Monday, 21 May 2018

Things with Wings at CCM

Evening Everyone,
It's the start of a new challenge over at CCM, and I'm actually blogging my card on the right day.
Glenda is hosting today's challenge, Things With Wings. We would like it NOT to be a small butterfly or similar in the corner, but the Winged thing should be the focal point of your creation.
As usual anything you care to enter is fine, a card, scrap layout, mixed media piece, some home decor, as long as it meets the Things With Wings theme.

I chose some fabulous Hobby Art stamps for my card,
and some of the amazing cards in their gallery for inspiration HERE.
There is a bit of masking, multiple stamping using distress inks,
and some fussy cut butterflies.
I hope that you will join in with our challenge, and pop over to the blog for some inspiration from our wonderful DT.
Happy crafting and hugs

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Anyone for a game of golf

Evening Everyone,
What a difference in the weather today after the glorious day we had yesterday.
I took a couple of days off to get over the Moonwalk, so today was my first day back, and I made it through. My hips were a bit achy after a few hours standing at the till, but all in all not too bad.
Given that I had never done a walk of this kind before I thought it sensible to give myself a couple of days to recover in case I couldn't even stand up, let alone walk to work.
As it happens I actually felt fine after the walk, albeit tired, but time off did mean that I managed to find my Crafty Mojo, which seems to have been missing of late.
I have managed to finish all my samples for Jane's next TV appearance at the end of the month, and even managed to sort out a few birthday cards to send.
I'm sorry for missing all those special occasions over the last couple of months. I am well know for the lateness of my cards arrival, but I have made the decision that even by my standards, some of them would have been just too late, so I haven't sent them after all.
This card was actually made a while ago for my lovely 'Gym Buddy' and should have been blogged last month for the CCM Birthday challenge, but I forgot!!!!
As well as accompanying me to the gym, my friend also plays a mean round of golf.
We have also been known to hit the punch bag on occasion. In fact I managed a Kick Boxing class as well as Fitball tonight so I am feeling suitably knackered lol.
Of course no card would be complete without a few well placed flowers.
Off to bed now, before I fall asleep sitting up.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

We made it

Evening, or should that be very early morning lol
Well we made it. We finished the Moonwalk.
40,000 steps and just under 5 and a half hours, not bad for a first attempt at the 15 mile Half Moon Walk, if I do say so myself.
It was a strangely enjoyable experience, one which I would happily repeat.
I must confess to spending most of Sunday either sleeping, or at least lying down, so I hope you will forgive me for not blogging sooner.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored us, and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to stand throughout the night to guide and encourage us.
Thanks again for all your support.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Walk the Walk at the Moonwalk in London

Hello Everyone, long time no see.
I'm sorry that I have been missing of late, but what with computer issues, work and training for the Moonwalk crafting has very definitely taken a back seat.
So to the MOONWALK. The day, or should I say night is finally here.
As with most walkers we have a very personal reason for doing this. For us it is my Cousin Kathy who is currently in remission.
She is also the reason for our team name 'Bristow Babes', Bristow being her maiden name.
Most of our training (I am doing the Moonwalk with my daughter Becki) has been done whilst accompanied by Becki's two small children.
It will seem very strange not to have a buggy to push tonight, let's hope that we can manage without it to hold us up lol.
Emma wanted to get in on the act, so she posed in the hat and t-shirt that we will be wearing tonight.

And of course we couldn't leave out our other training buddy.
I'm afraid that we have both dipped out on the bra. There are certain things that should remain a mystery and safely covered up, so I have taken advice from previous Moonwalkers and gone for warmth over showmanship.
We have been holding a bucket collection at work for customers loose change, and have been able to arrange for this to happen in all the BP petrol stations in our local area.
If you do fancy sponsoring either of us I have added the links below, any amount however small will be greatly appreciated.

Kimx -
Becki -

Our rucksack with spare clothes for afterwards, and bumbag for the walk are all safely packed up and waiting for the off. So in the mean time I am trying to get some rest, and hoping that it rains itself out before the start.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that normal service will be resumed very soon.
Happy Crafting and Hugs


Monday, 9 April 2018

Water challenge at CCM

I'm a little late with my post for the latest challenge at CCM, but in my defence I have been shopping for a pair of walking shoes for the Moonwalk.
Becki and I both needed new trainers, and obviously we need to wear them in before we do the Moonwalk in May so my being off work for a couple of days seemed the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately we both ended up liking the same pair of shoes (much to Becki's disgust lol) so she is going to get a pair of brightly coloured laces to make hers look different to mine.

The new challenge at CCM is Water, so I am sharing the card that I made for Emma to give her swimming teacher.
She is going up a class next term and will be having a new teacher, so Becki wanted a card to say thank you for all the fabulous classes. Emma loves swimming, and is quite the water baby.
The bubble background is an embossing folder coloured with Distress Inks and Gilding Wax.
The sentiment is from Woodware, although I cut part of it off.
I'm hoping that the weather is favourable tomorrow so that we can try out our new shoes, although part of me would actually quite like to sit and do some crafting. I still haven't played with any of my new toys.
Night night and hugs

Sunday, 8 April 2018

On Your Special Day.

Hi All,
Well I see that after a couple of days of glorious sunshine we are back to normal.
Now I don't like the weather too hot and I certainly prefer rain to snow, but I really am getting bored with all of this now. Perhaps I am being affected by SAD (lack of sunshine), but I do know that I am certainly looking forward to moaning that it is too hot lol.
I have been struggling to get anything crafty done over the last few days, but I am hoping that playing with some of the wonderful new goodies that I got at Ally Pally yesterday will get the creative juices flowing.
Of course I spent far too much, but that's a given. It was a lovely day, spent with, and meeting, lots of wonderful crafty friends.

I may not have been particularly creative of late, but I have hundreds of cards already made that I can share with you, so here is one that I made for a friend recently to give to her Mother-in-law.
I had been playing around with an edger die for a previous project, but it just didn't work, so this die cut piece was already on my desk.
When you have as many dies as I have it is sometimes like Christmas morning when you are looking for a particular die and find things that you had all but forgotten about.
New treasures to play with again. And of course I now have lots of new ones that I purchased yesterday..........It just had to be done :O)
This was one such occasion, and I think the Love die fits perfectly with the edger die.
I also added some die cut flowers, and branches.
One of my favourite accessories at the moment is my Gilding Wax, I seem to add it to everything.
I also added a few drops of glitter glue to the tips of the branches and the smaller flowers.
I had better get my creative hat on again as I have a birthday card to make for my Sin-in-Law, and it would make a change for it to be on time lol.
Hope you have a great Sunday, despite the weather. Although that being said it is perfect for guilt free crafting don't you think.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Better than a telegram from the Queen!!

I have recently been commissioned to make several 'milestone' cards for a friend of mine.
The latest of these was for a 100th Birthday.........a milestone indeed, and one which is recognised by a telegram from the Queen.
Now in the words of my friend, my card caused more of a stir than even that telegram. How great a compliment is that.
Making a card for someone else to give is always a challenge, so I like to have a little bit of background info, like a favourite colour or things that the recipient likes.
In this case all I had was that the lady in question used to sing in pubs, so I decided that I would go for a vintage feel (given her age) and some sheet music.
I used the musical background paper for the main part of the card cut out with a large Go Create die.
I have a set of large Alphabet and Number dies which I often use on my cards as well as the sentiment all cut from kraft card with a shadow of white.
I decided that I would stick with kraft card and sheet music for the die cut flowers and leaves to tie it all together.
I really love a challenge like this, and when it is so graciously received it is always a bonus.
I have another card to make tonight for my friend's step mum so I had better get on with it.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Monday, 26 March 2018

Bunnies, chicks or eggs at CCM

Evening Everyone,
It is my turn to host the challenge over at CCM this time.
Our challenges last for a fortnight, so as this new one straddles Easter we have gone for a seasonal twist, and what could be more appropriate than Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs.
My card was made using one of the fabulous stamp sets from Woodware, designed by my friend Jane Gill.

I stamped and embossed the bunny onto white card stock and coloured it using a combination of distress oxide inks and Gelly Roll pens.
The background to the card was created by randomly stamping and embossing the bunny around the edges of a piece of kraft card.
The main image has been trimmed and then edged with faux stitching.
I love using the oxide inks on darker cardstock it gives such a lovely chalky finish.
Of course when I made the card I had to play with the images first, so here is a card that I created by stamping and embossing in gold on black card.
I hope that you will find the time to join us for our challenge, and that you will pop by and visit the rest of the team, who as always have come up with some stunning samples.
We also have some new teamies who would love a visit I am sure.
Happy Crafting and hugs.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The best laid plans.........

Evening Everyone,
Have you All had a good weekend?
I have had a lovely few days away from work, although I haven't quite got as much done as I had planned. Do we ever!!
I have managed a few crafty endeavours, including the birthday card that I am sharing with you tonight, and of course a fabulous class yesterday, so all is not lost.
This was made for one of the children that I know through the garage.

I think that the weather was dry enough on Saturday for the outdoor party that Austin's mum had got planned. A bouncy castle is not something that you can bring inside if it starts to rain lol.
 I used a fabulous grungy birthday background as the focus for my card.
It was designed by Francoise Read for Woodware and has been coloured using Distress Oxides. 
I also used some wonderful Penny Black Stickeroos which I stuck on to white card and then fussy cut. I shaped them with a large embossing tool and then added them to the card using silicon.
The blue background to the card has been created using a leafy embossing folder and some gold gilding wax.
It has been an absolute age since I entered a challenge, but I noticed that Penny Black and More are asking you to 'Feature a Creature' and so I decided that it was about time I remedied that.
This is part of the reason for my crafting inactivity today.
Two sleepy people arrived for a visit after Emma's swimming lesson today.
I offered my bed for them to have a rest in, and it would have been rude not to have taken advantage of a chance to spend some time with them and a get a cuddle as well.
So I am definitely not complaining.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Go Green at CraftyCardmakers

Hello All
We have a new Go Green challenge over at CraftyCardmakers and I have chosen to share a card that I made for Jane Gill's last TV performance.
The stamp set that I have used as the focal point for my card is JGS576 Decorative Bee, and you can see there was lots of fussy cutting involved.
I stamped and embossed the bee on to white card, and then sponged it with Bundled Sage Oxide and Distress inks before cutting it out.
There is a lovely leafy sprig as part of the set, so I stamped and embossed it several times, coloured it with Distress Ink, and then did plenty more fussy cutting.
I felt that it needed some flowers, so I used one from another of the stamp sets from the show JGB002 Great Big Bunch.
I created my own banner from coordinating background paper, and then added all the fussy cut elements using silicon to give it added depth.
Another of the sets from the show is JGS574 Madison Girl, so here is a rather green card that I made using her. She has been stamped and embossed onto a piece of Mop up background and then coloured using Distress inks.
I rather like that the bottom half of the stamp looks like a tag, so I suggested to Jane that she could cut her head off and use some of the additional floral elements from the set to hide that the top of the tag is not symmetrical. I didn't get the chance to make the card itself, but I believe that Jane spoke of my idea on her TV show lol.
Better get on with some commenting, before the rest of the team think that I have deserted them.

Happy Crafting and hugs.