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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

Hugs

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:

INGREDIENTS:

RECIPE:

  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

Hugs

Kim x

Happy Valentines Day!

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Hello Crafters

I hope you are all being spoiled rotten on this Valentine’s Day (Yeah right, I can hear you say!) Well if not, then why not go off to your little peace of heaven, and craft away I say, which is obviously where I am lol!

Anyhow, here is the card I made for my other half, as he is very supportive of my hobby, gives him the chance to disappear down the allotment without a fight!

Showing is the inside of the card, and I made this very quickly as I preferred something modern as oppose to sentimental and flowery, and I think it worked out quite well. (Couldn’t help my self on the big heart though)

INGREDIENTS:

CARD: Papermill -White 300 gsm, Maroon 300 gsm, Red 240 gsm, Patterned card in stash, The Range РGold Mirri Card

DIES: Spellbinders Classic Hearts, MFT Stitched Tags

STAMPS: Justrite Bokeh Time, What I Like About You¬†(On special offer), Stampin’ Up Gorgeous Grunge¬†(25% off at the moment if you follow the link)

INKS: Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick, Memento – Angel Pink, Gray Flannel, Brilliance – Galaxy Gold

RECIPE:DSC00246

  1. Make a maroon base card 19 cm x 14.5 cm (7.5″ x 5.7″)
  2. Cut 2 no gold mirri card 18.5 cm x 14 cm (7.3″ x 5.5″). 1 inside, 1 outside.
  3. Cut 2 no white card 18 cm x 13.5 cm (17.” x 5.3″).¬†1 inside, 1 outside.¬†Stamp pattern using stamps above as desired.
  4. Cut 2 each of 4 of the SB Classic Hearts.
  5. Cut 4 of the MFT Fishtail Banners (Stitched), 3 for the front different sizes, and one for inside.
  6. Stamp sentiment in the Largest Heart and decorate as desired. Outline in gold metallic pen, every heart.
  7. Assemble as shown.
  8. Decorate as desired.

 

Simples! as they say.

Happy Valentines to those wonderful crafters

Hugs

Kim x

 

 

Something for the boys

Hello Crafters

Hope your weekend has been a creative one although I expect most of you have been in the garden after yesterdays impersonation of the south of france!

Will and I¬†on the other hand have been amusing ourselves, as he can’t go out until he has had all his jabs, which is a while yet, so I made the most of the time in my craft room! You will have to wait until next week to see those as the birthday cards have to be seen by the intendeds first – only fair!

So I have a card that I made for my son to show you today, and it feels like I am getting tKim Styles Cardshe hang of the male cards at long last.

I really love the stamps from Visible Image, so good for men and a bit different from cars, football and beer!

The stamps I used were: Visible Image –¬†Rock Out, Soul Music, Ink Splats, Grunge Flourish¬†and Jakes Skates (edger Stamp) Waltzingmouse Stamps – Compact Family (on sale)¬†Clarity StampsWord Chain 3

Inks: Memento РSummer Sky, Bahama Blue, Nautical Blue, Toffee Crunch, Peanut Brittle, Tuxedo Black

Dies: Poppy Stamps – Melody Music

Card: From Papermill – White and Black. The Range – Silver Mirra

It all went together quite quickly considering I wasn’t 100% sure what the finish project was going to be and mixing the pale blue and beige worked so well! Not colours I would normally put together but on that day, apparently there were no others!

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On the inside, I masked off 3 areas to the size I wanted and then over stamped to match the front of the card.

I then stamped the words with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and edged with first a gold glitter pen, although you can’t see the glitter, then a black fineliner on the inside to make it pop. You could add a little grey round the edge before you remove the mask, this would add more depth, but I just edged it.

When I had finished, I actually preferred the inside, so this is a project for another time, me thinks!

All in all, I was pleased with the outcome and it was quick too! Thank goodness says Will, as he wakes from his slumber and now wants me to throw toys all over the place!

Most people want the lovely little puppy stage, but me personally, although I love him to bits, can’t wait for the adult dog, that’s my fun time. Going for walks, knowing he’s trustworthy and solid, and having quality time together with a trained dog or is that owner?!

In the meantime, Will had to have a trim around the eyes today as he was doing a very good impression of Chewbacca!

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Will http://theartmad.com/chewbacca-pictures-images-photos/

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See what I mean!

There you go folks, just like I said, nothing normal in my life, not even my puppy!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I have a feeling Will may impersonate an Ewok next!

Hugs

Kim x

Mad About Colour!

Hello Crafters

How have you all been, crafting your little fingers to the bone (whenever possible) if you are anything like me! I have yet again, flown off into another arty frenzy, as we all do, and have been re-discovering my love of colour! As my distress inks are always staring at me saying, ‘use me! use me!’ I have been looking around to see if I can find different ways of using these wonderful inks. Hence I discovered the wonderful Barbara Gray and her awesome Gelli Plate. I have been watching her tutorials which you can find on You Tube, and she is one very talented lady! I missed out on meeting her at Ally Pally as I didn’t realise it was actual the lady herself sitting there! Der! I have recently purchased the stamps and some wonderful stencils, but have had little time to play, so that will be a post for the future, hopefully next week, if I can stop working long enough! Yesterday I was very naughty and ordered the small gelli plate and mount, so once it arrives, and I can’t wait, I will probably be boring you silly with all the wonderful things I can make….I have the Carpenters song whizzing around in my head now….. Please Mr Postman…..check and see….. Anyhow enough, I have been playing around with colour and came up with the above card for my besties son, Scott, and I hope he liked it. It was really simple to do: Kim Style's CardsINGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cm x 5 cm (2″ x 2″) Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick or any other in your face colour!
  • Pilot Fine Liner Black Pen
  • Spellbinders¬†Stamps –¬†Colourful Brush Strokes
  • Papermill Card – Spring Green, Black, White and Silver Mirri Card.
  • Tools – Blending mat, water spritzer, glue/adhesive, embellishments¬†to decorate

RECIPE:

  1. Make a base card 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm (5 5/8″ x 5 5/8″) in Spring Green
  2. Cut 2no Silver Mirri cards 14 cm x 14 cm (5 3/8″ x 5 3/8″)
  3. Cut 2 no Black card 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm (5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″)
  4. Lastly cut 2 no 13 cm x 13 cm White Card (4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″)
  5. Using a blending mat, take one of the colours¬†and give a good splodge of colour on the mat and spritz with water. Using your acrylic block, push into the colour and move around a little to mix it. Lift the acrylic block and place down on whichever corner you wish making sure you leave roughly 1 cm (1/2″) from the top and side edge. Don’t worry if you get excess colour on the edge, you can gently blot from the edge with kitchen towel to drain the colour away.
  6. Repeat this step with the other 3 colours, cleaning your block and blending mat before using another colour. I use a baby wipe or damp cloth.
  7. Allow these to dry completely, then using your liner pen, follow the shape round the square, including the inlet pieces. It gives it character.
  8. To finish, just draw a ‘piggledey’ line around the outside to form a border.
  9. Stamp a sentiment in one of the boxes.Kim Style's Cards
  10. To decorate the inside I simply used the same distress inks in the same placement as on the front of your card but with splats and one of the sentiments from the same set.

Simple but quite effective, with unlimited possibilities!

Now this got the old brain box wanting to play a bit more with colour, so it jumped right into scenes!

A never ending search for my brain to do a really good scene! This is what we ended up with, a bit more of an advance on my previous one, with more depth.

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I used stamps from Serendipity, Inkylicious¬†and I used a mix of distress inks and Memento Dew Drop inks. I really can’t remember what colours I used, it was definitely a go with the moment thing!

I was really pleased that it came out with that hazy, sun setting, sort of image.

I haven’t added a sentiment, as I thought it was a card I could keep in case of emergency!

So what else have I been up to……oh yes! The dreaded brayer!

I bought a Speedball brayer around 6 years ago but never seemed to get on with it, well after a few very well taught videos from Barbara, I got my mojo in order and told myself to ‘get a grip’ and learn!!! Guess what, look at this little beauty….

Still a bit to learn but wait and see what I have in store for this……can’t wait!Kim Style's Cards

I know, I know, the lines are there, but that really helps believe it or not! Still you will have to wait and see! ūüôā

I also tried a little bit of stencil work, which I’ve never done either and I was quite relieved that at least it came out and looked like a scene

Kim Style's CardsThis I have decided to make into a little notelet book, and I will be sending it to my future Sister-in-law, as I know that she loves to receive and send letters, would you believe at least 20 a week!

So I think that is all I have right now, the rest I will show and tell later!

For now, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to creating and telling all about it.

Oh…before I go, if you live locally to Basildon, a new Craft shop has opened called Craftplus. I literally stumbled across it this afternoon on my way home, and it is brilliant and so well priced. Lovely welcome we received and he even let us browse and buy after he should have shut the shop. Thank you so much! Do have a trip there, it really is a great place, and I shall be visiting often…..oh no…my bank manager is crying lol!

Hugs

Kim xxx