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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

A flock of Flamingoes

Evening Everyone,
What a miserable day it was yesterday. Definitely good weather for water fowl, although I'm not sure even they will have been happy with all the rain. Thankfully it has been much brighter today
I may live with half my Grandchildren, and therefore see them every day, but it certainly doesn't stop them from having a last minute request for a card.
One such request came from Saskia who wanted a card for her friend Amber, who just LOVES flamingos.
She wanted her name on it 
and she loves pink and rose gold.
I also added her age.
I made a couple of other cards to add to my stash.
I'm sure that someone else will like flamingos,
they seem to be the in thing at the moment.
Off to the gym again in a bit, I wonder if my coat has dried out yet after yesterday.
Hope you have a great afternoon.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Embossing Folders for all Occasions

Afternoon All,
Well summer seems to have disappeared, at least for the moment. It's not exactly been cold here, but it hasn't felt like June that's for certain.
I will shortly be holding a class using 3D Embossing folders.
I do love these, or for that matter, any embossing folder. The 3D ones in particular give such an amazing depth to a project.
A piece of card, a smattering of gilding polish, a sentiment, and job done.
Of course they also make a fabulous background for any sort of topper,
 as I have done here with these cute little bears.
They were from a decoupage sheet that I found in my stash,
and have helped me create a few cards for the younger members of my family at Christmas.
Yes I know, it's a long way off yet, but I have been in Christmas mode having just finished the cards for Jane's new Christmas release for Woodware, so I thought that it was a good time to share some of those cards that I made a while ago.
I have several boxes of them all waiting to be blogged so this is just a start.
I have tried to put them together in bundles of similar technique, or stamped image, so this last one sneaks in under the 'cute bears' header lol.
I hope that the weather gets a little better, although I have to honest and say that I don't dislike this even if we are having some rain here. Off to the gym in a minute so I really don't want it boiling hot.
Have a great afternoon.
Happy crafting and hugs
Kimx




Monday, 3 June 2019

A Masculine card for CCM

Hi All,
It's Monday again, and time for a new challenge over at CCM where Marg is looking for anything Masculine.
Now I don't know about you, but I find that cards for men are always so much more difficult to make.
 A safe bet is always leaves, so this fabulous Imagination stamp fitted the bill perfectly.
An all time favourite technique of mine is painting with bleach.
Not all card stock will change colour when you bleach it, so you need to test it,
but you can get some amazing colours as you can see with this selection of cards that I am sharing with you.
Not only can you paint with bleach, but you can also stamp with it
as you can see in the background of several of the cards.
Painting with bleach and then heating it with a heat gun will also add more intense colour changes.
I keep an old waterbrush especially for the painting as I love the brush nib on it. I used to keep bleach in the brush itself,
until I realised that it had eaten away at the valve which made the bleach flood out.
I always stamp and emboss my image before I paint with the bleach as this acts as a resist and keeps the bleach contained within the image.
In order to use bleach to stamp with, the easiest thing is to create an ink pad using a piece of cut and dry felt,
or several pieces of kitchen paper folded together and then soaked in bleach.
I hope that you will find the time to join us at CCM with your masculine creations.
Have a great week.
Crafty hugs
Kimx

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Circles Everywhere with the Bokeh Technique.

Hi All,
Well that's it on the Bank Holiday front for a couple of months. Did you have a good one?
I spent it finishing off Christmas card samples for the next Woodware release from Creative Expressions. I would say that that is me finished with Christmas for a while, but as we are playing with Watercolour Pearlex in class on Saturday I doubt that is the case. Pearlex always screams Christmas cards to me with all of that lovely sparkle.
One of the only advantages to a 2 hour train journey to visit the littlest grandchildren, apart from my weekly Costa Coffee of course, is the time that I get to trawl through YouTube looking for new things for the Girls to do in class on a Saturday.
I am a great admirer of Jennifer McGuire. She is currently my go to place for crafty inspiration. Not only does she give brilliant step by step instructions, but most importantly she also makes everything up into finished cards so there is always bucket loads of inspiration.
Last Saturday we played with the Bokeh Technique.
I did find it on Youtube, even if it wasn't on Jennifer's feed.
Everyone had a fabulous time, and all came up with some amazing colour combos.
I love teaching, and I can honestly say that I am always learning from everyone that comes along to a class.
It always amazes me how many different backgrounds people can come up with even when we are all working with the same colour palette.
I showed the Girls how to create an inked background for the 'Bokeh Bubbles' to be added to.
One way to create the background is by sponging colour onto cardstock,
while another way of creating a colourful background to work on is by using inks and plenty of water.
I'm not sure which I like the best, but I do know that I will definitely be using this technique again and again.
I have been trying very hard to keep up with the instructional tag book that I started with the Girls a couple of years ago.
It started after a techniques class that I did at SirStampalot a few years ago. I try to write an instruction tag for each class to which they can attach a piece of art work. That way when they want to be reminded of how they did a particular technique they have an instant reminder and written instructions.
In fact, on that note, I had better get my instructions ready for Saturdays class on Painting with Pearlex. Or maybe I had better get to bed and write instructions tomorrow.
Night, night.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Embossing Folder Stamping Part 3....ish

Evening Everyone,
Have you had a good day?
I managed to get my flamingo birthday card finished, so it's back to Christmas samples for me this weekend.
I do need a bit of a break first, so here are the last of the samples that I finished off after a recent class using Embossing Folders for Watercolour Stamping.
As you will see I did get rather carried away, but I managed to use up every last piece, and make a few special cards for some little people into the bargain.
I used both sides of a flag embossing folder which made a great base for these first three cards.
I used up every bit of the background, along with a couple of precoloured LOTV images from my stash.
It is often possible to pull two pieces of background from the one inking of the embossing folder,
as the two numbered backgrounds show.
I had a part used sheet of Penny Black Stickeroos on my desk which I managed to use up on the next few cards. Only this one has an Embossing Folder stamped background,
while these use background papers from my stash,
along with a stamped and silver embossed sentiment panel
and another piece of Stickeroo.
Finally I also showed 'The Girls' in class how to create a letter pressed look with an Embossing Folder.
And that is what I have used on the next couple of cards.
A bit of extra colour sponged on to this one.
And a couple of fussy cut, Letter Pressed flowers as an embellishment on this final card.
I get a couple of days away from my crafty endeavours now as I am off to do a bit of babysitting after work tomorrow.
I try and help out with the littlest Grandchildren on a Friday, which also involves a sleepover.
As the Girls from class will be attending Stamparama in Worthing on Saturday I am extending my stay so that Mummy and Daddy can take Emma to the cinema.
I'm not sure who is the most excited about seeing Aladdin on the big screen. Mummy who had a thing for Will Smith, or Emma who is definitely looking forward to the popcorn that I have promised to buy her.
Better get my bag packed, I don't want to forget anything.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx