Friday, 21 February 2014

The Beauty of Dreams

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I made this card up for my brothers birthday. It was the first card I actually tried stitching on with my new sewing machine. I was chuffed to bits with how it came together! I printed the image onto a digital paper, which had a great Kraft card like finish and used another lovely digital paper in the background which had a similar colour palette and very cool clock face which worked well with the theme I had for the card.

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I printed the sentiment onto a plain white cardstock, and it looked so stark against the other papers, that I gave it the 'used teabag' treatment, just to blend the tones in a bit better. It worked really well, so I was delighted. I love this Eleanor Roosevelt quote, it's so inspiring and was perfect for my brother's birthday card. I matted the sentiment onto Kraft card and then mounted it on the card using foam pads for a little extra dimension.

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The  image is a free printable from the craft website J&C Creations. I just loved this image, it so reminds me of my Grandpa and Uncles who are farmers. But worked well too for a card for my brother, when paired with the fab sentiment, to encourage him to hang tight to his dreams. I finished the card very simply with a wrap of twine and knotted it to finish. Very CAS but so fun to try out some machine stitching on this card. 

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That's all for today's make. I hope you have enjoyed popping by my blog. Love to hear your thoughts on this one. See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: Man Up!
MelonHeadz Friends: For The Boys
Crafty Little Fairies: One For The Boys
Challenges 4 Everybody: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Sassy Studio Designs: #217 ~ It's Raining Men!
Clean & Simple on Sunday: #27 ~ Masculine Card
Crafty Creations Challenges: #257 ~ Keep It Simple
Artistic Inspirations: #79 ~ Anything Goes - Masculine
Really Reasonable Ribbon's: #89 ~ One For The Boys with Ribbon or Trim

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Wedding Box

I have a very special make to share today, which I made up for my darling British pal who married one of our best Kiwi pals on Valentines weekend. They are both such special people in our lives and I've spent countless hours putting together little treasures to help celebrate and commemorate their day. This one I made up for them to keep their wedding cards in. When I was going through posts for our Fab'n'Funky Challenges, I noticed we had the lovely Kathryne coming up as one of our sponsers and I'm familiar with her beautiful sentiments. So I knew I'd find something really gorgeous to make this a very special keepsake box. I chose the beautiful sentiment 'Dance~Love~Sing' from her range Stampart design by Kathryne which is available through Whimsy Stamps.

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Our Challenge this week at Fab 'n' Funky is to use Spots and Stripes, which is a 'real' challenge when you're trying to make up a Wedding card box and all your spots and stripes papers are bright fun and funky! So I have improvised a little bit and used a base paper which has 'stripes' of wedding words all over it, and a gorgeous cross stitch pattern paper from Eline's House which is available through Cuddly Buddly in the UK. You can if you look hard, see a few cross-stitch stripes in amongst the lettering. I loved this paper to bits when I first found it, so was super excited to learn recently that Eline had released it as a digi-paper for those of us who missed it so much when it went out of print. There are several in the set, all gorgeous, so pop across to Cuddly Buddly and have a look. I'm so hoping she might release a few more!

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Oh and yes, spots. I just didn't have any spotty paper that would work, so again, thinking outside the box (pardon the pun) I opted for some gorgeous pearl swirls, which was exactly the lush effect I was wanting for my darling pals keepsake box. I have to say, spots and stripes - nailed it! Just wasn't what you expected eh? ;)

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The gorgeous pearl swirls are Creative Expressions from Joanna Sheen. I've cut one pack into two halves to use on this project, which worked incredibly well. I was really happy with the balance. I cut a butterfly from felt and added a few sticky back pearls along the centre and little pearl antennae. The clay hearts are from Live and Love Crafts. I just love these, and I think they finished this project so perfectly. I painted them roughly with an Adirondack metallics acrylic paint dabber in pearl. The loose flower petals I used to compile the flowers, muslin and doily are from stash.

I also had some gorgeous wedding paper which I really wanted to use but wouldn't work for the outside of the box, so I used it to line the lid and base and I'm so happy with how that came out. Here's a peek inside the base. This paper is one I picked up on a visit to New Zealand years ago when we were still living in the UK. It's from a paper company called Francheville and the paper is called romance words.

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Finally a little montage of the details...

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Thanks for popping in today. Please go and check out what my wonderful teamies from Fab 'n' Funky got up to for the current challenge. I know you'll be inspired and check in again soon for our next challenge and the fun I've been up to. Have an awesome week! I'm off to unpack the bags from the Wedding celebration. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursday: #308 ~ Clever Cutting
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Love Is All Around
Totally Gorjuss Challenge: #223 ~ Lovey Dovey
Card Mania Challenges: #40 ~ Love Is All Around
A Creative Romance: #18 ~ Let's Get Sentimental
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Wedding or Anniversary



Thursday, 13 February 2014

Zachy's Girl

I made this bookmark for a friends daughter's birthday and my son Zac when he saw it straight away said, it's my girl Alexia. Which nearly broke my heart, as she is his best little girl friend which we left behind in England and this image does look a bit like her! I had made the bookmark coincidentally for her big sister. But I'll definitely have to colour this up again for a card for her some day.

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A very simple make, just featuring this gorgeous Sugar Nellie image called Mori and a fabulous Eleanor Roosevelt quote on the reverse. I coloured her with my Promarkers in muted shades of pink. I love the close colours and soft dreamy finish it gives. I paired it with a deeper pink organza ribbon over the cream satin ribbon to create the bookmark loop and fixed the cardstock either side to create the bookmark. I edged the cardstock layers with distress ink in Tattered Rose.

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Here's a closer look at sweet Mori.

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And a shot taken in different light, so you can see the glossy accents on the hearts and the tattered rose distress stickles used on the dress. I wanted to keep the image quite serene, not too much in the way of bling. So the distress stickles worked really well for this. A bit of interest and texture, without being flashy.

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Well that's it for me folks. I'm off to beddy-byes. We're travelling up to the very North of New Zealand tomorrow for a wedding, so long drive ahead of us and my pillow is calling. Catch you all when I'm back. Have a fab week and thanks for stopping into my lil' blog. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Divas by Design: With Love
Papertake Weekly: With a Heart
Cute Card Thursday: #307 ~ Lots of Love
Passion for Promarkers: #234 ~ Have a Heart
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Love Is All Around
Crafty Catz Challenge: #217 ~ Love Is In The Air
The Sugar Bowl: #112 ~ Pinks & Pewter (I think I'm pretty close with this make, hope you do too.)


Monday, 10 February 2014

Kitty & Pup

I have a cute and very simple card to share with you today, which I made up using a lovely 'Cut and Colour' stack which came from issue 112 of Papercraft Inspirations. The artist is Gillian Flint. I made up the card for a lovely neighbour we left behind in London. She loves animals, cats in particular, so when I was flippping through this stack and found this sweet image, I knew it was destined for her.

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I had a sweet periwinkle blue card with precut oval which worked really well for this make. So I trimmed the image to fit and cut around a couple of the flower peaks so they could reach out over the oval edge.

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I coloured the lovely image with my Promarkers, and then shaded around the image with a pale blue flexmarker to make the image 'pop off the page'. The sentiment is one I had in my stash from my Ally Pally craft fair adventures, which I stamped straight onto the card. A very quick CAS make, but I was really pleased with it.

Thanks for popping in today. It always makes my day when visitors leave a comment. Hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Wends x


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Everyday Super Heroes

Ooh I'm so excited and privileged to be posting my first 'official' DT post for the Fab 'n' Funky challenge. I've been really looking forward to this, as I LOVE Kenny K images. They're so fun and I found the perfect image for a thank you card I've been needing to write in Kenny K's Super Mom.

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My Mother-in-law is an amazing lady, very talented in a great number of areas, but especially so with cloth, which I utterly am not! We had a wonderful visit from my in-laws, when we were shifting house over the Christmas break and noting that we were missing a curtain in the kitchen, (which left us rather exposed to the neighbours), my mother-in-law measured it up and within a week or so of their return home, I had a very exciting parcel, with all I needed to thread and hang the fabulous sheer curtain she'd made for the kitchen. 

I'm blessed to have some amazing role models in my life. My own lovely mummy and my wonderful mother-in-law are two of the best I know! So this card is being sent to my mother-in-law as thanks for her wonderful sewing and this post is in celebration of these 'Everyday Super Heroes' in my life.

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I used a large 8x8 card blank and found a lovely matching paper for the colour I'd chosen to ink up the apron in a Scrapbook Magazine paper pack giveaway from American Crafts called The Sweet Shop Collection. Typical of me to ink the stamp up first and then spend ages hunting for 'the perfect' colour match in my papers. This was just that however and I love that it was a very similar design to the gingham pattern I'd added to the apron. I just used the tip of my Promarker and it worked really well. The lovely textured peach coloured mat is a ColorCore Cardstock from Darice and the fun 'aprons' paper is a fab digital paper from the Raspberry Road Domestic Goddess set.

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The challenge this week at Fab 'n' Funky is to use 'brads'. So I inked up some yellow stars I had in my stash and added some Distress Stickles in Tattered Rose to alter the bright yellow of the original brads, to a softer tone that would work in with my colour scheme. Love that they ended up with a fun textured look too. I kept the 'star' theme going with the large pearlescent star and as my thank you card was for some amazing sewing my mother-in-law had done, I popped a cute Die-Versions 'Sweet Petite' Sewing Machine on too which I first inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. All the papers were edged with this ink too. I made the sentiment up on my computer and for the final touch threaded some multicoloured twine behind the image in a criss cross pattern.

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I hope you like what I did with this fabulous Kenny K image and look forward to reading your comments. Thanks for popping into my little corner of the blog world. Go check out what the rest of my teamies have done over on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and come join us for some fun with brads! Have an awesome day. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Sister Act Card Challenge: #42 ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes (with option of shaped card)
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: #165 ~ Anything Goes (with a twist of 'love')
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes with Twine or String
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge: #67 ~ Something New (My Die-versions sewing machine die)

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