Sunday, 18 December 2011


Morning Peeps

So guess who took the wrong pills at bed time and has been up all night jittering (Kath has her hand up)

Anyway ....boredom.... then craftiness kicked in ........went and had a hop around..... popped over to Sue Wilsons Blog and then had my Eureka moment !

So your turn ...hands up who saves all their bits of  'holes' when they die-cut..... as we all know we will use them for stencilling or something eventually ha ha !

So out came the box and I've made the below with scraps of card/paper and 'holes' . Thank you Sue!

Another tip while I'm on a roll, two black card stocks slightly off shade from each other ....quick rub over with Black Soot DI and no one will notice ....or am I too fussy ha ha

This is a definite Sue style card

One Labels 16 hole, a piece of Papermania mono paper, a Crealies flower die and foliage die, a CB sentiment stamp and some gems and Ta Dah

This is more my usually shabby style

A bit of core'dinations card, a hole from Iron work motifs, a circle hole, another Crealies flower cut from TH glassine paper, a brass button and four brads.

Right I'm off for warm milk and honey and hopefully a nap x

Be good
Kath x

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Hubbys christmas card .... finally

Hi Peeps

Is it just me who struggles with men's cards? Steve is hard work as he doesn't do footy or golf or the such and I don't think a card featuring beer and pies would really get the Christmas sentiment across ha ha

So with a little help from Tim Holtz I managed the card below .....finally !

. Just a quick description .... all text was done on serif  with free fonts I have found. Main back ground is core'dinations card, music paper is from my stash from a pack last yr, leaves are a mix of stamped and cut out or die cuts from TH with a pine cone. Main Santa stamp was stamped, embossed on parchment and white highlighted with picket fence distress stains, frame from some card packaging painted with distressed crackle tarnished brass and a bit of walnut DI once dry.
Hope you all have a fabby Christmas
Be good
Kath x

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Guest blogger for a White Christmas

Hi peeps

My lovely fellow Chocolate Baroqueian, Sheila, is guest posting today. Pop over to Glenda's blog and see whats what. Take it away Sheila......

I stamped a small CB Holly Swirl in Adirondack Snow Cap white randomly over the tag and embossed it with clear powder; when the ink was dry I covered the tag with Antique Linen Distress Ink then stamped it with a CB Christmas Sentiment using Versafine Vintage Sepia.
The tree is from the Madonna of the trees theme plate.I stamped it with Versafine Olympia Green to get a good, sharp impression,embossed it with white Wow powder, coloured in between the branches with Shabby Shutters D I and glued it to the tag.
I made the flower from CB pointelle lace,white wired ribbon and a small burgundy rose,attaching the flower and silver branches with a strong brad, and using Glossy Accents to secure the rose and the other branches. I attached a strip of pointelle lace to the bottom of the tag with dst.
As a finishing touch I dabbed the tag with Icicle Stickles ,covered a small tree embellishment withAdirondack Snow Cap ,embossed it with white powder,attached it to the tag and added a white ribbon.
Sheila xx

(And stunning it is too x x x  ... Kath)

Monday, 28 November 2011

Happy Monday!

Hello Peeps

Been a bit out of sorts this week so not really done much ........ Been having new windows so house upside down freezy cold and I've been a tad grumpy cause of my stupid hands !

Mainly been making a mess playing with paints and stuff to make backgrounds and flowers, my stamping mojo seems to be having a rest ha ha.

Just a couple of makes below using Paper Artsy stamps.

The stamps are from Buttons 6 and the dress form etc are Tim Holtz die cuts. I just stamped the frayed edge stamp down the card and embossed with TH frayed burlap DP (seemed fitting). Matted a distressed piece of Core'dinations. Added DI'ed dress form, reel (wrapped in black hemp cord) and buttons. Then just highlighted the word 'Tailor' with Glossy Accents. 

This is made up of a couple of backgrounds I was making a mess with. The stamps are off the  One Penny 2 plate
The black background was a piece of matt gold mirri which I covered in black acrylic paint and then used a tool I got with some paint once, which gives a wood grain effect.... I was quite pleased with the results. The pinky beige background is just odd strips of paper glued to card then gesso'ed over. I inked the edges with DI and smudged ink around the lady with a paper stump.  I just added a flower made from the lace that goes across the card.

Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Making Christmas presents

Hi Peeps

Just thought I would share some makes ........ being stuck in most of  the time no fun, so at least everyone has something personal now .......... Everything else has been bought over the interweb !

Who said Xmas shopping was stressful ha ha

Stamped on tissue paper with CB Wild Meadow stamps, bit of heat with heat tool, bit of ribbon and a grunge paper rose.

Memory wire and assorted green beads.
Crochet SP wire with black and clear crackle beads and a few drop beads.
Macrame bracelets with hemp cord and wooden beads and silk cord with metal beads.

Memory wire with assorted pink chips and beads

Sorry some of the photos are a bit dark haven't found my camera since we moved so have to use my phone (all bracelets were photographed lying on my Ipad how cool is that, makes them look brill ha ha)

Be Good

Kath xx

White Christmas

Hi Peeps

I've been very busy making things for presents but Glenda at Chocolate Baroque is sponsoring a challenge so I thought I would join in and have a break from jewelry and candles.

This is made using black,silver and white card.
Background is white stamped with holly stamp from CB Christmas Flourish set and sprayed with silver bells glimmer mist. The square is cut with a Nesti from matt silver card, stamped again with a stamp from CB CF set. I added a 'snowflake' from the shapeabilities Iron Work Motifs set. The bauble from CB Stained Glass Christmas, is stamped and embossed in silver, coloured with white glaze then over glazed with glossy accents then just added a silver ribbon and bow and sentiment. Ta Da.

Be Good
Kath x

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Lazy Sundays

Hi Peeps
Had a very lazy day to day, spent mainly crafting.

I was chuffed this week to have one of my cards posted on Papermoods . Thanks again Fab.

Made quite a few cards today. Just thought I would share a couple before I start lunch.

These are some leaf stamps I was given quite a while ago and I'm afraid I don't know the brand, I just stamped embossed and coloured using DI's, then cut out, and added a sentiment (A Sheena Douglass one)

This is a Crafty Individuals image from miniature people and places mounted on brown card. I've used a piece of coredinations and distressed the edges, cream card stock coloured with DI's and stamped with a Inkidinkido flourish, a Nestie shape, a piece of Choc Baroque backing paper, a flower made from Tim Holtz tattered flower die cuts which  I coloured-then stamped and embossed and added a little button. Also added a bit of fluffy wool.
                                                        This Is a Stampington stamp I have just acquired, Elegant Poppies, simply stamped with Vintage photo DI and mounted on a piece of script embossed coredinations which I then sanded, then I just added 3 gems which I coloured with a brown promarker.
Right I'm off to do my cheese sauce......... I'm famished ha ha

Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Less is more - week 38 - Star

Hi Peeps
This weeks Less is more challenge theme is STAR.

I've simply stamped a Choc B sentiment and a Tim Holtz star and added glossy accents

Go over and have a look there is some lovely entries this week   :)
Be good
Kath xx

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy All Hallows Eve

Hallow Peeps

We were going to hide from the trick or treaters but I felt mean so i open a tin of Roses took the good one out and we've been giving the kids all the yucky cream ones ha ha. Will try to be more prepared next year

I made a little Tag  to get into the spirit :)

Right I'm off to eat all the yummy Purple sweets ha ha
Be Good
Kath xx

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Filigree fusion & Fat Robin! Tee Hee

Hi Peeps

I bought two new stamp sets this week from Chocolate Baroque.........(and a matching CD. Shush dont tell hubby ha ha)

I stupidly didn't realise the huge size of one of the stamps and so can't play properly untill my new 6x6 block comes, I tried laying card over the stamp and brayering but not brill results, (sulky face) But of course I managed to make a few others to ease my pain ha ha.
This stamp set has been on my wish list a long time and I think it's going to be a fav  :)
Filigree Fusion from CB ('Im whispering' matching CD available)
All the images were stamped using different tecniques, one was guilded, one embossed and the large background stamp just stamped in brown Stazon and a few bits highlighted, a couple of mosaic tiles and a sentiment. The ink over pearlised card makes it quite soft and muted, I quite like the look.

These images are from the Fat Robin set from CB, stamped with Vintage Sepia Versafine and coloured using DI's and a touch of green H2O's, bit of ribbon Ta Da The photo is a bit dark im blaming my phone! looks really twinkly on my desk.

The stamps used here are again from CB and are the Wild Meadow Set, the backing paper is off the CB Essence of Nature CD. Simple mat and layering, bit of a doodle scribble line and a bronzy ribbon to match the bronze mat. This is one of my 'use up some scraps' card. Isn't it funny what you can do with all them bits !

Be Good
Kath xxx

Friday, 21 October 2011

Happy Friday!

Hi Peeps
I was doing my usual blog hop last night and came across some fabby cards......... Ive left comments but as I read they all gave credit to Paula Pascual, go have a nosy at her blog she does some very pretty cards etc.

Anyway (don't i say that a lot ha ha) ........ I had a go at a Gap Card,  fabby idea ...

Just a plain black card with Tim Holtz cog die cuts coloured with DI's and a touch of Inka Gold and an embossed sentiment. A bit fiddly but got there in the end!

Be good
Kath xx

Just a note ......

Hi peeps as some of you may have noticed I've been around quite alot lately, mainly because I've been a bit poorly and had a couple of weeks off work.

I'm not one for sharing my private life with the world but as a few forum friends have asked why I'm doing random posts during the day and have expressed concern I thought I had better spill.

Here goes ... After a lot of prodding, poking, blood tests, X-rays and visits to a consultant I have been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis and I'm waiting on further test results to confirm which one - indications are pointing at rheumatoid arthritis but they won't commit yet! We seem to have the inflammation under control, but struggling a bit with the pain. Phew done!

I'm feeling ok about it and am doing my utmost to keep a positive mental attitude most days. I am going to have to slow down a bit and make some lifestyle changes regarding work and recreation but I am making the most of the time off by crafting and creating.

Right that's enough ..... Off to make casserole and do a bit of crafting while my hands are okay plus I've a challenge to do

Be good
Kath xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Less is more - week 37

I'm afraid my second go at the less is more challenge  is a bit pants ha ha
First thing that popped I'm my head when I saw the word Cocktail was MOJITO not that I'm partial to a few or anything ha ha but then that was it........... mind blank
Anyway least Ive had a go eh !

Below is my cocktail Mmmm not sure about the quanties but the mix is right ha ha
You Are Made Of Silliness, Friendship, and Compassion

3 parts Silliness
2 parts Friendship
1 part Compassion

And a Splash of Talent
Finish off with an olive

What's the Recipe for Your Personality?

Please note this is my second post today so please visit my blog

Kath x

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Less is more challenge

As you all know I'm not normally one for entering a lot of challenges but this one drew my attention as I do find it hard to do do clean and simple ha ha

Anyway here's my first go at the simply less is more challenge

Mock brown paper card stock stamped with Choc Baroque heart from the Harlequin Rose sheet and a sentiment from CB WIGL set, bit of DI fired brick and that's it ?

Just got to figure out the link thingy now ha ha

Be Good

Kath x

Free Template

Hi Peeps

If you're like me and you blog hop sometimes for inspiration you might like this ...........

I was looking for some simple fold ideas and came across a different tri-fold template, unfortunately it was using 12 x12 card stock, which I don't have a lot of, as I prefer A4 size, anyway made my own template IN CM's that folds nicely into a A6 size (well just under)........... see my make below

I used some plain white card stock for my base and just covered it with Christmas papers from the Chocolate Baroque Seasons Greetings CD and used a couple of stamps from the CB Christmas Flourish stamp set, a bit of Glamour dust et voila a simple Xmas card, Im gonna have a play this aft and make a few more :)

Ive posted a copy of the template below, its not to scale but its dead easy and makes a lovely card .... If you take a copy I would be grateful of a mention or comment!

Zig Zag Template

Be good

Kath x

Friday, 7 October 2011

Rainy Days

Hi Peeps.....Just a couple of recent makes to share with you... I seem to be in vintage mode at the moment ?

This is a Crafty Individuals stamp stamped randomly over the card base with Versafine sepia. I'm sure there is a posh word for stamping then stamping again without re inking but anyway that's what I did for the background. The flower and leaves are Crealies and made of brown paper as is the mat and the 'runner'. I stamped the image onto cream card then roughed the edges with my scalpel and generally tried to make it look aged/tatty then applied vintage photo DI. Oh also coloured with DI's.

This is a Sheena Douglas stamp from the poppies and daisies set. I made a master sheet on A4 card using DI's, Chalk eyes, sequin waste and a Viva Decor script stamp but used a mask to cover the stamped daisy's before hand. The daisy's are coloured with a touch of DI's and my inkssentials white pen. I then just made a standard easel card and matted and layered my design on to it with a bit of ribbon and a sentiment from a Choc Baroque set (sorry forgot which as I keep all my sentiments together) Then I added a gold painted wooden butterfly

This is a Kanban stamp from the Steam punk range. I stamped the base card with a Viva Decor flourish. Used a scrap of patterned velum I found. Cut a large a Nesti which I coloured with DI's, and coloured the dress with the same, I think it was tattered rose, then I added a bit of sparkle with a Sakura pen. Finally added a pink flower
This is a Crafty Individuals stamp which I coloured with vintage photo DI and Inka Gold, then mounted on black card.  All the die cuts are spellbinders (iron works and picot edge circles) which I coloured with black soot DI and then rubbed Inka Gold over to give them the aged metal look. The backing paper is a CB one, from Essence of Nature CD and the sentiment is a Tim Holtz

And last but not least look who found his way into the clean laundry basket............. I put it up on the dining table then the monsters wouldn't sit in it and the cheeky thing has the audacity to hiss at me when I went to shoo him out...........Smacked legs and sent to bed early before he gets in the habit.... Cute though ha ha.
Be Good

Kath xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Had to share this ...........little love is shattered .......... its was hard work trashing my ribbon box !!!!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Finally posting some makes !

Hi Peeps

Yes I know its been a while but PC probs etc ..............anyway Ive got it all sorted and Ta Daa some makes.

Not 100% about a couple, its like they have something missing ?? But have a look maybe you have some ideas :)

 I'm still getting to grips with Steam punk love the look but need more stash :)
This is Chocolate Baroque Edwardian Gents stamps with CB Steam punk Xmas cogs embossed, a few Shapeability die cuts and a bit of Tim Holtz glassine paper that I rubbed over a glimmer screen stencil, think it could do with being a little busier ??
This is scrumpled tissue stamped with a Viva decor script stamp, stuck to card. Then CB Fantasic Florals stamped and coloured with distress inks and cut out, and the butterflies/flowers highlighted with glossy accents

This stamp is a fav of mine just love the grungy gothy style of Stampotiques stamps  :) and a Tim Holtz sentiment with a drip drop embossed back ground. I recently discovered Ranger's embossing antiquities which I love and give a nice matt embossed look without looking to distressed

I dont know why this wont load the right way up but hey ho ha ha
Tim Holtz die cuts grunged up with distress inks and distress embossing on a green rose background stamped with a viva decor swirl stamp, flower added and matching box for a friends mum
Managed with pokey tool and patience to get the flourish die cut to weave in and out the bird cage

Be good

Kath x

A new addition

Ladies and Gentlemen introducing the new addition to our furry family "Toni"

She/He's soooo cute and doing very well ............. 5 weeks old and trying kitten food, albeit from the middle of the dish ha ha

Got lots of makes to upload .........

Be good

Kath x

Monday, 23 May 2011

Wedding !!!!

Hi Peeps just thought I would share my wedding save the dates and invites

Very simple just printed some tags off one of my Cd's not sure which one but its prob a Choc Baroque one
Bit of ribbon done ha ha Used PSP to enhance the text and flower (faux embossed)

This pic is of my 'sample' so it looks a bit tatty now ..... velum overlay and properly embossed text and flower .........did a cheque book style as the wedding isn't local I had lots of info I needed to share

Basically the front cover followed by card which matches the save the date .........then the invite its self ......followed by tear out RSVP, accommodation info, menu, and a little map

Not very crafty mainly done on the computer but Steve did very well embossing the flowers  seeing as his hands are like coal shovels ha ha

Be good

Kath x

Friday, 20 May 2011

Hello Peeps

Hey Just thought I would bring you up to date a bit

David is loving Uni ......It seems I have a budding anthropologist on my hands, hes just at the end if his second year and is loving Lampeter, I'm so pleased he had a change of heart and went back into education, even if it took 2 yrs for him to decide ha ha

Still not got anything crafty properly unpacked ......... dug out a couple of canvases and some paints to have a bash at painting an abstract of three canvases (kind of one pic split in three if that makes sense) for the dining room but my mojo is still in a box some where,

The cats are loving the garden ........... its nice to see them so happy after the upset of the move, they really didn't like it and sulked for days but now seem to have forgiven me :)

Ive found a pic of something I had a bash at a while ago ....painting with bleach!!

 This is a Clarity Stamp stamped on to black card with stazon and then painted with bleach to wash out the colour........ I found the thicker bleach easier to work with ......... its a bit stinky but once dry its fine ........ it takes a few coats and its like working backwards as the more you apply the lighter it goes so keep that in mind if you need shaded / darker areas I just got the base colour as I wanted it,, then barely touched the card to achieve highlights .......also try the bleach on scraps first as some coloured card just doesn't bleach and some don't go white but light tones of the original. Have a go!

Be good
Kath x

Monday, 9 May 2011

Remember me part two

Hi all

Im all settled in the new house and the babies are all well after the custody battle lol.... maybe I shouldnt laugh but I can now see the funny side of the farce that was my marriage :)

Anyway enough about that chapter its been and gone .... Back to my happy self and the gossip .... New home.... new fella.... Wow hitting forty was sooo not what I expected .

Still waiting to unpack my craft stuff :( lots of other things keep getting in the way like plumbing and decorating ha ha ..........

Hope your all well

Be Good

Kath xxx