Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone.  Hope Santa has been, and that you have what you wished for.
I have had a lovely day with my family, and our Christmas Lunch was fantastic.  So that was my Santa wish fulfilled - a wonderful day with family.  Hope you did too.  Happy New Year to you all. 
Hugs, Lynn x

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Snippets card no. 2

Hi there, I am back again to join the playground, and, yay, this post will be no.63 on the list - Di will be so pleased!
This card  uses snippets from my Design papers (SU Basic Birthday), and snippets left after making the card base and mat.  Flowers are a Marianne die, and the leaf die and stamp are from Stampin Up.
Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

snippets playground - week 100! and Sketch Saturday

Hello everyone, just popped over to Di's blog (here), and she is on week 100 for the snippets playground.  Well done Di! You do a great job.  She would like you to enter your snippets project so that the playground can reach 60 entries, which would be great on such a special milestone week.  I will try and enter up to my 3 entries, and this is the first one, using the sketch from this weeks Sketch Saturday:
Snippets I used are a piece of coredinations cardstock, embossed with Crafter's Companion emboss folder, and a piece of design paper from Stampin Up (Basic Birthday).  A snippet of silver grey ribbon, and the stamp is from Clearly Besotted (Birthday collection), stamped onto a tiny scrap of cream card.  Back tomorrow, with another snippet card. Please join in if you can.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

vibrant birthday!

Hi there, hope everyone is feeling well, and getting ready for Christmas countdown. 

I was rummaging through my ribbon box and thought I would try and match my card colours to my ribbons as there are a few which have been in the box for quite a while.  This is what came about:
I picked out the two greens and the background to the ribbon is a pale yellow.  The base card is SU gumball green, and then other mats are from my Coredinations cardstock (elements).  The die cuts are Stampin Up, and so are the candy dots.  I decided to leave the die on the leaf and draw around the inside edge with my SU marker to match the card base.  I quite like to look. Sentiment is a Crafters Companion one which I have had for a long time.  Colours are a bit more muted in real life - just can't get the saturation right on photo.

It's about time I got some Christmas cards made - eek!  Have a good weekend. Lynn x

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Acid Drops and Whatnots

Hi everyone,  this is a card showing stamps from Acid Drops and Whatnots which I had with a magazine some time ago (I can't remember the name of the mag now!).
The backing papers were also part of the freebie.  This is for a friend who does a lot of swimming, and I thought it would make her smile.  Coloured with my Spectrum Noirs - beginning to get the hang of this blending lark now - (I hope)!
Middle of the week already - how did that happen?  Lynn x

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A little shabby chic?

This card is not how I envisaged it would turn out at all!
I thought clean and simple - but ideas just kept running.  The image and background papers come from the CD free from Crafter's Companion Inspiration 3 mag (Camden Town).  The background paper was embossed with butterflies corner Diesire 6x6 embossing folder.  I then rubbed some pink ink around the edges and clear embossed, as I did with the blue mat panel, which was embossed with a sizzix folder and sanded to show core (coredinations cardstock).  Ribbon and butterflies are Stampin Up, and labels are Diesire, from CC.  Bit of bling added.  Thanks for looking.  Enjoy your weekend. Lynn x

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Crafty Cardmakers and Sketch Saturday

Hi there, I seem to be in a purple mode at the moment.  My card uses the sketch at Sketch Saturday, and fits Crafty Cardmakers' challenge which is monochrome purple.

The image is a rubber stamp from the new Bebunni range from Crafters Companion, and also the clouds embossing folder is also from a new range by Diesire. Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Sunday, November 3, 2013

3D project

I was having a go at making a box to hold some choccies in for christmas gifts.  I came across this link from another blog, but cannot remember where from, so I am sorry I cannot give credit where credit is due.
I have used Bazzil cardstock here, which is a bit flimsy when the cup is full (at the moment it is holding five 2-finger chocolate biscuit bars).  But as a proto-type at least it worked out. My piece of cardstock was 27cm x 16.5cm.  Vertical scoring was every 3cm (making 9 sections - 9th section cut as a tab to glue inside cup).
The horizontal scoring line is approximately one-third of the vertical side.  Cut slits up to the score line on the vertical scores to make the strips to form the base.  The handle was cut using circle nesties.  Will do this design again, and I think it will work with thicker cardstock, and larger tabs to secure the handle.

As this was done with an already cut-into piece of 12x12 cardstock, I shall be playing in the snippet playground.  I wonder if all the pumpkins have gone yet?!

Friday, November 1, 2013

A little bit of glam!

Hi folks, hope you enjoyed your spooky Halloween if you celebrate it.  Today my cards are taken from the disk from Crafter's Companion 'Frou Frou' range which came with the recent Inspiration magazine.

I don't do much CD crafting, and I tend to be a hybrid crafter - some print straight to card, and then selecting toppers to add a bit of dimension.  The stamping is from two SU range of stamps.  The bling and ribbon I got from Wilkinson store (Wilko's as I affectionately call it).  The insert I also made from the CD.  I tend to use Microsoft Publisher, and play around with placement on there.  Thanks for looking.  Have a good Friday. Lynn x

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

borrowing a little bit of inspiration

Hello there, just finishing off a few cards for birthdays, and my mojo has gone AWOL.  Cruising through the blogsphere I found this lovely Stampin Up blog here, and I admired the clean and simple lines of Brian's cards - so much so that I have CASed one of his designs (September post).
I have used coastal cabana as a card base, very vanilla cardstock, some DSP from Birthday Basics, and the sentiment is computer generated (bradley hand font). As I have used a snippet of DSP, I shall be going over to the Snippets Playground.  Thanks for looking, and do pay Brian and visit, he has some great ideas. Lynn x

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Christmas is coming!

Hi there everyone, I decided today to have a play with the new stamp and emboss folder that was free in my Quick Cards magazine, before the next one arrives, lol.  As you can see, the designs speak of winter and Christmas.  It is a beautiful stamp and embossed very well with my silver detail emboss powder. The emboss folder went through the Big Shot very well, using the same sandwich as for the fiskars plates.
 As I have used snippets of coastal cabana blue on my card, I am on my way to the Snippets Playground.  I spy Parsnip in his new wellingtons standing next to a very large puddle, with a cheeky grin on his face - watch out playmates! Forgot to say that this is Mojo Monday sketch, so I shall like to there.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sketch Saturday #281

Hello there, hope your weekend is going well - it has been a beautiful day here.  Here is the sketch for this week's Sketch Saturday
A good clean and simple sketch, and so I have stuck close to the sketch.
Papers are from Stampin Up and Pink Petticoat (Isabelline), sentiment from Pink Petticoat, and the stamp is Penny Black.  Had a go with my new Spectrum Noir pens - just got to get used to the gradient in colour families.  Some snippets  used here so I shall be calling in to the Snippets Playground when the gates are open again on Sunday.  See you there! Lynn x

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Seize the Sketch # 6

Time goes by so quickly, so today I decided I would do at least one post this week!  Here is this week's sketch at Seize the Sketch
Here is what I came up with:
It looks a bit bright here!  The cardstock is strawberry slush and summer starfruit from Stampin Up.  The scrap of DSP is from Birthday Basics.  The sentiment is stamp set Memorable Moments - and various die cuts and punches.  As I have used up a few scraps, I shall be off to see Parsnip in the Snippets Playground.  I hope he is keeping all the playground friends in order. Lynn x

Friday, October 11, 2013

cute and furry - crafty cardmakers

Where did this week go? It simply flew by, but I am looking forward to the weekend.  Here is my card for Crafty Cardmakers which wants to see cute and furry animals on projects.  This is what I came up with

Papers are Pink Petticoat, beach huts and paper collection.  Tag dies from Clearly Besotted, butterfly sizzlits, and the stamp is a freebie from Quick Cards made Easy - Somebunny loves you. Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Well done!

Hi all, a quick card to be made as I heard that a family member had just passed her driving test.  This is what I made
Card base is SU strawberry slush, with a touch of coastal cabana.  The stamps are from various SU sets - that metal embossing folder (again!), and various die cuts.  I bet she can't afford a sporty job like this one for a while, lol. Have a good rest of the week. Lynn x

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

flowers for Nessa and Snippets Playground

Hi there all, what a gorgeous day today has been.  I would like to say hello to my new follower Sue from Ollismam - a warm welcome to you.  This card is for a challenge over at Nessa's blog, where she would like to see a creation with flowers.
This card is made up of all snippets, even the card base.  You know how it goes, something doesn't look right you cut it off don't you, lol. The stamps and dies are Stampin Up Secret Garden.  The layers are done with my rectangle nestabilities.  The card base has been embossed with a Diesire folder (metal), which I think looks like basket weave on the deboss side. This card is also being posted to the Snippets Playground.  Thanks for looking, Lynn x

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Seize the Sketch #5

I really like this sketch
Here is what I did with it
I have used Stampin Up card and Birthday Basics DSP.  The brad is also Stampin Up.  The sentiment is a digi which I have had for a while which was a freebie from Desert Diva blog.  I shall try and aim for a masculine card when I try this sketch again. As this card used snippets, I shall be playing in the Snippets Playground again - see you there.  Thanks for looking. (I am going to try and schedule this post, just because I want to try it out - wish me luck!).

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Retro Sketches #83

Hello there, first of all may I give a warm welcome to Nessa (the Crafty Laydee) as a new follower.  Today I have a card using this sketch from Retro Sketches.
A lovely sketch I think.  I decided I did not want to cover up too much of  the lovely Stampin Up DSP, which is from the Modern Medley designs.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat, and the flower is a sizzix die-cut.  Have a great Saturday.  The sun is shining here, so must dash and put the washing out. Lynn x

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Birthday balloons and candles, and Snippet playground

In my neck of the woods it has turned out to be a totally wet Thursday - never mind, at least it is warm rain, lol. My card uses a recent Freshly Made Sketches sketch:
This card uses Stampin Up base card, Pistachio Pudding, and the DSP is birthday basics.  The stamp is also SU.  As the card uses snippets of DSP and matting, I shall be joining in with play at the Snippets playground. Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

skater boy

Hello there, October already, where does the time go?  Happy Autumn - I must say I love this time of year.
The card I have today was scheduled for Sketch Saturday, but I missed the deadline and never posted.
The image is from Mo Manning, and the papers are Birthday Basics DSP, from Stampin Up, as is the pinwheel die.  The embossing folder is from Crafters Companion.  Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mojo Monday 312

Hello there, I needed a card really quickly tonight, so I found the Mojo Monday sketch just the job.

And here is my card -
Sorry about all the background - have not found the cropping tool yet!  Stamp and card is Stampin Up, and the die-cut tails are from the tag dies from Clearly Besotted.  Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Boo to you!

Today I have a card which suits two challenges, Crafty Cardmakers (winged things), their 100th challenge!, and Seize the Sketch #4
Here is the card -

Not a great shot I am afraid, as I am working in a different programme and haven't yet found out how to edit the photo.  The card base was embossed with a brick effect, and the papers are from Sarah Hurley, a while ago now, but you can find her website here.  Hope there are enough winged things on this card! Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mojo Monday 311

Hello there, today I am showing my card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch -

The embossing folder is a bark effect, and the snippet of DSP is SU comfort cafe.  The sentiment is SU stamps set 'Oh Hello' and the paper clay flower is also SU mold. Short and sweet! Lynn x

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

birthday wishes

Hello there, I have a card today which will just go into by stash -
The cardstock is the new collection from Stampin Up, coastal cabana and strawberry slush.  I have used Sizzix dies and the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday collection from Pink Petticoat. The embossing folder is a new one from crafters companion, Diesire embossalicious, chevrons.  It is a 6x6 folder which went through the Big Shot well, and without any creasing or cracking of the designer paper.  As the designer papers was a piece lying in my scrap draw, this card will be put into Di's snippets playground.  Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mojo Monday sketch 310

Hi there, haven't posted in a while as I am trying to deal with a very cantankerous computer at the moment! Plus, not having any technical skills, doesn't help matters, lol.  Anyway, enough of my problems, here is the sketch and  my card.

The papers are from Birthday Basics by Stampin Up, as is the brad.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat, Happy birthday sentiments.  Thanks for looking, and have a good weekend. Lynn x

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sketch Saturday 274

Hello everyone, what fabulous weather we have had over the last few days, hope we are on our way to a 'mini summer'.  Here is a card I have made using the current sketch from Sketch Saturday.
The card base is Pistachio Pudding from Stampin Up, as are the design papers Modern Medley.  The stamp is an old one from SU.  Sentiment strip from Pink Petticoat.  Thanks for looking.  Lynn x

Friday, August 30, 2013

Seize the sketch #2 - birthday basics

It's busy over the next month in our family for birthdays, and I have used the sketch over at Seize the Sketch again for another make.

This is a DL size card for a change, and I have used the Birthday Basics DSP from Stampin Up.  The sentiment was a freebie from Craft Stamper a long time ago.  See you soon. Lynn x

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Modern Medley

Hello everyone, a quick post before I dive into the housework.  I recently got hold of my new Stampin Up DSP,  'Modern Medley' and here is a card, attempting to use the 'sunburst' technique.
The mat and trim is a piece of Strawberry Slush card, and the flower  is part of a Sizzix die.  The flourish leaves came from a cuttlebug die, and just a bit of bling.  Thanks for looking. Lynn x

Friday, August 23, 2013

Seize the Sketch # 2

Hi there, Well, we have some great news from my brother and sister-in-laws' children - they have done well in their GCSE and AS levels - woohoo!  A congrats card is on the way to them.  I used this week's Seize the Sketch inspiration -
I rotated the sketch, and here is my card, using SU in-colours (what makes you think I don't have much cardstock, lol), and April 2013 freebies from TAWS blog. Have a good day.
Lynn x

Thursday, August 22, 2013

clean and simple happy birthday

Hi there, today I have made a card using this weeks sketch over at Clean and Simple blog.
I have used the Stampin Up new in-colour cardstock, and the sentiment and image are freebies (April) from The Alleway Stamp store *here*.  Thanks for looking, and have a good day.
Lynn x

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

hedgie birthday

What a beautiful, sunny Wednesday morning.  I must make the best of it before work beckons! Today I have a Penny Black stamp to show you, rushing their birthday wishes.  I didn't put a sentiment on because the label on the present says 'for you', which says it all I think!
The card base is Stampin Up 'pistachio pudding' and the background papers are Pink Petticoat (Big Fella).
As the backing papers, and mats are all from my scrap draw this card will be rushing its way to the Snippets Playground. Have a good day!
Lynn x

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sketch Saturday and 'Fun in the Sun'

I visited Viv's blog *here* and she had entered a gorgeous card for the Crafty Cardmaker's challenge 'Fun in the Sun' (Viv is a design team member).  I immediately thought of my newly purchased beach papers and tiny sentiments from Pink Petticoat, and thought I would join in the fun.  Here is my card -
I have used the current sketch from Sketch Saturday for the layout of my card. The image is from Stampin Up 'Sail Away', and the die-cuts are Spellbinders - quite old now I think. Although I have never tried sailing, I am sure it would be a pleasant 'fun in the sun' activity :-)  Time for me to link up to the two challenges now.
Lynn x

Hot off the Press

Hi there, here are some cards which I recently made using the paper pack from Hot off the Press called Home Grown, which was free with issue 112 of Simply Cards and Papercraft. Hope you like!

I would not have deliberately bought this pack, but have really enjoyed working with it, and produced very different cards to what I normally make - I think they have a more 'scrapbook' look to them.  Thanks for looking.
Lynn x