Man Cave!


Hello Crafters

Hope you have had a great weekend. I’ve been de-cluttering, had an overwhelming urge to get rid of clutter around the place, think it makes you feel stressed, so I tried to find any space I could and put things away, instead of having them on show, and I feel much better for it! Mr Kim will probably take around a year to find everything, best game of hide and seek ever, cos by the time he asks me where it is I would have forgotten, so many a game will be had shortly!

So I haven’t had as much time this week as I would have liked due to the above (great for the soul though) so I found this to share, which I must admit took a bit of work, but came out a ‘right treat’, as some would say!

I suppose it should just be ‘Cave’ if we were being politically correct, but in this case, it really was a man cave! I worked it all out, measuring and cutting by hand and was quite pleased with how I managed to get the table at the right angle, cos it almost became an angled drawing board at one point and architect I was not aiming for!

So quick recap on dies used:

I’m sure we all wouldn’t mind a cave of our own, especially a ‘Crafters Cave’ in the back garden, would we!

Have a great week


Kim x

Anchors Away!

Hello Crafters

How’s your week been? Well here it has been fast and furious but also quite a lovely one, so happy and contented doesn’t happen often, so we make the most! I spent a lovely Saturday with my friend, just a very luxurious coffee and lots of lovely chat, but it was like a week away on holiday! Just what the doctor ordered! It really is true that a change is as good as a rest! ­čÖé

This week I sort of had one of those ‘What happen to my crafting mojo?’ periods, where I so wanted to craft, but I swear someone run off with my creative brain! There was just an empty space, with dust flying around, makes me shudder just thinking about it, but it returned just in time for the weekend (might have been the fact that I spent a tinsey whincey bit if money on some crafting goodies, but it worked)….. so my was I pleased about that! I will show you that elation makes next week.

Today I can share the card I made for my brother a few weeks ago. I was really pleased with how it came out and he loved it!

I used Marianne Creatables Rope Die, Nellie Snellen Vintasia Anchor, Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes Die, Crafts Too Happy Birthday die, Spellbinders Classic Large and Small Die. Backing papers from The Range and base card from Papermill Direct.

I made the card base myself by scoring half way across the front of an A5 card, and semi-cutting a circular die on the right hand side, and then fold back the right hand side and glued. You may want to trim just a 2mm piece from the edge of the card to make sure it sits properly. I made the port-hole using large and small Spellbinders Circle dies. The decorative trim, was the Heartfelt Creations die, cut down so the decorative portion remained and glued top and bottom of port hole. The crowning glory for me though was the rope feature, which looked almost real and they die cut perfectly with little effort.

Excuse the photos, I grabbed t he pictures just before going to my brothers, so not as good as I would have liked.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x

Birthday Boy!

Hello Crafters

Have you been enjoying this wonderful sunshine? I couldn’t resist going outside and gardening, my craft room was saying ‘pick me, pick me’, but I had to go outside and enjoy the warmth. It was well worth it, as the garden looks fantastic, and of course, my other half enjoys me invading his territory for a while!

Here’s the rockery that we have just started, and as we find bigger and better rocks, we shall build it up, and we edged all the lawn and hopefully in the next couple of weeks, the mess of wood at the back will become a shed! So spring has sprung and so have we!

I have been crafting though, and I enjoyed every minute, this time for my nephew’s birthday. Just wanted something clean and simple, so that was exactly what I ended up with. I love these Stampin’ Up The Open Sea stamps. I use them quite often, think they have been retired now. The numbers are Spellbinders Victorian Numbers. The clock is Marianne Clock, and the background sheet is from The Range – Craft Sensations Some Memories – brilliant value and such good quality.


My next card was again another bereavement, just seems no end at the moment, so I have made another sympathy card. This was using Spellbinders Victorian Corners, Heirloom Oval, Grand Decorative Ovals (Discontinued), Paper from Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters, one of my favourites. The stamps are from Justrite Caring Thoughts.

Well that’s all for today, but I will be back next weekend, with hopefully some fun makes.

Have a lovely evening


Kim x

Music Soothes The Soul!

Hello Crafters

Today I would like to share and tell about a lovely card I made for a great guy, and also about a great stamp company, Visible Image, that is British and sells beautiful quality stamps. 20150422_080329I got to meet 20150422_080231them at Ally Pally and they are wonderful creative people, and their stamps are great to use. Good solid quality, and the stamped images are brilliant. When I was really little I use to love to draw abstract art and that continued well into my twenties until I became a Mum and I had no time. When I stumbled across this web site looking for Splats & Splodges, I was amazed at how different the stamps were.

So I purchased some stamps and now want to own them all! I post previously about some notelets I made. Today I wanted to share this card, which I adore, even if I say so myself, and the recipient liked too!

 It was fun and simple to make and looks so vibrant and happy.

Visible Image are looking for DT at the moment, check out their blog!

I wished I was good enough to even half go for it, but I still have alot to learn.

Well folks, that’s it for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and carry on crafting! ­čÖé


Kim x

Happy Birthday Son!

Hello Crafters

Well we had a great day Saturday for the charity event and the sun shone all day which was wonderful, and hopefully we raised loads so we can help more disabled people get the mobility they need to give them a better quality of life.

Today I made a quick card for my sons birthday so I thought I would let you know what I have been up to.

Son 4

Items Used 

  • Spellbinders Ironworks Motifs, Labels 25
  • Crafts Too Squares
  • Justrite ‘Birthday Wishes for you’ and ‘Grand Birthday’ stamps
  • Picture from June Edition ‘Making Cards’
  • Basic Grey Archiac Obsolescent Backing Paper
  • Gold Metallic Card
  • Gold Versa Ink and Gold Papermania Embossing Powder.
  • Two Tone Blue Ribbon
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glue, Sticky Pads and foam.

Ironwork Motifs


  1. First make a base card using 300 gsm white card folded in half and I trimmed to 14.4 cm wide x 21 cm long.
  2. Cut out your desired image of your choice with square die and emboss to suit your image. Cut a larger white square of card and stick image to card to create the base of the centrepiece.
  3. Next using the 1st and 3rd square die at the same time, cut and emboss the gold metallic card to create a frame. Mount with 3 mm sticky foam squares to give the 3D effect of a frame.
  4. Next cut 2 no Gold metallic rectangle 14 cm  x 20.6 cm and using backing paper cut 2 no rectangle 13.6 cm x 20.2 cm. Glue 1 piece of the backing paper to 1 piece of the gold card. Place ribbon round the left hand side and glue one on the front of the card and the other on the inside of the card.
  5. Mount the framed topper on the top of your card.
  6. Stamp your sentiment with gold versa ink onto white 300 gsm card and die cut and emboss using Labels 25, I used the 3rd die. For the inside I used the largest die and stamped and heat embossed in gold.
  7. To add detail I used the Ironwork Motifs and cut the largest die and then snipped off pieces to make the corners of the frame and the sentiment topper. Decorate as desired.

Son 3

I don’t have many corner dies so this is a great way to embellish and change the look.


I also used the smaller long die for the framed corners by snipping the ends off, and it fitted perfectly!

Son 2

I hope this has inspired you to look and see what you can do with your dies.

Have a lovely day and hope the sunshine inspires you too!

Kim x