Ladies Day

Hello Crafters

Just a quick pop in as I have been so busy, enjoying spending time with my eldest, it was his birthday this weekend, so we went out to town for the day, and I bought him some clothes that he wanted. We had a lovely Slimming World syn free dinner, which filled us all to the tips of our toes! Who said you have to starve on a diet? Believe you me, I eat more now than I have ever done! Wonderful recipes and you really cannot tell that they belong to a  no fat  group!!

All in all we had a lovely weekend, and the weather held up too. As you probably can guess, I didn’t get any crafting done, but I have a card to show you from a couple of weeks ago.

This started by stamping the lovely new Tonic Ladies Day stamp. At first I just wanted to see how I could colour her with the Spectrum Noir Pens, but she looked so pretty when I finished, I had to give her a home, and using Inkylicious Spring Awakening and Trailing Vines, I created a background using Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Shabby Shutters distress inks, and a mask to keep the bottom clean.Once dry, I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then the sentiments were from Justrite Forever Friends. The inside greeting was stamped onto die cuts from Spellbinders Label Thirty Four and Fourty Nine.

She looks quite a sassy lady, and I am sure we all have one of her inside us bursting to come out 🙂

Hope you all have a lovely week.

Bye for now


Kim x

Playing with Parchment

Hello Crafters

She Sells Parchment (3)

Just a quick drop in tonight, as it has been a very busy day, with it being Dad’s day, and having family round. It’s always good to catch up and enjoy family company., but that means that I haven’t got as much time as I would have liked to spend with you!

So what have you all been up to? I had a project planned to share with you but it didn’t get received by the recipient yet, so don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I will share with you next time, so today there is some little projects I have been trying out.

A few years ago I was busy with making Parchment cribs, which use to take at least 5 days of hard graft, although they did look beautiful when finished,

but that was done by mapping out the pattern with a white pen, and then embossing and shading with the parchment tools, but Clarity has now bought out the Groovi system, that takes all the fussy mapping and pattern tracing away, and leaves you the fun bit of just creating.

So I have been dabbling and playing with the Groovi board, and I followed the directions to make my first…..

Groovi Daisies (2)

…then took inspiration from that and tried again….

She Sells Parchment (2)

…then went it alone (I know, so brave!), and here it is…..

Green Wren Parchment (1)

They are not a quick fix idea, but every single one will be different, and it certainly is a relaxing way to spend an evening…(and get away from the football and the EU discussions!)

So all in all I was quite pleased, here’s a few mix and match of them…

I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening, and all those dad’s have a wonderful loved feeling tonight! In a couple of  weeks I have something very special lined up and can’t wait to share!

See you soon


Kim x

Happy Birthday Son!

Hello Crafters

What have you been upto recently? As promised I have returned to show you the card I made for my sons birthday, can’t believe my youngest is 33 already….where did that go!!!!

Son's birthday 2016 (1)

Kim Styles Cards

I was bored with the usual things, so I stood looking at the dies to see which caught my eye, and I spotted an old favourite and thought, “haven’t used this for a while”, so out it came for an airing. I love these Spellbinders feathers and they are so versatile in that you can colour and stamp them to make them your own and the deep embossing is still visible. I used the twisted citron, tumbled glass, chipped shappire and cracked pistachio distress inks and loved the colour combo. I used John Bloodworth stamps for the spots on the feathers with picket fence distress ink and tuxedo black memento. Using the same distress ink colours, I stamped a background with Gorgeous Grunge Stampin’ Up stamps. I used some scrap off cuts for the fishtail banners and stamped with Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings and the ‘son’ stamp is no longer available as Waltzingmouse Stamps has now closed (Such a pity). I glittered the ‘Son’ with Lime Green stickles.

The inside I used the same distress inks and made some smaller feathers, and the greeting is Phil Martin Decadent Damask. The tags are by Die-namics Stitched Tags. The background stamps are all Gorgeous Grunge and John Bloodworth.

So there you have it folks.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x

Birthday Time!

Hello Crafters

Hope the sunshine has reached you all today, and it has raised your spirits and given you the feel good factor, heaven knows we could all do with a large dose of that!

Today I would like to share a couple of cards with you, both took a while to create, but I believe they are always the better ones, most of the time 🙂

This card was made using a few of my favourite dies, the Heartfelt Creations Aster Die, I haven’t got a stamp, I just used Spectrum Noir Pens for the shading, Heartfelt Creations Ariana Die and Stamp, Creative Expressions Stitched Lattice Frames, Tonic Royal Fern, and Cheery Lynn Fishtail Banners for the greeting. The card was from Papermill Crafts and The Range. The Stitched Lattice Frames are lovely and they will make many a card in the future I am sure, and I have my eye on the other two in the Shadow Box collection, but I must be good!

The next card was one for my Nephew, and I hope he liked it. I felt for some strange reason, I wanted some drama, so I went for a bit of dynamic in this one. I wanted the illusion of the car bursting out of the card!

This was made using Spellbinders Delicate Doilies Die, Memory Box Antique Gears Die, Poppy Stamps Happy Birtthday Die, and Woodware Stamps for inside greeting. The background was made using distress inks and Visible Image stamp Pocket Watches, which I think has been discontinued. The corner stamps were from Justrite What I Like About You set. For some of the background I also used stamps by John Bloodworth – amazing stamps – you can do so much woth them. I did spray Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Mist to give it a shimmer.

Well that’s it for now, I hope to share a lovely card next week, with you, one I made for my son.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and may this sunshine, warm your hearts 🙂


Kim x



Hello Crafters

I simply had to pop in and let you know that I have been nominated by a lovely lady forthe Infinity Craft Award and her website is The Cobweborium, you can find her site here

infinity-dreams blog-award

The rules for the Infinity Dreams Award

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back.
  2. Post the award badge and rules.
  3. Tell 11 facts about yourself.
  4. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  5. Nominate 11 other bloggers and set questions for them.

No 1 and No 2 are easy, now to write a novel 🙂

  1. I was born in Tottenham, London during the swinging 60’s but apparently I was a surprise that wasn’t planned!
  2. I have 2 sons, who I love dearly, and would not be without, despite the fact that at times, they certainly tested the mothering bond!
  3. I have 2 twin grandsons who I adore but don’t get to see as much as I would like, but they say distance makes the heart grow fonder…..
  4. I have never really settled anywhere, as I have yet to find the place called home, and have never lived anywhere very long
  5. Arts and crafts have always featured in my life, as my Mum was very craft orientated herself, and passed on her wonderful skills to me!
  6. Cardmaking is my greatest love, but I love cooking, gardening and photography too.
  7. I love my family and don’t spend enough time with them.
  8. My little friend Will brightens my day and makes me laugh, he’s such a diva sometimes.
  9. I am lucky to have a good man in my life who supports my card making impulse buys and suffers me chatting about it!
  10. I am a workaholic who throws themself into whatever I am doing – literally!
  11. Oh dear, I’m stuck…..Oh yes, I have always wanted to go to Canada, and recently searching my ancestry, I believe there is a link, so maybe the blood line is calling!

Thank goodness for that! Didn’t think I was going to make the whole 11.

Here we go then Cobs….you asked the following:

    1. Excluding people and pets:  What’s the prized possession you value above all others? Possessions mean very little to be honest, but if I have to choose it would be my car, as it was once the only thing that kept me off the streets and a roof above my head, and ten years on I still have her, and I am proud of how far I managed to come.
    2. The biggest regret you wish you could amend? Not spending more time with the family members that are no longer here. One blink and everything changes.
    3. The book which holds an ever-lasting resonance? Now don’t laugh, but I love Famous Five and the spirit of adventure, read them all by the time I was 10!
    4. The temptation you wish you could resist? I am exceptionally disciplined so I can resist almost anything, but crafting goodies seems to be my weak spot at the moment!
    5. The pet hate which makes your hackles rise? People who do not know the Highway Code….please do not go there, it may me dangerous!!!
    6. The film you could watch time and time again? Very simple…. What Woman Want….superbly funny and so well acted.
    7. The song which means something to you?  (or one of the songs if you have a few) We lost our brother in 1974 two weeks after my birthday, he was aged just 19, and the song I still find hard to listen to is Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks.
    8. The unfulfilled ambition which continues to ‘haunt’ you? I so want to run my own business, I know I can do this!!!
    9. I’ve just given you an invisibility cloak.  The magic lasts for just 6 hours.  What are you going to do while you’re invisible? Ohhhhh…..I would love to find out all the new crafty things that are being kept a secret that will change our craft rooms forever.
    10. Excluding a lottery win:  The prize you’d love to win for yourself? A country cottage with views to die for and the biggest bestest craft room ever!
    11. Looking to the left of where you’re seated now, what’s the first thing you see? Other than a brick wall? A piece of art work my brother gave me for my birthday that I keep meaning to get framed!

Bloomin heck Cobs, you made the grey matter sweat a bit there!

So now for the final chapter, who will I nominate?

Well let’s see…..

Florence and Freddie Part 2

Angela’s Craft Hut

J R Crafts

Crafting Cottage

Ellie’s Cupboard

Here are your questions, should you choose to accept the mission…..

  1. What’s your happiest memory?
  2. What country would you most like to visit?
  3. What skill would you most like to possess?
  4. What 1 thing would you change about yourself?
  5. What period of time would you like to have lived in?
  6. What craft skill do you want to master?
  7. What would you change in your life?
  8. What one thing could you not live without in your craft room?
  9. What craft die is your favourite?
  10. What animal do you wish you could spend time with?
  11. Where in the world would you live if you had the choice?

Ok…I’m done…..I think!

Good Luck everyone!


Kim x