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

Saturday 13 January 2018

Cards for Kids

Evening Everyone,
It may have been Christmas, but people still had birthdays, so I did try to make sure that I sent those cards out. In fact I think some people may have actually got their cards early, which is kind of a first for me I think!!
I made quite a few cards for 'Little People' before Christmas in a bid to use up some bits and pieces.  

I do love this Sue Wilson alphabet die.
It is so useful,
and as you can see you can also use the 'leftover' section
as a great background to a card.
I think I might even try it as a stencil when I get the chance to play for me again.
These are a couple of other cards that I made using some rather cute Magnolia stamps.
 I managed to use up quite a few bits of background paper on these cards.
As well as some rather pretty floral buttons.
Better get some shut eye now.
Hugs Kimx

Monday 8 January 2018

Walk the Walk..........for Breast Cancer

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you all had a good weekend. Mine did not quite go to plan, so now I am going to need your help and encouragement.....................and a good pair of walking shoes.
In a moment of New Year, First day back at the gym madness, my daughter and I have signed up for the Moonwalk, in aid of Breast Cancer, in London, in May.
Now I know that when it comes around to it I will be fine, and I'm looking forward to doing it, but at the moment I am feeling somewhat under parr after my Granddaughter Emma has generously shared her rather nasty cough and cold.
She has been under the weather for a little while, but I am certainly not going to say no to a hug or a cuddle when it is offered, so if this is all my own fault then so be it!!
We are eagerly awaiting our official Walker Pack which includes the trademark Moonwalk Bra for us to decorate and a training plan.
I'm not sure that these would be considered the recommended footwear for our walk, but I just love this set of sneakers, so useful for teenage cards, whatever the sex.
They are great for paper piecing as I have done here, or for colouring in.
I'm afraid my proposed training plan has bitten the dust today, coughing and walking in the cold is probably not a very good plan.
I still have plenty of time though, so all is not lost.
I will try and set up a Fundraising page when I can work out how to do it, you all know me and technology, so then if anyone fancies sponsoring me in my efforts you will have somewhere to go.
For now I am off to wrap myself up under my nice new fleecy blanket ( a Christmas prezzie from one of my lovely customers at work) so that I can catch up with some TV. I know how to live :O)
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday 7 January 2018

More Shoes

Hi All,
Did you catch Jane on the box last week?
These are a couple more of the cards that I made for her.

This set of cowboy boots and hat is really very useful for any age or sex.
I used Distress Oxide inks to colour them in, and created a piece of matching background with the Cowboy Hat.
This fabulous set of walking boots can also be turned into a card for either sex.
The background was created using a bit of mop up card and some of the smaller stamps in the set.
This card just uses some of the complimentary stamps which come along with a pair of Football Boots. It is easy to make a card in team colours to personalise a birthday card.
I'm off to make samples for Hobby Art Jenny now for her TV shows later in the month.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Wednesday 3 January 2018

A New Pair of Shoes..........

Evening Everyone,
I got to use a rather old pair of shoes today....... I finally got back to the gym.
I feel good at the moment, but I'm sure that tomorrow everything will ache like mad.

I was a rather busy bunny during the few days in between Christmas and the New Year making a couple of  new samples for Jane to take with her for her TV shows on Hochanda tomorrow. She will be on at 8am, 12midday and 4pm.

I love these shoes, they are exactly the sort of thing that I am always drawn to in a shoe shop. It's just a shame that my feet will no longer allow me to wear them.
I spent more years than I care to think about walking everywhere in 4 in heels. Backwards and forwards to the school a million times a day, pushing the double buggy or the wheelchair without a problem. And now all I can comfortably wear are my steel toe capped work shoes (actually very comfortable) or my trainers!! Oh the injustice of getting old lol.
I coloured the shoes with Distress Oxides and Inks and then fussy cut them.
This fabulous embossing folder seemed perfect to add the Cinderella touch.
Of course they do lend themselves to a bit of Paper Piecing, so I used some from one of Phill Martins fabulous paper pads.
I hope that you enjoy the shows. If I know Jane she will have come up with some fantastic demos.
I have my Sky box programmed cause I wouldn't want to miss anything.
Better get an early night, I'm starting to feel the effects of all that activity this afternoon.
Do you think I could justify a bit of Apple pie and custard for my pudding :O)
Happy Crafting and Hugs