Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Black & White + One

Sliding into home base, with dirt on my face today. I've had such mad busy weeks in this lead up to Christmas and nope, I HAVEN'T finished my Christmas cards. I'm going to have to make them New Year cards now! LOL. But I've managed to pull together a card for our latest Sweet Stampin' challenge by adapting MelJen's 'Sweet Little Donkey' and turning him into a Zebra. Do you think my son will notice there's pink on this? Zebra's are his fav! He's growing up too dang fast. He'll be at school in 6 months time and the time is slipping through my fingers. I've so loved his baby years, but he's my baby no more! He's quick to remind me too, 'I'm a big boy now Mama'.

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Our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' is Black & White (with a splash of one other colour). So when I was rummaging through my stash looking slightly feral and panic stricken, I came across this fab image of MelJen's Designs, which is actually a super cute lil donkey. I had a moment of madness or genius, depending on how you think of it, and figured this donkey looked an awful lot like a zebra, don't ya think? So I coloured him up that way and hey presto, Black & White - nailed it! After a few touches of pink to his ears and cheeks, I figured I'd make that my other colour. 


I can't recall which paper pad I pulled that spotty paper from, so I'll have to come back to you with those details. But I just loved the stripes and spots together. I used a 'Go Create' die to cut the shape of the image and hand cut the pink mat. I edged the spotty paper with a layer of pink to tie it all in and I happened to have a little lamp sitting on my desk cut from black paper, which I'd done for a previous make and not ended up using. My lil' Zebra looked a little bare on his own, so I added the lamp for a touch of interest. I know the lamp is a little random, they don't have lamps in the Savannah, but it really was too bare without it, sigh. The sweet sentiment is from a lovely stash my baby sis gave me from My Mind's Eye.  I blogged about it recently, so you can find the details here.

Head on over to the Sweet Stampin' blog to see what my other talented teamies have been up to. It's a cool challenge theme, so come and join us for a some end of year crafty fun. We have two amazing sponsor this challenge, Di's Digis and Marianne Designs. Both with utterly fabulous prizes up for grabs!

I'm keeping it short and sweet today, yep, for me THIS IS short and sweet, LOL. It's Christmas ya'll!! I've got a million and one things still to do. But on that note, I wish you all a Christmas day filled with moments worthy of memories, pleasures that warm the heart and people you utterly adore. Huge Christmas hugs, Wends xxxx

Challenge Entries:
I Love Promarkers: #250 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew: # 77 ~ Anything Goes
Crazy For CAS Challenge: #60 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge: #78 ~ Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Anything Goes (Final Challenge - so sad to see you go!xxx)

Monday, 15 December 2014

Dream Valley - Christmas

Can you believe how close Christmas is now?! I'm doing a little panic as I count up the cards I've yet to post. It's time now for our last challenge of the year at Dream Valley and we have a really big line up of wonderful sponsors this challenge. They've all been generous and fabulous sponsors this year and we are grateful to them all for helping us make this a truly fantastic and successful challenge.

We are being sponsored by Robyn's Fetish, Freckled Fawn, Paper Shelter, Kenny K, Crafty Sentiments, My Mum's Craft Shop, Lacy Sunshine Stamps and Dilly Beans Stamps. Thank you all, for being amazing sponsors this past year.

So what you may ask is our theme this challenge? You really don't have to ask, it's 'Christmas' of course. Bring out all your fabulous Christmas makes and share them with us for our month long end of year challenge at Dream Valley.


For my card, I've used two lovely Stampendous stamps. You can find some of the Stampendous range at My Mum's Craft Shop. I really like these wee Angels, they're so so cute! The stamp is called Angel Kisses. I had kept it really CAS initially, but I think the sentiment stamp just finishes off that Christmassy feel.

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I've used a lovely Cherry Plaid paper in pink and lime which is from The Hobby House. I've had the pretty pink grosgrain ribbon in my stash for ages, but never had the right pink and lime combo for it to fit with before, so I was really pleased to use it on this card. I've used foam behind the image for a bit of depth and dimension and cut the pink frame with a Spellbinders Nestabilities die. The image was coloured with Promarkers and Stickles added to the furry bits. I've used glossy accents on the berries and for the snow I used White Opal Liquid Pearls. I've sent this to one of my blog buddies in the UK, so I hope this reaches her before she sees this!

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Thanks for popping in today. This will be my last post as a Dream Valley design team member. I have only a few months left before my small boy starts school, and I've been struggling to juggle all the balls. So with a heavy heart, I am stepping down from the design team. It's been a wild ride ladies, thanks for having me! Do come and join in our last Dream Valley challenge of the year. You have a whole month to get your entries in! Check out what my awesomely talented team mates have been up to this challenge too on the Dream Valley blog. I'll see you all again soon but in the meantime, I wish you all a blessed Christmas surrounded by those you love. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Crafty Cardmakers: #129 ~ Christmas
Inky Chicks: #44 ~ Winter Wonderland
Stamping Sensations: Winter Wonderland
Crafty Catz: #259 ~ Last Minute Christmas
Sentimental Sundays: #237 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Farewell ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #87 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me Challenge: December ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps: #130 ~ Winter or Christmas Theme
MilkCoffee Challenge: Christmas with Non-Traditional Colours

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas!

The days are whizzing by right now. I've still so much prep to do for Christmas and plans to make, but I'm another one up on my Christmas cards! It's been so fabulous this year having one Christmas challenge a month here at Fab 'n' Funky. I bet you're thanking us now right? I'm so pleased to have got ahead with some of my Christmas makes and this one is rather special, as it's to celebrate a family member's happy state this Christmas. Not long now until baby arrives.

It's our final Christmas challenge for the year here at Fab 'n' Funky and Sassy Studio Designs is our wonderful sponsor this time around. The design team were given some really fabulous images to work with. The one I've chosen has been in my stash a while, waiting for the right time to use it and this is definitely it, with one of my kin due to have their babe really soon.

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I've been chasing my tail all month, as I've not only Christmas to prepare for, but quite a number of family birthdays in December and of course my Swedish best pal's birthday, so I've been busy prepping parcels and making cards for those special days. This card was made with the clock ticking loudly in my ear! I just managed to finish photographing it and uploading it minutes before it was due to go live on the blog. So, sweet and simple was my approach with this card. I've used a gorgeous designer paper from one of my favourite Christmas paper pads by Panduro Hobby called 'Tis The Season. I really do like this paper pad. I've used it loads, you can see some of my other makes using it here, here and here.

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I won a gorgeous prize from The Ribbon Girl recently and the gorgeous Hessian Ribbon and Kort och Godt rolled rose is from that win. So is the fine twine that I've used to create the loops behind the Poinsettia bloom and also that I doubled with a pretty pink bakers twine to dress the top of the tag. I still have plenty of little treasures tucked away from that win, which I'll bring out over the next few makes. But let's just say, I'm sooooooooo happy with all the gorgeous bits I've just added to my stash! My thanks to Crafty Little Fairies who I won them through!

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The shimmery Poinsettia is a gorgeous red satin mirri card that I bought from a limited run through Joanna Sheen recently just for the purpose of making these gorgeous Poinsettia blooms. It's such a fabulous card and makes the Poinsettia look really lush. I've twisted the petals at the base slightly to give them a lift and add dimension and finished with a pink pearl in the centre to echo the other pearls I've used in the corners and in the centre of the rolled rose. I've distressed all the edges of the papers and used a white washed red colour core mat behind the image. As that famous lil' meerkat would say 'Simples'. A couple of final details to mention, I've used a stamp set around the image from a Personal Impressions set called 'Warm Winter Wishes' which I bought from Funky Kits and the beautiful sentiment is a Stampendous stamp.

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That's it from me today. I'll be swinging by again soon with another crafty adventure. I hope all yours are going well in the lead up to Christmas. 13 days to go! Eeeek!!! Head on over to the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog for more inspiration for your Christmas makes. My teamies have some really gorgeous ones to share. In the meantime I wish you all the joys of the Christmas season and none of the stress! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Seeing Red
Whimsy Stamps: #78 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: Farewell ~ Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: Bingo (Ribbon, Free, Blooms)
Loves Rubberstamps: #130 ~ Winter or Christmas Theme
I Love Promarkers: #249 ~ Pearls & Swirls (Twine Swirls)
The Ribbon Girl: December Card Challenge ~ Anything Goes
MilkCoffee Challenge: Christmas With Non-Traditional Colours
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Bling It On! (Pearls and Mirri card Poinsettia)
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Film or Song Inspiration ~ Michael Bublé - All I Want For Christmas, because seriously, Bublé - what's not to love! 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Sweet Stampin' - Things With Wings

Hey lovely crafting pals. It's that time again, a new challenge has started over at Sweet Stampin' and this week we have the ever popular 'Things With Wings' theme. We are sponsored this week by the wonderful crew at Stamp & Create who are offering the winner a very generous $20 to spend in their store.


It's no secret I have quite a lot of fairies in my stamp collection. I do love these wee creatures. So when I was thinking about what to make for my Swedish pal whose birthday is today, I knew it had to be Sugar Nellie (my fav's, no surprise there!). This wee fairy, sitting looking so wistful and thoughtful on her toadstool, I thought was perfect, because my pal is so much on my mind right now. The last few years before we left London, we had a little ritual that I would go to Sweden and spend her birthday with her. So the last couple of birthdays, has had me longing for Sweden, the snow, my pal's company and a glass of glögg!

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Those of you who know me, know I have a little thang for Sugar Nellie stamps, especially their fairies drawn by Marina Fedotova. Oh my, her images are just the cutest, most wistful, enchanting characters and Sugar Nellie has had a long line of these gorgeous images in their catalogue. I have to confess, I've never actually inked this fairy up before. Despite having her in my collection for quite a number of years! Naughty me. I just needed to get around to putting some cling foam on and I was set. I do think she's come up really well. I should have used a light grey around the image, to make her 'pop' off the page better. But I forgot to, in my haste to finish the card.

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I've coloured this gorgeous gal with my Promarkers and a couple of Flexmarkers too. I do love to use a 'close palette' in my colouring, so some of my shadowing gets a bit lost. I'll have to get more adventurous. I've liberally covered her wings in Stickles after shading them. The gorgeous fennel like bloom is a Memory Box die. I don't use this often and really think I should more, as it's fab. I cut 3 different colours and tied them with twine. Simple but perfect for this card I think.

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The sentiment is a Magnolia stamp and I've used it lots this year. It's just perfect for so many occasions. I used an MFT fishtail stax die to cut out the sentiment and inked all the edges of the papers with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

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Come on over and check out what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to on the Sweet Stampin' blog and join in our fun challenge. Things With Wings is a favourite challenge theme of mine, so let's see how many of you love it too! Thanks for popping in today, and I'll see you all again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Scribble & Scrap: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps: #129 ~ Anything Goes
The Sugar Bowl: Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #86 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Challenge: #78 ~ Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty: Anything 'Not Christmas' Goes
Sentimental Sundays: #235 ~ Lots of Layers (Layered blooms, layered & stitched paper)
As You Like It Challenge: #42 ~ Favourite Song/Film & Why (This wee fairy makes me think of my favourite kids film - Return to Neverland. Her face reminds me of the lead character, who is 'Wendy's daughter from Peter Pan. It's a really sweet sequel to the original Peter Pan and has a beautiful song in it too. My children love it.)

Update: This card won 'Top 3' in the 'As You Like It' challenge.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Easy Peasy!

It's my turn to host the Fab 'n' Funky challenge this week. I've had such a huge week and there's no chance of it slowing down anytime soon. So I decided that this challenge, we'd go for the soft option, an easy peasy challenge, using pre-coloured images, toppers, ATC's anything that makes it a quick easy card.

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Kenny K who supplied the team with some really fabulous pre-coloured digital stamps for this challenge. I wanted to use one of Kenny K's sassy girls as I think they're such fun. I love the strength and sass of this character. She's called Lady Victoria.

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I couldn't decide what to make with this image initially. I wanted to find a sentiment that said "Would the man saying it can't be done, please get out of the way of the woman doing it". I thought that would have suited this image so well! But I couldn't find a digi of this. I was tidying some papers on my desk and found these snowmen and the idea hit me to use the sassy "Dear Santa, define "good" sentiment I'd seen used by some of my lovely blog pals. So I went on a hunt for a digi of this and found Squigglefly had a great version, which I've used on this card. I really like the font they used. I had this top hat on my desk too, from a My Mind's Eye set of chalkboard embellishments and thought it would make a cute finish to the card. So there you have it, my easy peasy lemon squeezy sassy Christmas card.

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with for our easy peasy challenge. Do make sure you head over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to see what my awesome DT sista's have been up to too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Holiday Cards
Scribble & Scrap: #32 ~ Always Anything Goes
Creative Moments: #57 ~ Anything Goes/Winter
Sister Act Card Challenge: #85 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew Challenge: #185 ~ 100% Anything Goes!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dream Valley - True Blue

Oh wow, it's the 1st of December already! Where oh where has this year gone?!!! My babies are growing up too fast! Just stop the world for a bit, I need some more time. I am sliding in here today by the seat of my pants, last minute photoshoot of my wee make right before it was due to go live on our challenge blog. Naughty me! Last minute lass. But enough about that, it's December 1st! That's tree trimming day in our house, so I'll share a couple of pics with you tomorrow.


The fabby stamp above is from Lacy Sunshine Stamps who is our wonderful sponsor for this fortnights challenge at Dream Valley. I just love this Parisian flavoured stamp. It's called, Adele City Girl. I'd have loved to colour her hat in a tartan pattern as the pal this card is for is Scottish. But I couldn't quite work out how in a blue theme! So blue it is.


I found some gorgeous blue velvet ribbons in my stash and kinda built the card around those. The dark blue crushed velvet is gorgeous, it's a shame it doesn't show up well in the pics. I had to fold my double bow very carefully to keep the velvet on the outside of the loops, an interesting and finger fumbling process. But I got there. It has quite a nice 'floppy rabbit ear' look to it in reality.


The doily I gave a good cup of coffee and scrunched it up a bit before adding to the card. I didn't want a stark white doily on this make, as I was keen to use my lovely natural cotton lace. I added a lovely Freckled Fawn wooden heart and two quickutz photo corners to finish the card and a lovely sentiment from a Little Darlings set. The die I've used here is a La La Land stitched tabs die.


I had coloured the mat behind the image a much brighter blue, more like the background colour on the Basic Grey Lauderdale designer paper, but when I put it all together, it looked awful. So after my panic moment was over, I just pulled out a denim blue Promarker and carefully coloured around the image trying not to ink the image itself. Fortunately, I'd already run the image around my Faded Jeans distress ink, so it didn't show in the couple of places I got too close! It looks SO much better with the darker mat. So I was really pleased with my rescue attempt.


It's pumpkin time here in New Zealand and I've a million things to do tomorrow. My pillow is calling, so I bid you goodnight. Make sure you pop on over to the Dream Valley Challenge blog to see what amazing creations my lovely DT sista's have come up with. Better still, come on over and join in our challenge too. I look forward to seeing your take on our 'True Blue' theme. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge: #122 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #85 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick - Blue and Ribbon & Lace
613 Avenue Create: #100 ~ Anything Goes with optional twist - Calendar
Moving Along With The Times: Inspired By A Song ~ I'm Blue by Eiffel 65
A Little Bit Crafty: Anything Goes - But Not Christmas! Final Farewell Challenge
A Creative Romance: Something Old (I've had the doily and velvet ribbon for years!)
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge: #128 ~ Distress It. Inked edges and coffee stained doily

Update: I won the Papertake Weekly Challenge! Woohoo!! Awesome 'Simon Says' prize :)

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