Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Fab 'n' Funky Christmas!

Yep, it's that time again, Christmas comes to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge. I know, I know, there's still 238 days to go, but we're getting organised this year and we are featuring Christmas creations at the end of every month! Aren't we clever?! There'll be no excuse for me to be late with my Christmas cards this year.

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is the fabulously zany Dr Digi's House of Stamps. There are some super fun images on this site and we've been treated to some of the fantastic Santa stamps for our DT creations. Mine is the Surfin' Santa. Because, well, that's just how we roll here in New Zealand for Christmas! Summer clothes, Jandals (that's flip flops to the UK crew), Pohutukawa trees in bloom (the Kiwi Christmas Tree), Pavlovas for Christmas pudding, bonfires and beaches. So when given the choice of which Santa to colour up, I of course wanted to get my hands on this fabulous 'Kiwi' Santa. I've a surfing mad brother-in-law who'll be getting this card for Christmas. 

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I wanted to try and create a 'scene' for the card, but didn't have a lot of time to put it together, as I've been busy with the kiddos on Easter break here in New Zealand, so I've whipped it up double quick time, right before it was due to post. Ooops! Repeating to myself... must be better organised... (this would make my Swedish pal laugh out loud, as I'm always saying this and she ribs me for it!) So I stuck with a sand dune and summer sky, but I think it works. We have amazing Sand Dunes in New Zealand. Check out these ones in Te Paki, which are part of the 90 mile beach dunes. The fab Kaisercraft sentiment from a set called St Nicholas worked really well for this 'Kiwi Christmas' card to celebrate our 'Summer' joys at Christmas.

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The paper I used for the sky is from Papercraft Inspirations magazine, issue #124 for April 2014. It came in the wonderful freebie pack with decoupage characters and some lovely papers. I have to wait almost two months to get a copy of this magazine now that I'm back in New Zealand. But it's still one of my favourite reads, so it's worth the wait and always such a lovely surprise to see some of my blog buddies creations pop up in it! The cloudy blue sky was the perfect backdrop for my Surfin' Santa.

If you look closely, you might notice that I've paper pieced Santa's swim shorts. I've used a fun wavy sea paper from an earlier issue of Papercraft Inspirations and fussy cut the shorts to layer over the image. I wanted to give him hibiscus or similar patterned shorts, but when I found this paper, I thought it would fit brilliantly and I think it really does. The paper is from the Surf's Up set of free papers from issue #116 of Papercraft Inspirations. The sand dune is cut from the yellow paper in this same set.

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I wanted to give Santa a slightly 'sun kissed' look, so I've added a little Coral Promarker to his nose and shoulder. Subtle, but it's there. I didn't want to over do it. The Kiwi sun is fierce because we have a hole in the Ozone layer right over our country. So Kiwi's have to be particularly careful to wear sunscreen and hats in the hot summer sun. I always colour with Promarkers, so kinda goes without saying that the rest of the image was inked that way too.

The final touch for the card was to add some shells. These were collected from a little bay just a few minutes up the road from my house. There's a fabulous kids playground there, so it's awesome for the kiddos. Now I said the shells were the final touch right? But on showing my hubby, he suggested I added some Glossy Accents to the sunnies. I do listen to him occasionally, and this was one of those times! So here is Santa, on a couple of different angles to show his glossy sunnies. I must confess, my hubby does have some good ideas!

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Thanks for popping in on my little corner of blogworld today. I hope you've enjoyed the visit. Pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and join us with your fabulous Christmas cards. We look forward to seeing them! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #170 ~ Fussy Cutting
Addicted to Stamps Challenge: #93 ~ Holiday
Crafting From The Heart: #16 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #54 ~ Anything Goes
Milk Coffee Challenge: Use Those Bright Colours!
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Not So Mellow Yellow
I Love Promarkers: Not Quite Straight (Curve in Sand Dune)
Whoopsidaisy Challenge: Hand Coloured Image (Coloured with Promarkers)
Quirky Crafts Challenge: #9 ~ Something beginning with S (Santa, Sand, Shells, Surfing!)
Jingle Belles: All Bundled Up (Layers - 3 plus fussy cut Santa - all mounted on foam strips)


Monday, 28 April 2014

I Absolutely Adore You

A quick post from me tonight as I'm up far too late and really need some zed's. But I wanted to catch the Passion For Promarkers Challenge, that my lovely blog buddy Lou did a Sketch Challenge for. So I've whipped up a quick CAS card to join in the fun. I coloured this image up a while back, with the intention of sending it to my lovely pal back in the UK. But it has sat on my desk and I've neglected to take it any further. So as I'm way overdue sending her some snail mail, I thought I'd take this opportunity to finish 'her' card and join in the PFP challenge too.

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I've used a sweet stamp called Tess from the CC Designs Sweet November range. I've coloured her as always, with my Promarker pens. I used limited edition colours from the Autumn/Winter 2013 set on her all apart from her skin. I just love those wellies, which I used the Red Sweater colour on.

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The delish papers are from a My Mind's Eye set called Follow Your Heart ~ Be Amazing. I just loved the sweet sentiment on one of the papers and I miss my pal terribly, so thought I'd let her know just quite how much! Lou's Sketch had a circle for the image, so I hope she won't mind that I swapped that out for a square, as I'd already cut this sweet gal out using my Lil' Inker's stitched square die.

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I used some gorgeous cotton lace which came from another blog buddy just recently and a double bow using some lovely sheer organza ribbon which I've tied following the technique on Jak Heath's fab tutorial, though this time I threaded it through a little pearl buckle. I finished the card with a few pearls I bought recently from Flourish with a Bling as it was too bare without, but the flowers I tried to add, swamped the image, so I kept it pared back. 

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you like what you've seen. I've misplaced one of my SD cards from my camera, so can't yet upload my candy pics, but they're coming, promise! See you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #216 ~ Hats
Passion For Promarkers: #244 ~ Lou's Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean & Simple

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Sweeties

A very quick post from me this evening, to wish all my lovely pals in the Northern Hemisphere a Happy Easter and to share two sweet Easter baskets I made for my kiddos. I meant to post this earlier, but we've been having too much fun celebrating our Easter, so a little later than I'd hoped posting.

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I used two different Funky Hand paper sets for the baskets. Georgie's I made from a lovely set called Spring Wedding and Zac's from a cool boys set called Boys Will Be Boys. I printed a different design on each side of the paper, so that the inside of the baskets would also be decorated. I love how this looks and chose to reverse the print on the handle of Georgie's basket just to mix it up a little. You can see in the two pics below the inside papers. Just a sneak peak, as I couldn't resist showing them with their contents.

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The sweet Easter Bunny and Chick image I've used is from a lovely range drawn by the talented Sylvia Zet for Spesch Stamps. I've coloured them with Promarkers and then added a touch of yellow Flock to the wee chicks wings and some white FlowerSoft to the bunnies tails. I inked the edges of the images with memento inks in various colours and matted the images with a Spellbinders Lacey Ovals diecut in colours to complement the different baskets.

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Funky Hand have got an Easter Sale running at the moment and all their gorgeous papers are 50% off! Yep, you read right - half price off everything until 11pm Easter Monday! So go fill your baskets. There are lots of fabulous choices. You can check out my previous makes using their gorgeous papers here and here

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Thanks for popping into my lil' blog today and Happy Easter to you all. I hope you're having as much fun as we've just all had. It's bedtime here in New Zealand, so nighty night all. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Just For Fun Challenge Blog: Easter
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Happy Easter
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Animal Antics
Passion For Promarkers: All Creatures Great & Small
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Things With Wings & DT Call
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #99 Easter or Spring Theme
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Winged Things (Easter Chicks)
Crafty Catz Challenge: B is for... Bunny,Blue, Baskets, Baby Chicks!
The Squirrel & The Fox: #68 ~ Diecut or Punch (Spellbinders Lacey Ovals)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #75 ~ Inspired By A Movie (Hop - An Easter Kids Movie)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Celebrating a Friend - Dream Valley

TAKE TWO: I accidentally posted this, one challenge too early! Still getting the hang of things with this new DT position. My apologies to the rest of the team, for the 'spoiler'. Here we go again...

We are celebrating words as the focal point on our cards for the 80th challenge at Dream Valley. Our 'Say it with Words' challenge, would like to see you pull out all your pretty sentiment stamps and let them have centre stage for this challenge. 

I have a gorgeous pal who lives in Edinburgh Scotland. We've had some very special times with her and her family both there and in London. She seems so far away now and yet we manage to keep in pretty good contact thanks to the wonders of modern technology!

I made this card for her birthday. It's a different style from my usual style, but was heavily influenced by a beautiful set of cards that the lovely Jenny Hodges made for a magazine spread a short while ago. I just loved the look and finish she achieved in that and did my best to emulate her beautiful style in this card. I don't know what you think, but I was really happy with it.

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I wanted to have another go with my sewing machine, though I did make one silly mistake, can you spot it? I used a fancy stitch on the inside of the doily and well, suffice to say, save the fancy stitches for straight lines! LOL.

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I used the lovely paper stack 'Hazy Days' that came with Issue 117 of Papercraft Inspirations magazine which the article with Jenny's cards appears in and I used the matching chipboard sentiment too.

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The button I handmade from an old Sizzix button die, which I then coated with Glossy Accents to get that sheen. I tied it with some embroidery thread to finish. The lovely deep border die is a gorgeous Joanna Sheen Signature collection die. Which I think finished this card so perfectly! I wish I could find the original magazine article that Jenny wrote to show you her gorgeous influence on my card, but alas, I cannot hunt it out and not for lack of trying! But I do know the article appeared in issue 117 of Papercraft Inspirations. So if you happen to have it in your magazine rack, pop back and have another look through.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog today and encourage you to pull out your sentiment stamps and have a go at creating a card for our current Dream Valley Challenge, where your sentiment is the focus. Do go and have a sneaky peak at the gorgeous creations my other team-mates have made too. You're sure to be inspired! See you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Challenges 4 Everybody: #40 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #117 ~ Spring Is In The Air
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #99 ~ Easter or Spring Theme
Crafty Catz Challenge: #227 ~ B is for... Beautiful Boarders, Button & Bow
Party Time Tuesdays: #168 ~ Diecut Challenge (Diecut Sentiment, Border & Button)
The Squirrel & The Fox: # 68 ~ Use a Diecut or Punch (Sentiment, Border & Button)
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Style of Stitching and Why = Real, although I don't do it often, but I love the texture, look and feel that it gives a card. I also love that I can save on glue when I use real stitching over faux as it holds the layers together incredibly well!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Steampunk Funky Fun

I have some fabulous Funky Hand papers that I've been wanting to use, which are perfect for a 'Steampunk' theme and I was browsing through some lovely stamps from Jess College Fund recently and found the perfect stamp to work with these papers. I played with lots of different layouts and background colours before settling on this. But I'm super chuffed with how it all came together, especially the cogs, which I cut from the Funky Hand 'Steam Funk' paper with the darker cogs printed on it. I inked the X-Cut Chronology Cogs with both Victorian Velvet and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, sprayed them with some heirloom gold Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist and edged them with Memento Black ink. A wee bit of a process to get the look I wanted, but I'm well chuffed with the finish. I used two of the cogs together, to make a 'cog-flower' base for the lovely sparkly black cabochon centre you see below and added a couple of black gems to the centres of two of the cogs. I also sprayed the lovely large rose from Wild Orchid Crafts with the Perfect Pearls Mist for a little extra shimmer.

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The fabulous image is called Steampunk Girl and is from the talent behind Jess College Fund, which I've coloured with my Promarkers. I just loved this stamp the minute I saw it. I had no idea what I'd use it for, or who I'd colour it up for, but as I worked on my project, it became apparent this was meant for one of my sisters. I'm pretty sure she's going to love this, so I've made it up for her birthday. I don't like to make cards 'just because', I love to have a person in mind when I'm creating and quite often an occasion too. It's rare that I'll start with an image and not know who it's for. But halfway through this make, I knew very clearly where this was going. Such a nice feeling!

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The background paper is the brown spotty paper from the Steam Funk set and I've sprayed that with the Perfect Pearls Mist and then run the page over my non-stick craft mat, to spread it over the paper a bit more obviously, rather than the fine mist you otherwise get. I love how it came up.

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I've used a great set of stamps from the Papermania Urban Stamps 'All Aboard' set to ink the postage and passport marks on the papers. The little tag is from the same set, which I inked in brown rather than black for a softer finish. The cool steampunk heart was a recent purchase via a lovely blog buddy of mine, which I added with a plain black brad to the pretty black velvet ribbon and lace strip. Below is a little montage of these details.

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Thanks for popping in today to my little corner of blogland. I hope you're having a fabulous Easter break. We've had a lovely Good Friday family day and are looking forward to more family fun tomorrow on Easter Sunday. So I'm squeezing in a few crafty hours today. Do check out the amazing papers over at Funky Hand, there are lots of fantastic sets, which are currently at a very special Easter price, so go fill your basket! Easter hugs to you all, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Party Time Tuesdays: #168 ~ Diecut Challenge
Sister Act Card Challenge: #53 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #27 ~ Shabby Chic (Shabby Chic Steampunk)
Totally Gorjuss: #232 ~ Diecuts & Punches (Steampunk Cogs)
Deep Ocean Challenge: Inspired By A Movie (The Time Traveler's Wife)
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #70 ~ Anything Goes (3rd Entry)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Winged Things (Steampunk Winged Heart Charm)
Jess Challenge: Favourite Embellishment (3 - Lace, Flowers & Charm, love them all!)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Flower Power ~ Fab 'n' Funky

Hi ya, thanks for popping in to see me today. I've a pretty make to share with you for our latest Fab 'n' Funky Challenge. One of my best friends in the whole world has just celebrated her birthday. We've been friends since we were 13 years old. We navigated the challenges of high school at each other's side and have played very special roles in each others lives since. She was Maid of Honour at my wedding and Georgie at 18 months old was her little Flower Girl. I realised as I was preparing her birthday card, that we have known and loved each other for 30 years now. That's something I think is worth celebrating! I chose a gorgeous image for her birthday card which I coloured up to resemble her. Long flowing blonde hair, striking blue eyes. That's my pal! She's always been 'model' beautiful and looks just the same today as she did when we finished high school.

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The image I've used is a gorgeous 'Dilly Beans' image and happily they are our sponsor for the current Fab 'n' Funky Challenge. The challenge this time is 'Flower Power' as chosen by my lovely DT pal Sujin. Our generous sponsor Dilly Beans is offering the winner 3 of their gorgeous digital images as the prize and the lovely Kathryne of Stampart Design by Kathryne is sponsoring us with 5 digital images. So it's a great time to pull out your floral papers or images with floral designs and come join in our fab challenge.

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I coloured the gorgeous image in with my Promarkers and used a blue colour pencil just around the hair to add a little 'sky' rather than leave it white. The background stamps are from a fabulous 'Panduro Hobby' clear stamp set that I bought in Sweden one of the last times I visited my darling pal there. The set is called 'Vintage' and has a really great range of stamps, from postmarks, stamps, to the pocket watch I've used here. I used my Vintage Photo Distress Ink to edge the paper and to tone down the bright pink I'd cut the mat from. It was really 'loud' on this beautiful vintage paper by Michele Roos for Whimsy Designs. So inking it softened the colour and it blended in far better. I also inked the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock from Sizzix which I'd cut from Dies To Die For Kraft card. I cut the card itself from the Kraft card.

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The flowers I wanted to have a little dimension, especially as this is our challenge focus, so I have decoupaged the flowers from a second print of the pretty paper, adding dimension to three of the hydrangea tips, the two middle roses and the largest rose in the corner. I think it's just 'enough' to gift it that little lift it was needing. I used my Pinflair Glue Gel for all the decoupage. It's my favourite glue medium for this, as you can shape the elements and the exact amount of glue you need to add just the right level of lift you want.

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Here's a little montage of the different elements of the card. I love these butterflies, they came with some lovely bits and pieces I bought from a Kiwi craft store when I arrived home in New Zealand and worked perfectly on this card to highlight the blue eyes in the image. Just the finishing touch I was looking for!

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Finally a mention about the sweet sentiment stamp. It's from a great set by Amy R Stamps for CC Designs. I love these words, they fit many different occasions and I think are lovely on a birthday card. Don't look too closely at the card, as I unfortunately didn't get the stamp quite straight, which bugs me no end, but when I tried to use the second paper print to rectify the situation, I mucked that one up even worse! So decided to leave it as is. Hubby thought it was okay, and he's pretty critical of my work, so I figured it was passable. 

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Thanks for popping in on my lil' corner of blogland today and please do join us for the current Fab 'n' Funky challenge. Flower Power is a nice easy challenge theme so come join in the fun. I'll be back soon with another card and check back for my celebration candy, which is coming soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Creative Romance: Eggcellent Spring
Inky Chicks Challenge: #27 ~ Shabby Chic
Sister Act Card Challenge: #53 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Winged Things
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Animal Antics
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Things With Wings & DT Call
Passion For Promarkers: #243 ~ All Creatures Great & Small
Live & Love Crafts: #22 ~ Chocolate (Choc coloured accent stamps, diecut and mats)

Monday, 14 April 2014

Thank You Friend

I have a very lovely friend, that I met through Zac's Playcentre. She is rather a wizard with a pair of scissors and has cut both my hair and my sons just recently. So I thought I'd make her a thank you card to show our appreciation. I must say, the idea was rather inspired by coming across a fab digi image which to be fair is a rather stunning likeness of my lovely pal! Right down to the hairdryer!! This funky gal is by Etsy store FaeryInk and is called Mandy the Stylist.

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I had first coloured the hair in a warm brown, but before I could give it to my friend, she had her hair dyed red! So I went back over the brown with a deep red and was pleased that it came up so well. My pal has stunning green eyes, so I had fun colouring the eyes to match. It's not clear in the pic, but I used a couple of different greens to try and show the hazel flecks. Hard to do, but fun trying! I didn't want to do the hairdryer the typical black, which is so common for hairdressers to have, as all the detail would be lost, so I used my slate Promarker with a bit of red thrown in for good measure. I kept the background very plain, with only a faint grey shadow around the image and some 'ground' to anchor the image. Though a little 'bling' was in order of course, so I used my Xmas Red Stickles on her shoes (because who doesn't love Ruby slippers!) and some Glossy Accents on the hairdryer heart. Her earrings, belt buckle and bangles were coloured with my silver Letraset Metallic Marker.

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The fabulous papers are Funky Hand papers. I was asked recently by my lovely blog buddy Lou Daubney to do some Guest Designing for Funky Hand and once I recovered from the shock and awe, I of course said ooh yes please! I've used the gorgeous red paper which is currently this months freebie paper and paired it with a grey spotty paper from the Steam Funk set, which worked so well with the colours I'd chosen for the image. I love this combo of papers and kept the design very CAS to let both the image and the papers feature. I really like the look of distressed edges on CAS designs, so I used my Tim Holtz Tool to distress the edges of the papers. The Steam Funk paper set is absolutely brilliant and I'm going to be back soon with another make using these. You can check them out here on the Funky Hand site. 

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I edged the sentiment with the freebie paper offcuts, which I think worked really well. I tried the sentiment all over the page before settling with it here. It didn't look quite right down in the bottom right corner which I'd first thought I'd place it. It was just getting lost. So top left, just seemed the right fit. How many times do you play with your layout before you get the right fit? I think I take longer just deciding on the design layout than any other aspect of making the card. This fab sentiment is actually a freebie from Birdie Brown stamps and worked so perfectly for this make. I'd toyed with the idea of creating a sentiment that said 'you blow me away' because of the hairdryer. But I always slightly cringe when I read sentiments like that. Bird images with 'your so tweet' as the sentiment. Really? It doesn't actually mean anything! I think it's silly, so I didn't want to go down that road of a bad pun for the sake of it. But I am known to drop the occasional 'you rock' into conversation, so this fun Birdie Brown sentiment was a much better fit for me. It was exactly what I wanted to say! So I was chuffed and I think it finishes the card brilliantly.

Well that's me for tonight. My lil' girlie is off on her first school camp tomorrow, so I have an early start, making sure she's all sorted. It's been a hugely busy weekend with lovely outings with pals we've not seen for a while and a wonderful family celebration dinner too, so I've been chasing my tail the last few days trying to keep up with everything. Hope you've had a fabulous weekend. Pop in again soon. I have some fun stuff to share and a little candy coming up too. Big hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries:
Passion For Promarkers: #242 ~ So Sentimental
Sister Act Card Challenge: #52 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge: #154 ~ Dots & Stripes

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Southern Girls Challenge - Earn Your Stripes

I have been doing a lil' happy jig ever since Louise asked me to join the Southern Girls Challenge Design Team. I love this Design Team, because I get to hang out with a bunch of incredibly inspiring talented ladies, some of whom are from my end of the world. Woop woop! I am honoured and humbled to be in your midst.

Here's the first challenge that I get to 'play along' with since I joined the DT, and it's a fun one. One of our sponsors is the awesome Emerald Faerie Garden, whose stamps I have loved for years now. I have quite a little collection going on. But for this challenge, I've used one of their newer stamps, the very sweet 'Pip'. You can visit older makes of mine here and here using their gorgeous stamps.

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I've coloured Pip with my favourite medium, my trusty Promarkers. I wanted to do something a wee bit 'different' with her, so I've given her 'candy floss' hair! I think it looks really cute. Whatcha reckon? I've added Stickles Star Dust to her wings for a bit of sparkle and all the water drops and the puddles have been given a splash of Glossy Accents to add to the watery effect.

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Our challenge is all about stripes, and when I think about stripes, I think of my best Swedish pal. It's been a running joke between us how many stripes exist in our two households! We've had a LOT of stripes in my kiddos wardrobes since meeting my lovely Swedish pal. It's a Polarn och Pyret thing! So I knew I wanted to make this card up for her. She's just moved house, so it's a 'congratulations on the new move' card. I thought this image was apt, as the last thing you want when you're moving house is rain! I actually stamped the sentiment inside the card. I forgot to take a pic, but it reads - "Grattis... Wishing You Rainbows & Sunshine'. Grattis is Swedish for 'congratulations'. I picked up the Grattis stamp from Bildmalarna and the Rainbows & Sunshine stamp is a Magnolia sentiment.

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Here's a little montage of the embellishments on the card. The lovely butterfly die, is a Joy Crafts die which I really love. I've added just a hint of glitter here and there on the die, but it sadly doesn't show up well in the pics. I didn't want to put it all over, just a few highlights. The lovely corner die is from Marianne Design who are also one of our sponsors for this challenge. It's from a 2 die set of corners. I have a huge number of Marianne Design dies. They have such a fantastic range and if you've not discovered them before click the link above and have a look through their vast selection. The lil' snail, who snuck in there at the bottom is a Memory Box die and finally, the pretty blooms, I can't recall exactly where I bought them, but I think they are Prima flowers. I didn't want to use pink blooms, as my pal, loves green, but is not such a 'pink' girly. So I tried to tone down the pink by using daisies. I've tucked in a couple of strands of pearls and some extra leaf swirls too.

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The pretty double bow is made from organza ribbon and is thanks to a fabulous tutorial by Jak Heath. I think the double bows look so pretty, but have never known how to do them, until I found Jak's tutorial. It's brilliant and so easy to follow! So give it a go if you've never tried. 

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The scalloped edge on my card base was cut with a Grand Nestabilities Scalloped Square die and embossed with the large embossing folder that came with my eBosser. Finally just the papers to mention. It's hard to see the lovely houndstooth strip that runs along the centre of the card behind the image, but I really loved that paper, just a hint shows. That and the fabulous striped paper are from a My Minds Eye paper pad from the Vanity Fair collection. I matted both papers with a green core'dinations paper from the Nostalgia set of their Super Assortments.

If you made it to the end of my post, yay you! (Have you noticed I like to talk?!) Thanks for popping in on my wee corner of the blogisphere. Awesome to have you visit. Do pop into the Southern Girls Challenge Blog and check out what my fantastically talented team mates have been up to. Better still, why don't you pull out your stripey papers and join in the challenge. We have three amazing sponsors for this challenge, Emerald Faerie Garden, Artfull Crafts and Marianne Design. So three prizes up for grabs. Come on over and join in the fun! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Inky Chicks: #26 ~ Butterflies
Divas By Design: Easter/Spring
Papertake Weekly: Spring Has Sprung
Crafty Catz Challenge: #225 ~ Springtime
Sister Act Card Challenge: #51 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me Challenge: #147 April Challenge - A Sketch
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: April ~ Things With Wings & DT Call

Monday, 7 April 2014

Woops, silly me! Dream Valley Challenge

So, a whole month of feeling poorly really does addle the brain apparently! I just posted my DT card for Dream Valley (have sent it back to draft now) then realised, I was a fortnight early for that challenge and have completely forgotten to do a card for Easter! Oh dear!!

I have however just added a sweet Sugar Nellie card I've made to the Sugary Sunday Facebook challenge. Love those challenges. Sugar Nellie's are some of my favourite stamps! So I thought I'd share that wee make with you here now, in the glaring absence of my Dream Valley Easter DT card. Sorry girls! Hanging head in shame! Please go and check out what my amazing team mates have done for our Easter Challenge. Their creations are stunning!

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I made this card for one of my darling New Zealand pals who lives down in the Wellington area, where we used to live before we moved to the UK. We were both in the UK at the same time for a while and spent some really treasured times together. So it's been wonderful catching up again since we've returned home. This stamp was perfect for her, as she got a new puppy this past year and is so loving having a girl in her family, amongst her four boys! 3 sons and a hubby, so of course she had to be a girly pooch! This lovely Sugar Nellie stamp called 'Fifi Goes Shopping' was the perfect choice for her birthday card.

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The pretty paper I used is from a really old paper pad in my stash, which came with one of my favourite UK magazines 'Cardmaking & Papercraft' as a freebie a couple of years ago. The paper is called floral fantasy by Louise Tiler. I had some pearlescent cardstock which toned in with this perfectly, so I cut my mat from this using Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Labels - Twenty Six'. I've edged the image and paper in 'Vintage Photo' Distress Ink. The Sentiment is from a lovely set by Tina Wenke for Stampavie called 'With Love'

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The Cherry Blossoms, Gardenia and Roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the Frosted Berries are from Live and Love Crafts. My two favourite stores for all my paper flowers. I finished the flower spray with a twist of the flower stems tucked in here and there and a pretty heart shaped pin. The ribbon and lace is from my stash and the pearls are from MeiFlower. The corner die is a Quickutz photo corner scallop die. I love this lil' die, it works on so many card styles. Possibly the most versatile little die I own!

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Finally, an 'arty' shot of the card and that's it from me today. Sorry not to have a lovely Easter make yet for the Dream Valley Challenge. But as I said earlier, do pop on over to the main challenge blog to drink in a little inspiration from my talented teamies and come on back soon. You never know, I may have actually got my act together and produced an Easter card! Thanks for stopping in. See you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entry:
Divas By Design: Birthday Blog Hop ~ Anything Goes
Sugary Sunday Facebook Challenge: Private Group on Facebook*
Wild Orchid Crafts: #100 ~ Bling it up! (Pearls, Heart pin and Frosted Berries are my bling)

*If you love Sugar Nellie stamps - come join the Facebook group! Regular Facebook only challenges. 




Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Once Upon A Time - Fab 'n' Funky

Oooh, I'm a little bit excited today, as it's my first time posting the challenge on the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog since I joined the wonderful Funky Team. I've chosen what I hope will be a really fun challenge for all - 'Once Upon A Time' and I'm hoping to see lots of 'Fantasy' and 'Fairytale' imagery on your cards. So what did I prepare I hear you ask?

Here's the lovely 'High Hopes Rubber Stamp' that sparked my idea. It's such a sweet stamp and I knew once I'd seen our sponsor images, that this would be a great match.

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Our sponsor for this challenge is the awesome Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet and they gave the Fab 'n' Funky crew some wonderful images to work with. So I've chosen a gorgeous princess image called Ice Princess. She reminds me very much of the Ice Queen from 'Frozen'. I love how the story ends and that it is sisterly love that prevails. So I've placed her in a setting not of 'ice' but of rainbows and fairytale creatures.

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I didn't want the rainbow in the traditionally bright colours, as I felt it might overpower the rest of the images, so have chosen some gentler shades. I replaced the traditional rainbow red with Antique Pink Promarker and used Flexmarkers in Rose Peach, Buttercup, Meadow Green and Glacier Blue. I think it worked quite well for a gentler spectrum of colour.

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The 'extra' details on my card, the castle, unicorn and rainbow, come from a lovely digi set available from an Etsy Store called PrettyGrafikDesign. There are a number of sweet digital paper kits and a mixture of pre-coloured and black and white digital stamps. I think this set worked really well with my lovely Ice Princess from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet.

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I recently saw a fabulous tutorial on how to make a 'box card' from a talented fellow crafter and have used her wonderful template to create the box base for my fantasy card. You can find Janine Quinn's tutorial via her website here.

This is the box pre-embellishment
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I have used some of my all time favourite papers. Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics and can I just say, I break out in a sweat just cutting into these gorgeous papers. I just want to keep them to stroke and look at! But I put on my big girl pants and made the chop! I must say, I'm delighted with how well they've come up as the base for this 'box card'. So many gorgeous pages in this 6x6 stack. But these ones were perfect for this project. I buy all my Maja papers from my favourite online 'Shabby Chic' craft store - Live & Love Crafts. So if you haven't checked out this gorgeous store yet, pop on over and have a browse.

This is the box with the embellishments added
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I've seen this box card done with loads of embellishments exploding out of them. But I didn't want to overshadow the main stamp, so I've kept to just the simple sentiment on the front flap, added one to the back where I will add my message for my daughter and kept the side flaps clear, rather than adding more embellishment there, as I used the prettiest Maja paper on the sides and under the front flap. I love this paisley paper, it's one of my favourites from the set. I've edged all the papers in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and used the same to stamp the sentiments. This can be found in the Spring set of the Seasonal Special edition sets from Tim Holtz. 

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The stamp I've used on the writing strip along the back of the card, is from an older Lili of the Valley sentiment set. I feel it fit this card beautifully and supports the message so perfectly that I will be writing for my daughter.

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One of the truly clever things about this box card design I think, is the way it is folded down to fit inside an envelope. If you're careful with the embellishments not pushing too sideways, it will actually fit in a standard A5 envelope. But if you've angled them as I have, you'll have to custom make your envelope a little wider. The above pics show the card flat with front flaps down, and then front flaps up ready to pop in the envelope. So clever!

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This pic shows more clearly the acetate I've used to fix the images to the box base. I wanted them to sit a little higher up from the box, but didn't want white paper or coloured paper blocking the view of the elements behind. I'd just laminated a bookmark I'd made so I used the offcuts of the laminate to affix the stamped images to the base. I was so pleased with that simple solution!

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Here finally are a couple of different angles of the box, to get a sense of the dimension and how all the embellishments work together. From the sides, it does look a little bare, and perhaps a few extra little things could have been added in. I toyed with the idea of adding some butterflies, but I'm of the 'less is more' school of crafting. As much as I admire the amazing shabby chic artists out there who pile so much deliciousness onto their makes, I just don't have that talent and mine just end up looking messy. So I stopped here and I'm pleased with it, as is.

Thanks for popping into my lil' blog today. I hope you've enjoyed your visit and weren't too overwhelmed by all the photos. But there seemed so much to show! Please join us this week at Fab 'n' Funky for our 'Once Upon A Time' challenge and show us your take on the 'Fantasy/Fairytale' theme. Do be sure to go and check out what my teamies have been up to over on the blog. They have made some truly gorgeous creations. For those of you who made it all the way to the end, thank you and here's a lil' pic of my sweet girlie excited to hold mama's 'precious' card. She doesn't actually realise it's for her here, she was just so happy I let her hold it! Big hugs, Wends x

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Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge: #224 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #50 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge: #153 ~ Fold It Challenge
Divas By Design: Birthday Blog Hop & Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog: #97 ~ Anything Goes
Simons Says Monday Challenge: The One With Lots of Rules (April Fool) Anything Goes!
The Squirrel & The Fox: #66 ~ Inspired By A Book - The Snow Queen, Hans Christian Andersen

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