Sunday, 25 April 2010

The Craft Hovel! Part Two!

Well, went for a lovely day out with Bev yesterday, and Sir Stampalot happened to be on the way home! After chatting a lot to lovely Janice, and a bit of shopping (I kept going back for more!!) We got on to the topic of storage!
So, this is for Janice - an update on the Craft Hovel, otherwise known as Silly Billy's room, as he tends to leave his chews and toys all over the floor!
This is my desk - baskets in front of me with essential bling and flowers. The little chest of drawers holds spacers and pins. The carousels are by Making Memories, as is the Slice storage on the desk too.
The carousels fit all my Copics in - I have all the colours in a mix of original, sketch and ciao. I have room in the centre for essential tools - they also match the storage for the Slice Machine. The drawers below the compartments for the pens hold brads of similar colours to the pots, so I have things to hand.
I have really handy cubbies on the wall - they are IKEA Hensvik - I bought 4 of them, put them side by side and left the decorative bits on the top. This pic is one half of the wall . Lots of cubbies means that I can sort inks, flowers, buttons and embellies in colour, and have space at the top for my Stampin Up! stamps. The baskets below hold glimmer mists in the matching colours, so I can lay my hands on things easily!
 Underneath the cubbies hang my nesties / dies on an IKEA kitchen rack - so again everything is to hand.
These were recently added to the room! My punch collection expanded recently, so these drawers hold punches by manufacturer, and my Bind it All kit too. These were from 'The Range'. An added bonus is that it gives me space to place my Cricut and Big Shot, and not have to move them to use them. Just realised you can see a bit of Silly Billy - this is where he likes to stay when I'm playing in my / our room!
 The final pics (if you have not nodded off by now!!), are the other wall - these are the specialist units from Inkylicious/Craft Racks. They just mean I can see all my colours and types in one place! Bonus!! Seeing the picture also reminds me - I need to buy more ribbon! Lol!
Just below these racks are paper storage from the same retailer - 12 x 12 racks for paper, which are a total blessing! Seeing as I am a bit of an obsessive in the paper department!! I have a large wicker basket on top with 12 x 12 paper pads in. You can see my pics of my dogs and adopted dolphin!! Lol!  My 'need to hand' tools are in the holder at the side, and the box below holds my stationery items - printer inks etc.

So there you go! I'm off now to catalogue my new stamps!! Have a nice day! K :-)

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Silly Billy.......

Just thought I'd share a picture of my naughty (but gorgeous!!) boy - now that he has reached 1 year old! I can't believe that he has made it, all the scrapes that he has been through!! In fact, it is amazing that I managed to take a photo, as he is always on the move. As you can see.....still cheeky !!
And here is a picture of when he arrived at 12 weeks old. I can't believe how much he has grown! I wouldn't mind, but he has 6 months to go! At least!! Eeeeekkk! No chance of anyone else sharing the settee then!
You could see on his face at that age that he was up for as much mischief as possible!! Lol! Still, he has been my constant companion in my Craft Hovel! I think he thinks it is his room for eating chews and sleeping, and that I am a guest who brings in too much stuff to mess his place up! Yup, I know my place!

Thanks for looking!  K :-)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Springtime & Tilda

Hello! Thought I would share this card that I have made this weekend - this is one of the new Tildas that I bought at the NEC a couple of weeks ago. Was in a foul mood when I started making this, as I should have been going to the Ally Pally this weekend - but the travel situation was a nightmare so decided not to go - hence the mood! Still, colouring in and a cuppa sorted me out!

I took the colour theme from the gorgeous papers - they are MME Bella Bella - French Flea Market. They are lovely and soft. I used a sketch from The Sugar Bowl that I was going to use for their challenge last week, and then forgot about, and used a different one from their gallery instead! Still, the results are pretty.


CARDSTOCK: Vanilla Bazzill
PAPERS: My Minds Eye Bella Bella - French Flea Market
CUTTING: EK Success Small Scallop Border Punch, EK Success Swirl Punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval & Big Scallop Oval
STAMPS: Magnolia Tilda with Tulip
COLOURING: Prismacolor Pencils & OMS, Copic Spica Clear Glitter Pen
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black
EMBELLIES: Prima Flowers, Hobby House Rhinestones, Pearls & Brad, Glamour Dust

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Cutie Pie! - Papertake Weekly Challenge

Hi! Have been off work on leave today - emergency trip to the vets with Silly Billy, but have been able to sneak a couple of hours of paper play!
So, thought I'd make my boss a card, as I really appreciate her letting me have the time at such short notice. Anyhow, whilst wandering about the tinterweb, I found Papertake Weekly - just as the challenge changed! So - here is my entry for this week's challenge, using last weeks sketch! Lol!
It's the first time that I've entered for this challenge! The image I think is such a cutie - so fingers crossed!


CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics French Vanilla
PAPERS: Bo Bunny Flutter Butter
STAMPS: Lili of the Valley - Rosie Posy, Papertrey Ink Daily Designs Sentiments
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black

COLOURING: Copic Markers, Ranger Inkessentials White Pen
DIE CUTTING: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Twelve, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch, Making Memories Slice Vintage Findings Flourish, Stampin Up! Scallop & Classic Ovals Punch
EMBELLIES: Ranger Stardust Stickles, Hobby House Pearls

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Just like buses.......

You wait for ages to get a post from me, and then two come in one day! Lol! See - too much time on my hands!!
Here is my entry for the Friday Sketchers and Just Magnolia Challenges for this week. I loved the sketch at Friday Sketchers, and the task to 'Punch it Out' at JM just suited me down to the ground!
The image is a new Magnolia, bought from the NEC a couple of weeks ago - I think she is so lovely with her wand - she definately needed a bit of sparkle. You can just make it out on her dress and wand.
CARDSTOCK: Stampin Up! Kraft and Not Quite Navy
PAPER: Stampin Up! Bella Bleu Designer Paper
STAMPS: Magnolia Magical Tilda
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Craft White
CUTTING: EK Success Mini Scallop Punch, Martha Stewart Frond Punch, Stampin Up! Window Punch
COLOURING: Copic Markers
EMBELLIES: Stickles in Stardust, Prima Flowers, Hobby House brad, Ranger Dimensional Pearls, Stampin Up! Grosgrain Ribbon in Very Vanilla

Sugar Bowl - Challenge 33 - Gayle's Sketch

Got the whole weekend to myself, so thought I'd have a go at a few more challenges! The Sugar Bowl was my first point of call - and spotted the lovely sketch by Gayle - so how could I resist!

Here is my entry - full details below, and I got a flower in! Again a lovely Gorjuss Girl - 'Up, Up and Away'. I love colouring in these images. They are so pretty.


CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Bling Diva
PAPERS: Basic Grey Lemonade (6x6)
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girl - 'Up, Up and Away', Stampin Up! Short and Sweet Thank You
INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black
COLOURING: Copic Markers, Ranger Inkessentials White Pen
CUTTING: EK Success Small Scallop Border Punch, Stampin Up! Scallop Oval & Classic Oval, Leone - Em Ash Branch Punch
EMBELLIES: Prima Flowers, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Robin's Egg, Hobby House Pearl Brad, Adirondack Dimensionals Lettuce

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Sugar Bowl Challenge 32 - Sketch By You!

Back Again! You can tell I have time on my hands! Lol!
This time with my entry for the Sugar Bowl Challenge this week. This is the first time that I have entered this challenge blog, so here goes!
I used a sketch from the Sugar Bowl Gallery - the one that was originally for Challenge 23. I have used a really pretty image from the Gorjuss Girls, called 'A Little Birdie told Me'. She has been coloured with Copic Markers.
I really enjoyed the challenge of the sketch and the really crisp and clean colours of the papers! Well, that is the end of my playtime - back to work tomorrow - still, only two days to the weekend!!

PAPERS : KaiserCraft Spirograph, Bazzill Basics Card in Aqua / Turquoise tones
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie - Gorjuss Girl - A Little Bird Told Me
DIE CUTTING: SpellBinders Nestabilities - Blossom & Classic Circles
EMBELLIES: American Crafts Turquoise Ribbon, Hobby House Large Pearl Brads

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Distress Ink & Magnolia Stamps

Hello Again! I don't know, no post for 5 weeks, and then two in two days!! Lol! Hopeless! 

Here is a card I made for my step-sister-in-law's birthday. Well, having splashed a couple (ahem!) of my pennies on Magnolias last week at the NEC, thought that one of them should be inked up! Just love her headscarf - so sweet! I couldn't carry it off though!! 

I coloured the image with my new distress inks that Wendy at the Stamp Attic sent me, and gave the flowers a lovely bit of sparkle using Glimmer Mists. The papers are My Minds Eye Penny Lane (Tiny Dancer) - bought these ages ago, and have been trying not to cut into them - but I gave in!!

INGREDIENTS: PAPERS: My Minds Eye Penny Lane, STAMPS: Magnolia - Tilda with three flowers, DIE CUTTING:  Spellbinders Nestabilities - Rectangles Big Scallops, Martha Stewart Frond Punch, Stampin Up Oval and Scalloped Oval Punch  EMBELLIES:  Hero Arts Flowers, American Crafts Brads, Gold Bead Caps, Hobby House Rhinestones  COLOURING: Distress Inks & Waterbrush.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Basic Grey Wk 17 & Copic 58 Challenges

Here is my entry for the Basic Grey Challenge & Copic Challenge Blogs! This is the first time I have combined blogs and used a sketch for a submission, so this has been a challenge! Both blogs took me to colours that I wouldn't normally reach for first - the colours R17, Y13 & YG21 - and then the really zingy patterns of the Basic Grey Sugar Rush Papers - which were still in their wrapper!!

INGREDIENTS: Papers - Basic Grey Sugar Rush, Stamps - Lili of the Valley "Me and My Cat", Die Cutting - Spellbinders Nestabilities, Crop-o-dile Corner Chomper (Deco & Stub), Stampin Up Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, Leone-Em Ash Branch Punch,  Embellies - Martha Stewart Pearls, Craftwork Cards Messages, Ranger Stickles in StarDust, Prima Flowers, Hobby House Brads, Colouring - Copic Markers