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.

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

Sunday, 12 February 2017

I'm Back With Love

Evening Everyone,
I'm back. Have you missed me?
I'm sorry I have been MIA lately but the bloody Internet has been out of action, in my house at least.
That will teach us to vacuum. We must have been a little too vigorous and dislodged a couple of wires in the connection. Fortunately we were able to track down the problem ourselves before getting an engineer involved, but it has taken quite a while to fix.
And there I was being so good with my daily blog posts as well, so I will have to try and get back in to the swing of it all again.
One of the numerous things I have missed  over the last few weeks was the last challenge over at CCM where Lin  was looking for Love, Love, Love.
Many years ago I was lucky enough to have a project published in a (then) new magazine Card Making and Papercraft. I was tasked with making a card, box and gift tag and although I have long since given the card to someone I was left with the box and tag.
I did a little bit of upcycling for the these cards by cutting up the box (this is part of the lid)
 and remounting the gift tag.
Of course I stupidly forgot to take a picture of the box and tag before I started to cut them up so you will just have to use your imagination I'm afraid.
These last cards were all made using the panels that I placed around the lid of the box.
The stamped images are all part of a wonderful old Magenta stamp which was embossed onto red card stock.
The hearts and flowers have been painted with thin undiluted bleach and the gold hearts along the centre of the card are from a piece of embossed gold card.
Lets hope that the Internet is kind to me and I can get back to my regular posts.
Have a good evening.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 20 January 2017

Bluebell Wood

Evening Everyone,
Late again with my post. I confess to a granny nap this afternoon that went on a little longer than anticipated lol.
So with time of the essence, here is a quick post with another of the cards that I made for Hobby Art Jenny's last TV appearance this time using the Bluebell Wood set.
I made it as a 'Thinking of You' card, but it could just as easily be a Birthday card for a man.
The background is from my bits box and was made using a wood grain embossing folder and distress inks. I added some fussy cut leaves, also part of the stamp set.
The trees and bluebells were stamped, embossed and coloured onto the piece of background and then a faux stitched border was added using a micron pen.
Better get to bed now, I have a busy day of crafty playtime to look forward to tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 19 January 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me.......

Evening Everyone
I really am getting very bored with this cold weather. I feel a bit like the Michelin Man at work.......thermal underwear, cardigan, scarf and fingerless gloves, very attractive lol.
I thought that these cards that I made for Hobby Art Jenny's last TV show might have a rather warmer feel to them and put us in the mood for some nice spring weather.
I love this fabulous little bird (actually a very nice sized foam mounted rubber stamp). I stamped and embossed him onto Watercolour card and then fussy cut and layered him onto a piece of handmade background paper.
I have used some bits of background left over from my Watercolour Embossing Folders class. The sentiment which is from another of the TV sets matches perfectly.
These last two cards use more pieces of background and another couple of the sentiment stamps.

The little leaves and flowers are also part of the sentiment stamp set. A very useful addition.
Thank goodness it is Friday tomorrow, that means a couple of days at home in the warm to look forward to, with a little crafting as well.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

A Little Bit of Playtime

Evening Everyone,
I have finally managed to get some playtime with out my little helper, although I must admit I have missed her today.
The Girls have asked to play with some fantastic Inkspirational Grungy style stamps by Phill Martin which found there way in to my shopping basket before Christmas.
I haven't had the chance to turn them into cards yet, but here are a few of the ideas that I have been playing around with.
I will share them properly with you as soon as I have finished them, so for now consider this a sneek peek.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Watercolour Diamonds

Evening Everyone,
Got a few cards for you tonight that all use the fabulous diamond background stamp from Art Impressions.
This first card was given to Emma's Daddy for his birthday last week. 
I inked the background stamp with Distress Inks and then spritzed with water before stamping onto watercolour card stock.
Once the panel was dry I stamped and embossed the tree onto it as well as a couple of rather grungy borders.
The beauty of this watercolour technique is that by spritzing with a little more water you can get at least one more impression from your stamp without reinking.
The background to this card uses the first generation stamping and the tree card uses the second.
The panel on this card uses the second generation stamping of the pine panel.
Here is another card using the diamond background and a floral stamp designed by Jane Gill.
The background panel on this card has been created using a leafy stamp which has been heat embossed onto a piece of brown card stock and then highlighted with Gilding Wax.
This card uses another second generation diamond panel.
As you can see I rather like this stamp, in fact I am sure I must have a few more stamped images in my bits box.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a good evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 16 January 2017

New Beginnings at CraftyCardmakers.

Evening Everyone,
We have a new challenge starting today over at CCM, and some wonderful new Teamies as well.
As it is the first challenge of 2017, we have an appropriately themed 'New Beginnings', so we would like to see your creations related to the arrival of a new baby, a new relationship, marriage, engagement, maybe even a New Years resolution.......anything new.
I decided to go with New Home.
I have two old friends who have recently moved after many years in their family homes, so this was the perfect challenge for me.
I have used a lovely Magnolia stamped scene Y0056 Welcome to a Lovely Home stamped and embossed onto watercolour card, and then coloured using Distress Inks.
The background has been created using an embossing folder that looks like a plank of wood.........very appropriate.
I added some Wink of Stella to the sky although it doesn't show up very well.
The sentiment is from a very useful Hobby Art CS016D Greetings stamp set.
I made two cards the same apart from the colouring on the panel.
I hope that you will join in with us over the next fortnight with your 'New Beginnings', and don't forget to stop by and show the new team some love.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Little Helpmate

Well I am definitely flavour of the day with Emma.
I finally managed to narrow down my list for the winners of my challenge, and was looking forward to some crafty playtime today, but Emma had other ideas.
I started the day watching her swimming lesson which was brilliant,

and then she hasn't wanted to leave my side for most of the day which has also been a joy.

Of course it has meant that crafting has taken a back seat, but as I have said before they are small for such a short space of time that I will make the most of being her 'bestest' friend and leaving blogging, and crafting for another day............hopefully tomorrow lol.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 14 January 2017

I'm late as usual

Crikey where did this year go to?
I am in full blown panic mode tonight as I have just realized that I am supposed to have chosen the  winners for my CCM challenge and as usual I have left it till the last possible moment, not deliberately I hasten to add.
So forgive me for no pictures I have to go and be 'judgy' and narrow down my very long list of
See you tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 13 January 2017

With a little help.....

Evening All,
I really don't like this weather. Apart from anything else I'm always terrified of falling over on the snow and ice.
At least most of the white stuff seems to have disappeared around us and I for one hope it stays away too.
I have had a little helper this afternoon.
Mummy wanted to make a card for Emma to give Daddy for his birthday.
I stamped out the fabulous Woodware Huge Happy Birthday and then Becki gave Emma some crayons and she coloured it in all on her own.
I let Becki loose in my craft room so that she could choose some bits and pieces,
 and then Emma helped me put it all together as per Mummy's instructions.
It was a bit of a joint effort, but I think Mummy was pleased with the end results.
They didn't manage to get home to see Daddy on his birthday because of the snow but they have finally managed it tonight so I think he will have some well deserved Emma long as she is playing the game that is. You know what kids are like, your best friends one minute, hate you the next, even at the tender age of one lol.
I'm hoping that the white stuff stays away otherwise we might not be able to get together for class tomorrow.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Kimx