Saturday, 29 August 2015

Sweet Stampin' - School Days

Woohoo, check me out, it's only been a couple of days, and I'm back again with a new post. I'm on a roll, LOL. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we are looking forward to seeing your 'School Days' creations. 

I chose to make a bookmark for my daughter Georgie for this challenge. She's done so well with her reading this year, she's top of her class for Reading & Comprehension, so I thought it would be nice to celebrate this with a special bookmark to mark this achievement. I found an enchanting stamp from 'A Day For Daisies' for this make called 'Book Dreams'.

I love this enchanting stamp. When I'd coloured this up for Georgie, I could see that it would make a great gift for my book loving Swedish pal, so I made one for her too.

Once I had tracked down a quote I loved, I used my computer to create the sentiment beside the image, which is a Neil Gaiman quote and reads...

"A book is a dream that you hold in your hand" ~ Neil Gaiman

I think this quote is so perfect for this image and a great celebration of how well our daughter is doing with her reading in school.

I've used my Distress Inks to colour up both these sweet images and I've printed them onto two very gorgeous Michele Roos digital papers and digitally added a shadow to each image. The sweet blue butterfly paper was offered free by Michele as a promotion and so was the pretty coral pink paper. I have loads of her delish papers and I've been wanting to use these two pretty papers for some time, and thought this make worked really well with them. I have been hunting to find the name of the two papers, so I could reference them properly, but alas haven't yet, so watch this space, I'll update when I have the detes.

The cool tassels I've tied on the bookmarks, came on a fancy soap wash I bought a while back and I knew I'd find the perfect make to include these on. So happy with how they look on these bookmarks. I'm actually going to laminate both the bookmarks and then add the tassels again afterwards. But wanted to take the pics first incase something went wrong in the laminating process! Don't laugh, it's happened before!!

Right, that's it from me tonight. Pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog to check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to and join us for this fun 'School Days' challenge, there's a fab prize up for grabs from 'Crafts U Love'. See ya'll again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cutie Pie Challenge: #90 ~ Cute & Girly
Crafting From The Heart: #75 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes + Optional Twist CYOC
Crafty Catz Challenge: #290 ~ Use a Golden Oldie Stamp (I've had this digital stamp ages!)
Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes with a Stamp and a Die (ADFD digital stamp and Spellbinders die use to create shaped end of bookmark.)
Dream Valley Challenge: #114 ~ Back To School (Bookmark created for my daughter to use in her school reading books.)

Update: I won the Dream Valley prize, but was too late to claim. Thanks for the opportunity ladies.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Flowers

A big hello to all my long lost blog buddies, oh no, that's right, it's me who's been long lost! I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post. I know it's Summer in the UK and you're all enjoying the sunshine and your holibobs, but it's Winter here and we've been under house arrest with horrid Winter bugs for far too long. So although we've been bug free this past week, I have still felt the Winter funk and just didn't have the will to craft! I know right, beyond tragic to have lost the will to craft!! But gladly, making my DT card for the gorgeous Southern Girlies, put me back in the mood for a little crafty joy and sunshine. 

It's time to be kicking off a new challenge at Southern Girls and this week we've such a lovely theme for you, it's 'Flowers'. So I went all dreamy and used watercolours on my make for this challenge. I'd love to know what you think of it. I'm still new to the distress markers, but this was such fun to make. It was a really grey day when I was trying to capture these pics, so they're a little darker than they should be. You can't tell at all, that the card base is a lovely warm plum colour and really sets off the deeper pinky tones in the card.

This fabulous stamp is from our sponsor this challenge - Oddball Art Stamps. This stamp is Sweet Sai Fairy and I think she's just lovely. I coloured her with Distress Inks and although I'd love to say those divine watercolour blooms are also my handiwork, I have to confess they are in fact a gorgeous digital paper, from Craftberry Bush, which I've merged with Sai and printed onto my watercolour paper. I'm so pleased with how this came out, right down to the little leaves I had to add in when the merge chopped a few leaves off to the left of Sai's face. Did you spot that?

The sentiment stamp I've used is a lovely one I picked up from the Ally Pally craft fair years ago and reads...

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature" Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I didn't want to use my dark green ink for this, as it would have been too stark a contrast to the lovely soft colours I'd used for Sai, but you do have to be close up to read the detail as the paler ink is a bit trickier to read. So I've stamped the same sentiment again inside the card in darker green ink.

Did you also notice my sneaky trick with Sai's colouring? I really wanted a soft look but didn't want grayscale as I really can't do that 'no lines' colouring justice. But I wanted a softer look that would tone in with the green in the flowers. So I changed the line colour of the digi to green and I'm so happy with the effect. I think it worked rather well for this card. Now squint a bit when you look at the colouring on Sai, I'm still getting the hang of the Distress Markers! I really love the soft wash they give you and though I've not got my shading down yet, I do like the finish on this one. I've borrowed a little trick from our lovely blog mama Louise with this card, and finished it with Sequins. She's the Queen of sequins at Southern Girls and I love the way she uses them, so this is my hat tip to Lou.

Right my lovelies, I'm off to catch some 'Arrow' with hubby, we're working through the back catalogue. Catch ya'll again really soon and do pop on over to the Southern Girls blog to check out what my talented teamies have been up to and to come and join us with your own 'Flower' inspired creations. I look forward to seeing how you interpret the challenge! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts Challenge: Use Roses
Crafty Catz Challenge: #289 ~ Flowers
The ABC Challenge: 'P' Is For Pretty In Pink
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick - Technique ~ Distressed Paper Edges

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Bottoms Up!

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I feel like I've spent all Winter moaning about the kids getting bugs, and here I go again! I've had another week with Zac off school. I myself spent last Saturday in bed with a high fever. Zac just couldn't kick this bug. So despite trying to send him into school Wednesday thinking he was past the worst, they sent him home again midday. He finally had a full day back on Friday. Poor little dude, it's tough starting school and getting hammered by all the new bugs! Fingers crossed he'll last the whole week coming. 

The Sweet Stampin' crew are offering a surprise 'Goody Bag' for this weeks challenge. Lucky winner! After the week I've had, I really feel like I could go a glass of something sparkly! Which leads me very nicely to this weeks challenge at Sweet Stampin'. Our theme is 'Bottoms Up'! Which you can interpret however you like, but I've gone for the obvious bottle of bubbly. 

This sweet gal is already half cut as evidenced by the wobbly gait and bleeding lipstick! Hehe. But she's up for a party. So this card will be winging it's way soon to a pal who's about to have a birthday. Don't you love her gold shoes?! I wish they showed better in the pics, they're a lovely metallic gold, thanks to my Gold Metallic Marker from Letraset. I used the same marker around the champagne bottle label. I totally messed up her lipstick, but decided to keep going as mine always bleeds when I've had a drink or two, so I think it kinda works, whatcha reckon?

I used a cool digital paper from The Sweet Shoppe by artist Kristin Cronin-Barrow. It's actually a pocket scrapbooking card from her 2014 Happy New Year collection, but thanks to the flexibility of digital papers, I was able to blow it up bigger and use it in a slightly different way. I added the DigiStamp Boutique image Party Zara in PNG form onto the paper and printed the page out, colouring the image with my Promarkers after printing. I love the sentiment on this digital paper and thought it would work well for a number of events. 

I mounted the image panel on foam strips and added a panel of gold glitter paper to the left hand side, to add that little bit of extra sparkle. It's not captured well in these pics, but the main image panel sits slightly higher than the glitter card. My teamies have been hard at work on their 'Bottoms Up' creations, so go check them out on the challenge blog and do come join us with your own interpretation of the challenge. We'd love to see what you do! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursdays: #386 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #137 ~ Anything Goes - No Twist
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Food and/or Drink
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges: #240 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #74 ~ Anything Goes/Summer Sun
City Crafter Challenge: #274 ~ Mood Board - Gold, Browns & Blue Inspired
Card Mania Challenge: #71 ~ Anniversary (This card I'm giving as a birthday card, but could easily have been an Anniversary, Engagement card. Happy Birthday ladies!)
Crafty Catz Challenge: #288 ~ New Beginnings (What is a birthday if it isn't the beginning of your next exciting year of life?!)

Monday, 10 August 2015

Les Buddies!

Hi blogging buddies. Wow this week has been a long one. Poorly kiddos again and just to top it off, I spent all Saturday in bed, boo! Not my favourite way to spend the day, with a high fever. But on a happy note, seems I've burned off the bugs and feel loads better today. Well enough in fact, to share with you a fun crafty make I made for my brother-in-law, who had his birthday this past week. He's a huge fan of the Minions and came with us to the recent Minions movie. We all really enjoyed the movie, so when I was thinking of what to make for his birthday card, I thought a lil' Minion would be really fun. 

I saw something similar recently on another bloggers site, I can't recall where or I'd give her a lil' hat-tip. But suffice to say, the idea is not original to me, but this is my take on it. When I was creating this, I had the general idea in my head, a pill shaped yellow thingy wearing dungarees, right?! Think I captured the essence.

So there was a process I went through to create this fun card. First I made a mental note of what these wee critters look like and then found some paper that toned with their banana yellow flesh. I added a few appropriately placed strips of POP tape in denim to create the dungarees. I used my Metallic Promarker to freehand draw the little stitching on the dungarees, which came out better than I'd hoped, as the tape is quite shiny and I wasn't sure it would set on that surface, but it worked a treat. LOVE my Letraset pens, they never fail me.

To create the glasses, I cut a circle frame using two circle dies held together by washy tape, so they didn't move to give just enough depth for the silver frame. I used a silver cardstock for this. I diecut a white circle the size of the bigger frame circle and then a really tiny black one to create the pupil. I didn't think I needed to do the iris as well, but if you're being fancy, that could be done too.

Now these little guys, AKA 'Les Buddies', were in the recent film and my kiddos as a treat had a McDee's, which came with these lil guys on their box, so I kept the box and the good lil' recycler I am, turned them into part of the card. So the sentiment went above, hand-written, which read, Happy Birthday and Lots of Love, from Les Buddies! Needless to say, my brother-in-law was nuts about this and the kiddos got a very happy phone call after he opened the parcel (which included a 'Les Buddies' shirt too!)

I hope this brings a smile to your face. It was too easy really and great fun to do. If you've any Minion fans, have a go, it's super fun and really simple. I'll be back to check on ya'll soon, but now it's time to go hang out with the biggest Minion loving dude in the house. Catch ya later. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #72 ~ Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge: #158 ~ Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #239 ~ Card for a Child (A 'Big' Kid!)
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with option of Black White & One other colour (If you don't count the yellow 'skin', it's black, white and denim :)

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Bon Voyage

Hey there lovely blog buddies. We are kicking off a new challenge today over on the Sweet Stampin' blog. This time, we are looking for all your travel and farewell inspired creations. Our wonderful sponsors for this challenge are the lovely team at Crafty Ribbons. So our winner is in for a sweet prize!

Our 'Bon Voyage' travel theme worked really well for me, as my mummy is overseas with my baby sister right now, helping out after the birth of her baby girl. I took the opportunity when family were all gathered together to say their goodbyes, to have everyone write Mummy a special message (who doesn't love to know how much they're loved and adored right?!). I planned to then post her this lovely snail-mail after she arrived in the US.

I whipped this up in a bit of a hurry, to catch everyone at her farewell dinner, so kept the style very CAS. My mama utterly loves purple, so I reached for a lilac page I had from a beautiful Hobby House set - The Mo Manning Card & Bag Making Kit - which had a pre-cut scalloped circle in it. I thought this was perfect for framing the fun Tiddly Inks image called Joy Ride I've used. I used my Metallic Marker from Letraset to colour the car. Shame you can't quite see the metallic sheen in this pic, but it's there! I used Promarkers for the rest of the colouring all in shades of purple.

We're missing my lovely mummy, but just as she did for me when I was living in the UK and had my babies, she's supporting my youngest sister with her first born. Such precious times and oh my goodness how I needed my mummy. So delighted she can do this now for my baby sis too. An amazing lady and quite the jetset my ma.

Well that's it folks a simple but sweet make from me today. I hope you'll come on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog and join in our 'Bon Voyage' theme this challenge. We'd love to see your take on it. I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #257 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #307 ~ Jolly Holiday
A Bit More Time To Craft: #1 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge: 'O' is for Open ~ Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: July ~ Summer Breeze (Summer Road Trip!)

Update: I made Top 5 with this card on the Passion for Promarkers Challenge. Thanks ladies! So thrilled.

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