Saturday, 15 May 2021

Update on Wrist

Evening Everyone,

The kids have been amazingly good today, and really helpful as well, especially given that they have spent most of the afternoon in the car while they took me to the hospital to get my wrist x-rayed.

Long story short, and 7 x-rays later, I still don't know whether or not I have fractured it as there seems to be some disagreement between the person that saw me and the consultant that he spoke to for confirmation. Because I don't live here, so would be unable to attend the fracture clinic follow ups, he has suggested that I go to A&E at home so that they can send me for a CT scan which is the next option in their protocol!!!

So guess what I will be doing on Monday? At least they are emailing all the x-rays so I won't have to go through that again. In the mean time I have been given a splint which helps a little, although it is also making my hand ache more.

Off to get some pain killers before I go to bed.

Night, night.


Friday, 14 May 2021

The Age of Chivalry is not Dead

Evening All,

Well that isn't quite how I had planned to start my weekend, with a possible trip to A&E!!

It is always a bit of a rush to get to the station for my weekend journey to babysit the 'Littlies'. NOTE TO SELF - maybe buy the ticket the night before so that you rush less and don't fall over and end up in a rather undignified heap............right opposite the pub!!

I had landed rather hard on my hands and knees with my rucksack pitched over my head, when a man rushed across the road to see if I was OK, and having helped me to my feet insisted on escorting me to the station. Who said that the age of chivalry is dead.

I did feel a fool and am now sporting a rather large graze on my knee and am looking at a possible trip to A&E if my wrist doesn't get any better.

Fortunately it is my left wrist so I can function reasonably well, although you don't realize just how much you do with your non dominant hand, until you can't. Going to the loo has been a little challenging lol.

And just when I thought that we could start to get back to normal. Still it won't stop me. We will have that class next weekend, come hell or high water.

Here are a couple more cards to highlight another of the classes in our first schedule, and what a rather appropriate sentiment :O)
We will be playing with Distress Oxide inks and creating mop up backgrounds with them.
I can see that this will be the first of many classes, as there are just so many things that you can do with them. Way too many to explore in just one sitting.
The backgrounds were created by spritzing water on to Distress Oxide inks left on my craft mat and then smooshing a piece of card through it.
Dry, and then repeat the process until you are happy with your background.
The floral stamp is from Stamps by Me.
Off to take a couple more pain killers so that hopefully I will get a good nights sleep.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Stencils and Stamps

Evening All,

We tried to go for a walk this afternoon, despite the weather, but instead thrashed out the logistics of running classes after 17th May. How wonderful it will be to get to play in crafty company.

We are working on the class list at the moment, so in the meantime here are some cards that were made during one, pre-lockdown, using a fabulous stencil from Altenew.

Stencils are so fabulously versatile, they can be used in so many different ways, so here are just a few cards using a stencil, inks and a few stamps.
I attached the stencil to a piece of white card using my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stay-tion, which I love, and then blended the inks through it.
I also stamped all over the image with the stencil still in place. To finish off I used co-ordinating papers, gems and a stamped sentiment.
Same stencil and inking technique just darker colours this time.
Once again finished off with some gems and a stamped sentiment.
This final card uses the same techniques but with a monochrome look.
We had such fun with these as I recall that we have added it into the new schedule so that we can all have a refresher course.
I'd better go and narrow down a few more class ideas and get the list out to the Crafties. I'm getting excited to see them already, but first I have a weekend with the littlest Grandchildren to look forward to.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

With Sympathy for Make My Monday

Evening All,

Unfortunately we will all have need of a sympathy card at some point in our lives, and with these last few months I have sent more than I would like.

They are always hard to make, but I think that it helps to let people know that you are thinking of them, especially at one of the hardest times of their lives.

I have had need of a couple more cards this week as my Brother-in-law lost his Dad to dementia on Saturday. It is especially hard for him as he lives in France and was unable to support his Mum and Brother at this dreadfully difficult time.
Make My Monday has a new challenge where they are looking for Sympathy, so I will enter this one.
I searched through my boxes and found some cards to share with you.
All very different, but each one suitable to send to let someone know that you care.
I hope that maybe you have found something to inspire you to make a card for someone to show that you care.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Tag Cards


A couple of tag cards from me today. And if I'm honest I can't even begin to remember how long they have been in my card box.

I do remember going through a bit of an orange and brown phase, which was around the time that my stamping book was published in 2006!!!!! Oh dear was it really that long ago.

For this card I layered together several torn pieces of stamped and embossed orange card and then cut them into a tag shape.
The flowers were stamped and embossed onto black card stock and then painted with a Pearlex Watercolour palette. 
The base card was created using Bazzil card stock and a piece of torn vellum. Brads, gold peel-offs and thread complete the card.
This second card was also made a long time ago using a Stampin Up stamp.
I stamped and embossed the image onto a small white tag and then layered it onto a base card covered with blue and pink Bazzil card stock.
I have a feeling that this was one of the cards that I made after one of the Grandchildren were born, and it definitely wasn't for Jack (2) or Chloe (3). I made several different ones as suggestions to say thank you for gifts received. 
I've just had my text message to book my 2nd Covid jab. I hope that I get off as lightly as last time with any reaction as I will have work the next day. My daughter is currently prone on the sofa feeling ghastly after her first jab, so it's a good job it's my night to cook.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 10 May 2021

Split Colouring inspired by Jennifer McGuire


Thank goodness full lockdown was this time last year when, if nothing else, the weather was kind to us. Can you imagine following all those rules without being able to get out in the sunshine for a walk.

Let's hope that we can soon meet up indoors, even if it is only 6 of us, because it is far too cold for us oldies to sit outside for any length of time without being chilled to the marrow.

We are still trying to decide on what to do as a first class once we can finally get back to them. 
I for one can't wait.
Here are a few cards that we made in a class, what seems like ages ago.
Inspired by Jennifer McGuire, they are a great way of getting two finished cards,
from one coloured image.
She refers to this as a Split Colouring Technique which gives you two-cards-for-one.
It also works just as well with a Christmas design.
Any technique that gives me two-cards-for-one is a good one in my books lol.
I'm sure that all the new rules will be listed in the newspapers tomorrow, so I think I will just wait till then, I'm too tired to look them up on the internet.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 9 May 2021

A Jug of Flowers

Evening All,

A nice bright card from my box tonight, and it's a jolly good job that I have it given that I have been completely uncrafty again this weekend.

One of the problems with blogging cards that you made a while ago, is that you can't always remember what you have used to make them.
Some Sue Wilson strip dies to create the background I seem to recall,
and then a lovely Woodware stamp designed by Jane Gill. I did a bit of fussy cutting and added some glitter glue and glossy accents.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs Kimx

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Joy to the World


Now that I have worked my way through all of the card photos on my laptop I can start on the cards in my boxes, but where to start?? So I decided that probably the easiest way was to see what challenges there are out there and pick a card for that, even if I don't enter.

So one of the Christmas challenges is looking for something starting with J.
Joy to the World is a stamp designed by Jane Gill for Woodware. I stamped and embossed it onto black card stock,
and then stamped around the edge of the panel using various colours of metallic inks.
Very quick and easy.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Friday, 7 May 2021

Dragonfly Dreaming

Happy Friday........thank goodness.

I hope that you are going to manage a nice crafty weekend. I'm going to try since I have so much to get done.

Traci at Creative Expressions recently asked me to make a card using the Designer Boutique stamp Dragonfly Delight and write Step by Step instructions to go with it.
I was going to share them here, but if you sign up to the Creative Expressions newsletter by following the link Blooming Lovely! - Creative Expressions ( you will be able to see all the beautiful products that are available as well as getting access to several inspirational projects with more to follow.
It's almost impossible to make a card with all these fabulous inky products, without ending up with several bits of mop up background. So of course I just had to use them up.
I stamped and embossed the dragonfly image onto a piece of mop up background and then made inks out of several colours of shimmer shaker by adding a little water to the powder to create a paint.
I created a double  faux stitched border around the image using a ruler and black micron pen.
Once again I stamped and embossed the image onto a piece of mop up background and coloured it with the same colours of Shimmer Shakers used in the first card. I also used a die to emboss the oval at the center of the panel which I then highlighted with a black micron pen.
This last card uses up a scrap of the stamped image that I found on my desk along with a fussy cut dragonfly and another piece of mop up background. I told you I could never throw anything away lol.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.
Stay safe and hugs 

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Birthday Wishes for a Sister in Law

Evening Everyone,

What is it with scaffolders and the rules. I'm told that it is probably because of the type of job that they do. It makes them think that they are pretty much invincible and so they treat Covid restrictions with the same cavalier attitude. It really infuriates me. 

By contrast whilst waiting for my train at London Bridge station on Saturday, during my 30 minute waiting time, with a constant stream of customers onto the platform, I only saw 3 people without masks!!! Perhaps it had something to do with the signs saying that people are liable to fines of £6,300, or maybe they just feel that following the rules helps us all get out of this quicker. 

Sorry, now I've had my moan, on to the business of crafting :O)

I've had another last minute commission for my friends Sister in Law. Apparently she was so impressed by the card that I made for her husband that my friend ordered one for her too. How nice is that. What a compliment.
As usual with such a tight turnaround, I found a lovely LOTV image and some coordinating embossed paper from my stash. 
I decoupaged the second image that prints out and added it using silicon.
I also added some die cut sentiments
and her name, stacked for added dimension.
Despite daily blog posts, which may be considered evidence to the contrary, I am really struggling at the moment. I seem to have so much to do, very little time to do it in and even less motivation to get any of it done. I'm going to give in to it tonight and go and watch Jennifer McGuire on Youtube. She always manages to inspire me so lets hope some of her crafty enthusiasm can get me motivated.
Thanks for sticking with me.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Do You Want To Build A Snowman.

Evening All,

Given that I've been making Christmas cards for Jane's next release in a couple of months time, perhaps it's time to share a few that I made a few weeks ago. I actually made them for one of the Christmas challenge blogs................................and then I forgot to post them!!!! So lets try again shall we.

As you know, if you are a regular visitor, I have been on a bit of a mission to use things up from my Bits Boxes.
As the challenge called for Snowmen I searched through my Christmas box and hauled out anything suitable.
It's amazing what you find when you start to look.
Stamped pieces from years and years ago.
It is a lovely feeling when you finally use a few of them up,
even if it doesn't make any sort of dent in the pile.
These panels stamped on green and then painted with bleach
are all from the one stamp. I just trimmed around the individual sections to make 3 individual cards. 
I know this card doesn't contain a snowman, but it has the same background as one of the other cards so that is good enough to be added to this pile of finished cards.
Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to cook dinner.
Hugs Kimx