Sweet Messages of Love

Hello Everyone
We are down to the very last days of January so it is most certainly time that I shared my final January DT projects for Gecko Galz.
I had intended to sharing the projects over two posts but as time is against me I am including them in the same post so have to apologise that this will be lengthy!
As it is Gecko Galz DT project I am providing a list of supplies and also instructions.
Below are the details for the first pocket only.
Gecko Galz Hearts Galore
Oxford Impressions BonBon stamp plate (Valentine)
Distress Stain & Distress Ink Antique Linen (Ranger)
x2 flags, lace, seam binding, paper flower, buttons and heritage colour emulsion paint (my stash)
Instructions Apply stain to the flag. Stitch the flags together to form pocket. Stamp Valentine repeatedly onto the flag then layer lace. Print Hearts Galore onto cardstock.  Cut out image and ink edges. Gently curve the image and adhere with silicone glue.  Paint scrap of cardstock with emulsion paint. Once dry stamp Valentine. Cut out to form a banner shape and adhere below the heart. Embellish heart with a paper flower. Stitch seam binding to form a handle and finally create a shabby bow to embellish the pocket.DIGITAL CAMERAThis image has such a lovely Victorian appearance to it. DIGITAL CAMERAFor the second pocket here is the supply list and instructions
Gecko Galz Little Angels Image Sheet
Gecko Galz Bits ‘n’ Pieces
Oxford Impressions BonBon stamp set
Distress Ink Tattered Rose and Tea Dye (Ranger)
Caran d’ache watersoluble crayons
Two scallop flags, lace, buttons, seam binding, trim and paper flower (my stash)
Stain the flag and stitch two together to create a pocket. Stamp Valentine repeatedly onto the flag. Print Little Angels and Bits ‘n’Pieces onto cardstock. Using watersoluble crayons emphasise the heart in the Little Angels image. Distress and ink edges of both pieces. Layer both images with lace to the flag. Stitch seam binding to the pocket with buttons to form a handle. Embellish the pocket with tassel trim, paper flower and seam binding tied into a bow. DIGITAL CAMERAIf you are looking for Valentine card inspiration then visit Gecko Galz where you will see the DT’s Valentine cards and also instructions are supplied for each card.
Thank You for visiting and all the lovely comments you have left for me to read for the previous post. My next post, you might be relieved to read, isn’t for Valentine’s Day!! A little break is in order!
I always appreciate your visits, even moreso when I am not as active with visiting your own blogs.

Love In Their Eyes (FSC#40 Show Some Love)

Hello Everyone
Thank You for joining me this Sunday where it is time to announce a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.  For the next fortnight we are asking if you will Show Some Love.   We always ask that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed, other than that just have fun with this theme.  The winning entry will receive a prize from our wonderful sponsor so well worth your while entering. All details on the FSC site as well as the inspirational artwork from my DT sisters.
I decided to go for a very romantic take on the theme selecting the stunning Soul Of The Rose plate from Oxford Impressions.  This was the first stamp plate I bought from Oxford Impressions and  I still love it as much as I did on day one.DIGITAL CAMERAA heart shaped box.
I wanted a tactile feel to the box so the stamp was stamped onto TAP before transferring to canvas. As you can see in the first photograph, absolutely none of the fine detail was lost in transferring to TAP.DIGITAL CAMERAAfter painting the box I stamped the damask design from French Script. I wanted the design to be subtle so I opted to stamp with Distress Ink which increased the shabby appearance before applying molding paste. DIGITAL CAMERALeaving the molding paste to harden I had plans to lightly add some highlights to the relief design but when I came back to the project I decided to leave it plain as I liked the contrast against the painted and stamped background.DIGITAL CAMERAThank You for visiting this post and enjoy your Sunday.

When Cupid Strikes

Love is definitely in the air at Gecko Galz with their 30 days of Valentine’s underway.
Valentine's+day+Tag+Badge+Gecko+Galz+2013Each day there will be a Valentine card from a DT member with supplies and instructions and if you happen to have missed any of the days then they are all on display for you to view. Today is my turn to share my Valentine with you.
As with all Gecko Galz DT projects I will share supplies and brief instructions
Gecko Galz Digital Paper Pack Star Crossed
Gecko Galz Little Angels Image Sheet
Oxford Impressions BonBon (Valentine stamp)
Resin Corner Embellishment (Melissa Frances)
Canvas printer paper, vellum, iron-on transfer paper, vintage book text, cotton, lace and seam binding (my stash)
Print Star Crossed paper onto canvas printer paper and vellum. Layer the canvas printer paper panel onto cardbase. Tear vellum into a strip and stamp Valentine. Layer to cardbase with lace.  Print Little Angel image sheet onto iron-on transfer paper and transfer to cotton. Embellish image with lace and corner embellishment then layer to cardbase with French book text.  Finally embellish card with seam binding (stained) tied into a shabby bow.
DIGITAL CAMERAThere are always special offers and fun taking place at Gecko Galz so well worth taking a visit.
One last thing before I leave for today – thank you for the wonderful messages of Congratulations you left for Butterfly (Alison) on her win of my Giveaway.
Everyone take care and if the snow is proving to be a hurdle for you then maybe you are managing to use it to your advantage and staying tucked up inside and having some creative time!

To You, I Give My Heart (TSC#27 Love & Lace)

The first of the month sees a new theme being announced over at The Stampsmith Challenge Blog.  This month the challenge set is Love & Lace.  As always there is a prize up for grabs (winner selected randomly) with The Cutting Garden (http://thecuttinggarden.ca) sponsoring the February challenge!  The rules can be found over at TSC Blog and  as always we ask that you include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your artwork. Love can be depicted in any form, love between a couple, friendship, love for a pet, etc and the addition of lace can be paper lace, doilies, lace in the form of a stamp, or fabric lace.
For my DT piece I selected the stunning bridal stamp from the Portrait of a Lady plate.I reached for lace in pastel colours, creating layers before adding the centre piece of a decorative panel painted with emulsion paint and then the addition of the blushing bride. When a friend sent me the most gorgeous panel of lace with the word Love I wanted to save it for a special project, intending to use the whole piece but it is too precious so I only cut out a decorative piece to add beneath the shabby bow. By pure chance these words caught my eye on some sheet music sitting beside me as I worked on this hanging, “To You I Give My Heart”. Isn’t it wonderful when a little piece of perfect is what you stumble upon when working away on a project. Whichever way you interpret the Love & Lace challenge, we look forward to seeing your artwork.
Happy Stamping!

His Plea, “Be Mine”

By now you probably all know of Dezinaworld’s images being available free to everyone but did you know that June also has a Pick of the Day and that the Spotlight Challenge has returned, so there is always plenty of activity taking place over at the  Dezinaworld Blog.
Love is most definitely filling the air so I just had to use this image available on one of the image sheets that is part of the Vintage Collage Trio.  Many times I’ve worked with images from the children and women image sheets in this set but this is the first time I’ve used the sheet comprising images of couples, a sheet perfect for Valentine’s Day.Using a Crafty Individuals shabby tag as the base I stamped Valentine from Oxford Impressions’ BonBon plate, in fact all stamps are from this set, including the fussy cut hearts and ribbon.
Glass glitter and a cluster of flowers.Be Mine So why not pop on over to June’s and collect some images for your art.
Before I say Goodbye I cannot thank you all enough for joining in with my Giveaway.

And They Danced Into The Wee Hours (FSC#12 – New Year – New Stash)

At Fashionable Stamping Challenge we are asking you to share your New Stash with us in our challenge, New Year – New Stash.  Did you receive new stamps or what about paper or ribbon or packs of embellishments, whatever it may be then create some art and share with us but please remember that we are passionate about stamping at FSC so you must include some stamping on your artwork.
With our first challenge of the year landing on New Year’s Day I decided to make a calendar, depicting four dancers as they dance in the New Year.The pocket watch from The Dressmaker plate from Oxford Impressions’ was stamped onto K&co paper to make a backdrop for the dancers. The watch was perfect as a symbol for the dancers counting down the time as they bring in the New Year. The dancers, from the Jane Austen plate (also Oxford Impressions’) should of course be dancing in Regency England but I am bringing them north of the Border where they are  possibly dancing a Highland jig!
The quote is a rub-on which suited the piece perfectly.You pick the theme this time whether you choose a theme depicting New Year or otherwise is your choice but remember and show us your New Stash. All entry details are available at the FSC Blog where you will also see the stunning artwork created by my fellow Fashionettes.

A Love Like No Other

It will come as no surprise that the cards I am sharing with you today are Mother’s Day cards.
On all three cards the images are from a new collage sheet from Divas D’Este, “Mother’s Day“. This sheet comprises six images of mothers with their daughters and one image of roses.
Printing them onto canvas paper not only gives them a tactile quality but for a special occasion card it adds an extra touch. Keeping the image as the focal point and also to suit the era, I used a subtle Laura Ashley paper adding a  stitched border. Cutting a scallop edge strip with some co-ordinating paper, adding vintage two tone velvet,  Prima blossom and a large flat back pearl.
With this image I created a more elaborate surrounding for it with two layer of K&co papers, once again with stitched borders. Trying to echo the beautiful blossom in the image I selected an apricot lace applique placing a smaller lace flower in the centre. The sentiment was cut from the collage sheet and inked with Victorian Velvet ink then layered on top of Picot edged ribbon with a cluster of  fabric roses added .
The final card of the trio. Embellished only with stitching, lace bow and some beautiful vintage lace.
I hope you have enjoyed the Mother’s Day inspired artwork I have shared with you this week. Although I created them with today in mind, the images from Mother’s Day collage sheet could be used for birthday cards, Thinking of You, etc. Lynne x

Mother of Mine

Mothering Sunday is celebrated at different times of the year, depending on which part of the world you live in. Although it is not celebrated until May in the U.S.A., as this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.K. I am showing artwork for this particular celebration.
In honour of this day, there will be many projects this week with images of mothers and children. You may remember that  I created similar glass ornaments for Christmas. It is such a versatile idea as any image can be used. Here I used images from Divas D’Este’s To Mom With Love collage sheet.
Both glass ornaments are edged with coarse vintage glass glitter, which is perfect for edging as a substitute to soldering.
Generous lengths of satin ribbon for hanging or they can be propped on a home decor item.
The glass ornament above would make a special gift for a new mother.

If you visit Divas D’Este’s site you will notice that they have a new collage sheet available called “Happy Mother’s Day”.
I hope you will visit again this week to see other Mothering Sunday artwork. Lynne x

Little Packages of Love

Like the majority of crafters I like to make use of items around the home, altering them into something pretty.
These lovely clip art images are from Divas D’Este’s Valentine Variety collage sheet (CS).I re-sized the sheet and printed onto smooth white cardstock

Matchboxes in any size are perfect for altering, especially when gift giving.Once the box is primed with Gesso I painted with either  Antique Gold or Soft Pink acrylics.Lace was added and an image selected.Adorned with crinkled ribbon and either paper flowers or heart shape embellishment.
All they require now, a special gift tucked inside.