Thursday, 9 October 2014

In The Spotlight - LoShakerato Alberto's New Stamps

You guys are the greatest, thanks for all your lovely comments after my Halloween blog post, I'm glad you enjoyed it and took the time to leave a comment too. I did kind of launch you into it with no warning didn't I? Tee Hee!

Well no tall tales for you today but an introduction on my blog to the new stamps from the amazing LoShakerato Alberto*.

I'm sure a lot of you guys have already come across Alberto in your cardmaking travels. He is an AMAZING colourist and now he has started his own line of stamps too which I know the colouring fanatics amongst you are going to love!

This image and sentiment comes from a set called "On The Frame"* and you can find them in digital form in Alberto's Etsy Shop Shaky A Planet*.

It is a great stamp to colour, I do so love colouring faces and practising to get over my fear of colouring hair!

BIG thanks to Alberto for giving me an excuse to get some colouring practice in with these gorgeous new stamps!

You can find Alberto in several places, he has a blog, a Facebook page, an Instagram stream, and a Twitter feed so go link up with him in your favourite social media outlet.

Then go and checkout his lovely stamps, he is selling his digital stamps on Etsy* and has some clear stamps with L'Artictica Glo in Italy.

Thanks for popping in today.


[*The Esty links are all affiliated links, which means I get a small commission for referring you to Etsy, but it does not cost you or Alberto anything extra but it does help me to run my blog.]

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Taking A Break And A Halloween Make

You know how sometimes you need to step away from a project to be able to see it properly? Well, I had one of those moments the other day, I thought I would step out for a bit of walk and maybe a coffee somewhere. Sometimes a bit of fresh air is just what you need for a creative refresh. 

Of course it is always when I'm away from the computer that all those jobs I need to do on the computer suddenly jump to mind. Like setting up a blog post for Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, mmm a Halloween theme for a special one-off blog post from the DT and guests using a digi-stamp. Mmm what to do? What to do?

I was still throwing ideas around in my head when I found myself in front of a cafe. I'm quite new to this area so I'm often going for random walks to see what I can find. I must have been walking for a while because I wasn't really sure where I was, but the cafe looked nice, Cuckoos' Nest, cute name. Thinking that what I needed was a mocha and a bun I went in. Ooo, free Wifi - sorted!

It was only when I was sat in front of my drink and cake at the table in the back that I realised how busy the cafe was. Logging on to the free Wifi I started to feel a little uncomfortable. The place was busy alright but seemed really quiet. Ha, maybe they are all checking their emails on their phones or taking pictures of their cappuccinos. Yeah, that must be it.

I glanced up; everyone at that table seem to have their hands resting on the table and just seem to be starring at them. Mmm bit weird. Ooo, look a new picture from one of my favourite bloggers on Instagram. Hey it is a cherry Danish with a double mochaccino, LOL! That is exactly what I'm having! *heart*. Ooo yikes I better reply to that email.

I glance up again. That other table seems to be full of people just staring down at their hands on the table too. I look around. The whole cafe is staring at their hands. Even the barista at the counter. OK that is seriously weird. 

But before I can think any more about it, a stream of children all dressed alike enter the cafe. Of course! It must be school chucking out time and this is where the parents wait for their kids.

Except one of the kids comes straight to my table. A chill runs down my spine as she sits in front of me without asking.

'I am Raven,' she says, 'you need to leave now'.

I'm somewhat taken aback. 'But I've not finished my cherry Danish,' I splutter absurdly.

'YOU need to leave NOW'. It is then that I realise that she hasn't opened her mouth to speak nor have her eyes left mine. I'm transfixed in her stare, I can just about manage to tear my eyes away to see that I am surrounded by the children, their eyes wide and unblinking. No, surely that can not be, their eyes seem to be glowing with a startling light.

My heart sinks and my feet feel like lead but the next thing I know I am standing as if a hand had pulled me out of my chair. I waver slightly but my legs move by their own accord and I find myself outside the cafe and in the street.

As the children silently, unblinkingly, file out of the cafe, I have an urge to run and I do, Danish pastry in one hand, mobile phone in the other, I run as fast as I can muster. I run and I run until I reach the end of the street and I risk a look behind me.

The children are still watching me from outside the cafe, Raven at their lead. I don't want to chance it so I move off again but just as I do I notice some strange graffiti on the street sign. The name of the road has been scrubbed out and over an edge someone has written 'Midwich' in, is that blood? No surely not?

Ahh Halloween is coming and I could not resist a scary story. None of it is true but you knew that didn't you? Didn't you? Mwahahah (evil laugh).

The role of Raven was played by 
RockStar Eyes - Alex from SCACD pop on over to have a look at what she usually looks like untouched by Halloween magic! If you haven't guessed it already, the inspiration for my tall Halloween tale and the colouring of Alex is from John Wyndham's book The Midwich Cuckoos. I've also used my favourite stamp at the moment - the Susana Loves Stamps - Montage - Art of Chemistry which you can find either at SCACD or at Quixotic Paperie.

If you hop on over to the SCACD blog you can find out how to win some gorgeous SCACD Digi-stamps and get your free Autumn digi to download now.

Have a good day my craftinators and sleep well tonight. Mwahaha (more evil laughter).

Kim (Not Mad At All) Dellow

Friday, 26 September 2014

Two Free Projects For The Weekend

Oh yeah it is Sharing Friday.

Yep, you know it is Friday so it must be *Sharing Time*! What will you be up to this weekend? Ok, let's ignore what I will be up to as it will be mostly cleaning *boo*. But what about you? Got any crafty or arty plans for the weekend?

You know I love looking at blogs for some inspiration, I know you do too and it suddenly hit me, myself and the other designers with Practical Publishing International Limited have loads of free projects over at the Papercraft Magazine website and even though I always share them on my Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter I haven't really shared them on my blog much! D'oh! 

Seems obviously really. Me slow on uptake!

Free Craft Inspiration

So if you are looking for some weekend crafting inspiration how about these two for starters? Both of them are mine but other designers are available!

For all you happy snappers (yep, I'm looking at you!) check out my bonus make with step by steps for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 128 on the website.

I want all those cameras in the background of that photo! In the magazine there is even more inspiration for making the most out of those gorgeous pics you take of random things when you are out and about. 

But are you ready for Christmas yet? Are YOU ready for CHRISTMAS? 

Argghhh! I mean it is only erm, so many days (someone count the days, I can't do it), I mean not many days at all, really, if you think about it. It's practically Winter already. Admittedly a warm Autumnal Winter, but blink and it will be Christmas Eve, so get yourself ready now with my Seasonal Table Décor ideas in Papercraft Essentials issue 112

How about this Cracker of an idea (get it? Cracker? Sheesh, lucky I don't earn my living by trying to engage an audience in a fun and interesting way on a blog or something isn't it? Mmm?! Oh dear, beans on toast again! What do you mean we can't afford the bread?).

The template for the cracker and the Winter Rose are on the Papercraft Magazine website free to download.

So what will you be doing this weekend? Do let me know and if you want to share the results with me do link-up or leave a comment. I'm having lots of fun with Instagram at the moment so come and say hi if you are on it!

You are ok, my rubbish jokes and I are going now, you can go about your business.


Friday, 19 September 2014

All The Fun Of The Handmade Fair

I'm just back from the Handmade Fair in Hampton Court, London 19th - 21st September 2014 9.30am-6pm. If you haven't noted it yet on your craft event calender then you might want to take a look.

This is the first year of the show and with Kirstie Allsopp, who is fast becoming the UK's embodiment of everything crafts, putting her name to it, it is bound to pull a crowd. Filled with crafts of all types from stitching to papercrafting, pom pom making to upcycling, cake decorating to jewellery making, well you get the idea. I do love a good craft fest and there was plenty to feast your eyes upon here.

Hampton Court is a right royal place to hold a craft fair and they did make you walk what seemed like the whole grounds (I think it was the entire grounds) to get to the fair. But when you get there you are greeted by the first group of food stalls in case you are feeling faint after your trek.

There are two main exhibitor tents for a shopping frenzy. The majority of the stalls are run by makers selling their finished products but there were some stalls selling craft items, haberdashery and kits for your own projects. I'm pretty fascinated by chalk paints at the moment so it was great to see DecoArt there demoing their chalk paint ranges.

[The DecoArt stand]

Also there was some papercrafting goodness for you papercrafting fans with Craftwork Cards, Sugar and Spice and Craft Asylum as well as the lovely guys from Cricut demoing the Cricut Explore*. I also spotted some gorgeous wood cut pieces from Art Cuts who I've not spotted before, ooo pretty!

[Sugar and Spice stand]

Then if you are tired of shopping (seriously?!) there are some make and takes, workshops, Janome sewing masterclasses, Mollie Makes and Etsy business tents and the talks / interviews of well known designers. But you do have to pay for the workshops and talks. Go check on the website as some events are sold out.

[Beautiful necklaces made from found objects by Amanda Morris at Enchanted Cherub]

As far as I know you can still get day entry to the fair for Saturday and Sunday at the event for £15 (I think, don't hold me too that!) but the advance entry-only are sold out. I think you can also buy a package ticket which includes entry and a workshop and a talk and is nearer to £30 (again don't hold me to that). But best to check with the event organisers at the Website or on Twitter.

So if you are a huge craft fan who wants to be inspired by makers, perhaps do a workshop and buy some unique handmade gifts then the show has two more days left, go check it out.

I had fun bumping into some old friends and new and am looking forward to seeing how the show evolves in the years to come. I definitely would have checked out the upcycling furniture workshops but unfortunately they were all sold out. Seems we are all into upcycling at the moment aren't we?

I would love to know if you went or are going to the fair so do leave a comment to tell me what you think.

Catch you later craftinators.


[Just so you know, the Cricut link is an affiliated link and I also got a press pass to the show. But as always any views are entirely my own and not paid for by anyone else.]

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Craft Shows, The Handmade Fair And Blogs

And what time do you call this? I mean seriously, you use this blog like a thought hotel, blogging at random times, dumping a picture here and there like you own the place then disappearing with no word to anyone. It is time you blogged responsibly and acted your blog age not your paint brush size. *sigh* I don't know, blog owners today...mumble, mumble.

I'm feeling a little guilty for letting my blog slide over the last month or two, I know you guys understand and you have been so patient with me. It is hard juggling everything isn't it? My blog mojo took a bit of a nose dive after the house move and my blog plans suddenly got shelved or whatever the digital equivalent of that is. 

I'm not going to promise anything, just in case I can not hold up my end of the blogging bargain, but I have that need-to-blog feeling again, that itch in my crafty/arty soul, which is a good sign I think. So hopefully there will be more blog posts following.

In the meantime if you are looking for something crafty to do this weekend in London there are three craft shows going on, two public shows and one trade show. 

It's that Big Stamp and Scrapbook Show time again over at Ally Pally 20th-21st Sept for some papercraft retail therapy. 

But if you want a wider range of crafts to be inspired by then check out The Handmade Fair starting this Friday (19th - 21st Sept). 

As you can see Kirstie Allsopp is associated with this show and there are a number of well known craft designers doing talks and workshops (which you can buy when you buy a full ticket, there is also an entry-only ticket option) as well as some shopping therapy too.

But if that wasn't enough there is also the first London-based Craft Hobby + Stitch trade show going on in Excel, 21st - 22nd Sept, for those of you working in the industry. 

Honestly, who booked all these craft events in on the same weekend? What were they thinking? If you are going to any of them I would love to hear what you think of them and have a fun time!

And this make? Well it is an old project that I made for Creative Expressions a while back. If any of you have the second issue of the Creative Expressions Project book you might have spotted it in there. I've used Cosmic Shimmer mist which catches the light in such a lovely way.

Catch you later Craftinators


Friday, 29 August 2014

The First Rule Of Blogging Is...

Do you want a successful blog? Do you dream of giving up your day job to blog full time? Or are you someone who enjoys reading lots of blogs? Shall I let you into a secret, perhaps not the best kept secret in the blogosphere, but it is a secret that anyone interested in blogs should know...

The First Rule of Blogging is...Consistency


Yep, it is consistency, it ain't sexy and it can be jolly (that is the polite version) hard work but a regular posting schedule is the cat's pyjamas (why is the cat wearing pyjamas anyway?) as far as successful blogs are concerned. It doesn't have to be a post a day (Yikes!) or even a post a week but it does need to be a good quality post at regular times each week or month.

What you don't need is one of these...

or one of these...

distracting you from your blog. You also definitely don't want to be doing this...

(putting up furniture) instead of blogging, well unless your blog is about putting up furniture that is. 

Mmm perhaps I should change my blog to Cats and Furniture? That might solve my blogging issues at the moment. 

How about 'Cats In Pyjamas Putting Up Shelves'? That would be a catchy blog title if it hasn't gone already...


Friday, 8 August 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop

WELCOME to the Paperbabe Stamps Summer Blog Hop featuring new stamps from the Paperbabe herself - Kim Costello.

If you have hopped on over from Joanne's blog then you are on the right track, if not and you want to start the hop from the beginning then pop on over to the PAPERBABE STAMPS blog.

The hoppity hop has some prizes up for grabs so don't forget to comment on the blogs as you hop through to be in with a chance to win.

Kim Costello has got a lovely collection of stamps to share with you all today. There is "Folk Fabrique" (the stamp set I am using), "Doll Face", "Mayleedee Little Red", "Mayleedee Frost Fairy" and "Dillon Frost Sprite". You can find them all at the Paperbabe shops either on Etsy or via the WebShop

So here is a peak at Folk Fabrique:

I've decorated the cover of a notebook for my make.

It is a really versatile stamp set and I've used the different 'feather' stamps in different colours to fill the peacock and then made a banner using the various flower and leaf motifs in the set.

There is a fabric-textured backdrop in the set too to fit all the stamps into and make a fabric-style background if you like.

I'm looking forward to some more experimenting with this lovely set!

So I did mention prizes didn't I? 
To celebrate there will be the ENTIRE AUGUST release and a very special not yet released (get it well before it's release in September) rubber stamp up for grabs to a very lucky winner. The winner will be announced on the Paperbabe Blog on the 15th with the Newest Challenge and you have until the 13th to enter by leaving a comment on the hop blogs. 

Next on the hop is Tricia but here is the whole list in case you need it:

Chris (DT)
Kerrie (DT)
Lady (DT)
Delphine (DT)
Jackie  (DT)
Kim Dellow (You Are here!)

Have fun hopping with Paperbabe Stamps!


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Art Journal Sharing - Oh Dear!

Oh Dear!

It was bound to happen wasn't it? I've missed my Art Journal Sharing post for the last couple of weeks. Ok, face the truth Kim, it is more like six weeks isn't it? Oh boy! And just when the September issue of Craft Stamper comes out with me saying that I'm putting up a journal page on my blog every week come what may. D'oh! *Massive Fail*

Oh well, the house move turned out far more disruptive than I had naively thought, you just can not do it all can you? I still haven't got a journal page to share today but, tell you what, how do you fancy a couple of images of my new space with some half-baked projects thrown in for good measure?  

You up for that? Great!

I'm lucky enough to be able to fit a couple of desks in my new workspace, which is a huge improvement on the small wooden boards I was working on in the kitchen of our old flat! You can see a couple of pics of the other desk if you visit my Instagram page

I have got a couple of works in progress on the desk at the moment but they are just a bit of playing with no fixed outcome or projects in mind. A bit of experimenting with some old comic books on a old book page and 

on an old canvas with a bit of stamping. The stamp is the SCACD Art of Chemistry stamp, one of my faves at the moment! Don't know if either projects will evolve but if they do I will let you know!

Of course I'm still mostly in boxes...

and scratching my head about what to do about storage. But I do have a little windowsill which has been starting to gather some items!

Time to get on with some work again so I shall catch you all later and hope you have a fun rest of your Wednesday.

Thanks for popping in.


Thursday, 24 July 2014

SCACD This & That Rubber Stamp Blog Hop

Welcome one and all to the new stamp release from super lovely Susana's Custom Art and Card Design, SCACD.

I have the honour of being part of the 'This and That Collection' debut today along with the SCACD design team and some special guests. So if you have come here from Kathi's blog Kat's Tales of Scrapping and Stamping you are on the right blog hoppity journey. If not, and you want to hop along with the rest of us, then pop over to the start of the hop at Alex's blog Paper and String.

So let me introduce you to the new SCACD Steampunk Cupcake.

How cool is this stamp? I've paper pieced the stamp on patterned paper and added a bit of extra colour with some pencils. Then mounted it on a doily - of course - and a lightly painted canvas board.

*LOVE* It looks so tasty!

All of the new 'This and That Collection' stamps have been inspired by things in Susana's life and then beautifully given life by Artist Carmen Medlin. 

There are four 'Zen Beauties' stamps and five 'eclectic fun' stamps in the collection and Susana has said that if you buy all the Zen Beauties together in one go you will get an accompanying accessory maple seed stamp as a bonus stamp. Oooo!

You can find the new rubber stamps of the 'This and That Collection' at SCACD or at Quixotic Paperie

There are also some digital stamps of Hope, Steampunk Cupcake (the stamp I've used above) and Mrs. Bones available at SCACD.

So next on the hop is Miss Alaineous' Mosaics. But if you get lost along the way then make your way back to the SCACD store blog.

Happy hopping.