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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Soft & delicate for Mum

Hi All!

This is the last of my die cut cards for now simply because I`ve run out of time. I am, however, already planning my next one so I will be back lol.

This time I`ve gone with soft, delicate colours and a bit more in the way of decoration. See what you think.

I`ve used a really pale green card for my swirl (Die_ namics) and my leaves ( Marianne Designs English Rose)
I`ve used white glitter card for the Chloe Stem ( Memory Box) which has a very slight pinky tinge.
The roses are from my stash and I`ve added some stamen from another flower.
I`ve also added a couple of stars from glitter card because all mums are stars aren`t they? A couple of teardrop pearls to some of the leaves and a gorgeous pearl heart that I picked up at the craft fair.
The sentiment is PC generated and cut out with SB Floral Oval die and I`ve finished off with a butterfly punched with a Martha Stewart punch from white card and glittered with pale pink Art Glitter.

A close up of the stamen and the pearl heart.

I think this is my best effort so far and I can`t wait to have another go.
Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Special Day

Hi All!

Yet another die cut card to show you this time in shades of purple. I`m having a ball with these dies and just hope my mojo sticks around for a while, I have lots more ideas.

Very similar to the other ones but this time I`ve used my Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die. I`ve been after this for ages but everytime I go to order it, it`s out of stock. I grabbed it quickly when I found it at the craft fair and I`m so glad I did.
Another thing that I`ve noticed and would never have thought to do, is using patterened paper for some of the die cuts. I`ve cut the Memory Box Prim Poppy out of scraps of patterened paper and the Chloe Stem from Glitter paper..
The butterfly is MS punch that I`ve cut from thin card and glittered. IRL it looks much closer in colour to the Chloe stem..
Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Simply Less is More # 120

Happy Sunday All!

It was a bit of a shock to the system going back to CaS cards today after making cards all week with lots of layers and die cuts but as the challenge this week at Simply Less is More is to make a card with,
                                            CATS and/or DOGS and lots of white space,
I had to knuckle down and fight the urge to go die crazy. I did manage one die though lol.

I couldn`t find one cat or dog stamp among my stash so I bought this little cutie from Digistamp Boutique. Then I found a stamp among a set I bought a couple of weeks ago and haven`t put away yet ( slapped wrist for being untidy) Never mind I love this one.
I coloured the image with markers and cut it out with a nestie circle die.
The sentiment is computer generated and when the card base was cut to size I embossed a circle with a larger die. Then I simply popped my image in the circle using foam pads, job done.
Clean, simple and very cute.

Apparently Ruby explained the effects of Zero Gravity to Cheryl yesterday. She`s 4. Should we start checking out University places do you think? lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Friday, 17 May 2013

More die cuts...

Good afternoon all.

Well my week off has flown by and I really should be doing some housework but what the heck...when Mr Mojo comes a calling a girl just has to go with it doesn`t she? I really think it would be rude not to :)

I`ve made another card in the style of Dorota. You would think that after making cards for as long as I have, I would be able to use my imagination and come up with something unique, but alas ,no. So I`m still taking advantage of other crafters imaginations. One day I might surprise myself...

At least this one looks a bit more balanced.
For this card I have used,
Poppy Stamps Lorelai Leaf
Memory Box Chloe Stem and Dancing Tulips.
Spellbinders Labels 4 and oval dies
Flowers from stash.
DP from Papermania Regency pk

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Die(ing) to play...

...with my new dies.

Hello All, I`m back with another card full of die cuts. After I bought a bunch of dies earlier in the week I found I needed a little push to get full use out of them so I stalked trawled through Pinterest looking for inspiration. Wow, did I find it, in bucket loads. So many fabulous ways to use your dies that I would never have thought of in a million years, especially Memory Box`s Chloe Stem. Take a look,

Never thought of using them as accents.Dorota on THIS blog using dies in the most fantastic way
You`re going to be seeing an awful lot more of these in the future.

I also want to say a very big thank you for the lovely comments on yesterdays post. I`m still a bit surprised when I get compliments from fellow crafters and especially if anyone says they want to CASE my work. I don`t have a problem with Casing at all, in fact I`m chuffed to bits and really flattered but I would like a link back to me if that`s ok.

Dies used,
Memory Box Chloe stem,
Poppy Stamps Lorelai Leaf
Cheey Lynn Fanciful Flourish
Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Roses from local dept store
DP Crafty Impressions.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

WoW Wedding

Hello again,
I`m back with my second post of the day and as promised, something totally different to my last one.
I`m really loving my dies at the moment and last sunday I went  to a papercraft show and spent far too much money on some new ones.
I made this card before my spending spree but I`m determined to get some time to experiment with the new ones this week :)

I used 2 of the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis squares, layered using foam pads.
The rolled roses are Marianne Design English Roses as are the large leaves.
The ferns are a Punched and the butterfly is a MS punch.
The sentiment is by Joanna Sheen, stamped, embossed in silver and punched with a tag punch.
I`ve added a white pearl stick pin and some tiny flat back pearls to the butterfly to finish.

I`m really pleased with the way this one turned out. So much so that I`ve made another one but with coloured flowers and leaves. Can`t show it just yet though.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Simply Less is More # 119

Hello All!

I don`t think I`ve ever been this late with my Simply Less is More entry before. I have the week off work and had full intentions of spending lots of time in thecraft room but as usual it wasn`t to be. Lots to do in the garden ( in between showers) including spending all day yesterday pricking out millions of seedlings and repotting them. My poor back was killing last night.
I did however find time to make a quick card for this weeks challenge where we are asked to use COLOURED CARD BASE.

I used a Lime green card base and stamped a Hero Arts Elegant Weeds stamp in Memento Elderberry.
I added some Glamour Dust to the heads and a sentiment from Papermania ( in black).
Then I think I ruined it by adding some gems.

Really quick update, Ruby is doing fine and is now back at school full time. Her collar bone is healing nicely.

Back later with something completely different, lots of layers and texture.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Simply Less is More # 118

Good afternoon all.
Wow, we are finally having some lovely weather, and for a bank holiday too. Now that`s almost unheard of here in the UK.
The challenge this week at Simply Less is More is a colour challenge.

We are to choose two opposite colours from the colour wheel. Not usually a problem for me with my penchant for vibrant colours but I have to admit I struggled a bit. I`ve made 3 cards but I`m not overly impressed with any of them.
 For my first card I went with yellow green and violet red.
The base card is pearlised lime green.
I used a new ( to me) Penny Black slap stick stamp called dreamy stamped in Versacolor Burgundy.
I`ve added a bit of Glamour Dust to the flower head.
The sentiment is Layers of Color stamped in Versafine Onyx.
 My second is a paler version of yellow green and violet red, more like light green and lilac really. This was actually the last card I made and I was beginning to lose the will to live lol.
I stamped Papertrey Turning a new Leaf in Fresh Green Versacolor of the edge of my base card.
Punched some butterflys from purple card and added some gems.
The sentiment is a mix of Layers of Color and Waltzing Mouse.
And finally, I used another new to me stamp, Chevrons by Lawn Fawn stamped in Versacolor Orange and Cyan.
I cut out circles with a nestie die in orange and bright blue card.
The sentiment is by Flourishes stamped onto white card and cut out with a nestie circle die.
Really not sure about this one, I think it needs something more.

Right then. Less than a week after Ruby was declared cancer free, she is back in the wars.
One of the side effects of the chemo she was on is what the doctors call, Wobbly Leg syndrome. Apparently it affects the calf muscles and the ankles and makes the kids walk a bit stiff and are prone to falling over. It`s a temporary condition but Ruby`s mum and dad decided to get her a trampoline for the garden to help build up the muscles and also to teach her to jump because she does a funny little bunny hop at the moment :)
Anyway tuesday afternoon after nattering for weeks to be able to play outside she finally got to go on the trampoline with big sister Charlotte.
And promptly fell awkwardly and broke her collar bone.
I know...you couldn`t make it up could you?
She now has her arm in a sling but is absolutely fine and turning mum and dad into nervous wrecks while she carries on as if nothing is wrong. The only downside, from Ruby`s point of view, is that she can`t have a tantrum because it hurts when she stamps her feet. Lol.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Hearts and swirls

Hi everyone.
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful spring weather that we`ve waited so long for in the UK. I was asked to make a card for a very young couple who are about to celebrate one year of dating. Because they are so young I didn`t want to do my usual flowers and bows type card but was having trouble thinking up something that would do just as nicely.
I decided on a trawl through some of my favourite bloggers and decided on This card to CASE by the lovely Sarita. Unfortunately Sarita hasn`t posted anything for almost a year but I keep going back to her cards for inspiration. This is what I came up with,

I`ve swapped Sarita`s stars for hearts and used a different swirl stamp but kept the design.
The swirls are Papertrey Fancy Flourishes stamped in Memento London Fog.
The hearts are cut out using a Sizzix die.
The sentiment is PC generated.
Just a few matching gems to finish.

Thanks for popping in...Lynne xxx