Sunday, 30 June 2013

Sweet & Sassy Sugar Nellie

I have a sweet Sugar Nellie image to share with today, from the super talented pen of Krista Smith. This image is from her Simply Sassy range available from Funky Kits. I loved this image called Tiffany, the moment I saw it and have wanted to colour it up for ages. I had no one in mind when I made up this card, which is unusual for me, as I make my cards for friends and family and usually have someone specific in mind when I'm creating. But I just wanted to 'play' and sweetly, my niece had a party to go to and popped in to see me just before going. She still needed to get a card for the party, so I offered her this one and she was delighted to take it, so that was a happy coincidence and I was delighted, that my card found a happy home.


I have coloured this gorgeous image in with my Promarkers and added Stickles glitter glue to the skirt ruffles and hair clip. I had some gorgeous guipure lace in my stash from Wild Orchid Crafts that I thought would suit this layout really well. I love guipure lace, it's my favourite lace, it just adds that little extra 'je ne sais quoi' to a design I think. I also added some blue ribbon which I've had for a long time, I don't recall exactly where I got it from, but I love a little ribbon with my lace. The image mat was cut with a lovely Spellbinders 'Floral Oval' die. It's currently one of my favourites. I think it gives such a pretty finish to an image. 

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'The Arty Shot'

The papers are Nitwits from a magazine freebie, so I don't know that actual name of the papers, if you do, let me know as I'd love to download them for reprints! They're really lovely. I've used a Whimsy corner die and added a flat back pearl to finish it. Finally I added a couple of lovely heart shaped hat pins tied with pink and white bakers twine and topped with a lovely glass flower, which is from a set my baby sister sent me from America for Christmas. They are from Martha Stewart. I love the pretty hat pins, they're some of my favourite stash to use at the moment and such a bargain at only £1.30 for 30 pins from Wild Orchid Crafts. I edged the image with Angel Pink Memento ink and edged the papers with Summer Sky Memento ink. The sentiment is another freebie from a magazine which I also inked the edges in Angel Pink Memento ink.

'The Close-Up of Krista's Lovely Image'

A pretty quick and easy card. But I'm really happy with the sweet and simple layout. Most of all, I'm happy with how easy this lovely image was to colour and what a joy! So I hope the wee girlie that ended up with this card, enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thanks for stopping in today. I wish you a fabulous week and hope you'll pop back in again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:

I Love Promarkers: #174 ~ Colour Combo - Pink & Blue
Crafts & Me: #138 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge: #5 ~ 3 Favourite Embellishments and Why = 1. Spellbinders Nestabilities - I love all the different shapes available and the way they work so perfectly mixed together. 2. Guipure Lace - I just love this lace, it has such a pretty range of patterns available and they add such a girly pretty touch to a project. 3. Heart Shaped Hat Pins - these are so sweet to finish a card and so incredibly reasonable too!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Angela's Kitty

Hi folks, I'm back again, with a quick make for a sweet London neighbour as a quick hello and update on our travels home for her. She is a cat lover and has a sweet moggie, which I tried to colour the image like. I wanted to drop her a message and went on a 'digi' hunt to find an appropriate stamp and found this lovely one from Alicia's Little Shop. She has some really lovely images and the 'Alicia' ones are my favourites.


I love red gingham. My friends will tell ya, I'm a little potty about it actually! I always have a red gingham tablecloth on the table. I have loads! I mean I know it's a little mad, really, how many red gingham table cloths does one girl need? Yeah, I know, one right? Nope, loads, love them all and use them all! I am an 1/8 Swedish you know?!! LOL. So you can imagine my joy when I get to use a little red gingham in my crafty creations!! This is a digi paper, which I can't recall where I printed it from, but I know I have a lovely set  from Bev Rochester, that she created and you can find the link for her gingham papers on her blog. I printed the page out a while ago, and don't recall exactly which set I used. Going from memory (which to be fair, isn't so great these days! LOL). The red and white stripey paper is actually the 'wrap' from the lovely Kikki K diary my sister gave me for my birthday. (I'm huge into recycling in my crafting!!) The spotty paper is left over scrap from the 'Gorjuss Girl' card I made recently. The red mat was card packaging I kept from one of the kids Christmas toys and the blue mat is a DoCrafts Papermania Textured Cardstock. Pretty thrifty make me thinks!

A close-up shot of the lovely image

I used a Martha Stewart border punch to create the heart border in the gingham. The sentiment I don't recall exactly where I bought, but think it's likely one from the Ally Pally craft fair. I did incredibly well on sentiments from their massive bargain bins there! Lovely, grey rubber sentiment stamps with so many great phrases. I wish I recalled the store, so I could give them the kudos! If I recall later, I'll update. The fabulous 'Swedish Heart' is a die from Marianne D Craftables and is called Eline's Scandinavian Heart.

The lovely Swedish Heart I've wanted to use so long!
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The image is coloured using my Promarker pens and I coloured half the Swedish heart above also with one of my red Promarkers. I really do love these pens! I still have a way to go, to feel like I really know what I'm doing colouring hair and highlights on clothes etc, but I'm happy with my progress to date. They're such a joy to work with! Georgie my daughther is so cute too, she often siddles up to me in a coy way and asks ever so sweetly to use 'Mama's special pens' when she has a special project she wants to do! Love that my creativity inspires such amazing creativity in her!! In case you missed it, you should see what she did for Mo's kids challenge here and here. You should check out the amazing prizes my kids won for this challenge too here.

Thanks for popping in today for a visit. I love our lil' chats!! ;) See you again real soon. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenges:
Alicia's Challenge: #6 Favourite Papers = Gingham!
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #58 Red White & Blue

Mo's Children's Challenge Prize

My lil' Zachy won Mo's Children's Challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge, woop woop! 

Both my kiddos coloured up images from Mo's Digital Pencil for the challenge and did a great job. Georgie was so proud of her little brother and I had been worried she would be put out, as she'd made such a huge effort with her entry. But she was so happy for her little brother and was incredibly sweet about it. So imagine my huge delight, when Zac's parcel arrived with Mo's prize for Zac - one of her utterly gorgeous children's books - with not one, but two books! Each with a special hand written message inside the book from Mo for my kids. So special!

Zac was given the 'Laundry Day' book, which is just a visual feast and such a sweet story and Mo included a book for Georgie too, with her own special message. The Kitchen Dance is a joyful page turner from start to finish! Georgie was so chuffed to have been remembered and included by Mo. She literally jumped up and down like a yo yo for several minutes. Too sweet! So last night's bedtime stories were pure delight! I know these are going to be favourite, cherished story books in our house for years to come. 

So thank you Mo for your incredible generosity and for sharing your amazing talent with the crafty community. I love colouring your images and they bring such joy to me and my kiddos. So to own now two of your beautifully illustrated story books, is blissful and fabulous. Not just beautifully illustrated stories, but beautifully written stories with heart and utterly enchanting subjects. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from both my children and me xxx





Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ladybugs and Ruby Slippers

I have a very dear friend back in London, whose little girl just turned 7. She's about 18 months younger than my Georgie, and they have a sweet friendship. I love this age, it's full of wonder and discovery and this beautiful stamp from A Day For Daisies, I felt just captures the innocence and curiosity of youth so beautifully. My friends daughter is a very bright little cookie and I know I could have gone for an image that captured that, or for a 'grown up' girl image, which I'm sure she would have loved too. But I want my little girl not to grow up too fast, to retain the innocence of youth as long as possible, and I know my friend feels this way too about her babes, so this image for me, wraps this up in a sweet lil' bow. I find it utterly enchanting.

 Here's a closeup of the sweet image, ruby slippers and all!

I miss my friend and her kiddos dearly. We spent a lot of time together, especially in recent years, and it feels awful to miss this birthday. But our thoughts and hearts were with this gorgeous girl on this very special day.


Now for the card blurb, for those that are interested. The image as I said is from 'A Day For Daisies' and their images are full of enchanting, magical, loveliness, so do check them out. The image was coloured of course with my Promarkers and cut using Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles. I found a wonderful sentiment the other day when visiting a fellow crafter's blog, that I felt was a perfect fit for this card, rather than going for the obvious 'Happy Birthday' sentiment. Thank you Paula for your generosity in sharing this lovely stamp.


I added Glossy Accents to the lil' ladybugs to give them a bit of shine and dimension and the 'Ruby slippers; were made with Stickles - Christmas Red. I wrapped a lovely 'Nu Rust' seam binding ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts around the card and added some organza ribbon with built in flowers, fabulous! I cut the edge of the green mat with Spellbinders Edgeabilities 'Classic Edges 2' and added a single flat back moss coloured pearl from MeiFlower to each corner. The background  paper is the delicious 'First Edition' papers from their 'Summer Breeze' paper pad. I love these papers, they're so substantial and half the pad has embossed and textured pages, they're really lovely to work with. This card almost falls into the CAS umbrella, there's not too much going on, but I really wanted to let the lovely image shine and I think it really does. I'm pretty sure I know a little girlie who will be very happy to have this.

Thanks for popping into visit today. Love it when you do! Come again soon and if you have your own crafty blog, leave me a message and I'll be sure to come visit you in return. Have an awesome day, Wends xxx

Challenges: 

A Day For Daisies Challenge: #72 ~ Add Some Nature
Fab 'N' Funky: #176 Animals
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge: #172 Flowers & Bows
One Stop Craft Challenge: #231 For A Friend
I Love Promarkers: #173 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #188 Pick & Mix - Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #204 Name That Tune ~ What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Friday, 21 June 2013

Feel Better Friend

I have a 'Get Well' card to share with you today. One of my cousins is laid up resting a very sore ankle, long story, won't go into the gorey details, but she needs surgery and has to wait out a course of antibiotics first, so she's laid up, resting, reluctantly. This card is to encourage her to make the most of the 'enforced rest' and enjoy some 'down time'. You never do when you have to though do you? LOL! I slipped some scrummy Lindt choccie in the envelope too, for a sweet treat. My fav!!

So here's my lil' creation, starting with a close up of Krista's fabulous image - Morning. She's missing from Krista's catalogue at the moment, but I notice she occasionally brings back 'old stamps', so always worth looking through. I just love the way she's drawn! All bed hair and slouchy socks!

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Time to turn on the colour...
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I went for gorgeous Summery coloured papers. First Edition, some of my favourite papers as they're really thick good quality papers, with lovely embossed, glittered finishes. I used turquoise card stock to mat the image and sentiment and for die cut details, to give a really Summery cheery feel to the card.

Now a coloured close-up
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And now the blooms
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Card Recipe:
Paper: First Edition - Spring Drop
Image: Saturated Canary - Morning
Lace: White Guipure - Wild Orchid Crafts
Colouring Medium: Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Shaped Dies: Spellbinders, Whimsy, Cheery Lynn

Thanks for looking today. I hope you're having a fab day and would love to know what you think of my wee make. Leave me a comment and I'll be sure to visit you in return. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenges:
I Love Promarkers: #173 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge: #4 ~ Favourite Papers & Why = First Edition Papers. I love the mix of embossed  finish, glittered and double sided papers in these pads. They are a lovely heavy weight and such fabulous quality. Until I found Maja Design papers, they were my all time favourite, now they'll have to share the spotlight with Maja Design, but I still love First Edition and use them lots.
Cute Card Thursday Challenge: #274 ~ In The Summertime = Summery papers and colours for my 'Get Well' card.
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #57 ~ Summer Theme = Summery First Edition papers and colours.
Pollycraft Challenge: #1 ~ Anything Goes (Welcome back Pollycraft!)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Sneak Peek...

I don't have a card today, lots to do and no time to do it in, but thought I'd pop up a shot of a couple of images I've been colouring lately. Very close to finishing one of them, so watch this space ;)

(Woops, sorry folks, have had to take the photos down. There are too many people out there who seem to think it's okay to steal the work of others. There's been so much pinning of artists work that I love and admire illegally on Pinterest, and now apparently, there are those out there, who would take images, we've paid for and coloured and then print and sell them on eBay! What is the world coming to?!!! I support and admire the artists who's work I colour and use for my cards, so not wishing to do anything to fuel the fire of image theft, I have removed the images I posted, as they weren't water marked. Once I learn how to do this, I'll repost. Thanks for reading.)

Thanks for popping in, I love our lil' visits and I'll be back soon with some makes. Catch ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends xxxx

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Little Poppet

My little niece is 6 months old now. Wow time flies! I made this card up to celebrate this special date. Half a year old is a big deal! It's an especially big deal when it's your first baby, one that should be marked, so I wanted to send a little love her way.

I'm a big fan of Australian artist Linda Catchlove who is responsible for the adorable creatures you find in the Emerald Faerie Garden. This little cutie is called Ashee. I have had this stamp for quite some time now, wishing to find the right moment and person to use it for. This is the right moment and the right person. So I loved every minute of colouring this lil' poppet, glittery wings and all. The image is of course coloured with my trusty Promarkers, I really do love these pens. I used a few flexmarkers too. Love the way they both blend so well and the brush tip on the new flexmarkers is such a breeze to use.

The lovely purple swirl paper is a DP from Crafter's Companion October 2011 release, the rest are scraps from stash. I distressed all the edges with scissors and the image with Desert Sand Memento Ink. I had a lovely piece of violet organza knocking around in my stash, so I frayed the edges and added that behind the image. The sweet purple flower, actually fell off one of Georgie's hairclips and I couldn't fix it, so I threw it in the stash drawer for just such an occasion. Love how it fits so well with this card. I layered some handrolled blooms onto an organza bloom which I cut from the lovely ribbon used on this card and then popped a pearl in the centre of each rolled flower. I'm not great at making these yet, the top one didn't 'spread' as well as the bottom, but I'll just have to keep trying. I do like how they look on cards. But if you don't want to roll your own, Kort och Godt do a beautiful range. I also tucked a sweet glass flower in next to the rolled roses. This was from a set my sister Becky gave me at Christmas time. It doesn't show up well in the pics, but just finishes the blooms off really sweetly. I glittered Ashee's wings with Glitter Magic and added glossy accents to the spots on the mushroom. This doesn't show up well in the first pic, but adds lovely dimension and shine as you'll see further down in the pics.

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Here's a shot of the simple inside I did. The mushroom stamp fitted the theme perfectly.DSC_5044

Here's a closeup of darling little Ashee
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A better shot of the blooms and the glossy accents on the mushroom
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Finally a full shot of this lovely Emerald Garden Faerie
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Before I go, just a mention that one of my favourite papercraft stores is turning '1' this month. I have loved shopping at this store ever since it opened. I live in hope, that buying gorgeous stash from there and looking at the amazing shabby chic work produced by their hugely talented DT will somehow rub off on me!!! LOL. Well, I can live in hope can't I? Fair to say, I'm not there yet!! But I do want to enter this wee make into their current challenge, which you'll see below. So chuffed for Sandy and her crew, that they are doing so well. It's a gorgeous store with utterly delicious paper crafting goodies, so go check it out!! Live and Love Crafts.

Challenges:
Live and Love Crafts Challenge: #12 ~ Birthstones = Amethyst/February, my Georgie's birth month.
Inky Chicks: #6 Love = "Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone.
Through The Craftroom Door: June 18-24 ~ Anything Goes.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Lovely Laura

I made this card for a lovely Au Pair we had in the UK, to say thanks for all she did for us and to let her know we miss her. She's having a tough time right now and I so wish I'd been there to give her a hug of encouragement. But at least I can send her some of my love through a handmade card. I know she loves my cards, so I'm pretty sure this will be well received.

The pretty image is none other than Sylvia Zet's enchanting handiwork and is called 'Spring Bringer'. I coloured the hair to match our Au Pair's and opted for bright cheery blue in the hopes it gives her spirit a lift.

I inked the background with some Memento Rich Cocoa and a floral stamp I had in stash. I was just playing around with this technique, but I'm happy with how it came out. The gorgeous blooms are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the heart hat pins I bought on a wheel with different colours and can't recall exactly where from sorry, but I do use them quite a lot and wish I did remember as I'd like more! The ribbon is from stash and the sentiment is from a pad of sentiments by DCWV. I've used several from this pad now and I wasn't sure I'd get much use from them, so I'm delighted, as they've proven very handy. This sentiment was especially perfect for my lovely pal. Murphy's law, I've just moved my craft desk today and can't find the pad to give the details, but I'll update when I put my hands back on it.

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A Closeup of the lovely Wild Orchid Craft blooms
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A Closeup of Sylvia's lovely fairy
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The colours bled a tiny bit on this which I think was down to the card-stock I used and probably my rookie  colouring skills too! But otherwise I was happy with the finish. As always, the image was coloured using my Promarker pens. I added some liquid pearls to the flowers and glittered the wings, which look much sparklier in reality, but the light didn't capture it well here.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you like what you've seen, if you do leave me a note and I'll visit you in return. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenges:

Wild Orchid Challenge: Week 79 ~ Brads and/or Pins
Passion For Promarkers: Week 202 ~ Inspired by a Fairytale = Thumbelina - Vale of the Fairies. (I won this challenge! Woop woop.)
Eclectic Ellapu: Celebrate Summer

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

You're the Best!

I have a quick post today, with a very sweet card my 8 year old daughter made for her Godmamma - my sister. We've been having so much fun together lately colouring up mama's ever growing selection of digi's!!! She picked this one to make up for my sis in celebration of her birthday. If you read my 'Picture Perfect Day' post, you'll note that my sis is quite an amazing photographer and this image I had chosen to use for her 'one of these days', but my Georgie rather insisted, that it was 'today' and she'd be the one to colour it and make it into a card. Go my girl! Well her creative mojo was flowing and she did an awesome job on the colouring! Right down to the darker accents on the clothes, hair, skin as needed, she's quite a lil' powerhouse, I'm gonna have to up my game! She does love being let loose with Mama's Promarkers! Anyway, enough waffle, here's her card for your viewing pleasure...



And here's the artistic shot...
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The image is from 'Alicia's Little Shop' and is called 'Alicia - Photographer'. Love the stamps from that range, really fun and I am colouring up another one right now, which I'll post soon. The papers are Dovecraft Sugar and Spice. I so love this particular page, so perfect a match for the colours Georgie had chosen for the image and worked so well for what she was trying to convey to her Godmamma. I added a touch of Glossy Accents to the eyes and some Memento Rich Cocoa to the paper edge, but otherwise, it was all my girly!

Thanks for looking today, I just couldn't resist having a 'proud mama moment'! Hugs, Wends xxx

Monday, 10 June 2013

Sweet Baby Girl

Here I am again with another post, I'm on a roll these past few days, or maybe it's just I'm ignoring the chores! LOL. I was flicking through some older pics and realised I didn't post this lil' card. I made it for my beautiful neice, who is about to turn 6 months old in a few days. So I thought I'd share this with you today.

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I made this card in haste to go along with some parcels I was sending. So I kept it really simple and let the pretty papers and lovely image be the feature. I've very delicately coloured the image with my Promarkers and then added the sentiment to the inside of the card. I don't recall where the stunning paper is from, but it had such a soft romantic feel to it, I thought it was perfect for a new baby card. The image is from Just Inklined, so delicate and sweet, I really love it!

Here's the arty shot...
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Here's the inside with the sentiment, stamped in soft pink ink...
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That's all for today, just a quick post with a sweet forgotten card. Was a busy and stressful time with our shift back to New Zealand looming, so everything was done in haste those days. I'm glad to have found the pic in my file and be able to post it today, I think it deserves it's day in the Sun. 

Thanks for stopping in today. Love it when you visit. Hugs from 'down under', Wends xxx

Challenges: 

Eclectic Ellapu ~ 'B' is for... Baby, Bassinette, Beautiful Blooms
A Creative Romance ~ #1 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz ~ Lace & Buttons (I'm stretching the brief a little with this entry, but my lil' button is in the bassinette and the bassinette has lacey sheets)
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes
The Craft Barn Challenge ~ The Letter 'U' = 'Under' the Covers

Footnote: Thanks to my lovely blog buddy Lisa from Wishcraft, I can now tell you that the delish papers I used for this card are from a Raspberry Road set called 'Let them eat cake'.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Zac Attack

I have a small boy, who get's into big mischief, so we've sorta coined the phrase 'Zac Attack' for whenever the lil' dude has been into mischief again. Today though, delightfully, I just want to share a Zac Attack of the art persuasion! Mo is having a kids challenge right now, so when he saw his big sis doing some colouring, he thought he'd give it a go too and the team from Mo's have reassured me they can each enter the competition. So this is Zac's contribution...

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Here's the lil' dude in full swing, doing his thing...

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We've made this for another little dude who we just love, that's back in the UK, to celebrate his birthday. The two boys used to have huge amounts of fun blowing bubbles together. So this is the perfect pic from Mo, to celebrate Eric's birthday.

Here now, is the final pic, which shows it made up into a card. I think it rocks for my boys first attempt at a handmade card. I love it, and I'm pretty sure Eric will too.

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Just had to pop this song on too, as this image for some strange reason (LOL) reminds me of this song!... Surely I'm not old enough even to know it!!! Enjoy xxx



Well that's the entry for Mo's competition from Zac, but here for your viewing pleasure ;) are another couple of pics of some sweet Mo images that Georgie and Zac put together. They coloured a Gingerbread Man each and then Georgie made it into a door hanger for their bedroom door. The final pic is another lovely image from Mo that Georgie's been working on, which we'll make up into a card at a later date. Thanks for looking today. Hope you all enjoyed the tour through my kiddos creative moments xxx

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My Georgie, hard at work colouring her latest Mo image.

And here, is the finished image. Didn't she do well! Love her colouring on this. All her! Mama just added some glossy accents to the glasses. I think she did a fab job with this image. Shame we already entered her card for Mo's challenge. Oh well, there's always next time! So that's all from us folks. Catch ya again soon.

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Challenge:

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog ~ #188 Challenge for Children of All Ages - Zac won this challenge! Woohoo!!!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Picture Perfect Day

My sister is a photographer and a super talented one at that! She's my kiddos God-mamma and an utter joy germ in our lives! Her 'joie de vivre' is infectious! We all love her to bits!! She's just had her birthday (she shares the same birthday as my hubby), so I thought I'd post the card I made for her. I have had my eye on using this image from Elisabeth Bell, ever since I saw it released! For me, it had Jani written all over it!!! It's such a sweet image, right down to the polka dot knickers!

I got to work with my trusty Promarkers, added a touch of glossy accents on the glasses and a touch of glitter here and there on the flowers and that was the image done. I used a lovely Spellbinders rectangular die to edge the image and popped a pink mat behind which I distressed with scissors (because I can't find my fabby Tim Holtz distressing tool since we moved back to New Zealand!). The sentiment was one I picked up in a huge bargain box of sentiments from the Ally Pally craft fair before we left the UK and I have to say, I have sooooooo many more I need to ink up! There were loads of really great ones, but this one I knew I'd use for Jani. I had some lovely backing paper I wanted to use with this image full of lush colours, so I kept it simple, just edging the paper with green faux stitching created using a new set of stitch stamps I picked up from Lili of the Valley. I used that beautiful pewter ribbon again, I just love it, but I've run out now, sadly. So that's the card recipe, and here after my long-winded blurb is the card.

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Here's a close-up of Elisabeth Bell's sweet image. I totally muffed the hair, way too yellow, and it wouldn't soften with any of the tricks I tried, but hey, live and learn. Next time, I colour blonde, I'll pull out the straw colours, not yellows! Gotta say though, kinda works on this wee cutie.

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Here's a close-up of Elisabeth Bell's sweet image. I totally muffed the hair, way too yellow, and it wouldn't soften with any of the tricks I tried, but hey, live and learn. Next time I colour blonde, I'll pull out the straw tones in my Promarkers, not the yellows! Gotta say though, kinda works on this wee cutie.

Well for those of you that might be interested in my very talented sisters work, keep reading this next bit is for you...

When I was pregnant with my little man, Jani took these stunning photos of Georgie and me...

The Bump

Sharing A Secret

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I've always been super impressed with the results Jani got on that day, as we'd just stepped off a plane to Carcasonne in the South of France, we were tired, my hair was greasy, I had no make-up on and Georgie was grumpy. Yet, Jani still managed to work her magic and this is what we have as utterly timeless, priceless, beautiful memories of such a special time. Yep, she's talented all right!!!

Just while I'm on that lil' 'proud sista moment' here's the pic my sis won a highly commended place in the IGPOTY contest. That's my Georgie on the swing. Doubly proud moment for me! Okay, so just had to share my clever sis's stunning work and if you're interested to see more, you can visit her photography website here and her latest photography venture with business partner Fiona Hugues here.

Thanks for reading my long blog post today. I hope you've enjoyed it. Leave me a comment if you did and come again soon xxx

Challenges:

I Love Promarkers ~ #171 All Stitched Up
Passion For Promarkers ~ #201 All That Glitters
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog ~ May/June 2013 New Beginnings (Spring Flowers/Butterflies)
Through The Craftroom Door ~ June 4th-10th Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog ~ I for Image (Image of an image being captured - LOL)
A Little Bit Crafty ~ Something Sweet
Totally Gorjuss Challenge Blog ~ Anything Goes with Flowers

Mo's Children's Challenge

I have a sweet card for you today, that my Georgie made for her papa's birthday. My hubby is a rock guitarist, so she wrote on the inside of the card - I wanna be just like you Dad! So sweet and Greg really loved it. She coloured this fab image from Mo's Digital Pencil called Jammin' Janice all herself. She loves to use my Promarkers, I break out in a cold sweat every time she does, but I'm learning to share! LOL. Georgie kept the card style very CAS, as she wanted the image to be the focus, which I think really works, so she just edged the card in a denim blue to finish. So here is her offering for Mo's Children's Challenge in all it's glory... (You can see this card on her papa's bedside table in my previous post.)

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I love the way Georgie used two colours in the hair and on the boots for detail. She also used a metallic silver Promarker on the guitar for shine and bling. It doesn't show up so well in this pick but it's there! Please excuse the smudges, just part of an 8 year olds process, and when I mentioned it to her, she just said, "no Mum, it's cool, it's grungy you know?" Laugh out loud funny, man I love that girl! She really is a rock chick!!

Here's a pic of her emulating her papa which I just love...

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And finally, I can't resist posting this, as she's really looking the part and I so see my future teenager here! LOL!!!

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So there you have it, my Promarker sneaking, axe wielding (for those of you not in the know, that's what you call a rock guitar) KISS t-shirt wearing future teen. Love her with all my heart xxx

Challenge:

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge Blog ~ #188 Challenge for Children of All Ages.

Happy Birthday Hubby

This is a few days late hitting the blog, but I wanted to show the card I made for my hubby's birthday back on May 26th. A cheeky one, as he's definitely not a 'leg man', LOL, good for me, is all I can say, hehe. I love this image, which comes from the talented pen of Sheryl Brown from Redonkulous Designs.

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Such a fun image to colour with some really cute details, like the pearls in her hair and the bows. I had fun making up this one for my hubby and with the hair almost a bit like Princess Leia (what little boy in the 80's didn't love her?!!) I think I had it nailed for my hubbies birthday card. He doesn't do 'frou frou', so I had to keep it really clean and simple, just the fun hugs and kisses sentiment to finish which I found in my stash and the star border which was cut using a Magnolia Doohickey die. I kept a couple of the stars which were cut from the die to add to the top left corner of the card to complete it. Clean, simple, quick and easy, just a bit of Desert Sand Memento ink to the edges and job done. Here's a closer look at the cheeky wee girlie, pearls, sparkles and all those curves, vavavoom! On closer inspection though, I really do have to work on my hair!!! I used a fine line promarker  for this and I think I needed to do it a bit more with some extra shades. Looks a bit twee. But hey, I'm learning.

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The Arty Shot (LOL)

The layout for my card is following a sketch from Jen Shultz, which I can't now for the life of me find the link for! But check her sketches out, they're great fun to work from and really helped inspire my choices for this card.

Here's a shot of the card on the dresser after giving it to my hubby for his birthday, the one beside it was made by my 8 year old daughter - Georgie, didn't she do well?!

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Here's the birthday boy opening his card during his pancake birthday brekkie. He's mid sentence here, nice!

Finally, a couple of pics, one listening to Zac singing happy birthday while Georgie is taking photos and the last one (sorry photo heavy!) is of the cake I made him to celebrate the day, yummy milk chocolate icing!

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Thanks for stopping in today. Love our lil' chats! Come back again soon xxx

Current Challenges:

Less is More Challenge ~ #122 Colour of your front door (For the past 8 years we've lived with a green front door, not our first choice, but kinda grew on us)
CAS-ual Friday ~ #104 Banners and Flags (I used a flag shape for my sentiment)
Simon Says Stamp ~ Masculine/Father's Day
CAS on Sunday ~ #9 Make It Masculine
Southern Girls Challenge ~ Tic Tac Toe = Stars-Stripes-Ink (I won this challenge with a prize from Saturated Canary - woohoo!)



Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Lead The Way

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend I've had. We've had our first visitors from the UK since we arrived back in New Zealand, which was so utterly fabulous and the best kind of soul food! Then we've had my in-laws from down South arrive a couple of days into their visit for the weekend too, so it's been all go here. I've not been able to get to the PC for days or to my craft desk, so I'm hankering after a little crafty time today. I've been hunting through some old pics and found a post that I needed to update, so I've done that now and anyone that's interested can see the update here: http://craftykiwimama.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/gorgeous-girl.html

But for today, I thought I'd share the card I gave to my lovely British friend who was visiting just after her birthday. She's been jet-setting all over the world with her family ours being the stop right in the middle of it all, so I tried to go with a travelling theme. I had a lovely stamp I picked up from Funky Kits which reminded me of her as she's one of those super lucky tall elegant beauties, so the pic was perfect for her! I had kept some paper from one of my Ikea visits off a set of pictures I'd bought there, and the little thumbnail pics were the perfect compliment to this image to bring in the travelling theme. I love to recycle, especially in my craft work, so I've been hanging onto these for the right moment and this was it. Big Ben - London, The Eiffel Tower - Paris and the Flatiron Building - New York City, set the jet-set theme.

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I die cut some Eiffel Towers, added a sentiment shaped from the same set as I used for the image - Spellbinders Label 17 - and some lovely blooms which I edged with tea dye distress ink as they were plain white to start with. I left the lovely cream gardenia blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts plain however so as not to overdo it. I love the fabric bloom with the metal button centre, this comes from a set I thought was a Kaisercraft or Prima set, but can't find the link. I'll update when I do. The lovely velvet ribbon is from stash.

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The steel blue gingham paper is from some loose pages I picked up from Anna Marie Designs at one of the Ally Pally craft fairs I attended and it worked perfectly for this card. 

Here's a closer look at the lovely image from the fabulous Sugar Nellie range of Scottish stamp company Funky Kits called Lead The Way. I gave her caramel coloured hair like my lovely pal has. As always, I coloured the image with my Promarkers. Love those lil' sticks of ink! :)

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That's it for today. I'll list the challenges I'm entering below, otherwise, I'll catch ya later, mwah x

Challenges:

The Sugar Bowl ~ #104 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything Goes
The Hobby House Challenge ~ #1 Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers ~ #170 Use Dies But Not Punches
Passion For Promarkers ~ #200 Add Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Fab 'N' Funky Challenges ~ #173 For The Girls
Totally Papercrafts ~ #169 Anything Goes

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