Friday 11 September 2009

Day 9: PaperArtsy 12 Days of Christmas

Day 9: Featuring Isabelle Norris using Nut and Meg Plate 1

Today we start  4 days seeing how the Design Team have used the Nut and Meg stamps in combination with other PaperArtsy Christmas stamps.

When I first met Isa she was a scrapper who loved inks and paints, but some of those products were new to her, and she was trying to work out the differences between and features of them all. I became her inky product-advisor as she was so eager to know about the differences between dye, pigment, distress, and so on. 

Isa was a sponge thirsting for information and we quickly became good friends as she put the finishing touches to her French book (about Distress Inks!). It wasn’t long before the tables were turned and she was teaching me new techniques and ideas she had discovered while experimenting. And boy does she do that. Her head is always spinning with new ideas, she has no fear to try anything! 

Since those early days, Isa became a regular teacher at the Craft Barn, and then a regular writer for Craft Stamper magazine. She is a prolific creator of stamping and scrapbooking projects, and does all this while coping with 3 children and a husband who travels a lot with work. Isabelle has now left England with her lovely family to settle in Canada, we all miss her a lot, but we are still only an email away.

These days She has become very well known internationally  in both stamping and Scrapping Circles. Isabelle is here in the UK this weekend to demo at the Craft Barn Extravaganza event - make sure you  drop by, the event has grown so large it now take up 2 halls, plus the shop! So there will be about 20 demonstrators showing you all their fantastic ideas and techniques. Leandra will be there too check out the details here.

Ferro Tree 
by Isabelle Norris 
In her signature Distress Ink style, Isa has sponged ink onto a background, and stamped with Linen and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. The words on the tree are from SINM8, and the green texture is from Ferro Green-Gold texture paste.
  • Onto white card Stamp the words from SIEN8 a couple of times, then overstamp with the tree SIEN1. Also stamp some presents and Happy Holidays, and the star for the tree.
  • Slap some ferro golden green onto card with a credit card, and then stamp into in with a damp stamp the tree (SIEN 1) . The damp will help the stamp release from the ferro. Let dry and then cut apart.
  • Make a background from sponged peeled paint ink, overstamp with the snowflake SIEN 8.
  • Arrange the tree pieces and the presents onto the card. Embellish with happy holidays and some small words such as 'XMAS' from SIEN6.
  • Layer up to complimentary card stock.
A light up bear
by Isabelle Norris
  • The main brown base page of this layout is stamped with the small flower from SIEN2 with brown StazOn.
  • Stamp the middle cream strip in brown StazOn with “noel” (SINM6) and the little snowflake (SINM1)
  • Stamp the biggest flower from SIEN2 on pearl metal using brown StazOn. Once dry, cut them out, mark the “veins” with an embossing tool and pinch the end of each petal.
  • Stamp the smallest flower on the same paper as the page and cut them out. Emboss them with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Victoria) and paint the raised pattern with Viva Décor Precious Metal gold.
  • Stamp the tree on the lightest paper. Emboss it with the Victoria embossing folder, cut it out and paint as you did with the flowers.
  • Add titles, journalled words etc to your layout with the photo, and arrange the flowers around the photo.
Large Wooden Peg
by Isabelle Norris
Cover peg with a thick coat of Viva Decor gold Croco paint and let it dry overnight.
The inside of the peg is painted with Viva Decor Precious Metal paint (gold).
 Once dry, you can cover the paint with either Viva Décor Precious Metal (here pink on the side of the peg) or with alcohol inks (under Rudolph and flowers) 
Flowers (SIEN2):
Paint pieces of white card with Viva Decor Precious Metal paint gold and blackberry. Dry. Stamp both flowers on each colour and cut them out.
Emboss the smallest flowers with Cuttlebug embossing folder Ornamental Iron and highlight the raised pattern with the contrasting paint. Add a brad and attach the flowers to the pegs with 3D foam pads or glue dots.

Rudolph (SINM1):
  • Ink up a piece of white card with Adirondack Hazelnut dye-ink. Stamp Rudolph and cut him out.
  • Paint another piece of white card with Viva Decor Precious Metal paint (gold), dry with heat gun and stamp Rudolph in black archival ink. Cut out the nose, horns, medal, stars and hooves and glue them onto the first Rudolph.
  • Attach him onto the peg with 3D foam pads

Thankyou Isabelle for the lovely samples you have made for us today. It's going to be great to cathc up with you at the Barn this weekend!. 

To finish today's post, Jo has another tag she knocked up with her fave new product Croco Crackle.  Can't wait to see this IRL, because the way she mixes bronze onto the Red card seems to somehow change the colour of the croco. I can't wait to try that!

Tree tag 
By Jo Capper-Sandon
1. Apply Oasis Green Versa Magic directly from the pad onto the right hand side of a tag.
2. Stamp tree image onto newspaper, cut out and glue in place.
3. Stamp snowflake randomly in Oasis Green, colour and add gems.
4. Coat a piece of white card and a scrap of red card with silver and bronze Croco Crackle respectively.
5. Once the crackle is dry, tear a small section of the red crackled card and glue to the base of the tree tag.
6. Mount the tree tag onto the white/silver crackled card and trim to size.
7. Stamp 'To' and 'From' taken from the tag stamp from plate 3 Xmas (Ink and the Dog) in black ink onto white paper, cut out and glue in place.
7. Thread beaded chain through the top of the tag. Stamp postal 'do not open' (plate 3 Xmas) onto a circlular perspex tag using black Stazon and attach to beads with fine wire.

PaperArtsy Blog Giveaway: Please leave a comment and we'll randomly draw a name to win Nut and Meg Plates 1 and Nut and Meg Plate 8 on EZ Mount worth £18.80. This offer ends midnight GMT the day of this posting, 12 September 2009,  and is open to all players worldwide.


Helen said...

Isa is one very talented lady! I am so pleased she is going to be at the Craft Barn today (I am up early getting excited!) Jo's tag is gorgeous too.
I am running out of superlatives for the art I've seen - and still - only - sob - 3 days left.LOL

Jane Moseley said...

What lovely designs!! I have a couple of large pegs and was waiting for inspiration...I now have it. Thanks

flutterbycrafter said...

Love them all, but Jo's tag is beautiful. All fantastic.

Sandra said...

More gorgeous stamps. I am overflowing with ideas now - I can see me revisiting this blog plenty of times before Christmas. I'm hoping to get to the Craft Barn tomorrow for more lovely craftiness.

Sandie said...

I love the tree stamp, the possibilities you could use this for are endless!!!! The tag is gorgeous too!!!
Fingers crossed. cheers sandie

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

I love the "pegs" - length of gold cord and you have a Christmas card holder!! and Jo's tag is amazing. Hooray for the weekend, I'm going to craft all day!!

Anonymous said...

So much talent - I love Isa's work and Jo's tag is simply stunning


laury55 said...

thanks for sharing all those great ideas and did a wonderful work

Laura said...

These are great and I just love the Christmas tree.

P'tite Plume said...

It is really magnificent and so original, that of ideas! Love, love all.

Jayne said...

Beautiful ideas yet again....the tag is just gorgeous!!

Sian said...

Wow, the creations are amazing and Rudolph is adorable :)

Lesley Edmonds said...

I love the Ferro Tree and Tag best. Fabulous stamps. Can't wait to use them IRL!
Lesley x

Sid said...

Ohh what a load of inspiration ! The tree stamp I really love, in fact they are all superb. Especially like Jo's tag too !

mummymoo said...

OMG I LOVE Isa's faux metal look and Jo's gift tag is seriously stunning!!!!

Melanie said...

i love what the designers have done with the christmas trees,fantastic inspiration

Ellen said...

I love the natural look on that bear layout and Rudoolph is such a hoot.
Jo's tag is gorgeous , i just love that wonky tree , it looks great on newspaper

Gillian McMurray said...

I just love those big pegs and the flowers for layering are such a great idea.

Unknown said...

What a day of inspiration ... Isa and Jo ... both fabulously innovative and classy crafters ... I am loving their work X

Claireabelle said...

Wow, brilliant!! Love the pegs

Anonymous said...

I love this tree - especially with metal. N & M plate 1 is on my shopping list!

Artyjen said...

Love that tree in both The Ferro one of Isa's and the tag of Jo's...Thanks for all the inspiration so far..and the chance to win

Carol said...

Great work Isa

loving these plates

Yhaks for the chance

Elaine A said...

Such wonderful, wonderful pieces of art! Thank you for the great ideas and all the eye candy!

Elaine Allen

Trish said...

My favorite designer (Isabelle), I love the samples and of course the stamps! Great inspiration.

Anonymous said...

love the chocolate snow flake in fact all the designs are so great I am almost feeling Christmassy quite an achievement.

Juut said...

It's all great: The stamps and of course all the beautifull things made with them!


The Wilde One said...

I am so inspired and have bought a peg to decorate at the Craft Barn - off we go.

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

There is something about that little snowflake that just makes me need it right now!

Fantastic samples once again with some brilliant techniques

Love Dee xxx

Anonymous said...

I just love that beautiful, bright peg. Isa is so inventive with the paint, metal and embossing.
Jo`s tag is lovely, techniques and colours are so well balanced, it is a present on its own.

Chris said...

Fabulous artwork from the team. So much inspiration and so many ideas.

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Rudolf is too cute, i shall definitely be getting him!!

Isabelle Norris said...

It's always a pleasure to work with your stamps (and listen to your advice). thank you for those very kind words about me/us. I miss you too!! and it was great to see you again this weekend. See you at the next one!! Unless you come and visit in Canada before then ;)