Monday, 15 January 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge ~ Sweet Autumn Happiness

Hey there my lovelies. It's my 24th Wedding Anniversary today and my in-laws have arrived to spend the week with us. It's been a super hot day, so we've been camped out in front of the fan. But we've had a lovely evening chatting and catching up. I shared the card I created for my hubby with you last Wednesday, but of course saved it to give to him today. We have a new challenge starting at Whimsy Stamps today, so I want to share a new card with you, that I created last week. I had fun with a very gorgeous Whimsy Stamp called Autumn Happiness. This lil' guy is utterly delish. The sweetness in his face, there's no way this wee cutie blows fire! I just love the way he's watching the leaves fall and don't ask me why I'm doing an Autumn card in the middle of my Summer! But he was just too sweet to resist! LOL.

I've used the most delish papers today too. They're digital papers from a gorgeous set called Autumn Papers 2 designed by Tracy Wray for Whimsy Stamps. I just love the Autumnal tones in this set. They work perfectly with the colours I chose for my wee Autumn Dragon. As usual, I coloured first and then thought about papers. So imagine my joy when Tracy's gorgeous Autumn papers were utterly perfect for the job!

I coloured the wee dragon with my Promarkers in a range of Autumn shades. I just love that rich deep purple of his body. My kind of purple! I was a little tired, so don't look too closely at the lines! Back to colouring school for me! Hehe. I've kept the card simple, no sentiment as yet, as I don't know exactly what occasion I'll use it for. But I rather like it without one, so I think I'll add it to the inside as I often do.

You can find the gorgeous Whimsy Stamps goodies that I've used to create this card instore. I'll soon be adding links direct to each product in the store through a new affiliate programme they've just launched. If you love Whimsy products like me, check it out! Head on over to the new challenge and see what my talented team mates have been up to. So much gorgeousness to inspire you there! We'd love to see your Whimsy Stamps creations too, so do join in the challenge! I'll be back again soon with a new crafty adventure. Big hugs and happy crafting until then.

Challenge Entries
Colour Crazy Challenge: #2 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #358 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #172 ~ Something New (new digital paper, I LOVE it!)
Creative Inspirations: January ~ Something New (new digital paper, I LOVE it!)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sweet Stampin' ~ Lots of Layers

Hey there lovelies. How's your year coming along? Mine is already flying past as fast as last year did. Do they hit the fast forward button once you reach a certain age?! We're in the middle of Summer break here in New Zealand, so I'm sneaking in while the kids are occupied to share my Sweet Stampin' DT creation with you. I made this a wee bit ago, when one of my darling Playcentre pals had her third baby. Her boys are super cute and this was made to celebrate the birth of her third lil' man. I love the bright primary colours in this paper pad and thought it was really fun with its sweet message 'please excuse the mess, kids are making memories'. This is such a 'Playcentre' ethos, I thought it was perfect!

I made a top folding large rectangular card. It is the size of a full A5 sheet of paper. I've used a large heart die for the main background cut from a Go Kreate XXL heart die. All the papers have been edged in Tea Dye Distress Ink. The main background pale blue paper I free cute a fish tail for a bit of interest. I layered up a scallop cut square, then the heart, popped up the main image on foam for dimension and then added the bunting and 'photo' strips behind the image, finishing finally with a little tag sentiment. Can you guess the theme of our challenge this week yet?! Yep, it's layers and this card has plenty!

The image is of course a gorgeous Lili of the Valley baby. It's a rubber stamp that I think has now been retired, but there are loads of gorgeous babies in their digital files along with their rubber stamps. Fingers crossed they may bring back this image as a digi stamp. I think he's super cute on his wee rubber ducky toy. I coloured this quite a while ago with my Promarkers and it sat unused until the 'right' moment. I often do that, colour just for fun, and 'bank' them for a later make. I've quite a selection sitting waiting to be made into cards.


Here's a closer peek at that wee sentiment and the cute truck I diecut to fit on the other side of that 'photo strip'. The truck is a memory box die. I think the papers are from My Mind's Eye, but I'll have to fish out the exact paper pad when I'm back. I can't recall right now. But I so loved their bright fresh primary colours. Just so full of life and little man mischief!

I added sweet little wooden hearts to the bunting for a bit of texture and interest and the the wee bunting flags were glued to a thin red satin ribbon before attaching to the card.

Final touch was a little tag with greeting for the happy parents. I added a satin trimmed organza ribbon and the little hearts on the tag were punched out before I added the white sentiment. So there you have it, a 'lots of layers' card for this weeks Sweet Stampin' challenge. I hope you'll come and join the fun with your own, 'lots of layers' creation. I'd love to see what you're inspired to do!

My in-laws are coming to visit in a couple of days, so I won't be popping by your blogs for a few days. But I look forward to catching up again at the end of the week. It was my mummy's birthday on the 8th and we had such a lovely day of celebrating. So have a peek below at the pics of our fun. Huge hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ You're Still The One

Hey there lovelies, it's time again for my Whimsy Wednesday post and I am going to share with you today, the card I'm tucking away to give to my hubby for our Wedding Anniversary. In a few days time, we will be celebrating 24 years of marriage. That means it's 28 years of loving that guy. Yes, I was a child bride! Hehe. I've been poorly for a couple of weeks now and I'm so happy to have got back in my craftroom to create this. Humming Muddy Waters away to myself now... I've got my mojo working babe...

Check this lil' guy out, is he not the cutest?!! He looks just so super adorable in his wee hat and holding on tight to that heart! I've coloured him with my Copics and I think he's the sweetest. Did you hear Whimsy Stamps are now selling Copic Markers?! Woohoo! This cutie is of course, from our awesome Whimsy Stamps artist Crissy Armstrong. Her penguins are just the sweetest! This image is called Penguin Heart Hugs.

I pulled out one of my favourite Whimsy Stamps dies, the Country Heart die and then added a 24 to show the number of years my hubby and I are celebrating for our Wedding Anniversary this year. It's not showing well, but the numbers are cut from a lovely sparkly self adhesive glitter paper from Tim Holtz.

I added the sweetest element to this card, which is from a fabulous selection of chipboard embellishments created by Make It Crafty in Australia and now being sold by Whimsy Stamps. This 'XOXO' was perfect for my creation this week. I used my Firebrick Flexmarker to colour the base chipboard as it matched perfectly with the card base and then I used pearl white enamel paint to give the top chipboard a slightly softer whiter sheen. I stuck the two bits together with Zig 2-Way Glue Pen and then adhered it to the card with the same glue. Love this stuff, very easy to be very specific with where the glue is applied and it holds well.

I used a large Go Kreate die to create the card shape, then added some distressed edge digital paper from a lovely Whimsy Stamps digital paper set called Love In Red. I used a stitched square die for a bit of interest to cut the paper before distressing the edges. I added a little white picket fence (my homage to our happy lil' white picket fence life), then I finished the corners of the image with a fab Whimsy Stamps Corner die from a retired set and the little heart waste cut from the Country Heart die I added to the bottom right corner. All finished on the outside, it just needed a little something inside! So I've stamped 'You're Still The One' from a lovely clear stamp set from Whimsy Stamps called From The Heart designed by Simonne Clay. It's long retired, but Whimsy Stamps are so timeless, I keep using them years later!

I'll be back again soon with another DT creation and of course our Whimsy Challenge ends in a few days, so time to get creating for the next challenge. Check out our gorgeous 'Instant Download' digital images if you want something fresh and new. Hugs to you all and happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
As You Like It: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #156 ~ Anything Goes
Paper Creator Challenge: #65 ~ Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge: #394 ~ All You Need Is Love
Deep Ocean Challenge: Something New (brand new 'XOXO' chipboard)
Allsorts Challenge: #449 ~ Something New (brand new 'XOXO' chipboard)
Shopping Our Stash: #336 ~ Out With The Old, In With The New (new chippie, old dies)

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Happy

Hey there lovelies, I'm back with my Team Funky DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky and this is our first challenge of the year. So we're excited to kick things off with a fun and joyful challenge. We'd like to see creations that contain the word 'Happy'. So it could be anything really, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday, You Make Me Happy, let your imagination run wild. I've gone for 'Wishing You A Day Wrapped In Happiness'. This is a gorgeous Penny Black sentiment and I go to this sentiment set a lot. I really love it. It's called Sprinkles & Smiles. It has loads of really gorgeous sentiments in this set that would suit this theme perfectly!

I created this card for my sister in law's birthday and I just love that pretty soft cornflower blue and copper combo. The blue background was created with nail polish, you might remember the previous card I showed using this technique. This paper was made at the same time and it's amazing how different the finish is with each dip into the water and polish. Smelly but fun technique!

I've embossed the butterfly in copper, squishing it straight onto the versamark ink pad, then liberally covering it with copper coloured embossing powder and setting it with my heat gun. I really like this technique for personalising and coordinating an embellishment. I've used sweet sticky backed pearls from Flourish With A Bling to create the butterflies body. The teeny gems to show the flight path are little crystal ones from MeiFlower. Sad to see yet another crafty store I loved has closed down.

I used a vellum overlay to add the sentiment, so that the pretty swirls were still visible. I think I was a little heavy handed with the versamark ink, as it was a little thicker than I'd have liked when it stamped and it lost some of its definition. I'll be sure not to swamp the stamp with ink next time when stamping on vellum. I added a tiny wee pearl over the 'i' in happiness for a sweet finishing touch. The layers are popped up on foam for dimension and that's about all there's to say about this one.

Hope you like my 'happy' creation and I so look forward to seeing yours. I'd love to see what you're inspired to create. If you need a little inspiration do head over to the challenge and take a peek at what my awesomely talented DT sistah's have been up to. Our lovely blog mama Judith is our hostess this week and responsible for this sweet theme. I'll be back again really soon, until then, hugs and happy crafting, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
As You Like It: Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #134 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #156 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Winter Blues
Paper Creator Challenge: #65 ~ Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges: #130 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #58 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: 2018 Week 1 ~ Anything Goes

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Day 3 of New Release ~ Wibbly Pig!

Hey there lovelies. It's Digital New Release Week at Whimsy Stamps and there are the CUTEST stamp sets in this release. I showcased a wee bunny on Monday for my first creation. If you missed that, scroll back to the last post. But today I have a darling lil' piggy to share with you from the same Love Me Tender set as the sweet bunny. I just HAD to colour this cutie up when I saw him, for two reasons... because he's just so dang adorable! But also, because it's about to be my mummy and her twin sister's birthday and her twin utterly LOVES piggies! She has the sweetest ceramic collection of these cuties. So what could be more perfect to celebrate her day, than this darling wee piggy.

I wanted to add a little interest to this creation, so I created this card as a 'rocker base' card. Which in itself is super cuteness, but add to that a little 'Action Wobble' and you've got a 'Wibbly Pig'! Hehe, I couldn't resist! It totally made me think of Mick Inkpen's sweet piggy character! I did two shoots for this card, one indoors, which is the softer warm light which shows all the sparkle really well and one outdoors in natural light which shows the colours better, but the sparkle didn't show as well. So here's the wee cutie below, in both lights. You can pop the pics up bigger for a better look by clicking on them. 

Piggy was coloured with my Promarkers, as I've yet to get more pink shades in my Copics. His little sparkly heart was filled in with Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard. This is SO pretty. It's has all the sheen and sparkle of Stickles, but also the lovely dimension of Glossy Accents. I am loving using this new liquid glitter option. The pretty 'LOVE' paper I've used is from the new Whimsy Stamps Amour Paper from this latest release. 

My mummy and her twinnie are going to 75 this birthday, so to celebrate that, I added a '75' in silver glitter to the card. This was cut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology self adhesive glitter paper. I find this very thin and tricky to work with, but it was perfect for this creation. I ran a line of glitter on two of the mat layers just for a little extra sparkle and bling. This was done with a glue pen and then loose glitter sprinkled over top. It's subtle, but oh so pretty in reality.

I used a really gorgeous Whimsy Stamps scalloped die to create that white frame around the piggy.  I diecut the centre out of the scalloped layer, so that it could act as a frame for the piggy. It's in a fabulous Die Bundle right now, which won't last long, so nab it while you can! It's an amazing deal! Click on the DT logo below to head on over to the Whimsy Store to check out more of this gorgeous new release. There is a serious cuteness overload with this release.

Now I told you that this sweet card is on a rocker base, so you really have to see it rocking right?! The sweet piggy being on an action wobble, means he'll be rockin' and rollin' in celebration of my darling Aunt's birthday! It's a given I have to give you a lil' glimpse of that action. So click on the You Tube image below and enjoy this Wibbly Pig doing his thing.

I'll be back next Wednesday with my usual Whimsy Wednesday inspiration, which happens to be another 'new release' character. So come on back for that! Hugs to you all and I'll see you again very soon.

Challenge Entries
Creatalicious Challenges: #130 ~ Anything Goes

Monday, 1 January 2018

Whimsy New Digital Release ~ Day 1 ~ Bunny My Hunny

Hey there lovelies. Happy New Year! Yep, we've made it, we're officially in 2018. Our New Year was celebrated like a couple of oldies at home cuddled up on the couch, because I've been proper poorly with a chest cold. Not quite the fun we've had in our previous years back home in New Zealand. Summer has turned wet to boot, so I'm feeling less guilty about being stuck indoors. Who gets a cold in Summer?! Bah

I've been coughing so much my ribs and pelvic floor have been getting a good workout! But the upside is of course, that I've had time to craft! So craft I have and who wouldn't want to with this delish new Whimsy Stamps Digital release. I am IN LOVE with this sweet bunny from the new Love Me Tender digital sentiment set. How cute is this lil' darlin'?! I loved it so much, I made it twice! I'm hedging my bets with two new babes due in the next couple of months, that at least one of them will be a girl. I can always make blue versions later if not, hehe. 

I mounted the image with foam onto the gorgeous pink paper for a little dimension. So it sits up from the frame a bit. That beautiful ditsy heart paper I think is utterly perfect for this wee creation. It's from the new 'Seeing Hearts' digital paper collection. I wanted to keep the palette very clean and pure and didn't want to add too much to the sweet CAS design. I printed the wee bunny in a paler greyscale colour, so it had a softer finish and I picked out some soft pinks in my Copics to colour the heart and the wee bunny's cheeks and ears to tone with the papers. These were R81 & R85. I've shaded the bunny and the cloud with varying shades of the cool greys.

I managed to capture that 'camera shy' Wink of Stella on just the right angle tonight, to show the soft sparkle that's on the heart. I just love the simplicity of this creation and the clean white spaces. I can't wait to give these two cute gifts to our 'mummy's to be' at their baby showers in a few weeks time. I think they make a really sweet baby's room wall hanging.

Here's a closer peek at the sweet sentiment. I digitally recoloured it and I added a faint shadow. I want to break into song every time I read it! I utterly LOVE that John Legend song and this is such a beautiful sentiment to use on a new baby make. I'm pretty sure both my sister and sister in law will love this to bits too. I was so pleased when the paper and sentiment matched so perfectly after they were printed!

Click on the logo above to pop directly to the new Whimsy Stamps Digital release. I hope you'll love it as much as I do. It is just so perfect for some special makes I need in the immediate future. But I think there's something there for everyone! Digital is so brilliant, quick, easy and instantly downloadable! Love that. This set comes in both a pre-coloured and line drawing version. So if you need a super quick make, the pre-coloured are brilliant. Enjoy having a looksy at the gorgeous new release and I'll be back Wednesday with my second post for our first 2018 New Release. Hugs to you all and Happy New Year!

Challenge Entries:
Creatalicious Challenges: #130 ~ Anything Goes

Happy New Year from me and my wee family!


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Bringing In The New

Hey there lovelies! I'm here today, to share my last Sweet Stampin' design team post of 2017 with you. We'll be seeing in the New Year with this challenge, so we'd like to see anything 'New'. It could be new stash, new baby, new year, new job, new home, you name it, as long as it's new (and there's stamping of course!) we'd love to see it. I went with 'New Baby'. I've been saving the sweet card I made to celebrate my nephew Luca's birth to share with you. So this is definitely the right occasion for that. Little darling, he's such a smiley, gorgeous, happy boy! My sister is bringing him back to New Zealand from the States for cuddles with us all in the New Year and I can't wait!!

I created a shaker card for his birth card, as he has an older sister, who I knew would have great joy shaking and wobbling this about. I inked the card base in rainbow strips and then splashed with water to create the starburst effect. The paper was really porous, so it sucked up the water, creating those wee starbursts. 

I laid down all the colour, across the two layers, before separating the central star from the main page. Then I added the lovely sentiment, which comes from a 'Some Odd Girl' clear stamp set called Welcome Baby. I think this is such a lovely set and suits so many baby card styles. It's still available in Kristy's store and I notice she has a special on this set right now, so if you love it, get in!

I felt the card was a little plain when I'd finished creating the shaker element. So I added the wee elephant, which to be fair, SO needed some love, because how cute is he?!! I diecut some letters to add Luca's name to the card et voila, I was done. I LOVE this sweet card, it's everything I hoped it would be and I know it was very well received by my lovely sis and her family. She's said I can share a couple of pics of my gorgeous wee nephew, so scroll to the end, if you'd like to see those.

If you're not off on your holibobs, come and join in our last Sweet Stampin' challenge of 2017 and we'll enter the New Year with a bang! Love and hugs to you all and wishes for a spectacular New Year! I couldn't be happier, because I just picked up my darling mummy from the airport today. She's been living in the US these past 3 years helping look after my baby sister's kiddies and we've missed her SO much! She's an amazing Grandma, but with two new babies due here in New Zealand early in the New Year and older Grandies who miss her terribly, it was time she came home. But I know my beautiful sis will miss her like crazy and so will little Luca and his big sis. I'll be back in the New Year and wish you love, luck and laughter as you go into 2018, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:

My beautiful sis with her two precious babies

Proud big sis with her new baby brother

My beautiful mummy with her gorgeous grandson

This little guy just melts me!
He's such a smiley gorgeous boy!!

I hope you enjoyed the pics. Had to have a 'proud Aunty' share. Hugs to you all and Happy New Year! Wends xoxo

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