Tuesday 26 October 2021

Happy Mail

A girly card to share with you today, using an old clear stamp set from Tiddly Inks called Happy Mail, stamped in grey Memento and coloured in with a mix of Copic and Graph-It markers.


I layered it up with a K&Co paper from the Berry Sweet range and flowers made with a Marianne Designs die set.

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Mini Mike Surprise

Hello lovely peeps

Just popping in to share a ribbon slider card that I made with an old IndigoBlu stamp set called Mini Mike. It's still available on the artist's website here.

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Birthday Fishes

Hello lovely peeps

Just a quick post to share a card I made with the fabulous Weird Fish stamp set from Funky Fossil.

I coloured them in with promarkers and used spritzed distress inks for the background.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:-
Bizzy Becs  AG 
Allsorts #644 I love ... smooshy ink backgrounds and quirky stamps
AAA  #200 celebrate
Crafty Animals  #55 AG with an animal 

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Thursday 30 September 2021

Bunny Hugs

Hello lovely peeps

A CAS card today using Rocking the Wreath stamp set from Tracey Hey

Thursday 23 September 2021

Tyre Swing

Hello lovely peeps

This is my entry for the Innovation Master category over at the MFT 'Card Design Superstar' competition.

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Fast Track Couple

Hello lovely peeps

There's a fab 'Card Design Superstar' competition going on at MFT right now with $4000 worth of prizes. You can enter one card in up to 3 categories - CAS Genius, Coloring Virtuoso or Innovation Master. 

Friday 17 September 2021


Hello lovely peeps

I've been having a play with my new Lawn Fawn stamp set 'Duh-Nuh Flip Flop' 

Tuesday 14 September 2021

On Safari

Hello lovely peeps

I've been having a play with some of my new MFT stamps, 'Sweet safari' and
'Sunshine and Friendship', plus an appearance from another Zippy Zebra.

Monday 13 September 2021

Feeling fall

Hello lovely peeps

It's coming up to that time of the year - the trees are starting to shed and I'll soon be like a little kid kicking up the leaves on the pavement :D

Sunday 12 September 2021

New Home

Hello lovely peeps

Our nephew moved into his first flat last week so I made a new home card for him using this fab Cityscape digi from Oddball Art.

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Squirrel Watercolour

Hello lovely peeps

Today's make was going to be a card when I started, but I was so pleased with how it came out that I framed it instead.

Monday 6 September 2021

Something Old, Something New

Hello lovely peeps

A CAS card to share today, using a very old Docrafts/Forever Friends stamp which I coloured in with Copics and cut out. 

Monday 23 August 2021

It Moose Be a box card

Hello lovely peeps

Just popping in to share the card I made for hubby's birthday.

Thursday 19 August 2021

Paper Stripes

Hello lovely peeps

I saw this card on pinterest and thought what a good idea it would be for using up snippets of paper instead of painting it.

Thursday 12 August 2021

Scooter Life

Hello lovely peeps

A CAS card to share today using one of the fabulous Zippy Zebras by MFT.

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Racing Green

Hello lovely peeps

The men in flat caps from Lili of the Valley are my favourite images to use for men's cards and I was delighted when I managed to get hold of the clear stamp versions of their latest release.

I stamped the 'Racing Green' image onto watercolour card with grey memento ink and coloured in with distress markers, using some water to draw out the colour. 

Saturday 31 July 2021

hap-pea birthday

Hello lovely peeps

For today's card I've used the adorable 'Be Hap-pea' stamp set by Lawn Fawn.

Thursday 29 July 2021

He's a Lumberjack

Hello lovely peeps

I bought these fabulous stamps a few weeks ago (Aall & Create set #463 'The Gentlemen')

 and was having a play swapping their heads around as the beardy guy is my favourite.

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Winsome bloom

Hello lovely peeps

I won this lovely little stamp/die set called 'Winsome Bloom' by Altenew over at Bizzy Becs challenge a couple of months ago (thank you Bec :D ) and needed to make a female birthday card, so I thought I would take it for a spin.

Saturday 24 July 2021


Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

Phew, it's been scorching here for the last week. Like these little 'Penguins in Paradise' (MFT) I normally love being out in the sunshine but it's been too hot for me this time.
Thankfully the heat wave has passed and it's lovely and cool here today. 

This is the card I gave to my neighbour for her birthday yesterday.

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Bear Hug

A quick post today to get my card in for a challenge that's closing.

I've used masking again to split the sentiment up and to stamp the groups of trees.

Sunday 11 July 2021

Birthday snippets

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

I am delighted to say that I am a Guest Designer for the lovely Di over at Pixie's Snippets Playground for the next fortnight. 

Thursday 8 July 2021

Country Gent

Hello lovely peeps

For today's card I've used one of the old Lili of the Valley art pad images. They're great for when you don't have time to colour in.

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Little alpaca herd

I've been having a play with one of the stamps in the 'Friends' set by Tracey Hey and made myself a mini herd of alpacas.

The one on the left is the image as it comes in the set, I used masking and mirror stamping to do the other two. 

Saturday 19 June 2021

Feeling nautical

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well. 

For today's card I've used the Float My Boat stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I stamped with 2nd generation grey memento ink and then coloured in with pencils (Lyra Rembrandt)

Saturday 12 June 2021

Lucky Cats

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new email follower.

Today's card was made with the 'Lucky Cats' stamp from Lili of the Valley which I stamped in grey memento onto Pink Frog watercolour card and then watercoloured using distress inks 
(black soot, hickory smoke, rusty hinge, weathered wood and mowed grass)

The sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley (Block Sentiments).

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:-

As You Like It Challenge CAS or fully fancy - I once found a little shop in Bath that sold fabulous cards in a CAS style and I loved the fact that a card could be so great with so little on it.  With all the gorgeous stamps you can buy nowadays it's easy to create something simple but eyecatching.

Little Red Wagon #605 Make it CAS

Alphabet Challenge E is for easy simple card

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Monday 7 June 2021

Frog Dude

Hello lovely peeps, I'm just popping in to share the card I made for my nephew's birthday.

I just love the kooky expressions on the animals in the Crazy Critters stamp set by Hobby Art. I coloured the frog with Copic markers before fussy cutting him out & layering up with various papers from my stash.

Other Ingredients:-
One Birdie Lane 8x8 paper pad (Lili of the Valley/Nitwit)
grey & black memento ink
tropical leaf die and watercolour paper coloured with distress ink

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:-
Dream Valley Challenges #249 die cuts and/or punches
Creatalicious Challenges #212 AG with optional for a boy
Dragonfly Dreams  For the boys
Crafty Animals  #51 AG with animal
Bizzy Becs  AG 

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Friday 4 June 2021

A note for my email subscribers

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.

(a bee busy at work with my foxgloves)

A quick note to those of you who signed up to receive email notifications when there's a new post here at Katrina's Crafting Blog.

You may have read that Google is discontinuing Feedburner as a tool.  Feedburner is what has been  sending out emails to those of you who follow me by email subscription.

So this is just to let you know that if you are a follower by email, you will (hopefully!) continue to receive emails, but they will now come courtesy of follow.it

You shouldn't have to do anything special. When you get an email, you can just click through to visit me here at Katrina's Crafting Blog, just as you always have done.  You, the followers, will also get the chance to alter how you receive your notifications if you want to, which couldn't be done with Feedburner.  But that's entirely up to you.  If you don't want to change anything you don't have to!

If you follow by Blogger/Google, Bloglovin', Instagram or Pinterest then nothing should change.

And if you'd like to start following by email, you'll find an updated button to do it in the sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Special Birthday

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are all well. 

We had a beautiful bank holiday weekend here in Somerset, I was so glad to see the sun after such a wet May. I had my second covid jab last Wednesday too, so all in all a fantastic week.

I made this card for a friend who turned 60 last week, using the 'Watercolour Poppy' stamp set from Inkylicious. I stamped with black Archival ink and coloured with watercolour paints.

Other Ingredients:
Pink Frog Watercolour Card
Large Birthday Sentiments (LOTV) 
A5 landscape card blank (Anna Marie)

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:-
 Little Red Wagon #603 Say it with flowers
Stamping Sensations Beautiful blooms
We love Chocolate Baroque Bright sunny colours
As You Like It Challenge Favourite colouring medium - at the moment it's watercolour paint as you can get a lovely colour blend very easily

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Me ol' Bamboo

I'm delighted to say that I'm a Guest Designer over at Retro Rubber for the next fortnight. You have to use stamps older than a year so it's the perfect challenge for me given that I'm a hoarder, lol.

Their challenge this time is an easy one - Anything Goes

The main stamp on my card is 8 years old and is called Party Paws 'Flowers from Bamboo', released by Crafter's Companion. I stamped him onto smooth cartridge paper with grey Memento ink and watercoloured him in with Distress Markers.

The sentiment was done in black Versafine ink with an old 'Large Birthday Sentiments' set by Lili of the Valley from 2 years ago. 

I added a few gel dots tofinish off and mounted on a 7x7" card blank.

Please pop over to Retro Rubber if you get a chance to see the wonderful creations from the team.

Thank you ladies for having me as GDT this time.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:-

Crafty Animals  #50 AG with animal

AAA Birthday 25 Happy Birthday  

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Monday 24 May 2021

Sebastian the seahorse

Evenin' all. A late post today because I've been down with my lovely Mum for a couple of days (now we're allowed to stay overnight again) and I wanted to get this one blogged for a challenge ending tomorrow. 

The stamps are from Lavinia - I've used Sebastian the Seahorse (for the main image and also some of the seaweed at the bottom), plus a trailing vine stamp from a really old fairy set.

Thursday 20 May 2021

Waving Hearts

Today's card features a lil' cutie from a Tracey Hey stamp set called 'Friends'

There's a challenge on this month to use the little accent stamps that you get with the main Tracey Hey images, and I've managed to get in four of them on my card.

Friday 14 May 2021

Baby Groot

I've never been so excited about one of my crafty makes.  Introducing .....

my crocheted baby Groot

Thank you to Twinkie Chan for the free pattern,  I had so much fun making him! For those you not familiar with Groot, he is a character in the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

Sunday 9 May 2021

I Dream of Tennis

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

Just popping in to share the birthday card I made for my tennis-loving friend with one of my many Gorjuss stamps.

Monday 3 May 2021

May Calendar Page

Just popping in to share the 'May' page I made for my calendar. I printed it off in March and stamped the image but I've only just had the chance to colour it in.

I used an old LOTV stamp called 'Watering Can' which doesn't seem to be available as a digi stamp in their shop, but you can get the Simply Print version 

Thursday 29 April 2021


Hi everyone and welcome to my new follower :D

 I've got a masculine card to share with you today, using scraps of paper and a moustache die I had in a Crafters Companion advent calendar.

Saturday 24 April 2021

Hooked on Crochet

Hello lovely peeps and welcome to my new follower.

Please allow me to introduce my new crafty obsession ......... crochet!

I've been dying to learn crochet for ages now, ever since I saw someone had crocheted a baby groot (from Guardians of the Galaxy). The pattern looked a bit complicated though so I've been keeping an eye out for a simpler project to get me started. 

Then I saw that one of my ex-Polkadoodles teamies, Cara, had crocheted some oh-so-cute little cats and that, as they say, was that  :D

I watched several YouTube videos, did lots of practice with some acrylic DK and a new set of crochet hooks, then took the plunge and bought some proper yarn. Cara recommended a few different ones and I went for YarnArt Jeans which I got from Our Little Craft Co (fabulous service).

One of the cats I regularly cat-sit for is Jim, a gorgeous grey tabby. I decided to make my first kitty based on him as his owner's birthday is coming up soon. 

It took me several sessions to get him finished (and it took ages to do his facial features) but I'm quite pleased with how he turned out.

I used:-
3mm crochet hook
YarnArt Jeans shades 46 Grey & 80 Light Grey 
(& strands of 62 Snow White for whiskers)
Ricorumi shade 008 Rose
black acrylic DK
large needle
free pattern for 'Itty Bitty Crochet Kitty' from Thoresby Cottage

I would like to enter my kitty in the following challenges:-
Show us Your Pussies-Cat Only Challenge #65 Furrything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #49 AG with critter

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Finger Painting

A bit of finger painting today, lol.

I've been watching an old Art Journalling DVD by Kate Crane where she does painty backgrounds with her fingers and thought I would have a go. 

Wednesday 14 April 2021

New Home

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well.  Apologies for the lack of posts and visiting your own blogs to comment. Between work, gardening and my new crafty addiction (more to come on that soon), I've not had much time left for blogland. 

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my friend to give her son and partner when they moved into their new home.

She sent me pictures of the house beforehand and it's so lovely I wanted to move there myself :D 
I decided to do a variation on an easel card I designed a few years ago but designed it specifically to look like their new house.

There is a beautiful stream running past too so I have incorporated that onto the base of the easel.

Tim Holtz (Sizzix) mini tattered florals and garden greens dies
Cheery Lynn fence die
various scraps of paper
LOTV circle sentiment stamp
wadding for the chimney smoke
watercolour card and grey paint for the windows/door

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Pixie's Snippets Playground #400
Aud Sentiments Challenge #272 AG & a sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  AG with Patterned Paper

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe
Katrina x

Thursday 8 April 2021

Better late than never

A belated birthday card to share with you today, using one of the cute little mice stamps from the 'Critter Party' set by Penny Black

I stamped it onto watercolour card with black Versafine ink, along with flowers from the Touch of Whimsy set (also PB)