I Soar With New Possibilities

Transparent Wings and Wingless Ladies (link below)I did promise this morning that I would be returning for a second post today, this time it is the first of this week’s DT artwork for Dezinaworld incorporates two sheets, Wingless Ladies and Transparent Wings. Above you will see the images available on both sheets. The beauty of the Wingless Ladies and Transparent Wings is the flexibility, you have the freedom to use the ladies as they come, wingless or for a touch of whimsy create a set of wings for them.
For this piece of artwork I used pngs.  I had to laugh at June’s post as she printed my comment on using them, you could say I am converted! I wanted the lady printed onto photo paper but the wings onto transparency. Using this format it allowed me to work with the wings “attached” to the lady so that I could re-size to the correct dimension. Once they were the correct size I then went about saving the images and printing separately onto photo paper (lady) and transparency (wings).
The detail photograph of the lady shows the beauty of printing onto a transparency. It adds a sense of fragility.
She is standing on her own “lily pad”.I know that the art world stipulates that purple and lilac should be used with silver and pinks used with gold but to me, sometimes rules are there to be broken.
I painted the canvas with lilac acrylic before dry brushing gold acrylic.  Crafty Individuals flourish (CI-  182) was stamped with paint directly onto the canvas alternating between the lilac and gold paint. Once dry I added a flurry of pressed flowers.Snippets of lace stitched to a heart button and typed I Soar adorn the corner of the canvas.Tomorrow I have another Dezinaworld artwork to share using a different sheet of images. Lynne x


Where Sweetness Follows – Winner

Thank You to everyone who took the time to take part in my wee Giveaway to win this  notebook (with a little something extra). The winner’s name I randomly selected is Connie (Wax Beach Artist).Connie, I will contact you for your mailing.
If you liked the images I used on this notebook it is available from Dezinaworld and it comes as part of the Vintage  Collage Trio.
I will return in a moment with the first of this week’s DT artwork for Dezinaworld.
Lynne x

When She Smiles You Feel Loved

For The Stampsmith  this week I selected a stamp from the Thank Heaven For Little Girls #2. If you are a sucker for images of children then this plate is for you!For someone who doesn’t like the colour blue I certainly reach for this Ella Blue paper pad over and over. It doesn’t show on the photograph but I lightly tinted her dress and hair with chalks.
On this card two other stamp plates were used, Say It With Flair for the “Smiles and Love” sentimentand the Paris plate for the cancellation mark. The stamp is actually two linked cancellation marks but I only wanted a circle so cut around the part I wanted.Both were decorated with punched flowers and hearts.
A gentle reminder that the Autumn challenge is underway at The Stampsmith Challenge blog.
As well as the new DT members there will also soon be news of a new website, so lots of changes taking place at The Stampsmith but one thing that never changes, the quality of their stamps.
This is another busy week on my Blog as I will return on Tuesday with the winner of the notebook and also with the first of this week’s DT artwork for Dezinaworld. I cannot give you any hints other than to say that both projects are very different from each other. One final reminder, this is the final week for the Make A Tag challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.  Lynne x

Peeling Away The Layers

Today I discovered that Jean has selected to showcase some of my work for her “Focus On …” article at her Crafty Individuals Blog.  This is such a privilege as Crafty Individuals have always been a large part of my stamping life.
The theme at the Crafty Individuals Challenge  is Hanging About. Flicking through a People & Places book one of the Italian images caught my eye and immediately I knew the look I wanted for this hanging. Italy is a country that so far in my life I’ve not managed to visit, certainly not through lack of desire as it is a country I would love to spend time visiting, in particular Venice.  I wanted a hanging that had the texture of an Italian building when the plaster peels away to reveal what has gone before but also to represent Venice, a sense of decadence needed to be injected into the hanging.
The CI product list is:-
People and Places Book No. 2
Travels In Italy paper pad
CI – 182
CI – 173
The Venetian image was layered with a glass slide which I edged with Glass Bead Gel. My preference for working with this product is to initially tint it with a base colour and once dry I build up further colours. In this instance tinted with Victorian Velvet re-inker. To create dimension the panel was added to foamcore board (an essential item to have in your stash).
To incorporate hanging elements into the hanging a key hangs  from a scrap from a velvet skirt.  Decopaint Patina in two colours was dabbed onto the key and trim. All of this was layered to gold organza fabric. A piece of glass beaded trim is sandwiched between the image and foamcore board to create another hanging element.The Travels In Italy paper pad had to be incorporated so I found a piece of paper with text and layered a glass circle on top, aging with more of the Patina paint.
Text from CI-232 was stamped onto another piece of the paper to form a border at the top of the hanging.
CI-173 had the perfect design to stamp onto tiles (re-cycled). I managed to find four tiles attached to one another which was the perfect size for a stamped embellishment. Once the ink dried I dabbed more of that wonderful Patina paint.
The base is a 7″x5″ canvas panel. I painted the base with Rose Pink emulsion paint prior to applying Artist Spackle. The reason for doing so, I wanted that initial layer to show through in patches. The Spackle was applied in its natural state. Once dry I painted layers of gold and copper acrylic paint, Plum Walnut Tintz, Decopaint Patina in gold and copper  and the amazing Golden Glass Bead Gel. Both the Spackle and Glass Bead Gel take a long time to dry so this needs to be taken into consideration.
The base has lots of texture from the Spackle so it wouldn’t be at all suitable to stamp directly onto this surface. I stamped the flourish twice onto white tissue paper applying with Klear (see recent post with Steampunk Hanging).With creating a background such as this there is never any right or wrong. I kept applying more colour and Glass Bead Gel until I was satisfied I’d achieved the desired effect. The Patina paint was also used on the base, creating beautiful, aged hi-lights. When the light catches this hanging all of those colours come to life.
I may not physically have visited Venice (or at least not yet) but my wanderlust has been sated for a short while as I ventured there in my mind when creating this hanging. Lynne x

The Colours of An Autumn Day (TSC#22 Autumn)

Once again it is time for a new challenge at  The Stampsmith Challenge. If you head on over to the challenge site you will see the Top 3 for the Faux Challenge and the Prize Draw winner of the $10 voucher for The Stampsmith store. There is also a special annoucement as The Stampsmith DT has two new members.
I have the honour of hosting the latest theme which is Autumn. This could be an image that represents Autumn or Autumnal colours.
This darling image is from the appropriately enough titled Darling Boys plate of stamps. The stamp I selected brings to mind harvest time or possibly children collecting a bounty of apples.
Instead of white glossy paper I stamped on cream glossy paper which not only has a warmer tone, it also has a more vintage look to it. The pattern on this paper reminds me of an heirloom quilt which you could imagine snuggling under on a nippy Autumn day.
The larger paper flower is from the same pack of paper, creating dimension by folding up the petals and layering more paper blossoms with a pearl.I had this particular adhesive fabric ribbon for such a long time but never had a suitable project to use it. Isn’t that such a joy when something has been in your stash for a long time and then one day it is exactly what you need for your artwork!With this challenge theme, as it is the 15th of the month your artwork must have at least one of The Stampsmith stamps. As always there is a random prize draw of a $10 voucher for The Stampsmith store. We look forward to seeing your Autumn inspired artwork. Good Luck.
Lynne x

Witches Brewing Trouble

 Today’s Dezinaworld DT artwork is the opposite from yesterday’s pretty, shabby style cards, as witches, in fact  Wonderful Witches is today’s theme. June has a special offer on at the moment, the link above will take you directly there where you can read all the details.The base of this hanging is artist sheet canvas. I’ve been using this product for some years now. Although I like to use stretch canvas there is more versatility when using artist sheet canvas. It is great to see that this item is being used in the craft world and not only for fine art.
The first thing I had to do was prepare it with washes of Plum Walnut Tintz then I dry brushed walnut ink (I use dissolved crystals). The Crafty Individuals flourish was stamped onto this base and then diluted washes of copper acrylic and touches of antique brown acrylic to give an aged appearance.This piece of Grungeboard has been kicking around for such a long time possibly because I am not a huge fan of this product. After painting it I stamped the same CI stamp onto it and this was layered over tattered lace and gauze which I dyed with Terracotta Adirondack Colourwash.
I had a rummage around for different textures I could use and then dyed or stained them:- gauze, lace, piece of old suede skirt, calico, etc.Using Word I typed this and printed onto the canvas printer paper before inking it up.To form the hanging I tore calico into a length, stained it and stamped with the same CI stamp.This week is a busy week on my Blog so I appreciate more than ever that you are taking the time to visit. Lynne x

It Was A Bit of A Blue Day

Actually on the contrary as today is the start of my DT artwork for Dezinaworld.  The first images I received was the stunningly beautiful Shabby Blue. I selected three main images to work with printing them all onto a transparency and also a smaller image of a decorated heart with flowers to create a detail on one of the cards. For all three images I re-sized them as I really wanted them to be the focal images on all three cards.
The first card probably shows a transparency at its best. I layered the woman with butterfly over pattern paper which I had stamped with Anna Corba Vintage Labels set.The decorated heart was layered with a fabric flower which I stamped onto and added a large pearl.Beautiful Rosa is my second card.
Layered over pattern paper which has a detail of roses this enhances the colour of the flowers on the actual transparency.A strip of glitter ribbon, teeny scrap of paper which was a leftover from the top panel and an alphabet sticker create an embellishment.Onto the paper I stamped   “The Roses of Spring”   by Oxford Impressions.The final Shabby Blue card is this image of a rather unhappy looking child!A Crafty Individuals tag decorates the side, decorated with ric rac, butterfly and a large shabby bow.This photograph shows a clearer image of the Shabby Blue transparency.Tomorrow I will return with another project for Dezinaworld.  Something in stark contrast to today’s offerings! Lynne x

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