Friday, December 31, 2010

Paris Couture

Paris Couture
I hope everyone is ready for a creative New Year!

I had some fun playing with Oxford Impressions newest Dress Forms images a few weeks ago.
Now that Christmas is over. Everything is packed away I'm ready to share some more stamping.
Lots of layers here ,even a bit of wallpaper.
 The banner is grungepaper inked with Victorian Velvet distress inks.
I'm entering this in The Play Date Cafe challenge this week.

So as I heard someone say
Eat, Ink and be Merry!

While I have you here. It looks like I will be starting that second blog ,but I need YOUR help in naming it.
I'm just not creative that way. Leave me a message here with your idea by next week. I'll pick the best one and send the winner a special surprise. Thanks for all your input. I wouldn't be here without all you Fabulous bloggers.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

So I've been Thinking....

A few weeks ago when I met with Jann from A Vintage Heart for coffee. She was asking me about what I do for a living. I was going to meet up with a customer later that day and just so happended to have my portfolio in my car. I asked if she wanted to see it. She said "yes" and after seeing what I do she asked me why I don't share photos of my work on my blog.  I didn't think anyone would be interested. So what do you think? Would you like to see my work? I was thinking of starting another blog that shows my fine art and my murals and faux finishes. If I do I'll only post on it once a week since I don't have a lot of free time. Let me know how you feel about it. If I get much of a response I'll do it. If not thats o.k. too.

Here's a couple of Watercolors I did.                             
An old building in Idaho city.
These are a couple of watercolors I painted for my MIL a few years back. not my favorite medium to work in. I tend to do more detailed work in Gouache, acrylics and oils.

I can't take full credit for this one. My MIL was on a cruise and took a snapshot of a painting she fell in love with and asked me to re-create it for her, so I did. Another watercolor.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmoose

Its finally here. Christmas Eve.
I wanted to leave with with some of our lights in our front yard.
I regret my camera doesn't pick up the beauty of them at all.

My snowmen. Suckers and candy canes lined up all the way around.

My gingerbread house and boy and Girl. Complete with giant suckers and candy canes.
Darn camera. grrrrr...

My penguins, what you can see of them, theres a family of three and lots of little penguin's and even an igloo. O.k. it used to be our dogs house. LOL

My front bay window full of Elves in Santa's workshop. Most I these I have made myself, I started making them the first year we were married 30 years ago. Its so pretty at night all lite up.

A hand carved moose I made many years ago.
So from my home to yours I Wish you a Merry Christ moose

The End!!!

Thank you all my blogging friends, I have so enjoyed seeing all the creativity not just at Christmas but all year. Thank you for stopping by to see me and for all your sweet comments. You have no idea how much it means to me. I'm blessed with so many wonderful friends and so happy you are a part of my life!

I wish you Joy, Peace, Health and Happiness for the coming year and
Wonderful times spent with family and friends this Christmas
and memories to last a lifetime.

Hugs Lynn

Ave Maria Ornament

In keeping with the challenge on Artistic Outpost to make some holiday decor using their stamps. I put together another ornament. This time using the stamps from Ave Maria. The base in a vintage Christmas tin light reflector. I added some Silver Glass glitter and embossed the image on shimmery card stock. You still have some time to get in on the fun. You might even win a gift cerificate for $14.00. check out the blog Artistic Outpost Blog  for more information.
I hope your all ready for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tag Tuesday -gold or Silver

Had to finish up a few more tags for Christmas, doing double duty here with the challenge on Kard Krazy. to use Gold or Silver. I choose gold. I stamped images from Alpha Stamps Angels we have Heard on High plate. My Angel images also comes from Alpha Stamps. If you go check out the blog, There having huge sales and end of Year giveaways going on daily. My gold is some vintage German scrap. I'm also linking this to The Artistic Stamper. for those of you who are going through tag withdrawals!                  

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tag Tuesday

At Kard Krazy this week Louise has chosen the colors ,green, yellow and brown. I used distress inks in Scattered straw, vintage photo and moss green. The Santa stamp is from Stampers Anonymous and the date stamp from Stampington. I'm running a tad behind but will be over to see you all soon.
Also entering this in The Artistic Stamper

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Rock Candy Stickles- CCC & The Artistic Stamper

Who doesn't Love Rock Candy! I know I do especially when it Rock Candy Stickles
 and you can play with it in your art.
Its challenge #24 over at Studio L 3 and I made a tag, yes you would think I'd be tired of them by now!
Image is from Alpha Stamps and stamped text and berries by Stampington.
I'm also entering this in The Artistic Stamper. Where Jennie is having a challenge just in case your going through tag Withdrawals!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Victorian Christmas Ornaments

I recently saw a video that Martha Stewart did showing a shop who made Victorian Christmas Ornaments. It inspired me to make a few of my own.

I used vintage mercury glass ornaments, some vintage scrap, German scrap. Some vintage trims. vintage lace. etc. I had intended on putting these in my Etsy shop but time ran out. Maybe next year.
FYI the ornaments in that shop Martha featured went between $119.00 to $600.00 each.
Can you believe that!!!!!!
 She used all vintage or antique pieces.
Mine will be more like $20.00 LOL

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Victorian Christmas Ornment

A Victorian inspired ornament. I used the stamp from Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods plate
A vintage mercury glass ornament. Some vintage trim ,crinkle wire and vintage embellishments.
I have more ornaments to share with you soon.
Share your Christmas decor this month on  Artistic Outpost
for your chance to win a gift certificate valued at $14.00

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 12 - Thats All Folks

Yes the final tag for Tim's twelve tags of Christmas.  Didn't have his die but I did use the crackle technique with inks on some ornament stickers. I'm linking this to The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen
 I'll miss doing these tags but at the same time I have so much to catch up on.
I hope you enjoyed my versions. I really went into this thinking I had a lot of his product. Boy was I wrong!
Only 353 more days till the next one! LOL
Happy Holidays!!!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tags Day 10 & 11

Well its coming to a close, yes only one more day left for Tim's tags.
Here's my interruption of day 11. I didn't have most of what he used. (surprised?)  Just a dictionary page, Ornate plate and the inks. I used a winter collage image from Alpha Stamps. instead of a tree.
 The sleigh stamp is  from Oxford Impressions. I embossed some snowflakes on the side.

My day 10 tag is pretty close to Tim's. I didn't have the die cut snowman but used the mask and drew a pattern on grungepaper. Added some snow along the bottom. Its been fun! I'll be back tomorrow with my final tag, yeah!!!! Linking to The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 8 Tag and My Cowboy Santa

I think I somehow skipped past this one. Anyway....  I wasn't really crazy about Tim's color choices so went out on my own with blue and white, I Love the tone on tone effect. I didn't have that little house die ( on my wish list) so I stamped the image from Artistic Outpost steampunk plate. The snowflakes, text and swirls all come from Artistic Outpost. I'm linking this to The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen.  I added a little sparkle snow on the ground but doesn't show well in the picture.

                                     My Cowboy Santa
I thought you might like to see my very first hand carved piece I did. Must have been about 12 years ago. I have hand carved at least a dozen or so different things since.
He's all hand carved from basswood. I used carving knives and gouges.

I just love he little pillow sticking out from his Santa suit. and his stick horse.

Yee Haw!!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tag ??? What day is it now?

Well I don't know about all of you but I'm sure having trouble keeping up with all these tags!
I think I'm only one behind , good thing theres only a few days left!!
My take on Tim's tag... I did have the Rosette die. Yeah!!!!
 I changed the layout and used a collage Image from Alpha Stamps and some of there gorgeous
German scrap. I'm really happy with this one.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vintage Ornament

Who says you need Christmas stamps to make Christmas ornaments? for my ornament I used the newest release from Artistic Outpost Jane's Countryside, some crept paper, a rosette die and some German glass glitter, perfect for a Victorian tree. This month join in and make a Holiday ornament or decoration for a chance at a gift certificate valued at $14.00.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tag day 7 and Frosty Friends

My day 7 tag. I didn't have any sticky back canvas (no surprise) so I used grungepaper and stamped a poinsettia twice on it, cut them out and layered together. I actually had the wood texture plate! yeah!!!
I'm linking up to The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen

My Frosty Friends

My Frosty Friends. I began collecting these the first year we were married 30 years ago.  We have the entire collection.

                                           Plus some extras, Anniversary piece, snowglobe , etc.
                                                                The wreath and minis.

sliding down the hill. Wheeeeeeee

We have so many I ended up making a display piece for them all complete with a pond and hills.
and yes I saved some room for future Frosty's!

Day 6 Tags of Christmas and a little Holiday decor

I'm a day behind but that's o.k with me. Here's my day 6 tag. I did have some tissue tape just not the music. I used the Christmas tree embossing folder. Its a little fancier than Tim's but I like it. I'm entering this in Artistic Stamper and ArtyJen.
I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of my Holiday decor.

I even have deer in my decor!

I Love this big old sled! Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm interrupting my the 12 tags of Christmas for an important announcement

                 I've Been Published!!!!
 Just got the new Stampers Sampler and I have 3 pieces published.

This card featuring stamps from Oxford Impressions Winter Snow collection
and Stampington & Company, doll collage sheet from Artchix Studios
This was for the Heartfelt Fabric challenge. All stamped images from Oxford Impressions
Another for the Heartfelt fabric challenge. Woman stamp by Oxford Impression
Sentiment by Artchix Studios .
I see several of my stamping buddies are also published in this issue.
 Congrats to Louise Granlund,
Tracy Evans, Penny Bennington, Debbie Emmons. I hope I'm not forgetting anyone!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 5 Tim's Tag

Well here we are at day 5 for Tim's tag. Well my rendition of it anyway, I had nothing but the inks and stickels but came up with my own. I really like this Santa stamp anyway and I made my #'s from grungepaper, I had Tim's #'s but I had already used the 2 and 5. Hope your all having fun with these tags.
Again entering it onThe Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tim's tag Day 4

I hope your all staying with me and not getting to tired of seeing these tags. Well I didn't have much of what Tim used on his tag. Just the paper. So I improvised a bit. Ticket stamp from Scrolls Work. the snowflake in the fragment from Artistic Outpost and can't remember who makes the scroll. my colors came out a bit weird in the photo the blues aren't so vibrant IRL.
Entering these in The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day Three Tim's Tags

I have to say this is my very favorite. I Loved the birds Tim did so much I couldn't stop at just one. I did decide to change up the branch and go with the Holly stamp  from Oxford Impressions. changed the layout and changed to a book text flower. I very pleased with how this one came out. I'm entering it the The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen and Simon Says.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 2 -Twelve Tags of Christmas

I stayed up late to wait for Tim's Twelve Tags of Christmas. Then off to work all day...Whoa I didn't know if I was going to get this done but here's my attempt at day two. None of his stamps I used were Tim's they came from  Artistic Outpost greenery from Snowy Woods and the pinecone from Oxford Impressions new Sleigh bells plate. Sorry I don't remember who makes the text stamp. not my best work but what can I say, I'm tired!
I'm entering this in two challenges at The Artistic Stamper and Arty Jen

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