Friday 26 October 2012

congrats! Lily

Hi bloggers,

Hope your having a good Friday night, I'm working tomorrow so no lay in for me.
Anyway , a lovely lady who I see at work asked me to make a special baby blanket for her first grand baby. so of course I crocheted away til I had finished it, she was a Little girl so of course I added some pink and her beautiful little name So congratulations to all the family and welcome Lily to the big wide world.

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Gorgeous Kanban

Evening , well actually just turned morning, where does time go, just disappears.
ahhh well .. I was digging in my crafty stash to see what inspiration hit and 2 things Kanban and Spellbinders and I was off.. here is my creation for today, hope you like it.
  • I started by matting this pretty Kanban card onto black card then I cut out the black fretwork in the back. I cut my sentiment and flowers, butterflies, swirls and cut the scallops off the fretwork for the bottom of card, all the element except the black fretwork was cut from the vintage paper pad also from Kanban.
  • I glued down just a little of the fretwork either side of where my topper was going. the outer floral frame was next to be added then my topper which I used Pinflair glue for so I could mould a more domed effect to it.
  • I rolled up my flowers from the spiral flowers number 1 from spell binders,  then painted them blue, drying them with a heat tool between layers then  added some pan pastel to the edges. I cut a few other flowers, one I added a butterfly to the other an iridescent stone to.
  • I used the heartfelt stamps to stamp the pattern on my sentiment and embossed it in white. very pretty.
  • A messy bow and a few more sparkly stones and swirls plus some sakura pen on the  roses for some sparkle and it was done...
Here are the flowers, you can see I cut into the fretwork to create leaf effects.
I love using Kanban as the quality is always great and uncoated cardstock means I can alter things just how i want to.
Anyway guys have a great tuesday and hope the weather stops this horrid rainging, soo miserable and was even foggy this a.m Typical british weather thats for sure.

Take care
Kim xx

Friday 19 October 2012

Happy Anniversary..

Evening Guys!

Tonight I am sharing with you all a card I made for my friend Keithy's mum whose been with her hubby Nigel for 25 years and they were celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary. So Congratulations to them and a big thanks to Nigel for photographing it for me as he is a photographer so therefore I have a proper photo taken and didn't he do a good job, my work looks fab and so nice to see good shots of it. The lilac on the card was the same colour they had had their wedding all them years ago and Keithy asked me to make it with a stiletto of some kind on it as Mum still had the one they chose to have on the cake and I found I had this one in a kit I had from Hunkydory I believe so I was lucky I had it to match for them. So thanks again and thanks to Keith for setting up the picture session.
I made it also with Chloe stamps and sat and embossed and cut out every flower and added them all separately, I loved making it.
Have a great Friday
Kim x

Thursday 18 October 2012

Kanban prettiness..

Good Evening All.
Hope you all had a good day. I had a nice dinner out today with my daughter, very nice.
I made a lovely little number which I hope you all like after getting home.
  • I took an 8x8 card and covered it with a tiny border with one of the gorgeous papers from Kanban's vintage pad. Then I embossed another tonal piece with an m-bossibilities A4 embossing folder from spellbinders. I mounted it on foam and wrapped my ribbon around it.

  • I love the colours in this Kanban topper so next I mounted the outside frame of the topper on foam and the middle part I put on sightly higher foam, tucking in a swirl just under the edge before moving on to the flower which was cut out of the left over paper which I embossed earlier.
  • So I cut out some swirls and a flower an rolled it up , inked the petals in two colours.Added some tiny pearls an some sakura stardust pen to the swirls and edges of leaves/petals.I also rolled up a thin piece of the paper and squeezed it leaf shape and added it to the flower configuration.

  • After inking the edges of this beautiful sentiment I added it to the ribbon at the lower right of the card.
  •  I tied a smart bow out of this very wide ribbon and added a die cut leafy branch and a studio 490 resin flower which i inked slightly just to tone in with the theme of my card. You can also see in this picture that I inked the edge of the embossing under the bow which brings it all together and enhances the embossing nicely too.
  • I cut out 2 very tiny little butterflies and added them to balance the right hand side of the topper with tiny pearls down the body to finish off.
Well I hope you like Wednesday's card and think it is very pretty as I really do love showing you my creations and appreciate any comments and views.
Have a good night and take care.
Best wishes
Kim xx

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Kanban style..

Evening my lovely Blogsters...
Just finished a little card for your perusal tonight..
Hope you have had a great start to the week so far.. My Tuesday has been crazy busy working at the hospital but coming home to my craftiness is always the best way to relax.
I worked on The lovely kit I got from Kanban and used my spellbinders to create a mat for my topper.
I used some papers from the vintage pad and matted the pretty paper onto a orangey peachy colour.
I cut the trellis form black shiny card , raised it high in the middle for dimension.
Cut out lots of flowers and swirls I used a Sakura stardust pen to go over the roses to make then shine an sparkle.
cut out leaves, did lots of light inking . added buttons to my bow and flower and a bow of silky crush ribbon.
Also added a little sentiment, hope you like it.
Have a great week and see you all soon.
Kim xxx

Saturday 13 October 2012

Lattice Bloom.

Hi All.. goodness what a long week.
I'm sorry I haven't been on here much AGAIN this week.
But I hope my card has made up for not being on. I really like how pretty this one came out.
I used my new spell binder dies along with some love Craftwork cards papers and Tim's inks as always.
I cut out my rose and leaves and inked and glittered them , so pretty and you can see some extra flowers made from Craftworks vintage pad with lots of lovely flowers.
This was my Sentiment which was on the Rubbernecker stand at Ally Paly on the day Sue Wilson from spellbinders was there too. I got a whole bag of sentiments etc for a fiver.. nice.
I did quite a bit of matting and layering for this one with a nice gold Mirri card. and the lattice was cut and mounted onto foam to raise it up a little too.
I weaved a little piece of ribbon through the lattice on the right added a bow nd 2 tiny butterflies I cut from my dies too. I sanded the edges of the lattice and rubbed in some ink too.
different but nice.
Hope you have a great Saturday folks and that it doesn't rain anymore.
Sorry it isn't a long post but i will be back tomorrow
Kim xx

Sunday 7 October 2012


Hello everyone, hope you have had a great Sunday!

My son went back to university today, so there was lots of blubbing, but that's just me as always. It's funny, their nanny used to blub every time we all left her after a holiday with her, and now I know exactly why she felt that way. He is doing fantastically well with his PhD though, so I am extremely proud of him and all his achievements.

I got back in from dropping him off at the station and I had tea waiting for me, so my daughter knew how I was going to be upon walking in the door...  haha!

Anyway, I still managed a little card this afternoon before he left, so I thought I would share it with you.

Small, but perfectly formed.
Have a good Monday everyone...
Kim xx

Saturday 6 October 2012

2 post Saturday.

Evening all, I have 2 cards for you tonight.

The first is very feminine, and the second is actually pretty masculine.

Hope your all having a good weekend so far, and I hope the folks at the Great North papercraft event up in Harrogate are having a great time, (I so wish I was there). I hope my cards got to Craftwork cards in time to be at the event too. Anyway we are having really rotten rain here in Hertfordshire so I hope you're faring better where you are.

Have a great Saturday evening, or what's left of it.

This is a bit of a hybrid haha, I used the spellbinders Pick of the day I got from create and craft, but I did it with Kanban card stock and used creative expressions ribbon and pins. The background is gorgeous; it is one of spellbinders new A4 embossing folders, yummy. The lovely sentiment is also from Kanban and was Dawn Wheeler's kits which were really pretty vintage kits that came out just a few months back and was very nice.

This one I started with the animal print paper and mounted it on black card stock. I cut out a background piece from white card and inked it with distress to match the back. I wrapped a ribbon around and added a small bow and a piece of Candi.

I cut out this very ornate small d-lite from spellbinders, which I mounted on black card again. I put the lattice onto mounting foam to raise it up fro the design and then I used some black enamel accents from Ranger and placed small dots in the cross of the lattice (took a while neck now killing lol). I
added my sentiment which I inked and added Best wishes to.

Very happy with that.. I can do a man's card woo hoo...
See you tomorrow guys!
Kim x

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Gnpe xmas card.

Good Evening Folks
Well tonight I was coming home from doing a couple of hair cuts..(past life) lol
Another form of art hey.
Well it dawned on me how cold windy and rainy it was and that's when it hit.. winter is clawing at our heels again.. errrkkk. I don't like the cold at all, it makes me miserable but at least we put on heating and cuddle up and craft, some don't have that so no more feeling sorry just get on with the craft I say... My daughter has a good way to get hot though as I lay up here cuddled up and getting warm she is downstairs leaping around getting fit to Shaun T and his Insanity workout programme. It's quite soothing listening to the rhythmic sounds of her feet pounding on the floor over and over and over.. hmmm maybe not but it works she is very fit and tiny.
Anyway enough of my ramblings... Still using my lovely Bohemian kit from Craftwork cards I challenged myself to make a xmas card .
The sparkly paper is so pretty I knew I could and I already had their sentiments in the little round disks so off I went.
  • I used a card blank I got from QVC the other week which had baubles hanging on the sides so using that as inspiration I cut a piece of black card in half and made sure they were the same.
  • Then chose a piece of paper and cut the parts I wanted from it to mat on to the black pieces.
  • I took a strip of paper and punched the edge making it decorative. Then punched some large circles and some slivers of black card.
  • It was just a case of mounting it on foam and matting and layering the baubles with the sentiment circles on the front of the card, using the black slivers as chain replacements for the baubles and adding lots of Candi in strategic places.
  • On the inside I matted again the same paper on black and added another couple of baubles with the sentiment sayings for Xmas and then noticed on the left hand side I managed to pick up a bit of ink on my nice white card... arrrggg oh nooooo , don't you just hate that so I punched out a strip to match the front and added that to left side and then punched small bauble shapes and added the black slivers as little chain type hangers for the balls.
  • I added my name stamp to the back as always to finish off.
I'm happy with the result I know we all love a good traditional Xmas card with Santa and Rudolf etc but I think there is also a place for some classy and elegant designs too and the paper from this pad definitely fits the bill.
I posted all my samples up to the girls at Craftwork cards today so they will have them for the show at the weekend, I really wish I  was going with them but I wish them all a really happy and fab time at the show and hope it is really productive too.
Have a good one Girls.
Have a great Thursday all.
Kim xx

Best of Everything.

Well it's almost 4a.m UK time. And it's chilly.. I woke and couldn't sleep although thankfully the headache I seemed to have all day yesterday has gone yayyyy.
I managed to finish off all my samples yesterday for the GNPE stand for Craftwork Cards.
Here is one of them, A pretty little number if I do say so myself.
  • I die-cut a shape that I could ink and stamp a sentiment on first , then took a frame from the pack that would fit behind it. I inked very lightly a doilie to sit behind the frames.
  • I took my lattice punch to the purple piece of card that was in the Bohemian kit, then cut it in half.
  • I love to make flowers so I made several all different from the pack but also just from laying down some glue and sticking the Candi into it with a dded bling. Flowers need leaves so I stamped some and cut them out.
  • I cut a couple of mats and layers. 
  • Next I assembled the whole thing together above , firstly laying out all the pieces before gluing to make sure it sat well together. it is good to have a plan before you start so you know where you will end up on your project.
  • lastly I tied a double bow and after gluing into place added a piece of Candi and all the leaves I squeezed under flowers to finish.
Well. I hope everyone likes it I know I certainly enjoyed making it, definitely a fab kit to get. I have to post them up to Leeds tomorrow for the guys to take pics and put them on the stand over the weekend. Have a good Wednesday guys.

Kim xxx

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Bohemian Prettiness

Good evening, all!
I've had some time off work so I have finished off my samples for the paper craft show over the weekend; I promised to post them off for Thursday. Here is another of the cards using Craftwork cards fab kit The Bohemian lace collection.

I was a little sneaky with this one and used the front packing page of the pad as I liked the pink wrap.
  • I matted the paper from the pad onto some sparkly paper and added it to my 8x8 card base. Then I cut out the wrap of the paper pad which had the pretty circle pattern which you can see above the flowers.
  • I then took one of the silver frames and inked it lightly with Milled lavender distress, I raised it up on foam pads but stuck it on top the pink circle then added a sentiment also inked in the mid of the circle.
  • Then decided to emboss the chain and key on the pattern in the paper to make it stand out. I took another page cut out the birdcage and embossed that too. I  shaped it and mounted it on 2 layers of foam just in the middle of the cage.
  • I cut out the butterfly shape and punched the pattern out of the wings, adding some bling along the body. I added some gold lattice net type stuff under the body too. 
  • Next, I made a few flowers and added some metal little keys on top of the ones on the paper and some metal leaves with the flowers.
  • Lastly I had a little card heart pressed from the middle of a birdcage in the kit and embossed it in pink and white, then added it to the top right of the card.
All in all a very pretty card from a pretty kit and I have loved using it.

Hope you all had a great day, it's been miserable and windy all evening so here's hoping for a sunny day tomorrow!
Kim xxx