Tuesday 30 December 2014

Semester 3 Summary

Good evening everyone, Darcy here. We at PaperArtsy hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends. The last week has been the perfect end to the year with so many projects from you, our followers, full of fun and inspiration. It was an absolute joy for us to sit back and see what you love to do with your crafty supplies. 

Thankyou to each and every one of you that joined in, made projects and left comments. The support you show  us, the PaperArtsy team, and the designers, and each other is heartwarming, and so very special. 

December Challenge Reminder. The current monthly challenge closes tomorrow, December 31st at 5pm, so you still have a little time to join in and link up here. The December winner will be announced shortly after at 7pm, 31st December to nicely wrap up 2014.

New Year Ahead. It's all change here at PA Towers, we do like to shake things up and keep the blog looking fresh. So we have brand new plans and format for 2015. Watch out for a special blog post on Sunday 4th January 2015. This is when the new plans will be introduced. The new challenge link will also go live at that time too.

We would like to take this opportunity to give a huge thanks to all of our semester 3 guest designers, signature designers and random guests. You have all brought so much enthusiasm and vitality to your posts, creating some truly amazing projects. 

Let's take a look back over the past 4 months at some of those creations. 

First up these cards by Wanda, this background technique creates such an interesting base layer, see how she created it HERE.

These funky tags were made by Anneke, gorgeous colours and a perfect idea all year round. Take a look at the original post to see how they came together and the texture was added.. HERE

This bunting by Lelainia combines card and fabric, lots of layers of paint and even stitching, such fun! Pop back and see it  HERE. 

Our very own admin Gillian made this gorgeous feather canvas, a fantastic mash up of different  styles of stamps and beautiful muted colours. See how she created that awesome two tone effect HERE. 

Seth Apter joined us, bringing his very distinctive style of journalling. His pages are so rich in their layers, their depth and their surprise elements.. such as the small photo in this one. See how all these parts came together HERE. 

Clare Lloyd, one of our signature designers, created this fabulous journal page using her range of stamps. Not only is this a great background, but Clare also takes you through the steps of shading this lovely face. If you would like to have a go at faces then check out her post HERE. 

Julie Ann always comes up with really innovative ideas, this was no exception. Would you believe this is some recycled packaging? Transformed into an amazing gift folder. Bursting with sumptuous colours and texture, one not to be missed. See it HERE.

One of our newer signature designers is Liz Borer, she has an amazing eye for colour and composition. This plaque is just stunning, come and see how she achieved that flowing textured area HERE. 

Sue is a regular contributor on the blog and always comes up with something beautiful. This flower is  simple but visually so beautiful and elegant. This frame also has an extra hanging element below, come and see how it came together HERE

Another of our signature designers is Ellen Vargo, she has a superb collection of stamps including these petal shapes which she transformed into trees. Genius! Come and see them HERE. 

Our designers do like to borrow each others stamps, here Darcy used Ellen's stamps to make these gift bows. Not only are there step by step photos there is also a great video. Pop back to the post HERE or see the video on its own on the PaperArtsy channel HERE. 

Jo Firth-Young is also a signature designer, her creations are full of whimsy happiness, look how fun this snowy canvas is. Come and see how she made it HERE.

One of our PAtwits, Lesley, joined us for an evening. We were delighted with how she took elements of Liz Borer's stamps to create these elegant Christmas cards. Just perfect. See all the details HERE.

One of our longest standing PAtwits is Helen, we were thrilled when she agreed to make a project for us. This journal cover shows the perfect fusion of stencilling, stamping and embellishing. See how all the elements built up HERE. 

Another of our signature designers is the lovely Sara Naumann, who creates gorgeous projects in her studio in Poland . She makes it all look so easy and her videos are so clear and informative. Come and see how she made this card HERE. 

One of our guest this semester was Lisa, using Hot Picks Haberdashery stamps she decorated this sewing box. How awesome is that lid. Come and see all the details HERE. 

Lynne was another guest, you may have seen her work in Somserset Studio magazine, we were so happy when she joined us for the evening. Her creations are so very lovely, delicate and vintage. This assemblage incorporates paper clay, see how Lynne used it HERE. 

Some wonderful reminders of the semester. I have loved looking back over the past 4 months and hope that you have too. We aim to keep your creative juices well topped up with delicious inspiration. Next year we will have even more fabulousness for you, make sure you 'subscribe by email' {fill in the box in the right sidebar} that way you won't miss any posts. 

Have a fabulous and safe New Year


Helen said...

Much looking forward to the new year and new challenges! The round up of the last semester was great, and I am honoured to have been included. Looking back at these projects you've picked really brings home how versatile the Paperartsy range is - can't wait to see the new things that are undoubtedly being planned (having seen hints of sneak peaks!!) Thanks to Leandra, Mark Darcy and Gillian for all your hard work. Happy 2015 everyone!

Hazel Agnew said...

Lovely to skip back and enjoy all these wonderful projects again. Thankyou to the PA team for all the stimulation and information. I have learned so much since I joined the "gang". You are all such lovely friendly peeps too! Look forward to beginning the New Year with you and cheers to many more exciting adventures together! Xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

A great look back with each and every project being fantastic. As Helen and Hazel have already stated a big thank you to Leandra and the team for all the great inspiration.

the inspiration and support shown to me has been fantastic. Being in the gang as Hazel puts it has helped my artist wings soar from all the inspiaration and demonstrations of the fantastic projects.

Looking forward to the new year and new challenges. Happy New Year to all at Paparf Artsy xxx

My name is Cindy said...

Lovely to see all these beautiful projects, I always know there will be something to inspire here. All so different and such a lot of talent. Keep up the good work!!

Rebecca said...

Looking good....I must make an effort to blog what I do next year & add the links....if I made resolutions that would be one LOL.

Looking forward to next year's fabulousness!
Happy craftin

massofhair said...

A beautiful blog post, so much fun and inspiration always awaits anyone who dares to visit the Paper Artsy Blog, once you have visited the magic begins and creative wings start to grow!

Looking forward to something different in 2015!

To all at Paper Artsy have a Happy New Year and a fantastic 2015:-) xxx

ionabunny said...

So many gorgeous projects. Thanks for a fantastic year of inspiraton. Happy New Year. Hugz

craftytrog said...

A marvellous look back over the past year, great to re-visit those beautiful projects!
Happy new year PA!
Alison xxx

Cocofolies said...

Some fabulous makes by everyone, thank you Darcy for showing them again with all the links if we need... great post! Happy New Year to PaperArtsy!! Coco xxx

Seth said...

I love the wide variety of projects here that all have in common your amazing products. A great review!!

Julie Lee said...

Lovely to see all those projects again and there is so much variety of style and colour. PaperArtsy is such a versatile range - what can't be done with these stamps and paints? Thanks to the team for all you do to produce the blog. xxx

craftimamma said...

What a roundup of truly amazing inspiration from everyone. I am so hoping I get time to play along with the challenges more this year and can't wait to see what you have in store for us. Knowing Leandra and the brillian PaperArtsy crew it has to be something great!

Lesley Xx

Anonymous said...

A wonderful array of artwork covering so many different styles which showcases the versatility of all that is PaperArtsy.
Looking forward to seeing what 2015 will have in store.