It’s All About Friendship

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For my DT post over at the That’s Crafty blog I am sharing this card featuring PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps and a Scribbled Text stamp from Dina Wakley Media.
blog13lynnemOther details (the cardstock looks like kraft but it is red rosin paper. It was on Patty’s blog that I first read about this paper) HERE.
Thank you for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

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Positive Thoughts (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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The cards I am sharing in this post were actually made as far back as 2014!   What kick started this card collection was a DT project for That’s Crafty. Playing with Dina Wakley stamps was a step for me away from beloved vintage, a deliberate step. The first card made for That’s Crafty and the subsequent cards, were all an exercise in me playing with bold colours. What’s interesting, the cards on first appearance, I thought they looked “different” for me but what struck me, they really weren’t that different after all as the paint application is one of my most favoured and each card also includes torn fabric and lace. I think it is the bolder style of stamp and paint colours that makes them seem so different initially.
The reason I mention the date, I’d actually forgotten about the cards until I  opened the Summer issue of The Stampers’ Sampler!
(The Dina Wakley stamp sets and stencil are available from That’s Crafty)oneOn each card I married up Dina Wakley stencil with Sam Poole designed stamps, each time creating my own affirmation.  It’s a fun thing to do and I do it quite often.two
threeI don’t appear to have worked with fabric for the second card, only lace and muslin.fourI work very loosely with the paint, it’s such a freeing way to make backgrounds.fiveI scribbled boxes to define the stamped words, forming them into word tiles.sixDina’s scribbly writing from the Textured Background set makes an appearance on each card.seven
eightI did nothing fancy with the stencil, only selected the words I wanted and used a black fineliner pen.
nineIf I remember, I stamped with girl with paint.tenThe torn lace adds lovely texture, a nice grungy quality.elevenI never take for granted being published in The Stamper’s Sampler, in fact I think I was even more surprised to have this collection printed because they note a shift in gear for me. The Stampers’ Sampler is such a wonderful publication, packed with accomplished stamping artists, with the summer issue featuring artists such as Renee Zarate, Shari Trumball, Laura Sparks Turner, Majo Wybranietz, Clintine Steele, Sharon Bruner and Corrie Herriman’s stunning piece of mail art – an honour to be published alongside each of them.
Wishes
Lynne

Love, Adore, Passion (Take Ten)

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Squeezing this post in before I return on Sunday with my That’s Crafty post.
This card collection came about after making a card for DT post for That’s Crafty (after receiving the Dina Wakley Collaged Hearts stamp set to play with), HERE. As is often the way of it with me, I then continued to use all the stamps in the set and decided to submit to Stampington & Company’s Take Ten (they appear in the Winter 2016 issue).  So really I have Laura from That’s Crafty to thank  for this card collection being published!  If I wasn’t on her DT I wouldn’t have received those stamps and then gone on to make cards to submit!
The first card is the one that began the collection.lovelynnemoncriefftaketenwinterSimple, simple cards with stark colour palette of white/winter white, black and red.lynnemoncrieffadoretaketenwinterThe post at That’s Crafty or the feature in Take Ten explains how I achieved the borders.lynnemoncrieffpassiontaketenwinterMinimal embellishing, a scrap of ticking and vintage buttons.  I really wanted the hearts to do all the talking!loverockslynnemoncriefftaketenwinterSo there we have it, simplicity in supplies and composition. I always prefer more involved projects but creating with the intention of submitting to Take Ten is a good exercise in the discipline of paring back card design to meet the ten minute criteria.  When submitting to Take Ten I have a different mindset than when I create to submit to The Stampers’ Sampler, even though there are times when submissions to Take Ten ultimately make an appearance, due to the Editor’s selection process, in Sampler.
Thank you to Devon Warren and her team for publishing this collection and thank you for visiting and enduring all the recent heart themed artwork I’ve been sharing!
Wishes
Lynne

Songs to be Sung (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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I am sharing cards which appear in The Stampers’ Sampler (Apr/May/June issue) where they were featured as Songs to be Sung.  There are actually four cards but I am sharing only three.
They all share the same colour palette, soft blues and greens, representing the sky and grass. one.1The backgrounds for all the cards were composed of scraps of fabric and papers before the application of Gesso and various paints.  The watercolour panels took quite a bit of abuse from the media and water applied!one.2This little chap is the most vocal!!!two.1Painty dots were added.  I cannot remember if I applied the paint to form a circle or used a round tipped foam brush.  two.2This is my favourite out of all the birds, such a sweet face, I am sure this is a little girl. three.1Once again lots of texture with the scraps and the paint application and some paint splatters, here and there, they can help to unify the end result.three.2Thank You to The Stampers’ Sampler for seeing something appealing enough in this collection to publish them, something I never take for granted and thanks to you for taking the time to visit this post. I am playing catch-up with the cards, etc I have been lucky enough to have published over the past few months.  Next time I will have some Darkroom Door cards to share with you.
Wishes
Lynne

Morning Meditations @ Take Ten

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The card collection I am sharing came about all because of one simple card made as a DT post for That’s Crafty, HERE.
Now before I share the cards I have to say this, I don’t actually like them! Not that it is unusual for me not to be happy with what I make but this collection was about me deliberately making cards outwith my style, submitting the cards and sitting back to see if they would get the thumbs up at Stampington, which they did as all seven cards are featured,  Morning Meditations, in the summer issue of Take Ten.
I never viewed myself as a Take Ten cardmaker but that has been the great learning curve, submitting to this particular publication makes me think of ways to make a speedy card.
For the cards, I knew affirmations would be the focal. I have always been drawn to affirmations so for me the pairing of the Dina Wakley Handwritten Quotes and Sam Poole’s Art Sayings (both sets available from That’s Crafty) were the perfect match. It was great fun playing around with the two stamp sets, finding ways of creating my own affirmations from the stamps in front of me. I could have continued to make more and more cards!
Aside from the affirmations, I wanted texture but I essentially wanted the cards to be one layer (a wee bit cheating taking place as the Art Sayings were cut into word tiles). Darkroom Door came to the rescue. I dipped into various stamps, either Texture Stamps or Background Stamps.
So as I have openly declared that I don’t actually like them, it will make it all the more interesting to read any comments because they certainly are not vintage and they may be shabby and distressed but I cannot see any evidence of chic!
I believe that all of us who create, no matter our preferred media, we all have a wee spark of madness, good madness (!) and I always believe that we should dream big.  I don’t believe there is any harm in having the odd pipe dream or two as for me, it doesn’t matter if the dream comes true or not, it is just the fact I have those dreams, big and small.dreambiglynnemoncrieffEach card was quickly painted with a different colour of paint, this one is DP Broken China. endlesspossibilitieslynnemoncrieffI wish I could live every day not taking one single moment for granted and I am sure there are many who do live this way but I am not quite there as yet even though I believe time is precious and becomes more precious with each passing year.
timeispreciouslynnemoncrieffIt was about October last year I made this collection and I was really struggling to create and submit, I only managed this collection because of the ease of making them.  Anyway, at that time, due to matters in my own life, staying strong was something I kept returning to and also as my thoughts were with friends who had their own struggles in their lives. Sometimes, when life throws hurdles in our path we can lose sight of the fact we do each have inner power and strength.staystronglynnemoncrieffThis is for all my lovely art friends who are so kind and who all give with love.
staykindlynnemoncrieffThank You to Take Ten for publishing this collection and to once again be published alongside so many incredible stamping artists. This was the final collection to share from the Summer issue of Take Ten but I still have some other Stampington & co publications to catch-up with on my blog posts.
Many thanks for your visit, they are always appreciated especially at this time of the year when so many of you are are busy with holiday plans, etc.
Wishes
Lynne

Bloomin’ Bold

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A dash of colour on my latest DT project over at the That’s Crafty Blog.
twoThe project can be viewed in full HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Wishes
Lynne

The Power of You

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Over at the That’s Crafty Blog I am sharing a small notebook/journal I made.blogphotoTo view the complete project then please visit HERE.
My blog will continue to be quiet, with a scheduled blog post here and there. You have all been so loyal and I have managed, now and then to catch-up with the comments left for me to read. They have really warmed my heart and mean so much to me but I completely understand if you decide to stop visiting and commenting during this time when I am unable to stop by and visit your art.  I just wanted to say Thank you so much for your support which continues to remind me just how wonderful this community is and I keep hoping it isn’t too long before I am once again part of it .
Wishes
Lynne

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