Saturday, 30 July 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Christmas in July

Hey there lovelies. Saturday has rolled around so fast this week! Which means it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and boy do we have a good one for you this week. We are going to help you get sorted early for your Christmas card prep. Yep, this week, we're having a Christmas challenge. So pull out your favourite Christmas stamps and come join in the fun! 


I've had a rummage through some of my older stamps and found this utterly gorgeous Humphrey the Elephant stamp called 'At Christmas' which was released as a series from Crafter's Companion a few years back. I just love this enchanting wee fellow. I have a series of books with Humphrey the Elephant by Sally Hunter which were my little boys favourite bedtime stories when he was a toddler, so Humphrey has a special place in my heart! I loved pulling out this stamp for a wee play yesterday. I wanted to use my distress ink markers for this make, so used watercolour paper, which has a really soft edge when you tear it, which I did to create a bit of texture on the image edge.


Our fabulous sponsor this challenge, is the wonderful Michele Roos Design. Her papers are amazing and this Christmas Time set is full of gorgeous traditional Christmas colours and imagery. I loved using this set for my creation. I wanted to use some of her lovely 'extras' from the set too, as they are gorgeous. So I've added a postcard, a sentiment circle, a couple of tickets and a paper bow. I added some stamping to the corner of the postcard using a Christmas postmark from a Lili of the Valley stamp set called Grunge Christmas Postmarks. I stamped 'Noel' on the second half of the top ticket with a stamp from the same set. A couple of really small details, which I think add that little finishing touch.


The rest of the Sweet Stampin' team have also used this gorgeous paper set by Michele Roos for their creations, so pop on over to the challenge to check out their take on the theme and please do come and join us with your own Christmas creations. Just remember you must use some 'stamping' to be eligible for the prize.


I think it's the perfect time to start creating for Christmas. It's the heart of Winter here in New Zealand, so I was in the mood for a traditional 'White Christmas' creation. I do love a Winter Christmas. I wonder if many of you have experienced a Summer Christmas like we have here in New Zealand? It's a bit different to say the least! Pavlova with strawberries and Summer fruits for Christmas dessert anyone? Yum! See you all again soon with another crafty adventure. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
A Gem of a Challenge: #174 ~ Animals
Mod Squad Challenge: Christmas In July
Crafty Gals Corner: #82 ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: #352 ~ Christmas In July
Fairytale Challenge: #147 ~ Christmas In July
Allsorts Challenge: #374 ~ A Touch Of Sparkle
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes + A Stamp and Ribbon
City Crafter Challenge: #322 ~ Postcard From The World (Postmark on Postcard)

Friday, 29 July 2016

I Love Sugar Nellie ~ Giveaway Winner

Hey there crafty pals. If you visited last month and commented on my Sugar Nellie DT post with the phrase 'I Love Sugar Nellie', I put you in the draw to win a gorgeous rubber stamp drawn by my favourite artist Marina Fedotova for the Sugar Nellie range. The stamp is called Aqua Marina and you can find the digital image of this gorgeous stamp on sale right now at Funky Kits. These images have run out of their license period, so are all on special until the license runs out. Get them while you can. There are three pages of specials on these digital images, so scroll through them all. A lot of them are images drawn by Marina Fedotova, one of my favourite artists. So go take a look. Once the license runs out, they're gone!


I promised to draw a winner for this gorgeous Sugar Nellie Rubber Stamp by the next Sugar Nellie challenge. Our latest challenge started yesterday, so I have drawn the winner this morning. I used Random.org, because I couldn't possibly choose between you my lovely crafty pals. So the winner is...


Congratulations Fiki!!

Please send me your address details hunny to this email nennyjackson(at)gmail(dot)com (swap out the 'at' for the usual @ sign and dot etc, this just stops googlebots spamming me) and I'll pop that sweet rubber stamp in the post to you on Monday. Allow a few extra days since it's coming to you via international post.

Thank you to all who entered this giveaway and watch this space, as I have another very lovely giveaway happening very soon! Have an awesome day. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Sugar Nellie Challenge ~ #139

Hello my lovely blogging pals. It's time for a new challenge over on the Sugar Nellie challenge blog. I hope you've all caught up with our shift to our new challenge 'home' on the Sugar Nellie blog. We no longer have a separate site for the challenge, but you just need to click the icon on the right hand side of the Sugar Nellie blog to find your way quickly to our challenge post. Drink in some fantastic inspiration from the 'beyond talented' Sugar Nellie Design Team while you're there. But right now, come and check out what I and the rest of the Sugar Nellie Challenge Design Team have been up to. 


The gorgeous image I've used for this challenge is called Elf Made Magic and is one of the retiring digis Funky Kits is currently offering on special. These are disappearing soon, forever. So be in quick and don't miss out on these enchanting images. There are loads that are perfect for Christmas too. So pop on over to the Funky Kits store to see what gorgeous images Karen is retiring very soon. There are three pages, so be sure to scroll through them all. 


I've coloured this sweet Christmas fairy in traditional Christmas colours using my Promarkers. I've liberally sprinkled Glitter Magic on her wings and Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels on the fluffy bits of her costume and the snow. I've also used Wink of Stella on the bells and star and several other little areas of her clothing. So in reality she's pretty sparkly. Shame it's so hard to capture the true sparkle on film. But you do see a bit of sparkle above.


I created a Pyramid or Teepee Fold card for my base. I have actually glued this on all three sides as I've no intention of collapsing it, but for posting, you can use little magnets or velcro dots and leave one side unsecured, so that it opens out to write your message inside. I'm going to have this wee set as part of my Christmas decorations this year, so didn't need it to be flat for any reason. I made a smaller one with a Christmas sentiment, so the two will stand together. I think with their 'tree like' appearance, it's a really cute idea for Christmas cards and this retiring image was such a perfect fit for this make. I'll be making more of these for sure, it was so easy! Just google Pyramid or Teepee Fold for tutorials and ideas.


The larger Teepee Fold card I made using 3 different coordinating designer papers and a smaller version which I added a Christmas sentiment to. The sentiment die was a free magazine cover gift. Come on over to the Sugar Nellie Challenge and join in the fun with your own Sugar Nellie creation and do head over to Funky Kits too and check out those retiring stamps. They'll be gone very soon and won't be back again as the license has expired. They're on offer at a steal of a price too! I'll be back again with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, check out what my talented teamies did with some of their favourite Sugar Nellie images. See you soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad: Christmas In July
Little Red Wagon: #352 ~ Christmas In July
I Love Promarkers: #314 ~ Christmas In July
Fairytale Challenge: #147 ~ Christmas In July
The Ribbon Girl: July ~ Any Image Challenge
Passion For Promarkers: #356 ~ Christmas In July
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #82 ~ Christmas In July
Allsorts Challenge: #373 ~ Anything But A Card (Christmas Decoration)
4 Crafty Chicks: #309 ~ Favourite Company/Stamp/Designer. This is easy for me. I'm a HUGE Sugar Nellie fan. I have been for years, and so imagine my joy and elation when I was asked to join the Design Team! I LOVE Sugar Nellie images. Funky Kits is of course the 'home' of Sugar Nellie, so they are my favourite store for all things Sugar Nellie. (Marina Fedotova is my favourite artist and she is responsible for a lot of the enchanting Sugar Nellie fairies, including this one I've used on my Christmas project.) But I love all the Sugar Nellie designs. Karen has a great eye for enchanting, sweet images that are greatly loved by many in the crafting community.

Update: I made the Top 3 at the Mod Squad Challenge. Thank you so much ladies! Such a treat to see my wee card up in the Top 3 xoxo

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas in July

Hello my lovely blogland buddies. It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and it's the end of the month, so that means it's time for another Christmas challenge. Our hostess this week is the lovely Susan and our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Di's Digi Stamps


The adorable image I've used for my card is called Snowy Chitchat and you can find it on the Christmas page of Di's Digi Stamps site. There are some utterly enchanting images there. I've had this sweet image for quite a while now and been meaning to colour it up, so this was a great excuse to do so! I had a wee inky adventure with the background on the stamp having chosen a sweet paper from a Forever Friends set I got a while back through a Papercrafts Essentials magazine. It's called A Christmas Tale and I just loved the inky snowy sky on this, so I tried to colour up the image to match. Not perfect, but considering it was done with Promarkers and not Distress Inks, I'm happy with how this came out. I dotted white pen ink over to create the snow (where the image had snowfall, plus a few extra).


I added a textured white cardstock hill to the card that was cut with a Spellbinders Borderabilities A2 Curved One die, then stamped the sentiment directly onto it. I also fussy cut a wee tree from the off cuts of the paper and added that over the border die for a little more interest. I've added some glitter to that tree and the large one on the other side of the image, also to the snow at the feet of the snowman. On the snowman himself, I used a little Wink of Stella, so he sparkles slightly in the right light. I finished off the card, by stamping Santa's sleigh across the moon using a stamp from a Marianne Designs set called Eline's X-mas Mail (EC0142) from the Eline's Owls collection. A sweet and simple CAS Christmas card. 


I hope you'll come join us for our Christmas challenge this month. I haven't made many cards yet this year for Christmas, so I need to get a wriggle on as it'll be here before we know it! My teamies have created some utterly gorgeous cards, so pop over to the blog to check them out and do come join in the festive fun with us this challenge. I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursday: #435 ~ In The Round
Little Red Wagon: #352 ~ Christmas In July
I Love Promarkers: #314 ~ Christmas In July
The Ribbon Girl: July ~ Any Image Challenge
Passion For Promarkers: #356 ~ Christmas In July
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #82 ~ Christmas In July
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Things With Wings ~ My wee penguin
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Add texture ~ I used textured cardstock to create the hill and added glitter for texture and interest to two of the trees. I also used white pen to create the snow drops which gives a subtle raised texture to the snow on the image.

Update: I made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers. Thank you so much ladies. I'm delighted you liked my wee snowman and penguin make. Yay!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Just For Fun ~ Butterfly Rainbow

Hey there my lovely blogland pals. Today I have a wee share with a couple of cards I made using a cool technique I spotted on Pinterest. I found the original post on Kreative Kymona Blogspot. The colours and style of her card were simply delicious, so I had a go at 'CASEing' her card. Here is a peek at her beautiful creation. Click on the image below to visit her site.


I went recently to New Zealands answer to The Ally Pally Craft fair, known as SENZ (Scrapbooking Expo' New Zealand) and I found these beautiful dies designed right here in New Zealand. I bought this fabulous large butterfly from Scrap 'n' Diez. Considering their prices are in NZ$, they are incredibly well priced! I specifically had this ink technique in mind when I made the purchase, having spotted the tutorial on Pinterest a night or so before attending the expo. I had a go at the Distress Inking in two different Distress Ink colourways. Two of my siblings saw the first one I made and both loved the design and the sentiment, so I ended up making two so they could have one each for the pals they wished to share them with. I have a feeling I'll be repeating this design again!


I used the Distress Ink colours Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Spun Sugar for this first creation. You can see a wee peek of the Distress Ink panel behind the wings in the pick below. It has been splattered with water, but this isn't showing well in this picture. It's showing the shadow from the wings.


It's such a nice feeling when your work is appreciated and admired. So I felt pretty happy repeating the design, that my brother and sister loved so much the first time. But I wanted to try some different colours second time around and this is what I came up with for 'take two'.


The second time I used the Distress Ink colours Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean. You can see the water splatters better in the lifted wing picture below. I did use the same technique for both cards, so there's some interest and variation in the ink below the wings. I just love the fresh hues of the combination below.


I added both the sentiments directly to the card base on both cards, but my hand slipped on the blue creation and it smudged badly (I was kicking myself!) so I rescued the second creation by stamping the sentiment again on a bit of cardstock and added it over my mistake. It's not as good as the original, but still works thankfully. I think the sentiment is beautiful and so did my siblings, who didn't want a thing changed. The sentiment is from a beautiful set by Penny Black called Heartfelt Thanks. I stamped it in Memento Paris Dusk for the first card and in Black Tuxedo for the second card as the blue didn't work as well with the blue shades in the second card.


That's it from me today. I have to do a quick shop before my brother's come for dinner. So I'll leave it there. Hope you're all having a fabulous week and hope you're finding time for your crafty adventures. I'll be back with my next crafty adventure very soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Creatilicious: #95 ~ Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe Challenge: #153 ~ CAS
Creative Inspirations: #255 ~ Summer Challenge
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #20 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends Challenge: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: July Challenge ~ Punches and/or Dies

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Wheels

Hey there lovelies, flying in for a quick visit tonight, as I'm due at my brother's for dinner in an hour or so and still need to mix up the chocolate self saucing pudding! But very importantly, we are kicking off a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' tonight. We have a fab challenge theme ~ Wheels ~ so find all your gorgeous stamps that have wheels on them. Anything Goes (as long as there are wheels!).


Our fantastic sponsor this challenge is the wonderful Wild Orchid Crafts, who have a super gorgeous treat in store for our lucky winner, so come join the fun for a chance to win this gorgeous prize. Theirs were the first paper flowers I discovered early in my crafting adventure and are still my favourites. Go check out their gorgeous selection of blooms, gems and other gorgeous crafty embellishments.


I have had a busy week with the kiddos on Winter break which for the most part has been gorgeous fun, but was punctuated by a couple of sad days, with a family funeral and the 16th Anniversary of my precious daddy's death. The funeral the day before brought it all home for me rather heartbreakingly, but I pulled myself together today, put on my big girl panties and managed to make a very quick but rather sweet (I think) CAS card for our wheels challenge. 


I found this fabulous hessian card base (already made up this way) in a bargain bin at a local papercraft store, there was no price on them, so I was hoping for a few cents only, when I got it to the counter, they couldn't make up their mind what to charge me, so gave them to me for free! Whoop whoop!! Best crafty bargain I've ever got! So it was fun to pull one out this morning and put together this quick make for tonight's challenge (it's night here in NZ!)


Both the image and the sentiment are from Unity Stamps. I have become utterly obsessed with their stamps lately.  They have many fabulous Sentiments and gorgeous images that can be coloured and many that are silhouettes. So super fabulous for those quick makes! I watered down some Distress Ink on a plastic palette and then watercoloured the sky. I tried to create a hill effect with the green ink and then had a go at putting a little crop of flowers with my Distress Markers, in the bottom left corner. This went horribly wrong once I added a few drops of water, but I guess that comes with this style. (Just nod your head, I'll figure it out eventually! LOL)


I decided to use a couple of woodchip elements to finish the card and added some Wink of Stella to the sunshine for the bit of necessary sparkle. A quick and simple card otherwise. Right, I better get to creating tonights pudding. So I'll leave you all with an encouragement to go check out what my madly talented teamies have been up to, no seriously, check them out! There are some FANTASTIC creations on the blog this challenge (as always). Come and have some fun with us too this challenge, it's sure to be 'wheely' awesome! Sorry, couldn't resist. I can't stand punny sentiments, but occasionally the mood just takes me! Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Crafter's Cafe: #153 ~ CAS
4 Crafty Chicks: #307 ~ Flowers
Fantasy Stampers: #67 ~ Clean & Simple
Fairytale Challenge: #146 ~ Summer Special
Moving Along With The Times: No Designer Paper
Crafty Creations Challenge: #319 ~ Clean & Simple
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Create A Scene
Creative Inspirations: #255 ~ Extended Summer Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Flora & Fauna (Just flora on this one)
Mod Squad Challenge: Distress Ink Challenge (I have painted Distress Ink on, and lifted and flicked the ink with water to shift and create the colour tone changes.

Update: Woohoo, I entered the Unity Challenge on Facebook and have won! What a gorgeous surprise. I'm utterly delighted. A little goodie bag of gorgeous Unity Stamps will be winging its way to me very soon. Sooo excited!!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Add A Sentiment

Hello my lovely blogland pals. I have a sweet card to share with you today, which has been quickly put together between entertaining the troops (who are off on Winter break now) and making dinner.  I don't know why I think I can do it all, because clearly I can't! I just added my card to the blog half an hour late! Apologies to all my lovely teamies who managed to get their acts together! LOL. Thank heavens for hubbies 'Lightbox' as there was no way I was going to get a daylight pic today!


Our new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky this week is 'Add a Sentiment', chosen by our lovely hostess this week ~ Wendy. I love sentiment stamps and quietly, between you and me, I own far too many! Yet still feel the need to buy more. There's just something fabulous about pairing a sweet image with just the right sentiment. We got to use some fabulous images from our wonderful sponsor 'All Dressed Up' for our challenge this week, and I chose a super sweet image to work with called Hippy Chick.


I added lashings of Wink of Stella to these sweet butterflies, which you can only see in the right light, but I managed to capture some of the shine in the pic below. I've coloured this sweet image with my Promarkers and stuck with a very simple blue and yellow colour palette. I used my Blue Pearl Promarker to colour the doily too, as I decided it didn't look right in white behind the pearly white diecut layer. I love it! So cool to be able to do things like that with alcohol markers and the wide nib works a treat for quick bold colouring. 


I bought a while back a really pretty heart trim circle die from the Creative Expressions range by Sue Wilson and I felt it would be really sweet to use it with this image. I just love how it looks! Thanks to my sweet blog buddy Karen, for the inspiration. I saw her gorgeous creation using this sweet die and just had to have it! I cut a circle of cardstock in a lovely periwinkle blue to back the hearts diecut which shows through really nicely. Behind the blue doily, I popped a kraft card diecut with Frilly #10 from the Go Kreate range and finally laid all these pieces on a lovely Maja Design page from the Vintage Baby range which incorporated all the colours.


The sweet sentiment I used is from a Stamping Bella set called Fay Loves Fall from the Tiny Townies range. I think it fits really well with this sweet image and I have a little person in mind who will love to have this for a birthday card. So I coloured her blonde locks thinking of her.


I hope you'll come and join us this week for our 'Use a Sentiment' challenge. I'd love to see what you're inspired to do. Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my talented teamies and I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. In the meantime have a fabulous week. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Passion For Promarkers: #354 ~ Summer Days
Crafty Catz: #333 ~ Add Bling (Pearls and Wink of Stella on Butterflies)
I Love Promarkers: #313 ~ Glitter & Glitz (Wink of Stella on the Butterflies)
Crafty Gals Corner: #80 ~ Monochromatic (Tiny touch of yellow, otherwise a blue creation)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Flora & Fauna (Fauna ~ Butterflies & Birds, Flora ~ Ditsy flowers on Maja paper in background)

Update: I made Top 5 in the Passion For Promarkers Summer Days challenge. So delighted, thank you ladies! In good company too, as my Fab 'n' Funky DT sister Alison won the challenge and another DT sister Wendy also made the Top 5! Yay us!! Go the Fab 'n' Funky girls!! :) :)


Second Update: Another lovely surprise to find I've made the Top 3 at I Love Promarkers. So delighted, thank you ladies!!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Southern Girls ~ Floral Frenzy

My blog will be feeling a bit like a London bus stop right now! All quiet, then two or three posts come at once! I have a new DT post for the Southern Girls challenge today. We are being sponsored by the fabulous folks at Polkadoodles and the DT got to play with some very gorgeous Polkadoodles stamps. I used the lovely Serenity Blossom. I think this is such a sweet image and I love her pose. I've used my Promarkers as usual and she was just so lovely to colour. I missed a bit though, can you spot it?! LOL


I added a couple of clouds which are from two really old Quickutz dies and teamed them with a lovely new sunshine die I got with my latest Doohickey Club Magazine (Volume 10). I added Wink of Stella to the rays at the back and left the central circle plain. The die comes as two pieces which you layer. The card is actually really CAS, with just a doily behind the image and the sun and clouds, plus a wee sentiment banner from the same Doohickey Club set. I didn't want to swamp the pretty paper with extra embellies. I really liked the 'Floral Frenzy' pattern on this paper. It's very sunny and bright and perfect for a 'feel good' card. The paper is Happy Day from the Maggie Holmes collection for Crate Paper. The card shape is of course Go Kreate Frilly #10, still my fav' and I used a Lil' Inkers Stitched Circle for the image shape.


The sentiment stamp is from a Some Odd Girl sentiment set called 'Be You'. I inked just the word, as the banner portion didn't fit this banner. A very cool set of sentiments, fun for all sorts of purposes, scrapbooking, journalling, cards. I love it and don't use it enough. I plan to put the sentiment 'You Are My Happy' (or something similar) on the inside of the card. I think that would be such a nice surprise to open the card to. So I'll have to choose the right person to give this to! Another make with 'no one in particular' in mind. Not the norm for me at all!


The pic above captured the Wink of Stella highlights better, but the colours are off. Truer in the top two pics. This shot was taken indoors under the spots to get the Wink of Stella to sparkle. It does look so pretty when the light catches it. I lined the clouds with it, just across the bottom, edged the image and the sentiment, and filled in her wings. I dotted coloured wink of stella on the leaves and flowers on her dress and in her hair. Love this stuff!


Well that's it from me today. Sorry about the pants pics, bit blurry, in too much of a hurry. I'm sitting with a cherry stone pack on my back now, too much racing around! So I'm off to catch up with hubby and put my feet up. Head on over to the Southern Girls blog to check out what my insanely talented teamies have been up to and come and join in our fabulous 'Floral Frenzy' challenge. I'd love to see what you do with this fab challenge theme. I'll be back again soon, with my next crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #306 ~ Summer
The Ribbon Girl: July Card Challenge
Crafter's Cafe: #152 ~ Things With Wings
Crafting With Friends: #24 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Lazy Days of Summer
Aud Sentiments: #159 ~ For A Girl + A Sentiment
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #37 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: July ~ Punches and/or Dies
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Sunny Photo Inspiration
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #255 ~ Extended Summer Challenge

Update: Disappointed with the 'blur' in the above pics, had a play with the lightbox again. So here's a couple of pics from that.


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Two or More Designer Papers

Hey there my lovely blogging pals. I am sneaking in tonight to share a DT make for Fab 'n' Funky. It's not my week, so shhh, don't let on! I just couldn't resist these gorgeous Lacy Sunshine stamps. I saw one that our lovely Alison chose, who is our hostess for this challenge and had to have a go too. Alison chose the theme 'Two or More Designer Papers'. Ya'll know how much I LOVE paper right? So I had to have a play along with this fab challenge. I'm my own worst enemy though, as I've had another busy week and no time to sit and play, so this was made in haste, but I LOVE how it came out. 


We are spoilt to have the lovely Heather from Lacy Sunshine sponsoring us for this challenge and she generously gave the DT some images to work with. I spotted Alison's choice ~ Water Lily Enchantress ~ and thought it was so lovely, I really wanted to have a go colouring her up. Isn't she sweet? I've coloured her with Promarkers and went for a lovely fresh bright combo of greens for the lilypad. I wanted her to look like she was almost part of the lilypad, so I coloured her outfit in the same shades of green, just adding some Wink of Stella to her shoe to highlight that a little bit. I meant to add some glossy accents to the water droplets, and still will, but haven't in the pics. After a busy day with the kiddos (both finally back at school today after being poorly) we had a parent/teacher conference tonight followed by a physio appointment for Georgie, so I was racing to catch the light and get this photographed.


I recently bought some fabulous sentiment stamps from Unity Stamps and I knew this one would be a rather lovely pairing with this image. I have no one in mind for this creation right now (which is really unusual for me, I usually create specifically with someone in mind), so I'll tuck this one away for the 'right' person. It was just a fun chance to play and experiment and to colour all that gorgeous hair! I made a note of the Promarker colors I used for her hair, because I loved the strawberry blonde finish I got. So I snapped a pic, more for myself, but in case any of you are Promarker users and interested, here's the combo. I forgot to include the Ivory in the pic, which I added first all over, and then built the layers up from there.


Card Recipe:
Pink Paper: Prima ~ All About Me
Gold Glitter Paper: POW in Caramel
Image: Lacy Sunshine ~ Water Lily Enchantress
Green Paper: MME ~ Howdy Doody - Miss Caroline
Sentiment: Unity Stamps ~ Beauty Flow Through You

Well that's my whirlwind post for tonight. No time to stop, kiddos to get to bed and laundry to sort. Do head on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge to check out what my talented teamies have been up to. Why not come and join us with your own 'Two or More Designer Papers' creation? I'd love to see what you come up with. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

P.S. If you love Sugar Nellie, check out my post (2 down) I have a little giveaway xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Creations: #319 ~ CAS
The Ribbon Girl: July Card Challenge
The Paper Shelter: #256 ~ Sunny Days
Crafting With Friends: #24 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Lazy Days of Summer
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #37 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #19 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me: Anything Goes + Option Summer Memories
Creatalicious Challenge: #94 ~ Anything Goes + Option CAS
As You Like It: Favourite Colouring Medium ~ As I said in my previous entry, I'm very much a Promarkers girl. I fell in love with them the first time I used them and haven't wanted to change since. I dabble sometimes with other mediums, but always come back to my Promarkers. (Second Entry)

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Summer/Holiday Destination

Oh my goodness, how excited am I today?! We have the lovely Michele Roos sponsoring us for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and swoon, what lovely papers we got to play with this challenge. My awesome teamies have utterly kicked it out the park this challenge. So you have to go check out their fabulous creations with these gorgeous papers.


We have a fabulous theme this challenge ~ Summer/Holiday Destinations ~ so Michele's gorgeous 'By The Sea' papers were utterly perfect for our holiday themed creations. They are very 'nautical' in nature, but I think work well for any Summery holiday theme. So it was awesome to see all the different takes on the theme by the DT. Here's a peek at what I did.


I got my Tea Dye Distress Ink out for this creation. I added it liberally to the edges of the paper, and based my central design background on an 'old worn luggage' distressed look. I cut the central square mat with my Lil' Inker's Stitched Square die, then added a bunch of stamping around the edge to fill the white space. I printed one of Michele's tags in the elements set which  you see poking out of the top left of the card behind the central square which I used foam pads to pop up and left a space for the tag to sit. On the back of that tag I stamped the sentiment you see in the bottom half of the pic above. I just thought this was so clever, 'There is no bag limit on happiness'. What a cool travel quote. I'm pretty sure I'll be using that again before long.


I used a fabulous stamp set that came ages ago now with a 'Get Stamping' magazine ~ Issue #3. The stamp set was called 'Life's An Adventure' and it had lots of fabulous holiday themed stamps, from elephants to mopeds! I used a couple of sentiment stamps around the sides of the central square and a round 'passport control' stamp. I should in retrospect have used a lighter ink as it takes away a wee bit from the central paper-pieced bag, but I still like the effect, I'd just ink it lighter next time. There was a ticket stamp in the set too, so I covered the edges of Michele's lovely tickets and added just the 'ticket' part of the stamp. You can see the full card in the following pic.


I printed Michele's tags in a teeny tiny version, so that I could add them to the backpack as if they were travelling luggage tags. I think they look fab and this is the joy of digital, you can shrink or expand the papers to fit your purpose. The pic above, I took before I'd actually added the shading to the bag. It's not a massive change, but I think it needed that subtle finish. The pic below shows the card with the shading on the bag and the tag taken out of the top left corner. So you can see I added that cute 'passport control' stamp to all four corners of the card base. They looked oddly bare when the rest of the card was so 'busy'. 


Come on over and join in the 'Summer/Holiday Destinations' challenge at Sweet Stampin' and show us what inspires you in this theme. I can't wait to see your take on it. In the meantime, head over to the blog and check out what my awesome teamies did with Michele's gorgeous 'By The Sea' papers. Do stop in and check out what our lovely sponsor has to offer too. These are some of my favourite digital papers, so it's pure joy to use these for our DT creations. Huge thanks to Michele for her sponsorship.


See you all again soon with my next crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad: Nautical (papers)
Dream Valley: #134 ~ Summer Colours
4 Crafty Chicks: #305 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #96 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #78 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: July ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #132 ~ Colours Of Summer
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