Monday, November 30, 2009

Blimey.......

Morning folks nothing crafty to share this morning....so it's just me having a chat....we haven't had a chat for a while so pop on the kettle and park your bum somewhere comfy.....
It's greetings from a cold and chilly North East of Scotland and blimey what a shockeroonie this morning.....dashed downstairs to let my furry bundle of golden deliciousness out for his first piddle of the day......opened the back door and.everything is white....oh yes the first snow of winter....are we going to have a white Christmas do you think.   I love snow....oh I can hear you groaning from here....I know it's causes chaos on the roads and can be a real pain for those going to work each morning but it just transforms the landscape into something magical.
I am back watching the X Factor now that the terrible twins have gone.....and who do you think is going to win.....only 2 more weeks to go....my favourite has to be Cheryl's GEORDIE JOE.....what a voice and oh that smile....Danyl or Ollie just don't do it for me...and must admit I am not keen on Stacy either....but it's anybody's guess who the public will be voting for.
And I'm A Celebrity......what a riot last night....I haven't laughed so much in ages.....at Justin's antics with the fly...it was absolutely hilarious and of course...my favourite part of the program....those two lovable Geordie rogues....Ant and Dec.     Now I had a bit of a dilemma because it's on at the same time as my favourite programme of all time TOP GEAR.....so there was lots of channel hopping back and forth which drives hubby up the wall.....why don't I tape it and watch it later.....good question.....don't know how to.....all this modern technology is a complete mystery.....we have this all singing and dancing tape thingy and the farthest I have ever got is switching the blighter on.
Well off to get myself suited and booted for our cold crispy stroll.....good thing is...no muddy feet this morning but will catch up with you all tomorrow for a brand new challenge over at GET FUNKY.....it is my turn to set the challenge.....so see you all tomorrow at 9.00am sharpish.....in the meantime....keep warm and happy crafting.
Hugs Kath xxxxxxx

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Snowed under

Morning folks.....I'm snowed under.....no not with the white powdery stuff.....the paper variety....it's all go here in the cubbyhole......talk about Cuttlebug Clutter and Cubbyhole Chaos....and what happened to my resolution last year that this Christmas was going to be different....oh yes I was going to be so organised and have all my personal Christmas cards done and dusted in plenty of time.    Once again that magical time of the year is fast looming and the feeling that I will once again be running around like a scalded cat is taking over.   So much to do and so little time......I have got my wrapping paper...but no presents to wrap.....the ingredients for the Christmas cake but no time to bake it.......the tree and no time to trim it....don't you just wish you could summon up the Christmas Fairy to wave her magic wand.

Cards Everywhere





And I have just noticed that the magic 200,000 hits has long gone and I know that I promised you some blog candy.....well I have to hold my hands up in horror....it ain't gonna happen this side of Christmas....not unless you want my family sitting down to beans and a fried egg for Christmas Dinner....but I promise in the New Year....I will organise A BUMPER SUPER DUPER BLOG CANDY.....so be patient folks.
And talking of give-aways.....I am waiting for some of  you lucky winners over at Penny Black Saturday to e-mail me so I can get your prizes off in the post......the cubbyhole is looking a bit like Royal Mail's sorting office...I am falling over all these goodies....so come on folks......get e-mailing.
And I have a gorgeous card to share with you all from my lovely Fiskars buddy.....Ann.....I just adore this Penny Black Fantasy tree.....Ann now has a blog....yes all that nagging finally paid off but I just need to persuade her now to actually post something on it......she makes the most beautiful cards and it's high time that she was sharing them in blogland......don't you think.



The Budster and I have just returned from our morning stroll and it's snowing.....yes snowing....so it will be a day of crafting all cosy in the cubbyhole....I am having major challenge withdrawals so may find some time to sneak one in and must catch up with all my lovely bloggy buddies....I have so been neglecting them...catch up with you all later.
Hugs Kath xxx
Edited to add: if you are reading this Ann....you need to post this card on your blog and tell everyone how you made it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Morning folks and what a fabulous response to our Christmas Countdown Blog Hop.....I hope you all had as much fun as all the girls on the team did.....and there were lots of correct answers for the competition....I think we made it too easy....but pop on over to Penny Black Saturday for a list of the lucky winners and you also need to visit all the girls on the Design Team.....who knows you may have won one of their yummy candy parcels......and the winner of my candy is.......

Congratulations Sam
e-mail me with your address (you will find me on the sidebar at Penny Black Saturday)
 and I will pop your goodie bag  in the post

So it's time for this week's challenge which is a sketch from our lovely teamie Beth and before you all e-mail me....I know I missed out the strip across the centre behind the image....well you all know me by now....I am a bit of a jinx when it comes to the old sketches











Images: Penny Black...."Fantasy"
"Happy and Cool"
Hero Arts.....Tiny Snowflakes
Sentiment....Scrapworks Shimmer Shapes
Finished of with lots of Glamour Dust....Gold Glimmer Mist..
and Papermania Pearls

And we have another fab prize for you this week
from the lovely Dick at PB Stamps


15% off discount voucher to spend in their online store....
a mega treasure trove of Penny Black heaven

And I would like to say a big thank you and sadly goodbye this week to the lovely and mega talented Debby....our fabulous Guest Designer for November.....her cards have been absolutely stunning and I am so sad this is her last week.....it has been a huge pleasure having Debby on board and I wonder WHO will be joining us for the month of December.
Look forward to popping over to see what you will all be creating this week.
Hugs Kath xxxx

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Craftwork Cards

Oh yes I'm back again with another Happy Birthday....this time for Craftwork Cards who are celebrating their 10th birthday.....have you been over to take a peek at their brand new website yet.....it's fabulous....so easy to zoom around looking at all the fab products....oh I know...guaranteed to make a serious dent in your bank balance....and oh boy did I get a big surprise...nearly choked on my coffee last night.......the birthday card I sent to celebrate is right up there on the header....chuffed or what...and it's hard to believe that it's 10 years since Sue started the company from the attic of her home....bet she can't believe it either.   Congratulations to Sue...Richard...Julie and all the team at Craftwork Cards and here's to the next 10 years.
I am a big fan of all things Craftwork Cards and became a member of their Card Club long before they had a website....way back in the days when I couldn't wait for my monthly newsletter to pop through the letterbox with all the new goodies and then get my order off in the mail.... little did I know all those years ago that one day.......can't share just yet...you will have to watch this space for some exciting news.....how naughty am I.






Papers: Craftwork Cards....Yummy Scrummy
Dotty Daisies: Mallow/Cappuccino
Plasma Numbers
In Circle Birthday Messages
Ribbon: Craftwork Cards
and my favourite Card Candy....Chocolates &  Marshmallow
Sentiment: Making Memories Tiny Alphas
all finished off with a generous sprinkling of Glamour Dust

My very first attempt at an easel card and I can't believe how easy it was to make.....can't say the same about getting a half decent photo....could I get the camera to show the true colour of the pink....so apologies folks but this is the best of a bad job.
Catch up with you all tomorrow.....when all the lucky winners of the Penny Black Saturday Christmas Countdown Blog Hop will be announced over on the challenge blog and I will be announcing the winner of my little parcel of goodies and as always we will have another fabby challenge for you.
Hugs Kath xxxxxx

Birthday Time Again

Morning folks and it's time to pin back your ears once again..I did warn you I have lots of birthdays in November and today is a very special lady...my  fellow Scot and lovely teamie over at Funky Hand..Allison

Cue Music.....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLISON
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU

Have a lovely relaxing day lounging around in your super cosy fabbylicious dressy gown
(and believe me Allison....I was so tempted to post a pic)
with a glass or two tonight to celebrate.

I told you a few weeks ago that this is most sung song in the world and blimey.....I seem to have been singing it all this week..and still one more to go.   Survived my visit to the dentist yesterday and as a little treat to myself for being so brave.....oh yes I am a big coward when it comes to the dentist....I got 3 new CD's.....Alexandra Burke....Susan Boyle and that serious bit of eye candy Michael Buble......and I love them all.....but my favourite tracks are from Susan Boyle.....White Horses...the song she sang a few weeks ago on the X Factor and my favourite hymn of all time.....How Great Thou Art.....music is just one of my crafty must haves....can't craft without my CD's playing in the background and me singing along......unfortunately for my crafty furry friend....I can't sing in tune to save my life.... I love all kinds of music but my favourites are Mariah Carey..and her ex boyfriend Luis Miguel (yes he is Spanish)...don't always understand what he is singing but it sounds sexy and that will do me...Andrea Bocelli......Take That...Michael Buble.....Snow Patrol....Coldplay...Beyonce just to name a few.
Will be back soon to celebrate another very special birthday....but I promise not to sing this time.
Hugs Kath xxxxxx

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sneaky Peek Thursday

Morning folks and yes it's Thursday once again and can I just wish all our lovely crafty friends in the USA a very "Happy Thanksgiving"....a time for families and friends to get together and celebrate over yummy turkey dinners.    Can't say that I am envious....trying to organise 2 mega celebrations within a month of each other......oh no Christmas is more than enough for me.....and am I organised for that one....what do you think.
And talking of Christmas....the weather is turning decidely wintry here....the north wind doth blow and we shall have snow.....isn't that how the rhyme goes.....well believe me...the wind is definitely blowing a gale and it feels cold enough for snow......it's going to be a long long winter if we have snow at the beginning of December.      Mind you that may not be a bad thing....at least "The Budster" won't be trailing mud into the house...he either needs to get fitted with doggie wellies or learn to wipe his feet at the door like everyone else.
Well onto the sneaky peek for this week.....


bet that has got you baffled

And I am having a real fun day today.....starting off with another muddy walk....all wrapped up and looking like Michelin Man....quick change and dashing off to the dentist.... then off on the supermarket run to stock up on some food supplies....oh the joys.....well it makes sense to get them all over in the same day.....and would you believe.....I will be back tomorrow with another birthday sing-a-long.
You have only 2 days left to join in the Christmas Blog Hop over at Penny Black Saturday.....lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs.
Hugs Kath xxxxxx

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Time Again

Morning folks.....well I did warn you that I had lots of birthdays this month and today a very very special lady is celebrating her special day......

Cue Music.........
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Anice
Happy Birthday to You

one of the sweetest girls and the best boss in the world.....yes you know who it is....the lovely Anice from Funky Hand.     I hope you have a lovely relaxing day....and that Ian has organised something very special to celebrate.....Ian and Anice have been working so hard over the last months to perfect their brand new CD.....and I know I am rattling on about it.....but it's fabulous.....the things you can do with this CD will blow your mind away and already my lovely teamies are hard at work making scrummy things for the release....and I don't know if I am allowed to say.....but early next year......just think when you are all Christmassed out....you have this to look forward to.
And I can't believe this......Anice is letting you all share in her birthday celebrations....well I wasn't going to give the lady's age away......but all will be revealed if you pop over to the Funky Hand website today.....make a purchase....you will get a whopping discount of.....wait for it 41%....how generous is that.....you don't get an offer like that everyday....so hot foot it over there PDQ....all you need to do is enter 41TODAY in the discount code box when you checkout.
And once again.....I am saying a big thank you to one of my lovely Funky Hand teamies......Enfys thought that I was in need of some crafty cheering up so yesterday morning the postie arrived with a bumper bundle of delicious crafty stuff and the sweetest little card...thank you so much En for your lovely kind thoughts....and like the rest of my wonderful teamies over at Funky Hand.....a wonderful friend..   Apologies for the terrible pic....but the weather here is so dark and dismal.....one of the things of which we have absolutely no control over.
A huge thank you to all those who have e-mailed asking if I am OK.....yes I am fine.....it's been a real rollercoaster ride of emotions the last few weeks....sink or swim situation....but I've never been a doom and gloom person so it's time to pull myself up by the bootstraps... ditch the negative and move forward.... and yes I can see light at the end of the tunnel now and as always there are always folks out there far worse off.
I don't know if you have visited my hero this week....yes the one and only Tim Holtz....well poor guy has been having a bit of a tough time too... his computer was stolen from his car containing all the photos for his new book....new stamp image artwork and CHA stuff... months and months of work.....and he was left thinking....WHY ME....WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS.....well sometimes life throws these things at us for no reason....in his case...he was in the wrong place at the wrong time...and I don't believe that bad things happen to people because they have been bad......like me he is so fortunate to have the support of wonderful family and friends to lift his spirits and help him move on which is exactly what he is doing.....the good news is he has decided to do his "12 Tags of Christmas" again this year starting on December 1st.......a master class each day with "The King" himself.
It's time for "The Budster" and I to set off on our morning stroll......it's blowing a real hooley out there..so it's time to wrap up cosy warm...and they are forecasting snow in this neck of the woods........is it going to be a "White Christmas" I wonder...... catch up with you all later......Hugs Kath xxxxxxx

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Ones that Got Away

Morning folks......some cards to share with you this morning......had completely forgotten about them until I was doing a bit of a spring clean in the computer.....made away back at the beginning of the year for a magazine commission but they were never published.....bumped off to make room for some full page spreads of advertising.....and in the magazine world that is the name of the game.
Using two of my favourite products......
Basic Grey Bittersweet Papers and Embellishments and Hero Arts...Printed Flowers Clear Stamp Set







And I am beavering away here behind the scenes.....but nothing that I can share with you yet and have cards to make today for 2 very special ladies in my life but will be back tomorrow to sing again.....oh no I hear you say.....yes it's another very special lady's birthday tomorrow.
Hugs Kath xxxxxx

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday

Morning folks.....yes Monday comes around once again and hey there are not that many more Mondays before Christmas....oh hush I hear you say....do we really need reminding how unorganised we are ....I think not but I bet there are folks out there who have had their cards made......written all ready to post.....gifts bought and parcels wrapped since September......BAH HUMBUG TO YOU ALL.....blimey half the fun is the last minute dash and if you believe that....you will believe anything.
Well enough waffling from me......today is a very special day and I'm afraid you all need to put your hands over your ears because

Cue Music..........
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear En
Happy Birthday to you

yes my lovely Funky Hand matey Enfys....... is celebrating her birthday today....haven't posted a pic of her card.... not sure if it will have arrived yet.....it had to wing its way across the ocean all the way to Florida.....so have a lovely day my lovely friend and spare us a little thought as you cut your birthday cake by the pool.....dressed in your bikini and a cocktail in your other hand.



And I got a lovely sweet card from another of my lovely Funky Hand teamies......Jules..it was so kind of you Jules and believe me it means a lot......well that's my Funky Hand teamies for you.....always there for each other when the going gets tough.....just the nicest sweetest bunch of girls who can turn a serious post on our DT forum into an absolute riot within a few comments....yes Lythan I am talking about you....and I LOVES THEM ALL TO BITS.
Now my mojo has been missing a bit over the last week but fingers crossed I can get him up and running again....catch up with you all later......Hugs Kath xxxxxxx

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Christmas Countdown Blog Hop - Penny Black Saturday

Morning folks... now am I excited or what....we have a fabulous week of fun and the chance to win some fabulous goodies for you this week over at Penny Black Saturday but first of all can I just say what a fabulous response to our Christmas For the Guys challenge...I know cards are not easy to make for that most difficult of species....MAN...but you definitely all came up trumps.
OK...onto the fun bit... if you have arrived here from Penny Black Saturday you will know that this week we are holding a.....

CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BLOG HOP

Can you guess this well known Christmas Song


---O---   T--   ---   N----   -----E--
a little clue......one of Santa's helpers


it has five words and we have given you another little clue by filling in some of the letters but to collect the rest of the letters you need to visit each member of the Design Team including our lovely Guest Designer for this month Debby......solve the puzzle and then e-mail your answer to Kath....kathinwesthill@btinternet.com
along with your blog address
Entries will close at midnight GMT on Friday 27th November

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ANY OF THE PRIZES...YOU NEED TO ENTER A CARD IN THE CHALLENGE
and all the lucky winners will be announced on Penny Black Saturday next Saturday

And the letters you need to collect from me are.....

R     L


The challenge this week is

WINTER WONDERLAND



Papers: Magnolia Winter Wonderland Collection
Image: Penny Black Jollie Follies Stamp Set
More of those snowflake blighters
Sentiment: Sizziz "Bug in a Rug" alphabet
Sentiment stamp from my stash
and I have a little parcel of goodies to give-away...just leave a comment here and I will choose one lucky winner....to be announced next Saturday......the rest of my lovely teamies also have yummy little parcels to give-away.....so lots of chances to win


Penny Black Images...ribbon...my favourite snowflakes...buttons..pearls and
some delicious Card Candy

and the prize for the lucky winner chosen at random for this week's challenge
generously donated by our lovely teamie Carole

Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder

Oh my word.....we are spoiling you all rotten this week.....can't wait to see what you all create and will be popping over to pay you all a visit.....and look forward to all your e-mails with the correct answer popping into my mail box.
Have lots of fun
Hugs Kath xxxxx

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm so excited

Hi Folks....sorry that I have no cards to share today.....it's been a bit of a week and I was having a no crafty day today until the postie arrived with a little fat jiffy envelope and the sticker on the back tells me it's from Anice at Funky Hand.    I am so excited.....it's Anice's brand new CD.... and let me tell you I have been eagerly awaiting it's arrival......and believe me folks.....it's fabulous.....gorgeous paper collections....more wordbooks....fabulous digi images and it's all singing and dancing......lots of new features........just goes to show that Anice has taken on board all the comments from her customers and I know that both Anice and Ian have worked so hard on this one.       So the Design Team are going to put this baby through its paces....just to iron out any little quirks and then it will be available for all you lucky people to get your crafty mitts real soon.
And tomorrow we have our fabulous week of fun over at Penny Black Saturday.....believe me you won't want to miss out on playing along......oodles and oodles of fabulous prizes to be one.....so pop on over at 8.00am to join in the fun.
The weather here today is glorious sunshine after yesterday's deluge of rain but I know that lots of you are having to deal with horrendous weather.....monsoon conditions and severe flooding.....so take care and keep safe....only travel if your journey is really necessary........Hugs Kath xxxxxxx

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Time for Sneaky Peeks

Morning folks and yes it's Thursday again and time for sneaky peeks.....I can't believe how near we are to Christmas now......blimey....a little bit of a panic in the cubbyhole...well to be honest MAJOR PANIC...if the truth be known....but we put ourselves through this every year....do we ever learn....NO....so this one will pass just the same as all the rest and then we wonder why we got so uptight about it all.



Well nothing else to share today folks and what do we do in this country when we run out of chat....we talk about the weather......crikey what is happening there....yesterday was the most glorious sunny day...ok with a little chill in the air...but it could have been an early spring day......this morning as I sit and type this....lovely and cosy in my jammies right next to the radiator belching out heat....it's still pitch black outside....the wind is howling and the rain lashing against the window.......AND "`The Budster" is itching for his walk.....and yes you've guessed it.....it's going to be another wet and muddy dog day.....but a perfect Cubbyhole Crafting Day.
Hugs Kath xxxxxx

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Super Duper Blog Candy Alert

Morning folks.....nothing to share cardwise today..... but I have some great news for you all.....now I know all those Craftwork Cards fan out there are a tad disappointed because the launch of the brand new website has been delayed due to technical problems but Sue and Julie have decided to soften the blow a little bit by offering some.....yes....you've guessed

BLOG CANDY
all you need to do is answer a simple question......

What is your favourite Craftwork Cards product?
What can you not live without and why?

What will you win - a selection of the soon to be released new goodies, wrapped and ready for you to get creative with!

So what are you waiting for folks.....pop over the Craftwork Cards Blog and leave a comment by Monday 23 November and who knows you may be the lucky winner.


And there's more......a very big toot for my lovely bloggy bud Debbi....who lives just a stone's throw from here...a real sweetheart and a dab hand with the old Promarkers....now Debbi has just reached 20,000 hits on her blog and was recently asked by  Letraset to put together a selection of Promarkers and a craft tutorial for a brand new Craft Gift Pack to be released very soon......and a pic of her card and her name will appear on the packaging..how cool is that....wooohooo...way to go girl...I am so happy for you...our very own North East of Scotland Crafting Celebrity.
And Debbi is giving away some fabulous blog candy to celebrate... lots and lots of Promarkers to be won...so pop on over and give Debbi some bloggy love and get your names in the hat.....why am I telling you.....this could be the start of my Promarker collection.
As you may have guessed I don't own any Promarkers....oh I know shame on me...but I am thinking that perhaps I need to make a purchase and then persuade the master herself to give me a few lessons.....perhaps a free lunch at the Alford Bistro might just swing it.
And blow me over with a feather....I have just noticed that I am creeping nearer and nearer the old 200,000 hits mark......crikey....can there really be that many folks out there with nothing better to do but to come and read my ramblings each day.......and I need to get my thinking cap on and look out for some goodies for a bumper BLOG CANDY......just hope the counter slows down a bit and it doesn't land slap bang on Christmas.
Catch up with you all later..........Hugs Kath xxxxxx


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Allsorts Challenge

Morning folks....the challenge this week over at  Allsorts is from my lovely bloggy bud Emma

TO MAKE SOMETHING FOR A CHILD
and as I am in serious Christmas card making mode....well it just had to be a card featuring someone that every child loves.....yes the reindeer with the big shiny red nose...Mr Rudolph himself....isn't he just the cutest dude......and a nice little space down in the left hand corner to personalise with a child's name


Bazzill Card Stock
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug Snowflake Die
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Craftwork Cards....Christmas Ovals

I had a lovely trip out to my favourite craft shop....Simply Create at Alford yesterday  but no Jacqui....out and about on business but I met her new assistant...the lovely Ann...who doesn't have a blog yet but is open to persuasion... (HI ANN....I did promise to give you a little toot).....and Fiona...a customer who just happened to pop in and before you know we are all chatting away about crafting.....and you know me folks....I am not backward at coming forward in the chatting department....I so enjoyed meeting them....you know this crafting life can be a bit lonely....so it's nice to get out and about and meet other crafters and have a good old chinwag.......so I know Ann.... if I want a bit of crafting company....Monday or Friday are the days to come..on one condition....you have the kettle on the boil.
Well that's it for today folks......off to finish off some birthday cards for some very very special ladies.....blimey November is a really busy birthday card month for me......catch up with you all later.
Hugs Kath xxxxx

Team Polkadoodle

Morning folks....let me ask you a question......do you want to be a Polkadoodler.....Nikky over at Polkadoodles is looking for some new faces to join the team....our lovely Polkadoodle buddy Saskia is leaving the team to pursue other crafty avenues.....I am so going to miss her fabulous creative talent....but wish her well in her new adventures and will be stalking her blog to see what she is up to....and ME ....well I am taking a bit of garden leave from the team.....life has been a bit tough these last few weeks at Chez Kath.......family stuff and I felt that I wasn't contributing 100%....but Nikky...lovely girl that she is...has suggested I take a bit of a break until after Christmas......and I very much appreciate that.
So if you are a fan of Nikky's fabulous CD's.....and would love to join a great bunch of girls....you will find details of how to get your name in the frame HERE.
Ok life has a habit of sometimes jumping up and biting you on the bum but you just have to work your way through it....so you ain't getting shot of the old girl yet.....I'm just slowing down the pace a little and can I just say a huge thank you to all my Design Team buddies for their wonderful support.....they are just the best....and to all my lovely bloggy buds for their get well wishes....oh yes the magic antibiotics have done the trick already.....and guess what....I found time to do another challenge card.....this is the fun part of crafting and a great cheerer upper....almost as much as crafty stash shopping....so will be back soon.
Hugs Kath xxxxxxx

Monday, November 16, 2009

Good News and Not So Good

Morning folks......yes it's Monday morning and the start of another week....and I have exciting news to share with you all......Funky Hand have just launched some brand new Digi Stamps just in time to give you a helping hand with all those Christmas cards....all these images for only....wait for it   £1.99



and I had great fun playing with them.....and to see lots more examples from all my fabby team mates click HERE






and there was going to be more exciting news....I was going to be shouting from the rooftops about the brand new website over at Craftwork Cards....but there have been one or two technical problems so it has been delayed until next week.....well we can all relate to techy problems....can't we...and what do you bet the person responsible is related to dear old Mr Blogger.....but pop on over to Craftworks Cards Blog....where you are invited to join in the fun to help celebrate their 10th Birthday.
And the not so good news.....I have had a bit of a crap weekend..... on Friday night I developed cystitis....why do these things always start once the doc's surgery is closed.....I am not a fan of G Docs...or NHS 24 whatever it is called now....so I have been dosing myself up with medication from the pharmacy and drinking lots of cranberry juice.....has eased the symptoms a little and if you have ever suffered with this girls....you will know how awful it is...but luckily I have an appointment prebooked with my doctor this morning for a routine blood test....so hopefully all will be well in the bladder department very soon.
Off to walk "The Budster"...off to see the man with the magic pills and then hot footing it out to Simply Create at Alford to pick up some goodies for our very special challenge over at Penny Black Saturday.......Saturday 21st November......a date you need to circle in red on your calendar.....back tomorrow with another challenge card.
Hugs Kath xxxxxx

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Daring Cardmakers Challenge

Morning folks....and it's time for another challenge card....yes I am managing to fit the occasional one in between other things.   The challenge this week over at Daring Cardmakers is from the lovely Paula......

SCRAPLINGS.....
well I've been a crafter for many years..but this was a new one on me and hey it just goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks..... 

"Scraplings are little narrow cards made from scrap cardstock. You know how when you make a card from a a piece of A4 or Letter sized cardstock you're left with an off-cut? Well that's the basis of a Scrapling. When folded in half, the Scrapling's card front will measure roughly 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" , though this depends of course on the size of card you were making in the first place....well now you know."




Stampin Up Kraft Paper
Scraps from MME...Merry Days of Christmas
Pink Petticoat...Little Fleurs Collection
Image: Hero Arts...Let it Snow
Buttons...ribbon...gems and thread from stash
Sentiments: Making Memories Tiny Alpha
Doodlebug Cardstock Stickers

I normally do keep the waste from white cardstock as I use it for stamping images and matting sentiments but hey this is a brand new use and I am loving these cute and dinky little cards.....how great would they look as tags on your christmas parcels and great for place settings at your Christmas table...just use alphas to add the names....and perfect for using up all those itty bitty scraps of paper that we all tend to hoard.....in fact made from scraps left on my desk after making this card.....

 
Catch up with you all tomorrow for some real exciting news...in fact next week is going to be a bumper bumper week of good news and lots of fun......Friday is a very special day...can't say any more about that  and make sure you join us next week on Penny Black Saturday for a very special challenge with oodles of fabulous prizes to be won....oops I may be in big trouble for letting the cat out of the bag.
Hugs Kath xxxxxxx

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge....Week 75

Morning folks...yes it's Saturday and time for another challenge from Penny Black Saturday....fabulous response to our Song Title challenge last week and I found myself singing along with all your song choices.....and your takes on the challenge were just wonderful.....thank you everybody for a fun week.
The challenge this week is......

CHRISTMAS FOR THE GUYS
and I can hear you all groaning from here.....
I decided to make a Christmas card for my furry bundle of golden deliciousness
who put up with his Mum's terrible renditions of all your favourite tunes last week....only disappearing off upstairs on a couple of occasions...when the decibels levels went into the red zone







Papers: Stampin Up
Coredinations White Washed
Sizzix...Texture Plate
Image: All Dressed Up
Ribbon: American Crafts
Sentiment: Making Memories...Tiny Alphas
Star: McGill Punch
I adore this cute little pup......and the expression on his face just sums up my gorgeous hooligan when he has done something naughty...."WHO ME".
Once again we have a fabulous prize for one lucky winner this week
$20 Voucher to spend at

1-2-3 Stitch
who have a wonderful selection of Penny Blacks in their online store

Well that's it for today folks.........will be popping over to check out all your "Christmas For The Guy" cards and if you need some inspiration pop over to Penny Black Saturday and check out all the fabulous cards  from the girls on the team.   Will be back tomorrow with some little cuties.....I have fallen in love with.
Hugs Kath xxx


Friday, November 13, 2009

Polkadoodles Challenge


Morning folks....time for another challenge from Polkadoodles....and this week we have another fabby sketch from Nikky and the Design Team were asked to use "Not for Girls" CD.




"Not for Girls" CD
Net Ribbon....from stash
Sentiment: American Crafts Thickers

Crikey I have just realised that this is Friday the 13th....not that I am normally superstitious but perhaps I will just keep a low profile today...stay in the cubbyhole crafting and keep well away from guillotines....craft knives and the like.....catch up with you all tomorrow for another challenge over at Penny Black Saturday.
Hugs Kath xxx

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