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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Wedding card

Good Morning All!

Not a very nice day here today,we have rain. It`s my day off but I`ve got to go out to the hairdressers this afternoon. Is there any wonder that we`re obsessed with the weather in this country?
Anyway the forecast is looking good for saturday which is when my neice is getting married. Unfortunately we can`t be there but I`ve made a card to send. I`ve kept it simple as it has to go in the post.

I scored a lattice pattern onto some pink pearlescent card and matted it onto some silver mirri card before placing it using foam pads.
The sentiment is by Rubbadubbadoo, stamped in embossing ink and embossed in silver detail EP, then cut out with a nestie Labels 4 die. I place that with foam pads.
I added some white pearls to where the lines cross and,`Voila! All ready to pop in the post.

Don`t forget to pop back tomorrow where we have a brand new St Lukes Challenge, I think you`ll like this one.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Poppy Anniversary Card.

Good afternoon All!

Well the beautiful sunshine we`ve been enjoying has finally come to an end. I wonder if it`s because I have a day off tomorrow lol. The clouds are building but it`s still warm, hopefully summer will start proper week after next when I`ve got a week off work ;)

It was Cheryl and Darren`s wedding anniversary last sunday so ofcourse I made them a card. As Cheryl`s fave colour is red and she once told me her favourite flowers were Poppies, I`ve once again gone with a red poppy card. In fact she loves poppies so much Ruby was going to be Poppy for a while.
Anyway, enough waffle, here`s the card,

It`s a rubbish photo I`m afraid. I had a marathon card making session over the weekend and by the time I took piccy`s the light was at the wrong side of the house so all this weeks pics are dreadful. Note to self...take photographs in the morning.
Back to the card.
Red base card run through the cuttlebug with Crafts Too Damask EF.
Poppy stamp from Chocolate Baroque Fresh Florals set stamped onto strip of white card and coloured with Promarkers.Corners rounded and then raised using foam pads.
Sentiment by Rubbadubbadoo stamped onto a tiny strip of white card and placed across panel with foam pads.
Nice, simple but effective card.

I had a better nights sleep last night which is just as well as we`ve been mega busy at work today and I`ve got a wedding card to finish so I can mail it tomorrow. See you then.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

More man cards

Hello All!

A really quick post from me today `cos it`s getting late and I`m tired.
In Hull we have two rugby league teams, Hull Kingston Rovers who play in a red and white strip and Hull FC who play in a black and white strip. I thought these little cards would be a fun addition to the fundraising box.

I printed the stripes from Pink Petticoat onto white card.
The little rugby player is by Creative stamping and I stamped him onto the base card. I cut a strip of the stripes to the required width then cut an oval with a nestie, ( because it resembles a rugby ball) lined it up with the image then cut the length.
I`ve raised that panel with foam pads. The sentiment is by Anita`s and that is placed with foam pads too.
The image is coloured with Promarkers.

Right that`s it from me, I`m done in.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 28 May 2012

Vintage Toppers

Good Afternoon All. I hope you are all well.
Last week Tracy from Cardmakers Delight sent me some of her gorgeous toppers to try and I all I had to do in return was to make a card and blog it. How cool is that?
The most difficult part was choosing just one topper to make my first card with. I decided on this gorgeous birdcage one,
 Not the best photo, the lights not very good at this time of day up here I`m afraid.
The colours in the topper were perfect to match up with these papers from Papermania Blueberry Hill.
I`ve simply added a doily, some flowers from my stash and a computer generated sentiment.
I`m really pleased with this, the colours are so summery and fresh.
I would like to call it " Shabby Chic" but I just can`t bring myself to do the shabby bit. I love other peoples creations when they do distressing and rough edges but the neat freak in me simply won`t allow me to. I like my edges clean and crisp. Does that make me A/R? probably lol.  Anyway check out Tracy`s store and her toppers. They are absolutely fabulous and there are such a lot to choose from.

Hope you like it Tracy x

I`m entering this card into this weeks DYSU  challenge,` A little bird told me`
(thanks Tara)
and also Our Creative Corner who want Shabby Chic.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Casual Fridays Masculine

Good Afternoon Everyone.
In all the excitment of seeing Ruby yesterday I forgot to welcome my new followers. Very remiss of me I know and I apologise. So I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Samantha, Tracy and Misseke. Thank you for choosing my blog to follow.

Over on CAS- ual Fridays the challenge is to make a clean and simple male card. Now you all know how I struggle with man cards and the men themselves don`t exactly help do they? I swear if it was left to my OH there would be no such things as greeting cards at all. But I have to make a start on some for the fundraising box so this is my first one of (hopefully) many.

I know I seem to be using this design a lot lately but it works for me.
Background is Pink Petticoat Chevron in Duck Egg.
I printed the letters on the PC using Ariel Hollow font and then filled them in with blue glitter using a fine tip nozzle. Wasn`t sure about glitter on man cards but hey..even men need a bit of sparkle in their lives don`t they?
The sentiment is from 2 different stamp sets and I can`t remember which sorry, stamped inVersafine Onyx. The banner is simply a strip cut with the trimmer and I`ve made the `v`s` with the corner of a square nestie.
Nice simple little card. I haven`t joined in with the casual girls in ages so I`m pleased I had the time to do this one.

We had a lovely afternoon with Ruby and her mum & dad yesterday. Ruby arrived dressed in her new Tinkerbell dress and the easter bonnet I made for her. Believe me it`s a look only a three year old can carry off, hee hee she looked a picture. After the obligatory counting of the fish in the pond and watering the plants ( something that has become a ritual) she found the biscuits and settled down to stuff her face. All was going so well until she decided to climb onto a dining chair and promptly slid off between the back rest and the seat banging her head on the radiator control knob. She has a huge egg on the back of her head and there were tears all round, including me but she`s fine again now. Poor little mite, as if she`s not going through enough right now.

Right I`m off again to enjoy the sunshine while I can.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Less is More # 69 Recipe

Good afternoon all. I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely late spring weather. Last week I couldn`t stand being in the loft as it was so cold but this week it`s too hot. I can`t win, not that I`m complaining, honest.

This week at Simply Less is More, the challenge is a recipe, NOT A SQUARE or a rectangle either.
We are asked to make a shaped card. I used to make loads of oddly shaped cards when I first got into cardmaking but have concentrated on more regular square or rectangle ones lately so it was a nice change to do something different.
My plans to make a pile of baby cards last week didn`t come to much as I couldn`t get motivated for some reason so for my card today I`m sticking with babies.
I had coloured lots of these Giraffes in advance so I simply cut around it.
The card base is made from a Spellbinders Lacey Circle Die.
I`ve added a piece of blue gingham across the middle and placed the giraffe with foam pads.
The sentiment is by Personal Impressions.
Both the giraffe and the gingham are from Pink Petticoat.

I`m quite pleased with this one but if I get some time I might have to have another go.

Ruby is coming to see us soon. She came back from hospital last night for the weekend after having a full week of Radio therapy and a new variation of Chemo. Honestly, that child is amazing. Nothing gets her down at all.
This is Ruby last tuesday after her first R/T session and halfway through a five hour Chemo session. I really don`t think I`d feel up to painting anything after all that.
Where Ruby and her family live is classed as `deprived` but as with anywhere there are good and bad, mostly good I hasten to add.
On thursday one of the neighbours asked which was Ruby`s favourite Disney Princess as her young daughter wanted to draw Ruby a picture. That in itself made Mum Cheryl cry but..it was all a ruse. Unbeknown to anyone, a couple of neighbours went to every house in the street collecting to buy her a present for when she came home. Cheryl rang me this morning in tears, apparently you can`t move in her livingroom for dressing up clothes, dolls, bags everything including cutlery and a placemat. All from the Disney shop which isn`t cheap.
It just goes to show how kind and thoughtful people really are and I can`t find words to thank them enough.
I think I`m going to cry again now.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Less is More # 68...Baby or Child

Good Afternoon All!
I hope I find you all well and managing to stay warm in these chilly temps. The weatherman says it`s going to get warmer during the week. About flippin` time too I say.
I`d like to welcome my new follower too. Thank you for choosing my little blog to take a look at.

I was only thinking during the week that I ought to get some baby cards made for the fundraising box and also for St Lukes and lo and behold, the gods were listening.
The challenge at Simply Less is More this week is to make a clean and simple card for a baby or a child.Yaaayy!

I started yesterday with these two,

 The Giraffe is a digi from Pink Petticoat coloured with markers.
I printed the gingham, also from Pink Petticoat, straight onto to some card and cut a panel the same height but slightly narrower than the card and placed it using foam pads
I made the bow a double layered flat one this time for a change and added a heart gem in the centre.
The image is cut out with a nestie oval as is the sentiment which is computer generated.
I thought a pink one and a blue one is a good start.

Then I thought there might not be enough `white space` for Mandi and Chrissie`s exacting standards ;) so I made this one this morning.
The stamp is by PSX now out of business. I tried for years to get my hands on this stamp. I adore it.
It`s such a beautiful image and gives a really clean crisp finish. I eventually found this one at Bladerunner and could have cried when I found it. How sad am I? And then I`ve hardly used her.
Anyway, I`ve stamped the image and coloured her with markers adding a little Glamour dust to the moon and star. She`s cut out with a Spellbinders Fleur de lis square and mounted onto a square card using foam pads.
I`ve added a small bow and a tiny rosebud to finish.
No sentiment because I thought it could be either a birth or christening card.

I might have to play for a while longer with this baby stamp to get my stocks built up. I`ve lots of ideas in my head and none of them are particularly clean and simple. I`m thinking layers...lots of layers lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Sketchbook Saturday # 59

Good Afternoon All!

It`s ages and ages since I last played in the Sketchbook Saturday Challenge over on Chupa`s Blog but this week she has such a wonderful CAS sketch it would have been rude not to join in.
As I still had some snippets of the papers I used in my last post, I can also enter this one into Pixies Crafty Snippets. ( Yes Di I have Jelly Babies this week)

Ofcourse you know me, I couldn`t make just one card, I had to make three.

The papers are all from Pink Petticoat Brocade Collection in Pistachio, Sassy and Plum.
The sentiments are Layers of Color Happy Wishes stamp set stamped in Versafine Onyx.

I love this sketch and I think I`ll probably use it again and again. I`m thinking masculine cards now. All I need is some time arghh!

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Hip and trendy...

...or at least that is what I`m aiming for.

Good afternoon All, I said yesterday that todays cards were going to be a little bit different. Whereas yesterdays Mum card was a bit twee and, in my opinion, aimed at older mums, todays will hopefully appeal to the younger mums out there.
We`ve been looking at wallpaper for our bedroom and while the colours I`ve used today are nothing like what`s going on our walls, I couldn`t help but notice the "in trend" colours for home decor. So that`s what I`ve gone with.

As you can see I`ve used the Brocade DP from Pink Petticoat again (love this paper) in Plum, Sassy and Pistachio.
The flowers are all made with tissue paper (Poundland) cut out with a nestie scallop circle die and scrunched.
The sentiment is computer generated and I`ve added some gem stones to finish.

Up here in my corner of the UK we tend to say Mam for Mother although Mum is creeping in more and more .As these are all for the fundraising box and the market I`m aiming at is more likely to say mam I thought I`d use it.

Ofcourse I could have got it all wrong and the truely hip and trendy will think they`re a bit naff but I won`t know until I try will I ?

The weather here today is awful. Strong winds and heavy showers and it`s sooo cold. More like february than may. I hope we`re going to get a heatwave in June or I might go into hibernation.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 14 May 2012

Wonderful Mum.

Good Afternoon all!

A quick post for change from me. The playground over at Pixies Crafty Snippets has been extended to two weeks so this gives me a chance to show the second card I made from my white card snippets. This one is not for a specific Mum. It`s another card to go into the fund raising box and I thought it was time I made some cards especially for the mums. I really ought to be doing Dad cards but they take much more thinking about lol.
Anyway,here it is,
No image this time. I thought the embossing on the panel and the beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, were enough to keep it delicate and simple.
The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a nestie label 4 die, mounted onto a nestie beaded oval.
I`ve added a pale pink ribbon and bow to finish.

I`ll be back tomorrow with some more Mum cards that are about as far removed from this one as you can get.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Less is More #67

Good Evening all!

It`s one layer week at Simply Less is More this week and Mandi and Chrissie have asked to use,
                            3 Stamps
not 4, not 2 but only 3 stamps.
It`s not quite as easy as it sounds.lol.
  Now I know I`ve used this stamp before for a LiM challenge but it`s  perfect for an A6 card and besides, I like it ...a lot.
The main image is a Flourishes stamp, Lenten Rose and the sentiment is from the same set.
The butterfly stamp is also by Flourishes, this time from the Gerbera daisy set. All coloured with a mixture of Spectrum Noir pens and Promarkers except the water in the vase and that`s a watercolour pencil.

Just to remind you that it`s one layer month over at St Lukes Charity Card Challenge this month too so why not make two cards and enter one there. You could also donate your card to sell to raise much needed funds for the hospice .
Which reminds me, I`ve got a million boxes and lids to make tonight so I can send my donations off, better dash.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 10 May 2012

A whoo hoo, a Ruby update...oh and a card.

Good afternoon all. I hope I find you well. It`s a bit breezy here today but at least no rain as yet, fingers crossed.

I`ll start with my whoo hoo.
About a month ago I recieved an e mail from Heather at Papercraft Inspirations Magazine asking if I`d like one of my cards to be included in the 100th edition. Well ofcourse I had to think about it...for about a nano second and it is now on the shelves. Co- incidently Tara and Jenny my fellow DT members from St Lukes are also on the same page. How spooky is that?
I`ve been wandering about with a massive grin on my face for a month now, this is so cool...I`ve been published..yayyy!

Right, time to calm down now.
Ruby had to go to St James (Jimmy`s) hospital on tuesday as this is where they will be having her radiotherapy.
Tuesdays visit was to show her all the machinery and what it does so she wouldn`t be too scared when the process begins. She also had to have a mould made for a mask to protect her from the radiotherapy. The play co ordinator met her there and they turned the whole business into a game for her and she loved it apart from the actual laying down bit for the mask. Not a problem at all, they expected to have to sedate her and they did, everything went well and Ruby wasn`t fazed in the least.
The radiotherapy treatment starts next tuesday and she has to have treatment every day, monday to friday for three weeks. She is also having a different course of chemotherapy for the next 34 weeks. We are all still very positive but I think we`re still prepared for her to be a bit more poorly this time. Ruby still amazes us how well she has taken all the prodding and poking, treatments. surgeries, both major and minor and even the upheavel of being away from home. She is certainly one very strong spirited little girl.
I`ve added a couple of pics so you can see the toll it`s taken on her.
The first one is from Alans and Rachels wedding last september.

 This one was taken in my living room 5 days after her major operation to remove the tumour and a kidney.
You can see how her hair has thinned and just how much weight she has lost but she just doesn`t let anything bother her. I know theres a long way to go yet but I`m sure with her spirit she`ll come through this even stronger than she is.

Phew, well if you`re still with me I`d better show you my card.
 This is a style I`ve used lots of times before and probably will again. Very simple but I like it.
One thing I`ve found over the past few months is the amount of white card snippets I have accumalated. I tend to used a full A4 sheet to print a tiny sentiment or image so I`ve quite alot of nearly full sheets in the box.
This whole card is made from snippets so I`m entering it the playground over on Pixies crafty snippets. I missed last week and had hoped to have a selection for this week but it wasn`t to be.
I made the card by making a panel slightly smaller than the base card and running it through the cuttlebug with a swiss dots EF.
The image is from Flourishes Orchids set coloured with markers and cut out with a nestie labels 4 die.
The sentiment is from the same set and I`ve added a ribbon and bow.

I`d like to take this chance to welcome my new followers, Sparklygirl Tina,Kathy, Crafty Stamper and Alleta.
Thank you for choosing my littleblog to follow.

Well I don`t know about you but I`m worn out now after all that.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Less is More #66

Good Afternoon All!

First of all I`d like to welcome Rachel. Thank you for choosing my little blog to follow.

The first week of the month at Less is More is always a colour challenge and this week we are to use.
Yellow is one of my all time favourite colours. It screams out sunshine, spring flowers and warmth for me, so, apart from orange, I`ll take yellow anytime. Thank you Mandi and Chrissie, you made my day.
After a really stressful week at work and not much crafting done, I got carried away yesterday and made 3 cards.
 For my first card I printed a Quatrofoil pattern in sunshine yellow from Pink Petticoat straight onto an A4 sheet of card. I trimmed it down to a tent fold A6 and added a fishtail banner in white card.
To make the banner I simply cut a strip of card and used the corner of a square nestie to make the fishtail.
The flower is handmade using yellow tissue paper cut out with two sizes of scalloped circle nesties, scrunched up and held together with a pale yellow brad.
The sentiment is from Personal Impressions.
My second card is an A6 side fold white card. I made a panel and ran it through the cuttlebug using a Crafts Too Damask EF then matted it onto some bright yellow card. The panel is placed using foam pads.
I made a banner the same way as the first card but this time I matted it onto yellow card, then made some rolled roses using a Marianne Designs Rose die. This sentiment is also from Personal Impressions.
My last card is made from the left overs of the other two.
I started by printing the sentiment straight onto the card from the computer then trimmed to size (A6) tent fold.
I cut out the circles with  nestie circle dies in 3 sizes and placed them using foam pads. I`ve added a heart gem to the 2 plain ones.

And there you have it. It`s been a horrible week at work, nothing that concerns me but y`know when there`s an atmosphere and some of the staff have been really upset, it rubs off on you? I think everythings sorted now anyway.
We decided to have a run out to the seaside today. The weather could have been better but what the heck. We got fish and chips from the best chippy in East Yorkshire ( Seafront Chip Shop in Hornsea) so, no sunday roast to cook Yippee!
Not a great deal to tell you about Ruby but I`ll give you an update during the week.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

St Lukes Charity Card Challenge...May 2012

Good Morning All!
I hope I find you well and not too soggy after all this horrendous rain we`ve been suffering.

As it`s the first of the month it means it`s time for a brand new challenge over on the St Lukes Charity Card Challenge.
 This month we want to see your       Single Layer Cards.
You can stamp, draw, emboss or any other technique that takes your fancy as long as it`s straight onto the base card.
We have another fabulous prize for the outright winner for May , two gorgeous stamps from  Lili of the Valley,

And here is my card to give you some inspiration,
I`ve used a Humphrey stamp from Crafters Companion, coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and Promarkers. The sentiment is from the same set.
A really sweet and simple card. I don`t often do cute cards but I really love these Humphrey stamps. You may just be seeing a few more....

Don`t forget you can donate your card if you want to, or any others you might have spare. All funds raised by selling these cards go towards the care of terminally ill adults at the hospice. All details on the main blog.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx