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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy 21st Birthday Andrew

Andrew's birthday card in on it's way to America, as he will be spending his 21st in Ohio where he is at university this year.

The gate fold card was made with Basic Grey Basics papers, and some gold Miri card. I resisted the temptation to add anything too lumpy as it has to go buy air mail.

This is the front, and decorated with gold stickles glitter glue and two keys from the element sticker sheet in the Basic Grey Serenade collection. The stamps are from Docrafts Papermania Typography range.

 Inside I used a stamp called 'Huge Happy Birthday' by Woodware. Each of the letters was stamped a second time onto different patterned papers, cut out and placed over the original. I added lots of chestnut brown chalk ink to all the edges and stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad.

Happy Birthday Andrew - looking forward to seeing you on Skype later.
Mum x

Monday, 25 March 2013

Colourful Cards with Sandra

These are the cards I made at Sandra's Colourful Cards Class at Cardinal Colours Crop Weekend.
The girls and some of the elements are from stamps by Kanban. I used Promarkers to colour the images. Although some like the cards themselves were spritzed with colourful Mica Mists.

I purchased a second kit and made four more cards - changing colours, and girls in places. So you will see two of each card below.

Oops she lost a green bow from her boot!

This easel card (below) has a scalloped acetate semi circle which is a little difficult to see in the photo.
 This one (above and below) has a pocket which holds the large tag.

 Another card with acetate, this time as the card front. It also features two glittered cupcake stickers.

Sandra's kit included lots of gems and ribbon, diecuts, and pieces of patterned paper for us to cut element from.

We had a lovely morning sitting together making these cards. Thanks Sandra for a great class and some adorable cards.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Our Young Gardener

This is my page created in a class taught at Cardinal Colours crop by Linda.
The papers are from Kaisercrafts Pickled Pear collection. Lots of elements on the papers to choose from.
The splats were created with Tim Holtz distress stains.
The fan of cards was created from three card selected from one of the papers. The remains of this sheet was used to create the paper rolls using the pattern on the reverse side.
Elements were added with 3D foam pads. The die-cut clock faces were made with a Marianne die.

The photo of Andrew was taken some years ago in our back garden when he was helping Alan cut back some bushes.

Here is Linda's original:

Thanks for the class Linda :)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Birthday Bash Banners

 Andrew, Catherine and Emily have their 21st birthday on 31st and here are the banners I made for the celebrations. I will put Andrew's banner up in the house even though he won't be home from America until July. At least he can see some photos.

They were made with the Cricut and the Birthday Bash cartridge. I used the Cricut Craft room to get more out of each sheet of card and paper. I used various different colours of Bazzill, and papers from Doodlebug Inc. (Sweet Cakes and Petite Prints), My Mind's Eye (Hip Hooray), We R Memory Keepers (Love Struck) and Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello Spring). I also used a great deal of red and pink satin ribbon!

 A closer view.
Happy birthday to you all. xxx
Mum xxx

Friday, 22 March 2013

An unexpected treat for a wet day

We are at the end of a week in Cornwall and as you will have need on the news and weather reports the weather has been very wet! We have still ventured out every day and visited many different places, even if the roads were blocked by water in places.

Yesterday, Alan Googled craft shops in the area and we set off to find Scrapbook Magic, which claims to be Cornwall's newest and best stockist of Scrapbooking materials. We were not disappointed, the shop with studio is situated within Mullion Meadows so is surrounded by other lovely shops selling homemade goods including a chocolate factory and a cafe.

The owner Margaret was busy making tags with some Indigo Blu products, but took time out to show us lots of the classes she and others had taught there. we also enjoyed leafing through her scrapbooks. She has a great range of materials in stock including Sizzix, Fancy Pants, Tando, Graphic 45, Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies and Indigo Blu. There is a wide range of tools for use in class.

 If you are ever in the area pop along and have a look at the lovely shop, so much inspiration there in all the hand made items on display. You can also shop on line.

After the shop we had a lovely lunch in the cafe then did our Easter shopping in the Chocolate Factory (they even catered for the milk intolerant - so Emily was not forgotten!).

At least with the cold wet weather the chocolate won't melt!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Happy Birthday Anita

Earlier this month I showed you a cake I made for Anita with pigs bathing in a hot tub. Here is her card.

I used a stamp I purchased at Ally Pally last autumn, from Dimensions Stamps. The papers are all from October Afternoon. My card blank is Craftwork Cards 6" x 6" scalloped white card. Stickers are October Afternoon and unknown from my stash.
I stamped the whole image twice, coloured the pigs with my Promarkers and cut them out and mounted them over the other pile of pigs image. They are all glittered up with crystal Stickles.

Happy Birthday Anita x
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Shamrocks, hearts & Rainbows

My second design team card for Scrapology is a simple but effective card using just Bazzill and some flat-backed pearls. It is based on an idea I saw on Pinterest.

I made a card with green Bazzill, then made a panel in white Bazzill mounted onto gold Miri Card. I ran the white through the Big Shot in a Cuttlebug embossing folder and rounded the corners of the white and gold layers.

I punched six hearts with the Stampin' Up heart punch, these were folded in half and arranged as shown above. I cut the stem free hand. A button threaded with twine was added to the centre of the shamrock.

A flat-backed pearl for every colour of the rainbow was then arranged in an arc over the shamrock.

The remaining scraps of green card were used to cut the letters using the Typeset Sizzlet and the Big Shot.

Thanks for looking - more details of the challenge on the Scrapology blog.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

St Patrick's Day Card

The card challenge over on the Scrapology blog this month has been set by Jill of Cardinal Colours. She has challenged us all to create a card for St. Patrick's Day.

 I used another Action Wobble Spring, so the leprechaun's head wobbles.
Cricut and the Simply Charmed Cartridge.
Googly eyes.
Bazzill in black, green, orange, yellow, flesh and pink.
Gold miri card.
Doodlebug Designs Inc. papers
Ribbon and card blank.

Here it is in motion:

Thanks for looking and take a look over on the Scrapology blog for more details of the challenge.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Fun Cards with Motion

My fun motion card class from the Cardinal Colours Crop Weekend.

The class involved using Action Wobble Springs to make cards that move.
The papers were all from Doodlebug Designs
The characters were all cut with the Simply Charmed Cartridge for the Cricut,
The little tag was cut with Tags, bags and boxes cartridge
The faces were all created with Peachy Keen Stamps (Everyday Character Face Assortment).
I used Bazzill cardstock in many different colours.
Divine Twine, ribbon and buttons were also used.

My greetings were all from Lili of the Valley Stamps, together with Stampin' Up 1 3/4" circle and Woodware 2" scalloped Circle punches.

Here are the four cards included in the class:

 Strawberry bowl Mother's day card, which I have also made as a new home and a birthday card.

Birthday Cake Card

Tie Father's day card which I have also made as a male birthday card.

Baby Card with a choice of pink or blue

The cards in action:

Thanks for looking, and if you attended the class please send me photos of your cards to share.
Lynn x

Sunday, 17 March 2013


Here is the layout I taught at the Cardinal Colours Crop yesterday.

The photo she me in the garden with my mother and sister in 1963.
For the page I used:
Webster's Park Drive Collection - Margaret, Picnic and Snacks
Silver Flourish Frame (Stampin' Up) & 10  tiny brads
  White crochet lace
Pink organza rose ribbon (Maya Road)
Pink dew drops
Flat backed, self adhesive  pearls
Paper doily
Black Bazzill Cardstock

I used a Martha Stewart deep edge punch for the lacy pink edge
Stampin' Up Decorative Label punch which fits inside the Flourish Frame
The Sizzix with the Tattered Flower Garland Sizzlets die with a strip 2" x 12" of each of the 3 papers plus some extra green leaves QuicKutz and the Lucy alphabet dies for the title.

Thanks for looking, and if any of the ladies who attended the class would like to send me an image of their page I would love to add them to this post for everyone to share.

Lynn x

Monday, 11 March 2013

Scrapbook Gift for Heather & Nicholas

Another scrapbook gift I gave this year was this one for Heather and Nicholas with 20 layout's of their children, Simon and the triplets - Oliver, Hannah and Lucy. I have been meaning to post this since Christmas, it took some time to put together, but here it is:

1. A page I made in 2011 of Simon - photo taken in 1999 by Grandma (Marion)
A challenge from the Online Scrapbooking Weekend. - 'A Colour Story Challenge'.
The challenge was to create a project in red, white and aqua!

2. This was an early Scrapaholix Retreat Class page -lots of hand stitching and Sweetwater papers.
Simon in Grandma's laundry bin!

3. I think this was a Page Map, created before my blog started, using Basic Grey - Oh Baby Boy papers and some Doodlebug Design Stickers.
Baby Oliver Matthew on our first visit to see the triplets in UCLH Special Care Baby Unit.

4. Another Page Map
Baby Lucy Georgina also taken on our first visit to see the triplets in UCLH Special Care Baby Unit.
Papers are a mix of Making Memories and Basic Grey

5. ... and last of the three Baby Hannah Elizabeth on our first visit to see the triplets in UCLH Special Care Baby Unit. She was also the smallest of the three.
These papers are Scenic Route.

6. My daughter Catherine with her cousin baby Oliver, visit visit to the babies at home.
Another page Map, Scrapaholix kit with Daisy Bucket papers.

7. This one is me with Oliver on the same visit. Not sure why there are none of the girls, although to this day four years later they still prove camera shy, very difficult to get them to pose for a photo, so you have to catch them out! Lucy and I have a bit of an ongoing game!
Papers are Basic Grey and Urban Lily

8.  Hannah (above) and 9.  Lucy (below) at 6 months
Basic Grey Lemonade papers

10. This was for our second ever Scrapology Challenge
Fancy Pants papers 
More details HERE
The triplets - photo by Marion

11. This photo was taken to recreated one taken of the same adults and my triplets 17 years earlier.
Details are HERE
Papers are Basic Grey's Lemonade. Babies 8 months.

12. Lucy at 8 months
Basic Grey Olivia papers

13. Oliver - inspired by his dungarees - see details HERE
Fancy Pants papers

14. Sweet little Lucy created with Basic Grey and My Little Shoebox papers
More details HERE

15. Oliver crawling!  Basic Grey's Off Beat collection
More details HERE

16. More Basic Grey Lemonade - Must be something to do with the girls clothes!
More details HERE

17. Basic Grey Colour challenge Blue Gold and White - Oh Baby Boy papers
Cricut and the Paisley Cartridge  - Oliver's first birthday 2010
More details HERE

18. Lucy all dressed in pink - 1st Birthday
My Mind's Eye papers
More details HERE

19. A serious looking Hannah on her first birthday
Basic Grey Urban Prairie papers
More details HERE

20. The last page of this album, but not the last page there are more complete and more to come.
Oliver had fun hiding behind the curtains then getting dizzy twirling round inside them!
More Basic Grey papers - Cupcake this time
More details HERE