Thursday, 19 December 2013

Happy Hanukkah!

Well, I didn't expect to be back so soon, but all my jobs sorting out the transfer of power and phone, insurances etc to the new property were so much quicker than I expected! This used to take such a long time in the UK, and things always went awry! But here in NZ (much smaller population) things seem to tick along like clockwork, so as long as I haven't jinxed anything with those comments, looks like we're all good to go! Which means, I've got a few minutes up my sleeve to blog another card, yippee!

This one I made for my lovely Jewish pal back in the UK who has just been celebrating Hanukkah with her little girls. We had the distinct pleasure before leaving the UK of sharing one of their Hanukkah celebrations with them, which was such a special time for us all, so I wanted to send them a Hanukkah card this year in remembrance of that.

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This lil' cutie is drawn by the fabulously talented Mo Manning and she's called Bekka with Challah. For those who know the traditions related to Shabbat, you'll know how appropriate this image is. I was really pleased when I went hunting for designer paper to complement the way I'd coloured the image, to find the perfect match in a lovely stack of Forever Friends Kraft Notes paper pack. 

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I've coloured the image with a mix of my Promarkers and Flexmarkers and for a change haven't used anything else! No glitter glue or glossy accents to be seen anywhere! I have kept the card design incredibly basic, it's pretty much as CAS as it gets! Which is more a testament to how much time I've had to complete my Christmas cards than a design choice. But in this case, I think it works fine, which is primarily down to how fabulous Mo Manning's images are! Very little embellishment is needed with these gorgeous detailed images. On that note, I'm off after one final 'arty' shot of the card. Loads to prepare for our cleaning blitz on the new house tomorrow, so best get organised. 

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Thanks for stopping in on my lil' blog today. I hope you liked seeing my CAS Hanukkah card and I wish you all Happy Holidays, whatever you are celebrating. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Anything Goes
Crafts & Me: #143 ~ Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss: #214 ~ Special Christmas
Cute Card Thursday: #300 ~ Celebrations
Crafty Catz Challenge: #211 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #109 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #37 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #253 ~ Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox: #59 ~ Christmas or Hanukkah
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog: #83 ~ Holiday Blitz - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Christmas Rush

Where does time go I ask ya? My last post was December 2nd, and now all of a sudden it's the 18th! I have had my head down, creating and writing Christmas cards like crazy. There's no hope for most of them to make it overseas in time for Christmas, but at least I tried. I was so determined to make all the cards myself, so I have been a production line of CAS Christmas cards. Gone are my ideas for fancier designs, I just haven't had time! Coupled with my determination to make my own Christmas cards (which I clearly left far too late!) there are also a lot of birthdays in our family in December! So I've been madly making cards for as many of those as possible too. But today, I thought I'd share one of my Christmas makes, as before long, we'll all be tired of seeing those!

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This sweet image is from the latest digital release from the Sugar Nellie range at Funky Kits. All the fairies in this latest 'Return to Winter Wonderland' release are utterly adorable and this one titled 'More Hands Make Light Work', is no exception. They're available for instant download, so you can get colouring straight away! My kind of wonderful! :)

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I've coloured the image with my Promarkers and Flexmarkers and sprinkled a little Stickles glitter glue around here and there for good measure. Don't you just love the lil' Squirrel? I miss seeing them running along our balcony ledge in our London apartment. They really are such gorgeous little creatures. It's decidely weird that Christmas is days away and the sun is shining (we're thoroughly overheating at the moment!) and the days are long and light! Summer Christmas was always strange even when I was growing up and knew no different. All our cards and celebrations are based on the traditional British Winter Christmas! So coming back after 13 years in the UK and loving the Winter Christmas, this Summer one is taking some getting used to!!!

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I really have been in mass production mode with my Christmas cards, so this was made in great haste with a minimum of fuss, which means not too much bling! Just a fabulous Panduro Hobby paper, which I used as the inspiration for colouring my image and the sweet paper flowers, which were knocking around my stash, one of which was glittered already so just needed a little bling in the centre and they were done. The sentiment has been in my stash for literally years, so it was nice to find a home for that. I thought the colours worked quite well. I inked the edges of the image and sentiment with some new ink I bought recently from a company called 'Close to My Heart' in a shade called 'Ruby'.

I'm not going to say much more, as I still am finishing up Christmas cards. How many of you are still putting together your last makes? Many to go? Or am I the only 'fly by the seat of my pants' crafter in these parts?!!

Have fun lovelies creating your fabulous Christmas celebrations, I may have time to post another card before Christmas, once all my post is sent off! But as we are actually shifting house over Christmas, that may just be a wistful dream! On that note, as I may not get another chance to say...

Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night xxx

Challenge Entries: 
Inky Chicks: #19 ~ Christmas
The Sugar Bowl: #111 ~ Fairies
Totally Gorjuss: #214 ~ Special Christmas
Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog: #148 ~ Glitter
Sister Act Card Challenge: #37 ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Last Christmas Card of the Year
The Squirrel & The Fox: #59 ~ Christmas or Hanukkah
Passion For Promarkers: #228 ~ Mega Christmas Challenge - Include a Sentiment
As You Like It Challenge: #17 ~ Favourite Christmas Stamp & Why (I LOVE the Sugar Nellie fairies and this new release has some enchanting characters. This one with her lil' Squirrel is my favourite!)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Christmas Fun

I've been having fun yesterday and today with my kiddos, getting little corners set up with our Christmas treasures. So I thought I'd share a couple of photos with you. I'm still to find all the nativity pieces, so that will have to follow later. But I did find the box with my gorgeous Swedish Tomtens, so they have found their little corner and I've set up my gorgeous German snowy village which was a gift from my darling Welsh pals daddy. Love both these little corners in our lounge right now and the tree is glowing beautifully with all the decorations my kiddos put up. They basically trimmed the whole tree between the two of them! First year that has happened. So was a very sweet thing to behold. I haven't found all our Christmas boxes yet, so we're missing our fairy, but at least we had everything else to trim the tree. 

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The Tomten's with a portrait of my daughter by my talented photographer sister Jani Shepherd.

I love these Swedish decorations. It's fair to say I have a slight obsession with them, which my Swedish best mate can vouch for! I had us hunting all over Malmö for these treasures to bring home! I think I could still do with a few more, LOL.

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I had to add the 'postcard' frame to this, as it really did look like it belonged on a postcard!

This gift is so special and such a treasure for us to look forward to using every Christmas. The story behind it and the memories it represents for us, will stay with us forever.

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These two little cuties were bought in Denmark when my Georgie was little and we had been visiting our Scandinavian best mates in Sweden. They have a boy only a couple of weeks older than Georgie. So when I hang these two, it reminds me of that time and those special people in our lives.

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My lovely Robin - a gift from a special pal I miss so much.

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A special gift from my darling Swedish pal.

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My little guy, his first year properly helping to trim the tree.

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My daughter enjoying the tree trimming.

It was such a fun and rather surreal moment, when I asked the kiddos if they would like to trim the tree and they both disappeared for a few minutes, arriving back in their dress-up Santa costumes! So sweet and totally their idea! I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well too and you're enjoying the season. I'll be back soon with some cards. But couldn't resist sharing our Christmas adventures today. Hugs, Wends x

Monday, 2 December 2013

Sweet Christmas Wishes

I have a Christmas card to share with you which I made using a fabulous Saturated Canary image. This is from the Little Darlings rubber stamp range and the image is called Candy Canes. I've seen this image coloured up several time in red and I do really love it, but I wanted to go for a soft palette, so I've gone for soft pinks and browns. The candy stripe got lost a little when I added the glossy accents over top for dimension and shine, which is a shame, as it was a nice contrast before this. But I think you still get it's white and pink stripe (right?).

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I took the above shot in full sun and it has bleached out some of the detail in the image, so have included an 'indoor' shot of the card below for comparison. You can see the gorgeous papers better in the shot below. The lovely pink spot paper is from an old My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad called Happy Day. The lovely brown stripe paper is Maja Design, from their 'It's Christmas Time' 6x6 paper pad. I love these papers, so quintessentially Swedish! My absolute fav's! Who better to buy them from than the lovely Swede who runs Live and Love Crafts? If you haven't found this fab store yet, follow the above link. Sandy will take great care of you and all your shabby chic crafting needs! :)


The divine border die you see a hint of at each side of the image is a lovely one from Joy Crafts that I purchased a while back from Cuddly Buddly. Their price was really competitive and bonus - they post to New Zealand! So I was so happy to be able to get this gorgeous die as I've seen it on so many of my fav' crafter's makes recently and I wasn't disappointed! Cut into the gorgeous bronze sheen paper I used to mat the image and papers, I was really pleased with this die. In certain lights, you can really see the sheen on the paper too, it's really sparkly and pretty. The image below shows better the pretty sheen of this lovely bronze paper.

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The pretty pink satin ribbon I used was from the lovely Hobby House treats I won from Hazel France a while back. It really is such a pretty ribbon and has a darker tone on the back which you see a hint of in the ribbon loops above. The gorgeous lace I bought a long while back and I can't recall where from, but it's a really pretty guipure lace and similar ones can be found at Wild Orchid Crafts.

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I created my swirls of snow around the image using a lovely Christmas tree stamp from Lili of the Valley. The postmark was from their Grunge Christmas Postmarks set. I added a little stickles here and there for sparkle, but essentially that is pretty much the recipe! All the paper edges were distressed using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I love working with these ink pads, they really are fab for distressing papers.

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Thanks for popping in on my lil' blog today. If you happened to pop in before I finished this post (I hit the publish button instead of save! Aaargh!!) I hope you get to see the finished version. I hope your Christmas card making is going faster than mine! Snatching moments here and there, but I can see I'm going to have to fall back on some of the gorgeous Lili of the Valley pre-coloured images for some quick makes. Have an awesome day. See you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: Christmas Cheer
I Love Promarkers: #196 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: All Things Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge: #297 ~ Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss Challenge: #212 ~ Snows The Way To Go
Southern Girls Challenge Blog: Embrace Your Lumps & Bumps
A Creative Romance: Vintage Style (I tried girls, but this is about as Vintage as I get!)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Ballerina Girl

Today's card is one I made for my lovely niece right before she was due to sit her ballet exams. She's doing so well with her ballet at the moment and I wanted to make her a 'good luck' card to wish her well for the exams. So I hunted high and low for an image that fit the idea I had in my head. Nothing I came across was quite right, until I found this lovely image from Jade Dragonne through DeviantArt. Her art is amazing and she very generously allows it to be used for personal projects.

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The background paper is a lovely digital paper from The Coffee Shop Blog. They have a few very lovely digital papers they offer for free. I thought this paper was a perfect fit for the image. I kept the embellies to a minimum as I didn't want to cover the pretty dancing girls in the paper, so just a Whimsy die-cut corner some adhesive pink lace and a fabric bloom compiled of several petals of varying sizes and finished with a simple brad to tie them together. I added three pink heart pins and some lovely pearl sprays to finish the bloom.

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Jade's ballerina is so beautifully drawn and such a perfect image for my lovely niece's card. In this close-up you can see the FlowerSoft I used on the swan head piece and the floating feathers. I mounted the pretty image onto a Spellbinders Floral Oval mat in candy pink, which I think was just the right finish for the image. The final touch to the card was a lovely 'Lili of the Valley' sentiment stamp from their Inspirational Sentiments set and some flat backed pearls from MeiFlower. Finally I inked all the edges with Angel Pink Memento ink.



Thanks for popping in today. I hope you like what you've seen. Pop in again soon as I'll have more cards to post in the next few days. But today has been all about trimming the Christmas tree here in our house. December 1st, that's our family tradition and this year, there was a tiny elf who helped (properly) for the first time. So I leave you with a couple of pics from that adventure. Hope you're having a lovely weekend. Hugs, Wends x




Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #196 ~ Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #148 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursdays: #297 ~ Anything Goes
Songbird Challenges: #28 ~ Die Another Day
Challenges 4 Everybody: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges: #114 ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #226 ~ In The Family (ballet exam card for my niece)


Saturday, 30 November 2013

Christmas with Mo

Hey folks, I have a Christmas card to share with you today, which features a gorgeous Mo Manning image. Two in fact, that I've merged to appear on the same page. That makes it sound way fancier and computer savvier than I actually am. Truth is I have NO IDEA how to merge two images together, so actually, I just printed them side by side on a word document page. So low-tech it's embarrassing! Which means they're a little further apart than I'd have liked, but I made it work, and with the sentiment stamped straight on the page I think it kinda works. I filled the 'white space' with lots of snowflakes, so it didn't seem so sparse.



I just love Mo Manning's images, they're always so enchanting and all so different. If you've not discovered this talented artists work, go check out her site, she's amazing. Here's a close-up of her lovely Christmas Fairy Holly. I just love the snowglobe she's holding. The detail in that little globe is fab. I added some glitter to the trees and church roof before covering it in Glossy Accents to create the glassy effect. I also used Glossy Accents on the berries in her hair and on the bells at her waist. I love this image, so sweet and wistful. The lovely snowflakes are from a Panduro snowflake stamp set, which I just added a hint of glitter to each centre.

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I really love this lamp post image of Mo Manning. There's just something old-world and charming about it. I wanted to keep the colour palette very silvery, to hint at a twilight hour, without having to colour the background black, so I've used lots of my Promarker greys in this image. It's not really visible here, but I did lots of shading on the lamp post and was really pleased with the effect. It's very subtle in the picture, but it's there. I added a little glow around the lamp light and Glossy Accents to the candle guard. I graded the colour of the flame, which came out quite well. You can see in this picture the lovely three colour bakers twine I've used to add the bells too - white, green and gold. The sweet bells are from a Molly Blooms pack I had in my stash and came in varying sizes, so I chose three different sizes to tie up here.

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The border die was a sweet gift along with some other bits and pieces the lovely Tracy from 'Dies to Die For' popped in with a recent order of mine. It was a good colour match for my fairy's wings, so I added it last minute after realising there just wasn't enough going on with only the plain white chiffon ribbon behind the image. So I trimmed a tiny bit off the ends of the die, and snuck them under the edge of the already glued down image. I started with only a strip on the underside of the ribbon, but it really needed top and bottom as there was so little of it showing to bring balance and colour. I'm pretty pleased with that sneaky fix. Just a hint of colour, but I think it really works.

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The card I used is a really pretty shimmery cardstock in gunmetal grey that I picked up from a local arts supplies store here in Auckland. It really shimmers in the light and was the perfect backdrop for my very grey palette image. There's not much else to say about this card, so I'll leave it there and wish you a happy day. Thanks for stopping in on my lil' blog, I hope you stay and have a look around. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Use Some Red
I Love Promarkers: #196 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #297 ~ Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #148 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: All Things Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Countdown to the Holidays
Crafty Little Fairies: Classic Christmas - Red, Green & Gold (gold accents in bakers twine, lamp and shoe)

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Baby Sis

It's was my baby sister's birthday recently. She's the youngest of us seven kiddos, so she's always been loved and spoilt to bits by her six older siblings. She is this petite, Scandinavian-blonde haired beauty and when I saw this fabulous Elisabeth Bell stamp I just knew that was the one I had to colour up for her birthday. It's so HER! The stamp is called 'Willow with coffee to go'.

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The lovely background paper is one called 'Blossoms' from the MME 'Pretty Please' Spring Papers. These papers have been sitting in my craft stash for ages, so it was lovely to get them out for a play and the colours were perfect for this make. All the papers have been edged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and I used a 'stitch' stamp from Lili of the Valley to create the faux stitched border on the image.

The sheer silver ribbon and pink grosgrain ribbon were from a lovely pack of ribbons I won recently from the Crafty Catz Challenge. The sweet heart feature corner was a gift a long time back from the girls at Dreamees. They sent me a whole bag of white ones in different sizes, so I coloured this one up with my Cerise Promarker to match the papers and image. I've gone for a monochromatic pink theme with the image colouring, which is so my sis! I used a touch of Glossy Accents on her sunny's and Viva Pearl pen on the bracelet. Her handbag and the heal of her shoe I've touched up with some Glam Pink Stickles for a little sparkle and bling. The pink flat-back pearls are from MeiFlower and the sentiment is from Tina Wenke for Stampavie.

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I had to post it to the US and postal rates here in New Zealand are a bit different to the UK. They're very restrictive for letters and have to meet a very strict width and depth or you have to pay parcel rates, which gets ridiculous! So I used a 'flat' bloom, which would fit inside the letter rate depth. I ended up sending the card with her present however, so it wouldn't have mattered to have gone a bit more 3D with my blooms after all. But I am happy with the finish and think the fabric bloom made up of a few different sizes of fabric petals, a paper bloom, a plastic centre bloom and a glittered brad, actually came up quite nicely and really worked with the pretty paper. I used a spray of pearls to finish the flower, which I bought some time back from the craft section at John Lewis in London.

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All that remains is to show you the utterly gorgeous pressie we found for my baby sis from a wonderful Scottish artist. Such a beautiful translation of her watercolour paintings onto fabric for these limited edition pillows. It has all the perfect colours for my baby sis, who loves the brighter tones and lots of pink! Bluebell Gray is a perfect fit for her.

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Thanks for your visit today. I hope you enjoyed yourself. I'll be back with more crafty makes in the next day or so, so do pop in again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Gem of a Challenge: #107 ~ Sparkles
Diva's By Design: November ~ Make it Pretty
Challenges 4 Everybody: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Hands Challenge Blog: #3 ~ Sparkle & Bling
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: #234 ~ Bring On The Bling
Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog: #69 ~ Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog: #87 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge Blog: #1 ~ Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze Challenge Blog: Use Your Craft Stash
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge: November/December ~ Monochromatic
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #65 ~ Favourite Colour Combo (Pink with Pink!)
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog: #47 Anything Goes (Create Your Own Challenge)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Saucy Christmas Wish

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My post today is a card I made for my hubby for Christmas. I can only wish to have these curves! But thought he'd enjoy this card (perhaps a little too much!) LOL. It's incredibly CAS. I'm big into recycling (my husband would say I'm a hoarder!) so I used an old Vistaprint junk-mail flyer as the background, which was from our last Christmas in the UK and I added a mirror effect snowflake. There was already more than enough Christmassy flavour in the flyer, so I didn't add much else, just a decorative Christmas sentiment from Teresa Collins.

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The gem of this piece is of course Kenny Kiernan's fantastic image, which I've coloured up with my Promarkers and added some white flowersoft to give the effect of fur. I was chuffed with how quickly it came together and how CAS it really is. Here's a close up of Kenny K's lovely image. She really is quite a looker. Kenny has a talent for drawing women in a very provocative and saucy way. They're always so beautiful too. You can check out the rest of the range here.

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I mounted the image on red card and rounded the corners of the image and the backing card, then placed it directly over the Vistaprint advertisement's words, et voila! Finally the 'arty shot'. Taken with the card standing up. Not the most flattering shot of the image, as she now looks shorter and wider, but then, that's a little more inline with my hubby's wife! Hehehe.

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Thanks for popping in on my lil' blog today, it's always awesome to have you visit. Hope you liked this simple Christmas make and there'll be more soon, so come on back.
Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
CAS on Sunday: #22 ~ A Winter Theme
Stampin' For The Weekend: Feeling Festive
Time 4 Scrap: #25 ~ All I Want For Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky: Birthday Post ~ Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: #160 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: #70 ~ Clean & Simple
Crafty Calendar Challenge: All Things Christmas
Crafty Creations Challenges: #249 ~ Ready for the Holidays - Thanksgiving or Christmas
CAS Colours & Sketches: #52 ~ Colours - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive  & Crumb Cake (hair)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Sugary Sweetness...

My make today uses a gorgeous stamp from Funky Kits. It's yet another utterly adorable Sugar Nellie stamp. I do so love them. I've had it a while, but it's my first chance to ink it up and boy do I think these lil' dudes are cute! The giraffe especially, as it reminds me so much of the matching giraffe's my daughter Georgie and her lil' Swedish pal Malte had as babies. They were so cute and the giraffe's were pretty darn cute too! :)


I found some papers that worked well together from completely random sources, so I was pretty pleased with that. The background paper with the sweet baby sentiments on it is from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl set. The sentiment strip, was actually cut from the stripy paper behind the image, but I disguised the 'missing bits' by putting it on an angle behind the picture. So sneaky I know, but I really wanted to use both bits! The coloured paper mats behind the feature papers, started off white. I used the chisel nib end of my canary yellow Promarker and coloured up the white paper to match the lovely Papermania textured cardstock mat I used for the image.


There was more than enough going on with all the patterned paper, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum, just a little butterfly cut from whitewashed cardstock which I added a few sparkly gems to and simple pale green flat-backed pearls from MeiFlower to each corner to finish the card. The card base is actually a really beautiful pearl finish 8x8 card which I bought from Anna Maria Designs at one of the Ally Pally Craft fairs last year. Love these cards so much, they're so elegant, so I left a nice wide border to show off the sheen of the card. It's a shame it doesn't really show up in the photos. A little Stickles to glitter up the pink balloon and the 'bling' was done.


Have you noticed in my last few posts my new watermark? I have been trying to work out for the longest time how to do these, as I really wanted to protect any work I posted that could result in an artists work being used without permission - see the 'Stamp Out' site for artist protection and copyright protection when using digi-stamps. The lovely Claire from JellyPark offered to make a custom watermark during the month of October with a donation going to support Breast Cancer Awareness. So I had one made by Claire and I'm chuffed to bits with it. The stamp came with directions on how to use the stamp and I must say, it was pleasingly much easier than I'd anticipated! So I finally can post my cards, without fear that the illustrators work will be used without their permission. Definitely worth doing this and I'm so glad to finally have that sorted.

Well I need to get this card parcelled up to post to my lovely cousin who's just had a baby girl. Ruby, isn't that a stunning name?! Then I'm off to bed. I've had a terribly stressful couple of weeks. I'm so over having workmen in our space! Thanks for popping in on me and leaving me some feedback. It always makes my day when someone takes the time to leave a message and some feedback. Night-night and big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries
The Sugar Bowl: #110 ~ Sparkle & Shine
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #33 ~ Any Card Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #194 ~ Anything Goes Birthday Celebrations


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Dreaming of Wales

I just heard this morning that my lovely Welsh pal received her birthday parcel and card, so I can now post this. I used my newest dies for this make, a lovely 'Go Kreate' die. I've loved this shaped die ever since I saw craft guru Bev Rochester use it and finally got around to buying it last month. So I wanted to try using it for my lovely Welsh pals birthday card, as I wanted something a bit different and special for her.

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I used the die to cut the three shaped layers you can see on the card, edging each layer with Tea Dye Distress Ink from the Tim Holtz range by Ranger. I cut a pretty border trim using my Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Edges 2 and layered that with lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and a coordinating ribbon I had in my stash. The pretty spray of flowers is from Prima Flowers and the large flower is a Hellebore from my most recent purchase from Wild Orchid Crafts. I was so pleased that they would post to New Zealand and because the flowers are so light, the postage was really reasonable!

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I wanted to add a little more interest on the card, but didn't want to detract from the pretty paper shape, so added a hidden tag trimmed with a pink organza ribbon, a heart shaped brad and a sweet butterfly charm I got a long time ago, I think from MeiFlower. The tag itself was cut using a Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag die, then sponge inked and the sentiment added in Memento Desert Sand ink. The sentiment is one from my large collection of unmounted grey rubber sentiments, that I picked up at the Ally Pally Craft Fair in London over the last couple of years. I so wish I could remember the name of the company that I purchased them from, as they really deserve the credit for each post I've used these on. They had huge baskets and tubs of these grey rubber stamps, many only 50p a stamp. I picked up so many fabulous sentiment stamps from them over the last couple of years. So if anyone knows what the companies name is, please let me know, so I can give them the credit for these fab stamps.

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The sweet image I've used on this card, I found some time back on a Spanish designers site - Garabatos de Papel and this lovely image was offered then as a freebie. It is called Sweet Dreams and I just loved it straight away. I have a thing about mushrooms, I love the imagery and I'm sure it has something to do with the sweet Bambi stickers I had when I was a little girl, not long back from France, where I spent my early childhood years. I had a cute red and white mushroom sticker along with a Thumper sticker, which I had been allowed to embellish my school desk with. So I used to stare at that sweet image each school day for that whole year. It was a comforting image for me in a big time of change and I do have a real love for images and embellishments using mushrooms now. So when I saw the gorgeous CC Designs mushroom die it just kinda fell into my cart. I've used that at the base of the image coloured in pinks and browns, to work in with my colouring on the main image. I have of course used my Promarkers for all these inkings. I added some white pen spots on the large mushrooms too. The fairy wings and dragonflies were glittered up using Stickles Crystal glitter glue. I sponged the edges of the image in Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

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The final thing to mention are the papers. I just love these and they worked together really well. The larger spotty paper, is from the Craftwork Cards Sugar & Spice collection. I chose this to work in with the spotty mushrooms but besides this, I just really love spots and polka dots, must be the 'mushroom thing'! The smaller designer paper (which I tried not to cover too much!) is from my favourite designer papers - Maja Design. I LOVE these papers from the Swedish paper designers. They are utterly divine across their whole range. I'm so reluctant to use them as I really just want to keep them to look at and stroke, LOL. But a special pal, deserves special paper! So I found this utterly gorgeous design, which worked in with my colour scheme so brilliantly. It's from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and is called '1911'. The Vintage Summer Basics is one of my absolute favourite paper pads. You can buy the collection in 12x12 size, but I have the 6x6 paper pad (okay, I have a few 12x12 pages too, LOL). If you want to get your hands on some of these utterly divine papers, look no further than Live and Love Crafts in the UK. Sandy will post worldwide and I still get my papers from there now I'm in New Zealand.


Wey-hey, you made it to the end of my mammoth post, well done you! Sorry it was so wordy, but there were some pretty embellies that really deserved to be mentioned and yes, I do get a little carried away with the waffle. But that's all for today folks. Y'all come back now y'hear. Hugs, Wends x

Here's my song inspiration for this card: Jewel - The Shape of You. (Shape inspired card)
(For my beautiful friend, who's far too far away from me now.)




Challenge Entries
Whimsy Stamps: #65 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #295 ~ So Angelic
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Got Ink?
Songbird Challenge: #28 ~ Your Favourite Song
Sister Act Card Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge: #25 ~ Things With Wings
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog: #248 ~ Dies & Punches
Fab 'n' Funky Challege Blog: #193 ~ It's Our Birthday - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies: Top of the Pops - Inspired by a Song. Jewel - Sweet Dreams.
As You Like It Challenge: #15 ~ What's Your Favourite - Spots or Stripes (Tell Us Why)

Monday, 11 November 2013

So Special To Me

Hi folks, a quick post today with a card I made for our elderly neighbour back in London. I didn't want to use a 'cute' image, which is my usual go to for cards, as there was nothing quite right for what I had in my head to send to her. But I wanted to convey how much we miss her and how special she is to us. She was like a surrogate Granny for my kiddos for the years we lived in London and we remember her so fondly. We were so blessed to have had such a wonderful neighbour for all those years. So this is what I came up with. 



Something totally different from my usual style, and I have to say, I love it. It was a real departure from the norm for me and I was way out of my comfort zone, but I just thought 'Jo Kill' and went for it! (I love her simple, stylish, edgy designs!) I threw down some brown Hessian, a pretty paper which came free with one of my fav' craft magazines (can't remember which, sorry!) and edged the paper with a fab faux stitch set from Lili of the Valley.

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The sentiment was one I picked up from the Ally Pally craft fair last year amongst a huge bin of loose unmounted grey rubber sentiments. I just love these, I have a big selection of them and there are some really brilliant sentiments and this one was perfect for our lovely neighbour.

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I found another finer natural Hessian in my stash, so cut that in a rough circular shape and glued that down. I topped that with some loops that I pulled loose from the edge of the brown hessian and then topped with a ready-made chipboard flower et voila, card done.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed having a look at this very different card design for me, let me know if you like my 'Jo Kill inspired' card or not. Come again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss Challenge: #209 ~ Remember
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirational Challenges: #65 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge: #14 ~ Case Your Favourite Designer (I've always really loved Jo Kill's style of cardmaking and was inspired by her designs in the making of this card.)
Crafty Catz Challenge: #206 ~ Inspirational Photo (My backround paper and the starburst style of my embellishment inspired this challenge entry.)






Saturday, 9 November 2013

Belle & Beau

I have a sweet card to share today, of a belle and her beau which I made for the wedding of friends back in the UK. I used the paper from their invite as the background, which I thought would be a nice touch to use on the card. I loved the red with the gold swirls and thought it made a very regal backdrop. I stamped the Lili of the Valley circular sentiment onto a scalloped circle which I cut using a Spellbinders die and edged the image in the same ink as I used to ink up the sentiment, which is Memento Rich Cocoa.


I used a gorgeous natural cotton lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and a lovely top-stitched grosgrain ribbon. I wanted to add flowers to represent the brides bouquet, so rather than place them as I usually would around the image with the stems trimmed and curled, I placed them with the stems wrapped in ribbon and added a couple of pearl stems for texture and interest. I was really pleased with the finished look, I think it works really well. The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts Gardenia and Wild Rose.

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But enough about all the extras, the true star in this piece is the gorgeous Tiddly Inks image. I used this same one previously for my sister's wedding card and I keep coming back to it for this special celebration. It's such an intimate and beautiful stamp. 

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I love the tender connection between the couple and I think it's really rather special. I know I'll use it again and again. You can see the card I made for my sister using this image here. It's the same image, but an incredibly different result. So versatile! I coloured this gorgeous image with my Promarkers and added a little blue to the brides hair. I love how this turned out, I think it looks brilliant. Perfect for dark lush Bengali locks. I used a lovely Memory Box shaped die called 'Splendor' to frame the image.

Well that's it folks. I hope you've enjoyed having a visit to my blog today. Come again, have a cuppa, stay for a chat. Thanks for visiting, see you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Use A Digi
Tiddly Inks Challenge: #121 ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #77 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #247 ~ Autumn Colours (Autumn Gold & Red)
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #192 ~ Traditional Christmas Colours (Red, Gold & White)
Live & Love Crafts: Christmas Inspiration Collage (Reds, Greys & Cream of the flowers)

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