La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Monday – {Lace And Pearl}

How do you fancy a La-La Land Crafts Christmas tag? You do? Great! You’ve got it!

It’s La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Monday and this week the inspiration is Lace and Pearls and I’ve used one of the cute new releases – Christmas Elf Marci – to make a quick, slightly grungy Christmas tag.

She comes with sentiments as well so go check them out

The lace? Well my interpretation is the embossed lace matrix pattern behind her. The pearl? The button of course!

Wouldn’t she look just perfect with the La-La Land Crafts Holly Flourish die behind her? Yes, I think so too, and that was my intention but it was only as I was sitting here processing the photo that I released that I had forgotten to put the die cut on. D’oh! 

Right better go check what else I’ve forgotten to do today!

Don’t you forget to go check out the La-La Land Crafts blog today and Friday to see more lace and pearly makes.

Forgetful Kim


Kuretake Challenge – Going For Gold

There is a new challenge up on the Kuretake blog and I do hope you will come along and have a play! It is all about GOLD!

There is a bundle of goodies from Kuretake and Basically Bare worth £50 up for grabs and anyone can enter – so no excuses!

Here is a little Olympic Gold themed ATC from me..Well more Olympic Grunge!

I’ve used ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens and the ZIG Painty Twin Gold and Silver pen for this make.

If you keep your eyes peeled I will be showing you how I made this in the next couple of weeks over at the Kuretake Blog.

To go with the Gold theme and Olympic build up there is a 25% Off special offer on some of the metallic pens over at the Kuretake shop – time to stock up!

And don’t forget to check out the DT’s lovely gold makes and join in the challenge yourself over at the Kuretake blog – you have ’till 16th July.


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If I Had Wings From Creative Expressions

I’m having a bit of a blog re-shuffle again, Thursday is now my new Creative Expressions posting day so here is another make using Sam Poole’s Art Sayings stamp plate available from Creative Expressions.

For this one I’ve used the Art Sayings stamp plate to create the background by stamping over a surface that I’ve first textured with old sewing pattern tissue and then stippled on some acrylic paint in areas and added some gesso over the top to create this lovely textured look.

The sentiment is also from the Art Sayings stamp plate and I think it nicely matches her wistful look don’t you think?

If you are wondering about the image it is from one of my catalogue of images and ephemera that I’ve been unable to throw out collecting slowly over the years, she is one of my favourites.

 I was inspired by this month’s Ranger’s Video except I tinted my photo in Photoshop Elements as I wanted to keep the details and I’ve actually used Archival ink to stamp the Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 The Voice Of Art receipt stamp onto the photo but I did use Ranger Distress inks on the edges and on the whole tag to finish it.

I’ve also used some of the new Vintaj Patina and some acrylic paint on the metal photo tabs and the eyelet to change their colour and distress them. 

Hope you have survived all the photos, I did go a bit photo heavy today!

Have a lovely Thursday.


EDIT: Ok so this is how behind I am on my blog hopping, I did not realise that the photo tinting video was part of Tim Holtz’s 12 tags of 2012 theme as I came across it on the Ranger’s website and not his blog. Well what the heck, I’m going to enter my make into the June challenge, it isn’t exactly the same but it is inspired by the same technique – hope I’ve not broken any rules LOL!

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Welcome To My World Of Grunge

Long Weekend! Long Weekend! Long Weekend!

Ok so if you are in the UK then you are on a long weekend of four whole days! YAY! Sorry those of you not in the UK!

Well whether you have a long weekend, a normal sized weekend or a short weekend I have some colour to throw at you today and to get your creative weekend started.

It is my Creative Expressions make for this week using Sam Poole’s Art Sayings stamp plate.

It is a tag using a few of the sentiments from the kit.

As you can see it is a grungy piece, perhaps more street grunge than industrial grunge for a change.

Oh and if you are curious I still haven’t cut this stamp plate up yet

Hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever size it is and thanks for spending some of it with me.

Have fun



You Are My Type Of Friend

Some grungy colour for your fabulous Friday!

I’ve got my Creative Expressions make today and after all the Clean and Simple cards I’ve been doing I thought I would get down and inky for this one.

The sentiment is from the Vintage Typewriter Stamp Set.

The swirls are from the Funky Floral Stamp Set.

I’ve used Tim Holtz Distress inks from Ranger to add the pinks and purples.

Well I hope you enjoy your grungy Friday doing whatever you do on a Friday!

Catch you later.



It’s A Date!

Got any dates planned for the weekend? I’ve got a date with sunshine! Yay! Hopefully this Autumnal heatwave will stay, it is nice to see clear blue skies isn’t it? 

Got my DT date with Creative Expressions for this week and I’ve made an ATC.

I’ve got all inky for the background and stampy with the Vintage Typewriter Stamp kit.

Right, I’m off to try and get all my jobs finished for the week so that I can soak in some
last minute sun!

Have a date filled Friday.



Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner…?

Have you spotted the new Artistic Outpost kits in at Quixotic Paperie? Lurve! 

Both are London themed so I am a bit biased in their favour as I am a Londoner! But I can’t be the only fan as no sooner had the London Underground and Loverly London sets hit the shop then the London Underground set had sold out! 

But never fear Elaine has some new stock ready to find new homes.

edit: Would you believe it? London Underground has sold out again! Think we all love these stamps! But don’t worry Elaine has more on their way!

Here is an ATC I’ve made using London Underground.

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost July referral program and whilst you are there also check out their fabulous stamps.

Loverly London

* Artistic Outpost - Loverly London stamp set *NEW* - Click Image to Close

London Underground

* Artistic Outpost - London Underground stamp set *NEW* - Click Image to Close

How can you not want these sets in your collection?

I’m so going to get Loverly London as well LOL! Of course don’t forget to stock up on EZ mount

Elaine has a fab special offer running as well:

And while you’re there, check out all the new products in stock!


Alota StampsArtistic OutpostBelles ‘n WhistlesGorjussKraftin’ Kimmie StampsMake It CraftyPaper Makeup Stamps
SCACD Stamps (exclusive UK stockist), Some Odd Girl StampsStampavieStamping BellaStempelglede,The Greeting FarmWhimsy Stamps

Cor Blimey Guv’nor!


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Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge

Got something that might interest you guys looking out for DT calls. Have you seen the Creative Expressions DT call?

Creative Expressions is a UK craft manufacturer and distributor supplying many of your favourite crafty retail shops and they also have their own lines of rubber stamps designed by various designers. If you haven’t seen the recent steampunk themed stamps from Sam Poole then you should go check them out!

All the details for the DT call are on the Creative Expressions Website but it is in the form of a challenge:

Calling Card 

The only other requirements are that there is an ATC somewhere in the make and that the make uses stamping.

So I thought I would have a play and for my project I’ve made a photo album / scrapbook from recycled packaging and business or ‘calling cards’ – see what I’ve done there? LOL!

What you will need:

StampsCreative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo, Creative Expressions Umount Texture

Inks – Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain; Ranger Archival Coffee; StazOn Jet Black

Paper – Calling/business cards; Cardboard; Kraft packaging paper

Usual Suspects – PVA Glue; Golden Heavy Gel;

Equipment – WRMK Cinch; Scissors; Blending tool; Heat tool

Other – Tea-dyed fabric; Kuretake Screwtop brads; Acetate; Spiral wires; Prima Mask Set 5; Gesso; Acrylic paint Sand, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber; Kitchen towel; Red ink

Making Backgrounds From Calling Cards

Ok so what do you do with your old business / calling cards? Between me and David we have boxes of these things from jobs we have moved on from over the years so what better way to get rid of them than to use them in making backgrounds?

Tear The Business Cards Into Strips

Tear the business cards into thin strips approx 1cm wide.

Weave the Business Card Strips

Weave the business card strips onto a spare piece of paper with dilute PVA and using the same principle as the Collage Background Technique but a bit more structured and leave to dry.

When the weave is dry cover with Gesso and allow to dry.

Paint The Weave Background

Cut the weave background down to the size of an ATC (2.5 by 3.5 inch) and build up layers of colour by adding paint then wiping the majority of the colour off again with kitchen towel to show the layer underneath. I started with a layer of Eco-Green Acryllic Paint Sand, the next layer was Raw Sienna and then I finished with Burnt Umber. When the paint is dry edge the ATC with Ranger Tim Holtz Walnut Stain and dry with the heat tool.

Prepare The Album Covers

Cut the album covers from packaging cardboard (~17cm square) and punch holes in one side. Paint the album covers with Gesso and when it is dry paint with Eco-Green Acryllic Paint Sand.

TIP: You might also have noticed that I’ve stamped out the images I wanted to use on spare paper first? I usually do this so that I can play around with the composition of the piece before I commit myself!

Build Up Texture With Masks And Stamping

Start building up the background with blending Rangers Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink and the Prima Grid Mask from Set 5 and then use Creative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo stamps and the writing stamp from the Creative Expressions Umount Texture set to decorate the corners. Then finish with Rangers Tim Holtz Distress inks Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and dry with the heat tool.

Add The Sentiment

Stick down the ATC with the Golden Heavy Gel and stamp out the photographer stamp onto spare card in Ranger Archival Coffee and colour with red ink before sticking to the cover. Tear a rectangle of acetate and paint the back with the sand paint. When the paint is dry stamp the sentiment from Creative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo in StazOn on the front and attach with the Golden Heavy Gel and add the Screwtop brad.

Finish With A Stamped Film Strip

Stamp the film strip from the Creative Expressions Umount Vintage Photo in StazOn onto acetate and carefully line up the image to stamp again giving the effect of a continuous strip of film. Attach it to the cover with the screwtop brad. Assemble the album and finish with strips of tea-dyed fabric tied around the binding wire.

Have fun with the challenge and catch you later.


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Quixotic Paperie – Mini Book Using Wooden Shapes – Tutorial

Well it has been a busy month of tutorials here at Crafty Makes and I have another one for you this week. This time I’m using the wooden alterable shapes from Quixotic Paperie along with other yummy items to make a mini-concertina book. If you follow the Quixotic Paperie blog you would have seen this on Saturday 18th June 2011.

You might have noticed it is the round ornament bauble shaped wooden shape? You don’t have to use them just for Christmas!

What you will need:

StampsArtistic Outpost Ephemeral Backgrounds; Artistic Outpost Birds Of A Feather; Studio G Alphas

PapersKraft Card; Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante

Colouring – Pencils

Inks – Distresss inks; Distress stains; Archival Jet Black; Archival coffee

Usual Suspects – Golden Gel medium; Gesso

Tools – Scissors; Crop-A-Dile; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Nestibilities Circle dies; Blending tools and foam; Ruler; Scoring tool

OthersWooden Shape Round ornament with hole; Fabric; Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Sprockets; Viva Decor Gel Pen Walnut; EZ Mount

Make A Template For The Inner Pages

If you need to make the hole in the wooden shape bigger then before making the inner pages template use the Crop-A-Dile to make the hole bigger. Then use the wooden shape to cut a rough template to give the size of the inside pages. I’ve made sure that the hole in the ornament is not covered.

Score And Fold Kraft Card

To make the inside concertina pages use the template to score a line in the Kraft card and
fold it.

Use the fold to score the next line and keep scoring and folding until you have the number of pages you want or until you run out of card! Make sure that your first and last pages are both folded in the same direction i.e. the first and last page are both valley folds when attached to the covers (see picture below – ‘Assemble Mini Book’).

Cut Inside Pages

For this step you can either use your template to cut out the inside pages, making sure you leave the left and right folded sides of the circle uncut to give the concertina effect.

Another method is to use the Spellbinders nestibilities dies. Pick the die nearest to the size you want and line up the folded Kraft card on the die, again leaving the left and right folded sides untouched by the die. Use the thinner cutting plate and some shims with your cutting machine and run the card and die through the machine a couple of times. It wont cut all the way through and you might need to experiment with the shims to get the right thinkness.

Finish cutting the pages with the scissors, the die will have left guidelines in the card it has not cut through.

The inside pages are ready to decorate anyway you want. For this tutorial I’ve used distress stains to colour them.

Prepare the wooden shapes with a layer of gesso and once it is dry colour as you wish, I’ve used distress ink and stains in this tutorial.

Assemble Mini Book

I used soft Golden Gel Medium to apply the first and last page to the covers making sure that the holes are next to each other at the ‘spine’ of the book.

‘Bind’ The Book

I’ve used a strip of fabric coloured with distress stains to tie the covers together, making sure that it is not so tight that you can’t open the book. You can of course make the knot easy to tie and untie so that you can see both sides of the concertina pages if you have decorated both sides.

The book is finished and ready to decorate however you want!

I’ve linked this up to the Artistic Outpost June referral program and whilst you are there also check out their fabulous stamps.

Have fun with this tutorial and don’t forget to come back to let me know how it goes!


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Happy Father’s Day

To all the Dads out there – Happy Father’s Day! Hope you are all having a good day!

What are you doing to celebrate Father’s Day?

This Father’s Day make is a card made using an altered book page that I’ve coloured with distress inks using one of the fabulous Crafter’s Workshop masks from Happy Daze.

The little hearts are made from used postage stamps and the post marks are stamps from Crafty Individuals.

Hope you are enjoying Father’s Day


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Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead Challenge – Bags and Tags

Hi guys have you seen the challenge over at Gingersnap Creations that started on Wednesday 15th June – Bags and Tags.

Here is my June Muse make for the challenge and I’ve used string, packaging paper and my favourite thing of the moment vellum!

I’ve coloured the papers with distress inks and ZIG Art and Graphic Pens. The screw brad is from Kuretake and the safety pin charm was from Calico Craft, the chain was from my stash.

Have fun with the challenge, you have until the 17th July so loads of time to get something done!