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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cards For The Boys

Today I'm sharing a set of cards for the boys - especially Dad's, using the Kaisercraft, Factory 42 paper pad. This was my latest project for the Papermaze - Scrap Paper Scissors blog. Please check the blog for details.

There are plenty of papers in the pad and I mixed and matched them with other elements from my stash. I'm often short of mens cards, so this was a great opportunity to make a few in advance.


After making all these cards, the layout and the Sizzix binder I still have plenty of 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad left to use for more projects.
Thanks for looking 
Lynn x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dad's Darkroom

This was my second Papermaze DT project for September, using the versitile Factory 42 collection from Kaisercraft. This time I made a layout and used some 12" x 12" paper and some stickers, together with more from the paper pad (details below and on the Scrap Paper Scissors Blog).

This photo of my Dad was taken in his darkroom developing photographs of Mum. Probably late in the 1950's. Not a brilliant photograph but well worth preserving this memory in my scrapbook.
I can remember this room from my early years, and in 1968 it was turned into a bedroom for my baby brother!

Please see the blog for full details.
I will be back with some male cards using the paper pad next month.
Thanks for looking

Lynn x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wedding Day - Jenn & Titus

The third wedding I was asked to make a card for this summer was for Jenn and Ian (Titus).

This time I used papers and letters from Basic Grey's Olivia collection.
My 'Bride and Groom' were also a Simply Print download from Lily of the Valley
The die for the card is from Crafter's Companion and creates this decorative aperture which is ideal for weddings.

I added butterflies using a Martha Stewart 3 in 1 punch, with tiny flat back pearls. The latter were also added to the flower centres. The Martha Stewart frond punch was used to add leaves to the flowers. A little sparkel was created with some Crystal Stickles.

As before I made Jenn and Ian a scrabble letter frame, this one was 12" x 12" and came from Hobbycraft. Lots of words which have meaning to the happy couple. 

Best wishes to Ian and Jenn

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Wedding Day - Rachel & Ben

This card for Rachel and Ben was based on the same idea as the wedding card I shared yesterday.

I used the same Simply Print image from Lily of the Valley, cutting the image into a circle with a Stitched Mat Circles by Lil' Inker Designs. 
The lacy effect cirlce and border are cut using a Sizzix Thinlits die set 'Doily and Doily Border'. The flowers are dies from Crafter's Companion. This time I added some fronds with a Martha Stewart punch, and some Crystal stickles.
The papers and letter stickers are from another old Basic Grey collection, this time it was 'Wisteria'.
Embellishments include a wide and narrow ribbons, sequins, & flat-backed pearls.
I also inked my papers with 'Dusty Concord' Distress Ink.

Best wishes to Ben and Rachel.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Wedding Day - Abby & Ricky

I was asked to make several cards and gifts for a couples who were married over the summer. Here is the first of those commissions.

I purchased and downloaded a Simply Print image called Mr and Mrs from Lily of the Valley and cut the image into a circle with one of my  Stitched Mat Circles by Lil' Inker Designs. 
The lacy effect cirlce and border are cut using a Sizzix Thinlits die set 'Doily and Doily Border'. The flowers are dies from Crafter's Companion.
The papers and letter stickers are from an old Basic Grey collection 'Plumeria'.
Embellishments include a wide and narrow ribbons, sequins, & flat-backed pearls.
I also inked my papers with 'Dusty Concord' Distress Ink.

I added a little decoration to the inside of the card too. 

The gift is a framed crossword made with wooden scrabble letters. The words chosen especially for the happy couple.
As well as the letter tiles, I used:
9" x 9" Frame from Ikea

 Best wishes to the bride and groom.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Tea At The Ritz

Afternoon tea at the Ritz back in 2014 to celebrate my Mum's 80th Birthday. These photos show me with my daughter Catherine. This is the last of the projects I finished at the Merly Impressions Retreat in July. Chrissy of Merly Impressions, designed the original layout and this is my version.

This layout was designed with the Kaisercraft Keepsake collection of papers. As well as the kit provided I used a 12" x 12" 'Photo Frames' acetate sheet. 

Thanks for the designs and kits Chrissy, I still have plenty of papers and embellishments in my kit as well as the two 'Beyond the Page' projects to make - all I need is a little free time to make them!

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Storage with Sizzix and Kaisercraft

Over on the Papremaze blog I have had fun using a Kaisercraft paper pad from the new, Factory 42 line, to make a storage box / folder for my Thinlits dies. Please see the post on the Papermaze - Scrap Paper Scissors Blog for more pictures and step - by - step instructions on how I made it.

I have many of my larger dies on magnetic sheets in plastic storage boxes, having been removed from their original packaging. However I cannot store the intricate sets of
Sizzix Thinlits Alterations dies (by Tim Holtz) this way. They have many small pieces and would easily become separated and possibly lost if removed from the packaging. The manufacturing packaging consists of strong plastic wallets, and I find it uesful to keep the dies with their images, showing what is inside the set. I was therefore trying to think of a way to store a group of these die sets.

Now to make the next one!
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Smile - Good Times

Another layout I made at the Merly Impressions Retreat in July. I was inspired by a creation from the Kaisercraft Design Team by Anita Bownds. This photo was a selfie taken on Brighton beach last December when Catherine and I went to see Andrew. We were in search for Snow Dogs by the Sea during the Trail in aid of hospice care.

I used: white cardstock as the base and s splattering of Kaiser mist spray ink.
Kaisercraft papers and stickers from the Indigo Skies collection. The title was cut using a Kaisercraft die. Most of the borders were from the sticker sheet, or manufacturer's strips from 12" x 12" papers. The strip above the photo was cut from paper using a Martha Stewart border punch.
I finished of with a few black dew drops and some Tim Holtz Idea-ology pen knibs.

It was fun creating this one.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Twenty Twelve Olympics

I may be well overdue, but I finally made a scrapbook page of myself with the Olympic torch from the 2012 London Olympic Games. I wrote a blog post at the time with photos from the occasion, just five days before the opening ceremony when the torch arrived back in Kent from across the River Thames to Erith Yacht Club. It was carried by one of our young members Aaron Reynolds. The torch had travelled across the water on a fireboat. 

I made this page at the Merly Impression Retreat using Kaisercraft papers from the stunning butterflies from the Indigo Skies collection. The design was based on one I found on Pinterest the original was created by Kylie Kingham for the Kaisercraft Design Team.

I used
Indigo Skies papers
Kaisercraft sketch circle and frond dies, and Sizzix Tim Holtz alphabet dies.
Dark blue cardstock
Kaisercraft Spray Ink
Blossoms from my stash.Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Miss Meena & The

The bonus kit at the Merley Impressions Retreat last month had these amazingly colourful Kaisercraft papers from the Bombay Sunset collection. I knew when I saw them they would be ideal for recording the show my daughter Catherine worked on recently - Miss Meena and the Masala Queens.

Most of the decoration on this page is created by cutting images from the 'Daybreak' paper. The butterflies are cut with a Martha Stewart punch and I added some gems and gem swirls. I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil and some texture paste to add dimension to the background 'Sundown' paper before adding my photos.

Another page completed towards my daughter, Catherine's theatre scrapbook album.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 27 August 2017


Today I'm sharing another layout I made at the Merly Impressions Retreat in July. The original layout was designed by Chrissy and I adapted it to suit my photograph. The Kaisercraft collection used for this page is Lilac Whisper. The White Wood paper made an ideal background for stamping the border around the photograph.

The cardstock, dies and stamps are also Kaisercraft.  The resin flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The stitching was created with 49 and Market stamps.

The black and white photo of my daughter Catherine was taken by my daughter Emily when they had a photogrophy session at home to create a portfoio for Catherine's theatre career. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Down by the Sea

Back with the second post post for the Papermaze DT using the lovely Bo Bunny Down By The Sea collection.  

I have used another photo from the same holiday as before, taken back in 1967 on Woolacombe beach, brings back many happy memories.


For details of everything I used and how I went about making the layout - please see the Papermaze blog and shop.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Rainbow Maker - Online Card Class

I enrolled for the Online Card Class -Rainbow Maker a few days late, and I am trying to catch up, as well as doing lots of other things I need to be involved in right now. Here are a few things from days 1 and 2. It has been great fun, and very inspiring, there is so much more I want to try and I have only tried a few parts of the first two days.

I'm showing my experimental pieces and then where appropriate, the card made from that piece. I have used different inks and brushes, blending tools, stencils, water spritzer. Then to make the sampels into cards I used a variety of dies and stamps. It was aslo a good opportunity to make more use of the Distress Oxide ink pads.

 Day 2 Stmaping

I can recommend this class, and look forward to trying more.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Today I'm sharing another layout using the Golden Grove paper collection by Kaisercraft, again I made this while at the Merly Impressions retreat a few weeks ago. 

A little family history - although we are now not sure of the link, so I am doing more family history research to see if I can find out. I was sent some information and these photos of Emma a while ago. She is a very distant relative, but I loved the photos and thought they deserved a place in my family history scrapbook.

In addition to the Golden Grove papers I used some Kaisercraft chipboard letters, coloured with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and protected and made shiny with Gossy Accents.
I used a length of antique lace to complement the lace collar worn by Emma in the photo. I tied some yellow jute twine around the layout and over the lace. The clusters of flowers are from my stash with cardstock swirls cut using a Kaisercraft die.

The journalling will have to go on the back as there is a lot of it! Here is a very short summery of Emma's history as we know it so far (please skip this bit if not your thing!):

(Stepdaughter of first cousin x 4 removed)

Emma born on 22nd May to Mary Ann Goldfinch in Eastry Union Workhouse near Deal. Her mother married William Thomas Valentine Stokes (who is thought to be Emma's father) on 29th September 1850 at Northbourne, Kent.
In the 1951 Census Emma is listed as a pauper and still in the workhouse.
By 1861 Emma calls herself Emma Stokes and has left the workhouse to act as nurse to the family of Captain Richard Hanford (they have a small baby and 4 other children) and he is a Captain in the 7th Royal Fusiliers.
Emma marries George Tandy (1841-1881) a Private in the 7th Royal Fusiliers, on 22nd Nov 1864 in Deal Parish Church, and has her first child - George James Tandy 1865.
Her daughter Ellen Emma Tandy is born in 1867. Then Emma has two more sons, Charles Daniel in 1868 and  Joseph in 1870, by now she is in Dorset, at the Anglesea Barracks, Portsmouth.
Two more daughters follow - Annie in 1872 and Esther Mary in 1873 both born in Dorset. Then Harry was born in 1875 in Colchester and Louisa in 1878 in Dublin followed by Ada Charlotte in Cork in 1880.
By the time of the 1881 Census the family are in Pembroke and George Tandy died there in the same year.
Emma marries George Dawsonalso a Private in the 7th Fusiliers, on 24th July 1883 in Hounslow, Middlesex. The couple had one child in 1885, named Frederick Thomas George.
By 1901 Emma and George are in London, living in Hanover Square.
Emma is a widow by the 1911 Census and lives with her daughter Ada in Hownslow.
In 1924 Emma is living with another daughter, this time Ellen, still in Hownslow.

In 1934 Emma died in Hownslow at the age of 89.

Thanks for reading
Lynn x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Going Away

This is one of the layouts I created at the recent Merly Impressions retreat using the kits provided by Chrissy, this one I have changed a little to suit my size and style of photo. 
This page uses the beautiful Golden Grove collection by Kaisercraft.

The photo is one of my Mum and Dad about to go away to Wales after their wedding (1957).

I also used:
Texture paste
The Crafter's Workshop Art is' 12" x 12" stencil
Yellow jute twine
Fossalized Amber Distress Ink
Old letter stickers
Martha Stewart leaf punch

The quote is from the manufactures strip at the bottom of the patterned paper.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

My Nan

This post brings me up-to-date with the Papermaze crop kit layouts, as this is the project for July. 
The photo I used is of my daughter Catherine with my Mum at my nephew's Christening in 1993. As this is for Catherine's album - it's called 'My Nan'. Each of the four tags on this layout were decorated with different techniques.

The products used are:
Bazzill cardstock
Pebbles Simple Life collection papers
Lace, flowers, Baker's teine, jute twine and washi tape
Nuvo drops, Frantage Embossing Enamel, Distress Inks, various dies and punches.

Here is Vanessa's lovely original design.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x