Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Fall Colours

Hey there lovely crafty peeps, I'm flying in today with a DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky. We are having a 'Fall Colours' challenge. I LOVE Autumn. Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons, so this is pure joy for me, creating for this season. We are being sponsored by DigiStamps4Joy this week and were given some lovely images to create with. I love owls, so when I saw this sweet image, I wanted to colour it up as a lovely brown owl. I found a fab photo to work from as inspiration.

I used copics to colour this picture, all with the exception of one Promarker in Pumpkin colour, to bridge the gap between the orange shades of copics I had. They actually work together incredibly well. I coloured the sky background using a technique that I learnt from Mindy Baxter. I did a fun tutorial of hers recently where she taught colouring the sky using copics. It's not so obvious here, but there's a soft gradient that fades towards the top. 

This is my inspiration pic. I think he's beautiful!
(I wasn't brave enough to try and leave white feathers!)

I used some absolutely beautiful paper from Maja Design called 'Walk In The Forest'. I've had this for so long and have really wanted to craft with it, so it sprang to mind when I knew I had to do an Autumn creation and I love the way it works with this image. It's a shame to cover this beautiful paper, so I kept my embellishments to a minimum.

The sun was behind a cloud for this pic, so the colours are a bit washed out. But you can see the finished card design, which I added some feathers to and a couple of diecut acorns which I coloured with my copics. The acorns are from a lovely CC Designs set called Make A Card #9 ~ Autumn, which I bought recently in their amazing sale.

Here's a closer look at the feathers and acorns.

Come and have a go this week with your own 'Fall Colours' creations. We always love to see what you create. While you're there, check out my fabulous teamies awesomely inspirational creations. They've come up with some really wonderful designs this week. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have an awesome week. I'm off to Georgie's school performance. Two big nights for my girlie this week. She'll be knackered after. But it's Spring break next week, so whoop whoop, we all get to catch our breaths for a bit! Huge hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Come & Get It: Anything Goes Fun
Crafty Cardmakers: #196 ~ Autumn
613 Avenue Create: #201 ~ Distress It
Allsorts Challenge: #434 ~ Things With Wings
Always Fun Challenges: #25 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #164 ~ Goodbye Summer
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #281 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Pop It Up (image and sentiment popped up on foam pads)
As You Like It: Favourite Paper Pad ~ I love Maja Design, ALL the Maja Design Paper Pads, as it's Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere I'm doing 'Fall crafting' right now for DT commissions, so I've pulled out one of my oldest and best loved Maja Designs Paper Pads called Walk In The Forest. Love this Paper Pad so much!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Cute & Cuddly

Hey there lovely crafty pals. It's been a full and busy week for me, so I'm racing in late with my DT post for Sweet Stampin'. We have a great challenge for you this week. We want to see your 'cute & cuddly' creations. How sweet is that?!! I couldn't decide what to do at first, I had a baby card that I thought was pretty cute and cuddly, but at the last minute decided to go for this snuggly monster make. Doesn't this big guy remind you a little of Sully from Monster's Inc? I wanted to colour him up that way, but he wanted to be purple, so purple it is!

Inspired by Sully's blue, I used aqua as the accent colour. I think it works a treat. I used my Promarkers for this creation as I've not many 'colours' in my copics yet. (I'm having guilts over leaving my Promarkers, as I have always so loved them, but I'm having fun trying the hair and skin colours with my copics.) Her hair was done with copics. I love the darker shades in the copics, which I don't have in my Promarkers. Really dark hair was always a challenge previously and this card was made for one of my bestie's little girls, so the hair needed to be dark brown.

PicMonkey has just decided it wants to charge for all editing, so I only have a couple of pics today, as I need to find a new editing suite. Something I can easily add my watermark from and lighten the watermark too, as I was made a really gorgeous one by one of my lovely blog buddies Janine, but I need to be able to lighten it when using it over an image. So any advice about free editing suites that you rate, would be really welcome!

The sweet image is of course Stamping Bella from the Tiny Townie Collection and is called Dorothy The Dreamer. I have wanted this stamp for so long and I think it's going to get lots of use! I'm keen to try some different colour combo's. I paper-pieced the pillow on my card to be a lilac gingham and I love how that turned out. I used a die for the gingham mat that was from a Magnolia Doohickey Club set and the little heart trimmed tag was also. It's from the Baby set called Sweat Pea, Volume 13. The cool sentiment I used on the card comes from another Stamping Bella set called Rebecca Loves To Read from their Uptown Girls Collection. 

I hope you'll pop on over to Sweet Stampin' and join in the challenge with us. While you're there, check out the awesome inspiration from the rest of the DT too, they're a madly talented bunch and I always leave inspired after checking out my DT pals creations. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but right now, I need some chill time with my hubby. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #343 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #434 ~ Things With Wings
Colour Crazy Challenge: #38 ~ Anything Goes
The Crafter's Cafe: #181 ~ Stitching Real or Faux
Crafty Creations Challenge: #350 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: September ~ Any Image Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #172 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
Crafty Catz: #385 ~ Birthday Party Time! (Birthday card for a friends daughter)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Shimmer & Shine (Stickles on skirt for glittery shimmer and bling on sentiment and butterfly for shimmer and shine too)
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Pop It Up (Central circle popped up on foam for dimension and butterfly wings also popped up for effect of flight)

Update: What a lovely surprise! I won the fab 'Dr Digi' prize at I Love Promarkers and also was named in their Top 3. Woohoo, what a fabulous and lovely surprise to come home from our Spring break to. Thank you so much ladies! xoxo

Second Update: I was named in the Top 3 at Crafter's Cafe. Thank you so much ladies. I'm honoured and delighted!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ For A Friend

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I have to sneak this post up tonight without much fuss, as I don't want my lil' sis to see, because it's not quite yet her birthday! It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and our Northern Hemisphere DT have had a wonderful Summer break, but we're ready to get back into the swing of things now. So we're starting back with an easy and lovely challenge theme 'For A Friend'. 

I have six siblings and we're all very close, so it was a no brainer to combine this challenge theme with my darling baby sister's birthday card! This is a big birthday for my baby sis. She's just had her second child and is turning 30, so we're making a bit of a fuss of our 'Cali Girl'. She's been living in the US for the past few years with her hubby and they now have two kiddies. They have made a home just outside of San Diego in the State of California. So when I knew we were being sponsored by Crafts and Me, I immediately thought of Hannah Lynn's lovely image 'Cali Girl'. She looks a bit like my baby sis with that long flowing hair. So I did my best to colour her up to look like my baby sis and I'm really pleased with the result. This is my first attempt at a 'Copic Coloured' image.

Our Becky is a girlie girl and loves pink, so of course I opted for lots of pink and soft pretty embellishments. I've had the La La Land Lanterns die for a while and was yet to use it, so it was fab to work those into this card design. I wanted it to look like pretty party lanterns hanging from cherry blossoms. The die I used for the cherry blossoms is a Joanna Sheen die. I added Wink of Stella to the lanterns, so they would sparkle when they catch the light.

The beautiful lace is some of my Live & Love Crafts stash, I'm still so sad that Sandy closed her store, it really was my favourite 'online' craft store. I used a gorgeous piece of guipure lace and also a soft cream faux hessian ribbon behind it, which I frayed the edges of, to stick out around the pink cardboard panel I backed the lace with. 

Of course, big birthdays need to be recognised, so I added a '30' cut from Ranger Glitter Cardstock. It's much sparklier when it catches the light. The final touch was to dress the inside of the card and add the sentiment. I used another corner of the 12x12 cardstock I had cut the beige paper for the front of the card from, to mat the sentiment circle. The pink paper is the reverse side of Riddersholm Designs - Bello Pastello, 0066 and the beige paper used on the front and inside is Riddersholm Designs - Fleamarket, Stains. Danish company, Riddersholm Designs made such beautiful shabby chic paper designs, it's sad to see yet another craft company that has come to a close.

So that's my baby sister's 30th birthday card and as I'm lucky to call all my sisters my friends, this fit the theme for our first challenge back from British Summer 'For A Friend' theme perfectly. I hope you'll come and play along with us and show us your lovely 'For A Friend' creations. It's always so inspiring to see how others interpret the theme. 

Pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog to see what my teamies have been up to, you are going to be blown away! I love the range of images at Crafts & Me and we are so lucky to have them as our sponsor this week. It'll be one very lucky winner, so be in to win! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure and of course, that candy I've been promising! Hugs to you all until then and Happy 30th Birthday to my precious baby sister in a few days time!! Happy Birthday also to my twin cousins Beth & Ellie who actually have their birthday today. Wends xoxo

If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, here's a pic of my beautiful sister Becky with her sweet baby girl on one of the Californian beaches near her home. You can see why I thought the Hannah Lynn 'Cali Girl' image was perfect for her right?!

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #50 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #163 ~ Lovely Lace
The Ribbon Girl: September ~ Card Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #53 ~ Add A Number
Allsorts Challenge: #432 ~ Use at least 2 designer papers
In The Pink: #124 ~ 5th Birthday, Anything Goes Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #171 ~ Anything Goes With Ribbon
Little Red Wagon: #411 ~ Distress It (main paper edges all scissor distressed)
As You Like It: Flora or Fauna? My third entry for Team Flora! Hehe. Love flowers and nature.

Update: Woohoo, beyond excited to see that I made it into the Top Picks at 'In The Pink'. I love that challenge and always want to enter, but rarely do an all pink card, so this was of course the perfect card to enter with and I'm so delighted to have made their Top Pick list. Thank you ladies! Mwah xoxo

Second Update: I just saw that I made Top 3 at the Colour Crazy Challenge too. Woohoo, so happy, thank you so much! 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Weddings/Anniversaries

Hey lovely blog pals. It's new challenge day at Sweet Stampin' and this week, we're having a Weddings/Anniversary challenge. So show us all your gorgeous Wedding and Anniversary creations, just remember to add some stamping to be eligible for the Top 3 spots.

One of my siblings just celebrated her 6th Wedding Anniversary, so I'd made up this sweet simple card to celebrate that special day. I actually had this image coloured up a while back (6 years to be exact!), as it was my intention to use it for their wedding card. But we had to travel between the UK and America for the wedding and it all got a little much with all the other balls I needed to juggle at the time, so I benched the image to be used at a later date. 

I found the image when I was rummaging through some of my stash recently and decided it was time to use it! So I added Stickles details to the flowers and created tiny confetti with the waste circles from the silver diecut border. I diecut a 6 from the same silver glitter cardstock and added a little distress ink to the edges to finish. I kept the design very simple, because I used the most delish Maja Design paper and didn't want to cover it too much! 

I find this wedding image utterly enchanting. I really need to use it more. It was so perfect for my beautiful lil' sis and her handsome hubby, that I really do wish I'd been organised enough to get the card finished for their wedding day. But it makes a sweet anniversary card I think too. This last pic was taken indoors under the spots, which gives a very warm hue to the card, the top shot had more daylight but the true colours of the card are somewhere between these two shots. I really must sort out a better lighting rig!

Well, there's little else to say, except come and join us for some Wedding/Anniversary fun this week. The rest of the DT have some awesome creations up on the main blog, so do pop in and visit them for an inspiration boost. We'd love to see what you create too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, have a fabby weekend and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

My beautiful sis very kindly agreed to allow me to put up a couple of pics of her and her handsome hubby on their wedding day, so here they are on that very special, very hot day in San Diego just over 6 years ago. It was a magical and beautiful day for all who came to celebrate their happiness.

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #201 ~ Distress It
Lemon Shortbread: #49 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: September Card Challenge
Moving Along With The Times: #53 ~ Add A Number
Crafty Catz: #383 ~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist of Thank You)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
As You Like It: Flora or Fauna (I'm not confident colouring animals, so I definitely prefer Flora)
Shopping Our Stash: #319 ~ On Trend (I see a lot of glitter cardstock and accents being used these days)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ A Kinetic Card

Hey there lovelies, I've been caught up with the kiddos again, so not around blogland much. It was my daddy's birthday on September 1st followed by Father's Day on the Sunday, so that always leaves me with a case of the blues. But this year, we gathered at my brother's place and had a wonderful family celebration, which included the promise of two new babes in the family. So that certainly lifted all our spirits. I'll show you later, the cute CAS card I made to celebrate the 'daddy's under construction'. But first, I better tell you about our fabulous new challenge at Southern Girls! We are live and kicking baby and this week, we want to see your 'Kinetic Creations', whaaaatt??! (I know right, I had to look it up!) it's just fancy speak for stuff that moves. So make it a shaker card, a rocker, a wobbler, a waterfall, a pop out, what ever tickles your fancy. I for one cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge. It's such a fun one!

I love Elisabeth Bell images and I don't need much encouragement to use one of her gorgeous designs, this sweet image called Chloe is from her Whimsy Stamps range. You know how much I LOVE Maja Design papers too right? So I had a blast creating this fun shaker card with some of my favourite things. I used 1943 & 1944 from the Vintage Summer Basics range. I used a large Spellbinders scalloped square die to cut the frame for the shaker.

(I did a sneaky trick and took this pic sideways so the sequins fell to the side)

I actually used a waterfall pocket from a scrapbook page to create my wee shaker, which meant I could use a thinner frame. I sealed the pocket up after adding the little heart sequins with my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and because all the sequins were securely contained, I was able to use less depth of foam. 

(Here she is right side up with all the pretty hearts at her feet)

The waterfall pocket makes a very slim shaker, which is great for sending through international post. Or it would have been, if I hadn't got carried away with all the delish Wild Orchid Crafts goodies! They are one of our lovely sponsors for this challenge and I've used their gorgeous products for years and I'm a huge fan of all there floral range but their bling and other embellies are also utterly fab. You totally owe it to yourself to have a wee browse through their site. Our challenge winner will be in for such a super treat. 

all available (or similar) from Wild Orchid Crafts

I hope you'll come and join in this fun challenge and show us what inspires you that has a kinetic element when you're crafting. I've another couple of kinetic cards to follow soon, as I got the bug! So watch this space. I also will have a celebration candy very soon as I just noticed I have over 150 followers now! Don't know when that happened or how, but I'm kinda stoked! So I'll be back with some celebration goodies very soon. Hugs to you all until then, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #201 ~ Distress It
4 Crafty Chicks: #367 ~ Inspiration Pic
Always Fun Challenge: #22 ~ Shaker Card
The Ribbon Girl: September Card Challenge
Crafty Catz: #383 ~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist of Thank You)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
Shopping Our Stash: #319 ~ On Trend (Feathers & Shaker Element)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
Passion For Promarkers: #411 ~ All In A Day's Work (sweet Chloe picking apples for Mum)
As You Like It: Flora or Fauna (I'm not confident colouring animals, so I definitely prefer Flora)

4 Crafty Chick Inspiration Pic

Update: I made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers! Thanks ladies, I'm utterly delighted :)

Second Update: I made Top 3 at 'Always Fun Challenges' along with my DT sis Tracy! Yay us :)

Well done for making it all the way down to the bottom of this long post? As promised here's a pic of the cards I gave my baby brother and brother-in-law, to celebrate their happy news. I feel that the girlies get a lot of attention when babes are announced (and yes, I've done gorgeous cards for them) so since it was Father's Day two days after our family gathering, I decided to celebrate these awesome men and their happy news. They got a cute Father's Day pressie and I whipped up this fun CAS card to accompany that. I did draw inspiration from some Google searches, but knew I wanted to make a 'definition of fatherhood' card, so added some personalised definitions and it came together very quickly.

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