They Dreamed Of Romance

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For this post I am sharing a card for Crafty Individuals which I made at the beginning of this year, a  card which is unapologetically  romantic  with a  soft colour palette and a dreamy transparency image.  Unfortunately this Crafty Individuals image is no longer available as they no longer stock their transparency image sheets but the same image is available in the glossy paper format.
Crafty Individuals Supplies
Transparency Image (no longer available)
Shabby Tag
My initial idea was merely to decorate one of the Shabby Tags (how I love those tags and you will see them crop up again very soon) but once the tag was completed I decided it would become an element on a large card, a 8″x8″ card.heartslynnemoncrieffThe background was painted before stamping the hearts repeatedly.  The same stamps were used to create stamped embellishments along with a perfume label stamp and one of the lace stamps used to create a faux lace border.  DIGITAL CAMERAThe Shabby Tag on the left side of the card had paint applied, torn vintage text and stamping, building up layers. The end result is very muted with the text and stamping only peeking through here and there.
Can you see another piece of the stamped lace which I used to embellish the top of the tag.  DIGITAL CAMERAThe beautiful transparency was layered onto vintage text.DIGITAL CAMERAForever is one of those wonderful free sample stamps that Crafty Individuals are generous enough to include with on-line orders.  I keep any torn pieces from Shabby Tags I’ve used in previous projects, this is what I stamped Forever onto and attached to the edge of the main tag.DIGITAL CAMERAThank You for visiting this scheduled post. I am sure that tomorrow (Tuesday) I will manage to catch-up with some Blogs, I sure hope so as I am missing so much visiting your Blogs and viewing your artwork.

New Challenges

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I want to bring your attention to two challenges which I would otherwise have created samples for, The Stampsmith Challenge and Fashionable Stamping Challenge.
For the month of February The Stampsmith Challenge is asking you to be inspired by a photograph (available to view at TSC Blog).  To enter you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry.  The prize available is $21 to spend at The Stampsmith on-line store.
For the next fortnight Fashionable Stamping Challenge have the wonderful theme of Birds (I was so looking forward to this challenge theme).  FSC ask you to include stamping on your entry and please, no digi’s.  All details can be found at FSC along with inspirational samples from my DT sisters and details of the prize.

Her Passion For Science

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I have been working on a lot of clean projects of late and was eager to get a bit messy and the perfect opportunity was my lovely friend Martina’s birthday (if Martina’s name is new to you then why not pop over and visit to see her incredible art) . Martina  has a passion for Steampunk (in fact there are not many of us who are not captivated by the allure of Steampunk) so I knew I could have lots of fun with this.
Usually I provide links directly to a stamp set but I used so many of this altered book cover. I literally sifted through all the Oxford Impressions sets I own looking for stamps that would work with what I had in mind.  What I will do is list the stamp plates used and provide a link to Suzanne’s Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store but if you live in the U.K. I believe you can track down the Steampunk plates at either That’s Crafty or The Craft Barn.
Oxford Impressions Stamp Plates (excluding My Fair Lady plate, all other plates available from Etsy)
My Fair Lady (femme) discontinued plate
Abraham Lincoln (quote)
Dressforms & Corsets (stamped numbers on side of Bingo card)
Steampunk Works (text at top of panel and mechanical key)
Steampunk Elements (blueprint stamped onto book cover base and top hat)
DIGITAL CAMERAWe all have our own way of working, don’t we? For me it tends to be that I start with stamp selection (or image) and a vague notion of the style I am aiming for and at this point I will look for elements that reinforce the story that is in my mind. The Bingo card was an element that was foremost in my mind. This was a vintage Bingo card but I grunged it up somewhat with my scissors, sandpaper and ink.

DIGITAL CAMERAAs I wasn’t aiming for a perfect stamped appearance I stamped directly onto the painted cover, I was really wanting to achieve pattern and texture more than anything. DIGITAL CAMERAThis is such a wonderful quote… DIGITAL CAMERAI had the tea/coffee stained fabric in amongst my stash although my stash of all things tea/coffee stained is quickly diminishing, I can certainly see coffee stained digits on the horizon! DIGITAL CAMERAClusters of watch parts add texture and juxtapose against the feminine pieces of  torn lace. DIGITAL CAMERAI really had the most fun playing around with this book cover, bringing the different stamps together and getting painty and inky at the same time. For you, I hope you like the contrast from all the love is in the air pretty and feminine projects that I have been sharing of late.
Before I leave this scheduled post I have to say a heartfelt thank you for all of you who have continued to not only visit my Blog but also take the time to comment. Due to ill health I have not been able to visit Blogs and once I do return (this is a scheduled post so it might be possible that I have started to drift back into Blogland) it might be at a trickle so to have friends of my Blog who still care about what I post here even when I have not been able to visit them, that means so much to me.
In the coming days I plan to schedule some posts I drafted last month so that my Blog will be active even if I am anything but!
I hope you are all well and I really look forward to catching-up with your creations.

Bags of Love

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This is a DT post for Oxford Impressions using the Giant Distressed Alphabet (by now you are all fully aware how much I love this set!)
I used this set of stamps for Christmas when I not only decorated boxes and white gift bags.  For this post I’ve decorated white bags once again.  The other stamp set used on one of the bags is the lovely BonBon stamp plate.
DIGITAL CAMERALots of lace with a simple declaration of love for this bag.
Can you see the hearts with ribbons that were stamped onto the second bag before I layered the tulle style panel over the top? That stamp is from the BonBon plate as is Valentine which was stamped onto the paper doily before stamping and cutting out 14 and two stamped hearts to finish.  DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are a friend of my Blog you will notice I have been absent (and continue to be). Sorry I have not visited your own Blogs for several days, hopefully I will manage to do so soon enough.
Wishes and Thanks for the lovely comments I will catch-up on in a few days time.

Sweet Friends Are Treasured (CI Challenge)

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It does seem an age since there was last a Crafty Individuals Challenge so any of you who regularly joined the challenges you will be pleased to know that a new theme has been announced for the month of February, For A Friend.  To join in with the challenge you must include at least one Crafty Individuals product on your entry, all details are available at Jean’s Blog.
For my team sample I used some of the newest Crafty Individuals stamps, including one of the Alice Palace stamps.
Crafty Individuals Supplies:-
CI-231 (Elements Set Butterflies)
CI-356 (Happy Days)
Friendship stamp (included with a previous order as a sample stamp)
DIGITAL CAMERAPaint (cream, a creamy-yellow and the softest of pink) along with Distress Stain in Antique Linen was built up to create layers on the flag before I used the nature silhouette stamps to create pattern randomly. They are great stamps to give backgrounds pattern and texture.DIGITAL CAMERAFussy cutting some butterflies from the Elements set and also adding some sweet porcelain style flowers (from Crafty Individuals also).DIGITAL CAMERAEnjoy the first Crafty Individuals Challenge of 2013.

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