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Saturday, 3 August 2019

Papermaze April Crop Kit - Family Love

I'm trying to catch up with the Papermaze crop kits for this year, so over the next few days I plan to add them to the blog. Here is my version of the colourful layout designed by Vanessa for the April crop.

I love the candy striped papers and the use of Distress inks on this page. I used pictures from a family photo shoot we had done in 2003.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday, 2 August 2019

Wedding Crafts - Part 1

Last weekend was my daughter Catherine's wedding to George. In this post I want to share with you the table decorations I made for them. I had an idea to use artists mannequins as place settings, from there the idea developed. My dear father passed away in 2017 and as he was a talented artist this was intended as a fitting tribute to him.

  In the end we decorated 13 12" mannequins and just over 100 mini figures! 

Catherine and George have been going out together for over 12 years and so chose the years as the numbers for their wedding reception tables, ranging from 2007 for the top table to 2018. I made half the table number figures male guests and the other half female. For the top table I made a bride and groom, putting the bride in the grooms arms.

Then for the place settings I decorated a mini figure for each guest. Each figure was painted, pink tops and pink or silver shoes for the ladies. White shirts, grey trousers and black shoes for the men. The groom had a waistcoat as well. The wedding party all had tiny roses as buttonholes.

Top Table 2007
Then for the ladies, my other daughter Emily and I created crochet hat and ribbon fascinators. I stitched skirts for each lady too. Lots of ribbon belts were made to finish off the skirts. The younger girls had shorter shirts made from wide ribbon. 

The bridesmaids had long skirts and bouquets, the flower girls had crowns of flowers and shorter skirts. 

Bride and bridesmaids

 Catherine's Godmother Hilary's figure, was dressed as the fairy godmother she has been to her.
2014 with Jake the birthday boy
2018 & baby came too
Emily and I spent some time posing the figures in different groups as a wedding photographer would do and made an album for Catherine and George.

I made another dancing couple for the cake.

The Cooper family

I'm waiting for the official photos, but in the meantime here is a couple from the table.

Edited - to add a few more photos I have been sent since this blog post was published.

I'll be back with more wedding crafts soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Mary Poppins

Today I have created a layout for the third challenge in the SCRAP IN COLOUR - For The Love Of Pretty Paper (Facebook UK Scrapbooking Group) - National Scrapbook Day challenges held from 24th to 26th May 2019.

This challenge was to called ALL THE COLOURS.
The idea being to use up your open packs of alphas by creating a layout with a multi-coloured title. However, you must include the colour RED somewhere on your layout as well.

My layout was another for the Disneyland Album.

I used Bazzill cardstock in blue and red.
Stickers and papers from Carta Bella's Practically Perfect collection.
Alphabets stickers from Colorbox, Basic Grey, Simple Stories, Pink Paislee and several others that were no longer in packets so I don't know the make!

The Blue cardstock was softened with some Picket Fence Distress Ink. and a few drops of Dylusions white ink.

I used Sizzix Dies for the rosettes, and added scraps of pink ribbon. Then lots of Nuvo drops, gems and pearls were added from my stash. I joined the bunting stickers with a piece of Baker's Twine.

Thanks for Looking
Lynn x

Winnie The Pooh

Today I have created a layout for the second challenge in the SCRAP IN COLOUR - For The Love Of Pretty Paper (Facebook UK Scrapbooking Group) - National Scrapbook Day challenges held from 24th to 26th May 2019.

Challenge 2 is SKETCH IT OUT #1 - Use the SKETCH as inspiration to create a layout but your challenge is to include the colour YELLOW somewhere on your layout.

This photo was taken at a parade at Disneyland Paris when I went with a grop of children I was working with at the time. 

I used Bo Bunny Ambrosia papers and stickers.
Windsor Upper case Simple type die by Tonic Studio for 'Winnie'
The lanterns were cut with a Memory Box die.
All the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Green Angel

I have finally managed to create a layout for the SCRAP IN COLOUR CHALLENGES - For The Love Of Pretty Paper (Facebook UK Scrapbooking Group) - National Scrapbook Day challenges held from 24th to 26th May 2019. I was busy travelling, entertaining and a few other things that weekend, but the challenges are open until next Sunday, so I have a little time to join in the fun.

Here is my answer to challenge #1, COLOUR LOVE - which was simply to scrap in your favourite colour. 

I was very lucky to receive this felt Angel made by my talented friend Anita. She made her in my favourite colour. I was inspired by a layout I saw on a blog called Scraps of Elegance.

For the layout I used some old Bo Bunny papers and stickers from a collection called 'Vicki B'. The big bloom is from Prima and has been in my stash a long time. Various other flowers were also taken from my collection.

The stamps are Tim Holtz - Stampers Anonymous - Flower Jar, stamped with Distress Markers and water. I had the pearl spray, lace, DMC embroidery floss, flat-backed pearls and gems in my stash for some time too. The chipboard Flower Buds are from Dusty Attic.

Here is the Angel, in my garden for photographing, she now lives in my craft room.

Thanks for the challenge and thank you to Anita for the beautiful gift.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Autumn Captured

Another layout created at our weekend away a few weeks ago. I used the Golden Grove papers by Kaisercraft, for a little stash busting. The photo was taken of my daughter by her friend Gemma when they went to take autumnal pictures at Hall Place in Bexley. They were studying for their photography A level at the time.

I used a sheet of Collated, and with Distress Oxide Inks I stencilled leaves using a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. I tore across a sheet of Fallen Leaves paper in half and stick this over the bottom half of the Collated paper. I staggered the photo with a series of mats cut from the collection.

The chipboard circle is from Dusty Attic and is from the Baroque Frame Set. I used Versamark Ink and Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel (Shabby White) to emboss the chipboard. I created some leaves, toad stalls and acorns using the Sizzix Funky Foilage Thinlits die set and paper scraps form the Golden Grove collection.

I added some gems to the chipboard.

For the title I used a Sizix Bigz XL alphabet die and a Thinlits set - cutout script and more papers from the collection.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 10 May 2019

The Sweet Life

Here is a layout I made while away on our annual craft retreat to Easthampstead Park with an amazing  bunch of crafty girls.

The photo was taken at one of our monthly crops last year, when we celebrated my birthday. The talented Anita surprised me by making cakes and altered the photo to bring out the blues.

I have been planning to scrap this photo for almost a year and had picked these Indigo Skies papers from Kaisercraft for the purpose.

The base is a sheet of Shibori  with the white side up. Then the wooden strips were created from a sheet of Misty paper. The butterflies were fussy cut from a sheet of Chambray and the wings raised with foam pads. The butterflies were given a sparkle with some Nuvo Glitter Drops.

The lettering was cut from a sheet of Blue Moon Paper, and a little journalling was written on one of the wooden panels.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x