Last Days of Summer

Hello Everyone
Sunday heralds my DT post for That’s Crafty.
For my DT post this week I have been playing with a new set of stamps which I received and I had Fun!  Some of you might recognise the stamp set I was playing with. blog imageThe supply list, full instructions oh, of course, the actual project, can be viewed HERE.
Many Thanks for your visit today and all your visits this past week.

The Power of Words

Hello Everyone
Let me sneak in a post before my That’s Crafty DT post scheduled for Sunday.
DIGITAL CAMERAA few weeks ago I shared a pendant I made for my lovely friend Alison (craftytrog’s inky adventures), for her birthday.  Well once again I inked up one of the Tattooed Ladies for this Oxford Impressions DT sampleDIGITAL CAMERAThe Tattooed Lady exudes a sense of her own power, her own belief DIGITAL CAMERADo you believe in the power of imagery and words? I certainly believe in the power of affirmations, they can bring encouragement  in times of extreme self-doubt and so it was that when I received the Oxford Impressions Tattooed Lady set to play with that I viewed the two sentiment stamps as affirmations.
When I altered this Memory Frame  I had visions of this becoming a decorative item which is why I made the chain short as I did not  want it to resemble a piece of wearable art.  This would possibly be wall art or hanging from a drawer handle in a creative space.  With the bold photo real stamped image of the woman and the positive words on the other side of this piece, I liked the idea that it would possibly give the viewer encouragement as she creates in her art space.
DIGITAL CAMERAThank You for visiting today and for your visits this past week. Tomorrow I will return with my final post for this week.

Be An Original!

Hello Everyone
Some while ago, along with the stunning Lily Elsie plate from Oxford Impressions I also received the Tattooed Lady set.  Now I have to tell you that this is the power of stamps because I do not find tattoos to be attractive, doesn’t matter if it is on a man or the fairer sex I just do not care for them at all.  So it might seem strange that I elected to play with this particular set.  It is possibly because the stamps area so different and although they are essentially vintage  (which did sway me, I am sure!) I believe the stamps would work equally well on a more contemporary style project.
The set comprises three vintage ladies obviously adorned with tattoos and also in the set, two wonderful sentiments, what I would term as affirmations.
The very first item I created was a belated birthday gift for my lovely friend Alison (craftytrog’s inky adventures).  Obviously such images are not to everyone’s liking but Alison has such an artful attitude to life that I was sure she would embrace the image.
Peeking from behind the photo real image is a repetitive star design.  As the photo real image was smaller than the Memory Frame I layered it onto book text onto which I repeatedly stamped the star from the Vintage Circus plate.
DIGITAL CAMERAThe wonderful aspect of the Memory Frame, other than it is perfect for someone like myself who hasn’t mastered soldering, it allows me to create double-sided artwork.  For the rear I used both sentiments which I stamped onto prepared vintage French book text.lynnemoncrieffforoxfordimpressionsAs I was finishing the item I added a length of vintage crochet style lace as a form of hanging but it was never in my thoughts for Alison to wear this, I imagined, if at all, she would display it in her art space.  So imagine how pleased I was to learn from her that she actually wore it as a pendant.
Soon enough I will share some more Memory Frame art again using this stamp plate and also some pieces made with the beautiful Lily Elsie.
Many Thanks for your visit and for the lovely feedback on my first Gelli Print card.
One last word. Later this week I will be posting news of a Giveaway. No, it isn’t an anniversary or suchlike but I do have, at least I think so, a lovely prize available.

Devoted To His Work (FSC#14 Make It A Guy Thing)

It is that time again when Fashionable Stamping Challenge announce a new challenge theme which is  “Make It A Guy Thing“.  At FSC we like to keep rules to a minimum but we do ask that you include stamping on your artwork. For all rules of entry and details of the prize, click the link at the top of this post. Once there you will also see the incredible artwork on display from my fellow Fashionettes.
It is a great challenge theme as many of us tend to shy away from the more masculine style of projects and as we know, it is good to step out with our comfort zone now and again. Whether it be in a vintage style,  contemporary, teenage, sporty, anything goes.
For my DT sample I had to use one of the newest Oxford Impressions’ sets, London Telegraph, a fabulous set of stamps especially if you have a passion for Steampunk.It has been too long since I last altered a wooden block so was keen to use that as a base for the London Telegraph stamps. I like the idea of this being used as an alternative to a paperweight.There are some requirements for this:- detail scissors, a tube of silicone glue and patience!
A small piece of Stampbord creates a wee feature with the addition of a clip and piece of string.
Mixing up the stamping surfaces creates interest and texture.Layers of varying sized circles, some topped with glass circles.Torn mica layered over the stamped text.We look forward to see your Make It A Guy Thing art and as always, have fun with this challenge and of course, Good Luck.

Mother of Mine

Mothering Sunday is celebrated at different times of the year, depending on which part of the world you live in. Although it is not celebrated until May in the U.S.A., as this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.K. I am showing artwork for this particular celebration.
In honour of this day, there will be many projects this week with images of mothers and children. You may remember that  I created similar glass ornaments for Christmas. It is such a versatile idea as any image can be used. Here I used images from Divas D’Este’s To Mom With Love collage sheet.
Both glass ornaments are edged with coarse vintage glass glitter, which is perfect for edging as a substitute to soldering.
Generous lengths of satin ribbon for hanging or they can be propped on a home decor item.
The glass ornament above would make a special gift for a new mother.

If you visit Divas D’Este’s site you will notice that they have a new collage sheet available called “Happy Mother’s Day”.
I hope you will visit again this week to see other Mothering Sunday artwork. Lynne x

The Final Decoration

Here are some more glass Christmas Tree Ornaments. I have already shown a few in previous posts but the ornaments today all use images from Divas D’Este’s CS.
From Christmas Femmes. This image reminds me of Christmas Carol singers from days gone by.

From Christmas Femmes. I selected ribbon and beads based on the colours in the image.
Flapper from Merry Christmas CS. I particularly love this image. This was made for my sister’s friend who is passionate about the Art Deco era.

From Merry Christmas CS. This is a gift for a special friend. I wanted something that she could hang in her craft area beyond Christmas.

Remember there are 2 free images on Divas D’Este’s Homepage for you to download and I know that they would love to see what you create with the images. Lynne x

Snow Queen

The past few weeks I have had so much fun making glass Christmas tree ornaments, either using images from CS or stamped images.  When looking through The Stampsmith stamps to make a festive project it struck me that Ophelia could be interpreted as a Snow Queen or even a Winter Maiden for Solstice.
I used a larger sized glass circle which would make this ornament suitable to hang from a door, unless of course you have a very generous sized tree.
The image was stamped onto white glossy cardstock with Cobalt Blue ink and then fine glitter added in various shades of blue and a touch of silver.
Here I re-cycled a Christmas tree decoration.

I am linking this to LTD “Glitz” challenge.

Christmas Angel

My second project for Scrolls Work Stamps once again uses Lady Flourish Silhouette #1. As with the tag I created in my first project (attached to an upcycled brown bag), once again I have used this stamp to create a Christmas project. Here I made a Christmas Tree ornament.
Using Crimson Red Archival Ink I stamped onto cream glossy cardstock then added sparkle with fine glitter and imitation gold leaf flakes. The flakes I used are a combination of colour (called “Sunshine”) which are lovely to work with and add further dimension to your work. By using fine glitter it doesn’t interfere with the clarity of the stamped image and the particles are fine enough to sandwich behind the glass.
Photographing in daylight doesn’t show the sparkle and flakes to their best. Once the Christmas Tree lights reflect off this it is really quite beautiful the way the colours catch the light.

Style Never Goes Out of Fashion

It may be said time and time again but it is absolutely true, trends may come and go but true style will always remain in fashion. Mention Haute Couture and the name that first comes to my mind is Coco Chanel. Her style remains timeless even in 2010. I decided to re-visit Coco for GSC Chestnut Theme Challenge “Haute Couture”.
By luck this image of Coco was in a magazine I was reading. With the image I made a charm, using the colours that most represent Chanel, black, cream and a hint of gold.
The glass rectangle is 3 cm x 2.5 cm (I have my BIL to thank for the glass pieces I have been using recently). Three pearls (2 are real) were attached to a head pin and once again (see “Unconditional Love”) I used ribbon instead of chain.  With the ribbon tied into a bow this piece measures approx 8.5″ from bow to tip of the third pearl.

The other week I was incredibly lucky to receive pearls and other pieces of jewellery (plus a whole array of goodies such as vintage buttons, ribbon, etc) from a friend of the family, Dot. Dot if you are reading this, again, many thanks, did I not say I would be able to make use of all the items you gifted to me. Lynne x

Unconditional Love

Over at Dezinaworld this week’s challenge is “Mother & Child”. The Mother & Child image I selected is from Divas D’Este To Mom With Love CS. If you look at this CS you will see the image I selected is the smallest on the sheet, begging to be made into a piece of jewellery.
Using the glass circle (glass circle is slightly smaller than a 20p piece) as a template I selected the part of the image I wanted then used some Glossy Accents to adhere the circle to the image. I trapped copper wire between the rear of the image and some greyboard (greyboard prepared with Gesso then painted and finally a sealer). I laid weights on top and left to dry overnight. This was now ready to add jump rings and beads. Maybe it is because I have a weakness for ribbons but I love jewellery made with ribbons/velvet/lace. I scrunched up some salmon pink ribbon and frayed the edges before forming a bow.
Using such images would make lovely jewellery for a Mum to be. On the rear initials or date could be added to personalise the piece.

i June has started a new challenge, Papercrafts Prize Challenge. Pop on over to read the rules for entry. Everyone will win and the deadline is 4th December.
ii There is still time to “win” my latest Giveaway (see the post “Joy”). The cone will be filled with little bits ‘n’ pieces. The winner’s name will be posted on 20th November.

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