Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Black & White + One

Sliding into home base, with dirt on my face today. I've had such mad busy weeks in this lead up to Christmas and nope, I HAVEN'T finished my Christmas cards. I'm going to have to make them New Year cards now! LOL. But I've managed to pull together a card for our latest Sweet Stampin' challenge by adapting MelJen's 'Sweet Little Donkey' and turning him into a Zebra. Do you think my son will notice there's pink on this? Zebra's are his fav! He's growing up too dang fast. He'll be at school in 6 months time and the time is slipping through my fingers. I've so loved his baby years, but he's my baby no more! He's quick to remind me too, 'I'm a big boy now Mama'.

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Our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' is Black & White (with a splash of one other colour). So when I was rummaging through my stash looking slightly feral and panic stricken, I came across this fab image of MelJen's Designs, which is actually a super cute lil donkey. I had a moment of madness or genius, depending on how you think of it, and figured this donkey looked an awful lot like a zebra, don't ya think? So I coloured him up that way and hey presto, Black & White - nailed it! After a few touches of pink to his ears and cheeks, I figured I'd make that my other colour. 


I can't recall which paper pad I pulled that spotty paper from, so I'll have to come back to you with those details. But I just loved the stripes and spots together. I used a 'Go Create' die to cut the shape of the image and hand cut the pink mat. I edged the spotty paper with a layer of pink to tie it all in and I happened to have a little lamp sitting on my desk cut from black paper, which I'd done for a previous make and not ended up using. My lil' Zebra looked a little bare on his own, so I added the lamp for a touch of interest. I know the lamp is a little random, they don't have lamps in the Savannah, but it really was too bare without it, sigh. The sweet sentiment is from a lovely stash my baby sis gave me from My Mind's Eye.  I blogged about it recently, so you can find the details here.

Head on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog to see what my other talented teamies have been up to. It's a cool challenge theme, so come and join us for a some end of year crafty fun. We have two amazing sponsor this challenge, Di's Digis and Marianne Designs. Both with utterly fabulous prizes up for grabs!

I'm keeping it short and sweet today, yep, for me THIS IS short and sweet, LOL. It's Christmas ya'll!! I've got a million and one things still to do. But on that note, I wish you all a Christmas day filled with moments worthy of memories, pleasures that warm the heart and people you utterly adore. Huge Christmas hugs, Wends xxxx

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #250 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: # 77 ~ Anything Goes
Crazy For CAS Challenge: #60 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge: #78 ~ Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Anything Goes (Final Challenge - so sad to see you go!xxx)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Dream Valley - Christmas

Can you believe how close Christmas is now?! I'm doing a little panic as I count up the cards I've yet to post. It's time now for our last challenge of the year at Dream Valley and we have a really big line up of wonderful sponsors this challenge. They've all been generous and fabulous sponsors this year and we are grateful to them all for helping us make this a truly fantastic and successful challenge.

We are being sponsored by Robyn's Fetish, Freckled Fawn, Paper Shelter, Kenny K, Crafty Sentiments, My Mum's Craft Shop, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Dilly Beans Stamps. Thank you all, for being amazing sponsors this past year.

So what you may ask is our theme this challenge? You really don't have to ask, it's 'Christmas' of course. Bring out all your fabulous Christmas makes and share them with us for our month long end of year challenge at Dream Valley.


For my card, I've used two lovely Stampendous stamps. You can find some of the Stampendous range at My Mum's Craft Shop. I really like these wee Angels, they're so so cute! The stamp is called Angel Kisses. I had kept it really CAS initially, but I think the sentiment stamp just finishes off that Christmassy feel.

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I've used a lovely Cherry Plaid paper in pink and lime which is from The Hobby House. I've had the pretty pink grosgrain ribbon in my stash for ages, but never had the right pink and lime combo for it to fit with before, so I was really pleased to use it on this card. I've used foam behind the image for a bit of depth and dimension and cut the pink frame with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. The image was coloured with Promarkers and Stickles added to the furry bits. I've used glossy accents on the berries and for the snow I used White Opal Liquid Pearls. I've sent this to one of my blog buddies in the UK, so I hope this reaches her before she sees this!

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Thanks for popping in today. This will be my last post as a Dream Valley design team member. I have only a few months left before my small boy starts school, and I've been struggling to juggle all the balls. So with a heavy heart, I am stepping down from the design team. It's been a wild ride ladies, thanks for having me! Do come and join in our last Dream Valley challenge of the year. You have a whole month to get your entries in! Check out what my awesomely talented team mates have been up to this challenge too on the Dream Valley blog. I'll see you all again soon but in the meantime, I wish you all a blessed Christmas surrounded by those you love. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Crafty Cardmakers: #129 ~ Christmas
Inky Chicks: #44 ~ Winter Wonderland
Stamping Sensations: Winter Wonderland
Crafty Catz: #259 ~ Last Minute Christmas
Sentimental Sundays: #237 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Farewell ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #87 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me Challenge: December ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps: #130 ~ Winter or Christmas Theme
MilkCoffee Challenge: Christmas with Non-Traditional Colours

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas!

The days are whizzing by right now. I've still so much prep to do for Christmas and plans to make, but I'm another one up on my Christmas cards! It's been so fabulous this year having one Christmas challenge a month here at Fab 'n' Funky. I bet you're thanking us now right? I'm so pleased to have got ahead with some of my Christmas makes and this one is rather special, as it's to celebrate a family member's happy state this Christmas. Not long now until baby arrives.

It's our final Christmas challenge for the year here at Fab 'n' Funky and Sassy Studio Designs is our wonderful sponsor this time around. The design team were given some really fabulous images to work with. The one I've chosen has been in my stash a while, waiting for the right time to use it and this is definitely it, with one of my kin due to have their babe really soon.

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I've been chasing my tail all month, as I've not only Christmas to prepare for, but quite a number of family birthdays in December and of course my Swedish best pal's birthday, so I've been busy prepping parcels and making cards for those special days. This card was made with the clock ticking loudly in my ear! I just managed to finish photographing it and uploading it minutes before it was due to go live on the blog. So, sweet and simple was my approach with this card. I've used a gorgeous designer paper from one of my favourite Christmas paper pads by Panduro Hobby called 'Tis The Season. I really do like this paper pad. I've used it loads, you can see some of my other makes using it here, here and here.

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I won a gorgeous prize from The Ribbon Girl recently and the gorgeous Hessian Ribbon and Kort och Godt rolled rose is from that win. So is the fine twine that I've used to create the loops behind the Poinsettia bloom and also that I doubled with a pretty pink bakers twine to dress the top of the tag. I still have plenty of little treasures tucked away from that win, which I'll bring out over the next few makes. But let's just say, I'm sooooooooo happy with all the gorgeous bits I've just added to my stash! My thanks to Crafty Little Fairies who I won them through!

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The shimmery Poinsettia is a gorgeous red satin mirri card that I bought from a limited run through Joanna Sheen recently just for the purpose of making these gorgeous Poinsettia blooms. It's such a fabulous card and makes the Poinsettia look really lush. I've twisted the petals at the base slightly to give them a lift and add dimension and finished with a pink pearl in the centre to echo the other pearls I've used in the corners and in the centre of the rolled rose. I've distressed all the edges of the papers and used a white washed red colour core mat behind the image. As that famous lil' meerkat would say 'Simples'. A couple of final details to mention, I've used a stamp set around the image from a Personal Impressions set called 'Warm Winter Wishes' which I bought from Funky Kits and the beautiful sentiment is a Stampendous stamp.

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That's it from me today. I'll be swinging by again soon with another crafty adventure. I hope all yours are going well in the lead up to Christmas. 13 days to go! Eeeek!!! Head on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog for more inspiration for your Christmas makes. My teamies have some really gorgeous ones to share. In the meantime I wish you all the joys of the Christmas season and none of the stress! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Seeing Red
Whimsy Stamps: #78 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Farewell ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: Bingo (Ribbon, Free, Blooms)
Loves Rubberstamps: #130 ~ Winter or Christmas Theme
I Love Promarkers: #249 ~ Pearls & Swirls (Twine Swirls)
The Ribbon Girl: December Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Christmas With Non-Traditional Colours
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On! (Pearls and Mirri card Poinsettia)
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Film or Song Inspiration ~ Michael Bublé - All I Want For Christmas, because seriously, Bublé - what's not to love! 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Things With Wings

Hey lovely crafting pals. It's that time again, a new challenge has started over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we have the ever popular 'Things With Wings' theme. We are sponsored this week by the wonderful crew at Stamp & Create who are offering the winner a very generous $20 to spend in their store.


It's no secret I have quite a lot of fairies in my stamp collection. I do love these wee creatures. So when I was thinking about what to make for my Swedish pal whose birthday is today, I knew it had to be Sugar Nellie (my fav's, no surprise there!). This wee fairy, sitting looking so wistful and thoughtful on her toadstool, I thought was perfect, because my pal is so much on my mind right now. The last few years before we left London, we had a little ritual that I would go to Sweden and spend her birthday with her. So the last couple of birthdays, has had me longing for Sweden, the snow, my pal's company and a glass of glögg!

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Those of you who know me, know I have a little thang for Sugar Nellie stamps, especially their fairies drawn by Marina Fedotova. Oh my, her images are just the cutest, most wistful, enchanting characters and Sugar Nellie has had a long line of these gorgeous images in their catalogue. I have to confess, I've never actually inked this fairy up before. Despite having her in my collection for quite a number of years! Naughty me. I just needed to get around to putting some cling foam on and I was set. I do think she's come up really well. I should have used a light grey around the image, to make her 'pop' off the page better. But I forgot to, in my haste to finish the card.

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I've coloured this gorgeous gal with my Promarkers and a couple of Flexmarkers too. I do love to use a 'close palette' in my colouring, so some of my shadowing gets a bit lost. I'll have to get more adventurous. I've liberally covered her wings in Stickles after shading them. The gorgeous fennel like bloom is a Memory Box die. I don't use this often and really think I should more, as it's fab. I cut 3 different colours and tied them with twine. Simple but perfect for this card I think.

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The sentiment is a Magnolia stamp and I've used it lots this year. It's just perfect for so many occasions. I used an MFT fishtail stax die to cut out the sentiment and inked all the edges of the papers with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

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Come on over and check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to on the Sweet Stampin' blog and join in our fun challenge. Things With Wings is a favourite challenge theme of mine, so let's see how many of you love it too! Thanks for popping in today, and I'll see you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Scribble & Scrap: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps: #129 ~ Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl: Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #86 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #78 ~ Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty: Anything 'Not Christmas' Goes
Sentimental Sundays: #235 ~ Lots of Layers (Layered blooms, layered & stitched paper)
As You Like It Challenge: #42 ~ Favourite Song/Film & Why (This wee fairy makes me think of my favourite kids film - Return to Neverland. Her face reminds me of the lead character, who is 'Wendy's daughter from Peter Pan. It's a really sweet sequel to the original Peter Pan and has a beautiful song in it too. My children love it.)

Update: This card won 'Top 3' in the 'As You Like It' challenge.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Easy Peasy!

It's my turn to host the Fab 'n' Funky challenge this week. I've had such a huge week and there's no chance of it slowing down anytime soon. So I decided that this challenge, we'd go for the soft option, an easy peasy challenge, using pre-coloured images, toppers, ATC's anything that makes it a quick easy card.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Kenny K who supplied the team with some really fabulous pre-coloured digital stamps for this challenge. I wanted to use one of Kenny K's sassy girls as I think they're such fun. I love the strength and sass of this character. She's called Lady Victoria.

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I couldn't decide what to make with this image initially. I wanted to find a sentiment that said "Would the man saying it can't be done, please get out of the way of the woman doing it". I thought that would have suited this image so well! But I couldn't find a digi of this. I was tidying some papers on my desk and found these snowmen and the idea hit me to use the sassy "Dear Santa, define "good" sentiment I'd seen used by some of my lovely blog pals. So I went on a hunt for a digi of this and found Squigglefly had a great version, which I've used on this card. I really like the font they used. I had this top hat on my desk too, from a My Mind's Eye set of chalkboard embellishments and thought it would make a cute finish to the card. So there you have it, my easy peasy lemon squeezy sassy Christmas card.

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with for our easy peasy challenge. Do make sure you head over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to see what my awesome DT sista's have been up to too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Holiday Cards
Scribble & Scrap: #32 ~ Always Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #57 ~ Anything Goes/Winter
Sister Act Card Challenge: #85 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge: #185 ~ 100% Anything Goes!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dream Valley - True Blue

Oh wow, it's the 1st of December already! Where oh where has this year gone?!!! My babies are growing up too fast! Just stop the world for a bit, I need some more time. I am sliding in here today by the seat of my pants, last minute photoshoot of my wee make right before it was due to go live on our challenge blog. Naughty me! Last minute lass. But enough about that, it's December 1st! That's tree trimming day in our house, so I'll share a couple of pics with you tomorrow.


The fabby stamp above is from Lacy Sunshine Stamps who is our wonderful sponsor for this fortnights challenge at Dream Valley. I just love this Parisian flavoured stamp. It's called, Adele City Girl. I'd have loved to colour her hat in a tartan pattern as the pal this card is for is Scottish. But I couldn't quite work out how in a blue theme! So blue it is.


I found some gorgeous blue velvet ribbons in my stash and kinda built the card around those. The dark blue crushed velvet is gorgeous, it's a shame it doesn't show up well in the pics. I had to fold my double bow very carefully to keep the velvet on the outside of the loops, an interesting and finger fumbling process. But I got there. It has quite a nice 'floppy rabbit ear' look to it in reality.


The doily I gave a good cup of coffee and scrunched it up a bit before adding to the card. I didn't want a stark white doily on this make, as I was keen to use my lovely natural cotton lace. I added a lovely Freckled Fawn wooden heart and two quickutz photo corners to finish the card and a lovely sentiment from a Little Darlings set. The die I've used here is a La La Land stitched tabs die.


I had coloured the mat behind the image a much brighter blue, more like the background colour on the Basic Grey Lauderdale designer paper, but when I put it all together, it looked awful. So after my panic moment was over, I just pulled out a denim blue Promarker and carefully coloured around the image trying not to ink the image itself. Fortunately, I'd already run the image around my Faded Jeans distress ink, so it didn't show in the couple of places I got too close! It looks SO much better with the darker mat. So I was really pleased with my rescue attempt.


It's pumpkin time here in New Zealand and I've a million things to do tomorrow. My pillow is calling, so I bid you goodnight. Make sure you pop on over to the Dream Valley Challenge blog to see what amazing creations my lovely DT sista's have come up with. Better still, come on over and join in our challenge too. I look forward to seeing your take on our 'True Blue' theme. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge: #122 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #85 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick - Blue and Ribbon & Lace
613 Avenue Create: #100 ~ Anything Goes with optional twist - Calendar
Moving Along With The Times: Inspired By A Song ~ I'm Blue by Eiffel 65
A Little Bit Crafty: Anything Goes - But Not Christmas! Final Farewell Challenge
A Creative Romance: Something Old (I've had the doily and velvet ribbon for years!)
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge: #128 ~ Distress It. Inked edges and coffee stained doily

Update: I won the Papertake Weekly Challenge! Woohoo!! Awesome 'Simon Says' prize :)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Southern Girls - Celebrations

We have a big celebration at Southern Girls this week. It's our 100th challenge!! Woohoo! So this challenge, we're keen to see the cards you make for celebrations, that could be a celebration such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthday, A New Job, A New Baby, and the list goes on. So you pretty much have carte blanche. Whatcha say? Wanna come and play? We'd love to see your interpretation of our challenge. 

We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge, the fabulous Lacy Sunshine Stamps, who are offering our lucky winner a wonderful prize.


The design team were spoilt to bits by our wonderful sponsor and we were allowed to choose a stamp each to play with in the challenge. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and my favourite celebration, so I wanted to make a Christmas card when the theme of 'Celebrations' was decided for our 100th challenge. I have used the gorgeous Rory's Christmas Tree for my card and I just LOVE this gorgeous image. It was really fun to colour up. I have gone for the Christmas pink theme again, sorry to be predictable. I just really wanted to colour her up in pink and I love the way it looks. I'll mix it up again next time though I promise! (I'm having a pink and white kinda Christmas this year!)


I've used a scrummy paper behind the image which is from a Panduro Hobby paper pad. I'm running out, I'm so going to miss having these pages! I love this pad. It's called 'Tis The Season. It's such an unusual colour combination, but I really like it.


I've used the most gorgeous Whimsy Stamps snowflake die on this card. I cut two and crossed them over on one snowflake. I added some pearls in different sizes just to bling it up a little and cut the flakes from shimmery pearlescent paper to add a bit more bling. The gorgeous Christmas sentiment is an Amy R Stamps set for CC Designs called Happy Christmas. I cut the sentiment frame using my Lil' Inkers stitched square die to match the machine stitching I did on the edge of the card. I do love the look of stitching on cards. I used a bigger die from the same set to cut the image and mat.

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The blooms I've used are Wild Orchid Crafts. The Poinsettia petals come as individual layers, which I layered together with some frosted berries in the centre from Live and Love Crafts. I added a couple of pink fabric blooms, a small rose and two blossom flowers also from Wild Orchid Crafts. I curled the stems (which I'd cut off) from the fabric blooms and tucked those into the spray for a little interest.

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I hope you'll come and join in our 100th challenge celebration at Southern Girls Challenge and show us your favourite celebration pieces. We look forward to seeing your interpretation. Do head over to the challenge blog too and check out what my incredibly talented team mates have been up to. I'll see you all again really soon. I have to dash, because (not to freak you out or anything, BUT) did you know there's only 27 days until Christmas! Eeeek, so much to do, so little time!! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #256 ~ Winter Theme
Winter Wonderland: Let's Get Sentimental
Totally Gorjuss: #263 ~ Sparkly/Blingy/Glittery
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: November Challenge ~ Snow
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #275 ~ Blooming Marvellous
Creative Inspirations Challenges: #291 ~ Season's Greetings
Stamping Sensations: November Challenge: Simply Christmas
Crafty Calendar Challenge: November ~ It's All About Christmas
As You Like It: Christmas ~ Modern or Traditional? I love both, but this year, I'm really enjoying pink and white together in my crafty makes, so I'd have to say Modern this year.

Update: I was a Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers! Thank you :)


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Anything with Die-cuts.

This week at Fab 'n' Funky, we are looking for your gorgeous makes that use die-cuts. It can be anything, a card, a layout or other off the page project, as long as it includes the use of die-cuts. I've used loads of die-cuts on my card this challenge. I stopped counting at 12!!

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I made this for a family member who's expecting a baby right now and we're all so excited! I wanted to use this beautiful Elisabeth Bell image as it's so sweet and wistful. I've not used it before now, as she comes sitting in mid-air! I came across a stamp a blog buddy was selling that would be the perfect solution to my dilemma of how to 'seat her'. It's a Magnolia companion stamp - wooden park bench. So I masked the image and stamped the bench on top. It worked a treat! I was so pleased with the look. A little shading under her feet, a penciled in sky in the background and the image was set. 

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I used an older Nellie Snellen die to cut the pretty oval shape, which I matted onto another oval of blue card which I first distressed the edges of. The pretty card shape and smaller repeated mats are from the Go Create XXL dies range. This shape is called Frilly #10. I used a Marianne Design lamp post die and a bird, fence and birdcage die. I also used some rolled roses from the Marianne Designs line. I added pearls to the centres for a little extra bling. The flower at the base, is one I crocheted from a fine string. I really loved the look of this with the other rolled blooms. The little heart swirl branches are Magnolia.

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The beautiful designer papers are some of my favourites and come from the Maja Design Summer Basics range. I really love the paisley design on this 1935 page. I mourn the fact that it's so covered up in this design! Which is why I usually go for a more pared back style. But I must say I'm pleased with this card.

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I had my first go at using some Frantage to add some texture on this card. I added it only to the lamp post and bird cage and thought I was so clever until I realised it just looks like bird poop all over them! I nearly split my sides laughing! Oh well, better luck next time I try to add Frantage. I've added some muslin behind the mats for a little texture and a gorgeous gold organza bow. I cut the edge of the ribbon mat using another lovely Magnolia Doohickey called Romantic Lace.

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The final touch on the card was the lovely wood chip heart with the word love in it. I was hunting for the perfect sentiment to finish the card, when I found this in my stash and had a happy 'Eureka' moment. This is from a fabulous Freckled Fawn set.

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I was happy to hear that this make had arrived safely to it's destination and was so loved, there was talk of hanging it on the wall above the babies crib. Awww, isn't it lovely when one of our creations are so well received?!

Well that's it from me today. I'll catch you again tomorrow with another crafty moment. I hope you enjoyed popping in on this one and do head on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge to join in on our die-cutting fun and check out my DT sista's awesome makes while you're there! We have a fabulous prize on offer this week from Craft Classes Online, so go check it out. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Cardmakers: #128 ~ Distress It
Deep Ocean Challenge: #91 ~ Shabby Chic
Party Time Tuesdays: #191 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Lots of Embellishments
Crafty Little Fairies: November ~ Not A Square
Passion For Promarkers: #275 ~ Blooming Marvellous
A Creative Romance: Something Old (My first Maja Design papers! Years old!!)
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick (Technique - Masking and Product - Ribbon)
Whimsy Inspirations Challenges: #77 ~ Two or more images (mama and park bench)
Totally Gorjuss: #263 ~ Sparkly/Blingy/Glittery (Glittered Shoes, Pearls, Shiny Ribbon, Frantage)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sweet Stampin' - It's our Birthday!

Well that week rolled by fast! It's time for the next Sweet Stampin' challenge and we have a fandabbydozy one for you this week! It's Sweet Stampin's 5th Birthday!! So we're celebrating with birthday cards this week. Yep, that's the challenge, make a birthday card. Easy peasy eh? We have three fantastic sponsors this week, Wild Orchid Crafts, Marianne Designs and Crafty Devils. Come join us in our birthday fun and be in to win a fabulous prize from one of our fantastic sponsors.

Wild Orchid Craft with a £10 voucher

Crafty Devils Papercraft with a £15 voucher

and Marianne Designs with ... a super surprise.

I am a big fan of both Wild Orchid Crafts and Marianne Designs, so my card today features several elements from these two sponsors. 


The large bloom is a Wild Orchid Craft Large Gardenia, which I used a little Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Bronze, to just tone down the lavender edges of the bloom as I needed to have more of a mulberry pink colour. It worked a treat too. I layered the blooms on top of a fabulous Marianne Designs Lamp post die, which I cut from mulberry coloured paper. I used two white cosmo daisies and two white tulips both from Wild Orchid Crafts in the floral spray, I also tucked in a Marianne Design Chinese Rose which I rolled from the same paper as the lamp post and added a pearl to the centre. I tucked some pearl sprays in amongst the flowers, some curled green stems and finally a tiny rose from stash.

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If you're thinking the paper looks familiar, you're not wrong. I did just use this exact same gorgeous Michele Roos paper on another project and in fact, this was my 'test page'. I started this project with the paper and the stamped 'Make a Wish' greeting exactly as it was on that previous project and then added my layers from there. I used the same ink for a birthday greeting in the diagonal corner and used a Marianne Designs decorative corner die to balance the flowers. I've wrapped the backing papers with a divine wide organza ribbon which was a gift from one of my sisters this year and inked all the edges of the papers with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

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The adorable image I've used is called Little Miss Mouse from Elisabeth Bell's digital collection. I just love these two sweet characters. I enjoyed colouring this image with my Promarkers and I've added Glossy Accents to the mushroom spots and a liberal coating of Diamond Stickles to the wings and daisy centres.

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Thanks for stopping in for a visit to my blog today. I always love it when you do! Please stop by the Sweet Stampin' challenge too, and check out what my incredibly talented teamies have been up to. Both teams have joined to celebrate our big birthday in style, so be sure to check out their fabulous creations too. Come and join us with your birthday makes, I look forward to seeing what you come up with and I'll be back again soon with another DT card. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Party Time Tuesdays: #190 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Lots of Embellishments
Loves Rubberstamps: #127 ~ Things with Wings
Inky Impressions: #186 ~ Anything Goes with Pearls
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #204 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Something Old (I've had this digi image for years!)
Passion for Promarkers: #274 ~ Entertain Us. Based on a Movie (Fairytale)
Elphine House Challenge: #64 ~ Use Your Favourite Colours (Pink & Green)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #91 ~ Shabby Chic (As Shabby and Chic as this girlie can do!)
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge: Favourite Colour Combo ~ Pink & Green (Pink + Any Colour Really!)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - It's Still Our Birthday!

So we had so much fun celebrating our 5th birthday last week at Fab 'n' Funky, we thought we'd just keep partying and have decided to extend the celebrations for another week!

We are being sponsored this week by three fantastic sponsors, Dr Digi's House of Stamps, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and StampArt Design by Kathryne which is available for purchase at Whimsy Stamps.


I have made a birthday card using a super sweet image by Kathryne called Sophie. I love these wistful sweet girlie images of Kathryne's. I find this one with her big eyes, sweet face and big bunch of daisies utterly enchanting.

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I coloured the image with my Promarkers as always and took my cue from the daisies and blue-green foliage in making my paper choices. I decided to use a lovely bright yellow MME paper from The Sweetest Thing - Tangerine set. I had another paper pad on my table which was a magazine free gift, it has 3 cute blue, pink and orange owls on the front, but no brand name that I can see. Does anyone know which mag these came with? I flipped through and found two pages that were a fabulous colour match for the blue-green colour I'd used to do the grass and foliage, so I created my layout using those elements. I really must learn to use sketches, it takes me ages to decide exactly how to place, cut and arrange the papers! Even for such a simple design!!

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The little sentiment shape came from the same MME paper pack as the yellow page, which I just inked a lovely Tina Wenke for Stampavie birthday greeting onto using my Versamagic Dew Drop chalk ink in a similar shade to the blue-green papers. I've popped a pale blue-green pearl in the 3 other corners and added a little yellow gingham bow from MeiFlower on the lace strip to finish the card. Both the circle and square dies are Lil' Inkers. I raised the picture layer on foam pads for a little dimension. It's a very quick and simple card, but I loved the fresh colours of the papers and had fun colouring this wee cutie up, so I hope your visit here brings you a smile and a little ray of sunshine to your day.

Check out the fantastic and gorgeous creations from my lovely Fab 'n' Funky teamies on the blog and come and join in with our birthday celebrations challenge. I look forward to seeing what you make! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Card Mania: #60 ~ Use a Digi
Papertake Weekly: Soooooo Girlie
Scribble & Scrap: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack: #66 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Handcoloured Image
Party Time Tuesdays: #190 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #83 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Celebrating Kindness
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes w/option to use 'Hello' greeting

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dream Valley - Anything Goes

It's time for a new Dream Valley challenge and this fortnight, our challenge theme is 'Anything Goes', so there are no holds barred, you have creative carte blanche! Our challenge is being sponsored by the fabulous Dilly Beans Stamps offering a fabulous prize to our lucky winner.


The DT have been given some really cute stamps by our sponsor to use for this challenge and the one I've used is called Kiki Mermaid. Do pop over to the Dilly Beans shop, as Megan has some seriously cool, cute, sassy, funky stamps in her shop.

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I've made a gift tag for my DT project today. I really wanted to use some cute nautical themed dies I bought from Joanna Sheen recently, a ships wheel and the nautica set which included the seastar, seahorse and little anchor. So I had a bit of fun, throwing quite a number of dies on this make. I'm usually a more CAS kinda girl, but today, I threw all I could at this tag to see what would stick! I even tore a wet wipe (which I use to clean the ink off my stamps) as I didn't have any muslin to hand and added that behind the shells. They're real shells, from a little beach, just down the road from our house. I added a pearl bead from a broken bracelet, which I thought looked really cute in the lil' scallop shell. Not quite an oyster shell, but I thought it looked sweet.

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I had some buttons sitting on my desk when I was creating this tag and it just struck me when I was putting the ribbons through the eyelet, that one of the Prima buttons would look quite good on this tag. What butterflies and crowns have to do with my nautical theme I have no idea really, but it was a whim, so just go with me here. I did sponge a bit of tea dye over it to make the colour of the button blend better.

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I had a gorgeous sentiment I wanted to use and had intended to put on the front, but by the time I'd added all my frou frou bits, there was no room! Then I realised I only had one page of the fabulous Maja Design paper I'd used on the front, so I couldn't make the reverse match the front. I found another fabulous Maja Design paper from the same 'Life by the Sea' pad, which toned in nicely. I cut a square writing panel with my lil' Inker's stitched square die and added another wee seastar to finish the page. I edged all the pieces with tea dye as I did on the front. I distressed the edge of the designer paper, just as I did on the front as well. I like the way the hessian ribbon showed through on the reverse. I think it looks quite cool.

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Here's a slightly closer look at the sentiment. I picked this up in the grey rubber bargain bins at Alley Pally when I was living in London. I did so love rummaging through all that grey rubber and finding amazing, uplifting, laugh out loud funny, quirky and heartwarming sentiments. It was always a fabulous deal and I did take my fair share, over the years that I went to the Ally Pally Craft Fair. I miss that so much now we're back in New Zealand. I'm looking forward to exploring our NZ version of the Ally Pally Craft Fair next year.

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So that's it from me. Pop over to the Dream Valley Challenge and check out what the rest of that madly talented bunch have been up to. You're sure to be inspired. No excuse not to join in our challenge this fortnight either with an 'Anything Goes' theme. I'll catch you again really soon with some more crafty adventures. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Brown Sugar: #120 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Hand Coloured Image
Crafty Little Fairies: November ~ Not A Square
Scribble & Scrap Challenge: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: We're Seeing Stars
Creative Inspirations: #289 ~ Anything Goes with Optional Sketch
613 Avenue Create: #98 ~ Anything Goes with Option of 'Hello' Sentiment
Sentimental Sundays: #233 ~ Brads, Buttons and/or Bows (Button and Bow)
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