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Monday, 18 May 2015

Shaped cards at Crafty Cardmakers and More

Hi All
Long time no see :O)
There is a fab new challenge starting over at Crafty Cardmakers and More today, one which I should have been hosting.
The last few weeks have not gone to plan, so 'The Boss' aka Lin has very kindly stepped into the beach for me.
I did feel that it was only fair to blog something in support of the girls even if I am cheating a little by using a card that I made a while ago and not a new creation.
Our challenge this time is SHAPED CARDS, so plain squares or rectangles are not allowed, but any other shape is fine.
This card was made for my Godparents when they moved from their family home last year.
My card was made using a lovely LOTV topper cut using a circular nestie.
I created some patchwork background using paper scraps from my stash and a hexagonal punch. This panel was then also die cut using a Circular Grand Nestie.
I added some diecut pieces from my bits box along with a sentiment and some glossy accents.
Don't forget to check out what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you, and please forgive me if I haven't stopped by to visit recently, life has been a little fraught of late and the computer has been at the bottom of a very long Must Do list.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A new Sketch at Woodware

Hi All
I'm back at Woodware, filling in for Jane this time.
This week they have a sketch challenge, and so here is my take on it.

I actually turned the sketch on it's head.
I used a piece of background created using a Dreamweaver stencil and dye based ink.
I also added a little gilding wax although it doesn't show up in the picture.
The central panel is one of Jane Gill's bubble bloom designs which I coloured using the 'Wet Watercolour Technique' and then added some glitter glue and glossy accents.
The sentiment has been added to a stamped banner, and the paper at the bottom of the card is from one of the Craftwork Cards paper pads that Woodware also sell.
Why not pop over to the Woodware blog and check out what the rest of the team have come up with to inspire you.
Hugs Kimx



Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Inspired by Pinterest at Woodware

Hi All,
It's my turn to join in with the challenge set by Pam over on the Woodware blog today.
She is asking you to create something 'Inspired by Pinterest.'
This is always my Go To place for inspiration if ever I am stuck for ideas, so the difficulty was narrowing it down.
I'm loving the Doobadoo stencils at the moment so I went with a card idea using one of them.
I created a page of stencil card ideas HERE and this is my card for you inspired by one of them.
I taped the stencil to the left hand side of a piece of white card and gently blended ink from a Creole Spice Kaleidacolour ink pad over the stencil getting paler towards the centre of the card. 
I stamped and embossed the Teasels onto the panel once it had dried. Sponged ink takes a lot longer to dry off than you would think.
I also added a Stampendous sentiment before trimming the panel and mounting it onto some co-ordinating card stock.
Finishing touch three little gems.
I hope that you will feel inspired to join us and share your creations 'Inspired by Pinterest'.
Happy Crafting
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Create your own Backgrounds for CCM&More

Evening Everyone
We have a new challenge over at CCM&More today.

Pamellia is hosting today. She would like to see something that you have created using a background you made yourself. So NO designer papers please.
I love making backgrounds so the hard part for me was choosing which particular technique to use.
I decided on one made using pieces of  Cut'n Dry foam and a Kaleidacolour ink pad. Shadow Stamping of a sort.
And yes, I know it's a Christmas card lol.
Having spent the last few weeks working on samples for the next Woodware Christmas catalogue I'm kind of in the groove as they say.
I used different shaped pieces of  Cut'n Dry foam to create my own 'Shadow Stamps'.
I inked them using a Fresh Green Kaleidacolour inkpad and then randomly stamped over white card using first, second and even third generation ink.
I stamped and embossed this lovely modern Christmas Tree from Woodware onto the background and then 'moved' the ink with a wet paint brush to colour the image.
I also added some Glossy Accents and Glitter Glue to the baubles.
I hope that you will join us for this latest challenge, and don't forget to stop by HERE and see what the rest of the team came up with, there are some stunning samples.
Happy Crafting and hugs.
Kimx

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Lovely Leaves

Evening Everyone,
Just a quick post tonight, some of us have to work tomorrow lol.
 This is the card that I made for a friend who comes into work every day, and often acts as postman for me.
 I used a piece of Gelli Plate / Creative Palette background and some lovely leaf stamps.
I stamped them out using dye based inks and then fussy cut them before adding them to the card using silicon.
No doubt work will be mental tomorrow after 10am, it usually is on a Bank Holiday.
Have a great day.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Our very own Princess

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have all had a fabulous Saturday.
Yesterday was the birthday of my eldest Granddaughter Megan. I can't believe how quickly the last 15 years have flown by. It seems only yesterday that she came out of hospital to attend her first party at the tender age of 12 hours!!!
She was born on my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary and so we popped her in to see everyone on our way back from the hospital.
This is the card that I made for her birthday. Once again I reached for my trusty LOTV toppers and circular nesties.



I die cut some flowers using DooHickey dies and shaped them to match the flower in the little girls hat.
Off to bed now, I have a busy day of sample making tomorrow.
Don't forget that Barbara will be back on the box tomorrow morning 9-11am Create and Craft Sky channel 674.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 1 May 2015

More Down on the Farm

Evening Everyone,
Here I am, back as promised, with the other two cards that I made when I got carried away with the 'On the Farm' challenge at Woodware.
As I said I am trying very hard to use up all the bits and pieces straight away that seem to appear when creating a card, rather than consign them to the 'To do Later' box.
 The background to this card uses a Doobadoo stencil, Ebosser and distress inks.
The vertical strip is a trimming from the first card, and the paper pieced animals have been attached to some die cut circles.
I added the sentiments on white card so that they stand out. 
This second card uses another of the Doobadoo stencils, Ebosser and more Distress ink.
 Once again I have used some die cut circles
 and stamped greetings on both the punched strips
and the left over panel from the first card.
I had such fun making these cards to share with you. Sometimes a new challenge is just what we need to get the creative juices flowing.
I will be playing with some favourite old techniques in class tomorrow - Pearlex and Sticky Embossing Powder.
I love it. Perhaps I ought to pop in a couple of Christmas stamps as it works so well with them.
On the other hand I might have a rebellion to contend with if I do so I shall just have to see how wicked I am feeling in the morning lol.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Crafting
Kimx

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Down on the Farm for Woodware

Hi All
Have you missed me?
My attempt to blog every day this year bit the dust last weekend when I must have fallen asleep before pressing publish.
It's amazing how, once the pressure was off, the choice between an early night and a blogpost became a bit of a no-brainer.
I am filling in for the lovely Pam  again this week over at the Woodware Blog where they are taking their inspiration 'On the Farm'.
I know that they have been having a few problems with the blog this week but please keep trying as I'm sure it will be back to normal soon.
I used a rather cute old stamp set to create my card along with a background created using another of the lovely Doobaadoo stencils, dye based ink and my Ebosser.
I stamped the farm animals onto some pink gingham paper and fussy cut them out before adding them to the cards using silicon for a little added dimension. I also added a bit of extra colour with some dye based inks and a white gelly roll pen.
I stamped a nice brick wall onto some kraft card for them to 'peek over'.
I also added a few extra bricks and the sentiments from the set.
I'm on a bit of a mission to use up all of the bits that I create when making a card instead of putting them to one side to use later. You know that later never comes and the 'To do pile' just gets bigger and bigger.
With this in mind I got a little bit carried away and ended up with three finished cards.
I couldn't decide which one I liked best, I even asked my Grandchildren, so I think that I will share the other two cards with you tomorrow, provided that I press publish of course.
Bye for now.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Friday, 24 April 2015

Tone on Tone at Woodware

Hi All
Over at the Woodware blog this week they are looking for Tone on Tone, and it is my turn to share as I am standing in for the lovely Pam who is recovering from a rather nasty car accident.
I stamped and embossed one of Jane Gill's fabulous stamps onto a piece of kraft coloured card and then painted the image with cheap thin bleach.
I then added a little more colour by painting with brown dye based ink and my trusty 700 sparkle pen.
I also added some glossy accents and tiny dots.
The background to the card has been created using one of the new Dutch DooBaDoo Stencils Pop Art, run through my Ebosser and then sponged, brushed and spritzed with more dye based ink, gilding wax and glimmer spray.
I added some wide organza ribbon and some nailheads.
It needed a sentiment so I created a piece of background by stamping with bleach and then added the sentiment on top of it.
Why not check out what the rest of the Girls have posted this week.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 20 April 2015

We've All Gone Dotty at CCM&More

Evening Everyone,
We have started a new 'Dotty' challenge over at CCM&More today.
Our host Sally is looking for plenty of obvious dots in your creations.
I chose one of Jane Gill's fabulous stamps designed to work with Card Candi amongst other things.
 I stamped and embossed it into the corner of my card,
 before running it through my Ebosser along with two fabulously dotty stencils from Clarity,
 one stencil on top of the other.
I sponged and brushed the background with a combination of blue and brown distress inks.
 The stamped and embossed image has been painted with the same colours.
I also added some gilding wax, faux stitching and even some dotty Card Candi.
I hope that you will join us, and that you will pop across and show the rest of the team some love.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenge
Crafty Creations Challenge - Seeing Spots
Bye for now, happy crafting.
Hugs Kimx