Sunday 27 April 2014

{3UP} Night 1: Eclectica - Lin Brown

Hi Everyone, Leandra here for the entire week ahead co-ordinating the end of semester 3UP challenge entries. 

Back in mid-March we asked for submissions for this end-of-semester #3UP round based on the new stamp releases of Feb 2014. 

So what is  3UP? Well, it's simple. 3 volunteers are selected to be featured each evening on the blog. When a semester concludes at the end of the 4 month period, we end up with a spare week before the new semester commences. This is the perfect opportunity for us to feature the work of you, our blog, twitter and face-book followers, and for you to show us your personal style with our newest releases.

Each time we do this the 3UP format changes a little depending on my latest brainwave. In the past we have had stamp themes, colour combos, surprise envelopes, and in August 2013, to celebrate our 10th year in business we featured all the PA stamp collections of the last 10 years.

This week each evening features ONE of our 2014 new product collections released in February. The names of those who pre-registered went in the hat, and 3 people were drawn, except for the final night where we will feature 6 people using each of our newest Hot Pick stamps!

So let's get started. Tonight our volunteers are using the newest Eclectica: Lin Brown series of stamps, stencils and dies, and of course they were permitted to use other products from Lin's Designer series too. 

FIRST UP: Shirley with 2 striking cards
Dies with matching stamps is a concept we came up with in 2010 when we first released our Hot Picks. It'sd an idea many stamp and die companies have picked up on since. Shirley has perfectly used the ELB stamps (which have matching dies) that we released early this year to create 2 cards with a striking use of colour. I do love a bit of CAS style! The detail in these new stamps adds a new dimension and contrast to the bold hand-carved stamps in the rest of Lin's collection.

PaperArtsy edit: Please note the stamps on the set Shirley has used all have fine black borders as shown in the image below, ELB07. All these stamps have dies to match. The recommendation is to die-cut the shape first, then stamp the corresponding stamp-image onto the die cut shape, this will leave a slight border around the edge of the image. For example, here is the ELB branch die and it has been stamped with the ELB02 branch.

However, there is also another new stamp set (ELB09) where the stamps are slightly larger than the die cut shape (a new PaperArtsy concept in stamp and die sets), so if you stamp these onto the die cut, the image will extend beyond the shape's edge, for a no-border effect. Both options are really useful, with or without the dies, and some of the dies have stamp images to work on both the front and the back of the die cut shape. We like to offer you extra versatility wherever we can!

So, let's hear from Shirley, and what she got up to with these stamps!

Name: Shirley Bampton
Stamp: ELB07, ELB01

Shirley Says: I’ve been stamping for 17 years and I absolutely love it.  I’m lucky enough to have retired early and, as hubby likes to do all the cooking, I get plenty of time to play with all my toys.  I’m primarily a card-maker but I also like to do 3D items - canvases, wood blocks, books - as long as there’s stamping included, I’m happy! I've made 2 clean and simple cards for this 3 UP challenge

Card 1: Secrets Of The Garden
This card incorporates some of my (current) favourite techniques - distress inking, splatting and stitching.  I stamped the images onto white card with black permanent ink, then swiped distress inks across the images, rubbing the inks in with kitchen roll.  Spritzed the images with water then cut them out when dry, edging with a black marker pen. 

I splatted some of the colour onto a smoothy card panel, then stuck the cut-out images down with a bit of double-sided tape in strategic places, keeping the tape clear of the stitched area.  I machine-stitched the pieces down and left the thread-ends trailing.  

The sentiment (from ELB01) was stamped in green and before it dried I smudged the ink to soften the edges.  I edged the panel softly with green ink to help define it and stuck it onto the main card, then bent the cut-out pieces up to add some dimension.(NB. You could also use the Branch and Butterfly dies for speed)

Card 2: Art In Bloom
I wanted to make a monochrome card using this set, so I stamped the images in black permanent ink and cut them out (you could use the Leaf and Bloom dies), leaving a border around one of the flower cut-outs.  On a panel of black card I dragged white pigment ink with the edge of a credit card, then mounted that onto the white card base.  

I stamped the sentiment (from ELB01) onto spare white card, cut up the words, then added some fine lines across the top and bottom of each word.  Punched a disc from black card for the flower centre then assembled the pieces on the card, bending them for dimension.

SECOND UP: Cazz and a Distressed, painted Storage Box
We love the way Cazz has used so many techniques on this project to alter this really useful storage solution. The translucent paints really 'pop' on top of the Grunge Paste. A great way to personalise and alter any wooden item.

Name: Cazz Wright
Twitter: @sunshine_cazz
Stamp: Using ELB05, PS005

Cazz says: Hi, my name is Cazz and it's my pleasure to bring you my take on the 3up challenge this evening. Some of you may know me from Twitter as @sunshine_cazz, a title given to me by another tweeter for always bringing a bit of sunshine to their day. Some of you might have seen me wandering round craft shows wearing my trusted blue witch hat - handy when you are meeting people you don't know, or when your mum is trying to find you across a crowded room. 

I have been crafting for many moons; I will turn my hand to almost anything. I can knit, I just don't. I can crochet, again, I just don't. I like to make a bit of jewellery when the mood takes me, and can sew up a bag or a kitchen curtain when I want to, and throw together a card or two or a home project. I love Digital crafting and going a bit hybrid. Maybe I am not a master of one particular trade but certainly I am  jack of all!
By day, I can be seen whizzing around St. Neots, Cambs on my lovely lavender bike for work. I work for myself and clean other peoples houses for a living. It's hard work, but I have a lovely group of clients that I clean for on a regular basis and whilst it doesn't pay well, I love what I do, except when its raining cats and dogs and it drips inside my waterproofs - then I am not so enamoured with my job. But, it pays the bills and keeps a roof over my head so it could be a lot worse. 

Storage Box
So, to my 3up project. I chose to work with Lin Brown's ELB05 as I already had the Stencil set PS005 so thought they would go well together. I began with one of Ali Reeve's MDF mask storage boxes and covered it with Gesso. Once dry, I used Fresco Beach Hut on 3 sides and the front of the drawer. (I didn't do the back as it will be against a wall anyway - economical with the paint then). Then I applied a thin layer of Fresco Crackle Glaze and left it to dry for a while then gave it a blast with a heat gun. I then generously applied Fresco 'Chalk' paint (from the JOFY limited edition Paint set) over the top and allowed the crackle effect to occur. It only takes a few minutes, but you can speed it up with a heat tool.


The inner walls of the unit and the drawer were  lined with Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper edged with Broken China Distress ink. Using the Stencil Set PS005 and Grunge Paste, I applied flowers over the unit and allowed them to dry. Once dry, I used a make-up sponge squished into a mushroom shape to add some colour to the flowers; Fresco Pumpkin Soup, Cinnamon & Beach Hut were used.

The wooden letters were painted with Fresco Dusty Teal (from the JOFY set), dried and dabbed over with Treasure Gold: Copper before sticking them to the drawer front. The flower in the front was also given a tickle of Treasure Gold: Copper.

I then used Jet Black archival ink to add the sentiments from the stamp set ELB05.

THIRD UP: Helen with a Large Hanging Chunky Board
These hanging boards have been so popular, and make a great surface to alter. Despite being a bit of an uneven paper-mache surface, they seem to stand up to all kinds of altering, and make great mini book covers too, landscape or portrait. And as they are so cheap, people seem to buy them by the dozen!
Name: Helen Lindfield
Twitter: @stampingbyh
Stamp: ELB07, PS001

Helen says: I am Helen Lindfield, living in a very crowded flat (can't stop buying stash!) I work for a mortgage broker dealing with her administration and mortgage processing - helping people realise their dream homes (hopefully).   When not working, I can be found on twitter @stampingbyh or blogging at or and getting to know my new camera, and watching football.  I've been crafting with rubber stamps for about 20 years. This April 1st (yes, really!) just gone would have been my 25th wedding anniversary - were it not for the divorce, hehe! 

I started my project with one of the PaperArtsy papier mache hanging boards, painted with two layers of gesso, and then Chartreuse Fresco paint (from the ELB Limited Edition Paint set). I took one of the leaves from my chosen stamp set - ELB07, and using Chutney Fresco (applied with cut and dry foam) stamped the leaves randomly over both sides of the box. Using a small palette knife I applied Grunge Paste through  Lin Brown's stencil PS001 as shown, and dry brushed Beach Hut Fresco, wiping back with a baby wipe. I painted the leaves on the box with a watered down coat of Chocolate Pudding, wiping most of it off. I stamped the sentiment from ELB05 randomly over the box, using Jet Black archival ink.

I stamped both of the larger leaves (5 in all) and 3 butterflies from the same set, on Heavyweight Smoothy Paper using Jet Black archival ink and cut out the images. Next I painted Hey Pesto on some and Chartreuse on the others. I added shading  using the alternate colour, and adding Chutney for tone round the edges. For the butterflies I used a base layer of Tango and then Smoked Paprika over the top, with Beach Hut accents. I finished by accenting the base and the butterflies with White Fire and Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold. I fixed the butterflies with heavy gel medium. 

Thanks to all of our 3 upsters tonight, please make sure to visit their blogs and say Hi! We love this time at the end of a semester where we get to see what you all like to do with our newest products, so thanks for your continued enthusiasm and participation.

If you would like to play along with our #3UP this week, then feel free to link up by Sunday May 4th at 5pm, and go in the draw to win a surprise prize at the end of the week. As it's the end of the semester, the prize will be a special goody bag with a variety of items to the value of £50. 

Each entry generates you a ticket in the draw to win. Maximum number of entries per person is 3. Your entry must be a new creation made this week, and explain which person's 3UP entry inspired you to play along. Good luck, winners will be announced on Sunday May 4th, 7pm.

We'll see you back here tomorrow with another #3UP group, and a different collection of new stamps!


Unknown said...

Great makes from all of tonight's #3UP ers. Welcome to the crew Cazz

craftytrog said...

Lots of fab inspiration, great projects everyone! xxx

Helen said...

Fabulous projects from my fellow #3UP-ers!!

Jacqui Chimes said...

Great projects tonight

Deborah Wainwright said...

Great to see all the projects tonight. Well done ladies really great makes xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow, Shirley, Cazz and Helen. 3 fab but different projects. Love the cards and the black and white one is so neat. Love the white lines from the credit card. Cazz's box is a delight and the stamping is brilliant. Helen, your colours are stunning and as usual a master of balance and composition. Well done the 3uppers. Xxx

Unknown said...

Great projects ladies-love all of them!!

Unknown said...

Great projects and great inspiration. Well done everyone!

Anonymous said...

And we're off!! What a great start to this week of #3UP fun. I love all three projects; Shirley's B&W card is lovely, Cazz's bright flowers look great & Helen's colours are gorgeous. Well done to all of you.

Clare Lloyd said...

Fabulous projects everyone.

Miriam said...

Great projects have all done so well... great creativity

Steven said...

Wow! first night and already blown away with inventiveness, lovely colours and sheer creativity. well done all of you and thanks for sharing

Ruth said...

Fab projects from everyone and such a variety of techniques, fantastic start.

Clare K Baker said...

Wow amazing projects. Well done ladies. You give me inspiration xx

Clare K Baker said...

Wow amazing projects. Well done ladies. You give me inspiration xx

Unknown said...

Loved all the projects tonight, full of inspiration ! Fab ♥️

Gillian .... said...

WTG ladies what a fantastic start to #3UP week:

Shirley - Love the clean & simple composition to both your cards, striking.

Sunshine Cazz - Love this storage idea, fab texture from the GP & love the colours you opted to work with.

Helen - My fav substrate to work with, great effect from the LB stencil (need to get that one now lol) & fab colour combo.

JoFY said...

love all these great projects- great start to the 3up sessions!

Unknown said...

Well done. Fab projects ladies! xxx

Craftyfield said...

Great projects by all tonight. What a fun way to finish the semester.

craftimamma said...

What a brilliant start to #3UP week! All the projects are amazing. I love Shirley's cards but the first one hits the spo for me ... love those dainty splatters and the colours. The useful storage from Cazz is lovely and cheery and makes me smile .... just like Cazz herself! And last but not least, Helen's fab hanging board is gorgeous and again the colours are great with lovely composition of the elements.

Fab kickstart to the week Ladies!

Lesley Xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous projects from everyone ! Sue C x

Rainbow Lady said...

Super works of art from all the #3Upsters tonight.... well done ladies xx

Julie Lee said...

Wonderful projects all three! Loads of inspiration here for using the new products! I love Cazz's box, Helen's beautifully coloured and co-ordinated wall hanging and Shirley's stunning cards! Well done, #3uppers!
Julie Ann xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful start to the week! So much talent contained in these beautiful projects!

Lucy x

massofhair said...

Well done Shiley, Cazz and Helen. Three fabulous projects each one so different and unique:-)

Gabrielle said...

What amazing projects! Yay for three fabulous #PATwits! Incredibly proud of you guys!

Kathi said...

Shirley, Cazz, and Helen: Thanks for the inspiration. Your projects are all fabulous!

I'm just really happy I don't have to choose a favorite!!!

Unknown said...

Fab projects ladies! I've always been nervous of anything other than cards but the more I see other types of projects the more I want to have a go! Thanks for the inspiration x

yoursartfully said...

I've been teaching today so I'm truly sorry to be a bit late to the beginning of #3UP week, especially as it's using my product lines!!!
Ladies you did yourselves proud, I love all the projects that all three of you made.I still get a huge buzz to how other people use my stuff and I'm pretty sure that you will have inspired the PaperArtsy followers to try out a few of your clever ideas.


ionabunny said...

Fantastic projects Shirley, Cazz, Helen. Thanks for taking the plunge and sharing

Rebecca said...

Well done girlies lovely projects
Happy craftin

Craft-E-Place said...

WOW, I'm in awe of all the creativity! Stunningly brilliant. Congrats to you all.

selena said...

tous ces projets sont magnifiques et plein de creativité.

Keren Baker said...

These are brilliant projects. A fab start to the week. Love all the different styles and colours!!

Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic makes from the #3UPpers... great to see those stamps and stencils in so many different hands - very inspiring.
Alison xx

Etsuko said...

wonderful projects. I was inspired by those creation. xx

Cocofolies said...

Lovely projects here too, what a great week it has been!!! Very inspiring. Coco xx

Kezzy said...

Wow all of your makes are gorgeous and certainly inspiring :-) Kezzy xxx