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Friday, 23 June 2017

A Knubbelchen II & III

After the success of the first Knubbelchen, a snuggle comfort baby toy, made for Elliot for Christmas, I made a yellow / blue one while in Scotland last year.

I knitted another one for Catherine. Her friend had a baby girl, called Willow. So I got the pink wool out this time.
I used three 25g balls of My First Regia in Anna (white), Pia (pink) and Isabella (multi).

I have got used to knitting in the round now and have made a total of three of these dolls now.

Here is the original one.

Knubbelchen is the brain child/needle child of a designer known on Ravelry as Pezi888 from Germany.  The pattern is free on Ravelry.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Gum Ball Machine Birthday Card

Looking for something for my brother's birthday I had a look through my SVG files and found this one from My Scrap Chick, It was bright and fun for a summer birthday.

Using lost of different colours of Bazzill Cardstock and the Cricut I cut out all the bits and pieces. I also used some silver Miri card for the metal parts. 
The edges of all pieces were inked with Distress inks and some were highlighted with a white gel pen. 3D double-sided foam pads were used to add dimension.

The finished card rocked slightly as the base is not straight so I devised a prop from a scrap of card and attached insied the front of the card so it folded away when in the envelope. It could be opened up and hooked over the back of the cards to hold it up when open.

Happy Birthday Rob!

Thanks for looking
Lynn x. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wild Party

Back with the second of my layouts for the Papermaze blog using Graphic 45 - Vintage Hollywood collection. 

Continuing with my theatre theme for my daughter's album, here is another play she was involved with - 
The Wild Party musical at The Other Palace Theatre, Victoria London, earlier this year.

For materials used and some details of how I made the page please see the Papermaze blog and follow the links there to find the items in the shop.

Back with more 'Vintage Hollywood' soon
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

And Then There Were None ...

I have created a series of four layouts and some cards for the Papermaze blog to be revealed over the next few weeks, They have all been created using the Graphic 45 - Vintage Hollywood collection. I think these papers are fascinating with all the attention to detail on each theme, but sometimes that makes them a bit of a challenge to use for scrapbooking pages when you need the photographs to be the focal point. Please follow the links on the blog to take you to the shop.

I had four sheets of 12" x 12" paper and a sheet of cardstock stickers. Together with some Bazzill cardstock I have created four layouts and some cards. Here I'm sharing the first layout.

I was drawn to this collection as it was ideal for featuring photographs of some of the plays my daughter has been involved in. This one is no exception - Agatha Christie Co. - And Then There Were None - 2015 UK Tour. The photos show the crew and company on stage and another of the programme.
Please see the Papermaze Blog and shop for details.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 19 June 2017

Father's Day

I was asked to make a Father's Day card for a Dad who is a ex-jockey and keen horseman.

I remember the cartoons by Thelwell from my younger years when my friends and I all had riding lessons and loved anything to do with horses. So the Crafter's Companion Thelwell Twin Papercrafting CD Rom proved to be the answer. You can also download individual Digi Images from the website if you don't want the whole collection. I picked 'Lazing' as it seemed appropriate for relaxing on Father's Day.

I used:
6" x 6" card blank
Crafter's Companion Word Die Bundle - Male
Kaisercraft Basecoat
Basic Grey Urban Couture
Quite a simple card, but relevant for the event.
Happy Father's Day.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 2 June 2017

A Perfect Memory

This layout has been in the making for some years! It's travelled to many crops and it's finally finished. I got the idea from the clever scrapper Elaine Rolfe and a layout I saw in the Scrap 365 magazine. 

The photograph shows my gran (Winifred), with her two children (Peter my uncle and baby Mary my Mum). 

I used some old Basic Grey papers and stickers from the Curio collection. The magnolias were fussy cut from the papers and layered with 3D foam pads. 
Also used:
Martha Stewart deep edge punch & border punch
K and Co. Butterfly Stickers
American Crafts Black Twine
Kaisercraft - Edges Clear Stamps

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Cookery Album

For my second Papermaze project for May, still using the Bo Bunny 'Kiss The Cook' collection, I made a cookery album. I have been looking at 'You Tube' videos on how to create albums. I love the idea of paper engineering to make something that is practical and appealing. Please see the blog for details on how it was made and where to fing all the materials used.

This is a work in progress, and I will add to the album as I discover new favorite cake recipes. 

I hope this has inspired you to have a go at making your own album, for photos, recipes, journalling or another purpose.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

New Home Gifts

Here is the second layout I made for the Papermaze blog this month using the Bo Bunny Kiss the Cook collection.

I used the brightly coloured papers to record the strawberry 'New Home' gift I made last summer for my daughter Catherine and her boyfriend George.  Please see the Papermaze blog for details. Here is the blog entry about the gift and card I made for the occasion.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Happy Anniversary Robert & Elaine

Today is the fifth wedding Anniversary of my brother Robert, and his wife Elaine. To celebrate I made this layout. 

I used some Basic Grey 'Little Black Dress' papers and lots of chipboard pieces (Dusty Attic and Blue Fern Studios). These were painted with white Acrylic paint, then dabbed with gilding wax. Stickles and gems were added to give some sparkle (the photos don't do the sparkle justice).
A large black organza was threaded through a gold buckle and tied in a double bow.
The papers were trimmed with a Martha Stewart (Cherish) Border punch. This was all mounted onto black Bazzill cardstock.

Happy Anniversary Rob and Elaine xxx
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday, 25 May 2017

It's A Colourful Life

Here is the first of two layouts I made for the Papermaze Blog a couple of weeks ago, featuring the versatile Bo Bunny collection - Kiss the Cook. I love the contrast of Black and white with bright colours in this collection.

I had these very colourful photos to scrap so I selected the black and white papers from the collection. Please see the Papermaze blog for details of what was used from the shop. The photos show my daughter Catherine on her recent birthday. Her brother had given her this beautiful rainbow umbrella, and we were in London for the day. I love the way the colours were reflected in the rails as we walked over the Millennium Bridge.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Clara and Tom's Wedding - 1931

Clara May Holder (my great aunt), married Thomas Vincent Marsh back in 1931, and this is a recently discovered photograph of their wedding.

The lovely papers have been in my stash for a very long time and are from Prima's Sweet Fairy Collection - Charmed and Maja Design - En Kopp Te. 
I used some Chipboard pieces from Dusty Attic and others
Dies from Crafter's Companion, Spellbinders and Sizzix
Blossoms, gems, pearls, letter stickers
Bazzill Cardstock - Kraft
Inspired by the work of Rachelle Sigurdson on the Maja Design Blog

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Catherine's Graduation

Nearly four years on... and I have finally scrapped a photo from Catherine's graduation!

Catherine graduated in Drama and Theatre Arts in 2013 and the ceremony was held at Westminster Cathedral. She studied at St. Mary's University, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.

I used some old papers from Paper Mania - Portobello Road 

In addition I used:
Chipboard pieces by Dusty Attic and Tando
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlets Decorative Strip Mini Paper Rosettes
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Buttons, Doily, Brads, Gems, Pearls and Metal Embellishments
American Craft Glitter Thickers
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Nordic - my current favourite.

There are more photos from this special day that I hope to scrap later too.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wedding Invitations

Phew! The invitations are complete and sent out! Emily and I have had fun designing and creating them over the last few months. There has been much cutting, scoring, embossing, sticking, printing, die cutting and ribbon tying in this house.

This shows the front, back and inside, with the little pocket for the details of accommodation, RSVP with envelope, gifts & photography sharing. 

The front of the invitation looks like this ...

... and the back like this ...

I designed the invitation based on Emily's ideas and with her choice of colours (Avocado and Buttercream Bazzill Cardstock). I worked out the dimensions and so we could both cut and score easily, I made some simple drawings showing where to cut, fold etc.

Emily worked hard on all the typesetting for the inserts.

I made all the initials and the shadows for these using the Cricut.

Then once everything was printed and cut out, all the labels for the enveloped had been printed, we set up a production line. I might add at that at around this point Emily got a new job in Nottingham and so had to leave me to finish the job off. So the finer points of typesetting detail was finished off long distance, via internet and phone calls!

And now we have moved onto other plans and await the replies.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 8 May 2017

Meet The Ancestors!

I think these Hipsters characters from Tim Holtz are one of those things that you either love or hate - like Marmite! I must admit I wasn't sure, but they have kind of grown on me.
While away at our recent scrapbooking retreat, I got to play with these stamps and dies (Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Stamps and the coordinating Sizzix Framelits Die Sets).

There are five characters in the set. 

I cut the glasses in black cardstock but it would be good to cut them from different materials, such as metallic card.
I painted the images before layering them up with 3D foam pads. I added some shading behind each image. The painting was all done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. 

The glasses were glazed with Ranger's Glossy Accents.

I will probably remove these from the frames and make cards with them, but it was fun to frame them for this blog post.
Thanks for the loan of your dies and stamps Linda.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Distress Oxide - Review & Cards

Last month's project for the Papermaze Blog was to review Ranger's new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink, to bring you this review and a few ideas of what you can create with them. I'm really pleased with the results and love the many effects. They are great fun to play with.

Please see the Papermaze blog for techniques. Here are some of my finished cards made from my experiments:

Other items available from Papermaze which I used to make up the cards:
Spellbinders dies, Crafters Companion Dies, Memory Box dies, Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Thinlits dies, PaperArtsy Stamps by JOFY, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils.

I found using these inks great fun and so inspiring, the more I created with them the more I wanted to try out - the possibilities are endless! I think they will be appearing in future blog posts.

Thanks for Looking
Lynn x