Saturday 29 February 2020

Always and Forever

Evening Everyone,
I hope that you have had a lovely Saturday.
We have had a great time with Groovi this afternoon, and what has turned into a weekly therapy session for us. A chance to have a rant in understanding company. It seems that 2020 has started off badly for us all one way or another.
There were no marriage proposals amongst us either, even though it is a leap year.
This card was made a while ago for a friend.
Once again I used a lovely LOTV Simply Print
and some Tonic heart shaped dies.
I do like to make an easel card for a special occasion like this.
It make quite a statement don't you think.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that you have a great weekend whatever you are up to.
I have samples to make for Jane's new release so I will be chained to my desk...……..having fun lol.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Friday 28 February 2020

Poppy Seed Heads

Hi All,
Just a quick post today as I am having to leave both my phone and laptop with my techie friend, so I will be incommunicado for the time being.
These are a couple of cards that I made for Jane a while ago and feature her fabulous Poppy Seed heads. Plenty of pictures, but no time for details I'm afraid.

I don't know what it is with me and technology, but it just hates me. Thank goodness for good friends who are far more savvy than I am.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Thursday 27 February 2020

Wimsical Flowers to Brighten up your Day

Hi All,
OMG what a difference in the weather today, what happened to all that beautiful sunshine?
Thankfully it seems to be too wet for any snow to settle, and it seems to have stopped at the moment, but I'm not holding my breathe.
So here are a few flowers to brighten up the day.
They are all made using one of Jane's wonderful floral designs for Woodware.
This one is called JGS446 Whimsical Flower - Sally Anne and is one of Jane's older designs, but also a favourite of mine as you will see by the number of cards in this post.
Jane likes to design nice bold stamps that are easy to cut out as I have done here.
This card uses masking which is also easier to do if you have nice large images to cut out.
I've coloured these in with my Distress Inks.
This one is also cut out and layered over a piece of woodgrained background paper.
I have created a frame around part of the flower image in this card.
This one I coloured to match the dotty background paper.
Let's hope that these bring a little ray of sunshine into your day.
No more snow here yet, but no sunshine either.
Have a great day. Happy Crafting and Hugs

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Frantage Embossing Powders

Evening Everyone,
What beautiful sunshine we had this morning. It was glorious, if still very cold. Isn't it amazing how much better you feel for seeing those lovely sunny rays.
I have another couple of cards using embossing for you this evening.
This first one just uses Frantage Embossing Powders sprinkled onto kraft card and then heated from below to stop the embossing powder from blowing away.
This card also uses Frantage Embossing Powder, but this time I stamped the images onto kraft card before sprinkling them with the powder and tapping off the excess.
The greeting was taken from a Woodware set designed by Francoise Read.
I thought that I might enter another challenge. I know two days in a row, what's going on right, lol.
Creatalicious challenges have an Anything Goes with an optional Embossing challenge that finishes in a day or so.
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Add a Sentiment for SimonSaysStamp

Evening All,
Just a quick post tonight. I think I might have overdone the walking yesterday cause I have been suffering all day.
I thought that it was about time that I entered a challenge as I haven't done it in a while.
Over at SimonSaysStamp they are asking for you to add a sentiment, so I figured that this card fitted the bill quite nicely.
The background was made using Starlight paint, a leafy stencil, and then some sparkle medium.
I love the foiled effect that you get when you burnish the sparkle medium through the stencil.
The sentiment is a lovely die given dimension with some craft foam.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Monday 24 February 2020

Embossing Challenge at CCM

Evening Everyone,
We have a new challenge over at CCM where our lovely host Josephine is looking for all things Embossing, be that heat embossing using a stamp or dry embossing using a tool or folder.
For my card I used some lovely die cut trees one of which I covered in several layers of embossing and mica powders.
While it was still hot, I stamped into it using a gold ink pad. Provided you leave the stamp in place until the molten powder has cooled down, the inked stamp will come away cleanly leaving a deep impression.
The background is a piece of black cardstock embossed using a Christmas themed embossing folder and then highlighted with Gilding Wax.
The central panel on this card uses the same heat embossing technique on a shaped piece of card.
The panel on this last card uses the same technique only this time I stamped into a pile of molton embossing powder on my craft sheet using gold ink.
Because there is no card stock underneath, the shape of the resulting panel is very irregular but forms a nice spotlight over the stamped image.
I do hope that you will find the time to join us, and that you will check out what my lovely teamies have come up with to inspire you.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Sunday 23 February 2020

Alcohol Lift Butterflies

Evening Everyone,
I can't believe that it is already Sunday evening again. I hope that you have had a very enjoyable weekend.
I don't know about you, but I sometimes find a technique that I return to time after time, and the Alcohol Lift Ink technique was certainly one of those.
I have always loved playing with Alcohol inks, and so anything that extends what I can do with them is a bonus.
The butterfly has been stamped with the alcohol ink that has been removed from the background panel using the alcohol lift ink pad.
It gives a lovely blend of colours which of course matches perfectly to the background panel.
If you are lucky you can also get a second generation stamped image which is much paler than the original, but no less usable.
I decided on a little bit of a spotlight for this card.
Back to the physio tomorrow to see if she thinks there is any improvement in my foot.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday 22 February 2020

An afternoon filled with Stencils and Sparkle

Evening Everyone,
One of the benefits of a playdate with crafty friends is that you get to play with lots of goodies that you may be unfamiliar with. It can also be quite expensive. I became the proud owner of a rather impressive array of Imagination Starlight Paints and Sparkle Medium after one such play session with the lovely Lisa Baker a few years ago.
I try very hard to pass along these playdate benefits during classes at Davina's, so today we spent the afternoon getting to grips with all things sparkly including the Starlight Paints and Sparkle Medium.
I am definitely no expert, thank goodness for YouTube and Pinterest, but I do love to play so I think that I managed to pass along a few tips.
The background to this card was created using inks and then I have used a bubble stencil and baby wipe to remove a little of the colour in places around the panel.
I stamped and embossed over the panel, first making sure that the background was dry.
Sparkle Medium was then added to the panel using the same bubble stencil and a piece of Cut'nDry felt to burnish it which gives the foiled sparkle around the edges of the small circles.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and Hugs

Friday 21 February 2020

Oh Christmas Tree

Evening Everyone,
I though that it was about time for another couple of Christmas cards.
I'm always on the lookout for inspiration, and for these two cards it came in the form of a shop bought card that one of 'The Girls' brought along to class.
I created my 'tree' from layers of die cut pine branches.
The background was created using Distress Inks and drops of water which reacted with the ink to give the impression of snow.
Of course you have to have a bit of sparkle, so I added a little glitter glue to the branches.
I don't know about you, but I have a pile of old cards, both hand made and shop bought, that I have accumulated over the years. They have all been saved for the ideas.
One day I might get around to using some of them. The trouble is that there never seem to be enough hours in the day for all of the ideas that I want to try out.
Perhaps I had better set my alarm so that I have a couple more hours of playtime tomorrow. Then again a couple of extra hours sleep wouldn't go a miss at the moment lol.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday 20 February 2020

A Hare for You

Evening Everyone,
More wind and rain today, although I know that we are getting off very lightly compared to some places across the country.
I don't suppose that there have been many sightings of hares given the weather, but here is one designed by my lovely friend Jane Gill.
This card was made for the Creative Expressions Woodware catalogue.
Jane designed this hare to sit on top of the foliage,
so I did some stamping and embossing, and a little bit of fussy cutting.
I ended up with a couple more, fairly similar cards while I was playing with this stamp set.
The background was a piece from my stash with a bit of added stamping.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx