Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Leaving on a jet plane...

I'm off in the wee hours of the morning to visit my darling Swedish pal and I can't wait!!! So I won't be around for comments or visits. I send you all happy thoughts in my absence, but most especially to those of you in the US right now who are affected by this awful Hurricane. Love and blessings your way! Wends x

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Here's a sneak peak of a card I'll post on my return :)

Thanks for visiting. Catch ya'll again real soon. Hugs, Wends xxx

Monday, 29 October 2012

My Little Blossom

I made this card earlier in the year for my daughters seventh birthday. She's crazy about pooches and would so love one of her own, so when I found this gorgeous Precious Moments stamp, I knew it was the one for her birthday card.

The card is very simple with some beautiful oriental paper from Crafts Too and pretty borders making use of both the border design and the offcut across the top. Hadn't tried this before, but I think the offcut from the lower design is lovely in it's own right, so used it across the top. This border punch is a Martha Stewart one - Floral Lace. I used an old present wrapping ribbon technique from my younger days, which I think suited this card perfectly and am really happy with the look. The lovely satin ribbon is from stash.

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I cut the number seven by hand as I didn't have a large enough number die in my stash. The sweet sentiment came as a giveaway from one of my fav' crafty mags. I don't recall which one sorry. The image has been coloured with my trusty Promarkers and I was really pleased with the colours as they matched so well with the lovely oriental background paper.

I'm entering this card in the 'Passion For Promarkers' challenge 172 - Pets. A perfect image for this challenge. Hope they'll like it!

Thanks for looking today. Hope to see you again soon and if you like what you saw, leave me a comment, so I know you were here. I love to be able to visit you too!

Hugs, Wends xxx

Christmas is Coming

Here's another quick post with a sweet simple card I made using a lovely Lili of the Valley diecut. I collected quite a number of these before gaining confidence with my Promarkers and they're still fabulous for a quick make! I've added glitter to the stamp details and a simple sentiment which I had knocking around in my stash which I matted on a spellbinders scalloped circle.


There's not so much to say about this card, no flashy paper or fabulous embellishments, just the sweet diecut bears. So that's it from me for now. Catch ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends x

I'm entering this card in the Pink Gem Designs Challenge 58: Polka Dots/Spots.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Kirsty Sue's Shoes

I have a sister who has always loved shoes, so much so, that she launched her own, very successful shoe business a few years ago, before her babies came along. So when I found this image on the Just Inklined site, I knew straight away who I'd want to make this card for. What a yummy shoe! I added a fun feather feature that I had floating around my stash, but underneath that is a really beautiful feather detail on the shoe, so go check out the stamp on the Just Inklined website. It's a real bargain at only £1!

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I found this fabulous sentiment rummaging through the bargain boxes in the last Ally Pally Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show. What a fabulous place to taste the delights of crafting! I'm so lucky to live in North London, so have attended every show these past few years. Love it! But I'll be back in New Zealand when the next one comes around, so I went a little mad last time and bought up large! 

The beautiful buckle is a Memory Box die which I glittered for a little extra bling, the pearls are from MeiFlower and the border punch is a Martha Stewart one - doily lace. The background paper I'll have to look up and update in a day or so or I'll never get this live!

Big hugs from me to you all, thanks for looking today and come visit again soon xxx

Friday, 26 October 2012

Oriental Delight

I LOVED this stamp when I found it. Such a sweet, simple and yet lovely image. Great for getting my early colouring mojo on! I coloured up this cutie in the very early days of my experiencing and experimenting with Promarkers, and it was a simple enough design to be quite forgiving. Her name is 'Kishi' and you can find her over at 'Digi Stamp Boutique'. 

The paper is from the lovely stash I won in one of Bev Rochester's generous blog candies. I was so chuffed when I won and couldn't wait to get started using the lovely papers. This K&Co paper from the 'Sweet Nectar' paper stack is so delish, not a lot of embellishing is necessary. I threw a few lovely Wild Orchid Craft flowers on my card and added some pretty lace and hey presto, fini! :)



Thanks for looking today. I hope you like my little Oriental Delight and hope you'll pop back to visit again soon. I have popped her into the latest DigiStamp Boutique customer challenge. Hope they like her!  Big hugs, Wends xxx

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Awesome Bearly Mine Candy...

I've already posted today, but just had to come back for a little shout out for this amazing opportunity to win some rather delicious candy. It's quite an exceptional bundle and if you are based in the UK, there's also the opportunity to win one of the brand spanking new Epson Expression Premium XP-605 printers. It looks amazing, check it out, no seriously... check it out! Go visit Donna's blog for all the dete's. Hugs, Wends :)






My Special Lil' Pal

I have a card for you today which I made for a very special little person in my life. I nursed her for many years when I first arrived in the country and her family still remain in contact with me. So in celebration of her recent birthday, I whipped up this lil' card.

The image is a lovely 'freebie' from the talented Dutch artist Angelique Kramer and could not be more perfect for this wee blossom. I have used colours she used to wear a lot when she was younger for the background papers and chose Promarkers in the same colour-way to colour the image.

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The pretty yellow papers are from a paper pack that was given away with one of my favourite craft magazines. I think it was from a 'Pink Petticoat' range. The lovely red base card is a square one from the 'Anita's Cards' collection. I love the Whimsy die I've used for the foliage on the right hand side. I probably use it way too much! But it's perfect for this make with it's little hearts. The lovely gardenia flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts and the organza and satin ribbon is from stash. I saved it from a chocolate box gift a couple of Christmas's ago, knowing I'd find a use for it sometime!

I hope you enjoy the card. Have a fab' day and stop by again soon! Hugs, Wends xxx

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Lucky Me - Woohoo

I had such a lovely surprise yesterday! I found I had won two of Krista Smiths fabulous Saturated Canary images from the lovely Jane of the Cupboard Under the Stairs (don't you just love that blog name?!!) for joining in the combined blog-hop with 'Action Wobbles' and 'Saturated Canary'.

I was so chuffed as there were a number of Krista's images I've had my eye on lately! So Woohoo (dancing a little jig right now) and in my best Lola Sunner voice (from kids program 'Charlie & Lola, my kiddies favourite!) ... "lucky me, lucky me, lucky lucky me!" 

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Another thing I feel very lucky about right now... 

We are finally going home, after 13 years in London! It's fair to say London will always have a big place in our hearts, but there really is 'no place like home' and I just can't wait now to take my British babies home!

I was looking through some photos of our last visit home and came across this one, which made me smile all over! It's the park bench outside my big sisters apartment building in St Heliers, Auckland, which overlooks the bay. You can't get much better than that for a view from a park bench! I look forward to being home, coffee in hand, sis at my side and having a good chin-wag sitting on that bench. :) :)

I've gone a little mad in the lead up to heading home - stocking up on paper craft bits and pieces. It's all so expensive in New Zealand and we have a whole house full of stuff to ship so I figure what's a little extra crafty stash - right?!!

Do you have any favourite bits of kit? Favourite stamps, Dies, Papers, that you'd recommend I get before the big move? I'd love to hear what your fav's are, so do leave me a comment when you visit.

Thanks for looking today and I'll have a card ready for the next update.
Big hugs, Wends xxx

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Beach Boy

I made this card for one of my brothers-in-law. Not hard to figure a theme for him, he's your quintessential surfer dude! But he's not getting to the waves as much this past year, so I wanted to remind him of what makes his heart sing through his birthday card. It went down a treat too, so I was well chuffed!

I found this fun surfer dude on the Pollycraft website before it closed, but I believe you can still buy most of the Pollycraft images via Little Miss Muffet. I coloured the lil' dude with my trusty Promarkers (of course). I thought I'd ink the edges with a swirly stamp to mimic the waves, but let's just say, I muffed that one! I didn't have time to redo the image, so just squint a little and it doesn't look so bad!! LOL.

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I loved the papers, with the old surfers van, it was the perfect base for this card and I really didn't want to cover it too much as it's just so fun, but being ever so slightly addicted to Memory Box dies of late, I just HAD to use my new turtle dies. I've never seen turtles in New Zealand waters, but there are five different species that live in New Zealand waters apparently! Here's a close up look at the lovely turtles.

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I used a Memory Box Tropical Leaf die under the turtle on the left and the turtles were finished with some Glossy Accents to get that lovely shine on their shells. The sentiment stamp, was one I found in a big rummage through a grey rubber bargain bin at the last Ally Pally craft fair. It's such a fabulous place to find heartfelt, fun and quirky sentiments. I must confess I did go a little giddy last time, I must have snapped up a quarter of the box! I won't ever be short of a sentiment now!! I finished the card with a little twine and a lovely starfish charm from stash.

Thanks for popping in today. I hope you've had fun looking around my blog and maybe even checked out some of my older posts. Feel free to have a look around. If you like what you see, be sure to say hi, so I can pop in and visit you in return. Hugs, Wends xxx
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