That’s Crafty Challenge

A quick post to share with you the latest challenge theme at the That’s Crafty Challenge blog is Oodles and Doodles.
Here are a few words about the challenge:-

Zentangle is very popular at the moment, so our theme for this challenge is ‘Oodles of Doodles’. Whether you are a Zentangle devotee or just like to add doodles to your art work, we would like to see anything doodle related on your projects please. This Challenge will run until 7.55am on Friday 13th March 2015.

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Please read the challenge rules before entering your artwork.

A Heart Isn’t Just For Valentine’s Day

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February 14th has passed by for another year but I still have Valentine themed creations to share with you, although there is no reason any of the three cards I am sharing in this post wouldn’t be suitable for an Anniversary, Wedding or just to tell someone they are loved.
The three cards were published in The Stampers’ Sampler (I had submitted them for their Challenge Call .. Heart of a Different Colour.), I was so happy to see they had made the grade.
From the outset I knew all three cards would have the beautiful Stampington stamp, Large Scroll Heart as the focal with a smaller heart overlapping. heartonelynnemoncrieffThe backgrounds on all three cards were made in a similar style with torn paper, papers with a romantic theme so either hearts or flowers.  At this stage I also laid down torn lace and muslin, all before the first application of paint.  I didn’t want any embellishments on the cards, it was to be about the backgrounds and stamping.
The smaller heart is an Oxford Impressions heart from My Story (available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty).  The heart was stamped with blue and pink paint and over stamped with a Darkroom Door script stamp and on top of that, a little bit of sweet Love from Crafty Individuals.heart1.2lynnemoncrieffThe sentiment is a mash of different stamps.  Believe in from the Oxford Impressions stamp Believe in your dreams, once again from the My Story set, as does the word Love.hearttwolynnemoncrieffThe third and final card with the smaller heart made from texture paste tinted with paint and this particular stencil, designed by Rebekah Meier (available from That’s Crafty) simply stamped over once it had dried.heartthreelynnemoncrieffNowadays I rarely use stamps beyond stamp companies whose DTs/GDs so it was nice to ink up this beautifully detailed heart stamp.three.2lynnemoncrieffThank You for taking the time to visit this scheduled post.

She Creates Art … She Is An Artist

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Last month, for a friend’s birthday I made a card for her using the fabulous little girl from Redlead’s Shine Bright set. This friend is a wonderful artist so I paired the little girl with some stamped and stencilled words relating to her artistry.
However, for some reason I didn’t photograph that particular card but I have this variation to share with you which is also a sample for Redlead Paperworks. .
Redlead Supplies:-
Shine Bright
She Makes Art
Stamp Some Tape – Dots
Little Labels – She Knows All Things Are Possible
Stencil – She Creates Dreams
sheisanartistonelynnemoncrieffI wanted a grungy feeling to the background so I repeatedly stamped She Makes Art, stamping into the Grungepaste and Frescos which were not completely dry. sheisanartistfiveThe She Creates Dreams stencil is really wonderful because it is such a great size with a good mixture of words for you to create your own sentiments.
sheisanartisttwoThis Little Label completes my sentiment.sheisanartistthreeSo there we have it, my first scheduled post for this brand new week. Thank you for your visit.

Eternal Stars II

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If you visited the previous post then not only am I saying Thank You but I am also saying that you will have possibly seen this art panel over at the That’s Crafty Blog, where it is my DT post for this Sunday.  However, it dawned on me that this is the final day for the Paint challenge at the PaperArtsy blog and as the art panel is all about paint, then I wanted to enter.
The full supply list of PaperArtsy stamps and Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics along with other supplies and instructions, can be viewed HERE.
oneIt was all about texture for this panel and having fun with several of the new colours of Frescos. Lots of shimmer and sparkle. twoIt was also about having fun with the lovely sentiment stamps, mixing them up to create some form of found poetry.
threeMore detail photographs can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Blog.
Thank You for your visit and apologies to my friends who took the trouble to visit the previous post.
Enjoy what remains of the weekend. You might even have time to squeeze in some art to submit to the PaperArtsy Paint challenge!

Eternal Stars

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This week, over at the That’s Crafty Blog I am sharing what would have been shared this time last Sunday if not for the technical issues.
PaperArtsy Electica Designs by Sara Naumann and some of the new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics are some of what I used.  This is a sneaky peek and you can see the result bloglynnemoncrieff HERE.
Many thanks for your visit today.

Whispers In The Wind

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I have a sample to share with you which I made for Crafty Individuals featuring their newest stamp, Elements stamp CI-429
CI429samplelynneThe background consists of Brushos.  In an ideal world I would now list the colours I used except for this card I would be guessing because I had several Brushos (available from That’s Crafty) in front of me and it was a scatter here and a scatter there!  I did finish with a spritz of Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Mist Tarnished Gold (also available from That’s Crafty). You can see the subtle glimmer in this photo.threeI used cold pressed watercolour paper  and I wasn’t sure if it was the most suitable surface for stamping the detailed stamp with crisp results but I wasn’t prepared to use hot press as I wanted the texture. I simply stamped onto tissue paper. Normally I want the tissue paper to melt into the base but I decided I liked the texture achieved with the feather edges around the stamping.fourA Crafty Individuals sentiment stamped onto some lovely mulberry paper which I’d previously painted, left over from some other artwork, as was the painted muslin.  They were gathered together with some other bits.twoThank You for your visit to this scheduled post. I still have some Valentine creations to share with you but as this card was made weeks ago for Crafty Individuals, it seemed only fair I now shared it.

On Long Wondrous Journeys, Always Bloom

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In this scheduled post I share my final sample made for PaperArtsy with the ESN15 stamp set (which is available from That’s Crafty).  I use the word final loosely because of course this stamp continues to be in use but it is the last of the samples made for what was the launch night for the ESN sets.onelynnemoncrieffI knew for this particular sample I wanted to show the versatility of the bird stamp on this set, using the wing to create a beautiful bloom and not only does it work as a petal but also a leaf.  For the centre of the flower I stamped the circle emblem from this set.twolynnemoncrieffAll of the six Fresco colours which Sara Naumann selected for her sample makers to work with, were used on this card.  The circular stamp was stamped with paint on the background, you can see it peeking from behind the sentiment.threelynnemoncrieffGrungepaste through sequin waste provides texture and that piece of lace, it was painted with Frescos as was the stem of the flower which is seam binding.  I would advise working with a diluted mixture of Frescos when painting lace.fivelynnemoncrieffIt came to my attention that my blog posts do not seem to be appearing at the Blogger dashboard.  When I checked this out for myself, sure enough, the most recent blog post wasn’t there.  There appear to be far too many blips at the moment!  I know when commenting I am asked to state I am not a robot and yet for other blogs this window doesn’t appear which means my sign-in is different.  Doesn’t life sometimes seem just far too confusing?!
Many thanks for your visit to this blog post.  I really do appreciate your visits here.

Take Flight!

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I remembered that I still have two PaperArtsy samples to share, created with the new Eclectica Designs by Sara Naumann. For the little hanging I am sharing in this post, I used stamps from ESN15. You can view the original PaperArtsy blog post here relating to all the new releases of the ESN sets.
The substrate is a PaperArtsy Heavy White GreyBoard No. 9 Tag SizeonelynnemoncrieffAfter cutting the substrate in half, I simply turned one section on the vertical, this would become the lower section once the two pieces were attached but that is a long way off as before attaching the pieces there was lots of fun to be had in getting messy with paint.
Six Frescos colours were used:- Lake Wanaka, Beach Hut, Vanilla, Guacamole, Sherbert and Spanish Mulberry.  Those were the colours Sara wanted us to work with.
I used the paints for the background, including stamping with paint and painting cardstock which would be the stamping surface for the various stamped elements.
For the little birdie I sponged a mix of colours onto the cardstock to provide variation with his wing stamped again onto a different piece of painted cardstock.  twolynnemoncrieffIn this photograph you can see the texture in the background. The circle emblem was stamped with paint and there is more stamping with what I can only describe as a sort of elemental script which was stamped with Staz-on. Touches of Grungepaste was also applied and a scattering of white dots with a Sharpie paint pen which I also used to doodle a frame. Scraps of lace also create texture.
You no doubt guessed that the scallop border is the birdie’s wing cut in half!  Seriously, this birdie is a fabulous design because that little wing is so useful.threelynnemoncrieffHis little banner declaring that we take flight.fourlynnemoncrieffWhimsical always appeals to me yet it isn’t a design style I dabble with but I enjoyed the process of creating this little hanging, even if the six Fresco colours did intimidate me to begin with.
Thank You for your visit to this post which I have been able to share today because of technical issues with my blog post for That’s Crafty.
Now that is what I should be sharing before I say goodbye. New PaperArtsy products from stamps to Frescos and stencils, are now available to purchase from That’s Crafty.

Technical Issues

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It is normal for me to share a sneak peek at my DT post for That’s Crafty on a Sunday however, due to what appears to be technical issues with e-mail, there will be no DT project from me over at the That’s Crafty blog today.
I am lucky to have friends you might be concerned, wondering why there is no DT post from me so I just wanted to explain, in so much as I can explain the situation.
Laura runs such a tightly packed blog that I don’t imagine my project will be slotted into another day of the week (each DT member has their assigned day for posting) but at the moment I have decided not to share what should be today’s artwork, just in case Laura wants to carry it over to next Sunday.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Lynne x

Please Don’t Break My Fragile Heart

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A few months ago Stampington & co’s The Stampers’ Sampler had a challenge call for Heart of a Different Colour, looking for submissions for their annual Valentine’s Day challenge but asking us not to use the traditional red.
In the past two years when I have answered their Valentine’s challenge call for Tiny Hearts and Stitched Hearts I have submitted with a shabby chic/vintage style.  I did consider doing so this time around but wasn’t this the perfect opportunity to be bolder with the colour choice.  At the time of reading their challenge call it wasn’t so long that I had received the Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts from That’s Crafty so with the Collaged hearts and a few bottle of paints I set to work creating these two ornaments.
paperclayheartonelynnemoncrieffLet me declare, that personally, I do not like the colours I selected but that was the whole point for me.phototwoThe second heart ornament.
You will have guessed that they were both made from paperclay (available from That’s Crafty).  I never would have imagined I would get such a kick out of working with paperclay, especially for stamping into which is my favourite way of playing with it.
The sweet ribbon was a gift from my lovely friend Dorthe.paperclayhearttwolynnemoncrieffThe black brings a grungy appearance but it also aids in highlighting the impression of the stamp in the paperclay.
Thank You to The Stampers’ Sampler for publishing them, along with a canvas as a feature in the Winter 2015 issue.
Many Thanks to you for taking the time to visit this post. It has been a strange week on my Blog, from the bright and whimsical canvas for PaperArtsy, the shabbily romantic card for Redlead Paperworks and now these slightly grungy paperclay hearts!

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