Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Sparkle & Glitz ~ Farewell Abi

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I have happy and sad news to share with you tonight. The happy news, is that we have three new teamies joining the Sweet Stampin' crew and the first post from one of these lovely ladies is on the blog tonight for our new challenge. So I hope you'll swing by and welcome Fiona to the Sweet Stampin' team. 

The sad news, is that our lovely Abi is stepping down from the team. She has been here since September 2010 and took over the running of Sweet Stampin' with Fiona Robertson in April 2011. Abi has been the Blog Owner, Administrator, Best Crafty Boss Ever and all round Sweet Stampin' hero since that date. So we've decided to have a virtual party to celebrate our lovely Abi and all her contributions and commitment over the years and you're all invited. 

My 'tribute' party piece to farewell our lovely Abi, features a fabulous image from Faery Ink. She's an older stamp called Annie Afro ~ Glamorous Diva. How fitting is that name?! I've coloured her with my Promarkers and added some extra stripes to a background paper that I thought looked pretty fab with that disco ball. I was trying to go for retro psychedelic colours, but wish I'd used red instead of peach now! 

I thought a bit of disco ball sparkle was the perfect way to send off our Abi! She will be so missed and is leaving a rather large pair of shoes to fill, which is why Susan and I will be sharing Abi's job! But we've always been a great team and it's with the support of the whole team and our followers that Sweet Stampin' is the success that it is, so I hope we'll make our Abi proud by keeping this challenge blog going strong and this week, I hope we'll fill up the challenge with a record number of entries!

If you've had the pleasure of knowing Abi in her crafting journey, do stop into her blog and leave her some farewell love, it really is the end of an era and as this is our 'Birthday Week', it's a rather poignant date for Abi to step down. The challenge started on November 21st 2009, so we celebrate that we are still going strong 9 years later and hope to remain going for a long while yet!

Do head over to the challenge to check out the lovely creations and tributes to Abi from the rest of the Sweet Stampin' team, we've even a couple of guest tributes from old DT members. This really is the end of an era, sigh. Hugs to you all and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ My Deer Friend

A warm hello to you all out there in the blogosphere tonight. I'm here with another New Release creation for Whimsy Stamps. The November release has been such a gorgeous one, they always are to be fair, but I have loved getting my hands on these sweet Rustic Sugar images, which were once part of the CC Designs lineup and are now available as digital images at Whimsy Stamps. I have always loved these sweet images and so it's a real treat to get to work with these! I was especially thrilled to be asked to colour the promo pics for this range of images too. It's the first time I've done anything like this and I know there are some truly talented colourists on our Whimsy Stamps team, so I'm deeply honoured to be asked.

I have of course coloured up this cutie with my Copic Markers. It's so convenient now to be able to get these through Whimsy Stamps. I've used B93, B95, B97 and B99 to colour that sweet elf's outfit. I used a wide range of browns for the sweet deer. I actually even coloured the little fence with my copic markers too. It was a grey woodgrain paper and didn't fit the colour theme so I just coloured over the top of this Maja Design paper with one of my brown copic markers and hey presto, perfect colourway! The reds I've used for this creation are the 'pinky-reds' R30, R32, R35, R37, R39 and R59.

I used a lovely Whimsy Stamps digital paper from the Snowdrops set to create this accent flower for this creation. I love the texture on this paper and it worked a treat for a special feature on this card. I've used the lovely Whimsy Stamps Peony Flower die to create this bloom and then added a stamen cluster to the centre that I've had in my stash for some time. I added beaded berries, a gold stamen cluster little roses and the diecut leaves from the Peony set in white.

The lovely digital sentiment I've used is from a fab set created by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps. I really like the font on this one. A bit different and fun for a simple Christmas greeting. I've added a little pearl to the sentiment strip, just for a pretty finish. I initially had the card design very plain, not extra bling, but I had some pearl flourishes on my desk and decided on a whim to add those in the hopes that it looked a bit like a snow flurry. Not sure that I pulled that off, but I still think it's pretty.

The two pics above were taken at different times of the day, amazing what a difference the lighting makes to the colours! The last one is in natural daylight, still inside, but with lots of lovely natural light flooding in. The above one was taken in the evening under artificial light.

Thanks for popping in to visit today. I hope you enjoyed seeing this sweet new image to Whimsy Stamps. We have some lovely ones coming in December too from this range which I can't wait to share with you! It's so fabulous having them as digital images for that quick download and perfect for those 'last minute' Christmas creations. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure and will of course be back this time next week with another Whimsy Wednesday post. Hugs and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Papercraft Challenges: #24 ~ Friendship
Addicted To Stamps & More: #318 ~ Holiday
The Paper Shelter: #362 ~ Christmas Is Coming
613 Avenue Create: #215 ~ ATG + Christmas/Winter
Crafty Catz: #437 ~ ATG + Getting Ready for Christmas
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #129 ~ Winter Layers (paper layers)
Moving Along With The Times: #84 ~ Winter Animals (Reindeer)

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' ~ Christmas Blues

Hey friends, I have a sweet Christmas make to share with you tonight. The month has rolled around and it's time again for a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. Can you believe we're in November?!! I'm seriously needing to kick my Christmas shopping into high gear! But at least I have a small stash of handmade Christmas cards ready to go! How are you getting on with your Christmas creating?

I've made a monochrome Christmas card this time. A friend suggested I should do this in a range of colours and I quite like the idea! So now I have to hunt out some more papers that will work to do this monochrome set in. The papers I used for this one were a magazine download from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine issue #137. It is a lovely set of Scandinavian themed papers and this one I thought was such a perfect match for this stamp set. So I'll be on the hunt now for similar styles of paper in monochrome shades. Suggestions welcome!

It's such a lovely stamp for this style of crafting. The detail is really pretty, with all the scrolls and pretty etchings. It was part of a magazine cover-set many moons ago. I believe the designer is Jennifer Ellory and the magazine was Cardmaking & Papercrafts. But I've not made a note of the issue number sadly, so if you happen to know, please enlighten me.

This was a very quick and easy creation. Just some white ink around the edges of the paper, some baker's twine and oval stitched diecut of the image panel which I popped up on foam for a bit of dimension and I used a Christmas sentiment from my stash. Simples!

Do come and join us this month at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. My teamies have created some beautiful Christmas crafts! I'm rather swoony over one in particular, so be sure to stop by and work out which one I'm talking about! Do come and share your Christmas creations with us too. We're getting very close to needing to post those Christmas makes! So I hope you're getting ahead with yours. I look forward to seeing what you create. Hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Unicorn Challenge: #38 ~ Use A Sentiment
Addicted To Stamps & More: #318 ~ Holiday
The Paper Shelter: #362 ~ Christmas Is Coming
613 Avenue Create: #215 ~ ATG + Christmas/Winter
Crafty Catz: #437 ~ ATG + Getting Ready for Christmas
Moving Along With The Times: #84 ~ Winter Animals (Reindeer)
As You Like It: Monochrome or Rainbow ~ I'm really torn with this one, as I love both! But I don't often create makes with lots of colours, I prefer muted tones and close colours, so I'm going to say Monochrome.

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Crafting with Animals

Hey lovely crafty friends, I'm here with my Fab 'n' Funky DT creation tonight. Our lovely hostess Chris has chosen the fab theme 'With An Animal' and our sponsor this week is Dr Digi's House of Stamps, so the pairing is perfect as there are loads of fabulous and fun critter images in their range. 

I have chosen the cutest lil' shy whale for my creation called 'Wilbur the Whale', but according to my small boy he should be called Moby. We've just finished reading Moby Dick together for our bedtime story and it left quite an impression on him. So I thought I'd create a lil' wall decoration with this sweet image that he can have in his room.

I've coloured sweet Wilbur who looks ever so shy to me, as a 'White Whale' just as Moby Dick was, as per my lil' guys instructions. I've used B0000, B000, B00 for the main body accents. The water spout I've coloured with BG0000, BG11, BG13, B00, B95 and B97. It's such a small area, it's hard to believe all those colours are in there, but they are! I've added little white highlights with a white gelly roll pen to the droplets of water in the spray for highlight, but it's hard to spot in the photo.

I created the sentiment on my printer. I used a deep blue colour to print the sentiment rather than black, so that it toned in with the lovely background paper. This paper is from Fancy Pants Designs and is called Down By The Shore. It's another paper pack that I've collected in the '$1 Wednesday' promotions Snap Click Supply run every week. I'm collecting quite a lovely range of digital papers this way. If you haven't discovered them, I highly recommend taking a peek. I really love using digital papers. I print them onto 200gsm paper, so they have a lovely weight to them and the paper is strong enough for me to distress the edges if I want to. 

Thanks for popping in to visit today. I've actually got a few posts going live tonight as it's also time for a new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and it is of course 'Whimsy Wednesday'. I share my Digital Diva post every Wednesday with a new release image for Whimsy Stamps so be sure to stop back and check those out a little later too. Do stop by the Fab 'n' Funky blog to check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to as well. You're sure to leave inspired. I hope you'll come and play along with us this week and I'll be back very soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
PIP Challenge: #1845 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #378 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #80 ~ Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge: #38 ~ Use A Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Anything Goes
Animal Friends Challenge: #68 ~ November ~ Winter (Arctic White Whale)
Moving Along With The Times: #84 ~ Winter Animals (Arctic White Whale)

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ The Gift of Christmas

Hey pals, I'm here to share a fabulous New Release image from Whimsy Stamps with you. They have recently taken on the CC Designs range of Rustic Sugar digital images and I for one am absolutely delighted as I LOVE these sweet images. I've chosen with this first image, to create a Christmas Gift Bag and I love the way it came together. So may just make a few more!

The bag is quite a large size, 28cm x 21cm and was a plain red base with kraft handles. It's not 'new' as I'm all about recycling! It was a gift bag one of the kiddies got last year, so I kept it, especially as it was plain and would make such a great base! So I get extra satisfaction from being able to pretty up and reuse a gift bag.

This sweet image is one of my favourites from this newly released range. I think this wee elf is just so sweet! I kept the colours very simple focusing on the traditional Christmas colours of red, green and white with a touch of sparkly silver too. I am deeply honoured to have been asked to colour this range of images for the Whimsy Stamps promo pages. So you may note the image on this creation bears a striking resemblance to the promo page at the end of the post. Squeeee, so chuffed.

Here's a closer peek at the elements. I've added a paper with stripey Christmas colours to create the main background element and then layered over top a pretty red paper with a soft sheen to it and a square diecut from soft green card.

I decided to use a doily behind the image, but the one I wanted to use was a little narrow and didn't show around all the edges, so I decided to get crafty! I worked out what I wanted to show around the image and then cut the doily to make it work!

I then lined up the elements, so that the sections going along the sides were evenly placed and then added the two top peeks. I stuck them down with some glue runner and some sellotape and then adhered them to the bag base with strong double sided tape.

To finish off this design I used a lovely diecut Poinsettia, which was cut with a fabulous die set from Whimsy Stamps. I've used a pretty paper with a lovely satin sheen to it and in reality it's absolutely lush. I finished the Poinsettia with the little diecut centre and added a gold flatback pearl in the centre.

Click through to the store on the banner above to see the latest Digital New Release. You can also click 'here' to see the Rubber and Dies Release. There really is the most fabulous selection of images this month and some wonderful new ranges. So be sure to visit both sections to see it all. Thanks for stopping in to visit today, I love it when you do! Be sure to let me know what you think of the new release and I'll be back very soon with another crafty adventure! Hugs and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Unicorn Challenge: #38 ~ Use A Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #436 ~ Anything Goes + Sentiment
Daisy Chain Challenges: #25 ~ Christmas/Winter
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Anything Goes
Craft Rocket Challenges: #54 ~ Christmas Is Coming
Addicted To Stamps & More: #317 ~ Make Your Mark
613 Avenue Create: #215 ~ Anything Goes + Christmas/Winter

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Trees

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I'm here to bring you our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we are keen to see any crafty creations that feature trees. I think that's a fab challenge with Christmas so close now! I wonder what the ratio will be of Christmas to non Christmas entries?! 

Mine is a Christmas card and it uses the loveliest Maja Design paper which features Christmas trees. I also used a Memory Box border die that has a village scene with houses and trees. This reminds me so much of the time we spent in Sjöbo in Sweden with our dear friends over New Year. Snow covered everything and the fir trees lined the roads and fields. It was so beautiful! 

I actually made this card to accompany a little parcel to a friend in the UK and so kept the design quite flat for ease of posting. It's quite hard to read the sentiment in these pics, lighting wasn't fabulous when I took these. But in reality, the white stamping is subtle but lovely. I was playing with a white on white type theme and really love the softness of it.

Here's a closer peek at the sentiment, which reads "A joy that is shared, is a joy made double." I was sending a crafty treat with it, so I thought the sentiment worked quite well. It's a very CAS design, which would lend itself so well to some batch made Christmas cards, I must pull that border die out again and make some more!

Do head on over to the challenge and check out what my talented teamies got up to for this theme and come on back too, with your own tree themed entry. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do! I'll be back soon with my next crafty adventure, so do check back soon. I wish you a wonderful weekend and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #427 ~ Christmas
The Paper Shelter: #360 ~ Winter Fun!
Allsorts Challenge: #492 ~ Pretty Papers
Die Cuttin' Divas: #393 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #554 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #436 ~ Anything Goes + Twist ~ Must Have A Sentiment
Papercraft Challenges: #23 ~ Inspired By A Song (It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...)
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