Keeper Of The Castle

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Did you know, That’s Crafty have released some new items which they showcased on HOCHANDA on Monday. In anticipation of their release, the DT received a variety of new products to play with. One item I received is the quite fabulous MDF Triptych Castle. This is the castle when opened but if you are interested, there are several photos, of the castle when the doors are closed, the rear and detail photos.
bloglynnemIf you are interested, all details can be viewed HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

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At The Edge of The Woods

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I thought I would share something made a few months ago, featuring beautiful nature themed stamps from Redlead Paperworks. Amongst the stamps I’d received at that time, was a set called A Secret Walk In The Garden.
This piece I made, an  assemblage (?) began life knowing I wanted the cluster of ferns stamp to be the focal and for me to work with Infusions.fernslynnemoncrieffStamping onto tree bark, it can be unpredictable but I think that is why I like it.  Little bits flaking off but no wonder as this had a liberal misting of water, directly onto the stamped ferns to achieve a diffused appearance, as though someone has been sketching with black ink in their nature journal and as they sit at the edge of the woods, a misting of rain falls through the canopy of the trees onto their sketching, causing the ink to bleed.threeTo create contrast and hints of colour, I worked with Infusions, applying directly onto the bark.
fourOnto a smaller, scrap piece of tree bark, I stamped this wonderful sentiment.  The tree bark soaks up the Infusions beautifully, adding an aged effect.  You can just see peeking from beneath the stamped panel, stained fabric and crochet lace, all raggedy.
detailtwoMore of the Infusions stained calico layered with various “bits” stained with Infusions or dissolved walnut ink crystals.fiveI’m very lucky to receive such wonderful stamps to play with.
I’m also lucky to have such loyal friends to my Blog. Many thanks for your visits and comments.
Wishes
Lynne

Flutter Your Feathers & Fly Free (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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One of the card collections I was fortunate enough to have published in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler features one of my all time favourite Darkroom Door stamp sets, Feathers.  I’ve been lucky enough to have previous submissions featuring those stamps published in various Stampington titles but that didn’t lessen the thrill that this card collection made it to print.
The main idea behind this collection was to showcase stamping onto wood.  oneSome subtle stamped script with a simple embellishment of a bark butterfly.twoA single word stamped onto wood, layered onto a piece of painted burlap and a touch of crochet lace.
threeAll of the cards, they are actually cards and not panels, have a base layer of tree bark with the stamped wood panels layered onto the bark.befreelynneoneI so love those feather stamps!fourOnce again, the script stamp makes an appearance,twowith a hand-cut wooden tag declaring be free.threeI tried to vary the stamped panels, at times paints were applied along with the walnut ink wash and I decided to stamp this feather three times.spreadyourwingsA hint of blue is in the painted and stained panel.two I selected the crochet lace to enhance the rustic nature of the panels.  A simple twine bow adds another detail.threeA stamped wooden label, layered to frayed muslin.
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oneThere is something quite elegant about this particular feather.
The markings on the wood came about from the way I applied the stain.
twoAnother hand-cut tag.threeIf my memory serves me well, that is the final collection to share from the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. I still have a few posts to catch-up with, including the most recent issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, where amongst other artwork, I had Halloween art published. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to rush us through the summer months, I will delay for the moment sharing Halloween art with you!
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Giveaway Winners

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Thank you so much for joining in with my recent Giveaway.
All names from here and Facebook were noted, taking into account the many of you who were happy for your name to be added to both “hats”.  The winning names have now been selected.

Gerrina Poncin – winning the digital issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
Brooke Bock – winning the digital issue of Somerset Studio

Congratulations to both!
Thank You to each of you who took the time and trouble to join in with this Giveaway, I wish I had a digital issue to give to each of you.
Wishes
Lynne

Royal Blood

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Sharing a card over at That’s Crafty this week where I’ve once again dipped into Infusions using one colour in different ways.blogIf you are interested, the post can be viewed HERE.
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Stampington & Co Giveaway!

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Surely it is time for a wee Giveaway!
I have the lovely folks at Stampington & Company to thank for providing two Giveaways for me to share with you.
Stampington & Company have such a vast range of art/craft magazines to select from, ranging from stamping, mixed media, jewellery, cooking, sewing, art journaling, lifestyle……. yes, the list truly does go on and on!  They also have a selected range of digital editions available which brings me to the Giveaway.
They have generously offered digital editions of two of their best selling titles, Somerset Studio and The Stampers’ Sampler, two titles where I have artwork published.
I just want to add that I have no idea how many of you will be interested in this Giveaway but I was conscious that many friends of my Blog are scattered throughout the world and that is why digital issues were selected, otherwise the Giveaway would only have been open for U.S. residents and I didn’t want to exclude my U.K., Continental Europe friends and any further afield.
Giveaway No. 1  Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2016 Edition
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Giveaway No. 2  The Stampers’ Sampler Spring 2016 Edition1SAM-1602DE-300x300If you are interested in this Giveaway then there are no hoops to jump through!  All I ask is for you to leave a comment stating which digital issue you would like the chance of winning – you can also have your name entered into the hats of both editions.
On Monday 25th, two winning names will be randomly selected.  Once the winners are selected we can then proceed for you to receive your digital issues.
I hope some of you will be interested in this Giveaway whether you have or haven’t read either magazines or if you subscribe to the paper editions.
Good Luck Wishes!
Lynne

She Gathers Honey (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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In the Apr/May/June issue of The Stampers’ Sampler I have a variety of pieces published, some I’ve shared already.  I also  had this trio of cards, featuring Oxford Impressions beautiful Bee Happy stamp set.  This trio was made on the back of some samples I made for Suzanne at the time of their release, so they are definitely not recent!  To see the trio of cards published made me smile because it is such a lovely stamp set and I so enjoyed working on the cards.
The colours were selected to represent lavender and honey even though I didn’t use a lavender stamp!  I wanted a collection of textures:- kraft cardstock, tissue paper, pressed flowers, lace, raffia, wood……lynnemoncrieffoneAlong with the maiden from the Bee Happy set and lots of other supporting stamps, I also dipped into other Oxford Impressions sets, something I love to do with O.I. stamps is mix ‘n’ match. The stamped flowers bring a delicate colour to balance the kraft and also to tell the story of the bees and honey.twoNo extra colour was added to the flower, simply worked with the wet ink from stamping the flower .A flutter of pressed petals bring a little something extra to the background.threeA little stamped element layered to the background panel.fiveAs tends to be the case with me, a cluster of this and that, most often, whatever might be lying around from previous projects.
The lilac panel was Kraft painted with PaperArtsy Frescos.  seven
The second card.lynnemoncrieffoneThe maiden, stamped onto tissue paper.  A cluster formed from a stamped postal mark, paper flower with wooden button and a scrap of polka dot fabric, adhered to a scrap of vintage crochet lace.twoDifferent flowers but stamped in the same way as card number one.threeBees buzzing amongst the blooms.fourA sweet sentiment.fiveThe final card thekeeperofbeeslynnemoncrieffwith the ink of the stamped flowers allowed to bleed. threeMany thanks for your visit to this blog post.
Have a great week. I certainly hope to be sharing another blog post soon.  I have a few drafted, trying to catch-up with items I would normally have shared by now.
Wishes
Lynne

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