Thursday, July 31, 2008
I thought I would share these two with you... both made with downloads from
Nitwit Collections......great papers and images and hey great for making quick cards.
- Papers and Images from Nitwit Collections.....Little Men
- Papers and Images from Nitwit Collections - Kindergarten
Well off to have a bite of lunch....outdoors today as the weather is great and then back to it.....hope the weather is kind where you are and you're having a great day.......kath xxxxxx
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I decided to do a more traditional style card but went completely wild with the flower... stamped 4 times onto the Laura Ashley paper with Versamark and embossed with Black. Cut each flower out and then ripped, distressed and tattered the edges before layering them.....do like this effect so you may see more of it. It felt strange working with black and gold today when the sun has got his hat on again.
- Papers: Laura Ashley Traditional 6" x 6" Paper Pack
- Stamp: Stampendous - Fresh Bloom
- Black Border: Fiskars Border Punch
- Wording: American Crafts Chipboard Alphabet
- Brads: from my stash
- Ribbon: American Crafts
I thought we might have a little competition here....I was meaning to do a Blog Candy Give-away when I reached 20,000 hits, but hey I must have blinked because it's way past that now so here's the deal....
YOU TRY AND GUESS WHAT I HAVE BOUGHT.....LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR ANSWER AND THE CORRECT ANSWER WILL GET A BUNDLE OF GOODIES....if there is a tie.....it will be a "names in the hat" job. Now I can't post a piccie because part of the Blog Candy has something to do with this item.
A few clues...it is one item, a real must have...lucky to get one and because it won't arrive for about 2 weeks...and that is a bit of a clue as well... I will leave a post at the top of my blog until the item arrives. Well what are you waiting for get guessing and GOOD LUCK.
P.S. There is one little lady (and you know who you are..who can't enter for this...'cos she knows what I have bought.....so as a little thank you for keeping stume..I will be sending you a little something.....thanks mate.
Tomorrow is also the last day to leave your comment on FUNKY HAND'S blog to be in with a chance of winning some fabby blog candy....if you haven't already visited.....get on over there....what are you waiting for.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Well I'm back...two days of nose to the grindstone and I am almost caught up.....maybe now I will find some time to play and get some challenges done...I have been suffering serious challenge withdrawals...me thinks I am ADDICTED...OH NO....ADDICTED to crafting.....ADDICTED to blog hopping and NOW ADDICTED to challenges...I fear there is NO CURE. Some of you seem to think that I took some time off to jet off and meet Mr TH himself (you know who you are...shame on you) and oh how I wish that were true..but just to prove that it ain't true here are some of the fruits of my labours....
Some card orders.............
Brag Book for a 60th Birthday Gift.................
Have you heard that saying "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR". After a week of hot humid nights, tossing and turning and it certainly doesn't help when my bed fellow is a great big lump of Golden Retriever who loves to sleep on my feet...I got my wish.....it's COLD and it's RAINING.....well you know who to blame... and the guilty party will be back tomorrow to catch up on some serious blog hopping...no doubt you have all been busy making fabby things for me to oogle over.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
And talking of the great man himself....I visit his blog every day but he's been missing in action too ..he was off at the CHA show in Chicago showcasing lots of his new products. But he's back blogging and he's got the most fabulous BLOG CANDY to give away...all the new products from the show....leave a comment for 3 days...wow how I would love to win...but guess how many comments there are already...1277...me thinks I have more chance of winning the old lottery. I have never met Tim but I know folks who have and he is the most down to earth humble guy...and I can believe it. A few months ago he featured a product on his blog which is like gold dust in the US and gave the info on where you could buy it....I duly ordered it and when the goodies arrived I e-mailed him to thank him for the info....well knock me over with a feather within 15 minutes back came a reply......drool...drool.....I have had an e-mail from TH. In fact and how sad is this it is still in my mailbox......I can't bring myself to delete it......Well enough blabbing woman....WORK TO BE DONE......will catch up with you all later in the week. Kath xxxxxxx
Saturday, July 26, 2008
- Papers: Basic Grey Sultry
- Image: Penny Black "Bundle of Wishes"
- Ribbon: Dovecraft
- Rub-ons: Doodlebug - All Mixed Up
Friday, July 25, 2008
this one from Amanda my kinda girl...with a blog name AJ-Insanity Center...well you just have to pay a visit and thanks so much Amanda for thinking about me.. I have already received this one and I know that I am supposed to pass this on but I think that most of you have got this already but if you haven't please feel free to take it for your trophy cabinet
and this one from Dawn a fellow North East of Scotland crafter...and Dawny P two of the kindest, loveliest folk and super talented too....pay a visit to their blogs you won't be disappointed.
Wylde Women Award
Here are the rules:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number inbetween - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite (http://http://www.tammyvitale.com//) (so I can go visit all these wonderful women.
Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgement to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.
Thought for the day: What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other? George Eliot
Who do I choose for this award....there are so many folk out there who brighten my day and make me smile.....life has a habit of jumping up and biting us on the bum from time to time and I am humbled by the wonderful people I have met along the way since I started my blog about 5 months ago...have never met most of you but consider you all as friends.... Wylde Woman...the name intrigued me.....well I suppose I was in my younger days...but as they say "I've seen the day but now it's night" but that's a whole other story...perhaps for another day.
I am going to nominate 2 very special people.......
Kirsty Wiseman......who kick starts my day in the most wonderful way and anybody who you can make me giggle at 6.00 in the morning, boy you definitely have a special talent.
Heather......my FH DT mate who has had Breast Cancer twice and kicked that son of a bitch's ass and come out the other side. She has a wonderful caring personality and a wicked sense of humour.
and Everyone......who takes the time to visit my blog...if you leave me a comment then I can pay you a visit...I am just an old nosey bird who loves to see what you have all been creating.
The weather ain't so nice today so perhaps I may get some crafting done.
Happy Friday to you all.......kath xxxxxxxxx
Thursday, July 24, 2008
fan..tabby..tastic BLOG CANDY ever.... to celebrate Funky Hand's 2nd Birthday.
"Everything that is in the picture, which contains some fab giant felt flowers from Prima, a couple of packets of fancy brads, a chipboard alphabet, two chip board hearts, a set of ribbons and A small packet of Doodlebug all mixed up letter rub ons in Bubblegum.
But that's not all.... as well as what's in the picture I'm also going to offer the winner a choice of TWO of my Funky Hand CD paper collections, and give them free access to TWO of any of the Funky Hand download collections available on my website.If you win you chose which you want"
There is definitely a theme of 2 going on here, don't you think.
To be in a chance of winning, you need to leave a comment on FHT blog..the draw will take place on Thursday 31st July and if you put a link to the blog candy on your own blog...you will have 2 chances of winning. So what are you waiting for get your skates on folks...GO...GO....GO....
I had the laziest of days yesterday....just couldn't get my motivation going....not good enough Mrs.....lots of projects and DT stuff to catch up on......is my crafting partner on the case?...I fear not......caught napping on the job......well I think a verbal warning may have to be issued....don't you realise Buddy we have deadlines to meet......the least he could do is lick up all the little sticky bud papers littering the floor....YEAH..YEAH..MUM...I'M LISTENING.
Hope the weather is great where you are and enjoy the rest of your week....Kath xxxxxxx
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Now regular visitors to my blog will know that my card making style is fairly simple and I like nice clean lines...well I don't know if the sun is affecting my brain or the fact that I have working with the fabulous new downloads from Funky Hand has anything to do with you it....but hold onto your hats folks....because KATH has gone FUNKY in a big way....way out of my comfort zone but I quite like it......as you can see I am head over heels in love with the papers from the new downloads and can't stop playing with them.. lots of inking and doodling and a bit of ripping and distressing...a technique that Kerry does beautifully....I think I have a way to go before I master it but it was fun.
It's another gorgeous day here and I am usually so disciplined about my working day but it's hard when you work from home and the patio area is just outside my little work space..the sun is shining, the birds are singing ...can't help but pop out every so often for a relax and another coffee to keep the caffeine levels up to speed..and it is so difficult to force myself back to the grind....it's just as well that we don't get this weather all year round.....card production levels would be virtually nil.
- Papers: "Funky Little Christmas"downoad - Funky Hand
- Stamp: Snowflake Rosette - Hero Arts
- Alphabet: Thickers - American Crafts
- Ribbon: American Crafts
- Rub-ons: All Mixed Up - Doodlebug
- Ampersand: Cut with Cricut George & Basic Shapes at 2" Shadow
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
These cards are made with papers from Funky Little Christmas and I fell in love with them the minute I saw them...the yummy Fuschia Pink and the oh so.....delicious Lime Green....not your traditional Christmas colours....but oh so... modern and on trend. 20 Papers in Pink, Brown and Green with a matching alphabet and a page of Funky Toppers. I have used one of the toppers on the second card and there are extra trees on the page for you to decoupage if you wish. They even have faux stitching added....thanks Anice what a great idea...job done if you aren't happy with your own doodling.
Before I go must say a big thank you to Holly, Vicky and Lainy for giving me an award...thanks for thinking of me and I am supposed to pass this on but quite honestly how can I choose out of all the fabulous card makers out there.....so consider yourselves all awarded and if you wish to take the award for your blog.....it's my pleasure.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
team Kath is working away in her little workshop (cubby hole really) but workshop sounds posher...finishing off some card orders.....Brodie and Oliver will be here on Monday and Tuesday so no crafty time for me and probably no posts on my blog either. I am really into "birdie" cards at the moment so I thought I would share this little cutie with you.
- Papers: Dotty Paper - Little Fleurs Collection - Pink Petticoat
- Image: Two Tweet Download - Pink Petticoat
- Circle: cut with 3" Scalloped Punch
- Ribbon: Dovecraft
- Stamp: "Hey Little Birdie" clear stamp set - Hero Arts
Hope the weather is kinder where you are and enjoy what's left of the weekend ...Kath xxx
Saturday, July 19, 2008
- Paper: Sandylion "Snowy Night
- Snowman & Blue Snowflakes: Penny Black Stickeroos..Every Christmas
- Snowflakes: Quickutz Die
- Sentiment: Cut with Cricut George & Basic Shapes
- Rub-on's: Doodlebug Simply Sweet & All Mixed Up
I created the snow effect by applying PVA Glue quite thickly and sprinkling with glitter.Finished off by doodling some snowflakes onto the wording to match the snowflakes around the image.
Friday, July 18, 2008
A big congratulations to the new members of the Daring Cardmakers team, Rein, Vanessa and my FH team mate Jozza..... a mega talented lady and I can't wait to see her DT creations every week...I think we are in for a real treat and lots of inspiration.
- Paper: Crate Paper Sweet Branch Collection
- Frame: Judith's Die Cut Frame - Bird
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Oliver was quite happy just having a snuggle with Grandad before they left to go home. It's gone all quiet again and Buddy is catching up on some snooze time and me well the fun crafting is over and it's back to work tonight......need to catch up on those card orders again and do a bit of serious blog hopping just to check up on what you've all been doing.......I leave you alone for a day and what do I find......OMG..you've all been crafting like crazy and I need to catch up on all your fab creations.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Couldn't resist using my favourite papers from the Funky Hand "Shabby Saturday" collection again. The heart was cut with Cricut George & Basic Shapes, scallop traced and cut from one of Fiskar's Shape Template edges and faux stitching to finish off .
- Papers: Funky Hand "Shabby Saturday"
- Ribbon: American Crafts
- Sentiment: American Crafts "Thickers" Alphabet
- Key: Crafty Bitz
- Papers: Memory Stor
- Sentiment: Circle Stamp from Stamps Away
- Brads: from my stash
- Alphabet Stamp: Docrafts
Monday, July 14, 2008
- Papers: Shabby Saturday available as a download ....Funky Hand
- Flourish: Clear Stamp Set....HOTP
- Brackets: Thickers....American Crafts
- Sentiment: Alphabet Stickers....American Crafts and Clear Stamp Set....HOTP
- Papers: American Stor
- Cardstock: Craftwork Cards
- Ribbon: Poppicrafts
- Flourish: Autumn Leaves - Rhona Farrer
- Sentiment & Image: Hero Arts - Sparkle Clear "Hello Birdie
- Papers: Cardmakers Floral Ultimate Pack...HOTP
- Flowers: Cuttlebug Asterisks Die
- Ribbon: American Crafts
- Buttons: Basic Grey Sultry Collection
I have just been given an award from a very special little friend Holly...thanks so much for thinking of me...this is Holly's last week at nursery and then in September she will be going off to school.
Holly loves to make cards with her Mum ...pop over to her blog for a lookie..... if this is what she can create at 4 years old....hang on to your hats gals we are in for some serious competition in the future. I now have to pass this award onto 3 people...well how do you pick 3 out of all the mega talented folkies out there..impossible for me I am always amazed by what you create with bits of paper, a stamp perhaps or a few embellies..so all of you talented folk out there consider yourselves awarded.
Mr Sunshine has returned to the North East of Scotland and not before time.....last week was freezing and wet...more like November than July. Buddy and I so enjoyed our walk this morning....even the birds were happy...singing their little hearts out. Some crafty stuff to finish off today before Brodie and Oliver arrive tomorrow for a couple of days...yippee some fun playmates for Buddy instead of Mum who's always making things and Dad who watches TV or is making a noise with his latest DIY project.
Hope the weather is good where you are and enjoy the rest of your week.
Love Kath xxxx
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
"Lots of Dots" competition... can't believe it.. Congrats to Sara and Stephanie - the 2 winners and to all the other finalists for their fab creations - the standard was so high that I must say a big THANK YOU to Liz for choosing my entry. I am a big big fan of everything that Liz creates from fab papers to gorgeous images - pop over and have a look at all the competition cards HERE and while you are there check out all the goodies for sale.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I love working with sketches - a great source of inspiration and for a bit of fun I have twisted this one and decided to use some of my favourite papers from Basic Grey All card orders for this week are almost up to date and it has been quite a hectic week with one thing and another so it was play time this afternoon and another challenge ticked off. Off on a bit of a jaunt tomorrow and on the way home popping in to deliver the pile of cards you have sent for Maggie's Centre to my friend (and what a pile of gorgeous, gorgeous cards). Apologies for being a bit of a naughty blogger this week and neglecting you all - will be back on Friday and try to catch up with what you have all been doing - creating fabulous things no doubt.
- Papers: Basic Grey 6 x 6 Sultry Pad
- Stamp: Hero Arts Friends Background stamped onto tag and flower
- Ribbon: American Crafts
- Flower: Poppicrafts
- Sentiment: Rub-on Junkitz Expressionz
Monday, July 7, 2008
The sketch this week on 2 Sketches 4 You has been set by Kazan.
I've got a really busy week ahead cardmaking and babysitting my two grandchildren - supergran I am not - can't do them all at the same time so thought I had better get this challenge done pretty quickly or before you know where you are it's the weekend again.
- Cardstock - DCVW Self Adhesive Turquoise & Chocolate
- Paper - Enchanted Collection from Craftwork Cards
- Chipboard Flower - Woodware Chippies covered with Enchanted Paper
- Flower Sentiment - Circle Sentiment from Craftwork Cards
- Pin - RAK from Penny
- Chipboard Alphabet and Stickers - American Crafts
- Ribbon - from a box of choccies long since enjoyed.
Pop over to Penny's blog where she has these gorgeous pins in many different colours for sale.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I love this paper - it is heavily embossed with distressed snowflakes which I cut out to 3D and lightly covered in glitter. The scallop border was cut with Fiskars Shapecutter using the edge of one of the templates.
- Paper: Sandylion Designs "Snowflakes"
- Sentiment: Vellum Sticker from the same collection
- Gems & Ribbon: from my stash
I have been busy today with card orders after my "no crafting" day yesterday but hey all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.....so just had to fit in one challenge.
- Papers: Shabby Saturday.....Funky Hand
- Image: Teddy in Basket.....Penny Black
- Alphabet: Shabby Saturday..Funky Hand & Thickers...American Crafts
- Buttons, Brads & Ribbon: from my stash
- Rub-ons: Doodlebug All Mixed Up
- Gems: Hero Arts
Friday, July 4, 2008
A real fun day but boy will Grandma sleep tonight. Sure is harder than crafting.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I have copied this from HEATHER (my FH mate's) blog tonight.... and good on you gal for voicing what lots of us feel and I couldn't agree more.....
"This is an appeal on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of pixie dust and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make Blogland a cheerier place. So PLEASE (see.. it's a pretty please! lol)... Cancel word verification on your blogs! Have blog owner approval by all means, but word verification is a pain in the proverbial (insert appropriate noun here)!!!I know it is supposed to prevent spam, but I got rid of it on my blog some time ago, and I have only ever had to reject one single spam message.OK.. rant over. Thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say SOMETHING!! I love to get around and leave comments, but this is driving me scatty!"
So come on folks....give it a try...it really does make life easier for all of us who love to pay you a visit and leave a comment.
The designs are fairly simple because the samples are intended to showcase the papers and the secret is don't be tempted to over-embellish. Maybe I should listen to my own advice sometimes and then no need to throw one in the bin.