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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Simply Less is More # 209

Hi there,
Long post warning!!!

Well I missed the last two challenges at Simply Less is More. Although I started cards for both weeks, life just got in the way and they didn`t get posted. So I was determined to join in ths week no matter what.
As it`s a 5 saturday month we have a Lucky Dip with the title LITTLE ONES. This could mean babies, children, small animals or tiny elements on our cards.
I`ve chosen to make a baby card.
I used a Memory Box Stencil and some homemade embossing paste for the background ( I`ll give you the recipe at the end of this post)
I cut out two tags using a Die- namics die from patterned paper and white vellum and tied them with some pink twine.
The BABY die is from Die- Versions cut from pink paper. I used Chrissie`s tip of backing the paper with double sided tape before cutting, sooo much easier for sticking down.
To finish I added two tiny butterflies with teeny gems.

Well, call me cheapskate all you like but I do like a cheaper version of some things .Embossing Paste is so expensive but I love the effect and have tried in the past to make my own from an online recipe but wasn`t too impressed. The other day while browsing Pinterest I found another recipe and this one is fabulous. It uses talc so is much whiter and is so easy to make.
All you need is...
1/4 cup of talc ( I used baby talc)
1 tbsp craft glue ( cheap PVA works great)
1 tbsp white Acrylic paint
A little water
Plastic spoon or similar for stirring.

Just mix the ingrediants together then add a tiny bit of water until you get the consistancy of toothpaste.
The best thing is, it smells gorgeous even when dry.
Once I`d tried it I thought about colouring it so bought some more paint, thinking that if it didn`t work, I`d probably use the paints anyway.
I started with 3 main colours.
I chose these colours because from them I can mix, Green, Orange and possibly purple/ lilac and ofcourse they can all be mixed with varying amounts of white for different shades.
The baby card I made today is white with a tiny amount of Rose Madder.
Just need some more stencils now and there`ll be no stopping me.

Really quick Ruby update;
The bacterial infection has all gone now although there is still some fungal infection on Ruby`s liver and spleen but the anti fungal meds are dealing with that. She was hoping to come home on wednesday but had a sudden tiny spike in her temperature, 38.1%, and if it goes above 38% it means more bloods and cultures have to be taken. It is such a pain but then it`s not worth risking so hopefully she will be home either today or tomorrow. Then we can have Christmas Yippee!

Thanks for sticking with me, I know it was a long one today...Lynne xxx


  1. Delightful make, thanks for the instructions.

    Fingers crossed for Ruby too


  2. Very sweet card! Will say a prayer right now for Ruby.

  3. Such a pretty card Lynne - keeping everything crossed for Ruby. x

  4. Great card, Lynne! I have used the same recipe for homemade embossing paste and love how it smells and works! Fingers crossed for Ruby!

  5. Lovely card Lynne, love that stencil and thanks for the embossing paste recipe, I bet it smells gorgeous! hoping your next post will be telling us all about Ruby coming home:)
    Val x

  6. Just love that background and thank you for sharing the recipe, love vellum so pretty and delicate x

  7. Totally stunning Lynne. That embossing is WOW and even more WOW that you've made it yourself. Thanks for the recipe. Good to hear the latest on Ruby and hope all goes well.
    Less is More

  8. Stunning card. I love embossing paste! Thanks for the tried and tested recipe!

  9. A gorgeous card and how appropriate that it will smell of baby powder!


  10. An absolutely beautiful baby card! Thanks for the recipe.

  11. This is a fabulous card Lynne,and I can't wait to try this home-made embossing paste, you're right... the bought stuff is very expensive!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  12. Lynne your card is adorable and I love the idea of sweet smelling paste!
    I have been wondering how Ruby (and you!) are doing the last couple of weeks, thanks for the update and hope she is home by now x
    Thanks for joining us this week at LIM
    Less is More

  13. So delicate and sweet. Glad to hear how Ruby is getting on. x

  14. Aww Lynne what a sweet baby card,I love everything about it. Thanks for the recipe too, my OH made some but yours looks nicer. As you know I have babies on my mind atm. ( thanks for the good wishes). So pleased to hear Ruby is home now and that you celebrated Christmas too ( saw FB updates!) yipee!!! I was so happy when I heard the news, poor Ruby has been through such a rough patch this time. Big hugs for you all esp. Ruby ;) xxx

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