Thursday, January 31

Glamour and Sparkle - Blue Moon Beads

I've got some Blue Moon Beads bling fit for a princess today,

All of these fabulous beads are from a Blue Moon Beads Blue Sky grey bead pack.  No mixing and matching needed they are all there ready to go.

I've threaded them onto some nylon cord and secured the fastenings with crimp beads.

Even the Blue Sky toggle clasp has a princess look with a crown and sceptre on it.

Now I just need a glamorous occasion to wear it to!

** Kate **

Wednesday, January 30

WOYWW - Tiny progress

I forgot what day it is.  How daft is that?  How can any WOYWWer forget that it's Wednesday?  A late morning view from me then.  The desk is still in transition, in fact it is soon to be dismantled. I really am having a complete change around.  In the meantime, a tiny bit of progress and a job I have been meaning to do for months. 

Yes, I've labelled my Copics.  Where ever their home may eventually be they will sit there all neatly labelled and identifiable, if not in any semblance of order.  Well you can't expect too much at once!

I've also finished the art journal page that was on my desk last week with a bit more colouring and a wordy stamp from Tim Holtz.

Right, back to work, where did I put that screwdriver?

** Kate **

Tuesday, January 29

Little Dreamer

Whilst I've been tidying the crafty chaos I've been looking at old magazines and reminded myself of a project I had planned to make for a year.

Kate Crane made a cute little canvas for Craft Stamper magazine Feb 2012.  I wanted to make something following her instructions and have been gathering materials for months.  I don't have a single one of the products she used but, by substitution and invention, I made this.

I've coloured all the stamped images with Distress markers.  The stamps are:
Leaves - Dyan Reavley
Toadstools - Stampendous
Monster - Michaels
Dream - Kaisercraft

The rest of the words were printed on the computer and all were coloured with Distress Ink.
Other materials used were : Claudine Hellmuth paints, paint dabbers, Dylusion spray, Perfect Pearls mist, Gisela Graham ribbon, mount board.

I'm linking up with the Sunday Stamper's 'Wish' challenge as we all know a dream is a wish your heart makes!

** Kate **

Monday, January 28

Craft Your Passion

Sadly, my last January guest design team card for Craft Your Passion.  But, I can't be too sad as we our going out with a bright, zingy challenge.  Challenge #147 is a colour combo of black, purple, aqua, lime and cerise, check out the challenge blog for the full details.

This week's sponsor is Mayzy Art, whose images are just right for the bright colour palette.  I've used the Fairy Meri image for my card.

She's coloured with Copics and added to the card with 3d foam to give her some depth.
The background of the card is all Tim Holtz/Ranger products.  The bird cage was die-cut from spare card and then I stuck a piece of paper over to cover the wholes it has at the bottom.  The piece was then used as a stencil with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  The flowers stamped over the image are from a Stampers Anonymous stamp.

Everything's been given some fairy sparkle with Stardust Stickles.

Creative Inspirations #198 - Anything goes, plus flowers
One Stitch At A Time #149 - Use a Digi image

** Kate **

Friday, January 25

Rock On!

A new challenge awaits you at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards today.  It's #31 and the theme is 'Rock On!' music related cards.  The sponsor is Kenny K and there are Kenny K digi images to be won.  I've used the Metal Babe image from the Rock Squad for my card.

She is coloured with Copics and the background papers are from BasicGrey and Kaisercraft. 

The extra little guitar stamp decorating the papers is from Imaginisce.  Metal Babe's guitar is given a hint of sparkle with a gold Wink Of Stella pen.

Copic Marker Europe #13 - Anything goes
Bunny Zoe - Anything goes

** Kate **

Thursday, January 24

Butterflies and Flowers - Blue Moon Beads

The sun has finally put in an appearance and the snow and ice is melting away properly.  It may not be spring yet, but I'm celebrating with a butterfly and flowers necklace made with Blue Moon Beads.

Even the little clasp is hidden away with a covering of flowers.
The necklace is made from a combination of BMB Findings like the chain, flower clasp and connectors.

The green flower pendant and the butterfly are both from the Blue Sky Ranch range.  Here's a close-up of the butterfly that shows the lovely textured details on the surface of the wings.

The forecast for the weekend is for things to warm up considerably.  Can't complain about that, although it does mean we will be getting more rain!  Hopefully that will be good for the flowers and then spring really will be just around the corner.  

** Kate **

Wednesday, January 23

WOYWW - In Transition

Late today with my WOYWW as I've had the 1st opportunity in a few days following the bad weather to nip into town and get some chores done.

The desk is in transition, I am having a total, ruthless clear-out and moving the furniture around.  In the meantime this is what's on the kitchen worktop.

My latest journal page, I've been getting back into getting inky.

The canvas from last week is finished, I think.  It's so hard to decide when to stop.
The papers are from Websters, Western Romance I think.  They were free with a magazine and are a bit thinner than Webster's usual standard, which makes them excellent for collage work.

That's me done.  I've had my littlest off school for a couple of extra days, think he picked up a cold out playing in all that snow.  It's been fun playing Lego and watching Thunderbirds DVDs, but now I really need to get back to it.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, January 22

Distress Stain 4 Ways

I blogged a little while ago about how I loved Stormy Sky Distress Stain because it looked like ink from a fountain pen, well I had a bit more of a play today in my art journal.

I was waiting for a project to dry, whilst I waited to see if the groceries would be delivered,  and thought it would be good to start a journal page.  In fact, it was while I was waiting for that journal page to dry that I made this one.

The Blueprint, pen nib and sentiment stamps (all by Sir Tim) were stamped using Distress Stain.  I just have to get some more of the new Blueprint images, as soon as the budget allows!

After swiping some ink onto my craft mat, I picked some up with a brush and used it to splatter the page before painting with it.

Then came the big old splats, they look great on craft projects.  Just stamp the bottle down directly onto your surface and see what you get.  This one's still a bit wet in the picture.

So that's:
* Inking up stamps
* Splattering from a brush
* Painting
* Splatting

My favourite Stormy Sky Distress Stain 4 ways!

** Kate **

Monday, January 21

Totally Teal

If you're up for a challenge then over at Craft Your Passion they are going 'Totally Teal' for #146 and there are prizes to be won including images from the fabulous Saturated Canary.   

I've used the beautiful Double Take for my card and as I was severely lacking in teal Copics (mental note to sort that one out tout de suite) I used lots of shades of cool grey.

The papers on the card are from an Echo Park Victoria Gardens 6x6 pad.

To pad out my limited supply of teal embellishments I fell back on a favourite technique of paper curls.  Thin slivers of paper off-cuts wound round a pokey tool to make a coil and, of course, as they are from the paper pad I used they are bound to match!

The sentiment is from an old pack of QVC die-cuts.

I'm entering my card for Saturated Canary's movie inspiration challenge #35.  I think she's definitely a tribute to the old black and white silent movie era.

** Kate **

Friday, January 18

A Snow Day

The snow has finally reached us and bout this much has fallen overnight.

The schools are shut which means I have spent the morning refereeing a 3 way fight, sigh.

On Winterwatch they suggested we look in our gardens this morning for exciting tracks and signs of wildlife, I guess they forgot to tell the wildlife about the idea.

The snow is pristine in the garden.  I haven't seen so much as a bird in a tree and it's as silent and peaceful as Christmas morning.

** Kate **

Thursday, January 17

Birds of a Feather

Continuing my fascination with all the new feathery products launching at CHA, I thought I would share some of the feathered offerings from Blue Moon Beads.

First up there is this fabulous, large, metal and feather pendant.

I've teamed it with an 18" metal and bead chain and joined them together with a toggle clasp on show, I've said before that the clasps are just too pretty to hide away.
Then how about some classic, retro feather and leaf earrings.

Those are just 2 of the feather products in the Blue Moon Beads jewellery range and there are plenty more to play with!

** Kate **

Wednesday, January 16

WOYWW - The Forgotten Canvas

If I could get to my workdesk to share it this WOYWW it would have this on it.

As it is that's actually my kitchen worktop, why tidy when you can just spread out around the rest of the house?  The canvas is one I've been working on for months, just faffing with it here and there when the time allows.  Last night I got carried away with pink Dylusions and the result is the main sentiment has become a little hard to read.  It's an old Inkadinkadoo stamp that appears to be my life motto!

It can be rescued though and I will put the time in, it's kind of 'I've started so I'll finish!'

I shall share once my 'Art' ahem is complete.

** Kate ** 

Tuesday, January 15

Cute and Girly half-way

We've reached the half-way point in January already, I wonder how many blogs will say that today!  Time for an update on the By The Cute And Girly January challenge.  The theme this month is 'Cute and Girly' and our fabulous sponsor is Krista at Saturated Canary.  Whilst I was making my card I also thought about the current Saturated Canary song inspired challenge.

I've used the Windy Day character, which is available as a digi or in rubber.  She's coloured with Copics and then masked to create a background with Distress inks. 

All of the papers are from Amy Tangerine with the addition of an American Crafts sticker and black Liquid Pearls. 

Whilst I was thinking of "Let's go fly a kite!" from Mary Poppins I had another song in mind for the inside of the card, any guesses?

I must have gone into Winnie the Pooh mode, as I was having a little hum to myself of "I'm just a little black raincloud" as I made it!

There's still plenty of time still to enter the 'Cute and Girly' challenge, we'd love to see you there.  The 'Song Inspiration' challenge ends soon though, so you'll have to be quick if you fancy entering that one.

** Kate **

Monday, January 14

Howdy Partner!

Craft Your Passion have 'Gone Country' for challenge #145 and want to see farms, animals, country scenes, boots or cowboys/girls for this week's  projects.

I've had this great image to play with from one of this week's sponsors Doodle Pantry.

He's called Cowboy Birdie and I've coloured him with Copics and pencils.  The image comes as a digi pack with papers, so I've printed the background paper and then shrunk it down to make a panel for the printed sentiment that also comes in the pack.

There's lots of feathers around in the new releases from CHA but, until I can get my hands on some of them I've snipped a couple of  handmade feathers from co-ordinating paper to embellish the easel card.

"Such fun!"  We've got the boxed set of Miranda at the moment and if I here Small-n-Grubby say "It's what I call........" one more time I think I may scream.   

** Kate **

Sunday, January 13

Creative Craft Photo

The 13th of each month is being marked this year by Katharina and her friend Flati with a photo challenge.  I think it's a great idea, particularly as the photos are to have a craft theme.  The Creative Craft Photo (CCP) theme for January is - Essential on my craft table.

There are lots of things I use in my crafting everyday, but the 1st one that came into my head (and Katharina's as well!) was this.

I love my cutting tool from Fiskars, I use it for all my measuring, cutting and scoring.  As you can see I have set myself the separate task of going for the most interesting photo angles I can manage (I miss HS:MS, if anyone else remembers what I'm on about?)  We'll see how I get on!

** Kate **

Forgot to add, watched C&C yesterday, drooled with envy but bought nothing, am I good or what???

Saturday, January 12


Well, I'm all CHA excited.  The first CHA live show from Create and Craft airs in an hour and I'm at my computer already, so while I wait, I blog (dinner is already in the oven, go me!!)

My last Journal Your Christmas 2012 item is based on one of Shimelle's layouts to use up left over supplies from this year's journal.  However, as I didn't make that kind of journal this year, (I had more of a notebook, there's a post about it here) instead I've applied the idea to a random set of supplies I swooped on in the sale at Sarah's Cards.

The background card is a piece of MME Kraft Everyday Fun, which I've layered with an off-cut of cream Bazzill and then added 2 pieces of 6x6 paper from Cosmo Cricket's 2wenty-thr3e (which was just £2.99!)

The strip of paper going across these is an odd bit of Studio Calico Dot One, I just looked in my scrap box for anything dark which still had a 12" length left.

My other bargain sale item was a sheet of October Afternoon Farmhouse word stickers, so I knew I wanted to use those.  I've also used Miss Caroline labels, a Crate Paper tag, Sunset Thickers and Studio Calico butterfly stickers.

It was a joy to be scrapbooking again and I really liked this idea to use 6x6 patterned papers on a 12x12 layout.  I have plenty of 6x6 papers to spare, so I will definitely trying out this and similar sketches again.

Only 45 minutes to go now.  Notebook for ideas at the ready.

** Kate **