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Friday, 6 March 2015

Happy Birthday to You

Evening Everyone,
Boy am I glad that it's the weekend.
I will be teaching tomorrow, which is fun and definitely not like work lol.
In fact we are sure to have a great time with plenty of tea and cake as we will be celebrating Davina's birthday, even if we are a couple of days late.
The background to this card, which I will be giving to her tomorrow, has been made using waxed paper, an embossing folder, iron and dye base inks.
I stamped and embossed on to the panel using Black Versafine ink and added it to a purple card with some sentiment scraps that I found in my bits box.
I have a nice cream sponge sitting in my fridge ready to take with me tomorrow. I only hope that I don't forget it. I have my Grandson primed to remind me, I just hope that he remembers, biscuits would be a bit boring to celebrate with don't you think.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Daisies for Kathleen

Hi All
What a lovely bright afternoon we had today. I got really rather warm on my walk, I even had to take my coat off, now that's a first for this year lol.
So here is a nice bright card to share with you, made for one of my regular customers at the garage who celebrates her birthday today.
The card has been made using Imagination stamps, dye based inks and an embossing folder.
I added a large stamped, embossed and coloured flower.
Some of the daisies in the background have been painted with thin undiluted bleach to remove some of the bright background colour.
I hope that Kathleen liked her card. It makes a change for her to take one home with her. She is my post lady and pops cards into the pillar box for me as she walks past it on her way home.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Just for You

Evening Everyone,
I hope that the weather has been good to you today. We have had some more beautiful sunshine, although it has still been rather cold.
Here is a card that I sent to an old friend and her Husband for their Wedding Anniversary today.
The 'Huge' greeting is by Woodware and has been stamped and embossed onto a piece of background created using an embossing folder, hot iron and some waxed paper.
I coloured the background using Distress Inks and painted the sentiment with the same colours.
The other background papers are from my stash, and I added die cut leaves (Memorybox) which I embossed with Frantage Embossing Powder.
Let's hope the nice weather is back again tomorrow, I don't fancy taking my weekly walk to my Mum's in the pouring rain.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Elves and Fairies

Evening Everyone,
How are you, I don't seem to be able to settle to get anything done tonight, so here is a card that I made for Barbara's last TV show.
 I used a lovely leafy stencil and some dye based inks to create the background......................
 and then added some fairies..........
 and a few more...............................
 and even an elf and some flowers.
The sentiment is also from Clarity and fitted onto the leaves quite nicely.
I think maybe an early night is in order and then my mojo may return. Let's hope so anyway.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 2 March 2015

New Babies and Big Boys

Evening Everyone,
Isn't it funny how sometimes the perfect card idea comes out of some bits and pieces just slung onto your work space.
I had to make a quick baby card for a friend this weekend.
I played around for ages with a few die cut images and a new sentiment stamp. Well new to ink I'm ashamed to say, so as is always the case I stamped it out on a piece of scrap paper first.
Nothing seemed to go right, so I abandoned everything on my desk in favour of coffee. Always a winner!
On my return, coffee (and biccie) in hand, the abandoned pieces seemed to be in just the right places and so the afternoon turned a successful corner and I now have several cards in my stash for the birth of either a Girl or Boy.



While I was at it I also made a card for a couple of young men of my acquaintance who have birthdays this week. 
How funny to think that when I worked at the Craft Barn many years ago, well at least 12 anyway, two of the lovely ladies that I worked with were both expecting with in a week of one another.
In fact if memory serves they actually ended up on the same ward, if only for a day or so.
My daughter gave birth to my Grandson Reece in December of the previous year so it has been great to watch all three boys go through the school system in the same year albeit in different schools.
I really don't know what I would do without my LOTV toppers.
One day I will find the time to sit and colour some images myself, but in the mean time I will just have to rely on these beauties.
Wow a post before 10pm, it's been a long time since that happened. I had better make good use of the rest of the evening.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Clarity Flowers

Hi All,
Wow where has the weekend gone?
I have managed to get cards finished for next weeks celebrations, but that is about as far as it got.
I did however manage to tape Barbara's TV appearance with all of the beautiful artwork from everyone on the team.
As promised here is the full view of the card that I teased you with yesterday.
I stamped and embossed the image in white onto kraft card, and then painted it with Distress Inks.
I used the mask that comes with the stamp to add a little shadow around the image.
I mounted it onto background papers from my stash and added a punched border and some tiny peel-off dots.
As usual I liked everyone elses samples better than my own, well most of them at least.
Bye for now.
Have a good evening, what's left of it that is.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 28 February 2015

A Sneaky Peek

Hi All,
I hope that you have all had a great start to the weekend, even if the weather has been less than kind.
Just a quick sneak peek for you tonight to remind you that Barbara will be back on the box tomorrow morning. Create and Craft Sky channel 674 at 9 - 11am.
Can you believe that it is the first Sunday in the month tomorrow, and March no less.
I turned the page in my birthday book this morning, and if I thought that February was heavy in birthdays then March is way worse.
Better get a wiggle on if I am going to get them all made in time.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 27 February 2015

Down On the Allotment

Evening Everyone,
I don't know what it has been like where you are, but here it has been beautiful if rather cold here.
Some glorious and welcome sunshine which will have started people thinking about working in their gardens and allotments,I'm sure.
How appropriate then that one of 'Hobby Art Jenny's' fabulous new stamp sets should be gardening / allotment related.
She has been on the TV today, and this is one of the cards that I made for her show.
It is very simple but quite effective, and would make a good card for a man or any keen gardener for that matter.
I stamped the Garden Shed from The Allotment  stamp set onto Watercolour card stock using Pesto Adirondack dye based ink.
Then I used a damp paintbrush to 'move' the ink and create a monochrome watercolour finish.
The background is a fantastic new embossing folder from Crafters Companion that I just HAD to have.
It is one of their new Texture 8x8 Range called Leaf Vein.
I embossed a piece of card stock that matched the Pesto ink, and then swiped the ink pad repeatedly over the embossed paper which shows up the pattern beautifully.
I hadn't realised that the card stock was actually slightly ribbed until I ran the ink pad over it, but I think that it just adds to the effect.
I watched out to see the card on the show. It is always such a buzz to see something that you have made get shown on the TV.
The Grandchildren think it's quite cool when I point them out.
Speaking of the Grandchildren, it was the School Disco tonight.
 This is how grown up you can look when your big sister helps to get you ready. How scary is that!!
Ciaran looked very cool too although he was rather annoyed that his hair wouldn't spike up like he wanted it to. Oh dear I really am feeling very old. The kids seem to grow up far too quickly these days.
Off to play now, I have a 21st birthday card to make this weekend as well as several other things.
Bye for now. Have a great weekend.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

To Brighten a Rainy Day.

Hi All
I can't believe that we are already near the end of yet another week and it's nearly March. Where on earth did January and February go to?
I've got some nice spring colours for you today to make up for all the rain that we have had. In my neck of the woods anyway.
They have been made using some more of the wonderful Woodware stamps that I have had the privilege of playing with.
One of the things that I have to do when making cards for the catalogue is a Gallery Page. Six cards all using a similar colour palette.
As you know I never know quite what is going to happen until I start to play, so more often than not I end up with a pile of bits and pieces all in a similar vane.
So these are a selection of cards made with those 'leftovers'.
I created a panel of stamped and embossed background using this lovely floral corner, and then coloured it using Watercolour Pearlex from the Stargazer Palette.
I cut the panel up to create this first card which was then mounted onto complimentary orange card stock.
The next card really has been made from the 'leftovers' and a hexagon punch.
Once again I mounted them on to orange card stock and added a sentiment from another of the Woodware stamp sets.
 The panel on this last card was made in the same way just using a slightly different stamp.
I also used the same Pearlex palette and the 'Wet Watercolour Technique.
This time I mounted the finished panel onto blue card.
I trimmed around the sentiments in a random manner and mounted them onto the card using silicon.
I sent one of these cards to my lovely Clarity team mate Janet Pring for her birthday this week.
Oh dear doesn't look like I'm going to get anything done again tonight. Thank goodness it is nearly the weekend.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hobby Art is back on the Box

Hi All
Just a very quick post tonight to remind you that 'Hobby Art Jenny' will be back on the box (Create and Craft Sky channel 674) on Friday at 2pm and then again at 7pm.
There will be some fabulous new stamp sets, but for tonight you will have to be content with a card made for her show last month.
 This would make a rather nice card for someone who has just moved.
I stamped the image onto watercolour card using Distress Inks and then 'moved' some of the ink with a damp paintbrush.
I cut the image out using a Nestie and mounted it onto a patterned card base from Woodware.
Bye for now, but don't to forget to set your recorders for Friday.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday

Hi All
I've got a birthday card to share tonight made for a lovely neighbour celebrating her 96th Birthday.
She lives in the flats behind us and likes nothing better than watching the children play out on the green in the good weather. She says it keeps her young.
I made her a circular card using a piece of Gelli Plate / Creative Palette background from my stash.
The stamp is one designed by Jane Gill and was made specifically to be used with Card Candi.
I stuck the Candi on with silicon and then dry embossed the entire panel using a dotty embossing folder.
The sentiment is another Jane design.
Of course a girl has to have some sparkle so I added gems around the edge of the scalloped circle.
Chris is looking forward to Fish and Chips for her birthday treat, and I'm sure that there will be flowers and chocolates heading her way too.
Bye for now
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 23 February 2015

Stripes at Crafty Cardmakers and More

Hi All
Welcome to Monday, and another new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.
Our host this time is Leslie who is looking for STRIPES.
I went through my stash of 6x6 paper pads and found some lovely My Minds Eye papers full of stripes.
The stamped and embossed image was actually in my Bits Box but it matches the papers perfectly.
The image was stamped using pigment ink cubes and then embossed with Moonglow Iridescent Embossing Powder.
I added a few peel-off lines as well, all in keeping with the stripy theme.
Don't forget to pop by and show the rest of the team some love. I know that they will appreciate it.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Waxed Paper Resist

Hi All
I hope that you have had a good weekend.
It has been rather wet here today which makes for a very good excuse to craft lol.
I have had several 'Girly' cards to send this last week.
They should have arrived by now, so I think I'm pretty safe in sharing them with you.
They were actually made quite a while ago when I was very much inspired by a colour challenge somewhere out there in Blogland.
I was having fun playing with some waxed paper resist, embossing folders and these lovely bright Distress inks.
As you can see I got rather carried away, and ended up making several cards all with a similar theme.
I rather liked the idea of only using part of the Hobby Art greeting on this card.
The beauty of waxed paper is that if you sandwich it between two pieces of card when you iron it you end up with two pieces for the price of one.
One piece always seems to have a much more defined image than the other, but they are both very useful.
Better get back to work on my DT samples.
Both Hobby Art and Clarity will be on the box next week so I am a very busy bunny.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx