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Friday, 31 May 2013

Shhhh.... don't tell anyone!

I've sneaked away from my housework for a few minutes to write this post. I've been wondering what image I could use to enter the challenge at Less is More. I thought of Penny Black and House Mouse straight away. So I decided on this image from Penny Black that always makes me laugh. If you've ever had anything to do with sheep, as I have, it would definitely make you laugh too.

I used :-
Image :- Woolly Dames from Penny Black.
Sentiment :- Penny Black clear set.
Colouring :- Promarkers.

I'd also like to enter the challenge at Penny Black which is anything goes.

Well I'm off to finish my housework and have my lunch before I have to go to work.

Thanks for looking and see you later.

Kat xx

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Blooms and Butterflies.

Hi everyone. I don't know what it's like where you are but after a miserable start it's turned into a beautiful day here in Aberdeenshire. Lucky me since it's my day off! I've just had a lovely walk with my dogs. Unusual to be out without a hat and gloves so a welcome change.

Today I was inspired by Vicky who showed two lovely cards on her blog today. This is my take on her cards.

I used :- Stamps from SU :- Papillon Potpourri and Secret Garden.
Sentiments :- SU Wacky Wishes.
Flower and stem stamps coloured with Stampin' Write markers.

Challenges :-
Addicted to Stamps and More :- Make your mark. Flower card above.
Addicted to CAS :- Birthday. Flower card.
Allsorts :- Happy Birthday. Flower card.

Well I'm off to have a browse around the blogs now.

Thanks for looking and as usual thanks to everyone who takes time to leave me a comment.

Kat xx

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

For a Baby Girl.

I thought I'd show you the other baby card I made on Monday night to give my colleague a choice. I really like white on white for baby cards and this one has just a touch of pink for a girl.

I used :-
Dies :- Memory Box and Marianne.
Sentiment :- LOTV.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Embossing folder :- Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.
The pink hearts are waste from punching out a border using a Martha Stewart punch.
Lace from Ribbon Girl.

Challenges :-
Fussy and Fancy :- Lace and Pearls.
Simon Says Stamp :- Anything Goes.
Creative Card Crew :- Use punches/dies.

Well tomorrow is my day off and I'm not going anywhere at all so I'm hoping to get some crafting done and possibly some crochet and knitting. 

Thanks for looking and I'll do some catching up with my favourite blogs tomorrow.

Kat xx

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Babies, babies everywhere!

Two new baby girls last week! On Tuesday one of the girls who works in the shop became a Grandma again  to her 4th granddaughter. Then on Saturday the girl who used to work with me in the post office became a grandma for the first time to a little girl too. I gave Carol a grandparents card which she loved. Yesterday she asked if I would make one for Annette as she couldn't find anything nice in the shop. I found 2 cards in my box and made another two last night. She chose one that I had already made with a lovely LOTV image so I used another one with a sweet LOTV image for Annette and this one for her daughter and son-in-law.

I used :-
Pram :- Marianne die.
Sentiment :- LOTV.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
DP :- Forever Friends.
Martha Stewart punch, ribbon from stash.

Not sure if you can see the DP very well, it's quite a pretty pale pink colour with text all over it. I love that pram but it can be quite tricky to cut out. And if you get it cut out safely and then tear it getting it out of the die it's a wee bit annoying lol!

I'll show you the other one I made tomorrow. I think it might be my favourite.

Thanks for looking, hope you like it. Catch up with you all tomorrow.

Kat xx

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Woof, Woof!

Hi everyone, I'm here a bit later than planned. As usual! Last night I was all set to schedule this post for this morning but thanks to my miserable broadband connection I couldn't even get online. Grrrrr.... But here I am now with an extremely simple, easy card. I got this new Labrador die in the post on Friday and thought I'd make a card with it and enter the challenge at Less is More. But of course I was too late so I thought I'd put it on on Sunday morning. Oh well it's here now! Famous last words, it's now about 3 hours since I started this post. My connection was so bad this afternoon that I couldn't upload my photo!!

Success at last! I suppose that's a penalty of living in the country, you are privileged to pay the same for your  broadband but a lot of the time you can't get online!

I used:-
Labrador die cut :- Poppy Stamps (Memory Box).
Sentiment :- Stampin' Up!
Nestabilities, ribbon from stash.

Not sure it fits any challenges but I couldn't resist using this lovely new die.

Found some!
Stampin' for the Weekend :- Monochrome.
Crafting When we Can :- Use punches or die cuts.
Crafty Ribbons :- Anything Goes with Ribbon.
CAS on Sunday :- Make it masculine.

Thanks for looking. Hope everyone's having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. Needless to say I have to work on Monday but I have the next Monday off so I'm looking forward to that.

Kat xx

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Totally Gorjuss 185 - Just Because!

Good morning everyone. Hope the weather's a bit better now for the Bank Holiday weekend. Needless to say I'm not on holiday on Monday :-(  But looking on the bright side I'm off the next Monday as it's a local holiday in my part of Aberdeenshire. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, a bit windy but not too bad! Thursday was my day off and my friend and I went off craft shopping. We only got caught in one hail shower  but it was windy and cold and showery. When I took the dogs out about 5pm it was really wet and even windier. I was soaked right through! I'm sure my jacket was still damp when we went out on Friday morning.

But we don't need to think about holidays or weather at Totally Gorjuss this week. Our challenge is very easy, it's "Just Because." That should give you plenty of scope to use your imagination!

Here's what I came up with this week.

I used :-
Image and DP :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment and punches :- Stampin' Up!
Ribbon and Bakers' Twine :- Ribbon Girl.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Buttons from stash.

I realised when I was colouring this cute image that I'm really bad at colouring!! I think I should stick to things that need little or even no colouring. I think I've made a bit of a mess of this one.

Challenges :-
Passion for Promarkers :- Anything Goes.
Lili's Little Fairies :- Spots and Stripes.
Charisma :- Here comes Summer - must be Summer, he's zooming about in an open top car!
Addicted to Stamps and More :- Anything Goes.

Well I've got work this morning so I'll see you all later.

Thanks for looking and I love to read your comments so please leave me on if you have a minute to spare.

Kat xx

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

I'm Late!!!

I'm a bit late with this so no waffling today!

I used :-
Image and DP :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment :- Stampin' Up!
Glamour Dust, Dienamics Fishtail Flags die, 2 Stamping' Up punches for sentiment and button from stash.

Challenges :-
Lili's Little Fairies. :- Thank you.

I'll be back later with the sketch challenge details as this one ends soon!

Isn't this a great sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

Kat xx

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Loving that boat!

Good morning everyone, can't believe it's Saturday again already! It's been quite hectic since last Saturday. Even with a day off on Monday I've not achieved very much! I've never taken a day off work on my birthday before but I think I'll do it again! Then on Thursday I had Messy Church so that took up most of my day and of course I was shattered at night! On the bright side though that's the last one till September. I do enjoy it but it can be a bit of a strain trying to think up something the kids will enjoy doing. And more importantly something they can do easily as some of them are quite young.

Anyway it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week the theme is "Water, water." We'd like to see some water on your card or project. I wasn't sure I had an image that fitted the theme then I remembered this little cutie. Not sure about the water. It looks a bit weird because my favourite pale blue Promarker is running out.

I used :-
Image and DP :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Sentiment :- Stampin' Up! cut out with a punch also from SU.
Bakers' Twine :- Ribbon Girl.
Ribbon and buttons from stash.

Challenges :-

Seize the Birthday :-sketch

LOTV monthly challenge :- Boy oh Boy.

I've got a crop this afternoon after work so I'll try to catch up tonight.

Thanks for looking and if you've got time to leave me a comment I'd love to hear what you think.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Kat xx

Monday, 13 May 2013

Mini Bear.

Hi everyone. You wouldn't think I'd had a day off today when I'm ending up posting at this time of day. I had so much catching up to do and I even read the papers. And of course I had lots of texts to reply to with everyone sending me happy birthday wishes. I think I'm up to date now but I feel a bit lazy having only made one very simple card.

My family were all here at the weekend, only from Saturday afternoon till Sunday afternoon but it was a bit hectic. With 6 adults, two children and 4 Labradors it felt quite busy. All three of my children had gone together and paid for our meal and my presents. One of my birthday presents was a posh bag from Joules. Just after Catriona and family left I picked up the bag to take it through to my bedroom. When I looked inside Poppy's favourite Winnie the Pooh was inside. It's one of those sort of comfort blankets. I gave her it when she was a  baby. It's just a head with a sort of blanket type body and four paws. She has a few of them and Oliver has a few Tiggers the same. Needless to say she needed it Catriona said when we sent her a text! So I said I'd post it. For a bit of fun I took photos of him doing various things like helping to fold my washing, watching me ironing and having a nap in the bed Poppy slept in here. Then today he had to go in a padded envelope with some chocolate buttons, go in the car, get weighed at the post office and the last pic was my colleague putting the envelope in the mail bag! Poppy really liked getting the photos and reading what he was doing. I think he'll probably turn up in Crieff tomorrow!

I don't think this card has  turned out as it was in my head. Maybe I should have used a different colour to stamp the image and sentiment. What do you think? I'm not really happy with this card but it's done now!

I used :-
Image and sentiment :- LOTV.
Cardstock :- Stampin' Up! Pool Party.
Ink :- SU Pool Party.
I pierced round the edge using the SU Essentials Paper-Piercing pack.


CAS Monday with LOTV :- CAS LOTV card.
Daring Cardmakers :- Ink it up.
Totally Papercrafts :- CAS.
Less is More :- Coloured card blank. One layer.
Addicted to Stamps and More :- Addicted to CAS.

That's me now I think. I'm watching that fantastic programme about the Hebrides. It's narrated by Ewan McGregor and the photography is amazing. The scenery and wildlife are just stunning. I don't know if it's networked or just showing in Scotland but don't miss it it's just as good as all these programmes from exotic places. The underwater filming is incredible. The underwater reefs are really spectacular. Crikey you'd think I worked for the Visit Scotland or something!

Anyway thanks for looking and thanks to everyone for happy birhday/anniversary wishes. I'm not really sure where 37 years disappeared to!

Kat xx

Sunday, 12 May 2013

You'd get less for murder!!!!

Well so they say! What I mean is tomorrow is my Wedding Anniversary and birthday. When we were going to get married 37 years ago the minister thought it would be nice to get married on my birthday! I suppose if hubby forgets one he forgets both lol! Anyway here's the card I made for him yeserday. And it's sitting next to the birthday cards I've already got ready for him to open tomorrow. Usually I'm finishing it late on the 12th. I thought I'd best be organised since everyone was here this weekend. Catriona and her husband and kids and dogs left after lunchtime so that Poppy would have time to do her homework and Iain and Mhairi left soon after them. Then we went to Tesco to get a Tesco finest meal for two and then went for an ice cream. Quite different from the fantastic meal we had at our favourite Indian restaurant. My son-in-law thinks it's the best one anywhere!

So here's the card - I hope, since as I'm writing this my connection is so bad that I can't upload my photo. Fingers crossed I'll be able to do it soon before I lose my temper with it. Too late I'm already pretty annoyed!

I used :-
Circle Burst die :- Memory Box.
Hearts :- Stampin' Up! Fashionable Hearts Embosslits.
Husband :- Hero Arts
Happy Anniversary :- Rubber Stampede.

I need to go and catch up with what's going on blogland as I didn't get a chance to do anything yesterday before everyone came. I did take the morning off yesterday but I went to a Christian Aid coffee morning instead. I usually miss any coffee mornings in the village as I work every Saturday so it was nice to go and have a chat and a coffee. I even won a prize in the raffle. There were a lot of prizes and a couple of people won more than one!

Thanks for looking and I'm hoping to get some quality crafting time tomorrow!

I'd love to hear from you if you've got a minute to spare.

Kat xx

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Bingo at Totally Gorjuss!

Good morning everyone, what a bad blogger I am. I haven't posted since last Saturday!  I've baked, been to a WRI meeting (with my baking) and been out crafting with friends. And last but not least I've done a lot of housework. My family are all coming at the weekend and we're having a meal at our favourite Indian restaurant. Today is my brother's birthday, he's nine years and 2 days older than me. I've even taken the day off on Monday for a change. I usually end up working on my birthday but this year I just thought why not have the day off.

Anyway you don't want to listen to me waffling so I'll tell you about the challenge at Totally Gorjuss this week. We have a little bingo challenge for you :-

Lace     Ribbons   Flowers
String    Buttons   Sparkle
Pearls   Stars       Charm

I decided to use lace, string and pearls and here's what I made:-

I used :-
Image :- LOTV cute square.
Bakers' Twine and lace :- Ribbon Girl.
Glamour Dust.
Sentiment :- Hero Arts.
Tag punch, round nestie die, Die-namics  fishtail flags dies.
Pearls from stash.

Freshly Made Sketches :-
Fussy and Fancy :- Anything Goes.

Did I tell you we're sponsored by Crafters' Companion this week? Don't forget to pop over and see what they've got to tempt you. 

Well since I've got a day off today I'm going to a coffee morning in the village hall so I'll catch up later. 

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for looking. And if you have a minute to leave me a comment I'd love to hear what you think.

Kat xx

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Totally Gorjuss 182 - Anyhing Goes with Swirls.

Good morning everyone, I hope you're all fine this Bank Holiday weekend.  It's been very windy and cold this week, even on sunny days it's been very cold. So I hope it starts to get a bit warmer now.

But it's Saturday so it's time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss. This week it is "Anything goes with swirls." So you could emboss your swirls like I did, or stamp them or use some of the lovely die cut swirls that are around. We're sponsored by J&C Creations so don't forget to pop over there for a browse.

Here's what I made :-


I used :-
Image :- Penny Black.
Colouring :- Stampin' Write Markers.
Embossing Folder :- Cuttlebug Divine Swirls.
Pearls :- Hobby House.
Die-namics fishtail flags die, Glamour Dust.

I love the watercolour effect. It comes solely from the stamp. All I did was colour it with 2 shades of pink and 2 shades of green. No watercolouring involved.

Hope you likey.

Challenges :-
Everybody Art :- Pearls.
Simon :- Happy Mail - a just because card.

Thanks for looking and I'll catch up later after work.

If you've got time to leave me a comment I'd love to hear what you think.

Kat x

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Birthday Boy.

Good evening everyone. I'm a bit late with this but this is actually my 3rd card today and I've just finished it so I decided I might as well blog it.

I thought I'd use one of my older LOTV boy images while I'm waiting for the new ones to go on sale. Isn't he cute?

I used :-
Image, sentiment and DP :- LOTV.
Colouring :- Promarkers.
Stampin' Up! scallop punch.
Ribbon, buttons and bakers twine from stash.

Challenges :-
Sketch Saturday :- Sketch.
My Time to Craft :- Use Kraft.

Well I'd best go and catch up with my DT work. Catch you all tomorrow. In the meantime thanks for looking and if you've got time to leave me a comment