Saturday, 26 October 2013

Sweet Thanks...

A quick post today to show a little make I made up for my lovely brother in law who did me a big favour the other day. He's rather partial to a good cookie and had had a bit of a crumby day (pardon the pun) on the day I saw him, so I made up a little treat box for him to show my gratitude and to cheer him up a bit too. 


A very simple altered chocolate box, which I just added a coloured card top to and stamped the very sweet Lili of the Valley image uncoloured onto. This image comes with several sentiments, so I chose the 'thank you' sentiment to fit the purpose. I wrapped it with a sweet triple colour bakers twine to finish it.


Finally, here's a pic of the treats inside. An assortment of cookies topped by my kiddos favourite hundred's and thousands cookie. I'd love to say I'd baked them all myself, but that kinda stuff rarely happens in this house! (Did you catch the new watermark? I'll say more about this in the next post, but had to use it on the uncoloured image in this make.)


Thanks for stopping in today. I'll have another make soon. It's been a hugely busy week, so I have several makes I need to post, I just haven't had a chance to do so yet. But I'll be back soon with more crafty fun. Hugs, Wends x

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Gifts of Great Joy...

I just loved this Sugar Nellie stamp when I first saw it. I've had it in my stash for the longest time. But have not been brave enough to try and colour this sweet duo until now. I was worried how the fur would look and didn't want to muck it up! I hate to throw my colouring away, so if I'm not sure, it just sits there until I find the courage and mojo to give it a go. Perfectionist streak I got from my Papa. I hate to mess up! Although my colouring skills still do have a long way to go (it's only a little over a year since I bought my first Promarkers) I think this one came together nicely, even if I was a little tentative with the colouring.


Tidying up my stash, I found some sweet Whimsy stamps, one of which was this lil' penguin postmark and I just knew I wanted to use that with this penguin pair. The lovely gold ribbon I rescued from a present a while back and I knew I'd get plenty of use out of it. It worked perfectly with the great 'Christmas Joy' First Edition papers I used. I loved the sweet little characters on the paper which included Santa, Rudolph and a sweet penguin! So that fit really nicely. The colour of the paper created the colour palette for my colouring of the image and I have to say, though not my first choice for Christmas makes, I really love this colour palette.


I finished up the card and had it sitting for a couple of days, thinking it was done, but just felt there was something missing, so finally added a lovely snowflake from Joy Crafts with a pearl centre and was much happier. It was very plain and although I do love the CAS style, I wanted just that little something extra.


I edged all the papers with a lovely chalk ink VersaMagic in Oasis Green. It was chuffed I had such a great match for the green colour palette. I used Stickles on the lil' dangly heart and the hat. I used Glitter Magic on the snowflake. The flatback pearls from MeiFlower were the final finish.

Nought else to say folks and my beddy-byes is calling. So I'll leave you to enjoy this sweet Christmas pair while I'm in the land of nod. Thanks for popping in today. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Winter Wonderland: Wrap it up
CHNC Challenge: #146 ~ Make it Square
The Sugar Bowl: Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge: U - Under the Tree
I Love Promarkers Challenge: #190 ~ Snowflakes
CHNC Challenge Extra: October: Anything 'Christmas' Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #244 ~ Let's See You Sparkle & Shine
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #189 ~ Spots & Stripes (spotty matt behind image)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

I've had fun making my first ever 'easel' card recently. Yup, never made one before, had no idea what I was doing, or how to make it 'stand up', so I muddled along and figured it out as I went. I chose this, as I had some A4 cardstock I wanted to use to make the card, but knew I wasn't going to get the right size card out of it, so I needed to somehow fix two sheets together. So the idea to make an easel card came out of this. I have to say, my 'fix' for sticking the two bits together, is pretty rough and not at all ideal, but it worked!

The sweet image on my card, is by the talented author/illustrator Elizabeth O Dulemba and is called 'Waiting for Santa'. Her designs are so sweet and there are loads I want to colour up for this Christmas including a super fun one of Santa on a Vespa! You can find her lovely designs via her 'kids colouring page'. She very generously allows these images to be used for card making too (please read the 'terms of use) and has a gallery to show these.

I had great fun colouring this sweet image and trying to work out how I should colour the window frame, plain white painted wood didn't seem to fit for me. Many of the houses here in New Zealand have lovely native timber frames which are stained rather than painted to allow the lovely wood grain to show through, so I used a fine Promarker nib and created some 'grain' on the frame. Love how it turned out! I also carefully edged a shadow around Santa and his sleigh, to set him 'out' from the moon a bit. It's not that obvious in the photo, but it's there.


I used a lovely sentiment stamp from CC Designs, Sweet November range by Amy Young. It was a perfect fit for this lovely image.


The sweet pink roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I just love shopping there for my ribbon, lace and mulberry paper flowers. Check out their range, it's fabulous. I added some stickles star dust glitter to the rose below for a bit of added interest.


The paper I used is a lovely Panduro Hobby Christmas paper pad in brown and blue tones. It is called 'Winter'. The corner dies and the circle mat are Spellbinders Nestabilities. The black gems are from Meiflower and I edged all the papers in black memento ink. There you have it, I think I've run out of things to say! Unheard of!!


Nope, I knew there had to be something more to say, LOL. I forgot the 'easel bit'! So here's a close-up of the lovely Spellbinders shape I used to create the 'stop' for the easel and finally a couple of 'easel' shots...


I trimmed a couple of layers of the organza ribbon into rounds to go under the pink circle and central sentiment, which is from a Lili of the Valley circle sentiments set called 'Calendars'. I used a brad to link the circles so that I didn't have to glue each layer and then added the small circular sentiment on top, adding some Stickles glitter glue around the edge for a little sparkle. I mounted it on raised foam pads, so that it would work as an effect easel edge.



Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you've had fun looking at this latest make. If you like what you see, feel free to browse the back catalogue! I love it when you leave me a message it really does mean a lot and if you do, I can visit your little corner of the crafty world. If any of you has a tutorial on how to create easel cards properly, do feel free to share this with me! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge & Gallery Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Two by Two
7 Kids College Fund: #84 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers: #219 ~ Snow is Falling
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #146 ~ Make It Square
CHNC Challenge Extra for October: Anything 'Christmas' Goes
Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog: #6 ~ Christmas In October
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: October Challenge ~ Single Card
Elizabeth O. Dulemba Gallery: An open listing of crafts using Elizabeth's images.
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge: #73 ~ Polka Dots (Girl mouse in Polka Dot nightdress)
ABC Christmas Challenge: T for Transparent (I used a lovely transparent organza ribbon)
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges: #46 Colour Combo - Pink, Brown & White (with a bit of blue too)

Monday, 14 October 2013

Rockin' into your 40's

I made this card up for a friends 40th birthday and had to laugh at how uncanny a likeness the image was for him! It's supposed to be a hat-tip to Moby by Kenny K the artist, but my pal really does look a lot like this guy! I wanted something light-hearted and fun to celebrate his big day and thought this might bring him a smile.


I tried to stick with 'boy colours' and 'boy papers'. Nothing too 'frou-frou'! But then I couldn't find the right matching papers to mat the backing paper or for the sentiment, even the string was not the colour I wanted. Cue my trusty Promarkers! I took a plain white page and edged it with my Olive Green Promarker. I printed out the sentiment, which was a free printable from another lovely crafter and covered that in my Olive Green Promarker and finally, I took the chisel nib edge of the same Promarker pen and ran it along my plain twine, et voila - green twine! Yup, pretty chuffed with that lil' makeover. So no 'frou-frou' necessary! LOL. To mat the image I had a big enough piece of Papermania textured cardstock in Olive and managed to even cut a little star out of that cardstock too, which I sewed a button onto for a little extra interest.

The sentiment tickets are from Whimsy, which I also edged with my Olive Promarker to fit the theme and as I mentioned earlier, I coloured the round '40' sentiment with that same colour. It just didn't work in white, and I really love how it looks all coloured in. I think it works really well. The little square black gems I had in my stash, not sure where I got those, but again, trying not to go too 'frou-frou', so had to be a 'manly gem', LOL. I hung a star charm from the twine I had previously coloured, which might just tip into the 'frou-frou' bucket, but I think I got away with it. :)

The card post is short and sweet tonight, but I've been away with the kiddos up North to our Summer house, which is just in the loveliest spot on the far North coastline of New Zealand. Right up the top of the North Island of New Zealand not too far from Cape Reinga, (for those of you who have visited my lovely homeland and might be interested). It's such a special spot and I'm so lucky to have had a very generous Grandpa who bought farmland up there and kept this very special little piece of paradise for his children and grandchildren. So we have a lovely place to visit and come together with family now we're home in New Zealand again. Here are a couple of pics from our recent adventures if you're interested...

Our end of the beach, where our farm gate opens to.

Middle stretch of the beach, looking out to the Cavalli Islands in the distance.

The far end of the beach, with it's lovely rolling hills beyond.

Shame I couldn't stitch the last three pics together. You'd get a panaramic view of my Grandpa's lovely beach! If you can bear to stay with me a few more minutes, I'll show you the kiddos having some fun, 'Northland style!'. 

Here's my Georgie having a little sing in the middle of the farmland. So cute! I looked out the window and there she was, just singing away. She'd taken out one of our little folding chairs and her ukulele and was having such a sweet little moment to herself!

 Georgie and Zac chillin' on the beach Spring break style.

 Zac's beach-combing treasures


Zachy had fun burying mama's legs and combing the beach for local treasures of basalt rock, pumice stone and seashells to fill his little sand truck. He played so happily with that and loved being on the sand this time. He wasn't so sure about it the first time we came. Little British boy, he was used to pebble beaches!

 Georgie got to feed an orphaned calf on my uncle's farm!

 Spring lambs, don't you just love them?

Zac couldn't get enough of his great-uncle. Very special for me, as he's now the closest thing my boy has to a Grandpa on my side of the family. Was so beautiful, but choked me up a little too.

Well that's all for now. Thanks for looking in on my little corner of the world. I hope you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Sister Act Card Challenge: #28
The Paper Shelter: #132 ~ Charm Us
Dream Valley Challenges: #67 ~ Buttons
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: #157 ~ Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenge: #107 ~ Ribbon/String/Twine
Fab 'n' Funky: #188 ~ It's All RocknRoll (with Kenny K!)
613 Avenue Create: #41 ~ Anything Goes with optional 'Pile it On!'
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog: Shabby Chic/Vintage (I'm a little 'off-brief' as my style is not Vintage, but my recipient is! Cheeky, but thought I'd still give it a go as I'd used lovely Whimsy tickets. :) xx)

Friday, 4 October 2013

Lost In A Good Book

I have had such fun today, creating this bookmark for my lovely Swedish pal. Love this woman to bits! We met when our first-borns were babes and it was just one of those friendships where we 'clicked' from the get-go. I couldn't quite figure out why I liked her so much, because we're so different, and yet from the moment we met, she was a huge and wonderful part of my world and I wouldn't have it any other way. She's one of my nearest and dearest friends and I miss her like crazy now we are back in New Zealand. 

She asked me a while back, (knowing I like my crafty stuff) to make her a bookmark. This would be THE personal gift for my darling pal, as she reads more than anyone I know! Even my hubby and that's saying something. She inhales books!! So making her a bookmark is a privilege and a pleasure, as I know it's going to be well used. So I've been on the hunt, ever since she asked me, to try and find the 'right' image and the right bookmark shape.

I coloured an image up recently, but ended up binning it, as I really wasn't happy with the result and it just didn't 'fit' what I had in my head. That's a big thing for me, I hate to throw anything away, especially when I've spent hours colouring it! But it just wasn't right. Then I came across this image by Krista Smith from Saturated Canary. It's called Tea and a Book. Simply said, it's perfect. The only thing that would have made this image any more perfect, would have been a little Moomin character on the cup! My pal has a cupboard full of these fun and fabulous, highly collectable china mugs. 


My pal's actually an espresso drinker, which was an immediate bond between her and my hubby. But she does love a good herbal tea on occasions. So if you take a closer peek at the teabag tag, it reads Mynta, which is Swedish for Mint. I managed to squeeze it in there very carefully after a couple of failed attempts. Very fiddly!


I have such awesome memories of our times together, so many special moments and things I've come to love about her. One of her 'things' is she's big into stripes. A bit like me and my red gingham. So I paper-pieced a stripey shirt on the image, which is sooooo her! I had to do the hair blonde, as she has gorgeous Scandinavian blonde hair, which is always cut in fabulous short-cropped styles. Sadly it doesn't show up that well against my pale paper-pieced 'wallpaper' background, but it looks good in reality.


I wanted to add a sentiment to the reverse side of the bookmark, so when she uses it, she'll know how much she means to me and I found a perfect one from Inkylicious stamps.

The full decorated reverse of the bookmark

A close-up of the text

So there you have it, front and back of the book mark decorated, now just remains to post it over to my lovely pal before she sees this post! Hmm, may have to delay the post to be sure that doesn't happen. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed seeing my lil' make in celebration of friendship. Pop back again soon and I'll have more crafty makes to share. Hugs, Wends x

Challenges Which Inspired Me:
Fab 'n' Funky: #187 ~ Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp: Say It With Stamps
Loves Rubberstamps: #72 ~ Anything Goes
Saturated Canary Challenge: #53 ~ Paper Piecing
Dream Valley: #66 ~ Autumn (Autumn colours used)
I Love Promarkers: #188 ~ Songs = "You've Got A Friend" - James Taylor
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Going Dotty (Dotty Magnolia Doohickey border die)
Cute Card Thursdays: #289 ~ Signs of Distress (Forest Moss DI on all edges)
Southern Girls Challenge: Sing - Sing A Song, Sing Out Loud... "You've Got A Friend"
As You Like It: #12 ~ Favourite 'Not A Card' Project and Why (I loved making this bookmark. I'm not great at 'alternative makes', but I really LOVED making this for my pal and will do more again. Really fun, but also quick and easy - a perfect match for my impatience and limited skill set! LOL)

Update: I won the Southern Girls Challenge! Woop woop!!! Thank you ladies x
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...