Saturday, June 25

Quixotic & Make it Crafty Celebrations!!!

Today is a joint celebration! As you may be aware, this is the month that Quixotic Paperie turned TWO! What you may not know is that it is also the month in which Australian company Make it Crafty is turning ONE!

Quixotic Paperie have been stocking the fantastic Make it Crafty range of products (Rubber Stamps - Lasercut Chipboard - Make it Colour Blending Card) since April 2011, and are one of the first places you can find them outside of Australia! We are thrilled to be celebrating with Make it Crafty today.

For my card I've used Make It Crafty - Mushroom House coloured with copics

To celebrate we thought that rather than a blog hop we would set a CHALLENGE using Make it Crafty products! To get inspired, hop on over to the Make it Colourful challenge blog where you will see the amazing creations our fabulous DT’s have created for this event! PLUS find out all the details on how you can play along!


There are FIVE challenge categories and there will be FIVE GRAND WINNERS!


There will be random winners throughout the whole month. The numbers have been pre-selected and as soon as an entry is added that matches that number they WIN! Winners will be announced soon after entry on the sidebar of Make it Colourful.

PLUS there’s MORE!!!

Quixotic Paperie have a little something for you too!! Make sure you pop on over to HERE to enter your name for a chance at MORE Make it Crafty Goodies!!


Zoe, the owner of Make it Crafty has a super duper HUGE Candy give away – choc-a-block FULL of Make it Crafty goodies!! AND I have heard a whisper that she is planning on having random giveaways on her blog throughout the month of July! All you need to do is leave her some love as she’ll randomly be choosing people who have commented on her posts throughout the last year!


You’ll also receive a set of steak knives when you... hahaa ONLY Joking BUT... for THREE DAYS ONLY you’ll be able to get 40% off Make it Crafty Digi Stamps when you enter the coupon code: CELEBRATE (Ends June 28th)

So I do hope you will celebrate with us this month and get into the Make it Crafty spirit of FUN!!

Wednesday, June 22

Gift Set Tutorial

Over at Quixotic today I have a written a little tutorial on...
 creating a pencil and notepad gift set, so easy to customise and give as a special gift.

To begin take the cover off a mini notepad or jotter,
remove it on the back too Cut some kraft cardstock to recover the pad remembering to continue the cover to the back.
Use a corner rounder to shape the corners, simply hold a few pages at a time instead of struggling with too many.
Stamp A Pen Friend image on the front with coffee archival ink, ink edges.
Create a box envelope the depth of your pencils, I've used scallop circle die to give decorative flap.
Attach a large metal snap or (circle card and eyelet), then ink edges.
Secure some twine to the back before constructing the envelope.
For the cover cut three pieces of chipboard, two just a bit bigger then the box envelope and a spine the depth of pad and envelope.
Adhere patterned paper to the two large covers and ink the edges.
I've cut a strip of sticky back canvas for the spine, lay the covers and spine directly onto the sticky side allowing a gap between pieces.
Then adhere another strip of patterned paper to cover the two ends, and score the channel's to secure.
Next it's simply a matter of adhering the pad and the pencil envelope in place.
I've added more twine for tying a closure.
For the front, stamp and colour your image, fussy cut leaving a border and matt onto black card, then fix on the front with dimensional adhesive.
and here's the copics I've used!

I hope you feel inspired to try creating a little papercrafted gift too!
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, June 20

Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Metal

It's MONDAY!!! which means, we have a new theme set at...

and this week is Some Metal!!!

Well, my first thought was of Steampunk when the theme was set for this weeks challenge.

I have created a picture frame with the wonderful small easel to help it stand and cut the opening using baroque die.

then with Mocha metal sheet embossed it with texture fades and used Ten Seconds Studio tools to create the decorative edge.

The front had a generous dab of paint dabber burnished in. The frame has been adorned with cut gadget gears enhanced with perfect pearls, a steampunk'd butterfly

plus a whole load of various pieces from Tim's Idea-ology range...
So check out the goodies at...
And then why not pop round to the rest of the team's stunning metal projects!!!
THE director ~ Linda Elbourne
Candy Colwell ~ Dan ~
Kim Costello <~ You're already here
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a beautifully creative day!
BiG HuGs Kim :)


Wednesday, June 15

Quixotic Anniversary Celebrations ~ Kraftin' Kimmie

As part of Quixotic Paperie's 2nd Anniversary celebrations we are throwing the spotlight onto some of the fantastic stamp companies available from Quixotic Paperie.

This week it is the wonderful Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps in the spotlight.

We have some lovely samples to show you and would love for you to hop through the list below to see all the fabulous makes.

Kimmie started her stamp company in October 2009 and since then has bought us some wonderful images from some amazing artists: Annie Rodrigue with Moonlight Whispers, Cheryl Alger DesignsSteven Leary Designs, Crissy Armstrong with Crissy's Cuties and Jean Grant with Cindy and Mindy and now the latest addition Emilie's Etchings by Emilie Goulet.

The Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps range is available in the UK/Europe at Quixotic Paperie.  If you're in Canada/US then you can find the stamps at Kraftin Kimmie Stamps direct!

Which is your favourite? Too hard to choose!
As part of the celebrations and the spotlight today, we have a PRIZE GIVEAWAY!  
Pop on over to the Quixotic Inspirations blog to get all the details and enter the draw to win some fantastic Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and more!

So now for some more inspiration! Hop on over to each of the blogs below to see some yummy Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp goodness!
- Kimmie - Angie - Tara - Tracy -
Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoy looking at all the lovely Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.
HuGs Kim :)

Monday, June 13

Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Torn/distressed edges!

It's Monday, which means we have a new theme at...

and this week is torn/distressed edges!!!

My edges are a combination of torn, ripped, distressed and even burnt effect.
The steampunk theme was inspired by Tim's fabulous Steampunk stamp set and a few of the great sentiments in Stuff to Say set can be found on the tabs and tags.
I've added some splats using distress stain directly onto patterned paper which had some distrezzing, tearing and distress inking.

So check out the goodies at...
Hope it inspires and why not pop round to the rest of the team's stunning projects!!!
THE director ~ Linda Elbourne
Candy Colwell ~ Dan ~
Kim Costello <~ You're already here
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a beautiful creative day!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Wednesday, June 8

You are Fabulous and Gorjuss!!!

Here's a little card I have over at Quixotic today,

I have been eager to colour this cutie Gorjuss - Ruby - Rubber Stamp and had such fun! I masked her to very lightly spray the sky. The colours are inspired from these gorgeous My Mind's Eye - 6x6 Paper Pad - Stella & Rose - Mabel papers.

I have fussy cut a couple of the flowers from the patterned papers and finished with a sentiment from the gorgeous Stempelglede - Just A Note in the top corner!

and this is the selection of copics I've used... Spilling over my pale.

  and here is a little list of challenges I'm entering... 

Copic Creations #51 ~ Copic Distressed/Vintage cards or projects. 
Make It Colourful Challenge! ~ Cast your Shadows
Papertake weekly ~ Anything goes
A Spoon full of Sugar ~ Here comes summer
Cupcake Craft Challenge ~ Things with tails
Card Patterns ~ sketch below

Thank you so much for stopping by hope you have a wonderful creative evening!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Monday, June 6

Simon Says Stamp and Show A Tag!

It's Monday, which means we have a new theme at...

and this week is A Tag!!!

Well, my tag started by stamping Tim's Fabulous flourishes with silver paint dabber, then lots of faded jeans distress ink applied all over.

Inspired by seeing this amazing tutorial over at THE Classroom I wanted to try making a lily, as I don't have the same supplies I used Tim's mini leaf die, looked here for inspiration then coloured using copics.

WOW... I just love that the sentiments from stuff to say fits perfectly into the mini Heart die. I've inked with distress inks and added distress stickles!

Also trimmed a few special words to fit in my bottle top embellishment, I used a gem gear in the base and filled with clear Utee using my fabulous melting pot.

Ok so the back of my tag is a bit of a mess but I have to show the Small Easel die, cut from packaging, LOVE IT, now I can make some more of my angels that can stand, woo hoo!!!

So check out the goodies at...

Hope it inspires and why not pop round to the rest of the team's stunning tags!!!
THE director ~ Linda Elbourne
Candy Colwell ~ Dan ~
Kim Costello <~ You're already here

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a brilliant creative day!
BiG HuGs Kim :)

Sunday, June 5

Craft Stamper Magazine ~ July Issue Masterclass!

It's the first week of June which means....
the JULY issue of the Craft Stamper Magazine is out on sale, Friday 3rd...
I have a masterclass in this issue... Thank you Katy!

I show some fun ways to incorporate ordinary office supplies into your crafty projects...

My project might be heavily influenced by Wendy Vecchi using her amazing stamps and alternative epoxy embellishments, lol!

I hope you have fun reading and get the chance to use your office supplies in a crafty project.
Have a wonderfully creative day,
BiG HuGs Kim :)
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