Thursday, September 30

"Oh no, Dr Frankenstein...................... mustn't, it's just not right. How will poor Luca manage?"
The theme at Sunday Stamper #122 is 'Black' and as well as using the colour I have gone for a macabre, black comedy effect. I've used the Burtonesque Dolls challenge #20 sketch which also has a theme of Edward Scissorhands. I must confess though it was more like my scissor hands that chopped poor Luca's head off!
The stamping supplies are a Sugar Nellie Balloon Boy stamp, one of the birds from the Inkadinkadoo set I'm always using, an Imaginisce cobweb and 'SPOOKY' sign, Anita's basket and of course my favorite harlequin background from Kars. That's 7 stamps on one card including the little heads which are made from the Stampendous trick or treat bag. They'll be a chance to win one of those tomorrow as well as 2 more examples of how it can be used.
** Kate **

Wednesday, September 29

Less is more, but more is better

That's the motto of one of the challenges I follow, but could definitely be applied to my love of Magnolia's. I decided to tidy the stamping and inking corner after last week's WOYWW and found this envelope stuffed with stamps, most of which I haven't tried yet.
This is the tidied corner.
The 'slightly not right' butterfly has had some musical notes added but I'm still not sure where he is headed. My water soluble pens are on the right in the colourful tin. They're starting to run out so I might have to invest in some Aquamarkers.

Here is the work in progress.
Something strange and macabre is going to happen to those sweet little trick or treat bags, just wait and see! I also have a spare copy of that stamp to give away in a Halloween mini candy. Details to follow at the end of the week.

On the home front, we have a new computer mouse. You can't imagine the difference it makes when you move the mouse and the cursor follows you on the screen!

Almost forgot, hop over here to Julia's and there are plenty more desks to look at.

** Kate **

Tuesday, September 28

I've Survived

Yes, I'm still here. Didn't get eaten by these......
charged by these..........
squished by these...........
pecked by these..............
or cuddled to death by these..........
Did have to get a card made for a rugby playing nephew's 16th birthday and went for the predictable joke with a skeleton twist.
** Kate **

Friday, September 24

Just A Quickie

A little crafting for some calm among the mayhem and cos I'm late with a friend's engagement card.
I've used Cosmo Cricket supplies and the Kathy's Waffle sketch for September. I'm hoping to get a scrapbook page made with this layout too but at the moment it's still in the planning stage.
I'm also entering this at Keep It Simple for their 'bling' theme, the bling in this instance is from a pack of Papermania jewels.

Wish me luck for tomorrow, coach leaves at 8am and returns who knows when. If you were thinking of taking your family to Longleat on Saturday DON'T!

** Kate **

Wednesday, September 22

WOYWW - #68

It's the time of the week where I share my mess.

This is my stamping and inking corner.
Those stamps are in a heap but I promise you they are all clean (Julia!)
Here is the work in progress.It's supposed to be Tim's Alcohol Ink agate for this week's Studio L3, but lacking a couple of the vital ingredients it looks nothing like it. Still usable though, just got to decide what to stamp over it.

Talking of usable, I blogged this picture a couple of WOYWW's ago.
Don't expect to see the finished project any time soon. I dropped an ink pad sticky side down and ruined the lot, doh.

The rest of this week is going to be too busy for my liking. I've guide/school meetings every night and then a big event on Saturday, but all I want to do is crawl under the duvet and stay there.

If you want to see more desks, hop over here to Julia's Stamping Ground.

** Kate **

Tuesday, September 21

Bats and Brooms

Ooh, get me, blogging twice in one day! Not sure when some of the challenges for this one run out so there was no holding it back for tomorrow.
The shutter card is made from Core-dinations Black Magic card and I've used some new Sizzix Halloween embossing folders from Cutting Edge Crafts.
Tilda's getting broomed up for Halloween along with some batty friends. I've used Copics to colour her in. The bit of orange with bats behind her is a scrap of Imaginisce paper I had left over from a Creative Moments DT kit last year. The rest of the images have been matted onto We R Memory Keepers paper.
I've also been buying some new charms to put on paper projects and jewellery.
This little batty chap is one of them.

Lots of challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlites - Bats and brooms.
Magnolia Down Under #64 - Fancy folds.
A Spoon Full Of Sugar #122 - Anything goes.

** Kate **

Christmas Tag

I've got a Christmas tag to share today.Will I ever get bored with my new Harlequin background? I don't think so. The other stamp I have used (from my Tidworth shopping stash) is from the Papermania's Henbury Lane Poinsettia set. Mrs Dunnit, and others, had complained (just a little) about the quality of the previous Henbury Lane stamps. I haven't seen those but can definitely confirm that this is a lovely set of 'folksy' stamps, nicely outlined with areas to colour in.I've inked the tag with Broken China Distress Ink, but switched to Impress Ink to stamp the diamonds. The parcels are stamped with VersaFine and then painted with Distress Inks.

Tag you're It - Colour challenge.
Tuesday Taggers - It takes all sorts.
Caardvarks - Clean and simple.
Creative Inspirations - Tag it (edited to add them on as I linked and then forgot to mention it!)

** Kate **

Monday, September 20

Monday Musings

Well now that's something that hasn't happened here in a while, musing on a Monday. It was Hels that set me off with Sunday Stamper #121 - Movies. I thought I would make a tribute to a film that I would place, without hesitation, in my top 5 greatest films ever made Gone With The Wind.
My mum would not agree with this praise, referring to a trip to see it as "4 hours of misery."
My tribute became more poignant when I was researching the text I wanted to use. I knew 'Gone with the Wind' was in the opening lines somewhere, in fact the text I wanted is the prologue. As I was googling away I realised that Cammie King Conlon had died earlier this month. Cammie, at the age of 4, played the part of Bonnie Blue Butler in the film, the daughter of Scarlett and Rhett.

With her passing, the cast of the film pass into history, iconic film stars of a golden age. "Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind...."

** Kate **

Sunday, September 19

Getting Christmassy

At the Imaginisce blog there's a challenge to get Christmas card making underway. I still haven't got the batch making started but I have made another one to add to the pile.
I've used Totally Taj papers and punched some mini berries from the remains of yesterdays project, my precious. I've scrunched and distressed everything and added a bit of gold and green rub-on metallic finish. The background stamp is from my shopping trip last Wednesday and is a large Anna Griffin design that was on special offer so I couldn't resist.
Other challenges:
Winter Wonderland - Monochrome (greens)

** Kate **

Saturday, September 18

The Butterfly Effect

I've been adding things to this page for a few days, spending 5 minutes on it here and there.
I've used a sketch from the Imaginisce blog and my last piece of precious Moroccan Chic paper, I just have tiny little scraps left now, I just loved this paper.
I've combined it with some plain Core-dinations card I got on my Tidworth shopping trip. A big 6x6 stack so that I can find little bits of co-ordinating card without having to cut up big sheets. I've stamped on them with Bouquet and Dandelions Imaginisce stamps using a Lightening Black Brilliance ink pad.
Studio L3's latest instalment from the Compendium of Curiosities is mask basics.
I've used a big Tim Holtz flourish and spritzed it with gold perfect pearls mixed with water. After taking it off for cleaning, I stuck it back down without lining it back up perfectly and sponged through a little of the Lightening Black ink to give the shape more definition.
The butterfly idea comes from a card I saw in Papercraft Inspirations, I knew I would have to have a try at it at some point.

** Kate **

Thursday, September 16

Ghoul School

Thanks for all the comments left yesterday. Who knew that you could fill an entire day in Tidworth and still not get time to go to Lidls!

Spent lots of time and lots of money in Kraft Crazy and met up with Julia (Mrs WOYWW), but no Kay, I didn't curtsy. We had a late lunch along with my sister and talked, lots, desks were mentioned amongst many other things.

Now on to the important bit, what did I buy? I've decided not to blog a picture of the pile, that would be too easy. Instead I am going to try and use most things on my projects over the coming weeks, because I so often buy things and then they languish in a carrier bag or box until I can't remember why I wanted them.
This is a little notebook I've altered. The background is a wonderful Tim-esque Kars stamp. It's a whopping 6x5 inches and I hope it will be transforming plain and patterned papers alike on my projects. I've used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress inks and edged with a new VersaMagic purple ink I bought.
The little skater dude is part of a new Sugar Nellie set I had delivered recently (I say new but I think it's last year's design). I've printed off the wording and then the little sticker at the top is from a Craft Planet sticker set which I thought would make nice little accents to my seasonal projects.

Challenges for this one are:

Burtonesque Dolls #18 - Ghouls school
A Spoonful of Sugar #121 - Fall colours
Allsorts #69 - Autumn colours

I've an awful lot of WOYWWers to catch up on, a broken vacuum cleaner and clothes horse need replacing too, so I can see that my desk snooping could go well into the weekend.

** Kate **

Wednesday, September 15

WOYWW again!

Yep it's Wednesday again and time to share workspaces with the masses.

My desk from a different angle............
I've filled up the floor in front of the desk so that I can't reach it! This is so that I can turn out a load of magazines I don't look at any more which, hopefully, will give me room to push my supplies back into. There is a plan, there is a plan, there is a plan (repeats until actually believes it herself).

Whilst I was taking this photo I noticed a knot of ribbons and fibres that need a bit of love and attention.
Once I've seen the Dinky Diva off on a school residential trip I am off out for the day leaving SMO in charge of the Branston Pickle. I've got a secret assignation, sshhh, don't tell anyone but I might be meeting up with the WOYWW queen herself, Julia!! I'm taking this little birdie with me.
I'll be viewing other people's desks later this evening and tomorrow. Pop over here if you want to have a nosey too.

** Kate **

Tuesday, September 14

Give us a Swirl

Where does the time go? Tuesday already! The current challenge at Keep It Simple is 'Give us a swirl'.

The swirl is from Inkadinkado, Hanna kindly sent me the patterned paper and the greeting is from a magazine freebie.

I'm entering the following challenges as well :

Create4Fun #37 - Red, white and blue
Sunday Stamper #120 - Blue and red
Fussy & Fancy #19 - Christmas colours, but not a Christmas card (I've seen some aqua, red and kraft Christmas cards and I'm planning a version of my own.)

** Kate **

Friday, September 10

We will always have Paris - part #3

Here is the final instalment in the Parisian trilogy, very different style to yesterday's project.
I started out with the lovely new mini stencils from Prima that come in a set of 5. They are all bolted together which I didn't quite get the idea of, so I snipped them apart and spritzed over the Eiffel tower with meadow green Glimmer Mist. Then leaving the stencil in place I layered one of the frames from the same set over the top and then used my favorite Glimmer Mist - Dewberry.
I stamped all around the edges in VersaFine blank ink using a making Memories stamp set called Passport. The edges of the paper were then distressed using a water technique. I cut a frame from packing card and painted it with cream acrylic paint. I stamped it with blue text from PaperArtsy and black Laura Ashley butterflies (see I said the black butterflies were now a regular feature - think I need them on my blog header). After a good sanding to rough all the edges up, I rubbed gold metallic rub around them.
I like the look of the printers blocks that people like Hels use on their projects, but I don't have any, so I decided to create some. I cut plain packing card and inked it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then reversed some old chipboard letters and splattered them with various colours of acrylic paint. Stuck it all together with a Cosmo Cricket tag and flower and I was done.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Sir Stampalot September - All distressed
Artistic Stamper - Rainbow (I've packed as many colours in there as I could)
Sunday Stamper #119 - All kinds of everything
Stamp Man Challenge #5 - Distress
Daring Card Makers - Masks (lucky fluke that they launched that one today!)

One last thing. Don't forget if you splatter paint anything, put some spare white card underneath and you automatically get an extra piece of art.....
.......or perhaps that's just a load of old Pollock's.

** Kate **

Thursday, September 9

We will always have Paris - part #2

After a very long day yesterday, which involved not only Branston Pickles 1st ever ballet class (the less said about that the better), and not getting back from a school meeting until 9pm, I was in no mood for crafting. It was tea, Ultimate Big Brother and sleep that I wanted.

This morning, still feeling very tired, I have managed to put together the elements for one of my 2 Paris projects.
Tilda is off on her travels aided by some Cathie Shuttleworth accessory stamps I bought for her on e-bay. More of them to come on future projects.
The cute background paper and bar-code that she is sat on are from a Kirsty Wiseman mini kit. I've finished it all off with a Wild Orchid Crafts flower, Making Memories lace and a couple of stickers from Accessorise.
I'm entering the following challenges:

Just Magnolia #71 - Anything goes
Totally Tilda #4 - Lilac and lace
(the papers are red and blue but my near to death toner gave them lovely lilac and pink tones)
Copic Creations #34 - Pleats and folds in clothing
Crafty Calendar - Blue and flowers

I will try to complete the last in my Parisian blog trilogy tomorrow.

** Kate **

Wednesday, September 8

We will always have Paris, part #1

The desk looks very much like last week and the big metal heart still isn't on the wall. Here is what lies in the current project pile.
There are 2 separate and very different Parisian projects on there brought on by the fact that there are lots of nice supplies around at the moment. The remains of a couple of past projects are there too. The Wonky candy is till intact, don't know how long that will last, and the remains of a Christmas project which I have sent off and can't share yet.

In a previous WOYWW several people (well at least 2) asked me to report back on how I got on with these dies.
They have worked very well and combined with the excellent price I would highly recommend them. The 'sandwich' for the Big Shot/Kick which I use is (from bottom to top) -

  • Tab 2 of the universal whatsit (that's completely closed).
  • Cutting plate (with or without a sticky magnetic sheet, it works with both)
  • Die - cutting side up
  • Paper/card right side down
  • Cutting plate

I'm not a cuttlebug user but my forum friend Kath has advised (I don't speak Cuttlebug so I hope it makes sense) -

Plates A and C. Lay the die on top with the cutting edge up. Lay paper face down onto the die. Cover with plate B. Run through CB.

To emboss.........Plates A and C and leave die and paper in place. Cover with foam mat, then plate B. Turn through machine.

That leaves me with 2 new projects to play with.

If you feel the urge to see more workdesks and creative mumblings click over to Julia here and catch up with all the other WOYWWers.

** Kate **

Tuesday, September 7

Autumn Gold

Here are my entries for the Tag You're It September swap - Autumn Gold.
I've used a bit of left over BoBunny Olivia paper at the top.
The leaves are from a stamp that was free with a magazine and I've embossed them in gold and enchanted gold powders.
I'm also entering them for:

Keep It Simple challenge #2 - Take a leaf, because you could write a message on the back and give them as cards they are approx 6x3 inches in size. Someone will have to leave a comment and slap my wrists if I'm not allowed to do that!

Caardvarks sketch challenge.

Oh Alice #29 - Sparkle and shine

Not blogged much over the last few days, I've been busy spending my free time crafting. After all, there's no point doing lots of blogging and not creating anything!

** Kate **