Friday, 5 June 2020

Sending Sunshine

OMG, what a difference in the weather today. Having had the hottest May for years, are we now in for the coldest June? I can't say that I am too disappointed, since the last few weeks have been rather too hot for me, but seriously couldn't you have eased us into it a little more gently lol.
So I thought that I would share a card with some nice bright flowers on it to cheer you up and send you some sunshine.
It has been made using the fabulous floral flamingo from the latest Designer Boutique range that launched recently at Creative Expressions.
 The flowers were coloured using ink sprayed from the Airless Mister Sprays on to a craft sheet.
The blue background was created using the floral part of the stamp, black ink and clear embossing powder.
I painted some of the tiny flowers with bleach, and the leaves with a Gelli Roll glaze pen.
I added a few gems and the 'Sending Sunshine' sentiment. Very appropriate for today I think.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.
Stay safe and Craft.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Dog Walking

Evening Everyone,
If nothing else, I do hope that it will be the friendliness of people that remains after this horrible virus.
On my daily walks around the local park I have struck up more than one nodding acquaintance with the locals out walking their dogs.
They come in all shapes and sizes. There is the tiniest little thing, not much bigger than a hamster, but with boundless energy, who must walk, or rather run miles when she is out since she never seems to stand still.
There is the guide dog who likes to wander the length and breadth of the park while her owner sits patiently on a bench in the sunshine listening for the bell that she has around her neck.
There is even a three legged greyhound that bounces around as if he has all four of his limbs.
Some of you may remember some Christmas cards that I made a while ago for my daughter who worked in a Doggy Daycare facility, prior to lockdown.
I had rather a lot of stamped, coloured and fussy cut doggies left over,
so I made a few assorted cards to try and use up some of the images.
The brown embossed backgrounds all started life as pieces of bright orange cardstock which I covered with Distress Oxide ink using a blending tool.
I wonder who I will catch up with tomorrow?
Stay safe and well,
Happy Crafting and hugs

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Lots of Little Christmas Trees

Evening Everyone,
The weather today is definitely more my style. Still no rain, although it has threatened it all day.
As it is that much colder, I thought that I would share a few Christmas cards, I haven't done that for a while.
We had a class a while ago where we had to finish off cards from our 'Bit's boxes'. I'm sure we've all got one of them, stuffed full of bits and pieces that need finishing off. I've got one for Christmas, and another one for everything else, and neither of them are any where near empty lol.
I seemed to have several Christmas sentiment panels
each containing a small tree as part of the design,
so I mounted them all up on to small cards, using extra stamped images,
background papers
and die cut tree lines.
I even made a couple of identical sets, which is very unusual for me.
I added white Gelli Roll Glaze pen to some of the trees
 to look like snow.
This one uses a couple of fussy cut trees and a fabulous old Hobby Art sentiment stamp.
A few more fussy cut trees to embellish a boxed Christmas sentiment.
And these last couple use an old wood mounted stamp.
I have so many of them in my stash that I really must get around to using.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

New Designer Boutique Stamps

Evening Everyone,
Creative Expressions have launched some more stamps in their Designer Boutique range, and I was lucky enough to get to play with a couple of them.
I also got my hands on a couple of their fabulous Airless Misters, which is what I used to create the background.
I stamped and embossed the Floral Flamingo onto a piece of mixed media cardstock using versamark ink and white embossing powder.
I spritzed the image with a couple of different colours and then used the same inks to paint parts of the image.
I decided to use the floral part of the image to stamp and emboss the corners of the main card, again using white embossing powder, then I sprayed with the same colours so that it looked like the panel was cut from the centre of it. 
I matte and layered the circular panel onto white and then black and added it to the centre of the card using craft foam for added dimension.
The sentiment comes from the same stamp set.
Gwen will be showcasing these designs on Create and Craft this Satuday 6th June, so why not join us,
Have a great evening. Stay safe.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 1 June 2020

Wedding Challenge at CCM

Afternoon Everyone,
We have another challenge starting today over at CCM...……..Wedding.
I have a good friend who makes the most exquisite Grovvi cards. She has just spent ages making 3 wedding cards for August this year, only to have them cancelled until next year due to Covid 19.
Not a problem you might think, except that they all have the date lovingly woven into the design!!
We have been trying to come up with ways to disguise this so that she doesn't have to start all over again, including adding the new date on a banner since they will forever be reminded of a very strange year in their marital history.
With all of this in mind I decided that the card that I need to make for a family wedding will be fairly simple, with the option to add a date later. Not because of the work involved, but so that I don't get caught out lol.
After much deliberation I decided on this beautiful Rose Spray from a Crafters Companion Decoupage Pad for my card.
I bought it with the co-ordinating die and once cut out I layered it over a Sue Wilson fancy background panel, die cut from pale gold card stock.
Each sheet in the pad contains several layers for the roses and leaves to allow for decoupage.
The background to the card was created using an Altenew background stamp and platinum embossing powder.
I felt that the sentiments, also from Altenew, were the perfect compliment to the card made for an older couple getting married later in the year, Covid 19 willing that is.
I also found this card that I made a while ago which would work well as a wedding card I think.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our challenge this time. Please check out what my Teamies have been up to, there are some real beauties there.
Stay safe and well.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Black and White and Pink and Grey

Evening Everyone,
It's the end of another lovely weekend full of glorious sunshine.
Fortunately there has been a bit of a breeze, at least this morning when I went for my usual walk.
In any stamp collection that I am lucky enough to receive from Jane, there is always one stamp that is the easiest of the bunch to play with, and one that ends up being a bit of a favourite.
This beautiful floral stamp is just one such image.
I found it hard to stop making the samples with it.
I used white embossing on black card stock for the background and fussy cut images coloured with
a Cosmic Shimmer Summer Garden Watercolour Palette for this card.
For this card I stamped and embossed in black on white card stock, and then painted around the flowers with grey ink for a monochrome look.
I added one of Jane's circular sentiments and some sheer ribbon, along with a silver glitter matte and layer.
This card is very similar, but with a pop of colour added with the circular sentiment and fine coloured border.
I'm sure that there will be a few more cards cropping up using this stamp set, but I will call it a day for now.
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your evening.
Stay safe and happy crafting.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Cardmaking Housekeeping

Evening Everyone,
Another glorious day, although I must admit to having a hankering for some good old English rainfall.
I have been doing a little card making housekeeping. You know, the boring bit fitting inserts and making a few envelopes for odd shaped cards. I do hate it when the envelope doesn't fit the card. Sad or what!!
With housekeeping in mind I thought that I would go through a few more of my photographs to see what I still haven't blogged, before I take any more photos. I don't do normal housekeeping you understand :O)
This was made a while ago for a little girl that comes in to the garage with her parents. I haven't seen her for a while due to lockdown, but her dad 'Decaf Dave' as he is affectionately know, has started to come in again, so the world is definitely getting back to normal lol.
Better close my window and curtains, before I get attacked by moths. They know I don't like them I'm sure.
Happy weekend. Stay safe.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 29 May 2020

Oyster Catchers

Evening Everyone,
Just a quick post tonight, I absolutely shattered, and very glad that it is Friday.
I really should get my Fitbit up and running again....I must have walked miles today at the tills, and no means of checking how far lol.
A little taste of the seaside tonight with these lovely little oyster catchers, as designed by Jane Gill.
I used a Gelli Plate to create the background and then used my circle dies and did a little fussy cutting.
Off to bed now for some well earned shut eye.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Clean and Simple

Evening Everyone,
Thursday again, and once again 8pm crept up on me before I knew it.
My card tonight was made for Creative Expressions using one of Jane Gills lovely floral designs.
Now I don't usually do CAS cards, I'm a bit wary of white spaces. I love what other people do, the less is more look. Some how I never seem to be able to leave well alone, so I was really pleased with this card.
I created a narrow stamped, embossed and coloured panel to add to my square card after matting and layering it onto coordinating blue card stock.
I added a dry embossed panel to the base card, and then the coloured panel, that is it, job done.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

A Passion for Stamping

Evening Everyone,
Many years ago I was lucky enough to be asked to write a book on Rubber Stamping for Search Press in their Passion For Paper Craft series.
I included various techniques, with step by step instructions, including a chapter on Decorative Chalks.
 This card was based on that particular technique and is used in the book itself.
It uses some fabulous old Hero Arts stamps and a different colourway from the step by step one in the book. I also added mattes,layers and tags.
This is the card that was actually made for the book. I had to prepare all the steps for photography and then be the hand model for all the shots. I remember spending a couple of days in a very hot photography studio on some of the warmest days of that particular year.
Orange is not usually a colour that I choose very often, but I do love the softness that you get with the chalks. I liked it so much that I chose the chalked cards for the cover of the book.
I can't believe that the book was published in 2006, it doesn't seem that long. The sad thing is that I still have most of the cards from it in my card stash. 
I can't quite bring myself to send them to anyone, except a few special people that I know would really appreciate them that is.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx