Wednesday, August 6

WOYWW #270

I think it's exactly 20 weeks since I was last here for WOYWW.  "And what's on your workdesk?" I hear you say.  Well, nothing actually.  I have exactly nil projects in progress at the moment (other than the ones that have been sat in a box for months, because we all have a box like that, right?)

I have been sorting my supplies though.  In an attempt to reduce my stash by about 2/3rds so that it reflects what I actually use and fits into the space that I actually have, I have been purging big time.  Stamps are one of the items to be hit hard.  Here's the current status of cling and clear stamps.
Basically, I kept every stamp that ever came my way, whether I used it or not and that was a situation that could not continue.   All of the foam backed ones that I never use are gone along with loads of those free ones off the front of magazines.
I think there are more that can go, but at least they are (nearly) all on the shelves.

I found this really cute set of chicken wire shelves for my Distress Stains and Paints.  They are full, so no room for any more, well i could probably squeeze in a couple.
Before you consider me a paragon of virtue and remove my name from the list of messiest desks, I have to admit that my paper supplies still look like this.
So a bit more work to do there!  Happy Wednesday.


Tuesday, August 5

BoBunny Scrapbook Page

So, yesterday I said that today I would update on my craft stash reorganising, but that was because yesterday I thought that today would be Wednesday, but it's not, at least I don't think it is?  Ah, the joys of the summer holidays when the children fighting and arguing blurs from one day into the next.
This little cherub is no longer so little, but still just as messy.   I made this page using a sketch from Shimelle for an inspiration party that ended in June, so only slightly behind the times!
The background paper is one of those designs I've been hoarding, Mama-Razzi2 from BoBunny.  The designs are covered in lovely old camera prints and shutter designs.  The colour combo is a bit dark though - powers that be Mama-Razzi3 in pastels with a shot of brights running through it please.
I've done the classic 'pick colours from the photo' for the embellishments, using pink, yellow and aqua.  I think most of it's Kelly Purkey's Mon Ami, I couldn't resist using that 'Foodie' arrow in the top right-hand corner.  The alpha stickers are a mix of old Papermania foam ones and Tim Holtz little type writter ones.

Back to being referee, seconds out, round 4!

(Oh, and that update on my supplies organising tomorrow, definitely.)


Monday, August 4

Nautical Blueprint - Tim Holtz

A few days on and I'm feeling a little better.  Nothing like a vent and a good rant to clear the cobwebs.  I've taken on too much this summer and not left any time for summer. I have to accept that, make the most of things and remember not to do it again!

I have to keep remembering to nurture my creative side, otherwise I am just not me.  There are a couple of new creations on my desk, for some reason the blogging part has been a stumbling block.  When I sat down and thought about it, I really didn't want to give it up, so here I am.

Whilst I've not had the time I would like to create, I have been signed up to Camp Scrap over at Craft With May.  There are so many videos to watch, I have them playing in the background whilst I tackle my chores.  This card is for a birthday coming up and uses one of the sketches from the 'By Design' section.
 It's practically all Tim Holtz products.  The Nautical Blueprints stamp set, I love.  The whole of the sea horse stamp is used as the main feature and then I have cut the shells out from the others.  They are stamped on a cream water colour paper and coloured with Distress Markers.
I've used the Marker Spritzer with pale colours like Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender for subtle colour across the images.
The background paper is by Tim too, from the Menagerie 8x8 paper pad.  The sentiment is stamped with silver pearl embossing powder, my all time favourite, it looks different with every surface colour you use it on.
I plan to be back tomorrow with an update on my house sorting and drastic reduction in craft supplies.


Saturday, August 2

An Unexpected Break

It looks as though I have taken an impromptu break from blogging.  Totally unintentional, but there it is.  I don't seem to be able to fund much joy in anything at the moment.  The summer holidays seem to be a never ending list of chores rather than a list of fun family activities.  Some when, somewhere I hope to be able to drag myself on top of things again.  Until then.

~ Kate ~  

Wednesday, July 16

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

We had a ruby wedding anniversary to attend recently so, obviously, that called for a card.
I took inspiration from a card made by Sharon Curtis for a recent issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft.  I've stamped and embossed a swirly Papermania flower with Tinsel Red powder and used the same technique for the greeting. The background paper is the same bit of Lily Bee Designs I used on the previous card.
For the '40' I've used Tim Holtz grunge board harlequin numbers and coloured them with Festive Berries Distress Ink. 

~ Kate

Monday, July 14

Now we are six

I don't suppose many six year old boys would appreciate a Winne-the-Pooh birthday card, but it had to be done.  It's a classic that occurs once in a lifetime.
I couldn't resist and kept things simple printing the verse directly onto some old Lily Bee Designs paper and adding an even older silhouette stamp of the classic, cute characters.  The background paper is Kelly Purkey Mon Ami by BasicGrey.
He got the whole book of poems too, with a little message inside from me.  Something I hope he will look back on and cherish, even if it isn't his top priority right now!

I just have to link up over at the Sunday Stamper for week 316's book theme.  It was meant to be. 

~ Kate ~  

Thursday, July 10

Belt Bracelet Workshop

My creativity is being boosted by lots of classes at the moment and one of them is Christy Tomlinson's Belt Bracelet Workshop.
It's masses of fun and, with only the addition of a couple of items, I've managed to create these with tools and stash I already owned.  Christy's course goes into detail about stamping your own metal embellishments, which I really want to try, in the meantime I just needed to get some bracelets completed as I was keen to wear them.  The skinny one at the top is just as the belt came with pretty flowers already embossed on it.  The blue one I've combined with techniques from Rings and Things to utilise Tim Holtz fab word bands.

These make me so happy and they're just based on bargain belts from charity shops, can't wait to make some more.

~ Kate ~