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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Star of Wonder

Evening everyone,
There seem to be definite advantages to living on a bit of a hill after all the rain that we have had again today.
My poor Mum's garden is still under water, in fact she joked this morning about starting work on her very own ark. Thankfully she has retained her sense of humour :O)
I don't have any water based cards that I can think of, so here are a few Christmas cards instead. Let's hope we don't get any snow or my Mum's lake will become her very own ice rink lol.
This year we have decided to devote one class every couple of months to finishing things off from our Christmas Bits Box.
I'm sure that we all have at least one of those, I know I do, although I did manage to filter out a few bits which became useful for the rest of the ladies in class.
You know the saying, 'One man's rubbish is another man's treasure', or words to that effect anyway.
All of these cards were made with panels that I created MANY years ago during one of my numerous demos for Janice and Andy at SirStampalot.
The demo involved  dye based ink pads, white embossing powder and a lovely stamp which if memory serves was from an Australian stamp company called Stamp It.
I also used the same technique on the edge of several of the cards,
 using a variety of background stamps.
The dye based ink, once it has been blended over the white embossed image, stays wet long enough to accept clear embossing powder giving a lovely shiny panel.
I do love this technique. In fact perhaps I should add it to the class list as we haven't done it for quite a while.
Hope you have had a good weekend despite the dreadful weather, and that it clears up a bit next week. I don't think that my Mum's garden can stand many more inches of rain before she will be paddling indoors, and I certainly don't want that.
Happy Crafting and Hugs,
Kimx

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Happy Birthday Jenni

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you are surviving the dreadful wind and rain that we are experiencing at the moment.
It's my eldest daughters birthday today, and this usually means an evening out at one of those restaurants that cook just about every variety of cuisine that you can imagine.
It works well for us as a family as it caters for everyone's tastes, all under one roof. What with a pescatarian and someone who only eats 'white foods' that don't touch each other (don't ask lol) dinner time can be a bit of a challenge so this is perfect.
However due to the weather, and the fact that Reece, my eldest Grandson, had to work it was decided that we would stay home instead. A much better idea than braving the wind and rain I think.
As Jenni works in doggy day care, I couldn't resist this little beauty from my stash of LOTV Simply Print images for her birthday card.
I'm sure that this is how Jenni would like to look as she walks the dogs, although the reality is much nearer wellies and a wind breaker at the moment.
Lets hope that tomorrow is brighter, for everyone.
Thanks for stopping by
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 14 February 2020

With Love on Valentines Day

Evening All
Have you had a wonderful Valentines Day? Did you get thoroughly spoilt? Lots of cards and red roses?
This is a series of cards that I made a while ago during a class on Mica Powders.
It was a technique that I found on Sue Wilson's blog, only this time I used a coloured cardstock for the base coating of versamark ink and mica powder.
After that you stamp onto the card with versamark ink which removes the mica powder, in this case leaving a nice red image from the underlying card stock.
The stamps used were all designed by Jane Gill for Woodware.
And this final card uses a die designed by Sue Wilson. I used some of the little die cut hearts on the background and them paper pieced one of them back into the large heart, and added some glossy accents.
Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Black and White and Gold

Evening All
It seems absolutely ages since I made the last lot of samples for Creative Expressions, to be fair I suppose it was a couple of months ago back in December.
Jane is due to be on the TV later this month so I am revisiting the stamps to make her a few new samples.
As this isn't one of the stamp sets that she will be taking on her show I thought I would share it with you tonight.
I love it in black and white.
But as you can see it also stamps and embosses beautifully in gold.
I have used a little mica powders on the kraft card base.
The sentiment was created using an alphabet stamp set that was also part of the latest release.
I'm never quite sure what I am going to do with the stamps when I first start to play, so I often end up with bits and pieces left over. This card was made using some of those left over bits.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Floral Masterboard

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a good day. Not too windy or cold?
Here are a few floral cards to cheer up your day, if it's been horrid.
They were all made quite a while ago using a fabulous stamp set designed for Woodware by my lovely friend Jane Gill.
I stamped and embossed the image all over a piece of mixed media cardstock and then coloured in the flowers using Distress Oxides.
I cut the sheet up in to pieces and this one used some of the ink on my mat to create a 'Mop Up Background' before I coloured in the flowers.
As you know I hate to waste any of the trimmings when cutting a panel for a card so I made a couple of smaller cards with the leftover pieces.
My Misti/Stamping Platform came in very handy on this card. It meant that I could restamp the images to use the left over strip as a spotlight.
One of the jobs that I have managed to finish during my enforced sabbatical from work is to sort through all of my cards. There are several large boxes of them, but hopefully I have managed to put them into some sort of order, even if it only by technique, or stamp design.
Now I just need to live till I'm 106 in order to blog them all, Because, let's face it, even with those boxes full I will still make more.
My name is Kimx and I'm a Stampaholic, but do not try to cure me, I am quite happy with my addiction lol.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

In Love with Altenew

Evening All,
A much nicer day today, although still a little windy.
We are playing with Altenew stamps, stencils and dies on Saturday, and I can't wait.
I do love this stamp company, and there are so many fabulous ideas using them on both Pinterest and YouTube.
I used an old favourite Colorbox Petal Point ink pad in shades of black and white to do all of the stamping.
I don't think that they even make it any more which is such a shame, but each of the flowers uses just one colour wedge of the inkpad.
The diecut sentiment is a much newer acquisition from Paper Rose, I think.
This would fit in quite nicely with our new 'All You Need is Love' challenge at CCM, why not check it out for some inspiration.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 10 February 2020

Love is All you Need at CCM

Afternoon Everyone,
We have a new challenge starting over at CCM today. Maike is our Host for 'All You Need is Love.'
Once again I searched through my stash of cards to see if I had anything suitable.
And a couple of cards that I made using this fabulous old stamp jumped out at me.
 I think it was from Whipper Snapper, but I couldn't swear to it after all this time.
Both these first two cards have used the image stamped and embossed onto cardstock which changes colour when painted with cheap thin bleach.
I love this effect and use it often.
This card also uses bleach for the colouring, but this time I have stamped and embossed in gold on red cardstock.
I also found a couple of cards that were made using 'Bleedin Art Tissue'.
This card uses up the die cut hearts which are left over after they have been placed onto cardstock and sprayed with water.
As the name suggests the colour bleeds from the tissue and colours the white cardstock leaving a fabulous mottled image.
The left over tissue hearts were just too nice to throw away, so I attached them to a piece of cardstock covered with DSST and then added gold embossing powder to fill in the gaps.
I think I might have also added a little bit of gilding wax.  
This final card also uses the same die cut heart along with a Woodware stamp designed by Jane Gill.
I hope that you will join in with our challenge, and that you are suitably inspired by what my fabulous teammates have come up with.
Have a wonderful week.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx

Sunday, 9 February 2020

A Banner Birthday

Evening,
What a miserable day. Several of my crafty friends are suffering with leaking roofs after the dreadful wind and rain that we have been experiencing today.
So here is a nice bright card to hopefully cheer up your day.
Every year I make a card for my Boss's daughter, and he likes me to put her name on it.
This time I used a piece of Clarity patterned paper for the base of my card and then some die cut banners and an Altenew Tall Alphabet die set for her name.
The flowers are diecut from more of the background paper and some matching plain scraps.
The sentiment is a new die that I recently acquired from Simon Says Stamp.
Let's hope that tomorrow is a little calmer and that there are no more leaky roofs.
Thanks for stopping by, happy Crafting and hugs 
Kimx

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Fire Engine No 3

Evening Everyone,
Another late post for me after a most enjoyable class playing with LOTV Simply Print images.
Everyone chose a couple of images to make a card for someone special and then I took along a host of dies and background papers for them to choose from.
I chose to make a card for my Great Nephew who is three this week.
I die cut one of the images using a circular die and then fussy cut the second image and layered it over the top using silicon gel. I added a little sparkle pen and glossy accents to the headlights and windscreen.
I kept it fairly simple, just matching a couple of colours of cardstock to the image and adding a three to the balloon and some die cut corners.
I do love my LOTV images for cute cards in a hurray.
Off to bed now. I'm staying with Becki for a couple of days so its bound to be an early start with the kids :O)
Night, night.
Hugs Kimx