Friday, 27 September 2013

A Special Card...

This card came together quite organically. I was tidying up my desk a bit in preparation to make several bereavement cards for family who had lost a loved one recently and I came across a card my father-in-law had sent me in a pack which had been printed from his beautiful paintings. I've used most of the cards in the pack now, but this one remained and as I sat looking at it, it occurred to me that this would be the perfect thing to use to make a card up for his baby sister.


This image is special to me, because I have such happy memories of taking my in-laws to Kew Gardens in London and the beautiful water lilies and Lotus we discovered together there. I'm sure this was the inspiration for this image. I love the way the Lotus lifts itself out of the water, rising high above the lotus pads. A delicate flower and yet full of hidden strength. This spoke to me, and I knew I wanted to use this image for a lovely Auntie that we are all grieving for and with right now. I feel it's special that this artwork was from her big brother and hope it brings a moment of joy and comfort as it was intended to.


I die cut a pretty shape using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die for the sentiment and edged it with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I used the same sentiment as I did on the previous three cards, inked as the last one was, in Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I love the softness that this gave to the sentiment, instead of a hard black line. There really are no words that can bring comfort at a time like this, but we just wanted to give her our love and support.


I scored around the image twice to 'frame' it and I edged the image with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I didn't want much on the card besides the beautiful painting, but it needed something to balance the sentiment, so opted for a very sheer silver organza ribbon, which I think was the right touch to finish this card. I wanted like the other cards to keep it as CAS as possible.

Thanks for stopping in to visit today. This wasn't an easy post to do, but I wanted to post these four cards in the hope that someone else who has struggled to create a sympathy card as I have, might find it a good point of reference to start from. I was helped greatly in this way by the wonderful CAS sympathy cards created by one of my favourite crafting pals Lisa Nowacki. Do check out her blog Wishcraft if you want further inspiration. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
Sister Act Card Challenge: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door: September 24-30 ~ Anything Goes

Celebrating Life - 3

Here is the third card in the series of bereavement cards I made for our lovely family who lost a much loved hubby and daddy so recently. I kept all the cards very CAS, using very little in the way of embellishments, with just simple matting. This card uses a lovely deep smokey grey Papermania cardstock as the matt and the pretty oriental influenced paper is from a lovely set I purchased through Joanna Sheen called Papermania Oriental Treasure from DoCrafts. 


The paper is so pretty, very little else was needed to finish this card. Just a little Distress Ink around the edges of the paper and the sentiment, which was also inked in the same Tattered Rose Distress Ink. The sentiment is the same rubber stamp I've used on the previous two cards I've posted tonight. It's so hard to know what to say when someone looses a loved one and I've always disliked that 'time is a healer' saying. I've lost my Daddy, I know how it feels, I just want to shove those words down the well meaning persons throat! But there's so little that can be said at a time like this and though I don't believe 'time heals', it does blur the edges and I do find myself focusing on happy memories, so this sentiment 'fits' for me. Which is why I used it on all four cards.


There's little else to say, so I'll get the final card up and posted tonight before heading to bed. Thanks for popping in. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
4 Krafty Girlz Challenges: #2 ~ Anything Goes 
The Rubber Buggy Challenge: #11 ~ Anything Goes

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Celebrating Life - 2

Here I am again with the second of todays offerings. It's the same format as the first card I posted, but with a slightly different layout and using glitter magic on the image to give a little detail and interest instead of the glossy accents previously used. 


When I added the glitter to the image, it ended up looking quite green, completely unintentionally, so I went with it and used a matching green cardstock to mat the image. I was pleased with the simple but striking layout. I kept it very CAS as I wanted it to be very simple to let the message feature.


The image is again from DigiStamp Boutique and the sentiment was from a big bin of loose sentiments in grey rubber from the Ally Pally Craft fair. I sadly don't recall the name of the company, but ended up with so many lovely sentiments from rummaging through those huge bins of grey rubber. I'll miss that this year!

I scored around the edge of the image again for a little elegant finish before matting it on the green papermania cardstock.


I want to try and post all four cards from this series tonight before heading to beddy-byes, so will head off to post the other two now. Thanks for popping in. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
Jo's Scrap Shack: #18 ~ Anything Goes
Hobbycutz Challenge: #17 ~ Black, White and One Other Colour

Celebrating Life

Wow, I'm on a roll! Three posts in three days! Unheard of for me. 

Today I have a series of cards, which all 'go together' so to speak, as they were all given to family on the untimely loss of my hubby's uncle. Each is a little different, as they would all be seeing each other's cards. One in particular is a bit special, as it uses an image that my father-in-law painted. He had given it to me in a pack of cards that had been printed from his images. The layout was very plain, so rather than use it as it was, I decided to trim it down a bit and make a card up with it. I didn't actually ask my father-in-law if I could do this, so I hope he doesn't mind! But as it was intended for one of his siblings, I thought it would hold a special significance and be well received.

This post focuses on the first of the set, which is a very CAS card design. I used an elegant image from DigiStamp Boutique and a lovely sentiment I picked up at Ally Pally Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show some time ago. I really didn't want to add anything else, as I think condolence cards are really best when they're 'clean & simple'. So the only extra detail was a score line around the edge of the cream cardstock to 'frame' the card, which was then matted on black Papermania cardstock and again onto a cream card base. Very CAS and I was really pleased with the simple but elegant effect.


The only extra detail I added to the card was a little glossy accents to the image for a little depth and texture.


The Arty Shot

The photos were all taken in different lights, so quite a variation on tones there, but the actual card colour is as this last shot shows, a lovely rich cream. That's all for now, I'll post the other cards following this. Thanks for popping in. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
Designed to Colour: #20 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: #63 ~ Monochrome
Southern Girls Challenge: #78 ~ The World In Monochrome

A Day For Dreaming

I had one of my best buddies from England visit us here in New Zealand a short while ago. She has two gorgeous lil' girls and it meant the world to us that they were able to visit so soon after we moved back to New Zealand. I made up this card as a thank you for that special time shared with us. I found this utterly perfect image from A Day For Daisies and knew right away it was the one I wanted to use.


I used a really pretty skyline paper to be the view that the three are dreamily looking out to, but it has sadly not shown up that well here. The image was fussy cut and added on top. You can view the actual page here from Bearly Mine. It's the fourth page down on the blogpost and Donna is so generous - it's free! Check out her lovely digital papers, there are some fabulous digital paper packs and quite a number of individual papers too, many free for us to try. It's well worth a visit to her site.

The Arty Shot (before I added the shell button)

The scrumptious background paper is none other than Maja Design. My all time favourite papers from my all time favourite store - Live and Love Crafts! This page is from their Vintage Spring Basics set and is called '6th of April'. Okay, there are lots of papers I love, but these are delish! So much so, I break into a cold sweat when I have to cut them! I just want to keep the pretty pages. But a special pal gets special paper. 

This angle shows the glitter accents in her hair the best.

The lovely lace and seam binding ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts. I love these guys! I ordered a bunch of flowers a few days ago and bearing in mind they have to make it all the way to New Zealand! They arrived in record time, perfectly and expertly wrapped, so much so, that despite the cardboard box almost disintegrating as it got so wet in a heavy Auckland rainstorm, the contents was perfectly dry and perfectly preserved. Chuffed to bits to say the least!

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The sweet puffy clouds are from a Memory Box die, which I cut from a white paper with a lovely sheen and then glittered the edge of each cloud gently to add that 'silver lining'. Finally I added a small shell which I have had in my stash a while, it's had the back cut off to be used as a button, so was easy to adhere to the ribbon with a little pinflair glue. I added some small pearls to each corner and as is my way, keeping the card very CAS, that was it.

I put the sentiment on the inside of the card, as it was quite a long one, but the wording was specially chosen for this dear friend and so it needed it's own little stage. The sentiment stamp is a beautiful one from Inkylicious which I bought through the lovely Joanna Sheen. Her site is fabulous for overseas buyers as she doesn't charge postage under a certain weight. Fabulous!


Well that's all I've got for today. Thanks for popping in to see me. I hope you have a fabulous day and pop in again soon. I'll have more crafty makes to show you real soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: September ~ CAS
Live and Love Crafts: #15 ~ Inspiration - Collage
A Day For Daisies: #79 ~ Buttons & Bows (shell button)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: September Challenge ~ Something Blue
Fab & Funky Challenge: #186 ~ Button It Up (shell button)
Crafty Catz Challenge: #199 ~ Decoupage (single layer decoupage)
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Terrific Tuesday Challenge: True Friendship
The Paper Makeup Stamps Challenge: #107 ~ Anything Goes (with a digital stamp)
As You Like It Challenge: #11 ~ Favourite Sentiment & Why (a very special sentiment for a very special friend. I love EVERYTHING about this sentiment.) 

*Update: As You Like It Challenge ~ I made the Top 3! :)

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Monsters Vs Aliens

I have been struggling to know what to make for our friend's sons birthday. But came up with the idea of an 'Alien' card, so I could use the sentiment 'have an out of this world birthday' or something to that effect. But then I came across this fab image - Monster Joe - from A Day for Daisies, which is the snuggliest looking monster/alien. Isn't he fab?! So I figured I'd go with it and the card would come together. I think I should have inked him in Green, as the little aliens look a little stark against his lighter blue tones. But I was so happy with how he had turned out using two shades of my promarkers to add texture, that I didn't want to start again in green! I had to ink some of the stars in the backing paper in the stronger green to try and tie the little aliens in a bit better. It's not a perfect fit, or my best card, but we all have off days right?


I had a misbehaving Memory Box die recently, my first one ever to not cut perfectly. I'd shimmed and used the special metal cutting plate etc, but it's still not cutting through properly, so I tried to 'treat' it using tin foil and I couldn't bring myself to turf it afterwards. I think it looks quite spacey and otherworldly with it's cosmic shapes. It is of course called 'Cosmo Border'. It's still misbehaving, so I might have to admit defeat and return it, but at least I got this border out of it!


It's not unusual for me, despite my best intentions, to run a little late for things, so when it came time to type up the sentiment, I went for 'past tense' as he wouldn't be getting the card or his presents until after the fact. I love the font I found to type it in, I was really pleased with it's spacey feel. I inked the edges in Vintage Photo Distress Ink, but also inked in a bit over the circle in Memento Summer Sky to give the circle a 'planet' sort of feel. I'm pretty happy with the effect achieved.


The lil' aliens are from a Quickutz die as is the UFO and the star. I inked the aliens with my Emerald Green Promarker and the spaceship and star were cut from Papermania capsule collection textured cardstock.

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The backing paper I've used is from a lovely Bo Bunny paper pad called Blast Off. I was actually intending to use two pages from the paper pad, but when I laid the decorative border on, it just didn't work with the second feature paper, so I opted for the border and not two papers. I'll just have to have another go at a 'boys card' using the two papers together. There's bound to be another birthday soon I'll need a card for.

So here it is. All the components of the card together.
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Thanks for stopping in to visit today. I love it when you pop by. Hang about, flick through some old makes, have a cuppa and be sure to stop in again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #63 ~ Masculine
Sister Act Card Challenge: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges For Everybody: #29 ~ Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner: #81 ~ Happy Birthday
Send A Smile For Kids: Anything Goes - For Kids
Passion for Promarkers: #217 ~ One For The Boys
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog: #51 ~ Male Cards
Cutie Pie Challenge: #53 ~ A Cute One For The Boys
The Squirrel and The Fox Challenge: #53 ~ Happy Birthday
Paper Makeup Stamps: #107 ~ Anything Goes with a Digi Stamp
Pile It On: Cool or Warm Colours (Predominantly Cool Colours)
Totally Papercrafts: #185 ~ Happy Birthday Baby (Birthday or New Baby)
Colour Me Creative Challenge: #77 ~ Anything Goes with Alcohol Markers
613 Avenue Create: #38 ~ Anything Goes (Or Create Your Own Colour Challenge)

Monday, 23 September 2013

21st Birthday Princess

I made this card for my cousin's 21st. It's amazing seeing the next generation coming of age! Mind blowing actually, as I still recall so vividly her arrival into this world and the joy that this brought her mummy - my first cousin. I still recall my own 21st so vividly for that matter! I don't feel old enough to have been married for nearly 20 years or to have two gorgeous babes who are growing up super fast too! But time waits for no man, and reality check - I AM that old!! LOL.

The image I used is a newer release from the fabulous folks at Funky Kits. Home of the Sugar Nellie stamps, which are some of my favourites! You can find this wee princess here. It's a digital stamp, so super quick and easy to download. I've coloured her of course with my Promarkers, notably with the newest limited edition release colours 'Red Sweater' on her dress and 'Sleigh Bell' on her crown and the top 'sheer' layer of her dress. These new colours from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Limited Edition set are divine! Check here for the full set.


I love her sweet face and the lovely sheer layers on her dress. Some really sweet touches in this image. I had to give her glittery shoes of course! I wanted to create that sheer effect in her skirt, so thought the best way to do this was a darker base layer, lighter top skirt and glitter on top. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I wanted the 'ribbon' on the skirt to look shinier like satin, so rather than leave that plain, I used glossy accents on this, I forgot however, that this yellows the colour slightly, so it doesn't look a perfect match for the skirt layer below, but I think it still came out okay and works with the red rose and red shoes slightly better.

The '21' I cut from an alphabet and number set I have for my Quickutz hand held die cutter. I don't use this very often, so it was nice to do so actually. I glittered the numbers after cutting. 

I used a gorgeous paper from the Teresa Collins Christmas set called Christmas Cottage for the base and inked all the edges on the card with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added two photo corners cut using my Quickutz hand tool again and added a small diamante to both. The only other embellishment is the lovely gold ribbon which I've had in my stash for a while. I rescued it from a beautifully wrapped parcel, knowing I'd find a use for it before long. My hubby calls it hoarding, I call it re-purposing! LOL.

I have never added 'bling' to a card before, not sparkly curly bling like this! But it came with my lovely Hobby House set that Hazel France sent me and I think a 21st birthday is the perfect time to add a little opulence and bling to a card! I've always been a little afraid to try it and did wonder how people got their swirls quite so perfect! So imagine my joy and surprise when I went to lift the first diamante off the clear backing sheet and the whole swirl lifted up! All beautifully linked together!! How funny that it never even occurred to me that this is how it would be. Very clever these bling creating folks. I'm less daunted now and think I'll give it another go again soon.

The Arty Shot

As you can see from the above shot, for once I have actually decorated the inside of the card too. I don't usually do this, as quite honestly, I'm a bit of a paperphile and way too stingy to use my beautiful papers on the inside too! But a 21st deserves a little extra special treatment, so though it pained me to use a whole sheet to line the inside, yep, I ripped off the band-aid and just went with it! It does finish the card really beautifully I must confess.

I wanted to add a little extra message to the inside of the card too, which I altered slightly from previous versions I've come across, but I think it works perfectly for this occasion. The lovely die-cut shape I've used to mount the image and to create the inside writing section is from a Spellbinders set called Floral Ovals. It really is a pretty set.


Well folks, that's all I've got for you today. I'll be back again soon with a few more crafty makes, but for now, I wish you a fabulous week and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #186 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges 2: #19 ~ Use Ribbon
Challenges for Everybody: #29 ~ Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl: #108 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Just For Fun: Colours of Autumn (Autumn Reds & Gold)
Pollycraft Challenge: #7 ~ Harvest Colours (Red & Gold)
Chocolate, Coffee & Card Challenges: #48 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Dies or Punches (Quickutz & Spellbinders)
MilkCoffee Challenge: Fabulous Fall Colors (Autumn Reds & Gold)
Di's Digi Design Saturday Fortnightly Challenges: Fabulous Fall Colors
Without Words: Happy Anniversary (The anniversary of my cousins birth - 21 years ago!)
As You Like It: #11 ~ Favourite Sentiment & Why (Love this new twist on an old sentiment)

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wee Blossom

I have a sweet card to share with you today, that I made up when my cousin and his wife had their first baby. She's the sweetest wee blossom with a real shock of dark hair, little button nose and the sweetest wee face. Not all babies are gorgeous when they're newborn let's be honest, but this wee poppet is delish. So it was fitting to find an equally delish baby stamp to celebrate her arrival. I think I nailed it with this utterly gorgeous new baby stamp from 'Wee Stamps', how appropriate! I teamed up this lil' darlin', with some divine papers I've had in my stash for quite some time now. The papers are from the collection called Nanna's Nursery and is from DCWV. The two papers I used are from the Baby Girl collection. 

I was really happy with my colouring on this card, all except for the face, which ended up with a mottled look. I think I oversaturated the paper with colour and then I just couldn't get it to even out. But I was so pleased with the rest of it, I just went with it. So don't look too closely! Okay, just a little peak...

A Wee Closeup (pardon the pun!)

I added a touch of liquid embossing with Glossy Accents to the pram wheels, the birds beak, lil' horse's wheels and the bubba's comforter, to just bring a bit of dimension and texture. I also added a touch of Stickles Distress Glitter to the frilly edge on the pram for texture and added interest.


The sentiment I used was from the DCWV paper pack. I just love these words, as it rings true for most new parents! I certainly felt this when both my 'miracle babies' were born.

Finally, the 'Arty Shot' with the card standing up.

The lovely lace is of course Wild Orchid Crafts. The glass flower is from my lovely sister in the US and comes from a Martha Stewart set which I believe she bought at Michaels in San Diego. The flat-back pearls are from MeiFlower. I have quite a lovely selection of their gems, which I bought at the last Ally Pally Craft fair I attended before leaving London. I'm so going to miss those fairs!

As usual, my style today is a cross somewhere between the CAS style and the more embellished shabby chic styles I so love from other crafters. I do so want to try to be more daring with my cards. I love all the frantage and gesso and distress ink. But I just don't have the mojo! So I'm going to try and be a little more adventurous soon, but for now, this is my style - sweet, clean and simple.

Well that's it for today. Hope you enjoyed having a look at this 'Wee' cutie and I'll see you again soon with another card. Have a great day and pop in again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
ABC Challenge: V for Very Cute
Allsorts Challenge: #224 ~ Baby, Baby
Cute Card Thursday: #286 ~ It's Hip to be Square
Crafts-Too Challenge You: #3 ~ Texture with a Twist
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #70 ~ 1-2-3 Challenge
Through The Craftroom Door: Sep 17-23 ~ Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers: #216 ~ Embossing (Liquid Embossing)
Southern Girls Challenge: The Warm Fuzzies (Snuggling a newborn always gives me the warm fuzzies! Plus check out Sylvia's sweet birdy, that's a warm fuzzy right there.) :) :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Google Connect

Okay, so I'm a little slow sometimes, especially with technology, but tonight, I finally worked out how to add the 'followers' feature! Oh my goodness, how long has it taken me to figure that one out. Months ago, a lovely lady asked where that feature was on my blog and I have hunted for it in the features ever since, but simply couldn't figure out how to add it. However, tonight, quite by accident, I happened upon the section where you can choose to add this. Jumping up and down for joy now. Now don't ask me to explain it, because I don't think I could find that screen again if I tried. I count that as a win tonight, I can finally feel like I'm in the big kids club! LOL!! I am seriously tech challenged, but I do get by, hehe.

So for those of you who wanted my updates to appear in your blogroll, you finally can 'click the button' and hey presto, I'll be there giving you a cheery wave.

Thanks for stopping in today, sorry it's not a more exciting post, but I do have a little 'eye candy' for you in the shape of my new Promarkers and Aquamarkers which arrived on Tuesday - check out these beauties!



A closeup of the Limited Edition colours. Aren't they lush! :)

I'm so excited, I can't wait to give them a try, but it will have to be tomorrow, as I'm so tired right now, I just need my bed. Sleep now, play tomorrow. Hope you're having an awesome day, come visit again soon. :)

Missing My Sassy Welsh Pal

I have a CAS card today, which I made up for a lovely Welsh pal of mine who lives back in London. I've been missing my pals back 'home' so much and though I love it here in New Zealand, I do wish I wasn't on the polar opposite side of the world sometimes!


This lil' cutie is from CC Designs rubber stamp range called Drozy's Darlings. I just love this one and there's another really darling one sitting on the moon. It was a toss up between the two! But this lil' cutie won out for me.

I've coloured her with my Promarkers as always and actually, apart from the skin, I used only Promarkers from the limited edition sets. I like challenging myself to work with a limited palette. I just treated myself to the latest limited edition release of Promarkers which arrived this week. I haven't even broken the seal yet! But the colours look lush and amazing, so I can't wait to get some colouring in with those. I found this well priced pack of the latest special edition Promarkers on Joanna Sheen's website. Fabulous for me, as she offers free international postage! Check her site out if you haven't before, there's often wonderful deals to be had there. 

Here's the full card, very sweet and simple.

I just added a little doodling around the edges and a lovely Magnolia sentiment stamp. I glittered the wings and added a touch of Distress Stickles in Tattered Rose to the centre of the flower for some texture. I also added glossy accents to the pen barrel and the base of her shoes. It doesn't show up well in the pics sadly, but just adds that little extra touch.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you had a nice visit. Let me know you were here, so I can come visit you in return. I'll be popping another card up soon, so watch this space. :) Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:

A Little Bit Crafty: Clean & Simple
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: CAS Style Cards
Southern Girls Challenge: Make Believe
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Anything Goes
Less is More: #135 ~ Use A Rubber Stamp
Bearly Mine Challenges: #102 ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge: #68 ~ Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door: September 3rd - 9th ~ Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenge: #81 ~ Anything Goes with a Twist of Marker

Monday, 2 September 2013

A Present For Robin

I have a super quick post today, as I want to catch the Papertake Weekly challenge before it closes. I saw a sketch that Dawny P did for their challenge and really wanted to have a go at using it. I had coloured up this sweet Lili of the Valley Christmas stamp recently, trying for once to get a head start on my Christmas card makes, so thought I'd make my first Christmas card of the year with Dawny's sketch. I've kept if totally CAS, no extra embellishments, AT ALL! Just some gorgeous new My Mind's Eye papers I bought the other day and a simple Swedish Christmas Greeting. I love how it turned out so without further ado, here it is.

Card Recipe:
Papers: My Mind's Eye - 'Tis The Season
Tartan Ribbon - Tesco Christmas 2012
Distressed Edges Ink: Bundled Sage
Stitched Square Die - Lil' Inkers
Sentiment: Bildmalarna

Here's a closer look at the sentiment

Here's the sweet Lili of the Valley Image

Different lighting so you can see the sparkles better :)

Finally, here's Dawny's sketch

Thanks for popping in today, I'll have more for you soon, but until then, leave me a comment so I can come visit you too and have a fantastic day xxx

Challenge Entries:

Papertake Weekly: Sketchy Free For All 
ABC Christmas Challenge: Q is for 'Quick'
Sweet Stampin' Christmas: #9 ~ Winter Animals
The Glory of Christmas Challenge: #15 ~ Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #52 ~ Cute Christmas in September
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge: Anything 'Christmas' Goes
Sparkle Creations Christmas Challenge: #40 ~ Something New (My New MME Papers)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Flowers, For You x

I have a sweet card to share with you today. I made this with the wonderful kit I won from the lovely Hazel France. It is a Hobby House card kit and contains so many lovely goodies. The papers are amazing, really good quality heavy weight paper in lots of lush designs. This kit contains 2 sheets of utterly gorgeous pre-coloured die-cut sheets of Mo Manning images. They're beautifully coloured and so perfect for that 'quick make'. There are ribbons, flowers, doilies, lovely diamante swirls, shaped card blanks and coloured mats and die-cut shapes, along with two paper bags for decorating. Here's a picture of the kit contents.

The sweet image I used for this card is available as part of a pre-coloured sheet set at the Hobby House and also as a digital stamp called 'Bunches' from Mo Mannings Digital Pencil. Isn't she such a cutie?


Almost everything I've used on this card came as part of this fabulous Hobby House card kit from Hazel with the exception of the little glass flowers which were a gift from my baby sister (I think she bought these from a Michael's Store in the States) and the sentiment ticket which is a Whimsy mini ticket die. The sentiment I used came as part of a Papercraft Essentials Magazine giveaway with two really sweet Sylvia Zet stamps and was a perfect fit for the mini ticket die. I also used a Whimsy corner die and some MeiFlower pale green flat back pearls.


Now all that remains is to show you the full card.

Thanks for stopping in today. I'll have another card ready soon, so do pop back in. Hugs, Wends xxx


The Hobby House Challenge: #4 ~ Hobby House Artists
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge: #200 ~ Goodbye Summer (Last of the Summer Blooms)
Challenges For Everybody: #28 ~ Anything Goes 

Hazel & Nutty

I have had a long time love for Sugar Nellie stamps. Produced by a fabulous company called Funky Kits in Scotland. I had to try and decide for a recent challenge which is actually my favourite Sugar Nellie stamp and oh how I struggled! There are so many utterly gorgeous stamps and to make the decision even harder, tonight the lovely folks from bonny Scotland have pulled it out of the bag again, with another release of utterly adorable stamps for Christmas makes. I've already fallen for two of the four new releases, so watch this space for a card using those! But today, I'm showing you a card I've made up with one of my favourites, which is called Hazel & Nutty. I've coloured them up with my fab Promarker pens and glittered here and there with my lovely jar of Glitter Magic. Love this stuff, it's perfect for sparkly wings!


I just love the sweet moment these two are sharing on the card, two firm friends. So this card has been made for one of my lovely pals daughter's who's just turned seven. She and my daughter Georgie had some really special moments together during a recent visit from the UK to New Zealand and I just thought this image was perfect to convey our love and affection for this wee doll. So here's is her birthday card in all its spinkly sparkly glory!

I used a lovely digital paper for the background from Bearly Mine Papers which was a freebie from February 2010. I loved the soft hues and the distressed edge. It fitted perfectly my plan for this card. The floral paper is from a paper pack that was given away with one of my favourite crafting magazines Cardmaking & Papercraft. It's called Floral Fantasy by Louise Tiler. The lovely gingham paper which I wrapped the lace and ribbon around is from a My Mind's Eye paper pack from the series Lost and Found, called Blush. I had used the reverse of this which is a gorgeous floral to make up a pretty milk carton for my Georgie, which I'll post soon, so I had some offcuts to use up and when I saw that the reverse of this was a soft muted pink gingham, I knew exactly how I was going to use it!


I used a giant heart shaped brad just to add a little interest over the ribbon and lace and I used a small strip of cotton ribbon with the sentiment 'You've Captured My Heart' across the bottom right corner. I wanted it to have some 'movement' in it, so fixed the centre with raised foam squares and the edges with small pink brads. I added a small Quickutz photo corner in the same cardstock as I used to matt the image and added a doily which I had inked with Versa Magic - Oasis Green.


The flowers are primarily from Wild Orchid crafts, a mix of roses, gardenia's and blossoms. It's rather a larger floral explosion than I'd meant to do, but I actually am quite pleased with the effect. Finally, just a glittered foam self-adhesive number seven for the birthday girl and my card is done.

I hope you've liked what you've seen today and look forward to you popping in again. I love reading any comments you might have about the card, so feel free to leave one. I'll enjoy visiting you in return if you do. Big hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:

The Sugar Bowl: September 2013 ~ Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Challenge: #84 ~ Pink & Cream
Cute Card Thursdays: #284 ~ Things with Wings
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