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Saturday 27 April 2013

Buttons Everywhere!

This weekend I am at Debden House in the Epping Forest. Every year I go there with a group of lovely scrapbooking friends. This started off seven years ago with the Blossom Babes group on UKS and has grown and adapted along the way.

A small tradition has developed where we all make one another a small gift as a memento of the weekend.  This year I made these necklaces, one for each person in their favourite colours.

I made a shape with the Cricut and adapted it in the Cricut Craft Room Programme. Then with Adobe (and a little help from Emily we designed and printed this background and the names onto the card die cuts.

The necklaces were made by adapting the instructions from two tutorials I found on the Crafty Ribbons Blog. Here and Here. The first for the basic pattern of the buttons and the second because I wanted a proper clasp to secure the necklace rather than just tying the ribbon behind the neck. Otherwise the organza ribbon I used would quickly start to fray.



 Hope you like them girls.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday 22 April 2013

Bridal Shower for Maria Part 2

Here we go with an update on the album. I received some photos of Maria from her childhood to the present day and was asked to use these to fill the album before the date of the shower. I was also asked to include some lace.

I made some pockets for the tags trimmed with lace and added the photos.There is some room to add more photos later.

I added gems, candi, ric - rak, and lace and used lots of shaped punches.

 A reminder of the front and back covers.

Hope you all had a good time at the bridal shower and that Maria liked her mini album.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Bridal Shower for Maria - Part 1

I was asked to make a bridal shower mini album for Maria, she loves green and her wedding colours are Ivory and moss green. I have made up the album, and prepared some shaped pieces for the guests to write messages on. Then after the event and armed with photos I will finish off and decorate the album.

I used several papers from Basic Grey - Boxer & Hello Luscious collections, Bazzill, ribbon, American Craft Thickers letter stickers and some gems from my stash.
I cut large scalloped circles on the Cricut 10 1/2" using the shadow doily from the Cindy Loo cartridge. I also cut the patterned paper into 9 1/2" circles on the Cricut, which I then divided up. The album is held open or closed with ribbon, threaded through an eyelet on the back and front.

This is where I'm up to at present:

Closed album front

Closed album back

The four aspects of the album when open

The underneath of the album
The shapes ready for good wishes and messages.

Hope Maria and friends all have a great time at the Bridal Shower and I look forward to completing the album.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday 20 April 2013

Shingle Street

What a beautiful day! After all the bad weather we have been experiencing, it was a lovely warm day. We drove over to Shingle Street for a stroll along the sea front at this fascinating place. The small coastal hamlet of Shingle Street is in Suffolk, at the mouth of Orford Ness, between Orford and Bawdsey.  It is a wild, unique, desolate but magical place.  The notice boards declare the area as a "special place" which is also formally designated an SSSI - Sight of Special Scientific Interest - because of the rare flora that survives this wind-swept area of beach.

Shingle Street was originally a home for fishermen and river pilots for the River Ore. Early in the 19th century a Martello tower was built, and was later home for coastguards. Many of the original buildings date from this period, also several buildings were destroyed during WWII, including the Lifeboat Inn, the hamlet's only pub.

This site tells of a 1940 war time secret to be revealed in 2021, there are allegations that a German raiding force was burned to death at Shingle Street.

This single line of white shells in the shingle stretches from the flagpole at the coastguards cottages out to the shore line. I took lots of photos but have taken these words from the website.

You can read more about this HERE.

It starts here - near the coastguards cottages
It diverts round any obstacles!
Close up of single line of white shells
Thanks for looking.

Lynn x

Monday 15 April 2013

Diamonds !

To challenge card makers this month the challenge over on Scrapology has been set by Sue (Soojay). She has asked us to make a card with glitz as diamonds are the birthstone for the month of April. So as well as adding lots of glitter and sparkle I made a card base with the Diamond Fold (I will try to do a tutorial for the fold later), and diamond patterned paper.

I wanted to make a card for my sister's birthday and had purchased this delightful new stamp from Lili of the Valley for her. Her birthday was yesterday but I couldn't show you her card until the challenge went live today.

The stamp is called 'Dainty Cake'.

On the Passion for Promarkers Blog, the challenge is to 'cut out your image' so I would like to enter this card.

 The card is 4" square.  and here is is opened out.

The papers I used are left overs from Bo Bunny's Enchanted collection. The diamond (harlequin) pattern is already glittered in places.

I added a 3 3/4" square of Doodlebug Designs Inc. Sugar coated cardstock in black to a 4" white cardstock square and mounted this over the front panel.

There are lots of tiny pink flat-backed gems stuck to the points where the diamonds meat, and the corners of the front panel.

The greeting stamp is another Lili of the Valley stamp from the Girls collection.

The girl is coloured with Promarkers and I have highlighted details with Stickles and Liquid pearls.

Happy Birthday for yesterday Sylvia. xxx
Thanks for looking.

Saturday 13 April 2013

Floral Explosion Cards

These are the cards I made during Linda's card class at Cardinal Colours Weekend Crop.

The first two were created with Basic Grey papers and Paint Fusion stamps and acrylic paints. Linda showed us how to carefully paint in layers to create the flowers. She had prepared the grey board for us so we could get on with the painting.

The next card is a gate fold, and the squares were created using and embossing folder.The flowers and leaves were punched. The greeting circle was also made with punches, I used a Lili of the Valley stamp.
 ...and the inside

 The last card was made with the Sizzix - Tattered Florals die, Stampin' Up stamp and Martha Stewart punches.
 ... and the inside.

Lovely collection of cards to make - thanks Linda.