Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ I Wish I Could Fly

Hello again. 3rd bus in a row, hehe. I'm back with another DT creation, this time for the fabulous Sweet Stampin' Challenge. We are having a fun theme for this challenge, which is called 'I Wish I Could Fly'. I had great fun with this challenge, I actually created 3 cards which could have worked for this theme, but there was something about this wistful image, which quite stole my heart, so although it's actually possibly the simplest of my designs, I thought it was the best suited for this theme.


I just love this A Day For Daisies image. I can't find it on the site, as it's an older image, but there are several similar. I coloured it very simply, with my Promarkers and then set about masking it (not in the usual way, as I had no post it notes!) by using some washi tape. I tore off little bits to cover the image where I didn't want any ink to fall whilst creating my clouds and then with my ink dusters, created these candyfloss clouds. I just love the way this turned out. It was on a whim that I used the 3 different colours and although the image was coloured in shades that I wouldn't normally mix with these cloud colours, it kinda works and makes the image pop I think.


I've tried a few different ways of colouring clouds lately and this method is my favourite. I was too caught up in the creating when I was doing the clouds to capture the process, but essentially, I cut myself a template and used it at differing angles to create the puffy cloud shapes. I dust around the image once it's masked off with distress ink and an ink duster. The ink duster gives a much softer finish than the distress sponges. I love the finish of the dusters far more. The distress inks I used were Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass. You can find the ink dusters I used at Inkylicious.



I kept the card design very simple as this is such an enchanting image, I didn't want to add lots of other details to the card. My son Zac wanted to send his Nanny a card and my mummy loves purple, so we added this to a purple base card which has a lovely shimmer. With a purple shimmery envelope to match, it makes it quite a lovely set. I really liked the way the balloon extended beyond the frame to look as if it was floating off into the ether. It has a good lashing of glossy accents on it, so up close it's very shiny and it adds dimension, that little extra touch that makes such a big difference.


I hope you'll come and join the fun with us this week at Sweet Stampin' for our 'I Wish I Could Fly' challenge. I think it's rather a lovely theme and can't wait to see what you make of it! I'm heading off with the kids for some holiday fun up at our family beach, so I'll be out of touch now for a few days. But I send you all a big hug and wish you a truly happy week filled with crafty fun. Hugs, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries
City Crafter Challenge: #358 ~ Birthday Case #3

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Boys Will Be Boys

Bus number two is pulling into the station today, hehe, with my latest DT creation for Southern Girls Challenge. We are doing a 'Boys' challenge this week and have the lovely Sasayaki Glitter sponsoring us this fortnight. We were given some utterly adorable images to work with and I had a super cute image of theirs in my stash, so I opted to use this for a wee mans birthday that's coming up. It's called Dragoon and it reminded me of the super cute Spyro from a playstation game we used to play a few years ago (before we had the kiddos!). So I've coloured up this cute chap and created a background to look like Spyro, right down to the cute little dragonfly mascot that flies around with him. Hopefully this looks like a game scene from Spyro to those who know the game.


I used a fabulous cloud digital paper from artist Tina Shaw of the Pixel Scrappers from her 'Remembrance' set and the grassy hills were created with two papers from the same Minikit set called Christmas Gifts by Marisa Lerin also from Pixel Scrappers. I cut the hills with my Spellbinders Borderabilities A2 Curved Borders 1 die. The wee castle (there are lots of castles in the Spyro game) was cut with a Magnolia Doohickey and then embossed with a rough brick folder and the edges inked with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in Dark Bark. 


The rest of my teamies have some awesome inspiration for you over on the Southern Girls Challenge blog, so be sure to swing by and check out there gorgeous creations. 


I hope you'll come and join us with your 'Boy' creations too and show us what inspires you. I'll be back again very soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, have a fabulous day. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge: Yellow
Cute Card Thursday: #474 ~ Birthdays
Colour Crazy Challenge: #15 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers: #186 ~ Things With Wings
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge: #403 ~ Mythical
Crafty Creations Challenge: #339 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge: #116 ~Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers (little Spyro is holding a flower)
As You Like It: Favourite Colour: Easy Peasy, mine is 'Green'. I love it, bright, lime, dark, apple, they're all lush to me. But purple runs a close second, so I've managed to combine two of my fav's in this card!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ In The Garden

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies. After my disgraceful late post for the last Fab 'n' Funky challenge I thought I'd better get in early this week, so here I am scheduling this post well before it's due, so blogger don't let me down! We are having an awesome Easter break right now. My kiddos finished their first school term on Thursday last and now we have two blissful weeks off. I'm hoping to take them up North to our family bach, but we are forecast a cyclone! So we'll have to see what happens with that. It's hit the middle of our North Island quite badly, but seems to have missed Auckland at this stage. The footage is alarming and funny at the same time, with some typical blasé Kiwi attitudes of getting out the surfboards to make the most of the swells! Not so fun for the families who have had to evacuate their homes to drier ground though. My thoughts and well wishes are with them all.


But you came to look at the pretties, so let me get to that! Our fabulous sponsor is Lemon Shortbread this week and wow do they have some enchanting images or what?! I love this sweet image which is actually their promo image at the moment. I think it's so sweet and fits with the garden theme of our current challenge really well. You can find this sweet image along with the other fabulous garden images my teamies are using over on their Etsy Store. The image I used is called Daisy Ribbon Lucille.


Isn't she a sweetheart?! I love the gorgeous yesteryear design, the hat tip to the 1960's glamourous backcombed 'beehive' hairstyles. I remember a beautiful picture of my mummy's twin sister sporting a rather glamourous hairstyle quite similar to this back in the day. It's not apparent in the above picture, but I've added some Wink of Stella on the daisies petals for a bit of glitter and shine and some liquid pearl accents on her lovely string of pearls necklace.


I often colour first and panic afterwards that I'll not find papers to match, so I was happily surprised to find a gorgeous and rather perfect plaid paper in my digital papers collection from The Digital Press designer Anita Designs. Her collection called The Best of Times, has a lovely selection of papers and this plaid paper had such soft pretty colours in the perfect combo of shades to work with the image I'd just coloured with my Promarkers. 


I had my birthday recently and my hubby and son organised a rather gorgeous treat for me. They decided these fabulous Go Kreate frames might get damaged if they weren't wrapped in something a little sturdier, so my little guy chose this sweet story from his bedtime stories collection to wrap mummy's present in! Totally melted my heart, bless him! Needless to say, I was pretty stoked with my gorgeous new dies too! I love these dies and have been wanting this #7 shape for quite a while, so it was a super lovely birthday treat to be given these. This card is my first creation using these lovely new dies.


The pretty glittery butterflies I've used on this creation were also a birthday present, bought through a wonderful Etsy artisan called Angelica. Her store 'Little Scrap Shop' is full of the most enchanting and beautiful embellishments for papercrafting. I love the little silver spoons! I paired the sweet butterflies with a Joycrafts butterfly border and added the full butterfly on top of the border ones, so you see the full wing span. The littlest one I picked up pre-loved from a crafty pal recently. I was so pleased with that, as I had been trying to hunt down this smaller butterfly for some time now. The larger one you'll recognise as the same one I had as a candy recently. My favourite butterfly shape, it's so pretty. I've embellished the paper butterflies to match the black and blue ones from the Etsy artisan. So a bit of ink to their antennae and some lovely 'Flourish With A Bling' pearls and they worked far better together. I love that their pearls come in packs with lots of different sizes in a range of beautiful colours. I used some pretty cream cotton lace and a darker teal ribbon to finish the card. All the paper edges and the paper butterflies were edged with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in a lovely pale blue shade called Worn Jeans. 


Well that was rather more wordy than I meant to be! I hope you'll come on over to Fab 'n' Funky and check out what my awesome teamies have been up to. Our lovely blog mama Judith is our hostess this week. Pop in to her blog and check out all the awesomeness happening there. She's had a number of her beautiful creations for Crafter's Companion featured on Hochanda TV recently. So her blog is full of inspiration. She chose the theme 'In The Garden' for our current challenge. We'd love to see how you interpret this. I'll be back again very soon with my next crafty adventure. My blog's like a London bus right now! LOL. Hugs to you all and I'll see you soon, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: April ~ Use Any Image
Lemon Shortbread: #39 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #192 ~ Ribbon or Lace
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #56 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #339 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me: April Challenge ~ Things With Wings
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #273 ~ One For The Girls
Card Mania Challenges: #91 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers
Creatalicious Challenges: #113 ~ Anything Goes with option of Birthday (my sisters birthday card)

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Mellow Yellow

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm back again. I know, so soon you say! Well, that was unintentional, had something to do with the fact that I utterly forgot to post my DT creation last Wednesday, so the two have come back to back. Today, I'm sharing my DT post for Sweet Stampin'. We have a lovely theme for you this week (which I may have had some influence over), we want to see your 'Mellow Yellow' makes. I've had such a lot of fun with yellow of late. So many of my recent makes (some yet to appear on my blog) have featured yellow in them. So we thought it would be fun to have a theme for those who also love creating with yellow. It doesn't have to be all yellow, it could be yellow flowers or pops of yellow as the feature. But if you want to go all out and make a totally yellow card, then please do! Here's what I got up to for this challenge.


I'm a diehard Sugar Nellie fan, so any excuse to pull out my lovely Sugar Nellie stamps has me doing a happy dance. I love this one called Hazel & Nutty. She's such a joy to colour and I had fun with a yellow and pink combo for this card. Sadly, the Wink of Stella on her wings doesn't show up at all well. It's too subtle for the lighting I took the pics in. But in reality has a pretty sheen on the wings.


Inspired by the lovely Kat's stitching on her cards, I had another go at stitching on this card. I chose a brown thread to work with the diecut lettering I chose. I had cut these Lil' Inkers words 'Seriously' and 'Awesome' previously for another make and not used them. So they were sitting on my craft desk and this card came together rather quickly with the bits I had sitting around. A simple doily behind Hazel & Nutty to create a 'spotlight' for their sweet encounter and then the addition of the diecut sentiment, some stitching and I was done.


I popped up the pretty yellow MME paper on foam to give the card a bit of dimension, but didn't want to add anything extra. I felt the pretty floral paper was 'flowers enough' so didn't add any extra embellishment. I'm so pleased with this sweet make and it will be winging it's way to a crafty pal very soon. 


Do head on over to the blog to see what my awesomely talented teamies have been up to this week. I know you'll leave inspired to create your own 'Mellow Yellow' creation. So do come join us for some lemony fun this week. I look forward to seeing what you do! Have a fabby weekend and I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #117 ~ 3+ Layers
Stamping Sensations: April ~ Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge: #191 ~ Furry Friends
Colour Crazy Challenge: #14 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #153 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: April ~ Card Challenge
Crafty Creations Challenges: #338 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #42 ~ Into The Woods
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday! (Birthday card for a DT sis)
As You Like It: Favourite Card Base Shape ~ my favourite 'shaped' card base is the Go Kreate Frilly #10, but the card base shape I actually craft with the most often, is a square card base. I love the extra room the additional width gives to add embellishments and features, rather than the narrow traditional rectangular shape. I like to top fold the cards so that they stand nicely when propped up on a ledge. I love to change it up and try all sorts of different shapes and styles, but the square card base is most definitely my 'most used' card base.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Buttons and Bows

You know those weeks, the ones that are so full, you land in bed with a thud, your head hits the pillow and you remember nothing until you wake again the next day only to repeat it all?! Yeah, it's been one of those weeks! So much so, I have missed not only posting my DT creation for Fab 'n' Funky this week, but actually creating it!

So I'll be off to the naughty step very soon, but in the meantime, I'm in a creative frenzy today (the first day I've actually had time to stop and check what I've got in my calendar!). I'm on limited time, as my sis' is throwing a fabulous cocktail party tonight, so it's best bib and tucker later and only a few hours now to craft! So check back soon and I'll hopefully have something to show for my crafty day. In the meantime, head on over to the challenge blog and check out what my rather more organised, fabulously creative teamies have been up to for our 'Buttons & Bows' challenge. Fab theme isn't it?! Chosen by our lovely hostess Susan. So do come and join in the fun! Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo


Whew, that was a full day of crafting, but I'm happy with the result. So let me show you what I got up to. I had some gorgeous digital papers printed from Studio Flergs called 'Over The Rainbow' which suit this gorgeous Bugaboo Stamp to bits I think. The rainbow was on a separate paper, so I cut it out and added it to the cloudy paper. The fabulous sentiment is from Unity Stamps and that wee wooden butterfly button I have had in my stash for so long, waiting for the right card to use it on and I think this fits the bill. I laced some soft grey bakers twine through the button loops to create my 'bow' so snuck in both bits of the challenge - 'Buttons & Bows'.


I coloured the star on her shirt in red at first and then thought "what was I thinking!" so redid it in yellow and fussy cut it then added some Wink of Stella for some pretty highlights. I just love her candyfloss pink hair, that was so much fun to colour. I used four different shades of pink to get the colour grades, so hopefully this shows in the pics. Click on the photo to pop it up to a bigger size for a closer look.


Her tail I coloured with Promarkers and then went over 4 of the colours with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Inks to add a little sheen and sparkle to the tail. It only shows when it catches the light, but it's a nice surprise when it does. The above pic is a bit blurry, but was the best shot for showing the sheen on the tail and the sparkle on her star and horn.


I'm still having trouble with my printer. I've pulled it apart and cleaned the rollers, which thankfully, meant that now one side at least, will now give me a clean print, which is how I managed to print this wee cutie. It's still printing stripy lines down the left side though, so is ruining half my prints! Not one to waste anything though, I just use the other side of the paper and stamp on it. So all is not lost! Do head over to Bugaboo and check out the gorgeous new releases from our fab sponsor.


Thanks for popping in on my wee blog. I had a wonderful night last night at my sister's Champagne & Canapés party, but had such a Champagne hangover today, I don't think I'll be having Champagne again for while! So I think I've done my time on the naughty step. LOL. I'll be back again soon with my next crafty adventure. Have a fabulous weekend. Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo


Ooh I nearly forgot to show you the cute paper I used inside the card too! The lovely digital paper set also had a very cute unicorn page, so I used that to line the inside of the card. My daughter Georgie went utterly nutty (in a good way) when she saw this card. So I think it's destined to land in her room sometime soon! Though would work incredibly well for one of her bestie's birthdays that's coming up! LOL.

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: April ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #13 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #153 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Make A Rainbow
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: April ~ Card Challenge
Crafty Creations Challenges: #338 ~ Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends: #55 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday! (girlie birthday card)
Shopping Our Stash: #297 ~ Tie One On (there's a tiny baker's twine ribbon on the butterfly button)

Update: I was picked as a 'Design Team Favourite' over at Crafting From The Heart. Thank you ladies, I'm really delighted. :)

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Occupations

Big hello waves to all my crafty pals out there. It's Saturday again already, so time for a new Sweet Stampin' challenge to go live. We have an awesome theme for you this week, which is 'Occupations'. We'd love to see any stamps you have that depict occupations. I was tempted to try and do a 'stay at home mama' creation, but I thought it might be lost a bit in the brief. So that made me think about the other hats I've worn, and although my most recent career was as a clinical aromatherapist (I used to have four clinics across London when we lived there) I still always think of myself as a 'Nurse'. I loved my nursing years. It seems like a lifetime ago now, but those were some of the most fun (and exhausting) of my career. I used to work in Paediatrics and we had an awesome crew on the wards. I still miss my nursing buddies, though some I gladly still keep in touch with.


I love Maya Angelou's quote and think it rings true as a mantra for nurses. It's a special calling, a caring profession and with my wee creation I want to honour all those who work in this profession and who do the hard stuff that many wouldn't have the stomach or heart to. I was proud to work as a nurse and so that is my occupation of choice to create for, celebrate and honour today.


My printer is still being really naughty despite the numerous attempts at fixing, tweaking, cleaning, kicking, that have been done. So digi's were not an option which is so annoying as I had a super cute nurse digi! So I went for plan B, as I couldn't find my lovely Elisabeth Bell doctor stamp either! I decided to make a wee nurses bag and used a cute template for the bag creation and then added a lovely wee tag stamped with a Sugar Pea sentiment to finish off the creation. Very simple, but I think conveys my message pretty well.


I love the simplicity of the design, it was a quick make once the fussy cutting was done! I used a little velcro dot to secure the flap closed, so it can be opened and filled with a treat for that deserving someone. I used an MFT stitched tag die to create the wee tag and as I mentioned earlier, the sentiment is from a Sugar Pea set called 'Caring Hearts'. Kinda perfect I think.


Well that's all folks. I am getting super excited to be taking my 12 year old (a joint birthday present for us both) to her first big concert tomorrow and need to do some research on transport, because apparently, having ADELE in the country, has shut our CBD down and our council has put special travel arrangements in place for the concert goers. So I need to jump online and work it all out. Woohoo, I can't wait! Two very, very, VERY excited Jackson girls in the house!! 


I hope you'll head on over to the blog and check out what my talented teamies have been up to, they've some truly inspiring creations to share with you and as always, feel free to leave us some comments on our DT creations, we love hearing from you! Come and join us in the challenge too if you can, we'd love to see what you create! I'll be back again soon, with or without a working printer, with a new DT creation, so watch this space. Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
CAS on Sunday: #104 ~ Sentiment
Crafty Catz: #363 ~ Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge: Plant Kindness
4 Crafty Chicks: #343 ~ Punches or Dies
Crazy Colour Challenge: #11 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #115 ~ Anything But A Card
Crafting From The Heart: #151 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #271 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #176 ~ Any Sentiment Except For Birthday
Avenue 613 Create: #195 ~ Anything Goes + Options of No Digi Images

Update: I was named in the Top 3 at Mod Squad for my lil' Nurses bag, 'Kindness' project. So delighted, thank you ladies!! :)

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Southern Girls Challenge ~ Use A Die Cut

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. Time for a new challenge at Southern Girls and I'm running around like a chook without a head. So I'll check back in with you all with the detes for my card later today...

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I'm back and ready to share the detes of my card. Sorry about the false start! I've been volunteering at my lil' dudes school this morning, so running in to catch a few minutes to write up this post properly.

We have a new challenge starting today at Southern Girls and our theme is 'Use a Die Cut'. We have two awesome sponsors for this challenge so that's two utterly fabulous prizes up for grabs!

A big thank you to our two awesome sponsors for providing images for our design team to work with for this challenge. I've used a really fun set of Gerda Steiner stamps provided by Krafter's Cart for my card.


I've used a fun background paper from an Antipodean designer called Grace Taylor. Bright bold fun colours for that party feel and because this card was made to celebrate the 12th birthday of my Georgie's Swedish pal, I added a big number 12 to mark that milestone. I think Gerda's wee monsters are super fun. Georgie was a little worried this was too 'babyish' now for her pal, as they're getting to that pre-teen angst stage. But I think it's fun and has that celebratory feel, so went with it anyway. (She can make her own, little critic!)


I used an MFT Die-namics Blueprint set to cut the layering mats. It's the #14 set. The number 12 was cut with a Marianne Design number set. Those cute Gerda Steiner critters were coloured with my Promarkers. I really love these pens, the blending is so easy!


A big thank you to our second sponsor Kenny K, who also provided some gorgeous images for the DT to work with. I've had printer issues, so haven't been able to work with any digital images lately, but hope to rectify that soon!


Head over to the blog and see what my awesomely talented teamies got up to with their fabulous images. Thanks for popping in today, I hope you like my 'RAWRsome' card and stop in again soon for my next crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
4 Crafty Chicks: #343 ~ Punches or Dies
Lemon Shortbread: #37 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: March ~ Use Any Image
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Layer It Up
A Gem Of A Challenge: #190 ~ Boys Birthday
Colour Crazy Challenge: #11 ~ Anything Goes
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #54 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #271 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Use More Than One Diecut or Punch
As You Like It: Favourite Colouring Medium and Why ~ Now that's a no brainer! My Promarkers!! I love these alcohol pens. They're always my preferred medium, even if I dabble in a bit of distress ink colouring, I always come back to my Promarkers. I've tried a few Copics and I don't see that they have any benefit over my Promarkers. I love the colour range, the intensity of the colours and the easy blendability, so I'll remain a Promarker girl for a long time yet I think. :)

Update: Delighted to say I was named in the Top 3 at A Gem of a Challenge. Thank you so much ladies, that is has made my day! :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Add A Handmade Flower

Hey there my lovely blog pals. My printer is on the fritz. I'm currently trying all the clean, purge, realign heads etc protocols to fix the wee ailing tech. New inks will soon be arriving in the hopes I can get a card made soon for this challenge!


The gorgeous invisible card you see here, was made using a Lia Stampz image, who is our sponsor this week at Fab 'n' Funky. You should totally head over to the Fab 'n' Funky blog to check out the fabulously visible creations that my wonderful teamies have made. Our theme this week is 'Use a Handmade Flower', which is a gorgeous theme and I hope you'll come and play along with us this week.


Come on back soon to check if I've managed to actually get my printer going, but in the meantime, do click through to our fab challenge and see the gorgeous creations from my teamies. Our lovely hostess Wendy has chosen such a fab theme for us this week.

I'll be back soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Anything But A Birthday

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I am chasing my tail tonight, I popped in to check I'd put my post live for my Sweet Stampin' DT post tonight, only to realise I'd left it half way through editing the other night! Bah!! I've just had a house full of giggly 12 year olds too, so there's mess everywhere! LOL. We finally got to celebrate Georgie's birthday now that we're out of quarantine! But before I go to clean up the aftermath, let me share my DT creation with you today. We are having an 'Anything But A Birthday' challenge this week. So I'm sharing the travel journal and card I made for my gorgeous niece when she left to spend 10 months in France on a foreign exchange programme.


I watercoloured the background with my distress inks, splattered with water to add texture and lift some of the ink to create a more 'watery ocean' feel and once dried, I stamped the world map and sentiment on. Oh how I wish I had used my Hampton Arts Stamping Tool for this, as I'd liked to have double stamped to get a darker impression with the map stamp. The watercolour paper was textured so created a slight graininess, but I quite like the way the watercolours pooled slightly in the channels. Hard to capture in film, it does look better up close.


I bought my niece a lovely travel journal for her trip, which had a beautiful saying embossed on the front already. But I wanted to personalise it, so added a map stamp to the inside cover and a sentiment. The sentiment reads, 'Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home'. I had a sweet tiny kiwi stamp, which I thought was the perfect way to remind her where 'home' is. The map stamp, Kiwi and sentiment where embossed in fine white embossing powder.


Here's a closer look at the lovely Unity Stamps I used. The set is called 'Love Brings You Home' and includes the world map with its little heart and the sentiment I used on the inside cover. 


I won a fantastic set of stamps from Unity stamps recently, so I used a few of their lovely sayings to stamp pages randomly through the journal. I did this to remind my sweet niece of home, to encourage her to enjoy the adventure she is on and to encourage her to embrace every opportunity given.



Here's a peek at the fabulous bundle of Unity Stamps I won. I used the sentiment set in the top middle for created the little words of encouragement throughout the journal. 


So that's my 'Anything But A Birthday' post for you today and now I have to get back to the party clean up! Such a busy, full and fun night for my wee girlie. Last year before she becomes a teenager and she has such a lovely circle of friends. It was really nice to throw this wee party for her. 


Be sure to pop into the Sweet Stampin' blog to check out what my talented teamies did for this theme. It's pretty broad, so lots of scope to get creative! Just remember you need to stamp somewhere on your creation to enter. I'll catch you again really soon, until then, have an awesome weekend. I hope you fit in some crafty adventures too. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Colour Crazy Challenge: #10 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: March ~ Special Female (my sweet niece)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Inspired By A Song

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. I'm here today to share my DT post for Fab 'n' Funky with our fabulous theme 'Inspired by a Song'. Only I can't, because my printer has utterly packed a sad and I can't print a single thing without big black streaky lines all over it, which just won't do! But never one to give up, I thought I'd share an older Kenny K creation (our fabby sponsor for this challenge) that I created previously, and yes, I posted it previously too, so don't follow suit! But in light of my little printer melt down, I thought you might forgive me for resharing this previously blogged card. I made it for my lil' rock chick girlie. It's quite an appropriate 'reshare' too, as she's just had her birthday and guess what she got this year?! Her very own, candy pink, Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar!! I'll share pics at the end. To say she was pleased, is like 'understatement of the year' kinda stuff!! Hehe.


You can find my original post for this Kenny K creation here, with all the detes about the card. The image is Rock Chick from Kenny K, which I just love and must colour up again soon. I hope you'll come join in the fun with us this week at Fab 'n' Funky for our 'Inspired by a Song' or 'Musical Theme' challenge. I'm sure you'll agree, this lil' 'Flashback' post is pretty perfect for this challenge. One of Georgie's favourite songs that this card was originally inspired by is Queen's 'We Will Rock You'. It's a fav' when we pull out Sing Star or Rock Band. So fits this challenge's theme well.


Come and check out what my awesomely talented teamies (who are not having printer malfunctions!) got up to this week. You're gonna love their cards! Stop in first with our lovely hostess Chris to check out the gorgeousness she created for this challenge. You can find the other girls posts on the challenge blog. Don't be shy to stop in on the DT, we love a visit from you, as much as you enjoy a visit from us! Have an awesome week my lovely crafty pals. See you again soon, for my next crafty adventure (printer willing!) Hugs, Wends xoxo

Now for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post and want to see my birthday girlie's fav' present, here's her (nicely vintaged) pink guitar. Smiles all round that day!

The 'Vintaged' (yes, that just means pre-loved and roughed up a bit) 
Pink Fender Squier Stratocaster

Here's the happy birthday girlie with another of her 'pink' pressies. 
She just loves this colour and it wasn't always so. Everything is currently pink, bless.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Baby

Hey there lovelies. I'm sneaking in today to crash the Team Fab party at Fab 'n' Funky with a rogue post. I couldn't resist! I just LOVE A Day for Daisies images and when I found out they were having a 'Baby' themed challenge I just had to join in. Nothing to do of course with the fact that my baby sister is having her second bubba in a couple of months! Hehe.


I saw this divine image called Mama Kisses drawn by Tammy from A Day for Daisies and immediately thought of Klimt. I don't know whether Tammy drew this as a hat tip to Klimt, but it absolutely made me think of his beautiful gold leafed work. So, with my pot of Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes, I set to work to try and add a little 'Klimt' magic to this beautiful image. For those of you not familiar with Gustav Klimt's work, take a peek here.


I used my distress markers and inks to colour this image. I wanted a soft dreamy palette, so they were perfect for that. I then added the gilding flakes over adhesive that I drew onto each flower. I coloured the flowers first and chose to leave some of the flower centres in red, rather than cover them all. I'm quite pleased I did, as the flowers lost some of their definition in the gilding. Next time, I think I would glue every alternate flower and do it in two passes, so there is a little more definition. I also would mask the faces next time too, as some of the darker guilding flakes left 'muddy' marks on the babes shoulder and mummy's face! They didn't rub off despite my best efforts, so will definitely mask next time. I was however, pretty happy with this first attempt at doing 'anything like this' for me!


I tore the top and bottom of the image panel and added some cheesecloth behind for a bit of texture, then stamped the lovely sentiment from Impression Obsession directly onto the copper brown shimmer cardstock and embossed in white. The sentiment is from a set called 'Straight From Heaven'.


One final pic that I snapped outside in a shaft of sunshine, that shows the colours really well. I just love the way the light shifts and changes the way the gilding flakes shimmer and shine. This really is so much nicer in reality. It's hard to capture the prettiness in a static image. But I hope you get the idea! 


Do pop into the challenge blog to see what the talented Team Fab girlies have done for this awesome challenge hosted by our lovely Jan. The images are delish and those girlies have done a stellar job with them. I hope you'll come join us with your own 'Baby' creation too. I'll be back again soon with another crafty adventure, until then, have an awesome and creative week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Crafter's Cafe: #168 ~ CAS
The Ribbon Girl: Use Any Image
Crafting By Designs: March ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge: #8 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #194 ~ Sentimental Journey
Crafting From The Heart: #148 ~ Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog: #108 ~ Simply Love
Crafty Creations Challenges: #336 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Based On A Book (my kiddos favourite - Guess How Much I Love You)
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