Sunday, 19 October 2014

Don't bite your nails!

Just because I thought this was so funny.

My  eldest Grandson, Ethan is 9
My youngest Grandson Austin is 5, 6 in December.

Ethan bites his nails and has started to bite his cuticles, while he is a really lovable boy, he is a very nervous and bites his nails when he is, and also cries when he has to do anything in front of an audience, I was worried about him being bullied but his class mates fight over being his friend.

My Daughter, Lynda has bought some sort of stuff to paint on his nails that tastes horrid.
After putting Austin to bed on Thursday night she went into Ethan's room and decided to paint his nails with this stuff, which resulted in a quite a bit of noise from the room , so in came Austin asking what the noise was about and then he wanted his nails to be painted with the stuff too, even though he doesn't bite his nails.
Then they all decided that they would try the stuff out and ended up in the bathroom all trying to be sick and retching at at the horrid taste in the mouth. I think it must have some Bitter Allows in it.(no idea of the spelling)

Lynda put them both to bed again and went downstairs to start various jobs when she heard Ethan screaming out AUSTIN, then crying, so she went up to see what was the matter and it turned out that Austin had sneaked out of his bedroom and gone into Ethan's bedroom and put one of his fingers in Ethan's mouth as he was trying to get to sleep???? So Ethan was back in the bathroom!

Just a reminder that there are only a few days left to get the bargains at LCI closing down sale.
Deadline 28th of October when the winners of the last ever challenge will be announced.
Also there are some pretty fabulous digi's available.

I hope you found my little story funny but maybe if you knew Austin, like I know Austin,oh, oh, oh  what a lad, ok another quiz question what song does that refer to, only people my age will have an idea.

Thanks  for looking.

Kath  x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Three for the price of one

The challenge for October at P.B. Saturday challenge is Halloween Colours and the challenge at P.B.and Friends at Allsorts is Get ahead for Christmas so I thought I would combine the two challenges and fill up my re-cycling paper bag at the same time. Now you wouldn't think that such a small cute image could generate such a large amount of re-cycling paper but it did, and I didn't lose my temper but just looked upon it as my contribution to saving the planet as some of my white snippets card was reduced.
A very different non-traditional Christmas card and sorry about the photo.

 I am well ahead of my Christmas Cards this year, does that make me a sad person, no it makes me grateful for Sarn's Rudolph Day challenge 25th of every month.

Stamp - PB Antarticans - 2007
Various ribbons.
Sentiments - Craftwork Cards
MS - Snowflake punch
Crafts-Too embossing folder.
Obviously because I have mentioned the word snippets,I have to trot along to the Snippets Playground, which can be quite a traumatic experience in it's self.
Thanks for looking and would love to read any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - September

Hi all, firstly I would like to say a warm welcome to my new followers Karen, Lesley and at least one other that I can not seem to find who it is, so if you could please leave me a comment so I can return the favour.
The challenge at PB Saturday challenge is to use brown, blue and white and I know I am a bit late in entering but I just thought last night that it was time I got back into entering more challenges .
I have used an old favorite PB stamp of mine which I will never tire of using but probably you are all fed up of it by now - Gossamer
All the papers are Stamping Up
Valencia Border die from Memory Box
I did take the photo in a hurry this evening to get the card entered and goodness knows what happened but it looks as if the image is not place on the background die correctly but it is.
The centers of the flowers are pearl which I have covered with a white Sharpie paint pen to make them look whiter and then just a tad of glitter sprinkled over them.

Would just like to add here that the Ladybugs challenge - Use your favorite image (any brand) will continue until the 16th of October due to the sudden death of Kerry's Mother.

Kath x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Rudolph Day September

Just for you Darnell

Well this seems to be all I have been doing for the last month or so, is Christmas cards.

I am showing an image.. 3 of 30 that I have made for my eldest Grandson for his class mates and it will also put my toe in the water to see if they are also allowed to be entered into the snippets playground.

Woodware stamp, comes with 3 sentiments, Let it Snow, Frosty the Snowman and the one I have used here, for only £3.99 and stamps like a dream. I love it.
I have used 120 cm x 120 cm card stock
Two square stitched dies from Lil Inkers Designs.
The papers are from a 6 x 6 pad from MME.
I cut the white card with the smaller die, then stamped the image on it and then stamped the image in the middle of the 6 x 6 paper and then cut out the hat scarf and pocket and then used the larger die to cut out the square of the paper with the cut out bits in the middle, then the image die cut was place over the DP, which is why I am wondering if it will be classed ok to enter the Snippets challenge, and the scarf, hat and pocket, glued onto the image, hope you follow that?
Coloured the holly, berries and nose and then added glossy accents
The red and gold shiney things that have covered the buttons I have had for years.
SU labels punch as I didn't trust myself to stamp directly on the card.

Rabbited on a bit here so thanks for bearing with me and thanks for looking and would love to read any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Creative Blog challenge.

I have been nominated to take part in this by the lovely Jenny, thank you Jenny, well she was lovely till she nominated me to take part in this, lol.
To be quite frank it has shocked me to discover just how long I have been making hand made cards.

 When I got my first computer, I think it was 1996, I had a program on it called Print Master Gold publishing suite 4, I could also insert images into this program and one year, when my eldest Daughter had left home, there was an image of 3 choir people so I imposed a photo of  me, Chris and Lynda  into that, went down well. I made lots of cards this way for close friends, and sometimes I was pretty evil. I also used to make up poems but that gift seems to have gone by the way side, most of the cards I made at this time  had a comedy value, my Sister was having  building work down and for some reason known only to herself she decide to help the builder, so when it was her birthday that year I got a picture of Bob the Builder and put her face over his.
My Daughters sold my cards at their place of work and I soon got asked for orders, well that did my head in, you wouldn't believe what I was asked for, the worst one was Pigeon Racing, I did it, and they loved it but I just kept saying my name is Kath not Hallmark.

My Daughter Lynda wanted me to make her Wedding Invites and the day and evening invites were to be the same so these were the  first ever hand made card I ever made. I had no idea that rubber stamps were around and my eyes were opened when I discovered Sam Taylor's in Brighouse, I have since spent a small fortune there.

Lynda insisted that  navy blue and gold should be used as they were the colours of John's uniform, and she wanted a Wedding car on the invite, in 2001 the choice and quality of the card stock was not what it is now and I tried my best to change her mind on the card stock.I had to buy A4 card and cut and score the card.
I drew nearly everything myself and made templates and my only worry was the car wheel, but I had a Company opposite to mine who made me a die that I could punch out using  a hammer, obviously the gold pen round the edge has faded, but actually looks better in the photo than it does now on the actual card, that must be a first.

I had no craft room and made them on the kitchen table and then put them to dry or set on the dining room table. I got the bug and have continued to make cards ever since. Oh and by the way John was away at sea when the invites were made and when he came home he asked why are they navy and gold... my uniform is black and gold... Merchant Navy is black, Royal Navy is navy. TOUGH. I then moved to the 'box room' for my craft room and now I am in a double bedroom.

When I first started my blog and saw the cards on my dashboard of the people I followed, I used to decide  what I wanted to say about the cards, then I would go to the comment list and found that loads had said what I wanted to say, and then I spent ages wondering what I could say that hadn't been said, so now I just jump straight to the comment form and say what I think and if it has been said before I don't care.

Once I discovered rubber stamps I became a great fan of Penny Black, Hero Arts and Magenta and I thought Digi images were cheating but now I love Digi's as they are so versatile and to be honest the images I first used were sort of digi images

Like most of you out there I have likes and dislikes and most of my long time followers know I am not keen on  Butterflies on cards (Mrs A has a lot to answer for) and also fairies, BUT that does not mean I don't appreciate the work that has gone into making these cards and I can also still comment on the card. I also appreciate the fact that many items and images I use on my cards are not to everyone's taste.
I am so very lucky with the fabulous, lovely people who follow me and while I do not have that many followers this suits me to the ground because I really do like to support them by following just about every post they make, when people follow me, I give them 10 chances where I comment on their posts and if they don't comment back then I stop commenting on them, there is only one or two exceptions to this.
Sometimes there are reasons on both sides, where commenting is not possible, for various reasons. I do try to add a little bit of a laugh to my post.

Going back to an earlier comment, I did, for a while have my own company, Calder Polishing, no it did not involve Pledge or Mr Sheen, it was polishing moulds. Anything made of plastic is made from a mould and new moulds have to be polished up so they will eject the product, and then after being used so many times they have to be re-polished. We have polished parts for Dyson Vacs, coat hangers, absolutely all sorts of things but we have also polished moulds for Kit-Kats, Munchies, chocolates, Freddie Frogs, so there is a chance that you have either used or eaten products that have been polished by my Company.

I have to answer 3 questions.

1. What am I working on now..... avoiding the ironing... and trying to get my close Family Christmas cards done, as I have so many Birthday's in December and since writing this draft I now have 5 Teacher cards to make, also just realised that Tuesday is my BIL's birthday and I thought I had already done his card but I haven't.

2. Why do I do what I do...... because I love it and feel that I am employing my time by doing something worth while instead of watching a load of rubbish on the TV, but saying that I am so pleased that the new series of Downton  has started and can;t wait for another series of Mrs Browns Boys and I love Midsommer Murders and my all time favorite is Last night of the Proms. I listen a lot to Radio 2 while I am making my cards and especially love Bill Kenwrights programmes.

3. How does my work differ from others in my genre.....I think it probably is the fact that I haven't really moved on and, I can't do flower displays, I am not good at using distressed ink and I do try new things but they seem to be beyond me, my colouring is pretty poor, that it why I tend to paper piece whenever I can, so I tend to stick to my own plain and simple way, sometimes though I do have a light bulb moment, very occasionally. Also it really makes me smile when lovely card makers are asked to be on a DT and they say it took them a Nano second to think about it, when I was asked to join the lovely Ladybug, I had nightmares, hot sweats, panic attacks and took me days to decide but it has been a learning curve for me.

Now is the time I am supposed to tag 3 others, but I have tagged 5, who have already done it, while I was on holiday,
1 person who was too busy
3 people who are not well enough,
3 people who do not want to do it and 2 people who have not responded at all, I then lost the will to live
so this section of the hop will close with me but there are many other arms out there.

Oh and just before I go, another little bit of information you may not know about me, I am a Radio Ham, not just a CB'er don't do it anymore but the exam was very hard and I was so proud of myself for passing and being the only female in the class and my Uncle Frank who was also a radio ham, was well impressed.
So over and out from me, 10, 10 good buddies.
Thanks so much for you  patience and for taking the time to read this waffle.

Kath x

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

LCI final challenge week 3

I have chosen this image for my next card  for the final challenge at LCI as it was the mid-way image for the first challenge I took part in as a DT member using the Skinny Malinky's  Suzy  available here for £1.75

I hope the flower does not over shadow the image but I think not.
Oh to be so skinny that you can have coffee and cake whenever  you go out shoppping
Bazils flowers
SU papers and ribbon
Copics and Promarkers
Oops just realised that I haven't put a sentiment on, sometimes I wonder what planet I am on!

Just to say that if any of you out there have ordered any of the rubber stamps that on sale for a £1.00 and have not yet received your order, sadly Kerry's Mum passed away suddenly last Saturday and Kerry has flown home to Canada and will not be back till after the 1st of October.

Thank you all for looking and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Final Challenge at LCI

The August challenge at LCI was going to be Summer Fun and I chose to use the lovely 'On your bike Robyn' available here for the reduced price of £1.00. but not for long.
A great image for a little girl who has got a new bike for her Birthday or who loves to ride her bike.
MME papers matched perfectly.
Computer generated sentiment.

Thank you for looking and any comments you are kind enough to leave.

Kath x