Hearts and Flowers

Hello Crafters

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It seems that no sooner is Christmas a twinkle of our memory, then we are turning out thoughts to Love. Maybe it’s the excitement of winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, but we all seem to love the prospect of receiving a beautiful Valentine’s card. It would be interesting to see how many people have kept Valentines cards from when they were young, wouldn’t it!

So my thoughts have been with the air of Love and romance, and usually I get so excited as I really am an incurable romantic, and my head starts racing with all the things I can create with all the ribbons, flowers and pretty colour combinations, but this year, I have been giving thought to the more modern amongst us. I really am taken with stamping, particularly splodge and splats so I have been trying to incorporate ideas into the more conventional cards for Valentines.

My favourite is still the beautiful pink Spellbinders Victorian Valentine and I was over the moon with the flower. Here’s how I made it:-

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INGREDIENTS:-

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RECIPE:-

  1. Make a Cream Hammered base card 16.5 cm x 13 cm.
  2. Cut a Pale Pink card 16 cm x 12.5 cm. Cut 4 no corners from the Regal Frame dies and glue to pink card with Cosmic shimmer dries clear glue. Using Festive Berries distress ink, age down the edges of the card and corner pieces.
  3. Cut 1 no Regal Frame largest die with gold mirra card.
  4. Using the second largest Regal Frame die, cut patterned piece and glue to the gold mirra card. Stamp a sentiment in the bottom left corner in ink of your choice.
  5. For the flowers ~
    1. Cut 8 no largest die D-lites Bloom 4.
    2. Colour with Festive Berries, from the inside out, to get the shading.
    3. Using a stylus, curl the leaves and try to make them curl in different directions by working on one side more than the other.
    4. Using 4 petals to a flower, tease the flower in to shape by folding 2 of the petals in half an making a bowl shape at the bottom, glue this to theย  3rd petal centre, shaping as you go. Finally glue the 4th petal at the base alternating the leaves.
    5. Cut 2 no Memory box Gentle Leaf and using distress ink colour with Shabby Shutters in the centre work outward, then Forest Moss in the middle of the leaves, then on the tips and stalk use the edge of the sponge and dab with Gather Twigs.
  6. Next using white ribbon, fold round the edge of the largest Regal Frame, be careful as it is very thin, and glue to the back on both sides.
  7. Using clear glue, layer the pink edge card on the card front. Then using foam pads, adhere the gold mirra regal frame to the pink card. Hot glue the flowers and leaves to the top right hand side on the regal frame, then hot glue the ribbon. I used a cherub in the ribbon centre to finish.
  8. Inside the card I repeated the pink card and corners and another gold mirra Regal Frame with sentiment stamped in the centre.

This card is one of my favourites, and I hope you like it.

Hugs

Kim x

Playing with Colour!

Hello Crafters

I hope you have all started your new year with loads of inspiration and lots of ideas.

I haven’t stopped crafting and would gladly give up the day job if I could to craft all the time, but alas then I wouldn’t be able to buy the bits I need to craft *sigh*, so onward we go.

I have had a shift in crafting from die cutting mad to stamping. There is loads of fun to be had with splodges and splats, and that is exactly what I have been doing, and I found a new stamping website too. They are Visible Image, and I bought some of their stamps and the quality is excellent. I will certainly be going back lol! I will feature cards with their stamps in another post once I have finished playing ๐Ÿ™‚

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I literally picked some colours and started stamping, and this is the outcome. The distress inks Seedless Preserve, Evergreen Bough,Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac work so well together especially using solid stamps, it really enhanced the effect, but I used versa inks for the solid brush strokes.

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The stamps I used were from Justrite – Colourful Brush Strokes & Bokeh Time

The die was free in a magazine and was just perfect with the card……I’m on the look out now for some more feather dies!

Here I used Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive and Dusty Concord Distress Inks. The circles just seemed to enhance the splats so I just had to stamp them!

Well I am off to play some more, and also to finish some wedding invitations, that have come along very nicely and all they need are the finishing touches.

Hope you have fun playing and getting inky fingers ๐Ÿ™‚

Hugs

Kim x

Just a Little Thank You :)

Hello Crafters

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Just thought I would pop by and show you a few little thank you notes I put together, I still haven’t finished yet, but I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

I thought that it would be a good idea to use the gift that I was given in the ‘Thank You’ so here is the finished result:-

20141229_133705I was a very lucky girl and received Spellbinders Labels 38, Marianne Cars and Boats. The Marianne dies are exquisite and cut beautifully so I am looking forward to having some fun with those!

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I also received some beautiful Spellbinders Corner Flourish 2 and Basket Weave Embossing folder. As you can see the corners look beautiful and the centrepiece was the negative from the corners.

I actually used the other corner die on the Little Wooden Trinket Box which you can see here.

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The other Thank You was for a gift given to me from a friend, who no longer had any use for some stamps she had, so I used the stamp blocks to say ‘Thank You’ but they also came in handy to make a few gift bags.

So all in all I feel very lucky. I also had some lovely friendship stamps, which I will be using in the not to distant feature and a few more Distress Inks, and this means that my Distress Ink Collection is almost complete! (Did I speak to soon?)

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I still have a few Thank You’s to do and I will post them as and when I finish them, so for now, thanks to you for stopping by and I will see you soon

Hugs

Kim x

A Little Trinket Box

Hello Crafters!

I hope you all aren’t suffering from over indulgence, or if you are, I hope it was worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have been inspired to try a new project this week, and for the first time, it isn’t a card but a box, a little wooden trinket box.

Whilst I was out and about, trying to decide what to spend my Christmas gift money on, I came across this wonderful little box at The Works, where I often pop in and see what bits and bobs are on offer. I don’t usually go forย  this time of thing, but it really grabbed my attention, so I took the plunge and bought it home.

Once it was in the Craft Room, there was no stopping me. All I could see was a vintage trinket box. I didn’t have many supplies to alter this so used what I had to hand, and I was really pleased with the results.

INGREDIENTS:-

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RECIPE:-

  1. Lightly rub down all wood surface to make sure the area is free from dust.
  2. Cut paper to size and secure to areas.
  3. With the stain of your choice, cover all bare areas inside and out, adding a light coating to the papered areas and allow to dry.
  4. Glue decoration of your choice, including pearls to desired areas.
  5. Paint varnish to all areas including decorations and allow to dry. If needed, add second coat.
  6. Finish by adding felt lining to inside areas.

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It took next to no time to complete but looks really good and would make a lovely gift. You could also try lots of different finishes, such as limed, waxed etc.

I must wish you all a Healthy, Wealthy and Happy New Year and hope 2015 brings you all you wish for.

See you soon

Kim x