Monday, February 20, 2012

Splish Splash

Hi all.

A bonus post for you today as the delightful folks at Our Creative Corner have another challenge that appealed to me. There is something very magical about Black and White. This week's challenge is just and white with a splash of colour. You can see the details here.

I am a closet music nut, Some time back at a Stitches and Craft show I made a purchase (somewhat of an impulse nature) of a treble clef and some modified sheet music. Alas...the sheet music stamp has been used but the treble clef remained neglected....until now. This is my challenge card.....

It was a lot easier in my head to get this card right than it was in practice!!!! I used my Nesties - Labels 4, but the one I wanted to use was ever so slightly too small, and the image on the largest one had too much white! Solution - I cut off the last "bumps" on the white label and did the same for the red one, I then taped the red one so that it fitted the white frame. Let me just say it was MUCH easier on the large label than the sentiment one.

The other trick was to find a sentiment to fit the label. i ended up using my Stamp and Write Markers to colour in the "Wish". OK result I think....if you don't look too closely. The DP has a very weathered and worn look to it which contrasted my splash of colour too.

I love the texture of the treble clef. I really should have dragged it out sooner.

Thanks for dropping by. Stop over at OCC and give the challenge a go. There are already some awesome entries. I also must sincerely thank Tui. She gave me the "permission" I needed to get off my backside and enter this one.

Stuff Used:
CS:(SU) Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, 7gypsies - Paddington Paper - Kilburn #19359.
Ink: (SU) Cherry Cobbler, SWM in Bsic Black 
Stamps: Hero Arts Clings - Musical Clef (CG279), TCM - Butterfly Kisses (the "wish" sentiment)
Other bits: Nestabilities Labels Four, Dimensionals

Lynda xx

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sail Away to 50!!

Good afternoon all.

My old boss (who I worked for in total for 10 years) recently celebrated an significant "0" birthday. Even though h is no longer my employer, he is still a good friend and I could not let the occasion go by without a card. one thing he is passionate about is sailing and the ocean, so it was an easy decision to make the card nautically themed.

Now I have forgotten where I found this card, and I cannot even credit the creator (sorry), but this is the card I took my inspiration from.....

This is the card I gave to my former boss.....

I kept the elements from the original of the boat, sentiment and self made DP, but I do not have a spritzer, so I stamped off my World Map BGS and used it instead. I also put the boat on dimensionals.

Now as you can see, I did not use a button (it was a masculine card after all) and I found a tutorial for the Sailor's Knot here. I got some twine from Michelle at The Stamp Spot and used it to do the knot. BTW.....SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy with the result!! He is a chap that does not like a lot of fuss, so I hid his age on the inside font of the card and made a wee flag from the Pennant Parade set and used some more twine to "hoist it up the mast"!!

Thanks for popping by. I know my posts have been a tad irregular at present, but rest assured I have a lot more to between life in general!!

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy
Ink: (SU) Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Stamps: (SU) Sail Away (ret), World Map BGS (ret), Life Definitions (ret), Pennant Parade
Punches: (SU) Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Decorative Label Punch
Other bits: Twine fm The Stamp Spot, Dimensionals, Gold Numbers

Lynda xx

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Definitely Feeling the LURVE

Morning all.

First and foremost, I want to say a MASSIVE thank you for all the wonderful kindness, love and encouragement I received on my last card. I was truly blown away by the massive amount of comments.

I was lovingly bestowed a blog award by Andrea, Helen and Melissa. Thank you both gals...and know that the feeling is returned to you in bucket loads!! This was the award I received from them both......

Now, I also have to follow the "fine print" of this award in that i have to......

* Thank the person who gave you this award
* Paste the award to your blog
* Link the person who nominated you for this award
* Nominate as many other bloggers for this wonderful award as you like
* Post links to their blogs
So with that in mind...I am passing this no particular order...and also Andrea also passed this onto some of my fave bloggers too.....
All of these gals are super creative and have inspired me in so many ways over the years both creatively and personally. Thanks ladies.
More crafting coming soon....
Lynda xx

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Flower Fun to Die For.......

Morning all.
A bit of a bonus post for you this sunny Sunday (yes....I said sunny!!!!!!!!!) Sydney finally has a golden orb in the sky for a change with some heat behind it....woo hoo!!!

This week at Our Creative Corner they have a "Best Friend" theme going. You have to create a card, 3D project etc to let a best friend know that you are thinking of them. It also HAS to contain a flower!! Now my Bestie's birthday is not for another month, but I have many WONDERFUL friends that have birthday's in the nest week or so. Well with this in mind, I had an idea or 2 bouncing around my brain.

I also received an order of My Favourite Things dies that I had been very patiently waiting for and was BUSTING to try them out. This is what I came up with.....

Now this card is VERY out of the ordinary for me. I do not do square cards that often, it has a lot of pink in it...another not to frequent occurrence and i also managed to tie my first double bow!!!

The MFT Dizzy Doily and Fancy Flourish dies are so intricate. I loved working with them. I think they are definitely gunna get a massive work out.I used a Bow Easy to tie my double bow.

I cut out all the flowers and the dimensionals really got a workout here, but the flourish/garland was so pretty......

Thanks for popping by again. I may even have another card or two for this challenge....but I will think about it for a bit. Thanks also to Michelle at The Stamp Spot for the MFT dies.

Addit......since posting this and sending a link to Michelle, I have now also entered it in The Stamp Spot Sketch challenge for February.

Stuff used:
CS: SU Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzaz, Roman Ivory CS, Graphic 45 Baby and Bride Collection Paper - Unchained Melody - #450023
Ink: (SU) Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzaz
Stamps: (SU) Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations
Dies: MFT Dizzy Doily and Fancy Flourish
Other bits: Dimensionals, Pink 6mm satin ribbon fm stash, Crystal Green Rhinestones fm stash

Lynda xx

Saturday, February 11, 2012

M & M Fun

Morning all.

I realise Christmas was about 6 weeks ago now (where DOES the time go??) I had some major fun with some Punch Art. There are many variations on these characters around. I did over 30 of these for the kids....and some grown ups for Christmas. The most tedious thing was filling all the tubes with alternating M & M's!!!!

Their faces are so cute!!!

Santa has Dazzling Diamonds on his "fur" of his hat and Rudolph has (der) a sparkling nose. On the back was a stamp from the "Tags Til Christmas" set.

They were a hit all round. Have even a couple left over for this year and perhaps to put on some cards!!!

I will try to list the punches used for each character.

Santa: Wide Oval- Hat (red and White), Small Oval Punch (face), Bird Punch (whiskers), 1/4" circle (eyes, nose and mouth), Carla Craft CP2 Cosmos Punch.
Rudolph: Wide Oval (head), 1 3/4" circle (muzzle), Owl Punch (eyes), 1" circle (nose), Carla Craft Verdue Punch (antlers), Bird Punch (ears)

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Real Red, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Generic Shimmer White, Generic Red Glitter CS
Ink: (SU) Real Red
Stamps: (SU) Tags 'Til Christmas
Punches: (see above), Scallop Square Punch
Other Bits: SU Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

Lynda xx

Thursday, February 9, 2012

An Overdue Update.....

Morning all!!

I am sorry it has taken me so long to show you all this picture. As I mentioned in this post here I made this class with a group of very enthusiastic year one children. We had so much fun and the children were very happy with their creations. Below is a picture of me with the class showing off their finished cards. There is something truely magical about a child's face when it lights up, isn't there??

Thanks for popping by and thanks again to Leonie Schroder for the inspiration for the card. Supplies used are the same as the ones in the hilighted post.

Lynda xx

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Small Comfort

Morning all.

It has been hard to know when to actually post this card. A girlfriend of mine (who I believe also reads this blog) sadly lost her husband towards the end of last year. We were all deeply saddened and felt such loss. Her strength, resolve and amazing faith was a rod for both her and her twin daughters. I wanted the card I did for them to reflect his wonderful life. I made the same card for another friend here but stepped it up a little. This is the card I made.....

As you can see, I stamped the edge of the card with the flourish after I ran it through the embossing folder. I think it gives just enough without being over the top.

I was very happy with the way this turned out. Sympathy cards are never easy, but I do like this design.

Thanks for popping by.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Tim Holtz Distress ink - Broken China
Stamps: (SU) Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Vintage Vogue
Punches: (SU) Scallop Trim Border and Corner punch, Word Window Punch, Nesatbilities Fancy Tags
Other Bits: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Mini 1/2 pearls fm stash

Lynda xx

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bevvy of Butterflies

Morning all.
Bestie asked me to make a Fantasy Box for her daughter at some stage. You may recall, for Christmas 2010....I kinda went mad making them and have not made one since. The links for making them can be found through here. Now Miss "turning 9" has very discerning tastes. She scrapbooks with her Mum and also makes the occasional the pressure was on. I also knew she had a thing for butterflies, so I chose this as my main theme.

I went to Alice In Paperland and fell TOTALLY in love with some Cristina Re paper. I am not sure of the brand of the butterfly paper, it may be her as well, but I know both the white/ivory papers are Cristena Re. You know that feeling when you see a paper and you KNOW that is it the PERFECT one for what you have in mind....this was one such finding.

This is Miss 9's Fantasy box...

(Warning....from this point on...lots of pics!!!)

Top                                                                                                                             one side

Centre Front                                                                                                                   Other Side

Open front                                                                                        Open Inside

Sneaky butterflies on the inside                                                      and lining the drawers

Now I had a little paper left over, so I used them to make the card.......

The butterfly is on dimensionals, and the close up gives you an idea of the amazing texture and sheen of the papers.

...and of course...the two together.....

Miss 7 (after her triumph of making grand-dad's card) Made Miss 6 a card too, and here is hers...

Thanks so very much for tolerating all the pictures. This was definitely a project that had a lot of heart and soul in it and I was so very happy with the final result. As you can appreciate there were a lot of things used and I will try to list them all.

Stuff used:
CS: Thin Chipboard, SU Pale Plum (ret), Cristena Re papers both textured and lustred
Ink: SU Almost Amethyst (ret)
Stamps: Clear 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from stash, SU candle fm Big Bold Birthday
Punches: (SU) Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Bigz Butterfly Die, Large Star Punch (ret), EK Parisian Border Punch
Other Bits: Dimensionals, (lots of) Double sided tape, 4mm purple 1/2 pearls fm stash, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Lynda xx