A Day At The Beach (Willow And Sage)

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Last year, I was given the unexpected opportunity to come up with a packaging idea for Willow and Sage magazine and since then, I have found myself enjoying, thinking up ideas to submit to them. If it hadn’t been for that opportunity I would never have thought to submit to this publication.
I stumbled across some cute baskets, easy to assemble, I could see so many possibilities for their use. Armed with two of those baskets and a bundle of Red Lead stamps, two of their wooden word charms and PaperArtsy Fresco chalk paint and a few other supplies, I set about making this gift packaging idea for bath/beauty products.
If you read Willow and Sage, I provide ideas for what I could imagine contained within the baskets.
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The shell, which has been stamped onto directly, is a scoop for bath crystals.
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Red Lead wooden word charms are so useful, for all types of projects and easy to paint.  By painting them, the engraved words are highlighted.
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Each side of both baskets stamped with Red Lead stamps.
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The muslin bags, again stamped with Red Lead sentiments, stamped onto fabric scraps.
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The baskets are sold with horrible ribbon, really quite nasty (!) but that is okay because I like being able to make handles that are more suited to the theme of the baskets.  For this one, a piece of driftwood from my lovely friend Dorthe – a piece of driftwood from Denmark.
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It certainly isn’t weather for days at the beach here in Scotland, unless wrapped up in the coziest of clothes!
Wishes
Lynne

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The Gift of Giving (Somerset Life)

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In the latest issue of Somerset Life, one of my articles features festive packaging.  Although Somerset Life is not a dedicated stamping magazine, it is a lifestyle magazine the tags in the article all feature Crafty Individuals Festive Curly Sentiments, generous sized sentiments which can be the focal on festive cards or tags.slifecitagsonelynneAll the cardstock and papers were painted/stained, also utilising mop up/under paper.
noeltagonelynneI mixed a variety of metallics:- brass, gold, copper, platinum.
rejoiceTiny accents of pearl stickers, rhinestones and tiny pieces of lovely crushed velvet ribbon with the gorgeous copper fabric gifted from my dear friend Dorthe.peacelynnemslilfeSo, even though this post relates to the festivities, I am still not convinced that Christmas is galloping towards us. Where has this year gone?!!!
Wishes
Lynne

Spools of Positivity (Somerset Life)

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This is another catch-up post, for something I had published as far back as Spring, in Stampington & Co’s Somerset Life magazine.. Somerset Life is one of my all time favourite Stampington titles. It is not a stamping magazine, it is an everything magazine.  Stamped projects might well appear along with fabric, mixed media, presentation ideas, it truly is a lifestyle magazine, to lead a Somerset Life.
As much as I love this title, it was only recently that I submitted to a Challenge Call, Bookmarks, which I shared HERE. On reading in that particular issue that there was to be a new Challenge Call for Torn Fabric, well I couldn’t resist. I don’t own a sewing machine and I don’t sew but I love fabric. As is often the case with me, the idea came about by pure chance when some fabric happened to be beside some wooden craft spools. To have my bookmarks published was a dream come true, but to have that followed with another article in Somerset Life, let’s just say, I am running out of words to express what it means to me!
I would like to share three pendants that are presented in the article. You will appreciate, I do not want to give instructions as they are printed within the actual article. blisslynnemsomersetlifeThe trickiest part of all was finding words of a dimension to suit the craft spools.  I am lucky to have lots of positive words in stamp form but most of them were too large for the purposes.joysomersetlifelynnemEach word stamped onto fabric, an absolute favourite of mine when it comes to stamping.joydetailsomersetlifeThe chains were deliberately made simple as I didn’t want anything overly fussy.dreamsomersetlifelynneThe stamps are from Darkroom Door (Bliss) and Joy and Dream are from PaperArtsy ESN.  Words stamps have to be amongst the most useful stamps we could own.dreamdetailsomersetlifelynneEach pendant was presented in its own fabric roll which again tied in with the challenge theme of torn fabric.somersetlifependantswraplynnemoncrieffWith pretty floral fabric bringing contrast to the calico and also acting as a closure.fabricrollsomersetlifelynnemThank you to Christen Hammons, the Editor-in-Chief, for publishing my pendants and thank you to all of you who continue to be friends of my blog, it is always appreciated.
Wishes
Lynne

Honey, It’s Bath Time! (published Willow & Sage)

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Earlier this year, a wonderful and completely unexpected opportunity came my way from Stampington & Co which resulted in me being published in Willow & Sage.
Willow & Sage is a magazine I haven’t mentioned before because it specialises in handmade bath and beauty products, something I would love to dabble in one of those days but at the moment, it is an area I haven’t dipped into and therefore, have never submitted to this title. That’s one of the reasons that the opportunity was such a bolt out of the blue for me.
My article in the Summer issue is all about packaging. With bath products in mind, with ingredients of honey or lavender, I set about creating a set with peat pots which would contain bath bombs and a soap bar wrap, all of which would be tucked inside a kraft bag.
I am sure you understand that I do not feel comfortable sharing instructions, what with them being published in Willow and Sage but I will share some photos.
A bath bomb would nestle comfortably in the peat pot, amongst the scrunched raffia.onegiftsetThroughout, the colour palette is that of lavender and the natural colours of burlap, jute and the peat pots.potslynneA little stamped tag.  You can probably guess what the tag is made from!fivepeatpotA soap bar wrap, with the same supplies as those on the peat pots other than switching the style of the burlap flower.
sevensoapwrapThe gift bag.  Apologies for the strange angle of the photograph and it also does not show that the gift bag is a decent size, after all it had to house all of the above.twogiftbaglynnemThank you to Natalie Way and Christen Hammons for this wonderful opportunity and to Catherine Moore from Character Constructions and Suzanne Melvin from Oxford Impressions, whose stamps I used.
Thank you so much to you, for taking the time to visit this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Rosebuds and Butterflies (and The Winner of Giveaway No. 2 )

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Welcome to my Sunday sneaky peek at my DT project for That’s Crafty.
A very mean sneaky peek however I am sure you can guess that once again I’ve had some fun with clay.12 March 005If you would like to view the full project it can be seen at the That’s Crafty Blog.

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of my March Madness Giveaway No. 2 – Stamps Away.
The randomly selected winning name is:-

Meggymay – Congratulations! Please could you acknowledge this post.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with that Giveaway. Remember, Giveaway No. 3 is now open and will stay open until 21st March, you are all welcome to join in.
Have a lovely day.
Wishes
Lynne

Sweet Valentine

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Isn’t it true that we have barely said goodbye to Christmas when as crafters our attention turns towards Valentine’s Day.
Before I share with you a Valentine project made for Gecko Galz let me give you some information you might be interested to read:-

This year the Gecko Galz design team has been asked to show how Gecko Galz products can be easily combined with products from other companies.
January features our cross promotion with BasicGrey AND you get to join in the fun!

Create your own valentine project using Gecko Galz and BasicGrey products and win the new Basic Grey True Love digital paper pack and a $25 shopping Spree from Gecko Galz.  Talk about a great duo!
Just email a picture of your project by January 31st to
 geckogalz@gmail.com 
And then on February 14th we will announce our winner and show off the winning product on the Gecko Galz website!
Let me say that I had no idea that Basic Grey created digital papers!  For my Valentine sample I incorporated one of the True Love digital papers alongside a Gecko Galz image on this altered box.
My Sweet Valentine
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Back to front I know but with the box open it reveals the Gecko Galz Postcard Memories image.postcardmemoriesdetailStained lace and scraps of Tissue Tape decorate the box.
sweetvalentineboxclosedThe box had a heart shape recess which made it perfect for this Valentine challenge. heartdetailAs this is a Gecko Galz sample I will now share my supply list and instructions.
Supplies
Basic Grey True Love digital papers
Gecko Galz Postcard Memories
Papier Mache box
Martha Stewart – Putty
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish – Irish Cream
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Distress Ink Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Canvas printer paper
Extras:- stained lace and stained seam binding

Instructions
Paint box with Gesso before applying paints.
Print Basic Grey paper onto canvas printer paper. Cover the sides and back of box with the paper, ink edges with Distress Ink. Cut out heart to sit in the heart recess on the box lid Adhere torn pieces of Tissue Tape to the lid. In my stash I had some stained lace so I adhered this to the lid and tied a shabby bow with stained seam binding.
Inside:- Adhere a couple of pieces of torn Tissue Tape to inside lid. Print the Postcard Memories onto canvas printer paper. Distress edges and ink with Vintage Photo and Tea Dye. Layer to the lid with some stained vintage lace.
Finally tuck some chocolates inside ready to be presented as a Valentine gift.

Thank you for visiting my first post for this week.  Remember, we would like to see your Basic Grey and Gecko Galz creations!
Wishes
Lynne
I have to say a warm thank you for the amazing support on the news of my new DT spot.

The cosy warmth of friendship on a winter’s day.

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To start this brand new week I am sharing an altered matchbox I made using a Nicecrane image, an image from that beautiful set called Vintage Women’s Christmas.
matchboxMatchboxes are always a fabulous item to alter and I need to point you in the direction of my lovely art friend, Marie @ Lost Bird Studio as she is surely the Queen of Matchboxes (also the Queen of Soldering!).
Such a sweet image.  If you are interested I printed this onto low glossy cardstock which I then edged with vintage mica flakes (Luna Silver).nicecraneimageOpened, ready to be filled with treats.matchboxopen
Layers of paint (the colour quality is poor, photograph taken when there was barely any daylight. I used Martha Stewart Sea Lavender, a mother of pearl/silver paint (from a supermarket) and gilding wax) and the snowflake stencil (from That’s Crafty) which has appeared on nearly everything I have made for this Christmas and more mica flakes. snowflakesGauze softens the effect.sideimageofbox A Prima natural icon star has been given the sparkle treatment! detail2Thank you for visiting my first post of this week. I really have too much I should have been sharing by now so if possible I aim to schedule as many posts as possible so that I can share all Christmas related samples before the 25th.
Have a wonderful week and here’s to it not being too stressful for you.
Wishes
Lynne

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