Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Occupations

Big hello waves to all my crafty pals out there. It's Saturday again already, so time for a new Sweet Stampin' challenge to go live. We have an awesome theme for you this week, which is 'Occupations'. We'd love to see any stamps you have that depict occupations. I was tempted to try and do a 'stay at home mama' creation, but I thought it might be lost a bit in the brief. So that made me think about the other hats I've worn, and although my most recent career was as a clinical aromatherapist (I used to have four clinics across London when we lived there) I still always think of myself as a 'Nurse'. I loved my nursing years. It seems like a lifetime ago now, but those were some of the most fun (and exhausting) of my career. I used to work in Paediatrics and we had an awesome crew on the wards. I still miss my nursing buddies, though some I gladly still keep in touch with.

I love Maya Angelou's quote and think it rings true as a mantra for nurses. It's a special calling, a caring profession and with my wee creation I want to honour all those who work in this profession and who do the hard stuff that many wouldn't have the stomach or heart to. I was proud to work as a nurse and so that is my occupation of choice to create for, celebrate and honour today.

My printer is still being really naughty despite the numerous attempts at fixing, tweaking, cleaning, kicking, that have been done. So digi's were not an option which is so annoying as I had a super cute nurse digi! So I went for plan B, as I couldn't find my lovely Elisabeth Bell doctor stamp either! I decided to make a wee nurses bag and used a cute template for the bag creation and then added a lovely wee tag stamped with a Sugar Pea sentiment to finish off the creation. Very simple, but I think conveys my message pretty well.

I love the simplicity of the design, it was a quick make once the fussy cutting was done! I used a little velcro dot to secure the flap closed, so it can be opened and filled with a treat for that deserving someone. I used an MFT stitched tag die to create the wee tag and as I mentioned earlier, the sentiment is from a Sugar Pea set called 'Caring Hearts'. Kinda perfect I think.

Well that's all folks. I am getting super excited to be taking my 12 year old (a joint birthday present for us both) to her first big concert tomorrow and need to do some research on transport, because apparently, having ADELE in the country, has shut our CBD down and our council has put special travel arrangements in place for the concert goers. So I need to jump online and work it all out. Woohoo, I can't wait! Two very, very, VERY excited Jackson girls in the house!! 

I hope you'll head on over to the blog and check out what my talented teamies have been up to, they've some truly inspiring creations to share with you and as always, feel free to leave us some comments on our DT creations, we love hearing from you! Come and join us in the challenge too if you can, we'd love to see what you create! I'll be back again soon, with or without a working printer, with a new DT creation, so watch this space. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
CAS on Sunday: #104 ~ Sentiment
Crafty Catz: #363 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Plant Kindness
4 Crafty Chicks: #343 ~ Punches or Dies
Crazy Colour Challenge: #11 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #115 ~ Anything But A Card
Crafting From The Heart: #151 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #271 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #176 ~ Any Sentiment Except For Birthday
Avenue 613 Create: #195 ~ Anything Goes + Options of No Digi Images

Update: I was named in the Top 3 at Mod Squad for my lil' Nurses bag, 'Kindness' project. So delighted, thank you ladies!! :)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Use A Die Cut

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. Time for a new challenge at Southern Girls and I'm running around like a chook without a head. So I'll check back in with you all with the detes for my card later today...


I'm back and ready to share the detes of my card. Sorry about the false start! I've been volunteering at my lil' dudes school this morning, so running in to catch a few minutes to write up this post properly.

We have a new challenge starting today at Southern Girls and our theme is 'Use a Die Cut'. We have two awesome sponsors for this challenge so that's two utterly fabulous prizes up for grabs!

A big thank you to our two awesome sponsors for providing images for our design team to work with for this challenge. I've used a really fun set of Gerda Steiner stamps provided by Krafter's Cart for my card.

I've used a fun background paper from an Antipodean designer called Grace Taylor. Bright bold fun colours for that party feel and because this card was made to celebrate the 12th birthday of my Georgie's Swedish pal, I added a big number 12 to mark that milestone. I think Gerda's wee monsters are super fun. Georgie was a little worried this was too 'babyish' now for her pal, as they're getting to that pre-teen angst stage. But I think it's fun and has that celebratory feel, so went with it anyway. (She can make her own, little critic!)

I used an MFT Die-namics Blueprint set to cut the layering mats. It's the #14 set. The number 12 was cut with a Marianne Design number set. Those cute Gerda Steiner critters were coloured with my Promarkers. I really love these pens, the blending is so easy!

A big thank you to our second sponsor Kenny K, who also provided some gorgeous images for the DT to work with. I've had printer issues, so haven't been able to work with any digital images lately, but hope to rectify that soon!

Head over to the blog and see what my awesomely talented teamies got up to with their fabulous images. Thanks for popping in today, I hope you like my 'RAWRsome' card and stop in again soon for my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #343 ~ Punches or Dies
Lemon Shortbread: #37 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: March ~ Use Any Image
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Layer It Up
A Gem Of A Challenge: #190 ~ Boys Birthday
Colour Crazy Challenge: #11 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #54 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #271 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Use More Than One Diecut or Punch
As You Like It: Favourite Colouring Medium and Why ~ Now that's a no brainer! My Promarkers!! I love these alcohol pens. They're always my preferred medium, even if I dabble in a bit of distress ink colouring, I always come back to my Promarkers. I've tried a few Copics and I don't see that they have any benefit over my Promarkers. I love the colour range, the intensity of the colours and the easy blendability, so I'll remain a Promarker girl for a long time yet I think. :)

Update: Delighted to say I was named in the Top 3 at A Gem of a Challenge. Thank you so much ladies, that is has made my day! :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Add A Handmade Flower

Hey there my lovely blog pals. My printer is on the fritz. I'm currently trying all the clean, purge, realign heads etc protocols to fix the wee ailing tech. New inks will soon be arriving in the hopes I can get a card made soon for this challenge!

The gorgeous invisible card you see here, was made using a Lia Stampz image, who is our sponsor this week at Fab 'n' Funky. You should totally head over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to check out the fabulously visible creations that my wonderful teamies have made. Our theme this week is 'Use a Handmade Flower', which is a gorgeous theme and I hope you'll come and play along with us this week.

Come on back soon to check if I've managed to actually get my printer going, but in the meantime, do click through to our fab challenge and see the gorgeous creations from my teamies. Our lovely hostess Wendy has chosen such a fab theme for us this week.

I'll be back soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Anything But A Birthday

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I am chasing my tail tonight, I popped in to check I'd put my post live for my Sweet Stampin' DT post tonight, only to realise I'd left it half way through editing the other night! Bah!! I've just had a house full of giggly 12 year olds too, so there's mess everywhere! LOL. We finally got to celebrate Georgie's birthday now that we're out of quarantine! But before I go to clean up the aftermath, let me share my DT creation with you today. We are having an 'Anything But A Birthday' challenge this week. So I'm sharing the travel journal and card I made for my gorgeous niece when she left to spend 10 months in France on a foreign exchange programme.

I watercoloured the background with my distress inks, splattered with water to add texture and lift some of the ink to create a more 'watery ocean' feel and once dried, I stamped the world map and sentiment on. Oh how I wish I had used my Hampton Arts Stamping Tool for this, as I'd liked to have double stamped to get a darker impression with the map stamp. The watercolour paper was textured so created a slight graininess, but I quite like the way the watercolours pooled slightly in the channels. Hard to capture in film, it does look better up close.

I bought my niece a lovely travel journal for her trip, which had a beautiful saying embossed on the front already. But I wanted to personalise it, so added a map stamp to the inside cover and a sentiment. The sentiment reads, 'Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home'. I had a sweet tiny kiwi stamp, which I thought was the perfect way to remind her where 'home' is. The map stamp, Kiwi and sentiment where embossed in fine white embossing powder.

Here's a closer look at the lovely Unity Stamps I used. The set is called 'Love Brings You Home' and includes the world map with its little heart and the sentiment I used on the inside cover. 

I won a fantastic set of stamps from Unity stamps recently, so I used a few of their lovely sayings to stamp pages randomly through the journal. I did this to remind my sweet niece of home, to encourage her to enjoy the adventure she is on and to encourage her to embrace every opportunity given.

Here's a peek at the fabulous bundle of Unity Stamps I won. I used the sentiment set in the top middle for created the little words of encouragement throughout the journal. 

So that's my 'Anything But A Birthday' post for you today and now I have to get back to the party clean up! Such a busy, full and fun night for my wee girlie. Last year before she becomes a teenager and she has such a lovely circle of friends. It was really nice to throw this wee party for her. 

Be sure to pop into the Sweet Stampin' blog to check out what my talented teamies did for this theme. It's pretty broad, so lots of scope to get creative! Just remember you need to stamp somewhere on your creation to enter. I'll catch you again really soon, until then, have an awesome weekend. I hope you fit in some crafty adventures too. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Colour Crazy Challenge: #10 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: March ~ Special Female (my sweet niece)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Inspired By A Song

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm here today to share my DT post for Fab 'n' Funky with our fabulous theme 'Inspired by a Song'. Only I can't, because my printer has utterly packed a sad and I can't print a single thing without big black streaky lines all over it, which just won't do! But never one to give up, I thought I'd share an older Kenny K creation (our fabby sponsor for this challenge) that I created previously, and yes, I posted it previously too, so don't follow suit! But in light of my little printer melt down, I thought you might forgive me for resharing this previously blogged card. I made it for my lil' rock chick girlie. It's quite an appropriate 'reshare' too, as she's just had her birthday and guess what she got this year?! Her very own, candy pink, Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar!! I'll share pics at the end. To say she was pleased, is like 'understatement of the year' kinda stuff!! Hehe.

You can find my original post for this Kenny K creation here, with all the detes about the card. The image is Rock Chick from Kenny K, which I just love and must colour up again soon. I hope you'll come join in the fun with us this week at Fab 'n' Funky for our 'Inspired by a Song' or 'Musical Theme' challenge. I'm sure you'll agree, this lil' 'Flashback' post is pretty perfect for this challenge. One of Georgie's favourite songs that this card was originally inspired by is Queen's 'We Will Rock You'. It's a fav' when we pull out Sing Star or Rock Band. So fits this challenge's theme well.

Come and check out what my awesomely talented teamies (who are not having printer malfunctions!) got up to this week. You're gonna love their cards! Stop in first with our lovely hostess Chris to check out the gorgeousness she created for this challenge. You can find the other girls posts on the challenge blog. Don't be shy to stop in on the DT, we love a visit from you, as much as you enjoy a visit from us! Have an awesome week my lovely crafty pals. See you again soon, for my next crafty adventure (printer willing!) Hugs, Wends xoxo

Now for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post and want to see my birthday girlie's fav' present, here's her (nicely vintaged) pink guitar. Smiles all round that day!

The 'Vintaged' (yes, that just means pre-loved and roughed up a bit) 
Pink Fender Squier Stratocaster

Here's the happy birthday girlie with another of her 'pink' pressies. 
She just loves this colour and it wasn't always so. Everything is currently pink, bless.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Baby

Hey there lovelies. I'm sneaking in today to crash the Team Fab party at Fab 'n' Funky with a rogue post. I couldn't resist! I just LOVE A Day for Daisies images and when I found out they were having a 'Baby' themed challenge I just had to join in. Nothing to do of course with the fact that my baby sister is having her second bubba in a couple of months! Hehe.

I saw this divine image called Mama Kisses drawn by Tammy from A Day for Daisies and immediately thought of Klimt. I don't know whether Tammy drew this as a hat tip to Klimt, but it absolutely made me think of his beautiful gold leafed work. So, with my pot of Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes, I set to work to try and add a little 'Klimt' magic to this beautiful image. For those of you not familiar with Gustav Klimt's work, take a peek here.

I used my distress markers and inks to colour this image. I wanted a soft dreamy palette, so they were perfect for that. I then added the gilding flakes over adhesive that I drew onto each flower. I coloured the flowers first and chose to leave some of the flower centres in red, rather than cover them all. I'm quite pleased I did, as the flowers lost some of their definition in the gilding. Next time, I think I would glue every alternate flower and do it in two passes, so there is a little more definition. I also would mask the faces next time too, as some of the darker guilding flakes left 'muddy' marks on the babes shoulder and mummy's face! They didn't rub off despite my best efforts, so will definitely mask next time. I was however, pretty happy with this first attempt at doing 'anything like this' for me!

I tore the top and bottom of the image panel and added some cheesecloth behind for a bit of texture, then stamped the lovely sentiment from Impression Obsession directly onto the copper brown shimmer cardstock and embossed in white. The sentiment is from a set called 'Straight From Heaven'.

One final pic that I snapped outside in a shaft of sunshine, that shows the colours really well. I just love the way the light shifts and changes the way the gilding flakes shimmer and shine. This really is so much nicer in reality. It's hard to capture the prettiness in a static image. But I hope you get the idea! 

Do pop into the challenge blog to see what the talented Team Fab girlies have done for this awesome challenge hosted by our lovely Jan. The images are delish and those girlies have done a stellar job with them. I hope you'll come join us with your own 'Baby' creation too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, until then, have an awesome and creative week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Crafter's Cafe: #168 ~ CAS
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Crafting By Designs: March ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #8 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #194 ~ Sentimental Journey
Crafting From The Heart: #148 ~ Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: #108 ~ Simply Love
Crafty Creations Challenges: #336 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Based On A Book (my kiddos favourite - Guess How Much I Love You)
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