Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Go Green at CraftyCardmakers

Hello All
We have a new Go Green challenge over at CraftyCardmakers and I have chosen to share a card that I made for Jane Gill's last TV performance.
The stamp set that I have used as the focal point for my card is JGS576 Decorative Bee, and you can see there was lots of fussy cutting involved.
I stamped and embossed the bee on to white card, and then sponged it with Bundled Sage Oxide and Distress inks before cutting it out.
There is a lovely leafy sprig as part of the set, so I stamped and embossed it several times, coloured it with Distress Ink, and then did plenty more fussy cutting.
I felt that it needed some flowers, so I used one from another of the stamp sets from the show JGB002 Great Big Bunch.
I created my own banner from coordinating background paper, and then added all the fussy cut elements using silicon to give it added depth.
Another of the sets from the show is JGS574 Madison Girl, so here is a rather green card that I made using her. She has been stamped and embossed onto a piece of Mop up background and then coloured using Distress inks.
I rather like that the bottom half of the stamp looks like a tag, so I suggested to Jane that she could cut her head off and use some of the additional floral elements from the set to hide that the top of the tag is not symmetrical. I didn't get the chance to make the card itself, but I believe that Jane spoke of my idea on her TV show lol.
Better get on with some commenting, before the rest of the team think that I have deserted them.

Happy Crafting and hugs.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy 60th Birthday Sue, and a Happy Mothers Day too.

Morning All
Long time no see.
I haven't exactly been idle all this time, I just don't seem to have found the time to get on to the computer.
Saturday is usually class day, but we had a fabulous alternative yesterday when we helped one of our number celebrate her 60th Birthday.
Sue is a regular in class and her Girls had organised a surprise party for her to which we were all invited. It was a lovely afternoon filled with pizza, and fries as opposed to the usual coffee and cake.
This was the card that I made her.

The background is a piece of 'Bleedin' Art' Tissue. I stuck it to some white card stock using DSS Sheet and then gently applied gold gilding wax.
The flowers and leaves have also had a little gilding wax added to them.
I decided that it would be nicer if I added 60th to the card, after all it is the milestone being celebrated with the party. 
 I used a very similar layout for the Mothers Day card that I made for my lovely Mum.
I love the Art Tissue backgrounds, no two are ever the same.
My Girls and I have had a lovely day today, topped off with a wonderful roast dinner cooked for us.
I hope that all you Mummies out there have been suitably spoilt.
I am now feeling very stuffed, so I think it might be time for bed.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

With Love to You All

Oh my goodness, what is it with 2018?
Every time that I think I might have got on top of things, something comes along to mess it all up.
I have pictures of cards ready and waiting for about 30 posts, but have found neither time nor inclination to sit at the computer, so you really will have to forgive me.
This card was supposed to have been blogged a fortnight ago for the start of a new challenge at CCM.
Now there is a new one starting again on Monday, so where did that fortnight go??

My cards were actually made using a Christmas stamp set designed by Jane Gill for Woodware.
Just goes to show the brilliant versatility of her stamps.
Let's hope I can get a little more on top of things over the next few days, I have missed sharing with you. Off to paint my nails, for a little bit of me time, and then bed. Monday is always an early start.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Monday, 5 February 2018

Hobby Art Butterflies

Hello All,
Well I made it through a whole day at work.
I have to say that taking the week off to recover was probably the most sensible thing that I have done in a long time cause I actually feel better. (At least at the moment lol)
Here as promised a while ago are a couple more cards from Hobby Art Jenny's last TV show.
Sorry I didn't manage to get them on here earlier, still better late than never I suppose.
This time they feature the fabulous Butterfly set.
I decided that I wanted to use the largest of the butterflies as it makes such a wonderful focal point. I die cut the corner out of a piece of black card stock using one of Tim Holtz ornate corners.
Having trimmed the panel I gently applied gilding wax and a stamped and embossed sentiment before adding the panel to a white card base.
The butterflies have all been stamped and embossed in black and then sponged with dye based inks.
This second card uses the same images only this time they are stamped and embossed in gold before applying the dye based inks and fussy cutting.
The background has been created using a fabulous 'vintage' embossing folder and black card stock.
Once again I used gilding wax to cover the whole of the background, only this time it was the excess wax that had dried on my craft mat reactivated with Stick Away from Crafters Companion.
Thank you Sheena for that little tip.
Because there were various colours of wax on the mat at the same time it has given the background a slightly muddy look, but I rather like the effect.
I sanded the card back after I had covered the whole thing with wax so that the black showed through.
I added the fussy cut and shaped butterflies using silicon glue along with a sentiment.
I think an early night is in order tonight. I don't want to overdo things.
I won't promise to be back tomorrow, but I will definitely try.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Inky and Messy at CCM

Hello Everyone,
I'm sorry that this is rather late, 2018 is not going too well for me.
I got sent home from work last Monday feeling absolutely ghastly and have spent most of the rest of the week in bed.
I thought that I was feeling a little better on Wednesday, and then spent 3 hours laying down after I had been in the shower!!
We have an Inky / Messy challenge running at CCM  for another week.
I really love inky and messy. Making backgrounds has always been a particular passion of mine, and so the new Oxide inks were a must have for me. In fact I am waiting in eager anticipation for my parcel to arrive with the new colours.
The background to this card (and the other two) is made using the Mop-up technique and Oxide inks.
I hate to waste all the lovely ink left on the mat after I have done some sponging on a project.
A spritz of water and a smoosh of card and you have instant background papers, and every one different.
I added a little extra stamping in the background to all of the panels.
The first two cards used white embossing powder on the focal stamped image.
This third card uses the same image (Woodware stamp designed by Jane Gill) just stamped and embossed in black instead.
I'm back to work tomorrow so I had better get to bed.
It's going to be hard to get back into the swing of things after a week off, and without the benefit of being able to lie down whenever the need arises.
Oh well, I'm sure I will be fine.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Wildflowers for Hobby Art

Evening Everyone,
Weren’t there some of the most amazing samples on Hobby Art  Jenny’s show on Monday. I always feel that mine are very simplistic and inadequate by comparison.
Still I suppose that just goes to show the versatility of the stamps, and it’s also why you have such a diverse range of crafting styles on a Design Team.
I do like floral stamps as you know, so these lovely Wildflowers definitely appealed to me.

The first card uses just one of the stamps from the set.
I stamped and embossed the image a couple of times using Versafine ink and clear embossing powder having first masked off the bottom of the panel.

Next I drew a border around the stamped images and added a touch of simple Zentangle to create a frame for my flowers.

I also added a sentiment from one of the other sets and then mounted my trimmed panel onto a piece of embossed kraft card.
Of course there had to be a bit of gilding wax to highlight the embossing, and a touch of glitter glue on the tips of the flowers.
I hadn’t really thought about it when I made it, but Charlie pointed out that it would make quite a good card for a man.
My second card also uses a bit of masking (a recurrent theme amongst the DT) and some decorating chalks.
I masked off a panel across the bottom of a piece of white card and then used a cotton wool ball to add the chalks. Because there is no ink involved at this stage it gives a nice soft feel to the background of the card.
After I was satisfied with my background, I stamped across the masked area with another of the wildflowers and a Versamark ink pad.. This time the image is much darker as the clear ink ‘grabs’ the chalk.
Once I had removed the masking tape, I stamped and embossed the same image on to the panel this time using Black ink.
I added the sentiment using versamark ink and the chalks and then layered the finished panel on to a co-ordinating piece of card stock.
I will try and share another couple of cards tomorrow if I get a chance.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Monday, 15 January 2018

CCM Bling's the Thing

Hi All,
Here we are at the start of our first challenge of the New Year at CCM and we are looking for plenty of Bling.
Now I know that Christmas is a dim and distant memory, but it is also the perfect time for a bit of bling.
I didn't send very many Christmas cards this year as you know, but I could hardly miss my littlest Granddaughter's First Christmas now could I, or her big sister Emma.
For Emma's card I die cut one of Sue Wilson's hexagonal dies in red, and added it to a piece of Sticker paper.
I added fine crystal glitter to the background for plenty of bling.
The coloured image is from LOTV and has also been die cut.
I added Sparkle pen to the bears fur
as well as glitter glue and glossy accents to the penguin and snow.
This is Chloe's card and has also used a LOTV pre-coloured image die cut and layered on to red card.
The background was created using a Woodware Baby's First Christmas stamp.
I also added sparkle pen, glossy accents, glitter glue and some hand drawn lines.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our new challenge, and please stop by HERE and see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Thank You Gift

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a good weekend.
I have managed to get a couple of things finished, including some Thank You cards which are ready to go in the post box tomorrow............ and it's still January so that is pretty amazing lol.
We played with some of the fabulous new 3D embossing folders recently, and they just seemed to lead quite nicely to a series of cards that I thought would make rather nice Thank You gifts.
The most difficult part of the whole proceedings was actually tracking down some small calenders. I found plenty for 2017. Who on earth is going to buy a 2017 calender pad in December of that very year!!!!
I used a combination of dual core card stock, distress inks, letterpress technique and gilding wax. And a few well placed gems.
Letterpress technique with added ink and gilding wax..
Dual core card stock sanded. Extra sponged ink and gilding wax.

Letterpress technique, added ink and gilding wax.

Letterpress technique, added ink and gilding wax.
Letter press technique onto a piece of mop up background.

Coloured card and gilding wax along with a post it note pad and a floral embellishment.
Dual core card stock sanded back with gilding wax added.
Coloured card and gilding wax.
Sorry for the rather picture heavy post but as you can see I just love, love, love this folder.
Hugs Kimx