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Monday, 30 April 2012

Cake Pops

I have had a play at making cake pops, this is my first attempt! I'm really pleased with how the cakes turned out, but want to find a better way of doing the covering. I felt the Melts were too heavy, but there are lots of other ways of doing this so I will read more and find a lighter recipe.

They taste good and there are so many great ideas for decorating them. I'm looking forward to trying this out again. Maybe I will make a batch to take to the next crop!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Miss Nightingale

At our Debden weekend I made this layout with a photo of my daughter Emily.

She was dressed for school Victorian Day.
I was very inspired by a beautiful layout by Gabrielle Polloco.

I used Basic Grey Porcelain paper collection.
I did a fair bit of distressing, inking and machine stitching.
I made the little flower pot by cutting some paper into shape and inking to shade.
The branches were cut using the cricut.
The blossoms for the hydranger we cut using Linda's Martha Stewart punch. I inked each one and layerd the with 3D foam pads.
Flat backed pearls were added to the centre of the flowers.

I cut the cage and bird using the Sizzix, Th bird is cut from patterend papers.
The cage is brown cardstock, dry brushed with white paint and sprayed with shimmer mists.
I added large eyelets to the holes at the bottom of the cage.

I also used the butterfly punch (Martha Stewart).
American Craft Sticker letters.
Gems, stickles and some ribbon.

I had great fun creating this page, thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday, 23 April 2012

Multicoloured Organisation!

I'm a bit behind in writing about Mothering Sunday. I was very lucky and had a super bunch of flowers and five cards, one each from Andrew Catherine and Emily, one from my God mother and another from my hubby.

I have been using the Cricut a lot lately, and for cutting out various images I have been using up loads of scraps of Bazzill.  I was amazed how much I had accumulated over the years. All my scraps go in a big box under my desk, but I could rarely find the colour I wanted. I decided to sort them out and ended up with many stacks of different coloured card. I needed somewhere to store them so I could make good use of them.

My three lovely offspring clubbed together for and got me this fab storage set of drawers (Really Useful Boxes), as a gift and they are ideal for the job. I can now find what I want when I need it. No more cutting into a new sheet of 12"x12" cardstock for a small image for a card or layout.

Here it is after being filled and wheeled into place in my craft area.

Although it was during term time, Catherine and Emily were here for the weekend which made it really special.
Thank you Andrew, Catherine and Emily.
Lynn x

Debden Fun with Flip Flops

This past weekend we had our Blossom weekend crop at Debden. We have a great break with a great crowd of crafty friends. Every year we make each other little gifts to take along, this year I found out favourite colours and shoe sizes. Then I went shopping for 12 pairs of flip flops! I added buttons and ribbons and this is the result.

To all my Blossom friends who who made it a great weekend, hope you all liked your shoes.
Thank you all for the lovely gifts you gave me too.  I will feature these in a future post.

Thanks for looking.

Lynn x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Tiny Cinema

During our week off back in March we visited our friends at Henstead and we all went into Southwold together. Merriel Gardiner is a freelance writer and was working on an article for Suffolk and Norfolk Life Magazine, which she called 'Cinema Paradiso' (which just happens to be one of my favourite films). Merriel took us to see the tiny Electric Picture Palace. It was just like taking a step back in time. The Southwold Film Society have been enthusiastically showing films there since 1998.

This cinema was created from an old stable block. It has been named after the first Southwold Cinema which opened in 1912 and has been designed in this period. With just 68 seats and a small box office, this cinema also has a tiny box office, circle and it's own 'Tiny Whrlitzer'.

We have promised one another we will attend in 20's costume one evening later in the year.

It was a beautiful day so after the cinema we walked around the town and then river where we enjoyed a coffee in the sunshine. Hard to imagine we did that on 20th March and now on 20th April it is so wet!

Thanks for showing us this special tiny corner of Suffolk.

Contact Details:
Manager: John Bennett
Southwold Film Society,
1 Barnaby Green, Southwold IP18 6AP
Box Office: Electric Picture Palace, Blackmill Road, Southwold
Tel: 07815 769565
The Box Office is open Tuesdays 10:30 am - 12 noon.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

More Tulip Cards

After making a card for my sister I decided to make some more using the Tulip Collection Decoupage Pack.

Here is what I made:

I added a few other bits and pieces from Craftwork Cards, American Crafts, and other items from my stash.

Thanks for looking.

Lynn x

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Home at Last

Here is a layout I made at the Cardinal Colours Crop Weekend. I had seen something similar in one of the Cricut Magazines and knew just the photo I wanted to use. The photo of Andrew was taken just after we arrived home from hospital with the triplets. They were two months early, and discharged from the special card baby unit at four weeks.

I collected together suitable papers and Bazzill. The die cut circle is Crate Paper - Lemon Grass paper from the Lemon collection.
The patterned patters are Making Memories Animal Crackers collection - Jack papers.
The Cricut cartridges are Animal Kingdom, New Arrival,  All Mixed Up and Life's a Beach.
The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart.
This was fun to make - Thanks for looking.

Lynn x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Happy 50th Birthday Sylvia

It was my lovely sister Sylvie's 50th birthday on Saturday, we celebrated with a big family lunch out yesterday.

I made this card using some Tulip decoupage design images from Papermania.
The bow, patterned paper and heart doily are also Papermania.
The card blank and card candi are from Craftwork Cards.
The numbers are American Crafts vinyl Thickers.

Andrew had a new cook book for his birthday two weeks earlier 'The Boy Who Bakes' full of lovely cakes and Sylvia picked the Apple Pie Cake, so he made it for her. It looked good before we left home, but had to travel from Crayford to Shooters Hill to pick up Catherine, then to Eden Park for the meal. After the meal it was back in the car to West Wickham to Sylvie's for coffee and cake.  It did not travel so well, but still tasted very good!

At the restaurant.

Lynn and Alan

Sylvie and Bob

Elaine, Robert, Sylvia and Lynn.




Back home for cake and coffee.

I gave Sylvie one of my aprons but forgot to take a photo!
We all had a great day.
Happy birthday Sylvie!!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

April Showers

The card challenge on Scrapology for this month called 'April Showers'. This is my Design Team card which was made using the Cricut. Pop over to the Scrapology blog for more details of the challenge.

Patterned papers - Crate Paper - Emma's Shoppe collection
Cricut Cartridge - Freshly Picked
Greetings stamp - Lili of the Valley
Punches - Woodware and Stampin' Up

Thanks for looking.