Monday, 15 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Contemporary Retro with ESN {by Miriam Grazier}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

It's tempting to think of retro as bold and sometimes a little clunky. Miriam has created elegant and subtle projects with an traditional technique that deserves celebrating more often.

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a set of birthday cards that I have created using 'retro' colours but giving it a contemporary twist.

I chose to add the contemporary twist as I wanted to show that retro colours can be modern.  I also chose to use the shaving foam technique as it is quite a retro technique that has started to make a come back.

I chose to use the new Sara Naumann stamps with this project as I thought they would really compliment the colours and marbling of the paint.   

I chose to use the following Fresco Acrylic paints - Captain Peacock, Peach Nectar and Mustard Pickle.  I think this photo really has a retro feel to it - what's not to love about these colours?


I even thought the sentiment on this card had a lovely retro font to it.  

What I love about the shaving foam technique is that no two 'pulls' of the design are the same.  It makes every card unique.

You can't really tell in the pictures, but each card also has a few raised elements to give it extra dimension.

As you may be able to tell, I had so much fun creating these. I loved the colour combination too. I think I might go retro more often!

I really hope that I have inspired you to have a go yourselves.  Get those colours out and have a play; add your own contemporary look to a retro colour scheme and technique.

Thank you for joining me this evening.....hope you have a craft filled week.


Blog: Miriam's Creative Dreams

Sunday, 14 July 2019

2019 #11 Topic Introduction: Retro Colour Palettes

 2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

Hello everyone, Keren here with a blast from the past; quite literally! One of the great things when researching new topics is learning new things. Looking into Retro colour schemes meant a decent definition of 'retro' was needed to be found.
This descriptive term has been used since the 60's. It tends to be used in two ways; either describing something entirely new but referencing to characteristics of a previous era's style, or products/ colours/ styles that are more recent but seem like they're from the past. Looking back at history, it seems that so many artists and designers have often 'borrowed' from the past. Because of the blurring of definitions and also as we're looking at colours, I have included strictly retro examples and also colour schemes that are directly from different decades.Hopefully there are colour combos to inspire all of us!
Lotte Kristensen is starting us off with a subtle colour scheme and using Kim Dellow stamps for PaperArtsy.

As we progress through the examples, you'll probably notice a trend of flatter, less saturated colours. In fact you'll be forgiven for thinking we've added an Instagram filter over the post! This is probably the sort of image and style many of us would jump to in our minds. This gorgeous geometric design dovetails with the colours so perfectly.

Colours can have an emotional impact and often connect with memories we associate with a time or image. This is indicative for me of the 70's and early 80's; reminds me of Raleigh bikes, BMX's, party dresses and more!

Orla Kiely is a perfect example of true retro. From the colours, the designs and styles of image, she perfectly encapsulates an era. This is one of her colour combos, but is a welcome brighter palette.

This artist uses a muted palette for many of their prints. Seeing the gorgeous domino colours also reminds me of another piece of art work; Eric Carle's 'The Hungry Caterpillar'!

It's incredible that this book (which is still supremely popular) is 50 years old. The strong yet muted colours are calming yet familiar. I can imagine creating this sort of look using PaperArtsy Infusions!

Design is everywhere and this clothing design is reminiscent of the Atari brand stripes. Love the gradual colour change.

You can see the translation of colour combination from that last example to this one with the addition of a ubiquitous 'retro colour'; brown. The pattern here looks a whole decade or more before and it's interesting that combinations of colours are so recognisable to a particular period of time.


There are so many quirky prints linked with retro and I love the fabric design and brighter colours here.

Fashion is a great place to scout out combinations. You can imagine 1000's of people looking exactly like this woman. It's a slight shift in the colours we've featured so far.

As the trends changed over time, so did the colours. This modern print encapsulates the retro look perfectly.

Home decor styles have always changed with time, and this colour palette and image could easily have been in vogue in the past. The style of lampshade and even the sideboard are reminiscent but with a slight modern twist. If you follow the link, there are a whole bunch of inspiring retro schemes.

Mustard tones (or Spiced Honey) fits in well with many retro colour schemes. Fresco Finish Mustard Pickle has all the right retro tones and would go perfectly with Fresco Finish Pine Grove, Mulled Wine, Mahogany, Mermaid and so many more! The retro look below plays with shapes, fabrics, pattern images and so much more! 

Pippa Shaw is a contemporary designer, whose designs have the perfect retro feel; current in look yet with a distinct previous era's stamp on them.

Leandra reminded of one very retro feeling colour scheme; Avocado. We had a bathroom suite in that colour when we moved into our current house. You might be surprised to find that it's making a (partial) comeback. Could this be the ultimate retro scheme?!

We'll finish the romp through retro with an example that screams retro, with perhaps a little adorable kitsch thrown in for good measure!

Hopefully the variety of schemes we've showcased have got you thinking about a set of colours that might call your name!

You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. We are not doing the linked challenge  for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world! 

Saturday, 13 July 2019

NEW PaperArtsy Stamps: July 2019 {Hot Picks}

 Hot Picks Collection
July 2019 New Product Announcement

A note from Leandra:
Mark always comes up trumps when I nag him enough to design some new stamps! To be fair, he is always juggling all the other designer, so for him to find a space to knuckle down to doing some himself is always a challenge. Once he gets started he is fine, its just getting him in the zone! Lauren has weaved her magic wand over them beautifully! Lots to enjoy here! 

Hi everyone, Lauren here and I'm super excited to share with you Mark's newest Hot Picks release for PaperArtsy. 2 stamp sets and I can honestly say these are two of my favourite Hot Picks releases EVER! I had an absolute ball with them and I know you will too.

Today you will see ideas with these stamps from me. You can also see plenty of activity on PaperArtsy's Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. (links at the foot of this post) So no matter what your preferred social media platform, we will be sharing with you!

Let's check out these new beauties, some ideas from each set and a couple of projects.

  New Stamps
on EZ mount: RRP £18.74 +VAT (EZ)
unmounted: RRP £14.15 +VAT (UM)

Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam, presented in a clear hanging bag
with a laminated storage/index sheet.

Hot Picks Set 1903 (HP1903/ HP1903EZ)

I just LOVE these stamps! So much so, in fact that I was only supposed to do one sample for each stamp set but I ended up doing extra. I literally could not put them down. The moon, or planet stamp is going to be SO useful! There are so many great moon and planet related quotes and so many amazing techniques for creating gorgeous skies. I really can't wait to play around some more with this set.
Which Planet Are You On? (HP1903EZ)

I thought this one stamp from the set looked so good just heat embossed with black ink over the top of a cool background.  It almost looks like a wax seal and it was so quick to do. These great images really do go all the way from clean and simple to full on grungy!

 Shine! (HP1903EZ)

Hot Picks Set 1904 (HP1904/ HP1904EZ)

Be still my beating heart! I had a great time colouring this but I know it would also look really great stamped over a really nice background. The image is so strong and so striking; AND there's a butterfly! I LOVE a butterfly! The little tape measure image really is a favourite and started me off thinking about measuring things like time. The small one, as you can see, is perfect to make a butterfly body. What can I say? It HAD to be done!

The Butterfly Counts Moments (HP1904EZ)

Beware! I am Fearless! (HP1904EZ)

So, as I said, I really just couldn't stop! These images are just so great and this girl would work so brilliantly with set HP1903 too! Halloween is around the corner and she will be great for that, but I couldn't help think of a fantastic quote by the wonderful Mary Shelley. "Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful." 

Project One: A Cool Technique Using Infusions and Distress Ink on Glossy Card

Ok, so a slight cheat but this technique is SO easy and SO flippin' cool that it needed to be shared. I needed a bit of a sexy night sky to go with my planets and I had half an idea in my head about the way glossy photo card works. It basically sucks pigment in and fixes it PLUS it reacts with water to form water marks.... I used this technique in some way, shape or form in all my projects. I love the way it works.

First I sprinkled some Raspberry Infusions onto a piece of glossy photo paper (I used an inexpensive brand called Maxi that works with ink jet printers). Spritz with a modest amount of water in the usual way and then carefully dried it with a heat tool. I quickly found that if you hold the heat tool too close or too still the coating on the paper bubbles and bursts. It IS quite a good way to add texture but not the effect I was going for here.

Now you choose your Distress Ink (Distress Oxide not an option here because it covers up your Infusions). I used Chipped Sapphire. I dabbed the pad onto my glass mat a few times as you really do want quite a lot of ink, and then used a piece of cut and dry to blend the ink onto the piece of glossy card. 

What you find is that the Infusions AND the water you sprayed on the paper act as a kind of resist. The ink glides over the top and stays glossy on the card. You get the most amazing effects. You can obviously use whichever colour combinations you wish. I used this one for a sky and then tried Spiced Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber on my other projects.

And finally buff the card with a dry cloth to remove any excess ink and you are ready to add whatever you like next. If you buff with a damp cloth you will remove some of the brown and get a cleaner, brighter end result. I did find if you stamp on it you are best to either use StazOn OR to use something like Versafine Clair and heat emboss to fix it.

So "WHERE is the project?" I hear you cry...

I used the background above to make a postcard. I stamped the moon with white Brilliance Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The butterflies are from the girl on HP1904 and the sentiment is a quote from EAB11. I DID try embossing the butterflies on vellum using white embossing powder so that they looked like moths. It looked great but, well, I love to colour so I did....

I loved this technique so much that I did end up using it on nearly all my projects. I made small pieces of card and much larger pieces using the same technique and it all worked the same. I was able to use one large piece as a border for one of my larger cards and you can see I die cut some smaller circles to use as a border along the edge. 

Phew! That's me done! I hope I've given you some ideas and I'm certain you will have loads of ideas of your own bubbling away in those crafty noggins. A big BIG thank you to Mark and Leandra for letting me loose on these amazing stamps. I had such a blast with them. There just isn't enough time or space to go through all the great things you could do with these stamps, but if you do what I did and start off writing a list of your favourite quotes about the moon and planets - I got to about 20 - that will give you a start. NEXT write down your favourite quotes about fierce women, and THEN go through Alison Bomber's amazing stamps for fabulous quotes.  Like me, you will quickly see that you are NEVER going to run out of ideas for ways to use these amazing new stamp sets. Now what are you waiting for? Go get 'em....

Lauren x

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Bella Paperie, Brendale, Queensland,
Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria
Scrap Matrix, Port Elliot, South Australia
Scrapbook Superstore & More South Penrith, NSW
The Thread Studio, 6 Smith Street, Perth
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA
Time To Create, Modanville, NSW

CP Marketingservices Gmbh, Wilhering, Upper Austria,

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp,
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Expression Hobby, Marcinelle

Emerald Creek, Clagary, Alberta, 
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec
Treasured Memories, Duncan,BC
Simply Scrapbooking, Prince George, BC
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta

Czech Republic
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Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso
Papir Ulven, Lejre
Three Scoops Design, Frederiksberg,

Käsitellen, Lempäälä,
Piia Takalo, Kittila,

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees,
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Katzelkraft, Ingwiller
Kerglaz, Basse Goulaine,  
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi
Quartier Serre Teston, Ste Jalle,
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Scrapo'naturel, Tourville La Riviere, 
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Paperbasics, Hessen,
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Stempeloase Munich, Munich
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart,

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Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome,
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Marte Savona, Savona,
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Piccole Passioni, Siena,
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Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba

Creafine, Papendrecht
Creatotaal, Barendrecht,
De Hobbystudio, Genemuiden,
De Scrapheap, Sprang-Capelle, 
Hobbidee Breda, Noord-Brabant,
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden
Kimya Verpakleingen, Arkel,
Noor! Design B.V. Waspik,
Scrap & Co, Klarenbeek
Scrapbookdepot, Uitgeest,
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel
The Stamping Cottage, Schaijk

New Zealand
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Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik,
Hobbykunst, Rasta,
Scrapbookengros AS, Kleppe

Arts & Crafts, Barcelona,
Cien por Cien Manualidades, S.L., Bizkaia, Catalunya,
Endulze & Crista S.L, Navarra,
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao
Marakiscrap, Tarragona,
MundoMint, Sabadell, Barcelona,
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona,
Scraphouse S.L. Barcelona
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, 
Endulze & Crista S.L., Pamplona, 

South Africa
Kcraft Imports Ltd, Centurion,
Stencil Art, Gauteng, 

Butik Elva, Staffanstorp,
HC Design, Svedala,

KRL and Co, Payerne,

Mandy's Cards, Taipei

United Kingdom
A Trip Down Memory Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Abermaw Quilting & Crafting, Gwynedd, Wales ph 07818556758
Aldridge Crafts, Attleborough, Norfolk
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Bellacrafts, Eastleigh, hampshire
Blade Rubber Stamps, London
Charlottes Crafty Corner, Suffolk,
Clacton Art Craft Model Centre, Clacton on Sea,  Essex,
Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire
Craft World Scotland, Glasgow
Craft Your Art Out, Ballynahinch, County Down,
Crafty Bunch, Telford, Shropshire,
Crafty Snippets, Billingshurst West Sussex
Crafts & Candlelight, Ipswich, Suffolk
Crafts @themalthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex,
Craftrange, Burnley, Lancs,
Handmade at Helen's, Dumfries, Scotland,
I Love Mixed Media, Cromhall, Gloucestershire,
Imagine, Design, Create, Seaton, Exeter
Keep on Crafting, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Kraft Crazy, Amesbury, Wiltshire
Lisa B Designs, Maidstone, Kent,
Lets Create, Lincoln, Lincolnshire,
Loobie Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk
Paperstory, Norfolk
Poppycraft, Wallingford,
Rowan Tree Crafts, Carnforth, Lancashire
Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Scrapbook Magic, Mullion Helston, Cornwall,
Shed Load of Crafts, Enfield, Middlesex,
Simply Crafts, Cardiff,
Snazzy's, Swindon, Wiltshire.
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland
Stamps & Memories, Hungerford, Berkshire
Swanstitch, Deal, Kent
That's Crafty, Romford, essex
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent
The Craft Box, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
The Craft Den, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
The Craft Room, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffs
The Craft Studio, St Austell, Cornwall
The Forget me not Kraft Kabin
The Stamp Pad, Saddleworth,
Whichcraft, Wallasey, Merseyside

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia
Artistree Workshops, Fulton, New York,
Big Mouth Scrappers, Forney, Texas, 
Clay with Me, Colorado
Creative Designs by Debbie Castle Rock, Colorado
Creative Inkling, Hatnboro, PA
Creek Bank Creations, Indiana
Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida
Frantic Stamper, Oregon
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado,
Golden Hills PaperCrafts, Fairfax Station, Virginia,
Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island, 
My Rusty Crown, Escondido, California,
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut,
Papere Parachute Art Design Co., Beaverton, Oregon
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon
Sherries's Stuff, Warrenton, Virginia,
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www.
Stamplistic, Cleveland, Ohio
The Artistic Palette Studio, Eugene, OR,
The Crafty Scrapper, Waxahachie, TX
The Doodlebug Inc, Jasper, IN,
The Ink Pad, New York,
The Queen's Ink Savage, Maryland
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina
Seth Apter, New York
Stamp Fever, Orange, California
Whim so Doodle, Saint Petersburg, Florida, 
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