Monday, 5 February 2018

Hobby Art Butterflies

Hello All,
Well I made it through a whole day at work.
I have to say that taking the week off to recover was probably the most sensible thing that I have done in a long time cause I actually feel better. (At least at the moment lol)
Here as promised a while ago are a couple more cards from Hobby Art Jenny's last TV show.
Sorry I didn't manage to get them on here earlier, still better late than never I suppose.
This time they feature the fabulous Butterfly set.
I decided that I wanted to use the largest of the butterflies as it makes such a wonderful focal point. I die cut the corner out of a piece of black card stock using one of Tim Holtz ornate corners.
Having trimmed the panel I gently applied gilding wax and a stamped and embossed sentiment before adding the panel to a white card base.
The butterflies have all been stamped and embossed in black and then sponged with dye based inks.
This second card uses the same images only this time they are stamped and embossed in gold before applying the dye based inks and fussy cutting.
The background has been created using a fabulous 'vintage' embossing folder and black card stock.
Once again I used gilding wax to cover the whole of the background, only this time it was the excess wax that had dried on my craft mat reactivated with Stick Away from Crafters Companion.
Thank you Sheena for that little tip.
Because there were various colours of wax on the mat at the same time it has given the background a slightly muddy look, but I rather like the effect.
I sanded the card back after I had covered the whole thing with wax so that the black showed through.
I added the fussy cut and shaped butterflies using silicon glue along with a sentiment.
I think an early night is in order tonight. I don't want to overdo things.
I won't promise to be back tomorrow, but I will definitely try.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Inky and Messy at CCM

Hello Everyone,
I'm sorry that this is rather late, 2018 is not going too well for me.
I got sent home from work last Monday feeling absolutely ghastly and have spent most of the rest of the week in bed.
I thought that I was feeling a little better on Wednesday, and then spent 3 hours laying down after I had been in the shower!!
We have an Inky / Messy challenge running at CCM  for another week.
I really love inky and messy. Making backgrounds has always been a particular passion of mine, and so the new Oxide inks were a must have for me. In fact I am waiting in eager anticipation for my parcel to arrive with the new colours.
The background to this card (and the other two) is made using the Mop-up technique and Oxide inks.
I hate to waste all the lovely ink left on the mat after I have done some sponging on a project.
A spritz of water and a smoosh of card and you have instant background papers, and every one different.
I added a little extra stamping in the background to all of the panels.
The first two cards used white embossing powder on the focal stamped image.
This third card uses the same image (Woodware stamp designed by Jane Gill) just stamped and embossed in black instead.
I'm back to work tomorrow so I had better get to bed.
It's going to be hard to get back into the swing of things after a week off, and without the benefit of being able to lie down whenever the need arises.
Oh well, I'm sure I will be fine.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Wildflowers for Hobby Art

Evening Everyone,
Weren’t there some of the most amazing samples on Hobby Art  Jenny’s show on Monday. I always feel that mine are very simplistic and inadequate by comparison.
Still I suppose that just goes to show the versatility of the stamps, and it’s also why you have such a diverse range of crafting styles on a Design Team.
I do like floral stamps as you know, so these lovely Wildflowers definitely appealed to me.

The first card uses just one of the stamps from the set.
I stamped and embossed the image a couple of times using Versafine ink and clear embossing powder having first masked off the bottom of the panel.

Next I drew a border around the stamped images and added a touch of simple Zentangle to create a frame for my flowers.

I also added a sentiment from one of the other sets and then mounted my trimmed panel onto a piece of embossed kraft card.
Of course there had to be a bit of gilding wax to highlight the embossing, and a touch of glitter glue on the tips of the flowers.
I hadn’t really thought about it when I made it, but Charlie pointed out that it would make quite a good card for a man.
My second card also uses a bit of masking (a recurrent theme amongst the DT) and some decorating chalks.
I masked off a panel across the bottom of a piece of white card and then used a cotton wool ball to add the chalks. Because there is no ink involved at this stage it gives a nice soft feel to the background of the card.
After I was satisfied with my background, I stamped across the masked area with another of the wildflowers and a Versamark ink pad.. This time the image is much darker as the clear ink ‘grabs’ the chalk.
Once I had removed the masking tape, I stamped and embossed the same image on to the panel this time using Black ink.
I added the sentiment using versamark ink and the chalks and then layered the finished panel on to a co-ordinating piece of card stock.
I will try and share another couple of cards tomorrow if I get a chance.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 15 January 2018

CCM Bling's the Thing

Hi All,
Here we are at the start of our first challenge of the New Year at CCM and we are looking for plenty of Bling.
Now I know that Christmas is a dim and distant memory, but it is also the perfect time for a bit of bling.
I didn't send very many Christmas cards this year as you know, but I could hardly miss my littlest Granddaughter's First Christmas now could I, or her big sister Emma.
For Emma's card I die cut one of Sue Wilson's hexagonal dies in red, and added it to a piece of Sticker paper.
I added fine crystal glitter to the background for plenty of bling.
The coloured image is from LOTV and has also been die cut.
I added Sparkle pen to the bears fur
as well as glitter glue and glossy accents to the penguin and snow.
This is Chloe's card and has also used a LOTV pre-coloured image die cut and layered on to red card.
The background was created using a Woodware Baby's First Christmas stamp.
I also added sparkle pen, glossy accents, glitter glue and some hand drawn lines.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our new challenge, and please stop by HERE and see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Thank You Gift

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a good weekend.
I have managed to get a couple of things finished, including some Thank You cards which are ready to go in the post box tomorrow............ and it's still January so that is pretty amazing lol.
We played with some of the fabulous new 3D embossing folders recently, and they just seemed to lead quite nicely to a series of cards that I thought would make rather nice Thank You gifts.
The most difficult part of the whole proceedings was actually tracking down some small calenders. I found plenty for 2017. Who on earth is going to buy a 2017 calender pad in December of that very year!!!!
I used a combination of dual core card stock, distress inks, letterpress technique and gilding wax. And a few well placed gems.
Letterpress technique with added ink and gilding wax..
Dual core card stock sanded. Extra sponged ink and gilding wax.

Letterpress technique, added ink and gilding wax.

Letterpress technique, added ink and gilding wax.
Letter press technique onto a piece of mop up background.

Coloured card and gilding wax along with a post it note pad and a floral embellishment.
Dual core card stock sanded back with gilding wax added.
Coloured card and gilding wax.
Sorry for the rather picture heavy post but as you can see I just love, love, love this folder.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Cards for Kids

Evening Everyone,
It may have been Christmas, but people still had birthdays, so I did try to make sure that I sent those cards out. In fact I think some people may have actually got their cards early, which is kind of a first for me I think!!
I made quite a few cards for 'Little People' before Christmas in a bid to use up some bits and pieces.  

I do love this Sue Wilson alphabet die.
It is so useful,
and as you can see you can also use the 'leftover' section
as a great background to a card.
I think I might even try it as a stencil when I get the chance to play for me again.
These are a couple of other cards that I made using some rather cute Magnolia stamps.
 I managed to use up quite a few bits of background paper on these cards.
As well as some rather pretty floral buttons.
Better get some shut eye now.
Hugs Kimx