With Deepest Sympathy

Hello Crafters

Well again we find ourselves being reminded that we are forever mortal, and this week saw the passing of a friends Nan, mind you she did manage 102! That surely is an achievement in itself, but she was very poorly so really however much we miss those we love, it is a blessing they suffer no more. So this has prompted the card today.

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I was so pleased with the photos, and the light box I made really does help when taking pictures, and it cost but a few sheets of paper. Black will show all the flaws when photographing, even the ones you didn’t know were there!

Here’s the lists:




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  1. Make a black card base 14.5 cm x 19 cm (7.5″ x 5.7″) but do not make up yet.
  2. Take front of base card and cut border edge with Pyxis die. Keep both parts.
  3. Cut 2 no silver mirri 14 cm x 18.5 cm (7.3″ x 5.5″)
  4. Using 1 no silver mirri card, cut border using Pyxis edge and decorative panel so it sits above the cut border edge on the card front panel. Keep excess edge piece.
  5. Cut 2 no black card 13.5 cm x 18 cm (7.1″ x 5.3″).
  6. Using 1 no piece black card, cut final decorative edge with Pyxis bottom die cutting panel above the silver decorative panel. Keep both pieces.
  7. Next take the top front black decorative edge piece of card and smaller black card for inside and stamp using white versa color ink to form background with humming bird largest stamp.
  8. Cut and emboss 4 no decorative corners using Blooming Collection but keep the tiny off cut pieces to use at the bottom of the card for decoration if desired.
  9. Cut 1 no black circle using die no 3 from Standard Circle Large, and stamp white versaSympathy Feb 16 (6) color using small humming bird flower around the edge.
  10. Cut 1 no decorative circle from the Blooming Collection in Silver Mirri and mount to center of black circle with foam pads.
  11. Using a piece of small black card, stamp sentiment with Versamark and White Embossing powder and heat set. Cut to size and use corner round. Mount with foam pads onto to silver mirri card with round corners to finish.
  12. Matt and layer front and inside as shown.
  13. Mount Circle and cross in center, decorative corners and sentiment underneath, and glue the tiny saved pieces at the edge of the panel.
  14. For the bottom piece, cut each off cut section to fit inside each piece as above. (Mine was very thin but you can leave a larger section if you choose and place your sentiment elsewhere) I embossed  my last piece to take the plainness off but you can decorate as you like. Matt and layer and mount to bottom on foam pads.
  15. Attach completed front card to the back base of the card making sure the bottom panel fits with the card front.
  16. Cut and emboss 1 no piece silver mirri using SB Decorative Labels 27.
  17. Cut and emboss 1 no black card using matching Labels 27. Stamp sentiment with Versamark and White embossing powder and heat set. Mount onto decorative piece and foam mount on inside center.
  18. Decorate as desired.

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This is quite time consuming but the result is beautiful, and I must admit that the Pyxis dies cuts so well and looks stunning.

I’m off to cook some Lemon Scones with fresh lemons…mmmm….yummy, and then I need to finish Will’s jumper, bless him, he keeps shivering, all that hair doesn’t seem to keep him warm in this bitterly cold weather.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂


Kim x

A Little Dazzle!

Hello Crafters

Well hope your weekend was an enjoyable one, mine has been busy! My son came to stay, so we were doing lots of things to keep busy! We did a little crafting, but not much, but as they say ‘Here is one I made earlier’ 🙂

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  1. Make a Purple Card base 19 cm x 14.5 cm (7.5″ x 5.7″)
  2. Cut 2 no pieces of Silver Mirri card 18.5 cm x 14 cm (7.8″ x 5.5″)
  3. Cut 2 no pieces of Lilac glitter card 18 cm x 13.5 cm (7.1″ x 5.3″). Mount Lilac Glitter card at an angle onto Silver Mirri card with drys clear glue. Then mount on to base card with 1 mm sq sticky pads.
  4. Cut 1 no Silver Mirri Card 7.5 cm x 14.5 cm (3″ x 5.7″)Purple Dazzle Card (4)
  5. Cut 1 no White Card 7 cm x 14 cm (2.8″ x 5.5″)
  6. Using the white card and distress inks, make a marble background, blending each colour with sponge or applicator, then spritz with water and dab off. When completely dry, stamp poppy with Versamark and add white embossing powder and heat set. Then stamp in background, shapes from Bokeh Tme with white ink. Mount at a angle onto Silver Mirri card. Mount onto base card using 2 mm think sticky pads.
  7. Cut 1 no piece of purple card 2.5 cm x 14.5 cm (0.98″ x 5.7″)
  8. Cut 1 no piece silver mirri card 2 cm x 14.5 cm (0.79″ x 5.7″)
  9. Cut 1 no piece of white card 1.5 cm x 14.5 cm (0.59″ x 5.7″)
  10. On white card stamp sentiment using Versamark, and rub in mica powder with a soft paint brush until fully covered and then dust off. Mount all 3 layers together with dry clear glue then mount on 2 x 2 mm sticky pads each end. Place over mounted image on card front. Add embellishment to decorate.

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  1. Inside the card, cut 1 piece of white card 18 cm x 13.5 cm (7.1″ x 5.3″), and decorate as front panel for background. Mount onto the silver mirri card cut previously at an angle. Mount with wet glue onto inside of card base.Purple Dazzle Card (8)
  2. Cut 2 no hexagons, largest size, one in white card and 1 in silver.
  3. On the white card stamp sentiment with Versamark and rub in mica powder. When  fully covered, dust off. Mount at opposite angle onto silver card. Mount onto background with 1 mm sticky pads.
  4. Decorate as desired.

Well there you have it, a bit of a dazzle but quite pretty and very simple to make. Looks quite effective too!

Happy Crafting


Kim x

Happy Valentines Day!


Hello Crafters

I hope you are all being spoiled rotten on this Valentine’s Day (Yeah right, I can hear you say!) Well if not, then why not go off to your little peace of heaven, and craft away I say, which is obviously where I am lol!

Anyhow, here is the card I made for my other half, as he is very supportive of my hobby, gives him the chance to disappear down the allotment without a fight!

Showing is the inside of the card, and I made this very quickly as I preferred something modern as oppose to sentimental and flowery, and I think it worked out quite well. (Couldn’t help my self on the big heart though)


CARD: Papermill -White 300 gsm, Maroon 300 gsm, Red 240 gsm, Patterned card in stash, The Range – Gold Mirri Card

DIES: Spellbinders Classic Hearts, MFT Stitched Tags

STAMPS: Justrite Bokeh Time, What I Like About You (On special offer), Stampin’ Up Gorgeous Grunge (25% off at the moment if you follow the link)

INKS: Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick, Memento – Angel Pink, Gray Flannel, Brilliance – Galaxy Gold


  1. Make a maroon base card 19 cm x 14.5 cm (7.5″ x 5.7″)
  2. Cut 2 no gold mirri card 18.5 cm x 14 cm (7.3″ x 5.5″). 1 inside, 1 outside.
  3. Cut 2 no white card 18 cm x 13.5 cm (17.” x 5.3″). 1 inside, 1 outside. Stamp pattern using stamps above as desired.
  4. Cut 2 each of 4 of the SB Classic Hearts.
  5. Cut 4 of the MFT Fishtail Banners (Stitched), 3 for the front different sizes, and one for inside.
  6. Stamp sentiment in the Largest Heart and decorate as desired. Outline in gold metallic pen, every heart.
  7. Assemble as shown.
  8. Decorate as desired.


Simples! as they say.

Happy Valentines to those wonderful crafters


Kim x



Thank You!

Hi Crafters

Hope your weekend has been a happy crafty one. Just a quick one today from me today.

When my Mum was in hospital, she wanted to say thank you to the nurses for the care they gave her, so she asked me to make them a Thank You card.

As you can see it was a simple make using Cheery Lynn Horizon Fishtail Banners. They are really pretty and a good size and will fit in a reasonable sized sentiment too. The backing paper was purchased from The Range, and the stamped sentiment was from Lawn Fawn Script Sayings, so versatile! She was really chuffed with it and so were the nurses!

Next I have a male card I made recently for a birthday which was a simple stamping project too.

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This time I used the MFT Stitched Fishtail Banners, and again, good sized dies with plenty of choice to play around with. The music note stamps were free in a magazine, and the paint splats were from Visible Image Ink Splats, Visible Image Play It Loud for the trumpet player and Prima Paint Drips. Distress inks were used for the colour and Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings for the sentiment.

So there you have a couple of cards that were quick and simple, but striking wouldn’t you say.

Have a great evening.


Kim x