Wednesday, April 30

Stash Splash

It's been a bit quiet on the blogging front as most of my spare crafting time has been spent working on some magazine submissions that I can't share right now.  I've also got a new jewellery project to share soon, something a little different than my usual makes.

Meanwhile, I've still managed to find time to buy more stash.  Tempted by a flash sale, I picked up some more new Tim Holtz supplies ready for the start of the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenges. Also some of my favourite mists - Chalkboard were on offer at a not to be missed price.
I couldn't resist this little stamp set as well this week, not at that price, I love a bargain.
The details on the princesses are not so clear but Olaf stamps great.

A couple of magazines have caught my eye recently.  Simply Cards and Papercraft came with this fab clear stamp set from IndigoBlu.
There were quite a few projects I liked in there too.

DoCrafts Creativity has also had a makeover (including price hike!)  I didn't find as much of interest in that one.  Lots of projects with decoupage and toppers, which aren't really my thing.

That's my update for now, back soon.

~ Kate ~

Thursday, April 17

Christmas Card Challenge #20

Christmas Card Challenge #20 is a colour theme - red, kraft and white.
I've used Tim Holtz style and products for my card.  Picket Fence Distress paint through an Imagination Crafts stencil and then Distress Inks over the top on a torn kraft panel.
I've dug into the scraps pile for the patterned paper and found a bit of BoBunny from a 2007 calendar kit that never got made up!  There's a painted Dovecraft wood veneer word and a little panel from Tim's Seasonal Kraft Resist stack.
I've finished off with some punched pieces from the spares jar, washi tape and a few crystals.

~ Kate ~ 

Tuesday, April 15

Kathy's Waffle Sketch File - April

I've been playing along with this month's sketch over at Kathy's Waffle Sketch File.  As soon as I saw all those boxes I knew I would be heading straight for the scraps wallet.
I've used old BoBunny and Teresa Collins papers as well as a border from MME.  The off-cut form one of the papers has been used to make the 3x4 journalling card.  The photo was taken at a church picnic 3 days before the Branston Pickle's 5th birthday, so I've used it to list his qualities and uniqueness as there are plenty of other photos that can tell the story of the picnic.  Having squished the sketch together a bit it's basically all there.
The embellishments are some Prima washi tape, MME stamps,  Pink Paislee Portfolio photo tab and Melody Ross Chip Art hearts.  The hearts have been coloured with Seven Seas Chalkboard mist, that I also used for the splatters, and then finished with a bit of Weathered Wood Distress Stickles.

The title is made using Amy Tangerine Goodness Thickers and, with the washi, they were the only newer items I used.

~ Kate ~ 

Monday, April 14

I'm Dreaming Of A Pink Christmas....

I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas.... or at least they are at Winter Wonderland for their latest challenge.
Mine's all white with a few hints of pink.  I've been raiding the scrap box for supplies this week trying to learn some lessons from my BoBunny problem I blogged about previously and there are plenty more projects to come.
The Simply Sassy image is coloured with Copics and highlighted with Stickles, I found her in my box of coloured images as well as the white embossed Christmassy card.  At the top is some snowball 'ribbon' I bought from Pheonix Cards, with a Dovecraft brad and some Amy Tangerine ribbon (the only new stash I've used.)
The snowy die-cut is by Memory Box, I cut extras when I was making my cards last year from DCWV glitter cardstock.  I've teamed it with an absolutely ancient QVC sentiment, I still have hundreds of these, I must have bought a pack of 1000!

~ Kate ~

Saturday, April 12

Christmas in April

Challenge #19 at Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenge is 'No patterned paper.'  So, time for a CAS card.
I've used a Prima mask for the background but, as it had very distinct edges, I've torn a frame from scrap paper and spritzed through both at the same time using the aptly names Sprout Chalkboard Mist.
The greeting is from Personal Impressions, one of Kirsty Wiseman's designs, stamped in VersaFine Ink.  Then for the finishing touch I've coloured the holly with Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn Distress Markers.

Christmas Card Challenge #19 - No patterned paper
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #172 - Make it square

~ Kate ~

Friday, April 11

Getting Twitterpated

An update on the wrens mentioned in my post earlier today.  Managed to get some pictures and posted about them, and other birds getting twitterpated in the garden, over on my Doorstep Wildlife blog.

~ Kate ~

Easter Time

Yes, I am still here!  Currently being slowed by a cracking cough and cold that seems to have turned my head into jelly (a lime green one if you want the details!)

In need of cheering up, I took a 2 pronged approach. 1, I ordered a new Tim Holtz die that I've not seen before and have no idea how I'm going to use and 2, I had a play session with my Distress Inks to make some simple mini Easter cards.
Using a 6x4 index cards, which then fold to make 3x4 minis, they can always be unfolded and put in a standard C6 envelope for posting.  This one uses MME stamps and Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival Ink (my go to Archival Ink, grey is the new black!)
I've flicked a little Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist over the surface for a subtle sheen and then coloured the flowers with Distress Markers in brighter colours from the mini set of newer shades.
I also made a panel that was inked all over and then stamped with a Prima fern, an old harlequin stamp and a Glitz cage.  I used the MME stamps again to stamp the thank you arrow.

I'm feeling quite inspired by nature at the moment.  The garden is alive with birds that have so far eluded my camera.  I think there is a wren building a nest in the ivy clinging to a neighbours wall and I've seen blue tits, a robin and a blackbird too.  The camera is on permanent standby in the kitchen in hope of getting that perfect shot at any moment!

~ Kate ~