Springtime In The Secret Garden (Somerset Studio)

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Somerset Studio set Challenge Calls, always with wonderful themes.  Last year, one of the themes was In The Garden, with the results published in the Mar/April issue. On receiving my complimentary issue, for articles published, as I flicked through the magazine, I was delighted to see that two assemblage panels submitted in answer to that challenge call, were published.
Redlead, in my mind, have some of the most beautiful bird themed stamps available. The birds that feature on each assemblage are from the Perching Birds set.
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Even though I stamped onto watercolour paper, the beautiful detail of the stamp was still captured.
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Redlead’s sentiments/labels are amongst my most inked up.  I never tire of them. This label is from the Little Labels: A Little Bird Told Me (as is the Secret Garden label).
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This stencil is a Dinky Stencil (That’s Crafty), Abstract Stone., one of my great favourites.
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Nothing compares, in my mind, to aged papers, this was from my dear friend Dorthe, I simply stamped the Red Lead label onto it and layered it to a tattered elements.
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The second panel
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which is really a partner to the first.
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Forming little tattered gatherings, such as this, is my place of contentment.
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I liked the crafted texture of the Dinky Stencil Brick alongside the natural texture from the tree bark.
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Thank you so much for your visits and loyalty.
Wishes
Lynne

Remember Life Lessons

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Today, over at the That’s Crafty blog, I am sharing a lengthy post (!) featuring a journal I made as a sample for when That’s Crafty appeared on HOCHANDA.
That’s Crafty stock a variety of journals, including the one I worked with, the A6 white/greyboard journal with acrylic cover.
A peek at one of the double page spreads within the journal.
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With this being a peek at the acrylic cover of the journal.journalcoverlynnemoncrieff
Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Rooted To The Earth

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Although I am no longer on the Crafty Individuals team, I still have samples made for one of their appearances on HOCHANDA.  At the time, we were asked to work with specific stamps, those that would be available via HOCHANDA.  Some of the stamps selected were tree designs.
Crafty Individuals have some of the most beautiful tree stamps available. If you do a search for trees, you will also see greeting cards, images and of course stamps or click HERE.
This is a #10 tag
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Most often, when I am working with Infusions, I will stain a whole bundle of items and then store them.  Now, I’d like to present the image that they are stored in colour ways and textiles are separate from papers but please, erase that image from your brain, it is a hotpotch of Infusions goodness all packed into one bag!
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Infusions appear on so many elements on this tag, it would easier to eliminate that which hasn’t been stained, if there is anything.
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This tag is smaller than the first sample, a regular shipping tag.  It was only ever regular shipping tags I would use, buying in bulk but I do like the variation of working on a larger surface which Ranger tags provide.  I don’t know why, it seems impossible for me to source outsize shipping tags in the U.K., other than those from a craft company.
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Stamped onto vintage dressmaking tissue paper and layered over a piece of torn book text.
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The “scribbles” are journaling, of sorts.  I am enjoying, now and then, picking up a pen, allowing words to free flow.  I first tried this many moons ago when reading, for the first time, Julia Cameron.
It might seem strange but I read her books, it probably was in the 90s, when I was not leading a creative life, I did dabble in various hobbies, dipping in and out of some with cross-stitching and tapestry as the constants but it didn’t resemble the creative life I have now.
I was always very precise with my penmanship and I found that not only was it freeing, getting thoughts onto paper without filtering or editing and also, it was freeing in the sense that I was not being deliberate with my handwriting.  Little did I know at the time, the value of this for me in the here and now and although I do struggle with visible journaling, I realise that writing that has the appearance of a chicken having scratched its way across the project, is of benefit, as no one can read my thoughts.
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Thank you for your visit and if you are in the U.K., have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

New Stamps @ Red Lead

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Sharing news of Red Lead, latest stamp additions.  Each of the stamps sets is on special introductory offer, for a limited time only

Dear You $14.80
Dear You Rubber Stamp Save 20%

She Is My Best Friend $10
She is My Best Friend Rubber Stamp Save 20%

Santa Bunny $8.40
Santa Bunny Rubber Stamp Save 20%

Fragile, Handle With Care Postage $10
Fragile Handle With Care Postage Rubber Stamp Save 20%

Victorian Chair $6.80
Victorian Chair Rubber Stamp Save 20%

Vintage Watches $8.40
Vintage Watches Rubber Stamp Save 20%

All details can be viewed HERE.
Thank you for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Make Your Mark (Greencraft)

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I thought I would share some notebooks which appear in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft, (Spring 2017).
As you can see, they are very humble notebooks from even humbler beginnings.  You can probably guess they were constructed from re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper, I also re-cycled items to form mark making tools.  However, each of the Affirmations, is a stencil – Red Lead Paperworks – Celebrate Your Creativity
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I consciously kept the designs simple.  I wanted to show how simple it is to create notebooks with very few supplies, no specialist tools and the bulk of the supplies being re-cycled items.
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By stenciling onto calico scraps, it was in keeping with the Green approach.
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I also deliberately kept the paint selection to a minimum.
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Other than the stenciled words, all other marks are from mark making tools.
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Old buttons appear on most of the notebooks, an absolute favourite of mine.
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Those wee scraps of lace that always seem to be kicking around me (!), are perfect for such projects.
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A re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper,  paint, one stencil, buttons and scraps = a stack of notebooks and a dent in my stash of re-cycled boxes and packing paper!
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As I have written within Greencraft articles, there is something so fulfilling about making use of items which would otherwise be destined for the re-cycle bin. It really is about creating something from nothing.
Wishes
Lynne

Make A Wish

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This is a peek at the project I am sharing over at the That’s Crafty blog today.
It was lovely to pair up this Character Constructions stamp with one of my Affirmations stamps.
blog21maylynnemIf you would like to see the complete project, please visit HERE.
Thank you always for your support and for your interest in Character Constructions stamps and my own Affirmations stamps.
Wishes
Lynne

New Stamps @ Crafty Individuals

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I sadly made the decision to step down from being a team member for Crafty Individuals but that does not mean, that whenever there are new stamp releases or other news to share, or if I have been inking up Crafty Individuals stamps, that I won’t pop a quick post on here.  Crafty Individuals were the first rubber stamp company to form a relationship with me, long before I became a team member and they will always have a special place in my creative heart and I am thankful to Jean and Malcolm,  for so much over the years.
Anyway, onto the news that Crafty Individuals have released new stamps.  I won’t be sharing any samples but wanted to share news of the stamps.  All are available directly from Crafty Individuals and available as a very special introductory offer, for a limited time only. 
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CI-471 Make A Wish

CI-472 Tempting Teasels

CI-473 Pretty Flamingos

CI-474 Build A Scene The Village Inn and Church

Thank you for your visit to this post.  I will be catching up soon with the lovely comments left for me on previous posts.
Wishes
Lynne

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