Cafe Patisserie – Packaging Idea (Greencraft)

Inside the Spring 2018 issue of Stampington & Company’s Greencraft, I was thrilled to have a simple packaging idea, published.
I was inspired by Catherine Moore’s Character Constructions stamps, from the Mannequin Cafe stamp collection.  The simple idea, to re-cycle cardboard packaging into boxes which might contain a cupcake or macaroon, etc.
This is the largest of the boxes – I love this stamp. She is fussy cut then adhered to the Ledger Paper, with her holding a fussy cut cake.
The Ledger Paper was a gift from sweet Dorthe.  It was the perfect paper to adhere to the sides of the painted, re-cycled cardboard packaging.I wanted to add another something to the submission and I happened to have a spotted paper bag, the perfect extra – I could imagine a home baked cookie tucked inside. The  paper bag also tied in with the red spotted bows and red and white twine.
There are many, many reasons why I am passionate about stamping, one of them is the simple transformation of packaging that would otherwise be dumped into the re-cycle bin!  I still dearly miss Stampington’s Greencraft magazine, it was such a great publication to submit to.


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Not so long ago, Darkroom Door released new Eclectic stamps and I was lucky enough to receive two of the new designs, Pencils and Fleur de Lis to create samples with.
Over at the Darkroom Door, there is a post focusing on the Fleur de Lis stamp.  My sample, a wooden box, can be viewed HERE along with other ideas from other team members.  With the steps and supplies used being shared on the Darkroom Door, I am sure you appreciate that I will not be sharing the steps here but I will share two photos of the box.oneWhat struck me is the generous size of this stamp. I have a few Fleur de Lis stamps but none compare to the Darkroom Door stamp.threeA short post to start the week but I hope to be sharing a few more posts which I’ve managed to draft.

Listen To The Trees

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At Crafty Individuals, the March challenge is already underway.
For this month, Sylvie has chosen the theme, ‘BOXES OF ALL SORTS’.  As always, this is open to your own interpretation.
Here are the usual guidelines:


To enter this month’s Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to the Crafty Individuals Blog.
At the end of the month, Sylvie will choose five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don’t forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid to use until the 10th of April.
Further details can be viewed HERE.
For my own samples for the challenge I knew I wanted to work with one of Crafty Individuals most recent releases, CI-450, Listen To The Trees.  This is such a beautiful stamp set and a new direction for CI as it is an A4 stamp sheet.  I also knew the dimension of the tree stamps would be suitable for some wooden boxes I had.boxeslynnemoneOn each box I wanted to achieve, a textural, bark-like appearanceboxeslynnemtwoas though the boxes were fashioned from tree bark and not what they actually were in reality, some very inexpensive,  insipid wood boxes.sixlynnemoncrieffWith trees stamped directly onto the lids, after staining, I suppose I was hoping to achieve the appearance of the images being wood-burned.boxesthreelynnemoncrieffIt can be difficult for me to “step away” from the scraps and fragments I like to litter any projects with but I  knew I wanted an overall restrained appearance to each box however I just had to ink up the lovely sentiments(which are also Crafty Individuals stamps). Stamping onto bark helps bring a little textural element to each lid.fourboxeslynnemoncrieffThroughout this month, periodically Jean will share team samples on her Blog and of course you can read further Challenge details over there also.
It would be lovely to see you entering your art for this challenge.
Many thanks for your visit.

Illuminating Heart (PaperArtsy Tutorial)

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Second post today, this time to share that I have a new tutorial over at the PaperArtsy Blog.
I am so happy to be sharing a tutorial for the latest PaperArtsy challenge theme, Wearable Art.   I share how I altered a beautiful Prima Relics & Artifacts along with Frescos and ESN stamps, including dipping into the latest stamps from Sara Naumann and Darcy Wilkinson.lynnemoncrieffblogtwoand also gift presentation.fourteenIf you would like to view the tutorial, it can be viewed HERE.
Thank You so much for taking the time to visit this post. I had so much fun altering the Relic and Artifacts resin heart, which can be purchased from the PaperArtsy on-line store.

Sssh! Here Comes Santa

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I continue to be in festive mood over at the That’s Crafty Blog twoHmmm, doesn’t give very much away, does it?!
If you would like to view the project in full then you can visit it HERE.
As usual, this is a scheduled post but I wish you a lovely Sunday.

The Sewing Bee & Giveaway Winner

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When I announced my, The Sewing Bee Giveaway I did say at the time that I would, at a later date, share with you details of the stamp and  links, after all, this was also a DT sample for Darkroom Door.
Only one stamp was used to alter this papier mache box, a new stamp from Darkroom Door, Sewing Collage Stamp, a generously sized stamp rich in detail.sewingbeealteredboxIt was all about staining to achieve a rich, vintage sepia tone and you possibly guessed that I stamped the Sewing Collage stamp onto tissue paper to achieve this result.
photo3boxedgeIt was a stroke of luck that the dimensions of the stamp was the same as the box lid, what were the chances of that occurring!
The supplies, other than the stamp information, along with a step-by-step can be viewed at Darkroom Door however if you are interested you will need to keep an eye on the Darkroom Door blog as I don’t know when it will appear there.  The blog is very active, so if you are a fan of Darkroom Door products it is well worth Following the Blog. I know for a fact that samples of my Darkroom Door artwork have appeared over there before making an appearance here!
I simply embellished the box with vintage style lace and a vintage button and added four little feet.photo2lidofboxNow comes the interesting part of this post! Who won The Sewing Bee box complete with laces and charms?

The randomly selected winning name  is…..

Annie G

Annie, I sure hope you will like your prize and have fun inking up the stamps.

Thank You to those who joined the Giveaway, added to your sidebars or shared on Facebook.  I will try not  to leave it too long a gap until I share another Giveaway.

Rosebuds and Butterflies (and The Winner of Giveaway No. 2 )

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Welcome to my Sunday sneaky peek at my DT project for That’s Crafty.
A very mean sneaky peek however I am sure you can guess that once again I’ve had some fun with clay.12 March 005If you would like to view the full project it can be seen at the That’s Crafty Blog.

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of my March Madness Giveaway No. 2 – Stamps Away.
The randomly selected winning name is:-

Meggymay – Congratulations! Please could you acknowledge this post.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with that Giveaway. Remember, Giveaway No. 3 is now open and will stay open until 21st March, you are all welcome to join in.
Have a lovely day.

The cosy warmth of friendship on a winter’s day.

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To start this brand new week I am sharing an altered matchbox I made using a Nicecrane image, an image from that beautiful set called Vintage Women’s Christmas.
matchboxMatchboxes are always a fabulous item to alter and I need to point you in the direction of my lovely art friend, Marie @ Lost Bird Studio as she is surely the Queen of Matchboxes (also the Queen of Soldering!).
Such a sweet image.  If you are interested I printed this onto low glossy cardstock which I then edged with vintage mica flakes (Luna Silver).nicecraneimageOpened, ready to be filled with treats.matchboxopen
Layers of paint (the colour quality is poor, photograph taken when there was barely any daylight. I used Martha Stewart Sea Lavender, a mother of pearl/silver paint (from a supermarket) and gilding wax) and the snowflake stencil (from That’s Crafty) which has appeared on nearly everything I have made for this Christmas and more mica flakes. snowflakesGauze softens the effect.sideimageofbox A Prima natural icon star has been given the sparkle treatment! detail2Thank you for visiting my first post of this week. I really have too much I should have been sharing by now so if possible I aim to schedule as many posts as possible so that I can share all Christmas related samples before the 25th.
Have a wonderful week and here’s to it not being too stressful for you.

All She Treasures

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It is time for me to share the first of my December DT samples for Gecko Galz.
Immediately when I saw the images sheets, Beauties In Black and White I knew I would be using them. I am lucky enough to have some of the images in rubber stamp form but I was enthusiastic in using them in image form and knew exactly what I would be creating.
Not only did the images themselves inspire me but also something found in the D.I.Y. shop, a box of tiles. The first of my DT samples, I will be sharing the other samples another day, is a box I altered where I used a tile on the lid.
Those are not wrinkles in the image! T his is the texture of the tile. It didn’t deter me from using the tile, in fact I liked it all the more than if the surface had been smooth and pristine, this adds an appearance of age and character. 
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Supply List:-
Gecko Galz Beauties In Black and White
Oxford Impressions French Script stamp set (damask and script stamps)
Staz-on Jet Black
Paper Artsy Satin Finish
Putty paint (Martha Stewart)
Corner embellishment (Melissa Frances)
Klear Floor Polish (Johnson & Johnson)
Gesso and Gel Medium (Golden)
Extras:- Papier mache box, tissue paper, lace, vintage Bingo counters, emulsion (latex) paint, tile (with texture)

Stamp damask randomly onto tile.
Print Black and White Beauties onto white tissue paper. Tear around image. Adhere to tile with Klear floor polish, be generous with the application of Klear. Smooth the printed image onto the tile ensuring no bubbles. The image will soak into the tile Leave to dry, overnight if possible.
Stipple paint onto the tile. Stamp script and damask and continue to stipple paint to obliterate some of the stamping.
Adhere embellishement.
Box:- Apply Gesso and paint. Randomly stamp damask then apply paint, dry brush method. Apply Satin Finish to the tile and box.
Paint vintage Bingo counters and adhere to the box.
Adhere the tile to the box and finish by adding lace.
allshetreasureslynnemoncrieffThis shows the edge of the box with the damask stamp from Oxford Impressions French Script.
28 November 042Somewhere to nestle all that she treasures.
28 November 054The Beauties in Black and White images sheets and all other December products, including a new digi stamp set, are now available for purchase from Gecko Galz.
My plan is to keep this Blog active this week as I have a few samples to be sharing with you and yes, they do include Christmas, do I hear some groans!
Have a wonderful week and I will catch-up with you soon, I was unable to do my usual visiting over the weekend so have fallen behind.

On A Cold And Frosty Christmas Morning.

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Today is my first DT project for the month of December, December 1st, can you believe it!
I am being exceptionally mean with my sneaky peek offering this week.  I hope you have the chance to pop over to the That’s Crafty Blog as I really had lots of fun with this project. teddybearThe complete project along with supply list and instructions can be viewed at the That’s Crafty Blog.
Have a lovely Sunday.

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