Friday 29 July 2011

The Changing Seasons!

'Morning Everyone,

It's almost weekend and according to our local forecast it looks like being a pleasant one weather wise which is good for me because we are having a family weekend and hope to have a trip out somewhere on Sunday.

Over on the Chocolate Baroque blog you will find Glenda has just launched a lovely new set of stamps called Home Sweet Home.  These are really lovely (as are all the CB stamps, lol) and are very much in the quite distinctive style of Clarice Cliff.  There are some really useful stamps on this A5 set too and my favourite is one of grasses silhoutted against a sun/moon.  Glenda is doing a giveaway of one set of stamps and the winner will be taken at random from the commentors on the Chocolate Baroque DT blog, Glenda's own blog and any DT member's blog posts using this set of stamps which will be published over the next few days.  All the details are on the DT blog here. I've already done a post over there with an acetate card I made for the DT and now I'm going to share a different project on here.

In my cross stitching days, a friend of mine did a set of round cross stitched wall hangings all done in the Clarice Cliff style using blocks of bold colour and when I saw these stamps that's what sprang into my mind immediately.  I remembered I had bought a set of coasters which were meant to have cross stitched pieces of work inserted into them.  They had been stuck in the cupboard for at least 12 years, ahem! so I got them out and made inserts using the lovely house stamps.  I decided to create one for each of the seasons and drew in some extra hills in the rather childlike fashion that mimmicked my friend's cross stitched pieces.

Don't forget to visit the DT blog and all my teamies (the link is in my sidebar) and leave a little comment.  Wish I could invite you all for coffee to christen the coasters but I've passed them on to Glenda, lol!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Lesley  Xx


Aquarius said...

These fab coasters are so Clarice Cliff and what a great idea too. The stamp plate is winging its way to me as I type!! Just couldn't resist long enough to wait for my newsletter to arrive either so there may be more temptations in there.

Paula Whittaker said...

love what youve created using that image.

Lynne K said...

Oh, wow, Lesley, these are absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea to use the coasters. (I think I have some in a box somewhere from way back too!) My late MIL would have loved them, she was a big Clarice Cliff fan. PS Love your acetate card too!

Lynne xx

Claire said...

Oh wow, what gorgeous coasters and what a fab idea. I love the hills you've drawn, the cottage really looks like its nestling between them
Claire xx

Suzi B said...

fabulous Lesley just fabulous!
Sue xx

veronica said...

what a great idea Lesley - coasters look really lovely, especially the winter one. Am very tempted by this set, am resisting until I get the newsletter though, just in case there is soemthing even better...........

Astrid Maclean said...

This just gorgeous, love what you did with it.
Over to the DT blog now, fingers crossed:o)

Suzanne C said...

These are wonderful! Love that you created the four seasons. Beautiful!

lisa said...

Your coasters are gorgeous, Lesley. What a great way to use them. I have some of these stashed somewhere too from my x stitch days!!
Your family will be fighting over which season they want to put their mug on.
Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I love visiting you too.
We are headed in your direction tomorrow for a family celebration so I hope you arrange some sunshine for us.
Enjoy your weekend with your family.
Hugs Lisax

Christine B. said...

Hi Lesley love these, what a great idea. Have a great weekend anda lovely day out. Hugs x ChrisB

Paula (PEP) said...

I'm going to have to take another look at Clarice Cliff's designs. Your coasters are a lovely idea, partiuclarly the varying seasons. Love your backgrounds too.
Paula (PEP)
Have a lovely weekend.

Janet said...

Great idea to make coasters! Fabulous Clarice Cliff look. I am a big fan. Can't make my mind up whether I need these stamps yet!!

Janet xx

Gerrina said...

You really show us how one stamp can give such diferent effects! And that with so little colours..Your coasters are something else!
Greetz, Gerrina

Val said...

Wow - just shows the versatility of these stamps, and of course your creativity. Love the bold colouring.

Shirley said...

How creative and pretty, Lesley! I need to look through my stuff too!

LizM said...

Love what you've done here, Lesley. Very Clarice Cliff, as you say. These stamps are soooooo versatile - I shall have to have them & in the not-too-distant future. So many different techniques & styles you could use with them ..... just need the stamps; hopefully, next month.
bye for now, Liz M x

Elaine said...

Great idea to make these coasters lesley, they are so vibrant and making one for each season shows the versatility of these stamps so well. Fabulous work. Elaine xxx

Sandra said...

Really pretty coasters Leslie.

Jules said...

Wow Lesley .. . what a brilliant and inspirational post.

Love what you have done here.

I too used to be a cross stitch fan and still have a Victorian Dolls House as a "work in progress"!! Not much change of that getting finished in the next 20 years!! LOL!!

I hope you had some nice family time this weekend.

Catch you soon.

Love Jules xx

Anonymous said...

Only one word - Fabulous.

Janet V

Pat said...

Hi Lesley
I love these stamps and your coasters are just gorgeous

Julie said...

Those coasters are gorgeous. They've really got the CC style to them. A good idea to do all the seasons too. The DT are certainly coming up with lots of fab ideas for these stamps.

Julie W x