Art Isn’t Black & White: Red Lead Art House Kit (@ Somerset Life)

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In the Apr/May/June issue of Somerset Life, one of the articles I have, is centred around a Red Lead art house, as an Art Kit idea.  Red Lead sell a few different styles, the same shape with slight variations in the items included, etc.  The Art Houses could form pencil/pen/paintbrush storage,   a home for a pretty plant or something completely different, like an art kit. There are no rules!
I’ve no idea why I don’t have more photos of the actual house.  The sides were stencilled, with Red Lead stencils.  For the front, the kit already has the “windows”.  I layered the same Red Lead collage image behind each window.  The thought behind the repetition of the image is the many sides of artists.
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I focused on black and white embellishments to include in the art kit,
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ribbons, buttons, clips, fabric and twine and the washi ribbon attached to the wooden spool.
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The Frescos used to paint the Art House also appear on the cover of the mini watercolour paper pad.  Darkroom Door Word Blocks are great favourites of mine, this is the Creativity Word Block which is about the best one you could ever have in your stash.
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Stamped labels which are Red Lead stamps, were attached to wee bundles of papers such as tissue, Red Lead collage images, etc.
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When I packed the Art House Kit, it was fun, finding ways to including/attach as many items as possible. Suspending and attaching items upon items.
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A wooden peg, painted and one of the words on the Word Block, clipped to a bundle of stamped Art Journaling style stamps, also from Red Lead.
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This was the first time I had submitted an Art Kit to Somerset Life, it was great fun and to have it published, the cherry on the cake especially as, since first reading Somerset Life, Art Kits were always something I liked to spend time pouring over the photographs.
Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

A Word In Your Ear (Greencraft)

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I’ve been a real straggler this year and have got so much to catch-up with.
This post features a trio of ear-rings published in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft magazine,
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This submission came about, simply from tidying up scraps of resin paper.  Although those scraps would not have been destined for the rubbish bin, I’d have most likely incorporated them into various projects but as I did the simple act of stacking similar sized pieces in my hands, from somewhere, the idea of ear-rings came straight into my head.
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Pearls always bring a wee touch of elegance and they were a nice contrast to the resin paper.
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As a means of keeping the ear-rings tidy for their journey from Scotland to the U.S., I formed some simple packaging, again it was in keeping with the greencrafting theme.  I don’t have photos but I then wrapped them in burlap.
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Thank you so much for your visit to this post.
Wishes
Lynne

My Little Pretties (@ Somerset Life)

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I have no idea where time is disappearing to!
Here I am sharing items which appear in an Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Life !!!
Somerset Life has been a favourite Stampington & Co title for the longest time,  a reader long, long before I first submitted, fulfilling an area in my creative life, as a reader and now someone who has submitted/published a few times, that is beautifully unique, it truly captures creative living.
I cannot even remember when I submitted this collection of pretties, possibly one year ago, in answer to a Tag challenge call.
As happens more often than not with me, they came about by chance.  I found myself with excess Gesso, grabbed some tags and swiped the Gesso onto them.  When I bundled them up, I happened to gather them along with some pink/red lace.  Suddenly, from that action, I had the idea of creating pretty tag ladies.  Those are moments that  make me happy LOL.
In that moment I had no doubt I would be inking up Character Constructions stamps.
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She is one of my absolute, all time favourite Character Constructions stamps, I never tire of her.  It was wonderful to see her available on the That’s Crafty site.  You can find her HERE.
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All stamping is done directly onto the tag, zero fussy cutting on this project! This was all about the fun of adding the wee touches, such as the fabric formed into a simple bow for her hair.
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They were presented as a bundle, tied with torn fabric that I had used on the tags, that is one of the reasons I kept to a limited colour palette, making them more attractive when viewed as a collective bundle.
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A stamped butterfly alights on her arm, wishing her a pretty day.
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This pretty holds out a welcoming flower.
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It was fun to adorn her hair with roses cut from lace rose trim.
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The wee birdie sings sweetly to her.
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A sentiment adorns the rear of each tag with a fragment of fabric.
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Catherine Moore’s Character Constructions stamps allow me to dip into pretty with a touch of whimsy and can be light relief from when I have been immersed in my dreich and drippy (!) projects LOL.
Thank you so much for your visit to this post.  I continue to read through all the comments you generously leave for me to read.
Wishes
Lynne

Enchant Your Life – Wooden Feather Affirmations (Somerset Studio)

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I often mention Redlead Paperworks in my blog posts.  Amongst the wonderful products that Chris and Sharon create are their wooden embellishments.  When I first received some of their wooden products, I was saving them, a bad habit of mine where I want to keep items instead of enjoying the process of using them!  It was last year I challenged myself to begin using items I had been “saving”.  What a revelation it is to not be constantly placing items aside but to dive in and play!
This is what I decided to do when I paired an engraved wooden charm with a wooden is no longer trading).  The trio were published in Somerset Studio (Mar/Apr issue).  It’s difficult to express what it means to be published
This is the link to Redlead’s various engraved wood charms but if you are interested, they have many other wood products: frames, shapes such as cupcakes, mermaids, Halloween and Christmas themed, there is something for every taste.
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I write, in the introduction of the article, of when I asked myself, “what are they?” We often label our projects: assemblage, wearable art, art journaling but
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sometimes, a project is not as clearly defined.
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Although the feathers with sentiment are suspended from beautiful silk sari ribbon,
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they are not pendants, they are something which I see as being a thoughtful gift idea for someone who needs a positive word or two, possibly displaying this somewhere that
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will catch their eye on a daily basis, possibly wrapped around a beautiful journal.
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To ensure the feathers did not become a tangled mess as they made their way from Scotland to California, I decided to create some simple individual packaging for them.  As with most ideas, it became “more” than I intended as I made little tags for each wrapped bundle.
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Each of the stamped words are from Redlead.  I cannot tell you how much I love the set which those words come from, this is the link.   I also used some of the stamps on the paper prayer flag I shared in this post HERE.
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Stamped onto calico, it makes for a tactile, shabby label
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with the calico layered onto various scraps of mop-ups/leftovers which had been stained with Infusions.
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I am so grateful for the relationship I have with Red Lead, especially as they are a U.S. company.  It has been some time since I made my first Guest Designer project for them.
Have a wonderful week.
Wishes
Lynne

Laundry Day

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I have a very quick post to share, a little something I made as a “paper fancy” gift.
The main stamps used are from the recent release from Character Constructions, Blue Daisy collection with the wonderful French Laundry stamp from one of the older collections, a French Laundry set.
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This is actually a paper lavender sachet or should that be a lavender, paper sachet?
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The image was stamped onto lovely paper from a vintage French Agenda, some of the pages containing beautiful writing.  By stamping onto this paper, I liked the whimsy of the day of the week appearing on the image , as though Mercredi is laundry day (I really should have scheduled this post for yesterday!)
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With the sachet being simple in approach, I wanted the tag to be in keeping with this simplicity.   Old denim jeans formed the base, although I did layer it to kraft cardstock for stability and  a place to jot a message.  A sweet vintage button is all that embellishes the stamped and fussy cut Blue Daisy dress, oh, I also stamped buttons.  This smock dress is a cleverly designed stamp because the open design allows for so many possibilities whether under-stated or adding wild, doodled patterns. A great stamp to use with Gelli prints.
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That’s Crafty are U.K. stockists for selected Character Constructions stamps, including the recent addition of two sets from the Blue Daisy collection.  If you have any queries regarding availability of Character Constructions stamps, either contact Laura Holland at That’s Crafty or contact me and I will pass your query to Laura.
Thank you for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Mindfulness (Somerset Studio)

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To start this new week, I am winding the clock back to last year, to Somerset Studio’s Nov/Dec 2016 issue. One of the articles I was lucky enough to have published was centred around a collection of small canvases, all with a message relating to mindfulness.  The introduction in the article is where I speak about the motivation and what I was aiming to creating and how Christen Hammon’s Editor’s Letter in an issue of Somerset Life, was the springboard of inspiration for me.
If you read this post, you will notice that I share a simple presentation idea, this is because I saw the canvases as being suitable as gifts for anyone who might be needing to pause and breathe.
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The RELICS & ARTIFACTS hand is only there as a prop.
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All of the canvases feature a PaperArtsy Eclectica ESN sentiment. ESN are designed by Sara Naumann, for PaperArtsy and they are probably my most inked up PA stamps.
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The sentiments are stamped onto various found papers, nothing fancy, regular papers from around the home.  I also stamped smaller elements either onto more found papers or directly onto the canvas, such as the numbers at the top edge of the Golden Hours canvas.
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Simply embellished with crushed velvet ribbon, MOP buttons, rhinestones, etc.
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Little layered elements such as the layered found paper which had some gold paint applied, the crushed velvet ribbon and the MOP button.
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I was trying to achieve a timeless quality to them, a distressed effect, a timeworn look to the canvases, yet with a hint of old style glamour with my choice of embellishments and use of gold.
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The details really are the tiniest of fragments.  Can you see how small those rhinestones are?  Three lined up on the velvet ribbon.
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This canvas has numbers stamped onto the canvas to create a border effect before the layers were added.
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I so love when ordinary papers and I do mean ordinary, can be given a touch of elegance by the addition of rhinestones or a sweet MOP button.   Funny how details like this can make my heart sing.
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A cluster of the canvases, all with simple presentation and each topped with a stamped word from Darkroom Door’s Word Block Wellbeing. For me, Darkroom Door’s Word Blocks are indispensable.  I haven’t yet managed to own them all but some are great favourites, this is one of them as there is a beautiful selection of words which I’ve used on all manner of projects.
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A swipe of Gesso highlights the texture of the scrunched paper.
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Each word layered with burlap,
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with a repeat of details appearing on the canvases.
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For variation, one of the canvases is presented in a fabric bag, the mini easel also included.
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Thank you so much for your visit. I hope it was a restful post to view and a chance to seek mindfulness during your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Sweet Dreams (Willow & Sage)

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One of the surprises in 2016 was being published in Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage, a magazine devoted to homemade bath/beauty products.
Before I began stamping, I enjoyed blending my own aromatherapy essential oils and one day, I would really like to try making lip balms, soaps, etc but that time isn’t for now so imagine my delight when opportunity knocked on my door (actually, my laptop!) when I was approached to create packaging idea for this magazine which they, thankfully liked and published (posts can be seen HERE and HERE).  In the Winter 2017 issue  I was once again grateful to find myself published, this time taking the packaging idea further by making lavender sachets.
The springboard for this idea was, believe it or not, packaging!  When my friend Vickie mailed a gift to me, inside the box was some interesting white fabric style paper, I can only describe it as not dissimilar to tumble dryer laundry sheets but firmer and a generous size.  I was sure it would contain lavender buds but also allow the scent to emit.  I managed to make five sachets in total.
First, the bundle of three, tied together with re-cycled sari silk chiffon ribbon.  Maybe I am easily pleased but there is so much joy in knowing you have the most perfect stamp for an occasion.  I remembered the Lavender stamp from Character Constructions Mad Tea Party No. 8, it could not be more perfect to stamp onto the re-cycled tag which I painted with Gessso, with a small sprig of lavender as a sweet detail.
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This is the trio of sachets.
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Willow and Sage is not a stamping magazine but I knew the sachets needed something, the fabric paper was too plain and yet I didn’t want to stamp anything too dominant.  It suddenly dawned on me, I had Stampington & Co stamps designed by Christine Adolph.  I used Trims 4 images
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For one of the sachets, a lovely scrap of grosgrain ribbon stitched to the sachet, allowing the lavender sprig to be held in place.
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All the stamping was done before filling the sachets with the dried lavender buds.
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I wanted a subtle effect to the stamping and the timing was just right as my ink pad was becoming dry and ordinarily I would have re-inked but it gave me the subtle effect i wanted.
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This sachet could be presented in the white paper pocket and when removed, it can be suspended from the loop, formed from grosgrain ribbon.
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Thank you so much for your visits. With struggling to keep up with blog visits and Facebook, I did consider if I should put my blog posts on hold. It seems cheeky to try and schedule blog posts when I am struggling so much to keep up with all of you wonderful people. My concern is, if I step away for a designated period of time, that time will lengthen and then I would probably never return to keeping the blog active.
Your words of support mean a great deal to me.
Wishes
Lynne

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