Tuesday, 11 May 2010

a busy time at Port Sunny

...but such fun!  I was demoing the new Hot Picks stamps and co-ordinating dies from Paper Artsy on Paddy's stand.  Apparently Leandra will be bringing out a new set of Hot Picks each month - oh dear, I need to start saving up :)  I gave away quite a few sample pieces, especially as I met a lot of people who had distress inks at home and hadn't ever used them.

I used the top of my plastic box to dab some ink on from the pad, sprayed this with water, then swiped a piece of white card across it.  Once this was dry, I cut the shape using a die, then stamped the co-ordinating image, again using my distress inks.

I did start the day with a pink phase, but I must have given those samples away lol.  I also used a combination of stencils to colour the paper, dabbing the ink through after picking it up on cut n dry foam.  I fell in love with the dragonfly, but this was my very favourite one :

 I just love the mustard and blue colours together.  The text stamp is from the Hot Picks set.  By just inking up part of the stamp, and holding it with the edges curled up, you can add texture without the words being too clear.  The following is the only photo I took on the day (so no embarrassing photos of Wendy and Sue to get my own back with!).  Paddy sent me off for an hour over lunch, and demoed some fabulous pieces using sticky back paper, gold flakes, embossing powders, the cuttlebug and Stazon Ink.  But guess what?  I don't have any pics of those sample pieces ...sorry!

If you head over to Sue's blog, you can see an 'altered' sample of mine though.  I discovered that the leaf die makes a fabulous bird shape, so Sue took one away to give it a hat and boots at my request, but I LoVe the knobbly knees he now has too lol


  1. Looks like it was a great show! I might have to get some of those paperartsy dies to go with the stamps - that dragonfly is BEAUT.

  2. Some fab stuff there Sarah, lovely to chat with you too !

  3. Samples are fab as ever Sarah and I loved what Sue did with that bird, amazing. I love those dies too and you are not the only one who is going to have to save up for more HotPicks either..........

  4. Wow! Very pretty colored birdcages! Looks like the show was a lot of fun!

  5. LOl I'm shamefaced at having not come over to say hi to you. I knew before the show you were going to be there but on the day, in the whole whirl of it, it completely slipped my mind. I did however spend time at Paddy's stand chatting away to Paddy and returned later to buy a heat buddy but both times missed you. Glad you had a good day. There's always the next one :) Pxx

  6. Oh these are beautiful! Love the different paper treatments! Love how the dies match the stamps. xxD

  7. Hi Sarah,

    Love what you've done with all Leandra's new toys....simply beautiful!!!!


  8. Beautiful! Love the bits and pieces you have shared. A day of making distressy inky background! FUN!


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