Monday, 11 March 2019

Green for CCM - 11th March

Afternoon Everyone,
I'm sorry that I have been absent again, but it has been a rather hectic couple of weeks.
I should qualify for shares in British Rail given the number of times that I have been backwards and forwards to Kent. My daughters baby has been very slow to appear and Mum is very fed up and uncomfortable.
We are still waiting, although at the time of this scheduled post we should be at the hospital for an induced labour so hopefully I will have to make an addendum some time later today lol.
STOP PRESS - Jack Adam Reygate Tickle arrived at 18.25 on 11th March 2019 weighing 8lb 6oz.
How very appropriate then that I should chose this card for the latest challenge over at CCM. Our lovely host Marlene is asking for you to Make it Green, and I think that this fits the bill rather nicely.
I was asked to make it to celebrate a pregnancy, and since it is rather early in the whole proceedings, I decided to play it safe and go with green as a very gender neutral colour.
The central image has been die cut from a fabulous old calender that I had in my stash. It came free with a cardmaking magazine, many years ago, and it is full of wonderful Penny Black images designed by a lady called Sherri? I can't remember her surname and I'm not at home to look at the rest of the calender to find out. Sorry.
I used several of my stitched circular dies and matched the image to papers and ribbon from my stash.
The sentiments are from Altenew which I love.
I hope that you can find the time to join in with our challenge, and that I have news of our newest addition later on today.
In the mean time, Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 25 February 2019

Flowers for CraftyCardmakers

Hello Everyone,
We have a new challenge over at CCM today, and as your host I am looking for flowers on your creations.
This card was made for my sister's birthday in January.
The flowers and leaves are die cut from cardstock
which I then coated in Versamark ink and Frantage Embossing Powders.
The sentiments are from a Woodware stamp set designed by the wonderful Jane Gill.
The card was actually made to match the box that I had made for her.
The box was a plain wooden one from The Works which I coated with versamark ink and Frantage Powder.
I removed the lock and hinges before I covered the box to make it easier to work on.
The flowers have been created in the same manner as for the card.
The box had a fancy openwork lid,
so I placed a piece of matching cardstock on the underside of the lid.
I filled it with tiny chocolate bars which I think went down quite well.
I really hope that you can join us this time.
Don't forget to check out what the rest of my fabulous teamies have made, and please forgive me if I am a little tardy with my commenting. Nothing new there then I hear you say, but I am off to Kent tomorrow afternoon to be with my youngest daughter for the birth of her new baby. Well that is the plan anyway, but you know what babies are like, they haven't read the rule book lol.
Have a great day.
Happy Crafting and hugs.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Milestone Birthdays

Evening Everyone,
Today has seen another milestone birthday. A friends Mum is celebrating her 100th birthday.
I popped round for a cuppa and a slice of cake, and a look at her card from the Queen and telegram from Amber Rudd. We all thought that telegrams didn't exist anymore, but apparently they do. 
It occurred to me that I still have several cards that I have made over the years for milestone birthdays that I have never blogged, so it looks like today is the day.
I can't even begin to remember who they were made for after all this time, but I'm sure that won't matter.

We have had a house full of rather hung over people today, so here's to anyone who is celebrating.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Happy Birthday Enni

Evening Everyone,
What a beautiful day we have had today.
Class was lovely, if a little warm since it is held in a lovely conservatory which can get rather hot.
We are never satisfied are we.
It has been a rather busy day to be honest as I had a party to attend straight after class.
My daughters 40th birthday old do I feel at the moment. So many of her friends that I haven't seen in ages. When did they all get to be so grown up with families of their own?
Her birthday was actually last Friday the 15th February and this is the card that I made for her.
Lots of sparkle and flowers. She does love a bit of bling.
I must admit that this is not the first time that I have made this card.
This was one that I made for the Woodware catalogue when these stamps were first released last year.
 Plenty of fussy cut leaves and flowers.
And a sparkly background created using pixie powders and cling film.
Everyone had a lovely time this evening especially all of the little ones. In fact the Enni of the title is the pet name that my Granddaughter Emma calls her Auntie Jenni.
I had better get my head down before they all get back from the party. I left a little early as my party days are long since behind me.
Night, night.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Pixie Powder Masterboard

Afternoon Everyone,
What beautiful sunshine we had today. Cold but bright.
Thought it was about time that I blogged again, so here are a couple of cards that I made using some gold embossed images and pixie powders.
I love the shimmer that you get when you use these.
And the best thing is that they work perfectly on both dark (previous card) and light card.
I created a masterboard which I used to make the last two cards.
I added some white Gelli Roll Glaze Pen,
and Glossy Accents as well as various sentiments.
I need to get one of these in the post to a friend who is not feeling too well, so I had better get a wiggle on.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Thursday, 14 February 2019

With Love on Valentines Day

Evening Everyone,
Well we seem to have worked our way through all types of weather over the last few weeks - snow, howling winds, torrential rain and brilliant sunshine.
Just so long as it doesn't revert back to the blizzard conditions that we were experiencing on this day 40 years ago.
How do I remember you ask yourself? Because I was in labour with my eldest daughter, and my Dad was frantically trying to drive us to the hospital in Greenwich London, for her immanent birth.
Fortunately we made it, and she arrived safely at 1.30am the following day, 15th February. The weather was so bad that although her Granddad made it home having dropped us off, her Dad had to stay put. The nurses very kindly pushed two chairs together in a side room so that he could get a few hours sleep before he battled the elements to get home on public transport.
That was certainly a very memorable way to spend Valentines Day.
I made the c following cards using some lovely Stickeroos from Penny Black.

I hope that you all had a fabulous day with your loved ones.
Happy Valentines Day to you All.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 11 February 2019

With Love, Love, Love at Craftycardmakers

Good Morning,
We started a new challenge over at CraftyCardmakers yesterday and with Valentines day just around the corner we are looking for Love, Love, Love.
I'm sorry, but I did say that I loved this stamp.
I really love how this solid style of Penny black stamp works so well with the Alcohol Lift Inkpad which as you can see I have playing with rather a lot just lately.
I have also been inspired by the work of Jennifer McGuire who has some fabulous clips on YouTube as well as a Blog with the most amazing samples on it. Please check it out.
The die cut sentiment is another favourite of mine, along with the embossing folder and some gilding wax.
This card is another Jennifer inspired one just a different colour way.
Until I tried this stamp out with the Alcohol lift ink pad I hadn't realized just how detailed it was.
I love this way of adding a sentiment without obliterating the beautiful imagery underneath.
I hope that you can join us with this new challenge, and I look forward to stopping by and saying hello.
Have a great day. Happy Crafting and Hugs