Friday, 30 September 2011

Wild Blossoms...

Evening all...

How is everyone? Hope everyone is enjoying this crazy Indian Summer were having at the moment.

I feel slightly disappointed with myself this month - I have only posted 18/19 times! My aim next month is to do better!

I have re-kindled my obsession with Pink Petticoat this month, and I wanted to share with you two simple girly cards I've made for my friends.

I love how simple and girly they are. I used papers from Wild Blossom and Hydrangea collections, and sentiments from tiny blooming sentiments.

What do you think?

I have such a busy day tomorrow - so I will back soon with lots more creations.

Take Care



Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Ice cream swirls...

Morning all...

Just a quick post to show you today - as promised. 

Today is the turn of my card for "Grandad".

I made this card using a selection of Pink Petticoat papers, bakers twine, a lovely lime green button and again a homemade sentiment banner.

What do you think? I love the mixture of greens - i'm probably a bit biased as it is my favourite colour.  I have so much to show you this week. I promise I'll be back tomorrow in more detail.

In the meantime if anyone is interested in me making a card for a special occasion please email me at and I will be happy to help.

Take Care


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A wheelbarrow full of flowers...

Evening all...

Sorry for the lack of blogging this past week.  I've been off work ill, i've had some horrible bug which really has knocked me for six but I am back and feeling back to my normal self!!

So...before my leave of absence I was telling you all that I had lots of commissions coming in left right and centre.  Well I've finished them over the weekend - and now guess what? I've got four more! It just doesn't seem to stop and I love it!

So my number one fan ordered a birthday card for her Grandma and Grandad after seeing the ones I made for my other friend.  As it was for her, I knew I had to make them extra special - so I set to work.  Tonight I am going to show you the "Grandma" card.

I knew that if I wanted an extra pretty girly card I know I had to use my Pink Petticoat stash.  I used an image of a wheelbarrow stocked up with some beautiful flower pots which I coloured in using Promarkers.  I love the prettiness of the yellow its so fresh and bright without being too in your face.  I used kraft card and another Pink Petticoat release - daisy bouquet in daffodil.  I finished the card off with my homemade sentiment ribbon, some button twine and a couple of adhesive pearls!

I liked the outcome so much, I recreated it for my mums friends Birthday in pink!

For this card I used a sentiment tag which I stitch on when stitching the background. I really like these, I think I'm going to be using them more often.  I finished this with bakers twine and a beautiful bright pink button.

So what do you think?

I hope you're all ok! I've been keeping up to date with all the blogs - they've been cheering me up whilst recovering.

I'll be back tomorrow, with "Grandad's" card.

Take Care


Thursday, 22 September 2011

For Mum...

Morning all...

How is everyone? (think this is scheduled for Thursday!)

Ok so i'm getting through my commission orders - I've nearly finished them all!  Only two left to make.

So today I thought I'd share another one with you!  This was an order received from my Auntie to be! Its for her mum who's favourite colour is purple, as you can see I used this information to make the card.

I made this card using Pink Petticoats new release "hydrangeas".  It is my new favourite! So pretty! I also used another Pink Petticoat release - the large western font! I also love this font! After the success with my felt flower on Tuesdays card, I made another one to compliment this cards colour scheme!! I finished it off with some lilac adhesive gems and Voila!

What do you think?

Right well I'm back off to the christmas cards - can't wait to show you the finished article!

Take Care



Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Man Love...

Hello again... (apologises for another automated post)

How is everyone? What has everyone been up too? I do try and follow a few blogs but its just such a wide world out there and so many to choose from so I apologise if I don't currently follow yours!  If you read mine and would like me to return the favour, just drop me a comment and I will be more than happy to follow you and check out your creations!

So... as I was saying yesterday I had fallen into the category of a "bad friend" for forgetting a birthday, and it was a man birthday none the less so I had to set to work racking my brains for a card design to send. As I have mentioned on numerous occasions cards for men are not my favourite things to make and nine times out of ten I am not happy with the outcome but I have to admit, this one I rather like.

It was made using a 6x6 card base with Papertrey's Enchanted Evening. I cut out two oval shapes using my nestabilities - one scalloped and one not and stamped in red "birthday wishes".  This stamp is a new release from Papertrey and I love it, so versatile and can create such a simple card. I finished the card of with a strip of my favourite kraft card, some lovely cream satin ribbon and I managed to find a matching blue gem- perfect!

So what do you think?

Hope you all have a great day, and i'll be back tomorrow to share something else with you :)

Take Care


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Just a note...

Morning all...

(just to let you know this is an automated post - I rarely get time during the week to actually sit down and blog until the deepest darkest hours of the evening so I thought, it's Sunday, I have a few spare moments I'll schedule some now so my readers have something to read at a sensible hour!)

So how is everyone?

Yes - it is true, I have started my Christmas cards, there I've said it! To be honest it does feel really good. I am a very long way off finishing but at least I can say I've started.  Has anyone else?

Today I wanted to show you a card I made for "my number 1" I don't know if I ever told you her name - its Chloe!  Being busy recently I completely forgot it was her other halves birthday so I had to make something quick, get, wrap and post a present in one day.  As usual though I couldn't leave her out! So whilst I was traipsing looking for the perfect man gift (why are men just so difficult?) I picked up a few bits for her too! Of course I couldn't send her a gift without a card - and so todays post was born!!

Pretty, hey?  I made the card using the gorgeously smooth kraft card from Papertrey Ink and simply stitched onto it some lovely big flowery Pink Petticoat paper from the Wild Blossom Collection - I just can't get enough of Liz's papers at the moment.  To finish it off I added another strip of kraft card to which I stamped my sentiment (another from Papertrey Ink) and made this beautiful felt flower using felt from Paper and String and finished it off with a pale green button (from god knows where!) and some button twine - from the ever faithful Ribbon Girl. I hope she likes it!

Thats all from me today, please feel free to leave me some comments - I will be back (automated) tomorrow.

Take Care


Saturday, 17 September 2011

And so it starts...

Evening all...

How is everyone? I have to admit i'm not like this rain much, I don't think it actually stopped for more than about 10 minutes each time!

Today I have experienced my first Saturday off work in 8 weeks and it was bliss! I had the most amazing lay in, a leisurely shower and then brunch! I don't think i've ever eaten brunch before and I have to admit I rather enjoyed it! And then I got down to business.

Yes I am afraid to mention the word this early but here goes... I began preparing Christmas Cards! Yikes I never thought I would say that in September, I'm more then type that starts in December, but it seems this year I am already in demand!

And so it starts... heres a few pictures to help you see how it started!

Adam managed to sneak some ones of me on the camera as well! :S I am aiming to make around 20 boxes - each box will have 8 handmade cards and they will be sold on my website with a donation going to a charity that will be revealed at a later date.  Obviously at the moment they don't look very interesting but I promise you the finished articles will be.

So thats it for me tonight, I just wanted to update you all on what I had been up too, I know it's been a while since I blogged.  I have a very busy day ahead of me tomorrow my aim is to get all the backgrounds sewn on to 140 cards ready for the fun bit.  As well as that I also have 6 card commissions to make for next weekend! Busy busy busy! But at least I'll have lots to show you throughout the coming week.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend.

I shall be back soon.

Take Care

Kate xx

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

By Candle light...

Hello Everyone..

Just a quick post from me tonight, I want to show everyone what I made on Sunday! I am rather pleased with the outcome, I'm very much looking forward to making some more in time for Christmas.

I love the cuteness of the jam jars they are just the right size! And surprisingly they were so easy to make. I am so pleased I bought a kit for my first attempt, they give you everything you need, I think I probably could have spent a fortune of lots of things I didn't really need. Now I have lots of time to play with scents, decorations and packaging!! So what do you think? I'm sending one to my number one fan this week - I know she'll give me her honest opinion!

Hope you all had a good Tuesday!

Be back soon with something new!


Monday, 12 September 2011

Age ain't nothing but a number...

Evening all...

Hope you've all had a great Monday.

As I mentioned yesterday I finally got round to making my jam jar candles! I'll be showing you the outcome tomorrow.

But for now, I wanted to share with you a couple more cards I made over the weekend.  One was a commission and the other was made for a family member.

I am completely in love with my new Papertrey Ink number dies, I can just already tell they are going to come in handy. I made these cards using Echo Park and Doodlebug papers and kraft card.  Seeing as they were both for little boys I decided to finish them with just a touch of bakers twine.

What do you think?  I can't wait to make some more cards using these numbers :)

I shall be back tomorrow with some pictures of my candles!!

Take Care


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Another Commission...

Evening all...

Hope you've all had a good Sunday.

Mine as definitely been productive! As I promised I'm back with one of my new commission pieces.
I received this commission a couple of weeks ago and they wanted it to be based on a previous post but just more manly - so this is what I came up with.

As I said today has been very productive, I have tidied, made lots of cards and made my very first batch of candles, all of these I shall be sharing with you throughout the week.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I will be back with you tomorrow.

Take Care


Busy Busy Busy...

Morning all...

So sorry I haven't blogged for a couple of days, I have been so busy.  

The save the dates were picked up the other day and they completely love them! Now to get cracking with the invites!!

I finally finished my commission order on Friday and I am happy to say she was really pleased.  Although i'm slightly disappointed in myself as I forgot to take pictures of the final two cards so I can't show you.

As soon as I finished this order, I received four more!! Im finding there just aren't enough hours in the day!!

So today I will mostly be making cards to try and catch up!  I will definitely be back later to show you something i've finished!!

I'm also going to try and make my jam jar candles this afternoon. I'll let you know how it goes.

Have a good sunny Sunday, and I'll be back later.


One of the commission rejects.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

For Grandma...

Morning All...

It's Thursday, which means it is almost Friday which we all know is the best day of the week.

Just wanted to share with you another card I've made for my commission order.

So yesterday we had one for granddad and today its grandmas turn.

I thought I would find the female card easiest, but the thing is I wanted to make something different to what I have made in the past!  I found this stamp in my stash which I have tried to use in the past but its never worked. I stamped it onto bright pink Papertrey Ink card and then embossed it. The centre of this stamp is lots of little circles and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to add some bling.  Sorry for the poor quality photo again - I will try and upload a better one later.  You can't see it from the photo but the strip of card is  from Pink Petticoat - Brocade in cream. I finished the card off with some bakers and button twine, a bit more bling and the sentiment stamp, "Grandma"

Simple.Pretty, and for Grandma.

What do you think?

Hope you all have a good day, I will be back tomorrow with card 3 of my commission order.


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Green Green Grass...

Evening all...

Just wanted to share with you one of the cards I got asked to make as part of the commission order.

Sorry for the poor photo, it really is getting dark early now.

This is the first card I made for my friends granddad.  I found it really hard to make actually, due to the fact  I have never met him and didn't know any of his hobbies.  My thoughts were everyone likes nature and trees etc.

What do you think?

Comments would be much appreciated...not feeling overly confident.

Hope you all have a lovely evening.  I'll be back tomorrow to show you another card.



New Commission...


I received a commission last night for four Birthday cards!! Yay!

So last night I started sketching some ideas, 2 female cards and 2 male (*groans*) Tonight I'm going to sit down as soon as I get home and get cracking! I can't wait!

I'll  be back later to show you at least one of them!

Wish me luck!

Have a good day, hopefully today will be slightly warmer and with less wind!



Tuesday, 6 September 2011

On your bike...

Afternoon Everyone.
What a dull and miserable day. What happened to Summer? I think I blinked and missed it - oh well.  At least this means were closer to nights infront of the fire and duvet days watching the rain pound on the windows and taking Flo for a walk in our wellies and splashing Adam with the puddles!
So Today I wanted to share with you a card I made for my cycle mad friend.  He literally has been everywhere.  He cycles everywhere, he's even cycled all across Europe for charity - so what else could I do but make him his card to wish him a "Happy Birthday".

The stamp is from a Hero Arts set.  I added a bit of depth to this card by embossing the bike.  Layered kraft card (of course) with black and white and finished the card of with a Pink Petticoat sentiment ribbon.

So thats it from me today.  I have so much going on at the minute, orders coming in left right and centre (which I am not complaining about) and Christmas Card requests already being given.  The website is taking great shape and should be up in a couple of weeks.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a great day.


Monday, 5 September 2011

A date to remember...

Evening all,

How has everyones day been?

Mine has been so manic.  Half past five could not come soon enough.  Im on a health kick this week and hopefully for many more weeks to come.  Im not drinking during the week - I know this sounds like an easy thing to do but sometimes when you come home from a long and stressful day it is nice to just relax and have a glass with dinner - but I'm being good, although tonight - the first night was a real test.

Anyway on a more positive note - yesterday I finished the save the dates that I had been asked to make my by Auntie to be.  I have to admit making one was pretty easy but making fifty was some challenge.  Cutting out all the individual bits and pieces takes a lot of time and patience but it was so worth it in the end.

So here is the finished article.

I haven't taken any close ups as I didn't want anyone to see them who shouldn't just yet.  I love the vibrant blue and favourite kraft card.  The paperclip is holding a mini tag on the back so that you can clip the reminder to your calendar...pretty cool hey?

Well I have to say I am rather proud even if I do say so myself, I hope she likes them when she picks them up on Friday.  Now to get cracking on the main invites!

I'm looking forward to spending the next week or so making some things for the website, it is very nearly there and I cannot wait for you all to see it.

Thats all for now folks!

I shall be back tomorrow with another card.

Take Care


Saturday, 3 September 2011

Give it a go...

Afternoon lovely readers.

Its Saturday and the sun is shining...what could be better!

I wanted to show you something I received in the post yesterday, which I am really excited about. So I mentioned in one of my posts a while ago I was planning to make most of my Christmas gifts this year.  One because I like making things and two I’m going to try and stick to a budget this year.

I’ve been surfing the internet for ideas of things I can make and I came across a great website for candle making so I have decided to give it a go. I ordered set of jam jar candles and if all goes well I will order some more. I have already got mental pictures of what the finished article will look like – so fingers crossed they turn out as good as I’m imagining! I will be making my first batch tomorrow so I will be back with lots of pictures of my bash at it.

Only a short post today as I am being taken out on a surprise afternoon.  I have no idea where I’m going or what the plan is – to say I’m excited is an understatement.  I will post some pictures of my afternoon tomorrow as well.

Hope you all have a lovely rest of your day. Enjoy and make the most of the sunshine whilst its here.

Until tomorrow…


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Feel Better...

Hello Everybody.

Hope everyone is well.

The past week or so has been such a busy one; I have had very little time to create anything for the website or blog.  I am almost done with my wedding bits and bobs for now – so I am looking forward to getting back on it at full pelt.

I wanted to share with you today something I made this morning in five minutes.  Its very simples but the message is clear.

When I got my new sewing machine the other week I was slightly addicted with it and decided to do a mass stitching session and had a few blank cards which hadn’t been used luckily so all I had to do was stamp the sentiment and make it look slightly pretty.  I used a sentiment from my recent shipment from my favourite place on earth – Papertrey ink.  They have started a range called “think big favourites” and I have all of them.  Basically they are sentiments which have been used in other releases but they have been made bigger. They are just perfect for any card.

I was rummaging around WH Smiths the other day and I found these lovely pastel coloured paper flowers and they were a snip at just £2.99.  You get around fifty flowers in different shapes, sizes and colours. Some are patterned and some are plain.  I layered 3 of them up and attached them with a gorgeous mint coloured button and some button twine – simple as that. Hopefully it will make a friend smile who is a feeling a bit under the weather.

After making this card, I’m really looking forward to making some more like this for the website! Its all coming along nicely, pages are taking shape and the layout is looking good! I can’t wait to share it all with you J

So that’s me done for today. I will be back tomorrow to show you something I’m planning to start in preparation for Christmas.  Only 115 days left to go!

Hope you all have a lovely day.