Tuesday, 14 May 2013


Hi Everyone

I have a layout to share with you today.  It is created using papers from the Kaisercraft range 'Attitude'.

'Man with Van' by Kate Holliday

The layout is of my son taken last summer.  He had got himself a summer job and was delighted when that included doing deliveries in the firm's pick-up truck!

I have curled and distressed the papers and created a 'frame' using the 'Teenager' paper.  The 'Dude' paper has a very pale reverse side so I stamped on this using the Tim Holtz stamp set 'Ultimate Grunge' which, as the name suggests, helped to grunge things up a little!  In addition I added some 'splatz' (such a wonderful technical term!!!) using the Black Soot Distress Stain.  You literally hold the bottle up high and bang it down on your paper creating .... yes, you guessed it, a splat!  This simple but wonderfully effective technique is a little addictive and I think I may be 'splatting' on everything!  

I layered up the photos using a gears die by Tim Holtz which I have in my own stash and die cut the title and also used some little alpha stickers.  I created a little file folder to hold the journaling which I made out of 'Rebel' paper which has a great distressed fence design on the reverse which I really love.  I tied up the folder using Black Bakers Twine.  All edges were inked using Black Soot Distress Ink.

Thanks for looking
Kate xx

Friday, 3 May 2013

Peg Challenge

At this month's evening crop, which is held on the last Tuesday of the month, I had set a challenge to 'decorate a peg' to our ladies a few weeks before.  The idea came from a challenge that was held at the Scrapstars Retreat which we took the shop along to in March.  At the Retreat we were given the pegs on the evening and just had a short while to complete the challenge but my ladies were given a whole month and you can see by the quality of the designs that they really had fun with this challenge.

First of all I will show you my rather humble entry which I photographed at home ...

I painted my peg white and then stamped the Tutu Toad stamp and coloured him with Promarkers.  I cut the image out and made a little skirt with an off-cut of tulle - such fun, and it makes me smile looking at it.

These were the enries on the evening.  As you will see there were only a few but two of the ladies had sourced 'super-sized' pegs which, as I hadn't specified a size, was certainly allowed!

This beautiful peg was created by Wendy Gay and you can see it from the front above and a side view below.  Wendy has used her peg the traditional way round and will use it to hold notes etc.

This stunning peg was created by Tracy Harris and Tracy has used her peg 'upside down' so that the peg can hold a photo etc for display and co-ordinated it with the colours in her craft room where she wants to display it.
 From the front above, and side view below.
 This fun little peg was created by Linda Sutherland and is a normal size peg with two miniature pegs holding a row of washing, so cute.
 On the side Linda has hand written some 'wash day' words :).
Sorry about the quality of the photos but the crop ones were all photographed in the evening when the light was poor.

I am now thinking about a challenge for our next crop!!!  If you would like to join us, we are based in Stoke Poges in South Buckinghamshire and have two crops a month; the last Tuesday evening of the month and (usually) the second Saturday of the month.  Contact me if you would like more details kate@bellaboo.co.uk.

Have a wonderful day.
Kate xx