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Friday, 31 December 2010

Shabby Chic Baby

Happy New Years Eve All!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and are going to have an even better New Year.

Just before Christmas my brothers daughter had a baby girl. I had just settled down to make her card when I noticed that the challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room  is for a shabby chic baby project. We were given this beautiful photo for inspiration and asked to use fabric somewhere in our designs.

How could I resist?
I wanted to use very delicate pink tones on this card but it looks a bit wishy washy in the photo. I have had terrible trouble trying to take decent photo`s because the weather is murky, misty and just plain dull here at the moment.

I have used all Pink Petticoat papers.
The rose background is from the Vintage Rose collection and the panel is the Pinstripes collection. Both are Blossom Pink.
I`ve used my new Marianne Designs embossed ribbon strip with some pale pink ribbon.
The image is my favourite baby stamp from PSX stamped and embossed in silver, then cut out with nesties labels 4 die.
The sentiment is computer generated with the baby`s name, Lylah. Isn`t that a pretty name?
To finish off I`ve added some pale pink ribbon roses.
I suppose adding ribbon instead of fabric is a bit of a cop out but ribbons are made out of fabric,right? Ha ha.

Well Christmas came and went in our house very quickly. We saw the grandchildren on Christmas morning as we always do and it was fantastic seeing them open their pressies, then back home for a Christmas dinner and an unexpected gift of a nasty chest cold that Santa thought would be nice for me. NOT!
I went back to work on monday and just about everyone of the staff have the same bug. I think it`s one of those things were you you are so busy in the run up to the big day that you really don`t have time to be ill and then, the minute you relax, BAM, it hits you. I`m getting better but the damp air around at the mo isn`t helping much. Roll on spring is all I can say...

Thanks for popping in...don`t have too much of the falling down water tonight and stay safe...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everybody!

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you all for the lovely comments you`ve given me over the past year, all the inspiration I`ve gathered from your fabby blogs and all the new friends I`ve made.

I don`t normally make new year resolutions because I know I won`t keep to them but this year I`m resolving to be more organised in my crafting and make more of an effort to get around you all to leave comments. If Santa is as kind as I hope he`s going to be things might just get a little easier, ( wink wink).

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

                          Merry Christmas! 

Monday, 13 December 2010

Snow scene.

Good evening all!

Another quick post from me to show you a card I meant to post last week.
  I`ve used the Cuttlebug snowflakes border again, matted onto navy blue card stock.
The image is by Rubbadubbado and I`ve had it for years. I`ve stamped with Memento Danube Blue ink onto white card then used Chrystal Glamour dust for snow on the roof and along the ground.
The image has also been matted onto navy card stock.

I really don`t know where the time is going right now. I seem to constantly busy but there`s always something else needs doing. Never mind, a fortnight from now and it`ll be all over.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Seasons Greetings

Good Evening All!

Another quickie from me as Alan has just got back from his airport run. How jealous am I that his sister and family are off to Oz and warmer climes???
I managed to walk to work and back today without mishap so I`m not so nervous now ( Golly I sound like  a right wimp don`t I?).

On to todays card.
Another blue tinged wonder. If I get the chance I`ll photograph it again and try to get better light.

I`ve made a batch of these cards as time is running out and I take too long faffing about trying to come up with fabulousness.
Once again I`ve used my Cuttlebug Snowflake Folder, matted onto some bright blue card.
The stamp is from Inkadinkado and is stamped in Memento Bahama Blue.
I`ve cut the image out with a labels 4 die and raised it with foam pads. Then added some small gems to give it some bling.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Here is the same card rephotographed in better light.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Deck the halls....

Good Evening All!

Another rather quick post from me. 

This is a card I made for an uncle. Every year the first card through the post is from my uncle Colin so I try to make him something that little bit special if I can.
  Once again apologies for the rubbish piccy. All the photos I took this morning appear to blue tinged for some reason. I tried to reduce the blue on the photo editing thingy but it obviously didn`t work.

I used my Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder for the panel and cut an aperture with a circle nestie.
My stamp is by Elusive Images from the Deck the Halls set and coloured with Promarkers and watercolour pencils.
I think I mentioned last year when I used this stamp that I couldn`t decide what the fruits were so this time I`ve gone with both oranges and rosy apples.
The image is cut with a slightly smaller nestie circle and placed in the aperture.
The sentiment is also from the same set and cut out with a labels 4 die.

So there you have it, quite a CAS card but with a twist.

I went back to work today but fortunately Alan was home to take me and bring me home. Tomorrow he is running his sister and her husband to Manchester airport as they are going to Australia for a month, lucky things, so I have no choice but to walk. Keep your fingers crossed for me lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 6 December 2010

Cream and gold

Morning All!

Just a quick post from me today to show a card I made over the weekend.
The papers are from Papermania Silent Night collection and the dots are embossed in gold.
I`ve added a piccy taken at an angle to show the gold off.

There`s also a sheet of plain cream that I`ve used to stamp and emboss my image onto.
The image is from Inkadinkado Winter Shapes set and is embossed in gold.
The sentiment is from Creative Expressions.
All I`ve added is a gold ribbon and bow as I think all that gold speaks for itself.

I have taken the day off work again today to get over my aches and pains. I thought I had escaped lightly but I woke up this morning stiff and achy all over, even my armpits ache. Funnily enough it doesn`t stop me crafting though :)

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

It`s an ill wind...

Good Morning Folks!

I really shouldn`t be here this morning blogging away, I should be hard at work serving customers with nothing better to do on a cold and icy Sunday morning than shop, but I`m not, I`m here. Why? Because this silly old fool fell her full length on the ice this morning. Don`t worry, I`m fine. A bit battered and bruised but nothing serious and I`m taking full advantage by sitting in my craft room.

I have a card to share with you today. Dad asked me make one for a friend so I came up with this one. I`m not 100% sure of it yet though so I might make at least one more and let him choose.
  The red holly paper is from my Artyilicious CD. I`ve matted and layered it onto some green card.
The white holly paper is from a Create and Craft CD by Redhotbed. I`ve matted that onto some red card after I`ve punched a border with a Martha Stewart punch.
I cut a shape with a nestie label 4 die in green and placed it using foam pads.
The sentiment is one that I`ve used over and over again because, to me, it emcompasses the whole meaning of Christmas and is beautiful. It`s by Elusive Images and is from the Deck the Halls stamp set. I`ve stamped and embossed in gold on red card and cut out with a nestie oval die.
I`ve added a big red bow and some red gems to finish.

Right, I`m off to do some more crafting while I can. Alan is pampering me so I`m lapping that up ( I think he feels guilty for not taking me in the car hee hee). Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Grrrr !

Hello crafty friends !

I bet you thought I`d emmigrated or something.

The Christmas rush has started with a vengeance at work so last week I worked a 6 day week. Not something I`d recommend when all you really want to do is get into your craft room and make Christmas cards. At this rate I`m going to have to do the unthinkable and buy shop bought ones, argh! shock ,horror!!!
On top of that the weather has been atrocious. Alan and some of the neighbours have had to dig the cars out of the snow and clear the road but as fast as they are clearing the snow came down heavier. We have had over a 18 inches here and the novelty has worn off now. I`ve had to struggle to work in my wellies, very glamorous I`m sure and now they`re telling us that the snow is over but we have black ice. If it gets too bad I think I might be chucking a sickie.

Anyway I did manage to put together some cards the other night. I have loads to make for friends and neighbours so I thought I`d go with mass produced CAS cards.This is what I`ve come up with so far.
 And here is a close up of the pink one.
Once again, not a very good photograph, sorry about that.

The DP is by Elusive Images Artilicious CD.
I`ve punched along the top with a Fiskars punch.
The image is by Inkadinkado and stamped in Momento Rosebud. The sentiment is by Papermania.
I`ve matted the image onto some hot pink card and placed it using foam pads.
Then I`ve added some small gems to finish.

I`ve done the same with the other two but the green on I`ve used paper from the Shabby Princess.

I hope to be back later with something a bit more special.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 20 November 2010

PPC Sketch #1

Good Evening All!

Wow, nothing for a week, then 2 posts in 1 day.

I haven`t had the chance to participate in any challenges for what seems like ages, so I thought I`d combine a special Christmas card with a brand new challenge at Picture Perfect Creations . Normally they do colour combos but this week they have given us a fab sketch to follow.

I have taken a few liberties with this one and swiveled the oval around to suit my sentiment and I`ve added a bow instead of a strip.
Please excuse the photograph, it`s dark outside now so I`ve had to use my lightbox and the lamps give everything a pinkish tinge. If I have time tomorrow I`ll redo it in daylight.

All the DP`s are from Papermania Silent Night Collection.
The main background has some of the words and images in gold foil and is gorgeous.
All the papers are matted onto gold mirri card hence the glare.
The sentiment is by Elusive Images from the Deck the Halls set, stamped onto washed stone paper from the DP set. I`ve cut it out with a nestie oval. The border is a larger nestie oval in plain green from the DP set. IRL it is quite a bit darker and is the same shade as the wording on the main paper.
I`ve finished off with some ribbon and a bow.
Although I`m disappointed with the photo I`m over the moon with the card. I hope PPc do more sketch challenges :)

I`m off to watch X Factor now. Tonight has to be the night that Wagner finally gets his marching orders, I don`t think I can stand another week of him murdering perfectly good songs.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

His & Hers Snowman

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I`ve been a naughty blogger recently I know. I can`t believe it`s over a week since my last post, where does the time go?
I`ve been really busy at home, doing extra hours at work and then too tired to do much crafting.
I do, however have a couple of cards to show you today. Well actually the same card in 2 colours but you know what I mean.

This snowman stamp is one that I`ve had from my early crafting days. He is called Frankie and is by Judikins.
I love him to bits and he comes out every year.

The background papers are both by Pink Petticoat and are Large Snowflakes and Pinstripes.
Frankie is coloured with promarkers and I`ve added some Glamour Dust to give him some wintery sparkle.
I`ve also added some white and silver ribbon and a bow from The Range and topped it off with a silver glittered snowflake.
The sentiment is by Anita`s and is a long stamp that I cut up and stamped onto a punched out tag.

Right, that`s it from me for now, really must get some crafting in while I have the time.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Friday, 12 November 2010

Poinsettia #3

Good Morning All!

And a happy friday to you. 
A short post today as I`m up to my eyes in dust and furniture that somehow doesn`t have a home now we are a wall less.

This is my 3rd and final (for now) card using the Poinsettia stamp. No doubt it`ll be well used again before Christmas.
  This time I`ve stamped onto bright pink paper and built it up as before.
The DP is from a create and craft cd set called Triple Treasures Christmas that I`ve had for ages and don`t use often enough.
I`ve backed it onto some gold mirri card to leave a thin border.
Once again I`m not happy with the sentiment, will have to do it again I think.
I`ve finished off with some bright pink flat backed pearls.

I really must leave it at that now, I`ve a bucket of hot soapy water and multi surface cleaner with my name on it before I go to work.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Poinsettia #2

Hello Everyone.

I have a day off today but I`m afraid I won`t get much crafting done as the house looks like a building site.
More about that later.
Todays card is another spin on the Creative Expressions Poinsettia Stamp.
This time I`ve stamped and embossed in gold onto Ivory Pearlescent paper. I bought a pack of mixed plains and pattered papers and card ages ago but haven`t used them until now.
I love the way this one turned out, I was worried that the stamp might slip but it stamped beautifully luckily.
I`ve used pattered Pearlescent card stock for the base card.
I cut a square of plain card and matted it onto some gold mirri board.
The poinsettia has been stamped the same as in the first one, and built up using silicone gel.
This time I used gold glitter in the centre.
The sentiment is by Papermania Silent Night Stamp set, stamped in clear ink and embossed in gold EP.
So there you have it, two cards, one stamp. Card number 3 will be posted tomorrow.

Right, my living room wall....
Eight years ago we downsized from a 4 bed house to a 2 bed much smaller house because we only had our son left at home. Both the girls had partners and homes of their own and I had visions of us rattling about in a huge house when we were old and doddery. The house we moved into is in a nice area and was more or less what we wanted but it did need some work doing on it. One of the first things we did was to remove the wall between the living room and the very tiny dining room. This gave us a much larger, brighter room and I loved it. Loads of space and a place for everything.
Then my middle daughters relationship fell apart and she came home. We had the problem of having an adult son and daughter and only one bedroom between them. Not ideal at all. After a few weeks of daughter sleeping on camper bed in the livingroom ( definitly not ideal) Alan decided that the only solution was to build the dividing wall back up and give the dining room to daughter as a bedroom. This worked well for quite a few months but then he had the bright idea of boarding out the loft for her to use as a bedroom. Brilliant! I get my house back.
A couple of years down the line daughter meets someone else and eventually moves out again which was when I took over the loft for my crafting. Soon after that son left to live with his in laws which was even better because then we had a spare room aswell. During all this time I had mentioned that I prefered the ` open plan`
look that we had before but it fell on deaf ears. Alan will be 56 this month and I know myself that things get harder, the older you get, so I didn`t natter at all.
Alan had some leave from work to come so he took this week off to paint the kitchen. Then, right out of the blue, on tuesday he asked me if I still wanted the wall knocking out again while he was off. I ummed and ah`ed for about 5 seconds and said yes, and there you have it, the story of my yoyo wall. I got back from work on tuesday tea time to find a huge open space and bits of plasterboard and dust everywhere and I couldn`t be happier.It`s not anywhere near finished yet but it looks fantastic already.
Right, I`d better go, he needs to turn the electric off soon to re route a cable. Catch up with you all later.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


Good Evening All.

It seems to have been ages since I last posted. I have been busy crafting away when time allows but I can`t seem to get my head around this working on a Sunday. It`s thrown me completely and, although I get a day off during the week, somehow it`s just not the same.
Still it`s happening from now til Christmas so I`m just going to have to get used to it.

I`m here really to show you one of  3 cards I have made using one of my favourite Christmas stamps. The Poinsettia Medallion stamp from   Creative Expressions was one of the first Christmas stamps I ever bought and although I buy new stamps every year, I always come back to this one. It is just so versatile as I will show you over the next few days.

Todays card is a Traditional Christmas card,

I`ve used Papermania DP in Burgundy stripes and Green Christmas Floral from the Silent Night Collection.
I stamped the poinsettia 4 times in clear ink and embossed in Detail Gold EP, onto Burgundy paper.
I cut the image out reducing the size of each layer and curled the petals with a bone folder.
I then built up the image using Silicone Gel.
Once finished I placed Amber Gems in the middle.

                                                 A side view of the built up Poinsettia.

The sentiment is also by Creative Expressions and stamped and embossed in gold.
I`ve cut it out with an oval nestie and added a gold bow.
I`m not 100% happy with the sentiment and might change it at a later date. IRL it does look a bit better than in the photo but I think it`s a bit dark so we`ll see. I`ll post another card using this stamp tomorrow.

Not a great deal to tell you at the moment really... Oh except Alan decided to knock the living room wall down yesterday....sounds dramatic but it`s all good really. I`ll tell you more later when I`m not so tired.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Picture Perfect Creations #37

Hello Everyone !

I recieved my prize from Megan at Picture Perfect Creations the other day for for winning the #32 challenge, thanks Megan, so I thought it was only fair that I made an effort to join in with this weeks challenge. As if I needed an excuse lol.
I love joining in with colour challenges as they always give you a combo that takes you right out of your comfort zone.Take this one for example, I knew I had to make the gray and pink the predominant colours because we all know how well they go together and the green wasn`t a problem at all, pink and green look lovely together too but what the heck do you do with Cajun Craze?
Take the easy option and use it very sparingly.
I think it`s worked but I`m not 100% sure yet.

I used Pink Petticoats. 
Elegant Flourishes in smoke because they remind me of the tendrils you get on Sweetpeas, Matted onto some pink card.
The image is Flourishes small Sweetpea stamp stamped in black and coloured with Promarkers.Also matted onto pink card.
I took some pale green and Cajun Craze card and punched both along the edge. After sticking them together I scored some lines along the length to give it some texture.

Now I know Sweetpeas are so out of season right now but I got a bit fed up of Autumn and Winter colours. I`m saving those for all the Christmas cards I have yet to make.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 4 November 2010

OCC Challenge

Good morning and a happy thursday to you all!

I had a day off yesterday, determined to craft for much of it but as is often the case, the creative juices refused to flow. I did manage one card that I had started the night before.
This is the inspiration piccy from Our Creative Corner  for this week.

And here is my card,
I`ve tried to tie in the stripes from the duvet with the damask pattern on the lamp and the creamy yellow flowers are to tie in with the candles.

The DP are both from Pink Petticoat.
The sentiment is computer generated and is dark brown although it looks quite a reddish brown in the photo.
I really must make an effort to get some more sentiment stamps :o
The flowers and the gorgeous ivory ribbon is from a local haberdashery.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Curtain Call # 54

Good Morning All!

I haven`t had much chance to join in any challenges for a couple of weeks so I thought I`d grab the opportunity to make a card for this weeks Curtain Call 
while I can. 
This is the inspiration piccy and I just had to have a go with these gorgeous colours,

This is my take on it,
 Once again I`ve had to substitute the colours but I think I`ve got them pretty well covered.

I used Ivory card for my base.
The DP is  Pink Petticoat. 
Harlequin in Sweetcorn matted onto my version of Cajun Craze.
I`ve added a ribbon in what is almost a perfect match and that I already had in my dwindling ribbon stash.
The image is Papertreys Fancy Flourishes which I`ve stamped in Versa Colour Orange and heat embossed to give it some texture. I`ve added some ivory pearls and matted it onto cajun card.
The sentiment is by Flourishes, also heat embossed and punched with a tag punch.
Then I just added a huge bow to finish.
So a reasonably simple but colourful card.

I thought I`d give you another tip today. You must remember that most of these mishaps have happened over a number of years. It`s just when you add them up it makes me look permanantly dippy. Most of the time I`m quite sane, well some of the time....

" Todays Tip Of The Day"
Never climb down alluminium loft ladders in flip flops!
You just might lose a flip flop, causing you to lose your footing and take half a toenail off.
I did and it didn`t half flipping hurt. The language that came out of my mouth that day should not be repeated in polite company.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Seeing spots!

Good Evening All!

Phew I`ve had a very busy weekend.
We have been really busy at work and on friday I was asked to do extra hours. That meant that all my plans to have a good clean up on friday morning, leaving saturday mostly free to craft, went out of the window. I spent most of yesterday catching up with housework and laundry. Today our Christmas work rota begins and guess who had to work 10 til 2. Not my idea of a restful sunday believe me. I think I`ve gone off this working for a living lark...

Anyway, two of the girls at work had birthdays last week so I made them each a card.

 They are both very similar with just subtle differences.
The dotty DP and the images are by Pink Petticoat.
I`ve used my Martha Stewart Doily punch along the bottom . I`ve added some plain paper and also punch it.
Parts of the images have been coloured with watercolour pencils and then glittered with Glamour dust.
On Coleens card I`ve added some contrasting chocolate ribbon with a bow and on Tracey`s I`ve just used ribbon.
The images have been cut out with a circle nestie and then centred on a scalloped circle in the plain paper.

That`s all from me for now. I have a day off on wednesday although I have been told it could change. Whenever it is I shall definately be crafting, fingers crossed.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 28 October 2010

I`m back.....again.

Bet you thought I`d been abducted by aliens or something!

Sorry, nothing so exciting. I had a long weekend last week so decided to move my craft room from the loft to the spare bedroom. Although the light up there is great first thing in a morning, now the nights are drawing in it`s dark and cold at the times I need it most. The spare bedroom was my middle daughters until she moved out and I hadn`t realised just how much stuff she`d left behind. Golly that girl can hoard!
I also didn`t realise just how much crafting stuff I had until I had to carry it all down the loft ladders. What I thought would be a a couple of days work turned into nearly a week and it still isn`t sorted properly. I`ve got bits and bobs that need to find a home and I`m not quite sure it`s working in the layout I have yet. Give it time, I`ll probably end up back in the loft. Not yet though, I`m shattered.

In the meantime I have been working ( on and off) on some Halloween goodies for the grandkids.
I used empty coffee jars that have a good seal on the lids.
The spider web papers are from Pinkpetticoat Halloween collection cut to size and punched along the top.
I`ve backed the DP onto plain matching paper and punched the tops of these too,
the girls with a Martha Stewart Doily punch and Nathans with a Fiskars punch.
I had great fun with the labels which I made on the computer and cut out with an oval nestie. The beauty of making your own is that you can be as gross as you like to match the sweets in the jars.
In Charlottes I used Eye balls, in Nathans, body parts and Ruby`s I used white chocolate buttons and called them spiders eggs.
All the sweets, creepy crawlies and tinsell are from Poundland and the chocolate buttons I bought in the supermarket.
I hope the kids have as much fun eating them as I did making them, hee hee!

On to my " Tip Of The Day",
Never use what you know is an unstable chair to stand on while cleaning your windows just because you can`t be bothered to get the steps out.
I did! The chair tipped forward,  the back caught me in the midriff and I went over the back head first. I had bruises on my tummy for a fortnight.
It`s a good job it was the inside windows I was cleaning because I would never be able to face the nieghbours again if I`d been outside, hee hee.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Shabby Tea Room #32

Good Morning All!

Happy wednesday to you.
I had an unexpected day off yesterday. Did I clean out the kitchen cupboards? Clear out the wardrobes? Nah!!!
After a normal mornings housework I got down to some serious crafting. Well what else did you expect???

This is the fabby pic from The Shabby Tea Room  to give us inspiration.
This is my card,
I used cream card for the base.
The DP is by Kameo Cards and is matted onto some chocolate card.
I`ve taken some more of the cream card and run it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and matted that onto some chocolate card.
I used my Spellbinders Borderbilities Lace die on chocolate card and added it to my central panel.
The sentiment is from Papertreys Autumn Abundance set inked in chestnut onto cream card and cut with a circle nestie. I made a border with a scalloped circle nestie in chocolate.
The flowers are handmade in autumnal colours.

I have some other projects on the go that I will hopefully have finished before the weekend.

Just as an aside I have decided to do a weekly " Helpful Personal Tips" spot. I will explain...
I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person but I do do some really stupid things. I have lost count of the times I have greeted my OH with the immortal words " Oh Alan I did a really stupid thing today"
So often in fact that now he just gives me THAT look and shakes his head. Most are things that anyone with an ounce of common sense just wouldn`t do but some are down right dangerous. All will be revealed.
I`ll start with a daft one. Todays " Tip of the day"...
Never clean the toilet whilst wearing a waterfall cardigan!

See what I mean?

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 18 October 2010

Curtain Call #52

Good Morning All.

And a happy monday to you. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and it didn`t fly by too fast.

Todays card is for the challenge over at Stacey`s Curtain Call 
We were given this piccy to work from and with these gorgeous colours how could I not join in.

Here is my take on it,

Unfortunately I have absolutely nothing in my paper collection that comes near enough to Bermuda Bay and when I tried to alter what I do have on the computer, my printer decided that it doesn`t like printing blue.
So I`ve had to use a paler version from Papermania Summer Bloom collection that has photographed even lighter. Ho Hum...

The orange Damask is by Pink Petticoat Lola`s Boudiour ( now retired I think), matted onto chocolate brown card.
The blue panel is by Papermania matted onto white card and punched along the top and bottom to give it a bit of an edge.
I`ve added some chocolate ribbon and a bow and a handmade flower with a brad from American Crafts.
The sentiment is by Flourishes, stamped in black and cut with a circle nestie.

Even though I`m disappointed with the Bermuda Bay panel, I`m still rather pleased with the end result.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Seasons Greetings

Hello Every One.

I hope your weekend has been creative and fruitful.

I just have no idea where the time goes lately. For some reason I never seem to have enough of it. I was, however, determined to get down to some crafting today and have achieved a bit. Not as much as I would have liked but the day isn`t over yet.

My card for today is inspired by this colour swatch from Picture Perfect Creations 
By the way I got Card Of The Week for my Autumn Splendour card at PPC. Thank you girls!!!

This is the card I made,
I used a dark green for my card base.
I ran some lighter green card through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.
I added some ribbon which IRL is very close to razzleberry onto the lighter green before matting it onto the base card.
My image is by Inkadinkadoo and is stamped in clear ink and heat embossed in Moon Glow two toned EP.
The photo doesn`t do it justice at all but it is Razzleberry / Plum depending on which way the light catches it.
It is also a near perfect match for the ribbon but it has photographed slightly lighter.
Just to finish off I`ve added my trade mark bow

Right thats it from me. We`re having a late sunday roast today and it`s almost time to put the Yorkshire puds in.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Friday, 15 October 2010

A joint challenge

Good Morning All!

Thank goodness friday is here at last and I might find some time over the weekend to get down to some creative therapy. A quick post today as I`m flying about like a mad thing.

Todays card is a joint challenge. I`ve combined the colour swatch from  Curtain Call # 51

With the sketch from  Our Creative Corner
 This is the card I came up with,
 I used some blue dotty paper that I manipulated on the computer to get as near to Marina Mist as I could,
matted onto black card.
I stamped my image, from My Minds Eye in Versa Colour Cyan. Matted that onto some yellow card.
I used some kraft card which I punch along one edge and cut slightly bigger than my image panel to form a border.
I`ve added some yellow ribbon and a bow.
The sentiment is by Flourishes and is also stamped in Cyan.

Thats all I`ve got time for today. Sorry if I`ve not got around to leaving comments on your blogs but I`ll put that right as soon as I can.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx 

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Autumn Birthday

Hello Everyone!

And a happy tuesday to you all.

I have an apology to make. I got so carried away at being back on my blog that I forgot to thank you all for the lovely comments and support you left me regarding my Mum. I really do appreciate each and everyone of you so I`d like to put it right.   Thank You!

Right, back to normality. It will be Alan`s sister Christines birthday at the end of the month so I thought I`d make her a suitable autumnal card.
I`ve used the brand new papers from Pink Petticoat 
called Autumn Blossoms. The colour range is amazing and I`m sure will be used all year round and not just for autumn.

For the top panel I`ve used Hydrangeas in Tangerine.
The bottom panel is first placed onto a piece of orange card leaving a very narrow border along the top edge.
This isn`t my idea but one I " borrowed" from Sharon Johnson 
and I love it. I could be using it quite alot in the future.
I made my own sentiment on the computer as I wanted to put Christines name on it and I`ve cut it out with a nestie labels 4 die.
My trademark bow is in bright orange to finish it off .

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 11 October 2010


Good Morning All!

At last I`m back after being MIA for the past week or so. It`s been a topsy turvy sort of week for me. As you know Mum was very ill for a time but the good news is that, hopefully, she is being discharged from the hospital today. I seem to have spent most of last week on the phone sorting things out with various family members and keeping up to date with Mums progress. The doctors still don`t what caused the allergy but she`s over it now. The only problem with that is that now we have to keep a very close eye on her in case it happens again. For now though I`m very relieved.

On to my lastest post.
 This is the inspiration for this weeks Challenge at the Play Date Cafe 

We are to use Green and Melon instead of the usual Christmas Red.
Ofcourse, as usual I have no Melon so I`ve used Versa Color Orchid instead.
As this weeks challenge is sponsered by one of my favourite UK stamp companies, Elusive Images, I`ve used their products on my card.

The green DP is from the Artylicious  Seasons Greetings CD.
I`ve matted that onto some pink card.
The stamped image is a beautiful floral swirl Christmas tree from the Deck the Halls stamp set from EI, stamped in versa colour orchid and heat embossed.
I`ve added a ribbon and bow.
The sentiment is from Creative Expressions and is also stamped in orchid and heat embossed., then punched with a tag punch.

Well thats all from me for today. Hopefully I`ll be able to get into the swing of things again and have some more posts during the week.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Monday, 4 October 2010

Autumn Spendour

Good Morning All!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, mine was mad. I think I`ll be glad to get to work for a rest. More about that later.
I`m posting one card today that, hopefully, fits three challenges.
They are,  Picture Perfect Creations.
Which has this as our inspiration  

 Our Creative Corner
Who have given us this colour combo  

And  Curtain Call Colour Challenge #50
Who gave us this fabulous piccy and colour combo  

As all three used Cajun Craze, Mustard and similar Greens  I decided to combine them with this card.

One thing I have realised since starting to join in with these challenges is that alot of them use Stampin` up colours. I don`t have any Stampin` up products whatsoever so I downloaded a SU colour chart and printed it off which helps me to find the closest colours I have to the ones stipulated. 

I used my favourite Flourishes Gerbera Daisy stamp mainly because it`s so versatile. I mean you get Gerberas in almost any colour under the sun can`t you?
I coloured the flowers with Promarkers Mustard and honeycomb, and the stems with Promarkers Pear Green.
I used ivory card stock for the base card and matted and layered my version of Cajun Craze, a slightly milky coffee instead of Early Espresso and Kraft, after puching along the bottom edge of each.
I`ve added an Olive ribbon and bow to finish. 
Once it was all put together I realised I maybe should have done some scoring along the top to give it a bit of definition but, as they say, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Well my weekend was quite an eventful one, for all the wrong reasons. Mum was rushed into hospital again on Saturday. She has Anyphylaxia ( probably wrong spelling) which you probably know is a severe allergic reaction usually to bee stings, nuts or latex. Having reached the ripe old age of 77 without ever having been allergic to anything it is a complete mystery as to what has caused this but she is very poorly. Apart from a severe rash she has swollen lips and throat which was a great worry. The hospital was fantastic though and the nursing staff were wonderful. At the moment she is still in hosptal and having tests and medication so it`s just a case of waiting.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Something a little bit different.

Good Evening All.

I have a card to share with you today but it`s a bit different to my usual style. I don`t very often do images that need colouring, mainly because I`m so rubbish at colouring in. Or so I thought.Now I know all this about a good workman never blames his tools but there are times when, if you don`t have the right equipment, the finish isn`t as good as it should be. 
When I first started making cards I bought some Marvy Brush Markers. I have nothing against them at all, I`ve had mine for years and they are still going strong, but they do have very large tips and I find it difficult to stay in the lines sometimes. 
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I finally invested in some Promarkers. I know everyone else has been using them for donkey`s years,  but there was always something else I needed more. I haven`t got that many yet but I have enough to start colouring up some of my old stamps and now I have an excuse to get some new ones Lol.

The girls over on Curtain Call act #49 have given us this inspiration photo.

I`ve had to substitute most of the colours but this is the card I came up with.

I substituted Ivory card stock for Very Vanilla.
The DP panels are from Dovecraft.
I stamped my image which is Skateboard Dude by Woodware, onto white card in black ink.
I substituted Sandstone Promarker for Sahara Sand on his trousers. Poppy for Real Red on his top and Caramel for Soft Suede on his cap and boots.
His skin tones are Ivory and Blush.
I`ve matted the image onto some red card and placed it on the base card using foam pads.
The sentment is by Anita`s and is stamped in black.

With hindsight I think I should have coloured his skateboard in red but it`s too late now.

Thanks for popping in ...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A very worthy cause, a challenge and whoohoo

Good Evening All!

Are you sitting comfortably? This may be a long post so you have been warned!!

The beauty of having a blog and being able to check out other peoples blogs means that every now and again you come across something that is not only a worthy cause but can also make you quite emotional. One of the blogs that I follow regularly is Tosh`s. 
and she was telling us about a fantastic card drive that  Cammie 
is doing on her blog in aid of the carers of Alzheimers sufferers. She has written a very heartfelt piece telling us all about the drive, how to enter and the fantastic companies that have donated blog candy.
Please check out this blog, as you know it is a subject very close to my heart as my Mum is in a care home suffering from this cruel illness. Not only that but the awesome amount of candy that is on offer to the winner made me weep. I cannot explain how emotional it made me to think that all these people care enough to donate the amount they have. 
Cammie can explain it much better than I ever could so please pop over and take a look.

Ofcourse I have made a card and I will be giving it to the staff at Mums care home when I visit on saturday. It occurred to me after reading about the card drive that I`m very quick to post a rant on my blog when things don`t quite go the way I think they should but I`m not very good at letting everyone know how much I appreciate what the care staff do for my mum. They do a fantastic job that I know I couldn`t do myself. I would find it hard to do some of the things they do, for my mum but they`re doing it for people they have only known a short time. Naturally I speak to the staff and go along to assessments and meetings and I always say thank you but this is a way of showing that I really do appreciate them.

This is the card I will be giving the staff on saturday.

I am also entering this card into The Shabby Tea Room Challenge  
which this week is called `Pearls and Pastels` and has this gorgeous bracelet for inspiration.

As soon as I saw the photo I knew I wanted to make a card, I mean, this is so far up my street. It also gave me the oppotunity to make an over the top, all bells and whistles card that I could combine with the card drive.

The actual design of the card is pretty basic but it`s much bigger than I normally make. Although it`s a standard A5 I`ve made it a top fold so I`ve used 2 sheets of card to get the required length.

The DP is Papermania Blueberry Hill. I love the pink roses against the blue background. I also think that the paisley pattern at the lower end is a perfect contrast.
I used my Martha Stewart Doily punch along the rose paper and also added some lace and some baby pink ribbon and a bow.
The sentiment is by Papertrey from the Autumn Abundance set and is stamped in Orchid. I think this sentiment says it all.
I cut out the sentiment with a labels 4 die then cut a frame with 2 sizes of the same die.
I`ve added some flat backed pearls to the frame and along the bottom right corner of the card.
I`ve also added some pink roses to the corner edges of the frame.

I know it`s a bit flambouyant but I`m really pleased with how it`s turned out and it`s just what I was aiming at.

Now for my  `Whoohoo`.
I made `featured stamper` on the Color throw down challenge # 111.
How cool is that!!!
What surprises me most is that I seem to get more recognition for the cards that I`m either not too pleased with or that I have a distinct lack of imagination in. Now what does that say about me? Lol.

Right, well if you`ve got this far you are probably ready for a hot drink or a lie down in a darkened room lol.
Thanks for sticking with me and please don`t forget to visit Cammies blog, thanks...
Lynne xxx