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

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.

KSC - Gingerbread House (1)

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 ÂŁ5) 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

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

Happy Anniversary!

Hello Crafters

Hope you are having a lovely easy sunday, sometimes to ‘Chillax’ is all we need to feel ready to take on the world. That was my intention today, but fatally, I picked up a cloth….and she’s off! Polishing, hoovering and 2 re-arranged rooms later, I finally sit here to write the blog! My Mum always said ‘Put a cloth in her hand and watch her go!’ Lol 🙂

So although I made 2 cards, I’m not sure if they are good enough for you my friends, so I am sharing a card I made a little while ago for my son’s 1st Anniversary bless! When I ordered this die I didn’t look at the size, and I was really surprised when it turned up, and I couldn’t decide if it was a ‘good’ bigger or not! So only one way to find out eh! This was made using the new Spellbinders Stacey Caron Fairmont Labels and Fairmont Decorative Accent dies.

The decorative accent does have really beautiful embossing and can be used for male cards, but the Labels are beautiful, especially for card bases, as the largest die is 13.3 cm sq. (5 1/4″).

Yesterday my friend came round and we were looking at different things, and it was so good to spend time with someone who shares a passion as you do. She really is such a lovely lady, and isn’t it amazing how someone can just mention a small thing, and it sets you off on a tangent to craft.

Hope your inspiration surges this 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

18th Birthday

Hello Crafters

Hope you all had a great weekend, and have had plenty of fun times. Mine was one of exploration and new beginnings, with a hint of housework and visitors, you could say a mixed weekend really!

So not a lot of crafting, so I have reverted to a ‘Here was one I did earlier’ moment!

This was a pleasure to make and sent me on a bit of a memory trip…..18…..where did that go! It was for my other half’s great niece, and there’s never a better moment to add a bit of bling and sparkle to an occasion than when it’s an 18th!

On the inside I just had to add a jolly face or two with Spellbinders Emojis to celebrate the moment and they did put a smile to my face, such fun little characters!

The card base was made with Spellbinders Labels 48 Decorative Element, and is it a lovely large die, which makes it perfect for a card base. The glitter Card was cut with Labels 48 and this too is a versatile die. The numbers were cut and embossed with Victorian Numbers and the ‘Happy Birthday’ was from Spellbinders D-Lites Sentiment 1 too

I don’t think my photography skills has done this one justice, but it looked so pretty when it was finished, it really sparkled.

Anyway off now to see if my jelly has set, cos I really fancy some wibble wobble!

Have a great evening

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