Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ The Gift of Christmas

Hey pals, I'm here to share a fabulous New Release image from Whimsy Stamps with you. They have recently taken on the CC Designs range of Rustic Sugar digital images and I for one am absolutely delighted as I LOVE these sweet images. I've chosen with this first image, to create a Christmas Gift Bag and I love the way it came together. So may just make a few more!

The bag is quite a large size, 28cm x 21cm and was a plain red base with kraft handles. It's not 'new' as I'm all about recycling! It was a gift bag one of the kiddies got last year, so I kept it, especially as it was plain and would make such a great base! So I get extra satisfaction from being able to pretty up and reuse a gift bag.

This sweet image is one of my favourites from this newly released range. I think this wee elf is just so sweet! I kept the colours very simple focusing on the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and white with a touch of sparkly silver too. I am deeply honoured to have been asked to colour this range of images for the Whimsy Stamps promo pages. So you may note the image on this creation bears a striking resemblance to the promo page at the end of the post. Squeeee, so chuffed.

Here's a closer peek at the elements. I've added a paper with stripey Christmas colours to create the main background element and then layered over top a pretty red paper with a soft sheen to it and a square diecut from soft green card.

I decided to use a doily behind the image, but the one I wanted to use was a little narrow and didn't show around all the edges, so I decided to get crafty! I worked out what I wanted to show around the image and then cut the doily to make it work!

I then lined up the elements, so that the sections going along the sides were evenly placed and then added the two top peeks. I stuck them down with some glue runner and some sellotape and then adhered them to the bag base with strong double sided tape.

To finish off this design I used a lovely diecut Poinsettia, which was cut with a fabulous die set from Whimsy Stamps. I've used a pretty paper with a lovely satin sheen to it and in reality it's absolutely lush. I finished the Poinsettia with the little diecut centre and added a gold flatback pearl in the centre.

Click through to the store on the banner above to see the latest Digital New Release. You can also click 'here' to see the Rubber and Dies Release. There really is the most fabulous selection of images this month and some wonderful new ranges. So be sure to visit both sections to see it all. Thanks for stopping in to visit today, I love it when you do! Be sure to let me know what you think of the new release and I'll be back very soon with another crafty adventure! Hugs and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Unicorn Challenge: #38 ~ Use A Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #436 ~ Anything Goes + Sentiment
Daisy Chain Challenges: #25 ~ Christmas/Winter
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenges: #54 ~ Christmas Is Coming
Addicted To Stamps & More: #317 ~ Make Your Mark
613 Avenue Create: #215 ~ Anything Goes + Christmas/Winter

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Trees

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I'm here to bring you our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we are keen to see any crafty creations that feature trees. I think that's a fab challenge with Christmas so close now! I wonder what the ratio will be of Christmas to non Christmas entries?! 

Mine is a Christmas card and it uses the loveliest Maja Design paper which features Christmas trees. I also used a Memory Box border die that has a village scene with houses and trees. This reminds me so much of the time we spent in Sjöbo in Sweden with our dear friends over New Year. Snow covered everything and the fir trees lined the roads and fields. It was so beautiful! 

I actually made this card to accompany a little parcel to a friend in the UK and so kept the design quite flat for ease of posting. It's quite hard to read the sentiment in these pics, lighting wasn't fabulous when I took these. But in reality, the white stamping is subtle but lovely. I was playing with a white on white type theme and really love the softness of it.

Here's a closer peek at the sentiment, which reads "A joy that is shared, is a joy made double." I was sending a crafty treat with it, so I thought the sentiment worked quite well. It's a very CAS design, which would lend itself so well to some batch made Christmas cards, I must pull that border die out again and make some more!

Do head on over to the challenge and check out what my talented teamies got up to for this theme and come on back too, with your own tree themed entry. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do! I'll be back soon with my next crafty adventure, so do check back soon. I wish you a wonderful weekend and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #427 ~ Christmas
The Paper Shelter: #360 ~ Winter Fun!
Allsorts Challenge: #492 ~ Pretty Papers
Die Cuttin' Divas: #393 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #554 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #436 ~ Anything Goes + Twist ~ Must Have A Sentiment
Papercraft Challenges: #23 ~ Inspired By A Song (It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...)

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Whimsy Stamps ~ November New Releases

Hello lovely crafty pals. Can you believe we are in November?! This of course means we have a New Digital Release Launch at Whimsy Stamps. Sooooo many delish images coming at you this month and these includes some designers that are new to Whimsy! I'm so excited to share that we have some lovely Tickled Pink images, Rustic Sugar and Pollycraft images now in our Digital Vault. So exciting as I love these designers. I have a real soft spot for the Rustic Sugar images and am very honoured that it is my colouring featured on the image promo' sheets. What I'd like to share with you today though, is one of the sweet new release images by Whimsy artist and designer Crissy Armstrong. This sweet seal is all about the joys of Christmas!

I've coloured this cute seal with my Copic Markers and I really wanted to make him a 'white' seal like the babies are when they're newborn, so I used E42, E41 and E40 to give a 'warm white' effect. I've used Cool Greys on the present bow and hat. The Reds are R59, R39, R37 and R35. I really like this pinky red. 

I used a sweet Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set to create the watery world for the seal. I used the little fish and the seaweed to add these details. I've used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to stamp the two schools of fish. I then used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy to stamp the background seaweed. I then added the darker seaweed over these. I first used Brushed Corduroy and then stamped overtop of this in Pine Needles to deepen the colour.

I've filled detail in on the seaweed with my YG97, YG95, YG93 and YG91 Copic Markers. I wanted to add just a little touch of underwater detail and was so pleased with how perfect this stamp set was for this. I used my Copic Markers to create the gradient of colour in the water, working from the outside of the frame inwards with these colours B12, B00, B000 and B0000.

I used two lovely sentiments from Crissy Armstrongs Digital Christmas sentiment set that was given away with the Kit & Clowder Fireside colouring class. It's a lovely set with some really fun sentiments. I thought the 'warm fuzzies' was cute for this make. I'd been googling the young seals for colour inspiration and they're so fluffy! So I thought this would be sweet sentiment to combine with the image. 

I used a lovely embossing folder to create the background which has wave textures on it. I layered this onto a lightly textured white cardstock and I diecut the edges using a stitched edge scalloped die. I then mounted this onto a cardstock which has a lovely sheen to it and the colour matched my 'Winter White' seal so nicely. 

Thanks for stopping in to visit today. I hope my creation meets with your 'seal of approval', hehe, sorry, I couldn't resist! Pretty good for one who doesn't like 'punny' sentiments, LOL. I'll be back again soon with more crafty mischief, but in the meantime, have a looksy at the lovely New Release goodies at Whimsy Stamps. 

I'll link what I've used in my creation today and you can click through on the banner above to the store. I always get SO excited when it's new release week, as we Digital Divas get to see the digital release ahead of time but not the rubber release, so I'm like a kid in a candy store checking it all out! LOL. I'll be back next Wednesday with my next New Digital Release creation. Hugs and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #427 ~ Christmas
The Paper Shelter: #360 ~ Winter Fun!
Die Cuttin' Divas: #393 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #554 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: October ~ Get Ready For Christmas
Crafty Catz: #436 ~ Anything Goes + Twist ~ Must Have A Sentiment
Papercraft Challenges: #23 ~ Inspired By A Song (I'll Be Home For Christmas...)

Southern Girls ~ It's a Stick Up!

Hey there lovelies, it's time for a new challenge at Southern Girls and this week we are wanting to see creations with 'Stickers' on them! How fun is that?! Pull out your puffy stickers, your planner stickers, your kids stickers and go mad! We can't wait to see what this inspires you to do. I must confess, I had a bit of a time with this, as I tried some watercolouring for the sweet image I was given to use by our sponsor and I think the paper I used was not high quality enough for a good finish as the colour didn't move well and it ended up very saturated!

If it were not for the fact that I believe we learn from our mistakes, I'd just have binned this! But I think it's fun to look back and reflect on our crafty journey and the things we learn along the way. So there it is, my epic fail, that looks, quite frankly, like a 3 year old did it! LOL. But I had SUCH fun adding the stickers, that I totally embraced my inner 3 year old and just went with it! Hehe.

The pic above is the finished card once I finally decided which elements worked. Before that, the card went through a few different permutations. At one point it looked like the pic below. I had no sentiment on it and had used a sparkly heart in the top left corner, but it just didn't look balanced to me. 

I was frustrated but determined to keep trying. So I pulled off the heart and added both the jellyfish in the top left corner and the wee octopus in the bottom right. I later decided it needed a sentiment and so added another sticker, which is a lovely rose gold reflective sticker that reads Bold Brave Beautiful. I really loved that, but getting the right light to capture the sentiment was a real trick! 

I pulled out quite a few different sticker sets to try and find the elements that would work for this creation. The sweet mermaid picture is from Kinda Cute, who are our sponsors this week. So I ended up choosing the sweet Doodlebug Design Shape Sprinkles that were nautically themed to work in with the sweet image.

I think the stickers are so cute and if only I were a child, this would be kinda epic. But no, I'm in my 40's and this definitely looks like a 3 year old did it! LOL. But aren't the stickers the cutest?!!

I'm disappointed the image didn't come up better, as I was trying some newer watercolours I have, the Gansai Tambi and I've heard such great things about them, I was hoping for a 'WOW' creation. But you're only as good as the base elements you use and I must confess, I used a cheaper paper that is a 'multi-purpose' paper, so not a designated watercolour paper. It says on the label that it does ink, pencil, acrylic and watercolour! So I should have realised then, that it would be an inferior product. It really does pay to use the specialist papers. But I must say, I loved the metallic paint that I used on her tail. If you look closely it has a pretty sheen and some 'scales' on her tail, created with the pearlescent paint. So I know I'll have fun trying these paints again, but on better paper!

I hope you'll come and play along with our 'Stickers' challenge at Southern Girls. Even though this make totally tanked, I had such fun creating it and I can't wait to see what you're inspired to do! Do pop in and check out what the rest of my talented teamies got up to, I've had a peek and they're fabulous!

I'll be back again VERY soon with another crafty creation, so until then, have a fabby day and happy crafting. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Cardz For Galz: #83 ~ Let's Go Digital
Colour Crazy Challenge: #43 Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #226 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #92 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #377 ~ Anything Goes

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Halloween

Woohoo, the day is finally here! There are definitely some 'highlight' days in the year for my kiddos, they love Christmas, Easter, their birthdays and yep, Halloween! They're just such fun days and in the lead up to them there's so much chatter and excitement about them, especially from my wee man. He's only 8 bless, so everything is still such a 'wonder' for him. The pure joy as we put out Santa's cookies and Rudolph's carrot or dressing up for Halloween! I just love those moments with my kiddos, making memories. So while this might be posting tonight on All Hallow's Eve, we will definitely be out Trick or Treating and then back to ours with pals for Spider Pizza! Hehe. But you came for the crafty wee stylings, so in a bid not to disappoint, here is my last Halloween creation for this year.

I have a soft spot for this wee witchy. I have a soft spot in fact for lots of Elisabeth Bell's images. There's just something enchanting and wistful about them! So I have wanted to colour up this cutie for quite some time. I was sooo delighted when she appeared in Elisabeth Bell's Digital Store and this year, I finally got to colour her up for Halloween!

I used a gorgeous set of papers from a Fancy Pants Designs digital set that I bought through Snap Click Supply. If you haven't discovered these guys yet, I encourage you to do so! They have some fabulous brands of paper both physical and digital from big brand names like Fancy Pants Designs, Echo Park, BoBunny, Carta Bella, Basic Grey, just to name a few! Every Wednesday they do a US$1 per digital paper pack promo! It's brilliant and I've bought so many wonderful digital paper sets this way! The lovely set I used for this creation is called Oct 31 and here's a pic of the lush papers below.

I added some fun detail to this creation. The first was the lil' spider hanging from the web in the top right corner. As you pick the card up he moves! I used two tiny spiders which were from a sequin set that I used on this creation previously. I separated out the pieces that didn't fit that make to use for a later creation. You might recall I said I did this in that post. So here are the spiders that I took out of that mix. I added the string to the web and then stuck the loose end between two of the spider sequins, so that it didn't matter which way they spun, it would look good on both sides. These sequins are from Little Things From Lucy's Cards and she has some really fabulous sequin sets.

The other lil' feature was the sentiment rosette. Would you believe this is totally paper?! Yep and it's not layered either! This fabulous design is from a Pixel Scrapper designer called Sheila Reid. I think this is so clever and the colour combo was perfect with this paper set. Kismet!

So there you have my final Halloween creation. I hope you'll come and have some fun with us this week showing off your Halloween creations. I've had such fun this year creating Halloween decor and cards. I can't wait to pull them out again next year!

Head over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to check out what Halloween fun my teamies have got up to and please do join us with your own Halloween creations this week. We'd love to see what you got up to! I'll be back again tomorrow with another crafty adventure so be sure to pop back soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #435 ~ Halloween
Di's Digi Challenge: Creepy or Cute
Always Fun Challenge: #82 ~ Halloween
Crafty Gals Corner: #177 ~ Halloween Colours
Shopping Our Stash: #378 ~ The Witching Hour
Addicted To Stamps & More: #316 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It: Favourite Halloween or Autumnal Colours ~ This is my fav' Halloween colour combo, Orange, Black and Purple :)

Update: I WON the Crafty Catz challenge!! Woohoo. I also made the Top 3 with my Whimsy Stamps (Pollycraft) skeleton boy card. So thrilled!

Second Update: I won the Di's Digi Challenge! Woohoo, a lovely prize from her store! Thank you so much!! 

Third Update: I made the Top 3 at Moving Along With The Times. So delighted, thank you so much! 

Fourth Update: I just spotted I made the Top 3 at Crafty Gals Corner too! Wow, what a lovely surprise. I so enjoyed creating this card. It's lovely to have so much positive feedback! <3

Fifth Update: Gosh, this is slightly taking my breath away! I've never had so many challenge wins on one card! But I've just spotted that I made the Top 3 at 'As You Like It', one of my favourite challenges to play along with. So I'm made up! Thank you so much ladies! 

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