Art Isn’t Black & White: Red Lead Art House Kit (@ Somerset Life)

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In the Apr/May/June issue of Somerset Life, one of the articles I have, is centred around a Red Lead art house, as an Art Kit idea.  Red Lead sell a few different styles, the same shape with slight variations in the items included, etc.  The Art Houses could form pencil/pen/paintbrush storage,   a home for a pretty plant or something completely different, like an art kit. There are no rules!
I’ve no idea why I don’t have more photos of the actual house.  The sides were stencilled, with Red Lead stencils.  For the front, the kit already has the “windows”.  I layered the same Red Lead collage image behind each window.  The thought behind the repetition of the image is the many sides of artists.
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I focused on black and white embellishments to include in the art kit,
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ribbons, buttons, clips, fabric and twine and the washi ribbon attached to the wooden spool.
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The Frescos used to paint the Art House also appear on the cover of the mini watercolour paper pad.  Darkroom Door Word Blocks are great favourites of mine, this is the Creativity Word Block which is about the best one you could ever have in your stash.
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Stamped labels which are Red Lead stamps, were attached to wee bundles of papers such as tissue, Red Lead collage images, etc.
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When I packed the Art House Kit, it was fun, finding ways to including/attach as many items as possible. Suspending and attaching items upon items.
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A wooden peg, painted and one of the words on the Word Block, clipped to a bundle of stamped Art Journaling style stamps, also from Red Lead.
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This was the first time I had submitted an Art Kit to Somerset Life, it was great fun and to have it published, the cherry on the cake especially as, since first reading Somerset Life, Art Kits were always something I liked to spend time pouring over the photographs.
Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Find Yourself In Nature (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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In the Apr/May/June 2017 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, one of my features is the collection of cards I am sharing in this post, which came about after some play-time with Prima Christine Adolph rub-ons, after receiving some through my DT role with That’s Crafty .
My first introduction to the artist was via Stampington & Co, from the pages of their magazines and subsequently, when I got my hands on some of the art stamps (available from Stampington).  I paired each selected rub-on with a sentiment from various Darkroom Door Word Blocks.
Word Blocks are amongst my most favourite Darkroom Door stamps, especially Wellbeing and Wilderness.  If, like me, you love the addition of words on your projects, then the Word Blocks are musts.
Each card is approx 4″ x 2.5″.
When I was working on this collection, the gentleness of the rub-ons helped with my word selection.  Overall, I wanted a collection of cards which capture the serenity in nature.  Nature shares its many lessons with us and I wanted each card to be a moment to pause and to consider the message from Mother Nature.  Whether the freedom within the wings of a butterfly or the bliss of a new blossom or the stillness within nature.
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Although they are small in stature, this does not in any way hinder the inclusion of layers of fragments.
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Everything was stained with PaperArtsy Infusions, they provide that fluid,
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delicately coloured background on watercolour paper and stain all the elements.
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If you have used the Christine Adolph Rub-Ons, you will know that they vary in size within each pack.  Cards such as these are perfect for the smaller sized rub-ons.
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To add interest to the backgrounds, I stamped Christine Adolph stamps, Trims  and Collage Cube
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which helped bring a textural effect by stamping randomly.  I also stamped onto some of the fragments of Infusions stained found papers and textiles,
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such as this tiny piece here, layered onto Infusions stained book page.
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The foil,
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catches the light beautifully!
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stillthreeThank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

A Word In Your Ear (Greencraft)

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I’ve been a real straggler this year and have got so much to catch-up with.
This post features a trio of ear-rings published in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft magazine,
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This submission came about, simply from tidying up scraps of resin paper.  Although those scraps would not have been destined for the rubbish bin, I’d have most likely incorporated them into various projects but as I did the simple act of stacking similar sized pieces in my hands, from somewhere, the idea of ear-rings came straight into my head.
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Pearls always bring a wee touch of elegance and they were a nice contrast to the resin paper.
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As a means of keeping the ear-rings tidy for their journey from Scotland to the U.S., I formed some simple packaging, again it was in keeping with the greencrafting theme.  I don’t have photos but I then wrapped them in burlap.
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Thank you so much for your visit to this post.
Wishes
Lynne

My Little Pretties (@ Somerset Life)

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I have no idea where time is disappearing to!
Here I am sharing items which appear in an Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Life !!!
Somerset Life has been a favourite Stampington & Co title for the longest time,  a reader long, long before I first submitted, fulfilling an area in my creative life, as a reader and now someone who has submitted/published a few times, that is beautifully unique, it truly captures creative living.
I cannot even remember when I submitted this collection of pretties, possibly one year ago, in answer to a Tag challenge call.
As happens more often than not with me, they came about by chance.  I found myself with excess Gesso, grabbed some tags and swiped the Gesso onto them.  When I bundled them up, I happened to gather them along with some pink/red lace.  Suddenly, from that action, I had the idea of creating pretty tag ladies.  Those are moments that  make me happy LOL.
In that moment I had no doubt I would be inking up Character Constructions stamps.
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She is one of my absolute, all time favourite Character Constructions stamps, I never tire of her.  It was wonderful to see her available on the That’s Crafty site.  You can find her HERE.
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All stamping is done directly onto the tag, zero fussy cutting on this project! This was all about the fun of adding the wee touches, such as the fabric formed into a simple bow for her hair.
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They were presented as a bundle, tied with torn fabric that I had used on the tags, that is one of the reasons I kept to a limited colour palette, making them more attractive when viewed as a collective bundle.
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A stamped butterfly alights on her arm, wishing her a pretty day.
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This pretty holds out a welcoming flower.
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It was fun to adorn her hair with roses cut from lace rose trim.
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The wee birdie sings sweetly to her.
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A sentiment adorns the rear of each tag with a fragment of fabric.
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Catherine Moore’s Character Constructions stamps allow me to dip into pretty with a touch of whimsy and can be light relief from when I have been immersed in my dreich and drippy (!) projects LOL.
Thank you so much for your visit to this post.  I continue to read through all the comments you generously leave for me to read.
Wishes
Lynne

Let The Party Begin, A Celebration Gal (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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I thought I would begin this week with another of the Celebration Gals from The Stampers’ Sampler.
The paper doll is constructed from Character Constructions stamps, quite a few stamps.
That’s Crafty is the U.K. stockist for Character Constructions stamps and will take special orders for any Character Constructions stamps which are not available in their shop/website.  You can contact That’s Crafty with your enquiries.
Young woman’s face is from French Laundry No. 10
Dress is from Cirque No. 10
Her legs/stripy tights are from Paris Flea No. 8 (this is in stock at That’s Crafty)
Cake is from Mannequin Cafe No. 14
Her hat is from Mad Tea Party No. 2
She stands at 9.5″
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To make it more celebratory, I added some gems to the hat and organza ribbon bow.
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The same gems were added to her dress.
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She holds a flag declaring “Let The Party Begin” (from Red Lead) which she carefully carries a birthday cake in her other hand.
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It is always fun to add trimmings and other details to the paper dolls.  It’s amazing how even the smallest details can add so much to the dolls.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Celebration Gal #1 Celebrate Today(The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Today is the first of my Celebration Gals paper dolls to share.
Each paper doll was created for the theme of celebrations, in answer to an annual challenge call from Stampington & Co’s The Stampers’ Sampler.  The results appeared in the Spring 2017 issue and how delighted I was that they were featured, the Celebration Gals.
The dolls were presented in a gift bag which I also had fun altering to the theme except I cannot source a photograph!
All stamps are Character Constructions and Red Lead.
Character Constructions:   Mad Tea Party No. 2    Mannequin Cafe No. 8  Inner Child No. 1
Red Lead: Celebrate Today Label
She stands at 9.5″ so she is reasonably tall!
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Knowing I’d be making more than one paper doll, I decided to use some unloved pattern paper.  If time had been on my side or only making one, I’d have no doubt painted my own papers.  It feels a bit like cheating when I use pattern paper!
Her face, arms and legs were stamped onto lovely vintage paper.  The sparkles are not really “me” but I wanted cheerful colours on the dolls.
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My hands might complain of fussy cutting but I can overlook it to focus on the fun of assembling all the fussy cut elements to bring the dolls to life.
The frill and bow tie were all fussy cut and layered, with a fluttering of stained lace around the edging of the neckline and sleeves of the dress.
The character is added by placement of limbs, here I had her with one arm behind her back, maybe she is clutching another birthday surprise!  The gift package is dressed with pearl trim and sparkle.
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A celebratory label dangles from her wrist.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
If you are interested in any of the Character Constructions stamps and live in the U.K., That’s Crafty are the U.K. stockist.  They will special order any Character Constructions stamp which they do not hold in stock.  Visit Character Constructions to view all available collections
Wishes
Lynne

Springtime In The Secret Garden (Somerset Studio)

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Somerset Studio set Challenge Calls, always with wonderful themes.  Last year, one of the themes was In The Garden, with the results published in the Mar/April issue. On receiving my complimentary issue, for articles published, as I flicked through the magazine, I was delighted to see that two assemblage panels submitted in answer to that challenge call, were published.
Redlead, in my mind, have some of the most beautiful bird themed stamps available. The birds that feature on each assemblage are from the Perching Birds set.
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Even though I stamped onto watercolour paper, the beautiful detail of the stamp was still captured.
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Redlead’s sentiments/labels are amongst my most inked up.  I never tire of them. This label is from the Little Labels: A Little Bird Told Me (as is the Secret Garden label).
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This stencil is a Dinky Stencil (That’s Crafty), Abstract Stone., one of my great favourites.
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Nothing compares, in my mind, to aged papers, this was from my dear friend Dorthe, I simply stamped the Red Lead label onto it and layered it to a tattered elements.
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The second panel
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which is really a partner to the first.
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Forming little tattered gatherings, such as this, is my place of contentment.
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I liked the crafted texture of the Dinky Stencil Brick alongside the natural texture from the tree bark.
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Thank you so much for your visits and loyalty.
Wishes
Lynne

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