Monday, 29 July 2013

A Day For Roses

I made this card to celebrate my baby brother's wedding to his beautiful bride. My sister in law was breathtaking on their wedding day and my lil' brother didn't look too shabby himself. Their day was filled with special moments, beautiful scenery and wonderful family and friends and stunning roses. The details and little touches that went into their wedding day were sophisticated and beautiful and all carefully crafted by my very clever and beautiful sister in law.

I didn't have my kit in the country to be able to make them a wedding card at the time, so I've made one 'after the fact' but if you know me, you'll know, I may run a little late, but it's always made with care and a lotta' love!

I wanted the stamp I used to be equally sophisticated as their wedding day was and utterly love this wonderful stamp from 'A Day for Daisies'. It is called - You May Kiss The Bride.

The beautiful paper I've used was from the set I won from the lovely Bev Rochester a while back. Most of the papers were labelled, but this one lost it's tag, so I have no idea which paper designer it's from. It's so pretty though, with soft dreamy colours. If anyone happens to know these papers do let me know so I can update the info. I chose this paper because of the beautiful roses on it, as my sister in law had chosen the most stunning roses to adorn her wedding day. I wanted it to have gentle not sharp contrast with the base card, so chose craft card rather than white.

I kept the design very simple as I really wanted to show off the pretty paper, just finishing with a lovely wide shiny satin ribbon topped with some very pretty cream cotton lace and another thin latte coloured ribbon which I tied in a bow. I have a 'Top Tip' for you too, because my base ribbon was pale coloured and slightly see through, I only put a strip of runner glue down the centre, which would then be obscured by the lace and top ribbon, fixing at the back of the base paper with a little more runner glue and some tape for secure fixing, leaving no raw selvages and a nice tidy finish. I completed the card with four tiny latte coloured flat backed pearls from MeiFlower and the front page was done.

This pic was taken under lamp light to show the lovely shiny satin ribbon.

The image was coloured with my trusty Promarkers and I simply added a little Star Dust Stickles to the veil for shimmer. A simple but elegant card design was what I was after. I used a pretty rectangular Spellbinders die for the image and edged it with both Memento Desert Sand ink and the very edge with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink. I edged the papers in the Tea Dye ink too. To the inside of the card, I added a lovely sentiment from a Magnolia stamp which I felt had just the right wording. I used Memento Desert Sand to ink it, to keep the light romantic theme of the front.


That's the card, so you can stop there if you like. But for those who'd enjoy seeing a few pics from my baby brothers special day, carry on :)

My lil' family all dressed up for the happy occasion.

Yasmin's beautiful table dressings.

Their lovely wedding cake.

More beautiful flowers from the day.

My cheeky chappy Zac standing on the terrace
where the ceremony was held on Waiheke Island.

My Georgie starting her yummy dessert.
Especially done for the kids with a cute 'Kiwi' wafer.

Well that's it folks. A big long post with all the extra photos, but hope you enjoyed seeing a little of my brother's special day. Annoyingly, I didn't take pics of the bride and groom that day, as I'd gone a bit mad at my other brothers wedding the week before and Greg banned me from using the camera!

Update: My brother gave me a pic I could post of him and his lovely bride on their wedding day. My Georgie is giving Yasmin a horseshoe. Aren't they a stunning couple?!

Challenges Entered:
A Day For Daisies: #75 ~ Add Some Shine (My lovely shiny satin ribbons)
Eclectic Ellapu: Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #217 ~ Kraft It
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: #54 ~ Anything Goes With Ribbon
Top Tip Tuesday: #106 ~ Spooled Items (3 - cotton lace, wide & thin satin ribbon)
Crafts & Me: #139 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting Muskateers: #3 ~ Ribbons & Pearls
Paper Crafting Journey: Punches and/or Diecuts
ABC Challenge: R for Roses and/or Red
Divas By Design: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Die-ing For A Punch (Working out some crafty frustration girls? Hehe)

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Back at last...

I popped up my last post in rather a hurry, but it had been a while between posts before that. It's the heart of Winter here in New Zealand and my Georgie is off school for her Winter break. So I've been busy entertaining the kiddos. I also hurt my back trying to sort some more boxes from our move from the UK back to New Zealand, which putting it mildly was pretty sucky. This combined with the 13th anniversary of my Papa's passing, put me in a melancholic state. But I've just come back from a few days up North at my family's Summer house (we call them bachs in New Zealand) on the beautiful beach which is part of my Grandpa's farm land. No hint of Winter up there, it was really mild and lovely clear sunny days, so I'm feeling rejuvenated and much happier. The back pain is settling, though not gone completely, it's now oodles better and totally bearable.

I went up North (four hours drive North of Auckland city) with my mummy and my two kiddos. It was Zac's first time at our family beach and he loved it. Georgie even more so, as she was old enough now to have a little freedom there. She loved it to bits and had a blast with some other cousins that were there too in their Summer house. So a good time was had by all. Plus I got to put some flowers on my Papa's grave, which helped that heart ache a little too. My Georgie was really moved by that. I've just had my in-laws here too, so it's been a busy few days since we arrived back from up North. Lovely days spent with Greg's folks, but I now have to tackle the unpacking from our days away and washing from their visit. I'll pop a card up soon, promise! But first, here's a few pics of our lil' adventure. Mwah x

Zac's gorgeous lil' feet on our family beach for the first time!

The view from our Summer House

One end of the beach with it's lovely gentle surf

Our end of the beach, which is literally 2 minutes from our front doorstep

My kiddos walking with Nanny on the beach

Finally, my Georgie, braving the Winter waters. She was soooooooo keen!

Thanks for popping in for a visit. Sorry there's no card on this occasion. But hopefully you enjoyed having a peek at our holiday pics and seeing our little corner of Paradise. Come back soon. Hugs, Wends x

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Sweet Winter Friend

Here's a quick post today, as I'm just back from up North and really need to be unpacking! But I want to get a quick post up that I meant to do before going away for the last few days. This is a card I made for my little girls 'bestie' who has moved to Switzerland with her family and they've been doing a lot of skiing over the Winter there as you can imagine. So when I won an 'I Love Promarkers' challenge which offered Paper Shelter digi's as the prize, I found the perfect image to make for her birthday card. You can find this lovely image called 'The Beautiful Skier' here.

Now the arty shot...

The image was printed straight onto a plain blue background, but my printer was misbehaving and actually did a funny stripey thing, but I actually quite liked it, so kept it anyway. It was meant to look like a clear blue, perfect day for skiing. I added a huge dollop of Viva Perlen Pen - Eis-Weiss at her feet to create a snowy mound and added some glitter for sparkle. I then dotted the Viva pearl pen all around her to create a snow falling effect. The image has a few snowflakes in it, so I added a touch of glitter to those. I popped a Whimsy corner in the top right with a flat back pearl from MeiFlower and a sweet sentiment, which comes from a Tina Wenke set from Stampavie.

I mounted the image and sentiment onto pink backing paper to give a little dimension for added interest and edged everything in Memento Summer Sky ink. The image is of course coloured in my favourite ink - Promarker Alcohol Ink pens. I've never tried to do the PDF merge of an image onto a pre-coloured background before and I did require a little rescuing from my digital guru hubby, LOL. But I was chuffed to bits with how it turned out. It's very clean and simple, but I really like it.

I'd love to know what you think, so do feel free to leave me a comment and thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Wends xxx 

Challenges Entered:

The Paper Shelter Challenge: #121 ~ Clean & Simple
A Creative Romance: No Designer Papers
Addicted To Stamps Challenge: #54 ~ Clean & Simple
Cutie Pie Challenge: #49 ~ Pretty in Pink
Paper Make Up Challenge: # 98 ~ Color It
Charisma Cardz Challenge: #28 ~ Girly
In The Pink Challenge: #24 ~ Pink & Pearly
Challenges For Everybody: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #16 ~ Anything Goes
Just Us Girls: #198 ~ A Colour Challenge (I think I nailed the colours!)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Celebrating Friendship

I made this card for a very dear friend of mine that I left back in the UK. She was such a huge help to me throughout our friendship and especially so when we were packing up to leave the UK. We have shared many very special times together over the years and our children too share sweet connections. So I put together this card as a thank you to her for all she'd done in those final weeks for us and in celebration of the special friendship we share. Seas and land may part us, but we remain connected at the heart.

I have always loved this image from Saturated Canary. Krista sure knows how to capture a little magic with her pencil. Not sure what it is about this stamp in particular, but it reminds me of my lovely pal, so it was an easy choice when I was thinking of putting together a card for her. Here's a close up of Krista's lovely stamp Springtime which I coloured of course with my trusty Promarker pens.

I played with lots of different papers behind this image and quite honestly it would have worked with about 80% of them. But there was something joyful and wonderful about this Raspberry Road paper. It's only in retrospect that I note, that yellow roses are the roses of friendship! So was a perfect choice for my 'celebration of friendship' card. This Raspberry Road paper was also perfect for the the I Love Promarkers Challenge this week, which is working with a photo for inspiration, check out the pic.

I utterly loved this quote I used on the card too. It's a little tricky to read in the main picture as it melts into the background in some places. But I actually really loved the effect! It's a sticker from a DCWV sentiment pad. Here's a close up so you can read the text.


I loved the paper so much, I didn't want to cover it with loads of heavy embellishments, and wanted the beautiful image and lovely sentiment to be allowed to really feature, so a simple pink and yellow mat behind the image, trimmed with some lovely pink lace and some pink seam binding from Wild Orchid Crafts was all I really needed to tie in the colours. I embossed the plain yellow paper for a bit more interest. I edged the image and all the papers with Memento Desert Sand Ink. I toyed with the idea of putting gems in the corners, but chose against it. I think it didn't need anything extra.

So there's not a huge amount more to say about this card. Made with love for a fabulous friend who I miss to bits. Thanks for popping in to visit my blog today. I hope you'll come again soon and if you like what you saw, leave me a lil' note, so I know you popped in and I'll enjoy visiting you in return. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:

Saturated Canary Challenge: #47 Celebration = Celebration of Friendship
I Love Promarkers: #175 Photo Inspiration = Yellow, Green and Blue Colours
Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge: #80 Daisy Daisy = Daisy Flowers in Krista's Springtime Image

Monday, 1 July 2013

Thank You Teacher

Todays card is one I made for one of Georgie's favourite teachers. It was a thank you card for all she did for Georgie. She was an inspirational teacher who made a big difference in my daughters life at a time when she was struggling, with both some bullying and lack of confidence in her abilities at school. This teacher will be one who stays in my daughters memory with great affection. So this card celebrated her and the positive effect she had on my lil' girl.

Here's a close-up of the great quote I used on this card. This came with another very lovely Sylvia Zet stamp that used to be available from Totally Stampilicious, but it has sadly closed recently. Sylvia's image was called Storybook Elizabeth and is a sweet stamp too but was less appropriate for this card as it's the image of a toddler reading. But I just loved this Dr Suess quote, which fit so well!


This lovely image from Elisabeth Bell is just so sweet and wistful as so many of her images are. Georgie really got 'into' her reading this year so this image fit perfectly for this card. My Promarkers were fabulous for colouring this image. I love the soft muted colours I found to colour this image. It kept it very soft and sweet. I'm still not brilliant with these pens and was experimenting with different papers at the time, so there's a little bit of bleeding here and there, but not so noticeable that I couldn't use the image. I hate to waste anything! I edged the image and papers with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. The pretty edges on the image mats are from a Martha Stewart border punch, which just finished those edges and added a little more interest to the card. I'm pleased with how that came out.

Inside the card I added a poem, which I'd seen on another card, and it was so sweet and just the perfect sentiment for this make. I usually write my own, but this one was perfect. I found it on a site with several other 'teachers poems' and is called 'First Grade Teacher' by Sharon Harper Sampson.


The Arty Shot, showing the decorated inside.

I finished the card with some pretty pink lace, a lovely coconut husk button and a round doily from my stash and some beautiful blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts. The large flower is a Gardenia flower, the mid size rose is a 2 tone Wild Rose and the smallest are Sweetheart Blossoms. The final touches were some pink flat back pearls from MeiFlower and a simple thin pink satin ribbon bow tied on the button.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you enjoyed what you saw. Feel free to have a mooch through some of my previous makes. I'd love to be able to come visit you in return, so leave me a comment and I'll know where to find you. Have a fab week :) Wends x

Challenge Entries:

Elisabeth Bells World Challenge: A Little Yummy For Your Tummy = A Sweet Apple and a Good Book
Crafty Catz Challenge: #189 Say It With Flowers.
The Paper Shelter: #118 Buttons and/or Brads
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: #2 Don't Be Square = Be Rectangle (Hehehe) x
Simon Says Stamp & Show: Anything Goes
Fab & Funky Challenge: #177 Use A Doily
Elphine House Challenge: #47 Tic Tac Toe = Button, Flowers, Gems
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