Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Good bye for a while!...

Going away for a while!!...

Its been a rough and turbulent past few years and its finally come to a head. I will be taking some time out away from blog land and as my MOJO has up and gone walkabouts, I'm not sure when I will return! I've also been signed off from work! (If my Gp had her way it would be indefinitely but I need to make a living by working, so I wont be taking her up on this! I'l just take the time I need to get my head sorted!).

Thank you to everyone who has left me kind words of support in the past and to those who have followed me!

I will be back, in a couple of weeks or more, so please don't all desert me lol!!

Kimmi x

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Just For Fun!

Not something I'd usually make, being as its a child's card, but as it's my friends Son's birthday tomorrow, I thought I'd best get cracking and get a card made!
At the moment he is Thomas Mad, so I have found this image by doing a search, printed it, and coloured it in.
I added the Kai by stamping the individual letters onto some card and colouring it in to match Thomas, and the sentiment I crated in word and printed!
Lets hope he likes his card, and also his pressie, which you might guess - is Thomas the Tank related!!

Thanks for looking and for any comments you might leave!

Stampin' for the Weekend DT card - Sketch Time!

Well - How bad am I!!! First off I forget that its the 19th February - a day for posting over at Stampin' for the Weekend in preperation for the challenge going live. Mind you. I was on night duty so my mind has been a bit pickled! Then I find that the post I had scheduled for my own blog didnt work, so I've rescheduled it to work for midnight on the 20th!

This fortnight we have a fabulous sketch by Di - Our extremely talented Design Team member, not only is she good at creating sketches and making cards and what nots, but she's only gone and opened her own Digi Shop! Check it out here! The prize is FIVE of these gorgeous Digi's!

We also have a fabulous Guest Designer by the name of Shirley Chalmers - please check out her fantastic blog and all her pretty creations!
Here is what I've done with Di's Sketch, I've rotated it and used one of her fabulous images!!
Papers are Basic Grey - Indian Summer. The roses are Wild Orchid Crafts and the charm and ribbon are from my stash.
Coloured with Copics and highlighted with the trusted old Ranger - Inkssentials White Opaque Pen
Thanks for popping by - if you would, please visit the Design Team's blogs and check out their work - they like comments too and work extremely hard for the Design Teams that they are on, including Stampin' for the Weekend!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A card for Mum and some challenges!

This card is for my dear Mum for Mothers Day.
(I should really say Mam as I'm from Ooop Noooorth!)

I've kept it fairly simple, the only tricky bit was cutting the circle aperture.

My Minds Eye - Bloom and Grow papers

Flowers from Wild Orchid Craft
Gems and ribbon from stash
Image Rosie Posie from Lili of the Valley

I cut the aperture from the card stock first then the papers from MME, was a little tricky, but so happy with the outcome! Distressed the outside and around the image with my Queue Chalk Ink Pads. Image coloured with Distress Inks.
I'm entering this into a few challenge 
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Spring is in the Air - Well Mothers Day is in the Spring and I think the colours fit perfectly!
Stamp Something - CUTE! - This little girl form Lili of the Valley is extremely cute! So sweet!
Crafty Catz - Buttons and Bows - Not sure if I'l get away with the tiny bow I made!! Fingers crossed!!

Also entering this card (along with some emailed ones) for the Paper Romance DT Call!
Click the image for more information!

Thanks for the heads up Lori! xx
Thanks for popping by and enjoy the rest of your week!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

MDUC, Stamp with Fun, ABC and Sketch Saturday!

I've made a card for my sister, who celebrates her birthday on the 15th February.
I've made the card with a few challenges in mind. I first saw the challenge over at
Magnolia Down Under which was Pink and Grey - Gorgeous combination, and I loved playing with the pinks and greys! 

Stamp with Fun
have the challenge of hearts - well I'm hoping that I can use this card for the challenge as the gorgeous little
Ladybug Hearts Tilda has a staff with a heart and also donning a gorgeous head band (antennae) of little hearts too!

ABC Challenge
are asking for some New stash to be used, well the stamp on the front, the papers and the ladybug charm are all new!!

Sketch Saturday
have a beautiful sketch to follow which was so easy, and the team have flipped and turned, but I was happy with it the way it was. Except of course using an oval instead of the circle!!

My card then! ...


Stamps - Ladybug Hearts Tilda, Lazy Summer Tilda (Summer Kit) and Sentiment from Magnolia
Medium - Distress Re-Inkers - Black Soot, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Card and Papers - 300gsm Watercolour paper, Papermania papers and card.Embellishments - Ladybug charm from e-Bay, Gems from Vicki as a gift from Christmas, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Thank you for popping by!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Natural Suburbia's Give Away & Free Motivet Digi Image!

Linda is offering a fabulous giveaway again over at Natural Suburbia!
The Candy is open until Feb 12th, and included in this gorgeous arrangements is a cute little black sheep! Reminds me of my Brother who passed away in September last year, as he was definitely the black sheep of the family! But in a lovable rouge type way!

Check out Linda's beautiful blog full of lots of crafty makes and her beautiful Mamma 4 Earth Etsy store too!
Motivet are offering this cutie up as a freebie!
Just click here and it will take you to the download page
All you have to do is spread the word in return!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

I'm doing Race for Life 2010 again this year!

Hi There!!

As some of you may know, I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in December 2008. I had only given birth three months previously, so to have news like this was earth shattering.

I was scoped on the 1st December, diagnosed on the 9th and had surgery on the 17th to remove the tumour. I went home on the 21st December, to be with my family!

I was given news while in hospital, only a day out of surgery that I had 'tumours' in my liver, and that I would need scans and treatment. I then had to visit Basingstoke Hospital twice for specialised MRI scans to look in detail at my Liver and had to got to another hospital to have a PET scan to see if there were any other 'nasties' growing in my already battered and abused body!

After results came back and I was told that the Liver was not a problem at the moment and they 'keep an eye on it' as there was no evidence of Cancer, or anywhere else in the body, I underwent 6 months of Chemotherapy.

We celebrated in August 2009 my Daughters 1st Birthday and the finish of my Chemotherapy.

I have since had a scope and a CT scan and everything seems to be satisfactory of which I am hoping will stay that way!!

Sorry for this long post, but I just wanted to give you a bit of information on my story..

The photo is of me and my gorgeous Daughter only an hour after birth. She's been my inspiration and my little rock to getting me through some difficult times, as well as my loving boyfriend Stephen who I love very much, my parents, his parents and my close relatives and friends! Including a very special Aunty Shelagh and my Best Mate Charlene!

I hope you will sponsor me, or someone you know who is running/jogging or even walking the Race for Life this year, as the Tesco slogan says - 'Every Little Helps!'

If you are not already donating to the cause by sponsoring anyone, please use the link in my sidebar!! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Kimmi xx

Friday, 5 February 2010

Love is in the Air - Valentines Themed Stampin' for the Weekend

Over at Stampin' for the Weekend this fortnight (Ends 18th Feb), we have a fabulous theme of Valentines for you!!

Which means we wanna see some Valentines Projects and Cards! 

We are being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp...

...and the generous Heidi is offering the lucky winner a $25 shopping voucher to spend in the store! 

So, without further-ado here is my card

I have used papers by Bearly Mine Designs on the Designer Extreme Vol III disc- which are a dream. The disc's are full of gorgeous patterned paper which co-ordinate beautifully together!

I coloured this little Hallowe'en Tilda from last years collection with Copics, and added some Stickles for her wings. The Post Mark stamp and the Sentiment stamp are also from Magnolia.
The Ribbon, lace and gems are all from my stash!

Thank you for popping by, please have a look
here if you are interested in some Candy! And please remember to check out the Team's cards over on the Stampin' blog and also our Fabulous guest designer this month who is Shirley Chalmers!!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Mini Candy!!

Hello there!!...
Well, I thought it was about time I had a little candy to say thank you to everyone who has left a comment on my blog, and to those who follow me!

I also noticed the other day that I now have over 300 followers and that I'm nearly at the 25K mark of hits on my blog! Amazing stuff as I've not had my blog a year and I only started crafting properly last March when I was undergoing Chemotherapy!!


This is the candy...
Above there are
Some Wild Orchid Flowers
K&Co 6x6 Paper Pad called Sparkly Sweet
A Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad and a
BRAND NEW Through My Heart 2010 Collection Magnolia stamp - Honey Tilda

Below I've put together a little collection of charms, and I beg your forgiveness as the photos are not the greatest, but you can see what's on offer!

All I ask you to do is spread the word. Either make a post on your blog, and/or pop a link back to me in your sidebars. If you do not have a blog, do not worry - you can still enter. Just leave me a comment to say how your gonna spread the word. If you dont have a blog, if you are leaving a message on a craft forum, please also use the URL to put into Mr Linky so I can see your spreading the word. I won't be using comments for the draw!
You don't have to follow me, but if you did decide to, that would be great!

Please leave your name with Mr Linky and I will pick a winner on Valentines Day!

Magnolia Down Under ~ an Orange Girly Sketch!

Over at Magnolia Down Under Challenge blog - The girls have given a sketch to follow which can be seen here. Not only is there a sketch, but, it MUST be GIRLY and some ORANGE must be seen too! 
They're not asking much are they!! Pffffh!

I've created a box which is going to be going to a dear friend with some crafting goodies inside, and this is how I have decorated the top.
I've used this gorgeous Tilda from the 'Pink Collection' from last year which were created to raise money and awareness of Breast Cancer. 
This is the first time I've used her, and I thought she'd only look good in PINK, how wrong was I?? I love this colour combo on her, and will probably use it more often.

A close up of her! I've used Distress Inks to colour her - I think I'm getting better at them.. Well I hope I am :D)
I've used Shabby Shutters for her shirt and socks, and Spiced Marmalade for her dress. I cheated and used Copics for her fleshy bits! (E50, E00, E51, R11 and R20).
Another angle of the box.

Tilda and sentiment from Magnolia, Bloom and Grow Papers by MME, Distress Inks, MS Heart Border Punch, Large flower from Wild Orchid Crafts and the smaller cherry blossom ones I won in a gorgeous candy from Helene - The flowers are the only item I can bare to touch and use (as there are a few of them, and I felt I could spare two!), the rest is so delicious I don't want to use it! Keep looking at it and 'wow' its amazing, I feel so lucky! Thank you Helene! 
The ribbon and charm are from my stash.

Thank you for popping by and please take a peek at the DT's creations over at MDUC blog as they are amazing!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Mini Candy

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The Winner of my candy which is 


Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
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Congratulations - Please email me using the link in my sidebar with your home address etc and I will get these goodies posted to you ASAP!
Thank you to everyone who took part and took a few minutes to comment! All your well wishes are much appreciated!

Kimmi xx