Monday, 15 December 2014

Building work

Just look what they are doing to my poor little shop!!!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

my Christmas card this year

T finished article - trees stamped in Memento Nautical Blue - sky  Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin - you can't see the glitter on the trees.   The greeting is a Crafty Individuals one and I have put a tiny gem in the centre of the snowflake.  The top panel is matted onto either silver or blue and the ribbon wrapped round both.  Everything is flat - so I should be fine for normal post


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Small Business Saturday


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mini Magazine Holder

I actually made something!!!!!

I had a fairly quiet afternoon yesterday so I just started fiddling.  This is from a splitcoasters tutorial - Mini Magazine Holder.

The instructions are not very clear - she uses black card on a black table -  and she has a black jumper on!  but you can muddle if you use both the video and the text instructions.

There was no thought or planning - I just used what ever  was to hand.

I do like Splitcoaster for ideas.

Right - back to the wedding after Christmas


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas journal

Here is my final verse page.

The background page was a 'puddings' one - lovely rich reds and greens.  I have dabbed over it with red and green and a bit of gold just to break up the background plain brown a bit.

I am really please with the final effect - it looks really rich and ripe.


Monday, 1 December 2014

Day off - Christmas opening

Monday is NOT kitten's day off
through December the shop is open on mondays

BUT that means we get to play craft for an extra day yippie

come and play with us for an extra day and pick up all your crafty stuff


Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Children were Nestled

This is as far as I have got - winding down now.

The background is spritzed with Rich Cocoa and Pear Tart Fireworks, then stamped with a Father Christmas postcard stamp in Memento Cottage Ivy (I think it's a Personal Impressions stamp).  The text is written in a bright red Pilot ink.

I haven't got the background page ready yet - I will probably just sponge it in reds and greens to match.


Saturday - T'was the Night Before Christmas Journal

Right - I have cleared the decks - the wedding order has gone out - my desk is tidy

So today I am concentrating on the shop and another verse page of my Christmas poem.  It is going to have to be fairly simple - I am really tired this week - and I have to keep stopping to serve people.  

I will show you later this afternoon what I have managed.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas cards

I have started to think about my own Christmas cards.  Normally I see something that sparks me off - this year I wanted to do something with ink - something trees-ie - and add a snowflake charm because I have loads of them.

I am still tinkering about - but this is the general direction

I will sow you a how to with a materials list when I get a proper grip on it - next week probably 


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Table names

I am sure I can share the table names that I did for the big lunch.  The event was last week so I am sure no one will mind now.

9 names all on a 12" x 12" blue card background.  The name is actually written with a chisel end Copic pen - it's the only thing I could find that would give me a think enough line that would be seen clearly across the room.  The swirls are stamped with a dark blue and the bottom right swirl is over stamped with metallic silver - silver pearl dots added - and yes - the dreaded bling!!!! - just a few gems in the swirls.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Day off

Monday is kitten's day off (until December)


Saturday, 22 November 2014

upcycled Booth's project

Finally got an afternoon to myself to do a bit of crafting.  It has been frantic busy here  - I have been working on the stationery for a formal lunch and that has taken up all my time.  I don't like having to sit to work - it's really odd for me.  It's not doing my back any good either - my chiro said it would not be good for me!

Anyway - I have been tinkering about with the first verse of my poem.

I really miss my old work space.  This shop just does not have the creative 'vibe' that my old one does  (and I don't have half my stuff here) - I will be very pleased to get back  to my own space - especially with new window that's going in the roof - it's going to be amazing


Monday, 10 November 2014

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Look at my window display.

You have to see my new window display.  Dear old hubby has been making me loads of little wooden crates - they are just brilliant for display, and lovely and solid.  I can use them either way up so they are really versatile.  Now all I need to do is persuade him to make me loads more ;-)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

journal day

I have lost the data lead for my camera - it's a bloomin' nuisance.  Now I have got to rely on my tablet to take photos and it's not nearly as versatile.

So today is the first day of the new up-cycle a Booths Christmas catalogue day.  I think the hardest thing about journaling like this is to relax and not worry about 'neatness' to much - the beauty of it has to be that it is something else re-used.

I have eased myself in gently by colouring over the white words on black background  and working over the centre, leaving the background pictures to show.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Christmas is coming - the kitten is decorating .
Wonderful fun this morning starting to put the decs up.

Saturday, 25 October 2014


No proper journal page today - up to my ears in wedding favors - all these people do keep on insisting on getting married!

So a thought - and perhaps a plan - - 
Have you seen the Booth's Christmas Book yet?  Talk about extravagant - no wonder their food is so expensive - I shan't be getting our joint there.  

Mind you - it got me thinking.  I can't stand throwing things like that out - there has to be an up-cycling craze to be started there.  You could take the pages out and refill the cover with plain paged to make a scrapbook - you could make a fabric inner and make it into a bag - or laptop cover.

I think I will keep the pages in and work over them.  My favorite Christmas poem is The Night Before Christmas so I think I will work that into the pages.

I am not sure how I am going to do my craft work while I am in my new spot - half my personal stash is in my flat - but if I make it a writing project it will be easier to manage.

Perhaps we should start an Up-cycled Booths page on Pintrest - bet other people are thinking the same.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Vote for me in an award

Right chaps

The National craft Awards have just opened for voting.  They sell it to you like it's representative of the whole industry and they have selected the best stuff out there for you to vote for - but it's really just picked from anyone who deals with The Papercrafter and Crafts Beautiful group of magazines.  The only way to get into the system seems to be to cheat!!!!

Acting on their own advice (and it took me 3 months to track someone down to get a proper answer on this) - If I can get enough people to vote for the shop as an 'other' this year - I may make it to the short list next year.

Here is the link [url][/url] - you do have to fill the whole list I am afraid - but when you get to Craft shops in the North - tick other and add The Kitten and The Goat, Kendal.

I would be grateful for any help you can give - going to be shouting out on my blog and facebook too - so please like and share - let's see if we can break the system  ;D 


Friday, 17 October 2014

Kitten's BIG adventure

OK all - we are fully up and running now.  My son sorted out the phone line and got the computer back on line.  I have done battle with the printer and won.  All the stuff is now out of the old shop and now all I have to do is conquer the last of the boxes.

3 Of the panels are given over to Christmas so you can get cracked on with you Christmas makes now.  There is a HUGE yarn order coming on Tuesday with all the seasonal colour felts and threads.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

kitten's BIG adventure

Day 2 of the move - huge progress (Goat has the pics so have to wait for his camera) - we have got so much done.  The thing that just amazes me is - - - just - how on earth did I get all this stuff in to such a tiny little space?????

Sending out thanks to all the customers who knew about the move and came to show support and say hello - love you guys.

HUGE thanks to the lady ((and you know who you are (XX) )) who spent an hour just running back and forth with full boxes to move - - you got us sooo much further on - still catching up with what  you did today.  I can't say how grateful I am - I am so limited when it comes to the real hands on physical slog type stuff.

I think the 'stage is set' as they say - got to do loads of dressing and sorting out to do which will take me a couple of weeks gently plodding on.

Huge splash for Christmas - so you can see what we have to get the good old creative juices flowing.

Just drop by and test drive the shop layout and see how we can improve it for you


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Kitten's BIG Adventure

This is it!!!!

One, new, clean, empty shop unit.  The guys worked until 7pm last night to finish.  LOVE IT.  I have told them tnere is no rush to move back they have to take their time!

Right - must get onm

Friday, 10 October 2014

Get Britain Stamping

This month is 'Get Britain Stamping' month.  Following on from last year's campaign to get Britain writing the craft big-wigs have got together to spread the word on all the various ways you can add stamping into your life.  - As if we crafters needed persuading!!!!

There is a website - of course - with ideas and a competition - so hop on over and see what is on offer.

Get Britain Stamping


Monday, 6 October 2014

day off

Monday is kitten's day off


Thursday, 25 September 2014

shop moving date

Big - Big - Big - BIG NEWS

We finally have a overview of the building works that are going to happen in our shop.

We will not be open all over this weekend to re-dress the shop - so if you were planning to drop by - don't!

Because - on Friday 10th October we get the keys to the shop 2 doors up which has been fully renovated.  Over the following weekend we will be moving the entire shop lock, stock and barrel to set up home there.  We will be in the other place until Christmas - then we will be moving back in to our own all spic and span shiny new shop so that sharr and the health food shop can be done.

WE WILL NOT BE CLOSED - in fact we will gain 2 extra days as we will be trading while we move during that first weekend.

Anyone who is passing by is welcome to come and have a browse - help move a few bits - just stand and laugh! - we would be delited to see you all.

In the mean time - I am putting out the Me to You range now - as well as the Santa's workshop range.

More news as it happens



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Christmas page

I have finished my page and I have put it in a 12" frame for display

You can't really see all the distressed edges in the frame - must remember to cut the centre panel smaller next time.

There is loads going on in the corners - the only thing I have not piled on is charms and that's only because I wanted to keep it mostly the Tatty Teddy range

The 'rosettes' are part of the range - the hearts are die cut from the 6" matching paper.  Remember - the pattern on 6" papers and 12" papers is exactly the same - just 1/4 smaller in size on the 6".

 I am resisting filling the rest of the corner - but I could!

 There is glitter glue everywhere - and a few background liquid pearls - a sprinkling of pearl dots makes such a huge difference.

When I get a bit more organised I will make you some card samples/


Monday, 22 September 2014

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off

I have got out of the habit of posting a silly picture on Mondays - this year is proving a very tough one all round nut I must get back to it - they are so much fun


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Me to You Christmas range

Bit of a change to the Journal page today - I have been scrapbooking with this years Me to You Tatty Teddy Christmas range.  It is the first time in my whole life that I have all the bits to match - and I am having a ball!!!

It's a very masculine colour range - and actually usable for loads of other things apart from Christmas.  I am concentrating on building back detail at the moment - there is a card layer under the patterned paper background (both scuffed up and faux stitched) - and in between them there are lengths of lace.  The 2 patterned panels are treated the same way - with more lace tucked in.

Next I built a side detail.  Everything is scuffed and faux stitched - there is a left over scrap of the backing card - matching heart doily - 2 hearts cut from 6" papers - rosette flowers - resin flowers - gems - twine - the red glitter swirl is something that was in my box

more to follow in the week as I build the page.