Monday, 31 August 2009

we do not inherit the earth

You can see that I've had a really crafty bank holiday weekend! Bliss!! This is what I managed to make today, before the sun decided to put in an appearance and forced me outside to enjoy the rays.

I used this fortnight's sketch at Sketch and Stash. For this I used my brand new SK stamp.

I am also entering this into THREE other challenges:
At Theme Thursday the challenge is 'quotes and sayings'. I have used an Indian Proverb.
Saturday Surprise has a theme of 'down on the farm'. 

My image looks like she is marching off to prod her haystacks!
There is a colour challenge at the Stampavie Challenge and that is to use yellow, orange or red with your stampavie image. I have orange and yellow.
The papers that I have used are Pink Paislee ~ Captivating and I have used all four papers for this.
The Indian Proverb sentiment is a Daisy Bucket rub on.

This is my new Sarah Kay stamp and it is my absolute favourite SK stamp to date. She is called Gardens need many helpers. I want that hat!! I coloured her with my copics.

Flowers are by Prima and brads by Papermania. Buttons were in my stash of buttons from bygone clothing!

Thank you for looking.

kat - keeley

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Sunday, 30 August 2009

a candle at Christmas

For my entry today, I used this week's fabulous sketch over at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.

They are looking for three guest designers for three months, so head on over and join in the fun! You've got two weeks to join in.

I am also entering this into this week's Double Dutch challenge, where you can choose any of their challenges from the previous 24. I chose their 4th challenge where you had to use three different techniques from a choice of ten. I chose distressing, stamping and embossing.
For my entry I decided to go for Christmas again, it's never too soon to start!

Here is what I came up with.
I dug out some old Basic Grey papers ~ Figgy Pudding. I just love the colours on these. I used Glacier, Silent Night and Shiver.

I've created layers of distressed edges and added some stickles for a bit of festive glitz! Click on the photos to see the sparkle better.

The image is Magnolia's ~ Tilda with Candle from last year's Christmas collection. I coloured her with my copics.

Glittery brads are by Imaginisce and just happened to match the colour of my paper perfectly.

I mounted the whole lot onto Bazzill and embossed the edges.

Thank you for looking.


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Saturday, 29 August 2009

autumn leaves

I guess Autumn is almost upon us, some trees are already changing colour and shedding their leaves and so this is my theme for today.

I am entering this into THREE challenges.

The sketch that I used is this week's challenge at Papertake Weekly.

Just Magnolia has a challenge of 'ribbons and bows'.
At Lots To Do the challenge is to use words.
I dug out my Daisy Bucket papers for this and they were great fun to distress. I have a lot of the DB paper ranges but have rarely gotten round to using any.
The ones I used for this are from the Garden Gate collection. I distressed the edges and matted them onto Bazzill (also distressed).
There isn't a lot to say about this one. The image is an old Magnolia image ~ Tilda with Broom and I coloured her with my copics.

Thank you for looking.
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Sunday, 23 August 2009

dinosaur boy

My entry today is for TWO challenges.

I used this week's sketch at Sketch Saturday.

I am also entering this into the challenge at No Time to Stamp where the challenge is to use polka dots on your project.
All of the papers that I used are from the Basic Grey ~ Archaic collection and I used a mixture of the 12 x 12 sheets and the 6 x 6 pad.
Here is what I came up with (click on photo):

The dinosaur is a sticker from the same paper range and I stuck it to grunge paper before cutting out.

My image is Manga Boy by Sugar Nellie and I coloured him with my copics.

I've added brown suede ribbon and a We R Memory Keepers brad.

Thank you for looking.
kat - keeley

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Saturday, 22 August 2009

the woods would be very silent

No coloured image today. I just created a quick and fun piece. I am entering this into THREE challenges.

The ABC Challenge this week is 'B is for buttons' and I made my own for this one (all except one).

At Theme Thursday the theme is 'seasons' and to create a piece of art reflecting your favourite season. With the greens turning to browns, I've tried to reflect the seasons as they change from summer to autumn as they are both favourites of mine.

Lots To Do this week has a challenge to 'use any type of paper'.

Here is what I came up with (click on photos for close up):

I used papers from the Dream Street Papers ~ Birdie Bits collection. I've had these papers forever but have not had a chance to use them before now.

I made the buttons by punching out circles and adhering them to circle grungeboard pieces. I then punched holes in them and stitched them on.

The trees at the bottom (representing the woods) are a sheer piece of ribbon found in my stash.

Thank you for looking.

kat - keeley

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Thursday, 20 August 2009

beach surfer

My entry today is for SEVEN challenges.

I have used this week's sketch at Sketch and Stash and used my new Magnolia stamp and neglected beads.

At Daring Cardmakers the challenge is lace - I have used paper lace.

Stamp Something want you to take inspiration from your summer vacation. Mine is a beach.

At A Spoon Full of Sugar the theme is travel, where you can use a holiday theme or form of transport. I have a holiday theme and I think the surf board could count as a mode of transport!

At both The Pink Elephant and Cute Card Thursday the theme is 'summer'.

Finally, at Creative Inspirations the challenge is 'spots, dots and circles'.

Papers are from the Cosmo Cricket ~ Snorkel collection and I used Boardwalk, Umbrellas and Carbonation. I inked the edges and layered onto Bazzill.

The image used is Magnolia ~ Tilda with Surfboard and I coloured her with my copics.

The 'BEACH' sign is an Imaginisce Snag'em Stamp which I embossed with distress embossing powder.

I used paper lace for the vertical strip.

The beach pebbles and seahorse were beads from my stash.

Thank you for looking.


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Monday, 17 August 2009

hocus pocus ... purple witch

I couldn't resist playing with the LYB papers some more before putting them away.

I also wanted to start using some of my old Hallowe'en Tildas. I bought them last year but too late for Hallowe'en and never got a chance to use them.

This entry is for TWO challenges.

I used this week's sketch over at Friday Sketchers.

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge want to see the corners of our creations decorated. Mine are a mixture of inked or painted or both!

Here is what I came up with (click any photo for a better view).
The papers used are from the Little Yellow Bicycle ~ Frightful collection. I used Candy Dots, Bats & Jacks and Orange Weathered.
All of the edges have been inked, either orange or black. The words 'hocus pocus' were stickers from the same LYB collection. I mounted them onto chipboard and inked the edges.

The image is Magnolia ~ Tilda with Spiderweb and I coloured her with my copics. 

I painted a black frame around her with crackle paint and then inked the edges with orange ink.
I made the pumpkins using stamps from the same LYB collection.

Thank you for looking.
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Sunday, 16 August 2009

bats and bones

Today I've gone all hallowe'en and this entry is for FOUR challenges.

I used this weeks sketch at Card Patterns replacing the bow in the sketch with a bat brad.

The ABC Challenge is 'anything goes with the added option of animals' ~ I have bats.

At Theme Thursday the challenge is to 'use the colour orange as your main colour'.

Lots to Do has a free theme, where you can create whatever you like.

Here is my card:

This was a breeze to put together with a bit of layering, distressing, sewing and embossing.

The papers that I used are from the Little Yellow Bicycle ~ Frightful collection and I used Pumpkin Motif, Bats in the Belfry and Orange Dots.

The image is a Tim Holtz mini stamp called X-Ray which I embossed onto the cardstock.
The metal brad bat at the bottom right corner of this picture is by LYB.

Thank you for looking.
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Friday, 14 August 2009

oooh ..... and 7 things

The very lovely Judith has given me The Kreative Blogger award. Thank you Judith, I am feeling very honoured!

OK, there are rules for this award, so here goes:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog
3. Link the person who nominated you for this award
4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting
5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate
7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know you nominated them

Hmmmmm 7 things about myself (not sure you will find them interesting though!):

1. My favourite crafty things to buy are anything which have images of clocks and bird cages, be it paper, stamps or whatever. Not sure why! I have loads and the majority not even used ... yet! Anyone who knows me irl, knows that I am not a time person. However in crafting I love the whole idea of the passge of time, hence the clocks I guess. As for bird cages, just beautiful! The more intricate and old the better.

2. I love, love, love all my crafty bits!! Stash to you and I! Needless to say, I am a stashaholic, or should I say a craftybitsaholic? When I'm going off to craft, I say I'm off to do my craftybits!

3. I'm a gadget freak! I love gadgets and new technology with a passion. Never read the manuals though, like to figure it out myself. If a new gadget comes out on the market, eeek!!! Gotta have!!

4. I am a complete detail fanatic in all aspects of my life, to the point where I even drive myself to distraction.

5. I am a leo, fiery but loyal.

6. There are exciting times ahead, but I can't yet share.

7. I am happy and content with my little world and all who share it with me.

Apologies that I haven't anything crafty to share with this post but I have been busy behind the scenes amd will reveal all at a later date. In the meantime, I must nominate seven Kreative bloggers for this award. So here goes:

The first award must go to Deb who has always been my bestest friend in the crafting world (for years and years and years) and I hold her personally responsible for getting me into this whole blogging mess! I love how she crafts 'outside the box'.

Then, in no particular order:

2. Riet This lady has to be the most nicest person that I have come across in blogland and she produces such beautiful cards.

3. Next up is Kathy her cards are AWESOME! Just love everything she does.

4. Is to Erin for being such a loyal follower and a fabulous card maker too!

5. To Isa Norris for her part in the Ready Steady Stamp challenge. A wealth of creativity awaits. And thank you for the inspiration.

6. To the lovely Lydia who is sooo creative in all that she does.

And lastly but by no means least ...

7. to Minxy who is so awesomely creative in any medium.

Thank you for reading.


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Friday, 7 August 2009

so lovely ... purple ice ballet princess

There is a fabulous sketch at Just Magnolia this week which I am using.

I am also entering this into TWO other challenges.

At Theme Thursday the challenge is 'to use purple as one of your main colours'.

Use It Challenges have a recipe challenge: Use a new technique (see my tag), use a virgin stamp (I have never used this one before) and use papers you haven't used before.

Here is my card:

All papers used are from the Crate Paper ~ Katlin collection. I layered them up and inked the edges with purple.

I created the tag by cutting a piece of acetate with my cricut. I then tried a technique which was new to me. I inked a swirly seat horizontally for Tilda to sit on using a stamp from Paperartsy ~ Squiggly Ink: Swirls & Curls 1. I then added some swirly circles using stamps from Paperartsy ~ Squiggly Ink: Swirls & Curls 2. If I did this again I think a purple ink would look better, but I didn't have any which would stick to acetate. On the back of the circles I added some crystal stickles and I added purple twilight paint to the edges with a paint dabber.
The image is Magnolia ~ Pink Tilda Ice Ballet Princess and I coloured her with my copics. This is the first time I've ever coloured one of these images where all the clothes are the same colour.
The 'So lovely' sentiment is a rub on by We R Memory Keepers. I rubbed it onto purple cardstock, stuck it to a piece of chipboard and then cut it out.
Flowers are a mixture of Prima and Hero Arts. The jewelled brads are by Papermania.

Thank you for looking.
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Thursday, 6 August 2009

life isn't a straight line

After playing in the first challenge at Ready Steady Stamp, I was really looking forward to seeing what the ingredients for the second challenge would be.

Here they are:

I thought this would be an easy one. I made my 'sun' almost immediately, but then came to a grinding halt. It sat there for a few days tormenting me and several times I went to throw it in the bin, but didn't.
Finally, I knew what I was going to do.
The papers are from Crate Paper ~ Lemon Grass Collection and I used a bit of almost every sheet.
I made my sun by stamping some 'rays' onto heat resistant acetate and embossing them with Tim Holtz ~ Distress Powder in varying shades. I then machine stitched the acetate to a piece of cardstock and distressed the edges. The stamp that I used for my rays is from the Paperartsy ~ Squiggly Ink: Bricks & Mortar 3 collection.
The 'life isn't a straight line' sentiment is from the same collection.
Here is what I ended up with.
As usual with the photos on my blog, just click on any one to get a closer view.
I made my rolling hills by tearing up strips of cardstock and inking and distressing the edges. I added a nice fat chunky strip of ribbon at the foot of the card.
The little buildings were made by stamping them out from Paperartsy ~ Squiggly Ink: Bricks and Mortar 3 collection several times onto different sheets of cardstock. I then embossed each one, mounted them on to chipboard and cut them out. I accented each house by adding layers from each of the different sheets of cardstock that I'd used.
Finally, I added little round epoxy stickers in different colours (including yellow) from the same Crate Paper collection as the papers. I don't know why. Coloured rain maybe??
Thank you for looking.

kat - keeley

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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

wishes ... cake ... candles

Here is a birthday card which fits SIX challenges.

I used this week's sketch at Sketch and Stash and also for their challenge used my new lace and my old papers which are some of the first papers I ever bought, but sadly neglected and never used.

This also ties in with the My Time To Craft Challenge which is to use neglected or forgotten stash.

The challenge at Just Magnolia is 'distressing'. I have kept my distressing to inking the edges of the papers - very tame for me.

At Papertake Weekly the challenge is to 'use a colour scheme to remind you of one of the seasons' mine reminds me of Spring.

A Spoon Full of Sugar asks to see something floral on our cards.

Finally, at Dutch Dare the challenge is to 'use lace on your card', which I have done.

Here is my card:

Patterned papers are from the Basic Grey ~ Cupcake collection and I used Crepe Paper, Invitation and Surprise. I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz ~ Distress Ink: Mustard Seed and machine stitched the card to Bazzill cardstock.

The image is Magnolia ~ Valentine Tilda, as usual I coloured her with my copics.

I made a double layer zig zag border with my Martha Stewart punch, inked the edges and added a strip of lace and some bling to decorate.

The 'wishes cake candles' sentiment was a sticker which I mounted onto cardstock and inked the edges. The candles are chipboard stickers by Mambi.

The flower is made up from a mixture from my stash and I added a sugar coated brad to the centre.
Thank you for looking.


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