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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

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