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Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Easter weekend

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have all had a fabulous Easter weekend, and that you are not too overstuffed with chocolate.
I don't really DO Easter, just ask my Girls. I was the mean Mum who bought them a book instead of an Easter Egg. Well they always seemed to get so many from everyone else.
I haven't really changed with the Grandchildren either, although I did give them a small cream egg (their favourite) and a couple of pound for their money box.
At work however we have had to do our bit to celebrate, so yesterday I press ganged the younger kids into dressing up and coming to work to greet all of the customers. The things I do on my day off lol.
I had promised to buy them breakfast, but the first thing my Boss asked them as they walked in to work was 'What would you like to eat? Choose whatever you want.'
The boys went for an All day Breakfast, typical boys, where as Sas went for a more reserved chocolate croissant. Hot chocolate all round and that was them sorted for the morning.
Sas definitely got into her roll, especially when a couple of customers gave them each a small egg, which she stored in her basket.
The Boss's daughters played their part as did the daughter of one of my other colleagues. In fact everyone at work that day had dressed up in white shirt and bow tie, and even a few bunny ears.
I made everyone an Easter name badge, and as you can see I am not a tidy workman.
Thank goodness for pre-coloured images and peel-offs is all I can say.
I can't believe how many Easter eggs we managed to sell. In fact there were none left by midday on Sunday so I hope that no one was expecting any end of season bargains.
Oh well, back to normal tomorrow so that's another Bank holiday over. Still, I suppose that there are another two to look forward to next month, for those of you that don't work on those days anyway.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Playing with my Creative Palette

Evening Everyone,
Are you having a good weekend?
I have been having way too much fun playing with my Creative Palette and inks after some advice from the lovely Jane Gill.
I haven't been very successful with acrylic paint on it, but inks seem to work fine although the effects I have been getting are very different from those backgrounds I've pulled from my Gelli plate.
I used some Colorbox Chalk re-inkers to create the background and Hair Styling Gel as my extender. Jane had said that she used hand sanitising gel but this was the nearest that I could find at work.
I used several new Stampendous stamps in the background along with co-ordinating Distress inks.
I decided not to try and colour in the floral images that I stamped and embossed onto my paper so that the background would remain the focus.
The sentiment was added on a piece of torn vellum.
My resolve to use up all of my scraps is failing me at the moment as my pile of hand made background papers is getting bigger and bigger lol.
Better get some sleep before I start another play session.
Night night.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rose Trellis

Evening Everyone
How lovely to see the sunshine again, although it was deceptively cold, let's hope that they are not right about us getting snow for Easter lol.
I have had several anniversary cards to make recently, so I thought that you might like to see one that shows that I do use my stamps, really I do :O)
The stamped, embossed and coloured panel was actually created when I was staying at SirStampalot last month. I liked the stamp so much that it managed to find it's way into my shopping basket.
The image was cut out using one of Janice's fancy Nesties which I think will have to go on my wish list.
I have coloured the image using Distress markers and mounted it onto a dry embossed panel.
I added a little Stardust pen and some tiny crystals for a little bit of bling.
I wish my rose bush looked as good as this. I'm not very green fingered, just ask my Mum, she is the one who has to nurture my failures back to life lol.
I think I will stick to my stamped flowers, I know what  I'm doing with them.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Floral Profussion at CCM and More

Hi All

Fiona is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and More and she has chosen 'A Floral Profusion' for her theme. She would love to see your creations which showcase your handmade flowers, the more the merrier!
For my card I chose an old Lili of the Valley topper (I do use my stamps girls, honestly lol) which I cut out using a circular Nestie.

The background to the card has been created using a large embossing folder, my E-bosser and some Distress ink.
I added some glitter glue to the flower centers.
The card has actually made for a friend to give to his Mum on her 70th birthday, so I added 'Mum' to the small tag on the topper,
and a circular greeting from Lili of the Valley, as well as a peel-off '70th'.
The assorted flowers and leaves have all been die cut from kraft card and papers from my stash.
We are sponsored this time by CRAFTY SENTIMENTS DESIGNS with 3 images of the winners choice.
As it will be hand delivered I have managed to get away without making a box.
Don't forget to stop by the Crafty Cardmakers and More blog and see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you.
hugs Kimx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Wow, what a weekend!!

Evening Everyone,
I have had a rather unexpected end to the weekend, extra babysitting detail of the Grandchildren and a couple of extra bodies!!
 The weekend started off in a rather relaxing manner some friends round for a BBQ, despite the rather overcast weather.
It was actually a rather belated birthday treat for my 'surrogate son-in-law'.
All was going well apart from the fact that he had been stung by a wasp earlier in the day and his hand was continuing to swell (he is allergic to wasp stings and had already been to A&E)
After much discussion, and quite a bit of persuasion, he went back to the hospital only to be put in an ambulance which sped off at 90 miles and hour to East Grinstead where a team of doctors were waiting for his arrival!!
The upshot of it was a night spent at the hospital hooked up to a drip, with his wife and my daughter there for company (they had gone with him to A&E) and all of the children sleeping over here.
I ended up pulling Child Watch detail, they are all well past the baby stage, until everyone returned early this afternoon after my Sin-in-law had gone to collect them.
All the grown ups had been awake all night so as you can imagine there were a lot of rather tired people in need of coffee and feeding.
Rather appropriately tonight I have several cards to share that were made for members of the younger generation.
I'm sure that this is how everyone would have preferred to spend the weekend.
 We could have done with a little wizardry today,
And once again a little relaxation would not have gone amiss.
It was a birthday celebration I know but this is definitely not what the Birthday Boy looked like lol.
All of the cards have been made using Lili of the Valley toppers, so easy to use when you need a card in a hurry.
Lets hope that tomorrow is a little less frantic, I think that there will be quite a few grown ups in need of match sticks to prop open their eyes. Let's hope that they all get a good nights sleep.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A new Baby Boy

Evening Everyone,
Are you having a good day? It's been distinctly chilly here, perfect excuse to craft in my book lol.
I told you that I was into my embossing folders at the moment. I used one on the background paper of this card, made for one of the guys at work who has just become a Daddy for the second time.
The super cute image is one of my Lily of the Valley toppers cut out using a circular Nestie.
The sentiment is from the  Hobby Art New Baby stamp set that Jenny recently took on the TV, and I added some Glossy Accents to the balloons.
Speaking of Hobby Art I have samples to finish tomorrow for Jenny's next show on 23rd April.
Better get some sleep.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 11 April 2014

For my Mum

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a good week and are looking forward to a nice crafty weekend, I know that I am.
Now where do I begin to share all of the cards that I have made recently.
I think that maybe this one that I made for my lovely Mum for Mother's Day is a good place to start.
I have become quite addicted to my embossing folders lately, especially since I have invested in an E-Bosser.
I'm not usually an electronic gadget girl, but this is brilliant, although I did have a bit of a meltdown when the first folder that I tried to use just kept getting spat out!!!
After a bit of a rant I tried a different platform combination and we were good to go.
I taped a couple of programs on Create and Craft yesterday, so I am hoping that there will be some tips on how to use it with dies before I cut into the wrong plate lol.
The central stamped panel on Mum's card uses one of my all time favourite stamps from Penny Black, Distress inks and some Glimmer Mists.
The embossed panel in the background was created using my Gelly Plate, acrylic paints and more Distress Ink.
 I added some stamped and stencilled images to the base card using Gold Encore ink.
The small panel with the diamond pattern was also pulled from the Gelly Plate.
The flowers and leaves were die cut from Core-dinations card stock with some added Card Candi and ribbon.
Mum is looking forward to one of her little road trips next week with her friend Liz. It's actually a 5 day break on a coach with hotel, meals and entertainment thrown in. She has a great time, and it would probably cost her more to be at home than it does for the actually holiday. Oh the joys of being a very lovely OAP.
Have a great time Ma, love you.
Hugs Kimx