Friday, March 30

Easter Bonnets

Easter bonnet parade and songs at pre-school today.  My littlest crafter had lots of fun sticking things on a little pirate hat yesterday.

Cute!!

** Kate ** 

Thursday, March 29

Bee Happy

Busy as a little bee at the moment and so very appropriate that I have a bee themed make today.  This is a make of left-overs, sporadic, random, recycling.
The card was a piece I had been experimenting on before working on my actual tags for Tim's Creative Chemistry 101 course.  It's misted a the base level with Tumbled Glass re-inker and then has some acrylic Dabber paint on the top where I have scraped off my palette knife.  There are also a few more unidentified splodges on there from drips and spills.
I've stamped over the top with a selection of images from the MME Follow Your Heart stamp set, but I wanted a bigger bee to be the focal point.  In the end I dug out an Inca stamp that I've had for years.  I used to use it a lot when I was stencilling on walls as a little extra detail flitting among the flowers.
For the embellishment I used the petals from an old silk flower display that I had broken up and saved in a cookie jar.  The spotty brad in the centre is probably a Dovecraft one, again it comes from the 'I used to use these a lot' section of my craft supplies.

Challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Spring Clean - use old supplies and make embellishments
Try It On Tuesday - Easter/spring
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A tag
Simon Says - Anything Goes

I think this could be the start of a series of tags with 'Bee.....' slogans, I'll add it to the list!

** Kate **      

Tuesday, March 27

Creative Chemistry 101

Catching up with the last few days at Creative Chemistry 101.  I've missed out a whole day due to lack of glossy cardstock, but as it's something I will use I have some ordered and on its way to me.
I really enjoyed making all of these whilst the Branston Pickle was at pre-school yesterday afternoon.
Some things went better than others.  I love the set at the top of the page.  The ones above are OK, but they never turn out like Tim's!!
But, speciality stamping paper, I'm yet to fall in love with that. (Top tag in the set above.) The surface is very different to what I am used to, so I will need to play around with it a bit more.  The bleach effect is good though and as for the Distress Markers on the bottom 2 tags, love 'em!!!

** Kate **

Thursday, March 22

Springtime with Handy Hippo

My 2nd post for March using products available from Handy Hippo.  This time celebrating spring which is giving us some amazing weather at the moment.
I've made a card and some little spring decorations.  I like the idea of decorations for seasons and other occasions not just for Christmas!
The lovely Penny Black Nature's Day stamp has been stamped 3 times and the images have been cut into layers, using a nestabilities die for the bottom layer.
The colouring has all been done with Promarkers and then all the layers have been attached with 3d foam.
The patterned cardstock for the card base is Kanban blue script, with a mat of plum card embossed with cherry blossoms.
The little wooden embellishments have made lovely card trims as well as hanging decorations.  They have all been coloured with the Promarkers and accented with Diamond Stickles.  They take the ink really well, just one coat needed.  Here are a few more pictures of them.


The craft supplies used in this project can be bought from Handy Hippo and this link will take you directly to a basket with them all in (which you can edit to remove or add any items that you wish).

** Kate **

Wednesday, March 21

Garden Centre Visit

Beautiful weather today, far too nice for sitting in at the computer or, heaven forbid, doing h****work!!  So off we went to visit a nearby garden centre.  Bit pricey, but nice to have a leisurely look around without having to sit in a car for ages to get there.

I was feeling a little sentimental and took my camera along for a few shots.   You see Branston Pickle starts full-time school in September, so we have until the schools break up for the summer holidays to go on our little mid-week trips with himself tagging along.  I was quite sad when he asked if we were going to the one with all the Christmas bears (a garden centre that goes wonderfully OTT with its Christmas displays).  I explained to him that even if we went there the Christmas things would have been packed away until the winter, my sister told him the bears were on their holidays.  If we want to go this winter it will have to be on a weekend unless a convenient teacher training day appears from somewhere.

So here for your enjoyment and my sentimentality is the Branston Pickle on his day out.
First having a small pit-stop for a carton of juice.  
All gone, I think?
Then playing on the giant connect 4.
Then making up his own pirate game still involving the connect 4.
Nice of the garden centre to arrange this convenient area for garden animals to perch.
Back with some crafting tomorrow.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, March 20

It's begun!!

Chameleon Logo 


Yes, Tim's 1st ever online education class has begun and it's not too late to join in, find the details here.

I hesitated a bit over this.  I have the books, I'd seen the CHA video demos, but this is different.  First off it's not called Creative Chemistry for nothing.  There is a ton of information about Ranger products and how they work and react.  So the next time you are in the middle of a project and you decide you need to add a little more ink or want to spritz a mist over the top, you will know how the products will react with one another, what will work and what won't.  All of the information is in brand new specially made videos with PDF downloads to back them up.

Here are my 1st three makes.
Yes I know, more tags, but I like tags and at the end of the course I will have a book ring full of techniques and examples.  Plus on the reverse of each one is a printed step-by-step of how the technique was achieved (available as part of the online course).  Although these techniques aren't new to me, I have learnt things about each of them that I hadn't picked up before.  I am so excited and enjoying this so much!!!

** Kate **

Monday, March 19

It's all about me

Hope a nice Mother's Day was had by all.  I settled down to some me time yesterday evening with plans to make a tall card from an off-cut of kraft paper.  As I was working I realised I wasn't going to want to part with it, so I quickly converted it to a bookmark for me.
I've stamped and masked Simply Sassy Guinevere as well as a moon shape and then inked over the top with Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Inks.  There's a combination of stamps on the background from Pink Paislee London Market and MME Be Happy as well as some older Pink Paislee ones.  To give the moon some shine I rubbed over it with a silver rub.
Guinevere is coloured with PolyChromos and highlights have been added with Liquid Pearls.  I didn't have a dark enough twine so I twisted my own from some embroidery threads.
Challenges:
Saturated Canary #13 - Twine
Forever Night - Bling
Moving Along With The Times #140 - Special lady (me!)
Allsorts #146 - 3 in a row (butterflies)
One Stitch At A Time #105 - Girly

** Kate **   

Saturday, March 17

Mother's Day

Sunday March 18th is Mother's Day here in the UK and I have a second card to share, this time for SMO's mum.
There are butterflies all over the new collections from CHA this year like MME and SEI (expect to see those here on my blog very soon), so it was great to see the theme of  butterflies for the Deep Ocean challenge.  I started out with this colour scheme for the Colour Create challenge using Pink Paislee Nantucket papers.
But then things went wrong slightly as the shades of those colours got a little dark on my watercolouring for this week's theme at Try It On Tuesday.  I used Inktense water colour pencils on the main image and on the and Tim Holtz die cut border.
The butterfly stamp is from one of my much loved Pink Paislee House Of Three stamp sets and I can't wait to get my hands on the Spring Jubilee ones this year, hope they land in the shops soon.
Full list of challenges:
Deep Ocean #21 - Butterflies
Try It On Tuesday - Watercolours sponsored by One Stop Card Crafts
Colour Create #92 - Pink, blue, sage and white/cream
Bunny Zoe #22 - Shabby chic
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Anything goes

Hope all you ladies out there have a lovely Sunday, fingers crossed for breakfast in bed and lots of pampering.

** Kate **

Friday, March 16

Dear Lizzy Neapolitan

I mentioned earlier in the month, here, that I was impatiently awaiting my Dear Lizzy Neapolitan supplies, well they have finally arrived and, not only that, I have started cutting them up straight away.
Julia gave me the idea for stamping outside of the patterned paper with the matching stamps in her blog post here.  Unfortunately the Mason jar stamp from the set didn't match the size of any of the printed jars on the supplies.  It was closest in size to the 6x6 paper, so that's what I went with and cut out a few other pieces to layer up on the page as well.
I also used the Sea Breeze paper for the background and the Accent and Phrase Stickers for the embellishments.  The big letters are 'Goodness' Amy Tangerine Thickers.
The page is about how I want to bottle the feeling I get from being by the sea in one of my favourite locations, so all of the lovely jars complemented this perfectly.
** Kate ** 

Thursday, March 15

By The Cute And Girly

It's half-way through March already and the By The Cute And Girly design team are back with more examples to inspire you to join in with our March theme 'In The Kitchen'.  There have been a few comments left to say the theme is a tricky one, but really anything food related is fine.  So let's see those birthday, wedding or Easter cakes, real or stamps/illustrations on cards, scrapbook pages, note books and recipe cards.  We love to see any type of craft over at By The Cute And Girly.

I've made a sweet treat birthday card with a couple of Magnolia images.
The colouring is all Copics and I've added Glossy Accents to the lolly and Rock Candy Distress Stickles for salt on the popcorn.
The other supplies used are Papermania Portobello Road and MME Everyday Fun papers.  Pink Paislee blue and white tickets that I've coloured with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then stamped 'admit one' on from a Kaisercraft stamp set.  I've added some details with White Opal Liquid Pearls to finish it off.
And here's the decoration on the inside.
Do hop over to the By The Cute And Girly challenge blog to see the rest of the team's makes and to link up your yummy makes.

** Kate **

Wednesday, March 14

WOYWW #145

A quick and slightly late WOYWW today (you know WOYWW, where you are invited to visit the creative spaces of others and have a good old nosey curtesy of a list of participants at Julia's place.)
I've been sorting pizza boxes and putting the contents into 12x12 plastic bags according to the brand.  At the moment I'm storing all the plastic bags in one big box that came with a new album in it.
That just leaves 3 boxes left to go I think (the carrier bags on top are Mother's day presents to deliver, it's this weekend in the UK).  Once the boxes are gone I can get on and sort out the shelves behind them.

** Kate **

Tuesday, March 13

Scrapagogo Feb

Scrapagogo have revamped their kit club for 2012.  They have simplified things down to one kit option and made the price more affordable to suit these less wealthy times.  All of this was enough to convince me to sign-up and here are the creations I have made just from my 1st kit, with just a little ink and adhesive added.
(Please note: I have taken 2 whole sheets of 12x12 and a few embellishments and set them aside to work on a double page layout mixed with other products, so there was even more to this kit than I have shown here).


Page #1 is inspired by Natalie MacDonald's 'Motivate Your Mojo' layout in issue 4 of Scrap365 magazine.


Page #2 is inspired by Sheena Rowland's 'Date Night' layout in the ideas book that came with the kit.

Page #3 is using Kirsty Smith's sketch in Scrap365 issue 4 with a little addition from Sheena's layout that I mentioned for page #2.
Here's the full kit list from the ideas leaflet in case you want any product details ( I thought that a photo of it was quicker than listing them all out!)
To finish a couple of mini cards made with some of the leftovers that weren't needed for my double page project, I need to order the photos still for that one.

** Kate **