A Stitch In Time (Published – Sew Somerset)

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This scheduled post is certainly winding the clock back.  It was in the Autumn of last year when Sew Somerset contacted me asking if I would write an article around the tote I had submitted.   You can imagine how thrilled I was!
I cannot thank Sew Somerset enough for the pretty manner they photographed the tote.  I am never sure of the copyright issues surrounding sharing photographs and text from publications so the photograph I am sharing is one I took prior to submitting (regulars to my Blog know that I never request that submissions be returned to me).
For me, it is always the cherry on the cake when published work features a stamp company I design for, in this instance all the stamps in the article featured in the Winter 2014 issue are Oxford Impressions stamps:-
Dressforms & Corsetry
Sewing Notions.
DIGITAL CAMERAThe notion behind the intention for this tote was explained in my actual article.
Many thanks for your visits. I always appreciate the time you take to visit but all the more so when I am unable to visit your own Blog posts.

Final Giveaway ….. Where Is It?!

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I promised a fourth and final March Madness Giveaway however it is on hold for a little while longer, set-backs in my life have had a knock-on effect to my crafty time. It is definitely a priority to share with you as soon as possible.

Once Upon A Time

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This is a scheduled post sharing a sneak peek at my DT project for That’s Craftyforblog If you would like to view the project in full along with instructions and supply list then please visit HERE..
Have a lovely Sunday, a day when in the U.K. we celebrate our Mums or of course any woman who carries out a mothering role whether that be a Grandmother, Aunt, etc. Let them know how precious they are to you.
P.S. I hope that next week I will be able to catch-up with the art you have been creating.

I Am Merely In Disguise

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Apologies for being absent from my Blog and also for being absent from visiting your own Blogs, I do plan on catching-up with you very soon.
For now I want to share a Darkroom Door DT project.  It sees me having opened my art journal to play once more.
This page centres around a quote which was the springboard for my page.
Everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
myblogTexture always appeals to me.  I like to be able to run my fingers over a project and to feel rough against smooth and as you know, I like layers, the notion of something peeking from beneath.
I did journal on this page but as with my first page, shared a few weeks ago, the words are all but obscured with paint.
I will let you decide if I achieved this  but I was aiming for the appearance of disintegrating plaster and old wallpaper that is peeling away from a wall, that appearance and texture has always appealed to me, long before I started to stamp.3 March 004I cannot explain why but butterflies were in my thoughts when I started working on this page.  Seen in this photograph in the form of a new stencil – oh I so love this stencil.  That is huge coming from me as I wouldn’t say I am the biggest fan of stencils – tell me, will all that change, the more I art journal!3 March 018I’ve shared before how I like a mix of textures and will happily marry rustic with delicate.  On this page I wanted to balance the texture on the actual page with something more delicate to convey the butterflies and also the quote which I find to be delicate, fragile, a baring of the soul.  Vintage dressmaking tissue was the perfect colour to compliment the page.  The butterflies are also stamped onto a piece.3 March 013The fragment of fabric was evocative of a floral dress which I could imagine this woman wearing.3 March 015I hope you are all having a good week, a creative week.
Soon I will be sharing some samples using the fabulous new Texture Stamps from Darkroom Door.  I was lucky enough to receive the Floral and French Script to play with.  Darkroom Door have also announced new stamps covering stamp sets, frames and collage stamp – plenty of new products.
Thank you, as always for your visits and comments which mean so much to me.

A Blossoming Beauty

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Time to share another Gecko Galz DT sample.  This sample relates to one of the Gecko Galz January product releases, the lovely My Fair Lady set.  I have already shared one card I made with this set and found I couldn’t resist making another card and yes, once again playing with colour!myfairladylynne

Gecko Galz My Fair Lady
Gecko Galz Butterfly Wings
Darkroom Door Lace stamp set
Luminarte Twinkling H20s
TCW Mini Ledger Stencil
Prima blossoms
Ranger Glossy Accents
Extras:- low gloss printer paper, watercolour paper, texture paste, old jewellery, vintage lace, blue lace.

Print My Fair Lady onto low gloss cardstock. Lay aside for the moment.
Use stencil and texture paste to create pattern on watercolour paper followed with a wash of colour with Twinkling H20s. Adhere panel to cardbase. Also apply Twinkling H20s to vintage lace. Once dry adhere to cardbase. Now adhere Gecko Galz image, trimming with lace and jewels from old jewellery. Stamp Elegance onto scrap of watercolour paper, ink edges and adhere to right of image, embellishing with paper flowers and butterflies.
I used butterflies which were left over from previous Gecko Galz DT samples, they were too lovely to not make use of.
Adhere the butterfly which had been printed onto transparency to top corner of image.

I looked to the colours of the lady who I believe is the beautiful Lily Elsie, to bring those colours throughout the card.17 March 041The shimmer hasn’t translated but I used a combination of paints for the background, paints which also included Twinkling H20s, yes I continue to twinkle away, seeming to struggle to step away from the H20s at the moment! I even went as far as to paint the vintage lace with the paints to add that band of colour.
I always like a little bit of stamping somewhere and this Darkroom Door word suited the image.   The flowers I’ve had for the longest time. not my colours  but I forced myself to use, bringing even more colour to this card. them on this card.17 March 035It leaves me to say that I always appreciate  the time you take out of your day to stop by and visit my Blog and to leave a comment.

You Are Beautiful

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Sunday rolls around so quickly, it seems like only yesterday I was sharing my DT project for That’s Crafty, yet it was a whole week ago!
This week I am sharing a project which makes use of some of my absolute favourites when crafting. 17 March 021As always, the full project can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Blog.
Enjoy your day.

Inky Antics Challenge @ That’s Crafty Challenge Blog

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Although I was unable to commit to the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog, obviously I was more than happy to share news of challenges right here.
If you are looking for a new challenge and if you like to get inky then this is right up your street.

The theme  is ‘Inky Antics’. Your projects must contain ink of some sort – ink pads, ink stains, alcohol inks, re-inkers, pens, markers – anything, as long as there is some ink. This Challenge runs until 7.55am on Friday 4th April.
The winner of the Challenge will receive a £20 voucher to spend in our online shop.

All details can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Challenge blog.
I will return tomorrow with my DT project for That’s Crafty, at least, a sneaky peek of it!

My Beautiful Rose

Today I have my March DT sample for Gecko Galz to share.
I wanted a mix of textures for this card yet for the overall effect to be pretty and to bring thoughts of walking through a garden at the height of Spring, the sun shines, the birds sing their songs and there is the scent of roses in the air.mybeautifulroselynne

Gecko Galz In My Easter Bonnet 1
Crafty Individuals Postcard stamp
Canvas printer paper
Corrugated cardboard
Martha Stewart Paint
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Distress Paint Tattered Rose
Paper doilies, 7”x5” cardbase, paperclay roses, metal frame, paper roses, fabric, lace and burlap

I like the effect from printing onto canvas printer paper.11 March 002A cluster of flowers and teeny pieces of lace and fabric.11 March 004

In Pic Monkey isolate this In My Easter Bonnet image, remove border and re-size. Print onto canvas printer paper, abrade edges and apply Distress Paint.
Tear corrugated cardboard to size of cardbase. Distress. Paint with Gesso followed by Martha Stewart paint. Adhere to cardbase.
Layer the image onto the cardbase with paper doilies (lightly apply Distress Paint) and embellish with the paper roses, paperclay rose, burlap, lace, torn paper, etc.
Stamp postcard onto found paper. Tear and tuck behind the cluster of flowers.
At top edge staple torn fabric and embellish with a metal frame and paperclay rose.

I have no doubt that the eagle-eyed amongst you spotted something very obvious on the card so I will hold my hands up and declare that I had to photograph the card before the silicone glue had dried. You see it don’t you, the drooping paperclay rose on the metal frame at the top of the card! After photographing I straightened it and it has dried successfully.  That’s what happens when you leave DT samples until the Eleventh Hour LOL.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this post.

Announcing The Winner For Giveaway No. 3

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Thank you for once again showing your support with the Giveaways I am offering.
Giveaway No. 3 saw me offering these itemsgiveawayno3lynnemoncrieffOnce again each entry was handwritten and placed in a bowl (this is my home-made Random Generator!).
The winning name is:-


There is still one more Giveaway to be shared so please keep a look-out for news of Giveaway No. 4.

Come Frolic In The Meadow

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A very quick scheduled post , a post sharing a team sample for  Crafty Individuals, a long overdue post.  In fact the card itself was  long overdue.  It seems like only yesterday when I received stamp CI-385, Summer Meadows, a stamp designed by Linda Edwards but this stamp was released last year yet the first of me inking it up was in January.
This stamp would look amazing used with bold colours however I haven’t gone down that route, I used it on my favoured stamping surface and paired it with Kraft. lynnemA little pop of colour in the form of this fragment of floral fabricdetail2with a paper blossom.  I liked the burgundy set against the Kraft.detail1Also in use on this card are “must-have” stamps, or they are to me. They are from Elements sets and are always so useful for adding that little extra to any project.
Thank you for your visit to this post.

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