Sunday, 30 September 2012

Krista's Butterfly Baby

A quick post from me today, with a shout out for Krista's Butterfly Baby appeal. Krista has drawn the loveliest lil' bub to support a charity for baby's born with EB - Epidermolysis Bullosa. Read Krista's blog for all the heartbreaking details. This is a great cause and right on the tail of an earlier charity drive Krista did for St Jude Children's Research Hospital, which she raised $18,000 for.

As I sat reading the details on Krista's blog, I was profoundly aware of how blessed we are to have two healthy baba's. I feel this so keenly, as when I was paediatric nursing, I saw more than my share of heart-breaking conditions and illnesses. My babies were a long time coming, so I've had my own story and journey to parenthood, and I am thankful daily for my beautiful healthy children.

To support the EB Charity, Krista has made available this beautiful digi-stamp of a sweet wee baba with butterfly wings, the proceeds of which will go to the charity for a limited time. The image is gorgeous, perfect for a variety of 'baby makes'. So if you're a crafter with a big heart, check out this lil' baba.


Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs, Wends x

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Lil' Dutch Beauty

Today's card is for a new Dutch Challenge Blog. This gorgeous image is from the talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary and was offered free through the new blog if used to enter their challenge. So here is my take on this lovely image. I've used orange as my point of inspiration, as whenever we've visited Holland, this colour has featured heavily in their souvenir shops.

I have used a pretty floral paper that was actually an advertisement for a Knitting and Stitching show. The add features in the centre underneath all my layers, so I've just used the border and a strip cut from below the advertisement as the central strip. I thought it was such a pretty floral and I'm a keen recycler, so this was fun to use. The papers used to layer up behind the image were a freebie with a recent magazine, I'll hunt down which one later on and update.

I'm super pleased with the floral spray, which I've used my brand new Memory Box Blossom die to create the platinum coloured flower. I glittered the Magnolia Doohickey Heart Swirl with some Stickles Star Dust, to add a little interest. I used my new Romantic Rectangles Large die to matt the image and then matted again to really set off the pretty edge of the die, so it wasn't lost in all the contrasting background papers. 


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A Close up of the Blooms



A Close-up of Krista's Lovely Dutch Girl

Recipe:
Blooms: Wild Orchid Crafts & Memory Box Cherry Blossom Die
Image: Canary Dutch Girl ~ Krista Smith, Saturated Canary
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Paper Edging: Memento ~ London Fog
Border Punch: X-cut ~ Flower Doily
Glitter: Stickles ~ Star Dust
Pearls: Mei Flower

I hope you like what you see today and do leave me a comment if you visit, so I can come visit you in return.  Big hugs, Wends x

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Thank You Stano

I made this card as a thank you card for our wonderful handyman who transformed our London apartment ready to go on the market. He did such an amazing job and was so easy going, especially considering he had us, the kids and all their toys to stumble over! I thought Christy Croll's lovely 'Carpenter Joe' image was perfect for his card and had great fun putting this one together. I kept it simple for two reasons, he's a man, so 'fru fru frills' wasn't going to be a hit and I was in a hurry too to give it to him before he left. So it's very pared down, but I'm still really pleased with it. If you like the denim paper, race on over to Joanna Sheen, as the 'Haberdashery Paper Pack' is on special at the moment for only £1.99!

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Recipe:

Papers ~ Joanna Sheen 'Haberdashery Backing Papers'
Image ~ Tiddly Inks 'Carpenter Joe'
Colouring Medium ~ Promarkers
Charms ~ MeiFlower
Sentiment ~ Stash

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

I Love Promarkers ~ #135 Occupations
Totally Gorjuss ~ #150 Thank You

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a fabulous one! Hugs, Wends x



Party for Paris

So my lil' girlie had a party to attend on Sunday, which I found I had no appropriate card for. I have limited time to craft, so have really enjoyed having a little stash of beautifully hand-crafted cards on hand from my lovely crafting pals, Annette, Pops and Bev. On this occasion nothing I had was quite right. So a quick little make the night before the party was necessary. There is something to be said for 'working under pressure' - I was pretty good with that in my nursing days too! Adrenalin sure does clear the mind!!! So I got stuck into my stash, and pulled out some coordinating papers, which were buried long ago in a pile of 'must sort through someday' papers. I was pleased with how things all came together.


I had previously coloured the image with my trusty Promarkers while we were on holiday in Wales and glittered it on our return to London, so that was ready to go. Finding the papers which matched and appropriate embellies, all just came together, which is not always so easily the case for me. I tend to be one of those 'sit and ruminate far too long' kinda crafters, trying to find that spark of inspiration! So I was pleased this all just flowed very easily. Thanks for looking today, hope you like what you see. Leave me a comment if you visit, so I can come visit you too. Hugs, Wends x

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A close-up of the lovely blooms

Recipe:
Image ~ Sylvia Zet for SCACD. The Adventures of Poppy & Friends. 
Colouring Medium ~ Letraset Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Border Punch ~ Woodware 'Ribbon Heart Border'
Sentiment ~ LOTV 'Inspirational Sentiments'
Blooms ~ Wild Orchid Craft
Bling ~ Diamond Stickles
Pearls ~ MeiFlower
Papers ~ Stash

Monday, 24 September 2012

So much to say, so little time!

So much to say, so little time! I've been away in Wales for a week and had the most wonderful break away. It seems like only yesterday we got back, but truth be told it's over a week ago now and I still haven't managed to update my blog! So thought it was about time I did so tonight.

I've had a fab weekend with the kiddies and some fab 'mummy time' too. Saturday morning the kiddies and I queued around the block to see Axel Sheffler the illustrator of the Gruffalo, our favourite kiddies book. Which was quite frankly, well worth the wait. They have several books now not just signed by this ever so talented man, but also with their own little 'one-off' illustration alongside each autograph. Such treasures for us to take home to New Zealand in the new year. It was really lovely to meet him and although he had so many people to see and sign their books, he was gracious and took the time to do a special picture in each book. It was amazing to watch him draw!! So that was a fabulous start to our weekend.

Georgie then had a party to attend, which I dropped her off to and then snuck up to Ally Pally to catch a few minutes of the first day of the 'Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show' before picking her up again from her party. I'm so lucky to live in North London, only a stones throw from Alexandra Palace. So I look forward to attending this show whenever it's here. Especially because we don't have a craft store in the area. I'm always so excited to get to experience new things and get up close and personal with the stamps and dies at these shows. Needless to say, my wallet is a little lighter now!

Day two of the show, I attended with one of my lovely pals who I've been trying to convince to attend with me for the past two shows. I'm not sure now if she thanks me for this, because her wallet is a little lighter too!!! But we surely did have a really fun day.

Here are a few pics of my kiddies watching Axel at work...

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Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to get a card up next time. Hugs, Wends xxx

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sad Face... Repost

I'm reposting this, in the hope that I might get some more advice from my lovely crafty pals out there. I really am torn as to whether to buy another Big Shot or try a Cuttlebug. Any advice would be gratefully received!

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Last night, my Sizzix Big Shot broke, or I broke it, not sure which!!! It hasn't been used overly much, as I rarely get time to craft, but it has been 'stiff' to pull the dies through for some time or from memory really from the beginning. The top sandwich layer has always curled within a short space of time and I'm on my third one! When my hubby pulled the handle off to see why it wasn't working, all the 'teeth' were burred! Has anyone else out there had this trouble with their Big Shot?

I'm just wondering whether I should replace it with a Cuttlebug, or if it was just bad luck and a dud machine. Any advice I'd love to hear!! I'd really prefer to stick with a Big Shot as I've a number of their dies and I'm not sure if the Cuttlebug takes them all, so anyone in the know who has some stellar advice for me, I'd love to hear from you! Bear in mind, it'll have to be transported back to New Zealand soon too, so I need something sturdy to go the distance.

Thanks and biggest hugs, Wends xxx

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Icecream and Pickles

Don't you just love this stamp?! Another fab image from the lovely Krista Smith. I made this image up previously, but with a much 'louder' colour palette. I'm so happy with this soft muted compilation and just love the gorgeous lace which is from the lovely folks at Wild Orchid Crafts. The papers are from the amazing stash I won recently from the hugely generous Bev Rochester. I still can't believe I won them and I'm having the best time using them. I loved the butterfly paper in particular and thought it would be fun to use one of the little ones to make an extra embellishment. I'll have to come back with the paper names, as I can't find the list right now. The pearls are from Mei Flower and I've distressed and inked the edges of all the panels with Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Tea Dye. I also added a drop of glossy accents to her eyes to make them shine and to the cherry on top. This card was made for someone I love very much, who shared very happy news I thought might never come, so over the moon!


I am entering this card into the current 'Saturated Canary' challenge, which is 'Dotty'. I think my hokey pokey icecream and the spotty backing paper should fit the challenge :)

I have also entered this card into the 'Passion for Promarkers' challenge 165 - Lace & Swirls. The lace on my card is delish and the swirly background paper fits the challenge, so fingers crossed, they'll like the journey my Promarkers took! :)

Thanks for looking today. Let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. Hugs, Wends x

A Wee Blossom...

I completely fell in love with this wee fairy when she came as a freebie with issue 82 of Papercraft Essentials Magazine. I was already a die-hard fan of Sylvia Zet's wistful imagery and have almost all of her digi-stamps, so it was a real treat to have a couple of images from her now as clear polymer stamps. I just know I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with this image. Today's one, was simply for me to have a little play with toning red hair for a friend who asked for a couple of cards with a 'red-headed' character. I thought she'd be perfect and had great fun playing. I stamped her straight onto the card, so just finished her off with a simple stamped greeting and a hand-drawn doodle border. My first time trying this and clearly I need more practice, but as it's my first attempt at a doodle border with a clean and simple format I think it'll do.

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Image: Sylvia Zet ~ Summer Fairy from Wee Stamps
Stamping Ink: Tuxedo Black ~ Memento Ink
Colouring Medium: Letraset Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Bling: Stickles ~ Crystal & Waterfall

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