Gorjuss Birthday Girl

Hello Crafters

Oh my feels like the summer of ’76 all over again, what a bloomin’ scorcher! Don’t know where to put myself and it is still darn hot at 7.30pm and I got to do the ironing, but I am sure that Poldark will help me get through it….

Today was Mr Kim’s daughters birthday so I made a little card with a die that my ‘bestest craft buddy’ bought me, and I have only just had the chance to play. It was one of the Gorjuss Girls called appropriately ‘The Little Friend’ and I must admit I struggle with cards like this, so it took a while to reach the end. I knew I wanted the central figure but was flummoxed as to what to put behind. Well see what you think anyway…..

These dies come with sheets of paper so you can use it right out the packet. I did watch a video from you tube before I assembled her and glad I did as it gave a few good tips. As she is put together in layers, I coloured her face and arms with Spectrum Noir as the base was white, and this video mentioned colouring the edges around her hair and skin so you cannot see the layers, and it was a great tip, looks much better when assembled.

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Ok can’t put it off any longer, got to go do that ironing pile, sure it’s got bigger while I’ve been sat here……

Have a lovely week, and to all those who recently joined me, thank you so much for visiting, I appreciate everyone of you, and hope you gain inspiration from my ramblings with a lot of smiles.

Hugs

Kim x

 

Mexican Skull Card

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Well it truly has been a busy week, one of which I am glad to forget but, I have had a few hours where I got lost in creativity to lift my mood and I loved the results, and I am so glad to be able to share this one with you today.

Mr Kim’s daughter-in-law has her birthday today, and hopefully she has received this card by now as she loves Mexican Skulls and I saw the die whilst I was shopping in The Range and couldn’t resist! However I did need a good reason to purchase those stitched flowers and I think this is as good a reason as any!

What is a Mexican Skull?

Calavera (Spanish) – The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day

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I was thinking about this for days before I made it, and I woke up with this imagine for the card, and it flew together.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, and please remember your sun screen, it looks like it will be a scorcher 🙂

Hugs

Kim x

 

Sunshine & Flowers!

Hello Crafters

What a wonderful Sunday it has been, warmth for everyone to enjoy, and I hope you have had a lovely day.

It has been pretty busy here, I have been baking cupcakes, making a skirt and dress (doesn’t look much here but looks smashing on), card making and long walks with our little lad and a home grooming session, as well as catching up with family, and all while starting to arrange the house sale!

I can’t share the cards with you until next weekend but I have a few pictures of the garden and our little lad, so I am going to keep you in suspenders on the cards until then.

The story of our little lad is that we were attending regularly a groomers near our home, and it was great, but the main groomer has just had a baby and gone on maternity and she left her mum and an apprentice to take appointments, which are now a minimum wait of 9 weeks (by which time little lad looks like Chewbacca!)

I gave him to the young girl and said ‘As it will be a while please cut him a little shorter but everything the same as last time please’

‘Okay, that’s fine’ was the reply.

Mr Kim collected him for me, and he said ‘As soon as I saw him, I knew it weren’t right’, so he walked in and I just looked, you know the one where your heart sinks to the floor!

We were told sometime ago never to cut his coat on the back, as it would remove the colour, and it would never grow the same again, advice I heeded for 2 years might I add. He was always cut on his rear end (as it would become the best fishing net ever), his tail trimmed (to avoid him tripping over it), his legs and paws (so they didn’t become the bestest mop in the world, bless him, they are so short!), and his bib (so he stopped his impersonation of a gorilla), so all round the bottom, and trim the sides (to stop him looking like Dougal from the Magic Roundabout)! Imagine my horror when I saw him, and they had done EXACTLY the opposite, cut all the back and left the bottom………I could have cried. I couldn’t even take photos of him. So Mr Kim was speaking to his customer, telling her about what happened, and noticed the groomer who was there  and she stated that she had used her for years and she comes to your house, and Mr Kim said how good she was with the doggy woggy and I said ‘Ok, can’t get any worse and we need to fix the mess before Will becomes depressed!’, so Wednesday came the knock at the door, and I peeked out and thought, ‘Hey, I know that face!’ I answered the door to find our new groomer was in fact a lovely lady I meet regularly at a favourite walking spot!

She confirmed my fears that they have in fact ruined his coat, and she will do the best she can to put it right, but it will take a few cuts, and I am so pleased with all she did, I can now take a photo. It was a lovely afternoon of chat and recovery and here he is:

The first picture is the before picture, you can see the beautiful long layers on top, this is what he looks like now AFTER Rea managed to get some order, you wouldn’t believe the before, honestly! That’s only one rant I have, but it’s enough for now.

To end on a brighter note, the garden is amazing, full of colour, so I took some photos for you to make you smile

The thing that made me smile most was that yellow rose, planted in memory of mum, and it’s the first ever bloom, isn’t it beautiful 🙂

Have a lovely week, and thank you for reading my rant, it’s you people that keep me going when life gets hard.

Have a beautiful week people

Hugs

Kim x

Splatter Birthday!

Hello Crafters

How’s this week going, and whoever switched off the sunshine kindly change the fuse and put in back on this instant! Sometimes feels like we are living in another universe doesn’t it, and try as I might folks to get my perfect weather solution into practice, my idea of rain all night and sunshine all day, is just not reaching the ears of the one’s in charge obviously! I’ll keep trying, honestly!!!

Today I thought I would share my nephew’s card, as I hope he has got it by now.

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This was very quick and simple card with a little experimental stamping thrown in. I loved the way the colour splatters were bright and cheerful and didn’t want to hide them with a sentiment, so I stamped onto acetate with Black Stazon ink, and it worked a treat.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

Hugs

Kim x

Devine Floral Birthday!

Hello Crafters

Hope your weekend has been full and happy. Ours has been a very busy one, in fact I don’t think we have had much chance to breathe let alone anything else.

On Saturday we had a lovely morning shopping in town and before that we went to our local tea rooms for a little breakfast start, as Mr Kim needed sustenance before he was dragged around the shops. Quaint vintage feel place with great food and wonderful service for reasonable cost. Thoroughly enjoyable so if you are in the area visit Remedy Tea Rooms. We then set off to get bits and bobs, namely clothes that fit for me as my Boss said I looked like a ‘down and out’ in my clothes that were too big for me!

Once home we then literally dropped everything got ready, changed and off to my nephews 40th barbecue and my sister-in-laws birthday too. It was a lovely afternoon catching up with everyone.

For my sister-in-laws birthday I made the Hunkydory Note-lets Set, as she does a lot of handwritten notes for her son’s charity The Aaron Lewis Foundation Charity, so I knew it would come in handy, and here is the card I made:

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I must admit the colour of this ribbon is really beautiful and it matched the distress ink Tumbled Glass edges perfectly.

Well that’s it for me, got to go make some scones for it’s not home without a cake in the house!

Have a lovely week

Hugs

Kim x

Happy Birthday Son!

Hello Crafters

How has your week been? It was back to the grind stone for most I expect and I still found myself longing for the weekend at 9.01 am Tuesday morning! Mum would always say ‘Stop wishing your life away’, but I just love creating and work gets in the way  A-L-L T-H-E  T-I-M-E!

Anyway, a quick share today as it is late (never enough hours in a day) and I just wanted to show you my son’s card. I bought these stamps and dies especially for this but they are fun and easy to colour and I know I will use them over and over.

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  1. My Favourite Thing – Recipe For Happiness Stamp & Die
  2. Memory Box – Alphabet Soup Uppercase
  3. Magazine Die – Star Frames 7
  4. Lawn Fawn – Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle & Square
  5. Justrite – Bokeh Polka Dots
  6. Woodware – Birthday Moves

At first I was only going to use one of the chef images but I couldn’t choose between them and then just decided to use them all! Although My Favourite Things Stamps and dies tend to be a bit pricey (I believe that is due to import costs – Yes, Mr Taxman, guilty as charged!) I do like the quality and theme of their products, would have a lot more if I could!

Well that’s it for now, enjoy the rest of your week and not long to the weekend, THAT is always a happy thought (sympathise for those that have to work though), but whatever you are doing – enjoy 🙂

Hugs

Kim x