Wednesday 30 September 2020

Using up your Scraps for Gill


My friend Gill has set another challenge over at the Christmas Cards and Papercraft Challenge on Facebook....To use up your scraps.

I don't know a crafter who doesn't have a box full of those lol.
Those bits of card and embossing that you just can't bear to throw out because.....'they are bound to be of use at some point.'
This card was made out of just some of those bits and pieces.
I'm so sad that even the tiny thin strips of sparkle along the edges of the blue panel are trimmings from another card, just too good to throw away!!
I do have a sort out every now and then, but it doesn't seem to take very long for the box to get full up with scraps again.
Here are another couple of cards that use up the leftovers.
These were scraps leftover from a previous card making session.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday 29 September 2020


 Evening All,

What is it with scaffolders? Why do they think that they should be exempt from wearing a mask? It's the same old same old every morning. I've even suggested that the local coppers might want to come down in the early mornings and start dishing out fines, but no luck so far. To be fair I suspect that their minds are on their colleague who was shot on Friday. Croydon is only just down the road from us, so it is far too close to home.

Anyway rant over......................on to crafty matters.

There is definitely an autumnal nip in the air now, so here are a couple of cards made with one of Jane's lovely toadstool stamps JGS744 Lino Cut Toadstools. They always make me think of Autumn.
When I am making DT cards, I never know what they are going to be like until I start to play. This inevitably means that I end up with bits that need finishing off. Always useful, as it means that I am ahead of the game when it comes to getting cards to Jane for her TV shows.
I tried out the white embossing first, but wasn't totally happy with it, especially as it is going to form part of an online catalogue so I tried it again in black embossing instead.
I was happier with this one. I stamped and embossed on kraft card and then coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Inks.
I used the Double Stitched Rectangles to emboss a frame around the toadstools, rather than cutting them out.
I added some white gell pen to the spots on the toadstools.
We found a couple of toadstools when I went walking with the Grandkids the other weekend.
They may not have been very exiting to look at, but the kids were fascinated by them, especially as they had literally appeared over night.
I did suggest that the fairies might have been having a party and that was why they had appeared, which they found to be a perfectly acceptable explanation lol.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday 28 September 2020

Leafy Circle

Evening All

Samples safely in the post, and a circuit of the gym accomplished, so a good afternoon all round.

Jane has several lovely small leafy stamps in her latest release, and this card is made using JGM001 Ellie Leaf.
I used Distress Oxide inks in Gathered Twigs, Forest Moss and Crushed Olive.
I stamped and embossed the first circle of images using Gathered Twigs and then stamped the second and third circle of images making sure to wipe off the extra ink which won't dry on the embossing. This gives a slightly smudged look to the image.
I die cut the wreathe using a Dotted Circle die and layered it onto a circular card which has been dry embossed using a leafy embossing folder.

I foolishly embossed the piece of card stock before I die cut it, which of course flattened out some of the embossing, so a little Golden Olive and Chocolate Bronze Gilding Polish added to it helped the embossing to show up.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to check out the latest challenge over at CraftyCardmakers. I didn't manage to make a card for it this time, but me Teamies have some lovely things to inspire you so don't forget to stop by and show them some love.

Stay safe and Hugs


Sunday 27 September 2020

A Gift For You

 Evening Everyone,

Well I'm pleased to say that I have had a very productive weekend on the crafting front. I'm not completely caught up with DT work, but I have made a huge dent in it and have stuff ready to go to the Post Office tomorrow, thank goodness.

I can't share any of it with you yet I'm afraid, so here instead is a card from a while ago made using one of Jane's stamps.
I stamped onto black card stock using a white ink pad and then coloured over the top of the image with my Spectrum Noir pencils.
I die cut the coloured image with a circular die and continued the circular theme with the dotty embossing folder highlighted with gilding wax.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Saturday 26 September 2020

More Autumn Leaves.


Finally got some crafting done today. Hooray. Can't share it yet, so here is a card made with some left over bits from the card that I shared yesterday. You know me can't waste anything lol.

I used the stencil through my embossing machine for the left hand panel using inks for the faux letterpress technique.
I added loads of die cut foliage,
and some card candi,
More playtime tomorrow, I still have another 4 or 5 stamps to make samples with and get ready to send on Monday. No rest for the wicked lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Friday 25 September 2020

Autumn Foliage


There is definitely an Autumnal feel in the air today, in fact it has been bloomin cold compared to the beginning of the week lol. 

So I thought that I would share a card with a fairly autumnal feel before I get down to some serious crafting. I have soooo much DT work to do this weekend, so I had better get a wiggle on.

I made this card a while ago using Bleedin Art Tissue. I love playing with this, but I always end up with messy fingers.
The panel with the tree on it has been created by placing some torn pieces of the damp tissue onto a piece of glossy card.
The leafy background is a stencil and I managed to find some Distress Inks to blend through it that match beautifully.
I added a few die cut 'fallen' leaves to the card with just a hint of gilding wax on them.
Off to play now. Have a great weekend.
Stay safe and hugs

Thursday 24 September 2020

Sorry I Forgot.....with update


Well that was certainly more than a shower this morning. We had torrential rain at about 6am, for well over an hour, but thankfully it has all disappeared. We always get a bit twitchy here in Whyteleafe whenever there is heavy rain since we have had major flooding more than once, and for several weeks at a time!!

I have been really bad with my card sending again this month, so I will be in need of these cards that I made a while ago using JGS652 Bold Blooms Olivia.
I stamped and embossed the floral image using white embossing powder,
and then used Pixie Powders to create the background colour
and also as a paint for specific parts of the image
I stamped and embossed the sentiment
and then chopped it up and edged it with a black sharpie.
This card uses Distress Oxides instead of Pixie Powders for both the background and painting.
EDIT - I found another card while I was tidying up some photos this afternoon, so I thought that I would just add it in here.
Very similar to the first couple of cards. In fact I think what I actually did was create a Masterboard/One Sheet Wonder and trimmed this panel from it, and then the other cards were made from the offcuts.
I love the sparkle that you get with Pixie Powders,
they make the most beautiful backgrounds, which never look the same.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe and hugs

Wednesday 23 September 2020

A Focal Sentiment for Gill


It's Wednesday, and my friend Gill has suggested a Sentiment as the focal point on your card for her 'Way to Go Wednesday' over at Christmas Cards and Papercraft Challenge on Facebook.

My card was made for Creative Expressions using Jane's Quirky Typewriter Alphabets. 
I used a piece of background that I made using Cosmic Shimmer Watercolour Inks and clingfilm.
I dropped several colours of ink onto a piece of wet watercolour paper and then added a piece of scrunched up clingfilm over the top. 
Some of the inks are pearlescent and it is the mica in them that sits in the creases in the clingfilm.
I'm afraid that this technique requires patience, something I know us crafters are not renowned for possessing. If you remove the cling film before the panel has completely dried you don't get this beautiful frosted glass effect.
The beauty of an alphabet stamp set is that you can write your own message. I tend to be a bit traditional and safe with my greetings, but it will be great to be able to personalize a card, especially for those people that I know with non traditional names or spellings like my daughters Jenni and Becki.
Why not join in and see if you can create a card with a greeting as the focal point.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

A Hummingbird in the Honeysuckle


A quick post tonight, it's been a long day with a few unexpected extra hours back at work.

This is another of the cards that I made using the latest release from Paper Panda.
I diecut the Hummingbird design form dark brown cardstock
and added it to a piece of 'Mop Up' background cut into a circle and layered over more dark brown card.
I die cut the hummingbird several times and stacked them for added dimension.
I also added more of the honeysuckle around the outer edges of the panel.
It is a beautifully intricate die.
Thank you for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx