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!
Wishes
Lynne

Autumn In Paris, With Maude (Published!)

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Squeezing in this post before Sunday’s DT post for That’s Crafty.
This post is where I turn the clock back, this time back to July when I received the July/Aug/Sept issue of The Stampers’ Sampler.  As well as feature articles, which I will share another time, I was thrilled to have two pieces in the Spotlights section.
The two hangings used the same technique to form the background, where I used Rusting Powder to transform a piece of cotton fabric into a gorgeous piece of rusted fabric, making use of a mask to create pattern. What makes it all the sweeter is when a submission that is published represents a DT I am part of, in this instance The Stampsmith.
The stamps used are Maude, which is a single stamp and Say It With Flair and Paris which are stamp plates. They are available to purchase directly from The Stampsmith on-line store.
The first hanging is called Dream and sees Maude as the focal.
1stseptember-faux technique-lynneAside from the smell of vinegar, used to activate the Rusting Powder, I have to tell you that I love the effect.
Torn fabric forms the handle for hanging.  I say this time and again but I love stamping onto fabric and although it is only a small detail, to my mind, stamping adds another level of interest to what would otherwise be a boring bit of fabric to  hang the panel with.6Dream and Inspire are from the Say It With Flair plate.4The title of the second hanging is Autumn In Paris.
I remember the first time I ever saw this stamp plate, it was a Craft Stamper article and I fell in love with the stamps. I had barely started stamping and if someone had told me that I would one day own this set then that would have been joy enough but if someone had told me that one day I would be on The Stampsmith DT then I would have chuckled in their face as I would not have taken it seriously but add to that, someone telling me that not only would I own the stamps, be on the DT but also have the art published in an American stamping publication then I believe I would have fallen off my chair!  Dreams can come true. Maybe we just need to trust in them a wee bit more than we do.
autumninparislynnemoncrieffThank You for your visit to this post.
I will return on Sunday with the first of my That’s Crafty DT posts for November.
Wishes
Lynne

Rest Your Weary Head

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To start the week, a quick post where I am sharing a gift I made back in June for my dear friend Dorthe’s birthday.
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The gift I decided to make for Dorthe was a pillow which would use the beautiful Portia from The Stampsmith’s Cleopatra and Friends as the focal.
I didn’t take a note of the dimensions of the pillow, it is large enough to be resting on a small chair.
For the focal, I returned to an idea I had first used on a tote bag for The Stampsmith. That time around I used Juliet but for Portia it was the same idea of stamping her onto a stained doily although this time I embellished the edge with beads and not handmade ribbon roses.portialynnemoncrieffTorn vintage lace was stained and the only other embellishment was the addition of two vintage buttons.
Thank You for visiting this post.
Here’s to a creative week for all of us.
Wishes
Lynne

The Princess of France – petite notebook

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To start this week on my Blog I have a quick post to share and unusually for me, only one photograph.
I always focused on photo real stamps from The Stampsmith (excluding the beautiful Ophelia) so it came as a surprise to me just how much pleasure I would have stamping with Estelle’s non-photo real stamps.
With the Princess of France from the Julia and Friends plate. I set about altering a petite notebook to send to the lovely Marie (Lost Bird Studio). This is such a pretty and feminine stamp.petitenotebooklynnemoncrieffThe Princess of France was stamped onto TAP then transferred to canvas.  It was a matter of vintage French book text (beautifully aged already without the aid of Distress Inks) adhered to the notebook with the addition of tea stained vintage lace and seam binding also stained with tea (different tea).
Many Thanks for your visit today.
Oh, one last thing to mention. TSC new challenge theme is underway. The lovely Paula has selected the theme of World Traveller.
Wishes
Lynne

The Romance Of The Ballet

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Tomorrow I will be here to share my That’s Crafty DT project but I decided to share a quick post with you this evening.
Re-winding a couple of months to when I received a copy of Stampington & co’s 400 More Ideas and I was so happy to see a tag I had submitted to Take Ten make it into this annual publication.
The Stampsmith’s Ballerina #1 is the focal on this tag.  You might recognise that I re-cycled Prima packaging which I painted with emulsion paint.   If you own or have seen this stamp then you will notice that I cut away the background as I only wanted the actual ballerina. romance of the ballet-001I submitted this a wee while ago and did not look at the photograph until the moment I received the magazine. Annoyingly the interference seen on the ballerina’s dress in particular, wasn’t actually there in real life but as I do not request any submitted artwork to be returned I cannot take the photograph again.
Thank you for visiting this post.  As I said, I will return tomorrow with a scheduled post.  I know tennis is not everyone’s cup of tea but hopefully tomorrow I will be relaxing (or possibly not!) as I watch Andy Murray.
Wishes
Lynne

Altered Bags, Boxes & Books @ TSC

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Here we are, a brand new month and the 1st of the month is when there is a new theme at The Stampsmith Challenge.   This is when I would normally share my DT sample for the challenge theme but due to health reasons I am taking a break from TSC.  I will continue to share Stampsmith artwork here and at The Stampsmith Blog but for the time being I will not be creating samples for the monthly challenge. However, I will share any challenge news here starting with news for June’s challenge which is  Altered Bags, Boxes & Books.
At TSC there are very few rules but we always ask that you include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your entry. There is a wonderful prize, $21 to spend at The Stampsmith on-line store on stamps  of your choice and you can read details of the prize, etc at TSC Blog (see link above).
Happy Stamping.
Wishes
Lynne

Aged & Distressed (Take Ten)

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This scheduled post is a continuation of a post from a wee while back when I shared this card that was published in Take Ten (Spring issue).  I’d intended to share some of the other cards included in the feature article yet that post was dated 5th April and here we are with June rapidly approaching!
The feature, which included five Stampsmith cards and two Crafty Individual, was titled Distressed Tags.  All seven cards featured tags which I’d stained and all had a similar colour palette. I always have to pinch myself when I get something in print but when it is a feature it is really beyond any expectations I would dream of having.
For this post I will share two of the four remaining cards.  All four cards are in the style of variation on a theme with the stamped images from The Stampsmith’s Olivia and Friends stamped onto tags which had previously been stained with tea (by making up batches it is a time saver as I always have them to hand).DIGITAL CAMERAThis fragment is one of the Cartolina Postale stamps which I’d stamped onto watercolour paper that had previously been prepared with Gesso and washes of watersoluble crayons.  The Gesso can act as a lovely resist which adds a nice distressed appearance and it also has a lovely chalky touch to it.  DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the other cards. DIGITAL CAMERAA snippet of stained seam binding embellishes the tag.DIGITAL CAMERAAnother of the Cartolina Postale stamps, this time stamped onto one of the torn off bottoms of one of the stained tags – we never like to waste anything, do we?!DIGITAL CAMERAIf you have visited this post then thank you so much. With being unsure when I can reciprocate visits, your visits/comments mean even more to me.
Wishes
Lynne

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