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!
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Second Rapunzel Stamp Winner
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Third Rapunzel Stamp Winner
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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...
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The Winner of the Candy Canes Stamp is 

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The Winner of the Rapunzel Stamp is 

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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!)

Sweet Stampin' ~ Let It Snow

Hey there my lovely blog pals. I'm late late late with this post. Forgive me! We had a family wedding up North over the weekend and I knew I had too many balls in the air!! Such a gorgeous weekend and a beautiful wedding ceremony. So nice to be with extended family and people we love but don't see so often. Especially meaningful to see my daddy's siblings now he's no longer with us. I'll share a couple of pics at the end of the post, but for now, I need to show you my card for the Sweet Stampin' challenge that went live on Saturday whilst I was away at the wedding. 


Our theme for the challenge this week is 'Let It Snow' and I happened to have this cute card ready to go. I used a sweet stamp from Nellie Snellen's Christmas Time set called 'Parcel Mount' and some fun tartan paper, which I'll have to hunt down the paper pad for as I've already cleared it away and can't remember what it's called! I kept the design simple for haste and added a diecut tree sprinkled in snowy silver and white glitter and a white organza bow with two 'jingle' bells to finish. Very simple design, but that's me at Christmas, no time for the fancy stuff as the day drawers ever near! But I do love this, because I love, love, LOVE tartan paper and this design really showcases it well, leaving lots of 'empty' space. I've used my Promarkers to colour the sweet image and edged the paper and oval image panel with Memento Rich Cocoa brown ink. Simples!


Our sponsor is the wonderful Marianne Design. So come and play along to be in with a chance to win the most fabulous prize. We'd love to see what you create and as it's so close to Christmas now, I'm sure you all must have a few snowy makes to enter our 'Let It Snow' challenge. Hope to see you again soon. Still more busy days in the lead up to Christmas, so no rest yet! Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo


Challenge Entries:
The Ribbon Girl: December Card Challenge
City Crafter Challenge: #341 ~ The Tree Is Up
Cute Card Thursday: #454 ~ Toys or Transport
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Christmas Gifts
Creative Inspirations: #263 ~ Christmas Creations
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers: #375 ~ Mega Christmas Challenge
Moving Along With The Times: Anything Goes With Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge: #143 ~ Santa Claus is Coming To Town!
Little Red Wagon: Santa Claus is Coming To Town! (Santa Bunny?!)

For those of you who stuck around to see the pics. Here's a few from our beautiful wee family spot up the very North of New Zealand, (where it gets really skinny on the map!). Enjoy xoxo

 The view from the porch of our extended family's bach at Tauranga Bay

 The view from the kitchen window of the bach at Tauranga Bay
(Featuring a Pohutukawa, the New Zealand Christmas Tree!)

The little red tractor that towed the yacht out. Only in New Zealand!! 

 Beautiful Whangaroa Harbour, where the wedding church was.

Panaramic shot overlooking the Cavalli Islands

Panaramic shot of Zac & Georgie playing in the water at Tauranga Bay

Click on the pics to pop them up for a bigger view xoxo

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ It's Our Birthday!!!

Hey there my lovely blog pals. I have been gone so long I've almost forgotten how to write up a blog post! LOL. I'm sneaking in today, because it's Sweet Stampin's 7th Birthday!! Woop woop!! Can you believe that we've been going 7 years?! I have had the privilege to be on the design team since November 2014 and I've loved every minute of it! We have such a great team here and I didn't want to miss the celebrations! 


I've been missing these girlies whilst I've been off playing Mary Poppins to one of my bestie's bubs. I am so looking forward to getting properly back into my craft room! But in the meantime, here's a wee make I made earlier this year, for my daughter's teachers birthday. The kids threw her a surprise party, organising food from home and Georgie gave me a couple of hours to pull this together! All very last minute and exciting and apparently her teacher was utterly chuffed with her lovely surprise. So here's the card I made for her.


I kept it very simple as it was very short notice, so just threw a little masking tape on a page, brushed on some distress ink in various hues (Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves and Tattered Rose) I splashed it with water and that was that - background done. I used a gorgeous stamp from Unity Stamps because Georgie happened to mention her teacher was dotty for Elephants, so this fit the bill perfectly! All I needed was a 'Surprise' element. I think the sentiment fit the bill perfectly! I can't put my hands on the stamp set I used for the two sentiments inside and out, so will have to update later. Below is a wee peek at the panel I used inside the card. Made the same way as the front, but with wonky masking tape sides! Unintentional, but I quite liked the effect.


Our awesome sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful Crafts & Me. I love their stamps and had I had the time, I so would have coloured up one of their gorgeous images, so go check them out if you've not discovered them before. Be sure you come join in for the chance to win their gorgeous prize!


Well, I've almost completely missed getting this posted in time for our birthday week, I've been caught up all week with gorgeous little people who need undivided love and attention, so this is my 'better late than never' post and I'll get it live now before I've completely missed the boat!

It's my last week as Mary Poppins, so I'll be back early December with my regular DT posts. Thanks to all my amazing DT's who've been incredibly supportive and understanding during my absence. I can't wait to have time just to play in my craft room again. I'm having such withdrawals!! LOL.


If you haven't joined in with my Christmas 'AWOL' candy. Be sure to check out the previous post and join in, there's some sweet goodies to be won. Love and hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Christmas Candy!!!

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It seems forever since I posted on my blog and I'm missing you all like crazy! My days are full and I'm knackered, so there's little room for much more crafty fun than the occasional comment. You can consider yourself very special if you've had a comment from me lately! LOL. 

I was feeling very sad about Krista's decision to close her digital stamps store a while back and now we have the lovely Sandy who ran my favourite online craft store closing her doors! So, in a bid to celebrate the wonderful talent we enjoy from some awesome artists out there. I decided to put together a little 'Christmas Candy'. I bought these stamps of Krista's designs right after finding out about her shop closure. One for me and one for a random lucky winner. But of course, one is never enough, so there may be some duplicate stamps up for grabs. 

I'm going to do this a little differently too. I will show you a pic of the stamps and in the comments below I'd like you to tell me which stamp you'd like to be entered in the draw for. It's sad to win a prize you don't want or already have. So I'm going to put them up as separate items and you can enter one or all of the candies according to what appeals to you or that you don't have already.

The draws will be random, so you will be eligible to win any of the candies you enter. There's no maximum. Good luck to you all! I will draw the winners on the 7th December 2016. I have a couple of extras, so please be sure to enter any you particularly love.

These items are some of my favourite images and I scoured the globe to find them after Krista closed her shop. I found them in Sweden at Moa Pyssel, so the price on the stamp you see is in Swedish Krona. I also found another of my favourite ever butterfly dies from Joy crafts. This is quite tricky to find these days, so I'd really like this to go to someone who'd really love it! So be sure to enter your fav's! 

Right, shall we get the ball rolling?

Candy #1
My fav' Christmas stamp of Krista's.

Candy #2
Rapunzel! Love this stamp.

Candy #3
My favourite Butterfly. It matches this edge die


This candy is to say thank you to my lovely followers, since I'm not posting regularly at present. Hopefully 'life as we know it' should return to normal in early December. Followers only please, no candy only blogs. I'd love it if you would pop a pic in your sidebar with a link back to this post to help spread the word too, but that's not a deal breaker. In the meantime, thanks for remembering me and good luck with the candy draw!


Hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

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
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The Winner of the Candy Canes Stamp is Sarah Wills
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The Winner of the Rapunzel Stamp is Sammy Jean
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The Winner of the Joy Crafts Butterfly Die is Wendy Fields

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.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Fab 'n' Funky ~ Fabulous Flowers

Hey there my lovely blog buddies, I know, I know, long time no post! It's a long story and I've been uber busy, but all is well, just helping out a friend and will be back to the usual broadcast in early December. But for now, I'm just sneaking in to host my challenge on the Fab 'n' Funky blog. I've been seriously short of creative time these past few weeks, so it's just as well a sweet pal asked me recently to create a birthday card for her mummy. It fits the bill perfectly! I chose the theme 'Fabulous Flowers' for my challenge and I'm really hoping people will add more than just floral paper to their creations. I would love to see some paper or fabric flowers on entries for this challenge.


I was in a rush to get this card to my pal for her mummy's 70th as I had a mad week that week, so in my haste, I forgot to take pics! Thankfully, my pal had time to take some for me before giving it to her mummy at her gorgeous high tea party. I worked this into the theme of the card, by adding a little Whimsy Teapot and a few teacups cut from the pretty floral paper. My pal also told me they were giving her mama a beautiful Parisian themed book and if I could work that into the card too, she'd be thrilled. So I went for a pretty shabby chic style, with flowers and ribbon and pretty papers, which fit the Parisian theme beautifully! The papers are Craftwork Cards - Postcard From Paris


I used another page from the same paper set to create the little postcards. I've inked everything with Distress Ink in Tea Dye, including the pink paper flowers as they were a little bright when I first put them on, so the Tea Dye just softened their colour a bit. I think it looks fab. I cut the mat for the sentiment from a copper card stock and used the same cardstock to cut the '70' which was the final request from my pal for her mama's card. I think I met the brief pretty well. The numbers are from an older Quickutz set for the hand tool.


The sentiment is of course a Lili of the Valley large sentiment from Set 61 - Quotables - Celebrate. I really like these big sentiment sets, there's a great variety for a number of different occasions and even better they've just brought them out as digi sets! So there's lots of room for creativity with that option. I used the clear stamp for this card and Memento ink in Rich Cocoa.


I also decorated the inside of the card with the same paper as the front and inked the edge of the circle with Tea Dye again. I used a Kaisercraft Postmark Stamp to add a little interest to the bottom of the writing panel. I used a lighter Memento ink for this, called Desert Sand. The pretty card shape I cut with my favourite Go Kreate Frilly #10 die. I love this card shape and I think it's perfect when wanting to create a slightly more 'special' finish to a card.


We're being sponsored by my favourite craft store ~ Live & Love Crafts for this challenge. I'm crying in my coffee right now as the lovely Sandy has decided to close up shop. So this is one of your last opportunities to get some of her gorgeous crafty goodies! So grab all your lush blooms and gorgeous shabby chic goodies and join us for some floral fun. You can use floral paper but it's those paper & fabric blooms I'd really like to see on your cards.


I will be super busy from now until the beginning of December. So next time I share, it's very likely to be a Christmas card!! Can you believe there's only 66 days until Christmas?! That's 9 1/2 weeks! Eeek!! I've a lot of shopping to do!!! Hugs to you all until I can get back here again, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Pile It On: #119 ~ Food & Drink
Crafty Catz: #342 ~ All Tied Up (Ribbon)
The Little Red Wagon: #364 ~ Let's Party
Lemon Shortbread: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #166 ~ Vintage + A Sentiment
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #44 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #190 ~ ATG + Green & Gold (Green Base & Gold Ribbon)
Mod Squad: The Way We Were ~ Case an old card of yours with a twist. Card here. Moved the elements around a bit, but layering and card shape, ribbon across middle etc, all very similar.

Update: I made the Top 3 at Mod Squad with this card. I'm so delighted. Thank you ladies!


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Sweet Stampin' ~ Cute & Cuddly

Hey there my lovely blog buddies. It's been a silly week, as I mentioned on my last post. So I'm flying in quickly with my DT make for Sweet Stampin' tonight. As you know, you must 'stamp' to enter our challenges, so I do love to use my rubber stamps whenever possible for my DT makes and I picked up this cute Stamping Bella chick recently with this fabulous sentiment too and just knew I had to use it for my best bud in Sweden. 

      (sorry about the wonky angle - held up to the Sun to catch the daisy sparkle)
   
I sent my Swedish pal this card recently with all the family news in it. Needless to say, I had to add several additional pages! I do love snail mail, it's still my favourite way to communicate with my pals abroad. There's just something special about an actual letter you can hold and even nicer with a sweet handmade card! I just think this wee chick is super cute and with that sentiment, it quite stole my heart!

                 
I kept the design very CAS and used some digital paper from Pixel Scrapper as the background. It's from the Strawberry Fields set by Janet Scott. I've coloured the image with my Promarkers and added a touch of Wink of Stella to the centre of the daisy. A few distressed edges, a simple yellow bakers twine wrap to finish et voila. 


Come on over to Sweet Stampin' to join in our 'Cute & Cuddly' challenge. I'd love to see what you create. I'll be back again when time allows. Things are about to get a whole lot crazier at mine for a little bit, so I'm not sure how often I'll be able to check in over the next few weeks. But fingers crossed I won't be too knackered in the evenings to check in with you all. Thanks for all the lovely messages you leave me, I don't say it very often, but they always TOTALLY make my day. Big hugs to you all, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Lemon Shortbread: #23 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: #337 ~ Anything But Square
The Ribbon Girl: September Card Challenge
Cute Card Thursday: #442 ~ Animals/Creatures
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #41 ~ Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments: #163 ~ Anything Goes + A Sentiment
Simon Says Monday Challenge: STAMPtember ~ Stamp It
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: STAMPtember ~ Stamp It
City Crafter Challenge: #328 ~ Photo Inspiration (Red, Yellow, White, Flower)
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