Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Swirls

Wow, this week has flown by so fast. It's time already for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and we're keen to see your creations made with 'Swirls'. Any swirl will do, pearl, stamped, design on the paper, diecut, let your creativity flow, just as long as somewhere on your creation there is stamping.

I've made a 40th birthday card for one of my sister's best friends using a beautiful pearl swirl. I do love using pearl swirls, but don't find I do very often, so it was lovely to have a play with them for this creation. I paired this pretty pearl swirl with the most divine paper to create this card. I had to pull on my big girl pants as it involved cutting into a 12x12 sheet of Maja Design paper. This is from my 'stroke only' stash, so it was a very big deal! LOL. But it was utterly perfect for this creation. The main page which I cut using a Go Kreate XXL die is from the Vintage Autumn Basics called XXII.

The brief I was given by my sis, was to create a card for her bestie who is a musician. She plays both the violin and piano, so she wanted these brought into the design somehow. I showed her a Jade Dragonne image which she instantly loved and the rest of the design was born from there. This image was inspired by the Celtic musician Máiréad Nesbitt. It was a perfect choice as my sister's friend has beautiful long blonde hair and this depicts her very well.

The second part of the brief was to include blue, which is a colour her bestie loves. So blue dress it was, oh and yes, that divine blue roses Maja Design paper. I found another Maja Design paper that worked with the musical aspect of this creation though and worked well with the blue roses. It's from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and is called 1899. It was mostly covered on the front of the card, so it's hard to see the pretty elements on it, which include a violin and treble clef. So I used it again on the inside of the card, where these elements are more visible. 

I handstitched the musical paper on the front of the card, as I wanted to double the thread. It took me so long, I didn't want to do that for the inside, so just did a single thread in the sewing machine. I think it looks okay, but the double thread on the front does show better. I figured buying a whiter and thicker thread for future makes, might be a worthwhile investment! The lovely sentiment on the inside of the card is from Unity Stamps from their July 2017 Sentiment Kit

Some of the additional details for those interested, I used a Die-Versions Grand Piano die which I added the glitter cardstock '40' to. The Treble Clef is a Memory Box die. The blooms are mostly The Ribbon Girl, Lilies, Small Roses and Kort och Godt Rolled Roses. The Skeleton Leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pretty Hessian Ribbon with the lace stitched to it, came from my local $2 shop. I added the strip of paper from the bottom of the Maja Design 12x12 paper over this. I added a doily which I tea distressed and some cheesecloth fabric behind the image which was diecut with a Kaisercraft Stitched Scalloped Oval die. All the paper layers were distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. You can pop up the pics for a closer look at some of the details.

I hope you'll come and join us for this fun curly, swirly, wurly challenge. The DT have created some gorgeous cards and all so different, so do pop over and take a look and we'd love to see what you'd do. We've had such a nice week here in Auckland, Spring is definitely just around the corner, the sun has been shining, the Magnolia's are blooming, ah, lovely, I do love Springtime. I wonder what it's like in your lil' corner of the world? Whatever the weather, get your craft on! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Have an awesome weekend, Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Card Mania: #95 ~ Party
Fairytale Challenge: #174 ~ Numbers
Alphabet Challenge: L for Lovely Lace
Crafty Creations: #348 ~ Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #95 ~ Birthday
Colour Crazy Challenge: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #137 ~ Punches and/or Dies
613 Avenue Create: #200 ~ Anything Goes + Shabby Chic Option
Moving Along With The Times: Things Beginning With The Letter 'B' ~ Blue, Blooms & Birthday
Deep Ocean Challenge: #162 ~ Fav' Colour Combo. I'm loving Kraft/Hessian & Cream at the moment. With the blue accents in this make, I think it's a lovely combo.

Update: A lovely surprise to find I made the Top 3 at Alphabet Challenge. Thank you so much, I'm really thrilled!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Welcome Luca

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I made a lil' promise in my last post, that I would share the 'pair' to the orange card that I began creating for my mother-in-law's card set, only to change my mind, part way through the creation and turn it into a card for my own mummy. 

This is the card from my mother-in-law's card set

This is it's 'pair' which would have worked well in that set.

Halfway through the project for my mother in law, I started making baby cards for my little nephew's arrival. This card just jumped out at me to be included in that celebration. So I sent the altered card to my mummy to celebrate this wonderful new arrival in our family. But I needed to make a wee change, spot the difference...

The stamping was originally perfect, but I used a water soluble ink and a breeze lifted it as I was taking photos and it dropped in the damp grass below, which made the ink run! I was crest fallen, but gladly my mummy is a forgiving soul and would be very unlikely to mention this even if she noticed! I love the tumbling hearts on these cards and the way the wee Doohickey ellie just finished this card perfectly to suit being a celebration of my mummy's time with her precious new Grandchild. The ellie is from Doohickey Magazine Volume 13 ~ Sweet Pea, which features sweet baby themed dies.

I made a similar card for my baby sister, which I will share in a seperate post, so watch for that. Becky is the youngest of us, we are seven siblings, so she's our baby! She had a beautiful daughter first and now has her gorgeous boy Luca, a pigeon pair like mine. I sent a couple of cards to her to celebrate this event and I made the above card for our mummy at the same time. Mummy is currently living with my baby sister, in the US, and helping her with her two babes. I remember how special it was for me, when my mum came over to the UK for the first few weeks of my babies lives. It was such a special time. She is a truly amazing mum and a wonderful Gran-mummy. So I wanted to celebrate this special event for 'her' and in the process, celebrate all she is to us and means to us. We are blessed to have our mummy alive and well and I treasure her input in our lives. I'm blessed to call this extraordinary woman - Mum. She has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know and has shaped the way I see this world. Well that's enough baring of my soul for one day. Wishing you all beautiful days. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
City Crafter's Challenge: #375 ~ No Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Add A Sentiment
Crafty Creations Challenges: #348 ~ Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #169 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Anything Goes!

It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky today, the UK crew are still on their Summer hols', so this will be a 'no comments' challenge. But there is of course a lovely prize up for grabs, so do come and join in the fun with us for our 'Anything Goes' Summer challenge. I've been busy making a gift set of cards for this challenge so it will be a very photo heavy post, sorry!

I kept the theme very simple, a diecut border, uplifting lovely sentiment and then very simple embellishments to complete the cards, often just a wrap of twine. I got to use some stash that I very rarely use, like the little pearl buckles. I think they gave the Sympathy cards a simple elegance.

I made this selection of cards for my mother-in-law. Each a little different and many with religious sentiments as she loves to give cards that uplift and encourage. Christmas cards she loves to give with a passage of scripture and always reflecting the 'true meaning' of Christmas. So this card set was crafted with that in mind. 

They were made to suit multiple purposes, some could be Sympathy cards, others thank you to a friend, I even managed one that that could be used to welcome home a traveller. 

The base of each card, with the exception of the two pink cards, I used cardstock that had a lovely shimmery sheen to it. The pink ones were plain cardstock, so I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and they came up beautifully. Just a soft shimmer showing through where the butterflies are. This doesn't show at all in the photos, but in reality there's a really pretty shimmer where the diecuts are. 

I made quite a large box set of cards and it's a shame I didn't photograph them with their envelopes, as that really set them off so nicely. The London scene diecut had a lovely bright yellow envelope, which looks fabulous against the shimmery black cardstock. The two Christmas cards had red envelopes, which picks up the red accents in the cards. 

These two Oyster coloured cards had lovely buttery cream envelopes which picked up the honey toned sentiment and they looked very elegant with their envelopes. (Seriously kicking myself that I didn't photograph all the cards with their envelopes!) They really can finish a card so beautifully.

I've loved this starry border die for so long and rarely use it, so it was lovely to pull it out and give it an airing. The die is a Doohickey border die called Starlight Lace. I was delighted with the sentiment match I found for these two starry border cards. They are both from an older Amy R for CC Designs Sentiment set. 

The border die for these two cards is also an older Doohickey border die called Romantic Lace. The sentiments for these two cards are both from Unity Stamps and inked with the last two colours of my Kaleidacolor Creole Spice ink pad by Tsukineko.

For the following cards I used a lovely Joanna Sheen border die called Lace Edger #2. I've bought several border dies (as you can see from this post!) and I have to say, there are few that rival the excellent price point of Joanna Sheen's dies. They are really good quality, cut beautifully and there's a lovely range, which includes the London Skyscape I used in the travelers card earlier in this post. The bonus for me, is that she will post for free internationally with spends over £9. That's hard to beat!

This final pair is my favourite from the whole set. I love green, so this pretty pale shimmery green cardstock is just beautiful to me. I think it looks so elegant with this intricate and fun Memory Box Cosmo border die. I'll have to hunt down the sets these two sentiments are from as I can't recall off the top of my head. So I'll update later. 

You may have noticed I crafted 'pairs' of similar colours and diecuts, for this card set in the hopes that it looked a little less eclectic. I wanted lots of variety, and to cover lots of different purposes, but still wanted a sense that it was a 'set'. I had a 'pair' for this orange card, but ended up not including it in the set as I decided I wanted to go in a slightly different direction with the second orange card. I'll put up a post with that one later, so you can see what I did with it. Still using this same, CAS design template, diecut border, lovely sentiment and minimal embellies. But with a little twist - to be revealed later. (I used the Creole Spice Kaleidacolor ink again for this card.)

Wow, congratulations if you made it all the way to the end of this mammoth post! There are 16 cards in this set, so that was quite a lot to get through! I hope you enjoyed having a look at the set and I encourage you to check out this fabulous tutorial by Jennifer McGuire if you like the idea of using border dies to create a card set. It was her post that inspired me to create this set and I hope you enjoyed my take on it. 

Do stop by the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge to check out what my amazing teamies have been up to for this challenge. You're sure to be super inspired after a visit to their lovely blogs. Come and join us for our easy peasy 'Anything Goes' challenge. I'll be back again before long with the 'orange card' that didn't make it into this set. See you all again soon and have a fabulous week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries
Not Just Cards: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #348 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #124 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #305 ~ Punches and Dies
Colour Crazy Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August ~ Anything Goes Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #169 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon. My whole set of cards has either ribbon or twine on the cards :)
City Crafter Challenge: #375 ~ No Flowers (with the exception of my pink cards, all the other cards in this set, have no flowers on them!)
As You Like It: Favourite Embellishments ~ I don't always use them, but flowers are definitely amongst my favourite embellishments, from the flat papercut flowers, to the 3D mulberry paper flowers and everything in between. I love to use flowers on my creations such as the gem flowers I've used on the pink cards in this set. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Flowers

Hello again, I know, I know, I only just blogged a card but Murphy's Law, my DT posts always come in threes! Hehe, so I'm here today with a DT post for Sweet Stampin'. This week, we would love to see all your papercrafty makes with flowers. Remember there must be some stamping to be eligible for the Top 3 spots. 

I chose to work with a sweet Elisabeth Bell image that I have as a rubber stamp. A while back, my lovely crafty pal Pops, was having a clear out and I bought a whole bunch of her sweet Elisabeth Bell images. I just love some of these older ones, the Sugar Nellie, SCACD, Whiff of Joy and Elphine House images really were some of her sweetest. This lil' cutie is originally from an Elisabeth Bell Sampler for SCACD and she's called Susan. I coloured this image with my Promarkers and stamped the second part of the sentiment directly on the image panel. The first half of the sentiment, I added to a fishtail diecut tag and popped it up on foam.

The flowers are a mix of Tulips, Daffodil, Gardenia, Yellow Open Roses, Small Red Open Roses all from Wild Orchid Crafts and a daisy from my stash that I think I picked up at a craft fair. I just love the bright joyful colours of this flower mix. 

I'll have to hunt down the details for the paper I used, I can't recall which set it's from, but I'll find it and add the details later. I hope you'll come and join us for some 'Floral' fun this challenge at Sweet Stampin' I look forward to seeing what you do. My awesomely talented teamies have some fabulous inspiration for you on the blog, so go take a peak.

I'll be back before long with another DT creation. I've got so many unblogged cards piling up too, that I really need to find some time to blog some that aren't DT creations! Sigh, I wonder how many of you do that too? Hope you've all had an awesome week and I wish you a relaxing, recharging weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #48 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #124 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #305 ~ Punches and Dies
Colour Crazy Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: August ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August ~ Anything Goes Challenge
As You Like It: Favourite Embellishments ~ I don't always use them, but flowers are definitely amongst my favourite embellishments, from the flat papercut flowers, to the 3D mulberry paper flowers and everything in between. I love to use flowers on my creations.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Add Some Stamping

Hey there my lovely blogland pals. It's time again for a new challenge at Southern Girls and this week, we are having an 'Add Some Stamping' challenge. So I pulled out my lovely Altenew stamps which you can find at Krafter's Cart, one of our fabulous regular sponsors at Southern Girls. 

It is my first time playing with these lovely stamps and I didn't have the right inks! So I've used a mix of Distress inks and Distress Oxide inks. I think this came out okay for a first try. I created this card for my lil' boy Zac to give to his lovely teacher who has been off on sick leave recently. He wrote a lovely message himself to go inside the card. He's struggling a bit with writing, he's left handed, so it seems to be a bit of a struggle to form letters well, but he's working on it and doing so much better. His teacher was delighted with his effort, so that was sweet. 

The sentiment comes as part of this lovely stamp set, which is called Painted Rose. I decided to use London Fog Memento Ink to stamp the sentiment rather than black, as I'd opted to use Iced Spruce Distress Ink for one of the layers of the leaves and I thought it would look nice to have a more grey tone sentiment. I added Wink of Stella over the 'You' in the sentiment, just to add a little sparkle and interest. The wings of the dragonfly were also coated with Wink of Stella. It doesn't photograph well, but is so pretty in reality. The dragonfly body I coated with Glossy Accents, for a bit of dimension and then coated with Wink of Stella once it was dry. 

I didn't have the 'right' sort of sequins to add around the sentiment, I'd love to have added some Pretty Pink Posh clear iridescent sequins, but alas, I'm still trying to source something similar. If any of the NZ crew know where I can get pretty sequins in NZ, let me know! So it's a little more CAS than I intended, but I think the glitter strip on the side adds just enough bling anyway. The base card is actually a really pretty shimmer cardstock too, so in reality, more shine and bling than is apparent in the pics.

I hope you'll come and join us for our 'Use Some Stamping' challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create. Pop on over to the challenge to see what my talented teamies have been up to. They are an incredibly talented team and I love how diverse our creations are each challenge. You're sure to leave inspired. Have an awesome week. I've my two kiddos home today poorly, so our mild Winter has finally taken some hostages. Already on the mend though, resilient kiddies that they are. So fingers crossed back to normal soon. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #200 ~ Anything Goes
The Little Red Wagon: #406 ~ Bugs & Slugs
Creative Inspirations: #279 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #18 ~ Let It Sparkle!
Crafting By Designs: August ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: August ~ Anything Goes
Come And Get It: Time To Die (Diecuts Challenge)
The Paper Shelter Challenge: #304 ~ Blooming Days
Moving Along With The Times: #51 ~ Things That Fly
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