Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Fun Times X 2...

Hi folks...I've got the "missing all my buddies" withdrawal symptoms after a happy fun times x 2 weekend...how lucky was I to spend 2 days in a row with the most fabulous fun crafty friends...
and the icing on the cake...my adorable buddy...the very talented Ken Oliver rode into town for a hilarious and very enjoyable demo day on Sunday...
All about his gorgeous new Hometown papers...his new Click It Ink Pads and the amazing product that's taking the craft world by storm...Stick It...

it's not only the ideal solution for sticking those intricate dies down...you can use it with glitter and gilding flakes and the good news is...all Ken's products are now in stock at The Papeterie or if you don't live locally available online at Craft Obsessions...

but this demo-ing malarkey is thirsty work...
it sure was a fabulous fun day with lots of laughter...coffee and cake to celebrate one very special girl's birthday...my adorable "not allowed anywhere near sharp objects" friend Tina...

and we couldn't allow our favourite Honorary Scotsman to leave the country without a goody hamper of all things Scottish including rolls of tartan ribbon to run up his very own kilt for next time.
Haste ye back bonnie lad...we love you...in the meantime...Click It...Flick It and Stick It.
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, November 24, 2014

Glitter Glitter Everywhere...

H folks...I'm back to share what we made in the afternoon workshop at Kath's Klub at The Papeterie on Saturday...decorating a canvas with Distress Spray Stain...Texture Paste...images from the Christmas Nostalgia Stamp Set...that gorgeous Layered Snowflake and lots and lots of sparkly glitter...
 it was definitely a Glitter...Glitter Everywhere afternoon...




And hey ho...the last workshop of 2014 is done and dusted...everything has been ticked off the crafty work list and this old crafter is twiddling her thumbs wondering what to do today...will it be a cubbyhole play day or can I tempted to don the DIY duds...pick up the paintbrush again and continue with the cubbyhole make-over.
I'll be back tomorrow to share yesterday's fun day at The Papeterie with the adorable Ken Oliver.
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lots of Spritzing...What Fun...

Hi folks...what better way to end my workshop year than a fun day with lots of lovely crafty girls at Kath's Klub at The Papeterie...
a day playing with Tim's new Distress Spray Stains and I know from experience how far this stuff can travel so lots of newspaper protection ensured I didn't have to stay behind and scrub down the classroom walls...
I suspect there may be a few more Spray Stain addicts out there now...

and here's what we made in the morning workshop with the give-away stamp set 
Christmas Nostalgia...


I wish the camera could show the amazing sparkle just a light spritz with Brushed Pewter created on this card
I'll be back tomorrow to share what we made after lunch...in the meantime I'm looking forward to a fun day with my lovely buddy Ken Oliver who will be demo-ing from 11.00am-4.00pm at The Papeterie today. Hope to see you there.
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, November 22, 2014

What a relief...

Hi folks...I'm sharing a little fun project that had the cubbyhole crew running around in circles and a certain someone questioning her sanity...


you know that feeling you get sometimes that a project needs a little extra something to finish it off and I had the very thing...Tim's Holiday Flash Cards...or so I thought...
72 Mini Cards with Christmas words all in their own little packet...just like a set of playing cards 
BUT where the devil are they...we've been on all hands to the pump...search and rescue mode and so far it's all been in vain...can't find the little blighters anywhere. But hold on a minute...I'm racking my brains...can I remember them arriving in the cubbyhole...can I even remember buying them or did I never get round to it...are they just a "this is driving me nuts" figment of my imagination"...am I losing my marbles.
Thank the lord for little distant memories of making a card with Tim's gorgeous new Layered Snowflake Die and YES...YES...YES...a flash card and after a trawl through the archives...I found it...
So it's official...what a relief...I'm NOT bonkers and now that their presence in the building has been confirmed...the hunt will be on...no stone will be left unturned to locate the naughty blighters but NOT this weekend...I've got a hot date with my lovely Kath's Klub girls at The Papeterie today and a fun day and a great big hug to look forward to from my lovely buddy Ken Oliver who's demo-ing at The Papeterie on Sunday. In the meantime I've set the resident Retriever...the clue's in the name...the task of sniffing out the goods but unless they're located near anything edible...I fear it may be a lost cause.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx


Friday, November 21, 2014

Gold Stars and Glitter...

Hi folks...it's Friday and another week bites the dust...the workshop kits for tomorrow are packed up ready to be loaded in the car under the supervision of my trusty side-kick...
who's quite unaware that he's been right in the thick of the crafty action again...he doesn't look in the mirror so has no idea that he's been sprinkled with some magic Festive Berries sparkle and it's hugs galore for Fat Club's Star Dieter...woohoo the Furry Boy has reached his 38KG target weight and there was much hooping and a-hollering...gold stars and treats all round from the vet staff yesterday.
and of course I didn't escape a covering of the old sparkly stuff either after yesterday's "Glitter Glitter Everywhere" Fiskars Festive project crafty session...
so by the time we head up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire...the stair carpet and the bedroom floor will probably be sparkled too but nothing that a hot shower and a whizz round with Mr Dyson won't put right.
The work stuff is almost up to date so I'm bunking off for a kick up my heels day with the Friday girls who are dab hands at spotting the tiniest bit of glitter...yes that little bit on your nose that shines like a sparkly beacon and I wonder where we'll be heading today...to be honest the weather is so dark and gloomy...I'd be quite happy to settle for lunch...lots of top up coffees and a good old blether chilling out in a country pub with a roaring log fire but my shop 'til you drop buddies will probably have other ideas.
Have a great Friday whatever you've got planned and I'll see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Cracker Box Tutorial...

Hi folks...Christmas is just around the corner and if you're anything like me...you need to get a wiggle on with some Christmas makes so I'm sharing a tutorial today for "Inspiration Journal"...how to make a cute Christmas Cracker Box to hold some sweet festive treats using Tim's Distress Spray Stains...Texture Paste...Stencils and images from the Styled Woodlands Stamp Set...
Trim white cardstock to measure 8.¼” x 11"
On the short side score at ½” 3” and 5.½”
On the long side score at 3” and 9”
Cut away the 2 outer panels.  Mark the centre of the middle panel, score from the edges to the centre and trim to leave a small flap at each side which will create the bottom of the box
Cut out  2-1" squares from cardstock to use as templates...line the square up with the scored lines and mark with a pencil. Mark the centre of the other square and trim to create a triangle...use to mark the zig zag effect at the top of the box. Cut out with a craft knife and erase any pencil marks.
Fix redline tape to the flaps of the box at this stage which will protect them from the Distress Spray Stain
Now that we've got the mechanics out of the way it's time for the fun part..spritz Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain on to your craft mat. 
Pick up the colour with a baby wipe and swipe on to the box with circular motions until covered...then dry with a heat tool...
Spritz with Iced Spruce, Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence drying between each layer until you are happy with the colour...
Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit across the bottom edge of the box, score at 3” and 5.½”, tear to create an uneven edge, stitch backwards and forwards to create texture. Fix to the box with redline tape.
Stamp the reindeer from Styled Woodlands with Potting Soil Archival Ink onto a piece of white cardstock 3 times.
Cut out the reindeer leaving a small border all round and fix in place. Stamp the pine cone branches at the neck of the box.
Use Texture Paste and the Speckles Stencil to create a snowy effect

Add dots of Glossy Accents to the Pine Cone Branches and create lines between the reindeer and Sprinkle with Festive Berries Distress Glitter
Cut out a small tag, stamp the pine cone branch with Potting Soil and the sentiment with Red Geranium Archival Ink, ink around the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink
 Gather the neck of the box together and tie with Red Ribbon, decorate with the tag and jingle bells



If you decide to make your own Christmas Cracker box...please e-mail me a link so that I can come and have a look and phew I think we all deserve another cuppa after that little marathon.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx


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