Friday, March 29

Reason #522

I was inspired the other evening to make a scrapbook page in a different style.  The route that got me there was rather convoluted.  First off I was watching Glitter Girl's adventure #63 where she was scraplifting Wilna's in the Mood to Scrap project 'Living out Loud', so I went and watched that as well.  Then on someone's comments they had mentioned Janna Werner and I went to have a first look at her work, which is amazing, and watched her in the Mood to Scrap 'Snore' which is about washi tape.  After all of that mind blowing inspiration I made this.

Hmmm, I forgot the layer of washi tape after all that!  The papers are all American Crafts, some Amy Tangerine, some Peachy Keen.  The little embellishments are from Ready Set Go and Crate Paper.  I was really pleased to find a 'Cake & ice cream' sticker in there.

The page has got some gesso on and then splatters of Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls.  All of the little phrases stamped around are from Amy tangerine and Dear Lizzy sets.
The chalk board style letters are from BoBunny.  As well as all the other influences, I look at this and very much see Melissa Stinson's layout style too.

I've had fun and will do again, might even remember the washi tape next time.

My morning has not started well.  I have been doing battle with my bank to get a cheque book out of them and after 2 weeks it still hasn't arrived.  I gather that banks are making it more awkward for people to get cheque books as they don't want the costly administration of  cheques, no s**t Sherlock!  The chap I spoke to today was busy chatting when I was put through to him.  Eventually he acknowledged I was there, put a stop on the mythical book that was sent 2 weeks ago and ordered me another.  At the end of the call he asked me to rate his service out of 5.  I said 4 and he challenged me to ask why, so no undue influence exerted there then.  I reminded him about his little chat with his colleague, to be honest he was lucky to get a 4!  He apologised and the call was swiftly ended.  Now I'm wound up and my bills still aren't paid.

I can confirm though that the sun is shining, so maybe all is right with the world after all!

~ Kate ~

Thursday, March 28

Fashion A La Carte - Blue Moon Beads

Part of the massive range of creative items offered by Blue Moon Beads includes the Fashion A La Carte range of feathers, flowers, coloured elastics and silk accessories.  I've been playing with some of them and incorporated a hot pink feather accessory into a necklace.
 The necklace is made up of 3 strands, faux suede and silver chain from the Feather Jewellery range and a black Blue Moon Beads chain.  I've separated the black chain into small pieces and then joined them with JoAnn's glitter beads wired onto pins.

Once the chains were finished I've sewn the feather accessory over them and also sewn a flat pink jewel to the centre.

I was reading a magazine article the other day about predicted upcoming trends.  One of the trends mentioned was a surge in interest for all things 1920's following the release of Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby due in May 2013.  I'm loving the idea of lots of 1920's inspired projects and made a quick Flapper Girl head band using 4 pieces of neutral coloured elastic tied together with a large silk flower and feather accessory sewn on top.  The Dinky Diva very gamely agreed to model it for me.
Thank you, beautiful girl.
~ Kate ~

Wednesday, March 27


Ye, OK, I know it's not, but it's so cold it flippin' may as well be.  This time last year I had comments left reminding me that my blog was still snowing, I guess it's still quite fitting at the moment.  Update:  I've just looked outside the window and it's snowing again.
I've the last of my marbled projects to share today and it's a Christmas one.

Don't ask me what made me use this gorgeous bit of yellow and pink loveliness for a Christmas card it was just one of those random moments.  The stamps are from an old Francoise Read set, the little car chugging home for Christmas with a pink tree on top just appealed to me.  I've used Promarkers for colouring and then used a wiggly stamp from the set repeated around the edge to make a frame.

The little pink stars dotted around are from Papermania.

There wasn't enough of this marbled sheet to make the envelope, but there was plenty to line a nice crsip white one.

Winter Wonderland - Pretty in pink
Crafts & Me #126 - Pretty in pink
Christmas Card Challenge #17 - Clean and simple (optional)
Christmas All Year Round - Sparkle and bling

We all went to an Easter workshop yesterday and had a lovely time.  There was face painting for the little and not so little ones.  Lots of faces with Easter bunnies on, fairies and butterflies.  Branston Pickle of course ..............

enough said!!

~ Kate ~

Tuesday, March 26

Kathy's Waffle Sketch

There's just time to have one more round of projects using the Kathy's Waffle Sketch for March.

I've made a stencil for my card with a large butterfly punch and inked and stamped through it with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink for the Craft Stamper Take It Make It blog challenge.  The stencil has then been taken away and I've stamped over the top with a Pink Paislee stamp in VersaFine ink.

The little banners at the top were on a pinkish paper and I decided I wanted to go for the lilac throughout so I inked over them with the Distress Ink as well.  The little words are from a free magazine stamp set.

In the end I looked at it and just couldn't stop myself from splattering some Grape Ape Chalkboard Mist over the top.

Easter holidays have started here for us and, although we only have a few activities planned, they are all at the beginning of the week, so expect lots of updates as the week goes on and I craft into the evenings after they have all finally gone to bed. 

~ Kate ~

Thursday, March 21

Little Book of Quotes

Things are a little chaotic this week.  I've had Easter performances to attend for both of the boys.  Branston Pickle was a Daffodil and Small-n-Grubby (who is going to be as tall as me very soon!) took a toy sheep to be blessed.  This was all accompanied by as much singing, dancing and over acting as they could get away with.

I've also had to re-photograph a card that I thought I would be blogging here this week but is now going to be delayed until a later date.  The photos attempted to achieve step-by-step pictures of the project by taking them backwards, pulling it apart very carefully as I went; and all on a dull rainy morning when you wouldn't want to try and photograph anything.

The upshot of my busy life is that I am a little behind with all things new and creative.  I find this quite frustrating when I am bursting with ideas and have several new crafty toys to play with.  I am grateful though that it isn't any other way.  What mother wouldn't want to see her 5 year old son dancing with a giant crepe paper daffodil on his head?  Or a 9 year old son pretending to be in a traditional Portuguese Easter festival having his sheep blessed. (The theme was Easter around the world and the children had filmed themselves acting out different traditions.  It was hilarious not only over acting but wonky camera angles, Miranda style asides to the camera and children bursting randomly into song for attempted camera hogging moments!)

I think I have been side tracked.  My intention was to blog the 2nd of the three paper marbling projects I made.  I have finally found a link to the products online here although I've no idea whether the samples were shown.  This time it's a little quote book using all of my favourite quote stamps that I had at the time (I have some new ones now, they're in that can't wait to get using it pile.)

The book is cut from one sheet of 12x12 black card to make a great contrast with the vibrant colours of the marbled paper.  The quotes have been stamped onto simple die-cut panels.   

For the title I've used spongy letters from Papermania and the whole thing is tied up with some spotty ribbon.
Here's a close-up I took of the marbling.

I'm entering my little book at No Matter Which Challenge #7 this month where the theme is 'Anything Goes'  and don't forget if you use your favouite stamps on a project there's still time to enter the 'Favourite Things' challenge at By The Cute And Girly.

~ Kate ~

Tuesday, March 19

Crayons for Grown-Ups

As part of Jump Start 2013 Ronda Palazzari shared a great video about using Caran D'Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons.  I liked what I saw and bought a very small set of ten to have a play with.
I've blended three colours going down the background panel getting darker as I went.  Once it was all dry I've stamped over with VersaFine ink with no problems.  The bulrushes are from Technique Tuesday, the little dragon fly is from Royal Langnickel and the sentiment was a magazine freebie.

As I mentioned yesterday, I've been really cracking on with the craft tidying.  I'll go into details of how I have reorganised everything soon, but one thing I have created (under Shimelle's advice) is a 'Use it or lose it' box.  The frame on this card must be at least 7 years old, so pat on the back for me.

Less Is More #111 - Frame it
Simon Says Stamp And Show - Water
Flutterby Wednesday #231 - Any winged creature
Inspired by Floral Fantasies - I love Brenda's blog, the whole thing is an inspiration, but this card particularly is inspired by her work with silhouettes.

As the crayons were out and I was playing I made a couple of journaling cards.  One uses the same effect as above and the other using a watercolour effect that Ronda shared using her 'Picture Perfect' stencil.

~ Kate ~

Monday, March 18

Bright & Breezy - Blue Moon Beads

I think we've had all weathers possible in the last few days.  Including thick snow which cancelled a big crafting jaunt I had planned yesterday.  Oh well, it just means that I have something to look forward to after the Easter break!

My unexpectedly free Sunday was used for a couple of things - a bit of craft tidying (more about that later in the week) and some time playing with Blue Moon Beads.

I've been working with the bright Spring beads from JoAnns.  Using two sizes of seed bead in coral and green together with some larger faceted acrylic beads to randomly thread the strand.
Teamed with BMB chains and findings they make a triple strand necklace.  Everything is secured with a copper coloured bead cap.

The flower pendant from Blue Moon Beads Wood and Shell range adds to the Spring feel.
 ~ Kate ~

Friday, March 15

Spring Favourites

Half-way through March and we are starting to see some lovely Spring days, even if they are usually followed promptly by snow!

We are also half-way through the By The Cute And Girly favourites challenge for March and I have a Spring/Easter make today to, hopefully, give you some inspiration.

What are the favourites today?  Well, there's Copics of course and one of my stamping favourites, Whiff Of Joy.  The Girl And Lamb stamp is on a 50% off bargain at the moment.  

There's also Wild Orchid Crafts embellishments, my favourite paper flower supplier.

Looking back at my card though there was definitely something missing and I realised it was one of my top favourites, butterflies!!  Here's the card with a sprinkling of butterflies added.  All of the papers are from Crate Papers Little Bo Peep 6x6 pad, a good mix of papers, not just girly floral ones.

Whiff Of Joy #150 - Happy Easter
Moving Along With The Times - Spring is in the air
Country View Crafts - Pick and mix
Bunny Zoe - Girly
Allsorts #197 - Springtime
Crafty Calendar - Easter

Just a quick note for anyone who, like me, uses Google Reader to keep up with the daily blogging and craft inspiration.  An announcement has been made that the service will be retired on 1 July 2013, read the Guardian article here and also find links to online petitions.  I have signed the petition, but to be honest in the meantime I have exported my list to Bloglovin.  I haven't been able to add or remove feeds from the list in some time and have felt that the service has been unsupported for a while.  As far as I am aware Google Friends Connect remains available, but only for following Blogger sites.

~ Kate ~

Thursday, March 14

WOYWW and CCP combined

This is a combined post for WOYWW and CCP that should have been up yesterday.  As we had no phone or internet all day it just wasn't going to happen.  As I will not be dictated to by broken technology, I'm blogging it today anyway!

This month's Creative Craft Photo is 'Favourite Colouring Medium.'  Judging from my blog header, if I tried to claim it was anything other than Copics, then I would be caught out very quickly.  Here's how they are stored on my desk.

In blue spotted Claudine Hellmuth water buckets, very portable as I don't use just one place for crafting.  Also to the side is a pink version which contains Distress Markers, Wink Of Stella, Sharpies and some American Crafts pens, all of which I also like to use.

For ultimate portability I keep a select supply of Promarkers in a proper Letraset case.  I seem to be very drawn to the Autumn colours of these.

I have a list of 9 items that now need doing after being without the internet yesterday.  Of course I got things done, but just not the things that I was expecting to.  To add insult to injury it's a beautiful day outside today and the sun is shining on my computer screen.  Grrrr, rats, I wonder if anyone would notice if I just skipped off out for the morning?

~ Kate ~

Tuesday, March 12

Project Life Supplies

Like many collectors and strokers of paper I have been tempted by Project Life style supplies, despite the fact that I have no intention of embarking on Project Life.  Three of my favourite scrapbookers have been tackling these issues lately.  May Flaum has been dealing with a stack of unscraped  holiday photos in 'Project Hawaii'Glitter Girl has been using journalling cards in her adventures to see how versatile they can be and  Shimelle has a Sketch to Scrapbook Page which I've used for my layout.
I've used the sketch in a six boxes of 4x6 format, but the final layout has the bottom right hand box divided into two 3x4 cards.  Like May I haven't used a divided page protector, the whole page has been made on a 12x12 background sheet of Glitz Cashmere Dame.

All of the rest of the supplies are from Simple Stories Vintage Bliss line, which is just too nice to let the project lifers have all to themselves.  The additional materials used are yellow star Kath Kidston washi tape and some Papermania jewels.

I've cut down a 6x4 card that had wording on that really fitted the page, but the card itself was portrait and didn't fit the design.   The result was lots of little bits of coordinating paper that I've been able to fit in all over the page. 

The page took longer to come together than many of my 12x12 pages and it really only started to gel once I started treating each area of the page like it was a separate pocket.  I do like the overall result and as my albums are just a mish-mash of different style pages I think it will fit in just fine.  My conclusion is that these type of supplies are here to stay in my crafting stash, which means I needn't hesitate to buy any that catch my eye from now on!!

~ Kate ~

Monday, March 11

Mother's Day

Twas mother's Day in the UK yesterday and that means there really is no need to find an excuse to have chocolates for breakfast, irrespective of whether you are a mother or not!!!!

Here's the card I made for my Mum.

It's inspired by Sue Wilson's card in Creative Expressions volume two, although I've lightened it a little in colour and content as hers was designed for a more sombre occasion.

I've used Papermania stamps, black VersaFine ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Bazzill Antique Script paper and Bisque Liquid Pearls.

Creative Inspirations #204 - Happy Mother's Day 
Forever Friends - Lots of flowers
Heck Of A Challenge - Spring, butterflies and pearls

~ Kate ~

Friday, March 8

Vintage Glamour - Blue Moon Beads

Wow, there is such a thick mist today, I don't think it is ever going to clear.  I've been struggling to photograph my latest project for Blue Moon Beads, a lighting set-up might have to be top of my birthday wish list this year.

My jewellery set has been inspired by vintage style and the fabulous Downton Abbey series. 

There's lots of Blue Moon Beads glass pearls and grey seed beads.  The golden pearls are drilled off-centre which gives the necklace added shape.  They are from the Blue Sky Champagne bead mix along with the small crystals, copper pearls and the large irregular shaped pearls at the end of the drops on the necklace and earrings.
I have to mention the beautiful copper coloured connectors from JoAnn's they are really what gives the set that vintage marcasite feel.  The earrings have the smaller copper coloured connectors to match with the necklace.

As always with Blue Moon Beads the t-bar clasp is as beautiful as you would expect, with a classic Art Nouveau design.

I've given the whole set a quick burst of camera flash for one last picture of the pieces all together.

** Kate **

Thursday, March 7


Yes, that's what I've been doing, gallivanting and shopping.

Yesterday one of my sisters and I took Mum to a garden centre for the day as an early Mother's Day treat, yes we were there nearly the whole day.

We had coffee and a snack on arrival, plenty of gluten free treats available in the cafe so that was an excellent start for me.  Then we had a look around.  As well as plants, and everything you could possibly think of associated with the garden, there were also little shops with gifts, candles, clothes, camping equipment and shoes, it was fab.  I saw this pair of boots and was in love immediately.
But, they didn't have my size, sniff, sob.  I will be scouring the internet to try and find them.

I did buy myself this little pot of mini irises, I just couldn't resist their washed out blues and greens.

Then it was back to the cafe for lunch and then another look around.  A day well spent.

Also in my virtual shopping basket I've bought a 12inch thin embossing folder to try out and see if it works with my Sizzix set up.
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This morning I had an extra trip up to school to visit with the speech therapist for my little Branston Pickle.  The way he talks now is cute, but it won't be if he still talks like it when he's 20!

Lunch time on the internet now and then back to some crafting.

** Kate **