Saturday, February 28

My Turn....

Woooo Hoooo

"It's Party Time"

Welcome to the Stampin Chic Blog Hop Party and what a fun, fun, fun night we're sure to have, music, games, a Treasure Hunt, challenges and PRIZES.

I've decided not to dress up and am sitting here having the best time in my children decorated tatty top and trousers I've had on all day! But the darling OH has supplied some Lindor dark and something chilling in fridge, yes!!!
It's the party to celebrate the launch of the talented Clare Curd 's Signature Range and it is FABULOUS, beautiful patterned papers, gorgeous designs and scrummy colours and 4 wonderful stamp sets.
OK we had a bit of a delay fashionably late sorry about that bloggers....but hey all the best parties start late, lets hope we get back on track...
You will already have visited the lovely
CLARE at Stampin Chic first and come from my lovely team mate Martine and now it's my turn..... so come and join in!

CCSR Sketch Challenge Week 1


Paper: CCSR, PM - Naturels, hot pinks

Stamps: CCSR - stamping chic party, doodles and sentiments,

Ink: Vivid - Black, whispers markers,
Other: PM - Paper flowers, PM - brads, Anita's ribbon, scallop scissors, 3D foam,

Next it's Stampin Chic Colour Challenge Week 1

and a little sneaky peek of my card

and now for THE TREASURE HUNT, My question for you is...

This DT member ? is accusing someone of eating her cake. WHO IS IT?

Now you need to visit my lovely teamie
Katy at see her fabulous card for the sketch challenge and to get your next question for the TREASURE HUNT.....

remember you need to visit each blog in turn to get all the questions and then pop back to Stampin Chic when you have all the answers and the first blogger to leave a comment with the correct answers will win a Stamp Set.

Enjoy the rest of the party folks finishing off for the finale at
STAMPIN CHIC at 10.30pm.

Have FUN HuGs Kim X

Basic Grey - Pocket challenge

Challenge 24 - Pockets

Well Good Morning another Saturday and its time for the weekly challenge over at BasicGrey and this time we would like to see your pockets. You could have a pocket on the outside or the inside... could be a pocket shaped like on a pair of jeans or an envelope or hidden sliding piece, a slot with a tag popping out lots of things... It can be any sort of pocket, inside, outside, the front the back, so on and so on. The design team have done a fantastic job and created pockets of all types!

My Gorjuss Girls arrived and I HAD to ink one up and colour the beauty in, so then I had to create a pocket around the girl, far to many ideas for this one, but decided in the end to go for a side pocket with scallop trim. I used my paisley nestabilities to cut the trim and pocket shape! I have used double sided tape just to the right of the card to create a pocket for my tag! Tag I have layered with BG papers and thick card and sanded the edges to give aged look and don't you just LOVE this sentiment...

Click Images for close look!

Paper: Basic Grey - ambrosia, white cardstock, DCWV glitter stack,
Stamps: Suagr Nellie -
Gorjuss Girls, CHF - Kim Hughes -'Scripty words'
Die's: Nestabilities - paisley, Cutb'g - vine & flowers, butterfly, tag, Sizzix - Flower
Ink: Vivid - Black, Copic Markers,
Other: American crafts - ribbon, adhesive pearls & dimensional bling, 3D foam,

So what are you waiting for join in and show us your pockets!!! Hope you're around for the party later!!! HuGs Kim :D

Friday, February 27

You are all INVITED!!!!

Only one sleep left to the Big Launch Party!!! on Saturday 28th February, tomorrow and it all kicks off right here at 6.30pm GMT.

Tee Hee so exciting there will be chances to win goodies from the Clare Curds signature range and loads of fun and inspiration, including challenges for you all to get involved in, so come and shake a tail feather and join in the party.

Gate Crashers positively encouraged as Clare has said herself, come in your PJ's, Slippers or just your knickers LOL, we don't mind as long as you are there!

We will be blog hopping around the DT blogs, looking for clues and more fun until the party comes to a crescendo back here at a time to be announced on the final DT's blog, where everything will be revealed........

How about a little sneak peek?

So see you tomorrow, for quite a busy day... my BG card and the BIG LAUNCH PARTY!

HuGs Kim X

Tuesday, February 24

Inspirational Card Sketch #5

It's time for Inspirational Card Sketches today is now our Fourth week and so time for sketch challenge #5 and a little candy!

This is a great sketch by the fabby Dawn, and even better as again I found it a little challenging!!!
The line across the middle I went to town with a row of bling, oh so sparkly! Above the Sentiment which I have over stamped onto the edge of tree (just for Fun!).

These stamps from Kim Hughes collection are just the best... how much FUN? I stamped the tree onto the funky PP and cut out the crown, then the trunk I have coloured with my copics and cut out to paper piece the image. Raised on 3d foam.

The super cute dinky toadstools, butterfly, flower, snail I have stamped directly onto the PP and coloured with my copics!

click images to enlarge!

Paper: WRMK - Nonsense Pad Of Papers & Embellishments, Brown Pearl card,
Ink: Versafine - black, copics,
Other: 3D foam, adhesive gems.

Hope you will join in this week and make a card using the wonderful sketch. Remember you can turn, flip or do anything you like with the sketch. And it's even easier to show us your wonderful creations using Mr. Linky!!! Thanks for stopping by and am really looking forward to your creations!

Happy HuGs Kim x

Saturday, February 21

BasicGrey Colour Combo & Cutting Cafe

Challenge 23 - Colour Combo

Well its time for another challenge over at BasicGrey and this time its a colour combo, we would like you to pick one of the following colour combos for your creations (Skin and white card colours are allowed too),

Pink and Green
Pink and Brown
Blue and Brown

So what are you waiting for, pick your favorite combo and get crafting :), but of course not to forget to use at least one item from BasicGrey on your creation...

Regina has very kindly offered one lucky winner , two downloads of your choice from her wonderful store, how fab is that ♥

We got the chance to use her amazing cupcake designs, I printed the cupcake out twice onto heavy weight cartridge, a mini cupcake, the sentiment and cherry. I have coloured using my copics, The cup case I have stamped BG Inspire heart stamps and shaded with distress inks using a mask over the cupcake top! For the shiny icing I have gone over the top with liquid applique and while still wet, sprinkled the top (the table, the carpet, my face & head, the whole room it seems) with sparkly glitter! The cherry I have coloured and cut out. The sentiment I have cut using circle and ribbon slider to create hole! The mini cupcake I thought would make a cute charm, so I coloured with copics and cut out! Then finished off with a good dollop of glossy accents and adhered to a brad through the ribbon!

click images for a close look

Paper: Basic Grey - Bittersweet, heavy weight cartridge,
Stamps: The Cutting Cafe - Cupcakes, Basic Grey - Inspire me,
Die's: Nestabilities - Circles, squares, cutb'g - corner
Ink: Printer - Black, Tim's - Distress inks, colourbox queues, Copic Markers,
Other: Basic Grey - brad, infuse ribbon, Glossy Accents, MM - ribbon punch, Liquid applique, glitter, 3D foam,
Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend, HuGs Kim ♥

Tuesday, February 17

Clare Curd's Signature Range..... Toot Toot....

I have some really exciting news to share with you all today.... I had an email from Clare Curd asking me if I would like join the Design Team for her new range called Clare Curd's Signature Range!!!!!..........and I said YES (of course)!!!
If you pop over to the blog Stampin' Chic you will also be able to see some sneaky peeks of the new CCSR (Clare Curd's Signature Range) collection, which looks fantastic! And the BIG Launch is due on 1st March... So keep watching for all the fun on the way...

Congratulations!!! I am honoured to be part of such an amazing Team...

Clare Curd - Stampin' Chic
Sheila Halliwell - My Little Craft Space
Mina Hartley - Pinkpuds
Katy Harrison - Katy's Bloggeroo
Martine McKnight - The Crafting Table
Kath Stewart - All That Glitter
Tab Robinson - Tabby Craft Designs

Go and see the rest of the fabby talented DT - Stamping chic Chicks...and have a look at their blogs.

Ooooh I'm sooooo excited, see you all soon! HuGs Kim X

Inspirational Card Sketch #4

At the wonderful Inspirational Card Sketches blog it's now our Third week and so time for sketch challenge #4

This is a great sketch by the fabby Dawn, and even better as I found it a little challenging!!!
I've been meaning to have a real good go at using distress inks for colouring and this is my result! I used my heat resistant matt to create a palette where I squidged the different distress ink colours onto, to then go in with my water brush, I had to mix colours to try and coordinate with this gorgeous patterned paper. I hope I've explained it (notice all my professional technical terms!!!) so that you understand! I have cut the coloured Tilda out and mounted with 3d foam!
The gorgeous chipboard flower stickers I have mounted on 3d foam and by using my embossing buddy dusted on the back to de-tack them, so they won't get damaged in the post! Then I finished off with a little glossy accents on the flowers and on the paper!

click images to enlarge!

Paper: Cloud9 - Hannah's Story, MM - natural, Cartridge card,
Stamps: Tilda (It's a Christmas stamp, that's good for everything!), PTI -mixed messages,
Die's: Sizzix - Bird and flowers, Nestabilities Ovals, Cut'bg - tag,
Ink: Impress - black, distress inks - mixed, gel pen - white,
Other: Cloud9 - chipboard stickers, American crafts - ribbon, 3D foam, adhesive gems, glossy accents.

Hope you will join in this week and make a card using the wonderful sketch. Remember you can turn, flip or do anything you like with the sketch. And it's even easier to show us your wonderful creations using Mr. Linky!!! Thanks for stopping by and am really looking forward to your creations,

Happy HuGs Kim x
And how wonderful to discover that my card was picked for the Fab5 over at 2Sketches4you thank you Laura and Kazan!
AND I will have even more news to share later! WOOO HOOO!!!!

Saturday, February 14

Basic Grey Challenge - Hearts


Challenge 22 - Hearts

As today is a very special day, we would like you to get all loved up in your creations and show us some hearts, it can be any size and any quantity of hearts you wish, and also not forgetting to use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creation.

This is quite a busy card for me but just went with the flow... I have coloured this super cute image with copic markers, I have gone over the colours with the colourless blender to create softer more muted tones to coordinate with the patterned papers! After cutting with a nesties die I have gone over the whole image with distress inks!

The flourishes are similar to a previous creation... I have stamped directly onto the dp and cut out, hand shaped and have raised on 3d foam. The little hearts are die cut and I have embellished them with a glitter marker so they sparkle just a little. The sentiment has been stamped onto a shape die cut from kraft card and inked edges, as has the heart button. There's really a lot of hearts on this card... the background paper, the pockets, the button, the sticker trim, the glitter hearts, and a little heart swirled in the bottom corner!

click images for close up!

Paper: Basic Grey - Bittersweet, heavy weight cartridge, PTI - kraft card
Sugar Nellie - Simon & Lola, Basic Grey - Ambrosia Halvah,Inspire me, PTI - mixed messages,
Die's: Sizzix - background shapes, hearts, heart button, Nestabilities - Circles
Ink: Impress - Black, Tim's - Distress inks, colourbox queues, American Crafts - Glitter gems,
Other: Basic Grey - bittersweet element stickers, Adhesive Bling, 3D foam, string from stash,

Thanks for stopping by and sorry I didn't get round to see you last week, hope to catch up over the next few days, Have a fantastic Valentine's day and enjoy a wonderful weekend with your loved ones, BIG HAPPY HuGs Kim XXX

Friday, February 13

2Sketches4You - Sketch #19

Well I don't know where the time has gone this week, seriously I think I started about twelve different cards and only finished a few. Here's one I have finished using the fabulous sketch #19 over at 2Sketches4you by the very talented Laura, thank you!

I've had my eye on this bird die for a long time and it arrived the other day, I have simply cut it from some BG dp and inked the edges! The frame that the bird is sitting on is a BG stamp that I have used with two inks and trimmed around. How nice is it that one of my little oval nesties fit's into cut the shape perfectly! It's been finished off with a gem brad! The leaf is die cut trimmed and stamped with sentiment. The main background has been inked with distress inks and then embossed.

Paper: Basic Grey - offbeat, heavy weight cartridge,
Stamps: Basic grey - Bug/B2 Bitsy, PTI - Mixed Messages,
Die's: Nestabilities - ovals, rectangle, Sizzix - Bird with flower, leaves,
Ink: Distress inks, colourbox Q's - mix,
Other: Lace from stash, embossing folder, PM gem brad, 3D foam,
And to show you my eye candy for valentine's woo hoo

My fiance and son,

Thanks for stopping by, will catch up with you over the weekend, HuGs Kim x

Tuesday, February 10

Inspirational Card Sketches #3

At the wonderful Inspirational Card Sketches blog it's our second week and sketch challenge #3

This is a great & easy sketch by the fabby Dawn to follow and then this paper did most of the work for me. Love the colours and the pattern, the pages are double sided so lovely on an acetate card!
I have gone for a manly card, quite pleased with the result it wasn't how I imagined. I am so happy with the foam alphabet, the "super cool" is a rubon, as is the damask (representing one of the semi circles).
The die cut swirl in the collection kit I was thinking of like a spring and added the paper gear with a small brad, I have created layers using 3D foam. Acetate cards are not easy to photograph!

click images to enlarge

Paper: Crate paper - Static collection kit, funky foam - cream, textured pearl - brown
Stamps: None used rubons - American crafts mini marks Accessories book two,
Die's: Sizzix - broadway alphabet, gears, Nestabilities square, circles,
Ink: colourbox - white,
Other: Letraset sticky sheet, 3D foam (black and white), small brad, WRMK - designer gromlets - party!
hope you will join in and make your own card using the wonderful sketch. Remember you can turn, flip or do anything you like with the sketch. And it's even easier to show us your wonderful creations using Mr. Linky that way we can see your creations directly!!!

Thanks for stopping by and am really looking forward to your creations,
Happy HuGs Kim x

Monday, February 9

Whiff of Joy Candy!!!

Have you heard about the new Whiff of joy release? It will be on February 14th a totally fun Medieval Collection designed by Alison Acton, with the characters

"Charlotte & Charlie"

do check out the woj DT all this week for previews and that's not all... There is also the chance to win a whole set of the new release (which is 10 stamps)So check out Katharina's blog Here to see how...
All sounds good I have my fingers crossed very tightly!
HuGs Kim x

Saturday, February 7

Basic Grey Challenge - Lets Mix it Up

Challenge 21 - Lets Mix it Up

This week we would like you to mix it up, we would like you to use at least two different BasicGrey ranges in your creations, for eg: Blush papers and Boxer Brads or Archaic chip stickers, Sultry papers and cupcake fibers, the possibilities are endless, so what are you waiting for lets mix it up....

My good friend Martine gave me this gorgeous Tilda stamp and thought it really needed a bit of dimensional paper piecing.... I have stamped different sections of image onto some BG papers from ranges offbeat, blush and cupcake! The circle that Tilda is stamped on I have created background using the hearts with swirls from the inspire me BG stamps and softened the edges with distress inks. The Balloons have also been paper pieced! Click on images to get close up of detail!

Paper: Basic Grey - offbeat, blush and cupcake, heavy weight cartridge, Brown pearl textured,
Stamps: Tilda with Balloons, BasicGrey - Inspire me, HOTP - Sentiment,
Die's: Nestabilities - Circle's, squares,
Ink: Distress inks, Colourbox - Chestnut roan,Q's, gel pen, stickles, copic sketch markers,
Other: Pretty Lace trim, 3D foam,
Thanks for stopping by and hope you get the chance to have ago, HuGs Kim x
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