Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas Is Cancelled

Hey there my lovely blog pals, its time for a new challenge over at Fab 'n' Funky this week and as it's our last challenge of the month, we have a Christmas challenge and Jools is our lovely hostess. But did you hear Christmas has been cancelled? That's according to cheeky Stella over at Bugaboo.

We are being sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo for our challenge this week and I couldn't resist this sentiment for my creation, as I've had my eye on this one for a while. I wanted to use a slightly younger gal for the image and wound up finding these three mischievous pals. I can think of several of my own darling gal pals that would have a giggle with me over this creation, so I may have to make some spares!! 

The image is called Friends Don't Let Friends Wine Alone 2 and the sentiment is from a fun Christmas stamp called Stella - Santa Died. I think the combination is pretty fun. I coloured the image with my Promarkers and then added lashings of Glossy Accents to the shiny articles, like the wine glasses, bottle and their specs. Now I know I'm becoming predictable using this same layout again, but I really love it for these CAS designs, it just adds something a little different and fun with the angle. So here it is again, but this time, with a backing paper matting the image. I still popped up the image on foam for dimension.

I added some fun MME enamel arrows to the top of the card, just for a little 'something' up there to finish it off. I really wanted some chevron arrows, but didn't have any the right colour. I think these were a fun alternative though. The paper is from a Recollections 12x12 paper pad called Navidad Falala. It has some really fun designs and I thought this Christmas Words paper gave the design a lift and hint of fun.

I had so much trouble getting a good pic of this creation, the image printed much smaller than I intended and so it's not photographed well at a larger size. I chased the light around the garden trying to get a good shot, but not a single shot does justice to the card. In reality, the card base is a lovely 'dark' red with a shimmer and the backing paper is a fun mix of lovely bright colours, but not quite as bright as in the pic above! 

Right, I think that's enough pics in different lights, all that remains is to send you over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog to check out what all my amazing teamies got up to for this challenge. Bugaboo have some super cute and fun Christmas images, and the team have picked some goodies! So be sure to stop by and check them out. I hope you'll come join us with your own festive creation, did you know there are only 30 weeks until Christmas? I know right?! Crazy!!! How far through your Christmas Card pile are you? Me, not so far, so I hope to get a few more made before December! Come and join us the last week of each month for our regular Christmas challenges. I'll be back before long with another crafty adventure, so check back soon. Have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Crafty Catz: #372 ~ Anything Goes
Catch The Bug Challenge: Colour Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge: #21 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #161 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #342 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge: #125 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenges: #276 ~ Your Favourite Things = I've gone a little loopy over this card design lately, I've used it multiple times recently, so this is currently one of my 'favourite things'. Also really loving enamel dots and shapes, so fun!

Catch The Bug Colour Challenge Image:

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!

Second Update: I just saw I was placed Top 3 at As You Like It! This is one of my favourite challenges to enter, so I'm so chuffed to see this today! Woohoo, thank you ladies, very honoured.

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!

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