Silken Wings (Somerset Apprentice)

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This post relates to Autumn last year when I had an assemblage published in Somerset Apprentice (Autumn 2016).  Although I made an appearance in this magazine once before, as a “From The Pros”, this was my first article.
Somerset Apprentice has a different approach to other Stampington titles, with stepped-out projects, lots of detail photos, they are really tutorials.
This project was one of my most rewarding to work on, enjoying the creating and gathering of textures although always (and I do mean always) there are many changes I would make to it.
The assemblage has made an appearance from Stampington sharing it but I never got around to posting it until now.
A few shout-outs for some of the fabulous products:-
That’s Crafty – white/greyboard panel and Dinky Stencil
Darkroom Door  Wings stamp set
Redlead Paperworks – Silken Wings
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What has struck me, is that I do not take the pretty, feminine route with nature,  I enjoy exploring neglect, derelict almost industrial, trying to evoke a sense of an area which is broken down, dis-used buildings with rusted metal and broken masonry, where a wildflower might be seen to burst through the cracked concrete ground.
In my introduction for the stepped-out project in Somerset Apprentice, I talk about this.
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This Dinky Stencil (my preferred way of working is only randomly stenciling here and there and not actually working with the stencil as a whole) was an immediate favourite when I received it and continues to remain a much-loved stencil.
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The gathering of textures was important for the feeling I was trying to convey, even the smallest fragment brings “something” to the piece as a whole.
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It will all sound rather “deep” but the piece of tree bark symbolises the loss of trees, pushed aside to pave way for residential or industrial areas.  Those boundaries on the edges of towns and cities where once,  there would have been an abundance of natural habitat for wildlife.  I see it where I live, it is a landscape in contrast to that which I remember from childhood.
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Thank you so much for your visit.  It feels good to be scheduling some regular blog posts and catching-up with projects that are getting to be months and months old!
Wishes
Lynne

To Dare

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Well, today’s post is in sharp contrast to the ice cream colours of the paper dolls I shared this past week, today we are firmly in distressed, aged, heavy on the texture type of mode!
This is a That’s Crafty Arch Upright which was made as a sample for one of their recent HOCHANDA shows.  The regularity of me sharing Uprights is testament to how much I love to work with them.  This is a full size Upright which is an incredibly generous size.
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If you would like to see further details for this, then please visit HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

Be Mine (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Thank you if you made it through to today for the sixth and final Valentine paper doll.
Be Mine paper doll is approx 3.5″ x 8″
(All paper doll stamps are Character Constructions)
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For some reason, her face makes me smile!
Here she is with her pretty dress, with lace trim and a touch of sparkle.
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A wooden heart with crackle and of course, PaperArtsy Fresco paints with a Redlead sentiment declaring her adoration for her Valentine.
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I’ve noticed I seem to like to bundle tags and sentiments, to suspend from the wrist of a paper doll.  Not sure why I feel the need to do this, maybe it is just another way to adorn them.
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This crinoline stamp is a “must have” for paper dolls and it is versatile because there is no reason it then cannot be layered with tulle, lace, net, whatever you can lay your hands upon.  The ribbon, which I pleated was another way to add detail to the skirt.
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Thank you so much for visiting.  If the paper dolls brought a smile to your face then I am more than happy!  They were such a joy to create, then to have them published was such a wonderful feeling.
Soon, I will be sharing another, much smaller collection of paper dolls, again which date from last year but for now, posts return to normal on Sunday with my regular That’s Crafty DT post.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

French Kiss (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Today is the penultimate Valentine paper doll.
As with the previous posts this week, the paper doll comprises Character Constructions stamps and for this project, a That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart, which has become a fun piece as I adhered it to a painted and stamped wooden stick.
She is approx 4″ x 11″
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A Dinky Stencil was used on the heart, you can just about make out the design.
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It’s such a lovely stencil, this is the link HERE, TC038
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This LOVE banner was made from the individually stamped letters (from Paris Flea set), forming it into a shabby banner. (The V appears to be shy!)  She also holds an envelope.five
Could that sweet flower be a wrist corsage from her sweetheart?
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Thank you so much for staying with me for this week of daily posts.  One more paper doll and then we will return to normal!
Wishes
Lynne

You Are My Destiny (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Today is No. 4 of the paper dolls I am sharing from the latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
She is approx 4.5″ x 9″
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If you love details then Character Constructions stamps allow you to while away the time adding all manner of details.  That fabulous sparkly heart was a gift from lovely Dorthe Hansen, perfect to add a touch of glamour to a stamped bow.
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Those stripey sleeves are such great stamps, the instantly inject fun into a paper doll.
The wooden heart receives a pretty trim edging, that sweet trim I received from an art friend, Clintine Steele.
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This paper doll does like a hint of bling!  Tiny rhinestones form a bracelet.
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I love the stripey tights as much as the sleeves.
Look at the tiny rhinestones on her shoes!
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Thank you so much for your visit to this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Love Letters (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Character Constructions Valentine paper doll number 3 to share today.
The face of this particular paper doll stamp (from Paris Flea collection) has such expression. You just know she is a mischief maker!
This is approx 4″ x 11.5″
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A That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart with heart Dinky Stencil.
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It’s fun to mix and match the Character Construction stamps.  I gave her a hat with a sweet little floral detail added.
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This wooden word was the perfect detail to create balance.
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The stamped crinoline is made into a skirt with the addition of lace and pretty trim.
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Sweet messages hang from her wrist
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with a Redlead Paperworks sentiment stamped onto a painted wood stick.
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Thank you so much for your visit. I just thought that there seems to be an air of negativity in the world at the moment that a few photographs of paper doll projects would lighten the atmosphere, even if only for a few moments.
I hope you are enjoying spending time with those young lady paper dolls.
Wishes
Lynne

Forever & Always (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Day 2 of sharing another of the Character Constructions paper dolls which appears in The Stampers’ Sampler.
This doll is approx 4.5″x9.5″ with paper doll stamps from Character Constructions and sentiments from Darkroom Door and Redlead Paperworks.
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The face, beret and arms and corset are all from Paris Flea collection.
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Her arms wrap around a wooden heart, clutching it tight to her own heart.
PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze adds texture to the heart with a Redlead sentiment declaring a message to her Valentine.
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From each wrist, which is delicately adorned with a lace cuff, hangs a sweet message.
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The hem of her lace skirt is adorned with pretty lace rose trim.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

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