Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Busy little Fiskars Bee...

Hi folks...the cubbyhole is in busy-busy bee mode...full-on Fiskars production line stuff...Mr Fuse has been working his socks off but nothing I can share with you yet so I've dug into the archives and today's crafty share is the card I made for the Fiskars April Newsletter...Project Of The Month...
using one of my favourite Fuse Dies....Hexagon...
and the "so easy to use" Squeeze Punch - Petal to create the flowers and leaves...

and still in Fiskars mode...I'll be sharing some exciting news with you all next week about an All Day Charity Workshop to be held at The Papeterie on 21st June...I just need to cross some I's and dot some T's and then I'll be able to tell you all about it and give you details of how you can sign up for what is guaranteed to be a fabulous fun crafting day out.
In the meantime the dates for the May and June Kath's Klub at The Papeterie have been posted on my Demo/Workshop Page...haven't got a scooby do what we will be making yet so fingers crossed I'm hit by a bolt of lightning divine inspiration very soon.
And while one half of the cubbyhole crew is running around like a headless chicken...the other half is highly delighted to have his great big snoozy place back and will be doing what he does best...lots of snoring and chasing rabbits woofy dreams. It's a dog's life and no mistake.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back To The Day Job...

Hi folks...I'm back in the cubbyhole after a fun weekend with the lovely crafty folks at the Retreat and my flying visit (I was a little bit tempted to snuggle down for a duvet day) on Sunday to the Dancing On Ice Final Tour and oh boy I'm so glad I dragged myself out of bed at silly o'clock and braved the dismal persisting with rain weather in Glasgow...if you get the chance to go...you will not regret it....fabulous fabulous show...lots of fun and it was very emotional watching Jayne and Chris performing The Bolero at the end of the show...real hair standing up on the back of your neck stuff...it's been a dream of mine to see them perform it live ever since I watched it all those years ago on the telly. Then it was time for another rain soaked trip back to the train station and a fun karaoke "passed in a flash" trip home in the company of lots of AFC football supporters who I have to say were very well behaved albeit a bit exuberant with their singing and surprisingly cheery considering their team lost. I was very tempted to take a pic of  my "across the way" travelling companions who did a great job with their snoring accompaniment to each and every song and in tune too but hey I would be gutted if someone shared pics of me giving it laldy with my mouth wide open...so on this occasion I resisted.
But it's back to the day job with a 5 card magazine commission...newsletter projects and new product samples for Fiskars nipping at my heels...that old deadline looming "where is Mr Mojo when you need him" feeling and just when I'd psyched myself up for a "get on with it" kind of a day...donned my Fiskars Hat...fired up Mr Fuse and mustered the troops...a rat-a-tat-tat on the door somewhat scuppered my good intentions plan. A happy happy mail arrival from my bestest bestest bud Enfys...my lovely personal shopper is home from her shopping holiday/adventure in the US and look what she got me...ooohh...aaahh...gorgeous burlap heaven...she knows me so well...
Can I manage to sneak in a little bit of playtime...oh yes...a cunning plan is a-brewing....burlap is very on trend at the moment and may well feature in said magazine commission. Where there's a will...there's always a way and you don't get to my age without realising there's more than one way to skin a cat.
But before the crafting can commence...there's the small matter of tidying away the debris from the weekend...this one is going to be easy-peasy lemon squeezy...
but this one will be more of a challenge...first let me make it known that this is NOT how Mrs Neat & Tidy usually packs up the workshop bits and pieces...
but I dropped the 3 trays as I lifted them out of the car and deposited their contents all over the driveway so now I have a real "grit my teeth-pull up my big girl knickers" sort everything out job on my hands. But it's not all doom and gloom...I'm off out tonight with little Sis...a trip down memory lane at "Let It Be" The Beatles musical...have a feeling it's going to be another fun sing-a-long evening.
Toodle-oo for now
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 14, 2014

Papeterie Retreat Day 2...

Hi folks...wow wow wow...I had a fabulous day out yesterday at Dancing On Ice in Glasgow but I'll tell you more about that tomorrow...in the meantime it's back to Saturday's fun with all those lovely crafty retreaters at The Papeterie Spring Craft Retreat...we kicked off the day altering an old baked bean tin into a rather cute storage pot using the Papermania Capsule "Blue Parisienne" Collection...
 with a gorgeous Kusudama flower as the focal point...


followed by a repeat of the Tim Holtz Burlap Panel Project...

and after another yummy lunch...the last workshop of the day...
a wall hanger using Hero Arts "Stamp Your Story" Collections...



heads down...we're on the homeward stretch now...
And in a blink of an eye...2 days have flown by and 6 workshops are done and dusted..,
Another fabulous Retreat at The Papeterie has been and gone...I would just like to say a huge thank you to Charlotte and her team for all their hard work organising the event and to all the lovely crafty folks who came along to play...thank you for your wonderful company...for all the fun and laughter and once again I take my hat off to all my fabulous crafting superstars.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Papeterie Day 1...Part 2

Hi folks...so here we go with the last project on Friday...the one I forgot to photograph...an Altered Art Piece using Distress Paints to create a background...creating layers of colour with Mr TH's fabulous stencils and stamping with Distress Paints and yes yet another Tattered Floral as the focal point...
we had lots of fun using Wendy Vecchi's fabulous White Embossing Paste with one of my favourite stencils from Tim...Bubble...
I just adore the flower centre created by cutting the centre out of one of the flowers...colouring with Wild Honey Distress Paint...coating in Glossy Accents and sprinkling with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter...wow it looks just like a Fruit Pastille and good enough to eat...

And I love how each and every one was different and some bolder with their colours than others...

Sadly I won't be joining the crafty retreaters today...I'm off to Glasgow bright and early this morning for a "Dancing On Ice" treat...woohoo I'm excited excited...will I be able to stop myself screaming with delight when I see "Dan The Man" skate on to the ice with his gorgeous partner Hayley...probably not but I'm at an age that I no longer care...why act your age when it's much more fun to act your shoe size. I'm assuming there will be no audience participation on this occasion so the old legs should be good to go for tomorrow's  "get back in the fitness swing" morning stroll.
I'll be back tomorrow to share Saturday's projects from the Craft Retreat...in the meantime...have fun and enjoy what's left of your weekend.
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Papeterie Retreat Day 1...Part 1

Hi folks...I'm all set for another fun day with the craft retreat gang...time to share some of the projects we made yesterday at Day 1 of the Spring Retreat at The Papeterie...spending time with lots of crafty folks is my idea of heaven and even more so when I get to share my passion for "All Things Tim Holtz". We kicked the day off making a Flower Pop-up Card using Distress Paints...Distress Ink Pads and Stencils to create a layered background followed by a little bit of stamping. Then it was time to have some fun with the floral decorations...layering up lots of Tattered Florals die cut from all manner of materials...making the card was the easy bit...getting a half decent photo...not so



and my superstar crafty companions did a fabulous job...10 out of 10 for their beautiful creations
after a quick toilet pit stop and a bit of musical chair class hopping we moved on to the next project...decorating a Burlap Panel and you're not far wrong if you're thinking there was a definite Tim Holtz theme to the day...


but time flies when you're having so much fun and before we know it's lunchtme...a well earned break tucking into a yummy yummy "all you can eat" Papeterie style lunch...

a chance to make new friends...fit in a sneaky bit of crafty retail therapy and in my case another quick trip to the loo before we head back to the classroom for the last project of the day which Miss Memory forgot to photograph so you'll have to wait until tomorrow...oops.
And there was lots of ooohing and aaaahing when this little cutie called in to say hello...
the absolutely adorable...Henry Hedgehog...
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ready...Steady...Go...

H folks...after all the frantic preparations...it's finally here...Day 1 of the Spring Craft Retreat at The Papeterie...I'm really looking forward to spending the weekend with all the lovely folks who are coming along to play...it's guaranteed to be lots of fun and the good news is Mr Nasty Cold Virus has hightailed it back to whence he came so I'm back to firing on all cylinders again and raring to go.
And a certain member of the cubbyhole crew will be mighty glad that the cubbyhole has returned to normal...the poor Furry Boy's snoozing space has been reduced to postage stamp proportions with all the kitting paraphenalia but he's such a star...takes things as they come and always happy to snuggle himself into the only available empty space however cramped.
And with a bit of luck Monday's first task of the day will be to move the big bundle of Fiskars samples out of his snoozing space...they've returned to the cubbyhole for a big "tarting up" operation...after a year of travelling the country...here...there and everywhere...in and out of demo and tools boxes...they're looking a tad battered bruised and downright tatty but with a bit of titivating and replacement of crushed ribbons and flattened embellishments...they'll be looking as good as new and all set for their next outing at the NEC in November.
And talking of samples...a naughty e-mail with a last minute (is there any other kind) magazine commission popped into my Inbox the other day...deadline for posting...TODAY but Mr Fuse and Mr Mojo worked their magic...
and another job bites the dust...
Toodle-oo for now...see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crafting on a sugar high...

Hi folks...I don't want to tempt fate but I think I may be winning the battle against Mr Nasty Cold Virus..."she says whispering just in case he's listening"...I've run the gauntlet of runny nose...stuffed up nose...sneezing and the barking like a dog cough and seem to have come out the other side relatively unscathed but for someone who doesn't have a sweet tooth...it did involve dragging myself kicking and screaming to the medicine cabinet for the "4 times a day" diet of Manuka Honey...it certainly seems to have wondrous cold cure properties but this stuff is capital letter SICKLY SWEET...only made palatable by upping the ratio of Hot Lemon to Honey...either way it was either "too sweet or too sour" face screwing up taste bud torture...that old saying "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down" may well be true but I have a sneaky feeling that this particular "cold busting" remedy left me suffering from a mega sugar induced hyperactive high.
Yesterday was intended to be a "rest and recuperation/ take things easy/chill out/pottering around in the cubbyhole/nothing exciting or strenuous" day but the minute I saw the new coloured Distress Ink Pad labels on Tim's Facebook page from Ranger...I was off on a "sugar filled crafting high" adventure...

all I had to do was click Print...peel and stick and half an hour later...the job's a good un...
but obviously not quite enough to satisfy this crafter's craving so I moved on to have a little nosey into the gorgeous Flower Shop Pop Up Card Kit from Craftwork Cards...
and before I could stop myself I'd cut the front flap off the pop-up card and in a little world all of my own...happily colouring the Flower Shop topper with Distress Markers...
these cards are so deliciously dimensional...it was definitely going to end up an "all angles" photo fest...




The old Manuka Honey may well be what the doctor ordered but I suspect that the real remedy for my ills was this "love what I do and do what I love" bit of impromptu crafting...fingers crossed the high lasts right through the weekend for my hot date with all those lovely Craft Retreat folks.
Which reminds me...today is going to be a "tidy up this old crafter" day...taming the "mind of it's own" hair and the grungy nails definitely need a bit of work before I pack up the jalopy with all the Craft Retreat bits and pieces ready for an early start tomorrow. Toodle-oo for now.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kath 1....Drippy Nose 1...

Hi folks...well it's stalemate...there are no signs of the Drippy Nose/Sneezing for Scotland intruder taking the hint and leaving anytime soon...the medical report on this particular patient would read...STABLE...holding her own but the next 24 hours are critical. My friends will tell you that I do not do "ILL"...I'm not the most patient of patients...don't mind the odd feeling grotty day but more than that and Mrs Seriously Grumpy is on the warpath but until I can come up with a battle winning strategy...I'll may have to settle for a "Kath 1...Drippy Nose 1..." draw.
But it's not all doom and gloom...there's good news...the Laboratorie Album is finished...I kept the front cover fairly simple...didn't make it too dimensional as the more it's handled and pulled in and out of my demo box...the more likely it is to get damaged...


and the inside...

do you think if I spoke to hubby nicely...he might fit another shelf to store all my Tag Albums..."12 Tags 2012 and 2013" and Creative Chemistry 101 and 102...
Added to the never ending crafty list will be the album for the 2014 tags and all the gone before "12 Tags of Christmas" and my collection will be complete. Mind you if Tim keeps up the "12 Tags" tradition in 2015...2016...2017 etc...etc...I'm going to end up with a whole library...my very own set of  "Tags Encyclopaedia Britannica".
So from my sick bed aka the cubbyhole...toodle oo for now...see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

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