Wednesday, October 31

Monday, October 29

Loving Autumn

Winter feels like it's almost upon us, but I'm still loving Autumn.  There are projects I still want to make and new supplies I still haven't used.  Like the fabulous Apple Cider collection from BoBunny.  Just love the colours and the images used on this but I've hardly touched it.  Kathy made a great card with it for the Daring Card Makers and that reminded me that I still hadn't used mine, until now. 

I've bought the stamps as well as the papers.  I hope BoBunny will bring out this printed design on images for other seasons, I'd love a whole collection of them.  It's stamped 3 times onto different papers from the collection and decoupaged into one pumpkin.

To show off the papers a bit more I've actually decorated the inside more than the outside.

** Kate **

Friday, October 26

Let There Be Light!

With the clocks going back soon in the UK and Winter just around the corner, Kathy's asked us to light up our projects for this week's Daring Card Makers challenge.  Think candles, light bulbs,  fairy lights and lanterns.

Well it had to be another Christmas card done and dusted for me.  Once the die-cutter was out I didn't seem to be able to stop myself from cutting out all sorts of things.  The lantern is a Marianne die and the foliage is all from a Tim Holtz's strip die.
I've hand cut the candle.  The paper behind and punched into snowflakes on the inside of the card is Magnolia's Winter Night.

Share your 'Let there be light' projects with us over at the Daring Card Makers challenge blog.

** Kate ** 

Wednesday, October 24

WOYWW #177

Yes, I know, you've heard enough about the WOYWW get together to last you a life time, but I just have a few last bits to share and a couple of people to mention.  And it is what's on my desk at the moment, as I have just finished the 2nd card kit challenge.

Added some stamps that were free with Simply Homemade and some white Mr Huey spray.  I've used up absolutely everything, including some left overs on the envelope.

This picture has been on lots of blogs since the meet, probably because it was a fantastic piece of work.  I loved the butterfly die Pam used and as she's a Stampin' Up rep, I ordered one on the spot!

It arrived really quickly, aren't the embossed details fab?

My last thank you is to Di for this lovely magnetic bookmark.  I thought I had found Di's blog, but I seem to have lost it again!!

There, I'm done, although my photos from the day are still on my camera, some scrapbook pages needed me thinks!

** Kate **

Monday, October 22

Halloween Decorations

Right after this summer's CHA I got myself all set up with the plates and platform needed to be able to cut the 12 inch thin dies, because I knew I would have to have the new Snowflake Rosette die from Tim Holtz.  I finally bought it last week with the intention of getting some Christmas projects completed, but instead I have been totally distracted with all things Halloween and made these spooky decorations instead.
The rosettes have been cut from Pink Paislee London Market, Kensington paper, it's an old one with a cream floral on the 'A' side and this great black music script on the back.

The centre has been built up using 3d foam and a circle punched from a Pink Paislee Phantom stamp.

There's a bit of black Stickles and I found some great skull beads, (that I've strung on the hanging thread),  on a bracelet in the sales at Matalan for £1, bargain.

Anything But A Card - Halloween
No Matter Which #3 - Halloween creations/colours
Fussy and Fancy #74 - Anything goes

** Kate **

Friday, October 19

A Little Bit of Happy

After being scared with spiders last week the Daring Card Makers are spreading happiness courtesy of Keilly's 'Don't worry, be happy' theme.  Christmas is definitely a happy time for me and it makes me happy to have a another Christmas card made as I still only have a handful done!

I've gone crazy with the die-cutting and embossing.  Once I'd hauled the machine out there was no stopping me.  (Dies and folders from Cuttlebug, Memory Box, Spellbinders and Nellie Snellen.) The image is from the new Magnolia, A Christmas Story collection and is called Old Swedish Church.  It's coloured with Distress Inks, but I really feel that I haven't found the right paper for this technique yet if anyone has any recommendations?

Star Dust Stickles and a little greeting stamp designed by Dulcie Jackson to finish it all off.

Cheer us all with your happy creations over at the Daring Card Makers blog this week.

** Kate **

Thursday, October 18

Halloween - Simples!

I bought a new Pillow Box die from the Tim Holtz range to make neat little boxes for my jewellery sales and gifts.  They're ideal, as when not in use they fold completely flat for transportation, unlike the bags and boxes I had previously been using.  I had a little play with it to see how many shims etc it needed in my Big Kick (it's definitely best used with a crease pad) and whilst I was there I made this quick little Halloween candy box.
 I've used the new Seasonal Distress papers with Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks rubbed over the top and some black Stickles for added sparkle.

The papers are divided into panels so they can easily be cut apart to make tags/toppers.  My tag has been highlighted with a bit of black Stickles and had the word 'Spooky' stamped on it.
Fab 'n' Funky #143 - Orange and black + your choice
Simon Says - Eerie Inspiration
Try It On Tuesday - Autumn colours
Kaboodles Doodles #141 - Pumpkin patch

** Kate **

Wednesday, October 17

WOYWW #176

It's time for another peak at work spaces around with world with WOYWW.  However, for me this week it's more like WWOYWLS (that's What Was On Your Workdesk Last Saturday.)  Yes, I was very lucky to be able to get to the WOYWW get together and I am so pleased that I went.  I met loads of lovely people, spent lots of time chatting, spent not so much time crafting and learned some new crafting tricks. 

Here's what I managed to create on the day.  I took some Pink Paislee and Echo Park Halloween lines to use on some scrapbook pages. 

I took a lot of other scrapbook kits with me, but they never left the comfort of my craft bag!

Julia and Jan had 2 little card kits for us to play with.  I was getting carried away with some new blue Chalkboard Mist and decided to turn my die-cuts into masks for this one.

The other one is still in its packet, I will aim for completion by next week's WOYWW.

One of the lovely things about Saturday was that virtually everyone brought something different to work on.  I think I was the only one making 12x12 scrapbook pages.  There was also, Smash books, art journals, paper piecing, decoupage, wreath making, beading and so on.  Anything that didn't involve the use of the kitchen where Jan was cooking up a fabulous feast for our lunch.
 Cindy had made these lovely charms from some left over medals, will definitely be having a go at that.  Last, but definitely not least, Morti (who I realised only after I got home lives quite near me, doh!) let us have a try at decorating dominoes.  Here's mine.

There will be more of these from me. My sister is going to ensure that box full finds its way under the Christmas tree for me, oh and a special thank you to her for ferrying me out to Burbage and back!!

Those are just the photos I've taken since I got home.  There's more to download from the camera I took on the day and a couple more gifts and bits to share, just as soon as I manage to match the faces to the blogs!

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, October 16

There's still time.......

Yes, there's still time to join in with the By The Cute And Girly 3rd birthday blog hop!  Make sure you  leave a comment on my original post to be entered in the blog hop prize draw. All the details of the hop can be found on the challenge blog here

As well as lots of blog hop prizes to be won we also have our usual monthly challenge with a birthday theme.  As I happen to own the stamp that Whiff of Joy have kindly donated for one of the blog hop prizes I thought I would use it for my mid-month project.

All of the papers and tag are from Papermania's Happy Days.  I've stamped the image twice, once on plain card and once on a tag, then coloured them with Copics.  The plain card image has been cut out and attached to the tag in the places where I didn't want the pattern to show through.

The little cup cake charm is from Whiff Of Joys Food Lovers selection box.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to join in with our blog hop and challenge this month.

** Kate **

Friday, October 12

Spooky Spiders

We've all been given the creeps over at the Daring Card Makers this week by Leo's theme of Spooky Spiders!

I've turned to Tim Holtz for my supplies and combined the new seasonal Kraft Resist with the previous Halloween one and some Halloween Tissue tape.  The background card is embossed with a Sizzix folder and there's a spider from my charm collection.  I've finished off with a smearing of black Stickles around the edge.

Join us with your Spooky Spider offerings this week over at the Daring Card Makers blog.

** Kate **

International Day of the Girl

If you've ever considered taking one of Shimelle's classes then today is the day to sign up.  Over at her blog she is offering to give 100% of the registration fee on a selection of classes to her chosen charity The Girl's Fund administered by Plan.
supporting international day of the girl
Check out her blog for all the details, to sign up for a class or to make a donation in return for access to an exclusive scrapbooking video class.

** Kate **

Wednesday, October 10

Getting Misty

The Kraft It Up team are getting all misty for this month's challenge, wanting to see mists used in all different ways on kraft related scrap pages. And here's my offering.

I started out with some Glimmer Mist that I painted in a circle with the end of the nozzle that normally sits inside the bottle and then let it run.  Some black paint went on top of that, followed by splatters of Mr Huey.  Here's the page before I started to scrap with it (taken in bad light one evening while it was drying!)
I've decorated up with scraps of paper punched into circles, Tissue Tape and lots of hand sewing.
 The smaller word are from Tim Holtz and each was chosen to proceed/follow the larger Doodlebug 'You'.
I've grunged the photo up a little bit too with a file.  I always find this more effective when the photo has been printed at a lab rather than at home.

I'm off to the WOYWW get together this weekend and have decided to take some scrapbook kits along to work with, so hopefully lots of completed pages by next week!

** Kate **

Monday, October 8

Double Easel

Otober's turning into a bit of a birthday month here on the Craft Life blog.  It's By The Cute And Girly's 3rd Birthday and we have a blog hop going on this month with loads of prizes to be won.  If you haven't entered you can read all about it on my post here.

What do you do when you want to make a quick card that's big and spectacular to celebrate the 1st birthday of twin boys, but you have no stamped images prepared?

A double easel card featuring Penny Black Stickeroos!

I've used First Edition Birdsong papers and a selection of American Crafts letters and chipboard for the decorations (including the boys names that I have blanked out at the top.)  The big flat backed pearls are from an ancient QVC Christmas kit.

I had a beautiful day out at the beach on Saturday as a belated birthday treat (photos still need editing, sorry).  You wouldn't have believed it was October and in fact the sun was so bright I couldn't even attempt the photos I had planned!  All this birthday gallivanting at the weekend means I've hardly been here and there are more cards needing to be made, so I had better get on.

** Kate **

Friday, October 5

Daring Card Makers

It's Friday and I am back blogging.  Fingers crossed as my browser went on strike and hasn't allowed me to blog, visit, comment, search, which turns out to be at least 50% of my life!  I've also had lots of lovely new visitors and now that things seem to be on an even keel I hope to come visiting for a cuppa and a biccie.

Especially good news is that the Daring Card Makers team have asked me to stay on as a Guest Designer for another month.  As it's the 1st Friday of the month that means a colour challenge and Sharon has organised a beautiful Autumn palette for us.  I've used a sketch from the Sugar Bowl's Autumn challenge #93 as additional inspiration for my card.

Here's the colour palette for comparison:

I knew I wanted to use the lovely Autumn stamp set that I'd bought earlier in the year and been hoarding waiting for the seasons to change.  Next I chose the Copic colours I thought went best with the challenge.  The range of Copics I have to choose from is far less than the amount of papers I own, so I thought that was the best way to go.  Here's my selection.
In the final edit I don't think I used the light orange and I brought a little blue into the colouring as it just felt right.  Before I started the colouring I also chose the papers from American Crafts Peachy Keen plus a bit of MME woodgrain paper from one of the Miss Caroline pads.
 Next came the colouring and I added a few extra shades of brown to the original pen selection.
The little acorn was among the charms in my jewellery kit and juts had to be included, hung from a piece of the Peachy Keen ribbon.  The 'hello there' bubble sticker was part of a metal charm, but it was just too big for the card so I pulled the sticky bit off and used it on its own.

Check out the inspiration at the Daring Card Makers for this week's challenge and join in with your entries there. 

** Kate **

Monday, October 1

By The Cute And Girly - 3rd Birthday Blog Hop!!

Welcome to By The Cute and Girly's 3rd Birthday blog hop celebration!

If you have come here from Brigitte's blog then you are on the right track, if not, you may want to start from the beginning at Lora's blog.

The design team have all been busy creating projects to celebrate our 3rd birthday and we would love for you to visit us all and see what we've made.

The blog hop rules are very simple, all you have to do is visit each of the design team's blogs and leave a comment on each one, then finish up at our challenge blog and leave a comment there to let us know you have finished the hop.  Your name will then be put in a draw to win one of the blog hop prizes.

If you also enter our challenge this month, you will be put in the draw to win one of the challenge prizes, so that means there are two sets of prizes to be won!

You have the whole month to enter and you can enter the challenge as many times as you like, as long as each entry is a different craft eg: 1 card, 1 scrap page, 1 altered item, 1 knitted item etc.  As always, you can enter with any craft you like, from paper craft to baking and everything in between. If you made it yourself then you can enter, it's as easy as that.

The theme this month is "Birthdays" so it's a nice easy challenge and we have lots of prizes up for grabs from some great sponsors!  Please check out the challenge blog to see all the prizes we have to give away!

Each design team member is featuring different sponsor images this month, so you will see images or other products from a different sponsor being used on each of the dt blogs. We also have other sponsors on the challenge blog, so there really are lots of prizes to be won!

My featured sponsor is the Digi Garden, home of all things cute.  I've used Elliott the Gnome and some of the mushroom homes.
The papers are all from the Authentique Gathering 6x6 pad and I've coloured the images with Copics to co-ordinate with them.
This is the last stop on the hop so next it's back to the challenge blog to leave a comment to say you are done!

Remember to enter the blog hop you need to leave a comment on this post and on all the other design team members blog hop posts for a chance to win one of the prizes. Then leave a comment on the challenge blog post to let us know you have finished the hop and your name will go into the prize draw.

Here's a list of the blog hop order in case you lose your way:

Kate (you are here!!)

Then back to the challenge blog to finish off.

Phew, that's the end.  I hope you've enjoyed the hop and I'm looking forward to seeing your birthday projects over on the challenge blog this month.  Here's to another great year at By The Cute And Girly and some great new challenges on the way.

** Kate **