Saturday, 30 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Bringing In The New

Hey there lovelies! I'm here today, to share my last Sweet Stampin' design team post of 2017 with you. We'll be seeing in the New Year with this challenge, so we'd like to see anything 'New'. It could be new stash, new baby, new year, new job, new home, you name it, as long as it's new (and there's stamping of course!) we'd love to see it. I went with 'New Baby'. I've been saving the sweet card I made to celebrate my nephew Luca's birth to share with you. So this is definitely the right occasion for that. Little darling, he's such a smiley, gorgeous, happy boy! My sister is bringing him back to New Zealand from the States for cuddles with us all in the New Year and I can't wait!!

I created a shaker card for his birth card, as he has an older sister, who I knew would have great joy shaking and wobbling this about. I inked the card base in rainbow strips and then splashed with water to create the starburst effect. The paper was really porous, so it sucked up the water, creating those wee starbursts. 

I laid down all the colour, across the two layers, before separating the central star from the main page. Then I added the lovely sentiment, which comes from a 'Some Odd Girl' clear stamp set called Welcome Baby. I think this is such a lovely set and suits so many baby card styles. It's still available in Kristy's store and I notice she has a special on this set right now, so if you love it, get in!

I felt the card was a little plain when I'd finished creating the shaker element. So I added the wee elephant, which to be fair, SO needed some love, because how cute is he?!! I diecut some letters to add Luca's name to the card et voila, I was done. I LOVE this sweet card, it's everything I hoped it would be and I know it was very well received by my lovely sis and her family. She's said I can share a couple of pics of my gorgeous wee nephew, so scroll to the end, if you'd like to see those.

If you're not off on your holibobs, come and join in our last Sweet Stampin' challenge of 2017 and we'll enter the New Year with a bang! Love and hugs to you all and wishes for a spectacular New Year! I couldn't be happier, because I just picked up my darling mummy from the airport today. She's been living in the US these past 3 years helping look after my baby sister's kiddies and we've missed her SO much! She's an amazing Grandma, but with two new babies due here in New Zealand early in the New Year and older Grandies who miss her terribly, it was time she came home. But I know my beautiful sis will miss her like crazy and so will little Luca and his big sis. I'll be back in the New Year and wish you love, luck and laughter as you go into 2018, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

My beautiful sis with her two precious babies

Proud big sis with her new baby brother

My beautiful mummy with her gorgeous grandson

This little guy just melts me!
He's such a smiley gorgeous boy!!

I hope you enjoyed the pics. Had to have a 'proud Aunty' share. Hugs to you all and Happy New Year! Wends xoxo

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Happy Hanukkah

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas celebration or if you don't celebrate Christmas, that you will have a wonderful celebration when that happy day rolls around for you. I'm here to show you the card I made for my darling Jewish friend in celebration of Hanukkah. Whimsy Stamps has a wonderful set of stamps called Happy Hanukkah that used to be a clear set and is now available as a digital set, perfect for creating cards in celebration of Hanukkah. I'm not sure why I was drawn to creating another Sepia toned card, it must be something in the water! But this creation started off in colour with black ink, before I found this beautiful digital paper created by our lovely Tracy Wray called Shabby Woods and totally swooned! I just really wanted the sentiment to be softer on the lovely sepia toned paper, so I recoloured it in brown tones. Oh the joys of digital! I love how it turned out. 

I didn't want to add anything really to this card as the sweet simplicity of it, to me, was the charm, but I did want the candles to 'flicker' so I added some Wink of Stella, which shows up only in the right light, it's so very hard to capture on camera. But it's lovely in reality. Just a shimmer.

The Whimsy team has been working hard on our next new release, which will of course come out, in the New Year! Woohoo, can you believe how quickly that's racing towards us?! 2017 will soon be a memory, something for the scrapbook pages. If 2017 was a difficult year for you, I wish you peace and courage as you move into 2018. If it was a good year, may 2018 be also. Love and Christmas hugs to you all, whatever you celebrate. For a sentiment I found recently said how I feel about Christmas quite well... "LOVE, is what's in the room with you at Christmas, if you stop opening presents and listen". I think that's so beautiful and I hope that's what my children felt after all the unwrapping was done. They certainly had a very happy and wonderful day! 

Challenge Entries:

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Sweet Carolers Three

Hey there lovelies. Can you believe it's almost Christmas?! Time keeps racing by so fast, I just need a little more time to finish my Christmas cards, hehe. I got a little caught up colouring these utter cuties! This adorable image is penned by our awesomely talented Whimsy artist Crissy Armstrong and I gotta tell ya, I can't get enough of these sweeties! But as a lot of my Whimsy DT sistahs have already coloured up these gorgeous penguins, I wanted to put a different spin on the palette. So I've gone for a mix of warm sepia tones. 

I coloured up these cuties with my copics pens and since I have a good selection of the E colours, I used several tone families within that range. I managed to pull together a few different shades. I decided to add the texture to the 'fluffy' bits by dotting on colour with my copics, rather than adding glitter or powder soft as I often do. I'm so pleased with the result too.

The other thing I did which is a 'bit different', but actually 'so me' was to use something I recycled! I love to recycle and I will use recyclables in my crafting whenever I can. This time, it's the pretty gold embossed wrap that was on the front of the 'Christmas coffee' my brother and his wife gave us for Christmas. It was just so lovely I couldn't bring myself to throw it in the recycling! That strip of gold embossed card is the reason this card idea came about! I saw that and it sparked the idea for the sepia toned colouring. Don't you just love when stuff like that happens?! Okay, I'm rambling and it's nearly Christmas, so who has time to read this! I'll let you head over to the Whimsy Store and get your fill of last minute crafting supplies. I really do love digital downloads for this! The delish Autumn Whimsy digital paper I used to create this card is by our talented Tracy Wray and is called Fall Harvest 2. Those cute penguin carolers you can find here. Enjoy your final days of Christmas crafting! I'm sure making the most of mine! Hugs to you all and I'll be back again soon, but maybe not until after I've had my fill of Christmas pud, hehe, xoxo

Challenge Entries
Mod Squad: Winter Holiday
Deep Ocean Challenge: #170 ~ Jingle Bells
Crafty Gals Corner: #154 ~ Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Craft: All About Christmas
Always Fun Challenges: #37 ~ A Christmas Carol
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #72 ~ Anything Goes
Sugar Pea Challenge: #38 ~ Mix It Up ~ Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations: #435 ~ Christmas Cupcakes (see pic below)

Update: I won a lovely Faery Ink prize from the Crafty Gals Corner. Woohoo, so chuffed. Thank you ladies! (I forgot to use the code before it expired, doh!!)

Second Update: I made Top 3 at Deep Ocean Challenge. I'm so thrilled, thank you so much!

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Last Minute Christmas

Hey there pals, I'm swinging in today with an extra post, because I'm starting to accumulate unblogged cards! This one I made with the cutest bear and penguins from Some Odd Girl and I was about to send it off to its new home when I realised I hadn't blogged it yet! So I'm crashing the party and joining Team Susan this week for their 'Last Minute Christmas' challenge at Sweet Stampin'. A brilliant challenge I think, as I'm well and truly the last minute Christmas crafter! 

How cute is this wee trio?! I just love this polar bear, I have coloured him up several times and I love him a little more each time. I still have another card I created with him, I've yet to blog, so will post that soon too. But today, he shares the limelight with these two cuties! I gotta tell ya, I just LOVE the way Kristy draws animals. They're enchanting, I mean completely, totally and utterly enchanting! I cannot get enough of these sweet critters. I need more hours in the day to colour! You can check out the previous make I used this sweet bear on here.

I masked the cute bear after stamping him, added the two penguins and then added the 'North Pole' between the first penguin and the bear. I just thought this was a fun touch. Hubby likes to point out that the bear and penguins would NOT be hanging out together at the North Pole, but we'll chalk that up to creative license! LOL.

The image is so super quick to colour, as it's primarily a few cool tone greys and a couple of icy blues for the bear! Simples! I kept the card design very pared back, so these cuties have centre stage. A little scallop to the black mat, some embossing on the red and a bigger scallop at the bottom (kinda wish I'd done the top now too!) and job done. I added the sentiment straight to the image panel, so as not to detract from the embossing on the red panel.

This adorable 'Winter Friends' stamp set is out of stock now at Some Odd Girl, but Kristy has some super cute 'Critters' as digital images. So check out her store for more details.

This is our final challenge at Sweet Stampin' before Christmas. We've had an awesome year with loads of fun themes and it's been wonderful to see all the gorgeous entries each week. Head over to our challenge blog to see what my incredibly talented teamies got up to with this theme. I'll be back before the year's out with my next Sweet Stampin' DT creation, but for now, from me and my lovely Sweet Stampin' teamies, Merry Christmas and see you for one final challenge this year on the 30th before we roll in the New Year!!! Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
The Sisterhood of Craft: All About Christmas
Colour Crazy Challenge: #50 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas
Crafter's Cafe: #187 ~ Anything Christmas Related
The Paper Shelter: Anything Goes ~ Christmas Break Challenge
Cupcake Inspirations: #435 ~ Christmas Cupcakes (see pic below)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #99 ~ Quickie Christmas/New Year

Friday, 15 December 2017

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge ~ Penguin Party

Hey there lovelies, it's time for our next Whimsy Stamps Challenge and would you believe it's the last one for the year?!! This year has whipped by at break neck speed for me! I can't believe Christmas is only 10 days away!! Eeeek! I really am NOT ready!! I have been raced off my feet this week, with my kiddies end of school year activities, which included a graduation ceremony that my wee girlie got a prize in, yay, so proud of her! Half the week included hubby and I helping her prep her farewell speech for her teacher that was leaving the school after 12 years. Quite an honour to be the only student invited to do this in front of the whole school. It went incredibly well, so that was a win and she sang a duet with another student too! So it's just as well I was ready with this cute card for todays Challenge! Hehe. I've had great fun colouring up a rather gorgeous Penguin Party. How cute are they?!!! You can find these cuties here in the Whimsy Stamps Store. I've coloured them with my Copics and kept their coats quite light as I wanted the lovely texture that's in the stamp to show.

This trio are super cute and I thought I'd take it one step further on the cute scale and make it look like they're standing on the edge of an ice rink. So if you look closely, they have shadows in the ice!! I wasn't brave enough to colour their shadows, I didn't want to ruin it, but I might have to give it another go and try that. I ran a few cool tone copics along the page to create the ice 'edge' that they're standing on. I can't take all the credit for this idea, it was actually hubby, who was showing me fun 'shadow' ideas on the computer when I was merging the paper and image. We both had an 'aha' moment and then I just kinda ran with it. I love it! So fun.

I added the sentiment which is from the Christmas Wishes set onto the paper digitally. I then drew over it with a glue pen and sprinkled fine loose glitter on top to give the sentiment an icy appearance. Totally got my 'Elsa' on doing it. Hehe. As always, it's not easy to capture the sparkle, but in reality, it looks fab!

I decided to keep the design completely plain, so that the 'shadows' wouldn't be lost in embellishments, but felt it needed something interesting going on around the edge, so I cut a pretty frame shape, distressed the edges and added it to a card base using the same frame shape. This is a Go Kreate XXL shape called Frilly #9. The fab 'snowy' paper is a gorgeous Whimsy Stamps digital paper created by Crissy Armstrong called Distressed Polka Dots. Those adorable penguins are of course also penned by Crissy Armstrong. She draws the cutest penguins!

Our challenge is 'Anything Goes with a Whimsy Image' as always. So you have free reign to create whatever you're inspired to, as long as you use a Whimsy Stamps image. It's so easy now they have such a huge and utterly gorgeous range of digital images in addition to their extensive range of fabulous rubber and clear stamp images. So I hope you'll be inspired to share your Whimsy Stamps creations with us. I can't wait to see what you do! I'll be back next Wednesday with my next Whimsy Wednesday Inspirational post, but the challenge runs for a whole month, so you have into the New Year to create! Have fun and I'll see you soon. Hugs, 

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
The Sisterhood of Craft: All About Christmas
Colour Crazy Challenge: #50 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Party Time!
Crafter's Cafe: #187 ~ Anything Christmas Related
A Gem of A Challenge: #209 ~ Anything Christmas Goes
The Paper Shelter: Anything Goes ~ Christmas Break Challenge
Cupcake Inspirations: #435 ~ Christmas Cupcakes (see pic below)
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #99 ~ Quickie Christmas/New Year

Update: I made Top 3 at the Colour Crazy Challenge. Thank you so much! What a fab suprise!! xoxo

Second Update: I just saw that I made the Top 3 at Sparkles Monthly Challenge for these lil' cuties. How cool is that?! Thank you so much Sparkles team, so humbled and delighted by this. xoxo

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Christmas Tags

Hey there lovely crafty pals, you can see I'm still on a Christmas wrapping kick right now. I've been having such fun creating beautiful wrapping with these lovely Whimsy Stamps Digital Papers. I particularly love this fabulous tartan set for wrapping. I just love the way this looks for Christmas parcels. So I've made a tag to dress up a bottle of wine and one for a parcel, which I wrapped in the same paper. 

I've used a double layer of tags, a larger one in the tartan and then layered the white tag on top with the image and sentiment which I merged onto the same page before printing. I added a strip of hessian ribbon behind the white tag for a bit of interest and used hessian twine to attach the tag to the bottle. I added a couple of vintaged jingle bells to the tag for a big of jingle and interest. I've added shine to the poinsettia and to the candle flame with Wink of Stella. I also added some clear Nuvo Crystal drops to the berries and middle of the poinsettia for depth and dimension.

I printed the fab tartan paper full A4 size to create wrapping paper and made the tags to match with the same tartan paper. I really do love this set. There are two fabulous gingham and plaid sets in the December paper release. The paper I used is from the Christmas Gingham 2 set. The lovely sentiments and images are from the Christmas Wish Digital Sentiments Set.

You can pop up the shots above by clicking on them to get a better peek at the details. The wink of stellar shows up better at this angle in the sun. So I held them back a little to get the sheen to show. Such simple designs, but so lovely I think. The sentiments were merged under the images to create these tags and then diecut and embellished. 

Head on over to the Whimsy Stamps Store to check out more of the December New Digital Releases, there are just so many fab digital products and all so perfect for those last minute Christmas creations. Thanks for popping in today and I'll be back again very soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, enjoy the Advent countdown and happy crafting! Big hugs, 

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean Challenge: #170 ~ Jingle Bells
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
Colour Crazy Challenge: #49 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas
A Gem of A Challenge: #209 ~ Anything Christmas Goes
The Paper Shelter: Anything Goes ~ Christmas Break Challenge

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Christmas Wish List

A warm hello to you all out there in the blogosphere today. I have my Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration post to share with you today and I gotta tell ya, this was a bit of a trick in the making. I had to ruminate on this one for quite a while to work out how to get my vision on the page! But man am I glad I stuck at it. I know have a very gorgeous Christmas Planning Diary.

This beautiful paper is part of a range of digital papers that Whimsy just released called Winter Wonderland and this set is FULL of the most divine Winter scenes. I just couldn't figure out which paper to work with at first as they're all so delish! But I had a definite vision of what I wanted to do with the paper. I have wanted a Christmas Diary for the longest time, one where I can write Christmas card lists and pressie idea lists. I had a 'ready to decorate' kraft diary in my stash with little divider tabs down the side, so this gorgeous paper was the perfect thing to jazz up this plain diary. What took me the longest time, was to work out a design that didn't cover the gorgeous paper but enhanced it. What I settled on I'm really pleased with. It's very CAS as I didn't want to loose any of the gorgeous image. I did have to trim the image down a little on the sides to fit, but otherwise the paper is fully visible. 

 Shot in soft focus to show the sparkle

All I've done is add a sprinkling of loose glitter over the design, to enhance the existing snowfall in the paper and then I added a sentiment cut from silver glitter cardstock using two Whimsy dies. The 'believe' die is part of a lovely set of dies from Whimsy called Wonderland Word Die Set and the Christmas Large Word Die is a stand alone die.

I wanted the sentiment to say 'Believe in Christmas', as lately, my littlies growing up are questioning the magic of it and although they 'know', I still want to encourage the mystery and magic of Christmas for as long as their lil' hearts will allow. I added the 'in' part of the sentiment, by masking off a sentiment I had in my stash leaving that portion of it visible, inking it up with Versamark ink and then adding Hero Arts fine silver embossing powder and melting it with my heat gun. It's almost impossible to capture well the sparkle and glitter of this notebook design, but in reality it's lovely and sparkly. I tied some old organza ribbon that used to part of a scrunchy hair tie of my daughters, which broke. I had kept all the ribbon to use for just such an occasion. I love how this came out!

A softer shot taken in the shade without the harsh shadows of the first pic.

Head on over to the Whimsy Stamps Store to see what else they have in their New Digital Release line up, there are just so many gorgeous paper sets and lovely sentiments sets. All perfect for that quick download and instant use! I love digital elements for last minute Christmas crafting. There are some fab 'pre-coloured' sets of images and sentiments too, which are super handy for those hasty last minute Christmas makes. I hope you enjoyed my inspiration post today and I'll be back again next Wednesday with my next Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration Post. See you all again very soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs to you all and happy crafting!

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #152 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
Aud Sentiments: #194 ~ Christmas + Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge: #48 ~ Anything Goes
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration
Crafting From The Heart: #186 ~ Anything Goes
Come And Get It Challenge: Christmas Challenge
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas
Dragonfly Journeys: #106 ~ Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Crafty Catz: #396 ~ Anything Goes + White With One Other Colour

Update: Lovely surprise to see my Christmas Notebook made the Top 5 at Aud Sentiments. Thank you ladies, I'm so delighted you loved my design. Thank you for the lovely comments xoxo

Second Update: A lovely surprise to find I'd won a gorgeous Paper Nest Dolls prize from Come And Get It's last challenge. Sad to see another fabulous challenge blog go. Thank you for the wonderful prize ladies xoxo 

Fab 'n' Funky ~ All Tied Up

Hey there lovelies. It's been a long and tiring day today. My wee girlie is on her EOTC this week (Education Outside The Classroom) which is super exciting, but very tiring, both for her and her mama running around and prepping things for her! She went snowboarding on Tuesday, Snorkeling today, she's off Mountain Biking and Adventure Climbing tomorrow and then on Friday they'll spend the day at Parakai Natural Hotsprings! What a week!! It's also my Swedich best mate's birthday today, so I am emotionally 'somewhere else' all day! I miss her like crazy and yes, I'm getting a little choked up typing that. So I'm a little behind with this post, forgive me. But I have been SOOO looking forward to sharing this card with you and this week is the perfect opportunity as we have a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky, which is being hosted by our lovely Chris. She's chosen the theme 'All Tied Up', which gives you plenty of scope to create with ribbon, twine and anything else you can think of that can be tied in a bow!

Now if you have a sense of déjà vu looking at this card, let me explain why! I followed the most fabulous tutorial by Mindy Baxter in a bid to improve my colouring skills and this is what I created. So, you may have seen Mindy's card with this image and yes, mine is coloured just as her tutorial guides, so very similar to hers, but I promise, all my own colouring work! LOL. I'm so proud of this and so happy I discovered Mindy's tutorials. I just find her voice so very soothing and her tutorials so easy to follow! I loved it so much, I signed up for another (and then another!). So I'll have plenty more to share soon.

This gorgeous image is by Make It Crafty, the lovely Zoe provided the image for the tutorial at a discounted rate and it is just so lovely to work with. Those pleats were a challenge, but so fun! I adore this most especially because that green, is 'my' green. I wear this colour ALOT! So I was in my own little Heaven colouring this wonderful image in colours I adore. I hand drew the snowbanks following Mindy's instructions and then coloured the sky in that soft gradient. LOVE that sky! So fun and very relaxing to do. I loved colouring this up so much, I didn't want to detract from the colouring, so I kept my card design very CAS.

All it needed was a snowy mat and some delish Christmas paper in just the right hue of green and voila, done. Okay, I added some twine, because Chris made me, LOL. Love that green twine though, how perfect is that for this image and paper?! It was a little plain with just the twine, so I added a couple of vintaged jingle bells and then I was done. Happily... done... smiling a very satisfied smile... like a silly cheshire cat, hehe, get me! So nice to 'love' something we create so much.

The rest of my uber talented teamies, lead on by our lovely Chris, have created some utterly stellar creations for this challenge, so do head over and check out what they've done for this fab theme. So much deliciousness in one place! I hope you'll join us this week with your own 'All Tied Up' creation. I can't wait to see what you're inspired to do! I'll be back again VERY soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, happy crafting and big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #396 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #152 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
Colour Crazy Challenge: #48 ~ Anything Goes
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration
Crafting From The Heart: #186 ~ Anything Goes
Come And Get It Challenge: Christmas Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #71 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #356 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas

'You're All Awesome' Candy

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies

I've been dangling a carrot in front of you all for weeks now!

So it's finally time to reveal my candy.

I am so grateful to have found this wonderful hobby
and I recently discovered, that my followers had crept up to over 100!
Which was an awesome surprise and I have to say I'm humbled and excited!!

As a thank you to my followers, who leave me lovely
encouraging comments, which always totally make my day...

I am offering 4 separate gift candies

You can enter them all
But I wanted to do them separately
So that those who enter for the candies
will actually love the one they win!

You can enter just one or two
if you're only keen on a couple of them
or you can enter them all

I need you to leave me a comment
with your choice or choices of candy.
If you want to enter them all, just write ALL please
If you want to enter a specific candy only,
comment with the number of that candy

This is 'Daisy' by Elisabeth Bell
from Elisabeth's Elphine House Release
I have scoured the globe for this sweet image
So when I finally found Daisy, of course I grabbed two!
Yes, she's a little yellow, but that's because she's 'vintage' baby!
Brand new, never used, vintage photopolymer stamp
straight from the Elphine House vault!


This is a sentiment set from
I love Kristy's fun bold designs
So I grabbed a spare when I bought my one


Who doesn't love Stamping Bella?!
I love this image and sentiment set so much
I think it's the perfect way to say
'thank you' to my awesome


Final stamp in the candy
Another from the Stamping Bella range
I am a little bit dotty about this wee chick
Too dang cute and the perfect sentiment to match


So... choose your candy
Leave me a comment with your choices
Let me know the number of each candy or write ALL
if you wouldn't mind winning any of them

My candy is open only to my followers
(new followers are always welcome)

I will draw this candy on
December 6th 2017 CLOSED
The Winner's will be posted under each
image here on this original post.
So pop back here to look
Good luck!

Thank you for sticking with me during a
hit and miss year. I know there have been lots of gaps
in my blogging, but that's all about to change...

Hugest hugs, Wends xoxo

Wends xoxo

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