Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Time disappearing fast!

Well, what happened to August? I can't believe that it's all just sped by so fast, but we've had lots of dog walks, family visits- and a bit of crafting squeezed in! I went for a few days with my son to help my daughter & her boyfriend move house from Lewes near Brighton,  to their new home in Cambridge! It was a very busy few days (as you can imagine!) but lovely to see Lauren & Tom settled in their new home. And equally nice to have a bit of time with my son, as we don't get much "mother & son" time together these days! And there'll be even less soon! He got his A level results last week and has got into his first choice uni - he'll be off to Glasgow School of Art to study for a BA in Fine Art (photography)! Needless to say, we are very proud of him & incredibly excited for him- but it's my last 'chick' to fly the nest and I'm going to miss him so much!

Anyway, less of my family waffle! As we had a house-move, I just had to make a "new home" card using a super-cute image from LOTV.


I've coloured the image with copics and graphits and some pencil. 
Papers and sentiment stamp are also from LOTV 


Hope you like it! 

Back soon,
Kim x



Sunday, 30 July 2017

Making wishes

Hello all, and a warm welcome to new followers - thanks for taking the time to follow, and I hope you'll enjoy the sharing of crafty makes (& tolerate the waffle!).

We've been experiencing the usual British summer mix of sunshine and showers, but we've managed a few nice days out, as there is a little four-legged beast in the house that needs walkies every day (sunshine or rain!). It's also meant that when the rain has arrived, it's been a good opportunity to get the inks and pencils out and do some colouring - and then spend some time putting cards together! It's nice to have 'rediscovered' the enjoyment in crafting cards again, after a bit of a break for a few months.  But I'm also now lusting after a new set of pencils and have got my beady eye on a fab set of Faber Castell polychromos (when it comes to crafting, I'm not a cheap date lol!). If you use these, I'd love to know how you find them to use (while I'm in the process of saving up for a set!).

Anyway, I've enjoyed playing with a few of the new digi stamps from LOTV that I somehow accidentally bought when I was browsing..... I don't know how that happens!  This little cutie is 'Make a wish' and I think she is just adorable!


I really enjoyed colouring up this sweet image, using my usual mix of copics and pencils (with a little bit of added sparkle)


The sentiment stamps and papers are from LOTV, with a mix of die cut flowers


Hope you like it! 

Thanks for taking the time to visit and please leave a comment to let me know you've called by to my little corner of Blogland! I always try to make return visits! 
Back soon,
Kim x 




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Enjoying the holidays!

I can honestly say, I could get used to this 'not at work' business very easily! The sheer bliss of no alarm clock in the morning, and the time and breathing space to think about what to do and where to go - it's just wonderful!  And I am a world class 'potterer' - and can quite happily spend my day doing all sorts of little things. And it is beyond nice to have the time to rediscover things in my craft stash and have a play!

I'm enjoying the digi stamps from LOTV (& may well get tempted by their current digi offer - well, it'd be rude not to!).  This was a recent digi purchase of an older image - but she is such a cutie!


I've coloured the image with copics and pencil, and a fair amount of fine glitter! And this one is in apricot shades - quite a change for me! 


I'm trying to be good about using up some of my stash of papers, and this gorgeous paper is from MME.  The flowers are from WOC and the sentiment stamp from LOTV.


Hope you like it!

For those of you who read an earlier post, our youngest is now back from his European travels after nearly 3 weeks, and the house is once again littered with damp towels, cereal bowls, glasses, etc.! Deep joy!  But it's nice to have him back - and it sounds like they all had a fab time (although I'm sure parents only get the edited version of events).  RubyDoo was soooo excited to see him when he walked through the door, she was nearly doing somersaults! And after the excitement of Wimbledon, she's currently trying to trash every tennis ball that she comes across...

Back soon,
Kim x 





Thursday, 13 July 2017

Yet more birthdays!

Well, it's nearly my 'end of term' at work and I am soooo looking forward to having a break! Before working in a school, I was probably one of the many people who thought that things at school gradually wound down towards the end of the school year in summer, with lots of relaxing, chilled activities....  After working at school for nearly 4 years now, I can assure you that it is precisely the opposite! Everything over the last few weeks seems to gain momentum as everybody pedals furiously downhill! The students may well be winding down, but all the staff are racing round like demented bees, trying to get everything completed. And even though many staff are also in work over the holidays (no, staff at schools do not only work 9-3, and have LOTS of holiday!), I think everyone is ready for a lie down in darkened room!

But, aside from the madness of work, the month of many birthdays continues and I'd like to share another one of the birthday cards - this one was for my lovely stepdaughter Lucy!


I've used the gorgeous 'April' from Mo Manning - just love those little wellies! 


I've coloured the image with my usual mix of copics, graphits & pencils. 
The papers and sentiment stamps are from LOTV, with die cuts and lace.


Hope you like it! 

Thank you for the lovely comments, and I'm hoping with a little extra 'relaxation' time, I'll have chance to catch up with more of your lovely blogs. 
Back soon,
Kim x 



Saturday, 8 July 2017

Summer birthdays!

July is a busy month for me, birthday-wise. It's my lovely step-daughter Lucy's, then our beautiful daughter Lauren's birthday, not to mention quite a few other friends at home & at work! So I thought I'd share one of the recent cards, using a gorgeous LOTV digi stamp


I've coloured the image with copics and graphits and some pencil, with some added sparkle of course! You can't have a fairy without sparkle! 


The papers are from LOTV with some die cut flowers and gems
The sentiment stamp is also from LOTV. 


Hope you like it! 

Thanks for the recent comments, it feels nice to be back in Blogland after my little break! 
Back soon,
Kim x



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Special Friends

I can't believe it's Tuesday already and time flying by so quickly! Thank you for your lovely comments about the recent cards, it's a wonderful therapy to do some crafting and a great way to get some 'time out' from the 'busyness' of everyday life!

Our youngest has arrived in Zagreb in Croatia, and is, as far as we can tell, having a fabulous time - which we expected he would do! After the hustle and bustle of getting all his things ready, it now seems spookily quiet in the house - although there is the ever-bouncy and mischievous Ruby to contend with!  And I had a lovely time this weekend with a special friend who has had a tough time over the last few months and, as she now lives in Scotland, we relished having some time together. Before she left yesterday, I gave her a card I'd made for her


I've used one of the lovely LOTV sentiments, which says it all really.
The backing papers are also from LOTV, with some stitching and extra bits from stash.

And just to catch up, I've added a couple of pics from today of our Rubydoo
(she'll never make a doggy model, it's so hard to get her to pose for a photo - or I'm a rubbish photographer lol!)


 Just one year old now, and full of bounce! 

Hope you have a good week,
Back soon,
Kim x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Summer Showers?

Hello all - Friday again! Woohoo! It's just so busy at work at the moment, that I am so relieved when Friday rolls around. Our school breaks up for summer in 2 weeks, but rather than things gradually slowing down, it feels as though there is a frantic panic to get so much done as the finish line is in sight!  But at least in a couple of weeks there will be chance to take a deep breath & relax - hopefully!  But we've also got a busy weekend ahead - up with a close friend here tomorrow, and then busily getting things ready for our son.  Now he has finished his A Level exams, he sets off on Monday with a group of his friends, travelling by rail across Europe! They fly out to Croatia, then over the next 18 days or so, they travel to Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Lyon and Barcelona! How fantastic! I'm so jealous and I know that they'll have a fabulous time - but that doesn't stop me having minor panic attacks when I think about him roaming across Europe (without me!).

Anyway, less waffle about my slightly chaotic life at the moment! I'm sharing another card with you today, made with a little cute character from Mo Manning.


I've coloured the image with copics, graphits and pencil


The backing papers are from LOTV, as is the sentiment tag stamp. The flowers from WOC and the leaves cut using a Joanna Sheen die. 


Hope you like it! 
And I hope you enjoy your weekend ahead, whatever you have planned. And hopefully you'll have a bit more 'quiet time' than me.....

And I've recently set up an Instagram account - even though I'm still not quite sure what I'm doing with it!  But if you want to follow me, or have a look, please click on the tag in the sidebar! 

Back soon,
Kim x



Monday, 26 June 2017

Cute Little Guy!

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post (which appeared after a rather long absence!).  I was grateful that so many of you remembered me!  And I'm just getting used to browsing through Blogland again (although I must admit that I browse more on Facebook and Instagram these days - I blame the offspring for getting me addicted to social media lol!).

Anyway, today's card was made using a digi stamp from my other favourite store, Mo's Digital Pencil.  Mo Manning has a knack of capturing the cutest expressions on faces and I couldn't resist this little guy.  And I did make a card with him a while ago - well, the digi stamp is called 'Colin' and as my husband is also a 'Colin' it would've seemed rude not to use him for a birthday card!


I've coloured the image with copics, promarkers and pencil.


The papers are from First Edition and LOTV, the sentiment stamp also from LOTV, with the banner dies from Sue Wilson and a few buttons from stash!


Quite a simple layout for me (no flowers or ribbons!), but I think it works for the image.
Hope you like it! 
Thanks for looking,
Back soon,
Kim x



Friday, 23 June 2017

Long time, no see....

Well, what can I say? I must admit that I probably needed a little break from blogging, the mojo had somewhat deserted me as far as card-making went, time seemed in short supply and I kept looking at my craft stash but feeling distinctly uninspired. I just never expected the "little break" to last quite that long. And I've even had to resort to (shock, horror) buying some cards....!

But I've recently dusted off the stamps, pens, pencils & dies, and started to find the missing mojo a little bit. We have quite a few birthdays approaching so I gave myself a firm talking-to, got lots of pretty papers out and set to. So hopefully over the next few weeks I can share some of the recent makes, and I must admit that I was quite pleased with myself that I'd got quite a few finished cards to photograph!

This one today was made with one of the recent release digi stamps from one of my favourite shops, lili  of the valley!


Aren't they a cute pair? I've coloured the image with copics, promarkers & pencils. 

I'm not too sure about teddy colouring, but I'll keep practising! 
The papers are from LOTV, the sentiment stamp is from Whimsy,  and some die cut flowers & leaves, with pearls to finish! 



Hope you like it! 
And thanks for reading and catching up with me after rather a long absence! 

It's also a special day in our household as Ruby the Beastie Dog is 1 year old today! Always full of mischief and cuddles! 

Back soon!
Kim x 


Monday, 16 January 2017

Birthday Girlie!

I can't believe how fast the last couple of weeks have gone! After new year, we had a few relaxing days of clearing up Christmas (not that relaxing!) and dog walks with the Rascally Ruby! And then .... drum roll .... it was "Back To Work"......  Although I'm not inclined any more to lie-ins (having gone through years of babies, toddlers, school runs, dogs, etc.), it's still always a shock to the system when the alarm starts going off again.  It seems even worse at this time of year when that dratted alarm goes off and it's still pitch black outside! Added to the drain of early starts, is the usual chaos, hustle and bustle of the start of term - school offices at the start of term are a thing to behold! But we're gradually getting back into the pattern of working life again (albeit with an eye on the next holiday!).  But I must try and stick to one of my 'unwritten' resolutions to get busy and make some cards! My crafting efforts have been pretty appalling lately, and although I've blamed lack of free time, Ruby, general winter weariness, I must stop making excuses and actually crack on and get some cards made! I have kept busy with the crocheting, and am currently working on an order for a baby blanket, so I'm not sat about doing nothing!

Anyway, I realised that I hadn't shared this card that I made a while ago - a very special one for our little granddaughter Isabella!


Apologies for the rather rubbish quality of the photo - these winter days really don't lend themselves to any photos! 
I used a LOTV digi stamp, coloured with copics with some added glossy accents (which sadly doesn't show up on the pic!)


The backing paper is from LOTV, as is the sentiment, and I've used Britannia flower dies, Memory Box heart dies and LaLaLand banner die.

Hope you like it! 
And I thought I'd share a couple of pics from one of our new year doggy walks at Glasson Dock (not far from our house) - with a pic of me & Ruby (we have lots of pics of Rubydoo, but pictures of me are as rare as hens' teeth!)




Thanks for looking - and thanks for all the recent comments! 
Back soon,
Kim x 






Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that 2017 brings you health, happiness and peace - and time for crafting!

Apologies for rather a long absence (again!), but I'm going to try and make a concerted effort in 2017 to blog more regularly!  I hope that lasts longer than my usual resolutions....!

We had a lovely family time at Christmas - and it's always so nice to get all of our gang gathered together.  It's difficult once children grow up, move away and have busy lives of their own - and that makes the time we all have together that much more special.  And of course, the ever-growing RubyDoo Dog has loved every minute of Christmas, with lots of attention, presents and walks! She's now 6 months old, adorable one minute and incredibly naughty the next - a typical puppy really!

I try to take advantage of any little pockets of 'free' time to do some crafting, and as always, there are always far more ideas and dreams than actual time to get on with them.

I was able to finish a very pretty crochet blanket at the beginning of December.  This was using the 'Cupcake Blanket' yarn pack, designed by the clever Lucy at Attic24.  A very special friend of mine who moved away in the summer, was very recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This has naturally been a difficult and traumatic time for her and her family - sometimes life can feel very cruel and unfair. And because we don't live near one another any more, it was nice to be able to gift this blanket to her when she came to stay for a little visit early last month - I told her that although I wouldn't be there when she started to undergo surgery and treatment, I could provide a 'hug' through the blanket! We're all just hoping that 2017 will bring health & a new start for her!


I love the soft, pastel shades - and they definitely are 'cupcake' colours


Made with Stylecraft DK, it makes a very cuddly and warm (& washable!) blanket - perfect for snuggling under with a warm drink.  Definitely a hug in the form of a blanket! 

I particularly liked the edging pattern for the blanket, which was quite simple but very effective! I'll definitely use that edging again!


And my friend has assured me that it is now in regular use on chilly winter days, now she's back at home - which is really nice for me to know! 


Hope you like it! 

I've now started on the next blanket project - I like to keep busy lol!  And I've realised that I do have quite a few projects that I haven't shared yet, so I will try my hardest to blog a little more regularly and share the projects!

So, I hope that 2017 has started well for you - and that it proves to be a good year for you.

Back soon,
Kim x