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Sunday, 27 February 2011

More Get Well Cards.

Good morning everyone, hope you're all having a good weekend. Yesterday I went to a crop at my local craft shop and managed to make 2 cards. I made Get Well cards as I think they're handy to have. Last week I made one for Poppy so I thought I'd best have a boy one handy in case Oliver comes down with chickenpox too!

So here's my first card. I love House Mouse and isn't this a cute image? I can't help feeling this card's a bit bare looking but if I use it for my wee grandson I don't really want to put flowers on it!

I used :-
Image :- House Mouse.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
DP :- DCWV.
Card Candy :- Craftwork Cards.

I'm going to enter the following challenges with this card :-
Passion for Promarkers:- One for the boys.
House Mouse :- Favourite stamp - love them all but I really love this one for Get Well cards!

My second card is girly with it's pink colour scheme and ribbon and flowers.


I used :-
Image :- LOTV.
DP :- Wild Rose Studio.
Sentiment :- Printworks.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Ribbon :- Ribbon Girl.
Flowers :- Prima.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Jewel brads & pink metal embellies from stash.
Sakura clear gel pen one shoes and glitter round image.

I'm entering the following challenges with this card :-
Lili of the Valley :- Circles.
Cute Card Thursday :- Sketch.
Stamp Something :- Something with flowers.
Dream Valley Challenges :- Anything Goes.

Hope you like and can find time to tell me what you can think.

Not sure if I'll be doing much next week as I have to work every day! My colleague's daughter gets married next Friday so she's having a week off. I've been so looking forward to this.....not! So the first time I get a day off is 10th March. What makes it worse is next Sunday a crowd of us are going to the craft show at the SECC next Sunday and I usually take the day off on the Monday. Obviously not this year. I'm going to be shattered on the Monday and probably crabbit (translation - bad tempered) too.

Thanks for looking and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Totally Gorjuss 69 Black & One Other Colour.

Good morning everyone and I'm sure you're all glad it's Saturday. Time for another challenge over at Totally Gorjuss. First of all thanks to everyone who joined us last week for our "Check it out" challenge. You certainly like your checks and we had lots of lovely entries. This week we have another really easy challenge for you. We'd like you to make a card or layout using black and one other colour.

This week we are sponsored by Tando Creative. If you haven't come across them before just click on the link and pop over and have a look. I'm sure you'll like what they have in store.

So here's my card. It's very simple. Not exactly CAS, which I'm into at the moment, but not fancy either and not a lot to it.

I used :-
Image :- Chipboard flower from Tando Creative stamped with a dotty Stampin' Up! stamp.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
DP :- MME.
Bakers Twine :- The Ribbon Girl.
Button, lace ribbons and jewels from stash.

I only used one chipboard flower from a packet of 4 so with a few other bits and pieces you can make an inexpensive card with not too much effort.

I'd like to enter the following challenges :-
Papertake Weekly :- Sketch.
The Pink Elephant :- Buttons, lace and ribbon.

I hope you can find time to enter our challenge this week. Don't forget to pop over to Totally Gorjuss and see what my talented teamies have made to inspire you this week. I'm sure they'd love to hear what you think of their cards. If you've got time to leave me a wee comment I'd love to hear from you too.

Well after work this morning I'm going to a crop at my local craft shop so I'll catch up with you all later.

Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Less is More #3

Hi everyone, I thought I'd show you a card I made last night for Less is More where the challenge this week is "Spring."

Not sure if I've achieved what I set out to do but I've enjoyed trying. I really like this challenge, it's good to try something different.

I used the lovely "Poppies" image from Penny Black and coloured it with Promarkers. I added sparkly black to the centres of the flowers with a Spica gel pen. I edged the nestie circle with the same Pale Pink Promarker and adhered it straight onto the card. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Yesterday Melly gave me this award.

Since I already got this award last week I'd just like to say if you fancy it please help yourself. And I won't bore you with the 8 interesting facts about me again lol!

I'd be really pleased if anyone has time to leave me a comment about my card. I promise not to be offended if you think it's rubbish!

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Birthday Hedgie.

Hi everyone I thought I'd show you the card I made for my husband's birthday.


I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Background papers :- Blue spot is Bazzill, the other 3 are stamped with Hero Arts stamps using Distress Inks.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Buttons and string from stash.
I'm going to enter the following challenges :-
Penny Black :- Men's Cards.
Easy Craft Projects :- Something for the boys.
Sketch Saturday :- Sketch.

Well I need to go and do my ironing now. I hope my work trousers are ok because I found them lying on the floor where some naughty puppy had left them.

Hope you like and if you've got a spare minute I'd love to hear what you think of my little card.

Catch up with you all tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Totally Gorjuss 68 Check it out.

Hi everyone, doesn't Saturday come round really quickly every week. Pity there weren't more Saturdays and  Sundays in a week. Probably not that good an idea I suppose.  After all lots of people have to work at the weekend. I work almost every Saturday, but at least it's just the morning.

So it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. You seemed to like our "Love" challenge last week. We  had lots of entries and saw some amazing cards when I visited your blogs. If you haven't been over to the challenge blog yet remember to pop over to see who's won the prize from Crafter's Companion.

This week we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and I'm sure you know that they have a vast stock of goodies. If you haven't checked out their online shop yet you don't know what you've been missing.

Well this week our challenge is "Check it out." We'd like to see checks somewhere on your card or project. It could be DP, ribbon, whatever you like. I love checks and ginghams so I enjoyed this challenge.

Here's my card.


I made this for my son-in-law who's in car sales. And no he's not a dodgy salesman lol! He's a hard working honest guy who wouldn't sell you a bad car. Funnily enough my daughter was in car sales too and that's how they met. She has a different job now close to home as it's easier for her with two kiddies.

I used :-
Image :- LOTV cute square.
DP :- Wild Rose Studio and Craft Creations.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Bakers' Twine :- The Ribbon Girl.
Ribbon and button from stash.

It was a bit lazy of me to use a cute square as I have this image in rubber too but I've had a lot  to do this week. Some days the pups are quite time consuming! And I had to go off to Aberdeen and get a present for my son-in-law. His birthday is next week and my husband is the day after. Not sure what he's getting, maybe some new jeans that actually fit him! Mmmm like I've got space to talk.

I'd like to enter the following challenges :-
Sketch and Stash :- Sketch and the Bakers' Twine is new stash.
Lili of the Valley :- Red & blue are my favourite colours for male cards.
Cards for Men :- 1 image, 2 DP & 3 embellishments (1 ribbon, 1 button and Bakers' twine.
Pile it on :- For the love of plaid.

Hope you like and maybe you could spare a minute to tell me what you think. Do take a minute to pop over to the blog and see the gorgeous work  from my teamies this week.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up with you all later.


Friday, 18 February 2011

Little Miss Spotty!!

Hi everyone, are you all looking forward to the weekend? I am, even if I have to work on Saturday morning first before I get some time to myself!

The Little Miss Spotty in question is Poppy, she has Chickenpox!! It's been on the go and Catriona's just been waiting for Poppy's turn. Now she just has to wait for Oliver to get it. Luckily Catriona's had it too when she was 9. Poor Poppy really misses nursery but she'll soon be able to go back. This morning I decided to make a quick card for her and send it to her with some chocolate buttons. Probably should have sent buttons to Oliver too but he'll get his when he gets Chickenpox!


I used :-
Image :- LOTV coloured with Promarkers.
DP :- Love Letters from First Edition Paper. New & gorgeous isn't it?
Pearls :- Prima e.line.
Nesties, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Sakura clear gel pen on shoes.
Seam binding :- Ribbon Girl.

I'm quite pleased with it for a quick card. Sometimes it's better not to have to much time to think lol!

I don't think it fits any challenges but if it does I'll come back and edit this post.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back tomorrow with my DT card for Totally Gorjuss. Which reminds me I saw that there were some new Gorjuss Girl stamps over at Funky Kits. I might have to pop over for a look, it's been a long time since we had any new Gorjuss Girls.

Off to catch up with my DT work now before it's time for the next challenge!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Two Awards and some Thank Yous.

First of  all thank you to everyone who left a kind comment after I told you about my silly fall last Friday. I'm a lot better now but I still get painful twinges if I try to move in some directions without thinking or reach out to get something. When I was hoovering at the same place today I kept a close eye on that sneaky hoover hose in case it tripped me up again  but I'm pleased to say it was on it's best behaviour today.

I got an award from Melly a wee while ago and I'm ashamed to say I forgot to post it. So here it is now! Thanks very much for thinking of me Melly and sorry this is me just posting it now.

I'm supposed to pass this on to 3-5 other blogs but there are so many other blogs that I love to visit that I can't choose so if you fancy it please help yourself.

The next award is from Linda. Thanks very much Linda. I'm supposed to pass it on to 8 other bloggers but again I'm going to cheat and say if you fancy this award please help yourself.
I'm also supposed to tell you 8 things about myself so here goes!
I'll be married 35 years this year.
I have 3 grown up children and 2 gorgeous grandchildren.
I have 2 black Labrador pups, who are gorgeous but can be naughty.
I've always crafted in some way - knitting, sewing, crochet, tapestry, cross stitch, beading and now cardmaking.
I love to bake but don't do much now that the kids are all left home.
I'm a member of local WRI.
I work in my local Post Office part-time.
I'm on 2 design teams.

Think that's all I can say really. Best do my Tesco online shopping now before I forget!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Less is More #2

Have you seen the Less is More challenge yet? I entered their first challenge last week and really enjoyed making a CAS card. This week the challenge is for a one layer card with flowers or trees.

Here's my card for the challenge.

I used :-
Image & Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.

I'd also like to enter the following challenges :-
Secret Crafter :- A stamped flower.

Well since it's Monday I'll be at work all day except for a quick trip home to take the pups out to the toilet. Did you see my photo of them? It's in the post below. Aren't they gorgeous? Probably only if you like dogs lol! And I do.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up with you all later. If you have a minute to leave me a comment I'd love to hear what you think. I'm always encouraged by what other crafters have to say.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Simply Create February Challenge.

Well here  I  am last minute Aggie with my entry for  Jacqui's great challenge over  at Simply Create.

Actually I'm a bit  embarrassed to show you this card as the rest of the DT and other entrants have made such great cards and layouts. But time is running out you only have until 9am tomorrow morning, 14th February, to enter so I had to get a move on!

I used :-
Image & Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
DP :- Nitwits.
Ribbon & Bakers Twine :- Ribbon Girl.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Card Candy :- Craftwork Cards.
Flower :- Prima.
Button :- available at Simply Create.

I managed to  take a photo of the pups, Max and Blue, this afternoon. They always like to be together and do everything together. The only way to get a photo is while they are asleep as you can see. They're not easy to photograph. My daughter's dog, a yellow labrador is much easier to photograph. Black ones are difficult, all I usually get is a black blur with red eyes!


Thanks for looking and I hope you like, probably my pups are nicer than my card lol. I'll probably amend this post later to include some challenges but I'd best go and organise tea now and sandwiches for tomorrow.

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter :-

Creative Card Crew :- For a loved one.
Papertake Weekly :- Have a heart.
Passion for Promarkers :- Let there be love.
Paperplay :- Hearts & flowers but not a Valentine.
Cute Card Thursday :- Hearts & Flowers.
Crafty Cardmakers :- Hearts.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Blog Candy Winner.

Hi everyone, just a quick post to let you know that my candy is now closed and the winner is Lorraine. Please get in touch with me by Tuesday at 12 noon  or I'll have to draw another winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered and hello to my new followers. Thanks for joining me, hope to see you often. I'll be back in the next few days with some more candy.

Totally Gorjuss 67 - Love.

Edited to add - remember my blog candy. It ends at 7pm, Saturday 12th February. You can find it here.

Hi everyone and here I am with another DT card for Totally Gorjuss. This week our theme is "Love." Now it could be a last minute Valentine or it could perhaps be a wedding card. I've chosen to make a wedding card.This wasn't what I had in mind but between one thing and another I had to make a card in a hurry!

On Thursday the pups were a bit (?) naughty. OK  they were really naughty so I didn't get much done. Then on Friday I had a nasty fall while I was hoovering. I tripped over either my hoover or the hose. I couldn't move, I just lay there and whimpered lol! I hit my back and side on the sharp corner of two walls. I had to sit down for a while. Poor me. I managed to finish the hoovering and make the tea and go to work. So after tea I had to make a quick card as I couldn't concentrate on the one that was half made. Lucky I'm into CAS at the moment and made this very quick card.


I used :-
Image :- LOTV.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Ribbon :- The Ribbon Girl.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Promarker for edges.
Glamour Dust.

I'm hoping to enter this card in the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge which is Let's see some love.

I hope you can find time to enter. It was lovely to see all the cards you made last week using Net's sketch so thanks to everyone who entered. This week we are sponsored by Crafter's Companion and you all know what lovely goodies you can buy there.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Not a good day!

Definitely not a good day. I haven't done anything useful today! Well I had lovely walk in the sunshine with the pups but they've spent most of the day being naughty.

Anyway here's the necklace I made at the WRI last night. I loved the patterned beads. They all look lilac here but in real life they're pinker than this!
And here's what I eventually got made this afternoon. Not very impressive! I think I'm not in the right frame of mind today. All the stamps I used are Hero Arts, stamped  with Distress Inks and the butterflies are coloured with Promarkers and popped up on foam pads for a bit of dimension.

Best go now and see what these two little pests are up to. Need to organise  tea and then I'm going out to make cards with friends.

Thanks for looking.

Less is More!

Hi everyone, I've been trying to write this post all morning. These pesky pups just won't lie down and behave today. If I leave them through where they sleep they lie down quite peacefully but I feel mean leaving them there when I'm at home. But if I bring them through beside me they just have a carry on! After I have my lunch they're going for a nice walk whether they want to or not.!! By the way my candy is open till Saturday. You can find the details here.

I found a new challenge called Less is More and I thought I'd enter my card there. The challenge colours are black, white and pink.


I used :-
Image & sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Card candy :- Craftwork Cards.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, nesties, ribbon.

Really simple and quick. I think I like simple and  I'm going to do more CAS I think.

Last night was my WRI night. My cardmaking buddy, Susan, went with me. She's never been to anything like that before and really enjoyed it. We're a small group and everyone is really nice. Last night we had a hand on with beads. The demonstrator, Linda, let us have free reign with her beads. Most of us made either a necklace or a bracelet and we were all pretty pleased with ourselves. Only 3 people didn't make anything. One of our members NEVER tries anything! She's a bit of a stick in the mud. One lady has quite bad eyesight and the other is 80 and her eyesight isn't so good either. Not so long ago both of these ladies would have had a shot. But they enjoyed seeing what the rest of us made.

Susan said "I'm not getting into this" but she is quite tempted and I can see us looking at the beads etc when we go to the craft show at the SECC next month!

I'll take a pic of my necklace later and let you see it.

Off to have my lunch now and take my mutts for a walk. Thanks for looking and hope you have a minute to tell me what you think.


Monday, 7 February 2011

Love is.....

Hi everyone, I started this post this morning and only got as far as the photo. Changed my mind about it and took another one at lunchtime!

But before I tell you about it I need some help. I'm supposed to make a card for a WRI competition. We have to make 6 different items around a set theme. This year it is a masked ball and I have to make an invitation! One of the others has made a mask and I'd like to add something like that to the card. But I can't find an image. Brenda told me about a mask stamp stocked by The Stamp Man but unfortuanately it's a full face mask and Janet has made one of those ones that only cover the top half of your face and you hold it with a "stick." Stick doesn't sound right but maybe you know what I mean?! I don't mind if it's a stamp or a digi, I'm getting a bit desperate now as my drawing skills are not very good lol!

So here's yesterday's card.
I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Sentiment :- Penny Black "love" and "hugs", "is" handwritten.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Card Candy :- Craftwork Cards.
Martha Stewart punch, Nesties, Cuttlebug "hearts" folder and DP is an unknown scrap.

I'm going to enter the following challenges :-
Penny Black :- Love is...
Cards for Men :- Valentine/Love.
Secret Crafter :- Valentine.
Allsorts :- It must be love, love, love...
Simon Says Stamp :- Love is in the air.
Wild Orchid :- Love is..
I think that's it then. Hope you can find time to leave me a wee comment. I'm always encouraged by your kind comments, nice to know that someone has visited. And if anyone can help with the mask problem I'd be really grateful. At one point we thought of a fan and it would have been no problem to find a stamp as I have one of those 4 sided ones with 4 different fan images lol!

If you haven't noticed my candy yet you can find it in the post below.

Thanks for looking and take care.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Yes I know it's only February....

but I thought some of you might like some candy!

What do you think? Would you like some Christmas goodies? Here's what's up for grabs.
Craftwork Cards DP.
Dovecraft DP.
Papermania DP.
Ribbons and fibres.
2 sizes of pearls.
A bag of paper flowers, Prima etc.
Cute Penny Black hedgie stamp.
Clear choice stamps.
Personal Impressions stamps.
Dovecraft clear stamps.
Wintry brads.

So what do you have to do to get your mitts on this stash?
1. Be a follower.
2. Leave me a little comment.
3. Let other people know. Just a link in your sidebar is fine.

The candy will stay open until Saturday 12th February at 7pm and I'll post a winner as soon as possible after that.

I'm hoping to do another candy soon as it's taken me so long to get  round to doing this one!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Totally Gorjuss 66 - Sketch.

Good morning everyone and it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss.  But first of all thanks to everyone who joined us last week. We had an amazing number of entries! Don't forget to pop over to the Totally Gorjuss blog to see who won. This week Net has done a lovely sketch for you to follow. Feel free to flip it if you need to. I did! This week we are sponsored by the ever generous Joanna Sheen. Just think what you could get from her online shop and no p&p either.

So here's my card.

I've used :-
Image :- House Mouse.
Colouring :- Aquamarkers and watercolour pencils.
DP :- DCWV.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Martha Stewart punch, ribbon Sizzix die cut hearts & nesties.

I'd like to enter :-
the House Mouse challenge - hearts.
ABC :- N is for nesties. I haven't used the sketch.
Sir Stampalot :- All Creatures Great and Small.

I hope you can find time to join us. Net has given us a lovely clear, easy to use sketch. I enjoyed using it so why don't you have a go too. My teamies have made some lovely cards too so I hope you can find time to visit them too. We'd all appreciate it if you have  minute to leave us a comment.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend.

Kat xx

Friday, 4 February 2011

Penny Black 136

Hi everyone, just a quick post with my card for this week's Penny Black challenge. After a very boring and long day at work yesterday I managed to start this card last night. I ran out of time to finish it so after being a good girl and doing my housework I finished it this morning.

So here it is.


I love this image and working with a great sketch makes it easy to make a card.

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
DP :- Pink Petticoat.
Flowers :- Wild Orchid Crafts.
Ribbon :- the Ribbon Girl.
Swirl :- Cottage Cutz.
Pearls :- Hobby House.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Penny Black :- Sketch.
Papertake Weekly :- Anything goes plus flowers.
Paperplay :- Stamp it out.
Penny Black at Allsorts :- Say it with Flowers.

Well I'd best go and get tea organised and walk the dogs before work. Hope you like my little hedgie card. If you do please leave me a comment so I can come and visit you too.

Thanks for looking and remember it'll soon be the weekend.

Just a reminder about the challenge at Simply Create.

Hi everyone, just a quick reminder that there's a great challenge over at Simply Create. The prize is £100 to spend on stash at Simply Create. All you have to do is make something in paper or fabric using this lovely inspiration board.



You might want to take your inspiration from the colours or perhaps the theme of love, or maybe even food!

Pop over to Simply Create to find out more. You have until 14th February at 9am GMT to enter.

Hope to see your new creations over there.