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Fairy Exploding Box

Hello Crafters

How has you’re weekend been so far? Well this weekend has felt like I’ve been on a cyber ride running along at 200 miles an hour, I’m positive it was Friday afternoon 5 mintues ago, so where it’s gone I do not know…..if you see a Friday evening whizz past, chased by Saturday and followed by a rapid Sunday, can you trip them up please and send them back!

It has been a lovely journey though, as Friday saw the arrival of my friend’s birthday, and I couldn’t wait to give her the very special gift I had prepared for her, not a card but a box, and you all know I love making my boxes. This one saw the start a while ago, when I made some wonderful columns out of ordinary white card, and done my best to make them look like ruins, which I am proud to say I think they do but that is for you to decide in a moment when I give you the Exploding Fairy Box.

Now this box took 7 dedicated hours of painting, colouring, stamping, distressing and building, and I enjoyed every single minute, being lost in the world of Fairy Folk! No ordinary Fairies, but tiny little fairies that require only a box to live in.

I made a base box, and the instructions for this can be found on my other blog post. Remember that each box I make is different depending on what height is needed to accommodate all of the pieces.

The majority of the images were Lawn Fawns Fairy Friends stamp and dies, Puffy Clouds die, Lawn Fawn Forest Border, Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Border Die, Mama Elephant Grassy Trio, Creative Expressions Trailing Ivy, Spellbinders Curved Square & Decorative Curved Square. I think that’s it! The columns were entirely made by me with no die just my imagination! (There is a brain in there somewhere lol!).

Saturday appeared and this was my once a year card glass with a lovely group of ladies from Great Wakering, and we spent a few hours together making cards, which really flew by, but it was a lovely day, and we even had some lovely new faces too! I am considering having an evening card sessions once a month at home to see if I could actually make this a regular thing, and help others learn new things, so I was inspired by these lovely ladies.

Sunday was Mr Kim’s birthday, and we went for a birthday meal at Toby, with a few family members, so that was great too. I was very good and didn’t have too many things I shouldn’t, but I think Mr Kim had a bit too much, but that is what birthdays are all about!

So all in all, a really lovely weekend with lots of lovely people! I am feeling truly blessed to know so many wonderful people 🙂

Here’s wishing you a happy week ahead.

Hugs

Kim x

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Under The Sea!

Hello Crafters

Under The Sea Box (1)
Kim Styles Card|Under The Sea

Well a couple of weeks ago I promised to share something special with you. I recently met a lovely lady who is a nurse, and has been studying to pass some exams, and having worked in a surgery, I understand how hard working, and beneficial nurses are to an everyday working surgery life, as well as being so important to the patients themselves. When I discovered that she was adding more strings to her bow, I had nothing but admiration for her, as working hours are long, and sometimes nurses get the raw end of the deal. To celebrate her achievement, I wanted to give her something special and to let her know how proud she should feel, and to top it all, it turned out she’s a crafter too!

Well I wanted to experiment with an idea, so this is what I came up with. It appears as nothing more than one of those fold flat to post boxes, and you are right, with some colourful characters thrown in to celebrate the occasions, and these are a mix of Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea, Scripty Sayings and Mama Elephant Whale Wishes.

The box I calculated and made myself as I wanted something a little bit bigger than the Spellbinders Box Die and I cut the edges with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders. Now I agree this is nothing special but, it’s what you can’t see that I am so pleased with….just lift the front flap and…….

I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to see what is under the sea too? So the scene was created for all the colourful creatures that we don’t get to see above the water, and the bottom of the box becomes a whole new world, making use of all that wasted space!

I shall leave you to decide what you think, all I know is I couldn’t find anything else quite like it, hence why it is the special box.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and the lovely sunshine today.

Hugs

Kim xx

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Mother’s Day Gifts & Cards

Hello There Crafters!

I know it has been a while since my last post, but boy have we been busy, shifting, moving, working, and crafting! A lot has been happening but it has now all ‘happened’ and hopefully we can now slow down a bit and get back to a ‘normal’ routine (whatever that is)!

So I have now moved into my new abode and it is ‘full’ to say the least but it is very cosy and homely, and we are very contented with all our efforts. Next week, my lovely brother, is putting some more storage cupboards in to the craft room, and that should clear the rest of the homeless stuff into a hidden mess, so we can then get down to the more serious business of crafting! 🙂

So what have I managed to fit in, in-between the lifting and shifting, well let’s see!

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I decided to make a Mother’s Day card but I wanted to incorporate a gift also, as Mum loves my creations, so although I started off with a card in my head, it ended up with a gift attached! (It’s the big card in the middle!) I am thrilled with the results, so much so, I created 4 more! They too were a bit of a challenge, as it was one of those days yesterday where everything that could go wrong did…. but I soldiered on and won the war HA! So here are the trophies…

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20150308_160824 All of these were made around a box or loose chocolates. So you have the complete ideal present….Beautiful card, box of chocolates and a gift bag all in one. What more could a Mum want….who said Wine?……..hhmmm that may well be another challenge!

20150308_161023I hope to have made a few variations between the different projects, and there is hopefully something to suite everyone. 20150308_160915

Being Mum’s day, pink did seem to have a big influence, in many ways.

Last week I made just a few cards in boxes, before the inspiration hit me that a gift would be nice, and these I was just as pleased with…. 20150305_224125

This background stamp is so beautiful…….I purchased it from Crafty Individuals. There are so many stamps there I am like a kid in a candy shop!

20150305_224032The stamp is called Baroque Splatter Script Background. It is unmounted red rubber and the prices are all really reasonable…go have a look, bet you buy something!

20150305_224447I also was naughty and bought this Justrite background stamp from Once Upon a Stamp. I had my eye on it for months but I just couldn’t resist any longer and I was really glad I bought it, it is stunning! I stamped it onto white pearlised paper with Versa Ink and heat dried it, and although you can’t see it, it shimmers, really pretty.

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I then found the Doily die and off I go again, sometimes it just goes together so well, and this certainly did!

Oh…I forgot to show you what was inside Mum’s card!

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Here’s a close up of her card too 🙂

Well from giving you not a lot over the last few weeks, I am now boring you to tears, so I shall run off and find something else to craft, as I love to share with you all.

Have a wonderful crafty week.

Hugs

Kim x