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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

Monday, 7 August 2017


Continuing on the theme of Papermaze crop kit layouts, and catching up, here is my page for June. It shows Andrew in his early days at Dartford Grammar School, working away in his bedroom on his homework.

This was the first time I had tried using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, there are three colours used here together with spritzed water through a layering stencil. In fact I used the stencil as a stamp in places.
Pixie Powder is a
dry mica pearl powder and dye mix and creating a colourful shimmer effects on any porous surface.
The patterned papers are from American Crafts, Simple Stories and Crate Paper.
All worked on a base of Bazzill White.
Finished off with ric-rac, twine, flowers, washi tape and chipboard butterflies. 

Here is Vanessa's original layout - thanks for the inspiration:

Back with June's project soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Sandy Toes

This month I am working with the delightful 'Down By The Sea' collection from Bo Bunny for the Papermaze Blog. It is ideal for August seaside holiday snaps. I chose this photo of my little sister from a holiday back in the 1960's.

Please go to the Papermaze blog and the shop to find out how I made the layout and where to buy the products used.
Hope you have enjoyed this sea side themed layout and I will be back with more later in the month.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 21 July 2017

Vintage Hollywood Card Collection

A few cards I made with the last of my Vintage Hollowood collection by Graphic 45 for the Papermaze Blog. The large detailed images from these papers make them ideal for card making.  I have had fun designing with these papers together with a few embellishments and tools from my stash, and the shop. Please see the shop and the blog for details

That's my third and final post using these amazing papers.
Back with some new Bo Bunny papers next month.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

All Aboard

Another Papermaze Crop layout - this was from May. The photo shows Andrew having a good time at the old fashioned fun fair at Wroxham Barns, Norfolk, back in 1996 when he was only 4 years old. The page was designed by Vanessa, and on this occasion I even used the same title she used as it was so appropriate to my photo. 

The patterned papers used for this layout were American Crafts - Rise and Shine - Samantha and Bo Bunny - Petal Lane - Happiness.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Who Do You Think You Are?

I made this layout using the Papermaze Crop Kit for April, a crop I was unable to attend, but happily I caught up with the kit the following month.

The family photo was a recent find and we knew it to be the sister of my great grandmother Susan Dunn. On the reverse of the photo it said Aunty Dot and Uncle Albert Allemandy, St Michaels Church, Wandsworth Common, Saturday 17th March 1951. However we had some difficulty finding out who Susan's sisters were, and eventually tracked them down through Ancestry. We couldn't find a Dot or Dorothy - it turned out that the brides real name was Estella! Hence the title of the layout 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

The papers used for this page designed by Vanessa, are from the Bo Bunny - Aryia's Garden collection. I added old letters stickers for my layout by Jillybean Soup.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Electric Picture Palace & Hollywood

Its about time I shared the second two Design Team layouts I made using the 'Vintage Hollywood' collection from Graphic 45 for the Papermaze Blog last month.

This first layout features photos of the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold, Suffolk.

This layout features a selection of snapshots from our visit to Hollywood a few years ago.
Please see the Papermaze blog to see how they were made and what products were used from the shop.

Thanks for looking

Lynn x

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