Tuesday, September 27

Keep It Simple

A couple of simple style challenge cards today.  The first is for Less Is More sketch challenge #34.
I've used a Papermania stamp set from last year's Christmas range (or was it the year before), this year's haven't even seen any ink yet!
The second card is for Allsorts challenge #122 - Keep It Simple combined with the Daring Cardmakers Dr Seuss challenge.
The stamps are from a little foam back set the children have.  Nice to be able to borrow their supplies for once.  Should Ta-da! be Ta-dah!  Saw it spelt differently after I'd stamped it directly onto the card, grrr.
** Kate **

Monday, September 26

Distressed!

I've been having a play with these......................
You can expect to see them liberally spread on my projects, I just love all 3 colours.  I made this little calendar page just because I wanted to use the inks.
I've stamped with Pink Paislee Phantom stamps.  Love the little cameos in this set for use all year round.
There are some prima crystals, American Crafts ribbon and a 7 gypsies sticker on there too.
Just might have added a bit of Picket Fence Distress Stickles on there too.  I like Distresss Stickles for this type of project, they add some texture without the girly sparkle.

Talking of girly, there's only 5 sleeps left until the mega surprises are unveiled for the By The Cute And Girly October challenge.  Make sure you stop by you won't want to miss out!

** Kate **

Saturday, September 24

Scrapbook Sketch Of The Week

Here's my second summery project, which now looks like it's in celebration of some fantastic Autumn weather that's being forecast for next week.

Shimelle has been inspiring me to scrapbook a little more often.  I think it might be because I've noticed she's been making some groovy videos of her work as it's created and I'm getting inspired by them.  Added to that I have holiday and special occasion photos printed out and ready to go.  Even if I just make a page a week this time next year my album will be better off by 52 pages - I think I will have to use that as today's LSNED entry!  So here's my take on Shimelle's Scrapbook Sketch Of The Week.
I've pretty much followed the sketch exactly using papers, borders, letters and journalling block all from BoBunny supplies.  I actually managed to get using my Roughin' It collection which I bought specifically to use with the photos from July 2010 family camp.  There are a few little scraps from other papers used on the target and an Amy Tangerine sticker (I wish I'd had a proper arrow stamp but this one worked OK).
For the dots on the sketch I managed to pick out the little centres left behind by the sticky border using a pokey tool, absolutely nothings gone to waste!

** Kate **  

Friday, September 23

A Hard Theme

Away with Autumn, I headed back to Summer last night for a couple of projects.

The 1st was a card for the Fab & Funky challenge #91 to try out a technique or theme you find hard.  I've gone for 'no lines' stamping which I first saw pioneered over at Make It Crafty, but you know how these things travel around blogland, so apologies if I've got that wrong.
I've used a strawberry picking Tilda with an Angel Pink Memento ink pad.  The colouring was tricky/different and I was particularly pleased with how her hair turned out.  What I hadn't expected to be difficult was making up the card, but actually it was awkward trying to find papers and embellishments that didn't swamp the stamped image.  I think I might try again with a shabby chic kind of look in Sepia colours.
I was trying to make my own punched, layered flowers for another challenge when I noticed that some of the cut away petals looked like little strawberries, so I went for a punched out collection of strawberries, flowers and leaves.  See below for details of the papers used.
Challenges:
Fab & Funky #91 - A hard theme
Moving Along With The Times #117 - 3 patterned papers (MME, Echo Park and BoBunny)
2 types of embellishment (punch shapes and ribbon)
1 image (Tilda)
Try it On Tuesday - Wonderful world (where would we be without strawberries!!)
Fussy & Fancy - Try a new technique

I'll post the 2nd project I made a bit later otherwise my morning will be gone sat at the pooter.

** Kate ** 

Thursday, September 22

Autumn's here

Yes, Autumn is definitely here.  We've had a couple of miserable, dull days and it hasn't been possible to go out without a coat.  It's much brighter today and I'm sat with sun shining in on me through the kitchen windows.

I've made a card for a chap with an Autumn birthday using an Edwin stamp from one of the older collections.
The design was inspired by the sketch at The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge #16.  All of the patterned papers are from the new Amy Tangerine range at American Crafts and the ribbon is from American Crafts too. 
Edwin is coloured with Copics.  his hat and jacket are in a combination of BV00, BV02, BV04, which I have just treated myself to.  I've masked him to stamp the leaves behind with an Imaginisce Snag'em.  After the leaves had been stamped I realised I used a VersaFine ink pad, so I have coloured them with Whisper pens.
The little message is from a Dovecrafts mini stamp pack.  The inside has been finished off simply with a panel of patterned paper and the leaf stamp.
Challenges:
The Official Magnolia Inspirations Challenge #16 - Fall sketch
My Time to Craft #158 - 'L' is for (in the case leaves!)
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge #53 - Autumn

** Kate **

Wednesday, September 21

WOYWW #120

It's Wednesday again and so it's time to share desks and works in progress with like minded peeps over at Julia's place.

I've been buying more Copics to play with and seem to be doing a lot of colouring but not actually making up any finished craft projects.
Here's the actual workspace.
Not a lot of progress there then.  Oh well, maybe next week.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, September 20

LSNED - round-up

Ok, so I admit defeat, here is my some what late Sunday round-up post for Learn Something New Every Day.  Days 10, 12, 15 and 17 are to have photos added once I have enough to print an A4 sheet of mini pics.











** Kate **

Ketch-up

Where have the days gone - here's a picture summary of where I'm at.

The Dinky Diva's been crafting with some of my spare supplies.
I thought it would be nice to enter her card in a few challenges/blog links:
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Critter Sketch - I image, 2 PP, 3 embellishments, 1 sentiment
Stamp With Fun - Anything goes

Stumped for the 50th birthday present, I decided a piece of jewellery was my best bet.  I made a necklace and popped it in a decorated box made from K&Co Amy Butler supplies.


The birthday lunch was lovely and made such a change to be out for lunch, it felt like we were all bunking off school!  Here's a slice of the cake for you.
We've had some stormy weather with several thunder storms but also one of these.
I'm totally up to date with my Learn Something New Every Day pages, just didn't get them photographed in time for a Sunday round-up, so I will pop them on another post in a minute.

Now to see where this week will take me.  On the to do list are:
  • DT projects for a very special event at By The Cute And Girly coming 1 October 2011 - don't miss it
  • A wedding album for a gift (1st need to get the photos sorted and sent to the printers)
  • Some challenges that I just have to play along with
  • And trying to have a tidy up!!!
** Kate **  

Thursday, September 15

Happy 50th

We are off out to a 50th birthday lunch on Monday.  I haven't a clue what to do about a present but I have got the card sorted.
I've stamped with some Penny Black numbers and then masked them off before decorating the card with Distress Inks.
The numbers have then been coloured with Copics and had some Stardust Stickles added to lift them a bit.

Challenges:
Penny Black Blog - Purple, green and cream
The Artistic Stamper  - Numbers

My cold doesn't seem to be improving, or at least it does and then I probably rush to do too much and then I feel all achy again.  Going to slink back to bed, if little people let me!!

** Kate ** 

Wednesday, September 14

Batty About You

The Kathy's Waffle Sketch for September has been simplified right down so it can be used for clean and simple projects or dressed up.  I've gone for something in between the two.
Weirdly, I chose the same BasicGrey papers that I used on my last play at Kathy's sketch, only realised after it was all done.   My witchy Tilda has been coloured with some of my new Promarker colours which I trudged over to the sorting office to pick up yesterday.  The little bat is an Imaginisce Snag'em.
Challenges:
Magnolia-licious - Orange, teal and brown
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Fall colours
Digi Designs #1 - Anything goes
Stamp Something - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes

** Kate **

Tuesday, September 13

3 in 1

3 great challenges combined in one card for my blog post today.
I've taken the lovely sketch for the Wild Orchid Challenge #32 and flipped it around.  The challenge also had a Christmas theme and meant I had a good excuse to get out my new MME Lost & Found papers ( a little bit disappointed that there is no glittering on the 6x6 pad though).

My Whiff Of Joy stamp and a colour scheme of 'Pink and Pearls' is for challenge #112, I just about finished making my card in time, challenge #113 is due tomorrow.
Willow is coloured with Promarkers.  I frequently fall in and out of love with my Promarkers, but I think I've finally cracked it with the simple realisation that they are not Copics!  I've stopped trying to use them the same way and instead I'm colouring and blending slightly differently.  Some more pens are on their way from Cutting Edge Crafts so that I can check that I really do like them, hee, hee.
The card is finished off with flowers and swirls a plenty for Allsorts challenge #120.  All the flowers are, of course, from Wild Orchid Crafts.

There a Christmas card made, only another 99 to go!

** Kate ** 

Sunday, September 11

Sunday Round-up

I have truly suffered for my art.  I didn't feel great when I went to bed last night and then I woke up about 1am in terrible pain.  All I can think of is that I caught a chill whilst I was out taking photographs yesterday.  I've spent the day in bed, managed a bit of crafting, and have come down to use the computer before I retire again for the night.

Here are my Learn Something New Every Day pages made since last Sunday.

This one will be one of the few pages that is going to include a photo, I'll be printing them off once I get enough for a whole page.

Aside from LSNED I've been planning a little experimental crafting.  There's 'no lines' style stamping to have a go at.
My Martha Stewart stamp around the page kits has arrived.  I managed to make a mistake on this one, it was quite obviously not lined up straight but my hands went and stamped before my brain could tell them to hang fire.
And lastly this has arrived for me to play with my rediscovered Polychromos pencils.
I think I might have to head back to bed with a cup-a-soup now.

** Kate **