Sunday, 20 August 2017

Time to sparkle

Hi everyone. Hope you have all had a good weekend. We had a fabulous family day out at Longleat on Saturday. It's one of our favourite places and we were rewarded with lots of great encounters with the animals. Yesterday was a quiet day at home watching athletics on TV- apart from a quick trip out to buy a car! We have bought a nearly new Vauxhall Viva, a little car to suit all the short journeys I do.

Last weekend my Trimcraft Christmas demos started and I have lots more booked for the next few weeks. The new collections are fabulous so today I'm sharing a couple of my demo makes using one of them, Time to Sparkle.

I think this is probably my favourite of the new collections, the black and gold is so elegant. I'll be making more samples this week for my demo at The Range in Cardiff on Saturday. I'm particularly hoping to get my hands on the dies which match as they are amazing.

Thank you for visiting today. Cathy xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A very Pink and Blue Christmas

Hi everyone. I am finally back in the land of Blog after a bit of a break. We had an amazing time in London watching athletics. The highlight was probably watching Mo Farah win gold- although my ears were ringing for a while after that! My boys had such a great time and when we left on the Sunday night, they paid tribute to their two favourite athletes:

Today's card is another Christmas card- but this time in an unusual colour combination.

I have to admit, I am a fan of these colours for Christmas, I think it's nice to have a contemporary twist sometimes.

These papers are from Craftwork Cards Julie Loves All Wrapped Up collection and I used my favourite Tonic die (Christmas Sentiments A Very Merry Christmas).

I am stuggling to get much crafting done at the moment with the boys at home but will try to keep up with blogging and commenting as much as I can over the next few weeks. Cathy x

I would like to enter this card for:
Win and Tonic August Challenge
Daring Cardmakers Unnatural with my unnatural pink and blue tree!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Pretty cards (for a change)!

Hi everyone. A big welcome to my new visitors and a thank you to all of those who visit regularly.

This week saw the 40th birthday of one of my closest friends so I decided I needed to make a pretty card for her, using the Craftwork Cards Floral Chalkboard collection. In the end I made two- and gave her a special card from my stash instead! I did enjoy making something pretty though.

I think I prefer the top card with the extra square layer added and will be using this layout a lot.

Today we are off to London to watch three evenings of athletics at the World Championships. Before we had children, we spent many summer holidays attending championships in countries like Canada and Finland. This time we are taking the children and they are very excited to be watching Mo Farah and Usain Bolt run. We will be fitting some sightseeing in too, with trips to the Natural History Museum and Hampton Court Palace planned. See you when I get back! Cathy x
I would like to enter the first card for:
Cardz4Galz Challenge 53 Pretty Pastels

Monday, 31 July 2017

Christmas in July- just!

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments on my last good news blog post, it really means a lot to me.

I am determined every year not to get behind with Christmas cards, but inevitably always do. However, this weekend I decided to start work on a couple of designs which I will use for lots of my cards this year. This is one of my first designs.

Products Used:
Trimcraft First Edition Jingle Bells 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Tonic Studios Christmas Sentiments A Very Merry Christmas die
Perfect Pearls
Craftwork Cards Ribbon and card blank

1. First I cut down a 6x6 kraft card blank to 12cm x 14cm.
2. I cut two pieces of double sided paper, one slightly larger than the other. I fixed the plain paper to the front of the cut.
3. I used the die to cut out the tree aperture and sentiment from the patterned paper. I added them to the front of the card. I die cut the lower part of the sentiment from red paper and paper-pieced the bow into place.
4. I cut a strip of stripey paper and added this near the top of the card. I fixed a bow to the left hand side.
5. I used Perfect Pearls in the centre of the snowflakes.

I really like this die (I have actually bought the full set of Tonic Christmas sentiments this year) and will be using it a lot.

Cathy x

I'd like to enter this card for:
Cardz 4 Guyz challenge 174 Christmas in July

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Totally Tropical

Hi everyone. Please excuse my overexcitement today- I am really delighted to be able to share my first ever article in a magazine. I have 5 cards in the latest Papercraft Essentials magazine, made using Hunkydory's Tropicanarama- I was lucky enough to be first volunteer from the DT and so got to complete this commission. It's a bit strange seeing my face in one of my favourite magazines though!

One of the cards made the cover, so I'm sharing that today.

Of course, if you want to see what else I made with this collection you'll have to buy the magazine.

Thanks for visiting today and for all your continued support. Cathy x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Always and Forever

Hi everyone. I only managed one post last week- in a week of ups and downs which saw me suffer from a sickness bug and attend a funeral but also saw me secure an important work contract for next year and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! So, a few days late, today I'm sharing the card I made for my husband.

I made the background by smooshing Tim Holtz Distress Oxides in Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber. I stamped some small hearts using the Worn Lipstick DO and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine ink and layered onto gold card and a tent fold card blank.

For the heart, I laid some watercolour card onto the same Distress Oxides but also added the Abandoned Coral DI to my glass mat. I did this several times, drying in between each layer of colour until I was happy with the result. I stamped the Leonie Pujol Swirled Heart onto the card using Perfect Medium. I then added Wow embossing powder in gold and heat embossed it. It isn't perfect but I kind of like the wonkiness! I hand cut the heart and added it to a strip of white card and gold ribbon. This was fixed to the front of the card.

I have lots to share this week, so I will definitely be blogging more often. Thank you for visiting today. Cathy x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Crocodiles and giraffes, oh my!

Hi everyone. Hope you are well. Yesterday I finally finished the teacher thank you cards so I'm sharing those today. I need to explain that all the classes in my sons' school are named after animals- my youngest is in Crocodiles key group but his main teacher is key worker for the Giraffes, so hopefully these cards now make sense!

My first card is for the Crocodiles' keyworker. She was also the keyworker for my eldest son in his first year at school, so we have got to know her really well and will be sad to say goodbye.

The crocodile was made using a Tonic Buildable fie. Boy was that hard work to construct! I used a mix of Tonic and Hunkydory card. The background paper is from Hunkydory's Animal-tastic paper pad and the sentiment stamp is by Dovecraft.

My second card is for my son's main teacher- she was also my eldest son's teacher in Reception and has been so fabulous with them both.

For this one I adapted a Hunkydory Box Pop do that it was flat on the card. The paper is again from the Animal-tastic pad and the sentiment stamps from Craftwork Cards.

Thank you for visiting today, I really do appreciate all of your comments. Cathy x