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

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Old Chap Z-fold

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


 This is the z-fold card that I made for my brother-in-law's 50th.

I used papers from the Teresa Collins 'He Said, She Said' 6x6 pad and the largest piece with the clocks is from the Winnie in Wonderland collection by Polkadoodles.
Each piece is edged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

I stamped down the side of the middle panel with the clock and greeting in the Chronology stamp set from Papermania - I think it was a freebie in the Docrafts Creativity magazine.


For the speech bubbles I used a Sizzix die - Modern Surrealists "Thought Talk Bubbles" - and stamped in the words with Black Memento. The Happy Birthday is a Lili of the Valley stamp, the typed alphabet is from Hobby Art and the last one is Retro Alphabet by My Sentiments Exactly.


I mutilated the capital C stamp (you get two of them) by cutting the bottom a little because it was looking like a G to me.


The pointy finger is a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers die - I shaded the shirt cuff with distress ink using the edge of a piece of card, then coloured the suit cuff with an alcohol marker.


The numbers are from the Tonic Squeezebox set of dies.


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Crafty Catz #381 Anything Goes option not a card
Sisterhood of Crafters  Boys to men
Penny Black and More  For the boys
The Crafty Addicts #38 Anything Goes opt HUMOUROUS
Love to Scrap  #99 Anything Goes 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Home is the Heart of Christmas

Hello lovely peeps


Just popping in to show you a wooden heart that I decorated with Leonie's Welcome Home stamps and an embossing folder.


The surface of my wooden heart was a bit rough so I covered it with watercolour paper and sanded the edges down with an emery board


Next I painted on a layer of Daler Rowney Zinc Mixing White and then mixed some of this with drops of  'arctic' glitter brush pen from Leonie's Frosty Christmas set onto my craft mat.


I brushed this on with rough horizontal strokes, with some more Zinc white added in to give the impression of a cloudy sky


Near the bottom I stamped on some of the tiny trees from the Welcome Home stamp set with Black Archival ink and then coloured them in with a white gel pen.


I stamped one of the large houses onto more watercolour card and coloured it in with Begonia and Slate Spectrum Aqua Markers (plus the arctic glitter pen for the windows)


I covered the bottom of the heart with a small piece of card that I embossed with the Dotty Days folder and then glued the house on with the steps overlapping the embossed area.


For the sentiment I inked up one of the phrases from the Christmas Greetings set but masked off the 'Home' at the beginning. Instead I used the 'h 'o' 'm' 'e' stamps from the Welcome Home set.


I chose dotty white organza ribbon to hang the heart from, to match the embossed card at the bottom.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:- 
Let's Craft & Create Challenge #127 Just beachy/red, white blue
Pile It On #132 Primary colours
Crafting By Designs Get ready for Christmas

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bauble Tree on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


You may have spotted this one on Hochanda again recently - it's a really quick card made with Leonie Pujol's Entwined Christmas Tree collection - great for batch making.



I was going for a CAS card, so used the Baubles die on it's own rather than entwine it with the base. I cut the tree from green patterned paper and glued it to a 6x6 card before covering all of the circles with colourful card candi.

For the border I inked one of the stamps in the Christmas Borders set with Black Memento ink and stamped around all four sides of the card.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Bunnies Post Box for LOTV on New Release Day

Hello lovely peeps


Hooray! It's release day - the lovely new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps are available now on the website, with some special prices for 48 hours.

For my final inspiration card I have used Bunnies Post Box.
Aren't they sweet with their armfuls of cards?

After printing the digi version off onto Super Smooth 250gsm card, I die-cut the card using a large Sizzix tag die, then coloured the image in with Promarkers (named) and Graph'Its (numbers)
fur: ivory, sandstone, caramel
snow: ice grey 1-3
post box: poppy, crimson
tree: forest green, bright green, 8250
blue scarf: cool aqua, duck egg
tree:  caramel, 3250
robin: sandstone, caramel, poppy 

The tree looked a bit odd ending  an inch from the top of my tag, so I extended it a bit by adding a pencil line


then colouring it in with my markers and finishing off with a black fineliner pen


The bottom half of my 6x6 card is covered with white card embossed with a snow texture embossing folder and the top half is a paper from the retired Twas the Night 8x8 pad (now available in digi format at Nitwit Collections)


To make the card for my stars I dabbed some Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks onto my craft mat and spritzed with water before dragging some Sheena Stamping Card through it. I dried with a heat tool and repeated a few times to get some texture.


I edged the stars with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, added little white pearls and then arranged them with some die-cut snowflakes around the tag. The sentiment was stamped with words from the Christmas Wishes clear set (now available as digis)


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) We're seeing stars
The Ribbon Girls July any image 
C.R.A.F.T. #425 Christmas
Cut it Up #126 Christmas in July
Craft-Dee BowZ  CDB51 Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge pearls or gems and why - pearls - I'm not really a bling person so I prefer the matt finish of pearls, they are more subtle

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will join me again tomorrow for Throwback Tuesday :o)
Katrina x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

New LOTV Release - For Someone Special

Hello lovely peeps


Another sneaky peek today of one of the fabulous new stamps being released on 24th July (midday) at Lili of the Valley. This one is called 'For Someone Special'.

This is the digi version but I printed it at the same size as the rubber version (46%) onto Super Smooth white card and coloured it in with Promarkers and Graph'Its


Here's a close-up.


For my stocking embellishment I die-cut all the parts from 'Christmas Stocking' by Die-sire from white card and coloured them with grey/red markers before assembling the parts together. I attached a loop of brown twine at the back with extra strong double-sided tape.


I layered the main image onto a 6"x6" card with papers from a My Mind's Eye pad (old magazine freebie) and hung the stocking from a Woodland Branch die-cut (Memory Box). The sentiment is one of the Happy Circular Sentiments stamps from Lili of the Valley.


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
 Deep Ocean Challenge #159 Christmas in July
The Ribbon Girls July any image
Winter Wonderland Use a digi image
Star Stampz Challenge  Christmas in July
Come and Get It   Use 2 or more Designer Papers
Crafty Gals Corner # 132 Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon #403 Christmas in July


Please stop by again on Monday (launch day) if you can, when I'll be showing you my third and final card for the new release.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fairy Shaker for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps


Today's make is a shaker card that I made with Leonie Pujol's Christmas stamps.

First I stamped the fairy from the Fairy Godmother set onto watercolour card with Black Archival ink


I stamped it again onto copy paper and cut it out


before adding Zig 2-way glue onto the back and leaving it to go clear (so it is repositionable)


With my handmade mask in place I overstamped the wings


and wording from the Christmas Greetings set


After covering the wording and wings with more masks (small enough to fit on sticky notes this time), I stamped on stars from the Tree Time set.


Once all my stamping was done I wanted to add a Brusho background, so I removed the paper masks (which would have got soaking wet) and painted all the stamped areas in with Pebeo Drawing Gum


After wetting the background with water, I brushed on diluted Crimson Brusho crystals


then sprinkled on Purple Brusho crystals and spritzed with water


I dried it off with a heat gun, rubbed off the drawing gum and then left the card under a large stack of books to flatten it out overnight.


To colour the fairy in I used Spectrum Aqua markers -
Peach for the skin, Tan and Boulder for the hair, Charcoal for shading


and diluted Crimson Brusho for the dress, shoes and wording.


I cut the top part of the dress out using a craft knife - using a glass mat makes it much easier to cut


I added double-sided tape around the back of the aperture and then attached a square of acetate.


For the base card I glued some more watercolour card to a 6"x6" card blank (to go behind the aperture) and then added two layers of foam tape.


I added more foam tape around the edges for stability and then added little white stars into the well in the centre before attaching the front layer (the white stars did not show up at all on TV, I should have gone with pink :o)


To colour in the stars I mixed Lemon, Copper and Clear sparkle pens on my craft mat to get a light gold colour, then applied with a slightly damp paintbrush.


As I had removed the collar and heart earlier when I cut my aperture, I stamped, coloured and cut out another one to glue over the top of the acetate.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp (Wed) We're seeing stars
Catch The Bug   Christmas in July - Make It Sparkle
Crafty Gals Corner # 132 Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon #403 Christmas in July
Oddball Art Stamps  AG/ optional A sky full of stars 
 Brown Sugar #259 Colour  

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x