Make Your Mark (Greencraft)

Hello
I thought I would share some notebooks which appear in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft, (Spring 2017).
As you can see, they are very humble notebooks from even humbler beginnings.  You can probably guess they were constructed from re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper, I also re-cycled items to form mark making tools.  However, each of the Affirmations, is a stencil – Red Lead Paperworks – Celebrate Your Creativity
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I consciously kept the designs simple.  I wanted to show how simple it is to create notebooks with very few supplies, no specialist tools and the bulk of the supplies being re-cycled items.
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By stenciling onto calico scraps, it was in keeping with the Green approach.
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I also deliberately kept the paint selection to a minimum.
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Other than the stenciled words, all other marks are from mark making tools.
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Old buttons appear on most of the notebooks, an absolute favourite of mine.
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Those wee scraps of lace that always seem to be kicking around me (!), are perfect for such projects.
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A re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper,  paint, one stencil, buttons and scraps = a stack of notebooks and a dent in my stash of re-cycled boxes and packing paper!
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As I have written within Greencraft articles, there is something so fulfilling about making use of items which would otherwise be destined for the re-cycle bin. It really is about creating something from nothing.
Wishes
Lynne

Craft Stamper

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I have overlooked sharing peeks at projects I have in Craft Stamper (May issue).
With the brief of making cards to a vintage/shabby style with colours of Springtime, I had fun working with Character Constructions stamps.  Catherine Moore generously offered one stamp set for a lucky winner – there is still time to enter the Giveaway!
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The second card in my article features PaperArtsy, from the recently released ScrapCosy (ESC) which seemed a perfect fit for the brief and was a lovely contrast to the whimsical image on the first card, with the ESC flower being more traditional in style.
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In this same issue, I also appear as my role with the That’s Crafty DT, as we had the wonderful challenge of working with a That’s Crafty Splat, for the Craft Stamper 3D Challenge.  I had fun incorporating PaperArtsy stamps and RELICS & ARTIFACTS onto the Splat. I’ve always thought that R&As and That’s Crafty Alterable Surfaces are perfect for each other.
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Thank you to Trish Latimer and for the wonderful companies who created such fabulous products to play with.
Wishes
Lynne

Relics & Artifacts with That’s Crafty … A Collaboration

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The collaboration between Relics & Artifacts and That’s Crafty is very special indeed, viewing the inspirational artwork of established artists as they combine R&As with That’s Crafty surfaces/stencils, etc.  It’s a thrill to be a participant of the collaboration with two projects, Sandra and her Ambassadors and Laura, requested I make a project for both of them.
Today, I am sharing my first project at the Muse.  When I was working on this project, I paused because it was a significant moment for me.  Here I happened to be, working on a project with products from two companies, whose products I genuinely adore and believe in and have been combining for a wee while now.  Add to that, I was inking up one of my stamp Affirmations.  For someone who stumbled into stamping, purely looking for another hobby, I could never have imagined where that stumble would lead to.
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The complete project, with inspiration can be seen here, at the Muse.
To see the project made by Nikki, representing the That’s Crafty side of the collaboration, click HERE
Thank You to those of you who are visiting the two daily blog posts and remember, there are two prizes available.
Wishes
Lynne

Her Artful Heart – TC16april

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Last week, over at That’s Crafty, I said I would be sharing Part II of my journal but due to Gremlins, it is this post I am sharing instead.
This project features one of the Character Constructions stamps available from That’s Crafty, Inner Child No. 5.   The heart paper doll is the largest stamp from the set but I also included some of the other stamps.
That’s Crafty are the only U.K. stockists of Character Constructions stamps, stocking selected stamps.  If you are interested in any Character Constructions stamps that do not appear on the That’s Crafty website,  Laura Holland will welcome your enquiries.  To view the complete catalogue of Character Constructions stamps, visit HERE.
All details for this project can be viewed HERE.
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Have a lovely Sunday.
Wishes
Lynne

Art Girl

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I am sure you can relate, I do not like anything going to waste, so when I had some of the frame elements, left over from creating shrine samples for That’s Crafty, I laid them aside knowing I could continue the fun later.
With That’s Crafty now re-stocking, selected Character Constructions stamps, I thought it would be fun to play with some of the Paris Flea stamps and give this art girl a cosy home.  I’ve played with Paris Flea many times since receiving the collection last year, it is fun to mix ‘n’ match and bring life to the paper dolls with your imagination.
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All details of this project can be seen HERE, including specific stamps and how I formed the paper doll element.  I also sneaked in one of my Affirmations!  I still have more to write about the Affirmations but have to say, heartfelt thanks for the reaction, I never imagined I would ever have stamps and then to have them so warmly received, it has been overwhelming.
Wishes
Lynne

She Hath Wings (Somerset Studio)

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To start this new week I thought I’d share something which I made last year, submitted to Somerset Studio’s colour challenge, the colour they stipulated was Olive.  I was so thrilled to see this published in Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2017.
Although I also submitted other projects, this was the first project made because I knew I wanted to use the stunning Character Constructions stamp, Inner Child No. 7 , a great favourite of mine.
Is she a friend to the birds, who are content with her sitting amongst them, or is it possible that she is one of them.  Some say she has the voice of the sweetest nightingale.

(That’s Crafty is stocking a selected range but Laura Holland is willing to accept any enquiries for Character Constructions stamps which do not appear on the That’s Crafty website.   If you are interested in placing a Special Order, then feel free to contact Laura)

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A canvas board was the main substrate for this piece, with That’s Crafty MDF hearts.
The Character Constructions stamp is the focal, stamped onto a piece of leftover paper, painted with PaperArtsy Fresco and one of their glazes providing a sheen.  You can just about see the sentiment “she hath wings”,  a beautiful stamp, available from Redlead Paperworks.
All of those branches are fussy cut, yes, my hands were not so happy with me!  You can find this branch on Character Constructions Queen of Tarts Plate 1
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I allowed them to overhang, to give them impression that she really is nestled in the branches of the tree.
In all honesty, I am not sure I achieved the faux bark effect which I was aiming for on the That’s Crafty mdf hearts.  Each has a stamped egg layered onto it, the stamped image has a thin layer of ICE Resin.
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Scraps of resin paper also appear layered behind the heart and again on this piece of drifwood, layered with the Home Sweet Nest sentiment.  Such a sweet sentiment from Character Constructions.
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Thank you for your visit.  I am trying to draft as many posts as possible, there seems to be so much catching-up to do!
Wishes
Lynne

Nature Girl (3D Challenge – Craft Stamper)

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In the new issue of Craft Stamper, the RELICS & ARTIFACTS Ambassadors are thrilled to be making an appearance for the 3D challenge.
Working with a specific R&A, Imperial Egg and with a Cat Kerr stamp of our choice, we each set about to make our submission. I selected the She Flies stamp, a stamp which can be used as one whole stamp or as three individual elements: girl’s face, sentiment and wings.  I was keen to use all the stamped elements but working with them individually (if that makes sense!).  The wings are stamped into paperclay, to allow the Nature Girl to fly amongst her woodland friends.
Sharing this sneaky peek, provided by Trish Latimer
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A copy of the magazine can be purchased from www.craftstamper.com or www.mags-uk.com, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk
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Have a lovely week and thank you for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

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