Sunday, November 27

Lili of the valley #122

Lili of the Valley challenge #122 has an 'Anything Goes' theme, so I thought I would enter this Chrismas card I made.
It's made from MME papers that came free with a magazine and all the other bits are from my Christmas stash, so it was a very thrifty make.
The stepper card shape was copied from one I had seen Bev Rochester make for a magazine.
I would also like to enter this for the Sir Stampalot November challenge, where the theme is 'Blue and Green'. 
** Kate **

Thursday, November 24

JYC - starter pages

A few more starter pages for my Journal Your Christmas album are now ready.  They will get more embellishments and maybe a splatter or two of paint as they are completed.  I've used sketches and ideas from Shimelle to inspire me, mostly from the Pretty Paper Party, but also from Scrapbook Sketch of the Week posts.

My paper supplies are from Daisy D's, Making Memories, Authentique and My Minds Eye.

I've also started on some journalling pages to go in with my 6x4 photos that I'm filing in pockets in between the daily JYC pages.

I've decided that my little feature that will help to tie the pages together will be stars.  Mainly in yellow and punched using an excellent long reach punch I bought years ago from Baker Ross when I first started crafting.  Small, easy to fit into the pages and I can have as many as I want.

The front cover of the file and manifesto page still remain blank as I am waiting for the new printables to be released for JYC 2011.

** Kate **  

Wednesday, November 23

Grungy Monday #28

Take a look at Sir Tim's magnificent pumpkin!!  Created for Ranger Ink's great pumpkin challenge.  Lynda at Studio L3 has challenged us to take inspiration from this creation for this week's Grungy Monday challenge.  Now Lynda did say use the technique not make a pumpkin, but I was never one to do as I am told, so guess what?
I made a pumpkin!  I don't have most of the materials Tim used, so I improvised.  First off using one of his Alterations embossing folders to emboss 4x8 inch panels of brown DCWV card. (You have to turn it around and put the unembossed end back through to cover the whole 8 inch length.)  Then I inked the panels with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (my favourite brown of the moment) and a little gold Versa Color.
Next I cut the panels into 8x1 inch strips, so that I had 12 in all.  I put them in a big stack and joined them at the end with a brad.  After fanning the strips out evenly into a circle,  I then joined up the other ends also with a brad.  Once I was happy with the shape I added a bit of glue under the strips to hold everything in place.
Then for the decoration.
Finding I didn't have a leaf punch or die the right size, I punched out some circles and trimmed them for leaves.  Lots of strips of paper twirled around a cocktail stick and then I raided the beading supplies for the rest.  As it's a very hollow pumpkin I decided to add a little dormouse to live inside, punched using the same  circle.
Grungy Monday #28 - Great pumpkin inspiration
Cooking It Up With Katie #85 - PIE (punch, ink, emboss) pumpkin pie in this case!!
Crafts And Me #62 - Shabby chic/vintage
The Altered Alice chapter #9 - Falling leaves, true colours.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 22

Less Is More #42

I've had a great weekend and both of the sales I did went really well, so I am chuffed.  Shifted plenty of covered post-it notes and notebooks in various sizes, as well as lots of jewellery.  But, would you believe it, not a single calendar!!!

I've been back to making today and have finished a card for Less Is More challenge #42, silhouettes.
I've inked an oval in Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey and Pumice Stone Distress Inks, directly onto a card through a paper mask.  Then stamped the Penny Black stamp 'to follow the star' in black before removing the mask.  The stamp doesn't actually have a star on it, so I added one from a set that came free with a magazine.  The greeting is from a different free set.

I'd also like to enter this card for the following challenges:
Allsorts #130 - One layer card
The Craft Garden - Christmas, no red or green
Lothian Crafts #20 - Christmas

** Kate **

Thursday, November 17

Crafts and Me challenge #61 and Calendar Tutorial

"Simples!"  That's the current challenge at Crafts And Me.  I had some nice comments yesterday with just a glimpse of Tatty Teddy on my workdesk, so I thought I would put him fully in the spotlight today.
I've created a desk calendar using DCWV card and kept my decorations 'simples', as requested, with just a punched heart and a few gems.
I've coloured TT's nose with a Copic marker before glittering it with Stardust Stickles and then just given a little shading on his patches and nose.

The calendar base is simples too in just 4 steps!

1. Cut a piece of card 6 by 10 inches (so you can get 2 from a 12x12 sheet, if you want). 
2. Score across the longer length at 4, 5 and 6 inches (see picture #1).
3. Fold the two outer edges in towards each other along the score lines (valley folds) and then fold the centre score line in the opposite direction (mountain fold) (see picture #2).
4. Use double sided tape to stick the top edges together, I waited until after I had finished the decorations to do this (see picture #3).
I've made this one into a display stand for some of the earrings I'm taking to the Christmas Fair tonight.
** Kate **

Penny Black and more

The November challenge at the new look Penny Black and more blog is 'All Creatures Great And Small'.  The challenge rules have been updated to allow any stamped (non-digi) image to be used, although there is an additional prize each month for a Penny Black entry.  I'm sticking with Penny Black and have made this desk calendar with a cute cat from the Purrfect Day set.
The image is stamped onto Papermania kraft card and coloured in a combination of Whisper pens and Polychromos pencils.
I've added some scraps of gems and ribbon and a daisy from an old QVC kit to finish it off.  The calendar is from the Anita's brand and I picked mine up at Cutting Edge Crafts.

If you're not already a follower of the challenges at Penny Black and more there's a prize draw for new followers between now and 4th December with a really cute stamp to be won!

** Kate **

Wednesday, November 16

WOYWW #128

Taken some time out from my busy Christmas and Winter Fair preparations to share the box of wonder that I am currently working with.
It hold lots of paper pads that I hardly use and old sheets of sticky ribbon to transform notepads and calendars in to what it , hopefully, saleable goodies like these.
I suppose I had better get back to it, last full day of creating today and still a whole pack of calendar blanks to use up.  What's on your workdesk today?  Share it with us all over at Julia's place and happy Windsday Pooh!

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, November 15

A covered writing pad

I've just finished revamping this over sized notepad.  It's quite nice paper really and could be used for writing letters in an elegant hand with a beautiful fountain pen, but I don't have a fountain pen or elegant hand-writing so that rules me out!
I kind of imagined Simply Sassy 'Love a Latte' was sat outside a Paris cafe sipping her drink on a bright Autumn day, with leaves blowing around her feet whilst she watches the world go by.  I've coloured her with Copics.  The background is made with a Tim Holtz stamp using one of my favourite techniques, inking over with Distress Ink and then splattering with water.  I've used Antique Linen for the base colour and then gone over the top in Pumice Stone with a template made using a cloud punch.
The pad has been covered with DCWV cardstock.  The rest of the embellishments are:
Papermania sticky ribbon.
An off-cut from a Cosmo Cricket sheet.
Accessorise sticker.

Saturated Canary #4 - Autumn colours
Let's Ink It Up - Favourite technique
Try It On Tuesday - Wish you were here

** Kate **

Sunday, November 13

Journal Your Christmas

Sadly the Pretty Paper Party is drawing to a close, but there is the opportunity to Party On with Journal Your Christmas starting on 1st December and pre-party prep going on over at Shimelle's blog.  I've made the final decision about my album for JYC.  I've gone for a Paperchase file that has 6x8.5 inch pages and combines plain kraft paper with slip in pages for 6x4 photos.  Here's the title page.
I've used papers from making Memories and Daisy d's, Girls Paperie letter stickers, an Authentique die-cut, and the tape and bakers twine are from Papermash.  The little chipboard house is from Maya Road, I've covered it in red chalk ink and added Picket Fence Distress Stickles for snow.
I've started on a few pages to have ready and waiting and I plan to have a page a day which might be just a side of the kraft paper with one photo (or none), or it could be the photo pages if I have several pictures to include.  For the numbers I have a set of 25 from Girls Paperie and then a set of 12 from Authentique to number the 12 days of Christmas which just about works, sort of!

** Kate ** 

4x6 Photo Love - October

It's been a funny old week.  The computer and I have had a trial separation brought on by SMO losing some mammoth spread sheet he had been working on an demanding every bit of spare computer time to re-do it.

Needless to say I have kept myself busy.  I took the photos of the double scrapbook page for October's 4x6 photo love mentioned in the previous post, we had a little sunshine, Thursday I think it was.
The brief was to use 10 photos for the 10th month and arrange them either back to back in a page protector or as a double page layout. I've used plain DCWV red and black card with some Papermania patterned kraft.  The letters are from Sassafras, the journalling block cut in half and the acetate frame are from MME.  The little inked butterflies are Jenni Bowlin.  Here are the individual pages.

I loved these gardens.  The photos are BDC (before digital camera) and these are just a selection of the many I shot on the day, I will have to do some research to find the date.

** Kate **

Tuesday, November 8

I think.........

..............I'm still here.  Had a late night yesterday for the jewellery workshop and ate far too much.  I really enjoyed it though and we have provisionally said we will meet again in January for a new year get together, chat and create.  I just have to source some nice beads in the right budget before then.

Sitting completed on my work pile is a double scrapbook page for the latest 4x6 photo love,  but I just can't get a decent photo of it because the sky is so dull and the weather so dreary.  I managed a couple of close-up shots, just couldn't get enough light for more.

I will keep an eye on the sky and be back with the project in full as soon as I can.

** Kate **

Friday, November 4

Scrapping with smaller photos and Papermash

Scrapping with smaller photos (less than 6x4) can be a challenge and Shimelle came up with some great sketches for us at the Pretty Paper Party.  However, I have filed them away for future reference as my eye has really been caught by the work of another scrapper.
I have used this layout here at An Uninterrupted View for my inspiration for the page above, I just love all that white space, although I have filled mine up a little more. I rarely scrap pictures of SMO as he has a strange shocked face he pulls when he knows his picture is being taken, but I couldn't have him totally absent from the family album, so I scraped about 'the face'.  And yes I did ask him if it was OK to use these shocking photo booth prints.
Here are the supplies I've used:

The fab paper tape on my page was very kindly sent to me by Papermash via a prize draw at Crafts Beautiful.
If the sight of the tape alone is not enough to send you over to their site for a nose around then have a look at this amazing stop frame video.
I looked in at a workshop about making these as part of an arts festival this summer and I'm going to have to find time to have a play on a very basic level!

** Kate **

Thursday, November 3

Jewellery workshop update and a winner!

1st off all the winners of the By The Cute And Girly October blog hop have been announced.  The full list is available on the challenge blog, but I can confirm that the winner of my draw for a £10 gift certificate for Joanna Sheen's store is ORIT!  Joanna offers free worldwide shipping on the majority of the items she sells, so happy spending!  Orit please contact Lora by email to claim your prize (if you haven't already), full details of how and where to claim prizes are on the challenge blog.

Now onto the jewellery.  I was asked to run a jewellery class at a local church earlier in the year as part of a programme of social events for the parents at their very busy toddler group.  It must have gone well as I have been asked back!  This time around I have managed to acquire a few extra tools and I'm adding some more samples to the jewellery packs available on the night as I will have some participants from the previous class as well as, hopefully, some new faces.

Here's a sample that I made up for a bracelet that can have additional charms added to the links.
I love these acrylic beads that have a fabulous iridescent sheen, they are called Elements and are from The Beadery range.  I'd like to enter this one for challenge #82 at Cooking It Up With Katie as she is having an 'anything but a card' week.
This is my box of packs made up and ready to go, I just need to add a few more.
On the bottom right is a necklace/bracelet that I've designed.  It can be worn as a charm necklace or wrapped several times around the wrist to give a multiple friendship bracelet look.  I have tried to take a picture of it in action and totally failed, I will have another try later!

** Kate **

Wednesday, November 2

WOYWW #126

It's Wednesday, the day for sharing workspaces and general ramblings on life as we know it.  Link up over at Julia's blog if you want to join in or just nosey around everyone else.

Burning a hole in my worktop today is the remains of a cake from Halloween tea.
It's gluten free Victoria sponge with a coffee and almond topping (should have been walnut, but I didn't have any).  I could just eat the entire cake right now!
What I want to know is why can't you make a mini cake.  Someone needs to finds a way to get around the need to add a whole egg.  Then you could bake a little ramekin sized cake, stuff the lot and not have the rest sitting there calling to you for as many days as it manages to survive.

A local cafe has started baking gluten free on a Saturday which means I can go in and buy just one cup cake and think myself virtuous.  Of course they sell them at 4 for £5 too and that means you can try all the different flavours and we are back to square one again.

I've got Small 'N' Grubby home sick at the moment which limits my crafting in some ways (no late night crafting sessions as I attend the invalid's bedside), but also liberates it in others (when he is feeling well he plays with his little brother and I grab some time - like right now).

My craft emphasis is shifting now as I need to concentrate on jewellery, teaching a beginners workshop Monday night, and then I have booked in 2 stalls at craft fairs later in the month.  I need to make Christmas papercraft gifts to sell too, and of course there are Christmas presents to be made as well.

Happy crafting and have a lovely Wednesday.

** Kate **