Saturday, 30 January 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Valentines

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. How has your week been? I have been run off my feet, racing after the bairns who are in their final days of their Summer break. 6 weeks flew past! Today though, we're starting a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we're all about spreading a little love. So we're keen to see all your creations showing expressions of love.

I've just had my 22nd Wedding Anniversary, so this card is for my hubby to celebrate the 22 years we've shared together. We've survived some storms and had some calm waters, this past year has been a tough one for our family, and yet we survive. That is something to celebrate. Like Audrey Hepburn once said, 'The best thing to hold onto in life, is each other'. 

I loved this image from Mo Manning called 'Embrace' the instant I saw it and went straight to her shop to grab it without hesitation. The image reminded me of that young couple we once were, about to embark on a life time together, full of dreams and hopes and possibility. We had photos taken for our engagement 23 years ago, that this image of Mo's so reminded me. I thought it was perfect to celebrate 22 years married to my lovely hubby.

I wanted to keep the card style quite 'masculine' as Greg prefers the CAS style without fru fru elements. No pearls or glitter! But it was too plain for the vision I had without a little embellishing, so I went for a red feather and a lovely Whiff of Joy Waterfall of Hearts die. I also used a Whiff of Joy Tiny Hearts Pocket Page die. There were tears in my coffee the day Whiff of Joy closed their doors. So sad to see that wonderful store close. I really liked their stamps and dies and they were perfect for my make today. The sweet little sentiment tags are from Whimsy and I used the matching die to cut them. The small red tag left of the image is from a Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes ~ Cold Hands Warm.

While I was making this card I was listening to Leather & Lace by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley, and though hubby isn't keen on the frou frou, I couldn't resist putting a bit of lace in the make, just a shame I didn't have any leather! I did cover it with a simpler ribbon, so it wasn't 'too' lacey! 

I can't believe I've been married 22 years, have two (longed for) kiddies and one is about to start Intermediate! Georgie is super excited about starting her new school. Intermediate, is our equivalent of Middle School just for ages 11 & 12. Such a special and wonderful time focusing on and supporting the changes during the adolescent years. I loved Intermediate, they were my favourite years of school, so I'm excited for her and the school we've found for her is fabulous. We're ready for the next batch of adventures in store for our family this year, just hoping for a little less stress than this last year.

I hope you'll come and join in this lovely Valentine's themed challenge with us this week at Sweet Stampin'. We've got a fab prize up for grabs from Crafty Ribbons, so our winner's in for a treat! I can't wait to see what you're inspired to do. Just remember you need to do some 'stamping' either rubber or digital on your project to be eligible for the prize. See you all again soon. For those of you who don't mind a few family pics, read on. Otherwise, my post ends here.
Hugs to you all, have a fabby week! Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Love ~ GDT Challenge
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #90 ~ With Love
Crafty Cardmakers: #156 ~ Punches and/or dies
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: January ~ Hearts
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Love Is In The Air
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #43 ~ Anything Goes +/- Sketch
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge: #259 ~ Anything Goes with a Mo Image
As You Like It: Favourite - One or Multi Layer? I love both styles, but my preferred style is multiple layers. Not usually more than 3, but I play around occasionally with more or less layers.

Update: Yippee yip yip! I was named in the Top 3 for Mo's Digital Pencil. Thank you Mo and your wonderful DT! Doing a little happy dance.

Second Update: Woohoo! Just spotted that I've been named in the Top 3 for the As You Like It challenge. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas Already?!

Hey there my lovely blog pals. I have two cards to share with you today for our new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. I know we're all still recovering from the Christmas crafting rush, but we at Fab 'n' Funky are keen to reduce the load for next Christmas, by spreading it across the year. So as we did last year, we are going to have a monthly Christmas challenge and here is our first challenge to kick things off for next Christmas. 

I have made two cards using two of the images from a Penny Black stamp set called 'The Wonder'. I think these images are so sweet and I love the little hedgies in particular. I've used papers from the same paper pad for my designs and kept the design pretty CAS, to let the sweet images shine. 

For my first card, I used a Go Create frame to create the image frame and mat. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and then stamped the greeting straight onto the paper. I did it twice, just to try something different. I inked the shadow under the sledge and hedgie, then sprinkled some glitter over to suggest glittery snow.

A closer peek at this lovely Penny Black image.

For my second card, I used a different set of Go Create dies to make the image frame and mat and distressed the edges of the base paper. I chose to use a sentiment stamped on white this time and used central placement for this design, finishing it with a strip of glitter all around to frame it.

A closer peek at this second sweet Penny Black image.

We're being sponsored by Craft Classes Online for this challenge, so our winner is in for a wonderful prize. I hope you'll come and join us for our first Christmas challenge of the year and start early on your Christmas card pile. We'd love to see what you'll make. 

Thanks for popping in today. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have an awesome week. Big hugs, Wends x

Update: Forgot to say... my lovely papers were of course Papermania from their 'Home For Christmas' collection x

Challenge Entries:
ABC Challenges: Z is for Zero
I Love Promarkers: #301 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers: #156 ~ Punches and/or Dies
Creative Moments: Anything Goes + Let It Snow
Winter Wonderland: Something New ~ New Papers
613 Avenue Create: 160 ~ Anything Goes ~ No Twist
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Create with Critters

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Woohoo, here we go, it's our first post this year for Team Lou of the Southern Girls Challenge and we're stoked because we have two new wonderful teamies joining Team Lou. Welcome Kelly and Vidya! I hope you'll pop on over to the blog and check out their fabulous debut creations and leave them some love.

We are very spoilt to have two fantastic sponsors for this challenge. The East Wind and A Random Fan. Two utterly fantastic sponsors, so that means two very lucky winners. Do come and join us for this fun challenge because our theme couldn't be easier ~ Anything Goes! I chose a really pretty image from The East Wind to work with for this challenge. There's a really eclectic collection of images, so something for everyone. For me, it's always the pretty or enchanting images I'm drawn to and this one was no exception. Aptly named Flower Fairy.

I saw the pretty orchid in her hair and didn't think orchid at all, it reminded me of Hibiscus. So my creation grew from there. I had some pretty 'Hibiscus Pink' cardstock on my desk and I found a matching paper from some really old stash which I think came with a Scrapbook Magazine giveaway. I walked past some pink ribbon which I'd left abandoned on another table from a previous make, which toned in perfectly. So I rolled up a double bow with that. The image I coloured with my Promarkers.

I knew I had a CC Designs sentiment set 'Oh So Beachy' which had 'Aloha' as one of the greetings, so I thought that would finish off this make perfectly! All I needed now where some blooms, so what better than my Memory Box Hibiscus die?! I cut and '3Ded' three blooms and three Memory Box Tropical Leaves. I used my Vanilla Promarker to make the stamen slightly yellow toned without going too dark. 

The pretty frame shape is a Go Kreate XXL die called Frilly #9. I've had the little dies in this shape for quite some time, but just recently bought these larger frame dies. I'm so happy with this one, I think it's really pretty. Soft edges and a lovely shape. The final thing to mention is the lace strip across the middle, which I matted onto the same cardstock as the frame and used a Magnolia Doohickey Border Die to create the scalloped shape. This gave a lovely spot to add my double bow.

Well, that's it folks. Thanks for popping in today. I hope you've enjoyed seeing my creation and reading about the process. I hope you'll come and join our first Team Lou challenge of the year at Southern Girls and help us to welcome our new crew with your lovely comments. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. My kiddos are still on Summer Break, but the days are flying past. I'd like to stall time for a little bit, just to capture these special days. But time ticks on as always. I hope you're having an awesome week. Catch ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: January ~ Any Image
Passion For Promarkers: #329 ~ Flower Power
Stamping Sensations: January ~ Anything Goes With A Die
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Something New (Go Kreate Die)
Creative Inspirations: #343 ~ Anything Goes + Optional Sketch
I Love Promarkers: #300 ~ Use Something New (Go Kreate Die)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #120 ~ Something New (Go Kreate Die)
As You Like It Challenge: Paper or Non Paper? Pretty papers all the way!

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Things with Wings

Hey my lovely blog pals, hope all's well with you this fine week. We've had warm days and sunshine here in New Zealand, so the kiddies and I are feeling pretty chipper about that. Makes the holidays all the happier.

We've a new challenge kicking off today over at Sweet Stampin' and we have a wonderful theme this week, it's 'Things with Wings'. Which suits our fabulous sponsors images to a 'T'. I've used a very gorgeous Hannah Lynn image from our lovely sponsors 'Crafts & Me' which I just loved colouring. 

I've used my Promarkers to colour this pretty image and I have to say I'm sooooo happy with the lovely honey blonde I managed to achieve on her hair. I'm not brilliant at colouring hair, but I just loved the finish on this one. I'll have to use that combo more often.

I've used glossy accents on the little polkadot hearts in the pic for a little dimension. The butterfly wings I used two different glitters on, one gold and the other a copper colour. We have so many beautiful Monarch Butterflies around at the moment. It's been the Summer of Butterflies for me, they're everywhere this year and so beautiful. This image reminds me of them with her pretty butterfly wings.


I've used lots of different reds in this creation, from all sorts of different sources, but I think they've all come together rather well. I used a paint tester square behind the image and the little Whimsy heart I embossed with clear embossing powder so that it would deepen a bit in colour to work in better with the paint tester. It took on a lovely sheen and the depth of the colour was just what I wanted, so I was well chuffed with that and it made a lovely contrast to the white sheen paper I used for the 'hello' diecut.

Usually I like to group my flowers in odd numbers, 3, 5, 9, but on this occasion, I just wanted the two. I don't know if I got the balance quite right, but when I tried to add the third bloom, it just looked wrong, so I left it there. I used a gorgeous 'Flourish with a Bling' fabric flower, but pulled out the centre as it wasn't exactly what I envisioned for this card and replaced it with a black 'Sparkler' crystal flat back gem. The other flower is a lovely organza rolled rose. I've used a gorgeous pewter velvet ribbon along the punched strip and cut a Spellbinders corner die to create the two flourishes behind the flowers.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you'll come and join us for our 'Things with Wings' challenge. It's always a popular one as we crafters all seem to love fairies and things mystical right? So show us what your 'Things with Wings' creation looks like and I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Big hugs until then and have an awesome week, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Creative Inspirations: #342 ~ Florals
Crafts & Me Challenge: Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #328 ~ Fantasy
I Love Promarkers: #300 ~ Use Something New
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge: January ~ Hearts
Live & Love Crafts: #43 ~ Something New (the 'hello' die)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #120 ~ Something New (the 'hello' die)
City Crafter Challenge: #294 ~ Butterfly, My Butterfly = butterfly winged fairy
As You Like It: Paper or Non-Paper Projects? Paper all the way for me! I LOVE pretty papers.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Fab 'n' Funky - For A Child

Hey there my lovely blogland buddies. How is your year shaping up so far? My kiddos are on their Summer holidays right now, so we are filling our days with 'Staycation' fun until we can get to away for a bit. Hubby's head down on a big project right now. So we've been enjoying the Auckland adventures.

I'm popping in today with a DT creation for the latest Fab 'n' Funky challenge, which is being hosted by our lovely Julieanne, whose chosen the sweet theme ~ 'For A Child'. It's perfect for our sponsors Inky Impressions this week too, as they have the most enchanting kiddies images.

I worked with the lovely digital image called Christopher's Day In The Mud. One look at this image and I knew I wanted to use my Distress Inks. So he's been coloured up with a mix of Distress Ink markers and pads. I love the soft wash effect they give. I kept the tones very earthy and muted.

To say I hit a funk after colouring up this image is understatement of the week! I had NO IDEA how I wanted to finish this card. I toyed with the idea of making a shaker card, but was worried the soft watercolouring would be lost in the depth of the aperture and I had no 'bugs' to add to the shaker mix, which I thought would have been so cute. So after drawing a complete blank, I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do. I hunted down some papers to tone in with my colouring and diecut the image and the green mat using a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle from this Bundle Of Stitched Shapes.

I had a sentiment in my stash, which I picked up at the Ally Pally craft fair years ago from a huge bin of loose grey rubber stamps. I so wish I could recall the store that had these large bins of grey rubber sentiments, as I have loads and really would love to be giving them the credit due! So if anyone knows, please do tell me. I thought it was a really good match for this wee fella grubbing around in the dirt. It of course makes me start singing 'you make my heart sing' and when I was hunting through my sentiments for this stamp, I found I also had a Magnolia one with the full phrase, so I stamped that one on the inside of the card. I've used Memento Olive Grove to stamp the sentiments, which doesn't show up well in the pics, but is a lovely dark Olive Green, which suits the theme of the card.


The paper I used behind the image is from Pixel Scrapper ~ Tina Campanale from her Dear Dad set. I used another digital paper to create the plaid edges from a My Grafico freebie by Shery K Designs. They toned in really well both of them with the colouring and I think tie the card together really nicely. I left just a peep of the paper down the right hand side, as I wanted a wider strip down the left. I love symmetry, but occasionally I really want to take things a little 'off centre'.

I completed the card with a splash of enamel dots, which hubby thinks echo the muddy fun in the picture, so I thought that was a happy coincidence. They were actually a paler brighter green, but I wanted them to tone in with the deeper green in the watercolourings, so I used my 'Moss Green' Promarker and coloured over the enamel. I gently heated the dots afterwards to set the ink. I did the same trick here on this previous make and the original colour of the enamel dots you can see here on this creation.

A very CAS card design, which allows the image to take centre stage. So considering the funk I was in trying to put this card together, I'm delighted with the outcome. I hope you'll come play along with us this week and showcase your 'For A Child' creations. We'd love to see what you'd do. I'll be back again soon with my next DT creation on Saturday. So watch this space. Until then, big hugs from me and have an awesome week, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafting From The Heart: #94 ~ Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #260 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions: #281 ~ All Things New = new papers
Stamping Sensations: January ~ Anything Goes With A Die
Moving Along With The Times: Spots & Dots = enamel dots
Deep Ocean Challenge: #120 ~ Something New = new papers
I Love Promarkers: #300 ~ Use Something New = new papers (Promarker used on enamel dots)

Update: My wee make made Top 3 at the Inky Impressions Challenge. Thank you so much, I'm honoured. Congrats to my teamie Pat K, who was the Inky Favourite with her gorgeous kitty card.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Favourite Five Cards of 2015

Hey girlies, it's time again to join in Debby's Favourite Five of 2015 Challenge. I've had such fun creating cards this year. I've already put up my Favourite Five Christmas cards to join in Debby's Christmas challenge. Now it's time to showcase my Five Favourite 'non-Christmas' makes of the past year. So here they are...

I just love this image and the woman I created this card for! 
This is my absolute favourite make of 2015 using a Sylvia Zet for Wee Stamps image.

I made this baby journal at the start of the year. I just loved making all the layers.
You really need to see it open with all the pages to appreciate the work that went into it!
This sweet image is from Lili of the Valley.

 This was my daughter's 10th birthday card. She's crazy about wolves, 
so I coloured this wee fox up like a wolf. Georgie loved it.
This sweet image is of course from Christy Croll of Tiddly Inks.

I don't nail the masculine creations very often, but this one, 
made for our Danish bestie, I utterly loved. It's SO him!
This was my first time colouring a 'Some Odd Girl' stamp.

I just love this image from Krista Smith of Saturated Canary.
I was beyond proud when Krista told me she loved what I'd done with it!
I had such fun colouring this and I LOVE how her little Zebra boots turned out.

There you have it. My top 5 creations of 2015. Click on the pictures to take you to the original posts if you want a closer look or more information about any of them. Thanks so much for popping in and checking out my Top 5 post. Come and join in the fun with Debby with your favourite makes of the past year. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Fab 'n' Funky ~ DT Call

Just popping in today to say that Fab 'n' Funky have a DT call going on right now. If you love to craft, have a blog which you update regularly, can meet deadlines and can use digi' images. Then why don't you apply to join our lovely team. We are a fun loving, easy going bunch of crafters and we're looking for a few more team members this term. Further detes can be found on our challenge blog and you can make contact through Judith our lovely blog mama.

I hope you've all been having a wonderful time over the holiday break. My two were well and truly spoilt by Santa and by family. So they are two very happy little bunnies! Here's a couple of pics of our wee adventures and I'll be back very soon with a crafty adventure.

Our Tomtenissarna, or Santa's Elves, a little bit of Sweden for Christmas

A gift left by our Elf on the Shelf for the kids Christmas morning

Zac's 'GIANT' Santa present

 A giant Totoro to keep Zac company when he gets 'his own' room

 Pure joy, the best gift of Christmas

 Our lovely Georgie, with her Santa stash

Our little Christmas Village. A beautiful gift from a beautiful friend

Hugs and Happy New Year to all my wonderful crafty buddies, Wends x

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ New Stash or Occasion

Happy New Year my lovely blogging buddies. I have to say, we have had some awesome New Year celebrations in our life and one that will always stay close in my heart is watching the fireworks over the snowy landscape in Sjöbo Sweden. But this New Years night, we totally rocked it! My hubby cranked up his electric guitar and played the night in with some muso pals. We danced the night away and enjoyed a truly fabulous New Year celebration with wonderful friends. A great night was had by all. What a great start to 2016!

The Sweet Stampin' girls are kicking off the New Year in style too, with our first challenge of the year which is 'New Beginnings'. I've gone a little left field with my make, but it works in my head! So I hope you'll like it. We have a Sweet Stampin' Goodie Bag up for grabs this challenge. So come join the fun.

My daughter is beginning a new journey with her archery this year, aiming to compete in her first archery tournament in April. So I made a couple of cards for her trainers to thank them for their hard work. This is my first time using two different images to create otherwise identical cards.

I've used two images from Saturated Canary, which were perfect for this occasion and kept the same style for both cards. I really wanted the images to feature and didn't want to use a lot of embellishments, so it's a very CAS design. The first image is called Freedom and the second Princess Honor. Both beautiful striking archery images. Which my daughter utterly loves! I actually used these images to embellish her school books last year too.


I used digital paper to run a border strip of arrow paper down the left side. I will have to hunt down the source, as I can't recall where the paper is from right now. I popped up the image using fun foam for a bit of depth and dimension and used my Promarkers to colour the images.

I really love the soft colouring I achieved on Princess Honor. But was really cross with myself when I realised I had left Freedom floating in mid air! I totally forgot to ground her! But otherwise, pretty happy with both cards. You can click on the images above to pop them up to a bigger size for a closer look. The sentiment was stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink directly onto the base paper. The sentiment is a lovely one from Amy R Stamps for CC Designs. I thought the sentiment fit rather well in the lead up to the kids archery tournament.

So that's my post for today. I've created two cards with two gorgeous images, with 'New' digital paper I've not used before for a 'New' occasion that I've never had reason to create a card for before. So those are my 'New' things in my creation. I hope you'll come join the Sweet Stampin' crew for our first challenge of the New Year and show us some 'New' stash or create a card for a 'New Baby' or 'New Job' etc, however you interpret the challenge is up to you. Just be sure to do some 'stamping' on your creation. I hope you've seen in the New Year with the ones you love and I wish you all your heart desires in 2016. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
ABC Challenge: Y is for 'Your' Choice
4 Crafty Chicks: #279 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge: Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #406 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #119 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #341 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #344 ~ What's New? (New Digi Paper)
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Something 'New' (New Digi Paper)
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