Fleur

Hello Everyone
Thank you for joining me for this post where I am sharing a muslin bag I decorated for an art friend, Marie  (Lost Bird Studio) who celebrated her birthday in June.
This was a pre-made muslin bag so all I had to do was have fun decorating it and then filling it with lace for Marie.
I selected one of my all time favourite stamps from Oxford Impressions which is from the Soul of the Rose plate (also available from That’s Crafty) , although the stamp script on the actual muslin bag is from the Venezia stamp plate.  Stained vintage lace covers the majority of the script but I liked the hint of it peeking through.  The photo real stamp was stamped onto TAP before transferring onto canvas.lynnemoncrieffsouloftheroseThe image was lightly painted with Caran d’ache watersoluble crayons. DIGITAL CAMERAAnother time I will share the notebook and card I also sent to Marie.
Unusually for me, this was a short post. No doubt I will make up for it next time!
Wishes
Lynne

A New Chapter Of Her Life

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I hope you are having a lovely start to the week.
Not so long ago I shared some tags I made with Oxford Impressions’ Lily Elsie stamp plate, well I thought it was time I shared another piece of art I’ve created using this plate.
I remember  the first time I read an article on photo real stamps I was left feeling so inspired and fell in love with them there and then.  However I had barely started to stamp and so it was a wee while before I made my first purchase.  Much has changed as I probably own nearly as many photo real stamps (if not more) compared to regular stamps but what hasn’t changed, I still have that sense of wonder when using them, the love affair hasn’t  diminished.
Probably most often I will stamp onto glossy cardstock, as I did with the tags I previously shared with you but having the flexibility to be able to stamp a photo real stamp onto TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) opens up new possibilities. For this wall hanging I did exactly that, stamping onto TAP then transferring onto cotton fabric.DIGITAL CAMERAA heritage colour (plum) emulsion paint was applied to artist sheet canvas before blending and stamping, onto which I stitched garden fleece.  The garden fleece creates a beautiful diffused effect.
DIGITAL CAMERAOf course lace had to make an appearance and so I edged the beautiful Lily Elsie with narrow lace and scattered around the hanging are pretty floral pieces, along with some leaves, cut from lace. Of course there is the obligatory vintage French book text washed with paint. DIGITAL CAMERAThis sweet cluster of flowers was part of the packaging on one of the birthday gifts Marie (Lost Bird Studio) sent to me, I merely adorned the bouquet with some stained seam binding.
If you happen to fall in love with this set then they can be purchased direct from Austen Gallery (the Oxford Impressions site)  – Oxford Impressions Lily Elsie plate or if you are a U.K. stamper then you will find this set being stocked at That’s Crafty.
This is not the last you will see of Lily Elsie as I have some more pieces of art using this image and others from the same plate waiting in the wings.
In the meantime, thank you for visiting this post and also for your lovely comments on my Marie Antoinette inspired pendant.
Wishes
Lynne

The Parisian Gent

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As you might have noticed, this past week I haven’t managed to organise new posts or visit your own Blogs but I do hope that next week sees some progress with me being able to draft/schedule posts for artwork which was created earlier in the year.
Anyway, for the moment it is that time of the week when it is another DT piece for That’s Crafty.  If you are a regular visitor then you will know that I am naughty and only share a snippet of the project but if you would like to see it in full along with supplies and instructions then please visit the That’s Crafty Blog HERE.DIGITAL CAMERAHave a lovely Sunday and if in the U.K. I hope you are managing to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.
Thank You for your visit and I am keeping my fingers crossed that next week sees the start of my Blog becoming slightly more active and finally manage to slowly catch-up with your own creations. I am desperately missing being part of the Blogging community.
Wishes
Lynne

Beloved (TSC#42)

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The first of a new month means a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge. For the month of May the theme is this…..
TSC42_tictactoea Tic Tac Toe board.  We are asking that you select one straight line from the board and incorporate those elements into your entry.
To enter TSC you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your artwork. It is well worth entering as the prize available is $21 to spend on stamps of your choice at The Stampsmith on-line store. All rules and samples by the other DT members can be viewed at TSC Blog.
The line I selected was the diagonal one with:- metal, stitches and pink.
Metal – the metal hanger
Stitches – the panel is stitched around the edges
Pink – The cotton fabric (of course you know where I sourced it from!) was painted delicate tones of pink before stamping. There is also pink in some of the lace I used and lastly I used pink watersoluble crayons to tint the transferred image.
The fabric has a pretty shimmer as I used Twikling H20s to paint the cotton.  Lots of lace added to the bottom edge of the panel.DIGITAL CAMERAThe image was transferred onto cotton using TAP.  In the past I’ve used inexpensive t-shirt transfers but TAP most definitely transfers to a far superior level, especially when using photo real stamps.  As you can see in this photograph, the weave of the cotton is visible (this was macro setting) but the detail of the stamp is still remarkable.
Tea stained vintage lace was gathered with a marcasite brooch embellishing it.DIGITAL CAMERAWe hope you will join us this month with the Tic Tac Toe board, have fun with this.
Wishes
Lynne

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.
Lynne

The Reader

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This being Sunday it is time for a sneaky peek at my DT post for That’s Crafty.DTlynnemoncrieffIf you would like to see it in full then you can visit HERE.
This is the first of two scheduled posts for this Sunday.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Wishes
Lynne

Sleep, Sweet Miranda

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I return today with what is an unusually short post.
This is a DT post for The Stampsmith although I will admit that this is another from the vaults as the item was created as far back in December when I made it as one of the gifts sent to a friend, a lavender sachet.
It is interesting that I selected Miranda from the Julia and Friends stamp plate for the focal on the lavender sachet, after all, lavender is renowned for its properties to help induce sleep.sachetlynnemoncrieffusingthestampsmithMiranda was stamped onto TAP before transferring to canvas and then of course the fun started adding creamy white lace to the sachet and a shabby seam binding bow.
Thank You for your visit to this post, the last post for the month of February.  I wonder what March will have in store for all of us.
Wishes
Lynne

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.
Wishes
Lynne

When Cupid Strikes

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Love is definitely in the air at Gecko Galz with their 30 days of Valentine’s underway.
Valentine's+day+Tag+Badge+Gecko+Galz+2013Each day there will be a Valentine card from a DT member with supplies and instructions and if you happen to have missed any of the days then they are all on display for you to view. Today is my turn to share my Valentine with you.
As with all Gecko Galz DT projects I will share supplies and brief instructions
Supplies
Gecko Galz Digital Paper Pack Star Crossed
Gecko Galz Little Angels Image Sheet
Oxford Impressions BonBon (Valentine stamp)
Resin Corner Embellishment (Melissa Frances)
Canvas printer paper, vellum, iron-on transfer paper, vintage book text, cotton, lace and seam binding (my stash)
Instructions
Print Star Crossed paper onto canvas printer paper and vellum. Layer the canvas printer paper panel onto cardbase. Tear vellum into a strip and stamp Valentine. Layer to cardbase with lace.  Print Little Angel image sheet onto iron-on transfer paper and transfer to cotton. Embellish image with lace and corner embellishment then layer to cardbase with French book text.  Finally embellish card with seam binding (stained) tied into a shabby bow.
DIGITAL CAMERAThere are always special offers and fun taking place at Gecko Galz so well worth taking a visit.
One last thing before I leave for today – thank you for the wonderful messages of Congratulations you left for Butterfly (Alison) on her win of my Giveaway.
Everyone take care and if the snow is proving to be a hurdle for you then maybe you are managing to use it to your advantage and staying tucked up inside and having some creative time!
Wishes
Lynne

Light Of My Life

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Thank you for taking the time to visit.
January meant for me the start of my DT term for Gecko Galz.  Being their Guest Artist in December whetted my appetite for working with their images and also gave me the opportunity to work with digi stamps (see Steampunking Seamstress).  For the first of my January DT samples I wanted to play with another digi and this time print onto a different surface (previous it was cardstock I printed onto).
Whenever it is a DT post for Gecko Galz you will notice that I will provide a supply list and brief instructions.
Supplies
Gecko Galz Heart and Soul Digi Stamp set (used image HS07)
Candle, Flower Embellishments (Crafty Individuals), Guipure Trim, Pearls and tissue paper (my stash)
Instructions
Select image and re-size (I worked with three different sizes) and print onto tissue paper. Transfer the images to a candle. Trim the candle with the lace and embellish the hearts with flower embellishments and randomly adhere flat back pearls to the candle.DIGITAL CAMERA
The immediate advantage to using a digi stamp for such a project is you can re-size to suit the dimensions of your project whereas obviously with a traditional rubber stamp you are restricted in that sense and I was able to re-size to three different dimensions. Although I kept to black it would be simple to either alter the colour of the digi prior to stamping or to colour the image once printed onto the tissue.
Wishes
Lynne

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