Saturday, 31 October 2015

It's Halloween!!!

Hey there my lovely blogging buds. It's Halloween! Well at least it is in New Zealand. Sun rises first here you know?! My kiddos are so excited to get dressed up tonight and have a bit of Halloween fun. They're itching to get out their treat baskets. I love the fun too, just not so keen on them coming home with baskets full of candy! Oh well, extra teeth brushing tonight.

I have fallen a little bit in love with Mo Manning's sweet lil' witches. I made a card up for Sweet Stampin' last weekend using one of her little witches and I just couldn't resist colouring up another. So here is my second Mo Manning wee witch. She's called Tabitha and she's just the cutest wee witch with her cute cat. I really wanted to include some Halloween purple in this make, so dressed her out in that. I wasn't sure it would work not having any more purple in the rest of the card, but I think it lets her feature quite nicely.

I had diecut a few extra shapes for my card last week and had printed out some papers from Activity Village that I didn't end up using. So I decided to put them together for this card and happily the pumpkins in the image worked well with the pumpkin digital paper I'd printed. The tickets are from Kimberly Landmesser of The, which I coloured orange with my Halloween Promarker. The beautiful black diamante flower is from Flourish with a Bling. Love their fabric flowers, they're fabulous and they have a 50% discount running at the moment! The swirls around the flower are from a Cheery Lynn die, which I cut up to fit around the bloom better. The lamp and black cat are a 2 die set from Magnolia called Paris Night. I just love this set and don't use it nearly enough.

I'll post a couple of pics of the kiddies adventures later on after they've had their trick or treating fun. I hope you all enjoy the fun too. I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. Happy Halloween Ya'll! Hugs, Wends x

Update: As promised. Here are my babies, back from their Halloween fun. Georgie was a wolf. Zac has outgrown his wee Gruffalo outfit, but he still wanted to wear it, bless. Think this will be the last year though. A fun night with enough candy to last the year!

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean Challenge: #115 ~ Halloween
Crafty Boots Challenge: Halloween/Autumn
Inkspirational Challenge: #94 ~ Cute Halloween
Gem of a Challenge: #156 ~ Too Cute To Spook
Allsorts Challenge: #334 ~ Orange, Purple & Black
City Crafters Challenge: #285 ~ Creatures of the Night
Quirky Crafts Challenge: #22 ~ Halloween & Autumn Colours

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas

Okay, I don't want to freak you out or anything, but did you know, there's only 57 days until Christmas?! That's a little over 8 weeks!! So on that note, we girlies at Fab 'n' Funky, thought we'd encourage you to work on your Christmas card stash and get ready for the holidays. So we are having another Christmas card challenge today and this week I'm hosting the challenge. We are being sponsored by Inky Impressions who have given the DT some utterly adorable stamps to work with for this challenge. Go check them out, they're really sweet.

Several of the DT fell in love with this adorable image 'Marleigha's Reindeer' and have used it for our challenge. That little reindeer is so sweet and cute. I just HAD to colour this one up for my card. I even had a go at adding the little fawn spots. Which took me several goes and several layers of Promarker ink! But I'm really happy with the result.

I used some Wink of Stella on the yellow and green fairy light bulbs, the red I left plain, just adding extra shading to the base. I left all the centres of the bulbs uninked, so it looks like the light refracts there. The blue bulbs I added glossy accents to, so it adds texture and shine. I also added some glossy accents to his little red nose. Such a cute wee character!

I've kept the card design very simple to really allow this sweet image to shine. I tried so many different embellishments, at one point I had a gorgeous Memory Box Snowflake border out, but it swamped the image, then I tried just the snowflake corner, but it didn't sit well on any particular corner. Finally having first cut the Holly & Snowflake Sprig from white and green, settled on the red. I tried layering all three, but it was too much, so sometimes less really is more! Even two looked too fussy. I tried so many different corner options too, and finally settled on this sweet Magnolia Doohickey Acorn (more Autumn than Christmas I know, but work with me here). All the snowflake options I tried didn't look right, but when I sat that wee acorn there, it just fit so well. I inked it up with my Promarkers. I needed a simple fix for the top right corner too and this Quickutz photo corner is one of my 'go to' simple fixes. With a little pearl it was just right. 

Well folks, that's it from me today. I hope you'll come and join our Christmas challenge and add to your Christmas card stash. We're heading so fast that way! Do go to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and check out what my awesomely talented teamies did with these sweet Inky Impressions images. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
7 Kids Challenge: #137 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #147 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps: #87 ~ Fall Colours or Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks: #270 ~ Crazy Egg Challenge (Anything Goes)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Throwback to Christmas challenge
As You Like It: Pastels or Brights? My second 'Bright' entry. I do love lush, rich, bright or deep colours. This was fun to colour up with all the primary brights in the lights.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Halloween

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I hope you've had a good week. It's the end of another week and we're getting ever closer to the end of another year! How has this one gone so fast?! Today is the start of another challenge at Sweet Stampin' and we have a fun challenge theme. We are looking forward to seeing all your fun and fabulous Halloween creations. I love the 'too cute to spook' ones myself, I'm not big on the creepy scary ones, so I'm hoping for a lot of cute Halloween makes. But whatever your inclination is, come on over and join us for our Halloween special! There's a great prize on offer too from our wonderful sponsor 'Stix2'.

In line with my love for the 'too cute to spook' variety of stamps, I have used an utterly enchanting wee witchy from the uber talented Mo Manning. I just LOVE her stamps. They really are a little bit special. A rare and true talent. I just loved this wee witchy when I first came across her and I've been hanging out to use her this Halloween. I've another sweet witchy of Mo's to make up into a card too, but this wee cutie got my attention first. I've coloured her of course with my fabby Promarkers. Love the way her silver hair came out.

I kept the card design very simple, unlike my Halloween card last year and stuck with a predominantly black palette. The digital paper is a magazine freebie from issue 135 of Cardmaking & Papercrafts. I thought the fun bright paper would lift the otherwise very black design. 

The dies I've used on this card are a Magnolia Doohickey black cat, a Quickutz doily, a spider web from the Autumn set of Magnolia Doohickey club magazine (Volume 6) and a little book from the same set. The leafy swirl is from Cheery Lynn. I splodged some black ink along the borders of the paper to distress it a bit and added a black feather and a lovely black fabric flower from Flourish with a Bling. The tiny bats are a CC Designs die.

The little 'spellbook' has a sentiment hidden inside, which you can read when you lift the flap. I matted a sentiment from Tracey Brossart onto black card and cut a small border around it, then snipped the corners with my whole punch to create a 'ticket' effect before mounting it on deep foam and popping inside the little spellbook. I really love how this worked out. A cute little 'hidden element' on the card.

Well that's my little witchy make done. I can't wait to see what you come up with for our Halloween challenge at Sweet Stampin'. I hope you've had fun looking at mine. I'll be back again before long with another crafty adventure. In the meantime I'll be popping around to check out my blog buddies adventures, so have an awesome weekend and I'll see you soon. After the week I've had, it's REALLY nice that we have a long weekend here in New Zealand to celebrate our 'Labour Day'. Hugs to you all, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #269 ~ Halloween
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Halloween
Deep Ocean Challenge: #115 ~ Halloween
Moving Along With The Times: Halloween
Cute Card Thursday: #396 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #319 ~ Lots of Layers
Simon Says Monday Challenge: The Monster Mash
Crafty Catz Challenge: #298 ~ Monsters ~ Spooky or Cute
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge: #256 ~ Anything Goes (with Fall colours)
As You Like It: Brights or Pastels? I LOVE pastel makes, especially Maja papers etc, but I do tend to go for a lot of colour in my own creations. This is a predominantly black creation but underneath is some pretty LOUD bright Halloween paper to bring this make to life. So I say Brights.

Update: My card was chosen for a 'Golden Egg' award at 4 Crafty Chicks. Thank you ladies. I'm delighted!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Southern Girls ~ Stripes

Oh dear, I'm late, I'm late for a very important date. Apologies for the late post, it's been a manic day with a few dramas thrown in. But it's time again for a new challenge at Southern Girls and we're rocking the stripes this challenge. So bring out all your fav' stripey bits and get crafting with us!

I made a slightly different Halloween card for my creation. I didn't want to go down the spiders and ghosts route, and our wonderful sponsors The East Wind had a super cute little witchy in their 'Unky Toons' range making her way in the world. I coloured her of course with my fabby Promarkers. Still my fav' colouring medium. I decided to pair her with a fun sentiment from Kenny K for my twist on the usual Halloween card. I of course had to throw in some stripes, so I went with a stripey paper and drew some stripes on her coat with a slightly darker grey Promarker. I kinda stripeyed the mushrooms too, by cutting them from some cobwebbed papers. I think it looks fun.

For some reason my card is a little pixelated today. I tried all sorts of fixes like downloading it in different sizes, but nothing helped. If you click on it though, it pops up and the pixelation disappears. Not sure why it happened, so if anyone knows how to fix this, let me know! 

I just loved the top sentiment which is from Kenny K's Halloween Sentiments Set. Don't you think it suits this image? I thought so! The bottom sentiment is from Ziggle Designs by Kami from her Daily Date Stamps digital release. I matted it onto a circle cut from the same cobweb paper as the Mushrooms to add a little hint of traditional Halloween feel in there.

Those cute mushrooms are from the Autumn release of the Doohickey Magazine. I cut them from white card and then the red cobweb paper, which I paper pieced on top of the white card, trimming the stems to just have the red tops. Such a cute little mushroom die, I love it.

Thanks for popping in today and visiting my wee blog. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, come join us at the Southern Girls Challenge for our 'Stripes' challenge. We have two awesome sponsors! Do stop into the blog to check out what my talented teamies have been up to also, they're a super talented bunch. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Dream Valley: #117 ~ Halloween
Crafty Catz: #297 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #115 ~ Halloween
Allsorts Challenge: #333 ~ All Sentimental 
The East Wind Challenge: #41 ~ Halloween
Crafts & Me Challenge: October ~ Halloween
Passion For Promarkers: #319 ~ Lots of Layers
Simon Says Monday Challenge: The Monster Mash
The ABC Challenge: T is for Two (Two Sentiments, 2 designer papers, 2 mushroom patches)

Update: My card was chosen as a 'Design Favourite' at The East Wind Challenge. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Keep it Square

Okay I know I keep saying this but did someone speed up the clock? I mean seriously! It's mid October, how did that happen?!! It's time for a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog and we have a fantastic one for you today, because we're throwing the doors wide open, and you can make pretty much anything you like! As long as it's 'SQUARE'. Fab right? My favourite shape of card to make. Our lovely sponsors this challenge are Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

My lovely cousin turned 50 just recently and she had a beautiful party at her home, where the theme was purple. She had amazing lanterns of different shades of purple hanging from her marquee roof. It looked amazing. The guests were all encouraged to wear something purple too. So we all had great fun dressing for the event. Of course, I had to make her a purple card to match, so I thought this would be perfect to combine my purple card with our 'square' theme and this is what I made.

It had to be girly and gorgeous of course, so I went the shabby chic route with this one using my favourite gorgeous papers - Maja Design. I've used the 'B' side of the 10th April paper from Vintage Spring Basics. The sumptuous blooms are all from Wild Orchid Crafts bar the rolled rose which I made. The largest is a Gardenia, the lilac tipped ones are Hellebore, there's a cream Cosmo Daisy and tiny Roses. The pretty heart swirl is my favourite Magnolia Heart Swirl die. I used Hessian ribbon and wrapped it with lilac seam binding which I worked out how to tie a triple bow with, loved that.

I dotted some Stickles on the little roses and added a pearl to the centre of the rolled rose I made. I love the mulberry colour of that rolled rose and it fitted well with this card. I've had it sitting on my desk for weeks after not using it on a previous make. The lovely sentiment is from a magazine gift which had some Hobby Craft toppers and these gorgeous sentiment circles. I diecut the circle with a stitched die and matted it onto a Spellbinders Lacey Circles die.

I diecut the '50' with a really old quickutz number set and glittered the numerals with Stickles for a bit of extra bling. I've used my favourite corner die, which is from a Whimsy stamps set and added Pearls to the top two corners for extra interest. I've also used a pretty Joy Crafts Butterfly Border die, which I diecut from lovely pearlised white paper. I also cut a Go Create shape from the same pearlised paper to layer behind the purple lacey mat. Just under the ribbon I've added one of my favourite heart dies too, which is the Whimsy County Heart Die. The final touch was two tiny hearts which were diecut waste from the lovely heart die and the Magnolia flourish, which I added above the sentiment for added interest. Voila, fini.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you've enjoyed the visit. I'd love to come by and visit you too, so be sure to let me know you stopped in. Do pop by the Fab 'n' Funky blog too, my DT sisters have been awesomely creative this week, so go check out their lovely makes. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #86 ~ Anything Goes
ABC Challenge: S is for Sprinkles (Glitter on numbers and blooms)
Papertake Weekly: Two by Two (Two Little Hearts on Sentiment, Two Numbers)
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #331 ~ Clean & Simple or Fussy & Fancy (the latter)
As You Like It: Colour or Monochrome? Now I'm conflicted!! I really LOVE how this card turned out, which is rather monochrome, so you have me wavering now. I think I still prefer full colour, but had to share this, as I think it's a pretty lovely Monochrome make.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Use Text or Script

A warm hello to all my lovely blogging buddies. It's time for a new challenge over on the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog, so I'm here today to share not just one, but two makes I created for this challenge. I know right! Unheard of!!

I was happily playing with some distress ink, trying to get some mojo flowing for this challenge and frankly got a little carried away. So I've created a masculine themed card and a very feminine themed card for the challenge. The challenge theme is 'Text or Script'. So I'm thinking these Kaisercraft sentiment stamps I've used for this challenge fit the bill quite well. Don't look too closely at my pink card's sentiment, it's a little wonky to say the least! (Unforgivable really, it was a CLEAR stamp!!)

We're sponsored by the wonderful crew at The Ribbon Girl for this challenge. So I thought it was only right that I include some ribbon on my pink card. I've used a delicious, wide, candy pink organza ribbon and then wrapped some candy pink and white bakers twine over it. I added a little diecut key before tying the bow, which I've diecut with a Magnolia Doohickey from one of the Doohickey club magazines. 

I used the twirly bits from a Doohickey leaf die, from the 'Fall' edition of their Doohickey magazine to create a bit of interest around the blooms. The white felt bloom is from a local craft store, the candy pink ones I diecut using a magazine cover present die and added two resin blooms to finish. I popped some washi tape on the reverse side of the paper in the bottom right hand corner and rolled the corner up for a bit of interest. 

Rolling the paper corner is a technique I've wanted to try for ages after drooling over Lou Daubney's fabulous cards. I love it when she uses this technique, it looks so cool! So this was my tiny attempt to emulate that, thanks for the inspiration Lou. I made a little tag from the same washi tape and added an enamel dot up in the top left corner for balance. I used my scissors to distress the edges of the paper and the sentiment and added a doily behind before adding the twine and blooms. Like the cheeky meerkat says, 'simples'.

For my masculine themed card, I've used essentially the same layout, but I've used 'stars' as my embellishment theme. The fabulous starburst is from Joanna Sheen from her Signature Series. The star border die is a Magnolia Doohickey. I've added a Whimsy Stamps corner die, some enamel dots, which I inked with my Pesto Promarker as the original green was a little too yellow for this card and I used the 'waste' stars from the Starburst die in the bottom left hand corner for a little interest down there. I've distressed all the paper edges using my scissors. Two very different cards, using very similar elements. I'm really pleased with how they came out. 

The rest of the Sweet Stampin' crew have been busy with their own makes and they're a madly talented crew, so do go check out their adventures on the challenge blog. I'll be back again before long with my next crafty adventure. Be sure to come join us with your own 'Text or Script' inspired make. See ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: October ~ Colours of Autumn (My green card)
Live & Love Crafts: #40 ~ Pink Again! Entering my 'Pink' card for this challenge.
As You Like It: Monochrome or Colour. Definitely colour! I love colour and frankly I'm pants at monochrome makes!! LOL.
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