Friday, 30 August 2013

Guest blogging for PaperArtsy Project 4

Well here it is, my final post of my final week of my semester of blogging for the wonderful people at PaperArtsy. I hope that after the past 4 months of seeing their products being used that you are now in no doubt as to how great they are...and how much you need them all...

Back in February I made some samples for PaperArtsy to take to Birmingham, 2 of them were painting of girls with big hair. I should stop calling them that, their names were Miss. Emily... and Miss.Eva...

Anyhoo, it seemed only right to finish my semester with another girl ..

So today I am going to introduce you to Miss. Fleur.

this is how she started out...



At this point I had to put her away as  I was still working on July projects. I also was lucky enough to visit PaperArsty HQ, where I explained what I had in mind for my final painting. I told Leandra I really wanted to use hearts and clocks in her hair. Now clocks are not a problem, PaperArtsy have a few plates with very nice clocks and watches, but not so many hearts. Then Leandra said..well you design them and we will make them!

OMG!

This was only minutes before I was setting off back home, so I didn't really have time to digest that suggestion at all till I got home. I seriously debated switching to another theme completely, one that was already on the shelves. But then I figured, hey why not, can't be that hard right?

Not so right...if you have ever wondered what goes into the initial drawing behind stamp designs, then let me tell you I drew hearts solidly for 2 weeks. This pile is several layers deep.


But between the 3 of us, me Mark and Leandra, a million drawings,scans,emails and phone calls, we pulled them together. Then this arrived in an email.



and then this one...

OMG they were being pressed....



I was beside myself with excitement, and wasn't able to tell anybody lol



The very next day, they arrived at my house..


They even have my name on them...



Here they are 



THEY ARE ON SALE --->...HERE... AND ...HERE...


So I was finally able to play with them and create Fleur. 



I hope you like her and the stamps. If you would like to see how I created her then pop over to paperartsy where there are lots and lots of step by step photos. 

Huge,huge thanks to Mark and Leandra for their encouragement, and help, and for giving me this amazing opportunity. 


81 comments:

  1. Fantastic stamps Darcy! I like!!!! Hope we get to see more stamps soon!

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  2. OMG! WOW! This is amazing! Congrats I'm so excited for you. :)

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  3. WOW how exciting to have your own designs made as stamps and have your name on the packet - well done

    Sam xxx

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  4. AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGH!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SO COOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!! :D *takes breath* about time your genius was properly appreciated :D Congratulations honey :D *can't stop grinning* :D XXX

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  5. Darcy, they look absolutely fantastic!! I'm so super chuffed for you!! xox

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  6. Fabulous stamps: really your own style ! It was so interestisng to hear about how you designed these! How did you manage to keep it a secret without exploding!!! Julie Ann xxx

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  7. You really kept this secret! How exciting that must have been to see your work reproduced in a stamp set! I really also like the heart with cogs - perfect for a guy card well the guys in my life!!! Congrats! Susan "LoveRibbons01"

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  8. I am SO chuffed for you! Congrats, congrats, congrats! I have so much admiration for your secret-keeping skills but more for your beautifully designed stamps! Maybe we can aspire to be like you now!!!

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  9. Darcy, I love these stamps, they're perfect. Congrats on having your very own designs. And of course, I love the extremely beautiful Miss Fleur.

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  10. If I don't win these are on my shopping list and they went straight in at number one!! Brilliant! Hope there are going to be many, many more in th Eclectica 3 Darcy range.
    Thanks missy, and promise homework will be done Sunday/Monday!
    xxx

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  11. Your new stamps are awesome and your project is AMAZING. I would love to win the stamps, I'm following you now.

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  12. Congratulations Darcy!!! What a secret to have to keep. Both sets are beautiful, well done. A xx

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  13. congratulations, great designs. x

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  14. Such amazing stamps! Fabulous! Congratulations!

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  15. Oh Darcy those designs are so cool you definitely deserved to have them made into stamps!! Now I know why you needed those die cuts lol!! congratulations!!

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  16. Fantastic project and those stamps are amazing. Well done.

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  18. I love these stamps. Fantastic. I have really enjoyed all you have shared over at PaperArtsy the last quarter. Thank you for sharing your art, your techniques and your enthusiasm.

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  19. amazing stamps Darcy, love them
    Janet x

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  20. Miss Fleur looks amazing with those fabulous heart stamps that you designed in her hair. Congratulations.

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  21. Miss Fleur is amazing. Absolutely fabulous piece of art.

    I love, Love, LOVE your new stamps! They're wonderful and have been added to my ever-growing "Paper Artsy Wish List".

    Thank you for sharing all your posts over at Paper Artsy's blog! I've learned so much from them and been inspired by your work!

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  22. Loving Miss Fleur... TOTALLY loving your stamps!! What a secret you managed to keep - brilliant! Thanks for the chance to win some (and to Paperartsy too)

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  23. HUGE congratulations, Darcy!!

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  24. Huge congratulations on your own stamp range, Darcy; so original! Wouldn't expect anything else! I was gobsmacked to see them, didn't expect that. Love your final project, and all of them,

    Lucy x

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  25. Miss Fleur is amazing Wow! I also love the new stamps especially the Hearts set as I adore the swirl with the small hearts which you have coming over Miss Fleurs face, a stunning project Darcy, thanks for the chance to win these stamps and for sharing this fab work of art.

    MaggieH

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  26. Well done my lovely! I am stunned by your gorgeous stamps ... And of course NEED these! And Miss Fleur is just amazing! Love her to bits!
    C xxx

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  27. Darcy, you clever girl, I LOVE THEM! Love that you've done another "girl with big hair" - they're fab :) x

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  28. Oh wow! They are fantastic you must be so chuffed

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  29. j adore, ces tampons sont fabuleux

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  30. How exciting to have your own stamps made - I would love to win a set - what a thrill that would be

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  31. I am just... bowing down first of all to your supreme secrecy skills. How? How did you not utter a peep? And secondly those fab designs, just love them.

    Congratulations Darcy they - and Fleur - are amazing :)

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  32. love them...they look like lots of fun!

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  33. Darcy these are amazing stamps, you must be so excited. How on Earth did you keep this secret? xx

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  34. Wonderful stamps, congratulations!!!

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  35. Darcy, your talent knows no bounds, these stamps are fabulous and awesome! Joyce xxx

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  36. I am buying myself some of these @ Christmas - unless I can persuade Chris to buy me them sooner!Well done Darcy. Proud of you x x

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  37. Congratulations on having stamps with your name on them and such fun ones too. I have been lurking from Canada and was blown away today when I saw Miss Fleur so I just had to come out from behind the potted palm and make my presence known.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  38. Fabulous Darcy, many congratulations! Good luck everyone :)

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  39. Wow! Darcy! This is the start of someting new and BIG! You deserve it hun! X.

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  40. What a sekrit you kept Darcy, bet you were bursting at the seams so very well done!!!

    Now i see the huge pile of drawings you did and i am betting there are more images you could turn into stamps. Great job by all at Paper Artsy in giving you such stunning rubber to play with.

    Your stamps are a NEED not a want, looking forward to your next designs very soon :-) xxx

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  41. They are super cute! Well done and congratulations Darcy!

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  42. They are super cute! Well done and congratulations Darcy!

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  43. What lovely stamps! Hearts with an edge... I like it!

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  44. (clap) (clap) (clap)

    I am so happy happy

    When are they coming to the States?

    <3 <3 <3

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  45. WOW Darcy how fabulous and exciting and thrilling for you. The stamps are fabby dabby gorgeous. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of winning a set (if not I will def go and buy both sets) lol Susiesuxxx

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  46. Hi Darcy
    Your stamps are so cool and so original they knock my socks off. Would love to add them to my stash. Congratulations....no wonder you were bursting with excitement to share.

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  47. How wonderfully exciting for you. These are great groupings.

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  48. These are beautiful! I surely love your images - hearts, gears and clocks. Beauty makes me sigh on the outside and smile on the inside. Congrats! Happy for you. Thanks for making the world a better place with your creations! And I hope I win!

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  49. These a beautiful(must have)stamps, must have, must have, gotta have... Congratulations :)it must be totally amazing to have your art work reproduced in stamps that will be used all over the world and in many different ways.... must have, must have xxx

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  50. WOW...... Massive congratulations on having your fab designs pressed by such an amazing company. I truly love them! x

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  51. Congratulations, Darcy. You deserve it. These stamps are simply incredible. I'm a big heart person, anyway, so these are really special. I'm so, so happy for you.

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  52. Congrats Darcy! Your projects are always an inspiration, and bring PaperArtsy stamps to life, so it comes as no surprise that you would be snapped up to design for them! Be proud and enjoy the moment :-)

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  53. what gorgeous stamps, well done and congratulations!

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  54. Miss Fleur is amazing! How exciting to be able to design your own stamps too! The look wonderful - I especially like set 2 with that fabby patchwork tin heart. Thank you for the chance to win some - you are very kind! :)

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  55. What fun stamps!!Loved Miss Fleur!

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  56. Congratulations Darcy!
    They're fabulous!

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  57. This is so gorgeous and the stamps are a must have. thank you for a fabulous week of inspiration

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  58. This was a very intricate tutorial....way beyond my skill level, but truly a pleasure to watch. An amazing result oo - Brava!!!

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  59. These stamps are amazing and your projects are fab.

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  60. Super duper stamps, amazing project too, inspired me to learn to draw faces. Loving your new stamps, bet you still happy dancing x

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  61. Great set of stamps. Well done!

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  62. How wonderful to have your own stamp range! Not sure i would have been able to keep the secret. They are very beautiful stamps too.

    Emma x

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  63. Fantastic stamps! Love 'em!

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  64. Wow wow your creations over on the paperartsy Blog havebeen truly aamazingly awesome gorgeous. And I shall definitely be purchasing these stamps :-) Kezzy xxx

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  65. Adore these stamps sooo versatile xx

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  66. Wowsers! You must've been itching with excitement, and jumping up and down before you could tell anyone. Well done you!

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  67. OMG, I LOVE love love your new stamps. Love the style-------and your project is Outta this world. Love her. Oooohh thank you so much for the chance to win.
    PS: Pick me, pick me, pick me....lol. :-)

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  68. Your stamps are amazing I need both sets :) x

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  69. Very striking indeed & so so versatile for all kinds of things. Just been introduced to you via PaperArtsy to whome I'm pretty new too.
    Paula (PEP)

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  70. Wonderful creation - she is amazing, and so are your new stamps - thank you for the chance to win them!!!

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  71. No I understand why an email could make you so happy! I love them and they are so utterly perfect!!! Congratulations and Yippee for the rest of us to be able to use your gorgeous artwork!

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  72. and psstt.. that was **now, not no! Geesh!

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  73. Congrats on ur new stamps, I wish U every success as U so deserve it, U are most talented xo

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  74. So well deserved Hun....you work is amazing and I love your new stamps, they are awesome! Congrats and thanks for doing a giveaway! X x x

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  75. Loving the stamps these are on my must buy list x

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  76. Oh would love love these stamps....
    Would be the beginning of my 'steam punk' career...lol !!!
    You are an incredible artist in all dimensions !!!
    WTG & big congrats....over the pond !

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  77. Darcy, the stamps are FABULOUS.... The amount I want them is just disgraceful!! lol I'm so very pleased for you. Congratulations hun! xx

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