Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas

Hey there my lovely blogworld pals. I am off on Spring break right now with the hubby and kiddos. We're down the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand visiting my hubby's Nana who is soon to turn 101! So I'm hoping Mr Blogger has behaved and this post has popped up as scheduled. 

It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and as we've been doing all year, we're encouraging you to pull out your Christmas stamps and be organised for Christmas this year. We're being sponsored by the fabulous Craft Classes Online for this challenge. Man they have some amazing classes on offer. Be sure to check them out! We don't have any set stamps to use for this challenge, which meant I could pull out some of my lovely Lili of the Valley toppers I've been wanting to use. These are fab for making quick Christmas cards. I just love these sweet characters.

I've made two cards using the same card base, which is a lovely slate grey textured cardstock (linen weave). For the first card above, I used a gorgeous page which I believe is a Maja Design page from the Crie Diem set. It was part of a gorgeous set of papers (cut down 12x12's) that I won some time ago on the lovely Bev Rochester's blog. I edged the paper and image with red ink and used a red mat to highlight the red details in the image. Very CAS and quick and easy and I love the finished look. I do like to let beautiful papers have their spot in the limelight! So no extra trimmings (quite enough in the sweet image).

The second image is another gorgeous Lili of the Valley topper which I bought absolutely years ago now, when I first started card making from the Ebay site for LOTV older stock. I really should have used them sooner and have always meant to pull them out for a quick Christmas make. So I thought I'd make two and start to use some of my older stash. The gorgeous slate grey gingham I've had equally as long and I bought at the Ally Pally fair from the lovely Anna Marie Designs store. I edged the image and paper with Walnut Distress Ink on this card, matted with red card and finished with a sweet satin trimmed organza ribbon. I added a sentiment on the front of the card this time, which I stamped straight onto the gingham paper. I really like the way this worked out.

The first card, I added a liner and stamped the sentiment inside the card. It's a lovely Stampendous sentiment that I used for both cards, which reads, 'have yourself a merry little Christmas'. You've started singing now haven't you? I can't help myself! LOL. 

Well that's it from me tonight folks. I need to head to bed, as I have to pack the kiddies things tomorrow for our trip away. It shouldn't be too arduous a task as hubby is taking the kids to the Zoo for the day. Georgie is going to be a 'Junior Zoo Keeper' for the day. Very exciting day ahead of her. I'll catch up with you all when I'm back from our trip South. In the meantime, be sure to stop in on the blogs of my lovely teamies to check out what they've been up to for this challenge and be sure to join us with your own festive make. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Sweet Stampin' - No White Card Bases

I swear someone has flipped the switch into double time lately. Time is just whizzing by! I hope you're all well and enjoying the fading summer days in the Northern Hemisphere. Here, down under, we are starting to see the beginning of Spring, but it's still chilly, though the blossoms and beautiful Magnolia's give us hope of sunny days soon to come. Now today, is the beginning of the new challenge at Sweet Stampin'. We have a fantastic theme this time and oh so simple! 'No White Card Bases'. Easy peasy, we just want to see some colour. 

I've been so wanting to play with my Sugar Nellie stamps and have had no time to do so lately. So I was so pleased that we're being sponsored by Funky Kits for this challenge, I thought it was a great excuse to pull out one of my lovely Sugar Nellies. I think this image is so enchanting. She's called Amber and is from the Sugar Nellie Vintage Adorables range. I just love this image and thought she'd look fab with sunshine blonde hair, but it's not photographed well. There isn't such a stark contrast between the blonde hues in reality, so just squint when you look! Haha. Not sure how to get around that, I tried two different cameras, but oh well. So here are the two pics.

I used some pink Wink of Stella on the flower centres, which didn't show well in the above pic, so have added the pic below to better show the colour, sadly it doesn't show the sparkle though.

I love gingham, I'm crazy about it actually. I always have a red gingham tablecloth on the table, it's a wipe clean version for the kids and when we have guests it just gets swapped out for a cloth version! So I loved using the pink gingham for this card. I found a really lovely paper amongst some old magazine giveaways, and thought it would be perfect for this sweet image. I've used my MFT Blueprints 14 for the first time on this card too. Really should have pulled it out for a play sooner, have had it a while! But I love the way it came out and those of you who have this set can imagine I'm sure how many times I played with all the elements before settling on this layout! Love all the different bits, it's such a fab set. The lovely wooden hearts are from a Studio Calico set which you can find at SpiegelMom Scraps. My card base is a lovely heavy Kraft card from Anna Marie Designs

Well that's my sweet Sugar Nellie make in a nutshell. I think I'll try a darker hair colour next time after the issues I've had taking a decent pic, but the actual card is lovely, so no way it's getting binned!

I had one last try with my cellphone taking a pic, it was indoors and not great lighting, but actually, the hair looks much better and you can see the sparkle around the image and the shine of the Wink of Stella on the flowers in her hair. 

Now do pop in to the Sweet Stampin' challenge to check out what my other awesomely talented teamies have been up to for this challenge and let a little colour into your creations and come join the fun with us. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, so see you then. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Card Mania: #72 ~ Pastel Colours
4 Crafty Chicks: #265 ~ Sparkle & Shine
Crafty Cardmakers: #148 ~ Make It Sparkle
Creative Inspirations: #328 ~ Something Sweet
The Sugar Bowl: #129 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #86 ~ Anything Goes or Halloween
Stamping Sensations: September ~ Sew Special (Stitched Dies and Sewn Button)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Teens & Tweens (This card is for my teenage niece's birthday)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Southern Girls ~ Whimsical Fun

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. How has your week been? Mine is whizzing past at breakneck speed! It'll be C@5$#tmas before we know it! LOL. I know, I know, it's a rude swear uttered before December. In my house we use the code word Sausages when talking about Christmas before December. It rolls around all too soon eh? Now that's quite enough of that, I better get to the matter at hand! It's time for a new challenge on the Southern Girls blog and this week we want to see your humorous or whimsical makes. Now what's more whimsical than a fairy? So I've gone that route with my make today.

We are being sponsored by the wonderful Oddball Art Stamps and the DT have been spoilt to be able to use some of their gorgeous images. I chose a sweet and whimsical fairy amongst her toadstools spreading fairy dust. This lovely stamp is called Nixie the Pixie and I think she's perfect for our challenge today. 

Blown up like this, the wee fairies hair looks a bit funny, I should have used another lighter shade to bridge the dark and light, but she's actually pretty tiny, so it's not so obvious in reality. She was a trick to colour actually, which was why I chose to fussy cut her, talk about drawing outside the lines!

I've used glossy accents on the mushroom caps and inked the white paper on the sentiment so it blends with the gorgeous LOTV Raspberry Road paper which is from their Beach Bliss set. I used stickles to glitter the fairies wings and the fairy dust, also the little butterfly got the stickles treatment in places. I kept it very simple as I loved the scene against that fabulous paper, so just added the enamel dots which toned so well to finish that top right corner. 

We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge. The design team have taken really different and fun approaches, so be sure to pop on over to the blog to check out what the rest of my talented teamies have been up to. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts Challenge: #329 ~ Sparkle
Card Mania Challenges: #72 ~ Pastel Colours
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge: #148 ~ Make It Sparkle
Creative Inspirations Challenges: #328 ~ Something Sweet
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: A Blue Project ~ Colour Challenge
Fussy & Fancy Challenge: #148 ~ Fantasy (Not a fussy card, but fantasy for sure!)
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes or Women's Friendship Day (Thanks for the Freebies!)

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Recycling

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies. I've had such a huge week again. I've just popped back from the airport and seeing off my baby brother and his beautiful wife for their big 'O.E', which is what Kiwi's call their 'gap year(s)'.  I just worked out my baby brother is the same age my hubby was when embarked on our big 'O.E' sixteen years ago. My how time flies. It brought back lots of lovely memories of our early days setting off on our travels and some bittersweet ones too, as my daddy was still alive then and I have lovely memories of him waving us goodbye at the airport.

I did find a few minutes today to do a very quick make for our latest challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. Our fab sponsor Bugaboo has very generously given all the DT stamps to work with and I love the one I used. It's a fab new image called Casual Girl. She's so tall and leggy! I just loved this when I saw it and thought it would make a great image for a long thin card. I've coloured the image with my trusty Promarkers.

Our lovely hostess for this challenge is Julieanne and she's chosen the theme 'Recycle or Upcycle'. I love to recycle and am a complete pain to my long-suffering husband as I want to recycle everything! Which means I hoard so much! My recycled element in my card, is the painted paper I've used in the background. My kiddies painted this together quite some time ago and it's done the rounds on family presents as wrapping paper several times. It's getting a bit tatty around the edges now, so I was inspired to give it a new purpose so upcycled it from wrapping paper to backing paper for this card.

In addition to my 'recycled' element, I also have some 'Never Before Used Schtuff', like the rainbow diamantés, which I've used on the corner and on the necklace. Also the little pink satin flower I've used, has been in my stash for at least 10 years! First outing, I swear! Far too long to have something and never have used it. The sentiment is brand new, straight out of the bag tonight and is from a Rosie's Studio set I picked up at a local craft store. Inside the card, I'll put the rest of the sentiment, which will read something along the lines of "So... eat the cake, buy the shoes and wear the diamonds!". I'll tinker till I get it right, but this works for my baby sis who's birthday it is today as she loves a bit of bling. She'll be getting this as soon as I manage to pop it in the post! (It's been that kind of year, seriously!)

Thanks for popping by today and seeing what I got up to with my 'Recycling' challenge. I hope you'll take up the challenge and have a go at crafting with something you've recycled. We'd love to see what you'd do. I'll be back again when I find another minute or two to craft. Have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends x

Update: Here's a pic with the little gift bag I made using the same recycled handmade wrapping paper my kiddies painted. I used my 'We R Memory Keepers' Gift Bag Punch Board to create it.

Finally, here's a pic of the sentiment which I put inside the card. It's computer generated using 'Word' and printed onto the final off-cut of the leftover wrapping paper to line the inside of the card.

Thanks for visiting today and do pop over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to too for this challenge. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
NBUS #5: Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: September ~ Any Image
The ABC Challenge: R is for Recipe (Pink, Ribbon, Rhinestones/Diamantés)
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #327 ~ Your Favourite Occasion = Birthdays
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Love This Technique ~ The kids and I made wrapping paper using a large roll of kids craft paper and splashing it randomly and with utter abandon using watercolour ink to create the speckled random effect captured in the backing paper on this card.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Make A Scene

It's been a busy week here and there's no sign of it slowing down anytime soon, so I'm swinging by to post my DT card for Sweet Stampin' and most unlike me, I'll keep it short and sweet.

Our challenge theme this week is 'Create A Scene'. I've always been good at 'Making A Scene', but this one had me stumped! So I fell back on my Memory Box dies to help with this challenge and found I had a Country Landscape scene die I've not used nearly enough. So here's my take on the challenge.

I used a pretty digital paper to create the snowy backdrop for my card, edged the paper and image with tumbled glass blue distress ink and softly coloured the sweet Angel from CC Designs Sweet November line. I used my Promarkers to colour the image, dotting on some soft colour to the sweet lamb and just touches of colour on the Angel to shade her white clothes. I needed some colour, so went cotton candy pink on her hair. Gotta say, I do like it.

I used some white Flowersoft on the Angel wings and a touch of stickles on the halo. The Noel sentiment is an older one I've had a while and if I recall correctly it's from a Lili of the Valley grey rubber set of sentiments. I thought it was the perfect simple finish for this CAS design.

So yeah, that's me being 'quick', haha, can't help myself once I get started. But that's it now, a very quick and easy CAS design card. I'd love to see what you would do to 'Create A Scene', would you do it with dies, or perhaps multiple stamps? Come on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge and join in the fun. There's a Sweet Stampin' Goodie Bag up for grabs to one lucky winner. I'll be back again, when I can find some time to craft! Hugs for now, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Things With Wings
City Crafter Challenge: #278 ~ Feeling Flat
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #244 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #313 ~ Use A Sentiment (LOTV ~ Noel)
Moving Along With The Times: Cute Animal (how cute is that sweet lamb?!)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Use a Rubber or Clear Stamp. (CC Designs Red Rubber Stamp.)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Kenny K

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies. I've just come in from the school run on a super wet Tuesday to write up my blogpost. Had to have a quick change as even my pants got wet! Not my most fun way to start the day. But this however is. So let's get to it. We are kicking off a new challenge on the Fab 'n' Funky challenge and Zora is our lovely host today and has chosen a really fun theme. She'd like to see some doodling on your cards or a handwritten sentiment (if like me you're really pants at doodling!).

We are spoilt to have Kenny K sponsoring us for this challenge and the team were given some fabulous stamps to work with. I've had my eye on one stamp in particular for a while. So I was stoked to be able to use it this challenge. It's called Total Drama and I really wanted to find a sassy, witty sentiment to line it up with. But, nothing quite fit that I had in mind, so I went for the cliche birthday number tease. But I think it works. 

Now I do think that sentiment is cute and funny, on it's own, but I just had to take it a step further, so the inside of the card has an extra cheeky surprise...

I don't have lovely handwriting and as this is for my Swedish pals birthday I didn't want to mess up, so I cheated slightly on my 'handwritten sentiment' by first printing it out in a handwritten font and then running over it with green ink. Kinda looks handwritten, whatcha think? I've doodled some stitching on two of the corners of the image and I've doodled both of the backing papers. I did use green ink, rather than black, as I'm not a confident doodler, so I figured this way, it wouldn't be overly obvious if I messed it up!

I wanted the image to take centre stage, so I've kept the card very simple, with just some gorgeous moss green pearls to finish in the corners. I do love my pearls! Which, I've just realised I've left uncoloured on the image, so I'll be pulling out my liquid pearls to rectify that before sending to Sweden!! 

Well that's today's crafty adventure. I hope you'll pop in on the Fab 'n' Funky crew and check out their fabulous creations for this challenge. We hope you'll come join us too for some doodling fun. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

(Sorry about the awful pics, can't take a decent pic in this rain!)

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #75 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge: #161 ~ Make The Sentiment BIG
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Trio of Colours: Green, Yellow, Blue
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes + CYOC ~ Square/Birthday/Doodling
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: #202 ~ Anything Goes with optional twist ~ Halloween (really wanted to enter my Kenny K card, sorry it's not a Halloween image. I guess I could have changed the sentiment to read, "Oh no, not trick or treaters again!")
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