Thursday, 23 February 2017

Southern Girls ~ Nature

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I am swinging in today with a DT post for Southern Girls. This is a little different to what I would usually do, using diecuts for the main image, rather than a coloured image. Our lovely sponsor Krafter's Cart, sent the most gorgeous DT package to all the New Zealand crew of Southern Girls and I have quite a few cute goodies which I'll be creating with over the next few weeks. Our challenge theme is 'Nature'. So I thought outside the box a bit and went with 'Human Nature' and what better aspect of Human Nature to draw upon than falling in love?! There are of course some delish treats of 'Nature' in the creation too with this lovely My Mind's Eye paper from the Indie Chic collection called Saffron. I diecut a cute mushroom grass border to add that extra little element of 'Nature'. This wee die is from the #6 Magnolia Doohickey Club Magazine release. 

I inked the doily with a metallic green paint and then decided it was too bright for this creation and coloured over it with my burnt orange Promarker. I love how it turned out a bit 'grungy' with hints of the green metallic still showing through. The little scattered hearts were diecut 'waste' from the Magnolia Doohickey Heart Flower Lace border die I used. I added a lovely bright orange satin ribbon for a pop of colour and the embossed sentiment was part of the lovely set of dies sent by Krafter's Cart from the set called 'For You With Love'. A very pretty shape and perfect sentiment for this love themed card. 

I distressed the top and bottom border of the card and that was it. 'Fussy CAS', hehe, is there such a thing?! I hope you liked what I did for the challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create too, so come on over and play along. Stop by the blog for more inspiration from my madly talented teamies too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have a fabulous week and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Alphabet Challenge: Y for You Choose
Crafty Creations: #335 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #403 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #37 ~ Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge: #350 ~ A Few Stitches
Crafty Calendar Challenge: February ~ Love Is In The Air
I Love Promarkers: #329 ~ Shabby Chic (doily coloured with Promarker)
Passion For Promarkers: #383 ~ Something New ~ new dies (doily coloured with Promarker)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas Already?

Hey there my sweet blog pals. I have a fun post for you today which will help you get ahead and set up for this years Christmas cards. I know, I know, don't groan, we've only just waved goodbye to Christmas. Well, I don't know about you, but I need all the help I can get through the year to inspire me to create for Christmas. So just as we did last year, Fab 'n' Funky is having a monthly Christmas theme. You can create anything you like, as long as it's for Christmas. We have the wonderful Di's Digi Stamps sponsoring us too, so a great prize is up for grabs! I made these two cards a while back and never posted. So today you get a twofer! 

When I'm creating in bulk for Christmas the designs have to be quick and repeatable. So these two are very pared back CAS cards. The top card is using a digital paper, simple flatback pearls to the corners and the cutest wee Snowman with his giant Brighton Rock heart candy. I've added glossy accents to the heart to make it look like a candy cane heart. It totally makes me think of Brighton Rock. I love his cute Satsuma nose which so makes me think of The Snowman. I love that sweet animation and I sent a snowman stuffy home years ago to one of my nephews, which I found out some years later, became his favourite ever soft toy. So warm happy thoughts being evoked by this make for me. I'll be humming the theme now all day! Hehe. I coloured the snowman with my Promarkers, which looking at the hat, needed a bit more work on the blending! But that's what happens when I create in haste. I still love it though. This sweet Snowman is from the Pure Innocence range by MFT and is called Happy Heart Snowman. My snowman actually came as a freebie sometime back with a fab crafty digital magazine, this version has the stripes on the heart.

This second make uses the cutest Santa stamp from Whiff of Joy. I was so sad when that store closed, I really liked their images, so that was a truly sad day. I've loved this stamp for ages, but actually only used it this once, so I have to make a better effort at reusing lovely stamps I have. Looking at this make now, I should have added some blue around the image, but again, being a quick make, just kept it very CAS. It's not easy to see in this, but the yellow stars have a little glossy accents on them and Santa's fur trim was done with Liquid Applique and then puffed up with a heat tool. It's actually far more textured and puffy IRL. The gorgeous sentiment is from an old Amy R for CC Designs Sentiment set. I'll try to hunt down the actual name of the set soon. 

Well I hope you're inspired to have an early start on your Christmas creations and I haven't sent you running to bury your head in pillows and scream 'la la la la'! If you're keen to get ahead on this years stash of Christmas cards, come and join in our challenge this week and show us whatcha got. Go checkout what my talented teamies and our lovely hostess Ginny got up to for this challenge. I can't wait to see what you'll do too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Creations: #335 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #403 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #37 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: Winter Wonderland (snowman card)
Sweet Stampin' Christmas: February ~ Anything 'Christmas' Goes
Stamping Sensations: Animal Magic (you don't get more magic than rudolph!)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Transport It (entering my Santa in his sleigh card)
Crafty Catz Challenge: #358 ~ Occupations (Santa has one of the best occupations there is!)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Masculine

Hello out there in the blogasphere. I hope you've been having a great week. So nice when the weekend rolls around isn't it?! Time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' to go live today and I'm here with my DT post for this. I made this card for a local pal who's a keen fisherman, when I say keen, I mean KEEN! He is the editor and chief of a New Zealand Fishing Magazine, and we've been privileged to have some of his catches passed on to us, yum! New Zealand waters Kingfish!! Delicious!! So when thinking of what to do for this Masculine themed challenge, I just knew this image was perfect, for HIM!! I paired it with a cheeky and fun sentiment from a Kraftin' Kimmie sentiment set. Leaving the rest pretty CAS. Just some lovely olive green twine and an appropriately nautical charm et voila! 

I used my distress inks to colour this fabulous Lili of the Valley fisherman. Although I'm still very new to using distress inks to colour, I'm pleased with this card, even if I did leave slightly more white around the wee fisherman than I meant to, it just kinda works. So I didn't try to fix it. 

Easy peasy challenge this week at Sweet Stampin', we are doing a 'Masculine' theme, so bring out all your boy/male creations and share them with us. Just remember there must be stamping on your card to qualify for the Top 3. I hope you'll pop over and join us, I look forward to seeing what you'll do. I'm just in from a lovely girlie night out, so apologies to my lovely teamies that my post was up a bit late, I forgot to schedule it! Have an awesome weekend and see you again soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Shopping Our Stash: #289 ~ Winter Blues
The Ribbon Girl: February Card Challenge
Creative Inspiration: #268 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #6 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Young At Heart
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #51 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #334 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Cute! (cutest little fisherman I've ever seen!)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Wild About You

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm here with another DT post today. It's my turn to play Challenge Hostess over at Fab 'n' Funky, which means I got to pick the theme! Never one to want to keep things simple, I decided on a theme that could be interpreted two ways! We have the most fabulous sponsor this week and their images are delish. So with this in mind, I wanted to open up the options for the DT to play to their hearts content with the theme. We were given gorgeous images by our sponsor The Paper Shelter to play with and the DT came up with some utterly fabulous creations. 

I used a super cute image for my creation (it was popular among the DT) called Can't Take My Eyes Off You from the Featured Valentines Collection, which I coloured with my Promarkers. Isn't that image fab?! I just loved it and did my best to colour it up like hubby and me. Should have peppered the hair with grey, that would have been a little more realistic, LOL.

I used a Go Kreate die to cut the shape of the card. I really love these. No other set I've found has come close to the range of larger sizes these sets offer and I think they're fab. I used a lovely Kaisercraft set of papers for this card called Sandy Toes. The sentiment I pinched out of another set, as the one I pulled the papers out of was beachy and not offering the right sort of sentiment for this creation. I was so pleased with how well this toned considering it was from a different set! Now I don't want to come over all gushy, but this sentiment really is true of my hubby. He's the joker extraordinaire in my life, he keeps me smiling constantly and I knew when I found it, that this was the perfect sentiment to use on this card for him. 

I've been having such trouble with my computer today, it keeps loosing connectivity, so it's taken me hours to do some very simple updates. I could have cried, when all the work I'd just done on our DT blog got overwritten. Not a clever thing that blogger allows two people to edit the same document unawares. A recipe for disaster me thinks. Anyone else had this happen? I'd love to know if there are any fixes you've employed to stop this happening. Wishing you all happy days and looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge. Be sure to click through to the challenge blog to check out all my amazingly talented teamies creations. See you again soon for another crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: February Card Challenge
Deep Ocean Challenge: Hearts (steam heart)
Creative Inspirations: #268 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Love Is In The Air
Passion For Promarkers: #381 ~ I 'Heart' You (steam heart)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Cute (I think they're a pretty cute couple)
The Paper Shelter: #280 ~ For A Special Moment (our 23rd Wedding Anniversary)
Crafty Catz Challenge: 3 Designer Papers (if you count the sentiment and diecut corner, there's 3)
As You Like It: Ribbon or Lace? (Gosh, I love both! But I probably use more ribbon on my makes than lace. There's always a ribbon that works. For this make, I've used a hessian ribbon, which works great on a male card. So I'm in the ribbon camp on this one.)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Young At Heart (I think this theme is perfect for this 'young at heart' couple, as I still see us this way, yet our hair is now peppered with grey!)

Update: I made the Top 3 of Crafty Catz Challenge. So delighted!! Thank you ladies for the honour.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Spots & Dots

Woops!! I was meant to have this post live yesterday evening and life kinda took over a little. Too much time on the archery field!! It's Auckland Anniversary Weekend (which means Monday is a holiday for Aucklanders) so I've just got back from a lovely BBQ get together at one of my sisters. A lovely family gathering. It's always nice to get all the siblings, partners and kiddos together. There are seven of us siblings, so it's quite an undertaking! We were minus 2 today, but still a big crowd of us. The sun was shining, there was lots of good food, great beers and easy happy conversation. Fun for all. So it's nice to have this happy little card to share with you today. I recently sent this to my mummy who is staying with my baby sister in San Diego for a while.

Our new challenge went live yesterday at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this week is 'Spots & Dots'. I used a gorgeous image from A Day For Daisies for my card and layered the image up on some lovely spotty yellow paper. I used the same paper to diecut the swirly foliage. I used a wonky double stitched die from Lil' Inkers Designs called Silly Stitched Die Set to cut the image out. The corner diecut is from my Quickutz Photo Corner die. The flower was assembled from different layers of paper blooms that I coloured with my Promarkers to fit the colour scheme and fixed with a glittery brad.

I added a sentiment to the card after taking my initial photos outside. It was too late to take the shots outside again, so the above shots are indoors in darker lighting. For true colours, the shot below has the more natural tones, but sadly is missing the sentiment! I stamped it straight onto the image panel from a lovely Magnolia Sentiment Stamp from the 'Bon Voyage' release.

I hope you'll come on over and join in the fun with us at Sweet Stampin' for our 'Spots & Dots' challenge. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do. Just remember to include some stamping. I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hope you're having a fabulous weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad Challenge: Show Your Love
I Love Promarkers: #327 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Galz Corner: #107 ~ Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenges: 3 or More Layers
Passion For Promarkers: #379 ~ Feminine Fancy
Moving Along With The Times: Swirls and/or Curls
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: Week Four ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge: #355 ~ Anything Goes + Twist ~ Ladies Card
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Flower ~ I just love daisies. The sweet simplicity of this cheerful flower so appeals to me and I try to have some planted every Summer in pots. I like to use 'daisy like' clusters of petal layers to create my own flowers for cards too, as these are flatter than the WOC flowers I love to use, so post more easily.

Update: I made Top 5 in the Passion For Promarkers challenge. Thank you so much ladies!

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Southern Girls ~ Buttons or Brads

Hello again! I know, two posts in two days, unheard of!! I'm back again today to share my DT creation for Southern Girls and man I had some fun on this one! I have lassoed the sun and painted it onto this very sunshine yellow card. I have no idea what possessed me to go all out monochrome yellow! The whim just took me and I have to say I love the result. 

The DT are working with Ppinky Dolls images for this challenge, so this wee sweetie is called Little Star and you can find her in the Ppinky Dolls Etsy Store. Isn't she a cutie with her wee bunny?! I have used some Wink of Stella on the clouds and stars and her little heart pockets too.

I added those wee heart pockets from the waste that was cut from the lovely Creative Expressions ~ Sue Wilson heart trim frame. They were the perfect size to add as pockets to her wee outfit. It took me right back to my childhood when I had a wee dress with heart shaped pockets. I loved that dress!

I used a cute die which is part of a set of three Quickutz 'Candy Hearts' to create this cute 'I heart You' sentiment. I added white card behind to make the lettering stand out. I handstitched this card (Kat it's all your fault!) it took me ages, but I'm obsessed with the lovely Kat's gorgeous stitching on her cards, and the whim just took me to try a cross stitch border on this card. If you click the second link on Kat's name, it even includes a wee tutorial on how she does her gorgeous stitching! I love how this card turned out, but I definitely need a 'whiter' thread, so that it shows up better. I think my cotton is too thin and not bright white enough. I added some more little hearts from the circle frames waste, just to finish that top corner.

Our theme for this challenge is 'Buttons or Brads' and I didn't have yellow heart brads, which would have worked for the top right corner, so I added a button and bow to finish the card. Voila! I hope you'll come join in the fun with us at Southern Girls this challenge and so look forward to what you come up with for our 'Retro Challenge' using 'Buttons or Brads'. Ppinky Dolls is one of two really awesome sponsors for this fortnights challenge, so come check it out! See you again soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #33 ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #327 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #267 ~ Cute Critters!
Cute Card Thursday: #462 ~ Something Fun!
Passion For Promarkers: #379 ~ Feminine Fancy
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #333 ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #50 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #186 ~ Hearts and/or Flowers
Creative Moments: #110 ~ Anything Goes/Keep It Feminine

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Ribbon and/or Pearls

Hey there my lovely blog pals. I'm here today to share my DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky's latest challenge. Our lovely Jools is hosting the challenge this week and she's chosen the fabulous theme of 'Ribbon and/or Pearls'. One of my favourites! So I'm a happy bunny and so is this little cutie I got to colour up for this challenge from our lovely sponsors Digital Delights. This sweet image is called Love Bubbles Bunny. Coloured with my Promarkers.

I have used a Papermania paper called 'Home For Christmas' as the base for this creation. It's supposed to be a Christmas paper, but I think it works well for this creation too. I used my Berry Red Promarker to ink the doily as it wasn't a 'bright white', which didn't work with these papers, so red it had to be! I've used a wide grosgrain ribbon, which I added a white felt lace over and then tucked the diecut sentiment 'Precious' under on the right side. I used a Paper Smooches die to cut the 'Hello' sentiment and inked the edges slightly as in the plain white it was getting a little lost.

I didn't know at first what I was going to create with this cute image, it could have worked for a fun Valentine's creation, but my baby sister is due to have her second baby very soon and it occurred to me this could make a really cute 'welcome baby' card. So this will be winging it's way to San Diego in time for bubs arrival. 

Well that's it from me today folks. I've been on the archery field again today with Georgie in the run up to her archery tournament in early Feb, so we've not had a Summer holiday, so much as a Summer Archery Boot Camp! Poor kiddo, she's knackered and to be fair, so am I! But it'll all be worth it and she's keeping in good spirits. Hard work, but she does love it.

Do get out your 'Ribbon and Pearls' and come and join our fun challenge this week at Fab 'n' Funky. I'd love to see what your take on the challenge is. Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts Challenge: #399 ~ Daisy, Daisy
I Love Promarkers: #327 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #267 ~ Cute Critters!
Passion For Promarkers: #379 ~ Feminine Fancy
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #333 ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #50 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #186 ~ Hearts and/or Flowers
Creative Moments: #110 ~ Anything Goes/Keep It Feminine
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge: #391 ~ A Day For Daisies ~ Pearls
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