Friday, March 30, 2012

So Feelin' the LURVE!!!!!

Hi all,

Is anyone else feeling the breeze on your cheeks as time flies by??? It is insanity really....don't you think???

I have been feeling so much love lately. Blog awards are doing the rounds of late and I have been a very, very lucky lady.....receiving 2 awards, but one from multiple folks!!

The first is.....

I was kindly awarded this my Melissa Davies, Helen Williams and last but not least Beth Beard. I had only recently discovered Beth's blog very recently and the next thing I know I have received this award!!!

The rules and regulations for this are as follows.....

1. Thank the leibster Blog Award presenter on your blog.

2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you

3. Copy and paste the blog award onto your blog

4. Present the Leibster Blog Award to 5 blogs...of 200 followers or less, who you deserve feel to be noticed.

5. Let them know they have been chosen.

Now as I mentioned before, This has been doing the rounds of late and most of the bloggers of whom I read/subscribe have already been awarded. So with that in mind...I would like to pass this onto the following....

5. Maxine Johnson - now Max is my SIL and is a brilliant v v creative, but just in a different medium!!!

The 2nd award I received was from Andrea Lowcock.

In fairness....and to keep this post to a minimum....I wld also share this award with the recipients above!!!

If you get the chance, pop by the blogs listed and see how creative they are.

Thanks for popping by and I hope to be back soon with some more crafting.

Lynda xx

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tulip Fun

Hi all!

As most of you are aware, I am an avid netballer and general all round sports NUT!!! One of the gals on my Monday night team turned the big 40...and of course I had to make the card for the team!!

I have seen many wonderful tulip cards made from the wings of the XL Bird Punch. Given that the birthday gal had experienced the recent loss of her mum, we wanted it to be bright and cheery. Here's the card....

The colour scheme was Old Olive and Real Red. I sponged all the petals and leaves. It gave a wonderful depth I think.

All of the bits on the card were popped up on dimensionals...

I had soooooooooo much fun making this one, I kinda sorta...well definitely got carried away with making them. So you will see a couple more later!!

Thanks for dropping by.

Stuff used:
CS:(SU) Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White, Rock Star DSP (ret)
Ink: (SU) Old Olive, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler (sponged red petals)
Stamps: (SU) Simple Type Alphabet Numbers
Punches and Dies: (SU) XL 2 Step Bird Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Nestabilities Classic Circles and Scallop Circles, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Other Bits: Olive and Red 1/2 pearls fm stash, Dimensionals

Lynda xx

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Faux Suede

Hi All,

Back to all things flowers....again!!!! I love finding cards and putting a slight twist on them. This is the card that inspired me today. I love the way the flower just popped up off the card. I wanted to try the Faux Suede technique with it, to see how it would work. These are the 2 cards I came up with....

Sadly you cannot really see the script or vintage travel tag stamp I used on the backgrounds of both these cards. Hopefully you can see a little here....

I also stamped the suede side of the flowers in the same stamp in the same CS colour to give a bit of texture and interest. I think you can see it on the blue one slightly better.

The leaves are punched from the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and folded in half then run through the crimper. The brads are bargains from the Reject shop....a card of 12 for $1!!!!

Thanks for dropping by today. I will try and list all things used. I did make these some time ago!!

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, Pear Pizzaz
Ink: (SU) Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Stamps: (SU) Occasional Greetings (ret), So Swirly Wheel (ret) and Clings "Old Letter"
Dies adn Punches: (SU) Fun Flowers Die, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die and Carla Craft CP2 Daisy Punch
Other Bits: Tulip Frame Embossing Flder, Crimper

Lynda xx

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In Memory Of.....

Hi all.....
Sadly last week I lost a dear friend who left behind a mammoth legacy. She died at the age of 84, survived by her 13 (she had 15 in all) children, 36 grandchildren and 4 great grand children. Her funeral was put together by herself prior to her passing (which was sooooooo her) and it was magical.

Over the years I had made her many things....mainly in tones of her favourite So it was only fitting that the card I gave to her family reflected that too. Here is her card.....

I struggled with the way I wanted to lay this out. I wanted the blue to pop and initially I had no matting....just the rose sitting on dimensionals....but is was very flat. The rose was coloured on Vanilla CS with blender pens....something I know I need a lot more practice at.

In the end, the matts won out...and I am thankful they did. I also found I had a lot more "space' to work with on a square as opposed to a rectangular card. The rose and sentiment were still popped up on dimensionals.

The sympathy sentiment is a clear KaiserCraft one. I struggle to get even ink coverage on these esp with SU ink. If anyone has any suggestions.....I would be grateful.

Thanks for popping by.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue (butterfly) and Roman Print Square Card
Ink: (SU) Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive (all used colouring the rose)
Stamps: Kaszzaz Rose, KaiserCraft Sympathy Sentiments
Other Bits: Blender Pens, Dimensionals, SU Beautiful Wings embosslit die, Rhinestones

Lynda xx

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Rose By Any other Name

Morning all.

Do you ever have those days when possibly the confidence you have is slightly more than what you really should have??? i think I suffered an episode similar to this not so long ago. I had the very bright idea (not) to try and CASE a card by the uber talented Teneale Williams. I had some 'gorjus' rose based paper in my stash with this particular card in mind....all I had to do was keep the card layout as is and the substitute different colours. This is the card that I had in mind. I was happy so far.

I got all the elements guesstimated and cut out, and thought it would also be a good idea to make one the same as the original, so then when that went together OK....I could tackle the one in different colours. Here is my version of Teneale's original.

I basically had it all the same with the exception of the white doodle dots around the Choc Chip frame. No matter how I measured and double checked...I was not satisfied with the result. I therefore went to a "ticket punch" cornering on the white mat with pearls.

There are alot of dimensionals on this card....perhaps one of the "highest" cards I have done but I think it looks OK IRL. I also placed a dimensional under the sentiment banner to give it a little lift and support.

I do have the other version in pieces...and in 2 versions of co-ordinating colours, but that will wait for another day.

Thanks for dropping by...hope to see you again soon.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP (ret) and Roman Print White Linen Square cards.
Ink: (SU) Riding Hood Red, Old Olive
Stamps: (SU) A Rose is a Rose (ret)
Other bits: Dimensionals, Brown Satin 10mm ribbon, White 1/2 pearls fm stash, Carla Craft CP1 1/4 " circle punch (for ticket corners) and CP2 Square punch for Banner

Lynda xx

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quick and Easy with a Twist

Hi All.

I am so sorry I have been so scarce of late. I cannot believe I have not posted in over 2 weeks. I am in the midst of a FULL on week with multiple birthdays, dental appointments, a funeral and just for good measure...the usual home life stuff that needs to get done.

I have just got something quick for you that was inspired by a card I saw by Angela here. I don't know if it was the CAS aspect or the fact that it looked relatively easy to CASE that got me, but when I had it nearly ready to go, I thought it was missing something. Here is my version......

I kinda stepped it up a bit by busting out my Martha Stewart punch. It fills in the white space just a little more. There is the very narrowest of borders between the punch and the white mat.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope to be a tad more regular in posting soon. I am working on a couple of bigger projects that I look forward to sharing with you very soon.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi and Roman Print White Linen Square Cards
Ink: (SU) Wild Wasabi, Pink Passion (ret)
Stamps: SU Build A Blossom, Amy R "Birthday Sentiments"
Punches: Martha Stewart Double Loop Around The Page Punch, Carla Craft CP8 - Corner Rounder Punch
Other Bits: Dimensionals, Button, 3mm White ribbon

Lynda xx