Thursday, 25 September 2014

Southern Girls - Shabby Chic

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!!! Running in red faced with my latest Southern Girls Challenge DT card. We have a fabulous challenge for you this time. We want to see all your Girly Shabby Chic gorgeousness. Now this is NOT my forte, but I put on my big girl pants, pulled out my Wild Orchid Craft flowers, my Tim Holtz distressing tool, my doilies, ribbons and pearls and my acrylic pearl paint (this girly doesn't own gesso!) and started chanting 'I can do it, I can do it, I can do it!' Okay, so truth be told, I CAN'T, and this is as close to shabby chic as this girly can muster, so blur your vision a little and go with it! LOL.


I started off with a vision to make a square card and then discovered our Playcentre needed a card for one of our lovely educators who was leaving us at the end of this term - that means tomorrow! So I added my square design to a rectangular card base so there would be more space for people to write their farewells. It wasn't my initial intention, but actually I love it! Bringing in the Kraft card element, made me opt for the Kraft coloured gingham bow, to tie the colour into the card. I added a gorgeous Clay Heart from Live & Love Crafts, which in the absence of gesso, I added a bit of pearl coloured acrylic paint to. I think it's an okay substitute, what do you think?


This challenge, we are spoilt to have two wonderful sponsors, who have given us some truly gorgeous images to work with. My image is from the fabulous Emerald Faerie Garden and she's called Bindie. So cute and such a lovely image to work with. I took a shot of the image before I added in the cute wee mushroom as it slightly overshadows the cutie patootie ladybugs, so a quick shot before adding that into the blooms and before attaching the ribbon, gave a better view of the image itself.


I messed up the shadow under the fairy and the ladybugs, using too 'yellow' a green for this, when I'd used a 'blue' green for the rest of the grass. Note to self, stick with grey for shadows from now on! I coloured this wee cutie in haste, and didn't have time to do a 'cloudy' sky with inks, so I coloured the sky a solid light blue and added some die cut clouds instead, trimming one of them to look like it was coming from behind Bindie's wing. I used Waterfall Stickles on Bindie's wings and Crystal Stickles on the dragonfly's. I also added a touch of Christmas Red Stickles to Bindie's shoes. The image and mat were cut using MFT Stitched Circle Stax and I backed them with a paper doily.


I really love the look of the flowers I used for this card. They are a mix of Gypsophila, Chrysanthemums, 20mm Red Open Roses, and Cherry Blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts. They're my favourite range of paper flowers to use as they really finish a card so perfectly. Live & Love Crafts are now stocking some Wild Orchid Crafts blooms, so the Chrysanthemum was from a recent order with them. I pinched out the centre of the Chrysanthemum, so that I could use the pretty red gem cabochon as the centre on this occasion and added a cute red toadstool which I picked up one Christmas in Sweden from a supermarket! I love the look of red toadstools, a passion which started when I was very small and was allowed to have a toadstool sticker on my primary school desk, from the Disney movie Bambi. So it was fun to sneak one into this make.


A peek under the bow, would reveal this pretty border die which is a Magnolia Doohickey called Heart Flower Lace. I was so gutted to have it completely covered by all the embellishments I used. I love to let the pretty papers and dies have their space to feature, so I usually favour a slightly more pared back approach in my crafting. I love the gorgeous Scandinavian inspired Papermania Home for Christmas designer paper I used for this card, it lends that home-made, hand-stitched kinda feel, which was exactly what I was after for this card. I really like those little cross-stitch hearts.


Talk about making up for lost time, that's an epic post to get through, sorry it was so long, I obviously needed to 'chat' tonight, LOL. Thanks for hanging out and do pop in again soon. I'll have another card ready to share very soon. In the meantime, head on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog and have some fun with us in our 'Girly Shabby Chic' challenge. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: Distress It
Divas By Design: Pretty In Glitter
Papertake Weekly: Oh How Cute!
A Creative Romance: Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #340 ~ Dies & Punches
Passion for Promarkers: #266 ~ Autumn Colours
Crafty Little Fairies: September ~ Sparkle & Bling
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stencils & Stamps
Deep Ocean Challenge: #87 ~ At Least One Flower
As You Like It: Favourite Digi Stamp & Why? (I love digi stamps for their convenience and have a number of favourite designers, Sugar Nellie, Saturated Canary, Mo's Digital Pencil, but these stamps from the Emerald Faerie Garden are some of my earliest and favourites. Here's a link to a really old card I made using one of their images. Still just as gorgeous today as when I first discovered them.)

Woop woop! I got Top 3 in the 'As You Like It' Favourite Digi Stamp Challenge.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas in September

Here we are with our last Fab 'n' Funky challenge for September, so yup, you know it, it's a Christmas challenge. I've been really loving these this year. It feels so good to get ahead with the Christmas makes. I wanted to try something a little different this time though, so for this challenge, I've actually chosen to make a Christmas gift bag and man am I stoked with how this came out. We are spoilt rotten to have the fabulous Doodle Pantry sponsor us this challenge.

I just love the Doodle Pantry image Jolly St Nicholas, which was provided by our wonderful sponsor for this challenge. The rest of the team have made some gorgeous creations with their Doodle Pantry images too. So be sure to head to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and check those out. Better still, head on over and join in the fun! You can create anything you like, as long as it's for Christmas, how fab is that?! Here's my wee gifty bag all dressed up with as yet, no where to go! LOL.


I've used a lovely spotty grey paper I picked up on a trip to Sweden to visit my best pal there. It's from Panduro Hobby and was from a Christmas themed loose paper stack. I've used one of my square doilies here too, which I've used a couple of times recently but thought it would be perfect for this make and I love how it turned out. The central designer paper is from the 'Home for Christmas' Papermania set and I drew my inspiration for this layout from the red and grey combination in this paper. I've matted the image with a narrow striped paper which is a digital paper from Pink Petticoat. All the papers have been edged with my London Fog Memento ink.


I added a little stickles glitter glue to the pom pom on St Nick's hat and some glossy accents to the berries, otherwise it's just straight up Promarkers with a little shading in the beard.


The tags also come from the Papermania 'Home for Christmas' set, which I added a die-cut snowflake to. The snowflake was cut from off white paper with a pretty sheen to it using my Marianne Designs 'Eline's Xmas Star' die. I tied the two tags with the snowflake between to the bag using red and white bakers twine and some silver wrapping cord.


I encourage you to pop on over to check out the rest of the DT crews fabulous creations and check out the gorgeous makes by our wonderful new GDT's Alison and Helen. They've done an awesome job of their first GDT creations for Fab 'n' Funky, so give them a warm hello and leave them some love on their blogs. Waving hello to you both, welcome to the crew! I'll leave you with another peek at the finished bag, taken in a slightly different light. I do so wish I could sort out a consistent light for my photo taking, they all come out slightly different!


Have an awesome day and I'll catch you all again soon with my next DT adventure, that's due, so I'm off to have some last minute fun with that. I've been chasing my tail all week! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Scribble & Scrap Challenge: #27 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge: 'S' for Something Festive (Santa)
52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Nordic/Scandinavian Christmas
Winter Wonderland: Use Two Ribbons (Bakers Twine & Silver Cord)
Allsorts Challenge: #277 ~ Based on a Film Title (Miracle on 34th Street)
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge: September ~ Anything Christmas Goes
Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenges: Anything Goes with Inspiration Photo
613 Avenue Create: #90 ~ Anything Goes with option of your own challenge (Column 1)
Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge: #127 ~ Christmas Bingo (Paper/Twine/Punch)

Monday, 22 September 2014

Dream Valley - Lace & Ribbon

It's time again for a new Dream Valley challenge. This time we want to see creations with ribbon and lace on them. Love this! Right up my street. Grab your lace and ribbon and come and have a play with our challenge this fortnight. Here's what I came up with.


This image is one of the gorgeous Sugar Nellie fairies from their 'Return to Fairy Glen' collection. This image is called Dreams & Wishes and is available both as a rubber stamp and in digital format. I love these gorgeous fairy images, the whole range is enchanting. Do pop over to visit Funky Kits to see the whole collection.


I coloured this fairy first as a blonde, but then decided this card was destined for a wee friend of my son Zac, who was having her 5th birthday. She has the most beautiful copper red hair, so I coloured over the blonde hair in warm copper tones using my Promarkers. I popped on a number 5, cut from my fabulous Marianne Designs number dies which I gave a little texture to using a Quickutz Goosebumpz Swirl embossing folder. The edge of the card I gave a little interest to by running a border punch along it.

PicMonkey Collage

I've used a lovely shimmery cardstock to cut the mat for the image and the mushroom and butterfly details. I also used a pretty summer blossoms embossing folder to add a little interest to the purple backing paper which you can just see if you look closely. I'm back to Jak Heath's double bow again for the organza ribbon and I chose a pretty cotton lavender lace which I got from one of my UK crafty pals.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you'll head on over to the Dream Valley challenge and see what all my fabulous team mates have been up to. We are having a DT call with this challenge too, so if you fancy being a part of our fun design team, pop your hat in the ring! Have an awesome week, mine is gearing up to be busy, busy, busy. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Inky Chicks: #38 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop: #21 ~ Dies or Punches
The Squirrel & The Fox: #78 ~ Happy Birthday
Crafty Little Fairies: September ~ Sparkle & Bling
Stamping Sensations: September ~ Things With Wings
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge: September ~ Use Lace
Moving Along With The Times: Away With The Fairies
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #75 ~ Monochromatic
Passion For Promarkers: #265 ~ Make It Digital (Digital version - Sugar Nellie stamp)

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.


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.


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.


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.


Mermaid Wishes & Butterfly Kisses

Gifts Of Great Joy

Sweet Sugar Babe

Fab 'n' Funky Christmas

Dream Valley Challenge

Lead The Way

21st Birthday Princess

The Christmas Rush

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

Time for a Change

One of my darling pals in the UK has changed jobs recently and I wanted to make her a pretty card to celebrate this time of change. She's been looking forward to the job change and had quite a wait seeing the old contract out, so I wanted to mark the occasion.


I have loved the beautiful images at Crafts & Me drawn by talented artist Sara Burrier for so long. Her images are wistful and enchanting and have a slightly ethereal quality. I have several of these beautiful images, but as yet haven't inked them up. I've been wanting to use this gorgeous stamp Lady of Opal for the longest time. I saw this gorgeous Raspberry Road paper from their Barbershop set when I was hunting through my digital paper stash and knew straight away I wanted to use it for this card. I liked the symmetry of the clock face to mark this time of change in my friends life. I also loved the soft colour wash which I think gives this paper a magical feel and I felt matched the idea I had in my head for this card. I wanted the fairy to look as if she was part of the paper and yet rising from it. I'm so happy with the finish, which sadly isn't captured perfectly in the photos. But hopefully you get the feel of it. I've taken shots in different lights, so you get to see as many of the details as possible.


I paper pieced the top half of the fairy including all those loose strands of her gorgeous hair! A real labour of love, but I'm so happy with the finished look. I then used my Promarkers in very soft hues similar to the paper, to make the lower half of the dress blend in with the digital paper. I used my Promarkers on the wings too, to give the central areas a gossamer finish and added Glitter Magic to the outer veins of the wings. They do look quite magical in reality and I was so pleased with the finish. The shot below shows some of the details better as it was taken in lower light. I LOVED working on her hair. The blue and soft green worked so well together.


The lovely Carpe Diem sentiment stamp is from Vilda Stamps and I bought it from one of my favourite online craft stores Live and Love Crafts. They've just had a website relaunch and it looks so pretty! If you've never shopped there pop in and have a look, you won't be disappointed. I inked the stamp in London Fog Memento ink, so it would look as if it was part of the paper. Love how that turned out.

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I don't know what it is lately, but I'm all about the subtle details. I wanted to embellish the corners of this card, but didn't want to go for a heavily contrasting paper, so I actually just cut the corners again from the same paper using an SCACD die called Garden Corners and layered them over. I love this effect. When the light catches them, they look amazing and it's an unexpected treat, that you might not see at first glance. I added a blue pearl to the top corner and green one to the bottom corner, tying in the colour theme. The light was right in the pic below to show up the corners really nicely. It added a nice tactile element to the card too, as it's quite sparse in many respects. 


Thanks for popping in to my little corner of the blogosphere, I love it when you do. I'd love to know what you think of my approach to this card. I really loved making it. Have an awesome weekend and see you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas by Design: Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Anything Goes
Let's Craft & Create: #96 ~ Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop: #21 ~ Dies or Punches
Crafty Little Fairies: September ~ Sparkle & Bling
One Stitch at a Time: #219 ~ Anything Goes with a Die
Crafting at the Weekend: #5 ~ Anything Goes + DT Call
Live & Love Crafts Challenge: #27 ~ Things with Wings
Crafts & Me: September Challenge #150 ~ Time For Anything
Papertake Weekly: Repeat Repeat (Repeated colours and repeated corner dies)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Fab 'n' Funky Cute as a Button

Gosh this week has flown by. It's time for another fun challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and we have an awesome challenge for you this week. The lovely Ciska is our challenge leader this week and she has chosen the theme 'Cute as a Button'. So she's looking for cute characters and buttons, pretty simple right?

We are being sponsored by the wonderful Art by Mi Ran this week. The team has been given some utterly gorgeous stamps to use for the challenge and mine was called Autumn Memoirs. I had such a great time colouring this stamp, trying to get all the Autumn hues into the leaves. My layout went through quite a few different variations and at one stage I had flowers and leaves on there as well, but sometimes, less is more and I ended up choosing a very simple layout which let the image feature. 


The delish papers are both My Mind's Eye. The leafy one is from set Two of the 'On The Bright Side' collection. The chevron paper is from the Mabel set of the Stella & Rose collection. I was in a distressing mood for this card, so all the edges have been given the treatment with my Tim Holtz tool. I've used a fabulous hessian ribbon on the chevron paper and added a rust coloured seam binding on top. I threaded some of the seam binding through the button to secure it. I love this button, it's made of clay and has a wonderful texture to it. I've been saving it a while for the right card and this was the one thanks to a little encouragement from Ciska. Here's a close up of some of the details.

PicMonkey Collage

The sentiment is a cute CC Designs stamp from the Woodland Logos set which I coloured the leaves on to match the image. I've been wanting to use this a while too, but again, needed the right card. So I'm loving that some older stash has had an outing for this one. The sweet wee hedgie is also from a rummage through some older stash. He is a companion stamp in the Personal Impressions set The Friendly Hedgehog from the Gorjuss Girls stamps. You can still find these Gorjuss Girls stamps at Funky Kits, one of my favourite stamp suppliers.


The image has of course been coloured in my favourite medium, my trusty Promarkers. I really did love colouring this sweet image. I was a bit daunted by all that hair, but I love how it turned out. I wanted to do her hair in the warm copper tones of the Autumn leaves and I think she looks rather fetching with Auburn hair.


Thanks for popping in today. I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen. Do go over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and see what all my talented teamies have been up to. It was such a fun challenge to prepare for and we can't wait to see where the inspiration takes you. I'm off for a snuggle on the couch with my hubby and some Dr Who, thank goodness for BBC Iplayer! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Add Ribbons
A Little Bit Crafty: Distress It!!!
Divas by Design: Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers: #17 ~ Use Buttons
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: The Great Outdoors
Art by Mi Ran Challenge: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #73 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: Four Legged Friends (Lil Hedgie)
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #77 ~ Two's Company + DT Call
Papertake Weekly: Repeat Repeat (Pearls, Colours and Papers)
613 Avenue Create: #88 ~ Anything Goes with a Colour Challenge Twist

Update: My card won the Papertake Weekly Challenge, winning a lovely prize from Whiff of Joy stamps! The 'Deck the Halls - Cute Snowman'. Woohoo!!

Further Update: I made Top 3 in the Autumn Colours Facebook Challenge for ArtByMiran Facebook page. Super stoked about this as Mi Ran offered the Top 3 a stamp too. Woohoo!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Forty and Fabulous

Today is my beautiful pal Nikki's birthday. I'm so gutted not to be celebrating this special day with her, so of course I wanted to make a handmade card for her. If you knew my pal, you'd see why this particular image is SO perfect for her. This beautiful image is very like my stunning pal right down to the tied-waist coat! The image is called Jordanna, drawn by the talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary and it's so perfect for my stylish and gorgeous pal. 

It's a very special birthday, and I'm a bit heartbroken not to be there for this one. The year before we left the UK, we were all together celebrating a couple of our other pals 40th birthdays and had such a special time doing so, it feels awful not to share this day with my pal. So I wanted to make this card a bit special and for me, that means using my all time favourite papers, Maja Design. They're a bit spesh and so is she, so I found a gorgeous page in the Vintage Summer Basics paper pad called 1924, which has a paisley pattern in pinks and beiges and then coloured the image to tone in with the papers. I've gone for that 'close tone' colouring again that I favour, which to some may seem a bit 'meh', but I love it. So fingers crossed so does my pal.


I have a fabulous set of 'postmark' stamps from Papermania, which is from their Portobello Road collection. Meaningful for me, as I used to work on Elgin Crescent as an Aromatherapist, which is just off Portobello Road. So I loved that about this set. But what makes it perfect for this card, is the little greetings down the sides of the stamps, 'Thinking of You', 'Happy Birthday', 'With Love', and of course 'London, with Love', because that's where my pal is. My heart will be there on her birthday, but I however am in New Zealand. So these little greetings conveyed well what I wanted to say.


I've used some divine lace which I picked up from Wild Orchid Crafts quite a while back and the heart clip I found in a cute papercraft store here in New Zealand. I've threaded a sweet little heart onto the paper clip which says 'made with love'. I think I picked this up in a pack from MeiFlower before leaving the UK. The decorative corners I've cut from Kraft card bought at Dies To Die For. The large square doily I've had for yonks in my stash, I couldn't tell you now where that's from, but I love these doilies for large cards, they're a full 8x8 size, so make a great base layer. I've used it before like this on a sweet Sugar Nellie card I made, which you can see here

PicMonkey Collage Nikki

Here's a wee montage of some of the details on the card. I really love that vine corner and the heart pins. Yeah I know, you've seen them lots in my creations, so you're probably a little over them, but I love that little sweet finish they give to the flowers. These flowers are gorgeous and are from Flourish with a Bling in Australia. I have used these in a couple of makes now and I'm going back for more, I just love them! I added some Marianne Design leaves from the Chinese Roses die, cut from Kraft card, just to finish the blooms and of course, what's a 40th birthday card without the gentle reminder that you've 'come of age'! So I cut the numbers using my favourite set of number dies from Marianne Design.


Thanks for popping in today. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my lil' creation for my gorgeous pal Nikki's 40th birthday. Let's hope it wings its way to England at lightning speed! I never am fab at getting my creations ready well ahead of time. Thank goodness it's the thought that counts right?! See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean Challenge: #86 ~ Vintage
A Creative Romance: A Touch of Kraft
Allsorts Challenge: #275 ~ Pretty in Pink
Brown Sugar Challenge: # 110 ~ Use Lace
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Leaves & Lace
Crafty Girls Challenges: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies: #34 ~ Girly & Lacy
Crafting From The Heart: #35 ~ Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces Digital Stamp Challenges: Use a Digi Stamp
613 Avenue Create: #88 ~ Anything Goes with a Colour Challenge Twist

Monday, 8 September 2014

No Stamps Allowed!

We have a new challenge starting today at Dream Valley Challenges. It's an interesting one too, the challenge theme is 'no stamps allowed'. I can't wait to see how you interpret that one. I've interpreted it to mean, no hand coloured rubber or digi stamps and have chosen to go for a pre-coloured decoupage sheet, which I've cut and layered to make my card.


I have a thing for Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies. I've loved them ever since I was introduced to them by the mum of one of my lil' patients in England. Cicely's imagery is enchanting and wistful. So when I came across her range in decoupage form in one of my favourite UK craft magazines a few years ago, I just knew I had to have them. They are already inked and ready to be layered up. This little cutie, the Rose Fairy, is one of my favourite images of Cicely's along with the Candytuft Fairy. If you've not discovered these beautiful images before, there's a world of enchantment awaiting you! I made this card for one of my Aunts who grows Heritage Roses in Northland, New Zealand and like me, has a real soft spot for the Flower Fairies of Cicely Mary Barker.


I kept the embellishments to a minimum as I really wanted the beautiful decoupage image to be the feature. I added all the decoupage layers to the base image using my Pinflair gel glue. I don't know what I'd do without this glue, it's brilliant! I then added the image to a card base, that I had embossed with spots and swirls using my Texture Boutique embossing machine. I finished the card with a very simple strip of pink card and a pretty burgundy pink organza ribbon, which I've tied using Jak Heath's double bow tutorial. I have it permanently loaded on my computer, as I use it so often! Thanks Jak, for this wonderful tutorial.


I hope you like what you've seen today. Pop on over to the Dream Valley Challenge to see what my talented teamies have also been up to. We are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish Stamps this challenge, so why not come and join us in the challenge! I'd so love to see what you come up with. See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: Add Ribbons
Loves Rubberstamps: #119 ~ Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #187 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenges: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #73 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #127 ~ It's Summertime!
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #193 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers & More Challenge: #122 ~ Make an Impression
613 Avenue Create: #88 ~ Anything Goes with Optional Colour Challenge

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