Thursday, 30 July 2015

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Ppinky Dolls for Christmas

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I have a new DT creation to share with you today for the Southern Girls Challenge which goes live this morning. We were going to be having a 'Texture' challenge this time around. But have decided to have a very rare 'Anything Goes' challenge. We don't do this often at Southern Girls, so it's a treat! We did want to see all your lumpy bumpy bits previously, but now you have carte blanche! Our sponsor this week is Ppinky Dolls who provided the DT with some lovely images to use for this challenge and I chose a cute Christmas themed stamp. Don't ya just love the lil' snowmen? It's called 'Lily with Snowsisters'.


I used glitter on the areas that the artist Chrishanthi shaded on the image other than Lily's face. I think it worked out quite well. The glitter hasn't shown up as well as I'd hoped in the pic, the light was fading, so not brilliant shots. You can see some of the details a wee bit better in the image below. 


My texture, for this creation, was added through the ribbed cardstock I used for the base of the card, which has a lovely sheen to it, I then used a glitter cardstock to mat the image and added a double bow for real tactile texture. Of course, all the glitter I added to the image adds that final bit of texture. I've raised the image and pink glitter mat off the base cardstock with deep foam pads from a Teresa Collins Xyron Adhesive Kit.


The rest of the Southern Girlies from Team Lou, have been hard at work creating their own Texture themed Ppinky Doll creations, so pop on over to the Southern Girls blog and take a look at what they've created. While you're there, drink in the inspiration, and be sure to pop back with your own 'Texture' themed creation. We'd love to see what this inspires you to create! I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure, in the meantime, I wish you a fabulous creatively inspiring week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Passion For Promarkers: #307 ~ Jolly Holiday
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
I <3 Promarkers: #280 ~ 3 or more layers (3 layers)
Creative Corner Challenges: Team Mel ~ Christmas In July
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #238 ~ Use Ribbon or Twine
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #85 ~ Christmas In July
Sparkles Christmas Challenges: #54 ~ Use Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Simon Says Monday Challenge: No Ordinary Paper ~ Ribbed Cardstock and Glittered Cardstock

Update: So happy to have won a lovely prize from Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge. Thank you so much! I'm a happy wee girlie :)

Delighted to have made the Top 6 at Creative Corner Challenges too! Thank you ladies :) :)

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Stitchy Bear

Hey there all my lovely blog buddies. I hope you've been having good weeks. It's freezing here right now. I'm so missing my UK central heating! They just don't insulate or heat our older Kiwi homes like they do in the UK and I'm finding it particularly cold right now. So I hope all my UK pals are enjoying the Summer!


It's time for another challenge over at Fab 'n' Funky and the lovely Chris is our hostess for this challenge. She has chosen the theme 'No Patterned Papers'. I have to say, I'm hanging my head in shame slightly right now, because I had great intentions of creating a gorgeous inky background for my card, but back against the wall and time not on my side with the kiddies starting back at school yesterday I opted to use a Bearly Mine Halloween digital paper behind my image which imitated the look I had intended to create with my Distress Inks. So a big stingy slap on the hand for me and my apologies Chris for deviating from the brief! 


Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabby Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet and they provided all the DT with some great stamps to play with for this challenge. I saw this fun Silhouette Halloween Broom stamp and just had to have a play. Especially since I am dying to use the poem I wrote last Halloween again! I think it's kinda fun and I was so pleased with the last Halloween Creation I made using this poem, so I thought a reprise was in order, hehe. Here's the fabby broom silhouette.


I burnt all the edges of the paper to create a really grungy weathered look to the page. I got a little bit carried away or the flame did actually! As I burnt a little too close around the poem edge and lost my 'A' at the beginning of the second line. But I think you still get the gist right? I wish in retrospect I'd but the poem on the bottom left corner and the CC Designs diecut House on the Hill on the top left. I had meant to put the diecut up top, but didn't leave enough room so ended up choosing the layout you see, but if I was to do it again, I'd make that slight alteration. Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with this card. A CAS Halloween card! Just a few scattered CC Designs diecut Bats finished off the design nicely.


I used a fab Fleur de Lis diecut border from Spellbinders which made me think of a Gothic looking wrought iron fence. So I thought this would look pretty cool down one of the card sides. I tried both sides and the right worked best. This could only have worked better if I'd chosen a normal side opening card rather than top opening. Another 'note to self' for future creations. I do love these tent fold card designs though. A bit different from the traditional side opening cards and I think rather styley. I've popped the image panel up on deep 5mm foam pads to create depth and dimension on the card.


Well that's my crafty adventure for today. I'm sorry again Chris for going 'off brief' with this one! Do pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog to check out what my other DT sista's have been up to, I'm sure they will have behaved better! We'd love to see what you would do, so come on over and join in the fun. Our challenge is running for three weeks this time, as it's Summer break in the UK. I'll be back again soon though with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Love To Scrap: #58 ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Build It Up (The image panel is 'popped up' on deep foam pads for dimension)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - On Holiday

Hi my lovely blog buddies. Popping in with a bit of news tonight. Our lovely Laura at Loves Rubberstamps is needing to step back and regroup for a little while after some pretty stressful family pressures. So she has decided to put the challenge blog in hiatus for a little while, so she can catch her breath. She is also closing the Loves Rubberstamps business to any new orders for the time being, while she catches up with emails and posting out existing orders. So if you are awaiting an email response from her, just give her a little longer to get through the backlog. Thanks so much for your patience! Normal business will resume in due time, so watch this space. In the meantime we won't be doing any more Loves Rubberstamps Sunday Blog Hops


So in lieu of my usual Sunday Blog Hop post, I thought I'd come back to my beloved 'Sugar Nellie Stamps' which I've been missing lately and post a little sugar for ya'll to enjoy today. I've been playing with this gorgeous image and trying out some softer tones. I utterly love the way this turned out, very soft and subtle. Coloured with my Promarkers of course. This image is called 'Knitted With Love' from the Funky Kits Sugar Nellie range. This is such a gorgeous stamp for Christmas makes. I just love the sweet expression on this lovely fairies face. Marina Fedotova does fairies so well!


I found the perfect paper to work with too, which really set the image up beautifully. It's a gorgeous First Edition paper which I'm pretty sure is from the Isabelle set. It is beautifully embossed and had all the right shades in it for the image I'd already coloured. I always have my heart in my mouth, when I've coloured an image and not matched the papers first! Happily this worked out really well.


I forgot to add the glitter to the image before I took the shot above, so there's no sparkle in this shot. When I was looking at the pics after, I realised my mistake, so managed a close up shot with the glitter, but the light had gone to do a full shot. 


I used a lovely dusky pink satin ribbon which was in my stash and a narrow fawn coloured one on top and finished with one of Jak Heath's double bows. I tucked the sentiment under the ribbon and rounded the edges to create a more 'finished' look. I'm pretty sure the sentiment is an old Lili of the Valley sentiment. I used a paper doily behind the image and inked the edges of the image with Prima Chalk Ink in Dry Sand. I added a little wooden snowflake which I covered with glitter to finish the card. You can find these wee snowflakes at SpeigelMom Scraps.

Keep an eye out for when the Loves Rubberstamps Design Team are back in full swing. I'll certainly let you know. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed my Sugar Nellie make today and I'll catch you again very soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Don't Be A Square
Creative Inspirations: #322 ~ Let's Colour
Live & Love Crafts: #37 ~ Christmas In July
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Christmas In July
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #108 ~ Christmas In July
The Sugar Bowl: #126 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #54 ~ Use Ribbon, Lace or Twine
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #85 ~ Christmas In July
As You Like It: Favourite Single Colour (As my boy would say, I love them all, but pressed to make a choice, it has to be pink. In all it's different shades, but most especially dusky pale pink. I love it!)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Sweet Stampin' - No Designer Papers

Hey there, my lovely blogging pals. It's time for another Sweet Stampin' Challenge, so here's my DT post. 


It's coming to the end of the Winter Break for my kiddies. I've been doing lots of lovely 'staycation' things with them. We've climbed lighthouses, seen Minions in mischief, had a Mat Hatter's Tea Party, baked muffins and had lots of cuddles with a gorgeous newborn, just to mention a few of our adventures. What I've not had time for in this mix has been crafting! So it was a bit of a rude awakening when I woke up this morning (Saturday morning for me) and realised I had yet to make my DT card for Sweet Stampin'! This week just rushed to a close so quickly. But then I remembered the recent birthday card I made for my hubby, which I was yet to blog. So thankfully, there was no need for tantrums and templates! Because the card I made my lovely hubby, fits our 'No Designer Papers' challenge theme perfectly, phew! So... here's one I prepared earlier.


Those of you who know my hubby, you will know we have more guitars than children in this house and I play second fiddle to his beautiful blonde. (A rather gorgeous 'blonde wood' Tele' I bought him a couple of years ago). So when I saw this stamp set in the 'Creative Stamping' craft magazine a while back, I knew exactly who I'd be using this for. The central stamp (for those of you who are seeing a horse head! LOL) is actually a bare chested guitar player with wings. Squint slightly, you'll see it. It's a perfect image for my hubby and I loved it the moment I saw it. Much like him really!


I used elements from two different stamp sets to create the background for this card, both from Creative Stamping magazines. One is called 'For Him' and had the Flying V, Playstation controllers, and central guitarist image along with lots of other cool male themed images. The second set I used was the 'Fabulous 50s' and had the Dobro'esque' guitar and starbursts on it along with lots of other iconic 50's themed stamps. I've also used some solid and hollow stars, from another Practical Publishing magazine cover gift. I used a mix of Memento inks to create the background including Olive Grove, Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand and New Sprout. The central image was inked in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I edged the papers with Olive Green Memento Ink and the star shapes were cut with an X-Cut Nesting Stars die set. The scalloped edge was from a Grand Nestabilities Scalloped Square set. 

Come on over to the Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog and join us for our 'No Designer Papers' challenge. We'd love to see what you create for this challenge. I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure, but I think I'll get my kiddos back to school first. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Cardz 4 Guys: #79 ~ No Designer Paper
Crafty Musketeers: #27 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #149 ~ Happy Birthday
Crafting From The Heart: #68 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Virginia's View Challenge: #16 ~ 100% Stamped
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #236 ~ Anything Goes

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Loves Rubberstamps ~ Sensational Sunday Blog Hop ~ Little Wryn

A very warm hello to all my lovely blogging buddies. It's time already for another Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has been busy creating some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Click on each link in the Hop and leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning the mystery prize. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly draw for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments! So come hop along with us and be inspired to create.


I've used a cute Tiddly Inks image for my make today from a set called Hang In There. This sweet little Wryn image so made me think of a wee girlie my son used to go to Playcentre with. She was always climbing and hanging upside down off things. So I knew exactly which stamp to reach for when preparing her fourth birthday card. Zac very proudly gave her this card at her party yesterday morning. I merged this sweet Wryn image onto a fabulous 'cloudless day' digital paper by Sahlin Studio called Paper 16 from the 'So This Is Love' set.


I was going to leave the Tent Fold card plain, and had laid out my image and extras and was just about to stick it all down with my Crafter's Companion tape runner, when I glanced a scrap of paper on my work desk and had a little aha moment. I'm so pleased I added it in the mix as I think it really lifts the design. It was from a Grace Taylor set called Hello Sunshine. I used some stickers from the same Grace Taylor set to create the sentiment. The enamel dots from my stash tied the pink from the stickers in really nicely.


Card Recipe:

This pic shows the dimension of the embellies better

My clever teamies have been working away to bring you some awesome inspiration this Blog Hop. They're such a talented crew, so go check out their makes and be inspired. Follow the hop links below to be in with a chance to win the fabulous Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop Candy! You never know where the sweet spot will be! Last month, it was my blog!! You should have arrived here from Rebecca Billard. Her creations are fabulous so go back if you missed that step. Your next stop in the Hop after mine is Nick. You're gonna love what she has in store for you! So fabulous! Have fun hop hop hoppity hopping!


Pam DeChellis
Loves Rubberstamps Store

I'll be back soon with my next crafty adventure. Our new challenge starts on Tuesday, so get in quick if you want to play along with the current challenge theme. You can check it out at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Dream Valley: #110 ~ Distressing
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: Summer Fun
Crafty Catz Challenge: #287 ~ Summertime
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #321 ~ Girlie
Tiddly Inks Challenge: #161 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge: #381 ~ Ladies Only
Penny's PaperCrafty Challenge: #235 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: Everything Goes with an Image

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Inspired By A Song

Hey there lovely blog buddies. I'm back again with a DT card for Fab 'n' Funky. Our new challenge goes live today and the theme is 'Inspired by a Song'.


The DT were given lovely images to work with from our fabulous sponsors 'Bugaboo Stamps'. The winner is in for a real treat, as there are so many gorgeous and fun new images on the Bugaboo site right now. I was so pleased to be working with this pretty image. You can find this and many more on our wonderful sponsors site.


The song that inspired my creation is India Arie's 'Beautiful Flower'. If you've not heard it, google it, it's so pretty and uplifting. You'll be singing along in no time! I think it's a perfect fit for this pretty image. Let me know what you think.


I've digitally merged the image onto a background paper and added a shadow digitally to give it some depth. I love doing this technique, though my printer is not being very obliging, as the beautiful Michele Roos papers are actually a blue palette, not green! But my printer needs some ink settings tweaked I think. The background should have been bluer and more 'sky-like'. But I think it worked out okay, so I didn't abort despite the colour imbalance. Michele's papers are so beautiful, that even with naughty printers, they still look gorgeous. These papers are from an older 'Whimsy' set called Rose Garden. This is the page beneath the image, before I stuck the image down, soooooo pretty!


I coloured the image with my Promarkers, which looks very pale in the first pic, but actually her dress and necklace are quite a rich peachy colour, not quite as pale as they look above. Not sure what to blame that on! LOL. But this close up does it slightly better justice, though still pale in comparison to reality.


I printed the image sheet of paper a second time without the image in the same size and fussy cut the flowers to layer over the image, so it looks as though she's behind a hedge of beautiful blooms. I curled the paper slightly to give it some movement and dimension and used my Olba Glue to fix it in place. Love this glue for fussy cut images. It works well for flat fixing, or for layering up and creating dimension. Fabulous stuff!


The sentiment is Avery Elle from from their 'Lots of Love' set. It was a perfect fit for this image and it literally fit perfectly in that little space too. I inked the sentiment in Memento Olive Grove, to keep with the green palette. I edged the papers with my Verdigris Promarker.


Well that's all there is to say about this wee make. You can see the depth of the layers a wee bit better from the photo angle above. I hope you liked having a look at my project and please do pop in and have a go with our 'Inspired by a Song' challenge, we'd love to see what inspires you! My teamies have made some fabulous creations for this challenge, so be sure to pop in and take a peak at their creations too.  I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure, in the meantime, have a fabulous week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #286 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #321 ~ Girlie
Crafting From The Heart: #67 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #113 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #318 ~ How Does Your Garden Grow?
The Ribbon Girl: Anything Goes with Option of Star & Stripes

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Anything Goes

Wow this fortnight flew by in a hurry. I've got the kiddos off school on Winter break now, so we're catching up on all the term chores and planning some fun 'Staycation' outings. Today however, it's miserable out, so we're having a home day, reading, minecraft, singing Phineas & Ferb songs. Ahh, it's going to be a long day. The kiddies watched a Monster in Paris the other day, so Georgie has been singing Vanessa Paradis' 'La Seine' for the past few days. I just can't get the refrain out of my head now! I've been sat here singing it while I craft. It's very pretty and catchy.


Now, onto the business at hand. We are starting a new challenge today on the Loves Rubberstamps challenge blog and it's an 'Anything Goes' challenge, so you have carte blanche! We'd love to see where your creativity takes you. Our sponsor for this challenge is Ppinky Dolls, so I've had a go at colouring up one of their digis. I think I should have chosen a lighter print level as the shadows are quite dark, but I don't really know how to play around with that on my machine, so an experiment for another day.


I've used a beautiful Kaisercraft paper pad to create this card. The spotty paper, the sentiment die-cut, and the pretty pre-cut floral border die-cut were all from the 'Oh So Lovely' paper pad. I added a black doily and some pearls to the Swans crown and the bottom corner from a Magnolia Knicknackery set. I also added a crystal from the same set to the crown on the sentiment die-cut. The crystal showed up better than the pearl on this. I used my Sleigh Bell alcohol marker to colour the pearls and the crystal, so that they matched the golden crown. I love the way you can used Alcohol markers for this.


The design team have been hard at work creating some fabulous inspiration for this challenge, so I hope you'll pop on over to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge and visit my talented teamies too. While you're there, drink in the inspiration and come back and join us with your own 'Anything Goes' creation. We look forward to seeing what you create. 


Card Recipe:

Challenge Entries:
Crafts & Me: July #158 ~ Fantasy
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #286 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #304 ~ Fancy That!
Card Mania Challenges: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #67 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: July ~ Feature A Creature
Creatalicious Challenge: #76 ~ Ribbons & Pearls
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: We're Going Dotty!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Loves Rubberstamps ~ Sensational Sunday Blog Hop ~ Video Boy

It's time for another Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has been busy creating some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Click on each link in the Hop and leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning the mystery prize. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly draw for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments! So come hop along with us and be inspired to create.


I made this card for our neighbours boy for his birthday. He and his brother are avid gamers so I knew this image would be a hit and sure enough he loved it. I've coloured the Mo Manning Video Boy image with alcohol ink in hues that would work with the papers. It's still my favourite colouring medium.


I used my Dienamics 'Blueprints 12' square die which I'd previously cut but not used for another project, to mat the image. So I took my colour prompt from this paper. Gladly I found a lovely 6x6 Teresa Collins paper in a complementary shade on my work desk, from the 'He Said, She Said' collection. The colour worked really well with the DCWV Shimmer Mat Stack paper.


I diecut a square for the inside writing panel and used a Tina Wenke for Stampavie sentiment stamp to put the greeting inside the card. Stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. The front sentiment is from a Kaisercraft set called 'Life Sentiments'.


Card Recipe:
Edges: Chalk Ink
 Kraft Tent Fold Card
Dimensional Foam Pads
Mo Manning ~ Video Boy
Inside: Stitched Square Die
Colouring Medium: Alcohol Markers
Square Mat: Dienamics ~ Blueprints 12
Sentiment Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento Ink
Sentiment: Life Sentiments by Kaisercraft
Inkssentials Re-usable Non Stick Craft Sheet
Paper: 6x6 Teresa Collins ~ He Said, She Said


My clever teamies have been working away to bring you some awesome inspiration this Blog Hop. They're such a talented crew, so go check out their makes and be inspired. Follow the hop links below to be in with a chance to win the fabulous Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop Candy! You never know where the sweet spot will be! Last month, it was my blog!! You should have arrived here from Rebecca Billard. She's such a talented gal. Your next stop in the Hop after mine is the fabulous Nick. You're gonna love what she has in store for you! Just gorgeous! Have fun hop hop hoppity hopping!

Pam DeChellis
Loves Rubberstamps Store

I'll be back soon with my next crafty adventure. Our new challenge starts on Tuesday, so get in quick if you want to play along with the current challenge theme. You can check it out at the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Loves To Scrap: No Rulz Bloghop
Sister Act Card Challenge: #113 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #1! (Woohoo, new challenge, how lovely!) Anything Goes
Mo's Digital Pencil 2 Challenge: #253 ~ Anything Goes with a Mo Image + Summer Option (this is my nephew all Summer! LOL)

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sweet Stampin' - 'Bear' with Me

Ooh I just made it by the skin of me teeth! I have been wrapped up in gorgeous new baby cuddles all week, so no time (or interest) in crafting this week at all. So I've pulled together this wee Christmas card last minute. Which, for a last minute make, I'm super happy with! Gladly my mojo came rushing back. I had coloured this cutie some time back, but never managed to get it on a card, so when our theme for this weeks Sweet Stampin' challenge happened to be 'Bear with Me', I knew exactly which image I wanted to use. 


This sweet wee Polar Bear called Ice-Beary Greetings is from Whiff of Joy, which sadly are soon to close their doors. I love their sweet stamps, so it's really sad to see Katharina's business closing down. Do pop over and give her some support in these final days. There are loads of gorgeous digital stamps at half price and a few physical stamps and dies still. If you're a fan don't delay looking as many are already sold out.


I had intended initially to make this card up as a 'shaker card'. But I messed up the windows and ended up having to make it a fancy aperture card. But I'm not unhappy with how it turned out at all. I think it looks fab, so it was a happy mistake. I chose to still add a couple of the snowflakes I was going to use in the shaker to the acetate window, to hint at the idea of that. I sprinkled a little Stampendous Crystal Snow at the base of the apertures and added a good helping to the woodchip snowflake I used after first painting it with white chalk ink. The lovely sentiment is from a Crafter's Companion Bebunni stamp. All those cute stamps have gorgeous sentiments with them. I particularly liked this one and it fit the image well I thought. I used Memento Ink in Nautical Blue for the sentiment.


Our sponsors for this challenge are the fabulous Freckled Fawn, which was totally what gave me the idea to use the woodchip snowflake as they have lots of these gorgeous embellies. This one however was from the lovely Jody at Spiegelmom Scraps.


Below you can see that I adhered the image to the body of the card, so when it's open it shifts out of line a little. I like the effect this gave the card. That little bit of depth that the shaker would have otherwise given. 


Well that's me for today. Do pop on over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge and check out the fantastic creations by the rest of the DT. They really are a madly talented crew. Come and join our 'Bear with Me' challenge with your own sweet bear creation. We'd love to see what your take on the challenge is! Sorry about the Christmas overload from me lately. But this little guy just had to be a Christmas bear, so it was a Christmas make again! LOL. Big hugs for a happy weekend and I'll be back really soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #286 ~ Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: All That Glitters
The Pink Elephant: #305 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenges: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenges: June ~ Furry Friends
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge: #141 ~ Use A Sentiment
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges: #234 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: We're Going Dotty (spots on the snowflake paper)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Southern Girls ~ Stickers or Tape

Hey there, my lovely blog buddies. It's time again for another Southern Girls challenge. I know that's rolled around fast, and truth be told, we haven't actually closed the last challenge yet, but as we were late with the previous challenge, we have decided to post this challenge on schedule and have a one week cross over. You can enter both challenges at once for this next week, which hopefully will put us back on track.

We have three amazing sponsors this week, Polkadoodles, Lemon Shortbread and All Dressed Up Stamps. The winners are in for some pretty fabulous prizes this challenge! I was given a beautiful image to work with by our sponsor 'All Dressed Up' for this challenge. 


I have to confess, I took one look at this image and thought 'Audrey Hepburn'. There's just something so elegant and sophisticated about this image that utterly reminds me of the lovely Audrey. So I had planned to pair the image with a quote by Audrey Hepburn, though when it came down to it, the quote I wanted to use, was far too long to include on the card. But I'll put it here for you to enjoy her lovely words of wisdom anyway.

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with the passing years."
- Audrey Hepburn


I found a lovely sentiment in one of my Kaisercraft paper pads which fit with this image perfectly and echoed the Audrey Hepburn sentiment beautifully. My card design this time is a gatefold card, so the embellishments are all adhered together in layers and then only adhered to the left hand half of the card. The following photos show this better. I've not made one of these before, so it was fun playing around with the options.


Our theme this challenge is 'Tape or Stickers' so we'd love to see you pull out your stickers and your washi tape and show us what you can do with them. My 'stickers' in this creation are the chalkboard diecut behind the image, which is from a My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio set called 8 Label Stickers. Plus I added a cork heart sticker which is from the lovely Jody at Spiegelmom Scraps. I love these thin self adhesive cork shapes, they're fab! I used my Cardinal Red Promarker to turn the natural cork that lovely dark rich red. The tiny heart paper I've used in the background is from Pixel Scrapper ~ Elif Sahin. I used Ingvild Bolme White Chalk Ink around the edges to soften the paper edge.


I used two pretty paper doilies in this creation, a larger black doily and a small white one. I used a red stitched circle diecut between the doilies to add strength to the layers and tie in the red in the card. I used a Lil' Inkers die to cut the circle. I added a red grosgrain ribbon, which I cut in a 'V' on the left, but looped behind the chalkboard diecut on the right, to act as a tab to open the card up.

I hope you'll come on over and join in our fun 'Stickers & Tape' challenge this week and remember you can still enter our 'Classy Colour Combo' challenge for a further week. I'll see you all again really soon with another crafty adventure. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Dream Valley: #109 ~ Girly
Loves To Scrap: No Rulz Bloghop
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