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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Romantic Gate-fold Cards

As promised another set of cards I made for Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine a while ago.

The technique was making a GATE FOLD CARDS and the theme was LOVE.

All the cards in the collection were made with the Twitterpated papers and accessories by SEI.


Love in Bloom and Be Mine papers and die cut tags Twitterpated paper by SEI
Warm red fluid chalk inkpad by Color Box
Paige Mini Alphabet dies by QuicKutz
Folk heart die by QuicKutz
Scraps of pink cardstock
Girls are Weird alphabet stickers by Provo Craft
Pink Trios brads by Queen & Co.


XOXO Twitterpated paper, tabs & frames and die cut tags by SEI
Sticker fixer pads
Pink ribbon
Scraps of pink and white card
Warm red fluid chalk inkpad by Color Box
Paige Mini Alphabet dies by QuicKutz
Folk heart die by QuicKutz
Girls are Weird alphabet stickers by Provo Craft


Love in Bloom & Love Petals Twitterpated papers by SEI
Pink embroidery thread by DMC
Warm red fluid chalk inkpad by Color Box
Girls are Weird alphabet stickers by Provo Craft
Heart shaped buttons by Doodlebug Designs
Love word charm by Making Memories.


Heart throb paper and tabs and frames - Twitterpated collection by SEI
Sticky fixer pads
Scrap of white card
Warm red fluid chalk inkpad by Color Box


Love in Bloom & Valentine Velvet papers from the Twitterpated  by SEI
Red brads by Making Memories
Pink card
Pink blossoms by Got flowers
Girls are Weird alphabet stickers by Provo Craft

Thanks for looking, more to follow next month.
Lynn x

Monday, 27 June 2011

Happy Birthday Vicki

It's Vicki's birthday today, and here is her card, made with one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps.

This image is called 'Maisie Sitting Pretty'
Pens - PoMarkers
Blank Card & ribbon- Craftwork Cards
Patterned papers - Magnolia
Punches - Stampin' Up
Rub-ons - Making Memories
Chalk ink - Colorbox
Perfect Pearls - Ranger Inks
Other - lace, blossoms, decorative pins & white gel pen.

I'm entering this card into the 'park life' challenge for week 105 over on the Promarkers challenge blog.

Happy birthday Vicki


Sunday, 26 June 2011

Tulip Decoupage Pack

Linda and I called in at The Kraft Shop on Friday at the Gorse Hill Nursery. We treated ourselves to a Do Craft Tulip Decoupage Pack each. This pack is called 'Birthday Wishes'.

There are two copies of each of four designs in a pack, plus two each of  four different patterns background papers.  Here is what I made with one of each design.

Generally I prefer to cut my own images for decoupage and don't like the die cut ones as you get all the little tabs attached which in my opinion need cutting off and there is often a bit of a white 'halo' around the images in some places, which I also end up cutting off, making it a bit of a waste of time buying them pre-cut. However there is no option but to by them like this sometimes. Although I still had to do the trimming with this pack it wasn't too bad, the die cutting was more accurate than usual. Tidying the images with my scissors was a job to do while watching TV!

Here are the four cards I made on Friday evening, lots of 3D foam pads and double sided tape later:

Additional materials:
Card blank - Craftwork Cards
Rub-on greeting - Making Memories
Stickles glitter glue on icing.
Chalk ink - Colorbox
Other from my sash - gems and ribbon

Additional materials:
Shaped Card Blank - ? Craftwork Cards
Ribbon and beads from a child's hair decoration - Claire's Accessories
Punches - Stampin' Up
Chalk ink - Colorbox

Additional materials:
Card Blank - CraftCreations
Seam Binding Ribbon - Stampin' Up
Papers - Basic Grey Lily Kate
Chalk ink - Colorbox
Other - Gems

Additional materials:
Card Blank - Craft Creations
Chalk ink - Colorbox
Punches - Stamin' Up
Other - gems

 Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Congratulations Sara and Jace

Today is the wedding day of Sara and Jace. Sara is a colleague and we are looking forward to going to her wedding later today. I made a card for everyone at work to sign. Her favourite colour is purple.

I made a 8x8" card blank from lilac Craft Creations A3 cardstock.
Other cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned paper - Making Memories
Punches - Martha Stewart
Chalk Inks - Colorbox
Dye based ink pad - Memento
Cricut - Storybook 
Stamps - Magnolia
Pens - Promarkers
Stickles and Perfect Pearls - Ranger Inks
Other - flowers, flatbacked pearls and gems, leaves, ribbons

Inside I made a pocket so everyone at work can send Sara and Jace a message.

Looking forward to the celebrations.
Congratulations Sara and Jace.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Happy Birthday Robert

It's my brother Robert's birthday today, so I got the Cricut out and made him a card.

Quite quick, but fun to make and I hope he will like it too.

Papers - Basic Grey Life of the Party collection - Step right up, Buckaroo, Shindig and Letter stickers.
Cricut - Sweet Treats.

Happy birthday Rob and hope you enjoyed the party.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Celebration Blog Hop

The creative and very busy Sandie - Itchifiners blog asked me to take part in her first anniversary (Blogaversary!) blog hop. I'm thrilled to be asked and pleased to take part. I made this layout to include in the celebrations.  The photo shows my daughter Catherine, at home a few days after her 19th birthday earlier this year.

If taking part in the blog hop you should have arrived here from the talented Den's blog - Den's Crafty Diary. If not head back to Sandie's blog to start from the beginning. When you are done here please head off to see what the creative Ruth has to show you on her blog Everyday Life of a Suburban SAHM.

The letter you need to collect from my blog is the letter:

About my layout

Items used:
Inspiration from the work of Georgia Keays
Papers - Crate, Neighbourhood collection and Emma's Shoppe collection
Cardstock - Bazzill
Punches - Stampin' Up and Fiskers
Alphabet Stickers - Sassafras pink glitter cardstock and American Crafts rootbeer foam thickers
Other - chalk inks,buttons, thread, ribbon, lace ans paper roses.

Thanks you for looking and please leave a message.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day - Dad

Dad has always loved model aricraft, so I thought he would like this image.

I made my Dad a father's day card using this new Lili of the Valley stamp called Aeroplane.
The image is stamped onto water colour paper, in Rich Cocoa Memento dye based ink. Then I used the ink pad with paint brush and water to colour the image.
The papers and letter stickers - Basic Grey
Brown photo corners - Paperchase
Punches - Stampin' Up
Kraft card blank and envelope from my stash

The card with envelope

Close up of image 

Inside the card 

The envelope 

Happy father's day Dad and thanks to all for looking. Please leave a comment.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

June Card Challenge on Scrapoogy -

The Scrapology card challenge for June has been set by Laura of That's Crafty.

Here is my card:

I used scraps of Scenic Route papers and a Sweet Pea tamp from That's Crafty coloured with Promarkers. I used a retro flower and a fern punch.and a large flat backed gem. There is lots of stickles to add glitter on the wings and dress too.

This is Laura's original card  

and the sketch
Thanks for looking, why not have a go at the challenge, there is a great prize donated by That's Crafty - take a look on the Scrapology Blog for more details.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Chocolate Fudge Muffins, Banana Loaf and Christmas Cake

Andrew and I did some baking at the weekend. He wanted to make a Christmas cake while home for the summer as he doesn't get back from University until a few days before Christmas. He thought it would be a good idea to start the process. While he was working his way through Delia Smith's recipe I made Chocolate Fudge Muffins and Banana loaf.

I drizzled some melted chocolate on top of the muffins.
No complaints and they have all gone!
The cake has been squirreled away for now.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Group Hug

The Photo
I found this old photo printed out some some years ago taken when we first had a digital camera and they were quite a new thing. I guess this was taken in 1999, judging from the 'gaps' between the children's teeth, they must have been about seven. Pictures taken in 2000 show them with new big teeth, and those in 1998 show them with rows of little teeth LOL!
Looks like I had been ironing looking at all the clothes hanging up in the background. An eternal record of my least favourite chore. Andrew in his favourite red and black Dennis the Menace top, Catherine on my lap and Emily peeking through the middle.

The Layout
My lovely friends Karen and Anita introduced me to the talented scrapper Georgia Keays, she has a distinct style and I liked this layout on her blog. She mainly used the Neighbourhood collection by Crate Paper, so last week I treated myself to a few sheets and made this layout. Normally if I'm scraplifting I would choose different papers. I must admit I thought the papers would be bolder colours than they are, but they are still really lovely.

I used similar papers for the main parts but created different embellishments. Mine were made on the Cricut, with punches and black and white gel pens. I had thought I would add a lot more bits, but stopped here as I was happy with the effect I already had.

Crate Papers - Garden, Visit, Together, Friendly and Picnic, because they are double sided this gave me 10 patterns to play with.
Cardstock - Black and white Bazzill
Punches - Stampin' Up and EK Success
Cricut - Walk in my Garden and Storybook
Other - Buttons, DMC thread, black chalk ink pad.

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Nursing Friends

I sat down to make some cards last night and this is what I created!

Another layout for my wedding album, and not a card in site!

I used papers I was given for my birthday last month, not a line I had come across before, but similar to Magnolia. They are from Sweden by Maja Design and the collection is called Firka. The papers are double sided and I used Bulle m Blabar, Favoriter and Karleksmums.  I added a sheet of Bazzill, some blossoms and flat backed gems. I used the Cricut to makes the swirls and the little frame. The letter stickers are from Basic Grey's Hopscotch and Kioshi collections.

I scrapped this photo of  our wedding which shows me with my fellow student nurses. The wedding was a few months after my post registration, paediatric training and about 18 months after my general training. There are friends in this photo from both those courses. Left to right Joanne, Varsha, Claire, Annette, Linda, me, Janette and Pat were all very newly qualified children's nurses. Far right - Lisa and Cathy - we shared a flat together while training to be general nurses.

I gutted the patterned paper to make a 1" border, then mounted the 11x11" piece onto brown cardstock and put it back in place to make an interesting border to the while layout. This way the subtle patterns in the paper continue across the layout.

I attached the swirls under the flowers and left the rest of them free of the page.

Thanks for looking.
I would welcome your comments if you have time to leave me a message.
Thank you.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

4 Generations of WHU Fans

The boys at West Ham.
My brother Robert, my dad Robert, my great nephew Jamie, My nephews Mark and Sam. Great to see them all enjoying a common interest from 7 to 77 years of age.

Another layout from my weekend at Debden earlier this year, inspired by the work of Kelly Goree. I used these old Basic Grey - Lucky papers from my stash. Used my Cricut here to cut the shapes.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Happy Birthday Simon!

Today is my great nephew - Simon's birthday.

This card was made using the Wild Card and Base Camp cartridges and the Cricut.
Papers are from my stash and were by Making Memories from some time ago. They are like card stock ,but have a self-coloured stripe or dot and came in about five bright colours. The little footballer image is a stamp from Stamping Bella, and he is coloured with Promarkers.

I also made the envelope with liner from the Wild card Cart.

inside the card 

Lettering and greeting from the Base Camp Cart.

Happy Birthday Simon!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Baby Hand and Foot Casting

Glynis (our Play Therapist, friend and fellow scrapbooker) and I went to Quidenham, Norfolk to learn how to do baby hand a foot casting. The staff at EACH (East Anglia Children's Hospice) agreed to share their skills with us. It was a lovely warm sunny day and we have good journeys both ways. The lovely Anne looked after us all day and we enjoyed a good lunch with the staff and children and even had time to spend in the garden while waiting for the casts to dry.

Here are some photos of our day and my castings, we learnt so much, but still need to practice!

We practiced with dolls, which was just as well ....

....then each other!

My pieces straight out of the moulds.

Then after painting. 

Thanks to Anne for teaching us and passing on so many useful tips.
Thanks for Glynis for your good company.
Lovely day and much t pass on to the rest of our team.