Monday, 28 July 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you had a lovely weekend.  
I am here today with something a little different.  The gorgeous Pam from Pami's Crafty Creations asked me to join in with the Creative Bloggers Hop. 

Its a continuous Hop every Monday with a host of different inspirational bloggers taking part each week .  Thank you Pam for asking me, it is an honour to be here!

I have known Pam for a long time, she was a regular entrant in the Winter Wonderland Challenge and then joined the Hobby House Design Team almost a year ago now and always produces such gorgeous pieces to inspire you all.

 So onto the questions.

1. What am I working on?
oh gosh!! I have so many things running around in my head at the moment, that I would love to create and for a few weeks I will be in play mode.  I am ahead with my DT work so lots of play time ahead and lots of new crafty stash to learn how to use.  I want to try some new things like my Card-io stamping.  But I suppose if I have to answer what I am actually working on now, I am just starting to create a 40th Wedding Anniversary Card and a Special Glass Etching piece for my favorite Aunt and Uncle.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I think I am like so many other fabulous crafters who just enjoy creating.  I suppose I am quite diverse and do like to turn my hand to everything and anything.  I think I am known for my love of ribbons and use of Wild Rose Studio products overall.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I started crafting in 2009, wow that seems such a long time ago.  I think I started for something to do because my beloved Matt took up fishing.  The idea was that I could create the cards for the family occasions, however it did not take long I suppose for me to continue to venture in other crafty areas.  I suppose creativity is in my blood and if I was not doing what I am doing, I would be doing something else creative in it's space.
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Blimey these questions do seem to get harder.  It really depends.  If I am creating to showcase a new product then this is normally the starting point, although if I am just in my creative flair moments, I form ideas in my head and then try recreate them in real life................sometimes this works and sometimes it does not quite, but then Matt is always helpful and so long as I explain to him what my vision was like, he can normally find a solution to any hiccups I have in the translation.

I now need to nominate fellow craters to carry on the Hop

I met Kelly through blog land too.............sounds like I live in blog land lol.  Kelly creates such beautiful pieces so soft and pretty with lots of glitter, simply stunning, you should take a look at her blog.

I met Cathy through blog land and she creates the most amazing and beautiful cards, she is currently on the DT for Craft Room Challenges

Well, that’s it from me, I have you have enjoyed my Creative Blog Hop and that you have enjoyed finding out a bit more about me! 

Have a wonderful day

Love and Hugs
Kate
x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Leaving Card and whoop whoop !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning to you all

Starting today I am on my college holiday which means as you can guess play time :)  so many things I want to have a go at.  But before I can I have the carpenter coming to sort out my kitchen, which is much needed, but requires Matt and I to empty the kitchen.......................... I am sure we will be exceedingly quick!!

So my creation I am sharing with you today is a Leaving card for the lady that the etched mirror was for, we shall miss her but I am sure she will have some wonderful interesting years ahead of her.  So here is the card that everyone signed, so much so I had to extend the signing pages by adding to the rear of the card.



Now the lady is owl mad, so I was asked to add an owl on the front, I knew just the one to use.

The image is from

Crafty Ribbons

it is a pre coloured topper and you can find them here
there are several matching owl ribbons here
the ribbon I have used can be found here Gold and Cream Two Tone

The papers are K & Co, these along with all of the embellishments are from the Hobby House, the flowers are from Clickit4Crafts, Wild Orchid Crafts and the Hobby House
  All of the links to the locations I purchase my crafty bits from can be found in my where I shop page, above.
The sentiment is computer generated to include the owl to match the card

I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget I still have candy on offer, see the sidebar :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
As you like it - Favourite Sentiment and why
Delightful - Ribbon
Crafters Cafe - Anything Goes
Hugs Kate 
xx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Some Bunny Needed a Thank you

Good morning to you all

As you know by now, today is my day to share with you a creation made with those fabulous 


products.  This is one of those images I coloured up whilst trying to keep cool at the weekend, had such fun, then decided when it got cooler in my craft room to use some of my purchases from Summer Crafting.  The tiny wreath around the edge is made from Card-io stamps, little tiny ones, such fun :)

Using
A CAS card for me but still full of flowers :) and will fit in an envelope for posting.

Here is a close up of the sweet image on this occasion coloured with copics

I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget I have candy running in my sidebar

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Lots of Pink
Crafty Sentiments - Hand coloured image
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Sister of Craft - Anything Goes
Visible Image - Anything Goes

Hugs Kate 
xx

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Boxed Beauty Inspiration for Crafty Ribbons

Good morning to you all

Today is my chosen day to inspire you for 


So I am hoping to inspire you to use up your old boxes, this piece originally started with an old MDF box that I was given, the side had broken off so I need to glue it back together, I do so love up-cycling


I just could not resist using those gorgeous Wedding Owl ribbons, although this was not created for a wedding, so just shows you how versatile the ribbons are

Wedding Owl Ribbon - With Love Bridal White

Wedding Owl Ribbon - BELIEVE Bridal White

I gave the MDF a coat of gesso, before adding some lovely papers I ordered from the Hobby House.  I then added some lace from Grimsby Crafts.  I added lots of pearl strings and a pearl flourish from the Hobby House, before adorning with that gorgeous ribbon.  

 I finished off with an assortment of flowers from Clickit4Crafts, Wild Orchid Crafts and ebay :) all in white and creams.


I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget I still have candy running in the side bar :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Love of Ribbon
Wags N Whispers - Anything Goes
Anything But a Card - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - Ribbon and Lace
Kate
x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Etched Mirror

Good evening to you all

and wow what a hot one it has been, those expected storms did not arrive however a huge swarm of queen ants did.  Had to keep the dog in, so she did not lay on them, whilst I was working away in my craft room.

I thought I would share with you a mirror that I etched for a lovely lady at work that is leaving as a special present from my boss and myself.

So here it is

I love how it turned out, but photographing was an issue, as I kept getting myself in the reflection.  So finally took this shot of it on my floor :) missing me out the shot..............

Just a quick reminder that I still have Wild Rose Studio Candy running in my side bar, for those of you that have not entered yet.

I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge
Silhouette Challenge - Glass Etching
Hugs Kate 
xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Birthday Gazebo with Crafty Ribbons DT

Good morning to you all

Today is the next Ribbon Challenge at the


The theme this time around is

Fairies and Ribbon

I decided to make a Gazebo that I had seen on the silhouette on line store.  I have found that if I print my images off at work, they are so much better.  So after sending the little fairies to work, and my work colleague saying how much her daughter would love them.  I explained what I was making with them.  I then asked her if she would like it when it was finished and she said yes and I understand it is going to sit on top of her daughters birthday cake.  So here is my creation but do check out the rest of the inspiration by the very talented design team.  

The gazebo is cut from two 12 x 12 white pages from the Papermill.  I added some of those gorgeous pearl strings from the Hobby House all the way down each of the sections, before threading through the large gold ribbon and the smaller ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.  The fairy images are from Emerald Fairies.  I coloured them all up in my copics and then cut them all out ready for positioning.  The little butterflies were coloured in copics to match the images as was the sentiment on the top, which I airbrushed.  I added glitter to all of the butterflies around the sentiment and also on the wings of the images.  So pleased how it turned out and think it will look amazing on the cake.  All of the links to the locations I purchase my crafty bits from can be found in my where I shop page, above.

Here are some more photo's at different angles


I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget I still have candy on offer, see the sidebar :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Digital Stamps and SVG files - Anything But a Card
ABC - P for pearls
Emerald Fairies - Birthday
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Things with wings and ribbon
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Hugs Kate 
xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Teddy with Gerbera with the Wild Rose Studio

Good morning to you all

As you know by now, today is my day to share with you a creation made with those fabulous 


products.  But before I go on, I just want to apologise for my tardiness of commenting, this will resume back to normal shortly, just a tad busy at the moment.  

Anyway this is one of those images I coloured up whilst it was raining and horrible, well it just has to be done

Using
I made a birthday card for a sister
The base colour and contrast is kraft card.  I have added one of my new sentiments, they are a little big but have every saying going, I got them from Grimsby Crafts :)  I added glitter to the centre of the flowers some gold pearls and a little tiny heart rhinestone from the Hobby House and some yellow wire edged ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.  All the links to the shops are on my page above.

Here is a close up of the sweet image on this occasion coloured in DI

I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget I have candy running in my sidebar

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a hand made bow
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Birthdays
Without Words - Cute and Fluffy
Hugs Kate 


xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

It's Summer with the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge

Hi all
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As you know I am a floater for the


so today I am floating by to let you know about the next theme 

which is 

Summertime

but before I move on I just wanted to say what a fabulous weekend I had, I got to meet up with a very old blogging buddy (not that she is old at all, I have known her years) but never met her, so I was thrilled to meet up with Marianne this weekend, and lovely to meet Deborah and Janet too.  So I suppose I ought to show you my new stash, as I cannot wait to start playing with it, such a shame I had to clear a couple of orders on Sunday otherwise, I would have played already :)
Photo: Had a fabulous day at Summer Crafting meeting loads of friends and blogging buddies.  After re looking at my finds here is my new stash, cannot wait to play :)
Any guesses on what I will be heading for first, as I have a couple of new for me, items here?

Now I have had lots of time to play recently which I am really enjoying and this is some of my copic playing, I was inspired to play this time by one of the Hobby House Design Team members Pam, who had created a gorgeous card and coloured the sea, so I went off on a mission, after four attempts and lots of guidance from the Hubby, I finally think I got it, but lots more practicing to move forward too, I think.  As with all things practicing makes perfect.

So here is what I created but don't forget to hop on over and see what else those fabulous design team members and our guests have made to inspire you
I made a generic card
The base layer and contrast on this one is a lovely deep turquoise blue.  I have used some of those gorgeous "Icing on the Cake" papers from Wild Rose Studio and then my new MFT pierced die to cut out the image.  I added a few Stamposaurus sentiments and those little House Mouse footprints to finish

Here is that copic coloured close up

As always I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors and followers for their inspiring comments, which encourage me and allow me to hop over in return to see their gorgeous work and welcome my new followers.

Just a quick reminder of the WRS candy on offer, it is in my sidebar :)

I would like to enter the following challenges
Art by Miran - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Splish, Splash, Splosh
Digidesign - Summer Fun
Gruffies & Guests - Anything Goes Summer
Little Claire's - Summertime
Hugs
Kate
xxx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Bluebell in Pastel's

Good morning to you all

It's Friday again and today I have a lovely soft Christmas card to share

Wild Rose Products are
Sentiments - Christmas Labels
Papers - Festive Wishes

The base layer is white as is the contrast.  I distressed all the edges and layered up three different papers to match this weeks theme at the Winter Wonderland.  I added some Rhinestone flourishes, some rhinestones, a couple of feathers a click it 4 crafts lilly, two memory box rolled flowers and a pink poinsettia from my stash, along with a couple of pearls.  The pearls and rhinestones are from the Hobby House, the link is in my side bar.

Here is a close up of our dear Bluebell, coloured in copics with a little Atyou glitter pen and stickles too.
As always I would like to welcome my new followers and thank all my visitors for their fabulous comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget that I have candy on offer at the moment for you WRS lovers and there is also some candy on the WRS Inspirational Blog both are in the sidebars :)


I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Winter Wonderland - Three of Three (3 layers)
Holly Jolly - Christmas Critters
Inky Chicks - Christmas in July
Crafting by Designs - Dies
Stamping Royalty - Anything Goes
As You Like it - Animals - they don't answer back
Red Rubber - Anything Goes
hugs

Kate
xxx

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Antique Tilly with the Wild Rose Studio

Good morning to you all,
wow yesterday was such fun, sports day and some very well deserved winners

so you know by now today is my day to show you my playing with those gorgeous 


products.  I went with a thank you card this time around.

Using
Papers - Antique Library
Die - Oval Frame

I went with my distress markers again, love the soft look you get
The base layer is brown as is the contrast.  I added a punched panel edged in lace before adding the image.  I then decorated with that gorgeous brown ribbon, a fancy button, a cameo and some pearls from the Hobby House,  along with a couple of their roses and some lilies and a lovely daisy from Clickit4Crafts.  The little pearl frond and flowers are from the local department store.  The sentiment is from the Hobby House.
See my where I shop page for links.

Here is a close up of the image coloured in distress inks
I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

Don't forget I have candy on offer at the moment, see the link in my sidebar

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Animal Friends -  Dog or Cat
The East Wind - Use Ribbon
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Fussy and Fancy
Hugs Kate 
xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Butterfly Box Crafty Ribbons Inspiration

Good morning to you all

Today is my first day to inspire you over at the 


and I decided to do some up-cycling.  This box arrived with lots of crafty goodies in it originally, but I needed a box to put a gift in, so using the recent release 
here is what I made.


I started this box by adding a coat or two of gesso.  I then added some gorgeous papers that I ordered through the Hobby House.  I punched some white card with my MS edge punch and ran this around the edge at the top and bottom.  I added some pearl strings from the Hobby House on to this.  I ran the gorgeous ribbon around the box.  I then added some liquid pearls around the punch work.  On the top I added an array of flowers from Clickit4Crafts and a few odd ones from my stash.  Those butterflies of course those new dies from Wild Rose Studio, in colours to match the ribbon butterflies.  Finishing off with liquid pearl bodies, a sentiment and a couple of flourishes from the Hobby House.  All links to shops are in my where I shop page.

This photo shows that the box was a little damaged from my eagerness to open it originally, however once the gift was in I could seal it down straight :)

Here is the top view with the array of summer coloured flowers.

Just a reminder, I have candy on offer at the moment, see my sidebar

I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Charisma Cardz - Show us what else you can do
Crafty Creations - Things with Wings
Divas by Design - Ribbons and Flowers
Hugs Kate 
xx



Sunday, 6 July 2014

Wild Rose Studio Candy Time

Good morning all

Today I have some new candy for you all.  One of those gorgeous dies that are so popular, but I do want to let you all know that if you enter my own candy you can also enter the Wild Rose Studio Candy too, so once you have linked up do hop over here 


This is one of the creations I made using this particular die

So what do you need to do to win ?
you must be a follower of this blog to win the candy as it is a thank you for one of you,  
remember to place the photo on your sidebar
please only enter once to make it fair on everyone. 
Mr Random will choose the winner after checking the above criteria has been met, so leave your link with him please
No candy only blogs please
This candy will remain open until the the 
31st July 2014 @ 5pm

Hugs Kate 
xx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Pretty Purple Roses with Elsie and Wild Rose Studio

Good morning to you all

As you know by now, today is my day to share with you a creation made with those fabulous 


products.  I was asked a little while ago to make a cat themed purple card for a mum, and well this image was a must, and just perfect so

Using

I made an 8" birthday card

The base layer is a pale lilac, those papers Papermania.  The grand nestie circle dies used to frame the image and then the flowers from Live and Love Crafts and also Clickit4Crafts.  The ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and then all of those gorgeous embellishments from the Hobby House, so that is the charm, the large pearl medallion, the heart flourish the little pearls and the tiny rhinestones.  All the links to the items used are on my Where I shop page.

Here is a close up of the copic coloured image with a little Atyou glitter pen for the sparkle on the flowers. 
I would like to take a moment to say hello to all my new followers and thank all of my visitors for their wonderful comments, which allows me to hop over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Crafting from the heart - Anything goes
The Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Hugs Kate 
xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Candy Winner

Good morning to you all

I do love a candy winning day, I get so excited, so I won't ramble on but will introduce to you Mr Random, who dressed in his tux, drew the following lucky winner.................. drum roll please


oh my I have never done a random and got number one before!!! So congratulations number 1, that is you Jane.

If you would like to mail me here, with your full name and address with WRS Kate's candy in the subject line, I will get this posted out to you.
Thank you all for following along with my daily posts and entering my candy, it is a shame that only one can win, but I will have some new candy on offer soon

Happy Crafting
Kate 

Monday, 30 June 2014

To My Wonderful Wife at Christmas Time with the House Mouse DT


Come join the FUN!! Grab one of our HMFMC Buttons and link it back to us!
Good morning to you all
Now as you know I decided at the beginning of the year to take a little back seat from my HM creations, however I sat quietly and coloured this lovely up over the week and yesterday created a Christmas card with it so here I am in my "floater position" to say

Today sees the next challenge at the 

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge 

so what is it I hear you asking well here you go for them details

Anything Goes
so here is my creation but don't forget to hop over and see the rest of the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team


The base colour on this one is that lovely pearlescent green and I have used those lovely Papermania papers, before adding a grand nestie decorative circle along with those usual embellies so the red roses, charm, rhinestone bling and surround, ribbon and little rhinestones are all from the Hobby House, see where I shop link.  The sentiment sitting on a nestie banner is computer generated.

Here is a close up of the image coloured in copics
love this image, don't you 

any way if you would like to
SHOW-OFF your very own House-Mouse, Gruffies and Happy Hoppers Creations* by submitting your designs to the official House-Mouse Design site, found HERE
    
I would like to enter the following challenges

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
GraphitMarkers - Anything Goes
My Time To Craft - Christmas in June
Simon Wednesday - Anything Goes

okay off you pop and play along, cannot wait to see your entry

Hugs Kate




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