Wednesday, July 16

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

We had a ruby wedding anniversary to attend recently so, obviously, that called for a card.
I took inspiration from a card made by Sharon Curtis for a recent issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft.  I've stamped and embossed a swirly Papermania flower with Tinsel Red powder and used the same technique for the greeting. The background paper is the same bit of Lily Bee Designs I used on the previous card.
For the '40' I've used Tim Holtz grunge board harlequin numbers and coloured them with Festive Berries Distress Ink. 

~ Kate

Monday, July 14

Now we are six

I don't suppose many six year old boys would appreciate a Winne-the-Pooh birthday card, but it had to be done.  It's a classic that occurs once in a lifetime.
I couldn't resist and kept things simple printing the verse directly onto some old Lily Bee Designs paper and adding an even older silhouette stamp of the classic, cute characters.  The background paper is Kelly Purkey Mon Ami by BasicGrey.
He got the whole book of poems too, with a little message inside from me.  Something I hope he will look back on and cherish, even if it isn't his top priority right now!

I just have to link up over at the Sunday Stamper for week 316's book theme.  It was meant to be. 

~ Kate ~  

Thursday, July 10

Belt Bracelet Workshop

My creativity is being boosted by lots of classes at the moment and one of them is Christy Tomlinson's Belt Bracelet Workshop.
It's masses of fun and, with only the addition of a couple of items, I've managed to create these with tools and stash I already owned.  Christy's course goes into detail about stamping your own metal embellishments, which I really want to try, in the meantime I just needed to get some bracelets completed as I was keen to wear them.  The skinny one at the top is just as the belt came with pretty flowers already embossed on it.  The blue one I've combined with techniques from Rings and Things to utilise Tim Holtz fab word bands.

These make me so happy and they're just based on bargain belts from charity shops, can't wait to make some more.

~ Kate ~ 

Monday, July 7

Camp Scrap

There are over 40 photos in my July file waiting for me to write some blog entries, 2 of them actual projects so I think I can declare creativity is back.

One thing that's top of my list at the moment is Camp Scrap.  If you haven't taken one of May's classes before I highly recommend them.  We're still in week one of Camp Scrap so plenty of time to join in.  I've signed up for all the classes, but they are available individually, and the content so far is great, loads of videos.  Get all the details and sign up at Craft With May.    

As well as getting creative I have, of course, been shopping.  2 great photo props have come my way.
This cute bird house with a tin roof from the TK Maxx bargain bin.  It has a little fence running down each side so great to photograph from all angles.
Secondly, my local florist had these in a bin outside for £1.  I've seen them so many times propping up peoples cards I just had to get a couple of sizes.

There, that's one blog update done.  Just another dozen to go!!

~ Kate ~   

Thursday, June 26

Bag End Cake

Me: What birthday cake do you want this year?

Him: A Hobbit house.

Me: What?  Bag End!

Him: Yes, with a round door.

Well I had to give it a go and, after a look at some beautifully crafted cakes on Google Images, I came up with a poor imitation.
I think I have made a pretty good job of it, even if I do say so myself.  Excuse the fingerprints on the chocolate door, it was melting before I could do anything with it in this heat.

Whilst on the table waiting to be eaten it attracted the attention of a few hungry dwarves.
Froddo seems pretty pleased.  Sorry purists, I've mixed Hobbit dwarves with Froddo from Lord of the Rings, I was just too excited to notice.  Let's face it, I don't remember Beorn, Arwen and bald Gandalf twins on a boat either, but that seems to be what the boys have going on in the background!
Note to self: make more themed cakes so that I can make scenes out of them with Lego, this kept me amused all afternoon!

Oh, and when Himself saw it.  Well, initial disappointment that the people weren't edible (yeash there's no pleasing some!) but very pleased with it after that and assures me it tastes great.

~ Kate ~   

Thursday, June 12

Snake Chain Necklace - Blue Moon Beads

After making a bracelet last week with the new chunky snake chain from Blue Moon Beads I was hooked and decided to make a necklace too.
I've combined the chain with silver wooden discs and a small piece with silver links to make one length that fits over your head.
A wooden pendant completes the look.
All of the chains are available from Jo Ann's stores.

~ Kate ~

Saturday, June 7

GOwalk - Skechers

Loving my discovery of GOwalk from Skechers.
They are really light, like walking on air and just right for this time of year when the weather can't quite be trusted for sandals!  Might have to have a bright, funky coloured pair of slip-ons for the summer.

~ Kate ~