Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Love is the thread.......

I know, I know, It's been an age since I posted anything here....not that I'd forgotten about this space, it's just been a lack of time to do anything other than cards and work that has got in the way. So now I've made a conscious decision to start doing what really pleases me creatively instead of what I think I ought to be doing.

So to gently get me into the swing of things I made this ATC...

Last year I stumbled across Danita's blog and I've been a huge fan ever since , do hop over and take a look. A while ago Danita kindly shared an image and I've had it sat waiting for me to do something with it ( again going back to my point earlier ) so last night I got out my paints and got messy :)

I really do enjoy the scale of ATC's, perfect for trying out techniques..not too much waste if it all goes wrong, which It does quite often :)

Hope to be back here soon with more to share. Enjoy the lovely summer sunshine x x

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

It's the small things......

Honestly it is really the small things that make me happy, take for instance today.............I found this beautiful button at my local fent shop, it was sandwiched between the most ordinary tubes of buttons but soon as my eye fell on it I let out an " Oooooooooo "...it's an inch in diameter and is made of plastic but I still love it :)

Now another find, this time at Paperchase...have a thing about blank Kraft books at the mo...anyway Saturday we headed off to Harrogate for a romantic weekend, which was lovely by the way, but craft shopping of any kind was a big no no that day but I knew he wouldn't count Paperchase as a crafty shop, and really I suppose it isn't, it's mainly stationary, which I LOVE anyway...but tucked away at the back of the shop was this beauty...it's about 5' by 7'..the pages inside are a heavy weight Kraft paper.....see?
Sigh....want more :) am Happy :)

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Hi everyone, well there's not been much craftiness lately..bit of a creative drought going on here I think. I had an ATC to make for a swap I'd asked for.....I know the recipient likes goth/dark images so thought this cute but slightly weird character would fit the bill...

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Jess's giveaway

Hi everyone, sorry I havn't been around on here much lately...I have been working on a painting but it's been sat unfinished for a while....I just dont seem to have enough hours in a day at the moment.

Wanted to share this adorable giveaway, if you havn't seen Jess's work before do pop over here and take a look.....FABULOUS :)

This is Lucille who is waiting for a new home....awwwwwww :)

Hope to be back soon, xx

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Tres Chic

It's been a while since i sat and doodled.....tis only a tiny one, this is an Atc, but i am enjoying it when i get the time.

A quick post cos i'm full of cold :( oh what joy........not :( am off to comfort myself with homemade soup, hot water bottle and lots of vicks vapor rub.......sniff xxxx

Friday, 8 January 2010

A musical interlude

I had to just had to share this video i stumbled across whilst blog hopping, it's a band i'd never heard of before but i LOVE the video ( keep any eye out for the tiny elephant ) there's so many lovely details and i adore the song too.

Keep warm everyone, has just begun to snow again here in Yorkshire...Brrrrrr xx

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

My first bit of craftiness for 2010

Well the snow has bought me some crafty time today with the shop i work at being closed for the day, it really does look pretty out there but i'm so glad i didn't have to venture out !

To ease me back into the swing of things i thought i'd make a couple of ATC's...

Stamps are Inkadinkado and Stampotique

Stamps are Basic Grey, released late summer last year.

A while ago i was very lucky to win Kate Cranes blog candy, this fabulous Art Journal ! If you buy Craft Stamper mag you'll be familiar with Kates work, this months mag has a fantastic article on Art Journaling by Kate, definately worth a look...thank you so much Kate, such a thrill to win this !

Stay safe and warm everyone xx

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year to you all

Hi everyone, just a quick hop on here to wish you all a Happy New Year and to say a huge thank you for all your visits and lovely feedback over the past year. Oooooo and all the inspiration you've all given me too, you really are all a talented bunch !

I really do hope that 2010 is a good year for you all in every way, this past year definately has had it's ups and downs for me personally but i love the optimism that a new year brings...onwards and upwards thats what i say :) Love to you all xxx

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


Honestly today has been one of THOSE days, so, so stressful to the point of tears a few times. By mid afternoon all i wanted to do was come home and draw, paint and cut up bits of paper ! So thats just what i did and here's the end result.

It's a little 6x6 canvas...kinda cute and has a christmas feel too, peace is what i want most and i think the Sshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh has appeared from todays stresses, lol.
It's too hard i've decided trying to please everyone in my life...really enjoyed the brief escape from it all....sigh xx

When i'm all wound up i tend to stick channel O (classical music channel on sky ) on full volume to chill me out...love this song :)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Hark the herald angels sing....

tra laa laa la la la la...oh yeah Christmas has arrived in Katy's house, tree is up, plans are set for christmas day...no rushing around for me this year and i cant wait !

So here is a little ATC i made for a P.I.F on Docrafts forum, almost certain my swap partner is not a blogger so it's safe to share. This little PaperArtsy angel is perfect size for an ATC, so sweet :) I layered the background with text and tissue paper, coated with gesso and various acrylics and inks, a Cosmo Cricket rub on and hand wrote around her 'Hark the herald angels sing...' finishing with a coat of Ranger Rock candy crackle glaze.

Next i'd like to thank Kate for the beautiful journal i recieved last week after winning her blog candy, it truely is stunning and a great source of inspiration for me.....shall share a pic when i can :)

Ok so at last here's the winner of the lurvely cut out sheet giveaway, thanks to the folks who entered and apologies for having to wait forever, lol............................................................................LAURA it's your's hun, shall pop it in the post tomorrow if you could email me your addy.

Next are some random pics....

thats right...am knitting a chunky scarf to keep me warm on the way to work....blimey it was FREEZING brass monkeys this morning !

Here are some purchases from last weeks trip to the Trafford Centre in Manchester...of all the delightful shops there where did my little crafty radar lead me to ?????? I LOVE John Lewis dept store, they have the most gorgeous goodies..heaps of ribbons, divine buttons and lots of pretty things :)

this little 3x3 mini note book was a bargain i think... £2 and will make a nice stocking filler, decorated of course.

was hugely excited to find Moleskin journals in there too...tis my first, the paper inside is beautiful and perfect to draw/paint on.

Well i just couldn't resist this case for my prismas...

a random pic from next years calendar...

Pretty, pretty Harvey Nicks window :)

And last but not least....this is a must see Chrimbo film,i honestly thought because i was so familiar with the story...i mean who isn't...that i wouldn't enjoy it as much but Jim Carrey is genius.... watched it in 3D...FABULOUS....although beware if you get motion sickness..the flying scenes in 3D feel like you're actually flying too !

Ooops forgot to say if ya like the weird and wonderful Stamptique stamps then have a looksie here.... Craft Emporium is tops !

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


I'm still here :) My, where does the time go ?! It's well over a WHOLE month since i posted here...unforgivable :( the reality is i've had no time to create just for me since starting my new job, infact today is the first time in ages i've messed around with my paints or drawn anything...have missed it.

A few weeks ago i signed up for one of Suzi Blu's fab workshops...you can find them here, not only is her work some of my favourite out there but she has me in stitches too. I can highly recommend for anyone thinking about taking one of her classes to do it...her videos are exceptionally easy to follow.

So this is some prep i did for Rodeo girl tonight...i wanted to have a go at drawing her face myself....

Rather than have the sketch sat in my sketch book i decided to make use of it, plus i've never worked with paints mixed with glaze before...but it's fun and very forgiving...just swoosh it around :)

I shall be back real soon promise...oh and a winner for the give away too...have not forgotten :)

Katy x

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Master Snickups cloak

Dont you just love it when you rediscover a childhood treasure ?! I was looking through a box of books i have on top of the wardrobe the other day and came across this book 'Master Snickups Cloak' that i've had for 30 years ! Blimey that makes me feel old !

It was never really the story itself ( sorry Alexander Theroux ) but more the illustrations that captivated me, i would sit for an age just looking at all the weird and wonderful creatures, they are just amazing. I didn't make the connection for a long time but these are drawn by Brian Froud, the creator/conceptual designer of the fantasy creatures in The Dark Crystal and Labrynth !

I'm not hugely sentimental with books, fiction i tend to give away once i've read them unless i want to read again but this is one book i know i'll never part with....it's going back in the box xx

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Ooooooo have gone all out goth !

Yep that's right another blog makeover ! Will I ever be satisfied ? Well I do love this one :) x

Monday, 12 October 2009

About time too !!

At last ! I've been dying to get my hands messy for the past week and tonight i managed to sneak a couple of hours making the cover of this journal..hurray ! I did worry about the red looking a little macabre, i think the inspiration came from the result of todays hair colour change, yes i am now officially a redhead and i love it ! no pics to share of that though, i'm camera shy today, lol.

These lovely cut out sheets are from Altered Element by Artchix Studio...i just fell head over heels for them, arnt they fab ? Well i have this sheet to give away, if you'd like it just let me know in your comment and i shall use randon org to pick a winner at the weekend...it's a weeeeeee give away i know :)

Shall try my upmost to post again soon, thanks for popping by xxx

Monday, 28 September 2009

Sooooooooooooooooo :)

Here it is, my first attempt at an Art journal page AND painting with acrylics, now I'm not ever going to be your next Michaelangelo, lol dont think I've spelt that right, they make it look so easy on You Tube...tons of video tutorials later this is what I've just finished, least I think It's finished ? So as I'm trying to find my feet so to speak just getting the techniques down this page is inspired by a few artists...I love the way Kelly Rae draws her faces and I seem to be leaning towards that style :)

'Is it all just a dream' is really me saying 'Am I wasting my time here ?'
Who know's and maybe who care's...I'm having fun :)

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Oh what fun !

No cards today for me....too busy having fun with this little sketch :) Initially I coloured her with pencils but then added distress inks and copics to deepen the colours.

Just had to try the new Rock Candy crackle glaze that landed on my doormat today ! It is FAB, love the subtle effect it gives ! I got mine from The Craft Emporium :)

a very brave close up !

Thank you for popping by xx

Monday, 21 September 2009

A Quickie

A quick sketch coloured with pencils

and rather than leave it in the sketch book I've made it into an Atc :)

If anyone would like to swap with me it's available :) x

Oh I WANT one !

I'm a Huuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of Coraline as you may remember me posting about this fab film on my blog a good while back, well since I watched it I've been scouring the internet for a Coraline doll just like the one she had in the film and I found this on my travels today !

Sheesh one slight problem I dont...no lets get this right I cant sew :(
Awwww for a very brief moment I was sooooooooooo excited, lol.

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