Thursday, February 28

Beaded cuff - Blue Moon Beads

I've been having too much fun sorting and organising beads, it's high time that I made something with them!


Today I have instructions for making a beaded cuff.  I've used bright spring colours of blue/green acrylic Blue Moon Beads from JoAnns.

Attach two pieces of metal jewellery thread, each about 14 inches long, to a small oval jump ring by securing with crimp beads.  Thread a bead onto each strand and use them to cover the loose ends of the thread.  Next thread a single bead onto both strands by threading them in opposite directions through the bead.

Now thread with a bead on each strand again and repeat the steps threading a single bead on both strands followed by two individual beads until the cuff reaches the desired length.

Before securing the finished threads with more crimp beads, take the time to adjust and tighten all the loops along the length of the cuff for a neat and even finish.  Secure the ends of the threads with crimps as at the beginning and attach a Blue Moon Beads toggle clasp to finish.

** Kate **

Wednesday, February 27

WOYWW - Roller Doodles

Not much progress on my tidying mission to share on WOYWW this week.  I've a jewellery workshop in a couple of weeks so any spare tidying tome I have used for bead sorting.  Whilst unpacking a box of craft shopping I hadn't put away I did manage to find the journalling cards and photo mat that I made with the Glitz Roller Doodles camera stamp.

I really like it and it's very good value for the price.  The cameras could be cut out to make little individual accents, or you could just ink part of the roller.  Experiment is definitely needed to make sure it is going to print the cameras the way up you want them!
This effect worked well with the middle row of cameras looking faded in the background.  The first roll of the stamp was well inked, then a second roll without reinking leaving a gap in the centre. Finished with a third roll up the middle, again without reinking.

Very precise positioning might be a bit tricky, I shall need to try with a ruler if I want line absolutely vertical!

That's it from me today, might meet my sister for a cup of coffee as a reward for getting some chores done.

Happy Wednesday!

** Kate **     

Tuesday, February 26

Stamping Shame

The Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge have asked to see the stamps we love - but don't use.  To my shame I found that looking through my stamp collection I was spoilt for choice of uninked beauties!

I've followed the Kathy's Waffle Sketch for February as the base of my card and got inky and messy creating the backgrounds with Distress Satins, Distress Paints, Distress Inks and Dylusions sprays.  All of the stamps, as I said, had never been inked before.  The cotton spool and tape measure are from an old set of Tim Holtz cling stamps.  The furniture label is his too, a little wooden stamp I bought in a sale, last year, (year before?) cos it was just so cute.  The plaid background is a BasicGrey one I got in a recent sale.  You see, I just can't resist a stamp sale!
For the little extra bling, I used a few Blue Moon Beads on head pins, held in place with a crimp bead.  I like making these out of head pins as you don't get a sharp point on the end like the hat pin versions.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Stamps that are loved but unused
Kaboodle Doodles #160 - Any bling

** Kate **

Friday, February 22

Fly me to the moon!

I've been humming along to the tune all morning while I made this card.

The card base is 8x8, I've had the cards for a while but this is the 1st one I've made at the full size.  Tilda has been stamped in VersaFine ink and then a mask put over the top to stamp the moon.  The sentiment was stamped in the same ink and then I covered both Tilda and the moon so that I could get splashing with the mists.

I've used a combination of Chalkboard Mists for a bit of sparkle and Dylusions for depth of colour.

Then it was onto the colouring with pencils, they were water colour ones, but I kept them dry.

The inside of the card has been embellished with a few stars.

Challenges:
Midweek Magnolias #49 - Kraft
Less Is More #107 - Up in the air
Fussy And Fancy - Pink and black.

Happy Thinking Day 
  There are 10 million of you, so there must be at least one reading this!!

** Kate **

Thursday, February 21

Spring and Blue Moon Beads

It's not quite Spring here, but it's starting to feel a little like it.  The weather's been chilly with clear skies, so afternoon school pick-up has been in lovely sunshine and it's not been hard to imagine that warm days are just around the corner.  Get ready for a cold snap now I've said that!!!

Also helping with the Spring mood I've had a wonderful new box of DT goodies arrive from Blue Moon Beads this week, full of fresh bright colours  While I'm playing and creating with it all I chose some lovely metal bead cones to play with.  They have a little flower motive pressed into them so there's a nod to spring there too.

The beads are from the Blue Sky Champagne bead mix tin and the faceted ones are from a JoAnn's Black/Gray bead strand.  To wire everything together and attach the pieces to the chain I've used decorative silver tone headpins.

Perhaps some earrings needed to match?

Actually, I made these before I created the necklace, whilst I was experimenting to see which beads fitted best into the cones.

Itching to get my hands on the rest now, I'm in bead heaven.

** Kate **

Wednesday, February 20

WOYWW - Pens!

I mentioned my extra pen storage yesterday and it's on my desk top for WOYWW this morning.

There's some jewellery stands at the back and the card that I made yesterday needs putting away.  It all looks almost clear, but that's because I'm in the process of clearing the changing table ready to be dismantled.  You should see the floor, or maybe you shouldn't!

Back to the pens.  I treated myself to half a dozen more.  Another warm grey for blending and some blue greens as I only had one of them.  Just need them to arrive now, hopefully they won't take too long.

One more thing hidden on there somewhere is this cute new roller stamp from Glitz.

Its got cameras on it and I've already made a few journalling cards with it.  Enjoying making little cards for some, as yet unknown, future use.

Have a good week.

** Kate **

Tuesday, February 19

Love and Hugs

I bought a new Magnolia stamp.  I couldn't resist.  The children all have onesies, so little Tilda is right on trend!

All of the papers and the border sticker are from the new Maggie Holmes line for Crate Paper.  I bought the 6x6 pad and a couple of  sheets of stickers, I'm trying not to be tempted by entire lines as I still have so much stuff that was new in 2012.

Tilda is coloured with Copics.  My Copic bucket was too full and I picked up a 2nd one in the sales, now there is just too much room - more Copics needed!!  I might share some pictures of those for WOYWW tomorrow.

I've decorated the big heart with Diamond Stickles.  I'm right at the end of the bottle, but it has lasted me aaaages.  The little cupcake charm is from Whiff Of Joy and it's tied on with some lovely silk ribbon that I had bundles of for Christmas about 3 years ago, another thing that's down to the last little bits.

The inside is decorated with a plain cupcake stamp, I quite like the look of repeating the stamps from the front uncoloured inside.  Forgot to say the cupcake is an Alota stamp and is a bargain at Crafts U Love at the moment (you have to page right down through the sale stamps to find it.)  Also forgot to say that the word stickers are from old Girls Paperie sticker market books.

Challenges:
Totally Tilda #65 - Valentines
Sweet Magnolia #63 - With love
Craft Your Passion #150 - All that glitters
Natalie and Amy # 6 - Something old, something new (old - glitter and ribbon, new - stamps and paper)

** Kate **

Monday, February 18

Mickey Mouse's House....

Just managed to finish a scrapbook page over the weekend in between watching and helping at the children's dance show.

I've used two ideas from Shimelle's blog. A scrapbook starting point sketch and guest blogger Wendy Mckee's idea for using glassine envelopes to create custom made embellishments.

The patterned paper supplies used are:
Background  - Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal
Pink Ombre - Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm
Floral - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan
Green - BasicGrey

I'd already chosen these and made up the outline of the sketch when I asked the Dinky Diva about skipping rhymes.  I thought the background went well with the back yard feel and then when she told me the rhyme it was even more fortuitous!  

The rest of the supplies are letter and number stickers from Cosmo Cricket, Pebbles and Lawn Fawn Bright Side with Amy Tangerine house stamps.

A mountain of house work awaits me as I attempt to catch up from half-term week.  I'm sure there's some crafting procrastination I can find to occupy me instead.

** Kate **

Saturday, February 16

Something Messy!

Two posts from me today, scroll down to see me Kathy's Waffle Sketch File scrapbook page.

The call out from Simon Says Stamp and Show this week was to get messy and that's just what I did while I was decorating the little parcel of chocs I'd bought for SMO's Valentine's Day present.


I've photographed the steps along the way: 


I started with a heart cut free hand from thick cardboard and covered it with Distress paint.  It's then had scrunched tissue paper stuck all over with PVA glue.






I've stamped onto the heart with Distress Ink and bubble wrap, as well as inking around the edge. 
It's then had a coating of Rock Candy Crackle and, once dry it's been rubbed over with more Distress Ink.



Here's the crackle close-up.
Some ribbon and a little love note finished it all off.






The background card was made from my experiments with the new Distress Paints.  I put some on my craft mat and swiped card through it.  Once dry I did the same again adding some white into the mix. It was then stamped with a BasicGrey background stamp and spritzed with water.
The parcel's wrapped with a bit of old MLS paper I found that went really well with the distressed look.

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Ans Show - Something Messy
Sunday Stamper #244 Endless love

** Kate **

Kathy's Waffle Sketch File

I love creating with Kathy's sketches and so I was very pleased and quick to say yes when she asked me to join the design team.

The February sketch is up at the Waffle Sketch File here, you can twist it, shrink it, turn it, stretch it and create any kind of craft with it.  I've gone for a 12x12 scrapbook page using an old photo of our daughter's second Christmas.

The snowflake patterned papers are from BoBunny Snow Days which I chose to compliment the colour of the parcels in the photo.  I had originally bought the papers because I liked the way that yellow was incorporated into a winter theme and, as there was yellow on the teddy gift sack in the picture, I chose an old piece of DaisyD's paper to cut the circle from.  The music paper at the back is from Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, as I didn't want to go all out with the Christmas themed papers.

I originally had a different idea in mind for the title, but I saw a little Echo Park card with 'Better not pout!' on it and changed my mind as it matched her expression so well.  The card itself was green, red and silver-grey and I just couldn't work it in to the page, so instead I used stickers and Thickers to make up the wording on a piece of card from the same Echo Park sheet, but in in different colour scheme.

The journalling comes down from the top of the page with a little decorated section diagonally across from the photo and I've decorated all across the diagonal with old K&Co stars, cabochons and dots of Stickles.

Update from yesterday: I survived a night in the dance show dressing rooms but it definitely was a long day and my legs ached at the end of it. Off to watch the actual show tonight.

** Kate ** 

Friday, February 15

Roses are Red!

The half-way point for February has technically been and gone.  I hope you received a little treat yesterday and if not that you treated yourself.

The continuing challenge theme for By The Cute And Girly this month is 'Roses are red.'  I found an old set of Papermania stamps and just had to use them for my card as they couldn't have been more perfect.

They are coloured with Distress Markers (I'm still working on these, I like them, but they don't always come out quite as I expect!)

The image has been layered up with 3d foam to give the flowers some pop and I've broken into a new 6x6 pad of Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm for the spotty background paper.


The little rose charm on the front is an ancient one I found in the drawer; I really must get using up some more of my old supplies.  I've just stamped an uncoloured single rose on the inside.

Challenges:
Moving Along With The Times - Love is in the air
Heck Of A Challenge - Love and flowers


Half-term week here and it's always show-time for us as the children perform in their annual dance show.  This morning it was photo call time, where I have to drag them from their beds despite a late show finish the night before so that they can be photographed in their costumes by a professional photographer.  An exhausting and ultimately expensive experience!!  While I was there I heard that dressing room helpers might be short tonight.  I don't usually do the night after the photo call, having been there all morning, but I feel I should offer.  Update tomorrow, if I'm still standing!

** Kate ** 

Thursday, February 14

Owl Love - Blue Moon Beads

Happy Valentine's Day!

I just love all the owl designs in crafting supplies and jewellery making is no exception. 

This little owl pendant from Blue Moon Beads Feather Jewellery range is irresistible. 

As it has a black cabochons in its design, I've teamed it with a Blue Sky black chain and incorporated a wood connector to as part of the clasp.
Here's a closer look at the connector from the Wood and Shell range.

There were Thornton's chocolates waiting on the table for me this morning and I have a Green & Blacks chocolate bar selection waiting to reciprocate when SMO gets in from work this evening.  I might see if I can make a creative wrapping for them by the end of the day.  Did any Valentine's gifts come your way?

** Kate **

Tuesday, February 12

Feeling the love!

Spent the morning at a children's pancake party.  There was some singing, games and of course crafts and then the pancakes.  But, BIG BUT, they were all savory.  I was stunned.  The fillings were lovely, spicy chicken, broccoli cheese and even bacon, but no sugar and lemon.  I guess I am just a pancake purest!  The children all tucked into them, even if some ate the filling first and then the pancake for dessert.

We're all feeling much better here and getting into the half-term routine, I'm not missing trudging up the hill to school in the morning.

Inevitably this week has a bit of a love theme to it and I have today the first of three, maybe even four or more, love themed cards and projects. 

I've used a Leanne Ellis image 'Choose' from Sugar Nellie and coloured her with Copics and given her a faux stitched border.

The Echo Park Victoria Gardens papers were lovely so I kept the design simple, just adding some Papermania sticky dotty ribbon and an organza one to hold the charm.

The same on the inside.

Challenges:
Sugar Bowl #100 - Anything Sugar Nellie goes
Kaboodles Doodles #158 - Valentines
Craft Your Passion #149 Valentines
One Stitch At A Time #150 - Anything goes

** Kate **