Gearing Up!

Hello Crafters

Hope the little bit of warm weather has made us all feel a bit brighter, and although Mr Frosty is trying hard to creep back in, ignore him the next few days, Mr Rain also wants to make an appearance but I just think the flowers need to be watered and it’s much easier to do it all at once instead of separately!

I’m a little late this week, just didn’t seem to stop all weekend, and I am still trying to scrapbook, and I am getting there and can’t wait to share it with you, so working my little fingers to the bone to hopefully proudly display this work of art……

For now though I have made a card, which was conjured up whilst I slumbered, and was woken up with the idea and had an overwhelming urge (don’t get them much these days), to bolt into the card room and as they say ‘Get It Down‘. Weird how my brain actually thought about everything, who says we don’t dream in colour!

I must admit I do like this abstract style of card, and the theme running in my head was metal colours hence the blue grey look.

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The paper is 160 gsm so wasn’t very thick, but I used 2mm foam tape on the outside and inside edge of the frame which made it nice and solid.

I was so pleased with the finished item, as it was better than what I had in my mind’s eye. Still wondering what I was thinking about to wake up with this image…..maybe I was a mechanical engineer in my last life!

Happy crafting


Kim x

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.


Kim x

Exploding Baby Box 3

Hello Crafters

Hope your weekend has been packed full of wonderful things. Mine certainly has, that is why I am posting so late, so please forgive the last minute post.

This is a quick little post as I wanted to share this little box with you. It was made for a special couple to have had the wonderful news that they are expecting twins after  a lot of finger crossing and ups and downs, so I was super excited for them.

This took around 5 hours to make, but was very pleased with the end result, and even happier with the look on the faces of the new parents!

So there you are, a few little trinkets and a lot of work, makes a beautiful box!

Have a wonderful week


Kim x

Happy Birthday Son!

Hello Crafters

What have you been upto recently? As promised I have returned to show you the card I made for my sons birthday, can’t believe my youngest is 33 already….where did that go!!!!

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Kim Styles Cards

I was bored with the usual things, so I stood looking at the dies to see which caught my eye, and I spotted an old favourite and thought, “haven’t used this for a while”, so out it came for an airing. I love these Spellbinders feathers and they are so versatile in that you can colour and stamp them to make them your own and the deep embossing is still visible. I used the twisted citron, tumbled glass, chipped shappire and cracked pistachio distress inks and loved the colour combo. I used John Bloodworth stamps for the spots on the feathers with picket fence distress ink and tuxedo black memento. Using the same distress ink colours, I stamped a background with Gorgeous Grunge Stampin’ Up stamps. I used some scrap off cuts for the fishtail banners and stamped with Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings and the ‘son’ stamp is no longer available as Waltzingmouse Stamps has now closed (Such a pity). I glittered the ‘Son’ with Lime Green stickles.

The inside I used the same distress inks and made some smaller feathers, and the greeting is Phil Martin Decadent Damask. The tags are by Die-namics Stitched Tags. The background stamps are all Gorgeous Grunge and John Bloodworth.

So there you have it folks.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x

Perfectly Vintage!

Hello Crafters

Nobody would ever believe that we are suppose to be in the sunny season, but at least here in Southend, we didn’t get any of that nasty wet stuff we were suppose to get yesterday, and today I was out in the garden all morning, planting all the bedding plants and hanging baskets, and I must say they look a treat! Can’t wait for them to bush out and bloom, and I will put a picture on here when they do! 🙂

Yesterday in amongst cooking and cleaning, and walking to the allottment plant sale with my little buddy, I did manage to make a couple of cards, but the first card I made, I am still not a hundred percent if I like it (oh yes, one of those sessions)!

Here it is, see what you think:

I stamped the lighthouse image and coloured it in, cut it out using Creative Expressions Tessa Frames & Tags, then make the background using the rope background card from Nautical Rose by The Range, mounted to navy blue card. Mount to white base card.

Inside I stamped onto white card Creative Expressions – Tessa’s Anchors Away stamp, with Majestic Blue Versafine Ink, then mount to silver edge navy card. Follow same as above to finish. Die cut the ship using Marianne Boats & Cars Die, once cut, leave the card in the die and colour the sails with Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky, the hull of the boat coloured with Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.

So not happy with this, I put it away for another day, and started on the next one, and this one I was happy with. I do love the Vintage -Trio Stamps from Lily of The Valley, and they are fun to colour too.

One of the most useful dies I have bought has been these MFT Dienamics Stitched Fishtail Banners, and the Stitched Tags. I used lots of off cuts of card I had and just layered until I was happy. Great way to use up scraps, ‘cos we all know we can’t throw that piece of card away, as it will come in handy! Point Proved 🙂 To finish I used Glossy accents on little bits of the coloured in image, think you can just see it.

Anyway, think you can say, that card is now done!

Well must dash, lots to do before bedtime, and then off to work we go, hi-ho hi-ho


Kim x


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!

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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:



  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


Kim x

Exploding Music Box

Hello Crafters

Well here is the exploding box I promised to share with you. This was purely a make that I had in my head and wanted to get the idea out, as it was getting in the way of future creations 🙂

The finished box is around 12 cm sq, so not as tall as my usual boxes, but hopefully just as good. It’s a bit different as I love these Visible Image Music stamps. I did purchase the Tonic Studios Rococo Guitar die for this project, but due to the size, it ended up as a brilliant topper!

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So here goes, there is quite a bit used in this little box but all worth it!



  • Papermill -300 gsm White Card
  • Range – 235 gsm Silver Mirra Card
  • Patterned card for guitar from stash.
  • Clear acetate


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  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Sing – Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet, Broken China
    • Rock Out – Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
    • Jazz It Up – Squeezed Lemonade, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
    • Play It Loud – Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord
    • Outer – Pumice Stone
    • Wall – Fired Brick
    • Floor – Walnut Stain
  • Memento:
    • Guitar – Love letter, Tuxedo Black
  • Kaleiacolor:
    • Sing – Berry Blaze
    • Jazz – Riviera
    • Trumpet – Spectrum
    • Outer – Spectrum

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  • Versafine:
    • Characters – Onyx Black, Majestic Blue
  • Embossing Folder

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  1. To make the box
    1. You can follow the guide from here but use 6 pieces of card:
    2. 4 for the sides – 14 cm x 14 cm (5.5″ x 5.5″), score at 2 cm (0.79″) and cut corner of each side of the tab to fit all four tabs on bottom when glued.
    3. 2 for the bottom – 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″) to strengthen and cover the tabs glued on the bottom.
  2. To make the lid:
    1. cut 1 no 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7.2″ x 7.2″) (Please measure the inches to be accurate to fit the box, as these conversations are rounded).
    2. Score at 3 cm (1.2″) each side and notch out the flaps. Glue flaps to form lid.
    3. Cut 1 no white card 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″), and emboss with brick folder, and distress with pumice stone ink.
    4. Cut 1 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) silver mirra card and mount white emboss card. Mount this onto the lid.
    5. Cut 4 no pieces of mirra card 11.5 cm x 2.5 cm (4.5″ x 0.98″).
    6. Cut 4 no pieces white card 11 cm x 2 cm (4.3″ x 0.79″) and emboss with brick folder. Mount onto silver mirra strip. Mount onto box lid sides.
    7. Cut out 2 no guitar pieces, 1 in silver mirra card, the other in patterned card of choice. Push out a few elements to mix n match to contrast guitar sections.
    8. Cut 1 guitar die cut from double sided adhesive, peel one side and stick onto the back of silver guitar. Mount the patterned pieces into the empty sections with the patterned card. Next peel and stick the patterned card onto the back and fill with the remaining pieces. Mount this onto the lid with 2 no very small clear acetate tabs across the center.
    9. Cut with silver mirra card the Happy Birthday sentiment and glue to lid.
  3. Decorating the box:
  4. Cut 9 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) Silver Mirra card.
  5. Cut 9 no 11 cm x 11 cm (4.3″ x 4.3″) White Card. These will be the panels that you work on to form the backgrounds. Colour and decorate as desired.
  6. Using 1 of the white panels, stamp with the hardwood floor using walnut stain ink and mount onto one of the silver mirra cards. Cut in half diagonally.
  7. Stamp in onyx black Versafine ink and fussy cut all five characters from Visible Image stamps, stamp the drummer again in Majestic Blue Versafine and fussy cut.
  8. Stamp on white card using Kaleidacolor ink the sentiments with each character and cut out using desired die. Decorate as desired.
  9. Cut a piece of white card 17.2 cm x 13 cm (6.8″ x 5.1″) and stamp the brick wall with fired brick distress ink, both sides, leaving 1 cm white space at the bottom. Cut out section in center. Score across the white area at the bottom and cut in two equal places, Exploding Box Wall Guide.
  10. Die cut 2 no party music in silver mirra card and glue to brick wall.
  11. Attach mount tabs to the box floor. Attach the diagonal sections of floor tight against the wall with 3mm sticky pads. This will be the wall support.
  12. Attach both drummers, one either side of the wall with clear acetate small tabs and glue.
  13. Mount decorated panels onto the silver mirra card and then mount onto each side as desired.

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There we are, one Exploding Music Box. Quite a bit of work, but one of a kind.

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This box is now looking for a home, so I hope I can find it a good one!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Kim x