Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas at CraftyCardmakers

Evening Everyone.
We started our final challenge of 2017 over at CCM on Monday, and rather appropriately our theme is Christmas.
I must admit that I have been reasonably good this year, and have made one or two Christmas cards each month. Not every month you understand, but then there were some months where I got quite carried away.
These first cards were all made using a sheet of Magnolia background paper from my stash.
I cut up the 12x12 sheet of paper and then sponged each section around the edges with Picket Fence Distress ink.
I wasn't happy with the coverage so I decided to add white embossing powder to give the panels a snowy feel.
I also stamped and embossed across the panels using one of the fabulous Inkspirational Borders from Phill Martin.
The Poinsettias have been stamped and embossed onto different colours of vellum,
 and then fussy cut and shaped,
before adding them to the cards with silicon.
I also added some die cut holly leaves and a sentiment from Hobby Art.
I had quite a few stamped and embossed flowers left over so I used them up on these last two cards.
This one uses a very useful ornate frame stamp, and a repeated sentiment.
 I also dry embossed a piece of green card, and added some gilding wax and distress ink.
Another stamped and die cut sentiment and some foliage were used to complete this last card.
I hope that are able to join in with our challenge HERE.
Please note this challenge runs until Friday December 22nd, instead of the usual Sunday finish. We will re-open in the new year on January 15th.
I don't envy June having to judge this challenge. I'm having enough trouble just keeping up with my commenting, and even more trouble getting my Christmas cards written.
I suppose I had better make a start now I have put the samples in the post to Creative Expressions for the launch of Jane Gill's stamps in the New Year.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 11 December 2017

It's been snowing

Evening Everyone, or should that be morning now that it has past midnight?
It was definitely good crafting weather here in Whyteleafe, which is just as well given that I am working on samples for the new stamp designs foe Creative Expressions.
I've still got quite a few left to do so I will be chained to my desk after work for the next couple of days, snow or not.
I haven't even started to write my Christmas cards yet so there will be no change in my usual late posting. One day I will be on time with things, but I won't hold my breath lol.
 Here are a few more that I finished earlier in the year using bits and pieces from my box.

You will have to excuse the lack of description tonight but if I don't get some sleep soon I will be dead on my feet at work tomorrow.
At least the snow seems to have disappeared for the moment. Let's hope that I don't get up to find that it has reappeared with avengance.
Night, night.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Shopping for Snowmen

Evening Everyone,
I've been performing my Grandmotherly duties recently, only this time with my eldest Granddaughter. We have been into Croydon for a girly shopping spree.
I did have an ulterior motive as I needed her help to choose some Christmas outfits for her brothers and sister. She is very good in that department, and we managed to find something for everyone.
I even managed to get myself something for Christmas Jumper day, which we will be celebrating at work next week, and at the Gym this Friday.

As my jumper has a rather cute Snowman on the front of it I though it the perfect segway into some cards featuring more cute snowmen.
 They were all made from bits and pieces from my Christmas box.
 I would love to say that the stash of bits is getting smaller,
 but as a compulsive hoarder, the pile just seems to get bigger and bigger.
Every now and then I do have a bit of a cull and donate things to Davina as she does a lot at the Cancer Centre and a couple of Elderly Care facilities.
As they say one man's rubbish is another man's treasure, and a good many cards have been finished off by the ladies from my discarded bits and pieces. Better than putting it my recycling bin. Although I always think that once I have given them away if they end up in the bin then at least I haven't done it so I can feel guilt free lol.
More little people babysitting duties tomorrow, and a trip to see my Mum for lunch before I can even begin to start on my stamp samples for Jane and Creative Expressions. It's a hard job, but someone has got to do it.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 4 December 2017

Following a Sketch

Well I just about made it through the day, although I can see a very early night looming lol.
It was my first day back after a weeks holiday. I took time off to help out with the little ones, definitely my sort of holiday....... not a beach in sight.
I do miss my crafty breaks at SirStampalot though, especially as I would have been up there around this time of year. Maybe I will pay them a visit in the New Year.

One of the classes that is always a winner with the Girls is 'Follow a Sketch'.
I'm sure that we all have a box of half finished projects, and sometimes no idea of what we can do with them. I find that when I am going through a creative slump one of the best places to start (as well as Pinterest of course) is with a sketch.

There are lots of sketch blogs out there, including Tuesday Morning Sketches, Freshly Made Sketches, Saturday Sketch and CAS Colours and Sketches, and they all hold a back catalogue of sketches so inspiration is never more than a click away.

These first two cards were made using pieces of 'Bleedin Art Tissue' background which I layered onto some scrap pieces of card using wet or spray glue.

When the sheet of background was completely dry I stamped and embossed my images onto it.
It is better to leave the card at least over night before attempting to stamp and emboss it in order that the embossing powder doesn't stick to the damp glue.
I painted the images with bleach and then a Versamark pen before adding clear or crystal embossing powder.

I always make sure that I take some toppers along to the 'Follow a Sketch' class, just in case.
They are always my go to when time is short and I need a card in a hurry. A topper, some background papers and a sketch and you have a really quick but effective card.
This final card was made in just those circumstances. All bits and pieces from my box pulled together into a card for my Boss's Anniversary later this week.
I had better go off and have a look at all the fabulous entries into my Animal Magic challenge at CCM before I get too tired. I hate having to choose a winner and so I don't want to get too far behind with viewing all of the fantastic entries.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas!

Evening Everyone,
Did I sleep through November?
I can't believe that we are now counting down the hours till the big day.
I confess it is beginning to look a bit like Christmas in our house. The decorations have gone up on the outside of the house, and the tree has come down from the loft, although we need some new lights before we can proceed any further with that little venture lol.
I have spent the day trying to sort out Christmas cards, lists, and all those things that I should have sorted out at the end of Christmas last year.
I am waiting for the imminent arrival of the next set of stamps from Jane so I had better get a shift on with my Christmas prep before sample making has to take priority over everything again.
I am pleased to say that my tooth is finally sorted so it's back to the gym for me tomorrow. I definitely need it, I feel a bit like the Michelin Man. The antibiotics and pain killer made me feel sick all the time which was only cured by eating.................. well that's what I'm telling myself anyway.
One of my jobs today was to finish off the inserts in some cards. 
I appear to be having major problems with blogger tonight, so this is going to be a picture heavy, explanation light post before it shuts me out completely.
These cards were all made a while ago in a class that I did at Davina's using just one Holly stamp to create various different types of  background with embossing powders and inks.
I suppose that at some point very soon I really should start the business of writing all these cards that I have made. I hate that part.
Have a great week, and if I have any energy left tomorrow after the gym I will try and post again. Blogger willing of course!!
Have a great week.
Happy Crafting and hugs 

Monday, 27 November 2017

A Dazzle of Zebras at CCM

Afternoon Everyone,
It is my turn to host the new challenge over at CCM 
Our theme this time is Animal Magic.
We would love to see your creations based on an animal theme. Please make sure that your project has an animal large enough for us to see, we are excluding insects in this one, so no bugs, butterflies, bees etc. will count as animals. Your project may still have them, but not as the animal, so you will need to add something other than an insect to meet the challenge theme. 
My card uses a fabulous stamp with a group of zebras.
I have found various collective nouns for a group of zebras including herd, zeal and dazzle, so you see card making can improve your general knowledge as well!
I stamped and embossed the image onto a piece of glossy card stock which had been brayered with a multicoloured die based ink pad.
The side of the card has been embellished with another stamped and embossed image along with a rather tribal looking button and some threads.
I have to confess that the card was actually made over 10 years ago when I was lucky enough to be asked by Search Press to write a book on Rubber Stamping, and sad that I am I still have all the cards from the book in a drawer as I can't bare to part with them.
I hope that you will be able to join us at CCM for my challenge and that you will visit the rest of the team to see what they have made to inspire you.
Have a wonderful week.
Happy Crafting and Hugs 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Anything but a Card at CCM

Well as I predicted, my toothache really has got the better of me.
The antibiotics took nearly a week to kick in and I have been popping painkillers like they were going out of fashion, all of which left me feeling sick all the time. How my daughter Becki put up with it for the entire 9 months of her pregnancy I will never know. I could barely manage a week!!
I think part of the problem is that I don't usually take any pills at all so my system is struggling to cope.
I started to feel a whole lot better at the end of last week after another emergency appointment to drain the infection, and my bank balance can look forward to a huge hit when I start treatment for a root canal filling.........oh joy!
On a much happier note Chloe is gorgeous, and Emma is being a very helpful 'Big Sister' despite co-incidentally hitting the terrible twos.
I have been working on Thank you cards for all the wonderful prezzies that the Girls have been given, but as I can't share them yet I though that instead I would show you the picture frames that I made for a recent class.
We have a new challenge starting today over at CCM where our host Angela is looking for Anything But a Card so these fitted the bill perfectly.
I recently held a class where we made picture frames using some old wood mounted stamps.
This frame uses a Magenta stamp which has been coloured in using Watercolour Pearlex.
The floral embellishment is from Stampin Up
This frame uses the same Magenta stamp
and some Hero Art floral stamps.
This frame uses a very old Penny Black frame stamp. It was actually made many years ago but will make a fabulous Christmas gift.
It is the perfect image for some decoupage, although now I would prefer to use silicon glue to attach the cut out images.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our challenge which runs for the next two weeks, just remember that we are only looking for Anything but a card.
Have a great week.
Happy Crafting and Hugs