I made a promise I would not be bombarding you with Christmas/winter artwork yet here I am, already breaking that promise, by sharing another sample I made for the Crafty Individuals Winter Frost Challenge.
At the time of making the ornament featured in this post HERE, I also made another ornament, working with the same or similar materials and with the same set of stamps, CI-446.
onelynneI have been dipping quite a bit into metallics (paints, sprays and other various medium) for Christmas/winter 2015.  In previous years I have favoured white on white with shimmer and sparkle as my absolute first choice and also forcing myself to dip into bolder use of colours, such as the cards featured over at Somerset Place (I still haven’t fallen in love with those cards … more on them in a future post) and I also really like Kraft with Gesso and sparkle for Christmas but this year I have been drawn to metallics, in other words, expect more projects featuring metallics!
Most times I work in multiples.  It wasn’t always the case and I don’t know if I have fallen into this habit due to submitting artwork to Stampington, especially when it comes to cards when I tend to create a collection.  Like I say, I don’t know the reason but most times it is the way my mind works, make one and before I know it, I am in the middle of preparing a second or third!twolynneI would have liked to have had the ornament hanging up when photographed so you could see how the metallics catches the light but it just wasn’t happening to had to give up and photograph it laid out flat.fourFor this and the Noel ornament I wanted to slightly change the appearance of the cardstock, beyond the painting and the stamping.  Initially I thought about a Fresco Metallic or Pearl Glaze but when I saw a bottle of Ice Resin Paper Sealant I decided to use that and have to say I really liked the outcome – not that you can really tell by way of the photograph.
A trio of rhinestones simply adorn the front and hopefully add a wee dash of elegance.fiveThank You for your visit to this blog post and remember, if you have any Crafty Individuals products in your stash and want to create some Winter Frost artwork, then click the link at the top of this post to visit Jean’s Crafty Individuals blog to read details on how to enter the challenge.
Many thanks for your visit to this scheduled post.  My next scheduled post will be Sunday, for That’s Crafty.

(I linked up to Prima’s 6th Day of Christmas as my ornament features a beautiful Relics and Artifacts wing)

She Is Merry & Bright

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Don’t be thinking I will be inundating you with festive posts between now and the 25th of December but every now and then, it is possible I will be sharing something with a hint of Christmas/winter to it.
I count myself very lucky to receive stamps to play with and the lovely Chris and Sharon from Redlead continue to be so supportive.  In this post I am sharing a simple wooden ornament, which unusually for me, I decided to work with a pop of colour to bring some festive cheer!
This sweet stamp is Warm Winter Wishes.  Actually it is two stamps for the price of one because there is the main stamp which is the girl and also a lovely sentiment stamp, you guessed it, Warm Winter Wishes (which I didn’t use on this ornament).winterwisheslynneoneShabby white brush strokes to break up the painted red background with the sweet child stamped onto tissue paper before adding a flurry of vintage mica flakes along with a touch of stencilling.winterwisheslynnetwoFlip the ornament over to reveal the sentiment, She Is Merry & BrightwinterwisheslynnefourShimmer and sparkle and a cluster of jingle bells and a snowflake charm tied with a scrap of ticking fabric.winterwisheslynnefiveI hope your days are merry and bright at the moment.
If you are interested, Redlead recently released their Christmas stamps for 2015 along with stencils and an array of wooden ornaments, charms etc.
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The First Noel

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For the November Challenge at Crafty Individuals the theme is Winter Frost

Here are a few words from Jean, about the challenge.
Effie is in charge of November, and has picked the lovely theme of ‘Winter Frost’. So I guess anything winteryish with a touch of snow or glitter would be perfect for this theme. We do hope you will join in with something wintery or christmassy!

Here are the usual guidelines:

To enter this month’s Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to this Blog. Leave a link in the URL box displayed in this post to take us directly to your Challenge project, which will then appear on this Blog as a thumbnail image – so we can all see your wonderful arty work. If you don’t have a blog we are happy to accept emailed image entries too.

At the end of the month Effie will set about choosing five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don’t forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid to use until the 10th of December.
For my team sample I gathered my Crafty Individuals winter/Christmas themed stamps, mulling over what to work with when it was decided for me as soon as I spied a small canvas lying beside a Prima Relics and Artifacts wing, lying beside a stamp I already had attached to an acrylic block.  All coming together as a Christmas ornament.oneThe sizing of Noel  (from CI -446, a recently released Elements set) made it the perfect word to fit into the canvas recess with only the addition of some subtle stamping in the form of a music score stamp, with a light scattering of mica flakes before sealing. twoI like to mix my metallics, something I was told NOT to do when I studied Art & Design at Secondary School. I will happily combine gold with silver, with brass, with bronze, etc!   I worked with layers of Champagne, Pure Platinum, a gold and a brass and a bronze bringing it all together with a dash of white.  A pity that the shimmer on the wing hasn’t translated to the photographs.
Despite all the shimmer of the various paints, the actual frame was looking too flat so I stamped into clear texture paste.  I was much happier with the extra texture and it fitted perfectly for the style and overall feel I was aiming for.threeIf you are in the middle of winter themed artwork, either Christmas cards or gifts or it could be Mixed Media or textile art. Whatever it is, if it is Winter Frost and follows the challenge guidelines then why not join the fun!
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Wishes & Mittens

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This is what I am sharing over at That’s Crafty today.forblogWith instructions, supplies, etc to be found HERE.
Happy 1st of November!

PaperArtsy Launch Night – Eclectica Darcy

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Tonight sees the launch of more PaperArtsy stamps, this time designed by the wonderful Darcy Wilkinson.

To view Darcy’s new stamp designs, which have a Christmas theme, along with samples by all her wingmen then please visit the PaperArtsy Blog post HERE.
I was lucky enough to be asked to be a wingman, having the fun of playing with the new stamps.
Let me whizz through the samples I made with both stamp sets all of which were made to the stipulated colour palette.
Sample No. 1winterwishesreinderoneStamping with paint for the background design with the same colour sprayed onto the cardbase.winterwishesreindeertwoA little hanging sentiment clustered with some bits and pieces.winterwishesreindeerthreeSample No. 2 – a Christmas bauble
baubleoneFresco Metallic Glaze was sprayed onto the painted background of the wooden bauble before layering up the stamped poinsettia.baubletwoSample No. 3 treeoneSample No. 4
Nearly all my samples feature PaperArtsy Fresco Metallic Glaze, particularly this card. You can see it reacting with the light.  Metallic Glaze is lovely made into a spray.snowmanoneI stamped one of the baubles forming a cluster of embellishments to add a little bit of interest to this corner of the card.
snowmanthreeSample No. 5 16 August 156Working with the designated colours to create splatters on the cardbase and to paint cardstock which I used as my stamping surface for the beautiful reindeer. The strip down the side was a piece of cardstock I had half prepared last Christmas with a snowflake stencil and iridescent texture paste so all I had to do was swipe on one of the designated paint colours, the iridescent paste creates a lovely resist effect. twoSample No. 6 reindeeroneThe paints diluted to create a soft, watery background onto which I splattered more paint and even more Metallic Glaze.  The reindeer was stamped onto cardstock which again was painted with Metallic Glaze applied as a wash prior to stamping.  The sentiment was stamped onto the same surface and cut into word tiles.reindeerfourWhite Fire Treasure Gold was applied here and there, simply swiped on with my fingertips.reindeerthreeThank You to Darcy for having me be one of her wingmen, it was a pleasure.
If you are interested in any of the newly launched PaperArtsy stamps along with the Limited Edition Frescos, Fresco Drying Retarder and Fresco Frosting Glaze then please source from your local stockist or favourite on-line store. They are available from That’s Crafty.
Thank You for visiting this blog post, sorry for being so lengthy!

A Christmas Delivery

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You probably know that Crafty Individuals have, just recently, released some new stamps but the stamp I am sharing in this post was from the previously released batch, CI-421 ,  A Christmas Delivery.
Recently I mentioned that red has been making an appearance now and again amongst my Christmas projects and here it has popped up once again!  I wasn’t even conscious I was doing so at the time when I made this, which is a few weeks ago now.12 November 019The base is an MDF panel painted with a mix of lovely DecoArt fluid paints before stencilling snowflakes. (The MDF panel, paints and stencil can be sourced from That’s Crafty).
I wasn’t sure how clear an impression I would get from the stamp, stamped onto Kraft which I had roughly painted with Gesso, but I had no reason to worry and then after stamping all I did was simply dab some of the same paint used for the base, to paint the lady’s jacket and other than that all I did was a generous sprinkling of Glamour Dust.detailoneThe torn ticking adds a touch of softness to the plaque along with some sweet mini pompom trim (I love this trim!)detailfourA wooden button painted to match the base. detailtwoThe sample stamps Crafty Individuals include with all on-line orders are always so useful. I’ve had this Christmas sentiment for some time now, I use it every year. detailthreeNot that I will be hanging this one but a festive plaque like this would be nice to hang from a door handle to welcome any visitors over the festivities.
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Sssh! Here Comes Santa

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I continue to be in festive mood over at the That’s Crafty Blog twoHmmm, doesn’t give very much away, does it?!
If you would like to view the project in full then you can visit it HERE.
As usual, this is a scheduled post but I wish you a lovely Sunday.

Warm Winter Wishes

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For my first post of December I am sharing a little wall hanging which I made for Redlead Paperworks featuring the beautiful Victorian style child who is all wrapped up for some fun in the snow.  At the time of writing this blog post this particular stamp is on special offer with a saving of 30% – find it HERE along with offers on other Christmas stamps.
This wall hanging is of a size which is nice enough to dangle from a door handle.victoriangreetingslynnemoncrieffRed isn’t a colour I normally play with but I couldn’t help myself for this little hanging. I think it was because of that beautiful piece of red seam binding. Chris and Sharon from Redlead package everything with such care and wrapped around the goodies I received was this deep cherry red seam binding which was the perfect embellishment for the wall hanging but I am getting ahead of myself as I haven’t shown you the little girl.
Anyone would have fun colouring her in but that isn’t something I tend to do. I simply gave her a dash of sparkle, after all she has been outside playing in the crisp white snow.twoBrushstrokes bring texture and interest to the background.sixThis lovely sentiment can be found HEREfiveThe final embellishments. threeThank You for your visit to this post. Between now and the 25th I will be sharing various festive samples but if possible I will throw in some non-festive makes along the way.

Merry & Bright

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I am starting this new week with a quick, scheduled post, sharing something which I have made to send to a friend for Christmas but which is also a sample for Darkroom Door.
I try to send to a friend and her family a Christmas ornament of some nature.  Last year from That’s Crafty I received Indigoblu MDF baubles from which I had only used the heart but decided this year to use the remainder of the baubles.
I thought the sentiments from the Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas sets would be perfect to stamp onto one of the baubles.
This bauble will appear on the Darkroom Door Blog at some stage so within this post all I will share are the stamps used and a couple of photographs.
Darkroom Door Stamps:-
Brushed Christmas Vol 1
Texture Stamp Dots
blogoneI seem to be in the mood for pastel pink and blue with touches of winter white at the moment.
I did wonder if I would need to stamp onto tissue paper but the sentiment stamped beautifully which I was pleased with especially as I wanted to heat emboss with some twinkly embossing powder.
blogtwoMore heat embossing in the form of the Texture Stamp Dots with white embossing powder. detailtwoIf you are in the middle of Christmas preparations then I hope they are going well.  I am glad I made an earlier start this year although I still have a feeling that I might not achieve all I want to do.
Have a lovely week.


Star Shine Bright

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Time for my DT post over at the That’s Crafty Blog.
This is a peek at one side of the project. blogPlease visit the That’s Crafty Blog to view the complete project, both sides of it and instructions by visiting HERE.

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