The Moon Is Shining

Today, over at That’s Crafty blog, I am sharing my D.T. project and below is a sneaky peek.
The complete project, if you would like to see it, can be viewed HERE.
Many Thanks for your visit today, it is appreciated more than you can imagine.

A Day At The Beach (Willow And Sage)

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.
The shell, which has been stamped onto directly, is a scoop for bath crystals.
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.
Each side of both baskets stamped with Red Lead stamps.
The muslin bags, again stamped with Red Lead sentiments, stamped onto fabric scraps.
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.
It certainly isn’t weather for days at the beach here in Scotland, unless wrapped up in the coziest of clothes!

Mother Nature And Her Gentle Wings

Good Morning
Sunday rolls around once more and it is my turn for a DT project over at the That’s Crafty blog.  I used a host of their own products for my project along with one of my all time favourite Character Constructions stamps.  Laura recently added more to her stock of Character Constructions stamps.
If you would like to see the full project and details, they can be viewed HERE
Enjoy your Sunday

Nature’s Retreat (Willow and Sage)

Amongst all the amazing art adventures in 2016, one would have to be articles I had in Willow and Sage.
Although I would love to dabble with bath and body products (before I discovered rubber stamps, I enjoyed blending aromatherapy oils) and I was obviously aware of Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage magazine, it wasn’t one I was ever considering submitting to until an invitation was handed to me to submit. To have an article in the Summer 2016 issue was momentous enough but to follow that with an article in Autumn and then Winter issues, no wonder I felt overwhelmed!
In the Autumn issue of Willow and Sage, my article centres around presentation with a rustic appearance with two pockets/pouches and soap bar wraps.
I worked with:-
Zen – Character Constructions Theatre of Dreams Plate No. 8
Wellbeing Word Block – Darkroom Door
onewandslynnePaperArtsy Crunchy Wax Paper was exactly what I needed for this rustic quality I was aiming for.
twowandslynnemoncrieffThe packaging was split into two themes, one which was all about calm, relaxing, being zen,threewandslynnemwhile, in contrast, words such as energy and renew were stamped to form tags for two of the soap bar wraps.fivewandslynnemEmbellishments were quite minimal, any incorporated were wood, such as this peg and wooden leaf
sixwandslynnewith jute twine enhancing the theme.sevenwandslynnem
I have so much catching-up to do that I might not achieve it all but every now and then I am going to try and post a project which is new to the blog but old in terms of when it was made or published.
I really want to get back on track with keeping my blog active and as importantly, visiting your blogs on a regular basis.
Thank you for your visit and thank you to Christen Hammons at Stampington & Co Willow and Sage for this opportunity.

Flutter Your Feathers & Fly Free (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Hello Everyone
One of the card collections I was fortunate enough to have published in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler features one of my all time favourite Darkroom Door stamp sets, Feathers.  I’ve been lucky enough to have previous submissions featuring those stamps published in various Stampington titles but that didn’t lessen the thrill that this card collection made it to print.
The main idea behind this collection was to showcase stamping onto wood.  oneSome subtle stamped script with a simple embellishment of a bark butterfly.twoA single word stamped onto wood, layered onto a piece of painted burlap and a touch of crochet lace.
threeAll of the cards, they are actually cards and not panels, have a base layer of tree bark with the stamped wood panels layered onto the bark.befreelynneoneI so love those feather stamps!fourOnce again, the script stamp makes an appearance,twowith a hand-cut wooden tag declaring be free.threeI tried to vary the stamped panels, at times paints were applied along with the walnut ink wash and I decided to stamp this feather three times.spreadyourwingsA hint of blue is in the painted and stained panel.two I selected the crochet lace to enhance the rustic nature of the panels.  A simple twine bow adds another detail.threeA stamped wooden label, layered to frayed muslin.
oneThere is something quite elegant about this particular feather.
The markings on the wood came about from the way I applied the stain.
twoAnother hand-cut tag.threeIf my memory serves me well, that is the final collection to share from the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. I still have a few posts to catch-up with, including the most recent issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, where amongst other artwork, I had Halloween art published. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to rush us through the summer months, I will delay for the moment sharing Halloween art with you!
Many thanks for your visit.

Rusty Bits

Hello Everyone
Sunday always seems to roll around so quickly!
Over at the That’s Crafty blog, this week I am sharing another of the ATCs created for a HOCHANDA show, where ATCs and ATC storage units were showcased.bloglynnem19juneIf you are interested in reading more about this ATC then please click HERE.

Flowers In The Rain

Hello Everyone
You might know that That’s Crafty continue to add to their own product range, including storage units.  The ATC storage unit was recently showcased on HOCHANDA with the DT creating ATCs and altering the actual units.
Over at the That’s Crafty Blog, this week I am sharing one of my ATCs.oneAs always, if you are interested in viewing more photos or reading supply list, instructions, then please click HERE.

At One With Nature

Hello Everyone
Last year I received some nature stamps from the lovely Redlead.  As far back as October, November, I used some of the stamps to make birthday cards but never intended to share them here.  However, Redlead Paperworks have announced some new releases, more nature themed stamps, so I thought I would go ahead and share the cards from last year in one, speedy post.
If you are interested in Redlead stamps then you might want to know that at the time of drafting this post, the new releases are on sale, for a limited time only.birdoneredleadlynneYou will find the stamps on this card, HERE.twoEmbellishments were kept to a minimum, a piece of painted deli paper and scrap of fabric, a beautiful coppery satin fabric shot through with green, that my lovely friend Dorthe gifted to me and at the opposite corner, a slice of wood, painted and stamped with the word Bird and to top it off, a wooden bead.3Two birthday cards featuring stamps from HERE. Both the bird, above and the butterfly, are such generous sized stamps.bflyonelynneWashes of watercolour, picking the colours from the fabric scrap added to each card.bflytwolynneSo there we have it, a quick post to squeeze in before I share a scheduled post.

Listen To The Trees

Hello Everyone
At Crafty Individuals, the March challenge is already underway.
For this month, Sylvie has chosen the theme, ‘BOXES OF ALL SORTS’.  As always, this is open to your own interpretation.
Here are the usual guidelines:


To enter this month’s Crafty Individuals Challenge please put together your chosen project, which must include at least one Crafty Individuals product please, then post your Challenge project on your Blog, before the end of the month, and include a link back to the Crafty Individuals Blog.
At the end of the month, Sylvie will choose five lucky participants, each of whom will win a CI rubber stamp of their choice, and don’t forget that as per usual, once you have linked in your creation, you can also claim a lovely 25% discount code to use on anything you purchase from the CI Website, which will be valid to use until the 10th of April.
Further details can be viewed HERE.
For my own samples for the challenge I knew I wanted to work with one of Crafty Individuals most recent releases, CI-450, Listen To The Trees.  This is such a beautiful stamp set and a new direction for CI as it is an A4 stamp sheet.  I also knew the dimension of the tree stamps would be suitable for some wooden boxes I had.boxeslynnemoneOn each box I wanted to achieve, a textural, bark-like appearanceboxeslynnemtwoas though the boxes were fashioned from tree bark and not what they actually were in reality, some very inexpensive,  insipid wood boxes.sixlynnemoncrieffWith trees stamped directly onto the lids, after staining, I suppose I was hoping to achieve the appearance of the images being wood-burned.boxesthreelynnemoncrieffIt can be difficult for me to “step away” from the scraps and fragments I like to litter any projects with but I  knew I wanted an overall restrained appearance to each box however I just had to ink up the lovely sentiments(which are also Crafty Individuals stamps). Stamping onto bark helps bring a little textural element to each lid.fourboxeslynnemoncrieffThroughout this month, periodically Jean will share team samples on her Blog and of course you can read further Challenge details over there also.
It would be lovely to see you entering your art for this challenge.
Many thanks for your visit.