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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Emma meet Adam

Evening Everyone,
Another miserable day weather wise, I do hope that it brightens up a little bit some time soon.
As you know, yesterday would have been my son Adams' birthday. I was coping reasonably well until my daughter sent me this fabulous photo of my Granddaughter Emma, complete with message.

'Mummy's been telling me all about Uncle Adam. 
We r thinking about him and u today. Love you very much xxx'

Not that I am complaining you understand, it just tugged rather hard on the heart strings and got the tears flowing.
It is so lovely to think that all of the Grandchildren are growing up knowing and talking about their Uncle Adam even though only Megan ever met him and she was too young to remember.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 31 August 2015

Wishing You Every Happiness

Evening Everyone,
Wow, what a day it has been, full of torrential rain. This type of weather seems to have become typical for a Bank Holiday Monday.
Today would have been my son Adam's birthday, and I can assure you that we were in the middle of a heat wave 34 years ago.
By co-incidence today is also my cousins birthday, and so I thought that I would share the card that I sent her.
 It was made using various bits and pieces from my 'To Finish' box.
The leaf panel is from a fabulous set which I have stamped and embossed using white embossing powder, and coloured with Bundled Sage Distress ink.
The aperture panel has also been sponged and stamped with Bundled Sage ink and then some faux stitching and brads have been added.
Let's hope that the weather picks up a bit tomorrow. The kids have only got a few days till they go back to school, and it would be such a shame if they had to be spent indoors.
Happy Birthday Adam, we miss you.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

No Patterned Papers at CCM&More

Hello All
I'm sorry, I've done it again. Added my card to the CCM&More challenge and then not been able to get on the Internet since. Well not on my laptop anyway.
I threatened it yesterday evening, taking it to my computer friend to fix, and lo and behold it was working this morning!!
Joe you rock as the ultimate threat to all things computer in my world.
Anyway, here is the card that I made for the challenge which is hosted by our fabulous Boss Lin
The challenge that she set is No Patterned Papers in your creations.
I made this card for a friend to give to her daughter using one of my LOTV toppers.
I cut it out using circular nesties and then layered it over various die cuts.
I also added some tiny pearls and a chip board number.
Please stop by and see what the rest of the team have made, there are some stunning samples. In fact Lin's card has made me want to add a couple more dies to my collection, as if I need any.
Also we are holding a DT call, so if you fancy being part of a fabulously laid back team please just add DT to your entry name.
I had better go and do some commenting now before the Internet disappears on me again lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx


Monday, 24 August 2015

Texture, Texture, Texture at Woodware

Hello All
I'm helping out over on the Woodware blog again this week, and this time they are looking for Texture, Texture, Texture.
The card was made this Sunday (nothing like being last minute lol), where the weather in our neck of the woods felt more like Autumn than Summer, so perhaps that is where my inspiration came from.
 I used one of the fabulous Doobadoo stencils for the background, along with some dye based inks....
 clear embossing powder and gilding wax in gold and bronze.
The leaves have been created using the same coloured inks and two layers of UTEE. This was then  stamped into with the Stampendous leaf stamp while the UTEE was still hot and molten.
It doesn't affect the stamps but gives wonderful texture to the stamped image which I then carefully cut around.
The main card was made using a sheet of linen card. I rubbed the same inkpads around the edges of the card which helped pick up all the fabulous texture of the linen.
The bow has been created from some threads pulled from a Jute fabric square, layered over a couple of skeleton leaves and finished off with a wooden button.
Having sent the pictures to Dorothy I decided that perhaps the card looked better with a greeting.
What do you think?
Have a good day. Let's hope that by the time you read this the weather will have changed back to the glorious sunshine that we had on Saturday, even if it was a little bit too hot for me.
Never satisfied are we lol.
Bye for now.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Thinking of Your on your 100th Birthday

Evening All
Isn't it amazing the things that you can learn about people in a two minute conversation whilst they are paying for their fuel.
During one such moment at the beginning of the year I discovered that a special lady would be celebrating her 100th birthday today.
Unfortunately she didn't quite make it, but her family will be celebrating regardless with a visit to her graveside and then a glass raised in her honour at the local pub.
I wanted them to know that I hadn't forgotten her either, so I made this card.
The background is a piece of 'cleanup paper' after a Gelli Plate session.
I added some lovely stamped images, faux stitching and a little bit of bling.
Today is also my Nephews birthday so I will raise a glass (of squash) in his honour as well.
Night night All, sleep well
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Mechanical Cards at Woodware

Hi All
This week the Girls at Woodware are looking at Mechanical Cards, and I am thrilled to have been asked to help them out.
 I really wasn't sure what Dorothy expected so this is my take on the theme.
I have created the background to my card using a fabulous Gears stencil from Dreamweaver, some silver Gilding Wax and a stencil brush.
I love this shoe stamp from Stampendous.
I so wish that I were still able to wear a pair of shoes that looked this good.
What ever happened to the 4 inch heels that I used to wear all the time when the kids were small.
I have watercoloured the image with dye based ink and then added silver and gold Gelli Roll Glaze pen and some Glossy Accents on the clock face..
I created an extra couple of panels using the Gears stencil and my Cuttlebug and then brushed them with more silver Gilding Wax
I cut out some of the cogs using circular punches and added them to the card.
I hope that you like the card.
I wonder what the Team come up with for the rest of the week.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Monday, 10 August 2015

Warm Summer Colours at CCM&More

Evening Everyone,
Well I have surprised myself and remembered to post my card for the new CCM&More challenge, even if it is a little late in the day, and I've nearly thrown the computer across the room trying to get it written.
Our theme this time is warm Summer colours and so I have chosen to share this card that I made for a friend of my Mum after she fell and broke her hip.
It uses one of my all time favourite stamps from Stampendous, Versamark ink  and Decorating chalks.
I matched the panel to some background papers from my stash.
I'm sorry that this is rather short and sweet, but it has taken me an hour and a half to get this much done, so I am going to quit while I am ahead.
Hope you enjoy the challenge, and don't forget to check out what the rest of the team have come up with.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Welcome to the World Miss Tickle

Hi All
Wow, where have the last couple of months gone to?
Thank you to all of my regular visitors who have expressed concern at my absence.
I have found it very hard to get motivated recently as my youngest daughter reached the final stages of her pregnancy. It has been beset with problems, all a bit of a worry, and as she is no longer just round the corner I have found it very hard to settle.
I am now pleased to say that my beautiful Granddaughter Emma Reygate Tickle arrived safely on Tuesday 28th July at 2.23pm, weighing a healthy 7lb 14oz, and that I was there to witness her arrival - well up the nice end at least lol.
I wouldn't have missed it for the world, and can now say that I have been at the birth of both my daughters first children, a very special gift, and moments that I will treasure forever.
Unfortunately all my best photos are on my new phone so I'm afraid these will have to do. I am sooooo glad that I finally dragged myself into the 21st century, even if I haven't quite got to grips with the technical bits lol.
They came to visit this weekend, so all my crafty plans went out of the window, but who cares when you get to cuddle such a cutie!!
The new challenge starts on the CCM&More blog tomorrow so I really must get my act together and find the time to actually post my card on my blog instead of leaving it in draft :O)
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 29 June 2015

Sentiment Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More

Hi All,
Are you having a good start to your week?
We have a new challenge for you over at CCM&More, where Jackie wants to see your creations with an added sentiment.
I chose to share a card that I made for a friend at work on her Special Birthday.
I die cut the numbers from kraft card, highlighting them with Platinum Glitter Glue. The sentiments are a mixture of Woodware and LOTV.
I love this circular stamp, it is so good for marking the date of a special celebration with a drop of Glossy Accents.
The flowers have been die cut from paper to match the background, as have the leaves. Glitter domes make fab flower centres.
I had to get a bit of stamping in there on the background paper with ne of my favourite stamps Hero Arts F5042 Leaf Flourish.
I chose turquoise for the colour scheme of the card as this is Tharu's favourite colour.
I would like to enter it in the following challenges - I haven't done that in a while :O)
Craft for the Craic  - The Big Occasion
Aloha Friday challenge  - Birthday
Dragonfly Dreams - We are having a Special Occasion
Glitter and Sparkle Challenge 143 - Sentimental (Must have a sentiment)

My Mum text me today to say that she had been sent an alert that told the elderly to stay indoors due to the heat, so I am taking her advice.
What a great excuse to sit and craft if ever I needed one lol.
Have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Lazy Summer Day

Evening Everyone,
Have you had a good weekend?
I really must get back to this blogging lark.
June has been one of those months where I seem to have had a card to send practically every day. In fact there have been some days where I have had two or even three. I think that I must be keeping the Post Office in business lol.
So you see it certainly hasn't been a lack of things to share with you that has kept me away, just a lack of time and the inclination to get on to the computer if I am honest.
This was one of the cards that I made for a young friend of ours. I suspect that this may be how he would have liked to spend the day as it was really rather hot on his birthday.
Once again I reached for my trusty LOTV toppers and a circular nestie.
I am on a bit of a mission to use up bits and pieces from my box which is where I found all of the die cuts,
along with the greeting.
The background was created with a fabulous embossing folder that I purchased a little while ago.
I was really pleased with how it turned out, and I hope that Max liked it.
We have another new challenge starting over at CCM&More, so I had better be back tomorrow, when it starts, with my DT card.
See you then. Happy Crafting.
Hugs Kimx 

Monday, 22 June 2015

One Very Happy Bunny

Evening Everyone,
We have one very happy bunny in our house tonight.
After much hard work, my youngest Granddaughter Saskia has gone up a colour in her reading. She was very pleased with herself.
Of course I will now expect to be read a bedtime story.


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Father's Day Daddy

Evening Everyone,
Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful Dad's out there.
This is a very special card that I was asked to make for a very special someone today.
My Granddaughter Saskia helped pick the LOTV topper and then the rest was left up to me.
I used one of fabulous Huge Word stamps designed for Woodware by Francoise and a bit of paper piecing with papers to match the image.
The sentiment is also from LOTV and I added a die cut DooHickey fence.
Daddy was added to a DooHickey cloud using die cut letters.
I'm hoping that by now this has safely been delivered and that I am not spoiling the surprise by posting it.
I hope that this and every other Daddy was well and truly spoilt today, and lets share a special thought for all of those wonderful Dad's no longer with us.
Hugs to you all
Kimx

Saturday, 20 June 2015

A card using the Woodware Sketch

Evening Everyone,
Where did the last week disappear to? And I started it off so well.
I have managed to be creative, I just don't seem to have got back into blogging on a regular basis.
 One of the cards that I made this weekend is using the latest sketch over on the Woodware blog.
I have turned it onto it's side for my card. 
The background to my stamped panel is from my 'bits box' but if memory serves it was made using some sprayed inks, a little bit of pearlex added to the inks and some cling film.
You have to be patient and leave the cling film in place until the panel is completely dry, but I think that you will agree that it is worth the wait.
The stamps are from an old Stampendous set.
You may have realised by now that I am a lover of silhouette flowers and leaves. They go so well with inky backgrounds, another favourite of mine.
The greeting is from the same floral stamp set, in fact there are a number of different sentiments.
The dotty background is from one of the lovely paper pads that Woodware also sell.
Let's hope that I can do a little better in the blogging world next week.
For now, Good Night and a gig hug
Kimx