The Mischief Maker (Published in Somerset Holidays & Celebrations)

Hello Everyone
Let me stay with Halloween for the time being to share with you  the amazing news of my Halloween article in the 2014 edition of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations.
I cannot begin to express how shocked I was when the Editor contacted me several months ago to say they wanted to publish a wall hanging as an article and for me to write the article.  Now, writing articles is extremely new to me, there have been two previous occasions for Sew Somerset and there is no doubt it filled me with trepidation at the prospect of writing this article  yet what a thrill to know they liked it so much, that is always the biggest surprise to me!
In the article I write about my childhood memories of Halloween as a child growing up in Scotland and also what inspired this wall hanging.
This photograph is deceiving as the wall hanging does not look exceptionally large, it looks as though it is a card, but it was about 12″ in length, approximately.
themischiefmakerAlso in this publication, in the Gallery section, a Valentine’s card and three Crafty Individuals pieces, two wall hangings and a hanging canvas.
For me, it is the greatest honour to be published by Stampington & co and something I never take for granted. Something else I don’t take for granted is your loyalty to my Blog and also your continuous support.
Wishes
Lynne

The Wisdom of Jane

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Each month at Gecko Galz, as well as our regular DT samples we also have a Cross-Promotion where we are asked to create a sample using Gecko Galz product(s) in conjunction with the company which has been selected for that particular month and then we must also work to a particular theme. For the month of May we are working in conjunction with Vintage By Me and asked to create samples with a vintage style.  I will not hide the fact that when I saw the products from Vintage By Me I was absolutely delighted as the images were so beautiful.
I couldn’t help myself, I had to work with the Jane Austen themed image sheet and I knew immediately that I would be altering a child’s board book which I had bought such a long time ago, a bargain at 99p but for some reason, I was always saving it, waiting for the right project to come along.
Whenever possible I like to include stamping on my projects and the Jane Austen themed allowed me to play with all three sets of Jane Austen inspired stamps from Oxford Impressions.
The book, including inside covers, meant that I had 16 pages to alter, including the cover to deal with.  If you would like to view the rest of this post then I warn you that it is a photo heavy!  With me deciding to share the complete project here I thought it wise not to include the instructions which  I normally share when it is a Gecko Galz post.  If you happen to be interested in viewing the instructions, then you can read them at the Gecko Galz site.
Please join me as we open up the cover of this book and revel in the Wisdom of Jane

Size:- 5″x5″

bookcoverEager and with a deadline in my mind, I forgot to take a photograph of the board book but you can see with two layers of Gesso that the words were still peeking through.  The cover has a padded feel to it, which is rather nice, with a vinyl texture.  You will also find instructions as to how I set about altering the cover at the Gecko Galz site.
I was very lucky that for the inside pages, the shiny paper pulled away so easily and were a dream to apply paint.  I was anticipating I would need to apply Gesso but no need.  Each page had the same stamp, the beautiful damask stamp from Oxford Impressions’ French Script which was partially inked and randomly stamped as I wanted the appearance of aged wallpaper.24 April 001Inside cover – Pages 1 and 2
pages1and2Pages 3 and 4
Life is the flower for which love is the honey
pages3and4The quote was stamped onto re-sized Gecko Galz digi paper. All pages are individually noted in my instructions at the Gecko Galz site. 26 April 010Pages 5 and 6
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.pages5and6The Gecko Galz papers were the perfect backdrops for the stamped quotes and the stamped book stack and butterflies26 April 012
Pages 7 & 8
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
pages7and8
Pages 9 & 10
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. pages9and10
This is such a beautiful paper by Gecko Galz. Simply stamped the quote and trimmed with stained lace and paper blossom. 26 April 021Pages 11 & 12
A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.pages11and12Pages 13 & 14
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort

The stamped house was so perfect for this quote.pages13and14Pages 15 & 16
pages15and16
What you could not see as I turned the pages for you, is that nestled inside the cover of the book there are three pockets I made to house three tags made with Vintage By Me digi ledger images.  I simple stapled some beautiful velvet ribbon.
triooftagsIf you stayed with me until the very end I have a huge Thank You so say to you as that was a very long blog post.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

Let The Birds Sing Their Song of Love

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Gecko Galz have a monthly cross-promotional challenge. The DT were asked to create a sample where we used Day for Daisies digi stamps with Gecko Galz products and to the theme of Mother’s Day.
My offering is this small hanging – yes, I know, not my usual style!happymothersdaylynnemoncrieff
Supplies
Day For Daisies Digi Stamp
Gecko Galz Solarium Digi paper
Prima flowers
Extras:- canvas printer paper, burlap, stained seam binding, pearl stickers and metal hanger, sparkle gel pens
Instructions
Layer Day For Daisies digi stamp onto Solarium digi paper then print onto canvas printer paper.
Distress edges before adhering to burlap panel. Highlights some of the digi stamp with sparkle gel pens.
In wordart create Mothers’ Day sentiment. Transfer to Solarium Digi paper (the same paper as used for the main panel) then print onto canvas printer paper.
Cut into a banner shape then adhere to the main panel.
Embellish the panel with Prima flowers, yellow lace and stained seam binding.
Attach to the metal hanger
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For this months customer contest Gecko Galz are asking you to create any thing your imagination can dream up while working with any Gecko Galz product. It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage image paper the limits are endless to your imagination.And what will the winner get?A Day For Dasies Stamp gift pack plus a $25 shopping Spree from Gecko Galz.Just email a picture of your project by April 29th to geckogalz2014@gmail.com or go to Gecko Galz blog site and enter your link using Mr. Linky! On May 1st a winner will be announced.
Many thanks for visiting this post.
Wishes
Lynne

A Man’s Home Is His Castle

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It appears I am masculine mode this week, firstly with the Lincoln cards and now this schedule post shares a birthday card I made to send to my cousin’s husband, a card with a celtic flavour to it.  Although made with him in mind it is also  monthly DT sample for Gecko Galz.
As this is a Gecko Galz post here is the supply list followed by the instructions.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Digital Stamp – A Long Time Ago
Gecko Galz Digital Paper – Miss Muffet (Sixpence)
Oxford Impressions – Castle Keep (available in the U.K. from That’s Crafty)
Distress Inks – Crushed Olive, Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Versafine Black
Paper Artsty Fresco Finish paint
Mica Tile (USArtQuest)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Extras:- 7”x5” cardbase, white cardstock, canvas printer paper, seam binding and lace (stained), scrap of tartan ribbon and Kraft style cardstock (re-cycled from old packaging)

Instructions
Print Sixpence digital paper onto white cardstock and castle from A Long Time Ago digital stamp set onto canvas printer paper.
Apply paint to cardstock. Repeatedly stamp text (Castle Keep). Adhere to cardbase. Distress and ink edges.
Apply inks to digital stamp image. Onto the Kraft style cardstock stamp various images and text from Castle Keep. Ink edges. Gather the stamped images and digi stamp and stained lace and seam binding. Adhere all to cardbase.
Finish the card with mica tile adhered to part of the castle image and finally staple a fragment of tartan ribbon to the card.

acelticcastlelynnemoncrieffThis is the  digi stamp of the castle printed onto canvas printer paper onto which I randomly applied inks, smudging as I applied them and heavily distressing the edge.23 october 014
Beautiful digital paper but I wanted to tone down the colours which I did with paint and then you can see that I overstamped with the text stamp from Castle Keep.23 october 002To the top of the card where I repeatedly stamped this image onto cardstock to form a border, layering with stained crochet lace.23 october 003Ribbon and lace might seem an odd choice for a card being sent to a man but it is something I never hesitate to include especially if the lace is crochet style and everything has a grungy appearance to it.
With the stained seam binding I couldn’t resist this wee hint of tartan.23 october 012Thank You for visiting this post especially if you have taken the trouble to visit yesterday. I am trying to keep this Blog active this week as I have quite a bit of catching up to do, sharing samples made over the past few weeks.
Wishes
Lynne

Angelic Music

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A quick post to start this brand new week a week that will still see me sharing Halloween art but for today a Gecko Galz DT post.
Not so long ago I shared with you the first of my October DT post for Gecko Galz, an altered matchbox.  At the time of altering the matchbox I also used the same digi image to create a Christmas card.   This sweet image is from the  Figgy Pudding.  digi stamp set.
The texture past and Tinting Medium create the interest on this larger size cardbase,  8″x8″.
Angelic_Musicby_Lynnemoncrieff-600x477As with all Gecko Galz DT post here is the supply list and instructions.
SUPPLY LIST:- Gecko Galz Figgy Pudding Digi stamp,  Oxford Impressions tassel (Season of Giving), Crafty Individuals Elegant Swirls mask/stencil set, texture past, Daler Rowney Pearlescent Tinting Medium, canvas printer paper, paper doily, 8″x8″ cardbase, seam binding, Deko Ice (Crystal), stick pin, tulle, gimp, faux pearl, star sequins and Sakura Stardust pen.

INSTRUCTIONS:- Apply pattern to cardbase with the swirls mask and texture paste. Once dry paint with Tinting Medium. Print Figgy Pudding digi stamp onto canvas printer paper.  Abrade edges and swipe with the Tinting Medium.  Add highlights with the Stardust pen and a scattering of star sequins. Adhere guipure lace to trim the bottom edge.  Layer to cardbase with paper doily. Stamp Oxford Impressions tassel onto scrap paper.  Adhere to cardbase, embellishing with seam binding tied into a bow and a faux pearl.  Finally embellish card with gimp along top edge.

Many Thanks for visiting this Gecko Galz DT post.
Wishes
Lynne

The Gift of Music For Christmas

Edit:- Apologies that I did not create a link to the Gecko Galz site in the previous post.
To view all the DT samples for the National Cardmaking Day project then please visit Gecko Galz. Obviously I would be thrilled if you voted for my card (see previous post) but appreciate the wonderful collection of cards made by the other DT members.
Select the card you want to vote for and then e-mail your selection to geckogalz@yahoo.com.  
You will then receive a free digi stamp!

Hello Everyone
Halloween is still in my mind but alongside it is Christmas especially when I received the October products from Gecko Galz and amongst them a fabulous new set of digi stamps called Figgy Pudding. I zoomed straight away to this delicate image of an angel and know for sure that I will repeatedly make use of this digi stamp beyond DT samples for Gecko GalzThe_Gift_of_Music_Altered_Matchbox_You will probably have guessed that this is an altered matchbox, selecting one of the larger matchboxes to alter. That is when digi stamps come into their own with being able to re-size so easily.
Lots of sparkle.birthdaycards 040With this being a Gecko Galz DT sample here is a supply list and instructions.
SUPPLIES:- Gecko Galz Figgy Pudding digi stamp, Oxford Impressions snowflake stamp, Archival Jet Black (Ranger), Golden Gesso, Golden Gel Medium, canvas printer paper, matchboxm gimp, guipure lace, velour ribbon, ribbon slide, two stick pins, feather, tulle, Deko Ice (crystal) and Sakura Stardust pen and white tassel.
INSTRUCTIONS:- Apply Gesso to matchbox then repeatedly stamp the snowflake.  Adhere the white velour ribbon to the edges of the matchbox.  Print Figgy Pudding digi stamp onto canvas printer paper, abrade the edges and then generously apply the Deko Ice.  Layer to the matchbox with white feather.  Tie tulle around the stick pins and tuck them behind the image.  Embellish the image by sliding the gimp through the ribbon slide and layering with guipure lace.  A final touch, attach the tassel to the matchbox drawer.
This image will crop up again very soon when I share the second October DT sample.
Thank You for visiting this post. If I haven’t managed to stop by to say Hello then I apologise but know that I will catch-up with you as soon as possible.
Wishes
Lynne

Gecko Galz Celebrating National Cardmaking Day & A Free Digital Stamp


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Would you like the opportunity to receive a free digital stamp?  Well you can, all yo have to do is take part in the voting which is underway at Gecko Galz.
If you are a regular visitor then you might remember that not so long ago I shared with you a card to celebrate  National Cardmaking Day.  This is the card if you didn’t see the post first time around.or blog-001

Myself and the other Gecko Galz DT members all enjoyed creating a card each for National Card Making Day, cards for all occasions and now the voting is underway.
Obviously I would be thrilled if you voted for my card however I know that the team have created such beautiful samples so can well understand if your vote goes to one of them (you will gather that I am not very good at asking for your votes LOL).  Pop on over to Gecko Galz to view all the cards and then simply e-mail your choice to

geckogalz@yahoo.com and when you vote you get a FREE digital stamp!

I will return soon with another post where I will be sharing one of my October DT samples for Gecko Galz.
Wishes
Lynne

The Splendour of Venice

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Firstly, thank you for the interest you have shown in my Giveaway and all your lovely comments, far more than I would have expected.
Today I am sharing the second of my January Gecko Galz DT art in the form of a canvas panel with a Venetian theme.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Star Crossed Digital Paper Pack
Venetian Splendour Image Sheet
Golden Glass Bead Gel
Canvas panel, vellum, various acrylic paints, lace and seam binding (from my own stash)
Instructions
Apply various acrylics to the canvas panel until desired appearance has been achieved.  Randomly apply Glass Bead Gel.  Leave to set.  Once it has hardened at this point apply more paint.   If you have never used Glass Bead Gel before a note to say that it can easily be tinted prior to applying to your substrate.  Print a Star Crossed paper and Venetian Splendour image sheet onto vellum.  Tear the Star Crossed paper in half on the diagonal, scrunch it up and then apply to the canvas. Scrunch up the selected Venetian image then apply acrylic paint to the edges.  The image was layered to the panel along with lace.  Finally form a hanging by creating two holes at the top of the panel and threading through seam binding.Venezia wall hangingBy layering the Venetian image, which was printed onto vellum, over the painted canvas it adds more depth than if the image had been printed onto cardstock.DIGITAL CAMERAThis photograph displays the various textures, the canvas panel peeking through the Glass Bead Gel and also the torn and crumpled Star Crossed paper printed onto vellum. I also randomly tore holes into the vellum and rolled the edges back so that the layers beneath came through. DIGITAL CAMERAThank You for taking the time to visit this post and I hope to catch-up with all of you very soon.
Wishes
Lynne

Dance To Your Own Tune

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Today I am sharing the fifth and final December Guest Artist project for Gecko Galz.  I had such a fun time playing with Gecko Galz images and having my first try with a digi stamp so thank you LeeAnne.
My final piece is a mixed media wall hanging with an image from the Tiny Dancer collection taking centre stage. As with the previous projects I will share the supplies and brief instructions.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Tiny Dancer Collection
Oxford Impressions – Season of Giving (sheet music stamp)
Iron-on image transfer paper
Archival Sepia ink (Ranger)
Various pieces of lace, artist sheet canvas, cream acrylic paint, fabric flower, ribbon, vintage sheet music, cotton fabric scrap, faux crystal drops (my stash)
Instructions
Cut artist sheet canvas to size and paint with cream acrylic then stamp the sheet music stamp onto the panel. Layer lace (also used lace style net for dressing windows). Print Tiny Dancer onto iron-on image transfer paper, transfer to cotton. In word document create sentiment and again print onto image transfer paper and transfer to cotton. Layer both to piece of vintage sheet music. Embellish with more lace, etc.tinydancerlynne-001I am thrilled to say that my fun with Gecko Galz will continue as LeeAnne invited me to be part of her amazing DT for 2013. It is such a great honour to know I will be working with Gecko Galz images and her team in the New Year, many of who I know and whose artwork I admire.
With time rapidly running out it appears I might not be able to write a separate post with an end of year message so let me say here and now, Thank You for all the visits and comments on my Blog. Even at times when I was not able to visit your blogs as much as I’d have liked you continued to support my scheduled posts and that meant a lot to me as did all the comments left for me to read whether you were encouraging me with my artwork or being supportive on a more personal level.
I hope you will join me here in 2013 when I hope to share more of the same.  Also, in December Adorn turned 3 years old and as with previous years I wanted to have a little Giveaway as a way of saying Thank You but I decided at that time to put it on hold, what with December being the busiest of times so if you join me here in January I will be sharing the Giveaway news with you.
So here’s to the approaching New Year which I hope will bring all of you the healthiest and happiest of times and if you happen to have a creative dream (or two!) then may 2013 be the year to see those dreams being fulfilled.
Wishes
Lynne

Steampunking Seamstress

Note:- There is a hitch with the text so at the moment I’ve had to cut out some of the instructions until I am able to remedy the problem but if you are interested then the instructions are available at Gecko Galz under Guest Artist section.  

Hello Everyone
Thank You for all the festive wishes you left for me to read and to all the lovely friends who gifted me with incredible handmade gifts, cards and tags, which I plan on sharing on my Blog soon and also for the lovely e-cards sent to me.
I haven’t decided if to leave Christmas well alone for 2012 even though I still have projects I could share but I feel we are all now fatigued with Christmas!   I do still have a few winter related DT projects and they will be shared at some point but for today it is another of my Guest Artist artwork for Gecko Galz.
When I was working on the artwork back in early November I had a bit of a first, as it was the first time I used a digi stamp.  I wasn’t too sure how I would  get on with digi stamps as it is so different from the usual way of stamping but there was no doubt that I was keen to try it.  Since this first I’ve now dabbled with digi stamps for a second time (you will have to wait until the New Year for the next project) and I can definitely see the appeal for many as you do not have to worry about space for storing stamps and they are very versatile so long as your printer has the capacity for printing onto different surfaces and if not then all you need do is print onto TAP allowing you to transfer the image to most any surface.
If you have a fondness for Steampunk then you will love the Gecko Galz Industrial digi stamp set which is where I selected my image from.  As with the other Guest Artist projects I will share the supplies I used and also brief instructions for the canvas panel I altered.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Industrial digi stamp set.
Oxford Impressions stamps (selection of steampunk and dressmaker related stamps)
Distress Stain Antique Linen (Ranger)
Staz-on
Gesso (Golden)
Klear floor polish (Johnson & Johnson)
Canvas panel 8″x8″, acrylic paints, white tissue paper, white cardstock, fabric scraps, vintage lace, dressmaker snap, hook and eye and safety pin (all my own stash)
Instructions
Apply paint to panel then stamp Steampunk element randomly onto panel. Tear tissue paper slightly larger than panel, on the diagonal and stamp two different text stamps. Apply to panel using Klear floor polish technique. Leave to dry overnight. 
lynnemoncrieffsteampunkseamsntressAs the digi stamp allows for the image to be re-sized I decided to increase the size as I wanted her to stand-out as the focal of the canvas. I was aware that I didn’t want her to be drowning in the stamped elements, she needed to be the star of the show.
In this little detail you can see the distressed background  (with gentle use of an old emery board I distressed the dried tissue paper in a random fashion) with the layered tissue and all the little scraps I gathered to add texture to the stamped elements.DIGITAL CAMERAOver at Gecko Galz there are wonderful offers on all the time so well worth a look.
This post is scheduled for Thursday and to say I might not be able to visit you on that particular day but I will be catching-up soon as I can imagine many of you are already back to creating and blogging.
A last few words to say that all your visits and comments in the run-up to Christmas meant so much as I can just imagine how busy many of you were, you are such a supportive group of friends.
Wishes
Lynne

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