DT make for Mama Makes – Christmas tree card

Hi crafty people! Today we are going to be making 5 cards using the Mama Makes Sarah Jumbo stamps – A Christmas journey. I thought I’d show how quick and simple it is to make a few cards at once, esp with Christmas coming up.

Materials used

  • Square blanks
  • Square die 11.5cm
  • Mama Makes Sarah Jumbo stamps – A Christmas journey tree, star and baubles stamps
  • Mama Makes fancy sentiments stamps
  • Coloured card stock – Christmas coloured
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Gems
  • Grey pen
  • Watercolours
  • watercolour card
  • Two different green gelatos

1. I stamped my tree in two different colours. Brown for the tree and red for the pot. To make this easier I used a stamp platform, that way I could do one colour at a time. I stamped out my 5 trees out onto my card.

2. Using the green gelatos I went over the branches with the dark green and then over with the lighter green. I smudged them together and then sprayed them with a bit of water to set them. I then painted the pot in gold and the bow in red.

3. Whilst the trees where drying I stamped out the baubles in black versa ink. I painted them in green, red and orange. I made 4 decorations for each tree. Plus 5 stars painted in gold paint too.

4. Carefully cut all your trees and baubles out! I placed 3D foam under the baubles and stars to add height and some gems to add gems.

5. Die cut 5 coloured squares and 5 white card squares in the same size. On my dies I have stitched pattern which I cut off the white card, so it fitted perfectly mounted on the red/ green card. Before sticking the card together I stamped and embossed winter wishes in the right hand corner.


6. Position where you’d like you Christmas trees, without sticking it down yet and add some grey colouring to make it look like a shadow under the pot. Stick your trees on! Add some 3D foam to the back of the coloured card and adhere to your square blank.

Hope you like this tutorial and hopefully you’ll have your Christmas card made in no time!

Kat x

Art Journal Page

Hi Crafty people!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog post, so I thought I would share my latest art journal page and how I made it. My scrapbook is from Trimcraft.

What I used

  1. Faber Castle Gelatos
  2. Prima Marketing Oil Pastels And Stamps
  3. TCW stencil – mini stitched art
  4. Visible Image stamp – Outside the Lines
  5. Gesso
  6. Gold ink pad
  7. Stencils I made on my Silhouette
  8. Crushed grape dylusions paint

I started my page using the gelatos. I used pinks and purples on one side and greens and blues on the other side. Making sure there was a lighter patch in the middle. I added lines of yellow to each side to add a bit of contrast.

On my Silhouette I had made a circle stencil and a coffee stain stencil, which I thought I could use on my layout.

I put the circle stencils in the middle of the page and used some purple dylusions paint in the circles with my finger, going down the page. I dried this with my heat tool and added white gesso on top. Using my oil pastels I stated building up the colour with a dark blue and black to make the circles look more round and dimensional.

To make them stand out I used black oil pastel around the edge, smudging the lines, to add a grey colour around the outside of the circles. I built up the colour until I was happy.

I used my stencils to add a bit on interest on the two coloured parts. Using the coffee stain and TCW stencil, with white gesso and a gold ink pad. I also stamped on the circles with gold ink with a round musical stamp from Prima.

On some white card stock I stamped the Visible Image stamp ‘Creative People Colour Outside The Lines’ I thought this was quite fitting for this page. This finished off the page quite nicely!

Thanks for reading and see you soon for another crafty project

Kat x







The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Hi I’m Katharine or Kat as I’m mostly known by. I’ve been crafting for around 14 years now. I’ve tried my hand at many crafts over the years from card making, scrapbooking, weaving, jewellery making, cross stitch, glass painting, mix media, planning and cake making too. I’m currently learning to crochet (knitting didn’t go so well) and trying to make my first blanket. I always want to learn and create better things!

I thought I would try blogging to be able to share my ideas and be inspired by others too, to create more.

I’m on the Design Team For Mama Makes Stamps, so I will be showing how you can create different layouts in your planners with stamps and other crafty ideas. If your’re a new customer you can use ‘IMNEW’ to get 20% off at https://mamamakesstore.co.uk/

I’m also on the PR Team for the Organised Hedgehog where you can buy craft items from brands such as Simple Stories, Websters Pages and even OliClips. I have a code you can use too, to get 10% off, which is TOHKAT10 https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/theorganisedhedgehog

My Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/kitty_kat_crafts/ where I upload pictures pretty much on a daily basis! From my lasest craft purchases to new craft projects and ideas.

Lets get crafting!


Wedding Cake I made last year in April 2017


What you create doesn’t have to be perfect – Dieter F. Uchtdorf




One of my favourite cakes that I’ve made this year (Feb 2018)


Plan with me – using Mama makes stamps


Today I will be showing you how I planned my page, mainly with stamps! Stamps are great and very versatile. You can have that amazing image over and over again, without it running out! For this spread I used mainly Mama Makes Planner girl stamps, which are designed by Loti herself and illustrated by Tracey Hey. And used my Cambs Planner con stickers too!

Supplies –

1. Washi tape – I used MT tape that matched my stickers

2. Stamp pad – Distress oxides

3. Stamps – Mama Makes Planner Girl, Plantastic boxes – swirls, Splodge, Part of the dance, Always Believe

4. Planner!

5. Stickers

I use a Happy Planner as my Planner, I really love how easy it is to use it and decorate, esp if you have loads of blanks spaces that need filling with something! I always take my pages out as it makes it easier to stamp on and in case the stickers on the page behind make stamping harder. I started by colour matching my washi with my stickers for Cambs Planner Con.

I’m slightly annoyed that Planner page hasn’t been printed correctly and each sit doesn’t match. I try to sort that out later.

I start by decorating Saturday as that easy to start with, as that can be filled with stickers and stamps, as I’ll be attending Cambs Planner Con! Last years was really good and I made some lovely friends at my first ever meet.

I didn’t really like that I had stamped the girls face over the washi, so I did end up removing it. But she still looked liked she was wearing a mask. So now she’s a ninja Planner addict!

I then started at the beginning of the week, filling in each day. My daughter is so not going to be impressed that she has to go back to school a day earlier than her brother!

I like to stamp a quote on the first day of the week, not much happens on a Monday that needs all 3 boxes. So I used the Mama Makes Splodge plantastic box for the back ground and then put a quote on top! I stamped the splodge on a piece of paper first, to get rid of some of the excess ink.

I used the tea bag from the Cake and Friends set. My friend and I love tea! I don’t actually use the coloured spots in the end, decided they didn’t look right and out of place on my page. I coloured my tea bag in with colouring pencils.

I coloured in the Planner and girl stamp, then added a green splodge and stamped a quote over the top to add some more colour. And then added the swirl hearts stamp to the top and bottom boxes. I’m super excited for the weekend and can’t wait to see some of my friends again

Thanks for stopping by 😊

Mama Makes Stamps

Mrs Brimbles

Up Up and Away scrapbook layout

Hi, I thought I would share how I made this scrapbook layout. I’ve got many, many more years to catch up on, and I need to get a lot more photos printed out! So let’s get started!

To make this scrapbook layout I used a variety of items. I’ll list the items and where I got them from, the best I can!

1. Acrylic mouse in white – Crea Box from Lidl

2. Acrylic spray in yellow – Crea Box from Lidl

3. Tim Holtz stencil Zig Zag

4. Gold thickers – American Crafts

5. Blue 12×12 scrapbook card

6. Sizzix thinlets dies – Rainy days and sunshine from Hobbycraft

7. Foam

8. Distress Oxide – Antique linen, Frayed burlap and salty ocean

9. We R Memory Keepers Typecast metallic tags

10. 6×6 paper from First Edition pad Sail Away – The Range

11. Gold acrylic paint – WHSmith

12. Cut apart from Jillibean Soup Bowl of Dreams

13. White Gesso – Hobbycraft

14. Some washi tape

I started my layout by looking at what supplies I had that would coordinate with my photo, which was mainly blue with yellow. I’ve got the Sizzix thinlets set rainy days and sunshine, which was perfect as it had a hot air ballon in it. I used a bright yellow paper for the backing and a blue spotty paper for the top. I then found a few other bits to go with it. When I was happy with ephemera that I had found, I moved on to the next part of the lay out.

For the next bit I used the acrylic mouse and stencil down the left side. I dried it with my heat gun and the dropped some yellow spray down it to create a drip effect down it. I also decided to make my own stamps using the thinlets out of foam. This worked really well, as I could lay up the two halves to make the ballon complete. The stamps I attached to my acrylic block with some Prima Marketing glue and stamped away as normal. I stamped on my project along the zig zag pattern.

Made a stamp using foam and thinlets. Worked out really well.

I placed my photo with all the ephemera around it, until I was happy with the placement. I then decided it needed something else, so I got the gesso out and used an old credit card to scrap some of the paint about around where the photo will be. I marked where the photo sat on the page with pencil.

Checking placement of the pieces I had chosen I also splattered some gold and yellow paint over the page too.

I decided to stamp another hot air ballon up in the right hand corner using antique linen and frayed burlap Distress Oxide. I then stuck everything down and created the title ‘Up Up and away’ using the foam thickers. And added some washi to create interest. Over all I’m happy with how this layout turned out.

Hope this was helpful and thanks for reading 😊

Using the new Mama Makes Mixed Media Stamps



Hi I’m Katharine and I’m on the Design Team for Mama Makes Stamps.

This week Mama Makes has been celebrating their 1st birthday and has launched some new stamps, including mix media ones. There are 8 in total and I own 4 of the new ones. In the collection there is Crumpled Background, Map Background, Watercolour Splash, Coffee Stain, Crackle, Small Script, Large Script and Weave. All £4.99 each.

I’m going to be using two of the stamps for the page in my art journal along with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide and blending tool, with heat embossing.


You will need to create this page

  1. Distress Oxides – black soot, antique linen and wild honey
  2. Distress Ink – walnut stain and vintage photo
  3. Ink blending tool
  4. Mama Makes small script stamp
  5. Mama Makes Coffee stain stamp
  6. Stamping block
  7. Heat embosing tool
  8. Gold embossing powder
  9. Clear Embossing ink pad (I used Emboss by Tsukineko)
  10. Journal

Start by inking you stamp with the clear embossing ink pad. To get the best stamped image take the ink pad to the stamp to ensure you get the best coverage.


Stamp the image into your journal and cover with gold embossing powder, tap off any excess and heat. Repeat the process until the whole page is covered. Don’t worry if you make any mistake as you’re going to cover it in ink any way!


Now its time to start distressing the page! Start with the antique linen and cover most of the page in this colour. I then added the wild honey in places but mainly around the edges. I then went in with vintage photo and walnut satin, but mainly keeping it to the edges of the page and slowly building up the depth of colour. I then added black into the corners and lightly in the middle, until I had the desired look.


To make the coffee stains I used distress stain walnut stain on the Mama Makes Coffee stain stamp and stamped it twice on the page.


With end result looking like this! I’m really happy with the way this turn out.

Hope this helps in inspring you to have a go yourself!