Friday, 17 October 2014

Striking in Black!

Hello all and I hope that you've had a good week? And oh am I glad it's the weekend! I feel as if I've been busy doing all sorts this week - so looking forward to the weekend. A friend and I have decided to do a stall at a Christmas gift and craft fair in a few weeks so I'm busy thinking and trying out things I can make. My friend makes wonderful bags and all sorts of goodies and I'm going to make some crochet gifts and papercraft gifts - so that should keep me busy! I'll be putting plenty on here over the next few weeks to see what you think.

But before all that, I am VERY late in posting for today's new challenge over at CraftyCatz! We had some stunning entries last week for the autumn challenge so we're looking forward to seeing what you talented crafters can come up with this week for the challenge  that our lovely Aunty Sue has set this week of "Black and another colour" and a prize of 3 digis from the Stamping Boutique for the winner.

For my card I decided to get the heat tool out and brush the dust off the embossing powders! I haven't done any heat embossing for ages - and really enjoyed doing it (although I'm not too convinced by the success of my efforts lol)

The papers are from Kanban that were in my stash. I've added gold mirri card, some rolled roses, and some die cut leaves (using a Poppystamps meadow leaf die). The sentiment stamp is from Inkylicious, stamped in versamark and using gold embossing powder.  The black and gold ribbons are from stash.
So do pop over to Crafty Catz and see the fabulous DT inspiration - and then join us with your creations!

Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A crisscross card!

Hello all and I hope that your week has started well? We enjoyed some lovely autumnal sunshine on Sunday and it was so nice to be able to sit outside and enjoy a cup of tea and do some 'pottering' - I keep thinking we've got to make the most of any nice weather as we won't be able to sit outside for much longer (well, not without wet-weather, thermally insulated gear on!).  And of course, we've got Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching - the shops already seem full of witches broomsticks and pumpkins! And we keep hearing the odd firework going off. It seems strange whenever I hear one to not be looking around for where Tilly the Dog is and checking she's ok. She didn't like fireworks at all lol! She didn't have a major panic thankfully, but I seemed to spend a lot of October and November in past years practicing a sort of distraction therapy with toys, treats, turning the volume up on the tv or radio, etc. But as she's sadly not with us any more, and Grumpy Poppy just glares if she hears one (usually because the noise has disturbed her snoozing)!  However, Poppy is far more of a guard 'cat' than the dog was - yesterday she growled such a lot at the window-cleaner!

Anyway, the card I'm sharing today is one I made for a friend to give to her daughter, she loved the Sarah Kay images and the design of card

Sorry the photo looks a bit dark. I've used the gorgeous Sarah Kay stamp and coloured it with copics and pencils
The papers are from LOTV with some added lace from stash. The flowers were made with a Britannia flower die and some added gems and a sentiment tag from LOTV.

And I decided to make a criss cross card design with a pull-out insert

Sorry for the overload of pics! But I was quite pleased with the finished result - and thankfully my friend was too.
Hope you like it. 
Thank you for all your lovely comments - they mean such a lot and really encourage me to keep crafting (even on the days when the mojo is lacking a bit!).  And as we know, crafting is such a good therapy!
Back soon,
Kim x

Friday, 10 October 2014

Season of mists....

Hello all and it's Friday - yippee! I'm looking forward to a mix of crafting and relaxing this weekend - but whether both will actually happen is another matter lol.  Thank you for all your lovely comments - and glad you liked the photos of the Lake District (they didn't turn out too badly considering they were actually taken on my phone!).

As it's Friday it's time for a new challenge over at CraftyCatz - and this week our lovely Janette is hosting the challenge and has chosen the theme of 'Autumn'.  I know that last weekend, and all during this week, I've really started to feel the change of season. The weather has been a bit changeable to say the least this week - from sunshine one minute to monsoon rain the next lol. But the leaves are all starting to change into the wonderful range of colours, from deep browns, golds, reds and yellows - I must try and take a pic of the Japanese acer that is in my little garden as it's always a delight to see, but particularly in Spring (when the leaves are a gorgeous purply pink) and in Autumn when they change to such deep reds and golds that it almost looks as though they are lit up from inside.

Sorry, too much waffle again there....   Back to the challenge!  Our sponsor this week is Fred She Said and I've used a great pumpkin image and decided to make a tag for a change

I've used kraft card for the tag, with some hessian ribbon wrapped around. The wording was printed on the computer, with lots of leaves added using the Spellbinders dies, and then plenty of distress inking on the edges.  I added a metal eyelet and some seam binding ribbon to finish.
Hope you like it.
Please pop over to have a look at the inspiration from the DT at CraftyCatz - they really have made some fantastic creations this week!  And then join in our challenge with your Autumn creation!
Back soon,
Kim x 

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

My little tree!

Hello all, and I hope that your week is going well?  The usual busy one here, and starting to look forward to half term at the end of this month - not just because I'll be off work for a week! My gorgeous daughter Lauren (who we helped move down to Sussex in August) will be coming home for a few days - yippee! She's really enjoying her teaching course and is now based in a primary school in Seaford on the south coast near Brighton, and has already started doing some teaching. But the harsh realities of living away from home, working long hours and then having to do cooking, cleaning, etc., have hit a little bit - and much as she's enjoying it, I think she's quite looking forward to getting fussed over and pampered for a few days! (Well, wouldn't we all?!). Then when she returns to Sussex, she's taking her little brother with her for a couple of days - so he'll enjoy going to stay with his sister and her boyfriend (especially without his mum & dad lol!).

Anyway, just wanted to share another little Christmas card with you. I nearly always tend to make 6" square cards for birthdays, etc., but I've been making a few 5" square cards for Christmas ones and they look quite sweet. But it's surprising how much smaller they seem, even though it's only 1" all round!

I've used a gorgeous LOTV stamp and coloured it with copics and Graphit markers with some added pencil and a fair sprinkling of Glamour Dust! 
The papers are from LOTV, as are the sentiment tags, and I've added some stitching. The poinsettia die is from Marianne, and the gingham ribbon and gems are from stash.
Hope you like it.

And thank you for your good wishes, my hubby and I enjoyed a lovely couple of days away in the Lake District (we felt we deserved a weekend away together after putting up with one another for 25 years!).  And thankfully the weather was quite kind - after some heavy rain overnight! 
So a few pics to share - we are so lucky that we only live about 40 minutes away from all this! 

We'd had a good walk with lots of stops to admire the views (and get our breath back lol!). 
Pity we can't escape every weekend! 
Please forgive the overload of pics.
Back soon,
Kim x

Friday, 3 October 2014

All Sentimental!

Good morning Blogland and I hope that your week has been a good one. And it's Friday! WooHoo! And it's a special woohoo from me today as I'm heading off for the weekend with my other half to the Lake District - this will be only our second time away on our own for the past 20 odd years as we always have offspring with us! But my son is going to his friend's for the weekend and we are going to enjoy some r & r time together.

Thank you for all your lovely comments recently, they really mean so much. And I promise to share some of the woolly crafty projects soon - I'm still busy crocheting as well. So many projects and so little time lol.

Anyway, before I go to work and then head off to the Lakes, as it's Friday it's time for a new challenge over at CraftyCatz.  And this week the challenge has been set by ME! But don't worry as it is a nice, easy one - All Sentimental.  We would like to see a sentiment on your crafty creation somewhere - either taking 'centre stage' or even just a simple 'Happy Birthday', it's up to you.  Our sponsor this week is the brilliant Bugaboo and I've used one of their sentiment digi stamps for my card

The papers are from LOTV and I've used the Britannia flower die to make some little flowers with some added stamens. The leaf die is from Joanna Sheen, and some added pearls from stash.

So quite a simple card, but love that sentiment - it's so true.
So do have a look at the fantastic inspiration from the DT over at Crafty Catz and then join in the challenge with your 'sentimental' creation.
I hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever you have planned - and I hope you manage some 'crafty' time too.
Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Lilac Christmas

Hello all and I hope that your week has started well? I can't believe that today is the last day of September - I blinked and it vanished! But we've been so lucky with the weather, with some lovely sunny days. It's been so nice that, on most days, my other half and I can still sit and have a cup of tea in the garden when we both get in from work and catch up on the day. I'm just hoping that the weather doesn't turn too bad as we are off to the Lake District for a couple of nights next weekend. We'll have been together for 25 years so decided that we deserved a little mini-break to celebrate putting up with one another for so long lol!

But I had a great girly day last Saturday with a couple of friends and we went to Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales to Yarndale, which for anyone interested in crocheting or knitting, was a delight! It was a yarn festival (it's 2nd year) with a huge number of stalls of different yarn producers, not to mention all the spinning, dyeing, weaving, patchwork, etc. We had a great time and it was only a restricted purse that prevented me getting completely carried away! There were some fantastic local wools and yarns, and all sorts of inspiration. The only problem now is knowing where to start. So many ideas, so little time!  I can't imagine that anyone who likes crafts could ever get bored. My main problem is deciding what to do next and fitting it all in!

Anyway, less waffling! I've got a very girly Christmas card to share with you today, and a very lilac one! I got some of the new papers a little while ago from LOTV, so was inspired to make a purple Christmas card. Now I confess that when it comes to my own Christmas decorations at home I'm a very traditional sort, but I did enjoy getting all the purple colours out for this one!

I've used a gorgeous stamp from LOTV, coloured with copics - and lots of add glamour dust! 
The papers are from LOTV, as are the sentiment tags, with some added stitching. The snowflake is a Tattered Lace die - I borrowed one from a friend to try out! It gives a nice big snowflake but is perhaps a little too swirly and fancy for me - not to mention it was a bit of a pain to get out of the die (even with waxed paper!). The added bling was from stash.

Hope you like it! 
And I hope your week goes well, whatever you're doing.
Back soon,
Kim x 

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Friday, 26 September 2014

For a very special Birthday!

Hello all - how has your week been?  I hope that it's been a good one, or at least not a bad one! The usual sort of busy routine week here, and looking forward to heading out for the day tomorrow.

Today's post is a very special birthday one - it's the 5th Birthday for the CraftyCatz Challenge! That's some achievement! And I'm so proud to have been one of the DT for nearly 2 and a half years - they are a really lovely team.  And to celebrate such a fab achievement, we have not one, not two.... - but FIVE prize packages on offer for you with this challenge from :-

Marianne Creatables, Crafty Sentiments, Crafty Ribbons, Delicious Doodles and Sami Stamps!

WOW! And to make it extra easy for everyone to take part, it's such an easy challenge this week - Birthday Celebrations! So please go and have a look at the fantastic inspiration from the DT over at CraftyCatz.

I've used a digi stamp from Delicious Doodles called 'Blossom' for my card - and it's not my usual style of digi stamp but I really enjoyed colouring it, so just might well have to do another one!

I've coloured the image with copics and Graph-it markers
The backing paper is from LOTV, as is the sentiment stamp, and I've used a Spellbinders 'blossom' die to add some flowers. The swirl is a Marianne die, and some added pearls from stash.
Hope you like it! 
And I hope you will pop over to the CraftyCatz Challenge and have a look at the DT creations, the great prizes on offer - and then join us with your Birthday crafty creations!

Hope you have a good weekend, whatever you have planned.
Back soon,
Kim x