Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Fairy Friend

Well the past couple of weeks have gone by in a blur. Greg's folks just left this morning after a week with us. We've had a lovely visit with them, but the reason for it was heartbreaking. One of Greg's uncles passed away, so it's been a bittersweet few days. We've had some very special moments with extended family amongst the sadness however, so we are thankful for our family and the strength they have through all this.

In celebration of special family. My card today is for one of my lovely aunties, who recently gave my children some very special presents. A lovely book for my small boy and a gorgeous English flower fairies dinner plate for my Georgie. I have loved these flower fairies since I was first introduced to them years ago on our arrival to the UK and I have bought Georgie several pieces from this gorgeous kids dinner-set. I had tried to get her a dinner plate before leaving the UK, only to find they had stopped making this set and were now producing a different fairy in the range. So imagine my joy, when my Aunty's present for Georgie was the dinner plate from the very set I had not been able to get in the UK! I was so happy!! I remembered that some time back, I'd 'hoarded' a little piece of wrapping paper with the very fairy from this design, so rummaged to find it in my stash and hey presto, there was my card. She is Cicily Mary Barkers - Candytuft Fairy.

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Isn't she just the sweetest?!

I matted the image on some textured cardstock using a Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Oval and then layered up two papers from the lovely My Mind's Eye paper block - Indie Chic * Saffron. I wanted quite simple papers, to really let the image feature. So I'm pleased with the finish. I also didn't want to crowd the image, so a very simple layout with just some ribbon, lace and a hand punched edge using a Fiskars florentine border punch.


The sentiment was one I stamped a while back, which I recall comes from a Stampavie clear sentiment set by Tina Wenke called 'With Love'. I'm pretty sure I bought it from Whimsy Stamps, but I can't find it now in their catalogue. It's also available at Dies to Die For. I distressed the edges of the papers and sentiment with Memento Ink Rich Cocoa and the image I edged with Stickles Diamond glitter glue. A couple of flat back pearls from MeiFlower to the top corners and I was done. Sweet and simple.

Thanks for popping in today. Stick around, have a chat, feel free to browse the back catalogue and come again soon. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody: #27 ~ Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund: Anything Goes with a twist of Vintage (Vintage English Fairy and distressed edges)
Whimsy Challenge: #62 ~ Clean & Simple 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sugar Nellie Sweetness To The Max!

I've a sweet image and card to share with you today, using one of my favourite Sugar Nellie stamps - Angellica. To be honest, I love so many of them it's hard to pin down a 'favourite', but for this week, it's this lil' cutie. I love her sweet face, her cute bunny friend and the lovely butterflies.

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I've taken the 'sugar' theme to the nth degree. Adding a lil' 'sugar' to several of the embellishments. I think they look suitably sparkly and lush too. So I'm quite pleased with the effect. The gorgeous blooms are all Wild Orchid Crafts. The largest I inked the edges to tone with the colour scheme better. I twisted a few stems which I'd trimmed and added those in for interest here and there. Here's a closer peak at these embellishments.

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The lovely 'sugared' on the edge die I used to head the card is from a Sizzex Sizzlets long decorative strip die. The die contains two 'edges' this and one with leaves. I coloured the white paper die with a Promarker to match the designer paper and then sugared it. I did the same with the Marianne Design Swedish Heart and the Memory Box Precious Hearts. I had a cute candy hearts Quickutz die, which I added on top of the larger memory box heart to create the 'I Heart U' sentiment. Then sugared inside that. 

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Annoyingly, I can't recall where I got the pretty paper from. But it was the perfect 'purpley pink' that I wanted to use. I actually had an incredibly difficult time matching papers for this image, as I coloured it with my Promarkers, matted it on the blue Spellbinders Romantic Rectangle and then thought I'd find papers to match. But it's such a distinct blue, it was really hard to find toning and coordinating papers. So of course I did the opposite and went with pink, drawing out the wings from the image. It is a little saccharin I'll admit, but I was in a tight spot! I inked the edges with Memento Desert Sand Ink.

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The lovely tartan ribbon I used has been in my stash 'forever', so I don't recall exactly where I got that from, but I wanted it to have no paper behind it, so the ribbon itself was allowed to feature. I split the paper, and added the ribbon between. I think it came up really well and tied in the blue nicely.

I think that about covers it, if I missed anything I'm sorry. But I think that's wordy enough for anyone to read! I'm back off to bed, having had the last two days pretty much there. Stupid Winter bugs, haarrumph! But I'm on the mend, so can't complain too loudly and I did get some pretty nice care from my lovely hubby and sweet cuddles from my baby boy and little get well notes from my girly. So sweet! So being sick has it's upsides. Thanks for popping in on my lil' blog. Feel free to have a look around, make a cuppa, have a chat...

Challenges:

The Sugar Bowl: August ~ Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Challenge: #83 ~ Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers: #181 ~ Summertime 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Rock-a-Bye Baby

There are so many babies being born right now in my little corner of the world. I have two cousins who are in their second trimesters and another two who have just had their Winter babies. Though Winter babies here, are not like Winter babies in the UK. No need to rug them up quite the same! It's the heart of Winter here and I'd be quite happy to have this all year 'round! It's stunning outside, blue skies, white puffy clouds, a lovely warm day. Really can't complain of Winter blues over here!! My cousins certainly didn't bring their babies home in the snow as we did with Georgie late Feb 2005 in London!

One of these cousins lives in Australia and has just had a little girl. She's such a little sweetie. A beautiful baby sis for their gorgeous 2 year old boy. Sweetly, there's six months almost to the day between my Zac and their first born. I'm looking forward to those family get togethers now that we're home from the UK for the lil' dudes to get to know each other better. In the meantime, I need to focus on getting a parcel across to his baby sister (with a little something for the big brother too of course).

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I made another CAS card using another of my favourite baby stamps from Lili of the Valley. I think this and the other sweet one I posted earlier are just adorable for new baby makes. They're so enchanting, they lend themselves perfectly to the CAS style of card. I was very excited with this card to use a new die I bought recently. I just 'had to have it' after seeing it used on my lovely craft pal Elaine's creations. She's a very talented crafter who's work I totally adore. She uses all my favourite papers, amazing dies, has just the right balance of stylish layouts and bling but best of all and the most covet-able are her amazing distress ink skills. Check out her blog, she's fab! I can only dream of being able to rock the inks like that, so I'll stick with my fabby Promarkers and just limit my influence from her to pinching all her great shopping spots! LOL. I think this stitched edge die from Lil' Inkers was a really lovely finish to this CAS card design and with only a little satin ribbon and some Stickles to make the hearts sparkly, this design came together really quickly. You gotta love a bit of satin ribbon to 'tie up' a design. Sorry, couldn't resist! LOL.


There's little else to say about this card. Sweet and simple! Check out the gorgeous stamps at Lili of the Valley for this and similarly styled baby stamps. Thanks for popping in and be sure to let me know you have, so I can return the favour. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenges:
As You Like It: #8 ~ Fav' Ribbon or Twine & Why = Satin Ribbon for a little bit of shine
Southern Girls Challenge: Things Beginning With 'F' = A New 'Female' in the 'Family' 
613 Avenue Create: #31 ~ Anything Goes/With Optional Sentiment
Passion For Promarkers: #210 ~ Clean & Simple Cards
Great Impressions Challenge: August ~ Square Cards
Crafty Calendar Challenge: August ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps: #64 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes

Oh Baby!

I have just found out that one of my favourite cousins and his new wife are expecting their first baby. I'm so chuffed to bits for them both. We attended their wedding earlier this year, which was such a beautiful event in Auckland's lovely Cornwall Park. This cousin is my 'twin' cousin, and I've always felt a real affinity for him, so it makes my heart sing to know he and his gorgeous new wife already have a sweet wee bairn on the way.

I need to make a few baby cards right now, as in addition to this lovely news, I also have two cousins that have just had their babies. So you'll see a few 'baby' cards on my blog over the next few days. I've opted for one of my favourite baby stamps from the fabulous Lili of the Valley team for this card. I've been a long time huge fan of Lili of the Valley stamps, my first stamp of theirs was a woodblock fairy. I've so many of their grey rubber stamps now, I'm trying to come up with a suitable storage idea. Hints and tips welcome! I'm thinking of going for a binder with laminated pages that I can stick the U-Mounted stamps straight onto. Not sure how well it protects the stamps though, so if anyone has tried this and has suggestions let me know. Anyway, onto my card. Because I have a few to make, I've gone for a CAS design, which I was really pleased with and coincided with the Passion for Promarkers CAS challenge really nicely. 


I used a lovely scallop edged card as the base and then stamped and coloured directly onto this. I was a little worried about colour bleed as I wasn't sure it was the best medium for alcohol inks, but my promarkers behaved perfectly. I added the sentiment which came with this sweet baby stamp and then finished with a simple doodled border and a coconut husk button. I'd have liked a bigger button, but didn't have anything quite right in a larger size, so stuck with this little one. I wanted to use a button as it worked well for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week. I think the wee button is okay, the card just needed something in that bottom left corner to balance it, so I was happy with that small simple fix.

I had a go at 'masking' the image too, to add the background colour. I know my masking wasn't perfect as it has left an obvious 'white space' where I should have cut the mask a little closer, but actually, for a first attempt, I'm pretty chuffed with this and I think it adds an almost ethereal feel to this sweet image. I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink as the background colour as I wanted a soft finish. It's not a perfect fit for the rather more dusky rose promarker I used to colour this image, but I think it still works and fits with the challenge colours over at 'Less Is More'. The Promarker colour is actually called 'Budding Rose' and is from the Spring 2012 Limited Edition pack. I really love this particular release and have used loads of these pens together recently.

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Thanks for popping in today. I hope you liked my CAS card and look forward to visiting you in return, so be sure to leave me a comment so I know you've been. Hugs, Wends x

Challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
CAS-ual Friday: #111 ~ CAS with Buttons
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: #155 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges For Everybody: #26 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: August ~ Anything Goes (I won this challenge - Woohoo! Sweet Prize!!)
Great Impressions Challenge: August ~ Square Cards
Passion For Promarkers: #210 ~ Clean & Simple Cards (I made Top 5 - Woop woop!)
613 Avenue Create: #31 ~ Anything Goes/With Optional Sentiment
Less Is More: #131 ~ Colour Challenge (I picked up on the dusky pink and earthy tones)

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Godfather

Nope, this is not the tale of a gruff spoken Mafioso, who leaves equine presents in your bed, this is the tale of my kiddos Godpapa. They love him to bits and tomorrow is his birthday. So today we had a little get together to celebrate the man. Here's the card I whipped up for him and a few pics from our celebrations.


My brother-in-law has been having trouble sleeping of late and on top of this, has had a nasty case of Pertussis - Whooping Cough. So what he really needs is to be well again and then to have some serious R&R. He's a surfer, though hasn't had a chance to do much of that lately. I think it's so easy in life to get caught up in the nine to five, so his present was wrapped with this message on it. 

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Our pressie hopefully will help him in that direction as it had a little something to get him surfing again. It's the heart of Winter here right now though, so perhaps he'll wait 'til it's a bit warmer before he ventures out. Although, die-hard surfer, he'll probably just don a wet-suit!

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Here's the man opening his card and my Georgie sharing the birthday fun.

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Here's a closeup of the lovely Whiff of Joy stamp.

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Finally, here's Alec being the awesome Godpapa that he is
and serving his Godbabbies, the first bits of cake!

Now here's the recipe for the card:
Backing Paper: Marianne Design - Sweet Romance
Sentiment Die: La-La Land Crafts - Stitched Tabs
Sponged Ink Blue Sky: Memento Summer Sky
Colouring Medium: Promarkers/Flexmarkers
Sentiment Stamp: Lili of the Valley Stamps
Image: Whiff of Joy - Lazy Summer Days
Fence Die: Magnolia Doohickey
Corner Die: Whimsy Stamps
Clouds: Memory Box
Base: Craft Card

Challenge Entries:

Whiff of Joy Challenge: #160 Summer Fun
Southern Girls Challenge: #74 Animal Antics
Crafts & Me Challenge: #139 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #280 Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #131 Anything Goes
Crafts Too Challenge: #2 Summer Days
A Gem of a Challenge: #91 Anything Pearlescent (Puffy clouds - pearlescent paper)
Pollycraft Challenge: #4 Fun in the Sun





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