Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Furry Choir sneak peek

Hello lovely peeps and a warm welcome to my new follower :o)


 There are some more adorable Christmas stamps being launched at Lili of the Valley early in September - this one is called Furry Choir.

I've had the digi version to play with and I printed it onto Simply the Best 250gsm card from Limetree Craft with a large margin on all sides. I coloured it with Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Graph'Its and stamped on the sentiment at the top using the letters from the Retro Alphabet by My Sentiments Exactly.



I layered the image onto a 6x6 card blank with a Grand Merry Christmas die-cut (Memory Box) and drew in musical notes with a black Sakura fineliner to match the ones around the choir.

The snowflakes were made with a mix of Robert Adams/Chinese dies from Ebay, with pale blue gems in the centres.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Die Cuttin' Divas #332 Sequins, gems or pearls
A Gem of a Challenge #201 Snow Fun
Moving along with the Times #52 Things beginning with B (Bunnies)
ABC Christmas Challenge P, Q and R People Quick and/or Red
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up  #32 Optional theme: traditional christmas colours
Dream Valley Challenges # 162 Use a stamp or digi
Passion For Promarkers Challenge  #410 Make it digital

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

In a Spin on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


This week's unblogged card features Leonie Pujol's In a Spin die.

First I used it to cut the outline in white card and glued this onto a cream textured card blank.

I cut the same shape from several different papers in the 'New Leaf' First Edition pad by Trimcraft and saved all the 'innie' bits [I saved the outlines for other projects, but there is no need to cut the whole design from each paper - you could use up all your little scraps of paper instead].


I glued the innie bits inside the gaps, with all parts of each circle having the same pattern.
  
The Best Wishes sentiment is from Leonie's Flight to Freedom stamp set, which I just stamped onto a circle of matching card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Say Cheese

Hello lovely peeps


Just a quick post today to show you the birthday card that I made for my nephew.

Ingredients
Mankind 6x6 paper pad from Trimcraft
Say Cheese cling stamp from Stampendous 
Daler Rowney watercolour paper
Black Archival Inkpad
Spectrum Aqua markers Olive, Blossom, Desert, Tan, Black
Black card
MFT Mini Film Strip
Brush lowercase alphabet dies by Debi Potter
01 Micron Black Fineliner by Sakura

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Crafter's Cafe #179 Black, white & 1 other colour
Animal Friends Challenge  #53 sports/hobbies
Dragonfly Dreams  Animals
Craft Rocket Challenges #40 Animal Kingdom
Colour Crazy Challenge #33 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x


Thursday, 24 August 2017

Fur or Feathers at AYLI

Hello lovely peeps


I'm chuffed to bits to be appearing as a Guest Designer at As You Like It today. They have challenges once a fortnight where you have to choose between 2 options and explain why.
The theme this time is Fur or Feathers, and as my logo includes a cat it really had to be 'Fur' for me.

Strangely I don't actually have many cat stamps as I don't often come across one that I like, but I love this background from IndigoBlu - 'Kibble Kits'. I stamped it onto watercolour card with Black Versafine ink and coloured it with Distress Oxides (I splodged them onto my craft mat and picked up the colour with a damp paintbrush).


I fussy cut along the top around all the ears and trimmed the edges down before mounting it on more watercolour card.


There are larger cat stamps that go with this background but I don't have them (yet). Instead I've used one of the images from the Three Amigos set by Mama Elephant which has three adorable critters holding up signs.

The set includes lots of little words but I wanted some a little (OK, a lot) more cheesy so I printed some sentiments off onto watercolour card from my computer (Verdana font, size 11).


 and stamped the cat around them.


I coloured in with the Distress Oxides again and cut out the cat with a little border.



I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Show us Your Pussies-Cat Only Challenge #21 Furrything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz # 54 Cats or kittens
SSS Work it wednesday  STAMPtember
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #5 Anything Goes with a critter
Crafty Animals  #5 Anything Goes
Oddball Art Stamps  Life in technicolor
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog Only cards
Deep Ocean Challenge #162 Fave Colour combo 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Watering Can on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


Today's oldie features the Summertime stamps from Polkadoodles, which debuted on Create & Craft TV last June.


First I used the Bigz XL die 'Watering Can 3-D' (658454) from Sizzix to cut the pieces of the can from Kraft card. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before assembling it.

I applied some green paint to the bottom of the can using a stencil brush and added flowersoft to imitate moss/algae.

The flowers and leaves were all stamped onto watercolour card and painted with Spectrum Aqua markers before cutting them out.  I attached them to the can with strips of clear acetate and filled the inside with coco fibre - you can see little wisps poking out of the top.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you can drop in on Thursday when I have a very exciting GDT spot :o)
Katrina x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

May the Forest be with you

Hello lovely peeps, and welcome to my new email follower :o)


Just popping in to show you the birthday card I made for hubby. He is a Star Wars fan so the sentiment that came with the Forest Friends stamp set from MFT is perfect :o)

I stamped several of the characters onto Neenah Super Smooth 120gsm and cut them out with a small border. I coloured them in with Promarkers and a white gel pen for the deer's spots.
Oatmeal, Burnt Orange, Fire Brick
Ice Grey 1,2 and Blender
3210, 3255, 3290, 9400, 9403, 9404 (Graph'Its)

Each animal was glued onto a stitched circle, die cut from First Edition papers. The fox and owl have little light sabres made from matching paper. The HB stamp is from an old Kanban set.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Allsorts #429 Forest Friends
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) Add a sentiment
I love Promarkers #340 One for the boys
CAS On Friday #114 Birthday
Penny Black and More  All Creatures Great and Small
Craft Rocket Challenges #40 Animal Kingdom
One Crazy Stamper  My favourite things (these are my new favourite stamps)
Incy Wincy Designs - Go wild

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Little Summer Girls

Hello lovely peeps


Today's card features 3 Little Summer Girls from All Dressed Up, coloured with Promarkers
(sorry, I lost the list of colours but they include Daffodil Bloom, Pastel Yellow, Apricot, Spice, Lime Zest, Rose Pink, Caramel, Tan)

The papers are from the Citronella collection by K&Co and the buttons are from my stash.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Squirrels Not So Random Challenge #6 Holiday Fun
 Send a Smile for Kids Anything Goes (for kids)
My Time to Craft #352 hats and/or bags
Moving along with the Times #52 Things beginning with B (beach, buckets, buttons)
Kitty Bee Designs #101 Anything Goes opt twist summer
Love to Scrap  #100 Kidz Rule
Stemplegarten #64 Summertime
Polkadoodles   Anything Goes option Summertime/Holidays

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Happy Christmouse for LOTV

Hello lovely peeps


Today is the last day of the Lili of the Valley Facebook Challenge - you have until 9pm to enter your make for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. The theme this month is Christmas.

For my inspiration card I've used part of the new Christmouse Pudding digistamp. I pulled the image into Craft Artist, enlarged it, and used the crop/eraser tools to remove the first two mice.

The sentiment was added using Darlin BTN font before I printed the design out onto Super Smooth 250gsm card. I coloured the image in with Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Graph'Its


then added a little Glamour Dust glitter under his feet.


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Christmas with the Cuties #8 Favourite festive digi 
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) Add a sentiment
SSS Work it wednesday  add sparkle/bling
Creatalicious Challenges #121 Anything Goes with optional glitter/bling
Happy Little Stampers (Christmas) option of poinsettia
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #346 Anything Christmas Goes option nativity
ABC Christmas Challenge P, Q and R People Quick and/or Red (Quick and Red)
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up  #32 Optional theme: traditional christmas colours
 A Snowflakes Promise  #43 Anything Christmas Goes
YNS Challenges  #70 - Sketch and/or Colour

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Motherly Love on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


This week's Throwback Tuesday make is a card that I made with one of Leonie Pujol's Entwined Heart dies.

When I first saw the Funky Heart Base it reminded me of those abstract porcelain figurines of a mother and her child, so for my card I decided to sketch some faces inside the heart.

I kept the rest of the card very simple. The heart and 'Love' (from the same set) are cut from pink Adorable Scorable card, with cream AS for the base and banner. A little organza bow in the child's hair makes her look a little more girly.

If you would like to recreate this for your personal use you can download my drawing on my Freebies page.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday, 14 August 2017

New Baby card

Hello lovely peeps


I've got a new baby card for you today, using a stamp from the Humphrey's Corner Collection by Crafter's Companion. I stamped onto super smooth card and coloured it in with Promarkers
Mustard, Daffodil Bloom
Khaki, Pastel Beige, Ice Grey 1 and Blender


All the papers are from an old Gorjuss 8x8 pad and I added faux stitching around the edges with a fine tipped pen. I hand drew and cut out flower shapes to match the tiny flowers on the centre paper and added pearlescent black card candi for the centres.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Cardz 4 Guyz # 175 Tiny fingers and tiny toes
Shopping Our Stash #315 spice up your life (baby)
Crafty Gals Corner # 135 Bingo (2+ designer papers, free, flowers)
Penny Black and More  All Creatures Great and Small
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Dream Factory #46 Zoomania

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ranunculus Sympathy Card

Hello lovely peeps


Another sympathy card from me today, but more of a CAS style.

I stamped Ranunculus Field from Stampendous onto super smooth card with Black Memento ink and coloured it with Promarkers. The card layer underneath was coloured with matching Promarker too.

The sentiment is from the Woodware Tiny Phrases stamp set again.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Sparkles Forum Challenges # 94 Thinking of You or sympathy card
Sweet Stampin  Flowers
Sheepski Designs #5 Flower Power
Happy Little Stampers (CAS) Flower
Addicted to Stamps and More #254 CAS
Southern Girls #166 Add some stamping
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  #63 Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dotty About You on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


This week's unblogged card is using one of Leonie Pujol's Entwined Heart dies.

The inspiration came from the lovely dotty design in the Pretty Borders stamp set, which I've stamped all the way around the edge of the card.  I coloured in a few of the dots with a black fineliner pen and printed off the sentiment from my computer.

The heart outline was cut from white card using Entwining Joy, from the Big Heart set. After glueing it onto my card with Cosmic Shimmer glue I filled in the centre with small black dots and added tiny dots all around the outside.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday, 7 August 2017

Brusho Sympathy

Hello lovely peeps


Today's card is one of those you hope you never have to make, a sympathy card.

I hope it brings a small crumb of comfort to my cousin who lost his 23 year old son this week, a vibrant and lovely young man taken far too soon.

To start off I painted some Pebeo Drawing Gum straight onto the Stylised Flowers stamp from IndigoBlu and stamped it onto some thick watercolour card. Once it was dry I sprinkled on some Brusho powders and spritzed with water.


I built up layers of colour until the flowers stood out from the background


then cut the piece down, stamped on a greeting from Woodware's Tiny Phrases set and mounted it on a 6x6 card with turquoise organza ribbon.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Sparkles Forum Challenges # 94 Thinking of You or sympathy card
Country View Crafts Challenge Blues and greens
Southern Girls #165 Flower power
Happy Little Stampers (Watercolour)  option Bloom
Crafty Ribbons Use ribbon
Little Red Wagon #405 Favourite products (Brushos, IndigoBlu stamps)
Artistic Stampers  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Fuzzy Friends for Crafty Calendar

Hello lovely peeps


The theme for this month's challenge at Crafty Calendar is

Shaped Cards

and we are sponsored by SheepSki Designs and Crafty Ribbons.

For my heart shaped card I used Fuzzy Friends from Sheepski Designs, which I coloured with alcohol markers and cut out leaving a small border.

The background papers were from a Cottage Arts digikit called Fall Flutter which I managed to buy before the Daisytrail shop closed it's doors on Monday. The sentiment was stamped using the Woodware Tiny Phrases set and the flower is from The Ribbon Girl.

I realised the teensy flaw in my choice of card shape when I came to take a photo of it, as it wouldn't stand up, lol. I cut a small section from the back of the card base to make it more stable.


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Sheepski Designs #5 Flower Power
Creative Knockouts #205 Furry Friends
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog #340 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Swimming By

Hello lovely peeps


Just popping by to show you the card I've made with one of the July images for the Bloobel Progressive Challenge - this one is Swimming Diver.

I pulled her into Craft Artist and added a background paper from the Starfish and Sandcastles Collection by Polkadoodles.


To make it look like she was swimming among the fishes I added one of the separate fish embellishments and placed it in front of her.


I added a sentiment using the alphabet from the Daisytrail Flora and Fauna digikit then rotated everything so that I could fold and cut my A4 sheet down to make the card base.


After printing off onto Super Smooth card I coloured the diver in with Promarkers
Hair: Cocoa, Cinnamon
Skin: Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush
Wetsuit: Black, Cool Grey 4 & 5
Flippers and Goggles: Marvi Y615, Tulip yellow, Buttercup
Bubbles: Tan, Duck Egg, white gel pen


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Bloobel Progressive Challenge Underwater
Incy Wincy Designs - One paper layer only
Animal Friends Challenge  #53 sports/hobbies
Squirrels Not So Random Challenge #6 Holiday Fun
Creative Moments #123 Anything Goes, option of Summer fun
Craft Rocket Challenges #40 Animal Kingdom
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  Anything goes with Patterned Paper
The Crafty Addicts #39 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

More Cocktails on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


Oh how I wish this was me right now :o)

This week's unblogged make is a card that I made last summer with the VIPXXL Winnie Starfish and Sandcastles collection from Polkadoodles.

'Float Away 'Winnie was printed onto super smooth card and coloured in with Graph'It markers, then all of the embellishments were fussy cut from Design Sheets on the CD. The flowers were white so I coloured them to match the main image/background paper, and I doodled lines around the waves and main image with a black fineliner pen.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x