When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

Hello Everyone
In February it would be 4 years that I have been on The Stampsmith DT but as they saying goes, all good things come to an end.  For different reasons the timing was right for me to step down from the team.  The Stampsmith will always be dear to me after all, I had barely started my Blog when I took what was for me, a very brave step in answering their DT call and was staggered when I was accepted, after all applying was only to challenge myself by stepping outwith my comfort zone by applying.  At the time I imagined a one year term at the most, not nearing four years! So a huge, warm thank you to Estelle and to Val who runs the challenge site and keeps the DT in order and to the other Stampsmith DT members. I had a ball.
However as that door closed another door opened, a Darkroom Door no less!  I am so excited to share my news that I am on their Creative Team for 2014.
Darkroom Door stamps were one of the first stamp companies I discovered when I got serious about stamping (Crafty Individuals was probably the first).   In the early days of my Blog this is one of the Darkroom Door cards I shared, first seen in this
postscenicA card that uses a stamp plate from the Venetian CollectionVol 1. A mask formed the background with some decorative stamped elements, the largest stamp in the set creating the focal and others forming collage elements including stamping onto an old mosaic tile which in a former life belonged on a lamp from the 1970’s.  Little did I know as a small child of the 70’s that so many years later I would be saving the tiles to use in my artwork! In fact viewing this card has reminded me of those tiles so it will be no surprise if you see them cropping up on anything and everything in a short while!
Before I close this post there is something missing …. I haven’t had the chance to wish you all a Belated Happy New Year! For 2014 here’s to it being kind to all of you, with good times a plenty and a year bursting with creativity. It would be lovely to have you come visit me whenever time dictates that you can stop by and one final thing to mention. In December my Blog celebrated 4 years however with Christmas preparations and other factors outwith my control it prevented me from organising my Blog in time to celebrate with a Giveaway but if all goes to plan, in January I will be sharing a Giveaway to celebrate and at the very latest it will be February – I say that only because I know how quickly time flashes past and before I know it, it will be February 1st!
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for your visit and your visits whilst I have been absent those past few days.  Hope to catch up with all of you over the weekend.

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. butterfly
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 12:53:04

    Wow, Lynne, that’s so exciting – congratulations! Sad to see you stepping down from The Stampsmith, but four years seems like a good innings!! Can’t wait to see what you create with the DD stamps – what a lovely start to 2014!
    Alison xx


  2. Buttons
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 12:55:36

    Massive congratulations Lynne. What an achivement! So pleased for you and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Jenny x


  3. Debbie Reid
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 13:07:01

    Very exciting news Lynne! Fabulous stamps at Darkroom Door! Will miss you at The Stampsmith, but look forward to seeing your creativity, as usual!

    Hugs and Wishes From A Broad,
    Debbie xo


  4. Fliss
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 13:26:58

    Congratulations on your news Lynne and lucky you as I love their stamps. Your creation is just gorgeous and such beautiful subtle colours as always.
    Sorry to hear about the Stampsmith as I’m sure they’ll miss you.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


  5. Anne
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 13:28:42

    Now that is what I call very exciting news! Many congratulations Lynne. Sorry to see you step down from the Stampsmith though as your creations for them were always so beautiful, they will miss you. But as you say, another door opens and wow, what a door! Congratulations again. Hugs, Anne x


  6. Shirley
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 13:49:45

    Hi Lynne, congratulations on the new DT position, you will be a great addition to the team. Sometimes change is as good as a rest 🙂 Your artwork is always gorgeous and I look forward to seeing your designs in 2014 ! Happy New Year, Shirleyx


  7. tracy745
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 14:04:11

    Huge congratulations Lynne, well deserved. Lovely artwork and wonderful use of the stamps. Love those warm mutes tones. Happy New Year. Tracy x


  8. Deborah (rustycage11)
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 14:05:41

    Congratulations on joining the Darkroom Door design team, Lynne :-). I’ve always admired their stamps, although not bought any (yet!) so am looking forward to seeing your DD creations.


  9. craftytrog
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 14:15:46

    Fantastic news Lynne! Congratulations!
    Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations in 2014.
    Alison xxx


  10. Marianne
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 14:17:16

    Congratulations, Lynne. And oh, I really needed to see your post title, as recently one door I had such hopes for has closed, and I am keeping faith another, even better one, will open.

    Yours creatively,
    Marianne xo


  11. 2amscrapper
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 15:00:25

    I love it— a “Darkroom” Door opens! Congrats on your newest DT venture! Happy New Year!


  12. may
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 15:12:17

    Congratulations Lynne.. Looking forward to you using Darkroom Door products, I have a few sets of their stamps and just Love them….Happy New Year…Hugs May x x x


  13. Meggymay
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 15:31:45

    Congratulations Lynne,looks like 2014 is going to be an exciting year for you.
    Yvonne. x


  14. Dorthe
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 16:03:17

    Big congratulation from me ,my dear Lynne, -how exiting, I checked all Dark Room Door`s stamps and oh what a huge collection they have.
    I`m sure The Stampsmith will miss you and your beautiful creations using their stamps, but yes, 4 years is a long time .
    I wish you many ,many wonderful hours creating in this new creative team , dear friend.Your card using their stamp, is so beautiful, in your adorable colours.
    Hug from Dorthe, x


  15. Terry
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 16:14:42

    Beautiful, Lynne! What a wonderful year this is for you and congratulations on your new adventure! I look forward to seeing your artful undertakings throughout 2014! Enjoy the weekend!


  16. valerie-Jael
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 16:33:31

    Congratulations and have fun, they are lucky to have you! Valerie


  17. CarolS
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 16:35:08

    Congrat’s on your new DT adventure!


  18. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 16:49:23

    BIG Congratulations dear Lynne…
    they are very lucky to have you and your talents!
    Time certainly does have a way of speeding by doesn’t it…
    here’s to another lovely year together across the miles sharing fun and creativity and friendship!
    Happy Healthy 2014 to you and yours ♥


  19. 1cardcreator
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 16:54:23

    Congratulations Lynne, beautiful card, I have not heard of them either so I am looking forward to checking them out and seeing all that you do with their stamps too. ~Diane


  20. trisha too
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 17:27:02

    Very exciting, Lynne–congratulations to you on your new adventure for the new year!

    (Oh dear, you do have to be patient–still no magazine? I was absolutely delighted to see your name on the cover, so how happy are YOU going to be when it finally arrives? 🙂


  21. rachel fisher
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 17:44:38

    so very well done on your DT position Lynne – I love darkroom door stamps and will enjoy seeing what you bring. The venetian image is wonderful – I lived in Padova 30 mins from Venice by train for about 4 months and obviously visited Venice rather a lot – it holds some very special memories for me – so this plate is gorgeous! Big Hugs to you! Rachel x


  22. Suzi B
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 17:46:52

    Congratulations Lynne….I love DRD , I have a one or two sets and look forward to seeing your fabulous creations using the products!
    best wishes to you for 2014.
    Suzi B x


  23. 3renee
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 18:06:57

    Hi Lynne, I was looking through some Stampers’ Sampler for inspiration this morning and was completely blown away by how many times you have been published. Also, the consistent beauty and quality of your creations is so evident! DD is very fortunate to have you on their DT, I’m sure you’re going to have a wonderful and creative year. Thanks for sharing your work with all of us. Congrats! Take care.


  24. Debbie Kaste
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 18:10:48

    I’m soooo thrilled for you, Lynne! Darkroom Door has terrific stamps and you will do wonders with them, I’m sure of it:) Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Big Hugs,


  25. Ira
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 18:20:42

    Wowzers Lynne, huge congrats are in order here! Have fun on your new team, you’ll be amazing!! Love this card, makes me want to travel right away! Good luck to you, take care, Ira


  26. Corrie Herriman
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 18:42:17

    If anyone deserves it, it’s you Lynne. Your work is absolutely fabulous. They should be proud to have you !!!
    Congratulations !
    Corrie x


  27. Astrid
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 18:58:25

    Oh wow Lynne, big congrats!! I will of course be sad to see your wonderful Stampsmith posts discontinued, but it will be wonderful to see what you will do with DD. I am sure it will be a perfect match!! A fabulous start to the new year!!


  28. Daniele
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 19:27:46

    congratulations Lynne on joining Dark Room Door, they have lots of wonderful stamps so I’m sure we will soon be seeing lots of your wonderful designs
    hugs and best wishes x


  29. Chris
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 19:53:40

    Congratulations, Lynne. So very well deserved. DRD make some wonderful stamps and I’m sure you will create something special with each one.

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014.

    Chris xx


  30. Silvia
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 19:54:16

    Congrats on your new design team job, cannot wait to see your creations with these wonderful stamps.


  31. Brenda Brown
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 20:24:03

    That’s fantastic news Lynne, I am so looking forward to seeing what you create with the DD stamps.
    Take care.
    hugs {brenda} x0x


  32. Julie Lee
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 21:45:03

    Congratulations, Lynne! This is so interesting to learn about your craft journey. I only started craft blogging back in April, so four years sounds like a long time indeed! I have so enjoyed discovering your beautiful work in 2013 and I look forward to seeing all you create in your new ventures in 2014! Julie Ann xx


  33. Gerrie Johnnic
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 23:18:21

    I know you will be missed at Stampsmith and a big congrats for joining the Darkroom Door DT! I luv their stamps.


  34. Sharon
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 05:31:46

    Love your card Lynne & congrats on your new DT position!


  35. tamariskt
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 08:19:57

    So happy to have you on the team Lynne!


  36. Annie G
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:12:14

    Huge Congratulations Lynne x DD are so lucky to have you on their DT and I look forward to viewing your makes.

    Crafty hugs and Happy New Year
    Annie x


  37. marjiekemper
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 13:39:00

    I’m so happy for you over this exciting news, Lynne! What a great team you are on…. and it’s wonderful knowing you’ve been using DD stamps for so long. Happy Blogaversary!


  38. gio
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 19:56:20

    Wow such a wonderful news, Lynne! And I adore those stamps, so I can’t wait the new marvelous pieces you will create with me.

    A good start of the year, and I hope 2014 brings all you can ever wish! Buon Anno!


  39. Paper Profusion
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 22:10:59

    Major congratulations Lynne – what kudos to receive that invitation. I’m sure The Stampsmith will miss your beautiful creations. I dont have any DD stamps so will very much look forward to your ‘unveiling’ of them. Excellent creative start to 2014. I hope you are a little better today. Nicola x


  40. coco
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 20:01:57

    Congratulations Lynne, I don’t know to much yet the Darkmoor Door’s stamps, but I’m glad to read that I will be enough lucky to discover their beauty thanks to you in the months to come!! Best Wishes for this new DT job! Hugs, Coco xx


  41. Kate
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 02:42:17

    Your card is gorgeous! Congrats on your new position. You deserve it…can’t wait to see what you create!


  42. Rachel Greig
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 09:26:25

    We are so happy to have you on the team Lynne! I have always admired your work and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with you this year!!! 🙂


  43. Suzy
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 05:48:18

    Very belated good wishes from me to you too Dear Lynne in your new role with the Darkroom Door. They have such a wonderful selection of stamps. I wish you every success on their creative team as well as a brand New Year of excellent health, happiness, inner peace and love.
    Thank you so much for all that you share so freely and lovingly with all who visit!
    Warm hugs to you,


  44. nefertiti
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 20:57:55

    Great news Lynne!!!! Congratulations!! bizz


  45. Gery
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 22:24:16

    Congratulations on being in the DT of Darkroom Door!!! Love their stamps and your work, so to me this is a perfect combination.
    Sorry for my belated congrats, but things are not going so well at my place and I hardly blog and create.
    Wishing you luck, happyness and good health for 2014 and enjoy the year.


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