Wednesday, 6 December 2017

PAPERARTSY TOPIC 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt

I have a blog post over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight. I've been using one of my favourite stamp sets by ScrapCosy (aka Raquel Burrillo) pulled together with some of Alison Bombers wonderful quotes stamps.

Why not pop over and take a look.


Thursday, 3 August 2017

SHINE TODAY - A Blog Post for Stencil Girl

Hi everyone. I'm over at the Stencil Girl Blog today with a journal spread using two of my MOST favourite Stencil Girl Stencils (L147 and L317), some gorgeous PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints and those fabulous Tracy Scott Feathers. Check it out here at the Stencil Girl Blog.

A BIG thank you to Stencil Girl for having me over to play. I absolutely loved it.


Sunday, 25 June 2017


 Check out these amazing new releases from the lovely ElenaZinski Art for PaperArtsy here on the PaperArtsy Blog

{Zinski Art: Set 13}

{Zinski Art: Set 14}

{Zinski Art: Set 15}

Zinski Minis (we call them Zinis)
{ 8 credit card sized stamps: ZN09, ZN10, ZN11, ZN12, ZN13, ZN14, ZN15, ZN16 }

Elena is sharing her artwork this evening and very kindly allowed me to make something for her post. I had in my mind a journal page that looked a bit like a photograph. Say Cheese!

I do hope you'll nip along to the PaperArtsy blog and leave Elena a comment.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Oh happy day! It's time for some new releases at PaperArtsy. Kay Carley is kicking things off with some gorgeous new additions to her collection. I am so excited I got to play with them. They are an absolute delight.

Here's a sneak peek of what I made. You will have to head over to The PaperArtsy Blog to see the rest.

Don't forget to check out Kay's own projects using the new stamps here. Wanda Hentges put an amazing spin on the stamps too. You can see her brilliant ideas here. Honestly, they will knock your socks off! 


Friday, 19 May 2017


Well hello there. It's been a while hasn't it. I am thrilled to bits to have a project for the current topic at PaperArtsy, which is Assemblage.  Assemblage just happens to be one of my most favourite things so head over to the PaperArtsy blog and check out what I made.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

We'd love it if you felt inspired to enter something for our Assemblage challenge. There is even a prize on offer for one lucky person.


Friday, 7 April 2017

PaperArtsy Topic#5 BLUE AND OCHRE

Evening all. Well it's been a while hasn't it. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun! It's been so busy at PAHQ, but with new releases under our belts and Ally Pally this weekend, we are looking forward to being able to share some of the exciting things we've been working on at last.  Honestly, we have SO MUCH GREAT STUFF!

Tonight, I'm pleased to have a project to share on the PaperArtsy Blog for our current topic, which is Blue and Ochre.

Spring is HERE! Time, then, for something bright and cheerful... Here is my ODE TO OCHRE... I hope you'll enjoy it.

There have been so many fabulous projects on the blog for this topic already. I really have found them all so inspiring. I hope you'll drop by and check them out. Find them here on the PaperArtsy Blog.

We are packed and ready for the show at Ally Pally this weekend. SO MUCH GREAT STUFF to share. My wish list is a mile long and I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody there.  Have a great weekend whatever you are doing. If you're going to Ally Pally I hope you'll swing by and say hello.


Friday, 24 February 2017

NEW from PaperArtsy {Zinski Art - Part 2} February 2017

Evening all. It's been a while hasn't it. Behind the scenes we've been racing to get ready for all sorts of exciting events coming up in the PaperArtsy calendar.

New releases are always one of the most exciting things for me, and what a week it's been hasn't it.

You'll be pleased to know it's not quite over just yet....

Drum roll please...........

It's time for another release from the amazing Elena Guzinska (ElenaZinski Art) for PaperArtsy and we've had an absolute ball making samples to introduce you to Elena's amazing fun filled world of FABULOUS.

Here, without further ado, is the video from Leandra to explain a bit about it

It's been an honour and a privilege to be part of Elena's team for this release. She is at least twice as much fun as her designs and we've had the deliciously wicked Wendy Mallas along for the ride too. Believe me when I say we have laughed and LAUGHED behind the scenes. Poor Leandra has had quite a job to keep us all under control (snigger!)

I found it very difficult to stop when it came to making my samples for this release. The designs really to lend themselves to so many different styles and genres AND they team beautifully with all the lovely Zinski Monsters from last year's release. They are just fun, fun, FUN, and I love that about them.  To paraphrase a well known children's story by AA Milne "You can't be un-cheered by these wonderful stamps". They are just a joy.

Here are my samples. I hope you like them. On the whole I've wanted to pull the characters off the page and I used a lot of paper puffing and PaperArtsy Gloss Glaze to achieve that effect along with some Grunge Paste, Fresco Paint and good old fashioned Love....

Naughty but Nice

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Fussy Cutting Fiesta

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I do love a bit of fiddly fussy cutting and I do LOVE a bit of repeat stamping. This gorgeous flower is such a good strong design that it stands up beautifully to the bold repeat stamped background using a sentiment from the January release (ZA08). Added to that, there is a wealth of opportunity for layering it up to add dimension.  I love it!

Bright and Beautiful using ZA09 by Lauren Hatwell

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You will have seen on the video that I also broke out my long suffering sewing machine to make some little Zinski softees and a cushion. There WILL be more, when I have a bit more time....

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and here's one of PaperArtsy's fab mini apertures, which I've Zinskified

Well, thats all from me everybody.  Thanks so much for dropping by. 

If you haven't done so already, please do drop by the PaperArtsy Blog for a peek at some gorgeous samples from Elena and Wendy, together with links to their websites and information about where you can buy your PaperArtsy essentials.

See you again soon.


Sunday, 15 January 2017



Boy oh boy! Was I a happy bunny when I got these fabulous stamps from Elena. I hold my hands up (see them? REAL HIGH!!!) I more or less insisted I was on Elena's team, such is my love for her wonderfully quirky designs. I must have had a wild look in my eye because Leandra and Elena took pity on me and I have had an absolutely ball playing around with these images.

You can already see how amazing they are for yourselves, but hopefully I can show you a hint of how versatile they can be using a few different styles, mediums and substrates. Where you take them after that is entirely up to you...

Throughout, we used a colour pallette of Claret, Rose, South Pacific, Bora BoraHaystack, Pumpkin Soup, Tinned Peas and Chalk Fresco Finish Paints.

I've also used Smoothy Card (both Heavy and Regular) and Grey Board throughout.

Here goes...

I love this little piece I made using one of those lovely large sentiments from ZA08 as the focal point surrounded by some of the smaller elements from ZA05 and ZA06.

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I curved the spikey sun shaped pieces upwards with a ball tool and filled it with glossy accents to really catch the light. They look like little puddles of water.

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I like to play about with things a bit so I've made the gorgeous flower head from ZA06 into a fish just by turning it sideways, adding an eye and a leaf for a tail. The leafy fronds were stamped onto painted Smoothy card, fussy cut and layered to make them look like weeds. I've used Kim Dellow's lovely stencil to make the ripples and added one of Elena's little detail stamps for bubbles. The sentiment around the edge pulls it all together.

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I've gone a bit clean and simple for my next project. My first EVER shaker card and I think it might be one of my favourite pieces. I absolutely love the design of this large square dotty flower head with it's quirky leaf "hair". I can see so many things to do with it but the first thing I thought of was a shaker card. I've puffed the little birdies with a ball tool and added eyelashes by dotting a fine black marker around the edge of their eyes.

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The little button girl is one of my favourite characters from Elena's previous release. I've coloured her with my Copic alcohol markers and used the flannel technique I showed you recently on the PaperArtsy blog to add texture and soften the blending.

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There are those cheeky birds again! They're just so cute. I can't resist them. I would love to do this as a journal page and the larger sentiments from ZA08 really lend themselves to larger projects, which I really like.  I did a very simple stencilled background and then added the gorgeous holey flowers ("Holey Flowers Batman!" There! I've said it! Sorry! Can't help myself! ;oD)
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I stamped the flowers straight onto the background and painted them with Fresco Paints, putting back the detail at the end with a black pencil. It was amazingly satisfying to sit and paint all the elements. I can honestly say the more I paint, the more I like it. It's definitely something I plan to do more of in the coming year.

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This one is just a full on Flower Fest! I've emphasised the word "flowers" by cutting large sized letters from greyboard and painting each one with a different colour from the pallette.  The rest of the sentiment was stamped onto an offcut of greyboard painted with Chalk Fresco Paint. I then edged the board in black and added glossy accents over the top to give it a bit more presence so that it doesn't just disappear into the background.
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I've used a chipboard base which I've painted with Haystack and Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish Paint. All the stamping was initially done straight onto the board and then I've pulled out various features by stamping them seperately on Smoothy Card, fussy cutting and puffing out the paper with a large ball tool. 

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I do love a bit of repeat stamping. I've used my Copic Markers for the colouring. I love the fact these stamps work brilliantly on lots of different styles. You can really layer them up and throw lots of product at them OR, as I've done here, you can pare it all right back on a pure white background. It makes them so versatile and the detailing is faultless. They have such character.

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Mixing things up a little again here. I looked at one of the (genius) House Flowers on ZA05 and immediately thought "Duck!".  The more I looked at it, the more it looked like a little duckie and when I added eyes to the windows my little duck was born (there's a baby winking duck lower down on the stalk too...just sayin'). I've used a coaster sized piece of grey board, a sentiment and those gorgeous wibbly circles, which I've glossed. Job done.

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Well folks, that's me. I hope you've enjoyed my samples. It really is just the tip of the iceberg as far as possibilities go and I know you will all have endless fun thinking up uses for Elena's designs.

I had the best time playing with these amazing stamps by Elena. She is quite the loveliest, cleverest person alive and her head is absolutely STUFFED with amazing ideas. Why not head off to her Facebook page here and check out her amazing work.

But it doesn't end there.... Wendy Mallas, with her wonderfully wicked sense of fun, has some terrific treats in store for you at her blog Wendy's House.

If you haven't already, do go and visit the PaperArtsy Blog for the full round up of tonight's release. Elena has done a cool YouTube video showing her design process for some of the stamps and you'll see a few of the samples from Team Zinski. There are links to all the blogs and details for approved retailers where you can buy your stamps.

Now I don't know about you but I can't WAIT to see what's in store for the rest of the week so don't forget to check out the PaperArtsy blog at 7pm each evening. Go on! You know you want to....

Lauren x