Royal Blood

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Sharing a card over at That’s Crafty this week where I’ve once again dipped into Infusions using one colour in different ways.blogIf you are interested, the post can be viewed HERE.
Many thanks for your visit.

Stampington & Co Giveaway!

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Surely it is time for a wee Giveaway!
I have the lovely folks at Stampington & Company to thank for providing two Giveaways for me to share with you.
Stampington & Company have such a vast range of art/craft magazines to select from, ranging from stamping, mixed media, jewellery, cooking, sewing, art journaling, lifestyle……. yes, the list truly does go on and on!  They also have a selected range of digital editions available which brings me to the Giveaway.
They have generously offered digital editions of two of their best selling titles, Somerset Studio and The Stampers’ Sampler, two titles where I have artwork published.
I just want to add that I have no idea how many of you will be interested in this Giveaway but I was conscious that many friends of my Blog are scattered throughout the world and that is why digital issues were selected, otherwise the Giveaway would only have been open for U.S. residents and I didn’t want to exclude my U.K., Continental Europe friends and any further afield.
Giveaway No. 1  Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2016 Edition
Giveaway No. 2  The Stampers’ Sampler Spring 2016 Edition1SAM-1602DE-300x300If you are interested in this Giveaway then there are no hoops to jump through!  All I ask is for you to leave a comment stating which digital issue you would like the chance of winning – you can also have your name entered into the hats of both editions.
On Monday 25th, two winning names will be randomly selected.  Once the winners are selected we can then proceed for you to receive your digital issues.
I hope some of you will be interested in this Giveaway whether you have or haven’t read either magazines or if you subscribe to the paper editions.
Good Luck Wishes!

She Gathers Honey (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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In the Apr/May/June issue of The Stampers’ Sampler I have a variety of pieces published, some I’ve shared already.  I also  had this trio of cards, featuring Oxford Impressions beautiful Bee Happy stamp set.  This trio was made on the back of some samples I made for Suzanne at the time of their release, so they are definitely not recent!  To see the trio of cards published made me smile because it is such a lovely stamp set and I so enjoyed working on the cards.
The colours were selected to represent lavender and honey even though I didn’t use a lavender stamp!  I wanted a collection of textures:- kraft cardstock, tissue paper, pressed flowers, lace, raffia, wood……lynnemoncrieffoneAlong with the maiden from the Bee Happy set and lots of other supporting stamps, I also dipped into other Oxford Impressions sets, something I love to do with O.I. stamps is mix ‘n’ match. The stamped flowers bring a delicate colour to balance the kraft and also to tell the story of the bees and honey.twoNo extra colour was added to the flower, simply worked with the wet ink from stamping the flower .A flutter of pressed petals bring a little something extra to the background.threeA little stamped element layered to the background panel.fiveAs tends to be the case with me, a cluster of this and that, most often, whatever might be lying around from previous projects.
The lilac panel was Kraft painted with PaperArtsy Frescos.  seven
The second card.lynnemoncrieffoneThe maiden, stamped onto tissue paper.  A cluster formed from a stamped postal mark, paper flower with wooden button and a scrap of polka dot fabric, adhered to a scrap of vintage crochet lace.twoDifferent flowers but stamped in the same way as card number one.threeBees buzzing amongst the blooms.fourA sweet sentiment.fiveThe final card thekeeperofbeeslynnemoncrieffwith the ink of the stamped flowers allowed to bleed. threeMany thanks for your visit to this blog post.
Have a great week. I certainly hope to be sharing another blog post soon.  I have a few drafted, trying to catch-up with items I would normally have shared by now.

Locked Heart

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This Sunday, for That’s Crafty, I am sharing something I made earlier this year for a friend, featuring one of the beautiful hearts from the Prima Relics and Artifacts range, which I just ever so slightly have a bit of a weakness for!blogIf you are interested, the post can be viewed HERE.
Thank you for your time today.

Cupcake Daydreams (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Recently I’ve shared some cards and mixed media panels with a celebratory theme, all published in The Stampers’ Sampler. In that same issue, Spring 2016, a card collection which I’d submitted to Sampler’s sister publication, Take Ten, were printed as a feature, Cupcake Daydreams.
Each mini card features a Redlead stenciled cupcake, pastel colours, trying to evoke a summery, celebratory feel. The cards might not seem my style but as they were made to submit to Take Ten, I could not invest a lot of time in making each and anyway, I wanted the cupcake as the focal with just a dash of trimmings.
Stencils – Cupcake Stencils
Stamps – let the party begin, celebrate, make a wish
fourEach card is mini 3″x4″.threeI was trying for a loose, whimsical approach, drawing the fineliner pen lines in a quick manner after stenciling the cupcakes with paint,onewith each cupcake having some white marker pen dots drawn in.twoSimple embellishments such as this paper flower with a stamped and fussy cut centre, layered with a pearl sticker.fiveThere we have it, a speedy, cupcake card collection!
Thank you so much for your visit.
BTW – Redlead have just announced  a new stamp collection, By The Sea

Into The Garden With Maude (Guest Ambassador)

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Only a couple of sneaky peeks to share in this blog post!
Some weeks ago, I received the most wonderful invitation, to be a Guest Ambassador for Relics and Artifacts.  This is a huge honour for several reasons.
Sandra Evertson, the creative soul behind Relics and Artifacts is an artist whose name I first discovered from Stampington publications.  Her artistry and stamps immediately caught my eye and I am lucky enough to have a few of her stamps which are genuine treasures amongst my stamp collection.  Then one of my first features in Take Ten, in fact I think it actually was my first Take Ten feature, was a card collection featuring her beautiful stamps.  So when I learnt of Prima Relics and Artifacts, well imagine my interest!  I’ve used them for PaperArtsy tutorials, for That’s Crafty DT projects, for gifts I made at Christmas and for birthday gifts, it is simply that I love them.
To have this invitation extended was a bolt out of the blue and I cannot thank Sandra Evertson enough.

The inspiration behind the project can be viewed HERE Sandra Evertson Guest Ambassador and the Snapguide tutorial HERE.

Thank you so much for your visit and if you do visit the Muse post or Snapguide tutorial then an extra, extra thanks.

Watch Me Fly (Somerset Studio – Affirmation Ornaments)

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I am in the middle of drafting some catch-up posts, seem to have quite a bit to be sharing here!
Back in May, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of Somerset Studio because I knew that inside would be my first ever Somerset Studio article. Now, if I were to begin to explain what this means to me, this would become a lengthy post, I’ll just say that to be published in Somerset Studio, has in itself been a dream come true but an article, that for me is one of those times when it is a dream too big for me to even dare to dream it – yes, it means that much to me! What made it all the more special, I knew my friend Vickie Kammerer also had an article within this issue. Now there is an artist who embraces colour.  Vickie does not shy away from colour, using it with such energy and creativity.
I’m sure you understand that I will not be sharing techniques for the artwork, only photos and some links for some of the products featured.


Rubber Stamps Sentiments – Redlead Paperworks
MDF heart – That’s Crafty Alterables
(paperclay, Frescos, Fresco Crackle Glaze, White/Greyboad – also available from That’s Crafty)

untieyourwingsThe thought process behind the inspiration for the ornaments is written within the article so again, I’d be uncomfortable sharing it all here after Somerset Studio so generously sharing my article but I can tell you that each ornament was essentially created the same way, with little tweaks to bring variation and the meaning behind the ornaments if the positive force of affirmations.untieyourwingstwoThey are a lovely size for either indoors or outdoors although if they were for outdoor display they would probably need to be somewhere a little bit sheltered from the elements (especially Scottish rain!) and definitely a coat or two of suitable outdoor varnish.
givemewingsThe same wing stamps were used throughout, slightly changing their position.
givemewingstwoRedlead have some of the very best sentiment stamps, especially words/sentiments.willflySentiments stamped onto white/greyboard, to create the word tilesiwillflydetailSo there we have it, a quick run through of the trio of affirmation ornaments. I cannot thank Somerset Studio enough for the opportunity to have an article within their pages and to always be lucky enough to play with fabulous supplies from Redlead and That’s Crafty.
Many thanks for your visit.

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