Saturday, 27 August 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ No DSP

Hey there my lovely blog pals, my laptop is misbehaving today, I've had to copy and paste the 'e' into every spot you read it here on my blog today, as 3 keys on my laptop have suddenly stopped working!! (So forgive me if I miss a couple.) It's Saturday, so it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and our theme this week is 'No Designer Series Paper'. We are sponsored by the lovely folks at Freckled Fawn this challenge, so our winner is in for a lovely treat!

I made a thank you card for 'new' friends who had us over for dinner on the weekend. Man oh man, I have never had such good Brisket, ever! It was a fab night, the food was delicious, I got to try out a new recipe, (would you believe I'd never before made a potato salad?!) the wine flowed, the conversation flowed and we all had a fabulous night. So a thank you card was most definitely in order. Our friends own an art gallery, so I thought it was fitting to do a little 'arty' piece myself for their thank you card. I love how it turned out and kept the card style very CAS to allow the ink work and stamping to feature.

The sentiment I've used is from an Inkylicious set called Journey. I made a second card on the same day with an Inkylicious Thank You sentiment, which I had originally thought I'd give these friends, but when I finished this card, it was far more 'arty' looking, which I thought would appeal to them more. 

I used a couple of different ink pads to create the colours for this background. The main background was created with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade. I then added a grass line using Bundled Sage. I added some water splashes to create texture. Then I used a Tsukineko Kaleidacolor inkpad in Creole Spice to ink the grasses. I used the first two colours on the pad only, turning the stamp to ink it. So the colours shifted between the warm gold and copper colour, giving a nice variation in the grasses. I let the little dragonfly reach onto the green portion of the ink pad to set him apart a bit. Then randomly stamped the little dandelion clocks in darkening shades above the grasses. The sweet little dandelion grasses stamp was from a Practical Publishing magazine cover gift, which had a fairy template and a mix of fairy and foliage stamps. I can't recall which magazine it was, so if anyone knows, please do tell me! The taller grasses on the side are a Joy crafts stamp called Silhouette Grasses.

Thanks for popping in today. Do head over to the Sweet Stampin' challenge to see what my talented teamies have been up to. We've had two Sweet Stampin' birthdays this past week, so if you're stopping into their blogs, be sure to wish Cass and Abi a happy birthday! See you again really soon with my next crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Fantasy Stampers: #70 ~ Sunshine Colours
613 Avenue Create: #188 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #440 ~ Words/Numbers
4 Crafty Chicks: #313 ~ Let's Get Sentimental
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #40 ~ Anything Goes

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Anything Goes

Hey lovelies, I'm sneaking in today, with a post I should have had live a week ago, but life wouldn't let me. So here I am, late, but as they say, better late than never! I had planned to join in with the Team Fab girls over at Fab 'n' Funky, for their Summer break challenge, as we are being sponsored by Kenny K and I was so looking forward to colouring up this new Kenny K image called Santa Baby.

I got it coloured in time, but had no time to complete the card. So here it finally is. CAS for a quick make, but I kinda like that look for this image anyway. Don't you just love her? I think she's so cute!

You can check out all the other fabulous Kenny K images that Team Fab used for the challenge by clicking the links alongside their names. They've made some truly gorgeous creations for this challenge. Click on the blog name to take you through to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge. Come on over and join us as it's an easy peasy 'Anything Goes' challenge as we'd love to see what inspires you to create. 

Last pic taken under the kitchen lights to bring out the sparkle. It's still not brilliant. There's some lovely snowy sparkle at her feet and I used Cosmic Shimmer on the furry bits of her boots and clothes. I just couldn't get this to show up that well. Wet and miserable here, so no good natural light.

I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. Have a beautiful week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Image ~ Kenny K ~ Santa Baby
Tartan Paper ~ Craftwork Cards ~ Traditional Tartans
Sentiment ~ Lili of the Valley ~ Christmas Handwritten Phrases
Fur trim on boots and clothes ~ Cosmic Shimmer ~ Glitter Jewels
Colouring Medium ~ Distress Inks & Markers
Enamel Shapes ~ My Mind's Eye

Challenge Entries:
ABC Challenge: N is for 'Noel'
Crafty Catz: #334 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #188 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #440 ~ Words/Numbers
Crafting By Designs: Get Ready For Christmas
Stamping Sensations: August ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Clean & Simple
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #40 ~ Anything Goes
City Crafter's Challenge Blog: #326 ~ It's All About 'You'
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog: #256 ~ Christmas In August

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Use Your Favourite Stamp

Hey there lovelies. It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin', another Saturday rolls around so fast! This week, we are being sponsored by the fabulous Crafts & Me store and they stock some of my favourite images, I adore the works of their artists Hannah Lynn and Sara Burrier, and they have many more fabulous artists too. Their digital stamps are very reasonably priced too. So go check them out!

I have used a gorgeous image by the artist Hannah Lynn and coloured it with my Promarkers and some Wink of Stella. I love green, it's my favourite colour, rich dark greens in particular, so I was in a little bit of bliss colouring this up. I've been collecting Hannah Lynn images for a while now, but only recently felt confident enough in my colouring to actually colour them up. You might have noticed I've coloured a few lately and I'm really loving them. So when faced with choosing a 'favourite' image for this challenge, I thought this gorgeous Hannah Lynn mermaid image called Fire & Ice was perfect.

I used a lovely emerald green matt behind the image which I diecut with my Lil' Inkers Silly Stitched Die set. When I'd finished up colouring the image and found the paper I wanted to use, I realised the emerald green was a little too 'bright' for the card, so I used my Holly Promarker to deepen the colour a little bit. I was going to leave the design there, with a very CAS finish, which looked great, but I was having so much fun colouring with my Promarker and altering coloured card, that I had a play with altering a Wild Orchid Crafts Gardenia and two green Mixed Colour Open Roses. The blooms were too light and too bright for this make so I used the Holly Promarker again to recolour them into the deeper tones you see here. I coloured one stem of the White Spray Flowers from The Ribbon Girl but decided to leave the other two in their original white and green for a bit of contrast. I really love how this came out. I also coloured the leafy swirl that was cut with a Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die, as this too was originally cut from emerald green paper.

I added some velvet finish enamel dots in a similar tone (because ya'll know I love those subtle touches!) I roughed up all the edges of the papers and then tucked a sentiment which I cut with a La La Land Tab die. The sentiment is from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps from their Warm Fuzzies Friendship set. These sentiments are quite tiny, so they fit into the Stitched Tabs die really well. They're on sale right now I notice too. 

I used some letraset metallic markers in her hair where the pearly dots are and then decided the shine wasn't enough, so added some glitter glue. Later I added some Wink of Stella over some of the strands too, as I wanted to give it that little bit of extra shine. In the right light, it's gorgeous. I tried to snap some pics on my phone under the spots, but they came out very dark. But you get a better idea of the shine and the shades of pink in her hair in the pics below. Just click on them to blow them up to a bigger size. I was playing around with sentiments when I took these shots, so ignore those. The shots are very grainy due to the lowlight, sorry.

So that wraps it up. Come on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog to join in the fun with your favourite stamp. Remember you need to use stamping on your creation to be eligible for the prize. I look forward to seeing what your favourite stamp is! 

I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime, have an awesome weekend and I hope you get to enjoy some crafty fun too. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean: #135 ~ Seaside/Beach
Crafts & Me: August ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #21 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: August ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #358 ~ Hip To Be Square
Crafty Calendar: August ~ Summer Fun (Mermaid Hunting)
The Paper Shelter: #259 ~ Punches & Dies (Lil' Inkers & LaLa Land)
Mod Squad: Sew Easy (Green matt I used Lil' Inkers Silly Stitched die)
Simon Say Wednesday Challenge: Let's Go Wild (I'm wild about green! As you can see here)
As You Like It: Favourite Flower - I love Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, I've used them for years, but my hands down most used bloom is their Gardenia. I just love this bloom and it works a treat on so many creations, alone or in a bunch. You can check out some of my previous makes with this bloom here.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Southern Girls ~ Team Lou ~ Anything Goes

I hope you've all had a good week, I've been busy with the kiddos, but have enjoyed a bit of crafting this week too. This year is screaming past at breakneck speed though. I swear time really does speed up the older I get! It's already time for a new challenge at Southern Girls and I have to confess, that snuck up on me a little bit! Fortunately, I had some time today to finish my DT card. Which was a real pleasure, as we are being sponsored by Crafts & Me this fortnight and I LOVE their gorgeous stamps. So I had great fun colouring up this beautiful Hannah Lynn image. 

I decided I wanted to use Distress Inks, because I wanted to colour the background and I find it easier with DI's. I'm so glad I made that choice though, as the softer finish I think really suits this image! I am still new to Distress Ink colouring, so I did some googling to work out the best combo for skin colours etc, and I just love the combo I came up with. I didn't have all the ink colours from different tutorials, so came up with my own combo and I think the finish is gorgeous! So I'll definitely be doing that combo again. For those that are interested. I used Tea Dye for the main colour on the skin and Walnut stain to create the darker shadows. I used Tattered Rose for the cheeks, which I think came up really well, though you don't see the subtle colour as well on film. 

I chose to print this image a little larger than normal, because I wanted it to be the focal point of the card, so when I went to cut it out with my lovely wonky stitch dies, it was too large! Which got me to thinking about adding some real stitching. I LOVE stitching on cards, but haven't done any myself since I put my sewing machine away. So, intrigued by the fact that my blog buddy Kat hand stitches all her cards, I decided to give this a go. Oh my goodness, Kat how do you do it?! It took me ages to stitch all these layers and I'm getting long sighted in my old age, so the dramas threading the needle! I really had to laugh at myself. But I don't think I'll be doing this by hand again anytime soon, even though I LOVE the way it looks! I'm in awe of you Kat!

I kept the embellies to a minimum, as I wanted the image to feature, so just a bit of seam binding, and some butterflies and a sentiment die, which I cut from the same paper as the background because I wanted a subtle finish. I do love 'subtle' finishes on cards. Which of course are best up close and personal, as they don't photograph well, but I do love those barely there hints of detail.

The beautiful butterflies across the top of the card are from a Whimsy Stamps die, I've tucked them carefully into the stitching and then glued behind the solid wing butterfly. Isn't it pretty? I've had this ages, and never before thought to use it this way, but I love how it looks. 

That beautiful larger butterfly which I popped over the seam binding double bow is from Joy Crafts and I picked this up a while ago so I could use it with the pretty Butterfly Border die that has these same butterflies. I always wanted the 'whole' butterfly from that set, so I could layer it over the bigger butterfly on that border die. But it's an older die and hard to come by! So imagine my joy, when I originally hunted that one down. Even better news, I hunted down another, to add to a candy I will be offering very soon. So if you like this butterfly, watch this space! I have used some pretty chocolate coloured flat back pearls on the butterfly, which are from Flourish With A Bling. I love that they come in several different sizes on the one card.

Come on over to the Southern Girls for a fab 'Anything Goes' challenge this fortnight. We have two wonderful sponsors this time. The beautiful image I used is from our Sponsor Crafts & Me and is called Genevieve. Our second sponsor is Star Stampz which several of my teamies have used images from. Head over to the challenge blog for a healthy dose of inspiration! It doesn't get any easier than this as a theme, so we're looking forward to lots of entries. I hope you'll come and join us. A final shot of my card with a slightly more 'rosy cheeked' image.


I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. In the meantime, have an awesome week and get crafting so you can join in with our 'Anything Goes' challenge. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Paper Shelter: Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge: 'M' is for Maiden
Creative Moments: #99 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #21 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting By Design: August ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge: #374 ~ A Touch Of Sparkle
Crafts & Me Challenge: August ~ Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #134 ~ Foto Inspiration (Chocolate colour from the Hot Chocolate & Blues - as pale as poss - from the blue palette.)

Update: Ooh, happy dance, so excited! I made it into the Top 5 at The ABC Challenge!! Well chuffed. Thank you so much ladies! Mwah xoxo

Second Update: I have won the DT Choice pick on Creative Moments Challenge. Winning a prize from Digistamps 4 Joy. Thank you so much ladies!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Christmas in July

Hey there lovelies. Saturday has rolled around so fast this week! Which means it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and boy do we have a good one for you this week. We are going to help you get sorted early for your Christmas card prep. Yep, this week, we're having a Christmas challenge. So pull out your favourite Christmas stamps and come join in the fun! 

I've had a rummage through some of my older stamps and found this utterly gorgeous Humphrey the Elephant stamp called 'At Christmas' which was released as a series from Crafter's Companion a few years back. I just love this enchanting wee fellow. I have a series of books with Humphrey the Elephant by Sally Hunter which were my little boys favourite bedtime stories when he was a toddler, so Humphrey has a special place in my heart! I loved pulling out this stamp for a wee play yesterday. I wanted to use my distress ink markers for this make, so used watercolour paper, which has a really soft edge when you tear it, which I did to create a bit of texture on the image edge.

Our fabulous sponsor this challenge, is the wonderful Michele Roos Design. Her papers are amazing and this Christmas Time set is full of gorgeous traditional Christmas colours and imagery. I loved using this set for my creation. I wanted to use some of her lovely 'extras' from the set too, as they are gorgeous. So I've added a postcard, a sentiment circle, a couple of tickets and a paper bow. I added some stamping to the corner of the postcard using a Christmas postmark from a Lili of the Valley stamp set called Grunge Christmas Postmarks. I stamped 'Noel' on the second half of the top ticket with a stamp from the same set. A couple of really small details, which I think add that little finishing touch.

The rest of the Sweet Stampin' team have also used this gorgeous paper set by Michele Roos for their creations, so pop on over to the challenge to check out their take on the theme and please do come and join us with your own Christmas creations. Just remember you must use some 'stamping' to be eligible for the prize.

I think it's the perfect time to start creating for Christmas. It's the heart of Winter here in New Zealand, so I was in the mood for a traditional 'White Christmas' creation. I do love a Winter Christmas. I wonder if many of you have experienced a Summer Christmas like we have here in New Zealand? It's a bit different to say the least! Pavlova with strawberries and Summer fruits for Christmas dessert anyone? Yum! See you all again soon with another crafty adventure. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
A Gem of a Challenge: #174 ~ Animals
Mod Squad Challenge: Christmas In July
Crafty Gals Corner: #82 ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: #352 ~ Christmas In July
Fairytale Challenge: #147 ~ Christmas In July
Allsorts Challenge: #374 ~ A Touch Of Sparkle
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes + A Stamp and Ribbon
City Crafter Challenge: #322 ~ Postcard From The World (Postmark on Postcard)

Friday, 29 July 2016

I Love Sugar Nellie ~ Giveaway Winner

Hey there crafty pals. If you visited last month and commented on my Sugar Nellie DT post with the phrase 'I Love Sugar Nellie', I put you in the draw to win a gorgeous rubber stamp drawn by my favourite artist Marina Fedotova for the Sugar Nellie range. The stamp is called Aqua Marina and you can find the digital image of this gorgeous stamp on sale right now at Funky Kits. These images have run out of their license period, so are all on special until the license runs out. Get them while you can. There are three pages of specials on these digital images, so scroll through them all. A lot of them are images drawn by Marina Fedotova, one of my favourite artists. So go take a look. Once the license runs out, they're gone!

I promised to draw a winner for this gorgeous Sugar Nellie Rubber Stamp by the next Sugar Nellie challenge. Our latest challenge started yesterday, so I have drawn the winner this morning. I used, because I couldn't possibly choose between you my lovely crafty pals. So the winner is...

Congratulations Fiki!!

Please send me your address details hunny to this email nennyjackson(at)gmail(dot)com (swap out the 'at' for the usual @ sign and dot etc, this just stops googlebots spamming me) and I'll pop that sweet rubber stamp in the post to you on Monday. Allow a few extra days since it's coming to you via international post.

Thank you to all who entered this giveaway and watch this space, as I have another very lovely giveaway happening very soon! Have an awesome day. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Sugar Nellie Challenge ~ #139

Hello my lovely blogging pals. It's time for a new challenge over on the Sugar Nellie challenge blog. I hope you've all caught up with our shift to our new challenge 'home' on the Sugar Nellie blog. We no longer have a separate site for the challenge, but you just need to click the icon on the right hand side of the Sugar Nellie blog to find your way quickly to our challenge post. Drink in some fantastic inspiration from the 'beyond talented' Sugar Nellie Design Team while you're there. But right now, come and check out what I and the rest of the Sugar Nellie Challenge Design Team have been up to. 

The gorgeous image I've used for this challenge is called Elf Made Magic and is one of the retiring digis Funky Kits is currently offering on special. These are disappearing soon, forever. So be in quick and don't miss out on these enchanting images. There are loads that are perfect for Christmas too. So pop on over to the Funky Kits store to see what gorgeous images Karen is retiring very soon. There are three pages, so be sure to scroll through them all. 

I've coloured this sweet Christmas fairy in traditional Christmas colours using my Promarkers. I've liberally sprinkled Glitter Magic on her wings and Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels on the fluffy bits of her costume and the snow. I've also used Wink of Stella on the bells and star and several other little areas of her clothing. So in reality she's pretty sparkly. Shame it's so hard to capture the true sparkle on film. But you do see a bit of sparkle above.

I created a Pyramid or Teepee Fold card for my base. I have actually glued this on all three sides as I've no intention of collapsing it, but for posting, you can use little magnets or velcro dots and leave one side unsecured, so that it opens out to write your message inside. I'm going to have this wee set as part of my Christmas decorations this year, so didn't need it to be flat for any reason. I made a smaller one with a Christmas sentiment, so the two will stand together. I think with their 'tree like' appearance, it's a really cute idea for Christmas cards and this retiring image was such a perfect fit for this make. I'll be making more of these for sure, it was so easy! Just google Pyramid or Teepee Fold for tutorials and ideas.

The larger Teepee Fold card I made using 3 different coordinating designer papers and a smaller version which I added a Christmas sentiment to. The sentiment die was a free magazine cover gift. Come on over to the Sugar Nellie Challenge and join in the fun with your own Sugar Nellie creation and do head over to Funky Kits too and check out those retiring stamps. They'll be gone very soon and won't be back again as the license has expired. They're on offer at a steal of a price too! I'll be back again with another crafty adventure, in the meantime, check out what my talented teamies did with some of their favourite Sugar Nellie images. See you soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Mod Squad: Christmas In July
Little Red Wagon: #352 ~ Christmas In July
I Love Promarkers: #314 ~ Christmas In July
Fairytale Challenge: #147 ~ Christmas In July
The Ribbon Girl: July ~ Any Image Challenge
Passion For Promarkers: #356 ~ Christmas In July
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #82 ~ Christmas In July
Allsorts Challenge: #373 ~ Anything But A Card (Christmas Decoration)
4 Crafty Chicks: #309 ~ Favourite Company/Stamp/Designer. This is easy for me. I'm a HUGE Sugar Nellie fan. I have been for years, and so imagine my joy and elation when I was asked to join the Design Team! I LOVE Sugar Nellie images. Funky Kits is of course the 'home' of Sugar Nellie, so they are my favourite store for all things Sugar Nellie. (Marina Fedotova is my favourite artist and she is responsible for a lot of the enchanting Sugar Nellie fairies, including this one I've used on my Christmas project.) But I love all the Sugar Nellie designs. Karen has a great eye for enchanting, sweet images that are greatly loved by many in the crafting community.

Update: I made the Top 3 at the Mod Squad Challenge. Thank you so much ladies! Such a treat to see my wee card up in the Top 3 xoxo

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