Monday, 22 August 2016

By or Under the Sea for CCM and WoodwareWitterings

Morning Everyone,
We have a new challenge over at CCM today, and as I am also on the DT for Woodware  who are our sponsors this time round I will be sharing first so you get a little bit of a head start.
Bec is hosting our By or Under the Sea challenge at CCM, so we want to see what you can come up with that is either an underwater scene or a coastal/beach scene. 
I wasn't sure what to make for this as I don't seem to own very much in the way of sea themed stamps, 
 however what I did find were several Dreamweaver Metal Stencils which worked every bit as well.
 A seahorse
and a rather nice tropical fish.
Of course the beauty of a stencil is that you can just turn it over, and hey presto your fish is swimming in the opposite direction lol.
If only you could do that with a stamp!
I also found that I had a rather nice fish scale stencil which I used to create the background.
The coral like structure is actually a tree die, also by Dreamweaver.
I added a strip of medical gauze along the bottom edge and sprinkled it with some Frantage Powders making sure to heat from underneath so as not to blow the powder everywhere. 
 Of course I had to play with my stencils before I came up with my finished design,
 so I made a second card with the leftovers.
 This card shows off the background stencil a little better.
 This time I used a Nautilus shell and some assorted ephemera from my stash.
This picture also gives you a better idea of how I used the stencils.
First I ran them through my embossing machine making sure to follow the suggested layering stack as recommended by Dreamweaver.
Next, keeping the stencil firmly in place I sponged the image with dye based inks and then used a fine black Micron pen to draw around the stencil to add in all the detail.
Finally I fussy cut the images and brushed them all with some gold gilding wax.
I hope that you will join us this week, both at CCM and WoodwareWitterings.
Have a marvellous Monday.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Saturday, 20 August 2016

You can never have too many Gems

Morning Everyone,
Where on earth are the days disappearing to? No sooner is it Monday than it's Friday again, and the only posts that seem to get done are the scheduled ones for Woodware.
I will get organised again sometime, I'm just not too sure that it will be any time soon lol.
This week we have been featuring cards with plenty of bling over at WoodwareWitterings in  the shape of Mark Richard products.
Now I find that Jane Gill's Bubble Bloom stamps are the perfect starting point for using plenty of gems, crystals, nailheads etc.
I have gone for a fairly dramatic colour scheme with red, white and black with a hint of silver.
I stamped and embossed the image onto a piece of white cardstock and then lightly sponged around the edge with black dye based ink.
I also used the black ink to paint the image before adding my assorted gems, nailheads, glitter domes and a little bit of glitter glue.
I stamped and embossed down the edge of the red panel and then painted the dots with undiluted thin bleach which has taken out some of the colour.
As usual I created a second, slightly different version of my card.
There are slightly less gems on this one and I also stamped and embossed the image using a Versamark inkpad and silver embossing powder.
I hope that you have enjoyed playing along with us this week and now have a stash of cards with an extra touch of bling.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Weekend Workshop with Hobby Art Jenny Part 1

Afternoon Everyone,
I hope that you have had another great summer day.
I prepared this post nearly a fortnight ago, but you know me and technology we are not the best of friends. I lost all of the links to the Hobby Art website and it has taken ages to get them sorted out, so my apologies for not posting this before now.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Hobby Art Jenny to teach at the workshop at the beginning of the month. Good food, wonderful products to play with, and 32 enthusiastic ladies, what a great way to spend the day.
I taught two workshops in the morning to half of the group and then after a rather tasty lunch they swapped tables to work with Jenny while I taught the same two classes to the rest of the group.
It turned into a gloriously hot day and so of course I had typically chosen Autumn and Christmas themed cards lol.
The first workshop was about masking using the fabulous Falling Leaves stamp set and the Mask-it sheet from Woodware.
I just love leaves, I'm definitely an Autumn girlie.
I was very good and finished off all of the bits and pieces when I got home so there are several more samples to share with you than I had prepared for the ladies.
Of course there was shopping to be done throughout the day so a fabulous leafy die set fell into my basket.
I think that it had only just arrived, Becki was frantically pricing things, so I don't think that it has made it on to the website yet.
The second part of the masking class used a strip of masking tape across the middle of the card instead of fussy cut leaves.
This card used a double strip of tape and then some fussy cut and coloured leaves to embellish the edges.
I had such fun with this stamp set, and as you can see I have added several cards suitable for men to my card stash.
I think I will share the second class in a separate post so as not to overwhelm you with pictures.
Have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Happy 1st Birthdays

Morning All
I can't believe that it has been a over a week since Emma's 1st birthday party, and I still haven't shared her card with you.
I just couldn't resist some Hobby House toppers when I was at the show in Doncaster last month.
They are always so useful when time is in short supply,
or when the image looks just like my cheeky Granddaughter Emma.
Not that she makes a habit of strangling small birds you understand - honest lol.
I decided to keep the card fairly simple as I wanted to incorporate the lovely wooden letters which were also purchased at the show.
The sentiment and number are from a fantastic Hobby Art stamp set which is going to prove very useful over the next few years.
I layered my topper over a rosette of card cut using the Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosettes die.
While we are on the subject of 1st birthdays, here is the card that I made for Myla, my Great Niece, way back in May.
A LOTV topper this time and some rose themed papers as she is Myla Amelia Rose.
Have a great day with time for a bit of crafting I hope.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Black and White at WoodwareWitterings

Morning Everyone,
It's Monday again, and time for another challenge at WoodwareWitterings where this time it is one of my favourite colour combos - Black and White. I think that it looks very classy.
I have used one of Jane Gill's new stamp sets JGS479 - Bubble Bloom Linda stamped and embossed in black onto a circle of white card.
The background to the card has been created using the same stamp, this time randomly stamped and embossed onto black card stock.
I coloured all of the images using Gelli Roll glaze pens (both black and white),
as well as a silver Stardust pen.
I also added a few extra dots along the stems.
The sentiment, which has been layered over a piece of black ribbon, is actually part of another of Jane's stamp sets, only this time it is a Christmas one, JGS457 - Hand Drawn Greetings.
I used the sentiment from the original Bubble Bloom set for this second card which was made for the Woodware catalogue.
I hope that you enjoy all of our classy black and white creations this week.
Happy crafty Monday.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

WoodwareWitterings Sketch 53

Morning Everyone,
We have a sketch for you to work with this week over at WoodwareWitterings, and today it is my turn to play.
I have chosen one of Jane Gill's stamp sets JGS370 Calendula Bloom,
stamped and embossed onto Mixed Media cardstock using Vintage Sepia Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.
I sponged the panel with dye based ink and pieces of cut and dry foam.
No precision colouring for me I'm afraid, all except the stem and leaves.
I stamped and coloured a second flower head and cut it out using a circular die before layering it over another circle made from dark brown card stock.
The band across my card has been created from a strip of vellum and a sentiment stamped and embossed onto a small piece of card.
To add a little extra interest I stamped around the edge of the panel with the clean flower stamp which I had spritzed with water.
This gives a fabulous watery image in the background, and for the finishing touches some tiny card candi punched from the waste and some faux stitching.
No waste in the making of this card, so just for a change there is only one card to share with you lol.
Oh and here is the sketch just in case you fancy giving it a try.
Have a great day.
Happy Crafting and Hugs