Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Easter

Hey ya, time for another new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week we have the fabulous Funky Kits sponsoring us! Woop woop, home of the Sugar Nellie stamps (my favourites!!). So you know I hunted all through my Sugar Nellie stash to try and find a stamp for this make right? I mean 'hunted'!!! But nope, I don't have a single Easter themed Sugar Nellie and you'd think with the amount I own of these gorgeous stamps I could have found one right? Nope, nada, so clearly I'm going to have to go shopping!! LOL. So I've chosen a gorgeous Lili of the Valley for this make. 

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I've had this gorgeous image for ages, so frankly it's about time it saw some ink and got used. I own far too many LOTV images that are yet to see ink! I just love this wistful image, so perfect for Spring and Easter. I wanted to add some 'fluff' to the bunnies tail but didn't have any white flowersoft, but I'll get some and use it next time. I kept the palette quite soft and muted, it just really appealed to me this way. So I've gone for moss green and earthy tones. I've used my Promarkers of course to colour. I used pale pink on the card to lift the image a bit. I used a really pretty paper pad from Prima called Fairy Belle which I'd used recently for another card, so it was still sitting on my craft desk and the tones on this 'Marcelle' page were perfect for this image. 

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I have paper pieced the butterflies and a couple of the flowers for extra dimension and interest. There's also a pretty panel behind the image, which has the same satin ribbon as the bow, wrapped and sewn around it, sadly with all the embellishments you miss this! I didn't extend it right along, as I didn't want to cover the pretty paper on the right. There are a couple of images below that show my process. I didn't have enough left for a 'traditional' bow, so I stitched the ends together and did a running stitch to gather the middle in. I've not done this before and was really pleased with the result. I used the thread to add the charms.


I'm sending this card to my fabulous pal in Sweden, so I've paired it with a Bildmalarna Sentiment in Swedish which means Happy Easter. I was so sad when Bildmalarna announced they were closing. If you see any stamps about, snap 'em up while you can! Love their gorgeous images. I really must ink some up soon.

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So there's my finished card with the sentiment visible. I added a little stretched and torn baby wipe behind the image (it's what I clean my stamps with). One had gone dry and had barely any ink on it, so I was just playing and stretched and tore one, and quite liked how it came out, so I used it behind the image just as one would cheesecloth. I quite like the soft 'fluffy bunny' effect it adds. I used a lovely heart doily which I bought from Live & Love Crafts. Love that store. I also used 3 Magnolia Doohickey's which came with my Magnolia Doohickey Magazine. So loving these! The tulips and blossoms are from The Ribbon Girl and the 'LOVE' charm and glass heart are from stash. 


I hope you liked seeing my wee Easter make today and hope you'll come and join us at Sweet Stampin' this week for our Easter challenge. I'd love to see what you come up with and it's a fabulous Funky Kits prize! See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: A Cut Above
I <3 Promarkers: #262 ~ Easter/Springtime
Meljen's Designs Challenges: #253 ~ Easter
Di's Digi Designs Challenge: Spring Is Here
Creative Corner Challenges: Spring Has Sprung
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Live & Love Crafts: #33 ~ Photo Inspiration Collage
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: March ~ Spring Colours
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #81 ~ Use A Diecut
Deep Ocean Challenge: #100 ~ Easter/Spring (Congrats on the 100th challenge!)

Update: I got a Top 6 mention at the Creative Corner Challenge. Thank you ladies!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Spring

What a whirlwind weekend I've had and the week has just got busier! Here we are again with a new challenge launching at Fab 'n' Funky. This week, our lovely Annie has us in the mood for all things 'Spring'. We are being sponsored by the fab Stitchy Bear Stamps and oh my do they have some utterly gorgeous Spring inspired stamps. I couldn't resist this gorgeous wee man when I was allowed to choose from their fab selection. He just looks so sweet and happy-go-lucky. This stamp reminded me so much of the gorgeous visit my kiddos and I had up North to my Uncle's farm. There was a special little moment when my small boy took my Uncle's hand and just started strolling with him through one of the fields. Utterly stole my heart (and my Uncle's too I think!), so this card is destined to take a trip North.

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When I was hunting through my papers to know what to pair this sweet image with, I came across this gorgeous page in a lovely paper pad by Kaisercraft called Cock-a-doodle-doo. I really didn't want to obscure the fabulous scene on the page, so I haven't used ANY embellishments. It's as CAS as can be, and yet, I don't feel it is, because of all that's going on in the paper. A very quick and easy card to make, and yet so much for the eye to take in. I distressed the paper edge and added it to a Kraft card base. I toyed with the idea of adding a sentiment, but decided on keeping it totally CAS.

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(Here's a pic from that special moment I spoke of earlier. My papa's big brother is rather special to our family since my papa died. He's the closest thing to a Grandpa my babies have on my side of the family and my children absolutely think of him this way. So these moments together are treasured.)

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Pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog and check out what my fabulously talented teamies have been up to for this challenge. You're sure to find inspiration there. I hope you'll come on over and join us with your own Spring make. I have to get a rascally boy to bed, so I'll say goodnight. See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cardz 4 Guys: #62 ~ CAS
Card Mania Challenges: #66 ~ Spring
Party Time Tuesdays: #196 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #51 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes (with Caffeine)
Papertake Weekly: Happy Anything (Happy Spring)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: March ~ Spring Colours
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Spring Pinterest Inspiration Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Lions & Lambs Oh My! (Lambs, Cows, Pigs in paper)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Cake!

I have such a super busy weekend. My lil' girlie has just turned 10 and we are having an Archery Party for her celebration. So I'll be spending the day baking and prepping party gifts. Fingers crossed the hurricane that's due to hit our coast holds off for a little bit, or it'll be a washout!

I'm swinging in today to share my Sweet Stampin' DT card. Our theme this week is 'Cake', what's not to love about that?! We are being sponsored by the fabulous folks at 'Stix2'. So our lucky winner is in for a wonderful prize.

I decided to use a gorgeous image from Sylvia Zet's Wee Stamps range and made this card up for my little niece's first birthday which is fast approaching. She's such a lil' cutie and I thought this image was just perfect for her first birthday card. 

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I've added a little number '1' which I cut with my Marianne Designs numbers die and added a little sparkle with my Diamond Stickles. Georgie got some white ribbon lately on a parcel, so I recycled this and tied a bow for the side of the card. I had these sweet little flowers from a Doodlebug Design Little Posies set which I thought echoed really sweetly the flowers in the image, so I used one to cover the tag hole on the sentiment tag and added another to the bow for balance. They were a different shade of pink, so I used a Promarker to darken them slightly and make them a more compatible shade of pink.

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The felt blooms arrived with my Papercraft Inspirations April Issue yesterday (it takes a while to reach New Zealand!) so I was so happy when I realised the colour was a close match for the backing paper I'd used on the card. I used the enclosed thread from the magazine to stitch the individual layers together. It was a little plain without something behind the image as I didn't use a designer paper this time, just a plain backing paper, so I added a little muslin for texture.

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The pretty card shape was achieved with a Go Create XXL die called Frilly #10. It's my favourite of their shapes, so I do use it quite a bit. But the rest of the range if fabulous too, I'll have to get another couple soon I think.

Well that's it from me today, do pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog, my awesomely talented teamies have some gorgeous inspiration for you. Come join in our celebration of 'Cake' by entering your own creation. Hugs until next time, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafts & Me Challenge: #154 ~ Flowers
A Gem of a Challenge: # 130 ~ Pretty in Pink
Brown Sugar Challenge: #137 ~ Shaped Cards
Sister Act Card Challenge: #97 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #304 ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge: #200 ~ For A Special Lady
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #218 ~ Ribbon & Bows
Moving Along With The Times: Bingo - 3 in a Row (Die, Flowers, Ribbon)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Southern Girls - Boys, Boys, Boys

It's time for our latest challenge at Southern Girls and this fortnight we want to see your creations for the boys in your life. Speaking of life, it's just whizzing by lately. So soon, well before I'm actually ready, my little boy will be starting school. It's come around way to fast for me. He's such a cutie, full of snuggles and sass. He's deep in negotiations with daddy right now, because he's earnest to convince him to step aside so that he can marry mummy. So sweet and innocent, and so utterly adorable. So I wanted to mark this momentous occasion of my little guy starting school with a special card. Imagine my delight when the sponsor for our new challenge at Southern Girls gave us these adorable lil' men to colour?! I used a sweet stamp from our fabulous sponsor Inky Impressions called Back To School Nicholas. Perfect I think for my lil' man's 'starting school' card.

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I've used a fab school inspired paper set from My Mind's Eye for this make. It's called School Daze from their 'Six by Six' designer series. I cut the little school house from one of the pages and the sentiment too. I just love this paper pad, it's going to be really handy for school related layouts I want to do. I used a little Glossy Accents on the school bell added some tiny crayons and traffic light brads to finish the card. 

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Pretty clean and simple, but the paper does all the work really! I really wanted to draw a little path from the school house to the boy to link the images, but I was too chicken that I would muck it up, so you'll just have to 'imagine' that. LOL. My teamies at Southern Girls have been hard at work with their 'boys' creations to inspire you, so be sure to pop on over to the blog to check those out. Go have a look too at our wonderful sponsor - Inky Impressions stamps, they're fab! Better still come and join the challenge and you just might be our lucky winner!!


Thanks for popping in today to my lil' corner of blogworld. Life is very full in our household lately with family staying with us for a while. So not much time to be out enjoying all your gorgeous creations. But I do try occasionally to sneak in some visits. Hugs if I don't get to say hi for a bit. Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursday: #364 ~ Celebrate
Crafting From The Heart: #50 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: March ~ One For The Guys
4 Crafty Chicks: #237 ~ Cabin Fever (My lil' guy is for sure getting Cabin Fever, he's SO ready for big boy school!!)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Shaped Cards

Wow, the past two weeks have just whizzed by! I spent one of them in bed really poorly, then we had a lovely visit from my delicious lil' nieces and their mummy. It was so gorgeous to have them with us, but I'd have liked to have been in full health for it. So the last couple of days I've taken it a bit slower and enjoyed just catching up on some of my DT creations. It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and our lovely hostess Ginny has chosen the theme 'Shaped Cards', which of course had me reaching for my Go Create dies.

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This lil' cutie patootie is called Lupita. I have such a soft spot for Lacy Sunshine stamps, so I was so pleased to find they were our sponsor for this challenge. I've been wanting to colour up this cutie for a while. I've used a mix of Promarkers and Flexmarkers to colour the image. Heather was really generous with the DT giving us a stamp each to work with.

I so often go for pinks, or similar girly shades, but this time I was drawn to using blues. I do love gingham, pretty much in any colour so I had a bit of a hunt for the right shade to work with my image and found a lovely blue gingham paper in a Craftwork Cards Baby Boy set of papers. 

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I got a very exciting parcel in the post the other day, which contained the latest Magnolia Doohickey 'Le Jardin' Magazine. So of course I had to try and squeeze a few of the new dies onto this make. I just love that fabulous window die with it's cute heart shutters. I really like the large leaf dies too. I decided not to swamp the card by adding blooms and just to finish with a simple little gingham bow.

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The sentiment is from a Pink Paislee puffer sticker set called Switchboard. I thought the card needed a little 'pop' of colour as it was all so blue, and this little splash of orange I thought was quite fun. I felt it needed balance though, so I used my Coral Promarker on a pink pearl heart and put it in the opposing corner to give a little balance. That was it, job done!

Thanks for stopping in for a wee visit today. I'm looking forward to catching up on visiting my blog buds now I finally have some energy again. So glad to be over that horrid bug. Do stop in to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to see what my fabulous teamies did for their interpretation of the 'Shaped Card' challenge. You won't be disappointed! I'll catch you again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge: For The Girls
Crafting Musketeers: #23 ~ Ribbons & Pearls
Crafty Catz: #268 ~ Use Your Dies & Punches
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #80 ~ Use a Sentiment
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge : #141 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Special Lady/Girly
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