Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Favourite Five Christmas Cards of 2015

Hey again, I've just popped in to post my favourite 5 Christmas cards for this year. I love to join in with Debby's challenge when it pops up at the end of each year. I was sitting here today and it struck me I hadn't yet checked this year! So here it is, my favourite 5 Christmas cards of 2015.

I had fun making Christmas cards this year and would love to see your 'Top 5', so come along and join Debby's challenge too. You can find her challenge here via this link.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas break and the happiest New Year. May all your dreams be your reality in 2016. Go get them! Hugs, Wends x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Sugar Nellie ~ Winter Birthday

Well Christmas has come and gone in a blur. The kiddies have been spoilt to bits and loved every minute of it. We've had a glorious warm Summer day for Christmas which we spent at my brothers place with all the extended family. He has a gorgeous house overlooking the Manukau harbour in Auckland with a lovely big yard and a chicken run at the bottom of it. So the kids had great fun enjoying the Kiwi sunshine and gathering eggs from the chooks.

I've popped in today to share my last Christmas card of the season. It's a little bit late sharing, but things were manic in the lead up to Christmas. So here it is. A simple kraft paper backing for a sweet Sugar Nellie image. One I really wanted to use this year, having bought it earlier in the year. I just love this sweet penguin and his little mousy pal from the talents of Marina Fedotova. I kept it simple, because time is always at a premium in the lead up to Christmas.

I have used an embossing folder with snowflakes on the kraft backing, which was just me playing with the new folder when it arrived with my Quick Cards magazine, issue 143. I loved the effect, so wanted to use it on a card. I'm not one to throw things away, so most of my 'play and experimentation' gets used. I added a simple red glittery mesh ribbon behind the image for a bit of sparkle and interest and a snowflake corner from Memory Box for which I glittered for the lower left corner. I've coloured this sweet Sugar Nellie image with my Promarkers and glittered the fur on the hat for texture.

The sentiment is a lovely Lili of the Valley sentiment. I added a circle of glitter around the sentiment to bring balance. The sentiment I kept neutral, as this card is actually for a Winter Birthday and has been sent to Denmark to a lovely blog pal who has a birthday close to Christmas. I just love the way the glitter sparkles around the edge of the sentiment, it adds that little 'je ne sais quoi' necessary to finish the card. 

Well that's it from me for now. We've had a lovely day yesterday catching up with friends from Canada, we visited Auckland Zoo and had dinner at Wagamama before finishing the night off at ours for Pepparkakor and Coffee. We have party plans in full swing for New Years, so there's no time to slow down now! Love and hugs to you all and Happy New Year wishes, that all your passions, dreams and desires be your reality in 2016. Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Creations Challenges: #305 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Winter Wonderland
The Sugar Bowl: #131 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Creative Inspirations: #341 ~ Anything Goes (+ Sketch)
Pile It On Challenge: Anything 'Christmas/Winter' Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #82 ~ Something Old, Something New
Passion For Promarkers: #326 ~ Mega Christmas Challenge (Third Entry)
Papertake Weekly: Last Ever Challenge - Take Your Pic ~ Flash back to Let It Snow *
Mod Squad Challenge: Anything Goes (Thanks for the Top 3 honour last challenge ladies! x)

*Dawny and the Papertake Weekly Crew ~ you will be missed! I loved your challenge and wish you all joy and success in whatever crafty adventures you set out on next. Thanks for all the great challenges xxx

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Merry Christmas

Hey there my lovely blog pals. Here we are at the end of the year, Christmas day just around the corner. But we have been working hard at Sweet Stampin' this year to keep the challenges rolling and we have our last challenge for Team Abi and the final challenge of the year for Sweet Stampin' starting today. So we would love you to come and join us one last time in 2015 and share your gorgeous festive creations. Our challenge theme this week is 'Merry Christmas' and we are thrilled to be sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Ribbons, so the winner is in for a truly fabulous prize.

I have been busy making some CAS style Christmas cards so I could get a few done quickly. I used some card bases that came with a craft magazine this year, which had lovely Christmas colours and themes and diecut an image to sit in the centre of the circular design on the card. I added a layer of glitter just inside the gold circle, which in reality looks really sparkly and pretty and set up the image really well. 

I've used a super cute Saturated Canary image by Krista Smith for this card and coloured it with my Promarkers. I think this is such a sweet image and it reminded me of one of Zac's little Playcentre friends who moved away earlier this year, so it's been posted to her for Christmas. I made her a little card previously with another of Krista's gorgeous images, which so looked like her, and I thought this was a cute Winter version. Though her hair isn't pink! That was just for fun. You can see the other card I made for her here.

I used a lovely sentiment from a Mulberry Wood set that was a free gift from Issue 133 of Quick Cards Magazine for this card. I used London Fog Memento Ink to stamp the sentiment directly onto the card base. I added a simple strip of self adhesive cotton lace under the image to finish the card. Just a touch of Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels in Diamond Sprinkles to finish the snow and fur and my card was done. Very CAS but I think quite pretty and so simple for a quick Christmas make.

Well that's my quick Christmas make for today. I hope you've still got a little time in your calendar to come and play along with us for our last challenge of the year. We've had a wonderful year of fabulous fun challenges at Sweet Stampin'. With some wonderful entries by very talented crafters. So thank you for coming and playing along with us. We've had some friends come and go on the DT, but have also had a wonderful steadfast crew of talented crafters bringing their magic and creativity to the challenges every week and I'm grateful and happy to have been part of the team this year. So that's it from me today. Enjoy your Christmas preparations and the festivities to follow. Merry Christmas to you all! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Card Mania Challenges: #75 ~ Christmas
Crafty Cardmaker's & More: #154 ~ Snow
Deep Ocean Challenge: #119 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Just a Pinch 'of Glitter'
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #59 ~ Diecuts for Christmas
Passion For Promarkers: #326 ~ Mega Christmas Challenge
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: November/December ~ Sparkle
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Die Crazy (Stitched Circle Die)
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #89 ~ Anything 'Winter' Goes
Moving Along With The Times: To A Special Person at Christmas (Zac's Little Pal)

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Snowflakes

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and it's our final challenge for the year! It's being hosted by our lovely Wendy, whose chosen the theme of 'Snowflakes' for todays challenge. So that's going to be a cinch with all the Christmas crafting we're all doing right now. I know I live in the Southern Hemisphere and ought to be doing Summer scenes on my Christmas cards, but I've always loved the Winter Christmas images.

I've had a day of feeling sorry for myself after eating too many crackers with cheese at my nephews birthday party last night. It was such yummy cheese, but my gallbladder had me up all night! Not keen on repeating that in a hurry. So I had a quiet day recuperating today. After lunch, I had a panicked feeling that in all our Christmas events madness I'd forgotten something, which was of course my DT card for todays challenge! So in rather a hurry, while I cooked the kiddos dinner (we had friends for dinner too) I inked up this sweet fairy from Bugaboo and whipped up a super CAS card. I used a lovely image which I won in a challenge a while back from our lovely sponsors for this challenge. She's called Fairy Christmas and I think she's just perfect for Wendy's theme.

I used a digital paper from Pink Petticoat to create the snowfall backdrop and placed my image a little bit lower than the paper edge, to make it look like she's sitting in snow. I added some Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels in Diamond Sprinkles to the fairy's hat and to create the snow around her. It looks much better in reality than it does in photos, the camera doesn't capture the texture or light refraction properly, but it works really well for snow, white fur etc. I really like using it for these.

I was in a hurry to finish up my card, so there are a couple of things I've yet to do. I still need to add some liquid pearls to the pearls on her arms and I forgot to add a sentiment! So I'll pull one out and stamp it directly on the top left corner on the snowy background. I'll add a pic once I've done this. I mounted the image panel on white fun foam to add a bit of dimension and then added it to my top fold white base card. So, that's my crafty adventure for today. Extremely CAS, with just a little banner of La La Land snowflakes to finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed reading my journey to create this card and I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge. So I hope you'll come and join us for our 'Snowflakes' challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. It's our last challenge for the year! So do pop in on my awesome teamies, who've created some fabulous inspiration for the challenge. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad: All That Glitters - Top 3!
Card Mania Challenge: #75 ~ Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges: #81 ~ Merry Christmas
Pile It On Challenge: #98 ~ Anything Christmas/Winter (ends 10/01)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #59 Diecuts for Christmas
A Gem of a Challenge: #159 ~ Anything 'Christmas' Goes (ends 08/01)
The Ribbon Girl: December Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: The Holly & The Ivy (Holly Wings on my fairy)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Holly Jolly Stamping (Christmas themed)
Passion For Promarkers: #326 ~ Christmas Challenge (Image ~ Promarkers) (ends 05/01)

Update: I won the gorgeous Ribbon prize from The Ribbon Girl challenge. So so gorgeous, thank you so much ladies and Merry Christmas!

Second Update: I made Top 3 on the Mod Squad challenge with this card. Thank you ladies. I'm so thrilled. 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Sweet Stampin' - It's Snow Time!

Check me out, I've done several posts this week! I can't quite believe it when I've been so busy with the kiddies end of year celebrations. Here in New Zealand, the school year follows the calendar year, so our kiddies are finishing up their class work, getting their school reports and putting on Christmas Variety shows. It's been a whirlwind week. But I did manage (albeit last minute) to find a moment to put together this card for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. 

We are super spoilt to have been given some gorgeous images to work with from All Dressed Up Stamps, who are our sponsors for this challenge. I merged the sweet image I was given to work with, with another of their gorgeous images for my DT creation. The first image is called Christmas Post and the second image is one of three girls from a set of images called Three Little Autumn Girls. I merged them in Word and printed them on A5 paper, so that I could easily make up a long CAS style card.

I've gone for a really CAS design for this creation and I knew I wanted to do this even before I was pressed for time. I wanted the two merged images to be the focus and I've had a pretty Spellbinders border die in my collection for quite some time, that I just don't use enough. So I thought I'd make it a very CAS design for this one. A bit of ribbon, some time spent with the Promarkers getting the shading right (okay it's not perfect, but I try) a bit of glitter and a sweet sentiment from Lili of the Valley's A5 Verses set and my card was done.

I look forward to seeing what you'll come up with for our challenge this week. The theme for the challenge is 'It's Snow Time'. So we'd love to see all your snowy, snowflake makes this week. Remember you need to 'stamp' on your card to have a shot at our lovely prize please. This week our lovely sponsors All Dressed Up are offering a generous digital stamps prize. So get your ink out and come join the fun!

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, I hope your Christmas prep is going well. I'm grateful for all the DT Christmas creations I've made this year, it's really added to my preparations. This is one more to add to the pile! Now to send them all out. Huge hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #275 ~ Winter
Crafty Catz: #304 ~ Let It Snow
I Love Promarkers: #297 ~ Winter
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: # 402 ~ Festive Colours
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Let It Snow
Creatalicious Challenges: #81 ~ Merry Christmas
All Dressed Up: #46 ~ Anything 'All Dressed Up' Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #118 ~ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Whimsy Inspirations Challenges: #88 ~ Anything 'Holidays' Goes

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Southern Girls ~ A Bit Of What You Fancy

I'm at my wee boys prize giving right now. He doesn't know it, but he's getting a mention today. I'm so excited for him! Then he'll be donning the wings I've been working hard to make all week for the class play tomorrow. Quite a week it's been for us all already and yet still so much to come. But right now, I need to tell you about my DT creation. It's our last challenge for the year at Southern Girls. We'll be taking a little break over Christmas, so this is the final challenge to join us in for 2015. I'm joining in with the Team Trace girlies today and this challenge we would love to see 'A Little Bit of What You Fancy'. (I think that's code for 'Anything Goes', but shhh, that's just between you and me).

Our sponsors for this challenge (and we're spoilt to have two!) are Lemon Shortbread and A Random Fan. I was given a beautiful image by Lemon Shortbread to use for this challenge. It's called Flower Headband Fairy Girl.

I just love this image, it's so wistful and dreamy. So I went for wistful and dreamy in my card design. The minute I saw her, I knew I wanted to use blue for her eyes, the flowers and her dress. So I nearly fell over, when I went to pop her up on our DT blog and my lovely teamie Chris had done the same. Great minds!

I love working with diecuts, I love flowers and I love pearls. So this card has a little bit of what I fancy. I used a pretty heart border from Whiff of Joy, and an MFT flourish. I added a silk flower and two Wild Orchid Crafts sweetheart blossoms. The papers are First Edition Spring Drop. I've coloured the image with my Promarkers and used a Wink of Stella pen to colour the green leaves. So in the right light, there's a lovely shimmer on her headband.

Come and join us with a little bit of what YOU fancy. I can't wait to see what you create. Will it be CAS or fussy and fancy? Will you go minimalist, or throw everything you have at it. I love a good crafty adventure, so come and show us what YOU love. 

I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. But between now and then, I have two families to feed, so I need to get to the grocers! I'll leave you with a pic of my wee girlie, which was taken after one of her aunties made her a daisy chain crown. It so made me think of her when I saw this sweet image from Lemon Shortbread. Have a gorgeous day. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #152 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Recipe ~ Patterned Paper, Flowers, Diecut
Creative Inspirations: #338 ~ Anything Goes (variation of the sketch)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: November/December ~ Sparkles (leaves on wreath & paper) (10/01)
As You Like It: Masculine or Feminine? I prefer girlie makes myself. The pretty colours, flowers, lace, ribbon and pearls. Definitely my prefered style.

Update: Here's my baby with his 'Teachers Choice' award he received at the School Prize-giving Assembly this morning. So proud of this sweet wee man.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Wow, can you believe we're now in December? The kids were busy trimming the Christmas tree last night. That's our tradition, we trim the tree on December 1st. They look forward to that almost as much as Christmas day and putting the tree up December 1st makes Christmas last a little longer. So I'm all good with that! Hubby was hovering last night, telling them where to put things, I had to nudge him to stand back and just let them do it themselves, it's a sparkly extravaganza of childhood joy. Nothing matches, is even or symmetrical, but they did it, so I love it! But I'm really here today to share my DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky, so let's get to that. Our new challenge starts today and our theme, chosen by our lovely Pat, appropriately, is 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'.

We were given some lovely images to work with by our fabulous sponsor 'The Paper Shelter' and the DT have been hard at work creating some wonderful inspiration for all. I chose to work with both of the images, as I decided to make my kiddos a Santa Sack tag. So I've added a little Initial to mark whose is whose. These joyful Santa images from The Paper Shelter were perfect for this idea. 

I've used an MFT viewfinder die behind each image to hint at the memories made and captured at this wonderful time of year. On Georgie's tag I added the Santa Selfie image, a string of Christmas stockings diecut from a Couture Creations die and a heart and star diecut from a Simon Says Stamp die set. The '25' and the December calendar stamp which you can just see a peek of behind the image, are from a Kaisercraft stamp set called St Nicholas. I then added a wee tag from my stash which reads, 'He knows if you've been naughty or nice'. 

Zac's tag has the '25' stamp on it again, but I've used a dalarna horse stamp from Panduro Hobby to create a little interest on his tag. That stamp set had swedish style snowflakes and little dalarna horses, so I've had a little inky adventure there. I've added a wee tag on top which reads 'Holiday Magic... is in the air' and finished his tag with a little glittered Christmas tree with a tiny star on top and a teeny 'Z'. So now I just need the Santa Sacks to put them on! Best get sewing I think!! 

The Reindeer Food prop in the following picture, is courtesy of my amazing sister Jani and her fabulous business partner Fiona who together are Gatherum Collectif. Fiona made this wee Reindeer Food bag for the kids to sprinkle outside before they go to bed Christmas Eve. It's said to glow and guide the reindeer to your house. So sweet, I utterly loved the idea! So I saved a bit to use this year from last years bag. If you want to check out what this dynamic duo get up to down-under, you can find their amazing creative adventures here. The Reindeer Food appeared in an article for Your Home & Garden New Zealand.

I had so much fun playing with these sweet Santa images and I know the rest of our fabulous DT did too, so come and join in this challenge with your own Santa creation and let's spread some festive cheer. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
City Crafter Challenge: #290 ~ 123 Tag
Card Mania Challenge: #75 ~ Christmas
Pile It On Challenge: #97 ~ Use Red & Green
Creatalicious Challenges: #81 ~ Merry Christmas
Inky Impressions: #278 ~ Traditional Christmas Colours
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #74 ~ Anything But A Card
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #59 ~ Diecuts for Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge: #118 ~ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas

I can't believe how fast Christmas is now approaching. I'm so glad we've been running a monthly Christmas challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. It's sure helped me get my Christmas card stash together a bit faster this year. It's time again for our next Christmas challenge at Fab 'n' Funky hosted by our lovely Chris. So get all your Christmas cheer flowing and join us for this week's challenge.

We are super excited to be sponsored by the wonderful Kenny K stamps this week and all the DT have been hard at work creating with these lovely images. I've gone for a slightly different twist this week. I've always really loved the cheeky Christmas song 'Santa Baby'. I love the Kylie Minogue version, but it's been done by Madonna, Taylor Swift and of course the iconic original 1953 version by Eartha Kitt. Cheeky, irreverent, grown up Christmas list, not at all what you want to be teaching your children to write to Santa! But this image just made my head and heart go straight there!

The awesome voluptuous image I've used is Kenny K's 'Foxy Mama'. I've never been a skinny pin, so I think this 'all woman' image is fabulous and really appealed to me with all those curves. I even cheekily coloured her up with my hair and eye colour. I think she's perfect for this cheeky alternative Christmas Eve Santa note.

I layered up the paper, lyrics and image before printing. I've used a blackboard paper, added the 'Santa Baby' lyrics in white and then inked up the Foxy Mama stamp with my Promarkers. I've used red and green on her dress to tie in with the Christmas theme and gave her sparkly green shoes to finish. I used Glitter Magic to add the sparkle to her shoes. 

So what will you make for our Christmas challenge? I am so looking forward to seeing what you come up with. It's officially ONE MONTH until Christmas today! So there's not a lot of time left to do our Christmas preparations. We hope you'll come and join in the fun with us this week. Do stop by the blog and visit my talented teamies who've come up with some really fabulous Christmas creations with Kenny's awesome images. I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs to you all, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
CAS on Sunday: #72 ~ Christmas
613 Avenue Create: #151 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge: #81 ~ Merry Christmas
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick ~ Red & Green
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: #207 ~ Winter Wonderland
Passion For Promarkers: #324 ~ Christmas Is Coming
Inky Impressions: #278 ~ Traditional Christmas Colours
A Gem Of A Challenge: #158 ~ Inspired By A Christmas Song or Carol
As You Like It: Fav' Season ~ For me it's Christmas and more specifically, a 'Winter' Christmas. I grew up in New Zealand, so ours was always a Summer Christmas, which was weird when most of our commercial Christmas cards still depicted a British Winter Christmas! I love the Summer New Years here in NZ, bonfires on the beach, BBQ's and Summer fun, but Christmas never 'made sense' to me or felt right, until I lived in the UK and we had our first 'Winter Christmas'. Mulled Wine, Pepperkaker (Swedish Gingerbread), and warm fires and if we were really lucky - snow outside. So my favourite season is Christmas - Winter Christmas.

Update: I won a Top 3 prize from Kenny K's Krafty Krew. Thank you so much ladies! The Top 3 win one of Kenny's lovely images. Thank you so much. Congrats to my DT pal Pat K who won the challenge too!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Let's Dance!

Hey there my lovely blog buddies, I hope you've all had good weeks. Mine has gone by in a blur, so much so, that I found myself burning the midnight oil last night trying to get this card finished for my DT post today. But oh my goodness, how sweet is this image! I've had this rubber stamp in my collection for a couple of years now and just love it, but isn't there something fabulous about digi's? Being able to resize them etc. So when I saw that Sylvia Zet had released her SCACD collection of images as digi's you know I snapped up just about every one! I LOVE these sweet images and if you didn't know this had happened, you can check them all out here in Sylvia's digital collection.

The stamp I have used is called Loli's Dance. I utterly love this image and it was such a perfect fit for our challenge this week at Sweet Stampin', because we are celebrating the beauty of movement with our 'Let's Dance' challenge. So crafty pals, pull out your ink and stamps and join us in a fabulous challenge this week. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

It's pouring here in Auckland, so not brilliant weather for taking photos. So the lighting in this isn't brilliant, but I think you still get the gist of the creation. Loli is still utterly enchanting as is her sweet Squirrel pal. I love his little tambourine, such a cute pair. My creation is very RED, so doesn't photograph particularly well, but it's very sparkly and pretty IRL. I've given Loli sparkly red shoes, and added Stickles to her rose in her hair. I used a Letraset Metallic Marker in silver to add the metallic sheen to the tambourine, Loli's necklace and on the fan. I found some red felt and diecut that into a rolled rose using the free die from Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 137. The pretty flourish was a die from another magazine recently, so I used the same pearlescent black paper as my backing paper to cut that.

The base paper is a red glitter paper which I've used a large Go Create die Frilly #10 to cut and the two smaller black and red papers I cut from the same set but a smaller size. The music sheet I thought was a nice touch to go with the dancers and I cut a smaller layer of the same Go Create die and also a strip to run across the middle to anchor the ribbon. The diecut shape of the sentiment is from a LaLa Land set which I thought worked well with the shape of the card. I wanted to use a 'dance' related sentiment, but had nothing that fit that shape, so went instead for a simple Magnolia Sentiment. I think it works well.

I had some pretty organza ribbon in my stash which I thought would be lovely for this card. So I tied a triple bow (an adaptation of Jak Heath's Double Bow) which I just do an extra loop either side to create the triple bow. I added a little wax seal sticker I had in my stash from Panduro Hobby on the other side with a tail of ribbon and a sentiment to finish the card. Here's another pic which better shows the sparkle of the card.

Thanks for stopping in today, I love your visits. That's all for my DT make today. I'll be back with another crafty adventure really soon. I hope you'll come and join in the fun with our 'Let's Dance' challenge. I can't wait to see your creations and our lucky winner is in for a sweet surprise with a Sweet Stampin' Goodie Bag up for offer. So I'll see you again soon. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Use Any Image
Brown Sugar Challenge: #173 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Sparkle, Bling, Embellish
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge: November/December ~ Sparkle
Allsorts Challenge: At Least 3 Diecuts ~ 7 diecuts on my card if you count the card shape

Update: I won a lovely SLS Lines prize from the Brown Sugar Challenge. Thank you ladies!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Southern Girls ~ Patterned Paper

It's time for a new challenge at Southern Girls and we've a super easy one this fortnight. We want to see your 'Patterned Papers'. So that's pretty much anything goes, as long as you use patterned paper! How cool is that?!! I have such a thing for pretty paper, I have drawers bursting open with lovely papers. So this was not a difficult starting point for me, what was difficult, was narrowing down to which pretty paper to use!

We are being sponsored this challenge by three fabulous stamp companies, The PapernestPolkadoodles and All Dressed Up Stamps. So we will have three lucky winners this challenge. I was given a really fun and fabulous stamp from All Dressed Up to use for this challenge, so that helped me narrow down my paper choice. I've used Country Cowgirl for my creation, so it was pretty easy to choose the papers once I knew I was working with a country/cowgirl theme. I used a lovely bandana style paper as the main background paper. To be honest, with paper like that, you need very little else! I fussy cut around the design, to get the scalloped edge.

A while back, I bought some really lovely dies from Whimsy Stamps, which included some cowboy boots, a sheriff badge and horseshoe. So I diecut those from some brown paper that had cowboy ephemera (pale like a watermark) all over it and added them randomly down the left side with a little loop of string to look like a lasso. I added a hessian strip behind to ground the design and inked and embossed the sentiment. The sentiment is from a Whimsy Stamps set called It's Play Time

On the right hand side, I added a little metal trinket that I pulled off a hand soap pump recently. It reminded me a bit of the bolo ties you see Cowboys wearing, so I added a couple of charms to the long looped end that had fitted around the neck of the liquid soap and tied it off, then ran the tie across the back of the amulet and let the charms hang down by the aglets. The amulet is actually quite heavy, so I was worried that it would fall off the card, but my Pinflair Glue Gel is some seriously sticky stuff and it held fast within minutes of applying. I love working with that glue it's awesome and never lets me down. I added a circle of gray felt just to balance the felt doily I'd added on the other side. 

I've coloured the image with my Promarkers and paper pieced a little gingham shirt on her, because I just LOVE red gingham and I always think it looks good on 'Country' cards. She's such a cool looking chick. I kinda wanna hang out with her. LOL. My sister's business partner's daughter is a horse riding Kiwi country chick, so I've earmarked this for her next birthday. I hope she'll love it as much as I loved making it.

So that's my post for today folks. Y'all come back now ya hear? Hehe, just trying out the lingo. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, go check out the awesome makes my talented teamies have created for this challenge. Big hugs to y'all, Wends x

Ooh hey, nearly forgot to mention too, did you know Southern Girls are having a DT Call out right now? We are looking for some fun loving crafty pals to join our happy Southern Girls team. You can check out the DT Call here.

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #301 ~ Girls Only
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Dream Valley: #119 ~ Shaped Cards
613 Avenue Create: #150 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me Challenge: Autumn/Fall Colours
All Dressed Up Challenge: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #254 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiment Challenges: #145 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Update: I WON the All Dressed Up Challenge. Thank you so much ladies. So looking forward to having some new ADU stamps to play with. 

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