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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

Hello Crafters

Well where do I start! Firstly let me say hello to my new followers, it never ceases to amaze me that you want to share my craft, and that so keeps me going! So a big hello and welcome, and normally I will blog weekly, just things have been a tad fast and furious and hectic.

To my loyal followers who may have thought that I have fallen of the planet (although sometimes I would like to step off for a few hours and stop spinning!), I am so grateful that you still pop in from time to time, and you are all never far from my thoughts, and mean an awful lot when the world gets too demanding, so thank you, and it is very true, that absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder…..

Now, have I been crafting?…….Oh yes I have!

What have I got for you?……so much I have forgotten what I haven’t shared!

So I will start with something that posed a challenge, and all because the lady loved yellow and blue!!!!

My previous post about an anniversary card I made for a lovely lady at my Slimming World group, asked me if I would make a wedding anniversary card for her daughter for her husbands first anniversary (so sweet the 1st one!), and I was more than willing to do that. So I gathered a little info and details and all these ideas were whizzing around in my head, when she said ” Could you make it with Yellow and Blue as it was my daughters wedding colours”……”Of course I said.” Now at that point someone just came along when I wasn’t looking and switched the ideas light off, I don’t know where it went or who did it, which little monkey came along and stole my thoughts! ONE WHOLE WEEK LATER, I was still walking around with a blank black hole, where there was once signs of life! Scared the hell out of me I can tell you, I was giving myself all sort of tellings off (technically known as kicking my own butt!) until one afternoon, I simply shouted (to myself in my head not out loud or I would have been arrested) STOP! STOP! STOP! Well low and behold I did see the light 🙂

I was trying so card thinking about Yellow & Blue I couldn’t get past it to design the card, so with a really good kicked butt bruised with yellow and blue it is, I just designed in about half an hour 8 cards (yes you did read right) without the colour in my head, and it just flowed! Once I got home, I drew up all these ideas in draught and then chose one, and finally THEN I added the colour!!!

Isn’t it amazing how something so tiny can get in the way, so my wonderful crafty folks, remember if the mind goes a wandering, think black and white 🙂

Here is the Wedding Anniversary card, and chuffed doesn’t describe how I felt when it was finished I can tell you!



Well there you have it my crafty friends, I wish you all a wonderful week filled with magical ideas.

Oh and I just want to let you know I managed to get my 3 Stone Slimming World Award whilst I was absent…..just thought I’d share.


Kim x

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Husband Anniversary Card

Hello Crafters

How has your week been? Hopefully a lot better than mine 😦

You see a very dear old friend of mine called Mrs Pfaff (My Sewing Machine) has been poorly for a little while, coughing, spluttering, hiccuping and generally making me do everything more often than needed to and I kept putting off taking her to that big ol’ sewing machine surgery but it appears that Mr Kim had been monitoring the skirmish, and decided that he was calling time on my weekly battle to drag this poor ol’ dear, kicking and screaming any further, (and before I had no hair left to pull out!) to the magician who I was hoping would be kind and tell me he could give her oil to joint resuscitation, but my fears were realised when he said those immortal words – you know the ones often repeated today – ‘I’m sorry to say, we can no longer get the parts!’

“Whattttt? But she is merely 42 years old! This cannot be true” Swooning, I almost blanche white.

The not so much of a magician said ‘I think she has done you proud but I cannot do anything for her……but we have the equivalent model here?” A wry smile on his face.

Well, I felt like it was a conspiracy to say the least, first the mixer now the sewing machine, I dread to think what next, seriously!!!! So we went away and mulled it over, he gave me the trade in price and it already had money off, and I checked the internet and it wasn’t any cheaper, so we decided we would bow to the demand.

We trundled home and I must admit a little excited after my initial shock eager to test my machine. Mr Kim disappeared down the allotment, happy that I was content with my new toy, and after 3 hours I had produced my lovely little dog coat, with a self made pattern, and all that was left was just to add the velcro, so of we go a quiet, gentle hum of the machine when snap went the cotton! Darn it, pulled out the bobbin, check it, re-thread, pull out the cotton, check it, re-thread, and off we go again, tickety, tickety, tick, snap! Darn not again, so we do it all again! Tickety, tickety, tick, thump! Mr Kim is taking it back to the shop on Monday as it just won’t move an inch! Is it me or does anyone else have this sort of luck! However, when it was working it was a joy, and I finished little lads coat by hand, and quite proud of myself until that happened!

He has been wearing this yesterday and today, and pleased to report that it has passed the pull test, and he looks mighty fine too!

Anyway, I just wanted to share a card I made the other day for a friend who wanted to wish her hubby a Happy Anniversary after 33 years, what an achievement!

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I took loads of photos trying to capture the background card here as it was so beautiful, but still don’t think I managed it. It has like a beautiful rainbow glittered effect. Still he loved the card and that’s the main thing.

Have a great week everybody, dreading tomorrow, just hope my new little lady recovers quickly (or Mr Magician may ban me from sewing 😜)!


Kim x

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Happy Valentine’s

Hello Crafters

Just a quick pop in today, to show you what I made for Valentine’s Day as I hadn’t realised that I hadn’t shared this with you!

I made this for my other half, he loved it. The card was based around a set of Tonic Studio Dies – Someone Special Die Set, which I thoroughly recommend to have in your stash as they cut so cleanly with one pass, but you have so many options in how you use them, as they have the corner die, the pretty heart lace panel, the scalloped and straight cut hearts, heart buckle and small heart embellishment, and of course you can use the cut outs for further embellishments.

The background paper was by Santoro, and although the pictures do not show it, the hearts are all glossed, so it is a textured paper, and good quality so quite thick.

The sentiments are by Justrite – Hugs and Kisses Sentiments.

That’s it for now, I’m off to do the ironing, such fun 🙂

Have a great week


Kim x