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Friday, 22 May 2015

Who Needs Toys?

Catherine had the whole saucepan cupboard out to play one afternoon, and Andrew came along to join in. Looks like they are telling me they want poached eggs for tea! Photo taken in May 1993.

This was another Page Maps University sketch from Oct 2013

Papers & element stickers - Cup cake - Basic Grey
Punch - Martha Stewart
Stickles, Liquid Pearls, Distress Ink
Machine stitching with red thread
Twine and buttons
Dew drops, gems and pearls
Letter stickers - American Crafts Thickers

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tea Chest

A cup of tea anyone?

I purchased box of drawers in a sale at Papermaze a few months ago and have just got around to making it into a tea chest to store all the different teas I have acquired.

The papers I selected had a tea theme, but they are also floral so will go well on my dresser with my china. The papers are from Graphic 45 'Botanical Tea Collection'.

Each drawer was covered with a different piece of patterned paper. Thin I did some fussy cutting to add more detail to each drawer and inked all the edges.

The top was treated with several pieces to make a collage as it was slightly longer than 12". Again I added cut out details.

Both ends were treated in the same was with the same sheet of paper.

The was the back is arranged made it a perfect size for a sheet of 12" paper from side to side, I only had to trim the bottom of the page off. 

I added the Kaisercraft metal label pulls in brass. with tiny labels I printed myself on the computer. there is a selection of templates for this in the pack with the pulls. These can easily be changed if I decide to use the box to store something else.

The box itself was painted with acrylic paint, then distressed with inks.
Pleased with the finished result and the box is stocked up and ready to use. My grocery cupboard is now much tidier too!

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 18 May 2015

Letter Holder - Beyond The Page Project

Working at organisation within the study / craft room. This was one of the 'Beyond the Page' projects from last summer's Merly Impressions Retreat. I finished it a few weeks ago and have only just found time to tell you about it.

This project was designed by Chrissy Tingey using Kaisercraft Art of Life Collection. I thought it would be great for storing scrapbook materials if not used for letter writing bits and pieces.

The kit included:
BTP Letter Holder made of MDF Kaisercraft
Patterned papers - Kaisercraft Art of Life collection
Wooden flourishes and Silver drawer knobs - Kaisercraft
Edges Stamp Set - Kaisercraft

I also used Glossy Accents. black acrylic paint, metal label holder and brads and wood glue.

I swapped the fussy cutting of flowers for a metal label holder, and printed the lettering to go inside in my computer. I also added a metal key to match.

It was good fun to make this box up, the drawers are a little tricky to get them to look neat but very effective when complete.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Me and My Girl

I have been sorting out and scanning some old photos and found this one of Catherine and me back in 1993. A quick simple layout using 2013 Page Map University sketch.

I used:

Page Map
Cricut - Storybook Cartridge & Tags, Bags, Boxes & More
Letter stickers - American Craft foam Thickers
Cardstock - Bazzill
Punches - Woodware
Element Stickers and papers - Basic Grey - Picadilly Collection
Buttons, gems and Twine
Sizzlets - Rosette die
Distress inks

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Together We Are Family

I really like these chalk board effect papers by My Mind's Eye - Chalk Studio II collection. Great colours against the black and white.

The photograph was taken by my father when the triplets were about 7 months old. We dressed them up in their Christening clothes a few days before the event for  photo shoot. Rare to have a photo of all five of us together:

I used:
Inspiration from Wendy Partridge on Srapbook.com
Patterend papers and stickers - My Mind's Eye - Chalk Studio II collection
Seam binding ribbon
Black Distress Ink
DMC Thread
White cardstock - Bazzill
Liquid Pearls
Decorative Pins

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Dublin 2014

We had a 12 hour crop at Cardinal Colours last weekend with a great set of crafty girls. I made up some kits to work on during the day and I used a Page Map as a source of inspiration for this one.

The photos were taken by Alan of Catherine and me, when we first arrived in Dublin last summer. We were exploring the city along by the River Liffey - such a lovely day.

I used:
Patterned papers, alphabet & element stickers - Basic Grey - What's Up collection,
Die - sizzix for the photo wheel
Letter stickers - American Craft - Thickers
Punches - Stampin' Up
Other - wooden heart element, metal word bars, glittery plastic glasses from an old key-ring, button, twine
Sewing machine and thread
Ink - Dristess ink

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Busy Buzzing Bees - A class with JOFY

On 26th May my plans changed unexpectedly and so I was able to attend a class at the Craft Barn by Jo Firth-Young, (JOFY) designer for PaperArtsy.
The class was to make this fun box canvas with two of Jo's stamps sets.

We were given a small box canvas which we painted with our choice of colours from the Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint range. Then we stamped the message and some honeycomb patterns directly onto the canvas, some of the patterns overlap the deep sides of the canvas. We painted in the hollow outlines for two of the words with white paint.
A printed page from an old book was supplied and this we painted with a wash of white paint, stamped the hive, then pained in shadows. This was cut out and stuck into position on the canvas.

The flowers were stamped onto tissue paper and painted, then cut out! Quite tricky cutting out these as they were on very narrow branches! It went very quiet while we all concentrated hard at this point.

We stamped large and small bees onto card and painted in the details, before cutting them out. We cut the wings off the large Bees! - but added new ones made by stamping on acetate. 

Bees and flowers were added to the canvas, again they were wrapped around the sides.

The wings of the tiny bees were folded up so they appear to be in flight.

A tiny hole was drilled in the top of the canvas so one large bee could be added by means of a coil of fine wire - from where he could hover over the canvas. The hole was tidied up with a tiny button.
And one lovely bee buzzing around on a wire from the top.

I finished off with a marker to go over any of the stamped lines which had acquired a little paint, and the gems were added to the flowers.

This was a great class and I thank Jo for teaching it and sharing lots of hints and tips along the way. 

It was also lovely to meet Dame Judi Dench in the Farm shop next door during our lunch break. 

I will certainly use this technique again and I have now acquired some of Jo's stamps to play with at home. 

Thanks for looking
Lynn x