Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas

Hey there my lovely crafty pals. I hope your week has been shaping up well. My baby girl started highschool on Tuesday this week. I can't believe she's at high-school! Where have the years gone?! I'll post a pic of her at the end in her new school gears, it's a lovely uniform. We're kicking off our first 'Christmas' challenge of the year at Fab 'n' Funky and I've got a backlog of Christmas cards I've never posted, so I had no excuse not to join in this week!!

I used a rather gorgeous Vintage image I purchased a while back. It looks straight from an old postcard doesn't it?! I love the jolly happy face of this sweet Santa and it was such a doddle to craft with. No colouring, a few distressed edges and layers and hey presto, Christmas card done. 

I used a Lil' Inkers Silly Stitched Die for the red mat. The white borders were cut with an older Martha Stewart Doily Lace Border Punch, the lovely Doily Star Die is from Marianne Design and the white enamel coated metal corner is of course an old Live & Love Crafts corner. I'm still sobbing that Sandy closed her store. One of my all time favourite places to shop!

The lovely tartan paper is from an 8x8 set by Craftwork Cards called Traditional Tartans. I bought my paper pad from Joanna Sheen. I love that she offers free postage the world over if you spend over 9 GBP. That's never difficult for me to do and it has saved me so much in postage! I love buying all my staples and the odd treat too from her. Really fast and lovely service too.

I wonder if you've already started Christmas crafting? Maybe like me, you haven't stopped! I find it's the only way to ensure I have enough cards come Christmas, so I love these opportunities during the year to add to my stash. I hope you'll come and join us with your Christmas crafting and I'll be back tomorrow with my Whimsy post, which is of course delayed a day this week, because it's New Release week! So I'll be giving you a taste of what's being launched this week in the digital section of the Whimsy Store. I'll be doing two launch posts, so do pop back for those. Hugs to you all and have an awesome week. Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #60 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #158 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #4 ~ Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #110 ~ The Power of Red
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #74 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #358 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #452 ~ Old Favourites (I've used lots of old favourites on this card!)

Extra Content: If you made it all the way to the end of the post, here's my sweet Georgie, all dressed up for her first day of high school. So proud of this amazing young lady. She's such a cool kid and it's a joy to watch her growing up.

 I think it's a really lovely uniform
(bottle green sweater for Winter)

Cheeky thing came out wearing her headphones
(yes, that's me in the background, caught by hubby)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Southern Girls ~ Running Circles Around You

Hey there lovelies, if you read my previous post, you'll know that this is 'Take 2' at my Design Team post for our new Southern Girls Challenge which launched on Thursday last. I'm late as I've been away with the kiddos on a lovely memory making holiday up North. Check out the pics in a previous post. I just couldn't pull together the theme with my previous card, but this time, I love the way the sequins work with my design, so here we go, for all you science geeks out there, I'm hoping you'll love this.

My second attempt at creating for our fabulous 'Circle Embellishments' challenge at Southern Girls will be going to my Swedish bestie's boy, who is 2 weeks older than Georgie and turns 13 in a few days. I thought a geek chic design might be a fun option. I recently picked up a couple more of the fabulous Kaleidacolor Ink pads. I tried a mixed ink pad recently which didn't have the separation of the individual colours and I was so disappointed, as all the inks bled together completely ruining the 'separate' colours. So when I saw recently saw them on special, I grabbed a few new colour combos. Our lovely sponsor Krafter's Cart has some of the other Tsukineko Inks, (which I'm a huge fan of) and I'm hoping they'll get some Kaleidacolor too! Fingers crossed. I might have to sweet talk Meetu, hehe.


I've used a fun MFT stamp set to create this card. It's a geek chic chemistry inspired set called Undeniable Chemistry. I love the sentiments that came with this, there were some really brilliant chemistry puns. (Those who know me well, will know how much I dislike twee and contrived puns on cards, but seriously, these are clever and really work!) I chose 'Our Bond Can't Be Broken' for this card, as we have such a special friendship with our Swedish besties and this sentiment was a perfect fit for their eldest boys birthday card. Now I just have to think of a really cool teen boy pressie!

I used the same ink pad to ink up the paper that I stamped the sentiment onto, man this took ages to dry, next time, I think I'll just use my copics! But I do like the marbled effect of the multicoloured ink pad on this sentiment strip. I white heat embossed the sentiment after dusting it with anti-static powder.


The final trick was to add the circle embellishments. I chose a circular design with the aperture windows, to hat-tip the theme, the circles were cut with a double cut stitched circle die like this MFT one you can find at Krafter's Cart. But of course I needed to actually add circular embellishments. What I love about the sequins I used, is that they are circular on the outside, but the inner design of the sequin is actually a hexagon. Which is very chemistry oriented. So I think they are the perfect circular embellies for this creation. I only used 3 round sequins, but I think they work a treat on this design and then I added some tiny star sequins to finish off the design.

I used yellow foam to pop up the panel, which you can see a sneaky peek of here. Not visible from the front, but I do wish I'd had some white foam, as it does show through at this angle. I also popped up the base layer with foam, for extra dimension. I love the way this looks, I think it adds an extra level of chic. I finished the front panel by diecutting it with a Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die

I hope you'll come and join the fun with us and show us your interpretation of our theme 'Circle Embellishments'. It's always so fun to see how others interpret the theme. We have some truly fabulous sponsors this year. Usually two sponsors per challenge, this fortnight it is our generous New Zealand based craft store 'Krafter's Cart' and our International sponsor is 'All Dressed Up' stamps. 

How lucky are we?! So get your craft on and come and play along. Do pop by the Southern Girls Challenge to see what my talented teamies have been up to. They're full of awesome ideas, so you're sure to leave feeling inspired! I'll be back soon with a new crafty adventure, until then, have an awesome week and do something you love everyday. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Shopping Our Stash: #338 ~ Birthday
Crafty Gals Corner: #157 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #63 ~ CAS
Crafty Catz: #401 ~ Something New (New Stamp Set)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Layer It Up (two layers of foam)
Allsorts Challenge: #452 ~ Old Favourites (I've had the circle dies ages, love them!)
As You Like It: Favourite Die (I've used my Lil' Inker's Stitched Circles die for this and I use it loads for matting and circle designs. It's my favourite circle die.

Baby Shower ~ You'll Always Be My Baby

Hey there lovelies. I've been rushed off my feet since bringing the kiddos back from our lovely holibobs up the top of the North Island in New Zealand (pics in a previous post), as it was my sister's 'friends' baby shower on Saturday and I spent all Friday baking for that. We had an absolutely beautiful baby shower, it poured with rain across town where I live, but the sun shone so beautifully where my sis' lives and we had a truly magical celebration. I'd hosted a baby shower for the extended family a couple of weekends back and was rushing around the whole time, so my sweet sis' knowing this, asked me to her 'friends' shower, so I could relax and enjoy the celebration with her and help with a little baking too. Our mummy came too and we all had a truly beautiful afternoon with her besties who came from all over the North Island. Some all the way from Wellington. 

I made her a sweet card for this 'friends' baby shower. I used a sweet Clearly Besotted stamp set called Woodland Kisses. It is an older Clearly Besotted Stamp set, but I know there's a good selection of lovely Clearly Besotted images in our wonderful Kiwi Craft store ~ Krafter's Cart. I finished the card with a few sequins to work in with the 'circle embellishments' theme we have at Southern Girls this week. But when I was laying them out, I didn't like the bigger sizes of the sequins, so I decided to ditch them and leave the card plain. But here are some pics I took when I was playing around with the sequin idea.

I masked those fluffy clouds and used a dusting brush and distress ink to create them. I couldn't find my cloud border die (yes I need to clean my craft den) so I just cut a few waves in a bit of heavier cardstock to create a new stencil. I masked off the bunnies and scene to do the ink dusting and also to add the green grass layer.

The scene was also created with masking. The toadstools and the wee tree stump had to be added after the bunnies were masked. Then the toadstool that's behind the front one was stamped after masking the front ones. Lots of fiddly work in the masking, but I love the way it all came together. I used my Copic Markers to colour these cuties.

This sweet stamp set comes with some rather adorable options, one of them is this little cluster of hearts, which I thought was perfect for the loving glance these two are giving each other. I added some Wink of Stella to the hearts and also to their sweet lil' noses. 

 I hung the card in my sister's tree to snap some pics. It was such a pretty scene

I really do prefer this card without the sequins. It was all about the sweet image and simple ink work for me. My dilemma though after removing the sequins, was now what would I do for the current Southern Girls challenge?!! So like all good crafters, I went back to the drawing board and started again. So pop on over to the next post to see what my solution was. Hehe, clever pun there, which you'll only get, when you see the card! LOL.

One final pic of the card on my gift for my sis, waiting to be opened

But before you go, check out some more lovely pics of my sister's baby shower at the end of this post. It was such an elegant and beautiful event. No hint of kitsch in site! Just elegant and gorgeous. We had such a special day and my sister's friends were SO generous with her. She has some truly beautiful presents for her and bub. Ooh I can't wait for those baby snuggles. I'm beyond excited! I'll be back again in a few minutes, literally, hehe, as I'm all set to post the next card. So do check that out next. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Update: My sis sent me a pic taken in better light after I'd given the card to her. So here's a pic update xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad: Valentine/Love (baby love)
Colour Crazy Challenge: #4 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #205 ~ Something New (new baby and new stamp set)
Crafty Catz: #401 ~ Something New (my clearly besotted stamp set is new)
Crafty Cardmakers: #204 ~ Get Inky/Messy (clouds and grass inked with DI's)
Creative Inspirations: January ~ Something New (new baby and new stamp set)
Dragonfly Journeys: #110 ~ The Power of Red (little pops of red in the hearts and mushrooms)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Layer It Up (I've layered the image panel up with a foam mat)

Update: I won the Colour Crazy Challenge! Woohoo. But sadly was too late noticing to claim the lovely 'Little Miss Muffet' prize.

Now, for those of you who'd like to see the pretty party we had for sister's baby shower. Here are a few sweet pics of our fun. Enjoy xoxo

The sweet scene for the shower in my sister's garden

The beautiful 'naked' cake made by one of her besties

Beautifully wrapped presents

Petite and perfect

Our day ended with a little bit of Heaven breaking through :)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Valentine's/Love

Hey there lovelies. I've been helping at my sister's 'friends' baby shower today, so I'm chasing my tail and sneaking in a little late to share my DT creation for our latest challenge at Sweet Stampin'. We're having a Valentine's/Love challenge. So smooch on up to your loved one or like me, feel free to interpret the theme a little differently...

Maybe you recall this fabulous Unity Stamps set from a previous creation I blogged that I made for my niece when she was off to France on exchange for 10 months. You can pop over to take a peek at that one here. I love how versatile and how deeply etched and beautifully made these Unity Stamps images are. I love this one to bits and I'm sure this will be inked again before long. Very different from my first creation using this set but I utterly LOVE how this came out. 

There's so much beauty and detail in the paper I've used, there was nothing much more needed than the stamping to finish the card. Though I did think the compass was a fun finish with a bit of grosgrain ribbon. I wanted to keep it masculine as it was a birthday pressie for my brother, who had recently returned from a world trip. So rather then tie a bow to attach the charm, I simply used a tiny black safety pin!

Head on over to the challenge blog to see what my talented teamies have been up to for this challenge. I love how different our interpretations of a theme can be and those girlies are so talented, you're sure to be inspired. 

Do come and play along with us if you're doing some Valentines crafting. We'd love to see how you interpret the theme. I'll pop back tomorrow to update some of the extra details of the card. Hugs until then, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Shopping Our Stash: #338 ~ Birthday
Crafty Gals Corner: #157 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #4 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #452 ~ Old Favourites (my Unity World Stamp Set)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Layer It Up (main panel popped up on foam against back layer)

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Sympathy Bugs

Hey there lovelies. I hope your week is going well. I'm currently up North on holibobs with my mummy and kiddos. Fingers crossed the weather improves from what's forecast as I'm writing this, it's due to be rain the whole time we're away! Sigh, Murphy's Law eh. My Whimsy Wednesday post for you today, is a sweet creation I made using the Sympathy Bugs from Whimsy Stamps illustrator Sylvia Zet. I love her sweet and wistful illustrations. I think these lil' bugs are the absolute cutest bugs! I loved colouring them in a very muted palette. Quite Autumnal really now I look at it!

I coloured them with my Promarkers and I was intending this to be a single layer card initially, so coloured directly on the cardstock, which I realise now is a little less forgiving with extra ink. So it's bled in a couple of places. I thought it was too plain when I'd finished, so I chomped a couple of the corners and added some chalk ink around the image. I added a sentiment and a couple of little postmark stamps for interest and some glittery enamel dots. Then I mounted the whole thing onto a bigger kraft card base with a doily behind for texture and interest and finished with a gold and white bakers twine.

Such a simple wee card, but I just love it. The Sympathy Bugs image you can find in the Whimsy Stamps store along with an extensive range of Sylvia Zet's gorgeous images. I really do love her sweet characters. I'd love one of each! I didn't use any digital paper tonight, which is a departure from the norm for me, but watch this space for my next Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration post as I totally will next time! I hope you enjoyed my wee creation and I'll see you again really soon with my next Whimsy Digital Design Divas creation. Hugs to you all xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #157 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #3 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #428 ~ Lots of Layers
613 Avenue Create: #205 ~ Something New (new twine and new glitter enamel dots)
Creative Inspirations: January ~ Something New (new twine and new glitter enamel dots)
Allsorts Challenge: #451 ~ Butterflies (I think this is one of the cutest butterfly & ladybug's ever!)

Fab 'n' Funky ~ On my holibobs

Hey there lovelies, I should be posting a gorgeous creation using a lovely Bugaboo stamp from our lovely sponsor this week and I'm sad I didn't get a chance to craft in advance, but I've run away and am enjoying some holibobs up the North of New Zealand with my kiddos. But I think you really should stop on over at the Fab 'n' Funky blog and check out what my incredibly talented teamies have been up to! You're gonna love what they've done with these fab images. 

Come and join in the fun with the rest of the team for our 'Use A Number' challenge at Fab 'n 'Funky. I'll be back soon, once I've shaken the sand out of my hair and treated my sunburn! Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

For those of you curious to see my lovely country. Here are the kiddos up North doing some Sea Biscuit moves! Hugs all xoxo

 Georgie riding the Sea Biscuit on her tummy

Chillin' out after a nice ride

Zac giving the thumbs up that he can handle the speed

Zac handling the wake

My kiddos have never been on a Sea Biscuit before, so they were a little nervous at first, my cousin was great though and took Zac around at a greatly reduced speed. No holding Georgie down though, she was up for the big waves from the get-go! They both enjoyed it so much and have some great Summer break memories to start the year. I'll pop a couple of wider shots in so you see the beauty of our lovely bay.

Lush greens from the farmland and Grandpa's Gate leading out to our little piece of Paradise

I loved the calm scene of this sweet wee dinghey just floating out there in the bay
The isle beyond you can see, is the Cavalli Islands

This is the beautiful view from our end of the beach
Lots of seaweed at the moment due to recent storms

Okay enough already right? Just thought some of you might like to see our pretty little corner of the world. We're so blessed to have had a Grandparent who farmed the land that leads onto this beach and he put it into a trust for our future generations to enjoy. A beautiful space to share with all our extended family. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Monday, 15 January 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge ~ Sweet Autumn Happiness

Hey there my lovelies. It's my 24th Wedding Anniversary today and my in-laws have arrived to spend the week with us. It's been a super hot day, so we've been camped out in front of the fan. But we've had a lovely evening chatting and catching up. I shared the card I created for my hubby with you last Wednesday, but of course saved it to give to him today. We have a new challenge starting at Whimsy Stamps today, so I want to share a new card with you, that I created last week. I had fun with a very gorgeous Whimsy Stamp called Autumn Happiness. This lil' guy is utterly delish. The sweetness in his face, there's no way this wee cutie blows fire! I just love the way he's watching the leaves fall and don't ask me why I'm doing an Autumn card in the middle of my Summer! But he was just too sweet to resist! LOL.

I've used the most delish papers today too. They're digital papers from a gorgeous set called Autumn Papers 2 designed by Tracy Wray for Whimsy Stamps. I just love the Autumnal tones in this set. They work perfectly with the colours I chose for my wee Autumn Dragon. As usual, I coloured first and then thought about papers. So imagine my joy when Tracy's gorgeous Autumn papers were utterly perfect for the job!

I coloured the wee dragon with my Promarkers in a range of Autumn shades. I just love that rich deep purple of his body. My kind of purple! I was a little tired, so don't look too closely at the lines! Back to colouring school for me! Hehe. I've kept the card simple, no sentiment as yet, as I don't know exactly what occasion I'll use it for. But I rather like it without one, so I think I'll add it to the inside as I often do.

You can find the gorgeous Whimsy Stamps goodies that I've used to create this card instore. I'll soon be adding links direct to each product in the store through a new affiliate programme they've just launched. If you love Whimsy products like me, check it out! Head on over to the new challenge and see what my talented team mates have been up to. So much gorgeousness to inspire you there! We'd love to see your Whimsy Stamps creations too, so do join in the challenge! I'll be back again soon with a new crafty adventure. Big hugs and happy crafting until then.

Challenge Entries:
Colour Crazy Challenge: #2 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #358 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #172 ~ Something New (new digital paper, I LOVE it!)
Creative Inspirations: January ~ Something New (new digital paper, I LOVE it!)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Lots of Layers

Hey there lovelies. How's your year coming along? Mine is already flying past as fast as last year did. Do they hit the fast forward button once you reach a certain age?! We're in the middle of Summer break here in New Zealand, so I'm sneaking in while the kids are occupied to share my Sweet Stampin' DT creation with you. I made this a wee bit ago, when one of my darling Playcentre pals had her third baby. Her boys are super cute and this was made to celebrate the birth of her third lil' man. I love the bright primary colours in this paper pad and thought it was really fun with its sweet message 'please excuse the mess, kids are making memories'. This is such a 'Playcentre' ethos, I thought it was perfect!

I made a top folding large rectangular card. It is the size of a full A5 sheet of paper. I've used a large heart die for the main background cut from a Go Kreate XXL heart die. All the papers have been edged in Tea Dye Distress Ink. The main background pale blue paper I free cute a fish tail for a bit of interest. I layered up a scallop cut square, then the heart, popped up the main image on foam for dimension and then added the bunting and 'photo' strips behind the image, finishing finally with a little tag sentiment. Can you guess the theme of our challenge this week yet?! Yep, it's layers and this card has plenty!

The image is of course a gorgeous Lili of the Valley baby. It's a rubber stamp that I think has now been retired, but there are loads of gorgeous babies in their digital files along with their rubber stamps. Fingers crossed they may bring back this image as a digi stamp. I think he's super cute on his wee rubber ducky toy. I coloured this quite a while ago with my Promarkers and it sat unused until the 'right' moment. I often do that, colour just for fun, and 'bank' them for a later make. I've quite a selection sitting waiting to be made into cards.


Here's a closer peek at that wee sentiment and the cute truck I diecut to fit on the other side of that 'photo strip'. The truck is a memory box die. I think the papers are from My Mind's Eye, but I'll have to fish out the exact paper pad when I'm back. I can't recall right now. But I so loved their bright fresh primary colours. Just so full of life and little man mischief!

I added sweet little wooden hearts to the bunting for a bit of texture and interest and the the wee bunting flags were glued to a thin red satin ribbon before attaching to the card.

Final touch was a little tag with greeting for the happy parents. I added a satin trimmed organza ribbon and the little hearts on the tag were punched out before I added the white sentiment. So there you have it, a 'lots of layers' card for this weeks Sweet Stampin' challenge. I hope you'll come and join the fun with your own, 'lots of layers' creation. I'd love to see what you're inspired to do!

My in-laws are coming to visit in a couple of days, so I won't be popping by your blogs for a few days. But I look forward to catching up again at the end of the week. It was my mummy's birthday on the 8th and we had such a lovely day of celebrating. So have a peek below at the pics of our fun. Huge hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

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