28.12.10

Magnolia Christmas Blog Hop Winner......

Hello,

Wow! Thank you all so much for your participation in the Magnolia Blog Hop!

I have loved each and every one of your comments and thank you so much for all of your  lovely words. I appreciate each and every one of you!

I am very pleased to announce the winner I just wish it could be all of you so glad I used the random thingy and didn't have to choose.

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Renkata (no.16)

Congratulations Renkata please email me your address and I will pass this onto Magnolia who will send you your prize!

kim x




27.12.10

Magnolia Christmas Blog Hop.....

Hello,

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are now enjoying a well earned rest. I had a fantastic time with my family and feel very blessed. 

Magnolia are hosting a very special Christmas blog hop. Each day a member of the team is announced on the Magnolia Inspiration blog and today is my turn. 



This is what I made for the blog hop. I have altered a brown paper bag to give a little Christmas gift. I have stamped my Magnolia image with Versafine black onyx, onto Waterford water colour 300gsm hp paper. I have coloured my Magnolia images with distress ink pads. The background is distressed with Pumice Stone and I have heat embossed Magnolia snow flakes with white embossing power around the edge. 

I have distressed my papers with Tim's distressing tool and then distressed these with Walnut Stain. The stickle glue is Stardust. I have clear embossed the sentiments, snowballs, holly and vines with clear embossing powder. 



Here is the back of my bag. I have cut out the Magnolia snowflake and layered this on top of some mulberry paper. I have die cut the Magnolia Doohickey tag die. The stars are Quickutz dies. I have also used some Ivory Lace glimmer mist on my Snowflake and papers. Again I have distressed everything with the distressing tool and Walnut Stain. The handles I have die cut using nesties.



Thank you so very much for your visit! If you would like to be in the Magnolia draw and have a chance to win a special prize from Magnolia. Please leave a comment and I will use Random Org. to pick one winner. I will make the draw after 24 hours and then will email your address to Magnolia who will send out your prize.


I wish you all good luck!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - walnut stain, brushed corduroy
hat - stormy sky
top - weathered wood
trousers - antique linen
shoes - vintage photo
basket - frayed burlap, tattered rose
christmas vines - forest moss

24.12.10

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas....

Hello,

I hope you are all well and ready for Christmas. I managed to get out at last with the snow thawed a bit and got my Christmas food shop. So happy I was beginning to panic lol! I can't believe Santa will be arriving tonight my Grandson Luca is so excited he could burst!



I have made another Christmas card today. I have coloured my Magnolia image with distress ink pads and have distressed the background with old paper. I have edged this and everything else with walnut stain. The stickles I have added are stardust and platinum. I heat embossed the moon and the baubles with clear embossing powder.

The tag is a Magnolia Doohickey die and the flowers Wild Orchid. 



Well I will say goodbye now and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones the joy and magic of Christmas and thank you so much for your visit. My family will be visiting Christmas and Boxing day I can't wait to be spending this special time with them.

 A Very Happy Christmas! 



love
kim x

inks used
skin - antique linen, tattered rose
hair - walnut stain, vintage photo
dress - bundled sage, walnut stain, black soot
parcel - tea dye, brushed corduroy, ages mahogany 

11.12.10

Santa Coming to Town.....

Hello,

First of all can I say a humongous thank you to you all for your lovely words of support during Isabella's illness. I am thrilled to say that she is recovering brilliantly now and we can at last think about getting ready for Christmas. So big hugs to you all for your kindness.


I have actually managed to make a card and boy it was so great to get my fingers inky. I have stamped my Magnolia image with versafine black onyx onto Waterford 300gsm hp water colour paper. I have coloured Tilda with distress ink pads. The background is distressed with pumice stone and I have edged this and everything else on the card with walnut stain. The Magnolia snowflakes were stamped with versafine grey and heat embossed. 

The little fence is a Magnolia Doohickey die and I have added stardust stickles and that puffy snow stuff. The Magnolia trees were stamped with versamark and heat embossed with glitter embossing powder. 


Thank you so much for your visit. I wish you a wonderful weekend and please don't forget that the Magnolia DT are running a Christmas daily blog hop which can be found on Magnolia's Inspiration Blog. If you pop on over there you will see which of the DT is hosting that day and go straight to her blog, leave a message and you could be in with a chance to win some gorgeous Magnolia goodies!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - antique linen, tattered rose
hair -  brushed corduroy, vintage photo, 
coat & boots - milled lavender, black soot
parcel - tea dye, walnut stain

1.12.10

A Christmas Star....

Hello,

I hope you are all keeping well and if you are snowed in keeping warm! My poor Daughter Claire has been through the mill this last week.  Baby Isabella had her tonsils and adenoids removed and ear drums drained which then resulted in a secondary infection caught in hospital so Isabella has been so poorly. Resulting in us all having to travel miles each day to the hospital. Then hospital's being healthy places Claire and I caught a virus in there so I am now on the steroids again with asthma and poor Isabella is still unwell I am willing her to recover it is just so sad to see her suffering. So I really hope that you are all managing to step away from the virus!


Today I have made a Christmas card using one of the latest Magnolia released Merry Little Christmas Collection stamps. I have coloured Tilda with distress ink pads stamped with versafine black onyx onto Waterford 140lb 300gsm hp paper. The background has been distressed with pumice stone and I have edged this and everything else on the card with walnut stain. The cuttlebug snowflakes I have painted with pewter crackle paint. The stickle glue is star dust. The leaves are a martha stewart punch. 

The circles are nestablities and the borders are a Magnolia Lace die. I have used Cosmo Cricket rub ons for text and snowflakes. The ribbon is binding tape.



Thank you so very much for your visit. Also, just a reminder that Magnolia have now started a very special Christmas blog hop for the whole of December starting on their new delicious looking blog. So if you want to get involved and have a chance of winning some Magnolia prizes please do go and check it out!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - brushed corduroy
dress - aged mahogany, black soot
wings - black soot
star - scattered straw, walnut stain

19.11.10

Exciting news from Magnolia and a Friendship Card....

Hello,

How are you all doing brilliantly I hope! I have some exciting Magnolia news to share with you today. 

First of all Magnolia Inspiration is having a totally new look! 
This will all be happening on the 1st of December! So please do go and check that out, remember the 1st of December!
 There are also exciting new developments occurring behind the scenes to the Magnolia Ink Magazine. There are going to be different formats and styles etc., so I am really looking forward to seeing the new changes they have in store for us!



Here is a card I made using this sweet Tilda and Edwin image. I have stamped my image with versafine black onyx onto Waterford 300gsm hp watercolour paper. I have coloured my image with distress inks. The background has been distressed with weathered wood and this and everything on the card has been edged and distressed with walnut stain.

The stickles I have added are silver ice and star dust. I have sprayed the flowers and doily with iridescent gold. The tag and butterflies are clear heat embossed. The border is die cut using  a Magnolia Doo Hickey die. The leaves are Nellie punched and embossed.



I thank you so much for your visit!

Have a wonderful weekend and if you are out and about Christmas shopping, take care and  I hope you find everything you are looking for.

love
kim x

11.11.10

Wishing you special everything....

Hello,

I hope you are all well and are having a good week. I had a fabulous time at the NEC and would like to thank all the gorgeous girls I met up with for making it such a special day!


Today I have made a card using one of the sweet Magnolia latest release images that I have fallen in love with. I have coloured Tilda with distress ink pads and stamped her with versafine black onyx onto 300gsm watercolour paper. I am having a bit of a Magnolia Doohickey craze and so I have used the flower, leaf, swirl and tag on this card. The smaller flowers are EK Success punched. I have distressed everything with walnut stain and the stickle glue is star dust.


Thank you so much for your visit and a humongous thank you for your comments. You are so kind and I appreciate each and every one.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! I am having my Son come to stay for the weekend and the rest of my family are coming over for Sunday lunch so I will be in heaven!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - brushed corduroy
clothes - weathered wood, walnut stain, brushed corduroy
shoes - weathered wood, black soot
flowers - bundled sage, brushed corduroy, black soot

6.11.10

Totally Gorjuss Challenge - GDT....

Hello,

I hope you are all fit and well and have had a great week. Today I am very excited as I am off to the NEC in Birmingham. I am so looking forward to seeing lots of crafters there and of course shopping it's the law!


I have had the honour of being asked to guest design for the Totally Gorjuss Challenge this week. Thank you so very much for inviting me I am so thrilled to join you. We have been given a sketch to follow designed by  one of the Gorjuss girls Net. Thank you so much Net it was a pleasure to work with.

I have coloured my Magnolia image with distress ink pads. The background is distressed with vintage photo. I have heat embossed the sentiment and the flowers. The little seals on the parcels I have added Glossy Accents for a shine. The leaves are a Martha Stewart punch. The stickle glue I have used is gold and star dust.

Here is the sketch by Net to follow this week.


Thank you so very much for your visit I wish you a wonderful weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing.



love
kim x

28.10.10

Sweet Lucia Tilda.....


Hello,

I hope you are all well and having a good week!

I have fallen in love with the new Magnolia Christmas images just released and just had to have this little sweet Lucia Tilda. 



I have stamped Tilda with versafine black onyx onto Waterford 300gsm HP watercolour paper. I have coloured her with distress ink pads. The stickle glue I have added is Star Dust. I also had to buy the Magnolia DooHickey swirl die. This I have distressed with walnut stain. 

The snowflakes are a Cuttlebug die. I have used picket fence crackle paint on two and glimmer misted them with iridescent gold and distressed them with walnut stain. The third one I used some brushed pewter crackle pain and also distressed with walnut stain. 

The bottom  layer of Magnolia paper I have stamped the Magnolia holly swirl onto this  I have then gone over the stamped swirl with sakura clear stardust pen and added dark red sakura stardust pen to the berries. 

The edge of the paper I have distressed with walnut stain and then edged with silver krylon pen.


I thank you all so much for your visit and I wish you all a wonderful rest of the week and a great weekend!

love
kim x

20.10.10

Welcome Christmas....

Hello,

It is such a cold and crispy morning but with beautiful sunshine here. Hope you too are enjoying beautiful autumn weather. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to you all for your lovely caring wishes for Luca. I told him and he was very happy. The operation went really well and he is back to normal, his happy, bouncing enjoying life to the full self. Your support means so much to me so big hugs to you all!


I got my Magnolia Stamp Club Kit in the post and they are so sweet! Just had to ink up this little sweetie. I have stamped her with Versafine black onyx onto Waterford 300gsm hp water colour paper. 

The flowers are sprayed with iridescent gold glimmer mist. 

I stamped the snowflake stamps with Stazon brown onto acetate and on the reverse side to the ink I covered the image with dries clear glue and sprinkled this with glitter. Then when dry I cut the snowflakes out. I clear embossed the sentiment which I stamped with Aged Mahogany. 


Thank you so very much for your visit and I wish you all a wonderful day!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - antique linen, tattered rose
hair - walnut stain, black soot, brushed corduroy
dress and socks - bundled sage, walnut stain
holly - shabby shutters, aged mahogany

6.10.10

Summer Treats...........

Hello,

Hope life is good for you and you are having a great week. 


I have made this card using one of the latest Magnolia images. I have stamped her with Versafine Black Onyx onto Waterford 300gsm water paper. The background is distressed with antique linen and edged with vintage photo. I have coloured Tilda with Distress Ink Pads. I have used a crafting knife and cut around the leaves, clock and flowers on the Websters paper and slipped the image behind these. I have also cut some of the elements from the paper and added these around Tilda. The leaves are punched and embossed and the butterflies are also punched. The stickles I have added are Star Dust.




Thank you so very much for visiting with me. I hope you all have a great end to the week and a great weekend.

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - walnut stain, black soot
dress - rusty hinge, antique linen
shoes - spiced marmalade
basket - frayed burlap, black soot, barn door

27.9.10

Sweet Cherry Tilda.....

Hello,

I hope you all had a great weekend. It went so quickly here one minute it was there then it was gone! I would like to share a card with you today using one of the new Magnolia images and the new Magnolia dies.


I have masked Tilda over the Magnolia watering can. These have been stamped with versafine black onyx onto Waterford 300 gsm water colour hot pressed paper. The background has been distressed with stormy sky and this and everything else on the card has been edged with walnut stain. The stickles I have added are star dust. I have sprayed the butterflies with iridescent gold glimmer mist.


The tiny flowers on the scrummy Magnolia fence die are quickutz. 

I wish you all a great week and thank you so very much for your visit with me and for any comments you leave I thank you with big hugs!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - walnut stain, black soot
dress - weathered wood, black soot
socks - black soot
shoes - weathered wood, black soot
watering can - tattered rose, black soot

22.9.10

Magnolia Doily heaven....

Hello,

Hope you are all well and having a great week. I can't believe the weather the last couple of days here it is so HOT and sunny I even went to the seaside yesterday. So hope you too are enjoying the last little bits of good weather.


I was so happy when I got home too as I had a parcel waiting for me from Crafts U Love with some of the new Magnolia dies and just had to use the new Doily Die. I love it and know I will be using it lots more. The lace detail matches her socks which is what I love about the Magnolia products they pick up little details like that and it is so much easier for your card to flow. I have coloured my Magnolia image with distress ink pads and die cut this with a nestie oval. This and everything else on my card I have distressed with vintage photo. The sparkle is star dust stickles. 


Thank you so very much for visiting me and I wish you all a very happy rest of your week!

love
kim x

inks used
hair - brushed corduroy, black soot
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
dress and shoes - tattered rose
socks - black soot
basket and petals - frayed burlap, black soot

15.9.10

ABC Challenge - Distressing...

Hello,

First I would like to say a very big thank you for all your lovely messages of support to Luca for his operation. It all went brilliantly and he is home and very happy and it was a total success. So Claire and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

I was very  thrilled to be invited to guest design for this week's ABC Challenge. The theme this week is Distressing. Thank you so much for the honour of joining you girls.



I have stamped my Magnolia Image with Versafine black onyx onto Waterford water colour paper. I have coloured this with distress ink pads. The heart and swirl is Tim's grungeboard shapes which I have painted with crackle paint and distressed with walnut stain. I have sprayed these and the flowers with iridescent gold glimmer mist. The leaves are punched and embossed using a Nellies Choice punch. The bazzill flowers are quickutz. The stickles I have used are star dust. All my papers are distressed with Tim's distressing tool and inked with walnut stain.



I thank you so very much for your visit and wish you a wonderful day!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - antique linen, brushed corduroy
poncho - stormy sky
dress - tattered rose, black soot
boots - weathered wood, black soot
bag - vintage photo, tattered rose, tea dye

8.9.10

Wonderful Wednesday.......

Hello,

I hope you are all well and that your week is good so far. Some time ago the Magnolia and Hanglar teams were invited to make cards for a Norwegian Magazine Ett Trykk. Well, it was such an honoured to be featured amongst these incredibly talented ladies and  I thank Ashild so much for this wonderful opportunity it was such a such a pleasure! Here is the card I made.


I stamped my Magnolia image with versafine black onyx onto Waterford water colour paper. The background was distressed with tattered rose and the edge to this and everything on my card was edged with walnut stain. The stickles are Star Dust. I glimmer misted my flowers with iridescent gold. The leaves are quickutz and the butterflies Martha Stewart. 



Thank you so very much for your visit and a big thank you for all your comments and wishes for Luca I have passed them onto Claire and she has taken great comfort from them you are all so very wonderful and kind!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - antique linen, tattered rose
hair - brushed corduroy, black soot
clothes - tattered rose, weathered wood, frayed burlap, black soot
shoes - vintage photo, black soot
fence- frayed burlap, black soot
flower - tattered rose, vintage photo, shabby shutters antique linen

4.9.10

Stupendous Saturday......

Hello,

Here we are at the weekend yay! I have had quite a hectic week. Our decorator is still beavering away and this time in our bedroom which with me being a creature of habit has been so hard. Living in the middle of the room. Not being able to read at night as no curtains or table lamp. Plus trying to find everything that I moved each day just to get ready. But, I am pleased to say he has now finished our room and I can today put it all back together again phew! I would like to share with you today a Wedding Frame I made for Crafts U Love.


I stood it next to a silver candle lamp that my daughter Claire bought for me. I love it Claire knows just what I like I am so lucky to have her. I first of all painted the frame with Ranger's paint dabbers in white. Then I sprayed it with iridescent gold glimmer mist. Then I coloured my Magnolia images with distress ink pads.


I also added star dust stickle glue for my sprinkly spronkly.


I used the new Magnolia Doo Hickey dies which I love! Here is the Swirl and Leaf and the Flower. Which has all been glimmered and stickled to death.


I added crackle paint to the tag and here you can see the teeny tiny stamps that I bought at the NEC from the Magnolia stand which I love to use.



Here is the other reason that I have been anxious over. My adorable Grandson Luca. He started school this week and I was more nervous than him. Here is is on his second day of school on a visit to me to show me his school uniform and I am pleased to report everything was great! ( I love the socks just like my Son used be neither up nor down) As you can see by the smile on his face he is so happy to be a big boy now and loves school another phew! Unfortunately, he has to have another operation on his eyes next week. Which will disrupt his settling in so please say a little one for him that the operation is successful and that it doesn't affect his starting his new school. Needless to say I will be all over the place, but I know that he is in good hands at Great Ormond Street hospital those surgeons are geniuses!

Well, sorry it has been a long post and I thank you so much for your visit and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - antique linen, black soot, brushed corduroy
dress and suit - black soot
street lamp - black soot, weathered wood, vintage photo

27.8.10

Sweet Farewell Tilda.....

Hello,

How are you today? Hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend. We have a Bank Holiday this weekend here so an extra day which will be lovely! I have now admitted defeat on the weather front though :(. So bring on the Autumn and all it's stunning glory I now say! 


Today is a very sad day for me as my gorgeous Grandson has his last day at Nursery School. He will be starting school this new term and he is growing up much too quickly for my liking. This is the card that I made for his Nursery teacher Laura. She is just the loveliest sweetest girl ever and has cared for him like he was her own. We have been so blessed with Luca going to his wonderful Nursery Peter Bunny and I will miss picking him up from such a caring, loving environment. 

I have coloured my  Magnolia image with distress ink pads. The stickles are Star Dust. I have edged and distressed everything with vintage photo. 


Here is a close up of the sweet Magnolia tag die. The letters are quickutz.


Well thank you so much for visiting with me and a huge thank you for all your comments you are so very kind. All the family are coming to me on Monday even my Son who still hasn't come home to his Mother after breaking my heart and leaving home grrrrrr! I tell you letting go is so hard! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - antique linen, brushed corduroy
dress - weathered wood, black soot
shoes - weathered wood

17.8.10

Ship Ahoy.......

Hello,

Hope you are all well and your week is off to a good start. The weather here has not been so good, but I am still clinging to the hope that it will pick up again before we turn into autumn. This year is going way too fast!


I have made an easel card today. I have used the sweet  Magnolia Pirate Tilda with the background from the latest Magnolia stamp club kit. I have coloured my images with distress ink pads. These have been stamped onto Waterford watercolour paper with black versafine. 


The circles are die cut from nesties and the stickle glue is star dust. I have embossed the shells again with glitter embossing powder and distressed these with tattered rose and edged with tea dye. I have edged all my papers with vintage photo, after distressing them with Tim's distressing tool. I have sprayed my flags and butterflies with iridescent gold glimmer mist. 




Well, I thank you so very much for your visit and hugs and kisses for all your kind comments you are so very sweet!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - antique linen, walnut stain
clothes - aged mahogany, brushed corduroy
boots - vintage photo
flag - aged mahogany, frayed burlap, black soot
map - black soot
fence - frayed burlap, black soot
sand - scattered straw, black soot
lifebouy - aged mahogany, black soot
butterflies - tattered rose, antique linen
flags - tattered rose, scattered straw, weathered wood, shabby shutters, broken china
background - tumbled glass, stormy sky, black soot, brushed corduroy, vintage photo
phew!

11.8.10

Magnolia With Love......

Hello,

Hope everything is good with you and your week so far is going well!


Today I would like to share with you a card I made for the demo at Crafts U Love. I have coloured my  Magnolia image with distress ink pads and it is stamped with archival coffee onto Waterford water colour paper. I have distressed the paper with Tim's distressing tool and edged this with vintage photo and gold stickles. The background is distressed with antique linen. The dies I have used are Magnolia's Doohickey Leaf, Swirl and Lace Border dies.



Thank you so much for visiting me and a huge thank you for all your comments I appreciate them so much you are all so very lovely! I wish you all a gorgeous day!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - antique linen, tattered rose
hair - walnut stain, black soot
clothes and shoes - black soot, weathered wood

7.8.10

Hooked on you!.....

Hello,

Wow! Can you believe we are into August already! This year is absolutely flying by. I hope you are all enjoying your summer and having brilliant holidays. Not sure what we will be doing but hopefully we will get ourselves together before this summer goes! 


Today I would like to share with you a card I made using the images from the latest Magnolia Stamp Club release. I just love this little guy he is super cute and just had to ink him up. I have used versafine black onyx to stamp my images onto Waterford watercolour 300gsm paper. I have coloured my images with distress ink pads. The background is distressed with weathered wood and the edges are edged with walnut stain.

I have embossed the Magnolia Tag die and cut around this and then gone over it lightly with walnut stain to show the embossing. The shells I have again stamped in versafine and embossed with glitter embossing powder and then distressed with tea dye and weathered wood.

The stickles I have used are Star Dust and the die cut stars are quickutz.


I wish you all a most wondrous weekend and thank you so very much for your visit with me.

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - antique linen, brushed corduroy
clothes - weathered wood, black soot
anchor - black soot
rope - frayed burlap
pelican - weathered wood, black soot, tattered rose

26.7.10

A Pocket Full of Posies Challenge - Peach and Aqua.....

Hello,

I hope you had a great weekend!

Today I have had the great pleasure of being invited to be guest designer for the challenge A Pocket Full Of Posies. Thank you so very much for inviting me girls. It has been an honour to join you!


The challenge starting today is to use the colours Peach and Aqua.

For my card I have stamped my Magnolia image with Archival coffee onto 300gsm hp water colour paper. I have distressed the background with old paper. I have then distressed the edge of this and everything else on my card with walnut stain. I have added sparkle with Star Dust stickle glue. I was very lucky to win the fabulously talented  Tammi's blog candy and in it were these beautiful papers by Webster's. Thank you Tammi I love them!


Thank you again girls for inviting me and I would urge you to go see the beautiful creations that the DT have made just stunning!

Huge thanks for visiting with me and have a wonderful week!

love
kim x

inks used
skin - tattered rose, antique linen
hair - brushed corduroy, black soot
clothes - tattered rose, weathered wood, tumbled glass
boots - vintage photo