Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The STICK-IT Road Test...

Hi folks...the lovely David and Brenda at Craft Obsessions very kindly sent me some packs of STICK IT to try out...a brand new product developed by Craft Obsessions in collaboration with my adorable buddy...the very talented US based craft designer Ken Oliver.
is a micro thin sheet of adhesive specially formulated for intricate die cutting and can also be used with electronic cutting machines...it creates a uniform layer of adhesive making it so easy to stick down those fiddly die cuts
there's nothing more annoying than buying a beautiful intricate die which cuts perfectly but is then a nightmare to fix to your project... you spend ages applying minute dots of glue requiring the precision of a brain surgeon and no matter how careful you are...you end up either missing a few bits or there's a bit of seepage...been there done it and got the T-shirt and inevitably these dies are consigned to the "can't be bothered using" pile which is a great shame.
So I looked out some of the fiddliest dies in the cubbyhole stash and couldn't believe how easy Stick It is to use...it's definitely going to be the new must-have...sure to be a change your life product for all lovers of die cutting...
but would it work on the nightmare skinny branch twiggy tree...well the proof is there for all to see...STICK IT definitely does what it says on the tin...one firmly stuck down "not going anywhere" bad boy die cut tree...
and perfect for sticking down the fiddly bits from Tim's Halloween Shadows...

if you apply Stick It to both sides of your paper before die cutting...you too can have Distress Glittery Trick and Treaters and you'll probably have worked out by now that I'm sold on this product...it's definitely got 10 out of 10 from the cubbyhole crew and the answer to the question "could I live without it"...well that would be a BIG FAT NO but why don't you try it out for yourselves...pop over and put some in your shopping basket...there's a choice of...
a pack of  5 - 8" x 12.1/4" large sheets
or
a handy pack of 5 - 8" x 6.1/8" sheets

I'll be back tomorrow to share the last of Saturday's workshop projects from The Retreat at The Papeterie...in the meantime I've got a fun day ahead...a hot date with a pile of corrugated cardboard.
Edited to add:  woohoo David has just e-mailed to say he is sending me some packs of Stick It to give-away... so watch this space folks.
Hugs Kath xxx

Potting Shed Pop Up Flower Adventure...

Hi folks...crikey...gee whizz can you believe it's the first day of October already...the weather's still surprisingly warm and sunny but let's get real...it probably won't be long before the North Wind shall blow and we shall have snow but I'll be enjoying my first cuppa of the day out in the garden with the Furry Boy and our feathered friends including Robbie who flew in about a month ago while it lasts.
But back to the crafty stuff and Saturday's second workshop project using the fabulous Potting Shed Collection from Craftwork Cards...
and in what can only be described after the event as a moment of madness...I decided to share the Blooming Marvellous tutorial from my Craftwork Cards buddy...the very talented Neil Burley on how to make a pop-up flower...
it's all about folding squares of paper and cutting to create 6 petalled flowers which are then glued together in a specific way to create the pop-up mechanism...easy peasy on paper...not so in practice perhaps but hey it was lots of fun and we got there in the end although I suspect that some of the girls including myself have aged a good few years in the process...
And before I put my Fiskars hat on and get cracking with  the kitting marathon for the NEC workshops...I've been having some road test fun with the fabulous "new to the market" product...Stick-It and will spill the beans tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shadow Box Project...

Hi folks...I'm still in chill out mode after a busy weekend at The Papeterie Retreat...a huge thank you to all the crafting superstars who came along and made it one fabulous fun weekend and woohoo I'm continuing the fun with a day out with the Friday Girls...partaking in 2 of my favourite pastimes (apart from crafting that is) eating and shopping. Strangely enough I don't have loads of pics to share from the Retreat because I was so busy teaching chatting that most of the time I forgot to take the camera out of my bag.
We kicked off Saturday with the Shadow Box project...90 minutes of die-cutting fun with some of my favourite Tim Holtz dies...Postage Stamp Frame and the French Flight Framelits set...

watercoloring with Distress Inks

creating a box to turn the Postage Stamp frames into a Shadow Box...
But before I head off for a kick up my heels day...there's the small matter of 2 boxes of workshop materials to tidy away...
and I'll be back tomorrow to share what we made at the second workshop of the day with Craftwork Cards "Potting Shed" Collection.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oh Dear Me...

Hi folks...another Retreat been and gone...why does time fly when you're having fun and it's Monday morning...the beginning of another hectic week but I'm taking a few days off from the day job...chilling out with the Friday Girls and my adorable bundle of golden deliciousness who I have to say has been on his bestest behaviour since the stinky deer poo misdemeanour on Thursday.  I didn't chicken out of a return visit on Friday although he did get a good talking to on the way there and in true Furry Boy "never 2 days the same" style...I couldn't believe my eyes when we arrived back at the car with one "clean as a whistle" Golden Retriever...I wonder how long that will last but hey ho that's the joys of sharing my life with the "adorable most of the time" Furry Boy.
And people who live in glass houses should not throw stones...I had my very own "oh dear me...look at the state of your hands" moment when I managed to sneak in a little play time with the fabulous Distress Spray Stains...did you really think I would be able to wait and here's a quick card made with the left over scraps from some of my colour combination experiments...
if you're unsure what your must-have colours are going to be...one thing is certain...top of your shopping list has to be the Metallics...the shimmery sparkle they add to your projects is amazing...

 and I love how easy it is to create a background with just a quick spray through a stencil...
 can you tell I'm well and truly hooked...
check out the incredible shimmer you get from spraying Brushed Pewter on to black card...
and a little bit of advice from this "been around the block" crafter...try to keep your free hand out of the way of the nozzle otherwise you'll end up with one hand the colour of a milk bottle and the other with a rather fetching Vintage Photo sun bronzed look and if you fall into the "lethal with anything sprayable" category like me...I suggest perhaps creating your very own customised spray booth...I reckon an old cardboard box should do the trick and keep my coffee cup...scissors...trimmer and everything else within a 100 yard radius from requiring a big clean up.
I'll be sharing some of the projects we made at The Retreat this week...in the meantime I'm off to have a quick play with the fabulous Stick-It...have you ordered yours yet.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spooky...

Hi folks...I had a fabulous fun day yesterday at the Papeterie Retreat and the bonus is...I get to do it all over again today...in the meantime I'm sharing another September Inspiration Emporium DT project for the Inspiration Journal blog...what every cute little ghost or ghoul needs to hold all their "Trick Or Treat" goodies...


Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go...see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx


Saturday, September 27, 2014

EXCITED X 3

Hi folks...I'm so excited...I'll be leaving soon heading to The Papeterie to spend the weekend with all the lovely folks who are attending The Retreat...it's guaranteed to be 2 days of fun filled crafting with great company and yummy buffet lunches to enjoy....I do love my job but it can hardly be described as work.
and the resident hooligan is ever so pleased to get his snoozy space back but not for long...the workshop kitting for the NEC is next on the crafty list...
And as if that wasn't enough excitement for one weekend...I'm over the moon...like a kid in a sweetie shop because the fabulous new Distress Stain Sprays have arrived in the cubbyhole...bad planning time wise but hey ho I guarantee a "spraying everything in sight"  play session is sure going to brighten up my Monday morning...
And there's more...thanks to the lovely David and Brenda at Craft Obsessions for sending me a brand new product to try out...a very exciting "new to the market" product...one that all us lovers of diecutting are going to go absolutely crazy for and it's called...
STICK-IT
do you struggle sticking down those intricate die cut shapes...well no longer will you have to fiddle around trying to apply tiny dots of glue....Craft Obsessions and my lovely buddy Ken Oliver have come up with a must-have solution to that tricky adhesive problem...the one product you will not be able to live without and you can get it HERE...do not delay folks...this one is going to fly off the shelves. I'll be looking out my fiddliest dies and giving Stick-It a road test on Monday.
Toodle-oo for now and enjoy your weekend...whatever you've got planned
Hugs Kath xxx

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