26 April 2012


I bought this pot of 3 hyacinth bulbs from the local market for £2!
I was going to repot them but they grew so fast that I didn't get time!
They were in a yucky plastic pot so I decided to hook up a quick jacket for it!
The hyacinths lasted about 2 weeks and smelt gorgeous!!

These pot jackets were really easy to hook up and I was thinking that potted bulbs and a pot jacket would make quite nice pressies next year!!

Happy Crafting!
GlitteryKatie xxx

22 April 2012

Bombshell Stamps - a Quick Tip

Hi there!
I love to colour in my Bombshells then cut them out and add them to my cards- sometimes raised up on foam pads.
Cutting out can be tricky but with practise it is possible to get a good result!
Here's a little tip I use to make those cut out stamped images look a little less snaggy:
Here's the little Koi from the Lotus Garden Bombshell set which I've coloured and cut out

I've done an OK job but some of the ripples around his fins and tail were too fine to cut accurately and could look a little snaggy so:

I take a sponge applicator and some dark ink- I like Walnut Distress Ink and apply all round the edge of the stamped image, work it into the corners so all the white card stock edges are covered.

With the white edges of the card stock covered the stamped outline shows up much better and makes your cutting out look MUCH neater!

Much neater, hiding any less than perfect cut edges!

Anyway that's my first tip for making your stamped Bombshells look even better- I'll be back with another one next month!

Happy crafting!

18 April 2012

Ms. April's Altered Challenge

This month we have a fabby challenge from our new Ms April, Teresa:

I’m so happy to be Miss April. My brain went crazy with ideas. This is what I settled on.... “My Altered Ego” We all have one and you who your is and what she looks like. So my challenge to you is to alter something, change its purpose or take the plain and make it beautiful. Bring out your altered ego. Most important rule....Have FUN!!"

Here's what I did for Teresa's challenge:
So I decided to get my craft metal out and alter this cute little box I'd kept after all the choccies had been eaten!!
First of all I covered the sides of the box and the lid with Tim Holtz tissue for a cool vintage look!
I cut some small panels from Prima Printery paper and adhered them to the box sides and lid.

For the lid of the box I took some Brown craft foil and cut out a piece with my fave Spellbinder die Labels 22! 
On the back of the foil panel I stamped the Sailor Girl for the Ahoy Sailor stamp set with Staz-On ink!
I then traced the inked image with an embossing instrument- a blunt pencil will work too.
Flip the foil over to the brown side and the stamped image will be standing proud.
Take a sanding block or a piece of emery paper and sand over the surface of the foil to reveal the stamped image!

I cut 6 little circles from the Prima Printery paper, dampened them and squished them up.
Once dry I unfurled the circles, inked the edges and put them together with a brad through the centre to make a cute little flower!
I finished the box with a strip of copper tape all round the sides and that was it!

So pop along to the Bombshell Blog to see what amazing projects the other girls have come up with!

Happy Crafting!

9 April 2012

Make something for Bank Holiday Monday!!

I hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday and enjoyed your choccy eggs and other celebrations!!
As it's a dank and rainy Bank Holiday here in Oxfordshire and I'll be in most of the day I thoughI'd look for a crafty challenge to get my mojo flowing!!
Hels over on her blog has a cool NUMBERS challenge for her 200th post AND she has yummy blog Candy on offer!!

So dash over to INK on my Fingers and leave a comment for a chance to win or play along and get a second chance to win!!

Happy Crafting!