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Friday 18 October 2013

Amanita Muscaria

I was actually in the right place at the right time to take in a workshop by Louise Collins at Papermaze on Wednesday morning! So along with a lovely group of ladies I created my page - well more of a picture for the wall as it's never going to fit into an album!

 My photo was taken in Rendlesham Forest in November 2011

We were given some corrugated card in the form of a pizza box to cut into a circle, and strip back to show the 'ribs'.

The twigs, fir cones and acorns had been gathered by Lou in advance of the class.

There were brads (Prima Sunrise-sunset Mechanicals Vintage Trinkets), white Bazzill card stock, Kaisercraft flat backed pearls in red, two Studio Calico clock faces and a sheet of Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Textbook paper.

Also a Kars wooden ornament house which I swapped for a toadstall from my stash when I got home.

We were able to use some leaf punches, a Cheery Lynn die - Window A, distressing ink, cheesecloth, Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel and three different sprays, varying makes - to add colour to the punched leaves in yellow orange and brown. We also used a hot glue gun and a heat gun.

The leaves were punched from Bazzill and coloured with spray inks, distresses and inked again.

Thanks to Louise and Vanessa for a great workshop.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Thursday 17 October 2013

Happy Birthday Mary Poppins!

It's Mum's birthday this weekend and I ordered this stamp many months ago when I first saw it as it's perfect for her - my very own Mary Poppins!

Every week, when my triplets were small, Mum used to travel over to my house early one morning stay over until the following evening. She would help me with all that needed doing for the babies and was great company too. As she had chosen to be called 'Nanny' by the children and her name is Mary she acquired the nick name of 'Mary Poppins'.

Using the Cricut, I cut the basic scalloped shape from black Bazzill twice to make a card blank. The little houses were cut from the Jolly Holidays cartridge. The image is a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp coloured with my Promarkers. The background was sponged with distress ink. I added gems and ribbon to finish off.

I would like to enter this card into the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge #200, Back in Black.

Happy birthday Mum.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Happy 80th Birthday - Cards, Cake, Family and Friends

It was Dad's 80th birthday on 1st October and we celebrated at my Sister's house with a tea party for family and friends on 5th.

I made Dad a card using the Cricut, and the Birthday Bash Cartridge. This was my design team card for Scrapology for this month's challenge. The papers are from Basic Grey's Indian Summer collection, which was perfect for the Autumnal colour theme chosen by team member Sheena.

With the help of Catherine I did a lot of baking and cake decorating in the days leading up to the party. I made a big three tier cake, one layer vanilla, the second chocolate and the third was chocolate chip. All decorated with fondant icing.

Then we decorated cup cakes, 36 for the party, another 12 lactose free so Emily could have some and another 12 for Catherine to take to a party she was going to later in the weekend!

We decorated many of them with the same fondant we had made for the big cake. Others were piped with orange and lemon flavoured butter cream.

These all made it safely to my sisters house in the car!
Sylvia had prepared all the other food and Bob had put up the Marquee.
People travelled from far and wide to be with Dad to celebrate his special birthday.

 Happy Birthday Dad.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday 5 October 2013

Dad's Album

My Dad was 80 years old on Tuesday 1st October and I have been putting an album together for him for some time. I gave it to him on Father's day but there were a few gaps as we were searching for photos of specific events. 

today we are having a tea party for him with family and friends, and her will be reunited with the album, now complete except the very last page which will feature his party.

So here is the album containing some newly created layouts together with many made years ago and other in-between. (Lots of photos in this blog post!)

Green Fingers - My Great grandfather Robert Ephgrave in his garden in Tewin. The photo we have had for a while, but only recently we found out that Dad was named after him. The layout was created at a Scrapaholix retreat a quite a few years ago, designed by Mandy Webb with Scenic Route papers.

Smithfield Market - My Grandfather Charles Banks worked as a porter in Smithfield meat market later on in his working life. I created this layout with Basic Grey Ambrosia papers a few years ago at a Cardinal Colours Crop. More details HERE.

 Royal British Legion - My Grandfather again, this time as part of the Royal British Legion. Again I created this layout a few years ago and it is Basic Grey Scarlet's Letter papers. More details HERE.

Danger is our Opportunity - This is a more recent layout and was made in a class designed by Anita. It is a photo of Dad's cousin Kenneth Banks who was a spitfire pilot. See more details HERE.

Margaret - Another Scrapaholix class page featuring Margaret (Ephgrave) Banks, my grandmother. The journalling pulls out on the tag.

 First Born - a scrapbook page I created for a Scrapology a couple of years ago. We were scraplifting Ingrid G. The photo is my Dad back in 1933. More details HERE.

Spit and Polish - A layout created at Debden this year. My dad with his mum in the back yard of a flat they liven in in Beckenham for a while.  More papers from Basic Grey. More details HERE.

My Father at 4 - A Scrapoholix design from many years ago. Lots of metal and glass embellishments.

 Festival of Britain - A photo taken by dad in 1951 at Trafalgar Square during the festival. For more details see HERE.

Let Me Tell Your Fortune - This design was by SJ and this is another Scrapology Design Team layout. More details HERE. Dad at a fancy dress party.

1950's Style -Another layout designed by the clever Anita with photos of my lovely Mum and Dad Dad's parents on holiday in St. Mary's Bay. More details HERE.

Love is All You Need - A layout using Basic Grey papers, and a Kelly Goree layout scraplift  - I think!

 A layout of Mum and Dad before they married. This was created recently for a Scrapology DT challenge.

Another Scrapoholix kit dry brushing with Acrylic paints. Mum and Dad with their friends Sybil and Bob.

Mum and Dad's Wedding 1957. I designed this page for Scrapoholix for a class on dry embossing vellum.

A page of my own with baby me and my Mum and Dad.

Me with my Dad in the back garden. There is a pocket behind the photo containing another precious photo. 1961

My sister Sylvia. A recent layout made in a class designed by Linda.

When my brother arrived on the scene in 1986.

First grandson Mark James. born 1982

Another layout designed by Linda for a class. This is a pencil portrait Dad drew of my three children - his 2nd, 3rd and 4th grandchildren, all arrived within a few minutes of one another in 1992!

Samuel James arrived on the scene in 1993. Here is is visiting his grandad.

 Mum and Dad in their garden in Beckenham, just before Dad retired and they moved to Fairlight.

First great-grandchild Jamie arrived in 2004

Then Jessica Grace arrived in 2006.

We all clubbed together to treat Dad to a Tiger Moth flight for his 70th Birthday. A CSI layout.

Golden Wedding in 2007

The four generations of the family at West Ham, Dad, my brother Rob, my sister's boys Mark and Sam and Mark's son Jamie.

Dad gave Catherine his car this summer as she is learning to drive.

I first gave Dad this album with a few pages missing back in June on Father's day. I finished it off and returned it to him for his birthday at the weekend.

Emily and Dad looking at the album.

Mark, Jess, Jamie, Kerry and Nina having a look at the layouts.

Thanks for looking.

Lynn x

Thursday 3 October 2013

Samuel and Grandad

A layout for my father's album, this page is about when his youngest grandchild Samuel Mark joined the family. A photo for Dad and Sam together. It was difficult to find a photo of the two of them together.
A fairly simple design using stamps and some paper piecing.
The papers are Basic Grey's Oh Baby Boy and Girl collections together.
The stamps are Woodware.
My title is from a set of letter stickers from American Craft 'Thickers'.
The labels were cut with a Stampin' Up punch.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Sylvia Jane

With a combination of papers from Kaisercraft (background) and My Mind's Eye for all the punched shapes this layout was created in a class designed by Linda. It was her scrapbooking class at Jill's Cardinal Colours Autumn Crop Weekend in September.

We used black Bazzill and lots of punches and dies to create the shapes. The lovely citrus coloured buttons were all threaded up with black DMC stranded cotton. We were given some flat backed gems and I added a few more and some pearls too.

My title was created with some Provocraft stickers from my stash.

The photo is my sister taken probably by my Dad in about 1964ish in the back garden of our home. This will go in an album I am making for my father.

Thanks for looking, and thanks to Linda for a great class.
Lynn x

Tuesday 1 October 2013

B is for Buttons!

Hi everyone, I'm back to show you how I used buttons on my Design Team layout for this month's Scraplift challenge over on Scrapology.

We are scraplifting this fun layout by Laura Vegus:

and I drew a sketch as always:

I used Echo Park's Scoot papers:

4x6 journalling


I also used a sheet of Bazzill cardstock, blue and red funky foam, DMC stranded cotton thread, and a lot of buttons!

I made an 11" x 11" square of paper using the grid side of 'numbers' paper. Then I cut across creating a wavy line about 3" to 4" up from the bottom. I cut a piece of the coloured sided of 'stripes' with the stripes running vertically 11" wide and about 5" deep to place behind the 'grid' paper to complete the 11" x 11" square. The outer edges were distressed and inked. This was then mounted over the gutted Bazzill.

I cut a strip from the blue side of 'stripes' 10" x 1" this was trimmed with a scallop shape using a stencil. I inked the edges and stuck this vertically over the grid paper, from the top and about 5.75" in from the left.

I cut random strips from the left overs of 'numbers' and 'stripes' and cut more from the other two papers as well, these were distressed and inked and placed to show under the photo once matted.
The photo was mounted onto a piece of patterned paper and stuck over the strips, close the the scalloped border.
The funky foam lettering and shapes were cut with Sizzlets on the Big Shot.
All the buttons were stitched in place with the thread over the join between the two papers, with a few bows tied here and there too.

A fun and colourful page to make.

Thanks for looking. If you are interested in the challenge please pop over to the Scrapology blog. The challenge runs from today until 5th November.

Lynn x