Tuesday 30 March 2021

2021 Topic 4 Free to Fly with Scrapcosy {by Miriam Grazier}

 2021 Topic 4: Free to Fly

Miriam's little robin looks perfectly nested in his mossy green home and there's so much texture to love in this piece. With techniques you perhaps haven't tried yet, there's plenty to delve into with this lovely piece.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you an art panel that I created using Scrapcosy stamps.

I wanted to create a textued panel that looked rustic but with loads of detail.  I really wanted the simplicity and beauty of the bird to be centre stage.

I loved adding so much texture to my panel.  And Infusions look so effective over Grunge Paste.

I used Fresco Finish Matte Glaze to mix Infusions to use as a paint - this is a technique that Raquel has shown in her YouTube videos.

I love the bird image.  I decided I wanted the bird to be a robin, so I stamped and coloured him with Polychromo pencils.

I used the 'filler' stamps in the stamp set ESC19 to stamp randomly over the panel and around the edge.  I used Fresco Acrylic chalk paints to do this as they stamp so well.

I stenciled the wording onto tissue with PS191 using Fresco Acrylic paint and then added it to the panel using matte medium.

I love using this technique.  Due to the texture and depth that I created, the tissue completely melted into the background as though I had stamped directly onto the panel.

I thought this robin looked majestic and free and so suited the topic so well.

I had so much fun creating this project - it was messy but I, myself, felt free in creating, which gave another dimension to the topic of 'free to fly'.  It was uplifting for me to lose myself in creating lots of texture with Grunge Paste, Infusions and stamps.  It really is my favourite way to relax.

I really hope that I have encouraged you to get your supplies out to create freely.  It is so relaxing and uplifting.

I think, in hindsight, I would have liked to have stamped into the Grunge Paste to add even more texture and dimension to my project.  It gives me another opportunity to create again!

Thank you for joining me this evening.

Happy crafting.


Blog:  Miriam's Creative Dreams

Sunday 28 March 2021

2021 Topic 4: Free to Fly {Topic Intro}

 2021 Topic  4 - Free to Fly

Hi everyone, Keren here, with this flighty topic, guaranteed to make our hearts soar and might give us a sense of freedom even with our somewhat currently contained lives. Free to fly; so many ways to interpret it that I suspect our bloggers will have been spoiled for choice. Whether we are speaking to ourselves via journalling and dreaming of a freer inner self, or perhaps we want to release something to enable us to move onto something new, or even get rid of things that are holding back our wings. It might be that some of our creatives are yearning for distance away from their current abodes and are looking forward to flying literally (with airplane wings of course!).
Floating in first are our intrepid bloggers, flexing their metaphorical wings!

First up is Raquel aka as Scrapcosy with one of her lovely nature inspired stamp sets, creating a wonderful page in an art journal.

Switching gears to something different, Leandra created this frame using a previous release from Seth Apter. Nothing actually flying other than your imagination!

Leandra hasn't finished yet.. this piece was celebrating the recent release of our new Fresco greens. I reckon the birds are busy conversing with the butterflies debating who can fly the highest!

Bringing up the rear fantastically is Jenny Marples with this bevy of butterfly beauties.

'Beginning' can often be the greatest challenge. Sylvie Demers has captured the wonder of learning to fly in this atmospheric print.

Isn't freedom to fly created by the absence of things too? One of my favourites quotes is by Michael Card' It's hard to imagine the freedom we find, from the things we leave behind'. This artist had a similar philosophy.

Perhaps you might be inspired to create art based on current affairs or speaking to causes that disturb our hearts. This is a particularly poignant piece of artwork communicating to refugees that they are free and welcome in their country.

Our words can often give others permission to fly, and this scrapbooking page not only attests to that in the journalling, but I love the painterly effects over the dark background and the washed out title.

This next project is using a die with a wonderful background. Lots of us have butterfly stamps and dies and I thought adapting this idea might be a great starting point for your arty endeavours.

Someone who's no stranger to butterflies and flight is our own Kay Carley, and this lovely 
picture has been designed by Kay. Those dragonflies are about to lift right off!

This next idea is so clever- personalising for the recipient using places of interest that are meaningful to them. 

If applique is your thing, why not rustle up some dancing dragonflies. The quilted aspect adds a wonderful depth to the fabric.

Maybe you feel your cup is full- perhaps of duties and responsibilities or instead you might be thankful that you have a 'full cup'. Either way, this beautiful cup overflowing with flighty butterflies seemed perfectly fitting.

You might enjoy some dimensional papercrafting- so how about a hot air balloon?! Whilst you might not be free to actually fly in it, this cleverly constructed piece just may inspire a flight of fancy!

This is a beautiful quote that seems like the perfect end to this topic introduction and might be the beginning of creating some free to fly based art.

If you want to create along with us while we explore this topic, please share your makes on our social feeds so we can follow along. Instagram @paperartsy or why not join us and post in the 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!


Wednesday 24 March 2021

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Tracy Scott {March 2021}

  Tracy Scott Collection

March 2021 New Product Announcement

If you have been following along with Tracy this year, you will know how addicted she is to pattern play. Take one design, build on it and suddenly you have made something completely different. 
Tracy is really good at building her layers with all the tools she designs close to hand: stamps, stencils, paints, embossing powders, but she always does it in her bright and bold way. 
These stamps allow you to build on those that have gone before, and as you have come to expect, there is always an unexpected surprise or 2 in the mix.
We have Tracy sharing these stamps live in PaperArtsy People shortly after this post publishes. It's nice to meet the designer and hear direct from them about this new release, so I hope you can catch Tracy either LIVE or via replay.
These stamps are available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists for the next 3-4 months. It makes sense to buy local within your country, so check out the list and links at the bottom of this blog post. 
Hi everyone, Tracy here

Wow, can you believe its new release time again!!... seems like only yesterday I was typing my last blog post,  its certainly been a bit of a whirlwind this last few months.
I've been super busy preparing my release, designing my stamps and stencils and I certainly hope that you enjoy them as much as I have been.
Most of you know by now that I am a little random when it comes to my releases and this one is no exception, I hand draw all of my designs and am constantly sketching whenever I get ideas so I end up with lots of different ideas going on all at the same time. I love the eclectic mix that gives me when it comes to release time as I can create in lots of different directions and lots of different themes... it certainly keeps me inspired when working!!!
So let's get on with it.... lets see what I've been up to.......

New Stamps
Price: RRP €21.92 +VAT
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.

Tracy Scott Set 53 (TS053)

Omgoodness.... what can I say about this little fella other that I absolutely love how he has turned out and so many possibilities to alter and adapt him!!

Different sizes, different profiles.... there are a number of ways you can alter this little fella!

Or just go full on phoenix mode! All the layers and then some!

Or if mini is more your thing...that that is an option too!

Or there's always the side-eye look.....

As always colour just brings everything alive somehow, and plenty of options for white doodle accents too.

So this is the 'straight out of the tin' option, basic bird. But how can you not be tempted to try all the other options too?

I hope you can see from the photos above that I have created 4 different versions of him and there are definitely many many more options available to be created with him.... some not even involving birds?..... I'll be showing you a couple more ideas with this stamp set in my 'live' in the PaperArtsy People group at 7:30pm so make sure you tune in... you might just be surprised!!

Tracy Scott Set 54 (TS054)
Pattern play, patterns, patterns and more patterns. So take a triangle, and then build your patterns. Maybe in black, or with accent colours....there are literally endless options...endless decisions. Spaces? No spaces? Fill the page completely, or perhaps create new geometric shapes.... take a look....

Hanging ornament ?

Creating new geometric patterns can be a bit addictive! But they even look different when stamped in colour.

Can you spot them here in the background layers? Or even as the tiny focal embellishment!

So as you can se from all of the samples above, the TS054 triangles were primarily designed as more Pattern Play stamps. I wanted to design some additional pattern stamps in different shapes and decided that triangles could be an interesting option having not explored that shape before. However once I started playing I realised that they could be used for so much more. Take a look at the flower card above, that was created using one of the larger triangles and those hanging ornaments.... who knew you would be able to create 3D projects with them!! I have had so much fun with this and I know that I have only touched the tip of the iceberg...so many more ideas and lots more playing to be had over the coming weeks.

Tracy Scott Set 055 (TS055)
In reality, this large mandala seems so much bigger than it looks on this image of the index sheet.

As if it wasn't big enough, you can see below I have actually made it seem bigger by adding even more layers for it to sit on. There's a stencil in there coming up later....
Look closely, and you can see each layer stands alone. That makes it easy for cutting out and raising/ lifting up any layer.

Plus the other 2 circular stamps give you alternative 'middles', or separate mini mandalas.

Well no surprise that there just happens to be a mandala in this release with set TS055, yes, my love affair with mandalas continues.... this one I actually started sketching about 18 months ago but never got around to finishing it,  I found it in my sketchbook and felt it was time to bring it to life.  I love that you can really layer this up to create a fantastic 3D focal point, but can also cut it apart to create lots of different sized elements, as well as using it in your backgrounds.

Tracy Scott Set 056 (TS056)

Last stamp set for this release and of course there had be a large flower in there and a selection of leaves.... this one is approximately four and a half inches in diameter so a really good size not only for journal pages but also as a focal for cards and scrapbook pages too.
We all love a focal flower don't we! And the leaves on this set are going to be a handy addition to the previous leaf set (TS040). You can just poke them in and build up foliage under the flower so easily for dimension.
Even the leaves on their own can be used in interesting ways. Look at how this grew...

I made sure to design my leaves in different sizes and going in different directions too, to give a lot more options when placing. This set coordinates perfectly with some of my previous sets so they will definitely be well used well loved stamps.

New Stencils
Large Size: 6.25" x 9.5" (16 x 24cm) Price: RRP €6.28 +VAT
PaperArtsy Stencil 233 (PS233)

So my first stencil for this release is the branch with the leaves.... to be honest I designed this stencil with just one idea in mind and that was to create a cherry blossom tree.... and I just adore how this one has turned out...
Black stencilling underneath, with pink, white and purple petal layers overlapped, and tiny white blooms from my last release allow this journal spread to be built up in gradual layers using the stencil as a foundation foliage layer.
You can just get that sense of a dripping summer bouquet.

Can you see my new sparkly pink embossing powder ?

I used this branch stencil in conjunction with some my older stamps (minis too) and stencils as well as paints and embossing powders and it is just so pretty. Of course, once I started playing around I thought up some more ideas for this one.... it's no good having a stencil that can only be used for one thing after all.....more will be revealed for this one in my 'live' at 7:30pm.... you don't want to miss it.
PaperArtsy Stencil 234 (PS234)

So for PS234, I did something a little different.... a backgrounds stencil.... not something I've ever done before but I thought about the sort of background patterns I would most like to have and decided to combine them into one stencil.... after all backgrounds are always going to be useful right.... here's all 3 layered.

Those white dots make great accents too...

I can see these could easily be used everywhere!

I love the way these look on my pages and can't wait to use them lots more in the future.
I've put a couple of examples up here where they are mostly used in the backgrounds on these projects... but you will see more ideas in the PA People live too!

PaperArtsy Stencil 235 (PS235)

So if there's one thing I love as much as mandala patterns, it's damask patterns.
There is something so captivating about the shapes and designs that I have long been in love with, whether it be wallpaper designs, fabric designs or even wrapping paper.
I am absolutely am drawn to these designs in black and white, so I knew I had to try them on painted black card with white embossing powder and oh boy I was not disappointed... this simply makes my heart sing.

But, how about a gold focal point, these elements can also be the star of the show too!

Absolutely love that gold embossing to create a focal point for my handmade sketchbook and they are perfect for backgrounds too... I'm really looking forward to playing with this one lots more over the coming weeks.

PaperArtsy Stencil 242 (PS242)

So my last stencil to share with you is another mandala type design.... did I mention how much I love mandalas?.... this one has 3 different designs in various sizes so that they all co-ordinate perfectly together but can also be used as stand-alone elements.

I used grunge paste on this one to really bring out the details on this stencil and the whole double page was created using only this one stencil and one of my mini background stamps.

I am in love with this one, the largest mandala is over five inches in diameter so makes a real statement when used on your projects. And of course like all my other stencils works perfectly in a background too.

So now that you have seen all the new products, you will see in the projects below how I have combined them to use a mix of both stamps and stencils....
Journal Swirls
I spy a mandala... note how snipping the leaves in half totally creates a new effect.

Damask Flower
Absolutely love this opulent gold background, perfect for some damask layering on top.

Bird of my Heart
You can certainly see the background stencil used to great effect here in all shades of blue. 
And the rainbow heart is a nice layer for a blue bird to perch on.

That's it from me... thank you so much for joining me, I do hope you love the new release as much as I do and I really can't wait to see what you create with these new designs...
Do remember to join me over on the PaperArtsy People Facebook page at 7:30pm UK time where I will be showing you all of these samples plus a few surprise ones.... I would love to see you there.

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Bella Paperie, Brendale, Queensland, www.bellapaperie.net.au
Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania https://www.bevscrosscrafts.com.au/
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria www.crafterscupboard.com.au
Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA  https://www.memoriesonthemurray.net/
Scrapbook Superstore & More South Penrith, NSW https://www.scrapbooksuperstore.com.au/
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea,NSW https://thescrapbookersconfettibox.com/
The Thread Studio, 6 Smith Street, Perth http://www.thethreadstudio.com/
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA http://thescrapbookstore.com.au/ 
Time To Createwww.timetocreate.com.au

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp, cartnscrap@gmail.com
Cotrain, Kontich, www.cotrain.be
Expression Hobby, Marcinelle www.expressionhobby.be

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, Langley, BC. www.clipperstreet.com
Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta, http://www.paperartcreations.com/
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec www.scrapbookcentrale.ca
Simply Scrapbooking, Prince George, BC https://www.facebook.com/simplyscrapbooking/
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta https://www.scrapaddicts.ca/
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta http://scrapandbean.com/ 
Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta https://www.scrapbookingfairies.com/
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta https://www.paperandinkboutique.com/
The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, https://www.thescrapyardcalgary.com/ 

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso www.hobbyboden.dk

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees, https://www.cartoscrap.com/blog/
Fee Du Scrap, Saint S├ębastien-Sur-Loire, https://www.feeduscrap.fr/
Horizon Creatif, Ste Jalle h.creatif@gmail.com
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller http://www.katzelkraft.fr/en/
Kerglaz, Basse Goulaine, https://www.kerglaz.com/  
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi www.kerudoccreation.com
Quartier Serre Teston, Ste Jalle, hcreatif@gmail.com
Scrap by Nini,  Uzerche, Limousin https://scrapbynini.fr/ 
Scrapo'naturel, Tourville La Riviere, www.scraponaturel.fr/livraison 
Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon www.toutencolle.fr

Paperbasics, Hessen, www.paperbasics.de
Stempelbar, Berlin, www.stempelbar.de
Stempeloase Munich, Munich www.stempeloase.de
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden www.stempelfee-shop.de
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart, www.stempellaedle.de/shop

Scraps N Pieces, Kallithea www.scrapsnpieces.gr

Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome, www.immaginelab.com
Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino, clelia27@liberio.it
L'artistica Glo, Cinisello B (Mi), www.artisticaglo.it
Marte Savona, Savona, www.martesavona.it
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, http://www.pezzeecolori.it/ 
Piccole Passioni, Siena, www.piccolepassioni.it
Scrap it Easy, Rome, https://www.scrapiteasy.com/it/

Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba www.facebook.com/TinyDots

Doe@ding,Spijkenisse https://doeading.nl/
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden www.hobbycompleet.nl
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel www.stampingcorner.nl

Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik, www.Hobbygarasjen.no

Cien por Cien Manualidades, S.L., Bizkaia, Catalunya,  www.100x100manualidades.es
Endulze & Crista S.L, Pampalona, Navarra,  www.endulze.com
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao https://ideas10manualidades.com/
Marakiscrap, Tarragona, www.marakiscrap.com
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona, Info@casonadequintana.com
Scraphouse S.L. Barcelona www.scraphouseshop.es
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, www.facebook.com/theparadisecorner 

Mandy's Cards, Taipei www.facebook.com/mandy.card

United Kingdom
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire  www.ameliascreativecrafts.co.uk
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire www.afth.co.uk
Blade Rubber Stamps, London www.bladerubberstamps.co.uk
Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire www.countryviewcrafts.co.uk
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex, http://www.themalthouse.co.uk/
Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands www.shabbychicstencils.co.uk
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, www.loobicrafts.co.uk
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland www.stampersgrove.co.uk
That's Crafty
, Romford, essex www.thatscrafty.co.uk
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent www.theartisticstamper.com
The Forget me not Kraft Kabin www.TheForgetMeNotKraftKabin.co.uk

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA https://www.artisticartifacts.com/
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia www.facebook.com/ASCbyCrystal
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA, https://www.craftinessonline.com/
Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky www.ephemerapaducah.com
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida www.everythingscrapbook.com
Frantic Stamper, Oregon www.franticstamper.com
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado, http://www.freeheartllc.com/
Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island, www.joggles.com
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut, http://papercraftclubhouse.com/
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon http://www.runawayart.com/
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www. simonsaysstamp.com
The Ink Pad, New York, www.theinkpadnyc.com
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina https://topflightstamps.com/

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