Monday, November 29

Quixotic Quickie... LOL!

Me again just wanted to stop by to share the latest news from Quixotic Paperie...

How Exciting? Today is Cyber Monday and there's special offers for you, available today and tomorrow so pop over and see!

BiG HuGs Kim :)

Simon Says Stamp and Show...

MONDAY already!!! wow the weeks are just zooming by...
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a new challenge...
Simon Says Stamp and Show

Your Tags!!!

For me tags are the best way to really experiment and try out new techniques on a smaller scale...
So, I've created a layered tag probably because I didn't want to cover the 'perfect' image!

Seriously fired brick distress ink with copper perfect pearl is STUNNING!!!. It is really effective for the perfect distress technique which I've used on the large tag and had to apply to the wings on the grungepaper butterfly too. Also wanted to direct you to the button in the centre punched rosette.. It was originally blue I love this accoutrement of Tim's but never seem to create with that tone of blue. So... I got out my versamark pen and applied directly to the button and dabbed on the perfect pearl powder to these areas, then heat set.

The sentiment has been stamped on sticky back canvas, adhered to thin grey board and cut using styled labels die. I then inked with distress inks, stamped with Wendy Vecchi script background and finished off with a spritz of distress ink & copper perfect pearls.

An extra styled labels tag was cut from the clear acrylic packaging (you know the fabby stuff your die's come in) as I wanted the butterfly to appear like it's floating. Die cut the butterfly body from adhesive foam too so it would look better at the back!

The ball chain was added to give you the ability to move and read the sentiment. The 7gypsy's seam binding has been heavily creased, spritzed with glimmer mist and tied to the top.

Stamps used are Wendy Vecchi and Tim holtz.

Hope it inspires and why not pop round the rest of the team to see their fabulous tags!!!

THE director ~ Linda Elbourne 
Kim Costello <~ You're already here ~ Linda Coughlin 

Thanks for stopping by have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Saturday, November 27

BasicGrey Challenges #34 ~ A recipe!

Morning, Saturday already? It's time for my BasicGrey team make not as late this week ha ha ha...
The challenge this fortnight is

For this fortnights Challenge we would like you to use the following Recipe :)
4 Different Types of Embellishments
3 Different Patterned Papers
1-2 Images and/or 1-2 Sentiments

Supplies: Patterned Paper: BasicGrey: Curio;
Stamps: Elisabeth Bell for SCACD: 1st Leaf of Fall;
Ink: Momento: black; Ranger: distress inks: black; antique linen; Copic(as shown);
Dies: Marianne D Creatables: Frames/Swirls;
Other: BG: button; brad; Hero Arts: flowers; Adhesive pearls; 3D foam;
If you get the chance why not stop by the rest of the teams fabulous creations :)

I have followed Mercy's wonderful Tuesday Sketch #101 for the design of my card...

Thanks so much for stopping by hope you have a creative day
But before you head off...

There's a little something available at Quixotic Paperie

So click here to be taken to this wonderful offer!!!

BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, November 22

Simon Says Stamp & Show... Your Distress Inks!

It's MONDAY!!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend...
and are ready for a new challenge over

Show your Distress Inks!!!

Well... I most definitely use distress inks in every project!!! It is the base colour under the crackle effect on my little dimensional bird cage box. Yes a box,

originally thought I would make a frame by cutting layers of the bird cage from grey board then decided a lid would work fabulously for the other embellishments!

It is with a touch of Vintage Photo distress ink that enhance the edges of the die cut bird, cut using the gorgeous new curio BasicGrey papers, yum!

My handmade flowers were cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die again with curio papers, then sprayed with some distress ink glimmer mist.

Now, the handmade gem in the centre of the flower was created using my melting pot and UTEE powders. I wanted to try some Leandra beads, which were sooo much fun and then it extended from there and I made some heart and pebble shapes...

 The branch is cut from Tim Holtz Branch die and the cage is secured at the top with a idea-ology swivel claspHad to add some of Tim Holtz baubles secured with jump rings.

Hope it inspires and why not pop round the rest of the team to see how they include distress inks!!!

THE director ~ Linda Elbourne 
Kim Costello <~ You're already here ~ Linda Coughlin 

Thanks for stopping by have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Tuesday, November 16

Basic Grey Challenges #33 ~ Wings and a bit of a catch up!!!!

So, I'm very late posting my BasicGrey team make... seems to be a little bit of a pattern of mine lately...

The challenge this fortnight is

So, we would love to see some Butterflies, Fairies, Angels, Birds, or even (if you are feeling brave) Insects!

I opted for birds, christmassy birds, they have been paper pieced and raised upon the stamped sentiment.
The swirly sprig I have stamped with distress inks to keep it subtle. I then added a few ornaments which have been lovingly glittered! Then finished with a velvet ribbon, Basic Grey button and a little twine!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: BasicGrey: figgy;
Stamps: PapertreyInk: Christmas Friends;
Ink: Archival: black; Ranger: distress inks: pumice stone; walnut stain(I think);
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilites: label fourteen; Fiskars: border punch;
Other: Stickles; Prima: lace; BG: buttons; natural hemp twine; velvet ribbon; 3D foam;

I have based my card on the wonderful get sketchy sketch #64

If you get the chance why not stop by the rest of the teams fabulous creations :)

Thanks so much for stopping by hope you have a creative day
But before you head off...

We have some exciting news!

Our beloved Puddle Jumpers, created by my wonderful friend Lori Boyd are now available as

Yes, that is right.

So who is available as digi, you ask? Well, the majority of them are! Puddle Jumpers like Ella, Sammy, Noah, Birthday Lily, Birthday Owen, School Time Lucy, and so many more! And as always, you receive two images: a Puddle Jumper and a little something.

They are available for purchase now at Die Cuts R Us!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

A little shopping? and Quixotic festive gift offer!

NOW... I would like to bring your attention to Elaine, she has some gorgeous new stock in her shop...
There are two mini collections out today, and two never before seen stamps! You can either buy the stamps direct from Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design or if you’re in the UK you can also grab it all (including the complete sets) at Quixotic Paperie.

Ooooh I'd also like to mention that there is a rather gorgeous stamp set now on preorder at Quixotic Paperie - Stempelglede Vintage Christmas.

and then... the latest Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps release is now available!  Annie Rodrigue has illustrated a set of fabulous crafty themed images. and then if you have the chance you may like to check out the New Products at Quixotic too!!!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, November 15

Simon Says Stamp & Show ~ Whatever Makes You Happy

It's MONDAY!!!
which brings me straight onto the challenge over at

"Whatever Makes You Happy..."

Sooo many crafty things make me happy... I just couldn't fit any more onto my piece LOL.

I have been eager to create a spool with Wendy's Art Parts since I got them and also had to incorporate a vast selection of Wendy Vecchi fabulous stamps ~ Botanical art, Alphabetically art, Nature's art, Ticket to art,

I used Brilliance pigment ink moonlight white as a base to make the distress ink colours lighter, little did I know they would be sooo much paler and slightly shimmery with the brilliance ink. I must have applied ten layers of mustard seed dsitress ink on this large flower not that you can see it, haha! I then stamped patterns in both Coffee and Black archival ink.
HAD to add one of Tim Holtz Fanciful buttons... gorgeous!!!

I've used sticky back canvas for around the spools inked, stamped and secured with memo pin.

Hope it inspires and why not pop round the rest of the teams Happy Creations!!!

THE director ~ Linda Elbourne 
Kim Costello <~ You're already here ~ Linda Coughlin 

Thanks for stopping by have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Friday, November 12

Claudia & Company November Challenge

Welcome to Claudia and Company Challenge #6 and this month we have a
colour challenge: cream, brown, and color of your choice...
I chose a dark red for my other colour mainly because it was in these patterned papers and it's a yummy chirstmassy colour LOL! I have coloured Noah using my copics, cut out and raised him onto a die cut label, embellished with button, paper swirls and string!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Websters pages: Hollywood vogue & waterFALL;
Stamps: C&Co puddle jumper: Party Time Noah;
Ink: Memento: black; Copic: markers(as pictured);
Ranger: distress inks: antique linen; vintage photo;
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities: labels 8; long rectangles; Marianne D Creatables: Frames/Swirls;
Other: wooden button; bakers twine; 3D foam;

My card is also inspired by Mercy magnificent sketch #99 this week who's also our fabby quest designer and I thought I would enter this into this weeks cute card Thursday challenge #138... as anything goes and Noah is CUTE!!!....

Hope you have fun looking at the ladies wonderful creations too
Mercy - Our wonderful Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend,
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, November 10

Quixotic Paperie November challenge

This month is... No Square or Rectangle?

So your project can be any shape you like as long as it isn't square or rectangular!

Also this month there is a chance to win a fabulous prize donated from Quixotic Paperie by Elaine, picked randomly. There will also be the opportunity to work with us as a guest designer as each month the DT will pick their favourites from the entries and one will win a guest DT spot for a month...

Here's my make, nothing square about this little cutie lol...

I was so inspired by Jo Kill's fabulous punched penguins in papercrafts inspirations, I simply HAD to have a go. I've made a mini card using my largest circle nestabilites, as I don't own circle punches and got to work assembling him using patterned papers form the scrummy pink paislee christmas pad.

His hat I have paper pieced from the greeting farm's Xmas sweeties and the sentiment is from TGF keep cosy set.

The tando creative chipboard was so fun to embellish and decorate I've gone to town with beads and glitter and gems, although I had to stop myself adding more LOL! 
Materials: PINK PAISLEE FATHER CHRISTMAS 6X6, TANDO CREATIVE CHIPBOARD, The Greeting Farm - Christmas - Xmas Sweeties, The Greeting Farm - Christmas - Keep Cozy, Memento - Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Ranger - Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black, Flatback Round Gems, Misc Shaped Pearls, Pearl Beads (acrylic) - 10mm - Mixed Pack of 30, Viva decor - Glitter Liners.
I hope you get the chance to play along this month, hope you have a wonderfully creative day...
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, November 8

Simon Says Stamp & Show ~ Favourite Tim Stamp

Oooh it's Monday did you have a wonderfully creative weekend? I met up with a the most amazing bunch of blogging friends, they are so very special and really make me feel fabulous!

So after an exciting day at the NEC it's time to move onto the challenge over at

Your favourite Tim Stamp

Well, I found choosing just one Tim Holtz stamp was a tad too tricky, but notice that I really do love using fabulous flourish!!!

I have tried using it in different ways. Simply stamping on the 7 gypsies patterned papers with archival and also making a little heart embellishment with some UTEE melted in my melting pot and enhanced with some black paint dabber then wiped off excess so it stayed in the grooves.

Of course the flowers are Tim's Alterations die Tattered florals adorned with adhesive pearls and the bookplate is cut from chip board and 'pop' can metal.

Hope it inspires and here's the rest of the teams Favourite Tim Stamp!

THE director ~ Linda Elbourne 
Kim Costello <~ You're already here ~ Linda Coughlin 

Thanks for stopping by have a wonderfully creative day
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Friday, November 5

Claudia & Company ~ Winter Release Party!!!

It time for the.... Claudia & Company

Winter Release Party

WOO HOO... There will be a wonderful prize pack for one lucky hopper; C&Co's sister
company Die Cuts R Us, will be sponsoring. We simply ask our wonderful
readers; to please leave a comment at every stop you have till Sunday, November 7th.

Kim <~you're here
Our wonderful guest designer: Mercy Kerin

Have fun BiG HuGs Kim :)

Buttons & Birthdays...

Morning well, this should have posted yesterday but better late then never...

So, today the new December issue of Craft Stamper Magazine is on sale and full of wonderful projects... I have a Masterclass published this month creating Bespoke Buttons, Thank you Katy :) I demonstrate four different techniques to create bespoke buttons to perfectly co-ordinate your crafting projects. The picture is a little sneak peek (I must have made over two hundred, tee hee) but all the details on how to make then can be found in the magazine!

 I wanted to mention that it is Elaine's birthday
 and she is celebrating in style with some Blog candy on this blog and on her own blog and she has 10% off at the shop until Sunday. There's some yummy new stock... pink paislee father christmas, websters pages and so much more...
Thank you so much for stopping by, hope you pop back later for the Claudia and Company Blog hop and winter party.
BiG HuGs Kim :)
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