Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Take your time Mr Mojo...

Hi folks...well the "storm" has arrived...lashing rain...freezing gale force winds and a bit of sunshine thrown in for good measure but hey nothing out of the ordinary for this neck of the woods and there's still no sign of the AWOL Mr Mojo so I've had to abandon the tutorial stuff I was working on for November in favour of a fun play day with some of the new TH Christmas goodies and another card for the October Colour Challenge over at The Ribbon Girls...another WHITE creation...
but it would seem that there's WHITE and there's WHITE...the Texture Paste look white on the card but up against the brilliant white of the seam binding bow and sentiments seems to have taken on an off white creamy appearance...
but I rather like the contrast of the different shades of WHITE alongside one of my favourite Distress Ink Pads...Pumice Stone...love the speckled effect you get when you stamp on the textured surface of Distress Watercolor Cardstock and I'm giving you advanced warning that I'm now obsessed with the gorgeous Holiday Words Script Thinlits Dies...
so I'm planning another play day and am now in a "take your time coming back Mr Mojo" mood.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Twiddling my thumbs...

Hi folks...the weather seems to be the topic hitting the headlines again this week with the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo due to arrive in the UK today and how bad it's going to be seems to depend on which weather forecast you've tuned in to but just in case for once the weather boffins have got it right...I've put any thoughts of gallivanting on hold...we've battened down the hatches and were looking forward to a mega "marooned in our crafty space" nailing the crafty list session but we didn't bargain on Mr Mojo leaving us in the lurch...he's jumped ship again and left his cubbyhole crew mates up the creek without a paddle...isn't it just typical when you're raring to go that it's looking like a frustrating "nothing else for it but drink coffee and twiddle my thumbs" day until the naughty absentee decides to grace us with his company again. I wonder if he knows something we don't and has hightailed off to higher ground.
But anyway..I'm back to share what we made in the afternoon session at Kath's Klub with the gorgeous give-away stamp...Christmas Cottage from Stampendous...
 perfect for a little bit of watercolouring with Distress Ink Pads...

and a dusting of Chunky White Frantage Embossing Powder...


See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mixed Messages Indeed...

Hi folks...it's Monday morning and back to the crazy crafty work stuff...lots to do before I head off to The NEC in a 2 and a bit weeks...crikey where does time go but enough waffling...it's time to share what we made at Kath's Klub at The Papeterie on Saturday morning with the class give-away stamp set...
Mixed Christmas Messages
from my lovely buddy Paula Pascual...
available from The Papeterie or online HERE
with a little fun spritzing session using Tim's new Distress Spray Stains thrown in for good measure...
the gorgeous Snowflakes are from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8Pk with stamps Snowflakes 2...also designed by Paula...


And seeing as we're on the subject of mixed messages...crikey what's going on with the weather...one minute it's blue sky albeit a bit cool and the next it's blowing an almighty hooley with rain like stair rods and sure as fate if I don the Nanook Of The North gear for our morning stroll...the sun comes out and if I don't...you can guarantee I'll be drookit by the time we arrive home and I'm not having much luck with the heating either...switch it on and I'm too hot...switch it off and I'm freezing...it's a "you're damned if you do and damned if you don't" can't win either way situation. But I'll be back tomorrow to share what we made at the afternoon workshop and one thing's for sure...today is going to be one of those "hi ho hi ho...it's off to work I go" kind of days.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge...October

Hi folks...more than halfway through October already and the third Sunday of the month means it's time to hop on over to The Ribbon Girls and play along with this month's Colour Challenge which is...
WHITE
I had lots of fun building up layers on this...excuse the pun "blank canvas" to add much touchy feely texture...


The challenge will run for one week and will close at 9pm UK time on Saturday 25th October...as always there's a fabulous prize for one lucky winner...
 and
but before you head off to your crafty space to create your "WHITE" masterpiece...pop over to The Ribbon Girls for some gorgeous inspiration from my fellow teamies. I'm looking forward to a lazy chilling out Sunday before the crazy crafty work stuff kicks off again tomorrow and I hope you'll enjoy the day too whatever you've got planned.
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fingers Crossed...

Hi folks...I'm doing a little woohoo this morning...in a quiet whispery "not tempting fate" voice...I think I may have managed to head the dreaded sniffles off at the pass...a couple of early nights...loads of hot lemon/honey drinks and 4 hourly pill popping sessions seem to have done the trick...I suspect the stuffed up sneezy fuzzy feeling may well have been the old body's reaction to the central heating being turned on again but you never know...such an optimistic statement has turned round and bitten me on the bum in the past so here's hoping with all fingers crossed.
And back to the crafty stuff...a quick make with my new best friend...the gorgeous Layered Snowflake...
and it seems we're back to challenging photography dark dreich days again...despite my best efforts...the camera refuses to show the sparkly twinkly Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy glittery finish on the snowflake and that's easier to type than it is to say...

I have so many ideas running around in my head for this boy but I won't be putting them into practice today...instead I'll be heading back to The Papeterie...yes twice in one week...what a treat...to meet up with the lovely folks who come along to join in the fun at Kath's Klub.
But before I go...I've had a couple of  "can you help" e-mails from crafty folks who have purchased the Holiday Words Script Thinlits Set and have been unable to either get a clean cut on these beautiful intricate words or struggled to eject them from the die...
I'm casting no aspersions here because I am the world's worst at diving in head first and only consulting the instructions when it goes horribly wrong...in fact I'm an honorary member of the "people who live in glass houses should not throw stones" club but if you flip over the packaging leaflet...Sizzix share some "help is at hand" hints and tips...
"because of their intricacy...Thinlits dies may require up to three passes to cut" and "place wax paper between material and die for improved ejection"...
yeah...it's as simple as that folks...despaireth no more...problem solved and there's no need to purchase those mega expensive rolls of "die-cutting" wax paper either...my cheap as chips at £1.99 for a 10 metre roll of non stick baking paper from my local Aldi works a treat. And if you're thinking they may just be a tad fiddly to stick down...head on over to Craft Obsessions and stock up on the fabulous STICK IT...the easy peasy perfect adhesive solution for all your intricate die cuts.
Enjoy whatever you're doing this weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow over at The Ribbon Girls for a brand new Colour Challenge
Hugs Kath xxx

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