Wednesday, 31 August 2011

300 Follower Candy Winner, EXCITING NEWS and Sooooooooo much more

Good evening to you all in the land of blog
wow have I had a great week :)  so relaxing and getting everything organised.  But before I move on to all the exciting stuff - I got to show you this

Sam went shopping with Maz on Tuesday, to Tilly's who has now got 60% off everything, so I asked Sam if she would buy all of the remaining House Mouse stamps for me, so this collection cost me all of £30, thrilled and cannot thank Sam and her able assistant Maz enough, for getting them for me - should have cost me £80 whoop whoop!!!!!!! don't you just love a bargain. Cannot wait to use them, although one of these will be in my next candy as it is one I have from another set...........

Oh that reminds me my Candy, no honest I did not forget
well Mr Random was activated and he chose
Number 124, 
congratulations 
if you would like to send me your snail mail details, I will get this posted on Saturday for you.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED and hope you all stay around for the 400 candy :)

I am shopping on the way home tomorrow from work for my 400 follower candy so will post this shortly

Now to those of you who have been so patient with my teasing, my exciting news

I have been selected by the fabulously talented Deb to join 


Thank you Deb, I look forward to working with you all and in particular the ladies on Team B, which I will be joining :)
cannot wait till tomorrow to add all the new badges to my blog, thrilled to bits and adore these images, do pop over to the challenge blog and take a look round, join us and play along with the challenges, look forward to coming to see all your lovely work.

After all that this might seem a little dull, but maybe the images might brighten it up for you

Today I have created something just for me, yes I know this is not the norm, but intend to do more of this in the future, so relaxing.

So what have I created, well on Saturday before the pint got thrown over me (by accident) Matt said to me, you have made a card haven't you?, well think I did but then sold it, so had to quickly locate an alternative, phew................so in preparation for the next wedding, I made a wedding card

It is a while since I did a tilted easel card too. Think it looks as if I have been drinking as the image is angled too :)  The image is by Sugar Nellie and I have to say one never inked till this time, although I have had it a while.  The base layer is black pearlescent card, layered with Papermania Capsule Collection Mono papers.  The front sentiment is from My Sentiment Exactly the inner one I cannot remember.  The image and both sentiments have been air brushed with C3 from the cool greys.  The flowers are all from Wild Orchid, diamond stickles has been added for that extra sparkle.  The flourishes of diamant√© are Prima from the Hobby House.  The edge punch is an MS hearts, the black ribbon added and a double bow to hold the easel in place.

I followed the sketch at 
but rotated it to fit the image size.

Here are some close ups
The flowers glittering in the top right hand corner
The flowers on the return
and the all important image.  This image has in the main been coloured in warm greys the darker grey W7, W5 and W3 whilst the lighter warm greys to contrast W3, W2, W1.  Her dress has also been lightly touched with the cool greys C2, C1 and C0.  A clear glitter Atyou Spika pen has covered her dress and the veil for a very fine shimmer.  G82 for the foliage and a pink Atyou Spika glitter pen for the tiny flowers.  Skin tones are E11, E000 and E00. A monochromatic creation.

I hope you like it

I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful followers for all their fabulous comments, thank you for taking the time to follow and comment on my creations, it means so much at the end of a hard day :)

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes and a fab blog hop
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes and a combined fab blog hop
Bearly Mine - Flowers Flowers Flowers
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Hearts
Oldie But A Goodie - stamp that is 6 months old and glitter
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's - Easel Card
House of Gilli - Easel Card with flowers
Kaboodle Doodles - Easel Cards
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes

thank you

Enjoy the rest of your week
Hugs
Kate
xx








300 Follower Candy

Good morning to you all in the land of blog

Today I get to say thank you to all of my followers old and new, if you did not see who won the last candy, please scroll down.

I am celebrating my 300 followers, I know we are nearly 400 and I am thrilled to bits, it would be lovely to get 300 entrants.  This time I have gone for a delicious Black and White!! themed candy.
1 x A4 Papermania Capsule Mono Paper Stack in the Black/Whites
2 metres of black ribbon
1 sprig of flowers
1 pack of black/silver/white pearls
1 Molly Bloom image
1 packet of black feathers
2 co ordinating XCut punches


To enter my 300 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 
31st August at 8pm

This post will remain at the top of my blog until the end of the candy, so please see below for newer posts
Hugs 
Kate
xx


Monday, 29 August 2011

Something is A Little Fishy Around here

Good evening to you all in the land of blog
I am sat here a little dryer than I was a little earlier this evening, Matt and I went to a Wedding Evening Reception, started off with a double whisky (now this tasted and smelt like TCP) so did not finish that one.  Moved onto a Bailey's that went down nicely and then started on the Crabbies...................now I do have a thing for Crabbies at the moment, so refreshing...................... however the evening suddenly turned a little damp as the father in law side swiped his pint of Tetley and I took an ice cold shower.......................thank heavens for hand driers and wow I have the most amazing new perfume so the husband says :(

The dress is in the sink soaking and I am now nice and non sticky and smelling sweet again :)

Now I have that off my chest, I would like to show you a piece that I created for Our Vintage Affair, prior to the temporary closing of the site, now don't forget the site will remain open for you to view and obtain inspiration, and I am sure will be back soon, so do keep an eye out for it's return.

So this was the piece that I created, it is a layout and I had so much fun with Matt, you will see why
I woke up one afternoon on my holiday week, with an idea in my head, and went up to the Beach Hut to put it together, whilst having a coffee to wake up with Matt, I mentioned that I needed some fishing items, some floats etc., and then had to explain why, so this time it was not me, he went half way down the stairs with my pliers and snipped another top off my twirly twigs and came back with it.  He then took my garden twine and made a rod handle, he asked me to spray it with the copic air compressor.  He then got some wire out and asked me for my tent peg I asked him why and he said to make rod eyes, so I provided him with some jump rings.  He said well stick them on then, so I did.  He allowed me to have some real fishing line and hey presto one fabulous fishing rod.  It needed a float though so I took one of the tiny stamen from a flower bunch and coloured the tip red and added this (you can see it just above the photograph).  Matt then set about making me a fishing basket, he took a dolls house garden basket and cut it down to a single piece and then he patiently threaded the garden twine through it providing me with a little basket.  Now all I was short was a keep net, I made this out of my metal ribbon and then sprayed it with copic W7.  Matt made the little net and I sprayed it and added the little fish. Matt wanted to make a real for the rod, so I located a button, a spacer and he made the handle by wrapping some craft wire around the tent peg, all done and ready to go.  Well just the presenting of it really, and the addition of flowers and here you go bull rushes.  The bull rushes were made from cocktail sticks, fine flower soft and a spray of copic E29.

Here are some close ups


Isn't it lovely when you can create and enjoy yourself with the hubby, he is awesome, so many times I have ideas but they are in my head and I need a little help to bring them to life, he does it so well

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

Totally awesome I cannot believe I am at 460 followers, you guys are all amazing thank you, 205 entrants and slowly getting to the 300 entrant mark................but still need another 95 entrants, so if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)

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!!

I would like to enter this piece into the following challenges

Lasting Memories - Who or what has inspired you (my hubby)
2 Sisters - Boyz and their Toyz
Challenge up Your Life - Something for a Man
Just Some Lines - Anything But a Card
Scrap It Girl - Material
Sugar Creak Hollow - Make it Masculine
Mad for Markers - Make a Scene

Hugs and enjoy the rest of your evening
Kate
xx



Saturday, 27 August 2011

The Night Sky and a little Faerie Magic

Good evening to you all in the land of blog
Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to say that the shopping got done just in time this morning, we just got back in the door when the heavens opened, it came down that fast that the road flooded within minutes, followed by the thunder and lighting. Although it was nice to sit and play in the Beach Hut and create, knowing I was warm and dry.

So what have I been playing with? I have sort of found some new images that I adore and have already created one card using them, well a short while ago The Emerald Faerie Garden Shop released another oh so fabulous image that I just had to have a play with it.  She is called Isabella and can be purchased here as a digi.  I also used some of the sentiments this one is from the Faerie Drop Sentiments digi set.  Do pop and take a peek in the shop there are some gorgeous images and so much more, a real treat :)


I have been playing with my graphics package so I have merged three images into one and erased some areas to meet my requirements, love doing this, it means I get exactly what I want at the size I want.  Now I did print this one out twice, so I could airbrush some background.

A couple of nights ago, Matt and I were watching the sky whilst grabbing some fresh air with our coffee's.  The sky was pale blue, but with the most amazing pink clouds, it was oh so pretty and I just had to try airbrush the vision and it just seemed to fit this image perfectly.

so with out further a do and more of my awful waffling here is what I created. 
This is an 8" Square or as I like to call it a Grand card.  The base layer and contrast colour is black.  The top papers are from the Papermania Capsule Mono collection the pink one.  I have used the MS heart edge punch to create a base for some lovely frilly lace from Grimsby Crafts and then added the black ribbon and created another double bow on my bow maker to add to the centre.  The pearls are from the Hobby House, although you will not find them in these colours, as these have been air brushed using BG01.  The flowers are all Wild Orchid and all of these were purchased in white and have been airbrushed with V01.  The leaves are nestie dies.  The image plate circle has been presented on a Marianne die and the circle itself is the smaller of the grand nestie circles.  All paper edges have been distressed with scissors and then diamond stickles added.  Stickles has also been added to the flowers, well it is a magical scene so needed it.

I hope you can see the air brushed blue and pink sky which, in real life, looks so pretty, will definitely be doing this again.

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

Totally awesome I cannot believe I am at 459 followers, you guys are all amazing thank you, 202 entrants and slowly getting to the 300 entrant mark................but still need another 98 entrants, so if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)

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!! ............. the catch up is going well, and I am sure that over the weekend, I will get around to all your wonderful blogs........

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Cuddly Buddly - Say Something Nice
Jellypark - punches/ die cuts
Sew Many Cards - Use an Edge punch
Charisma Cardz - glitter it
Make it Colourful - Sunsets with Clouds

right must go make some food, think hot garlic pork supremes, with steamed new potatoes and a leafy salad is what I fancy, followed by some vanilla ice cream with mini marshmallows and strawberry syrup,  so off to create in a different way

enjoy your evening 
Hugs
Kate
xx


"Splashing Out" with the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

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


with the very Talented Andie selecting the challenge theme of

In The Sea

what a fabulous them don't you think? I did and really enjoyed playing with this one.

Don't forget that this is the last chance to be in this months draw for the wonderful prize offered by 

So what did I create for my design team inspirational piece
I created a card to inspire someone, using a fabulous fantasy art image from Sweet Pea Stamps

The base layer and contrast colour is a cheerful yellow and the papers are in Aqua's for the sea and they are from the Papermania Capsule Mono Collection.  Where else do I start.  Marianne dies used for the sea fronds and the flowers in the main from Wild Orchid. The cheesecloth pulled and laid under the image and layers to look like the crests of the waves.  With a little fish caught up in the netting at the top and the boat wheel also hid in the netting. The corners are punched with an MS corner punch and the little pearls from the Hobby House.

Think I thought I was creating a scrap layout, with so much going on.

Some close ups
The ships wheel charm
The little fish charm
The flowers which have been gently kissed by the waves of glitter, icicle stickles
and the oh so important image coloured in copics.

Now please do not forget to hop over to the challenge site, to see the rest of the Design Team's fabulous inspirational pieces

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

Totally awesome I cannot believe I am at 455 followers, you guys are all amazing thank you, 200 entrants and slowly getting to the 300 entrant mark................but still need another 100 entrants, so if you are already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)

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!! ............. the catch up is going well, and I am sure that over the weekend, I will get around to all your wonderful blogs........

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Dies to Die for
Tuesday Throwdown - Dimension and Texture
Squigglefly - Water
Kenny K - Lots of Layers
Marianne's Design Divas - Anything Goes
Copic Creations - Blue Green BG
Mad for Markers - Make a Scene

I am feeling that I am neglecting my air brushing compressor, not touched it all week, so after the quick shop (it will be very quick) would have done it yesterday but may have mistaken the shopping for a swimming lesson!!!! I will be heading up to play on my secret, so sorry you just know I love teasing you all

Hugs and Enjoy your extended weekend, and thoughts and prayers for those who currently are experiences the worst that the weather has to offer

Kate
xx








Friday, 26 August 2011

Trim A Tree with the Winter Wonderland Design Team

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


This week I am hosting the challenge with the theme of

Trim A Tree
so a card with a Christmas tree being trimmed or already trimmed

our sponsor this week is the fabulous

Photobucket


I recently noticed that I do not have many trimmed trees in my collection, and therefore used one of my favourite little critter stamps, oh go on you know how much I adore these, and if you have forgotten why I bought this special image, yep my son hate's carrots, I could not resist it :)

On that note here is my inspirational piece for this weeks challenge

The base layer is a gold pearlescent card, this is also the complimenting colour.  The papers I believe are MME. 
The punched used is an MS Holly and the grand oval nesties have been used along with a nestie tag.  The beautiful little and large pearls are from the Hobby House.  The image of course is Happy Hoppers and the sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.  The image has of course been coloured with copics.

Please do pop over to the challenge site and see what the rest of the talented Team Kate have created for your inspiration.

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

Totally awesome I cannot believe I am at 454 followers, you guys are all amazing thank you, and slowly getting to the 300 entrant mark................but will we make it as time is now running out, if you do already follow me please don't forget to put your name in the hat :)

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!! ............. I know I am on catch up but we have a Bank Holiday so cya soon :)

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
Divas by Design - Christmas in August
Stampavie and More - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Dies to die for
The Stamping Boutique - Spots and Stripes
Cards for Men - Anything Goes

now as work is sort of a little hectic, I may not get chance to link up the challenges till tomorrow evening over a Crabbies, oh doesn't that sound fabulous :) can't wait, see you back here then lol xx

oh and for those of you who hate the suspense, sorry you still got to wait for it :)

Hugs Kate
xx


Stampin with the Dragon Design Team Call

Good morning to you all in the land of blog

I am a little sad this morning but at the same time excited, why you wonder, well I have moved into a new role in my work life that means I need to for a short while step back a little from some fabulous design team duties to adjust to the new and extra role

..... Our Vintage Affair has temporarily suspended it's activities, but will be back in the near future I am sure, so keep watching for when things pick up their again 

........Winter Wonderland, I think I have enough Xmas cards now (actually they are overflowing my draw) so will for a short time, unless I get the chance to play, I will only be creating for Team Kate's week :) but don't forget Team Marianne still provide some awesome inspiration on the alternate week.

and this will be for the next couple of month's my last post for Stampin with the Dragon, but I will hopefully be back with them again in November when I am hoping that my work role has settled back down to some sort of normality.

So I would like to apologise for commenting on challenge entries but maybe not getting to all of my followers, trying to catch up so please be patient :)

Therefore today I would like to advertise the Design Team call at Stampin with the Dragon, working along side a fabulous team of talented ladies, with a super co ordinator and inspirational designer

REQUIREMENTS:

1. Commitment is for a 6 month term
2. You are required to have a blog. If you need help in setting one up we will be more than happy to help.
3. Must make a minimum of 4 projects a month. 
4. Must submit and post on your blogs on time.
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PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING:
1. Your name and about yourself
2. Past experience if any but, not required.
3. 3 samples of your best work plus your project with our image (below)
4. A link to your blog

Please send to


dragonslairdesigns@googlemail.comANDbeth.colella0126@gmail.com 

and re introduce to you one of the fabulous image that are available from the Dragon's Lair, home of Stampin Dragon Designs
and here is what I created using this image
what a cutie, I laid the printed images on clear double sided image paper and coloured him in with copics, I then cut him and peeled off the remaining sticky side to add him to this little storage jar.  Once stuck down I over sprayed with a clear glitter varnish and added a little bow and added liquid pearls around the bottom of the glass, before quickly placing my water colour pencils in the container.

Don't forget the current challenge running at Stampin with the Dragon and the oh so special card drive see here

although there is hopefully some more interesting news to follow in the near future, oh you know how I love to keep you all in suspense.....................................:)

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

I am thrilled to bits that I now have 454 followers, but still only have currently 196 entrants, and would dearly love to reach 300 entrants by the closing date, so if you already follow me - do pop your name in the hat :) so as not to miss out ..............

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, and once again apologise for my poor hop back rating at the moment, I am on catch up honest :)

Not really sure what this little number will fit into so here goes with what I found on that awesome Feline Playful blog site, oh and have you seen this????? if not do pop over and check it out :)

For Fun Challenges - Back to School
Papercraft Star - Back to School
7 Kids College Fund - School Spirit
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything but a Card
Scrap Creations - Back to School
Party Time Tuesday's - Back to School

well that was more than I thought, surprisingly :)

so that is me for now, will be back later with this weeks Winter Wonderland DT inspirational piece

Hugs and thank you all for your understanding
Kate
xx



Saturday, 20 August 2011

Have you Scene the New Challenge At the Secret Crafter??

Good morning to you all
Today sees the next challenge at the


with the fabulous owner of the Secret Crafter Wendy choosing our theme of

Create a Scene

Now this sort of through me out of my little box, and I really struggled to come up with something, until I remembered I had won a gift from Paper Creator and at the time I had chosen this Shelf Card Digi download kit.  Never done one before and not sure if will again, but it was an interesting crafting session all the same.  They say it is good to try something new and I will have to agree.       So whilst on the theme of new, I have to tell you that I got a box of 100 latex gloves yesterday and can airbrush to my hearts content without spraying my nails - whoop whoop!!!!!! so will be off to play again once I have done a little ironing, although the sun is out which always says to me colouring in the garden, so let's see what happens.  Oh and Sam thank you for the offer and for pointing out that I have spent my week catching up on the house work, I know this is not me, but after the ironing (if that happens) all will be well............... thank you for your concern :)

So this is the shelf card that I created for today's challenge
As you can see there are lots of little pieces that were hand cut out and then slotted into little openings, several layers and even a boxed envelope to match.  
I added icicles stickles to all the snow topped trees.

Please don't forget to hop over to the challenge blog to see my design team buddies, wonderful creations, and hope you enjoy the challenge

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

OMG!!!! you lot are the best ever 431 followers, I am totally astounded, cannot believe it and even better more candy to buy for September Whoop Whoop !!!!!!! I currently have 170 entrants, and would dearly love to reach 300 entrants by the closing date, so if you already follow me - do pop your name in the hat :)

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!! without you all blog land would not be such a lovely place to be :)

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Bah! Humbug - Something New (the digi kit)
Phindy's Place - Something New
Totally Papercrafts - Xmas in August
Wags N Whiskers - Out door fun

Enjoy your day and I hope the sun is shining for you
Hugs
Kate
xx



Friday, 19 August 2011

Copic Airbrushing more playing.....................................

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
If you had not guessed I spent all day yesterday playing with my new airbrush system :)  I have wonderfully coloured nails and off to buy some latex gloves this morning.  Think I have tried it on nearly everything now and really getting use to it. Awesome!!!!!

So what have a played with, well I treated myself to a new House Mouse stamp from Tilly's - such an adorable little critter, if it was my son doing this with his water melon seeds I would go ape................

I made a general card and left the sentiment inside blank, the sentiment on the front is computer generated.  The base colour is a lovely deep chocolate brown, and the papers are some gorgeous rich Prima's.  I have used some nestie tags for the detail, as if the image is hanging from them.  Some tiny so pretty lace, a couple of bows and little creamy/beige roses and some Hobby House pearls large and small.


I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 300 follower candy.   For those of you that have not yet entered the 300 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too. 

OMG!!!! you lot are the best ever 430 followers, I am totally astounded, and have 167 entrants into the candy, would love 300 so if you already follow please don't forget to add your link.

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!! 

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges
House-Mouse & Friends - Let's Get Fruity
Simon Says Stamp - Food and Drink
Paper Play - 3 embellies, 2 dp and lace

Hope you all have a lovely day, the sun is out here, hope it is where you are
Hugs
Kate
xx

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