Monday, 28 February 2011


Hi all,
Today I would like to show the penultimate tag (sad face ;-( )
for the COMPENDIUM of CURIOSITIES Challenge #34
the technique this time is
over at studio L3
hosted by Linda Ledbetter

So here it is,

I used,
Vintage Photo distress ink,
Juniper Paint Dabber,
tree embossing folder,
Tim's (sander, fragments & film strip)
scraps of paper & old book pages
a Go Create alphabet die (Lingfield)
glossy accents,
the Owl charm & fibers are from my stash.

The background on this one is done in a similar way as,
weathered wood grunge technique on page 50,
just on card instead of grunge,


I had fun with this one,
& I was surprised at how little you need
in the way of scrap papers etc,
(I sorted out a big pile of bits & didn't even touch it, lol)

Anyway that's about it,
I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

Friday, 25 February 2011


Hi all,
I'm blogging at work again so I have to be quick, (naughty naughty!!)

Today I would like to shear my second page in my home made journal,
HERE'S a link to how this journal came about.

I used Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions sprays (hot pink & burnt orange)
& round the edge stamp set,
the hat in the picture is off one of her collage sheets,
here's a link to her
go check it out (lots of cool stuff)

The lady & the words are from
Marsha dose the most stunning work,
Go check her out.

The journey stamp is a wood mounted one
designed by Marah Johnson for limited edition

The city scape is from a magazine.

I am loving making messy backgrounds
using splats, end of a brushes, lids & tops, & sequin waste,to create with,
(nothing is safe at the moment in my hands) (lol)

Hope you like it!

Told you it was a quick one!
Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Hi all,
Today I have my entry for the
over at studio L3
hosted by Linda Ledbetter,
the technique this week is,
on page 56.

Here's my tag,

I used,
Victorian Velvet & Brushed Corduroy,
the stamps used are, swirls/florishes (inkadinkado)
& Ladies (crafty individuals CI-238)
Alcohol Inks,(sunset orange, tera cotta & cranbury)
Archival Ink, (coffee)
Tim Holtz, (distresser)
scraps of paper & card,
Dragonfly charms & fibers from my stash,
& a manilla tag.

I stamped & cut the ladies on a cream card,
I felt the ladies didn't stand out enough,
so I stamped & cut them onto white card
& coloured there cheeks etc with Victorian Velvet Distress ink,
I then used silicone glue to raise them a bit,
& then used foam pads to adhere the tile to the tag.

With the swirls in the background I stamped
coffee archival,
& then stamped again without reinking,
so you get a lighter image,
(this is called secondry stamping, I think!)
It gives a lovely depth to your background.

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


Hi all,
Can I start by saying HI, HELLO & WELCOME,
to my new followers, its a pleasure to have you on board,
I appreciate all the support my followers give me,
& the lovely comments you all leave.

So today I'm here to shear with you my tag for,
Hosted by Linda Ledbetter over at studio L3
the technique this week is,

Now I have finally caught up (I joined the challenge in week 18,
& felt I had to make the weeks I had missed so I had the full set)
its almost coming to a close. (sad face) ;-(

As its a tag, I'm entering it for
simon says stamp and show blog
the theme is SHOW A TAG
(I have a touch of the old dayjarvew {I know that's not spelt wright lol)

& also simon says stamps challenge blog
the theme this time is
(I hope my birds wing counts)
Anyway waffle over here's my tag,

here's what I used
All the stamps this time are Paper Artsy's Hot Picks,
Except the script in the background witch is a
wood mounted one by stampabilities,
Distress inks used are,
Pine Needles, Broken China & Faded Jeans
The images are stamped in Archival ink
(Coffee & Olive)
the fibers are from my stash.

The birds wing is made from gold UTEE,
with Inka gold (gold & copper) rubbed over it,
The mould that the UTEE is pored into is one I made myself
out of Mould & Pour (fab stuff) & a pair of wing earrings
(I've had them in my stash for ages,
but I didn't want to commit them to a project
because then they are gone,
this way I have the mould to use again & again)


Hope you like it!
I'm off to rugby practice with my son
so must dash.

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon
Kat x.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Hi all,
I will keep this as short as poss,
as real life is screaming for my attention, lol.

Here are the final 3 catch up tags for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge
over at studio L3

Tag number one fits the bill for
simon says stamp and show blog
this weeks theme is SHOW A TAG

& also the monthly theme,
the artistic stamper creative team blog
(as it has a heart on it)

& the stamp man challenges blog
as the theme is HEARTS THEME.

This tag is for
way back in week 6.

Here's what I used,
all the stamps are Wendy Vecchi's
(studio 490)
Old paper & Vintage photo Distress inks,
a white tag, alphabet chippies from wood wear,
Tim's heart wings alterations die, old book pages,
scraps from Tim's retro grunge paper stack,
paper flower & fibers from my stash.

I'm glad I took a photo of the back ground
because it seems to have disappeared in the photos above (lol)

Onto Tag number 2,

Tag number two also fits the bill for
as this weeks theme is SHOW A TAG

This Tag is for,
back in week 10.

So here's what I used on this tag,
Butterfly & word stamps are Wendy Vecchi's
& background stamp is Tim Holtz,
distress inks used are,
Vintage Photo & Broken China,
I used Heirloom gold (perfect pearls)
& Brushed Corduroy Re-inker,
grunge paper, old book page,
Distress Stickles rock candy (coz that's the only one I have)
scrap of paper, fibers & metal butterflies (part of a belt)
came from my stash.


Now on to Tag number 3,

which yes you guessed it fits the
because after all the theme is
SHOW A TAG (lol)

This one is for,
way, way back in week 2.


Most of what's on this tag are all
Tim Holtz, products.
Mini cirque alpha stamps,
fragments, heart wings alterations die (crown)
paper from lost & found stack,
distress ink (bundled sage, rusty hinge & vintage photo)
cuttle bug & embossing folder, ribbon,
leafs on the crown are from an old necklace.

Well that's them all bloged,
Hope you like them!

Off to link to all the places for mentioned LOL.

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Hi to all,
I'm late in posting this so ill be quick,

over at simon says stamp and show blog
the theme this week is SHOW SOME EMBOSSING
so I decided to do an ikea mirror,

This also fits the ANYTHING BUT A CARD
challenge over at simon says stamps challenge blog

& it fits for gingersnap creations blog
the theme of GC90: CHARMS

here it is,

I went with an industrial look for this one as you can see,
I have used these mirrors before & buy them in job lots,
because they are such a good base to work on,
& they are such a good prices at £1.19
(look back at older posts to see the other mirrors
in different styles I have made)
I have put a piece of white paper over the mirror to get better photos.

so what did I use?
well I used,
grunge paper, a  cuttlebug & an assortment of embossing folders,
black soot distress ink,  various Tim Holtz idea-ology,
the journey stamp is one of Tim's, a black gel pen,
jet black archival ink, clear embossing powder,
Eco friendly acrylic paint
(gold, aged gold, silver, aged silver, copper & bronze)
buttons, corners & the bracelet parts are from my stash,

Here's some close ups,


All i did was run the grunge paper (in an embossing folder)
through my cuttle bug, then cut it up into 4cm squares,
then painted them with acrylic paint, arranged & stuck them to the mirror
I then swiped the black soot ink pad over the whole thing
(this gave it that dirty aged look)
I then drew faux cross stitches over the whole thing
with the black gel pen,
I sorted out some bits & bobs
& stuck them to the mirror with silicone glue.
& that's about it.

Hope you like it!

I'm off to link it up before the submission closes

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

Thursday, 10 February 2011


For the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge,
I have managed to get 3 more tags done (only 3 more to go
{I am determined to get them done before the whole thing ends}
silly me, miss counted last time I thought I only had 5 more to go,
but no it's defiantly 6 lol)

This fab challenge is hosted by Linda Ledbetter of studio L3

Tag 1
I would like to use this one as my entry for
Try it on a Tuesday blog the theme this time is a
TAG, to include hearts & flowers,
(I thought the leaf vine looks a bit like upside down hearts)

THIS TAG WON TOP PLACE For the theme above,
(8/2/11) How fab is that!

This tag is for Shabby Chic technique way back in week 4

I used black & juniper paint dabbers,
clear embossing powder & versa mark ink,
stamps used are,
leaf vine, Dylusions (around the edge set)
flowers, Paper artsy (hot picks)
wording, for the life of me I cant remember (sorry)
Ten Second Studio metal (copper & gold)

Here's some close ups,


I love the way the background turned out,

On to Tag number 2

This tag is for Distress Powder back in week 5,

I used vintage photo & brushed corduroy distress ink,
vintage photo distress powder,
distress embossing ink,
background stamp, Tim Holtz slight alteration set,
wording, hero arts (wood mounted)
scrap of lace, butterfly & flower from my ever growing stash.

here's the close ups,


Here's the background shot.

On to Tag number 3,

This one is for Alcohol Agate Grunge, week 15,

I used alcohol ink (pesto, oregano & denim)
Tim Holtz hanging sign die,
distress ink (brushed corduroy)
background stamp is from the artistic stamper,
wording is one of Tim's,
the fibers, butterfly & metal flowers are from my stash.

a couple of close ups.


Hope you like them!

OK I have to dash because I am at work writing this
naughty me (lol)

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Hi all,
thought I would shear with you my tag for the
It's week 31 & the technique this week is RUSTED ENAMEL,
head over to studio L3 to read all the details.

I am also entering this for the
KINGS & QUEENS challenge GS89
over at ginger snap creations

Now with out further a do,
I would like you to give a warm welcome to,
a very bright couple, new to the cerkit
 it's the new king & queen of ceiling town
Mr & Mrs watts.

OK, sorry about that I was away with the faeries there (lol)

to make this tag I used,
distress ink,
(vintage photo, brushed corduroy & weathered wood).

the fantastic light bulb stamps are from the artistic stamper
(I brought these stamps last year at ally pally & finely decided to use them
when I saw Sue Roddis journal page over on
fabulous page go check it out)
& the wording is a Wendy Vecchi.

I also used,
clear embossing powder,
heart wings alterations die,
the lock is idea-ologe
the key & fibers are from my stash.

I loved this technique
(I must have flicked through Tim's book
hundreds of times & never really read this page)
I will be using this one again.
how cool dose that look!

here's an angled shots to show dimension,

Hope you like it!

I'm off to watch vampire diary's,
have a grate day.

Thanks for stopping by,
Back soon,
Kat x.

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