Sunday 24 August 2014

Exciting news!!!!!!!!! I made the Tando Creative DT!!!!!!!

Sooooooooooooooo excited to be able to finally announce that I made it onto the Tando Design Team. You can see my intro over on their blog.

A HUGE bundle of goodies came last week and I've made one creation already and planned quite a few more! Watch this space, as they say ;).

Thursday 21 August 2014

(Rubber) Dance with Me!

The summer holiday season may nearly be over but I am still feeling in the holiday mood (probably because I haven't managed to have one this year!).

So for this week's make I am harking back to a lovely holiday in Lanzarote. You may not know about me that my other love is gemstones and I adore making real gemstone jewellery. So imagine my joy when I discovered that the gem Peridot is all over the beaches in Lanzarote, contained within the lava rock!

I created this little box to keep my precious salvaged Peridot in a special place.

I stamped the box all over with the gorgeous sea mesh and created a topper for the lid using a collage of different stamps from the Retro Beach set. I coloured the top with Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage and Salty Ocean inks then stamped parts of various images to make my own collage. The bookplate is treated with Distress Paint and Treasure Gold to give it a faux patina.

Inside the box are my keepsakes and memories.

The inside top has a tiny little mini book with the story behind my keepsakes written inside.

The inside bottom of the box has my collected treasures!

Hope this got you in the holiday mood!

Here are the stunning stamps I used:

Until next time,
Katy x

To find the stamp(s) used for these projects, and many more, visit the Rubber Dance website at You can meet us on Facebook - come on over and say hi!

Saturday 16 August 2014

Tim's Tags - August

My entry for Tim's tags this month. I didn't follow the tag closely but I did use the fabulous Tissue Tape Resist technique that he demoed. Will definitely use this again - it makes the words pop really nicely.

This beautiful face stamp and the sentiment are Stampers Anonymous. I teamed them with an awesome set of flower stamps from Rubber Dance called Bold and Beautiful.

I finished the tag simply with some Idea-ology and dyed seam binding.

Am also entering my tag for Country View Challenges Word Play, as a big part of my design is this gorgeous sentiment.

See you soon!
Katy x

Thursday 14 August 2014

Let's (Rubber) Dance!

Just a quick card today but showcasing the gorgeous Diamonds background from Rubber Dance. Yellow is a favourite colour for me at the moment, especially teamed with grey. I think it's a fresh but subtle palette suitable for everyone.

Nothing difficult here - it's all just stamping. The wings are from the Collage 1 set and they don't have a body, so I borrowed an idea I saw on Hels Sheridan's blog, to use a pen nib to create a butterfly which is in keeping with my sentiment.

I used these totally gorgeous Rubber Dance stamps:

BK1-3E: Diamonds

JNEN-2E: Just a Note

To find the stamp(s) used for these projects, and many more, visit the Rubber Dance website at You can meet us on Facebook - come on over and say hi!

Friday 8 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop!


WELCOME ALL to the Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop featuring new stamps... Kim thought it would be a lovely treat to see Paperbabe stamps in the hands of some of her talented stampy friends...

Just to recap the new release, "Folk Fabrique", "Doll Face", "Mayleedee Little Red", "Mayleedee Frost Fairy" and "Dillon Frost Sprite" are NOW in Etsy! and the WebShop

Be sure to stop by PAPERBABE blog if you are JUST beginning the hop and make it all the way to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog to see the endless possibilities with these new stamps and to leave your comments along the way... as there are some fabby prizes to be had!

Prizes indeed! To celebrate there will be the ENTIRE AUGUST release and a very special not yet released (get it well before it's release in September) rubber stamp...  up for grabs to a very lucky winner!!!

I am very grateful to Kim for asking me to be involved in her hop - her stamps are fab and I know how much love she puts into each and every design. I chose to work with Folk Fabrique which is such an amazing set to use. I am not much into colouring in so this set appealed to me straight away. The layered stamps are perfect for the Copic challenged!

We recently moved house and decorated our bedroom in blue and white china colours so I've been looking at a LOT of wallpapers. These stamps reminded me of wallpaper and they have a slightly Eastern look to them - so I decided to create a jewellery box for my dressing table for today's hop, reminiscent of old blue and white pottery.

Here's how:
1) Paint a papier mache box (these are very cheap from Hobbycraft) with white paint and stamp around the bottom part with one of the blossom stamps - I used VersaMagic Aegean Blue ink.
2) Die cut an oval of pearl card for the lid and stamp it with part of the background stamp in the same VersaMagic Ink, filling the gaps with stamping in the same colour. Stamp the peacock outline in Archival Cobolt Ink.
3) Stamp the components of the peacock onto white card and with the Cobolt ink and cut out. Layer onto the outline peacock.
4) Finish with ribbon and a Tim Holtz word sticker.

The box would also make a gorgeous gift box so I also created a matching card to go with it. I stamped onto pearl card again with VersaMagic Aegean Blue for the background and Cobolt Archival for the details. To finish I simply matted the image, layered up the peacock bodies to give a bit of dimension and finished it with ribbon bows and few gemstones.

That's it from me but there's plenty more to see on the hop! The lovely and super talented Joanne (AKA Angelnorth) is your next stop.

So go, hop and be amazed... Here's where you want to be:

Chris (DT)
Kerrie (DT)
Lady (DT)
Delphine (DT)
Jackie  (DT)

THANK you so much for joining us on this Hop, we'll announce the winners on the Paperbabe Blog on the 15th when our Newest Challenge will be starting! You have until the 13th to hop with us and enter to win!


Thursday 7 August 2014

Shall We (Rubber) Dance?

Hi folks! Am back again with my regular DT post for Rubber Dance - I am hoping to post every Thursday, bringing you a new make every week with wonderful Rubber Dance stamps.

If you are due to go on your annual holiday this month then this project could be for you! Pretty and practical, I created an altered tin which is perfect for travel sweets. Pop this in your handbag and sort out airplane ear popping with a sucky sweet or two.

For this set I used the gorgeous Travel set from Rubber Dance.
All the stamps used for these projects are from Rubber Dance:

Small tin
Alcohol Inks
Archival Inks
Tissue Tape
Glue N Seal
Vintage postage stamp
Vintage postcard background

1) Swipe the tin with alcohol inks - I didn't use any blending solution I used the inks directly on the felt. My chosen colours were Espresso and Black.

2) Stamp the lid with the map stamp using Black StazOn.

3) Ink a piece of Tissue Tape using Archival Ink in Tree Branch and Sepia.

4) Add the Tissue tape around the inside edges of the base of the tin and the outside edge of the top of the tin. The tape won't stick well to metal so use glue to hold it in place.

5) Stamp the map onto two pieces of card using Black Archival and ink the edges with Sepia.

6) Create a collage for the lid using the travel stamps, stamped onto a printed vintage postcard image.

7) Add a real postage stamp to the collage and then seal all the stamped pieces with Glue N Seal or similar. It's a good idea to seal the tin if it will be handled - this is why it's best to do all the previous work with Archival as it won't bleed when sealed.

8) The finished tin - add a final layer of Glue N Seal all over to protect the finish.

If you'd like to use my vintage postcard background feel free to take it from below.

Here's the awesome set of stamps I used for this make - TR1-L: Travel

See you again tomorrow - when I am guesting for Paperbabe Stamps!!!

Katy x

To find the stamp(s) used for these projects, and many more, visit the Rubber Dance website at You can meet us on Facebook - come on over and say hi!

Friday 1 August 2014

You Make Me Feel Like (Rubber) Dancing!

Oh yes - happy happy day! Today is my DEBUT for the Rubber Dance Design Team!!! WOO HOO!! Here's a very sneaky peek - if you want to know more, check out my step-by-step tutorial featuring A Little Birdie set over on their blog today.

These bird stamps are STUNNING! You need them!

To further whet your appetite I am sharing a card I made with the same stamp set. Just a very clean and simple example with ribbon strips to embellish. My make for the Rubber Dance blog today is much different so you can see how how many looks you can get from this versatile set. The images are coloured with Coloursoft pencils.

My makes today features two of the Rubber Dance sets I was lucky enough to get in my DT package:
B3-M: A Little Birdie
NP5-M: Weed Love

All the stamps used for these projects are from Rubber Dance:

Hope to see you again soon,
Katy x

To find the stamp(s) used for these projects, and many more, visit the Rubber Dance website at You can meet us on Facebook - come on over and say hi!