Sunday, 14 December 2014

Busy with Christmas!

Hello all and I hope your weekend has been going well? A lovely frosty start and crisp winter sunshine yesterday - and grey clouds and rainy today! Sigh. Think I prefer the frosty one lol!

I've been busy trying to get the last few Christmas cards finished and written - and have kept repeating the mantra to myself that I must start making my Christmas cards earlier next year so that I don't have a last minute panic! I seem to have so many ideas, stamps, papers, etc., and then nowhere near enough time to do all the ones I have to do! I think the problem is that I find it hard to get inspired for Christmas creations when the sun is shining and the weather is still warm!  Anyway, I thought I'd share a couple of the 'quick' cards I've been doing - although when I start playing with papers, etc., the process is never that quick....

This one uses papers from LOTV and a sentiment stamp from Chocolate Baroque. The 'stitching' stamp is also from LOTV. The ribbon, snowflake charm and bell are from stash - and yes, the card does actually 'tinkle'! 

This card also uses the LOTV papers, with the LOTV recipe stamps. I've added some distress inks, ribbon from stash and a sentiment stamp from Chocolate Baroque.
So quite simple cards, but I think they look ok.

I'm also busy crocheting (never enough hours in a day...) making a bag to order and I also made some cute stripy wristwarmers and sent them down to my daughter as I know she always likes to be snuggled up warm! 

I've used some scraps of Stylecraft dk wool, and added a scallop edge to the top.

Very difficult to photograph one-handed whilst you're trying to pose a hand in a glove lol! But I've got a pair too, and I have to say they are cosy warm - and I can still use my phone or find things in my bag! 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend and that you're a bit more organised for Christmas than me. Although Poppy the Cat is enjoying having the tree up - it's definitely good for hiding under and giving baubles an occasional bat! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Last Minute Christmas Challenge!

Hello all, I hope your week has been going well - and you're not suffering too much with the winter weather! Gales here for a couple of days, but calmer today - but icy! Thank you for all your good wishes about my cold lol! It's feeling a little better so I'm hoping I'm over the worst of it - at least the continuous sneezing and watering eyes have eased off!  And it's not a good thing feeling under the weather at this time of year when there seems to be a continuous list of 'Things to Do'!  And on that theme, the last challenge for 2014 from the Crafty Catz Challenge is 'Last Minute Christmas'! The challenge is hosted this week by the lovely Jac, and she would like to see your "late makes" for Christmas.  Our sponsors this week are the fabulous Kenny K and Make it Crafty and I've used a Make It Crafty digi stamp for my 'make'

I've been making quite a few of these tea-light boxes and gifts for orders and when I had a couple of craft fairs, and they've seemed to be popular, so I thought I'd make another and use the digi image for a special tag to go with it! 

I've coloured the image with copics and promarkers and added a good sprinkling of glamour dust glitter (some of which you can see on the black background lol!).

Do pop over to the CraftyCatz challenge and have a look at the fabulous makes from our DT and then join in our challenge with your Last Minute Christmas!  And as I mentioned, this is our last challenge for 2014 - although we'll be back in the New Year! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Warm Winter Wishes!

Well I can certainly confirm that Christmas is on it's way - because I have developed a stinky cold! I feel that it's almost a tradition now that I either get a cold just before Christmas (when things are getting so busy with endless lists, jobs to do, etc.) or I start with one on Christmas Eve which then kindly stays with me for the festive period, ensuring that my "relaxing, family time" is punctuated by sneezes, coughs, nose-blowing and watering eyes. Deep Joy. Understandably at work I'm being given a wide berth by colleagues - in between smirks at my croaking voice and ridiculously girlie sneezes that I seem to do. And it's not much better at home, with helpful comments from husband that with the husky voice, I sound like I should be working for a dodgy chatline - although as I pointed out, how would he know what a chatline sounds like? Only Grumpy Poppy the cat is coming near me - and that's only because she either wants to pinch my warm seat on the sofa whenever I get up, or try to sit on the laptop (whilst I'm typing!). Sigh.

Anyway, less of the moaning! I'm dosed up on cold remedies and hot drinks and determined to shake it off as soon as possible lol.  Far too much to do at this time of year to be feeling sorry for myself!

Another Christmas card to share with you today, using a gorgeous image from Mo Manning,

I've coloured the image with copics and promarkers (and, for once, a Christmas card with NO glitter lol!)
The backing paper is from LOTV with some added stitching. The sentiment stamp is from Chocolate Baroque and I've added a wooden star and gingham ribbon. And apologies for the slightly askew snowflake stamped onto it - I can only blame the cold germs lol! 

I hope you are keeping well and cold-free - and that your preparations for the festive season are running smoothly.
I'll be back soon, but for now I'll sign off with a sneeze and a cough lol! 
Kim x 

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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Frosty the snowman...

Good morning - and huge apologies, because I'm SO late in posting my DT card for CraftyCatz! This should have gone on my blog yesterday, but it turned out to be "one of those days"! Needless to say, that'll teach me that it would be more sensible to schedule it in lol!

Anyway, there is a new challenge over at CraftyCatz - and this week our lovely Christine has challenged us to 'use a snowman'.  I've used a cute image from our sponsor Bugaboo

Aren't they a cute pair? I've coloured the image with copics and added some glamour dust glitter - no snowman would be complete without a bit of twinkle! 

The backing papers are from LOTV. I've added some pompom trim, brad and ribbon from stash. The fence is a DooHickey die 'lovely fence' and the sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque.

Do pop over and see all the lovely snowmen the DT have produced at CraftyCatz and then join us with your very own snowman! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Some baby crochet

Hello all - I hope that you had a good weekend?  A usual busy one here, and a craft fair yesterday. This went ok, although it could have been a bit busier! Mind you, we had clear blue skies and lovely winter sunshine, so I can't blame people if they were out enjoying the day lol!

I had the pleasure this evening of delivering a baby blanket that I had made to order. When I did a craft fair a couple of weeks ago, a lady wanted a baby blanket in the ripple stripe but in mixed baby colours - it was to be for her sister who was due to have a baby soon but they didn't know if it would be a boy or girl! That's the joy of having one "made to order"! You can pick the pattern, size and colours!  Anyway, I had completed this and delivered it today and I'm pleased to say that she was thrilled with it - I just hope her sister is as well when she receives it!  But I thought I'd share a few pics of what has been keeping me busy lately (apart from crocheted Christmas stockings and making Christmas cards!)

As you can see, I picked a selection of 'baby' shades of wool, with a few brighter shades mixed in as well.  But it's SO hard to do 'random' stripes of colour, so I'm hoping I achieved something near it! 

I added a 'shell' shaped edging to the blanket, which is cot/pram size, to finish it off. It was a pleasure to make and I'm just hoping that the new mum likes it too.  At least she'll know that it's unique lol! 

And I've got another couple of projects on the go now to keep me busy. I think the crochet hook has to be surgically removed from me every evening!  So many hobbies, so little time....

In between the list of things I need to be getting on with, I promise to make some time this week to try and catch up with everyone's blogs. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, they really mean so much. And a very warm welcome to the new followers - I'm so pleased that you like my crafty creations enough to want to follow me! 
I hope you enjoy your week - whatever you have planned.
Back soon,
Kim x 

Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas in different colours!

Hello all - how has your week been? I hope you have something good to look forward to this weekend. I'm busy getting things ready for a craft fair on Sunday - and then after that I'm hoping I can start to concentrate on getting my own Christmas cards ready!

As it's Friday it's time for a new challenge over at CraftyCatz and this week is everyone's favourite - 'Anything Goes' - hosted by our lovely "BlogLeader" Carol! And this week the team are also looking for a Guest DT member for 3 months from January - if you'd like to join the friendliest DT in Blogland, then just add 'GDT' after your name on your entry.

I've used a Wee Stamps image for my card - and some non-traditional Christmas colours lol!

I've coloured the image with copics and a little pencil, and added lots of glamour dust sparkle! 
The papers are from LOTV, as are the sentiment tags (I'm getting a bit predictable using these on my cards - note to self: try and use some other sentiments! lol!)
I've added some stitching, a spotty organza bow with berries from stash, and die cut holly leaves using a Joanna Sheen die.  The snowflakes were die cut with a Tattered Lace die.

Hope you like it. And I hope you'll join us over at CraftyCatz with your creation - and remember, "Anything Goes"! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas shopping....

Hello all and I hope that you've been having a good week? Thank you for all your good wishes and I'm definitely feeling a lot better (and a lot less grouchy!). A rather busy one here as I'm doing another craft fair on Sunday, so frantically busy crocheting the mini Christmas stockings as they were so popular last time, along with the crocheted baby blanket that was ordered! I'll share some pics soon. This is a fair in a nearby village and I'm hoping that the weather stays fine and there's a good turnout - even if I don't sell much, it's nice to chat to people and see other stalls.

But today is my last card as part of my November slot as a guest DT member at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge and I'd like to thank the DT there for having me as their guest! The theme for this week is 'Christmas Present' and there are prizes from Hope Jacare, Bugaboo, QKR and Scribbles designs. I've used a Bugaboo digi stamp for my card with the fabulous Stella looking as happy as ever!

I just love that attitude - I think I may look like this later as I'm heading out this evening to do some late night Christmas shopping - sigh!
I've coloured the image with copics and promarkers and added some sparkle
The backing papers are from LOTV (as are the sentiment tags - I think I'd be a bit lost without LOTV sentiment tags lol!). The die cut presents were using a Sizzlits die with some ribbon threaded through.

Hope you like it - even if you don't like Christmas shopping! 
Do pop over to C.R.A.F.T. and see the fab inspiration from the DT and then join in with your 'Christmas Presents' creations.
Back soon,
Kim x