Creative Girl Tote Bags (Somerset Life)

Turning the clock back to the Jul/Aug/Sept 2017 issue of Somerset Life when I had a trio of Creative Girl tote bags published.
The bags were made in answer to a challenge call for canvas bags, something which I’ve enjoyed altering since I began to rubber stamp.  They are literally a blank canvas for any style.
Red Lead stencils which are listed in the Supplies within the article  and stamps from PaperArtsy JOFY and also from Red Lead and Paperbag Studios.
Each page was decorated on both sides.  The instructions are within the article but it’s no mystery to see that the bags were pained (PaperArtsy Frescos)
Side one

Side two
Normally I like to add bits of this ‘n’ that but that wasn’t the style I had in mind for the totes, I wanted the stamps and stencilled sentiments to be the focus.Side two
This bag simply had a black re-cycled silk sari ribbon bow.Flipped over to the rear side and “artful spirit” is the stencilled sentiment.It was fun to work on the bags especially as my colour choice isn’t or I should say, wasn’t as they were made some many months ago. Being published is obviously the cherry on the icing, on the cake!


Prairie Days

Today, over at the That’s Crafty blog, I am sharing this project – only a sneaky peek to be shared here. As always, full project and details can be viewed HERE.
Enjoy your day and if you are in the path of Irma… Be Safe.

Hanging Around The Christmas Tree

A quick post to share two ornaments featuring Character Constructions stamps and Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts.
Some weeks ago I received Character Constructions Christmas Vintage Christmas Plate No. 6  which has wonderful festive sentiments and I thought it would be fun to use them on ornaments. The second ornament has a sentiment from the Bird and Bee No. 14 set.
ornieonedetailonelynneccI have been drawn to tartan this year, do not ask me why!ornieonelynnemccAt this time of the year, a dash of glitter is acceptable, just a light sprinkle as the ICE Resin magnifies it.ornietwolynnemccSimply stamped muslin bags again featuring Character Constructions stampsgiftbagsHope you are all whizzing though your Christmas preparations!

The Adventure Begins

I’ve been playing with stamps that are new to me, PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps, for my DT post over at That’s Crafty.
This photo shows one side of the bag but more photos along with instructions, if you are interested, can be seen HERE.
Many thanks for your visit.

Bewitched (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Today I am sharing a trio of Trick or Treat bags which were published in The Stampers’ Sampler.
On each bag, the focal is a paperdoll comprising stamps from Character Constructions. Each doll is made of many elements so they are time consuming but they are so much fun to make, it’s very relaxing to gather all the fussy cut elements and enjoy the process of assembling the paper doll.
There is nothing sinister about the witches, they are all kindly witches with the merest hint of mischief in their eyes!oneThe wonder of the Character Constructions stamps, mixing and matching allows the stamper to transform the dolls to suit any occasion.  Soon I will share a trio of paper doll angels which use many of the Character Constructions stamps featured here.
Alongside Character Constructions stamps, I also inked up Redlead Paperworks stamps for the stamping on the tags and Halloween banner with Oxford Impressions stamps also featuring.twoSome stained ribbon, a cluster of tags (painted cardstock, stamped and paper punched with a tag punch) and also some torn tulle adorn a handle.
The sentiments are from Redlead Paperworks. A fun stamp set for Halloween with a quirky collection of sentiments.threeEach bag is a kraft bag painted with PaperArtsy Frescos trimmed with lovely black velvet ribbon or black sparkly ribbon.oneThe piece of lace rose trim was painted to co-ordinate with the painted bag and painted cardstock (used as a stamping surface).twoThis piece of orange/copper fringing was lying around, it just had to adorn one of the bags.fourShe clutches a banner …. BOO!sixThe Witching HouroneA wee bat from Calico Crafts Parts rests on her necklace.
twoThe moon lights her way.
This moon is from Oxford Impressions.  You can source Wicked, the stamp set this moon is from along with a selection of other Oxford Impressions Halloween stamps at That’s Crafty.threeThank you for visiting this post. I am nearing the end of my Halloween makes.
I hope you are all having a good start to the week.

Honey, It’s Bath Time! (published Willow & Sage)

Hello Everyone
Earlier this year, a wonderful and completely unexpected opportunity came my way from Stampington & Co which resulted in me being published in Willow & Sage.
Willow & Sage is a magazine I haven’t mentioned before because it specialises in handmade bath and beauty products, something I would love to dabble in one of those days but at the moment, it is an area I haven’t dipped into and therefore, have never submitted to this title. That’s one of the reasons that the opportunity was such a bolt out of the blue for me.
My article in the Summer issue is all about packaging. With bath products in mind, with ingredients of honey or lavender, I set about creating a set with peat pots which would contain bath bombs and a soap bar wrap, all of which would be tucked inside a kraft bag.
I am sure you understand that I do not feel comfortable sharing instructions, what with them being published in Willow and Sage but I will share some photos.
A bath bomb would nestle comfortably in the peat pot, amongst the scrunched raffia.onegiftsetThroughout, the colour palette is that of lavender and the natural colours of burlap, jute and the peat pots.potslynneA little stamped tag.  You can probably guess what the tag is made from!fivepeatpotA soap bar wrap, with the same supplies as those on the peat pots other than switching the style of the burlap flower.
sevensoapwrapThe gift bag.  Apologies for the strange angle of the photograph and it also does not show that the gift bag is a decent size, after all it had to house all of the above.twogiftbaglynnemThank you to Natalie Way and Christen Hammons for this wonderful opportunity and to Catherine Moore from Character Constructions and Suzanne Melvin from Oxford Impressions, whose stamps I used.
Thank you so much to you, for taking the time to visit this post.

A Stitch In Time (Published – Sew Somerset)

Hello Everyone
This scheduled post is certainly winding the clock back.  It was in the Autumn of last year when Sew Somerset contacted me asking if I would write an article around the tote I had submitted.   You can imagine how thrilled I was!
I cannot thank Sew Somerset enough for the pretty manner they photographed the tote.  I am never sure of the copyright issues surrounding sharing photographs and text from publications so the photograph I am sharing is one I took prior to submitting (regulars to my Blog know that I never request that submissions be returned to me).
For me, it is always the cherry on the cake when published work features a stamp company I design for, in this instance all the stamps in the article featured in the Winter 2014 issue are Oxford Impressions stamps:-
Dressforms & Corsetry
Sewing Notions.
DIGITAL CAMERAThe notion behind the intention for this tote was explained in my actual article.
Many thanks for your visits. I always appreciate the time you take to visit but all the more so when I am unable to visit your own Blog posts.

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