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

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

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Whimsy Stamps ~ Release Week Day 3

Hey there lovelies. I'm back as promised with my second post for our New Digital Release at Whimsy Stamps. I don't think I've posted so many times in one week before, hehe. It's been a super busy day today too. I took Georgie to archery first thing this morning, stopped in for a cuddle with Paddington Bear at Newmarket Station where they were running a promo for the day, went to a special movie screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off with Georgie and one of my besties and then prom' dress shopping for Georgie. It's all on right now! Hubby took our wee lad to a Christmas party we were all supposed to be attending. Talk about everything happening in one day! Phew!! The sun is still shining, so I think it's Pimm's o'clock whilst I write my blog post, hehe.

I'm firmly in Christmas creating mode given the chance. So today, I have created a fun gift bag with one of the images from our latest digital release. There are just so many gorgeous papers and images and sentiments too. It's hard to know what to work with first! I'd planned to create something with a completely different paper set, because, it is divine and you're so gonna LOVE it! But this lil' guy, just begged to be coloured up and once I started colouring him, the whole project came together so easily. So this became my second DT post for our new release week and I'll post the other creation in the next couple of weeks.

I've coloured this cute elf from the Santa's Helpers Set from Whimsy Stamps with my copics and as I still have a limited supply of colours, I've used the more yellow green copics to colour along with my reds. But I love the way this turned out. Not the bright greens I would usually reach for when Christmas crafting, but I love this green, so I'm really pleased with this creation. I even masked and used a fun Scandinavian design stamp I had in my stash to create the patterns on some of the parcels. So fun! The spots on the parcel were created with Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal drops. There is a shimmer to the red on the 'Sweet' sentiment which in reality looks sparkly, as I used a Wink of Stella pen in red to ink this. The candy in the word 'Holiday' has glossy accents over it for sheen and dimension.

I also decorated a wee tag for the bag, which I've edged with red ink then added a cut down doily, so that it better fit the circle and one of the sentiments from another one of the gorgeous sentiment sets from the new release. This set is called Christmas Trimmings and it has some really lovely sentiments. I thought this one fit so well with the cute elf picture. I added a wee gingham bow and a little red heart brad to finish the tag. Sweet and simple.

Head on over to the Whimsy Stamps Facebook page where the rest of my teamies will be posting their new release creations for a peek at what these talented crafters created with this wonderful new digital release. Click the design team logo above to take you straight to the Whimsy Stamps Store where you can see the fabulous line up of the new digital designs release. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed my 'release week' inspiration posts and I'll be back on Wednesday with my usual Whimsy Stamps Inspiration post. So watch this space!

Hugs to you all and happy crafting,

Challenge Entries:

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Sketch Challenge

Hey there my lovely blogging pals. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and as things get so busy towards Christmas and year end, we're making this a two week challenge. It's also a 'Sketch' challenge. I look forward to seeing how you would interpret it. I don't work with sketches much, okay, at all! So I took it quite literally. Not much interpretation at all, what you see, is what you get!! LOL. But I loved working with it and think I really ought to do it more!

This is the sketch that my card is based on and the one which will be our challenge sketch this week at Sweet Stampin'. You're free to interpret it as you wish, you can flip it, tip it on it's side, change shapes, but we must be able to see all the elements of the sketch in your creation. It was so fun to create from this sketch, so I hope you'll give it a go!

I've made this card for my gorgeous nephew, who is no longer the sweet golden haired boy that I coloured up here, but a strapping young man! I love this sweet Sugar Nellie image though, and thought it would be fun to take a lil' trip down memory lane on a day which celebrates and recognises how grown he now is. He's been traveling recently and doing some incredibly cool entrepreneurial business training, so I thought it would be fun to use the globe from Maja Design's gorgeous 'Denim' paper pad. The world really is his oyster now at 18. We are incredibly proud of the wonderful young man he's become. He's an inspiration to his younger cousins.

Here's a closer peek at the little elements that echo the sketch design. I struggled a bit with some of this, I couldn't figure out what to do for the button aspect, then I remembered the shirt I was wearing yesterday had gorgeous mother of pearl buttons on it and it was getting very threadbare in places! So I chopped up this favourite old shirt and used the buttons! Avid recycler me! LOL.

The '18' was cut with Marianne Design Number Dies and then edged with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Edger in Dry Sand. I distressed all the paper layers with my scissors. I used a hessian circle as the mat beneath my globe rather than the scalloped circle in the sketch and I really love how that looks. The enamel accents, were on my craft desk from a previous make, so it was quick and easy to work those into the design and I like the deeper blue with the softer blues in the gorgeous Maja Design papers. I think it adds a bit of richness and depth.

Do head on over to the challenge blog to see what my teamies made of this sketch and I hope you'll find the time to come and join in with us. I'm super excited to see what others create with this fab sketch. I'll be back again tomorrow with my next Whimsy Stamps Release Week creation. So pop back in to check that out. See you then! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #379 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #55 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty By Designs: December ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #128 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #71 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #355 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends Challenge: #56 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #320 ~ Add Three Types of Embellishment (Enamel Shapes, Buttons, Hessian)

Friday, 1 December 2017

Whimsy ~ New Release Week Day One

Hey there my lovely blogworld pals. I have a fun DT creation for you today to celebrate the launch of the December Digital Designs Release at Whimsy Stamps. There are some incredibly beautiful papers, images and sentiment sets being released today. This is the first of my release week creations, so come on back on Sunday to see the next one too. Pop on over to the Whimsy Stamps Blog to see what my incredibly talented teamies have done with the gorgeous December release. So inspirational!

I love digital papers and all that you can do with them. So guess who was more than a little excited to be invited to join the Whimsy Digital Design Divas! Aha!! I have been swooning over the gorgeous digital papers at Whimsy ever since they relaunched their digital products! So I'm in a little bit of heaven working with these gorgeous digital designs. Bearing in mind that Christmas is fast approaching, I decided to use the liner from a box of scented reeds to create a tall box that could be used for wrapping cookies, a bottle of spirits or anything else you can think of that would fit that shape! Two A4 sheets of Tracy's gorgeous Christmas digital paper was a perfect fit for the body of the box. I then printed another sheet to create the cover for the top and inside of the lid. Here's a wee picture tutorial of this process. The paper I used is from a set called Winter Pines 2. It's such a gorgeous set of papers. The new release is full of fabulous papers and they're so easy to work with and create with.

I created a closure for the box with magnets and covered them with the paper, so they didn't stand out when the lid was open. A nice tidy elegant finish. I was well pleased with how that came together!

The next thing I did was create a pretty bow to sit atop the box to finish it. So this was done with an A4 piece of paper printed on both sides and then cut into long thin strips. Four are the full length of the paper, four are a little shorter, which I just snipped randomly a bit off the top. Each of the long strips was about an inch wide. The next four, ever so slightly narrower to fit them all from the same page. I could have stuck together the remaining off cuts to create the centre loop, but chose to print another page, so there was no seam to contend with. Either option would work though. Here's a wee picture tutorial of the bow in creation. The measurement in the bottom middle square is the length I cut the centre loopy. As you can see, all the lengths of paper, were first taped together to create circles, and then the middles pinched in to create the loops to layer up. I layered them in alternating directions, then finally created the 4.5 inch long centre loopy and put all the layers together with double sided tape. Liquid glue also works fine, I just prefer the quick stick that tape offers.

Of course, my box needed a tag once it was finished and we have the most fab sentiment sheets which have images too that can so easily be turned into tags for Christmas parcels. You can colour your own, or as I did, use the pre-coloured version, which I just added some glitter details to, for a little extra interest. The set I used is called Christmas Wish Sentiments. I created two tags with two different images from this set. 

I cut two different tag sizes, a larger size from the gorgeous digital paper and a smalled one which I printed the image/wordart from the sentiment set. I just love the way this 'Noel' is shaded. I couldn't have done it better myself, so all I did was add some glitter to the snowy drifts. The paper this parcel is wrapped in (my Swedish bestie's birthday parcel!) is from the same paper set as I made the box and tags ~ Winter Pines 2.

I thought this sweet Robin was such a gorgeous image for a Christmas tag. He's been layered up the same way as the wordart above, with a touch of sparkly glitter. I added some silver glitter ribbon, button twine and 3 wee jingle bells to both tags. The edge of the digital paper tag, I distressed with some white chalk ink.

Head on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog to see all the fab creations on offer. Come back and join us on the 15th too for a new challenge at Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges. The current challenge is still running if you're ready to join in with your Whimsy Anything Goes creation. I'll be back again soon with my next Whimsy Stamps release week creation. So watch this space!

Hugs to you all and happy crafting,

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: #331 ~ Snow Much Fun
Always Fun Challenges: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Christmas Animals (wee Robin on the tag)
The Paper Shelter: #320 ~ 3 Different Embellishments (Ribbon/Twine, Bells, Glitter)

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Southern Girls ~ Anything Goes

Hey there lovelies. It's time again for a new challenge at Southern Girls and this week it's 'Anything Goes'! We have two fabulous sponsors, Lacy Sunshine and Papernest Dolls. I had a wonderful image in my stash from Lacy Sunshine, that I've used before to create a 'WOW' (white on white) card and loved it so much, I thought I'd do it all again! You can take a peek at my original WOW with this image here

This week has been so busy, I'm chasing my tail, so I'm popping up a very quick post, with pics taken at night time, which is not the best light, so I will pop back in tomorrow with updated daytime pics and more details. But this gives and overview of the card. 

I've kept my WOW design very simple this time, with just a couple of feathers beneath her to sit on hinting at a snow mound and then some tiny white glittered Christmas trees that came in a magazine so many years ago now, it feels good to use them!

I'll be back with better pics, but in the meantime, head over to the Southern Girls Challenge and check out what my awesome teamies have been up to. We have some fabulous new crew joining us and we're super stoked to have them joining the team, so be sure to give them a warm welcome!

See you very soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Okay, I'm back, with better pics taken in the daylight. My lightbox is very small, so it doesn't take brilliant pics of larger cards. Pics in natural light make all the difference for me. So here they are, the follow up pics in better light.

A closeup of the gorgeous image

The best light was on our driveway! 

(Spot the water droplet inside where I dropped the card in the dew on the hedge!)

I love white on white cards. They're great for so many occasions. They work well for weddings, funerals and I love the icy finish they can lend to a Christmas card. I love this particular image for WOW, which is why I wanted to do it all again when the chance arose. The sentiment for my card was too large to put on the front of the card and I quite loved all that white space and the fab embossed snowflakes, so I just stamped it on the inside!

Such a perfect sentiment for that image don't you think?

Right, that's my update done. Thanks for popping in to see me today and apologies for the false start! I think it can make or break a post getting good lighting on your pics, so wanted the do-over. Speaking of do-over, 'do head on over' to the challenge and check out what my teamies have been up to. We have two fantastic sponsors and the new crew have hit the ground running with some truly fantastic creations. Ya'll know our veteran crew rock right?! So there's plenty of eye candy on the blog today! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, it's going to be a good one, so come on back tomorrow!! Hugs to you all and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Shopping Our Stash: #331 ~ Snow Much Fun
Always Fun Challenges: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #47 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Any Image Challenge
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #55 ~ Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: #98 ~ White Christmas
Crafty Catz: #394 ~ Christmas Colours (Winter White)
Allsorts Challenge: Inspired by Christmas or Winter Themed Song (River)
The Paper Shelter: #320 ~ 3 Different Embellishments (Feathers, Trees, Glitter)
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