Monday 30 August 2010

Inspired by a poem.

Evening Everyone
It is very rare, in fact virtually unheard of for me to make a card just because I want to. Everything seems always to be destined for a particular class or demo, or is made to send to a specific person.
Well all that changed as soon as I saw the challenge over at Tuesday Taggers - Inspired by a poem.
The poem I have used is very special to me. It was read by a very dear friend at my son Adam's funeral in January 2002.
When some years later I saw it as a stamp I just had to have it.
I think it is a beautiful poem anyway and have used it on several occasions, even once in a magazine article on Sympathy cards (Craft Stamper)
As it would have been Adam's 29th birthday tomorrow it seems strangely appropriate to make this my post this evening.
I would also like to enter the Stampin for the Weekend challenge where Anything Goes.
I have made the main panel with Penny Black 4102K Snow Dust available over at Sir Stampalot.
I stamped it with versamark ink and then sponged distress inks over it. The poem has been stamped onto vellum which has been attached to the card using Woodware Miracle Adhesive film. This stuff really is magic. It is absolutely the best thing I have found for using with vellum.
The main card has also had Snow Dust stamped onto it only this time I embossed it with white powder.
Sponging distress inks onto it makes the images 'Pop'.
I have to admit that I actually made two cards, so I will share the second one with you as well.
The main panel was made in the same way, only this time I stamped and embossed the poem directly on to it.
I will actually let you into a little secret. The vellum on the first card was actually used to hide the fact that I didn't stamp very well but didn't want to waste the panel.
Remember 'It's never a mistake it's always an opportunity', you taught me well Julie Hickey lol.
I used one of my Nesties and then 'stitched' around the edge with a fine black pen. This seems to be my favourite finishing touch at the moment.
On this card I mounted the main panel onto some Bazzill Swiss Dots card and strips of background paper.
The final touches were some Magnolia flowers, and a couple that I made myself, and some punched leaves.
I think the first card is my favourite of the two, but as it was difficult to choose I decided that I wouldn't even try.
Tomorrow will be difficult, as it always has been over the last few years, but I will keep busy and remember all the good times.
I hope you have All had a good Bank Holiday. Ours has been spent washing. The family are back from their holidays and so the house resembles a Chinese laundry at the moment with washing hanging from any available place. Where is all the sunshine when you want it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs

Sunday 29 August 2010

I had a wonderful time......

Hi All
Sorry I haven't blogged for a couple of days but I've been trying to catch up on some things, sleep being one of them lol.
I had a fabulous time in Peterboro, but I have to admit that it was quite nice that my daughter had to collect me on Saturday not Sunday as it did at least mean that I could get a nice lie in this morning.
It has also given me the day to catch up on some DT work for Barbara, but as usual I can't share until the show airs next week.
As you can see I was a busy bunny while I was at Sir Stampalot - the cards in the display stand were all made whilst I was there. I will try and share them in more detail over the next couple of days.
If the table looks a little too tidy it is probably because I had started to pack everything away when I suddenly realized that I hadn't taken any pictures - it was way more messy than that for most of the time!!
This card was made using a couple of the lovely new Penny Black stamps (4105J Starlit and 4116H A Wonderful Christmas) available from Sir Stampalot.
The main panel has been made using the resist technique (versamark, glossy card stock and distress inks) and has then been cut out using a Nestie. I embellished the edge of the panel with my paper pricker.
I also used a Cuttlebug folder on one of the pieces of background paper.
I think that this was Janice's favourite card from the ones that I made, I hope you like it too.
Better get to bed now, unlike most of the rest of you I will still have to be at work at 6am even though it's a Bank Holiday. The BP petrol station that I work at is like the Windmill, "We never close", we just don't have the naked ladies, thank goodness.
Nite, nite.
Have a great day tomorrow and thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs

Friday 27 August 2010

Christmas Launch at Sir Stampalot

Evening Everyone.
Thanks for stopping by. This is a very quick post as it has been another long day, but fun, as it always is when I'm on holiday at Sir Stampalot.
I think I might need a holiday to get over this one, and a payment plan for all my stash lol.
Christmas starts tomorrow here in Peterboro with three days of fabulous demonstrations. There has had to be a bit of juggling done with the demos as unfortunately the new Molly Blooms Christmas stamps weren't ready in time, so I am now going to be playing tomorrow instead of Sunday.
I always have a great time when I am here, and it's always a bit of a challenge over what I'm going to be doing as I don't usually find out until I get here. But I hope people will like what I've done.
I have been playing with some of the new Penny Black and Hero Arts Christmas stamps, and there certainly are some lovely ones there.
The major trouble with being in the shop for all these hours is that I keep seeing more and more things that I just have to have!!! It's all about the ownership girls. Sorry, bit of an in joke between me and Janice.
The card I am sharing with you tonight has been made with a stamp from one of the new Hero Arts cling sets CG209 Four Framed Snowflakes. The greeting is actually from a very useful clear stamp set CL343 Holiday Sayings.
I have stamped the snowflake using versamark ink and then have applied Decorating chalks using a cotton wool ball.
The greeting has been stamped and embossed afterwards and as you can see the embossing powder sticks to some of the snowflake image as well. I rather like this slightly patchy effect, but if you don't then you might be better off stamping the greeting with a Stazon pad and not embossing it.
I have made the card using a Nestabilities set. It makes for a nice small card and would have fitted very nicely in to the challenge over at Allsorts. I see that I'm too late to enter this time but I will leave you the link anyway as they have some good challenges.
Hope to see some of you tomorrow - well in a few hours actually.
Nite, nite
Love and hugs

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Lots of Birthday greetings

Evening Everyone
This last week seems to have been particularly full of Birthdays for me, and most of them male.
I decided that it would be easier for me to share the cards with you in one Hit.
I have come to a stop with my crafting for today as I have just packed my things ready to go up to stay at Janice and Andy's - that's Sir Stampalot for those of you not in the know.
I have soooo been looking forward to these few days away.
It's long days and early starts but it is such fun.
There has been a slight change of plan to the Demo shedule though as I will now be demonstrating on the Saturday and not the Sunday. Not quite sure what I will be doing yet, I will sort it out when I get up there tomorrow, but it will be something Christmassy.
Don't forget to pop along and say Hi if you are in the area. It is always lovely to see everyone.
Anyway back to Birthday cards.
This one was made for my Nephew Callum who was 20 on the 20th. I thought the booze seemed quite appropriate although I expect he would prefer beer. Actually now I have sent it I seem to remember him saying that he is like his Dad and doesn't drink, Oh well never mind.
This next card was made for one of the Guys at work whose birthday is also on the 20th. I have made it using a Hobby Art tree stamp and some inked background paper. The greeting is from a Hobby Art clear stamp set.
Card no three was made for Rupert our local policeman. He has been on paternity leave but is due back this week. He had better have loads of photos with him of the new baby. He conducts a surgery at the garage every week listening to any local issues and offering help and advise where possible. I have a feeling the next few are going to be rather popular as people come to see him and pass on their congratulations on his new addition.
This card has gone to France to a young lad that my daughter and I used to Child mind. Cameron and his family moved out to France a few years ago to run a guest house.
His birthday was on 22nd which was also his parents Wedding Anniversary so I have sneaked in a picture of their card as well.
Hope you like them. All fairly different I think which might help out if you need some ideas for Men's cards.
Better go now I have to finish packing.
Love and hugs

Monday 23 August 2010

I made the Top 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evening Ladies
Well let this be a lesson to you All. If you enter a challenge, don't forget to go and check out whether you won lol.
I had a wonderful surprise yesterday when I was looking around Blogland. The card that I entered in to the Allsorts Challenge  (Primary Colours) had been chosen for the Top 5. How fantastic is that!!
The moral of this tale though is that you should go back and check out the winners, because had I won the first prize I would have been too late to claim it.
The card I have for you tonight was made for the birthday of an old friend.
 I know that she loves Clarice Cliff and so this stamp from a Woodware set Winding Paths FRCL165 available to order from Sir Stampalot fitted the bill perfectly.
I am entering it into the challenge over at Inspirational Card Sketches.
I had better go now, I have to check out a few more blogs. How do you ladies manage to keep up to date with everything??
Anyway have a great evening, whats left of it lol.
Love and hugs

Sunday 22 August 2010

It's a Spotty, Dotty Christmas

Afternoon Ladies,
Sorry I've been missing for a few days.
Well Christmas has finally arrived!!!
Every year my Mum makes us up a little box for Christmas. It's filled with homemade goodies like flapjacks and preserves. So far this year every time I have seen Mum either she has forgotton to give it to us or we have left it behind when we leave!!
So Christmas finally arrived last Saturday at Mum's birthday party. She has obviously given up on her usual flapjacks - she probably got fed up and ate them herself - the kids will be disappointed. Still maybe next time we can get her over for the day she will bake some with them. I know they would love it, and she really does make the most amazing flapjacks. May be it's no bad thing that she left them out this time - better for the hips lol.
Anyway all my rambling links me to the card that I am sharing with you.
It was one of the cards that I made for Barbara for her August TV show. It features a very traditional stamp combo, but I think that the layout is a little less so.
I thought that it might fit with the challenge over at Ooh La La Creations where they are looking for Spots and Dots.
I have stamped the text onto a piece of handmade background paper which has been punched at the corners.
The Nativity is stamped and embossed on blue card and then cut out using a circular Nestie, as are all the other circles.
They have been embossed on the back over a pergamano mat and then added to the card using silcone glue to keep the dimension.
This may not be particularly traditional Christmas colours but I rather liked it, hope you do too.
Hope you are having a good weekend.
Love and hugs

Wednesday 18 August 2010

Something Old, Something New...........

Afternoon Everyone
Well it had to happen didn't it, with all the Birth Congrats cards that I have had to make lately, I now have a couple of Wedding cards to share.
Perhaps it's the wrong order of things, but hey lol.
This first card is made for the challenge over at OCC Weekly Sketch.
The sentiment is an old Anita's stamp that I last used some years ago for a magazine article.
I have stamped and embossed in gold on some pale gold card stock. I have then cut it out using a Nestie.
I've added some stitching and pearls. This has been mounted onto a cream panel that has been put through the Cuttlebug.
The gold punched panel is from my stash as are the ribbon and flowers.
The second card has been made for one of the Guys at work who is getting married tomorrow in Paris. Everyone at work was invited, but unfortunately I don't think BP or M & S would take too kindly to us shutting up shop for the day to attend a traditional Sri Lankan wedding, mores the pity. I would love to have been able to attend, but it was just not possible.
I hope he will have plenty of photos to show us when he gets back to work in a couple of weeks.
This card has been made using another very old stamp, this time its a Penny Black one which I bought when I first got into stamping.
I have again stamped and embossed it in gold and then I painted it with several colours of Pearlex. I chose Interference colours which show up at their best as the card catches the light.
The panel has been layered on to a piece of gold card cut out with a Nestie. I added some stitching and pearls.
I hope you like them.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs

Sunday 15 August 2010

Birthday Butterflies

Evening Everyone
Just a quick post to share a card that I have made for one of the guys at work to send to his fiance for her birthday.
He asked for butterflies and flowers so I think this fits the bill.
As it also has some lace on it I decided to enter it in to the Cupcake Crafts Challenge where the order of the day is Lace.
The stamps are by Penny Black and Hero Arts and the greeting at the bottom is part of a Hobby Art background stamp.
I have also decided to enter it at Craftalicious where the challenge is Pearls and Swirls.
Of course I have had to make a box for it Gilly since there are lots of flowers. I think it will need a padded envelope as well since it has to go all the way to Pakistan!!
Have a good evening
Love and hugs

Saturday 14 August 2010

Happy Birthday Ma, here's to many more......

Evening Everyone,
This week has been full of major milestones. As well as my Aunt and Uncles 60th Wedding Anniversary, my wonderful Mum is 80 on Sunday.
She may be an Older Lady, but she has certainly grasped technology better than her daughter.
She is always the first one to text me on any special occasion, my birthday, Christmas, New Year, much to the amazement of my work colleagues.
She also checks out my blog every morning.
This card was supposed to have been posted on Friday morning, at which point I would have had to get her to look away lol.
The reason for the early post was because I had made it to enter in the challenge over at The Stamp Man, where the challenge was Take Two Colours. Unfortunately I didn't get the post done in time so I decided that I would let Mum see the card in the flesh before I popped it on the blog.
I made it using a fabulous sketch that I found over at Inspirational Card Sketches.
I am also entering it at Stamp and Create where the challenge is flowers.
I think it qualifies on two counts given that it has handmade and shop bought flowers on it, as well as the main image being floral.
The main panel has been created using a Penny Black stamp and pigment inks. I have stamped and embossed the image using the little Cats Eye pigment ink pads and clear embossing powder. Once this has been heated I have 'huffed' on the stamp without reinking it and then I have stamped this repeatedly onto the panel to give this lovely multiple stamped effect.
I have used a couple of other Penny Black Butterfly, and mini Dragonfly stamps to finish the panel.
I am also entering this in to the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, where the order of the day is Birthdays.
Today has ended up being a rather hectic one. I spent most of the day at Lavender Lane where I was demoing Brayers and Big and Juicy ink pads.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who braved the lousy weather to come and spend time with us. It was wonderful to see you all, I hope you picked up plenty of tips and that you are happily playing with all your goodies.
After the Demo my daughter whisked me off to my Mum's birthday party. Unfortunately most of the guests had had to go home but it was great to catch up with family - it's one of the few times when we all manage to get together. It's a shame that the sun didn't shine as well earlier in the afternoon when my Bro was cooking the BBQ.
Must close now or I will be too tired to link the card to the relevant challenges.
Hope you have had a great day. thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs

Thursday 12 August 2010

Say Happy Birthday to Francis for me.

One very late post, just to wish Janice's Mum a very Happy Birthday today.
I'm not sure if she has been up at Sir Stampalot recently, but I'm sure that Janice can forward my card for me if not. If she has been in Peterboro she might even have got it on time - now that would be a first lol.
I used some metal sheet and my Walnut Hollow metal embossing tools that I bought at Sir Stampalot a while ago. I filled the back of the metal with silicone once I had embossed it, so hopefully it should have kept its shape in the post.
The image has been stamped onto the metal using Stazon.
The Best Wishes stamp is by Hobby Art and finishes off the background of the card just nicely.
I would like to enter the card into the challenge over at Paper Sundaes.
Nite nite
Love Kimx

Dazzling Diamonds

Evening Everyone
Today had been a very special day for two lovely people, and it's a milestone day which not many people make it to in this day and age.
My Aunt and Uncle celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. 60 years of marriage, I think that definitely deserves Congratulations. Of course given the nature of the milestone reached I felt the card just had to have plenty of bling - eat your heart out Liz Taylor.
I'm afraid real diamonds were seriously out of the question but I managed a few of the next best thing, hot fix crystals.
I've used a sketch over at Sketch Saturday. I'm afraid that I couldn't afford to add crystals all around the circle so I did cheat a little bit and use tiny holographic peel-off dots to which I have added a small drop of Glossy Accents and voila excellent fake diamonds.
Perhaps the post title should actually be Cubic Zirconium but it doesn't have quite the same ring does it lol.
The stamps are by Penny Black and as the Challenge over at Penny Black and Allsorts is Glitter and Glitz I just had to enter.
I see that they are also looking for new DT members so maybe I will try out for it, you never know.
Anyway, I must go now as I have another special card to finish, but more of that tomorrow.
It's really quite here as Jenni and the children are away on holiday. Unfortunately Jason can't join them until next week so he is trying to get on with some of those little jobs around the house that are difficult to do with little people around.
We thought we might have a curry tonight so we don't have to cook, but don't tell everyone :)
By the way while we are talking diamonds I have once again been asked to join the Dazzling Diamonds team at their Stamperama in October. Check out the poster at the side of the blog. Well you could check it out if I could work out how to put it there. HELP Shaz!!!!!!!!!!!!.
The last one was fantastic and I am sure that this one will be even better, for starters you get a copy of the new Stampin Up catalogue which launches that week.
I look forward to seeing some of you there maybe.
Have a good evening.
Love Kimx

Wednesday 11 August 2010

A Primary Birthday

Evening Everyone, thanks for stopping by.
The card I am sharing with you this evening was made for my friend at work to send to her Nephew abroad.
She had missed his 3rd birthday and wanted to send him something a bit special - I hope he feels that my card fits the bill.
I figured that at 3 a card full of nice bright colours would be good and so I am entering it in the Allsorts Challenge where the order of the day is Primary Colours - red, blue and yellow.
Beverley wanted her nephew's name on the card and so once again I used my favourite alphabet stamps on shrink plastic.
 Now I was going to be able to tell you exactly which stamp set it was as my friend Sue found that she had it, and hadn't thrown away the packaging. She text me to let me know all the details but once again technology has failed me, my phone seems to have deleted all my messages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have used the latest sketch over at Friday Sketchers. I am enjoying all these challenges, and this sketch was particularly useful. I liked the idea of being able to add a secret message from Beverley for Rayon to find when he opened his card.
A cute Penny Black Bear and some party balloons complete the birthday theme.
I started this post several hours ago before I went out to teach at Davina's so I had better finish it now and get some sleep. The trouble is I feel wide awake at the moment, but I'm not sure I will feel quite the same at 5am when it is time to get up :)
Nite Nite all
Love and hugs

Tuesday 10 August 2010

And It's a Boy again!!!

Hi All
I told you that there were lots of boys being born at the moment, well here is a card for another one of them.
Our Duty Manager and his wife had a baby boy on Saturday, another First baby. Welcome to the wonderful world of parenting, you will never have another descent nights sleep lol.
I made this card using a stamp from one of the Penny Black clear stamp sets.
I have used this design on numerous occasions as a Stickeroo and so I just had to have it when it became available as a stamp set.
Of course I had to add some bling :)
Must get some sleep.
Nite, nite
Love Kimx

Monday 9 August 2010

It's a Boy xx

Evening Crafters
Did you survive Monday OK?
I've made it, just about. I'm always so tired on a Monday, but then it is entirely my fault as I sat up late making baby cards. Ahhhhh.
It seems that everyone is having boys at the moment.
Our lovely local Bobby (Policeman for those of you not from England) is now the proud Father of a bouncing baby boy called Flynn. He was born just before midnight on Friday.
I feel very honoured that I was on his list of people to text, even if the message did come through at 1am on Saturday morning lol.
I wanted to be prepared for any eventually, so I had started a card for a boy and a girl. They had had loads of scans so I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be caught out with twins :)
Anyway this is the card that I made.
Once again I have used my lovely Magnolia baby stamp 1584E Alvin Sitting available over at Sir Stampalot. This really is getting some use just recently.
The swirl is also by Magnolia and has been stamped with my fab white ink pad from Stampin Up.
Of course there just had to be some Cuttlebug and Nesties creep in there as well.
The large BABY greeting is by Great Impressions and I'm sure that Janice and Andy (Sir Stampalot) would be able to get hold of that as well. I really must remember to write down the codes of these stamps before I put them away, it would save me so much time in the long run - far too intelligent though don't you think lol.
I've added some tiny buttons to the front of Alvin's babygro and some larger ones tied with narrow strips of card.
I coloured all of the images with my trusty distress ink pads, and added some stardust pen.
Hope they like it.
Better go now.
Love and hugs

Sunday 8 August 2010

Mini Maji

Evening Everyone.
As promised I'm back with a couple of pictures of just a few of the cards from Barbara's TV show earlier today, in fact if I'm not mistaken it is actually being repeated as I write this.
I had great fun with this first set of stamps - after my friend Anna had pointed out which way up they go. In fact I think most of us could do with an Anna as quite a few of the samples had little faceless men UPSIDE DOWN lol.
I'm pleased to say that all of mine were the right way up.
This first set of cards were made in some nice traditional Christmas colours, and were actually designed to be small cards and NOT gift tags as the presenter indicated.
I've used my Nesties to make them and a sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches. This particular challenge is long since closed, but its a great place to go for sketches.
I've used some peel-off dots and a few small flowers (not handmade this time I'm afraid) to finish the cards off. And of course a bit of added bling with my trusty Stardust pen.
Must get to bed now, as I have to be up early again tomorrow. I can't believe how quickly Monday has come round again.
Hope you have had a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by.
Love and hugs