Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile. We're not quantified; there's no chart of desire. When the roaring flames of your heart have burned down to embers, may you find that you have married your best friend. [Steven Tyler]

Sunday, August 03, 2008

I'm a WYLDE Woman - and that's Official!

Thank you so much to Glenda for thinking of me when passing on this award. It is indeed an honour coming from someone who is so acclaimed, both in the blogging world and the world of Art and Crafts.

I am officially......

A [Wild] WYLDE Woman!

Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

Is this me? I'm not sure but I will certainly try hard to live up to it.

There are only two rules:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it’s up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blog site ( so I can go visit all these wonderful women.
Of course, I just had to go visit Tammy's site to find out how this all started. If you have a minute (you'll need longer than that mind you) do stop by and take a look, there are some fabulous links which will take you in all sorts of different directions. She has some wonderful work on her blog site which is sure to inspire.

Receiving this award has caused me some serious consternation... just who am I going to pass it on to? Glenda, quite rightly, richly deserved it. She is constantly inspiring people, generous in sharing techniques and ideas and packs so much into a twenty four hour period that it frequently makes my head spin. It has made me think very seriously about the purpose of the award and who, in my opinion fulfills the criteria.

There are several people who do fit the bill but some don't have blogs, others have already received this award or have blogs which are by invitation only. So I am going to give it to someone who hasn't been blogging for very long but has been crafting for an eternity. Whenever I talk to her or see her demonstrating products, I learn something new. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her, she is infectiously happy, a constant source of inspiration, forever coming up with new ideas and really knows her stuff. Want to know who it is? I'm going to do 'a Glenda' and say take a look here!

So what have I been up to today?

Well for a start, this little lot has been playing in the studio..... loudly,
while I have been road testing Ranger's Inkssentials Opaque White Pen. They have just arrived in stock at Graphicus but I have a feeling that they are not going to last very long. They are absolutely fabulous!

I have several 'white' pens from different manufacturers. Some work reasonably well, others are very hit and miss. I usually use Sakura's white Souffle pen which I have had some good results from. The only draw back is that you have to wait for it to dry to finally see the results. It appears 'watery' or 'milky' when it first goes on but dries quite opaque.

Now this little beauty is everything I had hoped it would be. Trust 'Ranger' not to disappoint. It glides on very evenly with no striping. At first I was a little concerned about the thickness of the nib, I needn't have been as it is quite deceptive and I was able to achieve some very fine detail with it. The ink is a bright opaque white and doesn't take long to dry. It's very addictive and I found myself doodling away on anything and everything. Here are some of the results:

Dots and Dashes.... great for faux stitching effects.

And this is how well I was able to pick out very fine detail in a stamped image.
Depending on how you angle and pull the ink you can even taper your strokes.... nice effect!

I could have spent all day just doodling. I feel a 'Black and White' phase coming on.

This stamped image has been embossed with white embossing powder before attacking it with the Inkssentials pen so you don't get the contrast that you do when just stamping with a white ink pad.

This is 'Art Word' from the Elusive Elements range, stamped in white ink with a free hand doodle frame applied with the pen.
Finally, my old friend Grungeboard. This is my latest offering using an Elusive Images Script stamp from the Age of Chivalry themeplate in the background and over stamped with Impression Obsessions wood mounted Victorian Rose stamp which has also been used to create the Grungeboard flower and leaves.

I have used Stickles glue to accent the leaves and around the very edges of the petals on the rose. A small gem in the centre of the flower finished it off.

The inks used are Tim's Distress Inks and VersaFine Onyx Black for stamping the flowers on the tag background and the Grungeboard.That's all for now folks! But there's plenty more to come - I have a lot of catching up to do.


acrylik said...

Congrats on the award, Lynn, you deserve it, you're always an inspiration.

Lots of luscious new artwork to drool over today, I just love all the black and white. And the new Grungeboard piece - fabulous! (Hope you will bring it in so I can see it "in the flesh"!)


Lavender Rose said...

A very well deserved award :) I love the grungeboard piece and what you have created with that new white pen is just stunning! I like the idea of it being opaque from the outset btw.

Chris said...

A well deserved award Lynn. I regularly look up your blog when I need a little inspiration - most days lol!

I still haven't got the grungeboard out. However, I did try your idea on an old pillowcase and was fairly pleased with the results - except the flowers were too floppy. Maybe need interface on the back.

The inkessentials pen is fab, isn't it? Must admit that my doodles don't look half as good as yours!

BTW love your taste in music. R&B and rock - heaven!

Glenda Waterworth said...

I thoroughly approve of your Wylde Women award recipient and I'm so pleased you linked to her because I'd lost the link and couldn't remember the blog name! I think she's on holiday so it will be a surprise for her when she gets back!

I did snaffle one of the white pens, but can't find it now,darn it. Love the doodles, just fab.

craftimamma said...

Well deserved award Lynn as is shown by the wonderful inspiration on this post.

Lesley GG197

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on the well deserved award
The results with your pens are stunning - inspiring as too the grungeboard pieces too
Love visiting your blog
Thanks for all you wondering ideas

claggybitz said...

Hi Lynn

Just love that little metal dress, looks great with your tags, now where are my pliers and wire .............

Bird said...

Congratulations on the well deserved award Lynn.

Lovely doodly experiments with the white pen. Looks like a must for my next order. As ever, great grungeboard artwork.


Anonymous said...

OMG - THAT IS BLOOMIN' GORGEOUS. I absolutely love, love, love your grungeboard tags, there should be a comp or something so one of your fans can win one.

I have most of the things to make one myself and I really must have a go, if they are anything like yours though i don't think I could part with them!


Anonymous said...

Forgot to say before in my other post, absolutely loving the colours you have used. Have you used the Glimmer inks again? and what colours. Ohh I just love this.


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Lynn said...

Thank you to everyone for your approval and congratulations on the award, I really appreciate both the award and your comments. It's brilliant to know that you visit, even more brilliant that you take time (that is precious) to leave a comment and wonderful to know that you like what I do - it makes it all worth while.
To Val - I didn't use any Glimmer Mists on the tag in this post, just two colours of Distress Inks! The colours in the range are really fab and they all work beautifully together!
It won't be too long now before the next edition of the Graphicus Guild comes out with my 'step-by-step' project featuring Grungeboard.
Happy Crafting to all. x

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lynn, as per usual, I was so excited when I saw the tag that I obviously didn't read your description properly as after I had posted I read back and saw that you had said what inks you had used! Just received my first Guild Newsletter and catalogue and can't wait to get the next one which has your flowers in. Have just made my first grungeboard tag and flower and also a grungeboard bookmark. Thanks for the inspiration.

Valx said...

What a surprise - thank you for the award, such an honour. It feels like I've been passed an Olympic torch. I shall have to have some serious considerations who to pass the torch on to. See you soon Lots of Love Annette xXx

Violet said...

Hi Lynn, I found you after you left a couple of comments on my blog! Thank you for that. I've really enjoyed looking at yours and seeing what you do. I love the sparkly rose image, it is beautiful. I am drawn to anything that sparkles, glitters and gleams. I believe a woman can never have "too much" glitter! Congratulations on your award!!! : )