Saturday, June 30

A little bird told me.......

My last Handy Hippo project for the present, in time for the summer break.  I've chosen to make a card using one of the lovely Wild Rose Studio stamps 'Feeding birds.'
The card base is 5 inches square and cut from Kanban blue damask card. The image has been stamped and then coloured in a watercolour effect by scribbling with AquaMarkers onto a palette and then adding a drop of water to the colour before picking it up with a water brush.
I've used Kanban beige script card to mat the image and then used the same card to cut a tag for the 'Happy birthday' sentiment.  The tag has been tied to the card with organza ribbon and I've used a few 3d foam pads to hold it in place.  Some adhesive pearls have been added to finish it all off.

Here are all of the products I've used with links to find them on the Handy Hippo site.

I thought, as this was my last Handy Hippo project for the time being I would enter it for a few challenges:
Moving Along With The Times - Birthday
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards #16 - Anything goes
Fab 'N' Funky #127 - Cute and girly
Creative Inspirations #169 - Anything goes

** Kate **

Friday, June 29

Baking Day

Yesterday I had to bake.  For home, for a cake sale and for Cub camp.  Here are the results.
The individual muffins were for the cake sale and were made with orange juice and zest so I gave them an orange frosting for decoration.
Looking forward to the weekend when I will be able to have some crafting time, but I've made a note of so many things I want to try out I can't decide which to do!

** Kate **

Thursday, June 28

More Thank Yous!!

I did a thank you post for some winnings the other day and now I have another to do.

First of all an amazing prize from Lawn Fawn via the Two Peas site which I won with this card.
Here's the great prize, I can't wait to get creating with all of that.
Then I won these lovely Lili Of The Valley sentiment stamps in a giveaway at the Forever Friends Challenge.
Lastly, there is a new release of designs over at Whiff Of Joy, including a new designer G. Elerion with the Simply Maya stamps.  Katharina had a blog hop to celebrate and I won this stamp from the new release.
Thank you so much for all these wonderful goodies.  I will be paying back my good fortune with my own 'Retro' giveaway in July, so keep an eye out for that.

** Kate ** 

Wednesday, June 27

Diffuser - Product Review

Oh My Goodness - if you use embossing folders then read on, you NEED this product!!!!

You know how sometimes a new product is launched and it kind of slips under your radar until you see it by chance one day and think 'Why has no-one told me about this?  This is AMAZING!'.  Well, I have made one of those discoveries and perhaps everyone else has heard all about it and neglected to tell me, but just in case you haven't heard about the new Diffusers from Tim Holtz Alterations range I'm going to rave about them now.

If you ever wanted to emboss just a part of your embossing folder, or if you want to emboss the whole folder but leave just a part plain then this is for you.  And, if you never thought of doing either of these things then Sir Tim has thought of the idea for you.
The results are fantastic.  I've used one of the newer packs of Texture Fades with the honeycomb and bubble wrap finishes above.  The card on the left uses the Diffuser with the opening and the one on the right uses the inset from the same set.  Watch out for these 2 cards made up into projects soon.
The pack comes with 3 sets, 6 pieces in all and as it has 'Set #1' printed on it, I hope that means we will see some more styles coming soon.  The instructions on how to make a sandwich for your machine are included.  I experimented with scrap card first and decided that the best result in my Big Kick was to use the universal platform without either of the tabs.
Here's a quick card I made using a different one of the open Diffusers and a damask embossing folder.  It's the smallest opening which leaves an unembossed space at either the top or bottom of the panel depending on which way you use it.
The sentiment is a Miss Caroline sticker from My Mind's Eye and the twine at the top is from Lawn Fawn.  I'm entering my card at Scrapbook Sisters for their 'Anything Goes' challenge #90.

These are a few of the places where I found the pack for sale (although not all have them in stock at the moment).   I bought mine from The Artistic Stamper, prices vary wildly so shop around.

This has totally distracted me from the projects I am supposed to be working on so, now that I've shared my excitement with you, I had better get on!

** Kate **       

Monday, June 25

A Child Free Day

On Saturday my sisters and I treated ourselves to a child free day (we have 8 between us).  The weather was kind and you would almost think it was summer!  We spent the day at Mottisfont, a National Trust site renowned for its rose gardens.  There's also a river walk and we timed our trip to coincide with an exhibition of photographs by Lord Litchfield.

I got severe shoulder strain from my camera and handbag combination (will seriously have to investigate a new set-up for days out, in fact I've already bought a new bag to try,).  Also managed to bring a spare memory card for the camera that turned out to be full.  I did get some pictures taken and here are a few favourites from the day.
In the evening one sister headed to the theatre and I went with the other sister and SMO's cousin to a 'Pudding Evening'.  A fundraising event which basically involves eating desserts until you feel sick.  The tickets were priced with a reduction if you brought along a pudding to share.  With allergies I thought this was the best way of ensuring there would be at least one pud I could eat.  I planned a pavlova, in view of having been out all day it seemed like a quick idea.  I tasked SMO with the purchase of a meringue base and he sent me a text whilst I was out to say he had successfully found one.

I got home to discover the biggest meringue base I had ever seen, over 12 inches in diameter!  I couldn't find anything to put it in once it was filled and ready to eat so the only alternative was to whip up the cream in another container and assemble it all when I got there.  Luckily I managed to find a quiet corner and assembled the cream filling with raspberries and almonds without too many people watching.  I think the shock was too much for me as I totally forgot to take a picture of it, but of course if I had it would have looked something like this, maybe.

There was enough left for me to bring some home in the cream bowl and mash it into Eton mess for pudding on Sunday.

** Kate **

Friday, June 22

Love Grows Happiness

Katharina has a simple, yet fiendish, sketch challenge on the go over at her Whiff Of Joy blog.  Here's my interpretation of it.
I've seen a couple of my friends marry in the last 12 months and so fingers crossed there will be an announcement soon from at least one of them so that I can start on the supply of baby cards I've been preparing!
All of the stamps, papers and pearls are from Whiff of Joy, here are the links to the supplies.
The images have been coloured with pencils onto kraft card.  The card was an 8x8 blank from Papermania which I cut down to make a smaller base and then used the trimmings to cut the tags with an EK Success punch.  The other card in shades of blue is all from a core-dinations pack.
The sentiment on the front comes from the Citrus Tree set and I've stamped the plain tree onto blue linen cardstock to decorate the inside.

** Kate **

Thursday, June 21

Scrapbook Starting Point

When I 1st saw the latest from Shimelle's series of Starting Points (here's my interpretation of it)
I thought there would definitely be just one photo on the right hand panel, but I was very wrong!  In fact the photos were portrait style down the left side and I really liked the look so I positioned mine similarly.
I've used BoBunny supplies from Country Garden (the background page is 'Almanac') as well as Ambrosia and Little Miss.  The rest of the bits and pieces are all leftovers from my Scrapagogo kits.
The page will be the 1st in my main album introducing a friend's wedding and then I will probably follow it with 2 or three pages about the day.  It may end up in a separate wedding album, I haven't decided yet.

** Kate **

Wednesday, June 20

Thank You

A quick thank you card to share today, made for someone at church who is moving on as part of their job.
The stamps are from Papermania and I bought a pack of the little crosses years ago when there used to be a proper papercrafts store in town.
I'm entering my card in the 'Anything goes' challenge over at Try It On Tuesday and the 'Welcome Summer' challenge at Deep Ocean.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, June 19

Saturated Canary News

It doesn't take much to notice from my blog that I am a big fan of Krista Smith's images so I'm excited that there's several bits of news going on over at Saturated Canary.  First off there is a giveaway currently running for a cute little camera on this post here. But wait, it gets better.  Next there is a chance to become a guest designer at the Saturated Canary challenge blog.  But, still there is even better news, I think.  Whilst the likes of Krista have got me seriously loving Digi stamps, my 1st true love is the good old rubber variety, so I am ecstatic to see that Krista will be launching new rubber Saturated Canary stamps at CHA in July under the Little Darlings brand.  I can't wait!!!

In the meantime, I have my entry for the Saturated Canary Challenge #19, which has an 'Anything Goes.' theme.
I've used my Tiffany stamp and coloured her with Copics.  All of the papers used and the little ticket are from the Any Tangerine Sketchbook range.
For the embellishments I've used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and I'm also entering my card for Wild Orchid challenge #52, which has an 'Anything goes' theme.
I was looking for a bit more sparkle and found this ribbon to top things off.  It's a glittered velvet and came from Papermania.

** Kate ** 

Monday, June 18

Bee Still and a study in Gazebos

Just didn't get near the computer at the weekend.  Spent Saturday at a garden party, it stayed dry but we were nearly blown away.  A gazebo from Top Marquees was the only 1 from 3 that we took still left standing at the end of the day, with one pop up version from a mid-priced brand completely destroyed.  They do say you get what  you pay for, but if you can't afford one of their fabby ones I would recommend getting the cheapest one you can find (the ones where the poles fit together, not a pop-up) and consider it disposable!!!

Sunday we visited SMO's parents for father's day and before you know it the weekend was over.

I have a scrapbook page to share today.  Made from the last of my March Scrapagogo kit.
Glitter Girl has some great ideas at Two Peas for handwriting on scrapbook pages and what to do if things go wrong.  I'm definitely one of those people who hates their writing and thinks that it ruins the page. I really like Glitter Girl's idea of not waiting until the end to add your writing onto your perfect finished page, do it half-way through instead and let it grow as part of the embellishments.  I've been brave and written directly on the page for this one and was happy with the finished result.
I haven't been really utilising the lovely exclusive stamp that comes with the Scrapagogo kits despite that being one of the main reasons I liked their kits in the 1st place.  The March stamp fitted so well its use was just compulsory for this layout and I topped it off with some glossy accents. (The little tiny bees are from an exclusive Moo type card, a different one comes in each month's kit.)

** Kate **