Be Mine (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Thank you if you made it through to today for the sixth and final Valentine paper doll.
Be Mine paper doll is approx 3.5″ x 8″
(All paper doll stamps are Character Constructions)
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For some reason, her face makes me smile!
Here she is with her pretty dress, with lace trim and a touch of sparkle.
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A wooden heart with crackle and of course, PaperArtsy Fresco paints with a Redlead sentiment declaring her adoration for her Valentine.
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I’ve noticed I seem to like to bundle tags and sentiments, to suspend from the wrist of a paper doll.  Not sure why I feel the need to do this, maybe it is just another way to adorn them.
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This crinoline stamp is a “must have” for paper dolls and it is versatile because there is no reason it then cannot be layered with tulle, lace, net, whatever you can lay your hands upon.  The ribbon, which I pleated was another way to add detail to the skirt.
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Thank you so much for visiting.  If the paper dolls brought a smile to your face then I am more than happy!  They were such a joy to create, then to have them published was such a wonderful feeling.
Soon, I will be sharing another, much smaller collection of paper dolls, again which date from last year but for now, posts return to normal on Sunday with my regular That’s Crafty DT post.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

French Kiss (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Hello!
Today is the penultimate Valentine paper doll.
As with the previous posts this week, the paper doll comprises Character Constructions stamps and for this project, a That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart, which has become a fun piece as I adhered it to a painted and stamped wooden stick.
She is approx 4″ x 11″
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A Dinky Stencil was used on the heart, you can just about make out the design.
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It’s such a lovely stencil, this is the link HERE, TC038
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This LOVE banner was made from the individually stamped letters (from Paris Flea set), forming it into a shabby banner. (The V appears to be shy!)  She also holds an envelope.five
Could that sweet flower be a wrist corsage from her sweetheart?
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Thank you so much for staying with me for this week of daily posts.  One more paper doll and then we will return to normal!
Wishes
Lynne

You Are My Destiny (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Today is No. 4 of the paper dolls I am sharing from the latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
She is approx 4.5″ x 9″
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If you love details then Character Constructions stamps allow you to while away the time adding all manner of details.  That fabulous sparkly heart was a gift from lovely Dorthe Hansen, perfect to add a touch of glamour to a stamped bow.
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Those stripey sleeves are such great stamps, the instantly inject fun into a paper doll.
The wooden heart receives a pretty trim edging, that sweet trim I received from an art friend, Clintine Steele.
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This paper doll does like a hint of bling!  Tiny rhinestones form a bracelet.
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I love the stripey tights as much as the sleeves.
Look at the tiny rhinestones on her shoes!
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Thank you so much for your visit to this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Love Letters (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Character Constructions Valentine paper doll number 3 to share today.
The face of this particular paper doll stamp (from Paris Flea collection) has such expression. You just know she is a mischief maker!
This is approx 4″ x 11.5″
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A That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart with heart Dinky Stencil.
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It’s fun to mix and match the Character Construction stamps.  I gave her a hat with a sweet little floral detail added.
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This wooden word was the perfect detail to create balance.
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The stamped crinoline is made into a skirt with the addition of lace and pretty trim.
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Sweet messages hang from her wrist
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with a Redlead Paperworks sentiment stamped onto a painted wood stick.
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Thank you so much for your visit. I just thought that there seems to be an air of negativity in the world at the moment that a few photographs of paper doll projects would lighten the atmosphere, even if only for a few moments.
I hope you are enjoying spending time with those young lady paper dolls.
Wishes
Lynne

Forever & Always (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Day 2 of sharing another of the Character Constructions paper dolls which appears in The Stampers’ Sampler.
This doll is approx 4.5″x9.5″ with paper doll stamps from Character Constructions and sentiments from Darkroom Door and Redlead Paperworks.
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The face, beret and arms and corset are all from Paris Flea collection.
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Her arms wrap around a wooden heart, clutching it tight to her own heart.
PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze adds texture to the heart with a Redlead sentiment declaring a message to her Valentine.
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From each wrist, which is delicately adorned with a lace cuff, hangs a sweet message.
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The hem of her lace skirt is adorned with pretty lace rose trim.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Love – A Simple Word (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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This week, I have decided to bring some fun and whimsy to my blog.  I have scheduled a post for each day.
The reason for such activity, I received the recent issue of The Stampers’ Sampler and so happy to see, amongst other bits ‘n’ pieces, some Character Constructions paper dolls, each with a declaration of love.
Catherine Moore’s stamps have the most amazing details and I sort of went to town on each project, detail overload!
The six paper dolls work as a collection but when I was making them, I divided them into two groups.  One of the dolls I am sharing today is from the group which features a fabulous That’s Crafty heart adhered to a wooden stick onto which the paper doll rests.
This project is approx 4″x11″… quite tall!
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This is one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, actually one of my oldest stamps as it was bought early on when I really started to get into stamping.  Of course there is fun in stamping and yes, even I am coming around to fussy cutting (!) but the most fun is assembling and adding details.
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A stamped bow adorns her head with a tiny detail made from some ribbon. She holds flowers in one hand and a precious Valentine in her arm.  Can we guess that she is going to visit her Valentine or maybe this is the Valentine gift she has received!
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Behind her, you can see that I stencilled the lovely Dinky Stencil  Long Hearts Background from That’s Crafty, stencilling with clear texture paste then painting with Frescos.
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Peeking from beneath her lace skirt is a crinoline (from Paris Flea No. 3)
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The wooden stick painted with Frescos and stamped with a Redlead Paperworks stamp (from this set).  The sweet, sparkly heart is from my lovely friend Dorthe.
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With this collection I have decided to not be apologetic about the shabby style of them.  Most of what I work on these days sees me step further away from shabby chic but there are times when it just seems the perfect fit and if I am honest, when I am making something, I never approach it with the conscious thought of this will or will not be shabby, grungy or whatever, it all just happens.
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Nature’s Retreat (Willow and Sage)

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Amongst all the amazing art adventures in 2016, one would have to be articles I had in Willow and Sage.
Although I would love to dabble with bath and body products (before I discovered rubber stamps, I enjoyed blending aromatherapy oils) and I was obviously aware of Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage magazine, it wasn’t one I was ever considering submitting to until an invitation was handed to me to submit. To have an article in the Summer 2016 issue was momentous enough but to follow that with an article in Autumn and then Winter issues, no wonder I felt overwhelmed!
In the Autumn issue of Willow and Sage, my article centres around presentation with a rustic appearance with two pockets/pouches and soap bar wraps.
I worked with:-
Zen – Character Constructions Theatre of Dreams Plate No. 8
Wellbeing Word Block – Darkroom Door
onewandslynnePaperArtsy Crunchy Wax Paper was exactly what I needed for this rustic quality I was aiming for.
twowandslynnemoncrieffThe packaging was split into two themes, one which was all about calm, relaxing, being zen,threewandslynnemwhile, in contrast, words such as energy and renew were stamped to form tags for two of the soap bar wraps.fivewandslynnemEmbellishments were quite minimal, any incorporated were wood, such as this peg and wooden leaf
sixwandslynnewith jute twine enhancing the theme.sevenwandslynnem
I have so much catching-up to do that I might not achieve it all but every now and then I am going to try and post a project which is new to the blog but old in terms of when it was made or published.
I really want to get back on track with keeping my blog active and as importantly, visiting your blogs on a regular basis.
Thank you for your visit and thank you to Christen Hammons at Stampington & Co Willow and Sage for this opportunity.
Wishes
Lynne

Winter Wishes (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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This post features a trio of snowflake angels which appear in the Autumn issue of The Stampers’ Sampler – squeezing them in here, before the end of the year, really should have shared them before now!
This is quite photo heavy but will be short on words…that’s a first!
The trio gathered together – each doll approx 4.5″ x 8″
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Each angel consists of many stamps, so they are not quick makes but once you give yourself over to them, they are such fun to stamp, assemble and then adorn.  For all the paper dolls, I painted papers/cardstock.angelonecclynnem2016She has such a wonderfully sweet face.angeloneonecclynnem2016ICE Resin brings a wonderful dimension to the wings, with the merest hint of glitter.
angelonetwocclynnem2016The crinoline stamp is a huge favourite of mine, for the angels I dressed it up further with layers of tulle or vintage lace.angelonefourcclynnem2016Glad Tidings.angeltwoonecclynnem2016The colours are subtle, a very pale blue with hints of silver.angeltwotwocclynnem2016Snowflake WishesangelthreeonecclynnemEach has sheer ribbon as a hanging mechanism so they could be displayed on a Christmas tree or door handle or arranged along a mantle.angelthreetwocclynnemShe hands out snowflake wishes to passersby on a winter day.
angelthreefivecclynnemCatherine Moore’s beautiful stamps allowed me to have fun. One of the joys of 2016 has been working with her stamps and the honour of being on Catherine’s D.T.
January 1st is looming upon us but I will try and share at least one more blog post before the end of the year comes calling.
Wishes
Lynne

Hanging Around The Christmas Tree

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A quick post to share two ornaments featuring Character Constructions stamps and Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts.
Some weeks ago I received Character Constructions Christmas Vintage Christmas Plate No. 6  which has wonderful festive sentiments and I thought it would be fun to use them on ornaments. The second ornament has a sentiment from the Bird and Bee No. 14 set.
ornieonedetailonelynneccI have been drawn to tartan this year, do not ask me why!ornieonelynnemccAt this time of the year, a dash of glitter is acceptable, just a light sprinkle as the ICE Resin magnifies it.ornietwolynnemccSimply stamped muslin bags again featuring Character Constructions stampsgiftbagsHope you are all whizzing though your Christmas preparations!
Wishes
Lynne

Clan MacDeer & Their Festive Shenanigans

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Normally, at this time of the year, I flood my blog with festive inspired creations.  A few factors have hindered this happening this year one being that my mind is still stuck back in March, possibly April… certainly not December!!!!
That said, a few weeks ago I received Happy Mail indeed, stamps from Catherine Moore’s Character Constructions, Vintage Christmas plates No. 6 – 9.
Inking up Plate No. 9, along with stamps:- dresses, arms and feet, from various other CC stamps plates, I really did have a great deal of fun making what I’m about to share in this post. Lots of fussy cutting involved, my fingers are still refusing to speak to me!

(words – Lynne Moncrieff 2016)
Clan MacDeer & Their Festive Shenanigans
If you travel north of my home, keep to the country roads and give yourself enough time in your journey to stop along the way, stretch your legs, partake of light refreshments.  Eventually,  after what seems an eternity, you will spy a castle rising out of the gloaming.  At first sight it is imposing, you will possibly have the urge to about turn.  Instead, find some courage, some say that a little Dutch Courage in the shape of a nip of whisky is all that is required,  I prefer the advice of taking a deep breath and embrace what lies within the walls of the castle.  
Guidebooks will inform you that this is the family residence of Clan MacDeer but in the nearby village, whisperings are muttered that MacDeer are no ordinary family, they are magical creatures, half human and half reindeer.  
Tis only from  1st December ’til Midnight of 1st January that cheer resonates from the castle.  Ceilidh music, the swirl of the bagpipes, the cries and whoops and stomping of feet of those gathered as they dance their way through The Eightsome Reel, The Dashing White Sergeant and the one which sees everyone clamber onto the floor, Strip The Willow.  reindeeronelynnemccAmongst those whose dresses swirl in the air  and whose voices whoop the loudest, are the triplets of the MacDeer clan.  Daphne is the eldest by 1 minute 20 seconds.reindeeronelynnedetailccAggie, she is the baby, with her sweet demeanor and always a quizzical look to her face,reindeerthreelynnemccshe is also the most likely to be fussed over especially with new frocks for the festive season.reindeerthreedetaillynnemccMairi’s greatest wish is that she were the first born of the triplets and not the middle girl.  She can often be heard telling “a fib” when asked if she is the eldest.  Yes, Mairi loves Daphne and Aggie like no other but how she deerly  dearly (!) wants the status of being the eldest.reindeertwolynnemccThe foolish girl that she is, she has even taken to dressing beyond her years!
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Of course there are other members of Clan MacDeer and if time permits, then I will allow an introduction.  In the meantime, thank you for stopping by especially at such a busy time.
Wishes
Lynne

(words are from my own silly imagination)

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