To The Lighthouse

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Staying with the masculine theme that seems to be dominant in my Blog so far this week I have decided to share a card made a few weeks ago.
You might well know that Crafty Individuals released quite a few new stamps recently but for this post I am sharing a card made from the previous set of stamps they released which included this wonderful Elements set, CI-397.DIGITAL CAMERAYou might recognise the stamps as I shared a wall hanging sample not so long ago but today it is a card I am sharing (sent to my brother-in-law for his birthday in October).
My brother-in-law hails from Lossiemouth and his Dad was a fisherman so the stamps seemed so suited for him.
lighthousecardlynnemoncrieffI started with a Gelli Print from when I was playing with the Gelli Plate when I first received it.  I used lots of metallic paints from the EcoGreen Crafts acrylics range, working directly onto the cardbase. The card is 8″x8″ and my Gelli Plate only 6″x6″ so I worked in random fashion selecting patches of the card to work on at any time then moving to another random area. When I came across it the colours were right for what I had in mind for the card but I wanted a stamped background so I added stamping in the form of that divine feather. You can see some of the stamped background in this  photograph.
Isn’t it funny how certain stamps can really appeal, for some reason this stamp with the numbers really appeals to me. It is the stamped surface that has broken up the stamping, the found paper has a gorgeous texture to it, brings a lovely rustic appearance to the stamping.detail4You know I like texture and all my little bits of this ‘n’ that.  Here are some gathered to the side of the painted/rusted corrugated cardboard with a stamped seagull resting on a bark circle.
detail1Stained paper with the feather creating a subtle background onto which I stamped the lighthouse, layering with mica.october16 008 (2)Another stamp from this Elements set peeks beneath the main stamped panel.
More textures come to play with that fragment of rusted fabric against the corrugated cardboard and the texture of the jute and a teeny fragment of stained seam binding. detail2Thank You for your visit to this post especially when post after post has had such a masculine influence to it. I have no doubt that the next post will be more my usual style!

A Man’s Home Is His Castle

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It appears I am masculine mode this week, firstly with the Lincoln cards and now this schedule post shares a birthday card I made to send to my cousin’s husband, a card with a celtic flavour to it.  Although made with him in mind it is also  monthly DT sample for Gecko Galz.
As this is a Gecko Galz post here is the supply list followed by the instructions.
Gecko Galz Digital Stamp – A Long Time Ago
Gecko Galz Digital Paper – Miss Muffet (Sixpence)
Oxford Impressions – Castle Keep (available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty)
Distress Inks – Crushed Olive, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Versafine Black
Paper Artsty Fresco Finish paint
Mica Tile (USArtQuest)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Extras:- 7”x5” cardbase, white cardstock, canvas printer paper, seam binding and lace (stained), scrap of tartan ribbon and Kraft style cardstock (re-cycled from old packaging)

Print Sixpence digital paper onto white cardstock and castle from A Long Time Ago digital stamp set onto canvas printer paper.
Apply paint to cardstock. Repeatedly stamp text (Castle Keep). Adhere to cardbase. Distress and ink edges.
Apply inks to digital stamp image. Onto the Kraft style cardstock stamp various images and text from Castle Keep. Ink edges. Gather the stamped images and digi stamp and stained lace and seam binding. Adhere all to cardbase.
Finish the card with mica tile adhered to part of the castle image and finally staple a fragment of tartan ribbon to the card.

acelticcastlelynnemoncrieffThis is the  digi stamp of the castle printed onto canvas printer paper onto which I randomly applied inks, smudging as I applied them and heavily distressing the edge.23 october 014
Beautiful digital paper but I wanted to tone down the colours which I did with paint and then you can see that I overstamped with the text stamp from Castle Keep.23 october 002To the top of the card where I repeatedly stamped this image onto cardstock to form a border, layering with stained crochet lace.23 october 003Ribbon and lace might seem an odd choice for a card being sent to a man but it is something I never hesitate to include especially if the lace is crochet style and everything has a grungy appearance to it.
With the stained seam binding I couldn’t resist this wee hint of tartan.23 october 012Thank You for visiting this post especially if you have taken the trouble to visit yesterday. I am trying to keep this Blog active this week as I have quite a bit of catching up to do, sharing samples made over the past few weeks.

Honest Abe (Published)

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I do have Christmas/Winter samples to share this week but to start this brand new week a scheduled post which may seem rather random when you see the theme but I wanted to share this collection of cards which were published in the Autumn (Sept/Oct/Nov) issue of Stampington & co’s Take Ten.
If you are a Follower of my Blog then you possibly will recognise some of those images as I first used this stamp plate last year when I received it as DT stamps from Oxford Impressions. When I first received the stamps I did wonder if it was the right fit, me creating with stamps depicting images relating to possibly the most famous of American presidents.
When I received Take Ten I was delighted to see my submissions had made it into print as a feature article as I had convinced myself they might have been rejected for not appearing to be patriotic enough.  Honest Abe is the title they gave the feature and it filled me with delight that they viewed them as patriotic and powerful.
Back in July I shared with you one of the cards  so here are the other three I submitted, all to what they class as variation on a theme (VOAT).
Abraham Lincoln (available from Oxford Impressions at Austen Gallery)
I wanted nods to the American flag with the red, white and blue and so I used fabric to bring such touches to each card in the form of ticking and also twill style red and white ribbon.
mr presidentlynnemoncrieffYou can tell that for those cards I took one of my coffee and tea baths! DIGITAL CAMERAThe final card
one day at a timelynnemoncrieffThe Distress Ink was perfect for stamping onto the tags to create background imagery  as I wanted a vintage/muted appearance and to age it all the more I deliberately smudged the ink. The Ford’s Theatre bill was tucked under the edge of the tag with an aged fragment of ticking adding texture.DIGITAL CAMERAAlong with the Honest Abe collection were some other features which I will share over the coming weeks, between now and the end of this year.
Have a wonderful start to your week, here’s to it being a creative one.

Postcard from Paris

Can you believe it is the 10th of November already?!
Sunday means time for a sneaky peek of my DT post for That’s Crafty. Last week I was rather mean with the sneaky peek so this week I am revealing a little bit more of what is on offer over at the That’s Crafty Blog.
DIGITAL CAMERAAs always, the project (including detail photographs), supply list and instructions are available HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday whatever your plans may be for the day.

The Birds Sing Their Sweet Song

Up-dated:- This is the link for the lace stamp used on one of the cards.  It is an Elements stamp set from Crafty Individuals, CI-350.

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It surely is as far back as September when I shared some Crafty Individuals team samples using what were at the time, quite new releases of various bird stamps. As happens, time passes by so quickly that I never did share the final two samples I made, all were made at the same time.
CI-389 – a pretty collage style stamp, Crafty Individuals are surely the best at collage style stamps. This pretty stamp depicts a sweet bird perched, precariously, atop a stack of vintage cups with the clock in the background stating 3 o’ clock, a call for afternoon tea perhaps.DIGITAL CAMERAThis was one of those times when I opted for a clean and fresh background, instead of paint flicks or inked edges. DIGITAL CAMERAI was trying to aim for a country style, with the addition of this lovely lace, floral washi tape, fragment of gingham ribbon and layering of flowers. DIGITAL CAMERADid you notice that the lace beneath the collage stamp was actually layered onto stamped lace? The stamped lace is from an Elements set from Crafty Individuals, a very useful set to own especially if you are like myself and always love the addition of lace on a project. DIGITAL CAMERAMore flowers with a rustic style wooden button which I dry brushed with paint to blend with the paper punched flowers. DIGITAL CAMERAWhile I am here sharing this card I might as well share the final team sample, sorry, this is a photo heavy post!
This card is smaller, 6″x6″ and uses CI-387, Love Is All Around.DIGITAL CAMERAThe theme and feel is similar to the first with it seeing me using the same stamping surface for the collage stamp and the same colour palette.
This is a stamped fragment from another Crafty Individuals stamp. DIGITAL CAMERAThis fine corrugated cardboard, dry brushed of course,  suited the feel of the card, layered with fragments and a paper flower.DIGITAL CAMERAThank you for your visit to this post. Tomorrow is my final post for this week which sees me share my DT project for That’s Crafty, although the regulars amongst you know that I am always sneaky on a Sunday!

Crafty Individuals – New Stamps Released!

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Are you feeling the need for some retail therapy, possible a fan of Crafty Individuals , if so then you might be interested to know that they have  released five new stamps, yes, five brand new stamps that cover all manner of themes. You might be a Follower of Jean’s wonderful Blog where she announced the news just the other day but if you missed her post then let me share them here with you right now.
CI-398 – This wonderful Santa in his sleigh, laden down with toys and a tree as he whizzes across the night sky. 9 november 005CI-399 – Staying with a winter theme this charming (and my favourite) stamp with three children nestled under a huge umbrella on a wintry day. This stamp also has a lovely snowflake border and sentiment. A versatile stamp as remove the borders and it could be used beyond Christmas cards, possibly someone who celebrates their birthday during the winter months. 9 november 001CI-400 – An new Alice Palace design. Have you fallen in love with the Alice Palace stamps? It appears many of you have as when I visit Blogs I notice quite a few creations with those stamps so if that includes you, could this be a new design to add to your collection! A wise and festive owl, he is actually called Jolly Owl. 9 november 002The final two stamps are Elements sets and not related to winter/Christmas.
CI-401 – Three Flappers along with labels declaring such statements such as, Ladies Who Latte. 9 november 003Finally, CI-402 has the main stamp as this young couple in love along with sentiments of friendship and love. If any of you have teenagers in your family then I am sure this would be a useful stamp. 9 november 004I mentioned my favourite, I wonder which is your favourite and whether or not you will indulge in some retail therapy!
Happy Shopping & Happy Stamping.

Wrap Up Well On This Frosty Day

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Ignacio from the fabulous Nicecrane Designs is so generous.  A few weeks ago I was asked to pick an image sheet so I could  have some fun and I could not help but select Vintage Women’s Christmas, it will come as no surprise why I wanted to play with this.
As you can see, it is available as a Saver Pack, consisting of three collage sheets.VintageWomenChristmasPrevI wonder how you are progressing with your Christmas preparations, I am failing dismally, even worse than this time last year which I would have said was impossible. So much so that I have taken the step and bought Christmas cards, now please, do not shun me, it had to be done! This is the first time since I started making cards so it feels like a huge step backwards for me but it was a matter of, something has to give. Saying that, I still intend on sending a handmade card to family members and others on my list which means that every now and then I will be sharing a card or any other projects I manage to make.
For this post it is my first card made using Vintage Women’s Christmas,  with more to follow shortly, once I photograph them!
8″x8″ scallop edged card.
4th november 211You can see that I have been playing with the gorgeous Crafty Individuals Elegant Swirls mask/stencil set! Using with texture paste which I then painted over with gold,copper and bronze paint, an act not to be repeated as it was too time consuming! Once dry I then adhered vintage mica flakes (available from That’s Crafty) which are a favourite of mine at the moment.
I was so drawn to this image that I had to use it first.  Coating the edges with glass glitter for a frosty look and as you can see, lots of layering.4th november 204
I still had to incorporate stamping onto this card with beautiful stamps from various Oxford Impressions winter/Christmas stamp sets. Noel is tucked behind a frame altered for that frosty appearance, as though Jack Frost himself has made an appearance overnight, layering everything in a sparkly coating of frost.4th november 202Layering a metal frame with a circle cut from a vintage doily and a teeny bow tied from a scrap of seam binding. 4th november 198Tucked beneath…..a stamped label, again from Oxford Impressions.4th november 199This piece reminds me of a star or snowflake, it was cut from another vintage doily. 4th november 201Thank you to Ignacio for his generosity in allowing me to have the pleasure to create with this beautiful image and the others which will follow soon. If Nicecrane Designs is a new name to you then why not visit Ignacio’s Blog and discover his wonderful DT and also where he generously shares free images for you to use in your artwork. To visit his on-line store see the link at the top of this post.
Many thanks for your visit to this scheduled post as your visits are always appreciated by me.

The Calling of The Sea

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So many people are drawn to the sea so I can imagine that one of Crafty Individuals most recent stamp releases, an Elements Set CI-397 will prove to be a popular set.  It is brimming with images related to the seaside along with text stamps, text stamps are always a favourite of mine and there is also a stunning feather.DIGITAL CAMERASome weeks back I made a team sample using stamps from this set for this wall hanging. lighthouselynnemBy pure chance I stumbled upon a panel which I had prepared a couple of years ago and yet whatever my intentions were at that time I obviously didn’t follow them through as this has been kicking about. The colours suited what I had in mind for this project and again, a stroke of luck that I had some A4 copier paper prepared with my homemade inks, I so love when something like this happens, it means that a project falls into place so much quicker.  In fact most of the elements had been prepared for previous projects, managing to utilise the leftovers here, such as rusted and stained fabrics.
I like this number stamp which I stamped onto Kraft style paper sourced from packaging.  I layered it onto a fragment of rusted fabric birthdaycards 029then stapled to some cotton fabric which had been lightly stained and onto which I repeatedly stamped the numbers, pleating the fabric as I worked.birthdaycards 031You will see that  I often incorporate mica tiles into my art, I like the extra dimension they bring to a piece. birthdaycards 069also layering it over this other piece of text. birthdaycards 027Gathering this and that to bring the eye towards that small piece of text. birthdaycards 032Thank You for visiting this first post for a brand new week, I always appreciate your visits.  I have drafted quite a few posts so it is possible, if I manage to schedule them, that my Blog will be quite active this week.  Wish I could tell you that I had a productive weekend, nothing of the sort but I do have plenty of catching-up to do with blog posts, to actually get previous artwork posted here before Christmas dominates,  that is the plan anyway!

It’s Snow Time

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And welcome to the first of my November DT posts for That’s Crafty.
I am being really mean this week as this is all I am sharing for the sneaky peek!detail5You can guess it is related to Winter/Christmas and if you wish to view it in full along with supply list and instructions, then please visit HERE, the That’s Crafty Blog.
I have to say a huge Thank You to any of you who comment over at the That’s Crafty Blog as well as commenting here – Thank You!
Many thanks for your visit to this sneak peek and for all your visits and lovely comments this past week.  This coming week I have a mix of DT samples to share but there will no doubt be a good measure of winter/Christmas themed projects.

Autumn In Paris, With Maude (Published!)

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Squeezing in this post before Sunday’s DT post for That’s Crafty.
This post is where I turn the clock back, this time back to July when I received the July/Aug/Sept issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.  As well as feature articles, which I will share another time, I was thrilled to have two pieces in the Spotlights section.
The two hangings used the same technique to form the background, where I used Rusting Powder to transform a piece of cotton fabric into a gorgeous piece of rusted fabric, making use of a mask to create pattern. What makes it all the sweeter is when a submission that is published represents a DT I am part of, in this instance The Stampsmith.
The stamps used are Maude, which is a single stamp and Say It With Flair and Paris which are stamp plates. They are available to purchase directly from The Stampsmith on-line store.
The first hanging is called Dream and sees Maude as the focal.
1stseptember-faux technique-lynneAside from the smell of vinegar, used to activate the Rusting Powder, I have to tell you that I love the effect.
Torn fabric forms the handle for hanging.  I say this time and again but I love stamping onto fabric and although it is only a small detail, to my mind, stamping adds another level of interest to what would otherwise be a boring bit of fabric to  hang the panel with.6Dream and Inspire are from the Say It With Flair plate.4The title of the second hanging is Autumn In Paris.
I remember the first time I ever saw this stamp plate, it was a Craft Stamper article and I fell in love with the stamps. I had barely started stamping and if someone had told me that I would one day own this set then that would have been joy enough but if someone had told me that one day I would be on The Stampsmith DT then I would have chuckled in their face as I would not have taken it seriously but add to that, someone telling me that not only would I own the stamps, be on the DT but also have the art published in an American stamping publication then I believe I would have fallen off my chair!  Dreams can come true. Maybe we just need to trust in them a wee bit more than we do.
autumninparislynnemoncrieffThank You for your visit to this post.
I will return on Sunday with the first of my That’s Crafty DT posts for November.

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