Don’t Doubt The Strength (Somerset Studio)


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Projects can be such funny things.  This wasn’t the first incarnation, I tore off elements, played around and still I wasn’t content with it, so I pushed it aside, letting it lie knowing I would either eventually be able to move forwards and if not, I would try and peel back as many layers as possible to rescue the substrate and butterfly.
I am never, ever 100% satisfied with anything I make and I don’t view that as a fault because it’s not me being ridiculously humble, it is me being well aware that I have much to learn, to improve and that is what I want from this “journey”.  So when I say that, on eventual completion of this panel I was at an even lower level of satisfaction about this project than I normally am but it coincided with me packing up some submissions to Stampington offices and there was just enough room for this project and what swung it, there were two other projects with a theme of butterflies and where I had also used similar Infusions colours.  If there was even a chance they liked any of the trio, sometimes they assemble them together into one feature – that was my greatest, daren’t even dream it wish!  At the worst, there really wasn’t a worst because I had no hopes with this project.
Imagine then when the Editor of Somerset Studio contacts me to ask for an article.  I am sharing this because all too often, we can believe that those around us are always in the zone when they create and always have belief in their art and high expectations of publication.  Once again, not from being humble, there is another side to the story and it feels right to share that with you.  Sometimes it is about doing all you can at any given time and saying to yourself, I will give this a go and submit it, who knows what the outcome will be.
Instructions are within Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2018 issue
This is why I adore Infusions, the teeny, tiny bursts of colour, which for someone who is not a person who immerses themselves in the colour wheel (!) is just the perfect amount of colour for me to cope with, without the need to run to the nearest darkened room. Joking aside, I love that I can use the same colours on the substrate, the butterfly, re-cycled/found papers and textiles. They are an all rounder and what I need amongst my supplies.
That’s Crafty Antique Gold paint was applied to the butterfly, highlighting the edges and texture but only using my fingertips, I do not want a precise application of paint, the same as applied to the Infusions stained lace.  I have lovely Sharon Bruner to thank for that lovely lace.
I wanted this assemblage to be rich in texture.

It is a truly special feeling to have a project, featuring one of my Lynne’s Affirmations stamps, published in what I deem as THE publication for Mixed Media – it’s what dreams are made of and what makes my wings stronger.
Wishes
Lynne

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She Is An Artist: Art Tag Bundle (from Somerset Studio)

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I have a few drafted posts, sharing makes from a wee while ago, such as this project which was submitted to Stampington & Co’s Somerset Studio Art Challenge, Tag You’re It! and subsequently published in their July/August 2017 issue.
I was inspired by stencils and stamps from Red Lead Paperworks, PaperArtsy EEA designed by Kasia Avery and That’s Crafty, to alter a bundle of ordinary shipping tags with the stamps, stencils, Infusions, etc and binding with another shipping tag which forms the cover.Turn the tag bundle over and there is more of the stamping and stencilling, much layering to create a grungy feeling.
For each tag, what I would call the front of the tag, has a That’s Crafty stamp, which I cut into word tiles after stamping.  I like this effect because it brings more emphasis to each word, allowing doodling to be formed around the tiles for definition and allows me to play around with placement, thereby altering the original alignment of the stamped words.
That’s Crafty Inspirational Quotes Set 2
PaperArtsy EEA designed by Kasia Avery, are the most perfect stamps for adding detail and Infusions were the most perfect of media to stain the tags.

Here are some of the tags.
As each tag is quite dark in tone, white paint pen markers were what I needed to add highlights.
Then, flip them over and a stencilled art sentiment from Red Lead is the focal, with stamping forming a border.
Here are some more details of the tags.
Tags were something I began to alter in the early days of my rubber stamping journey so it was very special to have this project and another one, with a nature theme, published in Somerset Studio.
Many Thanks for your visits.
Wishes
Lynne

Secrets on Wings – An Art Shrine

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Sunday rolls around once more and today, I am sharing a project which features in Somerset Studio Gallery (Winter), with permission of Laura to share it over at the That’s Crafty Blog.
The full project and details can be viewed, HERE.
Have a lovely Sunday, whatever your plans are for the day.
Wishes
Lynne

Creative Girl Tote Bags (Somerset Life)


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Turning the clock back to the Jul/Aug/Sept 2017 issue of Somerset Life when I had a trio of Creative Girl tote bags published.
The bags were made in answer to a challenge call for canvas bags, something which I’ve enjoyed altering since I began to rubber stamp.  They are literally a blank canvas for any style.
Red Lead stencils which are listed in the Supplies within the article  and stamps from PaperArtsy JOFY and also from Red Lead and Paperbag Studios.
Each page was decorated on both sides.  The instructions are within the article but it’s no mystery to see that the bags were pained (PaperArtsy Frescos)
Side one

Side two
Normally I like to add bits of this ‘n’ that but that wasn’t the style I had in mind for the totes, I wanted the stamps and stencilled sentiments to be the focus.Side two
This bag simply had a black re-cycled silk sari ribbon bow.Flipped over to the rear side and “artful spirit” is the stencilled sentiment.It was fun to work on the bags especially as my colour choice isn’t or I should say, wasn’t as they were made some many months ago. Being published is obviously the cherry on the icing, on the cake!
Wishes
Lynne

Autumn Leaves (Stampington’s Take Ten)

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I have so much catching-up to do but instead of putting pressure on myself to schedule regular blog posts, I’ve realised that the sensible route is to ease myself in and see where it takes me.
I cannot explain why but 2017 found me not to be in cardmaking mode.  There I was, routinely submitting card collections to The Stampers’ Sampler and Take Ten and suddenly, the brakes were on.  It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part, just “one of those things” and it would be silly to force myself to make cards when the desire isn’t great at the moment.
I share that only because it meant that when I had cards published, it somehow meant more to me (if that were at all possible because I take no publication for granted).  I had a surprise in finding a wee card collection in Take Ten..  
Each card features a beautiful leaf stamp either from Red Lead Paperworks Autumn Beauty Leaves or Darkroom Door Word Block Stamp Wilderness or Leaves Stamp Set
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I had some pieces of handmade paper which I had been treasuring for a long time and it was really this paper which ultimately set me on the path to make this collection.
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With the pretty embedded petals, which I didn’t want to obscure, it worked perfectly with the Take Ten criteria of speedy cards as I didn’t need to concern myself with a background, other than some splatters.
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A stamped word and fragments of tree bark and suchlike were the only additions to each card.
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Autumn seems such a long way off in my corner of the world where there is still a Winter to battle through!!!
Wishes
Lynne

Finding My Way (Somerset Studio Gallery)


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When I was an Ambassador for RELICS & ARTIFACTS, Cat Kerr who was a previous Ambassador, came up with the idea that each Ambassador create a project featuring an R&As oyster shell and incorporate her stamps, other than those specifications, we could create any project working on any substrate, I chose a piece of driftwood.
The oyster shell obviously brought to mind the ocean which made me ponder messages in bottles, tossed into the ocean.  This set my mind thinking of how no matter the stage we are in life, there are times when we are finding our way.  I used Cat’s stamp “Finding My Way” to bring this element to my assemblage.  It could be that the message is written and tucked inside the bottle, a plea to finding the way in life or it could be viewed that the person writing the message has found contentment in that they are at peace knowing they are finding their way, a sense of wisdom washing over them as represented by the addition of the pearls, a flow of pearls of wisdom.  Another of Cat’s stamps was incorporated, a compass which I stamped onto a That’s Crafty acrylic shape.  I also used ICE Resin throughout and Tints which brought the exact notes of colour I wanted to achieve.
We each, separately mailed our projects to Cat, who would mail them to Stampington & Co. We didn’t know in what format the projects would take or which magazine would want to publish them, either as a group or individually.  It was a lovely surprise when the editor of Somerset Studio Gallery contacted me for my assemblage to appear as a Spotlight within Somerset Studio Gallery Winter issue.

  • RELICS & ARTIFACTS Coquille  (which includes the oyster shell and more) is available from That’s Crafty.

The ICE Resin simplified adhering the elements, aside from providing the appearance I wanted on all the elements.The bottle actually has contents but it didn’t trouble me that they are obscured by the treatment I gave to the outside of the bottle and by the resin paper (stamped tissue paper).It was important that this assemblage had a tactile quality to it just as the ocean does with the juxtaposition of smooth against rough, which is also symbolic of life.Fragments of vintage lace reminded me of netting and the Tints used for ICE Resin enabled me to bring colour to the oyster shell as did a dash of PaperArtsy Infusions.
This was a unique project to be part of and even though our projects did not appear side by side, it was still special to work on this project and subsequently for it to appear within Somerset Studio Gallery, a publication which I hold in high esteem.
Wishes
Lynne

Thinking Outside The Cardboard Box (Greencraft)

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In the Autumn 2017 issue of Greencraft magazine, one of the articles I had published is a trio of notebooks.
Greencraft magazine is as you’d might guess, a publication focusing on re-cycling, re-using, re-purposing, a Green life.  One of the items that I re-cycle the most is cardboard, of any nature whether mailing boxes or cardboard food packaging.
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PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Antarctic was used on the corrugated cardboard which I reclaimed from a mailing box. I intentionally aimed for a distressed appearance although it is easy to achieve the corrugation without a distressed effect if that is what you prefer.
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I wanted a simple aesthetic to the notebooks, stamping PaperArtsy ESN onto brown paper, re-cycled brown packing paper.
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There is a slight variation to each notebook, with this cover wrapping around to the front with the button serving the purpose of wrapping the cord around to close the notebook.
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Just to show that the inside of the journals is also “Green” – re-cycled brown packing paper.  You can see, I like to layer various lengths, with town edges, it brings a nice textural quality.
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This is the inside of the Story of Me journal, again, re-cycled brown packing paper.
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It’s not only fun, it is rewarding to take items that are found and what many would place in the re-cycle bin, transforming into the simplest of notebooks/journals.  I like them for lists, etc, everyday type of note making and once filled, they can then be disposed of but at least in the meantime, I’ve had some crafting fun making something with a purpose and the paper and cardboard packing box has not immediately made a journey to the re-cycle bin.
Hope you are all having a lovely start to this new month.
Wishes
Lynne

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