Sunday, December 4, 2016

We have a winner and other news...

Hi Everyone...just popping in to announce the winner of the Fiskars Give-Away...
Congratulations
please e-mail me with your address Christine (click on profile) and your leaf punch will be on it's way to you soon.
I'm looking forward to a snuggled up on the sofa in my jammies day after a crazy Friday and Saturday chained to my workdesk in the quest to get to grips with the Christmas Card Marathon and oh boy was I jumping for joy to see the last two cards leave the production line...
and because Mr Mojo seemed to be firing on all cylinders I managed to finish the gift card holders too...
before collapsing into an armchair with a take-away and a large glass of vino for my usual Saturday night "Strictly" treat. But I now need to pysche myself up and get the cards written and in the mail...bah humbug...my least favourite Christmas task.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow with my DT project for Monday's Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, December 2, 2016

Let The Countdown Commence...

Morning Everyone...here we are in December...the month of the year when us crafters are running around like headless chickens...time to get into "let the countdown commence" mode. There's no hot date with the Friday girls today so I'm on a mission to make a start on the hand made Christmas card marathon...no time for individual tailor made cards...when you're back's up against the wall batch card making is the way to go. Time to look out some new and old favourites from Mr H...
and the Misti...
the amazing stamp positioning tool that's definitely your best friend when it comes to mass production stamp layering on Christmas Card Design No 1...what happened to keeping it simple I ask myself...
but  it just so happens I have lots of left over stamped die cuts from Monday's Simon Says Stamp DT project all ready to make Christmas Card Design No 2...looks like the plan is coming together nicely she says with fingers crossed.
But must dash and fire up the production line...have a great weekend whatever you're planning and I'll see you on Sunday to announce the winner of the Fiskars Give-Away...if you haven't entered yet...click HERE to put your name in the hat.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fiskars Give-Away

Hi Everyone...crikey can you believe there are only a few days left in November...before we know the countdown to Christmas will begin...the usual headless chicken marathon to get everything ready for the big day. My plans for a burning the midnight oil weekend getting to grips with the crafty list turned into an adventure of a different kind when my new laptop arrived. My old faithful Dell Desktop has been on the way out for some time and I've put off replacing it simply because of the time it takes to get acquainted with something new. Crikey technology has certainly moved on...it's now all singing all dancing with lots of gizmos and I was a little wary of how I would get on with Windows 10. After spending most of my weekend deleting all the apps I'm never going to use...transferring essential stuff from the old computer and personalising the desktop for easy use...I'm not going to lie...there were times I was tearing my hair out and ready to throw it in the bin but persistence is my middle name and no way was I going to be beaten by a modern day box of tricks. Woohoo...we're now up and running and this geriatric technophobe is embracing the latest technology and loving it...although the touchpad is driving me nuts...wireless mouse is top of the shopping list and Contana's future employment hangs in the balance...reminds me of that irritating Sat Nav woman...I know my memory is a little bit dodgy but I don't need her to remind me to buy a loaf of bread or pick The Furry Boy up from the vet...well not yet anyway.

And I'll probably be missing in action for the rest of the week...time to hit the "2 days behind schedule" crafty list...lots of top secret/can't even share sneaky peeks stuff so I'm having a little Fiskars Give-Away and it just so happens there's an Intricate Leaf Punch looking for a new home...
 

and here's a canvas I made for Fiskars a few years ago using the punch...
The give-away will close on on Saturday 3rd December at 8pm and I'll announce the winner bright and early on Sunday morning so to put your name in the hat...click on the Inlinkz tab below.
For lots of Fiskars inspiration along with hints and tips on how to use their products...why don't you pop over and join the wonderful community on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook Page.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, November 28, 2016

O' Christmas Tree...

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's Trio-Tastic challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
O' CHRISTMAS TREE
it's hard to believe that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away
and it will soon be time to decorate our own Christmas Trees for real
I decorated an Idea-ology Burlap Panel to create a non traditional rustic "way out of my comfort zone" Nordic look.  I applied a coat of Gesso around the front edges and sides of the panel...
 then die cut Holiday Knit strips from the Dapper Stash Pad...
fixed them to a panel of Substrate Sheet using Distress Collage Medium to create the look of a Norwegian cosy hand knitted sweater...
I die cut 3 trees from white cardstock using the TimHoltz/Sizzix Thinlits Woodlands Die and layered them up to create a thicker tree...
which made it easier to ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink...I did the same with "Believe" from the Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Script Words Die
I die cut the tree again from Denim Textile Surface and filled in the negative spaces on the cardstock tree...I was amazed at how snuggly they fitted and not nearly as fiddly as I thought...just like doing a jigsaw really...the only one that didn't want to co-operate was that little blighter at the top but he was no match for the Tim Holtz piercing tool.
I used Grit Paste with the Snowflakes Layering Stencil and decorated the snowflakes with self adhesive pearls...added a Crinkle Ribbow bow and rusty jingle bells from my stash...
I created splatters with White Gesso using Tim Holtz Splatter Brush...

cut the numbers from the Dapper Stash Pad and fix to an Idea-ology Fragment with Glossy Accents.

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
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx


Friday, November 25, 2016

Panic Stations...

Good morning all...let's cut to the chase...no point in beating about the bush...it's panic stations big time in the cubbyhole. This crazy old crafter got a rude awakener yesterday morning when Facebook reminded me that this time last year the personal Christmas production line was ticking along nicely...

whereas this year...it hasn't even begun. But it did reinforce the need for a huge kick up the butt and after a straight 12 hour shift in the cubbyhole yesterday...lots of "can't share yet" stuff has been ticked off the crafty list. And with no time to take my usual two hour "walk the Furry Boy and have something to eat" break in the middle of the day...I resorted to a quick trot around the block and very naughty drastic measures...shovelling a a quick coffee and 2 Twirls down my throat...I know not good and if I keep going at this rate...I will be mixing the christmas cake with one hand...making cards with the other and could end up looking like one big roly poly crafter by the time Christmas arrives.
And of course...it's Friday (Black Friday no less and yes I have been a bit naughty and grabbed a few bargains) which means another day of gallivanting with the Friday Girls and when you've only done one and a bit day's work in a 5 day week it looks like I'll be having a "burning the midnight oil/all hands to the pump" weekend. Have fun whatever you have planned and I'll see you on Monday to share my DT project for the brand new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Shiver Me Timbers...

Hi folks...Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the USA...eat drink be merry and have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Brings back memories of spending Thanksgiving in New York with my sister watching Macy's fabulous Parade but boy was it COLD...for someone who is used to cold winter weather...this was bone chilling...teeth chattering COLD with an accompanying arctic wind blowing right up the Hudson river...we over-dosed on life saving hot take out coffees every 30 minutes and had to resort to buying ear muffs to try and fight off the hypothermia...we laugh about it now but hey if there's a next time...we'll be packing hot water bottles and a suitcase filled to the brim with thermal Michelin Man clothes.
Winter is definitely just around the corner...it's decidedly shiver me timbers weather here too...the champion snowball catcher is very disappointed we've had no snow but arctic temperatures of 6 and 7 below make for chilly slippery slidey morning dog strolls and despite my duvet coat and snuggly cosy hat...the wind always seems to find that gap in the Nanook of the North armour making me rather envious of The Furry Boy's amazing multi layered thick cosy coat with built in furry knickers.
And this has not been a productive week...I just can't seem to get back into the crafty swing...I've been sneaking away from the cubbyhole and snuggling up on the sofa watching TV wrapped up in a certain someone's blanket or putting my feet up for toasting my toes on the radiator coffee breaks in between the "shiver me timbers" canine outings.
But hey we're nearly at the end of another week...time to get my butt back into gear and finish off next week's DT project for Simon Says Stamp...
a reminder that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away and soon the man of the house will be asked
to head to the loft to retrieve our very own Woodland specimen along with it's decorations and the annual tantrum will commence...mumping...moaning...lots of groaning and if he had a pram...etc...etc but the Furry Boy and his Mum will be taking refuge in our crafty space until the hooha dies down...

best crack on and power up the production line...catch you all later
Hugs Kath xxx

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