Sisters of Laguna Beach Part II (Somerset Studio)

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This post follows directly on from the previous.

(Stamps and image of bathing beauty – all from Redlead Paperworks)seashelllynnemoncrieffoneThen we have Cybil who leads a more solitary existence by the seashore. I am sure you have spotted her, she is slightly serious of face and has the deepest frown lines etched into her forehead from squinting up at the beaming sun.  This young woman seems content22 June 079to stroll along the shoreline, as she whiles away the hours,  always to be seen clutching a seashell in her hand22 June 075as she listens to the song of the sea. It is often said that she can be heard singing along to the22 June 076melody of the sea.
The final and eldest sister left to introduce is Daphne.onelynnemoncrieffShe is dark of hair but fair of skin and will not dare take a step outside unless she dons her sunhat which of course is fashioned in the shape of a seashell. Many might snicker behind their hands as Daphne passes by as she favours a bathing costume from an era long before she was born but for Daphne, she is brimming over with happiness which surely does float like the waves of the ocean that she simply holds her head aloft as she walks on by towards her beloved ocean. It has been said that Daphne has a penchant for the young fishermen as she lingers beside their boats but I will let you into a little secret, Daphne is eager for another pearl to add to her collection and knows that with a mere flutter of her dark lashes, a beautiful oyster will be passed her way and it might just be her lucky day to discover a shimmering pearl nestled inside. Whether today is her lucky day or not, Daphne’s happiness will never be known to wane because she knows that the ocean will always be there to bring happiness to her life.
Thank you so much for your visit.
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Lynne

Sisters of Laguna Beach Part I (Somerset Studio)

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Regular visitors will probably know by now that I like to submit to Stampington & Co. Somerset Studio was actually one of the first publications I submitted to (alongside The Stampers’ Sampler and Take Ten).  They have an Annual Colour Challenge Call and I was really keen to submit when they announced their colour for what would be their Jan/Feb 2016 issue.  It wasn’t because the colour was one I liked to work with, probably quite the opposite which is why I liked the challenge of dipping into …. Laguna Teal …. yikes, Teal!!! So utterly outwith my comfort zone but I decided not to take the easy way out especially as I almost immediately knew what I wanted to submit, a 3D assemblage style piece featuring Tando rowing boats as I had the perfect Redlead Paperworks collage images and stamps with a beachy theme.
This was one of those times when I could have happily created more and more! In total four rowing boat assemblages were submitted, one of which was a stand-alone (HERE) with the others a trio relating to the Sisters of Laguna Beach. I am limiting this post to only one of the assemblages otherwise it would be too photo-heavy.
There is a wee tale to go with the artwork, this is Sisters of Laguna Beach Part I.

Let me introduce you to the sisters of Laguna Beach.  Beloved mermaids of the ocean they dip and dive amongst the waves, in fact many say that they live beneath the ocean,  although deep in their hearts they know this is a fanciful notion.  However, where is the harm in a fanciful notion or two, so they are happy to play along with the yarns that everyone is eager to tell,  whispers that the sisters were all born with webbed feet and skin that would shimmer in the colours of the deep blue ocean.  Let me share a little secret with you….. those girls are mere mortals just like the rest of us. sstudiolynnemoncrieffoneWe have Maude, the baby of the family who is always to be found by the side of the sister next to her in age, Isabella, known to one and all as Issy.  You could set your watch by the time that they set off on their daily walk along by the sea with Maudesstudiolynnemoncriefftwograsping Issy around the waist, as though they were mermaids joined at the hip.
At the beach,threeif, during their stroll, their feet are ever to become trapped amongst the fishing nets cast aside by the local fishermen, they simply fall down onto the sand, peals of laughter escaping from them as they disentangle themselves.
As they continue sstudiolynnemoncriefffourtheir walkeightalong the sea,fivethey are dusted with a light coating of sand with starfish nestled between their toes but for Maude and Issy, they have not a care in the world as they walk  beside their beloved ocean.sixAnother day I will introduce to you to Cybil.
When I mailed this and the other submissions, my dream was that if even one of the assemblages caught their eye at the Somerset Studio offices during their art selection, then I would be so, so happy but to have all four submissions printed, it was beyond wonderful!  I also have to thank the lovely Chris and Sharon who are Redlead Paperworks because I am just so lucky to have their products to play with.
I haven’t been able to spend as much time on-line recently which means I haven’t been able to visit your blogs.  Here’s hoping normal service will be resumed shortly!  Hope you are all well and finding enough creative time in your lives.  Thank You always for visits, comments both here and on Facebook.
Wishes
Lynne

Her Happiness Floated

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Some time ago I started an assemblage but like many projects, during my time of zero crafting, it lay in an unfinished state.
I have to say thank you to Chris and Sharon from Redlead Paperworks for allowing me to continue to play with their fabulous products.
Redlead Paperworks Supplies:-
Collage image – Ancestor Collage Sheet 113.  Redlead stock beautiful collage sheets in a range of themes and Redlead also now have a small selection of digital collage sheets available at Etsy.
Her happiness Floated stamp

Let me introduce Daphne. She is dark of hair but fair of skin and will not dare take a step outside unless she dons her sunhat which of course is fashioned in the shape of a seashell.onelynnemoncrieffMany might snicker behind their hands as Daphne passes by as she favours a bathing costume from an era long before she was borntwolynnemoncrieffbut for Daphne, she is brimming over with happiness which surely does float like the waves of the oceandetailthreelynnemoncrieffthat she simply holds her head aloft as she walks on by towards her beloved ocean.detailfivelynnemoncrieffIt has been said that Daphne has a penchant for the young fishermen as she lingers beside their boats but I will let you into a little secret.  Daphne is eager for another pearl to add to her collection and knows that with a mere flutter of her dark, feathery lashes, a beautiful oyster will be passed her way and it might just be her lucky day to discover a shimmering pearl nestled inside.detailtwolynnemoncrieffWhether today is her lucky day or not, Daphne’s happiness will never be known to wane because she knows that the ocean will always be there to bring happiness to her life.

(A lovely big thank you to my dear friend Dorthe who gifted me the sweetest starfish embellishments.   It was the perfect addition to this assemblage.  It is possible that the piece of driftwood was also gifted to me, from Dorthe, which she gathers from her walks along by her beloved sea).
I hope, for all of you, that your happiness floats like the waves of the ocean.
Wishes
Lynne

Pearl Dances Amongst The Waves

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Redlead Paperworks are known for their stamps and stencils but they also have a stunning collection of collage sheets whether for Halloween, Christmas, Nature or why not have a look at their Ancestor collage sheets.
When I laid eyes on Redlead Paperworks’ Ancestor Collage Sheet No. 8 I so wanted to work with one image in particular, a girl who I came to call Pearl.
If you are interested in the Redlead products used on this canvas then I will give you a link for the stamp used.  The sentiment I used comes from a stamp which has two other sentiments on it, great value and can be found HERE.
To see Pearl dance amongst the waves, it has been said there are those who whisper that she is a Mermaid Child and if you were to find yourself swimming alongside Pearl then she surely would turn her green eyes upon you and swear upon the sea that she is a Mermaid but if you were to take a moment to look a little deeper into her eyes, is that not a mischievous glint.
It is true that Pearl wishes with all her heart that she were a child of the sea because it is where she finds joy. Running down to the ocean she whiles away the summer days bobbing atop the waves, where the seaweed entangles itself amongst the tendrils of her hair so that you do not know where her hair ends and the sea begins.

Her happiness most certainly floated, like the waves of the ocean. 
pearldancesonthewavesThe end result is not what I had in my mind as I planned on working with colour. Let me show you a photograph of the initial texture I created and also the paints I laid down onto the deep edged canvas, colours which were eventually made to be more muted in tone. I also changed the orientation of the canvas.
canvasbaseA froth of gauze to mimic the froth atop the ocean’s waves and a flutter of mica flakes, the sunlight glinting on the water1and a scattering of pearls.2This sentiment was so perfect for this image of Pearl3I will leave Pearl to catch the final waves of the Summer.5Many Thanks for visiting my first post of this brand new week.
Maybe you are savouring the final days of Summer or maybe you have already waved goodbye to Summer, which appears to be the case in my little corner of the world.
Wishes
Lynne

Family Vacation

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Welcome to my Sunday post which is the usual sneaky peek of my DT project for That’s Crafty
This doesn’t give very much away!photofiveIf you are interested in viewing the full project then please visit HERE.
Have a lovely day whatever your plans may be.
Wishes
Lynne

Sand Between Your Toes

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I hope you are able to view the photograph in this post as I am unable to do so.When I upload photographs, for some reason, I am unable to view them.  Not sure if this is a wordpress issue or an issue with my laptop.
Today signals my turn to share a DT post at That’s Crafty.  If you visit The That’s Crafty Blog you will see detail photographs, supply list and also full instructions.
I would like to enter this project into the Artistic Outpost February Referral.

sideoneThis is a double sided project, one side with the bathing belle the other side depicting the gentleman bather. sidetwoIt is so tricky creating Blog posts when the images are not visible! Anyway, so long as you can view the photographs that is all that matters as I don’t want any of you having a wasted visit.
If you would like to view detail photographs of this project then please visit the That’s Crafty Blog.
Have a lovely Sunday.
Wishes
Lynne

Playing By The Shore

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Recently I shared a Journal I decorated using one of Trishia’s French Kissed Postcard scans that she made available as a freebie in the month of February and which I entered into her Kissed Again competition (read all the details on her FKP Blog). She has also been sharing some unloved digital scans, one of which was a vintage bathing belle. Well I couldn’t resist playing with this image and here is the postcard I created.I gathered little bits of this and that and to support the image I used stamps from Oxford Impressions’ By The Sea. This stamp set has a vintage bathing theme so they were perfect.Trishia is also hosting another competition called Love Me Two, so lots of fun over at the FKP Blog.
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Lynne

Sirens

As a DT member for  The Altered Element , each month there is an Upcycle Challenge (Lynne sends each DT member an item from a charity shop and we are then required to upcycle by altering it in any manner we choose). For the first Upcycle Challenge I received 6 children’s buildings blocks. Previous Upcycle artwork can be viewed on the posts:- Bird Brain and Time To Move Forward.  I challenged myself to alter at least one of the blocks without using any stamping. Rooting through my supplies I stumbled across a small sheet of Bathing Beauty images which was ideal.

As with Time To Move Forward I decorated five faces of the cube.

.Prime cube by sanding and then a layer of Gesso.

.On all sides sponge Silver Lumiere paint and Golden Glass Bead Gel.

.Use silicone glue to add the Bathing Beauty images on the four sides add small shells and “coral”. Add a little bit more of the Glass Bead Gel.

I am sure you will have worked out what the “coral” is but if not, let me divulge. I like to purchase fabric flowers that are on stems and dismantle them as it is an inexpensive way of building a stash of fabric flowers in various styles. So whilst dismantling the stem I was left with blue/green plastic “things” which to my eye resembled coral and just knew that one day it would come in handy.

.Finally add a larger shell to the top adding crushed shell, caviar beads and another piece of “coral”. Once all the elements are in place drip a little touch of Bottle Alcohol Ink on all sides.

SUPPLIES

Gesso, Lumiere Silver Paint, Golden Glass Bead Gel, Bottle Alcohol Ink, Queens Dresser Drawer Bathing Beauties Clip Art, Shells, Blue Dewdrops, Silicone Glue.