Monday, February 8, 2016

Temptation is everywhere...

Hi Everyone...Happy Monday morning from the cubbyhole crew...we're clocking in bright and early and don't let appearances fool you...my furry companion is a coiled spring... ready to jump into action at a moment's notice.
Lots to do today...the outgoing mail department will be wrapping and packing the Fiskars samples for the Stitches Trade Show...ready for Mr Hermes to collect and speed on their way to Birmingham and it's time for me to pull on my big girl knickers and nail those pesky step-by-step instructions...
and then tackle the task of applying gesso to cardstock for the latest "better late than never" challenge I've set myself...making a 12 page back-to-back altered art/mixed media Shari Carroll inspired album that was on 2015's crafty list but somehow ended up at the bottom of the things to do pile...have I just shot myself in the foot making such a bold statement of intention...
Well...let's just say that's the theory but in practice...there's a problem...temptation is everywhere...for starters...the incoming mail department has just announced the arrival of a "woohoo new Tim Holtz products" parcel...
 not to mention the pile of "left over from a Fiskars project" Mini Eggs...
How's my willpower...on a scale of 1 to 10...probably 1 and a bit so it's going to be a tough "temptation is everywhere" kind of a day but these delicious little spheres of chocolate goodness may be just what I need...a welcome distraction to keep me focused on the tasks ahead and a well deserved reward if I succeed in sticking to the plan.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, February 5, 2016

It's good news...

Hi folks...all is good in the Furry Boy waterworks department...the vet thinks he may be drinking more because the central heating has been cranked up due to the extra chilly temperatures and it's good news in the crafty department too. The Fiskars "new product" samples are almost done...surprise surprise...more sneaky peeks...

And to celebrate all the good news...I'm hooking up with the Friday girls and hitting the road for a shopping/lunch/coffee and lots of chatter kind of a day.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Another sample...but not what you think...

Hi everyone...sorry I'm a bit late to the party this morning...I'm on a mission to get a sample and not a sneaky peek crafty sample either. His Furry Nibs has been drinking way more water than usual so he's booked in for a check up with the vet this afternoon...you've probably worked out where this is going.  The first piddle of the day was a no go at pitch dark o'clock affait so I'm waiting impatiently...whistling and running the cold tap in an effort to encourage another...armed with my surgical rubber glove and a large container...
with cubbyhole duties temporarily on hold...it's time for some precision co-ordination and a lightning fast reaction...what can possibly go wrong.
Hugs Kath xxx
Edited to add: woohoo...got it in one...what a team...now I just need to decant said liquid into the proper sample container...the one with the very narrow opening.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Don't do as I do...

Hi everyone...the roof is still intact and apart from a few hours of no Internet yesterday...it looks like we've survived Storm Henry and you'll be pleased to know I won't be boring you this morning with another sneaky peek. I'm off on a little shopping trip to source more thick materials for the next round of Fiskars Sample Projects but before I go a word of advice...
DON'T DO AS I DO...DO AS I SAY...
for goodness sake...take care when changing the blade on your trimmer...
because that little blighter is extra sharp.
Take care and stay safe...see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We have a winner and another sneaky peek...

Hi folks...crikey the weather just gets crazier and crazier...after a couple of days of mild temperatures and a bit of sunshine Storm Henry is now making his presence felt with more gale force winds so it's time to batten down the hatches, snuggle under the duvet tonight and hope that the house still has a roof in the morning.
And it's time to announce the winner of the Fiskars Power Punch Give-Away...

BEJAY ROLES (35)
Congratulations Bejay...please get in touch with your address 
and I'll get your parcel in the mail...
I'm still in Fiskars "sneaky peeks only" mode...having fun punching my way through lots of extra thick materials and at the same time making a dent in that giant tub of Gesso...getting super mucky or clarted as we say in my neck of the woods. And the cubbyhole looks like a tornado just blew through...
Have fun whatever you're up to and I'll see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, February 1, 2016

It's all about love..

Hi folks...Monday morning and we're into February already...the month of LOVE...Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm sharing some sneaky peeks of Fiskars "New Product" projects I've been working on...stuff that I can't share with you just yet...

I've been going through pots and pots of gesso with my new "Mixed Media" addiction...time to hit the internet and look for an economical buy big version and voila...I struck gold over at Amazon...after all you can never have enough Gesso..
In the meantime...it's back to the "new products" production line for me whilst I await the February Tag for "12 Tags of 2016" from Mr Holtz and a little heads up if you want to get your hands on the Crazy Cats Stamps...available to pre-order from Craft Obsessions...delivery expected 1st week of February

I'm ending on a sad note...I was truly shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Terry Wogan...my morning companion on Radio 2 for 27 years...I was proud to be one of Terry's TWITS for the first 12 years and then became one of the millions of TOGGS (Terry's Old Geezers and Gals) on Wake Up With Wogan.  In a world where the words celebrity and legend are bandied about at the toss of a hat...this gentle, warm, witty Irishman with the twinkling smile and cheeky sense of hunour was the consummate broadcaster...a true professional and gentleman...never controversial or rude...he made each and every one of his listeners feel they were having a conversation with a dear friend and he could always make me laugh on a dull dreary rainy day. He had a 50 year love affair with the microphone and the camera hosting Blankety Blank...Children In Need and his own chat show and who can forget his hilarious tongue in cheek commentaries at the Eurovision Contest. A sad loss for the world of entertainment...I doubt we will see his like again but he left behind a lasting legacy of wonderful fun memories.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, January 29, 2016

Chaos In The Cubbyhole...

Hi folks...hands up if you're as fed up of this dismal dreary wet weather as I am...day after day of water running out of the a**e of my breeks on miserable doggy strolls...not to mention the "three times a day" change of trousers for me and vigorous rub downs with a towel for His Nibs and not forgetting that unmistakeable WET DOG aroma hanging in the air. But in between times...we've taken refuge in our cosy and dry crafty space and been having fun with the Fiskars New 2016 Products and the Cubbyhole currently looks like a bomb has hit it...a right old midden but in my little world...CREATIVITY seems to go hand in hand with CHAOS...
 reducing the working area on my desk to postage stamp proportions...

and a sneaky peek of Project Numero Uno...made entirely out of some of that left over Fiskars packaging...
and another after raiding the "aluminium can" recycling bin...
Fingers crossed that Mr Mojo keeps the ideas coming...the rest of the cubbyhole crew with the help of Mr Dyson will make short work of the resulting debris. Have a great day whatever you have planned and don't let the weather put a damper on your weekend. 
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Right Tools For The Job...

Hi folks...it's always exciting when new products arrive from Fiskars...
but before we can play...there's the challenge of releasing them all from their tough as anything plastic overcoats...dynamite is out of the question so we decided to bring in the big guns or the biggest gun in the cubbyhole arsenal to be exact...
(Let me just add before I get my knuckles wrapped...I have 2 pairs of these fabulous scissors...one I use for fabric identified by the ribbon tied around the handle and this pair for paper and the above mentioned packaging demolition derby)
I'm over the moon that Fiskars sent me a brand new Stamp Press...a replacement it's the old as the hills and a little worse for wear predecessors ...this is one of my favourite Fiskars tools ever...I use it on a daily basis for stamping everything from big cling stamps...it makes life so much easier...no more hovering...holding a big acrylic block and hoping you've got the positioning right...
and the grid on the see through plate makes it easy to line up your card and stamp your sentiments perfectly too...the good news is you will soon be able to purchase them again in the UK...
I have a few projects in mind for the stubborn plastic packaging and the corrugated cardboard product protectors...so won't be throwing those away...
And the moral of the story...life is a whole lot easier if you use the right tools for the job.
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hello there...

Hello There...how are you all today. I'm sharing some bright and funky notecards...
I made with a "surplus to requirements" page from my Wanderlust 2016 Kate Crane Travel Journal project and some new goodies I ordered from Simon Says Stamp...
If you visit here on a regular basis...you'll know that I'm a sucker for anything floral and love love love this Radiant Sunflower die
and couldn't resist the gorgeous Hand Lettered Hello set of sentiment stamps from WPlus9 with all the additional words suitable for any occasion...

I'm off to put the kettle on...pull on my big girl knickers...limber up my muscles and remove the last of the Fiskars goodies from their packaging...happy days.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ombre Effect Give-Away...

Hi folks...I'm back to share sneaky peeks of my "Ombre Effects" projects featured in this month's issue of Simply Homemade and if you haven't got your copy yet...it's on sale now in newsagents and supermarkets...


I used Fiskars 1.5" Heart Power Punch to punch through layers of cardstock to create the Ombre 3D hearts in the top photo. The Power Punches will easily punch their way through lots of different thick materials...corrugated card, cork, funky foam, thick plastic packaging, PVC, balsa wood, shrink plastic, magnetic sheet, aluminium cans and milk cartons to name but a few and it just so happens I have a spare one up for grabs....perfect timing for all your Valentine projects. 
So if you would like to put your name in the hat...leave your name with Mr Inlinkz below before 8pm on Monday 1st February and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday morning. In the meantime I'm off to unpack the parcel of new 2016 Fiskars products that arrived in the cubbyhole on Friday...
and woohoo...I'm excited that one of my favourite Fiskars tools...The Stamp Press is back and will be on sale in the UK soon.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

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