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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…..


Kim Styles Cards

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.


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!

MUM’S CARDKim Styles Cards

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.


Kim x