Thursday, 30 November 2017

Southern Girls ~ Anything Goes

Hey there lovelies. It's time again for a new challenge at Southern Girls and this week it's 'Anything Goes'! We have two fabulous sponsors, Lacy Sunshine and Papernest Dolls. I had a wonderful image in my stash from Lacy Sunshine, that I've used before to create a 'WOW' (white on white) card and loved it so much, I thought I'd do it all again! You can take a peek at my original WOW with this image here


This week has been so busy, I'm chasing my tail, so I'm popping up a very quick post, with pics taken at night time, which is not the best light, so I will pop back in tomorrow with updated daytime pics and more details. But this gives and overview of the card. 


I've kept my WOW design very simple this time, with just a couple of feathers beneath her to sit on hinting at a snow mound and then some tiny white glittered Christmas trees that came in a magazine so many years ago now, it feels good to use them!

I'll be back with better pics, but in the meantime, head over to the Southern Girls Challenge and check out what my awesome teamies have been up to. We have some fabulous new crew joining us and we're super stoked to have them joining the team, so be sure to give them a warm welcome!

See you very soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Okay, I'm back, with better pics taken in the daylight. My lightbox is very small, so it doesn't take brilliant pics of larger cards. Pics in natural light make all the difference for me. So here they are, the follow up pics in better light.

A closeup of the gorgeous image

The best light was on our driveway! 

Sideview
(Spot the water droplet inside where I dropped the card in the dew on the hedge!)

I love white on white cards. They're great for so many occasions. They work well for weddings, funerals and I love the icy finish they can lend to a Christmas card. I love this particular image for WOW, which is why I wanted to do it all again when the chance arose. The sentiment for my card was too large to put on the front of the card and I quite loved all that white space and the fab embossed snowflakes, so I just stamped it on the inside!

Such a perfect sentiment for that image don't you think?

Right, that's my update done. Thanks for popping in to see me today and apologies for the false start! I think it can make or break a post getting good lighting on your pics, so wanted the do-over. Speaking of do-over, 'do head on over' to the challenge and check out what my teamies have been up to. We have two fantastic sponsors and the new crew have hit the ground running with some truly fantastic creations. Ya'll know our veteran crew rock right?! So there's plenty of eye candy on the blog today! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, it's going to be a good one, so come on back tomorrow!! Hugs to you all and happy crafting, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Shopping Our Stash: #331 ~ Snow Much Fun
Always Fun Challenges: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #47 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Any Image Challenge
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #55 ~ Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenges: #98 ~ White Christmas
Crafty Catz: #394 ~ Christmas Colours (Winter White)
Allsorts Challenge: Inspired by Christmas or Winter Themed Song (River)
The Paper Shelter: #320 ~ 3 Different Embellishments (Feathers, Trees, Glitter)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Hanging Out for Christmas

A warm hello to you all today my lovely blogland pals. I'm back with another Whimsy Wednesday post. Today, I have a fun Christmas creation using the super cute Crissy Armstrong image Penguin Light Me Up. I think this image is so sweet and fun and he was a joy to colour with my copic pens.  I used a range of cool greys from C10 down to C00 and his feet and beak were coloured with YR 24, YR 23, Y21 and Y11. He pops out from the tree at the base as if he's swinging thanks to some thick foam pads.


Our Tracy has made the most fabulous Christmas Tree paper, that I just had to make a Teepee card with it! You can find this wonderful digital paper called Winter Pines over in the Whimsy Store. This paper set has some absolutely gorgeous digital papers in it, just perfect for those Christmas creations. 


I used a lovely sentiment from the Oh Christmas Tree set and framed it with a really pretty holly leaf ribbon from The Ribbon Girl. Then I topped this tree card with one of Crissy's stars from the Christmas Accessories digital images set. This set is brilliant, as you can resize the images to suit so many purposes, as I did with the wee Angel for my last Whimsy creation. I added Glossy Accents to the star for a bit of shine and dimension and also to the sweet Christmas tree lights. The star was coloured with the same copic colours that I did the penguins feet and beak with.


It's so easy to make a teepee card. The pics below show the different aspects of the card. In the bottom image you can see the three pieces of square paper opened out flat. If you create a smaller teepee card, you can send it in the post folded in half along that pointed crease. The first image shows it folded this way. The teepee card I made is huge though, so I won't post it. I used three 8x8 inch paper pieces to create the teepee card to use as a mantel piece Christmas decoration. The bottom pic below is an easy way to see how they come together. 


To create a teepee card score all three squares from corner to opposite corner, paying attention to how your paper pattern will fold when you do this. One piece is laid down diagonally to create the first pointed base of the teepee and then the other two pieces are added with the flaps lifting outwards. You can add the two pieces on top, but I prefer it if the left hand square page is laid under the base diagonal. This means, when all the pages come together, they all fold over each other in the same way. The top right pic shows the left hand square folded in, showing two of the points of the base. I add magnets to the last flap, so it will hold well when standing, but also pop open easily for laying flat for storage or posting. Bring that last flap up on the right to complete the three pointed base of the teepee. It really is easy and so effective. I love it for Christmas makes! I hope you'll give it a go.


Come and check out what the rest of the talented crew at Whimsy have been up to by checking into our Facebook Inspiration page and our Monthly Challenge which started last week and runs for a month. Do come and enter your Whimsy creations there. We'd love to see what you're inspired to do with these gorgeous products. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure and be sure to check in next Wednesday for my next Whimsy creation. Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #393 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #203 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #58 ~ Trees
Colour Crazy Challenge: #46 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers: #200 ~ Anything But A Card
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Any Image Challenge
Aud Sentiments: #193 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Crafting By Designs: November ~ Get Ready For Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Furry Friends (Penguins certainly start out furry! LOL)
As You Like It: Favourite Christmas Colour. I love green, it's my favourite colour, dark greens especially. So it'll be no surprise that 'forest green' is my favourite colour (with red) to craft for Christmas with.

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Song, Film or Book

Hey there my lovely crafty pals. I'm not sure this has ever happened in the history of my blogging, but I have two posts today! I know right?! Unheard of!! The first of my posts today, is for our new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. Our lovely Ginny is hosting the challenge and has a fun theme for you this week, which is to create a card inspired by a Film, Song or Book.


We are sponsored by the fabulous Dr Digi's House of Stamps this challenge. They have such a fun set of sassy, tongue in cheek and cool stamps. I chose to work with a lovely image called Tin Man, which is of course a very big hat tip to the film the Wizard of Oz. But I was actually inspired to use this stamp by a song, perhaps some of you know it? Tin Man by America


I love the phrase in the America song that says "Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man, that he didn't, didn't already have..." so I computer generated this as a sentiment and printed it in green to tone with the beautiful paper. I finished the sentiment banner with a little green enamel heart, which I thought was fitting for this creation and theme. 


I used my new copics to colour this gorgeous Tin Man, as I had a good set of the cool greys. I used warm greys to colour the handle of axe. It took me ages to colour, but I'm really happy with the result (for a copic novice!) I chose a gorgeous digital paper by Whimsy Stamps designer Tracy Wray called Summer Meadows to create the card base. I just loved the carefree Summer scene it created with the Tin Man merged into it. This is clearly the other side of his journey, he just looks happy and relaxed doesn't he? Not a care in the world! 


This last shot is taken if full sun, because I love the soft wash of colours in the beautiful digital paper which you see really well in this shot. I distressed the edges of the paper and of the sentiment banner which was cut with an MFT banner die. A very simple, but I think rather lovely card. I plan to give it to my big nephew for his birthday in a few weeks to encourage him to always remember that all he needs in this world comes from within.


I hope you'll come and join us for some fun this week with our 'Film, Song or Book' challenge. We'd love to see what inspires you to create. It's always fun to know what others enjoy watching and listening to. I'll be back again, in about 2 mins with my next post. So be sure to catch that. Big hugs to you all and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #393 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Trees
Card Mania Challenge: #98 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #46 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #127 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Any Image Challenge
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #55 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #193 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Sugar Pea Mix It Up Challenge: #37 ~ Colour Inspired, Red, Green & Silver of the wood.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Birthday Week Celebrations

Wow, can you believe how fast this year is flying by! Mid November already!! It's time for a new challenge over on the Sweet Stampin' blog and it's a special one for us this week, as it's our 'Birthday' challenge. Sweet Stampin' is turning 8 this year. Yay us! So our theme is easy peasy this week, we would love you to join in with your birthday themed cards and of course, please use some stamping with either rubber or clear stamps or hand-colour a digital image. I'm sharing a birthday card I made for a lovely pal who recently turned 40. I've used a fabulous Lili of the Valley image, that was beyond perfect for my pal, who had a themed '1950's' birthday party. 


I've paper-pieced her skirt and coloured her with my Promarkers. Added glitter to her shoes and petticoat and fussy cut her to allow the pretty Nitwit's Dress Shoppe Too's paper to show through behind her. I love this paper and didn't want to cover it too much, so came up with a design, that would let it peek through from behind her, whilst still adding a little interest with the pearl white window frame. I've not tried this before and the inspiration to do it hit me when I was looking at a mat I'd originally cut with a larger Go Kreate shape and then changed my mind and cut a circle instead, leaving behind this aperture frame, which worked so well for this card.


I added a '40' in gold glitter cardstock and some Memory Box Precious Hearts for a bit of bling and interest on the card. Her shoes I used a Copic Spica Glitter Pen in pink and the skirt I used Stickles on her petticoat. The butterfly I cut from vellum for a subtle little bit of extra interest and added a couple of pearls to finish it. 


I decorated the inside of the card very simply, with two greetings from a Penny Black stamp set I just love called Sprinkles & Smiles and added a Whimsy Stamps heart cut from pink gingham to finish. Apologies for the poor quality of this, I thought to snap the inside later and not in the best light.


We had such a lovely time celebrating this pals 40th birthday. Starting with a girlies champagne breakfast, we all had our hair and makeup done by a team of retro makeup artists and finished the night at a 1950's style diner in a lovely part of Auckland that's right on the bay of St Heliers. So we had views of sparkly lights from the city playing on the water as we walked to and from our dinner venue. So pretty.


I hope you'll come and join in our birthday fun at Sweet Stampin' this week. 8 years is quite an achievement for a challenge blog. So we're keen to celebrate! We look forward to seeing what you're inspired to do. Just remember to do some stamping. Have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Allsorts: #442 ~ Glitter
Crafty Catz: #393 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #193 ~ Anything Goes
Dragonfly Journeys: #105 ~ Glamourous Gold
Colour Crazy Challenge: #46 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #283 ~ Sparkle
Deep Ocean Challenge: #168 ~ Things With Wings
In The Pink: #127 ~ Spots or Stripes (her scarf has spots and does gingham count for stripes?)

Update: I just spotted I was crowned the Princess Dragonfly over on Dragonfly Journeys! How lovely. Thank you for the wonderful honour!


If you made it all the way to the end of this post, my lovely pal has agreed to let me share a few pics from our fab night out celebrating her 40th birthday. It was such a fun night! When you see the pics, you'll see how perfect the gorgeous LOTV stamp was to celebrate her special day!


We had such fun getting dolled up for this event. Our lovely hostess had booked a fun hair and makeup crew called The Beauty School Dropouts. We had such a blast with a champagne breakfast which became lunch, all getting made up together and having a bit of a giggle.


My handsome hubby even got into the spirit of things and let me take a pic of him hamming it up with his guitar. (He actually IS a very talented musician.)


We went to a really fun retro diner called The Bald Eagle Diner in a really pretty part of Auckland which overlooks Mission Bay. I LOVED the checker board floor of the diner. It so suited the look. I loved even more, the cute shoes my pal wore! Shame I didn't get a better shot.


We had such a fun night, dressed to the nines. There were games, quizzes and even a hearty rendition of 'Summer Lovin' which Greg and I sang together for the birthday girl. We had such a laugh! 






The beautiful birthday girl gave a very heartfelt speech with left most of us with running mascara!! She'd had a very big year and it was really special to share this fabulous day with her. 







It was pouring with rain when we left the diner, so hubby and I ended the night with a drop of Belgian blonde at a local pub. Not as good as my favourite 'Früli' but still a lovely way to end the night. 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Whimsy Stamps Challenge ~ My Heaven On Earth

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It's been another busy week in our household, the pre-Christmas events are already booking up, with school concerts, family birthdays, Christmas dinners. It's all on now in the lead up to Christmas. I forget (every year!) how crazy this time of year gets, almost overnight, as soon as November 1st hits! But rest assured, I still find time to craft and of course, the crafting tends to be all about Christmas from now on. I do so love this time of year. Though we don't 'speak' of Christmas in our household until after December 1st. (Thanks to my Welsh bestie, who forbade it! LOL) It's codename 'sausages', hehe. So I hope you're sausage crafting is going well, mine is in full swing!


How lucky am I, to have these gorgeous digital images from Whimsy Stamps to work with in the lead up to Christmas? I'm still pinching myself that I made the design team. I'm so happy to be designing for them. This beautiful Angel from Crissy Armstrong's talented pen, is utterly enchanting. She needed very little to finish her off. A touch of Copic colour and a sprinkling of glitter to her wings and she was done, ready to watch over our Christmas celebrations. I did edge her with a perfectly toned Promarker to make her sit better in her surroundings too as the stark white trim was a little bright. The Promarker colour I used to edge her was Meadow Green. She was coloured with cool tone Copics and I used E23, YR24, YR23, Y21 & Y11 to colour her hair and halo. I just love the gold tone to her hair with this combo. This sweet image is part of the set called Christmas Accessories from Crissy Armstrong's Digital Collection for Whimsy Stamps.


I decided to make a shaker card with another of the star shaker packs I bought earlier this year. You might remember this card I made for Zac's birthday using this Star Shaker pack. It's such an easy design. The star shape is already cut into the front page and foam layer, so all I had to do was lay the beautiful digital paper that our lovely Tracy from Whimsy Stamps designed over the top layer, cut from the points of the star inwards and then fold them back to create a lovely finish to the inside of the star, no rough raw edges.


I used a beautiful mix of sequins called Coral Island from Little Things from Lucy's Cards and added a small sprinkling of her pretty Iridescent Gems to the mix. She has the prettiest selection of sequins and I was so delighted with how well this particular mix went with the hues of Tracy's beautiful Christmas paper. The print colour is a wee bit down to the printer. I think my laser prints slightly green, as the paper on my screen is a far more blue tone. But I utterly LOVE how this paper printed on my machine. That soft minty green is just magical and serene and so I didn't reprint on my inkjet (which I often do, if a paper doesn't quite come out as I'd like it to on my laser.) I loved the soft green hue of this card. This beautiful paper is from the Accents of Winter digital paper set that Tracy designed. All the papers in this set are utterly delish and I love their soft hues and enchanting Wintery designs. I'll definitely be creating more Christmas cards with this beautiful paper set.


Our new challenge is live on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges blog and it's our 101 challenge! Over 100 fabulous Whimsy challenges now and it's an awesome challenge to enter, because the prize is always a gift certificate to spend at Whimsy Stamps. How cool is that?! So pull out your Whimsy stash and come and join us in the challenge this month. You have a whole month to enter. Anything goes as long as you use a Whimsy Stamp. So come along and play with us. 

I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. In the meantime have a beautiful week and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: November Card Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #183 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #168 ~ Things With Wings
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #354 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Merry & Bright ~ Christmas Card
Moving Along With The Times: #58 ~ Trees (on my lovely digital paper)
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Let The Sparkle Fly (Hehe, I think my wee Angel wings fit the theme nicely?!)

Update: I made the Top 3 at the Sisterhood of Crafters. Thank you so much ladies. I'm really delighted! xoxo


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Gorgeous Gingham

A warm hello to you all out there in the blogosphere. I'm here today with my Fab 'n' Funky Challenge DT creation. Our theme this week has been chosen by me, and those who know me (even a little bit) will know well that I have a bit of a love affair with gingham. It's all over my house! Red gingham in particular. It rarely makes it onto my cards however, which I like to remedy occasionally. So I chose 'Gorgeous Gingham' for our theme this week. This means very simply, that ANYTHING gingham on your creation will count for this challenge. It could be a little button, a tiny bow or delish gingham paper. It's your choice and I for one, cannot wait to see what you're inspired to create!


We are being sponsored by Whoopsidaisy for this challenge and I was given this sweet ballerina to work with. So my first instinct was that my gingham had to be 'pink'! But then I popped into the blog to write up my hostess post and check out what my teamies were up to and there were loads of pink gingham creations (it is gorgeous after all) so I had another think and decided her skirt petals looked rather like poinsettia and she ought to be a Sugarplum Christmas Fairy. So that's how this wound up a Christmas card. I rather love the poinsettia petal skirt! I worked very hard with my copics on that skirt! The lovely sentiment is a Christmas fav' of mine from an older Bebunni Stamps set from Crafter's Companion called Christmas Story.


If you visited my blog yesterday, you will have seen that I'm now designing for the Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team, we're known as the Digital Design Divas, how cute is that! Well, when I spotted a brand new 'Christmas Ginghams' paper set designed by Whimsy's lovely Tracy Wray, which included this gorgeous red gingham paper, I so wanted to use it for this creation. I was conflicted, because this isn't a Whimsy post, but the lovely Denise let me use this gorgeous paper for this sweet creation anyhow. Thank you Denise, as it's so perfect for this challenge and this design. Now folks you so have to swing by Whimsy Stamps and check out their gorgeous new digital release. I'm so excited that they're doing digital images, papers and sentiments again! It makes crafting SO easy for me here in New Zealand, where everything costs so much to have posted over, especially paper!


You're in for a treat when you visit the challenge blog as my teamies have totally aced this challenge! There is so much gorgeousness on the blog, I'm in gingham Heaven!! I hope you'll come and join in the fun with our gingham challenge. It's a great addition to festive cards, but there's loads of possibilities with gingham, so I hope you'll give it a go. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, here are the copic colours I used for this sweet Sugarplum Fairy and a pic of the poem inside the card. I just had to print the 'Night Before Christmas' poem since I had Sugarplum thoughts echoing in my head. 

I thought it was easier to snap a pic of the pens than try to remember later what I used.

You can click on the pic and pop it up to a bigger size if you want to read it. 
It's an abridged version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' by Clement Clarke Moore.

Thanks for stopping in today. As I said above, I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. If you missed popping your name in the hat for my candy, hit the home button and it will take you to that post. Have a super duper awesome week. Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Creations: #354 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #54 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: November ~ Card Challenge
Card Mania Challenges: #98 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious: #126 ~ Anything Goes + Blue & Silver (and) Red! :)
The Paper Shelter: #317 ~ A Card For A Child (for my 3 year old niece for Christmas)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #167 ~ Inspired By A Song/Movie (I had two things going through my head when I made this card, the story of the Nutcracker and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' poem.)
As You Like It: Ooh, that's easy! I LOVE making Christmas cards. I'm known to start singing Christmas carols halfway through the year when I'm beginning my Christmas crafting. I can't help myself. I just find it such a joyful and optimistic time of year! One of my gal pals in a 'Bah Humbug' moment, when I clearly was being too peppy and excited about Christmas, made me vow not to use the word Christmas until after Dec 1st! She knows that's nigh-on impossible for me. So we use the codeword 'Sausages' until December 1st, LOL. It really works! Her idea, and it makes her laugh that we still do it! Hehehe.
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