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Thursday, 29 May 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 22

This week's challenge is a colour theme. 
Christmas in 50 shades of green!
Please see details for this on
 Kool Kitty Musings Blog
The overriding colour on the card needs to be green - of any shade.

Here is my card, another pretty quick one this week:

I used:
Card blank: Craft Creations
Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny - Mistletoe
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Border Stickers: Echo Park
Trees/stars: Making Memories - Fa La La glitter foam stickers
Other: Peel Off greeting

Here is the photo inspiration:

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 22

This week's challenge is a colour theme. 
50 shades of green - well 3 or 4 anyway!
Please see details for this on
 Kool Kitty Musings Blog
The overriding colour on the card needs to be green - of any shade.

Here is my card:

I used:
Card blank: Craftwork Cards
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Punches: Martha Stewart
Stamps: Wplus9
Other: Ribbon, gems

Here is the photo inspiration:

Thanks for looking, back tomorrow with my Christmas version of this challnege.
Lynn x

Monday, 26 May 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 21

Here are my two Christmas cards for the Kool Kitty Musings Blog card challenge. This week it is a sketch prompt:

This has got to be the quickest card I have made! I was looking through my Christmas papers with the sketch in mind and found a very old sheet of K and Company paper which already had a border and these 3D Christmas ornaments, all I did was flip the sketch, cut and ink the paper and I was done. I had enough left to make a second smaller card - so I did (after all, the paper would have just sat in my box for a few more years otherwise.

The front of both these cards was then glittered up a little and I used some greeting stickers from the same company. I had the plainer 12" x 6" piece of the paper left so I used this to decorate the inside of each card.

This is the sketch prompt, from PTI:

Week 21 - sketch prompt

My geneeral card for this week will be published after it has been given as it is a surprise for someone!!

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 20

Back with my Christmas card for the Kool Kitty Musings Blog card challenge. Continuing with the theme of Show and Tell making a card featuring a recently acquired crafty stash.

I used an embossing folder which is new to me - given to me by Linda who found she had two!
Its by Couture Creations and is from their Elegance collection. I also used my new Die-namics uppercase letter dies.

I also used:
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned papers - Doodlebug Design Inc.
Funky Foam - white
Ribbon - Stampin' Up
Cricut - Create A Critter Cart.
Stickles - Crystal
Card Blank - Craft Creations.

Thank you for looking - all caught up with last week now.
Lynn x

Friday, 23 May 2014

52 Week Card Challenge 2014 - Week 20

Over on Nat's Kool Kitty Musings Blog  The theme for week 20 was based on a very popular tradition of ...
'Show and Tell'

Reminds me of when the children were in reception class and were allowed to take something for show and tell each Friday. Trying to steer them away from taking anything too precious was often one of my biggest challenges.

Every crop I go to we tend to take along our recently acquired techniques, newest gadgets, papers or embellishments to show off and share with all! Often holding mini workshops.

So for week 20 we were asked to make a card to featuring a recent crafty purchase.

I'm a week behind with this challenge owing to the Disney trip followed by a weekend trip to Manchester to bring Andrew home from Uni.

Here is the most recent acquisition to my crafting tools

Die-namics alphabet dies in upper and lower case these cut beautifully and pop out of the die so easily.
I was inspired to but the Lawn Fawn dies having seen Natty use them.
All three of these dies were used on this new baby card for the lovely Helen and Adam who had a baby daughter earlier this month.

I also used:
Patterned papers - Doodlebug Designs Inc. Petite Prints in bubblegum Pink
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black for stamping and Colorbox Chalk Inks
Crucit - New Arrival Cart.
Stickles - Crystal
Card Blank - 6" x 6" scalloped card by Craftwork Crafts
Cardstock - Miri card and Bazzill
Punches - Woodware
Stamps - Stampin' Up and Lili of the Valley
Other - lace, gems, ribbon

Here is the inside of the card:

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Prom Night Card ...

...or it could be for an anniversary or an engagement - I will add a greeting when I know what the card will be used to celebrate.

The card is my contribution to the design team for the May card challenge sponsored by Visible ImageMark and Helen have offered a brilliant prize for the winner of this challenge - pop over to Scrapology to see what they are giving away. We are challenging you to use any character stamp on your card. 

I have used:
Stamps - Visible Image - Elegant Emma and Debonair Bradley using a mask so I could stamp them together / overlapping
Patterned papers - free with Simply Homemade Magazine - Vintage Haberdasery
Promarkers for colouring the images
Ink - Memento Ink for stamping, Colorbox chalk ink for inking the edges
Vellum for Emma's dress, two layers and some shading on the first layer
Cricut Craft room, Freshly Picked and Paper Doll Dress Up cartridges
Liquid Pearls
8" x 8" scalloped Card Blank - Craftwork Cards
From my stash - blossoms, 3D foam pads

This challenge runs until 15th June so plenty of time to have a go.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 10 May 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 19

Back with my Christmas Card using Navy, Vellum and Stitching, the three elements drawn from the jar for inspiration this week.

For details of this challenge please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog

From the element jar I went for sweetie jar!
I used:
Patterned paper - October Afternoon Eggnog collection - both sides of Peppermint
Cricut Craft Room & Simply Charmed cartridge
Stickles - Crystal glitter glue
From my stash - scraps of Bazzill, Vellum, Chalk Ink, marker pen for stitches & Peel Off greeting

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 9 May 2014

52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 19

Week 19 of 2014 and the challenge this week is another delve into the prompt jar for inspiration.

For details of this challenge please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog

I have used:
Patterend papers, alphabet stickers and element stickers - Basic Grey's Lucille collection
Dies - Memory Box and Sizzix
Card Blank - Navy card from Craft Creations
From my stash - White Vellum, Chalk ink, Navy Buttons, DMC thread, metal scissors charm. organza ribbon & pins
I hand cut the pattern pieces from Vellum and inked the edges.

Here is what the prompt jar yielded this time:

Thanks for looking and back tomorrow with the Christmas version!
Lynn x

Monday, 5 May 2014

Our Pearl Wedding Anniversary

Today Alan and I have been married for 30 years!

We have spent the weekend away in Suffolk. On Friday we spent some time shopping and I was treated to some new clothes and flowers, followed by lunch in Woodbridge.

In the evening we went to the cinema to see Love Punch but there was a problem with the film and so we saw The Last Projectionist instead, hardly the same but an interesting film. It made us laugh as many years ago we took the children to this same small film theatre in Leiston to see Stuart Little and ended up seeing Men in Black!

The weekend was busy visiting friends and places and I had some time for crafting yesterday.

We spent today with friends Lesley and Gary. We have been to Snape, followed by a lovely lunch in the garden at the Jolly Sailor in Orford. This afternoon we took a long walk along the beach at Shingle Street. A lovely day and now we are driving home ready for work tomorrow.

I made Alan a card using the Cricut, the Cricut Craft Room together with the Lacy Labels and Sweetheart cartridges.
Also used:
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Black and white Bazzill card
Patterned paper - Authentique 'Script' paper
Flat-backed, self adhesive pearls from Mei Flower
Wplus9 Basic Banner stamps

I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest a while ago.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Happy Birthday D.S.M.

Here is my layout created with the April Papermaze Crop Kit. Vanessa designed this months kit which is called Victorian Day.

Here is my version of the design:

These mobile phone photos were taken in one of the dressing rooms backstage at the Grand Opera House York. Catherine is the Deputy Stage Manager (DSM) for Agatha Christie's Black Coffee which is currently on tour. It was Catherine's birthday while she was there and when she arrived the other staff had gifts, cards and a birthday cake ready for her. Nice to know they are looking after her while she is away from home. Hopefully this is only one of many layouts toward an album of this years tour for Catherine. She finishes in Milton Keynes tonight and moves on to Coventry tomorrow.

The kit contained:
Simple Stories - A charmed Life -Whitewashed Wood
Kaisercraft Honey Chai Star Anise
Bazzill Java and Aqua
White Vellum
Embroidery thread
Washi tape

We also used:
Harlequin background stamp by Kaisercraft
Acrylic paint
Chalkboard Glimmer Mist - Sprout
Corner rounder punch
Chevron Punch by Martha Stewart
Promarker to colour the vellum
Various butterfly and fern leaf punches
Alphabet for title cut using Die-namics dies, - My favorite things - by the letters

Here is Vanessa's original layout:

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

52 Christmas Crackers - Week 18

Back with my Christmas card for this week's photo prompt challenge (For details of this challenge please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog)

Here is my card -

and here is the photo prompt:
Here are the elements I focused on (in case you were wondering!):
  • The geometric pattern of the wall paper is reflected in the background - papers by Kasiercraft - 6" x 6" Christmas paper pad which was free with a magazine. 
  • Random circle backgrounds - like the plates, - the baubles and the greeting - I used the Cricut Joys of the Season cart and altered the shape in The Cricut Craft Room. The greeting is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiment.
  • Bright pastel shades combined with a vivid colour for pop - I kind of ignored the actual colour scheme!!
  • A touch of gold and mint - Gold in the bauble tops and the greeting surround, Mint in the velvet ribbon trim and the patterned paper on the baubles. 
  • Pink and white stripes - the twine is pink and white striped.
I also used:
3D foam pads, double sided tape, blank card 6" x 6" made from kraft bazzill and Tea Dye Distress ink.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 2 May 2014

52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 18

A photo challenge this week has been chosen from Pinterest. For details of this challenge please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog

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Here is my card
Cool Cat with rosy cheeks on a cushion!

I took my inspiration from the following elements of the photo.
  • The geometric pattern of the wall paper - my background paper from My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing collection
  • The Cat - Cricut Paisley Cartridge
  • The bright pastel shades from the image combined with a vivid colour of the cushion for pop - Bazzill cardstock
  • A touch of gold and mint - Gold in the tiara and mint in the background pattern and sunglasses
  • The sunglasses - also from the Paisley cartridge
  • Tiny circles of the drawer knobs and items on the floor - gems
I also used Wplus9 - Basic Banners stamps
Ranger Distress Ink - Broken Glass
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
3D foam pads and a card blank - 4" x 8"

So now I have a card for my cat loving friend Lesley who has a birthday later this month.
Thanks for looking
Happy birthday Lesley
Lynn x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Rosina Emma Holder

Rosina Emma Holder,  known as Rose - My Great Auntie Rose.
Born in 1893 in Bromley, the fifth of fourteen children to Frederick Henry
and Emma Jane Florence (Williams) Holder.

The 1901 Census shows Rosina was 8 years old and living in Southlands Road, Bromley, Kent with her parents and eight siblings.

At the time of the 1911 Census Rose was 18 years old and working as a live-in housemaid domestic servant working for James Wilks (a leather merchant) and his wife Jessie living at Swallowfield, Southborough Road in Bickley, Kent.

Rose married Joshua Hall known as Joe in 1921 they had a son Kenneth. in 1923

I have used Auntie Rose's photo on my layout for the May Scrapology Design Team. 

I used:
Patterned papers form Maja Designs
Kraft cardstock from Bazzill
Chipboard Birdcage by Dusty Attic
Wooden leaves from Prima
Home made crochet flowers with cotton thread
Resin roses are from a pair of earrings
Various buttons, antique lace, twill tape, cheesecloth, flat-backed pearls from stash
Metal buckle from Making Memories
Punches from Martha Stewart - leaf frond, Punch around the page
Punch from Woodware
White Acrylic Paint from Making Memories
Distress Ink

We are scraplifting the work of Tracy Christine Funk from Ontario, Canada.  Her gallery can be found HERE.

Here is the lovely original layout called 'Four Sisters' we have chosen to scraplift:

We have created a sketch too:

Using the layout and sketch as inspiration, Scrapology want you to include some corrugated card in your layout. Please see the Scrapology blog for more details - link can be found in my sidebar.

Tracy's layouts rarely have titles so I left the title off. Later I decided to add 'Rosina' with some American Craft Thicker Letter stickers which I inked with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. this will form part of my heritage album. I printed out the details and they are hidden away behind the photo panel. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x