Wednesday, June 30


As ever I am rushing around and trying to achieve many things at once. I've sat down for a few moments to blog, smelly hound at my feet - so that will stop me from lingering too long.

This is the current project on my desk.
Since taking the photo it has totally changed and is now in chocolate, blue and red.

I had to get my embellishment drawer out so I thought I would share a pic of that too.
This is also hanging around the place at the moment and driving me nuts.
The Dinky Diva has finally finished it, having received it at Christmas. It's been in my room waiting to be photographed but every time you brush past it, the turrets implode and the whole thing disintegrates into a heap.

I'm very proud of her work though, it's coloured all round and very neat too.
Check out other desks and workspaces over at Julia's.

One other thing I just had to mention. The nice people over at Dotcom Gift Shop have drawn up a list of '101 Lovely Craft Blogs' and have been kind enough to include mine in the list. The blog entry with all the details is here!

** Kate **

Monday, June 28

One weekend, 2 parties.

Yes it was party central here this weekend.

First off this young man, seen here is the glow of a candlelit birthday cake, was 2!
Yes 2! I can hardly believe the time has gone so fast.

The cake was made and iced by my mum, leaving me to complete the decorations. We went for Peppa Pig camping.
The Branston Pickle is quite fond of Peppa and does a very cute impression of George doing an impression of a dinosaur.

After that there came a 'bit of a do'. Members of my mum's family got together for tea and a chat to coincide with relatives visiting from Norway. I'd best stick with photos of the children until the rest have been approved!!

The beautiful Dinky Diva.
Small-N-Grubby who is rather fond of his half grown set of gnashers.
And of course the Pickle looking rather angelic sat with his grandma.
SShhh, don't tell her I used one of her pictures.

** Kate **

Sunday, June 27

Weekend off

I've had the weekend off from blogging with lots going on. Back tomorrow with pics and details.

** Kate **

Thursday, June 24

Oo-Ar Me Hearties

I've used the Tilda pirate for this week's Tag You're It project.
The same papers as on Edwin's altered tin - I forgot to mention they are K&Co. Lots of random stamps, I was sure I had a compass stamp but I couldn't find it.

The theme for the tag was to make you own ribbon embellishment. The brown edged ribbon is American Crafts.
I've painted Tilda with Distress inks and inked the edges of everything else with the same colours.

As usual I have combined the challenge with Sunday Stamper which has a 'Metal' theme this week. Next I'm off to have a late look around some Wednesday Workdesks.

** Kate **

Wednesday, June 23


Here it is the leaning tower of ...........
And in pride of place at the top (or teetering perilously, whichever way you look at it) is my completed little box using Hels Sheridan's crackle technique.
It seemed to crackle most effectively on the front. It wouldn't surprise me in the least to discover that I missed out one of the steps when I was decorating the lid.
I finally got the rose on the top completed by making a template from my replacement punch and then hand cutting the Grungepaper. It still doesn't quite have as much shape as I'd like in the petals, I need to read through some tutorials and see what I should be doing.
Inside I hand made a little butterfly, highlighting my need for a nice little stamped one that will cut out well. If I troubled to search through everything I probably have more than enough already!
I've kept the base flat and stamped a key on there for a little added secret hiding in the bottom.
Skip over to Julia's blog here to see what's going on in lots of other peoples crafty hovels.
** Kate **

Tuesday, June 22

Altered Edwin

Feeling a lot better but tired and I think my creativity might be on a bit of a break. On top of this we had a dreadful night last night. Small-N-Grubby decided to wake everyone at 1.30am to tell us he needed the loo. Branston Pickle then refused to go back to sleep until gone 5am for various reasons, one of which included a fight outside the house with lots of colourful language (not English) and broken bottles. I know I shouldn't laugh but there was masses of European hot temper in their native tongue followed by "and your mother". Then the next one would shout in a similar way followed by "and YOUR mother and your sister too". It reminded me of those old Newman and Baddiel History Today sketches.

Before all this excitement I managed an attempt at altering a little ATC sized tin for the latest Magnolia Birthday Bash challenge - altered Edwin.
I don't have many Edwin stamps but I do quite like him, I've used Distress Inks to colour him in. The decorations couldn't be particularly 3d as the tin is handled a lot by small people (it going to contain a card game that's lost its original box).
I found some old epoxy stickers with shells and starfish on that I thought would compliment the pirate feel.

Tomorrow I may get that little box finished that I had to stop making because my flower punch broke - I've had some new goodies delivered.

** Kate **

Monday, June 21

Poorly People

Small-N-Grubby and I have been poorly with a bug this weekend, so normal service has been suspended while I catch up. It's been especially awkward as it meant cancelling a trip out with the Rainbows as there weren't enough qualified adults willing to take them.

Off to get my catching up done. S-N-G has gone back to school today, you can tell he is better because he was being cheeky. As he went out the door he said to me " You could have a bit of a tidy up in here today."

Sending myself flowers to cheer me up.
Knowing my luck there'd be one of these on them!
** Kate **

Friday, June 18

Knitting and Cupcakes

Last night I went to a knitting and cupcakes gathering. I took my crochet determined not to knit but a couple of ladies had come along from a stitching group and were ready to teach the non-knitters.

2 hours later and I can cast on, knit, pearl and cast off! Add to all that discovering hummingbird red velvet cupcakes and you have a pretty good evening.

I made a flower and started knitting an I'm not sure what.
The skies the limit now!

** Kate **

Thursday, June 17

Tent News

We had a very successful day yesterday. The weather was sunny and hot but there was a strong breeze to increase the difficulty rating of our challenge.

Here is the big tent, including little helper.
Lots of wrinkles that need straightening out but at least I will know roughly how it's done once the big day finally arrives.

This is the side porch entrance, with my sister hiding in the back adjusting the curtains. There's a gap under the doorway that shouldn't be there, more tweaks needed.
And here is Branston in the sleeping area, avec wrinkles.
SMO's cousin is coming camping with us and using my old little tent, so we gave that an airing too. It takes one person 10 minutes to put up, that's a lot easier.
When not helping us with the tents, the Branston Pickle was having lots of fun in the garden. Including terrorising the cousin's guinea pigs, that hid whenever they saw him coming.
My sister has dedicated a lot of time to her garden, and it shows. Its a lovely place to spend time in, with or without tents! Branston and I went on a little tour and found there were some interesting ornamental touches lurking in the undergrowth. Like these wooden mushrooms.
And a kiwi.......
** Kate **

Wednesday, June 16


This is my desk top today.
Long to do list, some water colour effect stamping I have been experimenting with (another article from this month's Craft Stamper) and a couple of envelopes of goodies from forum buddies.

My main project of the day will be a practice run attempting to assemble this!!!
Other busy workspaces can be seen at Julia's - Here.

** Kate **

Tuesday, June 15

Numbers Tag

This week's tag has a numbers theme.
I've dug out some old supplies so don't ask me where they are from! I do know this :
Ribbon - Making Memories
Stamps - Paperartsy (numbers), BasicGrey (birds), Banana Frog (flowers)
Metal frame - We R Memory Keepers
Now for the challenges :

Tag You're It this week are looking to see who inspires you. The work of Ingvild Bolme only recently caught my eye but I am loving what she does, particularly her designer work for Prima.

Sunday Stamper #107 have the theme of 'numbers' and the layout is a gentle nod towards sketch #58 at Moving Along With The Times.

I am happy to confirm that the 2nd chrysalis has hatched and an equally dull brown moth was released this morning!

** Kate **

Monday, June 14

Another Monday Morning

Another weekend gone another Monday morning.

Here's a little card I made over the weekend using Kirsty's Banana Frog stamping tutorial here.
I've stamped a little panel for inside too, as I'd used a dark gold card base.
All the patterned papers are Pink Paislee and the stamps are Banana Frog. The big corduroy brad is from a Snowman set.
I went walking with my sister yesterday. Apparently my dad was part of a group involved in the opening of a 35 mile walk called the Avon Valley Path, some when in the 1990's. It runs from the statue of the walking Madonna in the grounds of Salisbury Cathedral to the sea at Christchurch meeting up and following the river Avon. So a mad scheme has been hatched to walk the entire route in stages.

Yesterday was an experimental 1st stage to walk a short section to see if the paths were still open, how well signposted it was etc. The signposts were there, although quite hidden in places and my map reading skills were much praised although we did lose the path a couple of times!

We were walking over chalk downlands most of the way which had lovely views in which we were surprised to see a poppy field.
Lots of the other fields were bordered with poppies too.
Eventually, after taking a couple of wrong turns, we found our way down to the river (the Ebble in this case, the bit where we meet the Avon comes later).
As we walked across the final meadow to the point where we had agreed to finish there were wild orchids.
We called it a day at that point having walked 5 miles to complete a 3.5 mile section of the path, oops!!

** Kate **

Friday, June 11


Time for a rant PUNCHES. Why do they always jam, stick, break, not cut properly aargh!!!! Is it just me? When I order a punch does it scream in horror at the impending death that awaits it in my hands.

My flower punch that I use a lot - surely that isn't why they break, you're meant to use them not just collect them, aren't you? - has jammed. Some how the bit that cuts out the flower no longer fits through the opening. I've bashed and thumped it until my wrists are sore. I've even attempted to take it apart, but the screws are so tight it won't budge. Anyone got any cures for this ailment before it goes in the bin?????

As a result I can't finish my little box from yesterday, a project that was going to get completed fully before I started the next one. Now I will have to start a new project and the uncompleted one will languish in the pile of doom that is my desk.

** Kate **

Thursday, June 10

More Work In Progress

Had the opportunity to slap some paint around yesterday so I decided to have a go at another technique featured in July's Craft Stamper magazine. This time its Hels Sheidan's PVA crackle.
For some reason the sides of the box have worked really well but the top only has a subtle mottled effect. I'm pressing on regardless as I quite like how it looks and I will be sticking loads of 3d decorations to the top any way.

There's a vase of dead flowers in my kitchen and rather than throwing them out - that would involve time and tidying - they have been allowed to decay. There is something quite fascinating and alien about papery dried roses.
You can see all the little capillaries in the petals and if you accidentally brush against it as you go past it will just crumble into papery dust.

** Kate **

Wednesday, June 9


It's Wednesday so it's time for what's on your workdesk. Now, I know I said I'd been tidying, well you'll have to take my word for it, cos it's that sort of tidying that only you know you've done. Here's the bedside table.
It's a custom built thing to house 12x12 Artbins. Over the years the weight of paper in the containers has snapped the runners, so at the weekend I unscrewed all but the top 2 and stacked the boxes on top of one another. This gave me a little more space where a 'work in progress' box could be slid in, except its full of scraps which need to be moved to the scrap box. Still, small steps, I'll get there one day.

There's my tool bag on top, still not sorted, and Branston's water bottle from last night with other bedside bits and pieces.

This is my actual WIP at the moment.
I won a Stampavie stamp from Simon Says at the Craft Table several weeks ago now and I'm just getting round to using it.

Julia's Blog will be overflowing, as usual, with desks to nosey at, so hop on over and see.

Nearly forgot, the Hebe in my garden is flowering.
It Doesn't happen every year so it's an occasion to be recorded. I love the way the white flowers have these tiny purple dotty stamen thingys on them.

** Kate **

Tuesday, June 8

Lady Tilda

Had a new stamp that just had to be used, Lady Tilda.
Not good light today, it's been raining hard, the colours are quite yellow and green really. I coloured her with Distress Inks and now I have another reason to collect them.

I got the idea for the roses under pebbles from an Article in this months Craft Stamper by Linda Elbourne. She used Tim Holtz fragments and frames and it reminded me that I had some self adhesive pebble things languishing in a drawer somewhere.
Challenges for this one :
A Spoon Full Of Sugar #107 - floral delights
Magnolia Birthday Bash #4 - easel card and unused stamp
Supplies :
Stamps - Magnolia, BasicGrey (rose), Cardio (mini swirl)
Patterned papers - Pink Paislee
Ribbon - American Crafts
Punches - Fiskars (border), Woodware (flower)
Crystals - Papermania
I've started tidying my stuff, not sure if there will be any difference for tomorrow's WOYWW, I'll have to see, there is a major amount of work there.

** Kate **

Monday, June 7

Needle and Thread

This week's theme at Tag You're It is 'Needle and Thread'.

I've used a new dress form stamp from Glitz Design and even managed some actual sewing.

My only problem with it is that this month's designs at Tag You're It are going into a swap so I am going to have to give it away!! I want to make a version for myself, which is fine as it's mainly stamping, but where can I get some more tape measure die-cuts or a tape measure stamp, any ideas?

I'm also entering the following challenges :
Sunday Stamper #106 - Letters
Sir Stampalot - Punch It
Oh, Alice! #16 - Muchness
Supplies Used :
Stamps - Glitz Design and Paperartsy
Die-cuts - K&Co
Rub-on - Basic Grey
Patterned paper - Pink Paislee
Flower punch - Woodware
Eyelet - We R Memory Keepers
Buttons - SEI

Off to make some more whilst I sit on hold on the phone to the tax office.

** Kate **

Sunday, June 6

Crafty Stash and Ugly Bugs

Still buying craft stuff. This time on the pretence that I broke the nib on my Copic fine liner.
There is no denying that I do like shopping.

Whilst getting some gardening done earlier this week the Branston Pickle trotted up to me with something in his hot little mitt and said "Got Dis".
There were actually 2 of them. We put them in a little bug box with a pot of water to keep things humid and some buddleia leaves and waited for something beautiful to emerge.

Yesterday we found this.
Not quite as beautiful as we had hoped for.

Less so when viewed from the other angle.
But the shot does show a little promise of the blaze of orange that flashed on its wings when I released it. The other chrysalis is still to hatch, fingers crossed.

** Kate **