My Beautiful Rose

Today I have my March DT sample for Gecko Galz to share.
I wanted a mix of textures for this card yet for the overall effect to be pretty and to bring thoughts of walking through a garden at the height of Spring, the sun shines, the birds sing their songs and there is the scent of roses in the air.mybeautifulroselynne

Gecko Galz In My Easter Bonnet 1
Crafty Individuals Postcard stamp
Canvas printer paper
Corrugated cardboard
Martha Stewart Paint
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Distress Paint Tattered Rose
Paper doilies, 7”x5” cardbase, paperclay roses, metal frame, paper roses, fabric, lace and burlap

I like the effect from printing onto canvas printer paper.11 March 002A cluster of flowers and teeny pieces of lace and fabric.11 March 004

In Pic Monkey isolate this In My Easter Bonnet image, remove border and re-size. Print onto canvas printer paper, abrade edges and apply Distress Paint.
Tear corrugated cardboard to size of cardbase. Distress. Paint with Gesso followed by Martha Stewart paint. Adhere to cardbase.
Layer the image onto the cardbase with paper doilies (lightly apply Distress Paint) and embellish with the paper roses, paperclay rose, burlap, lace, torn paper, etc.
Stamp postcard onto found paper. Tear and tuck behind the cluster of flowers.
At top edge staple torn fabric and embellish with a metal frame and paperclay rose.

I have no doubt that the eagle-eyed amongst you spotted something very obvious on the card so I will hold my hands up and declare that I had to photograph the card before the silicone glue had dried. You see it don’t you, the drooping paperclay rose on the metal frame at the top of the card! After photographing I straightened it and it has dried successfully.  That’s what happens when you leave DT samples until the Eleventh Hour LOL.

Thank you for taking the time to visit this post.

Rosebuds and Butterflies (and The Winner of Giveaway No. 2 )

Hello Everyone
Welcome to my Sunday sneaky peek at my DT project for That’s Crafty.
A very mean sneaky peek however I am sure you can guess that once again I’ve had some fun with clay.12 March 005If you would like to view the full project it can be seen at the That’s Crafty Blog.

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of my March Madness Giveaway No. 2 – Stamps Away.
The randomly selected winning name is:-

Meggymay – Congratulations! Please could you acknowledge this post.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with that Giveaway. Remember, Giveaway No. 3 is now open and will stay open until 21st March, you are all welcome to join in.
Have a lovely day.

Rosebuds and Butterflies

Hello Everyone
Sunday signals my day for a DT post at the That’s Crafty Blog.
A sneaky peek but I am sure you can guess what I have been playing with!framedetail2As always, the full project, supply list and instructions can be viewed HERE.
Before I leave, a little reminder of the new That’s Crafty Challenge Blog which begins on 7th March.
Enjoy your Sunday

Nature’s Jewel

Hello Everyone
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
Today it is time for me to share a sneaky peek of my DT project over at the That’s Crafty Blog. detail2The full project can be viewed at the That’s Crafty blog along with instructions and supply list.
Many thanks for your visit to this post and for all your visits and lovely comments this past week.

Parisian Corset (published in The Stampers’ Sampler)

Hello Everyone
Today’s post is a follow on from this post last week.In that post I mentioned the feature in The Stampers’ Sampler (Jan/Feb/Mar) well alongside the fabric tags there were some other items, one of which I will share in this post.
Oxford Impressions’ Dressforms and Corsetry has to be one of my all time favourites, such a well thought out plate of stamps with beautiful text stamps also included. One of the main text stamps makes up most of the card I am sharing, on the background, tissue paper and button.
The painted cardstock is actually the palest of pinks, a most beautiful chalky emulsion called Camisole Pink which I’ve used for years, I particularly like it paired with sepia.DIGITAL CAMERAOrdinary white tissue paper which was given a makeover to allow me to create a pleated detail on the card.
Although it wasn’t printed as such in The Stampers’ Sampler, this little shabby button was handmade with clay. I used the text stamp selecting a decorative element and stamping onto the clay button before stitching to the tissue paper.
DIGITAL CAMERAAnother little detail.
DIGITAL CAMERAAnother time I will share the remainder of the projects included in the feature. 

Thank You for visiting this post today.

Happiness Is Homemade

I had this post drafted for a rainy day but on visiting Sharon’s blog and reading she is the guest for Take A Word and the theme is Sewing then I knew that rainy day had arrived and so re-drafted the post.
This postcard was made for the Postcard Swap I am participating in. Alexa was allocated September and she said that we could select our own theme. I opted for vintage dressmaking as I never tire of this theme and never tire of using  Oxford Impressions’ Dressforms & Corset set. I also used Suzanne’s Sewing Notions set, fast becoming another favourite of mine.I enjoyed making this postcard so much that I had to eventually tell myself “Step away from the postcard” as I was continually adding more and more stamped elements and scraps. As you can see I either stamped onto inked or painted cardstock and also stained old curtain lining in a tea bath. The button was made from clay after which I painted, inked and finally stamped onto it. I used my mini sewing machine, without thread, to create the holes.

Janette’s Correspondence

Today I am sharing my final piece of artwork as Artist In Residence for French Kissed Postcards. The image I selected for this piece is Victorian Beauty Actress. As mentioned in previous posts for FKP, Trishia compiles as much information as possible for each of the digital images she sells. It is fascinating to read such information.
For my final project I altered a clipboard, creating a little vignette. On seeing this image it conjured up a genteel lady sitting in her study as she contemplated the words in her mind before committing them to paper, possibly correspondence to a beau.  As I was incredibly lucky to receive some vintage postcards in the mail from Trishia I decided to scan them and incorporate a few of those postcards into this piece of altered art.
The photograph below shows Janette in clearer detail. After re-sizing I printed her onto canvas paper which is suitable for inkjet printers. Through trial and error I have discovered the most successful  results when the image is not too small.  Canvas paper is wonderful for distressing the edges by pulling the “threads” and inking with Distress Inks.
This particular clipboard was purchased as a blank, ripe for altering. I prepared the surface with two layers of Gesso prior to painting with my favourite colour of emulsion (latex) paint. This particular paint has a chalky appearance in a heritage colour. Once dry I stamped a letter which is called “My Beloved” but any text stamp would work well. Then the postcards were scanned, re-sized and printed onto white cardstock and distressed.
The clip of the clipboard was also painted with the same emulsion paint and then Decoupaint in Old White Patina. It was then adorned with a beautiful fabric bloom, tassel, teeny key and a little frame. Inside the frame  is a postage stamp cut from the scanned and printed postcard.
Finally adorning the bottom with coffee coloured lace
a piece of lace dyed with homemade spray inks and a smaller piece of vintage lace. To tie in with the era of the image, a cameo made with air dry clay painted with emulsion and a touch of Distress Ink. Janette would write her correspondence with a fountain pen so here sits a discarded pen nib (the vintage pen nib had Old White Patina applied to it).
Clip boards are wonderful to alter as it is just that little bit different from an altered canvas, creating a beautiful piece of wall art.
Over the past four weeks, if you have never used digital images in your artwork I hope my projects have encouraged you to at least try them. I also wanted to show that it is not merely glossy photo paper that can be used. My projects are the tip of the iceberg as there are a vast number of possibilities of what you can do with a digital image, especially when using mediums to transfer your image onto a variety of surfaces.

Before I say Au Revoir to French Kissed Postcard Friday I want to say how honoured I am to have been Artist In Residence for February. Trishia has been a gem to work with and her images, as you can imagine, make creating artwork a dream.  You will remember that every Monday Trishia is generous enough to provide a free image for you to use in your own artwork.  Lynne x

Sweet Marie (GSC)

Joining in the fun at Gingersnap Creations has been long overdue so the weekend before last I settled down to a relaxing evening to make something for their  “Kings and Queens” theme.  Sometimes when we start to plan a project all the pieces come together with actually, very little planning, just pure luck. I had just the perfect stamp for this theme from Character Constructions (CC stamps and making art dolls go hand in hand) but of course she would need a gown. Well I did not need to look very hard as that same day a bounty of goodies arrived from my friend Cynnie which included a bundle of serviettes/napkins. One in particular caught my eye because it had  “Chocolat” and a French address, could this be anymore perfect for Marie’s gown, I think not.
Marie was stamped onto watercolour paper and painted with washes of delicate colours, imagine the colour of French macaroons.

I know that vintage is my preferred style but now and again I like a little whimsy and CC stamps are whimsical in abundance.I trimmed the hem and bodice of her gown with pink lace .Her bodice edged with the finest French lace!
Her hair is so high she doesn’t realise she has the Eiffel Tower caught in it. I spy a feather, could there possibly be birds nesting in her hair?
From the tip of the feather to the hem on her dress, she stands at more than 12″ tall.

The Elopers

It is such an honour to be invited to be the February Artist In Residence for French Kissed Postcards, following on the heels of the immensely talented Penny Bennington. Many of you will be aware of French Kissed Postcards (FKP)but if this name is new to any of you let me tell you a little bit about FKP. Trishia’s passion is vintage postcards which she restores and sells digitally at her Zibbet store (badge on my sidebar will take you directly to her store). She gives detail such as the origin of the postcard and also any information such as what may have been written on the rear of the postcards. All of which creates a sense of history when you purchase the image.
Each Friday, for the month of February, this spot will be for projects created for FKP which Trishia will also show on her Blog.
As love is in the air I have decided to kick my AIR spot off with a whimsical Valentine’s Day project, a 7″x5″ altered canvas.  This image is called Couple in fake hot air balloon. What appeals to me is the expression on their faces! If you take the time to click the link it will take you directly to the image at Trishia’s Zibbet store where you will be able to read some information on this postcard. I introduce you to Henri and Gertrude, The Elopers. Here they are drifting above the sights of Paris as they start their new life together. Gertrude clutching balloons in celebration, although you would never guess it from the look on her face!

I particularly like to flip a canvas over and work with the recess, creating an inexpensive shadowbox. The image was re-sized and printed onto glossy photo paper.  If you compare to the actual postcard you can see that I have cut around the balloon and couple. It is time consuming but if you plan to do so it is worth taking the time and not rushing the job. Once cut out I edged with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and a touch of charcoal, this rids the unsightly white edges.  I wanted a sense that they were suspended and by cutting around the image I was able to tuck the uppermost part of the balloon under the flap of the canvas, creating a lovely sense of movement in the image.

Inside the recess is a vintage Paris postcard which I scanned and printed onto white cardstock to which I added Distress Inks.
Each Monday Trishia has a free image up for grabs on her Blog, I used one such image (Eiffel Tower with text) around the edges of the canvas. This I re-sized to A4, printed onto copier paper and after distressing added to the edges of the canvas to which I layered sheer fabric. This was to tie in with a sense of fluidity, the sheer fabric creating a softness to the canvas but doesn’t obscure the text.Their worldly possessions are packed within two suitcases and as you can see, they have written letters explaining their actions to the families they have left behind.
This image was pure fun to work with. Although I have used it for a Valentine project there is lots of scope for its use:- an anniversary card or a Bon Voyage card and imagine the fun adding funny quotes. I know you will have lots of fun with this image. Lynne x

The Game of Love

During a visit to Helene’s Blog (2amscrapper) I noticed her DT artwork for Bella Creations. The name and badge for Bella Creations piqued my interest. I am already a member of on-line groups and I certainly wasn’t on the look out to join another at this moment in time but Bella Creations looked so different.
There are various groups to join within Bella Creations and the first I joined was the “Oh La La” Group. We were asked to make a tag and use the Oh La La Group’s avatar on the tag. I spent a very relaxing half hour on Sunday evening making this tag.
To tie in with the name of this group I created the “Oh La La” text.

After stamping onto pattern paper I layered a piece of French text, scrap of postcard which was aged, lace and a strip dyed with homemade spray inks. The cameo is made from air dry clay in an art mould (painted and edges inked with Victorian Velvet ink), added a fabric flower and teeny key.

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