Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
At long last we have the keys to our first home! We could finally let ourselves in the front door on Saturday, and what a great feeling it was too! It is a charming little cottage dating back to around 1820 in the lovely village of Brinklow. We couldn't really wish for a better first home, it's small, but it's ours. I like the feel and the character to the property, however there is a lot of work to do! It has not been easy getting to this point there has been lots of ups and downs and stresses and even money lost but in the end things work out for the best. Been a long time coming since we first started looking but worth the wait. It is so exciting deciding what to do to the place and make it our own. Really feels like a dream come true especially as it will mean living with Adrian at long last, seven years we have been together now. Adrian has always lived in Birmingham and I've lived in Coventry, so trying to see each other around shifts at work has not always been easy, but we love each other and have made it work. I feel so blessed to have found my soul mate and now to have a lovely home to start our lives together in. I will be sad to leave my family home though as this is where I've grown up and been with my family all these years, lots of happy memories. I know it will be the same for Adrian too. Our families have given us lots of help and support throughout our lives especially with this new venture in our lives, for this we are extremely grateful. We are so lucky to have this kind of support. Looking forward to moving in but won't be until after Christmas now as need to do lots of work to our little place. Also thought it would be nice to have one last Christmas living at home too. Well it's been a busy week so far, trying to finish cards, Christmas shopping, wrapping etc. Also doing things with our new house. Will be putting the Christmas trees and decorations up at home tonight with my mum, after I've been to meet a fellow crafter (who is interested in Stampin' Up) for a coffee. Hopefully will have some cards or projects to share with you soon. Full of cold today and have a sore throat, think it must be all the excitement! (could do without it as so busy, the weather has a lot to answer for!).
Can't believe it's December already, I love this time of year and it's extra special at the moment as we have something else to celebrate too. Hope you all enjoy the countdown to Christmas and like the little countdown tree I've put on my blog! Sorry for long post but am just so happy that we have the keys to our own home at last!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
So here is what I am most Thankful for:
My Family (that includes my Fiance Adrian and his family)
My Friends (you know who you are!)
To express my creativity and to be able to share this with others
The roof over our heads and the food on the table (also the impending completion of our fist home tomorrow, our very own nest!)
Laughter (we all need this - best medicine!)
To love and be loved, to live this life, to find joy in the journey and the everyday and to reach for our goals and dreams together.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Recipe - Chipboard binder has been in my stash for ages, can't remember the manufacturer - Sorry. It's been painted with Decoart Americana paint in cranberry wine, DP is Making Memories St Nick Collection vintage collage (love this paper, got it last year), cardstock is Stampin' Up, handle is 7 gypsies, dew drops robins nest, buttons, ribbon and fibres from stash, also used Stampin' up scallop edge border punch and tab punch, white rub on's, circle and scallop circle nestabilities and corner rounder punch.
All I need to do now is add the pages with my Christmas card and present lists etc. Sections in this binder are Christmas card list, Christmas gift list, Festive fests and a section for Christmas decorating, craft project ideas etc. Made this so I can use it year after year, just need to add fresh list pages. Nice to have it all together in one place, can scribble down ideas, recipes etc too. I'm a real list maker and this will help to keep me organised!
I'll hopefully have more to share with you soon, need to get back on track with blogging more often! Thanks for looking at my blog!
Friday, 14 November 2008
Also made a quick card, using the cute, forever friends stamps. I used to buy these cards, stationary etc when I was in my teens and loved them, so I was pleased when they started doing them as stamps, now I can make my own and feel nostalgic!
Supplies used - Keepsake box - box from Stampeezee, DP is Making Memories, Cricut used for lettering, heart and crown shapes, Carstock is from Stampin' Up! ribbon is east of India, crochet flower from ebay (need to do my own or ask my mum nicely, she can crochet!) other flowers are Prima, gems, button and glitter from stash. For the card - Forever Friends Christmas set coloured with distress inks and glitter pens, cardstock is Stampin' Up! Ribbon and gems from stash. The little things that look like brads are in fact made from cardstock, I got them from Craftwork Cards at the NEC yesterday, great value and come in all different colour combinations, little pieces of card candy!
Added some bling to the card as not feeling so bright today, got a headache I can't shift! In work tomorrow, so I'll try to post some more Sunday or Monday. Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Stamp - Snow Cozy by Home Grown from Sugar Nellie (I love snowmen!), coloured with distress inks, touched up with glitter pens and white opaque pen by inkessentials. Image was stamped on to whisper white cardstock by Stampin' Up!
DP - DCWV 6x6 pad.
Other - snowflake punches (glitter card), gems and fibre from stash
Thanks for stopping by,
P.s I haven't forgotten about the blog candy I mentioned, waiting until I have been to the NEC to see if I can find some goodies to add to it! So come back soon to check! xx
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Supplies - Stamp (willow with cookies - Whiff of Joy, coloured with distress inks and sentiment stamp is Stampin' Up) DP (My Minds eye - new laundry line, you can't see on photo vey well but these papers are glittered and are yummy!) crochet flowers (from ebay) Dew drops (Robins Nest) Crochet trim from stash. Also used Stampin' UP scallop border punch (fabulous tool!)
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Stamps - Stampin' UP! Old-Fashioned Christmas, coloured with distress inks, then backgound has been coloured with chalks to give an aged feel to it.
Cardstock - image stamped on to whisper white, always artichoke used for card base and matting. Have inked edges of card and paper with distress inks.
DP - Basic Grey Wassail collection (lovin' this!).
Ribbon and 3d holly sticker - Anna Griffin.
Other - rhinestone star from stash.
Hope you are having a good day, thanks for looking!
Friday, 31 October 2008
Supplies used - Stamp - trick or treat Tilda (Magnolia) coloured with distress inks, touched up with glitter pens, glossy effects on pumpkin (can't see the effect of this in photo very well) card stock ( SU! pumpkin pie) DP (Basic Grey-ambrosia collection) Cuttlebug embossing folder (pumpkin harvest) ribbon ( American crafts) dew drops ( robins nest) rub on's for trick or treat sentiment (making memories).
Now off to the shops to get some sweets for the kiddos trick or treating and the rest of the ingredients for the pumpkin pie. So have a look later and I'll try to post some pictures.
Have a spooktacular day!!
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Hope you are having a good week so far!
Friday, 17 October 2008
DP- Daisy Bucket,
Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Ribbon - America crafts, chipboard heart and button from stash.
I'm working tomorrow afternoon and all of Sunday, so will post again next week. Hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Thanks for looking.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Stamps - Unity kit of the month - September
Paper - basic grey, cardstock- bazzill basics
Ribbon - East of India
Flowers - Prima
Other - staples, button from stash
We are also in the process of buying our own home and it has been very stressful, it started out smoothly then we encountered a few problems. Hopefully all seems to be going OK again now, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. We were buying somewhere last year and that fell through and we lost alot of money on fees etc. We just want to have a place of our own to call home and to be able to live together. Although I will be sad to leave my family home, it will be exciting to be moving in together after seven years. Adrian lives in Birmingham so there has been alot of travelling up and down the A45 for us both!! So please keep your fingers crossed for us!
Also would just like to say Congratulations to our friends Daniela and James who have recently come back from a trip to Chicago newly engaged! So pleased for you both! Daniela is one of my best friends and has always been there for me, I wish her every happiness. They make a lovely couple.
With whimsical wishes,
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Papers - Die Cuts with a View 6X6 Christmas pad from last year
Other - Large circle, large scallop circle nestabilities, stamping up slot punch, ribbon from stash.
Be sure to check out Hip Hop Thursday at Unity stamp co, lots of special offers to be had and blog hopping! It's on every Thursday and you can get stamp sets for $1 when you spend $25, plus there is usually a discount anyway.
I'll hopefully be feeling a bit better tomorrow and will try to post again, I'm off to bed soon with my hot water bottle and box of tissues! (Dosed myself up with remedies too ).
Hope you have had a good Thursday.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Here is another card I made using a Whipper Snapper stamp!
Stamp - Whipper Snapper - rocking horse
Buttons - Woodware
Ribbon - Spotted - American Crafts, satin ribbon from stash
Other - Cuttlebug embossing folder, white rub ons, chalks, tag die cut.
I'll post some pictures of my birthday meal and my new supplies soon!
Also wanted to say Happy 3rd Birthday to Ewan for tomorrow (my Friend Becky's little boy) and to thank him for his artwork he sent me for my birthday!
Friday, 19 September 2008
Check back soon for more creative projects (hopefully tomorrow!) and I'll post some pictures from my birthday soon. Thanks again to everyone for making it a special day.
Love Katrina xx
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Stamp - Charlie and snowman, Whiff of Joy, sentiment from an Anna Griffin stamp set, coloured with distress inks, touched up with mica shimmer paints and stickles
Papers - Carolee's collection - Adornit!
Other - snowflake brads - dovecraft, cuttlebug embossing folder (snowflakes), snowflake punch, gems from stash.
Stamp - Wishing well - Whipper snapper designs inc, coloured with distress inks, sentiment - unknown, shimmer ink used to ink edges and for sentiment
Flowers - Prima, spacer bead, gem brad - Making Memories
Ribbon - American crafts
Other - Fiskars threading water punch.
Thanks for looking, will be posting again very soon, have some more cards to show, I'm also in the process of finishing a scrapbook on our engagement and want to show one of the decorative tins I love to make.
Have a great day!
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Papers - K and Co
Flowers - Prima
Crochet trim, card stock and gems from stash
Thanks for stopping by! (Check back soon as this is a work in progress!)
With Whimsical wishes,