Flight of the Bats

Hello
For my DT post over at the That’s Crafty Blog, I have once again been having a play with one of their new Dinky Stencil designs, here is a sneaky peek.blog18octoberThe full Dinky Stencil collection can be viewed HERE and my DT post with supplies and instructions can be viewed HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday
Wishes
Lynne

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Nightcrawlers

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Another Halloween piece to share with you featuring a stamp I have already played with for this Halloween, HERE.  I so wanted to ink up Mr Poe once again, this time for some playtime with a Calico Crafts Parts Halloween ShrineMDF Flying Bat Colony and  MDF mini insects, decidedly creepy in themselves!
This might sound really dark and sinister, which isn’t really where my brain is at (!) but for this shrine I wanted a sense of claustrophobia, as though Poe is lying in a tomb and around him the insects silently crawl, spinning their webs and leaving their trails and above the bats swoop low on a midnight sky, illuminated by the golden glow cast by gaslight.
poeshrinelynnemoncrieffoneI decided from the outset that I wanted Poe himself to be set far back, I didn’t want him to appear as a stamped and fussy cut shape, I suppose I wanted to work with the depth of the shrine.  After preparing the base board with paints I stamped Poe, then stamped again, this time onto tissue paper which I layered onto the first image.  Onto this I applied the same paints and spray used throughout, before adding the decorative stamping. poeshrinelynnemoncriefffourThe shrines have such great depth, lots of room to play around in, so I sneaked in another MDF shape, this time a corner cobweb.
The detailing on those insects is amazing!poeshrinelynnemoncrieffthreeWith the paints and spray I achieved a mottled effect on all the MDF surfaces.
Included in the shrine kit is the MDF word, Spooky, the same as etched onto the shrine itself but I decided to keep it aside for another project.poeshrinefivelynnemoncrieff
This was the first time I had worked with a shrine (previously I had worked with one of their MDF shells) and although I was impressed with the shell, for some reason I was expecting a slight battle on my hands to assemble the shrine as often such items can be less than perfect when trying to fit them together.  I had nothing to worry about, a  touch of Gel Medium was all the adhesive I needed.poeshrinelynnemoncriefftwoPoe is from Oxford Impressions Haunted and the decorative stamp is from the Wicked set, available directly from Oxford Impressions and in the U.K. from That’s Crafty.
Many thanks for taking the time to visit this post.
A final word ….. Sweet Dreams!!!
Lynne

Hear The Owl Hooting

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Recently I shared with you a Halloween card featuring Oxford Impressions stamps, in particular the 2015 Halloween release, Jack o’lantern. At the time of making that card I also made another with the same colours and along the same style. jollynnemoncrieffone
Jackie would rather stay indoors on Halloween, reading by the flickering light of the carved lantern, munching away on candy treats but her pet owl, Owlie is desperate for some Halloween fun and mischief.   Jackie dons a battered old hat in the hope of at least looking as though she has made some attempt at dressing up for Halloween, picking up the lantern to light their way as they walk through the field of pumpkins in search of opportunities to shout “Boo”.  jollynnemoncriefftwoStained piece of bunting with a stamped pumpkin.jollynnemoncrieffthreeI so love the font of this stamp.jollynnemoncriefffiveTucked behind the main tag on the card isjollynnemoncrieffsixa wee tag featuring a stamped Halloween poem.jollynnemoncrieffeightThank You for visiting this scheduled blog post and I have to apologise for not having stopped by your own blogs. I hope to catch-up with you soon.
Wishes
Lynne

A Hint of Wicked In Their Eyes

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I have a Halloween offering to share with you, a card featuring Oxford Impressions Jack o’lantern stamp set.
For me, I like a neutral, tea/coffee stained colour palette for Halloween as it works perfectly for the vintage style I prefer but I decided that for this card I was going to take a deep breath and add a dash of orange! I know, what came over me I don’t know but as you can imagine, I toned it down with walnut ink crystals to bring it to a tone more suited for me.
Now, I mentioned the Jack o’lantern stamp set, this is the most recent addition to Oxford Impressions Halloween themed sets. Suzanne really does have such an extensive range of Halloween stamp sets ranging from the Too Cute to Spook side of Halloween to the slightly more macabre, as seen in the Danse Macabre set, with everything in-between.jollynnemoncrieffoneTaking watercolour paper, a shipping tag and fabric and trims along with a wooden frame, I set about staining all, firstly with dissolved walnut ink crystals then adding the orange before toning it all down.
For the background panel, I stamped the pumpkin, Trick or Treat and that lovely branch and on the shipping tag I stamped the focal image of the girls with spider’s web repeatedly stamped around them.
jollynnemoncriefftwoThe painted wooden frame highlights the sentiment.  I am sure those girls are harmless as they set out to Trick or Treat with their pet bat, Batholomew but there is something rather intense to their gaze so maybe they have a wee touch of wickedness, with the elder sister leading her younger sister into all sorts of Halloween mischief.jollynnemoncrieffthreeThere seemed to be so much time until Halloween yet all of sudden it feels as though time is running away.  Another day I will share another Jack o’lantern card which I made at the same time as this one. In the meantime, many thanks for your visit and I do appreciate that not everyone embraces Halloween, for whatever reason. I hope I cause no offence to any of you during the times I share anything related to this occasion.
(Selected Oxford Impressions Halloween themed stamp sets can be purchased from That’s Crafty in the U.K. HERE.)
Wishes
Lynne

Something Wicked

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Last week for my DT post over at That’s Crafty it was all about Christmas, this week it is the turn of Halloween, I know, chronologically incorrect!blogimage27septemberSupplies and instructions can be viewed HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

By The Light Of The Moon

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Today I am sharing my final, Halloween inspired card at That’s Crafty.
Here is a little peek at the card.threeIf you would like to see the card then please visit HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Wishes
Lynne

Twit A Boo!

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I am staying with a Halloween theme for my DT project at That’s Crafty, nothing too frightening!
blogdetailTo view, please visit HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

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