Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dare to Explore your DREAMS!!

Wanted to share with you my post as a Guest Designer at Artsy Addicts....

What an honor and a privilege to be asked to Guest Design for Artsy Addicts.
My name is Lynne Forsythe and I hail from the small BUT BEAUTIFUL state of New Hampshire. I was introduced to paper crafting approximately 7 years ago when I walked into a local scrapbook store located in a neighboring town I had just relocated to.....and what a WONDERFUL ride it has been!!!

I began by creating scrapbook pages, then I moved to cards and then was exposed to the whole world "mixed media" and my life has never been the same!

On my journey, I  have had opportunity to be a part of some very AMAZING Design Teams: Zutter International, Reminisce and the Swirlydoos Education Team. I currently design and teach for Petaloo InternationalSplash of Color (formerly Creative Imaginations) and am Design Team Coordinator for Die~Namites Dies. I have been published in numerous magazines and teach at Scrapbook Retreats and Local Scrapbook Stores. In the near future I will also be offering online classes through a fantabulous online store. Lastly, I had the amazing opportunity to be to attend Ranger U and become Ranger Certified,
a life changing event!

I love...."I wonder if....." moments, especially when they work. Then I can't wait to share it with.....anyone who will listen whether on my blog....The Next Best Thing by Lynne or on my YouTube ChannelIn my travels, I have met some amazing people, whom I've had the privilege of kicking out of their "proverbial box". 

I would like to THANK, my AMAZING FRIEND,  Peggy Lee Baker, for introducing me to Artsy Attics and all you UBER CREATIVE Peeps!

Now, another thing I like to do is tell on myself! The other day a very good friend commented that she knew a creation was made by me as it had my trademarks, flower cluster in lower left corner, loopy bows, distressed, colored backgrounds....and I became concerned that I have become way too predictable. So, after a phone conversation with Peggy the other morning, I decided to pull out an old book and create an art journal. A book I can try new things in and just allow my creativity to flow, unbridled by specific products or deadlines.

I am soo looking forward to creating in my art journal! 

For my cover I used so many of my favorite things......vintage lace, stencils, stamps, gel medium, vintage jewelry, die cuts and flowers.

Using Multi Medium, I covered my book with various torn pages of the Travel Collage Pack.  For the binding, I added a piece of burlap for texture. Next, I applied Black Embossing Paste through the Cherry Blossom Stencil and let dry. Then, with a fan brush, I applied globs of Gold Precious Metal Effects Paint to the edges of the cover and spritzed with water and watched to goodness flow.

I had a Knobby Branch Die, cut from Linen Paper, already colored with Twinkling H20's laying on my work surface. So, I proceeded to cut it apart and applied to to my cover over the stenciled image.

I colored a few Mini Pearl Daisies with a bit of Cinnamon Brown Silk Acrylic glaze and Gold Precious Metal Effect Paint.....using spritzed water to move the colors. When dry I applied them to my cover.

My favorite part to my cover is my "Dress Form Lady"!! Using Canvas, I cut out the Dress Form, colored it and proceeded to make her dress. I found a piece of Antique Lace, painted on a bit of Multi Medium, and as it was drying, formed it to fit the Mannequin.

I accented the dress with a few "loopy bows" and an Antique Button.

I finished off my Art Journal with the perfect saying....."dare to explore your dreams"!

I hope you've enjoyed my creation.....and once again.....THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY to share!

Products used:
Splash of Color
Gold ~ Precious Metal Effect Paint
Travel Collage Pack

Mini Pearl Daisies

The Crafter's Workshop
Cherry Blossom Stencil

Studio 490 ~ Wendy Vecchi
Black Embossing Paste

Claudine Hellmuth's
Multi Medium Matte

Die~Namites Die
Knobby Branch Die
Cat Tails

Tim Holtz
Sewing Room Die

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Group Post....

Been a SUPER BUSY week for me....
Creating class projects for various stores and events I
am attending in the coming months...
and even an online class!!!
Yes ladies and online watching for details!

Just to tease you.....
here is a little peek of one of the creations!!!

Then there was my post on the Petaloo blog....
My DT package had some WICKED CUTE papers
from Simple Stories ~ Smarty Pants
and of course....PETALOO FLOWERS!

I no longer have elementary or middle school age kids
nor even a girl in school anymore....
so I wanted to prove to myself I could create something edgy
for my 18 year old HS senior...
did I mention he's a BOY???
this is what I came up with....
my boy said I did good....even using flowers!

and today....
I'm up on the Die~Namites Dies blog.
I think it's good to challenge oneself or 
you get stuck in a rut!!
Guess it still looks like I created it!!

I used a sketch to begin this creative process!

Be watching as this will be a monthly feature!!

Hope you enjoyed my "Group Post"

PS....TONS of beautiful Splash of Color Mediums
were used to create these projects!
Precious Metal Effect Paints
Silk Acrylic Glaze
Twinkling H20's
Shimmering Mists

And LOTS of Canvas Corp textures!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blog Hop Left~Overs!!

Happy Wednesday.....Die~Namites Die Fans....

As I was trying to figure out what to make for my post this week.
I came across the left~overs from my Premier Blog Hop video...
So, I decided to finish my mini ~ canvas!

I used the Knobby Branch Die

See the "pieces parts" of the Knobby Branch and
Budding Branch dies??!??!

For the background off my canvas,
I did a bit of image transfer,
then was a bit heavy handed with
Viva Decor's Transparent Crackle Paint.
When it was dry,
I added a bit of Gold Precious Metal Effect Paint,
spritzed it with a bit of water....
and watched the magic happen!!

In case you missed my video.....
here is a repeat!

Make sure to Subscribe to the Die~Namites Dies YouTube Channel
so you don't miss out!!!

Products Used:
Die~Namites Dies
Knobby Branch
Budding Branch

Darjeeling Dahlias ~ Grey Black

Splash of Color
Precious Metal Effect Paint
Mother of Pearl

Twinkling H20's
Rain Forest
Sweet Alfalfa
Pretty Peridot
Olive Vine

Transparent Crackle Paint
Crackle Base Coat ~ Porous

Life as Art Words

Friday, August 9, 2013

Die~Namites Dies Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the “Premiere” Die~Namites Dies Blog Hop.

We are so happy that you have chosen to join us!!!
Our blog hop will be from August 9th ~ August 11th.
Along the way, you will see creations by our Die~Namite Design Team
using the LATEST release of Die~Namites Dies.

The Die~Namites Design Team Members will be sharing with you
how they made their pieces through video and picture tutorials.
Each of the Die~Namites Design Team Members
will have a secret word.....on their blogs.

Collect all the words, make sure to leave a little love,
to find the secret phrase this will give you one entry into our prize drawing.
You will receive additional entries for
Liking us on Facebook Signing up for Email Notifications.

We will be awarding one
Grand Prize of a $50 Gift Certificate to Die~Namites Dies
and 5 ~ $10 Gift Certificates to Die~Namites Dies.

So enough about the logistics....
Lynne are here!!!
Die~Namites Dies

If you have arrived here from Susie’s blog you are in the right place. 
If you have just arrived in the midst of our Blog Hop 
please head to the Die~Namites Blog.


I had tons of fun working with the 

If you notice....I used "pieces parts" of the dies
I chose...

and I just love this saying....

Check out my video on how I
used the "pieces parts" of the
Knobby Branch
and Budding Branch dies!!

Here is how I created with
"Pieces of a Whole" die!!

My secret word is: CAN'TS

Now head on over to the Die~Namites blog to 
finish the “Premiere” Die~Namites Blog Hop!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

...Preparations are in the MAKIN'!!

.....I've been CREATING a FUN project to share with you!
for .....

I'm sooooo EXCITED!!!

Here is a Sneak Peak of what I will
be sharing with you on Friday....

....see you then!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Life is SIMPLE....

Isn't that the truth??!?!

That saying was the focus of my creation today
using Die~Namites Dies!!

And guess what I used on my little canvas....

Here is a close up of the Leafy Branch Die
using Corrugated Kraft E-Flute by Canvas Corp
just love the texture it gave the leaves.

I then painted the leaves with Twinkling H20's
Olive Vine, Pretty Peridot
and Rainforest
to allow for shading on the leaves.

I also added what I call "white noise".
You know the item that just makes your piece
pop....but it's not the focal piece....just there
to make it ALL WORK!
For that effect I used the
Die~Namites ~ Bamboo Sticks die.

For a bit of different texture....
I used Adhesive Corkstock from Canvas Corp.
Then I painted it with Twinkling H20's
Autumn Butternut and Cedarwood.

....and there you have it!
A wonderful gift...
for my daughter!!

Die~Namites Dies
Canvas Corp
12 x 12 Corrugated Kraft E Flute
12 x 12 Adhesive Corkstock
4 x 4 Stretched Burlap Canvas

Canterbury Rose ~ Paprika
Mixed Textured Mini Blossoms ~ Apricot
Wild Mini Blossoms ~ Printed Darjeeling ~ Paprika
CMC ~ Mini Pearl Daisies

Splash of Color
Twinkling H20's
Radiant Rain ~ Shimmering Mist ~ Sweet Whisper
Silks Acrylic Glaze ~ Bolivian Blue
Viva Colour ~ Inka Gold ~ Old Silver

Melissa Frances ~ Resin Frame

May Arts ~ Silk Ribbon