Saturday, 2 April 2022

The Countdown Has Begun


The countdown to my crafty holiday began in earnest this week. I am finally getting to go to SirStampalot for what is my kind of holiday........................a week of playtime in a craft shop. How much more could you want?

I did think that it might be derailed at the start of last week when Chloe and Becki tested positive for Covid, again!! My holiday was due to start with a few days helping out with the 'Littlies'. Thankfully things have gone according to plan after they all tested negative, and I seem to have escaped it at my house as well where my Grandsons have both now gone down with it.

One of the classes that I taught when I was last at SirStampalot, nearly three years ago, was one called 'Bump and Smudge'. 
Distress oxides are perfect for this technique.
You stamp the image using the oxide ink and then smudge it with a blending tool to give a lovely soft blended background.
As you can see, I rather liked this lovely floral stamp.
I partnered it with various large dies and a Best Wishes stencil.
I added embossing powder to this panel which I didn't like.
So I added some grey ink until I liked the result.
I die cut the word LOVE from the center and used it on another card.
One of my first jobs when I arrive at SirStampalot on Monday will be to organize supplies for the classes that I will be teaching this time.
And of course there will a shopping basket to start as well lol.
For now, it's Movie Night, so we are all watching Mirror, Mirror with a bowl full of popcorn and sweeties.
Happy Weekend.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 26 March 2022

Challenging the Little Grey Cells.


Another lovely class today. It seems ages since we have crafted together since we took a week off to visit Ally Pally last time. I do think that I challenged their little grey cells though lol.

Someone had asked to do a class on Shaker cards, so I took along an assortment of dies to use as the main image, including some of the new Sue Wilson Panel dies.

I didn't get to finish anything in class, so here is a card that I made a while ago for Janice and Andy at SirStampalot.
I used an assortment of dies
and a piece of mop up background for the base card. 
You can pop anything into the card for the shaker element including glitter and the tiny bits that drop out of the dies when cutting them.

The class was a great way to use up some of the numerous sequins that I seem to have acquired over the years. I took along a box full of glitter and dies that would cut out tiny pieces as the shaker element.

I took some samples that I have already shared with you HERE which gave the Girls something to copy while they got the hang of things. 

As usual I have loads of ideas for cards rolling around in my head, just no time to put them in to practice. I will at least try and finish off the one that I started in class, because I then have a DT box to attend to, and classes to plan for my trip to SirStampalot in the very near future.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs Kimx


Monday, 21 March 2022

Celebrate the Sunshine


I had a wonderful weekend with the 'Littlies'. It was so nice to hear them out in the garden in the sunshine. I managed to get a bit of weeding done before the weeds get too big and strangle all the plants. Why is it that weeds seem so easy to grow, whatever the weather, but we have to be so careful with anything pretty that we plant. 

Thankfully I know enough about gardening to know that it was too early to plant anything despite the beautiful sunshine. I got an early lift home as reward for all my efforts, and there was a heck of a frost when we left. It would definitely have killed off anything fragile.

Here is a card that I made recently after our class on Altenew Stamps, Dies and Matching Stencils.
I do love these stamps, and they are so much quicker and easier to colour now that they have matching stencils.
This set also has coordinating dies which makes it even easier. I do like easy.
I layered the die cut and coloured floral images over a couple of plain stamped and embossed ones.
I used the stencil on a square of cream card and cleaned my brush though it to give a lovely subtle background.
Finishing touches, a few pearls and a die cut sentiment, stacked and covered in glossy accents.
Back to work tomorrow, so I had better get an early night.
Thanks for stopping by.
Crafty hugs

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Spring has Sprung


What glorious weather we have had over the last few days. Spring has definitely sprung, although it has been rather chilly when you are in the shade. Isn't it amazing how much better we all feel when there is some sunshine about?

I have been on a couple of nice long walks in the sunshine, including one this morning with Chloe, my youngest Granddaughter. We have enjoyed the weather, and looking at the lovely spring flowers and blossom. She always likes to point out all the flowers and also count how many dogs we see on our travels.
No chance for any crafting today, so here is a pretty floral card made for Janice and Andy at Sirstampalot using lots of fabulous dies.
Not specifically spring flowers, but bright and cheerful none-the-less. 
We have made a start on sorting out the garden at Becki's, so the kids have enjoyed being able to get outside to play. Coats were definitely required, although it was a little bit of a challenge to get them to put them on. Children just don't seem to feel the cold like us oldies lol.
I have digging and planting duties tomorrow, and a movie night in the pipeline, so another busy day. Better get in some snuggle time with my 'Besties' it will be my reward for all the gardening.
Have a great weekend. Enjoy the sunshine if you can.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 14 March 2022

Happy Birthday Jack


OMG it's Monday again. It comes around so quickly these days, and it was a rather fresh one too this morning. Lovely and bright, but perishing cold. A regular customer and I decided that we are definitely wimps when we saw several people in T shirts. We will stick to our winter coats and scarves thank you very much.

It was a special little boys birthday on Friday. My youngest Grandson turned 3. He has a very good vocabulary, but has also found the phrase 'It's not fair!!', with stamped feet for maximum effect. Even his 4 year old sister has started looking at him and saying 'Life's not fair'. She has obviously heard us say it far too many times lol.

He is heavily into Paw Patrol, but also likes dinosaurs, so I went with this rather fabulous image from Polkadoodles Sticks and Bones Collection. 
You can buy individual digi images both coloured and line art, 
or you can go for the bundle which inculdes all sorts of extra elements including backgrounds.
I die cut the image using an oval die and added a glitter matt and layer.
I trimmed the background image and added it to a large kraft card.
before adding Jack's name and a sentiment strip.

Once again Mummy impressed us all with her cake making skills.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 12 March 2022

An Udderly Brilliant Time


How exciting, we finally got to go to a craft show at Ally Pally, the first time in over 2 years. It was quite small, but it was so nice just to be out amongst other crafty people. By happy coincidence it has fallen on what would have been a class day so we went for a day out instead. 'The Girls' have all been looking forward to it, counting off the days and preparing our shopping lists. I'm not sure that any of us stuck to those lists, but I think that we all had a great time.........I know that I certainly did.

There were lots of Woodware products on sale, so here are a couple of cards that I made using one of  Jane's fabulous Fuzzy Friends stamp sets.
Connie the Cow comes complete with sentiments 
and lots of tiny extras.
I used a Woodware stencil and some glossy paste for the background, which gave me a piece big enough for both cards.
Time for some sleep now and then a day of play. Probably not with any of my new goodies as I have some DT work to complete but I will have lots of crafty fun that's for sure.
Thanks for stopping by, sorry I have been AWOL for a while.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Sending Love and Sympathy


Unfortunately I have another Sympathy card to send today.

A lovely lady finally gave up her fight.
This card was made a while ago using bits and pieces from my stash,
and a rather lovely die from Creative Expressions.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Thanks Auntie Weena


I had to put all card making and quick thinking skills to work this afternoon, when Emma announced that she needed two birthday cards for the party that she was going 15minutes time!!!!

Thank goodness for a drawer full of Kanban and other assorted die cut goodies which Davina has given the kids over the years. 'Auntie Weena', as the kids loving refer to her, is often having a clear out of bits and pieces that she thinks the kids might like to craft with, and they certainly came in to their own today.

Stupidly, in my haste to put something together, I didn't take photos, but Emma was pleased so that is all that matters.

This card is probably the nearest I have to a quick and easy card from my picture stash.
An embossed background with a bit of ink,
a few die cut bits and pieces from my stash and some pearls. Definitely quick and easy.
The kids have another couple of parties to go to soon, so I think that we had better see if we can put a few cards together tomorrow so that we are ahead of the game.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 4 March 2022

Happy Birthday Fabulous Friends


Today is the birthday of two fabulous friends, so here is the card that I made for one of them. Pia is currently in Bali so I sent this out with her so that she had something to open on the day. 

Thank goodness for my LOTV Simply Print images.
I found this one in my stash. Pia is my 'gym buddy', but we have been known to forgo the exercise for a trip to the local coffee shop. Well, you can't be good all the time can you, it is VERY bad for you lol.
As I had two copies of the image printed out I did some fussy cutting and added it over the first one with silicon.
The background paper is from my stash, with a little added stamping and then finished with a stamped and embossed sentiment panel which says it all.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.
With love and hugs.

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Finishing Off Christmas


I did wonder what the weather would get up to this weekend after our amazing assortment on Thursday. It was a very mixed bag........torrential rain, so heavy that it sounded like huge hail stones, brilliant sunshine and then to round off the afternoon hail itself and heavy snow, albeit only for a few minutes.

In view of the snow and the fact that we were finishing off Christmas cards in class on Saturday I have decided to share a Christmas card with you tonight.

I have used a 3D embossing folder and dark green cardstock for the background along with a little gold gilding wax.
The stamped panel was created using an image taken from a piece of Alcohol inked Yupo paper using an Alcohol Lift ink pad. I also used a Tim Holtz stencil in the background along with a stamped and embossed sentiment from Woodware.
I die cut my panel and then left the die in place while I added ink around the edges. This creates a fabulous faux matt and layer.
I managed to finish off envelopes and inserts for quite a few Christmas cards on Saturday. It's amazing what you can get done when you are surrounded by lovely crafty friends.
Hope that you had a great weekend.
Crafty Hugs 

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Congratulations Granny


My good friend and gym buddy is finally off to Bali tomorrow to meet her newest Granddaughter.

I needed to make sure that she had her birthday card to take with her, so we met up for a coffee out in the fresh air.  Her birthday is at the beginning of March when she will be isolating in a hotel in Bali so I wanted her to have something to open and mark the occasion. I also made her a card to mark Havana's birth. At least now that the baby has arrived Pia can spend her all her time with cuddles. She will need to make the most of her limited time out there. I know just how incredibly lucky I am to be able to see some of my Grandchildren on a daily basis, and visit the rest of them, very easily, at least twice a month, not have to travel halfway around the world. 

Once again I reached for my LOTV Simply Print images to make her card.
I die cut the image and added a little distress ink with the die still in place to give that lovely narrow white border.
I checked first to see what Pia was going to be called, and Granny it was.
As I had printed a couple of images I created another card to add to my stash, they always seem to come in handy.
The sentiment is from an old LOTV stamp set.
I recently purchased this fabulous piercing die which I thought made the paper look a little like a quilted blanket.
I wanted to make a card for Pia to take out to her daughter and her partner with all of Havana's birth details on it. Unfortunately time just ran away with me, so I will have to send it. I'm told that it will take ages and probably cost an arm and a leg, but that doesn't matter.
I know that Pia is all packed and ready for the off, although I don't think that she will be able to sleep much tonight with all the excitement of finally being able to travel. I know I wouldn't.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx