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

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Kindness and patience

Many thanks for all the lovely messages after so many of my samples got pinched at the weekend. I've had stores, where I've previously demonstrated, offering to return samples that I left for them as well as people asking if they can help me to make new ones. All very much appreciated and it does emphasise the fact that the good people really are still very much the majority, even though it doesn't always seem like it. 
I'm back on track now, more or less (!), working through my check list of things to get done. I'm waiting for a parcel to arrive which is stopping me from getting on with one project...it's floating around somewhere in the UK but, at the moment, nobody can tell me where! Trying to actually speak to a real person at Royal Mail is, apparently, asking too much and the local sorting office just refuse to answer their phone. Oh well, just have to play the waiting game and hope it arrives soon before my deadline runs out.
I did, however, receive two rather nice parcels this week as you can see....

 ........one package contained bottles of Deco Art So Soft fabric paints as well as the strip of little pots of the paints. Below those are Metallic Distress Paints and the new colours of Dylusions ink sprays that came in parcel number two. The eagle eyed of you may spot that one of the Metallic paints is actually "plain" ol Vintage Photo - I put the wrong bottle there when I lined them up to snap them!). 
The new Dylusions colours are very lovely indeed and I've been (im)patiently waiting for them for a while now! I spritzed them onto white card just to quickly show the colours. As one is white, I sprayed that over a couple of the colours to show the effect - it kept morphing into different patterns and shades as I watched.
Of course, my photo won't do justice to the true colours but they are, clockwise from the top....Funky Fuchsia, After Midnight, Cherry Pie, Dirty Martini and Calypso Teal. You can see the effect of the White Linen over areas of the Midnight & Cherry colours.
These are definitely going to be used today on some tag backgrounds! I'll be using them at both Brigg garden centre, near Scunthorpe, on the 25th May and at my demos at the Craft Barn Extravaganza over 31st May-2nd June. Meanwhile, I'd highly recommend getting your mitts on them!
Oh, I forgot to say that the So Soft paints are for painting two more sweatshirts with my Doo Lally Pip designs. I've washed the pink sweatshirt that you've seen on here (or at my demos) and am very pleased to report that the designs looks exactly the same. I was going to hand wash it but decided to give it a real road test and it went into the washing machine with some other items (including furry slippers, so they would have given it a bit of a pounding!) on a quick wash. I did wash it inside out as a slight precaution, but I'm really impressed with the paints - no cracking, no flaking, no fading! Brilliant stuff! 
I did start my orange sweatshirt today but after I'd painted the "Doo Lally Pip" words I realised that I hadn't pre washed the garment - what a twit! So, I'm letting it dry for 48 hours then I'll wash it and repaint the words if the design has come off. I suspect it may well still wash okay, but I'm not going to risk painting the entire design. I'll let you see the results in a few days of course!


Paul Browning said...

Heartening to hear how people have run to your help after some nasty oik took your samples. Glad oyu're almost caught up now :) Enjoy the demos & the extravaganza - I look forward to reading your blog and catching up on my return. Pxxxx

Glennis said...

What horrible people, to have taken your samples!
I am looking forward to seeing you again at the Craft Barn _ a 3 day stopover in UK especially for the event

pearshapedcrafting said...

Glad you are back on track! Love your parcels but pity THAT parcel hasn't arrived! Just bought two new Dylusion sprays but that blue looks gorgeous! It was lovely to see you on Saturday - sorry only just got round to blogs!! Chrisx