Monday, 16 January 2017

Pudding Placecards

Hello lovely peeps, and a very warm welcome to my two new followers :o)

 I'm just popping in to show you the placecards I made for work's Christmas do in December. There were 34 of them to make in just over a week, so I did most of the work in CraftArtist.

I started off with a square of material from the Fairytales Autumn digikit which looked like raisins - I adjusted the colour from orange to brown. For the icing I added a square of material from the CocoaLatte digikit and 'cut' the squiggles freehand with the scissor tool. Sorry, but I cannot for the life of me remember where I got the holly image from.

I added shadows to the icing and holly to make them look 3D and then temporarily added a circle frame around each pud so I could add the names in the correct places.

The names were added using text on a curve with TwizotHmk font.

Before printing I removed the frames so it didn't matter if my die-cutting was slightly off :D

All that was left to do was cutting the placecard bases and puddings with a circle die and adding a dot of red Cosmic Shimmer for the holly berry.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:- 
Eclectic Ellapu - Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge A for Anything Goes
Love to Craft #6 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Glamorous Gardening for LOTV

Hello lovely peeps

Just popping in with my inspiration card for this month's challenge at the Lili of the Valley Facebook page. The theme for this month is an easy one 

'Anything Goes'

There are 3 prizes on offer and the winners will be drawn at random from all the entries;
1st - £20 LOTV voucher, 2nd - £15 LOTV voucher, 3rd - £10 LOTV voucher

All you have to do is make something with a LOTV image and post a photo of it here on the challenge page.  You have until 7pm on Sunday 15th January.

So, onto my card. 

To make the patterned card I tried a new technique I saw on Hochanda, using Distress Crayons over an embossed background. I don't have any Distress Crayons but I had some Koh-I-Noor Wax Aquarell crayons that I found in a charity shop in the summer (this is their first outing).

I embossed some Sheena stamping card with the Ranunculus embossing folder by Darice and then roughly scribbled on the reverse/debossed side with the Aquarell pencils (51/57/27). I  rubbed over the scribbles with a wet finger to blend.

I was quite pleased with how it turned out, but at first I wasn't sure how I was going to use it :D
 As I wanted my finished card to have a gardening theme I eventually decided to make it a flower shape.

I used one of the 'Homespun Heart' dies by X-Cut as a template for the petals, drawn in pencil on the uncoloured side and cut out with scissors.

For the 'flower centre' I stamped `Glamourous Gardening` from LOTV onto watercolour card with Black Versafine. I then coloured it with Spectrum Aqua markers
Skin: Peach
Hair, plant pot, basket: Boulder
Hat: Fawn
Dress: Orchid mixed with a little Teal
Leaves: Leaf Green
Pearls: Slate

and used one of the Large Circle dies from X-Cut to cut the image into part of a circle. I also used the same die on a folded piece of card to make my card base. You just need to have part of the die hanging out over the crease in the card to keep part of the fold.

To make sure my finished card would fit in a standard envelope I taped a 5x7" envelope to my craft mat to use as a guide. To help position the petals I drew in where the centre of the circle would be and placed a larger circle die around the outside.

I attached each petal to the base card with a little Collall All-Purpose glue - this gave me plenty of time to wiggle them into place before the glue dried.

A couple of 'Florist Friend' die-cuts add some texture to the card. The greeting is from the Handwritten Phrases stamp set, which I curved as I put it on the acrylic block. I inked it up by using the brush end of the Leaf Green Spectrum Aqua marker.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Creative Inspirations #266 Fabulous flowers
Dream Valley Challenges # 147 Something New (new technique)
Deep Ocean Challenge #146 Anything New (new technique)
Creative Moments #109 Anything Goes w/optional twist Something New (new technique)
 Crafty Catz #352: Anything Goes optional twist add ribbon
Inky Chicks #77 Anything Goes 
Penny Black and More Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Something New for Crafty Calendar

Hello lovely peeps

It's the first Saturday of the month, which means it is time for a new challenge at Crafty Calendar.
The theme this month is 'Something New', and there are two sponsors

Lawn Fawn

Bugaboo Stamps

My 'Something New' is one of the new release stamps from Bugaboo called Bug Cat 6.

I love this stamp, it reminds me of our cat Millie. She was our 'Something New' in January 2010 when we adopted her from the local RSPCA branch. After she's eaten (or sometimes for no apparent reason) she runs around the house like a complete loon, with eyes like saucers.

The stamp has 6 panels, but I've split them up and made a little concertina book. I printed the image onto 3 different papers (2 Tail Wags patterned papers from Nitwit and plain white) then paper pieced each panel.

The sentiment is from the Wilfred and Wally set by Hobby Art. I inked up the words individually and stamped straight onto the printed panels.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Show us Your Pussies-Cat Only Challenge #14 Furry-thing Goes
Allsorts #397 Cats or Dogs
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Knockouts #175 Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs (monthly) January Anything Goes
Classic Design Team Challenge #10 Anything Goes 
Catch The Bug   Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 5 January 2017


Hello lovely peeps.
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and New Year break.

 I've got a quick and easy card to start the new year off with.

I found this lovely pebble card by Aspire Crafts/Kanban at the Taunton craft show in November and I couldn't wait to use it. Of course, even though I bought 4 sheets of it I'm finding it hard to part with, so I've only used a small strip of it :D

There was some taupe card in my stash that co-ordinates well with the pebbles so I layered both strips of card onto a white 5"x7" card blank before wrapping some brown twine around it.

 I stamped the lapwing from the Quirky Birds set by Crafty Individuals onto a sticky note to make a mask and then stamped a small group of them onto my card using Black Memento ink. They looked a bit like they were floating in mid air so I drew in lots of small pebbles with a black fine-liner pen.

The greeting is from the Teenage Boy sentiment set by Lili of the Valley

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 The Male Room #51 Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge - Anything but Christmas
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) New Something (pebble card)
Crafty Gals Corner #104 Something New (pebble card)
 Little Red Wagon #375 Something New (pebble card)
My Time to Craft #337 Something new  (pebble card)
House of Cards January Challenge: Add a Building and/or Colors
Stamplorations CAS silver or grey 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Tis the season

Hello lovely peeps

 Just popping in to show you the card I made for a Winter/Christmas theme card swap this week. The penguin image is called 'Snow Flurries' from Lili of the Valley, which I have stamped onto watercolour card and coloured in with diluted Brushos (Crimson, Black, Seagreen)

It's layered up with papers from my stash, snowflake die-cuts and clear sparkly sequins.
The dies were a complete bargain on ebay, made in China

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:- 
 Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #312 cute or anything goes
Cute Card Thursday 456 Snowflakes
My Time to Craft #336 christmas non-traditional colours
 Addicted to Stamps #138 Snowflakes 
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge #86 Create a Christmas Card
 Creative Inspirations #264 White Christmas 
In The Pink #109 Christmas
Stempelsonnen Challenge - #180 Always Anything Goes 
Daisy Chain #3 Happy Christmas 
As You Like It Challenge Favourite Christmas Carol/song and why - Deck the Halls never fails to get me in the mood for Christmas - it's such a cheerful tune and I love the line 'tis the season to be jolly' and all the fa la la la la la la la la-ing :o)

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday, 16 December 2016

Garden arch for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

This card uses lots of different dies from the Mixed Media and Entwined Heart collections by Leonie Pujol. I started by cutting the Big Heart base from pearlescent grey card and snipping the point off. This gave me my 'metal' garden arch.

Next I cut 'Entwining Branches' out of some green patterned card and glued parts of it around each side of the arch.

For my fencing I used a couple of the dies in the 'Mosaic' set, cut from brown card

 and entwined parts of 'Big Heart - Floral Cascade' through

 To make my trees I used 'Mosaic' for the trunks, and one of the leaves from 'Floral Bursts' for the foliage, which I sanded lightly to bring out the embossed detail.

For the background I painted Teal, Sea Green and Slate Spectrum Aqua Markers onto wet watercolour card and left it to dry before attaching to an A5 landscape card.

Then I just attached all the die-cuts to the card base and added a 'Message Ribbon' stamped sentiment.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Craft Your Passion #342 Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations  #169  Anything goes 
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog Flower Power
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges #77 Use die-cuts
SSS Work it wednesday  use dies
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge December

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Deer Trio

Hello lovely peeps

 This was going to be a quick and simple Christmas card that I could make a few copies of, but this one ended up taking a bit longer than anticipated :o)

We were playing with Brushos at our papercraft club last Thursday and I sprinkled Grey and Black Brusho through the 'Aspen Trees' mask/stencil by TCW onto watercolour card.

My first attempt came out really well but the second one was a bit splodgy.  I think I have rescued it though - I drew around the branches and tree trunks with a black fineliner pen and now it looks like a treescape again.

I teamed it up with 'Deer Trio' (Memory Box) die-cut from dark brown card and one of the sentiments from the Christmas Wishes stamp set by Lili of the Valley.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
A Vintage Journey - winter magic
Animal Friends Challenge  #45 Anything Goes with an animal
Crafty Awesomeness Anything Goes
My Time to Craft #335 christmas animals 
Winter Wonderland Frame It or Night scene
Country View Crafts' Challenge Christmas
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) Ice Inspiration

The Male Room #50 Theme 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x