Thursday, 26 October 2017

Straight From Heaven You Came

I don't even know how long it's been since I did a post just for fun. But I really wanted to share this card I created for one of my sisters. I created it to celebrate the happy news that she's expecting a baby. I know how much I longed for that news to be mine to share, and we're all over the moon for her. I made this as soon as she shared the news. I was so excited!

I loved this beautiful image from Krista Smith the moment I laid eyes on it and I always knew I'd find a really special creation to use this on. I remember feeling that all my Christmases had come at once when I fell pregnant with my Georgie, we had tried for so long and the news for my sister held equal joy. Ours are miracle babes, long waited for, sent straight from Heaven. So this card holds special love and joy over her happy news. 

I used a plain kraft card base, which I didn't want to fully cover as it echoed the hair colour of the Angel. So I used a cut down strip of pretty pink paper, wrapped it in sparkly organza ribbon, added a few pink pearls and then stamped that sweet greeting straight on the kraft card base. I used my Promarkers to colour this image, as I hadn't yet bought my copics then. I just love the soft pink of her dress. I've yet to find copics in those shades, adding one or two pens here and there. I coloured her halo with a glitter Spica Pen in Blossom.

I added shading to the wings and then covered them in Glamour Dust loose glitter for a bit of sparkle and bling. A very simple creation really, but with such a beautiful image, I didn't want to add lots of additional bling, so kept it quite CAS. I hope you like my creation and thanks for popping in on me today. I'll be back very soon (finally) with the details of my blog candy. Until then, big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
In The Pink: #126 ~ Ribbons & Bows
Crafty Creations: #353 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #53 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #146 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #43 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: October ~ Any Image Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #174 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
Fairytale Challenge: Not More Than 4 ~ DP, Pearls, Ribbon, Glitter
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Monochrome. I didn't start out trying to make this monochrome, but apart from the hair and skin, it's a very 'pink' card. So hopefully you agree it fits. :)
As You Like It: People or Animals? This is my third and final 'people' entry for the challenge. Angels are people right?! I just love this image and colouring people. It's amazing how different an image can look with different hair colours, or skin tones. I really enjoy colouring the same image in different ways.

Update:  I've just had the loveliest surprise. I popped over to 'In The Pink' and spotted that I've made it into their Top 6! I'm so chuffed! Thank you ladies. This card was a bit special to me, so I'm so glad you love it too!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas Comes Early

Hey there my lovely blog pals. I am popping in today with a DT post for Fab 'n' Funky. We didn't have any sponsor images for this challenge, so we got to create what we wanted and I of course fell back on my fav' Sugar Nellie images. I do so love this sweet image called Hello Little Robin, by one of my all time favourite illustrators Marina Fedotova.

I was playing with Autumnal colours and themes at the time I coloured this up, so it kinda influenced my creation. It's still very definitely a Winter themed Christmas card, but with Autumnal hues. It's our final challenge for October, so keeping with out commitment to do a 'Christmas' challenge at the end of each month, we are indeed doing an 'Anything Christmas Goes' challenge this month. So pull out your gorgeous Christmas stamps and goodies and play along with us this week. 

I'm slowly adding to my Christmas Card pile, and trying hard to get a few quick and easy makes done. But this one I took my time over, colouring the background, adding Frantage Snow, glittering the wings etc. I spent so long on the actual image, I didn't want to do anything in the card design that would detract from it. So it's as CAS as they come! 

I added a sweet sentiment from a CC Designs set called Snowman Sentiments to finish the card, stamping it directly on the base paper with Memento Black Tuxedo. My kraft card base came with the lovely scalloped edge, so I added a simple plaid paper in Autumnal shades, which is from a gorgeous Maja Designs paper set called 'Walking In The Forest'. It's the B side of the page called 'Autumn Poem'. A swipe of chalk ink from Ingvild Bolme along the paper edges and a bit of foam beneath the image panel for dimension and hey presto, card done! Love that!! I used my Promarkers to colour this sweet image.

Stop on over at the challenge blog to see what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. I'm inspired all over again after looking at their gorgeous creations. Our lovely Jools is the hostess for our Christmas challenge. I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us all, we do so love to see what inspires you. I'll be back soon with a non DT related post, (I know right, when did that happen last?!) and as promised, (yes, I know I'm a mean tease), my blog candy will follow soon too. Until then, may your mojo flow and the fun abound. Have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: October ~ Any Image
Crafty Creations: #353 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #500 ~ Snowflakes
Lemon Shortbread: #53 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: Halloween Colours
Crafty Catz: #3389 ~ Anything Goes + Autumn Colours
Crafting By Designs: Get Ready for Christmas ~ October Edition
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Autumn Colours Photo Inspiration
Moving Along With The Times: #56 ~ Autumn/Fall (Mine is a Christmas card but in Fall colours, does that count?)
As You Like It: People or Animals. This is my second entry, and my feet are still firmly planted in the people camp. I just love colouring people. A sweet wee robin snuck into this make, but it's that sweet fairy I loved colouring so much. 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Halloween Bingo

Hey there crafty pals. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this time, we're getting in the Halloween mood, with a fun Halloween Bingo. I created a fun Kinetic card for this challenge. Just a little something I concocted with what I had on hand. I had been making a kinetic card for another challenge when I created this, so I was all about the moving and shaking and I even made a little video to show you the action of the wee spider. 

I used the top line of the bingo board for my creation. Dress Up, Bat, Magic, but the diagonal line Dress Up, Sentiment, Black works too! I'm using the 'magic' bit loosely, as I think my moving spider is a bit magic, but you might interpret the theme to be wands, wizards and cauldrons etc for the magic section. As always, half the fun of these challenges is in the interpretation. My awesome image is of course from the talented pen of Krista Smith of Saturated Canary and is called Frankenbatty. This was a first attempt at copic colouring with green! Also my first attempt at black hair using copics. 

Because this is a kinetic card, I thought it would be fun to show you the wee spider in action. I realised after creating him though, that I ought to have 'weighted' him slightly to make the slider action smoother and for him to glide up and down in a more fluid action. Perhaps a little magnet would have worked to add that weight. I'll know for next time and we learn through trial and error don't we?! Please do turn the sound up to listen, as I recorded it with the sound down too far! Hehe, more trial and error.

The cute little spider was created with a Doodlebug Designs 'Mini Doodle-Pops' set called Spidies. It is a symmetrical spider, so I was able to use two back to back running the string between. Which meant it didn't matter if the spider turned during the kinetic action. I made the slider with a bit of acetate and created a channel between the cardstock layers with foam. I cut down an old slippy plastic bag for the acetate to run between, so it would have a smooth gliding action. This card was so much fun to create and I really enjoyed the process of working out how to put the slider together and what would make it work well. I think other than not weighting the spider enough, I came up with a really clever and fun design. 

The cool steampunk corner (because I couldn't find my spider's web die at the time) is cut down to fit from an old SCACD Steampunk Corner Die. The '3' was in the original design, I cut the '1' from another part of the design and glued it by the 3 so it read '31' which is of course Halloween night in October. I thought this was kinda fun to tie in the Halloween theme. The 'Spooky' die is from Lil' Inkers. I have had this die for a while and really wanted to use it. So I snuck it into the design here and I love how it looks. One of my siblings who saw it suggested the O's in the design looked a bit like the top of her dress. I thought that was a fun interpretation, so I'll take that. I loved colouring the eyes. I used my Promarkers for this as my Copic palette is limited. I could get lost in those lavender eyes, aren't they pretty! 

Little else remains to be said, other than to invite you to come and join in this super fun 'Halloween Bingo' challenge with us. Do come and share your crafty Halloween adventures with us. I think it's a pretty easy Bingo board and there's plenty of scope for interpretation. I look forward to seeing what you'll create. Do check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to on the blog too while you're there. I'll be back again before long, with my next crafty adventure. In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend and enjoy your own crafty adventures. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Cardmakers: #198 ~ Spooky
Cupcake Inspirations: #427 ~ Monsters
Deep Ocean Challenge: #166 ~ Halloween
Crafty Gals Corner: #145 ~ Halloween Colours
Creative Inspirations: #282 ~ Autumn/Halloween
The Ribbon Girl: October ~ Any Image Challenge
Aud Sentiments: #191 ~ Halloween + A Sentiment
Creatalicious Challenge: #125 + Optional Halloween 
Shopping Our Stash: Zombies! (Strictly speaking, she's a Frankenstein creation, but I notice one of your DT used a Frankenstein character, so I hope it's acceptable)
As You Like It: People or Animals? I'm definitely in the 'people' camp. My career has always centered around helping people, first nursing, then working as a clinical aromatherapist and my current job as mummy extraordinaire. I'm all about the people. Interestingly, I love to colour people too, in all different shapes and sizes and tones. Today, I'm in a green tone kind of mood, LOL.

Update: I made it into the Top 3 at Cupcake Inspirations for their 'Monsters' challenge. Thank you ladies so much, especially EK who chose my card. I'm so chuffed! :)

Second Update: Lovely surprise to make it into the spotlight at Shopping Our Stash. Thank you ladies, I'm delighted you loved my card xoxo

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Word Art

Gosh, this week is flying past! We're on Spring Break here in New Zealand, and we've had a lovely road trip down to mine and hubbies home town to visit his parents. We celebrated his dad's birthday and visited special friends and family which included Greg's nana who will be 103 in a few weeks! A bit of a whirlwind trip and in the bustle I've managed to fall behind with my DT make this week. Thankfully, I had watercoloured this sweet image previously, so a quick CAS card was pulled together and now I'm sorted.

Our challenge at Fab 'n' Funky this week is to use images that include word art. The lovely image I used is from our fabulous sponsor Bugaboo and is called Day After Forever from their Love Blocks range. This pretty silhouette has the loveliest word art sentiment, so this will be going to my mummy. I can't wait until she's home in the new year. It's been too long with her away playing Nanny extraordinaire to my sweet niece and nephew. But we can't wait to have her home from the US again. She's been the quintessential 'Fairy Godmother' for those sweet babes and I know my sis' will miss her like crazy when she comes home. But boy we've missed her too! So this sweet image seemed like a good fit to me to send to my lovely mummy with some news of home.

I matted the image with a piece of pale pink cardstock which was left over from a previous creation. I decided not to use it for that one in the end, so I added to a really pretty card base for this creation, that has a pearlescent sheen to it. The edge of the pink cardstock I trimmed with a stitched scallop border die, which I think is Lawn Fawn, but I'll come back later to confirm. A very quick CAS design as I was so short of time this week, but don't you just love it when a CAS design does justice to the image perfectly!

I hope you'll come and join our fun this week with your own interpretation of this fun 'Word Art' challenge. There's plenty of scope and I can't wait to see what you'll create. Until next time, I'm off to have some couch time with hubby and see if another 'Designated Survivor' episode has popped up on Netflix. Loving that show! See you all again soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends xoxo (No I haven't forgotten the candy, it's coming and you're gonna love it!)

Final pic in a slightly warmer light

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts: #436 ~ Trees & Leaves
Always Fun: #27 ~ Lots of Layers
Little Red Wagon: #414 ~ Leftovers
Crafty Catz: #387 ~ Anything Goes + CAS
The Ribbon Girl: October ~ Card Challenge
The Crafter's Cafe: #182 ~ Use A Diecut or Punch
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #67 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Thinking of You
Aud Sentiments: #190 ~ Use A Diecut + A Sentiment
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #96 ~ Diecuts or Punches

Update: I made Top 5 at Allsorts Challenge for their 'Trees & Leaves' challenge. Thank you so much ladies. I'm so so delighted! You've made my day!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Distressing

Hi there lovely blog buddies. I'm in our Hometown right now, visiting the 'outlaws', hehe, no, just kidding, my inlaws are the loveliest people you'd ever hope to meet. We are home, celebrating my father-in-laws birthday. I posted his birthday card earlier this week, but was reminded I've yet to post my hubbies birthday card from earlier this year. (Do you do that too, forget to post cards - for ages!) It's perfect for our challenge this weekend at Sweet Stampin' though, and as I'll be away for the weekend, I'm hoping Mr Blogger, will post this for me as scheduled. It's another easy peasy fun theme this challenge. We just want to see you a little distressed, okay, no, not you, your card! Ink, paint, scissored edges, whatever you interpret the theme to be, we want to see your distressed creations. Just remember that at Sweet Stampin', we are all about the 'stamping', so make sure you've some stamping or a digital image you've hand coloured, to be eligible for our Top 3 honours.

I had so much fun with these ridiculously cute, grumpy characters from Taylored Expressions. This set is called Party Grumplings. They were perfect to tease my hubby with this year. He's not liking the whole 'aging' thing, so I made him this card as a gentle ribbing. He actually LOVED it and totally took the humour well. (It was totally a heart in mouth moment when I gave it to him!)

I tried something different with this card, mixing some messy watercolour with direct stamping. I don't know what I was trying to achieve with the 'sun-circle' background, I was just playing. I masked a circle then added some generous splatters. I really like how it came out and wanted to stamp the grumplings over it. So I stamped the first two, then masked them off to add the 'reluctant party grumpling' who was trailing behind in the middle. 

They looked great just in the black ink, but I decided to add some details, sparsely, for a little more definition. So I coloured their tummies with my Promarkers, in different shades of warm greys, added colour and then some sparkle with Wink of Stella to the present, cupcake, balloon and their noses. I added some white pen over the white of the eyes for the two that had defined eyes, as the orange looked wrong there. In hindsight, I should have then used a black pen to added the pupil back in the centre, of the middle grumpling.

My finishing touch was to tie in the fun colours from the bright paper I'd used by adding three enamel dots in coordinating colours. All the paper edges were distressed with scissors which of course made this card perfect for this challenge.

I hope you'll come and join us this week for our fun 'Distressing' challenge at Sweet Stampin', I'd love to see where that theme would take you. Do pop into the blog and check out my talented teamies awesome creations. I'll be back from my hometown in a few days, in the meantime, have an awesome weekend and enjoy your own crafty adventures. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #387 ~ CAS
The Ribbon Girl: October Card Challenge
Cute Card Thursday: #498 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #40 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: October ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #281 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #202 ~ Anything Goes + Masculine Card
Creatalicious: #124 ~ Anything Goes + Create Your Own Background
Paper Play Sketches: Colour Challenge (See Colour Challenge Image Below)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Southern Girls ~ Stripes

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I have a cute make to share with you today for our newest Southern Girls challenge. We are having a 'Stripes' challenge this fortnight and check out how cute this sweet Gerda Steiner image is! Krafter's Cart and Sasayaki Glitter are our lovely sponsors this time, so I've worked with some lovely ranges that Krafter's Cart stock. Here's my Autumnal creation with his cute 'Striped' Harry Potter scarf. Easy peasy huh? I think this might be a fun take on the challenge. But you can use striped paper, stamping or details on your image, whatever inspires you!

I started my creation with a gorgeous background stamp from Impression Obsession. It's using one of their 'Cover A Card' background stamps. This one is called 'Funky'. Krafter's Cart have a lovely range of IO Stamps. I used Versamark on Kraft card to create a 'watermark' effect stamp background, just to add a little interest around the frame of my image. But this shot below shows you the full beauty of this gorgeous stamp.

Krafter's Cart also have a lovely range of Gerda Steiner stamps sets in stock. I used the cute Cold Hedgehog for my creation, which I wanted to add a Harry Potter scarf to, just for fun, which was the perfect way to tie in our 'Stripes' theme this challenge. I think this lil' guy is super cute. He was really fun to colour too. I used a lovely word die from WPlus9 for the sentiment, from their Basic Greetings die set. I added a little Wink of Stella too for a touch of sparkle. The frame and 'autumn' word die are from two lovely CC Designs die sets. Make A Card #13 and Make A Card #9

I used my new copic pens to colour this cute hedgie. Which I bought so that I could do some tutorials to advance my colouring skills. I have always loved my Promarkers, but there are not a lot of classes or tutorials out there which use this medium, so I splashed out on a few copics. I've always been a diehard Promarker fan and I'm definitely not getting rid of them, but I have had fun doing these tutorials and playing with the softer brush tip of the copic markers. I don't want to spend hours perfecting colouring techniques, as I just craft for fun and relaxation, so I don't want one image to take me days to finish! But, I am enjoying having a bit more of a clue about shading and blending with copics. I've still lots of practice to do, but soon I'll share one of my tutorial pieces, as I'm about to make it up into a card.

Do head on over to our 'Stripes' challenge and see what the rest of our awesome DT got up to for this challenge. They've got some fab inspiration for you. It's such a fun and easy challenge theme, we hope you'll have a go too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, have an awesome week and watch this space for my soon to follow blog candy. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad Challenge: Colour Me Fall
The Ribbon Girl: October Card Challenge
Cute Card Thursday: #498 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #40 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: October ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: October ~ Autumn Glory
Deep Ocean Challenge: #165 ~ Colours of Autumn
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #281 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #202 ~ Anything Goes + Masculine Card
Creatalicious: #124 ~ Anything Goes + Create Your Own Background

Update: I had the loveliest surprise to see I'd won the Creatalicious challenge today! Winning a gorgeous Polkadoodles prize. Yay, I love Polkadoodles. Thank you so much ladies. I'm super delighted.

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