Nature’s Daydreams

This Sunday, over at the That’s Crafty Blog, I am sharing this project.  The substrate is a That’s Crafty mdf tag, which I haven’t used for a while and any time I do work with one, always reminds me how fabulous a substrate they are.
When I first spied the new PaperArtsy Eclectica ELB (Lin Brown), I knew they would be stamps I would reach for time and again.  Actually this project is some of my favourite things – That’s Crafty substrate, Infusions, stamping onto fabric, utilising scraps, texture.  onebloglynnem
If you are interested, further details can be viewed HERE.
Many thanks for your visit, especially when it is only 24hrs since I last posted here.

Love Tokens (Somerset Life)

To start this new week, I thought I would share some Love Tokens, a collection which appears as an article in Somerset Life., obviously I am absolutely thrilled!
All paper doll elements are Character Constructions stamps
Love/Valentine themed sentiments are Redlead Paperworks
Heart is from Oxford Impression, With Love (also available from That’s Crafty)
The How-to for making this collection appears within the article so you will appreciate why I do not want to share those details here.
Friends of my blog will recognise this mischievous face as I have inked her up countless times since the release of the Paris Flea collection in 2016.  I cannot imagine I will ever tire of her.
A love sentiment on the rear of each tag.
A new favourite rests beside an old favourite, one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is from the French Laundry collection.
Each tag has a kraft pocket.
Variations of the first two tags, making four in total.
Red and white are not colours I find appealing but I wanted this collection to have a Retro Valentine feel as opposed to shabby chic Valentine.
Gathered and bundled,
with another Redlead stamp featuring on the tag.
Thank you so much for your visit.
Have a lovely week.

The Gift of Giving (Somerset Life)

In the latest issue of Somerset Life, one of my articles features festive packaging.  Although Somerset Life is not a dedicated stamping magazine, it is a lifestyle magazine the tags in the article all feature Crafty Individuals Festive Curly Sentiments, generous sized sentiments which can be the focal on festive cards or tags.slifecitagsonelynneAll the cardstock and papers were painted/stained, also utilising mop up/under paper.
noeltagonelynneI mixed a variety of metallics:- brass, gold, copper, platinum.
rejoiceTiny accents of pearl stickers, rhinestones and tiny pieces of lovely crushed velvet ribbon with the gorgeous copper fabric gifted from my dear friend Dorthe.peacelynnemslilfeSo, even though this post relates to the festivities, I am still not convinced that Christmas is galloping towards us. Where has this year gone?!!!

Something Wicked (The Stampers’ Sampler)

There is a slightly unsettling, sinister feel to the trio of cards I am sharing in this post.  I appreciate that the cards might cause offence to anyone who does not agree with Halloween due to religious belief, I certainly don’t want to be upsetting anyone.
They were submitted to The Stampers’ Sampler for their annual Frightful & Delightful challenge call and published as a feature in the Jul/Aug/Sept issue.
I am not someone who embraces the macabre, dark side of Halloween but I was inspired by the Oxford Impressions stamps. Oxford Impressions excel at Halloween (and Christmas) with stamp sets for all Halloween tastes from Masquerade to Too Cute to Spook style stamps, Danse Macabre and Poe inspired. If you want to have a look, in the U.K. That’s Crafty stock several Oxford Impressions sets.wickedonelynnemA hint of gold runs through my background with splatters of iron oxide paint.wickedthreelynnemMore stained items. In this photo you can see that the girl was stamped onto a tag.  I wanted the tag to blend into the overall background but at the same time, it brings another layer to the card.
wickedtwolynnemA wooden clock counting down the time to Midnight.poelynnemA sinister, watchful raven.ravenonelynnemThere’s something so fun about gathering all my O.I. Halloween stamps, dipping into various sets.
raventwolynnemThe rusty red paint gives a sinister edge to the cards.
fourlynnemI always appreciate visits at any time but understand that the cards here are darker to my usual style.  I will be sharing another Halloween related post very soon but not nearly as dark as this!

She Sends You Hope & Heart

Hello Everyone
I have a few catch-up posts to organise but as I was tidying up my (much neglected!) Blog, I spied this drafted post from months and months ago, from when I was participating in a Heart Ornament swap hosted by the incredibly talented Vickie Kammerer and a group containing equally talented artists, it really was an honour to be part of this swap. To package my heart ornaments I tucked them inside pockets with a suitably heart themed tag.onelynnemoncrieffOne of my oldest Character Constructions stamps features on all the tags.
threelynnemoncrieffA simple shipping tag, dry brushed with Gesso.twolynnemoncrieffThe colours did not co-ordinate with the actual heart ornaments but I didn’t trouble myself about that, I decided to stay with the red, white/cream.  An Oxford Impressions heart (also available from That’s Crafty) layered with spotty fabric and pretty lacefourlynnemoncrieffand flip the tag over, a Redlead sentiment with the lace from the front peeking beneath. sevenlynnemoncrieffThe same sentiment layered onto the kraft pocket, with a shabby scrap of fabric
sixlynnemoncrieffSo there we have it, a quick post to end the working week. I will return on Sunday with another That’s Crafty MDF triptych. In the meantime, many thanks for your visits. Have a lovely weekend.

I Love Paper Dolls

Hello Everyone
A speedy post.
This tag came about as I was in need of something to scribble down a quick note but a card, as such wasn’t required. I literally only had a few moments to put a tag together.
The stamps I used are from Character Constructions French Laundry 11.  This is a set I’ve had for years now and which I have fallen in love with all over again.
onelynnemoncrieffcctagThis beautiful stamp has the young woman holding paper dolls.  I partially inked up only the paper dolls to provide a shabby background.
twolynnemoncrieffcctagThe sentiment was stamped onto a piece of vintage French receipt.  I am terrible for not wanting to use vintage papers (other than French book text), trims or even trinkets and gifts from friends, I have this habit of wanting to “keep” them but this year all that is changing.  I am making myself actually use those items which I deem as being precious to me, actually enjoying working with them.   A flower motif cut from lace with a pearl embellishes her bodice.threelynnemoncrieffcctagSimple!
I am trying to catch-up with organising blog posts, don’t know how or why I have fallen so far behind and I also need to do some catching-up with visits to your blogs. I always appreciate your visits, I really do.

Women of Strength (Somerset Studio Gallery)

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Back in December this canvas was published in Somerset Studio Gallery’s Winter issue. This, if my memory serves me well, I actually submitted to The Stampers’ Sampler, quite a wee while ago, certainly not last year or the year before that!  So, last December, there I was looking at Somerset Studio Gallery, knowing I had an article and Spotlight, etc etc and as I turn a page my eye catches a canvas I created for Redlead Paperworks.  Then my eye travels above the canvas and I see a piece of art and I say to myself that it looks similar to one I made some time ago.  It was mine!!!! I actually had to do a double-take LOL.
This hanging canvas was actually titled Women of Strength and with today being International Women’s Day I thought it apt to pause and give thought to women of strength, past and present, whether women in history who helped pave the way for a brighter future for all women or women in our own lives, our mothers, sisters, friends, Aunts, etc.onelynnemoncrieffAll the stamps on this canvas are from The Stampsmith which I received when I was on their DT but which became much loved by me, in fact it wasn’t so long ago that a stamp from this collection made an appearance HERE.
onetaglynnemoncrieffThe tags are the focal on this canvas, all stained with fruit tea with just a hint of paint scrubbed onto the tags, here and there.tagtwolynnemoncrieffThe trimmings were also stained with tea.  I suppose this hanging canvas perfectly displays the way I love to incorporate textures, as the actual canvas had texture paste applied and also how I love to gather fragments and find a home for them on a project.  Some of the items I gathered:- a dried and faded petal from a hydrangea (one of my favourite flowers) and I see a scrap of gold embossed paper peeking from the side and no doubt I cut into a piece of lace to adorn her head.
tag3lynnemoncrieffThis is also to celebrate you because I know, from the personal stories you share, that you are all Women of Strength!

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