Playing with Parchment

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She Sells Parchment (3)

Just a quick drop in tonight, as it has been a very busy day, with it being Dad’s day, and having family round. It’s always good to catch up and enjoy family company., but that means that I haven’t got as much time as I would have liked to spend with you!

So what have you all been up to? I had a project planned to share with you but it didn’t get received by the recipient yet, so don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I will share with you next time, so today there is some little projects I have been trying out.

A few years ago I was busy with making Parchment cribs, which use to take at least 5 days of hard graft, although they did look beautiful when finished,

but that was done by mapping out the pattern with a white pen, and then embossing and shading with the parchment tools, but Clarity has now bought out the Groovi system, that takes all the fussy mapping and pattern tracing away, and leaves you the fun bit of just creating.

So I have been dabbling and playing with the Groovi board, and I followed the directions to make my first…..

Groovi Daisies (2)

…then took inspiration from that and tried again….

She Sells Parchment (2)

…then went it alone (I know, so brave!), and here it is…..

Green Wren Parchment (1)

They are not a quick fix idea, but every single one will be different, and it certainly is a relaxing way to spend an evening…(and get away from the football and the EU discussions!)

So all in all I was quite pleased, here’s a few mix and match of them…

I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening, and all those dad’s have a wonderful loved feeling tonight! In a couple of  weeks I have something very special lined up and can’t wait to share!

See you soon


Kim x

A Little Fairy Magic!

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Just a quick pop in today, been so busy, not had a chance to sit down and have a chat with you, so today I was determined to pop in with a little project I did a little while ago, so here goes!

Probably like most of you, I do love Clarity Stamps, and my favourites are the Word Chains and Wee Fairies. I also used Prickly Shrubs by Inkylicious, another favourite. So using these and Tim Holtz distress pads, I made the background with Dusty Concord, Chipped Sappire, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet. To give it that starry look, I simply spritzed with a fine spritzer and then blotted with paper towel, but try to use plain towel or it may leave the pattern on the paper. Unfortunately, you can’t see the sparkle, but I got the moon to look like this with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen, it picked up a little of the black ink and then I moved it around and it created a grey hue which sparkles. I also sparkled the Fairy wings, birds, flowers and various other bits.

So turned out just as I pictured, and loved the stamping, it was one of those ‘creative days’ and I made others too, that I will share with you on another day.

That’s it for now, so take care and happy crafting.


Kim xxx

Over Stamping

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Well it has been a while but we all know the reason why, furry cute little thing has been wearing me out! I forgot what it was like to be kept up half the night, and it is just like having a baby all over again. Still it won’t be forever and he is growing rapidly. We can take him out for his first walk next week, and that will help to calm him down (she says with a look of hope!).Kim Styles Cards

Kim Styles Cards

Now although I have been busy, I have managed to make a couple of cards, and these were for family members, but I was really pleased with how they came out. Although I have been making cards for years, I was hooked on the die templates and building layered cards, but over the last 4-5 months, I have definitely fallen in love with stamping,and these cards were made using masking and overstamping. Simple but effective.

I stamped the image of ‘Megan’ by Julie Nutting using Memento Black Ink. I stamped again on a piece of thick card and cut around the outer edge and between the arm and body. Reason I suggest thick card is I like to keep these and re-use them as long as I can and if you use thin card or paper, often the ink goes through and leaves marks on the image you are masking. Once they are ready using re-positionable tape, tape over the top of the stamped image, making sure you line up exactly.

I then chose a background imagine, which in these two cards, were Justrite Sweet Vines and Bokeh Polka Dot. Ink up the stamp well, these are 4 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ so quite big, I used Distress Inks because they are wetter and gives you a bit more time to position them, and then stamp over the top of the masked image.

I then just went round the edge with a thin black fineliner pen, using different patterns, and it just finishes it off. I can remember doing this when I was in Secondary School!

The sentiment on the left were made with WMS Compact Family, and if your quick they are half price at the moment, so go grab a bargain! On the right Clarity stamps Word Chain 3 was used and they also have a fantastic offer – If you buy 3 sets you get the 4th free and a free set of Clarity mounts. All in all you save around £20 so well worth a look even if the bank manager will cry!

Both layers were mounted with Silver Mirra card and the main card base was made using Papermill Card, and I can’t find better to be honest and reasonable price. They have just made it possible to buy White and Coloured card together so it’s even better.

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Kim Styles CardsFor the inside, I  just used the same background stamps, but paler colours and stamped sentiments using Phil Martin’s Sentimentally Yours.

Finished the edges the same way too.

So there you have it, it can be one of those cards that you fall back on, and I must admit I have ordered some more of these Julie Nutting stamps, as they are quite versatile and fun. Oh I nearly forgot, I coloured the images with Spectrum Noir, shading into the skirt to give it more depth. I’m not expert but I am still learning and that’s the fun with this, there is always something to learn and you never get bored!

So that’s it for now. Life is calming down a bit and I have cards to make tomorrow, which I am looking forward to, but just before I go I obviously have to share what our little man is like now, I think he needs a haircut already, and the vet did say he will probably take after his Mum, Ihasa Apso, so I guess I need to go find a grooming parlour eh 🙂

Kim Styles Cards

Please don’t say awwww….he’s just run off with my other half’s shoe, must dash


Kim x

Dad’s Day

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How are you today, I hope enjoying this lovely warm, sunny weather.

Yesterday instead of crafting, I was dragged out to my other half’s allotment, as I promised to help him build his shed, but I think he wanted my DIY skills, as it ended up being the other way round lol! I had truly forgotten how much I use to love doing all the DIY, and as I come from a long line of carpenters and builders, it would be pitiful if I didn’t inherit the skills! So I use to always be doing something, but crafting took over and I left that all behind, because as you know, we all need 48 hours in a day to accomplish all we want to do, us crafters! So it was brilliant to have a drill in my hand and the sun on my face, oh and the shed looks fabulous by the way!

Kim Style's Cards

Let’s get on with the crafting. It was such a busy month for family birthdays, and it will spill over into June too, but I was thinking about Father’s Day, and so I set to making a couple of father’s day cards. Unfortunately, it is not a category I am familiar with, but there are the really good dad’s out there that need to be recognised and told.

Kim Style's Cards

I had recently bought these stamps from Visible Image and I loved the vintage notion.

  1. First stamp the watch with Rich Cocoa Memento ink along with the Happy Father’s Day and the Vintage Car. I then fussy cut the images.
  2. Using 2 pieces of 10 cm x 14 cm (4″ x 5 1/2″) White 300gsm card, I used distress ink Peacock Feather, Seedless Preserve, Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen, to make a parchment background and using just one of the cards stamped with Woodware Vive La Plume stamp using Smoked Grey Memento Ink and the Distress Edger tool to age it.
  3. I went back over the distress edges with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen to take away the whiteness.
  4. The second piece of card I stamped with a sentiment and mounted inside.
  5. Next I used some Grey mottled cards tock from my stash 13.5 cm x 15.5 cm (5 3/8″ x 6 1/8″). I used the corner stamp from Justrite Papercraft ‘What I Like About You’ stamps. These are on discount sale both in the UK & USA!
  6. Next Silver Mirra card 14 cm x 16 cm (5 1/2″ x 6 3/8″)
  7. Mount onto Grey base card 14.5 cm x 16.5 cm (5 5/8″ x 6 1/5″)

The beauty of this was the way the white card came out. It felt like parchment. This card is brilliant and I use it for all my card bases now. You can find it at Papermill.

So after making that one, I had one more idea floating around in my head I wanted to try.

Kim Style's Cards

I was browsing round Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, and saw a few cards that were simple but interesting, and that is where I got this idea from.

  1. First make a White card base 14.5 cm x 19 cm (5 5/8″ x 7 1/2″)
  2. Using 14 cm x 18.5 cm (5 1/2″ x 7 1/4″) Teal layer mount onto card base
  3. Next cut White card 13.5 cm x 18 cm (5 3/8″ x 7 1/8″) and using Tim Holt Floral Border stamp 3 times spacing evenly over card to accommodate square pictures.
  4. Make 3 squares 5 cm x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) and using Distress Ink coloured giving the look of grass and sky with varying effects.
  5. Next stamp with Clarity Stamps ‘Wee Folk 1’. Mount with 3 mm foam pads over stamp image.
  6. Stamp sentiment as desired. I used Waltzingmouse Compact Family

So there you have it, a few ideas floating around that has come to life, and I enjoy that when what you see in your minds eye, comes to life.

Have a brilliant day


Kim x

Mad About Colour!

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How have you all been, crafting your little fingers to the bone (whenever possible) if you are anything like me! I have yet again, flown off into another arty frenzy, as we all do, and have been re-discovering my love of colour! As my distress inks are always staring at me saying, ‘use me! use me!’ I have been looking around to see if I can find different ways of using these wonderful inks. Hence I discovered the wonderful Barbara Gray and her awesome Gelli Plate. I have been watching her tutorials which you can find on You Tube, and she is one very talented lady! I missed out on meeting her at Ally Pally as I didn’t realise it was actual the lady herself sitting there! Der! I have recently purchased the stamps and some wonderful stencils, but have had little time to play, so that will be a post for the future, hopefully next week, if I can stop working long enough! Yesterday I was very naughty and ordered the small gelli plate and mount, so once it arrives, and I can’t wait, I will probably be boring you silly with all the wonderful things I can make….I have the Carpenters song whizzing around in my head now….. Please Mr Postman…..check and see….. Anyhow enough, I have been playing around with colour and came up with the above card for my besties son, Scott, and I hope he liked it. It was really simple to do: Kim Style's CardsINGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cm x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick or any other in your face colour!
  • Pilot Fine Liner Black Pen
  • Spellbinders Stamps – Colourful Brush Strokes
  • Papermill Card – Spring Green, Black, White and Silver Mirri Card.
  • Tools – Blending mat, water spritzer, glue/adhesive, embellishments to decorate


  1. Make a base card 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm (5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″) in Spring Green
  2. Cut 2no Silver Mirri cards 14 cm x 14 cm (5 3/8″ x 5 3/8″)
  3. Cut 2 no Black card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm (5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″)
  4. Lastly cut 2 no 13 cm x 13 cm White Card (4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″)
  5. Using a blending mat, take one of the colours and give a good splodge of colour on the mat and spritz with water. Using your acrylic block, push into the colour and move around a little to mix it. Lift the acrylic block and place down on whichever corner you wish making sure you leave roughly 1 cm (1/2″) from the top and side edge. Don’t worry if you get excess colour on the edge, you can gently blot from the edge with kitchen towel to drain the colour away.
  6. Repeat this step with the other 3 colours, cleaning your block and blending mat before using another colour. I use a baby wipe or damp cloth.
  7. Allow these to dry completely, then using your liner pen, follow the shape round the square, including the inlet pieces. It gives it character.
  8. To finish, just draw a ‘piggledey’ line around the outside to form a border.
  9. Stamp a sentiment in one of the boxes.Kim Style's Cards
  10. To decorate the inside I simply used the same distress inks in the same placement as on the front of your card but with splats and one of the sentiments from the same set.

Simple but quite effective, with unlimited possibilities!

Now this got the old brain box wanting to play a bit more with colour, so it jumped right into scenes!

A never ending search for my brain to do a really good scene! This is what we ended up with, a bit more of an advance on my previous one, with more depth.

Kim Style's Cards

I used stamps from Serendipity, Inkylicious and I used a mix of distress inks and Memento Dew Drop inks. I really can’t remember what colours I used, it was definitely a go with the moment thing!

I was really pleased that it came out with that hazy, sun setting, sort of image.

I haven’t added a sentiment, as I thought it was a card I could keep in case of emergency!

So what else have I been up to……oh yes! The dreaded brayer!

I bought a Speedball brayer around 6 years ago but never seemed to get on with it, well after a few very well taught videos from Barbara, I got my mojo in order and told myself to ‘get a grip’ and learn!!! Guess what, look at this little beauty….

Still a bit to learn but wait and see what I have in store for this……can’t wait!Kim Style's Cards

I know, I know, the lines are there, but that really helps believe it or not! Still you will have to wait and see! 🙂

I also tried a little bit of stencil work, which I’ve never done either and I was quite relieved that at least it came out and looked like a scene

Kim Style's CardsThis I have decided to make into a little notelet book, and I will be sending it to my future Sister-in-law, as I know that she loves to receive and send letters, would you believe at least 20 a week!

So I think that is all I have right now, the rest I will show and tell later!

For now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to creating and telling all about it.

Oh…before I go, if you live locally to Basildon, a new Craft shop has opened called Craftplus. I literally stumbled across it this afternoon on my way home, and it is brilliant and so well priced. Lovely welcome we received and he even let us browse and buy after he should have shut the shop. Thank you so much! Do have a trip there, it really is a great place, and I shall be visiting often…..oh no…my bank manager is crying lol!


Kim xxx