Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sketch 57 for Woodware Witterings

Morning Everyone,
We have a sketch for you at WoodwareWitterings this week.
Now you know I love sketches, but this one did have me scratching my head for a while, until I went to my bits box that is and then I got a little bit carried away as you can see.
The stamped panel was created using a leaf from one of my favourite Stampendous stamp sets CRS5068 PenPatterned Leaves.
I stamped and embossed the leaves onto some handmade background paper sponged with dye based inks.
I coloured some of the image with a purple and white Gelli Roll glaze pen.
The diamond pattern has been achieved by placing a stencil over the background panel. Remove the colour with a damp baby wipe and then burnish with a piece of Cut-n-Dry foam and some purple and Stardust glitter glue.
The sentiment is from a very old but much loved set FRCL080 Mixed Greetings and the main card has been stamped with versamark ink and clear embossing powder before being sponged with brown dye based ink.
As I said I got a bit carried away, so her is another card made with bits and pieces from my box. In fact there are enough cards for another post on Sunday lol.
The main leaf stamp in this one is CRR175 Leaf Background stamped, embossed and coloured with dye based inks.
I also used it on the main card, just stamped with black versafine ink.
Here is the sketch for you, why not give it a try it is great fun.
Have a wonderful day.
Happy crafting and hugs.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Penny Black and Pearlex

Morning Everyone,
Life gets back to normal today. As you read this I will already be hard at work after my few days holiday.
I have managed to cross a couple of things off my To Do List, although not nearly as many as I would have liked. Amazingly I have finished my Christmas newsletter, and have actually managed to start writing my Christmas cards which is nothing short of a miracle lol.
 With that in mind I thought that I would share a few cards that I managed to finish off recently.
Several years ago I did a demo using this fabulous Penny Black stamp, versamark ink and Pearlex Powders.
I love demoing and sharing my knowledge with people, but you do seem to end up with hundreds of images all very similar.
As I have been trying to work my way through my Christmas Bits Box I made cards with a few of these panels that I had left.
I have used mainly metallic colours of Pearlex on these panels,
so I have layered them on to some black cardstock which I have dry embossed using a couple of different Christmas Embossing folders.
I added gold and silver gilding wax to highlight the dry embossing and match the meatalic colours of Pearlex,
or the stamping and heat embossing as used on the first card.
This card was also made using a panel created with another old Penny Black stamp,
 Versamark ink and dry Pearlex Powders.
We have our works Christmas party this week so I had better get a shift on with the card writing. I must get the ones for work written at the very least, then it will save me a few postage stamps.
Bye for now.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sorry You Are Not Feeling Your Best

Morning Everyone,
Just a quick post today to cheer up anyone who is not feeling their best, for what ever reason.
The background was made when I was playing with my Gelli Plate.
I didn't like the colour combo that I used, but I didn't want to waste it so I sponged over the top with dye based inks.
The stamping has been done with a black versafine inkpad and clear embossing powder.

I sprinkled the panel with what I thought was water, but turned out to be Glimmer  Mist so it has added splodges, rather than taking colour out.

Never mind I rather like what I ended up with.
It is amazing how things change when you start to play. The trouble is that I never seem to be able to throw anything away because I might be able to do something with it later lol.
The sentiment is from Hobby Art and is perfect when you need a card for someone who is not ill as such, but is just not feeling up to par.
I have layered this over a couple of pieces of ribbon.
So I hope that this will cheer you up if you are not feeling your best. I know of a couple of people that I could have sent this to this week.
Have a good Sunday, and I hope that you are all feeling better soon.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Peacock Feathers

Evening Everyone,
Have you had a good Saturday?
We have had a great time in class today playing with Alcohol inks, which I will try and share with you tomorrow. I have had no time to finish anything as I have been trying to catch up with some DT posts.
Instead I thought that I would share the last of the cards made with the fabulous Hobby Art CS155D Feather.
I stamped and embossed the peacock feather several times onto a piece of handmade background paper from my stash.
The images were painted with a Watercolour Pearlex palette and the sentiment added from an old, but very well used stamp set.
The blue background paper has been embossed using a feather Embossing folder and then gently highlighted with gold Gilding Wax.
I used the rest of the piece of handmade paper to stamp and emboss the feather in gold for this next card.
I also used the same Pearlex palette to paint the feather.
The sentiment from the feather set has been stamped and embossed onto white card stock in black and then the panel is edged with versamark ink and gold embossing powder.
No nearer to getting any Christmas cards written, and now I have only one day left till I go back to work, so it looks like this year is going the same way as every other one.
Oh well, never mind, life is too short to stress about it.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Bargello

Evening Everyone,

Just a quick post tonight to share a couple more Christmas cards that I have finished off.
The Bargello background was created using some stripy background paper from my stash.
The toppers are both from my stash of LOTV precoloured images which have been simply die cut and layered onto the background.
I am shattered tonight. I have walked miles today both visiting my Mum and dropping off a couple of stamps for Davina to play with.
I guess I should really walk a few more so that I hit the 20,000 steps for the day. On the other hand a nice tub of ice cream and a video sounds like a much better idea, I think I've earned it lol.
Thanks for stopping by, see you again tomorrow, if I can get up that is.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Beauty of Autumn

Evening Everyone,
Well I guess the Christmas countdown can officially start seeing as how we are now in December. How scary is that, only another 25 days and we will be drowning in leftovers and wrapping paper.
I really had better get on with writing those cards instead of just thinking about it. It truly is the bit I loathe. Love making cards, hate writing them which is why they are always late arriving!!
Before we become knee deep in those Christmas cards I thought that I would share a couple more of the cards that I made for Hobby Art Jenny and her last TV appearance.
One of my favourite stencils at the moment is this one THS014 Shatter by Tim Holtz.
I taped it on to a sheet of Mixed Media card stock and used a piece of Cut-N-Dry Foam to sponge it with Imagination Starlights.
Once this was dry I used another piece of Cut-N-Dry to burnish through the stencil with a little Sparkle Medium.
I think it creates a beautiful base for the oak leaves from Hobby Art CS145D Oak Tree which I painted with Distress Inks and fussy cut before adding them to the card using Silicon.
This card also uses the same stamp set this time stamped and embossed onto a piece of 'mop up' background from my stash.
The leaves stamped and embossed onto the brown base card have been painted with bleach.
This technique only works on some, not all card, so do try a little bit of bleach in the corner of the card before you go to the trouble of painting all your images only to find out that the bleach doesn't react with your chosen piece.
Looks like the weather has definitely gone beyond an autumnal chill. The frost outside the front door this morning didn't disappear at all, so I think I had better get those thermals out ready for work next week.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Tags for Woodware

Morning Everyone
We are making Christmas tags for you at Woodware this week.
I made a pile of tags for my Christmas prezzies. How organised am I this year, thank you Dorothy.
I started my tags by creating a masterboard on a sheet of blue card stock. I also made one on a sheet of lighter blue card but I forgot to take a photo of that one.
I stamped and embossed the large snowflake first using thin household bleach and then Shabby Green Frantage powder. Create a stamp pad for the bleach out of a piece of cut and dry felt.
The paler blue card has been stamped with bleach and then Silver Detail Embossing powder. The bleach obviously wasn't quite dry in places and so there is a slightly ghosted image where a little of the powder has stuck.
I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from an old favourite stamp set and then painted the tiles with bleach to take out some of the colour.
I cut the masterboard up into tag sized strips and then used the fabulous Tag Top Punch to shape the tops of the tags.

The beauty of this punch is that I was able to use up all of the left over pieces, no matter how narrow to create beautiful tags.
Two pieces of card were enough to create 16 tags, each one just very slightly different.
I added the names using Peel-off letters stuck to white card, and finished them off with some dotty white ribbon.
Quick and easy, and such fun to make.
Have a great day.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Jumpers

Evening Everyone,
I have been having a wonderful time during my week off work, making Christmas cards.
I'm on a bit of a mission to use up all those bits and pieces that I seem to have accumulated over the years. I have had a bit of a sort out, narrowing down those bits that I really will get around to using.
I have put the other bits to one side for Davina to use with her ladies at the Cancer Centre. I'm sure they will get some use out of them, and if not they can go in her recycling box just as easily as in mine. One man's trash is another mans treasure after all lol.
One of the treasures that I found were some pieces of card that had been embossed to look like knitting.
Of course the perfect stamp set to go with that is JGS321 Christmas Knits.
I stamped and embossed the jumpers onto kraft card and added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen.
The background stamp CRY033 Santa Words has been stamped and embossed using Versamark ink and Snowflake Embossing Tinsel which is lovely and sparkly.
Now what shall I sort out tomorrow, although I suppose really I should start writing all the Christmas cards that I have made or they will be late again like every other year. :O)
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 28 November 2016

A Labour of Love

Evening Everyone,
One of the techniques that we have played with over the last few months at Davina's is Zentangle.
Now I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to doodling, I tend to stick with safe and simple straight lines. I have loads of books on the subject for inspiration, but I am not very imaginative without their help.
This card was finished after one such class. 
The flowers and leaves are individual stamps from an old Penny Black set Petal Party.
Of course it is a nice easy one to use for Zentangle as there are lines there all ready for you to fill in with your doodles.
Once I had finished doodling in all of my leaves and flowers I fussy cut, shaped and layered them onto my card.
The centres of the flowers have been covered with Glossy Accents.
The diamond background panel to the card has been die cut and layered onto a DSS Sheet. I added fine glitter but it didn't stick very well so I added a sheet of acetate over the top to stop it from shedding which is of course impossible to photograph properly.
I added some Card Candi to the corner which I also coated with Glossy Accents.
I think that it is about time that I entered a challenge or two so I would like to enter
Crafty Friends Challenge - Blossoms. Use flowers on your creation.

This is a rather less elaborate card using a beautiful Hobby Art Ivy stamp.
I drew the square border around the stamped image using a square stencil that I die cut from a sheet of acetate. I also added some glitz with a Starlight pen.
I would like to enter this into the challenge at
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Holly and Ivy. I hope my card counts with just Ivy on it.
A little more stamping on this one and a black and white border.
I really must try and be a little more adventurous, although I am more than happy with the finished result, as was my Granddaughter who chose the floral card to give to her best friend for her birthday today.
Happy Birthday Flick, hope you had a great day.
Hugs Kimx