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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Smile - Good Times

Another layout I made at the Merly Impressions Retreat in July. I was inspired by a creation from the Kaisercraft Design Team by Anita Bownds. This photo was a selfie taken on Brighton beach last December when Catherine and I went to see Andrew. We were in search for Snow Dogs by the Sea during the Trail in aid of hospice care.

I used: white cardstock as the base and s splattering of Kaiser mist spray ink.
Kaisercraft papers and stickers from the Indigo Skies collection. The title was cut using a Kaisercraft die. Most of the borders were from the sticker sheet, or manufacturer's strips from 12" x 12" papers. The strip above the photo was cut from paper using a Martha Stewart border punch.
I finished of with a few black dew drops and some Tim Holtz Idea-ology pen knibs.

It was fun creating this one.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Twenty Twelve Olympics

I may be well overdue, but I finally made a scrapbook page of myself with the Olympic torch from the 2012 London Olympic Games. I wrote a blog post at the time with photos from the occasion, just five days before the opening ceremony when the torch arrived back in Kent from across the River Thames to Erith Yacht Club. It was carried by one of our young members Aaron Reynolds. The torch had travelled across the water on a fireboat. 

I made this page at the Merly Impression Retreat using Kaisercraft papers from the stunning butterflies from the Indigo Skies collection. The design was based on one I found on Pinterest the original was created by Kylie Kingham for the Kaisercraft Design Team.

I used
Indigo Skies papers
Kaisercraft sketch circle and frond dies, and Sizzix Tim Holtz alphabet dies.
Dark blue cardstock
Kaisercraft Spray Ink
Blossoms from my stash.Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Miss Meena & The

The bonus kit at the Merley Impressions Retreat last month had these amazingly colourful Kaisercraft papers from the Bombay Sunset collection. I knew when I saw them they would be ideal for recording the show my daughter Catherine worked on recently - Miss Meena and the Masala Queens.

Most of the decoration on this page is created by cutting images from the 'Daybreak' paper. The butterflies are cut with a Martha Stewart punch and I added some gems and gem swirls. I used a Tim Holtz layering stencil and some texture paste to add dimension to the background 'Sundown' paper before adding my photos.

Another page completed towards my daughter, Catherine's theatre scrapbook album.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 27 August 2017


Today I'm sharing another layout I made at the Merly Impressions Retreat in July. The original layout was designed by Chrissy and I adapted it to suit my photograph. The Kaisercraft collection used for this page is Lilac Whisper. The White Wood paper made an ideal background for stamping the border around the photograph.

The cardstock, dies and stamps are also Kaisercraft.  The resin flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The stitching was created with 49 and Market stamps.

The black and white photo of my daughter Catherine was taken by my daughter Emily when they had a photogrophy session at home to create a portfoio for Catherine's theatre career. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Down by the Sea

Back with the second post post for the Papermaze DT using the lovely Bo Bunny Down By The Sea collection.  

I have used another photo from the same holiday as before, taken back in 1967 on Woolacombe beach, brings back many happy memories.


For details of everything I used and how I went about making the layout - please see the Papermaze blog and shop.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Rainbow Maker - Online Card Class

I enrolled for the Online Card Class -Rainbow Maker a few days late, and I am trying to catch up, as well as doing lots of other things I need to be involved in right now. Here are a few things from days 1 and 2. It has been great fun, and very inspiring, there is so much more I want to try and I have only tried a few parts of the first two days.

I'm showing my experimental pieces and then where appropriate, the card made from that piece. I have used different inks and brushes, blending tools, stencils, water spritzer. Then to make the sampels into cards I used a variety of dies and stamps. It was aslo a good opportunity to make more use of the Distress Oxide ink pads.

 Day 2 Stmaping

I can recommend this class, and look forward to trying more.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Today I'm sharing another layout using the Golden Grove paper collection by Kaisercraft, again I made this while at the Merly Impressions retreat a few weeks ago. 

A little family history - although we are now not sure of the link, so I am doing more family history research to see if I can find out. I was sent some information and these photos of Emma a while ago. She is a very distant relative, but I loved the photos and thought they deserved a place in my family history scrapbook.

In addition to the Golden Grove papers I used some Kaisercraft chipboard letters, coloured with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and protected and made shiny with Gossy Accents.
I used a length of antique lace to complement the lace collar worn by Emma in the photo. I tied some yellow jute twine around the layout and over the lace. The clusters of flowers are from my stash with cardstock swirls cut using a Kaisercraft die.

The journalling will have to go on the back as there is a lot of it! Here is a very short summery of Emma's history as we know it so far (please skip this bit if not your thing!):

(Stepdaughter of first cousin x 4 removed)

Emma born on 22nd May to Mary Ann Goldfinch in Eastry Union Workhouse near Deal. Her mother married William Thomas Valentine Stokes (who is thought to be Emma's father) on 29th September 1850 at Northbourne, Kent.
In the 1951 Census Emma is listed as a pauper and still in the workhouse.
By 1861 Emma calls herself Emma Stokes and has left the workhouse to act as nurse to the family of Captain Richard Hanford (they have a small baby and 4 other children) and he is a Captain in the 7th Royal Fusiliers.
Emma marries George Tandy (1841-1881) a Private in the 7th Royal Fusiliers, on 22nd Nov 1864 in Deal Parish Church, and has her first child - George James Tandy 1865.
Her daughter Ellen Emma Tandy is born in 1867. Then Emma has two more sons, Charles Daniel in 1868 and  Joseph in 1870, by now she is in Dorset, at the Anglesea Barracks, Portsmouth.
Two more daughters follow - Annie in 1872 and Esther Mary in 1873 both born in Dorset. Then Harry was born in 1875 in Colchester and Louisa in 1878 in Dublin followed by Ada Charlotte in Cork in 1880.
By the time of the 1881 Census the family are in Pembroke and George Tandy died there in the same year.
Emma marries George Dawsonalso a Private in the 7th Fusiliers, on 24th July 1883 in Hounslow, Middlesex. The couple had one child in 1885, named Frederick Thomas George.
By 1901 Emma and George are in London, living in Hanover Square.
Emma is a widow by the 1911 Census and lives with her daughter Ada in Hownslow.
In 1924 Emma is living with another daughter, this time Ellen, still in Hownslow.

In 1934 Emma died in Hownslow at the age of 89.

Thanks for reading
Lynn x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Going Away

This is one of the layouts I created at the recent Merly Impressions retreat using the kits provided by Chrissy, this one I have changed a little to suit my size and style of photo. 
This page uses the beautiful Golden Grove collection by Kaisercraft.

The photo is one of my Mum and Dad about to go away to Wales after their wedding (1957).

I also used:
Texture paste
The Crafter's Workshop Art is' 12" x 12" stencil
Yellow jute twine
Fossalized Amber Distress Ink
Old letter stickers
Martha Stewart leaf punch

The quote is from the manufactures strip at the bottom of the patterned paper.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

My Nan

This post brings me up-to-date with the Papermaze crop kit layouts, as this is the project for July. 
The photo I used is of my daughter Catherine with my Mum at my nephew's Christening in 1993. As this is for Catherine's album - it's called 'My Nan'. Each of the four tags on this layout were decorated with different techniques.

The products used are:
Bazzill cardstock
Pebbles Simple Life collection papers
Lace, flowers, Baker's teine, jute twine and washi tape
Nuvo drops, Frantage Embossing Enamel, Distress Inks, various dies and punches.

Here is Vanessa's lovely original design.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 7 August 2017


Continuing on the theme of Papermaze crop kit layouts, and catching up, here is my page for June. It shows Andrew in his early days at Dartford Grammar School, working away in his bedroom on his homework.

This was the first time I had tried using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, there are three colours used here together with spritzed water through a layering stencil. In fact I used the stencil as a stamp in places.
Pixie Powder is a
dry mica pearl powder and dye mix and creating a colourful shimmer effects on any porous surface.
The patterned papers are from American Crafts, Simple Stories and Crate Paper.
All worked on a base of Bazzill White.
Finished off with ric-rac, twine, flowers, washi tape and chipboard butterflies. 

Here is Vanessa's original layout - thanks for the inspiration:

Back with June's project soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Sandy Toes

This month I am working with the delightful 'Down By The Sea' collection from Bo Bunny for the Papermaze Blog. It is ideal for August seaside holiday snaps. I chose this photo of my little sister from a holiday back in the 1960's.

Please go to the Papermaze blog and the shop to find out how I made the layout and where to buy the products used.
Hope you have enjoyed this sea side themed layout and I will be back with more later in the month.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x