Woodland Maiden

Hello
Today, at the That’s Crafty Blog, I am sharing one of the samples made for the recent HOCHANDA show, where lots of new That’s Crafty products were launched.
On my sample, I managed to sneak in one of my most loved stamps from Character Constructions… sneaky because it is not sold at the That’s Crafty store but Laura will place special orders for any Character Constructions stamps which might catch your eye.
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If you would like to see the project in full, with instructions, then please visit HERE.
Have a lovely day.
Wishes
Lynne

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My Little Pretties (@ Somerset Life)

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I have no idea where time is disappearing to!
Here I am sharing items which appear in an Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Life !!!
Somerset Life has been a favourite Stampington & Co title for the longest time,  a reader long, long before I first submitted, fulfilling an area in my creative life, as a reader and now someone who has submitted/published a few times, that is beautifully unique, it truly captures creative living.
I cannot even remember when I submitted this collection of pretties, possibly one year ago, in answer to a Tag challenge call.
As happens more often than not with me, they came about by chance.  I found myself with excess Gesso, grabbed some tags and swiped the Gesso onto them.  When I bundled them up, I happened to gather them along with some pink/red lace.  Suddenly, from that action, I had the idea of creating pretty tag ladies.  Those are moments that  make me happy LOL.
In that moment I had no doubt I would be inking up Character Constructions stamps.
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She is one of my absolute, all time favourite Character Constructions stamps, I never tire of her.  It was wonderful to see her available on the That’s Crafty site.  You can find her HERE.
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All stamping is done directly onto the tag, zero fussy cutting on this project! This was all about the fun of adding the wee touches, such as the fabric formed into a simple bow for her hair.
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They were presented as a bundle, tied with torn fabric that I had used on the tags, that is one of the reasons I kept to a limited colour palette, making them more attractive when viewed as a collective bundle.
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A stamped butterfly alights on her arm, wishing her a pretty day.
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This pretty holds out a welcoming flower.
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It was fun to adorn her hair with roses cut from lace rose trim.
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The wee birdie sings sweetly to her.
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A sentiment adorns the rear of each tag with a fragment of fabric.
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Catherine Moore’s Character Constructions stamps allow me to dip into pretty with a touch of whimsy and can be light relief from when I have been immersed in my dreich and drippy (!) projects LOL.
Thank you so much for your visit to this post.  I continue to read through all the comments you generously leave for me to read.
Wishes
Lynne

Let The Party Begin, A Celebration Gal (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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I thought I would begin this week with another of the Celebration Gals from The Stampers’ Sampler.
The paper doll is constructed from Character Constructions stamps, quite a few stamps.
That’s Crafty is the U.K. stockist for Character Constructions stamps and will take special orders for any Character Constructions stamps which are not available in their shop/website.  You can contact That’s Crafty with your enquiries.
Young woman’s face is from French Laundry No. 10
Dress is from Cirque No. 10
Her legs/stripy tights are from Paris Flea No. 8 (this is in stock at That’s Crafty)
Cake is from Mannequin Cafe No. 14
Her hat is from Mad Tea Party No. 2
She stands at 9.5″
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To make it more celebratory, I added some gems to the hat and organza ribbon bow.
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The same gems were added to her dress.
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She holds a flag declaring “Let The Party Begin” (from Red Lead) which she carefully carries a birthday cake in her other hand.
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It is always fun to add trimmings and other details to the paper dolls.  It’s amazing how even the smallest details can add so much to the dolls.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Celebration Gal #1 Celebrate Today(The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Today is the first of my Celebration Gals paper dolls to share.
Each paper doll was created for the theme of celebrations, in answer to an annual challenge call from Stampington & Co’s The Stampers’ Sampler.  The results appeared in the Spring 2017 issue and how delighted I was that they were featured, the Celebration Gals.
The dolls were presented in a gift bag which I also had fun altering to the theme except I cannot source a photograph!
All stamps are Character Constructions and Red Lead.
Character Constructions:   Mad Tea Party No. 2    Mannequin Cafe No. 8  Inner Child No. 1
Red Lead: Celebrate Today Label
She stands at 9.5″ so she is reasonably tall!
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Knowing I’d be making more than one paper doll, I decided to use some unloved pattern paper.  If time had been on my side or only making one, I’d have no doubt painted my own papers.  It feels a bit like cheating when I use pattern paper!
Her face, arms and legs were stamped onto lovely vintage paper.  The sparkles are not really “me” but I wanted cheerful colours on the dolls.
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My hands might complain of fussy cutting but I can overlook it to focus on the fun of assembling all the fussy cut elements to bring the dolls to life.
The frill and bow tie were all fussy cut and layered, with a fluttering of stained lace around the edging of the neckline and sleeves of the dress.
The character is added by placement of limbs, here I had her with one arm behind her back, maybe she is clutching another birthday surprise!  The gift package is dressed with pearl trim and sparkle.
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A celebratory label dangles from her wrist.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
If you are interested in any of the Character Constructions stamps and live in the U.K., That’s Crafty are the U.K. stockist.  They will special order any Character Constructions stamp which they do not hold in stock.  Visit Character Constructions to view all available collections
Wishes
Lynne

Laundry Day

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I have a very quick post to share, a little something I made as a “paper fancy” gift.
The main stamps used are from the recent release from Character Constructions, Blue Daisy collection with the wonderful French Laundry stamp from one of the older collections, a French Laundry set.
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This is actually a paper lavender sachet or should that be a lavender, paper sachet?
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The image was stamped onto lovely paper from a vintage French Agenda, some of the pages containing beautiful writing.  By stamping onto this paper, I liked the whimsy of the day of the week appearing on the image , as though Mercredi is laundry day (I really should have scheduled this post for yesterday!)
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With the sachet being simple in approach, I wanted the tag to be in keeping with this simplicity.   Old denim jeans formed the base, although I did layer it to kraft cardstock for stability and  a place to jot a message.  A sweet vintage button is all that embellishes the stamped and fussy cut Blue Daisy dress, oh, I also stamped buttons.  This smock dress is a cleverly designed stamp because the open design allows for so many possibilities whether under-stated or adding wild, doodled patterns. A great stamp to use with Gelli prints.
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That’s Crafty are U.K. stockists for selected Character Constructions stamps, including the recent addition of two sets from the Blue Daisy collection.  If you have any queries regarding availability of Character Constructions stamps, either contact Laura Holland at That’s Crafty or contact me and I will pass your query to Laura.
Thank you 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

A gentle heart

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Sorry for the lateness of what should have been a scheduled post, for That’s Crafty.
Over at their blog, I am sharing this Upright.
All details: supplies, instructions and more photos and details of the beautiful sentiment stamp I worked with, all can be seen HERE.
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Thank you so much for your visit. I realise I have been even more absent, than normal!
Wishes
Lynne

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