Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Well I've finally made it to the Wednesday blog snoop overseen by Julia at her Stamping Ground. It's only my second visit this year but somehow something always seems to get in the way.
Although I have once again spent rather a lot of time crafting on my computer, I do have something on my desk to show so here it is.
In that brief respite that usually follows the Christmas festivities, I did quite a lot of internet surfing and ended up placing a few orders for items that caught my eye in the January sales. I  have been waiting for one last parcel which finally arrived yesterday. It came from America and I got stung for import duties which was annoying as it almost wiped out my sale bargain savings. But it is the first time it has happened since I came out here, so I decided not to mind, and just enjoy what was inside. As you can see from my desk, this was a selection of Just Rite stamps and coordinating dies. I do enjoy using these, and they will be a great addition to my collection. 
Also on my desk you can see a Christmas image. One of my 'not so clever' purchases was a big box (500 sheets!) of A3 size photographic paper which turned out to only be suitable for a laser printer. I have been looking for the larger sheets for ages and was so pleased to spot them, but I missed the word laser on the package. I did try it in my inkjet printer but the ink puddled on the surface and became a muddy blur. So I decided to try stamping on it, and the actual stamp worked quite well. But when I coloured with my copics they wouldn't blend smoothly, so I only did the skin on the little girl and then stopped. I stamped her again on standard stock and made the card that I posted about last week. This one was fixed to my cupboard door with a magnet and left to dry. But when I caught a glimpse of it a day or two later I thought it looked OK so I added a very small amount of colour to the rest of the image and mounted it up to make a second card. In my bid to continue working through all the ready folded card and envelope sets that I have accumulated, I found the bright blue one on my desk which matched the blue on my image perfectly. Our post office does not like coloured envelopes, (?) though I did get away with a couple of navy ones at Christmas by putting large white address labels on them, so I decided to use the envelope as a mount.
I did this post on Tuesday as I shall be out in the morning at my usual group, so I have popped back to include a photo of the card as it is now finished.  I actually cut the mount with one of the new dies, but it was then too big to go on the blue card so I ended up using a white one, (to go with a white envelope!) and the blue card lives on for another day!

The reason I didn't make it to WOYWW last week was that our son Jonathan and his girlfriend came over to help Chris with some heavy garden work. He is a trained tree surgeon, so he soon had it done. They were only here for three days but they enjoyed the sunshine and the break from the cold and snow in UK, but on Wednesday we were driving them back to Alicante airport. It is the only one that offers suitable flights during the winter months but it is a five hour round trip for us. So I'll close with the double-spread from my Project Life album that I have made to record their visit.
Hopefully I'll be back to visit as many of you as I can, when I get home from my group tomorrow afternoon.


Jean Straw said...

I love your little girl stamp but I much preferred the red and green one.Good for you for using up some of your old stash though.I see you have the lovely Easter stamps among your new ones, I was making eyes at that the other day but it was out of stock where I was looking.Jean x

Deb said...

ooohh, enjoy your new goodies! Gorgeous Christmas card and love that you are doing Project life, I am thinking about doing it but so far not started!

JoZart said...

I love your project life pages.. .really balanced and bright and I'm sure they will be a good keepsake.
Re your photo paper, try alcohol inks on them.... not as good as glossy card but they still work well. In fact try all your inky colours on them. Chalk ink pads are good too.
Jo x

MaxineD said...

Oh the joys of internet shopping and not quite reading the full description!...
I like the card, but prefer last weeks colourway.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hey, you're back!! I did try to email you but don't know if I had the right address....cos you won the Crochet giveaway two weeks ago!! Please could you email me your snail mail addy (my email is on my sidebar) and I will send it off to you pronto!
Hugs, LLJ 36 xxxx

Ali Wade said...

Happy WOYWW. I spy an Ebosser! That is on my crafty wish list - but I don't where I would put it. Just bought a laser printer, so I can use the foiling machine I bought in November - and that is still in its box, until I reorganise my desk to make room for another electrical gadget! Lovely Christmas card. I will be making my first of the year tomorrow. My Xmas stash box never made its way into storage, so decided to join in with challenges now. The sunshine and beach scenes in your Project Life pages are making me very 'Spain-sick'. We are having horrible weather in Wales. I have at least one trip to Spain (Malaga region) planned for 2013, but would rather be there more often. We used Murcia airport (from Bristol) and it was great to use such a small airport - a lot less queuing (but not much shopping!). Ali x #34

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

You're getting good use from this stamp Kate. I like both colour combo's.


Sarn xxx

butlersabroad said...

Customs duty is a bugger, whenever family order stuff from America they have it sent to our house and we repackage it and take it to the PO with a new customs declaration on it!! Lovely stamps though, shame about all that paper, perhaps you can brayer it or something? Treat it like glossy photo paper perhaps.

Brenda 91

Queenie Jeannie said...

How lucky you are to live in Spain...import duties and all! It's on my list to visit! There are all kinds of crafty techniques you can do with that kind of paper, so don't give up hope just yet!

Happy Crafting!
Jeannie #12

Helen said...

Hi Kate thanks for popping by. Glad you liked the tutorial. I keep hearing Project Life Mentioned. I love your layout. What a great way to record the years events. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 55

Ria Gall said...

What a lovely lot of goodies on your desk those stamps are amazing. I do love your little Christmas image what a shame about the paper pack I am sure you will find another use for it.
Ria #44

Jackie said...

Love your project life pages....
And your stamps and matching dies
I could come craft at yours anyway!!!!

Julia Dunnit said...

I was told by a postman here that using red envelopes is a no no because they have to be sorted by hand - apparently the scanner can't read the postcodes on a red background..maybe that's the case with all colours...I like the PL pages you've made up already (!) and I agree within three days of arriving, that sort of round trip to the aeropuerto isn't a lorra fun.

Shoshi said...

What an interesting post, Kate. So glad you managed to have a short time with the family - I bet they appreciated some nice warm Spanish weather for a change!

You've got some lovely new stash on your desk. Since the craft show I've been ordering a few things that I wasn't able to get there, and I do love getting nice crafty parcels in the post!

I had a similar experience to you with what seemed to be a bad paper purchase a while back - I bought a pack of beautifully smooth white card from our local print shop, thinking it would be great for pop-ups and 3-D paper work, and for cutting with the machine but it becomes floppy when folded, and won't cut cleanly. Then I discovered how fabulous it was for drawing Zentangles on! My supposedly bad purchase has now led me to buy some more!

Thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, I'm trying to rest this week but there have been things happening. Mum had a fall and hurt her leg and my hubby has to take her in every other day to get it dressed. It will take at least 12 weeks to heal, we are told... My hubby has had a very painful hip and leg because of a lower back problem and has been having chiropractic treatment which is helping somewhat. Also, things seem to be happening on the house move front too, which is very exciting! So it hasn't exactly been a restful week.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #111

Annie said...

Good to see you back and it sounds like you've come with lots of new goodies....have fun.
I'm rather late in getting round today but have had to wait til my twinnie grandees went home first...they arrived yesterday morning and had their first sleep over without Mum and Dad last night....just magic :-)
A x #62

Carol Yates said...

What a lovely new stash you have got. Shame about the paper, but I am sure it will be put to good use. Your photos of your family look lovely, memories to treasure and lots of journalling done for the future.
Carol.x #56

Twiglet said...

I love the LOs - what a great way to remember a fun - and busy! few days. x Jo

April Story said...

I like the way your card turned out. Great stash of new stamps. And it looks like your son's visit was a wonderful time. April #101

fatmonica said...

I love the frame on the card and the girl and tree image is lovely.Hope you had a good time with your son.

Shirley-anne said...

Your cards are fabulous Kate and my word you have been busy with scrapbooking too .Your pages look so interesting .
Am posting the winner of my give away card tomorrow morning our time ..letting you know first that I chose your comment .Thank you for your visit . Now I just need your postal addy . Please email me
thats a number one after the b
hugs Shirley-Anne