Sunday 6 July 2014

Last chance!

Hello lovely people,

I know lots of you have made it over to my new blog but if you haven't then now is a great time to do it as there are only 3 days left to enter my candy draw!
Check it out at Paper Firefly.

Hope to see you there!

Kat xx

Wednesday 25 June 2014

I've moved!

Hello lovely people,

I just thought I'd pop in with a reminder that I am now posting over at 

If you haven't been to visit yet then you have missed a shabby chic Saturated Canary card and a Criss Cross Tilda card... and more importantly my candy giveaway!

What are you waiting for?!

Big hugs,
Kat xx

Wednesday 18 June 2014

Time for a change

Hello lovely people,

Today sees the start of something new for me and as part of that I am switching to a new blog address!

Hugest of thanks to all those who follow me and leave me such lovely comments and I do hope you will all come and join me on my new adventure at Paper Firefly!

Big hugs,
Kat xx

Saturday 14 June 2014

A birthday hop

Hello lovely people,

We have a new challenge at All Dressed Up combined with a special surprise birthday blog hop!
Today is the very talented Wendy’s birthday; for those who don’t know Wendy is the owner and artist behind All Dressed Up.
All the team would like to wish Wendy a very happy birthday and thank her for her amazing images, and for everything she does.
We normally have our new challenge on the 15th, but as today is Wendy’s birthday we wanted to do a surprise birthday blog hop, along with our challenge.

Firstly the challenge, where the theme is 'Anything Goes' as long as it features one of our images or digital papers. Here is my card for the challenge;

This was a card that just came together so easily; it helps when you have such gorgeous artwork to play with!

Card recipe;
DP:Vintage Autumn and Frost Basics - Maja Design (available from Live and Love Crafts)
Die cuts: Filigree corner - La La Land Crafts

Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Hair: E21/25/29
Hat: E40/41/42/43
Dress / flowers: RV91/93/95
Flower centres: YR30/31
Bows: G40/YG61/63
Bird: E44/47

This is such an easy theme and we cannot wait to see all your fantastic entries, the winner will receive 3 images of their choice from the Store :-)

Onto the blog hop and below is a list of the Dressy Girls for you to hop around….we have a very big team here so you have until  1st July midnight GMT to hop round them all.
At the end of the hop two random Dressy Girls will pick someone who has visited and commented on their hop card to receive 2 images of their choice from the Store.

Happy hopping!

Kat (you are here!)
The challenge and hop will run until Midnight GMT 1st July and the winners of the hop and challenge will be announced on 3rd July on the All Dressed Up blog.
We cannot wait to see all your creations, why not stop by our Facebook Group and share them there too.

I hope you are all enjoying some sunshine and have a lovely weekend whatever you are up to :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;
1.  Live and Love Crafts (summer garden)
2.  Bunny Zoe's Crafts (layers)
3.  Sweet Stampin' (say it with flowers)

Thursday 12 June 2014

Flower fairy

Hello lovely people,

It's time for a new challenge at In The Pink and our theme this month is...


 So we want to see all those beautiful floral PINK of course!

Apologies for the wonkiest photo ever, it was just one of those days!  I have crammed in the flowers though, on the image, the DP and some lovely 3D flowers too :-)
I have had some hessian ribbon for a little while now and decided it was time to use it, and I do love it teamed with the seam binding and twine - both rustic and pretty.

I have just started the skin and hair colouring class at Kit and Clowder and whilst I have a long way to go I feel I have made some improvements the hair on this little lady...what do you reckon?
This is just one of the many gorgeous new fairy stamps at LOTV; I could so have bought them all but had to resist!

Card recipe;
Image: Petal - LOTV
DP: Yours truly - Pebbles
Hessian / twine: The Ribbon Girl
Seam binding (pink tulip) / flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts

Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Hair: E21/25/29
Dress: RV32/81/83/85
Wings / stockings: RV000/00/32
Shoes: T0/2/4
Flower: E40/RV000/00/32 and R32/81/83
Leaf: G16/19/28

If you haven't already done so then do pop over to In The Pink and check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the Pink Ladies.
Please also go and leave some love for our very special Pink Lady Christine C who is very sadly leaving the Pink Palace this week; you will be much missed Christine.
However, we do have a new Pink Lady as well so please go and give a warm welcome to Stacey, and check out her gorgeous first creation :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;
1.  The Ribbon Girl (lovely Lili - girlie)
2.  A Gem of a Challenge (use gingham ribbon/DP)
3.  A Creative Romance (anything goes +/- birthday)

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Time for cake

Hello lovely people,

It's time for a new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday and our theme this time is...


We are sponsored by Shape EZ who are offering our prize winner 2 Shape EZ templates of your choice.

I have used one of the templates from Shape EZ, which come as both jpg/png files for cutting out by hand and svg files for electronic die cutting machines.  I had to go for the cutting by hand option and yes, it was a little fiddly but worth it for such a lovely shaped design.

Just as I was about to start making this card I was asked for a special 40th birthday card and thought this fab cupcake was perfect for it, hence the numbers!

I loved going through all my pretty embellishments to add detail and particularly love how the ribbon/twine/flower/tag combo works :-)

Oh, and after making this card I remembered that I have a lovely cupcake shape on one of my Cricut cartridges... I might do it that way next time!

Card recipe;
DP: freebie with a magazine
Lace: from Live and Love Crafts but no longer available
Seam binding / twine: The Ribbon Girl
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Numbers: cut on my Cricut
Tag: set 24, sentiment tags - LOTV
Pearls: from stash

I hope you will pop over to Top Tip Tuesday and check out the fabulous creations and of course, the top tips from the rest of the team.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;

Friday 6 June 2014

Cheeky monkey

Hello lovely people,

Woohoo, it's new release time at All Dressed Up and we have a fabulous selection of images for you.  Just take a look...

3 Little Summer Girls

Best Teacher Ever

Cheeky Monkey

Prom Princess

I've got a bit of a stationary theme going on with my card; I started with the paperclip... and then the brad seemed like the perfect way to add the tags... and then I wanted to attach the twine without wrapping it round the panel so out came the stapler!

I chose to use Cheeky Monkey to continue with my challenge to myself to make more masculine cards... and because he is super cute!

Card recipe;
Image: Cheeky Monkey - All Dressed Up
DP: By the sea - Maja Design
Tags: set 24 - Sentiment tags - LOTV
Twine: from The Ribbon Girl
Brad: from stash

Copic colours;
Body: E41/42/43 & E43/44/47 for tummy/nose
Inside ears: R000/00/01
Skateboard / hat: W3/R27/46/89 & B34/37 & W5/7/9 for wheels
Ground: W0/1/2/3/4

Do drop in at All Dressed Up to see what the rest of the Dressy Girls have created; they are all stunning! While you're there, check our our current 'Bling it up' challenge and we'd love to see you join in for a chance of winning 3 images of your choice!
Don't forget to swing by our Facebook Group to share your creations and chat to fellow All Dressed Up lovers :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;
1.  Simon Says Stamp (Father's Day or masculine)
2.  Divas by Design (red, white and blue)

Thursday 5 June 2014


Hello lovely people,

Here we go again with a new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies and our theme this month is...


We are thrilled to have FIVE fabulous sponsors this month:

I took advantage of the lovely birthday discount recently to stock up on LOTV stamps, a mixture of old and new.  Today I have used an older stamp but I thought it was a very versatile design and I've teamed it with some of the fab LOTV papers.  Oh, and the sentiment is from a LOTV set I got in my little spending spree as well :-)

I think I've got the theme covered with spots and stripes on the DP and the image!

Card recipe;
Image: Patchwork bunch of balloons - LOTV
DP: Petal Fresh - LOTV
Sentiment: set 7, for you circular sentiments - LOTV
Dies: leaf and swirl - Magnolia Doohickey
Seam binding / twine: The Ribbon Girl

Copic colours;
Fur: E40/41/42/43
Pads on feet: R000/30
Nose: E43/44
Balloons: YG61/63/G24 & B91/93/95 & W00/0/1

If you pop over to Crafty Little Fairies you can check out the fabulous creations from my teamies.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;
1.  Papertake Weekly (amnything goes +/- summer)

Sunday 1 June 2014

Scrap n' Art with All Dressed Up

Hello lovely people,

Thank you for stopping by and I have a very special project to share today as one of my cards has been published in the latest issue of the Scrap n' Art online magazine.

Scrap n' Art is an electronic magazine packed with articles, tutorials and inspiration all the paper crafter and has a reader base of over 20,000.

Wendy Burns and three brand new, exclusive All Dressed Up images are being featured in the current issue plus several of the design team have submitted projects.

The three exclusive digis are:
Love My Teddy

Princess for a Day

Too Good to Eat

These three digital images are currently available only by subscribing to Scrap n' Art.  Your subscription entitles you to a monthly magazine for $24/year or you can try it for $5 for one month and you can access tutorials, inspiration, editorials and downloads.

For my card, I used another cute image currently available in the All Dressed Up Etsy store called Little Flower Girl.  I went for a taste of summer with this design, choosing bright colours and florals.

I just LOVE this little lady's gorgeous huge sun hat although it was a little bit of a challenge to colour!  I cut out an extra flower for her hat and popped it up on a 3D pad, then added liquid pearls to the middle of the flowers in the basket.

I've used my fave twine and flowers combo to embellish; I'm still loving the 3D flowers right now!

One more shot from the side so you can see the stepper design I used;

Card recipe;
DP: Park Bench - Echo Park
Dies: leaf and swirl - Magnolia Doohickey, butterfly set - Impression Obsession
Edge punch: Scallop dot - Martha Stewart
Flowers: all from Wild Orchid Crafts

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/50/000/51/21 & R30
Hair: E41/Y21/E42/E43
Dress / hair bows: BG10/11/13
Bag / ground: W0/2/3/4
flowers / hat / bow on bag: Y15/19/YR14
Leaves: G46
Bird: E42/43

I am back from my holiday now and feeling very refreshed but that will probably only last until I get into work on Monday morning and see my inbox!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Thursday 29 May 2014

Sew shabby

Hello lovely people,

Well, we haven't seen much sunshine so far for our cottage holiday in Dorset but have still enjoyed some lovely walks and a visit to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, which were beautiful.

Now it is of course time for a new challenge at In The Pink and our theme this time is...


I have been enjoying making cards with a slightly shabby chic feel lately and the one I am sharing today was actually requested by my hairdresser for her Mum's special birthday.
It is very similar to a layout I did recently and it was so good I just had to use it again, but this time with a sewing machine image from Pink Petticoat.  It's a sweet and simple design but perfect for dressing up with lots of pretty embellishments.

And how timely that one of the magazines I subscribe to had a free gift of sewing themed charms so I added one on here!
I added extra prettiness to the digi image with liquid pearl dots on the flower centres and Frantage round the edge.

I've popped a little tag behind the image with the special greeting on it; it's a cute way to add an interactive touch I think.

Card recipe;
Image: Material Girl (daisies) - Pink Petticoat
DP: Vintage summer basics - Maja Design
Corner swirl stamps: set 68 - Corners - LOTV
Frantage: Shabby white by Stampendous - from Live & Love Crafts
Lace: Hermione - The Ribbon Girl
Seam binding / all flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl head pins: The Ribbon Girl

Copic colours;
Sewing machine body: W00/0/1
Flowers: RV91/93/95 & BG93 for leaves

If you haven't already done so then do pop over to In The Pink and check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the Pink Ladies.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;
1.  Bunny Zoe (flowers and charms)
2.  Live and Love Crafts (inspirational collage)
3.  Inky Chicks (use a metal embellishment)
4.  A Creative Romance (girly cards)
5.  Simon Says Stamp (anything goes)