Tuesday 25 April 2023

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Kay Carley {April 2023}

A note from Leandra:
I don't know about you, but I do have a bit of a thing for birds ... and Kay has created 2 stunning hummingbird designs for this release and lots of gorgeous floral elements to make them feel at home with nectar options nearby! Her stencils and floral stamps are perfect for creating companion elements. These are chunkier designs for Kay - but perfect for journal pages, cards and more! 
Kay will be along to share with you LIVE her new products and ideas over in our facebook Group, PaperArtsy People shortly after this post publishes. We do hope you will drop by to see what she has made with these beautiful new designs.
If you are looking for a stockist near you, there is a list at the foot of this post. It makes sense to order within your country where possible.
Hi everyone, Kay here. I have been toying with the idea for sometime of doing some larger scale fantasy type birds, but I kept putting it off as I wasn't too sure how to go about it, or what direction to take it in. In the end, it was seeing a watercolour tattoo, that planted the idea of creating some fantasy style hummingbirds. 

To begin with, I knew that I wanted the birds to be decorated with sprigs of flowers, but as I began sketching them, it occurred to me, that it would be great to somehow have the decorative sprigs of flowers separate from the hummingbirds, to offer more creative scope and possibilities. 

Within this release I have two stamp sets of hummingbirds - each of these hummingbirds have the option of stamping a decorative sprig into/onto them. (You will see exactly what I mean further down this post), plus I also have a flower stamp set that has been designed to either use with the hummingbirds or on its own. Of course my release wouldn't be complete without some stencils to complement these stamps. Anyway, I am itching to show you my samples so let's go!......

Price: RRP €23.00 +VAT    Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam with a laminated storage/index sheet.

Eclectica³ Kay Carley Set 67 (EKC67)


The sample below shows how I envisaged the flower sprig and bird being used together to create a decorative hummingbird.

You can see how the bolder, open petal flowers (painted in pink) sit within the bird itself and how the wispy delicate stems trail out from the bird.

Notice how the bigger pink flower was designed so that it would sit at the base of the longer feathers on the bird's flank.


This shows the same bird without the decorative flower sprig being stamped onto it.

You can see how I've chosen lots of different colours to give my hummingbird a fantasy feel.

I absolutely love this flower sprig/branch. It's really simple to colour and works equally well when stamped from different directions.

Eclectica³ Kay Carley Set 68 (EKC68)


Although this flower stamp was designed to be used with the hummingbirds, it works really well as a stand alone stamp. 

Though the flower stamp is quite tall, it lends itself really well to being used on a square card.
You can see from the close up photo (below), that each flower is made up from many little flowers that often overlap each other, thus giving a very natural feel to the stamp.


Hummingbirds love bell shaped flowers so I really wanted to have a stamp that a hummingbird  could put it's beak into to drink the nectar!

I drew bell shaped flowers, coming out from either side of the main stem, so that it can be used alongside either of the hummingbird stamp sets.

The trailing, frondy bits help to soften the image and give it more interest and movement.


The stamp set also contains some individual flowers which can either be used to stamp extra flowers on the corresponding big flower stamp or they can be used to create your own flower composition.

I stamped both bobble flower heads from this stamp set and then drew in some stems and leaves. The same can be done with the single bell flower stamp too, contained in this set.

Notice how I stamped and drew some of the imagery so that it is in front of and slightly behind each other. (I often draw in pencil first and then go over in pen once I am happy with the composition.)

Eclectica³ Kay Carley Set 69 (EKC69)


This hummingbird flies in the opposite direction to the other one. (I thought it would be useful to design hummingbirds that could be used together to create a bigger style of project, therefore  each hummingbird has been sized to correspond with each other.)

You can see how I designed some swirl accents onto the wings of the bird to create a fantasy style of hummingbird, but if you would like a more realistic looking bird, simply paint over the swirls with an opaque colour of Fresco Finish.

This flower sprig/branch has also been designed so that it can be used in different directions/orientations. It looks equally good when stamped coming from the right side of a panel, left side, or from the base.


This sample shows how the flowing flower sprig works as decoration for the hummingbird.

When designing the hummingbird, I purposely didn't add too much detail to the main body of the bird, so that it wouldn't detract from the decorative sprig when it is used in this way to add decoration.
Notice how the flower sprig has been designed to fit around the bird's head so that it doesn't impede with any of the detail of the hummingbird.

Large Size: 6.25" x 9.5" (16 x 24cm) Price: RRP €6.58 +VAT
PaperArtsy Stencil 389 (PS389)


This hummingbird stencil is just perfect to create some smaller hummingbirds than the hummingbird stamps contained on EKC67 and EKC69. (It also comes with the mask components of the birds too)

I chose to outline the bird and add details with black pencil after stencilling my colour. These added details were based my on the larger stamp version (from EKC69).

You can see how I built up layers of colour (using stencil brushes) to create shading within the bird.

The picture (below) shows the difference in size between the stamped version of the hummingbird (on the left) and the stencilled version (on the right).


With this bird I simply stencilled my chosen colours and then painted in the eye.

I used small stencil brushes to achieve the shading to the wings.

I have been finding the stencil flower branch really useful for adding light background layers to some of my samples.

The picture (below) shows the size difference between the stencilled hummingbird (on the left) and the stamped version from EKC67 (on the right). The beauty of having stencil hummingbirds is that you can have them flying in opposite directions by turning the stencil over and using the reverse side :)

PaperArtsy Stencil 390 (PS390)


The larger style of flowers contained on this stencil were designed to be used with the hummingbirds as well as being a pretty flower stencil in its own right.

I used the right hand design on this stencil and then added some stamped grasses from EKC17.

You can see that I chose to add some dimensional centres to the individual flowers but it looks great without these too.


For this sample I used the single flower contained on the left side of the stencil.

Using some stamped grasses (from EKC17) provides an ideal background for the stencilled flowers. You can see how I stencilled the flowers first with Fresco Finish Snowflake paint before moving the stencil slightly and stencilling with my chosen colours to provide dimension.

I used a small stencil brush to quickly add my orange centres to the yellow flowers.

PaperArtsy Stencil 391 (PS391)


This spray of flowers makes a lovely focal point on a sample as well as looking great when combined with the hummingbirds.

This spray of flowers was created on a 5"x7" card but using only parts of the spray looks great on smaller panels too.

I edged around the stencilled imagery with a white pen to give a nice neat finish but you could also have fun by sketching around the imagery with a fine black pen and adding your own little details and embellishments.


I used the single flower on the stencil to create this easy card.

Having imagery contained on a stencil makes it so easy to create pleasing compositions! I just love being able to flip a stencil over to create a second flower leaning the other way.
Imagine how you could totally transform the look of the imagery by adding some hand drawn embellishments.

The photos below show how effective the flower stencils and hummingbird stamps are when used together.

I have really enjoyed working with this latest release of stamps and stencils and I'm looking forward to creating more samples with them including some larger canvases incorporating both birds together. I really hope that you enjoy working with these designs too.

Love Kay xx

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Teaching Schedule:
I hope to resume teaching again soon. However, if anyone is interested in classes/demonstrations please do get in touch with me. 

Meanwhile, you can find details of all of my past and current online workshops over on my Crafting with Kay Carley Facebook Group. All of these online workshops are still available to book.

Below is a list of the retailers who have already got these new releases in stock ready for you to buy NOW!

    PaperArtsy Stockist List

Our stockists are your go-to  source for all PaperArtsy products, and we suggest that you also use the PaperArtsy People Facebook group to source a retailer in your country. Many are members of our FB group and will happily share links to their online stores.

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/
Natalie May Scrapbooking, Dover Gardens, SA https://nataliemay.com.au/
Scrapbook Superstore & More, South Penrith, NSW https://www.scrapbooksuperstore.com.au/
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea, NSW https://thescrapbookersconfettibox.com/
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA http://thescrapbookstore.com.au/ 
Time To Createwww.timetocreate.com.au

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp, www.cartnscrapart.be
Créatelier Caracolle, Liège, www.createliercaracolle.be

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

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso www.hobbyboden.dk

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees, www.cartoscrap.com
Fée Du Scrap, Saint Sébastien-Sur-Loire, www.feeduscrap.fr/
Horizon Créatif, Ste Jalle www.horizon-creatif.fr
Instant Créatif, La Possession, La Réunion, www.icreatif.re
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller www.katzelkraft.fr/en/
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi www.kerudoccreation.com
Le Grenier des filles, Pierre Benite
Page de scrap, Saint Pavace, www.pagedescrap.fr/
Scrap Déco Home, Goutrens, www.scrapdecohome.fr/
Toutencolle, Dun sur Auron www.toutencolle.fr

Heidin Korttipaja, Istunmaki, www.korttipaja.fi/fi
Piia Paper, Kittiläwww.piiapaper.com/fi

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, www.ilnegoziodellamammadicle.com
Marte Savona, Savona, www.martesavona.it
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, www.pezzeecolori.it/ 
Piccole Passioni, Siena, www.piccolepassioni.it

La Wadao, Odawara, Kanagawa, www.lawadao.com
Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba www.tinydots.shop-pro.jp

De Hobbystudio, Genemuiden, www.dehobbystudio.nl/
Doe@ding,Spijkenisse 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, Barcelona,  www.100x100manualidades.es
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao ideas10manualidades.com/
Marakiscrap, Tarragona, www.marakiscrap.com
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona, www.scrappapersexperiences.com
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, www.theparadisecorner.com

Butik Elva, Staffanstorp, www.butikelva.se

Mandy's Cards, Taipei www.facebook.com/mandy.card.77

United Kingdom
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire  www.ameliascreativecrafts.co.uk
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire www.afth.co.uk
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex, www.themalthouse.co.uk/
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, www.loobicrafts.co.uk
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk www.papermaze.co.uk/ 
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland www.stampersgrove.co.uk
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent www.theartisticstamper.com
The Forget me not Kraft KabinRochford, Essex, www.TheForgetMeNotKraftKabin.co.uk

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA www.artisticartifacts.com/
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia www.facebook.com/ASCbyCrystal
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA, www.craftinessonline.com/
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida https://everythingmixedmedia.com/
Frantic Stamper, Oregon www.franticstamper.com
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado, www.freeheartllc.com/
Joggles, Coventry, Rhode Island, www.joggles.com
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut, papercraftclubhouse.com/
Qingquing's Stamp Shop, Portland, Oregon
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon www.runawayart.com/
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www. simonsaysstamp.com
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina topflightstamps.com/

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Helen said...

Love your hummingbirds Kay - really good idea with the extra flower sprig. The colours are gorgeous. Also love the blue background for the stencilling - very effective.

Kay Carley said...

Thank you Helen :)