Sunday, 30 October 2011

Feathers and Roses

Good afternoon to you all in the land of blog
Today I have finished my play creation from yesterday, and really enjoyed doing something different.  Matt has gone fishing for the last match of the season, so hope he does well, he came fourth in the last two matches so do hope he can maintain his good spot.  

On that note, I don't think that I would be any good at doing the hand shots on gems tv as on looking back at my tutorial photo's my nails and hands are awful, but thank you for all the lovely comments :) was thrilled you liked my first tutorial.

So what have I created to post today, well I have done many full size bottle dresses in many disguises but for my team at work for Xmas this year, thought I would make some little bottle's.  So here is one of many to come
I made a Marianne Die fancy circle base and then created a panelled surround.  I added ribbon to hold it together at the top, easy access for them all.  I added some burgundy ribbon roses around the base tucked some lovely white feathers around too.  Added another rose and some feathers and a couple of charm bells along with a nestie fancy tag in silver and voilĂ .  Fiddly but oh so worth it.

 I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 500 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 500 follower candy you can do so here, and thank Feline for advertising my candy for me.

Totally awesome, you guys are amazing................thank you so much :) 640 followers, if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)  I am now looking at my next candy, not sure at the moment what I will be going for, will have to see what is new in at Grimsby Crafts :)

As always and very importantly I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments on my blog, allowing me to hop back over to see your own beautiful work. THANK YOU!! 

would like to enter this creation into the following challenges and thank you to Feline for assisting with this
One Stitch at A Time - Christmas 
The Craft Pad - Friendship
Addicted to stamps - Shabby Chic or Vintage (stamped sentiment)
Little Claire's - Christmas
Bah Humbug - Christmas and Die Cuts
CSAYL - Jingle Bells
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes

Enjoy the rest of your day
Hugs Kate xx

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Little Fishing Net Tutorial

Good evening to you all in the land of blog

After several lovely comments, and requests and lots of mail enquiries

 finally I have prepared my first ever tutorial, thank you to so many of you for requesting it and hope this explains it clearly enough and I apologise for the numerous photographs and both mine and Matt's hands lol xx

So starting with all the little bits you will require, 
  • Some Scotch Electrical Shielding Tape 
Edited at Request - The Electrical Shielding Tape can be purchased on e bay (mine comes from the electrician, the husband) on e bay search for 3M Scotch 24 Electrical Shielding Tape
  • Some Pliers
  • Some Glue
  • A match stick or several first time around
  • some craft wire the sturdy one not the flimsy
  • copic pen to colour


Here is the Electrical Shielding Tape out of it's box, with a small 3 inch piece cut off the role.

Place your finger inside the cut off piece to open it out


and then remove your finger and expand it as far as it will go

Take a 5 inch piece of the craft ribbon and straighten it out, you are going to use this as the needle and thread, weaving in and out of the opened out end of the metal ribbon tube

It does get hard nearer the end, and you do need lots of patience but it will be worth it honest, make sure you have enough of the wire through both sides


Use a circular shaped object, I have used a small stickles bottle, to push the now misshapen wire into a circle shape again

Whilst it is in place use the pliers to twist the two wire ends together 

Keep twisting until really tight

Remove from the circular object and you have a lovely circle and a great join for the wire

The scruffy edges you just push inside but be careful not to damage your nice circle.


Again put your finger into the ribbon and with your other hand, take hold of the other end of the metal ribbon, and start to twist

Keep twisting

Until it holds firmly on it's own


 Take your scissors and cut away the excess metal ribbon
  
 You have now created the little net

 Take your pliers and cut through the waste wire but leave a little for the join onto the pole

Just the smallest bit so you can hide it

Now take your match stick

Offer it up to the net and mark with a pencil where the metal wire finishes

Using a craft knife, cut half way through the match stick on that line

Turn the match stick and cut down the centre up to the line

we are removing half of the match stick

So that the wire will fit under it

now to colour the pole, I have used copics E49

 The wood takes the colour really well

Here it shows the cut out a little better

Now being careful flatten the net circle onto the net as when placed on the card it will need to be lower


 Add glue to the wire stick

and the cut match end

Place the two together carefully, you will get over spill of glue, but you can wait till it is dry to trim this away

Now add it to your creation for that extra special embellishment

 Hugs and Enjoy your evening 
Kate
xx

House Mousey Play Time

Good afternoon to you all in the land of blog
Today I have been playing, I got up early and cleared all the housework and ran upstairs to my Beach Hut to play with my crafty bits.  I had a couple or so challenge is mind, and had a few DT pieces to do as well.  But spent a good hour photographing a fishing net tutorial.  I had received so many comments and mails asking how to create it that I though I best have a go.  So Matt very kindly obliged, so this will follow soon.

But for now here are my favourite critters, this is another of my Autumn images from my pack which I purchased from Grimsby Crafts, I have to say it was easier on the colouring than the last one :) but equally as fabulous.

Here it is
The card follows the following sketch
from Midnight Madness
and 
of course I was aiming for the House Mouse Challenge

The base colour on the card is a deep chocolate brown this is also the contrast colour.  The papers are from the Papermania Mono range and I adore this particular one.  The ribbon is from the Hobby House as are the Pearls.  The lace is from Grimsby Crafts and believe it or not the little maple leaves are off the floor in my garden, I just added some diamond stickles around the image plate and onto the leaves. The image has been coloured in copics and the sky airbrushed, with a little edge distressing with E31.

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 500 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 500 follower candy you can do so here, and thank Feline for advertising my candy for me.

Totally awesome, you guys are amazing................thank you so much :) 632 followers, if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)  I am now looking at my next candy, not sure at the moment what I will be going for, will have to see what is new in at Grimsby Crafts :)

As always and very importantly I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments on my blog, allowing me to hop back over to see your own beautiful work. THANK YOU!! 

would like to enter this creation into the following challenges and thank you to Feline for assisting with this


House Mouse and Friends - Fall (and they are looking for GDT's too)
Midnight Madness - Sketch Fancy
Guylou's Inimitability Blog -  F fabric, A Amber, L Lace, L Leaves
Lily Pad - Texture
CYDA - Autumn / Fall
One Stop Craft - No Sentiment
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

Right off to finish my tutorial and make my chicken casserole before sitting and colouring in another DT creation whilst watching X Factor

hope you are all having a lovely day
Hugs 
Kate
xx

Spooky or Whimsical with the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today sees the next fabulous challenge at the


with the theme this week chosen by the very talented Bridget, which is

Spooky or Whimsical

As this is the last challenge of the month it is your last opportunity to win this month's prize from our fabulous sponsor

but before I move on I would like to thank the lovely ladies at

Bearly Mine Designs for selecting me as one of the winners for the Easel Card Challenge, thank you :)

and also I would like to thank the lovely ladies at Celebrate the Occasion for selecting me as the winner of the male card challenge. Thank you :)

and The Sisterhood of Crafters for my Top Three placement. Thank you :)

So moving swiftly on to the challenge then, so here is my design team inspirational piece for this week
Oh I know a little over the top, but wow did I enjoy creating this :)
Where to start.  Base layer is a lovely cerise pink, I have used this to contrast too.  The card is a centre step card and the image is a combination of the fabulous Emerald Faerie Garden image "Isabella" and Make it Crafty "Hidden Forest Seat" the sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.  The doily I have airbrushed and then embossed with holographic powders.  The ribbon is also airbrushed V15. I have used papers from Wild Rose available at Grimsby Crafts and an MS edge punch and Marianne dies. Flowers from stash along with ribbon of flowers and pearls from the Hobby House
The image has been coloured with copics and a white highlighter gel pen with diamond stickles.

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 500 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 500 follower candy you can do so here, and thank Feline for advertising my candy for me.

Totally awesome, you guys are amazing................thank you so much :) 629 followers, if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)  I am now looking at my next candy, not sure at the moment what I will be going for, will have to see what is new in at Grimsby Crafts :)

As always and very importantly I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments on my blog, allowing me to hop back over to see your own beautiful work. THANK YOU!! 

would like to enter this creation into the following challenges and thank you to Feline for assisting with this
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Bingo (Punch/dies/flowers and ribbon)
CropStop - Unique Fold
Digi Doodle - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare - Pearls and Swirls
Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes

think that is it, so off to play, but don't forget to pop over and see the rest of the teams gorgeous creations
Hugs
Kate
xx


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Kanban Penguin meets Me To You Winter Wonderland Papers

Good afternoon to you all in the land of blog
Today I delivered another card class at Grimsby Crafts, with lots of new faces and well as our regular ladies, a very enjoyable day :)

Today's class was to focus on the image and the colouring using shading and some blender techniques, so the sketch of the card was quiet easy. 

The papers are Me to You called Winter Wonderland and the image is Kanban a lovely winter set with some really nice sentiments, both items are available to purchase from Grimsby Crafts.  The little pearls have been coloured with copics and a wood ware punch has been used for the snowflakes.  The base colour and contrast on this creation is silver mirror card and icicles stickles has been used for the furry bits on the jacket, hat and little bell.  All of course coloured in copics.

Just an update the cold so almost gone but still hanging on for dear life, the MOT OMG!!! fancy failing, such an inconvenience grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr........................... and way on a much happier note.......

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 500 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 500 follower candy you can do so here, and thank Feline for advertising my candy for me.

Totally awesome, you guys are amazing................thank you so much :) 610 followers, if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)  I am now looking at my next candy, not sure at the moment what I will be going for, will have to see what is new in at Grimsby Crafts :)

As always and very importantly I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments on my blog, allowing me to hop back over to see your own beautiful work. THANK YOU!! 

and with the assistance of Feline I would like to enter the following challenges

Christmas Inspirations - die cuts or punches
PanPastels - Glitter or Glitz
Little Claire's - Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Pastel Xmas
Flowerett - Christmas

think that is about me, so off to prepare for tea and a night with X Factor to see if I agree with the one to leave :)  great debates in our house, love it

Hugs and enjoy the rest of your evening
Kate
xxx

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Wrap up Warm for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge DT

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today sees the next fabulous challenge at the


with the theme of 

Wrap Up Warm
something with knitting or woollies

chosen by the very talented Andie, now don't forget to hop over to see the rest of the design teams fabulous inspiration and here is my inspiration for this challenge
This is as you can probably guess another birthday card for a male in the family and yes he is a fisherman too.  
The base layer is a cream pearlescent paper and the top papers I am sorry they are so old I cannot remember but it was a male stack.  The image is LOTV.  The nestie is the smaller of the grand nestie ovals and scallop ovals. The image plate has been airbrushed with G82 to create the lovely soft edging, little pearls are from the Hobby House, not airbrushed on this occasion.
Matt very kindly created me another fabulous little fishing net for my fish charm, doesn't he do them so well, love him to bits for his talent :) and other reasons too of course.....
The image has been coloured in copics and gently blended to give a woollie look to the jumper.

Well I have just got back from taking Matt's car for it's MOT, hope it sails through as he has gone to work in my car.  Thank heavens for Mike's car, as he drove me back so I did not have to walk in this bitter cold, so as the challenge says, I put my woollies on and wrapped up warm.  So now that I am back because I got up soooooooooooooo early it was dark outside, I can now spend the day preparing for Sunday's card class at Grimsby Crafts and playing, well okay have some DT cards to do too, as well as a leaving card, for a lady at work, but looking forward to my day, as the cough is now on it's last legs and I feel so much better.  Thank you for all the get well wishes :)

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 400 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 500 follower candy you can do so here, and thank Feline for advertising my candy for me.

Totally awesome, you guys are amazing................thank you so much :) 604 followers, if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)  I am now looking at my next candy, not sure at the moment what I will be going for, will have to see what is new in at Grimsby Crafts :)

As always and very importantly I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments on my blog, allowing me to hop back over to see your own beautiful work. THANK YOU!! 

and with the assistance of Feline I would like to enter the following challenges

Pixie Dust Studio - Happy Birthday
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Stripes and Polka Dots
Celebrate the Occasion - Birthday and must use metal

Hugs 
Kate
xx


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