There Is Nothing I Would Not Do

Hello Everyone
I want to start this brand new week and brand new month with a card sample I made as far back as July for Oxford Impressions using stamps from the new release, Waiting For Mr Darcy.
Normally when I work on backgrounds I favour layers of stamping and paint, however a few months ago, all because of a scrap of pattern paper I have since enjoyed incorporating torn paper pieces along with paints, etc to create backgrounds. I have no idea why that scrap of pattern paper first caught my eye because I rarely use pattern paper, don’t get me wrong, there are so many beautiful papers on the market but I suppose when I did purchase papers (when I intended to delve into  scrapbooking but never caught the bug) I found that I didn’t want to cut into them (yes Annie, that includes those lovely papers you gifted me for my birthday!) and also storage is a huge issue for me.  The Anna Griffin papers I used for this background were amongst the papers I purchased back in the day when I thought I would become a scrapbooker.  I am determined start using those papers.onelynnemoncrieffblogFor the background I had this image of stately homes and grand mansions where the wealth has all but disappeared with families struggling to maintain the properties, closing off many of the rooms, reducing the home to a manageable size.  Those rooms have tales to tell in their faded grandeur and romance – waterstained silks, wallpaper peeling from the walls with the fissures in the plaster cracking over the years. Imagine if those rooms could whisper their stories to you.

The pattern and colour of the Anna Griffin torn paper pieces  peek through the layers of paint as does the scraps of book text, Pride and Prejudice of course.  Some subtle stamping in the form of the beautiful damask stamp from Oxford Impressions’ French Script was randomly stamped.

twolynnemoncrieffAdding to the distressed feel, as well as the random stamping, I peeled back some of the paper.onelynneThis stamp plate doesn’t merely comprise wonderful characters, there are also several wonderful quotations and also decorative elements such as this ornate corner stamp.detailthreelynneNormally it would be at this stage where I would start to gather bits of this and that but I really didn’t want to go down that route, however as my eye caught a faux pearl I couldn’t help myself from adding it with a double bow.ribbonbowlynneThank You for visiting my first post of the week and for your visits to my Blog during the month of August.


33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Valerie-Jael
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 21:52:33

    I LOVE it! Valerie


  2. Fliss
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 21:54:39

    Just gorgeous Lynne! So beautifully textured and soft in colour.
    Hugs, Fliss xx


  3. 3renee
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 22:08:55

    I love the mixed media feel of this, including the peeling wallpaper! Gorgeous.


  4. Meggymay
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 22:19:15

    Looks beautiful.
    Yvonne x


  5. hettiecraft
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 22:28:56

    This is beautiful Lynne. I love the sentiment.


  6. Darlene
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 22:42:23

    Wow this is a great piece…lunin it!!!!


  7. Darlene
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 22:42:52

    Should say luvin…..LOl


  8. michele
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 22:47:14

    Just lovely, the papers are really adding to your background, love it!!


  9. Jenny Marples (Buttons)
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 23:18:05

    A beautiful way to use those long held special papers Lynne. Jenny x


  10. Sharon
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 04:21:36

    Great image – beautiful background! As always an inspiring creation!


  11. froebelsternchen
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 07:14:18

    simply beautiful – anadorable piece!


  12. Annie G
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 07:23:16

    Gorgeous vintage make Lynne x beautifully feminine and the background is fabulous. Like you I did not want to use my beautiful papers, but now I enjoy viewing them on my crafty projects x
    Huge hugs Annie x


  13. Anne R
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 10:47:41

    Beautiful, elegant, romantic, feminine and lots more besides. Those paper really do suit the theme beautifully and I love the quote. Yes, it would be wonderful if those rooms could whisper their stories, what a lot we would learn! Anne xx


  14. Ana K.
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 15:01:18

    Gorgeous Lynne! Beautiful background and I love sentiment!


  15. Gigi Harlan
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 17:27:03

    That is so pretty! I love the colors, the layering and the soft texture combined with the perfect image! Gorgeous!


  16. coco
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 17:45:13

    I love this quote (I share these feelings with my friends as far as I’m concerned). Love also these beautiful stamps, as well as your background using paper, the whole things together make something exquisite Lynne. Hugs, your friend Coco x


  17. 1cardcreator
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 18:07:01

    What a beautiful piece Lynne, I love the peeled back layering you did her too. ~Diane


  18. Dorthe
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 18:29:18

    My dear Lynne, it is a beautiful, lovely card. The green tones are , the colours of hope, which I see is so importent here in your story , you pictured so wonderfully, with the peeled wallpaper and the faded colours. The lovely lady in her home of old grandeur , ..–the papers are beautiful, as is the stamps and qoute.
    Ofcourse I just love your adorable add of the bow and pearl !!
    Sending you evening greetings.
    Dorthe, xxxx


  19. barnie
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 20:27:11

    That’s a wonderful romantic creation.


  20. Corrie
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 20:57:41

    Lovely and elegant, Lynne. Love all the texture you have created. Also those soft colours really make the black images pop ! Beautiful…


  21. Julie lavalette
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 11:06:04

    Such a beautiful story and your paper looks perfect to match it. The pearl hanging on your bow is so elegant .
    Julie x


  22. marjiekemper
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 16:42:27

    It’s lovely! I can see why that pearl was calling your name.


  23. Ira
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 19:15:33

    Good heavens! This immediately caught my attention dear Lynne, for you know me and Jane Austen! This truly is captivating, once again I’m in awe at your creativity, love love your delicate creation!!
    Ira’s Crea Corner


  24. ~*~Patty Szymkowicz Magpie's Nest
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 20:04:44

    Beautiful emotive creation dear Lynne…it has such a warmth and sweetness to it.
    I am right there with you on not ‘needing’ paper for scrapbooking but there was a time when I did a bit of paper collecting and have now vowed to use what I have and try and resist any new papers …
    You’ve used papers and all of the other elements beautifully here (and always!!!)
    Paper does seem to be one of my weaknesses (when I say that I always think of Larkrise to Candleford when Dorcas confesses again and again about her great “weaknesses” 😉 )


  25. Julie Lee
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 20:59:58

    This is so beautiful. The Anna Griffin paper is gorgeous and I love the way you have peeled back in places. I feel something very similarly to you about patterned papers. However, doing a course in making art dolls has encouraged me to cut into those precious sheets! I love what you have done here. It makes me wonder if Mr Darcy’s Pemberley ever went the way of the stately homes you describe! I love the idea of the locked up rooms having their own story to tell. it reminds me of Mary Lennox in the Secret Garden wandering through the empty rooms of Mistlethwaite Manor and hearing the crying of Colin: I loved that book as a child. This is another really evocative post for me. Julie Ann xxx


  26. Shelly Schmidt
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 02:51:15

    You can do anything you choose- loving the torn DP background- the color is soft and pretty= love the image of the Victorian lady and sentiment, and the wee bow and pearl are precious. Fabulous piece!


  27. Shari T.
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 04:52:38

    Lynne, You have me LOL!! I have lots of decorative/patterned papers from the scrapbooking that did not take with me either!! 🙂 But I’m so glad that you’ve found such a wonderful way to incorporate your papers now 🙂 I love the torn wallpaper effect–it evokes the memories from a locked off room, in a once grand mansion, now weathered from age and time gone by…Lovely indeed and this card completely tells that story. Beautiful card, Lynne! XOXO-Shari


  28. Samantha Read
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:44:03

    Beautiful details, that bow is divine 🙂 xx


  29. craftytrog
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:49:07

    Such a beautiful, feminine piece of art! xxx


  30. Terry
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 15:39:46

    Lynne, what a stunning background with the torn papers. Again you have created a soft and romantic piece with lovely details! Great use of the pearl! Hugs!


  31. Dianne
    Sep 09, 2014 @ 00:31:36

    Hello Miss Lynne it seems like I haven’t visited in a long time, only a week really but I do need my fix of your creative art. I too don’t scrap book but have a lot of paper, I would never use, so I water some gesso over the page, giving it a great base and create on top, you do this MAGNIFICENTLY and creates a gorgeous background for all your beautiful stamping with your bits and bobs, I loooooooove it all, thanks for sharing …


  32. The Scrap Yard
    Sep 11, 2014 @ 02:12:21

    I love that background and the texture. Beautiful!


  33. lilfly
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 01:31:37

    Just beautiful.


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