Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated each fortnight if not sooner as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at our fortnightly challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and see what they have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
Hugs to everyone



Followers: If you like looking at my work become a follower I love you visiting. Hugs Kathie

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

"Mystique & Mystery Behind the Mask"

Black Gold and Silver Mask

Deep Aqua, Teal and Silver Mask

Wow, I couldn't wait for this week, as soon as I saw this image from our sponsor The Stamping Boutique, I knew I had to have it.

Back in 1990, when I did my OE one of the countries and cities I went to was Venice in Italy.  It was a hot summers evening and on my TO DO LIST was of course be serenaded to in a Gondola by a wonderful Italian pushing this Gondola with a very large pole hoping he wasn't going to fall in the murky water below and not smelling the best.  The only thing missing at the time was Mr Right sitting next to me whispering sweet nothings in my ear.  Yes I had my Gondola trip which was wonderful but what caught my eye???
No is wasn't a sweet Italian man wanting to pinch my bottom, but that evening down on the water front there was a parade of the MASKS
not only were people wearing these wonderful masks but they were all dressed in traditional costume from 14th to the 18th Centuries, men, women and children.  It was wonderful and what a fantastic sight to see, which was very unexpected.  There was this amazing array of colours that totally blew me away.
But it was Mystery behind these masks and who were all these people???  Where did they all come from???
The following day I visited some wonderful shops to buy not only some Venetian Glass but also a Mask or two or three.  But I had to come to my senses and realised that I still had months of travelling to do and so little space in my luggage.  Hence the Mask I did buy was very small but pretty.  Now on my BUCKET LIST as I'm getting older I hope to travel back to Venice with my husband and he can whisper sweet nothings and I can buy some musks for a wall in our home.  Also he doesn't carry as much luggage as I do, so I'll have room in his bag to pack them.

The next thing on my Bucket List will be to organise or go to a Masquerade Ball..

That is why I couldn't wait to make these cards with this wonderful image.  I was so lucky that this weeks sketch worked perfectly with what I wanted to make.
Sketch #103

This week out Design Team have been lucky enough to work with the wonderful images by Tracey Malnofski,owner of

 'The Stamping Boutique' 

Tracey is offering our very lucky winner
5 Digital Images
of the winners choice.

Please check and see what wonderful images Tracey has they are totally amazing  and will blow you away!!!



Congratulations to all out winners this week we had 60 entries which were all totally amazing, I think everyone loved that oldie but a goodie sketch from the past because I know I did!!!

Now it's time to go and check out the rest of out Design Team Diva's and see what they have been up to this week especially just for you!!!   Don't forget to leave them a little love as they love to receive comments just like you do.  So pop over now to 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Card Recipes:

Black, Gold and Silver Mask
Base: White SU
Coloured Card Stock: Black Bazzill
Papers: Gold Paper, Gold & Black Glitter Card from Rosie's Studio Design Paper: Grant Archival Paper Chic Item# 1602 reversable

Image: Me by The Stamping Boutique

Colour Medium: Copics, Gold Gel Pen,Gold & Black atyou Spica pens from Copic

Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Square, Fancy Label #2, Flourish by Bosskut, glue dots, pop dots, flourishes from Cuttlebug

Embellishments: I made all of the embellishments on this card. Gold Ribbon and Gold net, gold twine all from my stash. The Gold twine which I twisted to make it look like rope on the label, and the little black mask with a feather and gems.

A view of the embellishments made.

Card Recipe:
Deep Aqua, Teal and Silver Mask
Base: White SU
Coloured Card Stock: Sea Green Bazzill
Papers:  Aqua, Teal and Silver Glitter Card from Rosie's Studio
 Design Paper: Magnolia Papers from a set
Colour Medium: Copics, Silver & Black Gel Pens, Silver & Black atyou Spica pens from Copic
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Square, Fancy Label #2, , glue dots, pop dots, flowers made from Cuttlebug set.
Embellishments: I made all of the embellishments on this card. Silver Mesh and Silver rope recycled from a gift I received.  Peacock gems, flower is from a Cuttlebug die which I layered 3 colours of glitter card together and a gem.   
A view of the embellishments at the bottom of the image.

Thank you everyone for all of your lovely comments they are just so much appreciated.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week of crafting and I look forward to next weeks cards.

Challenges I'm entering these cards:

Pollycraft: Embellishment Bingo mine is Tag, Sparkle, Flower
Creative Card Crew: Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday: Challenge #112 Add Some Texture

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

DigiStamp Boutique Images

Pretty  In Pink

Wedding Day

Good morning everyone oh where has the week gone it really feels that they roll into one, from one week to the next as my days seem to go quicker and quicker.  As Winter is approaching here in New Zealand our days are getting shorter the evenings are getting darker quicker and the temperatures have started to drop.

Well it's Wednesday and that can only mean one thing it's Sweet Sketch Wednesday
and Arlana has another wonderful sketch for us this week.

Sketch # 102 - 43
If you are wondering what the 43 after 102 is because Arlana is recycling some of her sketches occasionally and this was sketch 43 back in March 2010.  These sketches are awesome and far too good to be forgotten about and why reinvent the wheel.  I really love this sketch and I hope you do too!!! 

The design team have been lucky enough to work with images from DigiStamp Boutique, Sally-Ann is our regular monthly sponsor which we all adore and of course she has new images coming out each month and  also retires some of her older images.

This week Sally-Ann from DigiStamp Boutique is offering our lucky winner
6 Digital images of your choice
Wow there are just so many to choose from I can never make up my mind as they are amazing.  So pop over to DigiStamp Boutique and have look for yourself you won't be disappointed.

So now it's time to pop over to the rest of the team at Sweet Sketch Wednesday to see what they have produced for you this week using Sally-Ann's images from DigiStamp Boutique.   Don't forget to give the girls a little love and some sweet comments as we love to receive them as well.

Card Recipes: Card #1
Base: White SU
Coloured Card: Apple Green and Pink Bazzill
Design Paper: Kaisercraft Candy Lane Collection Tutti Frutti (I've used both sides as it's double sided)
Image: Bunch of Flowers from DigiStamp Boutique (this could be a retired image I've had it for quite some time.)
Colour Medium: Copic Markers
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Oval, Scalloped Oval, Pop Dots, Glue Dots
Embellishments: Apple Green ribbon, lace and glitter flowers from my stash.

Card Recipe:  Card # 2
Base: White SU
Coloured Card: Cream Bazzill Bling, Gold paper
Design Paper: Grant Archival Item #1610 This paper has the most amazing sheen to it (again I've used both sides as it's double sided.
Image: Love Cake by DigiStamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Copics, atyou Spica (by Copics) in Silver, Black and Gold
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Oval, Scalloped Oval, Craft Wire, Chipboard, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Craft Knife,
Embellishments: Cream lace hearts ribbon with scalloped edge, cherry red satin ribbon and red flat backed pearls.

This image has legs on the cake stand I cut them off and made gold wired legs giving a 3D effect.   Also the oval frame has been cut out using the oval nestie and then mounted on chipboard to look like the image has been framed.

Challenges I'm entering:

I do hope you like my cards this week and thanks for all of your lovely comments I do appreciate them.  Wishing everyone a wonderful week of crafting and I can't wait to see what you do with this weeks sketch.

Hugs to everyone

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

April Umbrella

Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Sketch #101

 April Umbrella for May Showers

Welcome to my followers and to all of my new followers, wow we've finished our blog hop that celebrated our 100th sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and Arlana reaching a milestone.  There were some amazing entries and all of the winners are announced on

The Winner of my Blog Candy
Entered a Card,
Became a follower 
Left me a sweet comment

Picked by Random.org

True Random Number Generator Min:  1 Max: 40  Result: 26
 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Heidi's Imaginarium
***Congratulations Heidi***!!!
Heidi when you have a moment please email me with your postal address so I can send you some lovely Kiwi papers design and printed here in 
New Zealand land of the Long White Cloud

Our Sketch for this week!
Sketch #101

Our Design Team have been lucky enough to work with this sketch as well as our sponsor this week who is

Sassy Cheryl's Digital Art & Stamps
Cheryl Algar
has given us these fun images to play with and I knew as soon as I got mine what I wanted to do!!!  Try to give it a Vintage look.

Cheryl is giving our lucky winner this week a

A $5.00 Sassy Cheryl's Gift Certificate
that's something to cheer about!!!

http://sassycheryls.comCheck out Cheryl's other amazing images right here!!!

So grab a chair and a drink and stop by Sweet Sketch Wednesday and the rest of the design team and see what the girls have designed for you this week there are just so many cute cards you won't be disappointed.

Card Recipes:
 Base: Cream Bazzill
Coloured Card: Red and Navy Blue Bazzill
Papers: So old I can't remember
Image: April Umbrella by Sassy Cheryl's Digital Images
Colour Medium: Copics, Gel Pens
Tools: Glue Dot, Pop Dots, from my stash
Embellishments: Lace, Red Satin Ribbon and gems from my stash
Base: Cream Bazzill
Coloured Card: Chocolate and Orange Bazzill
Design Papers: Magnolia Papers
Image: April Umbrella by Sassy Cheryl's Digital Images
Colour Medium: Copics and gel pens
Tools: Glue Dots, Pop Dots from my stash
Embellishments:Lace, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Flowers and Pearls all from my stash.

Well I'm off now we are having Autumn showers here at the moment and the temperatures have started to drop so that means winter is just around the corner.

Take care everyone have a wonderful week of crafting and a great weekend.  Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments  I do appreciate them and love reading them.

Hugs everyone

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #100

Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Sketch 100
Celebration Blog Hop
 Vintage School Girl

Blossom Cupcake
 (You can't have a Celebration without the cupcake)

'Good Luck Pixie'
 This is a Freebie from A Day for Daisies
Well the day has come at last it's a little bit like a child waiting for Santa to arrive as it feels like ages.
Yes today is Sweet Sketch Wednesday celebration blog hop as Arlana has reached a milestone by her 100th wonderful sketch.  Something to be very proud of.

Congratulations to all our winners last week all of your card were totally awesome!!!

***Let the Blog Hop and Celebrations begin***.

Sketch #100
Arlana has reached this milestone and we're celebrating so are you ready for some fun???  Yes!!! Of course your are!  It's our 100th Sketch so why not celebrate.  We are so happy to have you join us in the fun.  Yes this is the 100th Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch in blogland.  Doesn't time fly???  We're at 100 already and it only seems like yesterday that Sweet Sketch Wednesday started.  Thanks to all of our dedicated followers and we feel we have the best Design team ever.  Come on and let's have some sweet fun.
So, pull up a chair, grab a drink of your choice and join us in Sweet Sketch Wednesday's Anniversary Milestone reaching our 100th Sketch.

Our Sponsor this week is Tammy from


Tammy is offering a freebie to all of our followers along with a 10% Discount Coupon for any purchase on her site.

Small World
Arlana made this card using the FREEBIE from A Day for Daisies
that all our followers will receive if the follow the rules.

10% Coupon code for our followers that enter into Sketch #100


This coupon is valid from May 4th-10th 2011

It is located at adayfordaisies.com in the store under Freebies. To Download you have to add it to your cart and checkout! Hope that helps.

This Coupon is valid for 10% off any order in the public shop at

A Day For Daisies

Grand Prize
Custom Photo Stamp (Tammy will create a stamp from the winner's favourite photo.)

Custom Photo Link:

The Grand Prize Winner will also receive the Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Blog Candy
by Arlana

  For our Top 3 Pick


Here are the rules of the contest for a chance to win:

1. Comment on each of the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Design Team Blogs.

2. Become a follower of each of the SSW Design Team Member's Blogs (if your not already) a total of 10 Designers Blogs.

3. Comment on and become a follower of A Day for Daisies http://adayfordaisies.blogspot.com/ 

4. Return to Sweet Sketch Wednesday after you have completed the bloghop and please leave a sweet comment.

5. Become a follower of Sweet Sketch Wednesday, if you aren't already!!! (In your comments please say if you are a follower already).

6. Create a card using Sketch #100, our Anniversary Hop Sketch.

7. Then post your card on Inlinkz

8. Completing all SEVEN steps will qualify you for the Grand Prize from Tammy over at " A DAY FOR DAISIES " on the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Blog.

9. By doing this you have a chance to win Tammy's wonderful Grand Prize, of a Custom Photo Stamp (Tammy will create a stamp from the winner's favourite photo.)

Custom Photo Link:

10. Plus 10% discount on any purchase from the 4th - 10th May 2011

11. All our followers that participate get a "FREEBIE from Tammy at A DAY FOR DAISIES" on her blogspot.com

12. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Blog Candy offered by Arlana.

13. Also some of the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Design Team have Blog Candy and prizes to give away so check out their sites and the qualifications that they require for their prizes.

Kathie'z Kardz
Blog Candy

 There are 10 sheets of 12 x12 papers they are all Pavlova Papers which
are made and printed in Christchurch New Zealand. I love these papers especially the surface of them and you would have seen some of them on my cards in recent months. If you're interested
here is the web site here to have a look at the selection. 5 of them are double sided and the other 5 are single sided. Some of the papers are very Kiwi with the Paua Shell on top and other are very elegant.

My rules are pretty straight forward and really easy!!!

1. Leave a comment on my blog
2. Become a follower of mine
3. Make card using Arlana's Sketch #100
4. Have Fun

The winner will be chosen by RANDOM ORG.


Head on over to Arlana's blog and see what she's been up too and what you have to do to qualify for her Sweetberry Design blog candy. Then hop on over to the next blog in order
and see all of our Design Team's fabulous creations.

The next Design Team name will be posted on each blog so that you will be able to follow from one blog to the next i.e.

Now you've visited my blog, become a follower and leave a sweet message. Now hop over to Linda's blog at The Stamps Touch.

Order of Hop and begin here:








You are here>Kathie



A Day for Daisies

Sweet Sketch Wednesday


Happy hopping and thanks for joining us for our Celebration for reaching 100 Sketches.  I can wait to see your wonderful creations this week.

Card Recipes
Card Base: White SUBoards: Sea Green Bazzill 
Design Paper: Wedding set by DCWV Papers
Image: Vintage School Girl 4 by A Day for Daisies
Colour Medium: Copics
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circles and Scalloped Circles, Glue Dots, Pop Dots
Embellishments: Lace, Ribbon and Pearls from my stash

Card Base: White SU
Boards: Aqua Bazzill
Design Papers: Deep Orange Magnolia backing paper, Magnolia Design back ground, Rosies Yellow Imperial Paper, DCWV Orange with yellow dots, DCWV Paisley paper
(I do wish you could see this paper the paisley it's covered in glitter)
Image: Good Luck Pixie which is a Freebie from A Day for Daisies
Colour Medium: Copic Markers and copic atyou Spica pens in Black and Silver which are awesome
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle, Glue Dots, Pop Dots
Embellishments: Ribbons organza and aqua satin ribbon and bling from my stash

I do wish my photo's turned out better, as the design paper is covered in glitter and I coloured her wings, her tights and the edge of the Scalloped circle with my new
atyou Spica pen in Silver from Copic I just love them.
This was a last minute card and I just love how it turned out.

Card Base: White SU
Coloured Card: Hot Pink and Oliver Green Bazzill
Design Papers: Cupcakes and Sweet pea Dots from Pavlova Papers
(These same papers are also in my blog candy)
Image: Blossom Cupcake by A Day for Daisies
Colour Medium: Copics and Glass Finish
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circle, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Glass Finish
Embellishments: Purple Satin Ribbon, Bling from my stash
(I thought you couldn't have a celebration without a Cupcake)
Wishing everyone an awesome week and happy crafting and I can't wait to see what your cards are like with this wonderful sketch.