Wednesday, June 30

Quixotic Challenges #30 ~ Judy's sketch

This is my second post today so please scroll down for the second day of previews for Club Anya & friends! Thanks :)

Now, today see's the return of the weekly challenges over at quixotic paperie blog! Woo Hoo, we've had a few changes so make sure you check out the revamped guidelines and info that will be appearing in full in the sidebar! 

This week Judy designed a fabulous sketch for our challenge, I had a little fun with the shapes, after a little trimming it looks a little like a jigsaw! I have coloured this adorable image with copics and embellished the cupcake top with a generous amount of viva pearl paint! and while it was still wet I sprinkled a little touch of glitter to the top. The cherry has been embellished with glossy accents! Can't believe I placed the cut paper down before adding a sentiment, tut!!!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Sweet Summertime Collection Kit;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilties: ovals; Sizzix: Tim Holtz: OnTheEdge;
Other: Flat Backed Pearls - 8mmViva pearl pen; glossy accents; fine glitter; 3D foam;

*Fur: E31, 35, 43, 50, Cherry: R24, 46, Icing: R43, Case: BG49, 13, Hat: YG17, Y08, E97, BG49, R43 and a little colourless blender!!!

Thanks for visiting today, HuGs Kim :)

'Journey' ~ Second day of Club Anya & Frends Preview's

Well Good morning, it's our second day of previews and we're introducing another addition to the adorable Oliver and Amelia collection... 'journey'. We also have a sketch to inspire you designed by Jess over at Club Anya & Friend's.

My post is a little picture heavy today,
I wanted to show you all the bits, tee hee!
How stunningly adorable are these two?
I've used Amelia and she just made me think of vintage chic!

The papers helped, they inspired the colours of Amelia's best travelling outfit!
I made these little air dry clay embellishments a while back and they were great to accompany the canvas flower. I've added a little pearl brad and pearl paint to highlight!
The ticket stub uses one of the sentiments in the set and I have doodled the black outline plus a little dotted line.

For my luggage tag gift tag I have cut first from kraft, black pen doodling and inked the edges. For the image I have stamped onto patterned paper and coloured the background with distress ink. I managed to recolour the ribbon with distress ink, to co-ordinate too.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: pink paislee: bayberry cottage; PTI: Kraft;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: OA~ journey(available 1st July); PTI: polka dots;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*; Ranger ~ distress inks: Victorian velvet; old paper;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities: labels 4; Sizzix: tickets; luggage tags; flower 3D; 
Other: PTI: Box Template; sticky back canvas; Pearl brads; clay embellie's; pearl dabber paint; edge distresser; stitch tracer; Offray: ribbon; clear ep; 3D foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13 & R20, Hair: E50, 35, 74, Eyes: G12, Outfit: R000, R0000, E04, R59, E31, 40, 41, 43, B91, 97 ,99!!!

Hope you get the chance to pop over to the rest of the design teams previews...
Kim <~you're already here 
Thanks so much for stopping by, I bet you're looking forward to the first now?

Hope you have a creative day, HuGs Kim :)

Tuesday, June 29

"Release Day is CREEPIN' up on TGF..."

Hey everyone! We are so thrilled to bring you not one, but TWO previews today on the CA&F blog and they've both crept right into our hearts!

I am so excited about the one I have to show you today ...introducing Monday, one of the the newest members of the Creepy Crew coming to you on July 1st! If you haven't checked out the TGF Blog yet, you'll see that not only do we have creepy cuteness in RUBBER this month, but also in Digi form! Make sure you go meet Creeper Jack on the TGF Blog and on the Club Anya & Friends blog to see BOTH new rubber stamps as well!

...this little beaty is called Monday, I love her funky punky style and could imagine her as a fabulous cartoon character. So set to work colouring her in bright solid colours! It's just as tricky as colouring with highlights and shadows, ya' know... LOL! I based my card on the Go-to Sketches in the current Papercrafts magazine.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket: Delovely;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: Creeper: Monday; Amazing duo;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities: ovals; Fiskars: border punch;
Other: 3D foam;

*Skin: E00, Hair: BG11, BG13, Eyes: G21, Outfit: RV34, 100, Y17!!! 
It's a busy week FULL of fun new surprises at The Greeting Farm, so be sure to check out the Club Anya & Friends Blog today to see the creations of my teammates, including the announcement of our BRAND NEW July Guest Designer, Donna Mikasa! WELCOME SWEET DONNA!
Kim <~you're here
Donna, our awesome July GUEST DESIGNER!

That's all for me for today, but I'll be back tomorrow for another preview that is on the sweeter side ;) Can't WAIT to show you! Also my card for Quixotic Paperie tomorrow aswell!!! Thanks so much for visiting me today,

HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, June 26

Club Anya & Friends ~ Saturday Sketch Time...

This is my second post today so please scroll down for my Basic Grey challenges card

Over at Club Anya & Friends it's Saturday sketch #24!

I went all out girly for this one and I was in a painty mood, so out came the distress inks and my water brush too. Now I think I need a little practice with the painting (and the photography hahaha forgive the blurrrr) but pretty pleased with it... I'm possibly heavy handed and add too much colour. I have incorporated so much sparkle on this card it's unreal but couldn't resist tee hee and goes with the challenge over at Bunny Zoe's Crafts: nice and girlie.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: The Girls' Paperie: Paper Girl;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: OA ~ My favorite things;
Ink: Memento: black; Ranger: Distress inks ~ (walnut stain, antique linen, spun sugar, worn lipstick, victorian velvet, barn door);
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities: labels 4; MS: border punch;
Other: Sakura stardust; Tattered angels; glimmer mist; stickles glitter; offray: ribbon; cotton lace; wooden button; 3D foam;

Have a wonderful creative weekend and enjoy this lovely weather,
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Basic Grey Challenges 23 ~ photo inspiration

Hello Saturday already hey?... which means we have a new challenge on Basic Grey Challenges... a gorgeous inspiration picture to challenge you...


Well, I went for an acetate card inspired from the glass and the leaves and berries are the colour palette for my card. I have followed the fabby sketch #44 from Get Sketchy. I dug out some old BG stamps and teamed them with this new BG basics papers! Love the pop of red and green. The leaf flourish I have stamped again and fussy cut out, embellished with some red gems.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: BasicGrey: basics ~ manila; Acetate card;
Stamps: BG: wild flowers; PTI: friends till the end (sentiment);
 Ink: Archival: black; distress inks: peeled paint; wild honey;
Dies: Sizzix: OntheEdge: bracket; PTI: frame;
Other: Adhesive gems;  spotty ribbon; 3D foam;

Thank you so much for stopping by and all your wonderful comments yesterday, I will have my Club Anya post a little later today too! Big HuGs Kim :)

Friday, June 25

Susana's Custom Art & Card Design ~ Release Day Hop

Good Morning... Woo Hoo!!! Finally, time for the big SCACD release day blog hop! We have all been waiting to show you the gorgeous new collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps - Sampler Edition #5, and we know you've been just as eager to see them!

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There is a fabulous line up for you today, with the SCACD Design Team, the Quixotic Paperie Design Team and our very special guest - Susanna Boyd of CardoftheWeek and Papercraft Planet! Lots of lovely inspiration!

The new collection is now available over at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design in the Elisabeth Bell section! And for those of you in the UK/Europe, the collection is also available at Quixotic Paperie, Elaine has them in stock and ready to go!

You should have hopped over here from the lovely Carolyn Bounds, but... If you're only just joining us, you may want to start at the beginning over on Suzanne Dean's Blog, as you definitely don't want to miss any of the gorgeous creations! If you get lost at any point, or just want a recap on all the info, pop on over to the SCACD Store Blog!

Here's my make using the Go Green girl with the planter from the new release, such cute fun images and teamed with these papers remind me of summer... I've used Card Pattern's sketch 69 for my card design. I couldn't resist making a notebook based on Kazan's sketch with a working paper mill that spins round too!
Stamps: SCACD: Go Green; little suzanne(from the last release);
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*; Distress inks: antique linen;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilties: circles; WRMK: corner rounder; MS: butterfly punch;
brad; scallop scissors; WRMK: the Cinch; stitch tracer; 3D foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13 & R20, Hair: E50, 51, 31, Outfit: R22, 24, B91, 95, E41, Grass(tutorial on it's way): YG93, 17, 67, BG96, Y08 and a little colourless blender!!!

Thank you for joining us on the hop! Now you don't want to miss your next stop so head over to... 
Lori Aragon
And here is the hop order again complete with links....

Kim Costello <~ that's me :)
Elaine Hughes -

Have a fabulous time hopping... and if you have a chance I have a video tutorial posted today on colouring hair with copics just pop over to the Color Me Copic Blog
Thank you, BiG HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, June 23

Club Anya & Friends ~ Wild Card Wednesday

My Sketch!

Good Morning! At Club Anya & Friends this month all of the Wild Card Wednesday challenges are sketches designed by the Design Team. So this week it is my turn to challenge you and here is my sketch:

I adore these papers and they just oozed summery fun so I got out a pretty miss Anya who fit's the bill perfectly. she's coloured in copics and the flowers are all hand made, I had so much fun making them although the completed card may have taken me much longer then anticipated LOL!!!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: WRMK: vintage blue; textured cardstock;
Stamps: The Greeting farm: Miss Anya~ Rain,snow,shine; OA~ happy day;
Ink: Memento & archival: black; Copic: markers*; Distress inks: Bundled sage;
Dies: Sizzix: Styled labels; Flower layers: flowers 3D; branches and leaves; WRMK: corner rounder;
Other: adhesive gems; Foof a la: buttons; 3D foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13 & R20, Hair: E50, 51, 31, Outfit: BG49, E97, YG91, BG96 and a little colourless blender!!!
Thanks for stopping by, Dillon won the egg & spoon race yesterday at his sports day I also tried to run with the other mum's but Maleidigh was on the track hahaha too funny, noooo didn't win but had a good go. So... I'm off to London tomorrow to pick up my painting from the RA and also have a nosey at the winners who's work got picked for the summer exhibition.
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Sunday, June 20

Don't Wear stripes on Screen....

Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there, hope they have a very special day :) Here's one of the father's day cards I made (you know how it is... as a cardmakers you need to make at least three to cover the father figures in the family)...

So the fabulously talented designer Betsy Veldmen has set a challenge to find a piece of men's wear that inspires you and to create a project based on that piece. I just had to have a go...

This is the shirt I picked as inspiration, the patterns are fab, but what I really love is the subtle white embroidery of flowers! I tried to mimic this with a little heat embossing...
The stripes and arglye have been stamped in distress inks and I created the sentiment based on the shirt label on the back.
 Supplies: Patterned Paper: look no patterned paper (shock); WRMK: textured cardstock;
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: father knows best; a little argyle; background basics: retro; in bloom;
Ink: Ranger distress inks: stormy sky; tumbled glass; clear embossing;
Other: Embossing powder: white; PTI: buttons; stitch tracer; 3D adhesive foam; 

The colours were perfect for the PDCC #34 challenge this week and the design was inspired by Get Sketchy #43

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day BiG HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, June 19

a LITTLE Announcement

I am so excited and thrilled to announce that the Quixotic Paperie Design Team has invited ME to join them! Wooo Hooo!!!! The wonderful talented Elaine Hughes has posted a little introduction over on the blog. Thank you I feel honoured to working with an amazing design team....

Which brings me very nicely onto......
Susana over at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has just announced that another fabulous Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps collection is on the way! You won't have long to wait either, because release day is June 25th! That's just Friday coming!!!

The new designs are as gorgeous as you would expect, but you will have to wait till June 25th to see them! Susana is keeping them under wraps till the big day, but they are totally worth the wait! As always, Susana has got some awesome candy coming up - check in with the SCACD Store Blog on Sunday 20th June to see how you could join in for FOUR chances to win the whole set!

If that isn't enough excitement for you, there will be a big release day blog hop on Friday 25th June, and the fabulous Quixotic Paperie DT will be joining in, along with more fantastic guests! Don't know about you, but I totally can't wait!

If you're an Elisabeth Bell fan you definitely won't want to miss it, so make sure you pop June 25th on your calendar!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!! BiG HuGs Kim :)

Friday, June 18

Oh Alice ~ Mad Watch with Mercy's sketch

Challenge #17 Mad Watch over at Oh Alice is a steam punk jewellery inspiration piece very pretty....

I have followed Mercy's fabulous Sketch - #78  too. These Alice Charms are found at Disney family, I love sites that have fun crafts like this, myself and Dillon will spend hours making stuff together!
Also I was so very lucky to win the monthly challenge over at Tickled Pink Stamp Challenge #1 and received 5 of these gorgeous, stunning, beautiful new Lil Lolita Stamps, Thank You Kellie :)
A little creative experimenting... I thought I would try stamping her directly onto canvas and coloured using my copics. Well.... they bleed like no-body's business and the colour is so, so, so much stronger then on paper. It was good fun, I have embellished the piece with some die cut gears and bits.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee: 365 Degrees; PTI: Kraft; Inkjet shrink plastic; Sticky back canvas;
Stamps: Lil Lolita: Ivy; The Greeting farm: Spotlight kit: sentiment; watch(from an old set);
Ink: Memento & archival: black; Copic: markers*; Distress: frayed burlap;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities: circles; Sizzix: gears; Martha Stewart: border punch;
Other: Tim Holtz: paper clips; brads; safety pin; jump rings; 3D foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13 & R20, eyes: B41, Hair: E50, 51, Outfit: G0000, B0000, E40, 41, and colourless blender of course :)

Still haven't got my laptop fixed but managing to get a post up tee hee! Thanks you so much for stopping by have a fabulously creative Friday, BiG HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, June 16

Wild Card Wednesday ~ Gracias Miko

Good Morning, still having trouble with my laptop, I have two open beside eachother to write this post ha ha ha!!! I would have sent mine off yesterday to be fixed but didn't realise you needed to supply your own power adaptor??!!

So, on to this weeks Club Anya & Friends ~ Wild Card Wednesday Sketch by the lovey Traci....

I thought the sketch really lent itself to a pocket front card and I used the patterned paper for the pull out tag. I've added a washi tape strip across the bottom and another sentiment! The pretty Miko has been coloured with copics and cut out.
Supplies: Patterned Paper: BasicGrey: Kioshi;
Stamps: The Greeting farm: RollCall; Spotlight kit: sentiment;
Ink: Memento & archival: black; Copic: markers*; Distress: old paper;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities: labels; WRMK: circle cutter; Martha Stewart: border punch;
Other: adhesive gems; TGF:washi tape; 3D foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13 & R20, eyes: B41, Hair: E57, 47, 21, Outfit: E40, 41, G21, 12, Heart clip: R22, 20!

I thought I would enter my card for Crazy4challenges ~ c4c41 too!

Thanks for stopping by and for all you wonderful comments I'm hoping to get some time later to comment back, BiG HuGs Kim :)

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