Thursday, March 31

Grungy Monday

Yes, I know it's not Monday, but that's the name of the fab new weekly Tim Holtz challenge at Studio L3.

The inaugural challenge is to base your project on The Twelve tags Of Christmas 2008, Tag 10. If your memory doesn't serve you that well, or if indeed you have no idea what I'm talking about, the details can be found on Tim's blog here.

I've already said on my WOYWW post that this tag doesn't really work for me. The card I chose was so porous it has soaked up the inks and not allowed the full effect to show. For the record I have used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with Gold and Interference Blue Perfect Pearls. I do like the fab shimmer they have left behind which I have tried to capture here.

The little charm is from Ebay and the pin was on a top I bought at White Stuff!

I've used Tissue Tape and a Paperchase sticker for the design. The little letters are Cosmo Cricket and the flowers are from a big jar of mixed blooms that I no longer have the individual details for.


Grungy Monday at Studio L3 #1 - 12 tags 2008, #10

The Stamp Man #19 - Anything Tim

Fab 'n' Funky #66 - Shabby chic

** Kate **

Wednesday, March 30


It's Wednesday again and a busy one for me as I have DT projects to finish for the 1st of the month. I have had to remove quite a bit from my overflow desk to keep secrets hidden, otherwise it would have been a lot more messy! There's a canvas I still haven't found a home for and the card I blogged yesterday. On the right is a tag for my entry into the 1st Grungy Monday challenge at Studio L3. I'll probably try and blog that in detail tomorrow, but right now I'm not really liking what I've done. I'll have to see if it grows on me. In the centre you can see sweeties, but don't let your mouth water too much as none are edible. Here's a close up of a liquorice allsorts bracelet, made with beads I bought online. I had a few comments about my WOYWW stand when I used it last. I'm not talented enough to make such a beautiful thing from wood, I have Julia to thank for that - or perhaps I should say Julia's husband? Pop over to Julia's blog and you will find lots of other people have linked up their workdesks and their projects so that you can have a cup of tea and a natter.
** Kate **

P.S. is anyone else getting really fed up with the spacing on blogger at the moment? I want the spaces where I put them, why is it always adding more?????

Tuesday, March 29

Artistic Goddess and a DT call

Well that's the name of the stamp of course - not me!

I've had this image waiting to be made into a card and I thought it was about time I used it. She's a Simply Sassy that I have coloured with pencils and given a sketchy finish to match her arty style.

The blue patterned paper I have used throughout is from Prima and the arty stickers are 'borrowed' from the Dinky Diva's stash.


Allsorts #96 - For a special lady

Fab 'n' Funky #65 - More than one fold

My Time To Craft #133 - Ladies day

If you love stamping as much as me then you might want to pop over to the Stampavie blog as they have a design team call on at the moment. If you don't know Stampavie then check them out that have fabulous designs on board from Sarah Kay, Mo Manning, Tina Wenke, Helz Cuppleditch and Rachelle Anne Miller.

Need I say more?

** Kate **

Monday, March 28

Wot No Challenges

I made a couple of quick cards at the weekend as I was asked for wedding cards and couldn't find my usual supply of standbys. Once I'm done I can usually find one or two challenges to enter them in, but not today!

I've made them from a few bits of left over Desert Bloom paper from one of Trimcraft's lines. These are lovely papers, but I will have to wait until April 1st to share the main projects I have been using them on.

I used the computer for the wording and luckily noticed that I had typed 'On Your Weeding Day' before I printed them; otherwise they would have made very nice cards for gardening friends!


The jewellery evening went well on Thursday. Half a dozen ladies from our toddler group, who were new to jewellery making, spent an evening playing with beads and learning a few basic techniques.

The lovely weather continues here with the rain keeping to itself overnight. Did a bit of shopping on Saturday and found the Desert Blooms paper pad in WHSmith. Then spent the afternoon crafting as the children had extra dance practice.

On Sunday I baked in the morning ready for the Dinky Diva's class fundraiser for Japan today after school. In the afternoon I went with SMO's cousin to walk the course of the local race for life that we will be doing this summer. It's 5km which we walked easily, but it's a bit cross-country and I'm not sure how much running I will be doing on the day; but I am determined to put in a bit of training and give it a try.

** Kate **

Thursday, March 24


Just a quick post this afternoon as I am preparing for a jewellery party this evening - eek! I will blog how I got on tomorrow.

The challenge at Less Is More this week is to make a masculine card. Masculine cards can be a challenge in themselves let alone combining them with the clean and simple look. Here goes....................No prizes for guessing I have used a Tim Holtz stamp here, the text is from a Kaisercraft set.

Less Is More #7 - Masculine
Crafts And Me #27 - Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink #20 - Monochrome
Scrapbook Sisters #28 - Anything goes

** Kate **

Wednesday, March 23


Don't faint anyone, but I've tidied my desk - well actually it was just the overflow desk I didn't want to be too ambitious.
Just some tools, flowers and magazines on there at the moment. Oh, and a little pile of badges that need sewing for the kids.

I've just been experimenting with these zipper flowers.
I've seen them about a bit lately and thought I would have a try.
I've used charity shop zips but if you wanted to make bigger flowers you can get a yard of zip from Maya Road for about £1.99.

That's it from me today. Check out the other WOYWWers at Julia's blog.

** Kate **

Monday, March 21

Dream a little dream

First time I've managed to get back here since Thursday. I had a horrendous day on Friday and then needed the weekend to recover. Well actually it wasn't that bad, just incredibly tiring and then the weekend was lovely and just demanded family time. Any ways, I think I will need a separate post to describe my Friday and for now I just want to blog some craft.

I made this project with the idea that it would make a great good luck card for someone with a special exam or job interview.
This cute little chap is one of the older Lili Of The Valley stamps. I picked it up from their outlet store on Ebay - you can find the Ebay shop here. I've coloured him with Copics and added a bit of Diamond Stickles.
I've used BoBunny Sophie papers throughout; flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and of course the beautiful tatting was made by my mum (I picked up a new batch from her last week, yippee!).
Lili Of The Valley #85 - Sketch
Lets Ink It Up - Diecut/punch

** Kate **

Thursday, March 17

March half-way

We are over the hump and into the second half of March already! My blog post today started as a reminder that there is still plenty of time to enter this month's Spingtime challenge at By The Cute And Girly. There are so many lovely challenges around at the moment, so I have made a new spring card that will fit lots of other themes too.
The image is a Whiff Of Joy stamp designed by Norma Fickel called 'Girl and her lamb'. I've coloured her with Copics and added an Alota sentiment stamp.
The background papers are a combination of Prima and the green Papermania capsule collection. The embellishments are from a range of places. The blue flowers are from QVC whilst the yellow rose is from Wild Orchid Crafts. The foliage ribbon is from Cuddly Buddly and the cross charm and spotted ribbon are from Hobbycraft.
Whiff Of Joy #100 - Anything goes 100th challenge blog hop
Scrapbook Sisters #27 - Spring flowers
(I made it for #26 Easter animals theme, but luckily it still fits!)
Copic Creations #46 - Blue (B00, B02, BG49, B60)
Cooking It Up With Katie #53 - Cute, green and Easter
Fab 'n' Funky #64 - Green
Creative Cottage #35 - Spring
Bling It On - Anything Goes, plus a charm
** Kate **

Monday, March 14


The crafting has taken a back seat the last few days for some family time. This morning though it's back to it and I've already stamped out some images to get creating with. Included in my little stamping session was the creation of this card for Less Is More #6 - One layer week, off the edge.
I was inspired by a class taken at last year's Scrap-A-Mia with Ifa Zainon where we cut up chipboard frames and placed text and pictures behind them going over the edge of the scrapbook page.

The frame here is an old one, very similar in construction to the LaBlanche ones. I cut a mask for it so that I could ink inside it with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamped the text with a Paperartsy stamp.

I wanted a nice hand written script for the text and in the end went for an Anna Griffin Christmas stamp.

I've a long 'to do' list for today with nothing ticked off it, so I must crack on.

** Kate **

Wednesday, March 9

WOYWW Woman!

I've not photographed my desk this morning as it looks just like it did last week, except the discount ticket for Panduro has gone - I bought a couple of bits from them to try out, it would have been rude not to.
Instead today I have what's sitting in my WOYWW display stand, a tag that I finished this morning.
This lovely lady is Valentina and she is one of the images I chose for my prize from Sketching Stamper, I've coloured her with water colours. I've made the tag base with Distress Stain - great new product, well worth having if you like to make Distress Ink backgrounds, now I need more colours. I've added some of Tim's tape down one side and hand stitched it to the tag with metallic thread. There's also metal brads and an eyelet all of which have been bashed with a small hammer to add extra detail - quite fun, especially as I am in a grumpy mood today!
Challenges - lots and some of which I'm not sure if they permit digi images, none said no digi's, but let me know if I have entered any that I shouldn't have:

Simon Says - Anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #63 - Make it girly
Try It On Tuesday - Tag for International Women's Day
Studio L3 #35 - Design details
Kaboodles Doodles #57 - Go green
Stamp Something - Digi week

Phew, I don't know how people manage to enter 20 plus challenges with one card and get them all linked up, I'd be here all day!

Now flip over to Julia's blog for lots more WOYWW goodness.

** Kate **

Tuesday, March 8

"I love Paris in the Springtime...."

Is there a little tune playing in your head now? The title combines some of the elements on my latest canvas.
The canvas has been colour washed with a water soluble ink before adding the torn book pages. It's then been sprayed with Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Hot Chocolate using a Prima mask and the edges have been inked in blue. There's lots of random stamping from a Making memories set called Passport.
The butterfly is from Pink Paislee. It's been stamped onto the canvas and then a second image has been stamped, cut out, coloured and covered in Weathered Wood Distress Stickles. Finally there's a big Prima flower to finish it off.
Sunday Stamper #144 - Nature (and #143 - Paris)
A Spoon Full Of Sugar #142 - Shabby/vintage
Crafty Calendar #18 - Spring
This evening there's lots of half-finished projects currently awaiting my attention as well as some new stamps and digis that I want to get playing with.
** Kate **

Monday, March 7

Less is more

I've been missing the occasional clean and simple card that I had been making and, after stalking a new 'less is more' challenge, I thought it was about time I joined in.
The flower is from Penny Black and the wording is from a Papermania Country Companions stamp sheet. The Spotty blue backing paper is from Craftwork Cards and is free with this month's Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine.

Less Is More #5 - Pastel
Penny Black At Allsorts - Welcome Spring
Moving Along With The Times #88 - Anniversary
Scrapbook Sisters #25 - Spring
Craft Your Passion #48 - Anything Goes
Teacher training day today so at home with the kids. It's a lovely bright, sunny day. I just need them to hurry up and finish their homework so we can get on and get outside.
** Kate **

Sunday, March 6

The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett

Book #5 - The Pillars Of The earth by Ken Follett.
Nearly a month since my last book review, but this one was an epic saga and, as I'm not an exceptionally fast reader, it was always going to take me a while.

Loved the mini series which prompted me to put this book on my Christmas list and I was very glad to receive it from my mum! If you watched the series, then the story is broadly the same. There were obviously some parts added to the series, some for sensationalism and others to help condense the story. It was a little odd at times to read about the same events happening in the book but to different characters.

If you didn't see the series, just forget my ramblings and get into the book. It's brilliantly written. I especially like the way it flows from one person's story to another. You will be walking alongside a character (yes, you feel like you are there), you'll meet up with other characters and then walk on with them instead.

What's it about? Well it's really the story of a cathedral, a constant in a world of turmoil. People come and go but the ancient pillars still stand.

There is a sequel, World Without End, which is definitely on my 'To Read' list.

** Kate **

Silently waiting for Spring

** Kate **

Friday, March 4

A butterfly hanging

This started out life as a boxed frame with 3d butterflies in it, but along the way it kind of became something else!
The butterfly specimen stamp is from Pink Paislee and I've used it with VersaMagic inks. The plain card has been inked to age it and I've added a few dots in grey here and there, also trying to give an impression of age.
Background papers are a page torn from a Making Memories notebook and a page from the newest Prima releases.
The flowers are and the beaded stamens are from old supplies and swaps. See, I don't just use new stuff all the time, although I am buying far too much at the moment!

Craft Us Crazy #3 - Nature
Cooking It Up With Katie # 51 - Spring, Yellow and Flowers

Parents evening last night, went well, all are doing fine. Hoping that means we are in for a nice spring and summer, with no dramas!

** Kate **

Thursday, March 3

Spring has sprung

It's all been very busy here and I have quite a bit of news, projects and book reviews to blog. I think I will just blog them as soon as I get the chance, so you might see several entries over the next couple of days.

First off I have my second
By The Cute And Girly 'Springtime' project to share.
Using Tim's fab die covered in Tarnished Brass Distress Crackle paint.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I've added a bit of Stardust Stickles to them and the punched butterflies. There's a vine curled around the cage cut from a Sizzix die using Prima papers. I printed the text in word and, when I looked on the internet to see who to credit it to, I found that opinions differed wildly as to who the original quote came from, not least of all depending on which side of the Atlantic you were from. I'm going to sit on the fence, and risk the splinters, to keep out of the 'who said it first' argument. What I can say is how I heard it first and that was from Spike Milligan.
On to the challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Spring is in the air
Wild Orchid #18 - Anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #62 - Spring into action
Creative Inspirations #101 - In the garden

Now for the news the Dinky Diva did not achieve enough points in her 11+ to be offered a place at the Grammar school, instead she will be taking a place at the local girls only (one of her stipulations) secondary school. She is very pleased as the majority of her friends will be going there too.

More news from me. I have a project in the gallery of Creativity magazine issue 26, in the bottom corner of page 47 and hopefully it's won me a new compact camera!
The Branston Pickle was enjoying himself, honest, I think I was getting that scowl because I had stopped pushing him so that I could take pictures.
** Kate **

Wednesday, March 2


It hasn't changed much from last week, apart from the discount leaflet that's arrived from Panduro. I'm tempted, but I haven't ordered from them before - anyone else tried them, would you recommend?

I've some pictures to share from the annual dance show at the weekend. Incredibly hard work for all concerned but very worth while. Hopefully I have blotted out sufficiently the faces of children that are not mine!

This is the Dinky Diva.
I just took a quick couple of each of them (surreptitiously, with no flash, so I didn't disturb them or miss the show). Small-N-Grubby had the part of James Bond in Goldfinger.
As you can see, he took the role very seriously.
They both gave fantastic performances and picked up prizes in the annual awards ceremony, so a great half-term was had by all.

As for today, we await the 11+ results!

** Kate **

Tuesday, March 1

By The Cute And Girly March

Well, it's the 1st of the month again and what a time for my phone line to go dead. I'm just catching up with my internet and e-mail jobs for the day. At least I haven't been able to do any shopping, so I suppose every cloud does have a silver lining (I placed 2 orders for craft supplies yesterday!)

Onto the By The Cute And Girly challenge for March and the new theme set by Carol is 'Springtime'. It's been really cold here today, not spring like at all, but hopefully a bit of colourful crafting will help to chase the chills away. Our digi sponsor this month is JLJ Designs and I have used their Lucky Bunny image to make a card.
The image is coloured with Promarkers and I've added various bits and bobs from my stash of crafting goodies to embellish it.

The lucky clover has been made using a heart punch.
Once you've created a spring project pop on over to the challenge blog and join in for a chance to win one of 4 prizes this month from our sponsors:
And of course there's plenty of inspiration over there with projects from all the design team.

Just a couple of challenges that I couldn't resist for my card:

Try It On Tuesday - Inspired by a song:

"I should be so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky!"

Lothian Crafts #12 - Bright Colours

** Kate **