Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Just Be for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new email follower :o)

Today I have another unseen card from the archives, using the Just Be stamp set by Leonie.

First I drew a pencil line across the bottom of some white card and stamped the words on, lining up the top of the rubber stamp with the pencil line.

Then I inked and stamped it again to line up with the first one.
I stamped the beautiful fairy in just above the words

and coloured her in with Graph'It markers. The wings were stamped separately onto vellum and attached with Collall Photoglue after colouring.

For the background layer I ran some white card through the 8x8 version of the Leaf Vein embossing folder from Crafters Companion and coloured the edges with one of my markers to match.

For embellishments I rootled in my stash and found these lovely jade coloured beads. I fed some gold wire through the centres and twisted into a little loop to hold them in place before twirling the tops of the wire around my pokey tool (to match her curly hair).  They were attached with Collall 3D glue gel to the back of the sentiment (also from the 'Just Be' set).

I finished off by stamping the single flower from the 'Just Be' set several times onto thin card, which I then coloured and cut out. These were attached with more 3D glue gel.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Pastel Butterflies for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

A quick card for you today, combining some of Leonie's stamps with patterned paper from my stash.  I stamped one of the butterflies from Leonie's Flight to Freedom set a few times onto patterned paper and cut them out. One is cut in half so it looks as if the butterfly is seen from the side.

The flowers were cut from a co-ordinating paper and I layered them up with a matching background paper and a sentiment from Leonie's Off She Flew set stamped onto white card.

Some borders doodled with a black fineliner pen finish it off.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Dream Valley Challenges # 156 Things with wings
Moving along with the Times #45 Butterflies
Stamping Sensations  Butterflies, fairies and fantasy

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Oliver Studying for LOTV and Giveaway Winner

Hello lovely peeps

Today I have another card made using 'Oliver Studying' which will be released on Saturday at Lili of the Valley.

First I coloured a 6x6 square of Sheena's stamping card with Frayed Burlap and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks and then overstamped with one of the LOTV Just To Say statement stamps (these are now available as digis here).

The main image was printed onto 300gsm watercolour card - I brightened it first in my graphics program so that the lines were not so dark - this makes them less likely to bleed when colouring with water-based pens.

After leaving it to dry overnight I coloured the image with Distress Markers:-
Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap

The thought bubble was cut from watercolour card using a Sizzix Die called 'Thought Talk Bubbles' and I stamped letters inside using Retro Alphabet by MSE before doodling in the border.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Addicted to Stamps 148 Brads and/or buttons
Creative Knockouts #193 Favourite embellishment (buttons)
Creative Inspirations #275 Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #351 Backgrounds

Before I go, the winner of my 100 followers giveaway is

Congratulations hun, please email your address to me
kernewekkat (at) gmail (dot) com
and I will get your prize off to you.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Milkshake for LOTV and marker reorganisation

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are having a great weekend.

Don't forget that my giveaway ends tomorrow (Monday) at 9pm. Click here for the post where you need to leave a comment for the chance to win.

Today's card features a sneak peek of another one of the new Lili of the Valley stamps being released on the 20th May.  It's called Milkshake, isn't it just adorable?

I coloured it with my own combo* of alcohol markers
 (named=Promarkers & Flexmarkers, numbers=Graph'Its, codes=Le Plume)
Skin: Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush
Hair/Fur: 3270, 3250, Caramel, Sandstone, Ivory
Dress: Cool grey 3 & 1, PV774, Budding Rose
Table & Chairs: G679, Soft Green, Tea Green
Bag: 3230,  Tulip Yellow, Buttercup
Present: Spice, Apricot, Saffron

The papers are from the Forever Friends Kraft Notes 6x6 paper pad and the spotty pink ribbon that I've mostly covered up is from the Ribbon Girl.

The flowers are a mix from my stash, some Prima and some Wild Orchid Crafts.
Edit: forgot to say that the sentiment is from the Sketchy Wishes set by LOTV

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
The Ribbon Girls May any card
Deep Ocean Challenge #154 Anything Goes 
Crafty Purple Frog Fabulously Floral
Mod Squad Challenge - Let's color
Creatalicious Challenges #114 Anything Goes with optional Mothers Day/for the girls
Addicted to Stamps 148 Brads and/or buttons
SSS Work it Wednesday April showers bring May flowers

Above I mentioned 'my own combo' of alcohol markers. Over the years I've managed to accumulate quite a few (OK, 300) by buying them where they've been on offer.  This meant that I ended up with three different brands and it was sometimes difficult to find the right colour blends.

(old charts from left to right - Letraset Promarkers/Flexmarkers, Marvy Le Plume, Graph'Its)

Over the early May bank holiday I bit the bullet and sorted them all out. On the card that I normally use (Silky Smooth Ultra White 250gsm from Limetree Craft), I scribbled out lots of combos to find the best blends. 

It was a bit of a mammoth undertaking but now I have whittled down my marker collection to 167 (plus a few blenders) and they all fit in one place :o)

I printed off a blank chart that I downloaded from here onto the same card, and then filled it in with my chosen colours. This has been so handy - it's really easy now to find colours to match my papers and I don't have to waste time and ink trying to find the best combos. 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon :o)
Katrina x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Oliver Kicking About for LOTV

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new followers

Today's card is using Oliver Kicking About from Lili of the Valley. I stamped him with black Versafine ink onto watercolour card and coloured him in with my new Distress Markers.

The dies I've used are 'arrows' from QuicKutz and 'Grand Happy Birthday' from Memory Box

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Fab 'n' Funky #350 Kids and Teenager birthdays
Classic Design Team Challenge #14 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge May
Open-Minded Challenges #17 Men and Boys
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) Going dotty
As You Like It Challenge favourite die (I find men's cards quite difficult to embellish, so this set of arrows is very useful. I love the 3 different styles too, the spiral is fun for wrapping around things and you can stamp a sentiment straight onto the chunky one)

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Happy Birthday to LOTV and a Sneak Peek

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new followers.

 There are big celebrations over on Facebook today as Lili of the Valley becomes a teenager :o)
The party starts at 10am BST so pop on over for a chances to win some goodies.

The new stamp launch has been postponed until 20th May as there are even more images being released.  Woo hoo!  This is one of them - Oliver Studying. With exam season almost upon us I think this one will be very popular (there will be a new Jasmine Studying image available too).

I printed him onto Super Smooth 250gsm card and coloured him in with Promarkers and Graph'Its

My card is layered up with papers from my stash (Homeroom Alphabet and School Graffiti) and I overstamped 'Good Luck' from the Block Sentiments stamp set with black Memento ink.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 The Male Room #60 Theme - stars
Sisterhood of Crafters  Encouragement
Creative Craft Cottages Challenges #87 Three of a kind
Simply Create Too #127 Use a digi stamp
Open-Minded Challenges #17 Men and Boys

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday, 8 May 2017

100 Followers Giveaway

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you had a lovely weekend. I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I reached 100 followers yesterday - a very warm welcome to you Tina :o)

As promised, I am having a little giveaway to celebrate.

The lucky winner will receive:
an 8x8 Happy mask and stencil set designed by Leonie Pujol
a Butterfly Dance die designed by Sara Davies
a 6x6 Butterfly paper pad designed by Jodie Lee for Prima

All you need to do for a chance to win is
a) be one of my Google followers*
b) leave a comment below telling me what your favourite crafting style is
(e.g. shabby chic/clean and simple/grungy/cute etc.)

*Sorry, this giveaway is only open to my Google followers, but don't worry if you follow me by email/Instagram/Pinterest. I will be having another giveaway in 2-3 weeks to celebrate my 300th blog post and that will be open to all of my followers

The closing date for this giveaway is 15th May 2017 at 9:00pm BST

Thanks for stopping by today and good luck everyone,
Katrina x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Happy Birthday Challenge at LOTV

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.
Will today be the day I get my 100th follower I wonder? :o)

Lili of the Valley are celebrating their 13th birthday on the 10th of May, so the theme for this month's Challenge is Birthdays. This is the inspiration card that I've made, featuring the Simply Print image 'Bunny Blooms'  

The pre-coloured image comes with daffodils but I wanted something pink, so I cut the bunny and stems out so I could attach my own flowers.

For the background I took a paper from the Romance and Roses paper pad (discontinued, but available as a download from Nitwit), roughened the edges with my scissors and then inked the edges with Picked Raspberry distress ink.

This was attached to a 6x6 card blank and I added some grass which I'd die-cut from another paper in the pad using the Die'sire Icicle die. I glued Bunny down onto the card and then attached some pink sweetheart blossoms from WOC at the end of the stems using blobs of Collall 3D glue gel.

The sentiment was stamped onto white card using one of the 'Happy Circular Sentiments' from LOTV and cut out - I used the second impression as it went better with the soft colours.

The card is finished off with a pink organza bow and some clouds die-cut from white card.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Shopping Our Stash #301 fussy cut
The Ribbon Girls May - any card
As You Like It Challenge favourite die (the Icicle die which I always use for grass, it's so useful. And you get two uses out of one cut as the negative works just as well as the positive)

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Little Flower Fairy for Crafty Calendar

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.
If you weren't aware already, I'm having a little giveaway when I get to 100 Google followers - just one more to go :o)

 There's a new challenge starting today at Crafty Calendar and the theme this time is 'Flowers'.
We have 2 sponsors this month -  All Dressed Up

and Lemon Shortbread

For my inspiration card I have used Little Flower Fairy from All Dressed Up. I coloured her with alcohol markers (named=Promarkers, numbered=Graph'Its)
Skin: Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush
Hair: Tan, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Walnut
Red Flowers: 5210, Poppy, 4147, 8290, Pear Green, Lime Zest
Leaves:  8290, Olive Green, Soft Khaki
Yellow flowers and dress: 1280, Mustard, Pastel Yellow, Daffodil Bloom, Ivory
Wings: Blender and 4147
Ground: 9505, 9503, 9501, 9500

then die-cut the image with a large circle die and colored the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I layered this up on papers from the 'Blank Canvas' 12x12 paper pad from Trimcraft/First Edition, the pink one was edged with my newly acquired 'Cherry Blossom' punch from Martha Stewart.

The card is finished off with ivory organza ribbon, pink twine, a pink rose bud and tags made with Lili of the Valley's Sentiment Tags stamp set

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
All Dressed Up #68 Anything Goes
 Southern Girls #159 Use a punch
 Creative Inspirations #274 Blooms and Bows
Creatalicious Challenges #114 Anything Goes with optional Mothers Day/for the girls
Passion For Promarkers Challenge  #393 Make it Bloom
Glitter n Sparkle #237 Flower Power 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Funky Flower for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Just popping in to show you a quick card from the archives that I made with the heart stamp from Leonie's Off She Flew set.

I stamped the heart seven times onto pink patterned paper and twice onto green paper, then cut them all out. For the centre of my flower I die-cut a circle from the green paper and stamped one of the sentiments from the Flight to Freedom set in the middle. I drew stitches around the edge of the circle with a black fineliner pen to match the hearts.

The pink hearts were then arranged as 'petals' around the circle and the green ones were used as leaves. My stem was a piece of florist wire, attached at the back of the flower with silicone glue.

I also used florist wire to make antennae for my ladybird, the ends were curled around my pokey tool. Her body is just a circle die-cut from red paper, and black spots made with a regular hole punch.

The background layer of the card is the reverse of some white card that I ran through the 'Gothic Script' A4 embossing folder from Crafters Companion.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday, 1 May 2017

7 Today for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps, and welcome to my two new email followers :o)

I'm continuing through my trawl of samples for Leonie that I never got around to blogging. This hanging was made with the Zentangle stamps from her first collection last year.

For the background I stamped some flowers from Tangled Tails onto circles of white card using 3 different inks:-
 Encore Ultimate Metallic 'Honeydew'
Fabriko 'Burgundy'
Brilliance 'Pearlescent Orchid'

The '7' and 'today' were cut on my CraftRobo from thin white card and I stamped all over the shapes with one of the flowers using Black Memento ink. I coloured around the flowers with Rose Pink Promarker before gluing them to their backgrounds.

I backed each circle onto a slightly larger pink scalloped circle and glued them back to back with pink organza ribbon sandwiched in between

I added a frame front and back using some 'Catalina Wreath' die-cuts (Memory Box) which I coloured with the Honeydew ink. The little flowers are pink sweetheart blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts - I twirled their wire stems around my pokey tool.

   The piece is finished off with adhesive pink/green/clear gems

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Classic Design Team Challenge #14 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday, 28 April 2017

Happy Birthday Flower

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new follower :o)
Only one more to go until I reach 100 and have a little giveaway, woo hoo!

Today's card is using 'Flower' from Bloobel, I just love the quirky expressions on her stamps.

First I pulled the stamp into CraftArtist and added a background from the Aviary Exotic digikit by Daisytrail before printing onto smooth white card

I coloured the image in with alcohol markers (mostly Promarkers)
Face: blush, oatmeal, sunkissed pink, coral
Eyes: denim, twilight sky, black, white gel pen
Petals: cardinal red, rose pink
Body: GraphIts 8125, 8140, 8160

The sentiment was done on my computer using Troutkings font and I coloured in some white card with a black fineliner to give a stripy background layer for each word

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Bloobel Progressive Challenge - April/Flower Garden
Squirrels Not So Random Challenge #4 Spring Fever
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog Bright
I love Promarkers #333 Anything Goes 
Creative Moments #116 Anything Goes w/optional twist Spring has sprung
Kitty Bee Designs #93 In the Garden
SSS Work it Wednesday April showers bring May flowers

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Ballet Shoes for LOTV

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new follower :o)
Only two more to go until I reach 100 and have a little giveaway.

 Just popping in with a sneaky peek of one of the six new gorgeous stamps being released by Lili of the Valley on 10th May. This one is called 'Ballet Shoes', isn't she beautiful?

I remembered having some ballet theme papers (Hopscotch from K&Co) in my stash, so I hoofed them out to use as the basis for my colour scheme. I'm sure I had a paper with ballet shoes on it but it's either hiding from me or I've already used it all.  The flower paper is pretty though and goes perfectly with the ballet word paper, so I went with that. I roughened the edges of the flower paper with my scissors and cut some of the flowers out to use as embellishments. I tore a strip from the ballet word paper by hand, using the edge of my desk to control the tear and layered up both papers on a 6x6 card with some bands of pink organza ribbon to echo the ties on her shoes.

Next I coloured the image in with Promarkers to match the papers
skin: almond, blush, oatmeal
hair: tan, cinnamon, cocoa
dress: ivory, ice grey 1-3, saffron, apricot
floor: putty, tan, cinnamon

then added Glamour Dust glitter with a Sakura glue pen.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 The Ribbon Girls April any image
Creative Inspirations #273 One for the girls
Love to Scrap  #96 Girlz Rule
I love Promarkers #333 Anything Goes
Allsorts #412 I spy something beginning with B (ballet)
Sisterhood of Crafters  The letter B (ballet) 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Lily Concertina for Leonie and Blog Candy Alert

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

I'm back with the final sample that I made for Leonie's Typography show, this time combining the Pebeo metal leaf AND Sara's Shabby Chic dies

First I'll show you how I did the colourful background. I started by painting some Sheena Stamping Card with white Tinting Base

then I used a wet wipe to apply 3 different colours of acrylic paint

before cutting the card into four equal panels.

I used Leonie's Typography dies to make stencils from white card

and stippled white titanium paint through the apertures with a stencil brush.

with a different letter on each of the panels

I used the yellow, orange and green paints to stencil more letters through and then stamped around the edges with Leonie's Funky Tree stamp

I applied lots of Pebeo Gilding Paste from the bottle around the edges of each panel using a paintbrush, then left it to dry for an hour.

before applying Gold Metal Leaf (shiny side up)

I thought I would have to press quite hard to get the foil to stick but it comes off really easily

To mount my painted panels I cut a 10.5 x 28cm strip of black card and scored/folded at 7, 14 and 21cm, then glued each panel on with Collall Tacky Glue

For the front of my card I used two of the Typography mini embossing folders to emboss another painted panel of card. Remember to leave the edge of the folder poking out over the edge of your platform so you don't get a line across the card.

I used a sanding block over the raised areas to reveal the white card underneath

For the final decoration I made some lilies from white paper using Sara's Shabby Chic Classic Lily dies, coloured with diluted Brushos

Paint the petals with yellow first and then the green once that has dried.

The stamens were tipped with brown once the green was dry

I twirled each stamen around my pokey tool, poked the end through the handy hole in the centre of the lily and glued it at the back with Collall Glue Gel.

They lose some of their dimension when glued down flat on the card but I think they still look fab :o)

So here's my finished piece, all tied up with bright orange organza ribbon

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Creative Artiste Challenge #25 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #153 Spring
Artistic Stampers  Backgrounds
Noor Design UK  Flowers
We Love 2 Create #8 Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Creatalicious Challenges #113 Anything Goes with optional Birthday
Stemplegarten #60 colourful spring

Now, did someone mention candy? :o)

If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I like my round numbers and I had giveaways for my 100th and 200th blog posts. It's going to be a few weeks yet until my 300th post (this is number 284) but I hope to reach another milestone before then.

I am immensely grateful to have 97 fabulous followers on Google, but I would love to get to 100 so when I reach the magic number I will have a little giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon.
Katrina x