Saturday, 28 July 2012

Something new for the shop; I've always what to try these corner bookmarks as it a great way to use up bits from the scrap box, but I found it challenging to keep everything flat.

kitten xx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Mixed Media Collage

This is a post for Ester

We made this centre piece of Big Ben and distressed inks on Monday with Ester - everyone else made it up a card but I wanted to make a bigger piece out of it, so I used my canvas on a roll and covered a 12" square sheet of card with it. Then I created a distressed background to match, put on the centre piece and added some embellishments; I hope you like the effect.

I think ill keep this because it matches the colours iv got in there.

kitten xx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Do You Stack Up? Challenge # 82 - For a friend

WOW - yummie stuff going on last week!  Some great food creations - glad they were callerie free!

This weeks challenge is a little eaiser for you - still with loads of great prizes though

* Winner's Choice of 3 Digis
* $10 Gift Certificate

Floppy Latte Digital Designs -
* $10 Gift Certificate

I had a darling little girlie (Fresh picked flowers) from Little Darlings - and while I was clearing out a box I found an odd chipboard album shape - so the 2 went together (I guess you have to have my warped mind!!!!)

I made a wall hanging with loads of techniques and embellishments - I may have got a tad carried away.  There are loads of layers and textures - lots of sparkle that doesn't show up in the picture (new camera though - see the difference - much better) - I made the bouquet from some odd scraps - and I love the huge raggie ribbon bow

kitten xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


This is the card that we did with Ester on Monday. - this was the 'warm- up' for our big 'show-off' piece - which I have not quite finished!

This is pretty much as Ester showed it - I did it in a pale green and mustard seed from distress ink. I added a few extra gold coloured pearls but that's about all.

Big note to self ( and you all out there )  - Distress inks are WATER based - that means any glaze - or glitter - added will make the colours run

- just sayin'!!!!

kitten xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Shop talk

lots of lovely new stuff for the kids to play around with  we got wigwams to colour in, foam dinosaurs and animals to make, sand art and much much more!

kitten xx

Monday, 23 July 2012

Day off

Monday is kitten's day off

Actually I have been in class with the wonderful Ester Gundry all day  ((Hi Est))

I love Ester's classes - here's toys - go play - those are the basic rules.  she crates something for us to make - gives us all the bits - and we copy - do something vaguly similar - or totally wonder off on a track - she mever minds!

I have not finished my projects yet - I hope to post them on  wednesday for you.  I have a 'little' helper in the shop with me for the summer.  my son will be joining us to blast the internet side and get me up to speed - as well as do a bit of work serving customers and stock control.  Just showing him the ropes of 'grown-up' world ;-) really - so do encourage him and give him feed back.  And - yes - you can moan at him when he gets it wrong!  (He's a sweetie really)

kitten xx

Friday, 20 July 2012


I am so chuffed that I have finally mastered putting designs on to candles.  It makes such a lovely unique gift.  I have done several this week

All hand coloured images - with a tag to match and a god old twist of the wonderful Devine Twine

kitten xx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

There were some amazing entries with the 'cool' colours - that pale blue is just my favourite colour

Bit easier this week - something to get the taste buds going.  At least there are no calories though!!

we have a wonderful set of sponsors this week for you - so check them out and see what you can win

Meljen's Designs
* Winner's Choice of 4 Images

Wonderstrange Arts
* 5 Digital Stamps (not from sets)

Rhoda Design Studio
* $15 Gift Certificate

I had a fun image 'party chips' from Meljen's Designs and I thought it would make a really great 'buddy' card

It is all kept flat for a change - but all the different papers are matted with a really bright lime green and it really pops
kitten xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


I have got myself a new camera.  I have been really struggling to take decent pickies with the old Kodak - and it is an oldie.  Hubby said that the best camera to take pic with was a pink one ;-) - so I now have a pink Canon - and it's got that thing that is supposed to correct the image fuzz - so you never know I might do better with it.

It's market day in the Auld Grey Town
and Grey is sure is today.  Snuggled up on the sofa with a hot bowl of soup, the dog and a blanket last night - I am sure it's March really and they are just lying about July.
On the agenda today - just walked in the door - a parcel from a new supplier that does craft kids for kiddies - just in time for the schools breaking up - boy are they going to need something to do inside in this weather!!!!!
Also - Do You Stack Up Challenges to get ahead with - and a brilliant idea for little note books is coming together

more later

kitten xx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Shop talk quick  treats for you today.

First - I have Stickles glitter glue in.  It's no good - you just can't beat the original Stickles brand - HERE in the shop

Second - people have been asking for the magnetic clasps - you used to get them from Basic Grey.  These are no longer available - BUT - I spent ages searching on the web and now have some 65mm diameter - 1mm thick really strong magnetic clasps - I found a supplier that makes them - a magnet factory!!!!  These are really strong and you can easily just use  one on one side, with a brad on the other for most projects.  .60p each / £1.20 pair - I will add them to the shop - under TOOLS just got t find a photo

kitten xx

Friday, 13 July 2012


It actually didn't rain yesterday - so the little shop dog and I got to have a lovely walk along the river last night - just for once I remembered to take my camera and take some pickies

kitten xx

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Do You Stack Up? #80 - Cool Colours

After all that heat last week we had better COOL it down
Winner's Choice of 3 Digis
* 6 copic ciao marker (North/South America), Martha Stewart punch (rest of the world)

* $5 Gift Certificate

I had an amazing image from Copic Marker Scrapbooking.  I have raved about them before as no normally somewhere you would check out for images - but you seriously have to!!!

I had one of the new Steam punk images - Steem punk in cool colours - wow that's different.  I hope you like her.  The embellishments are - an upholstery star that has been knocking about for years - a bit of key chain - and the bow is a coulpe of strips off my window scrim. ;-)  - love up-cycling

kitten xx

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Shop talk

Did you know that the schools kick out in a couple of weeks?

How scary is that - where has the year gone?

So I have made up some darling little 'Thank you teacher' cards.  Super cute for the kiddies to give - up-cycled from all sorts of other cards and papers.  I have about a dozen - £1 each just contact me if you would like one.  I will try to list them individually as soon as I can - but they are in the window. ;-)

kitten xx

Friday, 6 July 2012

New collage

I gave in and picked up the Tim Holtz Spring colours the other day when Craft Obsessions had 15% off - and - yes - they are beautiful colours.

This is made with the Shaded Lilac pad.  The 'L' shape is a section of canvas covered card - the felt flowers I made - the star charms started life as dangle earrings - loads of glitter - gems - pearls.  Love it.

I aim to list all my mixed media collages on the shop website soon - they cost £9.50 each plus postage - just shout if you want one in the meantime

kitten xx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Do You Stack Up Challenge #79 - Red

Loved all your 'Blue Skies' going on there - makes you so glad of the outdoors!

Heating htings up a bit this week - we want to see RED!!!!!

* £10 Gift Certificate

Paper Pretties -
* Winner’s Choice of 6 Images

Inspired Stamps -
* $15 Store Credit

I had this super cute little wowlie - it's still wowls in this house! - from Paper Pritties.  It is a really pretty image and I did not want to loose any of the writing detail - so all I did was colour the beak - toes - hearts and leaf and then add 3D glaze to make them stand out.  The ink I used is actually the red from the Tim Holtz Christmas set - the latest colours from him are much brighter.  The heart is embossed and inked to match

I was also lucky enough to be given this wonderful bible verse stamp from Inspired Stamps - a compant that specalises in religious messages. 

Please forgive the dreadful photo - I am going to have to get another camera. 

The stamp is beautiful - super quality - stamped perfectly first and every time.  I am so pleased I have mastered the candle trick - I made this wonderful gift for a baptism or 1st communion.

kitten xx