Monday 30 November 2020

A touch of Spring to cheer us

 Evening Everyone,

I hope that you have had a good Monday. Mine has been rather busy with more sorting through boxes, but at my house this time lol.

I might even get a card finished tomorrow afternoon, if a day back at work doesn't suck the creativity out of me.

So here in  the meantime is a card I made a while ago using a fabulous stamp from Imagination
a dry embossed background and a bit of paper piecing. Maybe a little springtime Crocus will help us forget the foggy winter weather that we have had today.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe and hugs

Sunday 29 November 2020

A Wonderful Weekend (photos added)

Evening everyone 

I hope that you have had a wonderful weekend. Mine has come to an end after a day filled with lots of time with the littlies.

We started by doing some painting. 

The Girls started making mermaids at the beginning of lockdown, but painting them has always taken a back seat to other things so today we finally crossed them off the list. 
Mummy will have to fix the bits together once they have dried but they had great fun getting messy, including Jack who had a box to paint so he didn't feel left out.
Daddy had given Emma some money to get us a treat at Costa when we went to the village to do the shopping, 
so we sat in the park and had our hot chocolate and cake before they burnt off some energy running around.

When we got home Mummy had managed to finish the reading den in the cupboard in Emma's room.  It's amazing how much space you can free up when you put things up into the loft.

After dinner and baths I left them all sleeping to catch the train and see all the lovely Christmas lights as I walked to the station.

Some people have really gone all out this year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stay safe and big hugs


Saturday 28 November 2020

A Rather Prickly Find

Evening All,

I don't know about you, but we have had another lovely day filled with playtime, sorting and exploring.

I have been going through some more boxes of stuff at Becki's which has unearthed more treasures and long forgotten memories.

Included amongst other things, were these glasses for the rather 'Deidre' look that was very fashionable back in the day.
The kids loved them, so I have removed the lenses so that they are safe to add to the dressing up box.
Another fabulous and rather prickly find was this hedgehog.
I'm not sure what on earth he was doing during the day time,
but the kids were fascinated by him
until he scurried back to his home.
They also showed me the local war memorial complete with poppy wreathes.
And then as we walked home after taking the kids out for a bike ride there was a glorious sunset to round off the day.
More of the same tomorrow I think along with a bit of crafting since Emma has requested that we do some die cutting.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday 27 November 2020

You're my best friend


Well there is nothing like a small child to brighten up your day, even if it has involved an early bed time.

It is my weekend to stay at my youngest daughters so that I can look after the kids in order that she can go to work. I always look forward to it, and apparently so do they, which is lovely.

They take it in turns to sleep on the floor next to my bed and tonight it is Chloe's turn. She has had her Mum and I literally crying with laughter over the things that she has been rabbiting on about.

But the best thing of all is that 'Mamma you are my best friend'. I really do hope that that continues for a long time.

Night night, it's lights out!

Hugs Kimx 

Thursday 26 November 2020

Tolerance Level Zero

Evening All

It's official. I'm a grumpy old woman with a patience and tolerance level of zero.

I don't know if it's age, or the current Covid situation, but it doesn't take much to piss me off just lately and throw me into a downward spiral or a bad mood.

Several of my colleagues are infuriating me with their laziness and inability to work as part of a team. I even arrived at work the other morning to find one of them sprawled across two chairs in the office snoring his head off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can imagine how the rest of my shift went. I'm surprised that I didn't explode or kill someone.............................and then the Internet acted up and that was about as much as I could take for one day.

Thank God for good friends who will allow me to rant and get it out of my system.

It is of course a reciprocal arrangement, and so the air around Kenley Aerodrome is often turned blue by our mutual rantings.

Sorry. Now I have got that out of my system lets move on to something crafty.......if the Internet will play the game tonight that is lol.

I've been trying to get my head round how close to Christmas we are, and how ill prepared that I am.
I think that this little gift card that I created last year for my gym buddy will bear repeating.
It was reasonably quick and easy to make, and will be a good way to give a gift to people especially when they will have to be posted, rather than hand delivered.
I'm going to try and get a relatively early night tonight, provided this doesn't take me another two hours to load, like last night.
Thanks for stopping by and putting up with my ramblings.
Stay safe and BIG HUGS.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Bloody Internet


Given that it has just taken me nearly 3 hours to order a couple of Letters from Santa online, and then a further hour to try and get in to Blogger, I am not even going to attempt a proper post.

I'll try again tomorrow, unless the laptop shaped hole in my window causes me to get frostbite overnight lol.

Hugs Kimx

Tuesday 24 November 2020

For Someone Special this Fall

Evening Everyone,

Whenever I get sent stamps to make samples with, there is always one that stands out as a favourite. In the case of a recent release from Paper Panda through Creative Expressions, it was the beautiful Fall stamp.

I stamped and embossed it several times using a dark brown Versafine Clare ink pad and clear embossing powder to create the background for the card, as well as several more which I fussy cut to add the front of the card.
The autumn colours were added using Distress Oxide inks Crackling Campfire, Gathered Twigs and Forest Moss. 
I layered the fussy cut leaves over a die cut circle frame and then added a sentiment.
I have several more cards made using this stamp and some steps for one of them, so I will try and get that sorted out for another post.
Thanks for stopping by,
Stay safe and hugs

Monday 23 November 2020

Sparkle and Shine for Christmas in Gold


Oh my goodness, another Monday, where are the weeks disappearing to, I can't believe that it's only just over 4 weeks left till Christmas.

I think I may well have blogged this before, several years ago, but as an old friend is suggesting that we make gold Christmas cards this week I thought that it would fit the bill perfectly.
I stamped and embossed Jane's lovely Bubble Tree on to some cream card stock and die cut it using a rather fancy oval die. 

I coloured the image using various gold mediums and also added some glossy accents and a gold die cut oval. 

Of course the image was designed to be used with Card Candi and any other bling that you have to hand, but works just as well painted.

If memory serves, the sentiment was part of the same stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe.

Hugs Kimx

Sunday 22 November 2020

One Very Happy Bunny


I'm a very happy bunny tonight as I have finished the samples for the first half of Jane's next stamp release. 

It's always a relief to get them finished, especially when they come this close to getting everything ready for Christmas.

I'm afraid that the Internet is still acting up so I'm not going to try and post anything with pictures, or the laptop might end up through the window!!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll try again tomorrow.

Stay safe.

Hugs Kimx

Saturday 21 November 2020

Three Down, Three to Go


The time has definitely got away from me today, but at least I can safely say that I have finished three of the stamps sets, so only three more to go!!

Unfortunately the Internet is not being kind again tonight, and I just don't have the energy left to fight it, so that's it from me for now.

Friday 20 November 2020

Yah Hey it's Friday


It's Friday at last, and as it has turned rather cold here, it is the perfect opportunity to hibernate in my craft room and make samples.

I have just taken delivery of a wonderful box of new stamp designs from the lovely and talented Jane Gill, so that is my weekend mapped out.........................playtime and lots of it.

So here are a couple of samples made with one of Jane's stamps from her last release JGS751 Letting Go.
The central panel to this card was made using a combination of acrylic paint and Distress Oxides.
I used the same image as a background to the main card,
and then added some sentiment strips
and a die cut border.
This card was made in the same way, just different colours.
I added some white gell pen to the tops of the floral image,
and some more sentiment strips.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you have a great weekend, and manage to get in something crafty.
Stay safe.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday 19 November 2020

Die Cut Poinsettias

 Evening All,

I've got another couple of Christmas cards inspired by my friend Gill Till's challenge over on Facebook. She is looking for cards made using die cut flowers.

The beautiful poinsettias are stamped and embossed  onto vellum using versamark ink and crystal embossing powder.
They are then die cut using the corresponding dies.
I added them to a square red panel along with a strip of black embossed card stock, Christmas sentiment and die cut foliage.

A blob of glitter glue for the flower centers and to enhance the foliage.
This card uses the same stamped, embossed and die cut poinsettias only this time using red card stock and gold embossing powder.
I added a large die cut sentiment 

and another dry embossed panel which I highlighted with gilding wax. It's amazing what you can find in your bits box when you start to look through it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe and hugs

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Die Cut Flowers for Gill

 Evening Everyone,

Well our nice bright day, has turned into torrential rain, so I'm going to hide indoors I think. 

Since today is Wednesday it is time for my lovely friend Gill to set her weekly challenge at Christmas Cards and Papercraft Challenge over on Facebook. This week she is looking for Die Cut Flowers.

I delved into my box of cards and came up with a couple that I made in a class at the beginning of the year. I do miss my Saturdays teaching my group of lovely crafty friends.
The background to the card was created by running a stencil through my embossing machine and then sponging it with plenty of ink.
They really are the most fabulously useful things and so very affordable. 
You can use the debossed side as in the first card,
or you can use the embossed side as with this one. I then added the required die cut flowers and foliage, along with a stamped and embossed sentiment.
Same design just a different colour combo. 
I used Distress Oxides for all of them and then added some gilding wax to the finished panel to highlight the dry embossing.
I added some gems or glitter glue to the flower centers. I'm sure that Gill will appreciate the added bling.
This final card uses some die cut and heat embossed snowflakes. 
I die cut the snowflakes and then covered them in versamark ink before adding Frantage Embossing powder.
I hope that these will inspire you to dig our your floral dies and stencils.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Did you catch Jane on the TV?

 Evening All,

Did you catch Jane on Create and Craft this morning? Unfortunately she only had one show, but she still managed to get in some fabulous demos. I really must try out that Crackle Glaze technique that she showed us.

I made these cards using the fabulous JGS749 Clematis stamp set, white embossing powder and Pixie Powders.
This was a variation using slightly paler colours.
And this card used the same stamp but landscape, and in black on an inky background from my stash.
The sentiment is from another of Jane's stamp sets JGS751 Letting Go.
My turn to cook the dinner tonight so I had better get a wiggle on. 
M&S frozen French fries done in the Actifry. The Grandchildren say that they are better than McDonalds so I get a gold star for that lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe and hugs

Monday 16 November 2020

A Masked Moon

Afternoon Everyone,

Monday again, and it's nearly time for my good friend Gill Till to post another challenge on The Christmas Card and Papercraft challenge Facebook page. So before this week is over here are a couple of cards using masking which she challenged us with last week.

Now I don't use it very often, so finding a card with it on was a bit of a challenge in itself, but one thing that is always useful is a nice moon in a scene.
I created my scene with plenty of fir trees, and added ground with a torn paper mask and sponged ink.
The moon is created in the same way by added a circle die cut from a post it note or masking sheet to the finished panel. I carefully sponged blue ink around the edge of the circle and once it is removed it looks like a full moon in the background.
This card was created in a similar way using a piece of background from my stash. I also added a fine line of sparkle pen to the outer edge of the moon for a little bit of bling.
I wonder what Gill will come up with this week to challenge us?
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe and Craft.
Hugs Kimx