Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day...

Hi everyone...Happy Valentine's Day...are you sitting with a sack full of cards to open from secret admirers...NO ME NEITHER...I might just get lucky and get one from a certain furry someone...I could always pretend not to notice if he snaffles one of the previous "love makes" sitting in the old projects box...
who knows what today's weather will be like...we've had blizzardy snow showers...brilliant sunshine...chilly winds and everything in between over the last few days but no matter it's going to be a lazy snuggle up on the sofa with the Sunday crosswords and my furry companion kind of a day and dinner tonight is courtesy of Mr M&S. Enjoy your day whatever you have planned and I'll see you all tomorrow with Art Journal Page No 3.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, February 12, 2016

Follow Your Heart...

Hi folks...thank you all so much for your kind comments on yesterday's exciting news. I'm on an "Inspired By Shari Carroll" Art Journal roll...2 pages done already...doesn't time fly when you're having fun but I'll let you into a little secret...I'm more than a little bit late getting to this party...this project has been sitting in my "things to do" tray since 2013/14 but you know what they say better late than never. I loved the techniques Shari used to create this page...you can watch the step-by-step video HERE. I used the white resist papers from Tim's Motif Paper Stash with Evergreen Bough and Frayed Burlap stains...
with Tim Holtz Sizzix Postage Stamp Frame Die...
and used up some of the thousands of chipboard and sticker alphabets I've collected over the years...did I ever tell you I have an addiction in that department...

And it's Friday...so I'll be joining the Friday Girls for another adventure
Have a great weekend everyone and I'll see you later
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Woohoo...I'm SSS excited...

Hi folks...I'm in "woohoo can't quite believe it yet" mode this morning...in fact I'm SSS excited...which could mean "Super Super Super" excited or "Simon Says Stamp" excited...in fact it's both...I was over the moon to be invited by the lovely Lols Heidi and Steph to join the Design Team over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...
if truth be told I was shocked and surprised to be chosen out of the huge amount of applicants but I'm absolutely delighted...honoured and a little bit nervous about joining such a fabulously talented wonderful team and looking forward to getting to know all my new team mates. Needless to say there was no chance of any craft happening in the cubbyhole yesterday...I was too busy turning cartwheels and doing a silly dance up the walls...across the ceiling and right through the house.
And there's more good news...the sun has put his hat on and painted the sky a gorgeous shade of blue...2 brilliant sunshine days in a row is just what the doctor ordered after the horrendous cold and rain...is it the calm before the next storm perhaps...who cares...The Furry Boy and his Mum will be enjoying every minute while it lasts...
And before you know tomorrow will be Friday and I'll be back sharing Art Journal Page 2.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kath 1...Willpower 0...

Hi folks...where there's a will...there's always a way of getting around that irritating willpower problem and here's my finished Art Journal Page inspired by Shari Carroll using the gorgeous Lady Rose stamp set from Tim Holtz as the focal point...I have a sneaky feeling this stamp set is going to be one of my favourites and if you want it...my advice would be...click on the link and go get it now...it's going to fly off the shelves...another "can't get it for love nor money" stamp set from Mr H.


You can watch the step by step tutorial from Shari HERE...in the meantime I have a hot date with Art Journal Page 2.
Hugs Kath xxx


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Being sneaky wins the day...

Hi Everyone...the samples are on their way...the step by steps are done...not without a bit of a drama...but hey ho that's the story of my life and we got there in the end. I have a confession to make...I'm holding my hands up and admitting defeat when it comes to my old nemesis...willpower. The Mini Eggs disappeared in a flash and I was struggling in the "being able to resist department" when it came to the gorgeous Lady Rose Stamp Set from Mr H...
I needed a distraction so decided to make a start on my 2016 Art Journal Project inspired by the lovely Shari Carroll. I'm a big Shari fan and fell in love with this page...
but I wanted to mix it up a little...put my own stamp on it so to speak and bingo...a lightbulb moment...it just so happened I had the very thing sitting right there on my workdesk...yes...sometimes being sneaky wins the day.
I'll be back tomorrow to share the finished page but in the meantime I need to come up with another killing 2 birds with one stone idea just to show Mr Willpower who's in charge around here.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, February 8, 2016

Temptation is everywhere...

Hi Everyone...Happy Monday morning from the cubbyhole crew...we're clocking in bright and early and don't let appearances fool you...my furry companion is a coiled spring... ready to jump into action at a moment's notice.
Lots to do today...the outgoing mail department will be wrapping and packing the Fiskars samples for the Stitches Trade Show...ready for Mr Hermes to collect and speed on their way to Birmingham and it's time for me to pull on my big girl knickers and nail those pesky step-by-step instructions...
and then tackle the task of applying gesso to cardstock for the latest "better late than never" challenge I've set myself...making a 12 page back-to-back altered art/mixed media Shari Carroll inspired album that was on 2015's crafty list but somehow ended up at the bottom of the things to do pile...have I just shot myself in the foot making such a bold statement of intention...
Well...let's just say that's the theory but in practice...there's a problem...temptation is everywhere...for starters...the incoming mail department has just announced the arrival of a "woohoo new Tim Holtz products" parcel...
 not to mention the pile of "left over from a Fiskars project" Mini Eggs...
How's my willpower...on a scale of 1 to 10...probably 1 and a bit so it's going to be a tough "temptation is everywhere" kind of a day but these delicious little spheres of chocolate goodness may be just what I need...a welcome distraction to keep me focused on the tasks ahead and a well deserved reward if I succeed in sticking to the plan.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, February 5, 2016

It's good news...

Hi folks...all is good in the Furry Boy waterworks department...the vet thinks he may be drinking more because the central heating has been cranked up due to the extra chilly temperatures and it's good news in the crafty department too. The Fiskars "new product" samples are almost done...surprise surprise...more sneaky peeks...

And to celebrate all the good news...I'm hooking up with the Friday girls and hitting the road for a shopping/lunch/coffee and lots of chatter kind of a day.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another sample...but not what you think...

Hi everyone...sorry I'm a bit late to the party this morning...I'm on a mission to get a sample and not a sneaky peek crafty sample either. His Furry Nibs has been drinking way more water than usual so he's booked in for a check up with the vet this afternoon...you've probably worked out where this is going.  The first piddle of the day was a no go at pitch dark o'clock affait so I'm waiting impatiently...whistling and running the cold tap in an effort to encourage another...armed with my surgical rubber glove and a large container...
with cubbyhole duties temporarily on hold...it's time for some precision co-ordination and a lightning fast reaction...what can possibly go wrong.
Hugs Kath xxx
Edited to add: woohoo...got it in one...what a team...now I just need to decant said liquid into the proper sample container...the one with the very narrow opening.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Don't do as I do...

Hi everyone...the roof is still intact and apart from a few hours of no Internet yesterday...it looks like we've survived Storm Henry and you'll be pleased to know I won't be boring you this morning with another sneaky peek. I'm off on a little shopping trip to source more thick materials for the next round of Fiskars Sample Projects but before I go a word of advice...
DON'T DO AS I DO...DO AS I SAY...
for goodness sake...take care when changing the blade on your trimmer...
because that little blighter is extra sharp.
Take care and stay safe...see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We have a winner and another sneaky peek...

Hi folks...crikey the weather just gets crazier and crazier...after a couple of days of mild temperatures and a bit of sunshine Storm Henry is now making his presence felt with more gale force winds so it's time to batten down the hatches, snuggle under the duvet tonight and hope that the house still has a roof in the morning.
And it's time to announce the winner of the Fiskars Power Punch Give-Away...

BEJAY ROLES (35)
Congratulations Bejay...please get in touch with your address 
and I'll get your parcel in the mail...
I'm still in Fiskars "sneaky peeks only" mode...having fun punching my way through lots of extra thick materials and at the same time making a dent in that giant tub of Gesso...getting super mucky or clarted as we say in my neck of the woods. And the cubbyhole looks like a tornado just blew through...
Have fun whatever you're up to and I'll see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

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