Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Mandalas & Patterns

Hey there lovelies. It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and we have a fun theme for you this week. We'd love to see your creations with Mandala's and Patterns on them. I love Mandala's they're so fun to colour. Our sponsor DigiStamps 4 Joy provided us with some very cool images to work with. I went for sunny colours on my mandala, but check out the awesome interpretations by the rest of my talented teamies. There's some really cool takes on the theme! I used Mandala 4 for my card.

My sweet girlie had a few tough weeks recently, which totally breaks my heart, kids can be so cruel at school, but she navigated her way through a tough time with such bravery and independance, so I created this bright card to remind her of her awesome she is, even when the going is tough. She turned 13 yesterday and had an amazing day. I hope things will just get better from here for her at high school.

I think this sentiment is oh so perfect to remind her that life can throw you curveballs, but how you navigate this days is what really builds your character. I have to say, she showed strength and resilience under really awful circumstances. We couldn't be prouder of her. 

I took me quite a while to colour up this Mandala, but it was a lovely soothing process. I chose lots of oranges and yellows from my copic colours and coloured without any real plan, just intuitively as I went. Very relaxing and fun process. I cut down a doily that was slightly too large for this card and then took my black Promarker and turned it from a white to a black doily. This is such a quick and clever way to personalise your embellies. I think it's a nice stark detail on this card. I also inked the white cardstock to create the edge around the sentiment. 

Head on over to the challenge and check out those awesome creations by my teamies, you're sure to leave inspired! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have an awesome week and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Sisterhood of Crafters: CAS
Lemon Shortbread: #62 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #137 ~ Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #101 ~ CAS
Crafting From The Heart: #196 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #361 ~ Anything Goes

Update: I was a Design Team Favourite at Crafting From The Heart! Thank you ladies. I'm so happy you like my card.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Spring's Coming

Hey there lovelies. I'm popping in tonight to share my Sweet Stampin' DT creation with you. We have a new challenge starting today and our theme is 'Spring's Coming'. So show us all your gorgeous Spring bloom creations!

I created this card for my sweet niece who lives in San Diego after seeing a photo of her watering the plants with my mum who was looking after her at the time. She looked so cute and sweet watering the garden, like it was the most important job in the world! So when I saw this cute image by Nellie Snellen, I just knew I wanted to use it for a card for her. How sweet is she?!

I've coloured this cutie with my Promarkers and used some lovely My Mind's Eye papers to create this simple but sweet card. I just love that ditsy floral.

Come and join the fun with us for our 'Spring' challenge at Sweet Stampin'. We can't wait to see what you're inspired to create. Do stop into the blog and see what my teamies got up to for this challenge too. They've made some gorgeous Spring inspired creations! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, I'm going to be hanging with that sweet niece and her delish baby brother for the next few weeks, as they're over here visiting from the States right now! Squee, I love these lil' sweeties, so I'm getting my mushy aunty fill! Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #405 ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #353 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #8 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: February ~ Anything With Flowers
Crafty Calendar Challenge: February ~ 2 or More Layers
Deep Ocean Challenge: #175 ~ Cute & Cuddly (I think she's pretty cute & cuddly!)
Sugar Pea Designs Challenge: #40 ~ Mix It Up Photo Inspiration (Inspired by the colours)
Allsorts Challenge: #456 ~ I Spy Something Beginning With 'B' ~ Blue, Baby, Blooms, Box

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Southern Girls ~ Nature

I swear I ought to change my blog name to 'The London Bus', it's so funny, that there'll be no posts from me for ages and then 3 come at once! Hehehe. I'm here today with another DT post, this time for Southern Girls and our latest challenge. We have a lovely theme this week, which is 'Nature', how easy is that?! So many possibilities and ways to interpret that theme, so we hope you'll give it a go and come and join in the fun.

I've been collecting some lovely stash over the past few weeks from our fabulous sponsor Krafter's Cart and had a blast trying out a different colouring technique from my norm' to colour this pretty Altenew Stamp set. I've used Gansai Tambi Pearl Watercolours to colour the lovely flowers in this Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set.

I did a rather fun technique of just throwing colour on the paper in concentric circles to create the flowers, lighter in the middle working to a darker colour on the outside. Then stamped the flowers with the centre over the lightest colour. I LOVE how this came out, lazy colouring, but oh so fun and so effective!

I fussy cut all the elements to add to the card. I bought a lovely new doily die this week from my local craft store and I love the way the peaks on it work with this Go Kreate card shape. So I used that behind the blooms for a little interest. I added ink to the paper behind, really messily, I just threw it down for a bit of fun and background colour, then used my Hero Arts Neon Ombré Chartreuse to Blue inkpad to add the additional elements from the stamp set straight to the paper. I had no idea what I was doing with this card, the whole thing was one giant experiment. But I really LOVE how it came out. 

The final touch was a sentiment and I had also picked up a sentiment sheet this week from my local craft store, so I used one of those to finish the card. It's a sticker element, so I'm not super keen that on closer inspection you can see the edges, but I don't think it detracts from the finish too much. It has such a pretty metallic finish and I think the font is so perfect for this card.

Sorry the post is so pic heavy! Lots to show you tonight, so just one final pic to show off the depth from the layering of the blooms. It doesn't show well, but I rounded the blooms for a little dimension when I layered them. My final touch on the flowers (which were already very pretty from the sheen of the pearl watercolour finish) was to add Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops on the flower stamen and a little diamanté in the centre of the front flower along with a scattering of sequins on the main card area. I had splattered the card with some of the pearl watercolours for a bit of interest, but the brush gave very fine splatters, so not very visible. I'll have to experiment further with different brushes to get better splatters.

We have two amazing sponsors this challenge, Krafter's Cart whose goodies I used to create this card and our second sponsor is the lovely Sasayaki Glitter. Head on over to the main challenge to check out what my clever teamies have done with their gorgeous images.

I'll be back again soon with another DT creation, but I may just be hanging out with my gorgeous wee niece and nephew who are flying in from San Diego this weekend, so jury's out as to whether there'll be much crafting next week! LOL. Hugs to you all and happy crafty days, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Little Red Wagon: Go Green
Lemon Shortbread: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: February ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #213 ~ Spring Flowers
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #76 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: February ~ Anything With Flowers
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background
Sugar Pea Challenge: #40 ~ Mix It Up (I've turned the sketch on it's side ~ rotated to the left for my creation)

Update: I was featured at Little Red Wagon in their Featured Projects post. I'm so delighted! Thank you so much Little Red Wagon team.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Too Sweet

Hey there lovelies, as often happens my DT posts are all due around the same time this week, so you'll have a glut of posts from me. This is my Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration post. I've chosen an adorable image from Whimsy Stamps illustrator Sylvia Zet for this creation. This cutie is called Pixie and you can find her in the Whimsy Stamps Store. I love this wistful image, Sylvia's images are so charming. I had great fun colouring her up with my copics and I added a little Wink of Stella to her wings once she was coloured. Very subtle, but in the right light, oh so pretty!

I used a pretty Go Kreate die to cut the card shape, added some sparkly hessian behind the image and a bit of Organza Ribbon in a lovely shade of gold, some little Wood Chip hearts and I was almost done. 

All that remained to add was a sentiment and I knew I wanted to use the fabulous sentiment set called Happy Headlines designed by Deb Davis, the 'too sweet' sentiment was perfect for this card. So I chose a sheer vellum to stamp and emboss it on, so that the pretty papers designed by Denise Lynn could show through. Fingers crossed these will be available in the store very soon. 

I took this last shot outside, which shows the beautiful colours so well, but not the pretty sparkle, I'm including it just to show the beautiful paper, which showed up so well in this shot.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest Whimsy Wednesday post, I'll be back of course next week with another and if you love Whimsy Stamps as I do, get creating so you can join in the fun with our next challenge starting on March 15th. The prize is Whimsy goodies, so it's so worth joining in! If you love the goodies I used and want to do some shopping, head straight to the Whimsy Store via the link below.

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, until then, I wish you happy days, restful nights and plenty of crafting time! Hugs xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Creative With Stamps: February ~ Heart
Lemon Shortbread: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #76 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #327 ~ Things That Fly (Fairies)
613 Avenue Create: #206 ~ Anything Goes + Optional Twist ~ Love 
Moving Along With The Times: #65 ~ Things of the Sky (Bird & Fairy)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Grunge It Up (Ink distressed the background paper)
Creative Inspirations: February ~ Love Is In The Air (totally besotted with my new baby niece!)
Sugar Pea Challenge: #40 ~ Mix It Up (I've used the soft candy colours from the colour inspiration to colour my image)

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Christmas

Hey there my crafty pals, I hope your day is going fabulously. I am popping in today to share a Christmas make with you. We endeavour each month at Fab 'n' Funky to encourage you to get ahead with Christmas crafting, so there's no mad rush at the end of the year. I have a cutie patootie card to share with you, which I haven't actually created for next Christmas, but rather is un-blogged from last. I made this for my two sweet nieces who live in Australia. One is dark haired and the other fair, so I coloured up these adorable Lili of the Valley cuties to look like them. I love how this card came out!

This adorable stamp is called Musical Christmas which appears to be out of stock now, but they still have loads of gorgeous Christmas images. My stamp is a rubber one, but I do love their digital images now. So quick and easy with instant download, no stalking the mail man!

The gorgeous background paper I used for this card is Maja Design's Gardening from their Enjoying Outdoors paper pad. I love paisley, so this super appealed to me when I saw it. I decided to draw out the plum coloured aspects of the paper, but had no paper that colour, so I used my Slate coloured Promarker to colour the edge of the background cardstock, which was originally white (yes the inside needed lining as it bled through) and coloured the white oval frame in the same Slate coloured Promarker. My image was coloured with Promarkers too.

I just LOVE this colour combo with the greens and fawns in the paper. I added the sentiment in green ink straight onto the paper. The sentiment is an older cling one from Stampendous. I thought it a nice fit for this fun pair and their musical instruments. Such a cute image! I hand stitched the patterned paper but definitely need to get thicker cotton as even with it stitched twice, it doesn't show well, so that's on the wish list! Finally a few pearls from Flourish With a Bling to finish the look and it was done. Sweet and simple!

I hope you'll come along and play with our Christmas challenge this week and get ahead on your Christmas plans for this year. I'm trying to make a couple every month. Fingers crossed I'm better prepared than last year! Do stop into the challenge and check out what my talented teamies got up to and I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: February ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #353 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #76 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #327 ~ Things That Fly (Angels)
As You Like It: Favourite Way To Add A Sentiment ~ I love to stamp directly on the designer paper or on the image panel. Since having my stamp platform, I've been doing more and more of this (like Annette, it has made all the difference to my crafting!)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Summer Rules

Hey there my lovely blog pals, I'm back with another Whimsy Wednesday creation and I'm sharing a fun card I created to say thank you to my aunty & uncle and cousins for some Summer happiness they provided my kiddos while we were up North over our Summer break. It's the first time my kiddos have been 'sea-biscuiting' and they had such a blast! You can check out the pics of that fun, on this previous post. I knew I had this wee guy in my stash and I think he's kinda perfect for a Summer thank you card.

I've coloured this awesome Whimsy Stamps image by Krista Heij-Barber called Summer Fun with my copics and don't you just love the lightning bolt on the glasses? (Totally stole the idea from the cover photo on the stamp! LOL But I love how it worked out.) I used copic reds R27, R24, R22 & R20 to colour crabby and the sentiment too. I fussy cut the image and mounted it with an action wobble onto the background paper.

I used my Caribbean Seas Kaleidacolor ink pad to stamp this fabulous Impression Obsession 6x6 'Cover.A.Card' background stamp, then edged the panel with Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink. I used a lovely green shimmer cardstock for the base card, which I created as a top folding card. 

Next I added a panel of sand coloured cardstock which I diecut with the hilltop die of the Stitched Border Die Trio from Whimsy Stamps and to finish the beachy look of the card, I added some real sand and three seashells from our local beach. (Yep, I live in a city surrounded by beaches!)

I love the sentiment that came with the stamp, it was so perfect after the Summer fun we'd had so I coloured it in alternating shades of red and diecut it with a Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die. All that remains now, is to show you the lil' guy in action. So take a peek at the video below for the 'Action Wobble' fun.

I'm off now to watch a Valentine's night movie with the hubby (on the couch! That's about as exciting as our Valentine's get! LOL) So I'll catch you all again soon and wish you happy Valentines and happy crafting! Hugs xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Paper Shelter: #326 ~ Decorate It
Not Just Cards: February ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #6 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Add A Diecut
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #75 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #360 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: February ~ 2 or More Layers

Update: I just discovered I made the Top 3 at Colour Crazy Challenge. I'm so delighted. Thank you so much! This was such a fun card to make, I'm glad you liked it. :)

Second Update: I just spotted that I WON the Lemon Shortbread challenge. Woohoo, I love their images, so chuffed!!

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Babies

Hey there lovely blogging pals. I'm here again with a DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky, for our latest challenge. It's such a lovely (and let's face it - easy) theme today! We'd love to see your creations for babies, children or MEN! Hehe, love how the fellas got lumped in with the little ones, seems somehow poetic (or is that too cheeky?!) My lovely DT sis Chris is our wonderful hostess for this challenge. Head on over to her blog to check out her awesome inspiration for this challenge. Here's mine.

I have to confess, when I think of making a baby card, I always think of Lili of the Valley babies. I do use other images too, but I often find myself coming back to their stunning baby images. This darling image is called All Our Dreams and I believe it's out of stock now in the rubber stamps, but yippee, did you see Lili of the Valley are now doing digital stamps too? You can find this darling image there in their Digital Babies section. 

The pretty pink paper I used is from an 8x8 First Edition paper pad called Summer Breeze, which I think worked perfectly with the warm brown/kraft tones of the other paper. I love this colour combo. I coloured that sweet babe with my Promarkers this time. 

The rest of the team have some awesome inspiration for you over on the challenge blog, so be sure to stop by there and check it out. Do come and join our fun challenge this week too if you can, there's something for everyone in this theme don't you think?! I'm having my own private party today, as I've been designing for Fab 'n' Funky for 4 years now as of Feb 5th! They say time flies when you're having fun, and it sure does! A shout out to our awesome blog mama Judith, for creating a really fun and stress free DT environment for our awesome team. We have such fun themes and challenges, I love being part of Team Funky. If you're curious to see my first post for Fab 'n' Funky, all those years back, you can find it here. I hope you'll come and join in our fun this challenge and I'll be back really soon with my next DT creation. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Creative With Stamps: February ~ Heart
Lemon Shortbread: #61 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards: February ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #6 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #206 ~ Anything Goes + Love
Deep Ocean Challenge: #174 ~ Love Is All Around
Crafty Creations Challenges: #360 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #431 ~ Add An Embellishment

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Girly

Hey there lovelies, it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and we've a lovely theme for you this week. We want to see your 'girly' makes. I created this card for my lovely Welsh pal back in London and I was so pleased with all the elements as they came together. I think it's well girly! 

The image is a gorgeous retro image from A Day For Daisies called 40's View and I've paper pieced her headscarf with a pale blue plaid paper and added shading on top with my Promarkers. I used a pretty oyster coloured shimmery card stock to mat the layers and a fabulous embossing folder with a very Charles Rennie Mackintosh feel. Wrong era if she's a 1940's chick, but I thought there was something very 1920's about her actually. So I thought the Art Deco design of the embossing folder was a lovely fit.

I used a small Go Kreate die for the sentiment and mat and added a tiny diecut feather to finish. The sentiment is from Magnolia.

Short and sweet tonight, as I need to go and hang up my wee niece's washing. For those that missed that news, we've had the first of our two eagerly anticipated births in our extended family. My sweet niece arrived 5 weeks early! All's well with mum and bub, but she's very teeny and sleepy. So lots of extra TLC right now in hospital before they let them all go home. (Daddy is staying in too, to help) She's absolutely adorable and I'm totally besotted!

Pop on by the Sweet Stampin' blog to check out what the rest of my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. It's such a lovely theme this week, so I hope you'll come and play along with us. Remember there must be some stamping to be eligible for the Top 3 though. I'll be back again soon, I'm off for some baby cuddles. Hugs and happy crafting until next time, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries
Crafty Catz: #403 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #158 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #6 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: February ~ Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge: #398 ~ Light As A Feather
Crafty Creations Challenges: #359 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It: Stitching, Real/Faux? I LOVE stitching in cards, especially real stitching, but I've very little patience for doing the stitching myself, so I utterly LOVE stitched dies and I used them LOADS! I can't doodle, so drawing on the stitches is not my thing. Definitely a stitched dies fan.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Key To My Heart

Hey there lovelies, I hope your week is going well. I'm here today to share with you a fun shaker card I created to celebrate that wonderful day of 'love' that my hubby likes to dis' so much! Seriously, he's so NOT into Valentine's Day, he actually wrote me a song about it! Hehe, I'd be mad if it wasn't actually kinda sweet! But I'm a romantic at heart, and whether he wants to celebrate that special day, when everyone else in the world is focusing on love (that can't be a bad thing right?!) or not, I'm always going to do my thing. Which of course is to create the sweetest soppiest card I can, right?!

This year, I had a little help from a lovely older set of Whimsy Stamps sentiments called 'Key To My Heart'. I think it's perfect for a mushie heartfelt Valentine card. I have the matching dies from that same release, so I diecut the key in cardstock and generously embossed it with Silver embossing powder. A simple but perfect embellishment for this card I think. 

I created a shaker card by layering up foam behind an oval aperture. I cut a frame from white cardstock using two different sizes of oval dies and the fabulous paper inside the frame is the gorgeous digital paper from last months digital release set called Love In Red

There are several utterly perfect paper sets in last months release for Valentine's Card creating. I also used these fun shaker elements from Whimsy Stamps Valentine Sequin Assortment. They're on special right now, so grab a pack while you can! 

I did pick out the pink sequins and save those for another creation. I added instead some shiny flat back pearls for a bit of shine in the mix. There's a very satisfying swish as the sequins shake about. I created a side opening card this time around. As I had some pre-scored card that fit perfectly.

I know my hubby will groan when I give this to him on Valentine's Day but secretly, he loves it really! For those of you who are curious about the song her wrote for me. You can have a listen here.

Come on over and see what the rest of the Whimsy Digital Divas have been up to on our Facebook page. There's loads of inspiration flowing in a constant stream over there, so it's a great place to visit for that little bit of inspiration boost! 

Do head on over to the Whimsy Store to see the current new release goodies too and I'll be back next Wednesday for another Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration post. Hugs to you all and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #206 ~ Love
Cupcake Inspirations: #439 ~ Love Theme
The Little Red Wagon: #423 ~ Shades of Red
Always Fun Challenges: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: 174 ~ Love Is All Around
The Paper Shelter: #325 ~ For The One You Love
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Love Is In The Air
Creative Inspirations: February ~ Love Is In The Air
Moving Along With The Times: #64 ~ Love/Valentine/Wedding/Anniversary
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