My Dog Kayla Redrottie

My Dog Kayla Redrottie

Hi and welcome to my blog!

Hi Im Karen (aka Redrottie) Thanks for dropping in to see me !! Have a good browse round while your here, feel free to be inspired and please leave a comment if you see something you like xx

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Hello everybobs !  this one has been made especially for my dear mum and stepdad who bought me this wonderful tim holtz die for christmas !! i have been after this one for a while as i love the idea of all the lil dresses i can make hehe x the lettering is also another pressy and was the tim holtz 'once upon a time' letter die x again another fab present.  the papers are from first edition packs 'desert bloom' and 'summer breeze'.  so thank you for your gifts and hope you like my card x

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Hello everybobs ! this card is my Design team card for the stampin for the weekend challenge blog' 'anything goes' challenge. the card was made 3d by inserting W folds into the sideand the stamps used were from the papermania country companions range xx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

made using 'THAT' bauble stamp of 2010..added with papermania silent night papers xx

Friday, 9 December 2011


hello everybobs ! and happy christmas to you all...

this card was made using papermania christmas candles stamp which was stamped in versamark clear ink then gold embossed. The colouring was promarkers as usual and the papers are papermania silent night papers which i adore as i love the colours.  the card was used for this fornights design team card for stampin for tte weekend challenge site

Friday, 25 November 2011

'Friends' DT card

Hello everybobs !  this card is for the stampin for the wekend challenge site and is my Design team entry.
The challenge was called 'Friends' and i couldnt resist this uber cute magnolia tilda and edwin image. coloured using promarkers as usual ive done it to match the papers which are from the brilliant First estive Joy.  i do love First edition papers they are a joy to work with!

a card for Smoo !!

Hello everybobs ! this card is for my daughters firend who goes by the unusual name of smoo ! the image is my fave KennyK coloured using promarkers with a distress ink background. The paper is from the Lawrence Lewellyn Bowen range with a hand made sentiment.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Helena's Heartwings...

Hello everybobs....x  this card was made for one of my daughters friends for her birthday - hope she likes it! the image is made using the tim holtz heartwings die which i love...its so girly..  the papers are from first edition called 'up up away ' which i just bought yesterday to add to my collection of first edition papers which im loving at the moment - they are such nice quality and dont cost the earth either

Monday, 7 November 2011

Christmas Gingerbread...xx

Hello everybobs...!  this card is made using those cute liccle hanglar peoples awww i love em so cute x coloured using my promarkers as usual...  and ive teamed the images with papers from first edition called festive treats -- i love those papers too... have been stroking them for weeks now getting the courage to cut into them !

entered into these challenges.... ends mon 14th ends 13 nov ends 21 nov ends 9th nov

Sunday, 6 November 2011

NEW tutorial - how do decorate candles...

Hello everybobs !  - if you want to learn how to decorate candles, especially using printed images - then check out my tutorials on the right hand side of my blog for a step by step photo guide xx

Friday, 4 November 2011

'sketch' design team card

Hello everybobs..... this card is another for the Design team over at 'stampin for the weekend' challenge site. the image is a lovely christmas bird from Kanban stamps. as usual I couldnt resist making the image 3D by layering up on the bird and the holly. The papers are some i fell in love with last year 'Silent night' by papermania. they have a lovely rich oldy worldy christmas theme about them.
thanks for looking in xx

Friday, 21 October 2011


hello everybobs... this project is for the 'stampin for  the weeked' design team.  the new challenge this fortnight is spooky! so out came the orange purple and green yayyy... this card is made as a pop up frame card which gives depth... the background was made using a handmade stencil, shaving brush and orange distress ink. tilda, house cat and pumpkin were coloured using promarkers

birdcage candle gift...

Hello everybobs xx  this project is a for a christmas gift.... the lovely lil birdcage i spotted for just £8 in my local wilkinsons store... it unscews from the bottom to fit a church candle.  I decided to decroate my candle using a seasonal bird image and chose this robin (google images) which i then printed onto tissue paper and melted onto the candle... fiished off wih a lil bit of stardust stickles for snow effect

Friday, 7 October 2011

Colours of Autumn DT card

hello everybobs !  this card is my design team member card for the 'Stampin for the weeked' colours of autumn challenge. the image is a lovely mo's digital image coloured using promarkers teamed with paper form the first edition desert bloom papers.  the leaves are all made using xcut cut and emboss leaf punches again coloured using promarkers

Saturday, 24 September 2011

what a cutie DT card

Hello everybobs!... todays card is my design team card for the challenge site 'stamipn for the weekend' the image is from 'wee stamps' coloured using promarkers in hues of peach and khakies... (one of my fave colour blends). the papers are form first editions desert bloom range - gorgeous papers to use..

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

such a cutiepie.........

hello everybobs xx  todays card is a cute lil fellow from the sugar nellie adorable range. coloured with promarkers as usual and teamed with papers from the DCWV nanas nursery range (boy).

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

New Home......

this stamp is a set from papermania from the V&A Hanovarian collection. its a lovely result but very fiddly for colouring hehe x i used promarkers as usual and the papers are from the same range. i built up the trellis and hollyhocks to add a 3d effect to the project.

'Tickled Pink DT cardxx

herro everybobs xx

this is my design team inspiration card for 'stampin for the weekends' tickled pink challenge

image is 'Bambino' form the sugar nellie adorable range coloured using promarkers
the paper is from the papermani capsule collection as is the ribbon and buttons x

Monday, 12 September 2011

back from my wonderful holiday x

hello everybobs ...x  just got back from a wonderful 2 week holiday back in Malta...  my dear O/Half is a Malteser and we go back regularly to visit family and lap up the beautiful sunshine and scenery
i was a bit poorley in the first week as i was bitten by the new giant tiger mozzies they have recently discovered on the island which are giving everyone grief... one of them had a feast on my legs and i was in a right old state and needed lots of high dose meds to stop my legs dropping off hehe and it was quite painful to walk.. but apart form that everything was wonderful.. these pics show my legs after id been on the meds a week!!

i had lots of fantastic experiences whilst there including watching dolphins that my daughter got to stroke, snorkling, kyacking in the sea, swiming with shoals of fish, catching starfish and hermit crabs to look at.... as well as many wonderful meals out with our maltese family and attending 2 feast festivals in mellieha and naxxar which is a fantastic experience with a mixture or music, fireworks, party atmoshpere and dancing in the streets....  heres a few pics x

my grandaughter and daughter

me and my daughter keep in the shade

daughter and son kyacking in sea
Mellieha feast with the church lit up and the moving firework structures

partying in naxxar for the feast

Friday, 19 August 2011


Hello everybobs !......  todays card is a design team card for the HOLIDAYS challenge over at stampin for the weekend challenge blog (  i built my image up to be 3d by multiple printing and layering of the image. I coloured it with promarkers then crackled the beach hut using tim holtz crackle paint.  the card reminds me of the holiday i had when little in a beach hut at Redcar or seaton carew..(i think) lol I was only little...

Saturday, 13 August 2011

oh kayla your such a funny pooch

HELLO EVERYBOBS!!! thought id share another funny from kayla.. im gettting ready to go of on my jolly hollies soon and yesterday brought down the cases ready to start packing.. it reminded me of this time when my dearest other half was packing to go to visit his family.. kayla took one look at his bag and decided he wasnt going ANYWHERE without her tagging along too.. so in she jumped,,, neatly tucked her nose away so we couldnt see her and laid still and hoped for the best...
UNFORTUNATELY for her we sort of spotted her!! (we didnt have the heart to tell her we could see her bum sticking out) but we stood around the bag saying ohhhh wheres kayla gone?? and each time she would shiver slightly (probably worried in case we noticed her hehehehee)...silly kayla

Friday, 12 August 2011


ive made this card to give to my daugher for her 20th next week from her brother!! i asked him what he would like on it and he specified a maori design (kim likes maoris!!) with a lion because she is leo and not coloured or too fussy....  hmmmmmmmm thanks dan!!  still id didnt come out too bad, the writing says happy birthday in maori xx

Friday, 5 August 2011

DT card SPOTS and DOTS !!

hello everybobs !  todays card is my DT card for 'Stampin for the Weekend's' fortnightly challenge which this time is SPOTS and DOTS !! ive used papers from My minds eye wild asparagus range which ive recoloured slightly and distressed. and matted onto burgundy cardstock.  the border punch is from the xcut range ( leafy lace). the bunny image is form LOTV which i have coloured using promarkers then I have glued on some white mini pompoms for the tails.  the flowers are a mixture of handmade punched and shop bought.
if you would like to join in this fortnightly challenge pop over to
where you could win a $20 voucher for simon says stamp !!
thanks for looking xx

Thursday, 4 August 2011

My £1 bargain......

Hello everybobs!! today i want to share with you my bargain find of the week!!  On passing my local charity shop on the way home from work i spotted through the window a rather sad and lonely looking wooden rack....  then looking at it again with my crafty eye i spotted a bit of potential there as somehing to put my distress ink pads on and other bits n pieces.....  so £1 lighter in my purse I trotted off home with it.

I thought the shelves looked a bit 'bare' and although the wood looks quite good in the picture it was really quite rough.  So I asked my buddies over on Docrafts wether I should have a go at decorating them or not and they were split 50/50 some said leave it some said go for it... so out came the crackle and the paint lol...

well 3 hours of fun later (with a break to cook and eat ) here is the finished result!!
First of all i stuck some heavy duty card underneath the holes to block them off and built up some dividing walls from the same card.
Next i painted the whole thing with some matt metalic antique gold paint. when dry i painted the top with Tim Holtz disress crackle paint (picket fence) and left to dry and crackle.  then i added a touch of lace to the shelves and a flower here and there and TADAAAAA my NEW ink pads and distress paint rack!!
not bad for £1 huh xxx

Monday, 25 July 2011

SFTW DT card.... paws for thought

Hello everybobs!!  this is my Design team card for this fortnights challenges over at stampin for the weekend which this time is 'paws for thought'.... i have used the adorable lil doggy from Mo's Digital Images teamed with desert bloom papers.  the dog is meant to be a pug BUT i couldnt resist making it look like a lil kayla xx

Thursday, 21 July 2011

MUMMY ive lost my peggybob..........!

Mummy.........! ive lost ma peggybob.....!

I know its here somewhere........
ohhhhhh come on already..... where did i leave the silly peggybob

NOOOOO ! you mean its been on ma head the whole time??  DOH!!
silly peggybob....

Kayla LOVES to play with little things like plastic bottlecaps and pegs...she dosent eat them she just flings them around and skitters them across the floor to chase.......
Kayla had fun with her peggybob..... she has very loose skin and the peg was very wibbly so didnt pinch one bit and kayla would tell me if she didnt like it xxxx

Thursday, 14 July 2011

with greatest sympathy...........

have had a very sad time making this card.... one of my dear friends on the Docrafts site has passed away suddenly on Wednesday... a great shock to us all...
this is my first time attempt at a white on white card... and the butterfly frames were actually a gift from Liz herself to me in a swap... Ive never wanted to use them as ive been saving them for something special.  how poinient...

Liz you will be greatly missed dear

Saturday, 9 July 2011

wings and things DT card...

hello everybobs xx todays card is my DT card for Stampin' for the weekends 'Wings and things' challenge this week. if you would like to enter just click the link...
this card uses the papermania Birdsong papers which are lovely rich colours x the toucan is a digi image  from the paper shelter coloured using promarkers xx

Friday, 8 July 2011

you inspire me...

have been enjoying my new toys, my Tim holtz dies.... the tattered flower courtousy of my bud loops and the elegant flourishes.  the papers are called desert bloom by first edition - my fave paper pack at the moment i must say.  the background of the sentiment (which is by basic grey) is an embossed nestie which has been coloured with distress inks peeled paint then forest moss.  the dragonfly is a papermania chipboard shape that has been crackled then distressed.  i had fun making this one xx

entered into challneges..  till 19th july  till 17th july

Thank you to my wonderful Bud Loops xx

Hello everybobs xx today i had a most lovely day... all thank you to my wonderful and reletively new friend Lee who i affectionately call Loops (because shes the only one i know who is as loopy as I am!).
In thanks for me setting up a blog for her and getting her on the first rung of the ladder of blogginess she sent me the most wonderful gift of the Tim Holtz 'tattered flowers' die....  she knew i had a hankering for it and had so enjoyed the gift of some samples of it from her....  

the gift of giving is a wonderful thing... if it be a gift of knowledge or an act of kindness but is so much nicer when the gift is one you know the person will love... so Lee i thank you for being so thoughtful and kind xx

if you would like to check out Lee's very new but already wonderful blog and the most superb flower making tutorials then just click here..........

Monday, 4 July 2011

welcome baby Joseph....

Hello everybobs xx Today ive made a card for a family mamber who has just had a baby boy today. bet you cant guess what they've called him hehe xx  I just love this image from the adorable range at sugar nellie - 'Bambino'...  perfect for newborn babies xx  Ive coloured the baby with pormarkers using blush for the folds, a hint of sunkissed pink on the cheeks, then vanilla and all over in ivory to blend. the hat was coloured using powder blue and pastel blue. the blanket was hinted with blue using chalks.  the papers were from the papermania capsule range as were the buttons and i used an xcut border punch for the central strip.  thanks for looking and any comments will be most appreciated xx

Friday, 1 July 2011 print !!!

yayyyyyyyy thats me and my buddies in the Docrafts Creativity magazine !!

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Hand made Flowers.......

Hello everybobs xx  this week i turned my hand to giving handmade flowers a go...and i dont think i did TOO bad lol. The large pink one was made using Tim Holtz tattereed flowers die. I used aged mahogany distress ink to touch up the edges then scrunched the petals before gluing into place.  The White/green flower was made using die cut flower shaped from Uk £1 shops that were being sold last year. I used forest moss distress ink to stamp over the shapes first beore shaping the leaves and sticking together - i finished off with a bit of diamond stickles.
the small flowers were made using papermania flower punches. the lotus one was made after following a tutorial from my good friend Lee  I can see making plenty of these !!!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Cadbury wedding card.......xx

Hi there everybobs ! xx this card was commissioned for a wedding where the colour theme is cadbury purple..  the image is from Mo's digital pencil which i love because its not too 'cartoony' but lovely showing the 'first dance'.
i used the purple colour to mat some cuttlebugged card. i used this as i couldnt find a patterned paper that was right to go with the purple without being to OTT.

the flowers (my fave flowers) are foam rubber and i bought them from a haberdashery dept. in Boyes department store. i have seen similar in packs in Hobbycraft too for using on bridal hairpieces etc.  

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