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As Featured On Blitsy – How To Make a Mixed Media Big Bloom Card

It is Blitsy time and this week I have a card making tutorial on the blog.

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Close up of the details on a mixed media card

I’ve gone all pink, well with a smidge of kraft and cream too, but mostly pink, pink with some more pink for good measure! I’ve obviously been in a bit of a pink mood as well as a teal mood at the moment.

So if you are looking for something a bit inky, card-y and mixed media-y then go take a look on the Blitsy blog to see how I put this Mixed Media Big Bloom Card together. Of course yours doesn’t have to be pink if you don’t want it to be!

Catch you later.
Kim

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As Featured On Blitsy – How to Make A Valentine’s Day Card With Journaling Cards

Flutter, flutter goes my beating heart. Did someone say Valentine’s? Come on now, own up, I know that someone did! Or perhaps it was just whispered on the wind? Well if you are looking for some Valentine’s Day ideas then you could always have a look through the Blitsy blog. There are a few heart-themed ideas on there, including one from me today!

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Valentine's Day card tutorial on the Blitsy Blog

The whole step by step showing how I put this together and what I used is over on the Blitsy blog so hop on over there and don’t forget to check out the other loved-up inspiration too.

Love is in the air, I’m sure of it!

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Rocket Ship Cardmaking

It has been such a long time since I last posted a card on my blog that you might be wondering if I still make them! Well I do but 99% of my cardmaking these days are for magazines so I can’t show them here on my blog, but you will have seen them if you get Papercraft Essentials, Simply Cards and Papercraft, Creative Stamping or Die-Cutting Essentials.

But I do have a card to share today and I’ve used the 1950’s inspired stamp set that came with the issue 21 of Creative Stamping.

Rocket ship card

Oddly enough the last card I posted on my blog also had a rocket ship on it!

close up of the Rocket ship card

Well I do love a bit of Sci Fi!

Have a fun day and if you are looking for the Show Your Face link up then click on the picture below, it will take you straight there.

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Catch you later.
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Crafts U Love Demo – Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

3…2…1…BOOOOMMMMM!

Monday is Go! 

I don’t know why but the intro music to Thunderbirds just popped into my head then. Did it pop into yours too?

Ok, so you may not have noticed but it is Monday, I know, it was a surprise to me too! I have an explosive card to share with you today to help you get Monday off with a bang!

It is one of my Crafts U Love demo cards (I told you I had a few to share) and it is another from my ‘Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards’ series and I’ve used the Becky Higgins Boys Rule Project life card kit.

I might have told you guys this before but I’m a massive space and Sci Fi geek so this one rings all of my bells plus it is interactive, I’ve put the rocket on a spring so that it wobbles – too cool for school!

I *LOVE* cards with moving elements! Sorry I get a bit excited about space-y things and interactive things. Don’t mind me!

Ok you guys! You GO get your Monday, it ain’t rocket science! (Well, it might be for some of you, I mean I have no idea what you do in your job, you maybe a rocket scientist for all I know! In which case it IS rocket science!).

Right, I’m out of here, perhaps I shouldn’t drink so much coffee before I write my blog posts?

Kim







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Crafts U Love Demo – Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

After the canvas on Monday and the Face for Show Your Face on Friday I was thinking I would shake things up again with a card. What do you think? I still have some Craft U Love demo cards that I haven’t shared yet so let’s do this!

A greeting card with stars for a 5 year old

This is another card in my ‘Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards’ series and I’ve used the Becky Higgins Boys Rule Project life card kit with Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral and Fossilised Amber Distress inks.

How To Make:
It is another simple design, I used a craft knife to remove a star from a journaling card and then I used the card with the star removed as a stencil to sponge the inks through on the card blank. The cut-out star was then stuck on top using 3D-foam with a circle and the date tab, both of which were also cut from journaling cards.

If you like this make then you might want to check out these ones too if you haven’t seen them already:

Hot Air Balloons card
Awesome Bicycle card made from journaling cards

Hope you have a great creative Wednesday.

Kim

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Painted Scribble Flowers Birthday Card

All the way back in those heady days of July (like all of last month) I fell in LOVE!

I remember it well, it was a gloriously sunny day (it might not have been, I mean it was July in the United Kingdom after all). I was wearing a blue skirt, sea-green shirt and red shoes (I was probably in dark trousers and my altered Hong Kong Phooey t-shirt), my hair was rich, flowing and radiant (yeah, most likely grey, piled on my head waiting for a dye). I was working hard, rushing towards my project deadline for Blitsy when IT happened.

It hit me hard and fast! BAM! I’m in love!

I made some Mixed Media Keepsake envelopes (with a tutorial and a free template hint hint!) and fell in love with painted Scribble Flowers!

DIY Mixed Media Keepsake envelopes

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It is funny how these things happen isn’t it? But what can you do when love hits you? I just had to make some more painted scribble flowers, so I kept on going and made a birthday card with them.

Painted Roses Birthday card

My painted scribble flowers use the My Favorite Things Lisa Johnson Designs Circle Scribble Flowers as a base. I stamped out the block images and used them as a size guide rather then getting all carried away if I did them freestyle, ‘coz I would you know and before you knew it there would be one giant flower and no room for anything else! Not a bad thing, but not the look I was going for!

Aww love, how it doeth affect you (and seemingly change your memory of actual events and usage of the English language, apparently) *Swoon*.

What (or who!) have you fallen in love with recently? Do share!

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Crafts U Love Demo – Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

Last week I shared with you one of my cards from the demo I did at Crafts U Love and I promised you some more, so today I have another share for you. I was working around two themes for my demo, (1) making the most from your journaling cards and (2) using the new Tim Holtz distress ink colour for this year.

Here is another card idea using the Boys Rule Project Life cards, this pack has a very retro-style and is perfect for making this card for a bicycle-lover.

retro bike card made using project life cards

Awesome! and really quick to do too. I’ve layered it up with 3D-foam but each piece is either part of or a whole journaling card.

Close up of the bicycle on the greeting card

Check out last week’s Demo share blog post if you want some more ideas for using journaling cards and Project Life cards.

More cards to come over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
Have a super creative Monday.

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Crafts U Love Demo – Getting The Most From Your Journaling Cards

At the weekend I got to spend a lovely day demoing at the treasure trove of papercrafts that is Crafts U Love. What a lovely shop hidden away in Surrey about 5 miles from Gatwick Airport.

It was the shop’s 9th birthday event and it was full of demoers sharing lots of inspiration and tips throughout the day, as well as holding an auction and raffle to raise money for a local hospice. We got to meet lots of people, play with new products and, of course, eat cake!

This means that I have lots of sample cards from the demo to share here on my blog over the coming weeks. Just so that you know, some of the links in this post are affiliated links and you can find out all about how I use them on my disclaimers and disclosures page.

What was I demoing? 

Well one of my *THINGS* at the moment is using Project Life and journaling cards for more than memory keeping and pocket pages. You might have noticed that I *LOVE* journaling cards – they keep cropping up here on a regular basis; I’ve even made some of my own with the Cricut Explore and then there are the watercolour gem journaling cards that I shared how to make back in January.

DIY Journaling cards with the Cricut Explore tutorial
DIY Watercolour gem journaling cards tutorial

If you are predominantly a cardmaker, you may be forgiven for walking past Project Life and journaling cards, thinking they are not for you. For starters, they aren’t marketed at you and have been positioned for the memory keepers amongst us.

But we crafters are nothing if not a resourceful bunch and many of us do a multitude of different crafts – I do anything I can get my hands on as you might have guessed by now!

So why not use journaling cards for projects other than memory keeping and pocket page scrapbooking?

Here Are Some Projects To Try:

Simply Cards And Papercrafts magazine 137
Planner pocket page made using journaling cards
Mass produce Christmas Cards easily with journaling cards
Jean upcycle Christmas Card tutorial

I’ve been using them for various different projects –

Or What About this Cute Card?


You can safely say I’m trying to get the most out of my journaling card kits and I was sharing some more ideas on how to do this on Saturday at Crafts U Love.

A Hot air balloon card using journaling cards

One of the great things about the packets of journaling cards is you pretty much have a whole kit ready for making into a lot of cards – add a couple of stamps and you are good to go.

Take the super-quick, super-easy and super-cute hot air balloon card pictured above. It is made using the Becky Higgins Project Life Peace, Love and Sunshine pack with a bit of stamping using the Penny Black Stamps Live It Up! Set.

Making a hot air balloon card

I hope that has given you a fresh look at getting the most from your journaling cards!

More Demo Cards To Come!

Stay tuned for some more to come. I also demoed some inkiness at the weekend with some of the new Tim Holtz distress ink colours, so there will be some samples using these coming your way too.

In the meantime, what else have you been doing with your journaling cards? Let’s see how far we can make them work for us, shall we? I bet they would make great party décor items and maybe even home décor items.

Time to get to work and re-think those journaling cards.

Thanks for popping by.
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Non-Traditional Christmas Colours

Another Christmas Card for you today and this one uses probably my favourite non-traditional colour combination of greys, black and gold.

The stamp is the cute Whiff Of Joy Quiet Santa and the glittery paper is from the DCWV All Dressed Up Paper Stack which you can get from Quixotic Paperie for half price at the moment.

I’ve coloured Santa with my PrismaColor pencils and Sansodor and used Shimmerz Paints Pixie Dust Blingz to sparkle Santa’s fur trim.

The gold paper, flower and swirls have are from SEI papers and the swirls are flocked – doesn’t show up too well in the picture I’m afraid.

Have a gold filled Tuesday
Kim


Materials:
Stamp – Whiff Of Joy Quiet Santa
Ink – VersaFine Onyx black
Colouring – PrismaColor Pencils; Sansodor
Paper – SEI; DCWV
Usual Suspects – Paper trimmer; Double-sided tape; silicone glue; Scissors
Other – Gem; Shimmerz Paints Pixie Dust Blingz; Sewing Machine

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Need Something Bright!

Here is a sunny card with the totally gorgeous Emma from the Elisabeth Bell range for Susan’s Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD), which if you are wondering how to get your hands on, well they are at Quixotic Paperie as well as the totally cute Victoria Case Stamps from SCACD.

I’ve used the lovely DCWV Citrus stack papers which are on very special offer at Quixotic Paperie 50% OFF! OMG how can you miss that? Tee-hee! BTW – there are lots of other fabulous specials on Quixotic Paperie as well.

Also I’ve used a lovely bit of Crochet ribbon that I’ve painted with Shimmerz Paints Fire Engine Red.


And yep – a bit more Copic practice!


The sun has just this second come out here – Wahoo:) Must be the sunny card, LOL!

Have a gloriously sunny day
Kim


Materials:
Stamp – SCACD Elisabeth Bell Emma
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black
Colouring – Copic Markers
Papers – DCWV Citrus
Usual Suspects – Paper trimmer; Double-sided tape; Silicone glue
Other – Button; Crochet Ribbon; Shimmerz Paint Fire Engine Red

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Santa Is Baking

What do you think Santa is baking? Mince pies? Cookies? Christmas cake?

Isn’t he just the cutest? He is one of the fabulous new Elizabeth Bell Santa’s from Whiff of Joy. Just Lurve!


The papers are My Mind’s Eye Laundry Line and I’ve been practising again with my Copic markers – might get there one day. LOL!

Have a simply baking Tuesday
Kim


Materials:
Stamp – Whiff Of Joy Santa Baking
Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black
Colouring – Copic Markers
Papers – My Mind’s Eye Laundry Line
Usual Suspects – Paper trimmer; silicone glue; double-sided tape
Other – Buttons; Sewing machine; Letraset paper