Thursday, 27 November 2014

Southern Girls - Celebrations

We have a big celebration at Southern Girls this week. It's our 100th challenge!! Woohoo! So this challenge, we're keen to see the cards you make for celebrations, that could be a celebration such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Birthday, A New Job, A New Baby, and the list goes on. So you pretty much have carte blanche. Whatcha say? Wanna come and play? We'd love to see your interpretation of our challenge. 

We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge, the fabulous Lacy Sunshine Stamps, who are offering our lucky winner a wonderful prize.


The design team were spoilt to bits by our wonderful sponsor and we were allowed to choose a stamp each to play with in the challenge. Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and my favourite celebration, so I wanted to make a Christmas card when the theme of 'Celebrations' was decided for our 100th challenge. I have used the gorgeous Rory's Christmas Tree for my card and I just LOVE this gorgeous image. It was really fun to colour up. I have gone for the Christmas pink theme again, sorry to be predictable. I just really wanted to colour her up in pink and I love the way it looks. I'll mix it up again next time though I promise! (I'm having a pink and white kinda Christmas this year!)


I've used a scrummy paper behind the image which is from a Panduro Hobby paper pad. I'm running out, I'm so going to miss having these pages! I love this pad. It's called 'Tis The Season. It's such an unusual colour combination, but I really like it.


I've used the most gorgeous Whimsy Stamps snowflake die on this card. I cut two and crossed them over on one snowflake. I added some pearls in different sizes just to bling it up a little and cut the flakes from shimmery pearlescent paper to add a bit more bling. The gorgeous Christmas sentiment is an Amy R Stamps set for CC Designs called Happy Christmas. I cut the sentiment frame using my Lil' Inkers stitched square die to match the machine stitching I did on the edge of the card. I do love the look of stitching on cards. I used a bigger die from the same set to cut the image and mat.

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The blooms I've used are Wild Orchid Crafts. The Poinsettia petals come as individual layers, which I layered together with some frosted berries in the centre from Live and Love Crafts. I added a couple of pink fabric blooms, a small rose and two blossom flowers also from Wild Orchid Crafts. I curled the stems (which I'd cut off) from the fabric blooms and tucked those into the spray for a little interest.

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I hope you'll come and join in our 100th challenge celebration at Southern Girls Challenge and show us your favourite celebration pieces. We look forward to seeing your interpretation. Do head over to the challenge blog too and check out what my incredibly talented team mates have been up to. I'll see you all again really soon. I have to dash, because (not to freak you out or anything, BUT) did you know there's only 27 days until Christmas! Eeeek, so much to do, so little time!! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #256 ~ Winter Theme
Winter Wonderland: Let's Get Sentimental
Totally Gorjuss: #263 ~ Sparkly/Blingy/Glittery
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: November Challenge ~ Snow
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #275 ~ Blooming Marvellous
Creative Inspirations Challenges: #291 ~ Season's Greetings
Stamping Sensations: November Challenge: Simply Christmas
Crafty Calendar Challenge: November ~ It's All About Christmas
As You Like It: Christmas ~ Modern or Traditional? I love both, but this year, I'm really enjoying pink and white together in my crafty makes, so I'd have to say Modern this year.

Update: I was a Top 5 at Passion For Promarkers! Thank you :)


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Anything with Die-cuts.

This week at Fab 'n' Funky, we are looking for your gorgeous makes that use die-cuts. It can be anything, a card, a layout or other off the page project, as long as it includes the use of die-cuts. I've used loads of die-cuts on my card this challenge. I stopped counting at 12!!

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I made this for a family member who's expecting a baby right now and we're all so excited! I wanted to use this beautiful Elisabeth Bell image as it's so sweet and wistful. I've not used it before now, as she comes sitting in mid-air! I came across a stamp a blog buddy was selling that would be the perfect solution to my dilemma of how to 'seat her'. It's a Magnolia companion stamp - wooden park bench. So I masked the image and stamped the bench on top. It worked a treat! I was so pleased with the look. A little shading under her feet, a penciled in sky in the background and the image was set. 

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I used an older Nellie Snellen die to cut the pretty oval shape, which I matted onto another oval of blue card which I first distressed the edges of. The pretty card shape and smaller repeated mats are from the Go Create XXL dies range. This shape is called Frilly #10. I used a Marianne Design lamp post die and a bird, fence and birdcage die. I also used some rolled roses from the Marianne Designs line. I added pearls to the centres for a little extra bling. The flower at the base, is one I crocheted from a fine string. I really loved the look of this with the other rolled blooms. The little heart swirl branches are Magnolia.

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The beautiful designer papers are some of my favourites and come from the Maja Design Summer Basics range. I really love the paisley design on this 1935 page. I mourn the fact that it's so covered up in this design! Which is why I usually go for a more pared back style. But I must say I'm pleased with this card.

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I had my first go at using some Frantage to add some texture on this card. I added it only to the lamp post and bird cage and thought I was so clever until I realised it just looks like bird poop all over them! I nearly split my sides laughing! Oh well, better luck next time I try to add Frantage. I've added some muslin behind the mats for a little texture and a gorgeous gold organza bow. I cut the edge of the ribbon mat using another lovely Magnolia Doohickey called Romantic Lace.

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The final touch on the card was the lovely wood chip heart with the word love in it. I was hunting for the perfect sentiment to finish the card, when I found this in my stash and had a happy 'Eureka' moment. This is from a fabulous Freckled Fawn set.

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I was happy to hear that this make had arrived safely to it's destination and was so loved, there was talk of hanging it on the wall above the babies crib. Awww, isn't it lovely when one of our creations are so well received?!

Well that's it from me today. I'll catch you again tomorrow with another crafty moment. I hope you enjoyed popping in on this one and do head on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge to join in on our die-cutting fun and check out my DT sista's awesome makes while you're there! We have a fabulous prize on offer this week from Craft Classes Online, so go check it out. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Cardmakers: #128 ~ Distress It
Deep Ocean Challenge: #91 ~ Shabby Chic
Party Time Tuesdays: #191 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Lots of Embellishments
Crafty Little Fairies: November ~ Not A Square
Passion For Promarkers: #275 ~ Blooming Marvellous
A Creative Romance: Something Old (My first Maja Design papers! Years old!!)
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick (Technique - Masking and Product - Ribbon)
Whimsy Inspirations Challenges: #77 ~ Two or more images (mama and park bench)
Totally Gorjuss: #263 ~ Sparkly/Blingy/Glittery (Glittered Shoes, Pearls, Shiny Ribbon, Frantage)

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sweet Stampin' - It's our Birthday!

Well that week rolled by fast! It's time for the next Sweet Stampin' challenge and we have a fandabbydozy one for you this week! It's Sweet Stampin's 5th Birthday!! So we're celebrating with birthday cards this week. Yep, that's the challenge, make a birthday card. Easy peasy eh? We have three fantastic sponsors this week, Wild Orchid Crafts, Marianne Designs and Crafty Devils. Come join us in our birthday fun and be in to win a fabulous prize from one of our fantastic sponsors.

Wild Orchid Craft with a £10 voucher

Crafty Devils Papercraft with a £15 voucher

and Marianne Designs with ... a super surprise.

I am a big fan of both Wild Orchid Crafts and Marianne Designs, so my card today features several elements from these two sponsors. 


The large bloom is a Wild Orchid Craft Large Gardenia, which I used a little Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Bronze, to just tone down the lavender edges of the bloom as I needed to have more of a mulberry pink colour. It worked a treat too. I layered the blooms on top of a fabulous Marianne Designs Lamp post die, which I cut from mulberry coloured paper. I used two white cosmo daisies and two white tulips both from Wild Orchid Crafts in the floral spray, I also tucked in a Marianne Design Chinese Rose which I rolled from the same paper as the lamp post and added a pearl to the centre. I tucked some pearl sprays in amongst the flowers, some curled green stems and finally a tiny rose from stash.

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If you're thinking the paper looks familiar, you're not wrong. I did just use this exact same gorgeous Michele Roos paper on another project and in fact, this was my 'test page'. I started this project with the paper and the stamped 'Make a Wish' greeting exactly as it was on that previous project and then added my layers from there. I used the same ink for a birthday greeting in the diagonal corner and used a Marianne Designs decorative corner die to balance the flowers. I've wrapped the backing papers with a divine wide organza ribbon which was a gift from one of my sisters this year and inked all the edges of the papers with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.

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The adorable image I've used is called Little Miss Mouse from Elisabeth Bell's digital collection. I just love these two sweet characters. I enjoyed colouring this image with my Promarkers and I've added Glossy Accents to the mushroom spots and a liberal coating of Diamond Stickles to the wings and daisy centres.

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Thanks for stopping in for a visit to my blog today. I always love it when you do! Please stop by the Sweet Stampin' challenge too, and check out what my incredibly talented teamies have been up to. Both teams have joined to celebrate our big birthday in style, so be sure to check out their fabulous creations too. Come and join us with your birthday makes, I look forward to seeing what you come up with and I'll be back again soon with another DT card. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Party Time Tuesdays: #190 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Lots of Embellishments
Loves Rubberstamps: #127 ~ Things with Wings
Inky Impressions: #186 ~ Anything Goes with Pearls
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #204 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Something Old (I've had this digi image for years!)
Passion for Promarkers: #274 ~ Entertain Us. Based on a Movie (Fairytale)
Elphine House Challenge: #64 ~ Use Your Favourite Colours (Pink & Green)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #91 ~ Shabby Chic (As Shabby and Chic as this girlie can do!)
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge: Favourite Colour Combo ~ Pink & Green (Pink + Any Colour Really!)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - It's Still Our Birthday!

So we had so much fun celebrating our 5th birthday last week at Fab 'n' Funky, we thought we'd just keep partying and have decided to extend the celebrations for another week!

We are being sponsored this week by three fantastic sponsors, Dr Digi's House of Stamps, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and StampArt Design by Kathryne which is available for purchase at Whimsy Stamps.


I have made a birthday card using a super sweet image by Kathryne called Sophie. I love these wistful sweet girlie images of Kathryne's. I find this one with her big eyes, sweet face and big bunch of daisies utterly enchanting.

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I coloured the image with my Promarkers as always and took my cue from the daisies and blue-green foliage in making my paper choices. I decided to use a lovely bright yellow MME paper from The Sweetest Thing - Tangerine set. I had another paper pad on my table which was a magazine free gift, it has 3 cute blue, pink and orange owls on the front, but no brand name that I can see. Does anyone know which mag these came with? I flipped through and found two pages that were a fabulous colour match for the blue-green colour I'd used to do the grass and foliage, so I created my layout using those elements. I really must learn to use sketches, it takes me ages to decide exactly how to place, cut and arrange the papers! Even for such a simple design!!

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The little sentiment shape came from the same MME paper pack as the yellow page, which I just inked a lovely Tina Wenke for Stampavie birthday greeting onto using my Versamagic Dew Drop chalk ink in a similar shade to the blue-green papers. I've popped a pale blue-green pearl in the 3 other corners and added a little yellow gingham bow from MeiFlower on the lace strip to finish the card. Both the circle and square dies are Lil' Inkers. I raised the picture layer on foam pads for a little dimension. It's a very quick and simple card, but I loved the fresh colours of the papers and had fun colouring this wee cutie up, so I hope your visit here brings you a smile and a little ray of sunshine to your day.

Check out the fantastic and gorgeous creations from my lovely Fab 'n' Funky teamies on the blog and come and join in with our birthday celebrations challenge. I look forward to seeing what you make! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Card Mania: #60 ~ Use a Digi
Papertake Weekly: Soooooo Girlie
Scribble & Scrap: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack: #66 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Handcoloured Image
Party Time Tuesdays: #190 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #83 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Celebrating Kindness
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes w/option to use 'Hello' greeting

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dream Valley - Anything Goes

It's time for a new Dream Valley challenge and this fortnight, our challenge theme is 'Anything Goes', so there are no holds barred, you have creative carte blanche! Our challenge is being sponsored by the fabulous Dilly Beans Stamps offering a fabulous prize to our lucky winner.


The DT have been given some really cute stamps by our sponsor to use for this challenge and the one I've used is called Kiki Mermaid. Do pop over to the Dilly Beans shop, as Megan has some seriously cool, cute, sassy, funky stamps in her shop.

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I've made a gift tag for my DT project today. I really wanted to use some cute nautical themed dies I bought from Joanna Sheen recently, a ships wheel and the nautica set which included the seastar, seahorse and little anchor. So I had a bit of fun, throwing quite a number of dies on this make. I'm usually a more CAS kinda girl, but today, I threw all I could at this tag to see what would stick! I even tore a wet wipe (which I use to clean the ink off my stamps) as I didn't have any muslin to hand and added that behind the shells. They're real shells, from a little beach, just down the road from our house. I added a pearl bead from a broken bracelet, which I thought looked really cute in the lil' scallop shell. Not quite an oyster shell, but I thought it looked sweet.

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I had some buttons sitting on my desk when I was creating this tag and it just struck me when I was putting the ribbons through the eyelet, that one of the Prima buttons would look quite good on this tag. What butterflies and crowns have to do with my nautical theme I have no idea really, but it was a whim, so just go with me here. I did sponge a bit of tea dye over it to make the colour of the button blend better.

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I had a gorgeous sentiment I wanted to use and had intended to put on the front, but by the time I'd added all my frou frou bits, there was no room! Then I realised I only had one page of the fabulous Maja Design paper I'd used on the front, so I couldn't make the reverse match the front. I found another fabulous Maja Design paper from the same 'Life by the Sea' pad, which toned in nicely. I cut a square writing panel with my lil' Inker's stitched square die and added another wee seastar to finish the page. I edged all the pieces with tea dye as I did on the front. I distressed the edge of the designer paper, just as I did on the front as well. I like the way the hessian ribbon showed through on the reverse. I think it looks quite cool.

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Here's a slightly closer look at the sentiment. I picked this up in the grey rubber bargain bins at Alley Pally when I was living in London. I did so love rummaging through all that grey rubber and finding amazing, uplifting, laugh out loud funny, quirky and heartwarming sentiments. It was always a fabulous deal and I did take my fair share, over the years that I went to the Ally Pally Craft Fair. I miss that so much now we're back in New Zealand. I'm looking forward to exploring our NZ version of the Ally Pally Craft Fair next year.

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So that's it from me. Pop over to the Dream Valley Challenge and check out what the rest of that madly talented bunch have been up to. You're sure to be inspired. No excuse not to join in our challenge this fortnight either with an 'Anything Goes' theme. I'll catch you again really soon with some more crafty adventures. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Brown Sugar: #120 ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Hand Coloured Image
Crafty Little Fairies: November ~ Not A Square
Scribble & Scrap Challenge: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: We're Seeing Stars
Creative Inspirations: #289 ~ Anything Goes with Optional Sketch
613 Avenue Create: #98 ~ Anything Goes with Option of 'Hello' Sentiment
Sentimental Sundays: #233 ~ Brads, Buttons and/or Bows (Button and Bow)

Friday, 14 November 2014

40 Days To Go...

40 days to go, 40 days 'til Christmas. 40 days 'til the big fat fella comes down your chimney and gives your pressies and DRINKS YOUR BEER! 40 days 'til Christmas...

A little ditty that get's sung on one of the local radio stations here in New Zealand every year. One of this countries most beloved radio personalities Polly Gillespie started this tradition a few years back. We sing it every year, counting down the days to one of my favourite times of the year. So I thought I'd share that with you today. I also thought I'd share a card I made using one of my favourite Christmas stamps from a little Scottish stamp company that I think is fabulous. I love Sugar Nellie stamps and this is a super cutie. There's so much going on in the stamp. I kept the card design very plain to allow the stamp to feature. I'm really pleased with the CAS finish and how it all came together.

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I embossed the lower half of the card with a pretty embossing folder that reminded me of Christmas baubles. It's actually the 'Regency' damask folder that came with my eBosser. But I think it works. I inked around the edge of the image to give it definition against the background and mounted it on foam pads adding a little twist of ribbon behind for interest. A simple strip of pretty Christmas paper across the top and a wrap of ribbon and my CAS card was done!

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I coloured the gorgeous image with my Promarkers of course. I'm a little bit excited today if I can let you in on a little secret. My new Promarkers have arrived!! The limited edition Autumn/Winter set and the colours look so lush! So you can bet my next card will be coloured up with these! I won a lovely prize from Joanna Sheen on the As You Like It challenge, so this was my treat from that. Coincidentally, the card I won the prize for was also a Sugar Nellie. 

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I've added some glittery touches to the image with Star Dust Stickles and I also added some Glossy Accents to the lil' snowman, kitty and dog's noses. I used Christmas Red Stickles on the doggy's lil' Christmas bauble too.

Well, I think that's it from me today. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoyed having a looksy at this CAS Christmas make. Do go and check out the gorgeous stamps at Funky Kits. They have a fabulous range of the most gorgeous stamps out there. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: 2 or 4 Legs
Divas By Design: Photo Inspiration
A Creative Romance: Winter Warmers
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: November ~ Snow
Cute Card Thursday: #347 ~ Red & Green
A Little Bit Crafty: CAS or Clean & Simple
Stamping Sensations: November ~ Simply Christmas
The Sugar Bowl: #118 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: November ~ It's All About Christmas
I Love Promarkers: #245 ~ Male Christmas (CAS - great for male Xmas card)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - It's our Birthday!

Woohoo, yep, you read right, it's Fab 'n' Funky's 5th Birthday!! So just to keep the fun rolling, we are celebrating over two weeks of wonderful challenges and fantastic sponsorship. We would love to see your 'birthday' makes this week and we have two fabulous sponsors, Fitztown Stamps and Sassy Studios Designs. Both offering gorgeous stamps as prizes. Not to be missed!


 

All the design team have been given images to use for this challenge by our two wonderful sponsors. Mine is from Fitztown and is called Fae 2. I just love this image. I find it enchanting. It was a pure pleasure to colour and I've actually made a framed picture on this occasion rather than a card.

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I've coloured the image with my Promarkers and actually on this occasion a rather large number of Flexmarkers to get the subtle tones. I started with an utterly beautiful digital paper by Michele Roos from her Rose Cottage Charms collection. This page is the first in that collection. I just love the shabby chic finish of the paper and the soft subtle colour palette. It's a really pretty collection and this was the perfect base for my creation.

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I layered the image in 'Word' on top of the digital paper and softened the edges of the image to make it look as if it was part of the paper. I then coloured the image with my Pro and Flexmarkers and added a strip of pretty pink lace to finish and a birthday message stamped straight onto the lovely Michele Roos paper. I used Smokey Plum from the Close to my Heart ink collection to stamp the sentiment as I didn't want to have a stark contrast by using black ink. The sentiment is from the Amy R Stamps for CC Designs called Starry Sentiments. I love Amy R Stamps and have quite a number of these sentiment sheets. They just have some really gorgeous combinations and I thought this lovely one was perfect for this wistful sweet image.


The next image is a close peek at the glittered wings and the colouring on the flowers. I used 5 different colours on the flowers! The wings were glittered with Diamond Stickles. I just did the veins, rather than the whole wing. I think this looks better on this image. A little more subtle.

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This wee make will be winging it's way to England for my South African pals little girl. It's her 5th birthday this month and she was my son Zac's first lil' gal pal. He adores her and still speaks of her often, so I always feel drawn to make something a little bit special for her. I made her card last month, but thought this would be gorgeous to include in her birthday parcel.

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Pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky to join in with us in our 5th birthday celebrations. We'd love to see your birthday makes. All you have to do is have a birthday theme to your creation, so that's pretty easy right? Check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates too. I've had quite a mammoth month, so many celebrations and wonderful gatherings of family, so I'm looking forward to have some quiet time back in my craft room. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Little Bit Crafty: CAS
Papertake Weekly: 2 or 4 Legs
Passion For Promarkers: #273 ~ Lace
Totally Gorjuss: #261 ~ Warm Colours
Party Time Tuesdays: #189 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Musketeers: #19 ~ Anything But A Card
Sentimental Sundays: #232 ~ Fairies & Fantasy
Crafty Catz Challenge: #254 ~ Ribbon and/or Lace
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Ornaments (I hope my framed picture counts)
613 Avenue Create: #97 ~ Anything Goes w/option Gift for Random Acts of Kindness Week

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Red for Remembrance

Ooh I do have some exciting news to share with you today. You may have noticed a new badge pop up on my blog sidebar this week, and I'm super excited to share this news with you now. I was invited last week to join the fabulous Sweet Stampin' DT. I am both honoured and a little bit in awe, as this DT is full of some of my favourite blog pals whose work I hugely admire, so you can imagine the little happy dance I did after that invitation!

This invite came right before my busiest week in recent times. With a visit from my brother over from Sydney and a huge celebration at my son's Playcentre, that I am on the organising committee for. So a huge week, topped by a huger weekend and in the middle of this all, my first card for the Sweet Stampin' DT.

The team is taking this week to remember the courageous servicemen who've fought for our countries, lived and died to protect their families and our future generations. There are lots of wonderful Poppies on the blog in honour of this.

My Grandpa's memorial follows. He lost his life in service when my mummy and her twin sister were only 1 month old.



I was limited for time this week and didn't have any poppies in my stamp collection, I opted for a gorgeous Greeting Farm stamp and a CAS style card. I made this for my gorgeous British pals birthday. She moved to New Zealand this time last year, so it was lovely to give it to her in person. Coloured up this way, it definitely resembles my beautiful sassy pal. She's every bit the glamour doll, so I think this fab Greeting Farm stamp suits her really well.

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I used a black and white spot washi tape for the trim beside the image and a sentiment tag cut with a La La Land die called Stitched Tabs. I really like the shapes in this set. Perfect for this sort of 'tucked in beside the image' layout. I was so pleased the sentiment fit just perfectly the shape of the die. I used a simple birthday sentiment on the inside to finish the card. This sentiment is from a Tina Wenke clear stamp set. 

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I coloured this funky Greeting Farm stamp with my Promarkers and added some glittery touches here and there with Stickles glitter glue. If you pop the pic up to a bigger size, you might just see these extra details.


The Sweet Stampin' Challenge is sponsored this week by Crafty Ribbons who are offering the lucky winner of the challenge a beautiful set of ribbons from their store. Do check out their gorgeous range of ribbons here.

I look forward to seeing what you make for our challenge so come on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog and join our 'Red for Remembrance' challenge this week. I know you'll enjoy visiting my Sweet Stampin' Teamies and checking out their beautiful creations this week. They're all fabulous. 

Well that's it from me today. I'll see you again soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Sister Act: #82 ~ Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty: Clean & Simple
Totally Gorjuss: #261 ~ Warm Colours
MilkCoffee Challenge: Hand Colour Image
Loves Rubberstamps: #125 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies: Not A Square (Rectangle Okay?)
Moving Along With the Times: Sparkle or Shine (bows and bag heart have glitter)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Thinking of You (Remembrance Week Challenge)
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes with the option of Sparkle (bows and bag heart have glitter)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Southern Girls - Boys, Boys, Boys

It's that time again for a new Southern Girls Challenge and it's our 99th challenge! It's Team Lou's turn to showcase some really fun and fabulous images from two of our wonderful sponsors for this challenge. Make it Crafty and Emerald Faerie Garden. Both our sponsors have the most fantastic stamps, you're going to love them! 



We have a third sponsor for this challenge too, the wonderful Iva Nova Chest. I can vouch for their gorgeous prizes first hand, as I won one, from a Southern Girls Challenge before I joined the Southern Girls DT. So I know the winner is going to love the little parcel that arrives in the post from them!


I was given a stamp from Make it Crafty to use for this challenge and as I happened to have another couple from them in my stash already, I decided to go for the trifecta and combine three images to make a fun Christmas morning theme. Yep, I can't help myself, I'm all about the Christmas makes at this time of year! I used Little Christmas Tree, Elf with Gift and Playful Elf Sitting to create my little Christmas scene.

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Now it is a 'boys' challenge this time around, but I made the card for my daughter Georgie, to give to my son Zac for Christmas. I know she'll want to make her own card for him, but when I saw these images, I knew it would make a really cute card and theme done this way. So yes, it's a boys card, but it does have pink! Everybody repeat after me... "real men wear pink". Hehe, not in this household, but fortunately Zac is only four, so he still thinks 'all the colours are beautiful' and won't mind a bit the pink and brown colour scheme. In fact when he saw the finished card, he asked, "is it for me?", bless.

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The paper I've used as the 'wallpaper' in the image is from a lovely digital Christmas paper set by Mindy Baxter called Christmas Cookies. I went through quite a few different papers before settling on this sweet one. The darker ones didn't work as they swamped the images, so this lighter paper made a really lovely backdrop to my scene. I didn't want to use any other designer papers, as I felt this would detract or take away from the scene, so I opted for white and kraft as the backdrop. I used a pretty Memory Box edge die called Frostyville snow border for a little interest on the left of the image and a simple wrap of pretty pink crushed silk ribbon to finish that area off. The right hand corner was a bit bare without anything, so I added a Quickutz photo corner with a pink pearl.

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I edged the image with tea dye distress ink then used a pale pink mat and then a kraft card mat to mount the image. I mounted the image onto foam pads for a little extra dimension. The three images were merged in word with the digital paper as a backdrop. I then coloured the images with my Promarkers, added Glossy Accents to the baubles and star, then glued 5 little snowflakes which were cut from the Memory Box die onto the tree and added some Diamond Stickles to finish them. I also added Glossy Accents to all the little bells in the image and to the girls belt buckle. I used Stickles Ice Glitter on the tree to emulate the sparkly tinsel my mama used to wrap round our tree when I was little. My final extra texture treatment was some Liquid Applique to the girls hat trim, which puffed up really nicely and you might just catch a glimpse of the dimension in one of the photos that caught it in the right light.

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The sentiment I've used is from Stampendous and is a really fun one which I utterly fell for after seeing my blog buddy Nic use it a couple of times. Not the first time seeing her gorgeous cards has sent me shopping and I'm sure it won't be the last either!

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Right, that's more than enough chit chat from me today. Come on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog and check out my madly talented teamies and while you're there, join in the challenge! Have an awesome week, I'm off to start the panic clean before our dinner guests arrive. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Creative Romance: Pink
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Inky Chicks: #41 ~ Three Stamps On A Card
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss: #260 ~ Non Traditional Christmas Colours
The Ribbon Girl: November Card Challenge ~ Christmas Card
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #77 ~ Two or More Stamps (I've used three)
Passion For Promarkers: #272 ~ Beatles Song ~ Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Good ol' Days ~ Ice Stickles = tinsel from childhood
Live & Love Crafts: #29 ~ Favourite Christmas Colour Combo (I really love pink and Kraft, I tried this combo last year, which you can see here and loved it, so here's my pink/kraft for this year.)
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