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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Even the little dog's singing!

Actually I suspect it's howling rather than singing. As you can see I'm really into Christmas cards at the moment. I've been a bit lazy and used a lovely LOTV topper to make this card.

I used :-
DP :- Basic Grey.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Distress Ink :- edge of DP.
Lace, ribbon, Glamour Dust and Sakura glitter gel pen.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Basic Grey :- Ribbon and lace.
Crafty Hazelnut :- All wrapped up.
Bunny Zoe :- Distressing.

I managed to make a couple of simple cards yesterday so I think that's 38 Christmas cards I've made now. I am making a conscious effort to make some every week now so that I don't have to make lots at the last minute! Well that's the theory anyway!!

Thanks for looking and I'm going to try to catch up this afternoon as I've got a busy week ahead. On Monday evening our WRI quiz team, including me, is taking part in a quiz night for all the WRIs in Aberdeenshire. It's usually an enjoyable evening. Then on Tuesday we are going to a quiz night at one of the WRIs in our local group. On Thursday morning I have a check up at the dentist and I'm out at night. Unfortunately I also have to work as well most days!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss 151 - Punch and Die.

Hi everyone, is it really a week since last Saturday? I suppose it must be since it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week our theme is "punch and die." How easy is that? All you need to do is use a punch or a die or maybe even both. We're sponsored by Craftwork Cards and I don't know about you but I love their products. My most used are Candi and die cut messages. Here's what I made this week. Yes funny you should mention it but it's another Christmas card!

I used :-
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake :- Spellbinders Create a Flake Four.
Glamour Dust, Ribbon.

I had a bit of bother cutting out the largest snowflake in this set but I think I've got it sussed now! I'm just thinking now that it would have shown up better against a plain colour. Too late now though!

Hope you can join us this week.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to check out what my talented teamies have made to inspire you. 

Catch you all later.

Friday, 28 September 2012

A Sweet Nativity Scene!

Aren't they sweet? I love these LOTV cute squares for a quick card and this was certainly a quick card! I think I might have time to enter the challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's which is a Nativity this week.

I used :-
Image :- LOTV cute square.
Embossing folder :- Sizzx Tim Holtz.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake :- Martha Stewart.
Sentiment :- Heritage.
Glamour Dust, Sakura glitter gel pen.

Thanks for looking and I'm off to enter this challenge, schedule tomorrow's post and catch up with my favourite blogs.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Rudolph the red nosed......

reindeer???? Maybe not but this image made me think of that song lol!

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Snowflake :- Martha Stewart punch.
Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Glamour Dust.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Allsorts :- Inspired by a song.
Sketch Saturday :- Sketch.
Cards for Men :- Animal Magic.

As usual I've not got as much done today as I would have liked. One of the girls at work said look at this cook book. It was Best magazine with a free Cupcake book for 92p. I bought it and gave her the magazine. I don't have any patience with these magazines but the cookbook was worth the 92p! Needless to say it's the start of a series of heaven knows how many parts. Next is Favourite Cakes followed by Biscuits & Brownies, then Grandma's Puddings and so on....... Would be a lot cheaper to buy one or two decent cookery books. I told the same colleague the same when she said she was buying the learn to crochet series. It's cost her a fortune and she's done hardly any of the squares!

Must go now, it feels like time for a coffee. Think I've still got some cheese scones. I took some to work and everybody loved them so I was quite chuffed. I made red velvet cupcakes from my cheapie book today. They don't look very red but they tasted ok lol!

Thanks for looking and I'm hoping to manage to make some more Christmas cards tomorrow. I've got quite a few now. Must count them and probably give myself a fright about how many more I still need to make!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

More butterflies.......!

winter ones that is!

I don't think this is what I intended to make this afternoon but this is what happened. My friend came over and when I saw some of the Christmas cards she had made I decided to just use the embossed background and add a sentiment instead of adding a stamped image. I think it turned out ok. Well I hope so anyway lol!

I used :-
Embossing folder :- Sizzix - Tim Holtz snowflakes, red - Cuttlebug.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Gems :- Hobby House.
Ribbon, Glamour Dust.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Creative Inspirations :- Bingo - white, snowflakes and ribbon.
Simon Says Stamp :- Anything goes.
Oldie but a Goodie :- I've had this sentiment stamp for ages.

I'm off to check out Amazon for a book I've got my eye on. I'd also like to look at food mixers! Blame the Great British Bake Off. I love that programme lol! I've even been watching the junior version which is on a Sunday morning after my daughter told me about it. I received some books from Amazon after about a week of waiting. Yodel kept claiming that they had tried to deliver on 3 different occasions. Considering I was in yesterday at 6.14pm when they said they had tried I don't believe they were ever here. Not once did I get a card saying they had been. I complained to Amazon who were very helpful and today there was a card in my mailbox and the parcel was in my shed!! So here's hoping my next order is more successful. I would download the book to my iPad but the hardback version is cheaper so I'm going to risk ordering it.

Hope everyone is ok and not suffering after the awful weather we had at the beginning of the week.

Thanks for looking and hope to hear from some of you.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A snowflake is........

Last night I spent what felt like hours cutting out various Spellbinders snowflakes. Funnily enough none of them are on this card!!

I was inspired by a background that Kath demonstrated last year. I think she embossed the white snowflakes and that would probably have been a better idea since mine don't show up very well! I've been waiting for a chance to use this sentiment so trying out this type of background was the ideal opportunity.

I used :-
Snowflakes and sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Nestie die, ribbon and gems and Distress Ink round the edge of the Kraft card.

Very simple but I quite like it.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Creative Inspirations :- Christmas in September.
Paperplay :- Choose a holiday - Christmas.
Secret Crafter :- Distressing. I hope you can see the distressing. I think I should have used a darker shade of Distress Ink as even in real life it's a bit faint!

I would claim to be having a more relaxing evening today but I've done my ironing first before I sat down to write this post! I made another card later last night after my marathon snowflake diecutting session but I'm keeping it for the moment. I will show it soon though but now I'm going to have a look at these snowflakes and try to come up with some more ideas for Christmas cards.

Thanks for looking a please feel free to leave me a comment if you have a minute to spare. Then I'll know I'm not speaking to myself!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss 150 - Thank You.

Good morning everyone, hope you are all well and having a lovely weekend. 

I'm here with my card for this week's challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week our challenge is "Thank You." Always a useful kind of card to have in your box so I hope a lot of you will join us this week. We're sponsored by The Hobby House this week and I'm sure you all know what lovely goodies they have.

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Flower :- Nellie Snellen punches.
Pearls :- Hobby House.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Daring Cardmakers :- Thank You.
Sir Stampalot :- Photo Inspiration - lace, flowers and soft colours.

Think that's all from me for now but thanks for looking and if you have time to leave me a comment I'd love to hear what you think of my card.

Enjoy your weekend and I'll catch up later after work.


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss 149 - Rawr!

Good morning everyone, hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I've been visiting my daughter for four days to babysit. I should be home later today though so I'll be able to catch up with what you've all been doing. I've enjoyed the time off work. Everyone says how tiring it is looking after grandchildren but it's better than the job I usually do!

But anyway here's my card for this week's challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week our challenge is "Rawr." That worried me a bit cos I thought what kind of image have I got that would fit the challenge. Then I remembered this image. I think this cute lion might say rawr but probably not very loudly lol!

Image and corners :- Whiff of Joy.
DP and Sentiment :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Buttons, Baker's Twine and pearls.

Not sure if this fits any challenges but I'll check up this evening when I'm at home. We're sponsored by Heather's Hobbie Haven so don't forget to pop over there to see what she has to tempt you.

Thanks for looking and I'll see what everyone's been doing later on.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Anybody need left-handed card?

Yes you've guessed right, I didn't check the card was the right way up when I added the embossed backing complete with image, ribbon etc!! I made this card at the crop yesterday afternoon and had to turn it into an easel card. At least nothing was wasted!

I used :-
Image :- Hero Arts.
Sentiment and Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Snowflake :- Martha Stewart punch.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Corners :- Whimsy die.
Ribbon, Glamour Dust and Sakura clear, glitter gel pen.

I used the glitter gel pen on the image but I'm not sure you can see it in the photo. IRL it looks lovely and sparkly. I did a lot of colouring at the crop so you can see some more Christmas cards from me in the near future. Not much this week though as we're going off on Tuesday morning to babysit for four days. We should be back on Saturday and I'm taking my laptop with me so I should be able to keep up with what's going on. I won't be able to craft though as it would be a lot of bother to take any craft stuff with me. I think the car will be a bit busy with two big dogs, their cage, food and our luggage! I wouldn't want Poppy and Oliver getting in among my Promarkers anyway so I think I'll just be a craft-free zone for 4 days!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you can find a minute to leave me a comment. Especially if you've never visited before, I love to visit new people as well as the girls who always visit me and leave me kind comments. Catch up later when I've done some ironing and made the tea.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss 148 - Pink and Green.

Good morning everyone, doesn't time pass really quickly. Not only is it Saturday again but it's time for another crop. I can't believe it's 4 weeks since the last one.

This week at Totally Gorjuss our challenge is pink and green. Isn't that a lovely colour combo? We're sponsored by Crafter's Companion this week and they've got lots of lovely new goodies! So what are you waiting for, you could win a voucher to spend in their online store.

I used my favourite snowman.

Image :- Penny Black.
DP :- Basic Grey.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Circle heart Nestie, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, gem, Distress Ink and Glamour Dust.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Basic Grey :- Punch it.
Christmas Challenges with Sketches :- Sketch.

Thanks for looking. I'll catch up after the crop, I'm hoping to get some more Christmas cards organised. Well if we don't do too much chatting!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Looks like his Christmas tree's too tall for his house!

I hate computers. I had this post all written ready to add to my blog and then it vanished!! So I'm not going to re-write it I'm just going to add the pic and add the post to my blog before it's any later.

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment and Candi :- Craftwork cards.
Glamour Dust, MS punch, ribbon and embossing folders.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Penny Black and More at Allsorts :- Early Christmas.
Secret Crafter :- Animal Antics.
Christmas Card Challenges :- Three of something - 3 candi in a row.
Created with Love :- Christmas with a twist - use a diecut.
Simon Says Stamp :- Anything Goes.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up later.

Monday, 3 September 2012

What day off......?

Yeah so much for my day off. Look at the time and this is me just having a chance to show you my day's work!! Today didn't really start well...... Part of my job in the post office is dealing with lottery sales and prizes. Fine, no problem normally but the other day the boss made a mistake counting some of the scratch cards. It's usually his wife, my boss who does it and my blood runs cold when I see his writing in the book. His figures are so bad as to be illegible to say the least. So I haven't been able to do the lottery for two days now. Plus on a Monday you always have to do two days so four is a lot of fun. Since we had a holiday today that means that my colleague would have had to do five days lottery tomorrow on the first day back after her holidays. I know she would have panicked and left it for me anyway so better to get it out of the road today. Then I went to Tesco for some fruit and odds and ends. Then it was time to sort the jam strawberries I bought at the farm shop yesterday. It took ages, they're so small and there were so many of them! It didn't help that because of the weather the quality wasn't brilliant and I had to do a lot of trimming and throwing out. So by the time I had my lunch and made the jam it was 3 o'clock before I sat down. Poor me, don't you feel sorry for me? Yeah right! It's my own fault it was my idea to make the jam.

Anyway enough waffle I did get a card made eventually.

I used :-
Image and DP :- LOTV.
Sentiment :- Heritage stamps.
Glamour Dust, ribbon, pearl.

I'm entering the following challenge :-
Christmas Challenges with sketches :- Sketch.

Well I'll go to bed now and catch up with you all tomorrow. Thanks for looking.

Kat xx

Sunday, 2 September 2012

I'm Jinxed.

Why me? I made this card last night and the last thing I did was add black stickles and leave it to dry on it's own, near no-one! I went to take a photo this afternoon and it was covered in black stickles and the big butterfly had lost one of its' pearls. Why? How did this happen? I left it flat on the table and went to bed! It looked as if the stickles had been blown across the image. So nothing else to do but take it off and redo the  image. This time I used a glue pen and black glitter!

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Colouring :- Promarkers and Flexmarker.
Butterflies :- Martha Stewart Punches.
Sentiment & DP :- LOTV.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Butterflies stamped with Hero Arts Old Letter Writing and embossed in white.
Glamour Dust, black glitter and ribbon.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Sketch Saturday :- Sketch.
In the Pink :- Things with Wings.

I'd best go and make the tea now and get my washing in. Lucky me I can do my ironing this evening. Well better that than tomorrow on my day off. Last public holiday this year. Nothing between here and Christmas.  Well I'm having a few days off to babysit this month. Some of you might say that's not a holiday but after being stuck in the post office for 2 weeks without a day off babysitting my grandkids sounds good to me.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up later.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Totally Gorjuss 147 - Sketch.

I'm feeling quite happy today as my colleague will be back to work next week and I have a holiday on Monday. It's been a very long two weeks and I'll be glad to get back to normal and have my precious day off again on Thursday.

As it's the first Saturday in September (already!) we have a sketch for you this week at Totally Gorjuss and the ever generous Joanna Sheen is sponsoring us again.

Here's the sketch.

And here's my take on it.

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment and Candi :- Craftwork Cards.
Glamour Dust, Stickles, Martha Stewart punch, Nesties and gems.

Challenges for this card :-
Everybody Art :- Anything Goes.
Simon Says Stamp :- Anything Goes.

This working full time has played havoc with my crafting time but there is light at the end of the tunnel. My colleague is back next week and I have a local holiday on Monday. And my usual day off on Thursday. Great. But I'll really need all my time as the week after we're babysitting for 4 days so no chance of crafting then. I could take some images to colour but I don't fancy Poppy and Oliver getting their hands on my Promarkers!

Thanks for looking and I'll try to catch up later today.