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Perfectly Vintage!

Hello Crafters

Nobody would ever believe that we are suppose to be in the sunny season, but at least here in Southend, we didn’t get any of that nasty wet stuff we were suppose to get yesterday, and today I was out in the garden all morning, planting all the bedding plants and hanging baskets, and I must say they look a treat! Can’t wait for them to bush out and bloom, and I will put a picture on here when they do! 🙂

Yesterday in amongst cooking and cleaning, and walking to the allottment plant sale with my little buddy, I did manage to make a couple of cards, but the first card I made, I am still not a hundred percent if I like it (oh yes, one of those sessions)!

Here it is, see what you think:

I stamped the lighthouse image and coloured it in, cut it out using Creative Expressions Tessa Frames & Tags, then make the background using the rope background card from Nautical Rose by The Range, mounted to navy blue card. Mount to white base card.

Inside I stamped onto white card Creative Expressions – Tessa’s Anchors Away stamp, with Majestic Blue Versafine Ink, then mount to silver edge navy card. Follow same as above to finish. Die cut the ship using Marianne Boats & Cars Die, once cut, leave the card in the die and colour the sails with Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky, the hull of the boat coloured with Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.

So not happy with this, I put it away for another day, and started on the next one, and this one I was happy with. I do love the Vintage -Trio Stamps from Lily of The Valley, and they are fun to colour too.

One of the most useful dies I have bought has been these MFT Dienamics Stitched Fishtail Banners, and the Stitched Tags. I used lots of off cuts of card I had and just layered until I was happy. Great way to use up scraps, ‘cos we all know we can’t throw that piece of card away, as it will come in handy! Point Proved 🙂 To finish I used Glossy accents on little bits of the coloured in image, think you can just see it.

Anyway, think you can say, that card is now done!

Well must dash, lots to do before bedtime, and then off to work we go, hi-ho hi-ho


Kim x


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Fun With Childrens Cards!

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Yes I have been having the greatest time playing with colouring and tiny die cutting! I truly have been completely taken by Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant stamping and die cutting, and it is just so much FUN! Problem is I want them all and believe me there are a load to choose from.

Above is a set of stamps with matching dies called Little Bundle from Lawn Fawn, and the whole time I was playing with them, they just made me smile 🙂 The beauty of these are that you can not only do so much with them, but you don’t need a large die cutter either. I have a Bosskut, and it’s so quick and easy to use. You have all your parts cut out in no time. The colouring takes longer, but that’s fun because you are only held back by your imagination.

Here’s another version for a little boy:

I like this one more, as I made a sky background with this, and used parchment for clouds, so it looks a lot fuller and more picturesque. On both of these cards I have used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens and a clear Glitter pen, but you can’t see the sparkle in the pictures (try as I might to capture it). I also love the dies that make the scene, i.e. puffy clouds die, Grass die, etc and there are a few different brands to choose from My Favourite Things, Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant to name a few, but they all do the same thing, you just have to have a look round and see what suits you.

Next I had a couple of birthdays for children coming up, so yet another excuse to play! Yesterday I made these two cards, and the Fairy Freinds card is a shaker card:

I must admit, the colouring took a while, but it was so worth it! My other half bought these for my birthday present and I have only just got the time to have a play, but I can assure you it won’t be the last! The inside of the card I have turned into a money slot with the aid of My Favourite Things Dienamics Card Grooves, originally to help hold gift cards, but it makes the perfect slot for money. The Gifting Fun stamps have useful sayings, and will really come in handy for Christmas too!

Here the Tiny Heroes are in action with their friends. All these scenes I have used Distress Inks to make the background colours. Here the greeting  stamp used was Paper Smooches Slang Gang.

All these dies or majority of them, come from UK – Seven Hills Crafts Store. They only sell American dies, but their service is next to none, and deliver very quickly. They seem to take note if you ask them to let you know when a die is back in stock, and order it in, so I highly recommend them.

I hope you enjoy all these little people, appearing all over your screens. If you like colouring, my guess is you will love these.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x

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Birthday Boy!

Hello Crafters

Have you been enjoying this wonderful sunshine? I couldn’t resist going outside and gardening, my craft room was saying ‘pick me, pick me’, but I had to go outside and enjoy the warmth. It was well worth it, as the garden looks fantastic, and of course, my other half enjoys me invading his territory for a while!

Here’s the rockery that we have just started, and as we find bigger and better rocks, we shall build it up, and we edged all the lawn and hopefully in the next couple of weeks, the mess of wood at the back will become a shed! So spring has sprung and so have we!

I have been crafting though, and I enjoyed every minute, this time for my nephew’s birthday. Just wanted something clean and simple, so that was exactly what I ended up with. I love these Stampin’ Up The Open Sea stamps. I use them quite often, think they have been retired now. The numbers are Spellbinders Victorian Numbers. The clock is Marianne Clock, and the background sheet is from The Range – Craft Sensations Some Memories – brilliant value and such good quality.


My next card was again another bereavement, just seems no end at the moment, so I have made another sympathy card. This was using Spellbinders Victorian Corners, Heirloom Oval, Grand Decorative Ovals (Discontinued), Paper from Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters, one of my favourites. The stamps are from Justrite Caring Thoughts.

Well that’s all for today, but I will be back next weekend, with hopefully some fun makes.

Have a lovely evening


Kim x