Fairy Aunt

Hello Crafters

Well I’m still a little shocked with what’s going on outside! Today I experienced sleeting snow, hailstones, freezing fingers and soaked to the skin rain……Southend?….. more like Siberia! I know we are suppose to be experiencing April showers but plllleeeeaaaasssseeee…………………………..! I am off shortly on our first holiday in years so can I just order a little sunshine and warmth, just a few little days in Somerset with s-u-n please!

Oh well (sighs deeply) I live in hope but till then I have a happy card to share with you. It’s my Aunt’s birthday soon, so I wanted something clean and refreshing, and I think I achieved that here.

These beautiful little fairies Mr Kim found by accident in The Range, and they are only about 4.5 cm tall but they are exquisite and cut like a dream and come with tiny flowers and butterfly. There is a little fairy door and a couple of other bits and all £1.99 each, I know, amazing. I have trained Mr Kim to spot a die from a mile away, and these were hidden right on the lowest shelf almost on the floor, in a small box. I tried to search for them online but couldn’t find them so I took a shot for you of what I have.

They are so sweet! Anyway back to the card. Took a while but feel it was worth it.

Items Used:

It really was a case of matt and layer all the way through, and I set the theme around the fact that I wanted the Fairy to sit on the flower, and the rest grew from there. I framed the scene with first the stitched rectangle and then the scalloped rectangle. Lightly edging some of the elements allowed it to stand out as I wanted to keep the theme all white with a hint of colour. I used the sparkle pens on the fairies for added texture.

Well that’s it folks. I hope to pop in with some pictures of our travels shortly, so until then, have wonderful crafty days.

Hugs

Kim x

Gearing Up!

Hello Crafters

Hope the little bit of warm weather has made us all feel a bit brighter, and although Mr Frosty is trying hard to creep back in, ignore him the next few days, Mr Rain also wants to make an appearance but I just think the flowers need to be watered and it’s much easier to do it all at once instead of separately!

I’m a little late this week, just didn’t seem to stop all weekend, and I am still trying to scrapbook, and I am getting there and can’t wait to share it with you, so working my little fingers to the bone to hopefully proudly display this work of art……

For now though I have made a card, which was conjured up whilst I slumbered, and was woken up with the idea and had an overwhelming urge (don’t get them much these days), to bolt into the card room and as they say ‘Get It Down‘. Weird how my brain actually thought about everything, who says we don’t dream in colour!

I must admit I do like this abstract style of card, and the theme running in my head was metal colours hence the blue grey look.

Items Used:

The paper is 160 gsm so wasn’t very thick, but I used 2mm foam tape on the outside and inside edge of the frame which made it nice and solid.

I was so pleased with the finished item, as it was better than what I had in my mind’s eye. Still wondering what I was thinking about to wake up with this image…..maybe I was a mechanical engineer in my last life!

Happy crafting

Hugs

Kim x

Playing with Hunkydory

Hello Crafters

Hope your week is going well, I know the weekend went way to quick, and I for one didn’t want to go back to work, but if we want to buy nice things, we have to have this sinful stuff called money, wonga, wedge, wads, whatever terminology you wish to use, unfortunately we need it, and I am still looking for the tree Mum was always talking about……..you know, when she use to say ‘And do you expect me to go pick the money off the trees……….?’

While I was off on Good Friday, I seem to have boundless energy (could do with some of that right now), I was like a woman possessed, we did so much that day, and then in the afternoon I managed to get in my craft room. Didn’t plan it, something just grabbed me in there and wouldn’t let me out until I had ‘performed’! I think it was my CBB fault (Craft Buddy Bestie) as she sent me some pictures of what she had made with her Hunkydory stash, and it was beautiful, which got right in that ol’ brain of mine. It must be the guilt of knowing I had bought something recently and not used it.

I purchased the Deco Shimmer pack, it was on special as a member, and there is no doubt it was a beautiful pack, but just hadn’t got round to doing anything with it, so Good Friday was obviously the day of reckoning. Here’s what I made:

KSC - Deco Shimmer Apr 17 (1)

There were a lot of items in this pack, and what you see here took about 2 1/2 hours. It consists of:

  1. Writing Pack – you can make your own writing set, and in this pack they gave you the case and the matching paper pack to go with it, but you need to make up the envelopes (another job to do!)

     

  2. Cards that incorporate bookmarks – these are my favourites and look stunning.

    I added a second sentiment and picture to the back of the bookmark, but you don’t have to, you can keep them and make another card out of them.

  3. Twisted Accordion Card – Now I’m not to sure on this one, took the longest out of all of them, and although I followed the instructions, I wasn’t keen on how it finished up. I only made one of the 4 you get, but will do it my way next time.

    I personally think the gold covered card panel should be on the outside, but the way they showed you how to make it was with it on the inside, I will swap that when I make the rest. Personal choice though I think, but still beautiful.

    The pack still included lots of gold foiled card bases, loads of foil embossed toppers, decoupage and other toppers that I have yet to play with. They were just so beautiful I had to share.

Well enjoy the rest of your week, I’m off to research some more scrapbooking bits, having a bit of nightmare with my current project!

Hugs

Kim x

Happy Easter!

Hello Crafters

Just popping in to wish you all a very Happy Easter, and hope you haven’t nibbled all the chocolate eggs yet 🙂 I was lucky enough to have been invited to my son and daughter-in-laws for a lovely roast, in their new home, and I’d been looking forward to it for ages, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and so did Will, who had roast chicken for dinner too.

I must admit that Easter is not a thing I usually do much about, other than for the grandchildren, but this year, I made extra special effort, so the children could have something to receive in the post, instead of just giving them an egg. We have 5 grandchildren between us, ranging from 13 to 2, so I stuck with an easy theme of making Easter boxes with treats in and a little money so they could treat themselves.

This morning we received a video of the youngest Easter Egg hunt, and I laughed when she came across the little box I made her, as she put the little kinder eggs on the floor and kept the box with the chick in! That really made me smile, and I take that as a compliment that my box was better than chocolate 🙂 Here it is:

This was made with the new Lawn Fawn Fancy Box, which I love, using acetate for the window, and the chicken was from Mama Elephant Lunar Animals, coloured using Spectrum Noir Alcohol pens, bigger piccy for all those chicken lovers out there!

The elder boys I decided to just make a large milk carton style bag that I measured and made with my Hougie Board but used the window die from the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box to make a window. Then filled each one with a packet of mini eggs and hid the money inside (another version of short egg hunt) I didn’t use any acetate, just glued a chick in the window.

The windows that were cut out, I used as tags, and put their names on using Memory Box Alphabet Soup Upper & Lower Case Dies, just love this font as it’s exactly the right size. Believe it or not I used all my scrap letters I save in a little box, and just cut the odd one I needed to make the complete name.

Lastly, I made a box to accommodate the final Easter Egg Packet as it was a different shape to the others, again I  worked the measurements out myself and made the box with the Hougie Board, and cut the top back lid flap with  X-cut Corner Rounder & Woodware 1 1/2 ” circle punch I used for the thumb hole to open on the lid.

Cut the centre out with the same die, and then assembled the box, inserted tissue inside so it didn’t move around, then added a couple of little chicks.

So that’s it folks, hope you had a great time today, just relaxing or crafting, as long as it made you smile.

Hugs

Kim x

 

Birthday Time!

Hello Crafters

Hope all is good in your world and that life is making you smile…..’cos frowning makes wrinkles, and we do not want them now do we!

Just a  quick pop in to share with you a card I made a little while ago, when I hadn’t long discovered the world of Lawn Fawn ( Goodness help me, I haven’t escape since :o, seriously haven’t tried though)

It was a family members birthday and I remember coming home and thinking Yikes! need to post that tomorrow, and it had been a cruelling day in the office too, so I just knuckled down, and this is what I came up with.

I think I finally finished at midnight but had a huge sense of satisfaction that I had actually done it at all.

Here’s the things I used:

Quite surprised that it all lined up and only a tiny smidge of ink in one spot, so very proud of myself on that day!

What makes are you proud of? I would love to see them.

Well have a great week and I will see you soon.

Hugs

Kim x

Happy Birthday Bruv!

Hello Crafters

Well what a lovely weekend it has been, glorious sunshine, and I received happy news from both my children, (no I’m not going to be a nanny again), just life battles finally being won!

It was also my brothers birthday, and however much he tried to ignore the fact, he couldn’t stop it happening, as I am sure many of us try to, so I wanted a simple quirky card to give him something to smile about (can’t do anything about the age thing though dear brother, and if you keep asking me to get my witches cauldron out and mix you a youth serum, I will turn you into a fat hairy toad!)

To be really honest, it was one of those, ‘should only take 5 minutes’ that turned into an hour, as my initial idea didn’t go to plan, so improvisation took a bow, and we ended up with this, which I really sort of like, and the more I saw it, the more I liked it.

All made with scraps of card that I can’t bear to throw away. The sentiments were both from Woodware – Birthday Moves, these have been invaluable since I bought them, and the other sentiment is a large clear stamp from Honeydoo, perfect for the inside. The ‘brother’ sentiment is from Cheery Lynn Design, cut twice once is dark blue card, one in blue fun foam and stuck together with a quickie glue pen. This was stuck on the MFT Die-namics Stax Stitched Fishtail Flag.

Well that’s it for now, hope the sun has shined gloriously on you all.

Have a lovely week.

Hugs

Kim x

 

Blue Sky Tag Award

Hello Crafters

A quick pop in today as my lovely friend Mrs Cobs has nominated me for this award! My do I feel honoured – Thank You Cobs! You should pop over and see her blog The Cobweborium Emporium. She is a super talented lady, with an amazing ability to tell a story that will have you laughing and crying at the same time, and always an interesting fact to tell too!

So I’ve been asked these questions and I will try my best to answer:

Question 1: When the crafting bug bit you what was the first thing you made which gave you a sense of joy when you looked at your creation?

It was a wedding card. I was invited to a wedding with my friend who had recently separated from her husband, and she was finding it hard to go to places on her own, so I went along to hold her hand, but also to keep her away from the wine (bless her as she had developed a healthy interest in it)! It was around 6 years ago now, but I believe she still has it in her keepsake box (The bride I mean, not my friends empty wine bottle!) I remember feeling so proud of these few little pieces of embossed shiny card stuck on a gatefold card with a few wedding toppers and tied with silk ribbon. Felt so professional. That was in the days when I could fit my whole craft stash in a small plastic holdall, now I’m having to move house cos I have filled every space!!!

Question 2: Do you drive anyone in your family crazy with your crafting?

Well I cannot tell a lie, Mr Kim just doesn’t know what to do with me anymore! When we first met, I wouldn’t spend anything unless I was absolutely sure I would put it to good use. After we had been together a year, he bought me an eBosser, to help me make my sons wedding invitations, but then he said those immortal words (picture the scene), when my heart sang, the birds chirped and the sun streamed through and shone down on him and he reminds me at every opportunity – ‘Go on, treat yourself’ he said ‘You never buy yourself anything’………3 years later I haven’t stopped yet! His famous words now are ‘What you ordered now!’ 🙂

Question 3: Do you buy anyone else’s hand crafted items, and if so, what is that item likely to be?

Wherever we go, which isn’t often, I like to go to those arty crafty Aladdin’s Cave never know what you’ll find type of place, and always seem to find hand crafted cards and goods. I usually end up buying something for my craft room that I will use over and over again, then I always have a memory of where I have been and it makes you think of the time you were there, whenever you see it. It still amazes me at all the talent there is out there to find.

Question 4: I have no doubt that you craft for other people … but do you ever make anything for yourself?  And if so … what things have you made for yourself?

Now this is so easy to answer, quite simply, boxes! We all know I have a thing for them, and I have made a couple of storage boxes to keep my embossing folders in, and have bought MDF storage ideas and decorated them but cards? decorative boxes? Thought never even crossed my mind!

Finally, Question 5: Do you sell your items, and  … Where do you sell them?

Thank goodness I hear you say! Yes I do but usually only for what it costs to make it and it is always by word of mouth but I am in the process of trying to get enough together to start an online shop, and sell goods along side so it will be a sort of serious hobby turned happy job life, if you get my drift. I am happiest and most relaxed when crafting, and I have decided to make a lifestyle change so I can be a happy bunny every day…….so please keep your eyes peeled for hopefully won’t be long before http://www.kimstylescards.com will be a shop!

Thank you once again Cobs for your nomination, I hope I am worthy.

Now I choose the following 5 people for this award each for their own unique talent:

  1. Paperpuff
  2. A Little Crafting Time
  3. The House of Cards
  4. libleycraftsblog

  5. Kayte’s Krafts

All of these people have such wonderful unique skills, so please pop over and see their blogs.

Now please answer the 5 questions below:

  1. How much of an impact did crafting make in your life?
  2. What was your proudest moment of creation?
  3. Who inspired you in your world of craft the most?
  4. If you could choose one craft, what would you specialise in?
  5. When you purchase an item, what do you consider before you buy (other than the bank balance)?

Thank you for visiting and see you soon

Hugs

Kim x