Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I am determined to make it to the Wednesday blogfest this week, having missed a couple this month, so I am writing this late on Tuesday evening. If you visit Julia at her Stamping Ground, you will see what this is all about.

I was out at a choir practice all morning but this afternoon I actually sat at my desk and did something constructive. So here is my desk in full swing. The little green and blue note book has small daubs of each of my ink-pads, and it is very useful when I am choosing the best colour to use for a project. There is one completed card on my mini-easel, and some printed digistamps. One is for a repeat of the finished card, and one for a Christmas card ready for Rudolph Day next  Monday. My cuttlebug is out to make the lace for the bottom of the cards, and the large plastic shoe-box on the left is full of sticky ribbon, printed borders, paper lace, etc.

To the right of this is the latest in my continuous supple of cups of tea, essential for a good crafting session. The folder is how I store all my stamps. I took any that were wood mounted, off their wooden blocks, and put them on Ezmount, and now I mainly buy clear stamps, or unmounted rubber ones. I laminate A4 sheets of paper to put them on, with a stamped example and record of the company on the back, and store them in plastic slips. This folder is all word stamps, but I have sixteen folders altogether, each one with a different theme - florals, flourishes, butterflies and bugs etc. It's a system that works for me, and it is easier to store the folders than all the wood stamps that I used to have.
As you can see in the top photo, Arwen is in her usual place, but today I have another little friend in with me.
The two pups I have been fostering, went back to the vet yesterday, to get them ready for sending to Holland. (I have no idea why, but Holland finds homes for a lot of our abandoned puppies). So I took them back, but while there, I saw this little fellow and it was 'Love at first sight'. He is around three months old and of unknown heritage, but he was also dumped, in someone's garden, when he was very small. He has been fostered but I brought him home for a few days trial, and if he fits in with the family, we will give him a permanent home.
So, introducing Kim. Chris chose his name because when he was a boy he had a big German Shepherd dog called Kim.  I don't think this one will grow that big, but he has fairly big paws, so we will have to wait and see. He is fluffy and his fur is as soft as silk. Apart from cutting his teeth on anything and everything, including his favourite - my toes!, he is very good. Our big girls are not impressed, but they are tolerating him, and allowing him closer than they did the two tiny ones. Arwen definitely isn't keen to share her room, but she is not getting the choice. Kim is not house-trained yet, so I am keeping him close by me. But he is very beautiful.  Don't you agree?
And finally, here is a close up of the card I made. the second one is almost finished. It is the same but I reversed most of the colours - lilac base card and yellow flowers.
Do visit our hostess Julia and join in the fun. See what everyone else is getting creative with this week, and I will try to do the same.


Lynne K said...

Beautiful card, Kate! I love butterflies, and crocuses, and spring colours, so it ticks all the right boxes for me!

I smiled when I read that you have 16 folders for stamps! I have 26 - but mine are all A5, so that would only be 13 A4 and not all are quite full, so I can tell my DH there are people who have more stamps than me! Although I have to admit I have quite a few which I haven't yet unmounted, but I don't need to mention those, do I?!

And yes, Kim is beautiful and he looks very happy too, not to mention full of mischief!

Lynne x

MaxineD said...

Oh Kate - your card is fabulous.
Yes Arwen looks definitely put out and ready to defend her territory, but Kim is such a sweetie - I hope he continues to be as sweet as he looks!

Annie said...

All I can say is did you show me a desk this week? I only have eyes for that beautiful little puppy :-)
Do give him a cuggle from me.
A x # 62

Amy Wright said...

What a beautiful card and beautiful puppy, what a cutie!

Happy WOYWW!

Amy #97

CraftygasheadZo said...

Wow lots going but boy is Kim cute! So soft looking and I can see why you brought him home! Enjoy desk hopping. Take care Zo xx 87

susibee said...

Your stamp storage is a good idea and one I have been toying with for a number of years but I have thousands of wooden mounted stamps and the task is a bit daunting:)

Your puppy is gorgeous.

Happy WOYWW Susi #67

Ria Gall said...

lots going on there on your crafty desk and I like your way of storing your rubber stamps. I am still indexing mine
As for your new little friend I am sure your family are going to keep him he is so cute
Wishing you a very Happy WOYWW
Ria #44

Kelly said...

Lovely card and absolutely adorable trial-addition to the family. He's been given a name so I think he's there to stay. hehe

I'm not playing this week but visiting all the blogs that spell out my name. :-) Creative Blessings! Kelly

Jean Straw said...

I love your pretty card, the crocuses make such a lovely picture.
Cute puppy too!!
Jean x

Twiglet said...

Oh what a cheery little post this week! I love the crocus card. and that little puppy too! x Jo

Robin Spitzer said...

Morning Kate,

You inspired me to go count my stamps. I have 34 10x10 sheets and 10 CD's with rubber stamps stored in them and Lordy knows how many digital stamps I have purchased...

My filing system is much like yours and I also list in a database so I an just search "butterfly" which enables me to locate the stamp quickly.

love the purples and yellows on your card!

Di said...

Aw, what a cutie Kim is, he's fallen on all four paws finding a home with you and Chris!

Love your card too Kate, lovely Spring colours and beautifully made. Crumbs, you do have a lot of stamps, we all seem to be in the throes of cataloguing stamps right now don't we.

Oh, and Stickeroos - Handy Hippo and The Glitter Pot do stock them, there are also a few offerings on eBay (new of course).

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Hugs, Di xx

Heather Alger said...

Gorgeous card and so much going on - a busy week for you. So pleased about the pup and happy for you x
Happy WOYWW and have a great week Heather#133

Sue McDonald said...

thanks for passing by my blog....you desk is so inviting I wanna come and play.

the puppy's look so adorable

Happy woyww

Sue #27
aka Frankiesue

Jackie said...

I just read a comment where someone said did you show me a desk? ...... And thought oh did she I was totally engrossed in Kim your little dog and your stamp storage!!!!
Jackie 17

Monica said...

Your method of organizing you stamps is so interesting and effective. That is the way to go but I am a little afraid of removing them from their blocks. The puppy story has made my day so joyful. The boss cats will adjust and make his life as difficult as they can.
Monica 127

Monica said...

Your method of organizing you stamps is so interesting and effective. That is the way to go but I am a little afraid of removing them from their blocks. The puppy story has made my day so joyful. The boss cats will adjust and make his life as difficult as they can.
Monica 127

BJ said...

Love the crocus and lace card and ALWAYS feel at home when I see a Cuttlebug on the table. Happy WOYWW BJ#137 and thanks for visiting me.

Helen said...

Great Post Kate. How cute is that puppy!!! I am sure he is going to fit in nicely! Thank you so much for the good wishes for my audition - 4th of April and I get to know if I am lucky enough to be selected for the second round. If I don't burst before then!!! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 36

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Awwww, Kim gets the 'Cute' prize for this week!! I can see why you couldn't part with him :)
And me, jealous of your Spanish sunshine??? Too blinking right I am! Winter has gone on for too long now..we deserve a long, hot summer :)
Hugs, LLJ ~45 xx

~Sue C said...

Oh what a happy desk! Beautiful birthday card. Hugs, Sue#126

scrappymo! said...

What a great, busting with business desk...It looks great. Love the crocus card and I tried to peek but couldn't make out what you are making for Rudolph Day.

I so enjoy reading your blog. I popped over to the other one too...didn't stop to leave a comment as DH is going to be calling the supper is ready any second...I read and read...it is a great blog...you have a skill for writing!

You have so much energy...I am in awe of you. I enjoyed reading about the various charities and the little groups that you have joined...your parchement was beautiful! See I did read way back!

Karen said...

Not surprised you fell in love with that pup ~ he's gorgeous :D
Love your card - that lace edging is beautiful x

Stampin Boots said...

Aww such a beautiful puppy! Hope Kim does settle in well and finds a forever home with you!

Happy (belated) WOYWW!

StampinBoots x #144

RosC said...

Hi Kate,

Love your puppy, Kim. He's got big ears to grow into as well as paws. He looks just a soft and fluffy and puppy-silly as can be.

Card is great, and reversing colour schemes can make a dramatic difference, can't it! Thanks for sharing, and glad the weather is pleasant.

Ros. #47

lisa said...

I see your cuttlebug is getting a good work out too, Kate. Love that Crocus card you've created , it's so pretty.
I can fully understand how you couldn't resist Kim, he's gorgeous. My Mum had a Lassie collie called Kim when she was little!!! I hope he fits into your home very well.
Hugs Lisax #71

April Story said...

Kim is a cutie patootie. And your card is lovely. Flowers are my favorite thing to put on a card.
April #138