Tuesday 27 March 2018

Better than a telegram from the Queen!!

I have recently been commissioned to make several 'milestone' cards for a friend of mine.
The latest of these was for a 100th Birthday.........a milestone indeed, and one which is recognised by a telegram from the Queen.
Now in the words of my friend, my card caused more of a stir than even that telegram. How great a compliment is that.
Making a card for someone else to give is always a challenge, so I like to have a little bit of background info, like a favourite colour or things that the recipient likes.
In this case all I had was that the lady in question used to sing in pubs, so I decided that I would go for a vintage feel (given her age) and some sheet music.
I used the musical background paper for the main part of the card cut out with a large Go Create die.
I have a set of large Alphabet and Number dies which I often use on my cards as well as the sentiment all cut from kraft card with a shadow of white.
I decided that I would stick with kraft card and sheet music for the die cut flowers and leaves to tie it all together.
I really love a challenge like this, and when it is so graciously received it is always a bonus.
I have another card to make tonight for my friend's step mum so I had better get on with it.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Monday 26 March 2018

Bunnies, chicks or eggs at CCM

Evening Everyone,
It is my turn to host the challenge over at CCM this time.
Our challenges last for a fortnight, so as this new one straddles Easter we have gone for a seasonal twist, and what could be more appropriate than Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs.
My card was made using one of the fabulous stamp sets from Woodware, designed by my friend Jane Gill.

I stamped and embossed the bunny onto white card stock and coloured it using a combination of distress oxide inks and Gelly Roll pens.
The background to the card was created by randomly stamping and embossing the bunny around the edges of a piece of kraft card.
The main image has been trimmed and then edged with faux stitching.
I love using the oxide inks on darker cardstock it gives such a lovely chalky finish.
Of course when I made the card I had to play with the images first, so here is a card that I created by stamping and embossing in gold on black card.
I hope that you will find the time to join us for our challenge, and that you will pop by and visit the rest of the team, who as always have come up with some stunning samples.
We also have some new teamies who would love a visit I am sure.
Happy Crafting and hugs.

Sunday 25 March 2018

The best laid plans.........

Evening Everyone,
Have you All had a good weekend?
I have had a lovely few days away from work, although I haven't quite got as much done as I had planned. Do we ever!!
I have managed a few crafty endeavours, including the birthday card that I am sharing with you tonight, and of course a fabulous class yesterday, so all is not lost.
This was made for one of the children that I know through the garage.

I think that the weather was dry enough on Saturday for the outdoor party that Austin's mum had got planned. A bouncy castle is not something that you can bring inside if it starts to rain lol.
 I used a fabulous grungy birthday background as the focus for my card.
It was designed by Francoise Read for Woodware and has been coloured using Distress Oxides. 
I also used some wonderful Penny Black Stickeroos which I stuck on to white card and then fussy cut. I shaped them with a large embossing tool and then added them to the card using silicon.
The blue background to the card has been created using a leafy embossing folder and some gold gilding wax.
It has been an absolute age since I entered a challenge, but I noticed that Penny Black and More are asking you to 'Feature a Creature' and so I decided that it was about time I remedied that.
This is part of the reason for my crafting inactivity today.
Two sleepy people arrived for a visit after Emma's swimming lesson today.
I offered my bed for them to have a rest in, and it would have been rude not to have taken advantage of a chance to spend some time with them and a get a cuddle as well.
So I am definitely not complaining.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs

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