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Monday 4 August 2014

Welcome Lynn as our guest today

It’s wonderful to have the very talented Lynn Stevens as our guest today. I have been a follower of Lynn’s blog for a long time and love to see the altered art she makes which is so beautiful and inspiring.

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Lynn Stevens has been involved with Art through out her life. She has had her own Mural and Faux Painting business for 15 Years. In her spare time she enjoys making Altered Art, Stamping and designing Jewelry often incorporating vintage or found objects into her art. She has been on many design teams. A Gilded Life, Retro Cafe Arts, Artistic Outpost, Alpha Stamps, I Brake For Stamps, Oxford Impressions, Gingersnap Creations and has been a guest designer for Technique Junkies and Scrolls work, Firecracker Designs By Pamela. She's been published in many issues of Stampington magazines and Altered Arts magazines. When she's not in her studio you can find her combing through junk shops, antique stores or yard sales looking for undiscovered treasures. Her blog address is.

Lynn has made an altered book using canvases, Tim's stencils and distress stains, die cuts and grunge board.
I love Tim's use of stencils and doubled with embossing paste it makes for great texture.
The distress stains enhance all those nooks and crannies giving a feel of old tooled leather.
I splattered dripped and sprayed to achieve just the look I wanted for "Just Stain It".

Thank you so much Lynn for sharing this wonderful altered book, those stains have really given that wonderful aged and antiqued look to the cover.
Do pop over to Trash to Treasure to see more of Lynn’s fabulous art, you will really feel as though you are wandering round a treasure trove.

Don’t forget Travellers, there are four more days to join us for Jenny’s ‘Just Stain It’ challenge, we would love to see you join in if you haven’t already. Click the link in the sidebar of the challenge blog to be transported immediately to see the Creative Guides inspiring makes and those that have joined us so far.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guide Team. xxx


  1. This is a gorgeous project, love the detail and delicacy of it and amazing texture x

  2. Absolutely stunning work from Lynn, amazing textures and the colours are so subtle and beautiful, LOVE this and thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  3. Beautiful, love the textures and those wonderful subtle colour tones

    Jools x

  4. Amazing work Lynn! So soft and subtle with that definite feeling of age. Thank you so much for sharing this. Jenny x

  5. A stunning project Lynn. Wonderful layers of texture and the colour looks so vintage. TFS and for joining us at AVJ, it's lovely to have you here

    Annie x

  6. Just beautiful Lynn!! Love your work. Karen.x

  7. Lynn's altered canvas book is a real treasure in itself and a wonderful way to use those Distress Stains too! Anne xx

  8. Thanks Lynn - such amazing depth to the texture while maintaining the subtle tones. Nikki

  9. So happy to see one of my longest and best blogging friends here! Actually this lovely lady is the one who encouraged me when I started my blog to apply for DT's! We go back before I started blogging and I have always been inspired and encouraged by Lynn! As always this is a beautiful and vintage beauty and I just love it!

  10. So nice to have you with us here at AVJ Lynn. Your altered book is simply beautiful - just love your style. It does look like leather and the details are lovely.

  11. How wonderful to have Lynn as your guest artist! Beautiful work, as always!

  12. Lynn must work 27 hours a day to accomplish all that she does. I have followed her blog for some time and find her to be just a lovely lady as well. It's so nice that you featured her here. Diane

  13. Absolutely stunning Lynn! and to think you have only 3 shades! Impressive!

  14. A stunning project from Lynn. Fantastic achievement of aged, leathery cover - it looks so tactile and is beautifully embellished. This would be right at home in a lady's boudoir from times long past. Nicola x

  15. Lovely texture! Great project, Lynn!

  16. Thank you for all your kind words ladies.
    Hugs Lynn