Thursday, 31 May 2012

Lucky Me...

(Said with a little skip in my step and affected 'Lola' voice) - Ooh lucky me, lucky, lucky me! I won!!

I entered a paper stash giveaway on Bev Rochester's blog. She's one of my favourite card designers and I have followed her since I knew what blogs were! I saw her work first in magazines and would faithfully clip out the pages with her stunning cards to use for future inspiration, often referring to them to refresh my creativity when I am feeling 'blocked'. So to wake up this morning and find to my great surprise and delight that I had won her paper stash giveaway, well let's just say... Woohoo!!

I'm not one to win things, and there were over 200 entries, so I thought it was a slim chance I'd win, but wanted to enter as the papers are so lush! So this is a big surprise and frankly fabulous!

Thank you Bev so much, for your wonderful generosity x

That's all I have right now, but I'll add a piccy when the goodies arrive. Such a happy bunny this afternoon and to top it all off, the thunderstorm hasn't come today and we have another glorious London day, bliss. :)

Monday, 21 May 2012

Celebrating Friendship




I just love this Lili of the Valley die cut. It's a large one, which works so well with the 8x8 card I've used. I've wanted to use this image for a while as it's so lovely and actually put the card together some time ago. But I wasn't happy with the finish, so it sat for a long time, while I mulled over how to finish it. I finally just grabbed a bunch of fabulous Wild Orchid Craft flowers and went for it. Still early days for me using this style of embellishment, but I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I just love the sweet little blossoms which toned so well with the papers. 

The two border punches used are both Martha Stewart - 'Valentine Lace' and 'Doily Lace'. The ribbon is from stash as is the sentiment and annoyingly I can't recall where the lovely background paper is from. So I'll update these details when I remember! Thanks for looking today x

Here's One I Prepared Earlier...




I made this card for one of my best mates, who is a real bookworm. Let's just say, she's incomplete without a book in hand. I love this about her, and wanted to celebrate her great appetite for books, by sending her a card which reflected this. So where better to source the right image than from the wonderfully talented author and illustrator Elizabeth O. Dulemba. She has a fabulous site dedicated to promoting her children's books which includes children's 'Colouring Pages'. Elizabeth's site is all about encouraging kiddies to read and hence has loads of wonderful images of characters reading. I loved her 'Reading Fairy' and knew this would be perfect for my pal. I just know I'll be back there again too! 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Zac

My little man turned two on Monday. I've had such a week leading up to his birthday, I barely have had a minute to absorb this. 2!!! How time flies past when you're having fun, and when you're so sleep deprived it's just surviving to the next day!!! But those days are passing, the sleep is improving and hopefully so will my memory soon, LOL.

Well, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this 'mummy achievement' of raising my small boy to this tender age, without too many bumps and knocks along the way. He's such a sweety and so full of cheek. I'm proud to be his mumma and feel blessed to have not only one, but two miracle babies! Never thought I'd be able to say that, so loving that I can!

Thanks for reading today and here's a couple of lil' pics of my birthday boy looking cheeky in Papa's hat. Hugs, Wends x

 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Paddington Bear and Suitcase

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I've been wanting to use this sweet Paddington Bear stamp for a while now and as I'm posting some hand-me-downs to my cousin who now lives in Australia along with a couple of sweet Paddington Bear books, I thought this would make a cute card to go along with that parcel.

I've coloured the lil' guy with Promarkers of course, and used some fun Paddington Bear papers that came free along time ago with one of my craft magazines. A little splash of gingham ribbon and a cute taxi and sentiment carefully cut from coordinating Paddington Bear papers and I'm almost done. I love this circular hearts Nestabilities die and find it difficult to use with really fussy papers and projects, so it was fun to include this in the project and I think it came out well. A little red ink to the edges and hey presto, I'm done.  A short and sweet post ready to post. I hope you enjoyed having a little look at this card. Thanks for looking x

Love Birds




I just love these lil' cuties. From one of my very favourite artists Sylvia Zet. Her work is divine and her wee characters so so cute. I made this card a while back for Valentines Day (not for my hubby who frankly seems to be allergic to Valentines Day!) but for a mumma at my daughter's school who wanted something a little special to give her hubby on that lovely day. Ahh, sigh, while all the rest of the world are celebrating love and what it means to have someone special in their lives. What's not to like about that?! I'll die an uncelebrated romantic I fear! LOL. Although, having bemoaned the fact that my hubby is not a fan of Valentine's Day, my talented other half has actually written me two songs (given to me on two separate Valentine Days) about not needing Valentine's Day to remind him of his love for me. Well, can't really complain about that can I? I mean, two songs, written for me! I really have no right to complain at all! :)


Monday, 7 May 2012

Sophie's Fairy

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I made this card for my lovely Scottish friends little girl. I just love this sweet Marina Fedotova Fairy and think it makes a great little girls birthday card. I've had this sweet butterfly paper for a while, I think it came out of one of my crafty magazines, it has just been knocking about in my stash, so was time to use it! The lovely pink cotton lace I picked up on one of my excursions to John Lewis. I love to go into their craft corner, as there is no decent craft store in London, certainly not North London where I live. So this is the closest I can get to a craft haven. I can't find a link for it now, but don't know if there's much of this around. If anyone knows where to buy this lovely 'pink' cotton lace, please tell, as I'm running out and it's lush! The seam binding is 'Wild Orchid Crafts' and the Butterfly is a 'Tonic Studios' punch which I finished off with three small ivory pearls from 'Mei Flower'. The larger pink pearls in the corners are also Mei Flower. The image I've die-cut using my trusty Big Shot and an X-cut die - 'Parenthesis'. I've added some sparkle to the wand, skirt and wings with two shades of 'Stickles' - Diamond and Crystal. Well, that's it for now. My beddy-byes is calling and as I lost my voice two days ago, it ought to be an early one! Thanks for the visit x
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