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Monday 22 December 2014

Christmas Challenge Kit - Christmas Eve

Last weekend was the great Papermaze Christmas Crop - here is the layout I made with the challenge kit. I had intended to photograph the kit before I chopped up the papers, but I forgot! There is plenty more to use and I am halfway through another layout using the same kit.

I used:
Simple Stories - DIY Christmas Papers
Bazzill Cardstock
Various letters from my stash
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page

The photo is young Jamie, my nephew, when he visited us on Christmas Eve 2005.

Saturday 20 December 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 51

Here is my card for week 51 and this time it is a photo prompt for inspiration. A delightful Christmasy picture for the penultimate challenge!

So here is my version:

Rummaging through my Christmas stash I found these corrugated card Christmas trees from may years ago. I cut up a large doily. The paper and sentiment are left over from this year's Papermaze Layout challenge kit.
I added twine, lots of pearls and snowflake stickers.

Thanks for looking and I have the last chllenge to share with you from Monday.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday 19 December 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 50

Nearly completed a year of this challenge!

It was a sketch prompt challenge for week 50 with this image as inspiration for the Christmas card. Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.

A simple sketch which said snow globe to me!
Here is my card:

I used:

Cricut and the Simply Charmed cartridge
Papers from My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas
Bazzill Cardstock
Liquid Pearls
gem & Ribbon

Thanks for looking,
Back with the card for week 51 tomorrow
Lynn x

Thursday 18 December 2014

Make and Take with Carol - Mini Canvas Easel

The second make and take from the Papermaze Christmas crop was designed by Carol. We made a mini Christmas canvas using stencils, script stamps, gilding wax, acrylic paints and stickles. The Poinsettia is cut from Bazzill with a Sizzix dies and the letters are cut from a Sizzlit alphabet. Dew drops were used for the flower centre.

Another creat class, thanks to Vanessa and Carol, Merry Christmas
Lynn x

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Make and Take with Lesley - Gift Token Card

I went to the Papermaze Christmas Crop on Saturday and we all had a great time. There was a Christmas Challenge Kit and two Make & Take sessions. The first make and take was by Lesley and we all made a gift Token card.

Here is mine:

We used gilding flakes on the paper doily, something I have been meaning to try for a long time.
The papers I chose from the wide selection available were from My Mind's Eye. We used a brad and a glass dew drop for the centre of the blossom. 
I added some gold and cream twine to match my papers.

Thanks for the class Vanessa and Lesley, hope you have a good Christmas
Lynn x

Monday 15 December 2014

Scrapology December Card Challenge

Our last Scrapology card challenge for 2014. And we have a colour inspiration photo for you to play with. This would make a good last minute Christmas card, or a card for any other occasion. This month our own DT member LINDA is challenging you to create a card using the beautiful colours and / or the image she found from STYLYZE

Here is my card:

My papers and the chipboard pieces are old ones from Basic Grey's Wassail collection. Then I added lots of Liquid Pearls, Stickles, gems and pearls.
This challenge runs until 15th January, please see blog for more inspiration and details.
Merry Christmas
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday 12 December 2014

52 Card Challenge - Week 49

Welcome to the first prompt of December for Kool Kitty's Musings challenge! As it's likely to be a crazy month for us crafty folks, to make life easier Natty thought it would be good to focus on the things that are...

On your to-do list!

If there are special card projects that you need to get done and dusted, now's your chance!
Mine was to create a card for my daughter who passed her driving test on Friday. A special card to acknowledge this achievement was in order.

I had wanted to try using the writing facility on the new Cricut Explore with white on black like a chalk board. I had purchased the Chalk Board Font cartridge, however the pens sold for this machine do not include a white and many other pend don't fit the holder on the Cricut. I did some 'Googling' and discovered that American Crafts make a white pen in their Galaxy range which fits perfectly. I found one of these pens at Papermaze, and so was ready to try this out when Catherine passed her test. 

In addition to the pen and the Cricut I used cardstock from Bazzill in white, black and red.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday 11 December 2014

Craftilicious Carry All - Mark IV

I made Linda a Craftilicious Carry All bag for her birthday last month. She had requested one for her sewing things.

My first attempt is here - This is the bag I use for my stitching items. Then I made one for Catherine in pink and black as requested for taking on tour as Deputy Stage Manager. This was closely followed by a woodland animal one for Emily's sewing things.

Here is Linda's Craftilicious Carry All:

To go with the bag I made Linda another of my scrap bags, she already has two but it's useful to keep one with the sewing machine for pins and threads as you sew.

Then I found a pattern for pattern cutting weights so made these from some scraps lined them with calico and filled them with sand.

Linda couldn't be at out Cardinal Colours Christmas crop this year where my gift to all my scrappy friends was a hand made gift bag filled with Christmas Chocolates, however she will receive her bag when I next see her. I made it in the same fabrics as the other items as I thought it might be useful to hold ribbons or something within the bigger bag.

Happy Birthday and Christmas Linda.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Fabric8 Small Gift Bags

I picked up a small kit at Fabric8 in Felixstowe for making one of these small gift bags - just like the paper ones you buy in card shops. I thought they would make good gifts for my crafty friends at our Cardinal Colours Christmas Crop this year. I simply filled them with delicious chocolate gifts and crackers.

Here are the individual bags I made:

Here are a set of three bags made of the five year old triplets and filled with small toys and sweets.

I enjoyed making these as the pattern and instructions work so well.

Merry Christmas Girls
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Good Luck Dr. Kay

Our lovely Dr Kay at work is leaving to return to New Zealand with her young family. We will miss her and sent her off with celebrations, gifts and this card I made on behalf of the team.

I used an 8" x 8" card blank and a bunch of patterned papers from Echo Park's Scoot collection. 
I cut a globe using the 'Going Places cartridge for the Cricut. I also used the Birthday Bash cart for the bunting and lettering and the Everyday Paper Dolls cart for the doctor character.
I added white gel pen, distress ink, ribbon and stickles.

Wishing Kay and her family a safe trip and good luck with their new ventures.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 8 December 2014

52 Christmas Crackers - Week 48

It was a photo prompt challenge for week 48 with this picture from Pinterest as a great jumping off point for winter/Christmas crafting. Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.

Here is my Christmas card: 
I loved working with this snowflake idea.
I used white, kraft and pale aqua Bazzill cardstock. 
Cricut and Winter Wonderland Cartridge.
Lots of glitter added with stickles.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 7 December 2014

52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 45

The inspiration for this week's card is all things botanical.   Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.

Here is my card:

This card was the first time I tried Brushos on water colour paper, thank you to Linda for sharing her inks. The stamps are from Paper Artsy, Joffy collection which I have tried before. I also used a fine black sharpie and a white gel pen to add detail. It was interesting to see what patterns developed when the powder inks met the water on the paper!

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday 4 December 2014

52 Christmas Crackers - Week 47

We had an inspiration photo prompt for this week's Christmas card. Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.

Here is my card:

and this was the prompt photo:

I Used:
Patterned papers from Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses and RSVP collections
Cardstock - Scraps of Bazzill
Cricut - Cindy Loo Cartridge
Gel Pen, Ribbon, peeloffs

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Bird's Nest Birthday Card

This month over on Scrapology, Karen Leonard - our own DT member KAZY 1 is challenging you to create a card using these beautiful colours she found this image Design Seeds 

Here is the card I made:

I used:

Patterned paper - Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry collection and the Marjolaine collection
DCWV paper scraps
Cardstock - Bazzill
Dies - Memory Box, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Cricut - Straight from the Nest

You have until 15th December to enter this one and the colour scheme makes a good Christmas card.
Pop over to Scrapology if you want to know more about the prize and the challenge.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 3 December 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 46

The inspiration for week 46 is a sketch. Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.
Here is my card:

Here is the inspiration sketch:

I used:
Patterned papers - Bo Bunny - Mistletoe
 Punch - Martha Stewart
Liquid Pearls
Distress Ink
Two glittered chipboard baubles from my stash.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 2 December 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 45

Catching up with the blogging of my cards - The inspiration for this week's Christmas card is all things botanical. 

Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.

Here is my card:

Here is the inspiration image:
Natty said:
"I loved the look of this illustration and well, there are so many botanical aspects to it that you could incorporate into cardmaking. From autumnal leaves, winter greenery and berries, colourful spring flowers and delicate summer blooms. So much to choose from!"

I used patterned papers and stickers by Authentique - Festive collection
Sticker picture by Penny Black
Gems and Stickles for sparkle
Distress Ink

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 1 December 2014

5 Cousins

My Scrapology Design Team layout for December features my three children and their two cousins. 

I used:
Patterned papers - Basic Grey - Little Black Dress collection
Photos and journalling printed onto water colour paper
Numbers - American Craft Thickers (black glittery chipboard)
Ink - Distress Ink - Black Soot
Buttons and thread

This month we've chosen a layout by Kimberley Van Diepen to scraplift:

details of her blog and other work can be found on Scrapology.

I drew a sketch

Pop over to Scrapology for details of the challenge, and the prize.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 25 November 2014

The Kiff Family

Here is a heritage layout I started making years ago while at a retreat. I had put it away and forgotten about it until I was sorting through some Basic Grey papers for another project. I think it started off being inspired by one of BG's sample layouts at the time.

The patterned papers including the doily and element stickers are from Basic Grey's beautiful Marjolaine collection. The lettering shows up better IRL, difficult to photograph in this poor light.

I added lots of Stickles, Liquid Pearls, gems and pearls. The lettering is created with American Craft Felt and chipboard stickers and Simple Stories tiny letters.

The Kiff family are related to me through my maternal Grandfather. Florence (Florrie) Dorothy Holder is my great aunt (1894 - 1964) married to Charles (Charlie) Kiff (1890 - ) and their daughter Vera Enid Kiff (1922). They all emigrated to Vancouver in Canada in 1926.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 24 November 2014

Medieval Munchers

Last weekend I went to the Papermaze monthly crop. Vanessa had designed the crop kit and I worked on this with a photo of my three children with their friends at their Medieval school fete back in 1999 enjoying their chocolate bars.
St Paulinus Primary School with Matthew, Emma, Catherine, Emily Cooper, Beth and Ellie.

The kit contained: Lace Bazzill,
Basic Grey - Highline - Perfect,
Bo Bunny - Apple Cider - Hickory and Cider Dot,
12" ribbon.

We could use:
Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stain,
Couture Creations Super Powder Puff Embossing Folder,
Variety of Circle punches in different sizes
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Tea Dye
Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa
Prima Mask - Netting
Kaisercraft Stamp - Tiny Dots
Woodware Stampn- Zigzag

I added:
Simple Stories DIY - Stickers Typeset
Martha Stewart Punch - Leaves and Branch (Vine Trim)

Thanks for the design and kit Vanessa.

Here is Vanessa's original design called ' Off to Prom':

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 23 November 2014

Double 80th Birthday Celebration

I was asked to make a card for a couple who were both going to be 80 within a few days of one another.

I used:
The Cricut and the 'Sweet Treats' cartridge.
American Craft Thickers silver glitter alphabet stickers
Miri card
Bazzill Cardstock
3D foam pads
Liquid pearls & Sickles
Patterned papers in Doodlebug Designs Ltd.

Happy 80th birthday to both Jean and Roy.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday 6 November 2014

Mr & Mrs Wiliams

I have my Papermaze Crop Kit layout from October to show you today. When I say Vanessa's design and choice of papers I knew it was just right for another Heritage layout.

My photo is the wedding of my great aunt (my grandfather's older sister) Winifred Freda Holder and Henry (Harry) Williams in 1915.

In the kit:
Patterned papers - Kaisercraft - Be-YOU-tiful collection, Prima - Sunrise-Sunset, Authentique - Gifted & Simple Stories - Good Day Sunshine
Bazzill Avalanche
White Vellum

We used: Punches and dies at the crop

I added a title with Prima letter stickers, and some liquid pearls to the swirl.

Here is Vanessa's original layout:

Thanks for the crop kit and thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday 5 November 2014

52 Christmas Crackers 2014 - Week 44

A dip in the prompt jar this week. Please see Kool Kitty Musings Blog for details of the challenge.

Here is my card including these three elements:

I used:
Patterned paper, candi, topper and card blank all from Craftwork Cards
Chalk Ink
Ribbon and gem from my stash

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x