Sunday, October 31

Jungle, Jungle!

It's the 1st of November and I hope everyone had a good Halloween, but now it's time for the new challenge at By The Cute And Girly. This month there's a Jungle theme and I have to hold my hands up and say I was responsible for this one!
I've been saving zoo keeper and safari Tilda for this month's makes and I've coloured them with Copics. The background stamp is from Magnolia too and took many layers of cutting and masking to get inked how I wanted it with Distress inks.
The gorilla and the foliage are from High Hopes and as they have a birthday theme this week I'm entering this for the challenge.

Fairy Dust Crafts is one of this month's By The Cute And Girly sponsors and I decorated this notebook with their Mushroom Ladybug image. I was thinking mini beasts!
I printed it 3 times, coloured the images with Copics and then layered them up.
My 3rd jungle make is this bracelet and stand.
The Dinky Diva has called the beads zebra and giraffe so I thought they would be highly appropriate. I decorated a stand especially for them.

So let's see your jungle inspired makes and you never know you might win a prize from one of this month's sponsors:

Simon Says Stamps

Joanna Sheen

Fairy Dust Crafts

Little Snippets

** Kate **

On the 12th day of Halloween..........

......................my Ghoul love gave to me - 12 Witches Cackling!

It's the final day of the Simply Betty 12 Days of Halloween challenge and the theme is witches, although someones had the last laugh on the poor witch on my card.
I wonder if she'll have to wait until next Halloween for someone to change her back again?
The frog is a Stampendous stamp and I've used loads of different Halloween supplies from Glitz, Craftime, DoCrafts, BasicGrey, Inkadinkado and Making Memories.
Challenges:
Simply Betty - 12 Days of Halloween, witches cackling
Daring Card Makers - Trick or treat
Oh, Alice! #37 - Halloween

** Kate **

Happy Halloween!

Sit down with a cuppa, I've got lots of Halloween pictures to share.

Yesterday I was still feeling a bit tired, but was fed up with ruining all the half-term plans, so we headed off to the Halloween treasure hunt.
It was in a ruined hill fort and the weather was glorious so the climb to the top was worth it.
And we'd even brought our own monster.
Whilst the older children hunted pumpkins Branston Pickle and I took advantage of some games that had been set out. Jenga, quoits and even a spot of croquet.
Branston found his own pumpkin.
They were beautifully carved (by UK standards!) and held clues to historical questions.
The prize at the end was chocolate and that needed some concentrated munching.
I can't share a picture of Small-N-Grubby as he has a school friend with him in all the shots, but the others were there.
Finally the weather turned on us and we headed off on the 2 mile walk home. In the end it only rained a little and we were rewarded for our efforts with a rainbow.
I've a couple of final Halloween projects to share later today once our Halloween tea is done.
Have a Happy Halloween!

** Kate **

Thursday, October 28

On the 10th Day of Halloween.........

..................my Ghoul love gave to me 10 Creepy Spiders.
Tilda's being crept up on by a spider, but I don't think she minds. I've used Core-dinations card, Glitz papers and some Kraft packing to make the card. The embossed background is a Sizzix one an it's been liberally smeared with Glimmer Mist, Perfect Pearls and black Stickles.
Whilst I was spraying the background I used too much ink, turned the card over and pressed it into the bottom of the box I was using to catch any over spray. And a monster was born.
The embossed card stamped a web image into the back of the box and I just had to make something with it. I know, I wonder what goes on in my mind sometimes too!
As I still haven't replaced my broken butterfly punch, I used a negative that I had saved and sponged ink through to make butterflies I could cut out. I'm going to keep an eye open for some little Halloween bits and bobs to stand in the bottom of the box.

Challenges:
Simply Betty - Creepy spiders.
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Purple and black.
Tuesday Taggers - Deep purple Halloween

The family are supposed to be going on an English Heritage Halloween treasure hunt today, but I am full of cold so they might just be going without me.

** Kate **

Wednesday, October 27

WOYPW

Well actually I can't even show what's on the pile today as it's all DT stuff. There was a tiny chink of sunlight just now so I grabbed this rather blurry shot of the desk overall.
I've also filled one of my jewellery stands for you to have a look at.
These are new earrings I just made with some of the new season's beads.
I've also got some of these to sell at the Christmas fayres.
If you would like to see more desks and more fab work hop over to Julia here for lots more WOYWW.

Last Chance: would the winner of the Halloween mini candy (who has been contacted) please claim by 31st October 2010 or I will redraw a new winner, thanks.

** Kate **

Sunday, October 24

A New Baby

I heard on Friday that a friend of mine had given birth to a healthy, 8lb, baby boy. Hopefully I will be able to pop in and see her today, so over the weekend I prepared this for her.A cute little Magnolia baby for the card. I've layered him up using supplies from the Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology collection. If you do look at this range online don't be fooled by its plain appearance. It has a lovely coating on like clear embossing which you can leave as is for a subtle effect or rub over with inks as I have. There's also a fab ticket roll in the collection which just has a million uses. I've used one of the mini notes too (they really are mini though!)One on them is on the inside too with the 'plain' side of the coated paper.I've made a scalloped tag to match using a scrap of patterned paper and stamping a butterfly from the matching stamp set. The 'New Baby' and 'Congratulations' stamps are Papercraft Inspiration freebies.Challenges:
Keep It Simple - Take a bow
Tuesday Taggers - Nursery rhymes - 'Hush Little Baby'
Caardvarks - Inside and out
Tag You're It - Scallops
** Kate **

Saturday, October 23

On the 8th day of Halloween ...............

.................... my Ghoul love gave to me, 8 Waltzing Zombies, dancing around a Witches Cauldron!

Bizarre or what?? Any way, the actual challenge at Simply Betty says you can choose either Zombies, Cauldrons or both. As I have no Zombies, I've gone for the cauldron option.
This whole card was inspired by the confetti that I got out for yesterday's make. I saw the little silhouette witch and thought she would look great flying in front of a full moon. I used Dusty Concord and Pumice Stone Distress inks to make the background. The stamps I've used come from a variety of sources but the main cauldron is by High Hopes.

Got to be on the ball and make sure I don't miss out on day 9.

** Kate **

Friday, October 22

Whoo-ligans!

Did you know that on a Tuesday there's a card challenge over at BoBunny? I rather like BoBunny and as this week's theme is the super cute Whoo-ligans range I couldn't resist joining in.
I've used Whoo-ligans patterned papers throughout. One of the sheets has little images on just right for cutting out and I've used 3d foam to add a few of them to the card. I've stamped a skeleton tree over one corner with an old from the Delilah range I think.
The main character has had some orange glitter accents and I found a bag of Halloween confetti from last year which I used to add the little bat.
I'm going to make some little boys birthday cards from this range, once I've got making Halloween stuff out of my system.
Nearly forgot, as well as making all those cards yesterday I found time to make an couple of apple crumbles using the wind-fall apples from a neighbours garden. The one above is my gluten free version, yummmmmmm!
** Kate **

Thursday, October 21

7 Skeleton Heads

There's a 12 days of Halloween challenge collaboration over at Simply Betty Challenges/The Burtonesque Dolls. I just haven't had time to play along - until now that is.
On the 7th day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me 7 Skeleton Heads. I've used the stamps from a Sugar Nellie set and papers from BoBunny and My Minds Eye. There's a DoCrafts rub-on for the 'Boo!' and an Ebay spider charm.
Challenges:
Simply Betty - 7 skeleton heads
Sunday Stamper #125 - Bones
Stamp Something - Halloween
Keep It Simple - Charming

And I thought the last card was a busy one, but this one has surpassed it I don't think I have ever met so many challenges in one card and in one day before. I shall need a lie down after all that.
** Kate **

A little Christmas

Only a very little. I'm still not as organised with my Christmas makes as I'd like to be.
This one's a real multi-tasker. It started out as a piece of Dabber resist work for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge and it grew from there working in different challenges along the way.
The technique is really fun and I like the textural effect it gives, no patterned papers needed. I got a second, lighter image from my stamp and I'll be creating with that one too.
Once it was dry I overstamped the corner and border with Charcoal ink using the new stamps from Pink Paislee's Parisian Anthology range. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Challenges:
Studio L3 #18 - Dabber resist
Whiff of Joy #90 - Distressing
Colour Create #56 - Purple, aqua and white
Wild Orchid #8 - Pastel

Phew, one more card to go and I think it might be my favorite of the day.

** Kate **

Autumn, Autumn, Autumn

It feels more like winter today, but there are still a few Autumn challenges around so I finally got my stamped image from WOYWW a week ago and made it up into a card.
I've used BoBunny papers and chipboard with some left over Crate Paper embellishments.
Challenges:
Kathy's Waffle - October sketch
Sir Stampalot - Autumn breezes, buttons and bows
Crafty Calendar - Autumn birthdays
Bunny Zoe's #5 - Autumn love

I've had a card making afternoon so there are 2 more challenge cards to blog today. Please pop in again later to see them, I really appreciate you dropping by.

** Kate **

Wednesday, October 20

WOYWW #72 (or WOYPW #1)

Is that right? Are we on #72? There was just no light for a picture of my actual desk and, as it's tucked away in a corner, I don't think there will be many more pics of it before the spring. With your permission, instead I have removed the top layer and transferred it to a more photogenic position, so this is the current pile. A what's on your pile Wednesday, WOYPW you see.There are some jewellery stands I've made from a template off the net and some little purple gift bags I'm making up to put the jewellery in. Latest purchases are a Websters 6x6 Christmas paper pack and sale packet of Prima flowers. The stamped images tucked there are from the new Simply Sassy range by Krista Smith for Sugar Nellie. I'm still experimenting with them at the moment.

At the weekend I took a little sequence of pictures about Branston Pickle whilst he waited for his Sunday lunch to be served up. I wanted to catch as many of his little expressions and poses as I could. Some aren't as focused as I would like but that is the point, he's always on the go.




I really wanted to collage I could save and print, but having wasted precious minutes in SmileBox trying to find a montage for portrait pics not landscape I gave up. Surely a set of 9 portrait photos is a basic commonsense requirement, SmileBox must have been set up by a man!!
If you want to see more desks, piles and general photos head over to the crafter in chief Julia.

My plan now is to visit as many desks as I can in the next hour, cuppa in hand and possibly a biccie, because I'm finding I never get back to them otherwise.

** Kate **