it isn’t current, there is nothing new out there and hopefully we will have seen the end of it… (though I have my doubts)

In terms of design themes, SWIRLS and DOODLES are still very much to the fore along with all things DISTRESSED and SHABBY. Chipboard is still very popular (including a new range from The Artistic Stamper- a CSF supporter). There was innovation in this area from Cosmo Cricket who have introduced ‘Blackboard‘ which is an all-black range of chipboard albums, alphas and shapes. I shall certainly be looking out for that.

Prima have some new flowers (including ones up to 6in diameter), K&Co have 4 new ranges coming through (Blue Awning was my favourite – shabby blues and greens). Trimcraft (the people behind Dovecraft) have a new range of Laura Ashley papers and embellishments – not sure on the prices – but I know people will like these).

Some of you might already know this but Create and Craft are moving into the retail product market. They have launched a range of papers, cards, decoupage and much more. Again, no idea of prices – but it might mean that if you like an element, you can buy just one or two of them rather than a whole kit!

The two ranges that really caught my eye were Fleuriste from Cosmo Cricket and 29th Market Street from My Mind’s Eye. These are in the distressed themes – with some great colour palettes. Click on the links to see more.

I am sure that the UK stores will soon have these coming into stock. I am certain to keep you posted.

On a side note, I bumped into a few people I used to know from my Hobbycraft days – which was lovely. I also met up with Anice from Funky Hand, Leandra from Paper Artsy and Jennie from The Artistic Stamper – which was great.

Anyway – that is my brief report from the NEC – if anyone would like to pay for me to go to CHA in the summer – you know where I am!!

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