Friday, September 30, 2011

Frantic Friday

Morning folks...two bonny sunny days in a row...crikey Guinness Book of World Records stuff right enough...can life get any more exciting....OH YES after weeks of planning (mucho "coffee and chat" meet-ups with my lovely buddies Debbi and Anne) our Girls Just Want To Have Fun Crafty Day is tomorrow...fingers crossed that my phobia for making lists has once again stood me in good stead....oh yes I have a real thing about making fact life in the cubbyhole would probably be chaos without them.  So far the current list is looking pretty "ticked off" but I always have that little niggly doubt in the back of my mind "HAVE I FORGOTTEN SOMETHING" and the reason being that despite all the list making...I usually do forget something.  Perhaps I need a list to check off the lists or I could just go with the "doddery old bat" excuse like I normally do.
Just time for a Penny Black Saturday sneaky peek....
before Frantic Friday kicks's going to be a quick dash trot of a morning stroll with The Furry Boy and while I pack up the car for a trip to The Papeterie to meet up with Debbi to set up for tomorrow...
the other half of the cubbyhole crew is chilling out with his bone.  
Then back home to hit Costco with the "lunch for tomorrow" list...looks like it's going to be a "running around like a headless chicken"..."not enough hours" kind of a day.  See you all tomorrow over at Penny Black Saturday for another challenge and there are 2 fabulous prizes to be won.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Summer's back

Morning folks....I had planned to share my review today of the Advanced Tape Glider but due to unforeseen circumstances it's been postponed until next week.  Translated as....the old Red Sky At Night proverb turned out to be right on the button...Summer has returned to Bonny Scotland and no way was I staying cooped up in the cubbyhole yesterday tip-tapping on the computer when I could be out enjoying what could be the very last days of Summer. We've been rather deprived of sunshine in my neck of the woods this year so when the Cubbyhole Crew put it to the vote there was a mad dash to abandon ship...
and spend the day in the garden...feet up and my nose in a book...chilling with a cuppa or two and The Furry Boy just snoozing...

Of course it didn't help with the ticking things off the crafty list but hey ho tomorrow is another day as they say and when you are the CEO of the's a rum do if you can't give yourself a day off now and again....resting up before tomorrow aka Frantic Friday.
Hugs Kath xxx 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Your Help Is Needed...

Hi folks...over on the Fiskarettes Blog they need your help to raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital...
and we can all help this very worthwhile cause by making some cards or Christmas decorations which will be sent to the hospital for their Christmas Stall which is in place in the hospital for the six weeks prior to Christmas.  All proceeds from the sale of the cards and decorations will go to the Children's Hospital Charity.
The generosity of blogland is second to none so I know that you will all rally round...if you haven't made a start on your festive cards yet...a great excuse to get going and if you have...I'm sure you can spare a can contact Caroline HERE for info on where to send your contribution.
Hugs Kath xxx

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday

Morning folks...we had the most beautiful red sky last night and you know how the old proverb goes....Red Sky At Night...Shepherd's Delight...according to those weather boffins we may be heading for a bit of an Indian Summer...well personally I'm really not fussed what nationality Summer is as long as it starts around May and lasts through to September like the good old days. Any thoughts of topping up my pealy wally Scottish tan are gone for another year I fear and how can we be expected to listen to a word they say when last week they were all doom and gloom and predicting early winter weather at the beginning of November.
In this neck of the woods we can have all the seasons in one day...every weather phenomonen known to man...rain hail snow sun wind...all in the space of 24 hours...but enough of me waffling on about the's Wednesday and that means it's time to join in the fun over at WOYWW.  What a surprise no kitting on my workdesk today...instead I've been playing with Mr TH...his fabulous stamps and Distress Inks getting all inky and grungy and adding to the Christmas Card Box...

Catch up with you all tomorrow for the cubbyhole verdict on the Pink Advanced Tape Glider
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, September 26, 2011

Still Jingling Along...

Morning folks...what better way to relieve the stresses and strains of kitting and workshop prep but to down tools..use up some of the die cuts kicking around on my workdesk and have a little play.  I had great fun decorating a plain old kraft gift bag that I got with a purchase from Rustiques with lots of help from The Ribbon Girl...Mr TH and lots of sparkly glitter and if you don't know what I'm on HERE for more info...a great idea to get us all organised in time for Christmas from The Ribbon Girls aka....the lovely Andrea and Mary...

Kraft Gift Bag
Tim Holtz Dies: Winter Wonder...On The Fence
Stampers Anonymous..Tim Holtz Collection...Season's Silhouettes
The Ribbon Girl...Felt...Seam Binding...Ribbon...Buttons and Dew Drops
Provocraft Snowflake Die
Decoart Glamour Dust
Ranger Inkssentials Enamel Accents...White
This will be going to one lucky GJWTHF raffle prize winner on Saturday filled with lots of lovely goodies from Craftwork Cards and The Ribbon Girl.
Don't forget to tune into QVC today at 3pm to see the lovely Julie Hickey from Craftwork Cards work her magic with the latest kits...lots of tips...techniques and fab demos. Sky 640...Freeview 16...Virgin TV 740 and Freesat 800.  I  almost never ever watch daytime TV but today I will be making an exception...thanks Julie for keeping me company whilst I tackle the dreaded ironing mountain.
But it's back to the day job for me...see you all tomorrow over at WOYWW
Hugs Kath xxx 

Jingle All The Way To Christmas Challenge

Morning folks...Jingle Bells...Jingle Bells...Jingle All The Way...don't worry I haven't lost my marbles..well no more than usual...I've just been given a timely reminder by my lovely buddies Mary and Andrea at The Ribbon Girl that the most magical time of the year is only 3 months..12 weeks or 90 days away...however you look at it Christmas will be here before we know. The cubbyhole has been in Christmas mode for a while and with all the Workshop and DT stuff...the Christmas Card Box is looking decidedly fact brimming and in danger of overflowing but you may not have made a start yet so The Ribbon Girls are here to help you get on track and organised....on the 25th of each month you can join in the fun at the...
and to get you all in the Christmas mood there will be a very special prize for one lucky winner....yummy Christmas themed ribbons and embellishments...
The challenge will remain open until the evening of 8th October so perhaps it's time to get those Christmas thinking caps on and share your wonderful Christmas projects with us all.
And talking of sharing....just a little sneaky peek tease for all the lovely crafty girls who will be joining Debbi Anne and yours truly on Saturday....woohoo I'm getting mega excited...

I do believe that my lovely GJWTHF buddies Debbi and Anne may just be in sneaky peek mood today too.  I'm off to have a play with a brown paper bag and some Ribbon Girl goodies....catch up with you all tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lazy Sunday....

Morning's Sunday...supposedly a day of rest...fat chance when you're a member of the cubbyhole crew and what I want to know is why I am the only member of the crew that seems to do any work around here while the other half seems to spend most of his time snoozing...
With less than a week to go to our "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" Crafty is going to be a "putting all the kits together" day....yes real production line stuff.   But I have a plan to make the day go with a swing...what better way to relieve the boredom of popping all those bits and pieces into their individual bags but to spend the day "snuggled up on the sofa in my jammies" the company of the King of Swing...the delectable Mr B...

turn up the volume girls and ENJOY....OLE!!!
and for all the lovely crafty girls who will be joining in the fun next Saturday....a little sneaky peek

just to let you know that my lovely buddy Anne at THE SEW ROOM has her very first workshop scheduled for Wednesday...for details pop over HERE....
Well got to go girls....I have a hot date with 34 kits and Mr B
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Penny Black Saturday Challenge...Week 170

Morning folks...crikey I can hardly believe it's the weekend already...seems it has crept up on me yet again and because it's Saturday it's time for another challenge over at Penny Black Saturday.  Fabulous cards from you all for last week's Friendship Challenge...the lucky winner has been announced so pop on over and check it out.
And a big thank you to the lovely Jules for joining us in September as Guest Designer and sharing wonderful inspiration with us all.
The challenge this week is...

Penny Black Image: Nature's Best
Papers: MME Lost and Found Christmas
Lace: The Ribbon Girl
Sentiment: LOTV Circular Sentiments...Set 5 Christmas
As you know I've had a bit of a gadding about week and yes once again I was sailing close to the wind and skidding in by the seat of my pants but I so wanted to play with this gorgeous Penny Black image I bought at Harrogate....the bird would have to be brown and these gorgeous papers just happened to fit the Brown Monochrome idea floating around in my head BUT what about the holly berries and his red breast.  TH Distress Inks came to my rescue...Rusty Hinge is a reddy kind of brown and I think goes rather well...don't you just love when a plan comes together...
We have a fabulous prize this week for one lucky winner who will be chosen at random and announced next Saturday from
4 rolls of Ribbon of the winner's choice
lots of gorgeous new ribbons in stock including the on trend Home Spun why don't pop over and feast your eyes and take advantage of fabulous special offers...the more you buy..the more you save and please don't blame me if you have no willpower
I look forward to seeing all your Monochrome creations this week and will be popping by for a the meantime enjoy the weekend whatever you have planned...I hope the weather is going to be kinder where you are and as always...happy crafting.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Sew Fabulous...

Morning folks...woohoooo I am so lovely buddy Anne's gorgeous new shop is now open for business...
44 Main Street
an exciting new retail sewing destination,
where you can create and make in the studio workroom,
 support and inspiration always on hand.
 workshops , sew socials and private tuition.
not forgetting retail therapy
after weeks of painting....laying new flooring and giving the gorgeous shabby chic shop fittings the Annie Sloan treatment....Debbi and I were itching to see the finished result and it's even better than we ever imagined...absolutely fabicilious sewing heaven along with delicious little bits and pieces to buy for all you retail therapy addicts...

Anne will be teaching workshops in the spacious workroom area...a workshop list will be available whether you are an absolute beginner...want to make friends with your sewing machine again or are a dab hand at anything stitchy...there will be something for everyone....Anne is so talented and a great tutor...

 So why don't you pop out to Alford and see for yourselves.
A little "GOOD LUCK" pressie from the cubbyhole crew....
Wishing you all the best Anne in your new adventure....
I know it's going to be a huge ENJOY IT AND LIVE THE DREAM
And once again after a week of skivving off several times to socialise...I am skidding in by the seat of my pants with the DT stuff....fingers crossed I will have something to show you for the challenge over at Penny Black Saturday tomorrow.
 Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Less is More Challenge...Week 33...Take 2

Hi everybody....back again with card No 2 for the Less Is More Challenge...
Hero Arts: CG572 - 2 Birds In A Tree
inked with TH Distress Ink...Chipped Sapphire
Sentiment inked with Barn Door
Pearls: Hobby House

I have some sad news to share with you faithful workhorse Mr Dyson has gone to vacuum cleaner heaven....after 10 years of swallowing billions of dog hairs and all the paper bits and pieces that the cubbyhole could throw at him without complaint I may add...he decided that enough was enough...died in his sleep...poor old thing.
So let me introduce you to the newest member of the cubbyhole crew...
all smart and shiny...a bit more lightweight but every bit as noisy...surely there must be a way of making the daily Dyson dance around more peaceful...crikey my ears are still ringing from this morning's jig.  Being the new kid on the block I wonder if he realises he'll be working his little socks off starting out with the cubbyhole mess and no time for slacking before he tackles the huge daily hair removal bonanza.  Let's hope he's up to the job and can step up to the plate because I have things to do and places to go today...I'm off on a little jaunt with my lovely buddy Debbi..any excuse for a break from the kitting frenzy...fingers crossed that time out with coffee and a crafty chat will somewhat restore my sanity...I'll back tomorrow to tell you where we got to on today's travels.
Hugs Kath

Less Is More Challenge...Week 33

Morning folks....busy busy here in the cubbyhole but no way could I miss out on this week's challenge over at Less Is More with the lovely Chrissie and Mandi....and they have set us a bumper challenge this try and get 1000 submissions with an Anything CAS Goes here's the first easy peasy "quick to churn out" card...
Hero Arts: Trees from CL540 Christmas Reindeer
inked with TH Distress Inks...Wild Honey...Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint
Hero Arts: S5507 Envelope Pattern
Sentiment: Hero Arts: CG572 - Birds In a Tree
Seam Binding....Oloroso...The Ribbon Girl
Pearls: The Hobby House

Will be back soon with submission 2...
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday

Morning folks...yes it's Wednesday...another week flying in and time to join Julia and all her lovely crafty buddies over at WOYWW.  So what's on the cubbyhole desk today...a bit of a mixed bag...I've been busy making badges for our GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN crafty day on 1st October...
 just a few to finish and that will be one more crafty job ticked off the list...
my lovely postie has just arrived with the last of the workshop goodies...
and the cubbyhole crew have a brand new toy to play with....we'll be putting this boy through his paces and will be back next week to let you know if he is going to be our latest must-have item.
and a sneeky peek of an easy peasy Less Is More challenge card I'll be sharing tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I love The Ribbon Girl...

Morning folks...I did warn you that I loved the yummy goodies in this month's Ribbon Girl DT kit so more Christmas cards to share in alternative contemporary colours and a chance to play with another of my new Penny Blacks...I am loving this holly and mistletoe spray image
22mm Brown/Cream Checked Gingham
Lime Green Small Polka Dot Buttons
Penny Black...Snowflake And Holly
but it was a major feat of crafty engineering to cut out...

Play time is's back to the worky stuff project for our "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" Workshop is in the bag....PHEW!!.....just a little bit of kitting to finish...but still a thousand and one things to do....badges to lists to organise and just a week and a bit to go.  So instead of mulling over what I still have to might be a better idea to put the kettle on and get on with it. 
Catch up with you all tomorrow over at WOYWW
Hugs Kath xxx