Sunday, 27 September 2009

Old Typepad Posts - July 2009

TITLE: Be inspired #42
DATE: 07/31/2009 11:27:22 AM
I am back in the land of the living after my day surgery yesterday. Had to have one of my teeth removed but as it was awkward to get to, I was advised they had to do it at the hospital. It was my choice if I wanted to be under local or general anesthetic - well that was a no-brainer for me. Having had tooth removal on the lower jar before I would not ever have it done under local again - so I opted for general.

In and out of the hospital within a couple of hours and after I slept now for 14 hour straight you wouldn't think I had an operation.

Being under the influence of some fantastic pain killers did not stop me participating in the latest CBC Be Inspired challenge. You can see the details for challenge #42 {here]. This week the challenge is to create a gate fold card for Friendship week, using our favourite embossing folder. So, this is what I created:

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Card - Friendship1 Card - Friendship1open

Cardstock: Stampin' Up; Bazzill
Papers: Graphic 45
Embellishments: Sticker - Melissa Frances; Pearls - KatyCards; Flowers - Hero Arts; Hemp Twine; Ribbon; Pin
Tools: Tracing Wheel - Making Memories; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots

Remember, if you want a chance to win the brand new CHA Embossing Folder releases from Cuttlebug, then you need to have completed at least 4 out of 5 July challenges, have linked to your creations within the correct posts on the blog and become a follower of the blog. But you better be qick because today is the deadline. Good luck to everyone!

TITLE: Kimmy's Krown Jewels
DATE: 07/29/2009 01:05:00 PM
Remember when I said I would put up some of the jewelery I make up for sale? Well have a look {here} and see what you think.

Most of the items are unique, I don't like the thought of making more than one of the same. However for some of the more "plain" earrings, I can offer them more than once. Generally though if you like what you see, be sure to grab it because I will not create the same again.

I am more than happy to do custom orders too - let me know what it is you are looking for, and I give you a quote.

Right now all jewelery is made from plated materials, if your have an allergy to nickel then the listed items are not for you. I can certainly create earrings for you in Sterling Silver or with surgical steel but the prices would increase. Just ask for a quote if you are interested.

I am still working my way around necklaces and bracelets, so far I wasn't too happy with what I produced that's why there is only one necklace on offer for now.

Oh and if anyone can tell me how on earth I can center the banner for the blog, that would be great. I can only select "centered" if the banner would contain text only. It does not give me the option when I select "image" for the banner - any ideas?

I will also have a random RAK - everyone who comments will be put into the draw to win a pair of earrings of your choice. You let me know what you prefer (colours, style) and I make a pair for you. Comments will close on 10 August 2009.

TITLE: Upsy Daisy Designs meets Spellbinders
DATE: 07/28/2009 01:41:00 PM
Do you love using die cuts for your projects? I am not necessarily talking pre-made die cuts but those you can create yourself with the help of such wonderful products like the >> Spellbinders << dies. Personally, I love the versatility those dies give you - in particular the >> Nestabilities <<.

Spellbinders generously sponsored the Upsy Daisy Designs DT Members with our choice of Nestabilities and I chose the >> Labels One <<. It just screams at me to use it for creating a minibook from scratch, but will also come in handy as a base for a journaling block. Have a look at the Upsy Daisy Designs Stamp-Set >> Chic Bebe << and you see how perfectly the journaling stamp will fit this set of Nestabilities. But I digress...

This week, I have created a card using the Labels One die and a few of the new Paper Releases. I love how the die used as the background, guides the eye to the focal point of the card.

Card - Birthday

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs #ND015. Inspire (A New Day Line); #UDD0176. Grafton, #UDD0178. Kent (Man About Town I Line)
Embellishments: Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD192. Butterfly Wishes, #UDD189. Oh Happy Day; Pearls - KatyCards
Tools: Label Die - Spellbinders; EmbossingFolder "Swiss Dots" - Cuttlebug

Don't forget that Upsy Daisy Designs have a DT call running right now - if you would like to become part of this wonderful team, check out the details >> Here <<.

TITLE: 2S4Y - Laura's sketch #31
DATE: 07/27/2009 02:58:00 PM
What better way to start a new week with another fun sketch from {2s4y}. This week, Laura provided us with this wonderful sketch. I love that it leaves so much room for your own creativity!

JustRite 2S4Y sketch

The sponsor for this week are the awesome {just rite} stamps. It is super easy to create quick sentiments with the various stamp sets available. Right now there is a mega sale going on on their site as well, so be quick to grab a real bargain.

For my card I have used the Harmony Classic Oval Stamper I ensemble, which regrettably is now sold out, but you can view a similar set {here}.

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Card - Happy Everything

Cardstock: Papermill, Bazzill
Papers: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Buttons - SEI; Flower - Bazzill; Ribbon; Pin - Scrapitude; Stamps - Just Rite
Tools: Border Punch - Fiskars Apron Lace; Cuttlebug Embossing older - Swiss Dots

I also wanted to create a card for {anja's} bonus sketch but the tag I created turned out totally different from the sketch. Here I used the {damask border deluxe} set and the {tiny words and borders} set.

Tag - Peek

Papers: Scenic Route
Embellishments: Ribbon; Buttons; Hemp Twine

Hopefully you will all play along as we have - as usual - a wonderful prize up for grabs

TITLE: Be inspired #41 and TS #007
DATE: 07/26/2009 11:47:12 AM
Phew, what a week I have had - totally stressful but fantastic at the same time. How so?
Well on Tuesday evening I was asked at work if I could make an emergency trip to Queen Mary 2 the next morning as we had two guests without their luggage. I was to deliver the luggage to them and then travel back on my beloved Mary to Southampton.
Have a wild guess what I said :)

Of course I was about to go and Lyndon was cool with it too. So, I got home got my overnight bag packed and back to the mainland within a couple of hours. A Taxi took me to the {sofitel}at Gatwick and I fell into bed about 03:00hrs. Having to get up at 06:30hrs again was no fun, and after I maneuvered the suitcases to the airport I was faced with mayhem. Due to a system failure BA had massive problems checking people in - thankfully I checked in online the night before so I only neded to drop the suitcases off.

Long story short - I arrived in Rotterdam about 11:40hrs was onboard the ship within the matter of hours and our guests were happy having their luggage back. I did not get to see anything of Rottterdam obviously but the next day I had the pleasure of working as Tour Escort for the excursion to the Bayeux Tapestry. It was really totally interesting and I am so annyed that I did not have a camera with me. We got back to the ship (which was docked at Cherbourg) at 15:00hrs which left me another two hours to have a look around the cute town of {cherbourg}.

On Friday morning I was back in Southampton and left the ship about 07:00hrs and went straight to the office - I was as good as dead as I think in total I had something like 5 - 6 hours sleep since Tuesday...and still a few crafty assignments to finish before end of play today.

I am totally refreshed now (and most definitely a couple of pounds heavier thanks to the wonderful food on board) and thought I share what I did for a few challenges.

First off is the most recent Cuttlebug Challenge Blog {be inspired #41} challenge. This time we were asked to go through our rrecycle bin and use something, anything that we would usually chuck away. The bonus folder is again the Textile folder (I love it!)

I was trying to be a little clever madam and used a Cuttlebug Die package to make this wee little Baby tag-thingy.

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Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs #MT2-014. Nolan
Embellishments: Stamp - Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD208. Chic Bebe; Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD0077. Sweet Slumber-Boy; Brads - Upsy Daisy Designs #EMB004. Man About Town
; Flowers - Prima
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Textile, Swiss Dots

And then there is my card for the recent Twisted Sketches {challenge 007}. There have already been quite a few submissions for the sketch and I hope that you may get a chance to play along with us.
I have flipped the sketch to accommodate my card and I am very pleased how it turned out.

Card - sketch7_kim

Cardstock: Papermill; Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs
#MT2-012. Deacon, #UDD0178. Kent 
Embellishments: Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs
#UDD191. With Gratitude; Brads - Upsy Daisy Designs #EMB005. Unwritten; Flowers - Hero Arts; Paint - Jones Tones; Stamp - Papermania
Tools: Cricut Cartridge; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots

Check back tomorrow for the latest reveal on {2s4y}

TITLE: Upsy Daisy Designs meets Pencil Lines
DATE: 07/21/2009 11:27:00 AM
What do you do when you are stuck for inspiration?

I love browsing online galleries mainly to get he feel for the use of certain products, just like the Upsy Daisy Designs gallery >> here <<
And additionally I find sketches to be a wonderful kick-start to get the creative juices flowing.

So, put the gallery and the sketches together and what do you get?

Yep - >> Upsy Daisy Designs << teaming up with >> Pencil Lines <<

Pencil Lines is the number one international challenge blog for weekly layout sketches, with a world-wide and loyal following. Founded in October 2006 and hosting such well-known Guest Designers such as Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske, the blog has gone from strength to strength.

Upsy Daisy Designs was delighted to sponsor the Pencil Lines Design Team with a selection of all our new releases and you can see >> Here << what gorgeous projects they created.

Maybe you would like to play along with Pencil Lines, because all their reader submissions will be entered into the monthly prize draw - guess what you could win this time?? Yep - a selection of some of our new papers.

Don't forget to check >> this post << for our very own Upsy Daisy Design Team Call.

I leave you with my layout for Anna's wonderful sketch

LO - Beerfestival
Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs #ND012. Dream (A New Day Line), #ED011. Charmed, #ED015. Regal (Enchanted Line), #WP015. Majestic (Walk In The Park Line)
Embellishments: Stamp - Upsy Daisy Designs
#UDD210. My Guy; Stickers - Rusty Pickle
Tools: Border Punch - EK Success "Swiss Cheese"; Tracing wheel - Making Memories

TITLE: 2S4Y - Kazan's sketch #31
DATE: 07/20/2009 02:31:00 PM
I know I keep saying this almost every week but I was TOTALLY excited about this weeks, sketch and Sponsor

Kazan #31 sketch

In fact, I have been playing with {ampersand's} {stamp board} for a while now impatiently counting the days until we were allowed to use their product for our sketch. And now - finally - I could get cracking.

The amazing thing about the stamp board surface is that it takes any kind of ink and absorbs it pretty quickly, so you can layer colours without having to wait forever. You can then stamp your main image (if you want) on top and with scratching tools you can accent the image. Wherever you use the scratching tool, white lines will appear where the ink has been taken off. Don't like what you see? Then you can get rid off everything with the help of the Oil-Free Steel Wool.

My image below was me second attempt on the same surface. I didn't like the first one, used the wool and got all the colour off and started afresh. Cool, hu?

I stuck four squares close together, inked the background up and stamped the flower and scalloped corner on top. With the scratcher tool, I highlighted a few areas and that was it - easy peasy. For the card, I set the four squares a little apart to accommodate the sketch from Kazan. Don't you think they almost look like some porcelain tiles?

Kazan #31_Kim Kazan #31_Kim_close

Cardstock: Hero Arts, Bazzill
Embellishments: Tiles - Stampboard; Flowers - Prima, Hero Arts; Stamps - Upsy Daisy Designs, Stamps Away; Pearls - Paper Cellar; Rub Ons - Rusty Pickle
Tools: Scor it

Have a look-see {here} at how the other DT girls ROCKED the stamp board - and as always, if you play along with us you have the chance of winning an amazing prize!

TITLE: I am so fit - which calls for a celebration, really
DATE: 07/18/2009 08:09:01 PM
Yesterday I had an appointment at the hospital for re-assessment prior to my operation later this month (remnant of a tooth will be removed). I had to take a day off from work, as the appointments are usually set at the most inconvenient time, i.e. lunchtime. We anticipated that I would probably be in there for a few hours and wanted to go shopping and on a pub crawl after that.

I only had to wait 30 minutes to be called in which was a surprise to start with but I got an even better surprise when the nurse was totally excited about my BMI, which had gone down by four since my last assessment in January. To tell you the truth, I don't give the slightest hoot about those things and never really look at what I am or what I should be, however it was nice to learn that without me doing anything specific for it, my BMI is apparently perfect for my height and weight.

I know that I am totally showing off now but look at me in my SIZE TEN clothes...sorry, I just had to shout about it. If you have never been fat you have no idea how amazing this feels. Yup, I still wear flowy-kinda baggy style tops - I haven't quite gotten out of that habit yet. I still feel weird wearing something that tightly hugs my body but I am sure I will be getting there. (Excuse the cheesy grin - I blame Lyndon for rushing me when taking the picture)


Needless to say that I totally used the good news to "celebrate" in style and we gotten some pizza's and wine in for the evening. Yum.


And today I treated myself to some "restoration" work. I booked myself into my local Tattoo parlor for a touch up of my old Tattoos. There is nothing wrong with them other than the colours have pretty much faded from the oldest ones (when you consider that my first ones where done over 20 years ago, it's no wonder they fade). So, after two hours of needlework the underside of my lower arm is pretty sore but the colours are totally popping :)
Can't wait for next month when I am booked in for the next hour - once all the old ones are touched up we will carry on with some new designs. I am so excited about it!

I leave you with a few bits and bobs I created over the last couple of days. Just on a side note - I am definitely not applying for the American Crafts DT even thought it may seem that way seeing that I have used mainly AC products in my last projects. I have no desire to be on their team but as I usually don't work that much with AC (other than Thickers), I felt it important to state that it is a sheer coincidence :)

First one up is my card for the recent {scrap your crap challenge}, where we are making use of those letter stickers which always seem to be left over. Truth be told, that is not something that happens to me a lot because I use almost all my letters, it's more the numbers I have no use for and here in particular the 8. So, for my example I used two 8's to make up some form of embellishment. It is nothing special but it'll do for now.

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Card - hi 1007

Cardstock: Bazzill
Embellishments: Stickers - American Crafts (brown), Rusty Pickle (beige); Pearls - Katycards, Paper Cellar; Pin - Scrapitude
Tools: Border Punch - Fiskars "Effervesence"

And here are a layout and a card I made just for fun - no challenge or assignment involved.

LO - Fun in Denmark Card - fabulous
Cardstock: Hero Arts (card)
Papers: American Crafts
Embellishments: Rub Ons - American Crafts, Dream Street Papers (brown dots, white flowers); Chipboard shapes - American Crafts; Stickers - American Crafts; Ribbon, Twine, Pins
Tools: Border Punch - Fiskars "Effervesence", Edge Distresser - Making Memories

And one more thing before I go - over the last couple of days I have received quite a few requests for putting some of my handmade jewelery up for sale, so I have gotten a but busy over the last days and created a few more earrings and necklaces. If I get it done, I will be debuting a few bits for sale on a separate blog tomorrow. Always worth checking back because I will also have some fun give-aways together with the debut.

TITLE: Be inspired #40
DATE: 07/16/2009 09:39:23 PM
Week three of the Be Inspired Challenges at the {cuttlebug challenge blog} - and every crafter who completed all BIC's during July will be entered into a draw to win some of the new Cuttlebug Embossing Folders. You have until 31 July to enter your cards into the draw.

This week the ever so talented DT showed us the Heringbone Folder and I have to say, after the Stars this has to be my second favourite. so much so that I tried to order both of them online just now - but the shop would always kick me off the payment page....ya reckon that is a sign?? LOL

Anyhoo the new challenge makes use of a wonderful sketch and if you have the Textile Folder, you can use that as a bonus feature. See the sketch and the DT examples by clicking {here}.

My card just fell together - honestly. I had some American Craft's left overs and when the green, pink and blue were accidentially pushed together I knew I had my colour combo :).
A little fun fact about the card: See the rub ons spelling the word ALWAYS? They were actually part of my Card of The Week Win at the Cuttlebug Challeng Blog way back in January. You can see my post {here}. One part of the prize back was a rub on alphabet booklet from American Crafts and I thought it fitting to break into it for a Cuttlebug Challenge :)

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Card - love Card - love-close

Cardstock: Bazzill, American Crafts, Papermill
Papers: American Crafts
Embellishments: Feltbird, Rub Ons, Chipboard - American Crafts; Embroidery Floss; String
Tools: Cuttlebug EMbossing Folder "Textile"; Fiskars Border Punch "Apron Lace", Scor-it!

TITLE: 2S4Y - Laura's sketch #40 and my bonus sketch
DATE: 07/13/2009 02:31:00 PM
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Woot woot - this week over at {2s4y} it was my turn to supply the bonus sketch. Kinda scary to think that peeps work to the sketch you provided. I am totally looking forward to see the submission for that one as I tried to keep it as simple as possible (and yo guys know me, I don't really do simple)

Anyhoo - for Laura's wonderful sketch we were sponsored by one of my favourite Stamp Manufacturers {purple onion designs}. Owner Michele, provided us with some wonderful stamps and I can see myself using hem over and over again.

I received the {flower definition} and the {single stem flower}, which I used to create my take on Laura's sketch:


Laura #30 Kim Laura #30 close

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Basic Grey (taken from the wonderful {mac mae kits} )
Embellishments: Stickers - Making Memories; Pearls - KatyCards; Glitter - Sulyn; Embroidery floss; Ribbon
Tools: Stamps - Purple Onion Designs
Fun tip: I stamped the image twice in a slight overlapping manner to give the impression of a bunch of flowers. After I hand cut the motif it was adhered to the background with foam dots for a raised effect

Fancy having a look at my bonus sketch? Well here it is and don't say I didn't warn ya about its simplicity.


And here is my accompanying card, this time using the {flower definition} and my beloved {damask}, which is my most used Purple Onion stamp. I would never ever want to part with it - had if for a year and use it so much

Bonus_card_Kim Bonus_card_sneak
Cardstock: Bazzill; Stampin' Up
Papers: KI Memories
Embellishments: Beads; Twine
Tools: Border Punch - EK Success "Swiss Cheese", Stamps - Purple Onion Designs
Fun Tip: I stamped the background with the definition text and raised the punched cardstock with foam pads. The damask was stamped twice in two different shades of brown and after I hand cut one deign element out of one motif, I adhered it on top of the other with foam pads.

TITLE: Be inspired #39 - Corsets and more
DATE: 07/12/2009 11:01:50 AM

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I have been enjoying my weekend so far - even without throwing another temper tantrum, ha!
My friend Miss Mojo made a rare appearance and I even managed to get a layout done - yep, I know: kinda shocking, hu?

But of course that did not stop me cranking out a couple more cards, but not all of them are for show just now - a few {2s4y} assignments and one for {upsy daisy designs}. For now, I can show what I created for the current CBC {be inspired #39} challenge. If you play along to all challenges during the month of July, your name will be entered into a draw to win some of the brand new {provocraft} embossing still, my heart :)

So, this week it had to be something woodsy, including an animal, some schtuff from nature, i.e. twigs etc and a pre-set colour combination. Now I could do all but the nature thing - see, it has been stormy and rainy here over the last six days and there is NO WAY that I would go out for a walk to the woods, just to find a soaking wet twig. I figured the twine hemp I have been using is nature enough.. ;)

Card - Wood

Cardstock: Bazzill; Stampin' Up
Embellishments: Sticker - Hambly; Chipboard shapes - Basic Grey; Journaling Strips - Fancy Pants; Rub Ons - 7Gypsies, Making Memories; Twine - local store
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing folders "Swiss Dots", "Branches"

I also used CBC Cassie's fabulous {tutorial} on how to ink your folder to stamp your image whilst embossing. Of course I inked the wrong side of my folder *slaps head* but I actually like the outcome. You can see the de-bossed branches on the cocoa colored time I do it the right way....

But crafting wasn't the only thing I did over the weekend - oh no. I started last weekend creating my own jewelery and I totally love my first set of earrings that I did (together with a matching necklace, which you can see {here} ) and this weekend I continued and quickly whizzed up another set of skull earrings.

Ear - Green2 Ear - Green1

I am already working on some more necklaces and bracelets, so you gonna have to endure more of those in the coming weeks :)

But that's not all - oh no. I treated myself to an item of clothing which I have always wanted to own, since I was a teenager. So I bought this last night:


Funny thing is, I never had the confidence to wear a corset like this but since I have been toning my body I have no further excuse.  I cannot wait to see how it will fit - if I like it as much as I hope, then these two babies will follow suit and find their way into my wardrobe

Blue_gold1 New-white-bridal-front

TITLE: Twisted Sketches #5
DATE: 07/08/2009 02:03:00 PM
How exciting!!! Today see's my first reveal as a Twisted Sister - rock on!
But seriously - I am already totally loving the experience as we get to work on the sketches with plenty of time, so there is not too much pressure involved. What I love is that little twist to each sketch, having to make use of something specific for your project. It certainly challenges me more and makes me think more about how I tackle the particular sketch.

But enough of the ramble - {sketch #5} and all other examples from my fellow sisters are live on the blog now, so go check it out and if you like, play along!

The twist for this week is to use fabric and here is what I came up with

Card - sketch5_kim Card - ts_dream_close
Cardstock: Papermill; Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD0184. Poetry, #UDD0183. Memoirs
Embellishments: Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD188. Unwritten; Pearlstrings, pin - Scrapitude; Alpha Stickers - Pink Paislee

Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots; Creative Memories - Corner Rounder
Fun tip: The flower was created by folding a piece of fabric in accordian fashion and then sewing the ends and the middle together. Pop a sentiment on top to hide the stitches and thread.

So, hopefully I see you over there to play along with us

TITLE: 2S4U - Kazan's Sketch #30 and a hissy fit
DATE: 07/06/2009 02:00:00 PM
What a weekend - it was way too hot and way too short (as always) and me throwing a hissy during it all did not help matters...but more of that later.

First of let's kick start this week with another wonderful sketch at {2s4y}. This week saw Kazan tempting us with a challenging sketch. Our Sponsor is {mackenzie mae designs} and each DT member was able to play with one complete card kit.
I was lucky to receive the {april 2009} kit, filled with oodles of Basic Grey and Scenic Route goodies. The Kit is seriously PACKED with stash and even after I created four cards for this weeks reveal, I still have hardly made a dent in the kit. So, if you want a card kit which is awesome value for money, look no further than MacKenzei Mae Kits

Here is Kazan's Sketch

Kazan #30 sketch

And I was not able to just create one card - nope I did two, because the sketch just flowed for me

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Kazan #30 Kim_1 Kazan #30 Kim_2
Cardstock - Bazzill
Papers: Scenic Route; Bazzill
Embellishments: Flowers - Bazzill, Prima; Pearl Flowers - Jenni Bowlin; Ribbons; Buttons; Floss
Tools: Martha Stewart Border Punch; Cricut
Non-Kit supplies: Stamps "Happy Birthday", "Happy Everything", Pin

And then there is more - here is a nother "quickie". Love those small 4" cards that you get with the Kit. Perfect to use up the scraps and the come with a darling see-through envelope.

Kazan #30 friends

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Basic Grey; Scenic Route
Fun tip: the little ledger paper is actually part of the packaging for the Jenni Bowlin pearl flowers

And I am still not done...oh no. Our own DT Member {latisha} provided us with a wonderful bonus sketch and I couldn't wait to get cracking.


I used the sketch with some "artictisc licencse" as I used two flowers instead of the big circle and I off-set them the the left. Some would probably say "this looks nothing like the sketch", but that's what I like to do sometimes: just take one element of the sketch and use it in a totally different way.

So, here is how my card turned out.

Card - celebrate

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Basic Grey
Embellishments: Pearl Flowers - Jenni Bowlin; Ribbon; Floss
Tools: Cuttlebug Die - Flowers, Making Memories edge distresser
Non-Kit items: Flat packed pearls - Katycards; Ticket

Before I forget, I would alos like to give a big shout out to the winner of the Ultimate Card Showdown at 2 Sketches 4 You - {sankari} has created the most stunning cards you can imagine and I urge you to check out her blog for jaw-dropping inspiration.

Now, I have to show you what a hissy fit of the serious kind looks like in Kimmy-World. To tell you the turth, it had been a long time coming as I have been feeling frustrated over the last couple of weeks. So, when I was working on my first hand-made jewellery and finished a bracelet and a matching earring in a reasonable time, I thought it would be a walk in the park getting the second earring done.

Oh HOW wrong I was - after ONE hour of patiently trying to fix the strings of pearls to the clasp, I lost it. I took all cotainers that held my beads, tools and metal bits and bobs and just threw them across the room - into the front room. I just didn't stop at one container I had to throw them all....poor Lyndon was covered in beads, even though I didn't aim for him.

But to tell you the truth, I needed that fit and I do not regret it. Sure, it took me four hours to pick all that crap back up, but by the time I was done I was also totally calm. It amazes me though in which nooks and crannies those beads get. Inside a book case - how the heck does that work?? Even in the kitchen were some, which means those beads have travelled twice around a corner and through two doors...too funny.

Oh and this is how my temper tantrum looks on film - note that the piece of floor you see was just about a sixth of the complete area covered in loose jewellery bits.

Beads040709-3  Baeds040709-2

TITLE: Be Inspired #38 and Upsy Daisy DT Call!!!!
DATE: 07/04/2009 10:55:13 AM
Have you all seen the new embossing folder releases from Provocraft?? If not, go over to the {cuttlebug challenge blog}, as their Design Team is showcasing them all month around and if you play along to all of this months' challenges you will be entered into a draw to win some of the new folder releases.

After I have seen the DT inspo for the new Star folder, I decided to play because quite frankly that folder will become my second fave after the Swiss freaking versatile is it and just how much would I loveeeee to win it? So, of course I have to throw my hat in the ring - besides I need some more birthday cards for this month - a good excuse to get cracking.

Challenge #38 can be found {here} and you have until Tuseday, 7 July 2009 to upload your take. This is what I came up with:

Card - Birthday #4 Card - birthday #4close
Cardstock: Hero Arts; Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs #ND015. Inspire
Embellishments: Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs
#UDD190. Sweet Celebrations; Buttons; Twine; Beads
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders "Swiss Dots"; EK Success Border Punch

In other news - have you heard that {upsy daisy designs} are holding a new Design Team call? Well you better check all the details out {here} but let me tell you this: You'd be silly to miss this opportunity. Not only are Teri and Nicole, the owners an absolute joy to work with, the product is truly divine (and there are exciting additions planned for this year as well...something very essential for every crafter). I have worked with other Manufacturers before and as much as I loved them and their product, none had me as enchanted as UDD have. I would love to see many of you apply - especially Internationals, as they are very welcome to submit.

The call runs until 1 September 2009 which leaves you with NO excuse whatsoever to not try out.

TITLE: Upsy Daisy Designs - DT Projects July
DATE: 07/01/2009 10:28:49 PM
Pinch, punch first of the month and here I am with my projects for {upsy daisy designs}. To tell yo the truth, I already had these finished over a month ago but as I never know when Mojo fails me I always tend to keep some projects offline until I need them. Yup, my mama didn't raise no fool :)

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To continue my {rock-album} here is another layout in the series, this time bassist Rick Savage was the object of my desire :)

LO - The Bass

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs - #UDD0176. Grafton, #UDD0174. Carter
Embellishments: Brads - Upsy Daisy Designs #EMB004. Man About Town; Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD188. Unwritten, Luxe; Alpha Stickers - American Crafts
Stamp: Upsy Daisy Designs - #UDD209. Girl friends

Then there is a layout which I created for a submission call for {scrapbook trends u.s.} but they just don't like anything I submit. No matter, I create mainly for myself but if I can get a pub out of it, why not. Alas, it was not to be in this case. But I don't give up that easy....ST are probably tired of my email addy already because they get about five from me every other month. One day I am going to break their resistance *pouts*

LO - Say What

Cardstock: Bazzill
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs - #UDD0131. Harmony, #UDD0146. Soar, #UDD0147. Take wing, #UDD0178. Kent, #UDD0168. Ella Bella,
Tools: Cricut, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swiss Dots, Martha Stewart Border Punch; Making Memories Tracing Wheel

Last but by no means least, another little altered box. This actually housed the mouse for my computer and I just could not throw it away...but that's not a bad thing because this way I always have a quick gift box ready when I need it.

Project - Timeless Box #1 Project - Timeless Box #2
Papers: Upsy Daisy Designs - #UDD0162. Amour, #UDD0167. Nouveau, #UDD0175. Deacon,
Embellishments: Rub Ons - Upsy Daisy Designs #UDD187. Man About Town; Brad -
#EMB002. Bebe-Girl; Button; Pin; Ribbon; adhesive Rhinestones
Tools: Cricut; Cuttlebug Embossing folder Swiss Dots

I will be back towards the end of the month with another Upsy Daisy project. The DT was generously sponsored by {spellbinders} to use their nestabilities together with UDD products and I will showcase my project on the 27th of this month.

Oh and I almost forgot *slapshead* today saw the first reveal for the Twisted Sisters (Team A) with their take on {sketch #004}. Go check them out - they have so rocked their debut. Next week will see Team B (yes, that includes me) debut their sketch. I hope you play along if you get a chance.

Speaking of Spellbinders, did you know of {cut at home}? If not, go and sign up as a VIP as you get money off vouchers every month. I am going to get myself some more nesties and get 40% off the most exoensive cool is that??