Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Woodware Wedding

Evening Everyone,
Where did another weekend go to? I can't believe how quickly Sunday evening comes round.
I have been working hard all weekend on more DT work which I cannot share yet, so here instead is a card that I made with some of the leftovers from making cards for the last Woodware catalogue.
This card will probably stay in my box for a while as I don't know of anyone that is getting married, but I couldn't just throw the image away, it was far too nice.
I stamped and gold embossed the sentiment on to kraft coloured card and then painted the heart with Watercolour Pearlex.
I also added some faux stitching with a white pen and some matching background paper.
I found the piece of embossed background in my 'Bits Box' and added pearls to the flower centers.
The organza ribbon was 'shrivelled' with a heat gun and attached with silicon which was hidden with the heart shaped button.
This is actually the card that I made for Woodware, although I'm hoping that the picture in the catalogue is much better than my effort lol.
We have a new challenge starting tomorrow over at CCM&More so I will have to try and get my card posted on time for a change.
It is made and ready, I just need to get the post written, but that is definitely not going to happen tonight as I am far too tired.
See you tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Anyone for Tea and Coffee?

Evening Everyone,
Isn't it funny how crafting techniques are just like fashion, they keep coming back.
I have just watched Sue from Imagination Craft using coffee to age an image on her show this afternoon on Create and Craft.
Tea and Coffee was actually a class that I taught at Davina's a few weeks ago and as I got rather carried away with the left overs I have several more cards to share with you.
The background paper has been made by soaking card with diluted instant coffee and then sprinkling some more coffee granules into the wet card while it is drying. 
I stamped and embossed images from Plant a Meadow Petals and Dots one of the new Woodware stamp sets.
I edged the panel with Gold Gilding Wax, which is also from Woodware.
I stamped more of the images over the background as well as some Artemio script using Distress ink.
The main panel on this card has been made in a similar manner to the one above. I think that there is also some spritzed tea on them as well.
I also added some hedgerow plants from an old Artemio set stamped using Distress inks.
 I added Glitter Glue to some of the tiny dots.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
I do love this technique so I am sure that it pop up now and again here on the blog.
Happy Stamping and hugs

Friday, 23 January 2015

Love from Hobby Art

Evening Everyone,
Well that is all my samples safely delivered for the latest Hobby Art TV appearance early next week, so I can cross another thing off my 'To Do List'.
Thank you for that Anna.
I'm sworn to secrecy until they air next week, so you will have to be content with a card from Jenny's last TV show before Christmas.
Wow that seems such a long time ago now lol.
This card uses the fern from the fabulous Falling Leaves stamp set and a small Shadow stamp, also from Hobby Art.

The Shadow stamp has been inked with two colours of dye based ink and then the fern has been stamped and embossed over the top of this image.
I cut the image out using a nestie and then added some sponged ink and faux stitching.
The background card has been dry embossed using a sunburst folder.
I've tidied up my desk for now, but as it's on to the next pile of DT stamps tomorrow it won't stay tidy for long I can assure you of that.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Blue Grass

Evening Everyone,
Another lovely evening spent with my Mum, and I feel very virtuous as I always walk the 3miles from the station to her house.
I've got it down to 40mins now which I don't think is too bad for an 'Old Girl'
Of course all of that exercise just means that I can feel a little less guilty when we sit down to consume a fabulous home cooked meal, and a treat of her choice for pudding. Well it would be rude not to join her in her treat wouldn't it lol.
Just a quick post tonight, all that exercise and food has made me tired.
This is a card that I made using a piece of Gelli Plate/Creative Palette background from my stash and one of my favourite Woodware stamps designed by Jane Gill.
Very plain and simple but I like it.
Sorry the pictures are a bit dark, I had to photograph it in a hurry so I didn't give my light box time to power up properly.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Happy Anniversary

Evening Everyone
My very early start is catching up on me so I will make this quick.
This week the Girls on the Woodware Blog are celebrating Silver Wedding Anniversaries.
Now I realise that you will be looking at this and thinking that I have completely lost the plot, but I figured that as I don't have time this week to make a new card you could use your imagination and picture this made in silver lol.
It is made using one of the brand new stamps from the latest Woodware catalogue.
I painted the central image using Watercolour Pearlex
 The two little hearts are from another of the new stamps.
The black background card has been embossed using a folder and then Gilding Wax has been added to highlight the embossing.
My plan was to remake this using Silver, but as I said things have not quite gone to plan today, and tomorrow is my day to visit my Mum (weather permitting) so I won't get time for anything crafty then either.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Kindness of Customers

Evening Everyone,
I have had occasion to send several Thank You cards recently, all of them to customers at the garage.
People have been so nice. In fact when one remarked that I looked cold this morning and I told him that I had stupidly left my scarf at home, he drove to his house and returned with one for me to borrow.
Who said that chivalry was dead lol.
I also received a very late Christmas present from one family this week.
Late because they had all been ill over Christmas!!
I hope that they will all be as nice and understanding tomorrow when they find that the garage has been closed all night for a refit.
The new Cigarette gantry is being installed tonight which involves closing the store while it is fitted.
I was due to start work at 4am in order to get it refilled before we reopen, however they need someone senior to sign off the work and so as I live just around the corner they are going to give me a ring as soon as it is done and I will pop round and sign the paperwork.
The only trouble is they don't know what time that will be (could be any time from midnight onwards!!!!!) so I am going to sleep in my clothes just in case I get the call.
Better get SOME sleep I suppose.
Night night and hugs

Monday, 19 January 2015

Poppies with Bling

Evening Everyone,
Happy Monday.
I have fulfilled my Grandmotherly duties - collected the Twins from school - so I have spent the evening making a card as requested by one of the Girls from work.
She asked me to make a card for a relative of hers. No restrictions just that she likes red.
I have used one of the pieces that I made when playing with my EBosser and some fabulous Clarity Stencils.
I can't remember exactly what I did, but I know that I was cleaning up the ink from them by running them through the EBosser before I cleaned them under the tap.
It is not quite as barmy as it sounds because it transferred the ink to the cardstock and at the same time embossed the image which gives a fabulous look. I put the two stencils through together so that the dots become part of the pattern.
I coloured the dotty ribbon with the same Distress inks (Fired Brick and Barn Door) and then added a fancy ribbon slider to it.
I added some Gold Gilding Wax to the panel and also the dark red card which I also dry embossed with dots. Also a few tiny black dots and some gold nailheads. The greeting is from Lili of the Valley.
I even did a bit of stenciling on the envelope. Well it did help to clean off the brush that I had used lol.
I hope that she likes it. I guess that I will find out tomorrow lol.
I would like to enter it into the following challenge
Eureka Stamps - The colour red.
I would have tried a few more but my laptop is acting up again.
Every time I decide that I really must catch up with commenting and blog viewing it decides to go on strike.  I really don't know what I do to upset it so :O(
Night night and hugs

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Bamboo Resist with a Twist

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a good weekend. Mine has been very productive.
I have very nearly finished my DT work for Hobby Art as well as finishing off all the bits and pieces from my class on Saturday.
I called it Embossed Resist with a Twist because the main Embossed Resist image (Hero Arts Bamboo stamp) has been stamped and embossed over the top of a script stamp, the 'twist' of the title.
Because the wording needs to be dry before it it stamped over I decided that it might be a lot easier for some if I used pre-printed background paper as an alternative.
After stamping and clear embossing the bamboo over the background paper I then sponged distress inks over this as well as spritzing the clean stamp with water and stamping onto the panel as well.
I also added a Hobby Art birthday greeting to the finished panel.
The blue background card has also been stamped and embossed, and I added a small panel of dry embossed card.
Although it is rather difficult to see there is also some Glimmer Mist spritzed onto it before I added the Card Candi.
We had such fun that we will be repeating the class on the 7th February for the Ladies that were unable to make it.
Can't believe it's Sunday evening already, better get some sleep if I can get my brain to shut down that is.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Falling Leaves

Hi All
It's my turn to post something on the Hobby Art blog, so I chose a card that I made with one of Jenny's wonderful new stamps CS086D Falling Leaves.
It is always exciting when I get a parcel with the new designs in.
I love leaves so this has become a firm favourite as soon as I saw it. So many ideas, so little time, mores the pity.
I stamped and embossed the Horse Chestnut leaf randomly onto a piece of handmade background paper.
If I remember rightly it was a piece of copy paper that I had cleaned my brayer on after using actylic paint on my Gelli Plate. I told you I never seem to throw anything away lol.
I masked the leaves and then stamped randomly over the panel with another of the new stamps CS087D Sunny Day Greetings.
I coloured the leaves in using a Brown Wink of Stella brush and then trimmed the panel and cut it into three.
I also fussy cut out several other leaves which I added to the card using silicon having first shaped them on a padded mat.
The main card has also been stamped, embossed and coloured with more of the leaves and then I added some faux stitching around the edge.
Why not pop over to the Hobby Art website and check out the Gallery where there are loads of fabulous samples to inspire you.
Have a great weekend. Happy Crafting.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Thinking of You with Dragonflies

Hi All,
It's Friday again, thank goodness. I thought that I ought to blog a little earlier before I fall asleep again.
As you saw from my sneak peek yesterday I have some dragonflies to share with you tonight.
I just love this fabulous Dragonfly stamp from Stampendous, and as usual I got a little bit carried away.
Still at least that means a few less pieces added to my 'Bits Box'.
The background to this card has been created by running waxed paper through an embossing machine inside a folder, and then ironing the resulting piece sandwiched inside two pieces of glossy cardstock.
This transfers the wax to the card forming a resist image.
Once dye based ink has been sponged over the card the embossed pattern shows up as if by magic.
The dragonfly has been stamped and embossed onto this panel and then the wings painted with Watercolour Pearlex.
Make sure that the sponged panel is completely dry before stamping and embossing onto it otherwise the embossing powder will stick to everything making painting the image more difficult.
The thing with using a craft sheet when sponging is that as well as making blending easier, you also end up with lots of extra ink on the sheet after you have finished sponging.
This always seems like such a waste to me so I keep a stash of small pieces of card (off cuts from other projects) on my desk and before I clean the sheet I spritz the ink with water and wipe the card through it.

This can give you lots of fabulous pieces of inky background card that you can use in your projects.
I added some sentiments, ribbon and charms to this card as well as some more dry embossed background paper.
I have also stamped onto these pieces using the same inks and the leafy part of the stamp.
 Here I have also stamped and clear embossed the image randomly onto the Kraft card.
 I stamped with Pearlex onto the central panel of this card as well
I did a bit of spotlighting here too by stamping the image on to the edge of the inky panel and then layering it over another stamped image on the main card.
I have added some white embossing to this panel
along with a handmade flower and some other bits and pieces from my stash.
I hope that you like these cards and that they have given you a few ideas.
I have another class at Davina's tomorrow afternoon and then I really must get on with some more DT work. I have two lovely parcels to start work on so I can see it being a very crafty weekend.
Have a good one.
Hugs Kimx