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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Picture Perfect Creations

Good afternoon all!

I hope you`re all enjoying your weekend.

I`ve discovered a new ( to me ) challenge called Picture Perfect Creations this week.
They have a fab colour swatch which shouted out to be used.
Here is my card  .
A very simple card today, not much imagination needed or used ( the mojo is willing but the creativity is slightly lacking)
I`ve gone with an A5 top fold white card base.
I`ve used some bright yellow paper and used a Martha Stewart Doily punch along the bottom.
Then I`ve overlayed some Pink Petticoat DP in pale grey and used the same punch along the bottom.
I stamped and embossed a butterfly in yellow on yellow vellum.
I`ve added a yellow ribbon and bow.

Not much to tell you about the job yet, I`m still waiting for clearance. All this having to prove you`re legal to work in this country is fine as long as they get on with it, it`s a bind having to wait. They already have my P45, pass port and original birth certificate. They have`nt asked for my marriage certificate which I find strange as my birth certificate and passport are in different names. Do you think they might be trawling through my family history and that`s why it`s taking so long???

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Shabby Tea Room wk#20 one two three!

Good evening to you all!

This week over on the Shabby Tea Room.
we were asked to produce something using   1 ribbon 2 buttons and 3 punches or dies.
Well that had my name written all over it so I just had to join in. Here is my card.
I made an A6 top fold card in white.
The DP are from Shabby Princess Signature Collection.  I love these papers. It`s a good job they are digital because otherwise I would just sit looking at them and not use them they are so scrummy.
My 3 dies are all from Spellbinders. I made the border using the Borderbilities Classic lace and placed it over the join in the papers. I also used the Labels 4 dies in 2 sizes, one for the sentiment and a larger one for a border around it using the same striped paper as on the bottom of the card.
My 2 buttons are really tiny, see thru ones and are placed in the bottom right hand corner. ( at least I think they`re buttons, they have 2 tiny holes in them).
Naturally I had to have a ribbon, whether it was asked for or not, so I`ve used a white satin ribbon and bow.
The sentiment is by Anitas Stamps and is stamped in baby blue Versacolor and embossed in clear EP.

I`m really pleased with this one. It all just fell into place. If only they were all like that lol.

Just a quick note about my new job. I had my induction yesterday. Two and half hours of reading flash cards and answering  questions that I didn`t know the answers to. Silly things like , where are the fire extinguishers situated? Doh, I don`t know, I`ve just walked in the door. And, how much money should be in your float? Pass! Really it was more of training excercise for existing staff but at least I get paid for it. Then I was informed that I couldn`t start today because I hadn`t got the all clear from immigration. IMMIGRATION!
I was born here. Anyone who has ever heard me speak would know I could only ever have come from one place. There is no mistaking the Hull accent, it`s not something you come across by accident and I have never heard anyone manage to imitate it properly yet either. So I`m not a happy bunny today. Never mind, more crafting time me thinks!!!

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Playdate Cafe

Happy Saturday again!

My second post today couldn`t be further from my first. 
The girls over at The Playdate Cafe .
 gave us this piccy for inspiration.

This is my version;

Halfway through making it I realised that I could have gone with the Black and White, which would have been easier, but for some reason I focused on the caramely colour instead. Mine is a bit darker than the colour swatch but I like it. Once I`d got all the elements together I liked it even more.

We recieved a phone call this morning telling us that Alans uncle had died during the night. Uncle Stan was either late 80`s or early 90`s so he has had a good innings bless him but it was still quite sad to hear. He had been poorly for a few months and was hospitalised last week. Time took it`s toll on him and he`s gone to a better place.

Which brings me back to my card. I wasn`t going to put a sentiment on it. Wasn`t even sure if I would use it for anything other than this challenge but events decided it would make a nice sympathy card , so there we are.

I matted and layered some Pink Petticoat DP onto some grey card and placed it on a 5" square white card.
Wrapped a piece of black organza ribbon around it, made a bow and placed that on the ribbon.
I made a grey handmade flower and placed that over the bow then added some faux diamonds to add some class.
The sentiment is by Papertrey, stamped with black stazon and raised with foam pads.

Thats me done for today. Just going to check you all out then I`m downloading some papers from Pink Petticoat ( spending my wages before I`ve earned them lol) and they`re taking forever.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Maggie`s Card

Happy Saturday All!

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. The weather is glorious here. Not too hot, about 23deg I think, but the sun is shining. At least we seem to have have got rid of that awful oppressive humidity. Long may it continue!

Todays card is for Alans work collegue Maggie. She is such a bright sunny person I just had to make her a bright, sunny card . It will be her birthday in August.

I made a square hammered white card ( 5" x 5")
I matted some gorgeous yellow paper from Papermania on to slightly darker yellow card.
I ran some more white card through the cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and cut it into a rectangle.
Then matted and layered that onto some of the darker yellow card and again onto some white.
I adhered some ribbon onto the panel before sticking it to my card and then placed the rectangle using foam pads.
I cut 2 circles with the nesties circle dies, one in white and a larger one in yellow and layered them using foam pads.
I stamped and embossed a butterfly from Elusive Images onto acetate with yellow EP and glittered it from behind with yellow and a tiny bit of orange Pee Wee glitter then adhered the butterfly to the white circle.
I added some pale yellow and white roses and a bow.
The sentiment ( which is hidden behind the bow, sorry) is from The Stampman and is stamped and embossed in yellow.

I`m really pleased with the way this one turned out. I think my little wobble has passed!!!

A quick update on my new job... It`s only part time, afternoons , in a shop in the local shopping centre but it will give me some money to spend on crafty goodies and at the moment, and more to the point, will help out with household bills aswell. Things are getting a bit tough around here.
I have an induction on monday and start properly on tuesday. I`m a little nervous I must admit as I have been away from the work place for a year and retail for 4 years but I`m sure I`ll soon get back into the swing of things. So... my life as a lady of leisure is over...unless we win the lottery tonight lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Shabby Tea Room # 19

Good Afternoon  All!

First of all can I thank you all for the lovely comments you left on my last post. They boosted my confidence no end and I think I know which direction I`m going in now. I always appreciate each and every comment I recieve and thank you again for taking the time.

Right, on to todays post. The girls over on The Shabby Tea Room Blog 
have given us this gorgeous piccy for inspiration with instructions In The Garden
or using the colours, Green, Cream,Yellow, Red, and White or both.

As it`s my youngest grandaughter, Ruby`s 2nd birthday at the end of the month
I thought I`d use these colours for her card.

I have to admit that I copped out a bit here as I couldn`t find a stamp in my collection that I thought was appropriate so I used a pre coloured digi image
I bought ages ago from Cute Colors.com.

I think it may be a little too grown up for a 2 year old but then again she`s not going to more interested in her pressy`s and cake and the bold colours do make it  child friendly.

The green and cream striped DP is from Fred she said mounted onto white card.
The image is from Cute Colors.com and I`ve glittered the flowers a tiny bit. Then I cut it out with a circles nestie.
I`ve used red ribbon along the side and across the bottom and threaded a tag through and a bow.
The tag I printed on the PC and added a tiny bit of glitter.
I`ve added some white, red and yellow roses around the image. ( I dropped a rose and left silicone glue on the paper so I`ve added some leaves to cover the blob)
Finally, with a name like Ruby I just had to add some real(ish) rubies along the bottom.

As it`s wednesday I called to the home to see Mum this morning and, as I nearly always do, I popped into the shop with the haberdashery dept. I treated myself to some gorgeous yellow roses and a new Papermania DP pad. Look out for some new postings using these papers, they are gorgeous.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Curtain Call #39 x 2

Happy Tuesday To You All!

I think I`m going through a bit of a crisis of confidence at the moment.
I posted a card for Curtain call #39.
in my last post but I can`t honestly say I was really happy with it.
  So I`ve made another one and now I`m not so sure about this one either. I think it`s a bit TOO green but please let me know , truthfully.

Here is my card;
I took 2 different papers from the Papermania Capsule Green collection and the paler green is from Kameo cards, matted and layered them all onto what`s left of my kraft card.
I stamped this gorgeous bird from Inkadinkado and embossed it in forest green EP.
I chalked some green around the edges and raised it with foam pads.
I`ve added a huge green bow and some green gems to finish.

I hate it when this happens. Everything looks fine in your head and even when you get all the componants together but then when it`s finished you think it could be better. Never mind, I`ll just have to try harder next time lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 18 July 2010

CAS 99 & Curtain Call 39

Wow, 2 posts in 1 day again.
Can you tell I`m having a very lazy Sunday?

This card is for the Clean & Simple challenge #99.
and also  Curtain Call #39.

Here is my take on both sets of inspiration 

 I`ve made a DL card from Kraft card.
Added a white panel stamped with Agapanthus Cluster from Stampendous in Versa Color Fresh Green .
Then I attatched a strip of Papermania Capsule Collection Green pack DP.
I raised the panel with foam pads.
The sentiment is by Papertrey and is also stamped in fresh green and raised with foam pads.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 


Good Morning All!

I hope you`re all enjoying your Sunday whatever the weather. It can`t make it`s mind up here today. We`ve had rain but it seems to be brightening up a bit now. I just wish we could have our summer back but not with the heat we had last week.

Anyway, onto my card for today.

Just up the road from the home my mum is in is a smashing shop. The sort of old fashioned shop that sells anything and everything. They have a small craft department which is handy but they also have a haberdashery department. Every wednesday when I go to see Mum I pop in and browse through the ribbons. For a few pennys you can get a metre of ribbon and use it on any number of cards.
I bought the ribbon for this card ages ago simply because I loved the colour of it. I had no idea how I was going to use it, so its sat in my ribbon box  waiting for inspiration.
I tried matching it up with card stock and green papers but it wasn`t right at all.
Then I remembered my Papermania Regency pack.
The leaves on the patterned paper are a near perfect match for the ribbon and so I just had to go with it.
Once I started the whole thing just fell into place.
I used a white hammered card cut into a 5" x 5" square.
The patterned DP is matted onto some moss green card.
I cut a panel of green text DP from the regency collection and matted that onto some burgundy card.Then ran a strip of ribbon down the centre.
I stamped a beautiful verse by the poet Shelly from the Flourishes Gerbera Daisy set in cranberry and cut out using a nestie labels 4 die.
Then I just added a huge bow and some roses from the haberdashery dept to finish.

I haven`t made this card for anyone in particular but I`m sure it`ll come in handy.

I have a little piece of news for you. I might have a job pretty soon. Yippee!!! I`ve handed all my paperwork in and have to have an induction some time this week but I`ll let you know one way or another as soon as I find out myself. This means I (hopefully) will have some spare cash to spend on my ever expanding crafty wishlist. It also means ofcourse that I will have less time to spend crafting but you can`t have it all ways can you ? Anyway, as I said, I`ll keep you up to date with events.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Color Throwdown # 101 & A Thank You.

Happy Thursday All!

First of all can I apologise for my rant yesterday. I got an early night last night with no disturbances and woke this morning feeling fine and refreshed. So... no more feeling sorry for myself...Lol.

Right... on to my card for today.
Alan wanted a thank you card for the HR  in his previous employment for helping with a problem he has with his current employer. ( Long, complicated and very boring story) so I thought I`d use the excuse to enter in this weeks Color Throwdown #101

Here is the colour swatch

And here is my card

Quite a bit different to my usual style but I enjoyed making it none the less.
I didn`t have the exact colours in the swatch so I`ve used the nearest I have.

White hammered card A6.
A strip of corrugated fawn card matted onto a strip of black card.
The leaves are from Papertreys Turning a new leaf, stamped in versacolor fresh green and embossed in clear EP. I cut them out and raised them on the fawn card with foam pads.
The flowers are from Elusive Images , stamped and embossed in white and cut out. They are also raised with foam pads.
I`ve added a pale blue self adhesive gem to each flower.
The thank you sentiment is also from Papertrey.

I was in such a grump yesterday that I forgot to mention what a brilliant time we had on Sunday at Alans sisters house.
We had a lovely tea with ham and tomato, chicken mayo, cheese and tomato and egg mayo sandwiches. There were sausage rolls, pork pie, quiche and nibbles. All the stuff thats not so good for you but you just have to eat it and ofcourse I had to try at least one of every thing, I mean it`s only good manners isn`t it?  Then we finished off with strawberries picked fresh that morning with cream followed by birthday cake. Yummy!
Alans eldest sister was there with her 3 grandchildren, all girls, who showed us their skills with the hula hoop and, ofcourse once our tea had settled we all had to have a go. We failed miserably. I came to conclusion that us adults just aren`t the right shape for hula hooping. Too many sandwiches and sausage rolls!!!
We did have a good giggle though.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Card for a friend.

Good Morning All!

and a happy wednesday to you all.

Since posting this card I have discovered another fantastic challenge blog Play Date Cafe.
They have this lovely pic for inspiration  

Today`s card is for a friend of Mum and Dads. Jean has known my mum since they were teenagers and has been a rock for my dad since mums illness. She`s also a really nice person to know.
  Quite a simple card to make,
5" square white card.
Pale green card matted and layered with Pink Petticoat lilac paper.
A rectangle of white card run through the swiss dots folder and layered onto more pale green card.
White card cut out with the borderbilities grand classic lace.
The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a labels 4 die.
A larger labels 4 die in lilac.
I`ve then added a huge bow and some handmade flowers to finish.

Not a very long post today. At 2.15 this morning our doorbell woke us up. Alan shot downstairs while me, being the not brave one, looked out of the bedroom window.
No one there.
We were just nodding off when it went off again. Alan shot downstairs again while I stayed where I was and muttered something about batteries. I heard Alan fumbling around and assumed he had taken the batteries out but 15 minutes later, off it went again, continuously.
 This time I dragged myself out of bed, followed Alan downstairs and while he was hunting around for screwdrivers I wrenched it off the wall ( it was only stuck on with double sided sticky pads) whipped the batteries out and went back to bed.
By then I was wide awake, hot and fuming. Still awake an hour later. 
When the alarm went off for Alan at 7 I decided to stay where I was for a while but 10 minutes later the dustman arrived to empty the recycling bin. Why does every ones bin contain hundreds of glass bottles that make a hell of a din at that time in a morning?
So thats me today, tired and grumpy. I don`t do sleep deprivation very well!!!

Hopefully I`ll be back tomorrow, refreshed and ready for a new day.

Thanks for popping in ( and putting up with me moaning)....Lynne xxx 

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Color throwdown #100

Happy Saturday All!

At last! It`s here, the 100th Color Throwdown challenge and they are giving away dozens of brilliant prizes from some of the top names in crafting. 

Here is the colour swatch we were given for this weeks challenge   and here is my submission.

Now I know that the whole point of a challenge is that it`s supposed to be challenging but sometimes the colour combo`s leave me perplexed.
When I first saw this weeks swatch I thought wow, easy peasy. Not so!.
This is my 3rd attempt, the other two are in the bin.
I finally decided that it`s the mixing of red and pink that throws me. It just doesn`t work for me. Try as I might to get them together on a card I simply couldn`t get it to work, my other efforts were, to say the least, horrendous
In the end it was the ribbon that finally sorted it for me.
I`m much more pleased with this one.

I used a plain white A6 card.
Matted and layered some pale pink card on it with a gorgeous .DP by Pink Petticoat in pale green.
The Tulip stamp is by Elusive Images and is from the Tulip Mandela set.
I coloured it with watercolour paints and cut out a circle with a nestie circle die.
I cut another slightly larger circle in the same white card and laid the image on top.
I ran a piece of ribbon down the length of the card and added a huge bow.
I punched two small butterflies from a scrap piece of blue dotty Pink Petticoat paper.
Then I tied in the red with 3 gem stones in the corner.

I have been looking forward to this challenge for a while and was determined to join in. I think I can finally relax now and enjoy the week end.

It`s Alans Mums birthday tea party tomorrow so fingers crossed for the weather. Every year his sister Christine holds a family get together in honour of Mum who is now the ripe old age of 85, bless her. I love it when we all get together and she`s such a good humoured and funny lady. We all end up in fits of giggles and thats without alcohol. Should be good day out for all!

Thanks for popping in ...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Tuesday Trigger...Poppin` off the page.

WOW! Two posts in one day.

This card is for this weeks Tuesday Trigger. 
over at Moxie Fab and what fab inspiration we have been given.

As soon as I saw this gorgeous picture I knew just what I was going to do.
This is my take on it.
Now I know I promised no more handmade flowers for a while but I had made quite a few and this piccy just cried out for these 3 flowers.

This has to be one of the simplest cards I have made for a long time.
Plain white square card.
Piece of pink card with Dovecraft Charcoal Prints DP layered on top.
3 flowers that were already made up.
The sentiment is Papertrey stamped and embossed in white on black card, and cut out with a nestie oval die. A piece of pink card cut out with a slightly larger nestie oval  and raised using foam pads.

And that`s it. A really quick, colourful card that, I think, Pops off the page.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Curtain call # 37

Good Morning All!

Happy Thursday!

My card today is for CurtainCall #37 
over at Stacey`s blog. This is the inspiration,
and here is my take on it. ( I edited this post and added another piccy with a sentiment)

I`m really not sure about this one. It looked great in my head when I was thinking about how to go about it but now it`s made up I`m a bit unsure.

Ofcourse I don`t have any SU products so I`ve had to inprovise with my colours but I don`t think they are too far fron the mark.

I ran some pale yellow card through the Cuttlebug using the Swirls folder.
I matted that onto some brown card and then added that to a plain white A6 card.
The Swirl image is  Papertrey Fancy Flourishes set stamped in chestnut and cut out with a nestie Labels 4 die.
I added some handmade paper flowers. You can find the tutorial for these Here.
I also added some matching flat backed pearls.
A chocolate coloured ribbon to finish.

Well blogger appears to have got rid of it`s gremlins for now, on mine anyway, so I`d like to thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post.

Thanks for popping in ...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Baby Card #2

Good Morning All!

Happy Wednesday to you all.

I mentioned in yesterdays post that my friends daughter was expecting her first baby in October. This is the card I made for her and her partner. 

I`ve used the same Borderbilities from Spellbinders that I used in a previous post.
This time I managed to get my patterns matching in the corners which I`m very pleased about. My mitres leave alot to be desired but overall I`m reasonably pleased with the outcome.

Once the frame was done the rest of the card was relatively easy.
I used Joanna Sheen Pink Gingham DP on white hammered card.
Placed the frame on the card ( this was the most difficult part).
The baby image is by PSX , stamped and embossed in detail silver.
I`ve left the image plain apart from a light pink on her dress. I raised the image with foam pads to sit neatly on the frame.
Then I just decorated the frame with some paper roses from my stash and some flat backed pearls.
The bottom right corner isn`t as neat as it could be so I`ve placed a sentiment over it to hide it.
Until they decide on a name for the baby I just made a quick sentiment on the PC and placed it with one foam pad but as soon as I know the name I think I`ll change it to make it more personal.

Blogger was playing up a bit last night telling me I had no comments when I did. It seems to have sorted itself out now, fingers crossed so if you left me a comment and I seem to have ignored you, I appologise.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Baby Girl

Good Afternoon To You All!

The inspiration on Our Creative Corner.
this week is a sketch which just so happens to fall in with the design for my card today.  My friend`s eldest daughter is expecting her first baby in october so I thought I`d get my cards made in advance. She`s had her 20 wk scan and has been told it`s a girl so I`ve been going pink mad for a couple of days.
Today`s card is for the happy grandparents although it could be for Mum & Dad.
 Quite a straight forward card.
I`ve had to make this one a DL to fit the lettering.
The spotty panel is Pink Petticoat Spring Collection matted onto some pale lilac card.
The Squares are by Elusive Images and have been stamped in Lilac and heat embossed.
The letters are also by Elusive images and stamped in versa color Orchid and heat embossed.
The teddy and elephant have been cut out of a Dovecraft Baby DP collection and raised using foam pads.
The sentiment is from The Stampman Aspects of Design Floral set.

I have another baby card to show you tomorrow so please pop back and take a peek.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Clean and Simple Stamping #97

Hello All!
And a happy Sunday afternoon to you.

My card today is for the Clean and Simple Stamping 
challenge FTL #97. They don`t come much more clean or simple than this.
Here is the sketch...

And here is my take on it...

A really quick and easy one this one.
An A6 white hammered card.
A piece of the same card turned over to the smooth side for the sentiment.
I stamped three of the fern ( I think they`re ferns) leaves from Papertreys Turning a New Leaf set in Versa color Fresh Green and  heat embossed in clear EP.
Cut them out and stuck them on the card using foam pads.
The sentiment is also by Papertrey and is Autumn Blessings set. Stamped and embossed in the same way and also raised with foam pads.

I love the fresh, cool look of this card and I`m sure it could be used for both male or female.

Well it seems to have cooled down a little bit today although we do have quite a strong wind. Great for getting your washing dry but not so good when you`re cleaning the fish pond out and you get pond weed blowing about. It had got very murky and and mucky so we`ve been out and bought a new UV light and the fish can see where they`re swimming now. We have also found a  teeny tiny baby fish aswell so I`ll be keeping a watchful eye on it. It`s only about 1/2 an inch long at the moment so isn`t very easy to spot but the last time we found a baby was about 3 years ago and that one is about 4 inches long now.
Well thats about as exciting as my day has been so far, lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Friday, 2 July 2010

More Handmade Flowers.

Happy Friday All!
Are you all looking forward to the weekend?

I`ve been busy making more of these fabulous hand made flowers and thought I`d better put them to good use.
I`ve made 3 cards for today, not for any challenges or occasions but just to keep for emergencies. My kids are always asking for cards at the last minute and it`s handy to have some as a stand by.

They are all made the same way, I`ve just altered the layout slightly.
I started with a plain white card 10.5 cm x 15 cm then cut a panel in the same card slightly smaller.
I ran the panel through the Cuttlebug using the swiss Dots folder but moved it around a bit for each card.
I`ve scored 2 lines with my score board to give an edge to place my patterened paper onto.
I added the sentiment after running it through the cuttlebug so I could judge where it was going better.
I added the panel to the card, using foam pads, before I placed the flower as I found it was easier that way.
I`ve added the flower and some leaves that came with bought flowers in my stash ( I`ll get round to making leaves one day).
Finished off with some flat back pearls.   
The sentments are all Papertrey.
The patterned paper is scraps from my stash but I think they are all Papermania.

I think I`m going to leave using these flowers as the main focus for now but I have been making tiny ones using the smallest nestie circle that I can use as embellishments. I`m loving making these as they cost nothing and apart from crafting on a budget of next to nowt, I am just a teeny bit tight fisted sometimes Lol.

Thanks for popping in... Lynne xxx