Sunday, 10 July 2011

A job lot from ebay and an 18th

I bought a job lot of wooden items from ebay, it was an absolute bargain, I've got a whole range of boxes, plaques etc they all plain light coloured wood ready for altering. This is my first attempt at decorating one and I'm pretty pleased with the result. I did this for an 18th birthday gift and did a card to coordinate with it. The birthday girl is trying to save for a car so I did the box to put money in. Her birthday party had a Grease theme and I was presented with some beautiful flowers and a butterfly for my garden for doing the invites (see an earlier post if you missed them). The party was brilliant fun, I was dressed for the occasion with my net petticoats and a Pink Ladies jacket. I checked out a couple of Youtube tutorials on 50s make-up, I went for very strong eyes complete with arched pencilled brows and false lashes and red lips. My husband said "That makeups quite scary but I think you've achieved the look you were after".

Box recipe:

Adirondack Lights Acrylic Paint - Salmon

Memento ink - Rich Cocoa

Images - Kanban acrylic stamps

Sentiments - Tim Holtz

Flowers - Crafts for Occasions

Butterfly - sizzix die and stampin up stamp

Card recipe

Magnolia - Princess Tilda coloured with promarkers

Martha Stewart - Punch around the page punches
LOTV - Sentiment

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

1st class honours degree

Sorry about the quality of the photo - I always get round to photographing my projects in the evening and its so difficult to get it right, when I used a flash it just washed out the detail. It can't wait until tomorrow as I want to get this in the post. My niece has just been awarded a first in her Forensic Science degree. She is absolutely thrilled and we are all so proud of her. She went to university shortly after her father died and she has shown such determination to succeed through a very difficult time in her life. I know my brother would be soooo proud of his little girl. She has now decided to follow in my footsteps and become a Chemistry teacher and embarks on her PGCE in September. I cut the sentiment, mortar board and scroll using the Wild card Cricut cartridge. The backing paper is punched with a Martha Stewart punch around the page punches and the flower is from the Magnolia range.

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Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes
Hope your having a lovely evening.
Lynda xx

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Monday, 4 July 2011

One Year Anniversary - Blog Candy

I can't believe a whole year has passed since I started blogging. I love hopping around everyone's blogs and reading the lovely comments people leave. My cardmaking has changed so much since I started this. I've been crafting for years but had lost my mojo - this has given the inspiration I needed. A year on I now have my own craft room and have bought some brilliant crafty treats to fill it ( not that it wasn't pretty full already). I must say thank you to the very talented Fleur who suggested this in the first place. I didn't know that the world of craft blogs existed.

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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Gigs and parties galore

What a glorious morning, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, it just makes you feel good doesn't it. It's been a really busy week with two more really busy ones ahead so a relaxing weekend is just the ticket. Looks like I bought my new garden furniture at just the right time. Amber has had her first two taster days at the high school, Tuesday was a bit traumatic but Friday went well so I think she is looking forward to September. The next couple of weeks will see me packing her off on her first overnight school trip, goodness she is soooo excited I'm just wondering if out bank balance will ever recover!! lol. We've got parties to go to, the prom, school oscar night (with an X-factor finalist as the entertainment, I don't know which one)and I've got a craft class booked, a whole Saturday with like minded people and loads of other things in the calender. By the time the holidays come I will be well and truly exhausted and the first Saturday we are having a trip up to Newcastle to see Iron Maiden, followed by swift packing because I'm taking the children, my parents and my brother and his son for a week away. I'm sure Paul will enjoy the peace and quiet amidst his gig schedule. He's going to the Iron Maiden tour four times!!!!!!! He's also going this Friday to see the big four at Sonisphere - just a little bit jealous because I love Metallica.

Any way I came to talk about the card - it's for one of my best and oldest friends, we were at school together and lost touch for a short while but thanks to the wonders of facebook we are back together. She is not looking forward to the big one so I've been subtle with the 40s. The image is LOTV, I thought I'd picked shades similar to the backing paper but I went too green. I'm sure the pens I picked had more blue tones on the promarker colour sheet I made. They also look much greener on the photo then on real life. I have stamped the background with Kanban stamps. I made the flower by using the Stampin up butterfly punch and turned the wings into petals which I ran through an embossing plate.

Don't forget to check out my Blog Candy it finishes on Tuesday.

Hope your having a lovely weekend.
Lynda xxxx

Entering for Allsorts - Free and easy
I love promarkers - Include Flowers
LOTV Challenge - Celebrate