Friday 29 April 2011

Snow Much Fun with the Winter Wonderland DT

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
and if you had forgotten, to day is the Royal Wedding Day

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a scrap class at Grimsby Crafts, my good friend Polly runs them and I don't often get a chance to attend, so took the opportunity this week.  I really enjoyed the class and will most definitely have to find some more time to do the same again.  I will post the creation soon, once I have added my photograph.

I have a fabulous day planned, I am watching the HD TV all day whilst ironing - you see I just have to multi-task and could not just waste a day watching TV.  Matt has gone fishing......................... and as we are still a little delicate, do not think we will be in the street drinking or partying, but if you have those sort of plans, I hope you have a great time.

Anyway back to the norm and today sees the next challenge at the 

where Team Marianne are providing the inspiration and Marianne has chosen the them of

Snow Much Fun (such a fabulous choice)

I would normally not be part of the inspiration but Jane is not too good and has stepped out this challenge and I get to step in to fill the spot so to speak, but we all wish Jane a speedy recovery.

So this week we are sponsored by the awesome Janette from the Dragons Lair, Janette created us some fabulous images just for our theme, and if you know me then I just had to use all of them.  So here is my design team inspirational piece for this week
So this creation has a black and red contrast, with a white embossed snow (swiss dot) top layer.  Each image has been trimmed accordingly, a WOJ sentiment is on the tag along with a few red pearls. Simple but effective I thought.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Art Impressions - Use an Animal on your card
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
ABC - T is for Trouble (think the snowball one says trouble)
ABC Christmas - I is for Icy cold
Crafty Creations - White Space
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - One for the boys
Happy Scrappin - Christmas

Enjoy your day what ever you have planned

The Challenge Is On at Stampin With The Dragon

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today brings the new challenge at

Our Sponsor this week is the one and Only

and the theme is

May Day Flowers

I am using a new digi image recently released for my design team inspirational piece it is called Spring Flowers
The base colour and contrast is a pale peach card, and I have matched this with some lovely digital papers called Sarah  I have used my daisy MS round the page punch and the distressing has been done with Tim Holtz Tumbled glass.

I would like to say hello to my new followers and thank you to my visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments

Entering this creation into the following challenges
Scrap Creations - Flowers
Craft Your Passion - Show us your layers
Card Cupid - Punches

Enjoy your Day

Thursday 28 April 2011

Jiggy at the Beach another New Release from the Dragons Lair

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
 Today I was hoping the sun would break through the clouds and push away the bitter cold breeze, so that I could sit in the sunshine and colour my images, that I prepared last night.......................well no sign of the sun, still cold and breezy but at least the floor is dry. Hope tomorrow is better for that all important day.

Today I get to introduce you to Jiggy at the Beach another new release from the Dragons Lair.  This is what I hoped for weather wise for today :)
Doesn't Jiggy look as if he is having fun?  The base layer of the card and contrast is a lovely warming coffee coloured pearlescent card, I have use Prima papers on top.  The image has been cut out with the smallest of the grand circles and the matching scallop image trim.  I have used an MS punch for the edges.  Just look at that sun!!!!!!!

I am entering this creation into the following challenge that is just perfect for our dear Jiggy
Karen's Doodles - At the Beach 
Creative Card Crew - Child's Play
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Things with Wings

So I am now going to take off the mini skirt, put on the jeans and sit and relax but unfortunately not in the sunshine :(

Hugs and Enjoy your day

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Just a Little Bite please

Good evening to you all in the land of blog
Although the wind was a little too nippy for my liking today, it was still a lovely day and even more so as I got to pop around to see Sue and browse through her large amount of surplus crafty bits.  Managed to find a few bits for future creations and had a catch up with Maz. On leaving popped to Grimsby Crafts to drop off another class creation for the future and Matt then purchased me my Easter Egg (nope not chocolate, but another round the page punch), so had a coffee with Lynn and then headed home.

Now I had spent a couple of days colouring images in the sunshine, but found this extremely difficult to then match the papers to the colours I had used.  I am so use to working the other way around.  So spent this evening, placing the images already created onto cards, and also then created four more cards, with the images not coloured - so that I can sit in the sunshine tomorrow (fingers crossed) and be able to colour the image to match the papers on the card itself, so much more my style.

So here is one of the little guys that I coloured up in the sunshine.

He is a LOTV image, and such a natural looking fisherman.  I used a base green card and contrasting colour and some very old male papers from my stash, not really neglected, they just come out every time I need to do some of the male cards for the household.  I have used a MS edge punch and my nestie ovals and oval scallops.  I have added one of my little fish charms to this card.

Here is a close up of the little chappie concentrating for that very special fish

I would like to say thank you to those of my visitors who left me such lovely comments and get well wishes recently, much appreciated and we are all now feeling much better.  Whilst on this subject, get well wishes to Jane too.

I would like to enter this little creation into the following challenges
InStyle Stamps - Colour Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown - Brads or eyelets


Tuesday 26 April 2011

A Travelling Little Critter

Good evening to you all in the land of blog
by have I had a bad couple of days, and not only myself, but my husband, son and the dog too.  Some sort of horrid stomach bug, just coming out of the other side of it now, but still feeling oh so weak.  Hope everyone else is all right and I apologise for the lack of commenting during the problem period.

Whilst struggling with the cramps I did manage to see that there was a new challenge on at the House Mouse Challenge, and decided to see if I had a stamp that would fit the bill, so to speak.  I looked at all of my new little critters and eventually found one that to me said travel.
The base card is a lovely pale pink and the accompanying papers are some new ones I got recently from Jill at the Hobby House, sorry unable to run up the stairs to the Beach Hut for the name of the pack, so sorry.
I have used a Marianne Creatable Die to frame the image which has been die cut from the smaller of the grand circles.  The sentiments are from MSE the sister one was in my last combination pack, which I have dutifully logged into my system within the wage packets.  The ribbon from stash and the pearls from my top up at Hobby House.  The MS heart punch has been used also.  The image is coloured with copics

I would like to say thank you to all my lovely visitors and especially those that take the time to leave such wonderful comments, they really cheer you up when you are not so well.

I would like to enter this little number into the following challenges
House Mouse and Friends - Way to Go (Travel)

Enjoy your evening all

Monday 25 April 2011

Kenny K New Stash

Good morning to you all
I have spent the last few days, colouring in the sunshine, it is so relaxing and I get a bit of colour on my lily white legs also.

Yesterday I coloured up this little lady, so this morning I put her on a layout.  Normally I make the card first and then colour but sort of swapping around to make the most of the sunshine.
The base layer is a lovely pearlescent lime textured card from the Hobby House and the image is also from my new stash from the Hobby House.  The papers yep those were new stash too, from the Hobby were the pearls, but they were just top up honest.    The sentiment is an MSE one and the flowers on this occasion are from Wild Orchid.

Here is a close up of the copic coloured image
I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges, before I rush into the sunshine again
Make it Colourful - Black Hair
The Crafty Pad - Circles
Paper Sundaes - Sparkle, Pearls and Die Cuts
Sparkles Forum - anything goes
CES - Spring Colours and Images
Fussy n Fancy - Springtime
CRAFT - Flowers

oh and don't forget those chances of winning at Our Vintage Affair, see the candy here 

I would like to say hello to my new followers and thank you for the lovely comments from my visitors


All Square with Crafty Individuals

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Sometime ago now I stamped up some Crafty Individual stamps, I aged them and then was at a loss to what to actually do with them and then the opportunity arose, so dusted off and glass cracked here is what I actually eventually have done with them.  This is not my normal sort of creation and I am not sure I am in the groove with this card, but I do now and again like to try something new.
The base layer and contrast is a mocha pearlescent paper, with cream pearlescent paper on top that has been embossed with little roses, the frames are embossed with Tim Holtz bark effect embossing folder and the little Crafty Individual images have been stamped, distressed and the shattered glass effect on top of that.

I am going to try entering this into the following challenges
Dutch Dare - Cracked Glass
Simon Says Stamp - Emboss it

Hope you are enjoying your extended weekend

Our Vintage Affair Blog Candy

Good morning to you all in the land of blog

Today is an exciting day over at

We at Our Vintage Affair are giving you an opportunity to win one of

Every DT member together with OVA itself are offering a blog candy to enjoy! 
That is a total of  9 happy scrappers will enjoy our candies!!!

So pop over to Our Vintage Affair to see all of the Candy on offer

If you want to win one of the OVA's candies, here are the 5 requirements:
1. Write about OVA's Blog Candy in your blog.

2. Leave a link to that post in Inlinkz under this post.
3. Post a candy badge (above) in your blog side bar with a link to OVA blog:

4. Leave a friendly comment in every DT member blog.

5. Become a follower of OVA's and every DT blog if you wish, but it is not a requirement...

The OVA CANDY is open until:

  24.00 on 31st of May!!! 

The totaly of 9 winners will be chosen! 
Every DT team member will choose the winner using randomizer program. 
Winners will be announced 5th of June! 

Do not hesitate to participate and invite your friends as well! You CAN win any of those candies!

Here is an image of the candy you can win from my hop

It consists of 
A Pack of Mark's Finest Papers clear stamps
6 different types of lace 

Good luck!

This post will remain at the top of my blog whilst the candy is on offer

thank you

Kate xx

Sunday 24 April 2011

Perfect For Fathers Day

Good morning to you all and

This morning I would like to show you a compilation of stamping from a stamp set that I got from Grimsby Crafts, this is the Forever Friends Fishing Stamp set.  This is a start on the many fishing related cards that I will need over the next few months

Here is a Father's Day Card
base layer and contrast is a lovely bright yellow and the papers I am so sorry but forgot to check before I through away the strip, but they are available in Grimsby Crafts.  Little pearls are from Hobby House, it was lovely to see Jill yesterday as I went for my top up of pearls and flowers and I also got a few other bits, will show you them soon.  The corner dies are from a Marianne Creatables set. 

Well after last nights heavy storm, I am going to quick wipe of the garden chairs, finish off a couple of cards I started after colouring the images in the garden yesterday and then after pottering on a few household jobs I am going to hopefully sit out again today.

I would like to enter this extra large (Grand Calibur Card) into the following challenges
A Gem of A Challenge - Pearls or Swirls
Alphabet Challenge - Y is for Yellow

OK that would be me, hello to all my new followers, and thank you to those lovely visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments

Saturday 23 April 2011

Pink, Browns and Creams for the Secret Crafter

Good morning to you all
Today sees the next challenge at the

The theme this week is chosen by our very talented Bridget and she chose

Pink, Brown and Cream

I had to create a very special Birthday Card for a fellow DT member on another challenge and just adore this image and felt it would be perfect for her as would the colours. (found out since that she loves Sweet Pea images too - bonus)

Here is what I created for my design team inspirational piece
The base layer and contrast colour is the cream with papers from Prima to compliment in the pinks.  The image is by Sweet Pea and she is beautiful to colour.  I used the creams, browns and pinks and added some distressed vintage photo around the image and sentiment along with some over stamped swirls.  A little clear gel sakuro glitter has been added for a little extra special sparkle.  The punch is a new one the MS double heart the ribbon from stash as are the pearls.  The image is coloured in copics. The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo black.

Please do pop over and see what other delectable goodies the other teamies have created.

Talking of goodies, I just have to show you what I came home to Thursday, just a fabulous way to start your holiday.
I would like to say thank you to Miria who thought of me and sent me this very thoughtful gift all the way from Italy and just look at the little postcard, so pretty (hugs to you Miria)

well before I rush off to eat these little lovelies I suppose I ought to really finish this post

I would like to thank also, all my wonderful visitors that take that extra time to leave me such lovely comments and say hi to my new followers.

I am going to enter this little creation - no not the treats! but the card into the following challenges
Delicious Doodles - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - Ribbons and Bows
A Spoonful of Sugar - Let's Celebrate
Anything Goes - Pink and Brown
Woodware USA - diecuts/punches

Enjoy the rest of today and have a great Easter Sunday
Hugs Kate xx

Friday 22 April 2011

Winter Wonderland Silhouette

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today sees the next challenge at

Your host this week is me and I chose the theme of

A Christmas Silhouette

We are sponsored by


who are very generously giving the winner a $15 Gift Certificate

Here is my design team inspirational piece
The base layer and contrast is black card, with papers from a Wedding Pack sorry cannot remember the name.  The image I located on the internet, by searching for Christmas Silhouettes.  I was spoilt for choice on what image to use and I stuck to the true monochromatic look.

I would like to enter this simple creation into the following challenges
OWH Stars and Stamps - Monochromatic
Claudia and Co - Clean and Simple
There she goes - Monochromatic
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

I would like to welcome all my new followers and say thank you to my existing followers and my visitors that leave such wonderful comments

Enjoy your Good Friday

That is some sizeable bottom!!!!!!!!!

Good morning to you all
I would like to share with you another stunning image from the Dragons Lair this little cutie is called "Does my Bum Look Big In This!"
Just a perfect image for a masculine card

Here is what I created with him
doesn't he look so cute?

I have used a base layer and contrast colour of turquoise blue card, complimented with some digi papers and used the MS daisy punch for the trim, the sentiment is part of a FF stamp

I would like to enter this very masculine card into the following challenges
Meljens Designs - Masculine
Southern Girls - Green and Blue
The Pixie Cottage - Happy Birthday
Digital Tuesday - Punches
Scrap Creations - Digital Image

I would like to say hello to my new followers and thank you to those of my lovely visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments

Hugs and Enjoy your Good Friday Bank Holiday

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Our Vintage Affair Monthly Layout Challenge

Good evening to you all in the land of blog
This evening marks the last sleep prior to my eleven days off from work, although I will be busy tomorrow, I will not be able to wait till tomorrow night

I have some new stash I want to play with :) and cannot wait

However this evening is the commencement of the next challenge at

It is a layout challenge
with a theme of


Our Monthly sponsor is

with this fabulous prize and the DT were lucky enough to be provided with some gorgeous papers to get creative with

Here is my design team inspirational piece
I really enjoyed creating this piece, gorgeous papers and another fabulous photograph of my wonderful sister, that I miss so much and just look at those gorgeous pearls :)

A close up of my sister delivering her Yoga class

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Cooking It Up with Katie - Flowers, for a lady and pink
Crafts and Me - Pink and Sweet
Crafty Creations - 1 technique, 2 embelishments and 3 patterened papers
Anything Goes - Pearls
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge

Do pop over and see the other design team creations as they are fabulous, and don't forget that that amazing CANDY

I would like to say thank you to my wonderful visitors for their lovely comments and hello to all my new followers

Hugs Kate xx

Monday 18 April 2011

Have a Mice Day

Hi all
You know I was looking back to when I started my little area of blog land, and realised that my posts used to be so much more interesting than just a card, and how it was made and where to get the bits from. So I made a mental note (no funny jokes now!!) to try to write much more interesting posts.  I wish I was as good at writing posts as Carmelina such a talented writer, holding your interest in each and every post. 

My own dearest husband has a blog (not that he uses it) but his first few posts were really funny, humorous and so made you want to read them. It is a shame he did not continue with it.  

Yesterday I had a class to run at Grimsby Crafts, so 12.15pm came and I kissed the hubby and told him to enjoy his afternoon, jumped in the car with my tools for the day and watched as he very kindly opened the gates for me :)  only to have him close them a few minutes later...........................

You see my little car did not want to start in fact the sound it made was rather pathetic to say the least.  But I did that smile sweetly bit and locked the car and jumped in his - what a girl will do to be chauffeured these days :)  I wish I could own up and say that I had took off the distributor cap (and yes for those wondering, I do know what one is and where it is and could take it off) but that is totally not like me honest "smiling sweetly"

So off we went and I called my friendly mechanic, who very kindly (yes on a Sunday) popped around to see what the issue was and resolved it all whilst I was doing my class.  He is such a darl and then not only was that good service he phoned me this morning to see if it had started for me for my trip to York (yes I said I am here) so I have now booked in my service for next week.  Cannot have my car feeling poorly :)

Anyway moving on before you all fall to sleep, I just had to show you a photo from the class.  Now the reason for showing this is that it has been confirmed in the class that the Grand Calibur is the perfect piece of equipment for trimming up our waists, I must learn to use mine left handed as well as from the right so to even out my toning and the conclusion of this came from watching this impressive lady go :)
Of course if you want to see it for yourself you would have to book in on one of the classes

On that note, here is another card created for the next class at Grimsby Crafts
This will be me after eating all the Easter Treats this weekend :)

This is another twisted easel card. The base and contrast colour is peach card stock, and the papers are Graphic 45.  I have used the MS double heart punch and the smaller of the grand nesties for the image and one of my small nestie circles and the lotus pendant shapeability for the inner return. The ribbon is from stash and coloured with copics as are the pearls.  The flowers are new in at Grimsby Crafts and come ready glittered up. I have used the Forest Moss distress ink and a corner punch from a Prima pack of clear stamps. All products available at Grimsby Crafts.

I think that about does it for now, besides I have a large piece of chocolate cake at the side of me that says "eat me" so I just have to obey it. (you would I know it)

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Cupcake Craft - Lots of Layers
Karen's Doodles - Lots of Layers
Stamp with Fun - Birthday
There is magic in the air - colour challenge
2 Sisters challenge - Bingo (diagonal punches and die cuts, glitter and glimmer and flowers)

I would also like to say hello to all my new followers and for those of you that joined me through the OVA Candy good luck in the draws.  Thank you to you all for the lovely comments, I appreciate everyone of them.

Enjoy the rest of the week

Saturday 16 April 2011

Stitching with the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today sees the new challenge at

Beate has chosen the theme this week of


Here is my design team inspirational piece
This is a tilted easel card, the base colour and contrast is a lovely deep purple and the complimenting papers are Prima.  I have used my grand nestie circles to create the image plate and used one of my smaller nesties for the image and the sentiments.  The MS punch is the double heart and the ribbon is Papermania.  Pearls and flowers from stash and the distressing is Tim Holtz Mustard seed.

Here is a close up of the image which is only available from the Secret Crafter
The image is called Canoodling On a Bench. The image has been coloured with copics and a white gel pen for highlights. 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Delicious Doodles - All Stitched Up
Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Spring Time
Pals Paper Arts - Flowers
Crafts and Me - Ribbon
For Fun Challenges - Purple, Yellow and Green
Freshly Brewed - Cute and Sweet
Paper Variety - Flowers
Flourishes - flowers flowers everywhere

I would like to welcome my new visitors and say thank you to my lovely visitors who leave such inspirational comments, love them all

Enjoy your day

Friday 15 April 2011

A Little Mistletoe for the Ladies of Winter Wonderland

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today is the turn of team Marianne to showcase their inspiration for the challenge at

Winter Wonderland,

however I always like to keep up with my Xmas cards so I have made one this week too.

Lynsey is hosting this weeks challenge and she has chosen the theme of Mistletoe

So here is what I created with one of my favourite old Gillian Roberts stamps
The base layer is that deep lime green as is the contrast, the sentiment is WOJ which is sat on a nestie fancy tag. The papers are from the Secret Crafter and are by Dovecraft, Fancy Christmas I believe. The gorgeous pale blue distressing is tumbled glass by Tim Holtz available at Grimsby Crafts.  I have coloured the ribbon to match the card with my copics and the image is coloured in copics also. I used liquid appliqué for the mistletoe berries

Don't forget to hop over and see what this weeks design team have created

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
A Spoonful of Sugar - All creatures great and small
House of Gilli - Ribbons and Pearls
Daboodle Doodles - Cute and Cuddly Animals
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas - Going Round in Circles

I would like to say hello to all my new followers and thank you to my lovely visitors who leave such wonderful comments.

Enjoy your day
Kate x

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