Thursday, 4 February 2016

New Stuff

Unless you've been living under a rock this week, you will know that it has been a very exciting week for the team at PaperArtsy. It's that time of year when PaperArtsy invest a lot of time to share all their new products with you via social media ahead of the UK trade show on 21st February 2016. So far this week we have seen fabulous new stamps from Jo Firth-Young, debut launches from Kay Carley and Kim Dellow, on Tuesday it was the turn of Clare Lloyd and Emma Godfrey and last night saw the launch of the lovely Sara Naumann's new lines.

I'm am thrilled to announce that tonight it's my turn!!! I have four new plates of stamps and two new stencils. I have had the great pleasure of working with three super talented ladies who have created some beautiful samples with my new lines. Hazel AgnewRuth Mescall and Karen Eaglesham.
Please do take a moment to hop over to their blogs for more details of their samples. Between all three ladies, we have a very diverse selection of artwork but the details of how they made them will be revealed on their own blogs, the PaperArtsy blog will have great photos and a sentence or two about each sample. Whilst I'm chatting about these lovely, lovely ladies, I would like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to each of them for helping me prepare for this evening. An awful lot of time goes into the preparation for a night like this and I can't thank them enough for all their hard work. Ladies, you were a dream to work with and you samples are simply amazing.....thank you so much.

I cannot tell you how much work is involved for Leandra and Mark to prepare for this week too. I have no idea how they manage this each and every year but I have to say each year gets better and better, they are the hardest working people I know and they have earned the recognition, respect and success that they truly deserve. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their continued support and faith in me,

Here is the video that Leandra filmed for the launch of my products, it can also been seen on the PaperArtsy blog along with lots of step by step instructions from me and a beautiful gallery of samples from my team mates, so please click here to hop over there now for all the nitty gritty.

Lin x

Monday, 25 January 2016

PaperArtsy Blog

The them over on the PaperArtsy blog is "Hearts" and it's my turn this evening to share my take on the theme incorporating fabric and Bister powders. Click here for all the details.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Powertex Playtime

I've had some Powertex in my stash for a while now. I had a bit of a dabble with it on a couple of occasions but this is my first finished piece. the project started life as an off cut of greyboard that had Powertex soaked t-shirt fabric wrapped around. I made a few bits'n'bobs out of air drying clay to decorate it and I was really pleased with it. What I hadn't thought about was the the back of the piece. I left the fabric quite lumpy and bumpy which meant that it was going to be really tricky to mount it securely in a frame.......silly me!!! I then had the idea that it needed something to nestle into and so the project grew into this. It's the back of a canvas. 

Because the niche in the back of the canvas is square and my project a rectangle, it looked totally unbalanced. After a day or so thinking about what to do, I decided that as I had already have a small tree, a bigger tree  as a buddy might work. I'm not totally in love with it yet, I will probably add something else near the tree but as yet, I have no idea what it will be......any suggestions??????

Here are a few close ups.....loving the texture.

I love how Treasure Gold always enhances texture.

It's pretty chilly here in the UK today, we've had an inch or two of snow over night here in Milton Keynes. Fingers crossed that's all we get but the roads will be pretty icy in the morning, so stay safe and stay warm.


Sunday, 10 January 2016

New Classes

It's a new year and lots of new things going on in my life at the moment. Of course there's the usual hush, hush, secret squirrel stuff that will be revealed at the beginning of February. Having said that, if you saw Leandra's first ever Periscope thingy yesterday, you will have seen some sneaky peeks of what's in store!!! If you missed it, I think you can still see it if you download the Periscope app and follow Leandra Franich.

Today I would like to share some exciting information with you. Not only will I be teaching at 
Birds In The Barn on 20th March and Daisy's Jewels and Crafts on 23rd April 2016, I have found a new venue to host my own classes. The lovely Sally at Threads and Patches in Bletchley, Milton Keynes has a classroom which is perfect for my needs. I have four classes on offer, two of them are just one day classes and the other two are spread over a whole weekend....what fun! To book a place, simply click here.

First up is my Shabby Concertina Book on Saturday,13th February 2016.

In this class, we will be using a selection of beautiful botanical images from PaperArtsy to create a stylish  Concertina Book. You will have the opportunity to select your own colour palette from the Fresco Finish range of paints and I will show you how to paint those detailed images with the aid if glazes. Your book will be embellished throughout with lots of texture and I will teach you how to create some simple fabric flowers to add that three dimensional touch to the front cover.

My second class, Gelli Plate meets Handmade Stamps, is a two day class on Sat 12th & Sun 13th March 2016. 


In this fun packed, two day class, we will create two projects. I will show you how to male your own handmade stamps using inexpensive products. After using these stamps to create designs on fabric that you will prepare on a Gelli Plate, we will then mount them on a board to feature in another project. Your fabric project will be enhanced by the application of a few small images, using TAP paper as well as embroidery. You will have the opportunity to select your own colour palette and designs for both projects. The fabric project could be used either as a book cover or to decorate your home.

My next class on Sat 16th & Sun 17th April 2016 is called Rusty Stuff.

There will be a lot of techniques packed into this two day class. Day one will be spent rusting fabric and creating embossed copper embellishments with various techniques. Day two will be spent assembling our rusty fabric and metal pieces together to create a beautiful collage.

Last but not least is my Lynne Perrella class on Sat 4th June 2016.

If you would like to spend a day creating a collage to be proud of, why not join me to learn some of the techniques I use to create amazing texture. This elegant project will be built on a canvas board using lots of my favourite products. We will be using Fresco Finish paint and Crackle Glaze to create a shabby centrepiece which will feature some of the gorgeous images from The Lynne Perrella range of stamps. As usual, you will of course be able to choose your own colour palette and images to create a beautiful and elegant piece of art that you will be proud to display in your home.

I would be thrilled if you could join me for one of these classes, don't forget, click here for all the booking details.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year

For me, New Year's Eve is a day to reflect on the previous year. I try to recall all the things I've done and I always think, hmmmm, pretty uneventful year really, but then I start to scroll back through my blog and I realise that actually, I packed a lot into the year after all so here is a recap of some of my special moments, favourite photographs and makes of the year. Sorry, it's a bit photo heavy!

My whole family, celebrating Callum's first Birthday.

Team PaperArtsy at Version Scrap in Paris.

My favourite make of the year.

Isla had the best time at her 4th Birthday party, she said the clown/magician was a very funny man!


Our trip to San Franciso

Yosemite National Park......this blew me beautiful!

Nothing better than a walk in the woods.

Time spent with special friends

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz!

Some of the classes I taught

Things I made for me.

Now it's time to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2016 brings you health, happiness and all that you wish for.

Lin xxx

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Christmas

It's Christmas Eve, all the baking is done. The fridge is full to overflowing, the house has been cleaned to within an inch of it's life and we are looking forward to watching Santa fly over Milton Keynes this evening......just need it to stop raining for that to happen successfully!!!!!

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all my friends both hear in the UK and around the world, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. I truly hope that Christmas will be magical for you all and that you will be spending quality time with those people you love the most. xxx

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Feeling the need for creativity

It feels like an eternity since I last had the opportunity to have a bit of a play in my studio. Sometimes the need to be creative has to jump to the top of my list of priorities, so I've spent a lovely afternoon just playing in a new journal. I challenged myself to dig out a few older stamps to use......I guess like you, I have a lot of those and only ever seem to use the newest ones. I did manage to use a few old favourites and was surprised to find how beautifully they would work with some of the latest Hot Picks from PaperArtsy, so I used those too!!!!

Here are the results of my afternoon playtime.

I feel so much better now. Hope you have the chance to be creative this weekend too.