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

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Off on my travels again

I'm all packed for my trip to Yorkshire tomorrow. I'm not setting off too early but it's nice to have all the gear organised and ready to go. I'm travelling to Hessle, which is about ten miles from Beverley, for the demonstration at Studio Craftique on Saturday. I've just taken delivery of some Dylusions stamp sets and will be using these, as well as some of my Off the Wall designs, all brought together with ink sprays and other Ranger goodies. It was touch and go, as the bad weather held up the parcel so I was very relieved when the postie walked up the path!
Here are a couple of "journal pages" that I made with a selection of the Dylusions images (they are loose pages so that I can leave them at the store after my demo). I really love the birds...especially once I'd put their hats on....
......please excuse the vile backdrop! I was rushing to take pictures at the last minute before packing them away and I just grabbed the nearest thing...a manky old cushion from my workroom...yeck! Anyway, I used Dylusions ink sprays directly onto the card, lightly spritzed with water and dried with kitchen towel. I spritzed water onto the surface of the template (CW Mini Gears), pressing onto the surface, lifting and drying to give a negative "bleached" pattern.
The leaves and the coloured fronds are from the Doodle Parts stamp set. I stamped some birds in black directly onto the surface and others onto white card that I sprayed with more inks. I stamped, coloured and cut out the hats and stuck these onto the birds - don't they look jolly! The birds and hats are from the Birds on a Wire set. The phrase is from a Dylusions set called The Right Words.
The next page features stamps from the DooLally Doris set, also from the Dylusions range.
 Done in a similar way to the birds page, but no stencilling this time. Instead, I stamped the leaves with black Archival ink and then bleached them with water before adding a light green to colour them. I took a small strip of stiff card and concertina folded it before using it behind the head to give a wobbly effect!
Finally, I just have another tag to show you, featuring my Hopeful Harriet stamp set along with wings from my Steamed Up set. I used TH tissue wrap around the tag before spritzing with inks...the surface isn't very absorbent so I dab the inks with tissue and layer them for a subtly effect. 
 I've given Harriet the top hat from the same stamp set and the words are from my I Can Fly set. I was really happy with the way the colours came together on this tag...nice when you're pleased with something you've made isn't it?!
Well, that's all the pictures for tonight and I will report back after the weekend. Oh yes, I forgot to say how the British Gas visit went. The two guys came, drilled holes in the walls and pumped the insulation in....all of which made one heck of a noise for over an hour and meant that every door in the house was open to accomodate all the leads and pipes. As it was snowing pretty heavily at the time it was somewhat chilly! Poor Tara and Thomas were beside themselves - Tara buried herself in her bolt hole of the airing cupboard and Thomas, after hiding under a chair for five minutes decided he was better off out of it and scooted out of the house. He was obviously keep an eye on matters though, as he came back about two minutes after they'd left! Tara soon came round as well, but they got some extra treats last night to make up for their traumatic day!
So, I can report that my room thermometers are showing higher temperatures since yesterday...I think it's still as cold outside so I'm hoping that the insulation is already helping to keep the house a little toastier. Here's hoping anyway!


mark gould said...

very funky, I hope the demo goes well. x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Great stuff Lindsay! Journal pages look fun but especially love that tag! Have a great weekend! Chrisx

Carol Yates said...

Hi Lindsay, hope everything goes well tomorrow. They are fantastic. I think the tag is my favourite. Keep warm.

Paul Browning - The Artsider said...

Beautiful, colourful and funky samples. You have such an awesome flair for these designs. Glad to hear all the insulation was done without too much fuss. Whenever we have strangers in the house, our feline friend goes and cowers somewhere dark. Stay safe & warm. Pxxxxxxxxx

Gez Butterworth said...

Totally gorgeous samples Lindsay. Great to hear you are feeling more warm & snug at home. Take care travelling this weekend. Hugs, Gez xx

Amanda Branagan said...
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Amanda Branagan said...

A huge thank you to Lindsay for providing a funtastic demo at the Craftique Craft shop/studios on Saturday!! Thank for bringing inspiration, creativity, fun and colur & warmth to us on a cold & frosty January day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! X (fourth attempt)

Lindsay Mason said...

Thanks for everyone's kind comments! Amanda - sorry it took so many attempts to leave your comment! Really enjoyed my day with you at Craftique on Saturday...the shop's lovely and your workshops are going to be a great success. Lindsay x x x

Anonymous said...

Wow! Fabulous pages and tag Lindsay! Love the colours and images.

craftypam60 said...

Love your work Lyndsay - funky styles and gorgeous colours! x