Mexican Skull Card

Hello Crafters

Well it truly has been a busy week, one of which I am glad to forget but, I have had a few hours where I got lost in creativity to lift my mood and I loved the results, and I am so glad to be able to share this one with you today.

Mr Kim’s daughter-in-law has her birthday today, and hopefully she has received this card by now as she loves Mexican Skulls and I saw the die whilst I was shopping in The Range and couldn’t resist! However I did need a good reason to purchase those stitched flowers and I think this is as good a reason as any!

What is a Mexican Skull?

Calavera (Spanish) – The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day

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I was thinking about this for days before I made it, and I woke up with this imagine for the card, and it flew together.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, and please remember your sun screen, it looks like it will be a scorcher 🙂


Kim x


Balloon Celebration

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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

Pop Up Santa

Hello Crafters!

Hope you are enjoying the Sunday sunshine. I have been reading about the World Card Making Day and thought I need to share a card too.

This one was my first pop up and it happens to be a Christmas card. I haven’t yet bought any of the dies that make it so easy, so this was all worked out by yours truly, so it isn’t perfect but it is unique!

Now I started writing out how to make this, but to be honest, it is so complex the best thing I would say is, just have fun experimenting and finding your own way of how to put these things together. I didn’t find it hard, but it was time consuming and fun at the same time, as learning something new is always fun! Certainly made a few boobs along the way, but all are valuable lessons!

The best thing about this was putting together little ol’ Santa here. He was a real pleasure and must admit, made me have a giggle or two on a few stories I remember about Santa and the children! This die is from Marianne Designs – Eline’s Santa. Well worth having in your die stock, just a happy fella, and there are other put together creatures, that I will be investing in at some point.

The fence on this had me questioning if I had lost my marbles making it a bit complicated but it worked in the end. The mountains in the back were just randomly cut from brown card and distressed with Picket Fence and then a gel pen to mark some features, and I was really please with how it looked!

All in all, much experimenting and loads of fun.

Have a lovely crafty Sunday.


Kim x


Ladies Day

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Just a quick pop in as I have been so busy, enjoying spending time with my eldest, it was his birthday this weekend, so we went out to town for the day, and I bought him some clothes that he wanted. We had a lovely Slimming World syn free dinner, which filled us all to the tips of our toes! Who said you have to starve on a diet? Believe you me, I eat more now than I have ever done! Wonderful recipes and you really cannot tell that they belong to a  no fat  group!!

All in all we had a lovely weekend, and the weather held up too. As you probably can guess, I didn’t get any crafting done, but I have a card to show you from a couple of weeks ago.

This started by stamping the lovely new Tonic Ladies Day stamp. At first I just wanted to see how I could colour her with the Spectrum Noir Pens, but she looked so pretty when I finished, I had to give her a home, and using Inkylicious Spring Awakening and Trailing Vines, I created a background using Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Shabby Shutters distress inks, and a mask to keep the bottom clean.Once dry, I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black, and then the sentiments were from Justrite Forever Friends. The inside greeting was stamped onto die cuts from Spellbinders Label Thirty Four and Fourty Nine.

She looks quite a sassy lady, and I am sure we all have one of her inside us bursting to come out 🙂

Hope you all have a lovely week.

Bye for now


Kim x

Distress Ink Holder

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Back from Ally Pally and oh my what a great experience it was too! We had to queue up when we first arrived, all be it for 10 minutes or so (that’s what you get for getting there early and having a coffee instead of keeping your eye on the ball). Whilst in the queue, I met two lovely ladies from Croydon, and we spent time chatting and I was given a discount voucher for Samuel Taylors stall. I didn’t get the chance to meet them again, but I’d like to say a big thank you as I saved £6 with it.

One of the reasons I like to go to these things is because you meet so many lovely like minded people.

I met my favourite Stamp people, Inkylicious, Visible Image, and although I saw Sue Wilson a number of times, I wasn’t lucky enough to get to speak to her, and I got to see John Next Door, but again he was teaching, and I didn’t get to talk to him either 😦 However, I did get to see a new stamping shop called Honey Doo Crafts and I bought some of their stamps and am now hooked on them, and had a bit of a chat with them too. All in all a wonderful day, and yes, my bank manager is crying now, but he doesn’t know just how much I saved!

The one thing I went there for, was Stamp Away i.e. Clever Cut goodies, one of which was the Distress Ink Storage unit, and so glad to say that I got exactly what I wanted! Unfortunately, the other thing I wanted was nowhere to be found! There was an alternative amongst the Stamp Away units, but it was the actual Spectrum Noir holder that I had set out for.

When we got home we were pooped, so we had a nice meal and settled in front of the TV, after examining all the spoils of course! So on my awakening on Sunday, I immediately set about putting together and decorating, after all, that’s the best bit making it your own!

20150412_212925 20150412_212952As you can see here, I wanted to use all the distress ink colours in the design, so I started out by measuring and cutting panels from 300 gsm White Card to fit top and sides.

Using a blending mat, I then took the ink pad and splodged it on the blending mat, and spritzed with water. Using a small paint brush, paint from the edge where the ledge sticks out back to the recess point, where the ink pad will live. I then easily find where they come from when I go to put them back. It also helps choose colour mixes when creating. Along the edge and division pieces, I painted with Walnut stain mixed with water.

Next I took a sponge and using the same ink pad, blended the ink in a small area on one of the cut panels. I only used each ink once.

20150412_212614 As you can see, even the very pale colours can be seen quite clearly and it makes a wonderful design feature too.

Once all the panels were filled with colour, I took a mixture of my favourite stamps and black ink, and simply stamped my heart out until I was completely satisfied the design justified the Distress Ink Image.

Once all the ink was dry, I attached to the unit using Modge Podge Matt Glue and Finisher.

20150412_212346Would you believe that this started out as plain MDF?

Once the inks had dried and the water had sunk away, the colour left behind was truly amazing, and I now have courage to make a lot more things using MDF. There were many different cut out shapes at the stall at Ally Pally, and I now have loads of ideas for presents for the family, if I can find the time to fit it all in!

Well obviously there are lots of stamps and things that need my attention, demanding as it is, I am only too willing to test them all 🙂

Have a wonderful crafty weekend


Kim x