The Voice of the Sea

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The first inking of some new stamps, a set which I have fallen in love with!
The full project can be viewed over at the That’s Crafty Blogblogphotolynnemoncrieffwith supplies and instructions, all HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday.

Alphabet Soup

Just a quick post to share the news of the latest challenge theme over at the That’s Crafty challenge, which is Alphabet Soup.
For this challenge, they would like to see anything to do with the letters of the alphabet on your projects please. This Challenge will run until 7.55am on Friday 11th September 2015.
The winner of the Challenge will receive a £20 voucher to spend in our online store.
Challenge Blog Voucher
Have fun!
Lynne x

Another Day of Forever

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It has been the longest time since I last posted for Darkroom Door and I have to say a huge Thank You to Rachel for mailing some fabulous stamps my way.
I did a complete U-turn on this project as when the wonderful Brushed Daisies set arrived I toyed with the idea of joyful colours but with the summer being a wash-out and the rain getting under my skin for a different DT commitment, I decided to keep the rainy day theme for one more project.oneThe stamp element is the daisy head onlytwobut I wanted the flower to have a stem.  No trouble, I simple painted a stem with leaves.threeA piece of textured wallpaper, painted to co-ordinate with grey velvet ribbon, a scrap of seam binding and a pearlised button.fourDinky Stencil Abstract Stone creates the base layer of texture.
fiveRemember that you can sign up for the Darkroom Door newsletter and the Darkroom Door blog is always kept active, lots of inspirational art to be viewed HERE.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.

A Bird Singing Sweetly

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To start this brand new week I have a scheduled post to share a card I made many weeks ago featuring beautiful Redlead Paperworks stamps, dipping into the Redlead Paperworks Song Bird Collection.
lynnemoncrieffbirdoneOn first viewing it might look as though I stamped onto the crackled and stencilled background, which is exactly what I did do but I also decided to stamp the bird again, allowing me to layer the image, creating more dimension.  This stamp is such a lovely size.lynnemoncrieffbirdtwoI am always happiest when gathering little bits of this ‘n’ that and creating texture.
One of the reasons I adore Redlead, other than the actual images of the stamps, is that they include all the stamps which help me build up a theme, such as relating sentiments and little extras such as the music score.
An adorable spotty feather tucked behind a wooden circle, painted and stamped to create an embellishment.lynnemoncrieffbirdthreeMore layers with a scrap of painted muslin, a delicate blue layered jute ribbon, more of the stamped music score and you know me well enough, lace will usually make a feature somewhere!lynnemoncrieffbirdfourThank You to Chris and Sharon for allowing me to create with their wonderful stamps.
If your thoughts are turning towards Halloween then you might want to pop on over to Redlead where they have Halloween themed stamps, stencils, collage sheets and more ……. all waiting to tempt you!
Many thanks for taking the time to visit.

Nature Blooms & Grows

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A sneaky peek at my post over at the That’s Crafty Blog where, in preparation for this post I had a play with some of the recently released That’s Crafty Alterables and Dinky Stencils alongside PaperArtsy stamps.threeThe post can be viewed HERE.
Have a lovely day

The Keeper of Bees

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Recently I shared with you a canvas panel I had made featuring the beautiful Oxford Impressions Be Happy stamps.  Since I worked on that panel I have managed to dip into this stamp set once again, this time to make a card.
thekeeperofbeeslynnemoncrieffIf you rise early in the morning you might catch a glimpse of her but don’t expect for her to strike up a conversation with you, she simply wants to claim the morning as her own.twoHer daily stroll is familiar, always taking the route alongside the riverbank where she will pause to take in each flower’s unique scent and gather the blossoms.  She will often be found crafting a new floral crown.  This very morning she was seen with roses in her hair.threeMany in the village whisper to each other that she converses with the bees.  Should we tell them that their whispers carry truth?  They gently buzz around her, settling amongst the flowers in her hair or gathering nectar from the freshly picked blossoms overflowing in abundance in her arms.
fourShe walks with an aimless approach, with the jingle and jangle of the bee charms which always adorn her neck but do not be fooled, she has a mission. Further down the riverbank is her destination, to the bees dwelling house.  This is where she will reap the rewards for being a friend to the bees as she settles down her basket to gather the honey they willingly gift to her.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this scheduled post.  I will hopefully catch-up with you very soon to see what beautiful art you have been creating.

Morning Meditations @ Take Ten

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The card collection I am sharing came about all because of one simple card made as a DT post for That’s Crafty, HERE.
Now before I share the cards I have to say this, I don’t actually like them! Not that it is unusual for me not to be happy with what I make but this collection was about me deliberately making cards outwith my style, submitting the cards and sitting back to see if they would get the thumbs up at Stampington, which they did as all seven cards are featured,  Morning Meditations, in the summer issue of Take Ten.
I never viewed myself as a Take Ten cardmaker but that has been the great learning curve, submitting to this particular publication makes me think of ways to make a speedy card.
For the cards, I knew affirmations would be the focal. I have always been drawn to affirmations so for me the pairing of the Dina Wakley Handwritten Quotes and Sam Poole’s Art Sayings (both sets available from That’s Crafty) were the perfect match. It was great fun playing around with the two stamp sets, finding ways of creating my own affirmations from the stamps in front of me. I could have continued to make more and more cards!
Aside from the affirmations, I wanted texture but I essentially wanted the cards to be one layer (a wee bit cheating taking place as the Art Sayings were cut into word tiles). Darkroom Door came to the rescue. I dipped into various stamps, either Texture Stamps or Background Stamps.
So as I have openly declared that I don’t actually like them, it will make it all the more interesting to read any comments because they certainly are not vintage and they may be shabby and distressed but I cannot see any evidence of chic!
I believe that all of us who create, no matter our preferred media, we all have a wee spark of madness, good madness (!) and I always believe that we should dream big.  I don’t believe there is any harm in having the odd pipe dream or two as for me, it doesn’t matter if the dream comes true or not, it is just the fact I have those dreams, big and small.dreambiglynnemoncrieffEach card was quickly painted with a different colour of paint, this one is DP Broken China. endlesspossibilitieslynnemoncrieffI wish I could live every day not taking one single moment for granted and I am sure there are many who do live this way but I am not quite there as yet even though I believe time is precious and becomes more precious with each passing year.
timeispreciouslynnemoncrieffIt was about October last year I made this collection and I was really struggling to create and submit, I only managed this collection because of the ease of making them.  Anyway, at that time, due to matters in my own life, staying strong was something I kept returning to and also as my thoughts were with friends who had their own struggles in their lives. Sometimes, when life throws hurdles in our path we can lose sight of the fact we do each have inner power and strength.staystronglynnemoncrieffThis is for all my lovely art friends who are so kind and who all give with love.
staykindlynnemoncrieffThank You to Take Ten for publishing this collection and to once again be published alongside so many incredible stamping artists. This was the final collection to share from the Summer issue of Take Ten but I still have some other Stampington & co publications to catch-up with on my blog posts.
Many thanks for your visit, they are always appreciated especially at this time of the year when so many of you are are busy with holiday plans, etc.

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