Sunday, 15 June 2014

On Safari!!!!!!!

Well, as usual it has been a manic few weeks since my last blog post, although I did have a weekend off! When I say I had a weekend off, I mean that I was not doing any demo's or workshops!

The weekend after my workshop at Coleman's Craft Warehouse was free, so I decided to take my good friend Martine (from Oyster Stamps) to the Big Demo Day at Coleman's Craft Warehouse - I just love this place, the staff are so friendly and the customers are great and as for craft goodies, it is like going to a mini NEC they have such a selection. So I popped over to Rochester to collect Martine, then we headed up to Northampton - I wish I had taken a picture of Martine when we entered Coleman's - her jaw almost hit the floor and her eyes blinged up!!! It was very strange walking around whilst there were demo's going and some of the customers asked when was I going to start demoing!!!! So after a few hours walking the aisles, watching the demo's and emptying the credit cards we headed home. On the way back we decided to stop off at Ikea - I love this shop, but it has been a good few years since I visited. A big thanks to the lovely Martine for her company - it was a fab day out x

On Saturday 14th June saw another return to Daisy's Jewel Crafts in Coventry run by the lovely Wendy & Geoff - another amazing shop, with so much crafty goodness! This visit saw me playing with my new favourite toy, the Gelli Plate together with some Clarity Stamps & Stencils

Then it was time to head off to Peterborough for to get ready for my "Safari Trip" on Create & Craft on Sunday. Normally I make samples for Katy Sue Designs, but this time I wanted to concentrate on the demo's for the TV. The samples were sent to Daisy's Jewels for me to collect and I couldn't resist having a sneaky peak - WOW! WOW! WOW! I was totally blown away with what the design team had come up with.

So after a restful night in the hotel, Sunday morning arrived and it was time to head over to the studio and set up - the team that work in the background are amazing - they are friendly, helpful and a great laugh. 

I really wish that you could see the samples in real life, they are amazing!

Then it was time to go live! Dean is great to work with and is just as funny off screen as he is on screen

I have no idea where the time went and as for the stock, it flew out the door - so thank you to everyone that tuned in, sent emails and bought the CD & Stamps as well as the team at Katy Sue Designs for allowing me to showcase this fabulous CD & Stamp set.

I just wanted to add some pictures of 2 of my favourite samples from Margaret Waters

If you missed out on the TV show the products used were the new Double CD

and 2 different sets of stamps

The Double CD is jam packed - Theatre Cards, Decoupage (in 3 sizes), Tags, Backing Papers, PNG files, Card Toppers, Sentiments - you can see from this picture how much is on the CD's as it took me ages to print it all off, but was a good place for Dean to lean on!

They are available now from Katy Sue Designs HERE where you can also find some more finished samples

Happy Crafting!

Paul x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Horsing Around!

Well following on from yesterdays post and my pattern building, here are my samples from the latest Clarity TV Show which aired on Create & Craft. As you will see from my samples, can you tell that I loved the horses?

Card 1 

Okay, so this one was clean and simple and uses the Wooden Horse Head Stamp and Abstract Square 2 Stencil. I placed the stencil onto a piece of 7x7 Gelli Card and using a black micron pen, drew through all of the squares. Then I cut some of them out using a craft knife and ruler to create an aperture. I then drew the design onto some black card, cut some of them out and then stuck some on flat and some raised on foam pads

Card 2

So this one is stamped on a background from my Gelli stash! It was a second generation print using Adirondack ink pads and the Tangled Stencil. I then used my new Spectrum Noir pencils, which when you colour in with them, it gives a nice sheen on the finished piece. I also used the 2nd set of Line Art Writing to frame it

Card 3

So this one took a bit of planning to get it right. Again this was coloured in with the SPectrum Noir Pencils and I used the Letterbox Stamps.

Card 4

Now this one, I love! The background is just cheap copy paper and is scrap - basically, I was using the Wall Stencil to create some workshop cards for Oyster Stamps and when I went to tidy up and throw stuff away, this piece of paper jumped out at me, so I added it to my stash to use at a later date. This was a perfect background for the Wooden Horse, which again was coloured using Spectrum Noir Pencils and finished off with the 2nd set of Line Art Words

Card 5

This is using another piece from my Gelli Stash and was made using Acrylic Paint. I used the Remountable Filigraphy Foilage Stamps to create the big flower in the middle and then framed with the 2nd set of Line Art Words

Card 6

Yep, you guessed it, another background from my Gelli Stash using Adirondack ink pads and then feintly stamped using the Tree Branch Stamp (which can be bought with the Boy & Birds) I then used the Morning Has Broken Verse

Card 7

My final piece is a picture created on Canvas Board which I learnt whilst in France and watched several ladies create some wonderful pieces of art. It is using the A5 Ploughed Field Stencil, masked off the rest of the stencil and then, for the very first time I used Grunge Paste, lets just say that I need to practice a bit more!!!! Then finished it off with the Morning Has Broken Verse Stamp.

All products from todays TV show can be found HERE

Well I hope you have enjoyed todays rumblings!

Happy Crafting

Paul x