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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Paperartsy New Release January 2017 - Tracy Scott

Exciting times indeed!  Now, it is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Tracy Scott's journaling and art, so when Tracy contacted me and asked me to be one of her wingmen for the launch of her new stamps and paints with Paperartsy I was 100% jumping for joy!  How on earth could I not be excited about being involved in such an opportunity?

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Remember to visit the Paperartsy blog to see more fabulous creations using Tracy's stamps and check out the amazing new releases that have been happening over January.  Follow my blog page and leave a comment and you could be in with a chance of winning a set of Tracy's new stencils!  

So where to start?  Leandra from Paperartsy generously supplied me with an abundance of new colours, gorgeous stamps and stencils to get crafty with.  Come with me whilst I share  my creative Paperartsy journey with these glorious new products!

First of all I started with a piece of craft card and with and old gift card I spread on some Cherry Red Paperartsy Fresco chalk paint.

Using Paperartsy Fresco Chalk paint, I went through some stencils adding the second layer to the card.

With a brayer, I lightly went over the top using the same Chalk coloured paint to knock back the red.

I repeated this with Carribean Sea and continued to build my layers using the paints and the stencils 
until I was happy with my masterboard.  I ended up making a couple like this.

I stamped on to one of the boards with the large bloom from set ETS06 and heat embossed.

I cut the flower out, I also cut out the centre, re-stamped the image onto acetate, coloured in the dotty centre with a white paint pen and replaced the centre of the bloom.

Now that all my bits and pieces were made I was able to assemble and complete my Funky Flower!

Onto my next make, with all of the new colours from Tracy's new release, I  went on to make a masterboard.  Using the stencil PS052 I added Carribean Sea, bumped the image and went over with Chalk Paperartsy Fresco paint.

I stamped again onto a  spare piece of  the masterboard, heat embossed and cut out a chosen three of the petals and the centre of the flower, leaving it in one piece and layering onto the red bloom.

I Stamped the flower stalk onto the main card and applied the colourful bloom, slightly raised from the main card.

For my third project I blended together, on some Paperartsy smoothy card, Prawn and Butternut Fresco paint. 

I cut the A4 sheet down in size to create my tag.  I stencilled with stencil PS054 with Chalk Fresco paint and also added some white & pink stamping.

I now added lots of little details using the smaller circular stamps and collaged them onto my tag.  I made the main flower out of a couple of different layers using the colours I had used for the background.

I added white doodles, stickles and pearly dots to the tag for a bit of sparkle!

I cut out my tag shape and  mounted onto black card which made the fabulous images pop out!

These are a selected few of the projects that I have shared with you tonight.  If you would like to see some more creations using these delicious stamps,  check out my Instagram page clarecraftsalot. 

Remember to follow and comment to be in with a chance to win this brand new set of Paperartsy, Tracy Scott Stencils.  I will do the draw on the 29th of January and announce the lucky winner on my blog page.

Crafty hugs,

Clare x x x

Sunday 1 January 2017

Put a stencil on it!

Happy new year to you all!  It's the start of a brand new year and I'm filled with plenty of optimism that it is going to be a very crafty one indeed.  There is much excitement as we welcome a new member Lynne Erskine Forsythe to the team.  It's the first of the month so to set you all off here is the first challenge for Mixed Media Monthly challenge.  


  Our very generous sponsors, Stencil Girl, sent me 3 fabulous stencils to play with.  Our guest designer is non other than Mary Beth Shaw so be sure to pop over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog to see what wonderful creations Mary and the rest of our amazing team have made.  There will be a $25 gift certificate for our lucky winner,  just think of the fun to be had with those fabulous stencils! 

Stencils are versatile crafty tools with oodles of uses the hardest part of this challenge was deciding which way to use them.

 I chose to get out the paints along with the gelli plate.  Selected my colour pallet using a variety of paints which included a metalic gold and set off printing lots and lots of yummy prints ready to collage onto a canvas.  


I selected the prints that I was going to use and applied them to the canvas using Matt medium.

Once my collage pieces were glued down I knocked back the entire piece with some white paint before spritz in with some vibrant turquoise Dylusions ink.  From the flowery prints I die cut 3 circles and collages them on with matt medium.  


I added some shading to the circles and the collage pieces using a black neocolourII crayon and highlights with some white and gold metalic paint.


Finally I added some texture paste through the flowery stencil along with some treasured gold to give a metallic finish.    

So now I'm handing over to you!  Time to put a stencil on it and head over to the MMMC blog to check out the rules and submit your entries.

Happy crafty new year to you all,

New year hugs,
Clare X X X