Saturday, 21 April 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Sympathy or Thinking of You

Hey lovelies, ooh I thought I was on top of it all and I've arrived home from our trip up North for the kiddies Autumn break to realise I'd forgotten to schedule my last post! So here it is, better late then never eh?! We are having a 'Sympathy or Thinking of You' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. I didn't have a need right now for a Sympathy card, but we miss our Swedish pals so much and I often use sentiments on their cards that express this. I made this card for Georgie to send to their eldest son and I think the sentiment is bang on!

Both our kiddos are big Star Wars fans so we've exchanged Star Wars themed gifts over the years and I knew I had a fabulous image in my stash from Krista Smith that was perfect to colour up depicting these two as Luke & Leia. He's as blonde as she is dark, so I coloured them with my Promarkers to match and stuck with hues that worked with this fabulous paper I had in my stash. If you pop up the pic and look closely you can just spot the Wink of Stella shimmer on their lightsabers. I took it past the lines to make it look like it was glowing. Hard to see in these pics, but lovely in reality.

The fab paper is an older paper from BoBunny's Weekend Market Collection. I love the dark moody hues and thought it was fun for a masculine creation. I kept it simple with distressed edges and mounted it straight onto the black card base. I just added an olive paint chip mat behind the image panel, the sentiment along the side which was cut with a La La Land Stitched Tabs Die

I used a Lil' Inker Square Stitched Mats frame die to cut the image panel and finished the card with a copper toned metal corner which I fixed in place with Ranger Multi Medium Mat Adhesive. Simples!

Head on over to Sweet Stampin' to see what the rest of my madly talented teamies have been up to. There is a wonderful range of inspiration there to help kick you off with this challenge. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, get your craft on and come play along with us if you can. Just remember you need to do some stamping to be eligible for our Top 3 honours. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #413 ~ Anything Goes
QKR Stampede: #292 ~ Anything Goes
Crazy Colour Challenge: #16 ~ Anything Goes (link failed)
Creatalicious Challenges: #137 ~ Anything Goes with Dies or Punches
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle & Shine (sparkly lightsabers!)
As You Like It: Favourite Colouring Medium ~ Alcohol markers. I love them, Promarkers or Copics, either is fab, but I LOVE the vibrancy and depth of colour that alcohol inks provide. They're my very favourite medium to colour with.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Southern Girls ~ Fairies, Flowers and/or Fantasy

Hey there lovelies, it's Thursday and time for a new challenge at Southern Girls. This week we have an awesome theme for you. It's Fairies, Flowers and/or Fantasy. So I chose an image that was both a fairy and had flowers for my creation. She's called Poinsettia Pixie. Isn't she beautiful! I've had this gorgeous image in my stash for a while and I just LOVE colouring Hannah Lynn images. We are very fortunate to have Hannah Lynn as one of our sponsors this week. Our second sponser is Technique Tuesday, so we have two wonderful prizes up for grabs!

I've coloured this beautiful image with my alcohol inks, a mix of Copics and Promarkers. The blues and greys are Promarkers and the reds and greens are Copics. I've added Wink of Stella to the lil' bit of fairy wing you can see on the left of the image, which in reality catches the light nicely. The card is quite little 5x5 inches I think. I had printed this just to play with at quite a small size, but was so pleased when I finished colouring her that I had to use it! So I created a little card, so that she wasn't swamped on a larger one. 

I have had these tiny doilies for a while and in the past was annoyed that they weren't just a little bigger, so imagine my delight when tonight, they were the perfect fit for this creation. I used a La La Land corner and a simple wrap of grey and white bakers twine to finish the design. It's a nice fine twine, so was perfect for this smaller card, as the heavier twines were too chunky. The beautiful designer paper is a digital one from Whimsy Stamps from their Floral Grass set.

I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us this fortnight at Southern Girls. You have two weeks to create with this fantasy theme and I'd love to see what you're inspired to do! Two fabulous prizes up for grabs means two lucky winners! 

I'm away up North with my kiddos right now as we have Autumn break, but will check in again on Saturday when we're back. I'm hoping we aren't rained out, as we've had some dreadful Autumn storms here in Auckland. Have an awesome week and happy crafting. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Little Red Wagon: #442 ~ Cards of Unusual Size
Passion For Promarkers: #440 ~ Buttons and/or Bows
Creatalicious Challenges: #137 ~ Anything Goes with Dies or Punches
The Paper Shelter: #335 ~ A Birthday Card (Birthday card for my UK pal)
Addicted To Stamps & More: #288 ~ Holiday (I've made this for a friends birthday but the poinsettia make it a perfect Christmas creation too.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle & Shine (Not easy to see, but there is Wink of Stella on the fairy wing - left of the image as you look at it)
As You Like It: Favourite Colouring Medium ~ Alcohol markers. I love them, Promarkers or Copics, either is fab, but I LOVE the vibrancy and depth of colour that alcohol inks provide. They're my very favourite medium to colour with.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Fantasy & Fairytales

Hey there lovelies. I've run away up North with my kiddos who are on Autumn break right now, so I'm desperately hoping this post behaves and goes live as I've scheduled it to. It is of course time for a new Fab 'n' Funky challenge and this week our lovely hostess Susan has chosen the fabulous theme 'Fantasy and Fairytales'. Love that theme. In my haste to pack and head North, I've left no time for colouring! Do you feel slightly guilty when you post a 'non-coloured' creation? For some reason I do, but it's silly, because these beautiful pre-coloured toppers from our lovely sponsor The Paper Shelter are absolutely perfect for just such 'no time to colour' occasions! Because I didn't have to colour, I made 3 dinky cards, when I say dinky, they really are tiny, 9cm x 9cm, that's a little over 3.5 x 3.5 inches. I did this, because my printer is running out of ink and putting bands of colour randomly across the page. I've worked out where it misses and cut the print size down to try and miss the banding. Yes, I will replace the ink, but these colour lasers are expensive! So I'm making it stretch as far as I can, hehe.

I decided to make 3 tiny cards, using these smaller printed images. I also printed their lovely matching papers from The Paper Shelter. Their images really are a great deal, with a black and white line drawing you can colour yourself, a pre-coloured image for those quick makes, often a PNG image too with a transparent background for easy merging with digital papers and then they provide a lovely paper with most of their images too! Spoilt for choice really. So I decided to print the lovely papers tiny to fit the little images and then use a simple mat in different shades of green for each creation to finish the designs. 

I love green, it's my favourite colour and I love all the different shades! I wear quite a lot of the olive green tones, but I love all the shades. The image above I imagined as Daenerys from Game of Thrones, so she was my Fantasy creation #1.

Second was my sage green creation using a sweet pixie that is a hat-tip to Tinkerbell in my mind. You can't see it really, but her wings have been glittered with pixie dust (aka Wink of Stella). I had a sage green cardstock I'd already embossed with a cherry tree die and it's so pretty, it's a shame you can't see more of it in the design. 

Third and final creation, Princess Mulan and her dragon. I love the emerald green of this creation. It really pulls out the greens in the paper and image. The cards are so tiny, I kept the designs very simple. The images are popped up on foam for dimension and the paper edges are distressed, otherwise, three tiny, very CAS card designs. I'm well chuffed considering I was totally out of colouring time! I hope you're inspired to come and join our lovely 'Fantasy & Fairytale' theme this week. I just love this theme, so I can't wait to see what everyone is inspired to do! 

I'll be back on Saturday, so will be checking in with you all again then. Though I've scheduled a couple of posts while I'm away, so fingers crossed no gremlins in the lines! Hugs to you all until then and happy crafting! Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: April ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: #442 ~ Cards of Unusual Size
Crafty Creations Challenges: #364 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #335 ~ A Birthday Card (I think these will make very sweet birthday cards)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Sparkle & Shine (The little fairy has Wink of Stella on her wings)

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge ~ Baby Diary

Hey lovelies it's my turn to post on the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog this week, it's also time for a new Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge, so I've combined the two and you'll be seeing this creation for both events. You can find my Digital Design Divas inspiration post over on the Whimsy Stamps blog here. Click through to our challenge blog on the link below.

This creation is a follow up to my previous inspiration post which you can click through to here. This is 'part 2' of the gift I gave my sister and her hubby when their baby arrived. The first was of course, the 'new papa' card I shared with you recently and this time, I'd like to share the sweet baby diary I made for my sister, to record all her 'baby days' notes in. If you are a mama, you might recall the 'haze' that accompanies the baby days and how forgetful we become! So this wee diary is a great way to record and remember all those important little details... what the midwife said when she visited, which side you fed from last, that first sweet milky smile. 

This image is a beautiful one called Little Angel Mother from our fabulously talented digital designer Crissy Armstrong. I coloured mum and bub with my copics, which did you know you can now buy here at Whimsy Stamps?! Love that!! I used a beautiful digital paper designed by Denise Lynn called Vintage Pink. It's so pretty and is another in the same set that I used on my previous post. I stamped a sweet sentiment directly on the pretty paper and edged the paper with distress ink before adding it to the notebook. LOVE these beautiful papers.

The sentiment that I used is a sweet one from my stash, that I felt was perfect to pair with this lovely image. I so felt this way when my babies were born and I think it's such a sweet sentiment for a newborn creation. I stamped it on the paper after I'd added it to the notebook as I wanted to work out the rest of the design before adding it. In retrospect, I should have done it first, as the diary was a little large for my Tim Holtz stamping platform to take and required quite some maneuvering! It's not perfectly stamped as a second stamping wasn't possible after it slipped in the platform. Note to self, there are limitations to these amazing devices! Hehe.

To finish the design, I used some pretty hessian wrap, a tag die behind the image and some cheesecloth for softness. A simple seam binding ribbon to top off the tag, some little ditsy flowers and the sweetest lil' rocking horse layered on kraft coloured foam finished this design. That sweet rocking horse is an older Whimsy Stamps die and was just perfect to finish this creation. It's no longer available, but there are so many gorgeous dies in the Shapeology range. Timeless designs, means maximum use from your stash! I LOVE my Whimsy dies. 

Here are the two creations together. They were very well received by my sister and brother in law. He was especially chuffed with 'his' card and my sis' has half filled her journal already! These images are just perfect for those 'new baby' creations. So look no further than our Digital Designs Library if you need that 'special' image. Whimsy has got it all. Thanks for stopping in to visit today. I'll be back again next week with another Digital Design Divas inspiration post. Until then I hope you'll come and join us in our Whimsy Stamps Challenge. Anything Goes as long as you use a Whimsy Stamps image. Hugs to you all and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries
Not Just Cards: April ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #364 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #137 ~ Anything Goes with Dies or Punches
As You Like It: Favourite Colouring Medium ~ Alcohol markers. I love them, Promarkers or Copics, either is fab, but I LOVE the vibrancy and depth of colour that alcohol inks provide. They're my very favourite medium to colour with.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Make A Wish

Hey there my lovely blog pals. It's been a dreadfully stormy day here, no light for photos sadly, but I've done my best to capture this sweetie. It's time for my regular Whimsy Wednesday post. I didn't do a Wednesday post last week, as we had just had our new release go live, and of course I share two creations with you those weeks. So it feels like a while since I posted a Whimsy creation! I made this sweet creation for my sister in laws birthday. Her first as a mummy. Such an exciting time, so I wanted to mark the occasion with something really pretty. I made her baby daughter a sweet card using a Sylvia Zet image recently, so I thought I'd do one for mummy too. You can check out Sienna's card here. For this card, I used the sweet Sylvia Zet image Rowan Fairy from Whimsy Stamps.

I just love this wistful sweet image. I've coloured her with my copics and added Wink of Stella to her wings and the little scattered hearts. I also added some Nuvo Crystal drops for a bit of interest. I added too many and had to take a couple away as the image suddenly looked swamped. I think there's a better balance now. Thank goodness I used a clear one! The little hearts were 'waste' from the pretty Whimsy Stamps frame die I used. 

I used an older Whimsy corner die and cut it from the same paper as the base paper I used. This is a lovely Whimsy digital paper from the latest release. I LOVE green, so this paper set really appealed to me as it had a couple of gorgeous green paper designs. The set is called 'Floral Grass'.

I edged the paper and image with green chalk ink, added a layer of pink sparkly ribbon and some pearl sprays and finished the ribbon section with a tiny tag and button twine bow. I also added a really cool cabochon to the design. It was a perfect match for the colours in the paper and has the sweetest little birdhouse on it. So I thought that tied in sweetly with this image. 

I popped the image panel up on foam for a bit of dimension and interest and finished the card by adding pearls to the other corners that didn't have the pearl sprays and also to the corner die. I'm really pleased with the little elegant touch the pearls added to this creation. I don't often bling up a creation to this degree, but I love how this came together. 

If you like what I've used to create this card, you can click through to the Whimsy Stamps store via the thumbnails at the bottom of this post. This last release was so gorgeous and there are so many items on my wishlist now. I just got a sneak peek at what's coming in the May release and you're gonna LOVE it!! I'll be posting on the main Whimsy Inspiration blog next week, so I'll share a link to that post when it's live. Our new challenge kicks off next week too, so if you're creating with a Whimsy Stamps image, be sure to come and play along in our challenge. You can find the current one here and there are still a few days left to enter if you've already got a creation ready. Thanks for popping in to visit today. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, be sure to click through to the store to check out all the Whimsy gorgeousness on offer. Hugs xoxo



Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #65 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #53 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #364 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Challenge: April ~ One For The Girls
Aud Sentiments: Happy Birthday (Happy 8th Birthday to Aud Sentiments!)
Dragonfly Journeys: #115 ~ Use Bakers Twine (I've used button twine, hope that's okay)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Add Some Texture (pearls, glittered ribbon and nuvo drops)

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Embossing

Hey there pals, I'm bringing you 'Embosserama' today! Hehe, no, that's not really a 'thing', but I did go embossing crazy on this creation! We are having an 'Embossing' challenge at Sweet Stampin', so I used both types of embossing on my creation, heat and dry. We'd love to see what you're inspired to create. Just remember there must be some stamping on your creation to be eligible for the Top 3.

I made this for my lovely mother in law when her mummy was really poorly. We were worried the end was nigh, but can you believe she's still going strong at 103! She's amazing and frankly so is my mother in law who is very involved with her care. So I wanted to honour the amazing love and energy she constantly gives to my hubby's incredible Nana. My kiddos think she's a legend and are very proud of their 103 year old Great-Nana.

I used a beautiful paper on this creation that I've had for absolutely years. I bought it at Lakeland, when they still had all their craft goodies. I heat embossed in white some butterflies and dragonflies from Issue 41's Creative Stamping magazine cover gift, on the base layer for a bit of interest and then cut a circle from the same paper, layering it up with foam and matching the design as I stuck it down. You may notice, in matching the paper, my sentiment is slightly 'off', which was a real shame, but hopefully my mother in law didn't notice! I embossed that lovely sentiment with copper embossing powder. I'm not sure which company that sentiment is from, I've had that too forever! But it's a favourite and I use it quite often. The lovely heart frame is made with a Sue Wilson die from the Italian Collection - Decorative Frames. I fell in love with this sweet heart frame when I first saw it and I really love using it.

Rather than add paper to the front of this stepper card, I decided to dry emboss the front. I shaped the base of the card with a Spellbinders decorative border and then added the sweet branch and bird embossing. The wee Angel wings, were a last minute addition and are not actually adhered to the card, just sitting in the gap behind the circular frame. They are actually cut from wax paper with a Magnolia Doohickey Die, and are waste from cutting a paper set with the wax paper to help the release from the die. They were on my desk when I was making this card and I just picked them up to play, but quite liked how they looked framing the sentiment, so I sent the card this way to my mother in law. 

I hope you'll come and play along with us this week for our 'Embossing' challenge at Sweet Stampin'. But sure to stop in the challenge blog and see what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to. You're sure to leave inspired. I'll be back again very soon with another DT creation. Until then, I have some cleaning to do in my craft room and more baby cuddles to have. So I wish you all a fabulous weekend and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Dies R Us: #94 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: April ~ Spring
Creative Moments: #140 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: April ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #524 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #64 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: April ~ One For The Girls
613 Avenue Create: #208 ~ Anything Goes + Option Vellum (actually wax paper, but very vellum-like!)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Handmade Flowers

A warm hello to you all out there in blogland tonight. I am here with my DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky. Our latest challenge is a Just For Fun challenge and our lovely hostess Wendy, has chosen the theme 'Handmade Flowers' for this challenge. Head over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of my talented teamies got up to for this challenge. It's a fun one!

I didn't have a chance to join in our last challenge and again I'm short on crafting hours this week, so I've gone to the vault, to find some previously made but never blogged creations. I found a fun card I made years ago, (the colouring gives that away, hehe) but it has a flower I was quite chuffed with when I created it. The sentiment I used is an older Lili of the Valley one. 

The design is very CAS, with just one fun hand assembled flower. I word it this way, because I didn't 'make' these blooms, they're part of a kit of loose layers, that you put together for the desired effect. I think they were Prima blooms. Not quite the 'handmade' flowers possible in this day and age with all the gorgeous foamiran blooms about. What I did do though, was cut the end off a wine cork, that I thought had a really fun crown detail on it and used that as the flower centre, so in effect I did customise the bloom. 

The fabulous image (forgive the colouring, this was done in my very early colouring days) is of course a Krista Smith from Saturated Canary. I've used my Promarkers to colour this, and I LOVE that dusky pink I used on her outfit. So lovely! I've added some Kaisercraft stamping around the edge for a little interest using their 'Postmarks' clear stamps set and inked the edge of the image panel with Memento ink in Desert Sand, but otherwise left the design very CAS. 

I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us for this 'Handmade Flowers' challenge. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Jury is out as to whether it's a new creation or one from the vault! Thank goodness at times like this I have a few unblogged creations still! Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad Challenge: Simply Clean
Creative Moments: #140 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #208 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: April ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #64 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #13 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It: Favourite Flower ~ Mine is actually the daisy. I'm a simple girl at heart and I LOVE marguerite daisies. I love flowers like this too, like gerberas and chrysanthemums. Simple pops of gorgeous colour :)

Update: I've made Top 3 on the As You Like It challenge! Thank you ladies SO much!! I'm thrilled.

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