Tuesday, 17 January 2017

St: Lucia

Hey there, my lovely blog buddies. I'm popping in today very quickly to share a card I made for my Swedish pal to celebrate Saint Lucia. We don't celebrate this in New Zealand, but I have loved hearing over the years stories of their celebrations in Sweden from my pal and seeing the pics of her boys being involved in the school celebrations for this. I found an utterly perfect image a couple of years ago drawn by Elisabeth Bell and knew exactly who I wanted to colour this up for. I have this as a rubber stamp, but I believe she was recently released as a digital image by Elisabeth Bell. I love her images, they are so timeless and enchanting. They remain some of my favourite images to work with after all these years!

I was too late to creating it for Saint Lucia, but sent it with her Christmas parcel. I decided it needed something a little different to stage it well. So settled on making a tee-pee card design. I had some festive paper which worked really well together for this, so used three different papers from the same set. I love how this looked all made up. These were from a magazine cover gift. I can't recall which one, so if anyone knows, please feel free to share that with me.

I've seen tee-pee cards done with a plain base card and then layers of patterned paper on top, but my paper was a heavy enough weight to use as the base. So I cut three squares of paper the same size. I think mine were 5x5 inch, but you could do 6x6 for a slightly larger tee-pee base or 4x4 for a slightly smaller one. The size you choose will depend on the size of topper you want to add to it. I could have gone slightly larger again for this topper quite easily, but I liked this smaller size. There are a number of tutorials out there on how to create a tee-pee card, so I want do that here, but it's incredibly easy for the brilliant effect it creates, so don't be afraid to give it a go!

To 'fix' the edge that you want the card to open at, so it can be laid flat for posting, I used a little hand cut square of velcro. I've seen the fixing done with tiny magnets as well, both work very well. You can tell from the way the red paper pops up slightly over the white corner, that this was where my velcro fixer went. The magnets lay slightly flatter, but not majorly so.

Well that's my Christmas tee-pee card and I want to enter it into the Elisabeth Bell Challenge, so I'm off to link up to that now. Happy New Year hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: Any Image Challenge
Come and Get It Challenge: Good Ol' Winter
Crafting From The Heart: #143 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: #2 ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations: #266 ~ Fabulous Flowers (floral paper)
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge: Christmas Creations or Frosty
Creatalicious Challenges: #107 ~ Anything Goes + Winter Option
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Hair Colour Combo ~ I love doing blonde hair, mostly because I think it's a little more forgiving of bad technique than darker hair! LOL. I use Promarkers and I love a soft combo of Vanilla, Tan and for some deeper highlights add a little caramel.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ White on White

Well I'm getting the New Year off to a good crafty start with two posts in one week! It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and we have a lovely one for you this week. We are bringing you a White on White challenge. I think that really IS a challenge considering we are a 'stamping' blog! But I managed to work in some white embossing and the cutest lil' white polar bear you ever did see! So I'm feeling like a nailed it right now! LOL.

I am guilty of having a huge stash of dies, gorgeous dies, that I very rarely use, so I took this opportunity to pull out two very neglected Memory Box dies. I just love that lil' moon and stars die and I think this is the first time I have ever used it! I must do so again soon, as it really is sweet. The wee village die I think was perfect for this make too, so that was good to pull it out again after a long break.

That cutie patootie wee polar bear is from Some Odd Girl. I LOVE the way she draws animals! This little guy is simply irresistible. So when I was thinking about a White on White creation that had to include stamping, this lil' guy sprung to mind immediately. I used my blue grey Promarkers to add a little shading and definition to this wee guy. 

The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley sentiment from one of their Christmas sets called Christmas Wishes. This set has a really nice mix of sentiments and styles too. A really good all rounder for Christmas creations. I chose a sentiment which I thought worked well with this sweet bear. I think he's kinda dreamy, so it resonated for me. I embossed the sentiment straight onto the background paper with Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder. I really would love to have made the sky a lovely inky blue and the sentiment would have stood out much better, but that wouldn't be white on white now would it?! So you just have to read the sentiment a little closer. In the right light, it's clearly visible.

This year Sweet Stampin' is becoming a Just For Fun Challenge. We have lost so many wonderful sponsors this past year with businesses closing down, so we have chosen to continue as a Just For Fun challenge, with entrants being recognised with a Top 3 pick each challenge. I have always thought this was the greatest honour for me personally so we're hoping our followers will continue to join in the challenges and enjoy stamping along with us. I'm off now to a late New Year party with some of our lovely pals tonight, so I'll catch you all again soon. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Update: I managed to take a better photo in the sunlight today, so here's an extra peek at this lil' cutie in better light.

Challenge Entries:
7 Kids College Fund: #4 ~ Anything Goes
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Be Square
Colour Crazy Challenge: #2 ~ Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': Anything Christmas Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge: #171 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Crafting By Designs: Inspired By A Movie (The Golden Compass)
Deep Ocean Challenge: #146 ~ Anything New ('New' Stars & Moon Banner*)
Moving Along With The Times: #36 ~ Something In The Air (Lil' stars and moon)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Winter Birthday (I think this card could work for either Christmas or Birthday! I haven't stamped anything inside yet, so I might yet use it for a Winter Birthday. Hope you agree it could do either.)
I Love Promarkers: #326 ~ Use Something New (*well... it's not strictly speaking 'new', but it is its first outing! I've not used that cute stars and moon banner before. It's been in my stash unloved and unused since I bought it! So it's a 'new debut' of this cute die for me.)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Birthday Using Numbers

Happy New Year my lovely blogging buddies! I tried my best to get around a few of you today, but it would seem Mr Blogger didn't want to play nice and I had to 'prove' I was human for lots of the comments, some of which came up with 404 errors, so if you didn't get a New Year message from me, please don't cry in your coffee, it's Mr Bloggers fault! LOL.

Right, now that's said, onto today's post. Whoop whoop, my first post of 2017! We have our second challenge of 2017 at Fab 'n Funky and our lovely hostess today is the fabulously talented Pat K. Totally go check out her blog, she's amazing! Pat has chosen the theme 'Birthday Using Numbers'. Always a good and popular theme, so I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us this challenge.

Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps. These guys have such cute and fun images with more than a few cheeky sentiments for those who like to make those 'tongue in cheek' cards. I've used an image I had in my stash, as I needed to get this done before my sponsor image arrived. I think this wee cutie fits the bill really well though. It's called Turtle's Birthday. I coloured the image with Distress Inks and kept the card very CAS as I'm right in the middle of a big clean up in my crafting space, so not a lot of bench space down there! I've used a lovely shimmery card base and as those of you who follow my blog will know, I LOVE green, so this card is chock full of shades of green! There's blue there too, but so much green, it's hard to tell, hehe.

I hope you'll find time to come and join our second Fab 'n' Funky challenge for 2017. It's going to be a good year and we have plenty of fun in store for you and some great sponsors and challenge themes. We also will have a few new crew joining us for 2017 too, so be sure to watch for that announcement and come and say hi.

Wishing you all a fabulous New Year. 2017 HAS to be better than last year. So I have all my fingers and toes crossed that good energy, love, health and happiness follows you all this year. I think this card says it quite well with this sweet Penny Black Sentiment from her 'Sprinkles & Smiles' set ~ Bring On The Happy! Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: January Card Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner: #105 ~ Use Patterned Paper
Crafty Creations Challenge: #332 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Craft Challenge: #1 ~ Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge: #87 ~ Happy Birthday
Lemon Shortbread Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: #36 ~ Something In The Air
Come & Get It Challenge: Something New ~ New cloud edge die from La-La Land
Little Red Wagon: 2017 Resolutions ~ I am trying to use different mediums in 2017. I use my Promarkers a lot, so I'm setting myself a goal to use more Distress Ink and Water-colouring in 2017

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Oh Christmas Tree

Get me! Blogging twice in one week!! I'm so happy to be back to my craft room and to my inks and pretty papers, but I am missing my wee doll and I saw her today at a Christmas function with friends. If I weren't too old now to be having kiddos of my own, I'd be well clucky! Little poppet was equally happy to see me which was lovely. But today, I'm here to share my Sweet Stampin' DT card, so to the job at hand...

Our theme this challenge is 'Christmas Trees'. I have a lovely Penny Black Stamp set which I've had a while now and has never before seen ink, so it had a little outing for this project. I actually made 5 Christmas cards using this stamp and the same technique for each card. Green ink for the image and sentiment, which is from the same stamp set. Then a sprinkling of snowy Frantage to complete the look. I had the perfect paper to use for the backing of these two cards, but as I only had a small sheet of it, made only two cards this way and the rest were mounted straight onto craft card. I really love how these first two came out. Still very CAS in design, but the designer paper just added that extra little touch.

The first of these two cards I popped the image up on foam and added a little gold bow to finish. I also edged the image with the same green ink as I used to ink the image and sentiment. The second card, I didn't use the ink around the edges and attached it straight to the card, but this time added a little strip of lovely glittery gold paper below the image. I love both versions and was so pleased with how this little experiment with Frantage went. I don't use it often at all, quite frankly I'm afraid of it! I seem to mess it up every time I try to use it, but this design worked a treat!

I hope you'll come on over and join us for our last Team Abi challenge of the year. We are being sponsored by the fabulous Crafts & Me. I LOVE their gorgeous stamps. We've had such a great year with wonderful challenges and fantastic sponsors. I'm looking forward to more fabulous challenges in 2017. So come and join us again before this year is out. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursday: #456 ~ Snowflakes
Crafty Gals Corner: #101 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: December Card Challenge
Crafty Catz Challenge: #351 ~ Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge: Christmas Challenge
Moving Along With The Times: Christmas Scenes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Let There Be Snow
Pile It On Challenge: #123 ~ Any Holiday/Celebration
613 Avenue Create: #192 ~ Anything Goes + Holiday Happiness
As You Like It: Favourite Christmas Song/Carol ~ That's Christmas To Me - Pentatonix. I just love the beautiful harmony's in this song and I also love their song Mary, Did You Know? These two songs I've played more this year than my previous Christmas favourite song, River sung by Sarah McLachlan.

Update: Thank you for the 'Top Rocker' mention 613 Avenue Create! That made my day :)
(Entry #226 ~ Dec 11-17 2016)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Glitter & Sparkle

Hey there my lovely blog pals, it's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and I finally am back after my long break. Just in time for us to do our last challenge before the whole team takes a wee break over the Christmas season. Gosh this year has flown by. I can't believe how much we've packed into it! Right, onto the challenge at hand.

I've been caught up in the Christmas rush so chose to make a CAS card for this challenge using a lovely Lili of the Valley precoloured image. I've simply added some glitter to the snow and a simple sentiment from a Lili of the Valley Christmas Sentiment set. I had such fun making this one, I decided to make a whole set! I kept them completely CAS as I wanted to whip up a whole batch in a big hurry. So here's a few I created, all with a CAS similar theme.

I've drawn around the little snowfall spots on both these cards with a glue pen and sprinkled loose glitter over them. There was more glitter on me than the cards by the time I'd finished! This second card, I also added a little strip of gold glitter paper for an extra bit of Christmas glitz. I love how that simple touch elevated the whole feel of the card.

For this card, I used a lovely warm toned kraft card base and added pearl drops to the snowfall and used another lovely LOTV Christmas sentiment to finish the CAS design. Simples!

I made a few more cards using this fab combo of LOTV precoloured image and LOTV sentiment set and pulled together quite a few sweet quick Christmas cards. But I think that's enough pics for now! I was going to add the extras to the bottom of the post, but PicMonkey isn't playing nice right now, so I can't edit any more. But the rest are using images from the same precoloured LOTV image pad and similar layouts and sentiment stamps. So you get the gist. 

Come on over and join us for the last Fab 'n' Funky challenge of 2017 with your own Glitter & Sparkle card. I wonder if yours will be a Christmassy one or perhaps something else inspires you right now. We are being sponsored by the lovely Aurora Wings for this challenge. So there's a lovely prize up for grabs. I hope you'll come join in the fun and I'll see you again soon with another Christmas creation. Big hugs and wishes for a happy and healthy lead up to Christmas, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Creative Moments#108 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge: Christmas Time
Crafting By Designs: Here Come The Holidays
Crafting From The Heart#140 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: White Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Ice Inspiration
Come and Get It Challenges: Christmas Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Let There Be Snow
Pile It On Challenge#123 ~ Any Holiday/Celebration
Cupcake Inspirations: Poppy, Cream & Gold Colours (Last Card in Lineup)

Update: Delighted to have won the 'Make It Crafty' prize from the Come and Get It Challenge. Thank you ladies! I'm truly thrilled. Lovely crafty start to 2017!

Second Update: I made 'Top 3' at Creative Inspirations! So stoked to see my card up there in the Top 3, thank you ladies so much!

Third Update: I was a 'Design Team Favourite' at Crafting From The Heart! So honoured, thank you so much!!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner ~ Take 2!

Hey there lovelies, as promised, I've had a hunt through my stash and found a couple of extra Rapunzels, so I have two extra winners! 

Drum roll please!

Second Rapunzel Stamp Winner

Third Rapunzel Stamp Winner

Congratulations to you both. Please send me your address details by email or FB PM. For those who missed out this time around, keep your eyes peeled, as I have an awesome 'Some Odd Girl' candy going up in the New Year! Hugs to you all and Happy Yule (God Jul), Wends xoxo

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Okay, no chicken dinner, but 3 lucky winners!!!
I have some duplicates too, so I'll be back tomorrow with some additional winners
But for now, drum roll please
Random org chose...
The Winner of the Candy Canes Stamp is 

The Winner of the Rapunzel Stamp is 

The Winner of the Joy Crafts Butterfly Die is 

Congratulations my lovely pals. I'm so excited for you!!!
Please send me your address details and I'll post your wins to you.
You can send me a PM on Facebook to keep your address private.

For those who didn't win this time around, please check back tomorrow,
I need to count how many 'extras' I ordered and will draw additional names then,
So be sure to check back!!

Hugs to you all and thanks for entering my candy.

(These hard to source stamps and die were purchased from Moa Pyssel in Sweden. Thank you Lotta!)

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