Make Your Mark (Greencraft)

Hello
I thought I would share some notebooks which appear in Stampington & Co’s Greencraft, (Spring 2017).
As you can see, they are very humble notebooks from even humbler beginnings.  You can probably guess they were constructed from re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper, I also re-cycled items to form mark making tools.  However, each of the Affirmations, is a stencil – Red Lead Paperworks – Celebrate Your Creativity
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I consciously kept the designs simple.  I wanted to show how simple it is to create notebooks with very few supplies, no specialist tools and the bulk of the supplies being re-cycled items.
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By stenciling onto calico scraps, it was in keeping with the Green approach.
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I also deliberately kept the paint selection to a minimum.
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Other than the stenciled words, all other marks are from mark making tools.
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Old buttons appear on most of the notebooks, an absolute favourite of mine.
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Those wee scraps of lace that always seem to be kicking around me (!), are perfect for such projects.
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A re-cycled mailing box and brown packing paper,  paint, one stencil, buttons and scraps = a stack of notebooks and a dent in my stash of re-cycled boxes and packing paper!
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As I have written within Greencraft articles, there is something so fulfilling about making use of items which would otherwise be destined for the re-cycle bin. It really is about creating something from nothing.
Wishes
Lynne

Enchant Your Life – Wooden Feather Affirmations (Somerset Studio)

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I often mention Redlead Paperworks in my blog posts.  Amongst the wonderful products that Chris and Sharon create are their wooden embellishments.  When I first received some of their wooden products, I was saving them, a bad habit of mine where I want to keep items instead of enjoying the process of using them!  It was last year I challenged myself to begin using items I had been “saving”.  What a revelation it is to not be constantly placing items aside but to dive in and play!
This is what I decided to do when I paired an engraved wooden charm with a wooden is no longer trading).  The trio were published in Somerset Studio (Mar/Apr issue).  It’s difficult to express what it means to be published
This is the link to Redlead’s various engraved wood charms but if you are interested, they have many other wood products: frames, shapes such as cupcakes, mermaids, Halloween and Christmas themed, there is something for every taste.
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I write, in the introduction of the article, of when I asked myself, “what are they?” We often label our projects: assemblage, wearable art, art journaling but
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sometimes, a project is not as clearly defined.
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Although the feathers with sentiment are suspended from beautiful silk sari ribbon,
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they are not pendants, they are something which I see as being a thoughtful gift idea for someone who needs a positive word or two, possibly displaying this somewhere that
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will catch their eye on a daily basis, possibly wrapped around a beautiful journal.
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To ensure the feathers did not become a tangled mess as they made their way from Scotland to California, I decided to create some simple individual packaging for them.  As with most ideas, it became “more” than I intended as I made little tags for each wrapped bundle.
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Each of the stamped words are from Redlead.  I cannot tell you how much I love the set which those words come from, this is the link.   I also used some of the stamps on the paper prayer flag I shared in this post HERE.
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Stamped onto calico, it makes for a tactile, shabby label
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with the calico layered onto various scraps of mop-ups/leftovers which had been stained with Infusions.
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I am so grateful for the relationship I have with Red Lead, especially as they are a U.S. company.  It has been some time since I made my first Guest Designer project for them.
Have a wonderful week.
Wishes
Lynne

Intentions, Destiny & Following Dreams – A Wanderlust Paper Prayer Flag (Somerset Studio)

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Earlier this year I had an article published in Somerset Studio, relating to a paper prayer flag I made after watching a Wanderlust 2016 tutorial from Kasia Avery.
Although I had great intentions from day one (when I signed up for 2016), to watch and work alongside the tutorials as they were released, as they say, life got in the way.  However, Kasia’s tutorial caught my eye.  I pondered why it was, that this one caught my attention so instantaneously and realised that her approach was so familiar to me.
Strangely, when I began the flag, it seemed a newer direction for me but on completion, the realisation that the process of the items I  gathered, which was all instinctively and my approach for staining the various papers and textiles, was not for me new at all. Other lessons were re-affirmed, that for me I am most content when I go with the flow and do not question choices being made once I begin a project.   Also, the importance of words and another lesson I did learn, that for me, I do not need to turn my back onto old favourites, including vintage laces, the layering of those tattered elements is my form of story telling.

I want to make it clear that I gave due credit to Wanderlust and Kasia Avery within my article and the significance of Wanderlust to me.
Stamps
Redlead Paperworks
Little Labels Celebrate Today
Labels – Believe, Create, etc
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Various resin pieces were used throughout, either stamped before the resin applied, stamped onto resin paper or simply scraps of resin paper.
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This wonderful Frozen Charlotte face (I think it is either paperclay or papier mache) was a gift from Dorthe Hansen.
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The Redlead stamps are some of my absolute favourites and the Affirmation style words were exactly what I wanted for my paper prayer flag.
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Although this will not be returned to me from Stampington, when working on it, I had this idea of positive words and thoughts being carried in the breeze as the wind gently
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sways the prayer flag.
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The heart has spirit – the heart is paperclay, it is a PaperArtsy LPC stamp.
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A jumble of textiles which if this flag were displayed in a garden, would become more tattered but I believe that would only enhance the beauty of the textiles and even the papers.
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Mica tile layered to this particular stamped label.
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I am sharing my own photos but I could not have wished for a more beautifully photographed article within the pages of Somerset Studio and that is thanks to Christen Hammons and her Somerset Studio team and to generously (and surprisingly) include the presentation package which I couldn’t have imagined they would also include.
Thank you for your visit to this scheduled post.
Wishes
Lynne

Mindfulness (Somerset Studio)

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To start this new week, I am winding the clock back to last year, to Somerset Studio’s Nov/Dec 2016 issue. One of the articles I was lucky enough to have published was centred around a collection of small canvases, all with a message relating to mindfulness.  The introduction in the article is where I speak about the motivation and what I was aiming to creating and how Christen Hammon’s Editor’s Letter in an issue of Somerset Life, was the springboard of inspiration for me.
If you read this post, you will notice that I share a simple presentation idea, this is because I saw the canvases as being suitable as gifts for anyone who might be needing to pause and breathe.
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The RELICS & ARTIFACTS hand is only there as a prop.
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All of the canvases feature a PaperArtsy Eclectica ESN sentiment. ESN are designed by Sara Naumann, for PaperArtsy and they are probably my most inked up PA stamps.
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The sentiments are stamped onto various found papers, nothing fancy, regular papers from around the home.  I also stamped smaller elements either onto more found papers or directly onto the canvas, such as the numbers at the top edge of the Golden Hours canvas.
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Simply embellished with crushed velvet ribbon, MOP buttons, rhinestones, etc.
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Little layered elements such as the layered found paper which had some gold paint applied, the crushed velvet ribbon and the MOP button.
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I was trying to achieve a timeless quality to them, a distressed effect, a timeworn look to the canvases, yet with a hint of old style glamour with my choice of embellishments and use of gold.
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The details really are the tiniest of fragments.  Can you see how small those rhinestones are?  Three lined up on the velvet ribbon.
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This canvas has numbers stamped onto the canvas to create a border effect before the layers were added.
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I so love when ordinary papers and I do mean ordinary, can be given a touch of elegance by the addition of rhinestones or a sweet MOP button.   Funny how details like this can make my heart sing.
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A cluster of the canvases, all with simple presentation and each topped with a stamped word from Darkroom Door’s Word Block Wellbeing. For me, Darkroom Door’s Word Blocks are indispensable.  I haven’t yet managed to own them all but some are great favourites, this is one of them as there is a beautiful selection of words which I’ve used on all manner of projects.
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A swipe of Gesso highlights the texture of the scrunched paper.
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Each word layered with burlap,
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with a repeat of details appearing on the canvases.
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For variation, one of the canvases is presented in a fabric bag, the mini easel also included.
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Thank you so much for your visit. I hope it was a restful post to view and a chance to seek mindfulness during your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Dress Up (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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To start the week, I thought I would share four cards which appear  in The Stampers’ Sampler.
It was actually the packaging for RELICS & ARTIFACTS, which I had also used as a substrate for this collection, HERE ,which led me to make the cards.  I deliberately limited myself to the stamps I inked up and also embellishments, you can see they are minimal, only tiny little accents.
Stamps
Character Constructions Stamps.
French Laundry  No. 11 (female/upper torso and arms) available from That’s Crafty  and direct from Character Constructions
French Laundry No. 5 (dress)
Mad Tea Party No. 8 (parasol)
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The dress was stamped directly onto the re-cycled RELICS & ARTIFACTS packaging, dressing it up with tiny pieces of fabric
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giving the gown a lacy collar.
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This is one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is much loved by me.
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I like the way the design on the packaging shows through the stamped image.
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Little shabby details such as Paris stamped onto some found/re-cycled paper and a fabric scrap layered with another stamped piece.
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What I have learned is that proportions do not need to be accurate when working with Character Constructions stamps.  It is very freeing not to be bound by such constraints although it has taken me a long time to be comfortable with doing so!
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A snippet of lace and pearl detail to embellish the gown.
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Darkroom Door stamped stitches directly onto the packaging and also onto brown found/re-cycled paper.
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I like the effect the stamped stitches bring to the cards.
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I like adding small details, tactile details.
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There we have it, the first post for this new week.  I don’t know about any of you but I cannot believe it is April already!
Wishes
Lynne

Sweet Dreams (Willow & Sage)

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One of the surprises in 2016 was being published in Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage, a magazine devoted to homemade bath/beauty products.
Before I began stamping, I enjoyed blending my own aromatherapy essential oils and one day, I would really like to try making lip balms, soaps, etc but that time isn’t for now so imagine my delight when opportunity knocked on my door (actually, my laptop!) when I was approached to create packaging idea for this magazine which they, thankfully liked and published (posts can be seen HERE and HERE).  In the Winter 2017 issue  I was once again grateful to find myself published, this time taking the packaging idea further by making lavender sachets.
The springboard for this idea was, believe it or not, packaging!  When my friend Vickie mailed a gift to me, inside the box was some interesting white fabric style paper, I can only describe it as not dissimilar to tumble dryer laundry sheets but firmer and a generous size.  I was sure it would contain lavender buds but also allow the scent to emit.  I managed to make five sachets in total.
First, the bundle of three, tied together with re-cycled sari silk chiffon ribbon.  Maybe I am easily pleased but there is so much joy in knowing you have the most perfect stamp for an occasion.  I remembered the Lavender stamp from Character Constructions Mad Tea Party No. 8, it could not be more perfect to stamp onto the re-cycled tag which I painted with Gessso, with a small sprig of lavender as a sweet detail.
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This is the trio of sachets.
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Willow and Sage is not a stamping magazine but I knew the sachets needed something, the fabric paper was too plain and yet I didn’t want to stamp anything too dominant.  It suddenly dawned on me, I had Stampington & Co stamps designed by Christine Adolph.  I used Trims 4 images
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For one of the sachets, a lovely scrap of grosgrain ribbon stitched to the sachet, allowing the lavender sprig to be held in place.
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All the stamping was done before filling the sachets with the dried lavender buds.
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I wanted a subtle effect to the stamping and the timing was just right as my ink pad was becoming dry and ordinarily I would have re-inked but it gave me the subtle effect i wanted.
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This sachet could be presented in the white paper pocket and when removed, it can be suspended from the loop, formed from grosgrain ribbon.
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Thank you so much for your visits. With struggling to keep up with blog visits and Facebook, I did consider if I should put my blog posts on hold. It seems cheeky to try and schedule blog posts when I am struggling so much to keep up with all of you wonderful people. My concern is, if I step away for a designated period of time, that time will lengthen and then I would probably never return to keeping the blog active.
Your words of support mean a great deal to me.
Wishes
Lynne

Royal Blood (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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This collection of six cards, appears in the Jan/Feb/March issue of The Stampers’ Sampler. 
It meant so much to me that they published all six in a feature over three pages.
All stamps are PaperArtsy LPC and all feature Infusions, Royal Blood.
They are some of the oldest LPC stamps but for me some were inked up for the first time for this collection.
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Some rusty wire coils.  The colour of the rusty wire worked so well against the Royal Blood Infusions.
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It’s no surprise that scraps were utilised throughout the cards such as little stamped elements added here and there.
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Card No. 2
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Card No. 3
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Mop-up papers bring texture.  I stamped onto them, even though the stamped images are not crisp, it still brings something extra to the effect.
A wisp of coppery fabric.
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Card No. 4
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I liked the watercolour effect achieved.  If you are interested, it is actually watercolour paper I worked with for the backgrounds and stamped focals,  HP and NOT.
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On this card, I also used Infusions with a That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil, creating a hint of pattern on the base of the card
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More scrappy mop-ups and another piece of that lovely copper fabric which lovely Dorthe gifted to me.
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Card No. 6
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I like that texture of the mop-up paper (kitchen paper towel) adds dimension even when stamped upon.
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It’s all about the layers – this stamped piece of mop-up paper layered onto the stamped focal.
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Thank you, always for your visits.
Wishes
Lynne

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