Monday 29 July 2013

Tiddly Inks DT call

Hello lovely people,

This is a very special post as I am sharing my entry for the DT call over at Tiddly Inks.  I was so excited to see this as I just adore all the Tiddly Inks images :-D

Now, there isn't long left to enter and wow, the standard of the entries so far is absolutely amazing! Undeterred, I grabbed myself this newly released image called Salty Kisses and put on my best colouring hat...

Well I knew this was going to be a challenge for me to colour because of all the hair and the mermaids tail to contend with but I like a challenge!  And to be honest, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out :-)

Once she was all coloured up I really didn't want to detract too much from her so kept the layout pretty simple with a sprinkling of Frantage and a button that my sister-in-law made.

Card recipe;
DP: Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics
Lace: from The Ribbon Girl

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/51 & R30
Hair: E23/57/59
Tail: B0000/000/00 & BV0000/000/00/01
Rock: W1/3/4/5
Crabs: R05/08
Starfish: Y21/23/26
Flowers: YR24/27 & E99
Sea: B0000/000/00 & blender

Wow, that was my longest list of Copics to date and I did have a lot of fun colouring this image...while my in-laws were visiting at the weekend... I just couldn't stop myself!

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my creation,

Kat xx

Saturday 27 July 2013

Christmas Angel

Hello lovely people,

I apologise for my erratic posting at present - I did posts 3 days in a row at the end of last week and then...silence!  I have to admit that I have been rather enjoying the sunshine and spending less time in my craft room than usual :-)

I did pop in for long enough to create something for our new challenge at Totally Gorjuss where we have the theme of...
Christmas in July!

If you are a regular visitor you will know this is my second Christmas card this year so I shall now consider myself well ahead of the game and not touch my Christmas stuff until December... yeah, that's a good plan!

We are sponsored by the totally wonderful Saturated Canary this week so I am sharing a card using one of the fab Christmas images.

I had another play with my Frantage and got a lighter sprinkling this time round - this stuff is seriously gorgeous!  I am going to need more colours...
I also kept the colour palette really limited as I love the frosty look for Christmas cards.  I added a little Glossy Accents to the baubles but, as usual, it doesn't show up in the photos.
Here's a closer look anyway at this sweet angel;

Card recipe;
DP: Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics
Swirly edges: Spellbinders Nestabilities Timeless Rectangles (cut up into bits)
Frantage: Stampendous shabby white
Snowflakes: Quickutz die
Pearls: from The Hobby House

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/51 & R30
Hair: E41/42/43
Blue bits: B0000/000/00 & blender
Grey bits: T0/1/2 & blender

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;
1.  Saturated Canary (glamour and glitz)
2.  A Little Bit Crafty (die-ing for it)
3.  Papertake Weekly (die-ing for a punch)
4.  Divas by Design (anything goes)
5.  The Ribbon Girl (blue and white)

For more Christmas inspiration pop over to Totally Gorjuss and see what my teamies have created.  And don't forget that if you join in our challenge you could win a prize from Saturated Canary :-)

I think it is set to rain tomorrow so maybe I will actually get some more crafting done!  Not that I am going so far as to request rain for this purpose of course - that would be madness!

Thanks for visiting,

Kat xx

Saturday 20 July 2013


Hello lovely people,

Just a very quick post from me today to share my card for the new challenge over at Totally Gorjuss and the theme is
So, we just want to see something furry on your cards; I have gone for a bunny but there are lots of other furry things out there!

As you can see I had a CAS moment and am frankly just amazed that I didn't get any smudges on all that white space!
I also had a really wonky camera moment so please forgive me!

Card recipe;
Image: Balloon Bunny from LOTV
Er, that's it folks!

Copic colours;
Bunny: E40/41/42/43 & R00/01
Balloon/cake: B12/14/16

I would like to enter this card in the current challenge at A Creative Romance, which has the theme of 'No DP.'

Head on over to Totally Gorjuss for lots more furry inspiration and I hope you can join in our challenge for a chance to win a voucher to spend over at Heather's Hobbie Haven :-D

Thanks for visiting,

Kat xx

Friday 19 July 2013

Fairy Hugs

Hello lovely people,

I see I have a few new followers so just want to say welcome and it's so lovely to have you along for the ride :-)

I  have added a new fairy to my collection; I just couldn't resist getting one from the newest release at Tiddly Inks although it was tough to stop myself buying the whole lot!

I tend to make a beeline for my pink DP where fairies are concerned ...ok, maybe for quite a lot of my cards ;-)  I distressed the edges of the DP with my new Tim Holtz distressing tool - certainly a lot easier than using scissors!

I added quite a lot of glamour dust to her wings because fairies should really sparkle :-)  Isn't she just the cutest thing?

I thought this image would make a lovely 'get well soon' card but instead of using that wording for the sentiment I have used some of the tiny LOTV tags to give the same idea.

Card recipe;
DP: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics (available from LLC)
Lace: from stash
Flowers: from Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls: from The Hobby House

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/51 & R30
Hair: E42/43/44
Dress: RV91/93/95
Wings: RV0000/000/91
Branch: E40/41/41
Bird / egg: B91/93
Leaves: YG61/63
Nest: E44/47

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;

1.  In the Pink (pink and pearlie)
2.  Tiddly Inks (fairy or mermaid)
3.  Bunny Zoe (pink and white)
4.  As You Like It (favourite occasion - to cheer someone up or say get well soon or just because - the ones that people don't expect are the nicest!)

Well, I don't know about you but I am ready for a relaxing sunny weekend with a few cheeky G&Ts whilst catching up with friends - perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting,

Kat xx

Thursday 18 July 2013

It's July!

Hello lovely people,

Oh yes, it's beautiful sunny weather and I've made a Christmas card!  The reason for this is that it is time for a new challenge over at Lili's Little Fairies and this week we have the theme
Christmas in July!
Our sponsor for this week is Delicious Doodles who have a wide range of fab images available :-)

Now, I don't normally pull out the Christmas stuff until at least October...probably November...maybe December if I am being really disorganised.  Which Dr Hubby will tell you is pretty much all of the time!
So, this has to be the earliest I have ever made a Christmas card but it was kinda fun!

LOTV have an amazing range of Christmas stamps but this one is my absolute favourite and the first one I turn to every year.  I went for sepia toned colouring to complement the DP and since it is a Christmas card I just had to throw on some glamour dust :-)

I got to use one of my new dies for the pretty edging; it has a line of stitch holes just above the lacy edge but since I already had some real stitching I covered it up!

Card recipe;
DP: Maja Designs - It's Christmas Time
Fancy edge: Marianne Designs stitch border die
Seam binding: Wild Orchid Crafts
Button / twine: from stash
Sentiment: Handwritten {Christmas} Sentiments from Pink Petticoat
Pearls: from The Hobby House

Copic colours;
All in various combinations of E40/41/42/43/44

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;

1.  Papertake Weekly (buttons and bows)
2.  Crafts and Me (anything goes)

So, that's it from me but if you pop over to Lili's Little Fairies you can see lots of beautiful Christmas cards from the rest of the Fairies :-)

I'm off to put those Christmas supplies away again...

Thanks for visiting,

Kat xx

Saturday 13 July 2013


Hello lovely people,

Ooh, look, it's still sunny!  I have had the last couple of days off work and have totally enjoyed the sunshine pottering in the garden.  I have so far harvested some broad beans, new potatoes, a few strawberries and lots of lettuce, and have so many raspberries I (almost) don't know what to do with them!
This morning I went for a long walk with Dr Hubby and for anyone who knows what I am talking about, found 17 Geocaches :-)
Oh, and I also found a bit of time to make a couple of cards while I was recovering from all that sunshine and outdoor stuff :-)

So, down to the important business and that is a new challenge over at Totally Gorjuss and this week the theme is...
Our sponsor this week is Crafters Companion with a voucher to spend in store on some of their many goodies; now that is sweet!

I have used one of my favourite Stamping Bella stamps and after my last few cards which had a lot of embellies I kept this one really plain as I like to change things up every now and then!

I paper pieced the dress and then added a touch of shading/folds with a couple of Copics.

Card recipe;
Image: 'Ava loves to celebrate' by Stamping Bella
DP: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics
Lacy edge: Martha Stewart edge punch
Pearls: from The Hobby House

Copic colours;
Oops, I think I threw the list away by accident - sorry!

Thanks for visiting and I do hope you pay a visit to Totally Gorjuss to see what my teamies have created.

Wishing you all a lovely sunny weekend :-D

Kat xx

Thursday 11 July 2013

What's new?

Hello lovely people,

The last few days have been very exciting as I have had several parcels of craft goodies delivered!  I often end up ordering lots of stuff all at once and then the fun starts!  I was also lucky enough to win some fabulous candy from Jen of The Tiny Blue Butterfly; if you haven't seen her beautiful CAS cards then I suggest a visit to her blog...after you finish reading my post of course :-P

So, some of the things I have treated myself to include;
- the final set of Copic sketch markers so I now have them all :-)
- some fab dies
- some frantage (eventually took the plunge!)
- an enormous load of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts - well they were on sale so it would have been rude not to ;-)
- a huge pile of Maja Design papers as they are my favourites

Ok, after all that waffle I do have a card to share with you using just a few of my new items;

I had a go with the Frantage and got it all over my craft room floor and myself but had a lot of fun doing it!  I think  need a little more practice to get a slightly lighter scattering but I'm pretty happy with my first attempt and it is soooo pretty!
Talking of pretty, here is a close up of little Ava;

I have used lots of layers as usual but without matting them onto Kraft card or inking the edges for a change and really like the subtle effect.  You can see some of my new flowers on the corner of the card and one has had a little Frantage treatment as well :-)

Card recipe; 
DP: Maja Designs - Sofiero (limited edition) - available from Live and Love Crafts
Seam binding / flowers / pearls; from Wild Orchid Crafts
Twine: from my candy win
Frantage: Shabby White from Live and Love Crafts
Sentiment: from LOTV
Leaves: Memory Box Lavish Branch die
Butterflies: Impression Obsession die

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/51 & R30
Hair: E51/53/55
Eyes: B91/93
Pink bits: RV11/32/34
Green bits: G40 & YG61/63
Shoes: E42/43/44
Pale grey bits: N0/1/2

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;

1.  Saturated Canary (Celebrate)
2.  A Creative Romance (ribbon or twine - both in my case!)
3.  Sweet Stampin' (butterflies and bows)
4.  The Ribbon Girl (add a bow)
5.  ABC (quite a few layers)

Thanks for visiting and for sticking with my super long post today.  I hope to be back soon to share some more new stuff with you all :-)

Kat xx

Saturday 6 July 2013

Giving it the beans...

Hello lovely people,

I see I have a few new followers so welcome along and I'm so happy you chose to follow me :-)

It looks like summer might finally be here...ok, probably shouldn't get too excited but I am certainly going to enjoy this weekend!  Dr Hubby and I started the weekend last night with a glass of Pimms whilst watching the tennis - lovely!

And you know what else Saturday means...a new challenge at Totally Gorjuss :-)  This week we have the theme of 'Anything Goes with Circles' so you have pretty much free reign as long as we can see some circles on your creation.

I decided to make this little circular tag;

I have used a TGF stamp that hasn't seen ink for a little while but she is just so cute and I thought she would look great with pink hair :-)

I am loving my new tiny tag sentiments from LOTV and they are perfect for tucking in under some flowers.

Oh and in case you are wondering about the post title, 'giving it the beans' is what Dr Hubby calls it when he puts his foot to the floor in our little sports car and the image is a Bean so there you have it!

Ok, I can't resist showing you one more little angled view...

Card recipe;
Image: Glimmer Bean by The Greeting Farm - available from Quixotic Paperie
DP: MME Lost & Found 2 - Blush
Doily: free with a craft order...might have to get the die for this ;-)
Seam binding / twine / flowers / pearls: from Wild Orchid Crafts

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/51 & R30
Hair: RV000 & R81/83/85
Dress: RV000 & R81/83

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;
1.  Wild Orchid Crafts (daisy daisy)
2.  Cupcake Craft (anything but square)
3.  Papertake Weekly (anything goes)
4.  Divas by Design (cute)

Please do pop over to Totally Gorjuss to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the Gorjussettes and join in our challenge for a chance to win a voucher to spend at J&C Creations - they have some lovely stuff to tempt you!

Thanks for visiting,

Kat xx

Thursday 4 July 2013

Red, white and blue

Hello lovely people,

It's time for another challenge at Lili's Little Fairies and our theme this week is 'Red, White and Blue.'  Ok, I have to admit to being a little thrown by this one as it is so not the colours I would normally go for.  But then I realised that I could go more vintage with the colours and that I could use one of the gorgeous new LOTV Pretty Vintage stamps and this card was born;

I just adore these new large sentiments and they make it super quick to whip up a card...well, relatively quick in my case as I always have to faff around a bit!

I am giving this card to one of my work colleagues for passing a course, and yes, you guessed right, it's a MALE colleague!  So, I kept my hands off my pretty embellies and just used some manly twill tape and a few stars to finish it off.

Card recipe;
DP: Maja Designs - By the Sea & Vintage Spring Basics
Stars: Quick Kutz die
Twill tape: from Crafty Ribbons

I would like to enter this card in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge which has the theme of 'Not Cute.'

For oodles more inspiration pop over to Lili's Little Fairies and check out the stunning creations from the other Fairies.  Our prize up for grabs this week is £10 to spend at Crafty Ribbons so dig out the red, white and blue and join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting,

Kat xx

Monday 1 July 2013

Gardener Gayle

Hello lovely people,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and had some sunshine to enjoy.  I had a lovely relaxing time with some gardening, a long walk and a bit of crafting - so lovely :-)

Despite that I still didn't quite have enough time to finish off this card so I am running a little later with it than intended - oops!  I have used this fab Papertake Weekly Challenge sketch;

I rotated the sketch by 90 degrees and here is what I came up with;

I have wanted this Saturated Canary stamp from the moment I saw it; I just love it!  Isn't she just gorgeous?  She is not available as a digital image but is one of the 'rubber only' stamps and she stamps out beautifully.

Card recipe;
Image: Gardener Gayle by Saturated Canary - available from My Crafty Heart
DP: Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics
Lace: from The Ribbon Girl
Flowers: Prima Country Elegance
Pearls: from The Hobby House

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/51 &R30 (lips R30/32)
Hair: E41/43/44
Top: YG61/G21
Skirt: E70/71/74 & YG61/G21 & R81/RV0000/blender
Leggings: E70/blender
Roses: RV0000/R81/83/85 & G94/G21
Gloves: R81/83/85

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges;
1.  Papertake Weekly (sketch)
2.  As You Like It (fave 3 embellies - pearls, lace and flowers because they make any card look so pretty and I love pretty and girly cards!)
3.  Inky Chicks (anything goes)

Thanks for visiting and I'm off to make some strawberry cupcakes :-)

Kat xx