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Sunday 24 June 2012

Mary Susan

My Mum, Mary in about 1953. This photo was taken by my Dad. When I asked her about the photo she told me she must have been about 19, because Dad gave her the locket for her birthday. The blouse was 'off the shoulder' and her mother didn't approve! The photo was probably taken at Dad's parent's house in Beckenham.

I made this layout for the Merly Impressions June Challenge - It is a recipe with a twist. You choose a line from the box below (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) and you will have 3 elements to use on your 12×12 layout.

So I picked - Lace, ..

... flowers ...

... and both punches and dies cuts.
I extended the existing florish on the paper with a Cricut one.

I also included layers, stitches and pearls (brads).

I used papers from Kaiser Craft's Chapter One Collection

Die Cut - Experience, Beginning and Florish.
Black Bazzill
Cricut - George and Basic Shapes and Straight from the Nest Cartridges
Punches by EK Success
American Crafts Glitter Thickers
DMC cotton embroidery thread - hand stitched
A selection of blossoms and brads from my stash

edited 14th July to say - just heard I was awarded top 3 award!

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday 23 June 2012

A Day Out In London 1973

I was reminded of this photo when I say the designs on these Sassafras Indie Girl papers a few years ago, and the other day I found the photo. One of the papers is called 'eclectic elegance' which sums up the mixture of clothing we wore!
The hidden journalling reads "Mum took us to London for the day to meet up with her friend (my Godmother) Barbara. Barbara took this photo, catching us unaware. Unlike the boy to the right who looks like a statue, but must be posing for a photo himself! I'm in the background taking a photo of Horseguard's Parade - I'm wearing a purple skirt and a white top with red and blue anchors printed all over it (what a combination - but I remember them being favourites). Sylvia (my sister) is in a pink floral smock with rainbow sling back platform shoes, and my brother, Robert is wearing a blue toweling smiley face T-shirt and very short shorts! I remember these clothes and the occasion well."

I made this in response to the current Page Maps Sketch Challenge - Sweet Shoppe digi sketch contest.

I used Sassafras products from the Indie Girl collection (left over from a class I attended two years ago) The papers are Eclectic Elegance and Mellow, also Indie Flag Banner cardstock stickers and cardstock pink glitter alpha stickers (for the date).
The title is Paper Treats white alphabet epoxy stickes from Around the Block.
In addition I used:
Prima brick wall stamp
Burnt Sienna Promarker for journalling
Rich Cocoa Memento Ink Pad
ColorBox chalk ink
Craftwork Cards Card Candi - Autumn Blossom
EK Success retro daisy punches
Decorative Pins
3D foam pads

Pleased to have rescued the photo from one of the old 1970's albums and preserved what appears to be the only photo we seem to have of that day out!

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday 22 June 2012

Happy Birthday Robert

 I made this card for my West Ham fan, brother Robert for his birthday today.

The base is an 8" x 8" scalloped card blank fro Craftwork Cards.
The papers are both by Magnolia - 'Winner Takes It All - Soccor' and 'Bon Voyage -New England Stripe'.
The 15 large footballs were stamped from Stampin' Up's 'Goal' set.
All the other stamps - Shirt, shorts, small ball and greeting are from Little Claire Designs 'Football' set.
The Greeting was stamped onto white card, and punched with the 1 3/4" circle punch, then I added small balls around the edges, inked the edges and mounted onto a 2" scalloped circle. This is mounted raised with 3D foam.
All the large balls were cut out, some were stuck directly to the base, others were raised with 3D foam.
The shirts were stamped onto claret, blue and white paper, and the parts cut out and pieced together again.
Baker's twine was tied round for the clothes to hang from.

Happy Birthday Robert xxx

Thursday 21 June 2012

Special Memories from School

In 2003, on the very last day of primary school (St. Paulinus) Andrew, Catherine and Emily's class had a special service in St. Paulinus Church, in Crayford. This photo shows Andrew in the church yard just after that service.

I used the May Papermaze Crop kit to create this page. It was designed by Janet Warren, but I can't find it on the Papermaze blog to show you her original, I'm sure I saw it there before!

It was good to work with masculine papers for a change.

The kit contained papers from Simple Stories, Documented Collection (Memories, Damask/Flourish and Bingo Cards / Chevron).

Pinecone Bazzill
Brads and a pearl swirl.

I cut two bingo cards from the paper to say 'Special Memories'.
I gutted the stripe paper so I could use the dots on the reverse for my photo mat.
I cut some ribbons from the cardstock using the Cricut and added liquid pearls to them.
I also cut a selection of stars using the Cricut, inked and layers them to the bottom left of the photo.

That young man is now 20 years old and today he is travelling home from Switzerland - looking forward to seeing you tonight Andrew - safe journey x
Thanks for looking

Wednesday 20 June 2012

A Box of Books

While at Paper Maze on Saturday I purchased the crop kit for June. As I mentioned yesterday I decided to use it to make a layout of Emily at 20 months showing how she used to tip all the books out of the box and get it it to read!

This page was designed by Vanessa and uses papers from October Afternoon's Sasparilla Collection (Rustler, Wagon Train, Stagecoach, Tumbleweed and Pony Express)
Bazzill in Berrylicious, Natural and Indigo
Blue buttons ( I added some red and cream ones)
Cherry Red Bakers Twine (I added some Navy)
and some Natural Ribbon.

Some close up photos

I used one of the buttons to centre my windmill rather than a paper rose.

I used my Stampin' Up punch to create my bunting, but followed Vanessa's method of stringing the flags together.

I used Basic Grey's PB&J letter stickers as did Vanessa, with some letters created with spare papers and a Cuttlebug alphabet die set.

Here is Vanessa's original, please see the Papermaze blog - 'Scrap, Paper, Scissors' for more details - There is a link in my sidebar.

Here are the original photos of Emily, taken in 1993 at home. She looks amazed at the news in this Lego catalogue!

Love these pictures, although they are scanned in from the original negatives so the quality is not brilliant, but the memory is preserved.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Through The Aether - Published at last!

After months of sorting submissions, editing, type setting, proof reading, publicising, Emily and her friend Christian were finally able to launch their anthology at Waterstones, Nottingham on 7th June. I wish I could have been there, but along the way she has sent photos and kept us all up to date through the Nottingham Anthology Blog and her own Something Surprising blog.

For it's third year, Christian and Emily ran the Nottingham Student Anthology. It’s purpose is to show off the work of all the School of Eduction students at Nottingham. It includes the work of Creative & Professional Writing, Fine Art and also Humanities students. (Please see Emily's blog for more details.) The Anthology enjoyed overwhelming success the year before, so it was up to Christian and Emily to do it again - no pressure!

A couple of photos of the launch ....

... and various steps along the way.
Emily designed the art work for the cover.

The post cards inviting people to the launch, with art work from the Anthology.

some of the books when they arrived.

That photo (above) reminds me - While looking through some photos at home recently I found this (below) and other pictures of Emily at 20 months of age. I have made a layout with them 'Called a Box of Books' which I will show you tomorrow.

The news in that Lego catalogue must be amazing!

Good luck with the Anthology Emily, worth all the hard work, and we look forward to seeing you home for the summer very soon xxx

Monday 18 June 2012

Tutti Frutti - New Home

Here is the card I have made for this weeks 'I Love Promarkers' Challenge.  The theme for this week is Tutti Frutti.

Other than my Promarkers I used:
A Papermania 8" x 8" scalloped card blank.
Magnolia patterned papers
Lili of the Valley image and greeting stamp
leaf ribbon and ribbon bow
Martha Stewart butterfly and hydrangea punches
Stampin' Up circle punch
Woodware circle punch
Flat backed pearls
Liquid pearls

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I made the top 3 with this card!