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Tuesday 18 April 2017

Girl Guides

I was lucky enough to obtain a February Papermaze Crop kit despite not being able to get to the crop. I have enjoyed making this layout, brought back lots of memories. 

The photo was taken about 1972 and shows my sister and me ready for a day out with the Guides. We are in the front garden of our home in Beckenham.

Vanessa's clever original layout

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday 15 April 2017

Happy Easter

This year's Easter cards have been made using the Cricut and an SVG downloaded from My Scrap Chick.

Nearly all the pieces were cut from scrap cardstock left over from other projects.
An extra was cut in white and ran this through the embossing folder.

The edges of all the pieces were inked and I shaped the flowers and leaves. 

Lots of gems, and pearls for flower centres.

The greetings were cut with a Crafter's Companion die.

Happy Easter
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Happy Birthday Catherine and Emily

For Catherine and Emily's Birthday cards I have been playing with Distress Inks. 

I swiped a light shade of the chosen colour of Distress Ink onto the top of a piece of water colour paper spritzed it with water and allowed it to run down the paper while drying with a heat tool. Then I added a darker shade, but less ink this time and repeated the process. I repeated this on a smaller piece for cutting the butterfly later.

Once dry I inked the edges with another darker shade of ink and a mini blending tool. This was then mounted onto a piece of dark cardstock and then onto a card blank.

I created a paper stencil using a Tim Holtz Alphabetical Decorative Strip die from Sizzix and inked through this to give the shadowy lettering design. 

I cut the butterfly from the  smaller inked area and a shadow from dark cardstock. I used the Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterflies Thinlits dies from Sizzix.

The greetings are Crafter's Companion Dies.

Coming soon - the same technique using Distress Oxide Inks for a different effect. 

Happy Birthday Catherine and Emily.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday 10 April 2017

Happy Birthday Andrew

I had the Cricut out for this card I made for my son Andrew's birthday last month.

I purchased a digi image set for the Crisut and resized and cut the pieces in cream, grey and black Bazzill cardstock. The background paper is from Basic Grey's Basics collection. From red card I made a card blank and matted the chess board. 
Each of the little black squares had to be stuck down individually, but the cream board has little score marks to help make positioning easy and accurate.
The greeting is from Crafter's Compainon and cut in silver miri board.
To finish I added a few shiny black gems. 

Happy Birthday Andrew!
Thanks for Looking
Lynn x

Thursday 6 April 2017

Cards with Crayons

Some time ago I was asked to make two brightly coloured birthday cards - So I decided to use the my Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.

I chose to use set one as this has a lively collection of colour - Picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, twisted citron, mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers. I also used several Tim Holtz Layering Stencils. 

I applied a layer of white Gesso over the surface of my white card and allowed this to air dry. Then I scribbled with the crayons randomly over the gesso, working small areas of each colour. I placed each stencil where the pattern was required and rubbed some colour off using a damp cloth. 

Once this was dry, I trimmed each piece to fit my card blanks and mounted them onto black mount. I cut greetings and an image using dies and more black card. 

Dies by Memory Box and Crafters Companion.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 4 April 2017

More Fun with JOFY Paperartsy Stamps

A second post for March on the Papermaze blog was all about using more JOFY stamps and another IKEA product.

I had a few old KNUFF magazine folders left empty when I sorted out some craft magazines. These were looking a bit tatty so I decided to treat them to the same technique as the bead chest I decorated at the beginning of the month. 

Please see the original post on the Papermaze blog for details of how to make the project and the products used. 

More to come at a later date:

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 2 April 2017

First Swing

First Swing is the title of this layout I designed for the March Papermaze Crop Kit. It features a photo of my cousin's baby granddaughter on her first visit to the park.

The papers used in this design are all from Kaisercraft's Ubud Dreams collection, I love the colours and designs of these papers. I used some machine stitching, stenciling and paper piecing.

All the items used on the page are available from Vanessa at Papermaze and include punches from EK success and Martha Stewart, dies from Sizzix and Memory box, a stencil by Tim Holtz, Burlap, Acrylic Paint, Liquid PEarls, Flat-backed pearls, Stencils and Bazzill cardstock. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x