Tuesday, 19 August 2014

FREYJA'S fabulous cards for her new class!

Freyja's just sent me pix for her upcoming BELLES class (full details here) and my goodness, what fabulous cards she's created!

Don't you just love these?

I particularly like what she's done with Pam Carriker's image here, with the flowers for the hair (I may have to pinch this for a Christmas card myself, lol). Can you see the texture Freyja's added here? Learn how to do this too!

And this one is to die for! I love quotation stamps, and the fit of the quote with the image is just perfect (sigh). I hope you're noticing the lovely background stamping as well.

Anyway, enough gushing...if you want to create something like this for yourself, you need to book this class as soon as possible! As you know, we take a maximum of 7 students, so everyone gets individual attention, so to book your place phone the shop (phone number at the bottom of the Workshops page) and choose 2 from the menu, to go through direct to speak to someone and sort the booking out.

Seriously, these cards are amazing!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Happy Holidays Journal - class on 19 July

The cover folds over, and includes a handy pen holder

Hi gang - I finally finished my sample for the Happy Holidays Journal class, on 19 July. So here you are! (I'll admit I got nagged just a little...) Go here to book (as you know, student numbers are limited, so the classes fill up fast).

Inside the front cover - pocket on left, holiding tickets and postcards. Ready Reckoner page on right, with photos etc

It's a 2-section pamphlet binding, which is easy peasy (honest!) and we'll do a test one anyway, so nothing to be scared of. Using just 2 sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper, the extra pages can be anything you want to use - in my sample, I've used a combination of vintage Ready Reckoner papers, cartridge paper, old maps - anything goes!

The centre section, one side, showing another pocket with a letter tucked inside

Even if you've never made a book before, if you can sew on a button, you can make this! Keep it in a pocket or handbag, and cram with all that holiday memorabilia: menus, old tickets, postcards, luggage labels etc etc.

The other side, with two diagonal pockets, a letter, luggage lable and an old photo

It's a great way to remember that holiday, plus you can easily carry it around with essential contact number, travel schedule etc, all inside, ready to hand.

Inside the back cover: another pocket on the right, with photos etc inside

This really is a fun one! Go here to book.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

FREE online version of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine

Click this link to read the magazine - free!

Scrapbook & Cards Today have a free online version of their excellent magazine! Click here to go to the downloadable pdf, or read online.

How nice!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Summertime Kiss Journal

Showing the 'kisses' - the stitching on the spine

I had a wonderful time on Sunday, teaching the Kiss journal (so called, because the little 'X's on the spine are the stitching which forms the kiss xxx).

Showing the inside of the journal - there are 3 sections, and each one is wrapped with heavyweight papers decorated to match the cover. You see there's a theme in there somewhere, lol...

This time, rather than doing a paint effect with gesso, we sponged acrylics over heavy watercolour paper to form the cover and to wrap around each page section, and stamped onto this with more acrylics.

Another view of the cover detail - stamping and over-stamping with layer upon layer of colour
 I used PaperArty paints in some lovely summery colours: turquoises, lime greens, white, orchid pink, and am really pleased how this turned out.

Spine detail

I think I still need to add a little embellishment (paper flowers???) but thought you'd like to see it so far.


Friday, 30 May 2014

J.O.F.Y. - Jo Firth-Young is teaching at Blade Rubber Stamps on 16 August!

Yaaay! I'm totally thrilled to announce we've got Jo Firth-Young coming to teach a class at Blade Rubber Stamps on Saturday 16 August!

Jo will be using her own range of absolutely darling whimsical stamps and stencils, exclusively designed for PaperArtsy, "in a project". Full details of the project will be posted nearer the time (watch this space) but we know it's going to be fabulous!

STRICTLY LIMITED to 6 places, the class starts at 11.00am, and is a full day at a cost of only £40.00, which includes all materials. Free tea and coffee is also available.

To book - please phone the shop on 020 7831 4123.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

TILE IT! Card samples for Chris's class on Saturday June 7th

A simple brayering technique for the amazing sunset colouring - easy when Chris shows you how!
Here are the samples for Chris's fabulous 'TILE IT' class on June 7 - full details are here.

A variation of the masterboard technique, with multiple images

This is a great technique, and your images will really 'pop'! Create a masterboard (Chris will show you how) for multiple images, or use a single image stamp - and add colour, layering and other techniques for some really amazing and impressive cards with a difference.

Don't forget to hurry up and book - we only take 7 per class, and it's only 2 weeks away...

Monday, 26 May 2014


Notice the lovely emobssing on the vellum itself (inside the window) which adds great texture.
Hurrah! At last I've got my hands on the gorgeous 'Beauty of Vellum' cards for the upcoming class on June 21st, with Freyja.

The leaves are embossed vellum.
As you'd expect from Freyja, these are lovely samples showing the translucency and delicacy of this lovely paper. A lot of people are nervous of vellum - and you shouldn't be, as it's easier than it looks and the results are SO worth it.

Vellum overlay.
Needless to say, Freyja will be showing you all the tips and tricks, and she's also developed a unique method for making a dark pearly background, which looks absolutely stunning with white embossing on top.
Torn vellum!

Full details for the class are here. Book early to avoid disappointment!