Saturday, 18 October 2014

200 lovely blogglies.....and a GIVEAWAY....

WOW...Hi Folks

We made it  and goodness me it seemed to take forever to get the last five didn't it haha but we are here and I am very thankful to you all for being on this crafting journey with me. Huge hugs and thank you's for all your amazing comments and congrats too. I congratulate you too as without your support on this OUR blog I wouldn't be here with you all.
I am always humbled by your kindness.
Who'd have thought that its been 2  years and 2 months since my lovely son said to me one day, Mum... Mum have you thought about having a blog or something with all your cards and stuff ? hmm... the seed was planted  At that time though I was watching other people on blogs and not knowing how to blog myself so one weekend home from Uni he helped me set it up and for a few months kept an eye on the posts I put up and checked for mistakes etc but then once it was up and running he got mega mega busy in the land of study and teachville so left me to it and I soon picked up  on how to, as it were. I know he still pops in every now and then though so I am very grateful for that.
I thought we could get a little Nostalgic today looking back on a few favourites and do my competition/giveaway then tomorrow I can announce the winner and continue with a few older pics and do a How to tutorial with a what basics we need as we discussed this week.
Sound good?
good.... haha
I thought id go back and show you some of my personal fav's from older posts. This was the first card I ever posted back on August 25th 2012.

I was clearly in the Autumnal moment using the rich warm browns and inking with all the Vintage Photo. I still love the textures on this one.

Next on the 29th August 2012  I was trying stamping into some frantage embossing and rocking that Vintage vibe even back then .

The pictures are not great quality as back then I was using my phone only to take the photo and no editing to trim them down etc and make them all straight like now.

The next thing I'd like to show was on the 13/Sept 2012, I was asked to do a few cards for Stamp addicts tv show and I loved the little dragon they sent me and enjoyed colouring him and making him have a back ground from simply shading. Take a look.

I was still using mirror card back then haha, I am not so keen on it now unless its very distressed or and antique feel.
I then was starting to do the odd piece of work for Craft work cards and once piece that was featured a lot was a card I entitled Lace.

Even then I was using Creative Expressions lace and glue haha. This was Sept 30th 2012.

Of course there was many posts in between all these cards my bloggy family but I am picking which ones I find slightly more arty and exciting.

At this stage I was working on getting noticed by a design team etc...and then on the 29/12/2012
I was asked by Craftwork Cards if I would like to be on the team. So although I had made a number of items for them for different shows etc this was the first card I made for them officially being on the team.
You can still see those CE products along side the Craftwork paper can't you here haha.

I hope your enjoying this little Kim blog history haha....

On 10 March 2013 I announced I had been chosen to be on the Diesire team for Crafters companion which was good news at that time.
Here was some things  I made for them during my 6 months term.

 A wall hanging, i am so pleased I have grown since then with paint and texture.

 This was a box I made which I loved, its so spring and lots of flower layers from the original quilled flowers they first brought out.
Here you see the dimension.
Here was another wall hanging which really does not show all the effort that went into this piece so I am going to show you each compartment briefly before we move on .
 This started as a brown paper mache piece from the Range I believe and I used paper artsy paints to pull it together, check the cracks at the top right on the frame, doesn't it look like wood!.

 Sorry for the blurry phone pics lol , I had also gotten into air dry paper clay from Martha Stewart back then too, so the letters at the top and corner pieces I moulded and used Treasure gold gilding wax on.

On the 17th April 2013 I decided to enter The Heartfelt Creations DT comp and these were the items I entered with as I got to the semi's with some old blog stuff.

 A card using the Vintage floret flower dies and stamps and Timeless amour collection.
 A chipboard mini album using the same collection, it has many page inside , If you would like to see more of each item feel free to ask and I will at links etc to the original posts.
Lastly I altered a box which I loved, I think this shows my shabby chiq influences even back then.

On the 2nd May 2013 I found out I had made it onto the team and many many projects followed for them after that. Here is just a couple of my favs.

This was first shown on the blog on 19/june/2013, I loved this mixed media canvas , I still use this on my facebook home page now. Created with The Sun kissed Fleur collection of papers, flower dies and stamps and Paper artsy paints.
 Shown 5/March/2014 Raindrops on roses collection.

 Shown 11/10/2013 Sweet Juliet collection.

 Shown 8/January/2014. Floral key collection.

 Shown 16/October 2013.Sweet Juliet collection.

Shown 19/March/2014 Majestic Morning Collection.

Obviously I have many many more I could show over my time with Heartfelt Creations but I will break here from the pictures today and go on to the competition and pick up the "history" tomorrow when I announce the winners.

So.... I have lots of gifts to give away, One large one for the overall winner with lots of goodies from me and Some smaller ones for the next two winners and some of my creations after that. 
I also have kindly been donated a stamp set from Just Rite stamps and another from Heartfelt stamps from Lysanne at Creative Expressions because they also appreciate the support you give to us demonstrator/designers too.
The main prize includes , stamps, dies , mask, ribbon and more , I am not posting a picture of it all as I want to be fair to all, once we have the winners I will show pictures then.

Ok to enter ... all you need to be is a subscriber to this, my blog , (part of my Internet blogglie family that is.) Also leave just one comment on this post. Please make sure you only leave ONE comment so that it is easy when using tomorrow. I will not answer any of the comments on this post til after the competition to keep the numbers specifically for the competition. Easy hey... 
I will promote it several times through today on Twitter, facebook etc to remind anyone that forgot I was doing this today.

I hope you enjoyed some reminiscing with me going through some older pictures of art and cards and that you will enter the competition and be part of our family here if you are new , tomorrow I will go through a little more of the blog history and announce the winners.

Good luck everyone 

and hugs



  1. Morning Kim
    What a lovely nostalgic journey through your card collection - I love them all but one in particular of course your will know it being the Lace one - just stunning from one Lace making to another.
    Your cards are all stunning all different in their own way - you are a star
    Carol x

  2. Really interesting Kim to see your craft journey and how your style has evolved.
    There are some beautiful projects here and I love the flowers you have made on your cards and the beautiful box.
    Will be looking forward to seeing more of your creations,

  3. Hello Kim, wow what a beautiful and inspiring walk down memory lane. You are one talented lady, I love looking at your creations, because you always seem to do something different. I am crossing my fingers, as I am sure all your blogglies are to be picked as a winner. Keep the ideas and inspiration coming. Good luck everyone and have a fab day. Bx

  4. Hi've shared a fantastic collection of makes today, every one gorgeous but my faves are the canvas & wall hanging......stunning makes! Look forward to seeing many more of your creation......happy crafting & have a lovely weekend!
    hugs Jo x

  5. Wow Kim, beautiful pieces, my ultimate favourites are the 'home sweet home' and 'beautiful day' they're stunning, you're one talented lady xxx

  6. Hi Kim all your creations are gorgeous you are a very talented lady. Well done on reaching 200 followers that is some achievement. Have a great day. I have you in my blog list on my blog so I don't miss any of your makes. Hugs Jackie

  7. A stroll down memory lane. I love all your projects and love seeing what you come up with. Love the mixed media canvas and the wall hanging.
    Christine in Darcy...xx

  8. Wow what fun!! I really enjoyed looking through some of your old creations. I wouldn't dare to show some of my old cards!! I always look forward to seeing your blog and what you've created. Thank your son for us, cos without him we wouldn't have your wonderful inspiration! Lots of love Sarah

  9. Hi kim all your creations are stunning I love memories and what lovely ones you must have from all the beautiful cards and creations thank you for sharing love always nana June xxxx

  10. Afternoon Kim, Wow !! this is a lovely nostalgic journey we have all travelled with you today. Even at the beginning of your 'journey' your cards etc were beautiful, I cringe at the thought of some of my first attempts at a card haha.
    Hearty Congratulations to you on reaching 200 followers, we all love your Blog and are grateful for all the inspiration we glean from you.
    The giveaways sound fantastic, my fingers are firmly crossed haha !!
    Enjoy the rest of your day.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  11. Hi Kim what a lovely trip down memory lane. I have enjoyed looking at all your projects and they are all great. I know I have only just joined your blog but just wanted to say how lovely it is x

  12. Some beautiful artwork there. You must be very proud (or should be, anyway!) Here's to the next few hundred posts! Thank you Kim. Jan x

  13. Hi Kim
    It was nice to follow your journey through your cards. You are one talented lady. I wish my iPad would keep up with you again. Congratulations on reaching 200 followers. I'll have to keep an eye on what's happening on your blog and my iPad not loading it.

  14. Evening Kim, thanks for sharing your trip down memory lane with us today. I wouldn't dare let anyone see my early work it was so basic but it does remind me how I've improved and how much I've learned by the generosity of people like you who are willing to share expertise and tips etc, thanks for that. My favourites have to be the Heartfelt ones I love anything from them and you have done some lovely work for them. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  15. Hi Kim,
    what a lovely blog this is - just confirms what I thought - you were always good!
    My favourites of the collection of lovelies are: LACE, BEAUTY, your posts of 19/6/13 and 11/10/13.
    Congrats on achieving 200+ followers - well deserved.
    Hugs, Rose

  16. Hi Kim. Thank you for a lovely glimpse at some of your favourites. All of your cards etc, are wonderful but I have to admit to really loving the dragon, he is so cute : )
    Another thank you for offering us a chance to win some goodies. Good luck everyone. Take care.

  17. These are some gorgeous samples of your work Kim, but my favourites are the raindrops on roses and sweet julliet cards as I love the colours. It's great you have reached the 200 mark and thank you for the giveaway too. x

  18. Hi Kim,
    I'm to late to enter but I really wanted to say how much I've Loved checking out your Fabulous Cards you've made, I Love All The Fabulous Techniques You Use Your Talent comes through with all the different companies you've worked for and all the different style's I Love your Altered Art pieces there Stunning.
    Love and Hugs from Sam x

  19. Wow Kim, what a journey. I think you must have lived your dream. We all dream of being in a DT for a really great team with outstanding products, so me in particular have lived my dream via you, not that I would ever have the confidence to apply for a DT post, but Im so glad YOU did as over the past year your help has been invaluable, you have pushed me to create something different using your ink blending technique, you have encouraged me and pointed me in the right direction when struggling with the most ridiculous requests for cards, so I thank you for all the help and inspiration your talant and blog has given me.
    Here's to the next 100 to join your lovely world.
    Isnt it a strange feeling when you look back at the start of your hobby/work then look at where you/we are now ! I could cringe bigtime when I find.some of the very first cards I made from a cheap kit lol and I thought I was the bee's knee's !!! So thanks to you and I must say Sue, for helping me to improve.
    You're doing great Kim.

    Good Luck everyone.
    Happy Sunday.
    Lancashire Steph xx

  20. I did comment but couldnt see it so I have tried again..... I have just spent a wonderful half hour or so reading through your blog and this post in particular following your journey..... the crafting you create is very much along the lines which I do..... heres to the next blog posts.....

  21. Hi kim
    Lovely to share your trip down memory lane, enjoyed seeing all your creations the heartfelt creations are particularly gorgeous
    Congratulations on your 200
    Best wishes, Pat