Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Chit chat

I have a quick Thanks you card to show.
I have used the Paper smooches set ...
Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Stamping We Will Go...

What to do when your mojo has hit rock bottom? Experiment of course! Yep, I am having one of those days again and I need a bit of a creative breather, where I am still working but not having to come up with a finished make.

So I thought I would try out some different stamping textures by stamping with the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens, available from Make The Day Special, on different papers in my stash.

The stamp I'm using is the Merry and Bright Unity Itty Bitty stamps also available from Make The Day Special.

Well that's it from Kim Labs for today.

Hope you are having a good creative Tuesday.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Hi everyone

Thank you for joining in with our give away.

The winner is Julia Dunnit. Drop me an email to emily(at) with your address and I will send you your goodies.


Emily xx

Insightful Meadows!

Hello there....

Late again, I'm afraid.....I haven't got used to working Monday's yet!
This week I have used one of my all time favourite kits by Unity, Insightful Meadows. Available from the lovely Emily here
I have used my Distress Stains to stamp with. These give a beautiful water colour effect. Unusually for me I have also used a coloured card blank.....The hardest bit was choosing the background...In the end I have used a Red Velvet paper and tied  some ribbon round and added a bow.. I think this has made a simple card quite elegant....
Thanks for looking, I'll see you soon....maybe with something inky and painty.......

She xx

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Butterfly Love

Today's make is a tag using stamps from Unity store kits - Key to Joy and Life Becoming both available in the store here.

I coloured the tag using Ranger Distress stains and then stamped the key background using Distress ink. I then coloured another piece of card with more distress stains and stamped the butterfly on it before cutting it out. The quote from the Key to Joy set was stamped on to more card coloured with distress stains and white drawing ink.

Materials used:
Unity kits (as above), Ranger Distress stains, Ranger Distress inks, brown Versafine ink, white drawing ink
Wild Orchid paper roses, Basic Grey rub-ons
cotton lace, ribbons, beaded embellishment,

As always, thanks for visiting!!
Jo xx

Friday, 25 November 2011


Evening All! I'm sharing with you a page from my mini-journal that I have created with acrylic paint and the City Of Love stamp set from Unity:

 Have a great evening, whatever you're doing!

500 post celebration!

this post will stay at the top of the blog until 25/11/11

Hello everyone

We have made a huge 500 posts on the MTDS blog since it was started and to celebrate this and thank our lovely blog readers we are going to have a little give away....

I have a lovely surprise package waiting for one of our blog followers, it will contain flowers, ribbons and of course stamps....

Leave a nice comment on this post if you would like to be entered into the draw. The draw will take place on 25th November so don't miss out and do tell your friends.

A big shout of thanks goes out to the DT past and present for all their hard work on the blog over the 500 posts, I am sure you will agree they do a fab job.

Happy stamping


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Sallys abc's

A very simple card from me today using the fab 
I used my minds eye papers and some bakers twine.
I stamped the sentiment in black straight onto the pp.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas Wrapping!

Hello there! A bit late I'm afraid....a combination of working and DH being away for the weekend!!
That time is almost upon us again so I thought I'd show you some really very quick and easy little gift tags for all your pressies :-).....I love making Tags, but I thought these were just so quick and easy for your wrapping of pressents!!
I started with one of my normal size Tags and ran it through my 'bug using an embossing folder and one of the Tim Holtz words. I coloured the embossing folder with some Blue Distress ink to colour the Tag. The image is one of the Unity Itty Bitty stamps available from the lovely Emily here I just added some snowflakes and glitter glue...
Next came the 'mistake'......I inked the wrong side of the embossing folder and also stamped a bit it's de-bossed and little, but I didn't want to throw it away!!
Or how about some shaped Ornaments to use for your tags??
Using a Tim Holtz die and cutting it out of a piece of the packaging you would normally throw away...also put through the embossing folder...
Or emboss the shape before stamping.......

I hope these have given you a few ideas for your Christmas wrapping....

I'll be back soon, thanks for looking....I'll be earlier next time!!

She xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Mini quote canvas

I'm using another one of my favourite Unity stamps today from the Quote Bundle Pack on a mini canvas which measures 10cm square.

I've coloured the canvas using Distress Stains before stamping the quote using distress ink and then using a very fine pen to highlight the text. I then added rub-ons, a trim (which I also coloured with Distress Stains) and more embellishments.

Materials used:
canvas, Ranger Distress Stains, Unity stamp (as above), Distress Ink, black Sakura pen
Trim, Prima flowers and centres
beaded embellishment, Crafty Notions Rainbow Drops

As always, thank you for visiting and don't forget to leave a comment on the top post to be in with a chance to win goodies for our "500 post celebration"!!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Bee Happy

Don't worry...bee happy! Paper Smooches 'Perky Plants' set comes with a rather adorable little bee stamp, which I'm using today with Paper Smooches 'Alphadots':

 I stamped the image on vellum and embossed with black powder. I added brads, ribbon, a spot of stitching and the sentiment. 

Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Many birthday wishes

Ive made a little card using my long neglected Unity stamps.
I used the unity store kit The right words.
I stamped the image in black straight onto the card.
Then made the background using a spritzer.
I stamped and coloured the image on another piece of card before cutting out and sticking over the first image.
Colours used are 31, 53, 60 and 202.
And if you haven't seen we are having a celebration for reaching 500 blog posts for a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment here.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

All Fireworks And Explosions

Hey up all, Kim Dellow here and I've got an explosive tag for you this week! Handle with care!

I've been playing with backgrounds and using the star burst stamps from the Unity Adventures in Happiness kit to make this tag go with a whiz and a bag LOL!

I did the background with PanPastels

So lots of lovely colour!

Have a great week.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Kids Play....

Hi there...long time no see!! Hopefully I will be able to post more often now....
Yesterday I was having a play with the FAB Flourishes stamp set 'Kids Play' available from the lovely Emily here
I decided that I wanted something fairly quick and simple...sort of ease myself back in gradually......and also use  my favourite Monochrome colours...Black and White...I hope you like it..

I used one of my Nestie shapes to stamp on. She is stamped and clear embossed. For the matt I used one of my 'Bug embossing folders..'Bubbles' I think and embossed the edges with White embossing powder. The sentiment and long stamp were just clear embossed....Told you it was quick and easy!!!

Hopefully see you again very soon......I have heard little whispers that we are nearly on our 500th post and Emily might just have something special in mind.....

                                         She xxx

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A journal page

I have another journal page to show today which uses stamps from Unity's store kit - All About the Journey which is available in the shop here.

I stamped the arrows on to the page and used coloured pencils to highlight parts of them. The large quote stamp was stamped on to a bought die-cut. I stamped the destination quote on to paper and then cut out each word individually before sticking to the page. I then used another of the quote stamps and cut out the word "journey" which I then stapled to the page as a tab.

Materials used:
Pentel oil pastels, Unity stamps (as above), black Versafine ink, Derwent Inktense pencils, white drawing ink
digital art doll (from Etsy),
K & Co die-cut

Thanks for visiting!
Jo xx

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Getting festive

Some more Christmas cards to share today.
They all use Lawn fawn Ornate ornaments set.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Plant Smiles

Hi Everyone! I've spreading the Paper Smooches love again today....this time with the very fun 'Perky Plants' set:

 I used promarkers to colour the image and added a touch of glossy accents to the petals. I then tied on an over-sized tag with the sentiment.

Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Welcome baby

A quick and easy new baby card.
I used the paper smooches set "A little lovin"
I stamped the sentiment straight onto the card then paper pieced the image.
You can see all paper smooches stamps here.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

With gratitude

I have a paper smooches card to share today.
Just to show they aren't all cute/funny images.
Using the Alphadot set and chit chat set,
You can make a bold pattern.
I stamped the dots from Alphadot and embossed the white ones.
The sentiment is also embossed.
You can see all the paper smooches here.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Itty Bitty Silhouette Song Bird

Hi All, Kim here, thought I would play with some alcohol inkiness for today's Make The Day Special DT project.

The stamp is the Unity Itty Bitty Silhouette song bird. I love the Itty Bittys, they are such a good price and as they are foam mounted rubber they are so very versatile too.

Have a fabulously creative Tuesday.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Ornate ornaments

Im really trying to keep up with my Christmas cards this year.
Have you all started yet? 
For this card I used the lovely Ornate ornaments from Lawn fawn.
 I stamped the the background in two shades of green then used a brayer with the lighter shade.
The baubles were heat embossed then cut out.
I have them raised of off the card.
The bow, hook and string were stamped straight onto the card.
I finished with a little bling on the bows.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Enjoy This Day

For today's card I used alcohol inks to make a faux bleach stamped card using Unity's Insightful Meadows stamps available from the shop here.

I stamped with Versamark on to glossy card and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The next step was to add alcohol inks. After they had dried I used an iron to heat up and remove the embossing leaving the stamping.

The sentiment is from an old Unity monthly kit of the month.

Materials used:
Kraft cardstock, Papermania paper
Unity stamp (as above), Versamark ink, clear embossing powder, Ranger alcohol inks
Spellbinders die-cut, CraftWork brad, ribbon, lace.

Thanks for visiting!
Jo xx

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Scooting by.....

......To say hi.
Something a little different from me today.
I stamped and coloured the scooter before cutting it out. 
I made the background then stamped the image again before adding the coloured one on foam pads.
Then stamped the sentiment straight onto the card.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Many Thanks

You can never have too many "Thank you" cards.
So this set from Lawn fawn is perfect.
Ive gone very simple and just embossed the images in white.
You can get this set and more of the last release from Lawn Fawn 
from Here
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Happy Xmas

Are you all ready for Christmas yet? 
If not why not try these cute little tags. 
I have used three lawn fawn sets to make these.
Sophies sentiments
Quinns ABC
 and School house backdrops.
You can get them here and here
The great thing is that you can use any of these sets long after Christmas.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Your Ticket To Glitter

I've been making more Christmas notelet cards with the Itty Bitty ticket to jingle stamp from Unity available form Make The Day Special.

This time I've broken out the glitter.

I've used ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens, from Kuretake which are also available from Make The Day Special, to stamp with and added a border of glitter with the ZIG 2 Way Glue pen on the ticket.

Right, I've got to go and clean up all the glitter!

Have a glittery day.