Friday, 8 July 2011

A Closer Look At 7 Gypsies Summer CHA 2011 Releases

We are really excited to be able to share some of the samples we were shown during the 7 Gypsies webinar on Wednesday. We were asked not to post them until Friday as their second webinar was Thursday so it was only right that retailers attending that got "first look"

The Summer Release from 7 Gypsies includes two paper lines. Off The Wall features their typical grungey backgrounds but with street art inspired silhouettes as a strong feature of the designs. During their presentation they showed a selection of graffitti and street art photographs which had been their inspiration - from my perspective it looked like the main inspiration ended up being the stencilled silhouettes and also the idea of images which "speak" to people.

The second paper line is called Global and features maps which have been re-invented to suit 12x12 papers; taking the aesthetically pleasing qualities of vintage maps and making a few alterations to make them work as scrapbook papers.

The first layout shown using the Europe paper just grabbed me instantly. As long time blog readers know I took a long European cruise last summer and I am definitely going to recreate the layout below with a few tiny photos of us in the different destinations and the tacks and string showing the route!

See the hanging piece in this frame? They have released some adhesive hooks designed to adhere to the insides or edges of their trays allowing you to hang dimensional embellishments or bunting from them - very neat.

This was an additional example similar to the above but with an Australian theme. The words on both maps are stamped with their new alphabet stamp set featuring both upper and lower case letters which look great mixed up together!

I loved this little village one of the designers had made to showcase lots of the product. You can see some of the Off The Wall papers have been used - look for sulhouettes for example the girl on the house on the far right, the birds on the wire on the house in the front on the left etc...

You can also see a selection of their hardware old and new, some rub on and stamped images and rooftops of the houses are made from their book covers. Love it!

This mixed media panel gives you a closer look at some of the items - the alphabet stamps, the top section is part of an Off The Wall paper and the silhouette is also cut from Off The Wall papers. The cute ruler along the bottom is also part of the new release - there are a selection of 6 inch rulers in light weight but sturdy real wood available. Some designs are "school rulers" and the numbers run horizontally and some are "surveyor rulers" (like the one below) and the numbers are right way up when the ruler is held vertically.

I LOVE the next item I am showing you. The 7 Gypsies Printers Tray and Letterpress Tray have been popular but they are definitely a larger purchase. Let me introduce you to the Solo Shadowbox... It will probably retail at around £10 so quite a bit less than the other trays. It's overall dimensions are a little over 6"x6" and that large aperture is sized to fit a 6x4" photo exactly with three 2" square apertures along side it (you can orientate the frame in which ever way you wish) It is also nice and deep so as you can see it can hold the apothecary bottles (or the new apothecary domes which they are releasing) or accommodate the hooks shown in the larger frames above.

The last thing I wanted to show you for now was this mixed media collage which uses several of the new product. The popular collage tissue line from their last release has some new designs (I am in love with the frames - not shown here sadly) In addition there are some fabulous new colour rubbings. The butterflies on this panel are rub ons and you can see from the image how strong the colours are and how well they rub on, even on to uneven surfaces like the crinkled tissue background on this panel. As well as paper the rub ons also work on the little bottles and domes - one of the sets of rub ons features gorgeous little labels which look amazing when applied to miniature bottles!

I hope you have enjoyed this peek at some of the new 7 Gypsies products. Please note that all projects are credited to the 7 Gypsies designers and were posted here with full permission.

Keep an eye out for more info including their new "Look Book" with further ideas and images.