Wednesday, August 27

Learn Something New

Shimelle tweeted a reminder earlier today that next week is the start of September and so time for her annual Learn Something New Everyday online course/challenge.  First of all there is no way that next week can be September.  Are you sure you folks just haven't got this wrong somewhere?

Last September saw a shakeup in my personal life and, as the craziness landed in mid-September, my LSNED book remains a lasting record of my state of mind at the time.  Changes in my life and priorities have left their mark.  I now have much less time and inclination to pursue my creative hobbies and I dream of returning to the bliss of creating a little bit each day and the peace of mind that it gave me.

As things have been a little shaky again this last week I've decided to keep my LSNED in diary format.  Documenting where I am and what I'm learning along the way.  If there's time for a bit of prettiness, some patterned paper or a few stamps then so be it, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it if it doesn't happen.

I just need a nice little book for my diary.  Perhaps one of these little spotty numbers from Paperchase.

Or one of these vintage blossoms from Papermash.

Will you be Learning Something New Everyday in September?  If so, what are your recording plans?

Kate

Monday, August 25

Not Again!!!

Been away camping and come home to yet another kick in the teeth.  Expect things to be a bit slow around here while I find my feet.  I did make some jewellery before I left so perhaps my 1st aim should be to photograph that and get it blogged.  It's dark and pouring with rain, so let's just hope for better things tomorrow.

Kate   

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.

Kate

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.)

Kate

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.

 Kate 

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