Wednesday 24 April 2019

Sent with love...

Well, that lovely, long sunny Easter weekend is over and it was back to work with a bump on Tuesday! It  was so nice to have the weather play nicely for a bank holiday and we spent a lot of time lolling about in the garden (with the odd bit of gardening thrown in occasionally!). And I feel I should apologise for not getting round and having a look at people's blogs. Now we're back into routine, I'll hopefully get a bit more time for Blogland!

The card I'm sharing today is one made with one of the older LOTV images - another that I seem to have in rubber and as a digi! He's such a cute little guy, carrying that huge present.

I've coloured him with copics and promarkers and little pencil.  The papers are from K&Co and stash.

I've kept the layout fairly simple for this one - always a challenge for me, as I'm always tempted to add "just one more thing" or "do you think something's missing?". But I think it works ok, although I'm never too confident with simple layouts! 
The sentiment stamp is also from LOTV, with Sue Wilson banner dies. 

Hope you like it.
Back soon,
Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
Lemon Shortbread - #92 - anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - #62 - anything goes
Happy Craft Challenge - anything goes
Creative Crafters - #15 - anything goes

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Enjoying some spring sunshine!

I hope that you have some very welcome spring sunshine wherever you are. We've had such a lovely, sunny day today, and love the simple delight of enjoying a mug of tea sat in the garden!  However, that also includes telling the naughty dog not to try eating any dropped bird food, not to drink from the pond, not to try and bury her toys in the garden - you'll notice most of these are "nots"....! Hey ho. But despite all that, we've enjoyed the feel of spring.

I suppose it's something of an irony that the image on the card today is called "Waiting for rain" haha! No, I really don't want any rain! But she is a very cute little Mo Manning digi stamp.  I made a conscious decision to use a colour that I really don't use very often - yellow. And it's a shame, because when I do use yellow, it always seems such a happy, cheerful colour!

I'd quite like a lovely yellow raincoat! 

I've coloured the image with copics and promarkers.  The backing papers are from WRMK - I found this one buried in the stash! 
I've used a JoyCrafts die for the tag and the stamped sentiment is from LOTV. Tonic stamps were used for the flowers and edging. 

 The inside was layered to match

Hope you like it! 
Back soon - and hope you get some sunshine and not rain! 
Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
Colour Throwdown - yellow, orange and blue 
Sisterhood of crafters - April showers
A perfect time to craft - anything goes
Dies r us - April showers

Saturday 13 April 2019

Woodland Blanket - Ta Dah Moment!

In advance, please forgive the bulk of photos! I've finished my 'Woodland' blanket - courtesy of Attic24 and a yarn pack from Wool Warehouse.  I started this one over the Christmas holidays, and so I suppose it's quite appropriate that I've finished it over the Easter holidays. It's been a fabulous project and one that I've kept crocheting on with, in between other projects, cardmaking, etc.

It's a lovely, large blanket, approximately single bed size (6' by 4') and so will be super for snuggling under on chilly evenings! 
It's a simple ripple pattern that is based on an old Shetland knitting pattern "Old Shale" - although in a crochet version of course! This gives a lovely ripple, with a slightly lacey feel

And I love the 'line' that appears from crocheting into the back of the loops. 
The colours gradually change from the 'woodland floor', with a combination of rich greens, browns, coppers, etc., through to the tree canopy with lighter greens and gradually up to the sky!  When it's folded in half it almost looks like two separate blankets

The border is a simple slip stitch edging, which I've done in 4 colours and I think it looks nice from either side! 

It's always a satisfying feeling when you complete a big blanket project - although I've now got to start planning the next project.  However, as we have a new grandchild due in a few months, I think I can probably find a few projects to be getting on with....

Hope you like the blanket! 
Back soon,
Kim x

Thursday 11 April 2019

Baby Blue Fairy

Well, I'm not sure about the 'relax' part of the Easter break so far.... It's included some heavy duty gardening (including lifting and re-laying flags around the pond!), and, since youngest came home from visiting friends and before going back to uni, rather a lot of laundry! Anyway, we took our youngest back to uni today, a trip to Glasgow - which is rather a lovely drive when the weather is nice (as it was today!). Rubydoo went to Doggy Day Care - and seems to have had a good time!

Less of the waffle and more of the crafting! I've got a cute easel card to share with you today. I know! Two easel cards in succession! I've used one of the very cute Mo Manning baby fairy digi stamps - such a sweetie!

I've coloured the image with copics, promarkers and pencil with a little added glitter to the wings (all fairies should have some glitter on their wings...). 
The papers are from Hunkydory and LOTV, and the sentiment stamp is an LOTV one. 

Just a little added ribbon and pearly hearts, and some distress inks, and it's done. 
Hope you like it! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Addicted to stamps - #336 - anything goes
Creative Moments - #166 - anything goes
Digi Choosday - Wk. 15 - anything goes
Mo's Digital Challenge - anything goes

Saturday 6 April 2019

Spring? At Last?

Hurray! It's Saturday, the sun is shining (at the moment!) and I've finished work for 2 weeks for our Easter break. Yay! We haven't got a huge amount planned for these holidays, a couple of days out, catching up with friends, jobs in the garden, etc., but I'm definitely looking forward to that calmer pace of life after what seems to have been a particularly hectic couple of weeks.  And I'm hoping it also means some 'crafting time' can get scheduled in too.

But today's card is a rather suitable one for a sunshiney spring day, featuring one of my favourite little Mo Manning digi stamps called (appropriately!) - April.  Isn't she so cute?

In fact I was busy doing just that in the garden this morning (although definitely not looking quite as cute lol!). I've coloured the digi stamp with copics and pencil

The papers are from Hunkydory, flowers from WOC and the sentiment is from LOTV. 
I hadn't made an easel style card for ages, so I used some Tonic dies to make the shaped easel. 

Hope you like it. 

And I'm so pleased that the Mo's Digital Pencil challenge blog is back up and running, so she's being entered into that too! 

The card is now up for sale on Etsy HERE.

I hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever you have planned.
Back soon,
Kim x

I'm entering 'April' into the following challenges:-
Colour Crazy Challenge - week 13 - anything goes
Crafty Catz - #456 - anything goes
Creative Fingers challenge - #161 - anything goes
QKR Stampede - #342 - anything goes

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Time to relax....

As Friday is my end of term, I'm really hoping that I do find some time to relax over the couple of weeks that we have off school for Easter. It seems to have been a very busy term (although, to be fair, EVERY term feels like a busy one), and I'm ready for a break. I've also been busy rehearsing with the choir as we have a show tomorrow night 'Music of Stage & Screen', with the school orchestra and band. It features all sorts of music from a VERY wide selection - The Greatest Show, Oklahoma, Toy Story, Show Boat, etc.! Staff and parents are welcome to join the school choir for this and it's been great fun - and the rehearsals are promising a great performance! I'll let you know how it goes!

Anyway, a fairly simple card layout this time from me, and I'm hoping suitable for anyone!  I used a lovely digi stamp from LOTV, coloured with copics and pencils

I made this as a C5 size card - which is quite a large card for me! The papers are a bit of a random selection from stash, with some stitching added

The sentiment is from a very old selection of quotes on vellum, which I'm ashamed to say, have been sat in the craft stash for ages. But this one seemed quite suitable for the image.

Hope you like it! 
I seem to have quite a few cards in the stash that I haven't shared on here yet, so there may be quite a few blog posts coming up over the next couple of weeks. And I'm pleased to report that the mojo is back in working order at the moment, so I'm busy crafting and trying to build up the stash of cards while I can lol. 

Back soon,
Kim x