Tuesday, January 31

Wishi Washi

The Daring Cardmakers are having a washi tape theme this week and, as I have more washi tape than one person can use in a lifetime, I thought I would play along.
I've been jump starting my creativity again, sadly the January Jump Start is at an end, but there have been some marvellous ideas and some introductions to new creative souls to stalk.  So my tag started out as playing with acrylic paint and then seeing where it would take me.  I've added to Claudine Hellmuth gesso to soften the colours and then blown Lettuce Adirondack Color Wash over the top.  The little lace doily is a Pink Paislee stamp, I think these are my most used stamp set from 2011, looking forward to what Pink Paislee will be launching for 2012, like these:
Of course there has to be some washi tape on there too.  I've used some greens from PaperMash, there's lots of new colours in stock now if your collection doesn't have enough!
The little word 'home' is from a MLS letter set and I've covered it with spotty tape from Cath Kidston that I got for Christmas, I think it came from here. The little key and heart stickers are Amy Tangerine, I'm almost through my first set of those.  I finished the whole thing off with a dodgy bit of sewing with a battery operated machine that I am trying out.  It works well on fabric, not so well on card, haven't tried thinner layers of paper yet.

** Kate **

Monday, January 30

More Bubbles

Yesterday I blogged my bubbly creations for Sunday Stamper #190 and I said I would be back today with a very simple step-by-step guide for making these type of bubbles...........
..........and here I am!

It's quite simple and made even easier by the use of one of these little tools.
You could draw around coins, punched shapes or die-cuts, but using a circles ruler is the quickest.  With a pencil draw circles all over the area you want to decorate using different sized circles with some overlapping.
Select a pen and on scrap paper check that it doesn't smudge or fade when rubbed with an eraser.  I've used a Whisper pen for this example.  Then on your project start adding dots all around the pencil outlines.  You don't need to be accurate or follow the lines exactly.  Make the dots more frequent and closer together when near the lines and less as you move further away.
Make sure the ink is dry and then rub out the pencil lines and you're done.
I made my card with a combination of Prima and Stampendous stamps coloured with Distress Inks.  It makes a great background for Tilda or Simply Sassy using Copics/Promarkers too.
** Kate ** 

Sunday, January 29

Sunday Stamper #190

In a rash moment of celebration over at Hels blog, she asked for suggested themes for the Sunday Stamper challenge.  In an even rasher moment, I suggested bubbles and Hels said something along the lines of "Great let me have your entry by Saturday night then", eh, what?  I jest, really I was thrilled that she asked me to put forward a sample project, so thrilled in fact, I made 2, a Holtzy one and a Cutesy one.
This is the Holtzy one.  It started life as a manila tag and was then inked to within an inch of its life with Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks, some of which was inked on through sequin waste.  I was quite pleased to find some tiny sequin waste recently, so I was able to vary the size of my bubbles.  In homage to Hels, I got out the Claudine Hellmuth Trad Tan paint and slapped it on some bubble wrap which I used to print some more bubbles.  As if that wasn't enough, I felt some genuinely BIG bubbles were needed, so I printed some with an old cookie cutter dipped in Claudine Hellmuth's Modern Red paint.

The stamping was all done using PaperArtsy stamps from the Bricks & Mortar sets 1 and 3.
For the Melody Ross butterfly I started with Classic Teal paint, then more of the tan printed bubble wrap and then some dark blue cookie cutter bubbles.  To finish off I coated the whole butterfly with Rock Candy Distress Stickles and whilst it was still wet sprinkled on the tiniest amount of DoodleBug Sugar Coating for extra shimmer.
The bottom of the tag was inspired by a Fat Face clothes label, I was going to machine stitch it but I had my sewing basket out to sew some Cub Scout badges on Small-N-Grubby's uniform and thought it would be good to give it a messy rustic hand sewn look.

Almost forgot to mention the cute little charm attached at the top of the tag.  It's a mini Christmas decoration from Paperchase, couldn't resist them.

Here's a look at my Cutesy project.
I'll post the details tomorrow, as this post's getting long enough, along with a mini tutorial on the bubbly effect. Also I'll be checking in over at the Sunday Stamper challenge to go and visit all the bubbly makes.

** Kate **

Friday, January 27

A Twilight Card

I saw this cute Tilda in the sales and straight away thought of the baseball game in the first Twilight film and before I knew it she was in my basket at the checkout.
Tilda has been coloured with Copics, I hope she looks OK, I don't know much about baseball.
Of course I had to team her up with DCWV Immortal Love paper and the book paper is torn from Breaking Dawn.

To decorate the Melody Ross chipboard heart I first sponged Barn Door Distress Ink all over it and stamped it with a PaperArtsy text stamp.  Then coated the whole thing with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Finally, once everything was dry, I rubbed a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink over the top.
The little charm is from a 'Team Edward' bracelet I bought in a £1 shop.  The photo also shows really well the beautiful embossing and glittering that comes on the Immortal Love papers.

I thought I would pull together the baseball and 'Team Edward' themes with the little question spelt out in BoBunny Et Cetera Combo stickers (these have gone such a long way, I think I've used on them on at least 4 projects now and there's still plenty left.)

Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Sport
Magnolia-licious Highlites - Valentines
Craft Us Crazy - Valentines/Love
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

** Kate ** 

Thursday, January 26

And Now For Something Completely Different

This is a year long project Shimelle is leading for UKScrappers involving a monthly step by step scrapbook page which involves new design ideas to try.

Here is my version of the January project.
I was ordering from Sarah's Cards and saw that the actual paper Shimelle had used was in stock, so I ordered it and that was the start of my page.  I chose some photos of Small-N-Grubby playing catch and they helped form the basis for my colour scheme.
I've followed the instructions pretty much as they came with a little bit of product substitution here and there.
Supply list:
Letters - Sassafras Red Script, BoBunny Et Cetera Combo stickers and Girls Paperie Tinsel and Twig.
Papers - October Afternoon Rocket Age - Return Voyage, American Crafts Peachy Keen - Neato and You're A Peach
Embellishments - American Crafts Mementos - Just Dandy, Papermash Bakers Twine, AquaMarker - Twilight Blue, Stickles - Candy Cane, Acrylic Dabber - Peach Bellini.

** Kate **

Wednesday, January 25

A challenge just for fun

Scrapbook Magazine has a regular budget feature where the challenge is to make 3 pages with £10 of supplies with only the addition of scissors, cutter and adhesive.  I thought I would challenge myself and here are the results, one page for each of the children.

To be extra thrifty with my supplies I bought them all in the Craft Obsessions sale.
They are:
Bo Bunny Welcome Home double sided papers in Dot, Stripe and Porch Swing.
Bazzill Basics in Kraft, Sea Salt and Fawn.
Bo Bunny Et Cetera combo stickers
3" Bazzill Gerberas in Creamsicle.
Distress Stain in Stormy Sky.
Fibres free with purchase.
It was fun and 3 pages with limited supplies are quick, no hesitating over whether your should use this cardstock or that as you just have no choice.
The stain was really good for splatting and, once scribbled on a craft mat, can be picked up with a paint brush for painting or splattering.
I had hoped to paint the flowers with it or use them as a mask, but it soaked into them far too much and just didn't work for me.  I didn't try splattering it over them though, I will have to try that another time.
I completed the tab layout last and had enough paper left to make extra tabs with more photos on to slip behind the main photo.
I cheated a little and used a black pen for a bit of journalling (is that cheating?  Everyone has a black pen in their standard kit, don't they?)  It was only after I finished that I realised I don't have a title on there and then I couldn't figure out what to have or where to put it.  I have some of the bigger letters left, but no 'E's', any suggestions?

I think I might challenge myself to do this again sometime soon and see if I can manage to get a bit of sparkle into the supplies somewhere.  

** Kate **

Tuesday, January 24


I am still here, honest.  3 scrapbook pages nearing completion, hopefully to share tomorrow and then a couple more projects by the end of the week.

In the meantime, you must have seen this already........................OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apparently available individually or as a set of 37 including Picket Fence!  "Oh my woolly word", to quote Poi from Cbeebies!  All the details are here on Sir Tim's blog.  Roll on February I am having a full set of these!!!!!

** Kate **

Thursday, January 19

Organise This!

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge are getting organised and thinking about their ideal work space.  Here is a summary of my recent work space photos that I haven't made a scrapbook page about yet.

Now for the day dreaming:
I'd like to see the floor.  To move about the room and not trip over or worse trip over and have a pile of stuff land on me!

You can rely on Martha to have a work space to die for.  I first saw this picture on the Counterfeit Kit site.  I like the green. I like the units all matching.  I think that, despite being one of the messiest crafters on the planet, I am drawn to an uncluttered, Scandinavian kind of style.  Ok, I will say it and I don't care who knows it, I love Ikea!!

Martha's space isn't perfect for me, as I think having things quite so shut away means I forget what's there and   don't use all my stash and as a consequence it can stifle creativity.  So I am turning to Melissa Stinson.
Melissa, otherwise known as The Scrappy Jedi, recently revealed her revamped work space and I liked it.  you can see the floor, but you can also see the supplies.  I like the white units too, I have started buying new storage in white and, eventually, I think that's what I'll have.

It's predictable, it's been done to death before, but I feel an Expedit unit calling!

I nearly forgot, Santa,  please can I have a really nice view too.
** Kate **

New Year - New You Choices

Well, I confess, I didn't lose any weight last week, although I didn't put any on either so it's not all bad news.  I have decided that my lack of success is down to poor choices.  I often read in magazines handy hints about selecting the right nibbles and drinks at parties or substitute a glass of wine a day for a lime soda and lose 1lb in a month (data courtesy of the Healthy Food Guide February 2012 issue).  So here are my thoughts about choices.

  1. Pick Your Treats - the picture above is of a slice of  Morrisons Gluten Free Fruit Cake.  It is 2.5 inches long, an inch wide and half an inch deep.  In other words, it is small, gone in 2 bites!  It contains the same amount of calories as a pack of crisps from a Walkers multibag, Cadbury's Flake from a multibar pack or a cup of instant coffee with a Freddo bar.
  2. Treat Your Tastebuds - The same fruit cake slice above has the texture of rubber and lots of the dried fruit in it still has a stalk in.  It is not a pleasurable taste experience. So why eat it?  After one bite I should put it down and say  "Yuck! I'm not eating that." but I don't.  And what's more I go on to eat the other 4 slices in the box over the course of the week.  It's not a one-off occurrence either, it happens all the time.  Biscuits with the texture of sawdust, cereal that's gone soggy because someone didn't roll the bag back up and so on.  I don't like to waste food, but at the same time I should be allowed to treat myself with a bit of respect.  From now on if it tastes vile I will stop eating it, throw the rest of the packet away and make a note of the product details so that I don't buy it again.
I will treat myself to something that tastes nice, that is lower in calories, but also in a quantity that doesn't make you forget that you have eaten it 2 minutes later.
Cadbury Flake (Multipack bar) - 25.6g

** Kate **

Wednesday, January 18


It's desk sharing day at the home of WOYWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground and I have something shocking to share!!!
This is my stamping and kids craft area and it is the ultimate example of what can happen if you employ the 'push back' method of desk maintenance.  What's happened is that over Christmas and new year the supplies have been pushed back to make room for Christmas food and drink, some of which is still in evidence, and now I am left with an almighty mess to clear up.  I really don't have the energy, but looking at it, I think it could be the cause of my energy drain.  It's sapping away the goodness and replacing it with slumped shoulders and temper flares as little sub-piles dislodge and slither to the floor.

Just don't ask me next week if it's still there!

** Kate **

Tuesday, January 17

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

It's been a while since I featured a Penny Black stamp on my work and that just can't be allowed to happen!

This little guy is from the 'Purrfect Day' set, and has been coloured with pencils on kraft card.  The sentiment is from the same set too. I've cut the mats with Nellie Snellen dies and some old sheet music from a charity shop.
The patterned papers are all Echo Park Victoria Gardens.
Penny Black Saturday #184 - Anything goes
One Stitch At A Time #96 Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink #52 - Bows
Winter Wonderland - Birthday wishes
The Stampman - Use red
Let's Ink It Up #19 - Anything Goes

** Kate **

Monday, January 16

Saturated Canary - Winnie

Here's the 2nd of the lovely new digi stamps I bought from Saturated Canary.
Krista is having a design team call right now and I just couldn't resist putting my name forward!
I've coloured the beautiful road tripping Winnie with Copics.
Hair: E25, E27
Skin: E00 R20
Lips: R85
Clothes: BV000, BV02, BV04, B60
Caravan: B00, B02, B60, BV00, C1, C3, C5, C7
The background wash was made using Distress Inks.  Then I've enjoyed myself setting the scene with little punched butterflies and vines along with a die-cut fence (a Go Kreate die, I think) and paper flowers.
I bought the frame at M&S, it's not a true box frame, but it does have a bit of depth to allow the little scene to be built up.

Whilst I was looking for a 'Home Sweet Home' stamp or sticker, I found the perfect little quote amongst some old Brenda Pinnick supplies 'The road to the house of a friend is never long.'
Here is the whole picture complete with the frame.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment, it's great to just say hi!

** Kate **    

By The Cute And Girly - Half Way!

We are just about half-way through January and I know, how on earth did that happen!  Here's my second By The Cute And Girly make for the New Beginnings theme.
Another calendar, this time for a friend who is mad about Union Jacks and has them on everything.  When she asked me just before Christmas I knew the new Portobello Road range from Papermania was due out this month and I snapped up a 12x12 paper pack as soon as I could.
The shape is a die-cut piece from the pack which I glued onto card and then cut out to make it firmer.  I added eyelets and ribbon for the hanger and then Papermania gems, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and a bit of Stickles to sparkle them up.  Not forgetting the Anita's calendar, job done!
I'm entering my calendar at the Wild Orchid Challenge #40 - Anything Goes and Allsorts challenge #137 - Celebration Of Nations.

** Kate **