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

Lovely Stencils

Hi there! It’s a bit overcast and drizzly here today… a perfect day for papercrafting 🙂

This one is a  quick a easy one layer birthday card. I’ve used Kaisercraft’s Doily stencil and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks.



I’ve sponged the colour on using a makeup sponge and stuck an enamel dot in the middle of the doily.  The greeting is from a Papercraft set called Celebration.  I love using stencils on my cards!

Hope you like it!

Cheers for now

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

OK, here we go…

Hello out there!  This is my first post on my new blog.  I’m planning to post at least once a week with a pic of my latest handmade cards and other odds and sods that interest me.  I might not have much to say but there’ll always be pictures!

Anyway here we go…


I made this one for my wonderful friend Tania’s birthday.  I’ve used a Kaisercraft stamp called Birthday. The background is a technique I picked up from the very talented Kristina Werner at kwernerdesign.com  and it is done using Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads.  Rub the inkpad onto a craft sheet and spritz the ink with water. Then rub the watercolour paper onto the wet ink smudging the colour around. You can dry the paper with a heat tool or leave it to air dry if you like. Then stamp the image using Versamark ink and and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

I mounted the watercolour piece on a some kraft cardstock, stamped and embossed the little scroll at the top and finished off with some crochet thread and a button. The finished piece was then mounted on to my card base with foam squares.

Tania loved it and I hope you do too!

Cheers for now