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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Less is More # 85

Good Afternoon All!
Happy Sunday and all that. It`s the last day of my leave from work today so I`ve got a touch of the post holiday blues. I really don`t want to go back to work. Does anyone want to sponsor me to stay at home and make cards? Lol.
Anyway I`ll get straight on with it as I`ve a bit of waffle at the end.

The challenge this week is an easy peasy one from Simply Less is More.
Mandi and Chrissie want us to incorporate an oval somewhere in our card. I use ovals quite a lot, especially in my fussier cards as I think you can arrange embellishments around them easier. However, the challenge for me was to come up with something a bit different from my usual make.

For my first card I used a stamp from Kaisercraft, Little Toot set.
I coloured the plane with Promarkers and cut it out with a nestie oval.
I cut some small circles with a nestie die from some bright coloured scraps of DP and laid them on the card in a square, then place my plane over the top using foam pads.
The sentiment is PC generated.
This next one uses a foam stamp from a set I bought donkeys years ago and never used.
I stamped the Lion onto white card and coloured him with Promarkers then cut him out with an oval die.
I used some more of the scrap DP and used my MS Zig Zag punch ( `cos it looks a bit like sharp teeth)
Oval placed over the top with foam pads.
Sentiment is again PC generated.
My last one is back to my usual style.
The ovals were already made up waiting for me to decide which backing paper to put with it but the decision was made for me with this challenge, none ha.
Stamps are by Flourishes, Flowers and Frames set, coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noir pens and cut out with a Floral Oval Die from Spellbinders.
The sentiment is from the same set, stamped inside another frame from this set and cut out with a nestie oval and placed using foam pads.
I`m quite happy with them all but I think the Plane is my fave. What do you think?

Right a bit of waffle. As we both had the week off and nothing major planned we thought it would be nice to be tourists in our home town.
I`m sure we`re not alone in this but we travel for miles to visit attractions, totally ignoring the one`s on our doorstep. With this in mind we decided to visit The Deep in Hull. It is an award winning Aquarium and one of the biggest in the world and seeing as it opened 10 years ago and we had never been, a visit was well and truely in order.
I love the architecture of this building, reflecting Hull`s heritage of fishing and shipping. We were once the third largest port in the country. Sadly our fishing industry has disappeared and most of our docks are long gone but we have some fabulous museums relating the storys of our glorious past.
Inside this magnificent building is a fantastic array of fish and sea creatures. I was very impressed and very glad we eventually went to visit.
If ever you are around this area I would highly recommend it and all the other attractions we have. We are a friendly bunch up here too.
While we were in the Deep I picked up some leaflets for other attractions in Yorkshire and found one for Doncaster Markets.
I remember a customer at work telling me that she goes there for her lace so I talked Alan into taking me on friday.
I`m a sucker for a good market and sadly we no longer have one in Hull. Doncaster on the other hand has five. Yep, FIVE markets all in the same place and running into each other. I was in market heaven!
I found a proper haberdashery stall and bought ribbon and buttons and then I found a man selling clear plastic boxes.
On closer inspection I noticed that these we from the `Really Useful Box Company`, good stong boxes with clip on lids AND he did A4 3inch deep ones. £4 each or 2 for £7 or 3 for £10. Hee hee I bought 6.
They are perfect for card and I now have most of my coloured card seperated into different boxes. Definitely going back sometime soon for more boxes.
Ofcourse stupid me didn`t look on google before we set off so missed a craft shop smack bang in the middle of the market. Another reason to go back I think ;-)

If you`re still with me...Ruby is now home and doing very well. We did have a small incident at the hospital when they forgot to give Ruby an evening meal. By the time anyone realised there was nothing left so she had to have toast. Not that she was complaining but it really isn`t good enough when she needs all the protein she can get.
Karen has had another operation by a different surgeon and it looks as if it`s not as bad as we thought. She is home now and although she`s uncomfortable, she`s doing fine.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx


  1. Hola Lynne, good news about Ruby and Karen:D.
    I think i need to go Yorkshire and visit your 5 fantastic markets:D, and your aquarium, look fabulous:D.
    Very busy my friend, all your cards are gorgeous, perfects for kids and the oval of Spellbinder are GORGEOUS AND ELEGANT!!!great work, i think i need an sponsot tooooo :D:D:D:D.
    A warm hug and blessings from Palma

  2. It sounds like you have had a wonderful time - you needed it! Loving the cards - Love the oval surrounded by colorful circles - a very creative idea!

  3. Fab projects and photos from you - I love your CAS card. I looked at that Kaisercraft set only Monday! Wish I'd bought it now!


  4. Well, goodness me, I don't check in for a tiny week, and all hell has broken loose! I'm really sorry to hear that Rubes has had to be back in hospital again and what has happened to poor Karen, how awful. I'm glad I came back today in time to hear that both of them are doing much better. Prayers and blessings coming their way from little old me.

    In other news, thank you for the share about the aquarium. That looks and sounds fantastic! Isn't it silly how we don't play tourist in our own "backyards" so to speak? Glad you finally made it there!

    And, finally, love your cards! Especially that adorable lion!!

  5. Fab cards, the first two are so colourful, lovely. The third one is so pretty.
    I have wanted to visit the Deep for ages, is it really 10 years! time flies, I will get there I hope next year.
    Pleased to hear Ruby and Karen are doing ok.
    I am not looking forward to work tomorrow either!
    Lynn x

  6. Forgot to give her an evening meal?!!! I'm speechless!! I'm glad Karen's on the mend too.

    Your days out sound fab Lynne, especially the market day - just what I love too!

    Fab cards as always but there you go, making three when I can't even make one - show off, lol!

  7. Soooo fabulous love your colourful and elegant cards

  8. Fab entries - I'm torn between the Lion and Plane

  9. all your cards are fantastic, lynne!! the third one is so lovely and delicate! isn't it funny how we will ignore places to go that are in our own backyard? i have tried to make a point of not overlooking our "local gems". the aquarium sounds fantastic!

  10. Fab set of cards Lynne, I think the lion is my favourite. I love the use of the bright colours. Great take on this weeks LIM challenge. xx

  11. Lovely cards yet again Lynne. I hope the family continue to improve.
    Thanks so much
    Less isMore

  12. Superb cards Lynne, glad you liked our challenge this week
    I;m with you on the not visiting whats under our nose!

    Glad Ruby is doing better and best wishes to KAren too

    Thanks very much

  13. What a beautiful card, I love this. There is also still time to enter into Willow Sketchie Challenge if you are interested - the theme is things with wings x

  14. Lovely cards Lynne. The kiddies ones are so cute. Perfect use of ovals! x

  15. All your cards are wonderful x x

  16. All the cards are awesome Lynne. hugs ... Carole

  17. All beautiful cards and wonderful colouring, Lynne. The last one is especially pretty. Sue x

  18. Love all these cards. The circles behind the plane were inspired! Good idea to set off the little plane. Have to say my fav was the floral using the Floral Oval s/b...don't you just love that die? Tfs all your wonderful cards. Enjoyed reading about your outing also.

  19. I love all of these cards Lynne but especially the plane - I love how bright and jolly it is! It's good to hear that Ruby and Karen are both doing well and I expect Ruby's glad to be home (especially if they were going to forget to feed her! How crazy is that?!) Thank you for being the Hull/Doncaster tourist board! Vicky x

  20. That lion is terrific, we were at a wedding held at Chester Zoo the other week and it would have made a brilliant fun card.

  21. All three cards are just fabulous...but I really like the second one!

  22. Hi Lynn

    The gorgeous makes .. .. love them all!!!

    Pleased to hear that Ruby is home and OK. Fancy her missing out on an evening meal. Makes you wonder how you forget to feed a child?!?!? and a poorly one at that.

    I hope Karen is starting to feel a little more comfortable now too.

    Take care

    Love Jules xx

  23. All fabulous cards Lynne, can't chose a fav ! So glad Ruby and Karen are doing well now too.:) Viv xx

  24. All three are great cards ~ being a Leo, I'll pick the lion card as my fave!

  25. Wonderful cards and lovely colours, glad you had a great local touristy holiday, we did that a few years ago and couldn't get over what was on offer in the area, it certainly opens your eyes doesn't it?

    Sorry haven't been around in a while, but I have caught up with your fab cards now. So glad Ruby and Karen are hopefully on the mend or at least better.

  26. Fabulous oval cards Lynne and all so very different.
    You are right about not seeing whats on your doorstep..while we were on holiday we meet 4 people from Hull who were saying it had some nice places to visit... Oh you are lucky to have found those markets, we dont have that many now down here in Somerset.
    Pleased to hear Ruby is progressing well...and as for them forgetting to feed her...well what can I say...just not good enough



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