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Monday, 13 November 2017

Anything but a Card at CCM

Well as I predicted, my toothache really has got the better of me.
The antibiotics took nearly a week to kick in and I have been popping painkillers like they were going out of fashion, all of which left me feeling sick all the time. How my daughter Becki put up with it for the entire 9 months of her pregnancy I will never know. I could barely manage a week!!
I think part of the problem is that I don't usually take any pills at all so my system is struggling to cope.
I started to feel a whole lot better at the end of last week after another emergency appointment to drain the infection, and my bank balance can look forward to a huge hit when I start treatment for a root canal filling.........oh joy!
On a much happier note Chloe is gorgeous, and Emma is being a very helpful 'Big Sister' despite co-incidentally hitting the terrible twos.
I have been working on Thank you cards for all the wonderful prezzies that the Girls have been given, but as I can't share them yet I though that instead I would show you the picture frames that I made for a recent class.
We have a new challenge starting today over at CCM where our host Angela is looking for Anything But a Card so these fitted the bill perfectly.
I recently held a class where we made picture frames using some old wood mounted stamps.
This frame uses a Magenta stamp which has been coloured in using Watercolour Pearlex.
The floral embellishment is from Stampin Up
This frame uses the same Magenta stamp
and some Hero Art floral stamps.
This frame uses a very old Penny Black frame stamp. It was actually made many years ago but will make a fabulous Christmas gift.
It is the perfect image for some decoupage, although now I would prefer to use silicon glue to attach the cut out images.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our challenge which runs for the next two weeks, just remember that we are only looking for Anything but a card.
Have a great week.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Fancy Folds for Christmas (And CraftyCardmakers)

Evening Everyone.
I'm sorry, I quite thought that I had posted these pictures to coincide with the Fancy Folds challenge over at CCM last month. Where on earth did those weeks go to?
The cards were actually made for the book that I was lucky enough to write on Teabag Folding, many years ago,
 but I figured that as they involved fancy folding they qualified for the challenge.
The folded squares for this tree were created from stamped and embossed images on green paper.
The background panel is a piece of 'Bleedin Art' Tissue.
It has been sprayed with Spray Webbing and then Foil has been added.
This second card was also from the book, and this time the teabag squares have been cut from vellum which has also been sprayed with Gold Spray Webbing.
This time I layered the Tree onto a stamped and embossed panel.
The threads have been wrapped round the panels after the corners have been punched using one of my old favourites, the Southwest Corner punch. At the time of my book all my friends referred to it as the Kim's punch because I used it so much lol.
Better make sure I press send this time or this might sit in the draft folder for another month.
Hope you have had a great weekend.
Thanks for sticking with me. I know that my posts have been rather sporadic just lately, let's hope that I can start to get back to some sort of normality.
Happy Crafting and Hugs 
Kimx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

She's Here................Can't Believe it's been 2 Weeks Already

She's here, and I'm just sorry that it has taken me so long to share.
After several weeks of false alarms, and constant pain for her Mum, Chloe Reygate Tickle put in an appearance on Monday 23rd October at 11.29pm weighing a very healthy 8lb 8oz.
 A first cuddle with Auntie 'Enni' as Emma calls her.
Mum, Emma and Chloe.
 Home at last.
It's all been too much.
 Sisterly love.
Mum just made it out of the lift and into a side room which was fortunately empty otherwise she would have had her on the corridor floor!!!!
No time to move anyone, or observe booking in procedures.
As well as making a Congratulations card from my Mum and Me, one of my many tasks before her birth was to make a card for Chloe to give to her Big Sister Emma.
I was given free rein over what I created, so I chose another cute Whippersnapper stamp from my collection, and did a bit of paper piecing.
I also tried out one of the fabulous Sue Wilson weaving dies to create the background.
'For my' was part of a Hero Arts sentiment, and 'Big Sister' was written with my favourite alphabet die which is also by Sue Wilson.
Of course the beauty of paper piecing is that you end up with plenty of left over images,
 so I have several more cards to add to my stash.
I used a combination of Altenew sentiments
and paper pieced images,
as well as a piece of stamped background from my stash.
She may be only tiny, but Chloe had to participate in Halloween.
The hat was a bit on the big side, but the outfit was really cute.
And of course big sister had a great time, she went out to 'Trick or Treat' with the Twins.
The house looked amazing, and this year I even remembered to take a picture before it got too dark.
Now that Chloe has arrived I am hoping that I might get a little more back to normal with things, but at the moment I am struggling with a raging toothache which has necessitated antibiotics and massive amounts of painkillers so that seems like a very vain hope.
Still I have managed a post, so that's a start at least.
Have a great week, I will try and touch base again soon.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx






Saturday, 21 October 2017

Belated Birthday Wishes to One and All

Hi All,
I know, I know it's been ages. I start the week with grand intentions, and then it all goes to hell.
I have been busy with card samples for Creative Expressions, and of course we are still waiting for Becki's new baby to put in an appearance. As she is still being sick (see you don't just have to be royal for that) I have been trying to help out where ever I can, so there are my excuses, poor though they may be.
I am never very good at getting cards to people on time, but I have been especially bad this last couple of months, so if I have missed your special day I really do apologize.
I was a very lucky girl on my birthday, no baby to share the date with, but a sack load of cards, mostly hand crafted. So I would like to thank everyone, rather belated though it may be, for their birthday wishes, and for making me feel special and very loved.
I celebrated with the whole family. We watched my favourite child friendly movie Mulan, and consumed copious amounts of sweeties and ice cream. Grandchildren range in age from 17 to 2 so it has to be OK for everyone to watch.
Of course we had to celebrate all over again a few days later for my daughter Becki's birthday. She didn't get her wish for the babies delivery either, but I think she had a nice time regardless.
I had intended to get her finished and posted on the CCM blog for the 'Spooky' Halloween challenge that started on Monday, but it didn't happen..........what a surprise!!
The girly image is from a Gorjuss Girl stamp set that I purchased at Ally Pally.
I coloured her in purple to go with the Halloween theme.
The huge Spiders web die is from Tattered Lace. The engineering behind a spiders web is absolutely amazing, although real spiders scare the pants off me lol.
The greeting has been created using my new Tonic Handwriting dies. I love that they come with the outline as well which makes them stand out.
I used some stamped and embossed flowers from a fabulous Hobby Art stamp set CS181D Dragonflies.
I also added lots of die cut leaves to which I added some gilding wax.
I've just got back from my class at Davina's feeling all inspired and creative so I had better go with the flow before it all wears off.
Have a great evening, and I will try and catch up with you all again soon.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx

Friday, 22 September 2017

Doggy Daycare

Evening Everyone,
Where did this week disappear to? It has marked a new chapter in the life of one of our household. After looking after children for more than 20 years, my eldest daughter has decided to try a change of career. She has started working in a 'Doggy Daycare' centre near us. It is going to mean big changes for everyone, especially as she gets used to the early starts and long days away from the house.
My card was actually made for a friend to give her doggy aqua therapist on the occasion of her 50th birthday, but I thought it went rather well with my daughters change of direction.
My friend wanted a card with a swimming dog on it, but this was the nearest I could get to a dog and some water lol.
The images are from a sheet of Penny Black Stickeroos 'Dog 'n Suds'. I stuck them to white card stock and then fussy cut them.
 The background has been created using a bubbles embossing folder, distress ink and glimmer mist.
I continued the bubbly theme with the die cut circles that I stuck the images on to.
I added a sentiment and some drops of Glossy Accents.
I really must catch up with some commenting over the weekend. It is my turn to host the challenge over at CCM, so I need to visit everyone before I can make my choice of winner next week.
Have a great weekend, what ever you do.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 18 September 2017

It's Autumn at Crafty Cardmakers

Afternoon Everyone,
It's my turn to host the new challenge over at CCM this fortnight.
Our theme this time round is Autumn, which I have to say is my favourite time of the year.
 
I love the colours and all the falling leaves which I have reflected in my card.
I created a Masterboard background by stamping leaves from Penny Black Foliage Fancy in Versamark ink, and embossing them with gold powder.
I tapped several colours of the new Oxide inks over the stamped and embossed images, and then spritzed with water.
I saw this technique demonstrated on Hochanda recently, but I can't for the life of me remember who it was demonstrated by.
I love the fabulous chalky finish that these inks give. And the colours are just yummy.
 I used a Sue Wilson die to create the fancy frame and then added more fussy cut leaves and a Altenew sentiment. I also added some glossy accents to look like tiny dew drops.
As usual I got a little bit carried away and used up all of the leftovers from my Masterboard background to create several more cards all with the same Autumnal theme.
I used another of the Sue Wilson dies from the same set to create the frame on this card, and a stamped sentiment from my bits box. (It's LOTV I think)
This card uses one of the small trimmings and another fussy cut leaf.
The pieces of dry embossed background are also from my bits box. 
This final card also uses a piece of masterboard with the addition of a stamped and embossed sentiment.
The main card has been stamped and embossed with leaves which have then been sponged with same colours of Oxide Inks.
I used a Crystal Clear Sparkle pen to paint the leaves which has given them a slightly bleached out and sparkly effect.
I hope that you will find the time to join in with our new challenge.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and why not check out what the rest of the team have created to inspire you.
Have a fabulous crafty day.
Hugs Kimx