Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Happy Birthday Janet

Last Monday, my friend and ex Julies' Jem Stampin Up demonstrator, Lynda, travelled down
 here to join me for a day of crafting and we had a lovely time.  
Lynda wanted to use the Foxy Friends stamps and punch to make a card,
 and I needed to make a card for Janet, one of my craft class ladies,
 whose birthday was yesterday - here it is


Happy Birthday Janet - hope you had a great day.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Get Well Soon Janice

Found out late yesterday afternoon that my sister in law (Barry and Chris's sister) had been kept
 in hospital yesterday, after being admitted the night before with a severe chest infection. 
Following preliminary tests it appears that she is suffering from heart failure 
and has to remain in whilst they carry out further tests. 
We are just going to visit her, so I have made a get well card that I hope will cheer her up a little . 
 It is made using the stamp set Pretty Kitty, and Janice loves cats!


Get well soon Janice!
xx

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Jean's Christmas pop up box card

Here's a pop up box card that one of my Wednesday class ladies, Jean made recently.
I think that it's fabulous - don't you?  Must have a go at this one!


Colour Combo is Cherry Cobbler, Black and White
Snow Place stamp set and Snow Place Framelits -
a great combination!!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Kate's Christmas Crafting without Chris (again!)

This week is the second week that Chris and I haven't been able to get together on a Wednesday,
 so I have tried very hard to sit in my craft room and do a Christmas project.
Here's a remake and update of an old Buckle card that I found in my box.

Card closed ready for posting

Card open

Inside of card

Colour combo is Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.
Materials used:-
Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punch.
Jolly Hat Builder Punch
"This Christmas" Speciality DSP
Oval Layering Framelits
Sentiment from Holly Berry happiness stamp set.

Another one for you to do when you come over this Wednesday Chris!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Amanda's Birthday

As well as yesterday being the Jems All Day Training Day, it was fellow Jem, Amanda's birthday.
We celebrated in usual style with cake, Chris and I bought her flowers, and here is the card 
that I made for her.


I have combined two stamp sets to create this little scene,
Pretty Kitty and Bella and Friends.
I really enjoyed colouring in these stamped images, it always takes me back
to my childhood,  when I would spend ages colouring . I always looked forward to 
Christmas for getting new crayons and colouring books - such simple pleasures!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Jems All Day Christmas Training.

Today I am off to the Paper Haven, with Chris, to spend the day with fellow Jems and of course with Julie my Stampin Up mummy, to spend time crafting, using items from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I decided that instead of doing a Christmas themed swap I would use the Halloween 
Cookie Cutter stamp set with the matching Cookie Cutter Builder punch.
There are 13 of us getting together today, and as usual I did different cards for my swaps as I have a very low boredom threshold!  Here they are.......

Vampire!!

Mummy

Skeleton
List of materials used:
Cardstock - Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie/Wild Wasabi/Perfect Plum
and Thick Whisper White
Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp set
Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
Classic Label Punch
Sweet Home stamp set
Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies
Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp set

White Craft and Memento Black Inkpads
Brick embossing folder.

I do think that these stamps are fabulous and so cute!!
Don't you??

Sunday, 11 September 2016

In the Meadow.

Here's a card I made a few weeks go when I was playing with the In the Meadow stamps.
I wanted to make something totally different, and inspired by a scene on the Internet,
 I attempted this using ink pads and an aqua painter on Watercolour card.
I am quite pleased with the effect, but I think I will keep this one for me
rather than send it to someone for an occasion.


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Kate's Christmas crafting without Chris!

This Wednesday I couldn't have my usual get together with Chris as I was playing Golf
at Rotherham Golf Club with my golfing friend Andy.  I had played golf with Andy last Friday at my home club - The Waterfront  , then at her home club - Phoenix on Monday and just to finish the week off in true golfing fashion, I played golf at my old Club - Sandhill with hubby on Friday. Think that I am all golfed out!  No more golf until Tuesday, when I play my weekly game with friend Jo.
Sorry for digressing!  Needless to say, I decided that I was going to make a Christmas card without Chris this week, she can do it later!  This is what I made.


I really love the Cookie Cutter punch, I bought the bundle with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps
( And I have since bought the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamps too!!)
there isn't a snowman stamp included, so I simply made up my own, 
using Stampin Write Marker pens to draw his nose, eyes, mouth and buttons.
I die cut the "Happy" using the Hello You thinlits with Red Glimmer Paper 
and I stamped the "Wishing you" and "Christmas" with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamps.
His scarf and hatband were made using stamps of striped paper from my bit box!!
Waste not, want not! I am really pleased with this little fella!
Hope that Chris likes it too.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Happy Birthday Dale!

Yesterday was my baby sister Anne-Marie's partner Dale's birthday
Here's the card I made for him


This stamp set "Wetlands" is one of my favourites  for male cards,
 it's so easy to create a scene with.
The birds in the sky have been hand drawn.


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Adam and Heather's Wedding

On Saturday it was my nephew Adam's Wedding Day,
 so all our family travelled to Scarborough to help them celebrate their special day.

Here's the card I made for them.


and here's a few piccies taken on the day.

Adam and Heather

Barry and me

From left to right
Dale, Anne-Marie (baby Sis), Chris (Brother) Maggie (other Sis) and Gerald (Maggie's Hubby)

My son Simon and family
From right to left
Kerry, Lexie, Lucas, Simon

The young ones posing, ready for the photo booth

The gown ups? also posing, ready for the photo booth! 

Well the weather was absolutely dreadful all day and all evening, it never stopped raining,
 but it didn't stop anyone having a fabulous day, and the happy Bride and Groom 
certainly had a day to remember.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

September Jems Blog Hop - Autumn Winter Catalogue New Products


JEMS' BLOG HOP - SEPTEMBER
AUTUMN/WINTER CATALOGUE  - NEW PRODUCTS


Well another month has gone by and we are making projects from the new 
Autumn/Winter Catalogue which launched on Thursday, for this month's Blog Hop.

The hardest thing about this month's hop is what products shall I use?
There are just so many gorgeous items to choose from!
After much deliberation I decided to use
Star of Light stamp set with the matching Starlight Thinlits dies.


Pool Party background, Silver foil and Night of Navy on White Star die cuts,
held together with a silver brad.
Sentiment stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver embossing powder.
Flourish behind star stamped in Versamark, Heat and stick powder applied and melted, then
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin Glitter applied.
(Hope you can see this)


Night of Navy background on a Silver Foil mat.
White on Silver Foil star die cuts held together with Silver glitter brad,
Sentiment and flourish behind star stamped in Versamark and heat embossed
with White embossing powder.


White background on Night of Navy mat.
Pool Party and Night of Navy on Silver Foil star die cuts
held together with Silver brad.
Sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and flourish behind star
stamped in Versamark and  Heat and stick powder applied and melted,
 then Dazzling Diamonds Stampin Glitter applied.

Three cards of the same design, just with different colourways.

(These three cards are cards that Chris and I made together on one of our weekly
Christmas Crafting days - see the weekly postings on my blog.)

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these cards,
now please hop over to Linda's blog and see what fabulous projects she has to share,
 by clicking on the box below.


Alternatively if you want to go back to Karen's blog to see her creations,
click on this box below.



Enjoy the hop!!


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Kate's Christmas Crafting with Chris yesterday!

As promised, here's this week's post on Chris and my crafting day together yesterday.
Here's  just one of the cards that we made using the Santa's Sleigh bundle of stamps and dies.
This is Chris's stamp set, as this set hasn't reached the top of my wish list yet!

Really pleased with how it's turned out.


A simple colour combo of Soft Suede, Gold Glimmer paper and Foil card, and Whisper white, with the fabulous gold bakers twine from the trio pack, and the Falling Snow embossing folder.

All the above items are available from the Autumn /Winter Catalogue, which launched today.
I am sure you will probably love most of the items in this catalogue too, it's so hard to decide which one you love the most, I am truly spoilt for choice.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas Sneak Peek

Yesterday evening, after a busy day in the garden, I decided to have a play with
the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (available from the Autumn/Winter catalogue
on Thursday 1st September) and built a snowman!
Then I found some retired Christmas DSP to create the snowy sky,
added some Thoughtful Branches trees , inked a few snowy hills
and stamped Merry Christmas from the Snow Place stamp set.


I do think he looks cute - what do you reckon?


Thursday, 25 August 2016

More of Kate's Christmas Crafting with Chris

I said last week that I would do a regular weekly post of the Christmas projects that Chris and I do on a Wednesday afternoon, so here is one of this weeks cards.
Cased from the blog of Leena Girsa with a little bit of  tweaking.

card open, front view showing double Z fold.


Card fully open showing all three panels

Card closed and folded flat for posting.

A simple colour combo of Night of Navy, White and Silver Glimmer Paper.
Stamp set is Flurry of Wishes  used with matching snowflake punch.
CIrcle Frames dies used for the sentiment and scalloped mat.
Thoughtful Branches dies used for trees in White and Silver.
Woodgrain Embossing folder used for bottom Z strip and shaped slightly to resemble fallen snow.
Do pop  round and take a look at more of Leena's projects.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Another Thoughtful Branches card

At Julies on Saturday I spotted the card that I have cased today, with a little tweaking.
You can see Julie's version on her blog  HERE
And this is mine


I have stamped the leaf from Thoughful Branches in Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate
and Peekaboo Peach to form the background pattern.
I stamped the greeting from Confetti Celebration in Versamark and heat embossed 
with Copper embossing powder. 
I cut the circle out using the Circle Framelits, then stamped and heat embossed in copper
embossing powder, eight leaves, then cut them out and arranged them around the circle.
I coloured in the embossed Happy Birthday using a Crumb Cake Stampin Write Marker pen.
I used the Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon under the flower shaped greeting, glued onto the stamped patterned card , and matted and layered first onto Peekaboo Peach card, 
then onto a White 7" X 5" base card.
I am really pleased with the finished effect, and this will be another card for my workshop.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

I am planning a half day workshop using the Thoughtful Branches bundle.
I'm not sure how long some of the cards will take to do, but I do want to make as many cards as possible in the time allowed. So far I have made 3 designs which we did at monthly training and three more cards inspired by Julie and others, plus a carrier bag to take all the projects, the stamp set and dies home in.
This card was inspired by one of Julie's Congrats cards, 
I have altered it slightly and made it into a Happy Anniversary card.
Here's my version.


A colour combo of Silver, Smoky Slate and White.
The tree and branches are die cut in Smoky Slate,
the first leaf canopy is die cut in Silver foiled card.
The top layer is die cut in Whisper white, stamped with Versamark,
then heat embossed with Silver embossing powder.
A simple bow is fastened round the tree trunk with Silver Cording Trim (retired)
The greeting is matted onto Silver foiled card.

Here's Julie's version


Her card was to congratulate Sam on achieving Silver status.
Julie has used 1/8" Silver ribbon on her card.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Kate Christmas crafting and crafternoon tea!

Today I have been to a Social Stamping Day at the Paper Haven with Julie and three other Jems.
We celebrated Allie's birthday, did some really relaxing crafting and Julie surprised us all
by treating us to a crafternoon tea. The scones were absolutely scrumptious!,
So all in all a great day out, with super company and a few more Christmas cards made.


Here's one of the cards I made, using the fabulous Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set,
the matching punch, and thanks to Allie, for letting me punch these great little hats
complete with a little pom -pom using her Jolly Hat builder punch.
Colour combo of Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.
The papers are the This Christmas Speciality DSP - an absolute bargain at £11.75 for 24 sheets!
The sentiment is from the Snow Place stamp set.

......and here's a photo of the yummy crafternoon tea that Julie set up for us.
The Raspberry Lemonade was lovely and refreshing.
Thanks for a super day Julie xx



Friday, 19 August 2016

Catherine's birthday

Catherine's birthday was on the 13th - here's the card I made for her.
It's a stepped up version of one that we made at monthly training with Julie the other month
And I thought that Catherine would like this.


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Christmas crafting with Chris - again

I have decided to make a weekly feature of the Christmas cards 
that Chris and I make on Wednesdays when we get together.
Here's one that I made at Chris's recently.


This card features the fabulous embossing folder Woodland with the In the Meadow stamp set
and a simple colour combo of Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, White and Night of Navy.
I have showed my ladies the  technique of brayering and stamping on the embossing folder
to get the effect above and they love it - must say that I like the technique too!



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Paul and Cheryl's Anniversay

As well as the 12th August being Barry's birthday it is the wedding anniversary of a lovely couple who we met on a Nile Cruise a good many years ago, who we still keep in touch with.

Here's the card that I made for them


the stamp set is the Hostess set "Love you Lots" and I have just loved colouring in 
these two cute little hedgehogs - aren't they adorable!
The background papers are the Pop of Pink DSP - one of my favourite colour combos.
Hope that you both had a lovely Anniversary !!