Make Your Mark (Greencraft)

Hello
I thought I would share some notebooks which appear in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft, (Spring 2017).
As you can see, they are very humble notebooks from even humbler beginnings.  You can probably guess they were constructed from re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper, I also re-cycled items to form mark making tools.  However, each of the Affirmations, is a stencil – Red Lead Paperworks – Celebrate Your Creativity
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I consciously kept the designs simple.  I wanted to show how simple it is to create notebooks with very few supplies, no specialist tools and the bulk of the supplies being re-cycled items.
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By stenciling onto calico scraps, it was in keeping with the Green approach.
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I also deliberately kept the paint selection to a minimum.
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Other than the stenciled words, all other marks are from mark making tools.
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Old buttons appear on most of the notebooks, an absolute favourite of mine.
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Those wee scraps of lace that always seem to be kicking around me (!), are perfect for such projects.
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A re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper,  paint, one stencil, buttons and scraps = a stack of notebooks and a dent in my stash of re-cycled boxes and packing paper!
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As I have written within Greencraft articles, there is something so fulfilling about making use of items which would otherwise be destined for the re-cycle bin. It really is about creating something from nothing.
Wishes
Lynne

Make A Wish

Hello
This is a peek at the project I am sharing over at the That’s Crafty blog today.
It was lovely to pair up this Character Constructions stamp with one of my Affirmations stamps.
blog21maylynnemIf you would like to see the complete project, please visit HERE.
Thank you always for your support and for your interest in Character Constructions stamps and my own Affirmations stamps.
Wishes
Lynne

New Stamps @ Crafty Individuals

Hello Everyone
I sadly made the decision to step down from being a team member for Crafty Individuals but that does not mean, that whenever there are new stamp releases or other news to share, or if I have been inking up Crafty Individuals stamps, that I won’t pop a quick post on here.  Crafty Individuals were the first rubber stamp company to form a relationship with me, long before I became a team member and they will always have a special place in my creative heart and I am thankful to Jean and Malcolm,  for so much over the years.
Anyway, onto the news that Crafty Individuals have released new stamps.  I won’t be sharing any samples but wanted to share news of the stamps.  All are available directly from Crafty Individuals and available as a very special introductory offer, for a limited time only. 
CI-470 Rambling Rose

CI-471 Make A Wish

CI-472 Tempting Teasels

CI-473 Pretty Flamingos

CI-474 Build A Scene The Village Inn and Church

Thank you for your visit to this post.  I will be catching up soon with the lovely comments left for me on previous posts.
Wishes
Lynne

Enchant Your Life – Wooden Feather Affirmations (Somerset Studio)

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I often mention Redlead Paperworks in my blog posts.  Amongst the wonderful products that Chris and Sharon create are their wooden embellishments.  When I first received some of their wooden products, I was saving them, a bad habit of mine where I want to keep items instead of enjoying the process of using them!  It was last year I challenged myself to begin using items I had been “saving”.  What a revelation it is to not be constantly placing items aside but to dive in and play!
This is what I decided to do when I paired an engraved wooden charm with a wooden is no longer trading).  The trio were published in Somerset Studio (Mar/Apr issue).  It’s difficult to express what it means to be published
This is the link to Redlead’s various engraved wood charms but if you are interested, they have many other wood products: frames, shapes such as cupcakes, mermaids, Halloween and Christmas themed, there is something for every taste.
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I write, in the introduction of the article, of when I asked myself, “what are they?” We often label our projects: assemblage, wearable art, art journaling but
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sometimes, a project is not as clearly defined.
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Although the feathers with sentiment are suspended from beautiful silk sari ribbon,
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they are not pendants, they are something which I see as being a thoughtful gift idea for someone who needs a positive word or two, possibly displaying this somewhere that
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will catch their eye on a daily basis, possibly wrapped around a beautiful journal.
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To ensure the feathers did not become a tangled mess as they made their way from Scotland to California, I decided to create some simple individual packaging for them.  As with most ideas, it became “more” than I intended as I made little tags for each wrapped bundle.
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Each of the stamped words are from Redlead.  I cannot tell you how much I love the set which those words come from, this is the link.   I also used some of the stamps on the paper prayer flag I shared in this post HERE.
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Stamped onto calico, it makes for a tactile, shabby label
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with the calico layered onto various scraps of mop-ups/leftovers which had been stained with Infusions.
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I am so grateful for the relationship I have with Red Lead, especially as they are a U.S. company.  It has been some time since I made my first Guest Designer project for them.
Have a wonderful week.
Wishes
Lynne

Sing In The Rain

Hello
Apologies for being late with what should have been my scheduled post for That’s Crafty.
Here is a wee peek at my project.
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If you are interested, all details can be see HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

Laundry Day

Hello
I have a very quick post to share, a little something I made as a “paper fancy” gift.
The main stamps used are from the recent release from Character Constructions, Blue Daisy collection with the wonderful French Laundry stamp from one of the older collections, a French Laundry set.
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This is actually a paper lavender sachet or should that be a lavender, paper sachet?
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The image was stamped onto lovely paper from a vintage French Agenda, some of the pages containing beautiful writing.  By stamping onto this paper, I liked the whimsy of the day of the week appearing on the image , as though Mercredi is laundry day (I really should have scheduled this post for yesterday!)
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With the sachet being simple in approach, I wanted the tag to be in keeping with this simplicity.   Old denim jeans formed the base, although I did layer it to kraft cardstock for stability and  a place to jot a message.  A sweet vintage button is all that embellishes the stamped and fussy cut Blue Daisy dress, oh, I also stamped buttons.  This smock dress is a cleverly designed stamp because the open design allows for so many possibilities whether under-stated or adding wild, doodled patterns. A great stamp to use with Gelli prints.
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That’s Crafty are U.K. stockists for selected Character Constructions stamps, including the recent addition of two sets from the Blue Daisy collection.  If you have any queries regarding availability of Character Constructions stamps, either contact Laura Holland at That’s Crafty or contact me and I will pass your query to Laura.
Thank you for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Butterfly Wings @ The Muse

Hello
Today, I am delighted to have a project to share, over at  Sandra Evertson’s RELICS & ARTIFACTS Muse,.  I thought I would share a sneaky peek of my project!
Although you cannot see it in the sneaky peek, it was lovely to be able to include one of my That’s Crafty Lynne’s Affirmations on this project, the words suiting this little butterfly child.
If you are interested, all details can be viewed HERE.
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Thank you always, for your time.
Wishes
Lynne

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