When I started to take rubber stamping seriously, Crafty Individuals stamps were amongst the first I purchased, falling in love with their vintage, collage style. I was delighted that Jean set up a Crafty Individuals Blog and that this was quickly followed by the announcement of a Crafty Individuals Challenge. The first challenge is well underway, the theme being “Simply Squares”, where at least one CI product has to be  incorporated into the artwork.
I knew what I wanted to make and which item I would be using and I have to own up and say not one CI stamp is used on this piece. On receiving some of their beautiful badges the idea came into my mind of using one to form a piece of jewellery.
Using felt and lace I built up layers. Pearl beads were stitched onto the lace and a piece of broken jewellery is the finishing touch (thanks Dot!)
I like the idea of attaching this to a handbag although not the bag that it is photographed beside, this bag is too special to have brooches pinned to it as it is a beaded bag from the 1920’s which belonged to my Great Aunt Jean.  As it has the same colours as the brooch it was a perfect backdrop to photograph it on.

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dot Arnott
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 15:50:42

    Clever use of that piece Lynne. I always believe in the old saying. It’s no loss what a friend gets. I never like throwing anything away, and I am glad that you were able to incorporate it into one of your pieces. It would be lovely attached to a bag.



  2. Lovey
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 15:53:27



  3. valerie.Jael
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 15:56:02

    Simply beautiful, love the brooch and the beaded bag, too. Valerie


  4. Marie
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 16:04:31

    Just gorgeous,Lynne!!
    XO Marie


  5. CarolQ
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 16:45:41

    love your choice of backdrop for this piece Lynne – shows it off beautifully – what a gorgeous image.


  6. Daniele
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 17:14:29

    Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment, I love your piece as well I so love these stamps from Crafty Individuals


  7. Ira
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 17:20:14

    Such an exquisite piece of work again Lynne and that fine piece of jewellry is the icing on the cake! Hugs, Ira x


  8. craftytrog
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 17:25:05

    Beautiful! x


  9. Jennie
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 17:44:16



  10. Jingle
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 18:31:13

    This is so beautiful!!! I love it!


  11. me35
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 18:38:27

    This is a lovely post, full of beautiful things! I love your brooch, and I love that you treasure your relative’s bag – I would too !

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog as well !

    Margaret C


  12. Cindy Adkins
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 18:42:39

    Oh WOW, Lynne, this is breathtaking–woo hoo! I love it!!!


  13. Elizabeth Varley
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 19:22:53

    Yep, adore it so neat and the backdrop is perfect!


  14. Diane
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 19:45:27

    Beautiful piece Lynn, the charm looks fabulous with it, just splendid! Of course I had to chase down that image too, I love your taste!


  15. dollys daydreams
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 19:48:06

    Lynne this is simply perfect and makes a beautiful piece of jewellery. I didnt use one stamp either in my entry and I have tons of them ! Yours is so refind.



  16. Jean Hardy
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 19:48:33

    What a great idea Lynne! Lovely. Thanks so much for joining in the challenge.
    Jean x


  17. Jan Hennings
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 20:06:58

    Beautiful! I just love old jewelry 🙂


  18. Sharon
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 20:35:22

    Beautiful Lynne!!!


  19. Annette G
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 20:50:47

    Beautiful work as ever Lynne, Annette x


  20. Julie Forest
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 01:38:29

    so absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!!


  21. Diane Hover
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 02:01:42

    Gorgeous piece of art!!


  22. Shelly Schmidt
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 02:07:03

    Wonderful project- beautiful brooch – love your project!


  23. Lynn Stevens
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 04:12:55

    Your talent just never stops, Gorgeous brooch Lynne!
    hugs Lynn


  24. Susan Allan
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:59:49

    It is a beautiful creation, Lynne. I think that bag is a jewel in itself…definitely not for pinning things onto.
    Take care!
    Sue xx


  25. 2amscrapper
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:38:35

    absolutely stunning! Signed, your biggest fan


  26. florence and freddie
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 11:44:47

    Lovely piece of jewellery. So pretty.
    Regards Florence.


  27. Jules
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 12:03:53

    I think the broach would be perfect on a lacy or gauzy blouse or on a hand bag also. It is lovely.


  28. thefrugalcrafter
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 13:23:24

    stunning brooch! The bag is lovely too:)


  29. Jeanie Callaghan
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 13:30:56

    This is just lovely!


  30. Jack
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 14:41:52

    This is just gorgeous Lynne. It would also look great pinned to the lapel of a winter coat.
    Jack xx


  31. Hazel
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 16:19:00

    This is so lovely Lynne.
    xxx Hazel.


  32. Lesley
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 23:29:59

    This is beautiful. I love that beaded purse as well.
    Your artwork is amazing.


  33. Debi ryan
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 02:37:53

    just stunning x


  34. Chris
    Apr 21, 2011 @ 19:36:39

    This is so beautiful, Lynne and I love the beaded bag.

    Chris x


  35. gerri herbst
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 01:43:39

    Just love this piece. Especially all the mixed textures and the use of the broken jewelry.


  36. michele
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 00:35:33

    stunning piece, i love it! xo


  37. Sue
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 17:28:27

    This is a beautiful piece Lynne, as is your Aunt’s bag. I was very pleased to see a Crafty Individuals challenge too – what I didn’t realise was how many of their stamps had fallen into my basket over the years! :o) x


  38. Penny
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 18:19:07

    Such a gorgeous piece of jewellery! I think it would look stunning pinned to anything!


  39. zoechaos
    May 02, 2011 @ 16:05:42

    I’m sorry Lynne keep forgetting to check in and see what I’ve been missing am now working my way up to date starting with this gorgeous piece. There are no other stamps like CI so perfect for the vintage style. XOXO Zoe


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