A Little Bit of Floral!

Hello Crafters

Just popping in to update you on a little experiment I carried out last night, and the reason for the experiment was Darsie Bruno. She is a very inspiring crafter and has given me so many ideas when I have those ‘blank’ periods and last night I had previously seen a video of a pop up box that lays flat to post, so I thought I would give it a try, and I am mighty pleased with the first attempt.

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INGREDIENTS:

RECIPE:20150428_224125

Cut and emboss 4 no box sides, 1 large decorative edge, 3 no small decorative edge & 3 strips. Burnish all the edges except one of the sides, as this will be the back of the box. In order to show you much better than I how to put this together, view Darsie’s video tutorial.

To make the flowers I simply cut out 5 different sizes of flowers and coloured as I wished and using the Royal Fern as leaves to fill the area and make it look full.

It really is a cheerful little array of flowers, and I have someone in mind of who to send to. I also know they will love it!20150428_224010

I was surprised how easy and quick this was to put together and probably the most time consuming bit, was making the flowers, but I really enjoy that anyway.

Well, as I said only a quick little pop in today.

Hope you have a lovely crafty evening!

Hugs

Kim x

Music Soothes The Soul!

Hello Crafters

Today I would like to share and tell about a lovely card I made for a great guy, and also about a great stamp company, Visible Image, that is British and sells beautiful quality stamps. 20150422_080329I got to meet 20150422_080231them at Ally Pally and they are wonderful creative people, and their stamps are great to use. Good solid quality, and the stamped images are brilliant. When I was really little I use to love to draw abstract art and that continued well into my twenties until I became a Mum and I had no time. When I stumbled across this web site looking for Splats & Splodges, I was amazed at how different the stamps were.

So I purchased some stamps and now want to own them all! I post previously about some notelets I made. Today I wanted to share this card, which I adore, even if I say so myself, and the recipient liked too!

 It was fun and simple to make and looks so vibrant and happy.

Visible Image are looking for DT at the moment, check out their blog!

I wished I was good enough to even half go for it, but I still have alot to learn.

Well folks, that’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and carry on crafting! 🙂

Hugs

Kim x

Beautiful Stamps!

Hello Crafters

Just a quick drop in to show you how wonderful the Honey Doo stamps are!

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20150422_213715I got hooked from the minute I started stamping with a stamp purchased whilst I was at Ally Pally, ‘Butterfly Border‘ and (much to my bank managers distress) I purchased more and they arrived today! You have never seen me move so fast after getting in from work! 🙂

One of the best things about these stamps other than the quality and the intricate stamp image is the ease there is to cut things out and make them 3D. As you can see above I stamped on acetate with Versafine and then after waiting a little bit for it to dry, cut out just the butterflies and then glued to their matching imagine. I then coloured with Spectrum Noir and glittered using stickles. Stunning result!

Today was the beautiful Butterfly Mountain stamp and when I saw it, I thought ‘Simplicity’, and I hope I have achieved that!

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This took less than 30 minutes to make

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Well that’s it folks, like I said, a little blog just to share something beautiful.

Happy Stamping!

Hugs

Kim xx

Distress Ink Holder

Hello Crafters

Back from Ally Pally and oh my what a great experience it was too! We had to queue up when we first arrived, all be it for 10 minutes or so (that’s what you get for getting there early and having a coffee instead of keeping your eye on the ball). Whilst in the queue, I met two lovely ladies from Croydon, and we spent time chatting and I was given a discount voucher for Samuel Taylors stall. I didn’t get the chance to meet them again, but I’d like to say a big thank you as I saved £6 with it.

One of the reasons I like to go to these things is because you meet so many lovely like minded people.

I met my favourite Stamp people, Inkylicious, Visible Image, and although I saw Sue Wilson a number of times, I wasn’t lucky enough to get to speak to her, and I got to see John Next Door, but again he was teaching, and I didn’t get to talk to him either 😦 However, I did get to see a new stamping shop called Honey Doo Crafts and I bought some of their stamps and am now hooked on them, and had a bit of a chat with them too. All in all a wonderful day, and yes, my bank manager is crying now, but he doesn’t know just how much I saved!

The one thing I went there for, was Stamp Away i.e. Clever Cut goodies, one of which was the Distress Ink Storage unit, and so glad to say that I got exactly what I wanted! Unfortunately, the other thing I wanted was nowhere to be found! There was an alternative amongst the Stamp Away units, but it was the actual Spectrum Noir holder that I had set out for.

When we got home we were pooped, so we had a nice meal and settled in front of the TV, after examining all the spoils of course! So on my awakening on Sunday, I immediately set about putting together and decorating, after all, that’s the best bit making it your own!

20150412_212925 20150412_212952As you can see here, I wanted to use all the distress ink colours in the design, so I started out by measuring and cutting panels from 300 gsm White Card to fit top and sides.

Using a blending mat, I then took the ink pad and splodged it on the blending mat, and spritzed with water. Using a small paint brush, paint from the edge where the ledge sticks out back to the recess point, where the ink pad will live. I then easily find where they come from when I go to put them back. It also helps choose colour mixes when creating. Along the edge and division pieces, I painted with Walnut stain mixed with water.

Next I took a sponge and using the same ink pad, blended the ink in a small area on one of the cut panels. I only used each ink once.

20150412_212614 As you can see, even the very pale colours can be seen quite clearly and it makes a wonderful design feature too.

Once all the panels were filled with colour, I took a mixture of my favourite stamps and black ink, and simply stamped my heart out until I was completely satisfied the design justified the Distress Ink Image.

Once all the ink was dry, I attached to the unit using Modge Podge Matt Glue and Finisher.

20150412_212346Would you believe that this started out as plain MDF?

Once the inks had dried and the water had sunk away, the colour left behind was truly amazing, and I now have courage to make a lot more things using MDF. There were many different cut out shapes at the stall at Ally Pally, and I now have loads of ideas for presents for the family, if I can find the time to fit it all in!

Well obviously there are lots of stamps and things that need my attention, demanding as it is, I am only too willing to test them all 🙂

Have a wonderful crafty weekend

Hugs

Kim x

Something About Stamping!

Hello Crafters!

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Well I am lucky enough this week to have a week off work, although we weren’t where we were suppose to be i.e. in Dorset, I am having a lovely week in my craft room, which feels amazing!

So I have been playing around and discovering colouring and stamping, and I was one of those people that preferred computer generated sentiments, as it seemed easier to make and print what you wanted to say, but there is definitely something about stamping that is satisfying and therapeutic! It isn’t always convenient to use a computer and printer, but stamps are, and so I was launched into a world of making my own backgrounds, mixing colours and now colouring my own images! What a wonderful world of colour there is out there 🙂

I have always enjoyed making notelets and boxes, so I had an idea buzzing around my mind, and it had to come out so here it is:-

Little notelets and envelopes in a box that can be re-used once the notelets are gone.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Justrite Colourful Brush Stroke Stamps
  2. Visible Image Ink Splats, Visible Image Speckle Background
  3. Tim Holtz Distress Inks
  4. Memento Dew Drop Brights
  5. Papermill Pink, White Linen, Blue and Lilac Card, Silver Mirri Card
  6. Martha Stewart Flower and Stamp Punch, X Cut Corner Rounder
  7. We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, Hougie Score Board
  8. Accessories – Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue, small pearl and gems

RECIPE:

  • Make 8 no card bases using 2 of each colours  for finished card size 9.8 x 11.2 cm (3 7/8″ x 4 4/8″)
  • Make 8 no Silver mirri card 9.3 x 10.7 cm (4 3/16″ x 3 5/8″). Round the right hand corner top and bottom.
  • Using White Card, cut 8 no card sections 8.8 x 10.2 cm (4″ x 3 7/16″). Round right hand corners as above.
  • Punch 24 flowers.
  • Using stamps and I used 3 complementing colours, stamp background to suit and also stamp flowers to match.
  • I used tiny pearls and gems to decorate flower centres and stick as desired to stamped background. Add sentiment of your choice.
  • For the inside of the card I simply cut a piece of matching coloured paper to the inside ready for their message to be added.
  • Make 8 number 4″ x 4 1/2″ Envelopes using We R Memory Keepers Board
  • Remember to add your trade mark to the back of each card to make it your own!

TO MAKE THE BOX:

  • I made my box a bit too big but you can adjust these sizes to fit your own.
  • Using A3 (UK Size) cut a piece of white card, 35 x 31 cm (13 13/16″ x 12 1/4″)
  • Using a score board, on the long side score at 4,17.5, 21.5, 35 cm (1 5/8″,6 3/4″,8 3/8″, 13 1/4″ & 14 13/16″). Obviously this will be too long for the scoreboard but I take my card back to the 10 cm mark and carry on. You will need to work out your sizing for this.
  • Turn your card to the short side and score as follows: 4, 19, 23 cm (1 5/8″, 7 5/8″, 9 2/8″)
  • Burnish your folds
  • To Put together see Notelet Box Template. Where the small orange triangles appear, I notch these out so that the corners form better.

You can off course adjust this to suit any square box type large or small.

Well that’s it for now, have a great day.

Hugs

Kim x

Stamp Storage Idea.

Hello Crafters!

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Apologies for not posting sooner, but my poor computer was having blue screen fits and I had to take it to a doctor who has now solved the problem. In the coming month it will have a new brain too, so hopefully we won’t get many more problems! In the meantime, I have been crafting, as always and looking at storage problems I have, and trying to think of ways to solve them. Well I am really pleased with myself for coming up with this one! It may well be that it has already been a tried and tested method of someone else, but I genuinely have not seen this anywhere, not even on Pinterest!

It is so simple, easy and cheap and that is always a good combination!

I was forever changing the way I stored my stamps but the only way I liked was already staring me in the face with the Justrite Stamps. The red rubber stamps already come with the acrylic covered sheet and I love this, but not the clear stamps, so I decided to make my own. I had already purchased the white acrylic stamping system advertised but I hated keeping it in a A4 lever arch file, so I devised my own plan, and hopefully someone else will find it useful too.

INGREDIENTS:

  • You will need a laminator & A4 laminating sheets
  • A5 Medium Thickness Craft Card
  • Corner Punch
  • Packaging that came with your stamps.

RECIPE:

  1. Using the craft card cut 2mm off all round then round the corners.
  2. Using the card insert that came with your stamps, attach to one side of the card.

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  3. On the other side, attach the label carrier backwards.

20150404_123622  4. Place inside laminating pouch and make sure you leave 2mm edge all round in order to seal. I did 2 at a time, so make sure you have a gap between them as you will need to cut them apart and they will need to have an edge round both of the cards.

5. Lay your stamps in the correct place and then place the piece of acetate over the top to stop the stamps from sticking to each other. I add a piece of clear sticky tape to the top of the clear acetate to stop it falling off.

If you don’t have any usable packaging that came with your stamp, simply stamp the image on a piece of card and you can then laminate, and use the blank side as storage.

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There you have it, a really simple easy stamp storage solution that doesn’t cost the earth. The laminator I bought was from The Range. The laminating sheets you can buy there too.

I hope this helps with all your stamps as you can use and size these as you want, so even the smallest can be put into nice neat boxes!

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It is now so easy to use and if you want to, you can catalogue them and write a number on them before you laminate, so you can always find them. I didn’t think of it before I started but you can buy permanent pens and write on the laminated surface that way.

Well I’m off to craft a little, before I start cooking a wonderful authentic Italian Lasagna, with fresh pasta, herbs and home cooked cheese sauce….yummy!

Have a wonderful Easter, and keep crafting

Hugs

Kim x