Monday, 8 February 2016

Love, Love, Love at CCM

Evening Everyone,
It's Monday again, and it's time for another challenge over at CCM.
Our host this time is Julie and she is looking for LOVE LOVE LOVE.
My card was made for a very romantic occasion and is currently winging it's way to Pakistan.
I was asked to make it by one of the boys at work for his friend to give to his wife on their wedding day.
 I used a variety of dies including these Sue Wilson floral ones
 to create some lovely flowers in white and pale gold.
 I also cut a heart frame and layered it over some die cut lattice.
 The hearts are Magnolia dies and the names have been added with rub-ons.
I also added some stamped swirls embossed with pale gold embossing powder
and edged with pale pink dye based ink.
I also added some card candi flower centres
 and some Sue Wilson leafy swirls.
The sentiment inside was as requested, printed out from my computer.
I hope that you will join us for this challenge, and don't forget to pop across and see what the rest of the team have made to inspire you.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Cards for 'Little People'

Evening Everyone,
I'm at home now, so hopefully the Internet and computer will be kind to me tonight!
I have spent a fabulous weekend helping out with my youngest Granddaughter Emma, so it seems only fitting to share a few cards for 'Little People' that I have made.
This first card uses a LOTV topper
and a lovely 'BABY' die along with some matching background paper from my stash.
This is a very easy birthday card using a diecut Rocking Horse that I covered with Frantage powder.
Here is a version for a baby girl.
As you can see I am rather partial to using this lovely die,
even using the 'leftover' or negative diecut pieces.
Lets hope I can be a little more creative tomorrow.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my weekend, they are babies for such a short time, and wouldn't change it for anything but I am now so very behind with things again.
Oh well, never mind, tomorrow, as they say, is another day.
See you then.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

A busy weekend of babysitting

Evening Everyone,
Well the best laid plans as they say.
I had a post all ready in my head at the end of the week from hell at work, and then the computer and internet took against me as well so I confess that I just gave up.
And there I was doing so well with blogging every day.
As I am currently babysitting Emma this will have to be a 'crafty less' post as well as I have no access to my photographs.
I have been looking after Emma so that Becki can decorate her room so we have done quite a bit of walking........................and shopping both of which Emma seems to enjoy.
She is definitely a people watcher and chatters and giggles her way through the day.
Mum managed to get all the painting done and we have just put up some curtains (only two return trips to get things that actually fit lol) so things are starting to come together.
We just need them to come and clean the carpet and we can move all of her furniture in which will be lovely.
We popped in to see my Mum, and use her cooker (Becki is still managing with just a slow cooker and really fancied a plate of pasta).
As you can see Emma clearly adores her Great Grandma.
We had dinner in the pub, and then went upstairs for ice cream.
It was obviously nice and cold on her poor gums since she is teething at the moment.
More babysitting duties tomorrow, so I had better get to bed.
Night night.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 4 February 2016

One Layer Card for Woodware

Morning All
It's my turn to post over at Woodware today, and this week we are looking for your creations using 'Just One layer'.
I actually made this card for the latest copy of the Woodware catalouge, and it features one of Jane's fabulous new stamp sets.
I cut a circle from a piece of Masking sheet and used what was left of the sheet to create the circle of sponged dye based ink. This is called a Mortise Mask. I sprinkled some drops of water over this and gentle mopped it up with a piece of kitchen paper.
I stamped and embossed the flowers and sentiments on to the panel and painted the leaves with the same green ink.
I suppose technically this isn't a one layer card as I mounted the panel onto a black card,
so here is one that I made without any extra layers. I hope this one is OK Dorothy lol.
Why not check out what the rest of the DT have been up to this week, there are some fabulous cards as always.
Have a great day.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Christmas Holly and Poinsettias

Evening Everyone,
Oh dear, today has been a very long day indeed.
7pm seems to have taken forever to arrive, and where has the beautiful spring weather gone from yesterday? It has been freezing cold all day.
Of course the change in the weather is probably my fault. I spent a very enjoyable evening yesterday with some Girlfriends making Christmas cards!!!!
 Well you can never be too prepared can you lol.
I bought a very large Crafts Too Christmas embossing folder a while ago with a fabulous holly leaf design on  it. Of course having bought it because I liked it, I had absolutely no idea what to do with it.
It was far too big to use as a whole, however cut into four it makes the perfect background for a die cut poinsettia from Sue Wilson.
 And a sentiment from Hobby Art.
 I have sponged each panel on the debossed side with brown, green and red distress inks.
The poinsettias were cut from red and gold cardstock. I got a little bored with poking out all the fiddly bits, perhaps I need to get hold of one of those fancy tools for just that purpose.
I added some stardust pen to the leaf veins, and glossy accents to the berries.
I also added some die cut holly branches.
Lets hope it warms back up tomorrow, and that I don't wake up to a foot of snow. I don't think I could face that.
Better press publish, before I fall asleep again. No time for anything else today.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Is it a Butterfly or Moth?

Hi All
Well it was a matter of much debate when we played with this fabulous Magnolia stamp at SirStampalot at the end of last year.
Several people were insistent that it was a butterfly, but I have it on the authority of one lovely lady who had one as a pet when she lived abroad (there's no accounting for taste Anne) and Google, that it is indeed a very HUGE moth, namely the Atlas Moth. (Look HERE for pictures)
I have used a Kaleidacolour inkpad to stamp and emboss the main image,
and also to colour wash and stamp over the white embossed images in the background.
I also added some chunky white Frantage powder around the edges of both panels.
The main panel on this card has been created in a similar manner to the first card, but with a bit of extra stamping and sponging.
I love the die that I have used to create the dotty panel on the right hand side of the card. It makes fabulous homemade tiny Card Candi.
This card was made using a bit of the left over white embossed background card. 
The background to the card was created using a homemade embossing folder and plenty of sponged ink.
Today has been beautiful here, a sunny if chilly day after some initial rain. A little too cold for butterflies or even moths, but wonderfully springlike nonetheless.
Let's hope that it continues into tomorrow. Not that I will get to see any of it as I have to work until 7pm, so all I will want to see is dinner and a sit down.
Oh well never mind, I don't really do sunshine anyway lol.
Have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 1 February 2016

A New Home

Evening Everyone,
Have you had a good Monday?
I can't believe that it is the 1st February already, where on earth did January disappear to?
I also can't believe that I actually managed to post every day last month, well apart from the one glitch last week when I must have forgotten to press publish lol.
 This is a card that I have just sent to friends who have moved to Wales.
 I used an old LOTV topper, some circular nesties
and a Woodware sentiment.
I hope they like it.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 31 January 2016

More coffee.

Evening Everyone,
It has been another coffee fuelled day, but a creatively successful one which is always good.
I have managed to get on top of some DT projects, a commission, and cards for a couple of friends so I am a very happy bunny. Now if I could just get my phone to hold a thinks I need a visit to a phone shop, but when to fit it in lol.
This is another card that I made a while ago using some background paper created using diluted instant coffee granules.
I have used the fabulous Stampendous Zentangled Leaves stamped and embossed on more of the 'coffee paper' and then coloured with diluted coffee and white pen.
There are a set of dies to match the leaves which makes cutting them out so much simpler.
I also used some small die cut leaves and plenty of silicon.
I think this might have to be a hand delivered card for someone or else it will cost me a fortune to post :O).
Off to bed now so blog visiting and comments will have to wait till tomorrow.
Night, night and hugs

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Coffee Anyone??

Evening Everyone,
It has taken a lot of coffee to keep me going today, so I thought that I would share a few cards with you that I made using tea/coffee to create both the background papers and also paint with.
The background to this first card has been created by soaking a piece of card in a tray of diluted coffee granules (remember making aged paper as a kid?) I then sprinkled a few of the coffee granules on to the wet paper and left it to dry.
I used embossing folders and brown dye based ink for extra shading.
The background paper to this card was made in a similar manner although I first stamped and embossed in white and then screwed the paper up to give added texture.
I also added some glimmer mist to the background and coloured the main image with Watercolour Pearlex.
The background here was made the same way as for the first card. The main image was also coloured using diluted coffee granules.
The panel has been die cut using a fancy Couture die and then layered onto teal coloured card stock.
This card uses another of Jane Gill's designs for Woodware randomly stamped and embossed onto a piece of the coffee backround paper, and then coloured using Watercolour Pearlex.
Better slow down the coffee consumption if I am going to get any sleep tonight I suppose lol.
Back tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 29 January 2016

Sketch 50 at Woodware

Morning All
It's my turn over at Woodware to share a card made using this weeks sketch.
I have used a piece of background from my stash and stamped and embossed one of Jane's new stamps Whimsical flower Sally Anne on to it.
I cut the panel out using a large circle die, but you could always draw around a plate. I also matte and layered it onto white.
Some of the colour has been removed from the background using a baby wipe through a diamond stencil, and then I have added a little glitter glue using a piece of Cut'n Dry felt while the stencil is still in place.
 The finishing touch is a greeting from another of Jane's stamp sets and some Card Candi.
I rather liked the sketch (see HERE) so I made a second card.
Why not check out what the rest of the DT have made, a sketch is a great place to start if you are stuck for an idea.
Hugs Kimx