Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A little black and cream

Hello all and hope that you had a lovely Easter weekend - with some sunshine, goodies to eat and plenty of relaxation time too!  We were very lucky with the weather which stayed reasonably good, and a lovely sunny day yesterday. which was good as we ended up having quite a gathering with friends here for an afternoon tea!  At least we could make good use of the new garden furniture lol.  But apart from the usual conveyor belt of cooking and washing up which seems to happen when I've got a house full of people, I've been rather stressed and worried.  Tilly the Dog isn't so good at the moment and is having problems with mobility and keeps stumbling and falling over as if her front left leg keeps giving way.  We had her to the vet on Saturday again, with some blood tests and examinations done. They seem to think it's a neurological problem so we'll see our usual vet tomorrow to discuss options, etc.  So although we're all a bit upset and worried (well, in my case, VERY worried!) we did point out that at least it suggests that Tilly does have a brain because we had questioned the existence of one at times.... lol! So I'll try not to panic too much until we get some results back and talk things over with the vet.

Anyway, just thought I'd share a couple of cards made with a 'black & cream' card collection from Kanban that I was given. I don't normally use kits as I find them harder to use and have a complete inspiration absence. But this was such nice card that I thought I'd have a play and make a couple of simple cards


On this one I've used the card, with a Spellbinders die (cut up!) for the corners and some gold ribbon from stash (which I've a feeling came from a box of chocolates at Christmas - crafters never throw anything away!).


On this one I've added some Spellbinder blossom die cuts with metal brad centres, and some black & gold ribbon from stash.

Hope you like them! 
I hope that you have a good week - I'm back at work today and I've a feeling it'll be a busy week!
I will try to get round to blogs this week - and I would just like to say a big thank you for all the lovely comments that you leave, they really mean so much. 
Take care,
Kim x 

I'm entering the second card into the following challenges:-
Love to create - monochrome + ribbon
Simply Create Too - no stamped or digi images
That's Crafty - B&W + splash of colour (gold)


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Birthday sentiment

Hello all and I hope that you are all enjoying some of this lovely spring sunshine that we've been having. We've been lucky here and had a couple of gorgeous days - long may it continue!  One of my friends had said that I'd probably cause weeks of rain by buying new garden furniture (like what usually happens when we wash our car lol!), but she texted me today to apologise and say that it must have been a good omen instead!  And my husband has now finished work for a week over the Easter break so we had a lovely peaceful hour outside this evening, that beautiful twilight time, with a small fire burning and a hot mug of tea - can't think of much nicer really!

Anyway, just thought I'd share a birthday card made recently


The card is from Kanban - when a colleague passed a stack of card to me for crafting there was some Kanban card in there and I just love these teal and brown colours.
The sentiment is from LOTV and the flowers from Wild Orchid. The die cut ivy leaf is from Marianne.  I've added some stitching and some dewdrop embellies.


Hope you like it.  
And I hope that you have some sunshine to enjoy this week - I'm just hoping that we'll be really lucky and it lasts over the Easter weekend, especially as we have everyone here and some friends coming on the Monday! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
Lexis Creations - focus on the sentiment
Wild Orchid Challenge - use 3 different flowers
Penny Black at allsorts - blossoms and blooms



Friday, 11 April 2014

Animals

Hello all and I hope that you've had a good week?  Although I've only been in at work 2 days this week (it's Easter break at school!), I don't seem to have stopped!  The garden is getting a (much-needed) makeover, so have been busy with the power washer, paint, gardening tools, etc. - accompanied as ever by Tilly the Dog - although I seem to have spent a lot of time trying to stop my black pudding of a dog either walking across all the plants or turning into a zebra, with jaunty white 'highlights' where she keeps coming too close to the wet white paint!  It's like having a toddler!

But it's Friday already - and so a new challenge has started over at CraftyCatz.  This week our lovely Aunty Sue is hosting the challenge and the theme is 'Animals'.  Now, I'm not altogether sure that birds count as 'animals' - but I've used this lovely image from Joanna Sheen's Jane Netley Mayhew decoupage


The pearlised card and ribbon are from stash.  I've used Joanna Sheen dies for the leaves, and a LOTV sentiment.
Please take a few minutes to have a look at the fabulous inspiration from the DT at CraftyCatz and then join in the challenge! 
This is my last post for CraftyCatz for a little while - I'm taking a break as I have a busy few months ahead of me and feel I will be struggling some weeks to get my DT things done.  I would have been so sorry to leave the DT altogether as they are the friendliest, most supportive DT (and I've been with them nearly 2 years! - Gosh doesn't time fly?), but our lovely Blog owner Carol has offered that I can take a little break and then join back in with them when things have calmed down at bit!  Thank you Carol and the DT!
But I'm not stopping Tillys Crafts and there will still be bits and pieces on my blog - I can't give up crafting altogether as I love it too much! And I love checking up on everyone else's creations!
I'll be back soon!
Kim x 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Looking cute in the rain!

Hello all and I hope that you had a good weekend?  We had a very therapeutic weekend and now feeling lighter and refreshed.  Did we go to a health spa? A country retreat? No - we had a rubbish skip on the drive, delivered on Saturday morning, and have 'enjoyed' clearing out so much rubbish along with our old garden furniture (which had deteriorated to the point where you took your life in your hands when you sat on it!).  And oh, it is good for the soul to get rid of stuff! However, the weather has not been the kindest it could have been and the rain started to arrive as we were bundling things up the garden and out of the garage - and I definitely don't look my best in muddy wellies, a grubby jacket and dripping wet hair!  Such a glamorous vision I must have presented to the world....

And I definitely didn't look as cute as this little one!


I've coloured the image with promarkers. The backing papers are from Kanban. The base card is a lovely copper pearlised card, and I've used pearly card for the die cut flower (DooHickey doily flower) and the fence (DooHickey lovely fence). The sentiment ticket stamp and die are from Whimsy and pearl flower centre from WOC. 

Hope you like it!
Well, I'm hoping that the rain we've got at the moment will move away and then I can get on with doing some power washing on the garden - it's getting it's Spring makeover before everyone is here at Easter and I'm hoping my new garden furniture comes soon and then at least we can sit outside without fear of the seat collapsing lol (if it stops raining!). 
Back soon,
Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
Stamping Sensations - dies/punches
Alphabet Challenge - D is for diecut
Creative Corner Challenge - April showers
Mo's Digital Challenge - K is for..... kids


Friday, 4 April 2014

Springtime!

Hello all and hope that you've all had a good week?  I can't believe it's Friday already - although it's an extra nice Friday here as school breaks up for 2 weeks today so that means son and I get a break!  Although I'm working an extra couple of days next week, I'll definitely feel as though I have a bit more time to do other jobs (and hopefully fit in a bit of crafting time!).

And as it's Friday it's time for a new challenge over at CraftyCatz - hosted this week by our lovely Janette who has picked the challenge theme of 'Springtime'.  So that could be anything that reminds you of spring - flowers, colours, etc.  We're sponsored by CraftyRibbons and Bugaboo and I've used a Bugaboo image on my card


Definitely bold colours for me too!  I've coloured the image with Graphit pens
The backing papers are from First Edition, I've used Tonic punches for the border and flowers and a Marianne die cut swirl.
The ribbon is from stash and the sentiment tags are from LOTV.


I'm a bit concerned that it looks too 'busy' but at least it's bright and cheery lol! 
So do have a look at the fabulous Springtime inspiration from the DT at CraftyCatz and then join in the challenge. 
Back soon,
Kim x 



Sunday, 30 March 2014

For Mum

Hello all and I hope that you've been having a good weekend. And I hope that all the mums out there in Blogland have had a good Mothering Sunday and been suitably spoilt!  I sadly no longer have my lovely mum or mum-in-law to make a fuss of - although I make a special wish for them! - but my offspring have been lovely with me, including some new slippers (well received as the old ones were something of a tragic case lol!) and some chocolates which my daughter said she chose specially because they wouldn't be very popular with anyone else so wouldn't magically 'evaporate' like so many other choccies in this house!  And I'm having tea made for me as I sit and type this - which is a wonderful treat!  The weather has also been kind to us today, with lovely spring sunshine so we've been out in the garden making the most of it!

Although as I mentioned, I don't have a mum to make a card for, a colleague had asked if I could make her a card for her mum - and she loves dogs and used to have two Yorkshire terriers that she adored - so I came up with this


The cute image is from Joanna Sheen's 'Furry Friends' cd, the backing paper from K&Co, with some added stitching. The flowers are from Wild Orchid, with Marianne swirl die cuts and leaves using Joanna Sheen dies. The ribbon and pearls are from stash and the sentiment from a Hunkydory kit. 

Hope you like it - and I hope my colleague's mum does! 
Before I go, just thought I'd share a couple of photos of my other babies with you - the furry ones. 
I recently made Tilly the Dog a new 'slouching' cushion with an old dressing gown and a couple of old pillows - I think she likes it!


She has such a hard life....

And my husband caught a great image of Grumpy Poppy - and she just looks like she's complaining about the dog, life, the universe and everything! 

(She wasn't really - I think she was actually mid-yawn being as she seems to do nothing but sleep!)

Anyway, enjoy what's left of your weekend, and I hope that the week ahead is a good one for you.
Back soon,
Kim  x

Friday, 28 March 2014

Everyone's Favourite!

Hello again - and it's already Friday again!  I hope you've had a good week?  It seemed to be the usual busy one for us. Parents evening for my son went well - although it's obviously a completely different teenager that attends school than the one we have loitering round the house!  But it's a relief that if he's going to be well-behaved and working hard that he does it at school and then has his 'teenage' moments at home! And I don't think there were too many 'cringe' moments for him even though I know quite a lot of his teachers well now!

Anyway, it's time for everyone's favourite challenge over at CraftyCatz - this week it's 'Anything Goes'!  We have two sponsors this week - Crimson Cloud and Paper Nest - and I've used a cute Paper Nest image for my card


I've coloured the image with copics and promarkers

The papers are from Dovecraft, and I've used the LalaLand banner die, Joanna Sheen lacy edge die and a Marianne flower die with a button from stash. The sentiment is from LOTV.


And I decided to make an easel card for a change! 
So I hope you'll have a look at the fabulous creations from the DT at CraftyCatz and then you will join us with your craft makes - and remember, Anything Goes! 
Back soon,
Kim  x