Friday, 30 December 2011

Red and White with the Winter Wonderland

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, I know I did, took me a few days to find my craft room, I think my mojo went into relaxation only mode.

Anyway today sees the last challenge of 2011 at the


Our very talented Sally has chosen the theme this week which is 

Red and White

Now I was in a swing of bottles a little while ago, and had said I had lost one, well the one I lost was the first one I made, which was made in Red and White and for this challenge so finally I found the lost one.

Here is my design team inspirational piece, but don't forget to hop on over to the challenge site to see what other gorgeous pieces have been created.  

Also don't forget tomorrow is the end date for those of you who are interested in being a member of the Design Team so don't miss the opportunity.

This bottle cover is using the tutorial I recently posted, so if you use the link in the header bar, you will be able to create your own should you wish too.  The flowers on this one are from Prima as are the little red baubles and leaves, that come in the tin.  The brads are from the Hobby House and the Bells from the local department store. Gold ribbon from stash.

As I may not be posting again till next weekend, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all

A Happy and Prosperous New Year

and to say THANK YOU, to all my wonderful visitors for their lovely inspirational comments.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas - Holiday Decor
Everybody Art Challenge - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Hugs
Kate
xxx


Thursday, 29 December 2011

Totally Adorable...............

Good afternoon in the land of blog
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas, received lots of lovely gifts and had some of that fabulous R & R.

Today Matt has gone fishing, well it is very mild for this time of the year, so I got to spend my day in the craft room, I have done quite a few challenge DT cards, several boxes for cards previously made and complete the first layout for the scrap book that I am making for April's new baby Oliver.

So here without too much fuss is the layout
The papers are from Grimsby Crafts, the pearl flourishes including their own lace is again from Grimsby Crafts as is the lace.  The ribbon I won, the flowers are in the main from Wild Orchid.  The charms from several locations, the little pearl heart from Grimsby Crafts, the little ABC blocks, ducks, and Baby Boy from stash and the lettering for Oliver is also Grimsby Crafts.  Thread from stash and I used some Tim Holtz crackle antique linen and brushed this with shattered glass on the lettering.  The tag is hand made not sure where the sentiment came from but the other one in the kit has had it and ripped as I tried to use it :(  and the matching little bow is from Papermania.

Here are the flowers
There are several charms tucked in the flowers.

Here is another close up of that little angel :)

I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such wonderful comments, allowing me to hop back over to visit you all too.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Cooking It Up with Katie - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Anything Goes - Blue plus one 
Hugs and Enjoy your evening
Kate
xxx



Saturday, 24 December 2011

Anything Goes with the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog

and welcome to the final challenge of 2011, at the


this challenge will run for two weeks and was chosen by the very talented Wendy aka The Boss, she has chosen the theme of

Anything Goes

Here is what I chose to do for my design team inspirational piece, but please don't forget to hop on over to the challenge site for some more amazing inspirational pieces from the rest of the team.

 A Birthday Card, the base layer and contrast is a navy blue textured card, with the Papermania Capsule papers in the yellow.  The image is of course one of my favourite House Mouse ones. The ribbon has been criss crossed over the card with a little lemon flower on the junction.  An MS punch has been used and some little lemon pearls from the Hobby House.  The sentiment is from Grimsby Crafts.

and here is the image, coloured in copics

I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors for their inspirational comments, and 
Wish you all a Very Merry Xmas

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Clearly Inspired - birthday
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
charisma Cardz - anything goes

have a great Christmas Eve
Hugs
Kate
xxx

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Cuddling in the Snow

Morning to all of you in blog land
I just wanted to take a couple of minutes here to 

Wish all of my Visitors and Followers a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

This little creation was the Christmas Card (hopefully my last Christmas Card post of 2011) for the ladies at the Cutting Crew in New Waltham Grimsby and for Angela their boss, who without fail makes me look fabulous every time I go in for a make over

The base layer is that fabulous mirror gold card and the contrast is the same.  The papers are Dovecraft a 12 x 12 stack called Noel.  The image of course is a Penny Black and the sentiment added to the image plate is by Personal Impression and available at Grimsby Crafts.  The ribbon was a gift in my last order from Wild Orchid and the little pearls/gems and the antique pretty snowflake charm are from the Hobby House.  The edge punch is the MS holly.Gold gel pen used for dots and then over glittered with a clear gel sakuro pen.

Here is a close up of the image coloured with copics

Thank you as always to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments, love them all.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Bearly-Mine - Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge - Anything Goes
My Time To Craft - Winter Pals
Oldie but a Goodie - Christmas Animals
Wild Orchid - Christmas Friendship
Simon Says Stamp - Bingo (Ribbon, gems, sparkle)

Hugs and Enjoy your day
Kate
xxx


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

DT Call at the Winter Wonderland

Would you like to be on a really friendly well organised Design Team

You do not need to have previous experience of DT membership, just be enthusiastic and a regular blogger. We have 2 teams so your commitment would be to produce something once a fortnight, comment weekly on 1 in 10 entries, host the challenge every 10 weeks and be part of the rota for choosing the winners. The DT Co-ordinators are responsible for dealing with the sponsors.

If this sounds like the challenge for you the please hop over to the 


 Applications will be open until 31 December.

Hope to see you entering the call

Hugs Kate 

A Light at the End of The Tunnell!!

Good afternoon to you all in the land of blog
Posting this after popping into work, popping into Grimsby Crafts and having a lovely coffee with a dear friend and her lovely little bundle.  Then watched an old movie, don't you just love doing that and then thought I better post this.

I made this Sunday evening after a snooze from the large roast dinner, it was really relaxing making it too and I like the overall effect.

A close up of the top

I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors and followers for their lovely comments on my creations, without them blog land would be such a bland place to be :)

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

OLLCB - Anything but a card
Kenny K - Anything Goes
One Stitch at A Time - Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum - Anything but a card

Hugs and enjoy your weekend
Kate 
xx

Monday, 19 December 2011

Jingle All The Way.....................

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Later on today, I get to go for my Christmas make over at the hairdressers across the road, I will feel like a new woman again :)

This card, is another that the dearest husband Matt, decided on Friday he needed to send............I tell you, next year I will make 10 cards just for him and his short notice requirements.

I decided to go with one of my more recent Penny Black images, so here is what I created for him
An A5 Christmas card on the landscape
The base colour and compliment is again gold, the papers so sorry I really need to start writing these down as I make the cards " New Years Resolution" promise.  The MS holly edge punch has been used to create a base for the lovely ribbon, which is lightly wired enabling this bow to stand proud, and the ends actually go where I want them too.  

The close up of the Penny Black image coloured in copics with a little gold gel pen and clear glitter sakuro pen for the extra glitter.

and a close up of these little bells from the local department store, strung together with some fine gold wire. Just had to so they matched the image, if you look carefully you can see me taking the photograph lol x

A quick thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such lovely comments, I love hopping over to visit you back and also welcome to my new follower

My 700 candy will be posted in January, lots of sales on so hope to get some fabulous bargains for the candy

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Gingerloft - Winter or Christmas
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Di Digi Designs - Show Us Christmas
Mark's Finest Papers - Christmas Card

Hugs Kate xx

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Snow Way!!!!!!!!!

Good afternoon to you all in the land of blog
Matt came home from work on Friday with a request for two Wife's Christmas Cards, can you imagine, here I am totally organised all cards written, all the shopping done bar last midnight shop for last perishables

Yep, did the Morrison's shop yesterday a good two hours meandering around.  Got my planned Christmas hug with the dearest Janet and received some fabulous customer service on her counter, would expect nothing less mind :)  she is the best.  Matt got out of butterflying the leg of lamb on Christmas Day, as the lovely butcher man did this for him and I got some lovely cheeses.

The freezer is now full to capacity as is the fridge, finding today's roast and vegetables was a feat in itself, but it is now smelling absolutely gorgeous.  

I have cleaned the kitchen and rearranged so that the posh coffee machine is accessible and we have already had two filters, might have to stretch to an expresso later, as after get this - I cleaned my Beach Hut, for those of you that don't know this is my craft room.  The dear husband oh so wanted to take a photo of me, so he could blog it for you.............................don't think so.

So here are the two cards I made after sitting and colouring the images last night whilst watching the Strictly final, yay for Harry!!!!! wasn't he good. A Double for McFly.
These are similar to one  I have created before
An untraditional Christmas colour the base layers is gold mirror card as is the contrast, the MS snowflake edge punch has been used and some ribbon threaded lace ribbon and a few little gold pearls
The sentiment is a WOJ and the image is by Gillian Roberts called Eskimo Kisses by Mo Manning, the image has been coloured with copics and some spun glass added to the ground for the snow, the glitter dots for falling snow and the liquid appliqué for the fluffy ruffles.

I would like to thank all my wonderful visitors for the lovely comments they leave, allowing me to hop back to visit you all.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps - Snowflakes
Christmas Card Challenge - Non Traditional Colours
Dream Valley - Christmas
Gingerloft - Winter or Christmas
Crafty Calendar - Cold and Frosty
Crafty Hazelnuts - Anything Goes for Xmas
Mark's Finest Papers - Christmas Card
My Sheri Crafts - Let it Snow
One Stop Crafts - Christmas Sparkle
Card Makin Mamas - Christmas
Delicious Doodles - Christmas with lots of embellishments (a vintage snowflake and pearl heart)

okay that is me, hope you are having a lovely Sunday, and I am now going to finish the roast

Hugs
Kate
xx


Saturday, 17 December 2011

Happy New Year or Celebrations with the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
and what a fabulous start to my three weeks holiday, oh all right I have to go into work on Tuesday for an hour but other than that I am done for Christmas, Whoop Whoop!!!! don't you just love it :)

Any way enough of me getting excited for Christmas or the break not sure which now........................ 

Today sees the next challenge at the 


Our fabulously talented Tracie has chosen this weeks theme and that is

Happy New Year or Celebrations

Now I was lucky enough a little while back to win some LOTV stamps, and I could not resist some of their new images, so here is me using one of my winning images
I made a general celebration card, could be for many occasions.  

The base layer and contrast is a pale pink pearlescent card and the papers are Prima I believe, from the Hobby House.  The 2nd to smallest Grand Oval/Scallop Oval nestie has been used for the image plate border and the image plate.  Behind the image plate border is some oh so sweet lace from Grimsby Crafts, (cannot use this enough)  The ribbon and bow is from the Hobby House as are the pearls.  The large bling charm is from the Lidl wrapping ribbon reels that I got.  The flowers are Wild Orchid airbrushed in R85.  The image plate has also been airbrushed in the same colour.  I place a mask over the image to protect it.

Here is a close up of the image coloured in copics, with a little clear glitter sakuro pen for added glitz.

I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors for their fabulous comments, love you all, making blog land a lovely place to be, THANK YOU

Just going to link these up and then off to do the Christmas shop at Morrison's - yoohoo!!!! Janet you better be ready for us :)

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Just Tracys Crafts - Celebrations
Really Reasonable Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Southern Girls - Let's Celebrate
The Paper Shelter - It's a Celebration
Midnight Madness - Plain Sketch 133

Hugs 
Kate
xxx


Friday, 16 December 2011

I have been published!!!!!!

Hi all in the land of blog

now and again you just got to shout and today I am SHOUTING!!!!!! Totally thrilled to bits as I have been published in the 2nd Edition of the Copicendium and this time I have three pages to my little creation.

What a fabulous Christmas Gift :) thank you Sammi :)


Now if you want some copic inspiration in all shapes and sizes this is a fabulous publication, hop over to the Mad 4 Markers store here to get your copy, there are some amazing pieces within the covers.

Well that is me done with shouting today, and as I am now off for three whole weeks, I need to get down to some serious crafting.  Cannot wait to show you one of my early Christmas presents :)

Don't forget to check the two posts below for the Winter Wonderland and Emerald Faerie Garden Design Team pieces.

Enjoy your evening
Hugs
Kate
xx

Be Different with the Winter Wonderland Design Team

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
First of all I apologise for being MIA over the last couple of days, had my annual trip to the GA ward, but back to normal again now.

This is my second post of today, please scroll down for my Emerald Faerie Garden Design Team Creation.

Today sees the next challenge at the


I chose the theme this week, which is a thought provoking one

Be Different
Use an image for a different purpose

Now this could be a non Christmas image for a Christmas card or a Christmas image for a non Christmas card - hope you understood that bit, but if you hop over to the Challenge site you can see all of the amazing eye candy from the Design Team to inspire you further.

Here is what I created using two Christmas stamps one being the lovely Tilda and the other being a fir tree stamp.
I made a Prom Queen Card.

The base colour is cream with some gorgeous papers from the Hobby House creating a lovely pink and lime green contrast.  The lovely ribbon is from the Hobby House as are the little pearls.  The lace is from Grimsby Crafts as is the punch.  I have added a little charm and a doily all slightly airbrushed with the YG25.  Flowers are in the main from Wild Orchid which have also been airbrushed with R83
The image has been coloured with copics, and here is another close up of the pretty flowers with just a hint of glitter on them (stickles)

I would like to say thank you to all my amazing visitors, who take the time to leave some fabulous comments, without you blog land would not be the same.
THANK YOU!!

I would like to enter this little number into the following challenges

Midnight Madness - plain sketch 33
Make it Monday's - Anything Goes


Hugs and enjoy the rest of your day
Kate
xx


Thursday, 15 December 2011

With a Flourish and a Swirl for the Emerald Faerie Garden DT

Hi to all of you in the land of blog
Today is the next challenge for the


The theme this time around is

flourishes and Swirls

Here is what I created for my Design Team inspirational piece
I made a heart shaped Wedding Anniversary easel card with a matching box

The base card is white with the black complimenting colour and some of those gorgeous Papermania Capsule Collection mono papers. The sentiments on the front and the easel return are by My Sentiments Exactly and one is sat on a nellie die and the other a nestie die.  I have used some cheesecloth under the image to soften the card and if you look really closely I have use the MS heart punch to create a pretty doily effect around the large hearts of the easel. Marianne heart dies, nestie flourishes and Marianne swirls along with lots of Wild Orchid flowers all airbrushed to match.

Here is a close up of the sentiment on the return with those three gorgeous Marianne heart dies

Here is the left side of the card and the left side of the top of the box, where I have added some liquid pearls to the top heart and flowers and ribbon to the box.

This is the right hand side of the card with the floral array and those Marianne flourishes with swirls, you can also just see the little hearts all the way around the card edges.

Here is the lovely image coloured in copics with some clear glitter sakuro for the wings
The image is Willie and Mia and can be purchased here along with many other gorgeous images

Here is a final close up of the card
Hope you will all hop on over to the challenge site and see the rest of the gorgeous eye candy created for you by the amazing design team

I would like to take a moment to thank all my wonderful visitors for their fabulous comments, with out you all blog land would not be the great place it is.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Meljens Design - No rectangle cards
Cooking It Up With Katie - Anything Goes
Flutter By Wednesday's - Open theme with a fairy
The Paper Shelter - Celebration
Scrapbook Sisters - two colours purple and black

Hugs
Kate
xxx




Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Box it Up!!!!

Hi to all of you in blog land today
I mentioned a little while ago that I had given my boss a musical mug for a Xmas treat, and that I had made a box for this to sit in.

Here is the little number that I created, nothing too exciting and I apologise for the dark photo too, was heaving it down outside so the natural light was not too good, thank heavens for my day light lamp
I used some parcel fancy ribbons from Lidl's to decorate the box along with some vintage papers and a nestie tag and little verse from Grimsby Crafts

Just wanted to also say thank you for the wonderful comments that all my fabulous visitors leave, I love them all THANK  YOU!!!

Don't think this will go into many challenges but lets see
Anything Goes Challenge - Anything but a Card optional tag
My Time to Craft - Vintage Christmas
Top Tip
When gluing a box together if you use the old style wooden pegs, you can get on with other things, also the talc powder on the tan embossing matt prevents papers sticking to them through the grand calliber and also the talc helps the dies come out of Marianne dies on the older style dies without the push out holes.
Try it On Tuesday - Gift Tags Galore

think that is about me
enjoy the rest of your day
hugs
Kate 
xxx

Monday, 12 December 2011

Pretty House Mouse Calendar 2012

Hi all
Blimey wasn't it cold and thick ice this morning, even Star did not want to go out the door for her morning toileting.

Well hoping that this will warm you up where ever you are, here is another little something that I coloured up the other evening

Loved using this image and these colours so Girly

I used the largest of the grand ovals the plain and scallop one, base colour a gorgeous purple with the lovely deep pink to contrast.  Little pearls from the Hobby House and flowers in the main from Wild Orchid and the local Department Store. Marianne dies for the fronds also in the gorgeous purple.  The little calendar from Grimsby Crafts.

and here is the close up of the gorgeous image, coloured in copics
Hope you like it, and would just like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors for your lovely comments that always make my day :)

I would also like to thank the ladies at
for featuring one of my Xmas Bottles

I would like to enter the following challenges
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything But Xmas
Just Some Lines - Hand Made Gifts
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts - Anything but Xmas
Enjoy your day and wrap up warm
Hugs
Kate
xxx

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Better than going down the Pub !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi all
Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just wanted to let you all know that I have finished all the bottles and also made a little box for the new boss, did not think he would want wine, so bought him an annoying musical Xmas Mug, it was ace.  All of the ladies loved their little thank you's, was the best team meeting, lots of fun, laughter and sweets.

Here are all the finished bottles and the little box will follow shortly by the way - lost one photo on the way not sure where it went too?? Think it is for a DT piece

Won't you all be pleased not to see any more of these for a while lol xx

For those of you who sent mails re larger versions, in the future I will look at the template for the full size bottle however here is a wedding set that I made earlier in the year that are individual creations to wet your appetite's


Enjoy your weekend
Hugs 
Kate
xxx

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