Saturday, 27 February 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Mother's Day

Hey pals, how are you all doing this fine Saturday? I am full of smiles and joy because today is my baby girls 11th birthday! So we have plans for happy adventures today, which include her first experience of a little 'professional' pampering at a salon. She broke her arm just over a week ago, so it's put a stop to our plans of a horse riding adventure for her birthday. So instead, I thought my girlie would enjoy some pampering and TLC. So she's going to have a mini (kiddies) facial and a mini pedicure and toenail paint. Eeep, I'm so excited to do this with her. While I'm off celebrating my wee doll, our next challenge at Sweet Stampin' is kicking off and in this I get to celebrate another amazing female in my life. My beautiful mummy. Our challenge this week, is 'Mother's Day'. So we want to see all your gorgeous creations in preparation for Mother's Day. We are being sponsored by the wonder team at Crafts U Love too. So that's a fabulous treat in store for the winner!

I have used a fabulous Saturated Canary image for my Mother's Day card, which I coloured with my Promarkers and created the card front for. Then my kiddos wanted to get involved too and make their own images for Nanny. So Georgie coloured up her image, another Saturated Canary image which looks a bit like her and Zac did his to look like him. I think they're a really cute trio! The three stamps actually all came from Complete Cardmaking Magazine ~ Issue 47. They are called My Valentine, Love My Boy and Pocket Valentine. I think they work so perfectly together for this creation and I was chuffed to be able use a lovely set of papers which was also a magazine cover gift. This paper set came with issue 126 of Papercraft Inspirations and was called Lily Rose. Each page is so pretty and works together really well, so it was lovely to use them this way.

I very simply added some ruffled ribbon, lace, a sweet gingham bow and a wee tag which I hand printed 'for mummy' on in pink ink. My mama is a huge fan of purple, so I used lots of purple in this card. The tiny pearls are a lovely dark rich purple and finished the corners really nicely.

My sweet kiddos coloured up their images so well. Georgie used Promarkers to do hers! Zac used pencils. We kept the gingham ribbon theme going through the card, a yellow one on Zac's page ("because I have yellow hair mum you know?" He's too cute, I just wanna stop time!) and a pale pink one on Georgie's page. Also using pages from the same lovely paper set on these pages too.

I decorated the back of the card with a lovely 'Souza' quote which comes from Stampart Design by Kathryne, back when she had a digital stamp album in the Whimsy Stamps Store. I cut it using a Go Create shaped frame. This one is so pretty. I love the shape. I inked all the edges of the papers with distress ink, I think I used Vintage Photo. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did for Mother's Day, now we'd love to see what you'll do. I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us. But right now, Georgie and I have a date for some TLC, so I'll catch ya later. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean Challenge: #123 ~ Lovely Lace
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: February ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers: #156 ~ For A Special Woman
City Crafter Challenge: #300 ~ Polka Dots (The Yellow Paper is Polka Dotted)
Passion For Promarkers: #334 ~ Dies & Punches (Corner punch and Go Create die - sentiment)

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas

A very warm hello to all my buddies out there in blogland tonight. I have a sweet creation to share with you today. We are kicking off a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and it's our mission this year, to encourage you all to get your Christmas crafting started in plenty of time. So we are having a Christmas challenge once a month, to help with that. I am delighted, because this last minute lass, would leave it all until Christmas eve otherwise! Our challenge is being hosted this week by our lovely Ginny.

We are being sponsored by the wonderful Bugaboo Stamps for this challenge and they've given the DT some super cute and fun stamps to play with for our DT creations. I chose a gorgeous wee Snowman, which I've coloured up in pink, so really, she's a Snowlady!

This sweet stamp is called 'Snow Friends' and I've coloured the image with my Promarkers. Don't you just love that sweet little Robin? I think they are a super cute pair. I've added lots of extra little touches to this cute image. I've used Liquid Pearl in White Opal for the wee snowflake drops around the snowlady. I've used Crystal Snow from Stampendous on her hat for the fluffy bits. It doesn't show well in the pics, but looks fab IRL. I used chunky Icicle Stickles Glitter Glue for the snow drift at the bottom of the pic. The chunky nature of this Stickles Glue gives it a nice texture and added dimension. But it does take a wee bit longer to dry!

I decided I wanted to do something different for this challenge, so rather than make a card, I decided to create a little gift bag. I started with a template that I cut from an A4 page. I used a lovely pink knit paper from an old Joanna Sheen paper set called Haberdashery.

I added a doily to the front of the gift bag and then hand cut a circle to fit on the doily from a pretty pink doily paper which came from the same BoBunny paper set I used recently for my niece's birthday card. A pretty paper set called Isabella. I inked the edge of the doily paper with White Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink and stuck both layers to the gift bag. I also inked the edges of the gift bag with the white chalk ink before sticking any layers to it.

Next I stuck down the image (which was a bit of a trick, because the Icicle Stickles was still not dry), but thanks to my Pinflair glue, it all stuck down very nicely. I inked the edge of the image before sticking it down with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in Old Rose.

Once all my layers were stuck down, I pulled the handles together. I had half scored right down the middle of the side panels on the bag, so I pinched the top edges of the bag together, creasing at these side scores and then added the bakers twine ribbon to the top of the handles to give that extra little finishing touch to the bag. A pretty quick make actually and I think very sweet all finished up.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation and the process I went through to create it. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for our Christmas challenge. There's no set theme, other than Christmas, so you've lots of scope to create! Thanks for popping in to visit today. I will be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, go check out what my talented teamies have been up to on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog. Have an awesome week and happy crafting!

Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image Challenge
Crafting by Designs: February ~ Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: February ~ Things With Wings
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': February ~ Snowflakes
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up: #14 ~ Winter Wonderland
613 Avenue Create: #164 ~ Colour Challenge ~ White, Pink, Orange
Creatalicious: #85 ~ Favourite Colour Combo (I love a bit of pink & white for Christmas, something fab about the non-traditional combos for a bit of a change.)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Inspired By A Song (Frosty the Snowman is the obvious choice with this wee image, but it's 'River' I was singing while crafting this. I always start with this song when I'm Christmas crafting. Joni is awesome, but I love Robert Downey Jr's version too and actually I love the version Sarah McLachlan did too on her Wintersong album)

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Wedding Belle

A rare post from me today, which isn't a DT creation. I had a commission from my little brother, who, very sweetly, is one of the greatest fans of my cards. He had a friend who was getting married and wanted something a little more special than you can get 'off the shelf'. So he asked if I would create a card for the couple. The brief, was that they are musicians, she's a brunette and he has sandy blonde hair. Beyond that, I had carte blanche. So I set about finding inspiration. I had made a couple of cards lately that had pink and grey as the colour theme and for some reason I found myself drawn again to using these colours.

I used a wonderful stamp called Uptown Couple ~ Brett & Brenda Get Married by Stamping Bella. Little did I know at the time how perfect this stamp actually would be with her leg in the air showing off her wedding shoe! But the Bride had quite the most exquisite pair of shoes as the feature of her wedding ensemble, so I thought the image was doubly fitting after seeing these pics.

Here's a wee sneaky look at the happy brides gorgeous shoes. They're quite something special. I just love the colours and they looked utterly stunning on her feet, very retro chic.

I used a lovely pale pink cardstock to create the card base and also cut the heart accents from this. The pretty doily heart was a gift from my baby sister for Christmas. It's a Quickutz Heart Doily. I just knew I had to work it in somewhere on this card. So pretty. The other little heart die is my favourite Whimsy Country Heart die. I do so love to use this on romantic themed cards. I added two sweet little horseshoes which I cut with a Magnolia Doohickey from the most recent Doohickey Magazine release. The lovely leafy swirl is a Magnolia Doohickey too. The pretty rolled roses are Kort & Godt which I've added three pretty pale pink pearls to the centre of. I've been waiting for the right card to use these gorgeous blooms on and this was it. They're some of my 'stroke only' stash from Live & Love crafts.

I wove in the 'musical' thread through the backing paper, which was a lovely silver foiled music sheet. I cut all the layers in my favourite pretty Go Create shape. I repeated the same layers on the inside too, though I hand cut them a little wider for the inside. I used a stitched circle and added a lovely Magnolia Sentiment inside the card which I inked in London Fog Memento ink to keep the silvery theme. The notes look black in the photos, but they're actually silver foil, the light just didn't catch the sheen in these shots.

Thanks for popping in on me today my lovely blogging pals. I've had fun with this creation and was so pleased when the stamp I had ordered several weeks back unexpectedly arrived while I was laying out the papers. A happy coincidence me thinks! I'll be back again soon with another DT adventure, but in the meantime have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
ABC Challenge: B is for 'Bride'
Whimsy Stamps: #91 ~ Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts: #44 ~ Love Is In The Air
The Ribbon Girl: February ~ Use Any Image
Dream Valley: #125 ~ Sparkle, Bling & Embellish
Crafty Calendar Challenge: February ~ Love Is In The Air
613 Avenue Create: Colour Challenge ~ A White & Grey, B Pink, C Green
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Inspired By A Song ~ All Of Me by John Legend
As You Like It: Favourite Fold or Shape: I love this Go Create Shape. It's the first I bought and still my favourite one to use. I fell in love with it when I saw Bev Rochester using it on a sweet Wee Stamps card she created and I later bought to give my daughter. I just loved it. I bought the die as soon as I figured out who sold it!
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #345 ~ A Sketch. I've added an extra layer to the base and the ribbon acts as my strip across the middle. Otherwise, I think I followed it pretty closely. :)

Update: I was named in the Top 3 for the As You Like It Challenge. I'm so thrilled and honoured. Thank you so much! :)

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Southern Girls ~ Sparkle

Hey there my lovely blog pals. I've a sweet treat for you today. We have a new challenge at the Southern Girls for you today and it's Team Lou's turn to give you a little inspiration. This challenge we are looking for all things Sparkly. Simples!

We are being sponsored by Star Stampz and Norma J Burnell this challenge. So the DT have been given some really sweet images to work with. I used a cute one called 'Candy Girl' from Star Stampz. Check out the lovely images from these fabulous sponsors. Our lucky winners are in for a real treat this challenge.

This card I made for my sweet little niece who has just turned a year old. Her mummy LOVES pink, so I think she'll approve of this card. I wanted to use a different sentiment to the one that I did, which said 'Sweet Wishes' and came from the same set as the sentiment I used, but it was taller and wouldn't fit the little gap at the bottom of the card, so I used the 'Have a Happy Day' sentiment instead. The set I used is a Tina Wenke for Stampavie set called Sweet Wishes. So sad to have lost Stampavie last year, our lovely stamp companies seem to be struggling to survive in this world where there is so much copyright abuse. I'm all for supporting the true talent out there, not derivative artists or stamp thieves. 

I coloured this cute image with my Promarkers and added a bit of glitter glue here and there for sparkle. I also used a sparkly ribbon, though I'm not sure this shows well in the photos. The Joanna Sheen Starburst and Whimsy Corner have been cut from a pearlescent paper too for that added bit of subtle sparkle. I also used a cross-stitch die from a Paper Smooches set called 'Stitched' to add some kisses underneath the image. Just for a bit of interest and texture. 

I had some paper on my craft desk, which I'd not yet put away from a recent Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine cover gift. (The September 2015 issue). I often leave them on my desk a while in the hope inspiration will hit! It's from BoBunny and is called Isabella. I really like the grey and pink combo in this paper pad. So I was inspired to make a really girly pink card with this sweet image and pretty papers.

Well that's me for this week. Do pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog to see what my talented teamies have been up to. We have some awesome new DT who are rockin' the blog with their gorgeous makes, so do come and check out what all the DT have been up to. I'll see you again soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs until then, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: February ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #333 ~ Luscious Locks
Stamping Sensations: February ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #91 ~ Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: #125 ~ Sparkle & Bling
Crafty Creations Challenges: #309 ~ Something to Eat/Drink (Candy!)
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #345 ~ Anything Goes (Optional Sketch)

Update: I was awarded a Top 3 spot for the Crafty Creations Challenge. Thank you ladies! I'm truly honoured :)

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ CAS

I'm going to find this blog post hard to write, so bear with me as I do. I made this card for a very dear friend, who lost her big sister recently to the awful evil that is cancer. She left behind 3 beautiful kids not far into their teen years and a hubby who loved her deeply. She was a wonderful woman, full of joy and cheek and joie de vivre. She loved fashion and it was always high end, elegant, understated fashion. She and her best friend used to hunt out the most elegant CAS understated cards for each other every birthday and as they were air hostesses, they did this all over the world, so built up quite a special collection of these beautiful cards. So I thought it fitting (being that black was her favourite colour) to create a beautiful CAS elegant understated card for her little sis who is one of my dearest friends. I think my darling pal's big sis would have approved of this card. I couldn't share it when I first made it, so it's been waiting in the wings for the right moment and this is it.

We have a CAS challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week and I love the way the stampin' on this card came up. So I'm sharing it now in the hopes that it might encourage someone else who struggles to create Sympathy Cards, to take inspiration from this creation. I was inspired when looking for inspiration myself by this beautiful Sympathy Card. Thank you Tammy for sharing your beautiful card and for the inspiration you provided.

I used 3 different pieces of black cardstock, but mounted them on a white base top fold card. The first layer of black is a textured mat black card. The second layer of black card actually has a slight sheen to it, I used this to mat the main picture panel, which was stamped on plain black mat cardstock. I used my anti-static bag from Inkylicious to ensure there were no fingerprints that picked up the embossing powder. I then used two different images to create my scene. 

I love the imagery of a butterfly for Sympathy Cards, as they are the perfect metaphor for transformation and the hope that the spirit lives on. I used a lovely poppy stamp from Inkylicious called Poppy Silhouette. The meadow stamp which featured a beautiful fern (very 'Kiwi' flora) is from an Indigo Blue stamp set which I received with my Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine, issue 123. It's a beautiful set and has several stand alone elements to it. But this meadow scene was perfect to use with my Poppy Silhouette for this card. I used Versamark ink to stamp the images and then covered them with clear embossing powder. I'm so happy with the look of the stamping on this card.

I used black fun foam to mount the stamped panel onto the panel beneath, to add a little dimension and depth. I also used the fun foam to mount the sentiment tag too. I wrapped the ribbon around the two base black panels before sticking them down to the white base card. I tied a 'triple bow' with the black organza ribbon and added that to the ribbon strip. A very CAS design, to honour and celebrate the life of a beautiful mother, sister, wife and friend. Life is too short, it really is. 

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Bunny Zoe's Crafts. Which I'm so sad to hear are closing their doors soon. So we are very lucky to have their sponsorship this challenge. I hope you'll come and enter our CAS challenge this week at Sweet Stampin'. I look forward to seeing what you create. I'll be back again before long with another crafty adventure. In the meantime embrace your life, make it the best you can for you and all the ones you love. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: February Card Challenge
The Crafter's Cafe: #142 ~ Monochromatic
ABC Challenge: A is for Animals ~ Butterfly
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #90 ~ With Love
Stamping Sensations: February ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #13 ~ Things With Wings
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: February ~ Things With Wings - Butterfly
Creative Inspirations: #344 ~ Hugs & Kisses - A Card For A Friend
Creative Moments: #86 ~ Anything Goes - Option of Love (Love for a friend)

Update: I made the Top 3 on Creative Inspirations Challenge. So touched and delighted, thank you! x

Second Update: I won a lovely Crafty Sentiments Designs prize on the Creative Moments Challenge. Thank you so so much! What a happy day this has turned out to be! x

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ The Space Race

Hey there my lovely blogging pals. Sorry I've been a bit MIA, but my kiddos started their new year at school, so I've been caught up with all that entails. My sweet niece turned 1 on the 6th, which is our Waitangi Day here in New Zealand and it's a National Holiday, so we have a long weekend, which is a nice way to ease the kiddies back into school. Two short weeks in a row! It also marks 3 years since our return from the UK. I can't believe we've been home 3 years already! My heart definitely has two homes!

Today though, I'm here to tell you all about our new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and I am hostess this week. Our wonderful sponsor is Sassy Studio Designs and we have some fabulous images to work with this week. Have you seen the recent Star Wars release? We're all a little nutty for it in my house. My youngest was crestfallen that he couldn't see the movie, but he's only 5 after all! Georgie really enjoyed her special 'date night' with Mum & Dad at the movies though. So I've been inspired to make this weeks challenge a 'Space Race' challenge. Bring out all your stamps and goodies that have anything to do with 'Space', the aliens, rockets, spaceships, let your imagination run wild!

Our lucky winner this challenge
may choose 4 Sassy Studio Designs
Digital Images. Woohoo!!

My awesome teamies have pulled it outta the bag and created some 'out of this world' creations to inspire you. So do stop by their blogs for more details. We all love reading your comments too!

For my DT creations, I've used the fabulous Sassy Studio's - Space Princess Honey and Sassy Studio's - Yoda Honey. I was inspired to try making a bedroom door plaque for each of the kiddies, as we're about to separate them into their own rooms. They've loved sharing up until now, but our eldest is growing up and with the five year gap between them, really needs her own space now. So it's time for a room each and I thought it'd be fun to celebrate this by making them door plaques. What better images than Yoda and Princess Leia?!

I had some fab paper I picked up in a bargain bin at a local craftstore, which I thought could work well for these plaques. It's from the Carpe Diem collection of the Reminisce range. I did really want some starry dark paper, so I could maximise the Star Wars theme, but I had NOTHING that would work. So I went for a different feel altogether. I love the way Yoda sits atop the world on my son's door plaque. I've always loved that Dr Seuss quote too.

I have a little tutorial that shows my process for this make, as it's a first for me using Mod Podge and I really had no idea what I was doing! I tried to google using Mod Podge on alcohol ink coloured images and couldn't find ANYTHING! So this is why I thought I'd add a tutorial. Just click on the 'read more' link below the post to see the tutorial.

I'll catch you all again soon, and look forward to seeing what you do for our 'Space Race' challenge. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts Challenge: #349 ~ CAS
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: One Layer
Crafting From The Heart: #98 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #162 ~ Anything Goes + Option of Single Layer
Creative Moments: Anything Goes + Option of Love (Love for Star Wars! LOL)

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