Thursday, 8 December 2016

Christmas Old and New

Evening Everyone,
Another late post I'm afraid.
It was works Christmas Do last night so I didn't get the chance to schedule anything.
I did manage to get to the gym in the afternoon, which is probably just as well given all the fabulous home cooked Indian food that I consumed lol.
The party is always a bit of a double/treble celebration as it is organized to coincide with our Boss' birthday, and this year he is 50.
As it is also the birthday of the partner of one of my co-workers the evening turns into a bit of a big celebration.
 I thought that I would stick with sharing a few more Christmas cards with you.
They were all made with small stamped, embossed and coloured panels from my Christmas Bits Box.
I combined these very old Stampendous images,
with some dry embossed and stamped snowflakes using a very new stamp set and embossing folder from my ever expanding collection.
My goodness just look at the time!
Better get to bed. Thank goodness it is very nearly Friday.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Penny Black Stickeroos

Morning Everyone,
I hope that you are nice and warm and snug and that we are getting that little heatwave that I read about in the papers, and not the freezing cold that we have had here for the last couple of days.
I'm sure it feels worse than it actually is because I spent last week at home, all cosy and warm, not at work where we have aircon for the food, but no heaters for the staff!!
I have even invested in some fingerless gloves, not the easiest of things to work with but at least I can feel my fingers a little bit.
So here are a couple of nice warm cards to remind you of the sunshine.
The background was created using a piece of card stock that was first stamped and white embossed with butterflies to create a 'Masterboard'.
I sponged bright coloured dye based inks over the entire panel and then ran it through an embossing machine inside a floral embossing folder.
This nice bright panel matched some old Penny Black Stickeroos that I had in my stash.
I added extra colour to the edges of each panel before creating my finished cards.
I layered the Stickeroos onto white card before trimming them to leave a narrow white border.
Four small cards for some Little People that I know.
Have a great day, whatever the weather.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sketch 57 for Woodware Witterings

Morning Everyone,
We have a sketch for you at WoodwareWitterings this week.
Now you know I love sketches, but this one did have me scratching my head for a while, until I went to my bits box that is and then I got a little bit carried away as you can see.
The stamped panel was created using a leaf from one of my favourite Stampendous stamp sets CRS5068 PenPatterned Leaves.
I stamped and embossed the leaves onto some handmade background paper sponged with dye based inks.
I coloured some of the image with a purple and white Gelli Roll glaze pen.
The diamond pattern has been achieved by placing a stencil over the background panel. Remove the colour with a damp baby wipe and then burnish with a piece of Cut-n-Dry foam and some purple and Stardust glitter glue.
The sentiment is from a very old but much loved set FRCL080 Mixed Greetings and the main card has been stamped with versamark ink and clear embossing powder before being sponged with brown dye based ink.
As I said I got a bit carried away, so her is another card made with bits and pieces from my box. In fact there are enough cards for another post on Sunday lol.
The main leaf stamp in this one is CRR175 Leaf Background stamped, embossed and coloured with dye based inks.
I also used it on the main card, just stamped with black versafine ink.
Here is the sketch for you, why not give it a try it is great fun.
Have a wonderful day.
Happy crafting and hugs.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Penny Black and Pearlex

Morning Everyone,
Life gets back to normal today. As you read this I will already be hard at work after my few days holiday.
I have managed to cross a couple of things off my To Do List, although not nearly as many as I would have liked. Amazingly I have finished my Christmas newsletter, and have actually managed to start writing my Christmas cards which is nothing short of a miracle lol.
 With that in mind I thought that I would share a few cards that I managed to finish off recently.
Several years ago I did a demo using this fabulous Penny Black stamp, versamark ink and Pearlex Powders.
I love demoing and sharing my knowledge with people, but you do seem to end up with hundreds of images all very similar.
As I have been trying to work my way through my Christmas Bits Box I made cards with a few of these panels that I had left.
I have used mainly metallic colours of Pearlex on these panels,
so I have layered them on to some black cardstock which I have dry embossed using a couple of different Christmas Embossing folders.
I added gold and silver gilding wax to highlight the dry embossing and match the meatalic colours of Pearlex,
or the stamping and heat embossing as used on the first card.
This card was also made using a panel created with another old Penny Black stamp,
 Versamark ink and dry Pearlex Powders.
We have our works Christmas party this week so I had better get a shift on with the card writing. I must get the ones for work written at the very least, then it will save me a few postage stamps.
Bye for now.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sorry You Are Not Feeling Your Best

Morning Everyone,
Just a quick post today to cheer up anyone who is not feeling their best, for what ever reason.
The background was made when I was playing with my Gelli Plate.
I didn't like the colour combo that I used, but I didn't want to waste it so I sponged over the top with dye based inks.
The stamping has been done with a black versafine inkpad and clear embossing powder.

I sprinkled the panel with what I thought was water, but turned out to be Glimmer  Mist so it has added splodges, rather than taking colour out.

Never mind I rather like what I ended up with.
It is amazing how things change when you start to play. The trouble is that I never seem to be able to throw anything away because I might be able to do something with it later lol.
The sentiment is from Hobby Art and is perfect when you need a card for someone who is not ill as such, but is just not feeling up to par.
I have layered this over a couple of pieces of ribbon.
So I hope that this will cheer you up if you are not feeling your best. I know of a couple of people that I could have sent this to this week.
Have a good Sunday, and I hope that you are all feeling better soon.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Peacock Feathers

Evening Everyone,
Have you had a good Saturday?
We have had a great time in class today playing with Alcohol inks, which I will try and share with you tomorrow. I have had no time to finish anything as I have been trying to catch up with some DT posts.
Instead I thought that I would share the last of the cards made with the fabulous Hobby Art CS155D Feather.
I stamped and embossed the peacock feather several times onto a piece of handmade background paper from my stash.
The images were painted with a Watercolour Pearlex palette and the sentiment added from an old, but very well used stamp set.
The blue background paper has been embossed using a feather Embossing folder and then gently highlighted with gold Gilding Wax.
I used the rest of the piece of handmade paper to stamp and emboss the feather in gold for this next card.
I also used the same Pearlex palette to paint the feather.
The sentiment from the feather set has been stamped and embossed onto white card stock in black and then the panel is edged with versamark ink and gold embossing powder.
No nearer to getting any Christmas cards written, and now I have only one day left till I go back to work, so it looks like this year is going the same way as every other one.
Oh well, never mind, life is too short to stress about it.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas Bargello

Evening Everyone,

Just a quick post tonight to share a couple more Christmas cards that I have finished off.
The Bargello background was created using some stripy background paper from my stash.
The toppers are both from my stash of LOTV precoloured images which have been simply die cut and layered onto the background.
I am shattered tonight. I have walked miles today both visiting my Mum and dropping off a couple of stamps for Davina to play with.
I guess I should really walk a few more so that I hit the 20,000 steps for the day. On the other hand a nice tub of ice cream and a video sounds like a much better idea, I think I've earned it lol.
Thanks for stopping by, see you again tomorrow, if I can get up that is.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Beauty of Autumn

Evening Everyone,
Well I guess the Christmas countdown can officially start seeing as how we are now in December. How scary is that, only another 25 days and we will be drowning in leftovers and wrapping paper.
I really had better get on with writing those cards instead of just thinking about it. It truly is the bit I loathe. Love making cards, hate writing them which is why they are always late arriving!!
Before we become knee deep in those Christmas cards I thought that I would share a couple more of the cards that I made for Hobby Art Jenny and her last TV appearance.
One of my favourite stencils at the moment is this one THS014 Shatter by Tim Holtz.
I taped it on to a sheet of Mixed Media card stock and used a piece of Cut-N-Dry Foam to sponge it with Imagination Starlights.
Once this was dry I used another piece of Cut-N-Dry to burnish through the stencil with a little Sparkle Medium.
I think it creates a beautiful base for the oak leaves from Hobby Art CS145D Oak Tree which I painted with Distress Inks and fussy cut before adding them to the card using Silicon.
This card also uses the same stamp set this time stamped and embossed onto a piece of 'mop up' background from my stash.
The leaves stamped and embossed onto the brown base card have been painted with bleach.
This technique only works on some, not all card, so do try a little bit of bleach in the corner of the card before you go to the trouble of painting all your images only to find out that the bleach doesn't react with your chosen piece.
Looks like the weather has definitely gone beyond an autumnal chill. The frost outside the front door this morning didn't disappear at all, so I think I had better get those thermals out ready for work next week.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Tags for Woodware

Morning Everyone
We are making Christmas tags for you at Woodware this week.
I made a pile of tags for my Christmas prezzies. How organised am I this year, thank you Dorothy.
I started my tags by creating a masterboard on a sheet of blue card stock. I also made one on a sheet of lighter blue card but I forgot to take a photo of that one.
I stamped and embossed the large snowflake first using thin household bleach and then Shabby Green Frantage powder. Create a stamp pad for the bleach out of a piece of cut and dry felt.
The paler blue card has been stamped with bleach and then Silver Detail Embossing powder. The bleach obviously wasn't quite dry in places and so there is a slightly ghosted image where a little of the powder has stuck.
I also stamped and embossed the sentiment from an old favourite stamp set and then painted the tiles with bleach to take out some of the colour.
I cut the masterboard up into tag sized strips and then used the fabulous Tag Top Punch to shape the tops of the tags.

The beauty of this punch is that I was able to use up all of the left over pieces, no matter how narrow to create beautiful tags.
Two pieces of card were enough to create 16 tags, each one just very slightly different.
I added the names using Peel-off letters stuck to white card, and finished them off with some dotty white ribbon.
Quick and easy, and such fun to make.
Have a great day.
Hugs Kimx