Thursday, 18 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 18

Evening Everyone,
Nearly at the end of another week, I can't believe how quickly this one has flown by.
Now I know that I'm a last minute girly, which is obviously where the kids get it from, so I shouldn't have been surprised when Megan asked me if I could help her make some last minute gift bags full of chocolate to give to her school friends.
Fortunately I remembered a sweetie bag that I made for a Halloween challenge several years ago and followed that recipe.
I found some precoloured Christmas images amongst my stash from which she chose something to compliment each of her friends favourite colours.
Kids are so much more thoughtful aren't they, I would probably have gone traditional Christmas red and green, how predictable.
She wrote their names on their bags with stickers, also found in my stash.
A liberal amount of glitter glue and presents completed. She was happy with the finished articles and I hope that her friends will be too.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Days 16/17

Evening Everyone
I'm sorry that I missed you all yesterday, but we were celebrating a Birthday, and the time just got away from me.
This is the card that I made for my eldest Grandson Reece whose was the cause of the celebrations.
I found this rather cute picture in an old Penny Black calender that came free with a craft magazine..... many years ago.
I added some sentiments and stamped leaves to the piece of background paper from my stash along with some gilding wax and glitter glue.
The leaves are die cut, stamped and waxed before being added to the card using silicon.
The tiny tag hanging from the neck of the jumper was the perfect place to add Reece's age.
It was also the birthday of my good friend Anna, so I hope that they both had a fabulous day.
hugs Kimx 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 15

Hi All
How is your countdown to Christmas going?
Do you have that To Do list that just seems to get longer and longer?
I have finally managed to cross off one of those things that have been on my list for years, update my Christmas list.
I know it sounds silly, and I suppose it does help to put off the inevitable of having to write the darn things, but it is also something that I have been meaning to do for what seems like forever. Now maybe I can get rid of some of those pieces of paper with all the cryptic messages and hieroglyphics on them that only I can decipher lol.
I'm afraid that I do cheat slightly when it comes to sending things in the post at this time of year because there seems to be rather a lot of December birthdays so I pop the Christmas card in the same envelope.
I do hope that the recipients don't mind.
One such rather large envelope contained cards for a lad that I used to look after, many years ago (he is in his last year at Uni!!!!)
and his Mum.
I still send them cards even after all these years, my small way of keeping in touch I guess.
I must get started with the writing tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Countdown - Day 14

Hi All
I hope that you have had a good weekend.
I have ordered a few last minute Christmas gifts (thank goodness for my catalogue, shopping without leaving the comfort of my own home lol), and the house now resembles Santa's Grotto with all of the Christmas lights now safely installed.
We did have a near miss earlier when there was an almighty thud followed by lots of crashing and banging. I leapt out of my room to find my youngest Grandson in a heap at the bottom of the stairs, still clutching the Christmas lights and grinning from ear to ear!!!
Amazingly he escaped totally unscathed, in fact he found it all rather amusing. The Christmas lights still worked as well.
On Friday the twins were celebrating VE day at school by dressing up as evacuees.
Ciaran left his gas mask box at school because the string kept falling off, but I think that they both really looked the part, don't you?
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 13

Evening Everyone,
I have spent the day working on Clarity DT work, and it occurred to me that I have not shared any of the cards that I have made for Barbara since I have returned to the team.
I have to admit that this first card was actually one that I gave to my lovely daughter and her partner after my recent visit with the Grandchildren, but it does use one of the Clarity TV kits.
I have used the fabulous Large Thank You from Million Thank Yous for my card.
The background to the card is a piece from my stash of Gelli Plate backgrounds.
I added some tiny dots to the greeting and coloured the ribbon writing with a matching Distress Pen.
I chose the accompanying sentiment from the 12 available in the set.
Better get some sleep as I need to make a few more cards tomorrow.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 12

Evening Everyone,
I have my computer back, but I'm not sure that it is actually any better so I will make this quick before I loose my temper with it.
It's another Poinsettia card I'm afraid, but I did say it was my favourite Christmas stamp at the moment.
I stamped and embossed the image onto a piece of background paper from my stash, and then coloured it in with Spectrum Noir pens.
I paper pieced the center of the poinsettia with a piece of dotty paper and some silicon glue to give it dimension.
The berries are coloured with a white Gelli Roll glaze pen.
I added a Christmas greeting to the panel and also some faux stitching around the edges.
A very simple card, and yet another use for this fabulous stamp.
Happy Crafting, and hugs

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 11

Hi All
I'm hope that you are reading this without any problems and that I am having a quiet and uneventful day at work after last night celebrations.
I am having to schedule this post as my computer needs to go and see my friend Joe and be given a little TLC before I throw it across the room.
I am struggling with the Internet at the moment as every time I try to do anything I get all sorts of pop ups appear at the side of the page which won't go away. It is also making things run incredibly slowly, so writing this seems to have taken forever.
I'm not even going to try and put in any links as the air will turn blue with very bad language :O)
Still enough of my moaning, here is a card that I made for a class on Embossing folders recently at SirStampalot.
The sentiment panel is a rather old, but very nice, embossing folder which I have coloured using the Metallic Waxes that are supplied by Woodware.
I have used stencil brushes to add the colours to the embossed panel and then 'wiped' a dye based ink pad over the whole thing so that the ink 'hits' the raised areas and highlights them.
I have then heat embossed the entire thing using clear embossing powder.
I love this little hedgehog which is an old Penny Black design which can now be found on a clear stamp set.
The die cut holly is from a Tim Holtz Alterations set of dies which was among my purchases during my stay.
I am really loving these waxes, they are so creamy, and really easy to apply with the stencil brush which saves wasting half the wax up underneath your finger nails as you try to take it out of the pot lol.
I hope that the weather doesn't live up to the sentiment on the card, although they do say that it warms up a little with snow. I'll settle for some rain instead.
Have a great day, and happy crafting.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 10 This one is for you Mary

Hi All
I hope that I am forgiven for the non Christmas cards today, but December is also full of birthdays so I have lots of cards to share.
I'm off out tonight as we have a double celebration at work.
It is our Christmas get together, and also the Boss's birthday. It also happens to be the birthday of one of my colleague's Other Half so lots of reasons to celebrate.
This card was actually made after a recent class that I taught using Alcohol inks.
I had shown them the acetate technique (see here) and after stamping on her panel with stazon ink Mary was about to throw her piece into the bin since the trees (Woodware stamp Kim's Copice) had not stamped out very well.
Now you know my motto ' It's never a mistake it's always an opportunity......' so I told her that I would do my best to 'rescue it' as it was just too nice a panel to throw away.
It looks to me like you are viewing the trees through leafy branches, very autumnal, and perfect for a Man's card..
I layered the panel over my favourite Hobby Art birthday sentiment and added some die cut birds on a wire.
Mary had tried to stamp the trees at the other end of her piece of acetate, and this hadn't stamped out properly either.
I foolishly forget to take a before picture, so you will have to take my word for the fact that this panel looked the same as the one above when I started to make the card.
This time I stamped and embossed the trees on to a piece of white cardstock, and then mounted the acetate panel directly over the top making sure to line the images up exactly.
I added some tiny brads to keep the panel in place and then mounted the whole thing onto a piece of kraft card dry embossed with a fabulous leaf folder.
I suspect that there will be a few hangovers being nursed tomorrow, which is probably why the Boss has put us Girls in charge since none of us are drinkers lol.
Better go and get my glad rags on.
Bye for now, have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 9

Hi All,
Hasn't it been cold today? I can see that I am going to have to invest in some warmer underwear given that it is only going to get colder and I have been frozen at work all day!
Now I know that I probably have enough cards made to send this Christmas, but I just couldn't resist the new challenge over at Woodware this week where the Girls are all making cards using 'Inchies' - 1 inch squares on their cards.
As I said yesterday, this lovely Poinsettia has become one of my favourite Christmas stamps this year and so it was a no brainer when it came to choosing a stamp to use for this card.
I stamped and embossed the image several times onto kraft coloured card stock using versamark ink and white embossing powder. I also added some randomly stamped Christmas sentiments.
I have sponged dye based inks over the poinsettias and then painted the central petals with the darker shades of red ink before embossing them using a versamark pen and clear embossing powder.
I have distressed the edges of each square with a pinecone versacolour cube and then added Gold Metallic wax to the edge of the large red background panel. Gold nailheads finish the whole thing off.
Of course I ended up with another smaller panel when I had finished playing so I made it into this card.
It has been created in the same way, just not cut up into small squares. I also decided to add a little glitter glue to the centre of the poinsettias.
I will have to stop putting things off and get on with writing my cards or I will have no need to make any next year cause they will all still be in the drawer.
But I must just send some photos to Dorothy, and then there is dinner to cook, and some washing to can see where this is going can't you, another night of inaction lol.
Have a great evening,

Monday, 8 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas Day 8 - Crafty Cardmakers and More Christmas challenge

Hi All
Here we are at the start of another week, and the last CCM&More challenge for 2014.
Lin is once again our host, we have certainly made the 'Boss' work hard this year, although we are making it very easy for all of you since her chosen theme is Christmas.
My card has been made using what has become one of my favourite Christmas stamps this year.
I have stamped and embossed this beautiful Poinsettia onto purple card stock and then painted it with Watercolour Pearlex, wonderful at any time, but especially at Christmas.
I love the beautiful pearlescent shimmer that you get with these stunning watercolour palettes.
Unfortunately it is not easy to capture with my camera.
I have been a very lucky girl again this year, working with some of the nicest people in the crafting industry, and so I decided that I would put together a little prize of my own using some of the items bought from, or supplied by them.
We are also sponsored by SirStampalot.
This challenge will run for three weeks closing on 28th December and then we will return on 12th January after a well deserved rest. It will also give Lin a little extra time to pick a winner from what I am sure will be a long list of entrants.
Don't forget to stop by and show the rest of the TEAM some love, I know that they would all appreciate it.
This is also a DT call so if anyone fancies joining our very laid back team then add DT to your entry, or contact Lin via e-mail.
There are some more examples using this beautiful Poinsettia stamp in my blog posts for 28th November and 1st December , and I'm sure that there will be several more before this year is out lol.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Days 6/7

Evening Everyone
I hope that you have all had a fabulous weekend.
I certainly have, although I must admit to being more than a little tired, not a good thing to be at the beginning of a new week, but that is what a weekend of travelling and Grandchildren will do to you lol.
It is also the reason for my combined days post tonight, I was far too busy doing Grandmotherly things for the computer to get a look in.
This is another of the cards that I made on my resent visit to Sirstampalot, fortunately it does not reflect the weather that they had forecast for this weekend. Let's hope that they continue to get it wrong.
The cute little mouse is from a Penny Black clear stamp set which features several of the older designs.
I have coloured him in with Distresss inks and then cut him out with a Nestie.
The background is a very useful embossing folder which can be used complete as a background, or cut up as sentiments.
Not the usual colours that you would expect for a Christmas card, but I rather like it.
Let's hope that I manage to stay awake tomorrow, and that I can get back on track with my Christmas Countdown.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Friday, 5 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas - Day 5

Hi All,
Here we are at another weekend, and another day closer to Christmas Day. How scary is that.
I hope that you are all well prepared unlike me who has done nothing, apart from make my Christmas cards.
I am off to Tipton with the Grandchildren later today so I really hope that it doesn't get too cold.
This card was actually made during my holiday at SirStampalot earlier last month, and was left for them to display in the shop.
The Tree has been stamped and embossed in black and then sponged with several blue dye based inks.
The right hand side of the panel has been dry embossed using a 'dotty' embossing folder and then a blue dye based ink pad has been swiped across the dots to highlight them.
The snowflake circles have been painted with thin undiluted bleach.
This tree has been stamped and embossed in white on to a piece of paper created using my Creative Palette, some dye based inks and bubble wrap.
I have added tiny pearls to the centre of some of the snowflake circles, and also a suitably snowy sentiment.
I do love creating backgrounds like this, it is such fun. So much for using them all up though, the pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger .....................because what would it look like with this colour combo, and what if I tried this stamp, or that stencil. The permutations are endless.
Now I must go and pack my backpack ready for my trip with the kids. I have already had a lecture from my Boss about wearing flat shoes and not falling over, can't risk any more broken bones lol.
Happy Crafting and hugs