Saturday, 30 November 2013

Christmas with Mo

Hey folks, I have a Christmas card to share with you today, which features a gorgeous Mo Manning image. Two in fact, that I've merged to appear on the same page. That makes it sound way fancier and computer savvier than I actually am. Truth is I have NO IDEA how to merge two images together, so actually, I just printed them side by side on a word document page. So low-tech it's embarrassing! Which means they're a little further apart than I'd have liked, but I made it work, and with the sentiment stamped straight on the page I think it kinda works. I filled the 'white space' with lots of snowflakes, so it didn't seem so sparse.



I just love Mo Manning's images, they're always so enchanting and all so different. If you've not discovered this talented artists work, go check out her site, she's amazing. Here's a close-up of her lovely Christmas Fairy Holly. I just love the snowglobe she's holding. The detail in that little globe is fab. I added some glitter to the trees and church roof before covering it in Glossy Accents to create the glassy effect. I also used Glossy Accents on the berries in her hair and on the bells at her waist. I love this image, so sweet and wistful. The lovely snowflakes are from a Panduro snowflake stamp set, which I just added a hint of glitter to each centre.

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I really love this lamp post image of Mo Manning. There's just something old-world and charming about it. I wanted to keep the colour palette very silvery, to hint at a twilight hour, without having to colour the background black, so I've used lots of my Promarker greys in this image. It's not really visible here, but I did lots of shading on the lamp post and was really pleased with the effect. It's very subtle in the picture, but it's there. I added a little glow around the lamp light and Glossy Accents to the candle guard. I graded the colour of the flame, which came out quite well. You can see in this picture the lovely three colour bakers twine I've used to add the bells too - white, green and gold. The sweet bells are from a Molly Blooms pack I had in my stash and came in varying sizes, so I chose three different sizes to tie up here.

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The border die was a sweet gift along with some other bits and pieces the lovely Tracy from 'Dies to Die For' popped in with a recent order of mine. It was a good colour match for my fairy's wings, so I added it last minute after realising there just wasn't enough going on with only the plain white chiffon ribbon behind the image. So I trimmed a tiny bit off the ends of the die, and snuck them under the edge of the already glued down image. I started with only a strip on the underside of the ribbon, but it really needed top and bottom as there was so little of it showing to bring balance and colour. I'm pretty pleased with that sneaky fix. Just a hint of colour, but I think it really works.

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The card I used is a really pretty shimmery cardstock in gunmetal grey that I picked up from a local arts supplies store here in Auckland. It really shimmers in the light and was the perfect backdrop for my very grey palette image. There's not much else to say about this card, so I'll leave it there and wish you a happy day. Thanks for stopping in on my lil' blog, I hope you stay and have a look around. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Use Some Red
I Love Promarkers: #196 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #297 ~ Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #148 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: All Things Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge: #35 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Countdown to the Holidays
Crafty Little Fairies: Classic Christmas - Red, Green & Gold (gold accents in bakers twine, lamp and shoe)

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Baby Sis

It's was my baby sister's birthday recently. She's the youngest of us seven kiddos, so she's always been loved and spoilt to bits by her six older siblings. She is this petite, Scandinavian-blonde haired beauty and when I saw this fabulous Elisabeth Bell stamp I just knew that was the one I had to colour up for her birthday. It's so HER! The stamp is called 'Willow with coffee to go'.

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The lovely background paper is one called 'Blossoms' from the MME 'Pretty Please' Spring Papers. These papers have been sitting in my craft stash for ages, so it was lovely to get them out for a play and the colours were perfect for this make. All the papers have been edged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and I used a 'stitch' stamp from Lili of the Valley to create the faux stitched border on the image.

The sheer silver ribbon and pink grosgrain ribbon were from a lovely pack of ribbons I won recently from the Crafty Catz Challenge. The sweet heart feature corner was a gift a long time back from the girls at Dreamees. They sent me a whole bag of white ones in different sizes, so I coloured this one up with my Cerise Promarker to match the papers and image. I've gone for a monochromatic pink theme with the image colouring, which is so my sis! I used a touch of Glossy Accents on her sunny's and Viva Pearl pen on the bracelet. Her handbag and the heal of her shoe I've touched up with some Glam Pink Stickles for a little sparkle and bling. The pink flat-back pearls are from MeiFlower and the sentiment is from Tina Wenke for Stampavie.

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I had to post it to the US and postal rates here in New Zealand are a bit different to the UK. They're very restrictive for letters and have to meet a very strict width and depth or you have to pay parcel rates, which gets ridiculous! So I used a 'flat' bloom, which would fit inside the letter rate depth. I ended up sending the card with her present however, so it wouldn't have mattered to have gone a bit more 3D with my blooms after all. But I am happy with the finish and think the fabric bloom made up of a few different sizes of fabric petals, a paper bloom, a plastic centre bloom and a glittered brad, actually came up quite nicely and really worked with the pretty paper. I used a spray of pearls to finish the flower, which I bought some time back from the craft section at John Lewis in London.

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All that remains is to show you the utterly gorgeous pressie we found for my baby sis from a wonderful Scottish artist. Such a beautiful translation of her watercolour paintings onto fabric for these limited edition pillows. It has all the perfect colours for my baby sis, who loves the brighter tones and lots of pink! Bluebell Gray is a perfect fit for her.

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Thanks for your visit today. I hope you enjoyed yourself. I'll be back with more crafty makes in the next day or so, so do pop in again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
A Gem of a Challenge: #107 ~ Sparkles
Diva's By Design: November ~ Make it Pretty
Challenges 4 Everybody: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Hands Challenge Blog: #3 ~ Sparkle & Bling
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog: #234 ~ Bring On The Bling
Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog: #69 ~ Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund Challenge Blog: #87 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge Blog: #1 ~ Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze Challenge Blog: Use Your Craft Stash
Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge: November/December ~ Monochromatic
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog: #65 ~ Favourite Colour Combo (Pink with Pink!)
613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog: #47 Anything Goes (Create Your Own Challenge)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Saucy Christmas Wish

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My post today is a card I made for my hubby for Christmas. I can only wish to have these curves! But thought he'd enjoy this card (perhaps a little too much!) LOL. It's incredibly CAS. I'm big into recycling (my husband would say I'm a hoarder!) so I used an old Vistaprint junk-mail flyer as the background, which was from our last Christmas in the UK and I added a mirror effect snowflake. There was already more than enough Christmassy flavour in the flyer, so I didn't add much else, just a decorative Christmas sentiment from Teresa Collins.

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The gem of this piece is of course Kenny Kiernan's fantastic image, which I've coloured up with my Promarkers and added some white flowersoft to give the effect of fur. I was chuffed with how quickly it came together and how CAS it really is. Here's a close up of Kenny K's lovely image. She really is quite a looker. Kenny has a talent for drawing women in a very provocative and saucy way. They're always so beautiful too. You can check out the rest of the range here.

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I mounted the image on red card and rounded the corners of the image and the backing card, then placed it directly over the Vistaprint advertisement's words, et voila! Finally the 'arty shot'. Taken with the card standing up. Not the most flattering shot of the image, as she now looks shorter and wider, but then, that's a little more inline with my hubby's wife! Hehehe.

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Thanks for popping in on my lil' blog today, it's always awesome to have you visit. Hope you liked this simple Christmas make and there'll be more soon, so come on back.
Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
CAS on Sunday: #22 ~ A Winter Theme
Stampin' For The Weekend: Feeling Festive
Time 4 Scrap: #25 ~ All I Want For Christmas
Fab 'n' Funky: Birthday Post ~ Anything Goes
Kenny K's Krafty Krew: #160 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: #34 ~ Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges: #70 ~ Clean & Simple
Crafty Calendar Challenge: All Things Christmas
Crafty Creations Challenges: #249 ~ Ready for the Holidays - Thanksgiving or Christmas
CAS Colours & Sketches: #52 ~ Colours - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive  & Crumb Cake (hair)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Sugary Sweetness...

My make today uses a gorgeous stamp from Funky Kits. It's yet another utterly adorable Sugar Nellie stamp. I do so love them. I've had it a while, but it's my first chance to ink it up and boy do I think these lil' dudes are cute! The giraffe especially, as it reminds me so much of the matching giraffe's my daughter Georgie and her lil' Swedish pal Malte had as babies. They were so cute and the giraffe's were pretty darn cute too! :)


I found some papers that worked well together from completely random sources, so I was pretty pleased with that. The background paper with the sweet baby sentiments on it is from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Girl set. The sentiment strip, was actually cut from the stripy paper behind the image, but I disguised the 'missing bits' by putting it on an angle behind the picture. So sneaky I know, but I really wanted to use both bits! The coloured paper mats behind the feature papers, started off white. I used the chisel nib end of my canary yellow Promarker and coloured up the white paper to match the lovely Papermania textured cardstock mat I used for the image.


There was more than enough going on with all the patterned paper, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum, just a little butterfly cut from whitewashed cardstock which I added a few sparkly gems to and simple pale green flat-backed pearls from MeiFlower to each corner to finish the card. The card base is actually a really beautiful pearl finish 8x8 card which I bought from Anna Maria Designs at one of the Ally Pally Craft fairs last year. Love these cards so much, they're so elegant, so I left a nice wide border to show off the sheen of the card. It's a shame it doesn't really show up in the photos. A little Stickles to glitter up the pink balloon and the 'bling' was done.


Have you noticed in my last few posts my new watermark? I have been trying to work out for the longest time how to do these, as I really wanted to protect any work I posted that could result in an artists work being used without permission - see the 'Stamp Out' site for artist protection and copyright protection when using digi-stamps. The lovely Claire from JellyPark offered to make a custom watermark during the month of October with a donation going to support Breast Cancer Awareness. So I had one made by Claire and I'm chuffed to bits with it. The stamp came with directions on how to use the stamp and I must say, it was pleasingly much easier than I'd anticipated! So I finally can post my cards, without fear that the illustrators work will be used without their permission. Definitely worth doing this and I'm so glad to finally have that sorted.

Well I need to get this card parcelled up to post to my lovely cousin who's just had a baby girl. Ruby, isn't that a stunning name?! Then I'm off to bed. I've had a terribly stressful couple of weeks. I'm so over having workmen in our space! Thanks for popping in on me and leaving me some feedback. It always makes my day when someone takes the time to leave a message and some feedback. Night-night and big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries
The Sugar Bowl: #110 ~ Sparkle & Shine
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #33 ~ Any Card Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #194 ~ Anything Goes Birthday Celebrations


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Dreaming of Wales

I just heard this morning that my lovely Welsh pal received her birthday parcel and card, so I can now post this. I used my newest dies for this make, a lovely 'Go Kreate' die. I've loved this shaped die ever since I saw craft guru Bev Rochester use it and finally got around to buying it last month. So I wanted to try using it for my lovely Welsh pals birthday card, as I wanted something a bit different and special for her.

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I used the die to cut the three shaped layers you can see on the card, edging each layer with Tea Dye Distress Ink from the Tim Holtz range by Ranger. I cut a pretty border trim using my Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Edges 2 and layered that with lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and a coordinating ribbon I had in my stash. The pretty spray of flowers is from Prima Flowers and the large flower is a Hellebore from my most recent purchase from Wild Orchid Crafts. I was so pleased that they would post to New Zealand and because the flowers are so light, the postage was really reasonable!

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I wanted to add a little more interest on the card, but didn't want to detract from the pretty paper shape, so added a hidden tag trimmed with a pink organza ribbon, a heart shaped brad and a sweet butterfly charm I got a long time ago, I think from MeiFlower. The tag itself was cut using a Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag die, then sponge inked and the sentiment added in Memento Desert Sand ink. The sentiment is one from my large collection of unmounted grey rubber sentiments, that I picked up at the Ally Pally Craft Fair in London over the last couple of years. I so wish I could remember the name of the company that I purchased them from, as they really deserve the credit for each post I've used these on. They had huge baskets and tubs of these grey rubber stamps, many only 50p a stamp. I picked up so many fabulous sentiment stamps from them over the last couple of years. So if anyone knows what the companies name is, please let me know, so I can give them the credit for these fab stamps.

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The sweet image I've used on this card, I found some time back on a Spanish designers site - Garabatos de Papel and this lovely image was offered then as a freebie. It is called Sweet Dreams and I just loved it straight away. I have a thing about mushrooms, I love the imagery and I'm sure it has something to do with the sweet Bambi stickers I had when I was a little girl, not long back from France, where I spent my early childhood years. I had a cute red and white mushroom sticker along with a Thumper sticker, which I had been allowed to embellish my school desk with. So I used to stare at that sweet image each school day for that whole year. It was a comforting image for me in a big time of change and I do have a real love for images and embellishments using mushrooms now. So when I saw the gorgeous CC Designs mushroom die it just kinda fell into my cart. I've used that at the base of the image coloured in pinks and browns, to work in with my colouring on the main image. I have of course used my Promarkers for all these inkings. I added some white pen spots on the large mushrooms too. The fairy wings and dragonflies were glittered up using Stickles Crystal glitter glue. I sponged the edges of the image in Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

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The final thing to mention are the papers. I just love these and they worked together really well. The larger spotty paper, is from the Craftwork Cards Sugar & Spice collection. I chose this to work in with the spotty mushrooms but besides this, I just really love spots and polka dots, must be the 'mushroom thing'! The smaller designer paper (which I tried not to cover too much!) is from my favourite designer papers - Maja Design. I LOVE these papers from the Swedish paper designers. They are utterly divine across their whole range. I'm so reluctant to use them as I really just want to keep them to look at and stroke, LOL. But a special pal, deserves special paper! So I found this utterly gorgeous design, which worked in with my colour scheme so brilliantly. It's from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and is called '1911'. The Vintage Summer Basics is one of my absolute favourite paper pads. You can buy the collection in 12x12 size, but I have the 6x6 paper pad (okay, I have a few 12x12 pages too, LOL). If you want to get your hands on some of these utterly divine papers, look no further than Live and Love Crafts in the UK. Sandy will post worldwide and I still get my papers from there now I'm in New Zealand.


Wey-hey, you made it to the end of my mammoth post, well done you! Sorry it was so wordy, but there were some pretty embellies that really deserved to be mentioned and yes, I do get a little carried away with the waffle. But that's all for today folks. Y'all come back now y'hear. Hugs, Wends x

Here's my song inspiration for this card: Jewel - The Shape of You. (Shape inspired card)
(For my beautiful friend, who's far too far away from me now.)




Challenge Entries
Whimsy Stamps: #65 ~ Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday: #295 ~ So Angelic
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Got Ink?
Songbird Challenge: #28 ~ Your Favourite Song
Sister Act Card Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge: #25 ~ Things With Wings
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog: #248 ~ Dies & Punches
Fab 'n' Funky Challege Blog: #193 ~ It's Our Birthday - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies: Top of the Pops - Inspired by a Song. Jewel - Sweet Dreams.
As You Like It Challenge: #15 ~ What's Your Favourite - Spots or Stripes (Tell Us Why)

Monday, 11 November 2013

So Special To Me

Hi folks, a quick post today with a card I made for our elderly neighbour back in London. I didn't want to use a 'cute' image, which is my usual go to for cards, as there was nothing quite right for what I had in my head to send to her. But I wanted to convey how much we miss her and how special she is to us. She was like a surrogate Granny for my kiddos for the years we lived in London and we remember her so fondly. We were so blessed to have had such a wonderful neighbour for all those years. So this is what I came up with. 



Something totally different from my usual style, and I have to say, I love it. It was a real departure from the norm for me and I was way out of my comfort zone, but I just thought 'Jo Kill' and went for it! (I love her simple, stylish, edgy designs!) I threw down some brown Hessian, a pretty paper which came free with one of my fav' craft magazines (can't remember which, sorry!) and edged the paper with a fab faux stitch set from Lili of the Valley.

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The sentiment was one I picked up from the Ally Pally craft fair last year amongst a huge bin of loose unmounted grey rubber sentiments. I just love these, I have a big selection of them and there are some really brilliant sentiments and this one was perfect for our lovely neighbour.

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I found another finer natural Hessian in my stash, so cut that in a rough circular shape and glued that down. I topped that with some loops that I pulled loose from the edge of the brown hessian and then topped with a ready-made chipboard flower et voila, card done.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed having a look at this very different card design for me, let me know if you like my 'Jo Kill inspired' card or not. Come again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss Challenge: #209 ~ Remember
Challenges 4 Everybody: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirational Challenges: #65 ~ Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge: #14 ~ Case Your Favourite Designer (I've always really loved Jo Kill's style of cardmaking and was inspired by her designs in the making of this card.)
Crafty Catz Challenge: #206 ~ Inspirational Photo (My backround paper and the starburst style of my embellishment inspired this challenge entry.)






Saturday, 9 November 2013

Belle & Beau

I have a sweet card to share today, of a belle and her beau which I made for the wedding of friends back in the UK. I used the paper from their invite as the background, which I thought would be a nice touch to use on the card. I loved the red with the gold swirls and thought it made a very regal backdrop. I stamped the Lili of the Valley circular sentiment onto a scalloped circle which I cut using a Spellbinders die and edged the image in the same ink as I used to ink up the sentiment, which is Memento Rich Cocoa.


I used a gorgeous natural cotton lace from Wild Orchid Crafts and a lovely top-stitched grosgrain ribbon. I wanted to add flowers to represent the brides bouquet, so rather than place them as I usually would around the image with the stems trimmed and curled, I placed them with the stems wrapped in ribbon and added a couple of pearl stems for texture and interest. I was really pleased with the finished look, I think it works really well. The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts Gardenia and Wild Rose.

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But enough about all the extras, the true star in this piece is the gorgeous Tiddly Inks image. I used this same one previously for my sister's wedding card and I keep coming back to it for this special celebration. It's such an intimate and beautiful stamp. 

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I love the tender connection between the couple and I think it's really rather special. I know I'll use it again and again. You can see the card I made for my sister using this image here. It's the same image, but an incredibly different result. So versatile! I coloured this gorgeous image with my Promarkers and added a little blue to the brides hair. I love how this turned out, I think it looks brilliant. Perfect for dark lush Bengali locks. I used a lovely Memory Box shaped die called 'Splendor' to frame the image.

Well that's it folks. I hope you've enjoyed having a visit to my blog today. Come again, have a cuppa, stay for a chat. Thanks for visiting, see you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Use A Digi
Tiddly Inks Challenge: #121 ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge: #77 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #247 ~ Autumn Colours (Autumn Gold & Red)
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: #192 ~ Traditional Christmas Colours (Red, Gold & White)
Live & Love Crafts: Christmas Inspiration Collage (Reds, Greys & Cream of the flowers)

Georgie's Geek Chic

Another very quick post. I know, two in one day! Unheard of!! But my Georgie made a cute card just recently as a thank you to one of her Aunties who had sent her some gorgeous pressies. The card fits perfectly with the Passion for Promarkers theme right now, which is 'Geek' and should have an image which features glasses. I think you'll agree my 8 year old 'nailed it'! So here it is, her super cute Mo Manning girlie in her geek chic glasses.

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How cute is that image?! It's called Fabulous, and it utterly is. My girlie had super fun using my Promarkers to colour up this gorgeous image of Mo Manning's and I think she did an amazing job. She's only 8! She even did a little shading on the skirt. Needless to say, mama was well impressed.

You can't see it very well, but the card she mounted the image onto (with a little bit of mama's help) is a really lovely pearlescent cardstock and looks fab with the colours she chose for the image. Finished very simply with a lovely organza ribbon in a similar colour and that was her card done. The loveliest thing, is her Aunty was well impressed too.

So this is Georgie's post, to enter the Passion for Promarkers competition. I don't know if they allow kids to enter, but we're going to give it a go, as I think she genuinely deserves her moment in the Sun with this one.

Well that's all from this proud mama. I'm off to make cards. Happy weekend y'all, Wends xxx

Passion for Promarkers: #223 ~ Geek (image with glasses)
Mo's Digital Challenge: #209 ~ Anything Goes with a Mo Manning image.

Thinking of You

I have a CAS card for you today, which I made for my mummy in her favourite colours. This super cute image from the talents of Krista Smith of Saturated Canary reminds me of my daughter Georgie. So I coloured it up as if it was her. Such a sweet and simple card. I bought the lovely purple fabric piece from a knitting shop in Muswell Hill, London and it came already cut with pinking sheers. So it was a very simple stick to the card job, add the image, a sentiment circle to fit inside the lines of the balloon, a sweet whimsy die-cut heart and a few pearls to finish. CAS at it's simplest! Just a touch of Glossy Accents to those groovy geeky specs et voila!

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The image is coloured with my Promarkers in various shades of purple which my mummy just loves. Saturated Canary have a 'Sketch Challenge' at present, which I haven't followed exactly, but I think it's a pretty good interpretation. The purple, the embellishments in threes bottom left and top right. I didn't go the 'doily' route, but used one of my favourite dies, the Whimsy Country Heart die is a hat-tip to that. Let's see what the Saturated Canary crew make of it! :)


There seriously is nothing else to say about this one. So have an awesome day y'all. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas By Design: Use A Digi
Lover Rubberstamps: #77 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge: #33 ~ Anything Goes
Saturated Canary: #56 ~ Sketch by Maria Therese
Passion for Promarkers: #223 ~ Geeks (with glasses)
Inky Impressions Challenge Blog: #133 Dies & Punches
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Keep It Clean & Simple



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

'Tis The Season...

I have a CAS card design to share with you today. I love this sweet image from the Sugar Nellie collection over at Funky Kits. I have this cutie in rubber, but she's available also as a digi stamp now. I didn't discover Sugar Nellie stamps until 2012, but it's fair to say I've become pretty obsessed with them ever since! I have quite a number of these gorgeous stamps and this sweet stamp is one of my early buys, which I don't think has seen ink before! Shame on me! She's utterly perfect for Christmas makes. My first ever Sugar Nellie stamp was the two penguins which I used for a card last week, you can see that creation here.

I stamped her straight onto the cardstock as I was inking her up for the first time along with some other rubber stamps, so I was just playing and hoping the images would come out well, no 'gaps'. She inked up really well on this cardstock, but it's not the best for alcohol ink colouring, so I stuck with very pale colours in case they bled. I must say though, that my Promarkers behaved very well on this medium to my surprise and there really was no bleeding to speak of. The sweet sentiment I've used is from a Lili of the Valley stamp set called Christmas Handwritten Phrases.

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It's difficult to see in the pics, but I've graded the colour on the wings, dark outer edges and light towards the body. I hadn't tried this before and was pleased with the subtle but pretty effect. So much so, I decided not to do my usual trick of glittering up the wings, as I didn't want the subtle shading to be lost in glitter! So I added the sparkle elsewhere.

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The snowflake stamps I used are from a Swedish craft company called Panduro Hobby. They worked well for this card, despite their rather large size and I think the intricate snowflake designs of these stamps are really pretty. I edged the card in the same pale blue Memento Summer Sky ink as I've used for the snowflakes. I added a touch of stickles stardust to the centres of the snowflakes and although the difference is subtle, I used diamond stickles on her socks and the collar of her coat and crystal stickles on her petticoat. Up close, the difference is visible, not so sadly in the photos.

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I added glossy accents to the stars and touches of Viva pearl pen in her hair, on her wings and as the button on her coat. I also added this lovely Christmas greeting to the inside of the card to finish it off which is by Amy R Stamps for CC Designs and that was it. My very quick and easy, clean and simple card. 

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Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you've enjoyed looking at this sweet and simple make and do feel free to browse through previous posts too. If you leave me a lil' hello, I can come visit you in return. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Addicted to CAS: #25 ~ One Layer
Cute Card Thursday: #293 ~ Sparkles
Crafty Muskateers: #7 ~ Pretty Pastels
Loves Rubberstamps: #77 ~ Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty: November ~ Sparkle & Shine
The Sugar Bowl: #109 ~ First Sugar Nellie Stamp
Challenges For Everybody: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More: #70 ~ Photo Inspiration
Gems of Inspiration Challenge: #104 ~ Christmas is Coming
Crafty Calendar Challenge: November ~ All Things Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Blog: Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Footnote: As I look at these pics, I'm disappointed that the pastel colouring really hasn't shown up! There is some gentle colour grading on the wings and the fairy's outfit is actually a lavender colour - I swear! :(

Monday, 4 November 2013

Witchy Waitress

I've been a busy wee pixie this past week, lots going on, including a little impromptu Halloween Party we threw for my 8 year old daughter Georgie attended by a few class mates and her cousins. We thought it was a good excuse to let her have a little get together with the local kiddos. We didn't throw her a birthday party this year, as we had only just relocated to New Zealand from the UK, so it seemed a fun reason to have a bit of a hooley. There's more detail about that over on my family blog - Monkeys & Moonbeams, so if you're keen to see the details, do pop across.

What I thought I'd share over here today, was the wall poster I made for the occasion using Krista Smith from Saturated Canary's fabulous image Witchy Waitress. I had no idea what I'd use this image for when I bought it. I just loved it. So imagine my joy when I found a perfect use for it!

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This is Krista's fabulous Witchy Waitress.

I coloured the image with my Promarkers and boldly went for a green skin! Eek, never tried that before!! But actually I was really pleased with the result and the flush in the cheeks even still showed through the green, so that was a win. I chose the colours for her hair and uniform, just on a whim, so I was super excited, when some of the packaging from my Halloween shopping, had a trick or treat banner the perfect colour match for my already coloured image, woop woop! I trimmed it to fit the top of the poster and had to trim a little off the bottom of the poster and add it back to the top as the banner was wider than the header space. Can you tell? I think I got away with it. ;)

I left the 'sentiments' down the side, exactly as they appear on the digital download, as I thought it sort of served as a 'menu'. I think it really works, despite the different fonts used and my house full or 8 year olds, just thought, 'she was a really pretty witch'! So I'm pretty sure I got away with that one too!! To finish, I laminated the poster, so that I could also use it next year as I was so chuffed with it. This one's a keeper. :)


A quick and simple post from me. Sadly this doesn't qualify for the current Saturated Canary challenge 'alter it' as I've done anything but alter it! It's pretty much 'as is' with a bit of Promarker wizardry (hehe, see what I did there?) Okay, enough of my silliness. Enjoy the sweet image. I hope you all had a happy Halloween and do pop over to see the fun the kiddos had on our family blog. Hugs, Wends xxx

Challenge Entries: 
Fab 'n' Funky: #191 ~ Halloween
I Love Promarkers: #192 ~ Anything Goes
Challenges for Everybody: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge: Sweets for my Sweet (Witchy Waitress with sweet Halloween treats)
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