Monday 29 August 2016

Gingerbread House for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Did you catch the launch show on Hochanda last night with Leonie's fabulous new glitter brush pens and stamps? It was great to see what all my teamies made.  I'm back this morning while the second live hour is on to show you the second of the two samples that I managed to make before my elbow op.

The gingerbread man has to be my favourite stamp in the set, so I decided to make him a house to live in (we made something similar at our local craft club last year).

Start by drawing the shape onto an A4 piece of Kraft card

and cut it out with scissors

Score the side panels and fold them over.
 Next I cut the spare bits with some X-cut punches (scallop and leafy lace)

Go over all the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Now dot cosmic shimmer glue (or any strong wet adhesive) around the borders

and stick on polystyrene balls (I recovered these from an old bean bag)

I made the 'candi' by painting different colour pens onto watercolour paper

and punching them out with a tiny circle punch before shaping them with a ball tool.

I decorated the inside of the house with some patterned paper and a sentiment strip from Leonie's last stamp launch (they go perfectly with the new goodies).

  I coloured the gingerbread man in with the glitter pens (Copper and Berry Red), straight onto watercolour card. I glued him inside the house and decorated the front with doors/windows/trees etc. The snowy windows were done with a Versamark pen and white embossing powder and the heart was cut with one of Leonie's heart dies from the mixed media collection.

The gingerbread man was looking a bit lonely in the house all on his own, so I made him a gingerbread wife - I inked him up again but masked off the bow tie to get a plain gingerbread man. To make it look like a gingerbread lady I stamped just the bow tie and put it on the head to turn it into a hair bow.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
  Crafting By Designs get ready for christmas
Crimbo Crackers #114 Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room #265 any holiday
Sparkles Forum Christmas #67 Shaped card
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20 Optional Theme Christmas Confectionery
Creative Inspirations #256 Christmas in August
Noor! Designs UK #21 Christmas
Addicted to Stamps #130 Not a Square
There are more of Leonie's shows on at 12pm, 4pm and 7pm today, I hope you can catch one.
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.
Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate any comments you leave.
Katrina x

Sunday 28 August 2016

Sparkly Trees for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Yay! It's new launch time - Leonie is on Hochanda TV with gorgeous new glitter brush pens and some more Christmas stamps to colour in with them.

I managed to get two samples done before my elbow op, and this is the first one. I've used the fabulous fairy and the build-a-tree stamps with the glitter pens.

First I stamped several of the tree parts onto watercolour card and painted them with Berry, Pine and Holly Leaf glitter pens before cutting them out.

The fairy is stamped straight onto a square of Sheena's Stamping Card as this will take a bit of water. I coloured her in with the same pens and mixed Lilac and Copper with water for the skin.

For the greeting I 'inked' up individual sections of the ABC background stamp from Leonie's previous launch with a black Spectrum Aqua marker.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
  Crafting By Designs get ready for christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge Q is for Quick Layout
Crimbo Crackers #114 Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge #20 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #296 use a sentiment
Hiding in my Craft Room #265 any holiday
Sweet Stampin  No designer paper

My teamies have some gorgeous samples to show you too. I have links to their blogs on my sidebar --->

 Leonie will be back on Hochanda tomorrow (Monday 29th August) at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.
You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

I hope you'll pop back again tomorrow when I'll have another sample to show you,
Katrina x

Friday 26 August 2016

Pretty Flamingo for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps

It's time for a new challenge at Polkadoodles, and in case you missed the announcement last time, they are now Anything Goes, but there is an optional theme, which this time is

'F for ....'

Well, they're so pretty (and apparently all the rage at the moment), so it had to be F for Flamingo. The digi stamp is from the Winnie in Wonderland CD and I've coloured it in with pink and purple sparkle pens. The gorgeous backing paper is from the same CD and for the greeting I used one of the stamps from the Daisydays set.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Crafting from the Heart #124 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge #136: "Things with Wings"   
In The Pink #101 Make It Sparkle (flamingo coloured with sparkle pens)

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday 25 August 2016

Last Hurrah for Sugar Nellie Challenge

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

I had my first physiotherapy session this morning which went very well. No new exercises for my elbow but I have to do the two I've already got a lot more often. He also said I can start using my hand to do little things, so I might have a go at finger painting :D

Sadly the title of my blog post today is not the title of my card, but is due to the fact that the Sugar Nellie blog challenge is ending.

Today would have been the start of a new challenge but the co-ordinator has taken the hard decision to close it down. The closing date of the current challenge is a week later than normal to allow people one last chance to get an entry in (now closes 1/9/2016 just before midnight).

The prizes have been doubled so dig out your beloved Gorjuss/Sugar Nellie stamps and ink them up. You can use any stamp/image from Funky Kits -  the home of Sugar Nellie.

For my no-longer-needed inspiration card I've coloured in 'I gave you my heart' with a mix of Promarkers and Graph'Its, and layered it on papers from the 'Vintage Charm' 12x12 pad from My Minds Eye. I also die-cut some flowers from the papers using Leonie's Floral Bursts mixed media dies. The sentiment is from the Handwritten Phrases set by Lili of the Valley and I've tinted the edges of the papers with Vintage Photo distress ink.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) It’s Hip To Be Square
Crafty Friends Challenge #38 Anything Goes
Chocolate Baroque Challenge Blog  #26 colour

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday 23 August 2016

Peaceful Poinsettias for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

Today I've got a simple to make card, using Leonie's Entwined Cross dies.

First I cut the Cross Circle Heart out of olive green card then covered another piece of card with double-sided adhesive before cutting out the Cross Base and the 'Peace' die (from the Tree Frost set).

After removing the top carrier sheet I sprinkled on Gold Tinsel embossing powder (Docrafts). However I did not melt it as it looks fab just out of the tub

 I used the same technique on my Snow card - the embossing powder on the wording is unmelted chunky white from Stampendous

I entwined the glittered base with the circle cross

and glued it onto my card (which was covered with some First Edition paper)

I made white poinsettias with a Marianne die and green/white card, finished off with Creative Expressions dazzlers for the centres.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Noor! Designs UK #21 Christmas
   Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #295 Cute/AG
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20 Optional Theme Christmas Confectionery

Thank you for stopping by,
 Katrina x

Friday 19 August 2016

Texture Teacher for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

The operation on my elbow went smoothly on Monday, I was in and out within 4 hours and the staff were brilliant. My favourite part (apart from the pain relief afterwards, lol) was where the surgeon drew on my arm so that everyone knew which arm they were supposed to be working on. What a brilliant idea :)

The swelling has gone down now but it's still early days so I'm taking it easy. Thank you to everyone for your get well wishes, they are really appreciated.

So, onto my card for today - it's for the challenge reminder at Polkadoodles. The challenges are all 'Anything Goes' now but there is an optional theme - this fortnight it is 'Add Texture'.
As the start of the new term is only a few weeks away I've made a back to school card. 
I've added texture with a Cuttlebug embossing folder that has an alphabet design, to fit in with the school/college theme.

I've used the pre-coloured version of the teacher image from the Work and Play 3 CD for the focal point, and for the greeting I've used a stamp from the Sensational Sentiments set.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Craft Your Passion #325 Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart #123 Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle #201 Anything Goes 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday 14 August 2016

Blog Candy Winner

Hello lovely peeps

It's time to announce the lucky winner of the candy to celebrate my 200th blog post.

I had 69 comments and used to pick a number for me.

Comment number 60 was from......


Congratulations! You have 2 weeks to contact me, if I do not hear from you I will draw another number.

Please email your address to
 kernewekkat @ gmail . com

(you need to remove the spaces)

Thank you to everyone that entered, I really appreciated all your lovely comments.

Now, a little bit of news. The reason I had my candy ending today is that tomorrow I will be having an operation on my right elbow (yes, I'm right-handed). I will be recuperating for probably 4 weeks and unable to craft, which is going to drive me totally bananas.

I have several blog posts prepared in advance though, so I will still be posting once or twice a week. Please stick around, hopefully normal service will be resumed as soon as possible :)

Catch up with you all soon,
Katrina x

200th post blog candy

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my 200th blog post :)

That means it's candy time  !!

Well, I've been busy in the 7 months since my 100th post.  I have:
  • been one of the runners up in the Card Designer of the Year competition in Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine (coincidentally, the advent calendar on my 100th post was part of my competition entry)
  • joined the lovely (and slightly mad) ladies on the Polkadoodles Design Team, thank you girls for making me so welcome
  • seen my very first Design Team (Lili of the Valley Design Collective) disbanded which was obviously a sad occasion for me but I'm so grateful to have been on the team and made so many wonderful crafty friends (EDIT - the Design Collective is still going, but with reduced involvement as there is a new core Design Team)  
  • been chosen as a member of Leonie Pujol's very first Design Team - I was (and am) chuffed to bits as I have been a fan of Leonie since her QVC days.
  • joined the Sugar Nellie Blog Challenge team for a 4-month stint, as well as having Guest Designer spots at Crafting By Designs, All Dressed Up and Color Throwdown
Wow, no wonder the year is going by so quickly :D

And through all this I've had support from you, my fabulous followers. It means so much to have you visit little ol' me, and your wonderful comments really make my day. As a thank you I'm having a huge giveaway worth over £80.

The dies:

Thank you to Craftasmic in Taunton for donating the Cottage Cutz Ice Cream die, and Crafters Companion for the Leonie Pujol dies, two of which are from her latest launch. The heart is especially useful as you can roll up the spiral parts to make 3D flowers.

The Stamps:

There is no packaging included with the 'Off She Flew' stamps but this is a picture of it

The Paper:

This is a full 8x8 paper pad from Lili of the Valley which has been discontinued and includes one of my favourite wood effect paper designs.

The rest:

A few embellishments, including 100 dew drops and a .005 black fineliner pen which I use on practically everything (yours is new and unused!)
I will also include a £5 Polkadoodles gift certificate for the winner

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is
  1. be a follower of my blog (either a Google follower or an email subscriber),  and 
  2. leave me a comment below*
  3. IF you add a picture of my candy with a link to this post on your own blog you can add a second comment below to get an extra chance of winning
*If you do not have a Google profile you will not be able to leave a comment directly, so please email your comment to me at 

kernewekkat @ gmail . com 

and I will post your comment in myself - make sure to remove the spaces from the address above when you are typing this in the 'To' section of your email

The draw will close on Sunday 14th August at 9pm BST

Good luck everyone,
Katrina x

Saturday 13 August 2016

Entwined Cross for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

I'm back with another card using Leonie's Entwined dies. For this one I have used the Cross Base and the Cross Swirls.

 To start off I dabbed some pumice stone and aged mahogany distress inks onto my craft mat, then spritzed with water and dragged some watercolour card through it.
I cut an aperture out of this with the Cross Base die.

I scored a line down the left hand side, leaving a flap to fold over. I glued this to another square of card to make my own card base.

To make a frosty window pane I sponged some white gesso over a piece of acetate, then glued this inside my aperture.

I cut the Cross Base again with dark grey card and glued the small outline on top of the 'frosted glass'

I inked another panel of watercolour card the same as above and stamped several snowflakes on with pumice stone ink. I flicked a little diluted aged mahogany ink on with my fingers.

This went on the inside of the card to hide the join and I stamped a greeting in the corner.

I coloured some white cord with a grey alcohol marker and wrapped it around the spine of the card then added the Cross Swirls die-cut from dark grey card, entwined with the larger outline from the Cross Base cut in silver mirri card.

I cut a Snowflake Base from stamping card and coloured it using the same technique as Iused for the background.

This was entwined around the cord on the front of the card

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Noor! Designs UK #21 Christmas
Winter Wonderland Show us your gold/silver and or an embossed background
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog #290 AG
Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge August
Happy Little Stampers (Christmas) Snowflakes
   Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #292 Vintage/AG
The Glory of Christmas #90: use Kraft paper/Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenges # 82 Christmas in July
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up #20 Optional Theme Christmas Confectionery

I will be back tomorrow evening to announce the winner of my giveaway. Good luck everyone!
Katrina x