Saturday, 20 May 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Things That Go Round

Well get me! Three posts in one week!! LOL. I really ought to rename my blog, the London Bus! Hehe. It's time today for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week, we want to see all your creations that have 'Things That Go Round'. So you could create something with an element that spins, or has turning circles or it could have something on it that has wheels. We'd love to see how you interpret this challenge. For my DT creation, I chose wheels. I made this card for my birthday twin Louise. We are two crafty Kiwi mamas with young kiddos and we share our birthday! So this was her birthday card this year and the sweet thing is, I got to give it to her in person when she was visiting Auckland recently.

The image is of course a gorgeous Krista Smith image from her Saturated Canary days. Lou lives on a farm, so this image made me think of her and I had great fun colouring it up with my Promarkers and then adding it's lavender and blue clouds. I've done this a couple of times recently, alternating colours in the clouds. I've not seen it done anywhere before, but was sitting with a few of my Distress Inks on the table and I just was drawn to trying this out. I think it looks so pretty. I used this same technique recently, but chose to work with 3 colours to create the clouds. I made these two at the same time, so was experimenting with that idea of multiple cloud colours. The other make if you want to compare is posted here.

I used a gorgeous Maja Design paper to create this card, but when it came to matting the image, none of my cardstock worked, so I just pulled out my Bluebell Promarker and inked the visible edge of the mat and hey presto, perfect colour match! I did the same with the corner die too (which is La La Land for those of you who like to know those details).

I put some cheesecloth behind the image, as the mat was wider than I wanted and I felt it needed 'softening'. I ran some cream cotton lace and seam binding ribbon behind the image, tied a double bow, added a wee tag with the sentiment (both Mama Elephant, which you can find here and here) finished the tag with a wee bow of Baker's Twine and added some pearls to finish. I was so happy with this card when I'd finished. Far softer and more 'shabby chic' than I usually do.

I hope you'll come join in the fun with us this week and show us all your 'Things That Go Round' creations, it doesn't need to be a card, but it must be papercraft and have some stamping on it to be eligible for the Top 3.

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, head on over to the blog and check out what my super talented teamies have been up to for this challenge. You're gonna love what they've done! Have an awesome weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Passion For Promarkers: #395 ~ Tag It
I Love Promarkers: #335 ~ Girl's Birthday
Crafty Catz: #371 ~ More Than Two Layers
Crafty Calendar Challenge: May ~ Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge: #19 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #341 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #180 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Allsorts Challenge: #416 ~ Happy 8th Birthday Allsorts!
As You Like It: Favourite Skin/Fur Colour Combo. I'm a Promarkers girl, so the skin colour combo I use most is Coral, Sunkissed Pink and Blush with Pale Pink on the cheeks. I do experiment with other combos, but this is always the one I come back to.

Update: Ooh what a lovely surprise to find my Country Mama card had made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers! I love that challenge blog, because I'm such a Promarkers fan. So it was super lovely to make the Top 5 this week. Thanks ladies, I'm so stoked!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Add Sparkle

Well hello again. I know, shock, I'm back again already! It's time of course for a new challenge at Southern Girls and our DT have been working hard on some utterly gorgeous creations with a fun and fabulous theme 'Add Sparkle', how easy and fab is that?! We are spoilt to have two fantastic sponsors for this challenge ~ Krafter's Cart and Polkadoodles. So there are two fabulous prizes up for grabs this challenge.

I used a lovely bamboo screen diecut to create my card for this challenge. I have to confess I hit a bit of a wall this week. I've been eating, breathing and dreaming Pokemon in the lead up to my small boys birthday this past weekend and everything else had to wait. So I mulled over this creation for quite a bit and then when it was time put this together, I just couldn't come up with anything! Mr Mojo had hotfooted it right out the door! But then I spotted some wrapping paper sitting on my table from a recent present wrap and suddenly an idea started to form. It was the same shade as the bamboo I had just inked with my Pear Green Promarker. So I backed the diecuts with a white panel to set them apart from the wrapping paper and then played around with some gold glitter paper trying to work out how to bring in the 'Sparkle' for the challenge theme. 

At one stage I had a gold circle behind the Kimono, however it made the Kimono fade into nothing, so I swapped it instead for a white circle and the Kimono was able to once again take the spotlight. I have a die set which contains this very intricate central circle design and it occured to me it might look good with gold glitter card behind it and popped up slightly higher than the sentiment circles. The top character means Love and the bottom character means Happiness. A wee bit of a mix of cultures there with the Chinese characters and the Japanese Kimono, but it's what I had to hand, so  I went with it. The Kimono stamp I've had for years, and I don't know who the manufacturer was, it's a very old wood mounted one. I inked the Kimono with my Promarkers and then added gold glitter cardstock to the details. All the flower centres have a tiny glittery gold centre, which I cut with my middle sized hole punch. The two tiny flowers to the sides at the bottom, I used my smallest hole punch to cut the centres. They worked perfectly for this! It's just a shame the camera didn't pick up the sparkle on them.

Do come and join in the fun with us at Southern Girls with your own sparkly creations. We so look forward each challenge, to seeing how our themes are interpreted. Isn't this such an amazing creative world?! I'll be back again very soon with another crafty adventure, but until then, enjoy the rest of your week. I'm off to NOT do anything related to Pokemon!! LOL. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: May Card Challenge
Allsorts Challenge: #415 ~ Ring O' Roses
City Crafter's Challenge: #362 ~ Photo Inspiration (The circular 'globe' shapes and blue/green colours)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Create A Background

Hey there lovelies, it's time for a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog and our lovely hostess Troppostella has chosen the theme, 'Create your own Background'. You may use a background stamp or create one with inks or other paper techniques. Whatever tickles your fancy!

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Little Miss Muffet Stamps for this challenge and the DT were given some lovely background stamps to work with. I chose to use the very sweet 'Dream Dangle', which I remembered I had the perfect Unity Stamps sentiment to pair with it.

I got inky with my Distress and Oxide Inks to create the inky wash background and then added a layer of Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Chalk to give the card a lovely sheen. This doesn't show well in some of the pics sadly, but when the light catches it, it's really pretty. I masked off the sentiment as I didn't want any large droplets to obscure the lettering, but it came out as such a fine mist, it just went on as an all over sheen, rather than the larger droplets I had intended, so pretty though, so I wasn't unhappy.

I did want to add some white paint splatters, but couldn't find my gesso! So I left it at just the Glimmer Mist. I did add some Stickles to the stars and some Glossy Accents to the hearts after I inked them with a couple of purple Promarker colours. Finally I added a yellow grosgrain ribbon and some purple scatter stars, as I felt it just needed something to tie it all together. I had intended not to add those last two embellishments, but to be honest, they made all the difference and really elevated the look of the card, so I'm so pleased I kept playing.

Do stop into the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog to check out what my amazingly talented teamies have been up to. It's so fun to see how different our creations can be with the same stamps! We look forward to seeing what inspires you too. I'm off to have some couch time with hubby, we've discovered a great new series, called Crossing Lines and I'm hooked! So I'll catch ya'll later for some more fun crafty adventures. Enjoy your week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: May Card Challenge

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Teenager Birthday

Hey my lovely blog pals. It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and boy do we have an awesome line up for you today! We are being sponsored by the lovely team at 'Lili of the Valley' and we have been given several utterly gorgeous images to work with for this challenge, some of which haven't even been released yet! Woohoo, sneak peek treat!! The first image I worked with is called Ballet Shoes and it is just the cutest wee sweetie. It reminded me so much of my lovely niece who is currently over in France on an exchange program, so I deviated from the brief slightly, by using a 'Miss You' sentiment, rather than a 'Happy Birthday' one. Hopefully our gorgeous hostess Kristina will forgive me for this! (You so have to go check out her blog, man this girl can colour!!)

I used an utterly delish Nitwit paper for this card and I wanted to keep the design very CAS to let the paper show and also let the image feature. I think this design strikes a nice balance. I added a tiny banner from the paper just to bring a bit more interest and popped a wee pearl heart on top to finish. The sentiment is a Penny Black one from her lovely set called 'Eloquence'. Not only was it the perfect sentiment to send to my sweet niece (who will have been away just over 10 months when she returns home) but it also had a nice cascade that matched the paper angle I'd cut! Double bonus!!

I coloured this cutie with my Promarkers and I did her all in pink, because when I was a little girl doing ballet, this was exactly how we dressed, all in a slightly salmony pink. So this is a walk down memory lane for me, but more importantly, may be for my sweet niece who until recently was a ballerina and a very good one, so hopefully this will bring back some happy nostalgic memories. I added some Wink of Stella to the ballet shoes just for a bit of interest and added some shading under her. I'm really pleased with the CAS design of this card. I loved it so much in fact, I thought I'd do it all over again! So here's my Oliver card, the second fabulous LOTV image I was given to use for this challenge.

I used this 'angled' design for the first time just under a year ago (on this design) and loved it, so I've been wanting to use it again. I free-styled the cuts, trimming once I was happy with the angle, going back for a little more here and there. I just think it's a slightly jaunty fun design for a card, especially a 'teenagers' card. But when I printed Oliver, he was in a different position on the page to the girls! So, I turned the design on it's side and made it a side opening card. 

The image is called 'Oliver Movie Night' and I think it's a fun one for a teenage boys birthday. So I'll be tucking that away for one of my nephews birthdays later this year. Hubby asked me if it was a '10 year olds' card. Puzzled? I was! No Greg, the 'X' doesn't stand for '10' it's an 'X' for the 'start' button on the playstation (which we use to watch movies too!) Clearly that was lost on the one person I thought would actually 'get it', oh well, if it was lost on you too, just consider it a 'kiss'. Hehe. The 'smile' sentiment is also from Lili of the Valley, from their 'Block Sentiments' set #102. Unfortunately the sketchy look of the stamp doesn't show here, my ink pad was too juicy. But I love that look and thought it worked well for this card. The fab plaid paper is from Pixel Scrappers digital designer Violet Irisovna from her Bright Days collection and is called Blue Plaid.

I hope you'll pop on over and join in our fabulous 'Kids & Teens Birthday' challenge. Our fabulous sponsor Lili of the Valley are having their '13th Birthday', so we are joining in the celebrations with them and I do hope you will too, by joining in our fun challenge. You are in for a super treat from our wonderful sponsor if you're the lucky winner!

Lili of the Valley was the very first stamp company I bought from when I first started crafting. It was one of their wood mounted fairies that I bought and I've loved their images and sentiments ever since. So Happy Birthday Lili of the Valley and congratulations to Laila, Lisa, Lucy, and all the team there for their awesome journey in this business. Keep it coming, we love your stamps! I'll be watching very keenly for the latest release which is due on May 20th, so mark it in your diaries peeps, it's promising to be a brilliant birthday release! Catch you all again soon, I'm off to do some more Pokemon Party prep for my lil' dudes birthday this weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

The Ribbon Girl: May ~ Card Challenge
Lemon Shortbread: #41 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #476 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #154 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #179 ~ Flowers + A Sentiment
Crafty Calendar Challenge: #341 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: #18 ~ Anything Goes

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: #18 ~ Anything Goes

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Cats & Dogs

Hey there lovelies. Isn't this year just whizzing by?! It's almost my wee man's birthday, so that's half the year almost gone! Crazy days. Today though, it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this week is 'Cats & Dogs', so in a nutshell, we just want to see your creations which feature or include cats and dogs. Simples! 

My make today, very sweetly, is actually a 'collab' with my daughter Georgie. She loved this sweet stamp from Sylvia Zet's 'Wee Stamps' range when she saw it and wanted to colour it up for a friends birthday. She ran out of puff half way through the colouring and so it was left for me to finish and then create the card for her to give. But I was proud of her attempt at shading the wee pot. I finished it up, but she made a good start. Kitty had to be 'white' apparently, which I actually really like, but her shading is a little hard to see. So Georgie and I will have to work on that a little more.

We used Promarkers to colour the sweet image and then I added some Wink of Stella to the centre of the daisies for a bit of sparkle and shine. The backing paper is MME and the lovely sentiment is from an older Whiff of Joy stamp set called Magic Moments. I really like the bolder font of the top line in combination with the second font, I think it looks edgy and fun and was the perfect sentiment to go with this wee kitty for Georgie's friends birthday. I do have a bit of a 'sentiment stamp' fetish. I love the have 'just the right stamp' on hand to finish a creation. So I've accumulated a great many over the years, but I still find myself coming back to a favourite few. I wonder how many of you are the same?

I finished the card with some pretty pale blue pearls and distressed the edges of the paper panels. A relatively CAS and quick make, but very fun to have shared some of the process with my girlie. She does like to try and make her own birthday cards now after watching me for so long, but just runs out of steam sometimes, LOL. I hope you won't run out of steam with your creations and that you'll come and join us for some 'Cats & Dogs' themed fun. Just remember to stamp, otherwise, anything 'Cats & Dogs' related goes. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful weekend and plenty of happy crafting moments in your week. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #121 ~ CAS
Crafting By Designs: May ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: #392 ~ Time to Celebrate
Cute Card Thursday: #476 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #154 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #393 ~ Make it Bloom
Aud Sentiments: #179 ~ Flowers and A Sentiment
Crafty Creations Challenges: #340 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #114 ~ For The Girls/Mother's Day
Crafty Catz: #369 ~ Use 5 of Something (I used 5 pearls in top right corner together)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Lovely Ladies

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I have been caught up in school holiday mode, entertaining the kids, so crafting has taken a back seat. So much so, that I almost forgot (again) that I was due to post my new DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky today! But fortunately the grey matter still has a little fire in it and I remember last night, with time enough to pull a creation together today. Good thing the kids are back at school! LOL. I've some thinking/creating space! Our wonderful sponsor this week is Crafts & Me and I LOVE their images. So I was delighted to be working with this gorgeous image from their artist Morgan Fitzsimons for my creation. Perfect actually, as I just discovered one of our school mum's has her 40th birthday today, so if I work quickly, I'll be able to give it to her!

I've beavered away today colouring this stunning image by Morgan Fitzsimons called Sophie. I just love that wistful look on her face and that beautiful dress! I am imagining that this is guipure lace on a stunning evening gown, so I've coloured it up to look like it is sheer organza in a soft pink on the arms and lower back. Did you get that? Or does it just look like a tattoo?!! I was originally going to do it in pale blue, which would have conveyed this better, but then chose these delish Bello Pastello papers from Danish brand Riddersholm Designs and had to do it in Pink! So the sheer organza is only slightly pinker than the skin tone. So I wonder if my plan worked?

I'm just back from dropping this off to my neighbour. Her little girl goes to school with my Zac and they're great friends. So he walked with me to deliver the card and she was delighted, as it's actually her 40th birthday today, so this make was well timed. I chose to use a diecut of a viewfinder image disc and a couple of strips of photo negative diecuts too, as her hubby is a film maker, so I thought this would tie in nicely. It's also a reference to the years passed and memories made when one reaches the ripe old age of 40!!

I stamped a birthday wish onto a sweet tag and popped it into its matching vellum pocket, added a black organza ribbon and popped it behind the top right corner on the card. The pretty card shape is of course my newest Go Kreate die Frilly #7. I was so chuffed to get this for my birthday. I've wanted it for ages, but it's been out of stock whenever I've previously tried to buy it. So this was a lovely birthday treat and I'm really enjoying using it.

I've added some delish flowers to this card, which don't show up well in the photo as they're mostly black, but they're lush in reality! The large bloom with the pearly centre is a Flourish With A Bling flower and the felt roses and organza rose are from an Antipodean craft brand called Rosie's Studio. I tucked some pink resin roses in the mix to soften the black and a couple of strands of pearls to tie it all together. Simples!

What would a fortieth birthday card be without a reminder of that big number right?! So I added a sparkly silver 40 which I cut from silver glitter cardstock and popped a pretty butterfly in the bottom right corner to finish off the card. This was from the Etsy artisan Angelica I mentioned in one of my previous blogposts. Her store is called Angelica's Little Scrap Shop. These butterflies are handmade and just so pretty. One final shot of the card in a different light.

Our theme this week is 'Lovely Ladies' chosen by our own lovely lady ~ hostess Pat. I'm sure you'll agree this Crafts & Me image sure is lovely, so it was sweet to be able to give it to my school mama friend on such a special day for her. I hope you'll come and join us with your own 'Lovely Ladies' creation and I can't wait to see how you interpret the theme. I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure, in the meantime, head to the Fab 'n' Funky blog and check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. Their creations are stunning! Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Paper Shelter: #292 ~ Flowers
Crafts & Me: May ~ Anything Goes
Pile It On: #129 ~ Interactive or Birthday
Lemon Shortbread: #40 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: May ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #154 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promakers: #393 ~ Make It Bloom
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: Time To Celebrate (40th Birthday Celebration)
The Sisterhood of Crafters: The Letter B ~ Butterfly, Black, Blooms, Back, Beautiful

Update: I made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers and so did my lovely teamie Wendy. Congrats to you too hunny. Yay us!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ I Wish I Could Fly

Hello again. 3rd bus in a row, hehe. I'm back with another DT creation, this time for the fabulous Sweet Stampin' Challenge. We are having a fun theme for this challenge, which is called 'I Wish I Could Fly'. I had great fun with this challenge, I actually created 3 cards which could have worked for this theme, but there was something about this wistful image, which quite stole my heart, so although it's actually possibly the simplest of my designs, I thought it was the best suited for this theme.

I just love this A Day For Daisies image. I can't find it on the site, as it's an older image, but there are several similar. I coloured it very simply, with my Promarkers and then set about masking it (not in the usual way, as I had no post it notes!) by using some washi tape. I tore off little bits to cover the image where I didn't want any ink to fall whilst creating my clouds and then with my ink dusters, created these candyfloss clouds. I just love the way this turned out. It was on a whim that I used the 3 different colours and although the image was coloured in shades that I wouldn't normally mix with these cloud colours, it kinda works and makes the image pop I think.

I've tried a few different ways of colouring clouds lately and this method is my favourite. I was too caught up in the creating when I was doing the clouds to capture the process, but essentially, I cut myself a template and used it at differing angles to create the puffy cloud shapes. I dust around the image once it's masked off with distress ink and an ink duster. The ink duster gives a much softer finish than the distress sponges. I love the finish of the dusters far more. The distress inks I used were Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass. You can find the ink dusters I used at Inkylicious.

I kept the card design very simple as this is such an enchanting image, I didn't want to add lots of other details to the card. My son Zac wanted to send his Nanny a card and my mummy loves purple, so we added this to a purple base card which has a lovely shimmer. With a purple shimmery envelope to match, it makes it quite a lovely set. I really liked the way the balloon extended beyond the frame to look as if it was floating off into the ether. It has a good lashing of glossy accents on it, so up close it's very shiny and it adds dimension, that little extra touch that makes such a big difference.

I hope you'll come and join the fun with us this week at Sweet Stampin' for our 'I Wish I Could Fly' challenge. I think it's rather a lovely theme and can't wait to see what you make of it! I'm heading off with the kids for some holiday fun up at our family beach, so I'll be out of touch now for a few days. But I send you all a big hug and wish you a truly happy week filled with crafty fun. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Use Any Image
Creative Moments: #116 ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #333 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: April ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #16 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #56 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #412 ~ 'I Spy' - B is for Balloon & Blue Dungarees
As You Like It: Favourite Colour. My very favourite is green, as I mentioned in my previous entry, but a very very close second is purple. This card is for my mummy who also adores purple and so this was made with 'her' favourite colour in mind. Even the clouds have a little purple in them!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Boys Will Be Boys

Bus number two is pulling into the station today, hehe, with my latest DT creation for Southern Girls Challenge. We are doing a 'Boys' challenge this week and have the lovely Sasayaki Glitter sponsoring us this fortnight. We were given some utterly adorable images to work with and I had a super cute image of theirs in my stash, so I opted to use this for a wee mans birthday that's coming up. It's called Dragoon and it reminded me of the super cute Spyro from a playstation game we used to play a few years ago (before we had the kiddos!). So I've coloured up this cute chap and created a background to look like Spyro, right down to the cute little dragonfly mascot that flies around with him. Hopefully this looks like a game scene from Spyro to those who know the game.

I used a fabulous cloud digital paper from artist Tina Shaw of the Pixel Scrappers from her 'Remembrance' set and the grassy hills were created with two papers from the same Minikit set called Christmas Gifts by Marisa Lerin also from Pixel Scrappers. I cut the hills with my Spellbinders Borderabilities A2 Curved Borders 1 die. The wee castle (there are lots of castles in the Spyro game) was cut with a Magnolia Doohickey and then embossed with a rough brick folder and the edges inked with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in Dark Bark. 

The rest of my teamies have some awesome inspiration for you over on the Southern Girls Challenge blog, so be sure to swing by and check out there gorgeous creations. 

I hope you'll come and join us with your 'Boy' creations too and show us what inspires you. I'll be back again very soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have a fabulous day. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge: Yellow
Cute Card Thursday: #474 ~ Birthdays
Colour Crazy Challenge: #15 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers: #186 ~ Things With Wings
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge: #403 ~ Mythical
Crafty Creations Challenge: #339 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #116 ~Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers (little Spyro is holding a flower)
As You Like It: Favourite Colour: Easy Peasy, mine is 'Green'. I love it, bright, lime, dark, apple, they're all lush to me. But purple runs a close second, so I've managed to combine two of my fav's in this card!

Update: I made the Top 3 at Sasayaki Glitter with my wee 'Spyro' card. Thank you Sasayaki Glitter. I'm delighted you liked my card.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ In The Garden

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies. After my disgraceful late post for the last Fab 'n' Funky challenge I thought I'd better get in early this week, so here I am scheduling this post well before it's due, so blogger don't let me down! We are having an awesome Easter break right now. My kiddos finished their first school term on Thursday last and now we have two blissful weeks off. I'm hoping to take them up North to our family bach, but we are forecast a cyclone! So we'll have to see what happens with that. It's hit the middle of our North Island quite badly, but seems to have missed Auckland at this stage. The footage is alarming and funny at the same time, with some typical blasé Kiwi attitudes of getting out the surfboards to make the most of the swells! Not so fun for the families who have had to evacuate their homes to drier ground though. My thoughts and well wishes are with them all.

But you came to look at the pretties, so let me get to that! Our fabulous sponsor is Lemon Shortbread this week and wow do they have some enchanting images or what?! I love this sweet image which is actually their promo image at the moment. I think it's so sweet and fits with the garden theme of our current challenge really well. You can find this sweet image along with the other fabulous garden images my teamies are using over on their Etsy Store. The image I used is called Daisy Ribbon Lucille.

Isn't she a sweetheart?! I love the gorgeous yesteryear design, the hat tip to the 1960's glamourous backcombed 'beehive' hairstyles. I remember a beautiful picture of my mummy's twin sister sporting a rather glamourous hairstyle quite similar to this back in the day. It's not apparent in the above picture, but I've added some Wink of Stella on the daisies petals for a bit of glitter and shine and some liquid pearl accents on her lovely string of pearls necklace.

I often colour first and panic afterwards that I'll not find papers to match, so I was happily surprised to find a gorgeous and rather perfect plaid paper in my digital papers collection from The Digital Press designer Anita Designs. Her collection called The Best of Times, has a lovely selection of papers and this plaid paper had such soft pretty colours in the perfect combo of shades to work with the image I'd just coloured with my Promarkers. 

I had my birthday recently and my hubby and son organised a rather gorgeous treat for me. They decided these fabulous Go Kreate frames might get damaged if they weren't wrapped in something a little sturdier, so my little guy chose this sweet story from his bedtime stories collection to wrap mummy's present in! Totally melted my heart, bless him! Needless to say, I was pretty stoked with my gorgeous new dies too! I love these dies and have been wanting this #7 shape for quite a while, so it was a super lovely birthday treat to be given these. This card is my first creation using these lovely new dies.

The pretty glittery butterflies I've used on this creation were also a birthday present, bought through a wonderful Etsy artisan called Angelica. Her store 'Little Scrap Shop' is full of the most enchanting and beautiful embellishments for papercrafting. I love the little silver spoons! I paired the sweet butterflies with a Joycrafts butterfly border and added the full butterfly on top of the border ones, so you see the full wing span. The littlest one I picked up pre-loved from a crafty pal recently. I was so pleased with that, as I had been trying to hunt down this smaller butterfly for some time now. The larger one you'll recognise as the same one I had as a candy recently. My favourite butterfly shape, it's so pretty. I've embellished the paper butterflies to match the black and blue ones from the Etsy artisan. So a bit of ink to their antennae and some lovely 'Flourish With A Bling' pearls and they worked far better together. I love that their pearls come in packs with lots of different sizes in a range of beautiful colours. I used some pretty cream cotton lace and a darker teal ribbon to finish the card. All the paper edges and the paper butterflies were edged with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in a lovely pale blue shade called Worn Jeans. 

Well that was rather more wordy than I meant to be! I hope you'll come on over to Fab 'n' Funky and check out what my awesome teamies have been up to. Our lovely blog mama Judith is our hostess this week. Pop in to her blog and check out all the awesomeness happening there. She's had a number of her beautiful creations for Crafter's Companion featured on Hochanda TV recently. So her blog is full of inspiration. She chose the theme 'In The Garden' for our current challenge. We'd love to see how you interpret this. I'll be back again very soon with my next crafty adventure. My blog's like a London bus right now! LOL. Hugs to you all and I'll see you soon, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Use Any Image
Lemon Shortbread: #39 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #192 ~ Ribbon or Lace
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #56 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #339 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me: April Challenge ~ Things With Wings
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #273 ~ One For The Girls
Card Mania Challenges: #91 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers
Creatalicious Challenges: #113 ~ Anything Goes with option of Birthday (my sisters birthday card)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Mellow Yellow

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm back again. I know, so soon you say! Well, that was unintentional, had something to do with the fact that I utterly forgot to post my DT creation last Wednesday, so the two have come back to back. Today, I'm sharing my DT post for Sweet Stampin'. We have a lovely theme for you this week (which I may have had some influence over), we want to see your 'Mellow Yellow' makes. I've had such a lot of fun with yellow of late. So many of my recent makes (some yet to appear on my blog) have featured yellow in them. So we thought it would be fun to have a theme for those who also love creating with yellow. It doesn't have to be all yellow, it could be yellow flowers or pops of yellow as the feature. But if you want to go all out and make a totally yellow card, then please do! Here's what I got up to for this challenge.

I'm a diehard Sugar Nellie fan, so any excuse to pull out my lovely Sugar Nellie stamps has me doing a happy dance. I love this one called Hazel & Nutty. She's such a joy to colour and I had fun with a yellow and pink combo for this card. Sadly, the Wink of Stella on her wings doesn't show up at all well. It's too subtle for the lighting I took the pics in. But in reality has a pretty sheen on the wings.

Inspired by the lovely Kat's stitching on her cards, I had another go at stitching on this card. I chose a brown thread to work with the diecut lettering I chose. I had cut these Lil' Inkers words 'Seriously' and 'Awesome' previously for another make and not used them. So they were sitting on my craft desk and this card came together rather quickly with the bits I had sitting around. A simple doily behind Hazel & Nutty to create a 'spotlight' for their sweet encounter and then the addition of the diecut sentiment, some stitching and I was done.

I popped up the pretty yellow MME paper on foam to give the card a bit of dimension, but didn't want to add anything extra. I felt the pretty floral paper was 'flowers enough' so didn't add any extra embellishment. I'm so pleased with this sweet make and it will be winging it's way to a crafty pal very soon. 

Do head on over to the blog to see what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to this week. I know you'll leave inspired to create your own 'Mellow Yellow' creation. So do come join us for some lemony fun this week. I look forward to seeing what you do! Have a fabby weekend and I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #117 ~ 3+ Layers
Stamping Sensations: April ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #191 ~ Furry Friends
Colour Crazy Challenge: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #153 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: April ~ Card Challenge
Crafty Creations Challenges: #338 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #42 ~ Into The Woods
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday! (Birthday card for a DT sis)
As You Like It: Favourite Card Base Shape ~ my favourite 'shaped' card base is the Go Kreate Frilly #10, but the card base shape I actually craft with the most often, is a square card base. I love the extra room the additional width gives to add embellishments and features, rather than the narrow traditional rectangular shape. I like to top fold the cards so that they stand nicely when propped up on a ledge. I love to change it up and try all sorts of different shapes and styles, but the square card base is most definitely my 'most used' card base.
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