Thursday, September 30

Claudia and Company... Sneak Peek :)

I have been trying for the past four hours to get these pictures into my post urgh! I wanted to let you glimpse one of the new stamps being released tomorrow from Claudia and Company!
Today's card is a sneak peek of Princess Chloe...

How adorable?!! Another fabulous Puddle Jumper from the awesome designer Lori Boyd!! And she's giving you all a treat... by releasing a Halloween Treat Bag digi set, too cute... can you see princess Chloe's co'ordinating bag?
Supplies: Patterned Paper: MME: Bohemia;
Stamps: C&Co puddle jumper: Princess Chloe;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*(as pictured); spica glitter; Sakura: stardust;
Other: Prima: lace; ribbon; corner chomper; 3D foam; 

I also followed the inspiring sketch over at SRM Stickers
I hope you can stop back here tomorrow for a huge blog hop... where you'll see another Puddle Jumper, and a fantastic little monster, and introducing a FABULOUS guest designer for October!!! ;)

Thanks for stopping by
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, September 29

Gift It ~ Quixotic Challenge

It's time for Quixotic Challenge and this weeks' has been set by the wonderful Rowena...

Create a gift project - calendar/candle/trinket box/wall hanger/etc.
The Design Team have some wonderful inspiration to share...
I thought I would try my hand at altering an ornate plate, it's a little something I saw at Ally Pally show and as I have a melt pot I HAD to try...
I've melted some cosmic shimmer embossing powder and poured into the plate, then dropped in the rose charm waited for it to cool then secured the back.
I have inked up this little angel charm to age and distress it, so it toned in with the ornate plate!
Also the ball chain was shockingly bright and clean so I inked that up too!
The box has been cut and inked, I decided to stamp the sentiment on the inside...
then the beautiful tree & birds silhouette on the box top.
Supplies: Patterned Paper: fancy pants: roadshow;
Stamps: Paper Makeup: Nature's song set;
Ink: Memento: black; Ranger: distress inks: vintage photo; Alcohol inks;
Dies: Sizzix: shaker box;
Other: Tim Holtz: ornate plate; jump rings; trinket charms; ball chain; Cosmic shimmer: embossing powder; paint dabber; melt pot;

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!!!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, September 27

Farewell Club Anya & Friends Design Team :(

This will be my last post as Design Team Member for Club Anya and Friends... it's also my second today so if you would love to scroll down for my Simon Says Stamp and Show card :)

Here is my Card Casing Kim Yu! for the Mystery Monday challenge today
and they will be announcing the NEW CLUB ANYA TEAM too... (can't wait!!!)

I followed Kim's card pretty closely to her sample and I love the punched edges!
Also chose this stamp to say farewell to the team and good luck on your next journey ladies...
and the awesome guest designers each month too!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket: togetherness;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: OA ~ journey;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Ranger: distress inks: antique linen; frayed burlap;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilties: ovals; labels 8; Martha Stewart: border punch;
Other: Hero Arts: art flowers; adhesive pearls; hemp; Foof a la: button; 3D adhesive foam;

* these are the markers I used, just about fit in the tin lol!

I cannot express just how much I have enjoyed each and every moment of being on this fantastically awesome team. These talented ladies made the team a pleasure to be part of! I want to share my heartfelt Thanks to Marie for her awesome talent and inspiring art work, to Jessica for her amazing organising and creative challenges and of course to the Greeting Farm Followers...You all touched and encouraged Me greatly, thank you!!

And so, as I end this post with tears in my eyes, I thought I would put together a slide show of  my CA&F's creations over the past year on one of the BEST TEAMS EVER!!!

Thanks so much for all your support, encouragement and continued interest in my work. I will be putting a little blog candy together really soon, as it's well over due!!!
BiG HuGs enjoy the slide show it's not in any particular order and have a fabulously creative day.
Kim :)

Simon Says Stamp and Show....

Welcome... hope you had a wonderful weekend I enjoyed an exciting day at Ally Pally with my crafty blog buddies... I may have bought quite a few new goodies which I'm hoping to get my creative hands onto later this week. So it's Monday morning which means.... A wonderful and exciting

Show your... Distressed & Sanded Artwork
I recently purchased the fantastic I-top brad maker from Simon Says Stamp and couldn't wait to incorporate it into a project! Here I have stamped some basic grey manila papers with a spider form one of Wendy vecchi stamps... created my brad (this actually has a badge backing) and added distress inks on the edges! The flowers are cut from tattered florals die and inked with distress inks & perfect pearl mini mister mist! The white flower I have dabbed on snow cap paint dabber and in the centre some pearls and stickles!
The sanding bit isn't immediately obvious... the tag from Wendy's ticket to art I have stamped onto grungepaper with black archival I inked all over with distress inks! I then scrunched it and enhanced the creases by sanding them! I've distressed the edges of my card and some of the patterned papers too. A Wendy Vecchi butterfly was stamped onto acetate then coloured behind with alcohol ink and to finish, a shrink plastic birdcage.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, September 22

Spooked Quixotic Challenge #42

The challenge this week over at Quixotic Paperie has been chosen by the fabulous Elaine...
~ create a card or project with a spooky/gothic theme.
It could be for Halloween, but certainly doesn't have to be! 
Goldilocks suddenly discovered she was NOT at the three bears house, HA ha ha ha...
She looks a little spooked hey? So I've altered miss Goldilocks to have a shocked face by continuing her smile into a little 0. I've coloured the background in shades of grey & black to look eerie and these papers just went fabulously!
 Supplies: Patterned Paper: Memory Box: Blackbird;
Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie: Goldilocks;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Dies: Spellbinders ~ Nestaillities: ovals; scallop border;
Other: 3D adhesive foam;
*instead of typing all the numbers I've decided to take a picture of the copics I used in my image!

Also I used Mercy's wonderful Tuesday Sketch #92.. and a HUGE THANK YOU for picking my last week's card for her magnificent musings Mwah sweetie hope you're feeling a lot better! We're having a few changes in Quixotic challenge blog more information to follow and I will still be making a weekly card!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by Hope you get a chance to join in.. BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, September 20

Paper Make Up Blog Hop

This is my third post today phew!!! Thanks for stopping by
If you would love to scroll down for my SimonSaysStamp and Show project
and also CA&F's mystery Monday card, thanks :)

Quixotic Paperie and the Paper Makeup Stamps DT have got together for a fun hop to share some inspiration using the fabulous designs from Paper Makeup Stamps!

This Nature's song set from Paper Makeup is stunning it's Illustrated by Silvia Gasevic, it includes 4 image stamps, 3 quote stamps and 2 sentiments and I thought it went very well with these new scrummy Cosmo cricket papers.
Supplies: Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket: Togetherness;
Stamps: Paper Makeup: Nature's song set;
Ink: Memento: black; Ranger: distress inks: frayed burlap;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilties: long rectangles;
Other: 3D adhesive foam

I have followed the fabulous CPS sketch #185

If you’re in the US/Canada, you can buy Nature's Song Set and all the other gorgeous stamps direct from Paper Makeup Stamps!  If you’re in the UK you can find the range at Quixotic Paperie!

Here's the full blog hop order hope you enjoy yourself... 

Kim Costello <~ you're here :)

Have a fabulous Creative Day, BiG HuGs Kim :)

Club Anya & Friends ~ Mystery Monday

This is my second post today if you would love to scroll down for my SimonSaysStamp and Show Challenge thank you :)

Over at Club Anya and Friend's we have a new Mystery Monday challenge...
Amy choose a delightful card by Tanya Tahir  for this week's CASE challenge!
This card was quick to make and the design was lovely to follow/case...
Supplies: Patterned Paper: October Afternoon: seaside;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: WS ~ Eric ;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Dies: WRMK: corner chomper;
Other: Cosmo cricket: tiny type; hemp twine; foof a la buttons; 3D adhesive foam;
*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13, Hair; E31, 35, 50, 51, 
Outfit: G00, 12, 21, 85, BG93, E31, 57, B91, 95, 97,

Thanks for stopping by we have a little Paper Make Stamps blog hop later if you would love to pop back then too, HuGs Kim :)

SimonSaysStamp and Show your... Grunge

 Welcome... hope you had a wonderful weekend it's Monday morning which means.... A wonderful exciting

My grunge is all about the grungepaper, LOVE this stuff!!! it folds, bends, takes inks and paint, it does shrink slightly with heating! 
I have been eager to try Tim's Rusted Enamel from His Compendium of Curiosities book since forever! Once I had cut the pieces from grunge paper I stamped the fabulous flourishes then I went straight in with the technique before adhering the star together! I thought this could look good on a boy's bedroom wall which then led me to making these vintage inspired booties! 

Also from grungepaper, I cut the pieces, inked them with distress inks, I ran the soles through with a texture fades folder to add texture and finished off the ribbon ends with Tim's tissue tape for the aglet(whatever they're called).
 Supplies: Paper: Grunge paper;
Stamps: Tim Holtz: Fabulous flourishes;
Ink: Ranger ~ Distress inks; distress embossing;
Dies: Sizzix ~ 3D star; Texture fades;
Other: Clear embossing powder; Tissue Tape; Checked ribbon; 3D foam;

 Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you feel inspired and check out the rest of the teams stunning grunge projects!!!

THE co-ordinator... Linda Elbourne ~
Dan ~
Katie Davis ~
Kim Costello ~ You're already here
Linda Coughlin ~
Lori Hassler ~
Lynne Forsythe ~
Nancy Crissinger ~
Nancy Wethington ~
Terry Wietsma-Girbes ~

Happy HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, September 18

Club Anya & Friend's ~ Saturday Sketch

This is my second post today if you would love to scroll down for my BasicGrey Challenges card thank you :)

It's time for Sketch Saturday over at Club Anya & Friend's and Pam has designed a wonderful Sketch...

I haven't used sweet Amelia in ages and I'm enjoying going through some of the older images! She has been coloured with copic markers(really?) and raised on dimensional foam! I have inked the patterned paper edges very lightly with distress ink.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: October Afternoon: ducks in a row;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: OA ~ My Fav Thing;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Ranger: distress inks: antique linen;
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilties: ovals; labels 8; scallop border;
Other: Hero Arts: adhesive lace; art flowers; pearls & gems; 3D adhesive foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13, R20, Hair; E79, 57, 35, 50, Outfit: R24, YG93, YR65, Y35, BG11, 07, 02, RV21, 23, 34, R000,

Thanks for stopping by again, have a wonderful weekend and pop back on Monday for quite a few more posts!!!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

BasicGrey Challenge #29 ~ A Sketch by Tara

 Good  Morning, over at BasicGrey Challenges this week we have
a wonderful sketch by our Fabulous teamie Tara...

I couldn't let this beauty sit for very long before ripping the packet open to colour her, all those pleats and fabric oooh challenging! I've followed Tara's sketch pretty closely (for me) I haven't added much embellishments... think Cinder's takes centre stage LOL! I'm also entering this into the wonderful challenge over at Copic Creations Challenge No. 35 ~ Shading on & around images as I have added plenty of shading on to the image!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey: wisteria;
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Cinderella;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*; spica glitter;
Ranger: distress inks: frayed burlap;
Other: Prima: lace; 3D adhesive foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13, R20, Hair; E79, 57, 35, 50, Outfit: BV000, 20, 23, 25, 29, V15, 17,
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a very creative day and If you're interested there's still time to enter our Basic Grey Design Team, the entries so far have been stunning, you have until 11pm tonight head over here for the details!!!
BiG Happy HuGs Kim :)

Thursday, September 16

Simon Says Blog Hop WINNER, winner, winner!!!

Amazing!!!! You guys so enjoyed our Simon Says Stamptember Blog Hop Thank you for your lovely comments and your touching encouragement :)

The winner of my little blog hop candy goes to.............

winner #20: Gloria Stengel and if you have a minute please check out Gloria's inspiring blog:
Congratulations, you won Hero Arts pearls & gems please email me your name & mailing address so I may have SimonSaysStamp send you your Blog Hop prize!!!.

Again - thank you all for joining us for the blog hop!

Happy HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, September 15

Quixotic Challenge #41 ~ How Does Your Garden Grow?

This is my second post today if you would love to scroll down for The Greeting Farm trick or treat hop, thank you :)

 The challenge this week over at Quixotic Paperie has been chosen by the lovely Emma!
 How Does your Garden grow?
The challenge is to use flowers, leaves anything that interprets the outdoors... here's my sample...

I love to re-visit some of my Greeting Farm stamps this gorgeous Madelynn is always a pleasure to colour! With my copics of course LOL, I've added a pale version of grass with little daisy's dotted around! I was trying to get the feel of her walking through a garden.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey: origins;
Stamps: The Greeting farm: twinkle tot ~ Madelynn;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers*;
Ranger: distress inks: antique linen; frayed burlap;
Dies: Spellbinders ~ Nestaillities: labels; circles; Sizzix: branches & leaves; MS: border punch;
Other: Crochet flowers; Prima: sequin centres; stitch tracer; 3D adhesive foam;

*Skin: E000, E00, 11, 13, R20, Hair; 100, C6, C0, Outfit: E31, 35, 57, scarf: Y00, YG0000, 93, E43, socks: G85, 94, Flower: E50, 31, Y00, grass: G21, 94, 85, C6,

Thanks so much for stopping by today hope you get a chance to join in! Elaine has a special new Elisabeth Bell for SCACD stamp up for pre-order...  She will be arriving in the next two weeks take a look here!!!

Also I based my Card on Mercy's FABulous Tuesday Sketch Challenge #91, I rotated it so Madelynn would fit better! BiG HuGs Kim :)


The Greeting Farm 'trick or Treat' Blog Hop

Welcome to the Halloween release from The Greeting Farm!!!!

For added FUN we thought we would have a little trick or treat hop!

I thought I would make a Halloween picture frame, I wanted something quite ornate to hold these adorable halloween trinkets! The frame is made from grey board, die cut and I've painted with black paint dabber! All the dimensional foliage has been cut from black cardstock! I then glued the pieces in place omitting the shrinkies and sprayed a very generous amount of glimmer  mist so it sparkles! I have printed the digi's onto inkjet shrink plastic, (my printer is still playing up with the black ink, although you can hardly notice!) They're coloured with copics markers and shrunk with heat tool, I used some clear adhesive foam to attach them!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Graphic 45: Halloween in Wonderland; grey board; Inkjet shrink plastic;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: Halloween ~ witch; pumpkin; shedevil; skeleton; bride;
Ink: printer; Copic: markers*; Ranger: distress inks: vintage photo;
Dies: loads of them LOL ~ Sizzix: frame; flower 3D; branches & leaves; elegant flourish; spooky house;
Other: Tattered Angels: glimmer mist; Paint Dabber: pitch black; Viva decor: pearl pen; black & clear 3D adhesive foam;

I hope you enjoy the hop and of course I need to mention...
that two of you could win a Halloween digi of choice,
and there's one GRAND prize winner who gets all 5 new Halloween digi's!!!!

Kim <~ you're here
back to CA&F Blog

Ooooohhhh HaVe FuN Wahahah HuGs Kim :)

Monday, September 13

A Mystery Monday

Over at Club Anya and Friend's we have a new Monday challenge... where we 'case' cards from the Galleria...

This week we are also previewing some Halloween digi's, available from TGF on 15th September, here I've used Halloween witch.
Now I had trouble with my printer over the weekend and no matter how many 'new' black ink cartridges I put in, the black ink will not print! Arghhhh! SO it only prints with the colours which turns the images into a sepia outline, I just had to go with it and although it was a little tricky to colour I quite like the result!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Graphic 45: Halloween in Wonderland;
Stamps: The Greeting Farm: Halloween witch;
Ink: printer; Copic: markers*; Ranger: distress inks: vintage photo;
Other: WRMK: trims; Bazzill Basic: jewel templates; Viva decor: pearl pen; 3D foam;

Thanks for stopping by I hope you stop by to see the rest of the teams awesome previews!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

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