Wednesday, August 31

Play and the completed album

Play is the final word from Stacy Julian.  There was a great deal of playing on holiday, in fact the holiday consisted of little else, that's only right after all.  I chose one of my favourite pictures of the week, with these 2 together and the sea stretching off into the distance.
My inking this time is using recycled packaging.  It's a sort of hard foam piece that I have inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then printed with.  I then made up my little scene with Molly Bloom and Stamposaurus stamps.  I chose the little pin-wheel as the children went to a workshop to make these whilst we were at Highcliffe Castle, so I made one from a square of card to remind us (I think you can see the real ones in the background on the 'Cherish' layout).
Then there is the album, a bit more recycling here.  I've used the card that came wrapped around some new bed sheets.  Covered it with Iron Orchid Designs and Provo Craft Garden papers and used Distress Stain and a bit of Glimmer Mist to distress the Words To Live By title. 
Inside I have attached a Tim Holtz ring binder.  I've used the brads that it came with, which doesn't give a particularly secure finish, so if anyone has discovered a better way to use these please let me know.
That's it, album done and ready for new beginnings tomorrow.  It's the 1st of the month so there will be a new challenge at By The Cute And Girly and it's the 1st day of Shimelle's 'Learn Something New Every Day' class, so please drop by if you get the chance.

** Kate **


This was the last page that I actually made for my album as I was struggling with Nic Howard's choice in relation to my intended use of holiday photos.  Nic talks of embracing every thing life throws at you and making the most of it.  Eventually, I struck on the idea of a page about how the holiday nearly didn't happen as we couldn't find a week when the whole family could be there at the same time.  In the end we had to have a belated birthday party as the Dinky Diva arrived on the Sunday and was away without us on the big day.

I wanted to have fun with the page, so I got some string and looped it around, then sprayed over it with Adirondack Color Wash in Lettuce.  Then I made up the page with Heidi Swapp journal blocks, Kirsty Wiseman chipboard elements and added the word in Doodlebug stickers.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, August 30


It's time to get sentimental and I truly wish this word didn't immediately make me think of Martine McCutcheon, but there it is 'Moment' as chosen by Steph @ The Daily Digi for the Big Idea Festival.

If there could only be one moment to highlight from my holiday it would have to be when SMO and I took 30 minutes out on the morning we were preparing to return home.  The beach gate from the park opens at 8am and we were there to nip down and walk on the sand for one last time before heading home.  Luckily the surf wasn't up and the dog walkers must have still been at their breakfast, as we had the whole beach to ourselves.
The heart shape is the left overs from a Sizzix die cut that I've used as a stencil and then added a My Mind Eye Laundry Line stamp too.  The tag and all the papers are from K&Co Citronella.
Just the last 2 album pages to blog tomorrow along with the album and then it will be September.  Yes, in 14 days I have completed 12, 11.5 x 8.5 pages and a handmade album.  My halo is very shiny!!!

** Kate **


Karen Grunberg chose the word 'Free' and talked about how we are free to choose our past.  We don't have to let events in the past, sometimes as far back as childhood, effect our choices for the future.  So, for example, if you have been told at school that you are no good at art that is not necessarily true and you shouldn't let it stop you from being creative if that's what you want to do.  The Big Idea Festival has certainly been food for thought.  As  I have been using photos from my holiday for my word album I chose to focus on the feeling of being free and relaxed that I can only achieve when I'm on holiday by the sea.
I've sprayed Glimmer Mist over a Prima mask here and painted and splattered with it a little too.  Why did I never think of painting with it before???  Thanks Shimelle for opening my eyes about that one.  The brick stamp at the front is all from Prima and if again sprayed with Glimmer Mist.
The die cuts are from Pink Paislee and the letter stickers are BasicGrey.  I nearly went without a photo altogether on this one.  In the end I printed onto plain card so that I could use the same inking on the photo.

** Kate **  


Lisa Day's word at the Big Picture Festival.  I hate having my photo taken, but I decided I had to live with it if I wanted to be part of the family albums and for it not to look like I wasn't there.
I've used Iron Orchid Designs patterned paper, Papermania kraft card and a Crate Paper chipboard camera.  The ink technique this time is my favourite, Distress Ink (in Brushed Corduroy) with water splattered over the top.

** Kate ** 

Friday, August 26

Stitchy Bear Stamps

Stitchy Bear Stamps need some projects to print in upcoming magazine features and are making their selection from the entries at the One Stitch At A Time challenge blog.  This week's theme for challenge #76 was 'Bling It On' and so I found my Short Shorts digi and got to work.
I've cut a side step card from an 8x7 inch piece of DCWV card, not as complicated as some I've seen, just one little step at the side of the main image.  Short Shorts has been coloured with Copics, just dab lightly over any printed areas and hopefully your ink shouldn't run.  If you are still having troubles try card that is not too smooth/glossy and give it time to thoroughly dry.  I use ordinary 6x4 file cards from any stationers or you could experiment with the fast draft, overlay or ink volume settings to try and reduce the density of the ink your printer is using.
I've found lots of summer accessory die cuts and built my blue, lime and orange colour scheme from there.  The other stickers are from Bella Blvd and Bo Bunny.  The lime green card is Papermania and the scalloped circle is punched from My Minds Eye Bohemia paper.
To finish off with a bit of bling I've added Papermania crystals and some Diamond Stickles.
 ** Kate **


Encouraged by Amy Sorenson at the Big Ideas Festival I've been cherishing the little things in life that make it so great and can sometimes slide by unnoticed.

Our caravan holiday this year was the first time our youngest has ever been to the beach, we'd camped before but he'd never seen the sea.  This meant it was a holiday with 100 firsts.  First time at our favourite holiday park, first time in a caravan, first sight of the sea, first paddle and so on.

He featured in the majority of my photos and this is one of the ones I really wanted to cherish.
The first ever ice cream cone on the beach and I hope the first of many.  In the photo he has a towel over his legs to collect the sticky, oozing mess.  He has it running down the back of his hand, over his chin and down his front.  I would have been disappointed if it had turned out any other way!

There are lots of inks here.  To start I sprayed Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Strawberry Shortcake and Hot Chocolate onto my craft mat and then pressed my page into the mess.  Straight away it looked like ice cream that had melted and been left to dry and I felt I was off to a good start.

I cleaned the mat and then smeared it with Distress Stains in Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Picket Fence.  I smeared a piece of card through it and once it had dried repeated again with just the Picket Fence stain.  I cut the cone from this piece of card.  The chocolate ice cream card was made with just the Vintage Photo and Picket Fence stains well mixed.  For the strawberry ice cream colour I sprayed the Strawberry Shortcake Glimmer Mist straight onto a piece of card and dabbed it with a tissue for total coverage.  That just left the flake to be cut from chocolate coloured textured card.
I couldn't assemble my ice cream without covering up some of the printed word and in the end I just covered it entirely with 3 Bugs In A Rug patterned paper and added the 'cherish' in Doodlebug stickers.  The other supplies are Papermania kraft paper and a badge from Paperchase.

** Kate **

Thursday, August 25


Day 6 at the Big Idea Festival is 'Nest' brought to us by Emily Falconbridge.  As soon as I saw the word I thought of this picture I took on holiday.
It's not a great image, a little fuzzy, but then 3 year olds don't keep still for long.  SMO and I were sleeping on a rock hard sofa bed for our caravan holiday.  Each day we had to stash all the pillows, linen and duvet in my mum's wardrobe (she had to keep her clothes in her case - it was all a little cramped but the kids thought it was a fun adventure).  On the Thursday morning the Branston Pickle was making nests in it all before we had a chance to clear it away.

I've used acrylic paint for my techniques today.  Dry brushing on a combination of Peach Bellini Dabber and a bright blue from Marabu.  I then mixed the 2 in a palette to make a 3rd colour which I painted onto bubble wrap and then printed onto the paper.
For the other supplies I used some Pink Paislee stamps, reverse stamping one of them so that the birds could face each other.  The journal spots are from a Heidi Swapp pad and there are a few gel butterfly stickers from Paperchase too.  I've used a Fiskars squeeze punch to make the clouds (it was our only rainy day all week).

I'm slightly behind with blogging my daily pages as I have been happily printing off the daily PDF in black thinking who cares if the colour ink is totally out and then the realisation dawns - I neede to print the photos!

** Kate **    

Wednesday, August 24

Team Spirit

Periodically at the home of Simply Sassy there's a competition for your creation to be included in the latest blog header, a colouring competition, yeah!  I've not had a go at this before and I had a new Sassy Girl, 'Team Spirit',  to ink up so there was no stopping me.
The competition this time had a colour theme with a beautifully coloured example from Elaine that the winners entries would need to sit along side.
I couldn't just colour her in, she needed to be made up into a card as well.
I used the sketch from CLP #39.  The papers are Prima Reflections and BasicGrey Offbeat, so I'm entering her for the BasicGrey Challenge #51 - Anything goes.
She may not become the new header over at Simply Sassy, but I have plans to make her into a little header of my own - I'll keep you posted.

** Kate **

WOYWW Progress?

I think it's progress??
The white units are now back against the wall and everything is in boxes ready to be sorted out.  I must make it clear that not all of the piles of stuff relate to craft.  There's a big bag of toys there to go to the charity shop and some camping equipment that was new this summer and now needs to be found a home.

Another update next week.

Check out all the desks today over at Julia's Stamping Ground.

** Kate **

Tuesday, August 23

Here come the girls

'Here come the girls' is challenge #154 at My Time To Craft.
My card design has come about as a combination of two things.  The 1st was wanting to have a go at Paula's chalked cloud tutorial over at the Simply Sassy blog.
The 2nd was that a delivery of Echo Park Apothecary Emporium arrived yesterday and I wanted to get creating with it straight away.  It's a Halloween line in muted shades with orange highlights.  The images are in a really Gothic style that appealed to me and I can see it getting used on lots of projects all year round.  I bought mine at Craft Obsessions.  The apothecary theme includes lots of potions.  Here's the one I used for my card.
For the rest of the supplies I used:
Distress Inks
Pink Paislee pumpkin letters
DCWV 6x6 base card
Recycled torn book page
Copics - V04, V12, C3, C5, C7, B97

I've been a little quiet here over the last couple of days.  The older children were at their grandparents and SMO and I had a day out with Just the Branston Pickle like we were new parents with just one little spoilt pickle.
The rest of the time I have been working on my craft corner.  Taking the cot down for what should be the last time, sniff, sniff!

** Kate **    

Saturday, August 20

Letter Press Effect

I was watching a demo of a letter press system the other day and, whilst I'm sure it was great value if you were planning to make 100 wedding invites with matching menus etc, I just wanted to have a play without buying anything new.  I bought some of Tim Holtz reflections stamps recently and whilst I was watching a video to remind me of their different uses I realised I already had all I needed to try out a letter press effect.
I took a Tim Holtz embossing folder from the Fancy and Floral Frames set and inked over the inside where the flowers are raised with a chalk ink pad.  Using a piece of cream card larger than the size of the folder, I placed it on the non-inked side, shut the folder and ran it through my Big Kick, et voila!
A letter press effect engraved look with the ink pressed into the image.

As this card was to be for an entry into QVC's Christmas Card competition I used a QVC message die cut and decorated it with punched pine branches and a coiled paper pine cone. 
Before anyone shouts and wants to know how it was done, I haven't had advanced access to Tim's fab new pine cone die!  I made it by coiling a spiral of scalloped paper.  I can see me using these a lot on my Christmas projects, so the die will definitely be one of my purchases when it hits the shops in the UK.

If you're a QVC customer, and you have registered to leave product feedback, please pop over and have a look at my entry and leave a comment too if you like. (It's not up to view yet, but hopefully my submission will be approved shortly.) 

As well as the QVC competition, I'm going to sneak this one in at Winter Wonderland for their men/boys challenge as I think it would be great for an elderly uncle or anyone else who prefers a more traditional style of card.

** Kate ** 


Big Idea Festival day 5 and the word on the street is 'Enjoy' as supplied by May Flaum.

As May had used a stencil for her projects and so I have decided to use stencilling as my inky technique for the day.
The stencils are made from the negative pieces of Tim Holtz masks.  I've used an applicator to sponge Distress Ink through them in Wild Honey, Broken China and Brushed Corduroy colours.
I've also used one of Tim's stamps for the tickets as I thought they fitted well with the story.
There are some chipboard cogs from Eco Green to add a bit of a 3d element and I've used my new Graphite Glimmer Mist to spray them.  Finally, the grey border is Pink Paislee Artisan tape.

The page is all about how Branston Pickle enjoyed playing on the engine so much he didn't want to try the rest of the adventure park.

** Kate **   

Friday, August 19

Bingo Cards And Butterflies

The last of my mammoth run of posts for today.  Shimelle has created a stunning scrapbook page using Jenni Bowlin supplies and thrown down the challenge to create a project using some aspect of the original for inspiration.  The page really caught my eye and so I have incorporated many aspects of it into my 6x4 album cover.

The stunning black and yellow colour scheme.
The bingo card and butterflies combination.
Big chipboard, polka dot butterfly.
Little punched butterflies.
And little labels to name a few.

I have used just the one, Wild Honey, Distress Ink pad for all of the effects.  Using an applicator to apply it to the card (then splattering with water, one of my favourite techniques), stamping the Accessorise background butterflies with it directly and mixing with Picket Fence Distress Stain to get a paler colour on the GCD Melody Ross chipboard butterfly.

Other supplies:
Paperchase 6x4 photo album
Artistic Stamper bingo card stamp
Lakeland random dots stamp
Die Cuts With A View letters and glitter cardstock
Prima say it in crystals
7Gypsies apothecary label

Other challenges:
Simon Says Stamp And Show - Bling
Craft Us Crazy #15 - Anything goes
The Stamp Man  - Anything goes with summer colours

** Kate **


On to day 4 at the Big Idea Festival now and Wendy Smedley's turn to choose a word and she's gone for 'Give', with the catch that it must not relate to monetary giving.  For my page I've thought about The Dinky Diva as a sister and found this photo from holiday to illustrate it perfectly.
After my previous disaster with blowing ink you would have thought I would be in no hurry to try again, it's here if you missed it.  However, Jenni commented that she used the technique with her nursery children to make sea weed and I thought the idea would go well with my photo.  This time I tried using Adirondack Color Wash in Stream.  This, combined with a slight satin finish to the paper, gave me more time to work the ink around.  It was far harder to control the direction though.
All of the embellishments on this page are from a sheet of Bella Blvd stickers.

** Kate **


Day 3 at the Big Idea Festival and Peppermint Granberg (I've just got to stop and say 'Peppermint', what a fantastic name!) has asked us to think about 'Less'.  Well less is certainly something I could do with right now when it comes to mess!  Yes, I admit to being a messy crafter and that is never going to change, but there has to be some way to gain a little more control over my mess?  Step forward Leo Barbauta and 'The Power Of Less', he's embarking on my quest with me, I'll let you know how we get on.
For my page ideas I had written down one ink technique that I am not comfortable with, but as the ultimate in less supplies I decided that confining my page to just doodling really fitted with the subject matter.
I'm also linking this one up with the Daring Cardmakers who are looking at Banksy's style this week.  Whilst this doesn't follow his style, it is the closest I come to a free-style graffiti look.

** Kate **


The 1st of 4 posts planned for today as I catch up with all the projects I completed last night.

Day 2 at the Big Idea Festival and the word from Tami Morrison is 'Wonder'.
Not so much an inking technique today, more of a product - Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  In this case I have used the Graphite colour.  Most of my Glimmer Mists are gold or copper based and then I spotted this one on a project, it has a lovely silver sheen to it.  I've spritzed it lightly over the whole page and then given the tag a thorough coating. 
To keep with the monochrome look the Pink Paislee stamps have all been kept in black ink.
The pictures are a little unclear photographed on the page, but the wonder is whether a crystal has formed inside this rock found on our recent holiday.

** Kate ** 

Thursday, August 18


As well as catching up from my holiday, making DT samples and competition entries, I have had my eye on 2 online scrapbook classes.  I am hoping to complete a few from Shimelle's weekend and also playing along at the current Big Picture class (details on the top right sidebar).

The big Picture class has been running for a few days now, but I was waiting to see how the prompts each day would combine together so that I could decide on what overall project I am going to make.  My decision has been made and I am going to attempt to make a page for each prompt, using the PDF provided, printed onto plain white 120gsm A4 paper, but with a different ink or paint technique on each one.  I think I've jotted down enough ideas to take me through the whole course.  The 1st day's prompt was 'Share' and of course I will be sharing the technique I use for each page here on my blog.
I've used Vintage Photo Distress Stain to make my coffee stains and splats.  The splats are made direct from the bottle (practice on spare card to make sure you have saturated the applicator with enough ink).  The coffee cup circles are stamped with a cookie cutter which has been swiped with the stain (I keep a spare set from the £1 shop for all my messy crafting).
One of Shimelle's challenges was to combine stickers on a page from more than one collection.  I took a mini book class with Shimelle at Scrap-A-Mia 2010 where she showed us how she combined stickers, die-cuts and punched elements.  It made me look at stickers and embellishments in a new way.  I'm no longer put off by the wording on some elements, I know there is a way to utilise everything.  The stickers here are from Sassafras and Girls Paperie combined with scraps of Prima and Cosmo Cricket.
I'm not planning on combining all my projects from the 2 online classes but as I was using this sticker technique anyway I thought I would for this one.

The picture is from my recent holiday.  I was hoping that all of the Big Picture prompts would be compatible with the photos from that week so my album of words will double up as a holiday memento.  We will have to see, I'm already struggling with that idea a little.

** Kate **

edited to add that I made a terrible omission not stating that the inspiration for today's word 'share' was brought to us by the lovely Amy Tan. 

Wednesday, August 17

WOYWW #115

Lots to share today, but not pictures of the work corner.  I was on holiday last week, we went to a caravan on the Dorset coast and were treated to weather good enough to allow us at least some time on the beach every day.
Since we've been back the grand re-organisation has started but, as it involves moving some furniture around and a considerable amount of sorting, there is no visible progress yet.  I have got a nice big bag of craft supplies to go to the adult education centre and an envelope started for Charity Crafter.

Whilst turning out I kept finding little bits of left overs from other projects.  I know as crafters we keep everything, as everything really can be used, but it gets to a point where you have to say 'NO MORE!'.  Whilst chucking some bits out the remains of 4 other projects fell together and I made this.
Kanban card, digi printout from Kirsty Wiseman, a die cut from a magazine, Papermania kraft card and I added some Girls Paperie words.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Smash Books.  I still haven't got an actual book but I have been playing with some of the supplies that I took on holiday with me.  Nothing finished yet, but now I keep seeing potential supplies everywhere.  Here are some goodies that I bought in Paperchase that were labelled 'Study Kit'.
And finally for those who want to know and haven't had time to Google about Smash Books yet, here's the video.  WARNING: very catchy music that will be in your head for at least the rest of the day, if not longer!

Scoot over to here to see all the other workdesks today at Julia's Stamping Ground.

** Kate **

Almost forgot, did anyone watch Wilfred last night?  May Flaum recommended it so I watched.  Laughed a little, but I don't quite get it yet, might need a few more episodes for it to grow on me.

Tuesday, August 16

So Kawaii

Kawaii refers to cuteness in Japanese culture, Leo at the Daring Cardmakers is a fan and has chosen it for this week's theme.
I think these 'Jpop' stickers that I found at Paperchase are the right sort of thing?  
I've combined them with some BasicGrey Sultry papers and a Brenda Pinnick sentiment sticker.

** Kate **

Less Is More #28

It's one layer week at Less Is More with an emphasis on ink.  I went for a very simple concept, but my goodness did I get myself in a mess!
I've used a bottle of Tumbled Glass Distress re-inker and it lived up to its name.  You have to be fairly quick to blow the ink around as it sinks in fast.  I was practicing on a bit of spare card and I knocked the whole bottle over onto the floor!  Luckily, it landed on an old scrap of carpet that the dog lies on to insulate her from the cold kitchen tiles.
I was going to stamp partly over the ink, but after several experiments I decided that either the blue ink was too dark or I just hadn't found the right stamp.  The little 'Hello' stamp is from Serendipity.

Less Is More #28 - One layer with ink
Try It On Tuesday - Anything goes

** Kate **

Monday, August 15

Puddle suit and Tweenies wellies

Can we really be half way into August, it just doesn't seem possible.  This layout started out as one of my DT makes for this month's 'Sea' theme at By The Cute And Girly.  Whilst I was looking for the picture I was going to use, of the Dinky Diva paddling, I saw this one and just had to use it instead.  I can't believe how blond the Branston Pickle used to be.
All of the supplies are from the BoBunny Barefoot and Bliss line (apart from the little fish button).  I've slit the paper to put the photo behind one of the fish, I didn't want to end up covering them all up.
After I'd finished it, I thought it could easily have been made using the Kathy's Waffle Sketch for August, it must have been subliminally calling to me!  The sketches are always great for cards and layouts alike.

Scrapbook Sisters - Anything goes
Lothian Crafts - Anything goes

** Kate **