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. 


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Fab 'n' Funky ~ White on White

A warm hello to all my lovely blog buddies out there. It's been all quiet on my blog this last week, I've had lots going on with the kiddos, but amazingly I have found some time to craft. My poor family I've taken over the kitchen table every day this past week, trying to get a few Christmas cards together. So it's like the London Bus Service on my blog this week, nothing for ages and then three posts come along at once! I've several makes to share this week, so I'll try getting them all prepped and loaded to go. This post is an 'extra' one for me as I don't normally join in the team 'Fab' challenges. But I just so loved the theme that our lovely Jan had chosen. I've been wanting to have a go at 'White on White' for ages. So here is my little contribution to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge this week.


I started off with the intention of making a shaker card, but realised last minute I didn't have the right size acetate to fit the aperture I'd cut, so opted to make the design, just a simple aperture card and sat the sentiment in the aperture. I love this sentiment stamp. It's from Stampendous and it's just so pretty. So I thought it would suit this make. The lovely sparkly snowflakes were a gift from my baby sister our last Christmas in the UK. I think they're perfect for this card. They're so pretty. I think she bought them from Michaels in the US.


This challenge is being sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Stamps and I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use for this challenge. I utterly fell in love with this stamp when I saw one of my teamies a while back colour this gorgeous image up. So I jumped at the chance to work with this delish enchantress. The stamp is called 'Snow Bunny Ethereal Enchantress'. I used my Promarkers to colour up this beauty, but kept the ink very light, as I wanted to keep the stamp very 'white' as well. I just went for a bit of blue for her hair and eyes, which I thought suited the crystalline scene. I've used Glitter Magic on the snowflakes and icicle wings. On her hood, dress trim and boots, I used Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels - Diamond Sprinkles. I really love using this on 'furry white' areas. I've tried flower soft and flock, but they're too thick and don't allow the image details to show through. The Cosmic Shimmer gives the fluffy look, without masking the inky details. So it's my new favourite for white fur!


I used an embossed paper from Doodlebug Design's Divine Impressions range - #1439 - to create my textured white background. I've so many embossing folders, I could have embossed the panel myself, but I think this paper is perfect for this make. Even though it's actually a floral embossing, I thought the swirly leaves worked quite well to mimic snowfall. I added some cotton lace (upside down!) and some pom pom trim, to give this wee lady somewhere to sit and that's about it. I layered the textured paper up on fun foam, to create a bit of depth to the aperture. I popped the image up on foam tape too. It's pretty CAS, but I love this card. I'm very happy with the finish.


I hope you'll come and play along with us this challenge. Jan has put such a fun one together for us all and I'm so looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Do stop by the challenge to see what my other teamies have been up to, there's some really gorgeous inspiration waiting there for you. I'll be back again really soon with my next crafty adventure. Big hugs to you all. Have an awesome day, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Let It Snow
Crafty Catz: #301 ~ Girls Only
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Christmas
Creatalicious Challenges: #81 ~ Merry Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge: White & One Other Colour
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Sparkle, Bling & Embellish
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: Anything 'Holidays' Goes
City Crafter Challenge: #288 ~ Colour Inspiration Challenge ~ Blue & White
Moving Along With The Times: A Few Of My Favourite Things (Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes... Silver White Winters...)

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Fab 'n' Funky ~ CAS

What a start to the week! Little dude awake all Sunday night with nasty earache. Took him to see the doc and he vomited all over the car afterwards! Poor little sausage, he's been really miserable. So he's having a mooch on the couch while I write up this post and mama's keeping an eagle eye on him.

Apart from my little man's poorly dramas, the week is shaping up rather well. Only three nights this week that I'm feeding two families and Tuesday night, I'm off to Mumford & Sons. I can't wait! Hopefully my small poorly dude will have bounced back a little by then. 


But of course today, I'm here to tell you about the latest challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog. My baby brother turns 40 on Tuesday, so this card, is his birthday card. Our theme was chosen this week by our lovely Ginny and it's Clean & Simple! We're being sponsored by the fabulous Dr Digi's House of Stamps. If you're after something fun and cheeky or cool and classic, Dr Digi has something for you!


I didn't have anything 'quite right' in my multitude of sentiment stamps, so I wrote this sentiment up with one word different initially and hubby noted how close it was to the 'One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor' Meme, so I altered where I had put the 'simply' to hat tip that meme. Because that added another layer of fun to the card. Thanks hubby!


I've used watercolour paper for this make and coloured the cool old Wurlitzer-like jukebox from Dr Digi's House of Stamps up with Distress inks and Promarkers. I'm so happy with the glow I managed to achieve on the yellow lighted areas. I tried to create a woodgrain effect on the wooden elements too, which was less successful, but I think I got away with it. I was so nervous colouring in all the silver bits! One wrong move with my Letraset Metallic Silver Marker and I knew I'd ruin the whole thing, but fortunately it came together quite well. I tried to capture the shine when taking this pic. 


Hubby came up with an awesome idea to add a few 'notes' around the jukebox, but do you know, that's the one die I don't actually have! I didn't dare try to draw them myself and muff up the card. So I went instead for some 'barely there' sequins to add that final finish. I was really unsure about them at first, but I've got to say, they're growing on me.


I added a strip of distressed gingham paper down the left of the card and mounted the image panel on fun foam to elevate it slightly from the card base. I also mounted the word 'Classic' on gingham and raised it with foam tape. The lovely distressed gingham is from Raspberry Road's Apple Cinnamon papers. I also decorated the inside of the card with the gingham paper and added a cheeky sentiment for my brother. (Sorry about the wonky photo!)


Finally another piccie of the jukebox. I'm so pleased with how this came together. I layered up the colour so carefully and I'm so pleased I didn't ruin it when I added the silver accents. This pic was taken in a different light. Showcasing the details slightly differently.


Thanks for popping in today. It so makes my day when you do. Say hi and I'll be sure to come visit you too. Do pop into the Fab 'n' Funky blog to see what my incredibly talented teamies have been up to this week. We hope you'll join us with your own CAS design. Have an awesome week and I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #87 ~ Fall Colours
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Sparkle, Bling & Embellish (Sequins & Silver)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: N is for 'Nostalgia' (Nostalgic make for my brother's 40th)
As You Like It: Favourite Hobby. Well, just between you and me, I was the lead singer in a band when I was younger. I LOVED it and had great fun playing the crowds and entertaining the masses. But I couldn't keep at it when I started nursing as the hours killed any social life! So this make (although it's for my brother's birthday) hat tips that musical era of mine. (My brother is an awesome singer too.) I still love to sing, but making cards has taken front position as my favourite hobby. I do love to spin some tunes while I'm crafting though!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Autumn Leaves

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies. Well it's been a week, this wee mama is exhausted! But I managed to feed two families four days this week and fit in a fireworks display on Friday, so feeling pretty satisfied! Even more so, that I actually managed to sneak in a couple of crafting hours yesterday to pull together this Autumnal card. It's time again for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this week is 'Autumn Leaves'. So we'd love to see your Autumnal creations this week too. We're sponsored by Crafty Ribbons this challenge, so the winner is in store for a gorgeous treat!


I decided to use Kraft card as my main element for this card, so I began by stamping along a Kraft card strip with random leaves, Sugar Nellie acorns, and a cute little Bildmalarna tree stump and mushroom. I used one of those clever '5 colours in 1' stamp pads. The one I used is from the Kaleidacolor range by Tsukineko called Creole Spice. It's a very clever ink pad actually, as the individual inks are kept separate by a sliding mechanism. You slide them together to ink and separate them to store, so the inks don't bleed into each other. Really clever.


The sentiment I used is one I bought years ago now at the Ally Pally Craft Market in London. I so wish I knew the name of the store who sold these grey rubber stamps. Every year I went, they had big barrels of sentiment stamps for 50p and over. I bought oodles, but I didn't pay attention to the name of the store. I so wish I had, as they would get loads of credit in my posts if I had! So if anyone knows, please enlighten me!


The maple leaf I've used and the acorn stamp are both from the fabulous Autumn Kit from Sugar Nellie. I had intended initially to colour up one of the kiddies from the set too, but ran out of time to complete the colouring, so went for a more masculine themed, simple card. I initially had the 'swirly leaves embossed white panel' straight on the Kraft card background, but the whole card needed a lift, something to create a bit of interest besides the ink work. So I hunted through some digi' papers and came across this fabulous plaid paper in just the right tones, to work with the ink work et voilà! Thanks to the amazingly talented women at Pixel Scrapper for sharing their fabulous handy work. They have some wonderful digi' papers and scrapbooking elements shared freely (with a daily cap) once you sign up. This page was created by Pauline Thompson.


Well, that's all I have for you today. I need to take my girlie to her Archery practice in a few minutes, so I'll wrap up here. Pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge to check out what my incredibly talented teamies have been up to. They're created some pretty special Autumnal creations. You're gonna love them! Come and join our challenge with your own Autumnal creations. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do! Thanks for popping in to see me today. It totally makes my day! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
CAS Colours & Sketches: #149 ~ Colours
ABC Challenge: U for Unlimited (Anything Goes)
Moving Along With The Times: Leaves and/or Trees
Crafty Creations Challenges: #301 ~ Colourful (Autumn Colours)
CASology: #172 ~ Give (Giving thanks for the beauty of Autumn)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Thanksgiving (Thankful for the beauty of Autumn)
Stamping Sensations: November ~ Festive Flowers and Foliage. (More foliage than flowers, but celebrating the beauty of Autumn)
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