Dr Coffin’s Apothecary of Delights (Published)

Hello Everyone
To start this new week I want to squeeze in a quick post before I commence with sharing DT samples.
The latest issue of The Stampers’ Sampler contains pages of Halloween inspired artwork and I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was to have seen my submissions published within the pages.
One of the pieces I have published is this altered quad slide mailer which I had altered with Oxford Impressions’ Dr Coffin’s Apothecary set (available from Oxford Impressions and in the U.K. from That’s Crafty)lynne3Although not photographed in the magazine, this is the inside of the mailer. I so enjoyed altering this mailer, creating texture with very few paint supplies and a heat gun and being inspired by the stamps themselves.
lynne11Soon enough I will be sharing more of Dr Coffin with you but for this week I will be focusing on DT samples for new stamp releases from Darkroom Door and Crafty Individuals but before I leave you, thank you for your comments on Mr Turtle and for the chuckle I had reading that some of you thought he was experiencing an underwear adventure not an underwater adventure!!!  In a few up-coming posts I will be sharing samples, again, that see me outwith my comfort zone.
Have a wonderful week.


Butterflies & Flowers For A Spring Day

As the sun continues to shine and the weather is light and breezy it seemed the right time to share some nature inspired cards and slide mailer.  I was lucky enough to receive these beautiful stamps from Crafty Individuals. The flower stamp is CI-302 and the butterfly stamp is CI-296, the small butterflies and tiny cancellation mark are from other  CI  sets.
When not working to a vintage style this is a style I like. As much as I am passionate about crafting, it is fair to say that some projects can be more taxing than others but when using paints you can always be sure of a relaxing time. On these cards a mixture of watercolours paints, Twinkling H20s and Caran d’ache water-soluble crayons were used. The lace was also dyed a soft pink to co-ordinate.  When making cards like this I love to add scrap pieces of paper, lace, fabric, etc peeking out from edges to add to the collage style. The image was stamped twice so I could layer the butterfly, creating a 3d effect. For certain stamps, especially flowers and butterflies, layering creates a lovely effect. You can see the shimmer created from the paints in the photograph below.A different stamp but similar styleWhite space is something I struggle with which is why I like to create flicks of paint and ink edges plus it also creates more flow on the card.

Slide mailers always make lovely alternatives to a card as they can be so easily displayed. All the items are  Crafty Individuals:- flowers, scroll and butterfly stamps, chipboard frame, slide mailer, a scrap of paper from  The Seaside and the two images inside.

More butterflies, some stamped onto the mailer and others stamped onto scrap paper and you will notice I  also stamped onto the peach ribbon. A lace applique added for texture.
Crafty Individuals have such lovely images in their People and Places books.
Finally the back of the mailer

Enjoy the Springtime weather and I will be back soon with more items to share. Lynne x


Divas D’Este have invited me to be on their Divine Design Team, an invitation which came as a complete shock to me. It is an honour to accept and I am thrilled at the prospect of working for Dawn & De and alongside the other Divine DT members. This is a new challenge for me but I know I will have such fun working with the collage sheets (CS) that Dawn and De specialise in.
Their Mixed Media, Altered Arts website stocks CS covering every theme imaginable from children, labels, women, vintage ads, etc. Alongside the extensive range of CS they also sell ephemera, charms, ribbons, the list is endless!
My first piece for the Divas’ is a double slide mailer

This beauty is from Fabulous French Femmes . After painting a double mailer  I stamped a design then added the image which I printed onto glossy photo paper then  inkedthe edges with Victorian Velvet ink and adding a black organza bow.
The inspiration for the inside came from two sources. I covet a vintage vanity table, Art Deco with gleaming glass where I would display vintage perfume bottles and a vintage vanity set (allow a girl her dreams!). The other source of inspiration, my friend Lucy who gifted to me a slide mailer with little mirrors inside.
I stamped a perfume label onto the mirror, trapping a white marabou feather behind the mirror (the feather is from her marabou slippers!) and to trim, cutting some Paris  Nights paper (representing the wallpaper in her boudoir) with scallop edges scissors.
Here I used two labels from French Perfume Labels CS printed onto smooth white cardstock. Laid Paris Nights paper inside the sections, cut labels to size, inking the edges. Adding a filigree embellishment and silver flat back pearl. 

Show Girl

When altering this single mailer, in my head I created a little story of a young woman who is a dancer at the Folies Bergere.  She is at her most beautiful and admired by many, every evening.

Marrying the image with this quote I wanted to convey that youthful beauty may pass but a person, no matter their age, can always be beautiful.

The mailer is photographed nestled on a fan which my Great Aunt Jean brought back as a souvenir from the Folies Bergere in 1938. It is an item I treasure but it would be lovely to have heard of the sights she encountered.