MEET THE DE­SIGNER

Kay Car­ley not only makes great cards but has her own stamp sets with PaperArtsy!

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Get to know artist Kay Car­ley

So, what are you work­ing on at the mo­ment, Kay?

It’s been all go for the last few months – I cur­rently have sev­eral things on the go at once! I have been try­ing to find time to draw some new stamp de­signs and I’ve been de­sign­ing cards for a class I teach once a month for The Craft Barn at Ling­field Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. As well as de­sign­ing mag­a­zine projects, of course!

Do you have a craft­ing pet hate?

I’m not sure if I have a pet hate as such, but I do like to have a nice clean cut when us­ing a pa­per trim­mer or guil­lo­tine. I don’t like feath­ery edges (which can hap­pen when blades be­come blunt) un­less I’m go­ing for a dis­tressed look!

Are you a tidy crafter or a cre­ative jum­ble?

My star sign is Virgo so take a wild guess! I can’t bear mess, I need to know where ev­ery­thing is. When I’m work­ing on a project, the sur­faces will be cov­ered with stuff but I keep it all or­dered and once I’ve fin­ished ev­ery­thing gets ti­died back to its cor­rect place!

What is the best thing about your job?

Oh, that’s an easy one! I love hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign my own stamps with PaperArtsy and then be able to work with them – it’s very sat­is­fy­ing. It’s also won­der­ful see­ing what other peo­ple cre­ate us­ing my stamp de­signs as they of­ten see dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties that I never en­vis­aged. I’ve re­cently joined Hunky­dory’s TV demo team, which I’m SO thrilled about. I have al­ways loved qual­ity prod­ucts and par­tic­u­larly love the card­stock and all the other prod­ucts that Hunky­dory pro­duce. I hon­estly have got the ‘ideal job’ and con­sider my­self ex­tremely lucky.

When you’re not pa­per­craft­ing, what do you do to re­lax?

I used to en­joy knit­ting or cro­chet­ing in the evenings but nowa­days I am re­ally bor­ing and pre­fer just to col­lapse in a heap on the set­tee and watch some TV or read a book.

What are your craft­ing tri­umphs?

Hav­ing my own stamp range thanks to PaperArtsy was a thrill, plus be­ing ac­cepted as a con­trib­u­tor to UK mag­a­zines, like Paper­craft in­spi­ra­tions.

What piece of kit couldn’t you live with­out?

Def­i­nitely my qual­ity pa­per trim­mer – I’ve had this par­tic­u­lar ro­tary trim­mer for 18 years and it never lets me down.

Do you have a sig­na­ture style?

Le­an­dra Franich (owner of PaperArtsy) calls me the ‘flit­tery, glit­tery princess’ as my style is of­ten quite pretty, del­i­cate and glit­tery! Although I don’t use tons of glit­ter, I do like to add sparkly high­lights.

What are your fu­ture am­bi­tions?

I can hon­estly say that I am very con­tent with my lot at the mo­ment. I’m able to de­sign stamps un­der PaperArtsy’s Sig­na­ture Guest De­signer range and be part of Hunky­dory’s TV demo team. I feel ex­tremely lucky and for­tu­nate. I guess that my only craft­ing am­bi­tion is to al­ways do the best that I can and to con­tinue en­joy­ing what I do! Keep up with Kay’s craft­ing by vis­it­ing her in­spir­ing blog at kay­car­ley.blogspot.co.uk. To take a look at her stamp range on the PaperArtsy web­site, visit www.paperartsy.co.uk.

Kay’s sig­na­ture style has earned her the nick­name ‘flit­tery, glit­tery princess’

Kay loves to use colour and her artis­tic de­signs are in­spired by na­ture

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