Saturday, July 31, 2010

Penny Black Saturday Challenge...Week 112

Morning folks...it's Saturday and the last day of July....can you believe how fast the weeks are going... I don't want to be a party pooper but let's face it we are rushing headlong now towards Christmas..believe me it will here before you know.....and wowee loads of fabulous inspiration from you all for our "It's Christmas in July Challenge" last week...quite a few ideas I will be storing away for my usual rushing at the last minute Christmas Card making session.....thanks to everybody who joined in the fun last week and it was lovely to see some new faces too.
The challenge this week from Penny Black Saturday is a recipe....time to look out your aprons and ingredients and cook up some fabulous cards to share with us all.....

READY STEADY COOK
1 Circle....2 Papers and 3 Flowers




Papers: Delish Designs...High Tea Collection
Image: Penny Black....Poppy Poem
Circle cut with Cricut George & Basic Shapes
Flowers: Petaloo
Gems and Ribbon from stash
Sentiment: TH Adage Ticket
Eyelets: WeR Memory Keepers

would you believe this one nearly turned into a disaster....oh yes you probably would going by my past record of diving in before I read the challenge.....yes Mrs Numptie forgot about the circle but managed to salvage  what could have ended up "a start all over again" card.

and we have 2 fabulous prizes this week for the lucky winners who will be chosen at random and announced next Saturday
15% lifetime discount voucher to spend in the online store
absolutely packed to the rafters with our beloved Penny Blacks and I don't think even Dick knows how many stamps he has for you to buy


4 Rolls of Ribbons of the winner's choice
another wonderful online store and if you are a ribbon..button and lace addict like me
I would suggest that you make yourselves a cuppa and have a browse

For some wonderful inspiration pop over to Penny Black Saturday and check out the gourmet feast that our fabulous Design Team have cooked up this week.  Can't wait to see what you all create this week and will be popping over for my weekly helping of Penny Black inspiration.
Catch up with you all tomorrow for a brand new challenge over at Get Funky...I will be loading up the car later today for another try at the Car Boot tomorrow.....weather depending of course....fingers crossed third time lucky.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, July 30, 2010

Craftwork Cards Sketch 5 Challenge

Morning folks...can't believe already we are up No 5 for the sketch challenge over at the Craftwork Cards Blog and all you have to do to join in the fun is create a card using Craftwork Cards product with your interpretation of the sketch.....e-mail your entry to info@craftworkcards.com before Friday 6th August and you could be the lucky winner of a fabulous prize.
My lovely bloggy bud Carol was the winner of the Sketch No 4 challenge....so pop over and see her yummy prize.




Background created with Hero Arts...Dots and Flowers
Papers: Craftwork Cards....Blossom Collection
Image: Craftwork Cards....Colour Me Ovals...."Des Res"
Flowers: Prima
Ribbon from stash
Card Candy...Craftwork Cards....Ice Gems
Fiskars Apron Lace Punch

And this stitching on cards is becoming rather addictive...check out the stitching round the oval...blimey it wasn't easy...had to go dead slow and concentrate..almost finished and getting a bit cocky it all went pear shaped at the top right hand corner but hey a few flowers stragetically placed and who would know.
And its Oscar time again......the 2nd Card Oscars will be held at the Great Northern Papercraft  Extravaganza Show in Harrogate on Saturday 11th September....your chance to be the star of the show and get your very own Card Oscar along with some amazing prizes.....
For details of how to enter.....click HERE

Time for our morning stroll....the sky is blue and not a cloud in sight....no need to take a rain jacket for a change.....but I am seriously running way behind schedule in the crafty department so it's going to be a stuck indoors head down and get crafting kind of a day....catch up with you all tomorrow for another fabby challenge over at Penny Black Saturday......I still have my DT card to make....so I had better get my skates on.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pink Lady....

Morning folks....no cards to show today....just the old gal waffling on about this that and the other starting off with my fun afternoon yesterday at THE PINK LADIES CLUB at Simply Create with the nicest group of crafty girls....mind you if truth be told  there was more nattering and drinking coffee than actual crafting but in between setting the world to rights we just had time to make this.....and yes it is a red spotty doily...isn't it sweet


Had a bit of a rush to get ready for my date with THE PINK LADIES.....running at the last minute to shower and change out of my cubbyhole grubby duds and no time for lunch.....so I grabbed a Galaxy Ripple on my way out the door......my new chocolate addiction....absolutely yummy and devoured it on the way to Alford but obviously not every last bit of it because when I stepped out of the car my trousers were smeared with lumps of chocolate.....not a good look so it was a quick dash to the loo to get scrubbing.....yes the stains did come out but I was left with soaking wet trousers...goodness knows what my new crafty friends were thinking...."incontinent old biddy" probably.    Thanks for a lovely relaxing afternoon girls and now that I am officially a PINK LADY I look forward to our next get together.
As it may be quite some time before I can share my TOP SECRET PROJECT with you...here's a little sneaky peek and for all those who enquired about the papers in my sewing machine yesterday...they are from the gorgeous Blossom Collection at Craftwork Cards.
And to answer another question...do I stand up to craft....yes indeedy....old habits die hard but I do have somewhere to park my bum but rarely use it because.....
more often than not....it is occupied by the "Things To Do" box

and if you are still with me and have not dozed off...what is the world coming to...parcel deliveries at 8.30 in the evening.....that's definitely a first....the Martha Stewart TSV from QVC...I couldn't resist this gorgeous snowflake combo...were you tempted too
Well I had better get a move on.....my gorgeous hooligans will be arriving any minute to spend the day with Grandma and if there is going to be a crafty post tomorrow....it will have to be a "burning the midnight oil" kind of a night.....catch up with you all later
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday

Morning folks....yes it's Wednesday already and you know what that means....time for all us crafters to play along at WOYWW....I must confess that I am becoming addicted to nosing around in other folks' crafty spaces..and it's all down to Julia....the lovely lady who came up with this brilliant idea.
So what's on my workdesk today.....first thing this morning or the middle of the night for some of you depending on what time you roll out of bed was my yummy box of DT goodies from Craftwork Cards and I'm all set to get started on a TOP SECRET project....ooh I do love secrets especially when I know what the secret is....


and it isn't long before I am ripping into packs of deliciousness....scattering them everywhere....all in the name of what is commonly known as "having a play".  
and it's not fun unless there is a messy inky session about to happen
and maybe a little bit of sewing thrown in for good measure
A big thank you to all the lovely nosey folks who have been leaving comments each week...I wish I could visit you all but blimey there are now hundreds joining in and it's comforting to know that you are suffering from the same noseyitis...and speaking of addictions...lots of you have been leaving comments on how tidy the cubbyhole is.....well it's time to come clean (forgive that awful pun).....I am a bit of a neat freak....oh yes I've won many Gold Medals in the Neat Freak Olympics...have been crowned the "I Hate Clutter" Queen" umpteen times...a real "A Place for Everything and Everything in It's Place" kind of a girl.....when you're an obsessed collector of crafty stuff it helps to know where you can find it at a moment's notice... but I've learned to tolerate the crafty mess helped along by oodles of calming coffee and the knowledge that I can tidy it all up when I'm finished with the help of good old Mr D....strange how this neat freaky thing doesn't seem to apply to the rest of the house.    Now that I have unburdened my guilty secret.....I need to crack on...I am off out this afternoon to have some fun with the Pink Ladies at Simply Create.....and a bit of news....Jacqui has a Design Team Call out at the moment.....click HERE for the details
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Morning folks....the challenge this week over at Daring Cardmakers has been set by my lovely buddy Lynda and sponsored this week by Teri's Delicious Doodles

LAYER IT UP
and it's not very often that I wax lyrical about my own cards....well as you know us crafters are a bit critical of our own stuff....but I am rather smitten with this one.....absolutely adore this gorgeous poppy image from Hero Arts and it was shouting out for a bit of layer work....




Papers: Delish...High Tea Collection
Image: Hero Arts: CL440 Delicate Blossoms
coloured with TH Distress Ink....Aged Mahogany & Peeled Paint
Martha Stewart Punch
Sentiment: Craftwork Cards
Button and twine from stash

That's all the personal cards done and dusted....time to get my crafty mitts working on a box of yummy goodies that arrived from Craftwork Cards on Saturday.....for a very special project...NO I can't tell you about it yet....I could but then I would probably have to hunt you down and seal your mouth with parcel tape...pop over tomorrow as you may just get a little sneaky peek or two when I join in the fun at WOYWW.  See you all later....Hugs Kath xxx


Monday, July 26, 2010

Allsorts Challenge...62

Morning folks ....summer can't seem to make up it's mind whether to stay or not so we decided to have a little summery make-over on the blog....just to cheer ourselves up.  Busy old week ahead in the cubbyhole and I did think this would be a "no challenge cards" kind of week.....but I had a few kiddy cards to make and they fit in nicely with the challenge this week over at Allsorts.....

BABY/CHILD


Papers: Pink Petticoat.....Little Check
Image: LOTV....Football Crazy
Stars....Sizzix Die
Sentiment: Hero Arts....Big Hugs
Number: American Crafts...Foam Thickers
Name: TH Grunge Alphabet
Papers: Craftwork Cards...Anglomania
T-Shirt Template....Craftwork Cards
Sentiment: Hero Arts...Big Hugs
Chipboard Alphabet....American Crafts

Time for our morning stroll and then it's home to get stuck into some crafty stuff......still have one personal card to make.....can I make it a hat trick and get another challenge under my belt....catch up with you all later.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sew What's New

Morning folks.....yippee we've had 3 days of sunshine in a row...spoilt aren't we but all that rain last week and being marooned on my crafty island has kick started the creative juices...time to share a little something I made while watching the rain running down the window and the wind howling round the eaves inspired by a project over on the Hero Arts Club Blog by Shari Carroll....she is one talented lady and I love her style....so I thought I would take her idea and run with it.....

"Sew What's New"
Gift Card
plasma pocket



an acetate pocket to hold bits and pieces....a gift card or money


Images: Hero Arts...CL 446 Sew Artsy
Papers: Tim Holtz Shabby Vintage Pack
Ribbon: Simply Create
Buttons..snaps and thread from stash
Flowers Prima

If you want instructions how to make this gift card....you can watch Shari's video HERE. The old crafty brain is ticking away.....wouldn't this be a great idea for Christmas Gift cards.
And something else that's new....have you heard the fabulous news.....we have a new kid on the block....a brand new challenge blog dedicated to vintage coming to a neighbourhood near you very soon.....


weekly challenges sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp... kicking off at the beginning of August and heading up the Design Team as Director....is that lovely and mega talented lady....yes the one who can cook sew and craft all at the same time....the one and only ....Linda Elbourne.    I know I will be joining in the fun....well being vintage in years...how could I not.    So why don't you pop over and check out the details...sign up as a follower and be ready to join in the first challenge.
Catch up with you all later.....Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Penny Black Saturday Challenge....Week 111

Morning folks....it's Saturday once again and time for another challenge over at Penny Black Saturday.
Well done to all the brave souls who entered the "Anything but a Card" challenge last week....we had decorated candles...gorgeous notebooks and boxes to name but a few....so a big thank you for venturing out of your comfort zones to join in the fun.
The challenge this week is......hold onto your hats folks.....

CHRISTMAS IN JULY
a great chance to make a start on this year's Christmas cards



Paper: Coredinations
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Sizzix: Frame Back Ornate Die
Image: Penny Black....Wishes for Kisses
Cuttlebug Snowflake Die
Ribbon: Simply Create
Sentiment: Craftwork Cards
Gems from stash
Decoart Glamour Dust

and we have fabulous prizes for 2 lucky winners this week
from the lovely Julia at
2 beautiful Penny Black Slapstick stamps
Lofty

and Paisley Swirls
and from the lovely Clair at
13.7M Roll of Red Grosgrain Ribbon
and once again my lovely and mega talented teamies have got well and truly into the Christmas spirit and have made some truly stunning cards to inspire us all.....pop over and check them out.
So it's time to look out your fabulous Penny Black Christmas stamps and get inking....will be popping over during the week to check out your takes on the challenge...in the meantime Happy Christmas Crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer......who would have thought.....

Morning folks....it's looks like Summer is back and thank goodie goodness for that.....I know we need rain to fill up the reservoirs....to water the crops but do we really need days and days of teeming rain at a time  and being marooned in the cubbyhole wasn't a bad thing....but if you're a dog walker then the word NIGHTMARE springs to mind...all wet...muddy and a sight for sore eyes right enough....perhaps he needs a raincoat and a pair of wellies.

straight into the utility room where a vigorous shake is in order.....now the walls....radiator..washing machine and dishwasher have been decorated with a lovely muddy speckled pattern and I didn't fare much better....my top half is OK thanks to my Goretex jacket which repels water but I have gone through umpteen pairs of jeans and knickers in the last week....3 walks a day = 3 changes of clothes = tumble drier never off.  We have no control over the weather and no amount of huffing puffing and gnashing of teeth makes a jot of difference but the look on my snuggly boy's face says it all.....he is just as fed up of getting wet as the rest of us and doesn't look exactly chuffed being snapped with his doggy towel all ready for a body rub.


time for a little sneaky peek...

and the winners of the Ribbon Give-Away from Fantastic Ribbons are....

ANNE ..FLUFFLES ..JAN
LAURA ..ALEX ..LORA
Congratulations everyone.....if you e-mail me with your addresses I will pop your ribbons in the post.
Well it looks like I will be wearing the same duds all day and His Nibs will spend the day lazing in the garden....fingers crossed.  See you all tomorrow for another fabby challenge over at Penny Black Saturday
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Morning folks and don't know about you....but I am totally cheesed off at the weather... RAIN..RAIN.. RAIN and nothing but RAIN....I am trying to remember if it rained on St Swithin's Day which was last Thursday....because as the saying goes it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights but according to the boffins at the Met Office this is a load of baloney....pure folklore....what do they know....they can't even predict the weather a few hours ahead.
But it's not all bad news.....I've been marooned in the cubbyhole all cosy and snug watching the rain lashing against the window....The Budster snoring at my feet... the smell of wet dog wafting around my nostrils...happy as larry and I think even Mr Mojo is glad to be back home out of the rain....lots of crafty stuff done and dusted including a challenge card.
The challenge this week over at Papertake Weekly is......

CUTIE PATOOTIE
and they don't come much cuter than this sweet little missy




Papers: Jenny Bowlin
Image: LOTV....Best Friends..Hug Time
Ribbon: Simply Create
Flowers: Prima
Pearls...Hobby House
Charm from stash
Tim Holtz Fragment

We'll be back tomorrow with our tales of being rather bedraggled and drookit walkers..a little sneaky peek and of course the winners of the Ribbon Give-Away from Fantastic Ribbons.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday

Morning folks....it's time to play along at WOYWW but first let me put you all out of your misery before I share what's on my workdesk today.....oh yes the altered box is finally finished.....




and the perfect place to hold all my favourite little TH bits and bobs

but it's time to move on to what's on my workdesk today and it's gone from the sublime to the ridiculous

my favourite snowflake die
my favourite glitter...in my humble opinion the bestest sparkliest glitter in the world and very aptly named.....Glamour Dust
no project would be complete without a bit of TH inking
my trusty Cuttlebug and lots of white cardstock.....so let's get die-cutting

and before you think that this super organised crafty lady is getting ahead of the game and making a start on her christmas cards....I wish....it will probably be a rushing at the last minute affair as always....why break the habits of a lifetime.
And the product that all fans of the Lord Timmie of Holtziness have been waiting for...to be released at CHA Summer and hopefully soon hot footing it across the Atlantic to the UK.....the new Ranger Craft Scrubbie....

Catch up with you all later.
Hugs Kath xxx
Edited to add.....the Craft Scrubbie is what Tim was referring to when I e-mailed him about my Distress Inky fingers.....HERE

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