Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Sympathy/Thinking of You

Another big block of time seems to have whizzed by since I last posted. My kiddos had a great break from school, though weather was pretty rubbish, so we just did lots of 'staycation' stuff around Auckland. They went back to school for Term 3 on Monday and we had a visit to one of the local high-schools we are considering sending Georgie to on Wednesday. It's all on now, my first babe will be a teenager in only a few months!!! They just grow SO fast!! I so wish I could slow time, just a teeny bit.

It's new challenge time at Sweet Stampin' and it's a rather sad post today, as I genuinely needed to create a card for our current theme. My lovely cousin's husband just lost his mummy, so I created a card to post to them, to send our love and support. It was a very sad time and the anniversary of my own daddy's passing was in Mid July, so I was feeling the grief quite keenly. It takes my breath away to think my daddy's been gone 17 years. He was just so young.

I had planned to watercolour the background for this card, but I happened to have a magazine paper set sitting on my desk from a recent Making Cards issue, so I decided to use this paper to create the card. Inspired by the fact that my lovely cousin loves all things lilac. So it just felt really appropriate to use this pretty paper. I used it on the inside of the card too, but turned it, so that it wasn't immediately apparent that the pattern was identical. Cool trick of the eye and actually really works! Faux watercolouring, boom!

I used two beautiful Unity Stamps sets to create this Sympathy card, called Butterflies & Sunbeams and Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories. I love the imagery of butterflies when creating a Sympathy Card, but I wanted the image to be subtle and for the words to have the foreground. So I used a very pretty sparkly embossing powder just over Versamark Ink, so it was a watermark effect stamp with sparkle. The sentiment I heat embossed in white. Lighting below was a little cold, the above pic is a truer colour representation.

The detail in the stamp is hard to see in the photos, so here is a shot that shows the detail of the image better. The first photo in this post shows the lovely sparkle when it catches the light but the following photo shows the detail of this pretty stamp. You can always click on the image to pop up my photos for a closer look.

I hope you'll come and have a play along with our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. If you don't have a sad occasion to craft for (and I hope you don't!) then you can choose to create a 'Thinking of You' card. I look forward to seeing what you're inspired to do. Sending love and hugs to those of you who have had recent loss, thinking especially of my lovely Kiwi crafty friend Maxine. There is never enough time people, so treasure every day. I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs to you all and love and healing sent your way if you're nursing a broken heart, Wends xoxo

(Sad that the pics don't do this card justice, but if you pop them up full size, you can see a little more of the detail and the pretty stamp details.)

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #381 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #133 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #488 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #30 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #62 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: #313 ~ Butterflies, Bees & Bugs
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #94 ~ Thinking of You or A Sympathy Card
Little Red Wagon: #404 ~ Sing, Sing A Song (Angel by Sarah McLachlan)
City Crafter Challenge: #372 ~ Something Beginning with 'S' = Sympathy & Sparkle

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Christmas in July

Hello my lovely crafty pals. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and since we're racing through this year so fast, we've decided to get ahead on some Christmas crafting. Have you been making Christmas cards throughout the year? Or do you leave yours until just before Christmas? I'm known to be still making them Christmas Eve! So I take every other opportunity I can to get ahead with my Christmas crafting. I've rather fallen in love with Unity Stamps this year. I discovered this stamp company late last year and let's just say, I now have a lot more red rubber than I ever previously did! I used a really fun and cute Christmas image called Cool Little Christmas from Unity Stamps for this creation and the sentiment that comes with that set.

I've seen crafty pals using this 'white border' technique for some time in their creations and always thought it looks utterly stunning, so with this simple image, I thought I'd give it a go. The watercolour paper I used was actually a really cheap one from my local $2 store, as I was just having a play and paper is so expensive in New Zealand, I didn't want to waste 'good paper' on an experiment. But I ended up being so pleased with it, I took it right through to completion. I don't know that I'd get the same patchy cool finish on better paper that I did with this, but I really liked the effect! My brother saw it and commissioned this card for a friend of his. 

I liked the way the colouring came together so much, I didn't want to do anything to detract from it. So the page with its notebook edge, was torn straight out of the watercolour paper pad and added to a 'Christmas Red' notecard, no embellies, totally CAS and I utterly love it! So did my brother which was fab, because he usually really loves the more embellished creations I make. It's so lovely, he often asks me to create cards for friends and he's very artistic, so I count it a real compliment.

I have a thing for the Scandinavian Christmas gnomes, known as Tomtenisse. They are Santa's helpers, but not in the way we know elves to be. They are based on deeper Scandinavian folklore, they are the keepers of the farms, of the animals and nature. I have such a love for them and started my collection when I visited my Swedish bestie, so took the opportunity to use them as my Christmas props. I've been hunting down Tomtenisse stamps ever since I discovered them, and may have a couple of makes to share closer to Christmas. So watch for those if you like them too!

I love that the Unity Stamps sets, often come with their own sentiments, and I happen to think this was a rather fun and 'hip' Christmas sentiment for this fun card. Stamped just in Memento Black Ink rather than white, as I wanted to keep the watercolour just around the image itself.

Come on over and join us for some Christmas crafting fun this week and if you enjoy crafting for Christmas all year, remember that Sweet Stampin' also has a Monthly Christmas Challenge, which runs all year long, so you're welcome to join in anytime! Pop into the main challenge blog for some awesome Christmas crafting inspiration this week, the DT have some awesome Christmas creations to share. I'll be back again before long with another crafty adventure, but not for a week or so, as my kiddos are on Winter Break right now, so we're having some holiday fun. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

P.S. If you like this 'white lines' technique, go check out the amazing Elise, whose creations I've been swooning over for years! You can find them here at Paper Love Affair. Thank you Elise, for your constant source of inspiration xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Aud Sentiments: #184 ~ Christmas In July
613 Avenue Create: #199 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #28 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #167 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #159 ~ Christmas In July
Shopping Our Stash: #311 ~ CAS for Simplicity Day
Creative Moments Challenge: #122 ~ Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: July ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #279 ~ Anything Goes (For The Summer)

Update: So excited to see I made the Top 3 at Deep Ocean Challenge! Thank you so much ladies. I'm so thrilled!! :) 

Second Update: I just saw that I made Top 3 at Colour Crazy Challenge too. Whoop Whoop. Doing a little happy dance, so glad you liked my Christmas card. Thank you so much!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Southern Girls ~ Bingo!

Hey there again. I'm back (not quite as early as I meant to be!) with a new challenge for the Southern Girls. We have a 'Bingo Board' challenge this fortnight and our lovely sponsor Lacy Sunshine has given us some fabulous images to work with. I've chosen to use a sweet image called Daisy Delite Sunshine Pinup Girl.

I would have had my creation up on time, except that my computer had a strop this morning (it was working perfectly fine last night, so go figure!) and I had to wait for hero hubby to step in and sort the trouble. Gladly it's all sorted and I'm here now with my creation. I was inspired by the sweet image I had to work with, to create a little handbag to go with it, so created a little tag with the image, to tie to the handbag. 

I coloured up the image with my Promarkers and used colours that were in the papers I created the bag with. So stayed with greys, pale green and jade green. I added some stickles glue for a bit of 'bling and glitter' to her petticoat frill. The closure on the bag, I decorated with a couple of diecuts and a femo button, which I fussy cut one of the circles from the paper and sewed over the button to coordinate with the main paper. I used a decorative Spellbinders die to create the pretty semicircle flap on the front of the bag and handcut the handle which was glued to the underside of the decorative flap. I used velcro to close the bag, but wish I'd used magnets, as it would open and close a little more easily. I would do that next time for sure. 

The bag is made from one 12x12 piece of paper/cardstock and is so quick and easy to make and I think, a really sweet pairing for the tag. Above, you can see the flap open and the velcro dot on the front. It's big enough for a little sweet treat or small bag of craft embellies. I've no use in mind for it yet, so it will get tucked away in my gift cupboard for the right moment. (I do like to be prepared!)

I hope you'll come and join us for this fun 'Bingo Board' challenge. Here is the board so you can get started straight away! I look forward to seeing what you'd create with this inspiration. My creation had Glitter, Dies and Ribbon (twine, but I think it counts) and if you consider my special fimo button and diecuts 'bling', then I also can count Dies, Image and Bling in my creation.

Come on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog to have a look at what my other fabulous teamies have been up to. They really are a madly talented bunch, so you're sure to find inspiration in your visit. I hope you'll join us in the fun too. I'm off to hang out with my small boy, as the kiddos are on Winter Break right now. It's freezing today, so we're hibernating and have a video day! It's nice just to mooch sometimes isn't it? Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Wends xoxo 

Challenge Entries: 
I Love Promarkers: #339 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #199 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #486 ~ Ribbons & Bows
Always Fun Challenges: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #27 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #167 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: July ~ Anything With Flowers
Shopping Our Stash: #311 ~ CAS for Simplicity Day
Creative Inspirations: #279 ~ Anything Goes (For The Summer)
Crafty Cardmakers: #192 ~ Tic, Tac, Toe (Faux Stitching, Digi Stamp, Button)

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Shaped Cards

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It's a flying visit from me tonight, as the kiddos are on Winter break and my days are full. But we have a new challenge starting over on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and our lovely hostess Ginny has chosen such a fun theme. This week, we'd like to see all your 'Shaped Card' creations! 

Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights and they provided the Design Team with some really fun images for this challenge. I used a cute little owl character called Owlbee Learning. I coloured the wee owl with my Promarkers and shaped him a bit so he 'pops' off the page, then fixed him to the page with my Olba glue which is great for adding dimension when needed and gives a nice strong hold. I was in a tearing hurry tonight, as we'd had a lovely visit from my hubby's cousin (who I get on incredibly well with and the kids adore) so I lost a few hours when I should have been finishing up my DT creation. Last minute lass strikes again! LOL. 

I had the inspired idea of adding this lil' cutie to an apple shaped card and hunted high and low for a template. The one I found was for a candy apple card, so it didn't have the little stalk or leaves on it. I used my Memory Box Palm Tree die to create the stalk and leaves, turning the trunk of the tree upside down to create the stalk, then used two of the fronds as the leaves. I think it works. What do you think?

The spotty paper is a lovely Christmas paper from Echo Park's 'Very Merry Christmas' collection. This page is called Holly Berry. I thought it would be fun to create the apple shaped card with this fun red paper. Little did I know, when I was making this creation, that our lovely blog hostess Ginny, had the exact same design idea! I had intended to add a sentiment, but ran out of time, so I may come back and add another pic once I've done this, but as it stands right now, our DT creations are an exact match. Too funny! How often does that happen??!! I had to laugh when I realised. Great minds... as they say.

I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us this week and share your own 'Shaped Cards' creations with us. I so look forward to seeing what you get up to. I wonder if anyone else will have an apple card to share?! I'm off to prep my next DT post, which will be following this one very closely, but until then, I wish you a wonderful evening and I'll be back in the morning with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Pile It On: #132 ~ Primary Colours
A Gem of A Challenge: #198 ~ Animals
Lemon Shortbread: #45 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #199 ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #339 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #27 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #167 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #345 ~ Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: #311 ~ CAS for Simplicity Day

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Stars & Stripes

Our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin' is live and we're wanting to see your creations that have 'Stars & Stripes' on them! Yes, you can interpret that in the traditional way, and make a patriotic creation or you can choose an 'outside the box' choice like I did. I created this card for our neighbour's youngest son for his birthday. He happens to share my birthday, so every year, I create a special card for him and run it across the driveway in the morning. Our two families have become very close as we live so near each other. We literally can wave at each other from our kitchen windows!

It's been such a busy couple of weeks, filled with highs and lows. Last week was all about getting my baby boy through some minor surgery and he was such a trouper! This week I played catch up for all I missed while nursing my lil' lad. Yesterday was an incredibly busy day, starting with an extra breakfast guest as a baby brother was being born! It was a heartwarmingly joyful day! I then spent the morning with my baby sis and followed this with lunch with two of our oldest friends who live in the Wellington area where we used to live before moving to London. Strange coming back from London to a completely different city, but it's where the rest of my family lives and after 13 years in London, we wanted our kiddos to know their extended family, so Auckland it was. It's been so wonderful being home and around them all. It's been a bonus to have such a lovely family to live next door to also and they hail from Scotland and England, so you can imagine our joy having lived in the UK for so many years, to have lovely British neighbours!

I used a really cool My Mind's Eye paper pad from their Lost and Found 2 collection called Breeze. The vintage train is part of the page design and inspired me to pull out some fabulous Lili of the Valley stamps with an equally vintage feel to create this card. I opted to stamp them on little tags and add them over a fabulous embossing folder design with lots of uplifting words. I used an opaque vellum for this and I love the effect the embossing has on it. I must remember to do this again! It needed a darker layer behind so the words could be easily read, as the paper was too pale, so I cut some kraft card and trimmed it with a scalloped border for a bit of extra detail. Then wrapped the panel in heavy twine, and added a large rusty star from Live & Love Crafts (I'm still crying in my coffee that Sandy closed the store!)

How fab are these Lili of the Valley vintage stamps?! I just love them for this type of Vintage-feel creation. They're from an older grunge set of stamps, which I can no longer find in the store (oh no!) so I hope you snapped some up before they were gone! Remember you need to do some stamping on your creations to enter our challenges. We all so love seeing what you come up with, so I hope you'll come enter this challenge and show us your 'Stars & Stripes' creations. I'm off to make dinner and spend some time with my babbies. Catch ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #357 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #484 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #158 ~ Lots of Layers
Crafty Catz Challenge: #377 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #344 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge: #129 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #278 ~ Dots and/or Stripes
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