Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Naughty...naughty...

Hi folks...WE are currently sitting on the naughty step...that's the Royal "WE"...the Furry Boy and his Mum aka The Cubbyhole Crew and apparently the misdemeanours are so serious we may be here for some time. Let's start off with the Furry Boy...yesterday's absolute star has blotted his copybook big time...he was well and truly banged to rights...left without a leg to stand on when he was caught red handed licking his stitches. Goodness knows how but he managed to puncture the comfy collar (well if truth be told...ripped to shreds would be more accurate) which is now as flat as a pancake...beyond redemption and headed for the bin.
A picture's worth a thousand words...the "I'm sorry Mum" repentant hooligan is back to sporting the dreaded lampshade and I don't think he's chuffed that it's PINK...well if you do the crime you have to do the time in the doghouse...
And now it's my turn to step into the dock and just like my furry partner in crime...it's time to fess up and come clean. I was well and truly rumbled when Mr Postie announced the arrival of more "I'm powerless to resist" purchases...there are only so many deliveries you can put down to DT stuff before the crafting Gestapo aka hubby begins to sniff a rat.
And how can you explain to the resident non-crafting grumpy interrogator that there are certain things out there...despite the threat of living on crumbs from the fridge until the end of month...that are destined to take up residence in the cubbyhole and top of that list were the ever so cute and dinky Mini Distress Inks...
and just when I thought my collection was complete...Mr TH...the principal reason I now find myself in hot water...has just released another 3 sets...well of course it makes sense to have these little gems in all 48 colours but I fear my fate is sealed and I'll be heading back to the naughty step tout suite because they have now arrived in the UK and you can get yours HERE
The Furry Boy may well have bitten off his nose to spite his face but as usual he's taking the latest hiccup in his stride...us humans would do well to take a leaf out of his book...why get stressed about stuff that is outwith your control so I'm adopting my furry friend's "c'est la vie" "am I bothered" atitude...we just need hubby to join our little club and in the words of Del Boy...all will be cushty in the cubbyhole or maybe not but I'll tell you all about that tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On A Mission...

Hi folks...it looks as though Summer might be over...the mornings have turned a tad chilly and the kids are back to school today...their 6 week summer break seems to have passed in a flash although not all Mums would probably agree. Did I happen to mention we were taking time off for some holibobs...well after the events of the last 2 weeks and the drastic change in the weather...I've somewhat gone off that idea and fat chance now anyway...I'm back in the cubbyhole on a headless chicken mission to do serious damage to the long and never ending crafty list. A bumper parcel of goodies arrived from Craftwork Cards on Saturday and I've had a fun weekend making samples for the Create and Craft Show on Bank Holiday Weekend...
I was momentarily tempted to sneak in some cheeky peeks but can't afford any time out on the Craftwork Cards naughty step so you'll just have to have patience...believe me when I say...you are so going to want this "Steph has done it again" new collection.
And on the subject of patience...I'm so proud of my Furry Boy...it can't have been easy hobbling around with that awkward bandage not to mention the fitting of the "test the patience of a saint-adapt and overcome" waterproof drip bag every time he ventured outside but he's got far more patience than his old Mum...just takes everything in his stride and has been an absolute star.
I'm now moving on to the "Retreat At The Papeterie" mode...having lots of fun with Project 4 using American Decor Crackle Medium from Decoart...I've tried lots of crackle products over the years and this one is so easy to use and definitely ticks all my boxes...
a little sneaky peek for all the lovely "Retreat" crafters of what is still a work in progress project
and instead of sitting here waffling...I should be getting my work hat on for another busy day in the cubbyhole
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Was Stitched Up...

Hey everyone...it's your favourite bundle of golden deliciousness popping in with an update on life in the cubbyhole.
Last time I joined you I didn't know that dastardly plans were afoot...forgive the pun...silly moi for thinking we were off on our holibobs when in fact my sneaky old crafty Mum had arranged a hot date with a scalpel at the vets instead...oh yes I was stitched up good and proper and woke up feeling as though I'd gone 10 rounds with a boxer of the human variety but all's well that ends well and I'm feeling much better. I've been back to see my lovely chum Mark and he's very happy that the wound's healing nicely...in fact he thinks I'm an absolute star but you all knew that anyway...didn't you.  And woohoo Mum will be removing the bandage today...
and yeehaaa I get my "beginning to feel a bit itchy" stitches out on Friday...permission to resume normal hooligan antics and back to tearing around chasing my bunny friends again. The not so good news is...I'M BEING PUT ON A DIET...a measuring out each meal weight watchers diet...a measly 80g per portion starvation regime with no extra treats and was I consulted about taking part in this gastronomic torture...do I have a choice...apparently NOT...so next time I pop in...I'll probably be a skinny malinky lang legs former shadow of myself instead of your adorable furry coffee table.
But hey I'm a laid back "go with the flow" kind of a dude and I'm sending you all big furry snuggles to say a huge "woof woof" thank you for all your kind messages and dropping a hint that food parcels will be very much appreciated.
See you all soon
Big Hugs and Furry Snuggles
BUDDY xxx

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"12 Tags of 2014"...August

Hi folks...it's hard to believe that we're more than halfway through August already and this is the 8th tag of 2014...

and it's a sobering thought to think that in a blink of an eye...Christmas will be here. I loved the techniques Tim used for this month's tag but went for an entirely different colour palette...Festive Berries...Peeled Paint and Wild Honey to create a Christmas version...any excuse to use the fabulous new Christmas Blueprint and Handwritten Holidays stamps
I don't have Ranger's Texture Paste yet so I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste which seemed to work OK with the Distress Stains and I couldn't resist colouring the holly berries with a Distress Marker and giving them a Glossy Accent overcoat...
I love how the Remnant Rub on the Vial Label just pops out at you..I machine stitched the Vial Label but obviously the sewing machine wasn't going to take kindly to metal...so I hand stitched the Word Band...
and used a little Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Powder for the rusty look...I bought sets of the embossing powders years ago in a job lot from QVC and have to admit to not using them much so thank you Tim for revisiting older products and encouraging us hoarders to use them.
The Furry Boy will be joining you tomorrow with his take on recent events
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My "Magic Of Chrismas" House...

Hi folks...crikey we would be forgiven for thinking it's October...we've had a week of every kind of weather...blowing a hooley...downright chilly and persisting with rain and it's a scary thought to think there are only 18 more Saturdays before Christmas...I knew that would make you sit up and take notice...
But enough waffle about the weather...it's my turn to post over on the Craftwork Cards Blog today...time to share a few sneaky peeks of the the project I made with "The Magic of Christmas" Paper Pad...Toppers and Candi  from Craftwork Cards...
you know what I'm going to say next...yes it's my favourite favourite collection so far...
and I had great fun decorating my "Magic Of Christmas" House...


to see how it all came together...pop over to the Craftwork Cards Blog
The August Tag is done and dusted so I'll see you all tomorrow to share.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, August 15, 2014

Out and About...

Hi folks...I had the best day out yesterday with my lovely buddy Annie...we headed off to Mains Of Drum...little did we know it was going to be an all weather adventure and no mistake...sunshine one minute and monsoon conditions the next...it's just as well the car was on automatic pilot mode because most of the time I couldn't see a darned thing even with the wipers on warp speed...

A nice relaxing lunch and lots of time for chatting...catching up on all the news before we headed to The Papeterie for a little bit of retail therapy...coffee and a slice of the absolutely delicious cake Annie had made for me along with this gorgeous tag...
time spent with a lovely friend was just what I needed after a traumatic week.
The Papeterie is now stocking Americana Decor Chalk Finish Paint from Decoart...I used to use Decoart Acrylic Paint in my ceramic days and know that it's top quality so I'm home with a pot of their Crackle Medium to try out for one of the Craft Retreat projects...anything that doesn't move will be crackled...just saying...
and talking of inanimate objects...the patient is taking the vet's advice of lots of rest and gentle recuperation very seriously...
we're back to the vet today to get the wound checked out and all being well...fingers crossed for a smaller dressing or better still none at all.
And I've got to get my work hat on and get busy...busy...there are Kath's Klub projects to organise...projects for The Retreat at The Papeterie to finish off and kit and in between I need to put my thinking cap on for the project for the Fiskars Workshop at The NEC in November and start to source materials ready for that great big kitting marathon BUT first...I'm having a little playtime with this month's "12 Tags of 2014" tag...I'm just waiting for the texture paste to dry and then it's messy hands here I come...
but I'll be keeping an eye out for the postie this morning...I'm waiting for a brand new kit from Craftwork Cards ready to make samples for the Bank Holiday Weekend shows on Create and Craft and I have a sneaky feeling you are going to absolutely love this one too...just saying. I'll see you all tomorrow to share the project I made for my monthly post over at the Craftwork Cards Blog
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Magic Of Christmas...

Hi folks...I'm back in the cubbyhole with my hop-a-long Furry side-kick for company...he's feeling much better but a little bit stir crazy only getting 2 short strolls a day instead of his usual hour long 3 times a day racing around like a lunatic excursions...I have to say I'm missing the daily exercise too...crikey 2 weeks of this and there may well not be enough room in the cubbyhole for both of us.
And while the Furry Boy's been snoozing the day away I've been having fun with the gorgeous "Magic Of Christmas" Collection from Craftwork Cards...a cheeky sneaky peek of my DT project for Saturday's blog post...
and with some of the left over bits and pieces I couldn't resist decorating a Kraft Gift Bag...hang on to your galluses folks...you are about to witness my "Less Is More...Seriously...Are You Having a Laugh" Project...
I certainly went to town on this one...using my favourite Fiskars Squeeze Punch to create hexagons from all of the papers in the Magic of Christmas Paper Pad..faux stitching to create the patchwork effect..a tag from the Tag Pad...a couple of  Toppers...Candi and loads and loads of glossy and enamel accents finished with a double bow made with the beautiful Venetian Christmas Red Seam Binding from the Ribbon Girl.


Not my usual style but it's growing on me...why not decorate a bag and fill it with Craftwork Cards goodies...the perfect Christmas gift for a crafty chum.
And talking of crafty chums...I'm off on a jolly today to meet up with someone special that I haven't seen since the fabulous Tim Holtz event in Coventry last year...looking forward to coffee lunch and lots of "catching up" chatting.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Thankful Days...

Hi folks...I'm happy happy to report that the Furry Boy is home again after yesterday's trip to the vet...surgery was successful and the lump removed with good clear margins...we still have to wait for the histology report and worst case scenario...another nasty and the chance of recurrence meaning we have to be vigilant...early removal is key but hey we'll deal with that head on if and when.
In the meantime His Nibs has got his grumpy face on...not entirely happy that he's on a light diet for the next few days and gentle "on the lead" strolls are the order of the day for the next 2 weeks until he gets the stitches out and not impressed either by the arrival of new neckwear...
I think it's a big improvement on the hard plastic lampshade alternative and of course I've got damage limitation in mind...the walls doors and back of my legs will now be safe from the rampaging hooligan but I don't have to wear this snug fitting donut for the next 14 days...so what do I know.
Can I just say once again a huge thank you for all your good wishes and support through what has been a difficult week...it means a lot to me to know that you were thinking of us and in the light of the recent news of the sad death of Robin Williams...a man who brought joy and laughter to millions of people throughout his career but tragically struggled to find peace in his personal life...why in the 21st century is there so little understanding and still a stigma about mental illness of any form. I feel humbled that I am lucky enough to work in an industry which is all about sharing and friendships...lots of folks have told me over the years that crafting has been a lifeline for them bringing them back from the brink of despair and depession...if crafting helps just one person through difficult times...that makes me very happy.
It's back to the crafty list today..the production crew are a man down but no doubt he'll be joining us in the cubbyhole and treating us to his "decibel busting snoring" company...happy days indeed.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's going to be a LONG DAY...

Hi folks...crikey it looks like Hurricane Bertha has landed...it's been blowing a hooley out there...rain like stair rods...more like Winter than Summer and just to add to my gloomy mood...I'll be dropping His Furriness off for his surgery this morning. It's going to be a LONG DAY..why does time fly when you're having fun and vice versa when you're anxiously waiting for news. Not sure if I'll be able to concentrate on much of anything in the crafting department today...I won't be out in the garden that's for sure so armed with a bucket of hot soapy water and rubber gloves...I'll be doing battle with the kitchen cupboards and the oven. Meanwhile I'm sharing Saturday's "take my mind off things" task...the "not looking so cheap as chips now" journal...
I coloured the light areas of the butterflies on the back side of the vellum with a Ranger Inkssentials White Opague Pen...hand stitched the vellum on to the front cover and cut out the large butterfly from the matching Wallflower Paper Stash Pad.
 added Kraft Card inserts and a bit of stamping with Hero Arts Stamp Your Story "Time"
adding Remnant Rubs...Tissue Tape...Industrious and Chit Chat Stickers...



 sharing a fun way of altering patterned vellum...
I painted Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the back of the leaf stem and Peeled Paint on the large leaves...it's an easy way of highlighting and colouring patterned vellum without losing any of the gorgeous detail on the front.
I'm really happy with how this turned out and can't wait to transform Album No 2 but it won't be today...toodle-oo for now from this anxious...pacing the floor and climbing the walls Momma...I'll be back tomorrow with news of the patient
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, August 11, 2014

Idea-ology Collection Folio...

Hi folks...today I'm sharing the travel journal I made with the Idea-ology Collection Folio from Tim Holtz and the "Around The World" Collection of papers...stamps and embellishments that Scrapberry's kindly sent me to play with...it was great fun to make but a devil to photograph...so brace yourselves for a mega photo sharing session...







I loved working with this collection and all it needs is for me to add photos and bits and pieces from my travels. You can view the whole collection HERE...Scrapberry's is a trade only website but they did promise to give me a list of UK suppliers which hopefully I'll be able to share with you soon. This was a real use everything in the kit project...even the packaging  and acetate sheets from the packs of embellishments and I still have the stamps and loads of embellishments left to play with so watch this space. The eagle eyed amongst you will note that I also managed to squeeze in some TH goodies...my favourite Remnant Rubs...Ephemera Expedition...Index Labels and Adage Tickets.
And tomorrow I'll be sharing the "cheap as chips" journal decorated with the gorgeous Wallflower Vellum Pad...
I loved the Wallflower Paper Stash Pad but wow oh wow the vellum pad is stunning...even more gorgeous than I imagined and when us crafty folks see something we like...we want it NOW so a big thank you to Craft Obsessions for another super duper speedy delivery and if you're on the hunt for the Mini Distress Ink Storage Tins...you can find them HERE.
Well done if you're still with me...I don't know about you but after that little marathon...I need a cuppa.
Toodle-oo for now...
Hugs Kath xxx

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