Sunday, 31 May 2015

Window cards at Woodware.

Hi Everyone,
Long time no see.
Things have definitely not gone to plan for me over the last few weeks but hopefully I might start to get back to some sort of regular blogging soon.
This week it is my turn to choose the challenge for the Girls at Woodware.
I decided on 'Window Cards' inspired by something that my good friend Mynnette shared several years ago.
(See HERE for photo instructions)
I had a rather successful crafting and creating session, in fact I got rather carried away and ended up making three cards in all.
The background to this first card was made using my Creative Palette, dye based ink and Bubble Wrap.
I stamped and embossed Stampendous CRR131 Crowscape onto my piece of background and then die cut the leaf from the centre using a Stampendous die.
This card uses the same Crowscape stamp only this time I sponged the background with die based inks.
I added a circle mask before sponging the panel with colour, and then flicked some water at it for some added interest.
The 'Window' was cut with a large Circle die before layering it onto the card using silicon.
My final card uses the same stamp and another piece of background from my stash.
Once again I used the Stampendous leaf die and silicon to 'raise' the window panel.
This time I also decided to add a stamped panel to the edge of the card.
I hope that you enjoy my challenge. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team come up with over the coming week.
Hugs and Happy Crafting.

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

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.

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