A Little Bit Lost

Hello Crafters

How has your weekend been, with this weather I should think you’ve been constantly in your craft mode!

You would think that I would have been running and skipping into the craft room to happily create, but for the first time in 7 years, I just didn’t ‘feel the need‘ to craft, panic set in actually, the thought that it isn’t a work day but, I don’t want to craft!!!! Whatever next! “I must be ill” I thought, but the truth was, there were other things that I wanted to get out of the way, so I did just that. I cleaned, and cleaned and cleaned, sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and it worked….Sunday here and the creative mind has returned.

Part of the problem was a shock passing of a friend, I cannot believe that I had to make another Sympathy card, and it really took some effort to do, and it just didn’t flow, but I got there in the end. Life eh?

Once that was completed, creativity sort of flowed better, and this time I had a birthday to think about. It hasn’t happened

Kim Style's Cardsyet, but I can’t share the card until next weekend, but I can sort of show you what I did before.

I have a bought a present and wanted to put it in a gift package, like a basket, so I got out the Spellbinders Garden Party and made the basket. When it was complete, I had to ask myself if I am losing the plot as the gift I wanted to put in it was 3 times bigger than the basket itself…..not a good day so far……get my drift! Still I thought the basket was quite pretty and I am sure if I fill it with chocy it will find a loving home!

This meant it was back to the drawing board and I designed my own bigger and better basket, and I will share this with you soon, after the birthday girl has had first dibs!

What I can share with you though is what I made out of that very colourful background that I mentioned before. Remember this? Kim Style's CardsWell today is my son’s and nephew’s birthday, Kim Style's Cardsand I used this for my Nephew’s card. I was so pleased with the results…….it really just flew together and everything seemed to work.

I used Kaleidacolor Spectrum and a brayer, keeping the first colour in the centre. I then stamped the musician, Visible Image ‘Play It Loud’ and used Universal and Music Sooths The Soul to give the feeling of music in the air.

It just worked, so Happy Birthday boys, I am sure your having a good time!

Last but not least here is the card I made for my son….

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I think I am finally getting the hang of using a brayer and getting the effect I really want, what do you think?

Happy Crafting

Hugs

Kim xxx

Dad’s Day

Hello Crafters

How are you today, I hope enjoying this lovely warm, sunny weather.

Yesterday instead of crafting, I was dragged out to my other half’s allotment, as I promised to help him build his shed, but I think he wanted my DIY skills, as it ended up being the other way round lol! I had truly forgotten how much I use to love doing all the DIY, and as I come from a long line of carpenters and builders, it would be pitiful if I didn’t inherit the skills! So I use to always be doing something, but crafting took over and I left that all behind, because as you know, we all need 48 hours in a day to accomplish all we want to do, us crafters! So it was brilliant to have a drill in my hand and the sun on my face, oh and the shed looks fabulous by the way!

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Let’s get on with the crafting. It was such a busy month for family birthdays, and it will spill over into June too, but I was thinking about Father’s Day, and so I set to making a couple of father’s day cards. Unfortunately, it is not a category I am familiar with, but there are the really good dad’s out there that need to be recognised and told.

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I had recently bought these stamps from Visible Image and I loved the vintage notion.

  1. First stamp the watch with Rich Cocoa Memento ink along with the Happy Father’s Day and the Vintage Car. I then fussy cut the images.
  2. Using 2 pieces of 10 cm x 14 cm (4″ x 5 1/2″) White 300gsm card, I used distress ink Peacock Feather, Seedless Preserve, Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen, to make a parchment background and using just one of the cards stamped with Woodware Vive La Plume stamp using Smoked Grey Memento Ink and the Distress Edger tool to age it.
  3. I went back over the distress edges with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen to take away the whiteness.
  4. The second piece of card I stamped with a sentiment and mounted inside.
  5. Next I used some Grey mottled cards tock from my stash 13.5 cm x 15.5 cm (5 3/8″ x 6 1/8″). I used the corner stamp from Justrite Papercraft ‘What I Like About You’ stamps. These are on discount sale both in the UK & USA!
  6. Next Silver Mirra card 14 cm x 16 cm (5 1/2″ x 6 3/8″)
  7. Mount onto Grey base card 14.5 cm x 16.5 cm (5 5/8″ x 6 1/5″)

The beauty of this was the way the white card came out. It felt like parchment. This card is brilliant and I use it for all my card bases now. You can find it at Papermill.

So after making that one, I had one more idea floating around in my head I wanted to try.

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I was browsing round Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, and saw a few cards that were simple but interesting, and that is where I got this idea from.

  1. First make a White card base 14.5 cm x 19 cm (5 5/8″ x 7 1/2″)
  2. Using 14 cm x 18.5 cm (5 1/2″ x 7 1/4″) Teal layer mount onto card base
  3. Next cut White card 13.5 cm x 18 cm (5 3/8″ x 7 1/8″) and using Tim Holt Floral Border stamp 3 times spacing evenly over card to accommodate square pictures.
  4. Make 3 squares 5 cm x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) and using Distress Ink coloured giving the look of grass and sky with varying effects.
  5. Next stamp with Clarity Stamps ‘Wee Folk 1’. Mount with 3 mm foam pads over stamp image.
  6. Stamp sentiment as desired. I used Waltzingmouse Compact Family

So there you have it, a few ideas floating around that has come to life, and I enjoy that when what you see in your minds eye, comes to life.

Have a brilliant day

Hugs

Kim x

Happy Skateboarder!

Hello Crafters

Hope you are surviving this stormy weather today! I thought we needed to have a splash of colour and fun to cheer us all up, so I am sharing my little skateboarder friend. Kim Style's Cards

I was looking to make a card for my other half’s Grandson, and I didn’t want to do the usual cars, bike’s etc, so I had a browse around a few of my favourite web sites and saw this little fella in Visible Image.

I knew straight away he was just what I wanted. He comes in a pack with stars, a grungy pattern and the words Awesome Dude! I coloured him using Spectrum Noir Pens.

Absolutely brilliant for those early junior school years right up to teenager, and beyond in some circumstances! I wanted to put him in a setting to round off the picture, so I drew in the gravel and added a shadow to ‘ground’ him.Woodware Graffiti I am still building my stamp collection and haven’t got many backgrounds for this type of scene. I could have drawn and coloured a wall, but when I finished him he felt complete.

I made the coloured paper behind using a brayer and Kaleidacolor ‘Blue Breeze’ ink pad. I then found these brilliant Woodware Graffiti stamps at Craftplus. It is difficult to see the words behind the main picture, but they are brilliant as you can just leave them outlined or colour them as you want. They really helped finish off the card. As you can see in the picture you could do a multitude of things with these so it makes perfect sense to buy them, as I am sure it will be one of those sets that gets used over and over. You could colour and cut out and mount as a main title, and I think these would make a brilliant book mark too….sounds like another project to me!

Inside I used the stamps again to complete the look and overall it’s turned out a ‘right treat’ as some would say. Kim Style's Cards   Anyway, it’s getting late and it’s time to finish up a few things, before it’s bed time.

Sweet dreams

Hugs

Kim x

A Cute Little Fella!

Hello Crafters

Well where has the sunshine gone? We were getting well and truly into having those glorious sunny days weren’t we, let’s hope they come back soon!

So while the rain was pouring and the grey skies lurking, I thought I would use a lovely little stamp I got from Craftplus and he really is a cutie, he certainly drove that rainy day away. It also meant I got to play with the Spectrum Noir Pens, and I really need the practice!

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Now isn’t he so sweet, and I wanted to put him in a nice little setting, so using a lovely Woodware Stamp I bought with him, here is what we ended up with.

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I still smile everytime I look at him, hope you do too!

Hugs

Kim x

Mad About Colour!

Hello Crafters

How have you all been, crafting your little fingers to the bone (whenever possible) if you are anything like me! I have yet again, flown off into another arty frenzy, as we all do, and have been re-discovering my love of colour! As my distress inks are always staring at me saying, ‘use me! use me!’ I have been looking around to see if I can find different ways of using these wonderful inks. Hence I discovered the wonderful Barbara Gray and her awesome Gelli Plate. I have been watching her tutorials which you can find on You Tube, and she is one very talented lady! I missed out on meeting her at Ally Pally as I didn’t realise it was actual the lady herself sitting there! Der! I have recently purchased the stamps and some wonderful stencils, but have had little time to play, so that will be a post for the future, hopefully next week, if I can stop working long enough! Yesterday I was very naughty and ordered the small gelli plate and mount, so once it arrives, and I can’t wait, I will probably be boring you silly with all the wonderful things I can make….I have the Carpenters song whizzing around in my head now….. Please Mr Postman…..check and see….. Anyhow enough, I have been playing around with colour and came up with the above card for my besties son, Scott, and I hope he liked it. It was really simple to do: Kim Style's CardsINGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cm x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick or any other in your face colour!
  • Pilot Fine Liner Black Pen
  • Spellbinders Stamps – Colourful Brush Strokes
  • Papermill Card – Spring Green, Black, White and Silver Mirri Card.
  • Tools – Blending mat, water spritzer, glue/adhesive, embellishments to decorate

RECIPE:

  1. Make a base card 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm (5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″) in Spring Green
  2. Cut 2no Silver Mirri cards 14 cm x 14 cm (5 3/8″ x 5 3/8″)
  3. Cut 2 no Black card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm (5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″)
  4. Lastly cut 2 no 13 cm x 13 cm White Card (4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″)
  5. Using a blending mat, take one of the colours and give a good splodge of colour on the mat and spritz with water. Using your acrylic block, push into the colour and move around a little to mix it. Lift the acrylic block and place down on whichever corner you wish making sure you leave roughly 1 cm (1/2″) from the top and side edge. Don’t worry if you get excess colour on the edge, you can gently blot from the edge with kitchen towel to drain the colour away.
  6. Repeat this step with the other 3 colours, cleaning your block and blending mat before using another colour. I use a baby wipe or damp cloth.
  7. Allow these to dry completely, then using your liner pen, follow the shape round the square, including the inlet pieces. It gives it character.
  8. To finish, just draw a ‘piggledey’ line around the outside to form a border.
  9. Stamp a sentiment in one of the boxes.Kim Style's Cards
  10. To decorate the inside I simply used the same distress inks in the same placement as on the front of your card but with splats and one of the sentiments from the same set.

Simple but quite effective, with unlimited possibilities!

Now this got the old brain box wanting to play a bit more with colour, so it jumped right into scenes!

A never ending search for my brain to do a really good scene! This is what we ended up with, a bit more of an advance on my previous one, with more depth.

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I used stamps from Serendipity, Inkylicious and I used a mix of distress inks and Memento Dew Drop inks. I really can’t remember what colours I used, it was definitely a go with the moment thing!

I was really pleased that it came out with that hazy, sun setting, sort of image.

I haven’t added a sentiment, as I thought it was a card I could keep in case of emergency!

So what else have I been up to……oh yes! The dreaded brayer!

I bought a Speedball brayer around 6 years ago but never seemed to get on with it, well after a few very well taught videos from Barbara, I got my mojo in order and told myself to ‘get a grip’ and learn!!! Guess what, look at this little beauty….

Still a bit to learn but wait and see what I have in store for this……can’t wait!Kim Style's Cards

I know, I know, the lines are there, but that really helps believe it or not! Still you will have to wait and see! 🙂

I also tried a little bit of stencil work, which I’ve never done either and I was quite relieved that at least it came out and looked like a scene

Kim Style's CardsThis I have decided to make into a little notelet book, and I will be sending it to my future Sister-in-law, as I know that she loves to receive and send letters, would you believe at least 20 a week!

So I think that is all I have right now, the rest I will show and tell later!

For now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to creating and telling all about it.

Oh…before I go, if you live locally to Basildon, a new Craft shop has opened called Craftplus. I literally stumbled across it this afternoon on my way home, and it is brilliant and so well priced. Lovely welcome we received and he even let us browse and buy after he should have shut the shop. Thank you so much! Do have a trip there, it really is a great place, and I shall be visiting often…..oh no…my bank manager is crying lol!

Hugs

Kim xxx

Crafty Saturday

Hello Crafters

Kim Styles CardsHow is your Bank Holiday weekend. If only us crafters could have an extra day every week, oh wouldn’t that be fun!

Yesterday I was on a mission to create, as it has been a pretty busy week and Friday was an ‘OMG let me out’ day at work Friday, computers were definitely conspiring to send me off my rocker, so I was determined to forget everything and have a selfish crafting day. The other half decided to go off down the allotment for the afternoon as he thought the weeds were ganging up against him and multiplying at a rapid rate. I believe him, as I had to send out a search party as he hadn’t come home, I was beginning to think they were holding him hostage, either that or the ‘Man Shed’ was buy a pint get 1 free!

I am usually an organised person, even if it is chaos, it’s usually organised chaos, so I started off with some sort of order of what I wanted to get done, but I hadn’t crafted properly over the last couple of weeks, just a bit here and there, so for some reason I was all of a dither and it took an age to get what I wanted to an end product, and just as I thought I was finished, the gremlins struck! Must have followed me home from work, darn it! Oooooh I was so mad I could crush a grape!!

So off I marched to the kitchen, so armed with a coffee and with a little inspirational talk to myself, I started again. A-Ha the creative spirit was alive! This was much better….I could feel the vibes….yes, it was back! Phew, for a minute there I thought I was going to need the creative hospital!

So let’s have a quick peak at what I managed to squeeze out of the creative flow…..

SYMPATHY CARD

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Yes, unfortunately, yet again we needed another sympathy card. This was for a customer of my other half, who passed suddenly, so suddenly that he had only seen her the day before, so it was a little bit of a shock.

I chose to make it simple, so I stamped an image of roses from Honey Doo Crafts added a ribbon and black pearls, and stamped a sentiment with Justrite Caring Thoughts.

The inside followed the same theme, just using a different sentiment with the rose on the other side.

Simple but heartfelt, which was what I really wanted. I seem to be leaning more toward the clean simple look lately, as it is classic and will always be a loved style.

NEPHEW’S BIRTHDAYKim Styles Cards

Next up was my Nephew’s birthday card, and I was so hoping to get it finished in time to put in the post, but alas, you cannot tell your talent to get a move on when your heart wants to ‘go with the flow’, so although I will be posting today, and he won’t get  it until the day after his birthday, my intentions were honourable!

He was a keen sailor so I wanted to use the boat die, but I thought it needed to be in a Kim Styles Cardssetting so decided to give it one! I used Memento inks and Inkylicious Ink Dusters, with Inkylicious Stamps – Twiggy Branch, Take Flight, and Prickly Shrubs. The grasses were from Stampscapes – Nature Sheet 6. For the sentiment I used Waltzingmouse Stamps. For the landscapes I used Inkylicious Mountain Valley Stencil. Brilliant tool, I would tell any one to have one. It’s a must have to make your scenes look real!

Inside I used a Clarity Stencil – Jo’s Bubbles and a stamped sentiment from Phil Martin that I bought at Ally Pally.

I was very pleased with how it came out, better than the imagine I had in my mind!

So last but not least was a card that someone had asked me to make for them, mum’s birthday and pink, two very good descriptions and a lot of artistic licence in them there words!

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So as I said earlier, this little beauty was the second attempt and went together swimmingly considering my previous attempt!Kim Styles Cards

I made the background myself using Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen with Inkylicious Watercolour Poppy Stamp. It was a stamp I was undecided about, but now I love it! Here you can see the background, it looks quite serene.

The dies were all Spellbinders – Victorian Accents, Labels 28, Radiant Rectangles, Fancy Lattice, I used Tonic Dies – Royal Fern for the leaves.

Justrite Large Fancy Sentiments to finish.

So there you have it folks, a little crafting and blogging and I feel ready to tackle the world again….amazing what creative inspiration can do isn’t it!

So go get crafting. Have a lovely weekend.

Hugs

Kim x