Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hi Everyone! I hope Santa has been good to you all and that your stockings were bursting with Christmas goodies! I'm looking forward to lunch and a glass of prosecco today (yum!). I know I'll be feeling ill with gorging myself on parsnips later but it's worth it!

I thought I'd share my last Christmas card with you today, it's another one I'm quite pleased with compared to my normal efforts!

I've used Tilda with Heart for this and she's just gorgeous. I thought I'd go back to my favourite paper set for DCWV for this one so stuck to browns and blues. At the top I used MS doily punch, and then cut some little tabs so I could hang a little heart charm off to mirror the image. The flowers are all from wild orchid crafts and I just LOVE these small flat gardenias in this colour, think I'll be getting more of these soon!

Tilda has been cut out at the bottom freehand and then with a cirlce die at the top. I've added a larger cirle behind covered in viva decor pearl pen (salmon). There's crackle glaze on the heart and stickles stardust on her wings. Around the larger cirlce I've added diampnd stickles.

Tha sentiment id from papermania and is on a spellbinders fancy labels die. I added some weathered wood distress paint before stamping the image. I've covered the label with viva decor pearl pen in salmon.

Well, I hope you ike my last Christmas card for this year - see you next week for another CI challenge!
Have a very Merry CHRISTMAS! Lots of love and Christmassy hugs. Katy. xxx

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A paler Christmas

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all well and ready for the festivities to begin! I still have one or two pressies to organise (arghhh!) so am feeling a bit rushed at the moment! I thought I'd take a break from all the wrapping and planning to upload another late Christmas card. I've sent this one already so it's ok!

I've been dying to use this Tilda with Amyrylllis? (is that spelt right?!) ever since I got her for bargain price at BunnyZoes crafts, there's still a lot of discounts off the Christmas magnolia stamps to have a pop over and grab a bargain! I thought she might suit some paler colours and so this is what I've come up with...

The pattern is vellum and I love these pale colours with her. In the middle is pearlescent white paper cut each side with MS doily punch and a silver ribbon. The sentiment is from a papermania Christmas set, sat on a spellbinders fancy labels die, and is stamped with weathered wood distress ink. The large snowflakes are die cuts from MD and have been covered with flock and edges with walnut stain DI's with a huge gem in the centre. The swirls are dies from Tim Holtz and I've used some extra glittery silver paper for these. The image is coloured with DI's and cut out with an MD die cut which I've threaded with some thin organza ribbon. UnderneathTilda I've used stickles stardust for that glittery feel.

I hope you like her, I think she's one of my favourite images at the moment so can't wait to ink her up again. Plus she doesn't look too Christmassy so I think she'll be versatile enough to use all year round.

Just a short post for today, if there's anything I've missed out send a comment and I'll add it on later!

Take care everyone! Hugs. Katy. xxx

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Santa Edwin

Hi everyone, have you all had more snow? We've had some overnight and are supposed to be getting more later today... I'm not sure about you but I'm ready for summer now! Lets hope it's a good one!

Anyway, onto the card... I wanted to use my new Santa Edwin reading the Christmas list, but because he's sitting down was wondering what to sit him on. Then I looked at one of my Molly Bloom stamps of a bauble and thought this might look quite good so here's the result!

I've used crackle glaze on the bauble and some gold embossing powder and then added loads of stickles stardust to the ribbon. The stripey papers have had MS doily punch on the ends, and I've used Magnolias doily flowers in the corners with a rose in the centre from wild orchid crafts. The "Dear Santa" is from the paperpack,  I think it's a Kaiserkraft Christmas pack. There's a sheet of vellum behind the image, and around the edges I've used a viva decor pearl pen in bronze. The ribbon is from East of India.

I coloured Edwin and the bauble in distress inks, and added white flock to the fluffy areas of his cuffs, collar and hat. Everything has glimmer mist on it in pearlescent gold.

I hope you like him!

I'm off to make a start on Sunday lunch now so take care and wrap up warm everyone and I'll see you later in the week with another last minute Christmas card or two! Hugs and happy crafting. Katy. xxx

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Some lucky lucky lucky news & My favourite card so far!

Hi ladies and gents, first I just wanted to share some good news I had (drumroll!) Last week I was randomly selected as the winner of Jacque's magnolia-licious candy! Yippeeeee! That means I get $25 to spend at the magnolialicious store - I feel some Christmas/Birthday treats coming on! If you haven't already seen this candy, it is at Jacque's blog HERE and runs every Sunday and closes every Tuesday so that's 3 whole days to join in. You don't have to do ANYTHING other than link with Mr Linky, display the badge (see the purple one in my sidebar?) and become a follower! What could be simpler? And I have to say as someone who rarely wins anything I was thrilled to be selected, and if I can be picked so can you so give it a visit!

Right on with the card... I have to say this is the Christmas card I am most proud of this year, there are a few more to come this week so watch out, but this is my favourite so I hope you like it too..... I made this for the sketch challenge at Creative Inspirations...

I ADORE this Tilda, she's so versatile. I was sent a stamped image of her to use by a bloggy friend (Karen) and after colouring her I am so taken with her I think she might have to be bought ASAP! She's a joy to colour.

I've coloured her with distress inks (except face which I used copics on) and have added some white gel pen to the cross stich on her head scarf, and some clear star sakura gelly roll on the ribbon of the spoon and buttons on her shoes. The image behind her is a gorgeous Molly Bloom stamp which I thought sits well with her and makes it a clear Christmas card with that scrummy looking pud behind!

I added stickles stardust to the frosting on the pudding, and 3D glaze to the teapot, drawer knobs and cups/saucers. I also added stickles to the ornaments in the basket and some clear star gelly roll on the gift tag.

The sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie, I got it with the Marie Antoinette stamp and thought it went nicely with this to save me from printing out a sentiment. The lace and the flowers/leaves are all from wild orchid crafts and the ginham ribbon is from East of India (love their ribbon, it's such high quality, if a bit pricey!).

Stamps: Magnolia - Tilda with wooden spoon; Molly Bloom - Christmas Table; Kraftin Kimmie - "Let them eat cake!" (from the Marie Antoinette collection)
Colouring: Distress inks, copics. All edges inked with walnut stain.
Glitz: Stickles - stardust and diamond; Sakra gelly Roll - clear star; Gelly roll - white; Viva decor pearl pen - bronze; Anitas 3D gloss
Flowers and lace: All wild orchid crafts
Ribbon: All East of India

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia: Christmas card
Stamp with Fun: Christmas Card
Bunny Zoes Crafts: Sparkle and shine
Creative Card Crew: Anything goes
Allsorts Challenge: last minute Christmas projects
Take Time for You: Christmas
Dutch Dare card challenges: Christmas card/tags

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

White papers only! And such a cutie!

 Hi everyone, how are you all doing in the Big Freeze? It's been -16 degrees here - Brrrrrrr! Definate hot water bottle and bed socks weather - not the sexiest of sleepwear but essential methinks! At least the roads are a bit more passable now.
Well onto this weeks card, the challenge this week at Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge is white papers only, so I dug out my doodlebug papers and edged them in pale blue green. The image I've used is from this weeks sponser, and is the cutest little mouse skiing on an ice-cube! You can find this at Meljens designs here

I've used magnolias lace border die around the edges in pearlescent white cardstock, and then layered on my doodlebug embossed paper and the image, and added some sparkly self adhesive gems to the top left and bottom right corners. Around the doodlebug paper I've tied some pale blue tulle into a knot, and then knotted several more thin strips to it so it sits between the flowers...

The flowers are from wild orchid crafts (cherry blossom blue/cream and cream tea roses) and I am running out. I placed an order a couple of weeks ago but with the snow we've had no post so I am desperate for the postal service to bring me my order - I've opted for some flat gardenias too and am so excited!
The image is a digi which I printed on super smooth card and coloured with copics and whispers strokes markers. I've added tonns of stickles to the ice cube, swirls and his goggles, and 3D gloss to the goggles, his eyes and nose and the ice-cube. On the ski poles I've added crackle glaze. I'm not sure if any of this shows up particularly well but here's a close up...


Image - digi design (skiing mouse)
Papers - doodlebug; pearlescent white cardstock
clouring - copics; whispers strokes
Embellishments - blue tulle, self adhesive gems, stickles, 3D gloss, crackle accent glaze (all the Paperlane), flowers (wild orchid crafts)

Thank you so much for having a peek at my card. I wish you all a warmer week of happy crafting!
Lots of hugs. Katy. xxx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

No cards allowed week at Creative Inspirations

Well hello again, I'm writing this on Sunday to overcome the internet difficulties I faced last week - fingers crossed! This week at Creative Inspirations it's no cards allowed, so I thought I'd have a go at making a cracker shaped gift box... Here is the end product and some closer views...

You cannot really tell from the photo, but the cardstock is a really shimmery pearlescent dazzle white, which has been edged at every crease (which took AGES) with fluid chalk ink pink. The lace I got from Boyes (I love it in there, real treasure trove of goodies!) and think it just adds that extra something. There's also some heart ribbon (Boyes) and pink gingham ribbon (East of India) over that underneath Tilda. The white ribbon is from the Paperlane. The paper is from magnolia, and I've gone around the sides with my viva decor pearl pen in ice white (my favourite item at the moment!).

This is Tilda with Christmas tree, she's a full length image but I've just used a small secion and cute her out with my circle nesties. The scalloped border is some gorgeous paper I got from Hobbycraft ages ago, and had a scrap left over at just the right size! I've added viva decor pearls and pink gems to the tree to match the pink and white colour theme, and then cut two smaller flowers with my magnolia lace flowers die. I've learned that this needs a couple of goes through the cuttlebug to cut completely, and afterwards you need to pop the holes out with a pin. Although time consuming, I do think it's worth it! I've popped a white rose in the centre and 2 rosebuds either side to complete (all flowers from wild orchid crafts)

On the other sides are snowflakes from marianne D dies. These have been covered in white flock, and chalked with fluid ink at the edges, before a giant gem added to the centre - scrummy! I love glitz!

I thought I would try to add a tutorial for this too, so I'm gonna attempt that over the next few days - wish me luck!
Happy Crafting!

I would like to enter this project in the following competitions:
Bunny Zoes Crafts: Christmas but not a card
Make it crafty: anything but a card
Fussy and fancy Friday: anything but a card

Friday, 26 November 2010

Red, gold and green...

Sorry for the late post, for some reason blogger wasn't letting me upload photos... Anyway seems to be fixed now!

So onto this weeks Creative Inspirations card! The theme is red, green and gold, so this is what I came up with....................

There's a lot of gold snowflakes around Tilda which are more clear in the photo below...

I've used stickles stardust under her feet, and lots of sakura gelly roll in clear star. The mistletoe is added to with perfect pearls ice white, and the gingerbread in her pockets has clear gloss on some bits, and crackle glaze on others (again, not too clear on here!). I've gone around the whole card with viva decor pearl pen in bronze, it's really more of a metallic red as you can see. All edges are edged with walnut stain and then stickled with diamond stickles. The tilda piece has been distressed with tea dye distress ink.

Stamps: Tilda with Mistletoe (Magnolia), snowflakes (molly blooms)
Doohicky lace die
Embellishments: stickles (diamond and stardust); ribbon (Boyes); viva decor pearl pen (bronze)
colouring: distrss inks (peeled paint, worn brick, walnut stain, weathered wood; skin copics, hair brushstrokes pens

Thank you so much for looking, and as you know, any comments are greatly appreciated! Enjoy the snow if you have it and be careful when driving! Hugs and happy crafting!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Belli: R for ribbon
Dotties world: Anything goes - RED

Thursday, 18 November 2010

A surprise found - such an honour!

Hi ladies and gents! I received an email from my good bloggy friend and fellow Creative Inspirations DT member Caroline saying she had a little surprise for me, and lo and behold, she has kindly presented me with this lovely award! Thank you so much! Her comment on why she nominated me also made me chuckle (check out her blog and have a nosey!). Caroline has the most wonderful cards on her blog, so if you aren't already familiar with her work, please pop over and share the love (she too adores Magnolia... don't we all?!)

So a little bit more...
As part of the rules of my award I MUST tell you 3 things you may not know about me:
* I can play a tune on the didgeridoo (yes really... I have my own although most of the time it is filled with cobwebs... a dusting nightmare!!!)
* I have the most odd crush on...wait for it...Johnathan Creek star Alan Davies... oh and also have a thing for Jack Dee... must be a comedy link here!
*When I was 14, a girl in my year won a magazine competition for Peter Andre to perform at our school, so I (along with many others) paid 50p to see him in the days of plastic pecs to perform Mysterious Girl and other songs in our school gym! (YES, bizarre as this sounds this really happened!)
Ok so I also have to nominate 5 people to recieve this award.........
1) Teresa: always manages to create THE most beautiful magnolia cards, her layouts are amazing, you seriously need to check her out if you haven't already. She has been VERY helpful with queries and probs I've had in the past!
2) Coops: I first found her on the DOCRAFTS website, her images are superbly coloured every time and she is a constant source of inspiration for me
3) Maddy Hill: Not only makes the funkiest of card toppers, but also designs fimo models to match - STUNNING every one of them!
4) Mona Evy: Mona is a Creative Inspirations DT member and every time she posts something I always think "why didn't I think of that?!" She's very creative with her cards and uses embellishements perfectly - not too many, not too few... Something I've not quite got the hang of yet! Ha ha!
5) Carlyanne: Very supportive lady! Not only are her cards AMAZING she also took the time to support me from pretty much day 1 on here, even though I didn't know what I was doing! (Thank you honey!). Again, her blog is FULL of wnderful ideas, with a good mix of images from LOTV, Belles and Whistles and of course Magnolia, and more besides!
Have fun with your awards ladies, & if you follow all the directions & visit HERE first you can qualify for a $5 Gift Voucher from Digi's With Attitude!!!
So that's it, I really urge you to check these out and a HUGE thank you to Caroline again - I'll be grinning like a fool all night! Haha! xxx

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Surprise Pop-up Sledging Edwin!

Hi everyone! I've been busy trying to create a card for the Creative Inspirations challenge of "Winter Woodland". I didn't have any woodland stamps so raided my stamp collection and found a Christmas tree stamp in one of my papermania stamp sets. It had text underneath so I've simply not added any ink to that bit, and layered the stamp up using less ink for the background. Here's the result...
I've covered the ground and parts of the trees in 2 layers of white flock and have gone over this with stardust stickles. I thought sledging Edwin was perfect to sit in front of this background! I wanted to do something a bit different with this, so instead of a classic card, I've gone for a surprise pop up, here's the card closed...

And then when you pull the ribbon tag that you can see poking out at the top you get this...

Here's a view straight on with the card open...

The sentiment is from the small sentiment set at papermakeup stamps (I got mine from Quixotic Paperie) and I've used a quickutz label die with some eyelets to hang the charm off. The sentiment in the window is from the papermania Christmas stamp set.

Stamps: Sledging Edwin (Magnolia); let it snow (papermakeup stamps); Wishing you..., and tree (Papermania)
Colouring: copics and distress inks
Dies/punches: MS lace doily pounch; quickutz labels
Ebellishments: (charm, ribbon, lace, staples, eyelets - all stash), flock (Paperlane), stickles stardust, crackle glaze (on sledge) and Sukura gelly (stardust) on edwins jacket.

Thank you so much for looking and any comments, each one is greatly appreciated.
Happy Crafting!
Hugs. KatyBoo. xxx

I would like to enter this card into the folowing challenges:
One stop challenge: Pop-ups
Sir Stampalot: Christmas Traditions (sledging!)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Think Pink for Christmas!

Hi Guys and Gals, firstly I'd like to say another huge thank you to some more recent followers (you know who you are!) and also for the lovely messages I have received over the last few weeks, I LOVE reading them and I really appreciate it. Now onto this weeks Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge! The theme is pink Christmas, so I thought this lovely Tilda would be perfect...

I had to take a few photos, as you know photography = not my strong point!

I used white embossing powder around the edges, and punched out several sized snowflakes adorning them with pink gems. The greeting is from papermania. I used Martha Stewarts heart doily punch and snipped the edges to allow me to curl it around a circle, this shows up better below...

I've added some viva decor pearl pen in white to cover the snips up a little, and also on the brackets. The charm on one bracket is from craftsulove and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I've also added some startdust stickles around Tildas feet and under her dress at the bottom.

Stamps: Tilda with Vintage Roses; Papermania
Dies/punches: MS optic dot, MS doily hearts; Magnolia Tag; snowflakes (unknown)
Colouring: distress inks and copics (skin)
Sparkles/pearls: stickles startdust; viva decor pearl pen (white), gems (stash)
Flowers (wild orchid crafts)
Charm (craftsulove), cord (the bead shop in Brighton - a holiday purchase!!)

Thank you so much for looking and I appreciate any comments.
Have a fantastic week, and Happy Crafting!
Hugs, Katy. xxx

I wish to enter this card into the following challenges:
Magnolia-licious - pink and yellow
Cute card Thursday: Anything goes
I did it Creations Challenge: Holiday colour mix up (Easter pastels)
Crafty Anne's Challenge: Non-traditional colours
ABC Challenge: H is for Holidays!
Creative Belli: Something old (paper and punch) something new (stamp)
Sarah Hurley Challenge: Easel Cards

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Shaker Card

Well it's another week, another theme from Creative Inspirations! This week it's "Shaker Cards" - I don't mind telling you I was a little nervous about this one as I've not made one before, so here's my first attempt.......

I must apologise for the faded effect of the image, it is much bolder in real life but the acetate kept reflecting the light away! I have definately learned some things along the way: firstly I have used too much "shake"! I think half the amount of beads and sequins would have been more effective. Secondly I need to be a bit more delicate when securing to avoid slight buckling of the card, it's not noticeable to anyone else but me apparently but I know it's there and it bugs me! 
To make up for the poor quality photo here's a closer view of Edwin and Tilda

Again the light has reflected off the image but at least you can see the shading and sparkles a bit more clearly!


Papers: bobunny, GCMD; acetate
Colouring: Distress inks (clothes - peeled paint, fired brick, weathered wood, old paper, aged mahogony); copics (skin)
Sparkle: stickles - diamond (edging); stardust (Tildas clothes)
Embellishments: ribbon (East of India); leaves and flowers(stash); pearls (viva decor in salmon);
gold staples, cord, beads and sequins (stash)
Die cuts: magnolia doohicky tag; spellbinders fancy tags

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
One stop craft challenge: Anything goes
Paper Pretties: Square cards
Wee Memories: Anything goes
Magnolia-licious: Shaker card
Wild Orchid Challenge: Classic Christmas (red green and gold)

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Molly Blooms!

Hi Ladies and Gents! I have been sooo desperate to play with my Molly Blooms stamps so have used this weeks challenge at Creative Inspirations to do just that! This week for our theme it's Brown Sage and Cream, I've used a few different shades of all three!

I'm not sure how clear it is on here, but I've decoupaged the head of the boy x1, his hands x2 and the dog x1. The image is coloured with Brushstrokes pens as watercolour, copics (skin) and distress inks (grass and distressing).
Here's a closer view.....
 If you look closely at the heart on the wheelbarrow you might see that I've added crackle glaze here, and I've also added 3D gloss to his wellies and the buckle on his hat, the pooch's nose and the ticket.
Well, that's all for today! Thanks for having a browse and any comments, I love reading them.

Stamps: Molly Bloom; Paper Make-up sentiments and tags
Papers: Papermania
Colouring: distress inks; copics; whispers brushstrokes
Embellishments: Buttons and thread (stash); Anitas 3D gloss; Crackle Accents

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky : Clean and simple

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Creative Inspirations Spooky Challenge....

Hi everyone, I must apologise for this being posted late, my Godmother is very unwell so I've been spending most of my free time with her at the hospital. On a more cheery note, this week at Creative Inspirations we were given a choice of 2 images from Sassy Studio Designs. I chose to use the Sassy Ghost image and decided to create a 3D box card (this is a bit of an experiment for me I'm afraid so this is my first attempt at this type of card!) Here's the result.............
This looks better in real life, they are very difficult to photograph I promise! Here's some close up of the image...

She is COVERED in stickes but again you can't see this (really must improve my photography skills!) I also added some crackle glaze on her eyes.

Below is a picture from above to explain why this is a 3D box card as like I said, it doesn't show up well in the photos!

Image: Sassy Ghost (Sassy Studio Designs)
Dies: Nestabilities circle (for the moon); Sizzix halloween tree; star punch
Stickles: stardust
Colouring: copics and distress inks; white sakura gel pen for the highlights

Thanks for browsing and any comments you might leave, I love reading them. Hugs. Katy. xxx

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
Moving Along With The Times - Halloween (winner now drawn)
Polka Doodles - something spooky (winner now drawn)
Frosted Designs - Halloween / Fall Layout (winner now drawn)
OLLCB - scary stuff (winner now drawn)
The Crazy Challenge - Halloween (winner now drawn)
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Boo! (winner now drawn)
One Stop Crafts - Halloween (winner now drawn)
Creative Craft - Trick or Treat (winner now drawn)
Charisma Cardz - more than one fold (winner now drawn)
Fab n Funky - Things that go Bump in the night

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Creative Inspirations Sketch Challenge...

Hi everyone, Creative Inspirations have a new challenge on this week, it's a sketch.......................
I immediately wanted to go back to my Magnolias for this one (they are my comfort zone don't you know!) and thought that the open gate has a lovely semi-circular patch of flowers on the left so this could be part of my main image. I also wanted to use my new stamp Chinese Tilda so this was the following result!

I edged the backing papers with walnut stain distress ink and diamond stickles. I used stardust stickles under Tildas feet, on her umbrella and on the flowers, and Sakura clear star gelly roll pen on her dress, on the fence and on the umbrella... Here's a closer view....

I noticed after using my spellbinders to cut the circle out that I'd chopped half the flowers away, so I stamped these again, coloured and cut them out and used them as a decoupage, they were quite fiddly though! The flowers in each corner of the card are punched using a Martha Stewart 3 hydrangeas die onto plain cardstock which I coloured using my whispers brushstrokes and added stickles (stardust) and a gem to. I hope you like her, I'm certainly more pleased with this than last weeks effort!

Stamps - Magnolia: open gate and chinese Tilda
Colouring - Copics, distress inks and whispers brushstrokes
Glitz - stickles: stardust and diamond, Sakura Gelly Roll: white and clear star
Papers - DCWV
Dies - Magnolia Doohickey Lace; Spellbinders Nestabilities circles
Flowers - Magnolia 3 hydrangea
Ribbon - from The Paperlane
Gems - stash

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
The Sister Hood of Crafters: Bling!
Sweet Stampin Challenge: Diamonds are a girls best friend
Magnolia Stamp Lovers: Sparkling
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge: Magnolia/Tilda week
Mygrafico: Anything Goes!
Gingerloft Challenge: All that Glitters or Blings!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Creative Inspiration Challenge #82 - Birthday Theme

Hi guys and gals! This is my first DT card for Creative Inspirations, I hope you like it!

The stamp is another Kraftin' Kimmie creation "Giselle" - isn't she fabulous?!
I wanted to do something with circles, so just used smaller ones to the right and added my cute teapot charm (from Quixotic Paperie) to the smallest one. Have to say there were a few hairy moments when cutting her out, as you can see her arms and legs are tiny and I was so worried about chopping them off!

Here's a closer view....

Stamps - "Giselle" from Kraftin Kimmie; "Happy Birthday " Kanban
Papers - GCD studios "Ella Blue"
Colour - copics and distress inks
Sakura stardust pen
Pearls - viva decor pearl pens (ice white [on circle] and salmon [in optic dot holes])
Border punch - Martha Stewart Optic Dot
Spellbinders - circle dies
Heart Gems - quixotic Paperie
Ribbon - stash

Thanks for looking and see you next week with another DT challenge card!
Happy Crafting!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Some good news!

Hi everyone! I wanted to post this on Wednesday morning but I was away in Brighton and just got back today (haven't got a posh phone for blogging on the move either) - so apologies for this being sooo late! Firstly, thank you to everyone who has left me messages of support, and to those of you who have joined me as followers, it's a huge compliment to have such tallented followers!
Now onto my big news... You may have already found this out by looking at the creative expressions website, but in case you haven't, I was lucky enough to be picked as one of their new design team members! I still can't really believe it as I had a snoop at the entries (I'm nosey by nature!) and they were all amazing, I just hope my future posts don't disappoint! Subsequently I am busy at the moment trying to get sorted for the challenges so that's why I have gone quiet, I'm still crafting - Promise!
Happy crafting everyone and THANK YOU!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Well I've done it...Keep you posted!

Just to let you all know, I have entered the Autumn Edwin into the DT competition at, so we'll just have to wait and see. It's the first thing like that that I have ever entered, so am just pleased to have the opportunity really! Also can I just say a HUGE thank you to those of you who have become followers, I really appreciate it and it is lovely to have you joining me on my learning curve that is blogging! Any hints and tips are GREATLY appreciated! Ha ha ha! Well, that's all for now, have to wrap up my other halfs Birthday goodies and hide them for Thursday - he's like a child the week before Christmas and goes hunting all through the house!
Wishing you all a fantastic week, big hugs,
Katy. xxx

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Autumn Edwin!

Another addition on this Saturday evening! We have the fair where I live at the moment so I'm trapped in my house as we can't use the road (it's full of fairground rides and hoardes of people!) so instead today I had a play with two stamps I'd not yet used, sitting edwin, and the watering can. My Docrafts buddy Caroline suggested I make a card with an autumn colour theme and enter it into a design team competition, so I'm hoping for some feedback on this one before I go ahead!
You can't really tell from the photograph but I've used martha stewarts optic dot border punch near the bottom of the card. I've added some crackle gloss once again to the watering can, I just thought it makes it look a bit aged and rusty! You can see that a bit better below...

Sorry for the sheen on this, I can't work my camera either! Lol! I'm not sure how to turn the flash off so hence the ultra shiny appearance! You can sort of see tha crackle though...
I added some glitter to Edwins wings too, I thought he looked a bit plain next to the watering can without it.

I've used a butterfly punch and a maple leaf punch too, punching out vellum for the leaves at the bottom and the little butterflies on top. I scrunched the leaves a bit before gluing them down to make them look a bit more like autumn leaves dropped from a tree.
Well that's all for today, hope everyone is having a lovely week, and happy crafting!

The countdown to Christmas begins...

This is my first magnolia Christmas card, with the lovely Tilda holding a Christmas tree!
I wanted a faded background on this so I edged it with Distress crackle paint in tattered rose, I need some more practice with this technique but it is similar to the effect I was after!

I also added glitter on Tildas halo thingy (not sure if that's what it is or if it is a headband, any ideas please let me know!) and to the tree. I also added some 3D gloss as baubles to the tree, and some crackle gloss to her boots to mirror the edged crackle theme. I think I need more time to get to like this one, not too sure at the moment! Let me know what you think, and thank you to everyone who left a lovely message this week - I thank you all for your patience while I learn! Ha ha!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Blog Candy!

I've just been on Lillemors blog and she has some terrific Magnolia blog candy up for grabs!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Farewell Friend... We're all gonna miss ya!

This is the saddest card I've had to make, a leaving card for one of the funniest ladies I've ever had the pleasure to work with - Good luck Kim honey! I made a hidden tag for everyone at work to sign - that's why it's blank on here!

Surprise Pop-up Tilda card...

This is my first attempt at a surprise pop-up card, they're actually really easy to make despite appearances! This is Ballerina Tilda, another stamp sent to me by Caroline, yes she really is that generous!

The picture above shows the card when the tag is pulled, below shows the card folded flat...