Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Help Ma Kilt...

Hi folks...well help ma kilt...trust the good old British weather to take a turn for the worse and put the dampers on yesterday's adventure...yes we had to take a rain check on our day out to one of my favourite places. Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate with it's breathtaking scenery is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the 10 mile walk around the loch on a good day weatherwise is a great way to blow away the cobwebs and lose yourself in the beauty and splendour of Mother Nature...
but believe me it's no walk in the park when it's persisting with horizontal rain...the cloud cover has rolled down to ground level...there's an almighty hooley blowing through the Glen and the water is running out of the arse of your breeks. Not the kind of conditions to road test my new best buddy footwear...they may be the bees knees in the comfort department but I have a sneaky feeling they would have failed miserably coping with the wet slippery muddy bogged down conditions of a walk on the wild side in the Scottish Highlands so in the meantime they're back in their box snuggled up in the wardrobe awaiting a change in the weather.
So what was I going to do with my "away from the cubbyhole" day...returning to the "put on the back burner" D.I.Y. marathon didn't appeal...neither did a slob out TV watching sofa day...I'm not good at the old twiddling my thumbs stuff and if I'd known then what I know now...I should have hightailed it back to the cubbyhole for some playtime instead of going for the...what only can only be described as "what was I thinking about" brain dead option of venturing out to the "bursting at the seams with junk" garage for what I thought would be a quick "few trips to the skip" morning starting off with the first of many "why did I keep all the empty boxes" loads of the day...
I'm convinced that junk goes into breeding mode when it's stored in a cool dark space and after many many trips with the car loaded to the gunnels later...I'm not much further forward...anyone want a dining table and 6 chairs.
and right at the back of this pile of  "has to go" stuff...there's a sideboard which I'm thinking might just make a perfect storage solution for the cubbyhole after an Annie Sloan make-over but I have to reach it first.
There's been another tower of stuff added to the already mountainous pile destined for the car boot...problem is when I'm in the mood for loading up the car and dragging myself out of bed at silly o'clock on a Sunday morning...the weather never plays ball and when the sun is shining I can't be bothered...
And what I didn't know was...while I was having fun decluttering the junk space...more Fiskars projects popped into my Inbox...so that's put paid to today's play day...c'est la vie as my Fiskars buddies would say...it's going to be another "back to the day job" kind of a day...not complaining...just saying.
And back to the crafty stuff...an e-mail from the lovely Stephanie...Editor of Simply Cards & Papercraft also popped into my Inbox to let me know that this card is featured on the Papercraft Magazines blog using my favourite Fuse Die...Hexagon and my favourite Intricate Shape Punch...the gorgeous Sunflower...
It's dismal raining and foggy foggy outside so I'm off to put my "ever onward...best foot forward and get on with it" hat on and I'll see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A "Jumping Ship" Road Test...

Hi folks...it's been a week of fast furious Fiskars crafting in the cubbyhole...the usual mania of "where is Mr Mojo when you need him" projects to nail...a full on "chained to my workdesk" 24/7 marathon but the fun bit is I got to play with this yummy bundle of gorgeous Kaisercraft papers and stamps...
the not so FUN bit was the qwerty keyboard session of typing up the " crikey...how many still to do" instructions...
that was one Mamma of a day...15 rounds of step-by-step torture requiring the big girl knickers and lots and lots of coffee but we made it and it don't half feel good when it's all photographed/e-mailed or packed up and posted. And I think the cubbyhole crew deserve a little treat don't you...The Furry Boy and his Mum are jumping ship...having a little "downing tools mutiny" day...ditching our crafty hats and heading off to them thar hills for a little peace and quiet adventure...
to recover from our pulled through a hedge backwards week
and 
to road test my new footwear for the next challenge...my 10K Bling Fling Charity Walk adventure

oh boy...I can't believe these guys have escaped my attention until now...COMFY doesn't come close...they are UBER UBER HEAVEN for your tootsies...like walking on a great big fluffy cloud but the real test will be how they perform on today's planned 10K trek up and down the hills of Aberdeenshire...I'm confident I won't be retracting the previous statements but hey ho...famous last words and all that has jumped up and bitten me on the bum before so watch this space.
But before we can vacate the cubbyhole...there's the product laden workdesk...
 and the punch debris floor to deal with...
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mellow Yellow...

Hi folks...I've had another play with my yummy April DT goodies from The Ribbon Girl and although the colour yellow is normally way out of my cardmaking comfort zone...I have to say I'm loving the mellow yellow of Scattered Straw Distress Paint mixed with the Burlap panels...the gorgeous Mixed White Dahlia...Ivory Dahlia Resin Flat Back flowers and that zingy Gold Candy Check Ribbon...a very Springlike colour palette which by the way doesn't match the temperature outside...it's returned to that old familiar more like Autumn heading for Winter.
 a little bit of stencilling on the white panels and lots and lots of my favourite Remnant Rubz...

but it's spot the deliberate mistake time...oops I never noticed that little bit of Redline Carrier Tape until I uploaded the photo and to be honest I couldn't face a repeat of the "nightmare to get a half decent photo" session.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Ribbon Girl-April Colour Challenge...

Hi folks...Happy Easter everyone...are you all getting ready to go and roll your eggs...no me neither...to be honest we've been tempted by the chocolate variety since they appeared on the supermarket shelves just after Christmas and I'm thinking I've already exceeded this year's quota so I may be settling for the boiled variety with toasty soldiers for breakfast this morning.
It's a bonnie sunshiney Spring morning...the third Sunday in April which means it's time to join in the fun over at The Ribbon Girl Challenges and Inspiration Blog and the colour for this month's challenge is...surprise...surprise...

LEMON/YELLOW


I couldn't resist using a sheet of Burlap from my new DCVW Paper Pad...adding a little bit of Wendy Vecchi's fabulous White Embossing Paste through Tim's Burlap Stencil and finishing off with Label Letters to create the sentiment...
Celery Green Loopy Trim
So it's time for you to get in the Springtime mood and pop over to The Ribbon Girl Challenges and Inspiration Blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my team mates and if you play along you may well be the lucky winner of the fab prizes up for grabs from...

 and our lovely chums at LOTV...
Enjoy your day whatever you're planning to do...
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pots of Easter Fun...

Hi folks...Happy Easter Weekend everyone...it's my turn to post over on the Craftwork Cards Blog today and seeing as this is the time of year when eggs are filling our thoughts...yes I do mean the chocolate variety...I thought I would have a little bit of fun recycling some cute paper cups I found at the back of a cupboard probably left over from a bygone Easter and at the same time use up the gorgeous die cut flowers from the Flower Shop Pop-Up Box Cards Kit...to find out how I went about this little make-over...all will be revealed over at the Craftwork Cards blog...
perfect to decorate your Easter Sunday Lunch table...


with a sweet little treat for your guests to nibble at with their after lunch coffee...
Once again I over-estimated the amount of the delicious mini eggs required to complete the project and as His Furriness is not allowed chocolate...say no more...nod...nod...wink...wink.
I'll be back tomorrow to share my DT make for the April Colour Challenge over at The Ribbon Girl Challenge Blog...in the meantime have a fun weekend whatever you've got planned.
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, April 18, 2014

A "sod's law" fun day...

Hi folks...it's sods law that the great big yellow ball in the sky has decided to return to my neck of the woods and I'm stuck in the cubbyhole tackling the great big crafty list although I have managed to sneak out to the garden for some coffee breaks...more than normal perhaps but there's no clocking in and out at this particular workplace so who's counting.
I'm having to take a rain check on this week's Friday Girls Adventure (sorry girls-up to my eyeballs in crafty stuff again) and a break from the Fiskars stuff to have a fun day finishing off my DT projects for the weekend and guess what's jumped back on to my workdesk...yes it's that Burlap Paper Pad that I've been itching to play with and the 8"x8" sheets of canvas and cute ruler wooden shapes that I've been stalking for weeks have arrived...
 along with this month's parcel of yummy goodies from The Ribbon Girl...
it looks like it's going to be a naughty naughty "temptation is everywhere"  kind of a day in more ways than one...all because the cubbyhole purchasing department has done the maths and got it wrong again.
Crikey the end of another week is looming...must dash...lots to do.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Help"

Hi folks...what can I say about "Let It Be" the musical which tells the story of the meteoric rise of The Beatles apart from...it was FABULOUS...FABULOUS...FABULOUS...FABULOUS and if you're a child of the 60's and a lover of the music of John Paul George and Ringo...you really need to go get yourselves a ticket...


the only script is the Beatles songbook...4 very talented musicians on stage for 2 hours celebrating the legacy of the world's greatest rock'n roll band...non-stop classics guaranteed to transport you back to the Swinging Sixties with memories of mini skirts and beehive hairdos and along with everyone else in the theatre (well apart from the couples on either side of my Sis and I who never moved a muscle throughout the whole performance) you couldn't help but clap your hands...wave your hands in the air and get to your feet and dance. I was never lucky enough to see The Beatles live but this was the next best thing...a brilliant night out singing along to all those familiar tunes...instantly recognisable from the first few opening bars and hey the old memory may let me down on many occasions but I still remember the words from beginning to end of every song and obviously so did the rest of the audience...well apart from our party pooper neighbours.
So guess what CD will be playing on a loop all day in the cubbyhole...yes pin back your ears Buddy and move over temporarily Mr B...the Beatles are back in town.
Fingers crossed I find some musical inspiration to "HELP" with the crafty list and it's not going to end up "A HARD DAYS NIGHT" or "THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD"...with a bit of luck it will all "COME TOGETHER"...hopefully "WE CAN WORK IT OUT" and before the end of the day this "PAPERBACK WRITER" will be sitting back with a cuppa enjoying that "I FEEL FINE" feeling..."ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE" folks and a bit of "PATIENCE" (oops sorry that was Take That)
So toodle-oo for now from
Hey Jude...Eleanor Rigby...Lady Madonna aka this nutty old crafty girl
Hugs Kath xxx

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Busy little Fiskars Bee...

Hi folks...the cubbyhole is in busy-busy bee mode...full-on Fiskars production line stuff...Mr Fuse has been working his socks off but nothing I can share with you yet so I've dug into the archives and today's crafty share is the card I made for the Fiskars April Newsletter...Project Of The Month...
using one of my favourite Fuse Dies....Hexagon...
and the "so easy to use" Squeeze Punch - Petal to create the flowers and leaves...

and still in Fiskars mode...I'll be sharing some exciting news with you all next week about an All Day Charity Workshop to be held at The Papeterie on 21st June...I just need to cross some I's and dot some T's and then I'll be able to tell you all about it and give you details of how you can sign up for what is guaranteed to be a fabulous fun crafting day out.
In the meantime the dates for the May and June Kath's Klub at The Papeterie have been posted on my Demo/Workshop Page...haven't got a scooby do what we will be making yet so fingers crossed I'm hit by a bolt of lightning divine inspiration very soon.
And while one half of the cubbyhole crew is running around like a headless chicken...the other half is highly delighted to have his great big snoozy place back and will be doing what he does best...lots of snoring and chasing rabbits woofy dreams. It's a dog's life and no mistake.
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back To The Day Job...

Hi folks...I'm back in the cubbyhole after a fun weekend with the lovely crafty folks at the Retreat and my flying visit (I was a little bit tempted to snuggle down for a duvet day) on Sunday to the Dancing On Ice Final Tour and oh boy I'm so glad I dragged myself out of bed at silly o'clock and braved the dismal persisting with rain weather in Glasgow...if you get the chance to go...you will not regret it....fabulous fabulous show...lots of fun and it was very emotional watching Jayne and Chris performing The Bolero at the end of the show...real hair standing up on the back of your neck stuff...it's been a dream of mine to see them perform it live ever since I watched it all those years ago on the telly. Then it was time for another rain soaked trip back to the train station and a fun karaoke "passed in a flash" trip home in the company of lots of AFC football supporters who I have to say were very well behaved albeit a bit exuberant with their singing and surprisingly cheery considering their team lost. I was very tempted to take a pic of  my "across the way" travelling companions who did a great job with their snoring accompaniment to each and every song and in tune too but hey I would be gutted if someone shared pics of me giving it laldy with my mouth wide open...so on this occasion I resisted.
But it's back to the day job with a 5 card magazine commission...newsletter projects and new product samples for Fiskars nipping at my heels...that old deadline looming "where is Mr Mojo when you need him" feeling and just when I'd psyched myself up for a "get on with it" kind of a day...donned my Fiskars Hat...fired up Mr Fuse and mustered the troops...a rat-a-tat-tat on the door somewhat scuppered my good intentions plan. A happy happy mail arrival from my bestest bestest bud Enfys...my lovely personal shopper is home from her shopping holiday/adventure in the US and look what she got me...ooohh...aaahh...gorgeous burlap heaven...she knows me so well...
Can I manage to sneak in a little bit of playtime...oh yes...a cunning plan is a-brewing....burlap is very on trend at the moment and may well feature in said magazine commission. Where there's a will...there's always a way and you don't get to my age without realising there's more than one way to skin a cat.
But before the crafting can commence...there's the small matter of tidying away the debris from the weekend...this one is going to be easy-peasy lemon squeezy...
but this one will be more of a challenge...first let me make it known that this is NOT how Mrs Neat & Tidy usually packs up the workshop bits and pieces...
but I dropped the 3 trays as I lifted them out of the car and deposited their contents all over the driveway so now I have a real "grit my teeth-pull up my big girl knickers" sort everything out job on my hands. But it's not all doom and gloom...I'm off out tonight with little Sis...a trip down memory lane at "Let It Be" The Beatles musical...have a feeling it's going to be another fun sing-a-long evening.
Toodle-oo for now
See you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 14, 2014

Papeterie Retreat Day 2...

Hi folks...wow wow wow...I had a fabulous day out yesterday at Dancing On Ice in Glasgow but I'll tell you more about that tomorrow...in the meantime it's back to Saturday's fun with all those lovely crafty retreaters at The Papeterie Spring Craft Retreat...we kicked off the day altering an old baked bean tin into a rather cute storage pot using the Papermania Capsule "Blue Parisienne" Collection...
 with a gorgeous Kusudama flower as the focal point...


followed by a repeat of the Tim Holtz Burlap Panel Project...

and after another yummy lunch...the last workshop of the day...
a wall hanger using Hero Arts "Stamp Your Story" Collections...



heads down...we're on the homeward stretch now...
And in a blink of an eye...2 days have flown by and 6 workshops are done and dusted..,
Another fabulous Retreat at The Papeterie has been and gone...I would just like to say a huge thank you to Charlotte and her team for all their hard work organising the event and to all the lovely crafty folks who came along to play...thank you for your wonderful company...for all the fun and laughter and once again I take my hat off to all my fabulous crafting superstars.
Hugs Kath xxx

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