Wednesday, 23 August 2017

I'm back and I cheated a little bit for CraftyCardmakers

Hello there
Did you think that I had dropped off the planet?
It seems like ages since I managed to post anything on the blog, what with babysitting duties, computer issues and sample making for the next Woodware stamp release, the weeks just seem to have rushed past in a blur.
I have missed posting pictures of several special family birthdays, so I had better start catching up, or it will be 2018 before I know it lol.
One of the many things that has suffered during my computer enforced absence has been my participation in, and commenting for CraftyCardmakers. I have been a very bad teamie of late.
I had hoped to be up and running for the latest challenge that started this week, but as usual I failed miserably.
The new challenge, hosted by Judy, is Under The Sea or At The Beach, and as I said I didn't manage to get anything made, so I cheated a little bit and thought that I would share the amazing 'birthday cake' that my daughter made for Emma.
As you may have guessed she LOVES Finding Dory and Finding Nemo. I think we must have had them on about a zillion times over the last couple of months.
As all the rest of the family were away for her birthday, Becki decided to make Emma's 'cake' out of Fimo so that everyone could share in the experience on their return from holiday.
And as you can see she did an absolutely amazing job.
Emma loved it, and the upside is that she has a permanent keepsake.
Becki even mounted it onto its own sandy beach created using sand and PVA glue.
The main body of the cake and all the figures started life as polystyrene shapes with the Fimo painstakingly shaped around them.
 I'm afraid that the pictures really don't do the whole thing justice, it really was truly amazing.
I think my favourite is the little turtle, with all the tiny details that Becki has added to his shell.
And of course Mam-ma did have her uses. I was able to provide the die cut sentiment that Becki added to the sign post.
 I also added it to Emma's birthday card.
This rather cute Tilda image reminds me of Emma.
Lets hope that you can pop along and check out what the rest of the CCM design team have created for this challenge. Who knows maybe you will find the time to join us HERE.
And let's hope that I can get back to normal in blogland, I have missed you all.
Thanks for sticking with me and stopping by.
Happy stamping and crafty hugs

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Fairies For Chrisy

Evening All
Sorry I've been MIA again, it has taken me nearly a week to feel even vaguely normal again after the night shifts. I don't know how people do it.
This card was made for a lady at work to give to her daughter Chrisy.
I chose a delightful old LOTV image as the focal point for my card, cut out using a circular 'stitched' die.
It was then layered onto a purple scalloped circle which has been highlighted with gold gilding wax.
The purple background card has been dry embossed using a large folder from Crafts Too.
I added some flowers and leafy swirls which complimented the flowers on the fairy topper.
A little bit of glitter glue and some tiny gems and it's all blinged up and ready to send.
I'm pleased to say that it was very well received. In fact she was so thrilled with it that she wants me to make a couple more special cards for her to send.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Monday, 3 July 2017

What a chaotic few days

Hi All,
Well that didn't last long did it, although in my defence I did have a rather chaotic day on Thursday which ended with waiting for a non emergency ambulance to assess whether or not my eldest daughter needed to be taken to hospital.
Her back went and we were unable to even get her up off the chair without her screaming out in agony. No matter how old they get it is always horrible to see your children in pain.
There was a little light relief in the proceedings when we were chatting to the paramedic and discovered that our children had attended the same secondary school. Not only that, my daughter had a huge crush on her son..........what a small world it is.
Although Friday and the weekend were a little less fraught, the pain killers are starting to kick in for my daughter, and she didn't end up in hospital, and we had a nice relaxing chalks class on Saturday, my weekend ended with a rather unexpected night shift.
Fortunately I was kept fairly busy with all of the cooking for the Wild Bean Cafe, despite Boss's assurances that the oven was broken so there would be very little for me to do.
I have to admit that I am really rather glad that they had fixed it so that I could keep myself busy.  I hadn't been tired enough to sleep before I came on shift, and I haven't been able to sleep very much when I got home this morning so it is going to be a difficult couple of days especially as I have just agreed to do it all again tonight as the person that I was covering is still off sick.
I think that I had better try and get my head down for a couple of hours or I am going to be a bit of a zombie by midnight.
So bye for now, I will try and post something craft related later, if I get a chance.
Hugs Kimx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Baby Cards - Part 2

Wow, look at me, three days in a row, I haven't done that in a while lol.
As promised here are more of the baby cards that I made recently.

I told you that I love this Stampendous stamp. Here I just coloured it in and mounted it onto some co-ordinating background paper,

but it works just as well as a background stamp itself with another favourite, one of Francoise Huge Words.

I usually have a few Huge Words paper pieced in my box ready to create a card in a hurry.

Woodware also have a lovely large script stamp set that I used as the focal point on this card. I used a piece of 'mop up' paper for the background and then painted the baby grows to match.
They are from a very old Printworks stamp set, and these ones have been teamed with a very new, well new to me anyway, die from Creative Expressions.

Of course I had to have 'It's a Girl' as well.

And as I said before there are lots of images that can be used from that fabulous Stampendous stamp from my first couple of cards.
Better stop there I think, I have a couple of birthday cards to finish off and get ready for the post tomorrow.
Have a great evening.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Baby Congratulations Part 1

Hi All
I don't know about you, but I seem to have had to make loads of baby congratulations cards just recently. There seems to have been a bit of a baby boom amongst my acquaintances.
With that in mind I had a bit of a mad finishing off session so that I now have several extra cards in my stash.

This first card was made for one of the boys at work who became a Dad for the first time recently.
The Boss asked me to make a special card with the baby's name on it. He likes to give cards like that.
I think this fabulous Stampendous stamp has become one of my favourites for making Baby cards, for both girls and boys.
And of course there are plenty of left over bits which can be added to a card,
or used up to make a smaller one.

This easel card uses another lovely Stampendous stamp.
It was sent across the pond to a blogging buddy who became a Granny recently. A special occasion to be celebrated just as much by the proud Grandparents as the Mum and Dad.
I hadn't realised that I had made quite so many cards, so I think I will share some more of them tomorrow before I bore you to tears.
Have a great evening.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 26 June 2017

Playtime with Hobby Art

Hi All,
It's Monday again! I don't know where this year is disappearing to.
I don't know about you, but I had a wonderful weekend, even better for the nice cool breeze which made it so much easier to cope.
Saturday saw another lovely class at Davina's, playing with all of my Hobby Art stamps...... and boy do I have a lot of those lol.
I took them all (minus the Christmas ones at least), along with assorted inks, dies, embossing folders and samples, and we spent the afternoon playing and consuming copious amounts of coffee and biscuits. No pressure, just fun.
Sunday saw more fun and playtime, this time with the bundle of cuteness that is my youngest Granddaughter Emma.
The day started with me watching her at her swimming lesson, which she loves, and ended with roast dinner at my Mum's where Emma helped 'PatPat', as she affectionately calls her Great Grandma, plant and water in the garden while her Mum and I prepared and cooked Roast Lamb and masses of veg. Altogether a wonderful day was had by all.
Here are just a couple of the samples that I took with me to class on Saturday.
This card uses the fabulous large tree stamp and some masking which is very unusual for me. I teamed it with a leaf veined embossing folder and some gilding wax.
I love this large tree stamp and here I teamed it with decorating chalks blended onto a piece of dark blue card stock.
The embossed tree really stands out against the background although it is rather difficult to photograph as you can see.
This one uses the foliage from another of the newer stamp sets.
And here is another very similar sample made with the leftover stamped panel.
This card uses a combination of foliage, masking and background stamps along with a swirly sentiment.
 And here are a couple of photos of Emma helping 'PatPat'
Emma is definitely an out doors girl, she loves to plant and water,
and is so cute when you ask her what her plants need to survive........'water, sunshine and love' complete with arm gestures.
She certainly earned her pudding after all her hard work, and as you can see she thoroughly enjoyed it lol.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great evening.
Happy crafting and hugs.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Here Comes Summer challenge at CCM

Afternoon Everyone,
We have a brand new challenge over at CraftyCardmakers, and given the weather at the moment it is a very appropriate theme, Here Comes Summer.
Whenever I think of Summer I always think of flowers and bright colours. Lots of yellows and oranges which goes very well with the scorching hot sunshine that we are having at the moment.
I confess that I am struggling at the moment with the heat. I've had a couple of days holiday with the intention of catching up on some 'crafty' things, and all I've managed to catch up with is some lying down. I'm quite looking forward to going back to 8 hours of air-con at work tomorrow.
The stamped panel on my card was created using a piece of 'Bleedin Art Tissue'. This is a fabulous product to create multicoloured backgrounds. Crumpled up pieces of the coloured tissue are thrown into a plastic bag and spritzed with plenty of water.
The colours bleed into one another to create the most amazing backgrounds. Once dry I attached a piece to some pale orange card stock using sticker sheet.
The colour of card that you layer the tissue paper onto can affect the overall colour of the background. It is also a great way of using up those yukky colours that you will never use, but that are such a waste to throw away.
I painted the squares around the flower and leaves with thin bleach which removed most of the colour, and then I added glossy accents to the rest of the stamped image. The floral stamp used is an old Magenta one, and the sentiment is from Hobby Art.
As usual I tried to use up the whole sheet of the tissue paper background and the scraps of coloured papers.
Here I used a Stampendous Daisy stamp. This time I painted the flower centers with bleach and the petals with Glossy Accents.
More Stampendous Daisies here, and left over scraps from my Bits Box.
I also added some black peel-off corners and squares and faux stitching with a fine black pen.
I think that my computer must have been suffering from the heat as well, since it wouldn't even allow me to access the Internet yesterday, let alone write a blog post.
I hope that you will find the time to join us in our new challenge, and share some love HERE with the rest of the team.
It is thankfully a little cooler here today, there even seems to be a bit of a breeze, so I am hoping that I might get something crafty done this afternoon.
Perhaps it should be commenting while my computer is still playing the game. I have been very naughty of late when it comes to visiting all you lovely people.
Happy Crafting and hugs

Monday, 12 June 2017

Christmas comes early.

I know that Christmas seems to get earlier each year, but seriously.........May?
Of course there was  a very special reason for it's rather early arrival in my house, sample making for the new release of Woodware stamps due very soon.

Of course I can't share them with you yet, so here are some that I made a while ago using stuff from my Christmas 'bits box'.
I remember doing a demo for Janice and Andy at SirStampalot, many years ago, using a Speedball Brayer, Kaleidacolor ink pad and Magenta Christmas stamp set.
I adore demoing at shows, but you always seem to end up with hundreds of pieces all very similar.
I never like to throw anything away, so these have lain unused in my Christmas Bits Box for quite a while.
Some of the pieces of background have been spritzed with water and then covered with screwed up cling film to achieve this wonderful 'frosted' look.
Others were spritzed with thin bleach to give a wonderful mottled effect.
I managed to find some co-ordinating card stock to mount the trimmed panels onto and added some background stamps and sentiments along with a bit of Glossy Accents.
I spent a very successful weekend finishing off more Christmas cards, so I will have plenty more cards to share with you soon.
Enjoy your evening.
Hugs Kimx