Saturday, 13 December 2014

In ruins ........ Literally

Hi Peeps
Here's one of Steve's Christmas presents, its taken over a week to do !!
Lots of drying overnights and hard work as its so big but it was worth it.
I've used lots of techniques, mainly following
tutorial but with a bit of tweaking thrown in
I can't tell you the main technique for the 'skin' as its not fair to Andy
but if you haven't done one of his tuts online you are seriously missing
out on some brilliant techniques and useful arty hints and tips.
I've taken an A4 2015 diary and created this
Its a really big surface to do in one hit but I really enjoyed it!
I've used
Deco Arts Media acrylics
Pebeo Studio acrylics
White, Black and Prussian Blue acrylic paints
Embossed card
Grunge paper
Tim Holtz Embossing folders and dies
Multi Matt Medium
Liquitex Modeling paste
Cogs Stencil
Bits from my stash
Close up of back
Close up of front
It was a real labour of love and I hope he likes it after all the work lol
Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx

Monday, 24 November 2014

Having a mucky day :)

Hi peeps 
I enrolled in one of Andy Skinners online workshops at the weekend so I've had a little go whilst following along..... Very mucky fun indeed ....

So here's my first run of some of the techniques for the Book of Ruination 

I've ordered some A4 note books to do a proper job but I don't think it's bad for my first attempts .... I seem to have got the hang of it better on the back cover lol 

Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Some news to Share !!!!

Hi Peeps
Well I've finally done it ...... I've opened my own shop with Stamp and Stencil designs and a few other bits....... Feel free to pop over and have a browse ..... more designs will be added after Christmas so keep your eyes peeled

Mucky Paws Crafts

Here's a few quick samples using my stamps ....
some others are posted in the gallery on the shop page
Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Me day part two ....

Hi Peeps
Here's the finished project I started on Thursday......
I've been wanting to make some frames up for putting in the bathroom and this is no 1 .....

Stuff I used
Bits of wood hubby made a frame with
Gesso'd, Crackled and Sanded back before adding PVA and sand
MDF anchor ... Deco Arts Media Fluids and sand
An old bracelet treated the same as the anchor
Some paper netting coloured with green and white acrylics
I've a few ideas for another 3 for the big wall !
Thanks for looking
Be good
Kathryn x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Imagination Crafts Mid Month Inspiration

Hi Peeps

Here's my Inspiration for this months challenge over at Imagination Crafts Challenge 
Featuring my Skater Boy stencil from the new kids range I've designed
Sorry the pics a bit dark its hard photographing the sparkle.




IC Stencils -Skater Boy , Stencil letters, and Bricks
Sparkle Medium - Black Stars and Blue
DI's- Vintage Photo
IC black gloss card stock
Modelling paste

Here's the shop link if you fancy a browse
Don't forget to pop to the IC BLOG to check out the DTs work too
Be Good
Kath x


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Having a me day ....

Hi Peeps
Today I've totally had a me day .... 
And managed to do two projects I've wanted to do for ages ....
Ones still drying so I'll share it later in the week.

I've fancied doing this treasure box for ages .... I just love making boxes...
It must be the engineer in me lol.
I'm gonna put Yankee candle pattys in them as a Christmas gift for a friend. 


After a lot of searching .... found some decent instruction HERE 

I've used Kraft card and Tim Holtz 12x12 card stock and his grungy bow die
and a bit of distress ink and distress stickles 
It takes a while but is very sturdy and I can see me making a few more for putting presents in ! 

Thanks for looking 
Be good
Kath xx 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Just a quick one ...

Hi peeps
Just sharing what me and mother got upto on Tuesday .... 
Decorating her plain n boring (her words) fire guard ....

Stuff I used 
Beer cans 
Viva decor precious metal paints gold and pink 
Tim Holtz tattered florals and garden greens dies
Few brads 

I used a natural sponge to stipple the gold paint all over it. 

Using two Tim Holtz dies I cut flowers and leafy branches out of beer cans and painted again with the viva decor gold and pink paints 

All glued on with pinflare glue gel .... She was really pleased with the results ... And it does look pretty if I say so myself lol 

Thanks for looking 
Be Good
Kath xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Imagination Crafts Challenge November

Hi Peeps
Its challenge day over at
And this month it's Anything Goes
Here's my offering
Just a quick one

 Stuff I've used
IC Patterned card stock
NEW IC Teddy Stencil
Sparkle Medium Bronze and Candy Pink
IC sentiment Stamp
Kraft Card
Couple of dies from my stash for the rosette

 Here's the shop link if you fancy a nosy.
 Hope you can come and join in
Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Crafty Play Day Makes......

Hi Peeps
Just sharing what me and Linda got up to yesterday
I went to an Andy Skinner workshop last month and
so I showed Linda a few techniques I'd picked up
We made "Torn Hearts",
pop over to Linda's Blog and check hers out ....
She really enjoyed herself and had very mucky paws hee hee
We mainly used Grey/White acrylic paints
Deco arts Fluid acrylics - transparent shades of gold, red and brown
Linda used some Pebeo iridescents also
Strips of torn and embossed card stock and some modelling pastes

Whilst Linda played with some other bits I made this ...... not sure what to call it ha ha
I wanted it to look as if the staples had burst to reveal the innards... so to speak
I think I need to stop watching Vampire shows ha ha ha
I really love getting grungy and I don't often get the chance to play with stuff I love so maybe this piece gives you an insight into what I really love to do ?
Maybe its my Grunginess bursting out ha ha ha
Andy  has really helped me remove my training wheels ha ha

Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Just a Quicky....

Hi Peeps
Just a quick note to let you know I've posted a new You Tube on the
if you fancy a laugh hee hee
Be Good
Kath x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Imagination Crafts Challenge - October - Anything Goes

Hi Peeps
Its challenge day over at
And this month it's Anything Goes
Here's my offering

Sorry its late we only got back from Turkey late Monday
 and its been a bit manic since our return

 Stuff I've used
IC Patterned card stock
IC Butterfly and sentiment Stamp
IC Silkies - Bronze, Gold and Silver
Burlap and string
Embossed Kraft Card

 Here's the shop link if you fancy a nosy, they have some great stuff
 Hope you can come and join in
Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Mid Month Inspiration - Anything Goes

Hi Peeps

Here's my Inspiration for this months challenge over at Imagination Crafts Challenge 
I've made a grungy photo book
as I figured the MDF could be cut in my Bind It All
but you could just punch it and use rings or ribbon too
I've used some techniques I picked up on an Andy Skinner workshop.......
Its been great to be able to apply them using some of my Fave IC products
I will at some point do a demo to show you what I did,
but for now here's what I used in order of use.
IC MDF Frame pack
Punched with Bind it all (bound last)
Embossed Card (using a few IC stencils)
Time and Motion Stencil with texture paste
IC Jet and Chalk MDF Paints
IC Inkadinks (mixed colours)
Bronze Stencil paint (light rub to highlight raised areas)
Old book page stained with Inkadinks
Zutter wire to bind

I hope this inspires you to get muckypaws hee hee
Here's the shop link if you fancy a browse
Don't forget to pop to the IC BLOG to check out the DTs work too
Be Good
Kath x


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Faux Slate technique - IC demo

Hi Peeps

Just a quickie to let you know I've posted a YouTube Demo on the
Great technique that I came up with 
whilst totally messing up another technique shown me by the fabby
Andy Skinner when I attended one of his workshops.
Hope you like it
Be Good

Monday, 8 September 2014

Creative Blogger Hop

Morning Peeps....
I was asked by my great friend Pauline Orr 
if I'd like to join the Creative Bloggers Hop..
Its a continuous hop every Monday with a host of
inspirational bloggers taking part each week..

So here goes, here's my answers to the questions...

Question 1.
 What am I working on?....  Well I'm currently working on some new stamp and stencil designs for Imagination Crafts and crafty wise I'm playing with cold porcelain flowers in between crocheting a blanket and waiting for paint to dry on a altered grungy plaque I'm working on.

Question 2.
How does my work differ from others in my genre?...
 I'm not sure I have a genre ha ha  ..... I tend to slot into the vintage grunge area but I tend to put a twist on projects that don't.... so I may take a pretty paper or cute stamp and vintage it or grunge it, and make it my own.

Question 3.
Why do I create what I do?.....
 Ohhh hard question ...... I don't have a set process and I've constantly got a few projects on the go.... I suppose I make things I like .... I like a challenge so I'm always hunting for a diff technique to incorporate into a project .... not sure that answers it but it's the best I can do ha ha

Question 4.
How does your creative process work?
Ohhh now this depends on what it is ....... if it's a DT piece then I get the products out I need to use and go from there.........If it's something for 'me' I start with maybe a canvas and get lots of bits out I'd like to use ... then pick colour scheme ... then I'm off it just all kinda comes together.... or it doesn't and I put it to one side till the mojo is back ha ha Its different each time I start some thing ... Like a stamp may inspire me or picture on pinterest or I've learned a new technique and want to apply it to a current project ??
It all depends on being in 'the zone'  and which 'zone' I'm in ha ha ... But generally I just like making a mess and having creative fun.... I always have 'Mucky Paws' .

Here's a couple of my recent ish fave projects

Now for my 2 nominees...
It was hard to pick from all my blogging friends
but I've pick these two lovely ladies as their styles are very different.....
but I get Inspiration from them both

Frederique shares my passion for all things Tim Holtz, she is a creative, lovely and funny lady. I just love her vintage style, and I draw inspiration from her work.
Jan is amazing, I am totally in awe of her CAS and WOW cards, If  I'm ever stuck for an idea I pop to her blog .... she has inspired me to make some lovely wedding cards ....
and keep them clean hee hee

Just answer the questions above ladies and post them on your blogs next Monday...
don't forget to nominate x
Thank you for your visit and taking time to read about me...Please pop to the girls blogs and say hello

 Be Good
Kath xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

IC DT post - Sept - Anything Goes

Hi Peeps
Its challenge day over at
And this month it's Anything Goes
Here's my offering

Here's mine for the 1st x

I've traced the stencil and stamp, and parched them,
simple but quite effective me thinks.
I find doing Parchment crafting very calming,
I do wish I had more time to play though hee hee

 Stuff I've used
IC Leaf Flourish Border stencil
IC Daisy Decoupage Stamp
Tag and brads from stash

 Here's the shop link if you fancy a nosy, they have some great stuff
 Hope you can come and join in
Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Friendship Hop for Lisa

Hi Peeps
If you've arrived here from Erin's blog thank you so much for visiting me, 
please carry on to Kristy's and say hello.
If you've come to nosy at my post Hello !
This post is part of a blog hop to cheer our lovely friend Lisa up......
Bless her she's been very poorly and is back in hospital and we all miss her very much,
so we have all made her something to cheer her up,
and this is our way of sharing it with you all as well.
Here's my contribution
Its now on its way to her and I'm hoping it brings a smile to her face
Thanks for looking, feel free to join in and go say hello to the girls below
and pop over to Lisa's blog and send some get well love.
Be Good
Kath xx
Teresa Morgan -
Stephanie Lukaszewski -
Catherine Craftyhands Wilson Dobbs -

Friday, 15 August 2014

IC DT mid month Inspiration

Morning peeps
Here's a bit of mid month inspiration for the


Sorry about the picture its really hard to not get a 'glow' on the acetate

Stuff I've used
IC Stencils -  Vine Trellis, Topiary Flower, Apple Blossom and Bay leaf
Sparkle Medium
Silkies - bronze
Blue Bell Inkadinks (colour wash for background)
White embossing powder
Versa Mark
White glossy card

Here's the shop link if you fancy a browse
Don't forget to pop to the IC BLOG to check out the DTs work too
Thanks for looking
Be Good
Kath xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Crafty play day ..... Minus one

Hi Peeps

No crafty day with Linda today as I wasn't well enough to drive ..... I've had a bit of a play this afternoon though .... Thought I'd enter a couple of challenges .... Helps the old mojo to focus lol 

Here's what I came up with 

This one is for the Craft Stamper Challenge -August, 
where you have to have a go at a technique from a 2014 mag, 
so I picked Paper Scraps by Helen Chiltern - April 14

Stuff I've used 

Chocolate Baroque -Boys on bikes and Eccentric Edwardian stamp sets 
Scraps of Chocolate Baroque papers 
Dictionary and music sheets
Various Distress Inks and Stains 
Chit chat stickers
Snow Cap acrylic dabber
White card 

Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

IC DT post - August - Create a Scene/ Summer Hols

Hi Peeps
Its challenge day over at
And this month it's Summer Holidays/Create a Scene
Here's my offering

 Stuff I've used

IC Create a Scene stencil
IC Hollyhock stencil
IC Chalk White MDF paint (clouds)
Brown and Black Stazon
Big and Juicy Ink Pad and Brayer
Black and white gloss card
Sentiment for an IC stamp Set

 Here's the shop link if you fancy a nosy, they have some great stuff
 Hope you can come and join in
Thanks for looking 
Be good 
Kath xx

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Crafty Play Day Makes

Hi Peeps

Well for our play day this week we set each other a challenge lol ....
Linda was to do a grungy card and I had to do a cutie one. Then we both had to do each others using the same stuff (I went pinks she went purples)
I gave Linda some Tim Holtz goodies -  stamps, die cut, distress powders and inks, kraft card, a tag, bit of string and a clip ! (she brought her own frantage)

She gave me a tatty twinkles stamp set and some pretty papers, and here's what we came up with 

My tatty twinkles 


My grungy card 
Linda's grungy card 

Linda had both hers done before Id even finished my Cute one .... Speedy Gonzalez or what ha ha
We had a giggle and she had very mucky paws hee hee ..... I'm happy with my cutie one, still not my cup of tea but hey each to their own .... I think we both did well ha ha

Thanks for looking 
Be good 

Kath xx 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Left of Centre GDT

Hi Peeps

The lovely Mo over on the Left of Centre Challenge Blog invited me to do a guest DT post for this weeks challenge which is themed "Black and White - with one other colour" 
As you can see I've chosen pink ha ha 

Now I'm not a "dark" craft type but as you all know I enjoy grunge and distressing so my card reflects that and with the help of a Stampotique stamp I think I've pulled it off ! hee hee

Please pop over and check out the fabby makes from the girls and of course join in the challenge 
Be good
Kath xx

Show times and TV sample

Hi peeps

Just a quick post to share some TV samples and the times Sue and Lisa will be on Create and Craft today, I'm especially giddy as the demos will be featuring a few of my mini stencils and MDF Xmas tree which I designed last year for Imagination Crafts. 

The show times are as below, I hope you can tune in 

8.00 am 
11.00 am
2.00 pm
4.00 pm and 7.00 pm

Here's a couple of cards made using my snow flake, holly and window stencils and MDF charms

And here's my decorated tree using my star stencil mini MDF charms which I decorated with sparkle medium and then added IC Glaze 

I've used lots of different product from IC including Stencil paints, MDF paints, silkies, Sparkle Medium, Crackle medium,and detail sparkle all of which will be featured on the show and also be available at the IC online shop 

Thanks for looking
Be good
Kath xx