Thursday, 31 March 2016

Blogaversary - Candy

I started blogging on 13 March 2012. I've had such fun since that day and it was my lovely hubby who encouraged me to 'give it a go'. I've never looked back and have had such a wonderful time sharing my crafty adventures and made lots of new friends with similar interests. So I'd like to celebrate this happy day by offering a special blog candy to one lucky follower. I also plan to offer a bonus prize to two other followers. This candy is a thank you to all my pals in blog land, so please be a follower of my blog and please only join my blog if you do actually like and follow my work. Candy only entries won't be counted.

How to enter:
Leave me a comment on this post
Leave a link to your blog in your comment
Please also pop a pic of my blog candy in your sidebar 

The candy, includes a Lili of the Valley stamp set, some rhinestones, Sizzix embossing folders, Indigo Blue Christmas stamp, Margaret Tarrant pretty fairy decoupage papers, Candi minis and a stunning fairy stamp from Whimsy Stamps artist Cathy Delanssay.

The main prize also includes a £10 voucher to one of my favourite online craft stores ~ Live & Love Crafts, so you can buy some gorgeous Maja Design papers (my favourites) or anything else you'd love from Sandy's fabulous store. The final part of the main prize is a $20 voucher for one of my favourite digital stamps artists ~ Krista Smith of Saturated Canary. So there's something there to tempt everyone!

The candy will remain open until my birthday, which is March 30th. I will random draw the grand prize winner and two bonus prizes on this date. I get fed up when I'm busy with the kids of missing out on prizes, because I've been too busy to check back in, so I will be breaking the mould and sending each winner a message via their blog! Though do check back in if you're interested to know who won the goodies. I will post them as a footer on this same post.

Love and hugs to you all my lovely blogland pals. I'm so stoked to have found this fabulous hobby and to have made such wonderful friends around the globe through this hobby. I'm inspired by you all and love sharing my crafty adventures with you. Thanks for being part of my journey. Hugs, Wends x

Winners - Woohoo!

As you know, yesterday was my birthday, and it was awesome. 
Thanks for all your well wishes, I had a fab day. 
So fab, that I thought I'd share the love a little wider and
rather than draw 2 bonus prize winners, I'm going to draw 4!

Each bonus prize winner, will receive one small gift,
a stamp, some ribbon, a small die or some paper flowers
They will be random and a complete surprise, but hopefully, you will all love them.

If you should own the item already, or it's not to your taste, 
please just pay the love forward and gift to another crafter who would love it.

Down to business...

(after removing duplicate entries, there were 56 unique entries to my blog candy)

The Winner of the overall prize, which includes the physical prize 
(as depicted in the candy photo)
plus, a $20 Saturated Canary Voucher
plus, a £10 Live & Love Crafts Voucher

drum roll please....

(apologies for the bad photos, my PC screen didn't photograph well)

45 = Janine of Crafting Crackers

Congratulations my sweet friend!

I will notify you via your blog, but should you see this first, wee hee! x

Bonus Prize Winners

(Ladies, I will notify you of your win via your blogs.)

Please check out the blogs of these amazing ladies. 
They're each wonderful blogland pals of mine 
and truly talented craft artists. 
Do stop by their blogs and enjoy their crafty genius.

Thanks to all who entered my Anniversary Candy
and congrats to the winners!
Big hugs, Wends x

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Swirls & Pearls

Happy Easter my lovely blog buddies! Wow I can't believe another week has come to a close and it's Easter Sunday tomorrow. The kiddos are so excited, we always do a super fun Easter hunt round at my brothers, which is fab, because he has a huge garden with chooks at the bottom of it, so it feels rather fitting! It's been one of the highlights of my kiddos years, since we returned home to New Zealand. Hopefully the weather will hold out, as we're entering Autumn now and it's been pouring the last few days! But we're forecast sunshine, so finger's crossed!

We've a fab new challenge starting today at Sweet Stampin' and the theme is rather lovely, it's 'Pearls & Swirls'. I had grandiose ideas that I could pull off a shabby chic masterpiece, but reality check, I think I'll leave that rather skilled gorgeousness to those amazing crafty divas out there, (ahem, Live & Love Crafts DT crew), you know who I mean! But I did pull out my stroke only Pion Design papers and found a rather delish set of papers to work with. I'd been playing around colouring up a sweet fairy and putting the two together, I realised the colours I'd used on the fairy worked really well with these gorgeous papers, so my card grew from there. 

I love these papers, I mean REALLY love these papers, so they don't get much of an outing, they're really just for me to swoon over. But every now and again I find myself inspired to use them and when I do, I really don't want to 'cover' any of them, they're just so pretty, with such lovely details on the pages. So my original idea of going full 'shabby chic', got pared right back, to simple paper placing, thin mat edges in contrasting tones and butterflies, because I had to have butterflies for this theme. Pearls and little butterfly trails, was all I could think of when the theme was announced. But no lace, or ribbon, because I want you to see the pretty paper!

The image I've used for this challenge is a sweet one I came across on Deviantart by the Artist Yam Puff. It's called Cherry Blossom Fairy. I loved this sweet image and have wanted to colour it up for some time. I was just playing around with my Promarkers trying a 'sheer' effect and wanted to try giving her silver tinged hair just to see how it would look. I loved it, so kept it and I coloured her dress to tone with the cherry blossoms, so it was all a rather organic creative process. I do love to colour when I'm just playing, seeing where the inspiration will take me. I don't often have time just to 'play'.

The papers as I mentioned are Pion Design from their 'From My Heart II' set of 6x6 papers. The blue/green papers are the 'Forget Me Not' pages. Sandy of Live & Love Crafts has a fabulous special in store right now, which includes some utterly gorgeous Pion Design papers. So go check them out. The sentiment was inked with the purple ink from a Kaleidacolor ink pad called Creole Spice. I've cut the large butterfly with my favourite butterfly die, which is from an older Joy Crafts die called Vintage Flourishes. I think it has the prettiest shaped wings. The smaller butterfly I cut with a Cheery Lynn die, called Exotic Butterflies Small. My set came without the wee Angel Wings. I cut two of each butterfly and layered them up. I used the mauve underneath, just to hint at that colour and layered the blue/green butterflies on top. I used tiny mauve pearls to create the butterfly bodies. I've had these a while and they came from MeiFlower. I wanted a trail behind each butterfly, which is my 'swirl' for the challenge theme, so I used tiny iridescent gems for this. These are also from MeiFlower. It's actually a pretty CAS card really, because the paper does all the work for me. But I think it looks quite lush because of the beauty of these Pion Design papers. 

I couldn't get a good shot of this wee fairy, it's been so overcast here the past few days. So I popped her outside in the long grass to see if that gave a better tone. I think it brings the colours in the papers out better. I hope you'll come and play along with our Pearls and Swirls challenge at Sweet Stampin' and I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Do go and check out the stunning cards my talented teamies have created for this challenge, those girlies rock!

Now the best news about this challenge, is our fabulous sponsor is none other than Live & Love Crafts! So now you know you want to come and enter the fun right?! I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, I'll be enjoying some Easter fun with the kiddos, celebrating my birthday, drawing the winners for my celebration candy (which includes a £10 voucher to Live & Love Crafts ya'll!) so I've got some busy days ahead. Happy Easter lovelies! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad Challenge: Springtime
Crafts & Me: March Challenge ~ Spring
I <3 Promarkers: #305 ~ Swirls & Pearls
Sparkles Challenge: #78 ~ Make It Girlie
Stamping Sensations: March ~ Flower Power
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #97 ~ So Fairy Cute
The Ribbon Girl: March ~ Any Image Challenge
Passion For Promarkers: #338 ~ Spring Has Sprung
Moving Along With The Times: #16 ~ In The Garden
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #92 ~ Spring Colours or Easter

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Flower Power

Hey there my lovely blog buddies, we're kicking off a new challenge over at Fab 'n' Funky and our lovely Wendy is the hostess this week. She's chosen the theme 'Flowers', and I couldn't have been happier with that! It was perfectly timed for a family birthday.

One of my lovely cousins has just celebrated her 60th birthday. She had a 'Swinging 60s' Birthday Party to celebrate, so when I saw this gorgeous image from our fabulous sponsor Lemon Shortbread, I knew this gorgeous '60s Rock 'n' Roll Girl' was the one to use for her birthday card. I had an idea in my head and I have to say I utterly LOVE how this came out! I went through about 12 different papers, trying to find quite the right one to use to really bring that 'Flower Power' feeling into the card. I'm so happy with the final look. The paper is from Jenny Ellory's 'Fifties Kitchen' set which came with Issue 130 of Papercraft Inspirations. I love being able to print these gorgeous papers out when needed. You can find these and lots of other gorgeous papers on their website.

I used a sweet sentiment from a Hero Arts set which I bought at Funky Kits. It's called 'Anytime Messages' and has lots of fab assorted sentiments. There wasn't a lot of room for a sentiment on this card, as the image fills most of the white space, but I snuck in a little one which was absolutely perfect for my darling cousin. I added Wink of Stella to the centre of most of the flowers and to her earrings, which you don't see so well in the main picture, but the close up below, shows the shine really well. 

I kept a little more of the patterned paper after printing the image on it, so it looked like a dress rather than shirt, as the image stops at the waist. So I added a flower 'pocket' to hide her missing hand. I was a 70's baby, but remember having cute 60's style dresses with flower pockets when I was little. So I thought a cleverly placed felt flower might be the perfect fix for an undrawn hand. I hope it looks like her hand is in a flower shaped pocket, that's totally what I was trying to achieve.

Do come and join us for our 'Flowers' challenge this week, we'd love to see what you come up with for that theme and do check out my fabulous teamies gorgeous creations on the challenge blog. You're sure to be inspired. Have an awesome week and I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad: Springtime
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #247 ~ Nature
Crafty Creations Challenge: #311 ~ Spring Fever
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #30 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #338 ~ Spring Has Sprung
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #11 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Ladybirds Challenge: #13 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #16 ~ In The Garden
Dream Valley Challenges: #127 ~ All About Birthdays
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #92 ~ Spring Colours or Easter

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Southern Girls ~ Nature

Hey there my lovely blog buddies, it's time for a new 'Team Lou' challenge at Southern Girls and our theme this fortnight is 'Nature'. We're being sponsored by two awesome sponsors this challenge, Polkadoodles and Crafts & Me. Check out these fabulous sponsors, you won't be disappointed.

I chose to work with a gorgeous image from Polkadoodles called Octavia Moonfly Wistful. I think it's perfect for our 'Nature' theme. I love this image, there's just something rather enchanting about it. I coloured it up with my Promarkers and then set about trying to find papers to work with it. Always a mistake, I should have chosen the papers first and then coloured her! But I don't think the match worked out too badly. I'm sending this to a lovely pal for her 'big' birthday which is coming up very soon, so I used some of my 'stroke only' Maja Design papers. I used front and back of the 8th of April paper from the Vintage Spring Basics and the paper I used to mat the image is the reverse of the 10th of April paper from the same set.

I fussy cut the image after adding some blue around it, which on second thoughts might have looked better left white, but I wanted to hint at some blue sky behind her. I added a little doily as it looked too bare without anything there. I couldn't find my cream doilies, which might have toned slightly better, but I think I got away with it, just.

I used the soft colours from the gorgeous Maja Papers to determine the embellishments and went for a soft lilac and cream theme. I've used a lush guipure lace, some thin satin ribbon which I tied a double bow with and stitched a gorgeous wooden heart from Live & Love Crafts onto. The sentiment is an older one from Lili of the Valley if I recall correctly. I inked it in Memento Elderberry, so it has a purple hue rather than black ink. I used the same ink to run around the edge of the circle. I used a punch to create the little butterflies. 3 in a dark purple shade, topped with 3 slightly lighter ones and finished with tiny mauve pearls from MeiFlower. The scalloped edge I created from scraps I had on my diecutting table and I used a Magnolia Tilda's Lace die for this. 

I had intended to add some flowers too, but when I had added the wee butterflies, I couldn't see where else to add the flowers, and I didn't want to loose all the details, because I've even hand stitched the edges of this card! I've been loving the stitching on Kat's cards from Paper Firefly, you can check out a gorgeous make she did also using a stunning Polkadoodles image here. I was using my gorgeous Maja papers, so I thought I'd go the extra mile and hand stitch all the papers. I'm so pleased with how this came out! The final touch was to add the darker pearls in the bottom corners. I did add one each to the two top corners, but it didn't look right, so I took them off.

Well that's it for today. Do go check out my amazing teamies and their fabulous creations on the challenge blog. I hope you'll come and join us too for our 'Nature' challenge this fortnight at Southern Girls, with two awesome prizes up for grabs, it's worth entering. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Creative Inspirations: #247 ~ Nature
Dream Valley: #127 ~ All About Birthdays
Polkadoodles Crafting: #10 ~ Spring Colours
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #97 ~ So Fairy Cute
Allsorts Challenge: #354 ~ Spring Is In The Air
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #78 ~ Make It Girlie
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #29 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions: March ~ Let's Hear It For The Girl!
Card Mania Challenges: #78 ~ Polka Dots or Stripes (Striped Paper)
Clear It Out Challenge: Patterned Paper Over 1 Year Old (I've had these Maja Papers Forever!)

Soapbox Rant...
I could have cried last night when I happened upon yet another Pinterest link (when following a tutorial thread) and landed on a page full of Krista Smiths images, which had obviously had all the copyright marks taken out, so they were left blotchy and patchy. Who would want to use an image like that? It makes me so mad. Why do people think it's okay to rob our lovely artists of their revenue? Without them, we colourists wouldn't have half as much fun! I'm proud to be part of the Southern Girls DT. We've made a stand last year not to support derivative artists and all our sponsors are true artists, with their own distinct styles. I think it's important to ensure when buying stamps that we're supporting genuine artists. If a stamp reminds you overly of another artist, it's likely it's a derivative work. True artists have their own unique style, their own look and feel. These are the artists I want to support and encourage all to do the same. Rant over, thanks x

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Sugar Nellie Fairy Love

I have a card to share with you today, that I made for a wee friend of my son's. Zac went to her birthday party recently. They had great fun watching the latest installment of Kung Fu Panda. So Zac was full of those stories when he came home. She's a wee pal he made at Playcentre not long after we arrived back in the country and although they're at different schools now, we keep in touch. She's had a love for dress ups, fairies and all things girly and gorgeous since she was very small. So when thinking of which image I should use on her card, I naturally went to my Sugar Nellie fairies. I LOVE Sugar Nellie fairies and sadly hardly have time to colour them up these days as I tend to focus on my DT creations being a busy mama. So given the opportunity to work with an image of my choice, my Sugar Nellie folder is the first I reach for. This sweetie is called 'The Story Teller'. You can find her of course at the home of all things Sugar Nellie ~ Funky Kits.

I used a gorgeous First Edition 8x8 paper from the Summer Breeze collection. I diecut the pretty shape with my Go Create Frilly #10 die. It's still my favourite. I diecut a second layer using a paper given to me by a crafty pal, and sadly I don't know which company this is from. But it had sweet little bunnies on the reverse of the paper. I chose green to mat the image, as I wanted to highlight that gorgeous wee grasshopper. I just love the sweet scene here as the pretty fairy and her grasshopper friend chat. I think this stamp is utterly enchanting and it may just be my favourite from the 'Return to Fairy Glen' release back in June 2013. I can't believe they're nearly 3 years old, they're timeless and beautiful. All the fairies are so gorgeous, I don't know I can actually say she's my favourite. So just between you and me. ;)

I coloured the image with my Promarkers and a couple of Flexmarkers. The above pic gives a better view of the sparkles I've added too. Some green Wink of Stella to the grasshopper's wings and antennae and I dotted gold Wink of Stella in the centre of the wee fairy's flowers. I added a few strokes of gold in her hair too, to add a touch of sparkle. I've used Glitter Magic to add a touch of shimmery sparkle to her wings.

There's another DT call on at Sugar Nellie at the moment. So I'm going to throw my hat in the ring again and see what happens. There's so much outstanding talent out there in blogland, that when the DT call comes around, I'm nervous to even try! But I love Sugar Nellies, and it would be a dream to get to work with these stamps as part of their amazing DT. So I'm putting on my big girl pants, finding some courage (after some encouragement from a dear blogland pal) and entering again.

I took this last pic in my car, with the card resting on the car seat. The light was hitting it just right as I was setting off to drop Zac to the party. So I'll leave you with that last pic and will have all my fingers and toes crossed that this time around, I might have a shot in the DT call. Have an awesome week. Catch you all again soon. Remember to join in my candy too when you visit. It's a goodie. Just go to the pinned post on the homepage of my blog. Have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: Ribbon & Bling
Creative Inspirations: #246 ~ Pretty Projects
Cute Card Thursday: #416 ~ Lace or Ribbon
Creatalicious Challenge: #86 ~ Add A Charm 
Allsorts Challenge: #354 ~ Spring Is In The Air
The Ribbon Girl: Spring/Easter or Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl: #134 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Live & Love Crafts: #45 ~ Signs of Spring (blossoms in her hair)
Passion For Promarkers: #336 ~ Cute Critters (hope my sweet grasshopper qualifies)

Update: A lovely surprise to find I made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers. Thanks ladies. I loved making this card and was super chuffed to see it up on the blog in the Top 5. Totally made my day. :)

A delightful surprise this morning to find I've won the Creatalicious Challenge prize. Thank you ladies, what a treat! x

I've also been named in the Top 5 at the Allsorts 'Spring' Challenge. What a gorgeous surprise, thank you ladies! :)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Boys to Men

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. What a week I've had! It's been all go. I can't believe we're in the middle of March already. I made a couple of sweet fairy cards this week (all will be revealed soon) and have had this 'boys make' on my desk for a couple of weeks in pieces. But I just didn't know how to put it together. I had some gorgeous rocket papers, and other space themed bits and bobs, but none of them quite worked with the vision in my head. Mr Mojo conveniently took a holiday! But I made it, by the seat of pants, in time for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. Our theme, (you guessed it) is 'Boys to Men'. So we want to see all your gorgeous boy's and men's cards this week.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is the fabulous 'All Dressed Up' and they have some utterly enchanting images. So go check them out! Our lucky winner is in for a real treat.

After printing off about 20 sweet space themed papers, none of which were quite right, I settled on this fab yellow stars on blue background paper from Pixel Scrapper's Melo Vrijhof. This is from her Sweet Dreams collection. I wanted quite a bright 'primary colours' themed card, so this was the best in the end. If you look closely, the paper has rings running through it, like the orbital rings you see depicted in space models. So I placed the planets on these to mimic the orbiting planets. Not at all correct, as the moon and Earth are at opposite corners, with Pluto and Mars in the totally wrong place, but artistic license and all that. ;)

I threw in a shooting star, diecut from an older quickutz die and the wee aliens and spaceship also from quickutz dies. It's not obvious in the pic above, but I gave the moon some texture by creating little circular dips and bumps over it to give it that 'holey cheese' effect. The three planets I cut with different sized stitched edge dies from an MFT Blueprints Set (#12) and a Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes set. The land masses on the earth circle were created with Quickutz dies also. 

Those of you who know your geography, might spot, Sweden, the mainland of Denmark and Japan. I had to work with what I had, and I've had these in my die collection for years unused. So it was fab to finally have a reason to use them! The fact that the young man I made this for has a Danish papa and Swedish mama made it quite appropriate to use! The Japan link was random, it was the only die shape I had that worked in the space left by the other two.

You can see the rocket in flight in the pic above. I've used a bit of stiff clear plastic that I cut from a blueberries packet and created a Z fold fixing one end to the card over the edge of the Earth as if the spaceship took off from there and the other end to the spaceship. When it's folded down, the ship sits just over the Earth and then you can move it to its full extension as if it's travelling to the Moon and it comes to a stop with its tip just over the moon. Fun for kids I would think. My little boy Zac thinks it's really cool! It got the Georgie seal of approval too.

I decorated the inside of the card too, as I couldn't work out where on the front of the card to fit the sentiment. I wanted to use the sweet sentiment which came in the same set as the little rocket. It's an older Whimsy Stamps set by 2 Cute Ink called Play Time. I had some diecuts left over, so I added a few of those too. I rather like the lil' Alien surfing the shooting star!

That's it from me for now. I do have a little video which shows the rocket in movement, but hubby needs to teach me how to load that. So I'll update when that's done. I'm off to my lovely pal's High Tea birthday party now, but I'll be back again soon with one of those Fairy cards I made. In the meantime, go check out the absolutely fabulous 'Boys to Men' creations my lovely teamies have made and come join in our fun challenge with your own 'Boys to Men' creations. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The ABC Challenge: C is for Cute
Simon Says Stamp: A Bit O' Green
One Crazy Stamper: March ~ Anything Goes
Just Keep On Creating: March ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #91 ~ Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft Challenge: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: #242 ~ In A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #77 ~ Something For The Males
City Crafter Challenge: I'm Working On My PhD (Considering how long I played with the papers on this make, I think it qualifies! Though I have been known to have things on the go for months not just weeks! LOL. Great challenge theme, loved it!)

Update: I was featured on the Saturday Shout Out at Shopping Our Stash! Thank you ladies, that made my day :)

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Paper Piecing

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm here today to share a DT post for Fab 'n' Funky, which is actually the birthday card I made for one of my darling pals who I got to know when Zac was at Playcentre here in Auckland. She's having a high tea party at the weekend and we've all to dress up in our finest, so I had the fab idea of combining my DT post with the creation of her birthday card. Our lovely Chris is hosting this week and we're being sponsored by one of my favourite online craft stores - Live & Love Crafts. If you've not discovered them before, go check out this fabulous craft store!

I was inspired to paper piece this fabulous 'Audrey' image by Stamping Bella, creating rather a lovely party frock. Watcha reckon? I LOVE it! So the theme for our current challenge, which yep, you guessed it, 'Paper Piecing', lent itself perfectly to the creation of my lovely pals birthday card. 

I used the fabulous MFT Die-namics Blueprints 14 set to create the base elements of this card. I cut them from two gorgeous pages from the Raspberry Road papers by Lili of the Valley. I just love these, they're so pretty and were perfect for the vision I had to create a pretty floral tea dress. Don't you just LOVE this fabulous Stamping Bella image? A wonderful hat tip to Audrey Hepburn. She's such a style icon and this is a fabulous image. I've coloured the base pieces with my Promarkers and added some accents here and there over the paper pieced areas. 

I didn't start out intending to create a red card base or to have so many red accents, but I love how that worked out. It really brings out the red blooms in the floral paper. I wanted to include a wee teapot and teacup in the make, to reference the high tea party we're having for my pals birthday, so this sweet Whimsy teapot and teacup were perfect. The little heart that was cut from the centre of the teapot, I added above the sentiment as it was too sweet to waste! I was inspired to try a 'tea themed' card after seeing this lovely make by one of my fav' blog buddies Kat. Go check out her stunning work, she's fab.

Initially I finished up the card as you see it above, but after a little more thought, I realised I'd forgotten to add her pearls! I also played around with the idea of adding a bloom to finish the card. So some extra elements were added here and there. The sentiment is from an older Whiff of Joy set by Katharina Frei called General Sayings, which was just the perfect sentiment for my lovely pals birthday card. A wee doily tucked in the back, some pretty red satin ribbon behind the diecut feature strip (which kinda looks like a tablecloth side on don't ya think?) I doodled some steam above the teacup too, as it just needed something else I thought. I edged most of the papers (apart from the stitched edge one) with some Ingvild Bolme chalk ink in Old Road. It worked really well with the green papers. Hope you like!

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, if you haven't yet checked out my candy in the post above, please do! It's pretty awesome, It includes the goodies in the pic, plus a $20 Saturated Canary Voucher and a £10 Live & Love Crafts Voucher too. Plus a couple of small surprise prizes for two runners up. There's only a few weeks to go now! I so want to share some joy with one of my lovely blog buddies, so don't be shy, join in! Go have a nosey at what you could win (as part of my candy) over on our lovely sponsors site too. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Stamping Sensations: March ~ Flower Power
The Ribbon Girl: Anything Goes (or Spring/Easter)
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #246 ~ Pretty Projects
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Mum's Day/Special Female
Crafty Creations Challenges: #310 ~ Sentiment As A Focal Point
Allsorts Challenge: #353 ~ Celebrating International Women's Day
Pile It On Challenge: #103 ~ Green and Two Other Colours (Green, Red & White)
613 Avenue Create: #166 ~ Anything Goes with Optional Twist - All That Glitters
The Crafter's Cafe: #144 ~ Inspired By A Song - Oh Wouldn't It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady
As You Like It: Favourite Occasion ~ Birthdays. I love to make birthday cards. I make more of those than any other I think (including Christmas!) I just think it's really lovely to give and to receive a hand made birthday card. It's that one day of the year, which is all about 'you'. So I like to make the effort for my family and friends.

Update: My card made the Top 3 in the As You Like It 'Favourite Occasion' challenge. I'm so thrilled you liked the birthday card I made my lovely pal. Thank you so much!

My card also made Top 5 in the Allsorts 'Celebrating Women's Day' challenge. Thank you so much ladies! I'm delighted.

This card also made Top 3 on The Crafter's Cafe Challenge. So stoked that my card has been so well received. Thank you all so much. :)

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