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 ­čÖé

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 ­čÖé


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! ­čÖé

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 ­čÖé 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


With Deepest Sympathy

Hello Crafters

Well again we find ourselves being reminded that we are forever mortal, and this week saw the passing of a friends Nan, mind you she did manage 102! That surely is an achievement in itself, but she was very poorly so really however much we miss those we love, it is a blessing they suffer no more. So this has prompted the card today.

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I was so pleased with the photos, and the light box I made really does help when taking pictures, and it cost but a few sheets of paper. Black will show all the flaws when photographing, even the ones you didn’t know were there!

Here’s the lists:




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  1. Make a black card base 14.5 cm x 19 cm (7.5″ x 5.7″) but do not make up yet.
  2. Take front of base card and cut border edge with Pyxis die. Keep both parts.
  3. Cut 2 no silver mirri 14 cm x 18.5 cm (7.3″ x 5.5″)
  4. Using 1 no silver mirri card, cut border using Pyxis edge and decorative panel so it sits above the cut border edge on the card front panel. Keep excess edge piece.
  5. Cut 2 no black card 13.5 cm x 18 cm (7.1″ x 5.3″).
  6. Using 1 no piece black card, cut final decorative edge with Pyxis bottom die cutting panel above the silver decorative panel. Keep both pieces.
  7. Next take the top front black decorative edge piece of card and smaller black card for inside and stamp using white versa color ink to form background with humming bird largest stamp.
  8. Cut and emboss 4 no decorative corners using Blooming Collection but keep the tiny off cut pieces to use at the bottom of the card for decoration if desired.
  9. Cut 1 no black circle using die no 3 from Standard Circle Large, and stamp white versaSympathy Feb 16 (6) color using small humming bird flower around the edge.
  10. Cut 1 no decorative circle from the Blooming Collection in Silver Mirri and mount to center of black circle with foam pads.
  11. Using a piece of small black card, stamp sentiment with Versamark and White Embossing powder and heat set. Cut to size and use corner round. Mount with foam pads onto to silver mirri card with round corners to finish.
  12. Matt and layer front and inside as shown.
  13. Mount Circle and cross in center, decorative corners and sentiment underneath, and glue the tiny saved pieces at the edge of the panel.
  14. For the bottom piece, cut each off cut section to fit inside each piece as above. (Mine was very thin but you can leave a larger section if you choose and place your sentiment elsewhere) I embossed  my last piece to take the plainness off but you can decorate as you like. Matt and layer and mount to bottom on foam pads.
  15. Attach completed front card to the back base of the card making sure the bottom panel fits with the card front.
  16. Cut and emboss 1 no piece silver mirri using SB Decorative Labels 27.
  17. Cut and emboss 1 no black card using matching Labels 27. Stamp sentiment with Versamark and White embossing powder and heat set. Mount onto decorative piece and foam mount on inside center.
  18. Decorate as desired.

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This is quite time consuming but the result is beautiful, and I must admit that the Pyxis dies cuts so well and looks stunning.

I’m off to cook some Lemon Scones with fresh lemons…mmmm….yummy, and then I need to finish Will’s jumper, bless him, he keeps shivering, all that hair doesn’t seem to keep him warm in this bitterly cold weather.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend ­čÖé


Kim x

Pretty in Blue

Hello Crafters

How has your weekend been so far, I know that some of you have had snow, but it seems that it has completely missed us in this part of the world, thankfully, but it is bitterly cold, and this to me is a good excuse to get down to some heart warming crafting! Any excuse eh?

So today was another invention for a family members birthday and I had an idea in mind, so I set about the centre image being a flower with a random background. Easy you would think, but it does need to be a certain sort of background to work, so after a few trial and errors, this is what I came up with.



Card: White 300 gsm, White 240 gsm Hammered, Blue 240 gsm & White Spot Card 220 gsm, Vellum

Dies: SB Matting Basics A & B, Romantic Rectangles Two

Stamps: Inkylicious Summer Morn, Justrite Colourful Brush Strokes, Phill Martin Decadent Damask Birthday Verses, Do Crafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamps Traditional Sentiments

Inks: Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, Memento Nautical Blue, Stazon Jet Black Ink.



N.B. Die sizes are labelled using size 1 as the smallest.

Well you can see it is a pretty straightforward card, that is simple matting and layering, and using the flower stamp as the focal image.


  1. Start with a basic white card 14.5 x 19 cm, and the reason I use this size is you only need one sheet of card to make the base card.
  2. Then using the spot card, cut a 14 x 18.5 cm layer. Place a piece of ribbon round the centre. Using nautical blue stamp sentiment in the bottom right corner. Layer onto base.
  3. Cut next layer using SB Matting Basics B Die 6 with Hammered white card. Mount using 1mm foam squares.
  4. Using Romantic Rectangles Die 4 and blue card – cut, emboss and layer onto hammered white card with 1mm foam squares.
  5. Stamp image onto white card with Nautical Blue ink, creating a stamped background first with distress inks and Justrite Colourful Brush Strokes ink splodge. Mount onto blue layer using 1mm foam pads.


Follow above but replace step 5 by cutting and embossing a piece of vellum using SB Matting Basics A Die 3 then stamp the birthday sentiment with jet black Stazon. Leave for a few minutes to dry so it doesn’t smudge. I mounted with Cosmic Shimmer Dries clear glue with tiny dots in the corner and then placed an embellishment over the corner to hide the glue spot.

There you have it a simple card but quite pretty, what do you think?


Kim x

Pet Sympathy Box

Hello Crafters

I hope you have had a peaceful weekend and that you have managed to fit in lots of crafting.

As usual, we have had a busy time, but it is always good to see the family, which in turn made me do some much needed housework and sorting out!

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Recently, my boss lost his wonderful furry companion, and I think anyone that has had a pet knows how devastating it can be. 10 years on and I still miss my old pal, but my new pal is growing and reminding me of a lot of traits my old pal had. Poor little mite just had ‘the chop’, so he is recovering from that and has given me so many scares as he was playing with the grandchildren and running around like a lunatic! I was positive he was going to burst his stitches! He seems to have healed so quickly, but he is off for a check up tomorrow to make sure.

So I thought in light of my bosses loss, it would be nice to have a keepsake, so I set about making something that would be useful, practical but also sentimental.

I have had a book type wooden box hanging around for a while waiting for the ‘right’ moment, and this was just the right thing for what I had in mind.

I painted using Bronze Acrylic Paint from The Range, and allowed to dry for about an hour. You can’t see it in the picture but it shimmers, so I didn’t put any sealant over it.

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I also didn’t want too much decoration, so using Justrite Pet Sympathy stamps, and Justrite Furry Friends stamped the ‘Faithful Friend’ sentiment and cut using SB Labels 28 Card Creator smallest die. Next stamped the small dog image, the paw, heart and bone and fussy cut, then coloured using Spectrum Noir pens. Next hole punch where indicated. I then stamped and cut the ‘Woof Woof’ sentiment. I stuck this underneath the corner, and then thread the other cut out pieces on a stretch thread intermittent with little gems. Hot glue altogether to the corner with a decorative button and flowers.

Next cut a frame using the largest SB Labels 28 Card Creator and Labels 28 largest die using gold mirra card. Using SB 5 x 7 Matting Basic A I cut the second largest die and SB Labels 28 largest die layered together with decorative spot card, to go underneath the frame, as the frame was slightly larger than the box aperture.

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I then cut a piece of spot card to go inside to line the box, and stamped with the paw border and a sentiment.

Next I added a tassel to open the box with using hot glue for a firm fixing and then added pearls on the frame corners to finish.

I hope this will help to keep all those precious things in, including photos. which can be added to the aperture.

Well I hope you like the idea, and that it gives you some inspiration to get out those things we keep tucked away, and make something special with.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x

Thanks Mum!

Thank you mum

Hello Again Crafters!

Nothing for a while and two come along at once lol ­čÖé

I couldn’t post this before as it hadn’t been received by┬áthe intended recipient, but now it has, I can post and show – and I am quite proud of this one. It was based on the amazing Becca Feeken card, but I didn’t have all the dies so I had to improvise and it came out really well and I hope to make another soon, but for now here is how.



  1. Cut and emboss 6 no smaller filigree corners and very lightly ink with the peeled paint and then the versa ink to the raised areas. Cut the foam pads into small pieces stick to the back of the filigree corners ready to mount.
  2. Using a magnetic mat or removable tape if you don’t have a magnetic mat, cut and emboss a frame using Labels Thirty Two but do not remove from the dies after cutting. While still in the dies, using the Peeled Paint and the Laurel Leaf ink until you have a greeny grey antique look to the exposed part of the frame. When happy, remove the dies and wipe off the ink from the die. I use baby wipes or soapy warm water.
  3. Cut out the flower parts and make the flower, put to one side to dry.  Click here to get instructions.
  4. Make a card base 21.5 cm x 12.7 cm in cream.
  5. Cut 2 no pieces of cream card 21.1 cm x 12.2 cm.
  6. Cut 2 no pieces of Mocha Brown Card 20.7 cm x 11.8 cm.
  7. Cut 2 no pieces of background paper 20.3 cm x 11.4 cm. Mount onto Mocha Brown card. Place ribbon around and secure at the back of the brown card. Mount onto Cream Card with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue.
  8. Lay the filigree corner dies out temporarily and find where you wish to stamp your sentiment. You can use your inked frame as a guide. Stamp sentiment with Black Stazon Ink.
  9. Starting from the middle and work your way out, mount the filigree die cuts above leaving the middle exposed to show the stamped sentiments.
  10. Mount the inked frame around the centre on foam pads.
  11. Decorate to finish.

I really enjoyed making this card, and I was told , the recipient loved receiving it!

It just goes to show that we need not rush out and buy something because someone else has used it in their design. There is always a way round, we just have to use our wonderful imagination and creative ability.

Have a wonderful evening

Hugs Kim x

Wonderful Saturday Creation – Card Two

… the inspiration continued to flow, I created a couple more cards. As I was in the ‘Christmas’ frame of mind, I decided to follow the lead and see where we went. This beautiful embossing folder had been in my mind for a while, but nothing I seem to put against it worked, until today.




  1. Spellbinders Winter Wonders Embossing Folder
  2. Dies – Spellbinders Mix ‘n’ Match Ornaments, Foliage Flourish, Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas Die, Memory Box Crisp Bows Die
  3. Stamps – Justrite Mix ‘n’ Match Christmas Sentiments
  4. Embellishments – Versamark Clear,┬áPapermania Embossing Glitter┬áEnchanted Gold, Papermania Gold Embossing Powder, Ribbon
  5. Card – Crafters Companion Gold Centura Pearl Card, White Card 300sgm, Gold Pearlescent Card (from old stock)
  6. Tools – Dremel Hot Glue Gun, Foam Sticky Pads, Tim Holtz Heat Gun, Cosmic Shimmer Clear, baby wipes, tissues.


This is very easy and quick to do.

Front of card:

  1. Make a card base from gold centura card 19.2 mm x 14 mm. Cut another piece the same size and glue to inside of card. The centura pearl I used was white on the back, so to highlight the embossed imagine, I stuck the gold centura pearl card inside.
  2. Cut 2 no white card 18.8 mm x 13.6 mm and emboss using Winter Wonders. Use both sides of the folder so you have one each of the design.
  3. Using the christmas tree embossed image, mount to base card.
  4. Cut and emboss the large Foliage Flourish from gold pearlescent card and mount using sticky foam pads cut into small pieces at the top of the embossed image on the front.
  5. Cut and emboss 2 no christmas baubles from the Mix ‘n’ Match Ornaments (your choice of design), leave them in the dies. This is where you get messy! Using versamark clear, stamp through the die to the raised areas, remove from the die and make sure you clean┬áthe die thoroughly (I use baby wipes and tissues), then on the die cut, sprinkle with embossing glitter and heat. Leave to cool.
  6. Cut the crisp bows and trim to required length, then adhere to back of the baubles at varying lengths. Attach to card using small pieces of sticky foam.
  7. Cut Merry Christmas sentiment and glue to base of embossed image on the front.

Inside of card:

  1. Using the second embossed imagine and versamark clear, lightly dab the pad over the embossed imagine, try not to press as you only want to wet the raised parts. Sprinkle with enchanted gold glitter.
  2. Using Justrite Christmas sentiments of your choice (there are so many lovely phrases you can make) stamp with versamark clear and use gold embossing powder. Try not to mix with the glitter all ready to heat, as it brushes off very easily.
  3. Heat all the embossing powder but try not to leave your gun on any part too long as it will warp the paper. Leave to cool.
  4. Glue to inside of card, trimmed to fit.

It sounds a lot to do but it really is quite simple with wonderful results. Of course you don’t have to do all the embossing, but it just sort of screamed glitz me up!


Kim x