Tuesday 31 August 2021

Happy Birthday Ammie...Where did 40 years go?

Evening All,

I can't believe how quickly the years are disappearing. Today would have been Adam's 40th birthday.

It seems like only yesterday that he arrived with his shock of dark hair. The weather was definitely warmer then than it has been just lately, in fact we were in the middle of a bit of a heatwave
Today was also the start of an exciting week for two members of our family who are heading off to new careers.
My eldest Granddaughter started her training as a prison officer, and Adam's younger sister became a TA (Teaching Assistant) in a brand new school.
Starting a new job, and making new friends is always a challenging and scary time, but I'm sure that they will both be amazing in their new chosen careers.
What a fabulous way to celebrate what would have been a landmark birthday. 
Happy Birthday Ammie.
Love you Always.

Monday 30 August 2021

Floral Thanks

Evening Everyone,

What on earth has happened to the summer? I can't believe how chilly it has felt today. Much more like October than August in my humble opinion lol.

While prepping for my Chalk class on Saturday, I came across several cards that I had already stamped with a large Thank You text stamp.

I obviously had something in mind when I stamped them, but I can't for the life of me remember what, so they seemed perfect as a backdrop for some chalked floral images.
I do love all the fabulous colours that you can achieve with chalks, and they work particularly well with this solid type of image. I added a bold die cut sentiment to stand out from the background.
As I told you I make a tag for the class, and this was what I created as my visual reminder of what to do with chalks.
I need an early night tonight as I start my week of babysitting and school runs tomorrow. I can see that I will probably need a week off to recover lol.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday 29 August 2021

Bubble Bauble and Bow

Evening All,

I hope that you have had a fabulous Sunday.

Here are the last of the cards that I made using Jane's Bubble Bauble and Bow.
I have used Distress Oxide inks and all sorts of bits and pieces to fill in all the circles in the bauble.
I have made a point of creating a tag for each class, now we are back after lockdown. (I got rather behind with them before everything stopped for Covid) The tag has instructions on the particular technique we are using on one side and then a visual reminder on the other.

Thanks for stopping by.

Crafty hugs Kimx


Saturday 28 August 2021

Framed with A Different View

Evening All,

Why is technology so bloody complicated? I have been forced in to getting a new phone since the standard updates on my old one have eaten up ALL of the memory. It has taken the entire afternoon and evening, and help from my Sin-in-law to transfer everything from the old to the new. And people wonder why I hate change lol.

On a brighter note, we had a fabulous class today on Chalks. There were only a few of us, but we had a wonderful time, and everyone came away with plenty of homework, which I will now have to work on tomorrow.

In the absence of chalked cards to share, here are a few created a while ago using a fabulous frame stamp called a 'Different View' from Designer Boutique through Creative Expressions.
I create the panel on this card using dye based inks over white embossing and then die cut LOVE from the center of it. I added a layer of fun foam behind the sentiment and then placed it back in to negative space. The foam makes the sentiment stand out above the rest of the panel.
Similar panel only this time stamped and embossed in black. I die cut LOVE from the center of the panel
and turned it in to a second card.
The background is created using another Designer Boutique stamp called Meadow Life. I trimmed the background panel down,
and created another little card with the leftover piece.
This final card uses the same frame stamp and dye based inks, just in a totally different colour combo.
Thanks for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs 

Friday 27 August 2021

Chalking in Blues

Evening Everyone,

Thank goodness it's Friday, it's been a VERY long week with several ridiculously early starts, so I am really looking forward to class tomorrow where I can relax and have fun with friends.

Here are another couple of cards from my book that use Decorating Chalks. I do love using them on vellum. The only challenge with that is how to attach it to the card. Wrapping it around the card to hid the tape is one way, or covering up the tape with another card panel or gems is another alternative.
I fussy cut a few extra flowers to add to this card and then added some gems.
I can see that I will have to add a sentiment to this one to cover up where the gem is missing. I doubt that I will be able to match it after all these years, so hiding it is the next best thing.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Kimx

Thursday 26 August 2021

A Blast from the Past

Evening All,

We will be playing with Decorators Chalks on Saturday, so here are a few cards made using them.

I was definitely having an orange phase when I made this, which is not my usual colour at all.

I featured chalks in my stamping book, published in 2006 would you believe!!
I think it was actually the chapter that I was most pleased with, and I persuaded them to feature it on the front cover.
Amazingly I still have most of the cards that I made for the book, so I dug them out as inspiration for Saturdays class.
I don't remember where the colour combo came from, but I love all the samples that I did.
I used a combination of card and vellum for the samples. 
Having sorted through all of my wood mounted stamps recently they are now more easily accessible, so I will be able to take a lot of these ones with me to class.
I do love the solid images that Hero Arts and Penny Black favour. I am always drawn to them in any new release.
Another stupidly early start tomorrow, so I'm off to bed.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday 25 August 2021

What do you give a 91 year old?


Evening All,

I find that birthday prezzies are always a bit of a challenge, but what on earth do you give a 91 year old?

Several years ago I gave Mum a large box of handmade cards, along with a stash of peel-off sentiments in various colours. 

I have topped it up on several occasions.
So I decided that this year I would give her a new box (aka M&S Shortbread biscuit tin) only this time I would also add in enough postage stamps for each card since it has become so expensive to post them.
I was going to stick the appropriate postage on to each card,
but decided that as she may need to hand deliver some of them,
I would just put L (large) or ST (standard) in the top corner of the envelope so that she would know which stamp she needed if necessary.
I tried to cover most occasions for which she might need a card,
and of course the peel-offs will help her transform one without a sentiment on it already.
Mum writes a good letter,
so I even added in a few notelets.
I finally managed to deliver her gift in person this afternoon,
due to a lift from a good friend.
Of course I also included some thank you cards,
which I'm sure Mum will make good use of.
Typically I couldn't escape work even when I was visiting Mum. I got a phone call from Boss to ask me to get to work at 4am tomorrow morning, so I hope you will understand if I get to bed now.
Hugs Kimx

Tuesday 24 August 2021

An Original Bubble Wreath

Evening All,

Regaining my crafty mojo has certainly had a detrimental effect on my gym time. It would appear that I can't seem to manage both!!

I really must try harder, but with a week of babysitting in the offing, both will have to take a backseat for a while. I'm sure that the kids and I will get in a few walks, and there will probably be a bit of crating, of the child friendly variety of course.

Mind you we do need to get more bats and pumpkins die cut for Halloween so that should keep us busy for a little while lol.

While sorting through a pile of cards, I came across this one that I made years ago for the lovely Janice and Andy at SirStampalot.
I used lots of glitter glues and glossy accents on the wreath which was stamped and embossed onto a piece of handmade background paper.
I added some watermarked swirls on the background card along with some spritz shimmer and faux stitching.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Monday 23 August 2021

3D Embossing and Gilding Wax

Evening All,

I really must add a class on 3D embossing folders into the schedule some time soon. They really do have the most amazing detail, and there are so many different technique that you can do with them. At one time my purchases were almost exclusively stamps, but now I probably buy more embossing folders and dies than anything else. Isn't it funny how your tastes and styles change.

The background to this card was made using a fabulous Crafters Companion 3D embossing folder, kraft card and gilding wax.
The panel in the center uses stamping and sticky embossing powder along with some foil. Now that's another good class lol.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Sunday 22 August 2021

Leafy Best Wishes

Evening All,

Another successful day finishing off bits and pieces. It's a very satisfying feeling when I can have a tidy up afterwards...........before the mess starts all over again lol.

I need to get some photos taken before I can share anything with you, but I just ran out of time, so here is a card that I found in my stash that uses an embossing folder in a more traditional manner.
The inked panel with the sentiment on it was created using a 'Magic Stamp'. That's another class that I must add to the list. It is such fun, and a great way to stretch your stamps
I used a sanding block on the leafy embossing folder so that it shows up on the background cardstock better.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs Kimx

Saturday 21 August 2021

Stamping with Embossing Folders and Inks

Evening All,

No babysitting this weekend, so I've had a very productive day finishing off bits and pieces. 

We held a class on stamping with embossing folders last Saturday, so here is a card created with an oval panel using one of my favourite embossing folders and Distress Oxide inks. 
Distress Oxide inks work beautifully with this technique, 
and have the added advantage that you can use them on dark cardstock, as I have done here.
I added some gold stamped, embossed and die cut flowers and leaves from Altenew,
along with a sentiment banner.
Let's hope that tomorrow proves to be just as productive, it would certainly make a change.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs Kimx

Friday 20 August 2021

Have a Wonderful Christmas Bauble.

Evening All,

It's Friday again. I can't believe how quickly it comes round. 

I've had such fun recently playing with Jane's new Festive Bubble stamps. I have added several more cards to my Christmas card stash using them.

They are perfect for using up all those odd gems and crystals that lurk at the bottom of your embellishment box.
I used a piece of mop up background for this card, and painted the ribbon with bleach.
I tried to mirror the circles with the dotty embossing folder, and the splatters on the mop up background with the gold spray on the cardstock.
I'm looking forward to a weekend of crafting, if my sciatica will allow me to sit down for long enough. It has kicked in big time in the last couple of days, and has necessitated more than one lie down. Oh the joys of getting older. Still it's better than the alternative, as they say.
Stay safe and crafty hugs