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Monday, 27 March 2017

A Belated Birthday Greeting.

Evening Everyone,
It's Monday again, where on earth is the time going to?
Having spent the weekend making DT samples I decided that I really ought to try and catch up with some commenting.
And then I realised why it is that I try and spend as little time as possible on the blasted computer.............it is just sooooooo slow.
It seems to take forever to do anything, so I have done a bit of housekeeping on my blog and made a few comments and then I am calling it a night before the darn thing ends up being thrown through the nearest window.
So here is a card that I sent to Barbara Gray for her birthday earlier in the month.

The central image has been stamped onto a piece of Brusho background from my stash which has then been layered onto a piece of background created using my Gelli Plate, a stencil and acrylic paint.
That's enough for tonight, my stress levels are through the roof, so have a good evening.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

For a Special Mum

Evening Everyone
I hope that you have all been suitably pampered if you are lucky enough to be a Mum, or that you have been able to pamper your own Mum.
I have had a lovely day filled with crafting and copious amounts of coffee served to me by the Sin-in-Law and Grandchildren.
We popped over to see Mum on Friday to deliver her card, it was way to thick to send in the post lol. Emma usually spends all her time chatting to 'Pat-Pat' as she affectionately calls her, but this time she had a rival for her attentions as my Sister was there with my niece and her two children.
Emma and Myla were born a couple of months apart and were so sweet together. They spent ages posting farm animals and flashcards through the cat flap and then holding hands while they waited for my sister to get them back so they could do it all over again. 
The card I made for Mum was inspired during a class that I taught a couple of weeks ago. It was Shaped Cards, and while I showed them how to construct an easel card, I made them all do homework and each share a different shaped card with the rest of the class.
I prepared a pack for each of them and for once I gave them no choice of stamps, so of course I had lots of ideas running around my head by the time I got home, all using the beautiful Peacock stamp set by Woodware.
I took along a couple of embossing folders to use, as well as Gilding Wax and Starlights to paint with.
Better get some shut eye now, although I'm still feeling wide awake at the moment. The trouble is we lost an hour last night which hasn't quite caught up with me yet, but it will be time for work before I know it so I had better stop.
Night night.
Love and Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Little Charmers

Morning Everyone,
Did you enjoy Red Nose Day yesterday. Did you have fun doing silly things for Comic Relief?
We all dressed up at work to encourage people to part with a few of their pennies.
I don't really have anything related to Comic Relief, not even photos of us, so I thought that I would share a few of the cards that I have made lately.
I seem to have had lots of birthdays for little people recently.
In fact they are mostly for regular customers at the garage.
I have worked there for nearly 15 years now, so you get to see people on a daily basis, and watch the little babies grow up and start school.
And before you know it they are back putting petrol in their cars.
I love making cards and so when I find out when their birthdays are I add them to my planner.
  It gives me such pleasure to add a smile to their faces on their special day.
Of course my LOTV toppers and Penny Black stickers are a great place to start when you need to make a card in a hurry.
And I still have a couple of free calendars from several years ago with some fabulous Penny Black images that I use to make cards.
I hope that you have a great weekend. It is gloriously sunny here today, a real spring day. Let's hope that it continues, I always feel so much more inspired when the weather is brighter.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Monday, 20 March 2017

For a Special Woman at CCM

Evening Everyone,
Well I'm sorry, I quite thought that I had prepared this post when I added my card to the CCM team blog last weekend. However I must have been having a senior moment, and as I have been too busy to blog since then I am sharing it now on the principal of better late than never lol.
The challenge over at CCM at the moment is For a Special Woman/Girl or Mother's Day. 
As it's Mothering Sunday on 26th March if you are in the UK, we would like to see your cards for that Special Female in your life, and it would be nice if you shared with us who your creation is for.
My card was made for the birthday of my beautiful eldest daughter. Lets face it, what girl can resist a bunch of sparkly pink flowers :O)
The background was created using an Imagination Crafts stencil,
and some Starlights, Alchemy Wax and Sparkle Medium.
I wasn't sure that I liked it so I added plenty of sponged brown Distress ink, and hey presto a panel that I liked much better.
The flowers were also created using a stencil.
This time I used Alchemy wax and then fussy cut out the flowers.
I also added some die cut black leaves
also coloured with a little of the wax.
I hope that you will find time to join us, the challenge remains open until the weekend.
Lets hope I remember to press send this time. I will check again tomorrow just in case.
By for now.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

A Diamond Wedding Anniversay

Afternoon Everyone,
In this day and age of speed dating and quickie divorce it is not often that you get the chance to make a card for a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
My Sisters' In-Laws celebrated their milestone with a small party so I felt that I had to mark the occasion with a card from us all.
As time was of the essence I reached for one of my LOTV toppers which I cut out using a circular die.
I layered it over a couple of scalloped circles and added some sparkle pen and glossy accents to the champagne, bubbles and bath water.
The background is created using a large Embossing folder. I trimmed it down to a square shape and then sponged it with Diamond Sparkle Medium from Imagination.
The sentiment panel has been created using a Crafters Companion Only Words Edge'ables die.
I hope that they enjoyed their day, and here's to many more happy years together.
Have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Well Done

Evening Everyone,
Just recently it doesn't seem very often that I have good news to share, I've made far too many sympathy cards :O(
So it was wonderful to hear a couple of really good pieces of news, and both in the same week.
Becki has recently completed a Diploma in Childhood Studies and was thrilled to hear that she had passed with distinction. You Rock Girl.
At the same time her partner Andy was offered a promotion at work, even nicer when it was offered to him without him even asking about it.
Of course I had to mark the occasion with a card so I created this one for them using some bits and pieces from my stash.

I adore this fabulous Hobby Art floral image. It is perfect for colouring in even on a piece of my 'Wet Watercolour' background.
The central white panel was made using one of the many Martha Stewart Border punches that I own.
I really must use them more often as they make a fabulous addition to a card.
I added some faux stitching, gems and texture stamping to the background of the card.
Let's hope that this marks the start of a much better 2017.
Have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 6 March 2017

Sending a Smile to my Nice Gym Buddy

Evening Everyone,
No babysitting duties today so I am back with another post.


It is a little later than I had planned because I was fulfilling a promise to a friend.
My lovely Gym Buddy recently had a little accident which has resulted in her being confined to her home. She did however make me promise that I would still go to the gym without her.
She usually gives me a lift there and then I walk home rather than going on the treadmill.. Walking with a purpose always seems like a much better idea to me.
Today I decided (for some totally MAD reason) that I would walk to the gym and then maybe walk home afterwards depending on how totally knackered I felt.
I have to say that it is not the first time that I have done it, but this time I also had a back pack full of shopping, killing two birds with one stone as they say.
I wanted to send her a card to cheer her up.
She has fractured one or possibly both feet, so 'Get Well Soon didn't seem quite right, and I don't have a stamp with someone in a fetching plaster boot.
So I went with a lovely old Whipper Snapper image that I had in my stash. It reminds me of us.
We laugh that she is a nice Gym Buddy rather than a good one when she accepts my rather pathetic excuses for not going sometimes. I do think falling down the stairs is a rather drastic way of getting out of keeping me company lol.
I know that she was bored after the first day as she is normally such a very busy and active person. I do hope that she is also not becoming too addicted to dreadful daytime TV.
Anyway maybe this will put a smile on her face.
Rest up and get mended soon as I miss my 'Buddy'.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 5 March 2017

It's that Spiders Web that I promised.

Evening Everyone,
Have you had a good weekend?
This seems to be becoming a bit of a bad habit, only blogging at the weekend. I will have to try and break that..
Did you catch Hobby Art Jenny on the box a week ago? She had some fabulous new stamp sets, and some of the most amazing samples, just check out the Gallery.
I am forever in awe of what the rest of the team come up with, theirs always look so much better than mine.
A little while ago I promised that I would share a couple of cards using my favourite 'Spiders Web'/Shatter stencil so here is one that I made for that TV show.
I love the foliage from the CS160D Janie’s Collection – Oliver Owl set.
I stamped and embossed them onto a panel that I had created using the spiders web / shatter stencil, Imagination Sparkle Medium and Alchemy Wax.
As usual I tried the background out first, so here is the card that I finished off using that panel. Very similar but not identical.
My card for the TV was actually inspired by this one that I made a few weeks ago using the same type of background and some die cuts.
The cute little spider is from a Card-io stamp set.
Here are another couple of cards that I made using the same stencil. 
See I told you I loved that stencil.
Maybe I will manage another post tomorrow. I did get caught up with quite a few things today so I guess it will all boil down to how much of a favourite I am with a certain little person tomorrow lol.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 27 February 2017

Go Green at CCM

Evening Everyone,
It's time for another new challenge over at CCM. 
I honestly don't know where the last fortnight has disappeared to. I feel like I only just finished the card for the last challenge, and here we are with a new one. 
Oh well onwards and upwards.
This challenge is Go Green and our host Judy is looking to see lots of lovely lush green on your creations in honour of St. Patrick's Day which is on Friday 17th March. As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it's either mostly green or has a St. Patrick's Day theme. 
Now I don't do St Patrick's Day, so I have gone with a card with plenty of green on it.
The central image is by Hobby Art which I stamped and embossed onto a piece of mop up background from my stash.
I coloured the image with distress inks, and added some faux stitching and a little bit of sparkle with a starlight pen.
I have a rather large stash of ribbon, what a surprise I can hear you say :O), so I managed to find some that matched the colouring, as well as a plain green button.
I hope that you will find the time to join us with your Green creations or St Patrick's Day cards.
Don't forget to stop by and see what the rest of the team have made to inspire you.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Just popped in to say Hi

Evening Everyone.
Seriously, it's Sunday again!!  In fact it will be nearly Monday by the time I get this finished.
I'm finding it quite hard getting back into blogging mode after so long away.
Emma has been like a little limpet, which while lovely and very flattering, does make crafting and computers rather difficult.
She likes to come and sit right next to me and watch 'Come Outside' with Auntie Mabel and Pippin.
They are DVDs that the older Grandchildren used to watch and love, but every time I try to get on and do anything she wants to 'help' me, so it is often just easier to sit back and watch the DVD with her.
They are very educational and informative, but I don't seem to have the same capacity for repetition that Emma does.
Her all time favourite one is on 'Biders' (that's spiders to the rest of you lol )
They are actually a pet hate of mine, so I am a very good Mam-ma to sit and watch them with her instead of running in the opposite direction.
I may be terrified of spiders in the flesh, but I do love my spiders web stencil by Tim Holtz (It is actually called Shatter)
In fact I have quite a few spidery stamps and dies now I come to think of it.
Any way I was going to blog a couple of cards tonight using said stencil, but having made the most of a day off from Emma with plenty of card making I have realized that I haven't taken any pictures.
As I really must get to bed, I will make a promise to rectify that tomorrow.
So for now I will just say Hi and thanks for stopping by.
See you tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A Floral Heart for Valentines Day

Evening All,
Happy Valentines Day. Have you all had a wonderful day being spoiled rotten?
We have had some amazing £50 bunches of roses as work, beautiful I know, but I have to be honest and say that I would much rather have a nice piece of jewelry, or even better, a voucher to spend at a craft store :O).
In fact, call us ungrateful, but both my daughters and I are all of the same opinion that we would go mental if someone spent that much on a bunch of flowers for us.
At least the weather has been bright, if a little chilly. Not like 38 years ago when I spent the afternoon, in labour, crammed in the back of a very small car driving through a blizzard to get to the hospital in Greenwich. Jenni took a while to appear, by which time there was no public transport, so her Dad spent the night in a side room sleeping on two chairs that the nurses had pushed together for him. I can't see that happening now. Health and safety and all that lol.
I don't send Valentines cards, so here is the next best thing, a Wedding card for a friend who finally got to tie the knot last week.
The floral heart stamp which was designed by Jane Gill has been stamped and embossed in gold and then painted with Watercolour Pearlex to give it a beautiful shimmer.
I tapped the edges of the cream card with a Versamark ink pad and then added gold embossing powder before layering the panel onto some blue background paper.
I hope that you get to enjoy the rest of your evening, what ever you may be up to.
Happy Crafting and Hugs from me.
Kimx

Monday, 13 February 2017

Add some Texture for the challenge at CCM

Afternoon All,
We have a wonderful new challenge over at CCM today, where Maike our host is asking you to Add Some Texture. That can be either embossing, heat or dry, texture paste, fabric, anything you like.
As I became a Great Auntie for the second time last week I decided to make a baby card to send to my niece and family.
I have used an embossing folder to create the textured background to my card.
It was coloured using a combination of Starlights, Sparkle Medium and Gilding Waxes all from Imagination Craft.
This has all helped to highlight the texture of the folder. I also sanded the edge of the card which added even more texture. 
The cute image is a LOTV topper which I fussy cut and layered onto a diecut and embossed oval.
The flowers and leaves were diecut from white card and then coloured using the same Imagination products. In fact all I did was spritz the sponge that I had used for the background with some water which created a nice pale, but matching colour on the diecuts.
The panel across the card was created using a border punch, some ribbon and tiny gems.
The sentiment is from a wonderfully useful set by Altenew Baby Zoo.stamped onto a die cut banner.
Of course I had to make a card for my Sister and her Hubby to congratulate them on the birth of their latest Grandchild.
More textured background, and die cut sentiment,
along with another LOTV topper. 
I hope that you will join us HERE this time, and that you will pop over and show the rest of the DT some love they have created some wonderful projects to inspire you.
Have a great evening. Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx