Thursday, July 30, 2015

A crafty itch...

Hi folks...I confess I can be so easily distracted from the job in hand...you know that feeling when you get a crafty itch and you just have to scratch it...on this occasion it was those new Layering Stencils that upset the crafty schedule. My old faithful well-used stencil storage...a Tim Holtz Blogworthy Link from way back in October 2013...was looking a bit tatty around the edges...
so time for a bit of a mini make-over...a new acetate overcoat should keep him looking good for another few years and applying adhesive behind the new stickers holds everything in place...
but he was beginning to bulge at the seams...I can identify with that feeling for sure...time to create separate storage for the Christmas Layering Stencils...
a killing 2 birds with one stone adventure and a chance to play with the Alphanumeric Dies...


But before the rest of the cubbyhole crew send me to the naughty step...it's back to the workshop list but first I need to recharge the old brain cells and make sure my specs are firmly fixed on my nose....yes you've guessed...it's construction time and there are instructions involved.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back Down To Earth With A Bump...

Hi folks...I'm back down to earth with a bump...August is going to be crazy busy in the workshop department so it's high time I got my act together and jumped back on to the hamster wheel production line. Project 1of 6 for the September Craft Retreat at The Papeterie...only 5 and a bit weeks away is almost done and dusted...

oops naughty sneaky peeks...
and don't you just love when a plan comes together...the birdie dies and accessories stamps have safely touched down in the cubbyhole...hoop-de-doo-de-doo...just in time for my feathered friend to get a cute make-over...
ready for his shaking a tail feather or two debut at The Retreat...just like his Mum who is currently dancing around the cubbyhole like a crazy loon doing her best impression of the Birdie Song...no...not a pretty sight...I agree.
Getting your hands on the Bird Crazy Dies at the moment is like searching for a needle in a haystack but a little birdie told me that they are back in stock over at Craft Obsessions...so click HERE and hurry...hurry...run don't walk before they fly off the shelves again. But if you happen to miss out...leave your e-mail address and the lovely David and Brenda will contact you as soon as they are back in stock.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A sobering thought...

Hi folks...now here's a sobering thought for a Tuesday morning...it's the last week of July and only 4 and a bit months or to be more precise 151 sleeps until Christmas Day...scary huh...maybe not. For years I've been so frustrated that we couldn't get our hands on the latest Christmas crafting goodies until October/November and then it was a crazy headless chicken frenzy of trying to fit in a bit of crafty Christmas playtime amidst the madness of shopping wrapping and cooking but times they are a-changing. How excited am I that a certain Mr H has released his Christmas Collection in JULY....yeah...Christmas is coming early to the cubbyhole...
soon there will be fabulous STAMPS to play with
and gorgeous ALTERATIONS to have fun with
and I can't help but mention those Crazy Birds 
who as we speak are making their way across the Atlantic en route to their new home
god speed and happy landings my little feathered friends...
and Santa's come early...the first yummy Christmas in July parcel has arrived...
all I need now is...the delivery of a huge box filled to bursting with extra hours in the day
Can I end by saying a huge thank you to each and everyone of you for your comments here and on Facebook and all the personal e-mails you sent showing your support for Karen Burniston...the original designer of the Accordion Card Concept...it truly gladdens my heart that once again the caring crafting community can see the injustice in this and is willing to speak out for what is right. What's done can't be undone and I'm not naive enough to think that this practice will never happen again but I know that we as consumers can make a difference by making responsible choices about what we buy and where we shop...you just have to look at the once mighty Tesco "king of the heap and untouchable for years" as a case in point...they rode roughshod over their customers once too often and are now seeing their profits fall and their market share tumble.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath 

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Not So Nice Side Of The Craft Industry...

Hi folks...I've thought long and hard about writing this post but you know me when I'm fired up about something...the lid's got to blow.  I've worked for many years in the craft industry...met wonderful generous people only too willing to share their talent and inspiration with us all...made life-long friendships and had the privilege of working with great companies but believe me it's not all sweetness and light and sometimes the not so nice side of the industry rears it's ugly head.
I was incensed when I read on Facebook that a UK craft company who advertise themselves as innovative and inspirational had launched a new series of dies on Create and Craft over the weekend...
and you don't need to be a rocket scientist or need a magnifying glass to see that this is a blantant copy of the fabulous Accordion Card Concept designed by the lovely and very talented Karen Burniston. Crafters have been creating accordion cards forever...the old fashioned way with a craft knife and mat but Karen was the one who put all the hard work in to creating a unique system making the concept work using dies.  I'm absolutely disgusted at this disrespectful violation of Karen's rights as an artist...whatever happened to integrity...moral scruples and ethical business practice...has the need to make loads of money become more important than decent honest values...I sincerely hope not or we're all doomed. Sadly this practice is not unknown in the industry...it's not illegal apparently but neither is it right or ethical to jump on the bandwagon and make a fast buck off the hard work of talented artists by taking their concept...making a few tweeks and passing it off as your own.

I'm ashamed that a UK company would behave in such a despicable manner but we...the customers have the power to put a stop to this...I can't tell you where to spend your crafty pennies...I can only ask you to think twice...go with your conscience...do what's right and buy the original dies...sending a message to companies that we don't want this kind of behaviour associated with the wonderful hobby we all love.
I'll leave you with a quote from my lovely buddy Paula
"If we don't stand publicly for the principles that are closest to our hearts
what's the point of having any principles at all"
See you all tomorrow with a happier post
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Back in the cubbyhole...

Hi Folks...it's back to the cubbyhole for me and the fun of opening the parcel pile that arrived while I had my "entertaining the grandkiddos" Grandma hat on...top priority is my DT parcel from Inspiration Emporium and hoop-de-doo...snuggled in there is Tim's fabulous Alphanumeric die set...102 dies = crafty alphabet and number heaven...
it's going to be so much easier to create layered up words when there are multiple dies of each letter and to speed up the hunt for a particular letter I decided to fix them all on to magnetic sheets. But then the "why stop there" organising fairy in me kicked in so I intend doing the same with the rest of the Thinlits family...creating labels to help identify those "I struggle to read backwards" scripty words which in theory should also ensure they all end up safely back in their envelopes.
but with only two down and a whole lot more to go
I'll be putting the kettle on and settling down to the task in hand...have fun whatever you're doing today.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spot The Culprit...

Hi folks...crikey it's Saturday already and I've had a whirlwind week with the grandkiddos...the weather's been glorious...yes the silly man from The Met got it wrong again. Day trips out and about...picnic lunches...playing board games and football in the park...
alfresco sunshine suppers and fun movie nights...
and it was all hands to the pump in the frantic search for the missing tennis ball...it took us quite a while to spot the sneaky "practicing to be a Wimbledon ball boy" "finders keepers" culprit...
Sadly my guests have returned home and after a week of playing with the little kiddos...I'm off out with the big variety...aka the Friday girls. I hope you enjoy your weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Tale of the Bird Crazy Catastrophe...

Hi folks...let it not be said that everything always goes according to plan in the cubbyhole...this been around the block crafter has more than her fair share of  chucking projects in the bin moments but you can guarantee that if it does go pear shaped...you're going to hear about it. Let me introduce you to 3 very unhappy Bird Crazy friends...
and my disastrous attempt to create the circle halo effect I used on yesterday's card all because I didn't warm up my brain...make sure my ears were working properly or indeed give our beloved Professor my undivided attention when I watched his "HOW TO" video (sorry Mr H). And I know exactly where it all went pear shaped...it's important that you rub the glaze gently into the paper and because I used the textured side of the watercolor paper...this obviously didn't happen and that's why I ended up with colour where I didn't want it...
and a Bird Crazy Catastrophe...
So the moral of the story...don't do as I do...do as Mr H says and you'll be fine.
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello Sweet Friend...

Hi folks...I've been having a little fun with my Bird Crazy Friend and a brand new product to join the Distress family...Distress Micro-Glaze which Tim uses on this month's tag over at "12 Tags of 2015"
"Now there’s a way to seal your Distress projects with the new Tim Holtz® Distress Micro Glaze™. The perfect water resistant sealer for craft projects, Micro Glaze™ is ideal for sealing Distress Inks, Markers, Stain, Paint & more. Easy to apply, Micro Glaze™ dries to a smudge resistant, waterproof finish. Perfect for use on paper crafting projects, watercolors, and ink jet printing.
I stamped the Bird Crazy image with Black Archival...coloured with Distress Markers and used Distress Micro Glaze to create a circle halo effect around the bird and the flowers which were stamped with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink...then applied a watercolour wash of Fossilized Amber and voila...cool or what...

which is more than can be said for yesterday's effort...all because...well...let's leave that Bird Crazy catastrophe tale until tomorrow...in the meantime you can watch Tim's video on how to use Distress Micro Glaze HERE.
I can't wait for my Bird Crazy dies and Crazy Things to arrive from Inspiration Emporium and if you've been hunting the internet to get your hands on these elusive items...you can find them HERE....US Shipping is $5 and International $10 and if you use my code "allthatglitter" at checkout...you'll get 10% of your order.


Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waste Not...Want Not...

Hi folks...today I'm sharing some cute gift bags I made for this month's Colour Challenge over at the Ribbon Girls.  When I receive my DT parcel of goodies...I always check if I have anything left over from previous kits that will match this month's colour theme and found this...
you know what us crafters are like...we can't bear to throw away even the tiniest bit of paper ribbon or lace and voila...a pretty pillowbox gift box made from almost nothing at all...


Hugs Kath xxx


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