Somerset Apprentice … From The Pros

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Sometimes, an event happens that it just does not sink in, a happy event which is beyond a dream, not daring to dream the possibility of it ever manifesting. Well that is the situation I found myself in when Jana Holstein, the Editor of Somerset Apprentice, approached me for the From The Pros category within the pages of this particular Stampington & co publication.1APP-1502-Somerset-Apprentice-Autumn-2015-600x600This publication is filled with incredible mixed media artists, names such as Cat Kerr, Kristen Robinson, Lynn Whipple, Lori Sparkly Franklin, Kelli May-Krenz and someone whose stamp designs I have been a fan of since my earliest days of stamping, Lynne Perrella.WP_20150923_002
Somerset Apprentice Autumn,
Heartfelt thanks to the Editor, Jana Holstein and all of the Somerset Apprentice team for the privilege and honour of being a small part of Somerset Apprentice and a reminder, as I looked at that profile photo that I am in need of a haircut as my hair at the moment, is the longest it has been for years!
I hope you don’t mind that I shared this news.  Happy news is always made all the lovelier when able to share with friends, friends where we all have the same passion for creating.
Wishes
Lynne

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Something Wicked

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Last week for my DT post over at That’s Crafty it was all about Christmas, this week it is the turn of Halloween, I know, chronologically incorrect!blogimage27septemberSupplies and instructions can be viewed HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

The Mermaid and the Seahorse

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A wee while ago I received the most beautiful stamp set from Oxford Impressions, Mystical Mermaids. (also available from That’s Crafty) So far I have only shared one piece of artwork, at the That’s Crafty blog.
As soon as I saw the Calico Craft Parts shell (in the largest size) I knew it was the perfect substrate for a Mystical Mermaid.  I had never made a purchase from Calico Craft Parts before so wasn’t sure what to expect regarding quality of the pieces.  I am not affiliated with Calico Craft Parts in any way but I have to say that the MDF was a joy to work on.  On the shell, there is a lovely, not quite sure how to describe other than an etched design into the shell which even with the application of paint, you can still see that outline.  I didn’t use Gesso to prep the surface, I simply dived right in and applied the paints.mermaidshelllynnemoncrieff1There she rests, perched upon a starfish as she ponders life at the bottom of the ocean, with the sway of the coral around her.  Her hair glistens from the fish scales which become trapped within the tangle of the waves of her hair.mermaidlynnemoncrieff2Three or so paint colours were applied onto the shell, a mixture of Frescos and also Martha Stewart metallic acrylics with a hint of mica flakes for added shimmer.mermaidlynnemoncrieff5The seahorse is her friend and confidant.  mermaidlynnemoncrieff4The time whiles away as she shares her secrets, her fears and her hopes to the seahorse.mermaidlynnemoncrieff3A jumble of sea related items including stamped shells, all resting on a piece of driftwood.mermaidlynnemoncrieff8
Thank you for visiting this blog post.  I always read comments left, so thank you.
Wishes
Lynne

Crafty Individuals New Releases

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If you receive Crafty Individuals newsletter than you will know that new stamps have been released by Jean and Malcolm but let me run through the new designs anyway.
At the time of writing all the new releases are on special offer so if any or all catch your eye it might be an idea to take this opportunity to purchase at the special introductory price.
CI-444.  This stamp is an Elements set focusing on the relationship of brothers and sisters.  It also includes two useful border stamps.
1442586844CI_-_444_emailCI-445 Another Elements set, this time a bounty of flowers. Great for creating backgrounds or if you are a fan of fussy cutting, you could have hours of fun cutting out all of those beautiful flowers!1442586862CI_-_445_emailCI-446 Five festive sentiments. I say festive but there is no reason they could not be used for other occasions, especially Adore. 1442586879CI_-_446_emailCI-447 features seven tags with a festive theme running through them. 1442586896CI_-_447_emailCI-448 The Star In The East.  An incredibly detailed stamp. 1442586910CI_-_448_emailThank You for visiting this post. The new stamps are now available directly from the Crafty Individuals on-line store and I am sure they will be available from your favourite local stamp store.
Wishes
Lynne

Smile of Friendship Part II

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In this post HERE I shared two cards published in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler with a note to say that I had split the collection in two and would be sharing the other two cards another time, well here they are.
lifeisfunlynnemoncrieffoneAs with the previous cards I used Darkroom Door photobooth images as the focals with various Darkroom Door stamps to create the backgrounds and the word tiles.lifeisfunlynnemoncriefftwoTorn pieces of fabric feature on all the backgrounds, floral fabrics and muslin with layers of paint.  You can see also the Gesso which I scraped onto the panel for added texture and highlights.lifeisfunlynnemoncrieffthreeStamping with paint also features.2.4The final card.fourI really do like those Photobooth images so much and as they are on quality cardstock it means they will happily take some heavy distressing!  I abrade the edges and also use an old emery board to distress further.  4.1In the background, the random areas of flourish, that is a Texture Stamp stamped with paint.  The Texture stamps are amazing for not only a complete background but so easy to add small areas of stamping and the range is being added to all the time.
4.3Quite a few colours were used on the background to tie in with the colours from the fabrics.
4.4So there we have it, the final cards in this collection. I still have some other card collections which I have been fortunate enough to have published over the past weeks and will share with you every now and then.
As always, thank you for your visits which really do mean so much.
Wishes
Lynne

Winter Wishes

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If you visited my blog post recently when I shared samples for PaperArtsy’s release of Eclectica Darcy’s new stamp sets then you will no doubt recognise this wonderful reindeer. This time the sample is for my DT post over at the That’s Crafty blog because both of Darcy Wilkinson’s stamp sets are available from That’s Crafty.blogdetailStamps and other supplies along with instructions can be viewed HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

A Smile of Friendship Part I (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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I have been meaning to share this card collection for weeks, in fact, make that months as they appeared in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
There are four cards in total but I have split them over two blog posts as it would be too photo heavy otherwise!
It had been in my mind to make a collection with the fabulous Darkroom Door photobooth images as the focals but where I would have normally played around with neutrals I decided to go in the completely opposite direction and inject colour into the lives of those girls although by their wide smiles, maybe they were leading colourful lives anyway!
From the outset I had in mind fabrics, representing old cotton dresses that have faded through wear and drying in the summer sun and also of old quilts.  I wanted the fabrics I used, which although initially were bright, at least I call them bright (!) with the paint and water application, they toned down just lovely and to exactly the feel I wanted overall. cheerfulsmilelynnemoncrieffEach background is different but in a way they are the same.  Lots of layers of paint, layers of stamping including stamping with paint and lots of water to create drips and allow the colours to blend, let’s just say, lots of abuse!  In this photograph you can see the stamping which I randomly stamped with paint.  Darkroom Door background and texture stamps, to my mind, are amazing for stamping with paint and they are also amazing for adding touches of background texture, here and there no matter the project.smile.2lynnemoncrieffNow I think about it, I am sure I applied Grungepaste initially, along with the fabrics before any paint application.3smilelynnem
The words are from a Darkroom Door Word Block.  Fabulous stamps!  I used the stamp by randomly applying ink to particular phrases, stamping directly onto the background panel and then later I once again inked up the words/phrases I wanted to work with, taking the painted cardstock to the inked stamp.  I find this an easier way to work when I am zooming in on particular words/phrases.4cheerfulsmilelynnemThe Photobooth images really are wonderful and those images perfectly capture friendship and silly times.gleelynnemoncrieffoneFor this background the Word Block was randomly stamped.  It is very faint as I didn’t want the words to be obvious, it was more about creating another layer.  I also used the Splatter Texture stamp, stamped with paint.5.2Not that I am trying to tempt any of you but the Word Blocks are such great value because there is an abundance of words/sentiments and a stamp which can be used in different ways.gleelynnemoncriefftwoI will share the other two cards from this collection very soon.  In the meantime, many thanks for your visit to this post and also for your words of encouragement whether I share something vintage inspired, with a neutral colour palette or one of my more colourful pieces.
Wishes
Lynne

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