Dance To Your Own Tune

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Today I am sharing the fifth and final December Guest Artist project for Gecko Galz.  I had such a fun time playing with Gecko Galz images and having my first try with a digi stamp so thank you LeeAnne.
My final piece is a mixed media wall hanging with an image from the Tiny Dancer collection taking centre stage. As with the previous projects I will share the supplies and brief instructions.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Tiny Dancer Collection
Oxford Impressions – Season of Giving (sheet music stamp)
Iron-on image transfer paper
Archival Sepia ink (Ranger)
Various pieces of lace, artist sheet canvas, cream acrylic paint, fabric flower, ribbon, vintage sheet music, cotton fabric scrap, faux crystal drops (my stash)
Instructions
Cut artist sheet canvas to size and paint with cream acrylic then stamp the sheet music stamp onto the panel. Layer lace (also used lace style net for dressing windows). Print Tiny Dancer onto iron-on image transfer paper, transfer to cotton. In word document create sentiment and again print onto image transfer paper and transfer to cotton. Layer both to piece of vintage sheet music. Embellish with more lace, etc.tinydancerlynne-001I am thrilled to say that my fun with Gecko Galz will continue as LeeAnne invited me to be part of her amazing DT for 2013. It is such a great honour to know I will be working with Gecko Galz images and her team in the New Year, many of who I know and whose artwork I admire.
With time rapidly running out it appears I might not be able to write a separate post with an end of year message so let me say here and now, Thank You for all the visits and comments on my Blog. Even at times when I was not able to visit your blogs as much as I’d have liked you continued to support my scheduled posts and that meant a lot to me as did all the comments left for me to read whether you were encouraging me with my artwork or being supportive on a more personal level.
I hope you will join me here in 2013 when I hope to share more of the same.  Also, in December Adorn turned 3 years old and as with previous years I wanted to have a little Giveaway as a way of saying Thank You but I decided at that time to put it on hold, what with December being the busiest of times so if you join me here in January I will be sharing the Giveaway news with you.
So here’s to the approaching New Year which I hope will bring all of you the healthiest and happiest of times and if you happen to have a creative dream (or two!) then may 2013 be the year to see those dreams being fulfilled.
Wishes
Lynne

Brrrr! Wrap Up It’s Cold Outside (FSC#38)

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Today sees the final Fashionable Stamping Challenge challenge theme for 2012.   For the next fortnight we are asking for you to Surprise Us. We ask as always that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed and of course we always have a prize available for the winner.
For my DT sample I am sharing a piece which is also DT art for Oxford Impressions.  I had intended to post this here in the run up to Christmas but ran out of time and as the theme is more wintry than Christmas I’ve decided that it will be my Surprise Us sample.
It is a 3d winter scene using various Oxford Impressions stamps (Season of Giving, Sleigh Bells and Winter Snow).  After purchasing some chipboard houses (from Crafty Individuals) I couldn’t resist creating a little stamped scene for the adorable children.  DIGITAL CAMERAIt wasn’t the easiest of pieces to photograph, trying to capture the depth and also the sparkle, there is lots of it as it was liberally covered with glass glitter.DIGITAL CAMERAThe roof of the house.DIGITAL CAMERA

Visit FSC to view the wonderful samples from my DT sisters.
Thank You for visiting this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Steampunking Seamstress

Note:- There is a hitch with the text so at the moment I’ve had to cut out some of the instructions until I am able to remedy the problem but if you are interested then the instructions are available at Gecko Galz under Guest Artist section.  

Hello Everyone
Thank You for all the festive wishes you left for me to read and to all the lovely friends who gifted me with incredible handmade gifts, cards and tags, which I plan on sharing on my Blog soon and also for the lovely e-cards sent to me.
I haven’t decided if to leave Christmas well alone for 2012 even though I still have projects I could share but I feel we are all now fatigued with Christmas!   I do still have a few winter related DT projects and they will be shared at some point but for today it is another of my Guest Artist artwork for Gecko Galz.
When I was working on the artwork back in early November I had a bit of a first, as it was the first time I used a digi stamp.  I wasn’t too sure how I would  get on with digi stamps as it is so different from the usual way of stamping but there was no doubt that I was keen to try it.  Since this first I’ve now dabbled with digi stamps for a second time (you will have to wait until the New Year for the next project) and I can definitely see the appeal for many as you do not have to worry about space for storing stamps and they are very versatile so long as your printer has the capacity for printing onto different surfaces and if not then all you need do is print onto TAP allowing you to transfer the image to most any surface.
If you have a fondness for Steampunk then you will love the Gecko Galz Industrial digi stamp set which is where I selected my image from.  As with the other Guest Artist projects I will share the supplies I used and also brief instructions for the canvas panel I altered.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Industrial digi stamp set.
Oxford Impressions stamps (selection of steampunk and dressmaker related stamps)
Distress Stain Antique Linen (Ranger)
Staz-on
Gesso (Golden)
Klear floor polish (Johnson & Johnson)
Canvas panel 8″x8″, acrylic paints, white tissue paper, white cardstock, fabric scraps, vintage lace, dressmaker snap, hook and eye and safety pin (all my own stash)
Instructions
Apply paint to panel then stamp Steampunk element randomly onto panel. Tear tissue paper slightly larger than panel, on the diagonal and stamp two different text stamps. Apply to panel using Klear floor polish technique. Leave to dry overnight. 
lynnemoncrieffsteampunkseamsntressAs the digi stamp allows for the image to be re-sized I decided to increase the size as I wanted her to stand-out as the focal of the canvas. I was aware that I didn’t want her to be drowning in the stamped elements, she needed to be the star of the show.
In this little detail you can see the distressed background  (with gentle use of an old emery board I distressed the dried tissue paper in a random fashion) with the layered tissue and all the little scraps I gathered to add texture to the stamped elements.DIGITAL CAMERAOver at Gecko Galz there are wonderful offers on all the time so well worth a look.
This post is scheduled for Thursday and to say I might not be able to visit you on that particular day but I will be catching-up soon as I can imagine many of you are already back to creating and blogging.
A last few words to say that all your visits and comments in the run-up to Christmas meant so much as I can just imagine how busy many of you were, you are such a supportive group of friends.
Wishes
Lynne

Wishes of Peace and Good Times

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This is my final post before Christmas Day and I wanted to take a moment to wish all of the dear friends of my Blog a wonderful Christmas.
I will have a scattering of posts between now and the end of this year but in case any of you are taking a break from visiting blogs I want to say Thank You for the amazing support and encouragement I have received in the past twelve months and it has been lovely getting to know new friends of my Blog.
So I send all of you Seasons Wishes, for good times and peaceful time (and hope Santa is good to all of you!)
Lynne

In The Arms of Love

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We are now down to the final hours before the festivities begin and I appreciate that at this busiest of times you are visiting this post as I so wanted to share with you a recent Giveaway I won.
When at the beginning of this month Suzy (Suziqu’s Threadworks) contacted me to say I had won her Giveaway well I was stunned.  I am well aware that for the majority of you Suzy needs no introduction and also well aware that many of you will have joined in with her Giveaway.
As the Postman handed me the envelope from Australia I was so excited as I knew what it contained, or at least I thought I knew, this will be explained in a moment! With Suzy’s permission I will share the gifts with you.
Opening the package it revealed the incredible fabric collage.  Obviously I saw the photograph Suzy had taken for the Giveaway but it is not until you hold the collage and study all the details do you fully appreciate the gift she has created and also the scale of the piece, this is not a small collage by any means.  As I said to Suzy, I would discover something new, a piece of lace, a button, etc and all the textures from lace, to upholstery style fabric, velvet, vintage doilies, it is so incredible the way Suzy has brought all of those pieces together to create this whole.DIGITAL CAMERAA detail photograph DIGITAL CAMERATucked within the parcel was all of this!  Lace, vintage doilies, trims and napkins. Her generosity has been immense.DIGITAL CAMERAAt such times a Thank You can seem to be so inadequate so I can only hope that Suzy knows how aware I am to be so lucky to have won her Giveaway and how you cannot help but treasure such a piece of art and know it is a gift from her heart when you see the time and love put into its creation. 
If you have not visited Suzy’s blog then please do so (link at top of post) as she will delight you with her creations and you really do not want to miss her most recent post where she invites you to step inside her home to view some exquisite festive creations.
Apologies for there being two posts today (will be returning very soon) but I really was keen to share this with you now.
Wishes
Lynne

Wintry Sparkle

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As we count down to Christmas I am sharing another Christmas project in this scheduled post.
This year I made quite a few glass ornaments in different styles to gift to friends and in particular found myself using stamped words.  For the ornaments in this post which is also DT work for Oxford Impressions, I used Noel from the Season of Giving plate.DIGITAL CAMERAWhen the light hits them it should catch the sparkle of the glass glitter trapped behind the glass along with other sparkly elements. DIGITAL CAMERAThe beaded trim creates movement when the ornaments are hanging. DIGITAL CAMERADaylight has been for many days practically non-existent resulting in photographs being impossible to take but if all goes to plan I will return with one more post before Christmas Day.
I still have quite a few festive DT projects to share so I can see that I will be posting them after the 25th but will do my best to ensure they do not travel into 2013!
For the moment, thank you for taking the time to visit this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Little Angel Watches Over

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This is a scheduled post where I am sharing another of my projects as the December Featured Artist for Gecko Galz.
I selected Little Angels collage image sheet to work with although it was a difficult job only selecting one image as both of the image sheets are full of sweet images. I have provided a supply list and brief instructions as to how I created this tussie mussie.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Little Angels collage sheet.
TAP or similar
Vintage damask linen napkin, seam binding, trims, tassel beads, button and pearl embellishment (my stash)
Instructions
Form napkin into tussie  mussie, but do not stitch at this stage. Prepare image transfer onto the napkin prior to stitching. Also at this stage stitch any embellishments, add the tassel and stitch seam binding to form a handle. Once completed stitch the napkin to form a tussie mussie.  Finally add a shabby bow.
angeltussiemussielynne-001I have two Featured Artist projects remaining which will be shared before the end of this month.
As I say, this is a scheduled post but I plan on spending time over the weekend to see what you have been busy creating.
Many Thanks, as always, for taking time to visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Wishes & Gifts

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As the days are passing too quickly I’ve realised I will need to double up what I share on a post as I still have many Christmas projects on file.
This scheduled post is  DT for Oxford Impressions’ using various plates to create gift packaging for Christmas.  I have  provided a stamp supply list with links if you want to source directly from Oxford Impressions but you should find that many plates are now available from The Craft Barn and That’s Crafty.
Stamps Used For Both Projects
Giant Distressed Alphabet
Winter Snow
Season of Giving
Sleigh Bells
Well I am still finding a use for the wonderful Giant Distressed Alphabet set to once again create Christmas gift presentation.   Previously when I have shared this stamp set I have used the letters from the set but this set is so well thought out that there are numbers included as well so obviously I had to use the 2 and the 5 for Christmas.giftbaglynnemoncrieff-002Stamping the numbers with Brilliance ink provides a lovely shimmer and to add more, after stamping and cutting out the numbers I added glass glitter. sparkledetailA scrap of leftover fabric from a previous project (Home wall hanging) was tied into a bow and attached to the handle with the calendar from Winter Snow creating a stamped element. detail25baglynnemoncrieffThe second project is an altered matchbox with my favourite little people, I really love working with this stamp.  The matchbox was painted with various paints to provide a shabby winter white appearance and then I set to work stamping the sheet music (from Season of Giving) randomly onto the box.  Once stamped I then applied more paints to tone down the stamping. Isn’t it funny how so often to create an imperfect, distressed appearance it can be time consuming – fun but very time consuming!
It is such a little word but the word wish is such a lovely one to have included in a stamp set.
A little bird (Sleigh Bells) perches on layered flowers.lynnemoncrieffalteredmatchbox-001Thank You for visiting this post.
I am aware I am taking longer to visit your posts at the moment but hope to be able to visit soon and view any new creations.
Wishes
Lynne

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

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Welcome to another scheduled post. This post is for Gecko Galz where LeeAnne invited me to be part of their 24 days of Tags
Gecko Galz Badge Christmas tagsThere is so much taking place over at Gecko Galz, special offers, etc, well worth a visit and you can also view the amazing festive tags created by the Gecko Galz DT.
For my tag I will start with the supplies used.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Winter Wonderland collage sheet
Iron-on image transfer paper
Oxford Impressions – Season of Giving stamp plate
Shabby Tag (Crafty Individuals)
Cotton fabric, white velour ribbon, fabric flower and other embellishments, new and vintage lace, white gimp, snowflake charm, seam binding (all my own stash)
Instructions
Stamp holly from Oxford Impressions’ Season of Giving plate onto the Shabby tag. Print Winter Wonderland image sheet onto iron-on image transfer paper following the instructions to transfer the required image(s) onto cotton fabric. Fray edges and layer to tag with a mix of new and vintage lace.  Stamp Joyeux Noel onto velour ribbon and add to the tag along with trims, fabric flower, faux feather, charm, etc. Final addition is seam binding threaded through hole of the tag.birthdaycards 8919-001WinterWonderland comes as two image sheets, this image is from the sheet numbered 1. I wanted to give a detail photograph so you can see the expression on her face, isn’t it so beautiful.  Torn lace, gimp and guipure lace all frame the image. birthdaycards 8937I hope all of you are nearing the completion of your creative Christmas preparations.
Thank You for taking the time out of your busy day to visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Wish (FSC#37 Mask It)

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We have a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to Mask It.  We keep rules to a minimum at FSC but please include stamping on your entry and sorry, no digi’s allowed.  Every challenge is sponsored and to read the details of this fortnight’s prize just click the link above. Also while you are there you can view the amazing DT samples from my DT sisters.
My DT sample uses Oxford Impressions stamps, Soul of the Rose was my first ever Oxford Impressions plate I purchased, it really is the most beautiful plate of art stamps and wish  is from Sleigh Bells. Below are links to the Oxford Impressions’ store for both plates.
Soul of the Rose
Sleigh Bells
This post was drafted and set as a scheduled post days ago but with the tragic events that took place on Friday and when I was looking at this image I wanted to write a few heartfelt words however, what is there to write  that can make sense of such horrific events, events that have not only shocked and touched the hearts of Americans but all of us no matter where we live in this world of ours.
DIGITAL CAMERAAs I had in mind the palest of colours for this altered canvas I chose not to paint the stamped image (a beautiful reproduction of the Luini painting) however I did want this canvas to dance when it came in contact with light so I added dashes of glass glitter to the stamped image and beyond as the lace also has glass glitter added and you can see the use of it on the metal frame.
Before I get too ahead of myself you might be asking yourselves about the Mask It part,  well it is the background where I made use of Crafty Individuals Elegant Swirls set  (stencil/mask) and molding paste.  To add shimmer and sparkle I added a mix of tinting medium and glass glitter.lynne1The canvas in full. A most  delicate shade of pink painted onto the canvas before I applied the molding paste. alteredcanvaslynnemoncrieffAll embellishments were either white/creamy white or I dry-brushed with Gesso lynne4We look forward to viewing your Mask It entries at FSC, whether it be cards, tags, art journal pages, anything goes!
Just to finish by saying Thank You for all your visits and comments this past week especially at such a busy time of the year and when I posted probably a bit more than normal add to that I have fallen behind with catching-up on your artful creations, it is much appreciated.
Wishes
Lynne

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