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Monday, 9 April 2018

Water challenge at CCM

Evening,
I'm a little late with my post for the latest challenge at CCM, but in my defence I have been shopping for a pair of walking shoes for the Moonwalk.
Becki and I both needed new trainers, and obviously we need to wear them in before we do the Moonwalk in May so my being off work for a couple of days seemed the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately we both ended up liking the same pair of shoes (much to Becki's disgust lol) so she is going to get a pair of brightly coloured laces to make hers look different to mine.

The new challenge at CCM is Water, so I am sharing the card that I made for Emma to give her swimming teacher.
She is going up a class next term and will be having a new teacher, so Becki wanted a card to say thank you for all the fabulous classes. Emma loves swimming, and is quite the water baby.
The bubble background is an embossing folder coloured with Distress Inks and Gilding Wax.
The sentiment is from Woodware, although I cut part of it off.
I'm hoping that the weather is favourable tomorrow so that we can try out our new shoes, although part of me would actually quite like to sit and do some crafting. I still haven't played with any of my new toys.
Night night and hugs
Kimx

Sunday, 8 April 2018

On Your Special Day.

Hi All,
Well I see that after a couple of days of glorious sunshine we are back to normal.
Now I don't like the weather too hot and I certainly prefer rain to snow, but I really am getting bored with all of this now. Perhaps I am being affected by SAD (lack of sunshine), but I do know that I am certainly looking forward to moaning that it is too hot lol.
I have been struggling to get anything crafty done over the last few days, but I am hoping that playing with some of the wonderful new goodies that I got at Ally Pally yesterday will get the creative juices flowing.
Of course I spent far too much, but that's a given. It was a lovely day, spent with, and meeting, lots of wonderful crafty friends.

I may not have been particularly creative of late, but I have hundreds of cards already made that I can share with you, so here is one that I made for a friend recently to give to her Mother-in-law.
I had been playing around with an edger die for a previous project, but it just didn't work, so this die cut piece was already on my desk.
When you have as many dies as I have it is sometimes like Christmas morning when you are looking for a particular die and find things that you had all but forgotten about.
New treasures to play with again. And of course I now have lots of new ones that I purchased yesterday..........It just had to be done :O)
This was one such occasion, and I think the Love die fits perfectly with the edger die.
I also added some die cut flowers, and branches.
One of my favourite accessories at the moment is my Gilding Wax, I seem to add it to everything.
I also added a few drops of glitter glue to the tips of the branches and the smaller flowers.
I had better get my creative hat on again as I have a birthday card to make for my Sin-in-Law, and it would make a change for it to be on time lol.
Hope you have a great Sunday, despite the weather. Although that being said it is perfect for guilt free crafting don't you think.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Better than a telegram from the Queen!!

Evening,
I have recently been commissioned to make several 'milestone' cards for a friend of mine.
The latest of these was for a 100th Birthday.........a milestone indeed, and one which is recognised by a telegram from the Queen.
Now in the words of my friend, my card caused more of a stir than even that telegram. How great a compliment is that.
Making a card for someone else to give is always a challenge, so I like to have a little bit of background info, like a favourite colour or things that the recipient likes.
In this case all I had was that the lady in question used to sing in pubs, so I decided that I would go for a vintage feel (given her age) and some sheet music.
I used the musical background paper for the main part of the card cut out with a large Go Create die.
I have a set of large Alphabet and Number dies which I often use on my cards as well as the sentiment all cut from kraft card with a shadow of white.
I decided that I would stick with kraft card and sheet music for the die cut flowers and leaves to tie it all together.
I really love a challenge like this, and when it is so graciously received it is always a bonus.
I have another card to make tonight for my friend's step mum so I had better get on with it.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Monday, 26 March 2018

Bunnies, chicks or eggs at CCM

Evening Everyone,
It is my turn to host the challenge over at CCM this time.
Our challenges last for a fortnight, so as this new one straddles Easter we have gone for a seasonal twist, and what could be more appropriate than Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs.
My card was made using one of the fabulous stamp sets from Woodware, designed by my friend Jane Gill.


I stamped and embossed the bunny onto white card stock and coloured it using a combination of distress oxide inks and Gelly Roll pens.
The background to the card was created by randomly stamping and embossing the bunny around the edges of a piece of kraft card.
The main image has been trimmed and then edged with faux stitching.
I love using the oxide inks on darker cardstock it gives such a lovely chalky finish.
Of course when I made the card I had to play with the images first, so here is a card that I created by stamping and embossing in gold on black card.
I hope that you will find the time to join us for our challenge, and that you will pop by and visit the rest of the team, who as always have come up with some stunning samples.
We also have some new teamies who would love a visit I am sure.
Happy Crafting and hugs.
Kimx

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The best laid plans.........

Evening Everyone,
Have you All had a good weekend?
I have had a lovely few days away from work, although I haven't quite got as much done as I had planned. Do we ever!!
I have managed a few crafty endeavours, including the birthday card that I am sharing with you tonight, and of course a fabulous class yesterday, so all is not lost.
This was made for one of the children that I know through the garage.

I think that the weather was dry enough on Saturday for the outdoor party that Austin's mum had got planned. A bouncy castle is not something that you can bring inside if it starts to rain lol.
 I used a fabulous grungy birthday background as the focus for my card.
It was designed by Francoise Read for Woodware and has been coloured using Distress Oxides. 
I also used some wonderful Penny Black Stickeroos which I stuck on to white card and then fussy cut. I shaped them with a large embossing tool and then added them to the card using silicon.
The blue background to the card has been created using a leafy embossing folder and some gold gilding wax.
It has been an absolute age since I entered a challenge, but I noticed that Penny Black and More are asking you to 'Feature a Creature' and so I decided that it was about time I remedied that.
This is part of the reason for my crafting inactivity today.
Two sleepy people arrived for a visit after Emma's swimming lesson today.
I offered my bed for them to have a rest in, and it would have been rude not to have taken advantage of a chance to spend some time with them and a get a cuddle as well.
So I am definitely not complaining.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Go Green at CraftyCardmakers

Hello All
We have a new Go Green challenge over at CraftyCardmakers and I have chosen to share a card that I made for Jane Gill's last TV performance.
The stamp set that I have used as the focal point for my card is JGS576 Decorative Bee, and you can see there was lots of fussy cutting involved.
I stamped and embossed the bee on to white card, and then sponged it with Bundled Sage Oxide and Distress inks before cutting it out.
There is a lovely leafy sprig as part of the set, so I stamped and embossed it several times, coloured it with Distress Ink, and then did plenty more fussy cutting.
I felt that it needed some flowers, so I used one from another of the stamp sets from the show JGB002 Great Big Bunch.
I created my own banner from coordinating background paper, and then added all the fussy cut elements using silicon to give it added depth.
Another of the sets from the show is JGS574 Madison Girl, so here is a rather green card that I made using her. She has been stamped and embossed onto a piece of Mop up background and then coloured using Distress inks.
I rather like that the bottom half of the stamp looks like a tag, so I suggested to Jane that she could cut her head off and use some of the additional floral elements from the set to hide that the top of the tag is not symmetrical. I didn't get the chance to make the card itself, but I believe that Jane spoke of my idea on her TV show lol.
Better get on with some commenting, before the rest of the team think that I have deserted them.

Happy Crafting and hugs.
Kimx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy 60th Birthday Sue, and a Happy Mothers Day too.

Morning All
Long time no see.
I haven't exactly been idle all this time, I just don't seem to have found the time to get on to the computer.
Saturday is usually class day, but we had a fabulous alternative yesterday when we helped one of our number celebrate her 60th Birthday.
Sue is a regular in class and her Girls had organised a surprise party for her to which we were all invited. It was a lovely afternoon filled with pizza, and fries as opposed to the usual coffee and cake.
This was the card that I made her.

The background is a piece of 'Bleedin' Art' Tissue. I stuck it to some white card stock using DSS Sheet and then gently applied gold gilding wax.
The flowers and leaves have also had a little gilding wax added to them.
I decided that it would be nicer if I added 60th to the card, after all it is the milestone being celebrated with the party. 
 I used a very similar layout for the Mothers Day card that I made for my lovely Mum.
I love the Art Tissue backgrounds, no two are ever the same.
My Girls and I have had a lovely day today, topped off with a wonderful roast dinner cooked for us.
I hope that all you Mummies out there have been suitably spoilt.
I am now feeling very stuffed, so I think it might be time for bed.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

With Love to You All

Oh my goodness, what is it with 2018?
Every time that I think I might have got on top of things, something comes along to mess it all up.
I have pictures of cards ready and waiting for about 30 posts, but have found neither time nor inclination to sit at the computer, so you really will have to forgive me.
This card was supposed to have been blogged a fortnight ago for the start of a new challenge at CCM.
Now there is a new one starting again on Monday, so where did that fortnight go??

My cards were actually made using a Christmas stamp set designed by Jane Gill for Woodware.
Just goes to show the brilliant versatility of her stamps.
Let's hope I can get a little more on top of things over the next few days, I have missed sharing with you. Off to paint my nails, for a little bit of me time, and then bed. Monday is always an early start.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Monday, 5 February 2018

Hobby Art Butterflies

Hello All,
Well I made it through a whole day at work.
I have to say that taking the week off to recover was probably the most sensible thing that I have done in a long time cause I actually feel better. (At least at the moment lol)
Here as promised a while ago are a couple more cards from Hobby Art Jenny's last TV show.
Sorry I didn't manage to get them on here earlier, still better late than never I suppose.
This time they feature the fabulous Butterfly set.
I decided that I wanted to use the largest of the butterflies as it makes such a wonderful focal point. I die cut the corner out of a piece of black card stock using one of Tim Holtz ornate corners.
Having trimmed the panel I gently applied gilding wax and a stamped and embossed sentiment before adding the panel to a white card base.
The butterflies have all been stamped and embossed in black and then sponged with dye based inks.
This second card uses the same images only this time they are stamped and embossed in gold before applying the dye based inks and fussy cutting.
The background has been created using a fabulous 'vintage' embossing folder and black card stock.
Once again I used gilding wax to cover the whole of the background, only this time it was the excess wax that had dried on my craft mat reactivated with Stick Away from Crafters Companion.
Thank you Sheena for that little tip.
Because there were various colours of wax on the mat at the same time it has given the background a slightly muddy look, but I rather like the effect.
I sanded the card back after I had covered the whole thing with wax so that the black showed through.
I added the fussy cut and shaped butterflies using silicon glue along with a sentiment.
I think an early night is in order tonight. I don't want to overdo things.
I won't promise to be back tomorrow, but I will definitely try.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx