Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Christmas and New Year Wishes

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas! I wanted to post before Christmas but life got so hectic! The run up to Christmas is always a busy time and with us just buying our own home this year was no exception. Everything got done in the end, well almost everything! Is it just me or did Christmas pass by so fast this year! We had a lovely time and I have enjoyed what I could around my shifts at work. I love Christmas and and get excited every year. I am thankful for having a wonderful fiance, family and friends to share this special time with, certainly a time to count your blessings! Well just a quick post to check in, I will hopefully be back to making some cards etc soon, had some lovely new stamps for Christmas and can't wait to ink them up. Have got a few birthdays around the corner to make cards for, so I better get started soon. I had so many plans for posting Christmas cards etc but was just too busy, as I'm new to blogging I won't be too hard on myself, better luck next year! Already looking forward to next Christmas as it will be our first Christmas in our new home and the first one that we will spend completely together! Anyway, I hope that 2009 is a happy, healthy year full of dreams come true for you and yours. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog this year and really hope you visit in the New Year as I have lots of plans and ideas for craft projects etc etc! In the meantime enjoy the last day of the year and making those New Years resolutions!
With love,
P.S Thank you to everyone for my lovely Christmas presents.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

At Last!

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!

Hugs,



Thursday, 27 November 2008

Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving in America, so Happy Thanksgiving to all those across the pond! Although we are not American, we love America and have had some amazing holidays there, to be honest if it weren't for our families and friends here we would probably emigrate but we would miss them too much! So the next best thing is to holiday there as often as possible! Don't get me wrong there are things I love about our home country too, it's just different there. I have been to New York in November several time but have never actually been there at Thanksgiving! Next time I would love to see Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree! I like the idea and meaning of Thanksgiving. The harvest festival and to count our blessings and give Thanks for these.

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!)
My Health
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!)
My memories
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.

Life is hectic at the moment, so just nice to stop, take stock, and appreciate things for a moment. I've been busy stamping and watercolouring away today for card orders, have finally done recipe card for pumpkin pie recipe I mentioned a while back but battery on camera gone now (not the only thing needing recharging!) so I'll post that in next few days (I don't forget these things I mention posting, just takes me a while to get round to them at moment!). Haven't got any good pictures of the pies really as they didn't last long! lol! I'm off to bed now as got a long shift tomorrow. Brought the Twilight novel today that everyone in America is raving about (just been made into a film), hopefully will get time to curl up and relax with a good book soon as I love reading and haven't had chance for a while.

Night night and remember, if at night you can't sleep count your blessings instead of sheep!

Sweet dreams,

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

I know, it's been a while, what can I say, life has been non-stop! Last two weeks have been filled with work, working on card, keepsake box orders, sorting things for completion with house, Christmas shopping etc. I've hardly seen Adrian even! Last Friday we finally signed for our first home at the solicitors. Four months after we put our offer in and 18 months after we first started looking, a property fell through for us this time last year, stressful at the time but a blessing in disguise given the fall in house prices etc, also we now are buying somewhere in a better location, in better condition and for a better price. Shows things really do happen for a reason even if you can't see that at the time and good things come to those who wait! It is a great feeling to sign the paperwork and to be completing this Friday all being well. It has not gone smoothly, we have had all sorts of issues to sort out so really is good to be at this point now. Fingers crossed we will have the keys at the weekend! Can't wait! As life has been so hectic I have been feeling a need for some organisation and order amongst the chaos! It's always a busy time of year anyway. Hence the project that I am sharing with you is that of a Christmas planner binder to help me get organised for the festive season!




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!

Hugs,

Friday, 14 November 2008

Keepsake box and Forever Friends card

Had a great day at the NEC yesterday, I went with my friend Debbie, who owns Stampeezee. There was lots to see and inspiration in abundance. Time just flew, it was so busy there, we even forgot to eat or get a coffee! Was also great to finally meet Michelle, who I signed up to Stampin' Up through, she was on the Stampin' Up stand at the Hobby crafts show yesterday. If you go have a look at their stand, lots of ideas and a make and take etc. Got some new stash and some fresh ideas. Anyway just wanted to share this keepsake box I made for a work colleagues little girl, the brief was girly and think the pretty pink works for girly. Love doing these!



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

Snow Cozy!

Again, a serious lack of blogging from me! What can I say, life is so busy, working full time, house buying, fitting in time with family and friends, the list goes on. Well last Thursday I held a craft party at a family friends house, it was to show people the cards, keepsake boxes and tins that I make and to see if anyone was interested in them. Well I had a great response ( a boost to my crafting confidence!) and now have lots of orders to fulfil! Great as this gives me some much needed pocket money to fund this wonderful but expensive hobby! It's addictive! It was such an enjoyable night and nice to get feedback on my handcrafted items, but means I'll be extra busy. Oh well, that's the best way to be, lol! I've also been trying to get a head start on my Christmas shopping and had a lovely day Christmas shopping in Chester Saturday with my mum and Wendy (family friend, who held the craft party for me - thanks Wendy!). One of my favourite shops - Liberty Bell is there and I spent quite a while browsing and brought some lovely items. The shop sells lots of hand crafted items from America and quilting materials, ribbons etc. If you go to Chester you have to visit this shop. It's lovely inside and a friendly welcome awaits. A link to their wedsite can be found on the sidebar. I'm in work tomorrow and my little sis has got to have three of her wisdom teeth out at the hospital under general anaesthetic, so wishing her lots of love and her smile a speedy recovery. Thursday will be another busy day, my sis will need some TLC, I'm off to the NEC for the hobby crafts show, then trying to fulfil orders in the evening, Phew! I'll try and post though!

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

Birthday wishes

I just want to wish my fiance Adrian and my little sister (well she is 22!) a very Happy Birthday today. Hope they both enjoy their special day. When I met Adrian seven years ago I thought it was funny that he shared the same birthday as my sister with it being Bonfire night and all. So it's usually a busy day trying to see them both, sort two lots of cards, presents etc, but I love them both very much so it's not a problem! Last year they both shared special birthdays on the same day, it was Adrian 30th and Natalie's 21st! Now that was hectic, we were also going to New York to celebrate and there was planning the trip, packing etc. But we all had a great time, I went out there with Adrian and his family for a few days it was their first time (Adrian and I had been before) so we had great fun seeing all the sights, Adrian, his dad and his sister's boyfriend Paul went to a Knicks game, while I was shopping with his mum and sister , Sarah. We also went to see a Broadway show as part of his birthday treat. Then as they were due to come home my mum and sister came out, we then spent the rest of the holiday shopping till we were dropping (with lots of Starbucks to keep us going!) We also went to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular which was fantastic! If you are ever in New York in the run up to Christmas go and see this show, great entertainment with the Rockettes! Sorry for going on but like you can probably tell, I love my family and I love NY! It's great this time of year, Christmas shopping is so much fun there as the atmosphere is amazing and so are the sights. Can't believe that was a year ago now, was even more special as it was for milestone birthdays and time spent with family, which is priceless. I've still got to scrapbook the picture (head hung in shame - LOL!). This is on my to do list, I'll post pictures of the pages or a slide show in the not too distant future. Wish we could be there this year, i miss it but you can't have it all, house take priority this year and we are very lucky to have been a few times.
Anyway, here is a card I made for my sister, using a stamp from Whiff of Joy. When I saw this I had to get it as I knew it would be great for Nat as she love baking and is good at it.


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!)
Sorry for poor picture quality but the lighting is terrible today, had to use light box. If you click on pictures you get a close up (not sure if I should tell you that, as then you will see the imperfections!). Anyway sorry for the long post, and yes I have made the pumpkin pie, it turned out quite well, I'll post recipe and pics in next few days.
Hugs,

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Stampin' Up an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Well the last two days I have been quite productive crafting wise. So now I attempt to catch up with the blogging, I did want to post everyday this week, I'm a bit behind but I could try to post twice somedays in an effort to make up for it! You know what they say about the best laid plans... well they usually go out the window! The card I am sharing now is made using the Old Fashioned Chistmas stamp set from Stampin' up, I love cute and Whimsy but I also have a soft spot for anything old fashioned and vintage, so had to have this set in my starter kit as it's coming up to Christmas. I have tried to keep the card quite elegant and simple.

Supplies used:
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.

Still have not got around to making the pumpkin pie yet!! Hopefully will give it a whirl this evening. Been so busy, it's Adrian's and my sister's birthdays tomorrow (they were both Bonfire night babies!) so have been present shopping and making their cards over last few days.
Hope you are having a good day, thanks for looking!

Friday, 31 October 2008

Pumpkins Galore!

Me and my sis had great fun carving the pumpkins and handing out sweets to the kids that called trick or treating. However it's hard work craving and we didn't manage to carve them all, especially the big one! I didn't manage to find time to make the pumpkin pie but I have the ingredients and plan to do this tomorrow evening. I'll post the recipe on the blog soon and a picture of the pie if it turns out!!

Hope you had a happy and safe Halloween,

Trick or treat!!!

Happy Halloween! I'm like a big kid today! You see I have a bit of an obsession for pumpkins, strange I know! But autumn is my favourite time of year, I love the leaves changing into those beautiful rich colours, the crisp cool air, being cozy on dark nights and wearing snug sweaters (also it's my birthday in autumn!). I love the harvest and pumpkins remind me of this! So me and my mum took at trip to New House Farm in Hill Wootten near Warwick to pick some pumpkins yesterday, it was great fun, the farm was all done out for Halloween! Can't wait to carve them later and I'm also going to have a go at making pumpkin pie, I tried this last year when we were in New York and it's delicious! So check back later and I'll hopefully have some pics for you, if I haven't given us all food poisoning! lol.

I couldn't resist this Magnolia Halloween stamp, I had to limit myself to only one due to us buying our house (could have brought them all, oh well maybe next year!), so this one won, due to the pumpkin!



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

Apologies!

Sorry for my lack of blogging fellow bloggers and blog visitors. I have been on night shifts and have also been busy sorting things to do with our first home as we are nearing completion now. So fingers crossed all will be well and that we will soon have the keys! Exciting! Just wanted to let you know that I haven't fallen off the edge of the world! I would like to post a project tonight but that is probably being unrealistic due to my zoombie like state at present, lack of sleep!However I am off work for 9 days now, yippee!!!! So there should be plenty of projects etc on my blog, also I'll be giving away some yummy blog candy soon, so keep checking back. My challenge to myself is to post as often as possibe while I am on holiday from work! I want to get a head start on all my Christmas cards, Christmas shopping etc as once we have the keys to our little cottage, it will be full steam ahead with decorating etc etc!! So I'll share them as I make them.

Hope you are having a good week so far!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Pick up!

Just a quick post today and a quick and easy card! We are going to see friends of ours shortly and thought I would make this card as their little boy has to have an operation soon, so just a note to say that we are thinking of them all. I used the stamps from my Stampin' Up starter Kit. My kit came the other day and it is great. Love the stamp sets and tools etc, will have lots of fun with them! You have to assemble the stamps, which is really easy and the craft and rubber scissors in the kit, make it (forgive me) a snip! These are great for using with unmounted stamps too, have made the job much easier as they are specially designed for using with rubber. The loads of love stamp set is fantastic, it has lots of different accessories so it really is a fun little set for all occasions. I'm sure I'll be using this one again and again!
Stamps - Loads of Love set -Stampin' up! Coloured with stampin' up classic ink pads and sukura glitter pens.
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!

Hugs,

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Wow! Veronica did a great job with my blog!

Hi there, I'm so pleased with my new blog design! Veronica (see link to her site on sidebar) has designed many blogs out there and I spotted her logo while blog hopping, I contacted her about designing my blog (because I didn't know where to start - I'm a techno-phobe!). I mentioned the things and styles I like, I mentioned angels, country style, shabby chic or vintage and this is what she came up with! We were going for more of a cute image but when she emailed me this vintage image, I thought it was beautiful and the rest is history! I do like the polka dot background too and the crocheted scallops are so now too! Hope you like it too, much better than the plain bog standard blog I had before. So here is my first post on my new blog!

Stampin' up! As mentioned before I have now signed up to be a stamping up demonstrator, I'm really excited by this opportunity as it is a great company with such lovely products. I'm also looking forward to holding workshops/demo's and getting to know other crafters. It will also provide me a discount to lots of crafting products and hopefully give me some pocket money to help subsidise this expensive and addictive hobby! Take a look at the Stampin' up online catalogue on their site or you can purchase one from me. I'm sure you will agree that their stamps etc are gorgeous. If you are interested in buying any products, arranging a demo/workshop with friends or becoming a demonstrator yourself then please contact me.
Here is a card I made with the Stampin' up set Flakey Friends, which is now retired and only available while stocks are left. Love these snowmen, they are adorable! The design papers are DCWV, ribbon, fibres, button and charm from stash.

Thanks for looking.

With love,

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

I'm back!

I know, it's been a while but it's been busy around here! Firstly I had a bad cold for over a week and felt dreadful, I've been working and then been away for a weekend to York with Adrian and his family, which was lovely. Nice to have a change of scenery and time out. Also lots happening on the craft front, I'm hoping to sign up as a Stampin' up demonstrator soon! Watch this space, this would mean, stampin' up projects on my blog, you will be able to buy stampin' up products from me or have me do a workshop/demo. My blog is also due for a make over, I have found a very talented blog designer, Veronica and she is working on my blog banner etc at the moment! It's very different from the theme we were first going for but it is beautiful and vintage, so check back often as it should not be too long now! I am also hoping to have a stall to sell my cards, handmade items etc at a charity event for Zoe's Place baby hospice in December. I'll post details as soon as I have confirmation. I have also been asked to make the wedding invitations for a dear friend and neighbour who is geting married next year and have been asked to make samples for someone else. So I'm going to be quite busy! Here is a quick card I made using some of the stamps from the September Kit of the month from Unity.

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

Whimsy Santa

Just a quick post today as I'm full of cold and have got a sore throat. Boo hoo. So feeling a bit sorry for myself! I've just about mustered up the motivation to make this card. He is one of my favourite Christmas stamps, absolutely adorable! He is by Whipper snapper - how did you guess! Like I said before I really love their stamps and have a few ;-) If you click on the pictures you can get a close up of the cards, I have also tried to show a close up of Santa to show the shimmer the glitter pens give and the dimension of the liquid applique etc.


Stamp - Magical santa - Whipper Snapper, round sentiment stamp from paper artsy, coloured with glitter pens, distress inks, used liquid applique on santa's fur and beard, embossed the sentiment stamp.

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.

Katrina

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Happy mail!

Finally posting again after my birthday celebrations and a busy but enjoyable weekend. We had a lovely meal with my family on Friday night for my birthday, had such a great time and the food was delicious. I even had a glass (or two!) of the bubbly stuff, that's enough for me anyway as I don't drink alot. Then I had a day shopping with my mum on Saturday, and then a day out to Broadway in the Cotswolds on Sunday with Adrian's parents and Henry, their dog. So I made the most of my time off from work and the sunshine we had.

Had some happy mail today, my first Kit of the Month from the Unity stamp co, it's absolutely adorable. If you haven't already then you really need to check out this company, their stamps are really fun, funky, inspirational and on trend. They do a KOTM each month and the stamps you can not get unless you are signed up. You do not have to have them every month either, you get to view them. I will be using their stamps alot over the coming months as I have brought quite a few! I used some of my birthday cash for them. You can get them direct from the company in the USA or from Stampeezee, who are the only UK stockists. So come back soon as I can't wait to have a play and show you what I come up with.


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!

Take Care,

Katrina

Friday, 19 September 2008

Birthday Girl!

Takes some puff, blowing out 27 candles!!! It's my birthday today, and what a glorious day it is too, the sun is shining, it's the nicest day we have had for a while! Well I have been spoilt yet again, I have had some lovely cards and presents and some money to treat myself with. Thank you to all my friends and family for their cards and gifts. Also to my sister who has baked me some delicious cup cakes! I made a wish when I blew the candles out too! Well I feel no older, just can't believe I'm 27 (I know, it's not old, I'm still a spring chicken!), it's just that it seems that only five minutes ago I was turning 21, I've blinked and now I'm 27! Goes to show I must be enjoying the journey if it's passing this quickly. Just having a quiet day at home with family relaxing, then we are off out for a meal later to celebrate (Thanks to my dad for arranging it). So I'm looking forward to that, nice to spend time with loved ones. It's days like today that I reflect on what is good in my life and I'm thankful as I truly am blessed.

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

Whiff of Joy Guest designer call!

It's been a few days since my last post, so me trying to post everyday this week went out the window! Where does the time go! However the creative juices have been flowing! I always have lots of ideas ( probably too many ideas!) and then it's just finding the time to put them together or do you ever find you have the time, sit down to craft and nothing happens, well I'm one or the other there seems to be no in between, but thankfully the last few days have been productive, probably because I'm on a weeks holiday from work, and how nice it is too! If you haven't already then you need to check out the new Whiff of Joy stamps, they are absolutely gorgeous. Katharina, the company owner wants a new guest designer to join her team for two months, the information is on her blog http://www.katharina1704.blogspot.com/ So here are two cards, the first is created with a sketch from Katharina's sketches to enter into the competition ( I thought my cards were not good enough and I'm new at this blogging thing but then you don't know if you don't try, so why not!) and another quick card I put together using a Whipper snapper stamp, I also adore these stamps and have quite a few!

This card has been created using sketch #26 from Katharina's sketches which can be found on a link on her blog.

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!

Katrina x


Sunday, 14 September 2008

Let's get this blogging started!

Well I have finally gotten around to starting my own blog, I have read blogs and followed certain blogs for a while now and have thought often about starting my own as a creative outlet. So here it is! I am passionate about crafting, I love to scrapbook, enjoy stamping and making cards etc. I like all elements of paper crafting, including shopping for supplies!! I have been crafting for the last 4 years but have really gotten into it properly in the last 2 years. Although saying that I have always liked to be creative and have always loved making things. I like to put thought into gifts and cards for people that show how much I care and I think a handmade card always captures this. Scrapbooking lets me document about the people, places and things I love most and preserve cherished memories forever and to share these with people I love. I also enjoy photography and this is an area I would like to progress and improve in. As I am rather technically challenged I will be needing the help of Adrian (my fiance) as he has the IT know how to get started, so big hugs and thanks to him! I live at home at present with my mum, dad, younger sister Natalie and our dog scruffy. I'm a real home bod and like being surrounded by those I love. I'm a nurse by occupation, and as it's a stressful job crafting gives me an outlet to create and express myself, I find my hobby therapeutic. So here is my first post and a bit of an introduction for those who don't know me. Below is a card using the gorgeous Sarah Kay stamps, most of my craft supplies are from my local craft store, Stampeezee, be sure to check out the website or visit the shop, Debbie the owner is always welcoming, friendly and helpful. Thanks Debbie! Apologies that the photo is not perfect, you can't see the cream card stock around the edge, like I say photography and photo editing is an area needing improvement!


Stamp - Sarah Kay-precious moments, coloured with distress inks, sentiment stamp - my sentiments exactly!
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,

Katrina xx