Love Notes (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Squeezing in this collection of Valentine themed cards.
Now, the reason the cards are so simple in design, they were actually submitted to Take Ten (criteria is for card makes of 10 minutes or less) but they obviously decided to print them in The Stampers’ Sampler, where they appear in the Jan/Feb/March issue.
Redlead Paperworks Musical Heart stamp is the focal for each card.  I remember at the time of making the cards that I wanted to work with only that stamp as the main image, pairing different Redlead loved themed sentiments with the heart.
The watercolour paper provides a lovely texture.
I deliberately worked with only two paint colours, Frescos Blush and Nougat.  In fact minimal supplies:- 2 Frescos, 1 ink pad, 1 focal stamp, various sentiments and fragments of found papers and lace.
For the musical note accents, I simply
inked up the Musical Heart,
stamping onto various found papers to layer to the cards
Redlead’s complete Valentine stamp collection can be found HERE.
Not relating to Valentine’s Day, Redlead have, at the time of scheduling this blog post, a 20% discount on new stamps.
Thank you so much for your time to visit this post.

Festive Tree

Some of you might have received the latest Crafty Individuals newsletter with news of their recent releases which, for a limited period, are on special introductory offer.
(Also, see below for the link to Jeans’ Giveaway)
With CI-462, Large Christmas Tree I made this rustic style card.blogcitreelynnemYou wouldn’t realise it but the book page has hints of Fresco Old Gold (along with Gesso).  It is a subtle effect which is more prominent IRL.blogsixA simple, stippled background with snowflakes stamped (from CI-465)blogfourFrom an older Elements set, CI-447, I cut into one of the tag stamps, making use of only the word Peace.ciblogtwoMore scrappy layersblogfiveAll of the stamps used on this card along with the new releases and old favourites, are available from Crafty Individuals website.
Visit Jean’s blog to learn of a Giveaway!
I hope you are all cracking on with your festive preparations.  Shame on me, but this year I have also bought cards to send, knew it would be impossible to make all my cards.  Still, I cannot believe it will be December any day now!

Children From A Yesteryear Christmas (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Sharing cards that appear in this issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
The cards are small in size, approx 3″x4.5″, the size dictated by the wee kraft envelopes.
Some links to the fabulous products I used on the cards:-
Redlead Paperworks stamps – Christmas stamps (She Loves Snowflakes and Winter Wishes stamps were available at the time of drafting this post and the sentiments labels are also available)
Oxford Impressions stamps Season of Giving stamp set (the boy and the two children)is available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty.
That’s Crafty Dinky Snowflake background stencil and Greyboard Snowflakes

The co-ordinating envelope is peeking at the background.onelynnesamplerIt is only the past couple of years that I have felt comfortable in using red for festive creations.  With the stamps I selected (above and below are Redlead), it brings a touch of nostalgia.
threeThe two cards below are Oxford Impressions stamps, photo real stamps.  The stamped image of the boy has been troubled with what obviously was sun reflecting off the glossy cardstock.boyonelynnem
The snowflake Dinky Stencil is much loved by me, you just need to take one look at the stencil I own and it is evident how much I love it, it isn’t exactly box fresh! The greyboard snowflake is another favourite.  I used them so often on festive/winter creations last year.twolynnemEach card does have a pocket/envelope even though they do not appear in all the photos. They can be seen in The Stampers’ Sampler as they took the trouble to print them all.fourlynnemThank you so much for your visit to this post, my first for this brand new week.
If you are preparing for the festivities, I hope your plans are going according to plan and it isn’t too stressful a time.

It’s All About Friendship

For my DT post over at the That’s Crafty blog I am sharing this card featuring PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps and a Scribbled Text stamp from Dina Wakley Media.
blog13lynnemOther details (the cardstock looks like kraft but it is red rosin paper. It was on Patty’s blog that I first read about this paper) HERE.
Thank you for your visit.

Winter Chill (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Sharing cards made for The Stampers’ Sampler Holiday Happenings Challenge Call.
The stamps are PaperArtsy ESN, designed by Sara Naumann. They are such well thought out stamp sets, with focal images, text/script and smaller elements.  I stamped up sets ESN17 and 18.  Although they appear in the Holiday Happenings challenge results, they are not necessarily for Christmas, the cards could be for winter birthdays, simply ink up different sentiments.
The colours were difficult to photograph, you cannot see the metallic paint which was blended onto the backgrounds.  It is all very subtle, I wanted an almost watercolour effect, aiming for a frosty, wintry appearance with a hint of the delicate.fivetrialA That’s Crafty greyboard snowflake is layered with a paperflower painted to co-ordinate with a rhinestone adding a hint of sparkle and just a wee dash of glamour!sixpasamplerlynne
You probably know by now that I love to add scraps!  This little piece was literally a scrap piece lying around.
sevenpasamplerlynneThe second cardonetrialThat piece of gold paper was under paper
as was this piece, torn from,  if I remember, a piece of deli paper which was used as underpaper.  threepasamplerlynne
Another card…
tenpasamplerlynneThe final card features the same stamp as the first card, this time stamping the little snowflakes/flowers adding tiny pearl stickers to their centres.twelvetrialThe sentiment layered with another fragment of under paperthirteenpasamplerlynnewith another piece popping up here.  I particularly like the shimmer on this sliver … I am easily pleased!fourteenpasamplerlynneThank you for your visit. Even during absences from on-line activities, I always make sure I catch-up with comments you kindly leave for me, so thank you!

All Is Peaceful

I am back amongst my supplies and managed to make this card,  I suppose it could be a Christmas card.
This tree stamp is a beauty from Crafty Individuals.  I’d go so far as to say that if you like tree stamps then it would be worth your while taking a look at Crafty Individuals.  This particular stamp is an individual stamp, CI-453 but if you are prepared to spend more money, then CI-450 would be such a good investment, an A4 size sheet of stamps devoted to trees with some lovely sentiments.cionelynneThere is subtle shimmer and glimmer here and there on this card with a Stardust pen scribbled onto the stamped image, not that you’d know because no sign of that Stardust in this photograph!!!citwolynnemPainted tree bark and rhinestonescifivelynnemwith a pop of contrast in the form of this scrappy piece of sari ribbon.cithreelynnemThank you for your visit to this post, your visits are always appreciated by me.

Positive Thoughts (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Hello Everyone
The cards I am sharing in this post were actually made as far back as 2014!   What kick started this card collection was a DT project for That’s Crafty. Playing with Dina Wakley stamps was a step for me away from beloved vintage, a deliberate step. The first card made for That’s Crafty and the subsequent cards, were all an exercise in me playing with bold colours. What’s interesting, the cards on first appearance, I thought they looked “different” for me but what struck me, they really weren’t that different after all as the paint application is one of my most favoured and each card also includes torn fabric and lace. I think it is the bolder style of stamp and paint colours that makes them seem so different initially.
The reason I mention the date, I’d actually forgotten about the cards until I  opened the Summer issue of The Stampers’ Sampler!
(The Dina Wakley stamp sets and stencil are available from That’s Crafty)oneOn each card I married up Dina Wakley stencil with Sam Poole designed stamps, each time creating my own affirmation.  It’s a fun thing to do and I do it quite often.two
threeI don’t appear to have worked with fabric for the second card, only lace and muslin.fourI work very loosely with the paint, it’s such a freeing way to make backgrounds.fiveI scribbled boxes to define the stamped words, forming them into word tiles.sixDina’s scribbly writing from the Textured Background set makes an appearance on each
eightI did nothing fancy with the stencil, only selected the words I wanted and used a black fineliner pen.
nineIf I remember, I stamped with girl with paint.tenThe torn lace adds lovely texture, a nice grungy quality.elevenI never take for granted being published in The Stamper’s Sampler, in fact I think I was even more surprised to have this collection printed because they note a shift in gear for me. The Stampers’ Sampler is such a wonderful publication, packed with accomplished stamping artists, with the summer issue featuring artists such as Renee Zarate, Shari Trumball, Laura Sparks Turner, Majo Wybranietz, Clintine Steele, Sharon Bruner and Corrie Herriman’s stunning piece of mail art – an honour to be published alongside each of them.

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