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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!

Kim





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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.
Kim

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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!

Kim (imagine lots of emoticon hearts)





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City Life With Seven Paper Amelia From Studio Calico

I’m a City Girl at heart, I was born in London and I’ve now lived here, as an adult, for a while, yikes, I’ve just totted it up and it’s 20 years! When David and I moved last year, we did consider moving out to the country and at one point I thought we would have to because the house prices in London are just ridiculously mad.

But I still *LOVE* my city for all its good points and all its bad points. The idea of moving to the country still floats in my head from time to time, but when it comes down to it I’m not sure I’m ready to leave London yet. You can take the girl out of the city but you can’t take the city out of the girl, as someone, somewhere says.

Lining up a die on the Seven Paper Amelia from Studio Calico

I’m not sure which city it is that is depicted in these gorgeous Seven Paper Amelia papers from Studio Calico but they caught my eye and rang all of my City-Girl bells. I’m using the My Favorite Things (MFT) Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX dies for this make, I’m just loving these dies at the moment and the sentiment is handwritten by me with a brush pen.

So what about you? Are you a City Girl / Guy or a Country Girl / Guy? What was the last paper pack your saw that rang your City / Country bells?

Do tell!

Catch you later Cardmake-inators!

Kim

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When Is An Off-Trend Card On-Trend?

When is an off-trend card on-trend? No, it isn’t the start of a joke, it is a dilemma! As a professional crafter I try hard to keep my stash up-to-date but it can be super hard challenging on a budget and with the really short life-cycles that a lot of craft products have.

So what do you do? Well today it’s a blog post, so you will cut me a bit of slack I hope? You will let me use one of my older but totally favourite dies from MFT Die-namics – the Boy Meets Girl die set -won’t you? I love this dies set! You might be able to still get this die set but the trend for the paper dolls has gone cold I’m afraid. *Sigh*

A die-cut mixed media shaker card

But I’ve cheated a little and matched the off-trend with the on-trend. I’ve used a small pocket shaker with closely cut, brush written sentiment and a stitched border die to keep this card at least vaguely up-to-date!

A die-cut mixed media shaker card close up

Now all I have to do is hold on to this die set until the paper dolls trend warms up again…perhaps if I keep using it I can keep the trend going?

Oh and if you are wondering how I did the lines of paper dolls, I used a handmade roller stamp with my favourite paint colours from PaperArtsy, they are on-trend too! Phew!

Craft foam roller stamp

If you are a regular subscriber to Craft Stamper you might recognise this brayer stamp, I used it in an article for the September 2014 issue of Craft Stamper.

What off-trend items are you still in love with? I know I’m not the only one out there so spill!

Catch you later Trend-inators!

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Mixed Media Greeting Card – Something Old Turned New

I think I might have a problem! I can not throw anything away.

Ok so we haven’t quite made any of the Hoarders Are Us programs on the telly yet but sometimes I think it might be close. I reckon you can empathise with me can’t you? I mean it is a bit of a crafters’ disease isn’t it?

Since the move last year I’ve been trying to streamline my studio space a bit and recycle what I can and get rid of unusable items. I was going through a box of bits of paper and experiments when I found these two items:

Some fabric and card work

I think I was experimenting with texture pastes and masks when I made these.

The heart was a crackle paste experiment on fabric. I’ve tried lots of different crackle pastes and mediums in my time, I think it might be the Golden crackle paste but I know how picky Golden crackle paste is about its substrate so it might be an embossing paste, not sure. Of course any sign of a label has gone – I so should have stuck it in an art journal.

Close up of a crackle paste heart on fabric

But I do know, by the pen work, that it was done when I was DTing for Kuretake so maybe from 2012 or 2013 – I told you I hold on to things!

I don’t think I ever meant to make anything from them but for some reason when I found them they just spoke to me.

And so from something old…

A mixed Media card

…a new card is born. Now if it only had something digital as well I could have linked it up to the new Old, New and Digital Too blog. Mmm… work in progress! Go check the new challenge out btw.

But I digress!

The new elements added were a little bit of stitch.

Stitching on the mixed media card

Some colour using items from the DecoArt Media range. For the drips I used the sprays which I’m loving by the way, they are quite different from other sprays I have used, I might have to do a blog post about them if I get the time!

DecoArt Media misters

Finished with a bit of stamping with Ranger Archival ink and one of my favourite Kaisercraft texture stamps.

Close up of the mixed media card

So that is me, starting the week with this mixed media card.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a lovely arty, crafty Monday.

Kim

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PaperArtsy Flower Greeting Card

If you are lucky enough to have a Bank Holiday today where you are then YAY! Bank holiday! Hope you have a lovely day off.

Wahoo! Bank Holiday dance!

Sorry to the rest of you! Ok don’t be too sad because I’m here to cheer you up with a pretty JOFY flower from her Collection 32 and some lovely Lin Brown Limited Edition paints from PaperArtsy.

Greeting card using products from PaperArtsy

I went for a semi-clean and simple style with a mixed media spin. It is full of Spring prettiness thanks to JOFY’s lovely designs and Lin Brown’s yum colours, isn’t it?

Close-up on a greeting card using products from PaperArtsy

What are you up to today? Whatever it is I hope you enjoy your Monday, even if it isn’t a Bank Holiday for you.

Kim

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Card It Monday – Fiskars 3 in 1 Tag Maker

Fiskars 3 in 1 tag maker

Recently I got my hands on one of the new tools from Fiskars, have you seen it yet? It is a tag punch that also punches the holes and sets the eyelets – the Fiskars 3 in 1 Tag maker. Of course I have been having a fun crafty time giving it a work out.

Ok so here is how it works:

Punch the tag shape with the Fiskars 3 in 1 Tag maker

You punch the tag shape, I have the one called Label and the size of the punch out is approx 7.5 cm by 5 cm at the widest points for this tag.

Place the tag in the hole punch slot of the Fiskars 3 in 1 Tag maker

Then you place the punch-out tag into the hole punching slot, and this is my favourite thing about this tool, it seems to perfectly centre the hole. Super quick and super easy and if you have ever had one of those moments when you are doing it by eye and the hole is slightly off, then you will know how cool it is that it centres the hole with minimal fuss!

Set the eyelet with the Fiskars 3 in 1 Tag maker

Finally you can use the eyelet setting bit to…yep you guessed it…set the eyelet!

So after punching lots of different tags I made this card using papers from the Heidi Swapp September Skies paper pad

A card made using the Fiskars 3 in 1 Tag maker

and with a handwritten sentiment using watercolour and a brush.

A close up of the card made using the Fiskars 3 in 1 tag maker

Pretty cool huh? I don’t think it is quite in the UK or EU shops yet as I could not find it so keep your eyes out as I’m sure it will be there soon, but my US readers might be able to find it in some of their stores. You can find out more about them and decide which is your favourite shape on the Fiskars website.

Have a fun Card It Monday.

Catch you later Card-inators!

Kim

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Something Sweet For Monday

Welcome Monday and time to start this week with something crafty, something papercrafty in fact. I’ve been meaning to post this card on my blog for a couple of weeks now but time has always got away from me. It has been sitting on my desk in pieces waiting to be assembled.

Card using Clearly Besotted stamps from Simply Cards and Papercraft

Well finally I got a chance to stick it all together, photograph it and process the photos for my Monday show and tell.

The stamps were actually from the gorgeous free set of Clearly Besotted stamps that came with Issue 133 of Simply Cards and Papercraft. You need to check that issue out if you didn’t get those stamps, they are YUM!

close up of Clearly Besotted stamps from Simply Cards and Papercraft

I’ve used some masking and stamping to fill the jar with the yummy sweets and the background was hand printed with MementoLUXE inks, a stencil and the old bubble wrap stamping trick.

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting and seriously, you NEED those stamps! *EnablingAgain*

Catch you later Craftinators!

Kim

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