Autumn Leaves (Stampington’s Take Ten)

Hello
I have so much catching-up to do but instead of putting pressure on myself to schedule regular blog posts, I’ve realised that the sensible route is to ease myself in and see where it takes me.
I cannot explain why but 2017 found me not to be in cardmaking mode.  There I was, routinely submitting card collections to The Stampers’ Sampler and Take Ten and suddenly, the brakes were on.  It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, just “one of those things” and it would be silly to force myself to make cards when the desire isn’t great at the moment.
I share that only because it meant that when I had cards published, it somehow meant more to me (if that were at all possible because I take no publication for granted).  I had a surprise in finding a wee card collection in Take Ten..  
Each card features a beautiful leaf stamp either from Red Lead Paperworks Autumn Beauty Leaves or Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp Wilderness or Leaves Stamp Set
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I had some pieces of handmade paper which I had been treasuring for a long time and it was really this paper which ultimately set me on the path to make this collection.
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With the pretty embedded petals, which I didn’t want to obscure, it worked perfectly with the Take Ten criteria of speedy cards as I didn’t need to concern myself with a background, other than some splatters.
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A stamped word and fragments of tree bark and suchlike were the only additions to each card.
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Autumn seems such a long way off in my corner of the world where there is still a Winter to battle through!!!
Wishes
Lynne

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I Believe (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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I thought I would share a collection of cards which appear in the July/Aug/Sept issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
The cards were inspired by beautiful Artist paper (which appeared in a Somerset Studio) designed by Rachel Emilie Jackson, I’ve no doubt that many of you will recognise her name, an inspirational artist.  I kept that Artist paper safe until last year, when I decided to stop saving items “for a rainy day”.
Imagine my joy when I made one collection and it appeared in The Stampers’ Sampler and another collection submitted and published in Somerset Life (will share another time).
The Stampers’ Sampler focuses on stamping so I added touches of stamping to each card.  I wanted the overall appearance to be one where my backgrounds, with Frescos, would blend with the Artist paper, fortunately, Rachel’s palette is one that I am drawn to and the chalky appearance of the Frescos worked a treat with the quality of the Artist paper.
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PaperArtsy Everything Art wonderful text stamp was exactly what was needed to add hints of text and
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the I Believe stamps, again from the Everything Art collection were an instant choice
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with the beautiful sentiments being so well suited to the gentle quality of
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Rachel’s artful images.
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The cards are quite small in dimension, this was dictated by the Artist paper, in me selecting as many elements from the paper as possible, so that I could make as many cards as possible.
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The  Frescos, the colours and chalky texture allowed me to carry the paint onto the Artist paper and integrated so well with the Artist paper.
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This was my favourite colour palette, soft blue with the warm buff, peachy tone.
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Embellishments were kept to a minimum, a vintage button and the tiniest scraps of crochet lace or jute ribbon
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What do you believe in?
Whatever it is, I hope you have it in abundance in your life.
Wishes
Lynne

Find Yourself In Nature (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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In the Apr/May/June 2017 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, one of my features is the collection of cards I am sharing in this post, which came about after some play-time with Prima Christine Adolph rub-ons, after receiving some through my DT role with That’s Crafty .
My first introduction to the artist was via Stampington & Co, from the pages of their magazines and subsequently, when I got my hands on some of the art stamps (available from Stampington).  I paired each selected rub-on with a sentiment from various Darkroom Door Word Blocks.
Word Blocks are amongst my most favourite Darkroom Door stamps, especially Wellbeing and Wilderness.  If, like me, you love the addition of words on your projects, then the Word Blocks are musts.
Each card is approx 4″ x 2.5″.
When I was working on this collection, the gentleness of the rub-ons helped with my word selection.  Overall, I wanted a collection of cards which capture the serenity in nature.  Nature shares its many lessons with us and I wanted each card to be a moment to pause and to consider the message from Mother Nature.  Whether the freedom within the wings of a butterfly or the bliss of a new blossom or the stillness within nature.
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Although they are small in stature, this does not in any way hinder the inclusion of layers of fragments.
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Everything was stained with PaperArtsy Infusions, they provide that fluid,
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delicately coloured background on watercolour paper and stain all the elements.
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If you have used the Christine Adolph Rub-Ons, you will know that they vary in size within each pack.  Cards such as these are perfect for the smaller sized rub-ons.
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To add interest to the backgrounds, I stamped Christine Adolph stamps, Trims  and Collage Cube
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which helped bring a textural effect by stamping randomly.  I also stamped onto some of the fragments of Infusions stained found papers and textiles,
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such as this tiny piece here, layered onto Infusions stained book page.
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The foil,
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catches the light beautifully!
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stillthreeThank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Craft Stamper

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I have overlooked sharing peeks at projects I have in Craft Stamper (May issue).
With the brief of making cards to a vintage/shabby style with colours of Springtime, I had fun working with Character Constructions stamps.  Catherine Moore generously offered one stamp set for a lucky winner – there is still time to enter the Giveaway!
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The second card in my article features PaperArtsy, from the recently released ScrapCosy (ESC) which seemed a perfect fit for the brief and was a lovely contrast to the whimsical image on the first card, with the ESC flower being more traditional in style.
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In this same issue, I also appear as my role with the That’s Crafty DT, as we had the wonderful challenge of working with a That’s Crafty Splat, for the Craft Stamper 3D Challenge.  I had fun incorporating PaperArtsy stamps and RELICS & ARTIFACTS onto the Splat. I’ve always thought that R&As and That’s Crafty Alterable Surfaces are perfect for each other.
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Thank you to Trish Latimer and for the wonderful companies who created such fabulous products to play with.
Wishes
Lynne

Dress Up (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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To start the week, I thought I would share four cards which appear  in The Stampers’ Sampler.
It was actually the packaging for RELICS & ARTIFACTS, which I had also used as a substrate for this collection, HERE ,which led me to make the cards.  I deliberately limited myself to the stamps I inked up and also embellishments, you can see they are minimal, only tiny little accents.
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Character Constructions Stamps.
French Laundry  No. 11 (female/upper torso and arms) available from That’s Crafty  and direct from Character Constructions
French Laundry No. 5 (dress)
Mad Tea Party No. 8 (parasol)
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The dress was stamped directly onto the re-cycled RELICS & ARTIFACTS packaging, dressing it up with tiny pieces of fabric
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giving the gown a lacy collar.
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This is one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is much loved by me.
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I like the way the design on the packaging shows through the stamped image.
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Little shabby details such as Paris stamped onto some found/re-cycled paper and a fabric scrap layered with another stamped piece.
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What I have learned is that proportions do not need to be accurate when working with Character Constructions stamps.  It is very freeing not to be bound by such constraints although it has taken me a long time to be comfortable with doing so!
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A snippet of lace and pearl detail to embellish the gown.
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Darkroom Door stamped stitches directly onto the packaging and also onto brown found/re-cycled paper.
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I like the effect the stamped stitches bring to the cards.
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I like adding small details, tactile details.
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There we have it, the first post for this new week.  I don’t know about any of you but I cannot believe it is April already!
Wishes
Lynne

Royal Blood (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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This collection of six cards, appears in the Jan/Feb/March issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. 
It meant so much to me that they published all six in a feature over three pages.
All stamps are PaperArtsy LPC and all feature Infusions, Royal Blood.
They are some of the oldest LPC stamps but for me some were inked up for the first time for this collection.
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Some rusty wire coils.  The colour of the rusty wire worked so well against the Royal Blood Infusions.
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It’s no surprise that scraps were utilised throughout the cards such as little stamped elements added here and there.
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Card No. 2
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Card No. 3
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Mop-up papers bring texture.  I stamped onto them, even though the stamped images are not crisp, it still brings something extra to the effect.
A wisp of coppery fabric.
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Card No. 4
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I liked the watercolour effect achieved.  If you are interested, it is actually watercolour paper I worked with for the backgrounds and stamped focals,  HP and NOT.
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Card No. 5
On this card, I also used Infusions with a That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil, creating a hint of pattern on the base of the card
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More scrappy mop-ups and another piece of that lovely copper fabric which lovely Dorthe gifted to me.
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Card No. 6
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I like that texture of the mop-up paper (kitchen paper towel) adds dimension even when stamped upon.
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It’s all about the layers – this stamped piece of mop-up paper layered onto the stamped focal.
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Thank you, always for your visits.
Wishes
Lynne

Vive La France (Take Ten)

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Sharing a wee collection which appears in  Take Ten magazine.
Last year, some reasons outwith my control but also, I didn’t seem to be in cardmaking mode, I didn’t really manage to submit the usual volume to Take Ten (or The Stampers’ Sampler).  When  I received Paris Flea stamp collection (Character Constructions) from  Catherine Moore, I knew immediately that aside from having some paper doll fun, I wanted to also focus on the lovely French/Paris related stamps, particularly stamp plate no 7.
That’s Crafty is now stocking select Character Constructions stamps, including some of the Paris Flea collection.  They are the only U.K. stockist.  If you have any queries, then I am sure Laura at That’s Crafty will try and help you with questions re availability, etc.
They are all mini cards (3″x 4″)
For each card, I worked with some (to me) precious vintage French receipt paper, it has taken me all my time to use this book of receipts because once finished I doubt I will ever replace it, such items are something I struggle to source.
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The printing on the vintage paper determined placement of stamps – the numbers stamped alongside the printed No. on this second sample.  To utilise scrap pieces of the vintage paper, I stamped little elements, such as the postal mark and sentiment, layering onto the cardbase.
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Embellishments were deliberately kept to a minimum for a few reasons.  I wanted it to be more of a stationery set as opposed to individual greeting cards. The tiny pieces of cut ribbon are only there to bring another layer of French flavour, I didn’t want any such details to smother the stamps and I did not want the paper to be obliterated by “this and that”.
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Just enough room to add a flag to the Eiffel Tower!
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Two of the inserts – sentiments stamped onto scraps of the paper
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and one of the envelopes.
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Thank you to Catherine Moore for creating such wonderful stamps and to Stampington for publishing this wee card collection and THANK YOU to you for visiting this post.
Wishes
Lynne

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