Sunday, 31 May 2009

Race for Life

Good Morning everyone!

Today is the day I am taking part with Thousands of Women who are running, jogging or walking the Race for Life in aid if Cancer Research!

For those of you who do not know, I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer in December 08, just three months after giving birth to my gorgeous and so lucky to be here baby girl. She is now 9 months old and I am so smitten like the rest of the family, especially Daddy who she has wrapped round her little finger already!
I started Chemotherapy just over four months ago, and I have two more months left of the treatment. So far, scans have been negative for any other nasties lurking around, so for that I am very thankful.
Anyways - I just thought I'd let you all know that I've not been around these past few days as I have my parents down for a few days, before me and Poppy go galivanting in the North East of England (my home) for a couple of days! I will see you all next week some time, if I manage to find a connection, if not, I'll see you when Stampin' for the Weekend Starts!
Also, if I may be so up front and ask - if you have not sponsored anyone for Race for Life, and I know many of you probably have, could you please consider sponsoring me? I have a link in my side bar, for any of you wishing to donate.

Thank You soooo much for reading my post, and I truly hope that you and your family/friends are never affected by this god awful, life shattering disease! If you have been affected, take a minute just to reflect and think of yourself, and love ones.


Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Simon Says Challenge ~ Animals

Hi Everyone :o)
I hope you are all having a lovely week, its been raining here today in Dorset, so I didn't feel like tidying the house, or going out to play, so Poppy and I had a fun filled day of playing and sleeping he he... However, once the little mite was down for the night, I had a play and this is what I came up with...

Over at Simon Says Challenge - The theme for today is ANIMALS :o)
What better animal to use than one of Dustin Pikes Digital Monkey's? I'm hoping Simon Says allows Digi Stamps as I don't have many stamps that are animal that I can ink up, and none no where near as cute as this one! I'll have to get a wish list started soon...
I've kept the card almost minimal. I decided to stick with two colours - Red and Blue.
I had some buttons in my stash that I thought I'd never use as they've been sat there for ages and today I finally used them, whoop whoop. I threaded them with some red ribbon also from my stash and tied them in a knot.
I cut out the image using my Nestabilities Large Circle and then alternated between colours and sizes of the Circles and Scalloped Circles.

I coloured the Monkey using my Copics and highlighted him with the Inkssentials pen. I think I'm getting a little better at using this pen, although I never seem quite confident enough to put it to an image, until I make the first highlight. Well, that's it really.

Thanks for popping by my little 'ole blog, enjoy the rest of your week ...


Stampin' for the Weekend - Candy two added!

Do you know there are only 10 - yes that's right - 10 days left before Stampin' for the Weekend launches! The Stampin' Team and Myself gave you a glimpse of some of the Launch Candy last week. Well, today, we give you the rest of it, kindly chosen and donated by Donna.

~Here's the picture you have already seen, the candy chosen and donated by me ~

The Stampin' Team and Myself are hoping to see you come and join in the fun challenges we have in store for you all. We will have some really fun and exciting challenges, some different to what you are accustomed to, and the well known golden oldies and favorites!

The Launch Candy above is going to go to ONE LUCKY WINNER, who takes part in the challenge on June 5th!

You have to be in it to win it! or so they say...

Here's a list of what the FIRST WINNER of our challenge will receive:

'Country Garden' Rubber stamp from Sugar Nellie
8"x8" Classical Handmade Papers
Paper Roses in Blue, Purple, Pink and White
'Fragile Beauty' Rubber stamp from Sugar Nellie
Pearl brads in Purple, Blue and Peach
Designer Extreme Vol. I Cd by Bearly Mine Designs
A selection of dangling charms by Poppy Petal Designs
1 Forever Friends Elements pack
1 Anita's Glitterations gold Strip Border Stickers
Creative Fusion 'Christmas' 2 CD set by Bearly Mine Designs
1 Pitch Black Adriondack Ink Pad by Ranger (needs to be heat set)
1 Anita's Dimenstion Stickers - Flowers
Lumas Thorn Ltd Edition Trump & Egbert Rubber stamps
Bumble Bee Rubber Stamp
Selection of charms
Selection of Bead Spacers
24 yards of Assorted colors of Dotty Gosgrain ribbon
Box of Thorntons Chocolates
Bag of Celebrations Chocolates

Now who wouldn't want to win ALL OF THAT???

So remember if you want a chance to win all of these fantastic goodies, please sign up as a follower, so you don't miss the launch date and the first challenge, and please let all your blogging buddies know there is a new challenge blog starting up June 5th and get ready to participate in the first challenge.

I know we are all excited about the new challenge blog and the Stampin' Teams creations are really, really outstanding.

See you on June 5th!!!


Friday, 22 May 2009

Whiff Of Joy challenge #31

On wednesday Whiff of Joy released thier latest challenge - A lovely sketch by the very talented Heather!
So I cracked open the new Summer Kit and got to work! I mounted them all on EZ Mount when they arrived over a week ago - but I just havent used them yet! Shame on me!
Here we have one of my favorites in the kit - I'm not sure of her full name and will probably find out when the stamps go on individual sale on May 24th - You can buy them here (Whiff of Joy Stamps) when available, or have a look at the other stamps available - they are all gorgeous!

I coloured her in using my Copics and then layered her on two different shades of green card. The papers I have used are K&Co Wild Saffron and Roam which I bought from The Hobby House!

I punched out the flowers and added a brad to each one. The Dangling Charm is one of my own which I am selling in my shop - go have a looksie - I'm also looking for ideas on Digi Stamps!

Well thank you for popping by, enjoy your weekend!


The Sugar Bowl ~ Challenge 11

Over at The Sugar Bowl, today's challenge is a lovely Sketch by Kathy.
So - I got our 'Pickin' Apples' and coloured her using my Copics and high lighted her with the Inkssentials Opaque Pen. For some reason, I am finding the dark greens in my Copic collection a favorite at present. I did another Sugar Nellie stamp in the same colours and I think they work really well together, plus, they shade brilliantly!
All the papers you see here are from Bearly Mine Designs, Designer Extreme Vols I and II, I'm loving the Green Daisy one. Its so nice to print and because I've now got a green fetish, it may appear more and more :D Especially when making a green card! The ADDED ELEMENT for this challenge was to add some pearls. I've used the Pearl brads from Papermania, so I hope that fits the bill!

On the picture above you can see the dangling charms (which includes one pearl) I am selling over at Poppy Petal Designs Shop, go have a peek - also, I'm looking for ideas for Digi Stamps at the mo. I will be getting down to business and drawing them out when my Graphic Tablet arrives in the next week or so, then hopefully releasing them soon after! So - if you have any ideas on what you think is missing out there in stamp world, leave me a comment on my Digi Post on my Shop Blog!

Thanks for popping by, and dont forget to leave me a comment on my shop blog for ideas :o) Much appreciated!


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Bearly Mine Designs Card and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - #7 Pink, Green and Brown

I can not believe that Stamptacular Sunday Challenge blog is up to Challenge 7 already! The past few weeks have certainly flown by! The theme this week is Pink, Green and Brown. Here is my take on it! I've used Sugar Nellie 'reflection' and coloured her in using Copics.
The fabulous papers are from Bearly Mine Designs - 'Designer Extreme Vol II CD' - There is so much to choose from, I has great difficulty choosing as they are all favorites!!!

Here's a close up of her, she is sooo sweet, I wonder what she is thinking ?

The charm I added from my shop - Poppy Petal Designs Shop, I've had a play around with the prices now, for clarity - if you would like to have a look and have time, go visit my shop. You can order through eMail, pay through PayPal and the postage for UK buyers is free!

I kept the card simple, becuase the friend this will be going to is not keen on lots of embellies, esp as she is a fellow card maker!

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, 16 May 2009


Look at what the postie just popped through my letter box... Ooooo I am sooooo excited. I can't wait to get them on to EZ mount and have a play later today! My favorite so far, is the boy - He is soooo cute! They all are really.. Oh I can see my favorite may change each time I look at them!

I hope if you ordered them they have arrived!
Have fun playing!!!

Friday, 15 May 2009

Copic Colour Challenge - 13

Over at Copic Colour Challenge , Us bloggers are given a little freedom with the colours we choose and a lovely Sketch by Maddy!

I bought this cute Doodle Dragon earlier this week from Dustin Pike -
Its a Digi Stamp and sooooooooooo CUTE!

I coloured him using my Copics - (of course) and used C1, V000, RV10, V12, YG06, G05 And Y17.

I used my card, flower and brad from my stash.
The sentiment is from the freebie from the Creativity Magazine from DoCrafts!

This is my OOoopsie -
it wasn't until I finished the card and realised when I picked it up to take photos that I'd stuck everything on the wrong way. Nevermind - I'm sure my friend won't mind too much!
Thanks for looking !

WOW - I've been asked to be a Design Team Member for Bearly Mine Designs! Blog Candy up for Grabs!

....and I said YES!!

I am so pleased and excited to have been asked to be apart of the Bearly Mine Design Team! I am bouncing off the walls... I'm that excited my poor daughter has been ignored this past half hour while I try to compose this message and all she wants to do is play... Gladly, Daddy got home just in time to have a play with her with her noisy annoying toys grrrr.
I just wanted to thank Donna for choosing me to be on her team, and can not wait to get started!!

Anyways - I digress... I can not wait for Donna to release the new Backing Paper CD - Designer Extreme Vol II and also her brand new venture of Inserts for cards - Designer Inserts Extreme. Pre-0rders are being taken for Designer Extreme Vol II now and will be released on May 5th, and Designer Inserts Extreme Pre-Orders are being taken until May 4th and willl be released also on May 5th!

Donna is celebrating the release of these fantastic CDs that she has put together with a FABULOUS BLOG CANDY!!! Just have a look at this! -

Candy has CLOSED!!! Donna will announce a winner tomorrow!

Take a look at Donna's Blog to see whats included in the above! Its fantastic - who ever wins will be a lucky crafter!!!
I think thats it for now. I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and take it easy - far too much excitement for one day...
Take care all!!

Another Award!

I've just looked through my comments and found one from Shirley - aka - NannieFlash She has given me this award : Thank you sooo much for thinking of me! I really appreciate you taking time out to give the award to me :o)

The rules are: 1) link back to the person who gave it to you; 2) put the picture/award on your blog; 3) you can nominate anyone and as many as you choose; 4) leave a fact that no one knows about you; and 5) leave a comment on the blog that gave you this award.

Ok - so here goes! A fact about me... I have seven tattoos and want a few more, but my Boyfriend wont let me cos he thinks I have enough! hehe

I'm going to pass this award onto the following people :






There you go ladies - the award is in your hands now. Have fun deciding who to give it to!

Sorry if I havent been to anyones blog lately. I've had a fair bit going on, still is to be honest, and will get round to visiting soon. Its kinda taking a back seat at the moment and I'm losing touch with you all :o( Hopefully things will be sorted within the next few weeks!

Kimmi xx

Design Team Call for NEW Challenge Blog

WOW - Have I got some brilliant news!

Donna of Bearly Mine Crafts and I have decided to bring you all a new Challenge Blog. Its going to be called Stampin' for the Weekend, and will be launched (things all going well) on June 5th! However, our Challenge blog is looking a little bare at present, as we dont have a Design Team and we would like to invite you to join us... We are looking for 7 talented ladies or gents to join Donna and Myself. We have so far chosen one lucky lady who said yes to joining us, Claire, who we are extremely happy to welcome aboard!

If you are up for the ultimate challenge of making cards/projects, commenting on everyones card/project who enters and helping us run the challenge blog as a team, please email either Donna or Myself with your name, a little bit about yourself and what you could bring to the team and your blog adderss so that we can view your work and then Donna and I can whittle it down and inform the lucky 7 people!

We will endeavour to inform the lucky people by mid May so that we can start preparing for launch day!

Y Good Luck Everyone!! Y

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Where's Poppy, can you find her?!

No card as yet today, been getting things ready for the launch of Stampin' for the Weekend...
But I have got this adorable photo - what do you think? Can you see Poppy???

This last one, she was just about to break out! So got her mid motion!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Hello everyone, no card today, well, maybe later I dunno. Depends on how I feel. I do however have a few awards from the lovely Vicki, one of the new member of the Design Team for the NEW Challenge Blog Stampin' for the Weekend which launches June 5th. If you haven't already been to the challenge blog, get yourselves over there... Have a look around! We have a HUGE prize to kick start our adventure which we will be announcing soon!!!

The love award and ...

Friends Award
These blogs are exceedingly charming, these are the kind of bloggers who aim to find and become friends. They are not interested in self aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propergated, please give more attention to these writers

Lumos Thorn Award
There are many works of art in the land of Lumas-Thorn and many elves enjoy not only their own work but the work of others. One particular artist by the name of Sculptan Carv takes the time out of his busy schedule to admire the works of others and on occasion will give to those, who have brought him the most pleasure, an award

So thank you very much Vicki, so nice that you thought of me... Sooooo I have to chose 5 people of my own well, the five shall be!.






Have fun passing these awards on to five of your favorite blogs/people who make you smile, and generally make you feel good about yourselves!

Enjoy the rest of your week ladies (and gents!)

Sunday, 10 May 2009

ABC challenge - M

M is for Metallic... This is the theme for this weeks challenge over at abc challenge ! So I had to have a play as I haven't made a card in a few days!...

Here we have Cupcake Monkey, Half Way and All Done! - Digi Stamps created by Dustin Pike. Go visit his blog and take a peek - He has even more amazing images and you will love his Dragons and Bears!!!

I coloured these cheeky monkies using my copics, being very careful not to smudge the printer ink!

Here I have used a Silver Metal Leaf, brad and dangling charm (charm made by my own hand, if you like it, check out my shop at Poppy Petals Shop).

Here we have the second cheeky monkey - Half Way! He is adorable!

All papers printed from Donna's discs over at Bearly Mine Designs! Donna released her Volume II of Designer Extreme Backing papers, and also her NEW venture - Designer Inserts Extreme too! The inside of the card I used Inserts from the CD!

I can not believe how much Donna has managed to get on these disks, there are hundreds, on each disc and together they total over 1000! WOW .. Amazing!

This is the inside of the card, ready for someone (myself, as this card is ear marked already) to be signed and sent!

Thank you for popping by...
Catch you all soon, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Closed : Stampin for the Weekend DT Call Out

WOW - I have for this past week been inundated with emails and have had a lovely time looking at all the candidates blogs! I am amazed at just how many talented ladies are out there!

Donna and myself have sat down each evening and gone through the emails and then the blogs and we have finally come up with 7 lucky ladies.

I have sent out emails to all who entered and we will announce the winners shortly (probably over the weekend sometime)

Thank you to everyone who entered! You all have amazing blogs! See you on June 5th if not before :o)

Kim xx

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Monday, 4 May 2009

Charms for sale!

I've had a couple of people say that my charms off my cards are very cute and that I should sell them. Well, tonight I have been a busy bee and made up a second blog in which to sell my charms on.
If you are at all interested its called Poppy Petal Designs Shop here you will find details of what I'm selling and for how much.

I am also concidering releasing some Digi Stamps, however, I will have to think up some good images to do... If you didnt already know - I'm fairly good at art.. I'l have to hunt out the photo's of pieces I have done, I think they are on a different PC. However, I do have these old photo's - They arent very good, but you get the idea!

I did these for a friends children. Not bad at all, even if I do say so myself!

Thanks for popping by!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - #5 - Mums, the word.

Over at the Stamptacular Challenge Blog the theme for today is 'Mums, the word!' As it is nearing Mother's Day over in the states (already been and gone here in the UK in March) people are planning and making Mother's Day cards to give.

Soooo... I made a card for my mum - but without it being a 'mother's day' card.
I have used Tilda here holding a flower basket, she is sooo sweet!

I coloured using Copics, and highlighted again with Inkssentials opaque pen.
The papers are a freebie from Donna at Bearly Mine Crafts - as a preview for the new release disks Designer Inserts Extreme and Designer Extreme Vol II out on May 5th

The script paper is from Designer Extreme Vol I and thought that it fitted in nicely with the colour scheme.

The flowes are from a Flora Doodle set that I bought the other week. The Brad and Dangling Charm are both from my stash. The Sentiment is from the free stamps with the new creativity magazine out now for Docrafts.

Thanks for looking!

Colour Create - Week Fourteen - Red, Cream and Chocolate

Over at Colour Create the theme this week is 'Red, Cream and Chocolate' chosen by Mina this week...the added extra option was to use ribbon.

I have decided to do a 'general card' and have used one of the Magnolia Stamps called 'Chasing Edwin'...

I used some DCWV paper as the back drop (the brown spotty paper) and then used the new WhiteWash Collection by Core'dinations and embossed it using the CuttleBug. Using a tiny bit of sand paper I took of the top layer of paper to give the dots a darker finish by taking off the 'whitewash effect'

I coloured Edwin with Copic Ciaos and used the white opaque pen from Inkssentials to highlight him (I am petrified of this pen and using it. I think I was very brave to use it here)...
I stuck down two strips of red ribbon from my stash using dst 6mm as I find this easier than using glues.

Then I got out my bead kit which I have collected over the weeks from buying from ebay and my local craft store to make up this charm of butterflies, beads and dragonfly. I dont think you can see it clearly, but behind the red dragonfly there is a tear drop silver charm which says 'made for you' on it. I cut out a scalloped circle with my nesties/cuttlebug and wrapped this funky fibre around inbetween the scallops.

Hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday... I've had a lovely morning making this card, and I think we are now off out to enjoy a BBQ and a few drinks with friends.

Y Enjoy the rest of the 'extended weekend!' Y

Saturday, 2 May 2009

I'm Back...

...From our few days away in Looe, Cornwall.

We arrived on Tuesday and went into Looe, and had a quick look around the shops, then down to the beach, then we had some lovely pasties, cornish style! Wednesday we had a lazy day and only ventured into Looe and the surrounding area. Thursday we went to The Eden Project and had a fab walk around the two bio-domes and around the gardens. Fantastic plants, can't wait to go back in the summer when all the flowers not in bloom this time of year are in the summer!.

I loved these piggies made of wood. They looked so cute from afar and when up close the workman ship was amazing!

On Friday we left Looe and headed for home. We stopped off for lunch and when we left Stephen saw a sign for a place called Becky Falls - so off we went. It was an hour + long hike around the falls. I nearly fell over three times as it was soooo muddy and boggy.

I was really tired after we'd finished walking. Especially after the 200 foot climb up a root and loose stone riddled hillside!

Anyways - enough of me... I'm just glad to be home!
Thanks for looking !