Flutter Your Feathers & Fly Free (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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One of the card collections I was fortunate enough to have published in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler features one of my all time favourite Darkroom Door stamp sets, Feathers.  I’ve been lucky enough to have previous submissions featuring those stamps published in various Stampington titles but that didn’t lessen the thrill that this card collection made it to print.
The main idea behind this collection was to showcase stamping onto wood.  oneSome subtle stamped script with a simple embellishment of a bark butterfly.twoA single word stamped onto wood, layered onto a piece of painted burlap and a touch of crochet lace.
threeAll of the cards, they are actually cards and not panels, have a base layer of tree bark with the stamped wood panels layered onto the bark.befreelynneoneI so love those feather stamps!fourOnce again, the script stamp makes an appearance,twowith a hand-cut wooden tag declaring be free.threeI tried to vary the stamped panels, at times paints were applied along with the walnut ink wash and I decided to stamp this feather three times.spreadyourwingsA hint of blue is in the painted and stained panel.two I selected the crochet lace to enhance the rustic nature of the panels.  A simple twine bow adds another detail.threeA stamped wooden label, layered to frayed muslin.
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oneThere is something quite elegant about this particular feather.
The markings on the wood came about from the way I applied the stain.
twoAnother hand-cut tag.threeIf my memory serves me well, that is the final collection to share from the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. I still have a few posts to catch-up with, including the most recent issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, where amongst other artwork, I had Halloween art published. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to rush us through the summer months, I will delay for the moment sharing Halloween art with you!
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Journal for Creativity

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Recently, I shared a post featuring a recently released Eclectic stamp from Darkroom Door.  At the time of receiving that particular stamp, I also received another, Pencils.
Knowing that this stamp was winging its way to me,  I set about preparation of the resin paper as I knew I wanted resin paper to form the covers for a journal.  I tend to make the paper in batches but have been dipping into my stash, incorporating pieces here and there on various projects so it was time to prepare some more.
If you are interested in reading more about this journal then you can read instructions HERE and also see more Pencils samples from the others.
blogonelynnemoncriefffddWell, that was a very short post!
Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Eclectic

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Not so long ago, Darkroom Door released new Eclectic stamps and I was lucky enough to receive two of the new designs, Pencils and Fleur de Lis to create samples with.
Over at the Darkroom Door, there is a post focusing on the Fleur de Lis stamp.  My sample, a wooden box, can be viewed HERE along with other ideas from other team members.  With the steps and supplies used being shared on the Darkroom Door, I am sure you appreciate that I will not be sharing the steps here but I will share two photos of the box.oneWhat struck me is the generous size of this stamp. I have a few Fleur de Lis stamps but none compare to the Darkroom Door stamp.threeA short post to start the week but I hope to be sharing a few more posts which I’ve managed to draft.
Wishes
Lynne

Listen To The Trees

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Nature was never really a theme I indulged in but it’s one I am becoming more comfortable with especially as I now have so many beautiful nature stamps including a lovely set of stamps I received from Darkroom Door to play with, Darkroom Door Gum Trees.  It’s certainly long overdue that I share a Darkroom Door sample with you.
On this card, although I did not stamp any snowflakes or winter related imagery, I wanted to convey a wintry day, with the sense of snowflakes blowing through the wind and a low winter sun casting a golden glow.DDonelynnemoncrieffYou might just be able to make out the white splatters which brought to mind a snowstorm.DDtwolynnemoncrieffInitially I planned on tearing up this panel, to re-ink the stamp and stamp onto a different surface as the ink has almost pooled, even though I did work with Staz-on.  After a few days I happened to return to the panel and decided that I would go with the flow.  I remember feeling the same way about a post I shared in December which also featured stamping onto mop-up paper.DDthreelynnemoncrieffI am always happiest when I can putter around with little pieces of this and that, finding a home for them on whatever it is that I am working on.  There is something therapeutic in this.
detailthreelynnemoncrieffA gathering of crochet lace and button, with threads happily trailing.DDfivelynnemoncrieffIf you are a fan of Darkroom Door stamps then you might like to know that they have a Facebook page and also a Group
Many thanks for your visit today.
Wishes
Lynne

Learning To Fly (Take Ten)

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In the Autumn issue of Stampington & co’s Take Ten I was so pleased (note that as really, really, really pleased!) to see they had featured a collection of cards featuring Darkroom Door feather stamps, which I’d submitted.
There are four cards in the collection, in this scheduled post I am sharing three (I will confess, it is because I managed to somehow delete the photos for the fourth card!)

onettlynnemoncrieffThe idea behind this collection, beyond wanting to create cards with the beautiful Darkroom Door feather stamps, was to try to bring a sense of nature with an emphasis on textures2
and to also feature words or sentiments relating to nature but are also affirmations for our own daily lives.
Maybe we should remind ourselves to give permission to allow us to fly and see where we land, to not be held back by our own fears or by words from another.flylynnemoncrieffKnowing from the outset that I wanted a tactile quality to each card, also not forgetting that each card needs to meet the 10 minute criteria for Take Ten, I simply stamped each feather onto muslin, fraying the edges.flytwolynnemoncrieffRummaging around I gathered twine, burlap, beautiful textured paper, handmade paper and even fragments of bark,wildfreelynnemoncrieffoneadding a hint of colour with paint splatters to mimic the colours of a bird’s egg.wildandfreelynnemoncrieffthreeI hope you have found your wings.
Wishes and thanks for taking the time to visit this scheduled post.  Normal service will resume very soon when I return with more Christmas/winter related artwork.
Wishes
Lynne x

Smile of Friendship Part II

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In this post HERE I shared two cards published in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler with a note to say that I had split the collection in two and would be sharing the other two cards another time, well here they are.
lifeisfunlynnemoncrieffoneAs with the previous cards I used Darkroom Door photobooth images as the focals with various Darkroom Door stamps to create the backgrounds and the word tiles.lifeisfunlynnemoncriefftwoTorn pieces of fabric feature on all the backgrounds, floral fabrics and muslin with layers of paint.  You can see also the Gesso which I scraped onto the panel for added texture and highlights.lifeisfunlynnemoncrieffthreeStamping with paint also features.2.4The final card.fourI really do like those Photobooth images so much and as they are on quality cardstock it means they will happily take some heavy distressing!  I abrade the edges and also use an old emery board to distress further.  4.1In the background, the random areas of flourish, that is a Texture Stamp stamped with paint.  The Texture stamps are amazing for not only a complete background but so easy to add small areas of stamping and the range is being added to all the time.
4.3Quite a few colours were used on the background to tie in with the colours from the fabrics.
4.4So there we have it, the final cards in this collection. I still have some other card collections which I have been fortunate enough to have published over the past weeks and will share with you every now and then.
As always, thank you for your visits which really do mean so much.
Wishes
Lynne

Another Day of Forever

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It has been the longest time since I last posted for Darkroom Door and I have to say a huge Thank You to Rachel for mailing some fabulous stamps my way.
I did a complete U-turn on this project as when the wonderful Brushed Daisies set arrived I toyed with the idea of joyful colours but with the summer being a wash-out and the rain getting under my skin for a different DT commitment, I decided to keep the rainy day theme for one more project.oneThe stamp element is the daisy head onlytwobut I wanted the flower to have a stem.  No trouble, I simple painted a stem with leaves.threeA piece of textured wallpaper, painted to co-ordinate with grey velvet ribbon, a scrap of seam binding and a pearlised button.fourDinky Stencil Abstract Stone creates the base layer of texture.
fiveRemember that you can sign up for the Darkroom Door newsletter and the Darkroom Door blog is always kept active, lots of inspirational art to be viewed HERE.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.
Wishes
Lynne

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