About Me

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book,"Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. I've recently joined You Tube under the name of LindsayMason1000 where I'm posting short technique videos and you can buy my paintings and hand crafted pieces from my Etsy shop. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home. Email me at: ljm.design1@virginmedia.com

Monday, 3 August 2009

Time for a breather

Another busy weekend has come and gone! I am a little late posting my account of the weekend at Topaz as I was really tired last night but had an interrupted night, so have still had very little sleep....feeling a little bleary eyed today, and looking forward to a couple of days of welcome rest and relaxation before the next deadlines loom large.

I was really looking forward to the weekend - not only a chance to catch up with people that I don't often see, but it it's also exciting to launch new designs and I especially enjoy working with the Christmas images. Here is part of my table with just some of the new stamps piled up. My ATC album is just behind...though I have to say that I was very disappointed as I only swapped four!!!

Behind my album you can see the candles which I had decorated and this proved to be so popular that I ran out of candles to stamp! Dawn's sister, Rena, brought me some from home on Sunday which were part burned down which gave them a very authentic look! Here's another view of my table with more cards on show and you can just see the unmounted rubber sets of stamps which are new for Personal Impressions this year. Hopefully they will appeal to those of you who, like me, really enjoy the versatility of a rubber stamp but also need to think about space. (Mmmm...sore point...despite all my clearing out I seem to have more clutter than ever!). The card at the top left of my display board features Distress inks used to create a moody sky, which is one of the things that we will be doing at my workshop on the 15th September.

It was wonderful to meet so many of you over the weekend - new faces and more familiar ones. Sheila (Crafty She) said hello and has already posted creations with her new stamps on her blog...a very keen crafter indeed! Sheila had sent me a beautiful belated birthday card and ATC so I was really pleased to be able to say thank you in person. Paul came to see us all and handed round chocolates to keep our blood sugar levels up! Serena, Carol, Sharon.... and so many more who I know by face but not by names - thank you for all the lovely comments and the positive feedback.

There was some fabulous work on show - my friend Sarah was using new Hero Arts stamps and made some gorgeous dimensional flowers using Grunge paper....this is a great product as, if you shape the petals, the flowers will stay curled and of course you can ink, punch and Distress it. Leonie was creating some luscious effects with Smooch inks (the ones that look like nail varnish!) and stamps. Jane, was making some amazing scrapbook pages with Vintage papers and some really great embossed effects. There were lots more great projects too many to mention or photograph, but certainly lots to see and get great tips from.
Below is a quirky card using a couple of my new stamps (Script Robin and Star Topped Tree) along with some Grunge paper and Grungeboard swirls and crown. The papers are all Peppermint Twist by K&Co.
The next card had exactly the effect which I had hoped for, that is, to make everyone smile! I used my new "Sliding Polar Bear" stamp and created three mini bears from Shrink Plastic. Carol Wilson Jingles paper covers the DL card and then I cut a simple iceberg shape from white card, slightly larger than the base card so that I could curve it to make it more dimensional. Tabs left at either side allowed me to stick it to the front and then I shaded and glittered it slightly before adding my slippy slidey bears! I am thinking....parachuting, bungee jumping, hang gliding Polar Bears may be adorning a few of my cards.
The last card in detail is the Script Robin again, but this time I coloured directly onto the stamp with Le Plume pens, using reds for the breast and browns elsewhere. I spritzed with water and stamped onto white card and simply mounted onto Jingles paper. I was pleased with how clearly the words still showed because the water can often cause details to be lost. However, Personal Impressions cut the rubber so deeply that this was not a problem as you can see.
On saturday evening Sarah and I tootled along to the design studio where the remaining demonstrations had been. Paula Pascual and Sheena Douglas were both there along with Dawn of course. We all went out for a lovely meal and then went back to Dawn's for a catch up and to meet the goats (who were, of course, adorable!) and say hello to the doggies. We sat around the kitchen table which was weighed down with card, pens, stamps etc and, of course, Dawn got us all making a card each...well, we tried anyway! It was very funny because we all felt "carded out" and were too embarrassed to show each other our creations!

Here are Sarah and Sheena having a well deserved giggle and Dawn and Paula who both look a little "pixyish" here! The night was vanishing quickly so Sarah's hubby, Ewan, came and collected the two of us and we went back to their house where I was having a sleepover. Good conversation scuppered our plans for a healthy, early night of course! Ewan had baked two trays of delicious brownies for Sarah to give to customers the next day - what a thoughtful husband!
Sunday came and went very quickly too - as always happens when it is very busy. One of the most popular, on the face of it rather boring, products on my table was the new Stazon spray cleaner. This is a must have which I can really recommend as it doesn't just clean a stamp but, unlike the original Stazon cleaner, it removes the blackness too as well as conditioning the stamp. A basic product, but brilliant.
Well, excuse the rather rambling nature of this post, but I think that the lack of sleep is really kicking in now and I should probably get to bed. Thank you Hazel for the award - I will get to it asap - promise! And thanks for all the lovely comments as per usual. Now I am off to have, I hope, a lovely dream with no double sided tape, paper, scissors or ink anywhere in sight!!! Lindsay


She said...

Hi Lindsay! I love my new stamps! Your cards are lovely - they looked even better "in the flesh" Hope we get to meet up agin soon. Love She xxx

Joanne said...

How I wish we had taken the car with us last weekend. I could have come along to the demo instead of being stuck in the most boring show I've been to for a long time. Won't make that mistake again! Are you doing the 'moody' skies on August 15th? I'm away from the 27th 'til I don't know when so can't book the Sept. one. Desperately want to do those grunge flowers too, infact I went to Dawn's last week and specifically asked about those. Adore your cards. luv xxx

Helena said...

Gorgeous cards. How did you only swap 4 ATCs? I clicked on the photo's to make them bigger so I could see things better- your ATCs are wonderful. Not sure any of mine would be good enough to swap though :)

I wish I lived nearer- I'd be there for sure!

Hope you catch up with your sleep!

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hiya, WOW What a busy but fun filled weekend you have had, thanks for sharing with us.
I love the moody sky card it looks stunning, shame you only got to swap 4 ATC's.
No prob with the award, seems that most peeps in blogland have it too now.
Hope you enjoy the wee break with David.
Take CAre Love Hazelxoxo