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