Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sun...Sea...Sand

Hi folks...isn't the weather just absolutely glorious...far too scorching to stay cooped up in the cubbyhole so Brodie Oliver and Grandma set off yesterday for a day at the beach in the picturesque town of Stonehaven...
if you head for the coast in my neck of the woods...you can almost always guarantee a cooling breeze or a howling gale depending on the season but yesterday Stonehaven was SIZZLING and the outdoor heated pool was already busy at 10 o'clock...
As the name suggests Stonehaven has a stony pebbly beach so we headed for the little bit of soft golden sand at the harbour...
 for a paddle and a yummy picnic lunch...
 provided courtesy of M&S...
and for pud...a delicious ice cream cone which was melting faster than we could lick it...
And at the end of a fun day...it's that moment when you sit back in the car and feel as though you've stepped into an oven...if not for Air Con I would have been throwing caution to the wind and driving home in my underwear.
Enjoy your weekend everyone...have fun in the sun but please be sensible...unlike the masses of folks walking around Stonehaven looking like boiled lobsters.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pretty In Pink...

Hi folks...woohoo another gorgeous bundle of goodies  from Craftwork Cards landed on my workdesk last week...the beautiful Pretty In Pink Paper Pad...Midas Touch card and sentiment toppers...Elegance Pivot cards and lots of new Candi as featured on yesterday's Create and Craft shows...
and I'm sure you'll be able to tell which papers were my favourites...
you won't have seen any of these on the show...my samples didn't arrive in time...let down by Mr "Go Slow" Royal Mail and for all I know they are still sitting in a sorting office somewhere between here and there...
 a simple bloom made by layering up Candi

 a kaleidoscope of gorgeous butterflies
 love the pivot cards but they are a bit of a nightmare to capture with the camera...
and what are the chances of this one arriving in time for Julie's birthday...
I'm off on a little jaunt today...not with the Friday Girls but with my favourite Boys and seeing as the weather is forecast to be absolutely scorchio again...I think a day at the seaside would go down a treat...a paddle...a picnic and a great big ice cream to cool us down.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Days...

Hi folks...I'm a little bit wary of saying it out loud or putting this statement in writing but BROADBAND IS BACK...hubby replaced the BT master socket and discovered that my years hooked up to the internet have been something of a miracle because in his words "you've been wired up all wrong"...NO not me personally although not everyone would agree...but no matter it's sorted now and the cubbyhole crew are back in the land of super duper speedy Broadband and that means Happy Days...well...until the next technology wobble.
I was a little bit confused when I opened the door to my lovely postie last Friday...pacing the cubbyhole impatiently waiting for 2 jiffy bags...one from Craftwork Cards and the other from Craft Obsessions with my Timmie goodies...so what on earth was in this big box...then I spotted the magic word "Zutter" and put 2 and 2 together.
The lovely David and Brenda have very kindly sent the Zutter Magnetic Die and Stamp Storage System for me to road test so watch this space...
and snuggled up inside my bundle of Timmie goodies...
but no time to play today...the bird's nest barnet is destined for the chop followed by a fun date with my lovely dentist and in between I'll be on the sofa with a cuppa tuning in to watch my lovely buddy Julie Hickey on Create and Craft with a Craftwork Cards One Day Wonder and a gorgeous new Paper Pad..."Very Pretty" and "Pink"...oops...too much information perhaps...you can tune in too at... 
8.00am -11.00am -2.00pm - 4.00pm -7.00pm
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"12 Tags of 2014" July...

Hi folks...I'm skidding in by the seat of my pants for this month's tag and no excuse really because there were little or no adapt and overcome moments this time round...just the fact that time runs away from us sometimes...
and here's the cubbyhole version...
I don't have the BigZ die for the seahorse so I used the mini set but he didn't half look lost all on his lonesome...definitely needed a buddy for company...I'm sure I've read somewhere that seahorses mate for life so meet Mr Seahorse and his missus...
I love Tim's cracked glass technique but you know what they say...a watched kettle doesn't boil and patience is not a word in my vocabulary so I can't resist a sneaky peek every 5 minutes...the excitement of waiting for the Distress Crackle Paint to work it's magic...perhaps I need to get out more...

I'm completely up-to-date with all the work stuff...foot loose and fancy free so bring on some playtime with all my new TH goodies.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Textured Tag Book...

Hi folks...I'm popping in on a wing and a prayer...the BT gremlins have decided it's time to have some fun with my phone line and broadband connection...I won't go into details but let's just say that the Helpline man from Delhi and I are not best friends at the moment so with one eye on the computer screen and the other focused on that light which is currently blue...here's hoping I can get to the end of this post before it turns to flashing orange again...a quick share of what we made in the afternoon class at Kath's Klub at The Papeterie...a tag book to hold Tim Holtz or Wendy Vecchi stencils...creating lots of texture with Wendy's fabulous Embossing Pastes...
Transparent...White...Silver and Textured Crackle



a beautiful rainbow of gorgeous flowers...
and we were having so much fun...we decided to sneak in a quick fridge magnet


a new recruit at Kath's Klub...isn't she cute
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Stamp-It...Stencil-It Day...

H folks...another fun Saturday at The Papeterie with the lovely crafty folks who come along to my monthly Kath's Klub and this month's take-home goodies were the Stamp-It...Stencil-It Sets from Wendy Vecchi along with Carnation Red and Leaf Green Archival Ink Pads to make bright fun zingy Summery cards in the morning class...





I'll be back tomorrow to share what we made after lunch...having lots of fun with Wendy's fabulous Texture Pastes...
Hugs Kath xxx
And for all my Kath's Klub buddies...there will be workshops on 30th August...Christmas with Kath and Tim Holtz...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beside The Seaside...

Hi Folks...the third Sunday of the month and it's time to join The Ribbon Girls for another Colour Challenge...the colour chosen is...
AQUA/TURQUOISE
so we're off on a trip to the seaside...
I made two wall hangings which may find their way to my ensuite bathroom
I started off with blank chipboard 4.5" squares painted with a layer of gesso...then coloured them with Peacock Feathers and Broken China Distress Paint.  I then coloured Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste with small amounts of the Distress Paints and spread roughly across the surface.  I added more texture using the White Embossing Paste and Wendy's Leaves Stencil and also smeared the paste around the edges. Once the paste had dried I mixed up the Pebeo Glaze Resin and had great fun dribbling it here there and everywhere and left it to dry overnight.
Then it was time to decorate with Mixed Shells...Prima Treasures Sea Collection Resins...Mini Dahlia Vintage Teal...Self Adhesive Pearls and Twine


a close up of the Pebeo Glaze Resin dribbly bits

Pop across to the Ribbon Girls Challenge Blog to check out the gorgeous creations from my fellow team mates and our Guest Designer for this month...Tracy Payne and the prizes up for grabs this month.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Postcard from Paris

Hi folks...I'm back again with my usual monthly post over at the Craftwork Cards Blog and this time I've been playing with the gorgeous Postcard From Paris Paper Pad...haven't decided yet whether it will be a wall hanging or an album cover.
I started off with an 8"x8" piece of chipboard and covered it with the Map paper (the papers just happen to be the same size so no point in making life complicated.  I coloured the edge with the chisel nib of a black Promarker...great for hiding the unsightly edges of the chipboard and creating a frame for your work at the same time.
The alphabet letters are Grunge Paper Alphabets from Tim Holtz coloured with Black Soot Distress Paint.  I embossed the big "P" with the Postcard Embossing Folder from you know who and sanded it back to give a bit of texture.  The Eiffel Tower...Postage Label and Pointy Finger are French Industrial Salvage Stickers (yes from TH)
I cut Grunge Board into odd sized tiles...covered them with the Postcard From Paris papers and edged each one with the black Promarker. I then stamped each tile with small sentiments or icons and decorated with Alphabet and Chit Chat Stickers.
As there are no die cuts flowers available with the Postcard From Paris papers...I had a rummage through my Craftwork Cards stash and found a few sheets left over from the Blush Rose Collection and what do you know...a perfect colour match...
And I'm off to the seaside tomorrow with The Ribbon Girls so why don't you join me for a paddle
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oops...oops...oops...

Hi folks...stand by your beds and prepare yourselves for a shock...while prepping the tag books yesterday with Annie Sloan Versailles Paint...I love this gorgeous soft olive colour...
help ma kilt the old cogs started whirring and before I stop myself...I was test dabbing the cubbyhole wall...
well say no more...nod nod wink wink...the old paintbrush may not hung up after all. I was intending taking the whole of August off...a bit of a break from crafting...time away from the cubbyhole to recharge the batteries but if that little guy on my shoulder who persistently comes up with "good ideas" has anything to do with it...I may well have to rethink that plan...could well end up being a "PAINTING" holiday or perhaps...after a naughty naughty e-mail from the lovely Brenda and David at Craft Obsessions to say they had lots of the new TH goodies in stock...a "STITCHING" or "STENCILLING" holiday...
And yes I was powerless to resist...another OOPS...OOPS...OOPS shopping moment but hey my Postie always says I'm keeping him in a job...only too happy to help matey and just in case hubby's around when it arrives...it's just another DT parcel.
See you all tomorrow to share another Craftwork Cards project
Hugs Kath xxx

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