She Will Bewitch You

It is interesting how Hallowe’en has changed dramatically, in Scotland, most definitely influenced by America. Let me take you on a trip down Memory Lane. When I was a child (no sniggering please!!) turnips were used to create lanterns, as you can imagine, much harder work than using a pumpkin!. At Primary School, on the day of Hallowe’en or the day nearest, teachers would organise some Hallowe’en fun. We would dress up in our finest Hallowe’en costumes and play games such as dooking for apples and there would be treats such as monkey nuts and toffee apples (a Dentist’s nightmare!).  Early evening in my home my Mum would organise more fun and then it would be time to go “guising”, which was our equivalent to Trick or Treating.  Whoever you visited would ask for a party piece, such as reciting a poem, joke or suchlike. I was an incredibly shy child so I was not keen on any of this lol, in fact my Dad would come with me.  Today Hallowe’en is much more of a marketing opportunity but I probably view Hallowe’en of my childhood days with a touch of nostalgia. I wonder if that is a sign of getting old LOL.

My second Hallowe’en posting this weekend is a card which uses a non-Hallowe’en image. She is from a set called “A Scandalous Beauty” but don’t you think she could pass as a Goth?The base is artist canvas sheet painted cream then I stamped a scroll design. The woman is layered onto torn scrim, a Laura Ashley rub-on above the image, black lace flower and some black gems.

Finally, at this time of the year I love to re-visit Rabbie Burns’ “Tam o’Shanter“. Many of you will be familiar with this poem but if not or if it has been a number of years since you last read it then the link above will take you to this poem. Happy Hallowe’en. Lynne x

Hallowe’en Party Animal

or possibly not from the look on her face

The base of this hanging is artist sheet canvas. Using Rust Red acrylic I applied the first layer with baby wipes then used a mask to create the design. The witch was image transferred onto recycled curtain lining. Tore a length from a velvet skirt which creates the hanging. Then added buttons, strip of vintage fabric and some beaded trim.

To Let You Know

If you are looking for a Hallowe’en image with a vintage vibe then head on over to Divas D’este.  There is just about time to create with this image before the bewitching hour on the 31st. I would also like to thank them for the honour of having my “Beware The Clutches Of The Spiderwoman” on their Homepage.

Time to remind you that The Stampsmith Challenge is nearing the closing date but if you are quick you have time to enter the Black, White and One Other Colour Challenge and remember, there is a Prize Draw.  Good Luck. Lynne x

Well Travelled

Many months ago, when participating in a Deco Swap at Katy’s Corner Yahoo Group one of the themes was World Traveller, which was set by Jack. (Yes, this is the very same Jack who has tarnished my good name with her book portraying me as a saucy minx LOL)
Using a variety of stamps I wanted to create the impression that this couple are looking down at the city spread below them. The base colour was made up of Gesso and Whispers inks pads. Yes Whispers ink pads!! When I started stamping I had no idea that there were different quality of ink pads so naively I purchased some Whispers. One good thing is that they did not go to waste as I like to use them for backgrounds. After stamping the city (Florence?) with Timber Brown Staz-on, I wiped the ink with a baby wipe to soften the stamped image.
The base is copier paper coloured with walnut ink solution and then sprayed lightly with some homemade ink spray. I used several stamps on this page, even though much is hidden as I built up layers. This World Traveller is a learned man who keeps a journal of his thoughts and experiences as he travels.

Last Days of Summer

Probably not the most suitable time of the year to display beach related art but I look at it this way, somewhere in the world it has to be summer lol
You may  recognise that this image is from ARTchix Seaside Cuties (received as part of August DT package from The Altered Element) . Although I used some of the images in previous posts, Life’s A Beach and A Day At The Seaside I still had several remaining.
 Once the blush pink acrylic paint had dried I added Picket Fence Crackle paint then sponged Tea Dye ink into the cracks. Stamped 2 tickets and the Hotel advertisement and ripped a piece of striped fabric, layering all onto the canvas. The Basic Grey die cut, although supposed to be a branch with leaves, to my eyes, also had a look of seaweed. Cut out the Seaside Cutie, matting to card for stability and tucked it into the “seaweed”, finally adding shells, some of which I broke and layered onto the “shingle” on the image.

The Name Picked From The Hat

is ……………..

Martina could you contact me with your address please and I will send this altered canvas to you

I was amazed at the number of people in this Giveaway, many thanks. In the very near future there will be another little Giveaway. Lynne x

A Fragile Beauty

Vintage Udfordring Challenge Blog’s latest challenge is to create your own backgrounds.
To make my own background, first I painted A4 white card with Camisole Pink emulsion paint (latex paint). I then laid out a bundle of stamps, approx 12 or so and set to work with Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet inks to make my own background cardstock.
The image I printed onto canvas paper, painted French text and fabric blooms with bronze paint (Tesco cheap and cheerful paint in the children’s craft section).
This detail photo shows the prepared background cardstock and the stamped label.
Stamped the vintage label and “Paris” onto painted cardstock and finally I pleated a length of satin ribbon.

Woman of Strength

Let me introduce you to The Stampsmith’s Maude.  Maude is available as a single um or part of At The Theatre plate.
 After gold embossing a scroll design on the brown script paper (all papers are from the Ella Blue pack) I then layered co-ordinating scraps. Painted a fabric bloom with old gold acrylic paint and then stamped French writing. Further embellishments were a length of lace and a decorative corner sticker. To tone down the colour of the sticker I dabbed on some Deoupaint Patina in Old White (available from The Altered Element). This paint which comes in a variety of colours is so useful for altering paper and metal embellishments.


Yes it is that time of the week where I remind you all about The Stampsmith Challenge Blog. Challenge #2 is underway, a very easy theme of “Black, White And One Other Colour”. Remember that when you join in the fun there is always the chance you could become a prize winner!

P.S. I am also linking this card to Vicki’s challenge @ The Cheerful Stamp Pad. Thanks Vicki. Lynne x

Beware The Clutches of The Spider Woman

This is the image provided by Soartful this week and the challenge to create  Hallowe’en inspired art.
Here is the flag I made.
The base is recycled cardboard which I swiped Jet Black Staz-on directly to. Then I tore pieces of garden fleece, randomly gluing to the base, adding  scrim (available from The Altered Element) which I shredded with scissors.
The image was printed onto canvas paper and layered onto black felt (which sparkles). Made a flower from  scrim and a brad, added Stickles to the image and created a hanging using scrim. Once the flag was complete I blasted it with my heat gun, causing the garden fleece to shrink and holes appear which allowed the black base to show through.
GSC Haunted Connection
“I am participating in a GC Creative Connection. I heard about this month’s GCCC – Haunted – from Jean of  Bluebird Paperie. Why not play along? Post a creation to your blog mentioning my post and the Creative Connection post on Gingersnap Creations. Let’s all craft it forward and see how far we can get this connection to go!”
Happy Creating. Lynne x

Also Linking To
Dezinaworld – Hallowe’en and Life As Lori Get Your Craft Thursday On


Vintage – The Three Muses
Feminine plus Masculine – Dezinaworld
Woman – The Cheerful Stamp Pad

It is the man who is sitting writing a letter to his beloved. Set before him is a photograph of his love.

The stamped letter is his love letter, the pen nib represents the pen he used to write the letter, a piece of suede (underneath “Femme”) is from his clothing, the blue lace is a  piece from his love’s handkerchief and the Paris cancellation mark represents the mail they send to each other. Hopefully by using a colour scheme of blue and brown, scrap piece of suede and inclusion of metal embellishments, this brings a bit of masculinity to this card and the lace, scalloped edge and the focal image represents a more feminine side.

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