Friday, 31 December 2010


So many of my family have been hit with the dreaded lurgy this Christmas,
(new years party canceled)
touch wood I  have managed to miss it.

I am making a job lot of tissue boxes to try to cheer them up,
My sister asked me for one like mine,
so it's very similar to one I have made before,

It fits the bill perfectly for the theme over at
simon says stamp and show
the theme is yesteryear,
Head over there to check it out.

As I haven't entered yet I thought, I would kill 2 birds with 1 stone as time is running out,
(I hope that's OK)

I am also going to enter it for the monthly challenge over at
the artistic stamper blog where the theme is Christmas.

I thought it very apt for this time of year,
It reminds me of an advert that was on a few years ago
where it was all sepia except for the little girls red dress.

the template to make the tissue box is by Creative Expressions
& the stamps are build a sceen by Sheena Douglas,
I used distress ink & a water brush
 glitter & glue.

Hope you like it.

hope everyone has a grate new year,
see you back here in 2011
thanks for stopping by,
back soon,
Kat x.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


Hi all,
busy,busy,busy,so I won't keep you long,
I just want to show my tag for,

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 25,
over at studio L3 this weeks technique is

I am also entering this tag for challenge #12
over at the stamp man this time it's

Click on there links to read all the details.

I must admit the tag you see is not the first attempted
at this technique,
I used walnut stain reinker the first time
& got carryed away with the scribble part of the technique,
do you want to see it? lol

I'm sure you will agree, less is more for this one,
the second attempted was fine.

well they can't all be master pieces the first time,
can they? lol

Here are some close ups & angled shots
to try to get the dimension,

Love that Spider,
couldn't wait any more to use her,
so weather or not she went with what I was doing,
Cynthea (that's what I have chosen to name her)
was going on this tag, lol

Here's what I used,

Wendy Vecchi stamps &
Tim Holtz alterations die heart wings,
& the edge distresser,

scraps of paper, card & metal from the bits & bobs box,

tiny bit of fibers & ribbon,
glossy accents & silicone glue

archival ink pads (sepia & jet black)
& clear embossing powder.

hope you like it.

Well, this will most likely be the last post before the new year,
I have rellies coming every day of the holidays,
then it's straight back to work,
& the same rellies new years eve & new years day,
then it's straight back to work again,
so not much of a rest for me,
but the alcohol will flow
& the chocolates will be on my lap, lol

So have a lovely time whatever you chose to do,
& have a creative & prosperous new year to you all. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Kat x.
PS.I will have a give away, blog candy up in the new year, x

Sunday, 19 December 2010


Hi to you all,
I bet your all wondering were I have been,
well I have no excuse to give other than,
a hectic work load & all the extras that Christmas brings to family life.
I hope you will forgive my absence to my blog.

Today I would like to show you my entry for,
simon says stamp and show blog
the theme this time is
show a Lord Tim of Holtz technique,
click on the link to read all the details of the challenge.

How do you pick? I can't there's so many,
so this is what I came up with,

I decided to make covers for my Tim Holtz stamp sheets
using only Tim's products,
I used, stamps, alterations dies, idea-ologe,
retro paper stack & distress inks,

I also used gray board, a corner rounder & glossy accsents.

for come reason the glossy accents
 hasn't shown up in the photos on the letters at any angle,
but this technique was one I learned from day 9
of his fab 12 days of Christmas tags
check it all out HERE there are so many cool ideas.

I think the rosette, piece on earth tag
has to be my all time favorite tag of Tim's

what do you think?
stunning ha!

I am disappointed with the picture quality,
the photos come out to orange when I use my flash,
but as I leave for work in the dark
& come home in the dark
theres not much I can do about it.

that's about it from me today
hopefully I won't leave it so long next time,
my creative mojo seems to
take a hammering at this time of year.

I'm off to link this up as I am almost to late to enter,
thanks for stopping by,
back soon,
Kat x.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


Hi to all,
The compendium of curiosities challenge 24 is out
the technique this time is
head over to studio L3 to read all the details.

This also fits for the Ginger Creations,
spicy supply challenge GC82 GLITTER,
head over HERE to read all the details.

Here's my tag for these challenges

Boy it's hard to get the stickles to show up on camera
(lots of shots later this is as good as it gets I'm afraid)

I used lots of Tim things on this tag,
paper stash (vintage shabby)
distress inks (pumice stone, stormy sky & frayed burlap)
alterations die, movers & shapers (tag & bookplates)
stamps, visual artistry collection (french market)

The flower stamp is by, crafty notions, karantha stamps (floral)

& Archival ink (coffee)

To get the flowers to puff up like this,
all you do is rub your ball tool in a circular motion
on the back of the flowers, resting on a soft mat.

The leaves are from some old silk flowers
I have horded for yonks.

The sparkly magpie bits are from a bracelet
my husband bought me a few years ago,
every time I wore it, it broke,
(the links were to small to take the weight)
I payed to have it fixed a couple of times,
then chucked it in a draw & forgot about it,
on a resent sort out I found it & thought
I may as well use it instead of it being in a drew.

I sewed it to the tag because I couldn't glue it.
& if you look closely it is the perfect size
(made to measure, & meant  to be lol)

I love the monochrome feel to this tag,
I don't think I will be parting with this one,
it's my favorite (for now anyway) lol

well that's me for today,
I'm busy doing Xmas prep (as most of us probably are)
off to link this up,
thanks for stopping by,
back soon,
Kat x.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


....Late for this year, or am I extremely early for next year?
I'm not sure,
just woke up in an autumn mood lol.

OK, to the post at hand,
how appropriate for me is the challenge over at
Simon says stamp and show blog
this week the theme is A TAG
(click the link to read all the details)

Lucky for me because that's all I seam to be making lately
& I'm loving it, (don't know how long this TAG craze will last,
 but there is  no sign of it letting up in the near future) lol

The stamps I used today are,
Tim Holtz,( birds, sentiment & script)
Wendy Vecchi, (splatter background) 
& Paper Artsy (twiggy tree)

Tim Holtz alterations die (branch tree)
& it has been put through one of Tim's fab texture fade folders
& covered in crackle paint (rock candy)

The birds in the tree I drew free hand,
(I have saved a template in case I need a bird again)
but I struggled with drawing the wings,
couldn't seam to get the right shape,
so I chucked it to one side &
moved on to looking through my punches for
the leaves for the tree,
& look what I found, the blue punch is a
perfect wing shape me thinks lol

The distress ink I used are,
brushed corduroy, forest moss,
peeled paint, mustard seed, wild honey,
spiced marmalade & rusty hinge,
(all graduated in the back ground
to give the illusion of the autumn sun)

Archival inks I used are,
jet black & coffee.

I am also using this tag as a catch up for the
compendium of curiosities challenge
(as I am still behind lol)
this one is for the distress crackle
that was way back in week 9
as I put a layer of rock candy paint on the tree.

I relay enjoyed making this one,
hope you like it.

I see I have picked up 2 new followers
that makes 50 (yippee)
I always get so excited when I get new followers,
so a big thank you to each and every one of you,
as I have now hit the half century
(no, not in age, not quite, but in followers) lol.

I would also like to let you know,
I am fighting fit & back to normal from my Operation
(won't be wearing a bikini any time soon though )lol

Sorry for not posting any tip or technique Tuesdays in a while,
I think I am going to wrap it up,
& post hints & tips as I go on posts relating to them,
instead of waiting for a Tuesday,
I hope that you are all OK with this.

Well that's about it from me for today,
thanks for stopping by,
have a crafty day,
Kat x.

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