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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Summer Harmony Blanket

OK so it's winter, but I have now completed my Summer Harmony Blanket. I made the last stitches to the border while away on holiday in the Lake District, back in October. This is a clever design by Lucy of Attic 24. Although this was released in parts back in All parts of this design are available on her blog. 

A different approach this time, working all of the first rounds, then all of the second and so on. Ending up with 100 complete squares. 

The squares are not joined randomly, Lucy has spent a lot of time working out a colourwash effect, running diagonally.

The border was created with all the colours from the squares and two different rounds of stitches.

 Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday 11 December 2017

Christmas Crop Cards

Over on the Scrap, Paper, Scissors Blog, I have written a post all about the make and take we did at our Christmas Crop. We made special Christmas cards using a Kaisercreaft Card Creations Die and papers from the delightful, Authentique - Colourful Christmas Collection.
Please go over to the blog to read how they were made. 

To add sparkle to the project I introduced the use of Creative Expressions - Cosmic Shimmer - Glitter KissPlease see Julie's review of this product from earlier this year.

Here are a few made from the same paper collection.

Thanks for looking & Merry Christmas
Lynn x

Sunday 10 December 2017

Happy Birthday Elaine

It was Elaine's birthday on Friday and we all got together to celebrate last night. 
I made her a card with the Lili of the Valley digi stamps from the Thoroughly Modern Misses collection. This time I chose the February girl together with the 'Monthly Trait' for December. 

I printed them onto digital cardstock and coloured them with my Promarkers.

The greeting is from Crafter's companion, and the patterned papers and ribbons are from my stash.

Happy birthday Elaine
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday 9 December 2017

New Baby Girl - Card and Crochet

Baby Scarlett Rose joined our family on 28th November. Here is the card I made to congratulate my nephew Sam and his fiancĂ©e Chelsey. 

The image is from Lily of the Valley, stamped with a Memento ink pad and coloured with Promarkers. The patterned papers and ribbon are from my stash. The cardstock is Bazzill and the rosette was cut using a Sizzix Sizzlit Decorative Strip die - Mini Paper Rosette. The words' Girl' and 'New Baby' are cut with Crafter's Companion dies. The cards was finished off with some Distress Ink, Liquid Pearls and flat backed pearls.

I also made Scarlett a bunny Lovey to snuggle up to.

Impressed by the work of my friend Alison, who has made several of these in different colour combinations - I looked for a pattern to download. I found this one by Amy Ramnarine - The Stitchin’ Mommy at www.thestitchinmommy.com 

Welcome Scarlett Rose
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 4 December 2017

Happy Birthday Heather

Today is Heather's birthday and I made her a card using the new Thoroughly Modern Misses digi stamp for December from the collection by Lili of the Valley. I also downloaded the 'Monthly Traits' to go with the girls. 

I printed the girl and the trait onto watercolour paper, and used my Distress Inks to colour the image.
My greeting is a Crafter's Companion die.

The old patterned papers and ribbon were from my stash.

Happy Birthday Heather, lovely to see you today and hope you had a good evening with the family.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Baby Shower

Chelsey (and Sam) had a baby shower for their expected arrival in the next few weeks.
ere is the card I made for them.

I used a old Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp I have had a while now,
and coloured her with my Promarkers.
I glossed those big eyes with Glossy Accents.
The patterned paper is from Crafter's Companion
Ribbon roses and ribbon from my stash
Fern punch from Martha Stewart
'Baby Shower' die from Crafter's Companion
Sequins by Pink Paislee
 A little glitter was added with Stickles

Good luck Chelsey - looking forward to hear of your new baby.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 19 November 2017

Christmas Countdown!

I'm all ready for the beginning of December with this Advent Calendar I made for this month's Design Team post on the Papermaze Blog.

I have been having fun with the Bo Bunny - Christmas Carousel collection, and an idea for counting down to the big day. The delightful papers have some lovely images in soft shades of pink, yellow, green and blue. For my first Christmas project this year, I have created an Advent Calendar, each day revealing memories from previous years in the form a tiny photograph.

Please see the Papermaze Blog to see how I made the calendar.
Thanks for looking
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas.
Lynn x

Thursday 9 November 2017

Dancing Queen

Yesterday's post showed a layout from early in the day of Emily's wedding, today's shows a layout from the end of the day, when she had changed out of her wedding dress, into another lacy white dress more suitable for the Ceili dancing.

This was the layout designed by Vanessa for the October Crop kit.

The design uses
Kaisercraft - Barber Shoppe collection
Blue Fern - Wonderlust collection
Blue Fern - Chesterville collection
Pebbles - Heart of Home collection
Pebbles - Simple Life collection
Bo Bunny - Sewwt Moments collection
Bo Bunny - soiree collection
Lace, Twine, Dew drops, blossom.
Vaious dies and punches. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 8 November 2017


The first layout I have created with a photo from my daughter Emily's marriage to Jack in October. This layout was designed by Vanessa at Papermaze and was the crop kit from September's Crop.

This photo shows Catherine and Emily getting ready for the wedding, with a little help from Snapchat to complete the autumnal wedding theme! They are wearing the housecoats Catherine brought back from her trip to Singapore last year, making the photo perfect for these colours.

The layout was created with ....
Distress Oxide Inks
American Crafts - Oh Happy Life collection
Simple Stories - Sunshine and Happiness
Pebbles - Simple Life
White Bazzill
Twine, Prima Flowers, circle punch, tropical leaf die,
I added a JOFY flower stamp & some Enamel Accents.

Great, colourful fun!
Thanks for looking
Lynn xxx

Monday 6 November 2017

More Storage for Sizzix Dies

A variation on a theme from me today, another Sizzix folder based on the same idea as before, but showing how you can change the theme to anything you want it to be. I have made this one to store my floral dies, and my other one was based on a masculine theme. This was my post for the Papermaze Blog - Scrap, Paper, Scissors this month, please see the blog for the details of how it was made.


I has fun making this folder with these beautiful papers.
Now to work out different measurements for my other dies!
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Cards For The Boys

Today I'm sharing a set of cards for the boys - especially Dad's, using the Kaisercraft, Factory 42 paper pad. This was my latest project for the Papermaze - Scrap Paper Scissors blog. Please check the blog for details.

There are plenty of papers in the pad and I mixed and matched them with other elements from my stash. I'm often short of mens cards, so this was a great opportunity to make a few in advance.


After making all these cards, the layout and the Sizzix binder I still have plenty of 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad left to use for more projects.
Thanks for looking 
Lynn x

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Dad's Darkroom

This was my second Papermaze DT project for September, using the versitile Factory 42 collection from Kaisercraft. This time I made a layout and used some 12" x 12" paper and some stickers, together with more from the paper pad (details below and on the Scrap Paper Scissors Blog).

This photo of my Dad was taken in his darkroom developing photographs of Mum. Probably late in the 1950's. Not a brilliant photograph but well worth preserving this memory in my scrapbook.
I can remember this room from my early years, and in 1968 it was turned into a bedroom for my baby brother!

Please see the blog for full details.
I will be back with some male cards using the paper pad next month.
Thanks for looking

Lynn x

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Wedding Day - Jenn & Titus

The third wedding I was asked to make a card for this summer was for Jenn and Ian (Titus).

This time I used papers and letters from Basic Grey's Olivia collection.
My 'Bride and Groom' were also a Simply Print download from Lily of the Valley
The die for the card is from Crafter's Companion and creates this decorative aperture which is ideal for weddings.

I added butterflies using a Martha Stewart 3 in 1 punch, with tiny flat back pearls. The latter were also added to the flower centres. The Martha Stewart frond punch was used to add leaves to the flowers. A little sparkel was created with some Crystal Stickles.

As before I made Jenn and Ian a scrabble letter frame, this one was 12" x 12" and came from Hobbycraft. Lots of words which have meaning to the happy couple. 

Best wishes to Ian and Jenn

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Wedding Day - Rachel & Ben

This card for Rachel and Ben was based on the same idea as the wedding card I shared yesterday.

I used the same Simply Print image from Lily of the Valley, cutting the image into a circle with a Stitched Mat Circles by Lil' Inker Designs. 
The lacy effect cirlce and border are cut using a Sizzix Thinlits die set 'Doily and Doily Border'. The flowers are dies from Crafter's Companion. This time I added some fronds with a Martha Stewart punch, and some Crystal stickles.
The papers and letter stickers are from another old Basic Grey collection, this time it was 'Wisteria'.
Embellishments include a wide and narrow ribbons, sequins, & flat-backed pearls.
I also inked my papers with 'Dusty Concord' Distress Ink.

Best wishes to Ben and Rachel.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 18 September 2017

Wedding Day - Abby & Ricky

I was asked to make several cards and gifts for a couples who were married over the summer. Here is the first of those commissions.

I purchased and downloaded a Simply Print image called Mr and Mrs from Lily of the Valley and cut the image into a circle with one of my  Stitched Mat Circles by Lil' Inker Designs. 
The lacy effect cirlce and border are cut using a Sizzix Thinlits die set 'Doily and Doily Border'. The flowers are dies from Crafter's Companion.
The papers and letter stickers are from an old Basic Grey collection 'Plumeria'.
Embellishments include a wide and narrow ribbons, sequins, & flat-backed pearls.
I also inked my papers with 'Dusty Concord' Distress Ink.

I added a little decoration to the inside of the card too. 

The gift is a framed crossword made with wooden scrabble letters. The words chosen especially for the happy couple.
As well as the letter tiles, I used:
9" x 9" Frame from Ikea

 Best wishes to the bride and groom.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 17 September 2017

Tea At The Ritz

Afternoon tea at the Ritz back in 2014 to celebrate my Mum's 80th Birthday. These photos show me with my daughter Catherine. This is the last of the projects I finished at the Merly Impressions Retreat in July. Chrissy of Merly Impressions, designed the original layout and this is my version.

This layout was designed with the Kaisercraft Keepsake collection of papers. As well as the kit provided I used a 12" x 12" 'Photo Frames' acetate sheet. 

Thanks for the designs and kits Chrissy, I still have plenty of papers and embellishments in my kit as well as the two 'Beyond the Page' projects to make - all I need is a little free time to make them!

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday 16 September 2017

Storage with Sizzix and Kaisercraft

Over on the Papremaze blog I have had fun using a Kaisercraft paper pad from the new, Factory 42 line, to make a storage box / folder for my Thinlits dies. Please see the post on the Papermaze - Scrap Paper Scissors Blog for more pictures and step - by - step instructions on how I made it.

I have many of my larger dies on magnetic sheets in plastic storage boxes, having been removed from their original packaging. However I cannot store the intricate sets of
Sizzix Thinlits Alterations dies (by Tim Holtz) this way. They have many small pieces and would easily become separated and possibly lost if removed from the packaging. The manufacturing packaging consists of strong plastic wallets, and I find it uesful to keep the dies with their images, showing what is inside the set. I was therefore trying to think of a way to store a group of these die sets.

Now to make the next one!
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x