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Thursday, 29 September 2011

CR84FN Challenge # 39

Hi All!
Do you ever design a card in your head and it looks perfect but when you actually get down to making it, some how it just isn`t the same? That`s exactly what happened with this card for this fortnights cr84fn challenge. I think it`s because I made the flowers too big and, because I haven`t had time to change them, the whole design has been altered to fit.Still I`m relatively pleased with the result.
I so love this time of the year and it really has to be because of the gorgeous earthy colours we get.So with the inspiration for this fortnight being as they are I simply had to join in.
Brown textured card from Papermill shop (before it closed) made into 15cm square card.
A strip of corrugated kraft card overhanging slightly with gardeners string wrapped around.
The flowers are made from tissue paper cut with a scallop nestie and scrunched.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Autumn Abundance set cut out with a tag punch.

That`s it from me for now, thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Clean & Simple Baby Card

Hi All!
It`s my neighbours grandaughter`s 1st birthday tomorrow. I can`t believe it`s a whole year, I must be getting really old lol.
Anyway you all know that I very rarely do cute and this card is no exception. Still pretty and girly though I think.
 Apoligies once again for the poor picture. It`s quite bright outside and even with my lamp on the piccy isn`t very good. I really should get lessons in photography.
Main panel ran through the Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots EF. Both sets of paper are from Papermania Summer Bloom pack. Main DP is punched with Martha Stewart Doily punch. Spotty DP punched with scalloped heart punch from Woodware.
I`ve added a ribbon to the card and a bow to the heart and finished off with a heart shaped button and some silver thread.
The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a nestie labels 4 die.

Right that`s it for me. Going to hand the card over so baby can have it first thing.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 26 September 2011

Jules Crafty Snippets #38

Good Evening All!
I`m still in Christmas mode with two cards for this weeks Jules Crafty Snippets.
First can I just tell you about a lovely surprise I had. I mentioned in an earlier post that one of our work colleagues, John, had died and then a week last friday, we had the confirmation that another colleague Karen had been diagnosed with MS. The atmosphere at work was very sombre and I came home on the friday evening feeling very sad. I checked the post and there was an envelope addressed to me. Inside was a fabulous set of stamps and a beautiful card with a  note from my  lovely blog friend, Tara. She did that just to cheer me up.I can`t begin to tell you how moved and emotional I was, especially as she wasn`t too well herself.
So, in honour of the fabulous Tara, here is what I`ve done with just one of the stamps.

The first one is a more traditional Christmas card, well it`s green!!!
The stripey paper is one of Glenda Waterworths but I can`t remember which CD it`s from and I`m not sure where the spotty paper is from. Sorry I`m not much help am I ?
The stamp is by Clear Stamps and is stamped in Versacolor Evergreen.
I`ve added a few red gems to the tree for sparkle.

This one is a little on the pink side. I may have gone a bit overboard.
Main paper is Pink Petticoat and the strip is from an Artilicious CD from Elusive Images.
I`ve added a ribbon to this one and a few extra gems for even more sparkle.
Now I know Tara has this stamp too so I can`t wait to see what she does with it.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 100

Hi all, happy sunday.
It`s been ages since I had the time to play in the Play Date Cafe Challenge but seeing as it`s their 100th challenge and looking at these gorgeous colours in the inspiration piccy, how could I not play.
All my fave colours in one go,heaven.
I`ve kept it really clean and simple with lots of white space to really show off the bright autumn colours.
I ran a panel of card through the cuttlebug using the Birds and Swirls EF then matted it onto a piece of orange card and trimmed it so there was a very thin border.
The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a neste labels 4 die. I cut another label in the orange card and cut it in half, then placed the sentiment label on top leaving an orange border at the sides.
The flowers are hand rolled from a Marianne designs Die and the leaves are punched. And that`s it, easy peasy.
Right, back to the ironing (sigh)

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Less is More #34 Sketch

Hello Everyone.
I would like to start by saying that I take my hat (if I was wearing one) off to Mandi and Chrissie for the commenting on last weeks challenge at Less is More. How they managed to get round everyone and every single entry is beyond me but they did it. Which is more than I did. The sheer amount of entries was overwhelming so for those of you that I didn`t get around to, I`m sorry. Well done ladies.
Now I`d like to welcome my 2 new followers Qi and Avril. Thank you for joining my little blog :)
And now onto this weeks challenge. We have been given a sketch to follow,
Nice easy one this. Here is my first card,
Not a great piccy, sorry.
I used the resist technique by stamping the snowflakes (Inkadinkado) in clear embossing ink and clear EP then inked over it with Versa color Cyan, baby Blue, Mint and Heliotrope. The sentiment ( Creative Expressions) is stamped in Cyan and I`ve added a few tiny clear gems to the centre of some of the snowflakes.
My second card is done the same as the first, this time using Deck the Halls set from Elusive Images (now chocolate baroque) and inked in Versa color Evergreen and Memento Lady Bug.The sentiment is from the same set.
I`ve deviated very slightly from the sketch as my shape is more rectangle. I cut them out with nestie rectangle dies and raised them on foam pads.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Friday, 23 September 2011

Less is More #33 Poinsettia

Hi All!
I`m back with my final entry for this weeks marathon 1000 entries challenge at Less is More. At the last count there were well over 600 entries which is fantastic. Wouldn`t it be great if we could have one final push for the 1000.
Still in Christmas mode as you can see. I think this one would be great for mass producing, really quick and easy to do.
The poinsettia stamp is by Creative Stamping and I`ve stamped and embossed in gold EP. Coloured with Promarkers then added the sentiment which is by Anita`s also embossed in gold EP.
I`ve matted the image onto gold mirri card. The main panel is Cuttlebug Candy Cane EF also matted onto gold mirri card. And that`s it, simples!
I`ve really enjoyed this week, coming up with new ideas and I`ve started on my Christmas cards which is a first for me. I usually can`t get into the spirit of Christmas until last minute and then I panic lol. Expect to see more while the mood is on me ...

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Less is More # 33 snowflake

Hi All!
Yet another entry for this weeks 1000 entry challenge at Less is More this time I`ve used a huge snowflake.
 A really simple card. Baby Blue pearlescent card base.
Snowflake punched out in blue glitter card. I made a square of white card matted onto the blue card and matted again onto white, raised with foam pads. The snowflake is also raised with foam pads and I`ve punched some tiny snowflakes in white paper dotted about on the main one and added some tiny blue gems.
No sentiment because I didn`t think it needed one.
The snowflake punch is a huge 3" and, in my opinion, too big for anything other than a main image. If anyone has any ideas how I can use as an embellishment please let me know `cos I haven`t a clue lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Less is More 1000 entries challenge

Hi Again,
Second post today, please scroll down for my Snippet post.
Card no 5 for this weeks Less is More Challenge. The entries are mounting but it would be lovely to see some more new faces among us.
Anyway here is my latest offering,
I cut an aperture out of a piece of white card with a nestie circle and used some Papermania Silent Night DP behind it. IRL it`s a rich red with gold dots foiled onto it but I don`t think it`s very clear in the piccy. I`ve matted that onto some matching plain rich red from the same pad and raised it with foam pads.
I`ve added a ribbon and a bow so it looks more like a bauble.
The sentiment is by Creative Expressions, stamped and embossed in Gold EP.

I`m still hoping to do some more CaS cards this week so keep looking and thank you all so much for the comments I`ve recieved so far. I know how difficult it is with so many entries and I`m really grateful. You make my day.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Jules Crafty Snippets wk 37

Hi All!
I missed my weekly snippet reduction last week, what with the wedding losing me a whole weekend and then playing catch up all week, so I thought I`d better make an effort for this weeks Jules Crafty Snippets.
My collection of scraps is going down slowly but for every large snippet I use, I`m left with another, smaller snippet. The great thing about it all is that it`s saving me money. Where I would be tempted to buy a new paper pad, I`ve been very good and automatically go straight to my bit box.Lol.
Anyway enough of the waffle here is my first card and, as you can see I`m in Christmas mode.
Apoligies for the rubbish piccy, I photographed it yesterday and it was so very dull. IRL the colours are much brighter.
I`ve used 3 different colours of the same snowflake paper from an Artilicious CD, all quite small snippets.
I used a scallop punch along the bottom of each piece. The hardest thing was getting the triangle correct `cos maths and engineering are so not my strong point. I raised the tree on foam pads and added some gems for baubles. The `bucket` is a small piece of silver mirri card cut to shape.
I ran a snippet of white card through the cuttlebug with the snowflake EF and matted that onto a piece of silver mirri card. Looking at it now,maybe I should add a star to the top.

This one uses 2 papers from Papermania. The holly one is from a Silent Night Collection and was quite a large snippet. The gingham was a tiny piece from a Capsule Collection pad.
I used a Spellbinders scallop die on the holly paper and added 2 red gems.
The sentiment is by Creative Expressions stamped and embossed on gold on a tiny scrap of green card.
I`ve added some gold thread to finish.
I really love this card and might make some more in different papers.
I`m hoping to make some more snippet cards this week, time allowing so I may be back.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 19 September 2011

It`s beginning to look a lot like...

...Christmas in the loft now. Autumn didn`t last long did it?
This is my 4th card for this weeks Less is More 
marathon entry challenge and I`m feeling festive.
The image is by Elusive Images
(now Chocolate Baroque) coloured with Promarkers and cut out with a circle nestie. Placed, using foam pads onto a larger circle nestie which is also placed using foam pads.
Sentiment is by Creative Expressions.

The entries are going strong for this challenge but if we`re going to make 1000 I`m going to have to get my finger out lol. If there`s anybody reading this who hasn`t had a go yet, try it! It`s a really fun challenge and a great community. Just give it a go.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Yet another Autumnal card

Card no 3 for this weeks Less is More  1000+ entry challenge.
This style is shamelessly taken from  Susan Raihala 
and I`m really pleased that I managed to match the yellow/gold card with the Sunflowers.
The stamp is another from Papertey inc. I`ve been calling it Autumn Blessings when in fact it is Autumn Abundance. Sorry about that.
Image coloured with Promarkers and the sentiment is from the same set.
This card will soon be winging it`s way to a very special lady but I`m not saying who because I want it to be a surprise.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2011

From little acorns...

Hi there,
Another entry for this weeks Less is More 1000 entries challenge.
I`ve used the Papertrey Autumn Blessings set again. This particular stamp has never seen ink until today. I didn`t even realise it had acorns on it, thought it was just leaves lol.
I cut some snippets of card into strips and ran them through the Cuttlebug using Leafy Branch EF then placed them on the card so that the pattern stayed true.
The image is coloured with Promarkers and cut out with a nestie circle die and placed on a lacey scalloped circle in deep red.
The sentiment is from the Autumn Blessings set too.

I`m hoping for a card a day to boost the total but I`m not sure whether I`ll manage it.
(note to self) think positive Lynne, you can do it....lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Less is More #33 Anything Goes

Hi there!
This week the Less is More girls have set us a fun challenge.As they now have over 1000 followers, someone suggested that if every follower submitted a card,then blogger might break. So Mandi and Chrissie are putting it to the test and asking us all to make it a mega submission week and try to get over a thousand entries.
The theme is anything  CAS goes, so a nice easy challenge and a great one for all of you who have looked but not quite plucked up the courage to enter.
Come on crafters....show us what you`re made of!!!

A really simple card for my first entry.
Square card. I made a panel slightly smaller and ran it through the Cuttlebug with (top) swirls folder and ( bottom ) candy Canes folder.
Image by Papertrey inc Autumn Blessings, coloured with Promarkers and Marvy pens.
Sentiment by Personal Impressions.
All cut out with a nestie oval die and mounted on foam pads.
Some gold ribbon to finish.

One of the girls I work with has just been diagnosed with MS so obviously a get well soon sentiment wouldn`t do but hopefully with treatment she will soon be back on her feet. This sentiment seemed much more fitting in the circumstances.
I doubt very much that this will be my only entry this week, the only problem we will all have is the commenting. I can`t manage everyone when there are 250+ so I`ve got no chance with 1000. Poor Mandi and Chrissie, what have you let yourselves in for Lol?

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Flourishes " The Colors Of Fall" Challenge

Good Evening All!
Over on Flourishes.org they are having an Autumn Colour Challenge.Inspired by the new seasons fashion colours we have been given this fabulous colour scheme.
I thought I`d have a change from the usual earthy
colours of autumn and use my version of Bamboo,
Honeysuckle, Phlox and Cedar.
I`ve used the Zinnia stamp set again because it works so well with these colours.
Both the DP`s are by Papermania matted onto green card. I`ve added a ribbon and bow which looks brighter than the ribbon but it isn`t I assure you.
The image is coloured with Promarkers and cut out with a circle nestie matted onto a lacey scallop nestie in light purple.
The sentiment is from the same Zinnia set and cut out with a tag punch.
I`ve left this entry really late and should just about squeaze it in (fingers crossed)

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Less is More #32 Seeing Double

Phew! Who would have thought that one day of festivities would throw me out so much. I don`t think I`ve ever been this late with my entry for the Less is More Challenge. Having said that, for someone who`s normally tucked up and fast asleep by 10:30, rolling home at 2 in the morning is bound to have an effect lol. I`ve got lots of catching up to do so without further ado, here is my card for this week.
Mandi and Chrissie want us to see double this week, as in two of something on your creation.

I`ve use a tulip stamp from Chocolate Baroque which is part of a medallion set. I stamped one tulip then made a mask ( on a roll with my masking now lol) and stamped the second tulip behind the first.
Coloured the image with Promarkers and added a sentiment from Flourishes.
I`m sending this card to Rachels Mum and Dad to thank them for all the hard work they put into making saturdays wedding such a wonderful occasion.

Thats it from me, going to have to spend the rest of the week commenting on all the fabulous entries so far. Roll on the weekend lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Wedding Pics

Hello Everyone,
Just a quick post to show some pics from yesterdays wedding.
We had an absolutely fabulous day, everything went perfectly. The church service was wonderful, the Vicar was lovely and had a wicked sense of humour which put everyone at ease. We had three readings which all went wonderfully well, one from the Brides brother Danny, one from my Dad and one from the brides Aunt. The reception was amazing, the speeches were brilliant even though all three, the Brides Dad, the Groom and the Best Man were all shaking like leaves and so nervous and the food was delicious.On top of all that, the sun shone.
A truely perfect day.
Here are a few piccy`s mostly taken by me which explains why they`re not very good. When we get the one`s from the photographer ( who was amazing) I`ll post some better one`s.

 Son Alan, Husband Alan and Grandson Nathan just before we set off for church.

 Alan and Rachel after the Church service.

 Grandaughter Ruby picking up the rose petals she`d just scattered. We think she may have OCD Lol.

  The first dance. Alan didn`t wear his leg brace all day. I bet he`s paying for it today.                                              
 The men in my life. My Dad, my Husband,my Son and my Grandson. Haven`t they scrubbed up well?
       Alan with his Nanna ( Big Alan`s Mum)with eldest daughter Cheryl in the background.
  My Daughter Angie, me and daughter Cheryl. This is about as feminine as Angie gets lol.
(How did I get to be that old?)
  My beautiful Grandaughter Charlotte, who was a bridesmaid.
  And finally, the cake. Just a small cake but hundreds of chocolate dipped strawberry cupcakes, yummy, and a glimpse at the setting we had for the reception.

So, all the stress and worry was well worth it, just really tired today after a very late night.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

One Layer Wednesday is back....

Good evening all!
I`ve really missed my weekly fix of OLW but the wait is over. The first challenge since the break is by Jennifer at Styles Ink and she has asked us for one layer baby cards.Here is mine.

I`ve used a digi stamp that I know was a freebie but for the life of me I can`t remember whose it is. If anyone knows can they let me know so I can give credit please.
The image is a dream to colour and perfect for baby cards,just love that bear.
I`ve added a sentiment which is computer generated.
The image is coloured with Promarkers and I`ve added Glamour Dust to the stars to make them twinkle, unfortunately I had to take the piccy before the glue had dried properly so you don`t get the true effect of the glitter.
This will probably be my last post for a few days. My baby son is getting married on Saturday so I`m going to be a bit busy over the next couple of days Lol. I`ll be back as soon as possible and hopefully will have some wedding pics to share. I`m getting so excited now, don`t know if I`ll sleep :)

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Jules Crafty Snippets wk 35

Good Evening All!

I hope you`ve all had a fabulous weekend. The weather here yesterday was glorious. We had sunshine...yes...sunshine and the temperature was in the mid 70`s. I really thought summer had returned.It spoilt itself again today though, cloud and the odd shower,definitely autumnal again. Which brings me nicely onto my first card for Jules Crafty Snippets.
Yes, I`ve been raiding the bit box again and this is what I`ve come up with...

I tend to stamp my images early in the week and then I can sit at the table downstairs and colour them whilst half watching half listening to the telly ( yes we`re still with the portable so it doesn`t matter if I`m not watching lol) Then I make up my cards on a weekend.
The snippets of DP are from Shabby Princess and the border is made using a snippet of card and a Spellbinders border die.
The sentiment label is made from the edge I cut off the main card base to make a square card.
The sentiment is from the Flourishes Zinnia`s set as are the flowers. This is a single flower that comes with the set and is coloured with promarkers and Marvy pens.
The leaves are made using a punch and a scrap of green card.

As threatened last week, my next card is a Christmas card.
I`ve used scraps of Pink Petticoat Large Snowflakes and a gorgeous piece from an Artilicious Seasons Greeting CD.
The stamps are by Judikins and were some of the first stamps I ever bought. I`m still in love with these gorgeous Angels and especially the peeking one. Just look at her feet and her halo has slipped lol.
Believe it or not this is my first time masking, how sad is that? Especially now I know how easy peasy it is to do, I`m slightly ashamed to admit that lol.
Anyway, back to my Angels, I`ve coloured them with Promarkers and added some Glamour Dust to their wings.
Their halo`s are glittered in gold.
I`ve cut the image out with a nestie circle and matted that onto a nestie scalloped circle in lilac.
I`ve added some sparkly lilac craft yarn and a sentiment by Creative Expressions cut out with a nestie labels 4 die.
I did make another card but I`m not too happy with it. I feel it is lacking something so might come back with that one another time.
Jules asked me a couple of weeks ago if my snippet pile was going down yet. Well the answer to that is...no, not so as you`d notice lol. In fact I have a sneaky feeling that it`s growing argh!!!
NB, the lace border on the first card is made using Spellbinders Grand Borderbilities Classic Lace Die.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Less is More wk 31...Metallic

Good Afternoon All and a happy saturday to you all.

This weeks challenge at Less is More is a colour one. We are asked to use Metallic.
Mmm, it`s times like this when I realise how limited my crafty stash is. I`ve wracked my brains and searched the loft and all I can come up with is gold or silver EP but having not missed a week so far I`m certainly not going to miss this one. Here is my first effort,

Not the most creative card I`ve ever made but it`s turned out ok. Not the easiest card to photograph either lol.
I`ve used a snowflake EF by Cuttlebug and, as the panel is larger than the folder, I`ve embossed so much, then moved the card along and embossed the rest. Not as easy as with a repetative pattern but I think it`s lined up alright. I`ve matted the panel onto some silver mirri card and placed it with foam pads.
The sentiment is Papermania Silent Night stamp set, stamped in clear embossing ink and embossed in detail silver EP.I`ve matted that onto silver mirri card too and placed using foam pads.
One silver metallic snowflake to finish and that`s it.
This is my first Christmas card so far this year I think but I`m pleased with the way it`s turned out and will probably do some more like this one in other colours.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 1 September 2011

St Lukes September Challenge

Wow! September already. I can`t believe how fast the weeks are going.It`s time once more for a new challenge at St Lukes Charity Card Challenge and this month we have a `Card Buffet`.
Any theme and any image but you must use 4 - no more, no less, just 4 items ( you can add a focal image and a sentiment too) from the following list;
1,   Patterned paper
2,   Ribbon
3,   Gems
4,   Pearls
5,   Charms
6,   Flowers
7,   Punches
8,   Buttons
9,   Embossing
10,  String

Here is my card to give you, just a little bit of inspiration, don`t forget to check out the rest of the DT for their fabulous makes.

I have used no1, Patterned Paper. Two papers from Papermanias Chatsworth Collection matted onto wine coloured card.
no2, Ribbon, soft green tied in a bow.
no4 Pearls to finish along to top left and bottom right corners.
no6, Flowers, handmade using a marianne designs Die and wine coloured card.
There is also some embossing around the sentiment ( Personal Impressions) and the scalloped circle nestie.
See how easy peasy it is?
And don`t forget you can donate your cards too to raise much needed funds for this very worthy cause.
Tara and her hubby worked very hard during the bank holiday weekend selling your donated cards at the august fayre and raised a staggering amount of money, but the hospice needs more. Please put the blinkie on your blogs and let as many of your blogger friends as possible know about this challenge. Thank you.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne...xxx