The Lone Butterfly

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As I draft this I am in the middle of sharing festive related posts and it will be after Christmas before I will manage to share this card which was amongst a few in a feature article, in the Oct/Nov/Dec issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, of cards which all featured Darkroom Door butterflies, from the beautiful stamp set, Butterfly.
I don’t know how many of the cards I will end up sharing with you but for this post, here is one card which I gave the title of The Lone Butterfly. lonebutterflylynnemoncrieffI wanted the butterfly to be raised from the cardbase, giving the impression that it has alighted there merely for a second before it takes flight on the summer’s breeze.lonebutterflytwoA fragment of found paper which had several colours applied and if I remember, different paints.  I liked the way that there are veins of gold appearing on the paper.
Lots of paint splatters, am I at my happiest when creating splatters!  There is something about creating splatters which is so childlike,  maybe it is the way it is done with abandon, a very carefree way to apply paint.  What  is missing from the photographs is the shimmer created by the Twinkling H20s which you can almost pick up from the close-up of the painted fragment of paper. lonebutterfly3The colours on this card are far removed from the colours viewed from our windows at this time of the year but one thing is for certain, it might well be December but in no time at all, we will be in the summer months of 2015 wondering where the past six months have disappeared to and why time is passing us by so quickly!

Darkroom Door, Artist Trading Card Swap – 2015

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I wanted to bring your attention to details of the Darkroom Door 2015 Artist Trading Card Swap.
For each month of next year (excluding the month of December), there will be a swap and what a great range of themes there are. You can pick a theme you particularly like or why not take part, each and every month!
Visit the Darkroom Door blog (link at top of post) for all the details of themes and where to mail your ATCs.
Happy Stamping!
Lynne x

Wishes of the Season

Sending SEASONS WISHES to each and every one of you seasonswisheslynneThank You for your friendship, support and encouragement those past 12 months and for your never ending inspiration which you share on your own blogs.  I send my wishes to all of you that the festivities are a time of warmth when you can create new traditions and memories but at the same time, it can be a difficult time of the year.  Here’s to joy and contentment for all of you.
I have so many to thank for making this past year a remarkable one for me, it has been beyond my dreams.

A heartfelt Thank You to:-
Suzanne at Oxford Impressions
Jean and Malcolm at Crafty Individuals
Rachel at Darkroom Door
Laura at That’s Crafty
Sharon and Chris at Redlead Paperworks
Leandra (and Darcy) at PaperArtsy
a Thank You to Unruly Paperarts and Altered Pages
and to Stampington & co – it was an honour to be a Guest Artist for The Stampers’ Sampler and then to finish the year as a Guest Artist at their Somerset Place Blog – no wonder I am black and blue from pinching myself so much!!! Each time I am published in one of their magazines, alongside artists I respect, it makes me wonder how I ever got to be there.

I am writing this as though it is my final post for 2014 but don’t be surprised if I pop up again with a post here and there.
With only this left to say for the moment ….
I hope Santa is good to all of you 🙂
Wishes of the Seasons
Lynne x


Oriental Beauty

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I want to share with you a beautiful card I received some weeks ago from the lovely Diane.
Diane always creates the prettiest of cards and always takes the trouble to create a matching envelope liner. cardbydianeI also have to say Thank You to Diane for the wonderful stencils she cut for me.
I feel so lucky.

She Gathers Snowflakes

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Over at the That’s Crafty Blog I am sharing my final project for 2014 as the next time I appear over there it will be 2015!
To view the complete projectblogphotoplease visit HERE.
It isn’t the last of my own blog posts as I have some blog posts drafted which I will try and squeeze in between now and the 25th and also between the 25th and the New Year.
Have a wonderful Sunday.

Wishes Of The Season

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A wee while ago one of the stamps released by Crafty Individuals was CI-408 Ornamental Wishes
The cards I am sharing in this post were all essentially made in the same way, with the Wishes stamp as the focal on each card. wishestwoI might have dabbled with quite a bit of red paint recently but I was happy to return to soothing neutrals!wishesoneA little variation in the form of a charm. wishesthreeOne of my favourite products for Christmas cards (and beyond) this year, has been Maimeri Iridescent Paste (available from That’s Crafty).  A gorgeous product to use because it gives a beautiful shimmer, look at the photograph below which I angled to allow daylight to catch the snowflakes stencilled onto the background.detailI have been using it with this lovely snowflake stencil. I have even used it on fabric although I wouldn’t recommend using it on fabric which will be washed, what I used it for is purely is no reason this stamp couldn’t be used to send Birthday Wishes or Good Luck Wishes, I just happened to like it as a message for Wishes of the Season and many of you will know that Wishes is the word I use whenever I send an e-mail, card or when commenting during a blog visit.
As always, thank you for taking the time to visit here.

A Winter Garden

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I have another card to share which features another one of the newly released Crafty Individuals stamps, Winter Garden, CI-425.
A very neutral colour palette with a hint of Kraft shining through and once again, that background with the snowflake stencil used with the fabulous Maimeri Iridescent Paste (available from That’s Crafty) which catches the light beautifully.blogphotoThis year I’ve used this on many of my cards as a stamping surface. I like the rough brushstrokes against the kraft.  Lots of sparkle.detailoneThis snowflake stamp is also from Crafty Individuals, such a pretty snowflake. It was one of their stamps from a sample pack from some time ago.detailtwoA very quick post but I am conscious of your time and that at this time of the year you don’t really have the time to linger over lengthy blog posts.
Always so grateful of your visits.

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