Thursday, 26 February 2015

Workshop results and news

Morning all,

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.
I'm getting ready for a full on crafty weekend with lovely friends
in Bristol and Warwickshire at Pink Tulip Creations.
We're going to be transforming the Candy Box Crafts Brusho box and Notelet box.
I feel very honoured to have two special friends traveling over from Ireland to join us for the weekend too, how exciting!

Last weekend at my Crockenhill workshop we did a simple clock canvas, 10 x 12, using Brusho's.
I did my sample for the ladies using Designs by Ryn to create what I call my Tropical Rain design.

Now after my briefing and guide as to how I did it the ladies have a free rein to create as they wish.
It's fabulous to see everyone's individual take on the original idea, the different stamps they use and orientation to make each one unique.

The abilities range from very new to highly skilled crafters.

My next local classes are booking now and they include the gorgeous Triple frame from Candy box on the 8th March, then on the 18th April the ladies get there chance with the Notelet box and in May we are going to be using Paper clay to make a tag and add to some cards.
My paper clay sample will be revealed this weekend.

So lots going on to look forward to!

For any further info about my classes my email is

So I'll bid you a good day and leave you with a montage of some of the lovely artwork created by my wonderfully talented ladies.

Crafty Hugs xKx

Friday, 20 February 2015

Gorgeous Sweet Poppy Rocking Horse

Friday already and we now know who did it!
Eastenders, I've loved it this week.
Anyway in amongst the chaos that reins at present
I found a few minutes to have play with this gorgeous fella from
Sweet Poppy Stencils.
I just had the idea of a Dappled Grey Rocking Horse, the old school type with the red saddle.
So onto some scrummy linen card, which has a slight sheen, from Crafters Companion, I used a stencil brush and the following colour ink pads. Frayed Burlap distress ink and Memento London Fog for the horse and Vintage Photo for the rocker. I used a red pencil for the saddle.
Another in my "Simplistic" style, he's so beautiful I don't think he needs anything more...
Have a great Friday, it's nearly the weekend.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Delightful Dahlia

Morning lovely people,
It's just a quick pit stop from me this morning.
With just a week to go until my Bristol/Warwickshire workshops weekend and my Kent workshop this Sunday I have lots to be getting on with.
Just lately I've been trying a few designs that are very simplistic.
I absolutely love something simple that stands out just for that reason.
So for this I chose Delicious Dahlia by Honey Doo crafts,
I bought a few of their stamps a while back and often turn to them for a project like this.
Amanda and Kay from Honey Doo are lovely and the stamps are good quality and stamp well.
Anyhow I simply blended Picked Raspberry distress ink through the the circle opening cut from a die.
Stamped in Versafine black Onyx, the sentiment is from a set by Artemio called Butterfly Collage which has really useful elements to it.
My lovely crafty pal Lisa had these stamps in her online shop
Lisa B Designs.
I chose this sentiment because it flowed nicely with the swirl of the main image.
Finished with card candi and voila, job done!

Thanks ever so for popping by today, I must crack on now.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Friday, 13 February 2015

Triple frame, upcoming workshop sample 1

Afternoon all,
Horrid rainy and windy here in Kent now.
I've been tucked away finishing this upcoming workshop sample,
date to be confirmed for Kent BR8 8LU.
It will be March/April...
I've used the brand new Candy Box Crafts Triple Frame which is launching at Stitches this weekend.
It features some of my favourite stamps of the moment Freddie and Fleur from Bee Crafty.
Just perfect for Valentines Day.
I'll be back sharing more samples with a completely different look for this workshop.
Any question just email

Thanks for popping by, enjoy your eve xKx

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Having fun with Coaster Sets

Morning all,
Phew, it's been all go, I'm having a slight breather today while I clear the decks for my next tasks.
It's a bit damp and grey here in Kent so I thought I'd share this cheery coaster set with you.
They're great fun to do and make a wonderful gift.
This set is winging it's way to be displayed at Stitches along with a few other items I've made, how cool is that!
For these I took inspiration from PaperArtsy techniques.
I've always watched Leandra and JOFY with complete admiration, fascinated but their talent.
I wasn't sure I could master this technique then I joined in a little Make n Take with the lovely JOFY back last year and my hubby really liked the result so it prompted me to go it alone!
I've since gone on to tweak the techniques to show my ladies at my local workshops here in Kent.
They all glad such fun with these!
This was the result of my samples, they are finished with a sealer that makes them heat resistant and wipeable.
Coaster sets by Candy Box Crafts, Hexagon, Round and Square sets available.
Thanks for looking today, back soon.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Friday, 6 February 2015

With Sympathy...

It's Friday!
Phew, a very busy week but I've finally got back on track, still a fair bit to do but don't feel quite so overwhelmed.
I hate that feeling that you don't seem to be getting anywhere and so much to do don't you...

Anyway there's some exciting things in the pipeline for later in the year, I can't say anything at the moment but I'll be having a glass or two of something this weekend that's for sure...

So onto today's make, Sympathy cards, they're difficult cards to send anyway and making them can be a challenge too, keeping things simple is usually the answer I feel.

I've used the lovely Sizzix Layered Angel Wings die by Tim Holtz.
I'm a huge fan of Bigz dies, they're extremely versatile and
I just love 'em!
Anyhow I had inspiration to use them along with the Lavinia Stamps Floral Spray.
I used, as I have done quite a bit recently, the die as a stencil and blended distress inks in Frayed Burlap and Tea Dye through the "stencils"
They layer perfectly in top of each other to create gorgeous Angel Wings.
The Floral Spray then just sat nicely in the middle with a touch of Platinum Stickles to finish before adding the sentiment.

Sympathy cards, not cards we like to send but it's good to know there's a design we can turn to if needed.

Have a great day.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Brusho clock canvas with Designs by Ryn

Morning all,
It's a busy month, lots going on with my home and away workshops coming up very soon.
I've got back into the swing if things a bit better now, I have a lot of family things to attend to with my sister being poorly and dear mum, bless her, settling into respite. It's been a stressful time juggling so many things but we manage don't we.
I'm pleased to say too that my daughter is well on the way with her ACA exams, she had one re sit recently which she absolutely smashed and now just three to go. I tell you those bubbles will be flowing at the end of this hard slog!
Anyhow on to the next Kent workshop on the 22nd Feb, the project is this clock canvas with Brusho's and Design by Ryn stamps.
Looking forward to this one!
Have a good day and keep warm.
See you soon xKx

Monday, 2 February 2015

Bright and Beautiful...

Hey ho Monday morning again,

Hope you had a lovely weekend and not too much snow...

I had a wowser of a weekend after launching my new workshop project.
Such a lot too do so while you're reading this post I'll be cracking on with it all, all good though...

So today sees the start of the
Lavinia Stamps Challenge, Bright and Beautiful perfect looking ahead to Spring.
There was a great number of fabulous entries last month, so many very talented crafters out there.
Many congratulations to the lucky winner who receives a whopping £40 voucher to spend online in the Lavinia Stamps Shop.
Entries can be via your blog or by EMAIL, LINK HERE.
We look forward to seeing all the lovely artwork sent in and appreciate you taking part and joining us.
The rest of Design Team have created some wonderful inspiration to tempt you so please pop over to the BLOG and their own blogs to see what they've all been up to.

Anyway here are my offerings, I haven't use my alcohol inks for a while so they saw an airing with the laminator for the clock along with Fairy Pods, Bubbles, Dreams and delights sentiment.
The lovely Floral Spray and Those who don't believe sentiment was perfect for the distress ink hearts background on the second card.
Finally I used the Celtic Dream Timeless die for the circle card, cut out twice for the cats and applying Sparkle Medium. Mounted on to a background blended with Adirondack, Purple Twilight, a lovely vibrant colour!

All stamps and dies can be found on the website HERE

I hope you like these and they tempt you to join in.
I wish you a good week ahead and a lovely day.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Workshop News...

Hey hope you're having a lovely Sunday whatever you're up to...
Watching Andy Murray is nerve wracking! I'll be ready for my roast dinner later that's for sure...

Have you checked out my workshops lately?
I've been busy with lots of new projects and samples for Swanley in Kent, Bristol and Warwickshire.
Here's a few examples...
Further info or PM me on Facebook.

Back soon
Crafty Hugs xKx