Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Sugar Bowl ~ April Challenge

Squeeeee!!! I've been holding onto this special piece of news for so long now I thought I was going to pop! Those of you who have followed my blog for a while, will know I have my own lil' love affair going on with Sugar Nellie stamps. They are my all time favourite stamps and I've just joined the challenge blog design team!! Oh my goodness, you've no idea how hard it was to hang onto that news! 

You might notice if you click through the link above, that the Sugar Bowl Challenge Blog has merged with the Sugar Nellie Inspiration Blog. We're putting all things Sugar Nellie and gorgeous together on the same blog. So now you can find your Inspiration and the Challenge Blog in the same place. There will be a 'click through' button that will take you straight to the Challenge, so it will be easy to find.

I'm so so excited and delighted to be working with my favourite Sugar Nellie images and of course what could be better than to start on the team by using one of my all time favourite images drawn by Krista Smith for the Simply Sassy line at Funky Kits. This image is called City Girl. I'm a little heart broken to hear that Krista is closing her Saturated Canary digital store soon, but you know there are a bunch of her gorgeous images over at Funky Kits as part of an earlier collection she designed for the Sugar Nellie brand called Simply Sassy. If you've not seen them before, go check them out! Some of my fav's ever from Krista right there. For a wee blast from the past gorgeousness, check out Krista's introduction to the Sugar Nellie family back in 2010 here on the Sugar Nellie blog.

I've coloured the image with my Promarkers, adding just a hint of pink to her tights and going for camel coloured boots, for something a little sassy and different. I've added some sparkle to the petticoat layers with a sprinkle of fairy glamour dust and also to the number 29. When I stamped the sentiment it went a little darker than I'd hoped, so I figured a little sparkle might tone that down. The fabby 'seriously' diecut is from Lil' Inkers. I recently purchased it and was looking for an excuse to have a play. My pal since we were 13 was just about to have a birthday, so I thought how cheeky and cute it might be to put the seriously die and the '29 Again' stamp together. With that fabulous image, (which incidentally is not far off what my pal looks like!) I thought it was a winning combination.

I used a gorgeous digital paper from Nitwit Collections Dress Shoppe set, to line the inside of the card. When I had all the elements laid out, I thought the pink paper was a little bare, so I loosely masked a strip down the centre of the top and bottom and stamped with versamark ink to create a watermark effect for a bit of interest. The stamps I used sadly didn't leave a crisp image, but as it was a watermark effect, it fades into the background pretty well. When the card is propped up, you can see the 'floating effect' of this card. I rounded the corners of the top and bottom panel, to accentuate this. I think it's a fun effect.

So there you have it, my first design as one of the Sugar Bowl design team. I've been dancing a wee jig since I got the news, so man it feels good to share it! Now all that remains is to send you over to the Sugar Nellie blog where you'll find the challenges from now on. Check out the gorgeous creations by my talented teamies. (I'm in awe of them all!) Come and join us with your own Sugar Nellie creations. We'd love to see what you do with these gorgeous images. There's some fabby new ones over in the Funky Kits store. So stop by and have a wee browse. 

Huge hugs to you all from one very happy Crafty Kiwi Mama, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Creative Corner Challenges: Words
Crafty Gals Corner: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #19 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #92 ~ Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge: #115 ~ Glitter & Bling (Glittered Underskirt)
Passion For Promarkers: #343 ~ Make It Digital (Simply Sassy Digital Stamp)

Monday, 25 April 2016

Pippi Longsocks

Hey there lovely blog buddies. I have a quick make to share with you tonight. I made this card for a friend's little girl who recently turned 6. I just love Sugar Nellie's Pippi Longsocks and the wee girl I made this card for has all Pippi's sass and moxi. So she was utterly perfect for a birthday make for her.

I just love working with Sugar Nellie images. They've been my favourites for a long time, but I rarely get to play with them due to other DT commitments, so it was fun to just have a play with this cutie for this make. I've coloured her with my Promarkers and cut the oval frame using a La-La Land Stitched Elements die set.

I've taken pics of Pippi in two different lights, so you get to see all the details and highlights. She's had a liberal sprinkling of Glamour Dust on her skirt and wings. Her wee froggy pal, has had a touch of Wink of Stella in Green added to his wee freckles. The lovely sentiment I've used is from a Kaisercraft paper pad called 'Oh So Lovely'. I just loved this sentiment and think it works so perfectly with Pippi. I fussy cut around the edge of the frame shape and stuck it down with foam pads for a bit of dimension.

I used a pretty white cotton lace over a ruffled ribbon and added a gingham bow with a wee glass heart charm to finish the card. The pretty card shape is of course Go Kreate Frilly #10. Still my favourite of the Go Kreate shapes. I think it works really well for this card. I used a fab lime green BoBunny paper from their Peacock Lane set called 'Bleu' to highlight her wee froggy pal.

Well that's it from me tonight. I've had a huge and very tiring day. Went ice skating with the kiddos yesterday, made waffles with them this morning and had lego adventures with them today and we're off to visit friends tomorrow so that the papa's can do a lil' guitar jamming! So that should be fun. Night all. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #321 ~ Add Lace
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Any Image
Aud Sentiments: #153 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #68 ~ Cute As A Button
Cute Card Thursday: #422 ~ Add A Quotation
Come & Get It Challenge: #115 ~ Glitter & Bling
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Make It Girlie
Deep Ocean Challenge: #127 ~ Dots and/or Stripes
Passion For Promarkers: #342 ~ Things With Wings
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Animal ~ In terms of crafting, I love squirrels, hedgehogs and frogs. There's just something enchanting about these wee characters. I love the 'frog prince' idea and a good princess tale ought to have one of those right? So here's Pippi, with her wee froggy.

Update: I made Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers! Thanks ladies, you've made my day :)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Pink & Girly

Hey there my sweet blog buddies. It's been a whirlwind week here in our house. School holidays and kiddo fun filling the hours. It's also been my little sister's birthday, so I've been busy creating birthday gorgeousness for her, which included of course a handmade card.

Her birthday was perfectly timed to coincide with our newest challenge at Sweet Stampin', especially as our theme this week is 'Pink & Girly'. It starts today and how fab is that theme? All the Sweet Stampin' DT have been busy getting inky in pink! Head to the blog to check out the fun, even our Susan joined in! (To say she's not a pink fan is somewhat of an understatement!)

We are spoilt to have the wonderful Wild Orchid Crafts as our sponsors for this challenge, so our winner is in for a fabulous treat! I've loved Wild Orchid Craft products since I first started blogging and discovered them. I've used a beautiful bloom from Wild Orchid Crafts on this card. It's a Large Wild Rose from a mixed colour pack. I inked the edges of the petal with a touch of clear Wink of Stella, just to give the petals a bit of sparkle.

My baby sis was born in France during the time my parents were diplomats over there. So the Parisian themed papers and Eiffel Tower diecut were perfect for her birthday make. I have been really enjoying getting the Magnolia Doohickey Club Magazines and the gorgeous dies that come with them. These two dies the Eiffel Tower and pretty flourish were from the 3rd volume in the set, which had a lovely romantic theme to it. 

I went a little ink crazy with my Worn Lipstick and Ground Espresso Distress Inks on the image. I instantly regretted going quite so heavy handed, but it was done and I had no time to start again. So, I added more, until it sort of looked like I 'meant' to do that! There's a very dark splodge of Ground Espresso under the embellies on the left hand side. I'm glad that was hidden relatively well. I do have these grand ideas that I have these fab skills and can do this shabby chic thing I love so much, but my reality is a little shy of the mark sadly. But I had fun! Oh yes, I had fun!! :) The shot above shows the little Wink of Stella highlights quite nicely on her dress, headband, bag and the edges of the petals. I've taken two of the shots outdoors and two indoors, which is why the lighting is slightly different. 

I just love this gorgeous Saturated Canary image. Violet Vintage is a beauty and I love this stamp so much, I have it in both digital and rubber, for the advantages they both bring. This make was inked using my rubber stamp and (pssst, I have a spare one! So watch this space, she'll be coming to a home near you, very soon!) I felt so blue when I heard Krista was closing her digital store, I decided to collect a few of my favourites to share in a special candy very soon. Violet Vintage here is one I will be giving away, so keep an eye out for that. I coloured her of course with my Promarkers. Still my 'go to' colouring medium and I was so pleased to find the perfect pink (cocktail pink) in my Promarkers to work with the salmon pink in the designer paper and accent paper.

It's time for me to entertain the troops, we're off ice skating today. So I'll leave you here with a reminder to head on over to the Sweet Stampin' Challenge to check out what my amazing teamies got up to for their 'Pink & Girly' creations. It's actually our lovely Sweet Stampin' DT sister Janine's birthday today, so let me take this opportunity to wish her a truly gorgeous day.

Do come and join us with your own 'Pink & Girly' creations. I look forward to seeing what you do! Have a fabulous weekend. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Creative Moments: #91 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #172 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: April ~ Any Image
Stamping Sensations: April ~ One For The Girls
Crafting From The Heart: #108 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Make It Girlie
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #249 ~ Your Favourite Things
Crafting With Friends Challenge: #19 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #313 ~ Real or Faux Stitching (Faux on oval diecut)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Winged Things

Hi there my lovely blog buddies. It's Autumn break here in New Zealand, so my kiddos are off school and enjoying some Autumn R&R. So I'm catching a few minutes here and there to schedule my blog posts. Today, we are kicking off a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge Blog and the lovely Catherine is our hostess this week. She's chosen the theme 'Winged Things' for this challenge. 

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Lacy Sunshine and I have taken this opportunity to make my sister-in-law's birthday card. It's a big birthday, so I chose an image that will be meaningful for her, having lived for 3 years in Japan before she had her kiddies. I really like this image from Heather, she has a whole series called The Enchantresses. They all have stylised wings. This image is called Far East Enchantress and her 'wings' are bamboo. Some of the other Enchantresses have really pretty flower wings. Go check them out!

Photographing this card was a real trick, with all the different pinks. The background frame is actually a really warm, pretty pink, but looks a little red in these shots. I just couldn't get the colour balance quite right, but I think you get the overall effect.

I struggled to get a shot that showed all the lovely Wink of Stella highlights, then finally did once I walked back inside and was under the spots! So here she is with all her glitter and bling showing. The spots fade out the colouring though, truer tones in the outdoor shots. Love my Promarkers, they never fail me! I edged the papers with my Ingvild Bolme chalk edgers again, those are fab too.

The paper I used was from a really old Papermania paper pad. I'll have to hunt out the details and come back with those. It came with a sheet of decoupage blooms, which I thought would look amazing used in the corner of the card. I didn't want to add lace and ribbon, to really allow the flowers to feature, and so they didn't get swamped. I kept it really quite CAS apart from those blooms and I love how it came together. I wasn't sure that the vision in my head would translate to the page well, so I'm stoked with the result! The angled piccy below gives you a better sense of the dimension of the blooms. 

Right now though, I have to plan a few things for my baby sister's birthday which is today as the blog post goes live, but tomorrow as I'm writing this. I've been busy creating her a card today, so I'll be back soon with that reveal. Enjoy seeing what my teamies have been up to over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog and come and join us with your own 'Winged Things' creation. We'd love to see your take on this challenge. See you again soon. Have a fabby week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Any Image
Card Mania Challenge: #79 ~ Spring
613 Avenue Create: #172 ~ Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: #129 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #342 ~ Things With Wings
Moving Along With The Times: #18 ~ Spring Flowers
Come and Get It Challenge: #114 ~ Things With Wings
Crafty Creations Challenge: #313 ~ Stitching Real or Faux (Faux on Diecut Circle)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Southern Girls ~ Patterned Paper

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. Another week is flying past and today it's time for a new challenge to kick off over on the Southern Girls Challenge blog and it's a goodie! Our theme is patterned paper, how fab is that! Everyone should be able to join in this one.

We have two great sponsors this week, Lacy Sunshine and Ppinky Dolls. Lacy Sunshine stamps are so enchanting, and I really enjoyed working with this sweet stamp called Jocelyn ~ Autumn Stroll from Lacy Sunshine's Melancholy Moppet release. 

I had Autumn colours in my head when I picked up this stamp to colour it with my Promarkers. It's fitting as Autumn is kicking off here in New Zealand with chilly mornings and nights and Autumn showers. So it feels appropriate to be colouring up this beauty in these Autumnal tones.

I have had a paper pad in my drawer for a couple of years now, that I've struggled to know what to pair with. But when I'd finished colouring the image, it was the first paper pad I thought to look at and I think fits the theme really well. It's from BoBunny and is called Weekend Market Collection. I think the dark hues in the Weekend Market Collection are a great fit for this stamp. I wanted to go for a grungy distressed edges feel, so pulled out my Tea Dye Distress Ink and inked up the edges of all the papers then distressed them with my scissors. I also edged the 'hello' die and the postcard stamped panel. Finally, I ran the Tea Dye along the edge of the cream lace I used to give the sentiment panel some interest.

I really loved the compass on the paper, sadly the fabulous earth image on the same page ended up covered up, but I was glad the compass had a little corner to show through. I've used two of the lovely Weekend Market papers from the 6x6 paper pad and some textured brown card from a DCWV cardstock stack called The Colourful Life. The postcard is a Graphic 45 stamp from the Cityscapes set. I stamped it over a digital paper from Raspberry road from their Apple Cinnamon set, then inked and distressed the edges.

I used several different shades of Wink of Stella on the image to highlight different areas. Sadly it doesn't show in the main pics, so here are some close ups that give you a peak at the shimmer on the sunflower heads, her sparkly gold earring, the sparkly berry broach and the plum coloured sparkle on the fruits on her hat. 

Thanks for stopping in today. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. But in the meantime, do stop into the Southern Girls Challenge and check out the fabulous creations my talented teamies have made. Why not come and join us with your own 'Patterned Paper' creation. I'd love to see what you're inspired to do. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Dream Valley: #129 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Card Challenge
Lacy Sunshine Challenge: Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: Flower Power
Crafting With Friends: #18 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: April ~ One For The Girls
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #249 ~ Your Favourite Things (Distress Ink, The Colour Green, Distressed edges, Lacy Sunshine Images, My Promarkers)

Update: A gorgeous surprise on the Lacy Sunshine blog to see I'd been given the Top Pick by Heather for this card. I'm so delighted and feel deeply honoured. Thank you Heather. Winning an awesome prize of 3 gorgeous Lacy Sunshine digi stamps.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Paper Piecing

Wow that week went fast! I can't believe it's the weekend again already! Which means of course, it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and we are being sponsored this week by the wonderful Crafts & Me store. 

I jumped at the chance to ink up one of my lovely Hannah Lynn images. I love these and don't get to use them often enough. So I was chuffed to be using the lovely Rochelle created by Hannah Lynn which is available from Crafts & Me for my DT creation. Our theme this week is Paper Piecing, so remembering I had some scaley lizardy looking paper in my stash, I printed the image on this paper and cut out the bits for the tail and bra, which on this occasion wasn't drawn as shells. I've made this sweet card for my sister's birthday. We all think of her as 'The Mermaid', as she's always loved water and has long 'Scandinavian' Blonde Mermaid-like hair! So hopefully she won't see this post! Spoiler alert!

When I saw the colours in the tail, I decided to go all out with my green Promarkers and do her hair in green. I added some lime green in the mix to lift the hair colour a little and I love how this turned out. It reminds me a wee bit of seaweed in a good way and I thought it would be awesome camouflage for a mermaid! LOL. I woke up to a cloudless day today, it was so pretty on the school walk this morning, blue for miles and not a cloud in sight, so that inspired my totally blue sky behind the mermaid.

I've used a bunch of different dies, so I'll list those at the bottom of the post, but the thing I'm most proud of with this make, is my handmade ruffled ribbon. I used a white net bag that my garlic came in, cut it into thin strips, and then handstitched it ruffle by ruffle onto some cream card to create my ribbon. I added 3 strips of string over the stitched area, because it was messy! But I think this looks rather fab. The rest of the garlic bag, I cut up and added behind the image for a bit of texture. It's a wee bit sheerer than muslin, so doesn't show quite as well, but I do like the 'net' effect it's created.

The white sentiment strip didn't look right when I went to add it, so I coloured it the same as the sky, which I think looks much nicer. Though I should have stuck with black ink. I used Memento Olive Grove at first, which was way too Olivey, for my brighter greens in the image, so I added some Memento Paris Dusk on top, (oh the joys of clear stamps!), but it wasn't a perfect redo (ooh I SO want a MISTI!) so it's resulted in a bit of a blurry sentiment. So I won't make that mistake again.

The paper piecing was very intricate in places, between her hands is a super tiny piece, and where her hair strands cover her bottom, each little strip between the hair is individually paper pieced. I really did have my work cut out for me! Hehe, pardon the pun!! But I really am pleased with the overall look of the paper piecing. I'm not sure if she's sitting on a rock or sand mound, so I coloured it as sand.

Card Recipe:
Paper: 'very' old paper pad from Lakeland
Waves: Memory Box ~ Big Splash Border Die
Shells: Marianne Design ~ Tiny's Folding Shells
Seastar and Anchor: Joanna Sheen ~ Small Nautica Set
Edging Ink: Ingvild Bolme Chalk Edger ~ Worn Jeans
Image Frame: Lil' Inkers ~ Silly Stitched Die Set
Sentiment Tab: La La Land ~ Stitched Tabs Die
Sentiment: Hero Arts ~ Anytime Messages

As usual, you can pop up any of the pics on my posts for a closer look at the details. I'll be back again soon with another post and I've some exciting news I'm bursting to share, so watch this space! In the meantime, head to the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog to check out what my insanely talented teamies have been up to for some sweet inspiration and come join us for our 'Paper Piecing' challenge. I'd love to see what you do! Have an awesome weekend. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Dream Valley: #128 ~ Girlie
4 Crafty Chicks: #293 ~ Scenic
The Ribbon Girl: April Card Challenge
Stamping Sensations: April ~ One For The Girls
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #248 ~ Anything Goes (sorry not used sketch)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday ~ 7 Years Old Woohoo!!
Crafting By Designs: You Are Beautiful. I love Hannah Lynn images, if I was given this, I'd be really happy! I think her images are so beautiful.
Crafts & Me: April ~ Fairies & Magic (I hope Hannah's lovely mermaid comes under the 'magic' umbrella. I think they're pretty magical)

Woohoo, my card won the Crafts & Me Facebook challenge. So I've won 4 beautiful digital images from Crafts & Me. A super treat indeed! Thank you Teresa x

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Big Birthdays!

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It's time again for a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog. We have an awesome challenge theme this week and a rather gorgeous reason to celebrate! It's just been our Susan's birthday and it was a 'big birthday'! So in celebration of that and as Susan is our lovely hostess this week, she has chosen the theme 'Big Birthdays'. So I wonder how many of you out there have big birthdays to celebrate. It's actually just been the 90th birthday of one of my neighbours back in the UK. She was like a surrogate grandma to my kiddies when we lived in London and we miss her greatly. So I had to come up with something fun and fabulous to celebrate that and Susan's fabulous theme was just the ticket!

We have a wonderful sponsor this challenge that allowed the team to work with their choice of image, so I have chosen Love Girl Cupcake from our fabulous sponsors Bugaboo Stamps. I love their cute and girlie images and they have some hilarious tongue in cheek sentiment and stamp sets too. So if you've not discovered them before, go take a look around the store. 

I photographed this card at the end of the day, so I was chasing the sun around the garden to get a good shot, but I think you get the overall effect even if I didn't quite get the light right. I used a Marianne Design die set called Party Numbers to cut the '90'. I then coloured the white cardstock with my Fuchsia Pink Promarker and added some white glitter on top for a bit of bling. It's very pink and very girlie and I hope our Doll, will enjoy this wee creation. 


I coloured the image with my Promarkers, found some matching cardstock to mat the image, diecut a pretty border from a Magnolia Doohickey to add a little interest along the bottom of the card, added a bit of festive bunting across the top right corner and stamped a sentiment to show how fabulous we think our lovely former neighbour is. I used a new frame die to diecut the image, which was from my lovely birthday stash. I added a bit of glitter here and there, to her shoes, the cupcake and the frill on her apron et voila, fini! Very CAS!!

Card Recipe:
Colouring Medium: Promarkers
Stamp: Bugaboo ~ Love Girl Cupcake
Numerals: Marianne Design ~ Party Numbers
Border Die: Magnolia Doohickey ~ Heart Flower Lace
Frame Die: Lil' Inkers ~ Silly Stitched Die Set
Bunting: La La Land ~ Heart Banner Die
Pearls: MeiFlower ~ Lilac 3mm

I hope you'll join me in wishing Susan a really happy 'Big Birthday'. Do pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog to see what Susan and the rest of the Funky crew have been up to for this challenge. Feel free to click through via the links on each DT creation to leave them some love and of course to wish Susan the happiest of 'Big Birthdays!' 

I'll be back again really soon with another fun crafty adventure. Did you see Krista is shutting up shop?! No more Saturated Canary digi's after August. I've been crying in my coffee, but with that in mind have ordered some of her gorgeous rubber stamps to give away in my next blog candy, so watch this space! Hugs to you all, Wends x

P.S. Did you notice my gorgeous new watermark? A huge thank you to my lovely DT sister and blog buddy Janine, who made this for me! Thank you so much hun, I just love it!!

Challenge Entries:
Dream Valley: #128 ~ Girlie
Creative Moments: #90 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #31 ~ Anything Goes
In The Pink Challenge: Dies and/or Punches (4 different die sets used)
Creative Inspirations: #248 ~ Anything Goes (Sorry I didn't use the sketch, it's fab though!)
Crafting By Design: You Are Beautiful (I hope I'm given a young gorgeous girl image when I'm 90!)
As You Like It Challenge: Bingo Board ~ Pearls, CAS, Pink. I love pearls to finish off a quick make, quick means CAS for me style wise, I can spend hours just thinking about how to put together a fussy and fancy card! LOL. Pink, because I do love a little pink now and then. :)

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Blog Candy Winners

If you follow my blog, you'll know I have drawn the winners from my celebration candy. If you'd like to know who the lucky winners were, read the bottom of the original candy post. Here's a link to that post. I have to say too, that it was so lovely to have the winner's be regular followers of my blog and blogland pals. It truly is the nicest thing to send treats to friends! Thank you to everyone who entered my candy draw. New followers, I hope you'll stick around and before long you'll be friends too. I do plan to have another candy soon, so watch this space.

I've heard from most of the candy winners already, so those who have made contact, your parcels were put in the post today! I didn't get them sent yesterday, because it occurred to me as I was parcelling them up that if I was sending a sweet parcel to a fellow crafter, I really ought to include a card! So I hastily put together a little CAS card design to include in the parcels. So I thought I'd share that with you all today. I couldn't help myself when I was putting together the parcels either and my 'one' little crafty treat grew to 3 or 4, so I hope the winners will really enjoy their parcels, which included things like Whiff of Joy stamps, Magnolia stamps, Ribbon Girl ribbons, cabachons and flowers, and some Christmas themed embossing folders. Right enough chatting, let me show you the lil' CAS cards I included in the candy parcels sent this morning. 

My hubby bought me some truly fabulous crafty goodies for my birthday, which included a really gorgeous Penny Black sentiment stamp set called Sprinkles & Smiles. I just love the collection of happy sentiments in this set and when I saw the one that I've used for these cards, I thought it was absolutely perfect to accompany those 'happy mail' parcels. I used a multicolour die pad to ink the sentiment, which I think looks fab. It's from a Tsukineko Kaleidacolor set called Creole Spice.

I had some scraps on my craft desk from previous makes and thought they'd be perfect for a quick CAS card. I made the embossed card first and then when I was hunting for something that would work with that card, I spotted some Grace Taylor paper leftovers on my desk. I used this sweet Hello Sunshine paper on a card I made some time ago, which you can see here. I think the paper was a good fit to work in with the first brighter orange embossed paper card. I'd cut lots of little butterflies to use on the cards from the off cut section after I'd embossed the main panel, so I wanted a paper to tone in with those wee butterflies. I used a lovely Memory Box die called Butterfly Delights to cut out the wee butterflies. Worked a treat I think, though I've loads left over, so I'll use those up in another make soon no doubt. (Click on the images below to pop them up full size if you want a closer look).

Well that's my post for today, I'm hoping the other two winners will be in touch soon with their address details as I'm super excited to get their parcels out to them. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime have a fabulous weekend and pop on over to Sweet Stampin' because they've a new challenge starting today! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
ABC Challenges: E is for Everything
4 Crafty Chicks: #292 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #65 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #169 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: April ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April ~ Anything Goes
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