Saturday, 22 September 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Dies/Punches

Hey there lovely crafty pals. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week, we're having a 'Dies & Punches' challenge. So here's my offering using a very gorgeous image from Saturated Canary from a few years back. I love this wistful 'new mama' image and it was such a perfect image to use for my friend who had a baby a while back. I kept the colours very soft and serene and I used a paper pad that incidentally, this pal had bought for me when she was visiting Sweden years ago! Yes, it's those delish Swedish papers from Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics. I just love them and find it so hard to cut into any of my Maja papers to use! But when I do, I always LOVE how the finished design looks. They just bring something so special to the table. 


I coloured this image a while back, so it's been done with soft shade of Promarkers. I then traced around the image with another soft pale shade just to 'lift' her from the paper a bit. It's subtle, but it's there. My pal loves these earthy muted shades and really loved this card!


I used a beautiful spray of Wild Orchid Craft flowers to frame the image. I tucked in some lovely diecut leaves in kraft and Maja Design offcuts. These leaves and buds were cut with a Magnolia Doohickey Heart Swirl die. Still one of my favourite 'foliage' dies.


I used another Magnolia Doohickey die for the tag. This is from one of the Doohickey Magazines. I don't recall which, but it's a lovely wee tag die. I don't recall where the sentiment is from, I'll have to hunt through my stash.


The main image panel was cut with a stitched oval die from Lil' Inkers and the corner die in the top right is a Whimsy Stamps die. So quite a few dies in total.


I hope you'll come and join us with your own 'Dies/Punches' creations. We can't wait to see what you're inspired to do. Just remember to be eligible for our Top 3 honours, you must include some stamping somewhere on your creation. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, go check out what the rest of the awesome DT have been up to and if you enjoy stamping, why don't you consider joining our DT call? We're looking for a couple more crafty peeps to join the team! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafting With Friends: #73 ~ Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges: #20 ~ Special Occasions
Passion For Promarkers: #462 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #80 ~ Use Ribbon
A Gem Of A Challenge: #227 ~ One For The Ladies
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #108 ~ Dies or Punches
Little Red Wagon: #464 ~ Tag You're It (little hearts tag)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On (Pearls and blooms)
Stamping Sensations: September ~ B is for Baby, Blooms, Beige and Beauty
As You Like It: Favourite ~ Girl or Boy. This is my third 'Girl' entry for this challenge. So yep, it's pretty clear, I like to craft for girls. Pretty, feminine, girlie creations are my favourites! :)

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Lavender Fairy

Hey there my lovely crafty pals. I'm stopping in briefly to share my Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration post with you. I won't stop long, as I'm still struggling to use the PC. But here is a super sweet fairy, I've inked with my Copic Markers from Whimsy Stamps range by Marina Fedotova. She is in fact 'Faye the Fairy'. I find her quite enchanting.


I added Wink of Stella to her wings, but man if I don't have the toughest time trying to capture that sparkle. It really is something you need to see in person to appreciate. So the image below is not in the best light, but I caught the sparkle!!


Here in better light below, the sparkle disappears, but it's there, I promise! I had originally cut the image with a lovely handstitched border die by Whimsy Stamps, but decided I wanted to crop her closer to allow more of the delish paper to show. 


I coloured her in soft lavender colours to work with the absolutely gorgeous digital paper that was designed by Whimsy's Denis Lynn. I just love the colours in this set. I love the way the grasses in the paper are echoed in the image, as she stands on two wee blades of grass. I wanted to cover as little of the paper as possible and kept the design so very simple to allow as much of the beautiful paper to show as I could. I had to clean up a lil' ink smudge I left while colouring with my Tombo mono sand eraser. These things are like magic, best 'little' bit of kit I've bought in a while.


I added the simple detail of some button twine wrapped around the card base and added a sweet little basket of flowers charm. I double bowed the twine for a little extra interest. The final touch was the sentiment, which I used an older Whimsy Stamps clear set for this and an ink that toned with the papers. I think it came out really nicely.


So there is my Whimsy Wednesday post for this week. I'll link the products below for easy reference. I hope you enjoyed seeing this creation and encourage you to head over to the Whimsy Stamps Facebook page for more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team. I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, hugs and happy crafting xoxo










Challenge Entries:
PIP: #1837 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #354 ~ Sentimental
Unicorn Challenge: #36 ~ Add A Charm
Crafting With Friends: #73 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #374 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #227 ~ One for the Girls/Ladies
613 Avenue Create: #213 ~ Anything Goes + Twist of CAS
The Crafter's Cafe: Your Choice ~ Autumn or Spring. I choose Spring!
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On (Charm & Sparkly Wings)
As You Like It: Favourite ~ Girl or Boy? I love creating girlie, pretty, creations. Whether CAS or fussy, I just love the girlie colours and finishes, so I say 'Girl'.

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas is Coming

Hey there lovelies. I have a wee Christmas make to share with you today. I've been too poorly to craft lately, so I've pulled something from my archive that's been waiting to be blogged. But it fits our theme this week perfectly. We're having a Christmas challenge this week at Fab 'n' Funky and we'd love to see how well prepared you are for the coming Season of Joy. I'm making slow progress, but its progress non the less.


I've used a lovely LOTV topper for this creation. I've turned it into a shaker card with some patterned Kraft papers from my stash. I'll have to hunt down where they're from, as I can't recall off the top of my head. I created a little 'pop up' frame for the shaker element. I used seed beeds, and little star shaped sequins in the shaker box and it makes a very satisfying swishing noise, sure to be loved by a child. 


I then finished the design with a lovely glitter covered Christmas tree. The lovely layered Christmas tree was made using a Dee's Distinctively Dies ~ Small Snow Covered Stacker Tree. I love the shape and curves of this die. I've not found another I prefer to use. It really does pretty up a Christmas creation so well. You can alter the size of the tree by adding more or less of the layers too, which I think is fab. I've used Olba glue to adhere the layers so that I could add some extra dimension beneath the layers. 


I added the wee sentiment off to the side of the shaker, which was stamped using a Mama Elephant 'Mini Messages' stamp set. The little die I used to create the side tab is from an older La La Land Stitched Tabs die. Not sure how easy they are to get hold of any more. I tend to collect my fav's and use them over and over. This has long been a fav' die for tucking lil' sentiments into the side of creations. 


I hope you'll come and play along with us for our Christmas challenge this week at Fab 'n' Funky. I so love seeing what others are inspired to do! I'll be back very very soon, as I have my Whimsy Stamps Inspiration post to share with you later tonight, so be sure to stop back in. Hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
PIP: #1837 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #174 ~ 3+ Layers
The Paper Shelter: #354 ~ Sentimental
ABC Christmas Challenge: S is for Snow
The Holly and the Ivy: #36 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On
Merry Little Christmas Challenge: #2 ~ Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge: September ~ Anything Goes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Colour Crazy Challenge ~ Final Guest Design ~ Fancy Dress

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I am a little late sharing this creation as I've been down with the most horrendous bug this past week. I just want to cry. It's been the most awful Winter for bugs in our house. My little guy had a raging fever for 3 days and then bounced back like a trouper. But of course mummy got his bug, because I'd been cuddling and caring for him when he was poorly. So I was down for the count since Tuesday night with really high fevers. I've not bounced back like my lil' guy did, as mine seems to have come with an additional upset tummy since the fever broke. Haven't eaten in days and I'm feeling just a wee bit sorry for myself. Thankfully, my hubby has been an absolute trouper and been both mama and papa for the majority of this past week. I am just hoping with every fibre of my being that he doesn't succumb to this after me. It's horrid! Anyway, that's not meant to be a 'poor me' moan, but rather an explanation of my tardiness posting this creation. We started a new challenge at Colour Crazy Challenge on Friday and this is my final post as GDT for them. So I'm so sorry to be so late posting ladies and thank you ever so much for having me. Our sponsor for this challenge is Crafty Sentiments Designs and I was given a sweet image to work with. 


I've coloured this lovely image Crafty Sentiments Fancy Dress in a colour combo I nostalgically remember my Mum dressing me and my sisters in when we were small. We had the cutest chocolate brown with baby pink accents dresses and looked so sweet in them. Wish I had a pic to share, but alas no. But I thought this image was perfect in these tones. I've used my Copic Markers to colour her and to colour the corner and the trim to match. Such a good trick when you don't have the right colour cardstock to work with.


Head on over to the Colour Crazy Challenge to check out what the rest of the wonderful team did for their creations. Thanks to Ruth and the team for having me. I really enjoyed it. I'll be back again as soon as I can sit at the PC for more than a few minutes. This bug is kicker! Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
PIP: #1837 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #354 ~ Sentimental
Crafty Gals Corner: #174 ~ 3+ Layers
Crafting With Friends: #73 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes + CAS option
Penny Black & More: September ~ Make It Feminine
A Gem of a Challenge: #227 ~ One for the Girls/Ladies
As You Like It: Favourite ~ Girl or Boy? I love creating girlie, pretty, creations. Whether CAS or fussy, I just love the girlie colours and finishes, so I say 'Girl'.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Fun in Fall

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I have a treat to share with you. Have you seen the AMAZING new Whimsy Stamps release yet? There are SO many gorgeous creations over on our Whimsy Stamps Facebook page showcasing all the fantastic new images. But I'd like to share a wee card I made with one of my favourite images from the current release. This lil' cutie is called 'Penguin Fun in Fall' and he has a little bit of my heart! He's such a cutie! He has of course been penned by the wonderfully talented Crissy Armstrong and you can find a whole bunch more of her enchanting images 'here' in the Whimsy Stamps Store.


I've coloured this cutie with my Copic Markers. Did you know they are for sale now in the Whimsy Stamps store?! So handy, you can just add what you need to your order when you're buying your gorgeous images! Whimsy also stocks inks, glues and loads of other really handy craft items, so be sure to check those out 'here'. I coloured up this cutie to be wearing a Gryffindor scarf. This was for my wee boy who is nutty about all things Harry Potter right now. 


I kept the design of the card very simple, I just added a subtle blue sky to hint at a clear crisp Autumn day and roughed up the edges before mounting the image panel on foam for a bit of dimension. I used the most delish digital paper for this creation by Whimsy's own Denise Lynn. It's from the set called Floral Beauty. I just LOVE the fabulous Autumnal browns in this set. I wanted a simple finish for this card, so just added some hand-stitching in a cotton thread of a similar hue.


I used kraft card for my card base and it was slightly too pale in colour to contrast well with the digital paper, so I wanted to darken it just a little to really set up the foundation for this layout. I used a piece of card when I was inking the edges with Distress Ink to keep my surface clear of ink and when I'd finished I had the fab idea of cutting the sentiment out of this 'waste' paper. I love how this came out, with that slight ombré touch to the ink. I simply glued this down straight onto the image panel, half on half off the page, so some actually floats above the base paper, it's quite cool in reality. I so loved this Autumnal Wonderland depicted in this sweet image, so I think the Wonderland die was a really fun fit for this creation. This is of course from the Wonderland Word Die set from Whimsy. Thanks for stopping by today, be sure to check out the full range of Whimsy products and their awesome latest release over in the Whimsy Stamps store. I'll see you again soon for more crafty adventures! Hugs xoxo






Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #174 ~ 3+ Layers
Lemon Shortbread: #76 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: September ~ Anything Goes
Love To Scrap Challenge: #113 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes + CAS option
Crafty Creations Challenge: #374 ~ Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #127 ~ Shades of Autumn
Mix It Up Challenge: #17 ~ Anything Goes + Layering

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' ~ Shake It Up

Hey there lovely crafty pals. How's your Christmas crafting going?! I'm moving towards having a few cards ready, but man I've a whole stack still to do! I'm happy to have this wee creation under my belt and added to the Christmas Card pile. We are encouraging you at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' to add to your Christmas stash throughout the year, to avoid the mad Christmas rush right at the end of the year! So let me show you my creation for this month. 


I've used a super cute Magnolia image. It's a sweet lil' reindeer mid flight. So I've coloured him up to be 'Rudolph' of course with his sweet red nose. I used my Promarkers to colour him up a while back. He was inked in Brown Memento Ink as I thought that would suit this image and give him a softer look.


I've created a shaker card and backed the little window with an old paint chip which makes the shaker base really slippery and fun. So the sequins glide around easily against this slippery base. I've used a mix of sequins and little gem stars, which I thought worked well for this card with it's star shaped aperture.


I diecut the letters to create this 'NOEL' sentiment and cut them from a green cardstock. But when I brought them up to the patterned paper, the colour of the cardstock was not quite a perfect match for the darker green in the papers. So I used a darker green Promarker to colour the paper to tone better with the backing paper. 


I've created a really tidy finish to the star by folding the lovely paper from a Making Cards Magazine around the backing card, rather than cutting the star shape to leave raw edges. I really like this finish for this card. I've done this previously with the same shaker card base. You might recall here and here. This creation here, I used the same base kit, but inked directly on the base card rather than wrap patterned paper around it.


I used the cardstock with the star from the base kit to trace the shape on the back of my patterned paper. Then using an x-acto knife, I cut from the peaks and middle points of the star in towards the centre. This doesn't have to be perfect, just good enough to get a pretty clean fold on each peak.


This is what the paper looked like after I'd cut the patterned paper using the cardstock as the base template. After making the cuts, I simply laid the cardstock under the patterned paper and with the pattern facing outwards, flipped the two over and proceeded to add adhesive and gently ease each cut strip back over the base template. Done slowly and carefully, it comes up a treat and gives such a tidy lovely finish to the star aperture. After this, you add the acetate layers and the rest of the shaker layers as normal.


So that's a lil' tutorial on the folded finish to the aperture. Nothing you couldn't work out I'm sure, but just in case you'd not thought of doing this before, I thought I'd share my process.


I hope you'll be inspired to get on with some Christmas crafting, I daren't tell you how few weeks we have now! I'm kicking into high gear! Do come and join in the fun with the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' crew if you do get Christmas crafting. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do. There's no 'theme' other than Christmas, so it's easy peasy to join in! Stop into the blog to check out what my talented teamies have been up to. Their creations are fabulous! I'll see you again very soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #76 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: September ~ Anything Goes
Papercraft Challenges: #20 ~ Special Occasions
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes + CAS option
Love To Scrap Challenge: #113 ~ Anything Goes
The Holly and The Ivy: #36 ~ Anything Christmas Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge: #2 ~ Anything Christmas Goes

Monday, 10 September 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Sketch

Hey there my lovely crafty pals. I've been MIA for a few days, whilst my darling Aussie pal was visiting. She now lives in the US, not so far from my baby sister. So hopefully won't be too long before we see each other again. I'm late posting my Sweet Stampin' DT creation, apologies to my awesome teamies! So without further ado, let me show you what I got up to for this challenge. It's a fun one, a sketch challenge. Which I really like, as it takes the guess work out of the layout. As it happened, I had this previously coloured image in my stash, waiting for me to create a Christmas creation with it, so I pulled all the elements together quite quickly. The sketch made it a cinch! 


I love this image. It is of course Krista Smith from Saturated Canary. I've coloured her some time ago with my Promarkers, waiting for the right creation to use her on. I'd always imagined she was refusing to go to bed Christmas Eve because she wants to stay up and see Santa. But didn't quite know how to put that concept into a sentiment, so I remembered I had a fun Squigglefly sentiment, that reads... "Dear Santa, Define good". Which I thought was a great alternate! I split the sentiment into two, I printed the 'Dear Santa' in a slightly smaller font, so that the 'Define good' would stand out a little more. 


The card design was of course dictated by the fabulous sketch we're using for this challenge. I hope you'll give it a go. It's a really fun yet easy sketch design. I used flat back pearls for the four corner embellishments and layered the oval image panel over a circular stitched circle die. I added a simple wrap of baker's twine to finish the design and the sentiments and I was done. The card base came as a set of embossed card bases, so not embossed by me. I think it's a lovely texture for the base of this design.


Here's the brilliant sketch layout. I think it's fabulous and as I said, made my design for this card, really quick and easy, so I hope you'll come and give it a go with us this week. I'll be back with another crafty adventure really soon, in the meantime, have an awesome week and fabulous crafty adventures yourself. Hugs, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
PIP Challenge: #1835 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #546 ~ Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps & More: #308 ~ Holiday
Crafting By Designs: September ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: September ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #373 ~ Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas: #2 ~ September ~ Anything Goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge: Aug-Sep ~ Anything Goes

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