The Inventor

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Today I am doubling up DT artwork as this project is for Fashionable Stamping Challenge and also DT work for That’s Crafty.
At FCS, for the next fortnight Anything Goes.  There is always a wonderful prize at FSC so well worthwhile entering and there and there are so few rules, although we do ask that your artwork must include stamping and please, no digi’s.  Visit the FSC site where you can also view the inspirational creations by my wonderful DT sisters.
Now I turn my attention to That’s Crafty. For the Steampunk inspired wall hanging I used some wonderful Oxford Impressions’  Steampunk stamps, two sets:- Steampunk Elements and Steampunk Works.
If you visit the That’s Crafty Blog you will be able to view the full supply list, including paints and also instructions, including how I achieved texture on the background.  Also over there you should be able to view some extra photographs.DIGITAL CAMERAHave a lovely Sunday.

Her Special Friend (FSC – Sentimental)

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Today sees the announcement of a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to be Sentimental. We encourage all styles of artwork to be entered whether it be cards, tags, altered art, etc but as a stamping challenge we do ask that when you share your art with us please remember that you must include stamping on your entry and of course, no digi’s allowed.
Our sponsor is Flonzcraft. The winner of the Sentimental challenge will win a voucher to spend at the Flonzcraft store. To read details of the prize and rules, visit the FSC site and also there you will see on display the stunning array of inspirational art from my DT sisters.
I knew immediately the stamp set I would be reaching for …. Oxford Impressions’ China Dolls.  Strangely enough I was never a child who clung to a doll, for me it was always a teddy bear, in particular a very special teddy bear which I still have to this day although he is rather threadbare to say the least. However, for many a child a doll was their friend in life and I am sure many grown-ups can become sentimental at the memory of their special doll.
With this project, from the outset, aside from the stamp choice, I knew it would be a fabric piece where I would use a photo real stamp with TAP and also make my own stamped fabric panel.
This is the photo real stamp transferred to cotton fabric using TAP. Excluding lace, on this wall hanging I sourced all the fabric from a re-cycled old curtain.DIGITAL CAMERAThis wall hanging is very tactile with the soft cotton, the fabric image transfer, vintage doily and lace and to add to the tactile quality this wall hanging is padded.DIGITAL CAMERAAs you can see, I continue have issues with photograph size.
Anyway, this is the same dress this time stamped and cut out to form a fabric embellishment layered onto the vintage doily.  The photo real stamp was inked with Archival Sepia but for all other stamping on fabric I used Staz-on Timber Brown.  The ink looks slightly grey in the photograph which is why I wanted to point that out.
Creamy lace embellishes the panel with a gathered peachy tone lace trimming the TAP image.  At the bottom of the hanging I pleated the panel of lace at either side to create a fluted design to add interest to the bottom edge.DIGITAL CAMERAFrom the same stamp set, this lovely text stamp. DIGITAL CAMERAWe hope you will join us at FSC for this  sentimental  fortnight.
Wishes and Thank you for visiting this post.

Fashionable Stamping Challenge – Paper Piecing

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A short post to tell you that at Fashionable Stamping Challenge a new theme was announced on Sunday. For the next fortnight the theme is Paper Piecing. At FSC we ask that you include stamping somewhere on your entry, for all rules visit the FSC site.
There is a lot of wonderful new things happening at FSC, such as it is now a .com and not only that, we have a new sponsor.
Have fun with this challenge.

Love In Their Eyes (FSC#40 Show Some Love)

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Thank You for joining me this Sunday where it is time to announce a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge.  For the next fortnight we are asking if you will Show Some Love.   We always ask that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed, other than that just have fun with this theme.  The winning entry will receive a prize from our wonderful sponsor so well worth your while entering. All details on the FSC site as well as the inspirational artwork from my DT sisters.
I decided to go for a very romantic take on the theme selecting the stunning Soul Of The Rose plate from Oxford Impressions.  This was the first stamp plate I bought from Oxford Impressions and  I still love it as much as I did on day one.DIGITAL CAMERAA heart shaped box.
I wanted a tactile feel to the box so the stamp was stamped onto TAP before transferring to canvas. As you can see in the first photograph, absolutely none of the fine detail was lost in transferring to TAP.DIGITAL CAMERAAfter painting the box I stamped the damask design from French Script. I wanted the design to be subtle so I opted to stamp with Distress Ink which increased the shabby appearance before applying molding paste. DIGITAL CAMERALeaving the molding paste to harden I had plans to lightly add some highlights to the relief design but when I came back to the project I decided to leave it plain as I liked the contrast against the painted and stamped background.DIGITAL CAMERAThank You for visiting this post and enjoy your Sunday.

Full Steam Ahead (FSC#39)

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We have a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge where we are asking you for artwork to the theme of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  At FSC we keep rules to a minimum but please no digi’s, your artwork must include traditional stamping. There is a prize to be won so well worth your while entering.  If you are in need of inspiration then visit FSC to view the incredible artwork by my DT Sisters.
For my DT sample I am doubling up as this is also a DT piece for Oxford Impressions.  I have used a selection of Oxford Impressions stamps, if you are interested I have included links for each stamp plate used.
Steampunk Elements (Steam Engines text stamp)
Travel Journal (quote and fountain pen)
Abraham Lincoln (Train. I used an ink splatter stamp from My Story but the A. Lincoln set also has a similar stamp)
London Telegraph (Man)
With Valentine projects being much to the forefront of my mind I was very tempted to be caught up with the old romance of steam trains and a belle awaiting the arrival of her beau at the station, instead I realised it was the perfect opportunity to add a masculine style project amongst what will be several blog posts to come that are inspired by Valentine’s Day.DIGITAL CAMERAWhat made this a time saver was the fact I had the stained tags and fabric amongst my stash from a session of staining in tea and coffee baths last year.
There is no denying the wit of Oscar Wilde and this quote was so perfect for the FSC theme.DIGITAL CAMERAThe Steam Engines text stamp from Steampunk Elements was stamped onto the fabric panel to create the base for this hanging then I moved forwards by stamping the tags. DIGITAL CAMERAWhether your preferred mode of transport be planes, trains or automobiles why not join us at FSC this fortnight. We always look forward to viewing your artwork.

Brrrr! Wrap Up It’s Cold Outside (FSC#38)

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Today sees the final Fashionable Stamping Challenge challenge theme for 2012.   For the next fortnight we are asking for you to Surprise Us. We ask as always that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed and of course we always have a prize available for the winner.
For my DT sample I am sharing a piece which is also DT art for Oxford Impressions.  I had intended to post this here in the run up to Christmas but ran out of time and as the theme is more wintry than Christmas I’ve decided that it will be my Surprise Us sample.
It is a 3d winter scene using various Oxford Impressions stamps (Season of Giving, Sleigh Bells and Winter Snow).  After purchasing some chipboard houses (from Crafty Individuals) I couldn’t resist creating a little stamped scene for the adorable children.  DIGITAL CAMERAIt wasn’t the easiest of pieces to photograph, trying to capture the depth and also the sparkle, there is lots of it as it was liberally covered with glass glitter.DIGITAL CAMERAThe roof of the house.DIGITAL CAMERA

Visit FSC to view the wonderful samples from my DT sisters.
Thank You for visiting this post.

Wish (FSC#37 Mask It)

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We have a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to Mask It.  We keep rules to a minimum at FSC but please include stamping on your entry and sorry, no digi’s allowed.  Every challenge is sponsored and to read the details of this fortnight’s prize just click the link above. Also while you are there you can view the amazing DT samples from my DT sisters.
My DT sample uses Oxford Impressions stamps, Soul of the Rose was my first ever Oxford Impressions plate I purchased, it really is the most beautiful plate of art stamps and wish  is from Sleigh Bells. Below are links to the Oxford Impressions’ store for both plates.
Soul of the Rose
Sleigh Bells
This post was drafted and set as a scheduled post days ago but with the tragic events that took place on Friday and when I was looking at this image I wanted to write a few heartfelt words however, what is there to write  that can make sense of such horrific events, events that have not only shocked and touched the hearts of Americans but all of us no matter where we live in this world of ours.
DIGITAL CAMERAAs I had in mind the palest of colours for this altered canvas I chose not to paint the stamped image (a beautiful reproduction of the Luini painting) however I did want this canvas to dance when it came in contact with light so I added dashes of glass glitter to the stamped image and beyond as the lace also has glass glitter added and you can see the use of it on the metal frame.
Before I get too ahead of myself you might be asking yourselves about the Mask It part,  well it is the background where I made use of Crafty Individuals Elegant Swirls set  (stencil/mask) and molding paste.  To add shimmer and sparkle I added a mix of tinting medium and glass glitter.lynne1The canvas in full. A most  delicate shade of pink painted onto the canvas before I applied the molding paste. alteredcanvaslynnemoncrieffAll embellishments were either white/creamy white or I dry-brushed with Gesso lynne4We look forward to viewing your Mask It entries at FSC, whether it be cards, tags, art journal pages, anything goes!
Just to finish by saying Thank You for all your visits and comments this past week especially at such a busy time of the year and when I posted probably a bit more than normal add to that I have fallen behind with catching-up on your artful creations, it is much appreciated.

A Few Alterations Please (FSC#36 To Die For)

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I do feel the need to apologise for when I post consecutive days but today is the day when a new challenge theme is announced at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For this fortnight the theme is To Die For.  We have a wonderful prize as always and all we ask is if you want to join us that you include stamping on your entry and please, no digi’s. Visit FSC to also view the amazingly inspirational artwork on display from my DT sisters.
As I mentioned, here is a non-festive/winter project. My DT sample is actually something I made more than one year ago, it is not unusual for me as I have a few pieces still kicking around from last year that I haven’t posted on my Blog.  I might need to cram some in between now and the 31st of this month. Anyway when I read the upcoming challenge I knew that this wall hanging would fit the theme (love when this happens!). Before I progress I have to give a big thanks to Alison (Craftytrog) as you see I don’t own a die cutting machine so I have Alison to thank for wonderful die cuts I receive to play with.
Oxford Impressions Stamps:-
Dressforms and Corsetry
The Art of Being Beautiful
A canvas panel is the base for this dressmaking themed hanging with tissue paper which I had stamped (applied using Klear) forming the background.lynnemoncrieffdressmakerpanel-001The die cut was inked and stamped.detaillynnemoncrieffSome details of the stamping onto fabric. stampingonfabriclynnemoncrieffAnother little bit of the detail on this hanging.   I find working projects such as this so therapeutic, stamping onto various surfaces and then playing around with composition and wondering how many little bits ‘n’ pieces I can add.detail 2lynnemoncrieffWhatever die-cut you choose to work with have some fun and please share with us at FSC.
Thank You for visiting this post today and enjoy what remains of the weekend.

Home Sweet Home (FSC#35)

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Today we are announcing a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge, Home Sweet Home.
The same rules apply although there is really only one rule, that  your entry must include some stamping, other than that we are a very relaxed challenge site.  Please visit FSC to see the prize available and the inspirational samples from my DT sisters.
I am doubling up my DT sample for FSC as it is also a DT sample for Oxford Impressions. Once again I had fun with the Giant Distressed Alphabet. This set very much suits home decor projects and I always had in mind to make a country style hanging.
Unusually this is a post very light on photographs!

The embellishments were kept to a minimum, a bow tied from some of the remaining fabric, an old key and some vintage and new lace.
We hope you will want to join us with your Home Sweet Home entries.
Many Thanks for visiting this post.

Annie Get Your Gun (FSC#34-Musical)

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It is that time when we announce a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This fortnight the theme is Musical. Our rules are simple, you must include stamping on your entry and please, no digi’s allowed. To view the prize sponsored by Marina and to see the incredible DT samples from my DT sisters then click the link at the top of this post.
Stamps Used
Oxford Impressions – Cowgirl Blues

With the theme Musical my thoughts turned towards a musical such as film/theatre and as my eyes set upon Cowgirl Blues set which  purely by chance had been lying on my work surface, all of a sudden songs such as Annie Get Your Gun, etc came to mind and so this hanging was  not inspired through my love of wild west musicals but purely the path I was led down all because of this stamp set.A good while ago I used Crafty Notions Rusting Powder with a stencil to alter a piece of cotton fabric, this became the backing for this hanging. As I did not want to completely obscure the rusted panel I decided that a tag would make the focal of the hanging with some supporting stamping surrounding the tag.
Wanting a distressed, timeworn appearance to the focal image  I first of all lightly distressed with an old emery board the glossy cardstock (make sure you wipe the surface after distressing) before stamping the image taking the distressing further when after stamping I once again distressed with the emery board then abraded the edges and sponged on some  DI Vintage Photo.Much of what I used on this hanging I was lucky enough to have prepared so was in my stash, such a time saver. The tag was stained with tea and coffee (and as you can see it was also heavily distressed) as was the fringe trimming at the top of the hanging. The bottom fringing was again stained with tea bags layered with stained gimp, this time stained with homemade spray ink and here it is threaded through a chipboard buckle which had previously received the rusting treatment. Torn pieces of this and that and stamping onto cork and pieces from a cardboard box (after it has been soaked, peeled and left to dry) make up this western collage.
We look forward to viewing your Musical artwork.  Have fun with your interpretation of this theme.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post. Hope to catch-up with you very soon to see what you have been creating.

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