Plant Inspiration

RHS Hyde Hall Apr 16 (15)Hello Crafters

How have you been? The weather hasn’t exactly been helpful has it, but all the more reason to craft eh!

I have been out and about, as the creative juices needed inspiration so we recently joined the RHS, so off we trotted for a day out. We visited Hyde Hall, and it was massive! The atmosphere was friendly, and helpful. The plants were really beautiful, healthy and the air was fresh and clean. Walked around for 3 hours, then came home and walked the little lad, so was thoroughly pooped!

During our visit we had lunch in a 16th Century Barn, beautifully restored, and the staff were lovely, it was the best sandwich I think I have ever had and the luxury hot chocolate drink, well dare I say better than s*!! Very naughty but it definitely does the soul good!

There were numerous areas of beauty to view, and the landscaping inspired you to think about your own garden, and we bought a few plants. I am trying to recreate a little alpine rockery, just by our back door, so I got a few little plants to brighten up the area.

It really was a lovely day, and here are a few little friends we met along the way, some even good enough to pose for us!

Yes, the inspiration was awoken by all the wonderful colours of the flowers and the countryside

So when I got home I had time to quickly make a little card:

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I hope you had a lovely weekend, what inspired you today?

Hugs

Kim x

Stickles Storage & Fun Makes

 

Hello Crafters

Forgive me for missing last week, I actually managed to get out of the cycle of work, work, sleep, work, work, craft amd trundled orf to Ally Pally Crafting Show for the day last weekend, and it was a lovely day out, and felt great to be among like minded people for the day. I even got to meet and have a quick chat to Barbara Gray of Clarity, what a talented lady! Her stall was mobbed all day, and yes I spent more there than anywhere else as I love the Wee Folk and Stencils.

So I had worked out prior to going what stalls I wanted to visit, and went to Inkylicious, Clarity and Clever Cut/Stamp Away first. I browsed all the other stores too, but I had a list of which I managed  to find majority of things, but could not find ANYWHERE Tuxedo Black refill ink and a black gel pen! Inkylicious owner Deby, did help me out and offer to get them for me, and I have now emailed and waiting for a response.

So whilst I was there I bought the Stickles Storage Holder, and I had so much fun decorating the Distress Ink Holders that I bought from them last year, I couldn’t wait to decorate this.

So I just painted the whole thing with Docraft Artiste Mettalic Antique Gold that I had bought from The Range, more or less just added distress inks as the mood took me and stamp till I liked what I saw. The background card behind the stickles was Anne-Marie Design card that I bought whilst I was there, I love the dotty card! It comes as a flat pack and I put it together in about 5 minutes,and the holes were all perfectly cut so fitted together like a dream! You can get these online and I think they are great value for storage of all things crafty.

Alas, I should have got 2, as this is only half of my Stickles collection and it also fits liquid pearls, so when the bank manager has recovered from my spending spree and he lets me have some more money, I am going to buy another 🙂

This weekend I had a little play with one of my other purchases, which I was so shocked to find there. A company called Be Creative, who do not have a website, which is a shame, had Lawn Fawn stamps and dies! I was blown away, as I didn’t expect anyone to be selling them, and best of all, they had eveything I wanted and more (I had to stop myself from emptying the stall). So I created a little card, which was so fun to do, and has found a home already!

I used Lawn Fawn Rooting For You, Stitched Hillside Borders and Puffy Clouds. For the background, Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw Distress Inks. The earth I used Ground Espresso and Gather Twigs. A little Tumbled Glass for the clouds. Dew Drop Memento inks for the veggies and the Misti tool to get the stamping right, just pure fun with these little veggies! The envelopes were some I got from Papermill and they are really good quality 136 gsm envelopes 146 mm x 146mm sq and I stamped them with this beautiful Just For You stamps to personalise. Inside greeting stamped with Clarity Letterbox.

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Next I had a birthday card to make and I used the Visible Image stamps, Universal, Ink Splats and Jazz It Up. The word stamps are Paper Smooches Slang Gang.

Well that’s it for now crafters, got to go do housework, I know, I know but a  girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

Thanks for dropping in, hope to see you soon 🙂

Hugs

Kim x

 

 

A Little Fairy Magic!

Hello Crafters

Just a quick pop in today, been so busy, not had a chance to sit down and have a chat with you, so today I was determined to pop in with a little project I did a little while ago, so here goes!

Probably like most of you, I do love Clarity Stamps, and my favourites are the Word Chains and Wee Fairies. I also used Prickly Shrubs by Inkylicious, another favourite. So using these and Tim Holtz distress pads, I made the background with Dusty Concord, Chipped Sappire, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet. To give it that starry look, I simply spritzed with a fine spritzer and then blotted with paper towel, but try to use plain towel or it may leave the pattern on the paper. Unfortunately, you can’t see the sparkle, but I got the moon to look like this with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, it picked up a little of the black ink and then I moved it around and it created a grey hue which sparkles. I also sparkled the Fairy wings, birds, flowers and various other bits.

So turned out just as I pictured, and loved the stamping, it was one of those ‘creative days’ and I made others too, that I will share with you on another day.

That’s it for now, so take care and happy crafting.

Hugs

Kim xxx