Monday, 6 July 2015

Fairy Birthday Wishes!

Hello all - Monday arrives again so quickly! The weekend seemed to pass by in a blur as usual, but this is my last week at school before our summer break - yay! I work a few days over the summer but it will be soooo nice to have a break as it seems to have been a very busy few months!

We've got a busy couple of days in our family too - as yesterday was my beautiful step-daughter Lucy's birthday and today is our daughter Lauren's birthday. Yes, two birthdays so close together - just like the sisters are very close (and look very much like one another!).  So I just thought I'd share Lucy's card with you

I've used one of the gorgeous fairy digi stamps from Mo Manning, coloured with copics, graphits and a touch of pencil - and plenty of glamour dust sparkle added to those wings! 
The papers are from LOTV, as are the sentiment tags. I've added a DooHickey die cut flower with a button centre and a super-cute charm from stash

Hope you like it! 
I hope that you have a great week whatever you have planned - and that the sun is shining for you (but without some of the thunderstorms that we've been having lol!).
Oh, and I just thought I'd share a pic of the birthday girls Lucy and Lauren (Lauren's on the right!).

I apologise for being something of a bad blogger and not visiting everyone's blogs as much as I'd like - and I'm hoping once I'm on a break from work that time won't be quite so pressured. But thank you for all your support! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

All about the blues...

Hello all, and I hope that you've been having a good week?  The usual sort of busy one here, and I don't think it'll get much easier until we break up for the summer holidays from school!  I've still been busy doing all sorts of crafts - but that counts as relaxation therapy really!  I was helping a friend last night who's making some gorgeous frilly girly dresses for a Rose Queen parade, and got a couple of cute cards finished - but I can't share those until the relevant birthdays have arrived lol!

But just thought I'd share some crocheting with you.  I was inspired by the gorgeous 'coast' blanket on the Attic24 blog with its fab shades of blues and sea greens and used some of my lovely Stylecraft yarn to make a wavy stripe cushion.

I love the 'beach' feel of the blue waves! 

And then I decided to use some of the yarn to make a blanket with a 'v stitch'

Do you think it's got a feel of the seaside? 

I hope you find some crafting time in your week - and that it's good therapy for you too! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Monday, 29 June 2015

And a finished product!

Hello all - Monday already! How does the weekend pass so fast?  It was an inset day at school today so no boys about. You always think on these days that you'll be able to get so many things done - but it never quite seems to work out that way!  We finish for summer on Friday 10th July - very near now - but there seems to be lots to do before then. I'll definitely be ready for a break lol!

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last blog post - and it's great to hear about how other people feel their crafting and cardmaking has developed. And I think we often go around in trends, re-discovering techniques that we first played with. I keep promising myself to get my embossing powders and heat gun out again!

And I thought I'd share one of the finished cards with you that I showed you the coloured image for - this is one using the LOTV stamp 'PomPom', such a cute little fairy!

The papers are from LOTV, with some die cut flowers using a Britannia die. The butterfly is a Joanna Sheen Signature die, and a LOTV sentiment tag
The image has been coloured with copics with some added glamour dust sparkle. Well, no fairy wings would be complete without sparkle! 

Thanks for all your lovely comments - and I hope you like one of the finished products? 
Back soon,
Kim x 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

How do you do your cardmaking?

I'd been doing some colouring for some special birthday cards and I got to thinking about how much my cardmaking process has changed over time.  When I first started making cards (a looonnng time ago!) I tended to just use papers and embellishments. Then I discovered craft cds and used an image as a focal point and started adding ribbons and buttons, etc.  The best bit for me was when I tried alcohol pens and discovered my love of stamping and colouring!  Nowadays when I make a card it somehow doesn't feel complete unless I've added a stamped image!

Then I discovered Lili of the Valley and Sarah Kay stamps (which probably remain my favourite rubber stamps - with Mo Manning and Bugaboo for digi stamps).  I used to colour the image in whatever colours took my fancy and then scrabble about amongst my (ever-growing) paper stash to find suitable papers!  Now I tend to pick the image, then the papers, then colour the image to match - then play about with embellishments! 

So I'm hoping tomorrow to concentrate on actually constructing these cards!  

And as you can see, I tend to use a variety of pens. I do love using copics as I find they blend the best, but I only have a small selection (funds being what they are!), but I do have a reasonable stash of promarkers gathered over time that I often use. A set of 30 or so Graphit pens were bought for me at Christmas and I mix and match using these with the other ones lol! 

I'd love to know how you feel your crafting has developed and changed over time!  And I'll share the finished cards with you asap!

Hope you manage to fit some crafting time into your weekend! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

What are you busy doing?

If you love your crafting or hobbies there never seems to be enough hours in the day sometimes. In my case it's either a card that needs making for someone, garden that needs weeding or watering (or if I'm lucky, just lazing about in lol!) or some crochet project that is shouting to me from the yarn basket.  So I thought I'd just share a few pics of a couple of them with you today -

With a little sunshine on the garden I took a few pics of some of the lovely flowers that are now blooming (and ignoring the areas that need some serious weeding!)

There is beautiful white rose, very delicately scented, that is just opening near the back doors - part of the reason I planted this one is that last year my hubby and I had been together 25 years and this rose is called 'Silver Wedding'! Awww! 

And some lovely splashes of pink

And I've been playing with some yarn (yet again) and made a cute set of 4 coasters in a lovely heart shape

I've added these to my Etsy shop - I just hope someone likes them as much as I do! 

I've also been busy colouring as I have some special birthdays coming up that demand special cards!  Not to mention a crochet dolly that I've been asked to make (along with the crochet baby projects that are also on the list) - phew! 
I'll try and visit a few more blogs this week and catch up with what everyone else has been busy with! 
Thanks for looking and thank you as always for your lovely comments - they really mean so much! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A special day for dads - and special news too!

Hello all and I hope that you have been enjoying a relaxing weekend?  And of course here in the UK it's Fathers Day so my husband received his cards and pressies from all 4 of his offspring!  We haven't really done anything special - I hope we let him know all year round how special a dad he is. But I just thought I'd share the quick card that I prepared for my son to give him this morning

He's not one for fancy cards and lots of frills! So this was a simple creation with wooden letters, distress inks, K&Co papers, twill ribbon and brads. The sentiment stamps are from LOTV. 

But I do have some special news to share with you that I've been so excited about! (And quite appropriate too, to share it on a day for parents) - my lovely stepdaughter Lucy is expecting a baby!  Our first grandchild is on the way - yay!  And she recently had her 20 week scan and has been told it's a little girl!  To say we are all thrilled is something of an understatement!  Lucy and her fiance Jon were in the middle of planning their wedding for next spring when they got the news - so now we'll have an extra one with us.  

(Lucy & 'princess' 2 weeks ago!)

And I bet you can guess who's got lots of cute crochet projects whizzing round her brain to get made for the little princess! 
So apologies for yet another gushing family post - but it's such nice news that it's always good to share. 
I hope all the dads out there are enjoying their day too.
Back soon,
Kim x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

The weekend at last!

Hello all - thank goodness it's the weekend! And just a quick post from me before I head off to spend a relaxing hour (I hope!) in my little room with all my craft stash! And I'm sorry for being a bit of a rubbish blogger at the moment. I just don't know where time goes at the moment but I will make a big effort to visit some blogs this weekend and see what gorgeous craftiness you've been up to!

Last night was my youngest's prom from school.  Although he's going back into the 6th form in September (and the "proper" leavers' ball is when they finish at 18), they had a 5th year prom. Although he's at an all boys school, they hold this together with the local girls school (naturally!) and he looked super smart in his new suit. We had 4 of them getting ready here and then they all went off to their venue - where a lot of us parents were waiting for them with cameras as well!  So, apologies for the 'gushing mummy' photos on the blog today - but I still find it quite hard to believe that my little baby boy, who used to stuff all his toys into the washing machine or dress the dog in football shirts, has turned into a 6' 1" young man in the blink of an eye.  It's scary how fast time passes!

(My son Jack is on the left! - this was with some of his friend's at our house)

These three started at primary school together aged 4! 

So apologies again for the 'proud mum' bit! 

I'll share some more crafty thing with you tomorrow hopefully - if I can get some done this afternoon! 
Hope you enjoy your Saturday, whatever you have planned.
Back soon,
Kim x