Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pull out the sun screen!!!

Okay...we have had a few days of sun here in Washington state...that is all I need to start pulling out all the backyard summer fun activity table with umbrella...then there are all the wonderful bright colored beach towels that I have kept tucked away until of them was the inspiration for this card...
For my card, I stamped this great saying from the Fun in the Sun stamp set and colored in the image with Prismacolor pencils. I then mounted the image onto cardstock and then cut some fun triangle shapes from this polkadot paper to create a sun-like image... I inked all around my card edges and here it is:
I am so very happy that summer is finally making an appearance in Washington...hello sun...been missing ya friend...nice of you to drop bye!!!
Happy crafting....Lynda

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Quick Quotes

We all remember the gorgeous papers from Quick Quotes in the June kit, right? I was fortunate enough to get my hands on another one of their new lines, "Tessa's Fairytale", and I just love it! Beautiful color combinations and striking patterns made it hard to choose which of the papers to use for this layout, and since the photos themselves have hardly any color, I figured out a way to use all of the papers! Some cute die-cuts from the same line made the title super easy, with some help from Pink Paislee weathered wood chipboard alphas.
In making the starburst pattern for the layout, I ended up with a lot of little scraps, so I made a card inspired by the same pattern with the leftovers.I added a couple more die-cuts and ended up with a cute little "hugs 'n kisses" card which I'll probably give to my honey today :)

Don't forget about our sunshine-inspired challenge going on through the fourth!! You can see the details of that challenge on my last post (on the 22nd). Have a great day :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Wedding Card


Here is a cute wedding card that I created using odds and ends from February's kit-n-kaboodles scrapbook kit. I just love the papers, and the wonderful cling stamp from stampendous! I created a frame with the negative space left after I used one of my nesties, and embossed the stamp with periwinkle blue embossing powder. I thought that it was a little different in the color scheme for a wedding, but goes along with the poem...something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue!
Hope you like it!
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

A little July kit fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so loving the colors of this kit!!!!! I am especially loving the cardstock that is 2 sided. One side is a solid color the other is dotted. So many possibilities with these!!!!! This layout includes pictures from the installtion of our pool! Hope you are having a great weekend!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Final Countdown!

As promised here are the final four countdown tags I made in the run up to Ranger U! I can't believe I have been and come back already! I had an awesome time! I used all 36 Distress Ink colours on the ten tags.

I will be back next week with something different ... while I was away a new box of toys arrived for me to play with :0)

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fun in the sun

So we are experiencing the first signs of summer here in the Pacific it may even reach 75 outside...really...the end of June...I know...sad, but true. So we do our best to get out when the sun is out and just enjoy what we have to work with!

For this card I decided to keep the front simple and just stamp the chair and umbrella from the Fun in the Sun set...coloring them in as if just sitting on the side of the water...and used some Class A Peel summer messages stickers for the sentiment inside the card. I used some Coredinations cardstock and distressed he edges of the blue color to create a kind of frame around my stamped image... the card front is covered with a piece of Kaiser Crafts pattern paper.

So...I can just feel the breeze coming off the if only it were a warm breeze...

Hope your summer is warmer and sunny!

Happy crafting...Lynda

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Sun & A Mid-Month Challenge

It's finally summer! Is it just me, or is it easier to create a summer-themed project when the sun is shining and it's warm outside? (This may not be relevant for all of you, but us Pacific North-Westerners are finally seeing some temps above 60 degrees LOL.) I used up what was left of my KNK June kit to create this layout, and finally felt inspired to use some of those popscicles that came with it....I was due for a good good glitter mess, so I cut my popscicle sticks into various lengths, put a layer of Glossy Accents on them, then dumped Doodlebug Sugar (Bumblebee) over that. I also mixed a little chunky orange loose glitter for a more textured look. The resulting sun-accent for my page worked really well with some photos of one of our trips to the coast. This would also be a great way to simulate sand on a project.

Finally, with a few leftovers, I made this Encouragement card. Inside reads "You'll feel better!" with plenty of white space for a hand-written sentiment.
Are you ready for the challenge? I know we are slightly past mid-month, but this is an easy one (and I will give you a few extra days, too)! Create your own summer sun accent. You can use anything as long as it is hand-created by you. How do you make sunshine on a page? Link a photo of your own creation in a comment to this post by July 4th, and there's a RAK up for grabs :) Keep in mind you don't have to create a whole layout or other project, just the sun embellishment. Happy scrapping!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

May Your Day be Filled with Sunshine

Summer is officially here! Have you gotten out to the beach or the pool yet? This adorable set by Stampendous will get you into the summertime swing if you aren't already. It is called Sunshine Shells. You can make it go from this

to this

in just a few easy steps. Here's how.

1.Stamp image onto vanilla/creme cardstock and color in
2.I used golden ochre liquid applique to make the coral look realistically fuzzy,
snickerdoodle smoochie ink on the nautilus shell, and sunflower ultrafine glitter
on the starfish, accents on the sailboat were done with golden yellow liquid pearls
3. Base of the card is 6x12 piece of tranquil blue bazill cardstock
4.I tore some burnt sugar core-dinations paper (6" wide) and made layers for the sand.
5.I cut some more bazill with a curvy cutter to make the ocean water
6. To make the effect of whitewash at the waters' edge and also for whitecaps in the ocean, I used a 'splash' (lol) of white liquid applique.

Even though it is a beautiful sunny day, there are a few clouds in the sky. They are made with scallop oval punches (same shade as the base card) that have been spritzed with marshmallow glimmermist(oooh---aaahhhh). The cute sun is a punch that I havehad for ages in my stash.

Flash forward to the inside of the card....I did not want to ruin my seascape with a sentiment so I put it on the inside. I also used an adorable Martha Stewart beach punch (soon to be available at Creativity Boutique---yee~ha gals~~~~ the punches are coming!!!!!)
Hope that this puts you in the mood for summertime fun!

A little more with Junes Kit!

I loved these journaling blocks in the June kit! I couldnt resist making a card out of this one! and I truly believe that happiness is contagious so share some today ;)

This one is of my little guy when he graduated pre-school. Preschool was a very hard adjustment for my energetic little boy. Good teachers but hard to try to convince my little guy to settle down during classtime! Lets just say he wasnt the only one celebrating his graduation ;).
and finally check out the July kit!!!!! I cannot wait for this baby to arrive on my door step!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Playing Tag - By Proxy!

As many of you know I am actually away at Ranger U at the moment! During the build up to this trip I made a tag for each day! I shared tag numbers 10; 9 and 8 with you last week ... this week here are 7; 6 and 5! I will show you the final four on my return next week!

I hope you enjoy looking at them! I have used all 36 Distress ink colours across the ten tags.
See you all next week with the final four tags ... Have a fab weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fluffles in the Spring...

We have had a few beautiful Spring days here in the Pacific we seem to have slumped back into a rainy and cooler weather pattern... well I wasn't going to let that dampen my I pulled out my favorite fluffy sweetie and got busy making this cute card:

You can find Fluffles and the snail in the Creativity Boutique store here.

I hope you are having some nice spring weather where you live....and if not, stamp up some nicer spring really does help!!

Happy crafting.....Lynda

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Apple For the Teacher

School is out for the year, I know, but did everyone thank their teacher? I made these cute apple-shaped cards for the Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher and the 1st/2nd Grade teacher at my daughter's Christian school. I made the template for the apple first, then traced it onto folded cardstock (leaving a part of the fold intact, of course!), then added the leaf and stem. I did a little shading with inks before I adhered the pieces together, and some buttons make a nice and simple accent. Font is Cricut's "Makin' the Grade", one of my favorites. I printed my chosen text onto yellow cardstock then cut it into a smaller apple shape for the inside, leaving plenty of room for a hand-written note as well. A gift card is affixed with repositionable adhesive on the opposite side.
I made this card with the Core'dinations cardstock in the KNK June kit. Check out the kit in its entirety at !

Monday, June 14, 2010

Family Ties

This summer is going to be a special one for me. My oldest son, Dave, is getting married in July. My mom and I recently went to San Diego to surprise him and his fiancee by showing up at her bridal shower. It was the first time I can remember that he was speechless!! I made him even more speechless by handing over my camera to a complete stranger to take photos. His nickname for me is mommarazzi, and he pretends to be embarrassed by all the photos that I take.

Today I am showing you an altered canvas that I made for my mom to commemorate our trip to San Diego together. I used Amy's wonderful KNK kit from March 2010. There is a little bit of stamping ( I used TH distress ink in spun sugar on those wonderful Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers) but it is so pale it hardly shows in the photo.

Being sentimental, I used my new TH butterfly die to reflect the theme of my boys' metamorphosis into a new stage of his life (sappy, but totally me).

I know that you usually expect me to do a card, but I have been away and was moved to make this for my mom. Sometimes it is good to share with friends :)
Until next week....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Making use of scraps!

All scrappers have tons of scraps around that you always think you're going to use, right? I know I do! I recently started making these scrappy journals using fabric scraps on the outside and paper scraps on the inside.
Here's a couple of journals that I've completed....

and here's another...

The insides have signatures of pages, all made with scraps that will be used as the background for my photos and journaling...

There are several sites out there showing you how to make journals if you're interested. Google it and you'll be amazed at what you see.
So don't throw those scraps away- they're very valuable for what could be your next project!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tag ... You're it!

A slightly different type of post this week from me! I have been busy counting sleeps  until I go to Ranger U in SEVEN more sleeps and each day from 10 more sleeps I have been making a tag to mark the passing of another day! So I thought I would share all 10 with you over the next three Fridays. The tags are all manilla shipping tags ... the ones that Lord Tim of Holtz himself uses and they are all coloured using Ranger Distress Inks ... in case you have n't noticed these just happen to be my all time favourite inks ever ever ever!
If you feel like making a tag yourself ... well all of us girlies at Kreative Kaboodles would just love to see it ... so link us up and we will come visit you!
Have a wonderful weekend every body ... until next time! I say next time ... I won't actually be here ... I will be in New Jersey ... but hopefully my tags will still appear in my absence!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

More June kit Fun

I am totoally loving the colors in this kit!!!!!! They are bright cheery and totally summer! and absolutely love the big brads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are all having a great week! (by the way this pic shows one of my little secrets.... I always use the number candles on my kids birthdays because i know by the time I get to scrapping all my pics I will not remeber how old each kid was in each picture! )

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June Kit and an old favorite

I am so in love with these papers by Quick Quotes. The colors are stunning; rich, warm summer shades that go with just about anything. They really compliment this photo of my girls standing in the sea, contemplating it. Do you remember your first look at the ocean? I don't know about you, but it never fails to take my breath away, no matter how many times I've seen it. I can only imagine what was going through their minds as they stared out into the vast blue. I don't often use only one photo on a layout, but this one really speaks to me and that's all it needs to stand alone. Here's a little detail, I used Stickles in Cinnamon for my faux stitching and the word "thoughts" is a Stampendous sticker from the Summer Words sticker sheet in the June kit. It really helped pull my title together which ended up perfect for the feel of this layout!

I absolutely could NOT narrow down this set of pics no matter how long I stared at them, so I ended up with a double layout. I am so glad I did it! It gave me plenty of room for the flower-type embellishments, which are meant to kind of mimic the bubbles (which are hard to see here) in the photos. This type of embellishment is not a new idea but having the color-core cardstock makes them so fun to make!
Here's a bit of a close-up.... if you've never made these before they are easy to do, you just have to be really mean to your cardstock! Once you've cut out various sized imperfect circles, just crumple, sand, and distress them, in that order. Add a generous amount of Stickles to the edges if you want, I used "Diamond", one of my personal favorites. You could use Glue Dots to assemble them but I used a simple button-stitch since the "buttons" were cut from another coordinating piece of patterned paper in the kit.
That's it from me for now, thanks for stopping by and having a look! Don't forget you can see these June Kit projects as well as many others from the Design Team at

Monday, June 7, 2010

Let the Good Times Roll!

Hi everyone! Summertime is officially here, and we would all love to fit into an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny bikini again. Here is a bikini that we can all enjoy and show off! I have used a flesh colored cardstock for the card base (you can use any skin tone you like), papers and brads from Kaisercraft, and ribbon from my stash! My teenaged boys giggled when I showed them the card, and hubby just smiled!

Right now, I am off in San Diego where my mom and I are surprising my soon-to-be daughter-in-law at her wedding shower. Mom and I are staying with Jenna's parents and I am doing some "it's almost wedding day" planning with Anne while mom gets to know Anne and Harvey.

If you would like me to send you a copy of the template I used to make this card, send me ane-mail ( with bikini template in the subject line. I will send it to you when I return to Florida.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

June kit =Summertime fun!

I just love the colors in the KNK June kit! so many options and so pretty. I made this layout. To cut the circles I used to different sized dinner plates. Love when I can use "tools" I have on hand! I then cut around the larger circle with deco scissors! Love my big scallopped deco scissors. I can't wait to share the rest of my creations with this kit!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer Explosion!

It had been ages since I had made an exploding box when I had the urge to make another one! The instructions, stamps and card stash for this one are all included as part of the Summer Sizzle kit! I left a few blank pages so they can be personalized with messages for the recipient when I decide what I am going to do with it!

It certainly has been a sizzling day in the UK today ... our hottest of the year so far! So what is the weather like where you are and how are you planning on spending your summer this year? Let us know ... we love to hear from you all! Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Playing with the June KnK kit!

Happy Thursday!

Today I am sharing two more projects from the June kit at Kit 'n Kaboodles. The first one is two of my daughters as they got their first glimpse of the Grand Canyon. I felt that the quote was so appropriate. I used Smooch spray on the flower cut-out and the butterflies.

Although I am so NOT a cardmaker, the quotes 12x12 sheet makes card making much easier. I made this for a dear friend of mine.

I can't wait to share the rest of my projects...see you next week! Remember that you can purchase this kit at!