Sunday, 16 February 2014

Paperartsy Inspiration - My Friend Julie-Ann

Hi ya, just popping on to enter the inspiration challenge over on the Paperartsy Blog and this weeks designer has been the awesome amazing Julie-Ann Lee, please pop on over there to see her gorgeous creations. Also a lot is going on this week with loads of blog posts on all their new products with lots of samples so it's certainly worth grabbing a cuppa and having a read :-)
Julie-Ann is a very good blog friend and we email each other frequently and have a good chat about everything, I feel like I can tell her anything and she always listens, and I hope she feels the same way :-).
But our artwork is very different, hers is very shabby chic, elegant, vintage and distressed and she her work always inspires me, she always has a story behind the art and she is very very interesting, me I'm more chuck some paint around and hope for the best lol.  So I really really wanted to support her through this Paperartsy journey and join in with each challenge but I have found it so hard.  I even had my tags ready last Sunday evening and loved her spraying fresco paint on the backgrounds, but then that was it.  Every single idea just didn't feel good enough, I wanted to show how much she inspires me, but everything I tried looked awful.  I really thought last night I wouldn't be able to join in :-( but this morning I sat putting away the tags feeling sorry for myself lol and suddenly thought, I can't do her style or art justice, but I could show her how much I care and this is how I ended up with the following tags :-)

Most of the stamped images are Lynne Perrella by Paperartsy,
as Julie-Ann loves her images,
actually all the products are Paperartsy as we
both love their products.  I even managed to include a new stencil
and new stamp range Ellen Vargo by them lol.
All details of products used are at the bottom of the page.
Each tag has a meaning which I shall go through, just like
Julie-Ann has lots of stories with her art :-)

As I was doing each tag I popped on the back what it meant.
Eeeek look at the backs, definitely not neat lol.

Well this is quite obvious lol, the actually tag was a large
one that I was mopping up the paint spray with, but I ended up
using all the other tags, so I die cut the large one for the front cover.

I took all the pictures on their side, don't know why lol.
I have turned them the right way but they look a bit odd so I have included
both ways :-)
All the tags have a feather stamped on it, either hidden or obvious.
The reason for this is Julie-Ann uses feather images a lot and
did in this weeks awesome project.  I did try making the
feather out of the stamped image like she did, but I only had this small one from
which is way to small.
This tag represents how much I love your art Julie-Ann,
each creation inspires me so much, you amaze me in the
way you look at something and then completely change it to
add to your art, each individual detail is always so intricate and gorgeous.

This tag represents how Julie-Ann your so full of 
knowledge, be it fact or fictional you always make your
art a truly awesome story, I have not only
been truly inspired by your work, but also how much
I have learned through your knowledge, through your eyes.

This tag represents our friendship, you definitely are such
a beautiful friend to have, you wear the crown because you don't
just make me feel special but you make each person you meet feel
special, it's truly a gift.  I wish you could believe in yourself more.
The key is to represent the key to friendship, and how
you unlock so many doors that I have always felt were hidden or locked.

This tag represents London, the city that we are definitely going to meet
this year at Ally Pally, be it April or later on in the year.
It will be so exciting to meet you, but also to share looking at all those
Paperartsy goodies :-)

This tag represents NEW, ok a bit corny, but the stamp
is the new Ellen Vargo stamp set by Paperartsy.
It represents how this year for both of us will be new beginnings,
mine personal and yours your new found venture,
a Paperartsy designer, well deserved, and I so wish
you so much happiness, health and art through this amazing 
new experience :-) (blowing kisses)

I hope you like it Julie-Ann, and also everyone else.  Please go visit her, you will love all her creations and loving stories.
Happy Crafting :-)
Hugs Kezzy xxxxx

Paperartsy Fresco Paint - nougat, vanilla, little black dress, inky pool, blood orange, guacamole.
Paperartsy stamps - LPC014 (script), LPC003 (heart and crown), LPC002 (postage mark), LPC001 (bottle and feather), LPC010 (key), LPC012 (town houses), EEV01 (large new circle), Words 4.
Paperartsy Stencil - PS001 by Lin Brown
Treasure Gold - Rose Quartz
Crafters Workshop - mini kaleidoscope, mini spinning tops
Prima - Finnabair squares and chevron
Sharpe - black and white pens
Gem (which has already been painted with Eco Green black Paint)
Sizzix Alterations - tiny tabs and tags
Archival ink pads- jet black, Wendy Vecchi- fern green, red geranium, cornflower and orange blossom stamping on the second generation.


rachel said...

what a fabulous tribute to your friendship - just fabulous x

Craftyfield said...

I second that! You've done am amazing amount of (excellent) work in a short space of time too. I am sure she will be impressed, just like me.

Julie Lee said...

Kezzy, I am so moved. I'm sorry I'm so late commenting, as I've been looking after Mum and cooking and cleaning - I'd much prefer to be crafting and looking at lovely projects like this, but that's life sometimes. Every one of these tags is gorgeous and - most important - they are very 'you'! I love that they communicate so much, so beautifully. You are unique, Kezzy and that's what these tags convey so well:that was the first thing I noticed about your work - remember that tag of the lady with the flowery hair? Always believe in yourself and I promise I'll try to as well! You inspire me too, you know! Julie Ann xxx

butterfly said...

They're really beautiful, Kerry - and what a tribute to a lovely friendship between two amazing crafters!
Alison xx