This Fragile Heart

Another Valentine post, this time showcasing one of Crafty Individuals newest releases, CI-342. This is one of their Elements sets and as you can see consists of intricate hearts with other designs such as the paisley influenced stampThe two main hearts are of such a generous size they could be used on a card by themselves but I wanted to marry them up with the beautiful vintage images from the CI glossy sheet. Alongside the hearts and images I used several CI items so I created a supply list for each project.
This Fragile Heart:-
Image from Glossy Sheet Love Letters 1
Die-cut frame
CI-342
CI-214 (letter stamped onto die cut)
CI-194 (sheet music)
CI-224 (small heart in centre of large heart)
The images from Love Letters 1  fit beautifully into the CI die-cut frames.On all three projects I used a bottle of homemade spray ink which I diluted to varying strengths to achieve different intensity of colours and then set about staining watercolour paper, vintage seam binding, die-cuts, etc. Stamping a CI letter stamp onto the die-cut ties in with the theme of the image.A little detail showing the stamped background. I inked the heart with Adirondack Caramel and DI in Tea DyeThe stamp used in a different way. On this heart I added a mini heart taken from CI-224Using the same stained and stamped watercolour paper I made this postcard.
The Letter She Sent:-
CI-342
CI-017 (Text)
CI-214 (Letter on die-cut frame)
CI-256 (Cherish)
The heart once again, this time with Cherish.Little bits of this and thatThe final card follows the same theme
Forever In My Heart:-
CI-342
CI-017 (Text)
CI-214 (Letter stamp on die-cut)
CI-019 (Forever In My Heart)
The beauty of collage style stamps is sourcing  little elements to use in other projects even if you are not making use of the full stamped image. Forever In My Heart is taken from CI-019 a stamp depicting a vintage woman but there is also the text, a butterfly and film strip edging. Always worth studying your stamps for these little bits.Again stamping one of the hearts to create an embellishment. What struck me is the versatility of these hearts whether for backgrounds or creating stamped embellishments also using them for layering in a decoupage style.  The stamp I selected for the background is incredibly intricate yet stamped beautifully on watercolour paper. I always find with CI stamps that no matter the surface, time after time I achieve the result I want. Once stamped I blended the ink with my finger to soften the effect.It will be a busy weekend on my Blog as on Saturday I will announce the winners of my Giveaway then on Sunday a new challenge theme will be announced at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. Which reminds me, the Make It A Guy Thing challenge is still open so you still have time to enter and possibly win that prize.
Soon I will be sharing more artwork using some more of the new Crafty Individuals stamps. If you are a fan of CI then why not enter the Spring challenge at Jean’s Blog. The Top 5 selected entries always win a CI stamp of their choice.
Wishes
Lynne
Linking up to Pink Saturday

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. may
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 16:43:12

    This is jaw dropping beauty the three of them… the detail you put into your work is amazing!! such wonderful choice of colour, you are a great inspriration to me, thank you, Hugs May x x x x x

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  2. Tracy Evans
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 16:57:44

    So romantic and the hearts are gorgeous and combine with the images beautifully. Enjoy your weekend. Tracy x

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  3. Maria
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 16:58:25

    Such gorgeous creations Lynne, I love what you’ve done with the frame & hearts. Maria x

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  4. craftytrog
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 16:58:57

    Amazingly beautiful artwork, as usual Lynne! I love the combination of that soft rose pink & the sepia tones you’ve used! x

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  5. The Sparkly Fairy (Emma)
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:08:03

    Absolutely beautiful Lynne. Have a lovely weekend x

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  6. Silvia(Barnie)
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:15:02

    You’ve been very busy these days. All your cards are really beautiful and I love the romantic feeling.

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  7. Jan Hennings
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:22:26

    Lynne…this is just stunning!

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  8. Yvonne Garner
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:26:21

    Lynne, I’m with May. You inspire me! I enjoy sitting with a cup of tea and just browsing your posts! Enjoy the weekend. Best wishes, Yvonne

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  9. Connie
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:30:16

    Gorgeous! I love when you make cards like these! Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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  10. Rhonda Cable
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:44:03

    your creations are just drop dead gorgeous!!!!

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  11. Linda Adams
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 17:52:29

    Lynne, Your attention to details is amazing. The cards are beautiful. Hugs, Linda

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  12. Valerie-Jael
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 18:04:42

    Beautiful cards! Valerie

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  13. Daqa
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 18:23:14

    Thank you for your comment 🙂
    The cards here are beautifull, they look very complete. I do like the stamps! I only have to get a CI stamp first in order to be able to participate, I’ll put that on my list for March.

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  14. JeanFB
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 20:15:33

    Oh, these are breathtaking! Absolutely stunning. The layering of those gorgeous images with your soft, signature colors is so beautiful. Wonderful pieces indeed.

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  15. Yvonne Whaley
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 20:38:54

    They are all stunnings, its a beautiful set of stamps.
    Yvonne x

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  16. suzy
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 21:47:54

    Dear Lynne thank you for coming to visit and leaving such a sweet comment.

    I just love how each of these creations come together so beautifully – the background card is soooo very gorgeous and the varying shades of pinky/brown with the pretty images. Gorgeous work. You have such a gift with these!
    You know how I love fabric and combining colour so much but I really appreciate how your collages come together.
    PS My fingers are all crossed – you never know what might eventuate if I get to win some of these gorgeous materials!!!
    I’m sending you some heart warmth to Scotland from sunny Australia!
    Suzy

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  17. Marilyn J. Rock
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 23:04:22

    Always so elegant, beautiful, and meaningful! xxoo

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  18. Florence
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 23:06:25

    Oooooo! Lynne. Absolutely beautiful.
    Have a great weekend.
    Florence x

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  19. Chris Arlington
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 23:09:39

    Absolutely stunning artwork !

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  20. gerri herbst
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 03:56:13

    dear Lynne,
    Gorgeous use of those heart stamps. I would never had thought to use them that way. Youve given me some totally new ideas! Thanks for visiting. You have a good weekend too! take care, gerri

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  21. Ella
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 04:52:16

    Lynne,
    These are amazing, so much detail in your work, just lovely! Thanks for sharing, so many wonderful ideas! You are so talented 😀 ATB

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  22. Dot L
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 07:39:33

    These really are so soft and delicate, and show pure heart and love. Stunningly gorgeous in their femininity Lynne.
    Dot x

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  23. Ira
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 07:53:38

    This is such a beautiful series of cards Lynne, they’re breathtaking. You have used those stamps in such a fine manner, such eye for detail, any superlative would do for your gorgeous pieces! Ira x

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  24. Ephemera
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 08:26:52

    Hi Lynne, these are so so pretty, beautiful collaged artworks, so love the pinks and brown tones used and the hearts look so vintage, thanks for sharing yyour amazing talent. xx

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  25. Hazel
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 08:49:36

    Stunning work Lynne, beautiful colours and I love the images.
    xxx Hazel.

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  26. Susan Bain
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 10:03:01

    These are gorgeous Lynne, love the heart backgrounds and the ladies are beautiful. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  27. Kim
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 13:56:50

    Oh Lynne
    This is beautiful. I love the stamps and what you’ve done with them.
    Amazing.as always
    Kim

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  28. Rinda
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 15:42:58

    Those hearts are beautiful, and you did a great job with them.
    Rinda

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  29. Dot Arnott
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 15:44:44

    Every one a winner as usual Lynne. Beautiful colours, and you always come up with stunning ideas.

    Dotxx

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  30. Cindy Adkins
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 15:49:19

    Oh how totally gorgeous!! Your work is always soooo dreamy!! Wishing you a Happy Pink Saturday!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  31. marti
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 17:02:54

    Your work is just fabulous! I love the way you added color to the many different pieces. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques. Happy Valentines Day and Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

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  32. Starr Timmons
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 17:38:37

    Oh Lynne, this is simply stunning. The soft combination of colors and the gorgeous image makes a special treasure! Of course I adore all of your creations!

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  33. Shelly Schmidt
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 18:37:33

    Your lovely feminine projects always touch my heart- loving this beautiful image and heart, and all of the pink trimmings!

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  34. Pat
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 20:26:35

    Oh boy, your Valentine cards are gorgeous!

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  35. Willy
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 20:30:49

    Wonderful cards and beautiful hearts, Lynne!

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  36. jeanne
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 20:48:10

    Very creative and beautiful. Thank you for sharing such lovely hand made art.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  37. Debbie
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 21:11:38

    Elegant and beautiful Lynne! Cannot pick a favourite! Your artwork is breathtaking!
    Wishes & Hugs
    Debbie
    ^..^

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  38. Marjie Kemper
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 21:41:45

    These are stunning, Lynne. You’ve showcased those hearts, that’s for sure! My favorite is the middle one. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

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  39. Ali Manning
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 22:23:02

    Gorgeous stamps and gorgeous artwork, Lynne 🙂

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  40. Diane
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 02:11:06

    These are lovely, especially the background paper you made!

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  41. michele s
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 02:54:01

    these are breathtaking! total stunning beauty. joyous. thanks for the comment about taking time to reflect on the uses of a collage stamp. i will try to be wise like that! xo

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  42. MarieS.
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 12:44:29

    These are absolutely gorgeous,dear Lynne.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  43. Shelley
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 13:45:50

    They are lovely!

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  44. Claire C
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 13:50:10

    Wow Lynne what beautiful artwork. I just love the delicacy of your work and the new stamps are stunning, definitely on my wish list. hope you’re having a good weekend
    Claire xx

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  45. Dorthe
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 20:00:45

    They are gorgeous all, -so sweet and beautiful ,dear Lynne-your stamped backgrounds are stunning-and the hearts and script stamps so wonderfully adding to the sentimental feeling .-Such a lovely work.
    Greetings and hugs:)
    Dorthe

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  46. Avril
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 20:26:00

    Missed these Lynne, saw them on CI Blog. Stunning projects.
    Avril xx

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