It’s All About Friendship

Hello
For my DT post over at the That’s Crafty blog I am sharing this card featuring PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps and a Scribbled Text stamp from Dina Wakley Media.
blog13lynnemOther details (the cardstock looks like kraft but it is red rosin paper. It was on Patty’s blog that I first read about this paper) HERE.
Thank you for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

The Adventure Begins

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I’ve been playing with stamps that are new to me, PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps, for my DT post over at That’s Crafty.
This photo shows one side of the bag but more photos along with instructions, if you are interested, can be seen HERE.
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Many thanks for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Garden Delight (The Stampers’ Sampler)

Hello!
After being involved with creating samples for PaperArtsy, for what were at the time, new releases, two sets designed by Sara Naumann.  One of the sets was ESN15 and for the samples I played around with the bird, in particular using his wing to form a flower.  I wanted to play around further with that wing, the following cards are the result of that playtime.  They had gone completely out of my mind until they made an appearance in the summer issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.
p1080484Bird stamps are amongst my favourites although he is more whimsical than what I usually ink up.p1080481The wing was begging to be made into a daisy style flowerp1080483and tulips!p1080492The backgrounds are heavy in texture with Grungepaste and Fresco paint,
p1080494with an ESN handwritten script stamped here and there along with circles stamped with Frescos.p1080496The wing makes another appearance!p1080497A lone daisy.p1080499Looking at the cards after all this time, I wish I had included a sentiment, even just a word.  At the time I played around with a stamped sentiment and remember ruling against the addition as I wanted the background to be seen and I could not settle on placement of words/sentiment but now I look at each card and they are all lacking “something”.p1080502Stamping with paint brings another wonderful layer of interest to mixed media backgrounds.
p1080500The final card sees the birdie making a return appearance.p1080487Making my own flowers allowed the freedom to create slight variations.p1080491Thank you to The Stampers’ Sampler for their feature.
Also, thank you for visiting this blog post. I tend not to mention my life beyond crafting but I wanted to explain that health matters are hindering me from visiting your Blogs and other on-line activity but I am trying to build up my on-line time and sure do hope to get “back on track” soon.
Thank you for being so loyal.
Wishes
Lynne

Rusty Bits

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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.
Wishes
Lynne

Smile of Friendship Part II

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In this post HERE I shared two cards published in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler with a note to say that I had split the collection in two and would be sharing the other two cards another time, well here they are.
lifeisfunlynnemoncrieffoneAs with the previous cards I used Darkroom Door photobooth images as the focals with various Darkroom Door stamps to create the backgrounds and the word tiles.lifeisfunlynnemoncriefftwoTorn pieces of fabric feature on all the backgrounds, floral fabrics and muslin with layers of paint.  You can see also the Gesso which I scraped onto the panel for added texture and highlights.lifeisfunlynnemoncrieffthreeStamping with paint also features.2.4The final card.fourI really do like those Photobooth images so much and as they are on quality cardstock it means they will happily take some heavy distressing!  I abrade the edges and also use an old emery board to distress further.  4.1In the background, the random areas of flourish, that is a Texture Stamp stamped with paint.  The Texture stamps are amazing for not only a complete background but so easy to add small areas of stamping and the range is being added to all the time.
4.3Quite a few colours were used on the background to tie in with the colours from the fabrics.
4.4So there we have it, the final cards in this collection. I still have some other card collections which I have been fortunate enough to have published over the past weeks and will share with you every now and then.
As always, thank you for your visits which really do mean so much.
Wishes
Lynne

Winter Wishes

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If you visited my blog post recently when I shared samples for PaperArtsy’s release of Eclectica Darcy’s new stamp sets then you will no doubt recognise this wonderful reindeer. This time the sample is for my DT post over at the That’s Crafty blog because both of Darcy Wilkinson’s stamp sets are available from That’s Crafty.blogdetailStamps and other supplies along with instructions can be viewed HERE.
Wishes
Lynne

A Smile of Friendship Part I (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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I have been meaning to share this card collection for weeks, in fact, make that months as they appeared in the Spring issue of The Stampers’ Sampler
There are four cards in total but I have split them over two blog posts as it would be too photo heavy otherwise!
It had been in my mind to make a collection with the fabulous Darkroom Door photobooth images as the focals but where I would have normally played around with neutrals I decided to go in the completely opposite direction and inject colour into the lives of those girls although by their wide smiles, maybe they were leading colourful lives anyway!
From the outset I had in mind fabrics, representing old cotton dresses that have faded through wear and drying in the summer sun and also of old quilts.  I wanted the fabrics I used, which although initially were bright, at least I call them bright (!) with the paint and water application, they toned down just lovely and to exactly the feel I wanted overall. cheerfulsmilelynnemoncrieffEach background is different but in a way they are the same.  Lots of layers of paint, layers of stamping including stamping with paint and lots of water to create drips and allow the colours to blend, let’s just say, lots of abuse!  In this photograph you can see the stamping which I randomly stamped with paint.  Darkroom Door background and texture stamps, to my mind, are amazing for stamping with paint and they are also amazing for adding touches of background texture, here and there no matter the project.smile.2lynnemoncrieffNow I think about it, I am sure I applied Grungepaste initially, along with the fabrics before any paint application.3smilelynnem
The words are from a Darkroom Door Word Block.  Fabulous stamps!  I used the stamp by randomly applying ink to particular phrases, stamping directly onto the background panel and then later I once again inked up the words/phrases I wanted to work with, taking the painted cardstock to the inked stamp.  I find this an easier way to work when I am zooming in on particular words/phrases.4cheerfulsmilelynnemThe Photobooth images really are wonderful and those images perfectly capture friendship and silly times.gleelynnemoncrieffoneFor this background the Word Block was randomly stamped.  It is very faint as I didn’t want the words to be obvious, it was more about creating another layer.  I also used the Splatter Texture stamp, stamped with paint.5.2Not that I am trying to tempt any of you but the Word Blocks are such great value because there is an abundance of words/sentiments and a stamp which can be used in different ways.gleelynnemoncriefftwoI will share the other two cards from this collection very soon.  In the meantime, many thanks for your visit to this post and also for your words of encouragement whether I share something vintage inspired, with a neutral colour palette or one of my more colourful pieces.
Wishes
Lynne

Morning Meditations @ Take Ten

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The card collection I am sharing came about all because of one simple card made as a DT post for That’s Crafty, HERE.
Now before I share the cards I have to say this, I don’t actually like them! Not that it is unusual for me not to be happy with what I make but this collection was about me deliberately making cards outwith my style, submitting the cards and sitting back to see if they would get the thumbs up at Stampington, which they did as all seven cards are featured,  Morning Meditations, in the summer issue of Take Ten.
I never viewed myself as a Take Ten cardmaker but that has been the great learning curve, submitting to this particular publication makes me think of ways to make a speedy card.
For the cards, I knew affirmations would be the focal. I have always been drawn to affirmations so for me the pairing of the Dina Wakley Handwritten Quotes and Sam Poole’s Art Sayings (both sets available from That’s Crafty) were the perfect match. It was great fun playing around with the two stamp sets, finding ways of creating my own affirmations from the stamps in front of me. I could have continued to make more and more cards!
Aside from the affirmations, I wanted texture but I essentially wanted the cards to be one layer (a wee bit cheating taking place as the Art Sayings were cut into word tiles). Darkroom Door came to the rescue. I dipped into various stamps, either Texture Stamps or Background Stamps.
So as I have openly declared that I don’t actually like them, it will make it all the more interesting to read any comments because they certainly are not vintage and they may be shabby and distressed but I cannot see any evidence of chic!
I believe that all of us who create, no matter our preferred media, we all have a wee spark of madness, good madness (!) and I always believe that we should dream big.  I don’t believe there is any harm in having the odd pipe dream or two as for me, it doesn’t matter if the dream comes true or not, it is just the fact I have those dreams, big and small.dreambiglynnemoncrieffEach card was quickly painted with a different colour of paint, this one is DP Broken China. endlesspossibilitieslynnemoncrieffI wish I could live every day not taking one single moment for granted and I am sure there are many who do live this way but I am not quite there as yet even though I believe time is precious and becomes more precious with each passing year.
timeispreciouslynnemoncrieffIt was about October last year I made this collection and I was really struggling to create and submit, I only managed this collection because of the ease of making them.  Anyway, at that time, due to matters in my own life, staying strong was something I kept returning to and also as my thoughts were with friends who had their own struggles in their lives. Sometimes, when life throws hurdles in our path we can lose sight of the fact we do each have inner power and strength.staystronglynnemoncrieffThis is for all my lovely art friends who are so kind and who all give with love.
staykindlynnemoncrieffThank You to Take Ten for publishing this collection and to once again be published alongside so many incredible stamping artists. This was the final collection to share from the Summer issue of Take Ten but I still have some other Stampington & co publications to catch-up with on my blog posts.
Many thanks for your visit, they are always appreciated especially at this time of the year when so many of you are are busy with holiday plans, etc.
Wishes
Lynne

Guest Artist @ Stampington & co’s Blog, Somerset Place – Mixed Media Holiday Cards

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This is a surreal moment (to say the least) because I never, ever would have imagined that I would be writing a blog post to share the news that I am featured over at Somerset Place, (Stampington & co’s blog) where I am their Guest Artist.
I might possibly have been pinching myself each and every day since I received the e-mail inviting me to be a Guest Artist!
At the time I was asked to create a step tutorial for Christmas card(s) with a colour palette which had been noted in this blog post – it just goes to show, you never know who is taking a peek at your blog! A colour palette well outwith my comfort zone and which I possibly thought, if I gave it any thought at all at the time, that it would be a colour palette I probably wouldn’t repeat. Funny how things can turn out!
Below are sneaky peeks at the three card samples I created for Somerset Place.
Christmas Magic (the first photograph) is the card featured in the step by step tutorial and can be viewed in full HERE along with photographs of the other two card samples in full.
Covered in the tutorial are steps to creating texture on the base of the card by utilising scraps and stamping with paint to create Mixed Media Holiday cards. sampleoneA peek at the second card which features Darkroom Door stamps
sampletwowith the final card also featuring Darkroom Door stamps. samplethreeYou probably have a good idea just how much this means to me. It is the greatest of honours and once again I find myself thanking Stampington & co for their incredible support which those past twelve months in particular has been humbling.
As for friends of my blog, I always appreciate your visits so, Thank You. I am so lucky to be able to sit here, writing this blog post, knowing that I can share my news with you and that you continue to be such a wonderful source of support and encouragement for me. I could not ask for more.
Wishes
Lynne

Santa & His Twinkly Beard

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For the moment I want to stay with Christmas but this time it is for Darkroom Door.
If you are a fan of Darkroom Door then you will know that new Christmas stamps were released recently and in due course I will be sharing samples using some of the new Christmas stamps however, prior to their release I had already made a start on my Christmas cards.
It is possible this card will appear on the Darkroom Door blog, although for the moment the focus is on DT samples featuring the new stamps, but I have decided not to share detailed instructions in this post.  Anyway, the card is quite self-explanatory but I will share with you the stamps I used, just in case you are interested.
Darkroom Door Stamps:
Flourish Texture stamp
Dear Santa Vol 2
Yuletide Vol 2
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This colour palette, for Christmas, is new to me but I simply had fun playing around with paints which were lying out from another project. I stamped the Flourish Texture stamp very randomly and not with ink but with paint.  backgroundSparkly edges, a mix of fabrics, a dash of raspberry velvet ribbon are some of the textures on this card.threeAt the time of having the paints out I created a batch of backgrounds so that any evening when I am able to do so, I will sit and assemble the cards. I have another Santa Claus card which I will share another time. It has the same colour palette but I used different stamps.
In the meantime, apologies if it seems too early to be sharing Christmas samples!  It will not be solid Christmas from now until 25th of December as I will be sharing bits of this and that as I have DT samples featuring butterflies, birds and books, to name a few.
Thank You, as always for your visit to my Blog.
Wishes
Lynne

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