Tuesday 18 June 2013

all wrapped up

(*spoiler alert* - if you're a close stamping friend of mine who has a birthday very soon look away now unless you want to see your birthday card!!)

This week a very dear friend of mine celebrates her birthday. I loved this Orla Kiely wrapping paper and when wrapping her present I decided to use it as inspiration for her birthday card.

 I used one of the leaves from the all-new You Are set from Clearly Besotted to replicate the pattern from the wrapping paper - I love the colour scheme!

Stamps: You Are, Cute and Cuddly (Clearly Besotted), Card: Rustic Cream, Simply Chartreuse, Ink: Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse (SU), London Fog (Memento), Other: Grey Pen, twine

 Here they are together, reminds me I should try to use more colours on my cards - I tend to get stuck in a two/three colour scheme!

 Thanks for visiting and a very happy birthday week to the recipient of this card (did you peek?!)!

Saturday 15 June 2013

you are fabulous


I'm joining the celebrations of Clearly Besotted's June release today! Steph has again triumphed with some fabulous stamp sets and dies that are flying off the shelves!

I used the You Are set and matching dies for my card, I love the sentiments in this set - let's tell more friends and family how great they are!

Stamps: You Are (Clearly Besotted), Card: Rustic Cream, Kraft, Pure Poppy (PTI), Ink: Pure Poppy, Spring Moss (PTI), Dies: You Are (Clearly Besotted)

Thanks for visiting, I'll be back with more Clearly Besotted cards very soon!

Thursday 13 June 2013

hello you


I've been quiet for a while having had a few weeks holiday, visiting friends and then a holiday in Cornwall. Cornwall is one of my favourite places in the word, it's just a few hours from me and my family and I have always holidayed there. The past few times I've had a break in Cornwall it poured but this time I managed to pick the hottest week in the year and it was glorious!

One of my favourite things to do when I'm in North Cornwall is to get up really early and go for a long walk along the coastpath - there's nothing like having an entire beach to yourself at 6am:

Now onto a card - this is my sample for our current challenge on a A Passion for Papertrey. There's still a few days to join in, the details are here!

Stamps: Trendy Tree Tops (PTI)
Card: White, Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Harvest Gold, Black

I'll be back tomorrow with some samples featuring the fab new stamps from Clearly Besotted Stamps!

Friday 17 May 2013

Birthday in a hurry

Happy Friday!

 Here's a card I had to make in a bit of a hurry! I bought these polka dot cards from Amuse years ago and they're almost running out...sob! 

Stamps: You Take the Cake (Taylored Expressions), Card: Amuse, White (PTI), Other: Bakers Twine, Corner Chomper, Copic Sketch Markers

Have you got anything fun planned for the weekend? Tonight I'm going to see Eddie Izzard in Cardiff... yay! It's almost 20 years since I first saw him perform live there  - oh dear that is showing my age!

Whatever you're doing.. have fun!


Wednesday 15 May 2013

Background stamping

Hi there!

I hope you're having a good week. If you find some stamping time don't forget there's still time to join our challenge across on A Passion for Papertrey - this time it's all about stamping your own backgrounds. I had lots of fun stamping my summery striped background!

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps: Make a Wish, Make a Wish Additions, Background Basics: Retro
Ink: Hawai’in Shores, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz, Basic Black
Dies: Make a Wish
Card: Stampers Select White

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday 3 May 2013

Mother's Day

Happy Friday!

And finally... the sun is out in England!! To celebrate I've just bought myself a new bike so I'm looking forward to a nice long bike ride over this bank holiday weekend (and with that probably comes the rain!).

Here's a card I made a few weeks ago for Mother's Day... using the WPlus9 Mother's Bouquet set.

Stamps: Mother's Bouquet (WPlus9), Card: Stampers Select White, Poppy Red, Ink: Red Poppy, Blueberry Sky, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Basic Black

Have a good weekend!

Friday 12 April 2013

Sending hugs

Hi there,

Sometimes you just want to give someone a hug but they live too far away...

Stamps: XO(Hero Arts), Card: White/Smokey Shadow/Aqua Mist dot papers (PTI), Ink: Aqua Mist/Smokey Shadow (PTI)

Have you given someone a hug today?!

Hugs to you!

Sunday 7 April 2013

Easter blessings

Hi there!

Is it too late to share one last Easter card? This was made for a friends of my mum's, she's a very religious lady so no Easter bunnies for her! I hear that she liked this pretty springtime Easter card.. it's nice to hear when you're creations are liked isn't it?!

Stamps: Very Vintage Florals (WPlus9), Card; Vintage White, Lavender Moon (PTI) Ink: Lavender Moon, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Harvest Gold (PTI), Die: Very Vintage Floral ( WPlus9), Other: Corner Chomper, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF
 Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sunday 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter! I gave up chocolate for lent so have had a yummy day.. hope you have too!

Here's a CAS card using the sweet eggs from Lawn Fawn's Easter Time set:

Stamps: Easter Time (Lawn Fawn), Card: White (PTI), Other: Copic Sketch Markers, Mat Stack 5 Die (PTI), Linen & Canvas Impression Plate (PTI)

Thanks for visiting!

Friday 29 March 2013

Easter Bunny

I said I'd be back with some more cards made with my lovely new Lawn Fawn Easter set, it's an Easter set but I can see myself using it over and over, and for different occasions! Back with more tomorrow!

Stamps: Easter Time (Lawn Fawn), Card: Aqua Mist, White (PTI), Paper: Bitty Dots (PTI), Other: Ovals Dies (PTI), corner Chomper, Copic Sketch Markers

 And how about some chocolate treat bags to go with the card?!

 Have a relaxing bank holiday!

Thursday 28 March 2013

Challenge time

Hi there!

If you have a chance to get inky over the Easter weekend don't forget there's still time to enter our current challenge on A Passion for Papertrey. This challenge is all about negative die-cuts, here's my sample... I've sadly needed to make a few sympathy cards recently.

With Sympathy:
Stamps: Round and Round
Card: Vintage Cream, Royal Velvet
Paper: 2008 Bitty Dots
Other: Argyle Impression Plate, Butterfly die, Purple Baker’s Twine,
Double-Ended Banners Die

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping if you get the chance!


Monday 25 March 2013

Easter Time


Just sneeking in with not long to spare with my entry to the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge. This is the sketch:

And this is my entry... this is the first of several cards made with the new Happy Easter set from Lawn Fawn... I can't stop using it!

Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn), Paper: Lawn Fawn, Card: Summer Sunrise, White & Simply Chartreuse (PTI), Other: Leafy Vine Border Die (PTI), Copic Sketch Markers

I hope you have a great week, I'll be back very soon with more cards made with this super-cute Easter bunny!!

Tuesday 19 March 2013

chippy challenge

Hi there,

Time for a challenge! This week's CAS-usal Fridays challenge is to use chipboard... hmmm, don't do that very often. But a few years ago I went through a thicker/sticker/chipboard alpha buying phase (mostly unused!) so I dug out some pretty Heidi Grace alphas and used them for this card:

Supplies: Card: Rustic White/Sweet Blush (PTI), Heidi Grace alphas, Swiss Dots embossing folder, scallop border die, Sweet Blush button, twine

Thanks for visiting!


PTI and Hero for Sale!

Hi there,

I have some Papertrey Ink and Hero stamps listed for sale on ebay... you can find them here. If the link doesn't work search for  katel1975.4537 on ebay. Hope you see something you like!

Thursday 14 March 2013


Hello hello!!

Well that was a slightly longer break than I intended to take! Even though I haven't been blogging I have been secretly still stalking all my favourite blogs and actually the break has been good as it's reinforced how much I love creating for me not because I 'have to' for a blog... know what I mean? But I have missed this lovely community so I'm back with lots of creations to share with you!

Here's a new baby card made for a sweet little boy born last week...

Card Details:
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (PTI)/ It's a Banner Day 1 (Taylored Expressions)
Card: Bashful Blue (SU), Harvest Gold (PTI), Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (L'il Inkers)/It's a Banner Day 1 (Taylored Expressions)
Other: Copic Sketch Markers

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday 14 June 2012

Way to go!

Happy Thursday! My dear friend and very talented friend Aimes recently got a new gig as a stamp designer with The Craft's Meow, way to go girl! Here's the card I made to congratulate her:

Card Details:
Stamps: Star Prints (PTI)

Card: Stamper's Select White/Simply Chartreuse/Pure Poppy/Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Ink: Simply Chartreuse/Pure Poppy/Enchanted Evening (PTI)
Other: Corner Chomper

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Friday 8 June 2012

Happy Friday all! If you're here in the UK I hope you had a wonderful Jubilee weekend last weekend - I had a lovely time with friends, watching the coverage and doing various Jubilee-themed activities, we all felt very proud to be British! 

On that topic our current challenge on A Passion for Papertrey is still open for another few days - if you fancy whipping up a Jubilee-themed card this weekend. I went for a good old Union Jack card:

Card Details:
Stamps: Fillable Frames 1
Ink: Enchanted Evening/Pure Poppy
Card:Enchanted Evening/Pure Poppy/Stamper's Select White
Other: Pure Poppy ribbon/scalloped border die/Fillable Frames 1 die

Have a great weekend!


Friday 11 May 2012

stamps for sale!

Happy Friday all! Just dropping by to share a link to my ebay page because I'm having a big clear out of craft supplies, just don't have the room for it all so have been having a cull. Lots for sale, including Papertrey, Stampin Up, and Hero Arts. Any questions email me.... thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday 9 May 2012

you rock

Thank goodness for challenges that kick-start our creativity... or if truth be told in this case get you out of a last minute pickle! I'd left it very late to make a guy card so used a Case Study challenge from a few weeks ago to get me going.

This was the card to use as inspiration:

And this is my card.... made just in time!

Card Details:
Stamps: Rock On (PTI)
Card: Fine Linen/Vintage Cream/True Black (PTI)
Ink:True Black (PTI)
Other: Corner Chomper/Rock On die (PTI)


Saturday 5 May 2012

Sunshine on a rainy day

Well it's not quite BBQ weather but thankfully the rain has stopped for long enough to do a bit of gardening and enjoy a coffee outside.

Our current challenge on A Passion for Papertrey is all about this favourite of conversation-starters here in the UK - the weather! Because of the constant rain and flooding over the past few weeks I made a card that makes me think of lying on a beach and drinking cocktails... well I can dream!

Card Deets:
Stamps: A Day at the Beach/Scattered Showers
Ink: Summer Sunrise/Harvest Moon/Aqua Mist/Raspberry Fizz/Smokey Shadow
Card: Stamper's Select White
Other: Oval die/Cuttlebig Swiss Dots Embossing folder