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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
Kimx

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

Monday, 5 June 2017

With Love

I feel like I must have been living under a rock.
For the second time I arrived at work to be greeted by newspaper headlines of an atrocity carried out in the UK. First Manchester, and then London (again)
It sounds ridiculous, and appalling that I should not know what is going on in the world, but to be honest I never have the news on (it's always too depressing) so that is my very poor excuse for being so ill informed.

I can't begin to imagine what all those poor families are going through, nor do I have the words so here is a card that I send with love to one and all.
The background is from my stash and was made, as far as I can remember, using pearlescent inks and cling film.

I stamped and embossed onto the handmade background paper using an old Hero Arts stamp which I love.
The panel was cut out using a rather interesting torn edged die. 
The woven background on the card has been created from Washi tape stuck onto strips of white card to make it possible to weave.
I added a couple of circular spotlights and a sentiment from Hobby Art.
I hope that tomorrow will be a better day for all of us and that I can avoid any more awful headlines.
Love and hugs to you All.
Kimx


Friday, 2 June 2017

Floral Birthdays

Evening All
Wow, Friday again. I might have know that it would be hot this afternoon, because it's the first time I've been able to get to the gym in over a week.
I know that we shouldn't complain about the weather, I was getting very fed up with being cold at work, but I seriously can't cope if its too hot. Thankfully we ended up with a massive thunderstorm which has cooled things down just nicely.
 I thought that I would share a few floral cards with you tonight.
 These all use a bit of paper piecing,
 which is a nice easy way to create several cards at once.
 I don't like to make the same card twice so they are all slightly different.
And of course this image works every bit as well with some plain old watercolouring.
Let's hope it's nice and bright but not too hot tomorrow, I don't have air con at home and I need a couple of days away from work to recharge my batteries.
Hugs Kimx

Monday, 29 May 2017

I'm Back


Seriously...............me and technology.
Why on earth does my computer have to keep changing things? If it ain't broke, why fix it, cause whenever they do it takes me ten times as long to do even the simplest of things, and it means that I never seem to get anything else done.
Perhaps I should get one of the youngsters in the house to give me some lessons. Emma seems to know exactly what to do on her Mum's phone already. She does a nice line in taking 'selfies', and she isn't even two yet lol!!
One of several reasons for my recent blogging inactivity is that I am trying to get on top of sorting through some of the pictures that I have taken over the years, and this is where my computer has it in for me!!
I know that I'm a little bit OCD, so I have a tendency to need to do things in a specific order, and to finish off one job before I start the next..............oh I wish.
I seem to have thousands of photos, and that's only the ones of cards that I have made. The trouble is that every time I edit a picture ready to blog it seems to disappear into the black hole that is my computer, and I have to start all over again.
I've given up with older photos for the time being, so here are some cards that I made more recently.
Speaking of youngsters, I have had quite a few birthday cards to make over the last couple of months for the smaller people of my acquaintance.
My Great-niece Myla was 2 just over a week ago,
 and the Grandson of a good friend was 1 a few days later.
This one was made for the son of one of my customers at work,
and this one was for another old friends Granddaughter.
As you can see I reached for my go to LOTV toppers.

I also managed to use up plenty of bits and pieces from my stash although you wouldn't know it to look at whats still left lol.
 I also have a selection of stickers like these Penny Black jungle friends,
 Birthday Bear,


 bathing dog
and birthday chick.
This little bear was from a set of stickers that came with a magazine, many years ago.

And I don't just use these toppers for little people. This card was made for a 'Crafty Friend' who needed a bit of cheering up.
And this one was for my eldest Granddaughter Megan. It contained an IOU for a trip to Clinique for a facial. It was what she wanted for her birthday, but as she has been up to her elbows with revision for her A levels we decided to leave it until they are all finished. I can see a shopping trip in my very near future lol.
Sorry for the picture heavy post but I have such a lot of things to share with you. I think I had better quit while I'm ahead now before my computer swallows everything again.
Thanks for sticking with me, and stopping by.
Happy Crafting and hugs
Kimx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Thank You Paula

Evening Everyone,
I do like to catch the occasional programme on the craft channels, especially when the experts are friends that you have known for years.
Paula Pascual who currently works with Tonic, and I used to work together years ago at the Craft Barn along with Julie Hickey and several other lovely ladies who are not on the TV.
Her crafty enthusiasm is always infectious and she has just cost me and my friend Sue quite a bit whilst we have added to our craft stash!!
I have had a Misti for a long time (courtesy of another crafty enthusiast Stampin Caz) but I haven't used it to it's full potential due to not enough playtime.
And then I saw Paula demonstrating the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform on Hochanda. It's a very similar product, and suddenly my Misti became something that I use all the time.
I did however prefer several aspects of the Stamping Platform, so along with my friend Sue, an order was placed. Thanks again Paula it was money very well spent.
 We have just spent a wonderful afternoon at Davina's playing with Altenew stamps and dies.
These multi step stamp sets work brilliantly with both the Misti and Stamping Platform, and I think we may have converted at least one other member of the group to their benefits.
No I'm not on commission lol.
I do love these stamp sets, as you may be able to tell, and I think the above sentiment is one of my all time favourites. I have used it on more than one occasion recently. In fact it stays on my desk all the time ready for its next usage.
I have used a host of different ink pads for these cards, so I couldn't begin to tell you which ones.
A couple of the sets I own also have matching die sets which really does make them so much quicker to cut out.
 It is easy to create a more dimensional card with the die cut flowers and leaves.
This time I added a die cut sentiment to finish the whole thing off.
These cards are all ones that I made a while ago, but I have several more bits and pieces from today's class that need finishing off so I am sure that I will have more to share soon.
I hope that you have all had a fabulous day. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
Happy crafting and hugs.
Kimx

Friday, 12 May 2017

Spotlights with Matching Backgrounds

Well I haven't managed much visiting, but I guess three posts in a reasonably short space of time is a pretty good achievement after my prolonged spell of inactivity.

We had another fun class last Saturday, only this time I restricted their choice of stamps to just a few floral ones.

We made a Spotlight card, which can be a great way of covering a bit of dodgy stamping.
Restamp the affected area on a scrap of card and then use a die or punch to create a panel to stick over the 'mistake'
In this instance I used my Square Stitched dies to cut out sections of the image and then mounted them on to black card stock.
Because I have used shapes with straight edges it is easy to trim the black card to create a narrow border.
These panels then fit exactly over the stamped image giving the illusion of a spotlight, but hiding the die cut hole underneath.
I created the background to the card from scraps. I end up with loads of these when trimming my mats and layers so it is great to be able to use them up.
I'm a bit of a hoarder, and these strips always look too good to throw away, so it's nice to find a use for them.
I chose my strips first, and then coloured the image to match.
I always take something away from a class that I have learnt from 'The Girls', even if it is just a colour combo,
or two as with the last four cards.
And of course it looks just as good without the spotlights.
I hope you have a good weekend.  Lets hope that the weather stays nice.
Happy Crafting and Hugs
Kimx