Thursday, 12 October 2017

Brusho Squirrel

Hello lovely peeps


Today's card features the Squirrel from the Little Acorn stamp set by Sheena Douglass.

First I painted water all over a square of watercolour card and dropped Brusho crystals into it - gamboge, orange, light brown and turquoise. I moved the colours around with a wet paintbrush and water spritzer before drying with a heat gun.

Next I stamped the squirrel with Black Archival Ink and coloured him in with a mix of light brown and scarlet Brushos.


The little spots of colour I ended up with looked a little like flowers so I painted on stems and some ground with diluted grey Brusho and a fine paintbrush.


I trimmed the finished piece down and mounted it on a white 6x6 card blank - it's finished off with a sentiment from an old Crafters Companion stamp set called Dreamy Daisies.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Glitter n Sparkle #260 Fall/autumn
Lost Coast Designs #41 Animals
Deep Ocean Challenge #165 colours of autumn
That's Crafty! Challenge Blog Forever autumn
Stamping Sensations Autumn glory

  Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Emma Shoes on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


I'm back with another one of the first Lili of the Valley stamps that I bought, to tie in with the Retro challenge on the LOTV Facebook page

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hello Freddy

Hello lovely peeps


It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Calendar and the theme is month is Halloween

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Fairy Tiptoe on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


As I mentioned last week, I have run out of older cards to show you so I will showcase my older stamps on Throwback Tuesdays from now on.

By happy coincidence the theme for this month's Lili of the Valley Challenge is 'Retro' - make something with the first LOTV image you bought (or one of the first if you can't remember exactly).


Monday, 2 October 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Bloomin Lovely

Hello lovely peeps


For today's card I've used PaperArtsy's JOFY Collection 11

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Chunky Snow on Throwback Tuesday

Hello lovely peeps


Today's Throwback Tuesday card features Leonie Pujol's Christmas Entwined Collection

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Bird Crazy after Crete

Hello lovely peeps


Apologies for missing Throwback Tuesday this week - hubby and I have been in Crete on holiday and I wasn't able to get enough posts ready before we went.

We had a smashing time. The hotel was fab and the weather was gorgeous - about 34 degrees most days.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

More from the Furry Choir

Hello lovely peeps


I'm back with another card made with Furry Choir from Lili of the Valley, and to remind you that you still have one day left to enter this month's challenge on Facebook.

Make anything using a LOTV image and at least 2 of these colours


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Snow Flurries for LOTV Colour challenge

Hello lovely peeps


We have a colour inspiration theme for this month's challenge at Lili of the Valley. To enter just make something with a  LOTV image using at least 2 of these colours and post it in the event on the Facebook page

There are 3 gift vouchers up for grabs so it's well worth having a go. You have until 15th September.



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Herd of Reindeer on LOTV Launch Day

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


We're launching the second batch of Christmas stamps at Lili of the Valley today. You'll be spoilt for choice as there are loads of gorgeous images to choose from.

Here I've used the Reindeer Collection - you get seven different images on an A5 sheet.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Snowy Hello Sneak Peek

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


The second batch of new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps is being released tomorrow. Woo hoo!

This one is 'A Snowy Hello', which I've printed onto Hunkydory Colour Me card and coloured in with Promarkers/Graph'Its


I made up my 6x6 card to look like a Christmas present, using paper from an old 'Let It Snow' pad by Dovecraft and patterned satin ribbon. The little tags were made with LOTV's Christmas Sentiment Tags stamp set.

A smidge of Glamour Dust at the bottom of the topper adds a bit of bling.


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
The Ribbon Girls September any card
Addicted to Stamps 152 Christmas
Dragonfly Journeys #100 True Blue
Penny Black and More  Get ready for Christmas
Winter Wonderland Dots and/or Stripes
Christmas with the Cuties #9 Cutie couples
Craft-Dee BowZ  CDB53 Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Dragonfly Dreams  Patterned Paper
Passion For Promarkers Challenge  #410 Make it digital

Hope you can join me tomorrow for release day when I'll have a final card to show you using reindeer stamps from one of the new A5 sheets.

Katrina x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Peeking Out to Say

Hello lovely peeps


There's a new challenge at Crafty Calendar today. The theme is

Kids/Babies


and we are sponsored by the fabulous Wild Orchid Crafts.



For my inspiration card I have used James Peeping from Lili of the Valley.

I stamped him onto Elegance Satin 160gsm card then fussy cut and coloured him in with Graph'It markers (3210, 3255, 0000).

To do the paper burst I pencilled in a circle on some double-sided card (Citronella from K&Co), 'painted' some lines in with water and then dragged my scissors down the lines to give rough edges.


After erasing the pencil circle I peeled back the edges to reveal the other side of the paper. I tore the points of the triangles off and curled what was left with my pokey tool.


For the sentiment I wanted to make little squares to echo the squares on the peeled back edges so I cut 2cm x 2cm squares from white card and rounded the corners before colouring them in to match the paper. The letters were stamped with Hobby Art's 'Alphabet - Typed' set and the 'birthday' was stamped straight onto the card with a Stamps Away greeting.

The American Crafts ribbon down the left hand side gives a better balance to the card I think.
To finish off James I added Glossy Accents on his nose :o)


I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Kitty Bee Designs #102 Birthday
Crafty Friends Challenge #65 birthdays
Brown Sugar #265 Try Something New (paper burst)
Polkadoodles   Anything Goes option Hot colours
Dream Valley Challenges # 162 Use a stamp or digi
Lemon Shortbread #49 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge M for Make your mark

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

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