Sunday 1 May 2016

Anything Goes!

Well, as you might suppose from that post title, our challenge theme this month at Stamping Sensations is

* * * * * ANYTHING GOES * * * * *

However, it could apply equally to the weather we're having at the moment!  I'm sitting here in my thermals, watching the rain pouring down the window, out of which I can see blue sky and fluffy white clouds just across the valley and snow on the distant hills! And it's the beginning of May!!!

Never mind, I'm sure we will get some fabulous entries to brighten things up. As always, although "anything goes" for our theme we do need to see stamping as the focal point of your project, since we are a stamping challenge.

Our sponsor for May is, once again, Crafty Individuals, who have donated a very generous £35 voucher for the lucky winner to spend in their online shop.

Their mix of products is beautifully eclectic, so whether you are into simple stamping, collage, mixed media, altered art, or styles from traditional to modern and quirky, you will find something in their range to suit you. For a long time now they have been one of my favourite stamp companies (not least for their fantastic customer service) so I had no hesitation in using their stamps and papers for my DT project this month.

Recently I went to a talk and demo of simple bookbinding given by the wonderful Glenda Waterworth. Glenda showed us some some stunning samples of her work. I came home feeling thoroughly inspired, and decided to make a (very simple!) accordion book.

I used mount board for the front and back, which I covered with Crafty Individuals background papers from their Springtime paper pad. The front cover is decorated with one of their newest stamps CI-452, a collage-type stamp from which I cut individual images and coloured them with Be Creative alcohol markers and watercolour pencils.

Continuing the Nature theme of the stamp, the pages of my book hold images from Crafty Individuals' Miniature Image Book "Nature's Beauty. Around each picture I stamped various images which help to tell its story. All stamps by Crafty Individuals. 

I really enjoyed making my little book! It has whetted my appetite for attempting something a bit more complicated, though I will have a long way to go before I produce anything as beautiful as Glenda's.

The DT have some absolutely gorgeous inspiration to show you over on the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog, and if you also check out their personal blogs it would be much appreciated.

I'm entering my book in the Crafty Individuals Blog May Challenge. Thanks for looking!


brenda said...

The weather is pretty mad isn't it Lynne, I think we have had four seasons in a week here in the Fens and sound like it's much the same in most parts.

A lovely creation for this months theme.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and keep warm.

B x

craftimamma said...

This is really pretty Lynne and beautifully made. Look forward to seeing how you follow it with your next Glenda inspired book. I'm really envious of you attending her talk and would love to take one of her workshops although I know I'd fail miserably to reach anything like her high standards.

Lesley xx

Jean Hardy said...

A lovely cover and great pages in your book Lynne. Many thanks for linking in to the challenge over at CI. Jean x

Sally H said...

A beautiful creation, Lynne! I love everything about it. Seeing all these CI stamps is making me want to visit their website, lol! I will look for a few dates for the course when I get the chance - I want to make books too!

Joan said...

Love your book Lynne, so pretty . I'd love to attend one of Glenda's classes too but no chance for me I'm afraid. I love the stamp you have used on the cover, might fall in my basket at Port Sunlight next Saturday LOL


Flo Langley said...

Oooo! Wonderful project Lynne. Really love how you have used the new CI stamps and the backing papers for the cover. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
Flo x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a beautiful book Lynne - love your purple tones :-)
We are supposed to be in autumn here (the final month at that) and the gardens are dry and the temperatures still warm!!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful book and so lovely to see one of Crafty Individuals newest releases featuring in your book.
Many thanks for sharing with us at the Crafty Individuals Challenge.
Good Luck!
Wishes from Lynne who also lives in Scotland!

Cocofolies said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! :)
And what a lovely way of using this new collage CI stamp! And also the lovely images from miniature paper pad... This is very inspiring and beautiful.
Thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals challenge, and Good Luck!
Coco x

Sylvie Collet said...

So lovely project! Great use of this new collage stamp!!!!!
Thank you for joining in the Crafty Individuals challenge!

Sid said...

Lynn, I am loving your fab creation ! I have also become your latest blog follower !

Tracy said...

Fabulous book Lynne, great design.
Happy crafting
Tracy x