Wednesday, 6 December 2017

'You're All Awesome' Candy

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies

I've been dangling a carrot in front of you all for weeks now!

So it's finally time to reveal my candy.

I am so grateful to have found this wonderful hobby
and I recently discovered, that my followers had crept up to over 100!
Which was an awesome surprise and I have to say I'm humbled and excited!!

As a thank you to my followers, who leave me lovely
encouraging comments, which always totally make my day...

I am offering 4 separate gift candies

You can enter them all
But I wanted to do them separately
So that those who enter for the candies
will actually love the one they win!

You can enter just one or two
if you're only keen on a couple of them
or you can enter them all

I need you to leave me a comment
with your choice or choices of candy.
If you want to enter them all, just write ALL please
If you want to enter a specific candy only,
comment with the number of that candy

This is 'Daisy' by Elisabeth Bell
from Elisabeth's Elphine House Release
I have scoured the globe for this sweet image
So when I finally found Daisy, of course I grabbed two!
Yes, she's a little yellow, but that's because she's 'vintage' baby!
Brand new, never used, vintage photopolymer stamp
straight from the Elphine House vault!

This is a sentiment set from
I love Kristy's fun bold designs
So I grabbed a spare when I bought my one

Who doesn't love Stamping Bella?!
I love this image and sentiment set so much
I think it's the perfect way to say
'thank you' to my awesome

Final stamp in the candy
Another from the Stamping Bella range
I am a little bit dotty about this wee chick
Too dang cute and the perfect sentiment to match

So... choose your candy
Leave me a comment with your choices
Let me know the number of each candy or write ALL
if you wouldn't mind winning any of them

My candy is open only to my followers
(new followers are always welcome)

I will draw this candy on
December 6th 2017
The Winner's will be posted under each
image here on this original post.
So pop back here to look
Good luck!

Thank you for sticking with me during a
hit and miss year. I know there have been lots of gaps
in my blogging, but that's all about to change...

Hugest hugs, Wends xoxo

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Birthday Week Celebrations

Wow, can you believe how fast this year is flying by! Mid November already!! It's time for a new challenge over on the Sweet Stampin' blog and it's a special one for us this week, as it's our 'Birthday' challenge. Sweet Stampin' is turning 8 this year. Yay us! So our theme is easy peasy this week, we would love you to join in with your birthday themed cards and of course, please use some stamping with either rubber or clear stamps or hand-colour a digital image. I'm sharing a birthday card I made for a lovely pal who recently turned 40. I've used a fabulous Lili of the Valley image, that was beyond perfect for my pal, who had a themed '1950's' birthday party. 

I've paper-pieced her skirt and coloured her with my Promarkers. Added glitter to her shoes and petticoat and fussy cut her to allow the pretty Nitwit's Dress Shoppe Too's paper to show through behind her. I love this paper and didn't want to cover it too much, so came up with a design, that would let it peek through from behind her, whilst still adding a little interest with the pearl white window frame. I've not tried this before and the inspiration to do it hit me when I was looking at a mat I'd originally cut with a larger Go Kreate shape and then changed my mind and cut a circle instead, leaving behind this aperture frame, which worked so well for this card.

I added a '40' in gold glitter cardstock and some Memory Box Precious Hearts for a bit of bling and interest on the card. Her shoes I used a Copic Spica Glitter Pen in pink and the skirt I used Stickles on her petticoat. The butterfly I cut from vellum for a subtle little bit of extra interest and added a couple of pearls to finish it. 

I decorated the inside of the card very simply, with two greetings from a Penny Black stamp set I just love called Sprinkles & Smiles and added a Whimsy Stamps heart cut from pink gingham to finish. Apologies for the poor quality of this, I thought to snap the inside later and not in the best light.

We had such a lovely time celebrating this pals 40th birthday. Starting with a girlies champagne breakfast, we all had our hair and makeup done by a team of retro makeup artists and finished the night at a 1950's style diner in a lovely part of Auckland that's right on the bay of St Heliers. So we had views of sparkly lights from the city playing on the water as we walked to and from our dinner venue. So pretty.

I hope you'll come and join in our birthday fun at Sweet Stampin' this week. 8 years is quite an achievement for a challenge blog. So we're keen to celebrate! We look forward to seeing what you're inspired to do. Just remember to do some stamping. Have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts: #442 ~ Glitter
Crafty Catz: #393 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #193 ~ Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #105 ~ Glamourous Gold
Colour Crazy Challenge: #46 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #283 ~ Sparkle
Deep Ocean Challenge: #168 ~ Things With Wings
In The Pink: #127 ~ Spots or Stripes (her scarf has spots and does gingham count for stripes?)

If you made it all the way to the end of this post, my lovely pal has agreed to let me share a few pics from our fab night out celebrating her 40th birthday. It was such a fun night! When you see the pics, you'll see how perfect the gorgeous LOTV stamp was to celebrate her special day!

We had such fun getting dolled up for this event. Our lovely hostess had booked a fun hair and makeup crew called The Beauty School Dropouts. We had such a blast with a champagne breakfast which became lunch, all getting made up together and having a bit of a giggle.

My handsome hubby even got into the spirit of things and let me take a pic of him hamming it up with his guitar. (He actually IS a very talented musician.)

We went to a really fun retro diner called The Bald Eagle Diner in a really pretty part of Auckland which overlooks Mission Bay. I LOVED the checker board floor of the diner. It so suited the look. I loved even more, the cute shoes my pal wore! Shame I didn't get a better shot.

We had such a fun night, dressed to the nines. There were games, quizzes and even a hearty rendition of 'Summer Lovin' which Greg and I sang together for the birthday girl. We had such a laugh! 

The beautiful birthday girl gave a very heartfelt speech with left most of us with running mascara!! She'd had a very big year and it was really special to share this fabulous day with her. 

It was pouring with rain when we left the diner, so hubby and I ended the night with a drop of Belgian blonde at a local pub. Not as good as my favourite 'Früli' but still a lovely way to end the night. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Whimsy Stamps Challenge ~ My Heaven On Earth

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It's been another busy week in our household, the pre-Christmas events are already booking up, with school concerts, family birthdays, Christmas dinners. It's all on now in the lead up to Christmas. I forget (every year!) how crazy this time of year gets, almost overnight, as soon as November 1st hits! But rest assured, I still find time to craft and of course, the crafting tends to be all about Christmas from now on. I do so love this time of year. Though we don't 'speak' of Christmas in our household until after December 1st. (Thanks to my Welsh bestie, who forbade it! LOL) It's codename 'sausages', hehe. So I hope you're sausage crafting is going well, mine is in full swing!

How lucky am I, to have these gorgeous digital images from Whimsy Stamps to work with in the lead up to Christmas? I'm still pinching myself that I made the design team. I'm so happy to be designing for them. This beautiful Angel from Crissy Armstrong's talented pen, is utterly enchanting. She needed very little to finish her off. A touch of Copic colour and a sprinkling of glitter to her wings and she was done, ready to watch over our Christmas celebrations. I did edge her with a perfectly toned Promarker to make her sit better in her surroundings too as the stark white trim was a little bright. The Promarker colour I used to edge her was Meadow Green. She was coloured with cool tone Copics and I used E23, YR24, YR23, Y21 & Y11 to colour her hair and halo. I just love the gold tone to her hair with this combo. This sweet image is part of the set called Christmas Accessories from Crissy Armstrong's Digital Collection for Whimsy Stamps.

I decided to make a shaker card with another of the star shaker packs I bought earlier this year. You might remember this card I made for Zac's birthday using this Star Shaker pack. It's such an easy design. The star shape is already cut into the front page and foam layer, so all I had to do was lay the beautiful digital paper that our lovely Tracy from Whimsy Stamps designed over the top layer, cut from the points of the star inwards and then fold them back to create a lovely finish to the inside of the star, no rough raw edges.

I used a beautiful mix of sequins called Coral Island from Little Things from Lucy's Cards and added a small sprinkling of her pretty Iridescent Gems to the mix. She has the prettiest selection of sequins and I was so delighted with how well this particular mix went with the hues of Tracy's beautiful Christmas paper. The print colour is a wee bit down to the printer. I think my laser prints slightly green, as the paper on my screen is a far more blue tone. But I utterly LOVE how this paper printed on my machine. That soft minty green is just magical and serene and so I didn't reprint on my inkjet (which I often do, if a paper doesn't quite come out as I'd like it to on my laser.) I loved the soft green hue of this card. This beautiful paper is from the Accents of Winter digital paper set that Tracy designed. All the papers in this set are utterly delish and I love their soft hues and enchanting Wintery designs. I'll definitely be creating more Christmas cards with this beautiful paper set.

Our new challenge is live on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges blog and it's our 101 challenge! Over 100 fabulous Whimsy challenges now and it's an awesome challenge to enter, because the prize is always a gift certificate to spend at Whimsy Stamps. How cool is that?! So pull out your Whimsy stash and come and join us in the challenge this month. You have a whole month to enter. Anything goes as long as you use a Whimsy Stamp. So come along and play with us. 

I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. In the meantime have a beautiful week and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: November Card Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #183 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #168 ~ Things With Wings
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #354 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Merry & Bright ~ Christmas Card
Moving Along With The Times: #58 ~ Trees (on my lovely digital paper)
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Let The Sparkle Fly (Hehe, I think my wee Angel wings fit the theme nicely?!)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Gorgeous Gingham

A warm hello to you all out there in the blogosphere. I'm here today with my Fab 'n' Funky Challenge DT creation. Our theme this week has been chosen by me, and those who know me (even a little bit) will know well that I have a bit of a love affair with gingham. It's all over my house! Red gingham in particular. It rarely makes it onto my cards however, which I like to remedy occasionally. So I chose 'Gorgeous Gingham' for our theme this week. This means very simply, that ANYTHING gingham on your creation will count for this challenge. It could be a little button, a tiny bow or delish gingham paper. It's your choice and I for one, cannot wait to see what you're inspired to create!

We are being sponsored by Whoopsidaisy for this challenge and I was given this sweet ballerina to work with. So my first instinct was that my gingham had to be 'pink'! But then I popped into the blog to write up my hostess post and check out what my teamies were up to and there were loads of pink gingham creations (it is gorgeous after all) so I had another think and decided her skirt petals looked rather like poinsettia and she ought to be a Sugarplum Christmas Fairy. So that's how this wound up a Christmas card. I rather love the poinsettia petal skirt! I worked very hard with my copics on that skirt! The lovely sentiment is a Christmas fav' of mine from an older Bebunni Stamps set from Crafter's Companion called Christmas Story.

If you visited my blog yesterday, you will have seen that I'm now designing for the Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team, we're known as the Digital Design Divas, how cute is that! Well, when I spotted a brand new 'Christmas Ginghams' paper set designed by Whimsy's lovely Tracy Wray, which included this gorgeous red gingham paper, I so wanted to use it for this creation. I was conflicted, because this isn't a Whimsy post, but the lovely Denise let me use this gorgeous paper for this sweet creation anyhow. Thank you Denise, as it's so perfect for this challenge and this design. Now folks you so have to swing by Whimsy Stamps and check out their gorgeous new digital release. I'm so excited that they're doing digital images, papers and sentiments again! It makes crafting SO easy for me here in New Zealand, where everything costs so much to have posted over, especially paper!

You're in for a treat when you visit the challenge blog as my teamies have totally aced this challenge! There is so much gorgeousness on the blog, I'm in gingham Heaven!! I hope you'll come and join in the fun with our gingham challenge. It's a great addition to festive cards, but there's loads of possibilities with gingham, so I hope you'll give it a go. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, here are the copic colours I used for this sweet Sugarplum Fairy and a pic of the poem inside the card. I just had to print the 'Night Before Christmas' poem since I had Sugarplum thoughts echoing in my head. 

I thought it was easier to snap a pic of the pens than try to remember later what I used.

You can click on the pic and pop it up to a bigger size if you want to read it. 
It's an abridged version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' by Clement Clarke Moore.

Thanks for stopping in today. As I said above, I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. If you missed popping your name in the hat for my candy, hit the home button and it will take you to that post. Have a super duper awesome week. Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Creations: #354 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #54 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Card Challenge
Card Mania Challenges: #98 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious: #126 ~ Anything Goes + Blue & Silver (and) Red! :)
The Paper Shelter: #317 ~ A Card For A Child (for my 3 year old niece for Christmas)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #167 ~ Inspired By A Song/Movie (I had two things going through my head when I made this card, the story of the Nutcracker and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' poem.)
As You Like It: Ooh, that's easy! I LOVE making Christmas cards. I'm known to start singing Christmas carols halfway through the year when I'm beginning my Christmas crafting. I can't help myself. I just find it such a joyful and optimistic time of year! One of my gal pals in a 'Bah Humbug' moment, when I clearly was being too peppy and excited about Christmas, made me vow not to use the word Christmas until after Dec 1st! She knows that's nigh-on impossible for me. So we use the codeword 'Sausages' until December 1st, LOL. It really works! Her idea, and it makes her laugh that we still do it! Hehehe.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Whimsy Wonderland

A very warm hello to all my crafty pals out there in the blogosphere. I have such exciting news to share! I have loved Whimsy Stamps for years and have so many of their gorgeous dies and fabulous images. They have such a fabulous team of artists and designers and crafters who bring these art and designs together in beautiful creations. I have spent hours swooning over their amazing creations. So when a DT call popped up recently, I thought I'd try my hand. Honestly, never expecting to be asked to join the team, so you could have knocked me over with a feather when the lovely Denise asked me to join their 'Digital Divas'. Hehe, love the idea of being a 'Diva'! Living in New Zealand makes designing with 'physical' stash a little difficult, so to be joining their digital team is a brilliant fit for me. I can create with their digital papers, stamps and sentiments so easily and this is what I will be doing up until Christmas. So for the next few weeks, you'll get some designs and sneak peeks for new Whimsy digital releases here on my blog. I can't even begin to tell you how exciting this is for me!

For my first DT post, I wanted to create a masculine card, as it's my brother's birthday on Friday and we're all heading over to his for dinner to celebrate. So I used a gorgeous blue watercolour digital paper created by the lovely Tracy Wray from the Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team. It's from a 'Quick Cards' set called Teal & Pink Quick Cards. You can print and trim it and fold it straight into a top folding card. So clever!

I chose to trim the watercolour panel out of the card layout and use it under a sheet of vellum. I printed and foiled a lovely sentiment from one of the Whimsy October sentiment releases on the vellum. The foil is a gorgeous dark pewter, which such a lovely sheen. You can see the shine in the 'sunlight' shot above. I added a sparkly silver cardstock behind the watercolour panel for a little extra sparkle.

I finished the card with a sweet butterfly which I cut from a strip of butterflies, from a now retired Whimsy Butterfly Border Die. I used Ken Oliver's Double Sided Adhesive 'Stick It' to adhere the foil to the vellum before diecutting the butterflies. The rose gold one in the bottom of the photo was my 'test run' and you can see the foil lifted in places, so with the pewter, I used vellum rather than white cardstock and I didn't try to remove the clear cover on the foil. It wasn't necessary to, so I left it in place and it worked much better.

A quick CAS card, made so easy by Tracy's beautiful watercolour paper design and lovely sentiment. I was on a roll, so I decided to then make a girlie version for my Welsh pal who is celebrating her birthday tomorrow! Okay, yes, I'm hopeless, there's no way it will get to London in time, but at least it's made now! LOL.

So this is my girlie version using the same watercolour pack and sentiment. This is the pink version of the watercolour card, which I popped up on foam, wrapped with some button twine from The Ribbon Girl and printed straight onto the watercolour panel, the same sentiment as the first card, only this time, I didn't foil it. I think the stark black looks fab on the pink, so I left it plain. The card base on this has a lovely gold sheen, which the pic below shows much better.

The fabulous sentiment, I've used on both these cards is from a digital sentiment set Tracy created for the October Whimsy Digital Release. The set is called Positivity 2 Sentiments and has such a variety of fabulous sentiments just perfect for offering encouragement and bringing smiles to even the most Eeyore-like amongst us.

Do pop over to the Whimsy Store and check out the awesome new releases for November. The whole digital design team has put together an incredible release and there's sure to be something everyone will love. I'm off to dance a little happy jig around my lounge, because, woohoo, yippee, I'm on the Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team! 

Have an awesome week and I'll be back again soon with my next post and soon to follow, more Whimsy fabulousness. If you missed the fact that I have some awesome candy on my blog right now, hit the home button and it'll take you right there. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Creative Inspirations: #283 ~ Sparkle
In The Pink: #126 ~ Ribbons and/or Bows
613 Avenue Create: #203 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: November Card Challenge
Cute Card Thursday: #502 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #175 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
Always Fun Challenges: #31 ~ Watercolours (I hope digital watercolour counts xo)

Update: Lovely surprise to see I've made the Top 3 at Always Fun Challenges. Thank you so much!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Fairies/Fantasy

What a week! We've had such fun in this house with all our Halloween shenanigans. I've spent a lot of this week taking down the decorations and tidying things away again. A bit of a mammoth task and there's still so much candy in the house! But today, I'm off to fantasy land, or at least my card is. We have a new challenge starting at Sweet Stampin' today and we want to see your 'Fairies & Fantasy' creations. I've worked with a super fun Stamping Bella image from the Edna the Fairy Godmother range. This image is called, Edna needs a Martini. I loved this the moment I saw it!

One of our lovely past DT had a birthday recently, and I made this card for her. Knowing this challenge was coming up I thought it was the perfect fit for this. I think Edna is such fun and I found this delish paper from the Kaisercraft Marigold collection with it's rich teal tones and decided to colour Edna to match. I love the fabulous Marianne Designs Doily Star which I cut from some paper that toned well with the card base. I was so chuffed with how her dress came out. I coloured Edna with my Promarkers. I've added plenty of glitter to her wings and a touch to her dress frills and the flower in her hair. I also added some glossy accents to her lips and the martini glass for a bit of shine there. 

The lovely Filigree Corner Die is from La La Land Crafts and the perfectly toned flat back pearls are from Flourish With A Bling.  I love that their sets come in multiple sizes in the one colour. These are really fabulous pearl sets. The sentiment which is also from the same Stamping Bella set, I stamped directly on the paper with Memento Black Tuxedo ink.

I popped up the patterned paper on a sheet of foam for a bit of depth and dimension and the rest of the card kept pretty CAS. The shot below is in full sun to show the shadows and dimensions on the card.

The fantasy portion of my card, is of course the 'idea' that I could actually stay awake long enough on a night out to get through '3 Martini'!! LOL. My get up and go, has got up and gone a long time ago! Running on coffee and will, I can only fantasize about large nights out enjoying multiple martini's!! I'm all good with that though, I wouldn't swap my world for anything.

I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us this week for this super fun theme. I love all things fantasy and fairies most of all! Do go and check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. They are such a talented bunch and their creations are brilliant! We look forward to visiting your blogs and checking out your wonderful fantasy inspired creations. I'll be back again very soon with Candy (oh I wish I could give you Halloween candy too!) and some exciting news, so watch this space!! Have an awesome weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursday: #502 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters: I See Spots (on her dress)
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #346 ~ Show Us Some Sparkle
Aud Sentiments: #192 ~ Bingo (Faux Stitching, Stamped Image, Patterned Paper)
Sugar Pea Designs: #37 ~ Mix It Up. Colour Inspiration reflected in my backing paper.
Deep Ocean Challenge: Inspired by a Song/Movie ~ Jennifer Saunders playing the Fairy Godmother in Shrek, singing 'Holding Out For a Hero', I totally see Edna rocking that!! LOL.
Paper Play Sketches: Colour Challenge ~ Rust, Antique Green & Caramel - Image below (All these colours are in my floral designer paper)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Southern Girls ~ It's A Stick Up

Happy Halloween my lovely blog pals. The kiddos and I had a super fun night on Tuesday. We all paid for it the next morning, not cool that Halloween should fall on a school night!! But man did we have fun of the 'too cute to spook' variety! I'll share some pics a little further down the post. But I need to share the reason for this post, which is of course, time for a new challenge at Southern Girls. This week, we have a fun (and I think really easy) challenge for you. We want you to use 'stickers' on your creations. They could be sentiment stickers, enamel dots, sticky back pearls or gems, thickers, you name it, as long as it comes in a 'sticker' form, it's eligible. Just be sure to let us know what your 'sticker element' was, as it's not always so easy to tell! Can you spot mine? Trick question, because the first pic doesn't have any on it!

I finished this card knowing who the sponsor was, but not yet the theme, (which is a bit sneaky, working too far ahead on a DT project, but I figured I'd wing it) so the card was essentially 'finished'. I had my inky fun, using traditional distress inks, masking the image first and then spraying the ink work with Glimmer Mist to get a lovely all over shimmer to the creation. Before I did any of my ink work though, I coloured the moon and four stars yellow with my Promarkers and then added Glossy Accents. I'd read somewhere that dry Glossy Accents work a treat for the 'resist technique'. So I gave it a go! Left to dry overnight, just to be sure it was dry right through. I coloured the wee ghosty witch and her frog with my Promarkers too. I only had to mask my witchy ghost, as the stars would resist the ink, which considering how tiny they are and how fiddly masking them would have been, I think it was an inspired choice! Now I just have to remember to do this on future 'fiddly bits' cards. 

This cute image is from our sponsor 2 Cute Ink, but from their Lil' Inker's range. I just loved this stamp when I saw it. The sentiments that come with this super cute image are so funny too! It took a while for my 7 year old to figure out why the sentiment on my card was funny, but once he got it, he thought it was hilarious. I used this card and another I made recently, as part of my Halloween decorations. So there were a number of people at our little post Trick or Treating Spider Pizza party who were giggling at the sentiment. It was quite a hit! The uncoloured image on the stamp platform, is one I stamped for another card, with lots of the little stamped stars. But for this card, I only did a few, so the natural thing to do, to fit our theme, was of course add 'sticky stars'! 

I hunted for yellow enamel stars, that being my first instinct, to keep with the yellow star theme, but alas, I had only a couple in my collection, which wouldn't give the 'blanket of stars' effect I was hoping for. So I pulled out my small iridescent gems in two different sizes and scattered them across the top half to create that blanket of stars. I didn't like it at first, as I was quite fond of the more CAS design. But I have to say, it's grown on me, and sitting in the evening light, the little stars are twinkling out of the corner of my eye on the sideboard, where the Halloween decorations are still set up. So I think it was the perfect fix.

I hope you'll come and join the 'sticky' fun with us this challenge and show us what you're inspired to do with our theme. Check out my awesomely talented teamies and their fab creations on the blog too. I'll be back before long with the promised candy (it was just Halloween after all) and another crafty adventure. In the meantime, have an awesome week and Happy Halloween! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Shopping Our Stash: #327 ~ Halloween
Lemon Shortbread: #53 ~ Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters: I See Spots (gems)
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #346 ~ Show Us Some Sparkle
Creatalicious: #126 ~ ATG + Use Blue & Silver (silvery gemstones)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: All Creatures Great and Small (lil froggy)

If you've made it all the way to the end of the post. Here are a few cute shots from our Halloween fun...

 This was my 7 year old Zac's pumpkin carving

 My 12 year old daughter Georgie carved this moon and stars pumpkin

 These were our first 'Trick or Treaters' of the night

 Zac was dressed as a Ravenclaw House Hogwarts Student

 My hubby, horsing around as usual

My bella bambina Georgie,
who did all her own make up for this fawn costume!

 I made the kiddies goody bags with bug stickers and Hershey's Kisses

 Two of my Halloween cards there for decoration

 The Groke (for you Moomin fans) and Vlad, who sings the Monster Mash!

 There were a few ghosts hanging around

 My favourite Halloween banner, felt ghosts, pumpkins and bats

 The view coming in the front door looking down the hall

 A very large ominous presence in the corner of the room!

 The giant spiders nest

 The nest had 'little' spiders in it

 Crash landed witch cupcakes

 Peanut butter biters
(actually not as horrid as they look!)

 Ghost meringues
A big hit with the kids.

Mozzarella Broomsticks
They flew off the plate!

Plus of course, there was plenty of
'Spider Pizza' to go around too!

Thanks for making it all the way to the end xoxo

I'll leave you finally with a cute little video of our Halloween Mascot 'Boris'
which was a gift to my children many years ago now my our Welsh bestie. 
He comes out every year and is much adored.

The Monster Mash

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