Crafty Saturday

Hello Crafters

Kim Styles CardsHow is your Bank Holiday weekend. If only us crafters could have an extra day every week, oh wouldn’t that be fun!

Yesterday I was on a mission to create, as it has been a pretty busy week and Friday was an ‘OMG let me out’ day at work Friday, computers were definitely conspiring to send me off my rocker, so I was determined to forget everything and have a selfish crafting day. The other half decided to go off down the allotment for the afternoon as he thought the weeds were ganging up against him and multiplying at a rapid rate. I believe him, as I had to send out a search party as he hadn’t come home, I was beginning to think they were holding him hostage, either that or the ‘Man Shed’ was buy a pint get 1 free!

I am usually an organised person, even if it is chaos, it’s usually organised chaos, so I started off with some sort of order of what I wanted to get done, but I hadn’t crafted properly over the last couple of weeks, just a bit here and there, so for some reason I was all of a dither and it took an age to get what I wanted to an end product, and just as I thought I was finished, the gremlins struck! Must have followed me home from work, darn it! Oooooh I was so mad I could crush a grape!!

So off I marched to the kitchen, so armed with a coffee and with a little inspirational talk to myself, I started again. A-Ha the creative spirit was alive! This was much better….I could feel the vibes….yes, it was back! Phew, for a minute there I thought I was going to need the creative hospital!

So let’s have a quick peak at what I managed to squeeze out of the creative flow…..

SYMPATHY CARD

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Yes, unfortunately, yet again we needed another sympathy card. This was for a customer of my other half, who passed suddenly, so suddenly that he had only seen her the day before, so it was a little bit of a shock.

I chose to make it simple, so I stamped an image of roses from Honey Doo Crafts added a ribbon and black pearls, and stamped a sentiment with Justrite Caring Thoughts.

The inside followed the same theme, just using a different sentiment with the rose on the other side.

Simple but heartfelt, which was what I really wanted. I seem to be leaning more toward the clean simple look lately, as it is classic and will always be a loved style.

NEPHEW’S BIRTHDAYKim Styles Cards

Next up was my Nephew’s birthday card, and I was so hoping to get it finished in time to put in the post, but alas, you cannot tell your talent to get a move on when your heart wants to ‘go with the flow’, so although I will be posting today, and he won’t get  it until the day after his birthday, my intentions were honourable!

He was a keen sailor so I wanted to use the boat die, but I thought it needed to be in a Kim Styles Cardssetting so decided to give it one! I used Memento inks and Inkylicious Ink Dusters, with Inkylicious Stamps – Twiggy Branch, Take Flight, and Prickly Shrubs. The grasses were from Stampscapes – Nature Sheet 6. For the sentiment I used Waltzingmouse Stamps. For the landscapes I used Inkylicious Mountain Valley Stencil. Brilliant tool, I would tell any one to have one. It’s a must have to make your scenes look real!

Inside I used a Clarity Stencil – Jo’s Bubbles and a stamped sentiment from Phil Martin that I bought at Ally Pally.

I was very pleased with how it came out, better than the imagine I had in my mind!

So last but not least was a card that someone had asked me to make for them, mum’s birthday and pink, two very good descriptions and a lot of artistic licence in them there words!

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So as I said earlier, this little beauty was the second attempt and went together swimmingly considering my previous attempt!Kim Styles Cards

I made the background myself using Distress Inks – Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen with Inkylicious Watercolour Poppy Stamp. It was a stamp I was undecided about, but now I love it! Here you can see the background, it looks quite serene.

The dies were all Spellbinders – Victorian Accents, Labels 28, Radiant Rectangles, Fancy Lattice, I used Tonic Dies – Royal Fern for the leaves.

Justrite Large Fancy Sentiments to finish.

So there you have it folks, a little crafting and blogging and I feel ready to tackle the world again….amazing what creative inspiration can do isn’t it!

So go get crafting. Have a lovely weekend.

Hugs

Kim x

Mother’s Day Gifts & Cards

Hello There Crafters!

I know it has been a while since my last post, but boy have we been busy, shifting, moving, working, and crafting! A lot has been happening but it has now all ‘happened’ and hopefully we can now slow down a bit and get back to a ‘normal’ routine (whatever that is)!

So I have now moved into my new abode and it is ‘full’ to say the least but it is very cosy and homely, and we are very contented with all our efforts. Next week, my lovely brother, is putting some more storage cupboards in to the craft room, and that should clear the rest of the homeless stuff into a hidden mess, so we can then get down to the more serious business of crafting! 🙂

So what have I managed to fit in, in-between the lifting and shifting, well let’s see!

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I decided to make a Mother’s Day card but I wanted to incorporate a gift also, as Mum loves my creations, so although I started off with a card in my head, it ended up with a gift attached! (It’s the big card in the middle!) I am thrilled with the results, so much so, I created 4 more! They too were a bit of a challenge, as it was one of those days yesterday where everything that could go wrong did…. but I soldiered on and won the war HA! So here are the trophies…

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20150308_160824 All of these were made around a box or loose chocolates. So you have the complete ideal present….Beautiful card, box of chocolates and a gift bag all in one. What more could a Mum want….who said Wine?……..hhmmm that may well be another challenge!

20150308_161023I hope to have made a few variations between the different projects, and there is hopefully something to suite everyone. 20150308_160915

Being Mum’s day, pink did seem to have a big influence, in many ways.

Last week I made just a few cards in boxes, before the inspiration hit me that a gift would be nice, and these I was just as pleased with…. 20150305_224125

This background stamp is so beautiful…….I purchased it from Crafty Individuals. There are so many stamps there I am like a kid in a candy shop!

20150305_224032The stamp is called Baroque Splatter Script Background. It is unmounted red rubber and the prices are all really reasonable…go have a look, bet you buy something!

20150305_224447I also was naughty and bought this Justrite background stamp from Once Upon a Stamp. I had my eye on it for months but I just couldn’t resist any longer and I was really glad I bought it, it is stunning! I stamped it onto white pearlised paper with Versa Ink and heat dried it, and although you can’t see it, it shimmers, really pretty.

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I then found the Doily die and off I go again, sometimes it just goes together so well, and this certainly did!

Oh…I forgot to show you what was inside Mum’s card!

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Here’s a close up of her card too 🙂

Well from giving you not a lot over the last few weeks, I am now boring you to tears, so I shall run off and find something else to craft, as I love to share with you all.

Have a wonderful crafty week.

Hugs

Kim x

Thanks Mum!

Thank you mum

Hello Again Crafters!

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

I couldn’t post this before as it hadn’t been received by the 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.

INGREDIENTS:

RECIPE:

  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