Sunday, 17 October 2021

Spooky Birthday Hugs

Hi All,

The last week has been one full of birthday cards to send. 

It started with my friends hubby who happens to be the same day as mine, and continued with the lovely Jane Gill on the 13th, and my youngest daughter on the 14th.

My daughter loves Halloween, in fact this weekend we added quite a few items to her Halloween stash
In her words her 'house will look like Halloween threw up on it' lol.
With that in mind I chose a spooky Polkadoodles image for her birthday card, The background was from my stash with added stamped and embossed leafy images, and a huge die cut spiders web.
I also added some die cut sentiments. 
I've got a busy week of sample making, so I had better get some sleep.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 11 October 2021

A Stag through the Trees


Sorry I have been MIA for a few days. Getting back to work after the refit has been totally mad, and very tiring. A few days off to craft was lovely, but then the madness began all over again. So it was lovely to play on Saturday amongst friends, and then go home to a house full of people, including the littlest Grandchildren, to celebrate my birthday, albeit a day early.

My actual birthday on Sunday started very early indeed, with an extra day at work and a 4am start!!!!

Still an early start means an early finish so not all bad, although I was so shattered that I spent most of the afternoon and evening trying not to fall asleep.........................I wasn't altogether successful lol.

It was another 4am start today, so I wasn't sure that I would even manage to get a post done.

Sunday was also the birthday of a good friends husband, although he is much younger than me lol.
Here is a rather atmospheric birthday card that could be send to any man.
I made it for the class recently on Ink Sprays and Clingfilm. This technique makes fabulous backgrounds, here used with a die cut stag amongst the trees.
I added a moon mask and some ink to mimic the moonlight through the trees.
The die cut birthday, and the stag frame have been cut from black card and then highlighted with gold gilding wax. 
Better get some sleep now, although I get a lie in tomorrow, I don't have to be at work until 6am...........positively midday lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Just a Quickie

Hi All,

Just a quickie tonight, I'm back to work tomorrow which will be a nasty shock to the system. 

I can see plenty of cleaning and shelf stacking in my future..........tomorrow at least, so I had better get to bed.

Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

Hugs Kimx 

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Bubble Bloom Gilly


Here are another couple of cards made using Jane's fabulous Bubble stamps.

This is one that I made for the release,
I thought that I would go oval for a change.
It was made from a larger piece of work, so there was enough for a second card.
Here is a more traditional use of the stamp, although I did create a border around it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Make a Wish in Black and Red


Another successful crafty day prepping for Saturdays class.

I am trying very hard to keep up with my tags to go with the classes. This one was created for the Layering dies class. It is just a visual reminder to go with the instructions on the back of the tag.
I used a pin prick die in the background to this layered floral panel.
And this is a close up of the front of my tag. It seems that I was in a black and red mood lol.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs Kimx

Monday, 4 October 2021

Inspired by a Friend

Evening All,

It has been nice to be away from the madness of the fuel delivery chaos for a few days, and that will carry on for a little while longer as the garage is closed for a refit.

We played with ink sprays and cling film during our last class, and this card was inspired by something that I saw on a friends blog Felix the Crafty Cat.
The background was created by spraying card with inks and then adding scrunched up cling film over it and leaving it to dry. 
At least one of the sprays had mica in it which is what creates the fabulous icy finish to the background.
I added a die cut floral silhouette, punched border and sentiment.
This card was made with a similar background panel, just different floral die cut and sentiment.
The background to this final card was once again made with spray inks, only this time I used a piece of  bubble wrap to create the background texture.
Thank you for your fabulous inspiration Angela, I hope you feel that I have done you justice.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Not Quite Masterchef.


It's been a successful day for Becki and I. We have spent the day cooking meals for her freezer so that she can feel a little less stressed out in her new job. Not quite Masterchef, but good enough.

I am looking forward to some crafty playtime when I get home tomorrow, I've enjoyed the cooking, but it's not the same as cardmaking.

In the mean time I get to help take everyone to school tomorrow before I go home and I get another sleepover with my 'Besties'.

Hugs Kimx



Saturday, 2 October 2021

Today has been a washout


I don't know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but it has been a wash out here in more ways than one.

I promised the kids that we would go swimming this weekend. They have been asking since lockdown first started, so were so excited at the prospect of going today. Well the Gods were definitely against us. There was two hour wait at the swimming pool, and it was freezing cold outside in the queue, so we abandoned that in favour of finding Mum some petrol for work next week and doing some food shopping. Hopefully both could be achieved at Morrisons. The queueing was very well organized, but I decided that it would be easier if I took the kids inside and bought them lunch as we hadn't been able to do that at the pool.

Wrong again. The kitchen in the canteen had been flooded out so all that was on offer was a couple of rolls and some gingerbread cookies, and a very disgusting cup of coffee. All in all not a good day for the little ones. Mum did manage to get petrol, and we did the shopping so I suppose it wasn't a complete bust, although the children were definitely not impressed.

We decided that a hot chocolate and a snuggle while we watch a movie was the best way to spend the rest of the day, and then Emma helped Daddy cook the dinner which she always enjoys.

So given the grotty weather, here is a nice bright card to cheer you all up.
A butterfly wouldn't like it around here at the moment, winter has definitely set in.
Thanks for stopping by.
I do hope that it cheers up tomorrow so that at least we might be able to get out for a walk.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 1 October 2021

Magenta Ornamental Onion


Boy am I glad that it is Friday, it has been a very long week. Still no signs of another fuel delivery, so the phone has been ringing non stop, but at least we haven't had queues a mile long outside.....................just further up the road either side of us where the local garages have each had a delivery!!!

Having decided to abandon all plans to go anywhere this week, I have spent several enjoyable afternoons finishing off bits and pieces from last Saturdays class on Sprays and Clingfilm.
This card was actually made using a piece that I found in my bits box from many years ago. Sprays and Clingfilm is certainly not a new technique, just one that I haven't done for a while.
The white stamped and embossed image has to be one of my all time favourite Magenta stamps, the Ornamental Onion Flower Tile.  I trimmed the panel and added a fine gold border with a metallic pen, and then layered it over some embossed cardstock.

I am now enjoying a lovely long weekend with the youngest Grandbabies. At least there were no fuel issues with the trains. I was able to sit in a quiet carriage and indulge in my travel treat of a Costa coffee and this time a chocolate twist. 
I haven't been over to see the kids for a few weeks so it was so nice to be greeted by such excited little people. They were literally bouncing up and down. I was dragged in, coat and shoes removed and then pulled up the stairs to see their bedrooms and what they have been playing with. I have promised that we will go swimming tomorrow, a treat that they have missed out on since Covid hit, so they are all very excited.............Mum and me included.
Chloe has insisted that I have a sleepover in her bed, so I had better go up now before she wakes up and comes to find me.
Have a wonderful weekend. I know I will.
Hugs Kimx


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Happy Birthday V


Well, there are some lovely people out there.

Today was V's birthday, and she brought her colleague in to work so that she could deliver carefully packed homemade food for us to have for our lunch. How lovely of her to do it on HER birthday, and her day off!!!!

And the second nice thing was when a customer, having purchased a large bar of chocolate, handed it back to me, as a thank you for trying to help with the petrol queues on Tuesday..................'you deserve it' she said when I politely tried to decline her lovely gesture.

Thankfully the shop has been a little busier today despite the lack of fuel, although the phone hasn't stopped ringing. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.......hopefully a fuel delivery lol.

Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Have a wonderful day


Well that has got to have been the slowest shift in history! We have no fuel, so we therefore had far fewer customers. I'm not sure that I prefer the madness of yesterday, but somewhere in between would be rather nice.

Another quick post tonight, with another card made using one of Jane's bubble stamps.
I stamped and embossed the images onto a piece of mop up background from my stash
I also added a diecut frame and a sentiment.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Chalked Vellum

Evening All,

And so the madness continues! We had a delivery of fuel yesterday afternoon, just before I left work. They were queueing both sides of the road from the moment the tanker pulled onto the forecourt, and continued throughout the night until we ran out at about 11am. That would normally last nearly a week...........not less than a day!!!!!

I spent the first three hours of my shift directing traffic and trying to reduce the size of the queues, since then, the phone has been ringing off the hook with people asking whether or not we have fuel, and when our next delivery will be. They have also been driving on and off the forecourt, even though there is a huge sign at the entrance telling them that we have none. I have no idea when our next delivery is, so I expect I will spend the day tomorrow answering the same questions.

Here are a couple more chalked cards, this time using vellum.
I wrapped the stamped, embossed and coloured panel around a piece of cardstock,
before layering it over a dry embossed panel, coloured with decorating chalks.
I stamped the vellum and then added chalks to the images,
before adding a large stamped and embossed sentiment.
I folded the vellum over the top and bottom of the card and attached it with DSST on the inside which is easy to hide with an insert.
I have given any sort of travel a miss this week and will continue with that strategy until this nonsense with the fuel resolves itself. This means that I haven't made it to the gym, but the thought of sitting on a bus for a couple of hours for a journey that normally takes about 20 minutes is not one I care to experience...........Yes the queues really are that bad!!
I haven't been totally inactive though. My Fitbit told me that I had completed 10,000 steps by about 9.30 this morning. Not what I expect on a normal day, I'm lucky if I reach that figure until well into the afternoon, and it usually involves a 30 minute session on the treadmill.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 27 September 2021

Hero Arts and Chalks

Forgot to press publish !!

Hi All,

Can't believe how quickly the weekend disappears, and what a mad one it has been. The queues from the garage went on all through the night and into this morning which is absolute madness. The roads are clear again at the moment..........because we don't have any fuel for them to queue for, but who knows what tomorrow will bring!!!

I am trying to work my way through all the chalked cards that I made for a class a few weeks ago, I just hadn't realized quite how many of them there were lol.

I love these old Hero Arts stamp. They came as a set of negatives (bottom right and left corners), but were also available as individual positive images.
I was lucky enough to own both, and this one is definitely my favourite of the four in the boxed set. I used an embossing folder in the background to this card, with a panel of vellum over it.
This card also uses a couple of old Hero Arts stamps. I used a very detailed die cut on the back of the card and then covered the whole thing with chalks to match the central panel.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Triple Layered Floral Panel

 Evening All,

We had a fabulous day of classes today, marred only by the total madness that we encountered trying to drive home. The traffic was just ridiculous. I live less than 3 minutes from my place of work.......a BP petrol station,.

Our journey to class this morning involved turning round and taking a different route, and this afternoons journey home was no better due to a delivery of fuel at said BP causing huge queues of traffic in both directions. People are just idiots and I thought that there was going to be a punch up at one stage. I am soooooo glad that I am haven't been at work today having to deal with all of this madness.

I haven't been able to get any more samples from the class finished this evening, so I will have to share another couple of cards from the class on Layering dies.

I cut this fabulous layered die from black, red and white cardstock
and layered it onto a piece of silver holographic cardstock.
It looks stunning, but is dreadfully difficult to photograph.
I also used it for this card, only this time I only used white cardstock for the layers. 
I added a die cut sentiment
and some tiny gems to finish.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are safely at home now and not out chasing fuel supplies :O)
Crafty Hugs 

Friday, 24 September 2021

Not Playing Ball

 Hi All,

Sorry, computer is not playing ball tonight, and I am shattered after another 4am start, so I am going to call it a night and try to post again tomorrow.

Night night.

Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Christmas Layering Die

 Evening All,

Most of the Girls that helped with Paint Purley Purple had their photograph taken this afternoon for an article in the local paper. Thankfully I had a previous engagement with a treadmill and other bits of gym equipment...........................I do hate to have my photograph taken!!

We did a class a couple of weeks ago using Layering Dies.
This has to be one of my favourites from my collection.
It really is very easy to use and looks stunning even in three layers of white cardstock.
I used three different silver cardstocks for this one and some more glitter card for the background.
The same layers of silver and holographic card stock, just a different order can change the look of the card. Here I used plain black cardstock for a contrasting background.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Chalked Best Wishes

 Evening All,

Another chilly start to what turned into a glorious day, English weather is so unpredictable.

I do love chalks with leaves and vellum.
I made this card quite a while ago using a fabulously realistic leaf stamp from Stampendous.
I added the torn vellum panel along with some metallic threads.

Thanks for stopping by