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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Kim x

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Perfectly Vintage!

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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


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With Deepest Sympathy

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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 withย 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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


Kim x