Thursday, July 28, 2016

Here we go again...

Hi Everyone...I had a real fun day yesterday with my special crafty guests and will be sharing the results of their labours in a very special challenge on Monday...
but life has a way of every now and then jumping up and kicking you in the teeth.  We're just back from the vet this morning after finding another small lump on Buddy's leg...it could be another nasty or not...no way of knowing without waiting 2 weeks for the results of a biopsy so we've decided to have it removed immediately and he's booked in for "better safe than sorry" surgery bright and early tomorrow morning.
It's time for positive thoughts and keeping myself busy today and all of tomorrow...time to put my go-to stress buster techniques into action...CLEANING and ORGANISING are my thing so today I'll be doing battle with the kitchen cupboards and tomorrow hitting the cubbyhole for another major clear out.
And in the crafting department...I'll be back tomorrow to share what I made for a fun blog hop with some adorable stamps.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What can possibly go wrong...

Hi folks...I'm in the cubbyhole bright and early this morning getting ready for a fun morning crafting with 2 very special guests...
 who are excited to be tackling their first ever DT assignment...
I'm not going to lie...I'm feeling a little nervous because it involves GLITTER...lots of GLITTER...
What can possibly go wrong that can't be sorted with a quick dust down or worst case scenario...a hose down in the shower before this "been there...done it...got the T-shirt" crafty person and her companions head out for lunch and a fun afternoon.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, July 25, 2016

Add some texture...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Sail Away/Nautical" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...
and the theme for this week is...
ADD SOME TEXTURE
I decided to decorate a canvas...a project which turned out completely different from what I had planned...

I started off giving the canvas a coat of White Gesso and tore some strips from scraps I had left over from the Prima Timeless Memories paper pad...
fixed them in place with Gel Medium to create a textured collage effect and gave it a light wash of White Gesso to soften it down a bit. I know what you're thinking...at this stage it looks like a bit of dog's dinner but sometimes you have to stick with it in the belief it will get better...
I die cut letters from card covered with scrumbled up Tissue Wrap using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Wordplay Die...
did a little bit of stamping using Tim Holtz  Mixed Media Stamp Set inked with Potting Soil Archival Ink and added the die cut letters and some individual flowers cut from Prima Plumeria Floral Lace...
another light coat of Gesso on the letters and flowers and the addition of Art Basics Mini Art Stones..silver beads and tiny sequins from Lilac Lane's Minty Fresh Embellishment Bottle Kit and voila it's beginning to come together. At this stage I had planned to go in with some Distress Spray Stains but decided I rather liked the soft sepia look so no point in over-egging the pudding...time to quit whilst I was ahead...
I added some twine loops...a Prima Penmanship flower and leaves spritzed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Spray Stain...

created shadows around the lettering and lace flowers using the Walnut Stain Distress Marker and Detailer Water Brush...added Ranger Texture Paste through the Splotches Stencil from Mini Layering Stencil Set...
and added some buttons from my stash...
You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...


Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram


Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Naked Crafter...

Hi Everyone...don't worry I haven't been crafting in the buff only because I don't want to be arrested for offending public decency but believe me with the scorchio temperatures of the last 2 days...I've been sorely tempted...the cubbyhole's been like a sauna come afternoon so we've been going like the clappers to nail the crafty list in the mornings...knocking off at lunchtime (the joys of being the boss around here) and moving the social media and photography departments outdoors...
 but when you can't remove your fur coat...you have to find a shady spot to snooze...
Well done to all the folks who guessed what was in my "happy mail" parcel...woohoo Crazy Dogs and Mini Cats and Dogs have made it safely across the pond and have now taken up residence in the cubbyhole...
a huge huge thank you to Tim and Mario for their kind and generous hearts and also to Kristina Werner who has done an amazing job illustrating these adorable dudes...
and if like me...you've been feeling a bit hot under the collar...pop this guy in the fridge overnight and voila...you have the perfect facial "cool down" spritzer...
But two days of sunshine does not a Summer make and guess what...it looks like normal service will be resumed soon because the usual crappy weather is forecast to return today.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mrs Organised...

Hi Everyone...I've had my "Mrs Organised" hat on again in the never ending battle to create more space in the cubbyhole caused by the age old problem that most crafters will recognise...yes it's called HOARDING...the need to hold on to stuff that donkey's years old although you know it's unlikely you will ever use it. So I confronted that particular demon and set to work determined to make way for the shed load of new Stampers Anonymous/Sizzix/Idea-ology/Ranger stuff that's being added to the cubbyhole shopping list on a daily basis.
So the weekend began with the first of many purges...stamps and dies were first on the hit list...
and then it was time for some re-organisation of the "Everything Tim Holtz" storage area...previously I had my stamps stored in A4 magazine holders...nightmare to find the set I wanted...the dies were all higgledly piggedly and everything else was just sitting on the shelves and sure as fate...the pot that I wanted was always right at the back which meant moving everything out of the way to get at it so I hit the supermarket and invested in a truck load of clear containers and got busy creating a new "grab and go" system...
filing my TH stamps in themes and then in alphabetical order...
 the dies have had the "filed in alphabetical order" treatment too...
my Distress Spray Stains are now grouped in colour families and when I need a reinker I just have to lift out the box and find the one I want...
 and all my Ranger Mediums are now happily snuggled up together in one place...
 and with a bit of luck I'll get the Decoart section finished today...
a weekend of being ruthless...sorting and labelling has paid off...
and just in time for the first of my "happy mail" arrivals...
which have already been inked...woohoo...woof...woof and I'll be sharing a card with you tomorrow...but if you have no idea what I'm wittering on about...haven't yet twigged what is in this special parcel...here's a little clue...
Hugs Kath xxx

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