Monday 16 July 2012

1792 ephemera and a {fishy} story....spooky

They are online now. 3 new spooky stamps, and 3 new hot picks.

First is another sewing related stamp: Hot pick 1216

The writing on the invoice on the top half of this plate is stunning. it is actually for feathers ordered from a London haberdashery/milliner by the well known botanist, Joseph Banks, who accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyages to the unknown southern Hempishere new worlds! This document of 1792 is from preparations for their 3rd voyage. It seems the local pub was used by the 'store owner' to conduct his business from. And how stunning is the large collage at the bottom of the plate!! Gorgeous.

Next up, Hot pick 1217

The scallop flower die, and the Tall Heart die, you probably already have acquired. We like to make new stamps for existing dies, and whether you have the dies or not, these are still stunning stamps. Mr PaperArtsy has a beautiful way of creating these collaged images. The detail is stunning and the quality of the stamps outstanding. The heart can be used repeatedly to make a huge flower, and the scallop flower makes a great centrepiece for that giant embellishment! Try this with our new crackly tissue or how about painting some crunchy waxed craft paper and using that!

The invoice at the top is another for Joseph Banks, for the same voyage with Captain Cook...this time he was collecting beads and jewellery times from a 'necklacemaker' based near London Bridge. I recently was wandering around Borough Market (huge food market) at London Bridge recently, and the old cobbled streets and small alleyways are still so Victorian even today!

On the invoice it quotes the location of the trader as 'Monument Yard, Fish Street Hill' Of course, it was near this part of London, where the great London fire started in a bakers at Pudding Hill, and then swepth down Fish Hill towards the Thames river where it consumed the then wooden London Bridge. The monument of course is a monument erected in remembrance of the Great Fire of London.

So when you use that stamp as a background, the history will have much significance to you, than just another script or background!

Hot pick 1218

Having studied at an American university in his youth, Mr PaperArtsy is partial to a bit of Americana. This one is for the boys! I love the pick up truck, and the elements in here like the route 66 highway crest will be fabulous embellishments for all sorts of projects.

Now to the spooky stuff. The longer I craft, the more I am drawn to the quirky, dark, spooky stuff..and not just for Halloween! I know in the USA Halloween has always been a huge thing, but not so much in other parts of the world, however, it does seem a strengthening trend for retailers all over the world to promote Halloween as another date to boost sales, and so I think we are all accepting it now as normal to see aisles of dedicated spooky goods when October approaches. Last year we did this plate very late in October.....

Halloween 01

And now we have Some buddies to join it..

Halloween 02

Halloween 03

Halloween 04

So I am hoping you will enjoy these stamps, they've in the online shop now, and we will start shipping this week as they come off the production line.

Have a great week



Helen said...

Love them all, and it's great to have the background behind the stamps too. I love exploring London.

Words and Pictures said...

Utterly gorgeous... coming shopping now!!
Alison x

Trish said...

These are great new stamps, and I espcially love the history behind the first 2, makes them even more special!

Ellie Knol said...

The first one is my favourite, I especially LOVE the text stamp on it!

Siobhan Brignull said...

have you swallowed an encyclopedia Leandra LOL

love them especially all the yummy skulls and spider webs

PaperArtsy said...

Haha. No it was Mr PA who improved my understanding of these historic docs . But I might have googled fish street hill just a little!

Michelle Webb said...

Can I have the lot please??? lol

Kim Dellow said...

Yeah I saw your new stamps and I was like Oh No not more stamps I really want :) and with history and everything *sigh* need them! Kim

Chris said...

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mark gould said...

I love these sets, i have just got a couple of them and think I will be using them lots and lots.
Love your products, the fresco paints are brilliant, I always look forward to what the craft barn will be getting from you next.