Friday, 22 March 2013

Blue Girl

What a week! It's my 'big' little brothers wedding this weekend, so I've been racing around like a flee in a fit trying to get things organized, having realized the 'airmail' box I thought had my wedding outfit in it from the UK, was sent without it! Heavens only knows what happened there. Thank goodness the kids wedding outfits arrived safe and sound! I'm singing at the wedding too, so most nights once the kiddos have gone to bed are spent trying to exercise the rusty old pipes! This house is a little bigger than our London flat thank goodness, or I'd not get away with that! LOL.

I need a little break from it though, so I'm back with another card tonight. I found this sweet little image on an Etsy site called MilkCoffee and just loved it. I coloured the image first, as is often my way, just random colouring, in random colour combinations, it's just how I roll, LOL. But then I found this gorgeous paper and knew that would be a great little pairing. If I recall correctly, this is a Memory Box paper, but I can't refer to my stash as it's still on the slow boat from England! I distressed the edges using my Paper Distresser by Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios. I'm not so practiced in the art of distressing yet, (although my hubby might beg to differ - but that's a different kind of distressing! Hehe).

I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities die called Lacey Ovals for the mat on the image and a couple of lovely Memory Box dies which I inked the edges of to soften them. You can find Honeyblossom Sprig and Fancy Blossoms at Dies to Die for. The ribbons are from stash and just a happy coincidental match! The image was of course coloured with my favourite inks - Promarkers and then finished with a hint of Stickles glitter glue on the headband and shoe rosette. The actual shoe I added a touch of Glossy Accents to which gives them a shiny finish but sadly doesn't show up in the pic, though looks quite sweet in reality. Finally a large flatback pearl to the Fancy Blossom stack in the bottom right corner and three smaller flatback pearls in the top right corner all from MeiFlower are my finishing touches to the card.

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Sweet and simple wee card, but I'm so happy with how all the elements came together. Thanks for popping in to see me today. I love our little chats! ;) You're welcome back anytime. I'll be back in a few days, when all the wedding fever has settled. I may even manage a pic of my kiddos in their little flower girl and page boy outfits! Big Hugs, Wends xxx

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

'Dies to Die for' - Spring 
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Birthday Girlie

I made this card for one of my lovely British girlfriends, to celebrate her birthday. I just love this image from the Pergamano set Flower Girls and wanted to colour it to depict her. I was really pleased with how it came out too. She has the most beautiful skin and I wanted to capture a little of that beauty here, so was chuffed with the ink! Yay Promarkers! I should have used the fine tip on the hair, as the hair strands are a little chunkier than I'd have liked, but oh well, live and learn! I can't recall which papers these are, but I love this set and the sweet parcels worked perfectly for this birthday make and to bring the flower colours out. I inked a few butterflies into the pic and added a die cut butterfly to finish the card from the Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterfly set. I've used plenty of Stickles glue on the flowers in the picture, the butterflies and a hint on the edge of the paper flowers too, which shows up better in the second picture. I used a lovely Xcut Nesting Die shape called Parenthesis to create the mat for the picture and for the picture frame too. The ribbon is from Stash and the paper flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts.

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The sweet shoes on my girlie were done with the ruby metallic Promarker. It doesn't show up well here because of the sheen these markers create, but the colour in reality is a lovely warm reddy pink which works really well with the sheen of the pink pearls I used in the corners. These flatback pearls came from MeiFlower.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I really appreciate your visit. If you like what you see, do leave me a comment and I'll be sure to come visit you in return.

I'm entering this card into the 'Passion for Promarkers' - Challenge 190 - Butterflies.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Jani's Mermaid

I have a sweet lil' mermaid card to show you today. I made this for one of my sisters. She's a real water baby and her long blonde hair always makes me think she looks like a mermaid. So I'm drawn to making her things with that sort of theme. This card is no exception, but I particularly loved this image. A beautiful scene of a mermaid with her baby and dolly. So sweet! I love all the details in this stamp, the dolphin's in the background, the crab and seahorses up front and the rustic old treasure chest. A beautiful detailed stamp. You can find it at Crafts and Me and it's by the talented artist Hannah Lynn. This stamp is called Kathleen & Summer.

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Here's a slightly closer look at the lovely starfish charm I've used. I think I bought this from MeiFlower a while back. Can't remember exactly, but I get most of my charms there, so it's a pretty safe bet! I wanted to keep the card layout very clean and simple, as the stamp is so detailed, I didn't want it to get lost amongst lots of embellishments, so a little twine and the sweet starfish charm finished it nicely I think. I added a hint of blue ink around the top edges to suggest water and was quite happy with how that came out. My experiments don't always work! 

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Here's a closer look at Hannah Lynn's beautiful creatures. I just love the details in the hair and their sweet faces. If you haven't checked out her stamps before, go and take a look at the lovely range at Crafts and Me. The image is of course coloured with my trusty Promarkers and Flexmarkers and I LOVE how the colours in the tail blended so perfectly. Yay Letraset! Love those inks.

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I hope you've enjoyed looking at my creation today, thanks for stopping by! If you like what you see, leave me a comment and I'll be sure to pop by your blog too. Hugs, Wends xxx

I'm entering this card into the latest I Love Promarkers Challenge - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Follow My Blog With 'Bloglovin'

I've been asked on more than one occasion where my 'followers' button is, the short answer is, there isn't one. I'm just not that blog savvy! But after some encouragement and a bit of help in the right direction from Krista Smith of Saturated Canary, I have managed to get my blog following sorted using Bloglovin'.

For those of you who wanted to follow my blog, thank you, I'm flattered and will do my best to update it with the occasional new make! But with two small kiddos life is pretty full, so this isn't a two post a day kinda blog, heck you'll be lucky to get two posts a week! But if you're happy to sign up and wait for Bloglovin' to let you know when I have posted a new card or project, then 'you're alright in my book' (thank you Gru).

Thanks for looking today and if you signed up to follow my blog, thanks for that! I hope you'll enjoy my posts and do leave me the occasional message, so I can visit you in return.

Big hugs from 'down under', Wends xxx

Sunday, 17 March 2013

A Rainy Auckland Day...

I'm sitting here on a rainy Auckland day, only the third rain we've seen in the month plus that we've been home and the scorched earth is breathing a sigh of relief. So I find myself drawn to updating my blog with a few pics of a project I did before leaving the UK.

I made this little card some time back with a sweet image from a set by Pergamano titled Flower Girls. I love these images, they're so sweet and wistful. This wee girly takes me back to childhood days sitting dreaming on the banks of my Grandparents river on their farm. Sweet days gone by. The little dragonfly comes as an extra stamp in the set, so I actually snuck him in again there, as he's just so sweet! His wings were glittered with Glitter Magic, for that little bit of bling. The sweet little fish was covered in Glossy Accents for a bit of sheen to his scales and some of the water drops were given this treatment too.

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I coloured the image with my trusty Promarkers in soft muted colours to keep that wistful feeling and I was delighted to find the lovely papers to go with the colours I'd chosen from Memory Box called SC-Veronica. I layered the image over a distressed postcard by Lili of the Valley called Grunge Postcard and added a Memory Box dragonfly die and finally a little string of beads and butterfly's which has been knocking about in my stash for a while and I had no clue how to use until I made this card! Perfect fit I think.

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Thanks for popping in on my rainy Auckland day. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I'll be back soon with some more cards. Hugs 'til then, Wends x
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