Monday 29 June 2015

You lift me up

Hello peeps!

Another sneaky peek of the Odd Dog stamps being launched on 4th July at LOTV.
Aren't they just adorable? These two are called  'Squidgy Heart' and 'Balloon'.
I've coloured them in with watercolour pencils.

The lettering is created with Stitched Alphabet stamps, some coloured in with Graph'It markers and some stamped onto squares of paper from the Romance and Roses 8"x8" pad

Craft your passion - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Colour Inspiration
Creative Inspirations - Your Favourite!  (LOTV stamps)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art - clean and simple
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Cats and Dogs
Bunny Zoe Furry Friends

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday 25 June 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town

Evenin' all. Hope you are well.

Six months early I know, but here is a Christmas card I made with Odd Dog - Handwritten (being released on 4th July at LOTV)

The papers (including the sentiment) are from Twas the Night paper pad. 
Image coloured with Graph'Its
Natalie and Amy Christmas
Creative Card Crew - CAS Clean and Simple
Fantasy Stampers Challenge - Your Favourite Colour (Red)
Fab'n'Funky challenge - Christmas
Craftyhazelnut merry and bright
CHNC Challenge extra for June - Anything goes
Crafting by designs - Get Ready for Christmas
Bunny Zoe - Furry Friends
The Cutie Pie Cats and Dogs
   Top Tip Tuesday - Name That Tune
(He's making a list, he's checking it twice,
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice,)
Santa Claus is coming to town.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Dear Diary

Evening peeps, hope you are well.

I have a sneaky peek for you today of one of the fab new LOTV stamps coming out in July.
The character is called Odd Dog and this stamp is called Handwritten.

I cut some papers from the new Romance and Roses Paper Pad and edged them with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, then glued to the front of a pink notebook.

I stamped Odd Dog with Black Memento ink and coloured him in with Graph'It markers

I then cut him out and positioned him so the blue paper becomes his desk.

The lettering is made by stamping onto rectangles of another Romance and Roses paper with MSE Multi Retro alphabet stamps. I edged them myself with a black fineliner pen.

It's finished off with some coloured adhesive gems and some punched flowers.

Papertake Weekly - Trio-Tastic
Dream Valley - Girly
Graph It Colour Challenge - Pink and Pretty
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Craft your passion - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes

I'll be back soon with some more Odd Dog  :D
Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday 19 June 2015

Happy Fathers Day

Morning Peeps, hope you are all well. 

Just a quick post before we head off to the in-laws.
This one is for my lovely Father-in-law.

My FIL collects Giles cartoons so I going to try and write 'Giles' on the front of the paper that the bear is reading (notice I've put the 'before' pic on here in case I muck it up!).
The stamp is Armchair Bear from LOTV (retired) and the sentiments are from Set 26 - Simply Sophisticated. The letters are stamped with a  See-D Typewriter set and the papers are from Trimcraft.

 The Ribbon Girl - MASCULINE
Cardz4guys - Father's Day
Loves Rubberstamps - Masculine Theme
Creative Inspirations - Male Creations
Dream Valley - Father's Day
Crafty Boots- Father's Day / For the Man in Your Life
For those of you lucky enough to still have your Dad, make sure to spoil him rotten on Sunday and let him know how much you love him.

Katrina x


Tuesday 16 June 2015

Winter Wonderland Pop-up Box

Evening Peeps.
Hope you are all well.

I've finally finished my second card showcasing Lili Of The Valley Christmas products.
The weather has been glorious here for the last couple of days so I've been out sun-worshipping a lot (with factor 30 on of course)

Don't miss out on the Crazy Christmas Clearout - it finishes on 25th June.

The base for the pop-up box is made out of burgundy card.
I've added papers from LOTV's  Woodland Wishes Paper Pad.
The tags are stamped using Set 32 - Christmas Sentiment Tags
and the sentiment on the front flap is from Set 26 - Simply Sophisticated.
The presents are from Set 88 - Happy Bears.
The snowflakes were die cut using an All Occasions die and a magazine freebie.

I stamped up Mr Snowman with black Memento ink and coloured him in with Graph'it markers

I cut out the Christmas trees using my Craft Robo and decorated them with white Fluffy stuff

Well it's a bit early for Christmas themed challenges yet :D so I'm entering in the following:-
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Craft your passion - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut it out
Stamping Sensations - Dies and Punches
Crafts Galore - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday 13 June 2015

Lili of the Valley Christmas Offer

Evenin' all :D

There's a HUGE 25% off all Christmas goodies on the Lili of the Valley website at the moment.
I've made a little card to show some of the lovely items on offer.

Start by sprinkling some Shabby White frantage powder around the edges of some kraft card and heat from underneath to melt. Scrape the card edges with your scissors to roughen them up and attach to a 7" x 7" white base card.

Cut some panels from the Krafty Christmas Paper Pad and roughen the edges of those too. Layer them up on your card with snowflakes cut from white card. I used an All Occasions triple snowflake die for the smaller ones. The large one was a magazine freebie.

Stamp James -Snow Angel onto white card with black Memento ink and colour in with alcohol pens.
I used Graph'Its 3150 & 0000 for his fur, 9400 & 9401 for his hat/coat/boots. Also Promarkers Ice Grey 1 and Ice Grey 3 for the scarf and snow.

Stamp a couple of tags from the Christmas Sentiment Tags set onto white card and cut out.
 Colour the edges of the topper with Frayed Burlap distress ink then attach the two tags with brads.
Layer it up on the base card with mesh and buttons.

Crafting by Designs - June Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Animals
Loves Rubberstamps - Spots and Dots

I'm off to a craft show tomorrow and will be meeting one of my LOTV Teamies. Super excited!

Hope you enjoy your weekend,
Katrina x

Thursday 11 June 2015

Farewell to Evelyn

Evening lovely peeps.

Just got back from a lovely evening at craft club, where we all made handbag cards.
 Don't they look fab? Thank you to Mandi for running it this month (and the scrummy cake!)

We also said goodbye to Evelyn who is moving to France at the end of the month.

How exciting!  Hope everything goes well for her.
We all expressed an interest in going to visit of course :)

That's all for now folks, I hope to be back at the weekend.
Katrina x

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Fairy circles

Hello lovely peeps. Hope you are all well.

This is my second June card for the LOTV Design Collective.

Top view

Close up

I've used:-
Graph'It markers 1210, 1230, 4125, 5255 & blender
Cloud dies from Joycrafts
Circle dies from X-cut
Papermania flower punch
white paper flowers from Prima 
pink flower, pearls and button from my stash
icicles glitter glue

Loves Rubberstamps - Spots and Dots
Sweet Stampin - Something Old/New (I've had the pink flower for about 6 years!)
Craft your passion - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Cut it out
Penny Black - Wings

Have a great day everyone,
Katrina x

Sunday 7 June 2015

Eggs-tra special

Hello Peeps.

Today I'm introducing the third and final new paper pack from Lili of the Valley, Sunny Side Up.
(For the chicken body I used a paper from Solids - Always and Forever, but the rest are from the new paper pad.)

When I saw the chicken papers in this pack I decided immediately that I wanted to make a chicken hanging. That was the easy part - I then had to spend a couple of hours tracking down suitable shapes on the internet (since I can't draw for toffee). Thank you to Andrea Gourley for the wing shapes and the inspiration behind my idea.

 To save you the hassle, I have done up a template which you can download if you want to make one yourself (right click on the picture below and choose 'Save Image As...')
The 'wattle' is actually an upside down heart cut with an x-cut die so I can't include it in my template for copyright reason (sorry). As an alternative you could cut out an extra wing in red and cut off one of the scallops.

On my way back from the supermarket, I had another idea for putting her on a card (as you do).
So I've made this today too.

I shrank the template down to about two-thirds the size to cut the shapes this time. For the body I went with plain white card run through a dotty embossing folder. I went over the edges of all the shapes with antique linen distress ink and then hand drew the stitching on with fineliner pens. The eggs are cut from the solids paper pack using a sizzix egg die.
The sentiment was done on my computer.

 Crafty Catz - STITCHING
Crafts Galore - Anything goes
A gem of a challenge - Something Blue
The Ribbon Girl - Animals
The Paper Shelter - Make it colourful

Well, I have to dash now - the Canadian Grand Prix is on.
Go Lewis !!!

Enjoy your evening,
Katrina x

Saturday 6 June 2015

Shop til you drop

Morning Peeps.
It's a beautiful day here in Somerset :D

This is the second card I've made with the new Lili of the Valley papers that are being launched today. This pad is called Dress Shoppe.

I have used a retired LOTV stamp 'Emma - Shoes' (ST190). She's stamped onto Joanna Sheen card with black memento ink and coloured in with Graph'It markers (plus a couple of my favourite promarkers)

I cut several handbags from the papers using a die (Quickutz?) and I used tiny pearls to decorate then 'hung' them on silver brads.

I stamped the letters using the My Sentiments Exactly 'Multi Retro' alphabet stamps onto small rectangles of white card (I added the outlines by hand).

 Side view:-

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - For A Friend!

I'll be back soon with a make using the new 'Sunny Side Up' papers, I just need to get a template sorted for you all.

Have a lovely day, whatever you're doing.
Katrina x

Thursday 4 June 2015

Romance and Roses

Evening peeps.

Just a quick one, I've overdone it a bit today and need to rest my arms before work tomorrow.

This card is using papers from one of the lovely new LOTV paper pads being launched on Saturday.
This one is called 'Romance & Roses'', I think it's going to be my new favourite :D

I have also used one of the new sentiment stamps and an image from the True Love Art Pad

I'll be back at the weekend with another couple of makes using the new papers.
Thanks for stopping by,  Katrina x

Tuesday 2 June 2015

Meant to Be

Hello peeps.

Just sharing the anniversary card I made for my little sis.

I used:-
Papers from the  Heartfelt Paper Pad
 Meant to Be stamp from LOTV, coloured with Graph'It markers

Viva tree die from Poppystamps
X-cut heart die cut from shrink plastic and coloured with GI 5245

X-Cut Heart punch
Pearls and gems from Docrafts.
Dotty ribbon and mesh from stash

I am entering this in the following challenges:-
Graph It Colour Challenge - PEARLS & BLING
Loves Rubberstamps - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp  - Anything goes
Penny Black - Dies and Punches

I'll be back soon with a peek at the new LOTV papers being launched on Saturday :D

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday 1 June 2015

He loves me ...

Morning peeps, some exciting news today!

To tie in with the Summer Special Day at their shop on Saturday, Lili of the Valley are running a challenge on their Facebook page. It will run til Thursday and has the theme of 'Summer'.
There's fab prizes on offer, why not have a go?

I've made my first Design Collective card for June on the Summer theme. Daisies look so pretty growing in the lawn during the summer and who hasn't tried this fun little test on their first young romance?


I started off by colouring in the lovely 'James - Daisy' stamp with Graph'It markers

I layered this onto a paper from the 'Always and Forever - Solids' Paper Pad
Then I wrapped some ribbon around one of the papers in the 'Country Meadow' paper pad and stuck it to my base card (7" x 7"). I ended up having to twist them because I'd attached them the wrong way round, but by happy accident it looks much better this way!

For the daisy petals I printed off the words on my computer and drew petal shapes around them before cutting out. I shaped them a little before attaching with silicone glue

The flowers are made with more Country Meadow papers and a punch, with white glitter dots for the centres.

Well, let's hope this will encourage the summer weather to arrive soon!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:-
Creative Inspirations - Pastel Shades
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - Too cute
A gem of a challenge - Flowers
As you like it - Favourite Decade/Period in life - My favourite period was childhood summers - long sunny days playing in the garden, country walks, visits to the beach and, of course, icecream!

Hope you have a lovely day everyone,
Katrina x