Tuesday, September 29

Farewell ICSketches Team ~ My finale sketch #36

Well, as the title indicates this is my last card as Inspirational Card Sketches... design team member :( sniff sniff, I will without a doubt really miss my weekly fix of free creativity with a wonderful sketch to follow, sniff. I'm sure I will continue to be ever inspired by Dawn's sketches and when possible have a go...

Well, Dawn sniff, has designed a fantastic sketch as always this week! Hope you have a look at the other design teams fantastic makes! sniff sniff. This week we are being sponsored by Lindsay Stamp Stuff and we got to use some of her wonderful images, sniff.

I turned the sketch on it's side because I could, tee hee and in place of the darker rectangle shape I have used the bingo card stamp image from Lindsay's. The background I have printed the tree image and coloured the trunk with my copic markers, then added some distress inks with a blending tool. The tree I have printed directly onto this gorgeous Cosmo cricket patterned paper, cut the foliage out and raised on dimensional foam.

I picked up these super gorgeous large bling brads while at Ally Pally and also the decorative punch which you can only just see behind the circle image.

I wanted to put the pictures of my journey with ICSketches sniff but there's a colossal amount to show and so I had to squeeze them into a neat little slide show instead, all thirty seven of them including the card that won my DT position, sniff.

Thank for all your continued support and following me, hope you get the chance to have a go on this weeks sketch, Happy HuGs Kim :)

Sunday, September 27

Ally Pally and a Grungepaper Rose

Yesterday I went to Ally Pally and got myself a few gorgeous crafty treats, as you do....
But the best, most wonderful thing about yesterday was without doubt meeting up with sooo many fabulous blog friends, Hello Girls!!! It's a day we will never forget we had a blast and Definitely intend on meeting up again, at Birmingham in November....

Jo, Marlene, Chris, Caz, me & Kim

Kim, Caz, Marlene, Bev, Jo

From the left is Me, Debby, and Jo standing behind Kim, Chris and Jacqui
Thank you to sweet, sweet Jo for the wonderful pictures... although I could have done practicing some poses before hand ROTFL!!!
So... I could show you what I bought but instead I'm showing what I made today with a few of my goodies...

WOW when I first set eyes on this grungepaper rose I knew I had to try it, "gorgeous" just doesn't cut it... the finished flower is still so tactile in your hands. I think I might just get a little addicted to them, so be warned there will probably be a few popping up in the next few posts LOL!
Thanks for stopping by and I will be showing my final DT card for ICSketches tomorrow :( until then HuGs Kim :)

Thursday, September 24

Just to show you....

I make loads of stuff, each and every week that I just don't get the chance to post them. So here's one of those makes that is also showing on the Making Handmade Cards site.... This is using their gorgeous vintage christmas ekit.

This is the box closed

Open with all the tags inside

They fit quite snuggly

Love this printed paper, yes I made a little mistake by putting my printed side back into the printer, it's created a double pattern but I certainly wasn't going to waste it. I think I might actually try it again... happy accidents and all that.

I'm not sure if there's much more I can say as Claire has pretty much covered it and I've done all the instructions so you can make this little gift box and tags yourself at home just pop over here.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I intend to do a little commenting later, HuGs Kim :)

Tuesday, September 22

ICSketches #35 ~ Praying for you

It's Tuesday and time for my design team card for Inspirational Card Sketches...

Well, Dawn has designed a fantastic sketch as always! Hope you have a look at the other design teams fantastic makes!
I'm afraid I needed to make a sympathy card for a teacher who recently passed at Dillon's school. God Bless.
I couldn't wait to use these digi papers and went for a floral vintage look. I stamped the frame and sentiment on card, cut out and distressed the edges slightly. I've added a selection of gems around the decorative frame.
Mini sewing machine came out again for a little stitching on the base papers. The embellishments have been hand made from air dry clay (love this stuff) I used a little glossy accents to give good adhesion.

Click images to enlarge

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Rhonna Farrer: Urban Junque 2; K&Co; MM: cardstock; Stamps: Prima: build a bauble; Papertrey Ink: Damask designs; Ink: Archival: Black; printer; Tim's Holtz: distress inks; Die's: Cuttlebug: butterfly; embossing folder; Other: Prima: Flowers; Decorative push mold; White Air dry clay; Tim's Holtz: paper distresser; adhesives gems; Glossy Accents; Clear and tape adhesive foam;
Thank you so much for stopping by and I'm so looking forward to meeting my blog buddies Jo, Chris and Kim and a few others at Ally Pally on Saturday... Woo hoo, we're counting down like excited children, tee hee, HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, September 19

BasicGrey Challenge #4 - Embossing

Good Morning (when I started this post, LOL) its time for the next BasicGrey Challenge and this fortnight it's an embossing challenge, it can be dry or heat embossing.

Well, I used both...(smile) the cute Kenya Ketto has been paper pieced by first stamping and heating embossing using black powder then in some areas I have coloured with copic markers. She's been cut out and raised on dimensional foam. The other embossing on my card is behind the letters.. I used an embossing folder on some gorgeous BG papers. You can click on the little images for a close look because I wanted to capture the sheen of the heat embossing.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: BasicGrey: lemonade; Kraft; greyboard; Stamps: Stamping Bella: Kenya Ketto; PTI: Sentiment; Ink: Archival: black; embossing pad: clear; sakura stardust pen; copic markers; Die's: Sizzix: alphabet; embossing folder; Martha Stewart: border punch; WRMK: corner chomper; Other: Prima flowers; Adhesive gems; BasicGrey: buttons; double sided adhesive sheet; 3D foam;
Thanks for stopping by, hope you all have a wonderful weekend, I'm hoping to get some commenting time in later, BiG Happy HuGs Kim :)

Friday, September 18

Stampin Chic ~ Sketch Challenge

So, this weeks challenge over at Stampin Chic'! we have a wonderful sketch for you...

Here's my design team card, I broke into my Papermania dog collection :), it has some fab papers and the dimensional stickers are adorable. Also I Actually used a sewing machine on this one (shock) and went around the squiffy green layer (cute paw prints). I have stamped Claire's dog twice and layered with the heat embossed sentiment. Placed a dimensional sticker on a circle, cut with my WRMK circle cutter (totally fab tool)!

Products used: Stamps: Papermania(TM) CCSR Sentiments and party, Cardstock and Paper: Papermania(TM) CCSR the big one, Papermania (TM) dog collection, Colour: Colourbox (TM) greens, Heat it up, black EP, Embellishments: Papermania (TM) dog collection stickers,

Hope you get a chance and have a look at the other team's fabulous examples! Thanks for stopping by HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, September 16

ICSketches #34 ~ Cutting Cafe

I had intended to post this yesterday but it got too busy, you know how it is? and although you haven't seen seen a post for a while I have been crafting like mad. You will see the five cards I created over the weekend for the Club Anya VSN party and farewell Team 01, because I'm hoping to blog about them tomorrow but for now... here's my design team card for Inspirational Card Sketches...

Well, Dawn has designed a fantastic sketch as always! Hope you have a look at the other design teams fantastic makes and the fabulous sponsor this week is The Cutting Cafe,

You will love this Frame shaped card set, fun, fun shape and great for layering. I have one of Regina's previous cupcake set so used it for the centre of my card.

All the elements have been hand cut and I was very surprised my printer printed so well on these scrummy glittered papers. The circle represents the angled square, just if you're wondering LOL? There's a few mini differences as the paper was quite busy. Hope you get the chance to have a go...

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Supplies: Patterned Paper: MME; Kraft; Core'dinations: whitewash; Stamps: Cutting Cafe: Frame shaped card; All about cupcakes; Ink: printer: black; Die's: Nestabilities: squares; Sizzix: candle; Other: Doodlebug: brad; adhesives gems; 3D foam;

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you're looking forward to more on my blog tomorrow... HuGs Kim :)

Thursday, September 10

Wanna Be Just Like....

SO, made this card earlier in the week for "I wanna be like Lisa" challenge over at Club Anya and put it in the Greeting Farm Gallery, but thought you would like more details and pictures...

We followed Lisa's wonderful card design and I may have been a little experimental... as you can see... I have stamped Miss Snow Anya directly onto kraft card. Coloured with copic markers, you'd be amazed how well the colour goes on. Try testing on a scrap as the colour changes slightly compared to on a white base.

This would probably be one time when you could have done with the white ink not being so dense. I simply stamped the polka dots directly onto the coloured image with the nesty die in place to create a frame. Then with a little masking and using a finger dabber, the background snow came together very well!

If you click on the close up you can just make out some sparkle on her hair because I wanted to show where the snow has fallen and melted. Doesn't she look so cosy in those gorgeous boots and outfit!

Do you think she's waiting for it to freeze to do a little skating? *smile*

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket; Kraft: PTI; silver mirri; Stamps: TGF: Miss Anya-Rain Snow Shine; PTI: sentiment; Ink: Memento: Black; markers: copics; Palette: white; Colourbox queues: greens; Dies: Nestabilities: rectangles; Sizzix: skates; oval; Other: Basic Grey: brads; natural string; push clips; Dabber; Lace; 3D foam;

Thank you for stopping by, big Hugs and smiles, Kim :)

Tuesday, September 8

Cuttlebug be inspired #34 ~ Birthday Party Invitation

This is a really quick post... for cuttlebug birthday challenge...

Now as is always the case when your in a hurry etc etc camera dies and there's no charged batteries or the other type. searching I found some older charged with just enough juice to take these really terrible photos.... but hoping I'm not too late for this one, it says on Tuesday night at midnight (EDT) we will choose one invitation winner, it's not quite that time yet....
Wanted to mention the invite has embossing on the acetate wings and the glittery tummy, and just in case you can make it out in the pic the pink on the dragon is fun flocked. SO FUN!!! I have layered a few pages inside with the party details..
This is a Damsel and Dragons theme the first page of the invite says:
or Dragon
Which one
will you
PTO to
then the rest of deets on each page... I have made a quick little embossed envelope for it to go in. BUT the really fun detail is the fact that it's a magnet so instead of searching high and low for one to stick the invite to the fridge this one is good and ready... (I would have taken a pic for that too)... maybe tomorrow.
Supplies: Patterned Paper: BG: lemonade; acetate; glitter paper; Stamps: inkadinkadoo: sentiment; Ink: pallette: white; markers: copic; Die's: Sizzix: Dragon; Cuttlebug: embossing folders; Fiskars: apron lace; Other: fun flock; double sided adhesive sheet; adhesives gems; 3D foam;
Thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments, HuGs Kim :)

ICSketches #33 ~ Lindsay Stamp Stuff

Morning, a lovely Tuesday and here's my design team card for Inspirational Card Sketches...

Well, Dawn has designed a fantastic sketch as always! Please go and have a look at the other design teams fantastic makes too.
This week we are being sponsored by Lindsay Stamp Stuff and here's one of her wonderful images.
We have these beautiful purple poppies pop up every now and then and I just love them I know they're a weed but for me they should stay LOL! and so this is what inspired the colour of this gorgeous poppy.
I printed the image and simply coloured with my copics, I then added faux stitching and inked the edges with some distress inks. I have pretty much followed the sketch, with more faux stitching, inked edges and some embossing. Hope you get a chance at this weeks sketch...

Supplies: Patterned Paper: BG: wisteria; Stamps: Lindsay Stamp Stuff: oriental poppy; Hero Arts: sentiment; Ink: archival: printer: black; markers: copic; distress inks; Die's: Nestabilities: rectangles; Cuttlebug: butterfly; embossing folder; Fiskars: apron lace; Other: tracer; adhesives gems; 3D foam;

Thanks for stopping by and all your wonderful comments, hope your inspired! Big Happy HuGs & giggles Kim :)

Monday, September 7

Three Clovers Designs: Blog Yummies!

Three Clovers Designs: Blog Yummies!

Wow you should check out all the candy for this giveaway wonderful!!!

Stampin Chic ~ Technique Challenge

So, this weeks challenge is...
Glitter.. do you love it or hate it? Well, we would like you to use glitter in your project this time. As usual, in order to enter the challenge we would like you to use at least one CCSR product, be it stamps or papers, and this week it's just for fun.
Just have a look at the fantastic ideas that the Design team have come up with this week. They are sure to inspire you and whet your appetite for the sparkly stuff!

Well, I love glitter, it's just not very easy to photograph... This time I made a tall card and matching tag. There's glitter all over the place and the cards too, LOL! The paper's are glittered so that's the start... I then used thin strip of tape on the green and covered in fine glitter. The Flowers I have stamped and used holographic embossing powder. The hearts and the button flower centres I have stamped cut and used Anita's 3d gloss then poured on more fine glitter, then left to dry.

Stamps: Papermania(TM) CCSR Sentiments and Doodles, sweet nothings; Cardstock and Paper: WRMK(TM) Nonsense, Papermania (TM) textured cardstock, Colour: Colourbox (TM) greens, Heat it up, holographic EP; Embellishments: Anita's 3d gloss, Anita's sheer ribbon, Papermania(TM) flower, Doodlebug(TM) glitter Brad, WRMK(TM) eyelets, scallop punch, Glitz it(TM) fine glitter.
Thanks for stopping by I will be posting another card later, HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, September 5

BasicGrey Week 3 ~ Inspiration Challenge

Good Morning its time for the next BasicGrey Challenges and this fortnight it's a photo inspiration challenge,

Our challenge photo is gorgeous and we would simply like you to take Inspiration from it! It can be anything from patterns, shapes, colours even textures, let your imagination run wild and have fun interpreting the photo...

The first thing that inspired me was the scallops and the box pleats just had to have them on my project... LOL, it so reminded me of sewing with my mum, nearly had to stop myself getting the iron out to press the pleats after folding them... ROTFL! I would love to do a little tutorial for those who'd love to make some pleats too?

I really wanted to capture the fresh clean look of the scene and thought these papers worked well. The main image, inspired from the beautiful yellow flowers in the vase... is a small floral stamp I have repeated several times to fill the area, embellished with a flitter of glitter. It's a little lost in the photo but love the paneling under the window and used my nesties to created a raised frame.

The butterfly I have stamped on to BG bluebird paper and highlighted the spots with my yellow sakura gel pen and added a touch of spica and bling!!! Click images to enlarge.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: BG: Urban prairie; Stamps: BG: Wild Flowers; AC: Sentiments; Ink: Archival: black; Colourbox: blue, yellow; Whispers pens: green; sakura gel pen; Spica: glitter marker; Die's: Nestabilities: rectangles; Other: Adhesive gems; Lace; stapler; 3D foam;

I was up late last night making cards for the card maker of the year comp but decided this morning to leave it... might try and submit them elsewhere instead... I missed my post yesterday tut tut, will put it on tomorrow... Thanks for stopping by hope you get a chance at this challenge, HuGs Kim Y
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