Wednesday, 22 December 2010

I Must Be Crackers

Well it's December 22nd and here in the Midlands it's snowing again, fun for the children but on a personal level it's not so great we had planned to to stay and celebrate Christmas in Yorkshire with our family but this now looks as though it isn't going to happen the council have not done a brilliant job of keeping the main roads clear I believe the motor ways are not so bad but it's getting to them that is the problem, and then of course we have to think about making our way back, whatever the out come we intend to enjoy ourselves and if crunch comes to crunch and we can't join the family at this festive time we know we will get to see them sometime soon.

This Cracker is my DT project for I Love Promarkers and the theme for this week is Anything Goes and our sponsor for this challenge is Digi Doodle Shop.

I made a few of these crackers and I've used a template given by Clare the designer of the cute Molly Blooms stamps, if you want to have a go at making a similar cracker the link to the template is here  I've used a Digi Doodle image which I've coloured with Promarkers.

Thank you for stopping by wishing you all a very happy Christmas

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Lovely Santa

The challenge this week at I ♥ Promarkers is Santa and there is a lovely prize for the winner from Simon Says Stamp.  For this card I chose to use two digital stamps the Christmas Tree's are from Pink Petticoat and the delightful Santa is a Polly Craft design. I've kept the card simple using only white embossed card and coloured the images with Promarkers.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x

I've entered this card into the following challenges

Monday, 13 December 2010

Rainy days

Christmas is nearly here and we are so looking forward to spending quality time with our family back in Yorkshire.  I've still one or two presents to buy and then we can sit back a relax, the only thing that could spoil things is if it snows and stops travel so keeping my fingers crossed for trouble free travel.

The image I've chosen for this card is from Penny Black I just loved the detail.  I have to admit it's the only Penny Black stamp in my collection but I have plans to rectify that in the New Year  he he he.
I've chosen to use the sketch over at Pink Gems and coloured the image with Promarkers, the papers are from the Gossamer collection  which are beautiful, although as is the norm the camera always distorts the true colours. flowers and silk ribbon complete the card.  The challenge over at Penny Black is Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me this stamp is one of my absolute favourites and beautiful to boot.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Christmas Song

This cold snap is becoming uncomfortable the landscape is beautiful but the central heating is struggling to keep the house comfortable and one thing I hate is being cold.  Only a couple of years ago in November we were in the garden with just our Tshirts on which felt quite unreal, so in one respect despite the chill factor it's nice to have the seasonal weather back to where it should be.

This is my DT card for I ♥ Promarkers and the theme this week is A Christmas Song/Carol which is being sponsored by Letraset.  The Christmas song I've chosen is called 'Christmas Time Is Here' it's the most exciting time of year for children and the verse and image by Mo Manning appealed to me.
I've coloured the image Promarkers and used a MS punch for the edges with a music sheet to back the image.

Hope you like and thank you for stopping by

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Christmas Tree Card

I ♥ Promarkers challenge  this week is Christmas Tree, I've used a digital stamp from Pink Petticoat which I thought was quite elegant and coloured with Promarkers the colours I've used  are Meadow Green, Leaf Green, Grass, and Olive Green,  I've used a snowflake paper punch and embellished with gems a strands of glitter, the small Christmas Tree is also a punched shape which I've embellished in the same way.  There is a lovely prize from Joanna Sheen who is sponsoring this week's challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Just for the fun of it

Old Pearl buttons new image

I was itching to colour this image 'Trying to read' by Mo Manning not for any particular reason other than to play with colour.   I'm not quite sure what he's reading but as he looks mystical I presume it's a book of spells or maybe with the  bottle he's conjuring a spirit or too, whatever I really enjoyed using the Promarkers to colour the image.  I would like to enter this into The Passion For Promarkers Challenge as I've used a new image and some old pearl buttons and gems Oh well I've had my playtime so now on with the housework.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenge

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Sleeping Infant Card

Old papers new image new hearts

This is my DT card for the I ♥ Promarkers Challenge and the theme  this week is Anything Goes with a bit of glitter using of course your Promarkers. I did apply a hint of glitter to the folds of the clothes but you can't see it that well, still that's the way it goes.  The image is from the Digi Doodle Shop who are sponsoring the challenge this week. 
After all the Christmas cards I've been making it was a delightful change to do something different, not that I know of any expectant mums to give this card to, or any babies coming up to their first birthday, so I'll put it way until I do. 

Hope you like and thank you for stopping by

Kathleen x

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Just Because Tilda Card

Hi all, thought I would make another Tilda card, I've followed the Magnolia Down Under sketch by Chantelle. My first thoughts were to use mainly white, but as the card progressed it became more gold than white.  Tilda is coloured with Promarkers keeping to golden yellows.  I cannot remember the name of the background paper, I've taken part of this paper for the side panels where I've randomly applied thick gold embossing powder and then applied gold glitter over the top.  The leaves and scrolls were cut from gold card I also made the lattice window from strips of the same card. white roses and butterfly complete the card.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x

I think this card will fit the following challenges

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Shabby and Chic Tilda

This is my second post today, thought it was time to do another Tilda card seems ages since my last one.  I did wonder if I pushing my luck as the light today is dreadful. I decided to follow  Donalda's Sketch over at Just Magnolia and tried to create a shabby chic look for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge. I'm not sure if I've managed to create the shabby look as I'm not very good at distressing paper, I either don't do enough or I end up over doing it.  In fact the more I look at this picture I'm beginning to wonder if it looked better under the dank dark light it which I created it lol. If you are wondering how I managed to take the picture on a dull day like today, I do have a makeshift type of light tent, which makes it possible to take photographs and it seems to work.
The stamp is one of the Magnolia range which I bought at the NEC along with a few others but I'm not counting  it's too scary, coloured with Promarkers.   The background paper is from a pad called Fairy Flora from Prima Marketing. Various other papers for the scrolls etc and flowers and I've created the faux stitching with a needle tool and pen, as I'm too lazy to bring out my sewing machine.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Snowman Christmas Card

This is my DT card  for  the 'Snowmen' Challenge over at I ♥ Promarkers, the sponsor  this week is Simon Says Stamps. 
I bought this stamp at the NEC and is another from the LOTV range, I  seem to have a few of their stamps, although this was not intentional my collection just seemed to grow on it's own accord.  The image is coloured with Promarkers and I've used papers from the Silent Night Collection by Papermania. 

Thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Icy Colours Challenge #40 - I love ProMarkers

Hi all, it seems ages since my last post.  October and November have been especially good months for me and I'm thrilled to bits to say that I have been invited to join the girls over at I love ProMarkers as a permanent  member of the DT.

The I Love ProMarkers Challenge this week is Icy Colours and there is a fab prize from Letraset. 

For this card I have used a stamp from Lilli Of the Valley which I bought at the NEC last week, and thought it would be ideal for this challenge, I've used ProMarkers to colour the image mainly Arctic Blue, Powder Blue and Denim blue for the igloo, and used only two colours Ice Grey 3 and Ice grey 5 for the Pingo's.  The icicles I cut from card and glittered.  

Hope you  like and thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x 

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Friday, 29 October 2010

Christmas Card - O Christmas Tree

This is my last card as guest designer for Crafts 4 Eternity, and I've really enjoyed the experience.  This week we had to follow the sketch and include a Christmas tree.  I don't have a Christams tree stamp so I used an old Sizzix die which I've had for years.  The stamped image is from the Lilli Of The Valley set 4 Merry Christmas, which I've coloured with Pro markers with  glittter added to the hat and coat. 
Sorry this is short post I slept in this morning and I've a bit of catching up to do.

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Best Friends Card

I made this card yesterday for the fun of it, plus I needed a break from the quilt I am making.  The stamp I've used is called 'Purrfect Playmates' from Sugar Nellie which  I've coloured  with Pro markers.  The circle is cut from a Nestablilites Scallop die, the hexagon  I cut free hand, I then stamped the edges with stamps from a Tapestry set called Floral Filigree Wreath, which I further enhanced with scribbles of glitter and gold gel pen.  To finish I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink Tattered Rose.  The heart decoration I made some time ago from scrap paper gold leaf, gem and glitter. Scrolls and Prima flowers finish the card.  Moving Along With The Tmes Challenge is being sponsered by Letraset where there a some very nice prizes.

 A date for your crafting diary  on November 27th  10am-2pm I will be demonstrating how I colour with  Pro markers at Crafty Bunch, Ketley, Telford.  Telephone Sue 01952 872067 for more details.

Thank you for stopping by. 
Kathleen x

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Friday, 22 October 2010

Spooky Halloween Treat Bag

Hi all, this weeks challenge over at Crafts 4 Eternity is Spooky, follow the sketch and recipe with the chance to win Halloween Bingo Card digital stamps.
I'm not really into Halloween so I found the recipe difficult, I could not think of a single reason why I would make a card for this event, so decided that my best option was to create a treat bag, and once I got into the swing of it I really enjoyed creating it, I used digital stamps from Crafts 4 Eternity to decorate the bag.  All I have to do now is fill it with a few teeth rotting goodies and my job as wicked witch of the midlands is done cackle, cackle.

I will enter this project into the following challenges

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Simply Gorgeous Tilda card

October has been a great month for me in regards to card challenges, I think my card making must showing signs of improvement as I'm thrilled to say I've won and been placed as top three etc for some of this months challenges. 

I thought it was time to bring out another Tilda stamp and this little lady is gorgeous and one of my favourites, that is until another little beauty hits the shops.  I've coloured Tilda with Pro Markers and edged her hat with gold glitter.  The centre circle is made from parchment, the design for this I adapted from a Victorian white work pattern.  The flowers and butterfly are Prima which I've further enhanced with gold glitter, although like most photographs it doesn't show up that well.  I've used the sketch from Magnolia Down Under.  Hope you like and thank you for stopping by I appreciate all visitors and comments. 
Kathleen x

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Friday, 15 October 2010

White Christmas C4E Sketch and Recipe

I've been busy this week  sewing or more to the point getting to know my new sewing machine and quilting and so far everything is going together OK, usually with patchwork etc it doesn't.  So this week my work table is covered in fabric and not paper.  
Getting back to paper crafts I made this card as GDT this week  for Crafts 4 Eternity where we had to use a sketch and a recipe using  white, with  the theme 'White Christmas'.  I love working with white and for this card I dry embossed a grid on the background and used an embossing folder to emboss the center strip.  The image is another stamp from Lili of the Valley set #4 Merry Christmas, which I've stamped onto a layered scallop circle nestabilities and coloured with Pro markers.  Ribbon completes the card.  This week Crafts 4 Eternity are being sponsored by Crafty Sentiments where you can win a really cute digital.
Hope you like
Kathleen x
I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Creatalicious #15 All White
Crafty Sentiments Design - White on white with  coloured Image

Friday, 8 October 2010

Crafts 4 Etermity All that Glitters

Hi peeps, this is my second entry as GDT for Crafts 4 Eternity.  The  theme is All that Glitters using sketch S#105.  To make this card I used a LOTV stamp from  set #1 'Oh So Girlie'  I love these stamps they are so cute and a joy to work with.  I've coloured the fairy with Pro markers and glittered the edges of the skirt and wings.  I've layered Nestabilities half scallops to the outer edges of the circular card and further decorated the scallops with button discs.  Prima flowers and ribbon complete this card.

I will enter this card into the following challenges.
Thank you for stopping by I appreciate your visit and comments
Kathleen x

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Pretty in Pink Tilda

It's been a  funny few days, I went to a craft show at the weekend stocked up on a few bits and pieces which added up to more than I had intended to spend, nothing unusual there,except to say the show was uninspiring and heavens above boring, since then I've had no inclination to do any crafting or painting in fact I felt like giving everything away and never doing anything creative again, pretty scary for someone who likes to create on a daily basis, today I decided to tidy up the craft table and clear out any Gremlins that might just have been lurking and found the old mojo hidden in my Promarker drawer.  Oh joy!  I'm back to crafting. 

For this card I've used this months CLP challenge sketch, I've used Promarkers to colour the images, the background garden scene is a digital stamp from Squiggle Fly, which I layered over a sky background which I've coloured with various inks.  Flowers, lace, glitter and gems  complete the card.
Hope you like and thank you for stopping by Kathleen

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Friday, 1 October 2010

Wacky Weather -Crafts 4 Eternity Challenge Recipe 53

I was thrilled to have won the GDT position for October with Crafts 4 Eternity.  As always happens when  working to a deadline something always happens that puts a screw in the works and this morning for some reason I was unable to up load my picture it took a few attempts before windows stopped closing my connection. 
 The theme this week is Wacky Weather using a sketch recipe #53 For this card I've used a stamp from Lili of the Valley set#1 'Oh so Girlie which I've coloured with Promarkers.  For the background I've used various inks and handmade masks to create the landscape and as the theme is Wacky Weather I decided to try and create the feeling of a warm balmy day . I've used various pattern papers, lace, ribbon and flowers to complete  the card.
Thank you for stopping by Kathleen x

This is my entry into the following challenges

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Fairy Tilda Card

This card was so much fun to make, I started by weaving part of the background paper adding gold stripes to some of the edges.  The lace edge is made from parchment paper cut with a Martha Stewart border punch, I then further embellished the lace with simple embossing, next I cut and punched a strip of pink card to match  the parchment.  After experimenting with the parchment lace border I decided to try cutting the centre circle with a nestabilities scallop circle and decorated the edges again with simple embossing, only this time I decided to use a needle tool to further enhance the decoration.  See the picture below for a close up.

I made the heart from various sized punches cut from scrap card and paper decorated with gem and glitter.  Ribbon and beige/brown roses complete the card.  Tilda was coloured with Promarkers with glitter added to the wings and dress.  I had forgotten how relaxing it is to work with parchment, I think I will have to work on more :-)  Hope you like and thank you in advance for stopping by and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Thank you card

It was decision time this morning, do the housework or craft, crafting won the day but I can't ignore the dust forever especially now that the dining table is full of crafty mess. 

I bought Woodland Fairy last week and have been itching to play with it so decided to enter the Sugar Bowl Challenge using Lilians Sketch.  I've coloured the image with Pro Markers, I made the flowers last week and these are the last of my batch, a link to make them is in my previous post, I must get on and make some more. Sorry this is a rushed post.
Thank you in advance for visiting I appreciate you kind interest and comments.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

One of those days

Ever had one of those where you were given the run a round, passed from pillar to post, wrong department, try this one, sorry you need to speak to so and so etc etc !!  Well that was my day so what do you do when you've pulled enough hair to create wig you bring out the stamps browse through the challenge blogs and stamp, stamp, stamp the frustration away.  Thank goodness I can loose myself in paper and bling.  I've now resurfaced feeling calm and at peace with the world, that is until tomorrow.

Usually I only create a card that fits maybe one or two challenges, but I've excelled by myself to day and I think this card will qualify for a few, that is if I don't get my links all messed up!!.

For this card I've used the sketch from Midnight Madness Challenge MMSC 72 this will be the first time  I've entered one of their challenges. The Girlie stamp is from set #1 ' Oh so Girlie' by lili of the Valley I've coloured the image with Pro Markers and made the flowers from ordinary cartridge paper  coloured with inks with beads added to the centres, lace ribbon and charm complete the card. Ooops forgot to mention glitter added here and there on the image.  I followed a lovely tutorial by Valita to make the flowers which can be found here

Hope you like and a big thank you for all your interest and comments

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Ching-Chou Kuik stamped card

I love working with Sweet Pea Ching-Chou Kuik stamps there are so many possibilities for creating mood with colour.  I masked the image and applied a background of various coloured inks, I don't get on with brayers and I hate the ink wastage so I always use brushes.  I then coloured the image itself with Promarkers and completed areas of the image with glitter.  I've used the sketch by Pascal from Sweet Pea Stampers challenge
This is my entry into the following challenges

Thank you for stopping by I appreciate your interest and comments

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Chinese Tilda #2

I just couldn't resist another card featuring Chinese Tilda, the background was not so much difficult as fiddly, I first cut a mask for the Magnolia tree so that I could create a landscape background with inks, I then randomly ripped paper as stencils for the background hills. I then completed the Magnolia tree with Pro Markers, Tilda is also coloured with Pro Markers.  The flower I quilled with ordinary cartridge paper tinted with inks.  I did do more quilled flowers but for some reason putting more than one on the card did not seem to work.  Anyway I really enjoyed putting this card together despite the time it has taken to complete.  I've based the layout from the CLP Challenge.

This is my entry into the following challenges.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Chinese Tilda

Hi peeps I've not had time to craft this week, we went back home to Yorkshire for our sons 40th surprise birthday party and also managed to fit in a paper crafting show on the Sunday at Harrogate, where I managed to spend far more than I intended.  Chinese Tilda is one of my favourite buys along with a few bags of other goodies, so all in all I've had a great weekend. 
The light is quite bad today for taking photographs so the colours on this card are not looking as brilliant as they are in reality,' hey ho sometimes that's the way it goes'. I've used the sketch which is featured on this weeks Magnolia Down Under Challenge, Tilda is coloured with Pro Markers, the background papers are from Crafty Individuals, I've embellished the flowers with  findings and beads, black organza ribbon and bow complete the card.
Thank you for stopping by
Kathleen x
This is my entry into the following challenges

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

August Blog Candy Winner

The winner of my August Blog Candy is

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Please forward your address details so that I can post your goodies out to you.
You can contact me at the email address below.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Angels and Fairies #R49 Crafts 4 Eternity

Hi peep's seems to be my weekend for Fairy / fantasy stamping.  This beauty is called Hiding and is a Crafts and Me stamp.  I started to colour her with Pro Markers last night till my light went and then continued this morning, the flower paper is a Basic Grey the larger paper is called colour texure which I bought a few years ago.  Lace and pearl heart embellishments complete the card.  I've used  Crafts 4 eternity Sketch.

I will be entering this card into the following challenge

Thanks for stopping by
Kathleen x

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Fantasy Card

I wanted to try one of Ching-chou Kuik's design stamps and decided it was time to order one from Crafts and Me  I'm so pleased I did, this stamp is called 'Flowing in Blue and delivers on detail lots of it.  I've coloured the image with Pro Markers and decided to leave the card as simple as possible, there are times when less is more especially as I wanted the image to be the focal point of the card. I've also dotted small gems on the hair but these are not showing up to well on the picture.
I love working with Pro Markers but they are not the easiest of mediums to work with and getting the right card  is a difficulty in itself, after a bit of trial and error I've found Rymans Bright white coated card 200gsm is my favourite.  The colour stays damp for quite a while which means I can work wet in wet with the pigment making it so much easier to blend different colours together.  I always us Brilliance Lightning black pigment ink to stamp my images, it's waterproof so I can use all water based mediums including Pro Markers.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Celebrate Card

I thought it was time to try another Whiff of Joy challenge, they are also having a DT call so if you would like to be considered enter their latest challenge using Jane's Sketch.
I've used Papermania and Basic Grey pattern card stock.  I've coloured the image with Promarkers with the following colours.

Dress- Almond,Blossom,Fuscshia pink,Mulberry
Blouse- Vanilla,Almond,Mustard,
Leaves- Marsh green,Lime zest
Hair- Ginger,Spice,
Grapes- Pastel blue,Bluebell
Skin- Blush,Sunkissed pink,Coral
Flowers and ribbon complete the card

Ink it up are having their first challenge anything goes but with some yellow in the project, I think this card fits the challenge as there is yellow in the cardstock plus vanilla and yellow mustard with the colours I've used to colour the blouse.

This is my entry into the following challenges

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Tilda thank you card

Hi peeps I've been disorganised since having the grandchildren .  Normally the craft items I use are in organised chaos in and around the dining room table, fridge, microwave etc I think you get the picture, I had to clear everything away  and now I can't find anything so I've spent most of the afternoon running up and down stairs trying to complete this card.  The good thing is I've probably lost a pound or two which would be nice.
I had intended using the sewing machine on this card but I didn't have the energy to carry the machine  down stairs so I drew the stitching instead.  I've used Basic Grey card stock.  Tilda is coloured with Pro Markers.  The flower I made yesterday with a few others using sheer fabrics and beads.  Ribbon completes the card.  I've used the sketch from this months CLP challenge

This is my entry into the following challenges

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Bring on the bling - Sir stampalot August challenge

Seems ages since my last posting, we've had the pleasure of looking after our two granddaughter's so I've not had the time or the inclination to do any crafting, in fact whatever 'mojo' is I've lost it.  In a bid to recapture my mojo I decided to create a very simple card using a Sassy Studio Design digital stamp which I was happy to win last week.  The image is coloured with Pro markers.  The ribbon holder I made a few weeks ago and is made from various types of glass beads and crystals.  I've kept the design and layout simple with only the ribbon holder as an embellishment. 

I will be entering this card into

Friday, 13 August 2010

Tilda Shopping T slide card

I've never entered the Magnolia-licious Highlite challenge before, so thought I would attempt their latest challenge, a T slide card.  I have  to admit  I nearly threw in the towel before I completed, by that time I'd lost the will to live and Mr C came and finished the cutting for me.  Yeah I hold up my hands to complete incompentence in regards to measuring and cutting. 

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Miss you gift box

I've been sorting through my craft items for the last few weeks, trying to bring order out of chaos, some of the crafty bits I've had for years, when I say we celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary yesterday you will get a good idea of how old some of this stuff is.  Anyway whilst having a good rummage I came across this template by 'Arty Farty'  I'd bought the template about four years ago and never used it, mainly due to the fact I can be quite lazy about cutting out templates especially when tracing is involved.  It took a couple of hours for me to prepare the template, thankfully it is now ready and other boxes and parasols will not take so long to make.  Once the main template was ready the rest was a breeze I'm glad now that I decided to make the box as it is so pretty.
I've coloured Tilda with Pro markers and added glitter to the edges of the skirt and parasol.  The box was cut from 12 x12 pattern card stock.  The parasol was made with paper, lace, kebab stick and beads.  The circular label was stamped with 'Justrite' stamps and decorated with flowers, acetate lines the front of the box and ribbon ties the box together at the top.
This is my entry into

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Handmade flower card

I made the flower  on this card a few weeks ago along with a few others  and I've been waiting for an excuse to use it on a project.  I wanted to, for a change  keep things neutral hence the white embossed card,  I stamped the Art element, the photograph is one I've had for a long time and never used.  The leaves are Prima fabric with pieces of sheer fabric to finish.  It made a nice change making a card without a cute image to work with.  The sketch I've used is one by Sasya, I love her sketches they are always so elegant.

I will enter this card into the following challenges

Blog Candy

As promised I've had another sort through my unwanted craft items.  This is a huge lot of card toppers great for wedding invites, anniversary cards etc. 

In this lot there are the following goodies

36 x double wedding ring toppers
30 x hearts with bow toppers
30 x heart toppers
A grand total of 96 separate toppers

If you would like the chance to win this little bundle of goodies. Please put the candy picture and a link back to this post on your side bar. 
Most important leave a comment with your name to be entered into the draw

It is not a requirement to be a follower or to become a follower

Closing date for the candy is Wednesday 8th September 2010 12.00 noon UK time.

I will post worldwide so everyone is welcome to enter.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Totally Tilda challenge #2 make a shaped card

It's been a great day for shopping managed to find a pack of Aqua Markers in an art shop when I was looking for something totally different, I've not had chance to try them, I don't think they will be any different to applying water to any other water based media, I'm hoping I get chance to try them later this evening.

Well I had a struggle with the second Totally Tilda Challenge, the main stumbling block was which shape to use, in the end I decided it would be nice to try a plant pot.  I've fudged the plant pot shape without any templates and I'm giving myself a great big pat on the back as I managed it in one cutting session, usually there is a pile of scrap paper covering my feet. Tilda is coloured with Pro Markers, the paper is one I've had for ages (years) I liked the cracked paint look of it which seems to suit the plant pot idea. Ooh nearly forgot I bought a set of Justrite stamps and made the circle sentiment using them, I need a bit of practice with these as they don't always seem to sit level on the stamp. Ribbon, flowers and lace complete the card. 

This is my entry for the

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


First my apologies for not getting round to every one's workspace last week.   After showing my addiction to colour pencils I thought it was time to make a box for all the loose pencils especially the Karisma which are only held together with rubber bands.  I found these book type boxes which I'm going to decorate and store the pencils in.  The book on the table is one I bought last March and has lots of ideas using mixed media techniques so today I will be up to my elbows in gesso and acrylic.  Amendment it's 1.00 pm and I'm still trying to catch up with everyones posting.  Elbows in paint will have to wait till tomorrow lol.
Some of you asked to see what I painted with colour pencils and below is a picture of a commission I was asked to do a few years ago.  It was painted with colour pencils on pastel paper building up many layers of colour to till I was happy with the result.  

                                 Want to find out more about WOYWW check out Julia's blog here
                                                              Have a great day Kathleen

Monday, 2 August 2010

1st Blog Candy winner


Olga (Angel Olenka)
Your name was the first out of the crafty hat draw.  I will post your prize this week.

A big thank you for all who entered my prize draw. 

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Tilda again

Today I blew the dust of my Tilda stamps and had an enjoyable couple of hours with the Pro Markers.  I'd bought one of those water brushes to play with and found it to be absolutely useless as a painting tool, so it's back to my trusty watercolour brushes (not the sable's too expensive for dye inks).  I'm still kicking myself  for buying the thing, hope I get over my bad buy before my shins turn blue.   
Getting back to the subject of Tilda girl above as I mentioned she is coloured with Pro Markers and I've used the sketch from Sweet Stampn challenge, I've used various designer papers, flowers, leaves and and a bit of lace to complete the card. Not sure if I've over done the flowers.

I will enter this card into the following challenge
Sweet Stampn Challenge #37

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Pretty Gillian card

Now the colour green is not one of my favourite colours so this was more of a challenge than the challenge itself  it was however a great excuse for a bit of crafty shopping and I managed to find some beautiful green paper and ribbon plus a few other items which were must haves.  I've used a digital design called Pretty Gillian from Prairie Fairy Designs I thought she was gorgeous, comical and cheerful and will bring a smile to any one's face. Pretty Gillian is coloured with Pro markers, the flower was a free stamp given away with this months Craft Stamper a bit of lace and Prima fabric leaves finish the card.
I don't know about other crafters but I'm always disapointed with the photographs of my cards and projects they never look as good as the finished thing. 

Thank you for stopping by Kathleen x

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Wednesday morning and there ain't a thing on my work desk, and as you all like to have a good nosey in craft drawers and boxes I decided to show my colour pencils  sorry the pic is at a peculiar angle the drawer is packed with pencils from various companies the loose one's in the drawer are the full set of 120 Karisma my fav's to work with.   Do I use all these Delicious pencils?   You bet I do, sometimes I even put my arty  hat on and paint with them.
Wondering whats in the other drawers?  Wait and see :-)

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Whiff of Joy Challenge #83

I've not had a good day today, feeling a bit under the weather with a headache with legs and feet covered in Hives, I get Hives daily and so I've got used to the discomfort of them, it's just degree's of discomfort, I'm waiting for that blissful day when they go as suddenly as they arrived or so I've been told.  So while I was feeling sorry for myself I decided to to enter my first Whiff of Joy Challenge, I was fortunate in finding a shop that had their stamps and chose this one because I loved the detail, not sure what this little beauty is called I think she's gorgeous and that will do for me, she was a delight to colour I just love the stripes on the dress.
I've used Pro Markers to colour the image, lace. decorative papers and flowers complete the card.

Thank you for stopping by hugz Kathleen

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Sitting tilda Card

I've been trying out the blogger templates in design, after a few hours of playing I'm happy with the new look, although I'll probably start tinkering with things again, no hope for some.

The card above is based on Sasya's sketch 20, I've coloured Tilda with Pro markers I can't remember the exact colours as I coloured this Tilda a few weeks ago and not got round to using her, I would guess Dusky Rose and China blue have been used.  I've stamped and distressed the text by damping the paper to remove some of the ink I've also distressed the torn edges of the paper with Tim Holtz distress ink.  I made the envelope with a lace doily and card which I've edged with glitter glue and decorated with flowers, ribbon, and a bead pin which I made a few weeks ago when I was in my beading mood, I also made a few bead ribbon holders at the same time but did not have room to put one on this card.  As I was making this card I kept to colours which reminded me of my favourite ice cream which is vanilla and raspberry for the Stamptacular challenge yummy.
Thank you for visiting x
I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Monday, 19 July 2010

Tokyo Girl Card

Not exactly a Tilda on this card, she is called Tokyo Girl by Karen which can be bought as a digital stamp from Dewdrop Craftz.  I've had this image a while and thought it would be great to try out different colouring techniques with the Pro markers, its quite a complex image with  lots of folds and tucks in the fabric.  I was more interested in the image and the colouring than the actual card itself, hence the card is quite basic no prizes here for being adventurous. I've applied gold glitter to the pocket, buttons, and general bling.  I will enter this card into Stamp Something Digital and Fussy and Fancy challenge.

Colouring Tip
I created the deep shading on the jacket by applying a layer of Lush green to the shadow areas followed by a layer of Maroon applying as many layers till I was happy with the end result.  You could also use greys, but I find these tend to dull the main colour, the Lush green enriched the maroon shading. I only used one colour on the scarf which was Moss Green, applying layers of the same colour to create the shading for the folds etc.  By mixing complimentary colours IE: green and red you will automatically create a grey which is great for shaded area's.  Have fun be experimental.

This is my entry into the following Challenges