Build Me A Meadow

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This post was drafted at the beginning of the year, always getting pushed back as I shared other posts with you.
The thistle wall hanging I recently shared with you was my team sample for the Crafty Individuals Challenge, Nature’s Beauty, but this seemed a good opportunity to share the card and share some Crafty Individuals links.
If you would like to enter the challenge then you can create any style of art:- altered, cards, tags, jewellery, etc, etc, but you must include at least one Crafty Individuals product.  Five winners will be selected with the prize of a Crafty Individuals stamp of their choice.  All other information can be viewed HERE.
This Crafty Individuals post sees me inking up one of their Linda Edward’s designed stamps, an elements set, CI-395
For this card I wanted a rustic feel to it yet also a pretty appearance at the same time. It is my favoured way of using floral stamps, where I can include natural elements yet still retain a pretty charm to them, anyway, that is always my hope, whether I achieve it is another matter completely!cardfourlynneThere is a lovely charm to the stamps in this set.
Although I have used each stamp as its own element they would work beautifully alongside another of her stamp designs stamp, CI-38518 february 341Each stamped onto one of my all time favourite stamping surfaces.18 february 342The same stamps used as on panel no. 1 except the composition of the stamps is showing them leaning towards the right.18 february 343A gathering of pretty pieces to finish the card.18 february 344
Thank You, as always for the trouble you take to stop by and visit my Blog.

Guest Artist For The Stampers’ Sampler

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Well this is a post I never would have dreamt I would be sharing with you, the news that I am the Guest Artist in the latest issue of Stampington & co’s The Stampers’ Sampler.  It was made all the more special as this issue is their 20th anniversary issue.
1SAM-1402-The-Stampers-Sampler-Spring-2014-600x600When they made contact in December I re-read that e-mail several times as I was so sure I had misread it!  I cannot thank The Stampers’ Sampler enough for this honour and also for the adorable way my artwork was photographed beside the pretty vintage style teacup.
I was delighted to see that they selected art which credited Crafty Individuals and Oxford Impressions.  Both of those companies mean much to me as they were stamps I fell in love with when I became passionate about stamping, with Crafty Individuals stamps amongst the first I ever bought and then when I realised I could purchase Oxford Impressions stamps in the U.K. (sold at the time by Lin @ LBCrafts) it was the start of another love story for me.   Jean, Malcolm and Suzanne have been supportive long before I was on their teams so in my eyes it seems fitting that their stamps were showcased within this Guest Artist feature.
Normally when I have art published I go on to share photographs of the items but not this time and I have decided not to even share sections of the two pages of interview questions, some relating to my creating and others to my life in general.
Another time I will however share either one or two of the wall hangings which were also published in this issue under the feature title, Distressed Hangings.
In the meantime, many thanks for your visit to this post.

A Boy’s Adventure

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This week my DT project for That’s Crafty sees me returning to a stamp plate I first shared back in January.  It was about time I got the stamps out again.blogimageAs always, the full project along with instructions and supply list can be viewed HERE at the That’s Crafty Blog.
Are you remembering that there is now a That’s Crafty Challenge Blog. A fabulous prize is up for grabs so well worth your while entering.


Colours of Spring

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A quick post before I return on Sunday with my DT post for That’s Crafty.
This post is sharing a beautiful card I received from my dear from Dorthe.cardfromdortheIsn’t that transparency of the child so beautiful and I like the subtle touches of Springtime colours, soft peachy pink and blue.
Tucked inside the card were two pieces of embossed cardstock and the cutest, mini Kraft bags. papergifts from dortheWhat a lovely surprise it was to receive this mail from Dorthe.  She really has been the sweetest of friends to me.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, possibly managing some creative time to yourselves, I hope so.

A Love Letter To Scotland (Crafty Individuals Challenge)

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I am a few days late in sharing news of the new challenge theme at the Crafty Individuals Blog.
For the month of April the theme is Nature’s Beauty, a wonderful theme open to many interpretations and styles.  If you wish to enter then you must include at least one Crafty Individuals product on your artwork.  It is worth your while entering as the Top 5 entries will receive a Crafty Individuals stamp of their choice.  All entry details can be viewed that Jean’s Crafty Individuals Blog (link above).
A lengthy post … you have been warned!
Initially my plans were for something delicate with a colour palette of muted Springtime tones and a flutter of butterflies but as I looked through my Crafty Individuals stamps I came across CI-204.  This stamp spoke to me as I am in a somewhat reflective mood at the moment and this stamp has a special place in my crafting life.
Some time ago, when I first became passionate about stamping I sent, as a Thank You, a hanging to Jean and Malcolm using this stamp.   I was so touched when they asked for it to be a project on their then website. One of the reasons it meant so much was because Crafty Individuals was the first stamping company whose stamps I fell in love with.  naturesbeautylynneAlthough my Blog is not the arena for discussing the  Independence/Unity debate which is swirling around Scots at the moment, now more than ever before in my lifetime Scotland has been very much in my thoughts.  So that is my other reason for this stamp choice. My team sample for the challenge is  my love letter to the beauty of Scotland.  The colours of the purple and green I used throughout echo the colours of the landscape.  It is a piece which hopefully also evokes the contradictions of the Scottish landscape which can be harsh and brutal  yet at the same time there is a fragility to its beauty.
I am not naive to believe that every nook and cranny of Scotland is poetic, far from it and nor do I buy into the shortbread tin images either, I will be the first to mock many of the representations but sometimes it is nice to lay the cynic aside for a moment and don those rose tinted spectacles!
It was only once I was reaching for the tub of Gel Medium to adhere the elements that I realised it was too stark, it needed some background stamping and I realised I had the perfect stamp in the form of CI-406, the wonderful new manuscript stamp which to my shame I had not inked up before now.manuscriptoncanvasTo try and capture the colours of thistles and  heather, all except for a piece of green lace, everything was dyed/stained.thistle2Burlap, stained gauze, stained seam binding and also some dyed silk (?) which I received from my lovely friend Dorthe were gathered.thistledetailIt would be fun if you managed to find the time to join the Nature’s Beauty challenge. I wonder what this theme will inspire you to create. Maybe, like myself, you will find yourself reaching for a different colour palette than you would normally work with.  Whatever you create whether a card, tag, hanging, altered art, etc …. have fun.
Happy Stamping!

Let’s Walk Through The Streets Of Paris

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New stamps, aren’t those such sweet words!
This is a post which I should have shared before now, doesn’t a week pass by far too quickly.
At the time of drafting this post I had received two of the brand new Texture Stamps from Darkroom Door. Since that package I went on to receive more of their new stamps, more news of that in posts to follow.
For this post I am focusing on French Script Texture Stamp however there are six stamps to choose from this new collection of Texture Stamps, the other I received was the beautiful Floral, I would say that Rachel knows me very well already to have selected those stamps for me!
I was so keen to play with the stamps that I set about making this quick card featuring French Script Texture Stamp.
24 March 050To create a collage style card I also used a word from the Paris Wordstrips and image from the Paris Montage collection. A full supply list and instructions can be viewed HERE, at the Darkroom Door Blog.24 March 048A fragile blossom.24 March 047I am also sneaking in another card in this post which was made more than one month ago for my sister and brother-in-law for their anniversary.
My sister doesn’t favour vintage so I opted to make a card with very little fussiness to it.
The details for this card can be viewed at the Darkroom Door Blog loveheartcard.
Thank You for your visit to this post.
Have a great week,

Her Secret Is Patience

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The time of the week when I share a sneaky peek at my DT project for That’s Crafty

forblogIf you would like to view it in full along with supply list and instructions then please visit HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday.

That’s Crafty Challenge

A short post to announce the new theme over at the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog
Here are some details:-

The Challenge is ‘You Spin Me Right Round’. Your projects must contain circles of some sort – polka dots, a round card, the sun, the moon – anything as long as there is something round on your projects. This Challenge runs until 7.55am on Friday 18th April 2014.
Remember, there is a prize up for grabs!

If you are in need of inspiration then visit the link above where you will see samples by the amazing challenge DT.
Happy Stamping!

Be Original, Be Yourself! (Published)

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As I am playing catch-up with publication news I thought I would share some fun cards which were published in The Stampers’ Sampler Jan/Feb/Mar issue. The trio of cards were submitted to Take Ten so it was a lovely surprise to see them in that issue of Sampler.
I remember last year when Suzanne from Oxford Impressions shared her new stamp set, Tattooed Ladies.  Although they were photo real stamps ( a big love of mine) and the images were vintage (you know how I love a spot of vintage!) they were a step outwith my comfort zone depicting bold ladies with bold tattooes. However, isn’t that the fun of stamping, playing with different styles of stamps.
I didn’t want to use pattern paper and as I was submitting to Take Ten I was aware that I couldn’t spend a long time creating the backgrounds yet I wanted a bold appearance to set the women against, so, unusually for me, I opted to work with red, a colour I don’t particularly favour, stamping directly onto the white cardbase.
The Stampers’ Sampler called the feature Seeing Spots because as well as using stamps from Vintage Circus to provide stars and circus balls, I used something else to provide a polka dot stamp. I know you will guess in an instant what I used for this!DIGITAL CAMERAI didn’t colour the focal stamps in any way but they would be fun to colour with markers, etc.  I only added a gem to her headdress.
DIGITAL CAMERAThe final card.  DIGITAL CAMERAThank you for visiting this post and another thank you for this reason, each time I share published work all of you are so encouraging with the lovely comments you leave for me to read. You probably don’t realise how much those comments mean to me.

Queen for a Day

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When I receive new Gecko Galz products from the lovely Leanne I always love the anticipation of which of the images will jump out at me, wanting me to have some fun with it. With the release of the April products I knew immediately that I had to work with the Spring Queens image sheet.
Beautiful images and I had the perfect stamp set to continue the theme throughout the cards I would be making, the stamps in the form of Oxford Impressions Castle Keep (available directly from Oxford Impressions and in the U.K. from That’s Crafty).
In this post I am sharing the first card I made, sent to a friend for her birthday.
With this being a Gecko Galz post, I am providing the supplies I used and instructions for this card.
Gecko Galz Spring Queens
Jodi Lee Nature Garden digital paper
Oxford Impressions Castle Keep
Distress Paint Vintage Photo
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylic
Memento Tuxedo Black
Extras:- canvas printer paper, white cardstock, tea stained cardstock, lace, corrugated cardboard and tall cardbase.

Print Nature Garden digital paper. Abrade edges and apply Distress Paint. Adhere to cardbase. Tear two lengths from remainder of the digital paper. Distress and apply paint. Adhere to top and bottom edges of cardbase.
Select Spring Queens, isolating required image. Print onto canvas printer paper. Apply paint to edges. Layer to corrugated cardboard which has been painted with Martha Stewart paint. Embellish with lace. Stamp various Castle Keep stamps onto cardstock stained with tea. Distress all edges. Adhere the stamped elements to the cardbase.

17 March 001The canvas printer paper that the image was printed onto provides a lovely texture which you can just about see on the photograph.
This photograph below shows where I added the band along the bottom (and also one at the top), distressing it and then adding a fragment of stamped text.  I rarely use pattern paper but this digi set is stunning.  The plus side to digi papers is there is no storage problem (that is a bonus if you have a craft space as wee as my own!) and you practically have unlimited options as to what you print it onto:- canvas, low gloss, fabric, transparencies …..17 March 012
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