Love …….Hearts

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This week, for my DT post over at That’s Crafty, I make a return to hearts, including That’s Crafty Alterable MDF heart and also a  beautiful Carabelle heart stamp, which I stamped into paperclay.blogThe post can be viewed HERE. Many thanks for your visit.

Love, Adore, Passion (Take Ten)

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Squeezing this post in before I return on Sunday with my That’s Crafty post.
This card collection came about after making a card for DT post for That’s Crafty (after receiving the Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set to play with), HERE. As is often the way of it with me, I then continued to use all the stamps in the set and decided to submit to Stampington & Company’s Take Ten (they appear in the Winter 2016 issue).  So really I have Laura from That’s Crafty to thank  for this card collection being published!  If I wasn’t on her DT I wouldn’t have received those stamps and then gone on to make cards to submit!
The first card is the one that began the collection.lovelynnemoncriefftaketenwinterSimple, simple cards with stark colour palette of white/winter white, black and red.lynnemoncrieffadoretaketenwinterThe post at That’s Crafty or the feature in Take Ten explains how I achieved the borders.lynnemoncrieffpassiontaketenwinterMinimal embellishing, a scrap of ticking and vintage buttons.  I really wanted the hearts to do all the talking!loverockslynnemoncriefftaketenwinterSo there we have it, simplicity in supplies and composition. I always prefer more involved projects but creating with the intention of submitting to Take Ten is a good exercise in the discipline of paring back card design to meet the ten minute criteria.  When submitting to Take Ten I have a different mindset than when I create to submit to The Stampers’ Sampler, even though there are times when submissions to Take Ten ultimately make an appearance, due to the Editor’s selection process, in Sampler.
Thank you to Devon Warren and her team for publishing this collection and thank you for visiting and enduring all the recent heart themed artwork I’ve been sharing!

Paint Your Dreams (Somerset Studio Gallery)

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Let’s take a break from hearts, at least for the duration of this post!  I thought I would pause to share with you something which appears in the Winter 2016 edition of Somerset Studio Gallery.
I was so thrilled to have quite a few pieces published in this issue ranging from an article, Spotlight, Special Book Section and Gallery.  One of the pieces published in the Gallery category is this altered brush featuring Redlead Paperworks products. She Makes Art  is a Redlead essential, a stamp jam packed full of words/sentiments and it’s really this stamp from Redlead Paperworks that was the idea for giving this altered paintbrush a second and final incarnation.  I first shared this paintbrush HERE, in a post in 2014 but I was never happy with it.  At the time I knew I didn’t want to add embellishments but it was always severely lacking.onelynnemoncrieffThe bristle areas stay the same.  Yes, there are other things I would tweak now but what’s done is done because I no longer have this paintbrush.  I never request for submissions to be returned, leaving it for Stampington to do as they wish with anything I submit to their offices.  I have no qualms about waving goodbye to anything I make because for me it is the process, the fun along the way, the challenges we always stumble across but once finished, I am happy to move onto the next idea in my head.eightlynnemoncrieffThe handle is where I tinkered around.  With blue spots either painted with my finger or dabbed on with a round sponge brush which I loosely scribbled around with a white marker pen.  Here’s the thing, I never seem to have great success with white marker pens.  Any recommendations would be more than welcome.  I’m sure those of you who art journal will have good knowledge of the pens/markers to seek out.sevenlynnemoncrieffFlipped over, the brush now tells us that she is a work in progress.  Realised I should probably have shown the images the other way around as it makes more sense to read that she is a work in progress and then becomes an artist although it could be argued that many artists would say that they continue to be works in progress, learning all the time.twolynnemoncrieffThe girl is also from Redlead but I cannot provide a link at this time.  I cannot imagine she has been discontinued as she is one of those stamps many would instantly associate with Redlead.
fourlynnemoncrieffThe rope handle was painted to co-ordinate.threelynnemoncrieffMany thanks to Brianne at Somerset Studio Gallery for publishing this alongside so many other submissions and for giving me my first Somerset Studio Gallery article, Feathered Friends, a huge moment for me!
Thanks to you for taking the time out of your day to stop by, always appreciated.
Here’s to painting our dreams!
(Redlead have a sale on at the moment!)

Giveaway Winner

A huge thank you to all of you who joined my heart themed Giveaway.allheartgiveawayatadornOne winning name was randomly selected from “the hat” – the hat is actually a bowl but you catch my drift!
The winner of the various hearts, including That’s Crafty Alterable Surface hearts, fabulous trio of That’s Crafty Dinky Stencils and the other items shown above, is …


If you could acknowledge this post then I can get the wheels in motion for mailing the prize to you.
Again, thanks to all of you for your support of my Giveaway.

Trend Setter

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For my DT post over at That’s Crafty I have laid the hearts aside, for this week anyway (!) to share this.  Well, it is a sneaky peek of what I am sharing at That’s Crafty.
blog24thIt was fun pairing up Catherine Moore’s Character Construction stamp with PaperArtsy stamps to create this art doll on a That’s Crafty substrate.
If you would like to view the post then please click HERE.

My Heart @ PaperArtsy

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An extra post squeezed in to share a sneaky peek of my post over at the PaperArtsy blog.
I’m delighted to be sharing a tutorial for their Hearts challenge theme, I certainly had bundles of fun for this one! Frescos, Sara Naumann stamps, paperclay, That’s Crafty Alterable tag, Prima Relics and Artifacts … and a few other bits ‘n’ pieces, all to give birth to her!eight
If you would like to visit the tutorial, then please visit HERE and of course, there are details on how you can enter the Hearts challenge.
Many thanks for your visit.

A Wee Message Of Love (Take Ten)

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Last year I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous stencil from Redlead, Art Start Pinked Heart. When I was thinking about submitting some heart themed cards to Stampington’s Take Ten, I decided I wanted the stencil to feature. The downside, the cards have to be quick makes and must feature stamping.  If it weren’t for the wee bits of this ‘n’ that, they would be one layer cards.
Obviously I was so happy when I knew they were all published in Take Ten (Winter 2016), gathered as a feature, Heart-to-Heart.
Art Start Pinked Heart stencil.
Stamp set
With the cards being so small in stature I decided not to share any detail photographs as all the details show up on the main photos.lovesingsonelynnemoncrieff
I was aiming for a quick way to apply the paint and also achieve a dreamy quality.  One of the wonderful aspects of Frescos (Sherbert, Blush and Nougat) they dry so quickly, perfect when challenged with cards that need to be made within ten minutes or less!
On the cover of this issue it is noted as a “Fast Faux Watercolour”, I suppose the effect does have the appearance of watercolour but I was still surprised to see them categorised as that. The paints were applied with a baby wipe.
lovebloomslynnemoncrieffAll of the sentiments are from one fabulous Redlead set (see supplies).
lovegrowslynnemoncrieffAt times, altering the orientation of the sentiment by inking up a word at a time to best suit the layout.
loveisintheaironelynnemoncrieffEach card topped off with sweet embellishments, really just anything I found to suit the theme.lovemetenderlynnemoncrieffThank you to Stampington for publishing this collection and thank you for your visit to this blog post.

One last thing, if you are looking for a bargain, at the time of drafting this blog post, Redlead had many items heavily discounted, some 50-60% reduction.  Click HERE.

Have An Open Heart

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A gentle reminder that the Crafty Individuals January challenge is well underway.
The theme, as set by the lovely Gio, is Lace, Buttons and Bits and Bobs.
The first team sample I created can be viewed HERE and in this post I am sharing the second sample made, which came about because I wanted to make use of the CI stamp, Adore, a stamp which is from an Elements set I dipped into many times for festive cards/tags/gifts.  I’ve used it on this canvas panel. onelynnemoncrieffAn unapologetically romantic piece with a sense of nostalgia.
Adore is really the main Crafty Individuals stamp/product although I did sneak in one of their script stamps, randomly stamped onto the canvas panel as well as the heart which is a cork heart that I shabbily painted.twolynnemoncrieffWee heart shaped MOP buttons along with lace and a few bits and bobs, including a beautiful Prima Relics and Artifacts hand,  ensures that it fits the challenge theme:-fivea faux pearl drop, a sweet felt flower and paper blooms given a touch of paint to help them tie in with the colours throughout the panel.fourI will leave it in your hands whether you imagine this young couple, who are now in the Autumn of their lives, continue to adore each other as much as they evidently do in the photobooth image.  You can probably guess my own personal story for them!threeI forgot to add that the Top 5 entries to the challenge will receive a Crafty Individuals stamp of their choice and that all entries are entitled to a discount in the Crafty Individuals on-line store, for a limited period.
Many thanks for visiting this post.
I have a few posts scheduled so it could become quite busy here!

All Heart – A Giveaway! (Now Closed)

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I am so taken with That’s Crafty Dinky Stencils and their fabulous Alterable Surfaces that I thought it would be fun to announce a wee Giveaway, with a heart theme.
This is the prize up for grabs.
It includes:- Trio of That’s Crafty Dinky Stencils.trioofdinkystencilsa trio of Crafty Individuals image sheets.  They are A4 in size, plenty of images to play around with.CIimagesheetstrioAlso included are some That’s Crafty Alterable Surfaces – MDF and white/greyboard hearts.thatscraftyalterablesurfaceheartsPlus:- variety of other hearts (cork, chalkboard, plywood…..) and pompom trim.

If you would like to win then all you need to do is leave a comment before January 25th when a name will be randomly selected (so that hopefully it can arrive with the winner in time for the 14th of February).
Good Luck Wishes!


New Stamps – Crafty Individuals

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Crafty Individuals have been busy designing two new Elements sets.
CI-449 – My Favourite Place
and my favourite is this A4 stamp sheet featuring a selection of beautiful trees along with sentiments.
CI-550 Listen To The Trees
1452614286CI_-_450Both Elements Sets will be available for a special introductory offer price but only for a limited period!
Thanks for taking the time to visit.

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