Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” (Henry Ward Beecher)

This post is full of thanks, for gifts of the heart, a beautiful Giveaway I won and my gratitude for being a Featured Artist at Cindy Adkins’ Whimsical Musings on-line magazine.
The other day, in the mail I received a package from Marie (lost Bird Studio) . I know from past experience, from winning one of Marie’s Giveaways, just how generous a soul she is but this time it wasn’t that I had won a Giveaway, it was purely for no reason other than Marie is so generous and giving.
Here is a close-up of the card she made, or is it a card …..
because this card when you flip it over has a pocket and look at all the delights that are tucked inside. Also the attention to detail, little words, scraps of text papers, a heart shaped button.
A ticket  which states “Good For One Hug Anytime” which is really cute
 Marie also included a wee lavender pillow she had made with a distinctly French twist. This is already sitting on my bedside table.
“Thank You” always seems to be so inadequate when someone sends such thoughtful gifts and goes to so much trouble to package with care. These are all such little treasures to me.
Today in the mail, a package from Canada. A stunning Giveaway I won over at Wood and Fabric. Michelle’s fabric hanging is also a pocket. Beautiful lace and buttons and a wooden plague and the two speckled feathers peeking out.

I will get so much pleasure looking for the right spots to display the gifts from Marie and my prize from Michelle.

As we know, gifts can come in all forms. Cindy Adkins’ has presented me with the gift of being one of the Featured Artists at her on-line magazine, which is such an honour.

 As many of you will know, Cindy is not only an incredible Mixed Media artist but she always takes the time to showcase other artists, no matter what their preferred media is, it could be stamping, fabric, jewellery, etc. This week I am featured alongside Zoe and Marie   two immensely talented artists. If you haven’t visited their Blogs before then why not take the time to pop on over and see their amazing artwork.
So I am sure you will agree, I am one Lucky Lady to have received such amazing gifts, none of which I take for granted. Lynne x

In The Pink (A Giveaway!)

Last Saturday I joined in the fun at Pink Saturday, for which I have Cindy Adkins to thank for as she was the one who mentioned Pink Saturday to me. It was about time I had another little Giveaway so in honour of a favourite colour of mine, here are my little pinkie Giveaways.
Both notebooks are the perfect size for handbags or totes. The first notebook has a beautiful image from Trishia at French Kissed Postcards (FKP Zibbet Store)which I printed onto a transparency.
The second notebook has an image from Divas D’Este’s Pretty Bonnet Girls, an image transfer onto fabric.
Keeping with the pink theme, along with each notebook there will be some hand dyed pink lace.

This little Giveaway is open to everyone, all you need to do is leave a comment. I will randomly select two names on 26th April. Lynne x

Printemps (TSC#12 Spring)

“April prepared her green traffic light and the world thinks Go”Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

There is a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge, Springtime. We want to see your artwork inspired by Spring, whether it be the colours of Spring, flowers, birds, etc. I must remind you that as this is the 15th of the month, to be eligible for the Prize Draw you must include one stamp from The Stampsmith range. Head on over to The Stampsmith Challenge Blog for rules of entry.
I picked Camelia which is a beautiful single um stamp. This image always stamps beautifully no matter the colour of ink, whether you use chalks or in this case, a wee touch of watercolours.
As the theme is Spring I decided to work with colours that I’d normally shy away from. Believe it or not, this vase, which belonged to my Great Aunt Lizzie, was the inspiration for my colour choice.
Pattern papers, handmade paper and tulle were added to the cardbase. The trim/ribbon, which I understand is vintage, suited the colours perfectly and with the design of flowers and butterflies it epitomises Springtime. A scattering of flowers were added and finally “Joy”. Joy, because for many people, especially anyone living in a country where the winters can be harsh, the prospect of Springtime fills them with joy.
Looking forward to seeing your Spring inspired artwork.  Good Luck with the Prize Draw! Lynne x

Easter Chicks

When I was sitting making these cards, the snow was falling heavily and a blanket of white covered the landscape, a rather strange setting when working with Easter images and pastel hues!
The images on the cards are from Divas D’Este’s Easter Greeting Cards CS, a CS full of Art Nouveau style images and also  greetings.
I printed onto transparencies as I wanted to apply paint to the rear of the images. On the first card you will see that I painted the back of the image with gold acrylic paint. When the card catches sunlight it creates a beautiful golden glow.

Again, the beauty of transparencies is layering. On the first card I layered the greeting inside the frame on the image. You still have that hint of gold shining through and a peek at the Anna Griffin paper.
I like the quirkiness of this image, it really is unusual. Acrylic paint in blue and pink were used instead of gold and a little dab smeared onto the edge of the greeting.
Just a little reminder that there are free images available at Divas D’Este for you to use in your own artwork. I have an Easter project using one of the images which I will share with you next week. Lynne


For A Friend

“I get by with a little help from my friends” (John Lennon)

There is a little story behind today’s post. Recently I received two lovely scans of vintage postcards from my friend Dot.  Both postcards are family treasures which makes them that extra bit special for Dot to share them with me. What touched me even moreso is that Dot herself is not a crafter. She started to follow my Blog after she asked my Dad for my Blog’s name so that she could see what it was that I made. On seeing that I like to use images she mentioned the two postcards and wondered if I would have any use for the images.
It is always lovely to know who postcards were sent to and where they came from so I asked if she had any background information on the postcards and she was able to give me some lovely details.  This is the information passed to me from Dot:-
“this image was sent to my Dad from a friend he met in Whitehaven, Cumbria. My Dad had an Aunt who lived there and they used to holiday there nearly every year. I think that he would be about 12 years old which would make this postcard about 1927. The message on it reads, “Dear Vincent, Just a P.C. hoping you are quite well, as it leaves me well at present.” from Harold.
Imagine, two young boys talking in such a mannerly fashion when you compare this to how children of that age speak to each other nowadays it is a  sharp contrast.
As I sat wondering what title to give this post “For A Friend” seemed appropriate, after all the postcard was sent to one friend from another.
I wanted to make a little “Thank You” gift for Dot, using one of the postcard images, so I made this little notebook.
Covering recycled cardboard with co-ordinating fabrics I made the notebook using my B.I.A.. The image itself was transferred onto fabric (old curtain lining) before the finishing touches of lace, crinkled ribbon and fabric flowers.
Today I also have another notebook to share. Last month it was my friend Lucy’s birthday. We always include handmade gifts amongst our parcels to each other for birthdays and at Christmas.
The image on Lucy’s notebook is from Divas D’Este’s Pretty Bonnet Girls CS.  Again, this image was transferred onto fabric and as with the notebook for Dot, I covered cardboard with fabric to form the notebook cover.
Pretty ribbon was added so that the notebook can be closed by simply tying.
A button and some lace added as pretty decoration.
I hope my friends never get bored of notebooks as they have to be a favourite gift giving item, along with the tote bags I make. Lynne x

Sundae Girl (And Friends)

Like many crafters there have been phases where I would do nothing but alter dominoes, adding them to cards, tins, making brooches and pendants, then I would move onto another phase, such as bottle caps but about one year ago I altered my first bag and this is a phase that so far I am not bored with. Not only do I enjoy making them, they also make a handy handmade gift for friends.
The image on the first bag is another beautiful image from Divas D’Este’s Pretty Bonnet Girls CS (see “Aren’t You Adorable” and”Are You Sitting Comfortably”). The colours remind me of an ice cream sundae and it seemed appropriate to post this today when much of the U.K. is having a bit of a mini heatwave.

The next two bags were made as gift for friends, earlier this year. The images are not from Divas D’Este. 
On both bags I tried to pick up a colour from the image and matched with a piece of lace. Both of those bags have the addition of lace on the handles, lace trimming the bottom and also lace bows. Then the addition of MOP buttons.
This final bag is the oldest,  sent to a swap friend for her birthday last year. The Eiffel Tower was transferred directly onto the bag and then simply embellished with some tassel trim and button.

A Card To Finish
Normally I don’t mix different types of artwork but earlier today I posted a card over at The Stampsmith Blog.
Springtime colours and a pressed flower from the garden last year.  The stamps are Serena and “Beauty” is from the Say It With Flair plate. Also a reminder that there is still plenty of time to enter TSC Female of the Species.
A final word relating to the altered eggs post. I was stunned at the wonderful comments and so happy you liked the project as I had lots of fun, despite the mess, or possibly it was due to the mess I had such fun! There will be a few more easter related projects in the coming days. Lynne x

Half a Dozen Eggs Please

As I sat altering the eggs for this project it brought back childhood memories of Easter weekend when my Mum hardboiled eggs for us and then we would sit and alter them. I say alter but of course I had no idea that is what I was doing. We would all create funny faces on the eggs and then they would be packed away along with other items for a picnic. It is amazing how vivid those memories are, seeing who could roll their egg the farthest, running down the hill after the eggs to claim them. A pinch of salt sprinkled over the egg, an egg never tasted as good as it did on such days.
These days may well be long gone but here I am still altering eggs! This time the eggs are plastic.  The last time I altered an egg box was for a swap last year where little gifts were inserted into each recess. They are excellent for altering but if paint is being applied then Gesso definitely needs to be used, in the long run it results in less layers of paint and it also retains the true colour of your paint colour. I used Portrait Pink acrylic which has a peachy quality to it.
The stamping was done directly onto the box but it could as easily have been stamped onto tissue paper. Lace, flowers and crinkled ribbon added to create a handle.
Here are the eggs tucked inside the box, fitting exactly into each section.
As the eggs are plastic they required lots of preparation before the fun could commence. For all eggs I used only one chocolate related stamp from 7 Gypsies.
The eggs already came with a ribbon loop for hanging.
Using a mixture of lace,crinkled ribbon and lovely flat back pearls to embellish the eggs.

One day, as I was putting the finishing touches to the eggs I stumbled across a challenge that is taking place over at The Altered Paper , a vintage egg challenge.

The wonderful Cindy Adkins saw these eggs and mentioned Pink Saturday to me. So I am now also linking to Pink Saturday.

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