Friday, 26 August 2016

Little mice

Hello lovely people,

I did warn you that I could well be back for a third day in a row and here I am!

I survived another day in work yesterday and now have another couple of weeks off before my full return.  I popped out at lunchtime to get my new glasses and am really pleased with them; well, they are purple!  Much as I love pink I'm not sure about it for my glasses - lol!  Dr. Hubby commented that they were very 'sexy schoolteacher!' so I think that's a compliment!

Enough of that though because today I have a card to share with you that I made with some gorgeous goodies from The Ribbon Girl.

We Ribbon Girls are allowed a little break in August, but I couldn't resist having a play with these beautiful new papers that are newly arrived at The Ribbon Girl; they have such a lovely vintage style and beautiful soft colour palette.

Romantic criss cross card with mouse couple

I was drawn to my Inktense pencils again for this image and was pretty happy with the result.  I am thinking I might do a little post dedicated to Inktense to share my insights so far into using them, such as they are!  Anyone fancy that?

Romantic criss cross card with mouse couple

I do love making criss cross cards, and that's another potential for a tutorial so I can show you the stand that I make for them and share my tips for attaching lace across the front.

I've made a large pull out tag; just a sweet and simple one with some little die cut hearts.

Romantic criss cross card with mouse couple

One more peek at the gorgeous flowers that I used and that scrummy lace, which I ended up covering quite a bit - oops!

Romantic criss cross card with mouse couple

I hope you all have a super bank holiday weekend :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



The Ribbon Girl products;
Galleria Papieru - As if in a dream (retro) 12x12" papers
12mm Donna creamy ivory fine cotton lace
Heart charm with side loop
Ivory asters
Natural colour button twine
White cherry blossom

Other products;
Image: Hugs and kisses (Everyday in moonbeam meadow) - Crafter's Companion
Other flowers: from stash
Dies: Large frilly frames #10 - Go Kreate, Nesting hearts mini die - Xcut

Inktense colours;
Mice: 2100 Charcoal Grey & 0310 Mid Vermillion, 1530 Crimson for feet
Flowers / waistcoat / bow: 0530 Crimson
Leaves / grass: 1550 Spring Green, 1510 Beech Green
Mushroom top: 0310 Mid Vermillion, 1900 Willow, 1740 Saddle Brown
Mushroom stalk: as top plus 1730 Oak, 2010 Sepia Ink


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Snug Christmas bunnies

Hello lovely people,

I post nothing for nearly a week and now it's 2 posts in 2 days...and yes, I may well be posting again tomorrow!


Today's post is my DT card for the new challenge at As You Like It and our theme this time is...

YOUR FAVOURITE...Shaped or standard card base
...and don't forget to tell us why it's your favourite!

Our sponsor this time is Sweet Stamp Store with a $10 voucher

I probably make more large square cards because I find it so easy to reach for a pre-made square base, but I always find that my favourite designs are the ones where I have used a shaped base, and it does add interest.

Regular visitors to my blog will know that this lovely shape is a favourite of mine, and the only reason I don't use it more is that it's just a bit small for a lot of images.


I thought it was about time I added to my very tiny stash of Christmas cards so I reached for my fave Christmas stamp, which I'm delighted to say is available again at LOTV and of course, you can now get it in rubber or digi format :-)


I tried a few sentiments but none of them looked quite right, maybe because of the DP with text on it, so I just left it without.

I also played with some flowers on this design and decided I liked it better without so hunted through my dies instead and chose this bow swirl; another die that I love but don't often use!

As you can see, I had another play with the cheesecloth too!



I hope you will pop over to As You Like It and check out the fabulously creative projects from the rest of the team :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
DP: Glad tidings - Dovecraft
Dies: Large frilly frames #10 - Go Kreate, Twisted swirl - Magnolia Doohickeys
Natural button twine - The Ribbon Girl
Cheesecloth fabric - The Ribbon Girl
Snowflake 1 - The Hobby House

Copic colours;
Rabbits: E40/41/42/43 & R000/00/01
Red: R27/46/89
Green: YG95/97/99
Branch: E37/39/29
Fur: W00/T0/2

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Quick floral card

Hello lovely people,

It's another busy week for me but Dr. Hubby and I did squeeze in a little coffee date this morning.  I decided not to have cake...don't worry, I'm feeling perfectly well but it's nice and sunny so I'm holding out for an ice cream this afternoon!

Now, despite keeping up well with visiting all your lovely blogs I haven't done so well with actually posting anything on my own blog - oops!

So, I have a sweet little CAS card to show you, using a new floral stamp set, which I fell in love with and just *had* to have...and then when it arrived I suddenly realised that I had no idea what to do with it!

After a little brainstorming and Pinterest searching I came up with several ideas, so this is the first of a couple of cards I made using it.

Lilac stamped floral card



I have simply stamped the flowers in 2 shades of Versacolour ink (lilac and heliotrope) and added the dot stamp around them in silver.

I used my MISTI for this and it was especially useful for adding that sentiment - no more 'eek!' moments for me :-)

Lilac stamped floral card




I hope you are all having a good week and it's all downhill to the weekend from here !

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sparkling romance

Hello lovely people,

Uh oh...time is flying by again and it has been a busy week for me so far.

I was working again on Monday and Tuesday and then yesterday I did a little shopping and went for my sight test/contact lens check.  It turned out that my prescription had changed quite a bit so I needed new glasses.  I always find picking new frames quite stressful, but I eventually decided on some and I am actually quite excited to pick them up next week as my current glasses are 4 years old so it will be nice to have a change!

At least I have a couple of days now to catch up on housework and crafting...ahem, probably just crafting if I'm honest - lol!


Now though it's time for a new challenge at In The Pink and our theme is...

SPARKLE
Don't forget we want to see more pink than any other colour!

Our fabulous sponsor this time is Di's Digi Stamps with a $12 voucher


The image I chose for this wedding card is really rather large so I kept the design fairly CAS and I 'cheated' a little by using small strips of DP down the sides rather than whole panels.  These weren't actually scraps although the design would be great for using up scraps; I just didn't want to waste all that precious DP!

Handmade wedding couple card (image by Stamping Bella)

This has been a fave wedding image of mine for a long time so it was lovely to finally colour it and I definitely met the sparkle requirement by plastering the bottom of the dress in Glamour Dust!

Yeah, you might have to use some imagination for that, which is crazy because it is unbelievably sparkly IRL!

Handmade wedding couple card (image by Stamping Bella)


I made a faux button again and if you want to see how it was done then check out my 'Sweet Summer' PDF tutorial sheet on LOTV's Something for the Weekend.

Handmade wedding couple card (image by Stamping Bella)





If you haven't already done so then do pop over to In The Pink and check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the Pink Ladies.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
Image: Brett and Brenda get married - Stamping Bella
DP: Vintage romance - Maja Design (available from Live & Love Crafts)
Dies: Old Swedish lace - Magnolia Doohickeys, Nesting hearts mini die set - Xcut
Crystal Glamour Dust

Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Her hair: E53/57/59
His hair: E51/53/35/37
Dress: W00/0 and RV0000/000/91
Suit: W3/4/5/6
Shoes / flowers: RV91/93/95
Leaves: BG90/93

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Elephant love

Hello lovely people,

It's weekend time again so I hope you are having fun!

I had something else lined up to blog today but decided that since it was World Elephant Day yesterday that the pair of birthday cards I made for some lovely blog buddies were more appropriate...

Cute handmade elephant birthday card (image is Adorable Elephants by My Favourite Things)

I have coloured the elephants with Copics but I do want to try colouring these cuties with Inktense pencils as well...I'm pretty sure they will look gorgeous either way!

Cute handmade elephant birthday card (image is Adorable Elephants by My Favourite Things)

The buttons are clear buttons that I customised by adding washi tape across the back and trimming down.  The pattern shows through but in a lovely subtle way.

This worked out so well that I now need to get my hands on some more clear buttons because I only had a couple!

Cute handmade elephant birthday card (image is Adorable Elephants by My Favourite Things)


Looking at the photo above reminds me...does anyone else trim twine because it's too fluffy?!

Yes, I know it's supposed to be rustic and fluffy but my neat freak brain just can't cope with long strands all over the place, especially on the bow, so I always find myself tidying it up a little - lol!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
DP: My Girl - American Crafts
Button: from stash

Copic colours;
Elephant: T0/1/2/3/4
Elephant ears: R000/00/01/30 (R00/0120/21 on darker one)
Aqua balloon: BG10/11/13
Pink balloon: R30/32/35
Ground: E40/41/42

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Little Sweetie

Hello lovely people,

I very much enjoyed a day of crafting yesterday, especially as Dr. Hubby was nowhere to be seen for most of the day since he was happily playing a newly released, and much anticipated, game for the Playstation 4!

I had a lovely time experimenting with some more of my new stamps :-)


Now, it's time for a new challenge at As You Like It and we have a lovely theme for you...

YOUR FAVOURITE...FLOWER
...and don't forget to tell us why it's your favourite!

Very appropriately given our theme, our sponsor this time is Wild Orchid Crafts with a £12 voucher


My favourite flower might be a little predictable but it's roses, even more from a card-making sense than IRL!
I love the way roses can be used on both modern and vintage style designs and of course, I love to use 3D roses on my creations, but I have them on the image and papers here too!

Blue floral design with cute fairy (image is Sweetie from Wee Stamps for Whimsy stamps)


It's quite a 'classic Kat' kind of card but I did do a couple of tiny things differently to usual.

The biggest difference is the use of Inktense pencils to colour the image rather than my Copics, and I have to say I am loving these more and more.

I feel happy that I have now figured out how to get a nice flicking effect on the hair which I think adds a lot of texture.

Blue floral design with cute fairy (image is Sweetie from Wee Stamps for Whimsy stamps)


I used a darker Distress Ink to edge my papers and image to give more of an 'antique' feel, so this is Gathered Twigs instead of my favourite Frayed Burlap.

I also didn't take the twine across the entire card...ok, that's a VERY tiny difference - lol!

It's funny isn't it how we all have our favourite die cuts that get used a lot and some that don't...but just sometimes are perfect for a project.  That was the case with this corner die cut that I really like but don't use a lot as it often doesn't seem to suit the card...I hope you agree it found it's niche here!

I have still used my beloved Maja DP but this is some that I haven't used before even though it's from quite an old collection and I am loving the deep blue.

Blue floral design with cute fairy (image is Sweetie from Wee Stamps for Whimsy stamps)


I hope you will pop over to As You Like It and check out the fabulously creative projects from the rest of the team :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Card recipe;
DP: Vintage Autumn - Maja Design (available from Live and Love Crafts)

Inktense colours;
Skin: 1800 Baked Earth, 1520 Carmine Pink, 1740 Saddle Brown
Hair: 1740 Saddle Brown, 1730 Oak, 2010 Sepia Ink
Dress / flowers: 0830 Navy Blue, 0840 Iron Blue
Leaves: 1540 Light Olive

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Make a wish

Hello lovely people,

*thump*
That was me coming back to Earth because I have actually been to work for the last 2 days!
I haven't quite finished my year off but thought it was a good idea to work a few days before going back properly just to get back into the swing of things.
So, I am working 2 days a week for 3 weeks before another 2 weeks off and then back to normal working - eeeek!

That is one reason I am later posting this than I intended, and the other is that I got a little distracted by the Olympics for the last couple of nights...well, it's all just too exciting!

I do have a project to share with you though, using some gorgeous goodies from The Ribbon Girl and I was in my shabby chic place again when creating this.

Shabby chic make a wish card with candles

This started off as a totally different design but it was not going well so I scrapped it and picked out this sentiment stamp, which led me to thinking about candles and before I knew it, I had completely snatched this card from the jaws of failure - yay!

The original design had some cheesecloth which didn't make the final cut, but I added some Frantage instead...still a good shabby chic staple!

Shabby chic make a wish card with candles


The candles are simply rolls of paper with a teeny snippet of twine inside.  This is something I have done before but more as a focal point rather than an embellishment.
I think these are so super cute!

Shabby chic make a wish card with candles

I hope your week is going well, whatever you may be up to :-)

Don't forget that there is a fab giveaway over on The Ribbon Girl blog and also 15% off the whole store to celebrate their 6th birthday...click on the pic below to go straight there and enjoy!


Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



The Ribbon Girl products;
Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics 6x6" paper pad
Irene lace (discontinued but Ivory Matilda still available)
Ivory button twine
Ivory 10mm open roses
Ivory 20mm open roses
Star charm
Bakers Divine twine (ivory/natural)

Other products;
Other flowers: from stash
Frantage - Stampendous chunky white