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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Embossed Alcohol

Evening
Nearly the end of another week. Would someone please slow things down or it will be Christmas again before we know it lol.
Here is another of the cards that I made for Hobby Art Jenny's TV show on Wednesday.
The background to the card has been made using Alcohol inks and an embossing folder, which is just the sort of thing that I will be sharing with the ladies in class on Saturday.
The sentiment and butterflies are from the new Hobby Art Butterflies set, stamped and embossed and coloured using the Vintage Pearlex Watercolour palette.
I embossed the piece of alcohol ink background and then applied Distress ink using the inkpad directly on to the paper. I heat embossed this which makes the embossing stand out.
hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hobby Art Butterflies

Evening Everyone,
I'm sorry for my rather sporadic return to blogging, but what with DT samples for the TV, class prep and the imminent arrival of the next parcel of stamps from Woodware I have been otherwise occupied.
Speaking of the TV, did you catch 'Hobby Art Jenny' on the box today?
Here is one of the cards that I made for her using the fantastic new Butterflies stamp set.
The butterflies were stamped and embossed onto white card stock and then Distress inks were sponged over them.
I used a stencil to add some dots to the background as well as some tiny solid stamped butterflies from the stamp set.
The text stamp from the show has been used to remove ink from the background by stamping it with water.
I've been having such fun playing with inks and stencils just lately, but then I always did love making backgrounds.
Better get some sleep, I have more class prep to work on tomorrow. We will be using Alcohol inks on Saturday at Davina's and it has been quite a while since I last played with them so we need to get reacquainted.
hugs Kimx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Easter weekend

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have all had a fabulous Easter weekend, and that you are not too overstuffed with chocolate.
I don't really DO Easter, just ask my Girls. I was the mean Mum who bought them a book instead of an Easter Egg. Well they always seemed to get so many from everyone else.
I haven't really changed with the Grandchildren either, although I did give them a small cream egg (their favourite) and a couple of pound for their money box.
At work however we have had to do our bit to celebrate, so yesterday I press ganged the younger kids into dressing up and coming to work to greet all of the customers. The things I do on my day off lol.
I had promised to buy them breakfast, but the first thing my Boss asked them as they walked in to work was 'What would you like to eat? Choose whatever you want.'
The boys went for an All day Breakfast, typical boys, where as Sas went for a more reserved chocolate croissant. Hot chocolate all round and that was them sorted for the morning.
Sas definitely got into her roll, especially when a couple of customers gave them each a small egg, which she stored in her basket.
The Boss's daughters played their part as did the daughter of one of my other colleagues. In fact everyone at work that day had dressed up in white shirt and bow tie, and even a few bunny ears.
I made everyone an Easter name badge, and as you can see I am not a tidy workman.
Thank goodness for pre-coloured images and peel-offs is all I can say.
I can't believe how many Easter eggs we managed to sell. In fact there were none left by midday on Sunday so I hope that no one was expecting any end of season bargains.
Oh well, back to normal tomorrow so that's another Bank holiday over. Still, I suppose that there are another two to look forward to next month, for those of you that don't work on those days anyway.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Playing with my Creative Palette

Evening Everyone,
Are you having a good weekend?
I have been having way too much fun playing with my Creative Palette and inks after some advice from the lovely Jane Gill.
I haven't been very successful with acrylic paint on it, but inks seem to work fine although the effects I have been getting are very different from those backgrounds I've pulled from my Gelli plate.
I used some Colorbox Chalk re-inkers to create the background and Hair Styling Gel as my extender. Jane had said that she used hand sanitising gel but this was the nearest that I could find at work.
I used several new Stampendous stamps in the background along with co-ordinating Distress inks.
I decided not to try and colour in the floral images that I stamped and embossed onto my paper so that the background would remain the focus.
The sentiment was added on a piece of torn vellum.
My resolve to use up all of my scraps is failing me at the moment as my pile of hand made background papers is getting bigger and bigger lol.
Better get some sleep before I start another play session.
Night night.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rose Trellis

Evening Everyone
How lovely to see the sunshine again, although it was deceptively cold, let's hope that they are not right about us getting snow for Easter lol.
I have had several anniversary cards to make recently, so I thought that you might like to see one that shows that I do use my stamps, really I do :O)
The stamped, embossed and coloured panel was actually created when I was staying at SirStampalot last month. I liked the stamp so much that it managed to find it's way into my shopping basket.
The image was cut out using one of Janice's fancy Nesties which I think will have to go on my wish list.
I have coloured the image using Distress markers and mounted it onto a dry embossed panel.
I added a little Stardust pen and some tiny crystals for a little bit of bling.
I wish my rose bush looked as good as this. I'm not very green fingered, just ask my Mum, she is the one who has to nurture my failures back to life lol.
I think I will stick to my stamped flowers, I know what  I'm doing with them.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Floral Profussion at CCM and More

Hi All

Fiona is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and More and she has chosen 'A Floral Profusion' for her theme. She would love to see your creations which showcase your handmade flowers, the more the merrier!
For my card I chose an old Lili of the Valley topper (I do use my stamps girls, honestly lol) which I cut out using a circular Nestie.

The background to the card has been created using a large embossing folder, my E-bosser and some Distress ink.
I added some glitter glue to the flower centers.
The card has actually made for a friend to give to his Mum on her 70th birthday, so I added 'Mum' to the small tag on the topper,
and a circular greeting from Lili of the Valley, as well as a peel-off '70th'.
The assorted flowers and leaves have all been die cut from kraft card and papers from my stash.
We are sponsored this time by CRAFTY SENTIMENTS DESIGNS with 3 images of the winners choice.
As it will be hand delivered I have managed to get away without making a box.
Don't forget to stop by the Crafty Cardmakers and More blog and see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you.
hugs Kimx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wow, what a weekend!!

Evening Everyone,
I have had a rather unexpected end to the weekend, extra babysitting detail of the Grandchildren and a couple of extra bodies!!
 The weekend started off in a rather relaxing manner some friends round for a BBQ, despite the rather overcast weather.
It was actually a rather belated birthday treat for my 'surrogate son-in-law'.
All was going well apart from the fact that he had been stung by a wasp earlier in the day and his hand was continuing to swell (he is allergic to wasp stings and had already been to A&E)
After much discussion, and quite a bit of persuasion, he went back to the hospital only to be put in an ambulance which sped off at 90 miles and hour to East Grinstead where a team of doctors were waiting for his arrival!!
The upshot of it was a night spent at the hospital hooked up to a drip, with his wife and my daughter there for company (they had gone with him to A&E) and all of the children sleeping over here.
I ended up pulling Child Watch detail, they are all well past the baby stage, until everyone returned early this afternoon after my Sin-in-law had gone to collect them.
All the grown ups had been awake all night so as you can imagine there were a lot of rather tired people in need of coffee and feeding.
Rather appropriately tonight I have several cards to share that were made for members of the younger generation.
I'm sure that this is how everyone would have preferred to spend the weekend.
 We could have done with a little wizardry today,
And once again a little relaxation would not have gone amiss.
It was a birthday celebration I know but this is definitely not what the Birthday Boy looked like lol.
All of the cards have been made using Lili of the Valley toppers, so easy to use when you need a card in a hurry.
Lets hope that tomorrow is a little less frantic, I think that there will be quite a few grown ups in need of match sticks to prop open their eyes. Let's hope that they all get a good nights sleep.
Hugs Kimx