Saturday, 19 January 2013

A Fond Fairwell

It snowed today, not just a flurry, but a proper white out! I sat earlier today, enjoying a warm cuppa safe and snug indoors, watching the white stuff softly fall. It's so magical. But my nose was froze and my toes was froze later doing the school run! Funny though, feels like proper Winter! This is what my kiddos had hoped for, for our last Christmas in the UK. The snow is a little late for Christmas, but none the less, the kiddos are so excited that it snowed one last time before we leave. 

This was our last Christmas day in the UK for the foreseeable future and it was blessed by spending it with friends we love. Now it's the mad rush to the finish line, to get all our house contents moved back to New Zealand and for us to follow soon after. It's been an amazing 13 years here in the UK. We have two British babies to take home with us and 13 years of wonderful memories! Thank you to our 'Mother Land' and all her wonderful people for not only accepting us these past 13 years, but for making us feel at home. It is the end of an era for us and the parting will be very bittersweet. Although we are very excited about returning home to New Zealand after so long away, we are also incredibly sad to be leaving the UK and all those friends who have become family. We will miss you all and there's a warm welcome waiting for you in New Zealand!

Now only remains for me to say my final goodbyes to all my wonderful blog buddies that have made this final year for me in the UK such an inspiring one creatively. You have really lit a spark of passion for me with my card and paper crafting. Being able to view and admire all the work of such talented and inspiring paper crafters has really helped me to improve and become more ambitious with my own paper crafting. There are too many of you to mention, but you know who you are from all the comments I've left on your blogs over the year. I thank you for welcoming me into this wonderful craft community and look forward to checking in again when I'm settled in New Zealand and have finally taken all my craft stash back out of the boxes!

Happy New Year to you all and I wish you all a year filled with love, laughter, lots of crafty moments and pennies enough for some new craft stash when the whim takes you! Until I'm back 'down under' this is the Crafty Kiwi Mama signing off. E noho ra, Wendy xxx

This was made by my daughter Georgie for her Grandpa's Birthday in October.

This was Zac's card for Grandpa. He had such fun colouring it!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Birthday Poppet

I've had a really full day today. I feel like I've been racing from one thing to the next, which actually, I have! But it's been very special in between the racing. It's now only a couple of weeks until we leave for New Zealand, so my day has been spent catching up with people I love from this part of the world. It really is going to be so hard to say goodbye. I was sitting with one of my lovely pals tonight sharing a wine and wonderful company, just chatting, and she gave me a ribbing for not having posted her daughter's birthday card in my 'Top 12 for 2012'!! It was then that I realised I hadn't posted it at all!!! So to remedy that, here it is...


This little poppet has a special place in my heart. She's been my son Zac's favourite playmate for the past couple of years and he talks about her and her mama constantly. So when I found this Sugar Nellie image not long before her birthday, I just knew I had to make it up into a card for her. It bears an incredible resemblance to her!

This card just kinda made itself! I so knew in my head what I wanted to achieve and before I really knew what I was doing, I had assembled all the pieces and all that remained was to stick them to the card! I love it when that happens, when the inspiration strikes and the pieces seem to organically flow together. That was very much this card. I had a spark of an idea and the rest just seemed to magically materialise, without that much conscious thought!! I had been wanting to use the lovely Spellbinders frame die for some time and this image fits it so perfectly, so that was my starting point for the design. I had a new pretty swirl die from the Cherry Lynn range too called Fanciful flourish that I'd been wanting to use, so that layered up with the pretty fabric flower I pieced together from loose elements in my flower stash and the lovely white crocheted flowers made very sweet embellishments to set off the pretty image.  I also really love the Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp ~ a birthday recipe and the pretty First Edition papers I used. I popped some muslin cloth behind the matt papers for a soft dreamy feel and finished the design with some guipure lace and some organza ribbon. 

I've entered this card into the Sugar Bowl Challenge #99 ~ Anything Goes. The gorgeous digital stamp I used for this card is available from Funky Kits and is called 'Joy' from the Sugar Nellie range.

Thanks for looking today. I hope you enjoy my wee creation. Leave me a comment if you do, I always love to read them. Hugs, Wendy xxx

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Birthday Girl

Just a very quick post tonight, to share a sweet birthday card I made for one of my lovely friends little girls. She's turning 4 and I can't quite work out where the past few years have gone! She's a real little poppet this one, her face is so pretty! When I saw this digi a few months back from Saturated Canary, I knew I wanted to use if for her birthday card, I just wasn't sure I wanted to go down the 'clown' road. So I cropped off the clown shoes and coloured her up in rainbow colours with my trusty Promarkers and Flexmarkers. 

The balloons have been finished in a mixture of glossy accents and stickles glitter glue, to just give them a little lift. I used a touch of glossy accent on her eyes too. I popped a tag behind the image, which has been stamped with the lovely 'birthday recipe' stamp from Lili of the Valley and finished with an organza ribbon in a rich purple which picks up the purple in the balloons. For some reason it's not showing so deeply purple in the photo, in reality, it's quite a good match. 

I've used a pretty fabric square as the background, which I bought at a local craft shop and was already trimmed with the pinking sheers edge. I cut the image using my 'Spellbinders Nestabilities' circle die and the 'out of the box' technique and matted it with a scalloped circle which I cut back a bit at the top so it didn't fight with the balloons. Green coloured flat back pearls to finish and hey presto, done! A very simple card really, but I really love it and I know the little poppet it was made for is very likely to too!

I am entering this card into the 'I Love Promarkers' challenge #150 - 'Tag It'. I didn't take a photo of the tag itself, which I'll try to remedy tomorrow, but I'm burning the midnight oil right now, so off to bed with me! Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you visit, mwah, Wends x

Monday, 7 January 2013

Christmas Treats...

I got thoroughly spoilt this Christmas with crafty presents! My baby sister sent some stunning pressies over to me from San Diego and one of my lovely pals bought me some divine papers from my favourite Swedish designers - Maja Design. Yes, I did squeal when I opened these parcels! I don't think I've ever had a Christmas where the pressies were so perfectly picked for me! Totally spoilt and very happy with all my lovely treasures! Here are a few pics of the stash...

 These are the gorgeous Maja Design paper packs my lovely pal gave me. 
Super excited about these!

These are all the gorgeous embellishments my sis sent from the US.
They're all so different to anything I have in my stash, it's a real treat!!

 Here's a close up shot of the sweet sparkly snowflakes,
which didn't turn out so clearly in the above shot.

I did of course have to check out the January sales before heading home to New Zealand, where all this delish crafty stash will be 3x the price! Oh the joys of being a little island very far away from the rest of the world! So here's a little look at some bits and bobs I indulged in, having missed out being able to get some of these stamps in time for Christmas makes, I picked them up in the January sales ready for next year! Plus a couple of gorgeous paper pads. 

 Sweet 'Wild Rose Studio' nativity stamps that I wasn't 
able to get before Christmas, finally back in stock!

 3 gorgeous stamps I had hoped to use for Christmas makes, 
which I couldn't get hold of before Christmas!

Finally, 2 lovely Panduro Hobby paper pads. 
Both Christmassy, but different colour sets.

Most of this has to go straight into the packing boxes ready to be shipped to New Zealand, but I couldn't resist having a go with a couple of the pieces! I have a lovely pal who has moved to Switzerland and has just celebrated her 40th birthday. She'd been in London for her birthday but I didn't get to see her then. I knew she was back here over Christmas, so had delayed making her card and posting to Switzerland. Then we got a lovely surprise visit. So I whipped this card together in double quick time! I had previously coloured the image in her favourite colours and chosen a fabulous digital stamp from Krista Smith which is perfect for this sporty pal. The new Panduro Hobby 'Tis the Season' paper pack was perfect for this make and the lovely butterflies that my sis sent me for Christmas were the perfect embellishment to finish this card. It was a quick make, but I'm really pleased with how it came together and I think the sweet butterflies really set off this card! 

 There's my card, sweet and simple, but rather pretty I think.

I  decorated the inside to match the front.

The pretty butterflies deserve a close-up I think!

So the new stash has already had it's first outing! I hope you had fun looking at my stash and that you have fabulous new Christmas stash stories too. Thanks for popping by!! Hugs, Wends xxxx

I'm entering this card into two challenges: 
Saturated Canary ~ Song Inspiration #34 = Christina Aguilera ~ Beautiful
Inky Chicks ~ Anything Goes #1

Sunday, 6 January 2013

My Top Twelve for 2012

I noticed there's a trend around this time of year to showcase our personal favourite makes from the past year. Being that this was my 'first year' blogging, I thought I'd join in this little tradition for the first time. I ought to be packing, but won't be able to do this for a couple of months once I've gone, so taking a few minutes to throw it together now quickly. 12 months in the year, and the year was 2012, so thought my 'top 12' was appropriate! Here goes...


So there you have it, my top 12 from this past year. There were several others I'd like to have included too, but wanted to stick strictly to the 'Top 12', but I've popped a small pic of each of the 'runners up' below, so they too get their second time in the limelight. Thanks for looking, if you like the cards above, you can click on the links below each one for more details from the original post. Hope your 2012 was a good year and I wish you an amazing 2013! Thanks for looking today. Hugs, Wends xxxx

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