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Monday, 31 August 2009

Anything but a card.

I made this little book to have something to put a few photos of my little grand daughter in. The photos range from this one here which is less than 2 days old when she came home from hospital.This pink suit is Poppy's swimsuit and matching hat when she went on her first holiday abroad! The other one is just relaxing on her Mum's knee at home.
Poppy in her hat is again on her holidays. Poppy in bouncy chair is at Granny's house. What a lovely smile!

Poppy having a lovely bubble bath with her ducks. And a bigger girl with very red cheeks in her bath.

Bouncing Poppy with Missy her favourite Labrador in the background.

Poppy is now a big girl aged 20 months. She loves to be outside!!
I made this little book using a Funky Hands cd. I was able to print directly onto card so that saved having to cut out everything twice. I had to jiggle the letters a little bit so that I could get all five fitted together so that you could see the book says POPPY. I used ribbons, embellishments, brads and flowers from my stash.
I am not entirely happy with it but hopefully the next one I make will be better. I am going to enter it in the Truly Scrumptious challenge which is anything but a card.
Thanks for looking.
Kat x

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Back to School!

Good evening everyone, hasn't it been a lovely day. Hope it has been nice for the Bank Holiday weekend in England. Here in Scotland the Bank Holiday was at the beginning of August. Somehow working in the Post Office I get neither of these holidays. I think the only Bank Holiday we get is May Day the other holidays we get are just local holidays. I haven't had many holidays yet so I have arranged with my colleague to have some days off at the end of September and some in October. I especially need the weekend of 24th-26th October as it is the big craft show at the SECC in Glasgow. I have been saving up for it since the last one in March. The only thing that bothers me is that my daughter's second baby is due on the 27th!! I hope she is about a week before that or after. She was late last time but that was a bit nerve wracking as you can imagine. Anyway enough waffling I need to tell you what I've made this card for.

The challenge over at the House Mouse Monday challenge blog is Back to School. At first I thought I didn't have anything suitable as I have a lot of House Mouse Christmas stamps but didn't remember this one!! When I realised I did have a suitable stamp I knew that I had papers which would be ideal. How lucky is that. I discovered that this card would also fit another four challenges. I love to combine if I can!
Here's another view of the card showing how the letters and the image are 3d'd on foam pads. I used Promarkers to colour the image and also the letters which were initially white. I found some little gems in my stash and thought using 4 different colours would be nice. I thought the letters would fit the style of the card better than flowers. I thought about buttons but I think the letters work better. I did some faux stitching round the papers - it took me so long I would have been better doing real stitching lol. I thought I would struggle for a sentiment but I think this one from a set of Clearly Defined stamps works quite well. I added an s to it as it only said "happy day". I used the lovely sketch from Sketch and Stash and rotated it to fit the shape of the image better.
I'm quite pleased with the way this card turned out - for once!! But I think it will be a while before I use it as Poppy is not 2 yet.

Challenges I'm going to enter:-

Sketch and Stash:- House Mouse stamp, Sandylion papers and chipboard letters are all neglected stash.
House Mouse Monday Challenge:- Back to School.
Paperplay:- Back to School.
Simon says Stamp:- Back to school.
Stamp Something:- Animals.

Sunday evening now so after I link this post to the challenges I want to enter I best do my ironing. Sometimes I read the Sunday Herald at work on a Monday - well you can't do your ironing in the Post Office, can you?

Enjoy your Bank Holiday girls, those of you who have a holiday, hope you have a lovely day. If you want to tell me what you think of this card or any other one I would love to read your comments. It makes my day to read your kind words. Makes you feel as if you are part of a lovely friendly family of bloggers with the same love of crafting. I love to have time to visit other people's blogs and see what beautiful things they have made.

Kat xx

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Stamptacular Sunday 21

This is a quick card I made for the Stamptacular Sunday challenge 21 which is 3D. I thought I would try making a step card for the first time. I used some of last year's DCWV xmas paper. I cut out a Cuttlebug ice crystal and attached it with sticky pads. I also attached a stamped greeting with sticky pads. I added a jewel to the middle of the crystal. The middle part of the card has some of the paper edged with my new Martha Stewart embossed snowflake edge punch. Unfortunately it is not very clear in the photo but it is really pretty. Ribbon from my stash. If anyone recognises this paper they will probably realise that the colours in my photo are a bit strange. The two light papers are ok but the dark one is really not this colour and neither is the ribbon. It is more like a sort of maroony-purple... if that makes any sense. It really is not a good card, I am not at all happy with it!
Today my friend and I went to visit a new craft shop that opened near Peterhead. It is a lovely shop and we bought some new goodies. There are lots of lovely Bo Bunny Christmas papers and Halloween papers too. Some 7 Gypsies and lots of Bazzill. Lots more still to come including MME Christmas papers so of course we will have to go back soon lol.
Has anyone been over to the La La Land blog? They have some yummy candy to celebrate the release of 11 new Halloween stamps on 10th September.

I should go now and post this and enter the Stamptacular Sunday challenge and not leave it too late!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Kat x

By the way this also fits the Cupcake Craft challenge which is a shaped card, anything but a square.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Ida's Blogoversary Candy.

Ida is giving away 3 different lots of blog candy. There is a link in my sidebar. Just click on it to go over to Ida's blog and see what it's all about! It has to be worth a look.

Kat x

A few challenges.

Good evening everyone, here are a couple of cards I made for a few challenges. The one above has been made using the great sketch from Just Magnolia. I coloured one of my favourite Tildas with Promarkers using the colours for Passion for Promarkers. It also contains circles to fit the ABC challenge. I used nesties for cutting shapes as usual. I used my new retro flower punches by EK success and added a brad. The colours for PfP are lilac, lavender. amethyst and aubergine and it might not look like it from the photo but I used all 4 in this card!! I also stickled her wing though it might not be obvious lol. The DP is from Basic Grey and I added some jewels from my stash.

The second flower was made using the lovely sketch from Friday Sketchers. I coloured the Forever Friends image with Promarkers. The DP I used is from MME and Basic Grey. The Prima flowers are from my stash and I added brads and spacers from my stash. I also added a cute little pram charm and a ribbon from my stash. This card also fits the Stamping for the weekend challenge to use pink and grey and the Cute Card Thursday challenge for New Beginnings. Nesties have been used for this card too as usual.

This is all I've made today due to the fact that I spent a while footering - Scottish friends will understand this! - to explain to others - I was dithering about what papers to use !! I also have to admit to messing around going round blogs this morning.

Hope you like, feel free to tell me if you don't!

Kat x

Friday morning - I changed the first photo as it did not show the shading on the dress or the stickles. Not sure it is much better - but I tried!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

More challenges.

I made this yesterday evening but with my track record with evening photos I did not even try to take a photo. Unfortunately this morning was a bit dull. I got a photo which was ok-ish then before tea I tried again and got this one. I spent the afternoon at a friend's house with 3 others making cards to sell at our church to raise fund for Ekwendeni hospital in Malawi. With several other churches in the Buchan (north-east Aberdeenshire) area we used to have a missionary partner. We still try to raise funds and send things out to them because it is an area of terrible poverty. Not sure if anyone will want to buy my cards or not. I think I will have to keep them very simple cos people will not pay for them otherwise. We were just saying that this afternoon. People will go into a shop and pay £s for a card but don't expect them to pay much for a special handmade one!!

Enough of me waffling. This card should fit these challenges:-
Allsorts:- sketch and torn.
Basic Grey:- Basic Grey papers and colours brown, yellow and pink.
La La Land:- Stitching - in this case faux.
Pile it on:- 3s. In this card- 3 brads, 3 buttons and 3 jewels.
Whismsy:- sparkle -the flower has been glittered with a Sakura glitter gel pen and there are some jewels including one in her hair!

The image is a Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellies and she has been coloured with Promarkers. The rectangles have been cut out with nesties. Flower, buttons, brads, jewels and ric rac from my stash.

I think this card turned out better than I expected. This does not mean I think it is good! Just that it is not as bad as it might have been lol.

In the mail today I got a gift voucher! On Monday I won a £10 gift voucher from Joanna Sheen in the first Crafty Cardmakers challenge. So thank you very much to Crafty Cardmakers and Joanna Sheen for this generous prize. I just expected to get an email with a code to use. But no I got a handmade card in a matching lined envelope with instructions inside how to use it and the code to use at the checkout. I'm impressed. I love Joanna's web shop. Prices and service are second to none and there is no p&p. There is a really good deal on Promarkers - that's where I got mine!

Another website I can thoroughly recommend is Craft Obsessions I ordered some gorgeous new Christmas goodies from Bo Bunny from them on Sunday evening and they arrived on Tuesday. How good is that? I was well impressed.

I'm off now to post my entries and see what I'll do tomorrow on my day off. Really looking forward to going to our new local craft shop on Saturday. My friend and I are going when I finish work at 12.30. Can't wait to see what lovely new goodies they have lol.

Thanks for looking and leaving lovely comments on my little efforts.

Kat x

Monday, 24 August 2009

Spoon Full of Sugar 65

Me again with a quick post. I made this card using the Mojo Monday 101 sketch. It also for the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge. I watercoloured the cute Penny Black hedgies on their sledge. I added faux stitching to meet the Penny Black Saturday challenge. The colours turquoise and brown fit the Secret Crafter challenge. The papers are DCWV and the ribbon and jewels are from my stash. As usual nesties were used to cut the ovals. I added stickles to the hats and for snow. I hope to come back tomorrow and add a better picture! I just realised it also fits the Simon Says Challenge - Christmas in August.

Thanks for looking.

Kat x

Tuesday now and I've changed the photo. I think this is better than the one I posted yesterday evening!!

Sugar Bowl Challenge

I made this card yesterday for the Sugar Bowl challenge. I love Judy's great sketch, it was really easy to work with. I used some lovely pink card for the base card and for layering. The papers are Basic Grey sultry, aren't they gorgeous? After having a go at using my new mini sewing machine last week I decided to use it again for this card. I used the lovely "Poppies" Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellies which is coloured with Promarkers and highlighted with a white Inkssentials gel pen. I think she would be perfect for a card for my little grand daughter, Poppy lol. The challenge is to include hand made flowers. I made these flowers using a punch andmy nesties shapeabilities flower bouquet miniabilities. I embossed them on the wrong side before putting them together and then added a little flower shaped brad. I used some of the DPs and plain pink card to make them. The brads and jewels are from my stash.

Has anyone heard of the Christmas RAK club? I have a link to it in my sidebar. I first read about it on Angela at Sparkly Cards blog. You need to become a follower of that blog and then follow the instructions. You will then be invited to join a private blog. There are 3 RAKs planned for September. It sounds like fun so why don't you pop over for a look.

Thanks for looking. Hope you like my card and leave a comment. I love to hear what you think - it's nice to hear from you , it really makes my day to get some feedback.

Kat x

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Stamptacular Sunday 20.

This is just a quick card I made for the Stamptacular Sunday challenge which is Beary Special. I used one of my bear stamps from Hobby Arts and coloured it with Promarkers. I used my nesties to cut the ovals as usual. The ribbon and jewels are from my stash. I love The Bear from Hobby Arts he is so cute! I have lots of them doing all sorts of things. Is there anyone who doesn't like bears? You can use them for all occasions - well ok maybe not sympathy cards.
Now I'm thinking about the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge which is travel. At first I thought what can I possibly do about that but maybe I could use the stamp I have of the bear in his car lol. I like the idea so maybe I'll look into that tomorrow. I might do some ironing now or finish reading the paper. On a Saturday I can read most of my two papers at work if it is not too busy!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'm looking forward to hearing what you think. Sorry about the weird angle of the photo but I can't get a photo from a normal angle in the evening.

Kat x

ps I almost forgot - here is some news for anyone out there who lives north of Aberdeen. There is a new craft shop opening next Saturday, 29th August, in Boddam just a couple of miles south of Peterhead. It is in what used to be RAF Buchan near the Buchan Braes Hotel.

Cupcake Craft Challenge

Good evening everyone. I've used the lovely Whiff of Joy sketch to make this card. I am also entering it in the Cupcake Craft challenge, which is something sweet with the added option of including a cupcake. The papers are the lovely Basic Grey cupcake. I coloured the lovely Whiff of Joy bear with cupcake with my Promarkers and used a Sakura glitter gel pen on the icing. Nesties were used to cut out the rectangles. I punched a corner using the same blue card I used for the base card and for layering. Ribbon, button and little jewels are from my stash.

Hope you like,

Kat x

Friday, 21 August 2009

I'm a bit late!!!

Just a quick and late post! I'm just about in time to enter this card for the Sketch Saturday challenge. I watercoloured this sweet Tilda with Heart Dress and made up the card using Basic Grey lemonade papers. Flowers and ribbon are from my stash. I used a Sakura glitter pen on her wings and on the hearts on her dress. Nesties were used to cut the ovals as usual. I love these papers, they are so yummy.

Now I'm off to enter this challenge before it's too late. See you tomorrow and have a lovely weekend.

Kat x

Sat Morning. Isn't it wonderful how easy it is to take a photo when the light is ok!! I've managed to replace the photo I used last night with one I got this morning. I feel better about it, I hate it when I've had to use an evening one cos they never look right.

Friday at last!

This is my card for the new Basic Grey challenge. I love Basic Grey papers and I used some of the Cupcake papers for this card. I think they go really well with Tilda with her ice cream cone lol. I coloured Tilda with promarkers. Ribbon, flowers,brad and button are from my stash. Sorry about the weird angle but it was just a little late to get a decent photo - even outside!

Challenges entered:-

Basic Grey :- sketch and papers used.
Cute Card Thursday:- Lazy Dayz - a summer inspired card.
The Pink Elephant:- Summer.
Whimsy:- Ribbons.
Stamp Something:- Birthday.

Looking forward to the weekend now. Hope you all have a good one. Thanks for popping by and hope you want to leave a comment so I can come and visit your blog.

Kat x

Thursday, 20 August 2009


I hope some of you experienced bloggers can help me! I have a profile photo which sometimes shows up when I leave a comment on a post. But - when I join someone's blog as a follower I just get that anonymous silhouette that goes on at the end of your list of followers. I follow lots of blogs but I don't actually have many followers. Now that may be (and probably is) because my blog is a bit boring and people don't want to follow it!! Or it may be because the people I am following don't know I am following them. It's probably the first reason but I would still like to have a follower piccie even a symbol would be better than nothing. I'm sure I'm missing something but blogger help is absolutely no help. It can only tell me how to add a photo to my profile or how to upload photos. Even I know how to do those two things lol. So I'd really appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction please. Thanks in anticipation of help. I know crafty bloggers are a helpful bunch.

Kat x

Had a busy day!

This is the card I have been making all day!!! I decided I would try doing the Just Magnolia Too challenge which is 3d. I have done traditional decoupage often enough but not with my own stamped image - until today. Thanks to Debby Yates of a Scrap Journey for a brilliant tutorial. I have also been brave and done some stitching with my new Janome mini sewing machine which I found on ebay for £19.99. (Brand new and came from a sewing machine shop so if you want details just let me know.) I also used my Promarkers for colouring - sometimes I chicken out and watercolour lol. I used some of my favourite K & Co papers, wild raspberry.I think you can almost see that Spring Tilda has been 3d'd but I have added another pic to show it a bit better. I found some plain card which is just the right shade for the DP. The papers have also been inked round the edges with a Brilliance dewdrop ink pad. I found some of my cross stitch thread just the right colour to tie through the buttons! Buttons, flowers and ribbon from my stash. I'm hoping that this card does for several challenges - after I've spent most of the day on it!!
Friday Sketchers:- the lovely sketch.
Just Magnolia Too:- the lovely Tilda image and 3d.
Papertake Weekly:- any challenge from first 99 - Favourite things -K & Co DP.
Pollycraft Challenge:- Favourite things - K & Co DP.
ABC Challenge :- B for buttons .

Sorry about the card below!!! I made it using the sketch from day 1 of the Mojo Monday week 100. I think the only thing you could say about it is that it is quite cheery. The papers are some I found in a drawer and the sentiment is from Papermania.
I thought I heard the postie about 2 hours or more ago but I haven't been to check cos I'm waiting for the Whiff of Joy Fall set. Ok I gave in - it's here and it's gorgeous. But I can't do anything with it yet cos I'm going to a friend's house tonight to craft.
I have been so wrapped up in this 3d card that I nearly managed to cremate the lamb I was cooking to make curry for tea. I only just caught it in time. I would have been popular if it had been ruined.
Now Id best post this and enter the challenges as the dogs will want their tea and a walk soon.
Let me know what you think - good or bad, comments are always welcome and I love to find new blogs to visit. I follow quite a lot of blogs but you always find someone new as you hop around.
Looking forward to the weekend.
Kat x

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Gayle's CHA Blog Candy

Gayle is giving away some terrific blog candy after her visit to CHA. See my sidebar for a link to her blog where you can find out how to enter. It's worth a look!

Kat x

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Midnight Madness.

I used the sketch from Midnight Madness to make this card. Sorry for the quality of the photo but I can't take decent photos in the evening. I used Promarkers to colour this lovely Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellies. The DP is from Bo Bunny. The girl's dress is actually lime green although it looks a bit yellowish here. I also coloured the jewel in her hair with lime promarker. I used a Fiskars punch to scallop the edge of the pale pink paper which is actually the other side of the main piece of DP. Buttons and ribbon from my stash.
Wednesday now - I've added another photo, taken this morning. I think it shows the colours more clearly!
Thanks for looking. I have the afternoon off now so I can start crafting early lol.
Kat x

Monday, 17 August 2009

Fabby Blog Candy from Priscillastyles.

There is a lot of lovely blog candy being given away at Priscillastyles. Follow the link on my sidebar and you can see what you need to do to enter. Priscilla is giving away lots of stamp sets!!

Lots of Challenges....

This is a quick card I made today for the Papertake Weekly challenge. I used my Promarkers to colour the cute Whiff of Joy bear image. The papers are some of my favourites from MME. As usual my nesties were used to cut out the squares and rectangles. Ribbon is from my stash.
I made this yesterday evening and ended up doing my ironing very very late. I think it will fit sevenchallenges!! I coloured the lovely Edwin image from Magnolia with my Promarkers. The background paper is from Basic Grey cupcake pad. Other papers just scraps from my stash. Suit edged with silver Promarker and one set of jewels coloured with silver Promarker too.
I think it fits:-
Pile it On - Boy.
Colour Create - Blue, sand, black and silver -silver jewels and edges of suit.
Cute Card Thursday - At the beach.
Spoon Full of Sugar - Sketch.
Just Magnolia - Friendship.
Secret Crafter - Fancy corners. ( Not that fancy since it is a boy card.)
Stamp Something -something from summer vacation.
I might be pushing my luck with some of this but there is silver if you look closely and I have added corners!!
Thanks for looking and please feel free to tell me what you think.
Kat x

Sunday, 16 August 2009

On a Roll Today!

I made this card using the Sketch and Stash sketch which was very easy to use. I watercoloured the sweet Penny Black hedgie. I managed to use the Penny Black Saturday Challenge colours which are blue, tan and cream. I was a bit worried about the colours as I thought I might not have these colours. But I found some papers I had never used from Daisy Bucket which were perfect colourwise! In fact I used both sides of one sheet lol. I used a brad, ribbon, flowers and jewels from my stash. I made the other flower using the papers and backing card and various punches. The DP qualifies as new never used stash for Sketch and Stash.
Then I made this card for Mojo Monday using their lovely sketch. I was a bit dubious when I saw it at first as I thought it was a bit complicated. But I had a good look at the DT cards and thought maybe I could do it if I just kept calm and took my time lol. I think it may do for the Allsorts challenge which is "English Country Garden" - Both DPs have roses on them! The DPs are the gorgeous Basic Grey porcelain. I made the base card from a matching pink and also used it for layering. Nesties were used for the circles as usual and the sentiment is stamped in matching pink. Green ribbon and a jewel from my stash complete the card.
I should probably do my ironing now but I feel as if I am on a bit of a roll LOL so I may have a look at the Papertake Weekly sketch or a Spoon Full of Sugar since I am out at work all day tomorrow. But for now I'd best post this and link my cards before it is too late.
Thanks for looking and if you like my cards please tell me. I love to read your comments and I also love to visit other people's blogs and see their lovely work.
Kat x

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Stamptacular Sunday 19

I made this card for the Stamptacular Sunday challenge. This was three brads, two DPs and one flower. This seemed quite easy till I couldn't make up my mind what DP to use or what image!! Never mind once I had made up my mind it was quite simple. She says!!! I used this simple image from Stampendous and in spite of the fact it looks as if I stamped it on white card it is actually stamped on creamy card a little lighter than the light DP. The DP is DCWV Latte stack which is lovely. Ribbon, flower, brads, spacers and jewel from my stash. I hope I am in time to enter the challenge as when I looked at it again I realised entries had to be in by midnight tonight but not UK time.
I wasn't sure if I would like this card but now that I've finished it I quite like it lol.

Thanks for looking and it would be nice to hear what you think.

Kat x

Friday, 14 August 2009

Penny Black Challenge 61

This is the card I made for this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge. I used papers from the lovely DCWV green stack. I watercoloured this lovely Penny Black hedgie. He's very cute isn't he? I love Penny Black stamps. I should start trying to use them to make xmas cards lol. Nesties were used to cut ovals and the flower, brad and pearl are from my stash. I bought 2 Martha Stewart punches from Charmed Cards and Crafts and they came yesterday so I used the Valentine lace one to edge a strip of red which I put across the middle. I had taken the first photo which turned out reasonably well then I discovered that I had forgotten to put the little pearl in the top right hand corner!! Trust me.
I'm off now to see what everyone has been up to today! Have a nice weekend,
Kat x

Sketch Saturday Challenge.

I made this quick card this morning for the Sketch Saturday challenge. Isn't it a great sketch? I watercoloured one of my favourite Gorjuss Girl images from Sugar Nellies. The gorgeous DP is wild raspberry from K & Co. The oval is cut with my oval nestie and edged with blossom Promarker as is the sentiment. The ribbon and buttons are from my stash. I'm going to try to do a card for the Penny Black Saturday challenge. But I'm probably too late now!
Thanks for looking and have a nice weekend.
Kat x

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Just Magnolia.

Wow I don't know when I ever made a card as quickly as this one. I really wanted to do the Just Magnolia challenge but I didn't think I had time. I'll be back later to explain it!!
Almost 10pm now and I'm back from a lovely afternoon out. We were at a nice new garden centre in Royal Deeside where we had our coffee and what we call in Aberdeenshire "a fine piece"- in my case a lovely cheese scone. We had a walk round and some people bought some plants etc but some of them were very different from the usual garden centre and VERY expensive. To be fair most things were the same price as everywhere else it's just that they had things you don't see anywhere else. Then we went to Banchory and had a wander round the shops. I found a craft shop but it was a bit limited so I didn't buy very much. Then we had a lovely tea at a hotel in Banchory. And went home the scenic route ie not through Aberdeen!!
But I digress. I need to tell you about the card. I made this card and photographed it and posted it in not much more than an hour. Very quick for me. I usually mess around for ages trying to choose papers and flowers and the right image and what nestie to use and whether to watercolour or use Promarkers. I decided quickly to use the lovely Tilda image, which I watercoloured. I used my Cuttlebug to cut out a label. Then I had to just try to draw a bigger label on the pink card. Think it turned out not too bad even if I was in a hurry! The papers are Basic Grey sultry which are just gorgeous. I found a piece of pink card just the right colour and used it for the base card and for layering. I put an eyelet in the hole in the label and added a piece of ribbon from my stash that was just the right colour. Flowers and jewels are from my stash. Hope you like!
Kat xx

Five Challenges!

Hi everyone me again. This has taken longer to finish than I had hoped. The decision to add bows to the buttons for the Pollycraft challenge was maybe not my best idea! I used some of my cross stitch thread which is just the right colour but quite awkward to tie in a little bow lol.
I used the lovely sketch from Friday Sketchers, the colours from Passion for Promarkers - cocoa and rose pink. The colours also fit Whiff of Joy plus this lovely bear with present that I won from the Whiff of Joy blog hop. Pollycraft is buttons and bows and ABC is anything goes plus animals.
I am quite pleased about managing to fit in five challenges in one card. I used Basic Grey lemonade papers and as usual my nesties were used for the circles. Buttons are from my stash. After I took the photos I used my Sakura glitter gel pen on the bow on the present! I didn't redo the photo as with my photography skills you would not have seen it anyway.
Don't think I am going to get another card done now as I have to meet my friends at 1pm. I really wanted to do the Just Magnolia challenge too. Oh well you can't do everything, can you?
Have a nice day and thanks for looking,

Another Award!

This morning I would like to say thank you to Angela and Judith who have both sent me the circle of friends award. Thank you both, you are very good blogging friends and I am very chuffed to receive this award from two very talented ladies.
I would like to pass on this award to

I'm sure some of you may have this award already but I think it is nice to think of lots of interlinking circles of friends!

Have a nice day and I'm off to finish a card for a few challenges and hopefully try to do another one this morning as I am off out this afternoon with my friends from Ardallie SWRI for an outing to Drumoak garden centre and then for tea, I think at Banchory. Scottish bloggers may know what SWRI is, but for my friends south of the border or overseas it is our equivalent of the WI.
Thanks for looking and looking forward to hearing from you.

Kat x

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Fabby RAK from Leann.

Do you like the fabby RAK I got yesterday from Leann of Leann's crafty ramblings at http://leanns-ramblings.blogspot.com/ . She is so talented and so generous! This is a bag card and she also enclosed 2 brown paper bags so that I could have a try at making one too. I think it would be a great idea to make something like this for a little present for a child. The little pocket contained lovely goodies:- 6 stamped images, various ribbons and ric racs, buttons, spacers, charm etc. I'm really overwhelmed by Leann's generosity. The card itself is amazing but the little extras are just the icing on the cake. Now I really want to pass on a RAK to someone else. I just need to think what I can put together so it might take me a day or two to decide what I can pass on that other people might like.
Time to feed the dogs now and make tea. Weather is a bit changeable this afternoon. This morning was lovely but this afternoon is going from lovely to wet to fine again. If anyone has any ideas for a RAK please feel free to leave me your thoughts. I have lots of lovely stamps and would happily stamp some images. I'm sure also that I could be persuaded to part with some of my stash.
Thanks for looking, Kat x

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Whiff of Joy 42

This is a quick card I made for the Whiff of Joy challenge. I really need to get a daylight lamp so that I can take photos in the evening. I may try to get a better one in the morning! This was a great sketch to use. I used some of my new Basic Grey papers from the Cupcake collection. I got lots of new Basic Grey papers from Charmed Cards and Crafts today. I didn't know which one to use first since they are all gorgeous! I only ordered on Sunday evening and my order arrived today so I thoroughly recommend CC and C. I think these papers work really well with the lovely bear with cupcake image from Alison Acton for Whiff of Joy. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and as usual my nesties were used to cut out the ovals. I used a Fiskars punch to cut the scalloped edge on the red and white paper.

I've been quite a busy girl today but now I need to finish off my Tesco home delivery order or I won't get all the stuff I want. I need to tell you about the RAK I received today from Leann but I may have to do that tomorrow. I just need to tell you that you will be as impressed with it as I am!

Thanks for looking, Kat x
Wednesday morning - I've managed to replace the photo and it looks a little better now. At least the brads in the centres of the flowers don't look pink now!

Truly Scrumptious 13

This was a really easy sketch to use from Truly Scrumptious. Not sure if I've done it justice though! I used wild asparagus from MME which is quite muted anyway so doesn't look very clear in the photos. I coloured, with Promarkers, the little girl with her cat by Diane Duda for Sugar Nellies. I think she is very cute! I layered both of the crowns and the heart on the cat's tummy. I used a glitter gel pen on their wings and stickled the flowers for a bit of bling. I don't like the way the larger of the flowers has turned out, the stickles has made it look a funny goldy colour round the edges. As usual Nesties were used and flowers and brads from my stash.
I really ought to get some housework done now. I was just about to start hoovering when a courier brought a mini sewing machine I had bought on ebay. So of course I had to unpack it and bring it up to my craft area. Then I just sat down to do a bit more of this card, which I started last night. So I finished it! Then I had to take photos and put them on my laptop. Then obviously I'd best write this post as the cut off for Truly Scrumptious is 5pm. Now where has the morning gone.....? I really am away to hoover and dust now. Honest!!
Thanks for looking,
Kat xx
P.S. I just found a message from Vicky about a new challenge blog called Crafty Cardmakers and their first challenge is flowers so I think I could enter this card for that too!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Blog Award.

Good evening everyone. When I checked my blog just now I found that Angela had left me this lovely award. Thank you so much Angela, I am very chuffed to receive this award. Angela makes beautiful cards and I love to check out her blog. You should have a look too.

Here are the instructions to accept this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link the person who nominated you for this award.

4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.

6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.

7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know you nominated them.

So what's interesting about me?

1. I have 3 great grown up children.

2. I have always crafted - from knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and now card making!

3. I have a science degree from the Open University.

4. I'm a newish blogger but I think I may be addicted to challenges.

5. I've been married for 33 years - wow is it that long!!!

6. One of the first things we bought after we got married was a dog and we have never been without one since.

7. I am going to be a granny for the second time in October.

I would like to nominate:

1. Clare

2. FionaJ

3. Judith

4. Karen

5. kath

6. Lisa

7. Vicky

All of these ladies make wonderful cards and are very talented.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers 11

Good evening everyone. I've managed to make another card this afternoon. This one uses the lovely sketch from Passion for Promarkers. I've used a favourite stamp, Tilda with heart dress. I coloured Tilda with my Promarkers and stickled her wings. I used a label nestie, which is a nice shape, for my image. The papers are from American Crafts. I used punches and a round nestie to make the flowers from the papers. I distressed the edges and rolled them a little. Each one is finished with a small brad. The idea was to make flowers that are round like the flowers in the DP. The sentiment is from Penny Black.
Not sure I like this card! I like the one I posted earlier better I think. I spent a lot of time looking for paper that would be suitable for a child's card. And I have loads of papers lol. I think I need to get some more for children's cards. I have plenty of papers suitable for baby cards or any other cards. Hey any excuse! I found myself on the Charmed Cards and Crafts website this afternoon after finding an email about new stock. They have lots of Basic Grey that I "need" among other things. Think I should go and do my Tesco order just now and then my ironing. Lovely!!!

Thanks for looking and please feel free to tell my what you think about this card.

Kat x