Monday, 27 February 2012

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice with the House Mouse & Friends DT

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
I am back with some more of my favourite critters.

Today sees the next challenge at the 


Where the theme has been chosen by the very talented Lori and she has chosen the theme of 

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice


We have three fabulous Sponsors for this challenge:


One winner will get a $25 gift certificate from House-Mouse Designs



Pizzazz Aplenty
$10Gift Pkg

My Creative Classroom
One Free Class of Your Choice
wow some fabulous prizes

Here is my design team inspirational piece however please do hop over to see the rest of the teams wonderful creations
I made another 8 x 8 inch Birthday card, use these for the team at work, they come in so handy.
Base layer and contrast is black.  The papers are again from the Bloomsbury collection available at Grimsby Crafts. The feathers are from a local department store Ostrich I believe.  Pale pink on this occasion and carefully cut from the main stem and glued around the back of the base of the Go Kreate large heart.  The smaller heart has matching papers from the same stack.  Marianne dies for the floral fronds and Wild Orchid white flowers distressed with TH spun sugar. Little bow from Papermania collection.  Black pearls from the Hobby House and sentiments computer generated to suit the image and purpose of the card

Here is a close up of the all important House Mouse Image, called "Beauty Day" available here at SSS coloured in copics to match the card.  
I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

Also if you have created a HM Creation why not display it at 

Don't forget my candy which has a couple of more days to run and can be entered here
and don't forget the opportunity to get the free My Memories software here 

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Free and Easy
Just Some Lines - Girly Girl
Our Creative Corner - Over the Edge
Delicious Doodles - Pink
Guylou's Inimitability - Girlie Girl
The Poodles Parlour - Female Card
Crafty Ribbons - Paws for Thought
PaperPlay - Female
Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures great and small

enjoy the rest of your day
Hugs
Kate
xxx





Sunday, 26 February 2012

My Memories Suite Fabulous Free Software Give away and More

Good morning to you all in the land of blog


Wow have I got something exciting to share with you today, and I have been playing so excited!!!!!

A little while ago I purchased two digital scrap page kits from My Memories and tried to use these with my Adobe Photo Shop Version 4 software.  I was sort of successful, but then a couple of days ago I received a wonderful e mail from My Memories asking me (yes little old me) if I would like a copy of their software to review and get this - I get to give away another, how fabulous is that.  

With this software, anyone can create digital scrapbooks, photo books, cards, calendars and gifts without having to buy expensive and complicated software programs.


Now the reason this is fabulous is that in a matter of 5 minutes I had created this, a perfect setting for my sister Jo and her Yoga, don't you think?
I remember the hours creating my last one and this one is so simple, just everything is so self explanatory but if you did struggle there are great video links to assist you, but to be honest I did not need them. I adore the embellishments so many to choose from.

So a few days on when I had more than the five minutes, I created this, you see you don't just need to use this software for scrap layouts, although considering how easy it is to use, I cannot wait to create the full album.

This is a card and the beauty of this is I can print out numerous copies exactly the same, would be fabulous for some quick Christmas cards, Wedding Stationery, Christenings and so much more!!!!  loved the full range of die cut shapes and total control of the font type, size and colour :)

What I have found is how easy it is to add the elements and had so much fun too.

I have only used two of the gorgeous scrap layout kits available at My Memories, but there are just so many more you will be spoilt for choice.

So how do you win your free copy of this amazing My Memories Suite software which is is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews

That is quite simple 

Hop over to 
browse the wonderful selection of digital scrapbook kits
Select your favourite (make a note of it)
come back here and leave me a comment to tell me why you would like to win this and which your first digital scrapbook kit will be if you win
Now add this image to your site


and enter the linky below.
Please remember to only enter once to make the draw fair to all, and do follow all of the requirements.

Now on top of all that I get to share this with you all, please feel free to use this code
STMMMS41450


Well what are you all waiting for hop over to 
and choose your favourites, cannot wait to see your choices

Hugs 
Kate
xxx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Babe Watch with Dude Time Doodles

Hi to you all in the land of blog
Today I am excited to say that I found some time to create this little number with one of my winning digi images from Dude Time Doodles and I have to say that this particular image is just oh so very perfect.

You see my son Mike, has just qualified as a life guard, so I just had to create him a card

So here is what I created
Just a small card, but perfectly proportioned.  The stripey blue paper representing the water in the pool, the chequered blue paper representing the side of the pool.  Both papers from the Papermania Capsule Collection Mono's in the blue's.  Pearls from the Hobby House, sentiments are My Sentiments Exactly (MSE).

The image of course is Dude Time Doodles - Babe Watcher and here it is in close up coloured with copics and with an airbrushed B91 sky.
just look at those rippling muscles :)

As always I must say thank you to all my wonderful followers and visitors who leave such kind and inspirational comments, which allow me to hop over and visit you in return

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - It's a Man Thing
Hot Shots - One for the Boys
Creative Card Crew - Masculine week

Hugs
Kate
xxx




WOW!!!!! with the Secret Crafter Design Team

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


with the theme this week of

White on White (with Minimal colour)

we are sponsored by 

who are offering a $15 voucher

here is my design team inspirational piece, but do not forget to check out the other awesome inspiration on the challenge blog.

Now I really struggle with WOW cards, they never seem to look right, well to me anyway!!
I made a thank you card
I used my cuttlebug embossing folders, MS punches, Cheery Lynn dies, a geo die and a lovely lace centre piece from a very special blogging buddy, thank you hun, went so well with this creation.  Oh I nearly forgot some white ribbon for the big bow and a Marianne Die for the little tag.

Here is the gorgeous close up of the white lace centre piece, isn't it beautiful :)


As always I must say thank you to all my wonderful followers and visitors who leave such kind and inspirational comments, which allow me to hop over and visit you in return

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here


I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Willow Sketchie - anything goes
Paper Pretties - Punches or Dies
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - anything goes
Make it Monday - anything Goes

Hugs
Kate
xxx




Friday, 24 February 2012

Glitter and Bling with the Winter Wonderland Design Team

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


Just a reminder we are now back to Christmas Cards only :)

The challenge this week is hosted by Sally and she has chosen the theme of

Glitter and Bling

We are sponsored by

Photobucket

who are very generously giving the winner a $15 Gift Certificate



Here is my design team inspirational piece but do not forget to hop on over to the rest of the teamies to see their fabulous eye candy :)
The angle view is so you can see that the inside has also been matched to the front.
The base layer is silver as is the contrast. The image is a Penny Black and the Sentiment is a WOJ.  The smaller of the grand nesties has been used to create the circle and it's surround.  The glitter and bling is a tree ornament that I got in the sales.  It has been trimmed down the centre with my trusty pliers and set at the side of the image.  The decoration is a turquoise glittered snowflake with clear diamant√© gems. 

Here is a close up of the bling
I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Divas by Design - Bling
Fab n Funky - Green, White and blue
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Cards and More - Glisten and Sparkle
Tuesday Throwdown - Winter Blues
iCopic - Animals and copics
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes

enjoy the rest of your day
Hugs
Kate
xxx





Sunday, 19 February 2012

A Big Thank you Card

Hello to you all in the land of blog

Today I get to show you another commission and this one is close to my heart.  My brother asked me to create him a thank you card for the nurses on the Macmillan suite here in Grimsby.  He asked me if I could create something that represented them and mentioned the logo
I looked at the logo and picked out the black, green and white and the curl on the green reminded me of a ribbon.
So here is what I created for him
This is an 8 x 8 inch card base, with black and green layering and contrast.  The white roses velour feel paper, which I have to say is absolutely gorgeous, was such a shame to cut it.  It came from Grimsby Crafts, I have used the beige version of this before on the steam punk card not so long ago.  I used clean lines on this one and nothing too fancy.  The bow is held in place on a plinth edged with the small MS daisy punch.  The ribbon itself is a double ribbon made on the bow easy.  The black pearls from the Hobby House along with the little pale green ones in the centre of the daisies. The ribbon itself has been coloured with G07 copics to match the green card.

Here are some more photo's
from the front


A Close up on the ribbon and double bow with the double daisy punched edge

and finally the sentiment located on the internet, that is in the inside
Just about says it all :)

I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Our Creative Corner - Black, White and a Slash of colour
Casual Friday's - Ribbon CAS
Totally Paper Crafts - Ribbons/Bows
DYSU - Layers

enjoy your evening
Hugs
Kate
xxx


Saturday, 18 February 2012

Bingo with the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge Design Team

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


This week the theme has been chosen by the very talented Janet, which is

Bingo

our sponsor this week is 

who are offering a prize of
3 digis of the winners choice

So here is my design team inspirational piece however do not forget to hop over to the challenge blog and see all the beautiful inspiration there.

I made a girlie birthday card
The base layer and contrast is a bright pink paper and the dp is from the Papermania Collection in the purples.  The image plate is the third largest grand circle with matching scallop circle.  The image plate has been air brushed with V93 as has the Wild Orchid Flowers.  The little purple pearls are from the Hobby House, the bling swirls from a recent win and the lace from the local department store. 

The image
is a Saturated Canary digital image called "Craftyragamuffin" and she has been coloured in copics, with a little clear glitter sakuro for her buttons and some stitching in her mid-rift and some white gel highlights on her creased dress.

I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Crafter's Companion - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Lace
Just Tracys Crafts - Female and Flowing (lace)
Mad for Markers - R or RV colours on your work
Sweet Stamps - Roses
My Craft Spot - Girly Girl

enjoy the rest of your day
Hugs
Kate
xxx



Thursday, 16 February 2012

Totally Surprised

Hi all in the land of blog

Yesterday tea time, I was working my way through my lovely comments in my e mail box and came upon an e mail from the very talented Janette designer of Dragon's Lair Designs the home of Stamping with the Dragon's fabulous images.

Janette was informing me that Stamping With the Dragon had been published in Papers and Pixels, and that one of my former Design Team creations had been used in the publication.

Well you can imagine the speed, that I went here and for the price of 99p, awesome price, I purchased the February Issue and downloaded it.  Now I have never seen this e magazine before, although for 99p I am impressed with the content.  So many fabulous ideas and great tutorials, I may take out the year subscription as well, as that is not that much either.

So really just wanted to say a huge thank you to Janette and thank you to Papers and Pixels too and suggest that you take a look at this fabulous e magazine. 

I also would like to take the opportunity to apologise if I am a little behind with my commenting, and I am on catch up promise, please be patient with me :)

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here

Hope this finds you all fit and well or like me improving
Hugs
Kate
xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Tag It with the Emerald Faerie Garden Design Team

Hi to all of you in the land of blog

Today is the next challenge for the


The theme this time around is

Tag It

Here is what I created for my Design Team inspirational piece
I made an any occasion friend card, the base layer is a pale green and this is also the complimenting colour, the tags are at the top two little ones with pearls to hold them in place.  The heart edge punch has been used to create a border for the ribbon (slightly the wrong colour ribbon, but was on before I decided I hated it)  The ticket tag is from the Ticket Sentiments at the Emerald Faerie Garden.  Flowers from stash and I have used tattered rose for the distressing on this occasion.

The image is
Ally and Beeble
available 
and coloured in copics.
Hope you will all hop on over to the challenge site and see the rest of the gorgeous eye candy created for you by the amazing design team

I would like to take a moment to thank all my wonderful visitors for their fabulous comments, with out you all blog land would not be the great place it is.

I would like to remind you all that my 800 follower candy is now running and can be entered here

Top Tip
When using strong copic colours, do not take the colour right up to the line, let the alcohol do that for you as you blend and add the colour instead of bleeding outside the lines it will then be retained by the lines.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Flutter by Wednesdays - Anything with Wings
Penny's Paper Crafting - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures great and small
Top Tip Tuesdays - Magical, Mystical or Fantasy
OSAAT - Anything Goes
hugs and enjoy your evening and have a great day tomorrow
Kate 
xx

Monday, 13 February 2012

800 Follower Candy Time

Hi all in the land of blog

Sorry for the short delay, wanted to clear the house mouse candy before I added this one, but now is the time, so here is my thank you to my 800 + followers :)
This time around I have gone for a Steam Punk theme, with some gorgeous new papers from Grimsby Crafts, and some accompanying images and embellies. I have to say I also bought myself a similar pack of papers and I struggled to decide which ones to give in the candy.

To enter my 800 followers candy the usual rules apply, 
you must be a follower of my blog to win the candy as it is a thank you for one of you, 
remember to place the photo on your sidebar and please only enter once to make it fair on everyone. 
Mr Random will choose the winner after checking the above criteria has been met, so leave your link with him 

This candy will remain open until the the 
16th March 2012 @ 8pm

please enter below

Make Wishes Come True with the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Firstly I hope you all enjoyed the hop last challenge, wasn't it fun, and lovely to have you all hop on over to visit us all.

Today sees the next challenge at the


with the fabulous theme chosen by Heather which is

Make Wishes Come True

We are sponsored by the awesome

Photobucket

who are very generously giving the winner a $25 Gift Certificate

but do not forget to hop on over to the main challenge blog to see the winners from the hop and some more delicious creations to inspire you


Now after being blown away with the invite to join this fabulous challenge, my mind went totally blank, so after some wonderful suggestions from the lovely Christine and seeing some of the other gorgeous work created for this challenge, I decided to go with this for my inspirational piece.
I made an easel "Missing You" card.
The base layer and contrast here is a lovely deep chocolate brown.  The papers are "First Edition" from the Range and the dies are Memory Box a new one called Quinn Flourish and available from Grimsby Crafts. The roses are from Wild Orchid and distressed with TH "Old Paper" and the amber bling are from the Hobby House.

Here are the usual close ups
The easel

The return

and the fabulous House Mouse Image which is called "Fish Bowl"
this has been coloured in with copics.
Don't you just love these little critters and if you want to see more of them, then do hop over to the challenge site for some more amazing inspiration from the other sister meeces.

Now who was the lucky winner of my blog hop candy

That is number 50
Congratulations Lorraine, if you would like to mail me your snail mail details, I will ask Mr Postie to get your candy on it's way for you.

I would as always like to say Thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments, which allows me the opportunity to hop on over and visit them in return.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Allsorts - Free and Easy February
Creations by Gill M - Photo Inspirational
Alphabet Challenge - Animal Antics
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Enjoy Your Day
Hugs
Kate
xxx


Saturday, 11 February 2012

Red, White, Black with Texture for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

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


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

Red, White, Black and Texture

we are sponsored this week by Digi Doodles

who are offering a $10 gift voucher

So here is my design team inspirational piece but don't forget to hop on over to the challenge site to view the rest of the gorgeous creations
I made an 8 x 8 inch Valentine card for my dearest hubby Matt.  The base layer is a burgundy pearlescent paper and this is also the contrast.  The papers are Kaiser.  The large heart is a Go Kreate cut onto black card.  the heart has been totally covered with little burgundy roses along with some beady frond things all from the local department store.  The edge of the heart has been edged with lace from the same location.  The return has a run of MS punched hearts with contrasting papers (negatives of the main paper) and the sentiment which is My Sentiments Exactly is on a plate of the normal nestie and it's scallop partner.  The ribbon of burgundy roses and the ribbon and bow is also from the local craft shop.

Here is the close up of the return


The close up of the front and those lovely little roses

As always, I would like to thank all my wonderful followers and visitors for their lovely inspiring comments, which allow me to hop over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Crafty Anns - Love is In the Air
Crafty Catz - Valentines
Fairy Tale - Love Love Love
Our Craft Lounge - Vintage Love
The Stamp Man - Texture
Stampin With The Dragon - Photo Inspiration
CRAFT - Valentines
DYSU - Love
Rainbow Lady's - Have a Heart
Crafting for all Seasons - Love is in the Air
Truly Scrumptious - Love and Hearts
Hugs
Kate
xx

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