Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Back to Basics- use your papers

The challenge over at Back to Basics and more is to use your papers.
Based upon the 'one sheet wonder' theory, where you have to try to see how many cards you can make using 12x12 sheet of patterned paper.
I have seen this on Pinterest quite a few time and kept saying to myself I must give it a go.
I managed to make nine cards and here they are..

Now if I were to do this again I would choose a more multi coloured paper, then I could vary the backing card, luckily I had a lot of snippets of the backing card, which is SU Melon Mambo and also the white card I used for the die cut flowers were all white snippets.
I have left the cards without sentiments for use at a later date.
The card with the square die cut has very small punched flowers around the edge, punched from very small strips left over from the papers.
I shall also enter these into the snippets playground. week 326. Not dipped my toe in there for ages so expect that Parsnip will totally ignore me.

Thanks for popping by.

Kath x

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge week 468 - Happy Birthday Allsorts

Good Morning all, today is the Allsorts challenge 9th Birthday and do we have some super prizes for you this week.
Eight lovely prizes, plus a store voucher from Craft Obsessions 

Plus a few extra prizes as well.

A lovely simple theme for this week .. Birthdays

For my card I have used a Distress Oxides background.
6 x 6 card
Dies by Sue Wilson - Atlantic Ocean Collection - Background
 Again by Sue Wilson - Finishing touches - Pinwheel Florals.
I cut the flowers from white card stock and then again out of the background card and placed the white flowers over the top of the yellow ones
Sentiment stamp Woodware, I think?
The centre of the flowers are Candy Dots from Pebbles Ink had them for ages but really fitted with the colours here.

I have loads of dies and I have to say that these cut the best ever.
I hope that you like these dies as you will be seeing them pretty regularly.

Please pop over to the challenge blog to see the lovely creations from the rest of the team.

Thanks for popping by and any comment that you are kind enough to leave.
Have a great week.

Kath x

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Allsorts challenge week 467 - In the Pink

Another Saturday and another challenge over at Allsorts.
Our lovely Susan has chosen this weeks theme which is...

In the Pink

Our Sponsor this week is Stamp Addicts with a £15 store voucher for the winner.


I have used a Julie Hickey stamp from Craftwork Cards.
The papers are Nitwit/LOTV
Sentiment stamp is Woodware
Stamped the image then coloured the flower in pink then stamped again onto the backing paper and placed on top of the pink just glueing the centre of the flowers then raising them slightly.
The large leaves were stamped again and coloured then placed on top of the original.
Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see the lovely creations from the Team.



Next week at Allsorts will be our 9th Birthday.
We hope that you will join us then and maybe you would like to share the above photo on your own blog to help us spread the word.

Thanks so much for popping by and for any comment you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Allsorts challenge week 466 - Fancy Folds

Saturday once again and it is the lovely Mervi this week who has chosen the theme of ...

Fancy Folds

Our sponsor this week is Digi Stamp Boutique
with a voucher to use in the store.

We also have this second prize 

Here is my card and I have used Digi Stamp Boutique image.

Beer Set

The fold I have used is called Dutch Fold card.
Great image and sentiment for a Father's Day card which is next month here in the UK.
Coloured with Pro-markers and used white glitter on the froth.
Gold mirri backing card.

 Yesterday I went for an eye scan, the optician was very pleased with the results, now I can not remember all the technical jargon but one of the things he was looking at, he told me that while it could happen, I was really TOO YOUNG to have this problem but they like to check, just in case.

Goodness knows how many years it has been since I was told I was too young for something.

Thank you for popping by and for any comments you are kind enough to leave.
Have a lovely week.

Kath x



Saturday, 28 April 2018

Allsorts week 465 - All About Pets

It is the turn of our lovely Brenda to host this week challenge and she has chosen the theme of 
All about Pets
As it is National Pet awareness week and also R.S.P.C.A. week and World Veterinary Day.

Here are this weeks prizes.
First up is this Woodware stamp
and three smaller stamps as the second prize.

Here is my card


The image is from Hobby House which I fussy cut, really nervous trying this but quite pleased with the result.
I chose goldfish as it was the only pet my Daughters were allowed to have and the same with the Grandsons, except the Grandsons fish had to be kept at our house. Unfortunately they are now swimming in the great big Ocean in the sky.
It reminds me of Ethans face coming out of the shop carrying the goldfish.
I think we got it from PetsRus, something like that any way. Talk about third degree questioning it was unbelievable.

Thank you all for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave, have a great week.
Don't know about you but we have snow forecast for next week, can you Adam and Eve it.

Kath x


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Rudolph Day - April 2018

These RD days seem to come round so very quickly but at least the cards are mounting up, in fact I will have to stop making five of everyone as I will have too many,I did make five of these but only showing one, they are all the same, trust me,  my i-cloud is getting pretty full
Please pop over to Scrappy Mo's for the details and the prize on offer.

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The snowflake stamp is an Hero Arts wood block stamp from 2003
The sentiment is SU
A turquoise glitter card for the backing
and some turquoise glitter added to the image.
Went for the CAS or plain and simple design for this card and it does look quite good IRL.

Thank you for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave, very much appreciated.

Kath x





Saturday, 21 April 2018

Allsorts week 464 - Use Pearls


Saturday Morning once again and another challenge over at Allsorts and it is our lovely Helene who is hosting this week, she would like to see "pearls" on your creations.

Our sponsor this week is Marianne Design with this lovely prize.



The stamp is Honeydoo - Thanks a Bunch
The papers, well actually it is more card than paper - Kanban
Two papers used one for the background and another to paper piece the image.
Die - Memory Box - Valencia border
Sentiment Craftwork Cards.

Popping down to our Community Centre this afternoon where Dies to Die for are holding a pop-up shop while the lovely Faye is doing colouring classes.
No doubt will come home with a purse lighter than when I went down.
Have a great week everyone and thanks for popping by and any comments that you are kind enough to leave.

I am also entering this card into a new challenge - Back to basics and beyond

Kath x

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Allsorts week 463 - Spring Flowers or showers


Don't these weeks just fly by, Saturday yet again and another challenge over at Allsorts our lovely Ellie is the host this week and she has chosen the theme of ....

Spring Flowers or Showers

We have these two Woodware stamps as the prize this week


The image is Penny Black - Tulips
The papers are KaiserCraft - Fleur from the Wildflowers collection.

Well, we have really had some showers since Spring began but the last two days here were very foggy but I have been informed that next week is going to be hot and sunny, of course it is, the children are back at school.
Have a good week and thanks for popping by.

Kath x



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Allsorts 462 - Be there or be square

Good Morning, hope you all had a good Easter.
It is my turn to host the challenge over at Allsorts this week. There is no catch in the title of this challenge I just used a very old saying that was popular in my late teens... a very long time ago.

Be there, or be square.
Basically I would like to see square cards, images and sentiments so no circles, or rectangles or fancy shapes.

This is the prize for this week.



This is my card.
I have used a really lovely stamp set from Magenta.
It is called Puzzle Sets.

I also made this card 
I have used the Penny Black image Garden Poems just because I haven't used it for ages.

Thanks for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.
Have a great week.

Kath x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Penny Black and More - April challenge

Good Morning it is my turn as part of the Allsorts Team to be guest designer over at the 
Penny Black and More April challenge.
The theme for April is Black, White and one other colour.

If you want to know what the prizes are for this month then please pop over to the challenge blog where you can see the list of prizes and also the wonderful creations from the DT.

Using Penny Black 40-707 Posies

Stamped with Versafine Onyx Black
Coloured with Promarker - Pink Lobster
Did not have a backing card the exact colour so once again coloured round the edges with the Pink Lobster pen.
A couple of pearls added.

Hope you are having good weather for this Easter Sunday, enjoy your eggs if you are lucky enough to have some, I haven't got any, not really a chocolate person, more a savoury person.

Thanks for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Allsorts week 461 - New Beginnings

Welcome to another Saturday and another challenge over at Allsorts.
The lovely Tracy has chosen the theme of...
New Beginnings

Our sponsor this week is Digi Stamp Boutique.

DigiStamp Boutique offers a wide range of digi images designed by Sally-Ann Hancock. My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - often the inspiration for my designs. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating.

We also have this super stamp as an extra prize this week.



Here is my card.


I have gone for a CAS or LIM style of card this week.
Using a Penny Black Stickeroo and peel off letters for the sentiment.
Think I should have put Best Wishes, good luck doesn't seem to be right some how.
Oh well..... live and learn.

Happy Easter to you all.
Thanks so much for popping by and any comment you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x



Sunday, 25 March 2018

Rudolph Day - March 2018

Well here we are another month has gone by and we are on to the third RD challenge of the year.
You can find all the details over at Scrappy Mo's blog here
You have till the 31st of March to enter a little bit longer than last month.


Only 4 this month, instead of my usual 5 as I ruined one and had no more of the backing paper left.
The stamp is an old Penny Black wooden stamp.
I stamped the image directly on the card base then cut the shape out of the patterned paper.
Oops just realised that I haven't put a sentiment on, idiot.

Really lovely day on Sunday, heating on first thing but then not until 9 p.m. BUT snow is forecast for Wednesday, hope they are wrong. Done enough 'Dashing through the snow' for one year.


Kath x

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Allsorts week 460 - Black and White only


This week it is the turn of the lovely Wendy to host the challenge and she has chosen the theme of ....
Black and White only, but skin tones can be used.

We have two Rare Earth Stamps as the prize this week.

Here is my card

Stamp is  Honeydoo - Floral Posy 
EF is Tonic Studio - leaves (which you can't really see much of.)
Ribbon old SU
I have left this card without a sentiment as you can tell.

Don't forget to put your clocks forward tonight in the U.K.
Thanks for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x





Saturday, 17 March 2018

Allsorts 459 - Bring on the Bling


Good Morning all, another Saturday, another challenge over at Allsorts we are at week 459 and the lovely Tracy has chosen the theme of ......

Bring on the Bling

Our sponsor this week is Little Claire
Little Claire is a team of 3 consisting of Gill (Little Claire) Steve and Carol (long suffering member of staff/friend/all round good egg – but not a beautiful as Gill!). Necessity is the mother of invention’ this is the saying that sums up the creation of Little Claire Designs – we love stamps and what better way to satisfy the stamping ‘urge’ than to create our own designs exactly as we want them!
These are the prizes from Little Claire.
     
This is my card.

The papers are from Craftwork Cards and they come with the images just black and on an off whiteish (is there such a word?) background.
I have coloured the images and where the dots are I have covered them with gems, I have also put Wink of Stella on the flowers but as always it does not show
The sentiment is also from CC's (very old) and like the papers I have backed it with gold glitter card and then added some gems.

Thanks so much for popping by and I really appreciate any comment you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Allsorts challenge - week 458 - Fairy Tales/Nursery Rhymes

Good Morning - it is Ellie's turn to host this weeks challenge and she has chosen the theme of..

Fairy Tales or Nursery Rhymes

this week we have two  BeeCrafty stamps as the prize.
Bee Crafty is a card making, rubber stamping & scrapbooking supplies shop. We specialise in card and papers, and all associated supplies, inkpads, adhesives, tools, 100’s of scrapbooking papers and 1000’s of other supplies for your card making, scrapbooking and craft projects. We have an extensive range of products with new ranges are arriving all the time which we will be adding to the new site everyday, including weekly special offers, craft classes and crops.
Here are the stamps


Here is my card.

To be honest, my heart sank when I saw this challenge title and the song "I who have nothing' came into my head.
Our lovely Brenda at Allsorts sent me this stamped and heat embossed image.
Thank you Brenda.

It is a stamp - called as you may guess - Jack and Jill by Stampabilities (no longer around)
I have done it as a sort of CAS card, leaving white space around the image so it stands out as it is quite a small image.

I seem to remember that Nursery Rhymes were written by the Satirists of the day regarding something that had happened, at that time, usually by the Royal Family or events
of that era or something strange that had happened. I used to know what quite a few meant but the only one I can remember now is the meaning of Ring a ring o' roses, which was to do with the plague.

Have a good week everyone.
Thanks for popping by and thanks so much for any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Allsorts challenge week 457 - Ladies only

Good Morning it is Mervi's turn to host the challenge this week and she has chosen the theme of...

LADIES ONLY

Once again we have Digi Stamp Boutique as our sponsor.

and we also have this lovely stamp set.



 I was lucky enough to have this image from Art Impressions


It is called 'Girl Friends'
Background papers Nitwits
Die is from Apple Blossom.
I have paper pieced the Ladies clothes apart from the white tops.
To be honest the die wasn't wide enough to go across the 6x6 card so I cut it in half and placed it at each end of the papers and covered the gap with the image.
Computer generated sentiment and SU punches.
Also a pretty bad photo.

So the weather seems to have been the topic of the week, can't really complain about the snow as we are in a valley and not had it too bad, about 5" but it has been bitterly cold, we have even had icicles, not seen these for years.
Both Grandson's finished school Wednesday lunch time, eldest was given homework, got that done but was gutted Friday morning when he received an e-mail with Maths and Music homework.
I hope that as we are having a bad Winter this means that we may get a good Summer for a change.

Take care all and thanks so much for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x




Sunday, 25 February 2018

Rudolph Day - February 2018

The shortest month of the year so you have only a few days to enter the 
Rudolph Day challenge over at Scrappy Mo's but it is still another chance to get ahead with your 
Christmas cards.

This month I have decided to resurrect an old Penny Black stamp.
Cool Company- 2007
I have also decided to use some circle card that I have had for quite some time.
Once again I have made five cards and gone for the CAS look.



I was tempted to add glitter for snow but it soon passed.
Sentiment stamp is SU, had it for years but just lately it has become my favourite 
Christmas sentiment stamp.
Looking forward to seeing your RD entries.

Kath x



Saturday, 24 February 2018

Allsorts week 456 - Something beginning with B.


Brenda has chose the theme for us this week - Something beginning with B

We have two prizes this week.
and a Tim Holtz  die



For my B I have chosen - Bonnet, Blue a Birthday cake and a little bit of bling.
The image is a Stitchy Bear digital.
Papers Nitwits/LOTV
I have paper pieced the image to match the papers.
This is a fabulous image for paper piecing.

Huge thanks for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

By the way Rudolph Day starts tomorrow over at ScrappyMo's, you'll have to be quick though as it is a very short month.

Kath x



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Allsorts week 455 - Homemade Flowers


This theme has been chosen by Helene and she would like to see some flowers that you have made yourself on your creations.

Our sponsor this week is a new one for us

with a very generous $65 voucher to spend in their store.


I have made the flowers by stamping some Honeydoo stamps onto DP and then cutting them out.
Picket fence by Die-namics
Pearls added to the centres.
Stamped with Memento - Teal Zeal
The sentiment says "have a wonderful day', poor photo.
Half term here in our area, must avoid the shops.
Have a great week and thanks so much for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Allsorts week 454 - Love is in the air


It is Ellie that has chose the theme for us this week and with Valentines Day approaching she has chosen the theme of...

Love is in the air.

Our sponsor this week is Marianne, with this prize.


For my card I have used an image from Hunkydory.
Papers Nitwits
Computer generated sentiment.
Thanks for popping by and hope you all have a lovely week.

Kath xx

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Allsort challenge 453 - Spots and/or stripes

Good Morning, this weeks challenge at Allsorts has been chosen by my good self and I have chosen the theme of ....

Spots/and/or/Sripes 

Our sponsor this week is .......
With an in store voucher and DSB have also started doing rubber stamps.

We also have this prize on offer for a lucky winner.


For my card I have used....
Image from Craftwork Cards and old papers from SU.
Both for the background and also for paper piecing the image.
A bit of glitter here and there on the background of the stamp.
I think the sentiment is Craft Creations.
Corner rounder punch.
Thanks for popping by and any comments you are kind enough to leave.
Have a good week.

Kath x








Saturday, 27 January 2018

Allsorts challenge week 452 - Old Favourites.

This week over at Allsorts it is the turn of our lovely Tracy to choose the theme and she has chosen...

Old Favourites.

Our sponsor is Fantastic Ribbons.

My old favourites are....

 Papers from the Bloom and Grow collection, thanks Sarn
An old Penny Black favourite Cheerful.
Craftwork Cards sentiments.

You can not tell from the Photo but I have stamped the flower head twice and raised it with sticky pads.

It was my Birthday last week and Hubby took me out.... to a funeral. He does spoil me.
Hope you all have a great week and thanks for popping by and any comment you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x




Thursday, 25 January 2018

Rudolph Day - January 2018

I don't know about anyone else but I for one hope this year doesn't go as quickly as last year.

Here are my cards, I always try to make at least five while I am using the image, it sounds like a nice number and adds to the list.


I thought I would start this year with the man himself.

This is a Bugaboo image - Peeping Reindeer.
I saw this image on the lovely Chris's blog, she used the whole set of the peeping Christmas images.
You can see her cards at the above link.

I have folded the front of the card in half and had the image over lapping the DP.
The DP are LOTV/Nitwits
I usually take a photo of one of the individual cards and then a photo of the group but this year I decided just to take a photo of the group, not sure if it was a good idea really.

Thanks so much for popping by and for any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Allsorts challenge week 451 - Butterflies


The challenge this week has been chosen by Wendy and she would like see Butterflies on your creations.

Our sponsor this week is Tattered Lace .
Here is the prize on offer.


I have only one Butterfly stamp and it is a very old one and I think it is from Hero Arts as is the Flower Box stamp - also very old.
Stamped the images and then stamped again onto DP then again for the butterfly to lift the inner part of the wings.
Papers Bloom and Grow.
Apologies for the poor quality of the photo.

Hope that you have managed to keep warm this past week.

Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any medical conditions suffered by Mrs A after seeing this image on my card.

Thanks for popping by and for any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x