Floral Birthday

Hello Crafters

Well didn’t it turn out nice this weekend. I was at a charity event yesterday held once a year, and it was formed by my nephew’s best friend and my brother and his wife when they lost Aaron in Afghanistan in 2009. It’s called the Aaron Lewis Foundation and each year they hold their major event to raise funds for various charities supported. This year they presented a young disabled lad with his own sports wheel chair, and it didn’t take him but 5 minutes before he was racing around all over the place with a massive smile on his face. Wonderful to see! My job was to take the orders on the burger stall and this year it was busier than ever, so busy I couldn’t even get to take a bite out of my lunch! Started around 10.30 and finished about 9ish but although exhausting it is rewarding knowing how much it all helps, and the atmosphere this year was really upbeat, with even more teams joining for the annual rugby matches, amazing effort by everyone, and it was a brilliant day!

One of the ladies, Aaron’s cousin’s wife, had her birthday on this day too, so today I have the card to share with you, I also made a little gift box but didn’t take any photos.

Items Used:

  • Card Base 13 x 10 1/2 mm, Box Base – 13 1/2 x 11
  • Creative Expressions – Mauritus
  • Spellbinders – Labels 47Sentiments One
  • Unknown Brand – Tiny Bows
  • Distress Ink – Tattered Rose

The Mauritius die is so versatile and beautiful as you can see that you can use it to create the decorative topper or just as a decorative insert. Although this is a UK A6 die, it is so  pretty and really eye catching.

Thank you for popping by, and I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Hugs

Kim x

 

 

 

Not A Box!

Hello Crafter

Hope you are all having a super duper Mother’s Day no matter where you are or where you’re at!

Now last week I said that I was going to bring you a box, but I clean forgot a tiny teenie little thing……that yesterday was my birthday, and although I got to my craft room, it was only enough time for a quick make to share with you today, and then today being Mum’s Day, I got dragged kicking and screaming to have a meal with my sons (if you believe that you will believe anything)! So two hard torturous days of being forced to eat naughty things and enjoying them way too much, that which I should not, but I’ve been working hard to keep this new found figure of mine, so I have a few (a real few! pounds to spare, which are well and truly used up)….this girl knows how to boogie on down with food lol 🙂

So here today I have to share with you a stamp Mr Kim kindly bought for my birthday:

It’s called ‘Going To Seed‘ by Woodware and although it is an older stamp, it is one of those I kept meaning to get, but kept getting pushed to the back of the queue, so finally this injustice has been put right, and I am now the proud owner! ‘Birthday Kisses‘ stamp also by Woodware too. Distress inks Barn Door, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw made the background strip by masking off and brushing the colours backwards and forwards until I get the right depth of colour. Mr Kim also bought me a craft pack of card and papers, which I also used to make the above card. He has been taught well me thinks 🙂

I also was given an updated light box made by my brother’s own fair hands (so means a lot), and although I omitted to say that light boxes don’t have a top, it in fact works well, as you can see in the photos.

The above photos were taken without the light on to give a more ‘end of day’ theme.

I was also spoilt with money from my sons, a new pair of boots (desperately needed as I had actually completely walked the heels off the old pair) from Mr Kim, and a lovely camisole top and beautiful print over shirt from my other brother and sister-in-law. Wasn’t I just so spoilt (Yes I am smiling like a Cheshire cat) and of course the spoiling continued today, a whole weekend of pure spoiling, my can a girl get use to that!

Although I had to share today with my little best buddy, Will, it is his 2nd birthday, and we bought him a squeaky skunk toy (which he tried to emulate later by rubbing in ‘you know what’ in the park), and then had to have a lovely shower, followed by leftovers from Mum’s day dinner meat (of which he made light work)

I swear he’s saying “Did I give you permission to take pictures Mrs!”

He’s such a joy and makes me laugh all the time, and his latest feat to say yes with a nod of the head when he wants something. Won’t be long before he’s talking I swear 🙂

That’s it for now, so enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and I will catch up with you soon.

Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

Hugs

Kim

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

Little Reindeer Delivery

Hello Crafters

How has your week been? Probably as manic and busy as always, (as mine was that is why I didn’t manage to post last week – soz!), but this week my other half had his cancer op, which I am pleased to say went swimmingly well and now all the radiotherapy is over, inside and out, and hopefully well on the way to recovery, phew! Came home Thursday and is already down the allotment today lol 🙂 Probably making sure no one has run off with his beans!

So although I have had a couple of days off to help sort things out, I have had a little chance to play, and something I am itching to show you but can’t just yet! In the meantime, I can show you these cute little reindeer cards that I have made for a couple of family members, and I am sure it will put a smile on their faces when they receive them.

Here’s the first one:

As you can see they are just so cute, and this I set in a night time setting, helping Santa get all the presents together! The little bell I picked up from The Works and for a pack of 60 different colours for 99p – bargain! The stamp and die sets were from Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together, as was the Stitched Hills & Puffy Clouds. The sentiment was from Justrite Festive Poinsettia & Justrite Christmas Inner Thoughts for the inside sentiments.

The second card….

…shows these cute little penguins playing in the snow and is a daytime sceen.  Again the wonderful Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamp and die set and the front sentiment is from the same set. The inner sentiment is a stamp I got free with a magazine last year. The card used here was mainly from my stash except the white card was from Papermill Direct. The embossing folder was from Stampin’ Up and has been discontinued but there are plenty of falling snow embossing folders, take your pick!

So there you have it for now, I have been producing quite a few Christmas cards, but next week I hopefully will have something else to show you.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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 £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

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

Under The Sea!

Hello Crafters

Under The Sea Box (1)

Kim Styles Card|Under The Sea

Well a couple of weeks ago I promised to share something special with you. I recently met a lovely lady who is a nurse, and has been studying to pass some exams, and having worked in a surgery, I understand how hard working, and beneficial nurses are to an everyday working surgery life, as well as being so important to the patients themselves. When I discovered that she was adding more strings to her bow, I had nothing but admiration for her, as working hours are long, and sometimes nurses get the raw end of the deal. To celebrate her achievement, I wanted to give her something special and to let her know how proud she should feel, and to top it all, it turned out she’s a crafter too!

Well I wanted to experiment with an idea, so this is what I came up with. It appears as nothing more than one of those fold flat to post boxes, and you are right, with some colourful characters thrown in to celebrate the occasions, and these are a mix of Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea, Scripty Sayings and Mama Elephant Whale Wishes.

The box I calculated and made myself as I wanted something a little bit bigger than the Spellbinders Box Die and I cut the edges with Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders. Now I agree this is nothing special but, it’s what you can’t see that I am so pleased with….just lift the front flap and…….

I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to see what is under the sea too? So the scene was created for all the colourful creatures that we don’t get to see above the water, and the bottom of the box becomes a whole new world, making use of all that wasted space!

I shall leave you to decide what you think, all I know is I couldn’t find anything else quite like it, hence why it is the special box.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and the lovely sunshine today.

Hugs

Kim xx