Tuesday, 25 October 2016

From Our House to Yours at Christmas

Morning All
My turn at WoodwareWitterings again today, and this week we are showcasing Christmas cards.
The theme is actually 'From Our House to Yours', but I guess that pretty much anything Christmassy would count for that. Well I hope it will anyway lol.
My card was made using a Jane Gill stamp set JGS199 The House on the Hill.
I stamped and embossed the image onto watercolour cardstock, and coloured it using dye based inks.

I fussy cut around the image and layered it on to a piece of background from my stash using silicon.
The dots on the background were created using a Dutch Doobadoo stencil, a blending tool, some dye based ink and a little Star Dust Glitter Glue.
I also added some Puffy Stuff, which when heated looks like snow, and a Christmas sentiment.
I hope that you get plenty of Christmas inspiration from the Girls this week.
Have a great day.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 17 October 2016

Things that Go Bump in the Night at WoodwareWitterings and CCM

Morning Everyone
I'm first up today with my post for WoodwareWitterings who are sponsoring the new challenge over at CCM, Things that Go Bump in the Night.
I have gone for a rather cute image from an old Woodware stamp set FRCL203 Spooky Tots.
The background was created using Alcohol inks, acetate and a resist technique using Archival ink that I was teaching in class on Saturday.
Add alcohol inks to a piece of acetate using a felt applicator and leave to dry for a few moments.
Stamp your chosen image (CRR149 Autumn Words) on to the inked side of the acetate using Archival ink. Using a piece of clean cloth, or kitchen paper wipe away the ink. Don't wait too long to do this as once Archival ink dries it is permanent. It MUST be an archival ink for this technique to work. 
I stamped a few bats onto my background panel and the row of pumpkins from SSC1023 Damask Fall along the bottom of a square white card before adding my acetate panel.
The easiest way to stick this down is with a little glossy accents around the edge of the panel, as I did here, or by attaching it to a piece of double sided stick sheet.
I coloured my cute witch with dye based inks, fussy cut her out and then added her using silicon.
I hope that you will join us this week at WoodwareWitterings to see what the rest of the team come up with, and at CCM where our challenge runs for the next two weeks.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Falling Leaves at WoodwareWitterings

Morning Everyone,
I do love the Autumn with all the beautiful colours and falling leaves - not so keen on sweeping them up mind you lol.
The Girls at WoodwareWitterings have been making projects with falling leaves on them this week, so it was the perfect opportunity to dig out an old favourite Stampendous stamp CRR175 Leaf Background.

My card was actually inspired by something that my friend Gill made when a few of us got together for a bit of crafty playtime the other evening.
I stamped the image on to a piece of handmade coffee background from my stash and then added dye based inks with the Woodware Blending Tool.
I created a frame from Kraft card which I layered over the stamped and embossed panel and then some co-ordinating card stock. I also added a sentiment and some faux stitching.
The square Kraft coloured card was stamped using the leafy background and Versamark ink
I stamped and embossed the image again onto the background paper and fussy cut two of the complete leaves which I then added to the card using silicon.
Thank you for my inspiration Gill.
Have a wonderful crafty day one and all, and Birthday wishes to Jane Gill one of our talented DT.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 7 October 2016

A new Sketch at WoodwareWitterings

Morning Everyone,
Time to play with another sketch over at WoodwareWitterings.
One day I will think about how well my card will photograph before I make it. As you can see I didn't do a very good job of that here lol.
I love working with a sketch. It is an easy starting point for a card, making the hard part deciding on what technique or stamp set to use.
I recently revisited decorating chalks in a class and had such fun with them that I decided to use them again here.
In fact I had so much fun making my card that I created another masterboard using the same stamp set and colours of Decorating chalks which I then chopped up to add three more Christmas cards to my stash.
The poinsettias were stamped with Versamark ink and then a cotton wool ball was used to add the shades of red chalks.
I stamped the leaves and flower centers afterwards and added the colours with a clean cotton wool ball.
The final step to creating the masterboard is to add the stamped and embossed sentiment from the same stamp set before chopping it up into pieces.
I couldn't bare to throw any of it away, so I even managed a small card.
Some glossy accents on the flower centers and the central vellum circle on the first card.
I hope that you will have fun with our sketch, and check out what the rest of the DT came up with.
Happy Crafting and hugs,

Monday, 3 October 2016

Birthday challenge at CCM

Hi All,
There I was doing so well.
I have a new gym buddy and we have been managing to make it there three times a week, often with the added bonus of me walking the 3 miles home rather than going on the treadmill.
Well all of that seems to have gone out of the window over the last fortnight. Still at least it is the start of a new week so lets hope that I can get back into a routine. I did manage to get there today, so I suppose that is a start.
It is also the start of a new challenge over at CCM where our host Pam is looking for Birthdays, a nice simple challenge.
I love this time of the year, all the beautiful colours, and the cooler temperatures, and of course my birthday in a weeks time.
I have used the fabulous shattered glass stencil by Tim Holtz along with blue and brown Distress Inks to create the background to my card.
The stamped and embossed floral images are from a Hero Arts stamp set that I have had for years.
I added the peel-off sentiment on a strip of vellum so as not to hide the background.
I hope that you will find the time to join us HERE.
Have a great week.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Make Christmas Special with Metallic Fx

Morning Everyone,
We have been playing with Dreamweaver Metallic F/x this week at WoodwareWitterings. This is a very high quality Mica powder in a stunning range of colours.
I love Mica Powders, especially at Christmas, and these ones are particularly sparkly. The only problem is that they are very dificult to photograph to show off that 'sparklyness' to full advantage, so you will just have to take my word for it I'm afraid.
This card was actually created for the cover of the latest Christmas edition of the Woodware catalogue.
I stamped and embossed a piece of Mixed Media card with Jane's JGS458 Yew and Holly using Versamrk ink and white embossing powder.
I mixed up a couple of colours of Metallic FX (Moonstone and Pewter) with a little Gum Arabic to create a Watercolour Paint and then used it to create a wash of colour across the stamped images.
I used the paint to colour in the holly and berries to give them a little more definition.
The panel in the centre has been created by die cutting some pieces of card and then embossing them with several layers of powder before stamping into them with the same Yew and Holly stamp.
As usual I created a couple of extra cards with some of the leftover pieces,
or using the same technique.
I hope that you have had a fun week, and that you have managed to add a few more Christmas cards to your stash.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 19 September 2016

A POP of Colour at WoodwareWitterings

Morning Everyone
We have a new theme to inspire you at WoodwareWitterings, and this week we are looking for 'A Pop of Colour.'
My first thought for this was a Spotlight card, but I have not made it in what I would consider the traditional manner. (see Pinterest ideas HERE)
I searched through my rather extensive stash of stamps and found this lovely little floral image from Stampendous CRM217 Dandie Trio.
I stamped and embossed it in black onto a strip of Woodwares Mixed Media card stock. I absolutely LOVE this card stock.
I coloured the image using an Orange Gelli Roll Glitter pen, and Green Gelli Roll Glaze pen and then added a tiny gem to the centre of the flowers for another 'POP' of colour.
The narrow panel of coloured paper in the centre of the card helps to spotlight the coloured part of the image.
I used some of the background papers from a couple of the fabulous 6x6 card and paper pads that Woodware sell.
And of course I couldn't waste anything, so there are a couple of extra cards which I hope will inspire you.
I hope that you have fun with our challenge this week.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Spiders Web and Florals

Afternoon Everyone
How quickly the weather has gone from Summer to Autumn.
Of course there is still plenty of time for an Indian Summer, but for now I will just be grateful that the nights are cooler and I am able to sleep.
As usual I got rather carried away when prepping for this weeks theme over at WoodwareWitterings, 'Time of Mellow Fruitfulness'.
I never know what I am going to make so sometimes I end up with extra bits and pieces whilst I play.
That was just the case here where I dry embossed a couple of sheets of card with the fabulous Spiders Web mask from Dutch Doobadoo.
I coloured the panel using dye based inks and then added some die cut Silhouette Florals in black with a little Gilding Wax brushed onto them.
I used the spider and web from a fabulous stamp set that I bought from Card-io when I was at a show in Doncaster in July.
Of course if I had waited till today I could have used the Tim Holtz 661588 Mixed Media Halloween thinlets die that I bought at Ally Pally yesterday.
While I was finishing things off I created this card using a panel created by dry embossing a Dreamweaver Spiders Web stencil and adding sponged dye based ink and Gilding Wax.
Again I added die cut florals, this time in black and white.
I had a fabulous time at Ally Pally on Saturday. I haven't been to a show there in years so it was lovely to catch up with friends old and new.
I spent far too much, but then isn't that what I go to work for lol.
Better get a few more bits finished off, it will be back to work all too soon.
Have a great day, what ever you are doing.
Crafty hugs

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Time of Mellow Fruitfulness at WoodwareWitterings

My turn today at WoodwareWitterings where it is 'Time for Mellow Fruitfulness'
We are left very much to our own devises once we have been given the title. It is up to us to interpret as we see fit.
Now to me it screamed cornfields, and spiders webs and autumn colours.
I used a fabulous Dutch Doobadoo Spiders Web Mask Art
and Decorating Chalks to create my background, before stamping and embossing JGS273 Wheat onto it using Black Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.
To create a darker piece of background for the main body of the card I first tapped a clean Versamark  inkpad over a sheet of Mixed Media card stock and then blended the same colours of Decorating Chalks over it. The ink makes the chalks appear darker and is a great way to create co-ordinating paper to match your chalked images. 
 Once again I got a little carried away and created a second card.
 I'm actually not sure which one I like best lol.
This time I stamped and embossed using Sepia Versafine Ink 
 and added a dry embossed spiders web as my background.
I sponged the embossed panel with the same colours of decorating chalks using a cotton wool ball and added some Gold, Copper and Bronze Gilding Wax. Unfortunately this doesn't show up very well in the photos.
I had several narrow strips left over from trimming my panels so I created a third card with a bit of paper weaving,
some die cut foliage,

and a sentiment.
I hope that you enjoy our challenge this week, thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting and Hugs.