Wednesday, 11 October 2017

It's been too long!

I can't believe that it's been nearly a month since the last blog post! Shame on me! But I have still been busy crafting, but finding it easier (& quicker!) to post pics of my creations on my Facebook page and on Instagram - so if you use either of those social media 'thingys', please have a look and follow me there too!

I've been enjoying using some of the digi stamps from LOTV - well, I always loved their rubber stamps, so I suppose it was only natural that I'd love the digi stamps too!  And I keep trying to make a few Christmas cards. I don't usually make dozens as I like to make them all different and unique, and they take me a bit too long! But it's always nice to make handmade ones for close family and friends - they're more like a little gift.  If I end up with a stall at a Christmas craft fair again, there'll probably be a few on sale too. And I sometimes make a few to sell to order - it's lovely to know that people like my cards enough to want to buy them!

This latest one was a bit of a change for me, using an 8" x 8" card (as I so often use 6" square cards!)

As I'd sold a few unused craft things on a Facebook site, I treated myself to a large Tonic die set - this was a first attempt with it! I coloured the image with the usual mix of copics and pencil, with a touch of glitter

The papers are from stash (Dovecraft ones I think?).  I added a die cut poinsettia and bells, and the sentiment stamp is also from LOTV. 
He's such a cute little character! 

Hope you like it! 

And we've had a day of heavy, persistent rain, which is easing off with occasional flashes of sunshine - and we had a lovely 'double' rainbow at the back of the house an hour ago! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

And another Christmas card!

Coming to the end of yet another busy week - and I'm so pleased it's Friday tomorrow - Yay!
Thank you for your comments on the latest blanket and I'm pleased to say that it is now safely installed in my son's new room in the student halls in Glasgow!  We moved him up there last Saturday, and he seems to have thoroughly embraced student life!  He starts his degree course in Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art next week, and has been busy with freshers week social activities - no surprise there! And husband and I are adjusting to life in the house with just us - but we've still got Ruby the dog and Grumpy Poppy the cat to torment us of course!

Anyway, after a couple of weeks back at work, the long summer holiday seems like a dim and distant memory lol! So I'm hoping that in between the busy time at work and the usual jobs at home, that I may find a little extra time for some crafting. We'll see! But I did make another Christmas card with the oh-so-cute LOTV stamps

I've coloured the image with copics and promarkers, with some pencil mixed in - and some added glitter!

Such a cute image! 
The backing papers and sentiment are also from LOTV and I've used a die cut poinsettia and holly leaves.
Hope you like it! 
Thanks for looking - and enjoy your weekend, whatever you may be doing.
Back soon,
Kim x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

New Blanket - TaDah Moment!

I hope that you've had a good week - and a relaxing weekend. Last week marked the end of my holidays, and I started back to work on Thursday. So it's back to alarm wake-ups (which seem incredibly early!) and not the chance for a leisurely cup of tea while I gradually get my brain into gear for the day! Hey ho.

And this week is set to be quite busy as we gather all the stuff together for my son leaving for uni next weekend! I can't believe that it's come around so fast, and it really doesn't seem 5 minutes since he was starting at primary school. This is our last chick to fly the nest, and much as I'm thrilled and excited for him starting on this next phase of his life, it's a bittersweet moment for me. But I also wanted him to take a little bit of home with him as he starts at Glasgow School of Art (wow, what a place - part of me is soooo jealous!) - so I've made him a crochet blanket for those evenings or mornings when he's having a relax or a snooze.  The blankets at home get used for snoozes quite a lot!

I've used the 'Moorland' pack, designed by Lucy at Attic24, from Wool Warehouse.  I decided to follow the 'colour' progression, from the greens and browns of the moors, through the greens, purples and lilacs of the heathers and through to the delicious blues of the skies above the moors.  But I used the cosy pattern for the stripes instead.

The yarn is Stylecraft DK, which is fabulous for blankets!  The finished size is approximately single bed size, and I've added the border design from the 'cupcake' blanket. 

Hope you like it! And thankfully my son does too - just hope he looks after it! I've fallen in love with these colours and have threatened that if he mistreats it, then I'll steal it back lol! Either that or I'll just have to make another one for me! 

Hope that your week ahead proves to be a good one! 
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Friday, 25 August 2017

It's a C*****mas Card....!

Now I know that any of my non-crafting friends that see this will be somewhat horrified! A Christmas Card - in August! But I know that all my fellow crafters will understand! I didn't want to end up like last year, with a mad rush to try and make just a few handmade cards for close family, etc. With getting a new puppy, etc., last summer, time just seemed to evaporate and so I was determined that I would start a bit earlier this time, and try and get a few cards ready and in the box! It helped when Lili of the Valley did a digi stamp release of new Christmas cuties - so the task could be put off no longer.

I've used the gorgeous 'Christmouse Pudding' for this one

I've coloured the image with a mix of copics, graphits and pencil

The papers, sentiment tags and 'recipe' are also from LOTV, and a die cut poinsettia added! 

Hope you like it! 
I'll keep busy trying to make a few more for the 'box' before I'm back at work next week. It's a shame when work has to intrude on happy crafting time.....

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Time disappearing fast!

Well, what happened to August? I can't believe that it's all just sped by so fast, but we've had lots of dog walks, family visits- and a bit of crafting squeezed in! I went for a few days with my son to help my daughter & her boyfriend move house from Lewes near Brighton,  to their new home in Cambridge! It was a very busy few days (as you can imagine!) but lovely to see Lauren & Tom settled in their new home. And equally nice to have a bit of time with my son, as we don't get much "mother & son" time together these days! And there'll be even less soon! He got his A level results last week and has got into his first choice uni - he'll be off to Glasgow School of Art to study for a BA in Fine Art (photography)! Needless to say, we are very proud of him & incredibly excited for him- but it's my last 'chick' to fly the nest and I'm going to miss him so much!

Anyway, less of my family waffle! As we had a house-move, I just had to make a "new home" card using a super-cute image from LOTV.

I've coloured the image with copics and graphits and some pencil. 
Papers and sentiment stamp are also from LOTV 

Hope you like it! 

Back soon,
Kim x

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Making wishes

Hello all, and a warm welcome to new followers - thanks for taking the time to follow, and I hope you'll enjoy the sharing of crafty makes (& tolerate the waffle!).

We've been experiencing the usual British summer mix of sunshine and showers, but we've managed a few nice days out, as there is a little four-legged beast in the house that needs walkies every day (sunshine or rain!). It's also meant that when the rain has arrived, it's been a good opportunity to get the inks and pencils out and do some colouring - and then spend some time putting cards together! It's nice to have 'rediscovered' the enjoyment in crafting cards again, after a bit of a break for a few months.  But I'm also now lusting after a new set of pencils and have got my beady eye on a fab set of Faber Castell polychromos (when it comes to crafting, I'm not a cheap date lol!). If you use these, I'd love to know how you find them to use (while I'm in the process of saving up for a set!).

Anyway, I've enjoyed playing with a few of the new digi stamps from LOTV that I somehow accidentally bought when I was browsing..... I don't know how that happens!  This little cutie is 'Make a wish' and I think she is just adorable!

I really enjoyed colouring up this sweet image, using my usual mix of copics and pencils (with a little bit of added sparkle)

The sentiment stamps and papers are from LOTV, with a mix of die cut flowers

Hope you like it! 

Thanks for taking the time to visit and please leave a comment to let me know you've called by to my little corner of Blogland! I always try to make return visits! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Enjoying the holidays!

I can honestly say, I could get used to this 'not at work' business very easily! The sheer bliss of no alarm clock in the morning, and the time and breathing space to think about what to do and where to go - it's just wonderful!  And I am a world class 'potterer' - and can quite happily spend my day doing all sorts of little things. And it is beyond nice to have the time to rediscover things in my craft stash and have a play!

I'm enjoying the digi stamps from LOTV (& may well get tempted by their current digi offer - well, it'd be rude not to!).  This was a recent digi purchase of an older image - but she is such a cutie!

I've coloured the image with copics and pencil, and a fair amount of fine glitter! And this one is in apricot shades - quite a change for me! 

I'm trying to be good about using up some of my stash of papers, and this gorgeous paper is from MME.  The flowers are from WOC and the sentiment stamp from LOTV.

Hope you like it!

For those of you who read an earlier post, our youngest is now back from his European travels after nearly 3 weeks, and the house is once again littered with damp towels, cereal bowls, glasses, etc.! Deep joy!  But it's nice to have him back - and it sounds like they all had a fab time (although I'm sure parents only get the edited version of events).  RubyDoo was soooo excited to see him when he walked through the door, she was nearly doing somersaults! And after the excitement of Wimbledon, she's currently trying to trash every tennis ball that she comes across...

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Kim x