Wednesday, 24 September 2014

You are in my thoughts Sylvie

Evening Everyone.
Unfortunately, as well as hand delivering a Wedding card to Sylvie on Saturday morning, I also had to deliver a sympathy card.
Her Son-in-law sadly lost his battle to cancer on Friday morning and so I wanted to let her know that I was thinking of her.
The panel on this card was made using Versamark Ink, Decorating Chalks and a sentiment from Woodware.
Sylvie will be attending the funeral tomorrow so my thoughts will be with her and her family.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 22 September 2014

To Have and To Hold

Evening Everyone
Have you had a good Monday?
Time really does seem to be running away with me just lately. Friday evening saw me frantically finishing a card for my good friend Sylvie to take with her to her son's wedding, the following day!!!
Fortunately I had a Lili of the Valley panel already die cut and mounted in my 'bits box'.
The embossed background was also lurking amongst the goodies, so I just added a little Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold to highlight the beautiful embossing.
I added some pearls and and Cosmic Shimmer Black Pearl dots, as well as some glitter to the Brides flowers.
I added some ribbon and lace across the center of the card,
and a LOTV sentiment from a limited edition stamp set that I bought from Create and Craft some time ago.
I left the card to dry overnight and then hand delivered it to Syvie's in the morning. It was so early I even managed to catch her in her nightie. I am hoping that I will get to see some rather more fetching pictures over a cup of coffee tomorrow lol.
She tells me that the wedding went brilliantly so I shall look forward to a catch up, and maybe a picture or two.
Here's to the Happy Couple. Have a great life.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Magic Painting for Grown Ups!!

Hi Guys
I really am turning into a rubbish blogger. I don't know where the time goes to, but here I am a week late with my DT post for Hobby Art.
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I decided that I would share a card that I made in a recent class using one of my all time favourite stamp sets.
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I have created a panel using the Resist Technique. (Stamp image onto Glossy card stock using a Versamark Inkpad, heat set, sponge with Dye Based Ink to reveal your stamped images.) 

Magic Painting for Grown Ups!!
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It is possible to use both fine line and detailed images with this technique. It even works really well with words as you can see. Once the panel has been sponged with colour (I used a Kaleidacolor Inkpad for this piece) buff with a piece of kitchen paper to remove any excess ink. I have also stamped and embossed a sentiment into the corner using Onyx Black Versafine and clear embossing powder.
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The background card has been dry embossed using a Dotty Embossing folder and then mounted onto a white card base. I'm afraid that the pictures make it all look dark blue, where in fact it is a rather subtle mixture of pinks and purple.

Let’s hope that my next post will be a little more on time, or I may find myself sacked from the team lol.

I'm off to finish a couple more samples for Jenny’s next TV appearance. I've had more lovely new stamps to play with, how lucky am I?
 Hugs and happy stamping Kimx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Ribbons/Lace and Pearls for Crafty Cardmakers and More

Hi All
It's Monday again, so it is time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More. Jackie is hosting our challenge today and her theme is 'Ribbons/Lace and Pearls', so she would like to see ribbons or lace, {or both} AND pearls on your creations.
We are sponsored by WOODWARE CRAFT COLLECTION and also by DI'S DIGISTAMPS.
For my card I have used one of my all time favourite stamps from Stampendous CRP107 Agapanthus Cluster, and a Black and White colour combo, another favourite thing. 
I stamped and embossed the image using Onyx Black Versafine Ink and Clear Embossing Powder and then die cut it using an oval Grand Nestie.
The large die cut is by Go Create and I have sponged it with Black Soot Distress Ink.
The embossed background has been embellished with tiny black flatback pearls.
Its amazing what can be found in your stash when you look hard enough. The fancy button was given to me by my friend Cheryl in a box of assorted buttons. It works just perfectly with the bow made from Organza Ribbon.
The sentiment is part of another favourite stamp, this time from Hobby Art. Here I have only used three lines from the stamped image.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge - Anything Goes + option of use buttons
Pink Elephant Challenge - TPE268 Embossing
Vintage Stamping Challenge - Anything Goes

Don't forget to stop by and show the rest if the CCM team some love, and also check out the Woodware Girls as they are joining in with us this time.
Happy Stamping and hugs 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Paper and Punches

Evening All,
I just don't know where the time has gone to. I can't believe that I haven't posted anything since this time last week.
I have been trying to be much more organised at home, but I'm afraid that this doesn't seem to have left me much time to blog, there just aren't enough hours in the day.
The wonderful Girls over at Woodware have been playing with punches this week, so I thought that it was about time that I joined in. Shame it has taken me till now to do so lol.
As usual I got a bit carried away, but then punched backgrounds are such a great way of using up those small bits of card and paper that are 'just too good to throw away.'
I chose some pieces of Bazill card stock and several different square and rectangular punches. I also rounded most of the corners with a 'Corner Rounder' punch.
I suppose that I did things a little bit back to front, since I didn't look through my bits box for some co-ordinating stamped pieces until after I had made the punched backgrounds!!
Note to self - co-ordinate your pieces better next time.
As you can see I have managed to finish a few more Christmas cards,
and an 'All Occasion' card as well.
I will be back again tomorrow as we have a new challenge over at CCM&More.
See you.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Thinking of You xx

Hi All
I hope that you have been having a great weekend.
We had a fabulous class on Saturday doing Spotlight cards.
I finally seem to be getting back into 'crafty mode' after a rather barren few weeks. I just have to translate that into time spent blogging, but that will have to wait for yet another day as I really must get an early night tonight and there is still so much for me to get done.
Unfortunately my day started with a text message letting me now that the Mother of one of the boys at work had passed away, so here is the card that I have made for him and his family.
 The background is from my stash of Gelli Plate/Creative Palette pieces.
I stamped and embossed the fabulous Stampendous Poem Tree onto it using Onyz Black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.
The sentiment is from a set I bought years ago at a show somewhere.
I cut the panel out using a Grand Nestie and added some faux stitching and brads. I may have to send this all the way to Sri Lanka, but I will find that out tomorrow.
Off to bed now as I have a very early start in the morning.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

More or Less Back to Normal

Hi there,
Well things really do seem to be more or less back to normal in our house.
We are still wading our way through the mountain of ironing, but at least the bags and suitcases have disappeared, or maybe they have just moved upstairs lol.
The kids started back at School this week, so even the roads are finally back to their usual congested normality.Tuesday was actually Reece first day at Secondary School.
He looked extremely smart in his new uniform,
if a little dwarfed by his new blazer.
Now if only I could get back into the swing of things with my crafting I would be a very happy bunny.
Maybe tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx 

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