Messages On Their Wings

Hello Everyone
Although Crafty Individuals have a fabulous selection of new stamps (and have you seen the new Must Have products they are stocking?) I still have projects to share from their previous releases. CI-347 the stamp I declared to be my favourite at the time and considering the volume of projects I’ve made with this particular stamp I would say it will remain a firm favourite.
For this post I’d like to share cards I made some time ago, in fact they were made for friends who had May birthdays.  The cards are really V.O.A.T. . I wanted a collage appearance to the card so I punch tiny tags with paper prepared with Gesso and paint and then stamped with other  CI stamps.
C.I. Supplies
C.I. – 347
C.I. – 307
I used tall, cream cards as the base. Watercolour paper had been stained with homemade spray ink, touches of Gesso, etc before stamping the butterflies.
Little tags appear on all three cards.The same prepared watercolour but this time stamped with Brilliance ink pad.A dyed  fabric flower embellishes the final card.You might be interested to know that there is a new Special Offer available at Crafty Individuals on-line store.
Have a lovely evening and many thanks for visiting. Also, thank you for the wonderful feedback on the previous post. Maybe I need to try and make some more CAS cards.
Wishes
Lynne

Free Paper Designs @ Cynnie’s Blog

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I want to share a link to my artistic friend Cynnie’s Blog (Galerie 46).  I’ve mentioned Cynnie before and so many of you probably know that amongst being a stamper, Cynnie is an artist creating incredible works of art and she is also a maker of books. She also likes to create her own papers which she kindly shares.
If you would like some free paper designs  to use in your own art then all you need do is visit Cynnie.
I will return later with a new post to share.
Wishes
Lynne

I Dream (Published In Take Ten)

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When a complimentary copy of the Summer edition of Take Ten arrived I knew it meant I had to have at least one card printed, what a thrill to see amongst other cards, a feature article.
In January I submitted four cards with stamps from Paperbag Studios taking centre stage.  I know, usually you expect to see Oxford Impressions, The Stampsmith or Crafty Individuals from me! My preferred style is always to add more (see the Postcard below!) but obviously for Take Ten I cannot spend much time on one card.
Here are two of the four cards that were published.This particular set of stamps had a lovely collage style. I was able to select little parts from other stamps, such as the button and stamp  again to create embellishments instead of using real buttons. On the card below I repeated 10c to add to the corner. As you can see supplies were an absolute minimum, scraps of K&co paper, polka dot ribbon, corrugated card and Kraft paper.
This is a scheduled post but I want to say that I hope you are having a lovely weekend. The weather in my part of the world has been particularly shocking but we do get used to wet Summer Days!
Wishes and thank you for visiting.
Lynne

Summer In The City – Mini Blog Candy – A Winner

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A huge thank you to all of you who left a comment to have your name added to the hat for the Summer In The City mini blog candy.  I truly only expected a handful to join in so it was a great surprise. Also thanks to those of you who added the button to your sidebars.The winner of the Crafty Individuals stamp and colourful lace/trims is:-
Femmy
Femmy could you please contact me so I can send this in the mail.
I’ll make sure I don’t leave it too long before I have another Giveaway. My Blog celebrates an anniversary in December but that is too long a time to wait.
Wishes
Lynne

Her Correspondence From Venice

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Many weeks ago I made this postcard for an on-going postcard swap.  There was no set theme for the month of May so I decided to use stamps that I had just received at that time from Estelle at The Stampsmith, Cleopatra & Friends . This is a beautiful plate of stamps depicting Shakespeare characters. Very quickly I decided that Portia was my absolute favourite from this set.
Stamps Used:-
Cleopatra and Friends
Carte Postale
Onto prepared watercolour paper I stamped one of the Carte Postale stamps and then started the fun of adding fragments of Tissue Tape, dyed lace/gauze, pieces of ephemera.Portia was stamped onto a tag (stained in a bath of tea/coffee) tearing off the bottom edge to fit the postcard’s dimensions. That little decorative element is the waste from a Laura Ashley velvet-rub on.A detail of the left side with the dyed gauze and fragments of vintage lace that I also dyed to match. Now I don’t want you to groan (!) but just to remind you that The Stampsmith Challenge is underway with the Christmas In July theme. For July there is a bonus which you can read all about over at TSC Blog. As always there is a prize for $21 to spend at The Stampsmith store.
Thank you for taking the time to visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Carry Me With You

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You might remember that recently I shared a tote bag, one of my no-sew bags where I use a blank tote bag to alter.  For my friend Alison who celebrated her birthday in May,  I wanted to send her such a bag.
The bag I previously made using Crafty Individuals CI-347 had muted colours but for Alison’s bag I wanted to inject some colour. Alison uses colour so brilliantly that when I think of her art I think of vibrant colours. A backdrop for the stamped butterflies is vintage lace dyed in coffee. I decided not to colour the butterflies. Colour was brought to the bag in the form of the pretty fabric panel and lace. To embellish the handle I simply tore a piece of the fabric and tied into a knot.
I still have more CI-347 art to share with you another day.
Thank you for visiting and I hope to be able to visit your Blogs soon. I am managing to dip in and out of blogland a little bit more these days so I will catch-up with you at some point.
Before I leave this post I want to say Thank You for how many of you have joined in with my mini Blog Candy.
Wishes
Lynne

Peace On Their Wings (TSC#32)

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I am sorry that I am so late in posting this.  The first of the month means the announcement of a new theme at The Stampsmith Challenge.
For July we are asking you to create for Christmas In July (Using Summer Colours) here is a little bit more information:-
As is our tradition in July, the theme is Christmas!! As a bonus, your name will be entered twice in the draw for a new sheet of Stampsmith stamps if you use summer colors for your project! Get a head start on your Christmas card making and join us for this month’s challenge!! You can turn any Stampsmith image into a Holiday Greeting!
Please remember to include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry.
For my DT sample I used a stamp from the Christmas Card Sheet #   1 . The stamps on this set are exceptionally generous in size. My colour choice were pastels of pink and blue.  Instead of stamping onto glossy cardstock I stamped the image onto co-ordinating Melissa Francis paper, re-inking the sentiment so I could cut out and layer with silicone glue for dimension. Lace was tucked underneath and the image was matted onto glitter cardstock. A length of  pink ribbon which has a snowflake pattern was added to that beautiful wide band of pink lace. More pink touches with the dyed seam binding and lovely tassel.For me it is a bit of a chore to make Christmas cards at this time of the year (despite each year telling myself I will start early!) but it is a good feeling to know that the Christmas projects are now underway. We would love to see your Christmas In July projects whether it be a card, gift tag, gift packaging, etc. You have all of July to create your project. The randomly selected winner will win $21 to spend on stamps of their choice at The Stampsmith store.
All rules of entry are available at TSC Blog as are the other samples made by the DT and you will also be able to view the Top 3 artwork from the June challenge and read the winner’s name for that month.
Thank you for visiting.
Wishes
Lynne

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