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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Girl Guides

I was lucky enough to obtain a February Papermaze Crop kit despite not being able to get to the crop. I have enjoyed making this layout, brought back lots of memories. 


The photo was taken about 1972 and shows my sister and me ready for a day out with the Guides. We are in the front garden of our home in Beckenham.

Vanessa's clever original layout

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter

This year's Easter cards have been made using the Cricut and an SVG downloaded from My Scrap Chick.

Nearly all the pieces were cut from scrap cardstock left over from other projects.
An extra was cut in white and ran this through the embossing folder.

The edges of all the pieces were inked and I shaped the flowers and leaves. 

Lots of gems, and pearls for flower centres.

The greetings were cut with a Crafter's Companion die.











Happy Easter
Thanks for looking
Lynn x


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Happy Birthday Catherine and Emily

For Catherine and Emily's Birthday cards I have been playing with Distress Inks. 



I swiped a light shade of the chosen colour of Distress Ink onto the top of a piece of water colour paper spritzed it with water and allowed it to run down the paper while drying with a heat tool. Then I added a darker shade, but less ink this time and repeated the process. I repeated this on a smaller piece for cutting the butterfly later.

Once dry I inked the edges with another darker shade of ink and a mini blending tool. This was then mounted onto a piece of dark cardstock and then onto a card blank.

I created a paper stencil using a Tim Holtz Alphabetical Decorative Strip die from Sizzix and inked through this to give the shadowy lettering design. 

I cut the butterfly from the  smaller inked area and a shadow from dark cardstock. I used the Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterflies Thinlits dies from Sizzix.

The greetings are Crafter's Companion Dies.

Coming soon - the same technique using Distress Oxide Inks for a different effect. 

Happy Birthday Catherine and Emily.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Happy Birthday Andrew

I had the Cricut out for this card I made for my son Andrew's birthday last month.


I purchased a digi image set for the Crisut and resized and cut the pieces in cream, grey and black Bazzill cardstock. The background paper is from Basic Grey's Basics collection. From red card I made a card blank and matted the chess board. 
Each of the little black squares had to be stuck down individually, but the cream board has little score marks to help make positioning easy and accurate.
The greeting is from Crafter's Compainon and cut in silver miri board.
To finish I added a few shiny black gems. 

Happy Birthday Andrew!
Thanks for Looking
Lynn x

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Cards with Crayons

Some time ago I was asked to make two brightly coloured birthday cards - So I decided to use the my Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.


I chose to use set one as this has a lively collection of colour - Picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers. I also used several Tim Holtz Layering Stencils. 

I applied a layer of white Gesso over the surface of my white card and allowed this to air dry. Then I scribbled with the crayons randomly over the gesso, working small areas of each colour. I placed each stencil where the pattern was required and rubbed some colour off using a damp cloth. 

Once this was dry, I trimmed each piece to fit my card blanks and mounted them onto black mount. I cut greetings and an image using dies and more black card. 



Dies by Memory Box and Crafters Companion.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

More Fun with JOFY Paperartsy Stamps

A second post for March on the Papermaze blog was all about using more JOFY stamps and another IKEA product.




I had a few old KNUFF magazine folders left empty when I sorted out some craft magazines. These were looking a bit tatty so I decided to treat them to the same technique as the bead chest I decorated at the beginning of the month. 




Please see the original post on the Papermaze blog for details of how to make the project and the products used. 








More to come at a later date:

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 2 April 2017

First Swing

First Swing is the title of this layout I designed for the March Papermaze Crop Kit. It features a photo of my cousin's baby granddaughter on her first visit to the park.


The papers used in this design are all from Kaisercraft's Ubud Dreams collection, I love the colours and designs of these papers. I used some machine stitching, stenciling and paper piecing.

All the items used on the page are available from Vanessa at Papermaze and include punches from EK success and Martha Stewart, dies from Sizzix and Memory box, a stencil by Tim Holtz, Burlap, Acrylic Paint, Liquid PEarls, Flat-backed pearls, Stencils and Bazzill cardstock. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Fun with PaperArtsy (JOFY) Stamps

I have been having fun with my JOFY PaperArtsy Stamps, for this month's post on the Papermaze blog.  I decorated this IKEA - MOPPE box for all my beads and jewellery making tools - I had a sort through all my beads and once organised I was able to fit them into the mini chest of drawers. My box was old and in need of attention so I decided to decorate it. 

Here is my finished box - the main stages of this project are available on the Papermaze blog.


Front


Right end

Left End
Top
I used acrylic paint (Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Paints), Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Markers. Regular Gel (Matte) Medium, was used for sticking and finishing the images. For finishing touches I added some Liquid Pearls and Stickles.

For more details please see the Papermaze Blog and shop website.
Thanks for looking
Lynn

Monday, 27 February 2017

New Home

One of the exciting events of last summer was my daughter and her boyfriend buying and moving into their own home. This is the second of my layouts using the January kit from Merly Impressions and the Kaisercraft Ubud Dreams collection of papers. These papers have such lovely designs and colours.


This photo was taken on the evening they moved in and we all met up for a small celebration before all the hard work began! They had both worked very hard over the last few years meaning that they saw little of one-another at times, however this made it possible for them to save for their deposit.

Again I made a few changes to Chrissy's lovely original design.
I used machine stitching rather than hand stitching and my title was made with some old K & Co. alphabet stickers. I also added some resin flowers from my stash.

Catherine and George are currently working on the bathroom, having transformed the bedroom and with help from many members of the family cleared tons of rubbish and jungle from the neglected garden.

Thanks for looking
Lynn

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Fish and Chips

The first of two layouts created using the January kit from Merly Impressions. The layouts were designed by Chrissy and I have added a few twists of my own. The design is created with the Ubud Dreams collection from Kaisercraft.


The photo was taken last last year shows my dad with my brother on their last visit to Wickham Bay, a lovely fish restaurant, near where they live in West Wickham. This restaurant has been decorated with weathered wooden panels and tiles which are an exact match for these papers! - You can just about see the tiles in the photo.

The main difference in my layout to Chrissy's lovely original was missing out the fussy cutting flowers as they were not really appropriate to my theme. I also gutted the centre from the frames and added my own centres. I created the wording on the computer and printed them onto some scraps of patterned paper to fit inside the frames. I machine stitched around the edges of the papers using a navy blue thread rather than the hand stitching suggested.

Thanks for the design Chrissy - it has made a lovely memory for us of our dad.
Back with the next one tomorrow.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 30 January 2017

Bo Bunny Sweet Moments - Little Boxes


My latest creations made for the Papermaze design team are now on the blog. I made a collection of boxes using the Sweet Moments collection from Bo Bunny. When I saw these papers and all the delightful motifs I thought they would be ideal for decorating cake and chocolate boxes as well as cards and layouts.

Here is the full collection I made using the papers together with Bazzill Basics Cardstock, the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and Crop-A-Dileand a Score board.



I used papers called Confectionery, Delish, Delectable, Allure and the Combo Sticker sheet.
I searched the web for instructions for different boxes and found plenty of You Tube videos to help. I have linked to an example tutorial for each box on the Papermaze blog, but bear in mind you may want to find others and / or adjust sizes.

Thanks for looking, enjoy experimenting with some tutorials - there are so many available.
Lynn x

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Birthday Girl

Moving on from Christmas, to the January crop at Papermaze. Vanessa designed a fresh, pretty layout using Pink Paislee papers from the Take Me Away collection.


This is my version, using a photo of Catherine at a bowling party held in Bexleyheath for her 12th birthday - half her life ago!!

The layout involved using some Gelato's through a mask and using a stamp.
The papers involved were 
Bazzill Basics in Lace and Natural
Pink Paislee - Take Me Away collection - #14, #16, #19 & #20
Various punches were used including a tag topper, a Martha Stewart deep border punch and a butterfly. 
The kit included buttons, a pink doily, bakers twine, washi tape and ribbon.
The title was cut using a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlits Die - Decorative Strip - Wanted

All the items are available from the shop.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Carousel CAL

My latest Crochet Along (CAL) is this amazing design called Carousel by Sue Pinner using Stylecraft Special DK wool. I liked the look of this design but wanted more of a rainbow effect than a circus tent. So I worked out my own colour scheme, but still used Stylecraft wool some was Stylecraft Life left over from previous projects combined with some new Stylecraft Special colours.


At the beginning after working parts one and two:

Part three in progress the pentagons

The finished Blanket

Another change I made was to hook all the shapes together with cream wool in the way the pattern suggested the second round was to be done (in gold). Parts three (pentagons) and four (hexagons) were designed to be joined together while working the last rounds.

To keep this theme of cream borders going I made the first round of my border cream and finished off by using cream for the final frilly round.

this is an image of Sue's original blanket:


Thanks for looking
Lynn

I have been asked what colours I used for my Carousel - here they are:

Pentagons

R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Pentagon
Teal
Lemon
Fern
Cardinal
Cascade
Mint
1
Lemon
Fern
Cardinal
Cascade
Mint
Grass
2
Fern
Cardinal
Cascade
Mint
Grass
Daffodil
3
Cardinal
Cascade
Mint
Grass
Daffodil
Spice
4
Cascade
Mint
Grass
Daffodil
Spice
Lilac
5
Mint
Grass
Daffodil
Spice
Lilac
Aqua
6
Grass
Daffodil
Spice
Lilac
Aqua
Lily
7
Daffodil
Spice
Lilac
Aqua
Lily
Fuchsia
8
Spice
Lilac
Aqua
Lily
Fuchsia
Cranberry
9
Lilac
Aqua
Lily
Fuchsia
Cranberry
Clover
10
Aqua
Lily
Fuchsia
Cranberry
Clover
Heather
11
Lily
Fuchsia
Cranberry
Clover
Heather
Teal
12
Fuchsia
Cranberry
Clover
Heather
Teal
Lemon
13
Cranberry
Clover
Heather
Teal
Lemon
Fern
14
Clover
Heather
Teal
Lemon
Fern
Cardinal
15
Heather
Teal
Lemon
Fern
Cardinal
Cascade
16

Hexagons
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
R9
HEX
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
Fern
Mint
Aqua
Teal
1
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
Fern
Mint
Aqua
2
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
Fern
Mint
3
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
Fern
4
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
5
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
6
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
Daffodil
7
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
Spice
8
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
Cardinal
9
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
Clover
10
Mint
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
Fuchsia
11
Fern
Mint
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
Lily
12
Grass
Fern
Mint
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
Cranberry
13
Lemon
Grass
Fern
Mint
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
Heather
14
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
Fern
Mint
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
Lilac
15
Spice
Daffodil
Lemon
Grass
Fern
Mint
Aqua
Teal
Cascade
16



Hope that helps
Lynn x