Wednesday 30 June 2010


Morning all

Oh I tried so hard, to make a mess just for today whilst making my Friday WW DT card.  However cannot wait to clear up now. Just love joining in with WOYWW it is great to have a blog hop to see everyone's workspace.

So here goes as must dash off to work, got a busy week on.

So here is my messy work space along with my challenges list of availables for those all important combo's about a 7/10

I did promise to show you the space under my legs, yep that is one untidy floor about a 7/10.  I hoover now and again.

After buying all those lovely glitters from the Stamp Magic show, this box system I was given from Matt's work for creating a card, it is just perfect for all those glitters.

Finally my card storage system.  The bottom shelf for images pre stamped.  The next level up birthday cards ready made for the year ahead for family and friends.  Then the Christmas row (looks healthy now we are half way through the year) and the next one Just in case cards and the top row is more ready made family cards for various occasions.

Well like I said a short post from me today, hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather and your crafting of course

Hugs Kate xx

Monday 28 June 2010

Doncaster Dome Stamp Magic meets flexi friend

Hi all

no cards again as still on catch up from two show events this weekend.  As you have already seen the fishing one, here is the other more likely to gain your interest.  Doncaster Dome and the craft show :)

I have been saving for some time and was looking forward to collecting some new stash.Set off on time to arrive 10.05am just after the mad rush.  However the fun run was on and the diversion and we sat as many did and cooked in our cars for a good 25 minutes then spent ages finding a parking slot.  This was all very quickly forgotten as we entered the hall.  Can I just say I did not buy anything I wont use.

So unable to photograph this all in one go, several photo's to follow
OK trying something new - watch this space....... Saw these last time and was not sure however decided to try and bought a small selection to get me going. This then meant that I would need these....
OK tilt your head to the left a bit then you will be alright - forgot to rotate the image before starting the post.  I then obviously would need to know what I was doing.  Spent 10 minutes watching this wonderful lady and then Matt suggested buying the show video's (he needed to get back for the football) so 
did.  Have already watch part 1 Barbara is amazing.  Thank you to the lovely ladies who told me to buy the Lavinia Stamps and then go to see Clarity stamps to see  Barbara's techniques.  Can't wait to get started. Hello to the other ladies on the Justrite stall I hope our discussion helped you along your way.

So originally I needed to go to get some more Justrite stamps, so visited Once Upon a Stamp and got two more sets
Was running out of space to photograph, sorry.  Then found some great paper amazing price at Brothersleep.
Can you spot the other bit, the glitter.  Wow got 13 packs for a great price from Glitter Magic and finally I think got a pack of papers
They are stunning.  So yes you can imagine that the flexi bent quite a bit but had a great time and home in time for the football, which I refused to watch due to knowing it would not help the cause.

It was lovely to see Jill again from the Hobby House, there is always a buzz around her stand.

Did try to locate a few friends whilst shopping but it was pretty busy think everyone had the same idea to get in out and home for the footy (sorry I missed you guys - did try to phone but was very noisy too)

OK that is me for now as need to run and play but first (not the good bit) need to put this lot away.

Hope you all had just as good a weekend as me 

Hugs Kate xx

Saturday 26 June 2010

Dragon Carp Tackle Tour Day Out

Good evening to you all

no creations from me today, as I went with Matt to the Dragon Carp Tackle Tour at Newark Show Ground.  It was a lovely drive, with the sun shining.  Here is the picture of the Show Hanger from the car.  (Not to far to walk)
Now you might be thinking well what could I possibly post about crafting when I have been to a fishing show :))

Those of you that know me will know my experience of fly fishing or as Matt calls it fluff chucking............

The first stall as we walked in was a fluff chucker's haven, which meant a craft haven for me :))

I was the first person to spend and get a bag, now get that for a fishing show..  now your all just curious to know what I bought, so here it is
Chenille string in several colours and perfect lengths, plus in such a tidy box.  I could not resist it.

Then we came home Matt put Star in the bath, ermmmmmmmmmmmm she was not that impressed until she got back out side to dry off in the sun. I cut the grass and half strimmed the garden and then broke the strimmer :( although Mike rapidly fixed it and then said I should try it out by finishing the job (had given up by then)  I was waiting for the bbq was so starved.

Whilst drinking apple juice and chatting waiting for the food, I took a photo of one of the flowers that is in one of the pots at the side of my door.
Yep that is my hand and this is one stunner of a fushia, just look at the size of it.  So beautiful and the fading of the colours so pretty.  Nature is amazing isn't it?

Well enough of my rambling other than to say tomorrow up early to go proper craft shopping.  I am heading for Doncaster tomorrow, so may bump into a few friends whilst spending lots on the flexi :)) not sure Matt will get any fishing treats there though!!

Have a lovely evening

Hugs and Happy Crafting
Kate xx

Friday 25 June 2010

Strawberries and Cream Baubles for A Winter Wonderland DT Christmas Card

Good morning to you all out there in blog land.
 Today I am really excited, it is my turn to host this weeks challenge at Winter Wonderland and the theme this week is Strawberries and Cream, have you been enjoying the Tennis?
Now you can interpret this any way you wish. You could use the photo inspirational colours or papers related, the choice is yours.
We are sponsored this week by

who are providing a $15 certificate for the lucky winner to spend in their fabulous shop.
Do I have to say more, other than I wish I could enter as I love shopping here.

I took this theme quite literally again, I like to try and show other ways that the challenge themes can be interpreted.  This one I thoroughly enjoyed, although it was Avril's original challenge and really I am only babysitting for her, but still enjoying the opportunity.

So here is my card
Like I said literally.  The base card is foil red, with the lovely designer paper on top.  The frame is a nestie put through the cuttle bug in the red foil again.  I then added the ribbon by threading it through the frame holes, and backed this to hold in place and show of the image with the holly embossing folder.  I used the heart die's and the cuttle bug again to cut out some red foil hearts (for my purposes red strawberries).  I used three different sizes and then ran them through the cuttle bug again using the Swiss dots embossing folder, so now spotty hearts.  I used some gold stickles glitter to blob on top of each of the embossed dots and added a couple of leaves to the top of each heart for the stalks.  Strawberries dealt with.  Now for the cream.  I wanted the cream to be snow but dripping snow.  So I drizzled the liquid applique over the strawberry and then let it do it's stuff heating it to make the cream.  I used craft wire in gold to make the bauble hanger and twisted this around a tent peg to make that lovely coil shape.  I hid the top of the hanger with branch leaves also covered in the same cream effect.  I used silicone glue to add the depth and movement in the Xmas Tree branches.  At the bottom of the ribbon I added a bow and below the bow I added a little cat bell that I used my copics to colour red to match the red foil paper.  I let the same dripping cream run over these.  A computer generated sentiment finished the effect. I really really really enjoyed doing this card.  I hope you like it.

Well Mr Blogger will kindly post this for me as I will be working hard in the heat again.  However I will link to the following challenges when I get home after work and the obligatory food shopping.

Stampavie and more Challenge - Hearts (I might be pushing my look but there are hearts under the cream and they may be baubles now but they did start out as hearts)

Cooking It Up With Katie - Sparkle, Altered Embellishment and a Die Cut

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Strawberries and Cream

Thank you all for your lovely recent comments, I really love to come and visit you all, if you do visit and do not leave a comment I am unable to locate you to come visit you. Please try to leave a comment :)
Anyway see you after work and shopping

Hugs and Happy Crafting

Kate xx

Wednesday 23 June 2010

WOYWW in my Beach Hut

Good Day to you all
As this publishes I will be sat in the middle of a heavy training session updating my knowledge and skills.  Unfortunately this will not be anything to do with Crafting :(

Well it is WOYWW again, and I can not wait to go and have a nose at all the other entries.

So as you have probably guessed by now I do tend to be an organised, methodical and very tidy person.  So I really tried hard whilst creating my card for yesterday, to create a mess.  This is what I came up with and sorry if you was looking for more mess (it just is not in me)
OK, so this is the section next to the bin, underneath my tidy boxes of MSE stamps (check the last post out in case you did not visit last time)  This is sort of the messy bit.  My little created boxes, the tussy mussy and the wedding memory box and underneath well what can I say.  Hope you can see more than I usually can find.  Must sort it out.
The far left of my work bench (the bit with out the great view).  Yep that is my acetate fan you can just see hanging over the planner board.  All my MS and other type punches in the little stackers.  The copic colouring paper in the large 12 x 12 not stacked bit with my laptop on the top and on top of that my scrap layout saver box full of those on loan MS butterfly punches and all my remaining Magnolia stamps.  The papers on top are digi printed images ready for one of my DT cards which is up and coming. Not to bad on the tidy scale say about a 4 out of 10 the other area was a 2 out of 10 and perfectly tidy would be 10 out of 10.
These are my stacker draws under the worktop at that end.  Yep I did try to leave them exactly as they were and was so tempted to shut them.  When you are looking for bits they tend to get left open.  Look carefully and see what you can spot.

Well that is me today, next week, I will show you my leg space (if you can call it that) and the bit behind this.  Then we will be back to the beginning.  So you will have had a full look around my little Beach Hut, which is the name I gave to my crafting room.

Well Mr Blogger will very kindly publish this for me and I will link on my return home from work.

Take care all

Kate xx

Tuesday 22 June 2010

A Little Bit of Mojo with a Princess Tilda and An Honorable Mention .....

Wow what a super day, lovely sunshine and an honorable mention on Let's Get Shabby for the lovely memory box for my work colleague. I am sure she will be thrilled too, I know I am :) Thank you ladies of the DT for selecting me as one of those for the mentions out of all those delish entries.
I would also like to welcome Kirsten to my little section of blog land, hope I can keep your interest.

Today I have for once created a card for another little girl whose birthday is coming up in the up and coming months.  I decided to go for the Mojo Monday sketch this time.
I really enjoyed working with it.  The colours came from the challenge at Magnolia Stamp Lovers - whose theme was blue, red and white.  The card also meets the following challenges

Paper Sundaes Challenge 23 - Pretty as a Princess

Just Magnolia Challenge - In the Garden

Creative Card Crew - Easel Card

So onto the card, here it is 
I would like to say thank you to Polly who swopped me some more of her lovely Tilda's and allowed me to buy some others, this princess Tilda is one of those.  Thanks Polly.  I used a lovely Turquoise blue base card and also used this for the branch leaves on the flowers.  I used some more of
those papers which are from 365 Degrees, Pink Paisley.  I used some plain white and my roses embossing folder.  I added ribbon and bows, the lovely gems to match and the flowers from Hobby Craft on this occasion.  I glittered them up and added the light green flower-soft for the grass in the garden.

Here is a close up of the image coloured with those amazing copics again.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, isn't she a pretty Princess.........................................................

I would like to thank all those lovely people that visit and leave me such wonderful comments, love every one of them.

Hopefully I am going to create a mess in my Beach Hut and then I will be able to post some messy craft areas for tomorrow for WOYWW

cya then

Hugs and Happy Crafting to you all

Kate xx

Sunday 20 June 2010

Beautiful Baby Butterfly

Good afternoon to you all out there in the land of blog.  
Today is the last day of the weekend, and the last day of my week off and my have I relaxed, just what was needed.

Today I have made a Baby Girl Birth Card, the request not a drop of pink or yellow any where.  So I remembered a card I did some time ago and had bought a square punch for.  It makes quite a large card and has to be made from a 12 x 12 plain card stock, but it is a fantastic size to work with.

The sketch over at the Allsorts Challenge has it's base design.  So decided to use this, my original did not have an image it just had a few baby bits on three of the squares.  Here is the sketch that is provided by the very talented Emma.
I am also entering this card into the following challenges

Fussy and Fancy - Monochromatic and wings

Charisma Cardz - All About the Bling

Sweet Stampin Challenge - Clean and Simple

Just Cute Bears - Monochrome

Stamptacular - Cute as A Bug and Baby if you can (just perfect)

So onto the Card
The papers are Heather from the Papermania Capsule Mono collection.  The outside card is a purple foil as is the layer for the image.  The image platform is embossed with those gorgeous little hearts and the corners have little purple gems on them.  The image is AnneBodil a free digi download which originally had balloons above it, I cut them off for the butterfly instead, which was just perfect for this card.  The butterfly is from Rui Tong.

Here is a close up of the image showing the glitter string that the butterfly has picked up to carry the cute bear.
and here is the beautiful feather butterfly that I have blinged up with extra glitter. (Polly and Sue I know it was my challenge piece but it took me a while to find a perfect item for it to go on)

Well I have some ironing to do this afternoon, and the Sunday dinner to make, Matt is still fishing and Mike is preparing his car for work.

I would like to welcome Miriam to my little corner of blog land. 

Thank you to everyone for all your recent lovely comments, which make me smile as I read them all.  I have enjoyed having having the time to hop over to see you all.

I ordered my new bits from my win yesterday so cannot wait for my order from Simon Says Stamp, so I can play.  This time I went for some more House Mouse Stamps.  Watch out post lady :)

OK enough I cannot put of the ironing any longer.

Hugs and Happy Crafting to you all

Kate xx

Saturday 19 June 2010

Vintage Children's Christmas Card

Good afternoon to you all out there in blog land.  As I mentioned in my last post, I was heavily into the distressing and was creating a vintage piece. 
 So with stained hands today as forgot to put my gloves on to finish this. Here is another Christmas Card for my continually growing pile.  
This I have made using a mat gold card, cream card and some lovely papers that I cannot remember the name of.  The lace from a local department store the old style lace not the clean white stuff.  Pearls from stash.  Flowers from Hobby Craft this time, leaves from a punch I bought from Running With Scissors and the image from the WWW. I used my white gel pen to create the faux stitching around the image.  Aren't those children just adorable.

I am entering this card into the following challenges.

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Whose theme is Very Vintage

Bah Humbug - Whose theme is A Child's Christmas

and finally

ABC Christmas Challenge - Whose theme is Mistletoe or Wine and stitching real or faux (they are also half way through the alphabet so are celebrating with a blog hop)

Anyway must rush as got to go to the fishing shop and buy some bits for Matt who is at a fishing match tomorrow, must keep him sweet so I can craft again tomorrow :)

Hope you are looking after yourselves and once again thank you for the lovely comments, especially the funny pirate ones recently from my last post.

Happy Crafting one and all

Hugs Kate xx

Friday 18 June 2010

Ahoy, me Hearties, Avast ye

 (That would translate as "Hello, my friends! - stop and check this)
How could I resist............................ The Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is "Shiver me timbers thar be a Pirate"

In 2008 the mother in laws annual fancy dress party was "Pirates of the Caribbean"  there were some stunning costumes one of which I just have to show you as he was a dead ringer for you know who................... see what you think?
Yep if it was the real thing I would be hanging on too!! and I love the outfits we bought :)

We had a brilliant time, there was even a galleon on the lawn which we all had to have a photo taken in
Stunning don't you think - there is the Matt's mum as Ausar................. and if you look close those are skulls and crossbones on my tights 
- this is such a cool paddling pool for the children .................

Sorry got carried away.  So on seeing the challenge, just had to do create a scrap book page for my continuing album, I have not done a page for some time.  My head was saying treasure map - so that is where I started.  I recently got from Hobby Craft some plain white good quality 12 x 12 paper in a pack.  I took a plain black Bo Bunny paper and used this as the base and tore the white card on all edges very roughly.  I then drew a treasure map and added a cross for the location of the treasure and the North symbol, dead basic.......... Then I had so much fun.  

I put on my little marigolds, they are actually blue and from the husbands work, but they are a lovely tight fit and protect my hands from staining.  I got out the antique linen and vintage photo Tim Holtz distress inks and my already heavily used sponges and was ready for the off.  I used a baby wipe to wet all over the paper, I rolled, tore and crumpled the paper until it was well scruffy.  I then used the antique linen and sponged and rubbed all over to give the base colour for the map.  Once I had done this I started on the vintage photo. I worked heavily on the edges till it looked as if I had actually burnt it at the party to stop people finding my treasure (my glass of wine and the large plate of dessert)  I continued until I was happy with the overall effect.  In fact happy was not the word, I was so impressed with the finished look that I did not want to spoil it by adding too much to the layout.  I then chose my main image and two smaller ones.  I left off the other two as it hid too much of the map.  I cut the main one out with my circle nestie, edged it in gold and printed off a computer image of a galleon wheel.  After cutting out the image of the wheel I had edged this in black copic to make it pop off the page a little more.  I used my copics to colour the letters from pink to a deep red and to colour the flower from a dark burgundy to black.  I spritzed the flower with gold.  The rings I found lying around and just looked good and the flag is another computer print.

The lace behind the flower is created using a technique that Ruth @ Altered Geisha's Crafty Musings had suggested in a comment recently, she had said to use fine jewelery wire to thread through and it worked an absolute treat (thank you Ruth)

The lace I decided to use  as on the posh pirate outfit that I bought it has lovely lace around the cuffs.  I tried to keep the colours to the black, gold and reds familiar with pirates.

Well I hope you like it , here you go

So here are the images for you
Whist this has been drying and whilst I was in the distressing mood, I have also been working on a little vintage number, will post this shortly.

Thank you all for your recent lovely comments, which always make me smile

Hugs and happy weekend crafting

Kate xx

Flower Soft Christmas Tree DT Card with Matching Sweet Box

Good morning to you all out there in blog land.  
Today sees the new challenge at Winter Wonderland and almost the end of the week (my week off) doesn't time fly when you are enjoying yourself.  
I really enjoyed visiting all those lovely creations for last weeks Christmas Flower theme, there were some amazing creations.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with for this weeks theme of 

A Festive Tree

We are sponsored this week by Teri's Delicious Doodles, wow what a treat she has some lovely images.

I chose to go with again something different, I chose to use my Happy Hopper stamp with those two cuties hanging the carrots on the tree.  I compliment the carrots with the Bo Bunny Orange papers and a black trim.  I also made another matching sweet box using another Happy Hopper stamp and this time managed not to eat any of the chocolates for the box.

So here is this weeks Christmas DT card for Winter Wonderland 
and here is the close up of the image showing the use of the flower soft, great effect but not seen too well on the photo.
You can just imagine the smell of the pine can't you.  Anyway here is the little matching box for those sweet chocolates.
I just love this image (me on a Friday night chilling out in front of the tv. that is if there will be any chocolates left). The tag is an MSE one.

Here are the two together a lovely matching set, showing the versatility of the nesties.
As you know us ladies at WW love to combo so here is what I am entering this week.

House Mouse and Friends - Challenge 71 "Sweet" (and as I have entered a House Mouse Challenge I can also enter Lol's Candy giveaway
The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog - "It takes two"
along with
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Shaped Cards

This week Mr Blogger is publishing my post for me again, however as I am on my week off when I get up (having loads of lay ins), I will link to the challenges.

Thank you to all of you that visit me and leave lovely comments, I enjoy and appreciate every single one of them and have loved having time to catch up with you all - been doing lots of blog hopping this week.

Well hope you all have a great weekend and happy crafting

Kate xx

Wednesday 16 June 2010


Good morning bloggers and today in the UK it is sunny, no clouds and very little wind, may not get time to do much crafting today, hope the weather is as kind to you where ever you are.

So last week a few after posting on WOYWW lovely people commented on my work space being too clean.  Yep it always is when I have finished as I dump all the rubbish into the stacker bin. (I save all the useful bits and place them in a draw for future finding.) So here is where I dump all the rubbish.
Yep that is two stacker boxes with a dustbin liner in it - filling up quick.  Notice the ribbons hanging down, so I thought I would show you the other side of the room too.  The ribbons hang here 
I should really sort them out again, as I am really an organised person.  Now to the right of the ribbon HOOKS......................
Yep see I am tidy.  My shelving.  Stamp heaven, I do try and keep these in some sort of order and below in the wage slip bags are all my MSE stamps (sorted into themes)................... and just to show you that I am prepared for work today.
The other side of the work top all clean and tidy, look at that lovely view again.  Well hope you are all enjoying visiting all these workspaces, I know I do.

Back later to post another creation.

Hugs Kate xx

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Sweet Treats ................................

Good afternoon to all of you out there in blog land, and I have to say the weather is sunny but still has a nip in the air here in the UK.  It has been nice in my Beach Hut with the sun smiling on the garden, so has been pleasant creating today.
My very good friend popped around yesterday with her betrothed.  She has purchased some MS punches, she is getting her head around planning for her Wedding.  Butterflies are heavily on the theme so the punches are border butterflies - we will shortly be putting the ideas together and hopefully coming up with her chosen theme.  In the meantime she has left (how lovely thank you) those lovely punches with me to play. - Have resisted today, as wanted to start looking at some box designs and sad to say for the Wedding ideas, I got carried away on this little creation.  (Promise I have located the one asked for too)

This is a little box of chocs, little as I have now eaten the other chocs, oops......... so it is small and sweet and holds the remaining 6 chocs. tut tut tut but oh well I am on holiday :)

So anyway this is the box
The lace is from a local department store, went shopping there yesterday.  The detail is liquid pearls opal on the top and baby blue around the bottom.  Took ages to pleat the lace around the oval nestie.  Love the idea of piping the liquid pearls on it takes me back to when I use to decorate special occasion cakes.

Here is the top angle.

As this is a thank you present I have entered this into  

Cute Card Thursday - Anything but square 
Creative Card Crew - Thank you
and finally 
Papertake Weekly Challenge of Ice cream flavors, now this is going to sound so weird but found it on the world wide web - my ice cream flavors are "cool bright blue bubble gum flavor and white chocolate chunk luxury ice cream and as I type the ice cream van is singing down the street.

Anyway enough of all that and hello to Vanessa who joined me today in my little section of blog land and thank you to all of those lovely comments that always cheer us through our days

Ciao  for now

Kate xx

Monday 14 June 2010

Taking a Nap.................

Oh I wish.  Yes the first day of my week off, and I did not get as much snooze time as I had hoped.  I finished off a couple of DT cards and then started creating this little number.  
First thing this morning had to make a dash to the local hoover repair shop to pick up some new wheels.  Nope they are not alloys, but could be classed as powder coated wheel trims lol :)  My very old and very trusty hoover has had a face lift or as my son would say it has been pimped........ and it is back to it's old self, which meant I could actually hoover the lounge carpet and pick up all those lovely hairs left by my lovely dog Star.  The carpet is back to blue again.

After the hoover shop I popped to the local department store, picked up some lovely lace and a few more flowers and then home to play.

In a moment or two (when I have posted this) I will be attacking the next pile of ironing.  It is going down slowly but to slowly for my liking.  

So this card has been created for a little girls birthday that is coming up very soon.  She is a very special little girl and I hope that this card is a very special card for her.  

I chose to use one of my Penny Black images this one is called Nap Time and I used some Basic Grey papers called the Porcelain stack which is a 6 x 6 pad. The Penny Black challenge has a sketch for us this week by the very talented Janneke
This card also meets the challenge for Bunny Zoe Crafts - Nice and Girly and Crafty Sentiments who want to see Pink, Black and White.

So here is the card
it is made with lots of distressed edges and glitter, for that very special look.  The flowers are from Hobby Craft as are the leaves.  I curled the leaf stems to peak through at the bottom of the larger flower. I added diamond stickles to the flower edges too.  The lace from the local department store and the ribbon from Grimsby Crafts.

Here is a close up of the copic coloured image
 I hope she will like it and that it makes her feel special.
I would like to welcome Emma and Susan to my little section of blog land and would like to say a big thank you to all those lovely people that visit me and make my day by leaving such inspiring comments, love every one of them.

Well off to hit the ironing, so hopefully will be posting tomorrow after my holiday time crafting

Hugs and Happy Crafting to you all

Kate xx

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