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Sunday 31 July 2016

12 Tags of 2016 - July - Beautiful Motion

Creeping in at the last minute with this tag for the July 12 Tags of 2016 - Tag Remix

I used # Kraft Tag
Water colour paper
Sizzix Tim Holtz AlterationsThinlets dies - Handwritten Love
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous rubber Stamps
Distress Micro Glaze
Distress Markers
Distress Inks
Ribbon died with Distress Stain
Charm from an old hair slide

These are the two techniques being remixed this month:

This is Tim's original Tag

Edited to say - Can't believe it but - I won a prize for this tag!!

Thanks to Tim Holtz and Simon Says Stamp and for all the lovely comments.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Summer of Creative Chemistry - 102 - Day 5

Final day of the Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry - with  On Line Card Classes - & Creative Chemistry 102. This is what we worked on for day 5. Another fun day playing with distress and other products.

Here are five of the six techniques tried out on day five - 'Embossing Effects' is today's theme of the day. (I am waiting post from USA with a product I couldn't buy here to finish the last tag - to follow). Edited to say it's arrived and I have completed the last tag.

1. Rusting with Distress Powder Technique

Distress Ink - Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo
Distress Embossing Powder - Old Paper
Stamp - Kaisercraft - Grid
Chipboard elements from my stash
#8 Manila Tag

2. Sticky Powder with Glitter Technique

Water colour paper
Distress Inks - twisted citron, fossilized amber, bundled sage, mustard seed, peeled paint, crushed olive, forest moss, pine needles & mowed lawn
Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder
Distress Glitter - Clear Rock Candy
3. Sticky Powder with Leafing Technique

#8 black tag
Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder
Leafing - Indigo Blu Mega Flakes - Yorkshire Dales

4. Shabby Chic Technique

#8 Black Tag
Distress Paint - Victorian Velvet & Black Soot
Stamp - Stampin' Up

5. Tarnished Silver Technique

#8 Black Tag
Embossing Powder - Extra Thick Clear
Distress Ink - Black Soot

Back with Tag Technique number six once the postman has been!
Looking forward to 1st August and Creative Chemistry 103.

Back with no. 6

6. Chalkboard Technique

#8 Black Tag
Antiquities Frosted Crystal Embossing Powderwhite chalk
Stampers Anonymous Stamps

Thanks for looking

Saturday 30 July 2016


This layout is another that I created at the Merly Impressions retreat at the beginning of this month. Chrissy designed the kit using the Kaisercraft Always and Forever collection, together with stitching and much fussy cutting of roses and doilies.

I added my own letter stickers - the glittery American Craft Thickers have been shaded with Distress Inks.

Here is the little history I have discovered about Maud:

Maud Holder (nee Fricker - My Great Aunt by marriage)
Born in July 1886 unknown parents
No Census records found, 
No marriage records found but married Frank Henry Holder (1888-)
They had two daughters  - Doris born 1923 and Beryl Margaret born 1925

I had to do a lot of restoration work on this photo in Adobe and I am pleased with the results.

Here is Chrissy's pretty layout:

Many thanks for looking, may be some time before I get back to you with my 'beyond the page' projects!!

Lynn x

Friday 29 July 2016

Pigs Gone Wild - Part 2

Back to following the Pig Trail we started a couple of weeks ago in Ipswich. We were travelling to Suffolk and decided to divert to Ipswich on route to Rendlesham to take in some of the pigs that were on the outskirts of the town. Our first stop was Jimmy's Farm, somewhere we have been meaning to visit for some time. It was a lovely day to explore and we also managed to stop in time for a delicious lunch.
Near to the Restaurant we found Foodie Pig (15)

From the farm we drove towards Nacton in search of Holywells Park.

In the reception was the glittery Stymante (23)

and just across the courtyard in the stables were three more of the junior pigs:

Pigasus (47), ...

Hamlette (48) & ...

... Mudlet (49)

A little further along th Nacton Road we found another junior pig in the window of the Ipswich Building Society (Ravenswood). 

Pocket Pig (67)

The other area we decided to explore today was Christchurch Park.

We found two pigs close together on the east side of the park.

Captain Pigwash (30)

and another junior pig Digby (64) inside the Reg Driver's Centre.

Over to the west of the park we discovered our final pig for today - The Ham-inator (20)

38 out of 69 found so far.
Thanks for looking and we will be back with more,
All is in aid of St. Elizabeth's hospice.
We hope to complete the trail with our next visit.

Lynn x

Thursday 28 July 2016

Gladys Lillian

Gladys is another of my Grandfather's siblings (there were fourteen of them in all!). I created this layout at the Merly Impressions Retreat back at the beginning of the month. It was one of the kits included in the weekend and designed by Chrissy. The design is created with Kaisercraft's Cottage Rose collection. Creating the layout included using texture paste through a stencil, stitching, punching around the page with a Martha Stuart PATP set and Distress Inks.

A little history for my photograph:

Gladys Lillian Holder - My Great Auntie Gladys.
Born in July 1896 Bromley, the seventh of fourteen children to
Frederick Henry and Emma Jane Florence (Williams) Holder.
The 1901 Census shows Gladys was 4 years old and living at
120 Southlands Road Bromley with her parents and eight of her siblings.
At the time of the 1911 Census Gladys was 14 years old and working
as a Morning Girl Domestic but living at home with her parents and ten of her siblings.
Gladys married Ernest Matthew Bush (03/05/1895 – 02/07/1963) circa 1920
They had one daughter Edna May in 1922 born in Bromley
They emigrated to Canada and lived in British Columbia (Gladys’ sister
Florence and husband Charles Kiff also emigrated to Canada).
They did travel back to England for a while as they were here for a family reunion in 1960
Gladys died in Vancouver in 1966

Chrissy's beautiful original:

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - 102 - Day 4

Moving on to day 4 of the Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry - with  On Line Card Classes - & Creative Chemistry 102. Continuing to enjoy creating with different medium and techniques - new and old.

Here are the five techniques tried out on day four - 'Alcohol Inks'
being the theme of the day.

1. Faux Patina Technique

Key charms from stash
Black Tag #8
Alcohol inks and Snow Cap Mixative

2. Tinted Tinsel Technique

Basic Grey Paper and element stickers - Eskimo Kisses
Idea-ology Silver Tinsel Twine
Alcohol Ink - raisin & pesto
Distress Ink - Aged Mahogony
Sizzix Tim holtz Alterations Tag Collection Dies

3. Ombré Technique

Glossy cardstock
Stamps - Non Sequitur - Old Fashioned Romance
Alcohol Inks - Juniper, Pesto, Stream

4. Monoprint Technique

Alcohol Inks - Juniper, Peach Belini, Cool Peri, Cranberry, Gold Mixative
Stamps - Non Sequiur - On Gossamer Wings
Glossy Cardstock

5. Faded Layers Technique

Alcohol Inks - Cool Peri, Juniper, Espresso, Cranberry, Peach Bellini
Layering Stencils - 6, 47
Stamps - Non Sequitur - The Mystery of Egypt

Thanks for looking, back with more for day 5, but waiting delivery of one item to finish off a technique.

Lynn x

Sunday 24 July 2016

Birds of a Feather

This month's Papermaze crop kit was designed by Jacqui Noon. We had great fun finger painting and working with this lovely Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set.

I chose this cheerful photo of Linda, myself, Anita ans Sue on a crafty chopping trip in Sussex a few years ago.

We used a selection of Dylusions acrylic paints together with a sheet of Kaisercraft Costal Eacape - Sea. I used the same title as Jacqui as is applied to my photo. I used some Basic Grey alphabet stickers which were white and inked them with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.

Thanks to Jacqui for the inspiration - great to try something new.

Thanks for looking 
Lynn x

Tuesday 19 July 2016

Enjoying the Magic at Henstead Exotic Garden - Merly Retreat 1

A recent photo of me taken when looking about at Henstead Exotic Garden, in Suffolk. This layout is the first on I have completed from the Merly Impressions Retreat a few weekends ago. This was designed by Chrissy and uses the beautiful Kaisercraft Sea Breeze collection. 

In addition to the kit contents I added some alphabet stickers and Glittery American Craft Thickers.

Here is Chrissy's beautiful layout

Thanks for looking, and I will be back with more as and when they have been completed.
Lynn x

Monday 18 July 2016

Summer of Creative Chemistry - 102 - Day 3

On to day 3 of the Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry - with  On Line Card Classes - & Creative Chemistry 102. Still having fun creating with different medium and techniques - some I was aware of before and others are new.

Here are the six techniques tried out on day three - 'Distress Differently' being the theme of the day.

With a bit more detail for each tag and a little information without giving too much away!

1. Smudge Stamping Technique

This shows first and second (smudge) versions.

Distress Ink - in too many colours to list!
Stamps - Various Stampers Anonymous Stamps &
Carabelle Studio Art Stamp XXL - Négatif et Papillons

2. Brayered Stains Technique

Distress Stain - broken china, twisted citron, peacock feathers, mustard seed
Distress Ink - evergreen bough, salty ocean
Ranger Manila Tag #8

3. Photo Tinting Technique

Distress Ink - black soot, vintage photo, antique linen
Distress Markers - stormy sky, wild honey, broken china, mermaid lagoon, dried marigold, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, mowed lawn, weathered wood
Stamps - Various Stampers Anonymous Stamps

4. Faux Cracked Glass Technique

Acetate clock from my stash

Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Glue n' Seal
Alcohol inks (to back of acetate to show cracks)

5. Distress Glitter Rock Candy Technique

Distress Glitter rock candy
Papers - Basic Grey - Dasher
Chipboard - Basic Grey
Distress Ink - fossilized amber, peeled paint, evergreen bough, mermaid lagoon, crushed olive, cracked pistachio
Glossy Accents

6. Distress Glittering Technique

Distress Glitter - broken china
Papers - Basic Grey - Dasher
Chipboard - Basic Grey

I'll be back with Alcohol Ink techniques next.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Summer of Creative chemistry - 102 - Day 2

Back again with day 2 in the Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry - with  On Line Card Classes - & Creative Chemistry 102.

Here are the seven techniques tried out on day two using Layering Stencils.

With a bit more detail for each tag and a little information without giving too much away!

1. Mixed-Media Layering Technique

Distress Paint - picket fence
Distress Ink - salty ocean, blueprint, stormy sky
Distress Stains - faded jeans, tumbled glass
Re-inker with mica - Shaded lilac
Layering Stencils - 6, 28, 39, 50

2. Embossing With Stencils Technique

3. Embossing Through Stencils Technique

Distress Ink - worn lipstick, aged mahogany

4. Stencil Stamping Technique

Distress Ink - bundled sage, iced spruce, gathered twigs
Distress Stains - pumice stone
Versafine Ink Pad - onyx black
Stampers Anonymous Stamp - THJ002 - Butterfly Melange

5. Stencil Sketching Technique

Distress Ink - spiced marmalade
Distress Stains - dried marigold
Distress Markers - wild honey, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, ripe persimmon
Versafine Ink Pad - onyx black
Stampers Anonymous Stamp - THJ002 - Butterfly Melange

6. Ink Monoprint Technique

Distress Ink - picked raspberry, mustard seed, mowed lawn, peacock feathers

7. Paint Monoprint Technique

Distress Paint - cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, carved pumpkin, spiced marmalade
Distress Ink - twisted citron, peeled paint, squeezed lemonade, gathered twigs
Layering Stencils - 6, 13, 39, 41,44, 106

Another successful 'Distressing' day!
Back with more another time.
Thank for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 12 July 2016

The Magic of Merly

A big thank you to Chrissy, Paul, Merley and the team of Merly Impressions for another great weekend retreat at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire. I was great to make new friends and catch up old friends throughout the weekend. Linda and I travelled to the retreat on the Friday so we were already there for the start of the event on Saturday morning. We did quite a bit of retail therapy on the way!

When we arrived at the retreat on Saturday morning, everything had been organised beautifully and this is what greeted us when we arrived in our cropping room (one of three).

This was my little work space for the weekend 

Chrissy's attention to detail is simply amazing. And I cannot imagine how many petals and butterflies she must have stamped and cut out - so much patience! You can see the booklet we were all given with detailed instructions for all the projects. The pizza box contained all the kits,
This beautifully decorated bag contained the bonus project and we had been asked to bring a small photo of ourselves along for this.

The lovely jar held a few tiny embellishments and lots of questions to break the ice and get us chatting - but I think we are all pretty good at that!!

Here are Chrissy's original projects (all using Kaisercraft products) for the weekend - I will be back with my interpretations once they are finished off.

3 layouts

An off the page project

and a bonus project (this was hiding in the little bag).

Before we went away we were given a little homework, to make a card for someone else on the retreat. Here Is the lovely card I received from Lorraine - thank you.

this is the card I made, using one of the techniques from the Creative Chemistry 101 class

A great weekend all round.
Thanks again Chrissy and team, and enjoy your well earnt holiday.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x