Seek Stillness

Hello
Today at the That’s Crafty blog I am sharing a nature inspired collage which incorporates several That’s Crafty products.
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If you would like to view the full project, then please visit HERE.
Thank you so very much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

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Royal Blood (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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This collection of six cards, appears in the Jan/Feb/March issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. 
It meant so much to me that they published all six in a feature over three pages.
All stamps are PaperArtsy LPC and all feature Infusions, Royal Blood.
They are some of the oldest LPC stamps but for me some were inked up for the first time for this collection.
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Some rusty wire coils.  The colour of the rusty wire worked so well against the Royal Blood Infusions.
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It’s no surprise that scraps were utilised throughout the cards such as little stamped elements added here and there.
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Card No. 2
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Card No. 3
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Mop-up papers bring texture.  I stamped onto them, even though the stamped images are not crisp, it still brings something extra to the effect.
A wisp of coppery fabric.
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Card No. 4
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I liked the watercolour effect achieved.  If you are interested, it is actually watercolour paper I worked with for the backgrounds and stamped focals,  HP and NOT.
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Card No. 5
On this card, I also used Infusions with a That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil, creating a hint of pattern on the base of the card
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More scrappy mop-ups and another piece of that lovely copper fabric which lovely Dorthe gifted to me.
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Card No. 6
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I like that texture of the mop-up paper (kitchen paper towel) adds dimension even when stamped upon.
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It’s all about the layers – this stamped piece of mop-up paper layered onto the stamped focal.
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Thank you, always for your visits.
Wishes
Lynne

Fragile (Somerset Studio)

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I have a scheduled blog post for Wednesday but decided to sneak in a quick post which had already been drafted.
When Somerset Studio had a call for Olive submissions, I decided to go for it, not because olive is a favourite colour but as I associate it with nature and nature is a “theme” I am becoming more drawn to. Also, I have found the annual colour challenge to be that, a challenge, which I learn more and more, is so rewarding, obviously being published is the ultimate reward but the challenge to dip into colours I might not normally reach for, it is very freeing for me.
The main project I submitted, I’ll share another time but for this post, I wanted to share this collage, assemblage, call it what you will (!) which I was amazed to see in the Expressions category.
The beautiful leaf is from Redlead Paperworks Autumn Beauty Leaves set
Fragile is from a much loved Redlead Paperworks set, Fragile Nests
That’s Crafty Alterable Surfaces substrate and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Green Olive
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This is all about texture and unusually for me, although all the usual suspects appear, I left breathing space around the stamped focal.    The texture was not me aiming to replicate anything specifically from nature but more a sense of evoking textures found in nature.
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Fragments of tree bark bring another textural element to the collage/assemblage and heightened that sense of the natural.
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I’m sure this isn’t weird for me to say – I can get so excited when textures come together – a painted scrap of found paper, a scrap of rusted fabric (plus a reminder to self to make more rusted fabric!) and stained calico and muslin.
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Thank you so much for your visit and obviously, thank you to the Redlead Paperworks for their beautiful stamps and to Stampington and Company for printing this piece.
Wishes
Lynne

Festive Tree

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Some of you might have received the latest Crafty Individuals newsletter with news of their recent releases which, for a limited period, are on special introductory offer.
(Also, see below for the link to Jeans’ Giveaway)
With CI-462, Large Christmas Tree I made this rustic style card.blogcitreelynnemYou wouldn’t realise it but the book page has hints of Fresco Old Gold (along with Gesso).  It is a subtle effect which is more prominent IRL.blogsixA simple, stippled background with snowflakes stamped (from CI-465)blogfourFrom an older Elements set, CI-447, I cut into one of the tag stamps, making use of only the word Peace.ciblogtwoMore scrappy layersblogfiveAll of the stamps used on this card along with the new releases and old favourites, are available from Crafty Individuals website.
Visit Jean’s blog to learn of a Giveaway!
I hope you are all cracking on with your festive preparations.  Shame on me, but this year I have also bought cards to send, knew it would be impossible to make all my cards.  Still, I cannot believe it will be December any day now!
Wishes
Lynne

The Gift of Giving (Somerset Life)

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In the latest issue of Somerset Life, one of my articles features festive packaging.  Although Somerset Life is not a dedicated stamping magazine, it is a lifestyle magazine the tags in the article all feature Crafty Individuals Festive Curly Sentiments, generous sized sentiments which can be the focal on festive cards or tags.slifecitagsonelynneAll the cardstock and papers were painted/stained, also utilising mop up/under paper.
noeltagonelynneI mixed a variety of metallics:- brass, gold, copper, platinum.
rejoiceTiny accents of pearl stickers, rhinestones and tiny pieces of lovely crushed velvet ribbon with the gorgeous copper fabric gifted from my dear friend Dorthe.peacelynnemslilfeSo, even though this post relates to the festivities, I am still not convinced that Christmas is galloping towards us. Where has this year gone?!!!
Wishes
Lynne

Winter Chill (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Sharing cards made for The Stampers’ Sampler Holiday Happenings Challenge Call.
The stamps are PaperArtsy ESN, designed by Sara Naumann. They are such well thought out stamp sets, with focal images, text/script and smaller elements.  I stamped up sets ESN17 and 18.  Although they appear in the Holiday Happenings challenge results, they are not necessarily for Christmas, the cards could be for winter birthdays, simply ink up different sentiments.
The colours were difficult to photograph, you cannot see the metallic paint which was blended onto the backgrounds.  It is all very subtle, I wanted an almost watercolour effect, aiming for a frosty, wintry appearance with a hint of the delicate.fivetrialA That’s Crafty greyboard snowflake is layered with a paperflower painted to co-ordinate with a rhinestone adding a hint of sparkle and just a wee dash of glamour!sixpasamplerlynne
You probably know by now that I love to add scraps!  This little piece was literally a scrap piece lying around.
sevenpasamplerlynneThe second cardonetrialThat piece of gold paper was under paper
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as was this piece, torn from,  if I remember, a piece of deli paper which was used as underpaper.  threepasamplerlynne
Another card…
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tenpasamplerlynneThe final card features the same stamp as the first card, this time stamping the little snowflakes/flowers adding tiny pearl stickers to their centres.twelvetrialThe sentiment layered with another fragment of under paperthirteenpasamplerlynnewith another piece popping up here.  I particularly like the shimmer on this sliver … I am easily pleased!fourteenpasamplerlynneThank you for your visit. Even during absences from on-line activities, I always make sure I catch-up with comments you kindly leave for me, so thank you!
Wishes
Lynne

I believe in gratitude

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A simple Gratitude Journal over at the That’s Crafty blog today.
blog6novemberlynnemTo read about the journal and view more photos, please visit HERE.
My first Gratitude Journal was a beautiful hardcover with quality, creamy pages but it was simply a blue cloth cover, no design at all. This was before I began stamping but even then I liked to “alter”, creating a design with mother of pearl buttons onto the front cover. I still have that journal but stored in the attic, so no photos to share.
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

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