Thursday, 17 August 2017

Welcome Luca

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I made a lil' promise in my last post, that I would share the 'pair' to the orange card that I began creating for my mother-in-law's card set, only to change my mind, part way through the creation and turn it into a card for my own mummy. 

This is the card from my mother-in-law's card set

This is it's 'pair' which would have worked well in that set.

Halfway through the project for my mother in law, I started making baby cards for my little nephew's arrival. This card just jumped out at me to be included in that celebration. So I sent the altered card to my mummy to celebrate this wonderful new arrival in our family. But I needed to make a wee change, spot the difference...

The stamping was originally perfect, but I used a water soluble ink and a breeze lifted it as I was taking photos and it dropped in the damp grass below, which made the ink run! I was crest fallen, but gladly my mummy is a forgiving soul and would be very unlikely to mention this even if she noticed! I love the tumbling hearts on these cards and the way the wee Doohickey ellie just finished this card perfectly to suit being a celebration of my mummy's time with her precious new Grandchild. The ellie is from Doohickey Magazine Volume 13 ~ Sweet Pea, which features sweet baby themed dies.

I made a similar card for my baby sister, which I will share in a seperate post, so watch for that. Becky is the youngest of us, we are seven siblings, so she's our baby! She had a beautiful daughter first and now has her gorgeous boy Luca, a pigeon pair like mine. I sent a couple of cards to her to celebrate this event and I made the above card for our mummy at the same time. Mummy is currently living with my baby sister, in the US, and helping her with her two babes. I remember how special it was for me, when my mum came over to the UK for the first few weeks of my babies lives. It was such a special time. She is a truly amazing mum and a wonderful Gran-mummy. So I wanted to celebrate this special event for 'her' and in the process, celebrate all she is to us and means to us. We are blessed to have our mummy alive and well and I treasure her input in our lives. I'm blessed to call this extraordinary woman - Mum. She has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know and has shaped the way I see this world. Well that's enough baring of my soul for one day. Wishing you all beautiful days. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
City Crafter's Challenge: #375 ~ No Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Add A Sentiment
Crafty Creations Challenges: #348 ~ Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #169 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Anything Goes!

It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky today, the UK crew are still on their Summer hols', so this will be a 'no comments' challenge. But there is of course a lovely prize up for grabs, so do come and join in the fun with us for our 'Anything Goes' Summer challenge. I've been busy making a gift set of cards for this challenge so it will be a very photo heavy post, sorry!

I kept the theme very simple, a diecut border, uplifting lovely sentiment and then very simple embellishments to complete the cards, often just a wrap of twine. I got to use some stash that I very rarely use, like the little pearl buckles. I think they gave the Sympathy cards a simple elegance.

I made this selection of cards for my mother-in-law. Each a little different and many with religious sentiments as she loves to give cards that uplift and encourage. Christmas cards she loves to give with a passage of scripture and always reflecting the 'true meaning' of Christmas. So this card set was crafted with that in mind. 

They were made to suit multiple purposes, some could be Sympathy cards, others thank you to a friend, I even managed one that that could be used to welcome home a traveller. 

The base of each card, with the exception of the two pink cards, I used cardstock that had a lovely shimmery sheen to it. The pink ones were plain cardstock, so I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and they came up beautifully. Just a soft shimmer showing through where the butterflies are. This doesn't show at all in the photos, but in reality there's a really pretty shimmer where the diecuts are. 

I made quite a large box set of cards and it's a shame I didn't photograph them with their envelopes, as that really set them off so nicely. The London scene diecut had a lovely bright yellow envelope, which looks fabulous against the shimmery black cardstock. The two Christmas cards had red envelopes, which picks up the red accents in the cards. 

These two Oyster coloured cards had lovely buttery cream envelopes which picked up the honey toned sentiment and they looked very elegant with their envelopes. (Seriously kicking myself that I didn't photograph all the cards with their envelopes!) They really can finish a card so beautifully.

I've loved this starry border die for so long and rarely use it, so it was lovely to pull it out and give it an airing. The die is a Doohickey border die called Starlight Lace. I was delighted with the sentiment match I found for these two starry border cards. They are both from an older Amy R for CC Designs Sentiment set. 

The border die for these two cards is also an older Doohickey border die called Romantic Lace. The sentiments for these two cards are both from Unity Stamps and inked with the last two colours of my Kaleidacolor Creole Spice ink pad by Tsukineko.

For the following cards I used a lovely Joanna Sheen border die called Lace Edger #2. I've bought several border dies (as you can see from this post!) and I have to say, there are few that rival the excellent price point of Joanna Sheen's dies. They are really good quality, cut beautifully and there's a lovely range, which includes the London Skyscape I used in the travelers card earlier in this post. The bonus for me, is that she will post for free internationally with spends over £9. That's hard to beat!

This final pair is my favourite from the whole set. I love green, so this pretty pale shimmery green cardstock is just beautiful to me. I think it looks so elegant with this intricate and fun Memory Box Cosmo border die. I'll have to hunt down the sets these two sentiments are from as I can't recall off the top of my head. So I'll update later. 

You may have noticed I crafted 'pairs' of similar colours and diecuts, for this card set in the hopes that it looked a little less eclectic. I wanted lots of variety, and to cover lots of different purposes, but still wanted a sense that it was a 'set'. I had a 'pair' for this orange card, but ended up not including it in the set as I decided I wanted to go in a slightly different direction with the second orange card. I'll put up a post with that one later, so you can see what I did with it. Still using this same, CAS design template, diecut border, lovely sentiment and minimal embellies. But with a little twist - to be revealed later. (I used the Creole Spice Kaleidacolor ink again for this card.)

Wow, congratulations if you made it all the way to the end of this mammoth post! There are 16 cards in this set, so that was quite a lot to get through! I hope you enjoyed having a look at the set and I encourage you to check out this fabulous tutorial by Jennifer McGuire if you like the idea of using border dies to create a card set. It was her post that inspired me to create this set and I hope you enjoyed my take on it. 

Do stop by the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge to check out what my amazing teamies have been up to for this challenge. You're sure to be super inspired after a visit to their lovely blogs. Come and join us for our easy peasy 'Anything Goes' challenge. I'll be back again before long with the 'orange card' that didn't make it into this set. See you all again soon and have a fabulous week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries
Not Just Cards: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: #348 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #124 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #305 ~ Punches and Dies
Colour Crazy Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August ~ Anything Goes Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #169 ~ Anything Goes with Ribbon. My whole set of cards has either ribbon or twine on the cards :)
City Crafter Challenge: #375 ~ No Flowers (with the exception of my pink cards, all the other cards in this set, have no flowers on them!)
As You Like It: Favourite Embellishments ~ I don't always use them, but flowers are definitely amongst my favourite embellishments, from the flat papercut flowers, to the 3D mulberry paper flowers and everything in between. I love to use flowers on my creations such as the gem flowers I've used on the pink cards in this set. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Flowers

Hello again, I know, I know, I only just blogged a card but Murphy's Law, my DT posts always come in threes! Hehe, so I'm here today with a DT post for Sweet Stampin'. This week, we would love to see all your papercrafty makes with flowers. Remember there must be some stamping to be eligible for the Top 3 spots. 

I chose to work with a sweet Elisabeth Bell image that I have as a rubber stamp. A while back, my lovely crafty pal Pops, was having a clear out and I bought a whole bunch of her sweet Elisabeth Bell images. I just love some of these older ones, the Sugar Nellie, SCACD, Whiff of Joy and Elphine House images really were some of her sweetest. This lil' cutie is originally from an Elisabeth Bell Sampler for SCACD and she's called Susan. I coloured this image with my Promarkers and stamped the second part of the sentiment directly on the image panel. The first half of the sentiment, I added to a fishtail diecut tag and popped it up on foam.

The flowers are a mix of Tulips, Daffodil, Gardenia, Yellow Open Roses, Small Red Open Roses all from Wild Orchid Crafts and a daisy from my stash that I think I picked up at a craft fair. I just love the bright joyful colours of this flower mix. 

I'll have to hunt down the details for the paper I used, I can't recall which set it's from, but I'll find it and add the details later. I hope you'll come and join us for some 'Floral' fun this challenge at Sweet Stampin' I look forward to seeing what you do. My awesomely talented teamies have some fabulous inspiration for you on the blog, so go take a peak.

I'll be back before long with another DT creation. I've got so many unblogged cards piling up too, that I really need to find some time to blog some that aren't DT creations! Sigh, I wonder how many of you do that too? Hope you've all had an awesome week and I wish you a relaxing, recharging weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: #47 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #48 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #124 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter: #305 ~ Punches and Dies
Colour Crazy Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: August ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #63 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs: August ~ Anything Goes Challenge
As You Like It: Favourite Embellishments ~ I don't always use them, but flowers are definitely amongst my favourite embellishments, from the flat papercut flowers, to the 3D mulberry paper flowers and everything in between. I love to use flowers on my creations.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Add Some Stamping

Hey there my lovely blogland pals. It's time again for a new challenge at Southern Girls and this week, we are having an 'Add Some Stamping' challenge. So I pulled out my lovely Altenew stamps which you can find at Krafter's Cart, one of our fabulous regular sponsors at Southern Girls. 

It is my first time playing with these lovely stamps and I didn't have the right inks! So I've used a mix of Distress inks and Distress Oxide inks. I think this came out okay for a first try. I created this card for my lil' boy Zac to give to his lovely teacher who has been off on sick leave recently. He wrote a lovely message himself to go inside the card. He's struggling a bit with writing, he's left handed, so it seems to be a bit of a struggle to form letters well, but he's working on it and doing so much better. His teacher was delighted with his effort, so that was sweet. 

The sentiment comes as part of this lovely stamp set, which is called Painted Rose. I decided to use London Fog Memento Ink to stamp the sentiment rather than black, as I'd opted to use Iced Spruce Distress Ink for one of the layers of the leaves and I thought it would look nice to have a more grey tone sentiment. I added Wink of Stella over the 'You' in the sentiment, just to add a little sparkle and interest. The wings of the dragonfly were also coated with Wink of Stella. It doesn't photograph well, but is so pretty in reality. The dragonfly body I coated with Glossy Accents, for a bit of dimension and then coated with Wink of Stella once it was dry. 

I didn't have the 'right' sort of sequins to add around the sentiment, I'd love to have added some Pretty Pink Posh clear iridescent sequins, but alas, I'm still trying to source something similar. If any of the NZ crew know where I can get pretty sequins in NZ, let me know! So it's a little more CAS than I intended, but I think the glitter strip on the side adds just enough bling anyway. The base card is actually a really pretty shimmer cardstock too, so in reality, more shine and bling than is apparent in the pics.

I hope you'll come and join us for our 'Use Some Stamping' challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create. Pop on over to the challenge to see what my talented teamies have been up to. They are an incredibly talented team and I love how diverse our creations are each challenge. You're sure to leave inspired. Have an awesome week. I've my two kiddos home today poorly, so our mild Winter has finally taken some hostages. Already on the mend though, resilient kiddies that they are. So fingers crossed back to normal soon. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #200 ~ Anything Goes
The Little Red Wagon: #406 ~ Bugs & Slugs
Creative Inspirations: #279 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #18 ~ Let It Sparkle!
Crafting By Designs: August ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: August ~ Anything Goes
Come And Get It: Time To Die (Diecuts Challenge)
The Paper Shelter Challenge: #304 ~ Blooming Days
Moving Along With The Times: #51 ~ Things That Fly

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Sympathy/Thinking of You

Another big block of time seems to have whizzed by since I last posted. My kiddos had a great break from school, though weather was pretty rubbish, so we just did lots of 'staycation' stuff around Auckland. They went back to school for Term 3 on Monday and we had a visit to one of the local high-schools we are considering sending Georgie to on Wednesday. It's all on now, my first babe will be a teenager in only a few months!!! They just grow SO fast!! I so wish I could slow time, just a teeny bit.

It's new challenge time at Sweet Stampin' and it's a rather sad post today, as I genuinely needed to create a card for our current theme. My lovely cousin's husband just lost his mummy, so I created a card to post to them, to send our love and support. It was a very sad time and the anniversary of my own daddy's passing was in Mid July, so I was feeling the grief quite keenly. It takes my breath away to think my daddy's been gone 17 years. He was just so young.

I had planned to watercolour the background for this card, but I happened to have a magazine paper set sitting on my desk from a recent Making Cards issue, so I decided to use this paper to create the card. Inspired by the fact that my lovely cousin loves all things lilac. So it just felt really appropriate to use this pretty paper. I used it on the inside of the card too, but turned it, so that it wasn't immediately apparent that the pattern was identical. Cool trick of the eye and actually really works! Faux watercolouring, boom!

I used two beautiful Unity Stamps sets to create this Sympathy card, called Butterflies & Sunbeams and Beautiful Life, Blessed Memories. I love the imagery of butterflies when creating a Sympathy Card, but I wanted the image to be subtle and for the words to have the foreground. So I used a very pretty sparkly embossing powder just over Versamark Ink, so it was a watermark effect stamp with sparkle. The sentiment I heat embossed in white. Lighting below was a little cold, the above pic is a truer colour representation.

The detail in the stamp is hard to see in the photos, so here is a shot that shows the detail of the image better. The first photo in this post shows the lovely sparkle when it catches the light but the following photo shows the detail of this pretty stamp. You can always click on the image to pop up my photos for a closer look.

I hope you'll come and have a play along with our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. If you don't have a sad occasion to craft for (and I hope you don't!) then you can choose to create a 'Thinking of You' card. I look forward to seeing what you're inspired to do. Sending love and hugs to those of you who have had recent loss, thinking especially of my lovely Kiwi crafty friend Maxine. There is never enough time people, so treasure every day. I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs to you all and love and healing sent your way if you're nursing a broken heart, Wends xoxo

(Sad that the pics don't do this card justice, but if you pop them up full size, you can see a little more of the detail and the pretty stamp details.)

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #381 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #133 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #488 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #30 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #62 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash: #313 ~ Butterflies, Bees & Bugs
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #94 ~ Thinking of You or A Sympathy Card
Little Red Wagon: #404 ~ Sing, Sing A Song (Angel by Sarah McLachlan)
City Crafter Challenge: #372 ~ Something Beginning with 'S' = Sympathy & Sparkle

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Christmas in July

Hello my lovely crafty pals. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and since we're racing through this year so fast, we've decided to get ahead on some Christmas crafting. Have you been making Christmas cards throughout the year? Or do you leave yours until just before Christmas? I'm known to be still making them Christmas Eve! So I take every other opportunity I can to get ahead with my Christmas crafting. I've rather fallen in love with Unity Stamps this year. I discovered this stamp company late last year and let's just say, I now have a lot more red rubber than I ever previously did! I used a really fun and cute Christmas image called Cool Little Christmas from Unity Stamps for this creation and the sentiment that comes with that set.

I've seen crafty pals using this 'white border' technique for some time in their creations and always thought it looks utterly stunning, so with this simple image, I thought I'd give it a go. The watercolour paper I used was actually a really cheap one from my local $2 store, as I was just having a play and paper is so expensive in New Zealand, I didn't want to waste 'good paper' on an experiment. But I ended up being so pleased with it, I took it right through to completion. I don't know that I'd get the same patchy cool finish on better paper that I did with this, but I really liked the effect! My brother saw it and commissioned this card for a friend of his. 

I liked the way the colouring came together so much, I didn't want to do anything to detract from it. So the page with its notebook edge, was torn straight out of the watercolour paper pad and added to a 'Christmas Red' notecard, no embellies, totally CAS and I utterly love it! So did my brother which was fab, because he usually really loves the more embellished creations I make. It's so lovely, he often asks me to create cards for friends and he's very artistic, so I count it a real compliment.

I have a thing for the Scandinavian Christmas gnomes, known as Tomtenisse. They are Santa's helpers, but not in the way we know elves to be. They are based on deeper Scandinavian folklore, they are the keepers of the farms, of the animals and nature. I have such a love for them and started my collection when I visited my Swedish bestie, so took the opportunity to use them as my Christmas props. I've been hunting down Tomtenisse stamps ever since I discovered them, and may have a couple of makes to share closer to Christmas. So watch for those if you like them too!

I love that the Unity Stamps sets, often come with their own sentiments, and I happen to think this was a rather fun and 'hip' Christmas sentiment for this fun card. Stamped just in Memento Black Ink rather than white, as I wanted to keep the watercolour just around the image itself.

Come on over and join us for some Christmas crafting fun this week and if you enjoy crafting for Christmas all year, remember that Sweet Stampin' also has a Monthly Christmas Challenge, which runs all year long, so you're welcome to join in anytime! Pop into the main challenge blog for some awesome Christmas crafting inspiration this week, the DT have some awesome Christmas creations to share. I'll be back again before long with another crafty adventure, but not for a week or so, as my kiddos are on Winter Break right now, so we're having some holiday fun. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

P.S. If you like this 'white lines' technique, go check out the amazing Elise, whose creations I've been swooning over for years! You can find them here at Paper Love Affair. Thank you Elise, for your constant source of inspiration xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Aud Sentiments: #184 ~ Christmas In July
613 Avenue Create: #199 ~ Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #28 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #167 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #159 ~ Christmas In July
Shopping Our Stash: #311 ~ CAS for Simplicity Day
Creative Moments Challenge: #122 ~ Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: July ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #279 ~ Anything Goes (For The Summer)

Update: So excited to see I made the Top 3 at Deep Ocean Challenge! Thank you so much ladies. I'm so thrilled!! :) 

Second Update: I just saw that I made Top 3 at Colour Crazy Challenge too. Whoop Whoop. Doing a little happy dance, so glad you liked my Christmas card. Thank you so much!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Southern Girls ~ Bingo!

Hey there again. I'm back (not quite as early as I meant to be!) with a new challenge for the Southern Girls. We have a 'Bingo Board' challenge this fortnight and our lovely sponsor Lacy Sunshine has given us some fabulous images to work with. I've chosen to use a sweet image called Daisy Delite Sunshine Pinup Girl.

I would have had my creation up on time, except that my computer had a strop this morning (it was working perfectly fine last night, so go figure!) and I had to wait for hero hubby to step in and sort the trouble. Gladly it's all sorted and I'm here now with my creation. I was inspired by the sweet image I had to work with, to create a little handbag to go with it, so created a little tag with the image, to tie to the handbag. 

I coloured up the image with my Promarkers and used colours that were in the papers I created the bag with. So stayed with greys, pale green and jade green. I added some stickles glue for a bit of 'bling and glitter' to her petticoat frill. The closure on the bag, I decorated with a couple of diecuts and a femo button, which I fussy cut one of the circles from the paper and sewed over the button to coordinate with the main paper. I used a decorative Spellbinders die to create the pretty semicircle flap on the front of the bag and handcut the handle which was glued to the underside of the decorative flap. I used velcro to close the bag, but wish I'd used magnets, as it would open and close a little more easily. I would do that next time for sure. 

The bag is made from one 12x12 piece of paper/cardstock and is so quick and easy to make and I think, a really sweet pairing for the tag. Above, you can see the flap open and the velcro dot on the front. It's big enough for a little sweet treat or small bag of craft embellies. I've no use in mind for it yet, so it will get tucked away in my gift cupboard for the right moment. (I do like to be prepared!)

I hope you'll come and join us for this fun 'Bingo Board' challenge. Here is the board so you can get started straight away! I look forward to seeing what you'd create with this inspiration. My creation had Glitter, Dies and Ribbon (twine, but I think it counts) and if you consider my special fimo button and diecuts 'bling', then I also can count Dies, Image and Bling in my creation.

Come on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog to have a look at what my other fabulous teamies have been up to. They really are a madly talented bunch, so you're sure to find inspiration in your visit. I hope you'll join us in the fun too. I'm off to hang out with my small boy, as the kiddos are on Winter Break right now. It's freezing today, so we're hibernating and have a video day! It's nice just to mooch sometimes isn't it? Enjoy the rest of your week. Hugs, Wends xoxo 

Challenge Entries: 
I Love Promarkers: #339 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #199 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #486 ~ Ribbons & Bows
Always Fun Challenges: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #27 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #167 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: July ~ Anything With Flowers
Shopping Our Stash: #311 ~ CAS for Simplicity Day
Creative Inspirations: #279 ~ Anything Goes (For The Summer)
Crafty Cardmakers: #192 ~ Tic, Tac, Toe (Faux Stitching, Digi Stamp, Button)
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