Friday, 12 September 2014

Sugar Nellie Gorgeousness + DT Call

I say this in a whisper, with my heart in my mouth, Sugar Nellie have put out a design team call. Eeek! I can't quite believe I'm saying that. They are my favourite stamp company! I love all their gorgeous images and their wonderfully inspiring challenges and they're opening their Sugar House doors for the first time in quite a while so I'm lining up for a shot at The Sugar Bowl DT Call.

I've loved Sugar Nellie stamps for quite a number of years now, and despite discovering quite a lot of other gorgeous stamp companies along the way, Sugar Nellie remains my favourite. There's just something about them. Karen, the heart and soul of Sugar Nellie stamps has an excellent eye for discovering talented new stamp artists who create enchanting and beautiful images. One of their recent releases is a true favourite of mine. This particular artist is one of my all time favourites. I even have a Christmas story book that was illustrated by her. Sugar Nellie have a gorgeous line of stamps from this artist called the Scrapberry range. This wee cutie is from that line and is called Little Sister. I just love these enchanting images and the cute little characters that come with the sets too.

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I inked the images with Memento Black ink and used some cute butterfly characters from two other sets of stamps from the Scrapberry release. I coloured the image with my Promarkers using the subtle shading I am enjoying lately. Adding a little sparkle to her pretty shoes and plenty of sparkle to her wings with Stickles Glitter Glue in Star Dust. You can better see the pretty sparkle on her wings in the image below. I also used some White Opal Liquid Pearls dotted in her hair and on her dress.

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I've made this card for one of my best friends daughter's back in London. She has just turned 8 years old and when I saw this gorgeous Scrapberry set of stamps I knew I wanted to use one for her birthday card. So I added a die cut number 8 from the Marianne Design Party Numbers set. The pretty die cut frame I've used for the image is a Spellbinders die from the Radiant Rectangles set. I carefully cut around the foot and butterfly and used the 'out of the box' technique, so they didn't get cut when die-cutting the frame. I used a pretty border die also from the Spellbinders Edgeabilities range to use as the ribbon strip. I chose one with butterflies to echo the butterflies in the image. When I'd cut it out, I had all these sweet little die-cut butterflies left over, so I added them to the image and I was really pleased with how sweet it looked. A little ink along the spine and some antennae drawn in and they fit really well. I glued along the spine leaving the wings loose, so they looked like they were 'in flight'.

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I've used the beautiful Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics paper for this card. These papers like the Sugar Nellie stamps, are my all time favourite papers. There's just something utterly gorgeous about the Maja Design paper sets. I chose a lilac shade paper with a simple shabby finished stripe and a lovely floral paper. I stamped the greetings directly onto the paper using Memento Rich Cocoa. I finished the card with die-cut corners using my Quickutz photo corner die cut from a lovely pearlescent cardstock and added a pearl to these two corners. The pretty purple flat back pearls are from MeiFlower and the final touch was a double bow from sheer organza ribbon.

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Thanks for popping in today. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that I'll be seriously considered for one of The Sugar Bowl Sweeties. If you like what you've seen and want to see more gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamps, keep reading for a few of my favourite Sugar Nellie makes from my back catalogue. You can click through to each post for a more detailed look. A little line-up of my favourites follows and because no stamp so sweet should be hidden away, I'm popping it into the following challenges too.

Challenge Entries:
The Sugar Bowl: DT Call 
Inky Chicks: Fairies or Angels
Crafty Cardmakers & More: A World Of Fantasy
As You Like It: Favourite Season & Why ~ Spring! I love the blossoms, the butterflies, the nights becoming lighter. Life emerging again after the long hard winter. Spring is joy and renewal of life to me. It's my favourite season of all.

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Mermaid Wishes & Butterfly Kisses

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Gifts Of Great Joy

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Sweet Sugar Babe

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Fab 'n' Funky Christmas

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Dream Valley Challenge

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Lead The Way

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21st Birthday Princess

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The Christmas Rush

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May The 4th Be With You

If you've made it all the way to the end here and you've fallen for all these gorgeous Sugar Nellie images too, first, check out the fabulous Funky Kits, which is home to Sugar Nellie and then check out the rest of the back catalogue on my blog via this link for all my Sugar Nellie creations. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope to see you again soon. If you're DT crew from The Sugar Bowl, I hope you'll like what you've seen and consider me for one of the new DT spots. I've still got so much Sugar Nellie rubber uninked, I need an excuse to use it!! It would be a real treat and one of my crafty dreams come true to be part of the Sugar Nellie Design Team. Hugs, Wends x


19 comments:

Debs said...

WOW Wendy so many gorgeous cards - all equally beautiful and all so deserved for a place on the DT - good luck :o)
Have a great day.
Debs xx

Dawn Turley said...

Gorgeous Wendy. Good luck with the call. You'd be awesome.

Chris said...

Fabulous work, Wendy. A selection of really beautiful cards. Good luck!
Chris
x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours and fabulous back catalgue too. Thanks for your lovely comments on my post and good luck to you too, I know how much you love your Sugar just like me xx

mixamatoasties said...

Wow, you really do like your Sugar don't you! Gorgeous work.

Good luck :D

Susan xx

nnalorac said...

Gorgeous cards and lovely reason for your favourite season. Good luck on the DT front. Thanks for sharing on AYLI. Carolxx

Sue said...

WOW! It's clear to see that you love Sugar Nellie stamps Wendy. Each one is totally gorgeous, coloured so beautifully and I love all your pretty detailing too.
Good luck with the DT call, you would be such a great asset to the team.
hugs Sue xx

Dena said...

Oh Wendy! I wish you the best of luck! Karen is FAB!!!!! Your cards are so pretty, each and every one!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you girlie!
Hugs, Dena

Zw@@n said...

They are all gorgeous, Wendy. I love your colouring. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma
And good luck with the DT call!

coops said...

all so fabulous wendy.your designs and so stunning and i love the sweet images:D
wishing you lots of luck in the DTcall::D

xx coops xx

Lin said...

Oh my what an array of gorgeous cards.


Thanks for sharing in our World of Fantasy challenge, and good luck with your DT entry.

Lin
Crafty Cardmakers and More

Elise said...

OOOH so absolutely STUNNING Wendy! I can tell how much you love them, and I wish you the best of luck!!!!!!! They would be so lucky to have you!!!!!!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Mandy said...

Wendy your cards are all absolutely gorgeous, so sweet, pretty and all beautifully coloured. Good luck with the DT call.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Wishcraft said...

Such a gorgeous selection of cards Wendy, wishing you lots and lots of luck with the DT call hun! Hugs, Lisa x

MagsB said...

Oh Wendy, these are all sooooo pretty! Wishing you lallo the luck in the world for the DT call!

love Mags B x

Tracy said...

Best of luck for the DT call Wendy! Your Sugar Nellie cards are wonderful. I really like the subtle coloring you used on your first card and the design works beautifully. Hugs!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous selection of cards Wends...Wishing you good luck with the DT call.
Hugs
Wendy xx

Pat K said...

Amazing collection of cards Wends. Good luck on the DT call, I know you would do them proud. hugs, Pat K x

Denise Goeldner said...

Gorgeous selection of cards, all beautifully done. Just letting you know that there's a new challenge going to starting 4 Jan 2015 over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge. Love you to become a follower, there's a DT Call happening too, grab our badge while your there if you like to, really hope to see you join us, many thanks xx
~ Denise ~
Owner {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge}

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