One of the surprises in 2016 was being published in Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage, a magazine devoted to homemade bath/beauty products.
Before I began stamping, I enjoyed blending my own aromatherapy essential oils and one day, I would really like to try making lip balms, soaps, etc but that time isn’t for now so imagine my delight when opportunity knocked on my door (actually, my laptop!) when I was approached to create packaging idea for this magazine which they, thankfully liked and published (posts can be seen HERE and HERE). In the Winter 2017 issue I was once again grateful to find myself published, this time taking the packaging idea further by making lavender sachets.
The springboard for this idea was, believe it or not, packaging! When my friend Vickie mailed a gift to me, inside the box was some interesting white fabric style paper, I can only describe it as not dissimilar to tumble dryer laundry sheets but firmer and a generous size. I was sure it would contain lavender buds but also allow the scent to emit. I managed to make five sachets in total.
First, the bundle of three, tied together with re-cycled sari silk chiffon ribbon. Maybe I am easily pleased but there is so much joy in knowing you have the most perfect stamp for an occasion. I remembered the Lavender stamp from Character Constructions Mad Tea Party No. 8, it could not be more perfect to stamp onto the re-cycled tag which I painted with Gessso, with a small sprig of lavender as a sweet detail.
This is the trio of sachets.
Willow and Sage is not a stamping magazine but I knew the sachets needed something, the fabric paper was too plain and yet I didn’t want to stamp anything too dominant. It suddenly dawned on me, I had Stampington & Co stamps designed by Christine Adolph. I used Trims 4 images
For one of the sachets, a lovely scrap of grosgrain ribbon stitched to the sachet, allowing the lavender sprig to be held in place.
All the stamping was done before filling the sachets with the dried lavender buds.
I wanted a subtle effect to the stamping and the timing was just right as my ink pad was becoming dry and ordinarily I would have re-inked but it gave me the subtle effect i wanted.
This sachet could be presented in the white paper pocket and when removed, it can be suspended from the loop, formed from grosgrain ribbon.
Thank you so much for your visits. With struggling to keep up with blog visits and Facebook, I did consider if I should put my blog posts on hold. It seems cheeky to try and schedule blog posts when I am struggling so much to keep up with all of you wonderful people. My concern is, if I step away for a designated period of time, that time will lengthen and then I would probably never return to keeping the blog active.
Your words of support mean a great deal to me.
28 Mar 2017 1 Comment
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26 Mar 2017 8 Comments
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I am sure you can relate, I do not like anything going to waste, so when I had some of the frame elements, left over from creating shrine samples for That’s Crafty, I laid them aside knowing I could continue the fun later.
With That’s Crafty now re-stocking, selected Character Constructions stamps, I thought it would be fun to play with some of the Paris Flea stamps and give this art girl a cosy home. I’ve played with Paris Flea many times since receiving the collection last year, it is fun to mix ‘n’ match and bring life to the paper dolls with your imagination.
All details of this project can be seen HERE, including specific stamps and how I formed the paper doll element. I also sneaked in one of my Affirmations! I still have more to write about the Affirmations but have to say, heartfelt thanks for the reaction, I never imagined I would ever have stamps and then to have them so warmly received, it has been overwhelming.
20 Mar 2017 13 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: assemblage, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions Stamps, driftwood, Ice Resin, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Redlead Paperworks, Resin paper, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co, That's Crafty Alterable Surface
To start this new week I thought I’d share something which I made last year, submitted to Somerset Studio’s colour challenge, the colour they stipulated was Olive. I was so thrilled to see this published in Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2017.
Although I also submitted other projects, this was the first project made because I knew I wanted to use the stunning Character Constructions stamp, Inner Child No. 7 , a great favourite of mine.
Is she a friend to the birds, who are content with her sitting amongst them, or is it possible that she is one of them. Some say she has the voice of the sweetest nightingale.
(That’s Crafty is stocking a selected range but Laura Holland is willing to accept any enquiries for Character Constructions stamps which do not appear on the That’s Crafty website. If you are interested in placing a Special Order, then feel free to contact Laura)
A canvas board was the main substrate for this piece, with That’s Crafty MDF hearts.
The Character Constructions stamp is the focal, stamped onto a piece of leftover paper, painted with PaperArtsy Fresco and one of their glazes providing a sheen. You can just about see the sentiment “she hath wings”, a beautiful stamp, available from Redlead Paperworks.
All of those branches are fussy cut, yes, my hands were not so happy with me! You can find this branch on Character Constructions Queen of Tarts Plate 1
I allowed them to overhang, to give them impression that she really is nestled in the branches of the tree.
In all honesty, I am not sure I achieved the faux bark effect which I was aiming for on the That’s Crafty mdf hearts. Each has a stamped egg layered onto it, the stamped image has a thin layer of ICE Resin.
Scraps of resin paper also appear layered behind the heart and again on this piece of drifwood, layered with the Home Sweet Nest sentiment. Such a sweet sentiment from Character Constructions.
Thank you for your visit. I am trying to draft as many posts as possible, there seems to be so much catching-up to do!
10 Mar 2017 6 Comments
For anyone who is a collector of Character Constructions stamps, then you will no doubt have already heard the news of Blue Daisy, Catherine Moore’s latest collection.
Once again, Catherine has weaved her magic, this time she has managed to bring an essence of Cowgirl to this collection but the magic is this, each stamp plate can be inked up beyond a Cowgirl theme, including mixing and matching with any existing Character Constructions stamps you might already own.
There are 7 new plates in this collection, here they are laid out before you but if you click the above link, you will see the details of the stamps for each stamp plate.
At the time of drafting this post, Blue Daisy is not available from That’s Crafty (the only U.K. stockists of selected Character Constructions stamps) but if any of the plates have caught your eye, it might be worth contacting Laura Holland with any enquiries.
Look how Catherine packaged the stamps, in pretty polka dot tissue.
Thank you for any visit to this post. I appreciate there has been a flurry of activity especially relating to recent stamp releases.
07 Mar 2017 10 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: cards, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Paris/Parisian, Stampington & co, Take Ten, That's Crafty
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.
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.
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”.
Just enough room to add a flag to the Eiffel Tower!
Two of the inserts – sentiments stamped onto scraps of the paper
and one of the envelopes.
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.
25 Feb 2017 8 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Calico Craft Parts, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, driftwood, hearts, PaperArtsy Infusions, wood
A scheduled post to share my second and final project as a GD for Calico Craft Parts blog.
All the details can be found at the Calico Craft Parts blog, along with the inspiration for this piece, HERE, the way the Character Constructions stamp inspired my selection of Calico Craft Parts.
Stamps:- Character Constructions Inner Child No. 4
PaperArtsy Infusions – staining the Calico Craft Parts heart, sari ribbon, trims and more.
Thank you to Calico Craft Parts for having me as a GD. It is always a privilege to be involved with a company, even if only for the shortest of time, working with products I genuinely admire.
It has been a busy week with lots of scheduled posts, so thank you to any of you who have taken the time to stop by, it is genuinely appreciated by me.
24 Feb 2017 8 Comments
This post is to announce the news that Character Constructions stamps are now available at That’s Crafty! So far as we are aware, they are the only U.K. stockists of Character Constructions stamps. There had been queries to their availability outwith the U.S. so it is good to know that Catherine and Laura have pulled together to make this happen and you can see the sets available if you click HERE.
If you are new to Character Constructions, this is the link to Catherine Moore’s website. Catherine is the designer of the stamps and they truly are a labour of love and passion for her. The stamps are meticulously designed.
Like many of you, I am lucky to have access to many gorgeous stamps and the companies you see me whose stamps I work with time and again, I do so because I genuinely love their stamps and respect the companies. It would be tough to be enthusiastic if I did not genuinely feel this way. This also extends to Character Constructions. The stamps are high quality, the older ones I have actually date back to my earliest days of stamping, that might be 9 years or so. Catherine designs them by collections and within the collection, each set, or plate, has a number – French Laundry No. 11, etc. I find this a good system for keeping track of which stamps I own.
The stamps are wonderful for mixing and matching, constructing paper dolls from various collections but you could stay within the collections if that is what you prefer – there are no rules! The lesson I learned, the dolls do not need to have their body parts in proportion. Initially I would stumble over this, blame my years of Art & Design at school (!) but it is so freeing to be lead by your imagination.
I have selected two of the sets available from That’s Crafty, showing the set and previous projects where I used those particular sets.
The crinoline skirt is also available from That’s Crafty, look for Paris Flea No. 3
From Paris Flea, I worked with this set to
create another paper doll on outsize wooden peg (again with the same crinoline skirt as above).
If you do a search on my blog you will see the many ways I work with the stamps, either as stand alone paper dolls, cards, tags, presentation ideas and more. They do not necessarily have to be for pretty paper dolls, they can be arty, edgy, they can be anything you want them to be and they are also for beyond paper dolls – wearable art, journals, assemblage….. For those of you who are like me, you rarely work with pattern paper pads, there’s no reason you cannot stamp onto your own backgrounds or onto fabric.
Catherine has just released a new collection, The Blue Daisy .
If you have any requests then maybe it would be worthwhile contacting That’s Crafty.
This link is to Character Constructions Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CharacterConstructions/?fref=ts
I am sure, if you have any queries about the stamps, Catherine will be willing to answer them, just leave a query at the link above.
Just a thought – some of those stamps would look amazing with That’s Crafty’s new shrines 🙂
Thank you for your visit to this post. I have a few other posts scheduled, seems to be a busy week!