Tuesday, 31 December 2013

When is a Clock not a Clock?...

When it's a perpetual calendar!...
To celebrate this New Year's Eve I have made this calendar and am giving step by step instructions.
I also want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year and
Thank You all for your lovely support and feedback.
It is very warmly appreciated and means such a lot to me!
I look forward to sharing much more crafting and meeting up with old and new crafty friends.
Hope you've enjoyed this years festivities, we had a lovely family time and had the added joy of my great niece Holly being born on the 23rd, nearly two weeks overdue!
We were all thrilled with her safe arrival and relieved for her mum, my niece.
So my crafty friends I'll say say "Cheers" to you all and send my love and very best wishes, hugs xXx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Sweet Lilac Flowers New Challenge

Morning everyone,
It's a new challenge over at Sweet Lilac Flowers using the theme of their flowers and this time their lace and or buttons.
Last months challenge saw some gorgeous entries and the lucky winner receives a hamper of their gorgeous flowers, how fab is that!
Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to the lucky winner, who I'm sure will enjoy their prize.
So for my DT inspiration for this month I took the idea of the ATC's I'd been making for my Christmas cards this year.
I cut a piece of card which is a bit larger than an ATC for this one because I wanted to stamp the Designs by Ryn Bauble Fairy.
I stamped her in Plum Archival and blended the background with distress inks.
I added some Platinum Stickles to the fur trim and the bauble centre and then edged the small card with the lovely cream lace.
The shaped background card is stamped with Designs by Ryn Sea Kelp in Tea Dye distress ink and this is also blended around the edges.
Two Sweet Lilac flat backed pearl accents and three of their gorgeous blooms complete this design.
I think keeping it simple brings elegance and the lovely stamp doesn't need much fuss so the flowers and lace compliment it beautifully.
I do hope you can join in the challenge this time and pop over and take a look at the wonderful inspiration from my DT friends.
Hope you like what we've all come up with...xXx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Quick Christmas gifts

A crafty friend I met recently Suz from Surrey Crafts had made some great tags with calendar tabs attached.
I asked her if I could use the idea for my own designs and here are a couple I came up with.
The first uses Hero Arts stamp sets Brushstrokes and My Notebook, I love these journaling stamp sets!
I stamped the brush stroke image alternately with Purple Twilight and Citrus Adirondack ink then stamped in Black Archival the Flower and just the Wish from the I Wish stamp.
Add the calendar tab and finish with seam binding coloured by spritzing with Dylusions, Fresh Lime and Crushed Grape.
I just love the colour combo!
The next tag I made as part of my DT inspiration makes for this months Lavinia Blog Challenge.
This time I used the same colours but stamped the large Climbing Ivy across the background then stamped in black the Daydreaming Silhouette Fairy and the Zentangle Angelic Words.
Finished off with spritzed seam binding and liquid pearls with ultra fine glitter.
Same colour ways but two completely different looks.
Hope you like these, they make a great little gift, bookmarks?...xKx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Lavinia Zentangle with Dylusions Sprays

I've received such wonderful feedback for this clock I made to give inspiration for this months challenge over on the Lavinia blog, thank you so much!
It was a lovely design to create and here's how I did it -
Firstly I used the negative of a punched round circle mask to create the sun and sprayed through Lemon Zest Dylusions.
I then lightly spritzed Bubblegum Pink and Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions and stamped the Lavinia Zen Leaf 2 and some Lavinia Butterflies before adding the black candi digits.
I was so pleased with this colourful clock face and it's bright zesty sun and I'm thrilled you like it too.
It would be great if you could join us for the blog challenge over at Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog
Thanks for popping by xKx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Make and Take Christmas Party at The Artistic Stamper

Oh my word, long time no blog!
Time is flying by!
I do have so much blogging to catch up on...I'm going to share with you the lovely time I spent at The Artistic Stamper on Saturday with Jennie, her lovely team of helpers, Georgina and all the lovely people who attended.

It was a lovely atmosphere and we were all spoilt with lots of festive treats and goodies.
We were doing free Christmas themed make and takes, Jennie did wonderful Christmas brooches, Georgina did lovely cards and brilliant gift card/voucher tags and I did ATC's which many were going home to make into cards as they were then already to go on to!
I was honoured to be asked to join Jennie and Georgina and thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of new crafty friends who I know I'll stay in touch with and Auntie Ruth! :-)
I'll leave you with the ATC's I designed with Jennie's stamps for the make and take and I'm thrilled that the ladies who recreated them felt so inspired...xKx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Randomly choosing a winner for the clock from my November blog post

Will the lucky winner below please contact me on Facebook via a PM or email craftyk@hotmail.co.uk with your address so I can send you the clock, congratulations! Very many thanks to everyone who took part by commenting and leaving such lovely feedback, it's always extremely appreciated, crafty hugs xKx

Anything Goes - New challenge over at Lavinia Stamps

Happy Sunday and 1st Dec, have you got your decorations out or even up yet?
There's a lot of lights up and around and ours will be in place later today and we'll have our Advents to open later too.
I've been pretty busy so still have Christmassy things to do but I will concentrate on those when my work projects and events are finished after next weekend... eeek!
Today we have started the new challenge at
Lavinia Stamps Blog and a simple theme of "Anything Goes" so why not go for it and the chance to win a £40 Lavinia Stamps Voucher.
The DT have come up with some gorgeous and inspirational ideas to get you started.
We had some lovely entries last month, wonderful work and, many thanks to those who entered.
Congratulations to the lucky winner too!
Here's a showcase of the ideas I came up with for this month, I hope you like them and feel inspired.
I will blog each one in more detail over the next few days.
I hope you enjoy your Sunday, I'm off to exhibit my crafts for sale at at a local Christmas Fayre with lots of entertainment and treats in store so I'm looking forward to that.
I will be announcing the winner of my "Clock Giveaway" in my next blog post xKx