Bird Study No. 1 (Guest Designer – Redlead Paperworks)

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For my first post of this new week I want to share with you my first piece of Guest Designer art for the fabulous Redlead Paperworks.redleadbadgeIt is such an honour to be creating with Chris and Sharon’s amazing products whether it be their rubber stamp designs, stencils or collage images.
On receiving goodies from them I could not stop myself from inking up some of the lovely feathered friend stamps and other bird theme related stamps for a canvas which is rich in texture.
I wanted to capture a woody essence to the canvas, which is 8″x8″, achieving it with what transpired to be the minimum of products.
This captures the work in progress with the left photograph showing the texture I laid down onto the canvas with the application of Gesso and dissolved walnut ink crystals then moving onto the right side photograph where Gesso and paint has been laid down to create the base that I would ultimately build upon.canvasbaseMost times, the way I work is to then gather a bundle of stamps, different textures to stamp onto and a selection of what could be termed as embellishments.  I then set to work stamping onto the various textures, usually with too many remaining at the end of the project however, I know they will be used at some time, so long as I don’t misplace them in the interim!
I will list the Redlead Paperworks stamps towards the end of this post.
birdstudycanvaslynnemoncrieffNow, let’s zoom in to various areas of this canvas so you get a close-up of the stamped images, firstly the tag.
I always have tags prepared, stored away – either prepared with tea, coffee or dissolved walnut crystals.   The tag was perfect for what I had in mind, it forming  the focal of the canvas, dangling from a twig (a piece of driftwood).
Gathered for the tag alone are stamps from the Little Labels:- Butterfly Wishes (Bird Study), Fragile Nest (smaller egg) and Nest Defined (nest, definition and larger egg), which were either stamped onto wax paper, handmade paper, painted handmade paper or wood.tagdetailThe nest lost none of its detailing when stamped onto the handmade paper. detail4Taking a stroll we next move to the left side of the canvas where we spy one of the Perching Birds.  Again, it was not lost on me that the stamp retained the smallest of details no matter the surface they were stamped onto and considering this Perching Bird was then laid onto one of the highly textured areas of the actual canvas, it is testament to the quality of the stamps.
Some of the text you will see is either from Nest Defined or from Bird Defined, a stamp I recently shared on my Blog as I used it on both a card and Journal to gift to my lovely friend Dorthe.
The nest is from the same set as the smaller egg seen on the tag.  Brilliant value for money as there are two different nests, the small egg and also the word Fragile which I also used on the canvas. detail1Here is the second of the Perching Birds with that word Fragile which I was telling you about a moment ago. detail5With right below him the same nest as on the opposite side. I really liked the effect. When I showed the completed canvas to my Mum she saw this nest and thought it was a piece of pattern fabric I had incorporated – how we can fool!!!  I know you stampers would not be so easily fooled.detail3If you are interested in any of the stamps I used on this canvas then here is a list:-
Redlead Stamps:-
Perching Birds (both birds)
Nest Defined (large nest on the tag, larger egg and nest definition)
Little Labels:- Butterfly Wishes (Bird Study)
Bird Defined (bird definition)
Fragile (nest, smaller egg and word Fragile)
All stamps can be sourced at Redlead.
I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed stamping up the Redlead stamps, I hope it comes across in the canvas.
It wouldn’t surprise me if I dip into some, if not all,  of those stamps for a future project as I really have fallen in love with the details of the nests and birds and I like that there are those smaller supporting stamps such as the wee egg, words, etc.
Thank You for your visit to my first post for this week. I am in the middle of trying to draft and schedule posts as my time on-line seems to be rather hit and miss at the moment, which is also having a knock-on effect to my visits to your Blogs.
Hope everyone is well and enjoying some summer days, of course, that depends on where you call home and also depends if you like the sun, maybe you are like myself with the sun not being your biggest fan.  Although it is nice to look out on blue skies instead of dreich weather!

Whole Lotta Love

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The arrival of Sunday means it is time time for my DT post over at That’s Crafty.
I had lots of fun stepping outwith my comfort zone for my project this week.blogphotoI hope you will visit the That’s Crafty Blog to view the project in full. Instructions and supply list are also noted HERE.

Masks, Stencils & Templates Challenge @ That’s Crafty Challenge

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A quick post to share with you some challenge news.  The theme at the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog is Masks, Stencils & Templates.
I can imagine this will be a popular challenge because we all seem to have fallen under the spell of all three, especially stencils, I can even hold my hands up to say I have collected a handful this year, thanks to That’s Crafty.
Please read entry details carefully but it is well worth your while entering as the prize is a £20 voucher to spend on-line at That’s Crafty.Challenge Blog VoucherHappy Creating!

Life Will Be A Symphony Of Joy

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When Darkroom Door recently released new frame stamps, amongst them was the Music Hall frame stamp. This, along with all the frame stamps, is a generously sized stamp which comes mounted onto cling foam. For the card I made as a DT sample I paired the frame stamp with stamps from the Harmony stamp set.
For my sample I actually went for a very simple card with the frame being a prominent feature and little details to conjure up music halls from days gone by.  The raspberry velvet representing the velvet coverings on the seat and the focus on the ladies who populated music halls, dressed in their finery, drop pearl ear-rings dangling from their shell-like ears and the glint of gold at their neck-line.
Listen to the music in all things and life will be a symphony of joy.oneA simple background of Gesso washed over vintage sheet music which is what I also stamped the sentiment onto and the frame. 
A stamped treble clef was tucked into a metal cabuchon frame. blogtwoThank You for your visit to this Darkroom Door post.

New Darkroom Door Line Art Stamps

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Darkroom Door have announced the release of new stamps.
The stamps are a collection called Line Art stamps and they are definitely different to the style you would normally associate with Darkroom Door.
Let me introduce you to the ladies, designed by Lucrecia de Silva.
Leafy Lady
Flower LadyDDLA002_LineArtStamp_FlowerLady
Crafty LadyDDLA003_LineArtStamp_CraftyLady
Cherry Apple LadyDDLA004_LineArtStamp_CherryAppleLady
Strawberry LadyDDLA005_LineArtStamp_StrawberryLady
Tropical LadyDDLA006_LineArtStamp_TropicalLady
If you would like to view the Darkroom Door DT samples then please visit the Darkroom Door Blog and of course you can always sign up for the Darkroom Door newsletter to keep informed of any new Blog posts.

A Family Affair (Published!)

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Thank You for joining me for this scheduled post.
I was so thrilled to see two rusted fabric wall hangings published as a feature article in The Stampers’ Sampler (Apr/May/June).
(A little sidenote about the stamp set, My Story, which as well as being available for purchase directly from Oxford Impressions, it can now be sourced in the U.K. at That’s Crafty).DIGITAL CAMERAThe rusted fabric has almost a weathered leather appearance.
Alongside the rusted fabric there is also textured cardstock and cork. DIGITAL CAMERAFabric scraps which I lightly stained were another stamping surface. DIGITAL CAMERAAt the time of scheduling this post I have not managed a catch-up session to your own Blogs.
Time is always precious so as much as I appreciate your visits to my Blog (which I really do appreciate so much), I do understand if you choose not to visit until I am back in Blogland. You have been so incredibly loyal.
I can only hope that I manage to dip in and out a bit more than I have been able to do so, during this week.

Sweet Candy @ Crafty Individuals

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If you are a fan of Crafty Individuals (and who isn’t!) then it is well worth your while visiting the Crafty Individuals Blog as there is fabulous Blog Candy up for grabs – an amazing haul of goodies ranging from stamps, masks, MDF shapes …. in fact, take a look for yourselves.Blog CandyIf you are interested then you need to hurry on over to Jean’s Blog and read the details carefully on how to participate.
Good Luck Wishes

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