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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Less is More...Just One Word

Hello All!
The final challenge of the year at Less is More is a two week one with the title Just One Word.
To make a card as clean and simple as possible but where the sentiment is, obviously, just one word. I have gone with a thank you card. Not very original I`ll admit but I needed one and this was a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, as it were.
I used a stamp from the Lenten Rose set by Flourishes, coloured with Promarkers and little touch of Glamour Dust.
The sentiment is computer generated using Baroque Script font.
As it`s a 2 week challenge there may be more to follow lol.

Well Christmas is over for another year. I hope you all had a fabulous time and Santa was kind to you. Ours went by in a flash but was lovely being able to spend some quality time with family. 
My toe is getting better. The swelling has gone and most of the infection has cleared but I`m still on the antibiotics `til tuesday so no falling down water for me this weekend. Not that it makes a lot of difference because I hardly drink alcohol anyway. Lol.
Which just leaves me to say,
                                                Happy 2012 to you all!
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Last Christmas card for 2011

Hello All!
I hope I find you well and coping with the stress of Christmas preparations. I have a card to share that I suddenly realised I hadn`t posted yet. This is for my managers baby daughter ( and my neighbours grandaughter).
Cerynn is nearly 15 months old and she is gorgeous. I just couldn`t resist making her a special card.
I`ve used a Mo Manning image called Kai in the Snow, coloured with promarkers.
The papers are Me to You and I`ve added Glamour dust, some punched glitter snowflakes and some tiny clear gems around the image. I`ve also raked out my peel offs and added some corners, it seemed a shame not to use them.

Now I`m sure by now you all think I`m a moaning hypochrondriac ( I enjoy ill health, my mother would say lol) and I have to admit I do go on a bit and I know I have a lot to be thankful for but...I have an infected chilblain on my left big toe!!! Don`t ask me how I got chilblains in the first place `cos I don`t know, it hasn`t been that cold really but I have...and it hurts. It`s under the toe aswell so I can`t walk very well and my whole foot has swollen up now. It was hurting over the weekend and by the end of my shift on monday I could barely walk but after a visit to the practice nurse at my GP surgery I was given a course of anti biotics, some anti bacterial cream and some pain killers it seems to be easing a bit.
The good news is that I have the rest of the week off work although I do enjoy the atmosphere on the run up to Christmas. The bad news is that all my craft stuff is in the loft and I can`t get up there. Ho Hum.

Anyway, I doubt I`ll be posting again before Christmas so I`d like to take this opportunity to wish you all
                                                       A Very Merry Christmas
                                     and a Happy New Year.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Less is More wk 46 Music

Hello All!
Phew, I`m a bit earlier this week with my entry for Less is More which is theme week.

My card is a bit of a long shot today. After searching through my stamps, the only other music related one I have is Rock Star which I used a few weeks ago. Then I found this one by Chocolate Baroque that I`ve had for ages and never inked up. Actually, looking at it, it would have been better for the Silhouette week which I used Rock Star on then I would have had a proper music stamp to use. Doh!
Anyway enough of my wittering, here is my card.
 It`s also a bit more than less.
I figured that there`s no nicer sound than birdsong first thing in a morning, especially blackbirds, and as it is music to my ears ( really pushing it now lol) I would use this stamp.
I had some music already printed off that I`d found somewhere on the net so I matted it onto some yellow card.
I chalked the background first with yellow and pink chalk then stamped over it using Versafine onyx black.
The image is raised using foam pads. I haven`t bothered with a sentiment on this one because I`m not sure who or what I`ll use it for yet....
Made a pleasant change from Christmas cards.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Less is More wk 45 Let it Snow

At last, I thought I`d never get this posted. I`ve never been this late with my entry for Less is More before but I didn`t want to miss a week after all this time. This week it`s a one layer card with the theme `Let it Snow`.
I really can`t understand why, when I`ve known Christmas was coming for the past year, I`m still running about like a maniac and so disorganised it`s unbelievable.
Anyway onto my very late card.
White card base 5x5 punched along the bottom with a MS punch.
I used a medallion stamp by Creative Stamping called Snowflake but kept it as a single image, stamped in Memento Bahama Blue and embossed in clear EP.
The sentiment is by Layers of Color stamped in Versafine Black.
And there you have it clean and very, very simple. Just like me lol.

Hopefully I`ll get round a few more of you with comments later this evening.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Less is More wk 44 card 2

Hello All!,
Brrr, it`s rather chilly today. I walked to work in frost this morning but coming home was bright sunshine. Still freezing but sunny. So why then, as soon as I came up to photograph my card the sky turned black and we got rain. And I thought I was indecisive...
It occured to me yesterday that I hadn`t made my Dad a Christmas card yet so I thought I`d take advantage of this weeks colour challenge at Less is More which is to use Green.
Naturally he didn`t want cute or frilly so I`ve tried to go a bit masculine with this one. I`m quite pleased with it.
Now I`ve mastered the art of embossing with dies I`m rather partial to this type of card, paricularly for male cards
Really quick and simple. I embossed a Nestie rectangle onto the front of a 5x5 card, masked it off using post its and used different shades of green chalk and a sponge for the background.
I stamped the holly corner from Chocolate Baroque in clear embossing ink and heat embossed it using evergreen EP. I`ve added some tiny red gems for the berries.
The sentiment is computer generated.
On the photo it looks as if theres a smudge along the top but I can`t see it IRL.
Thank you all for the lovely comments on yesterdays post. I`m pleased I`m not the only one falling to bits lol.
Right, I`m going downstairs now to defrost.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Less is More....Green

Hello and a Happy Sunday All!
Are we all getting into the Christmas Spirit? The weather is certainly feeling Christmassy, it`s flippin` freezing here today. I`m sure we`ll get snow soon. Roll on spring lol.
As it`s the first week of the month it`s a colour challenge at Less is More. This time we are to use GREEN.
Mandi and Chrissie have been kind to us this week, you can`t get much more festive than green can you?
My first thought was to go with a Christmas tree but then I remembered my recently bought Spellbinders Vintage Baubles so went with them instead.
I started with a 5x5 white card base, cut a white panel slightly smaller and matted it onto dark green card.
I used my Chocolate Baroque ( Elusive Images) Damask Delights background stamp, stamped in green ink and embossed using Evergreen EP then cut two of the baubles.
The sentiment is by Creative Expressions also stamped and embossed in green.
The baubles are raised using foam pads and I`ve added some gold cord ( `cos I didn`t have any green).
I was going to add a bow to the tops of the baubles but I haven`t any thin green ribbon and I didn`t want to use another colour. Still I`m quite pleased with it.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I`d had to go for blood tests at the doctors. I originally went because I`ve been getting pain in my hips after walking some distance and standing at work. The doctor said he thought it was arthritis and after getting me into some quite painful wrestling manoeuvres ( honestly, knees on chest and wrenched from side to side) he confirmed it but decided I needed an MOT starting with the blood tests. When I went back for the results, he told me there was good news and bad news. The bad news...my blood pressurs high, my cholesterol is high and my thyroid has crashed. The good news is my arthritis is osteo and not rheumatoid. Such a lovely man lol. Nothing too serious that can be controlled with medication but...it is now official...my body is a wreck lol.
Oh the joys of getting older!

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

St Lukes Charity Card Challenge...December

Good Morning All!                                                                                    
I hope I find you all well and managing to keep warm now that winter is almost upon us.
As it`s the first of the month, we have a brand new challenge for you at St Lukes Charity Card Challenge.
We want your Christmas cards again but this time it`s... LET IT SNOW
Snowflakes, icicles,polar bears, penguins and snowmen- anything cold and frosty.
Don`t forget we would like you, if you can spare it, to donate your card to this very worthy cause to raise much needed funds for the hospice. We have another fabby prize this month for the overall winner too.
Our design teammate Deborah has donated a set of Waltzing Mouse Dainty Doilies stamps, how wonderful is that?

Here is my little bit of inspiration.

It`s a terrible photograph, I`ve had to take it using my photo lamps and editing it but it`s still awful. Sorry!
All the papers are Me to You Winter Wonderland. They are gorgeous papers and most of them are glittered too.
The snowman is from a set by Anita`s stamped in Memento black and coloured with Promarkers. I`ve added Glamour Dust to parts of the snowman and his hat.
The snowflakes are punched from white glitter card.
If I get the time I`ll take a better pic in daylight.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx