Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ For A Friend

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I have to sneak this post up tonight without much fuss, as I don't want my lil' sis to see, because it's not quite yet her birthday! It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and our Northern Hemisphere DT have had a wonderful Summer break, but we're ready to get back into the swing of things now. So we're starting back with an easy and lovely challenge theme 'For A Friend'. 

I have six siblings and we're all very close, so it was a no brainer to combine this challenge theme with my darling baby sister's birthday card! This is a big birthday for my baby sis. She's just had her second child and is turning 30, so we're making a bit of a fuss of our 'Cali Girl'. She's been living in the US for the past few years with her hubby and they now have two kiddies. They have made a home just outside of San Diego in the State of California. So when I knew we were being sponsored by Crafts and Me, I immediately thought of Hannah Lynn's lovely image 'Cali Girl'. She looks a bit like my baby sis with that long flowing hair. So I did my best to colour her up to look like my baby sis and I'm really pleased with the result. This is my first attempt at a 'Copic Coloured' image.

Our Becky is a girlie girl and loves pink, so of course I opted for lots of pink and soft pretty embellishments. I've had the La La Land Lanterns die for a while and was yet to use it, so it was fab to work those into this card design. I wanted it to look like pretty party lanterns hanging from cherry blossoms. The die I used for the cherry blossoms is a Joanna Sheen die. I added Wink of Stella to the lanterns, so they would sparkle when they catch the light.

The beautiful lace is some of my Live & Love Crafts stash, I'm still so sad that Sandy closed her store, it really was my favourite 'online' craft store. I used a gorgeous piece of guipure lace and also a soft cream faux hessian ribbon behind it, which I frayed the edges of, to stick out around the pink cardboard panel I backed the lace with. 

Of course, big birthdays need to be recognised, so I added a '30' cut from Ranger Glitter Cardstock. It's much sparklier when it catches the light. The final touch was to dress the inside of the card and add the sentiment. I used another corner of the 12x12 cardstock I had cut the beige paper for the front of the card from, to mat the sentiment circle. The pink paper is the reverse side of Riddersholm Designs - Bello Pastello, 0066 and the beige paper used on the front and inside is Riddersholm Designs - Fleamarket, Stains. Danish company, Riddersholm Designs made such beautiful shabby chic paper designs, it's sad to see yet another craft company that has come to a close.

So that's my baby sister's 30th birthday card and as I'm lucky to call all my sisters my friends, this fit the theme for our first challenge back from British Summer 'For A Friend' theme perfectly. I hope you'll come and play along with us and show us your lovely 'For A Friend' creations. It's always so inspiring to see how others interpret the theme. 

Pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog to see what my teamies have been up to, you are going to be blown away! I love the range of images at Crafts & Me and we are so lucky to have them as our sponsor this week. It'll be one very lucky winner, so be in to win! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure and of course, that candy I've been promising! Hugs to you all until then and Happy 30th Birthday to my precious baby sister in a few days time!! Happy Birthday also to my twin cousins Beth & Ellie who actually have their birthday today. Wends xoxo

If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, here's a pic of my beautiful sister Becky with her sweet baby girl on one of the Californian beaches near her home. You can see why I thought the Hannah Lynn 'Cali Girl' image was perfect for her right?!

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #50 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #163 ~ Lovely Lace
The Ribbon Girl: September ~ Card Challenge
Colour Crazy Challenge: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #53 ~ Add A Number
Allsorts Challenge: #432 ~ Use at least 2 designer papers
In The Pink: #124 ~ 5th Birthday, Anything Goes Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon: #171 ~ Anything Goes With Ribbon
Little Red Wagon: #411 ~ Distress It (main paper edges all scissor distressed)
As You Like It: Flora or Fauna? My third entry for Team Flora! Hehe. Love flowers and nature.

Update: Woohoo, beyond excited to see that I made it into the Top Picks at 'In The Pink'. I love that challenge and always want to enter, but rarely do an all pink card, so this was of course the perfect card to enter with and I'm so delighted to have made their Top Pick list. Thank you ladies! Mwah xoxo

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Weddings/Anniversaries

Hey lovely blog pals. It's new challenge day at Sweet Stampin' and this week, we're having a Weddings/Anniversary challenge. So show us all your gorgeous Wedding and Anniversary creations, just remember to add some stamping to be eligible for the Top 3 spots.

One of my siblings just celebrated her 6th Wedding Anniversary, so I'd made up this sweet simple card to celebrate that special day. I actually had this image coloured up a while back (6 years to be exact!), as it was my intention to use it for their wedding card. But we had to travel between the UK and America for the wedding and it all got a little much with all the other balls I needed to juggle at the time, so I benched the image to be used at a later date. 

I found the image when I was rummaging through some of my stash recently and decided it was time to use it! So I added Stickles details to the flowers and created tiny confetti with the waste circles from the silver diecut border. I diecut a 6 from the same silver glitter cardstock and added a little distress ink to the edges to finish. I kept the design very simple, because I used the most delish Maja Design paper and didn't want to cover it too much! 

I find this wedding image utterly enchanting. I really need to use it more. It was so perfect for my beautiful lil' sis and her handsome hubby, that I really do wish I'd been organised enough to get the card finished for their wedding day. But it makes a sweet anniversary card I think too. This last pic was taken indoors under the spots, which gives a very warm hue to the card, the top shot had more daylight but the true colours of the card are somewhere between these two shots. I really must sort out a better lighting rig!

Well, there's little else to say, except come and join us for some Wedding/Anniversary fun this week. The rest of the DT have some awesome creations up on the main blog, so do pop in and visit them for an inspiration boost. We'd love to see what you create too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, have a fabby weekend and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo

My beautiful sis very kindly agreed to allow me to put up a couple of pics of her and her handsome hubby on their wedding day, so here they are on that very special, very hot day in San Diego just over 6 years ago. It was a magical and beautiful day for all who came to celebrate their happiness.

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #201 ~ Distress It
Lemon Shortbread: #49 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: September Card Challenge
Moving Along With The Times: #53 ~ Add A Number
Crafty Catz: #383 ~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist of Thank You)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
As You Like It: Flora or Fauna (I'm not confident colouring animals, so I definitely prefer Flora)
Shopping Our Stash: #319 ~ On Trend (I see a lot of glitter cardstock and accents being used these days)

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ A Kinetic Card

Hey there lovelies, I've been caught up with the kiddos again, so not around blogland much. It was my daddy's birthday on September 1st followed by Father's Day on the Sunday, so that always leaves me with a case of the blues. But this year, we gathered at my brother's place and had a wonderful family celebration, which included the promise of two new babes in the family. So that certainly lifted all our spirits. I'll show you later, the cute CAS card I made to celebrate the 'daddy's under construction'. But first, I better tell you about our fabulous new challenge at Southern Girls! We are live and kicking baby and this week, we want to see your 'Kinetic Creations', whaaaatt??! (I know right, I had to look it up!) it's just fancy speak for stuff that moves. So make it a shaker card, a rocker, a wobbler, a waterfall, a pop out, what ever tickles your fancy. I for one cannot wait to see what you create for the challenge. It's such a fun one!

I love Elisabeth Bell images and I don't need much encouragement to use one of her gorgeous designs, this sweet image called Chloe is from her Whimsy Stamps range. You know how much I LOVE Maja Design papers too right? So I had a blast creating this fun shaker card with some of my favourite things. I used 1943 & 1944 from the Vintage Summer Basics range. I used a large Spellbinders scalloped square die to cut the frame for the shaker.

(I did a sneaky trick and took this pic sideways so the sequins fell to the side)

I actually used a waterfall pocket from a scrapbook page to create my wee shaker, which meant I could use a thinner frame. I sealed the pocket up after adding the little heart sequins with my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool and because all the sequins were securely contained, I was able to use less depth of foam. 

(Here she is right side up with all the pretty hearts at her feet)

The waterfall pocket makes a very slim shaker, which is great for sending through international post. Or it would have been, if I hadn't got carried away with all the delish Wild Orchid Crafts goodies! They are one of our lovely sponsors for this challenge and I've used their gorgeous products for years and I'm a huge fan of all there floral range but their bling and other embellies are also utterly fab. You totally owe it to yourself to have a wee browse through their site. Our challenge winner will be in for such a super treat. 

all available (or similar) from Wild Orchid Crafts

I hope you'll come and join in this fun challenge and show us what inspires you that has a kinetic element when you're crafting. I've another couple of kinetic cards to follow soon, as I got the bug! So watch this space. I also will have a celebration candy very soon as I just noticed I have over 150 followers now! Don't know when that happened or how, but I'm kinda stoked! So I'll be back with some celebration goodies very soon. Hugs to you all until then, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #201 ~ Distress It
4 Crafty Chicks: #367 ~ Inspiration Pic
Always Fun Challenge: #22 ~ Shaker Card
The Ribbon Girl: September Card Challenge
Crafty Catz: #383 ~ Anything Goes (Optional Twist of Thank You)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
Shopping Our Stash: #319 ~ On Trend (Feathers & Shaker Element)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It (Whimsy Rubber Stamp)
Passion For Promarkers: #411 ~ All In A Day's Work (sweet Chloe picking apples for Mum)
As You Like It: Flora or Fauna (I'm not confident colouring animals, so I definitely prefer Flora)

4 Crafty Chick Inspiration Pic

Update: I made the Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers! Thanks ladies, I'm utterly delighted :)

Second Update: I made Top 3 at 'Always Fun Challenges' along with my DT sis Tracy! Yay us :)

Well done for making it all the way down to the bottom of this long post? As promised here's a pic of the cards I gave my baby brother and brother-in-law, to celebrate their happy news. I feel that the girlies get a lot of attention when babes are announced (and yes, I've done gorgeous cards for them) so since it was Father's Day two days after our family gathering, I decided to celebrate these awesome men and their happy news. They got a cute Father's Day pressie and I whipped up this fun CAS card to accompany that. I did draw inspiration from some Google searches, but knew I wanted to make a 'definition of fatherhood' card, so added some personalised definitions and it came together very quickly.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Swirls

Wow, this week has flown by so fast. It's time already for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and we're keen to see your creations made with 'Swirls'. Any swirl will do, pearl, stamped, design on the paper, diecut, let your creativity flow, just as long as somewhere on your creation there is stamping.

I've made a 40th birthday card for one of my sister's best friends using a beautiful pearl swirl. I do love using pearl swirls, but don't find I do very often, so it was lovely to have a play with them for this creation. I paired this pretty pearl swirl with the most divine paper to create this card. I had to pull on my big girl pants as it involved cutting into a 12x12 sheet of Maja Design paper. This is from my 'stroke only' stash, so it was a very big deal! LOL. But it was utterly perfect for this creation. The main page which I cut using a Go Kreate XXL die is from the Vintage Autumn Basics called XXII.

The brief I was given by my sis, was to create a card for her bestie who is a musician. She plays both the violin and piano, so she wanted these brought into the design somehow. I showed her a Jade Dragonne image which she instantly loved and the rest of the design was born from there. This image was inspired by the Celtic musician Máiréad Nesbitt. It was a perfect choice as my sister's friend has beautiful long blonde hair and this depicts her very well.

The second part of the brief was to include blue, which is a colour her bestie loves. So blue dress it was, oh and yes, that divine blue roses Maja Design paper. I found another Maja Design paper that worked with the musical aspect of this creation though and worked well with the blue roses. It's from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and is called 1899. It was mostly covered on the front of the card, so it's hard to see the pretty elements on it, which include a violin and treble clef. So I used it again on the inside of the card, where these elements are more visible. 

I handstitched the musical paper on the front of the card, as I wanted to double the thread. It took me so long, I didn't want to do that for the inside, so just did a single thread in the sewing machine. I think it looks okay, but the double thread on the front does show better. I figured buying a whiter and thicker thread for future makes, might be a worthwhile investment! The lovely sentiment on the inside of the card is from Unity Stamps from their July 2017 Sentiment Kit

Some of the additional details for those interested, I used a Die-Versions Grand Piano die which I added the glitter cardstock '40' to. The Treble Clef is a Memory Box die. The blooms are mostly The Ribbon Girl, Lilies, Small Roses and Kort och Godt Rolled Roses. The Skeleton Leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pretty Hessian Ribbon with the lace stitched to it, came from my local $2 shop. I added the strip of paper from the bottom of the Maja Design 12x12 paper over this. I added a doily which I tea distressed and some cheesecloth fabric behind the image which was diecut with a Kaisercraft Stitched Scalloped Oval die. All the paper layers were distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. You can pop up the pics for a closer look at some of the details.

I hope you'll come and join us for this fun curly, swirly, wurly challenge. The DT have created some gorgeous cards and all so different, so do pop over and take a look and we'd love to see what you'd do. We've had such a nice week here in Auckland, Spring is definitely just around the corner, the sun has been shining, the Magnolia's are blooming, ah, lovely, I do love Springtime. I wonder what it's like in your lil' corner of the world? Whatever the weather, get your craft on! I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Have an awesome weekend, Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Card Mania: #95 ~ Party
Fairytale Challenge: #174 ~ Numbers
Alphabet Challenge: L for Lovely Lace
Crafty Creations: #348 ~ Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #95 ~ Birthday
Colour Crazy Challenge: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #137 ~ Punches and/or Dies
613 Avenue Create: #200 ~ Anything Goes + Shabby Chic Option
Moving Along With The Times: Things Beginning With The Letter 'B' ~ Blue, Blooms & Birthday
Deep Ocean Challenge: #162 ~ Fav' Colour Combo. I'm loving Kraft/Hessian & Cream at the moment. With the blue accents in this make, I think it's a lovely combo.

Update: A lovely surprise to find I made the Top 3 at Alphabet Challenge. Thank you so much, I'm really thrilled!

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. 
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