Tuesday, 2 September 2014


Hello Crafty Friends, and welcome to my Blog, I hope you are all well, but sending out kind thoughts to those who are not so good at the moment.
Thank you for the lovely comments left on my last card, I do appreciate them and the time it takes to go around the blogs.

I've been once again dabbling in other cyberspace areas, facebook and pinterest. I do these thing mainly to see if I can, it usually takes me ages to figure out how to set them up, but I've managed to do it, quite how I will use facebook I don't know, as I don't lead an interesting life and feel that people wouldn't like banal comments.  Pinterest is different though as it has loads of interesting things on the site and therefore offers fantastic inspiration.  I've been pinning many of the cards I've viewed around the logs and putting them on my " cards that offer me inspiration" Board.  It's also another way of getting your work noticed. I'm sure I'm preaching to the converted, but there might be someone who doesn't know of Pinterest.

Well on to my card for today, it's a birthday card for my Stepson;

I've used the Chess Stamp Set from Chocolate Baroque, I love their stamps as they ink up beautifully.
There are lots of images in this set and so useful for a male card.
Versamark Onyx Black Ink
Black card and Silver Mirror card
Papermaina Liquorice Paper
Ribbon from my stash
Card Candy in Silver and Black

I'm quite pleased with it and Alistair thinks it's super and as it is for his son that's what matters.

I'm back to work tomorrow after some lovely days off, and today I met up with two crafty buddies, Shona and Fiona for a chat and a coffee, which a lovely.  Who knows what the next three days will bring at work, but it will soon be over and I'll be on days off once again, you'd be forgiven if you think I don't like my job, well put it this way, I am soooooooooo looking forward to retirement, and work prevents me from doing all the activities I want to do.

Have a great evening and I'll see you soon,




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Marianne's Craftroom said...

This is fabulous, love it. Find me on Facebook Kate please and send me a friend request. I pop on and off there every day. Haven't joined Pinterest as am worried it will take up too much precious time, quite addictive I hear

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
fabulous card for a chess enthusiast.
Great designed stepper card.
I bet he loved it.
I only belong to Facebook, and don't use that much as I don't know what I am doing half the time, and it's not easy for us older participants to learn, plus I'm scared of doing the wrong thing and the whole world knowing of it.
The younger generation seem to love it though.
Now when you retire you will find you are still struggling for time as you slow down to a snails pace, and therefore there is never enough time in a day for me to do all I would like. lol.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Patricia said...

Brilliant card Kate, love everything about it.
Don't do Facebook or Pintrest really do not have time, too busy with so many other things. Sorry to tell you this Kate being retired certainly does not give you any more "free" time.........!!!!
The thought of not having to got out to work is great through.
Hugs a plenty

Patricia xxx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fab design.xxx

Erika said...

A great card for a chess lover. Great B and W combo and perfect man card.
We work to finance our hobbies!

Hugs Erika. X

Erika said...

Kate love your card. Great B and W combo and perfect man card.
Hugs Erika. X

Marlene Atkinson said...

this is gorgeous Kate a fab design. The eye drops seem to be working, my eyes weren't stuck up this morning so it is getting better. We'll have to meet up again soon. Marlene

pam said...

hi Kate, brilliant card for a male birthday, love the colours and design.

Sue said...

Such a fabulous card Kate. I love the theme and wonderful design.
I love Pinterest too. I am on Facebook but only because I have to for some of the Design Teams I am on.
I hope work goes okay.
hugs Sue xx

rachel said...

Hiya Kate - this is fabulous - what a great card! Brilliant design. Do enjoy pinterest - I find it swallows time rather rapidly though!! Lol! Hugs! Rachel x

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous step card Kate love the added goodies, I think this is a wonderful creation. Not a fan of facebook but have to use it for three design teams I am on but that's ok....have a wonderful day.xx

The Journey is the Start

Jacee said...

How fab Kate, you have made a wonderful job of this card, such a great design, love it!
Hugs Jacee

scrappymo! said...

This is a lovely card for your stepson...He is going to love it and the wonderful details of the design.

I hear you about work. I am medically retired since we hit the deer. I do not miss work at all...it was stressful and so busy it made my head spin!
I do miss some of the people I worked with, but not the stress!

vic said...

What a gorgeous step card Kate I love the black and white :) I'm glad your enjoying Pinterest too!
Vic x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Kate love your amazing card! I love Pinterest although its quite addictive and you can say goodbye to the rest of your evening once you go on! Loads of good boards on Colouring too! Facebook I had to join because of a few DTs I am on but I find it very banal and repetitive. Unfortunately it seems to be getting very popular in the crafting community and I am hoping things don't all end up there instead of Blogger! You will love retirement I highly recommend it! Susan xx

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic card Kate.

Lorraine said...

A brilliant card Kate. Love the chess theme and fab colour scheme.
Lorraine x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A fabulous card and sure to be a hit with your stepson. I find Pinterest very inspiring but like so many others I find I lose too much time browsing the endless boards, but I think I'm addicted :) I am on Facebook too but only for DT's and competitions really. Hope your day goes well.

Sandy said...

Now Kate - I find your writings very interesting!
Your card truly is wonderful and I am sure Alistair son will really appreciate it.
Sandy xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Love the chess stepper. Those stamps are terrific.
I don't do Facebore (that's not a spelling mistake lol!) or Twitter. I'm very flattered though after discovering today, that Elaine has set up a Pinterest board of my cards. How cool!
Best wishes.
Ang x

MRS DUCK said...

Ps. . . . . .there's nothing banal about you chuck! x

Amber Holder said...

What a great side step card! I love how that fold showcases the chess pieces :) I love the little embellishments on the ribbon too.

Have a fabulous and crafty day!
Staying Crafty
Stampin On Stuff

Norma said...

Hi Kate:) I hope you are well, I'm trying to get back into my routine and stop by more often. Your stepson will love his side step card with the fabulous chess theme:) TFS

downrightcrafty said...

fabulous mono and a super card great chess pieces too
hugs Kate xx

Jules said...

Hi Kate

A fabulous card for your Grandson. I love the shape and the chess theme very much.

No Facebook or Pinterest here.

Just me and my little blog!. I struggle to keep up with that a lot of the time.

Have a good day.

Love Jules xx

Shona Hamill said...

Hi Kate, I love your chess themed card - great idea. I have to admit I've lost a lot of potential crafting time (and sleep sometimes!) since I discovered Pinterest. It is highly addictive particularly when you first join. I really enjoyed our catch up and coffee too. Hope to see you again soon. Shona xx

Asha said...

What a great idea for a masculine card, Kate.
hugs, Asha

hotpotato said...

stunning card Kate. i'm in the grip of Christmas card making....same design but need to make around 40 of them, think I've completed about 15!

Diane said...

What a fun step card design Kate, the paper and chess pieces are perfect for a masculine design.

Hugs Diane

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
can you email me as I have something to ask you.
You will find my email on the top of my blog where it says Contact Me.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Sue said...

Great stepper card Kate ..I'm trying to catch up while I have some quiet time huggles Sue xxx

Anet van Zyl said...

Your Stepper Card is just gorgeous Kate, I just love it. Anet x