Tuesday, April 28

Inspirational Card Sketches #14

Another wonderful sketch to inspire you this Tuesday from Inspirational Card Sketches designed by the lovely Dawn! This is one of my favourite cards to date, just don't want to give it away, but it's for my Dad who's birthday is the day after mine.

I'll start with the tag... I wanted to try Tim Holtz dabber-resist technique, I used Kim Hughes fabby trees, with my copper paint and I followed the video. I over-stamped the whole image using the script stamp with distress ink, then blended a few distress ink colours over tag with my blending tool. I didn't think the painted outline of the tree was enough so dabbed some paint onto my non stick sheet and used my water brush to fill in the trunk and tree tops. The flying bird I have simply stamped with black ink directly over everything. I have used a grommet to embellish the hole. Tee Hee... that was just the tag, the rest was really very simple. Loving this sassafras papers the edging is gorgeous and lent itself to the sketch very well. I have simply cut two slots in the patterned paper to slide the tag into. The bookplate is a Sassafras chipboard, I've attached with brads and the sentiment I have stamped onto Kraft paper and embellished with a little (man) bling LOL. I have placed a few yummilicious buttons with glue dots. Click images to get a good look at the details.

Paper: Sassafras, PTI - Kraft, MM - Natural,
Stamps: CHF - Kim Hughes spring trees, script background, Studio Calico, PTI - Out on a limb,
Ink: Archival - black, distress inks, Tim's paint dabbers,
Die's: Sizzix - Dog Tags,
Other: Adhesive bling, Sassafras chipboard sticker shapes, buttons, grommet, Big Bite, glue dots, 3Dimensional foam,

Hope you get inspired and have a try at a new technique and join us this week. Thanks for stopping by and if you get the chance I would love if you popped back tomorrow I will have another card and some good news and I'm afraid some bad news, have a fantastic day ♥ HuGs Kim x

Monday, April 27

Colour Challenge #3 - Shower of Thanks

We've woken up to a very wet Monday morning here but I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Well today it's my turn to show what I've created for the colour challenge at Stampin Chic this week, set by Kath and Sheila, hope it brightens with the fab colours Turquoise and Yellow!!!

I created a circle matt by cutting and distressing the edges. The circles are punched and adorn under the edge which I have inked all around! This cute umbrella which I have been waiting to use I have stamped and paper pieced. The 'you' is from CCSR paper which I have simply cut out inked edges and raised on 3D foam. The yummy felt ribbon I decided to staple on, as it's quite thick. Flowers I have embellished with buttons, brads and shimmer dots.

Paper: CCSR - the Big One, Papermania - retro floral & pastel colossal,
Stamps: CCSR - Stampin chic party Stamp set,
Ink: Clearsnap - Queues Fluid ink, Vivid - black
Other: 3d foam, PM - flowers, PM - buttons, PM - special brads, PM - shimmer dots, Anita's and PM felt ribbon, Quickutz - alpha,

We would love you to join in with our colour challenge this week, just go to Mr Linky pop in your name and the link to your entry... can't wait to see all your Turquoise and yellow creations this week and don't forget to pop back to Stampin Chic tomorrow to see what the talented Mina will be showing for the colour challenge,

Thanks for stopping by and Happy ♥ HuGs Kim x

Sunday, April 26

Making Handmade Cards Reveal - Love to shop eKit...

Thought I would share my news that I have accepted the position of quest designer for Making Handmade Cards, Clare and Jo have set up a craft eshop which sells wonderful printable kits of images and papers...

Here's my first card using Love to Shop image ekit... and Madison backing papers...

I have printed the Sienna sheet twice, coloured with my copics and raised on 3D foam to give dimension, have also cut the flowers out by hand and embellished around the image.

There will be a step by step about this card on the site when the kits are available. Hope you like, be sure to sign up for Making Handmade Cards Newsletter...

When you subscribe to the free Making Handmade Cards Newsletter you'll get a gorgeous, E-Kit absolutely free! The E-Kit contains 26 pages of lovely floral designs that you can print out on from your computer to your printer and use as backing papers and embellishments to jazz up your cards! All you need to do, is subscribe here...

Have a lovely evening and hope you get the chance to pop back tomorrow for my challenge card for Stampin Chic! HuGs Kim x

Saturday, April 25

Basic Grey Challenges #32 - Chris's Sketch

Well... Chris supplied us with a wonderful sketch this week and I started by inking up the little artist stamp and then the inking and colouring just spiralled from there LOL! I have coloured the image with distress inks. Completely distressed the edges and tried to create an aged little watercolour. All the patterned paper has been treated with edge distressing and lots of inking. Even the card base hasn't been missed! Click images to enlarge!

Paper: BG - Archaic, watercolour paper,
Stamps: Funky Kits - Little Artist,
Ink: Archival Ink - Black, Distress inks,
Die's: Quickutz - Alphabet,
Other: 3D foam, BG - buttons, edge distresser, natural ribbon,

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Thanks ♥ HuGs Kim x

Friday, April 24

2Sketches4You and Colour Create Baby Card.

Wow it has been such a long time since I've had the chance to have a go at one the wonderful sketches at 2sketches4you. So this card follows Laura's Fabulous sketch and I have also used the colours and inspiration from Colour Create Challenges which is black and white and pink with the extra of polka dots...
The pink on my card is very pale as I wanted it to congratulate a new baby girl's mother... Lots of stamping with this card... the damask I have stamped and cut out, the sentiment I have stamped and cut out and the gingham is stamped and I have run my thread tracer to create stitching and roughed the edge slightly. It definitely needed the bling and it's so hard to stop I could very easily continued...LOL! Please click on the close ups to enlarge!

Paper: Dena's closet - home sweet home, Core'dinations - black magic,
Die's: Punch - Martha Stewart,
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo - damask, BG - too sweet, CHF - gingham backgrounder,
Ink: Archival ink - black, Adirondack lights, Colourbox,
Other: 3D foam, Prima - centre kisses, adhesive gems, PM - shimmer dots, tracer, edge distresser, American Crafts - velvet ribbon, rubons - personal.

Thanks for stopping by I will have my Basic grey card tomorrow so hope you stop by then too, Thanks ♥ HuGs Kim x

Thursday, April 23

Blogging Sisters Anniversary Cards - Sheetload

Well.. I'm very pleased with myself and as you will see I have managed to get a true sheetload of cards made for my fellow blogging sisters...

Can you remember from this post? I thought I would actually try it for real and wow what a great time I had, this first set I put together in no time using the sketch and cutting diagrams from issue April'09. Click on the images to enlarge the close ups, these helped to make 6 cards.

Paper: BG - Urban prairie, chipboard, PTI - Kraft, glitter paper,
Die's: Sizzix - Bird and flowers, Cutb'g - flowers, Nestabilities - circles, Punch - corner rounder,
Stamps: JustRite stamper,
Ink: Memento - black, copics sketch, colourbox,
Other: Double sided adhesive sheet, 3D foam, glue dot, adhesive pearls, BG - Brads
Paper: October afternoon, BG - urban prairie, white card, orange textured,
Die's: Cutb'g - flower, Nestabilities - circles, rectangles, corner rounder,
Stamps: TGF - Miss Anya Collection, JustRite stamper,
Ink: Memento - black, copics sketch, colourbox,
Other: American Crafts - ribbon, bling, 3D foam, felt,
Paper: Anna Griffin, textured paper, vellum,
Die's: Sizzix - Flower layers, Cutb'g - flourish, butterfly, Nestabilities - circles, Punch - Martha Stewart - hearts,
Stamps: JustRite stamper,
Ink: Memento - black, colourbox, sakura - stardust
Other: 3D foam, glue dot, adhesive bling, BG - Buttons, Cutb'g - embossing folder,


Paper: Pink Paislee, MM - natural card,
Die's: Cutb'g - butterfly, Nestabilities - labels 1, Punch - threading water,
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo - damask, JustRite stamper,
Ink: Memento - black,
Other: 3D foam, glue dot, adhesive pearls, BG - Buttons, American Crafts - ribbon,

Here they are all together, all I need to do now is write my message and post... (which will probably take me longer then making them) LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by and you might fancy a go at this months sheetload, hope you have a creative day ♥ HuGs Kim x

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Wednesday, April 22

Debbie's Candy...

WOW you have to go and see the amount of gorgeous stuff on offer over at Debbie's blog I would love to win!!! Go check it out, but be warned you may drool (a lot).

Stampin Chic Sketch Challenge #3

Good Morning and here's my take on this weeks sketch over at Stampin chic

With the brown card stock I have ripped the edges (against my ruler) and tinted with colourbox ink pad, I have stamped the background stamp onto this to represent the angled shape. For the main image I used the same background stamp which I have inked using one of the brush markers. Then with the same pen I also ran the ink around the torn edges and the stems I have hand drawn. I simply stamped and coloured the flowers using brush markers, then I cut out leaving a slight border and raised on 3d foam.

The butterfly has been stamped onto vellum and left to dry before cutting out. I have only applied the glue to the body of the butterfly to allow the wings to be free. Embellished with those gorgeous shimmer dots.

Click images to enlarge close ups.

Paper: CCSR - the big one Paper pack, PM - natural earth, PM - vellum, PM - Red Hot Pinks, Doodlebug - chenille,
Stamps: CCSR - Doodles set, CCSR - Sentiments, Anita's - background stamp
Ink: Colourbox Qs, Vivid - black, Whispers - brush pens,
Other: 3D foam, PM - shimmer dots, PM - buttons,

It's great that you stopped by and looking forward to your take on this weeks Sketch ...and don't forget to pop back tomorrow to see what the wonderful Mina has created for this challenge.
Thanks ♥ HuGs Kim

Tuesday, April 21

Inspirational Card Sketches #13

Another wonderful sketch to inspire you from Inspirational Card Sketches. This has to have been my most challenging sketch yet, designed by the lovely Dawn!
I went for a circular card which proved a little tricky as I don't have very many things to cut a large circle! So opted for my circular decorative punch and punched the card base at 6" round. The patterned Paper has been punched separately to accommodate the card's hinge.
I have pretty much stuck to Basic Grey Granola papers and stamps, lots of stamping and hand cutting. The leaf vine ribbon was originally a pale green so I have coloured it using my copic marker, very pleased with how the colour took! Click images to enlarge close ups!

Paper: BG - granola, white card, glitter paper,
Stamps: BG -
granola all natural,
Die's: Dovecraft - Magnetic Multi Shaper Lace,
Ink: Archival - black, distress inks, colourbox - queue,
Other: Leaf ribbon, adhesive bling & pearls, Sakura - stardust, 3Dimensional foam,

Hope you get inspired and have the chance to join us this week, thanks for stopping by, have a fantastic day ♥ HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, April 18

Challenge 31 - Paper piecing

Good Morning, it's time for another great challenge at BasicGrey! And this weeks challenge is is a firm favourite for allot of people (including me), so for this weeks challenge we would like to see some paper piecing in your creations :), please remember though that you must use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere in your creation, and most of all have fun creating...

This offbeat paper is so fun that I followed it through to my paper piecing. I've used Kim Hughes fabulous stamps and stamped the images on a selection of different patterns. I have cut out each part of the image and rearranged into a fun little scene. Hope you get the chance to check out the rest of the design teams wonderful creations. Click on the images to get a close look!

Paper: BG - offbeat, granola, white card, DCWV - brown card,
Die's: Nestabilities squares,
Ink: Archival - black,
Other: 3Dimensional foam,

All your creations were Delicious last week, hope you get the chance to join us this week, thanks for stopping by, have a fantastic weekend ♥ HuGs Kim :)

Friday, April 17

Mojo 82 - 50th Congratulations

Just a quick post... this was inspired by the sketch over at Mojo Monday.

I've used the label 1 to represent the points instead of the square layers, I went for this cute couple thinking of them in the old days LOL! Used masking method and coloured with copics.

The hearts are instead of the butterfly and I've moved that up a little. The sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed in gold (golden wedding theme). Click on images for close look!

Paper: Dasiy D's - attic heirloom, MM - natural card, white card,
Stamps: WoJ -
Sitting Oakley & willow, CCSR - senitment,
Die's: Nestabilities Labels 1, squares, Sizzix - hearts.
Ink: Memento - black, copics, embossing ink, distress inks,
Other: American Crafts - sheer ribbon, peel offs, gold ep, 3D foam.
Thanks for stopping by I will be showing my Basic Grey design team card tomorrow so hope you pop back to see, HuGs Kim x
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