Wednesday 30 April 2014

Alcohol Inks - part 1

Evening Everyone.
I told you that I had finished off all of the bits and pieces from my Alcohol Inks class last Saturday. I was so good that I ended up with a pie of 22 cards, so I have decided to split the posts on them so as not to overwhelm you with photographs.
So here are the first selection which are predominantly basic Alcohol inked panels that have been used as background for some stamping and embossing.
This one is stamped and embossed in white, cut out using a Nestie and then layered over a dry embossed panel with a few tiny gems added.
 This panel has been stamped and embossed onto using Black Versafine ink and then cut out using a Nestie.
 I have gold embossed onto this fabulous background and then layered it onto a dry embossed background card. Ribbon and Card Candi add the finishing touches.
I stamped and embossed onto this piece of white card before add the Alcohol inks over the top. The finishing touches to this panel are some silver embossing and some peel-off dots.
 This final card with the 'Ghosted' images has been achieved by stamping in Blending Solution onto a basic Alcohol ink background
It is rather difficult to see, but I love the effect of the Blending Solution. Very Ethereal.
Its a busy day tomorrow as it is the 1st of May.
This time 14 years ago we were all sitting in a hospital room anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first Grandchild who was taking her own sweet time to appear. She took 36 hours before she finally graced us with her presence, and she has been keeping us hanging on her every move ever since lol.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday 29 April 2014

We Will Remember Them by Sylvie

Evening All.
Oh dear, so much for my resolution to finish off all of my crafty bits and pieces.
It was all going so well until I started to make my Granddaughters birthday card, and now I have a pile of backgrounds a mile high after playing with my Creative Palette.
Just one more piece I keep hearing myself say in my head....I wonder what that colour combo would look like......what would it look like if I added some acrylic paint.........and before you know it there are another 12 sheets of paper in a pile.
Oh well, never mind, it's only paper, and I can see a lot of cards in my future.
My blog post tonight is a little different in that not one of the cards is mine.
My lovely friend Sylvie has been playing with the Hobby Art Commemorative stamp set, and as she has no blog I said that I would share them with you all here on mine.
All that should change on Friday when I have promised to pop round and help her set up a blog of her very own, but until then here are her amazing creations.

She has made them to send to a friend of hers who is raising money for the Royal British Legion, a worthy cause I think you will agree.
Hugs Kimx

Monday 28 April 2014

A Bugs Life at Crafty Cardmakers and More

Hello Everyone
We have a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More and I am your hostess this time round.
Our theme this time is 'It's A Bug's Life' so I would like to see Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ladybirds, or any other INSECT as the main image or focal point of your project.
We are sponsored this time by HOBBY ART STAMPS and DI'S DIGISTAMPS.
I have been lucky enough to be able to play with the Butterfly stamp set that has been provided by Hobby Art as one of our prizes.
The background paper has been handmade using Distress Inks, the Creative Palette and some Stampendous background stamps.
I stamped and embossed the butterflies on to this once it had dried and then painted them with more ink and a Gelly Roll Stardust pen.
I added some faux stitching, peel-off dots and Card Candi which I covered with Glossy Accents to give them more dimension.
The red background card has also been stamped with the Stampendous stamps and Versamark ink.
The sentiments are all part of the fabulous Butterfies set.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Crafty Calendar challenges - Things with Wings
Addicted to Stamps - Things with Wings
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Flying Things
Please don't forget to share some love with the rest of the DT, and I shall look forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday 27 April 2014

A Birthday card for a young lady

Hi All
Me again.
I have been a very good girl and finished off all of the bits and pieces from my Alcohol Inks class but as you can see by the lateness of the hour there has been no time for photos so here is the card that I have made for a young girl that comes into the garage.
It is actually her birthday today but her Mum is going to bring her into the garage in the morning so that I can give her her card.
A good old Lili of the Valley topper, some background papers and a handmade flower. I hope see likes it.
Hugs Kimx

My kind of Alcohol

Hi All
I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.
We had a fabulous class yesterday at Davina's playing with Alcohol inks. As a non drinker this is definitely my kind of alcohol, and we had so much fun playing with it. There was also cake and Easter Eggs, what more could a girl ask for!!
Because it has been such a long time since I have played with Alcohol Inks (I used the ones by Dreamweaver available from Woodware) I checked out Pinterest and Youtube for some ideas.
As you can see I ended up with loads of bit (this is just a small selection) which need finishing off.
As usual we made a tag which shows the inks used as a background on glossy card stock.
In fact there were so many techniques to share that we ended up making two. This second one shows inks used on acetate which I found HERE (about 5mins into the clip)
I'm off to do a bit of finishing off so I might try and pop back later with some more finished samples, it just depends on how much fun I'm having and whether I can stop before bed time :O).
Hugs Kimx

Friday 25 April 2014

Through the Looking Glass

Evening Everyone,
Welcome to the weekend.
I've spent most of this evening writing the instructions for the last four class tags.
As you know I have had major computer problems which has meant that I have been unable to write the instructions for the Girls to add to their class tags, so I thought that I had better do some catching up.
I've also been playing, I mean prepping, for tomorrows class :O)
The only trouble is that I seem to have created a rather large pile of 'bits' that need putting together.
So instead here is a card that I made a little while ago for the daughter of a friend.
 It was very quick and easy, and made mostly with 'bits' from my box.
 A Lili of the Valley topper and a handmade flower,
along with a die cut frame and some leaves.
I'm pulling off my best nodding dog impression here at the moment, so I think I had better call it a night. There will time for a little more playtime tomorrow before I go out, so maybe I will get to finish a few things then.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday 24 April 2014

Embossed Alcohol

Nearly the end of another week. Would someone please slow things down or it will be Christmas again before we know it lol.
Here is another of the cards that I made for Hobby Art Jenny's TV show on Wednesday.
The background to the card has been made using Alcohol inks and an embossing folder, which is just the sort of thing that I will be sharing with the ladies in class on Saturday.
The sentiment and butterflies are from the new Hobby Art Butterflies set, stamped and embossed and coloured using the Vintage Pearlex Watercolour palette.
I embossed the piece of alcohol ink background and then applied Distress ink using the inkpad directly on to the paper. I heat embossed this which makes the embossing stand out.
hugs Kimx

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Hobby Art Butterflies

Evening Everyone,
I'm sorry for my rather sporadic return to blogging, but what with DT samples for the TV, class prep and the imminent arrival of the next parcel of stamps from Woodware I have been otherwise occupied.
Speaking of the TV, did you catch 'Hobby Art Jenny' on the box today?
Here is one of the cards that I made for her using the fantastic new Butterflies stamp set.
The butterflies were stamped and embossed onto white card stock and then Distress inks were sponged over them.
I used a stencil to add some dots to the background as well as some tiny solid stamped butterflies from the stamp set.
The text stamp from the show has been used to remove ink from the background by stamping it with water.
I've been having such fun playing with inks and stencils just lately, but then I always did love making backgrounds.
Better get some sleep, I have more class prep to work on tomorrow. We will be using Alcohol inks on Saturday at Davina's and it has been quite a while since I last played with them so we need to get reacquainted.
hugs Kimx

Monday 21 April 2014

Happy Easter weekend

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have all had a fabulous Easter weekend, and that you are not too overstuffed with chocolate.
I don't really DO Easter, just ask my Girls. I was the mean Mum who bought them a book instead of an Easter Egg. Well they always seemed to get so many from everyone else.
I haven't really changed with the Grandchildren either, although I did give them a small cream egg (their favourite) and a couple of pound for their money box.
At work however we have had to do our bit to celebrate, so yesterday I press ganged the younger kids into dressing up and coming to work to greet all of the customers. The things I do on my day off lol.
I had promised to buy them breakfast, but the first thing my Boss asked them as they walked in to work was 'What would you like to eat? Choose whatever you want.'
The boys went for an All day Breakfast, typical boys, where as Sas went for a more reserved chocolate croissant. Hot chocolate all round and that was them sorted for the morning.
Sas definitely got into her roll, especially when a couple of customers gave them each a small egg, which she stored in her basket.
The Boss's daughters played their part as did the daughter of one of my other colleagues. In fact everyone at work that day had dressed up in white shirt and bow tie, and even a few bunny ears.
I made everyone an Easter name badge, and as you can see I am not a tidy workman.
Thank goodness for pre-coloured images and peel-offs is all I can say.
I can't believe how many Easter eggs we managed to sell. In fact there were none left by midday on Sunday so I hope that no one was expecting any end of season bargains.
Oh well, back to normal tomorrow so that's another Bank holiday over. Still, I suppose that there are another two to look forward to next month, for those of you that don't work on those days anyway.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday 19 April 2014

Playing with my Creative Palette

Evening Everyone,
Are you having a good weekend?
I have been having way too much fun playing with my Creative Palette and inks after some advice from the lovely Jane Gill.
I haven't been very successful with acrylic paint on it, but inks seem to work fine although the effects I have been getting are very different from those backgrounds I've pulled from my Gelli plate.
I used some Colorbox Chalk re-inkers to create the background and Hair Styling Gel as my extender. Jane had said that she used hand sanitising gel but this was the nearest that I could find at work.
I used several new Stampendous stamps in the background along with co-ordinating Distress inks.
I decided not to try and colour in the floral images that I stamped and embossed onto my paper so that the background would remain the focus.
The sentiment was added on a piece of torn vellum.
My resolve to use up all of my scraps is failing me at the moment as my pile of hand made background papers is getting bigger and bigger lol.
Better get some sleep before I start another play session.
Night night.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Rose Trellis

Evening Everyone
How lovely to see the sunshine again, although it was deceptively cold, let's hope that they are not right about us getting snow for Easter lol.
I have had several anniversary cards to make recently, so I thought that you might like to see one that shows that I do use my stamps, really I do :O)
The stamped, embossed and coloured panel was actually created when I was staying at SirStampalot last month. I liked the stamp so much that it managed to find it's way into my shopping basket.
The image was cut out using one of Janice's fancy Nesties which I think will have to go on my wish list.
I have coloured the image using Distress markers and mounted it onto a dry embossed panel.
I added a little Stardust pen and some tiny crystals for a little bit of bling.
I wish my rose bush looked as good as this. I'm not very green fingered, just ask my Mum, she is the one who has to nurture my failures back to life lol.
I think I will stick to my stamped flowers, I know what  I'm doing with them.
Hugs Kimx

Monday 14 April 2014

Floral Profussion at CCM and More

Hi All

Fiona is hosting our challenge today at Crafty Cardmakers and More and she has chosen 'A Floral Profusion' for her theme. She would love to see your creations which showcase your handmade flowers, the more the merrier!
For my card I chose an old Lili of the Valley topper (I do use my stamps girls, honestly lol) which I cut out using a circular Nestie.

The background to the card has been created using a large embossing folder, my E-bosser and some Distress ink.
I added some glitter glue to the flower centers.
The card has actually made for a friend to give to his Mum on her 70th birthday, so I added 'Mum' to the small tag on the topper,
and a circular greeting from Lili of the Valley, as well as a peel-off '70th'.
The assorted flowers and leaves have all been die cut from kraft card and papers from my stash.
We are sponsored this time by CRAFTY SENTIMENTS DESIGNS with 3 images of the winners choice.
As it will be hand delivered I have managed to get away without making a box.
Don't forget to stop by the Crafty Cardmakers and More blog and see what the rest of the DT have come up with to inspire you.
hugs Kimx