Tuesday, 11 May 2010


I've decided to import this blog into my HKS Designs blog.  I will no longer be posting anything at this blog so please take a look at HKS Designs for all cardie and jewellery making posts from now on.

Thanks to everyone who has visited here - I think it just makes more sense to have all my creative stuff in one place.  Please come see me at my new(er) blog.

Hugs to all
H x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

I'm all packed ...

... and ready to go back to Cayman. But this time I have my card making things with me!!! Yay!!! I can't wait to get started making some cards again. Ooooh it's been ages since I have and I really miss it. I've started looking at blogs again and will hopefully be doing some challenges too. Cannot wait I tell you. :)
It's been hard though trying to get everything I want to take with me packed into my suitcases. I've had to whittle down some of my stash and repack things so that they will all fit. I've also had to replace some things that went missing while I've been away too. I left a few boxes of stuff in my mom's office in her hotel and when I came back some of the boxes had been rifled through. At first I thought it was just my Copics (of all the things to lose!) but it turns out there is more. A bunch of stamps have gone, all my glitter glue, acrylic blocks and a couple of punches. Cannot believe it. It's like someone (and I have a very good idea of who that someone is!) has decided they'd like to start crafting too and instead of going out and building their own stash they just took part of mine. As if I wasn't going to miss these things being taken? Especially the bloody Copics! So since I've got back I've had to try and replace what I can (although the funds have been very low).
Anyhoo I just thought I would post a quick little hello on here to say that I will be starting again and hopefully those of you who are followers will come back again to see what I come up with. I can't wait to get into my new place and get my crafty table set up. Then I can come home after a good days diving and can play with my stash ... oooh it sounds like a great plan. Roll on next week :)
H x

Sunday, 18 April 2010


... peeps I'm back in the UK, albeit briefly (well depending on that blinkin' ash cloud!). I've come back to sort out my storage unit full of stuff and get most of it sold. I've also got a lot of crafty stuff in there that I've been sorting through and have some of those items for sale too. I figured it would be a good idea to maybe post some of them on here as you lovely crafty gals may be interested.
All items do not include postage costs so these need to be added on. Let me know what items you want and where they are going and I will let you know postage. You can pay via paypal if you like but I'd prefer it you sent it via bank transfer or bankers draft/postal order to be honest. :)

Dovecraft tin of craft tools including mini hammer, tweezers, tool for eyelet setting and another for creating holes with 3 various size punch bits, 2 needles, some round nose pliers and a pokey hole creator (forgotten the name of that tool right now!). £10
2 brass stencils of the alphabet - capitals and lower case. Includes numbers too, never used £2 for both

3 small punches - one pink/red with a flower shape, one purple with a row of stars and the other blue with a bow shape. £1 each

A pack of Dovecraft peel-off markers with dual tips includes black, red, blue, green, purple, yellow - never used £3.
2 sets of Christmas mini stamps - bottom set never used, top set only one used £1.50 for both
Set of 32 clear stamps - celebrations £1 (most never used)
2 packs of wedding card toppers - £1 for both
3 packs of card toppers for baby cards £1 for all 3
High Hopes stamps with cling foam attached - monkey, rhino and sentiment "I love you THIS much" £3 each animal £1 for sentiment
See D's set of Thank You stamps - 15 in total, on purple cling rubber £2.50
See D's set of 23 connectors - purple cling rubber £2
Set of 23 clear rubber stamps - tags and sentiments £1 never used
Selections pendant necklace kit - never opened £5
Stazon ink pad in Timber Brown - used once! £2

A pack of 6 coloured metallic tape/sticky ribbon £1

2 packs of clear stamps - never used - £1 for both
2 packs celebration/good luck card toppers - £1 for both
Set of 41 purple cling rubber stamps - Tropical Collection £2
Set of 34 purple cling rubber stamps - Springtime Collection £2

Box of craft scraps - includes some images, decoupage, patterned card, rub ons, stickers, punch out corners £1 for the box!
A full set of 30 See D's ink pads - 16 are still sealed. In the box and it also includes a mini stamp set in the bottom of the holder with the alphabet and an acrylic block. Cost £20, have it for £10
3 pairs of Fiskars craft scissors with various edge shapes £1 each pair

A full set of Whispers markers in a holder with 2 blender pens - £8 SOLD

3 sets of metallic card toppers, 2 of each card £1 for all

I also have a large selection of card making magazines (some still sealed - £1 each) some including free papers 50p each, A5 card blanks with envelopes £1, zig zag card blanks with envelopes £1, a shirt card template £1, a set of 12 Berol fine markers £2.50, a Mimi organiser tote £4, a box set of 8 deluxe metallic gel pens £2 and a set of 18 watercolour paints in a tin £2. I will try to add photos of these asap.
I may be adding more items soon as I work through all my craft goodies. Also on a sad/annoyed note, I have lost my Copic set of 36 pens as well as a bunch of runner stamps from High Hopes and Magnolia. I am absolutely gutted and have a feeling that they have been stolen from my mom's office where everything was being stored. There is a possibility that perhaps they are buried somewhere in my storage unit but before I left for Grand Cayman they were the things I wanted with me the most and so I'm sure I put them in a box to be mailed to me. The box never got sent so technically it should still be here.
Anyways, hope everyone is well and crafting away
H xx

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Just some news...

So I've moved to the Caymans and am getting myself settled in. I'm hoping to get my card making stuff sent out here fairly soon but in the meantime if any of you out there are still following me then you're welcome to take a look at my other blog - mylifebyheather

It's basically a day to day sort of account of what I'm getting up to for anyone who's interested, particularly anyone who enjoys diving. Anyway it would be great to see some of you from this blog stop by over there.

Hope everyone is busy with Christmas cards and all that good stuff. Can't wait to get my gear here to get playing! :)
H x

Thursday, 8 October 2009

It's Been a While...

...since I last posted on here, mostly because I've been so busy I haven't made many (if any) cards lately. However I have been making some jewellery and other bits and pieces, and have since set up a little online shop - HKS Designs - please go take a look see at it and also my other blog - HKS Designs - for more info!
I'll be moving to the Cayman Islands soon to start a new job as a PADI scuba instructor (my dream for a long time!) and am hoping to ship out my card making stuff once I'm settled. Perhaps I'll be able to start posting again on here sooner or later.
I hope everyone is well. I still try to visit all your blogs when I can and love to see everything you talented peeps come up with. There have been some beautiful cards out there and I am desperate to go crafty shopping again. :) Teehee
Big Hugs to y'all

Monday, 23 February 2009

Bye For Now

Hey peeps! Only a few days left until I leave for the British Virgin Islands. I can't wait to get there - soooo looking forward to some sunshine, if nothing else. :) All my things are packed up and in storage - I just took my craft things there today. I don't why I brought them all to where I'm currently staying. I suppose I thought I'd get a chance to do something with it all, but no such luck. And boy is my stuff heavy - paper really does weigh an awful lot when you're huffing a box full! Heheh. And punches! Sheesh, nearly put my back out loading the car.
Anyway for those that don't know you can follow what I'll be getting up to (pending sufficient internet access!!) at my other blog - My BVI Adventure. I hope to see some of you there while I'm away. This will definitely be my last post on this blog until my return. Obviously my short spell there will fly by but fingers crossed there will be some exciting news along the lines of returning there to continue training or with a job offer or perhaps heading somewhere else with the same choices! We shall see what the universe throws in my direction.
Big love to all of you for visiting me this past year and maybe I shall see you all at the other blog soon. I want to keep visiting you while I'm away but it may be difficult. Please know you'll be in my thoughts

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


There are some yummy candies out there - why not take a look-see!?
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New Bag

This is possibly going to be my last post for a while with creative goings-on. I move out of my apartment on Monday 16th and have spent the last month gradually packing up my life. I've tried leaving my craft stuff to the last possible minute but as I have to take down my table I've had to start putting everything in boxes. Boooo!! I've already packed away my sewing machine and so the photos above are of the last thing I've made with it.
The bag itself is a larger version of the previous tote I made. I'm not sure of the name or make of the fabric but I got it from Marsh Mill Needlecraft. I bought some more thread to match and in retrospect it was stupid to get the one I did. I usually get Guterman but this time went for a cheap version and somewhat regret it now as it started to pucker while sewing. I'm not entirely happy with the puckering but at least it seemed to do it in the corners so it maybe looks like it was supposed to be like that. (at least that's what I'm telling myself!) The other thing I'm not too happy about is the length of the handles. They are very long but at least they fit over my big winter coat. Perhaps in the summer when I'm wearing less I'll be able to cross it over my body? I made it reversible and so added a pocket to both sides. The one on the white side I've also sewn down the middle to make it two pockets, specifically measuring it so my phone would fit.
Anyway let me know what you think of it. Hopefully I'll be able to get a couple of cards made before I go, especially as I have some new stamps from my trip to Manchester and a couple of new Elzybell's.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

I'm in Elzybell's Showcase Sunday! And Cuteness Galore

Wow! I can't believe it! I sent a card to Elizabeth featuring one of her stamps from Elzybell's and she has chosen to feature it in the Showcase Sunday on her blog. Yay!! I'm so pleased.

On a completely separate note altogether (in that it has nothing to do with card making) I wanted to post a photo I saw the other day. I was sent a link on Facebook to this picture but I now can't find said link, so I'm posting the pic for all to see and revel in it's absolutely adorable-ness. Enjoy

This little guy was seen seeking some shade in Melbourne (I think) after a baking hot afternoon saw temps rise past 40 degrees C! Phew. Of course the little fluff-ball was thirsty (see below) but then obviously thought stuff this I need to COOL DOWN!!

Just look at that little tongue! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I want me a koala!! :)


Thursday, 5 February 2009

New Stash & A Visit

Hey y'all! I have some new stash to play with and I can't wait to get them inky. I ordered some stamps from Dies to Die For and the sweetheart Tracey also included some Nestie's cut outs. I've got two new High Hopes stamps and the CC Designs set Bear Hugs. I've also just ordered a couple of flower-y stamps from Elzybell's so hopefully they will be here before the weekend.

I'm taking a little trip to Manchester tomorrow for the Stitch and Creative Crafts show. I hope it's good. I've never been to this one before so fingers crossed I can add some good things to my ever-growing stash. (Is that not how it is with everyone? Please tell me yes, even in this dire economy!) I've been hankering after some punches too lately and am gradually getting there. I'd love one of the Martha Stewart punches so maybe, just maybe one of the exhibitor's will have some. Although they do seem to be sold out everywhere I've looked online. But I haven't tried ebay yet, so you never know?!

Anyway I'm hoping to have a couple of cards to show later tonight but if not it will be over the weekend. And maybe I could also give you a quick run down of the show. I haven't booked myself into any of the classes or workshops - I'd rather just mooch about (read fight my way through!!) the stands and see what goodies I can find.

Alrighty, hope you've had a good week and have something nice planned for this weekend.


Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Papertake Weekly Hearts & Flowers AND High Hopes Challenge 16

I'm entering this card for the Papertake Weekly challenge (which is to use hearts and/or flowers on your card) and the High Hopes challenge 16 (to use lace in some form - ribbon, punches, whatever you have that is lacy!).

The image is Frances Owl from High Hopes and is coloured with my Copic Ciao's (as pictured below). I've added some Stardust Stickles to the flowers although not too sure if you can see it on the pic. I used an X-cut corner punch for the lacy effect and have layered the image on some brown paper from stash. The pattern paper is from Making Memories Cosmopolitan collection and is also layered on the same brown paper. The swirly stamp on the left side is from Papermania using Whisper's Pink. The sentiment is also from High Hopes and is stamped with Whisper's Chestnut. The pink card it's stamped on and the punched heart and flowers paper is from stash. (Don't know the name of the punch makes, sorry) I've added a little bling heart too just to finish it off. I've used last week's sketch from Papertake Weekly for this card.

Let me know what you think with lots of lovely comments :)

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Friday Sketchers 37 Take 2!

Ok, so I thought I would make a second card for this challenge as I wasn't entirely happy with the first. I have deviated very slightly from the sketch so I hope it still counts. :)

I've used a soft pink A4 piece of cardstock scored to make a tent fold A5 card. The papers are Basic Grey Two Scoops and the layer under the image is SU Old Olive cut with Nestie's scalloped rectangle. The image is from Elzybell's and is coloured with Copic Ciao's (pictured below). I've added some Stickles to the falling hearts and also to the girl's cheeks but you can't really see it too well. I also added some to the pink flower. The bottom flower is Bazzill Wings and the other 2 are from Prima's Bitty Bag and all are attached with a Basic Grey brad. All the ribbon layers are from stash. The pink is actually snaffled from an old card I received! Finally I've added a couple of pink bling gems. I haven't attached a sentiment yet as I don't know who it may be for. I suppose it could be a Valentine card with the hearts but it's awfully girly (especially with the cupid's on the pattern paper!) so it's not like I could give it to some guy. :)

Anyway let me know what you think with lots of lovely comments. :)

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Friday Sketchers 37

This is my entry for the Friday Sketchers Challenge 37. I really like the sketch used this week and can see myself using it again soon but I'm not too sure how I feel about this card. Maybe it'll grow on me?

As usual its a pre-scored 6x6 white cardbase. The paper is SEI Smarty, the stripe is called Jump Rope and the spotty is the rear of Marbles. The green ribbon is from stash and the two buttons are from My Minds Eye Just Dreamy pack. Again I don't know the name of the Penny Black image but he is watercoloured, except for the rose which is Copic Ciao R27. He's such a cutie pie. The image is layered onto SU Old Olive and cut with the Nestie's scalloped rectangle on my Cuttlebug.

I haven't added a sentiment yet as I'm really not sure what to use this card for. I think what I'm not loving about this card is the paper - it's difficult to match with my Copics (and I can't afford to buy anymore right now - Copics that is). I still have a couple sheets left though so I'm going to have to use it up somehow - unless I maybe put it into a blog candy or something? Hmmm...that might be an idea. I also haven't added any other bling or flowers or what not because again I was trying to maybe go for a manly card, but I think the image I chose is probably not right for a guy! I think also that maybe the image is too small for the size of the card, oooh I dunno, I'll sleep on it and decide in the morning if I like it.

Anyway let me know what you think with lots of lovely comments. :)


Sketch Saturday 35

I hope I get this in in time - I'm cutting it awfully close!!

This is a standard white 6x6 pre-scored card base with a light blue layer from stash. Not sure of the name of the Penny Black stamp but he's such a cutie. He's coloured with Copic Ciao's numbers E33 - fur, E47 - cake, E51 - frosting, Y02 - candle flames, B32 - hat, candles. He has some crystal Stickles on the hat and for the wet look nose some Glossy Accents by Ranger. He's layered on some brown paper from stash. The dotty paper is by Making Memories Cosmopolitan collection and is cut with a Fiskar's Kidzors set of scissors (I think it may be called Hippo??). The brown ric-rac is by Papermania, the brown stars were cut with a Cuttlebug die (came in a 4 pack but don't remember the name) and I've added some more Stickles to the sentiment one and a couple of dewdrops to the other two. The happy birthday sentiment is from Elzybell's Everyday Greetings set. The sentiment is cut with a 1" round punch and raised on a foam dot.

i haven't decorated the inside but think I may do. I was aiming to make this card for a guy as I don't have many cards that are suitably mannish! :) Hope you like it. Please leave me lots of lovely comments. :)


Thursday, 29 January 2009

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged last week by Jenny and this is the first chance I've had to look for the required pic! The instructions are to go to where you keep your photos on your PC, choose the 6th folder, then the 6th picture.....post on your blog and explain.

This photo is from when I was working as a holiday rep for Virgin Sun (now defunct) and the other girls are some of my team. We were based in Corfu and this was taken in Corfu Town in the summer of 1999. Very memorable few months :)

I think most people I know have already been tagged but if you haven't then go ahead and consider yourself TAGGED!!


Monday, 26 January 2009

Penny Black Saturday 33

This is my entry for the Penny Black Saturday challenge number 33 - "Frame It" - where you have to use a frame somewhere on your card.

I've used a pre-scored 6x6 red card base that I got in a pack mixed with green cards too and added some Bo Bunny pattern paper, Shabby Princess collection. The check is the reverse of the dotty side called Ella Dot. Red ribbon is from stash and I wrapped a small piece around the centre strip and attached it with a brad so it was something different from a bow or knot. The green and yellow "frames" are cut using my scallop circle nesties and the paper itself is by Papermania. They are attached using foam dots for a bit of dimension. I don't know the name of the image but he's in my Critter Party clear stamps from PB. I coloured him ages ago using some ink pads and a watercolour brush. I'm going to add some crystal Stickles I think for a bit of glitter on the rose. I've added some Glossy Accents to his nose for that shiny wet look. The flowers are Prima's from the Bitty Bag attached using glue dots with a shiny red heart bit of bling. I've added another tag for the sentiment (from Elzybell's Everyday Greetings set) using my SU tag punch and attached it with a red brad. I've stuck another red heart to the top.

I've also decorated the inside of the card a little by adding some punched flowers and another red heart. The stamp is from my new Papermania pack of clear stamps called Floral using black Stazon. Oh yeah, the layout of the card is CASE'd from Pauline's PBSC DT card this week - great layout, think I'm gonna use it again and again. I love the papers she's used too!

I hope you like-y. Please leave me lots of lovely comments. Hopefully i'll be back tomorrow with another card - oooh I'm getting a bit of a roll on. :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Sketch Saturday 34 & Penny Black Saturday 32

Wow, two posts in as many days - gosh I'm on a roll!! This card is a double entry for both Sketch Saturday 34 and the Penny Black Saturday Challenge 32 "Let's Get Dotty." Woohoo. Sorry for the naff photo - light here is shockingly bad, even during the day!!

As I had a lot of my things still out from yesterday's card a lot of the details are the same - card base, SU Pumpkin Pie layer, SU Not Quite Navy layer (run thru the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder - even more dots!!) punched with Fiskars Threading Water. The dotty pattern paper is the same as before - Papermania For Him. The image is obviously PB but I don't know the name of it because I bought a bunch of images from eBay and this was one of them. If you know cutie kitty's name then please let me know! Ta. And there are dots on his hat! Hehe!
Anyway he is coloured with Copic Ciao's E33 for his fur with some E35 for shadow, YV42 for his cheeks and ears, B32, B39 and YR04 round out the rest. There is some crystal Stickles on the balloons and also on the Prima Bitty Bag flowers. Used a Basic Grey two scoops brad to attach them and some dotty pale blue ribbon from stash. Oh yeah the image was cut out with circle Nesties and the pale blue paper is from stash cut with the scallop circle Nesties. Both the largest of the large set!
Think that is it. Hope you like-y. Please leave me lots of lovely comments :)
Big hugs