Saturday, 30 July 2011

Being crafty...and a Giveaway

The last few days I have revelled in being miserable - I tell you (and Mr P will certainly vouch for that),
I can do miserable better than anyone :))))

Despite my healthy living lifestyle, I have piled on the pounds like no ones business and naturally that started my "woe-is-me" misery. Add to that man-flu (I don't do common colds, when I get the sniffles I turn into a whining mess, just like a dude) and to top it all off, after a sleepless night I was greeted with a migraine of the evil kind yesterday. It took me a good 12 hours to get it under control, with prescribed medication, a lot of bed rest and fluids. So, this morning I could not wait to get out of bed and start being positive again.

Ms Migraine, tentatively made herself known to me when I got up, but one pill later and she's put back into her box. I can always tell that I have her under control when I go on the computer and after an hour of starting at the screen I am neither feeling sick or headachy - result on that front :))

So, with that one ticked off, I decided to turn my man-flu into a common cold and all of a sudden life doesn't look so bad. The added love-rings, well I have to tackle them another day. For now I just want to create.

Recently I have missed being subbed to a monthly paper crafting kit and to tell you the truth, most of them out there are neither here nor there. They either have too many embellishments, too much cardstock, too much product of just one manufacturer....I don't know, maybe I am hard to please (insert heavy nodding from Mr P)

But now I am sure I have found the Kit that is perfect for me - and what is even better, you can start a subscription with the smaller version and this is only £10.00 including postage to the UK. Enter Quirky Kits Lite.

I found that the amount of papers, cardstock and embellishments in this kit are just perfect for me - but if you would like a little more of each, then you can subscribe to the full Kit for only £22.00 including postage in the UK.

These kits are available every two months which makes it even better value in my eyes, either £5.00 or £11.00 set aside each month - for the scrapper on a budget definitely worthwhile.

Anyway, I got my first kit yesterday and could not wait to get started - and the frugal scrapper in me, made sure that even made use of the packaging...but more of that later.
Let's have a look at the first layout I made with it.

**click on any of the images to enlarge/sharpen the view**

See that big flower?
That was created by hand cutting four different sized circles from the tissue paper in which the kit was wrapped. A little spritz of Cosmic Shimmer, a little crunch, layer them on top of each other
(with a dot of glue in between layers) and glue a flat backed pearl in the middle - eh voila:

And then there was a little note from Quirky Kit owner, Leonora about the subscription but I loved the kraft paper so much that I simply flipped it over, ran a Fiskars border punch along the edge and it tucked behind the picture

But that was not the end of my frugal adventure...oh no. You see, Leonora uses different pieces of washi tape to pack up the kits - and there was no way I was going to throw that super cute heart washi and the polka dot washi away. I simply peeled it off the packaging and stuck it in my layout.

And while I was in a creative mood, I razzled up a card for the recent challenge over at the Some Odd Girl Blog:

As for the giveaway - well it is not from me, but my super talented friend Nathalie. Look what you can call yours with a little luck:
Nat has just "move" virtual home and if you check out this post you can get the skinny on how you can be in with a chance to win that package above.
Good luck!


  1. I heart your card! You and Ollie make a lovely pair :) Not like you and Kody but still ;)

    That kit looks fabulous! I love everything you mentioned about it! I totally agree about the kit club scene. I miss having one but none of them I consistently like enough to pay for out of my tight budget. Your LO is just too sweet with the smoochy :)

    Glad the migraine is back in its box!!! :)

  2. thanks girl you rock.
    that kit and layout looks amazing. and i tell you i also issed workimg with kits so much it is fun and inspiring.

  3. Kim!!!
    Your thank you card is darling! Love Ollie, and your papers are delish!
    Nice seeing you in the challenge girl!

  4. Fantastic layout, I love the addition of the tape! Super cute card too! :)

  5. Ooh, so sorry you've not been feeling well, Kim! A migraine and a man-flu?? That's just terrible, girl! Glad you're starting to revive a bit, and hope you're back to your regular self in no time.
    I'm so loving your scrappy projects. Adorable layout. Like the fancy cutting on that dot paper and love the recycled tag and washi tape. That is just brilliant, my friend. And so is the tissue paper flower. LOVE! And what a stinkin' cute card that is! Love the little monkey and the bling in its belly-button. Love the punched circles, too.

  6. kim!! KIM!! i've missed you girl! hard to please? sounds familiar over here! heeehee... that layout? that picture? LOVE IT!! *hugs*

  7. glad to hear you're feeling better!! and also glad you've found a kit that fits :) your LO is that gorgeous flower and the fussy cutting on that pink paper-WOW! super cute card too, made me smile :)

  8. Dein Layout gefällt mir sehr gut, auch , dass Du die Rose aus dem Verpackungsmaterial gezaubert hast... upcycling ftw :) LG Janna

  9. Soooo creative and such great projects and details!
    xox Julia Sáddi

  10. Wow your little moneky card is ADORABLE!! Love the distressing you did! Thanks for joining us at Some Odd Girl!

  11. Great LO Kim and I am with you on the using up as much as possible...I too had my eye on the packaging and the

    I was also with you yesterday and today on the migraine front...spent 2 days moping on the sofa:0( Hope you are better now...

    Kirsti x
    A fellow Quirky Kit girl...xx


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