Thursday, 23 March 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Use A Die Cut

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. Time for a new challenge at Southern Girls and I'm running around like a chook without a head. So I'll check back in with you all with the detes for my card later today...

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I'm back and ready to share the detes of my card. Sorry about the false start! I've been volunteering at my lil' dudes school this morning, so running in to catch a few minutes to write up this post properly.

We have a new challenge starting today at Southern Girls and our theme is 'Use a Die Cut'. We have two awesome sponsors for this challenge so that's two utterly fabulous prizes up for grabs!

A big thank you to our two awesome sponsors for providing images for our design team to work with for this challenge. I've used a really fun set of Gerda Steiner stamps provided by Krafter's Cart for my card.


I've used a fun background paper from an Antipodean designer called Grace Taylor. Bright bold fun colours for that party feel and because this card was made to celebrate the 12th birthday of my Georgie's Swedish pal, I added a big number 12 to mark that milestone. I think Gerda's wee monsters are super fun. Georgie was a little worried this was too 'babyish' now for her pal, as they're getting to that pre-teen angst stage. But I think it's fun and has that celebratory feel, so went with it anyway. (She can make her own, little critic!)


I used an MFT Die-namics Blueprint set to cut the layering mats. It's the #14 set. The number 12 was cut with a Marianne Design number set. Those cute Gerda Steiner critters were coloured with my Promarkers. I really love these pens, the blending is so easy!


A big thank you to our second sponsor Kenny K, who also provided some gorgeous images for the DT to work with. I've had printer issues, so haven't been able to work with any digital images lately, but hope to rectify that soon!


Head over to the blog and see what my awesomely talented teamies got up to with their fabulous images. Thanks for popping in today, I hope you like my 'RAWRsome' card and stop in again soon for my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Add A Handmade Flower

Hey there my lovely blog pals. My printer is on the fritz. I'm currently trying all the clean, purge, realign heads etc protocols to fix the wee ailing tech. New inks will soon be arriving in the hopes I can get a card made soon for this challenge!


The gorgeous invisible card you see here, was made using a Lia Stampz image, who is our sponsor this week at Fab 'n' Funky. You should totally head over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to check out the fabulously visible creations that my wonderful teamies have made. Our theme this week is 'Use a Handmade Flower', which is a gorgeous theme and I hope you'll come and play along with us this week.


Come on back soon to check if I've managed to actually get my printer going, but in the meantime, do click through to our fab challenge and see the gorgeous creations from my teamies. Our lovely hostess Wendy has chosen such a fab theme for us this week.

I'll be back soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Anything But A Birthday

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I am chasing my tail tonight, I popped in to check I'd put my post live for my Sweet Stampin' DT post tonight, only to realise I'd left it half way through editing the other night! Bah!! I've just had a house full of giggly 12 year olds too, so there's mess everywhere! LOL. We finally got to celebrate Georgie's birthday now that we're out of quarantine! But before I go to clean up the aftermath, let me share my DT creation with you today. We are having an 'Anything But A Birthday' challenge this week. So I'm sharing the travel journal and card I made for my gorgeous niece when she left to spend 10 months in France on a foreign exchange programme.


I watercoloured the background with my distress inks, splattered with water to add texture and lift some of the ink to create a more 'watery ocean' feel and once dried, I stamped the world map and sentiment on. Oh how I wish I had used my Hampton Arts Stamping Tool for this, as I'd liked to have double stamped to get a darker impression with the map stamp. The watercolour paper was textured so created a slight graininess, but I quite like the way the watercolours pooled slightly in the channels. Hard to capture in film, it does look better up close.


I bought my niece a lovely travel journal for her trip, which had a beautiful saying embossed on the front already. But I wanted to personalise it, so added a map stamp to the inside cover and a sentiment. The sentiment reads, 'Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home'. I had a sweet tiny kiwi stamp, which I thought was the perfect way to remind her where 'home' is. The map stamp, Kiwi and sentiment where embossed in fine white embossing powder.


Here's a closer look at the lovely Unity Stamps I used. The set is called 'Love Brings You Home' and includes the world map with its little heart and the sentiment I used on the inside cover. 


I won a fantastic set of stamps from Unity stamps recently, so I used a few of their lovely sayings to stamp pages randomly through the journal. I did this to remind my sweet niece of home, to encourage her to enjoy the adventure she is on and to encourage her to embrace every opportunity given.



Here's a peek at the fabulous bundle of Unity Stamps I won. I used the sentiment set in the top middle for created the little words of encouragement throughout the journal. 


So that's my 'Anything But A Birthday' post for you today and now I have to get back to the party clean up! Such a busy, full and fun night for my wee girlie. Last year before she becomes a teenager and she has such a lovely circle of friends. It was really nice to throw this wee party for her. 


Be sure to pop into the Sweet Stampin' blog to check out what my talented teamies did for this theme. It's pretty broad, so lots of scope to get creative! Just remember you need to stamp somewhere on your creation to enter. I'll catch you again really soon, until then, have an awesome weekend. I hope you fit in some crafty adventures too. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Colour Crazy Challenge: #10 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: March ~ Special Female (my sweet niece)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Inspired By A Song

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm here today to share my DT post for Fab 'n' Funky with our fabulous theme 'Inspired by a Song'. Only I can't, because my printer has utterly packed a sad and I can't print a single thing without big black streaky lines all over it, which just won't do! But never one to give up, I thought I'd share an older Kenny K creation (our fabby sponsor for this challenge) that I created previously, and yes, I posted it previously too, so don't follow suit! But in light of my little printer melt down, I thought you might forgive me for resharing this previously blogged card. I made it for my lil' rock chick girlie. It's quite an appropriate 'reshare' too, as she's just had her birthday and guess what she got this year?! Her very own, candy pink, Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar!! I'll share pics at the end. To say she was pleased, is like 'understatement of the year' kinda stuff!! Hehe.


You can find my original post for this Kenny K creation here, with all the detes about the card. The image is Rock Chick from Kenny K, which I just love and must colour up again soon. I hope you'll come join in the fun with us this week at Fab 'n' Funky for our 'Inspired by a Song' or 'Musical Theme' challenge. I'm sure you'll agree, this lil' 'Flashback' post is pretty perfect for this challenge. One of Georgie's favourite songs that this card was originally inspired by is Queen's 'We Will Rock You'. It's a fav' when we pull out Sing Star or Rock Band. So fits this challenge's theme well.


Come and check out what my awesomely talented teamies (who are not having printer malfunctions!) got up to this week. You're gonna love their cards! Stop in first with our lovely hostess Chris to check out the gorgeousness she created for this challenge. You can find the other girls posts on the challenge blog. Don't be shy to stop in on the DT, we love a visit from you, as much as you enjoy a visit from us! Have an awesome week my lovely crafty pals. See you again soon, for my next crafty adventure (printer willing!) Hugs, Wends xoxo

Now for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post and want to see my birthday girlie's fav' present, here's her (nicely vintaged) pink guitar. Smiles all round that day!

The 'Vintaged' (yes, that just means pre-loved and roughed up a bit) 
Pink Fender Squier Stratocaster

Here's the happy birthday girlie with another of her 'pink' pressies. 
She just loves this colour and it wasn't always so. Everything is currently pink, bless.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Baby

Hey there lovelies. I'm sneaking in today to crash the Team Fab party at Fab 'n' Funky with a rogue post. I couldn't resist! I just LOVE A Day for Daisies images and when I found out they were having a 'Baby' themed challenge I just had to join in. Nothing to do of course with the fact that my baby sister is having her second bubba in a couple of months! Hehe.


I saw this divine image called Mama Kisses drawn by Tammy from A Day for Daisies and immediately thought of Klimt. I don't know whether Tammy drew this as a hat tip to Klimt, but it absolutely made me think of his beautiful gold leafed work. So, with my pot of Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes, I set to work to try and add a little 'Klimt' magic to this beautiful image. For those of you not familiar with Gustav Klimt's work, take a peek here.


I used my distress markers and inks to colour this image. I wanted a soft dreamy palette, so they were perfect for that. I then added the gilding flakes over adhesive that I drew onto each flower. I coloured the flowers first and chose to leave some of the flower centres in red, rather than cover them all. I'm quite pleased I did, as the flowers lost some of their definition in the gilding. Next time, I think I would glue every alternate flower and do it in two passes, so there is a little more definition. I also would mask the faces next time too, as some of the darker guilding flakes left 'muddy' marks on the babes shoulder and mummy's face! They didn't rub off despite my best efforts, so will definitely mask next time. I was however, pretty happy with this first attempt at doing 'anything like this' for me!


I tore the top and bottom of the image panel and added some cheesecloth behind for a bit of texture, then stamped the lovely sentiment from Impression Obsession directly onto the copper brown shimmer cardstock and embossed in white. The sentiment is from a set called 'Straight From Heaven'.


One final pic that I snapped outside in a shaft of sunshine, that shows the colours really well. I just love the way the light shifts and changes the way the gilding flakes shimmer and shine. This really is so much nicer in reality. It's hard to capture the prettiness in a static image. But I hope you get the idea! 


Do pop into the challenge blog to see what the talented Team Fab girlies have done for this awesome challenge hosted by our lovely Jan. The images are delish and those girlies have done a stellar job with them. I hope you'll come join us with your own 'Baby' creation too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, until then, have an awesome and creative week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Crafter's Cafe: #168 ~ CAS
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Crafting By Designs: March ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #8 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #194 ~ Sentimental Journey
Crafting From The Heart: #148 ~ Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: #108 ~ Simply Love
Crafty Creations Challenges: #336 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Based On A Book (my kiddos favourite - Guess How Much I Love You)

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ One Layer

Hey there my sweet blog pals. Well it's been an interesting week! I should be throwing my soon to be 12 year old a birthday celebration today. We were going to have 5 pre-teens in the house having some girlie fun this evening. There was going to be spray in hair colour, nail polish, a fun movie and of course scrummy party tea but my 6 year old has English Measles. So we've had to postpone the party! Georgie shares her birthday with my big sis, so we were heading to my brothers for a shared birthday lunch before her friends arrived, sadly we'll be missing that too. But I'm here with you today, to share my DT creation for Sweet Stampin', so let's get to that. We have a great challenge theme this week. We want to see your 'Single Layer' cards. So I went all Scandi-chic CAS for my creation today. Let me know what you think.


This gorgeous Scandinavian inspired floral heart stamp is a clear stamp from Close to My Heart from their October 2013 Stamp of the Month. It has a beautiful design inspired by traditional Scandinavian cutwork. I love these beautiful traditional Scandinavian papercrafts and utterly fell in love with this set. It was a must have in my collection. I really need to use it more, as it really is pretty. I think it lends itself well to this very CAS card design too. A very quick and easy 'bang out a bunch' Christmas card design. If you look closely, the finishing touch to this CAS design, was a very simple, scored line around the edge of the card. The greeting is Swedish and translates to Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. I made this card for my Swedish pal and have a few really lovely Swedish sentiments which I bought from Bildmalarna before they closed. Another favourite stamp store I was sad to see close last year.


At the same time I made my DT card, I also did a super cute Forever Friends Bear stamp design too, in the same completely CAS one layer design. So here's that wee make too. Very quick job on the colouring and just the simple embossed border and a cute little sentiment from Stampendous. Simples!

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Pop into the challenge blog to check out what my super talented teamies got up to for this challenge. I hope you'll come join us for this challenge too, I love to see what you are inspired to do. I'll see you again really soon for another crafty adventure. Right now, I have to entertain a poorly boy and placate a sad wee party girl. We will have fun for sure when we do get to celebrate! But for now, it's hama bead fun and some family movie time. Have a fabulous weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Alphabet Challenge: Y for You Choose
Lemon Shortbread: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #111 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #37 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #8 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #174 ~ Animals + A Sentiment
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #466 ~ Florals (flowers in the heart stamp)
A Gem of a Challenge: #188 ~ Favourite Colour Combo ~ Red, White, Green for Christmas

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Southern Girls ~ Nature

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I am swinging in today with a DT post for Southern Girls. This is a little different to what I would usually do, using diecuts for the main image, rather than a coloured image. Our lovely sponsor Krafter's Cart, sent the most gorgeous DT package to all the New Zealand crew of Southern Girls and I have quite a few cute goodies which I'll be creating with over the next few weeks. Our challenge theme is 'Nature'. So I thought outside the box a bit and went with 'Human Nature' and what better aspect of Human Nature to draw upon than falling in love?! There are of course some delish treats of 'Nature' in the creation too with this lovely My Mind's Eye paper from the Indie Chic collection called Saffron. I diecut a cute mushroom grass border to add that extra little element of 'Nature'. This wee die is from the #6 Magnolia Doohickey Club Magazine release. 


I inked the doily with a metallic green paint and then decided it was too bright for this creation and coloured over it with my burnt orange Promarker. I love how it turned out a bit 'grungy' with hints of the green metallic still showing through. The little scattered hearts were diecut 'waste' from the Magnolia Doohickey Heart Flower Lace border die I used. I added a lovely bright orange satin ribbon for a pop of colour and the embossed sentiment was part of the lovely set of dies sent by Krafter's Cart from the set called 'For You With Love'. A very pretty shape and perfect sentiment for this love themed card. 


I distressed the top and bottom border of the card and that was it. 'Fussy CAS', hehe, is there such a thing?! I hope you liked what I did for the challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create too, so come on over and play along. Stop by the blog for more inspiration from my madly talented teamies too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have a fabulous week and happy crafting! Hugs, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
Alphabet Challenge: Y for You Choose
Crafty Creations: #335 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #403 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #37 ~ Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge: #350 ~ A Few Stitches
Crafty Calendar Challenge: February ~ Love Is In The Air
I Love Promarkers: #329 ~ Shabby Chic (doily coloured with Promarker)
Passion For Promarkers: #383 ~ Something New ~ new dies (doily coloured with Promarker)
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