Monday, 22 April 2013

Multitasking Mama

Here is a gorgeous Saturated Canary stamp that I just had to colour up for one of my multitasking mummy friends recently. I just love how this stamp perfectly captures all the things a mama of a young babe has to juggle! I think I'll do a double take on this one and make it up again for my sister in law too, who will see the humour hopefully, as her babe is currently only sleeping a couple of hours at a time and she's knackered!

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My doily started off white, but I gave it the pale pink Promarker treatment and it came up beautifully. I used my black metallic Promarker on the frypan to give it that cast iron look, sadly this doesn't show up so well in the photos. I can't recall where I bought the beautiful felt lace and so wish I did, as I'd like some more! The paper is a page from some lovely mixed papers I won from the incredibly generous Bev Rochester a while back. I don't know who they're by, but I just loved the soft muted colours in this one and it worked perfectly as a backdrop for my pastel image. The sentiment tickets and die are both from Whimsy. There's little left to say on this one. I used Kraft card as my card base, which I just love the look of with the pastel shades. I finished the card with a single large flat backed pink pearl which I'm pretty sure I bought from MeiFlower.

Here's a close-up of Krista's lovely Multitasking Mama which can be found HERE.
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That's all I've got for tonight folks. I'm falling asleep trying to write this post. I've been burning the candles at both ends! Too many boxes to unpack, kids to wrangle and house chores to do for this Kiwi Multitasking Mama. I'm off to bed xxx

Challenges I'm Entering This Card Into:

I Love Promarkers #164 ~ Pastel Colours  (I won this challenge - woohoo!!!)
Saturated Canary Challenge Blog #41 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenges #58 ~ Pretty In Pink
Stampin' For The Weekend ~ Friendship
The Ribbon Girl Blog ~ April Colour Challenge
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge ~ Favourite Colour Combo (Pink and Lemon/Cream) *Second Entry



Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hogwarts Happiness

What a gorgeous happy moment for my little girl today. We've been waiting weeks for our container to arrive with all our creature comforts from the UK. Georgie has anticipated it's arrival especially so, because her birthday present was in there. We managed a trip to King's Cross station before we left the UK and had our Hogwart's Express photos taken, afterwards of course we had to take a visit to Diagon Alley and Ollivander's Wand Shop. Where Georgie picked the perfect wand for her. It was all incredibly exciting for my then not quite 8 year old, who is nutso for Harry Potter right now. So when we opened a box the other day and discovered her wand in it, I just knew I'd have to find some pieces from my craft stash and throw together a quick letter from Hogwarts before giving it to her, to mark this special occasion. I had the perfect stamp already from the fab talents of Christy Croll from TiddlyInks.

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I coloured up the sweet 'Hermione' image Christy drew using my Promarkers and Flexmarkers and found some stash which went with it. I haven't uncovered all my stash yet, there's lots still in boxes, so I had to be creative with what I found. But I had some burgundy and gold quilling paper which I thought would work well to echo the colours of the Gryffindor scarf. I found my Glossy Accents, so the bubbles had a touch of that, but no glitter yet, so I used some 'fairy dust' of Georgie's I'd found. Not quite as sparkly as my glitter, but shinier in reality, than here in the picture. I also found the stamp I have with our family crest on it, which I thought worked well to suggest an official seal. The papers I used are Maja Design from their nautically inspired collection 'Life by the Sea'. I used the front and backside of the Nautic page design. Maja Design are my favourite designer papers and I love this particular paper pad lots. I was really blessed to be given several pads by one of my lovely British friends after she came back from a visit to Sweden. I was so excited when she gave them to me, it was like all my Christmases had come at once. Which is actually pretty much how my little girl looked today, when she collected her Hogwart's letter from the letter box out front. There was quite a bit of squealing and jumping up and down, she was so cute!

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Here is the card I made, along with the formal envelope bottom right and the 'First Years' equipment list.

I happened to note just before making this card, that TiddlyInks are doing a 1-2-3 Challenge, so I kept this in mind when making up my card. I've used two sides of the same Maja Design paper and a neutral backing paper from Nitwits, so that's the '3' taken care of. I used two embellishments, the quilling strips and the star, which I coloured red with my berry flexmarker, as it was originally a pale green, so that's 2 embellishments and the 1, is the lovely TiddlyInks image itself. So the timing with that challenge was perfect for my wee girlie's card. Love it when that happens!

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Here's my Georgie at Platform 9 3/4, Kings Cross, London, England

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Here's a closer look at the envelope, with my best attempt at a magical address!

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This is the 'First Year Student's Supply List' I whipped up

Georgie was so excited when she read the envelope and the supply list. All the specifics were poured over in great detail. Excellent reading practice! It was all very exciting for my baby girl. I have to confess to feeling pretty joyful myself to have been a part of creating that little magical moment for her.

Here's a few pics to share the excitement of the day:

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Sharing the excitement with Papa
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Reading her 'Supplies List'
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Opening her wand with Papa's help
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The happy wee poppet with her letter
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Thanks for your visit today and sorry for the photo heavy post. Apologies for all the boxes in the shots, but we're still unpacking! I hope you've enjoyed this magical make, I sure had fun making and giving it! Come back again soon, I love it when you visit. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenges I'm Entered Into:
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges #167 ~ 1-2-3 Challenge
TiddlyInks Challenge Blog ~ Challenge #108: A Recipe - 3,2,1.

*Update: I got a mention on the Tiddly Inks Blog!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Thanks Mo - Woop woop!

I had a lovely surprise yesterday evening, as I was finishing up some blog visits. I discovered that I'd won a prize from Mo's Digital Pencil for commenting on their recent bloghop! Super excited and rather chuffed as I'm missing all my stash so much and feeling in a bit of a funk right now without it all, so this was a welcome and wonderful lift of my spirits!!


I chose the fabulous Dragon Hugs from Mo Manning as my prize, which I'm hoping I'll be able to colour up for Zac's birthday when my stash finally arrives. My little dude turns 3 in May and he's at such a cute age and stage right now. He's really asserting his will which is both funny and frustrating at the same time! So hard to keep a straight face when I'm having to reign him in if he's getting too determined.

I never knew I could love a little dude like I love him. I was so besotted with his big sis and thought all my dreams had come at once when I had my girlie. Just between you and me, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel having a boy. I knew what to do with a girl and I loved so much all the pretty dresses and girlie fun. Having a boy, was kinda not on my radar! But oh oh oh, what joy, what mischief, what fun, he has brought into our lives! I could not love my little dude anymore if I tried. He is utterly delicious in all his mischief and mayhem.

So it's going to be fun and fabulous colouring up this lovely image from Mo's Digital Pencil for his birthday, now if only MAF and customs would release our container so I can have all my lovely stash!!

Thanks for your visit today. I love it when you drop in. Stop for a coffee next time. Hugs, Wends xxx

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Mamas Treasure Box

Hi folks,

I've found another little make that I've forgotten to post before leaving the UK. Here's a gift box I made up for my lovely Czech friend who had a beautiful baby girl not long before I left the UK. I wanted to make something she could use as a 'keepsake box' for those little treasures from her newborn. I remember I just couldn't bear to part with Zac and Georgie's hospital bracelets, but they just didn't fit neatly into a scrapbook, so this inspired my idea to create this little treasure box.

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I love the Saturated Canary image I've used for this, as she's not all prim and polished. In fact, she looks a little worn-out! Which frankly is what new mothers actually look like! I even added a hint of grey under the eyes to accentuate that overtired look. Overtired, but over the moon too. Her little girl, her sweet little bundle of joy, but I digress. Waxing nostalgic there, as I never thought I'd be able to have a baby of my own!! How blessed I am to now have my pigeon pair!! But back to the box...

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I have coloured the image with Flexmarkers and Promarkers. I used some of the pale Flexmarkers to give just a hint of colour in places, wanting to keep it very pale and wistful. I loved colouring her hair. I don't have this art down yet, but Krista drew her hair so well, it was fabulous to colour. 

I used a Lili of the Valley sentiment stamp and the flower was cut from an old favourite pair of cashmere bedsocks that I'd worn holes in! I washed them up carefully, said my goodbyes and then cut them up! I'm actually quite pleased with how that came out. I don't recall right now where I got the sweet corner die from, I'll have to double check my stash when it finally arrives. I'm getting so impatient now!

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The paper is a lovely digital paper, I'm pretty sure from Pink Petticoat and finally the small clay tile which reads 'small wonder' I painted at a kiddies pottery shop with the friend I gave this to, and she never suspected it was for her! The final touch on the image was a dab of liquid pearl to create an elegant earring and that's it, done!

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you enjoy my slightly different project. I sure had fun making it. Come back and see me again soon. Big hugs, Wends xxx

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Saturated Canary Challenge Blog ~ #40 Pretty Pastels
I Love Promarkers ~ What's Your Favourite Colour (Pink!)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge ~ Favourite Colour Combo (Pink and Lemon)
Crafty Creations Challenges ~ Flowers and/or Fairies (Hope they like my handmade flower!)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog ~ Happy Birthday (Celebrating a happy 'Birth' day)
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog ~ Spring Into Spring (Spring Baby)
Stamping Sensations Challenge Blog ~ Special Occasions (New Baby)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The Waiting Days

Hard to believe how quickly time flies by, and yet I find myself wishing it away tonight! I am soooooooo missing having my crafty stash!!! Our container is due to arrive this week fingers crossed, or perhaps early next week and I'm so impatient to have my 'things'. I can live without a proper kitchen table, we're making do with old broken cups and plates, I've even survived the 3 holey airbeds and are now sleeping on a 'sink in the middle' fold out couch, but what is it I crave the most? My stash! I can't wait to get my hands on my craft stash!! I've had 2 family weddings in the last two weeks, and am about to attend my third on Friday, all of which I would have loved to have made my own card for! But alas, I just don't have my stash!! So roll on delivery day (please let it be this week!) so that I can finally get my hands back on my stash.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share with you a card I made for my sister-in-law, when she was awaiting the arrival of her firstborn late last year. I was surprised to note I hadn't posted it yet and thought it tied in well with my feelings tonight of playing the 'waiting game'. So here it is, coloured of course in my trusty Promarkers, man I love those pens! I've been missing them so much, that I even did a sneaky buy of the latest Spring/Summer colours from Letraset. Murphy's Law, they'll arrive after the container is delivered!


The image I used for this card is from an artist I discovered on Etsy. Her company is called Mayzy Art and this wedge-heal wearing mama in full bloom is called 'Mama Mina'. I just love the quirky nature of this piece and the fun loving feel of Mayzy's art. Just the feel I wanted for this card. The final weeks of pregnancy can feel so heavy and tiring, so I thought this image would be perfect for a little joyful lift. I coloured the image to tone in with some digital paper I had in mind I wanted to use. I'd seen it used on a project by my lovely blogland pal and fellow crafter Annette from Netty's Cards and just loved the colours in it. The pink and green combo is a particular favourite of mine. Thankfully Annette had put a link to Summer Driggs' beautiful digital papers site and I found it easily. If you haven't discovered this talented lady's lovely digital papers yet, go check her out at Summertime Designs.

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The sweet dragonfly die I've used above is from the Memory Box range. It's called Willow Dragonfly and you can find it at Dies To Die For. I used a lovely Spellbinders die for the mat around the image called Romantic Rectangles which you can also find at Dies To Die For. I'm loving this new set and can't wait for the stash to arrive so I can play some more! Here's a closer look at the image and mat.



I added some Glossy Accents to the wedge of the shoes and her eye. Then I used a great pearl effect pen for the jewellery, handbag clasp and to dot around the image which you can find here. This was my first attempt at this technique, having seen it done by another fellow crafter whose work totally inspires me. You can check out the master at work here for some of Pop's Tutorials.

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I can't recall where I bought these lovely paper flowers from. I've had them in my stash for so long and was delighted to be able to draw out some of the colours from Summer's lovely digital paper. I wanted to give them a little bit of dimension, so I curled back the petals on the large flowers. I layered up contrasting smaller flowers in the centre adding an organza flower on the green ones and a large flat back pearl on the pink. I also used some lovely heart shaped hat pins I had in my stash and a few strands from a spray of pearls which you can find at one of my favourite craft stores Live and Love Crafts. A few extra flat-back pearls in the corners and a hint of grosgrain ribbon and my card was done. Thanks so much for visiting today. I do so love it when you stop in! Let me know that you've been, by leaving me a message and come again real soon. Hugs, Wends xxx

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

A Little Bit Crafty ~ Anything Goes. (This is the launch of Paula Holifields new challenge blog.)
I Love Promarkers - Challenge 162 ~ What's Your Favourite Colour?
Dies to Die For - Die-ing For A Challenge ~ Spring
Party Time Tuesdays ~ #114 Ribbons and Blooms.
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