Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Ladies who lunch!

Hello there,

I have another layout to share with you today; I know, shocking isn't it!  I actually managed to get two layouts finished in one weekend a couple of weeks ago, I was so excited!

This layout was created with some leftover papers from a crop class and so I cannot claim the design to be entirely my own as some of the elements were from the class.  However the class was for a double page spread with just one photo on each and partly because I didn't have all the papers necessary and partly because, unless the photos are absolutely glorious (and these weren't), I prefer to condense my photos on to one page if I can. My apologies for the quality of the photo, it is much more vibrant in real life, obviously I got my lighting wrong!

'Ladies who Lunch' by Kate Holliday

The large butterfly was stamped using the IndigoBlu 'Big Butterfly' rubber stamp onto patterned paper and the title stickers are from Simple Stories 'Good Day Sunshine Cardstock Stickers Expressions' which has about 4 alphabets on - so useful!  I'm afraid I don't know who made the papers as they were part of the class kit.

I had a few scraps of papers leftover so was able to create this card also.

So satisfying to use up scraps :).

Thank you for looking and I hope you have are managing a bit of crafting time.

Kate xxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Finally scrapped!

Hi Everyone,

I have a layout to share with you today.  I have had these two photos of my son making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday earlier this year that I have been thinking of 'scrapping' for a while but couldn't quite decide how to place them.  Anyway I came across a sketch that seemed to offer a solution and after that it seemed to easily slip into place.

'Flippin' Good' by Kate Holliday

The photos weren't great but I have so few of my son now that he is older that it is lovely to include the ones I do have.  Apart from being very pleased that I had got round to scrapping these photos I was also very pleased to use up some very old papers I had in my stash - always satisfying!

Happy Crafting!
Kate x

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Just a little 'Thank You'

Hi Everyone

Back in the summer I decided it would be really helpful to have a collection of 'Thank you' note cards to hand.  I wanted to keep things simple and I also kept the embellishing to a minimum because I wanted to be able to send the note cards by normal post rather than paying extra and these are what I came up with.

And here they are in more detail...

They were all created from my scraps box but I did use papers from the same ranges on each card to give a co-ordinated look and also to help keep things quick.  To embellish I used punches, doilies and my sewing machine.  Because I kept the basic design the same they were really quite quick to make up but I was really pleased with the effect at the end and hopefully the recipients appreciated them too.  Sadly I have almost run out now and this is a reminder to make some more!

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Fondant Fancy


I seem to be averaging about one post every two months lately which, admittedly, is not impressive! Note to self: 'Must do better'!!!

I have a card today for you which is one I created back in July.  I saw a tutorial here for a swing card and decided to have a go.

I was quite pleased with how the die cut swing part worked.  I adapted the card to suit the die I had and it was quite fun to make.  May well give this one a go again.

Materials Used:-
Stamp: Stampendous Icing Fluffles
Papers: Echo Park Beautiful Life Stripes
Sentiment Stamp: Lili of the Valley Handwritten Phrases
Pens: Promarkers

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Handbag Fun


I have a little handbag card to share with you today that I created this for a friend's daughter who recently turned 14.

I used a coredinations cardstock which I used with an embossing plate that I then lightly sanded.  The flower is one of the Tim Holtz dies that I used with some co-ordinating scraps of patterned paper and a pearl brad for a button.  The ribbon is a very pretty reversible satin that was just the right width.  It was a very simple make and I might make a couple more up to have in stock!

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Forgotten Card

Hello Everyone,
It has been a while I know and although I have done quite a bit of crafting one way and another I don't seem to have finished much! Hopefully this means that, at some stage, I will have lots of finished projects to share but that day is not yet here!!!  However, when looking through my photos I found this card that I made some months ago but hadn't blogged so at least I have something finished to share with you. The image is a Lili of the Valley and the papers are free ones from a magazine (always satisfying to use those) and the sentiments are also Lili of the Valley.  

I coloured the image with my promarkers and used my spellbinders dies to cut the circle and scallop circle. The tag was a pre-printed one with the papers so that was nice and easy and the rest is just layers.

Hope to be back soon with some of those finished projects.

Happy Crafting
Kate xxx

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Autumn Love

Hi Everyone

Today a layout.  I have signed up for an online class with Big Picture Classes and this one is Art + Science of Scrapbooking which is advertised as '16 brain-boosting challenges to strengthen your creative process'.  I decided to take a class because it gets your mojo going again and gets you in the flow of creating which I decided I needed.

This layout is in response to Stacy Julian's challenge to look through your patterned papers and find one that reminds you of a place or a space.

The background paper is an old Basic Grey that I have had for years and the colours made me think of these photos.  Whilst in the end I didn't actually make the story about the place (they were taken at Cliveden) I did get me talking about my favourite season and what it is I love about it.  The other papers and die cuts are Fancy Pants 'Summer's End' which were in my scraps bag and I thought the colours picked up on the background paper perfectly and I am always pleased to use up scraps!

Hopefully there will be more layouts to come!

Kate xx

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Another Card in a box!

Hi Everyone

My son thinks I am going a little over-board with these card-in-a-box designs and he could have a point.  However once everyone has had one I will probably get bored!!

This one I have created for my little Godson who will be 10 today.  I have actually made two as my other Godson loves dogs and although his birthday isn't until October I know I will be very glad when the time comes!

 This last one shows the decorated envelope!

The image is a Lili of the Valley, as is the sentiment.  The papers are very old ones, possibly Papermania but not sure exactly.  The stars were part of one of the patterned papers but as they were only paper I had to stick them all onto card and then cut them out a second time which was somewhat time consuming but I was pleased with the effect, so worth it.

Have a good rest of your day.

Kate xx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Ruby Love

Hello Everyone

Today I have a layout to share with you.  This is one I have had at the 'nearly finished' stage for several weeks but only yesterday found the time to finally finish it.

The layout is about my daughter's love for her first car 'Ruby'.  The papers are really old Cosmo Cricket 'Joy Ride' that I have had in my stash for ever!  The sweet little cars are Studio Calico Wood Veneer Shapes - Transportation which I just love, they are so much fun.  I have coloured them with my Promarkers to tie in with the theme.  The tag tucked behind the photos contains some journaling.

The circles are Prima stamps that I borrowed from someone at a crop I went to a month or so ago.  They are quite distressed so when I wanted one or two more I just made my own; I am good at distressed!!

Hope you are having a good day.

Kate xx

Sunday, 11 May 2014

For You Card

I have a birthday card to share with you today that I created a couple of weeks ago for my lovely friend Nicky. 

I confess that it was a design I found on Pinterest and adapted so that I could use materials that I had.  The flowers and background leaves are IndigoBlu stamps 'Blooming Great'.  The patterned papers are from the Prima 'Anna Marie' range and the die cut leaves and sentiment are Stampin Up.  The ribbon, cardstock and string are all ones I had in my stash.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Happy Crafting!

Kate xx