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Friday, 22 September 2017

Doggy Daycare

Evening Everyone,
Where did this week disappear to? It has marked a new chapter in the life of one of our household. After looking after children for more than 20 years, my eldest daughter has decided to try a change of career. She has started working in a 'Doggy Daycare' centre near us. It is going to mean big changes for everyone, especially as she gets used to the early starts and long days away from the house.
My card was actually made for a friend to give her doggy aqua therapist on the occasion of her 50th birthday, but I thought it went rather well with my daughters change of direction.
My friend wanted a card with a swimming dog on it, but this was the nearest I could get to a dog and some water lol.
The images are from a sheet of Penny Black Stickeroos 'Dog 'n Suds'. I stuck them to white card stock and then fussy cut them.
 The background has been created using a bubbles embossing folder, distress ink and glimmer mist.
I continued the bubbly theme with the die cut circles that I stuck the images on to.
I added a sentiment and some drops of Glossy Accents.
I really must catch up with some commenting over the weekend. It is my turn to host the challenge over at CCM, so I need to visit everyone before I can make my choice of winner next week.
Have a great weekend, what ever you do.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 18 September 2017

It's Autumn at Crafty Cardmakers

Afternoon Everyone,
It's my turn to host the new challenge over at CCM this fortnight.
Our theme this time round is Autumn, which I have to say is my favourite time of the year.
 
I love the colours and all the falling leaves which I have reflected in my card.
I created a Masterboard background by stamping leaves from Penny Black Foliage Fancy in Versamark ink, and embossing them with gold powder.
I tapped several colours of the new Oxide inks over the stamped and embossed images, and then spritzed with water.
I saw this technique demonstrated on Hochanda recently, but I can't for the life of me remember who it was demonstrated by.
I love the fabulous chalky finish that these inks give. And the colours are just yummy.
 I used a Sue Wilson die to create the fancy frame and then added more fussy cut leaves and a Altenew sentiment. I also added some glossy accents to look like tiny dew drops.
As usual I got a little bit carried away and used up all of the leftovers from my Masterboard background to create several more cards all with the same Autumnal theme.
I used another of the Sue Wilson dies from the same set to create the frame on this card, and a stamped sentiment from my bits box. (It's LOTV I think)
This card uses one of the small trimmings and another fussy cut leaf.
The pieces of dry embossed background are also from my bits box. 
This final card also uses a piece of masterboard with the addition of a stamped and embossed sentiment.
The main card has been stamped and embossed with leaves which have then been sponged with same colours of Oxide Inks.
I used a Crystal Clear Sparkle pen to paint the leaves which has given them a slightly bleached out and sparkly effect.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our new challenge.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and why not check out what the rest of the team have created to inspire you.
Have a fabulous crafty day.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

One Wheel on my Wagon......

Hi All
I hope that you are all well and enjoying the rest of your weekend.
We had a fabulous time at Ally Pally yesterday. Spent far too much money as always. Caught up with loads of people, some of whom I haven't seen for literally years.
It is always a good place to stock up on card and envelopes for my classes, so I take a back pack and my friend Sylvie takes her bag on wheels to put the heavy stuff in.
All went well until we tried to get home from Victoria and we caught one of the wheels as we lifted the bag onto the train.
Of course it fell onto the tracks!! Have you ever tried pushing a heavy trolley with only one wheel on it, not the easiest of things to do.
We managed to get home OK after Sylvie left me with all the bags at Whyteleafe station while she went and got the car. Thank goodness we live so close to the station.
So I am afraid to say that the wheelie bag has been consigned to the bin after years of trusty service.
I will have to treat Sylvie to a new one for next year.
One of the things that I had to do when I was at the show was to hand deliver a couple of birthday cards.
As one of them was for Becki at Hobby Art I thought it only fair to use a couple of their fabulous stamps to create the background for the cards.
The main panel on all three of the cards has been created by stamping onto pale blue/grey cardstock with thin undiluted bleach and the grasses stamp. I make an inkpad for the bleach using a piece of folded kitchen paper and the lid from a  takeaway container.
I gave it a blast of heat to make sure that it was dry and then stamped over the top with a Kaleidacolor ink pad and the same stamp.
Of course you need to make sure that the stamp has been properly cleaned after using the bleach otherwise you will ruin your proper ink pads.
This is not something that I am usually very good at, as the ladies on my classes will tell you.
The sentiment is a favourite of mine, also from Hobby Art, and I have used various pearls, Card Candi and paper lace to embellish the cards.
Off to have some playtime now, and finish off a few bits and pieces for Jane to take on the telly in October.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 4 September 2017

Monochrome Challenge at CCM

Evening Everyone,
We have a new challenge over at CCM today, and the theme this time is #195 Monochrome.
Jackie is our host, and we would like to see your monochromatic creations, these do not have to be black and white. Anything with hues of just one colour is fine. We will, of course, be okay with hair and skin colours as well, but your major colour scheme should only have one colour in it.
Now I must admit that whenever I think monochrome, I always think black and white which is a favourite combination of mine.
This card uses a lovely Art Impressions Rose Trellis stamp that I picked up at SirStampalot a little while ago. 
The background was created a square Stylus tool and a black and white Color Box ink pad. I'm not sure that either are even available any more but I love them.
I did a Black and White class at Davina's a few weeks ago, so I had quite a few cards already made up,
 as well as plenty of bits and pieces to finish off.




 





















I hope that there are a few ideas here to inspire you, and of course there are plenty more from my fabulous Teamies, so why not check them out HERE.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

With all my heart

Hello again,
Have you ever found a stamp that you just can't seem to put down?
My go to stamp of the moment is a fabulous floral heart from Woodware.
It is such a lovely image to colour in, and as I seem to have had quite a few Wedding and Anniversary cards to make just lately, I got a little bit carried away.








As you can see I do seem to have been going through a bit of a purple patch at the moment, although I think it might have more to do with the the wedding card that I had to make in Cadbury purple to match the bridesmaids dresses.






Because I never seem to know exactly what I am going to do when I start making a card I often end up with several 'leftover' images which I can then turn into cards for another occasion.


















And as you can see it works just as well with only half an image.
So that's a few anniversary cards ready to send, although actually I think they have all been used up already this month, so maybe I will just have to play some more. What a hardship lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx