Her Artful Heart – TC16april

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Last week, over at That’s Crafty, I said I would be sharing Part II of my journal but due to Gremlins, it is this post I am sharing instead.
This project features one of the Character Constructions stamps available from That’s Crafty, Inner Child No. 5.   The heart paper doll is the largest stamp from the set but I also included some of the other stamps.
That’s Crafty are the only U.K. stockists of Character Constructions stamps, stocking selected stamps.  If you are interested in any Character Constructions stamps that do not appear on the That’s Crafty website,  Laura Holland will welcome your enquiries.  To view the complete catalogue of Character Constructions stamps, visit HERE.
All details for this project can be viewed HERE.
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Have a lovely Sunday.
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

Sweet Dreams (Willow & Sage)

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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.
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This is the trio of sachets.
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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
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For one of the sachets, a lovely scrap of grosgrain ribbon stitched to the sachet, allowing the lavender sprig to be held in place.
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All the stamping was done before filling the sachets with the dried lavender buds.
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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.
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This sachet could be presented in the white paper pocket and when removed, it can be suspended from the loop, formed from grosgrain ribbon.
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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.
Wishes
Lynne

Art Girl

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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.
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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.
Wishes
Lynne

She Hath Wings (Somerset Studio)

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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)

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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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

The Heart of Childhood (for Calico Craft Parts GD)

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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.
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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.
Wishes
Lynne

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