Twist ‘n’ Pop Birthday

Hello Crafters

Hope you are all having a great week producing beautiful moments in time!

This week I decided to have a go at this twist ‘n’ pop craze that every one seemed to be doing, a little behind I know but none the less I got there! First I started by having a look at images and YouTube and then I decided I wanted something different for the grandchildren so said to myself ‘ Let’s have a go!’

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I was so pleased as I measured and made it all, and it worked first time.

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Well I hope you have a wonderful week and look forward to seeing your creations!


Kim x




Happy Birthday Son!

Hello Crafters

How has your week been? It was back to the grind stone for most I expect and I still found myself longing for the weekend at 9.01 am Tuesday morning! Mum would always say ‘Stop wishing your life away’, but I just love creating and work gets in the way  A-L-L T-H-E  T-I-M-E!

Anyway, a quick share today as it is late (never enough hours in a day) and I just wanted to show you my son’s card. I bought these stamps and dies especially for this but they are fun and easy to colour and I know I will use them over and over.

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  1. My Favourite Thing – Recipe For Happiness Stamp & Die
  2. Memory Box – Alphabet Soup Uppercase
  3. Magazine Die – Star Frames 7
  4. Lawn Fawn – Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle & Square
  5. Justrite – Bokeh Polka Dots
  6. Woodware – Birthday Moves

At first I was only going to use one of the chef images but I couldn’t choose between them and then just decided to use them all! Although My Favourite Things Stamps and dies tend to be a bit pricey (I believe that is due to import costs – Yes, Mr Taxman, guilty as charged!) I do like the quality and theme of their products, would have a lot more if I could!

Well that’s it for now, enjoy the rest of your week and not long to the weekend, THAT is always a happy thought (sympathise for those that have to work though), but whatever you are doing – enjoy 🙂


Kim x

Balloon Celebration

Hello Crafters

Well my oh my hasn’t Mr Sunshine been parading around this week! Hope he’s made you feel full of warmth, because we needed something to make us feel good after this weeks awful events. I was lost for words that anyone, could carry out something so heinous as this and given that this brutal act is being paraded as an act of religion, just defies all logic! I cannot even talk about it but the feeling of love, support and harmony of Manchester is worth talking about. What amazing, uplifting and loving scenes has been shown by standing side by side and not condemning but showing true feelings of spirit and love that bring a community together, so overpowering and so memorable, what a wonderful community. THAT IS WORTH TALKING ABOUT, and my heart is with the families of those angels that are smiling down on us and feeling that love. God bless you all.

So in light of this, I wanted to share some warmth and colour with you today. Firstly the card I made for Mr Kim’s grandson. He’s a clever little lad and he is always wanting to learn, and sometimes when he visits and comes into my crafty heaven spot, he ask about what this or that does, and how does this work. I was a little lost as to what I could do for him, but this card was born from some scraps hanging around my work space.

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I usually leave these bits on the top, so they annoy the hell out of me, and then I use them, it works, every time! That’s what happened here, I wanted to make a card but also to use these off cuts, as every time I look at them I don’t see waste I see frames! So that is how this card was born.

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I embossed a card with ink splats in white and used the distress inks over the top with a mix of colours to make a sheet of card to use for the balloons and sentiment. I then covered the balloons with glossy ink. I created the garden scene for the backdrop, and used the cute kitten as the focal point. Repeated on the inside without the frame.

Now, did I or did I not promise to show you pictures of what I would make with my new mixer? It hasn’t stopped since Friday bless it, but it is one mean bread and cake making machine, and I love it!

As you can see they don’t last long, and my will power is fading. I did have a roll but it was counted as a ‘syn’, and I had a small piece of upside down cake that has fresh pineapple, but I dare not touch the cappuccino cupcake!!!!

Anyway, got to dash, the ironing is calling and it is easier to do this at night when Mr Sunshine has taken his hat off and gone to bed!

Have a great week.


Kim x

Fairy Aunt

Hello Crafters

Well I’m still a little shocked with what’s going on outside! Today I experienced sleeting snow, hailstones, freezing fingers and soaked to the skin rain……Southend?….. more like Siberia! I know we are suppose to be experiencing April showers but plllleeeeaaaasssseeee…………………………..! I am off shortly on our first holiday in years so can I just order a little sunshine and warmth, just a few little days in Somerset with s-u-n please!

Oh well (sighs deeply) I live in hope but till then I have a happy card to share with you. It’s my Aunt’s birthday soon, so I wanted something clean and refreshing, and I think I achieved that here.

These beautiful little fairies Mr Kim found by accident in The Range, and they are only about 4.5 cm tall but they are exquisite and cut like a dream and come with tiny flowers and butterfly. There is a little fairy door and a couple of other bits and all £1.99 each, I know, amazing. I have trained Mr Kim to spot a die from a mile away, and these were hidden right on the lowest shelf almost on the floor, in a small box. I tried to search for them online but couldn’t find them so I took a shot for you of what I have.

They are so sweet! Anyway back to the card. Took a while but feel it was worth it.

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It really was a case of matt and layer all the way through, and I set the theme around the fact that I wanted the Fairy to sit on the flower, and the rest grew from there. I framed the scene with first the stitched rectangle and then the scalloped rectangle. Lightly edging some of the elements allowed it to stand out as I wanted to keep the theme all white with a hint of colour. I used the sparkle pens on the fairies for added texture.

Well that’s it folks. I hope to pop in with some pictures of our travels shortly, so until then, have wonderful crafty days.


Kim x

Happy Easter!

Hello Crafters

Just popping in to wish you all a very Happy Easter, and hope you haven’t nibbled all the chocolate eggs yet 🙂 I was lucky enough to have been invited to my son and daughter-in-laws for a lovely roast, in their new home, and I’d been looking forward to it for ages, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and so did Will, who had roast chicken for dinner too.

I must admit that Easter is not a thing I usually do much about, other than for the grandchildren, but this year, I made extra special effort, so the children could have something to receive in the post, instead of just giving them an egg. We have 5 grandchildren between us, ranging from 13 to 2, so I stuck with an easy theme of making Easter boxes with treats in and a little money so they could treat themselves.

This morning we received a video of the youngest Easter Egg hunt, and I laughed when she came across the little box I made her, as she put the little kinder eggs on the floor and kept the box with the chick in! That really made me smile, and I take that as a compliment that my box was better than chocolate 🙂 Here it is:

This was made with the new Lawn Fawn Fancy Box, which I love, using acetate for the window, and the chicken was from Mama Elephant Lunar Animals, coloured using Spectrum Noir Alcohol pens, bigger piccy for all those chicken lovers out there!

The elder boys I decided to just make a large milk carton style bag that I measured and made with my Hougie Board but used the window die from the Lawn Fawn Fancy Box to make a window. Then filled each one with a packet of mini eggs and hid the money inside (another version of short egg hunt) I didn’t use any acetate, just glued a chick in the window.

The windows that were cut out, I used as tags, and put their names on using Memory Box Alphabet Soup Upper & Lower Case Dies, just love this font as it’s exactly the right size. Believe it or not I used all my scrap letters I save in a little box, and just cut the odd one I needed to make the complete name.

Lastly, I made a box to accommodate the final Easter Egg Packet as it was a different shape to the others, again I  worked the measurements out myself and made the box with the Hougie Board, and cut the top back lid flap with  X-cut Corner Rounder & Woodware 1 1/2 ” circle punch I used for the thumb hole to open on the lid.

Cut the centre out with the same die, and then assembled the box, inserted tissue inside so it didn’t move around, then added a couple of little chicks.

So that’s it folks, hope you had a great time today, just relaxing or crafting, as long as it made you smile.


Kim x