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

Fern Birthday

Hello Crafters

I quite expect you to be lapping up the sun today, and who can blame you, the brightness and warm of the sun can make you feel amazing! Sunshine reminds me of a beautiful garden, so I thought I would share a card with you that I made for a friend but unfortunately Royal Mail lost…again…and has lost a few others too! However I will concentrate on the fact that I did have some lovely pictures and will try to re-create this again.

I have always loved the mono theme, so I saw a card recently, and thought that would look good in black and white, so I set about a birthday card along those lines, but then I caught a glimpse of distress inks which set me on a different track for the topper, how many times have you done that???

Anyway here’s the end result and I was amazed at how the topper popped and completmented the black and white so much.

The floral and fern stamps were from Inkylicious Fern Leaves, Pilkington Floral Silhouettes. Justrite Forever Friends, was used for the front sentiment and corners, these are one of favourites. The inside sentiment was by  Phil Martin Decadent Damask.

The little butterfly on the front was cut using a punch in parchment and coloured with co-ordinating distress inks – Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio, which turned out to be a lovely combo I hadn’t used before!

The main card base was cut from black and white card stock from Papermill Direct, and the die used was Tonic Studios – Harrop Die. This die I bought thinking it was a standard size (that will teach me for ordering too quickly without looking!) and I was after a scalloped edge rectangle set, and almost sent it back, buuuuttttt…..it makes great base cards, and inbetween the large scallops you see above, it has small scallop dies that complement (see the white edged front panel), so really you get 2 sets for the price of one, and it is quite a large set. For a wrong buy I was quite pleased!

Anyway, it’s time to go create, and I am sure you have many plans also, so I wish you a wonderfully crafty week!

Hugs

Kim x

Birthday Time!

Hello Crafters

Hope the sunshine has reached you all today, and it has raised your spirits and given you the feel good factor, heaven knows we could all do with a large dose of that!

Today I would like to share a couple of cards with you, both took a while to create, but I believe they are always the better ones, most of the time 🙂

This card was made using a few of my favourite dies, the Heartfelt Creations Aster Die, I haven’t got a stamp, I just used Spectrum Noir Pens for the shading, Heartfelt Creations Ariana Die and Stamp, Creative Expressions Stitched Lattice Frames, Tonic Royal Fern, and Cheery Lynn Fishtail Banners for the greeting. The card was from Papermill Crafts and The Range. The Stitched Lattice Frames are lovely and they will make many a card in the future I am sure, and I have my eye on the other two in the Shadow Box collection, but I must be good!

The next card was one for my Nephew, and I hope he liked it. I felt for some strange reason, I wanted some drama, so I went for a bit of dynamic in this one. I wanted the illusion of the car bursting out of the card!

This was made using Spellbinders Delicate Doilies Die, Memory Box Antique Gears Die, Poppy Stamps Happy Birtthday Die, and Woodware Stamps for inside greeting. The background was made using distress inks and Visible Image stamp Pocket Watches, which I think has been discontinued. The corner stamps were from Justrite What I Like About You set. For some of the background I also used stamps by John Bloodworth – amazing stamps – you can do so much woth them. I did spray Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Mist to give it a shimmer.

Well that’s it for now, I hope to share a lovely card next week, with you, one I made for my son.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and may this sunshine, warm your hearts 🙂

Hugs

Kim x

Little Stamps, Big Fun!

Hello Crafters

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine on this lovely day. I have popped in during my birthday celebrations to post a few little cards for you to see. I just had the most fun making these and simply want to share them.

BEST EVER GRANDMA

Here’s a little birthday card for someone’s wonderful Grandma/Nan. I wanted to make it happy and vibrant and to protect the colour, so I covered them with Glossy Accents. The little figures were coloured using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens and the background is made with distress inks. The stamps and dies are from Lawn Fawn – Mom & Me, Stitched Hillside Borders, Party Animals,  SB 5 x 7 Matting Basics A and SB 5 x 7 Matting Basics B 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Here is a really happy party going on, again using these lovely little critters, who is eagerly awaiting the party to start! Made with the same Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens and distress inks for the background and the Lawn Fawn Party Animals stamps and Party Animals lawn cuts, and some of the leftover flowers from the previous card. Background hills from Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders.

Well just a quick pit stop today, and hopefully tomorrow, I can show some more. Before I go I just want to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Lawn Fawn customers services who help replace 2 tiny dies that went missing whilst I was crafting, never to be seen again…..I hope my dog didn’t eat them as he appears to eat everything else!

If you are interested in either of these cards, just leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

Hope the sun keeps shining for you!

Hugs

Kim xxx

Beep Boop Birthday!

Hi Crafters

Well work has been so busy the last few weeks, and we had the final awful sorting out of Mum’s things, the rest can now be done at leisure, which I hope to be getting a little of shortly, which means some serious crafting time too!

Also means that I get to spend time with loved ones, and time is precious as you never know exactly how long you have, so make sure you grab every minute and enjoy every second, and things that worry you, should be forgotten,’cos worrying never did anyone any good at all!

So what have I been up too……playing! I have become hooked by Lawn Fawn and I love the fact that you can cut out all your stamped images with dies, but also it’s just plain fun to create cards!

Lawn Fawn Beep Boop (1)

This is my first little creation, and I had a ball making this. So easy and lots of colouring but it really is a feel good way to make cards!

Here goes with the lists:

INGREDIENTS:

RECIPE:

  1. Stamp with Tuxedo Black 2 robots and variety of accessories, colour with Spectrum Noir and once dry, coat with Glossy Accents and leave to dry, best left overnight.
  2. Make a grey card base measuring 12 cm x 14 cm (4.7″ x 5.5″)
  3. Cut a piece  of patterned card 11.5 cm x 13.5 cm (4.5″ x 5.3″)
  4. Cut a piece of white hammered card 11 cm x 13 cm (4.3″ x 5.1″) and then cut out a center section with the second smallest Tile Works die. Keep the cut out section for inside the card. Using the distress ink create the background. Embellish with dots of Glossy Accents and Star Dust Stickles Glue. Leave to completely dry.
  5. Once all the pieces are thoroughly dry, mat and layer card as shown.
  6. For Inside – cut 1 no piece of White Card and using distress inks make a background as you did for front, then using the little gear stamps to form a cluster pattern, stamp all over in Tuxedo Black ink. Dot with Glossy Accents and Star Dust Stickles. Leave to dry. Stamp greeting into off cut center piece and mount to background. Embellish as desired.

 

There you have a fun little card and I am sure that whoever receives it will love it too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Hugs

Kim x

A Little Bit Lost

Hello Crafters

How has your weekend been, with this weather I should think you’ve been constantly in your craft mode!

You would think that I would have been running and skipping into the craft room to happily create, but for the first time in 7 years, I just didn’t ‘feel the need‘ to craft, panic set in actually, the thought that it isn’t a work day but, I don’t want to craft!!!! Whatever next! “I must be ill” I thought, but the truth was, there were other things that I wanted to get out of the way, so I did just that. I cleaned, and cleaned and cleaned, sometimes you just have to go with the flow, and it worked….Sunday here and the creative mind has returned.

Part of the problem was a shock passing of a friend, I cannot believe that I had to make another Sympathy card, and it really took some effort to do, and it just didn’t flow, but I got there in the end. Life eh?

Once that was completed, creativity sort of flowed better, and this time I had a birthday to think about. It hasn’t happened

Kim Style's Cardsyet, but I can’t share the card until next weekend, but I can sort of show you what I did before.

I have a bought a present and wanted to put it in a gift package, like a basket, so I got out the Spellbinders Garden Party and made the basket. When it was complete, I had to ask myself if I am losing the plot as the gift I wanted to put in it was 3 times bigger than the basket itself…..not a good day so far……get my drift! Still I thought the basket was quite pretty and I am sure if I fill it with chocy it will find a loving home!

This meant it was back to the drawing board and I designed my own bigger and better basket, and I will share this with you soon, after the birthday girl has had first dibs!

What I can share with you though is what I made out of that very colourful background that I mentioned before. Remember this? Kim Style's CardsWell today is my son’s and nephew’s birthday, Kim Style's Cardsand I used this for my Nephew’s card. I was so pleased with the results…….it really just flew together and everything seemed to work.

I used Kaleidacolor Spectrum and a brayer, keeping the first colour in the centre. I then stamped the musician, Visible Image ‘Play It Loud’ and used Universal and Music Sooths The Soul to give the feeling of music in the air.

It just worked, so Happy Birthday boys, I am sure your having a good time!

Last but not least here is the card I made for my son….

Kim Style's Cards

I think I am finally getting the hang of using a brayer and getting the effect I really want, what do you think?

Happy Crafting

Hugs

Kim xxx

Mad About Colour!

Hello Crafters

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

RECIPE:

  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!

Hugs

Kim xxx