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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

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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

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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