Friday, October 21, 2011

Baa-baa Black Sheep

Tis really amazing how time flies....isn't it. You may (or may not) recall a card I may for triplets born here. Well...those triplets have just turned ONE!!!!! Their Aunt asked me again to make them a speccy card to celebrate this occasion. I was inspired by a card I saw on Kerry Bunting's blog here. This was my card for the birthday bubba's.......

I took this pic in the stockroom at work and only realised afterwards that a small piece of plastic has clung to the card. This WAS removed before passing it on!!! I did add a couple of things to Kerry's original (apart from an extra sheep!!!) I sponged in a sky and also sponged the sheep in Crumb Cake, not black, just to soften it a bit. I also managed (by luck rather than good management) to do the "ewe" in the same font as the top of it. I used the 'e' and 'w' from 'best wishes' and viola.

Here is a close up of one of the sheep......

...and yes...these are the same wee bows I tied on their original birth card too!!!!

I put the fact that they turned "1" on the inside of the card......

Both the Mum of the triplets and the Aunt were very happy with the card....and I have another 12 months to think of something for 2....if approached....LOL!!!

Thanks for dropping by.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss (ret), Basic Black
Ink: (SU) Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Stamps: (SU) So Happy For You (SAB '11)
Punches: (lots) SU - Scallop Circle, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Word Window, 5 Petal, Owl Punch (eyes), 1 3/4" circle, CM 1 1/2" punch, Carla Craft Vinca B Punch, MS Grass Punch
Other Bits: Dimensionals, Sponges, SAMJ, Large Glitter number

Lynda xx

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sweet 16

(subtitle....You Know You're Getting Old When........)

DH's eldest niece turned 16 not so long ago. Kinda makes one panic a little because (1) you still recall the day she was born and (2) you have NO idea of what is hip and trendy with regards to a gift and you get that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. I actually thought I had the card part at least sussed, until I took a trip to the Reject Shop. Sometimes you find nothing, other times you strike GOLD!!! On this particular trip,nit was GOLD on 'dem dare shelves!!!

I found a corset dress with matching mask in what was marked a "Scrapbooking Embellishment" kit. The light bulb immediately went off as to what the card was going to be.........

What do you think? I think this card has so much fun to it....don't you??? This is the wee dress close up.

I also love the quilted paper behind the dress. It's Cristena Re and i have had it for soooooo long, but never used it. I also added the wee pink rhinestones to bling it up a bit.

The only problem now was what gift. Miss newly turned 16 posted on her FB page that she got her BELLY BUTTON pierced for her birthday. OOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKK.......fact taken in and cogs started turning. After chatting with her Mum...I got her a new belly ring. FYI...a VERY new shopping experience for moi...hee hee hee. I made a co-ordinated Peek-a-Boo Box to hold the said gift. This was it.......

I made an insert for the box to hold the belly ring. I think it passed as a jewellery box. Of's the 2 together......

It turned out to be a very SWEET 16 card and gift indeed.

Thanks for popping by again.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Cristena Re Quilted Ivory Paper
Ink: (SU) Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Hero Arts Design Block - Dots & Flowers - S5213
Dies: Nestabilities Scallop Ovals, Scallop Circles, Classic Ovals and Classic Circles, Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet.

Lynda xx

Monday, October 17, 2011

Goodbye Miss Smith

Sadly again, not so long ago we said goodbye to another wonderful teacher from our school, Ms Smith. Whilst she never taught any of my children, she was always up for a chat (and more often than not a laugh) and really was the most wonderful soul. I could not let her go without something small to say thanks and goodbye.

I drew inspiration from a card on Andrea Buckland's blog here (the 2nd card) and came up with this.....

Sadly the dodgy photographics do not do the background justice, but believe me when I say I really learnt a LOT about sponging doing this project....LOL!!! I also sponged the sentiment here....

I teamed it up with one of my co-ordinated butterfly bookmarks......

Hopefully the colours sponged on the background are better shown here.....

And of course the set together.....

Next time I decide to do sooooooooooooo much sponging I need to allow myself a little more time to do it I think....hee hee hee, however, I was very pleased with the result.

Thanks for dropping by.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Pale Plum (ret), Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: (SU) Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pale Plum (ret), Perfect Plum
Stamps: (SU) Butterfly Prints, Baroque Motifs, En Francais BGS
Punches, Dies, Embossing: (SU) Butterfly Punch, Bigz Butterfly Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Other Bits: SU Very Vanilla Gros Grain Ribbon, Ivory 1/2 Pearls fm stash, Pale Plum 3mm Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, sponges!!!!

Lynda xx

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Anyone for Dove??

Ever had one of those moments where you think you have an idea sussed out and under control.....only to go looking for it and totally distress yourself out because you can't recall where the heck you filed it on your laptop? You Google and search your laptop high and low all for nought?? This is how this whole project started out for me. I put the call out to my crafty friends on FB and the divine Miss Debbie P as well as Kerri Donsky via e mail aided me beautifully and guided me in the right direction. Using the instructions Kerri gave me and this tute here my project idea had life again.

The seeds of the idea started with this card that found on SCS, but DAH when I did it I omitted the background layer of DSP. I actually made this card at Craft Camp this year, but I do not think I posted it...DAH again!! This is my card......

Co-ordinated with this, I made a wee box that held 18 Dove chocolates...and this is the result....

And of course the set together.......

The beauty of the chocolate box is that when the inside is consumed, the divider can be removed and it can be used as a trinket box. needless to say, my friend who received it was sooooooo pleased, so therefore....mission accomplished.

Thanks for dropping by. I have a couple more co-ordinated gifts to share with you very soon.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: (SU) Rose Red
Stamps: (SU) Wonderful Favourites
Dies: (SU) Little Leaf, Beautiful Wings Embosslit and Nestabilities Labels One and Eight
Other Bits: Scrap Lace, 1/2 white Pearls fm stash, Dimensionals, SAMJ

Lynda xx

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Male Sailing

I had some more fun with "Sail Away" a couple of weeks ago, whilst my son was playing baseball. Again, none of these cards are exactly the same, but are the same layout....very basic.

I started with a Sahara Sand base and stamped it with the Weathered BGS. I then co-ordinated it with

Always Artichoke

Chocolate Chip

...and Early Espresso

I also used the Modern Label Punch a little differently in each card.

Now if you also look carefully in the pic above, you will notice that the pattern of the Weathered BGS is at angles. I randomly stamped it diagonally and LOVE the result.

It is always good to have some male cards in the stash....greatly eases the 'freak out' factor when one sneaks up on you!!

Thanks for popping by again.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: (SU) Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso
Stamps: SU - Sail Away, Weathered BGS, Amy R Sentiments "Birthday Sentiments"
Punches: (SU) Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch
Other Bits: Dimensionals

Lynda xx

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pre-Teen Rock - #2

Time is marching by so very quickly. A couple of weeks ago (yes I am still posting Sept projects) my son turned 11!!!! Buoyed by the success of the 1st Extreme Guitar card I did (last post) I decided to put my own twist on another card I had seen here. This is my version that Mast 11 received.....

I 'grunged' the background and the "11" up as previous, as well as the bits behind the guitarist...

I then thought, since my son's friends are all roughly the same age, I made another, but this time left the age off to be added when needed.

I used the KaiserCraft "Grunge" stamp on the background of this one. It is less of a tyre tread texture as the "rough Texture" SU wheel is.

I hope to use this image much more as all the boys around me grow up. It's kind of fun.

Thanks for popping by.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: (SU) Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Real Red
Stamps: SU - Extreme Guitar, Just Jawing, KaiserCraft Clear "Grunge" Stamp, Gel-a-tins "Numbers"
Punches: (SU) Large and Small Square Punches, Spiral Punch
Other Bits: Dimensionals

Lynda xx

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pre-Teen Rock - #1

It really is amazing how time flies. Bestie's eldest son was 12 not so long I have "graduated" to "tween masculine cards"....just typing those words can send shivers down the spine!!!

I was lucky enough to get "Extreme Guitar" before it retired at the end of last catty. I was therefore armed with a least a stamp in my artillery that could be used for such an age group!! I then found this MDS card on SCS. Now we do not have MDS (My Digital Studio) in I had a play and came up with this for Master 12.......

I was so very happy with this end result. I did add a couple of my own touches though. I do not have a "splat" stamp, so I improvised with a rough textured clear Kaiser stamp and then ripped a random hole in paper and used it as a mask. It was also stamped off, but you get the general idea.

After stamping the 4 dark strips, it still looked a little bare, so I stamped a music stamp in the same tone in the gaps left behind.

Then it was a matter of adding in the stamped off stars and lining up the guitarist image.

The punched star and sentiment were the final touches. I had to cut the dark star by hand as I needed to just build it a tad more.

Master 12 was happy and thought the card was "cool" which translated I guess is high praise from a chap of that age!!!

Thanks for dropping by.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: (SU) Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Real Red
Stamps: SU - Extreme Guitar, Just Jawing, Rough Texture Wheel (ret), Simple Type Alphabet Numbers, KaiserCraft Clear "Grunge" Stamp, Hero Arts -Clings "Musical Clef"
Punches: SU Large Star, Carla Craft CP2 Star
Other Bits: Dimensionals, SAMJ

Lynda xx

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pockets of Sympathy

Hi all.

Sometime back I did some CAS birthday cards here. With some thought and a little tweaking, I altered them to add to the sympathy card stash at work. I made a mixture of male and female tones. Male being early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy and female tones of Regal Rose, Perfect Plum and Concord Crush. The male cards were on Very Vanilla and the female on Whisper White.

Rather than show you all of them, here are the female ones.....

I think these appropriately fit the bill as (thankfully) so did the Practice Manager.

Thanks for popping by again. There is so much more to show you, so please keep dropping by.

Stuff Used (in the cards shown):
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Regal Rose, Concord Crush
Ink: (SU) Regal Rose, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush
Stamps: (SU) Sincere Salutations, Warm Words, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Pocket Silhouettes
Other Bits: White satin ribbon fm stash

Lynda xx

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

An Element of Sympathy

Being a nurse in a busy practice, sadly patients passing is an occurrence that happens all too often. The Practice Manager asked me to make some sympathy cards so that we could pass them on to the families that were affected.

With this in mind, I was inspired to make these cards that I found on You Tube here. These were my two masculine toned sympathy cards.....

I love the elegance and simplicity of these cards. Needless to say, I think they can be altered to fit a number of occasions.

Just a quick one today. Thanks for popping by.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink: (SU) Early Espresso and VersaColour Black
Stamps: (SU) Elements Of Style, Life Definitions, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Other Bits: SAMJ, Black Satin Ribbon fm stash

Lynda xx

Monday, October 3, 2011

Patchwork Butterfly

Two days after my Brother's birthday is one of my SIL's (Pippa's Mum!!) For her I wanted to keep things monochrome but with wow and I was inspired by this card I saw on SCS. This is my version of Sheryl Dickinson's card....

This went together so very easily. I added a couple of my own tweaks from the original with the sentiment and the textured butterfly.

I put the butterfly on dimensionals too, so it looked as if it was floating through the air.

Monochrome has such impact and wow....doesn't it??

Thanks for popping by. Still more birthday projects coming your way in the following weeks.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz, Pear Pizzaz DSP
Ink: (SU) Pear Pizzaz
Stamps: (SU) Elements of Style, "happy bitthday" fm clear mount set I have but no name attached to it!!
Punches: (SU) Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch
Dies: (SU) Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Beautiful Butterfly Bigz Die
Other Bits: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 1/2 pearls fm stash, Dimensionals 

Lynda xx