Tuesday, 31 July 2012

LEJ Designs Challenge No 14 Mystical, Magical or mysterious

Good morning Peeps
Challenge day over at LEJ Designs Challenge Blog and the theme is based around fantasy this week with Mystical, Magical or Mysterious as your inspiration .... So ghouls goblins fairies and  angels are springing to mind but of course you may interpret it anyway you see fit

Here's my DT make, I love this image from Lindsay and I've tried to give it a dark ethereal feel



Stuff I've Used
LEJ designs - fallen angel
Polychomos pencils
Chocolate Baroque - flora and fauna stamp set
Sheena Douglass - pine tree
Black detail embossing powered
Dis for brayered background and shadows
White detail fine liner for moonlight touches


There were no entries using an LEJ Designs digi again this week so the prize pot for using an LEJ Designs digi on your project has gone up to 8 digi's this week.
We will have two prize winners this week, the first randomly drawn name will win 3 digi's of their choice from LEJ Designs
And the second name randomly drawn out will win £5.00 worth of goodies of their choice from Crafty Embellies Store

Please pop over to LEJ Designs and have a browse as Lindsay has some fabby images and new ones are added frequently

Lindsay is also holding a DT call so if you have the team spirit, good enthusiasm and love lindsays digi images please apply  HERE
Hope you can join us

Be Good xx
Kath x

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Vintage Artisans - Challenge 3 - Travel

Hi Peeps
Challenge day over at Vintage Artisans

Here's my DT make, I love doing blokes cards ha ha and I'm just loving this car image :)



Stuff Ive Used
Crafty Pad Digi's - Black ruler, Cogs and Pocket watch
Dragons Lair - Dodge Tourer
Polychromos pencils
Tim Holtz embossing folder and DI's
Inka Gold paint
Old map page

Our Fabby Sponsors this week are
please see the challenge page for prize deets.


Hope you can join us


PS This is my hundredth post !!!! I would just like to say thank you to all my lovely followers and for all the fabby comments, I really do appreciate you all taking the time to visit.
xx Crafty hugs xx
Be Good
Kath xx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Good Crafternoon Peeps

Hi Peeps tiz Friday woo hoo and my 4th post in a row! ........surely there's a prize with my name on somewhere ha ha

Just a quick one to share news of a new weekly challenge over on

My DT buddie Shelagh McCarthy and I will be running a weekly challenge featuring Household Items to Upcycle both of us will share a make for inspiration :) It will run Friday to Friday and winners and the next weeks challenge will be announced at 7 pm (ish) each Friday. I shall send an event invite to all members !

For Up Cycle Fridays Challenge winners , we have a lovely prize of two Digi's from LEJ Designs..........

We are hoping that you can join in as the stuff we will be using will be ready available as most of us will have it lying around and its a great way to use up scraps etc :) plus in these skint times you could be making really useful gifts or items on a budget so to speak . It doesn't have to be a mahoosive project just a quick easy fun make :)

Here's my Up Cycled Tin Can (it took 10 mins to make)


Stuff Ive Used
Alcohol inks - Slate - Gold - Green
Tim Holtz book plate, a flower from my stash and a few brads

And leading beautifully on

Why not go on to enter your makes into the

Bigger prizes on offer and a great way to show your upcycled wares to the blogging community........If you've already made something for CM it would be silly not to join in really ha ha And please don't forget you don't have to enter altered stuff... anything such as cards, twinchies, tags, you name it, the DT do a mixed bag of makes for inspiration so why not go have a nosy and join in !

So hoping you can join us, see you there xx

Be Good
Kath xx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Three in a row !

Morning Peeps
You getting fed up of me yet ha ha

As I've been saying I'm trying to enter a few more challenges........ mainly to get me using different stash and making different types of cards ....... still love the grunge ha ha

I've made this this morning from some Laura Ashley stash I've had for ages and never really used ...slapped legs for me ha ha, I have lots of things bought for me at birthdays and Xmas but most of it ends up stuck in a drawer, so even if I just make something once a week I suppose tis better than it gathering dust eh !

Any hoo here it is ...a bit girly for me but I'm quite pleased with it, still had to mucky it up a bit with DI's, ha ha it looked to clean :)

Mucky Paws

Stuff Ive Used
Laura Ashley - 6x6 papers and embellishment's
Personal Impression's P1266F - Little Girl stamp
Nesties
Flowers from my stash
DI's Tattered Rose & Bundled Sage

I'd like to enter it in to the following challenges

Stampin for the weekend - Ch 14 Photo Inspiration

Emergency Crafters - Circles

Have a fabby day
Be Good

Kath xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

Hi Peeps
Just a quick post with my make for the Craftymess Challenge No 13 - Sun and Moon



Stuff Ive Used
Brayered Glossy card - Vivid Indian Summer inks
Sheena Douglass -  Happiness stamps
Black detail embossing powder

Have a fabby day
Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

LEJ Designs Challenge 13 - Bling Bling

Morning Peeps

ITS CHALLENGE TIME ! and this week theme is BLING BLING !
So get yourselves and your glitter and gems over to LEJ DESIGNS Challenge blog and for those of you making your fabby (but extremely early.. Bah Humbug) Xmas Cards this would be a fabby one for you to enter if you have gone glittertasic ha ha

Here's my DT make for this week hope you like it :)


Stuff Ive Used
LEJ Designs - Cinders 2 coloured with pro markers
Kaisercraft Hippy Girl Papers
Nesti die, die cut swirls, pink pearls and a few paper flowers
Sakura Clear Star pen

THERE ARE SEVEN FREE DIGIS UP FOR GRABS IN OUR ROLLOVER DRAW FOR ANYONE WHO USES AN LEJ IMAGE........ SO IF YOU HAVE ONE GET IT USED AND IF YOU DON'T GO HERE AND HAVE A BROWSE AT LINDSAY'S FABBY DESIGNS

There will be two winners picked for this weeks challenge,  the first randomly drawn name will win 3 images of their choice from LEJ Designs

The second randomly drawn name will win this fabby prize from our sponsor Letraset http://www.letraset.com/
Hope to see you there
Be Good

Kath xx







Sunday, 22 July 2012

Altered Elusions - Challenge 4 - Travel

Morning Peeps

Challenge day over at Altered Elusions :) this fortnights theme is Travel
Here's my DT offering which will have a 'happy birthday' added for my Friends dads birthday next week :)


Stuff Ive Used
Floppy Latte Digi's -  Ship (printed onto acetate) and Sea Captain coloured with Polychromos Pencils
Walnut stain DI
Inka Gold metal gloss paint
Few grommets n a bit of string :)
North point cut out from Choc Baroque Travel printables

Our Fabby Sponsors this week are

Lindsay is offering 3 Digis of winners choice

Floppy Lattes

Floppy Latte

Jess is offering $10 voucher to spend in her shop

Fresh Brew Designs

Fresh brewed Designs

Heather is offering 3 Digis of winners choice

Please bob over and look at the other ab fab DT makes :)

Hope you can come and join in !
Don't forget card makes are welcome

Be Good
Kath xx




Saturday, 21 July 2012

My First Twinchie and First Fat Page

Hey Peeps

Thought I'd have a go at a couple of Challenges............. Get me lol ha ha

As someone who tends to work on A6 or bigger cards etc,  it was quite a challenge to do twinchies and a fat page but such fun ha ha but at least I've had a go..... what do you think?

Here's my entry for the 2nd Twinchie challenge over at Show us your Twinchie ,
the theme is Summer............. I did think of using my wellies stamp ha ha ha


Stuff Ive Used
LEJ Designs - Daisy
Polychromos pencils
Di's
Printed sentiment


Here's my entry for Fat Pages with Attitude , the theme this time is Anything Goes (Ch No 18)


Stuff Ive Used
Desmet Designs Freebie - Ledger Paper
Tim Holtz - Pen stamp, Salvage Stickers &  Di's
Graphics Fairy Typewriter image
Staples, paperclip n bit of a post-it note :)
(Please note ladies that the ruler isn't to scale)


I'd also like to enter this in to the challenge at Desmet Designs the theme is A Day At The Office, my entry is a 'vintage office' ha ha

I can see this getting quite addictive :) Thanks for reading x

Be Good
Kath xx

Friday, 20 July 2012

Get your tissues out !

Hi Peeps
This is a special post dedicated to someone VERY special in my life. (Don't worry no ones died)

I don't normally go into graphics on here to much about my private life so bear with me, I might get a bit soppy lol
I would like to introduce David,

we first met when I was a very frightened 17 yr old (yep I know)
from the moment I set eyes on him i knew my life was never going to be the same.

we both grew together :) it wasn't easy at first, but we got by, here's some of my memories

these are two of my fave photos this one as it was his first nursery photo and he was so god damn cute...(slight bias)

And this one because it always reminds me of how understanding and grown up he was even at 4.
we were at Butlins Skeggy, my Dad had taken us as a treat for my '21st'. Money was a bit tight and on the first day he spotted these huge cones, I explained that if we wasted our 'P's'  the first day on ice cream we might not have enough to do fun things later. He smiled took my hand and said 'K'. He never asked again. On the last day i took him to buy one........it was as big as his head....he was that excited he nearly dropped it!
With all that understanding and 'grown up- ness' came this wonderful naivety which reminded you what a wonderful little man he was ......... he came to me once in floods of tears.... my stupid little brother told him there was no Santa......... I explained to him best i could ( with a few white lies) without hurting him further and through the sobs he said 'But there's still an Easter Bunny... right!'

He tells me quite frankly still that the story I told him about jack frost coming in the night to snip off his fingers and toes, because he always kicked his bedding off, scared the bejesus out of him and still makes him pull his feet in at night.... oops! Its a learning curve peeps lol

We started big school together, off he went to secondary in his 'he'll grow into it' blazer, me off to Uni to do my degree.... he knew how nervous I was and as I dropped him off he said 'you'll be okay once you've made some friends'...... we used to do our home work together ha ha. It was hard work but we got there.

He didn't want to go to college :( .... he got a job.... all grown up ..... I was a little disappointed but he worked hard..... shared the bills .....paid his way .....even bought me a few beers after work....we used to get funny looks....look at her with the toy boy, we still fall about laughing about the time his friend chatted me up,  the poor lad was horror struck when he realised who I was.


he moved out got a flat.....got a car ..... I don't know if I was more scared for him in the car or the others on the road with him lol ...god I missed him

.......then it started.......weird episodes....not seeing him for days... like he was avoiding me.......then the bomb shell.... 'Bi - Polar'...... I was floored.... why him.......please god no......... this isn't fair.......... was it my fault.....no amount of savlon and 'kiss it better' was going to fix this....He gave up the flat ....went to stay with his dad.....things slowly got better.....phew...... I wouldn't wish those times on anyone.....  when I say better i mean 'managed'. I was proud with how well he was managing.

Then came the news 'I want to go to Uni'........... I must admit every fibre of my being screamed NO! .......how would he cope.....what if he needs me....how do I keep my eye on the Bi P if hes so far away......Looking back I think I needed him more than he needed me.......OUCH!

Apron strings severed and off he went....I cried like it was his first day at school.

BUT .....He's coped, he's enjoyed it........ .hes made some great friends, travelled all over the world.......... and met a very special lady......

He's always been my best friend, my one constant, my tea bellied cuddle bunny, my support, my straight answer guy .........no seriously Mum your bum looks big in that....... My Beloved who I have loved unconditionally for 26 yrs (and believe me he has tested it) and  I will continue to  love him till the last breath has left my body............ Then shall haunt him as pay back for the stretchmarks ;)

And so we reached the end of my very condensed tale and the reason for my post....with a few ups and downs, lots of hard work, support whether he wanted it or not (he still needs me) and an amazingly wonderful patient girlfriend ...........amongst other things...

My Beautiful Baby Boy has graduated from University of Wales Trinity Saint David Lampeter with a 2:1 Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology

I have no fabby pics of him in Cap and Gown as apparently (his quote)
"its commercialised crap Ma" ??
so Ill share this one :)
....... it took a while but he got there and I'm so unbelievably proud of him I could burst.........
You did it sunshine !

MUMMY LOVES YOU
 NOW GET A MOVE ON AND GIVE ME GRAND KIDS
I'M NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER YOU KNOW!

XXX CONGRATS KATH TOO - LOVE YOU LOADS, YOU CLEVER LOVELY LADY XXX

Thanks for reading, :)

Be good
One very proud Mum xx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside .....

Morning peeps
Please scroll down for my LEJ DT post x

I made a tag for a swap and thought Id bung it in to a challenge as I quite like it ha ha ha


Stuff I used
Chocolate Baroque Stamps
DI's and bit of embossing powder

Im entering this into Emmas Crafty Challenge No 6 The theme is The Sea

Be Good
Kath xx

LEJ Designs Challenge No 12 - Anything Goes

Morning Peeps
Its challenge day at LEJ challenge Blog and the theme this week is Anything Goes. Heres my DT offering.



Stuff Ive Used
LEJ Designs - Ellen Shopping coloured with polychromos pencils
Choc Baroque backing paper and sentiment stamp
Wired ribbon (available from Michelflo - part of my candy win)
Woodware punch
This week we will have two winners the first randomly drawn name will win
3 Digi's of their choice from
LEJ Designs



and the second randomly drawn name will win this lovely lot of goodies from Mishelflo Creative Crafting http://www.mishelflocreativecrafting.co.uk/


Included in the Prize is 8 x 8 Graphic45 Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe Paper Pad, Hunkydory 6 x 6 Elegant Frames Cards & Envs., Hunkydory A5 Elegant Frames Cards & Envs, Hunkydory Twisted Double Easel Cards & Envs. Also a selection of Metal Charms and a couple of Glass Cameos.


Dont forget the weekly draw for people who enter using an LEJ Designs image, we are upto 6 free digis for the winner !!!
Lindsay has added some fabulous new digi images to the site and also some backing papers which I was so happy to design for her featuring her lovely Rose digi.

Be good
Kath xx

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Vintage Artisans Challenge 2 - Steampunk

Morning Peeps
Lovely day here :) Steve loved his anniversary card and I'm hoping to knock up a nice dinner for us later - He bought me a lovely Japanese maple tree so off to find a nice spot for it after this post. David Graduation went well too but I'm glad we don't have any more 4 hour drives to visit him ha ha.

Any hoo back to the Vintage Artisans challenge, we had some fabby entries last week so thank you ladies :)

This fortnights challenge is STEAMPUNK - we have some fabby sponsors once again, so we hope you can Join us

Here's my DT offerings (I was that inspired I did two!)

'Punked Spool

Stuff Ive Used
Chocolate Baroque Stamp Sets - Haberdashery, Punky Romance & Just Butterflies
Chocolate Baroque Printables - Patterned Spool Set 2
DI's and Distress Stains
Ranger tarnished Gold EP
Tim Holtz - Cogs Die and distress EP

'Punked Card


Stuff Ive Used
Chocolate Baroque Stamp Sets - Eccentric Edwardian and Punky Romance
Chocolate Baroque Printables - Vintage Travel - Open Road & Around the World
DI's and Distress Stains
Ranger tarnished Gold and Ginger EP
Tim Holtz - Cogs Die and disterss EP
Gold fine liner pen and Sakura Glaze Pen

Here's Our Fabby sponsors this time
Glenda is offering a £10 Voucher to spend on digital products


Lindsay is offering 3 Digis of winners choice

Judie is offering £10.00 worth of goodies from her shop

Cant wait to see what you all come up with this time, see you there
Be Good
Kath xx


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Anniversary Card

Hi Peeps
Its our anniversary this Sunday and I've struggled a bit to do Steve's card ha ha .......but finally got into it and came up with this :)

Stuff Ive Used
Chocolate Baroque -  Punky Romance Stamp set
Lightweight modelling clay - White
Adirondack Snow Cap Dabber
DI's and D stains
Typed sentiment - dymo font
Gilding Flakes - Sunset
Inka Gold paint
Cropodile n Grommets

Hope he likes it lol

Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

LEJ DESIGNS Challenge No 11 - Animals

Morning Peeps
Its challenge day at LEJ challenge Blog and the theme this week is Animals. Heres my DT offering.



Stuff Ive Used
LEJ Designs - Best Friend digi coloured with polychromos pencils
Grunge board disk as a dog tag
Scrumpled card stock coloured with Vintage Photo DI
Ribbon with added buckle and dots of Pearl pen to make a faux collar

This week we will have two winners the first randomly drawn name will win
3 Digi's of their choice from
  LEJ Designs

and the second randomly drawn name will win £5.00 worth of goodies of their choice from
Crafty Embellies Store


We are a new company, Started in 2012 and we family owned and run. All our wooden, metal and plastic items are made to order here at our site. So we always will have our items in stock. All our wooden items are made from 3mm ply or 3mm MDF. Please note Grain and colour will varie to pictures as wood is a natural product. We are working with plastic at the moment.
We have our own CNC machines here on the premises and all our designs and artwork are designed and cut in house.




Dont forget the weekly draw for people who enter using an LEJ Designs image, Lindsay has added some fabulous new digi images to the site and also some backing papers which I was so happy to design for her featuring her lovely Rose digi

Be good
Kath xx

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Altered Elusions Challenge No 3 - Anything Goes

Morning Peeps

Its Challenge day over at Altered Elusions & Artitude and the theme this fortnight is Anything Goes.
My inspiration for this project came from a project by Gail Milburn in last months Craft Stamper.

I took a piece of mount board and coloured it using acrylic paints, Printed the lovely Hearts & Flowers digi from Robins Fetish on to a book page, hand drew some clouds, typed up the saying and just glued them down once the paint had dried. I coloured the bits using distress stains.

Hope you can join us this time and don't forget we welcome any type of entry so card makers out there please come and join in the fun.




Sponsors for this fortnight are:-

Sassy Studio Designs
Sassy Studio Designs
Sassy is offering 4 Digis of winners choice

Robyns Fetish

Robyn's Fetish
Susan is offering 5 Digis of winners choice

Delicious Doodles

Delicious Doodles
Teri is offering 4 Digis of winners choice

Please pop in and see the DT's fabby work and hopefully be inspired to join us.

Be Good
Kath xx

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

LEJ Challenge No. 10 - Fabby Flowers

Hi Peeps
Challenge day over at LEJ Designs Challenge Blog and this week the theme is FABBY FLOWERS

Here's my make

Stuff I've Used
LEJ Designs - Rose, Tulips and Snow drops - coloured with Polychromos Pencils
Choc Baroque backing paper and sentiment
Gloss white card and Nestie for aperture.


This week we will have two winners the first randomly drawn name will win 3 Digi's of their choice from LEJ Designs http://www.lejdesigns.co.uk/


and the second randomly drawn name will win this set of xcut dies donated by Lindsay - http://craftymonster81.blogspot.co.uk/



Dont forget about weekly draw for people who enter using an LEJ Designs image :) you could be a double winner ..... good luck and looking froward to seeing your fabby entries.

Be Good
Kath xx

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Vintage Artisans Launch Ch 1 - Shabby Chic

Hi Peeps
Well its launch day for Vintage Artisans Challenge Blog.

The Girls have been working really hard to make this a great challenge blog and I hope you will pop by and look at the DT makes and hopefully come and join in

Heres my offering for CHALLENGE 1 - Shabby Chic


Our fabulous sponsors this fortnight are

The Ribbon Reel

Smudgetastic Digis

Cardmaking Paradice


See you there
Be good
Kath xx