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Monday, 1 September 2014

Make an Impression at Crafty Cardmakers

Hi All
It's time for another challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More, and this time we are looking for you to 'Make an Impression' using Dry Embossing.
I have to admit that this wasn't a hard challenge for me. In fact the hardest part was deciding on a specific card to share with you, since so many of mine have embossing on them.
In the end I decided on something fairly plain and simple with a fabulous embossed panel down the centre.
I coloured this panel by using my Distress Inks and some Cut'n'Dry foam. This not only  adds colour to the entire panel but it also highlights the embossing on it beautifully.
The circular image is part of a very old, but very lovely Hobby Art stamp whose name and code escape me at the moment. I'm sure that Hobby Art Jenny would be able to sort it out if you were to contact her, she's very good like that.
I stamped and embossed it onto Watercolour card and painted it using the same inks as I used for colouring the embossed panel. Once it was dry I then die cut a circular section from it and mounted this onto the card over a scalloped circle.
The sentiment (or rather part of the whole stamped image) is also from Hobby Art and is such a useful stamp as you can cut it up so that it no longer has to be used just for a birthday.
I do like stamps like this that are multi functional, it makes their purchase seem so much more justified, as if we need an excuse of course.
The final touch were some assorted metallic brads in the centre of some of the embossed flowers.
I hope that you will join us for this challenge. And please don't forget to check out what the rest of the team have come up with HERE.
I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that we all like our dry embossing.
Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate it, especially as I have been absent for so long. Your comment really do give me a lift if I am struggling.
Thanks again.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

A Wonderful Day to Remember

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a fabulous Sunday.
Today would have been my Son Adam's 33rd birthday, so as you can imagine I have tried to keep myself busy.
This hasn't been hard given the mountain of washing that there was for my daughter to do after the family holiday.
In an effort to help her out, and try to find the living room floor lol, I have spent a good part of today ironing.
I figured that if I ironed it as it came off the line it might speed the tidying process along quite nicely.
It also brought back fond memories of early morning hours spent ironing when Adam was small.
I looked for a card to share with you tonight, and I thought that the sentiment on this one was rather appropriate. 'May your Birthday be a special celebration, and a wonderful day to remember.'
The central panel has been created using one of Jane Gill's fabulous designs for Woodware and Distress inks.
The panel across the middle of the card has been made using a piece of embossed card highlighted with more Distress ink.
I also highlighted the embossing with some tiny assorted gems.
I think that I am ironed out now so it's off to bed for me. Maybe I can get in some crafting after work tomorrow, I think I have done my bit in the domestic goddess department don't you.
Happy Birthday Ammi, love you always xx
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

What a Wonderful Wedding Day

Hi All,
Sorry for my long absence, but the family have been away, so as well as enjoying the calm, I have taken the opportunity to do a little bit of sorting out in my craft/bedroom.
It is a kind of annual thing which I strangely look forward to (it can only be tackled when the family are away and I can leave everywhere covered with STUFF which I don't need to worry about for several days.)
Every year is the same though as I am suddenly filled with an overwhelming sense of 'WHY EVER DID I START THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have so many projects that need finishing, and who knew the treasures that were lurking at every turn. Stamps that I didn't even remember I had - how naughty is that!!
I have been quite ruthless, although perhaps still not as brutal as I should be, and there is a rather large box of things for my family and friends to sort through.
I had to make sure that the decks were cleared this week as they are all due home this evening, and I also had a very special card to make for yesterday.
My little sister Gail finally got married to Alistair, her Prince Charming. It has only taken them 19 years to tie the knot !!
I decided on a circular card, my go to shape for something that little bit special.
The image is a Lili of the Valley topper which I cut out and layered using more circular nesties. I also added some faux stitching, glitter and glossy accents.
I opted for cream card as well as some real lace and tiny pearls
The sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley and I have added some die cut leaves and flowers.
Of course to make it really special it had to have a box which I also decorated.
The Registry office ceremony was lovely, and my sister looked amazing.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a very good picture of the happy couple together so you will have to be content with this one of Gail and Mum who looked equally radiant.
Gail had suggested that everyone dressed 'to be comfortable' so her groom took her at her word. The first thing I noticed about Alistair were his shoes. Very laid back!!
STOP PRESS - The family have arrived home now so I got things tidied up just in time lol.
hugs Kimx

Friday, 15 August 2014

I've touched a little piece of History

Evening Everyone
Today is my wonderful Mum's 84th birthday, and during my visit we got to talking once again about the Centenary celebrations surrounding the 1st World War and what MY grandparents did during it.
My Dad's Father (Pop as we called him) was a Farrier in the Army. He was among the many whose job it was to look after the horses.
'Did you see the article in the Daily Mail?' Mum asked.
'They were offering you the chance to purchase a copy of the Princess Mary Gift Tin sent to the troops at Christmas in 1914.
Well, I have an original!!!!'
And with that she produced a little piece of History before my very eyes.
Now of course Pop's tin has seen better days, and sadly no longer contains any of the treasures that were sent to him all those years ago.
 We had a little bit of trouble reading the inscriptions,
since Mum has very sensibly resisted the urge to clean it.
But there was a little glimpse of its former glory when the tin was opened.
As a child I spent hours listening to the stories told by my Grandparents.
Stories of my Great Aunt's time as a cook in service., of the garage that they owned and all the fascinating people that they met.
They seemed so interesting. Now I'm lucky if I can get the Grandchildren to look up from their tablets long enough to even acknowledge my presence lol. How times change.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Bare Trees in the Forest.

Hi All,
Two nights in a row, that can't be bad.
Here are pictures of the cards that I made using backgrounds from yesterdays class at Davina's where we played with both the Creative Palette and Gelli Plate along with Kaleidacolour Inkpads.
This is a first generation background pulled from one of the plates and it uses the Blue Breeze inkpad and a combination of stamps (CRS5069 Delicate Snow Set) and bubble wrap.
This card was made with the second print pulled from the plate, and is much paler. I also 'cleaned' the bubble wrap by stamping it over the background to transfer any excess ink.
The main stamped image is FRS313 Bare Tree.
This card uses a second generation piece of background with more stamped snowflakes from the Stampendous set as well as bubble wrap stamping.
The trees on this card, and the one above, are from FRS278 Forest which have been embossed with white powder onto a piece of background.
Now you know as Crafter we hate to waste anything so when I was cleaning the plates I spritzed them with water and then lay a piece of plain card down on them to collect any leftover ink before I cleaned them properly.
This card again uses the  FRS313 Bare Tree along with a sentiment added on acetate and some die cut snowflakes.
And of course no class would be complete without a tag. I can't believe that this is actually no 25!!!!
I would like to enter this into the challenge at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra.
Better get to bed now as it is back to work tomorrow, Mondays seem to come round so quickly don't they?
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Midsummer Butterflies

Evening Everyone,
I'm back, did you miss me? More electrical issues I'm afraid, hopefully now all resolved!!
I have been having a fabulous time lately playing with my Creative Palette and Gelli Plate.
I was inspired to try them out using Dye based inkpads after watching Jane Gill on the TV recently.
The background panel to this card has been created using Distress inks, brayer, butterfly stamps and bubble wrap.
I was really pleased with the effect, which of course meant several more pieces of background added to the pile lol.
I pulled a second, much paler print, and to be honest I'm not sure which one I liked the best. What do you think?
I decided to use the same stamp for the central panel on both cards, but went for a bit of a 'Spotlight' effect.
I even found a handmade flower in my 'bits box' which matched perfectly.
I told you I got a little bit carried away, so here is another card made with the same colour combo.
This one uses another fabulous Butterfly stamp designed by Stampendous.
The Girls over at Woodware have been working with the theme of Midsummer's Day as chosen by Teresa of Philpotts so I think that I will send the images over to Dorothy as I think they fit the challenge quite nicely.
It will also give her the chance to see what I did with the lovely clean palettes that I ordered from her at the beginning of the week :O)
We had a fabulous class today at Davina's creating this type of background but we played with Christmas in mind. The Girls liked these cards though so we are going to run it as a class in September or October.
As always I picked up some fabulous ideas from the Girls on the class so I am off to add to my stash by having a little bit of a play before I forget all the wonderful colour combos that they came up with.
I would like to enter these into the following challenges
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - August Anything Goes
You never know I might even be back tomorrow, if I can tear myself away from playing that is.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Masking for Woodware

Evening Everyone,
Sorry I have been absent for a few days, but to be perfectly honest the heat seems to have got to me and I have fallen asleep almost as soon as I get home.
The evening then seems to go by in a blur and I don't really feel like crafting, let alone blogging.
I didn't feel that I could let the week go by though without entering the latest challenge over at Woodware, where they are looking at Masking.
The background panel for my card has been created using my Creative Palette and some colour box reinkers.
I stamped and embossed one of the leaves from the Stampendous Jumbo Cling Leaves set onto the background and then cut out a couple of masks using the matching Leaf Die Cut set
I placed the mask over the stamped and embossed leaves and then stamped again several times to give a panel of tumbling leaves. Remove the masks and the original images appear to be on top of the rest of the leaves.
I die cut a couple of extra leaves and added them to the card using silicon.
I find it very hard to make a single layer card. There is a fabulous Jumbo PenPattern Leaves set which matches with this die set and I can see that I NEED it as well.
Hope you like the card, and don't forget to check out what the other girls have been up to with masking over at the Woodware Blog.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Hi Guys
It's my turn to post over on the Hobby Art blog today.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so with that in mind I thought that I would share the card that inspired one of Jenny's demos on her last TV appearance.
The central panel has been created using masking tape to leave a strip down the centre of the white card.
Sponge colour onto the exposed panel being careful not to allow the ink to bleed under the masking tape. Work from the tape towards the middle to ensure that this doesn't happen.
Stamp your images using versafine ink before removing the masking tape and then use clear embossing powder to heat emboss the images. Don't worry too much if the powder sticks to the whole panel as this just adds texture.
Colour your images using distress inks and a waterbrush. If the whole panel has heat embossed then you can colour your images with Copics, Spectrum Noir or Promarkers instead.
I added a stamped and embossed border along the bottom edge of a Kraft card before attaching my white panel. A greeting and some Card Candi and there you have a relatively quick finished card.
Not much crafting for me today. A it is too hot, and B I'm just off to the pub to have dinner and a drink with Becki my youngest daughter. Maybe I will manage to get something done this evening when it has cooled down a little.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 25 July 2014

Congratulations on Your Anniversary.

Evening Everyone.
I suppose that I will probably get the blame for the change in weather today having said that it was too hot yesterday. Well sorry to be a killjoy but it has been so much more my kind of weather. I'm not quite so sure about the torrential rain fall that preceded the temperature change, but at least my boss was happy that I wasn't eager to leave work on time as it meant that he had an extra pair of hands for a little while.
It may not be far to walk home but I really didn't fancy looking like a drowned rat. Besides which I needed to pop in to my lovely friend Sylvie and borrow a stamp (yes it does happen occasionally lol) and I didn't want to drip all over her carpet!!
I suppose I could have warmed myself up with a nice hot bubble bath, except we don't have one, so instead here is a card that I made for a very 'bubbly couple' for their Wedding Anniversary.
 The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and I stamped and Gold embossed it onto cream card stock.
The image is A LOTV topper which I cut out using a circular nestie and mounted onto some background paper from my stash.
I know that my card was a couple of days late (nothing new there then) but I had a lovely text from Gill and Mike to say that they had received it.
Happy Anniversary dear friends, and here is to many more happy years.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A challenge to 'Die' for

Evening Everyone
Well I know that we shouldn't complain about this glorious weather, but I really am struggling to cope with the heat. Never satisfied are we :O)
I'm always up for a good challenge as you know, and having bought several of the fabulous new dies from Dreamweaver I thought it only right and proper that I made a card for this months challenge.
The central panel has been made from some leftover pieces of Wax Paper Resist die cut using the Nesting Frames.
The Monstera Leaves  have also been cut from leftovers as well as some plain card stock. I also added some smaller punched leaves.
The main cardstock has been embossed using a folder and then distressed with some dye based ink.
I think that this would make a rather nice card for a man, and as I have a lot of male birthdays in August perhaps I had better make a few more of these.
Don't forget to check out what the fabulous Dream Team are getting up to with their Dies this month.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

'Thanks' for the End of Term

Evening Everyone,
I am really enjoying paper piecing at the moment.
It is such an easy way to make a quick, but stylish card. And the beauty of it is that with careful cutting, you can make more than one card, depending on how many different pieces of background paper you choose to use.
I don't know why is is that the end of term always creeps up on me. I know that I am going to need cards for the Grandchildren to give their teachers, but still I manage to leave it till the last minute. You would have thought that I would have learnt by now.
As well as the standard thank you cards, my eldest Granddaughter Megan wanted a special 'Thank You and Good Luck' card for her Maths teacher who is moving to a new school.
He has helped make maths fun for her, a subject that she previously hated, so I was very happy to make something a little bit special.
I reached for my trusty Huge Thanks stamp from Woodware and an assortment of patterned background papers.
The twins both wanted one of their cards to be pink so these LOTV papers fitted that criteria quite nicely.
I had originally intended to put several different papers together on the same card, but having cut the letters out I changed my mind and went with just two colours per card.
I love this cat die, and having added it to the Good Luck card, I decided that I would add a single cat to each of the other cards.
My eldest Grandson Reece couldn't wait for me to finish making the paper pieced cards, so he picked a card from my box to give to his teacher.
This one was made using a Penny Black flower stamp, bleach and dye based inks. The greeting is by Hobby Art. And yes Shaz that is a gold peel-off border that you see.
Very useful things peel-offs, in the right place.
Off to bed now. It may be school holidays, but some of us still have to be up at the crack of dawn.
If I know anything though, what's the betting that they are all up early now that they don't have to be, where normally they have to be dragged from their beds lol.
Hugs Kimx