Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Make It Funny

Hey there lovelies, it's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and we have a wonderful sponsor this week. It's Dr Digi's House of Stamps. If you know their designs, you'll know that their designs very much err on the cheeky and irreverent side of things. So it's kinda perfect that our lovely hostess Chris has chosen 'Make it Funny' for our theme this week. I have quite a number of Dr Digi's images, but I couldn't work out how to make any of the ones I had humerous! It's only as I'm sitting here writing this, that I've remembered a 'Blast From The Past' creation I made a few years back with a Dr Digi image. I think it was quite cheeky and humurous, so I'll share a pic with you here and a link to the original post.

Now for a close up on the funny bit. I did chuckle when I created this, as we'd been talking with the kids about the fact that the internet didn't exist when we were little. It was my Father-In-Law's birthday soon, so it prompted what I thought was a rather fun idea! He didn't laugh as I'd hoped he would when we gave it to him though, oh dear! LOL

Now onto the creation I actually made for this challenge! I tried really hard to connect some sentiments and images, but I have the animal images mostly from Dr Digi's and was thinking more along the lines of a 'Grumpy Old Man' image and just didn't have the right elements. So I decided to go a different way and make a sentiment only creation. I had a few little stamps I wanted to send to one of my crafty pals and had made a little card with a sentiment that really did make me LOL. I think you have to be a crafter to get this one though!! But I think it works perfectly for our 'Make It Funny' theme this week at Fab 'n' Funky.

That fabulous sentiment is from The Rubbernecker Stamps Company. I bought a few a while back, after seeing one on a fellow crafters card. I have to say, I really want to buy a whole bunch more! They really do have some fun ones! But this one I knew would come in handy for my crafty pals, who would hopefully totally share the joke!

I'm a bit disappointed that I used black ink as the embossing base for the sentiment, as the one I used didn't stay tacky long enough for really good adhesion. So there's a wee bit of the black peeking through underneath. I'll know for next time just to use the clear embossing ink. I did this, because I was struggling to see where I'd laid the ink down when I was embossing the Scandinavian design background stamp and expecting full coverage, thought it would be easier to see where I'd laid the ink. But you can see the clear ink embossing definitely had the better finish. So lesson learnt. Clear embossing ink is the best!

I hope you'll join us this week for our 'Make It Funny' challenge. I do love a good laugh, my hubby is a proper prankster and is always making the kids and me laugh. I think this will be a fun week for commenting! Do stop into the main blog and check out what my teamies have been up to for this challenge, you're sure to leave inspired. I want to leave you with one final pic, this is of a card my Georgie made. She's only 13! So I thought this was rather good! It's using another one of the funny sentiments that I bought from Rubbernecker Stamps. I think she did so well! (I think I may have shared this already, but it's so worth sharing again!) I just loved this image and sentiment combo. The image is of course Stamping Bella.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and looking forward to seeing what you're inspired to create for this 'Make it Funny' challenge. I'll see you again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Whimsy Challenge ~ Rainbow Unicorn

Hello again, so soon you say?! Well yes, my Whimsy Wednesday post is a little early this week, as today is the 15th and I am sharing the creation I've made for our latest challenge which starts today. It's easy peasy, Anything Goes, as long as you use a Whimsy Stamps image. There's a wonderful Whimsy Stamps gift voucher up for grabs every challenge, so if you love all things Whimsy as I do, it's worth being in the running. I have created a rainbow themed card for this challenge. Inspired by Denise Lynn's lovely rainbow papers and following a rather fab' tutorial by Mindy Baxter.

This exquisite image is by none other than Crissy Armstrong, Whimsy Stamps artist and crafter extraordinaire! I just loved this the minute I saw it, but felt a little daunted by it's awesomeness. So when I found that Mindy Baxter was doing a copic tutorial using this image, I was in like Flynn!

I had so much fun following the tutorial and even gave the 'sparkles' a go, which you can see clearer in this close-up. It's just white pen dotted and crossed here and there, but what a fabulous effect! I know I'll be trying that on other things too now. It really does look effective. I even added a lil' shine on his rump! Hehe.

I paired this stunning image once it was coloured up with Denise's gorgeous Rainbow papers. I didn't like the way it looked just with the papers. So decided on adding a small silver sparkle trim. I just love that subtle finish. I have a trick for you too. I have spent 'loads' on glitter paper in the past, but recently discovered in the kiddies 'book covering' section of our local supermarket, as self adhesive (what's not to love about that?!) glitter book cover! So ever the thrifty crafter me, I decided to give this a go and I'm so pleased I did. I won't go back now to the expensive glitter cardstock!

I just trimmed it to size and then left a little overhang either side and just tucked it around the back like the ends of a ribbon. As it was self adhesive it was so tidy and easy! I know I'll be using this loads now!

I used a WPlus9 sentiment called Sparkle and Shine as it really was the PERFECT sentiment for this lovely image. I gave this card to my brother after his first film debut. It was entered into the Melbourne film festival and won a prize! So I was well proud of him. Needless to say, he was delighted with it and it's especially meaningful for him with all the rainbows.

I'll link the Whimsy Stamps products I've used below and do check out Mindy Baxter's amazing tutorials. I've done a few now and loved every one of them! Learning some great skills along the way. You can find her tutorials at My Creative Scoop

I hope you'll come and join us in the challenge this month. You've a whole month to enter your Whimsy Stamps creation and as I said earlier, it's a fabulous Whimsy Stamps Store Voucher as the prize. So well worth entering! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, check out all the fabulous inspiration that comes in a constant stream from Whimsy's amazing design team on the Whimsy Stamps Facebook page. Hugs to you all xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafting By Designs: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: July ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #370 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: July ~ In My Garden
Dragonfly Journeys: #122 ~ Summer Lovin'
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #86 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #425 ~ Anything Goes + Think Summertime
SugarPea Challenge: #45 ~ Mix It Up ~ Rainbow Sprinkles

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Occupations or Hobbies

Hey there lovely crafty pals. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week, we'd like to see your creations that depict an 'Occupation or Hobby'. Well, I had to put my thinking cap on for that. I first thought, I'd do a creation that I could use for a 'get well' theme and had a nurse in it, after all, in my younger days, that was my profession. However, I remembered that I'd made my hubby a birthday card this year and was yet to blog it, that would fit the bill perfectly! 

If you've followed my blog a while, you'll know my hubby is a musician. He writes his own very beautiful pieces, but at heart, he's a rock guitarist. So when this stamp set came out with the Creative Stamping Magazine a short while back, I knew I had to have it! I've actually mixed the stamps from two sets of Creative Stamping image sets, both with a musical theme. I really like their stamps sets and was really happy to have a chance to play with these for hubby's birthday, which was in late May. As you can see, the card design is very simple. I've just masked off the edges and added distress ink, splattered some water for effect and then stamped the images in black ink, which I clear embossed overtop. I added a vellum wrap with the sentiment and was done. Love the CAS design, but actually with all the ink work, took no less time to make than my hand-coloured designs. Hubby loved it of course.

He loved even more, the 'DIY' guitar kit I bought him for his birthday. He'd been humming and harring over this for a while, so he was well chuffed when I went ahead and bought it for him. He's done an incredible job with it, and it now looks like this!...

I just love the marine blue he chose to stain it. The grain still shows through and it's ever so gorgeous in reality. He's set the neck up so the string tension gives the best sound and it has a really lovely tone. So he's delighted as he wasn't expecting much from the sound! He just wanted to have a go at building one himself. Thank goodness it was a kit, as we don't have all the woodwork bits he'd need to truly do one from scratch! Just as well too, as I'd lose my craft space otherwise!

Well remembering about this birthday make for hubby, meant that I didn't need to do last minute panic crafting! LOL. (Yes, I do this, more often than I'd like to reveal, but I work quite well under pressure, so it's often some of my best work! LOL) It meant I could sneak off with my Mummy, brother and Zac to celebrate Bastille Day in my Mummy's suburb. She flew back this morning, from seeing her twin, so we went straight to Remuera to the street party. We only caught the tail end, due to mum's flight being delayed, but it was still fun. I'll share some photos soon. It was especially meaningful for my mummy, as it's the anniversary of my father's death tomorrow and it was Bastille Day in France the day he died here. Mum and Dad having lived in France for 5 years, this has meaning for my mummy and it was a comfort to her that we went today. I was glad to be with her for this. 

Do come and join us at Sweet Stampin' this week for our 'Occupations or Hobbies' challenge. I can't wait to see what you are inspired to do and sorry for the overshare! Have a wonderful weekend. I'll see you again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Use Your Stuff: #321 ~ Birthday
Crafting By Designs: Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: July ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #370 ~ Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge: H is for Happy Birthday
Moving Along With The Times: #75 ~ Male Themed
613 Avenue Create: #211 ~ Anything Goes + Make Your Own Background
The Sisterhood of Crafters: What's Your Favourite Colour ~ Green ~ I love the Blue/Green shades

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Southern Girls ~ Tic Tac Toe

Hello again. I know, three posts in two days, crazy! For me at least! But I'm back today with my Southern Girls DT post. I should have had this up this morning, but it's Winter break here and the kiddos are off school and Mr Mojo has gone on holiday, so I've been struggling to get finished! But I finally have, so without any further delay, here it is.

Let me tell you our challenge theme. We have a 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge this time and I think it's a pretty fun one. I could use two lines for my inspiration, the horizontal centre, Diecut, Stamp, Blue, and the right side, White, Blue, Yellow. 

As usual, we have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge and I was spoilt to be given a sweet image from A Day For Daisies to work with, whose stamps I utterly adore! This wee stamp is a hat tip to Snow White and I think she's utterly enchanting.

A very big thank you to both our wonderful sponsors this challenge, Darkroom Door and A Day For Daisies. Both absolutely fabulous companies, so two very cool prizes up for grabs this challenge!

I created a multilayered card, using a blah blah blah card base. I added an extra layer as I wanted to add in some deer behind her, but didn't want to have them stuck to the darker paper in the backdrop. This was meant to look like she had emerged from the 'Dark Wood' into a clearing and I wanted the deer family to be between those two layers. So I diecut a hill with a CC Designs hill die and added my deer and a few grass tufts behind them. I just love how this came together. I did have to add some Z fold strips of paper to be sure they 'popped out' from the base layer.

I coloured Snow Drop with my Copic Markers and added a CC Designs mushroom die in front of the embossed birch trees that I'd added to the front layer. I then added some grass tufts and more lil' toadstools and mushrooms. I just love this CC Designs border die. A bit of ink and it comes alive! I've used a white jelly roll to add the white dots after I coloured the toadstools with my copics. I used N9 to create the dark rim, then R39, R27, R24 and R22. You might not need to know this, but I love how it turned out, so this is a quick reference for me! LOL. The little brown mushrooms were coloured with Warm Greys, W7, W5 & W3.

I squared off the tops of the birch trees, so that when the card is closed they sit flat and within the 6x6 square of the closed card. They do look a bit stunted, which is a shame, but it's close enough to the look I wanted to be pretty pleased with the effect :)

Here's a side view of the Accordian Fold card. I have used some Z fold paper strips to 'brace' the card, as it was quite heavy with all the cardstock layers and liable to just collapse! So this way, it holds quite steadily when open. It does mean it's not possible to use the inside for writing a message, but the back page is blank for this purpose.

A final pic of me holding the card flat, as with all the extra Z fold tabs I've added, it rather springs open! LOL. Hopefully my niece will find this amusing when she opens it later this year. I will be keeping this for my wee niece's 4th birthday, which will be upon us in no time the way this year is flying!

I do hope you'll come and join us this fortnight for our 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge at Southern Girls. We have such great sponsors and the theme I think is super fun this challenge. I can't wait to see what you're inspired to create. Be sure to stop into the blog and check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. You're sure to be inspired. I'll be back again very soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Cardz 4 Galz: #75 ~ For A Little Girl
Always Fun Challenges: #66 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspiration Challenge: July ~ All Tied Up
Crafty Cardmakers: #215 ~ At Least Two Dies (I used four dies)
Little Red Wagon: Lights/Camera/Action ~ Disney's Snow White
Cute Card Thursdays: #538 ~ Ribbons & Bows (I hope twine counts!)
Addicted To Stamps & More: #300 ~ Happy Birthday (Niece's Birthday Card)
Unicorn Challenge: #34 ~ Stitching Real or Faux (there's a faux stitched edge on the hillside)

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Stained Glass Peacock

Ooh it's been a few days since I posted but I've so many lovely creations waiting to share with you. Today of course is my Whimsy Wednesday post and I am back with another Stained Glass Window creation! I so enjoyed making the Sunflower Sun Catcher that I created a second Stained Glass Window design but this time kept it purely as a card rather than Sun Catcher. Though it easily could have been created that way. These Whimsy Stamps Stained Glass designs are so lovely, I'm keen to do another one already! This lovely one is called Stained Glass Peacock.

I went for slightly bolder colours after realising from trial and error in my last creation that the acetate needs stronger colours to really pop. So lots of lush blues, purples and yellows and doesn't this gorgeous peacock wear them well! The colours appear much richer when the card is closed and right up against the white backing panel. 

I kept the card design very simple as I really wanted nothing to outshine the peacock. So the sheer acetate layer is just sandwiched between cardstock layers. It's necessary to put a plain background behind to show off the lovely sheer panel to its best. So no message will go there, rather a panel added on the back for the message. I could in retrospect have done this as a flip open page, but didn't think of that at the time. Live and learn don't we?! I'm always learning new tricks in my crafting, often through my own mistakes. 

Whimsy Stamps have a lovely range of chipboard sentiments and I used one on this creation to finish it off. I inked the shadow base of the sentiment to match the cardstock and kept the front part plain as it worked well with the yellow tones in the design. I really love this simple CAS finish. 

Here's a side view of this beautiful peacock panel. The photos show the shadow play the image creates, which doesn't give a very crisp outline to that lovely image when taking photos, but adds to the 'je ne sais quoi' of this sheer design in reality. I used my Copic Markers for this creation on the back of the acetate following the lovely and easy to use Stained Glass Design. It was such a lovely relaxing image to colour. Quite mesmerising in fact. I felt very relaxed when I'd finished! 

Click the banner above to head straight to the Stained Glass Designs in the Whimsy Stamps Shop or click on the links below to go to the individual items. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure and I'll be posting slightly early next week as our new challenge goes live on the 15th, so if you haven't entered this month and have something ready to go, be sure to enter before this challenge closes. We'd love to see what you create for the next challenge too. It's always 'Anything Goes' with a Whimsy Stamps Image. Hugs and happy crafting xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: July ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #211 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: July ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #66 ~ Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff Challenge: #320 ~ Mood Board
Card Mania Challenge: #106 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #85 ~ Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping: Use Those Inks Any Way You Want (alcohol ink on acetate)

Use Your Stuff ~ Mood Board

Fab 'n' Funky ~ A Little Bit of Gingham

Hey there lovelies. It's time for a new Fab 'n' Funky challenge. I missed posting for last weeks challenge as I've been a bit swamped with baby visits, kids end of term activities etc. But the kiddos are on Winter break now and I can catch my breath as we're having a very low key 'staycation'. It's too cold to head up North to our family beach house and Greg is working through, so no visit South to his parents either. Not so easy to do a quick visit when there's an 8+ hour drive. So I'm catching up some crafting. It's about this time of year I always want to start Christmas crafting, mostly because here in New Zealand it's the heart of Winter! So it feels like Christmas weather to me, which makes me want to Christmas craft!

I can't tell you how funny it is to have a Summer Christmas with all the traditional 'Winter Christmas' imagery that comes out. It's always been that way here. All the traditional English Traditions appear here in New Zealand, it's only in recent years that some local Kiwi artisans have started creating 'Kiwi Christmas' images and designs. So it's all sun, Pohutukawa's (our Kiwi Christmas tree), Beaches and Flip Flops (aka: Jandals here in NZ) and swimsuits (aka: Togs here in NZ). Hehe. Quite a culture shock if you're used to a Northern Hemisphere Christmas! But I do find myself still drawn to the traditional Winter imagery and this Santa I love especially as he's drawn by one of my favourite craft artists, Marina Fedotova. Her images are so enchanting and this Santa has a little of my heart! I've coloured him with my Promarkers.

Now the theme for our challenge this week is 'A Little Bit of Gingham' and if you know me well, you'll know that I have a thing for gingham, my house is filled with it, red gingham especially. So when it comes to Christmas crafting I often have red gingham floating around on my craft desk. I can't always use it because I've used patterned papers that won't work with it, but this time, I opted to emboss to plain cardstock colours and use the red gingham as the accent. I just love how this worked out!

The red cardstock which you see quite clearly in the closeup of the image or below in natural light, was embossed with a Crafter's Companion 5"x7" Contemporary Folk Embossing Folder by Sara Davies for her Signature Series Scandinavian Christmas Collection. The teal cardstock above was embossed with the Traditional Folk Embossing Folder from the same range. I love Scandinavian design especially at Christmas, I'm all about the gorgeous Scandi-chic traditional motives like the one on the above embossed panel. So iconically Swedish and don't you think the red gingham fits right in?! I love it. 

I hope you'll come and play along with us this week. Your creation doesn't have to be a Christmas one, but feel free if like me you like to get ahead a little with your Christmas crafting. All we ask this week is that you add some gingham. I hope you're inspired to add some to your creation this week and for more inspiration check out what my awesomely talented teamies were inspired to do with gingham. You're gonna love it!

I'll be back very soon with another crafty adventure, as my Whimsy Wednesday post is scheduled for later tonight, so pop back to see what I got up to there. In the meantime, have an awesome week and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #363 ~ Christmas in July
Always Fun Challenges: #66 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge: #106 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspiration Challenge: July ~ All Tied Up
The Merry Christmas Challenge: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: Lights/Camera/Action ~ Miracle on 34th Street
Unicorn Challenge: #34 ~ Stitching Real or Faux (scalloped edge has faux stitch)
As You Like It: Favourite Celebration (I love Christmas. Being with family and reconnecting with friends both at home and far away. I love the joy this season brings and the optimism. I LOVED Christmas in the UK, the snowy, chilly days, but here in New Zealand, it's usually warm and balmy, which is not my favourite for cooking a big Christmas dinner! But I do love the warm New Zealand New Years! BBQ on a beach style! :) :) :)

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