Wedding Wishings!

Hello Crafters

How are you? We started our day off with a lovely walk in the park this morning, and little lad certainly enjoyed it. He found great pleasure running round the circular rose beds with a big smile, absolutely loved it. We found a beautiful white rose there which was so fragrant, so it added a beautiful scent to the air. Must have been all that fragrance that made Will run ragged!

So thinking of the white rose, reminded me of a couple of wedding cards I made for someone a few weeks ago. I won’t take credit for the idea, I found that on Pinterest, as you do when inspiration is running low, but I did some tweaking (as I do with everything) and made a beautiful keepsake box to keep it in.

Wedding Card One

This was the first one, and it is made using 300 gsm White Card stock from Papermill Direct. The die used was Marianne Designs Creatables Anjas Filigree Heart. Such a beautiful die and cuts so well, and the detailing is incredible. The Mr & Mrs was from Creative Expression Shadow Box Accessories  and this fitted perfectly across the centre.

Wedding Card Two

Although it looks similar, there was a white backing on the front of the trifold, so the centre had a solid centre section. I took pictures using a white and black background for both so the detail is easier to see.

On the finished card, the inside of the box and card contained the initals and date of the event, but I took these before I added them.

I was pleased with both of them, and although they are quite small cards, the impression left is mighty!

Have a wonderfully crafty week.

Hugs

Kim x

A Little Something Different

Hello Crafters

Well this week apart from being a tiring one, has thrown me (I believe they call it) a curve ball, and it certainly made my imagination jump into action. I went into my local bank, and was chatting to the two lovely girls that were serving, and I mentioned that my hobby (or obession, whatever fits the bill!) was card making, and I explained some of the things I make, and one of them was exploding boxes, and as usual the response was, ‘What’s an exploding box?’

Luckily I haven’t removed pictures I had on my phone, so I showed them what I meant, and how I love to make them. Keeley, then stated how important cards were to her, and how difficult she found it to find really good cards that were right for the person she was looking to buy for. That really warmed my heart, as I thought that card sending was losing it’s charm these days, so to hear that some of our next generation were actually interested in sending good cards….well I was chuffed. Then she spoke about how hard it was to find certain types of cards for her friends, i.e. not pastel fluffy ones, but different darker coloured cards…. and ‘ping’ the brain kicked into gear (always a good  thing to know it still responds like that, you know), and I said, ‘You mean like a goth card?’, and they both looked at me and said that would be brill! So I gave my blog details to them and said have a look and see what you think.

At that point my other half didn’t get much say in the matter really, and the next minute I was dragging him round the range saying, ‘I have a great idea…….!’ Well too many pounds later, we are home and I am crafting away in my little room, with the other half saying, ‘She never said she wanted to buy one!’

So here we are….can you guess what I dived for? The thing that I associate with the Goth theme is the Gorjuss range, and here it is….

I am really pleased, that such a little conversation can make you jump up and evaluate a new exploration avenue.

Well Keeley, I hope you have a look and your pleased with this card, thank you for your inspiration!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs

Kim x

Thank You!

Hi Crafters

Hope your weekend has been a happy crafty one. Just a quick one today from me today.

When my Mum was in hospital, she wanted to say thank you to the nurses for the care they gave her, so she asked me to make them a Thank You card.

As you can see it was a simple make using Cheery Lynn Horizon Fishtail Banners. They are really pretty and a good size and will fit in a reasonable sized sentiment too. The backing paper was purchased from The Range, and the stamped sentiment was from Lawn Fawn Script Sayings, so versatile! She was really chuffed with it and so were the nurses!

Next I have a male card I made recently for a birthday which was a simple stamping project too.

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This time I used the MFT Stitched Fishtail Banners, and again, good sized dies with plenty of choice to play around with. The music note stamps were free in a magazine, and the paint splats were from Visible Image Ink Splats, Visible Image Play It Loud for the trumpet player and Prima Paint Drips. Distress inks were used for the colour and Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings for the sentiment.

So there you have a couple of cards that were quick and simple, but striking wouldn’t you say.

Have a great evening.

Hugs

Kim x

 

Happy Skateboarder!

Hello Crafters

Hope you are surviving this stormy weather today! I thought we needed to have a splash of colour and fun to cheer us all up, so I am sharing my little skateboarder friend. Kim Style's Cards

I was looking to make a card for my other half’s Grandson, and I didn’t want to do the usual cars, bike’s etc, so I had a browse around a few of my favourite web sites and saw this little fella in Visible Image.

I knew straight away he was just what I wanted. He comes in a pack with stars, a grungy pattern and the words Awesome Dude! I coloured him using Spectrum Noir Pens.

Absolutely brilliant for those early junior school years right up to teenager, and beyond in some circumstances! I wanted to put him in a setting to round off the picture, so I drew in the gravel and added a shadow to ‘ground’ him.Woodware Graffiti I am still building my stamp collection and haven’t got many backgrounds for this type of scene. I could have drawn and coloured a wall, but when I finished him he felt complete.

I made the coloured paper behind using a brayer and Kaleidacolor ‘Blue Breeze’ ink pad. I then found these brilliant Woodware Graffiti stamps at Craftplus. It is difficult to see the words behind the main picture, but they are brilliant as you can just leave them outlined or colour them as you want. They really helped finish off the card. As you can see in the picture you could do a multitude of things with these so it makes perfect sense to buy them, as I am sure it will be one of those sets that gets used over and over. You could colour and cut out and mount as a main title, and I think these would make a brilliant book mark too….sounds like another project to me!

Inside I used the stamps again to complete the look and overall it’s turned out a ‘right treat’ as some would say. Kim Style's Cards   Anyway, it’s getting late and it’s time to finish up a few things, before it’s bed time.

Sweet dreams

Hugs

Kim x

Stamp Storage Idea.

Hello Crafters!

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Apologies for not posting sooner, but my poor computer was having blue screen fits and I had to take it to a doctor who has now solved the problem. In the coming month it will have a new brain too, so hopefully we won’t get many more problems! In the meantime, I have been crafting, as always and looking at storage problems I have, and trying to think of ways to solve them. Well I am really pleased with myself for coming up with this one! It may well be that it has already been a tried and tested method of someone else, but I genuinely have not seen this anywhere, not even on Pinterest!

It is so simple, easy and cheap and that is always a good combination!

I was forever changing the way I stored my stamps but the only way I liked was already staring me in the face with the Justrite Stamps. The red rubber stamps already come with the acrylic covered sheet and I love this, but not the clear stamps, so I decided to make my own. I had already purchased the white acrylic stamping system advertised but I hated keeping it in a A4 lever arch file, so I devised my own plan, and hopefully someone else will find it useful too.

INGREDIENTS:

  • You will need a laminator & A4 laminating sheets
  • A5 Medium Thickness Craft Card
  • Corner Punch
  • Packaging that came with your stamps.

RECIPE:

  1. Using the craft card cut 2mm off all round then round the corners.
  2. Using the card insert that came with your stamps, attach to one side of the card.

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  3. On the other side, attach the label carrier backwards.

20150404_123622  4. Place inside laminating pouch and make sure you leave 2mm edge all round in order to seal. I did 2 at a time, so make sure you have a gap between them as you will need to cut them apart and they will need to have an edge round both of the cards.

5. Lay your stamps in the correct place and then place the piece of acetate over the top to stop the stamps from sticking to each other. I add a piece of clear sticky tape to the top of the clear acetate to stop it falling off.

If you don’t have any usable packaging that came with your stamp, simply stamp the image on a piece of card and you can then laminate, and use the blank side as storage.

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There you have it, a really simple easy stamp storage solution that doesn’t cost the earth. The laminator I bought was from The Range. The laminating sheets you can buy there too.

I hope this helps with all your stamps as you can use and size these as you want, so even the smallest can be put into nice neat boxes!

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It is now so easy to use and if you want to, you can catalogue them and write a number on them before you laminate, so you can always find them. I didn’t think of it before I started but you can buy permanent pens and write on the laminated surface that way.

Well I’m off to craft a little, before I start cooking a wonderful authentic Italian Lasagna, with fresh pasta, herbs and home cooked cheese sauce….yummy!

Have a wonderful Easter, and keep crafting

Hugs

Kim x

Just a Little Thank You :)

Hello Crafters

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Just thought I would pop by and show you a few little thank you notes I put together, I still haven’t finished yet, but I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

I thought that it would be a good idea to use the gift that I was given in the ‘Thank You’ so here is the finished result:-

20141229_133705I was a very lucky girl and received Spellbinders Labels 38, Marianne Cars and Boats. The Marianne dies are exquisite and cut beautifully so I am looking forward to having some fun with those!

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I also received some beautiful Spellbinders Corner Flourish 2 and Basket Weave Embossing folder. As you can see the corners look beautiful and the centrepiece was the negative from the corners.

I actually used the other corner die on the Little Wooden Trinket Box which you can see here.

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The other Thank You was for a gift given to me from a friend, who no longer had any use for some stamps she had, so I used the stamp blocks to say ‘Thank You’ but they also came in handy to make a few gift bags.

So all in all I feel very lucky. I also had some lovely friendship stamps, which I will be using in the not to distant feature and a few more Distress Inks, and this means that my Distress Ink Collection is almost complete! (Did I speak to soon?)

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I still have a few Thank You’s to do and I will post them as and when I finish them, so for now, thanks to you for stopping by and I will see you soon

Hugs

Kim x

21st Exploding Box

Hello Crafters

Well I did promise to return and show you the exploding box. I made this for my friends daughters 21st, and I couldn’t show you before she had seen it as that wouldn’t be fair, and incase she got a sneak preview, but it is safe now!

Oh to be 21 again! I am realiably informed that she was wonderfully spoilt and the evidence appears to be on Facebook so no denying it there lol….anyway here is the creation and I will not list all the goodies used, but you can go to my other page to see how I made the exploding box, decorative and creative license is completely yours!

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The theme here was simply from child to adult, with an ending of a box of bloomed flowers.

1. From Child…..

2. To Toddler……

3. To Teenager…..

To Woman….

 You could always add photos of each stage of growing, which would be a lovely keepsake.

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Centrepiece – Blossomed into a beautiful woman.

Well thank you for popping by and taking a peek at my creation. It was a lot of fun to make and twice as much fun to give.

I will be back shortly to show you the other sneak peek I offered.

Have a lovely day

Hugs

Kim x