Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ All Dressed Up for Christmas

A warm hello on this Winter night to you all my lovely blog buddies. Or are you in the Northern Hemisphere and basking in the warm sunshine?! Maybe I should be saying good morning! It's dark-out here and I'm procrastinating about making dinner, and quickly finishing up my blog post for our latest challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. Our theme this week is 'Crackers for Christmas', which doesn't mean you have to create Christmas Crackers, though you are welcome to if you'd like. For us, it's just all about getting ahead with our Christmas stash, so it's 'Anything Goes as long as it's for Christmas!' I hope you'll be inspired to join us for some Christmas crafting this week.

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful All Dressed Up Stamps and the DT were spoilt with some really gorgeous images to work with. I chose this gorgeous Deer in a Snowglobe called Christmas Snowglobe for my creation. 

I just love this sweet serene scene. I had the crazy fancy, that I'd try to do some Northern Lights, only I didn't realise the red and orange were less common so when I showed hubby that was his first comment! Oh dear, better luck next time. Far more common to have greens and purples apparently, though you can have red! I added glitter to the trees and snowflakes, which may or may not be a great idea for a shaker! So we'll see how long that lasts!! I did use loose glitter initially but then added some stickles on the trees as I figured that might have a better chance of staying put. 

I added some assorted sequins and some tiny blue seed beeds and layered up the shaker window. I bought some different widths of double sided craft mount, which I just love for shaker cards, as you can die cut the shapes you want and there's no risk of the contents leaking out a not so well secured frame. I used Affixit Double Sided Foam Sheets, the 3mm is fine for a shallow shaker card, or you can layer it up for a deeper aperture. It's really high tack, so the finish is really secure. I didn't have any trouble diecutting through the 3mm thickness either, so saved time. 

I finished my card with some patterned paper from the Frozen Forest paper pad from Craftwork Cards, a string of sequins around the shaker window and a simple Baker's Twine bow in dark blue wrapped around the base of the snowglobe. The image comes with a pretty snowglobe base, but I cropped it, so that I could create a wider boarder before adding the snowglobe base. I didn't use a sentiment in the end, I thought there was enough going on and it's pretty clear what this would be used for.

All that remains is for me to encourage you to head over to the challenge blog and check out what my fabulously talented teamies have been up to. There really is a fantastic lineup of talent there and everyone has made such different and unique creations, so I know you'll leave inspired! I hope you'll come and join us for some mid-year Christmas crafting fun. Thanks for popping in to see me, it always makes my day. Hugs to you all and happy Christmas crafting! Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #129 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: June ~ Any Image Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #344 ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #60 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: June ~ Getting Ready For Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #77 ~ Non-Traditional Colours

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ For A Child's Birthday

Hey there lovelies, how has your week been? This year keeps whizzing by, so fast I'm dizzy! But it's time to take a pause and tell you about our latest challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. We have such a lovely theme this week. It's 'For a Child's Birthday', so I'm sharing the card I made for my darling little man's birthday back in May this year. 

Zac is growing so fast and is so full of cheek and mischief now, but he's still such a soft hearted lil' dude, that when I saw this sentiment on the lovely MME paper pad, I just knew I had to figure out how to work it into my small dude's birthday card. The paper is My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found 2 Collection/Breeze. The page is called Boyish Handsome.

I can't quite believe he's 7 now. My kiddos childhoods are going so fast and I longed for my babes for too many years to say. I still can't quite believe I have two gorgeous kiddos! Beyond blessed and they're both such awesome kids, it's a blast watching them grow and develop. Seriously so blessed for a girl who (not so long ago) thought she might never have her own babes. I love my 'mummy journey' and I don't take it for granted for a single minute! But let me get onto sharing detes of his card...

Zac is a little gamer, he's loved it ever since he was super tiny, we have some uber cute images of him gaming with his papa when he was really small. So when I saw this adorable 'The Greeting Farm' stamp I just HAD to have it for my lil' guy. It makes the perfect card for him.

I coloured it with my Promarkers and added a little shadow to the actual paper on the card before mounting him, to ground him a bit. He's popped up on foam pads for a bit of dimension. It's an older stamp and no longer in stock, so I can't link it sorry.


I recently bought a Hampton Art Stamp Perfect tool and yes, I wanted a MISTI, but it's prohibitively expensive here in New Zealand, so I chose this option and I have to say I am not in anyway disappointed! It does exactly what it says on the box! All those pesky stamps I had trouble getting a good image from first time, are now stamping beautifully with two or three passes on my HSP. It isn't too big, which suits me, as I always craft with an explosion of stash around me, so I have a tiny working surface. I do clear my desk, but I seem to do my best work when I've lots of 'stuff' around me to look at and spark my inspiration. Apparently I'm in good company too, Einstein was famously messy! LOL. (Abi our resident 'Creative Genius', would like that bit of info' too!)

I made a shaker card as I think it's fun to have a 'tactile' element to kids cards. I love a shaker card, but I often shy away from doing them as it can be fiddly cutting all the matching layers, but this came as a 'ready to put together' kit with the foam precut along with the paper elements. So all I had to do was add the patterned paper. So I flipped it over and using my craft knife cut lines into the hole of the star shape so that I could fold the paper back over each point of the star. I thought this would give a really tidy finish to the card and it really does!

I marked where the star was on the paper by drawing a pencil line around the star before adding my stamping, so I could get it exactly right on the paper beneath. The '7' comes from a stamp set the kids and my hubby gave me for my birthday from a local craft store and the 'Happy Birthday' is from a Penny Black clear set called 'Sprinkles & Smiles'. I really love this set!

Zac is super into Pokemon right now, so I threw him a Pokemon party this year, it was huge fun! He just loves going on Pokemon hunts with mummy. It helps my step counter too, so I don't complain! I was so elated when my daughter Georgie was born, because she was my first breathtakingly spectacular miracle and I just never thought I'd love again quite like I love that lil' girl, until my wee boy was born. Isn't it amazing how the love just multiplies?! This lil' dude is such a blessing to us, an adoring sibling to his big sis (he worships the ground she walks on, it's seriously too cute!) and the snuggliest, funniest, cheekiest, sweetest lil' dude I could ever have hoped for. So I loved that this card captured a little of the sentiment we all feel as a family towards our littlest miracle. I made myself cry writing this, so I'll dry my eyes, stop the sop and wrap up this post. Hehe, sometimes you just have to be still and acknowledge life is pretty amazing though right?

Do stop into the challenge blog and check out what my amazing teamies have been up to for this challenge. They really are a madly talented bunch, so you're sure to leave inspired! I'll be back very soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, have a fabulous weekend and take some time for 'you'. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #375 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #420 ~ Birthday Boy
City Crafter Challenge: #366 ~ Frame It
613 Avenue Create: #198 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #23 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #10 ~ For A Male or Dad
Passion For Promarkers: #399 ~ Add A Sentiment
Crafty Cardmarkers: #190 ~ For A Special Man/Boy/Father's Day
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #182 ~ Bingo (Patterned Paper, Stamped Image, Fav' Colour)
Stamping Sensations: June ~ Use Your Favourite Stamp (Ooh I've got lots of fav's! But this stamp stole my heart when I bought it which you'll see why I'm sure from my post.)

P.S. If you made it all the way to the end of my mammoth post, I found a few pics to share of my tiniest gamer... the wee man that inspired this creation, my lil' lad Zac hanging out with his papa.

Update: I made the Top 5 at Aud Sentiments. I'm so thrilled as I think this wee card has one of the nicest sentiments ever, so a real thrill to win! Thank you so much ladies. I'm doing a little happy dance!!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Southern Girls ~ Sticky Business

Hello lovelies, I'm back again already, and I'll be back on Saturday too! It's the London bus syndrome again! LOL. Today though, I'm sharing my DT creation for Southern Girls with you. We have a super fun challenge this week, we'd like you to use all your 'Sticky Stuff', so pull out your washi tape, your thickers, enamel dots, flat back pearls and gems and show us what you've got! We have two lovely sponsors this challenge, the fabulous Ppinky Dolls and Krafter's Cart a New Zealand based craft store. I've worked with a lovely set of Krafter's Cart dies called 'For You With Love' for my DT creation.

I created the swirly marbled background with nailpolish, yes nailpolish! I dropped a couple of shades into water and then marbled the watercolour paper with it. Gosh it was fun! Stinky, but fun!!

I embossed the lovely Penny Black sentiment onto the 'hill' with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder. Then I randomly stuck some lovely holographic gems around it for a bit of sparkle and interest. The 'hill' was cut with a Paper Smooches 'Stitched Border' die. 

The silvery moon and strip down the side of the image panel were cut from American Crafts POW! Glitter Paper. I love this stuff. It's super sparkly and lovely but it doesn't shed! Really easy to diecut too. I added a strip of black and white chevron washi tape alongside the glitter strip to my 6x6 card base et voilà, fini! It took me ages to put this card together, I was stuck in 'concept and planning' mode for the longest time. But once I actually figured out what I wanted to do it flowed really easily. Do you have creations like this?

Pop on into the Southern Girls Challenge blog to see what my fabulously talented teamies have been up to. We would of course love to see what you would create for this challenge too. So do come and join us with your 'Sticky Stuff' creations. I'll be back again this weekend, so enjoy the rest of the week and do pop back Saturday to see what other crafty mischief I've been up to! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #374 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #419 ~ Use 2+ Dies
The Ribbon Girl: June ~ Card Challenge
Crafting By Designs: Things With Wings
Dream Valley: #158 ~ Square Cards Only
Lemon Shortbread: #43 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #23 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #47 ~ Embossing - Wet or Dry
Deep Ocean Challenge: #157 ~ Diecuts, Chipboard and/or Punches
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely - I've used Glitter cardstock on this card which creates a very tactile rough texture to those areas of the card.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Vintage

Hey there lovelies, how has your week been? It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and this week we have the lovely Neva as our hostess and she's chosen the theme 'Vintage' for this challenge. I'm not fabulous at 'vintage' creations, but I do love them and deeply admire those that can pull off that vintage feel. I had a little extra inspiration for this challenge though, as one of my bestie's little girl turned 7 recently and they had an Alice In Wonderland party for her. So I went all out on a vintage Alice In Wonderland creation. Man I loved making this and I was SO happy with how it all came together. I had lots of left over stash that didn't make it onto the card, so I'll have to revisit this theme again down the line. 

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is The Paper Shelter and I of course used their utterly enchanting 'Alice' for this creation. The stamp is called 'Drink Me'. I just love the wee table with the bottle on it, so I coloured Alice with my Promarkers, fussy cut her and the table and added them to my creation. I had all sorts of things running through my head when I was creating this, like trying to hint to Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole, which I did by creating a tumble of the letters in the birthday girls name and some umbrellas and hearts. When I asked hubby if he 'got it', he said he totally did, and he's a pretty good gauge for me usually of whether an idea is working. 

I couldn't quite get any of my ideas which included the White Rabbit to work on this creation, so I decided to go for the clock as my base, which of course references the timepiece the White Rabbit carries. I printed a clock face, vintaged it with some distress inks, added Glossy Accents to the hands of the clock and then started layering up my design. The clock base comes from an original idea I'd seen done by the lovely Annette of Netty's Cards. You can see her awesome clock creations here. The fab thing with her creations is that they actually are working clocks, mine is a hat tip to that. The base design of the clock was created using Annette's wonderful template. Thank you Annette! Mwah xoxo 

I tucked in some vintage Alice In Wonderland printables around the clock face, distressing them with inks first and mounting them onto postage stamp edged mounts. All that was left, was to decorate the back of the clock. I decided to give the clock some stability when it was standing, not have it fully openable, so it didn't 'flop open and refuse to stand'. I therefore, added the greeting on the back of the clock,

I had created an 'Ace of Hearts Card' costume for Zac to wear to the party and this little red heart was left over from that, so I added it to the back along with a multicoloured sentiment. This was done with a Kaleidacolor stamp pad in Creole Spice and the sentiment is from Penny Black, from her lovely set called Sprinkles & Smiles.

I really did have fun creating this special keepsake and surprised myself at how 'Vintage' a make it was! So I hope you'll come and join in our fun Vintage challenge and show us your own vintage creations. I can't wait to see what you do! Do pop into the blog and check out what my awesomely talented teamies got up to for this challenge, they really are a creative powerhouse of inspiration! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #374 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #419 ~ Use 2+ Dies
The Ribbon Girl: June ~ Card Challenge
Lemon Shortbread: #43 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #23 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #399 ~ Add A Sentiment
Deep Ocean Challenge: #157 ~ Diecuts, Chipboard and/or Punches
The Paper Shelter: #298 ~ Tie A Bow ~ Alice has a bow in her hair! I hope this counts, because I really wanted to share my TPS make with you.
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely - I've added Glossy Accents for a smooth feel on the clock hands and the bumpy postage stamp edge of the cards is another fun texture. Finally the umbrellas, I 'popped up' so that they stick out from the base a bit. I used Olbas Glue to create this dimensional texture.
As You Like It: Favourite Reason To Make Cards. Second Entry - I LOVE making birthday cards, it's that one special day of the year, that's all about that one person, and I like to make my family and friends feel extra special on those days. So birthdays are my favourite. This birthday card was especially fun to create!

For those of you who made it all the way to the end of my post, here's a couple of pics of my wee boy Zac all dressed up as a playing card for his lil' gal pals Alice in Wonderland party. It was such a fun party!

Update: I made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers with my Alice In Wonderland Clock Card! Woohoo, thank you so much ladies, I'm really thrilled!!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ For Dad's (or Special Men)

Wow, it's Saturday again already and we have an awesome challenge for you this week at Sweet Stampin'. We'd like to see all your makes for a 'Special Man', it could be a Father's Day card, birthday card for a special man in your life, you're free to interpret the theme as you wish. I'm sharing a card with you I made for a dear friends 40th birthday. Using a fabulous Mo Manning image called 'Dare'.

I kept this creation pretty simple, just layered up some paper, distressed the edges, added some ink to the edges of the sentiment and image and a cool Sizzix Weathered Clock die. Our pal was pretty chuffed with his 40th birthday card and who wouldn't be with that dapper dude on the front, so it was a win. I loved colouring this cool dude with my Promarkers, lots of shades of grey! It's almost monochrome!!

The sentiment came with Mo's wonderful image and our pals (who we met in London and now live in Edinburgh) love to travel, so I thought this was quite a fitting image and sentiment combo.

I hope you'll come and join us with your own make for that 'Special Man' whether it's a daddy, or another male figure you want to celebrate. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do. Just remember there must be some stamping either digital or rubber on your creation to qualify for the Top 3 honours.

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, head over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge blog and check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. There's plenty of inspiration there for you to drink in. Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #353 ~ Birthday
Crafty Gals: #125 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: June ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #22 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: June ~ Boys Will Be Boys
Mo's Facebook 'Dream Team' Challenge: #276 ~ Anything 'Mo' Goes!
Simon Says Monday Challenge: We're going around in circles (Clock die)
As You Like It: Favourite Reason To Make Cards. I LOVE making birthday cards, it's that one special day of the year, that's all about that one person, and I like to make my family and friends feel extra special on those days. So birthdays are my favourite. But I do love making Christmas cards too, so that's a close second! :)
Creative Inspirations: #276 ~ Your Favourite Things. I love it when I can pull off a 'masculine' creation, I don't find them easy, but I love to try. Even more than that, I love using Mo Manning images and I have far more in my stash than I've ever coloured up, as her designs are so detailed, I'm a little afraid of them! But I love, love, LOVE colouring one up well and using them on a card. I really need to do it more!

Update: I made the Top 3 at Colour Crazy Challenge! Thank you so much ladies, I was so delighted to see that, it's made my day!

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