Sunshine & Flowers!

Hello Crafters

What a wonderful Sunday it has been, warmth for everyone to enjoy, and I hope you have had a lovely day.

It has been pretty busy here, I have been baking cupcakes, making a skirt and dress (doesn’t look much here but looks smashing on), card making and long walks with our little lad and a home grooming session, as well as catching up with family, and all while starting to arrange the house sale!

I can’t share the cards with you until next weekend but I have a few pictures of the garden and our little lad, so I am going to keep you in suspenders on the cards until then.

The story of our little lad is that we were attending regularly a groomers near our home, and it was great, but the main groomer has just had a baby and gone on maternity and she left her mum and an apprentice to take appointments, which are now a minimum wait of 9 weeks (by which time little lad looks like Chewbacca!)

I gave him to the young girl and said ‘As it will be a while please cut him a little shorter but everything the same as last time please’

‘Okay, that’s fine’ was the reply.

Mr Kim collected him for me, and he said ‘As soon as I saw him, I knew it weren’t right’, so he walked in and I just looked, you know the one where your heart sinks to the floor!

We were told sometime ago never to cut his coat on the back, as it would remove the colour, and it would never grow the same again, advice I heeded for 2 years might I add. He was always cut on his rear end (as it would become the best fishing net ever), his tail trimmed (to avoid him tripping over it), his legs and paws (so they didn’t become the bestest mop in the world, bless him, they are so short!), and his bib (so he stopped his impersonation of a gorilla), so all round the bottom, and trim the sides (to stop him looking like Dougal from the Magic Roundabout)! Imagine my horror when I saw him, and they had done EXACTLY the opposite, cut all the back and left the bottom………I could have cried. I couldn’t even take photos of him. So Mr Kim was speaking to his customer, telling her about what happened, and noticed the groomer who was there  and she stated that she had used her for years and she comes to your house, and Mr Kim said how good she was with the doggy woggy and I said ‘Ok, can’t get any worse and we need to fix the mess before Will becomes depressed!’, so Wednesday came the knock at the door, and I peeked out and thought, ‘Hey, I know that face!’ I answered the door to find our new groomer was in fact a lovely lady I meet regularly at a favourite walking spot!

She confirmed my fears that they have in fact ruined his coat, and she will do the best she can to put it right, but it will take a few cuts, and I am so pleased with all she did, I can now take a photo. It was a lovely afternoon of chat and recovery and here he is:

The first picture is the before picture, you can see the beautiful long layers on top, this is what he looks like now AFTER Rea managed to get some order, you wouldn’t believe the before, honestly! That’s only one rant I have, but it’s enough for now.

To end on a brighter note, the garden is amazing, full of colour, so I took some photos for you to make you smile

The thing that made me smile most was that yellow rose, planted in memory of mum, and it’s the first ever bloom, isn’t it beautiful 🙂

Have a lovely week, and thank you for reading my rant, it’s you people that keep me going when life gets hard.

Have a beautiful week people

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

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

Ladies Day

Hello Crafters

Just a quick pop in as I have been so busy, enjoying spending time with my eldest, it was his birthday this weekend, so we went out to town for the day, and I bought him some clothes that he wanted. We had a lovely Slimming World syn free dinner, which filled us all to the tips of our toes! Who said you have to starve on a diet? Believe you me, I eat more now than I have ever done! Wonderful recipes and you really cannot tell that they belong to a  no fat  group!!

All in all we had a lovely weekend, and the weather held up too. As you probably can guess, I didn’t get any crafting done, but I have a card to show you from a couple of weeks ago.

This started by stamping the lovely new Tonic Ladies Day stamp. At first I just wanted to see how I could colour her with the Spectrum Noir Pens, but she looked so pretty when I finished, I had to give her a home, and using Inkylicious Spring Awakening and Trailing Vines, I created a background using Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Shabby Shutters distress inks, and a mask to keep the bottom clean.Once dry, I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then the sentiments were from Justrite Forever Friends. The inside greeting was stamped onto die cuts from Spellbinders Label Thirty Four and Fourty Nine.

She looks quite a sassy lady, and I am sure we all have one of her inside us bursting to come out 🙂

Hope you all have a lovely week.

Bye for now

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