Sunday 5 July 2015

Poppies and Butterflies with PaperArtsy Hot Picks!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Tonight I'm really excited because I have some cards using the brand new PaperArtsy Hot Picks 1506 and 1505 to show you! If you pop over to the PaperArtsy blog here, Leandra has some gorgeous images of projects using all the new Hot Picks and a video to share. There will be more new releases to come during the coming week, so lots to see! Do please visit to see what the PaperArtsy designers have been inspired to create. I'm so excited because HP1505 and 1506 gave me the opportunity to re-visit vintage colours, lace, fabric and embellishments - I even played some more with Rust - most definitely one of my favourite things!

Leandra suggested a colour scheme for our samples, and I started by studying HP1505 and HP1505 and then doing some hunting and gathering within my stash!

I experimented with stamping on fabric and rummaged in my sewing box too! I don't know about you, but I don't think my muse is always the same personality? This time I felt I was definitely channelling my inner Edwardian Lady!

 I've used Taupe, Nougat, Chocolate Pudding, a touch of Rose and Squid Ink. I wanted to create the impression of aged ephemera, but I've experimented with some mark making using everyday objects too - like washing liquid lids.

 I used a brayer and the odd stencil on Kraft card blanks, along with my stamping and embellishments: Treasure Gold accented the curled edges on torn book text.

Tea-bags seemed like the perfect accompaniment to vintage themed cards and I incorporated this one, with a little sepia stamping, into the background.

I merged it with some tea-stained lace.

The poppies were particularly suited to the Vintage theme, I thought.

 This summer I've been taken with the different shades of poppy I've seen in country gardens - like pale pink and mauve, so I turned to my Rose Fresco. 

My frames are tiny wooden ones from The Works. But these stamps don't only look good with 'neutrals'. I just had to have a play with the butterflies using blues too! I took some of my master-boards and added the new Hot Picks images

to create a birthday card for my mum who was 86 on Friday!

And one last card.

There really is so much you can do with these images. They are great for journals as well as cards, but I can foresee some lovely projects using them with canvases, home-decor pieces and fabric too.

Thank you so much for stopping by to see me take flight with these new Hot Picks1505 and 1506  available from PaperArtsy and PaperArtsy stockists now.


  1. Stunning samples, Julie Ann - I adore the rough white textural paint against the kraft as the background to your beautifully spun pictorial stories. The two poppy cards are my favourites - very moving. Fantastic (and lovely to see the butterflies in blue too!).
    Alison xx

  2. Gorgeous quartet of samples on the blog Julie, love the Kraft cards and the final card for your mum is beautiful too. LOVE them all!!! Ruth x

  3. Stunning work Julie Ann! Just back from France and first stop after PA blog was yours! I love the contrasts and stamping with found objects! They have such a comfortable, been here a long time feel to them! Love them all! Xx

  4. It's going to be a very expensive month... love all the new hotpicks and your samples are fantabulous!

  5. Beautiful samples, love the blue card you made for your mum. All the new PA releases look fab, can't wait to get my hands on them :)

  6. Superb samples Julie Ann, I love all the different elements you added, making for some fantastic cards! The butterflies in blue look so lovely too and I completely adore what you did with the poppies!! Just stunning all of them!

  7. Really lovely all of them. The bits of gold are just the icing on the die cut cake! xox

  8. We have been shopping at the same place LOL. Aren't those frames fabulous!
    The beauty before me with the sumptuous torn edges,, the sweetest of details and texture makes my heart sing. I have fallen head over heels in love with your samples, you have done Leandra such credit with the samples you created.
    Belated Birthday Wishes to your dear Mum! Oh I so love the butterflies perched upon this card.
    Your blog posts are always feast for the eyes and balm for the soul and this is no different.

  9. What beautiful samples! So many fabulous details to delight over, as always. Your mum's card is stunning with that gorgeous blue. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to bits with it and I hope she has a really lovely Birthday. Lx

  10. Your samples are wonderful, Julie Ann, I love the remembrance poppy theme,

    Lucy x

  11. my goodness Julie everything you've made is so full if rich texture. you take stamping to a whole new level of brilliance. I love it. xo

  12. Stunning arty samples Julie Ann, those stamps are gorgeous aren't they?! xxx

  13. Happy Birthday to your Mum Julie Ann. She must be very proud of your creative spirit. Her card is LOVELY. These samples are INCREDIBLE. And yes - your Edwardianism rendered PERFECTION!! Just AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL samples in every way. j

  14. Wonderful cards with the new stamps, Julie Ann!!!!!

  15. I love your gorgeous craft cards Julie Ann. I'm sure your Mum loves, too.

  16. Julie Ann!! Fabulous makes showing off these new stamps!! I so love the Edwardian lady you have channeled- very fitting indeed!
    Thank you so much for always visiting and leaving the love- you are always welcome to my home and new porch as well!! lol maybe someday!! xoxo hugs my dear friend!

  17. Absolutely stunning creations for showcasing these gorgeous new stamps. My Wish List is now reaching epic proportions! Love all your designs Julie Ann and I am positive your Mum loved her card because it's beautiful. Happy belated birthday to her!

    Lesley Xx

  18. Your work is incredible! Wow! And so wonderful to see the progress of these pieces! Thanks alot, I have enjoyed it! -
    PS I you haven´t yet, please enter my giveaway it ends soon!! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  19. Wow Julie Ann - sold to the lady in blue with grey hair! ! Brilliant samples ! Chrisx


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