13 April, 2014

Scrappy Inspiration &Sneak Peeks

Firstly, there's only a few weeks to go before the Charity Crop! Woo Hoo! We're going to have a great day out. Here are a couple of sneak peeks to whet your appetite:

This class  by Jackie Ashton has a distinctive arts & crafts feel to it. Jackie's clever class has plenty of space for lots of photos or journaling.

Next up is a class by Julie Taylor. Julie has a great eye for colour and texture which she's used to the full on this class.

There are still a few places left to join us. Just use the contact info on the poster above. 
Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn will be there on the day for a little retail therapy *joy*! This shop is always so welcome at our regular crops because it's stacked with the most gorgeous goodies!

Speaking of retail therapy...

And for those of you who live too far to join us, you too can help to raise money. 
Absolute Scrap is a wonderful online shop with loads of fabulous papers and embellies. Deb has offered a 5% discount for you and 10% of your order will be donated to the COB Foundaiton. 

To take advantage of this fab offer, just go shopping at Absolute Scrap and enter the voucher code:


The voucher is good until 11th May, so get shopping!

Now a little inspiration of my own....

My boy is growing up so fast (don't they all?!) He is mostly camera shy but he was more cooperative last year in Bristol. I love this photo of him and so I thought it would be a great chance to document a little message for when he's older.

I  used various bits and pieces from Simple Stories, Basic Grey, Stash Panache & Studio Calico.

I am loving the splatter stamps that Jackie bought me for my birthday last month. Then have been used everywhere!

I also dug out some 7 Gypsies & Teresa Collins stamps. BTW, did I mention that the Prima chalks are my favourite?!

 Thanks for popping in. Don't forget to go shopping at Absolute Scrap - it's in the name of a very good cause!

03 April, 2014

Favourite Place

My DD is totally mad about animals. Her dream is to become a dolphin trainer and marine biologist one day. We can't walk down the street without stopping to talk to a passing pooch and its owner. Imagine how thrilled she was to meet 8-day-old puppies!

My layout is based on a class by Jen Gallagher at Scr@p! weekend last November. The original class was a double-layout I giggled things around to suit my story.

The papers and stickers are all Echo Park WildFlower.

I like the contrasting gold doily and feather that Jen put in the kit too. Such Fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

01 April, 2014

Charity Crop 11th May 2014

Want to come and join us for a fun day out whilst doing a good deed?
The day kicks off at 10am. There are 2 layout classes as well as fun and games during the day.
A  fabulous buffet lunch, cake, refreshments, more cake and a raffle.
Sounds great eh?

Find out more and how to book by emailing me: cropkat@gmail.com or call the number shown on the poster. All proceeds are going to the COB Foundation who help so many people throughout the UK.

Now for a little share of some recent birthday cards. March has been a very busy birthday month!

I love this technique that I learned at the recent ScR@P! retreat, taught by Trish Ladouceur. It's great for male projects.

Something a little more girly. I used lots of die-cuts, masks and texture paste on this one. 

Last week the teachers went out on strike here. I had an interview with Channel 5 News. It was quite the experience! My 30 seconds of fame is about a minute in.

Thanks for stopping by.

20 March, 2014

Still Here

I have been away a long time but I was being lazy. Rather than get my camera out to photograph my projects, I've been using my phone and sharing on facebook.

Anyway, I'll do a quick catch up of a few layouts that have occurred recently. I taught a class at the totally amazing Scr@P! weekend run by the amazing Tracie Hudson.

I ran a photo booth on the Saturday night. There were some brilliant props and some very funny photos! I used some papers that Trish Ladouceur gave away in her class. I wouldn't normally use something so bold but I had so much fun in her class, that the papers just had to be used! (The banner is straight - it's just my wonky photo!)

Next up were some shots from the weekend. The ladies in the group were all just fabulous. So friendly and chatty it was really great getting to know them all. I had a lot of fun playing with my birthday presents (thanks Jackie & Julie).

We are now opening bookings for the charity crop in Solihull on Sunday, 11th May. We've got a fabulous kit lined up as well as some awesome classes and prizes.

To book, just email me, call or text me (see poster) with your name and address. We will send you details on how to pay; we'll be taking a £20 deposit initial with the final payment being due on 18th April.

Thanks for all your support and kind words - it is very much appreciated!

18 February, 2014

Charity Crop Announcement

As some of you may know, I had been working on Scrap365 last year but left for pastures new, working at a charity based near to where I live. My current role is quite different from working at the magazine but it has been most rewarding in so many other ways.

The Cystitis & Overactive Bladder Foundation (glamorous I know!) is only a small charity but it does so much good work helping people who have to suffer the most awful illnesses. The charity relies on donations and fundraising to keep its work going and they are a lifeline line to so many people.

So I'm happy to say that Nicki and I (with the help of many others) are running an all-day crop in aid of the COB Foundation. All the proceeds from the day will go to the charity and it will make a massive difference. So if you fancy having a great day out, classes, a kit, lunch and a lot of laughs, make a note in your diary.
More details will follow but you can reserve your space or find out more. Just email me - cropkat@gmail.com.