Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Barbeque Birthday....

Hi There...

I apologize for my tardiness in keeping my blog up to date this past month. My creative juices have all but evaporated. I've managed to produce a few cards for special family occassions...but other than that my mojo is very lacking.

I'm hoping to try and rectify this during June. Wish me luck...LOL!!!

Today I have a card that was made for our DS's Birthday. He loves to barbeque...thus the theme for his card.

The above is the card front. The following is the card opened up. This is an easel card...which is really quite fun to create.

I've used a really cute digital set from Nitwit Collections for the papers and embellishments. I've put my own spin on some of the items...like the barbeque. I've added 3-D dimension by layering and adding glossy accents and cutting with an exacto knife.

I've also used a lot of faux stitching and distress ink to the paper edges. The tags were computer generated and then attached to decorative circles made with Spellbinders Nestabilities.

The above is the computer generated saying in the centre of the card. I thought our DS would appreciate the "play on words". As I mentioned above...this really was a fun card to create!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will take the time to become a follower. I'd love to hear from you.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Ribbon Girls Giveaway...

Hi There,

This is just a brief post today to mention that "The Ribbon Girls" site is sponsoring a lovely "Strawberry" themed package as a giveaway.  They have even included one of their cute new line of stamps called "Molly Blooms" in the package.  The blog address is www.ribbongirls.blogspot.com .  Why not drop by the site and enter for this charming package.

Thanks for dropping by...


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monkey Business...

Hi There...

Today I would like to share a layout with you that I made for a NSD challenge at "Let's Scrap" www.letsscrap.ning.com .  We are celebrating NSD all month long there...you should check it out...it's a wonderful place to meet folks who are like minded and the challenges are awesome!  They really get your mojo going!

This is a layout showcasing our DGS Aidan at the Toronto Zoo last summer.  He was totally enthralled with the monkeys.  I think the feeling was mutual if the photo on the bottom right is any indication...LOL!!!

All of the elements on this layout are from my stash...I'm trying to use stash for my projects this year.
The card stock is Coredinations and the patterned papers are from an older line by "Doodlebug" called "Zoo Safari".  I've also used their stickers and matching borders.
I've use plenty of "faux" stitching on this layout...even the pennants have "faux" letters.  The large and small circles were made using Spellbinders dies and a cuttlebug embossing folder.  I have also sanded the embossed circles.  As a final touch I've added some journalling.

Well thanks for dropping by....I would love to hear from you...


Monday, May 2, 2011

Hannah's Birthday Card...

Hi There....

Well, we woke up to a dark and dismal day here in Eastern Ontario...the weatherman is calling for rain all day...YUCK!!!!  I'm usually not too productive on days like this...it makes me want to curl up with a good book and shut the world out.  Impossible today though...must get out and VOTE!!!!  This country needs...change...and hopefully it will happen today!

Enough said...today I am listing a card I made for our DGD Hannah's 8th Birthday....oh my...where has the time gone????  It just flies by these days.

 The card was made using a sweet digital kit that I purchased from www.nitwitcollections.com.  They have the most adorable kits on that site...I know I'll be purchasing more!!!

I've printed all of the papers used here except for the card stock.  The images have been cut and layered with dimensionals for a 3-D effect.  I've used Spellbinders for the plain and scalloped circles.  Magnolia dies have been used for the scalloped lace border, lacy dragonflies and the message tag (which is on the inside of the card).

 Here you can see the inside of the card.  The tag is hidden in a little pocket in the centre section.  There is a ribbon to make it easier to take out.  This is where we added our personal message to Hannah.  As you can tell I've added lots of faux stitching and I've edged the card and dragonflies using Distress ink.  I've also used Stickles and Glossy Accents for some extra bling!

 This is the card in it's folded position for display.  As I've mentioned these kits are so cute...perfect for folks like myself who are...scissor happy...LOL!  I just love to cut paper!!!!

I've also made a custom envelope for the card.  It has extra depth so that cards with dimension can fit into it without causing any harm to the embellishments.  I've added a Basic Grey magnet to the back of the envelope...this makes it so much easier for "little hands" to open the card...our DGD was really enthralled by the magnet...who knew!!!!

Well folks...I'll close for now...

Take care and thanks so much for dropping by...


Friday, April 15, 2011

"Just buzzin' by" Card...

Hi There...

What better way to celebrate this beautiful spring day than to have this cute little gal...Just buzzin' by....

Today I'd like to share a Birthday card with you.  I've made this using one of those adorable Magnolia stamps.
There are several layers on this card including the little bumble bee figure that is popped up with dimensionals.  This is a 6"x6" card.  I've used white card stock for the base and black for all of the matting.  I have then added yellow embossed card stock as a background.  The patterned papers are from my stash.  Sorry, I don't remember the lines that they came from.  The image and saying are sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink and then popped.  I have also added faux stitching, a Martha Stewart border punch, gingham ribbon, Kaiser pearls and a little flower from the $ store.  The saying is computer generated.  The image was stamped with Memento ink on watercolour paper and then coloured with Prisma Colour pencils and OMS.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by...you're comments are always appreciated!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Back On Track....

Hi There...

I'm finally back on track and have found time to do a little creating this week!  I really haven't been up to scrapping the past couple of months...must have been those "Spring Blahs".  Hopefully I'll be a little more productive now that spring has finally arrived...the robins are back!  That's a good sign!!!


I've used this weeks "Let's Scrap" sketch for the above layout.  You really should check the site out...they have amazing sketches for both scrapbooking and cards.  The site is http://www.let'sscrap.ning.com/.

The papers used on the layout are from my stash.  They are a much earlier release by the name of "June Bug" by Basic Grey.  I've used one 12x12 sheet of coredinations card stock for behind the photos...other than that all the elements of this layout are the "June Bug" line.

Even though our little Granddaughter Hannah is wearing a Elmo party hat...she just loves all things "doggie".  So...with that in mind...I thought this BG line of papers would be perfect for the layout.

Thanks so much for dropping by...I appreciate hearing from you...


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For You Card....

Hi There...

I've been MIA for awhile.  I haven't had much time for my paper crafts the past several days...we all know how that can happen.  Today I'd like to share a card that I've made for my SIL's birthday.


The card itself is so much nicer IRL as it has a lovely sheen to all of the card stock used.  I've used "Cuttlebug" folders for the background papers and a "Spellbinders" die for the lace circle.  You will notice that the "Stickles" are still wet in the circle.  I needed to take the photo while it was daylight here and I didn't have the time to wait until the glitter had a chance to dry.  The butterfly is made with a "Martha Stewart" punch and the flower and leaf were made using "Spellbinders" dies also.  The bling is by "Prima". 

Well, the Blog Hop over at "Let's Scrap" www.letsscrap.ning.com is finally over.  For all of you who participated in it...GOOD LUCK!!!  The prize winners will be announced on there site later on tonight.  Everyone had a wonderful time and lot's of fun sending in their layouts...it was so nice to see so many fabulous creations.  It gave me so much inspiration to get more of my personal challenges finished.  Well, I'll close for now....Thanks for dropping by and Happy Scrapping!

Hugs,  Lyn

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

And so it began....

Hi There....

Today I would like to share with you a layout that I completed recently.  I've used some photos of my DH and myself that were taken way back when...farther back than I would care to admit...LOL!

Once again...I've used Kaiser's beautiful papers titled "English Rose Collection".  The card stock used is by "Coredinations".  I've also used ecru lace by "Graphic 45" and flowers by "Prima".  I've placed "Flower Soft" into the centres of the flowers.  I've also added some bling by "Prima" and my border and leaves were punched using "Martha Stewart" punches.  The title was made using the "Cricut" machine and the "Jasmine" cartridge.

This layout was completed for the "Lets Scrap" Blog Hop www.letsscrap.ning.com .  There are 15 challenges on the Blog Hop.  Why not check it out?....There are so many beautiful layouts to see and get inspiration from.  The Hop continues until February 14th...so there's still time left for you to join in!

Well I had better close for now....Thanks for stopping by....


Friday, February 4, 2011

Days Gone By...

Hi There...

Today I would like to share with you a layout I completed for the "Let's Scrap" Blog Hop http://www.letsscrap.ning.com/   You should drop by the site and look at all of the wonderful layouts that the members have created.  There is still plenty of time to participate as it doesn't end until February 14th. 

This is a layout featuring a photo of my Grandparents and their sons.  My Father on the right and his younger brother.  I love looking at the old photos...this one in particular as all of these family members are now gone.

I've used a lovely line of papers from Sweden.  They are from the "Magnolia" company.  This company also makes beautiful stamps.  The colours are soft Indigo blues and creamy yellows.  The background paper has a lovely silver sheen to it.  They show up much richer when seen IRL.  The blue flowers are "Prima" and the yellow/blue rose is "Wild Orchid Crafts".  The lettering is done with the Cricut and "Storybook" cartridge.  I've also used "Martha Stewart" punches and added faux stitching.  The pearls are by "Kaiser".

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this layout.  Thanks for dropping by...


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wedding Layout...

Hi There...

This is a layout of our DD Christine & SIL John's wedding.  I had a great time doing this one.  I've used a sketch from the  "Lets Scrap" http://www.letsscrap.ning.com/  site.  They have wonderful sketches to help you with your creative endeavors.

I've used a beautiful line of papers titled "English Rose Collection" by "Kaisercraft".  They make such lovely lines of papers.  The large "Spellbinders" hearts were created using a gorgeous paper from this line.  It has rich deep flocking.  It is just so lovely IRL.  Photos don't do it justice.  I have also used a deep "Merlot" card stock from "Coredinations".  I have added "Prima" bling here and there.  The two hearts in the centre of the photos are raised as is the wedding cake.  I may add the date to the upper RH corner of the RH page at a later date...I'll have to give it some thought first.

Well thanks for dropping by...Happy Scrapping...


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Fun....

Hi There....

Today I'm posting a layout that I completed for the "Lets Scrap" blog hop http://www.letsscrap.ning.com/ .  This layout is done with Bo Bunny's "A Gift Of Love" papers.  The title was cut on my trusty Cricut machine and the mittens and snowflakes were made using the latest winter releases from Spellbinders.

I must admit that I laugh every time I look at these photos as they remind me of an incident that happened while I was taking them.

DGD Hannah and grand dog Louie were having a wonderful time playing in the snow.  I thought what a perfect photo op!  Once I had taken a few photos...Louie roamed off and Hannah went about playing.  I was putting away the camera while stepping off of the front step.  The next thing I knew I was in mid-air...and landed with a full face plant in the snow!  I hadn't noticed that the dog had come back and I tripped over him!!! LOL!!!
DH was in the car waiting...and turned to our son and said "Who's that kid making snow angels?"  He didn't realize that it was me! 
The poor dog skulked away with his head down...he thought he was in big trouble...poor thing.  I gave him lots of hugs and tried to make him realize that he hadn't done anything wrong.  I should have been more observant.  So...needless to say I'm now very aware of my surroundings when with the kids and dogs.

I hope everyone hunkers down today and rides out this massive snow storm that is currently blasting all of us.  If driving...Please be careful!!!  Stay at home if at all possible.  This is a great time to get caught up on your scrapbooking if you don't have other commitments.

Thanks for dropping by...


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fairy Dance Layout...

Hi There...

Today I would like to share a  layout with you.  This was made for the "Bog Hop" over at "Let's Scrap" http://www.letsscrap.ning.com/ .
I've used a beautiful new line of papers by "Graphic 45".  The line is called "Once Upon A Springtime".  The colours are just so stunning IRL.  The online photo doesn't do the papers justice. 

The photos are of our Granddaughter Maya at her dance recital in 2008.  She looked just like a fairy princess that day.  We were all so proud of her.  She gave a flawless performance....amazing for a five year old.

I've used faux stitching, distress inks, stickles, dimensionals and the zutter distress tool for the paper edges.  I will be adding journaling to the RH side of the layout at a later date.  I want to be certain to get all of the particulars correct before doing so.

Well....I hope you like the layout and thanks for stopping by...



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Floral Explosion Box...

Good morning all...

I hope everyone is having a great start to their day...It's very dreary here and we had a snowfall overnight in the Ottawa region.  There's just enough snow to make driving a little treacherous today...so take care.

Today I will be showing you a little explosion box I made awhile back.  I filled it with photos of our little cuties.  I hope you like it...

The following photo is one of the box when it's closed.  I really enjoyed doing this box...I don't know why I haven't made anymore...hmmm...perhaps I'll try a few more. 

This was made with an assortment of papers that were left overs...but they co-ordinated well.  The same thing with the flowers and embellishments.  I've used embossing folders for around the edge of the box lid.  I then hand cut the scalloping just to add a little more pizazz.

Well until next time...take care...


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cards for my Cuties....

Hi There...

Today I thought I would post a couple of cards that I made for two of my little cuties when they were in their "Littlest Pet Shop" phase.  These have been layered using paper tole techniques.  I've used glossy accents on the eyes and nose.  I was quite pleased with the way they turned out.  My granddaughter liked the tiny earrings on the little monkey.   The actual images were taken from pictures that I found on line.  I enlarged them and made five copies for each one...printed on white card stock.  That way there would be sufficient pieces for layering.

This little fellow has had the same technique applied to him...no earrings though... LOL!  I do hope you are able to see the depth on each of these cards.  It's really quite noticeable in real life.  Well I'm off to try and work on another layout today. 

Have a wonderful day....I look forward to hearing from you.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Family Traditions...

Well I'm back....
I managed to take a somewhat decent photo of my recent layout for the "Lets Scrap" blog hop.

It's a little washed out...the colours are more deep and rich in real life.  I've use the stunning Christmas line from "Bo Bunny" titled NOEL.  It's from 2010. 
I've layered the upper left hand side of the page with three additional layers of detail.  The berries, swirls on the ornaments and the pine cones all have "glossy accents" applied to them.  The pine cones also have a light dusting of extra fine "glitter".  I've also used a large circle of clear rhinestones which have been coloured using a "Copic" marker....Gotta love those copics!!!  The family traditions tag has been mounted on dimensional's for added depth to balance the other details.  The date looks muted...but is actually quite noticeable IRL.  It is a brushed gold colour with a mat finish...so it suits the vintage feel of the layout.

Thanks for dropping by....

Hugs, Lyn

Safari Theme....

Hi again,
As promised I'm back with another card.  This masculine themed card was made for our son's birthday.  I don't know if all of the textures will show up properly...but there is quite a bit of fine detailing on this one.
I've embossed using powders and with the Cuttlebug, sponged on glossy card stock, used a Stampin' Up wheel, image stamp and background stamp.  I've added black twine and copper brads to this one.

Now I'm off to try and take that photo of my layout...Thanks for dropping by...Your comments are greatly appreciated....

Hugs, Lyn
Hi There...

Today I would like to share a card that I made for our daughter for her birthday awhile back.
Christine is always so fashion savvy...I thought a little something along those lines would be appropriate.

This card was done with "Stampin' Up" products.  The images and text were embossed in black, including the houndstooth pattern on the background.  The lips and the shoe were coloured in with red and then I used glossy accents to add some depth.  The basic card stock colours were black, white, red & grey.
A Basic Grey magnet is used to hold the card together when closed.
I will try to post another card and then I am off to try and take a decent photo of my latest layout for the "Let's Scrap" blog hop.  Until next time...

Hugs, Lyn

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tiny Ballerina...

Hi There...
I've decided that I should post a few cards today...just to get my blog up and running.  This card was made for one of our granddaughters for her first ballet recital.  I try to make the grandchildren a special card when they have something memorable going on in their lives. 

The supplies used are as follows:  Stamps - "Magnolia" the little ballerina and the frame she is sitting on.
The patterned paper is by "Graphic 45"...I just love their papers!!!  The card stock is "Bazzil".  The pearls are by "Kaiser Craft" and the embellishments were cut from bazzil card stock using my "Cuttlebug" and one of their 2"x6" die templates.  I must not forget the "Spellbinders" dies.  I don't know what I would do without my "Cuttlebug" and my "Spellbinders".  They are a "MUST HAVE" for me!

I would love to hear from you....


Up, Up & Away....

Hi There...

The above card is one that I made for our son Paul's 40th birthday.  The movie "UP" had just come out...so I thought that the balloon theme would be kind of fun.

The balloons were each made one at at time and each one had gold thread attached to it.  It was a little bit of a challenge trying to figure out the placement so that they would balance when being tied to the numbers.  It finally came together...and our son was quite pleased with it.

I used assorted "Stampin' Up" coloured card stock.  I made a cloud template out of scrap card stock and sponged the cloud background randomly to achieve the above look.  My trusty Cricut machine was used for the numbers and balloons.  The card size is 5"x7".  It's a little larger than I usually like to make...but with.. ALL.. of those balloons...it was necessary (lol)!


Friday, January 7, 2011

Hi There...

Welcome to my first attempt at a blog.  I am a novice where computers are concerned.  This is a venture into uncharted territory for me...so your patience will be greatly appreciated(lol).

I look forward to sharing my cards and scrapbook layouts with you on this site.  Any input you have regarding my work will be most welcome.  I look forward to hearing from you.