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Saturday 31 March 2012

Request for fairies and Strawberries

Catherine asked me if her birthday card this year could feature fairies and strawberries. So that's what I did!

Stamp - Lili of the Valley - Glorious Cake, Happy Birthday greeting
Papers - Magnolia - Sweet Rainbow - Wild Strawberries
Card Blank - Craftwork Cards
Punches - Woodware and Stampin' Up
Promarkers - red, poppy, crimson, blush, ivory, blender, apple, leaf, bright green, caramel, tan, cocoa, walnut, cool grey 1 and 3
Cricut Cartridges - Lacy Labels
Stickles - Crystal and Xmas red
Perfect Pearls - Ruby red
Other - ribbon, gems pearls and nailheads

The strawberry handbag charm was bright pink and came from Primark - I coloured it with a red Promarker!

Wishing you a very happy 20th birthday Catherine!
Have a great day.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Happy Birthday All Three

My three babies are 20 years old today! Where did those years go?

This photo was taken back in 2003 and is one I have chosen to scrap at this weekends Cardinal Colours Crop.

Happy birthday to you all.
Mum xxx

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Easter Bunnies

Had some fun with the Cricut and made some Easter cards. Here are the first few using the Create a Critter and Doodlecharms Cartridges. More inspiration from You Tube.

The card blanks are Craftwork cards. The papers and card are all from scraps I had in my stash.

Happy Easter!

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Easter Chicks

Back with a few more Easter cards. I used the Create a Critter Cartridge this time and this cute little chick.

The papers and card blanks are from Craftwork Cards and the cardstock is mostly scrap.

Back with more another day - bunnies next!

Monday 26 March 2012

Easter Eggs

In googling the use of the Cricut for Easter cards - I found some useful ideas and tips on various sites. It helped me to realise which cartridges had relevant images and also how to make good use of some of the features on the Cricut itself.

I used the Doodlecharms cartridge for the basket and eggs, one I have had since I first had the Cricut and haven't used very much, The shaped mat is from the Storybook cartridge.

I made these cards using card blanks and papers from Craftwork Cards.

Punches from Woodware and Stampin' Up and a greetings stamp from Lili of the Valley.

Scraps of ribbon and cardstock were used to finish.

OK off to make a few more - Chicks next!

Friday 23 March 2012

Thinking of You Cards

I recently purchased the Country Life cartridge for my Cricut and had some fun playing with this. I spent a while recently looking at some of the magazines and on-line and adapted some of the ideas I saw there.
A useful source is Cardz TV with Mary on You Tube

This card uses the pitcher from Country Life with a bow instead of stripes. The mat is made from the Lacy Labels cartridge. The papers are mostly from Magnolia and a selection of Bazzill cardstock.  The card blanks are from Craftwork Cards and Craft Creations.

3D foam pads, chalk inks and some flat back pearls and gems complete the cards.
I have not added greetings to the fronts, as they have all been made for friends who need a cheering up. I have added personal greetings inside each one.

Updated 26/03/12 -I loved making these so have made a few more:

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Fiaries at the Bottom of the Garden

This layout shows the girls dressed for a Dance Fiction show, when they danced to Secret Garden in their ballet piece, way back in 2001.  I made this on Saturday at the Paper Maze crop.

I made this layout using this Page Maps sketch in response to the Imaginesce challenge on the Page Maps blog.

I used:
Basic Grey - Indie Bloom Collection - Flamenco, panache and cilantro papers, element and alphabet stickers. Also Alphabet stickers from the Out of Print collection.
Punches - Martha Stewart corner and border punches.
Cardstock - Black Bazzill
Buttos - Crafty Ribbons
Craftwork Cards - Card Candi
Stamini' Up - Punch and stamps (decorative label)
Other - decorative pins, flat backed pearls, DMC thread. Memento Ink, Colorbox chalk inks.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 19 March 2012

Surprising Day!

We were staying in Suffolk for a few days and on Saturday morning I checked my emails and discovered that the Papermaze Crop as being held that very day. I'm not often there on the right weekends! So with about an hour to spare I got my stash and lunch together and Alan dropped me of at Otley Village Hall. I sat with a lovely group of ladies and was made very welcome. I had met Janina before and she was very helpful and introduced me to Carol, Karen and Tracey. It was good to see Karen Leonard again too, I can't wait to see how her latest project turns out. Vanessa and her Mum, Lesley were busy but managed to reopen the shop so we were able to pop along to see the newly refurbished building and all the super new stock. I don't think Vanessa sat down until about 3pm!

This is the crop kit layout I made while at the crop, designed by Vanessa with beautiful papers from the Authentique Genuine Collection (true, forever and perfection).
The Bazzill cardstock is Beeswax and Indigo
Also included in ther kit were blue dew drops, Doodlebug brads, a doily, and some blueberry Divine Twine.

In addition to the kit the title was created with some Amy Tangerine Thickers in foam rubber, blue chalk ink,  a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and my circular journalling stamp.
I used a very recent photo of Catherine taken by her sister Emily, last weekend.

Here is Vanessa's original layout.

A good time was had by all and such an unexpected day.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Sunday 18 March 2012

Happy Mother's Day - Mum

Happy Mothering Sunday Mum!

Here is the card I made my lovely Mum.

Papers - Basic Grey Oh Baby Girl (Hannah, Carlie, Ivy and Rosebud)
Greeting and Image Stamp - Lili of the Valley
Die cut shapes -Cricut Cindy Loo Cartridge
Promarkers (Rose blossom, leaf, apple, bright green, carmine, magenta, burnt sienna, tan oatmeal, ivory, blush, light fawn)
Punches - Woodware and Stampin' Up
Inks - Memento and chalk inks
Also - gems, pearls, blossoms,ribbon roses, perfect pearls and stickles

I also made Mum one of my aprons.

Thanks for looking.

Friday 16 March 2012

Happy Birthday Anita!

We celebrated the birthday of my dear friend and fellow crafter Anita at our recent crop held at Cardinal Colours. It's not her birthday until next week, but thought I would share this with you.

I made Anita a twisted easel card using a 6" x 6" K and Co. paper pad and a Craftwork Cards card blank. They seemed perfect for this spring birthday.

A Lili of the Valley stamp

The flowers were from a Godiva Easter egg, I added decorative pins, punched leaves, ribbon roses, organza ribbon and glitter.

Lots of flat backed pearls in yellow and flat backed gems in green.

I coloured the image with Promarkers
honeycomb, apricot, oatmeal, ivory, buttercup, lemon, tulip, pastel blue, apple, leaf, bright green, cinnamon, gold cool grey 1, dusky pink, metallic silver and the blender.

The image was stamped onto digital quality white card with Memento ink. The card and Bazzill mount were cut with the Lacy Labels cartridge and the Cricut.

I'm entering this card into The Passion for Promarker's Yellow and Pearls challenge 140.

I also made Anita one of my calico aprons and this is what her name looks line on the front.

Hope you have a great birthday Anita.


Monday 12 March 2012

Mother's Day - Auntie Barbara

This mother's day card is for my Godmother, Barbara.


I used:
 Basic Grey's Oh Baby Girl collection (lilly, buttercup and lilac).
Lili of the Valley stamps
Woodware and Stampin' Up punches
Cricut - Wild Card cartridge
ribbon, ric-rac, blossoms, brads, stickles and perfect pearls.

I'm entering the card for the Passion for Promarkers Challenge - Mother / Female Relative and also for the March 2012 flickr Friends: Purple

Here are the details - "A new month brings a new theme for our flickr pool challenge and we hope you’ll be a part of it!The theme for this month is “purple” and was inspired by our Plumeria collection which will soon be hitting store shelves. We’re so excited! There are many shades of purple, lavender and violet within this collection which are perfect for almost any project you have in mind.

"Each month, we provide a theme for you to use on your projects and then ask you to upload them to our flickr pool. At the end of each month, we’ll select a few of our favorites to post here on our blog and send them some BasicGrey goodies as our way of saying thanks. Sound good? You’re free to create any project you’d like – a card, a layout, an altered piece, a mini album – whatever you’d like! You’re also able to incorporate the monthly theme into projects that you upload for our sketch series or any other challenges.

Upload your projects to our BasicGrey flickr pool, making sure to tag it with our monthly theme “purple” so that we can find it easily. Projects must be uploaded by March 29, 2012 at 11:59p MST."

Thanks for looking

Sunday 11 March 2012

Good Luck Catherine!

We had a great day out on Friday, it was Catherine's show in the evening and Emily came home the night before from Nottingham. We travelled to Strawberry Hill to see Catherine in her flat before she set off to prepare, and presented her with a bunch of flowers and this card I made her (very quickly).

Alan, Emily and I took a trip into Richmond and had a walk around by the river, did some shopping and had a meal.  Then we returned to the theatre for the excellent performance. As soon as we get some photos of the performance I will post some here.

Late afternoon in Richmond.

Saturday 10 March 2012

Happy 50th Birthday Bob

Today is Bob's 50th birthday, but I had to schedule this post for after his surprise party was well underway for fear of giving the secret away!

I got busy with some Basic Grey Cupcake papers
(balloons, streamers, surprise, mac 'n cheese, make a wish)
and the Don Juan cartridge for the Cricut.

Lots of 3D foam pads and a big '50' with a shadow.

The greeting and date stamp are both from Lili of the Valley
I used a Woodware scalloped circle punch and a Stampin' Up circle punch.
Additional supplies are Perfect Pearls, black chalk ink, and a Craft Creations card blank.

Thanks for looking.
Happy Birthday Bob!

Thursday 8 March 2012

Making it a double!

A few weeks ago I posted a layout about a show my daughter is working on at university. At the time I mentioned I was working on a second page, and here it is:

The title reads 'They Shoot Horses Don't They' around the circle and 'Photo Shoot' reading top down. The tiny letters are from My Little Shoe Box.

Here are the two pages side by side.

I used the Kaiser Craft - Madame Boutique collection as the colours were prefect for her dress. 
Beige and turquoise Bazzill Cardstock
American Craft Thickers - self adhesive glittery letters for title
Flat backed pearls
Perfect Pearls
Flat backed glass beads from Quixotic Paperie
Seam binding ribbon from Stampin' Up

We see the show  tomorrow - it has been sold out for some time now - I can't wait to see it.
Good luck Catherine and all the cast!

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Happy Birthday Jackie

I made this card for Jackie's birthday using the dandelion fairy.

I have had this beautiful paper for years and been waiting for the perfect occasion to use it. The paper is from Heidi Grace Designs and is called 'Midnight Kisses'.

I have also used cream organza ribbon, charcoal chalk ink, crystal stickles, cream and peach cardstock, Cricut Cindy Loo Cartridge, Woodware and Stampin' Up punch, Lili of the Valley Stamps and a Craftwork Cards cream scalloped card blank. I coloured the image with Promarkers (ivory, peach,soft peach, mango and lime). I also coloured the gems with a peach promarker.

I 'm entering this card into Lili's Little Fairies Challenge - Peaches and Cream.

I also made Jackie one of my Aprons.

Happy Birthday Jackie!