Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


It is time to 'show and tell' again as Julia Hosts another Wednesday crafting party over at her Stamping Ground.

Usually you see my desk looking pretty clear and tidy but this week you can have a peek at what it really looks like when I am working on a project.
To the left you can see how many of my new 'Really useful' boxes I have open at any one time. It is great to have them all right alongside me so I can reach what I want without even leaving my seat!

To the right there is a muddle of ink pads, sponges, dies, glue sticks etc. The lovely wooden port box holds my permanent markers. I think I was going to 'alter' that at one point, and maybe pretty it up a bit, but it didn't get done and it works fine as it is!. The big box at the back is full of sticky ribbons, paper lace and die-cut borders, and the white machine beside it is my eBosser, though as you can see from the photo above, I still tend to use my old cuttlebug in preference to it.
Then in the centre of those two is the little space I am actually working in. I am making a run of simple Easter cards to be sent with a round-robin family news letter that didn't get written in time to go with Christmas cards. (I am full of good intentions!). I am using a recently purchased set of Just-rite stamps with their matching spellbinder dies. I am very pleased with a set of three lace borders that match some of my basic edgebility dies. You can see these, along with some other border dies, held by a magnetic sheet stuck to a piece of brown cardboard. They are all too long for my current die folder, and they were in danger of getting bent, so I mocked up this holder for them, but I have ordered another die folder, (mine is full anyway) that takes A4 magnetic sheets so I will be able to put these, and other larger frame dies, in there. I am still waiting for that to arrive though. You can also just see my first completed card at the back, and two others that are WIPs. I shall then change my colour scheme and make a few more.

For those who left kind comments about my little babies last week, I am pleased to say they are both doing well. Yesterday little Toby joined his sister in eating some solid food from a dish and they are both lapping milk, though I still top them up with a bottle at bed-time, to ensure everyone gets a good night's sleep. They have been no trouble at all, but Suzie has cut her first teeth, so I guess it won't be long before they are awake more during the day and chewing everything in sight. I'll try not to let them distract me too much, and I will visit as many of you as I can.


Deb said...

you look super busy, good luck with all those Easter cards!

MaxineD said...

Kate, I end up with a tiny workspace too most days - so glad to see I am not the only one :-)
Lovely to visit you again.

Annie said...

Really glad to hear the babies are doing well and it's so lovely to see such a busy desk this week. :-)
A x # 52

veronica said...

that bit of workspace looks so familiar Kate, could almost be mine!

sandra de said...

I have to admit I am a cuttlebug devotee. Love how compact they are and they always do the job.
Sandra @83

JoZart said...

Your little furry babes are so very cute and what a wonderful job you are doing caring for them like this. I hope it isn't too hard to let them go when the time comes.
lots of lovely pretty stash there on your busy desk and you can't make anything unless you make a mess!
lots of love jo x

Helen said...

hola Kate! I expect you are feeling rather warmer than we are over here today. Its freezing! Love your lacy borders. I am only just starting to collect dies myself and yours look very pretty. I think you are in danger of having a craft goody avalanche of your own soon! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 82

Heather Alger said...

Lots of lovely treasures to see x
Glad your fur babies are doing well.
Happy WOYWW Heather # 72

Gita said...

I need to add all my dies to magnetic sheets. Your Easter cards look so pretty...
Brigita #134

Di said...

Wow - tons going on there Kate - in between mothering those adorable little pups!

Laughed about you saying you doubt if anyone else could find anything in your craft room - even though it's organised. Same here :)

Love those lacy borders!

Happy WOYWW, hugs, Di xx

Claire said...

what a busy, busy desk! so many goodies and pretties to look at :)
happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
no. 30

Ria Gall said...

wow look how busy you have been and how lovely and organised you are. Your card is really pretty and the stamps and dies you have cut are lovely
Wishing you a really great WOYWW
Ria #73

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i'm dropping by to say hi and thank you for visiting me! your babies are so cute! and the princess really looks the part! i love the paper lace on your desk today.
happy WOYWW!
peggy aplSEEDS

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Kate,

Your Easter cards are beautiful. I really enjoy my Cuttlebug (and don't have anything else to compare it to) so am happy to read that you prefer it over something else.

The lace papers are very cool - are they rub ons?

Thank you for visiting me already!
Happy belated WOYWW
Kay #2