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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

What Easter Egg?

Looks like Mousie ate the egg! He must be sleepy after eating all that chocolate.

I thought Poppy would like this card. I never used to make or send Easter cards but now that I've got grandchildren it's any excuse to make a card and send a wee present to them!

I used :-
Image :- House Mouse.
Sentiment :- Penny Black coloured with Wisteria Wonder pen from SU.
Embossed panel :- SU - Honeycomb.
Corners :- Whimsy.
Rhinestones :- Hobby House.
Ribbon from stash and Sakura clear glitter gel pen.

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Oldie but a Goodie. :- Easter.
Creative Inspirations :- Spring Colours.
Stampin' for the Weekend :- Child's Play.

Hope everyone's ok during this unpleasant cold spell. I keep hoping that the weather's going to improve and get a bit warmer. To think we've got through most of the winter not too bad and now in March when you think it should be getting better it's worse!! Our neighbour has lots of sheep and this is just the time for him and a lot of others to start lambing if they haven't already. Poor wee lambs. I'm really glad we stopped farming a few years ago. Poor hubby still has to work outside all day every day but at least he's not farming with all the weather related problems farmers have had this past year.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up later today after work. Thanks as always for all your lovely comments.

Kat xx

Monday, 25 February 2013

Hat Trick!

Well when I say Hat Trick I mean I've posted three times in three days! Long time since I managed that!

I couldn't resist trying to use one of the great sketches at Retro Sketches. I chose to use sketch no.9.

I made - whisper it - a Christmas card. And yes I do know it's only February. But it's not the first one I've made this year!

Looks like I've managed to take a squint photo!

I used :-
Snowflakes :- Martha Stewart punches.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Bakers' Twine :- Ribbon Girl.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Snowman embossing folder and Glamour Dust.

Other challenges :-
In the Pink :- Bling and Pink.
Winter Wonderland :- Snowflakes falling all around.

I'm quite pleased with this card! Surprise!! I hope you can see the embossing. It's a lovely folder and the embossing is always lovely and crisp. And I love this sketch. You could add more to it but I like it plain.  I think it's a layout that would be suitable for most occasions. I can see it with flower or butterflies. Perhaps even with more embellishments.

Well this is my day for working all day. It's also my evening for the Guild. Luckily we're never that late so I should be able to see what everyone's been up to in the evening. It's also my husband's birthday so he's getting one of my car cards made using that really useful car set from Papermania. Yesterday was my son-in-law's birthday and he got a car card too. He got a Ferrari card. (same set of stamps) He sells Audis but there aren't any on that set lol!

Thanks for looking and if you have time I love to hear what you think. I really appreciate every comment I get. I know how busy everyone is so it's nice when someone takes the trouble to comment.

Catch you all later.

Kat xx

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Simply Poppies.

Hi everyone. Well I'm feeling quite pleased today as I managed to achieve a couple of things yesterday lol! At my crop I picked up the stitches round a v-neck slipover and finished the neck and then picked up stitches round one armhole and knitted a couple of rows. I've had this ready to finish for weeks now but the two things I hate doing are picking up stitches to do a neck and sewing up knitting so I've kept finding other things to do! I need the slipover in 2 weeks so I'd best get it finished. It's for a WRI show and I'm bad for being at the last minute so if I get it finished soon I'll be doing well!

Then in the evening after visiting my favourite blogs and catching up on what challenges are around I made a quick card. This is a similar idea to yesterday's DT card and was very quick to make. Regular readers may notice that this is one of my favourite images.

I used :-
Image :- Penny Black Poppies cut out with Nesties.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Pearls from stash.

Challenges :-
Freshly Made Sketches :- Sketch.
Cute Card Thursday :- Simplify.
Crafty Cardmakers :- Blooming Images.

This afternoon I'm going to attempt to make a cushion, also for the show. This is one of 6 items for our co-operative table. I have no idea what possessed me to offer to make a cushion. I've never made a cushion in my life! I bought a pattern and I've cut it out. I had to go and buy some tartan to put round the edge so that's my excuse for not having any more done! I have a few other things to get done so I might show them on here when they're finished.................if they're fit to be seen that is!

Anyway thanks for looking and I love to read your comments. Means I'm not talking to myself if you tell me what you think lol! It also means I can visit you and see your lovely work.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

Kat xx

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Totally Gorjuss 172 - Happy.

Good morning everyone, I hope you're all having a good weekend. I'm off to a crop this afternoon after work so I'm hoping to do some blog visiting this evening. 

Time for our latest challenge at Totally Gorjuss where our theme is "Happy." This week we have two sponsors, Ribbon Girl and Saturated Canary so you have two chances to win!

As you can see I'm still making simplish cards. Not quite so CAS this week but still no DP and not a lot of embellishments.

I used :-
Image :- LOTV.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers and Sakura clear glitter gel pen.
Ribbon :- Ribbon Girl.
Pearls from stash.

Challenges :-
Created with Love :- Things that Fly.
Creative Card Crew :- Birthday.
Lili's Little Fairies :- Butterflies.
Seize the Birthday :- Sketch plus feminine.
Ribbon Girl :- Turqoise/aqua.
Pink Gem :- Add a Bow.

I'm scheduling this post so I hope Mr Blogger is kind to me! My internet connection has been horrendous this evening (Friday) so I'll quit while I'm ahead now and just press publish before it goes off again.

Thanks for looking and I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about my card. It really makes me happy when I get a kind comment or two.

Have a lovely weekend. Catch you later,

Kat xx

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Totally Gorjuss 171 - For Your Men.

Hi everyone, another quick week and more changeable weather. Wednesday in particular was a nasty day with lots of wind and sleet and finally rain. Some places not far from us had lots of snow and there were some nasty accidents on slippy roads. But on the bright side you can really see the days getting longer now. I'm out at about the same time every morning so I can really see the difference when I take the dogs out. 

But enough waffle it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week our challenge is "For Your Men." Handy for me as I need to male cards this month. I already made one for my son-in-law and this one is for my husband.

Very CAS. In fact I'm a bit worried it might be too CAS! What do you think? I did think about adding something to it but I resisted the temptation.

I used :-
Image :- Papermania.
Sentiment and banner :- Itty Bitty Banners and Bitty Banner Framelits from Stampin' Up!

I can't think of any challenges for this card but if I find any I'll come back and add them.

Challenge :-
Crafting When we Can :- For a Boy.

I thought I'd show you what else I made for the WRI for Wednesday!

This is my shortbread, meringues and undecorated cupcakes.

Unfortunately there weren't many of us at the WRI as it was such a dreadful night with wind and rain. but we managed to eat a lot of my friend's sandwiches and my baking. I also left some at my work and put some in the freezer. Not the shortbread or biscuits as they keep and meringues are handy to have in a tin for an easy dessert. I have to do this again in May as it's my friend's turn for the teas. She doesn't bake much  but I love baking. Not good for the waistline though!

Thanks for looking and if you leave me a comment I'll pop over and visit you too. I love to read what people think, just lets me see I'm not talking to myself lol!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Kat xx

Sunday, 10 February 2013

I've been busy!!!!

No kidding I'm glad to sit down now! I should probably do my ironing now but I need a rest! I've been baking this afternoon. It's my turn for the teas at the WRI on Wednesday so I thought I'd  bake some things today that will keep ok till Wednesday. Well providing no-one eats them! I don't want to have to bake on Tuesday morning before work or in the evening after work. On the bright side I don't need to make sandwiches as my friend is doing them. That's because she doesn't really bake and she wants me to do the baking when it's her turn!

This is what I've made so far. I didn't actually plan to make so much but I always get carried away as I love baking!

At the back is my famous carrot cake. I love this cake as it's made in my combination microwave and it always works. It just needs to be iced with a mixture of cream cheese and icing sugar. On the same cooling tray is Anzac biscuits. We were given the recipe to use at our show in March so I thought I'd see how the recipe turned out. Front left is gypsy creams which I'll sandwich with butter icing on Wednesday. I need 4 for a competition. I'm not sure if I need them this month but we can always eat them! The loaf is a Mary Berry Dark Fruit loaf which I've never made before so I hope it's ok. Lastly my famous Rocky Road traybake. Should have Baileys in it but I usually just use what's in the cupboard, unlikely to be Baileys, and this time it's Tia Maria.

I still want to make meringues, shortbread and cupcakes. The cupcakes are for this month's competition but I might as well take some for the teas too. Which reminds me that the other competition is a ladies knitted hat. All I need to do is sew it up and make a pompom.

Well I'm off to do a bit of bloghopping and DT work now. If it sounds as if I'm putting off doing my ironing you'd probably be right.

I don't know what's happened to the signature I used to have. It seems to have disappeared. The HTML code is still there but it never seems to show up on my posts any more. Must be something I said!!

Kat xx

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Totally Gorjuss 170 - Love.

Good morning everyone. Is it still cold or is it just me? Still compared to some parts of the country we have been very lucky. I think we've had everything this week......snow, hail, frost, rain, wind and even some sun!!

But that's good for staying indoors and crafting. I wish! Bit of a nuisance having to go out to work.

Anyway enough waffle, here's my card for Totally Gorjuss. This week our theme is "Love," guess it must be something to do with the time of year lol! We are sponsored by the lovely people at Crafters' Companion this week.

As you can see I'm still into CAS cards. It's a bit scary stamping and colouring straight onto the card but I like the effect. What do you think?

I used :-
Image :- LOTV.
Sentiment and heart :- Hero Arts.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
I 3d'd the heart on top of the heart balloon for a bit of dimension.

Aren't they a pair of cuties? I might give this to hubby for Valentine's Day!

Challenges :-
Cards for Men :- All my Love.
Everybody Art :- Hearts.
Simon Says Stamp :- Have a Heart.
Lili's Little Fairies :- A Touch of Romance.
Cute Card Thursday :- Love Struck.
Charisma :- Love.
Ribbon Girls :- Love You or Valentine.
Totally Papercrafts :- Valentine or Love.
Daring Cardmakers :- Love is in the Air.
Crafty Ribbons :- Anything Goes with Ribbon.

I'm sure some of you won't have made your Valentine yet so if not you could look out your love images and join us this week. I'll be popping over later to see what everyone's been up to.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and thanks for looking.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Still not Saturday.

Me again! Can't believe I'm posting again. Two posts in one day, don't know when that last happened! I got some new Stampin' Up! goodies yesterday and I couldn't wait to see what I could do with them.

I haven't actually used much of my new stash yet but my head is full of ideas for CAS cards.

I used :-
Hearts :- Stampin' Up!
Sentiment :- Hero Arts. 
Heart gems from my stash.

Challenges for this card :-
Retro Sketches :- Sketch.
Addicted to CAS :- Hearts.
CAS on Sunday :- Be Mine Valentine.
The Pink Elephant :- Photo inspiration - hearts, red and white.
Created with Love :- Valentines.
Creative Inspirations :- Sent with Love.

Here's another one!

I used :-
Image and sentiment :- Stampin' Up!
Pearls :- Hobby House.

I'm entering the challenge at Less is More :- Kraft and Kreme.

Now that I see it on the screen I'm not sure I like it. This is a lovely set of stamps though!

Now I have a cushion to think about. No idea what possessed me to volunteer to make a cushion for the WRI Group show in March. I must have been daft. I've got material for it now and I suppose it won't go wrong as the suite in my sitting room is cream leather and I've got red cushions and cream cushions already.

I made scones a wee while ago. It's my friend's fault. Yesterday she asked about a recipe for scones. She had seen Paul Hollywood on tv making scones with strong white flour instead of ordinary. She made some and put them in the bin lol! I showed her my Paul Hollywood book and a WRI one so she took a recipe from the WRI one. Needless to say I had to give it a go today. I won't show you a picture of mine but they're well risen and light and they taste ok. Just a wee bit lopsided lol! I'll probably try them again, maybe with sultanas or cherries next time. It's a completely different method of making scones from the one I grew up with.

Thanks for looking, I'd better catch up with my favourite blogs now and do my DT work.

It's not Saturday!!

It's only Thursday and I'm posting! I've been really bad so far this year and hardly posted anything else except my DT cards. I'm hoping to do better from now on!

I had a text from my niece on Tuesday evening to tell me that she was in hospital with a broken hip! She has MS so I don't know if it was anything to do with that. Anyway I made her a quick card yesterday as I can't just nip off and see her. She lives in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles and I'm in Aberdeenshire.

I used :-
Image :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Ribbon and button from stash.

Very simple and quick. Think I should do more cards like this. I think sometimes I get bogged down choosing pretty papers and embellishments and finding a sketch for inspiration!

Now I'm going to play with some new goodies that were delivered last night. I might even be back later with something else.

Thanks for looking and don't be shy about saying what you think. I love to visit people who've left me a comment.

Have a great day everyone. It's lovely and sunny just now but when I was out with the dogs about 7am there was a nasty snow shower. At least it was just snow, yesterday we were out during a very nasty hail shower and even the dogs wanted to go home!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Totally Gorjuss 169 - Anything Goes + Lace.

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well and looking forward to a nice weekend. Not sure what the weather's going to be like but it's been pretty changeable this week. Sunshine, rain, wind and yesterday we had some sleet and the postie said he had seen hail.

This week at Totally Gorjuss our challenge is "Anything goes plus lace." I think we're spoiling you just now with all these easy challenges lol! So no excuses now come and join us. We're sponsored by J&C Creations so you might want to pop over and take a look at their online store.

I used :-
Image :- LOTV diecut.
DP :- New LOTV/Nitwits papers.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Lace :- Ribbon Girl.
Sentiment :- Craftwork Cards.
Sakura clear glitter gel pen on her hair ribbon and the edges of the petals on the rose.

That new LOTV/Nitwits paper is gorgeous, I love it. I ordered it at noon on Wednesday when it went on sale and my postie delivered it on Thursday. Brilliant service from LOTV and the much maligned Royal Mail.

Not sure if I like this card though. I love the DP and the lace and the sweet image but I'm not sure if it looks a bit busy. I made it quickly on Friday, photographed it and then went to work. After work we had to take the dogs to the vet for their booster jags - that was a lot of fun - not! So I didn't see it online till after that and then I thought mmm..... not sure if I like this!

I'm entering the following challenges :-
Sketch and Stash :- Sketch, option diecuts.
Simon Says Stamp :- Anything Goes.
Bunny Zoe :- Anything Goes.
Allsorts :- Let's Get Cute.
By the Cute and Girly :- Roses are Red.

I'm going away to my daughter's after work today as we're babysitting on Sunday and then having a day off on Monday. I'm looking forward to the babysitting and the day off.

I'd like to say hello and welcome to my new followers. Nice to see you here. Hopefully I'll have time to catch  up with all my favourite blogs and my DT work this weekend.

Thanks for looking and if you leave me a comment I'll be able to visit you too. Have a lovely weekend everyone.