Tuesday 30 June 2009

Whiff of Joy Blog Hop Guest Designer Call

Hello, its 01:20am in the morning and I could not resist making a card, regardless of time and what time my gorgeous little baby girl will be up in the morning, because, the winner of this fabulous challenge set by Katharina of Whiff of Joy Stamps, will get to join 14 other lucky winners and be part of an Anniversary celebration blog hop. The winners will all receive a new stamp, never seen before to use in the blog hop. Sound very exciting, I have everything crossed :)

Yes that's right, Whiff of Joy Stamps is nearly ONE YEAR OLD! How good is that! I've only know about Whiff of Joy stamps since April of this year when I got back into card making and became addicted almost immediately. I say almost because I had to save up pennies, but once the Rubbah started to turn up, well, that was me hooked!

The lovely Katharina who brought us these beautiful stamps designed by Elizabeth Bell, Alison Acton and Sonja Wallrath, has set this gorgeous sketch for us to follow for a chance to win a seat for the Blog Hop which will take place in July!

I first thought that this Sketch was going to be way too hard, but hey, in for a penny in for a pound I said. So I got out my baby blue base card stock, folded it and away I went with my trusted HB pencil and my friend the eraser (cos he gets used a lot!)
I tried to keep the card as simple as I could and I made it with a friend in mind who is due a baby boy later on in the year! I hope I've made a card she will like as she likes pale colours and plain and simple things in life. She is praying most nights for a plain and simple birth!

I have inked up one of the newly released stamps in the Wedding and Baby collection over at WoJ shop. I inked her up using my Memento ink pad and then coloured her with my Copics. I decided to keep the baby bundle as small as I could. I've seen the image coloured completely, and as I only inked her half way, I thought having the baby blanket come down the side would throw the image off balance with only using half of it.

I carefully highlighted her with my Inkssentials pen, then used my cuttlebug and circle nesties to cut her out. I used the same card stock as the base to cut out the scalloped circle so that there was the same blue on the card as the base.

The papers used are from Papermanias Blueberry Hill collection which I bought the other day and have been trying them out on cards. I used some buttons from my stash and because I did not have any blue cotton, I coloured in some white cotton with my Copics. I also added some flower gems in pink to co-ordinate with the papers.

The Sentiment is from the Summer Collection released not that long ago. I thought that the card looked a little plain and was lacking something, so I got out my 0.5 Copic multi-liner and set to work at giving the card a little Faux Stitching. Its the first time I have done this on a card, and thought it looked effective.

Right then... With all that said and with you falling asleep at your computer, I think I'll head to bed! Thank you soooo much for popping by and reading my write up!! If you read this and make it into the Blog Hop and I don't, have fun, I really can not wait to see the new release!

Happy Crafting!

Monday 29 June 2009

Copic Colour Challenge #19

Over at Copic Colour Challenge this week, the colours are all nice and calming.
I decided that I would use my favorite Sugar Nellie from the Gorjuss Girl Set 2. She is so easy to colour and I love doing her hair! I have used all three colours in this weeks challenge and layered them a little to make them darker than a first brush coat.

I have used my new Papermania Signature papers called Blueberry Hill and some Core'dinations textured card stock in baby pink, sky blue and a very pale purple.
I added a flower from my stash and secured it with a pearl brad.
The sentiment is stamped I think the stamp is a Papermania one, but cant be sure!

Just below you can see my favorite Gorjuss Girl in a little more detail. Hopefully when you click on her, you will get a larger view.

I used the three shades needed for this challenge, then E00 and E51 for her skin, and C1 for the outline around her body. For her hair I used E29, E37 and E35 in that order from dark to light to shade. I then highlighted her with the White Opaque Inkssentials pen.

Thank you for looking Y

Friday 26 June 2009

Tutorial on Pocket Card

As I said in my Stampin' for the Weekend post, I'd do a little tutorial for you, on how I made my card. Unfortunately, I had the bright idea to do the tutorial AFTER I had finished my card, so I've made another, in a step by step process, taking photo's (Bad ones I might add) along the way.
Have fun...!

First you will need:
12 x 12 inches of double sided card stock
Craft knife and mat
Double sided sticky tape or fast drying glue

First take your 12 x 12 card stock and trim just a few mm from each end.

Fold your card stock in half, then turn it over and fold the other direction so your card stock has four sections. You should have a mountain and a valley fold. One for each side.

Place the card stock infront of you, and take your craft knife and cutting from the edge of the fold on the left hand side, cut along to the centre.

Leaving the card this way, take the bottom right corner and fold to the centre.

Again, leaving the card this way, take the bottom left corner and leaving approx 2cm or 2.5cm from the cut edge and also the bottom edge, fold to make a smaller triangle fold than the one that is opposite.

Once you have made this smaller triangle fold, fold it in on itself, so that it is tucked underneith.

You are now ready to fold your card.

Take the quarter section that you have just folded the triangle underneith itself and bring across to the opposite folded triangle. Then taking that, fold it upwards.

You should now be able to see where your pockets are going to be!

Fold the single quarter left over on the left hand side under itself to make the back of the card.
The above picture should look like your nearly finished pocket card!

Take some double sided sticky tape or fast drying glue and place a line along the bottom and side of the triangle. Fold upwards to secure.

Take another piece of double sided tape and place along the egde of the card, and then fold up the pockets. If you want to, where the blue is on my card on the opposite edge of the double sided tape is a small 2cm gap. You can stick this down with double sided tape or glue to make the edge look neater. If you are planning on putting larger items in this pocket which aren't heavy, it may be an idea to leave it unstuck.

This should ideally look like your finished card!
Its ready for decorating :o)

I hope I've made these steps simple enough for your to understand. If not email me and I'l try and help you out if you went wrong! (which I dont think you will, cos you crafters are an intelliegent lot!

Y Happy Crafting Y

Stampin' for the Weekend - Week 4

Oh My Word - Week Four already! Can you believe it. I can't. Its gone so quickly...

This week for Stampin' for the Weekend is "Project Week"!
The theme is to make a wallet card or a pocket card of some kind.

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Paper Makeup Stamps who are offering the prize of A Cupcake Stamp set and A Birthday Fairy Stamp...

Well, as the theme this week was to make a wallet card or a pocket card, I decided on a Pocket card!

Here I used a piece of 12x12 card stock which was double sided. Its from the K & Co Wild Saffron pad. (I will post a tutorial next on how I made it, so keep an eye out) I have used a Rachelle Anne Miller stamp called Lola with Gift, I stamped her out with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured her with my Copics.

As you can see there are two pockets on the front of the card!

Here's Lola - She is sweet isn't she!

Here is the inside of the card. I have used another Lola stamp - I think this one is called Lola with Flowers, again - she is such a sweetie!

OOOooo a hidden pocket... You could put anything in here, my guess is, it would be good for money or a voucher - However, if you didnt want that pocket there, a strip of DST or a line of glue would do the trick to close it up!

There you have it! Thank you for reading!
Don't forget to have a look at the Stampin' Teams designs for this week, and also our Guest Designer Nancy's creation too!

Good luck and Have Fun!

Wednesday 24 June 2009

Patchwork Friends Donkey ~ My First Digi Image - on a Card!

Well today I have released my First Ever Digi Stamp... I'd like you to meet one of the Patchwork Friends Henry/Henrietta. I'm unsure if this is a gentleman or a lady Donkey.
I guess the image could be used as both, so I may have to give him/her a suitable name which will fit a boy or a girl. Or should I leave the image nameless? Ideas welcome!

Anyways. I've created this little chap using my Graphics Tablet. I drew him out in rough first then I perfected him this afternoon.

Up close photo of the Image

I am going to enter him into two challenges - ABC Challenge and also Digital Tuesday.

ABC this week are asking that you use two colours on your card. I have used mainly Pink and Grey (even for the image) and I hope I can get away with the light pinky peachy colour. I coloured him with my Copics, using pink and a gray outline. He kinda looks purple, but he is definitely a pinky gray colour :o)

Digital Tuesday are on a recycle mission this week and asking us to use up our scraps. The papers I've used are from a 12x12 card pad which the scraps have been sitting in my little scrap box for over a month now. So I think that covers that base.

I used some shiny gems and then I hand drew the sentiment, as I couldn't find my sentiment stamps (again).. I don't know what I've done with them. Knowing me, they've gone to the bin man :o(

Thank you for popping by.. If you would like to buy this little Donkey is is available here : Poppy Petals Shop.

Y Thank you for looking Y

Gone into Design Mode for Digi Stamps

I am currently in design mode (since late last night) and have been sketching a few things on the PC ready to be perfected and then released as Digi Stamps.

My Gem/Charm venture is taking a back seat, but please still put orders in, if you wish to buy them. I've got a limited supply left now, so I have removed the picture and posts from the shop. If you would like to know what I have left please eMail me and I'l get back to you!

Here is a tiny sneek peek of what I have up my sleves - please bare in mind that this is an extremely rough version of what is to come as he was my first sketch!

Kimmi xx

Digi Stamps will be available to buy from Poppy Petals Shop Soon

Saturday 20 June 2009

Had a wonderful day today at the wedding...

...If you saw my post for Friday Sketchers, you would have seen a card for a wedding. Well today was the day and the card is just below this post if you've not already seen it!

My friend Katie got married today at 1pm. It was a lovely service and Poppy was well behaved throughout! Although, she did have a little whinnie when all the other babies/children started to talk and babble when the first hymn started!

Here are some pictures I'd like to share with you of my friends special day. I would be at the evening doo now, but Poppy is fast asleep as she hasn't napped all day due to being over excited at everything that was going on. She went to bed at 6pm and its now gone 8pm so I think I'm in for a late night with her. No matter, I can get all my commenting done for the Stampin' Challenge and the challenges that I've entered this week :o)

Here is my friend Katie with her new Hubby Paul

Poppy - Pickin' Flowers (buttercups)

Poppy - Bored of picking flowers and wanting to me picked (up) herself!

Stephen, Myself and Poppy (happy little family!)

Poppy and Me!

Thanks for popping by, hope you have had a lovely Saturday like us!

Friday 19 June 2009

Friday Sketchers 57

I've been looking for inspiration all week for a wedding card I needed to make for Saturday (tomorrow). I ordered the new stamps form WoJ, but my post fairy is working slow this week, so I dont think I will get to play until next week sometime when they arrive.

I found this Sketch over at Friday Sketchers and just had to have a play. I've never taken part in the challenge so its a first for me. The sketch is a lovely one by Beatrix. The prize this week is a lovely stamp set by The Angel Company.

I did an image swap a good few months ago (I think it was this swap I got the images from) and recieved these wonderful Hangler Stanglers. I just had to use them. The only problem I had was colouring them. The ink wasnt alcohol based so the Copics smudge the ink a little if I go over the image too much.

Here we have a happy couple. Arent they cute!

Like I said above, I coloured them with Copics and highlighted with Inkssentials pen.
The colours I chose were determined by my friends wedding. She is having a pink and brown theme. I've seen her dress already (which is brilliant white and lots of sparkle) as we had a girly day and she had a fitting. I'm so gutted than I was diagnosed with Cancer and was on Chemo, or I could have been her Maid of Honour *Sniff Sniff*. She didnt want to ask me as she thought I had too much going on :o( Nevermind.

Sentiment hand written as I couldn't find my stamp set!

The flowers I coloured to tailor the card and I added some pearl brads and a nice charm I attatched to a chain. I popped a fourth flower in the opposite corner to give the card a little bit of balance.

The backing papers are from Bearly Mine Designs - Designer Extreme Vol II they print like a dream and there are so many you are so spoilt for choice! The plain card stock was from my stash.
Here we have a close up of the happy couple!

I carried on the theme and added two more images I was sent.
Arent they sweet!

You can click on them for a better look (hope it works today)

Again I used my Copics to colour them in, and went with pink :o) and highlighted with Inkssentials pen.

Thank you for stopping by..

Stampin' for the Weekend - #3 - Rock n Roll 60s

Hi everyone. Thank you for popping by my blog. I do hope you have fun with what we have instore for you this week.

This weeks challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend is going to be sponsored by Simon Says Stamp! The Prize is a $25 voucher that you can spend within the Simon Says Stamp store. OOOoooooo I could just do with a nice shopping spree.
So - Rock n Roll 60s, Whats that all about I hear you say!
This week, Donna has chosen three songs for us all to use as inspiration.

The song titles are :

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
Time of the Season - Zombies
Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes

I have gone with 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' and gone for a very calm and serene card using very pale but lovely colours. I inked up one of the Gorjuss Girls, I've fallen in love with them again! They are soooo easy to colour and because there are six in a set, you can use them for almost any occasion.

I coloured her in using Copics and then highlighted her with the Inkssentials pen.

Card stock is from my stash, Papermania, Gemstones, and Core-dinations white wash collection.
I kept the card fairly simple. I used Nesties to cut out the circle and the scalloped circle.
Flower was from my stash and I layered it up, I think they may have been papermania. I also added a little charm which reads 'made for you'.

Here she is looking all cute and gorjuss! I have great difficulty colouring blond hair, so I'm not happy with this image completely.

I added a little dangling charm to fill the gap, and instead of running it form the brad in the centre of a flower, I chose to do it from the sentiment. Sentiment from Papermania.

I do hope you enjoy this challenge! We all had great fun coming up with different cards. The Stampin' Teams cards as you will agree when you've visited them (and I hope you do) are absolutely stunning! Lots of hard work this week from all involved, including our lovely Guest Designer Sandie, its her last week as our Guest Designer, and we've loved having her on the team! Please do have a hop on over to their blogs and see thier wonderful creations.

With that all said, have fun and enjoy!


Thursday 18 June 2009

Sugar Bowl - Challenge 13

Hello again :o)

Over at the Sugar Bowl, the challenge has been set by the lovely Lilian for this coming two weeks. Its a gorgeous sketch. There is an added option of a colour challenge using Kraft Paper, but as I have none, they have allowed brown and creams :D
The prize for this challenge is Set 3 of the Gorjuss Girls from Funky Kits. Ooooooo I'm so excited about this next release. I cant wait to get mine when they are available.

On to the card then...
I had this lovely little Gorjuss Girl already coloured for a challenge that was a few weeks ago, but I chose a different image (another Gorjuss Girl instead). So I've used her here. I'm not sure I will be allowed as she isnt in brown or cream but gorgeous blues and a deep pink.

I coloured her in using my copics and highlighted her with the Inkssentials opaque pen.
The backing papers are from Bearly Mine Designs - Designer Extreme Vol II Cd created by the wonderful Donna.

I coloured in some white Papermania flowers with copics that I had lying around from another challenge I did and added some Papermania Pearl Brads. I didnt want to add a brad on the centre flower and remembered I had some amonites from weeks back when I bought them off the fossil guy on the market. I think the amonite looks fabulous on this flower arrangement, but then I would say that wouldnt I!
Thank you for popping by and catch you again soon.


WoJ Challenge #35 - Paper Piecing

Over at Whiff of Joy the challenge this week is Paper Piecing. I've never done this before so I think I made an ok job of it! The prize this week is a WoJ stamp which happens to be the one I have used "Willow with Strawberries" and is sponsored by 7 Kids College Fund. She is so cute and very versatile. I just love working with her.

The Whiff of Joy team are looking to add to thier numbers, and if you would like your chance to be on thier DT all you have to do is enter this challenge and remember to put DT next to your name in Mr Linky.

Soooo.. Onto the card!

I coloured Willows hair, body and basket of strawberries with Copics and then paper pieced her dress and head band with some flowery mat stack I had left over from I think DCWV.
I highlighted her with the Inkssentials white opaque pen.

All papers are from Bearly Mine Designs - Designer Extreme Vol II - I think there is so much variety on these discs any card you set your mind on you can find papers to match! I went around the outside of some of the papers with ink pads to highlight them from the paper below. I also used my MS Doily punch to give a border near the flower.

You can see a little more clearly here where I paper pieced her. I coloured over the patterned paper where the apples were to make them stand out, and I also used a very pale pink to highlight the lace parts of her dress. I'm really proud of her hair, its the only think I'm really happy about on this card. I never seem to get hair right, and for some reason, the craft fairy was helping me with my mojo when I coloured her in.

I've added some paper flowers which were origionally white and coloured them with copics. You rarely see black flowers, so I'm not too sure of it. I've put together some charms and beads to hang from it too, took me a couple of mins to do, but thats because I kept dropping them as I cut my nails last night and couldnt get a proper hold on the jump rings or beads.

Thank you for popping by, and dont forget to enter for your chance to win this fab stamp! Oh, and also the chance to be on the Fabulous WoJ Design Team

Wednesday 17 June 2009

An Award

I've just been going through my comments and found that the lovely Shirley (AKA NannieFlash) has given me this fab award!

Sorry its taken me a little while to find this Shirley - Thank you sooo much for giving it to me!
You are such a lovely lady and full of inspiration to share with us all. So again, Thank you :)

Hmmm, who to give this award to... Well, let me think

I'd like to give this award to Viv, Tina, Jo, and my newest follower Nancy :o)
Enjoy ladies


On another note, I've seen a few people say they are having problems with Blogger and being able to see some peoples blogs. I've had this same problem and installed Google Chrome to use as my browser in place of Internet Explorer and I have to say the improvement has been vast. There hasnt been a blog I have not yet been able to view or leave a comment on. I'm in no way shape or form connected to Google, but thought I would share. If you are interested in using Google Chrome you can find the download link HERE!