Welcome to the Empire of the Cat

~ ELLE
MAKER OF CARDS ~ MIXER OF MEDIUMS ~ DRINKER OF TEA ~ ART JOURNALIST ~ KITTEN MAMA

kitten mama

Hi there!

Welcome to the Empire of the Cat, where I like to share my arty adventures and kitten drama.

Yup, I am one of those people who has always been arty, though my parents might have used other words when I started drawing on the walls! (in my defense they were already wallpapering, so I guess I was helping)  I love making things with my hands, and so I love a lot of arts and crafts (sewing, knitting, crochet, jewellery-making, cardmaking, painting, art journaling, mixed media…OMG just stop already, it’s like an episode of Hoarders – the craft edition in here haha), and I’m always up for learning about new ideas and new techniques. I love paper, ink, paint, colour and shiny things!

I have kept a journal since I was pretty young, always enjoying writing, and now I guess I am a bit of a planner gal!  Yes, I love all kinds of planners, bujos, midori, anything I can scrawl in and hopefully make it look pretty.  I am also really into art journalling, and do it daily (or try to!) and sometimes combine it with regular journaling so my AJ might start to look a bit planner-y and my planner might look a bit arty lol.  I am not strictly speaking a scrapper, but I have been known to do the odd page on occasion and I do love looking at what other people create.

When I’m not doing all of that and getting myself inky, I love spending time with my crafty little monkeys (aka the kitties), friends, the family etc.  I also love reading, tinkering with websites, baking, travel and NETFLIX!!!!  Here in Scotland, we get a spot of weather from time to time, which makes things interesting, but when the weather is fair, we go to the coast or wander around some of the National Trust for Scotland properties and gardens.

Education:  BA Design, BA English Lit, Surface Pattern Design Course with Make It In Design, Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Graduate, AECP Student

Artist, Designer, Blogger
Also kitten mama, librarian, computer geek.
Maker of cards, drinker of tea, hoarder of craft supplies and mixer of mediums.
Loves travel • nature • books • Art Journaling
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creative education

Altenew Educator Certification Program

LEVEL 2

Coming soon!

tim holtz creative chemistry 101, 102, 103

the art and business of surface pattern design

Recognition of prior education allowed me to skip Module 1

design work 2019+

Prior to 2019 I never thought about applying to design teams as I wasn’t sure it was something I had time to do, but this year I felt inspired and I wanted to get that illusive work/life balance that everyone talks about, and to spend more of my time on the things I love.  So I decided to start applying to DT Calls and now I am on two really great Design Teams!

GYPSY SOUL LASER CUTS

EDUCATION TEAM 2019
educator badge GSL cuts

GYPSY SOUL LASER CUTS

EDUCATION TEAM 2020

MORE THAN WORDS

CHALLENGE BLOG – ADMIN/CREATIVE 2020

ART/DESIGN recognition 2020

<— FUNKIE JUNKIE TIC TAC TOE CHALLENGE  JANUARY 2020

Top 3 for this card Love Your Beauty

ART/DESIGN recognition 2019

ALTENEW SKETCH CHALLENGE #15

Winner for this Sunshine After The Rain Mixed Media canvas

altenew sketch challenge winner

SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY CHALLENGE

Winner for this card – S is for Spooky

A VINTAGE JOURNEY

Pinworthy Winner for this card – The Time You Enjoy Wasting is Never Wasted

A Vintage Journey Pinworthy WInner

WOW! EMBOSSING POWDER SEPTEMBER 2019 CHALLENGE – DIY Embellishments

Winner for this Halloween home decor piece. The challenge takes place in the facebook group

COUNTRY VIEW CHALLENGES

DT Special Mention for this Under the Sea canvas.  See challenge winners announcement post.

MORE THAN WORDS CHALLENGES

Mini Challenge Winner for this Trick or Treat Pacman Ghost Card.  See challenge winners announcement post.

more than words mini challenge winner