More Shabby

So a few days ago I made a shabby chic style card, or at least thats

what I was aiming for.  Rather pleased with my attempts I decided to make some more

cards following this theme, and here are my creations.

Again I used the corrugated cardstock that I have in my stash, plus I used a topper and papers

from the Kanban “Belle de Fleur” kit.

The tag on the left hand card was also handmade by myself, as an attempt at mixed media crafting,

I must add at this point that I am so proud of myself, I feel like I have

created some beautiful cards, and are just the look and feel that I was aiming for.

Hope you are enjoying share my creations, and I look forward to reading any comments you leave.

Happy crafting everyone xx

Simply Shabby

 Good afternoon to everyone.  I trust this post finds you all well.

Today’s make is my rendition of a shabby chic card.  I love the feminine style of shabby chic,

the colours, the way it exudes romance, whats not to love about it.

I find myself watching Youtube videos so much, trying to understand how people have such talent,

to bring these beautiful amazing creations to life.

I do try to create this shabby chic style myself, and feel that I am most definetly making progress,

on my shabby journey.

Here is a card I made recently-:

I used a piece of corrugated kraft card, tore the edges to give a rustic look, then dry brushed it with a little

white acrylic paint.  This softened the colour of the cardstock, and made it a little more

dreamy looking.  The topper was from an old Kanban kit called “Belle de Fluer”, and the foliage is a Dreamees die.

I do like me some Dreamees products!  Also in the background you will notice a

small layer of torn paper, which had inked edges, again to soften the look while adding just a

hint of colour, I used Stampin ups Marina mist for this.

There is a tattered lace die cut tucked away behind the topper, and whilst it is hidden slightly,

I feel like it adds just enough interest to the card.

I finished off with an organza bow and a beautiful sparkly gem.

So happy with my results, I think its quite pretty.

Hope you like it too.

Kim x

Loaded Envelope

Hello, Hello!

What a wonderful day it is today.  I’m feeling kind of happy today, as I have been

wanting to share my latest make with you, and now I can.

By now you will be aware that I am in a facebook group called -:

Make It And Mail It.

Well one of the latest swaps that were launched was a loaded envelope.  In this swap you have

to make the envelope/pocket and fill it with embellishments, preferably handmade.

Here is my offering….


As you can see I really did load the envelope with handmade embellishments including-:

A rosette wand, an altered notebook, a one sheet mini album, paper tassels,

cofee cup paperclips, heart shaped fridge magnets, decorative pegs, mini toppers, 3×3 notecards,

cotton reel charm pendant and another handmade charm, think it was a mini book.

I do hope my swap partner enjoyed it, because it was a lot of fun to make.

Pity I had to give it away.

Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment.

Until next time…..Do what makes you happy x

Food Prep Day

As much as my craft desk is often a mess, I do like to be somewhat

organised when it comes to mealtimes.  This includes lunches for the family, so it’s ready

to go, just in case you get up late.

 You remember when the kids were little and you had uniforms lined up for the following morning,

lunches packed & in the fridge, well not much has changed,

even though they are all working now.

Here is what I do most Sunday evenings, as part of my weekend routine.

I prepare around 20 salad boxes, 10 pasta salads, 15 fruit boxes, plus tubs of cold meat to

add to the salads.  This is to ensure that everyone eats a healthy lunch, instead of wasting their hard earned cash

in the nearest sandwich shop.

There’s nothing wrong with sandwich shops, I just don’t think they should waste their money like that.


So that’s my Sunday night routine, some say i’m like super mum,

some think it’s a waste of time and effort, but I feel good for knowing I am taking

care of my families needs.

What do you feel good about today?

see you next time x


Just had to come on over and share a lovely picture of my hubby.

He is such a good person, and supports my crafting journey without complaint.

Now it must be said that this kind of support, also comes with an added duty, you see I regularly

attend crafting workshops with the Dreamees (as seen on tv), and my lovely hubby

drives me to these events.

He even stays at the event and ensures I am kept hydrated throughout the day, by means of

an almost endless cup of Yorkshire tea.

The last event we attended, we decided to have a giggle with Carol Bignall,

mother of Dreamees owner Hayley Bignall.

Here is what Dave did-:  he simply added a little white frilly pinny, and came out carrying a tray

of biscuits, trying to act all prim and proper, you know like he was a servant or something.

As you can see in the picture it was rather amusing, a big bald man

walking round trying to be a tea lady!! (howling)  It was probably a “got to have been there” moment,

but all the ladies who were in attendance saw the funny side.

It’s got to be said that he makes a wonderful tea lady, as he makes a banging brew!  Ask all

the ladies who attend these workshops, he is now well known by them all,

because he always goes around them all asking if they would like a drink.  Told you he’s a good en.

All in a days work, what do you say Dave?

Ta ta for now x

Hot Crafty Mess

Hello my lovelies, how are we all?

Today brings a very quick post, as I am rather busy creating a mini scrapbook

album, for my sister.  This is a christening gift for one of her friends, and as an album is such

a personal and unique gift, I was asked to create one for her.

The only downside is that I tend to make a lot of mess when I make an album, and my craft desk ends

up being nothing short of chaos.

Does this look familiar to anybody???

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose desk gets into such a state, especially when you are on

a crafty mission of sorts.

Trust me when I say that there is a desk under that lot somewhere,  I just have a habit of

working in a 10 inch square area. I’m crying inside right now!

Got to go and get this finished up, hopefully will remember to take photos BEFORE I add any pictures

into the album, otherwise I won’t be able to share the finished article with you all.

Until next time

Carry on crafting x


Good morning my lovelies, how are you all today?

Everyone here is fine, just plodding along in life, as you do.  Nothing to complain about

so that’s a definite plus point.

So, as you can see in my title,  I am going to share a pocket letter that I made,

using papers from another nitwitcollections set.  Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the set though.

With that said, you will be forgiven if you think it’s related to a trip to Miami, (I wish).

as this is in fact the abbreviation for Make It And Mail It, a facebook group that I am a

member of.

Sorry for the small pic, don’t know why I had deleted the original, & only saved the cropped version.

The challenge of this swap, was that you had to use papers from one

Paper pad/paper collection, and conly 3 other items to create your pocket letter, ie. flowers, gems etc.

I chose to use stamped images & words,

dies & ribbon.  I might of cheated and added a gem as well, but never mind,

I was happy with the end result, especially as I have only made one or two pocket letters previously.

Now that I have shared another snippet of my crafty life, I will leave you all to go forth

and craft, my beautiful crafty friends.

Happy crafting

Kim x


CAS card swap finale

Hello you lovely people.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day, no matter where you are in the world.

Today I bring to you the 5th and final card in my Clean & Simple card swap over on facebook,  but

I must warn you, it’s not as plain as you would expect, in fact some would say it’s

quite busy, however it’s simple to me, and I suppose it comes down to how you interpret it.

Here you go, a nice clean happy card.

I used Hunkdory Say Cheese stamp set, and made a poloroid shaker frame, to hold shrink plastic cameras

for the shaker bits.

The inks used for the background stamping were Stampin up inkpads in-: Cajun Craze,

Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo.

Beautiful bright colours make this card pop, and I still managed to stay within the guidlines of Clean and Simple.

The final part of this swap was the folder in which I sent them.

This was constructed using mountboard, so it had plenty of strength to protect my cards, and I made it

with a front, back & spine.  This way I created enough depth to add pocketed sections in which

to store my cards and envelopes.

I used papers from a collection called Idyllic, available from nitwitcollections,

and here is the link, .

Looks super pretty, don’t you agree?

So now that I have shared the finished result, I will bid you farewell.

Remember to do more of what you love & happy crafting.

Kim x