Merry Christmas one and all!

Hello Crafters

Just a very quick pop in to say, I hope you have managed to survive the last minute shopping, the baking of the royal family mince pies, the endless yards of wrapping and ribbon and bows, and the frantic tidying of the whole house………or is that just me? 🙂

Well I hope you are now chilling with the ice cold glass of wine that you fought so hard for in the supermarket this morning, or enjoying that well earned cup of tea/coffee.

Thank you to all of you who follow my blog and come and visit me, you are truly a very talented bunch, and I feel honoured that you take the time to visit.

Whatever you are doing or wherever you maybe, we would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and an extra special 2017.

Happy Crafting

Hugs

Kim x

A Little Christmas Magic

Hello Crafters

Well by now I would think that your creative side has been put through the mill and you have all been crafting your little fingers to the bone to get those christmas cards done! Totally sympathise as I have been doing the very same thing myself. Thought I had it all covered, thinking I had started so much earlier this year….but oh boy was I wrong! So worked like a trojan Saturday, to get the last of them done, but as they say, you save the best till last, so I would like to share this tiny little box, that is bursting full of christmas spirit!

I wanted it to be full of Christmas cheer when it was open, ‘full’ being the operative word, and I think you can safely say that was achieved 🙂

I used a pre-cut box I purchased from Hunkdory Crafts, and they were really reasonably priced! They are called Mini Pop Up Box, but you can fit quite a bit in there if you don’t mind a bit of jiggery pokery, like us crafters do! They come completely blank, so the box is your oyster, so to speak, fill your boots!

The dies used on this box were:

All the card used except the red mirri card (own stash) was from Papermill Direct.

Well I hope these pictures show the beauty of this little piece of Christmas magic.

That’s it for now, hope you have a wonderful crafty week 🙂

Hugs

Kim x

It’s The Gingerbread Man!

Hello Crafters

Well I really didn’t want to post these cards already, particularly as the weather has been so hot, but I have been busy having fun with my grandsons, so haven’t had time to make this weekend, so I have had to dip into my ‘ready mades’ to share with you today.

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I wasn’t even looking to buy a christmas die when this just jumped up in my face screaming ‘BUY ME, BUY ME, BBBUUUYYY MMMEE’ and of course, that ol’ devil on my shoulder won again, and I did just that, but as an impulse buy, it is brilliant, and to top it off I went in The Range to buy some glue, and they happened to have an Xcut offer (Buy 2 for £5) and I got the little gingerbread man, who whispered ‘Please give me a home for Christmas’ and I didn’t want him to cry as he would go all soggy, and he fitted the scene perfectly!

To make the scene I used Nellie Snellen Fence, Cheery Lynn Gingerbread House, Xcut Gingerbread Man, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Justrite Christmas Inner Thoughts stamp. The background is made with Stampin Up Softly Falling which I think is retired as I bought this in a sale at the beginning of the year, highlighted with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and Stickles Crystal.

I used lots of different scraps of card to make the cuts fill with colour. The base card was from Papermill Direct card. At the moment they have some beautiful new intensive colours and the quality is excellent. The ’25th Dec’ is made with chipboard and was painted with Artiste Paint in Metallic Antique Gold.

I had as much fun making this as I do looking at it, even though it is a Christmas Card, it was so worth sharing with you!

Hope you all have a wonderful bank holiday Monday.

Hugs

Kim x

Christmas is coming!

Hello Crafters

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I am amazed that the last few weeks passed so quickly, and I think I jinxed myself when I said in my last post ‘everything should settle down now’ – famous last words eh? Well as usual life has been so busy, and I have been creating, and have completed a Wedding Album, which can you believe I took no photos of! It was mighty fun to do something a little different and I was pleased with the outcome.

Now before you know it we are in September and that means ‘get your skates on’ for the Christmas cards, so that’s what I have been doing. Nothing special but the creative juices seem out of action again so decided to tinker with ideas and browse some pinterest pictures that people share. Boy does it help sometimes, and gives great inspiration. I have been filtering through my magazines and thought it’s about time I used some of the free papers, so here’s what I have made.

I seriously have got so many papers that I need to have a clean up but, just like any true crafterKim Style's Cards, you never want to waste a thing! So I aKim Style's Cardsm trying to use the Magazine papers, my favourite being Making Cards Magazine and I subscribe to this as I feel that the papers are really good quality and the toppers are vibrant and large enough to make a good centre piece.

These were just quick put togethers but they feel festive and seasonal, and I liked the colours.

I also got to use some of the ribbons I have accumulated too. My sister-in-law saves pieces of ribbon and they are perfect for using in projects like these.

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Next I had a few ideas buzzing round after tinkering, as you do, so thought it a good time to put someKim Style's Cards of these into action and this is Kim Style's Cardswhat resulted. I love distress inks and love to play with different results and this  was one of those. Love the SB Snowflake, makes a lovely focal point. The reindeer card came about because of the card. I bought this at a craft fair last year, and I treated myself to the CE Deer Family die and they matched perfectly. I think Kim Style's Cardsanother must for your stash is the Martha Stewart Twig Punch. I had to get mine from BIC Warehouse in America to get a reasonable price! So many things you can do with it, see here.

I also like frames on a card and saw an idea in pinterest that I wanted to test, and the result was this, simply using a circle die to create a bauble and decorate at will. Kim Style's Cards

As I started playing with the dies, this took me away from using the card and paper stock, and then I wanted to experiment with dies, so easy to be distracted in here!

I must admit, I got a little fed up with seeing all the CE Sue Wilson makes around, especially from designers I follow, as I feel really talented people that produced fantastic ideas, then got commandeered, now all seem to be doing the same thing! Maybe it’s just me, and I understand they want to make a living, but I followed them for their own unique style, and feel that has been lost. Am I the only one who thinks like this?

Anyway, last but not least, another make that I did similarly last year, but love the effect with the black card stock.

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Any way just a few things I have been doing. I will be changing things around a bit on my blog shortly, so it may look a little different next time you pop by, and I hope you will.

Happy Crafting

Hugs

Kim xx

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

Wishing You A Happy Chirstmas

Hello Crafters

I am sorry I have been a little absent but there has been so much to do and so little time, but I had to make time to just show you some of the many things I have been up to.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

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These handbags are perfectly sized to add a small gift inside, and the recipient can then re-use it for someone else! I will be writing a full post in the New Year on how to make them, and they are so simple you won’t believe it!

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Unfortunately we had a sudden bereavement in our family, and it is never an easy thing, but at this time of year, it seems harder and more difficult to deal with, especially unexpected events and my heart goes out to all those in Glasgow and all over the world that are missing loved ones today.

My card I made was a Becca Feeken inspiration with my own twist of course, but the finished result was exactly what I wanted – elegant and simple.

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More Christmas Gifts

I’ve also been busy making little stocking filler gifts, and these too will be on my blog in the New year

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At present I have a fixation on boxes, so hopefully in the New Year, we will have lots of projects to show and tell, as I am sure you will be creating your hearts out!

For now though I have to get busy, finishing food shopping and baking Mince Pies and last but not least listening to Michael Bauble Chirstmas CD whilst doing the housework! 🙂

Have a wonderful Christmas

Hugs

Kim x

Just A Quick Post

Hello Crafters

I expect that things are really busy for you now leading up to Christmas, and anything like myself, time just isn’t playing fair and racing by much too quick! I have been busy making boxes, gift bags, cards, envelopes, you name it and I have been trying to find an idea to fit it! I have also been playing Bob the Builder, and putting cupboards together in my new craft room, but still never seems like there is enough space.

So in amidst all the chaos, I thought I would just give you a quick peak at some the creativity that I have been doing:-

First was a 50th Birthday for my boss – he really didn’t want this birthday so I tried not to rub his face in it, but I was really pleased with the card and it didn’t take long at all.

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When he came into work the next day, he said his wife had plastered the kitchen with 50 everywhere – so mine was pretty subtle 🙂

Then I have been making…….you guessed it……Christmas Cards!

I started writing mine out the other day, only to find there wasn’t enough, so I had to throw a few together, and they went together really well!

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There have been some beautiful toppers in the December edition of Making Cards magazine. It’s the only  magazine I buy now, but I certainly recommend it. The card on the left was one of those toppers and the background paper. Really good quality too and the colours are beautiful. This photo doesn’t do it justice. I have also made a few cards using their Vintage Special Edition.

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The next card was made using Creative Expressions Festive Holly die. I love the Sue Wilson dies but only own a few, and haven’t had much of a chance to play with them really, but the Holly die is beautiful and you can do a lot with it, as it has the left and right sided dies, hence the circle! Merry Christmas word die is by Cheery Lynn. They have fantastic variety of word dies, so have a peek, and they are reasonable too.

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Next I went for a chalkboard look, I really like this effect, and once the Christmas rush is over, I plan to     experiment with some birthday cards. Here I have added some Marianne Anja Vintage Swirls fourishes and using a Martha Stewart punch, some branches, the same as I used on my previous Christmas card with Spellbinders Mix ‘n’ Match Ornament die.

 

 

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Last but by no means least, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and create a more modern Christmas card, with brighter colours. I really wasn’t sure I liked it at first but it has definitely grown on me, what do you think?

I am itching to show you another project but I have to wait until after Christmas in case the intended recipient gets a peek, but as soon as I can I will post the project here, and I haven’t forgotten that you never got to see my son’s wedding invitations, and that will be revealed in the not to distant future too!

Well I hope you are all getting well and truly into the spirit, and I wish you happy organising.

Hugs

Kim x