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Sunday 22 July 2012

5 Days To Go - London 2012

With just 5 days to go to the Olympic Games, the torch arrived back in Kent from across the River Thames today and we were lucky enough to be at the club to witness it.

Day 65 saw the flame start in Redbridge at 7.19am before making its way through the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering.Then it reached Erith Yacht Club at 4.14pm after travelling across the River Thames on board a fireboat. 

The photos show Aaron Reynolds arriving at the Club’s pontoon.  Here the torch stayed for a while, so that members of the yacht club, guests, and visitors could toast its arrival.  There was an afternoon of art displays and music held at the Club as part of the celebration. Aaron is the Youth Captain and former RYA Thames Valley Region Sailor of the Year.  The torch then made its way to Danson Park where further celebrations took place.

Back in the club house. 

Such lovely weather to be out by the river for the celebrations too.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday 16 July 2012

Happy 1st Birthday

 A card for little Annabell's first birthday. I love these bright colourful papers from Doodlebug and they were just right for this card.


I made this card for Annabell with this 'Maisie Sitting Pretty' stamp and a greetings stamp from Lili of the Valley
Cricut and these cartridges - Accent Essentials, Don Juan and Mother's Day Bouquet
Patterned papers - Doodlebug Design
Baker's Twine
Flat-backed pearls
Chalk inks - Colorbox
Punches - Stampin' Up, McGill and Woodware
Stickles and Liquid Pearls
Scalloped 8" x 8" card blank - Papermania

I'm entering this card into the following challenges

Passion for Promarkers - Gingham / checks
Lily of the Valley - Pretty in Pink

Annabell Lily's Christening

It's Annabell Lily's Christening on Sunday and I was asked to make a card for Catherine and George to give her, George is going to be a Godfather.

I selected this cute baby stamp from Lili of the Valley - a versatile stamp which can be made male or female.  I coloured her with my Promarkers
Patterned papers - Doodlebug Designs
8" x 8" Card blank - Craftwork Cards
Greeting stamp - PSX

 Flat Backed pearls

Cardstock - Bazzill
Foam letter stickers - American Carfts
Punch around the page punches - Martha Stewart
Blossoms - Wild Orchid Crafts
Cricut - Mother's Day Boutique flower 14


I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - Gingham / Checks
Lili of the Valley - Pretty in Pink

Dotty Dorothy

The challenge for week 137 over on the Kraftin' Kimmie Blog is 'Lots of Dots'. So I selected some old  papers from the Pink Paislee - Spring Fling collection and the newish KK Dorothy stamp.

I stamped Dorothy onto digital card already cut to shape using the Cricut and the Lacy Labels cartridge. I restamped her onto dotty patterned paper and cut out her dress. I coloured the image with Promarkers, including adding shading to the patterned paper. 
I also used:
Dotty ribbon
Baker's Twine
Metal tag pin
Stampin' Up greetings stamp from the Swirls and Curls Verses set
Stampin' Up circle and scalloped circle punches
Liquid Pearls
Chalk inks by Colorbox

Thanks for looking
Lynn xxx

Sunday 15 July 2012

With Sympathy

Sadly my friend Linda's mother died this week and I wanted to make her a card to express my sympathy.
I was also about to make a card for the Scrapology Challenge and so I decided to combine the two.
Marion of Sugar and Spice Crafts set the challenge to used embossing powders. I must admit I had to dust off the box of embossing powders as I haven't used them in a while!

I used white and sea foam pearl embossing powders together with:
Prima Marketing patterned papers
Stampin' Up decorative label punch and Pocket Silhouette stamp set
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Liquid Pearls in Mint Green
Scalloped edge scissors
Craftwork Cards green opalescent card blank
Flat backed gems
Colorbox chalk inks
Penny Black greetings stamp

Thinking of you and your family Linda x

Thanks for looking. For details of the challenge please see Scrapology -July Card Challenge post.

Saturday 14 July 2012

Happy 50th Birthday Paul

Catherine asked me to make a 50th birthday card for her boyfriend's - Dad's 50th birthday today.

I have made a few large number cards for men using the Cricut  and the Don Juan Cartridge, and this was no exception. This time I went for a square 8" x 8" Papermaina card blank, and some Portebello Road papers.

I added 
Craftwork Cards Card Candi
Lili of the Valley Greeting stamp
Stampin' Up Pennant punch and circle punch
Woodware scalloped circle punch
Chalk inks from ColorBox

Happy 50th Birthday Paul x

Monday 2 July 2012

Garden Girl

This layout shows my daughter Emily dressed for a dance show.
 Over on scrapology this month we are scraplifting Gabrielle Polloco and challenging you to use YARN on your layout. Here is Gabrielle's original layout using Bo Bunny's Country Garden papers ...
 .. and our sketch

I also used Bo Bunny papers and selected seeds, stripe and cut outs.

Here is what I did:

Cut green garden stripe paper, to leave a 1” border frame, distress and ink the outer edges.

I used Seeds paper cut down to 11.5” x 11.5” by taking some off more than two sides to keep the parts of design I wanted. I didn't worry about cutting off stitches as I planned to add them back in later. Distress and ink the edges. Stick blue paper to green border centrally, giving a border of 0.25” all round.

Decorate with some brown machine stitches.

Distress and ink the edges of photo and mount onto green paper leaving a very thin border. Machine stitch in white round the photo edges, starting and beginning at the bottom as this will be hidden. Distress and ink the edges of green paper.

Cut stripe paper vertically as wide as you can and approx. 6” long. Distress, ink and stitch around three sides. Select two panels from ‘Cut Out sheet and treat as stripe. Stick stripe piece lightly on layout about 3” down from top and 1.75” in from the left.

Draw a 6.8” circle very lightly in pencil, and zig-zag stitch around the lines (start and stop where the stitches won’t show). If pencil lines show, carefully rub away. Stick other panels into place.

POTTED PLANT - Cut flower pot in Kraft Bazzill using QuicKutz die. Shade with chalk inks. Add top to pot with 3D foam pads. Cut ‘stick’ from brown Bazzill using Cricut and 'Doodlecharms' cartridge at 3” and add to pot.

Use pink coloured section of spare patterend papers and punch out lots of petals with Martha Stewart ‘Hydranga’ punch. Ink in pink and layer up on stick to make potted hydrangea. Decorate the centres with stickles, perfect pearls or flat backed pearls. Stick plan to left of layout.

BRANCH - Cut 2” branch and leaves from brown and green Bazzill using ‘Straight from the Nest’ Cricut Cartridge. Add to top left of page and add blossoms cut and prepared in the same way as the Hydrangea.

BANNER - Cut ‘Believe in Yourself’ banner from ‘cut out ‘ sheet, ink the edges and add over banner on layout wit 3D foam pads.

FLOWER BED / FENCE - Cut flower bed from brown Bazzill using template provided. Stick along base of photo. Cut two fence panels at 1.5” using white Bazzill and Paper Dolls Dress Up Cartridge for Cricut. Ink, overlap and stick together to make one longer fence. Stick with 3D foam pads towards bas of flower bed.

Make 9  mini seed packs using QK die and Kraft Bazzill. Draw some tiny seed pack images. Cut out and stick images to packets. Cut some spare Brown Bazzill into thin strips to make sticks to add to seed packets. Arrange in flower bed, slightly behind fence so the peep over the top.
Add garden twine to fence twisting and looping along the way.

I drew the little seed packet images and coloured them with my Promarkers. Because Linda and I make up kits which we sell via Cradinal Colours I made these images available in black and white as well as colour for the kits. I am aslo happy to send your the images to anyone who wants them - just drop me an email.

Cut butterflies from patterned paper and arrange on layout.

Add some blossoms and flat backed pearls for centres.

Use Cricut and ‘George and Basic Shapes’ cartridge cut a title 1” high with shadow using brown and green Bazzill. Add title to top right of layout.

Write journalling on one of the panels beside the photo.

And it's finished!

Thanks for looking. Please pop over to scrapology for more details of the challenge and prize.

Sunday 1 July 2012

A Rainy Day in Ireland

Nothing new there then! On the first day of our holiday in County Cork we ventured out to discover Bantry Bay despite the rain, even if we did hide in the hotel for a while enjoying a cream tea. x

Later, despite the rain - as it appeared to be set in for the day I ventured into the grounds of the lovely converted barn we are staying in and took some photos.

Thanks for looking.

I can show you more of this beautiful area tomorrow.

Lynn x