Friday, 11 September 2015


It's Darcy's turn to share her newest creations with us tonight. I love her take on some real Christmas favourites and I know you will too. There are also some great year round images in both sets to help you get more bang for your crafty buck.

So, once again, here for you delight and delectation is Leandra's introduction video

Here are some close-ups of what I made

My starting point with this piece was actually the lovely double row of stars. I wanted to have them raining down from the sky...

The "angel" represents earth and sky. I've placed her so she could be falling from the sky OR springing from earth. She is elemental rather than heavenly. I used a mould for her face and then various elements on the stamp set for her body, wings and halo. I love her peaceful expression. She is coloured with a mixture of Fresco paints and Prismacolour Pencils.

For me, Christmas isn't Christmas without a snowman. They are SUCH fun, and this one is no exception.... I love Darcy's interpretation of this much loved Holiday hero

My first thought was to stitch him and then I decided to think around that and how I wanted to create the same texture and interest I would get with, say, quilting, but using a different medium. I stamped our snowman into paper clay and then dry brushed Fresco Paint on to the dried clay to colour him before adding some detail with my Prismacolour pencils. The paint gives a perfect key for the pencils so it's a combination I use a lot.

The snowflake background is paper clay put through my die cutter in an embossing folder, dry brushed with gorgeous shades of blue Fresco Paint and some PaperArtsy Pearl Glaze. I've layered it all onto music paper, some white netting and some corrugated cardboard so it's texture, texture, texture all the way :oD


and now onto the second stamp set...

I saw the lovely tree shape and the baubles and the idea for the star just kind of popped into my head. I'm so pleased with how it turned out and it really wasn't difficult at all, though if you don't like cutting out maybe not one for you, admittedly :oD  The sparkly centrepiece will catch the light and give the star some weight so that it hangs nicely.

Nearly everthing I made seems to twinkle in some way. I do like some sparkle to lift the long dark days in the winter. We have a lot of candles in the house as a rule. I love sitting in candle light on a winter's evening watching the flames flicker and I like to have things around that catch the light and sparkle a little. It's very uplifting when light is limited and it makes everything feel cozy.


A lovely clean and simple card to finish. I really like this because I think it illustrates how strong Darcy's beautiful images are in their own right. I've used them pretty much in their simplest form here, embossed in sparkling white, and I love the result. Darcy's sumptuous colour pallette in jewel tones adds to the up to date feel of this card. It was very quick and simple to make so it would be a perfect batch card.

So, that's me for today. Thanks so much for dropping by. I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration.

I know you will want to feast your eyes further, so here is a link for the PaperArtsy blog. where you can see Darcy's step outs and take a close up look at all of the samples.  Hope you enjoy them.


Thought you got rid of me didn't you... But the fun's not over yet.... Tune in tomorrow for Jo Firth-Young's gorgeous new JOFY releases. They're an absolute knock out and WAIT until you see all the gorgeous samples from everybody. They really will knock your socks off. They did mine...! I've been barefoot all week ;oD


  1. Brilliant - the sky dropping stars, the paperclay snowman - a fabulous set of samples for Darcy's quirky stamps.
    Alison xx

  2. WOW! Your samples are out of this world. I love the two last ones with the bright backgrounds and white stamping- very stunning. brilliant use of texture on the snowman and the stars raining down on the angel is very cute- a modern take on traditional.

  3. Wonderful projects Lauren, I especially love the super Snowman - fabulous texture.

  4. These cards are absolutely beautiful!! Amazing idea and colours combo, Just wonderful Lauren!! xxx

  5. Not sure how I missed this fab post but I was looking back for AUNT MAUDE and stumbled across your gr8 make!



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