Wednesday 4 September 2019

In the Resistance

Hello lovely peeps, long time no see :D

Just popping in quickly to share a card I made for my sister-in-law. I did the background with acrylic paint splattered onto black card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday 13 August 2019

More Regal Rose samples

Hello lovely peeps, as promised I'm back with some more samples that I made with the new Regal Rose stamps from Nick Roberts at Craftascope, starting with my favourite. I used one of the dies in Nick's ATC Antics set to make some trellis for the roses to clamber up.

Pop-up box made using rose bud and leaf sprigs from the Lady Elizabeth set, stamped with Grey Stazon onto thin watercolour card and water-coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. 

Rose Vases for Craftascope

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

The lovely Nick Roberts is on Hochanda TV again today with a new collection of Craftascope stamps, dies and stencils. I've been having a play with the stamps, which he has designed in memory of his Nan.

Using the Lady Marjorie stamp set, coloured with Distress Inks onto watercolour card.
Triskaidecagon die used to trace the shape of the vase.

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Thursday 25 July 2019

Retro Fun

Hello lovely peeps

A really quick post before I dash off to work to share the last two cards I made with the Retro Collection from Craftascope.

Friday 19 July 2019

Retro Fish

Hello lovely peeps and a very warm welcome to my new follower :o)

Well I'm not getting very far through my list of cards still to blog so I think I'll have to go with shorter posts if I'm going to get my Craftascope cards all published before the next collection launches :o)

Saturday 13 July 2019

Sunday 7 July 2019

Stitched Leaves

Hello lovely peeps, I do hope you are well.

First, sincere apologies for my absence. I started a new job in June with many more hours than I was doing previously and I was rather optimistic about the amount of time and energy I'd have left for crafting and blogging.

I was up at the crack of dawn this morning (ok, so it was only six o'clock but it's Sunday so it felt like the crack of dawn :D ) so I've just time for a quick post before I head off to work.

I still have quite a few Craftascope makes left to share with you, this is one of my favourites using the Retro/Floral collections.

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Food chain

Hello lovely peeps

A really quick card to share today, using a pre-coloured image and sentiment from the Born To Shop - Blokes CD from Daisytrail.

Monday 3 June 2019

Disco Fever

Hello lovely peeps

Another card today using the Retro collection from Nick Roberts at Craftsascope. I absolutely loved making this one.

Saturday 1 June 2019

Movie Night

Hello lovely peeps

The new theme at Crafty Calendar Challenge today is 'Masculine' and we have a fabulous sponsor. Make something matching our theme for the chance to win a $25 Voucher for Lawn Fawn.

Friday 31 May 2019

Floral Harmony

Hello lovely peeps

Nick Roberts has been a busy chap. Hot on the heels of his very successful Craftascope One Day Special at Hochanda he is bringing us some gorgeous new floral stamps tomorrow.

Tuesday 28 May 2019

Retro Leaves

Hello lovely peeps

A completely different card from yesterday but still using the new Retro collection from Nick Roberts at Craftascope, which is today's One Day Special on Hochanda.

The collection contains a set of 8 completely fabulous dies called Retro Leaves which are now one of my all time favourite crafty items. You can get them individually here on the Hochanda site while the stock lasts (though I'm guessing this will be the first item to sell out).

Monday 27 May 2019

Groovy Birthday

Hello lovely peeps

It's a very exciting day today for us all on the Craftascope Team - Nick is launching his first One Day Special at 6pm (BST) tonight on Hochanda TV.

Monday 20 May 2019

Nifty at Fifty

Hello lovely peeps, long time no see!
Sorry for my absence, I've been on holiday and ran out of time to schedule posts before I went.

I had a Nifty at Fifty theme in my head for this card - a milestone birthday for a female cyclist.

Sunday 5 May 2019

Happy Birthday Pots

Hello lovely peeps

A sneak peek for you today of stamps being released at Lili of the Valley later this month.
These are the Happy Birthday Pots - you also get pots that spell out Happy, a little mouse with a watering can  as well as a plain pot to customise yourself.

Saturday 4 May 2019

Distressing Curly

Hello lovely peeps

The theme this month at Crafty Calendar Challenge is 'Distress It' and we're sponsored by 

I've had the gorgeous image 'Curly' to play with. 

First I pulled the image into CraftArtist as I wanted to add a background paper behind him but leave the image white for colouring in. Normally I would just use the Cutout Studio tool to remove everything outside the image outline. However in this case you'll notice that the image is all open at the bottom

which would mean that the Cutout Studio tool would remove a lot of Curly's body too.

Essentially what you need is to have an unbroken line all the way around the image, so I used the pencil drawing tool to draw a line from the back of Curly to the front (I've used a much thicker line in the picture below so you can see what I mean).

All you need to do then is select both the image and the extra line together and choose 'Convert to Picture' from the Tools dropdown menu (just press OK when it comes up with a settings window).

This time when you remove the outside white space with Cutout Studio you get a more solid looking Curly.

The background I chose for him was a paper from the Beautiful Dreamer digi paper kit by Glitz Designs which is a lovely newspaper print. The edges look as if they've been coloured with black soot distress ink.

I sized it to 15cm square and then put Curly in the bottom left corner so my scrappy 'pencil' line was mostly off the edge.

After printing off onto 240gsm super smooth white card I coloured him in with Copic markers
Coat: E53, E25, E35, E23, E59
Horns: E70, E71 and E74 followed by C1 over the top.
Ears: E53 and RV11  
Nose: E70, E71 and E74 followed by RV11 over the top.

For the distressing I used a Core'dinations sanding block around the edges of the card to remove the top layer of paper, revealing the white underneath.

I finished off with a sentiment stamped using 'Say It How it is' set by Dyan Reavley and added a bit more distressing by colouring the edges of each word box with Pumice Stone distress ink.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
C.R.A.F.T. #511 distress your project
Copic UK Official FB Group  Anything Goes option of Avatar
Colour Crazy Challenge #17 Anything Goes 
Southern Girls Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday 25 April 2019

Saturday 20 April 2019

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Technology mad Mum

Hello lovely peeps

A commission to share with you today - my friend's Mum is into all the latest igadgets so I dug out James Laptop from my stash of stamps. I used the rubber version but you can get him as a digi in the Lili of the Valley Etsy shop here.

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Rainbow Socks

Hello lovely peeps

On today's card I've used one of the sentiments from Nick Roberts' first Craftascope collection - the Profile stamp set.  I just love the grungy look, I thought 'graffiti' as soon as I saw it.

Sunday 7 April 2019

Dancing Dolphin

Hello lovely peeps

 Today's card uses the Dancing Dolphin die from Craftascope.  I was quite nervous about using this one since my eBosser is getting on a bit and has patches where it won't cut through properly. For this reason I have given up buying large/intricate dies. Well I needn't have worried - it cut like an absolute dream, the waste pieces dropped right out.

Saturday 6 April 2019

Elsa the Piggy

Hello lovely peeps

We've got a 'Recipe' theme this month at Crafty Calendar Challenge
 - use 1 ribbon and 2 or more designer papers

Thursday 4 April 2019

Sunday 31 March 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Hello lovely peeps

I made a few different versions of these as I didn't have a great deal of time to make them and my mojo went on a break. This one was my favourite because of how one of the shrink plastic butterflies turned out.

Friday 29 March 2019

Through the Maze

Hello lovely peeps

Just popping in to show you a maze card I made with one of the Craftascope stencils designed by Nick Roberts -  it's called Retro Fun 2, part of a 2-pack. You can get these and lots of other items in Nick's Etsy shop (where you get free p&p 😍) or at Hochanda.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Get Wool Soon

Hello lovely peeps

Just popping in quickly to show you a Get Well card I designed in CraftArtist.

 daisy paper from the Fairy Garden digikit
clouds from the Sweet Dreams digikit
Cocoa Latte paper, colour tinted green
sheep image from Kisspng 
wool from Etsy
letter stamps from Making Cards magazine (freebie)
black Memento ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Good Friend

Hello lovely peeps

Nick is back on Hochanda again today at 11am and 3pm with another new collection of stamps, stencils and dies. There's a bit of a floral theme going this time, as well as an amazing dolphin die.

Monday 25 March 2019

Mountain Adventure

Hello lovely peeps

For today's card I've used one of the faces on the ATC Antics stamp set from Craftsacope and a sentiment from the Such a Card set.

Sunday 24 March 2019

A Boat named Hope

Hello lovely peeps

Did you catch Nick's Craftascope shows on Hochanda on Friday? I loved the demos and thought the samples from everyone looked great on the telly.  How chuffed was I when Nick showed my cowboy card in the first show and then my boat in the second show 😊

Friday 22 March 2019

Howdy Nick

Hello lovely peeps

If you've not seen the news on my Facebook or Instagram pages, I am delighted to say that I was invited by the lovely Nick Roberts to be on the Design Team for Craftascope.  Nick is on Hochanda TV today at 10am and 3pm to demonstrate his fabulous new stamps, stencils and dies, as well as bringing back his first collection

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Christmas Ribbon Slider

Hello lovely peeps

Before I start, thank you to the people who left comments for me yesterday - they were very much appreciated. It was a lovely service and Treverva Male Voice Choir did Uncle Paul proud with very powerful performances. They were a hard act to follow but I managed to read out Paul's poem OK (luckily they finished with an uplifting number so I was able to compose myself 🙂)

I've just got a quick post today to share the ribbon slider Christmas card I started at our club session last Thursday (I took Christmas papers but no Christmas sentiments, oops).

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Goodbye Uncle Paul

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are all well.

It's a sad day today as we lay my wonderful Uncle Paul to rest. This is the card I made for his family, using Inkylicious Poppies.

Sunday 10 March 2019

Ribbon Slider Card

Hello lovely peeps

I've got a ribbon slider card for you today, which we'll be doing at our cardmaking club on Thursday.  I saw these on Liz's blog last weekend (one of my Crafty Calendar teamies). 

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Spring Card Swap

Hello lovely peeps

Did you know we're holding a Spring/Easter themed card swap over on the We Love Lili of the Valley Facebook page? You have 5 more days to sign up and then you will have until the end of March to make your card for your swap-buddy. At the moment about half of the people taking part are on the DT so you've a pretty good chance of being paired up with one of us 😃