Wednesday 31 July 2013


Good morning everyone,
I hope your week is going well. 
Our weather has been wonderful lately - the sweltering heat has gone...yeah!
....and I get to have lunch with friends at one of my very favourite restaurants by the lake
 so it's going to be a good day!

Today also starts a new challenge at the

and this week the theme is "Summer"

I've used the adorable Sally from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps
This one is called "have you heard" and can be found here.   
I love the expression on her face...bless her... she is so surprised by her little visitor!

Digital stamp coloured with Copics
DP - Echo Park Dots & Stripes Christmas Collection - old item
SU Riding Hood Red DP & ink
SU Blushing Bride
Sentiment created in Word
Button - Jenni Bowlin Vintage- old item

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Created with Love Challenges - Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge #49 - Pretty in Pink
Make it Monday #151
Paper Playtime #15 - Pattern Paper
CCH#150 - Summertime
The Kraft Journal:  Cute Critters

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pat K xx

Monday 29 July 2013


Hi everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend. 

My time as GDT for Eureka Stamps has come to an end.
It's been great fun....Thank You so much Jackie and the DT for having me.

The theme this week is a favourite "Anything Goes"

I've used #18302 heart bouquet that can be found here along with the a wonderful wedding sentiment that I added to the inside.  #19003 is available here.

SB Grand Labels Eleven
SB Grand Decorative Ovals One
SB Back to Basics Tags - sentiment in Word
Coloured with Copics
TH Distress Ink in Tattered Rose
Shabby White Fran-táge around the oval
String pearls & dp from Michaels 

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Di's Digi Design Challenge - Wedding
Little Claire's Designs #35 - Weddings
Paper Crafting Journey - Punches and/or Die cuts

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Pat K xx

Friday 26 July 2013

Lovely & Lace

Happy Friday everyone,

Today starts a new challenge at

Our lovely, talented Cathy (Kraftykoolkat) is hosting this week
and she would like to see Lace...the real stuff, not just die cuts on your creations.

For my card share I've used the gorgeous "Lovely"
 by the fabulous Krista Smith of Saturated Canary
They are our sponsor this week and so kindly provided us with our digis.
Thank you Krista!

This glamorous gal can be found  here.
 I really enjoyed colouring this one and am finally happy with my folds.
Practice, practice, and more practice! I had a lot of time to colour while hunkered down
in the air conditioning during the recent record breaking temperatures
....that and watching the amazing Alyces' colouring video definitely helped.

A friend requested a birthday card for her grown daughter and I'm hoping she will like this card.
I will however have a difficult time parting with it as it's my current favourite.
 IRL it's creamier than in the photo which gives it a more vintage look.
SU Very Vanilla cardstock used....yes, I hoard that stuff!

The gorgeous lace was purchased from Buffalo Stamps on a recent visit.

The seam binding was a gift from a friend...thank you Helen!

Pleated ribbon from  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, gold string beads from Michaels as well as the Recollections embossed gold dp.  

SB Radiant Rectangles used for the tag with Fran-táge on the edge.

I've so neglected my MS punch-around-the-pages punches lately 
so put "Embroidered Floral" to work on the card base.

Image is coloured with Copics. The dress is E50, E53, E55, E57.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
  1. Saturated Canary Challenge #48 - Glamour and Glitz
  2. Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge #13 - Metal 
  3. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 217 - For the Girls
  4. Crafty Ribbons Challenge #54- Anything goes with ribbon
  5. Make it Monday #150
  6. Copic Markers Europe - Shabby chic
  7. MarkerPOP Challenge #27 - Lovely locks

If you like, please stop by the challenge at TPC, see the gorgeous creations made by the team and play along with us...we'd love to see you there.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Your comments are always appreciated.
Pat K x

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Lizzie at the Beach

Hi everyone, 
We have a new challenge starting today at

and for Challenge #180 our host Shirley would like you to Make a Set.

We have 3 wonderful sponsors this week.
Doodle Pantry,
StampArtDesigns by Kathryne
 Digital Delights

I've chosen to make a card and envelope using a digi called Lizzie that Kathryne of 
StampArt Designs by Kathryne has generously provided.  She can be found here.


I added the flowers to my beach scene card because she is in beautiful Hawaii you see least that's what I imagined..(smile)

I masked the image, coloured the background using stipple brushes for the sand and sky.

The water was coloured with Copics as was the image.
The flowers are handmade using MS Hydrangea punches, sprayed with water and scrunched.

Design Paper is SU Coastal Cabana
MB Summer Border die
MFT Sun die
SU leaf die
Seam binding is an old Martha Stewart
Lace is from LOTV
Sentiment: SU stamp 
Large flower made using SB Blossom Two dies

I would like to enter the following challenges:
  1. Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog #61 - Use Ribbon & Lace
  2. 613 Avenue Create Challenge #29  - Anything goes with a twist
  3. Great Impressions July Challenge  Anything Goes
  4. One Stitch at a Time Challenge #173 - Favourite - SU Leaf die
  5. The Squirrel & the Fox Challenge #48  - Ribbon
  6. The Crazy Challenge #150 - Summer time
  7. Challenges 4 Everybody Challenge #25 - Anything Goes 
  8. Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #157 - Toes in the Sand 
  9. Songbird Challenge #25 - My Favourite Thing  ( SU leaf die)

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always appreciated.
Pat K x

Monday 22 July 2013

Happy Birthday funny face....

Hi everyone, 
I'm back again with another post as my GDT spot at Eureka Stamps Challenge continues.

I'm so enjoying my time here and love playing with these wonderful digis.

The current challenge that starts today is a favourite...Happy Birthday!

For my card I've used the fun image
 #24904 Clown on One Hand...don't you wish you could do that! 
I really like the sentiments at Eureka and have used #25401 Happy Birthday Vertical

Out came my favourite dp's... Graphic 45 ..this time from Le Cirque collection.
The tickets are from the same collection. 
SU really rust used as one of the mats, as well as the ink for distressing.
Flower made using SB Rose Creations die

E09, 08, YR14, YR07
R17, 14
Y35, 32, 11
C9, 7, l00
T2, 1, 0 for shadow

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Sister Act Card Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes
Make it Monday #150

Thanks for stopping by,
Pat K x

Christmas in July at Cards for Men Challenge

Hi everyone.  I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to stay cool. 

Today starts a new challenge at

Cards for Men Challenge #15
 and the theme is "Christmas in July

I've used a digi called "Angel Dog" that was generously supplied by our sponsor, the fabulous

"Meljen Designs"

Card Details:
DCWV -Adhesive Cork
SU - Bashful Blue CS
Recollections: Blue Christmas 6x6 paper pad
Sentiment Circle - LOTV
MB - Magnificent Pine die
MS snowflake punch
Black faux stitching  done using Staedtler pigment liner 0.5
TH Walnut Stain distressed around the edges

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas in July
Shelly's Images July Challenge - Christmas in July
Meljens Challenge #169 - Mismatched (DCWV & Recollections)

Thank you so much for stopping by,
Pat K xx

Friday 19 July 2013

Sieze the Cake

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope you all managed to stay cool this week during the record breaking temperatures 
experienced up here in the northern hemisphere. 
There should be some relief this weekend for us around the Great Lakes as they are predicting our 
back to normal 26-27 deg.C's hoping there will be a break for you too.

For my card today I've used an adorable image by Lacy Sunshine called
I just love Pickles. My oldest granddaughter spent one summer at the cottage collected frogs.
She didn't get so far as to name any of them but did practice catch-and-release.
 I know, I kept telling her she would get warts 
but am happy to report they proved me wrong again.  
I remember her Dad when he was a little boy rescued a bull frog from a bunch of boys who were up to no good. Perhaps this is where the attraction comes from. on to my card. 


The dp I've used is from a DCWV  12x12 pad called Nana's Kitchen Stack.  Many of the sheets are embossed and very glittery.

The adorable cakes and stands are MB dies called
Petite Cake and Scalloped Cake Stand.

 A MB woven circle die was used under the sentiment which is from an acrylic stamp set, name is missing but I believe it's Hero Arts.

Copics were used to colour the image.  I remember the pinks are R89, 85, 83, 81 but did not keep track of the greens...sorry!

I will enter this card into the current challenge at
Thank you so much for stopping by today,
Pat K x

Wednesday 17 July 2013

Christmas at the Belli Challenge

Hi everyone,
Hope you're having a good week so far.
....and will someone please turn the thermostat's TOO HOT!
On days like this I only go outside to water the garden, then run back inside to the air conditioning.
Thunderstorms are predicted so hopefully things will cool off a little soon.

Today starts a new challenge at the

and for the next 2 weeks Darsie has chosen the theme


For my card today I rummaged thru my boxes of Magnolia stamps and chose a cutie that's never seen ink until now.    She is Tilda with cross stitched heart and is from 2011 I think.

I really liked the wooden heart but needed to change it to match my design.  I first painted it with TH Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint, let it dry and then added Fran-táge.  
The sentiment is from LOTV, stamped in Versafine Sepia.
Gold lace is Websters Pages...not sure where the ecru lace is from
DP is MME, Lost & Found, Market Street
Base is Bazzill Walnut Cream
The lush seam binding is MemrieMare
SB Layered Elegant Swirl added at the bottom.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations Challenge #50 - Pastel Colours
Dutch Magnolia Lovers Challenge - Tilda, Edwin or Animal
Tilda's Town Challenge #61 - Anything Goes
That Craft Place Challenge - Add ribbon and or lace
Marvelous Magnolia Challenge #35 - Anything Goes (beginner)
Vintage Stamping Challenge #10 - Pretty in Pink
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge #61 - Christmas in July

Enjoy your day,
Pat K x

Monday 15 July 2013

Christmas in July at Eureka Stamps Challenge

Hi everyone,

I have another card to show you today that was made for my GDT spot at Eureka Stamps.
The theme this week is Christmas in July and I chose the fabulous digi #12401 
"Oh Come Let us adore Him" that can be found here.    
I've also used the coordinating sentiment #16603 that is available here.

Card size is 5x7 inches. 
 The ovals were cut using Spellbinders Grand Calibur Grand Ovals 
and Grand Calibur Decorative Ovals One.  
 I've used shabby white Fran-táge as well as a Spica Gold pen.

Image was coloured with Copics
Robes:  E50, E51, E53 and small amount of E55
Hair:  E18, E15, E13, E21
Outline: T2, T1, T0

Ribbon is from Michaels
Embossed Gold Paper - Recollections

I intend to enter the following challenges:
Simply Create Too Challenge #41 - Christmas in July
Inky Impressions Challenge #116 - Christmas in July
2 Sisters Challenge #152 - Make it Sparkle
CMC Copic Challenge #72 - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #7 - Inspired by a Song

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a good week,
Pat K x

Saturday 13 July 2013

Bridal Shower

Happy Saturday everyone,

Hope this finds you well and enjoying a lovely Summer weekend.

Last Saturday I attended a bridal shower for my Cousin's Son's fiancée and what a fun time. 
The maid-of-honor and bridesmaids did a fabulous job of creating a memorable day for everyone, especially the bride-to-be.  It was my first time meeting her and she is lovely....can't wait for the wedding.
I wanted to make a special card to accompany the gift and here is what I came up with.

I've used an ADFD digi called Wedding Veil, coloured with Copics, fussy cut and added a piece of white netting over the veil.  Rhinestones placed where the dots on the image are located and yes, the not-so-straight sewing is silver thread.

The tag is a Magnolia die, sentiment done in Word. 
Flowers from Michaels...a Recollection product.
Leaves are a PoppyStamps die called Gentle Leaf
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Silver netting cut from a 12x12 sheet from Michaels
Sequin ribbon from Fabricland
Two dies used behind the image are SB Radiant Rectangles

 Box was made 6 3/4"  x 6 3/4"
 White paper was embossed with SU Elegant Bouquet embossing folder then matted on pale blue cardstock, then added to Pearlized white DP.  White string pearls were added around the edge.  I use api's Crafter's Pick incredibly tacky glue - great for sticking flowers on as well.

I will be entering the following challenges:
  1. Papertake Weekly Challenge: Old swiss dot folder, New leaf die, Blue flower.
  2. Make it Monday #148
  3. Charisma Cardz Challenge #27 - No designer papers
  4. Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes
  5. Sister Act Card Challenge #15 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by,
Pat K xx

Friday 12 July 2013

All of a Flutter.....and a little Fran-táge

Good morning everyone,

Friday at last! I do hope you've something special planned for the weekend!

I've got some wonderful crafty news to share with you today...
...a few weeks ago I was selected to be a part of the fabulous
Totally Papercrafts Challenge
... and after I picked myself off the floor, I of course said YES.
I'm so honoured and excited to be a part of this great challenge.

Our lovely host this week is the fabulous Debs and she has chosen the theme
 "All of a Flutter".  Here is the card I made.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Ladybug Crafts Ink
 and they are offering a fabulous £10 Prize gift certificate to the winner.

Now when I think of flutter....I think of Fairies and this image is one of my favourites. She is called "Wings" and is an ADFD digi.   This is my first time using Fran-táge.  I know...I'm a late bloomer but I really do try not to buy EVERYTHING!   I found it easy to use and I really like the might just see more of it in the days to come.

 I've used a Cheery Lynn Doily called Large Sunflower.  The shape is a Go Kreate Square Frame #260030 Frilly #10.  Image cut out using SB Romantic Rectangles. Banner is a Hanglar Stamp, with flowers and lace from WOC.   I used Hero Arts Prisma Glitter, Art Glitter #162 Just Peachy and Jewel Glitter Ritz, Sand on the wings. DP is SU's new Coordination's paper in Crisp Cantaloupe and image is coloured with Copics.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
  1. Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge - Birthdays
  2. Papertake Weekly Challenge -  new item (fran-táge)
  3. Partytime Tuesday Challenge #128 - Wing it
  4. Make it Monday#148 
  5. Emerald Faeries Challenge #45 - Happy Birthday 
  6. Crafts and Me Challenge #138 - Anything Goes
  7. ADFD Challenge #74 - Use a Die Cut

Now if you've hung around to the end of this very long post...I thank you so much. Hope you get a chance to stop by the challenge and see what fabulous creations my team mates have come up with.
                             Pat K x...NEW DT MEMBER...YEAH!

Wednesday 10 July 2013

It's Christmas in July at Fab 'n' Funky

Good morning everyone,
Hope you're having a good week so far.  
 We were fortunate enough to miss the torrential downpour that hit the GTA on Monday.
Thousands of people were without power, some of them still, with hundreds of commuters stranded. 
It's heartwarming to see how folk pull together in times of need and hats off to all the first responders for the awesome job they do.....

now on to business...

 Anne-Marie is hosting this week's Challenge at Fab'n'Funky and she has chosen  
Christmas in July

I love this gets us jump started on Christmas cards.

  We are sponsored by the fabulous Dilly Beans and I chose #525Three Penguins for my card today.

DP - Cosmo Cricket "Jolly by Golly"
Sentiment:  Center cut from a LOTV set
Pine branch: Marianne Designs LR0181
White Liquid Appliqué added to hats and heat embossed 

I would like to enter the following challenges:
ABC Challenge #36 - Christmas in July
Crafty Sentiments Designs #9 - Christmas in July
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge:  Tic,Tac,Toe  (ribbon,die cuts, embossing (hats)
LEJ Designs  #61- Christmas in July
Card Mania #24 - Christmas in July
Stamp & Create - July Challenge - Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Christmas in July

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to check out the inspiration from the DT and play along with us this week at Fab'n'Funky.
Pat K x

Monday 8 July 2013

Hitting the Beach at Eureka Stamps

Hi everyone,..... I'm back again and this time I get to share with you another creation for my
Guest Design Spot at the fabulous  

For Challenge #47 the theme is "Hitting the Beach" .   Oh wouldn't we all like to be doing that today!    I've used digi #23902 "Cool Cat with Shades" for my card and he can be found here.  
The sentiment is #23901 available here.  
 I had so much fun making this card...Mr. Cool Cat just makes me smile but he doesn't fool me...
there is no way he's going in those waves..not ever!

DP, button & clouds are Heidi Grace Sunshowers (on clearance at JoAnns)
SU Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand
MFT Umbrella die, Sun die
MB Big Splash border

 I would like to enter the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge #49 - at the beach
Jellypark Challenges - Celebrate Summer
Wags'n Whiskers Challenge 107- Cute as a button

Thank you so much for stopping and please drop by the blog and see what the talented DT have created for this challenge.
Pat K x

Bingo at Cards for Men

Good morning everyone,
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were fortunate enough to do something watch that fabulous tennis match yesterday!

Today we start  Challenge #14 at Cards for Men and the theme is Bingo.
Our Sponsor this week is Carole Bryson, an Independent Stampin Up Representative. See the Cards for Men blog for details on how you can contact Carole.

For my card I used the whole board....otherwise known as Blackout ? 

 The papers are all from Stampin Up....baja breeze, certainly celery, almost cocoa. I ask this a Summer Cold....or the dreaded "Man Flu"?...poor fella!

Here is the Bingo board:

Die cut




Stamped image
digital images




Scrappers floss

My card is an easel card...filling the multifolds square, completing the board!
    Isn't that tissue box fabulous.  It's a Lockhard Stamp that I've had for a few years now...perfect for get well cards.   The tag is removable and great for a hand written sentiment.

Image & Sentiment:  Mo's Digital Pencil...Feelin Beary Sick
SB Scallop Circle, Large Circle dies
Tissue box:  Lockhard Stamp Co.
Tag:  Sizzix Die
CB Embossing Folders:  Herringbone,  Diamond
Metal Brad:  SU
Twine from my Stash
SU Baja Breeze Ribbon
All papers from SU

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Mo's Digital Pencil #192  "F" is for (feelin beary sick)
Sister Act Challenge #14 - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks CCC#149 - dry embossing
SweetPea Stampers - cards for men

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.
Pat K x

Wednesday 3 July 2013


Hi everyone,

Welcome to another post ...this time for the Belli Challenge

The theme for the next two weeks will be "Stars" and I've used another of the CandyFloss Crew from Pollycraft Digitals.  This mischievous little star is called Ebony and she can be found here.   I've stayed with my black, white and red theme for this group, keeping it CAS.  I can't wait to colour the last one of the set and she is called Daisy.   oh and sorry for yet another crooked photo....I'm beginning to think I'm lopsided :)

Card recipe:
 Memory Box - Cosmic Star Set
The sentiment is from an old SU set
Paper from my stash as well as the black rhinestones
Coloured with Copics:
Skin: E11, E21, E000, E000, R20
Hair:  Y11, Y21, E33
Clothing: R27, R24, R22, C9, C5
Shading: B01, B00, B0000, W4, W2, W00

I would like to enter the following challenges.
Crafting When We Can Challenge #47 - Keep it Simple
One Stitch at a Time Challenge #170 - Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #161 - All Things Digital
Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge - For the Girls
Pollycraft Challenge #2 - Stars & Stripes

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week.
Pat K x

Monday 1 July 2013

Stars & Stripes at Eureka Stamps - GDT

Hi everyone,

Several months ago I was lucky enough to be chosen to Guest Design for Eureka Stamps and this is my first entry for the month of July.  Thank you so much Jackie and the wonderful DT for having me.

I've used a cute digi #7701 Cheerleader, along with #14803 Celebrate sentiment.  The dp is from a very old stack ...cover is missing so unfortunately I do not know the name. I cut the oval using a Quickutz die.  The ribbon is also from my stash. Diamond dust Stickles added to the pom-poms.

Copics used:
E11, E21, E00, E000
R29, 27, 24, 22
C2, 1, 00
B29, 28, 24, 21
Shading: T2, T1, T0

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
Inky Impressions #114 :  3, 2, 1
The Sisterhood of Crafters:  Stars and Stripes
Perfect Sentiment #85 - Red, White & Blue
Gingerloft Challenge - Red, White & Blue

Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments are always appreciated.
Pat K x