All set for the next little while

Hi all! So I wasn’t feeling the creative vibe last week. You know how it is. I sat at my table and inspiration just didn’t strike. So I decided to cut up some card bases.


This should last me a little while! I buy my white cardstock from Officeworks. It is called Mondi Color Copy 250gsm. It comes in reams of 125 A4 sheets and, while it’s a bit on the pricey side at $16.45 a ream, I can get 250 cards (excluding stuff ups of course!). The cream cardstock is also from Officeworks. I’ve had it for a while but I think it is Spilman 200gsm Tinted Board. It’s not a smooth as the Mondi cardstock but is very sturdy. I don’t remember where the black or the kraft cardstock came from but, as with the cream, they are good quality and work well for me.


I had a rubber stamp custom made some time ago. While I love it, I usually put the year on the back of my cards. So I took a leaf out of my lovely Mum’s book (hi Mum :D). When she has finished painting a piece of china she signs the bottom and uses a system of dots to indicate the year it was finished. So I decided to colour the centre heart in the design with a different colour to help me remember when the card was created. 2015 is red!

Inspiration did strike eventually!


The die is from Impression Obsession and I’ve cut it twice. Once with an old book page that I’ve stuck to some 100gsm card and once on some red cardstock. Then I cut the red hearts from the stems and stuck them on top of the book page ones and covered them with Ranger’s Glossy Accents. The greeting is from Papercraft – Sentiments Adults.

Hope you like it! Cheers for now.

Kathy 1


I’m baaaack!

So things have been very quite here for quite a long time. But I have a very good excuse… I was overseas with hubby for three months last year and it’s taken me this long to get myself back on track! Really! With all the planning that we needed to do and then trying to sort lots and lots and lots of photos and catching up with everything else normal life requires I’ve had no time at all!

Here are a just of few of the 25,000+ photos we took!

Hubby with some of the dwarfs of Wroclaw in Poland

Scala, Italy, the view from our terrace

Cinque Terre, Italy

El Escorial, Spain

Mont St Michel, France

Lovely London!

Hubby with John

Hubby with Greyfriar’s Bobby, Edinburgh

Beautiful Loch Lomond, Scotland

In the Brazen Head, Dublin

With our lovely friends Helen and Aaron near Belfast

New York from the Rock

I’m flying! In New York

Hubby outside the White House, Washington DC

We had such a fabulous time, it’s been difficult being home and getting back into the normal routine. I’m back at work and hubby is filling his time with lost of odds and ends around the house.

So now I’m ready to start blogging again. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks making cards so here we go…

I have loads of rub-ons in my stash and I’m having a go at using some of them. These flowers are called Fancy Flowers from Kaisercraft. I’ve laid them down in a rough heart shape to match the one I’ve cut using Memory Box’s Cupid Heart die. The sentiment is a rub-on from Sullivans. I think you could achieve the same effect using stamps as well.

So that’s it for this post. Hope you like it!

Cheers for now

Kathy 1

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hi all, hope all the Mums out there are having a wonderful day. I certainly am! Bubbles and chocolate always make me happy 🙂

Here’s today’s card:


I’m not very happy with this one… somehow it feels a bit unfinished but I can’t put my finger on it.  Anyway, the leaves are from the Peachy Keen set by Kaisercraft (stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia) and the sentiment is from Papercraft’s Family set. I’ve stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder (but I had to draw the apostrophe in with white gel pen! – one of my pet peeves)  Sorry… back on track now… the paper flowers come from a pack I’ve had forever as did the pearl brad.

Cheers for now

Kathy 1

Pretty Pinks

I’m running a bit late this week! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

It seems like ages since I used vellum on one of my cards and as it seems to have made a bit of a comeback, I thought I’d dig out my old stuff and see what I could do with it:


I embossed the vellum with my Cuttlebug “Textile” embossing folder and stuck it to a piece of pink cardstock – as the glue would show through the vellum I’ve hidden it behind the flower. The stamp I used on the paper flowers is Hero Arts’ Antique Writing background stamp using Ranger Archival Ink “Sepia” and the adhesive pearls are from Sullivans.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink’s “Birthday Basics” set.

I hope you like it!


Kathy 1

Glittering Circles

Hello again.

This morning I was shuffling through my stash looking for inspiration when I came across some double sided adhesive sheets I bought ages ago. I thought I give glitter a try for a change.  It’s not something I use much because it’s awfully messy but I was feeling a bit adventurous. This is what I ended up with…


The glitter is from American Crafts and it’s very fine.  It stuck well to the adhesive and didn’t rub off.  The papers are from Kaisercraft’s Utopia collection. I think the sentiment stamp is from an old Inkadinkadoo set of greetings I’ve had forever.

I love the colours and the shine of the glitter. I’ll have to use it more often!

Cheers for now

Kathy 1