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Wednesday 31 May 2017

New Home Gifts

Here is the second layout I made for the Papermaze blog this month using the Bo Bunny Kiss the Cook collection.

I used the brightly coloured papers to record the strawberry 'New Home' gift I made last summer for my daughter Catherine and her boyfriend George.  Please see the Papermaze blog for details. Here is the blog entry about the gift and card I made for the occasion.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Happy Anniversary Robert & Elaine

Today is the fifth wedding Anniversary of my brother Robert, and his wife Elaine. To celebrate I made this layout. 

I used some Basic Grey 'Little Black Dress' papers and lots of chipboard pieces (Dusty Attic and Blue Fern Studios). These were painted with white Acrylic paint, then dabbed with gilding wax. Stickles and gems were added to give some sparkle (the photos don't do the sparkle justice).
A large black organza was threaded through a gold buckle and tied in a double bow.
The papers were trimmed with a Martha Stewart (Cherish) Border punch. This was all mounted onto black Bazzill cardstock.

Happy Anniversary Rob and Elaine xxx
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday 25 May 2017

It's A Colourful Life

Here is the first of two layouts I made for the Papermaze Blog a couple of weeks ago, featuring the versatile Bo Bunny collection - Kiss the Cook. I love the contrast of Black and white with bright colours in this collection.

I had these very colourful photos to scrap so I selected the black and white papers from the collection. Please see the Papermaze blog for details of what was used from the shop. The photos show my daughter Catherine on her recent birthday. Her brother had given her this beautiful rainbow umbrella, and we were in London for the day. I love the way the colours were reflected in the rails as we walked over the Millennium Bridge.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday 16 May 2017

Clara and Tom's Wedding - 1931

Clara May Holder (my great aunt), married Thomas Vincent Marsh back in 1931, and this is a recently discovered photograph of their wedding.

The lovely papers have been in my stash for a very long time and are from Prima's Sweet Fairy Collection - Charmed and Maja Design - En Kopp Te. 
I used some Chipboard pieces from Dusty Attic and others
Dies from Crafter's Companion, Spellbinders and Sizzix
Blossoms, gems, pearls, letter stickers
Bazzill Cardstock - Kraft
Inspired by the work of Rachelle Sigurdson on the Maja Design Blog

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 15 May 2017

Catherine's Graduation

Nearly four years on... and I have finally scrapped a photo from Catherine's graduation!

Catherine graduated in Drama and Theatre Arts in 2013 and the ceremony was held at Westminster Cathedral. She studied at St. Mary's University, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham.

I used some old papers from Paper Mania - Portobello Road 

In addition I used:
Chipboard pieces by Dusty Attic and Tando
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzlets Decorative Strip Mini Paper Rosettes
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Buttons, Doily, Brads, Gems, Pearls and Metal Embellishments
American Craft Glitter Thickers
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Nordic - my current favourite.

There are more photos from this special day that I hope to scrap later too.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Wedding Invitations

Phew! The invitations are complete and sent out! Emily and I have had fun designing and creating them over the last few months. There has been much cutting, scoring, embossing, sticking, printing, die cutting and ribbon tying in this house.

This shows the front, back and inside, with the little pocket for the details of accommodation, RSVP with envelope, gifts & photography sharing. 

The front of the invitation looks like this ...

... and the back like this ...

I designed the invitation based on Emily's ideas and with her choice of colours (Avocado and Buttercream Bazzill Cardstock). I worked out the dimensions and so we could both cut and score easily, I made some simple drawings showing where to cut, fold etc.

Emily worked hard on all the typesetting for the inserts.

I made all the initials and the shadows for these using the Cricut.

Then once everything was printed and cut out, all the labels for the enveloped had been printed, we set up a production line. I might add at that at around this point Emily got a new job in Nottingham and so had to leave me to finish the job off. So the finer points of typesetting detail was finished off long distance, via internet and phone calls!

And now we have moved onto other plans and await the replies.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 8 May 2017

Meet The Ancestors!

I think these Hipsters characters from Tim Holtz are one of those things that you either love or hate - like Marmite! I must admit I wasn't sure, but they have kind of grown on me.
While away at our recent scrapbooking retreat, I got to play with these stamps and dies (Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous Cling Mount Stamps and the coordinating Sizzix Framelits Die Sets).

There are five characters in the set. 

I cut the glasses in black cardstock but it would be good to cut them from different materials, such as metallic card.
I painted the images before layering them up with 3D foam pads. I added some shading behind each image. The painting was all done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. 

The glasses were glazed with Ranger's Glossy Accents.

I will probably remove these from the frames and make cards with them, but it was fun to frame them for this blog post.
Thanks for the loan of your dies and stamps Linda.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 7 May 2017

Distress Oxide - Review & Cards

Last month's project for the Papermaze Blog was to review Ranger's new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink, to bring you this review and a few ideas of what you can create with them. I'm really pleased with the results and love the many effects. They are great fun to play with.

Please see the Papermaze blog for techniques. Here are some of my finished cards made from my experiments:

Other items available from Papermaze which I used to make up the cards:
Spellbinders dies, Crafters Companion Dies, Memory Box dies, Tim Holtz/Sizzix - Thinlits dies, PaperArtsy Stamps by JOFY, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils.

I found using these inks great fun and so inspiring, the more I created with them the more I wanted to try out - the possibilities are endless! I think they will be appearing in future blog posts.

Thanks for Looking
Lynn x

Saturday 6 May 2017

Turkish Delight

We had our annual scrapbooking weekend away at Easthampstead Park a couple of weeks ago. A great time with friends who love crafting, some I see regularly, others only get to meet up once a year. Great fun was had with all these lovely ladies, as we crafted while being looked after by the staff.

Another great thing about these weekends and crafting in like-minded company means you always have others to offer suggestions and ideas when you are stuck. One area I often seek ideas for - is titles for my scrapbook pages and this page was no exception (Thanks Linda x).

This is a photo of my daughter Catherine, her boyfriend George, and their friends Lucy and Louie, on holiday in Turkey last year. Catherine had arranged these colourful cocktails which they enjoyed on arrival. 

The things I used (some of which are old and from my stash):
The layout is quite sparkly (difficult to capture) due to the use of Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel - Shabby White used on the Dusty Attic Chipboard Pieces after painting with White Acrylic Paint.
Papers - Maja Design - Coffee in the Arbour Collection - Lemon Meringue Pie & Homemade Lemon Curd.
American Crafts Twine
We R Memory Keepers Letter Stickers
Texture Paste
Scattered Straw Distress Ink Pad

Based on ideas gathered from the work of Gabrielle Polloco

Happy holidays
Thanks for looking
Lynn x