Friday, September 28

Chevrons

Yes, Chevrons!  That's this week's theme at the Daring Card Makers, as chosen by Nat.  I found the paper collections I owned included so many chevrons it was too difficult to choose one, so in the end I abandoned them all and went for a Studio Calico mask with Chalkboard Glimmer Mist instead.
All of the other supplies on the card are from Amy Tangerine, with the exception of the twine which I bought in a big hank from who knows where!
That's it from me today.  Still didn't sew that layout last night and tonight I have to play at being hairdresser ready for the kids annual photo shoot at the dance studio tomorrow.

** Kate **

Thursday, September 27

Not blogged for a week!!

It's not like me abandon my blog from one week to the next, but  a few things have been going on here.

First off the Branston Pickle has not been settling in at school and has been living up to his pickalicious nickname.  This morning he asked me "What day is it Mummy?"  So I say Thursday and he says "Oh, good, I don't go on a Thursday do I?"  Bless, you can't say he doesn't try.  It's been very tiring emotionally for him and me as he tries to come to terms with the changes and frustrating  to watch him fighting a battle that ultimately you know he just can't win.  Next week sees the move from part-time to full time and whilst I have my concerns he seems excited to be taking his lunch and staying all day, lets hope the novelty doesn't wear off too soon!

On the creative front I have been working on a secret mission for which I will of course share the outcome, what ever it may be, as soon as i am able to.  I also have a scrapbook page almost completed about the Branston Pickle and me, but I am determined that it needs some sewing on it and I hope to complete that in front of the telly tonight.

In January I had a rose flowering in my garden, which was a joy, but concerned me that it might get frosted for not sleeping when it should.  I needn't have feared as it has more flowers on it presently than I have ever seen it produce before.

Always a little piece of sunshine to be spotted between the clouds and the rain.

** Kate **

Friday, September 21

Thank You

I've combined a couple of challenges on my card today.  The first is this week's theme at the Daring Card Makers set by Zuzana which is 'Thank You'.  The second is the call from Lawnscaping to 'Get Texty' for challenge #42.
I've used my Dewey Decimal supplies again, well they're new and I had been looking forward to their release date so much, now they are here I can't put them down.  The text is a combination of 2 stamps from the Check This Out set, I've actually cut the cling stamps apart so that I can assemble them however I want.
The owl is from the Winter Owl set and will be featuring on some of my Christmas creations this year, but in the meantime I thought he had a sincere 'thank you' look about him.  He's coloured with Copics.
** Kate **

Tuesday, September 18

Gold Finger

Well actually, for 'Gold Finger' read 'Tarnished Brass Finger!!!'  I've been colouring ribbon with Metallic Distress Stain and dyed the tips of my fingers so I look like I have a 40 a day habit!  It was all in a good cause though as I was finishing off this tag.
I made the tag a while ago with lots of Distress Ink and Dylusions spray, and finished it with a spray of Perfect Pearl Mist to make the colours run.
I was pleased with how it turned out, but then set it aside whilst I thought how I wanted to finish it off.  I decided I needed more foliage dies and chose the Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die as it looked like there were lots of elements to it that I could use separately if I wanted.  It was exactly as I'd hoped.  This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show is 'Tape It Up' so I decided to cover some pieces of card with Tim's Tissue Tape and a gold striped washi tape and then run them through the die.  The results were taped die cuts ready to assemble and decorate my tag.
The ribbon came at the end ready for Sunday Stampers ribbon themed challenge #223. (Hels is also guesting on the Simon Says Stamp and Show team with a fabby turquoise project which I am looking forward to reading about in her tutorial on the SSSS blog tomorrow).  Back to the ribbon.  Its from American Crafts Elements and, as I was impatient for the Distress Stain to dry, I blasted it with a heat gun which slightly melted it and finished up with an even better effect than I had set out for, which made me very pleased with the end result!

** Kate **

Monday, September 17

Ready Set GO!

After a busy and quite tiring weekend of setting up camp for just one night and then a day out, which included taking the children swimming, I felt like a quiet bit of scrapbooking this morning.

I decided to use some of the Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go products that I bought last week.  There was a sticker in there that I didn't really 'get' the wording on which kind of reminded me of Glitter Girl's project #37 about Reworking Wording and so that was the kicking off point for my page.
The Sticker originally said 'Every day love' which isn't an expression I would normally use, so I took Glitter Girl's advice and covered over one of the words.  I also wanted to use the cute little bubble car stamp to match the car in the picture, but the yellow panel I chose had a camera on and so I covered that up with a sticker too!
All of the supplies are from Amy Tangerine apart from the Hardcover Thickers and Crate Paper Random letters.

I'd like to enter my page for the Summer Time challenge at S J Crafts and for the Happy Layout challenge #5 at the Big Ideas Festival.

** Kate **

Saturday, September 15

Mid-Way Through September

Mid-way through September and the end of the children's first full week back at school here in England.  We are having that lovely late sunshine that I had hoped for and the school camp out went ahead last night with no rain to stop play.  Now all the camping equipment needs cleaning and drying before being packed away for another year.  I've a camping themed card for my 2nd By The Cute And Girly project this month.
The Whiff of Joy image is of Henry Mouse having Campfire Fun and I have coloured him with Copics.
The card is made from Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal papers using Katharina's Whiff of Joy sketch #60. The sentiment stamp is from the Check This Out set and the little hearts painted with Black Liquid Pearls are from the Winter Owl set.
Now do I air out those sleeping bags or do I sit out in the garden with a cuppa??

 ** Kate **

Friday, September 14

Dare Time

Yes, it's time for another dare from the Daring Card Makers and this week Sharon has asked us to dig deep and find some Vellum to include on our cards.
I really did have to dig deep, but eventually found a pale pink sheet in an old Hot Off The Press book.  I've put it through a Papermania embossing folder and then cut it down to make a little pocket for the card front, which is attached with some Tim Holtz brads.
The rest of the card uses the Papermania Happy Days range too.  The paper background has been stamped and coloured with Distress markers and the the tickets are stamped and cut from another stamp in the range.
I've used one of the charms from Whiff Of Joy that I blogged about on Wednesday to finish everything off.

Lots more wonderful inspiration over at the DCM blog, so no excuses, get that vellum out and get playing.

** Kate ** 

Wednesday, September 12

WOYWW #171

Very late in the day with my WOYWW entry this week, but it does mean that I can share what's arrived on my desk this morning.
A lovely parcel of goodies I ordered from Whiff Of Joy!

I was tempted by their offer of a pack of 5 secret stamps for the price of 1 and whilst I was there I bought a couple of stamps from the August release and a cute little pot of charms.  I'm not going to spoil the surprise and reveal what was in the bag, as far as I am aware, the contents are all the same, but as a lover of all things Whiff of Joy I am very pleased with it and don't have any of them already.

That's my bit of happiness to share for the day.  My brain is currently puzzling over a quandary, should I let the Dinky Diva have the HPV jabs?  I can't make up my mind at the moment, any views?

** Kate ** 

Monday, September 10

10 Things on the 10th

Shimelle has been listing 10 things on the 10th of the month for some time now and inviting her blog readers to join in.  It might be craft related and it might not.  Just 10 things, usually loosely related, anything as long as there are 10.  As part of Learn Something New Every Day 2012, a course that Shimelle runs every September (just in case you didn't know), she's encouraging us to join in.   So here are my 10 things for the 10th of September.

I've just come back from a weekend helping at Guide camp and although I could list everything I did it would be far more than 10 so instead here are 10 Things I DIDN'T do at camp but expected/hoped to!  I can't really share many pictures because of the girls being in them but there is one of me (looking a state, but please be kind remember I was camping!), plus a scenic shot.


  • Eat an ice cream.  I just didn't get a chance to get to the camp shop and get one and when I looked on Sunday as they were closing there were only ginger ones left, YUCK!  Who ever thought that ginger ice cream would be a good idea.
  • I didn't get to bed before midnight.  Ridiculous of me to have expected otherwise really!
  • But I didn't get woken up in the night by anyone needing me either, yeah!

  • Read my book.  Never expected to finish it, but not to even pick it up once.
  • Eat all my sweets.  Yes, I came back with unopened bags of sweets.
  • Get wet.  The most beautiful weekend to be camping, perhaps even the best of the year.


  • Visit any of the information areas or go for a walk to look around, I was kept far too busy.
  • Eat a cold meal from a mess tin whilst rushing to or from another job.  I was very pleased to sit and eat hot meals in good company and undisturbed.
  • And on that note, I didn't need to cook any of my emergency food rations.  I was well fed and my gluten free diet was catered for at every meal.
  • Lastly,  I didn't get time to leave the campsite and have a look at the lovely New Forest town near which it's based.  Oh well, there's always next time?!?!?
** Kate **  

Saturday, September 8

Big Idea Festival

One of the 3 online classes I'm following during September is the Big Idea Festival from Big Picture Classes.
The launch of the festival has coincided with their acquiring Ella Publishing and Stacy Julian launching the Doodlebug Happy Mail movement, so much going on.

Stacy's been making simple cards to send and brighten someones day, not a special day, just any day.  One of her cards is in a matchbook design and I've used that to make my card.
It's made from Lawn Fawn Bright Side papers with an Amy Tangerine ticket.
The inside is decorated with a Lawn Fawn journalling panel and it's ready to send.

** Kate **

Friday, September 7

Daring Friday

It's the 1st Friday of the month and that means a colour challenge at the Daring Card Makers.

Here's my interpretation for my Guest DT card.
The card design uses an old sketch from Shimelle and I've used Pink Paislee Papers all through and the 'smile' stamp is from one of their sets too.  The cute little lemon set is by Lawn Fawn and they are coloured with Copics.  I'm very excited because their Dewey Decimal line, one of my top 5 picks from CHA this summer, is now in at Make The Day Special and I've placed my order!

Back to the card, I've decorated the inside too.
The washi tape with the paper chain people on is from the original Amy Tangerine line.

Pop over to the Daring Card Makers blog to get inspired to make a project and then share it.

** Kate **

Thursday, September 6

First morning at school!!

It doesn't seem possible and he is definitely far too small, but the Branston Pickle started school this morning!!!!
No tears though, not even from me.
Dinky Diva had already left for school before the others were dressed so I will have to catch the 3 of them another time.
He looks so sweet looking up at his big brother.

** Kate **

Wednesday, September 5

WOYWW #170 and the extra cube

It's Wednesday and time for workdesk snooping over at Julia's place.

I've added an extra cube to my 12x12 storage since last week.
I vow that it will be the last and I will now sort and thin out my stuff.  For the time being it's had latest collections and on the go projects shoved in it (some of which have to be at least 2 years old!).  The shelf cube underneath has been filled with some boxes and drawers I already owned.  I am a believer of 'work with it for a while and then organise it', so this is definitely not the finished arrangement.

That's it for me today, short and sweet.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, September 4

Just Sitting Here

I've a 3 panel card to blog today.  I made it a little while ago, but was unable to share it at the time.
I've cut three panels from First Edition designer card using the Tim Holtz cabinet die and then matted them with a co-ordinating piece from the same pad.
The main image is a C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie called Fall Hansel and I've coloured him with Promarkers (mainly from the original Autumn set).
For the decorations I've cut out extra stamped pumpkins and flowers from the paper pad.
Challenges:
Allsorts #170 - Anything but square
Simon Says - Anything goes
Heck Of A Challenge - Anything goes
All That Scraps - Anything Goes

** Kate **  

Sunday, September 2

September News

Lots going on in September:

First off I've won a place on a fab online class 30 Days to Done, where (like all the participants) I've committed to spending 15 minutes a day on a project for the next 30 days.  In my case the project is a blog for my jewellery designs where customers can look at what I make and get in touch with me, a blog catalogue!  There's still time to join in and I can confirm that 2 days in I have spent 30 minutes and tasks have been achieved!!!
Next, it's September (did I mention that already?) which means it's time for Learn Something New Every Day over at Shimelle's blog.  I completed a 6x4 album for this one last year and enjoyed discovering and learning along the way, so I'm in again for this year.  I've pulled out some supplies and a video of my plans will be up soon.

The Big Idea Festival at Big Picture Classes is due to start on 4 September and again this is a class that I completed an album for last year.  It's free to join and, having participated twice before, I can confirm that it's great fun and well worth joining in with.

Let's see how much of those 3 I manage to get done then!


One last thing to say and that's the Craft Barn are having a massive giveaway to celebrate their blog following and all of the details for how to join in are here.

Right bring on Monday, I'm ready!!!

** Kate **

Saturday, September 1

By The Cute And Girly - September

September's here, but I'm not accepting that Summer is over.  I can see sunshine outside and the forecast is looking good!

 It's time for a new challenge over at By The Cute And Girly and this month the theme is Men/Boys.  Our digi sponsor for the month is Fred She Said and I've used the Old Truck image to make my congratulations card.
I've coloured the truck with Promarkers and, thinking it would make an ideal truck to zoom around in for the summer with surf gear in the back, I've teamed it with some Fancy Pants surfing papers.  The sentiment sticker is from DCWV.
This month's sponsors are:
Simon Says Stamp


Make a project suitable for a man or boy, it could be a scrapbook page celebrating a past birthday or a Christmas card/gift prepared ready for that someone special, pop over to the challenge blog and share it with us for a chance to win a prize in our draw.  If you're in need of inspiration then there are plenty of projects over at the By The Cute And Girly blog to tempt you.

** Kate **