Monday, 28 July 2014

Dream Valley Favourite Colours

It's time to share my DT post for Dream Valley today and our new challenge is now live with a wonderful sponsor this challenge and one of my favourite online craft stores - My Mums Craft Shop. We have the fun challenge theme this time of 'Your Favourite Colour Combination'. Now to be honest, I could have chosen several colour combinations for this, I love Pink & Brown together, Blue & Brown too for that matter, Purple & White, Red & White in fact there are so many wonderful combinations, it's hard to narrow it down to just one. However I have narrowed it down to one of my all time favourite colour combinations, Pink & White/Cream. I love the fresh sweet mix of these two and I had great fun making this special card. 

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I've used one of my all time favourite papers here from the Maja Design Summer Vintage Basics range entitled 1921. I just love this paper and what heart palpitations I had cutting into it! This is precious 'stroke only' paper! I have to laugh at myself, but I really do love these papers. I wrapped a beautiful sheer organza ribbon around the paper, which was a gift from one of my baby sisters. It has the prettiest sheen to it.

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The ribbon was too wide to try and make a bow with for this card, so I opted for the pearl swirls instead and I think that came up really nicely. These are from Joanna Sheen. The three lovely central blooms are Wild Orchid Crafts and the two smaller ones were a gift from another of my baby sisters. (They sure know how to spoil me!) The lace doily is from an everyday pack from my local supermarket and remarkably well priced too, so I was chuffed with that.

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The sentiment is from an Amy R Stamp set by CC Designs called Love-ly Sentiments. I made this card for my lovely Aunt and Uncle who just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and I felt this sentiment was a perfect one to recognise the journey of their 50 years together. They're a special couple in our lives, always have been, but especially so since my daddy died, as his big brother is the closest my babes have to a Grandpa on my side of the family. So they're very cherished and it was lovely to be able to hand-make this card for such a special occasion.

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I matted the sentiment circle onto a lovely bronze pearlescent cardstock. I cut the two small hearts out with a Fiskars handheld heart shaped hole punch. I struggled to know how to finish it, as the sentiment circle was too bare with only the sentiment, but I didn't want to swamp it with lots of edging and quite frankly couldn't figure out how to make a straight stamp go nicely around the circular edge! So I settled on two little hearts punched so that they were entwined. I loved the simple fix, it's one of my favourite 'spur of the moment' fixes and I may just use it again. I've used MFT Die-namics Stitched Circle Stax to cut the two circles and I've used a large square Lil' Inkers Stitched Mats die to cut the writing page on the inside of the Kraft card base. The pretty pink hat pins are from a blog buddy in England.

Thanks for popping into my blog today. I hope you've enjoyed the visit and do pop on over to the Dream Valley Challenge and join in with our 'Favourite Colour Combination' challenge. We'd love to see what you come up with! Stop in to visit my lovely teamies too, who've all made fantastic DT cards for the challenge. Until next time, be good, and if you can't be good, be crafty! ;) Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz Challenge: #241 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #67 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: July Challenge ~ Summer Blooms
Bunny Zoe Crafts: July Challenge ~ Bingo: Flowers/Doily/Stitching
613 Avenue Create: #82 ~ Anything Goes with Option to Use a Sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Emboss It ~ Rose Embossed Doily
Simon Says Monday Challenge: J is for... 'Journey', Jewels of the Sea & Jellybean Pink
The Squirrel & The Fox: #75 ~ Inspired by a Movie or Song - "Happy Anniversary Baby" by Little River Band (Not really appropriate for celebrating 50 years together! But I always think of this song on anniversaries! So catchy.)
As You Like It: Favourite Sentiment: Ooh, this is tough, I do love Inkylicious, they have amazing sentiments, but I find myself using a lot of Amy R Stamps for CC Designs lately. The one I've used here is a fav', and was so perfect for this special Anniversary card, so it's definitely my current favourite! :)


Woohoo, my card won , Top 3 in the 'As You Like It - Favourite Sentiment' challenge.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Walk on the Wild Side

I have this refrain running through my head, ...doo da doo, doo doo da doo doo... hey babe, talk a walk on the wild side... Hehe, the whole time I've been creating this lil' card, it's been there in the back of my mind. I wonder what tunes come to you while you're crafting?

It's time for a new Fab 'n' Funky Challenge and this time, I am the host. Our wonderful sponsor Doodle Pantry gave the crew some fabulous images to work with, and as so many of their gorgeous stamps are animals, I thought we would go for the fun challenge theme of 'Walk on the Wildside'. Aha! So you get now why I've had that song running through my head.



Not being content with only one animal to colour on my stamp, I thought I'd go for the whole shabbang and colour up the fabulous 'Ark of Faith' digistamp. Doodle Pantry actually have two really gorgeous Noah's Ark inspired stamps, so you can imagine the hours I wasted humming and harring over which one to use! I had a grand plan to try and assist in the texture of the animals skins; I chose to use a digital paper as the base and colour on top, because quite frankly I'm pants yet at stuff like that! 

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I found a cool paper from the fabulous Funky Hand collection which worked really well for the animals that needed a bit of texture and definition. Although, I would have preferred my second elephant not to have had the line from the digi paper right in the middle of his face. I tried to disguise this with the colouring, but it is still evident. I didn't have enough ink to reprint the stamp on a different aspect of the digi paper, which would have worked. Though, I think I got away with it, just! 

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I love the texture on the elephants in particular. There was a lighter version of this digi paper, which I wish I'd used, as the animals did look quite 'dark' when I'd finished adding the ink. I added the colour and shading details with my Promarkers. I was hoping that the brightness of the Promarker rainbow I hand drew on the card background would add a lift to the slightly darker aspects of the card, I'm not sure that it did, so I'll definitely will go for the lighter base paper next time.

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(The angle of this shot, better shows the dimension of the paper piecing.)

Miss clever pants here, thought she'd be saving herself some colouring by using the digi paper for the animals and another one for the wood texture on the boat, but I ended up doing hours of fussy cutting instead. Thank goodness for my fabulous wide loop fussy cutting scissors from Joanna Sheen, these really have made such a difference to my hands when doing this detailed work. I loved them so much, I bought a second pair for my Mother-in-law, who is a quilter.

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Here's a closer peak at some of the details. I wanted Noah to look like he was wearing a hessian shirt, as I imagine the fabrics would have been rawer back then, so I used two different shades of pale Promarkers to create the weave effect. The seaspray swirl was also cut from a digital paper and then some Eucalyptus Stickles added for some sparkle. I did both blue and pink versions of the number two which were cut with my lovely new numbers die from Marianne Design. The 'two by two' aspect of this stamp lends itself so nicely to celebrating a second birthday I think, or perhaps for twins!

Thanks for popping in today to have a look at my DT card for Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #224. I hope you liked my CAS creation, clearly not so clean OR simple! But I did want to keep the design very basic as it was such a detailed stamp. So I printed the image in A5 size to fill the card. Do come on over and visit the wonderful creations the rest of the team have made and come join us with your own wild and wonderful creation. We'd love to see what you come up with for the challenge. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
MilkCoffee Challenge: Birthdays!
Inky Chicks: #34 ~ Happy Birthday
Party Time Tuesdays: #182 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #28 ~ Anything Goes
Doodle Pantry Challenge: #48 ~ Make A Splash
Sister Act Card Challenge: #66 ~ Anything Goes
Live and Love Crafts Challenge: #25 ~ By the Sea
613 Avenue Create: #81 ~ Anything Goes with Option of Party
Totally Gorjuss: #245 ~ Butterflies (a little pair on the top right corner)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dream Valley Summer

Woops, I'm late, I'm late for a very important date...

It's time for a new Dream Valley challenge and I am a little late with my post, sorry. It's Winter Break here in New Zealand and I have my hands full entertaining the bairns over the holidays. Not helped one little bit by the fact that the road to our holiday destination has been flooded so badly half the road has actually eroded away! So we have had a few days away with family at a gorgeous lake in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand called Lake Taupo and will spend the rest of our holiday having Auckland city fun. We'll have to wait to have our beach fun up North when the road is fixed. They estimate 2 months!

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But onto craftier matters, our theme at Dream Valley for our new challenge is Summer and the crew have been busy making all sorts of gorgeous Summery makes. Here is a sweet mini milk carton box I made for my niece, with a fabulous Saturated Canary image by Krista Smith on it called Violet Vintage. I can't claim any brilliance over this make whatsoever, as it has been utterly inspired by the very talented Penni of Lazy Cats Cards. Penni is on the Saturated Canary YouTube team and her tutorials are fabulous. You can see this tutorial via the link I've left on her blog name. The paper template for the little milk carton box makes it all SO easy. Doesn't it have the 'WOW' factor? I love it.

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I've been wanting to ink up my Violet Vintage stamp for ages, but needed the right creation to put her on, and this was so perfect for a Summery make. I hope you like it and will have a go at making one of these gorgeous mini milk cartons. Such a sweet box for a 'little gift'. The pretty papers I've used are MME and this sentiment is one of my favourites from the Whimsy Stamps Graduations Sentiments pack.

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The rest of the Dream Valley girls have been hard at work too, so do pop on over to their blogs to have a look at their gorgeous makes. You can find them all on the challenge site here. We have a wonderful sponsor for this challenge ~ Robyn's Fetish ~ so why don't you get your 'Summery' craft on and come and join in with this challenge too. We'd love to see what your take on the challenge is.

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Thanks for popping in on my lil' corner of the blog world. I love it when you do! I hope you like todays make and do pop in on our Dream Valley challenge and join our Summer fun. At least I can 'dream' of Summer over here in the Wintery depths of New Zealand. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz Challenge: #239 ~ Flowers
Crafty Little Fairies: July ~ Summer Fun
Papertake Weekly: Buttons, Bows and Bling
Cute Card Thursdays: #329 ~ Pretty Papers!
Simon Says Monday Challenge: About a Face
Stamping Sensations: July Challenge ~ Summer Blooms
Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog: #15 ~ Summertime
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #72 ~ Summertime!
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Let's be Clear (Glossy Accents on glasses)
As You Like It Challenge: Animals or People? I'm a 'People' person, always have been and when it comes to stamps, I like them to have 'faces' and in my opinion, the Saturated Canary images are hard to beat. There are others I love too, but these are definitely amongst my top 5 favourite stamp artists.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

DT CALL - Southern Girls Challenge

Southern Girls Challenge has a new DT Call on right now. The team is looking for paper crafters from any discipline, scrapbookers, off the page, card crafters, Project Lifers, we'd love to see what you can do.

If you're interested and would like to read more about it, pop on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog and read what Louise (aka 'the boss') has to say about it.

We're all super excited to see who might be interested to join our very close-knit, happy crafty crew. I hope you'll consider giving it a go.

Hugs, Wends x

Southern Gal

It's time for a new Southern Girls Challenge today. We are stoked to have Lacy Sunshine sponsor us again and the DT have all been given gorgeous stamps to use. The stamp I've used is called Emily's Kimono. I love this stamp. I knew when I spotted it, that it would make a lovely birthday card for my sister in law. She lived in Japan for a while and they have close ties there still, so it just seemed like a good fit. Our theme this time is 'You Spin Me Right Round Baby'. So we want to see creations featuring circles, circular dies, circles on your papers, circles generally! So here's my Oriental themed, circle card. The green circular mat was cut with a Marianne Design Creatables die and the pearl shimmer card was cut with an MFT Die-namics stitched circle stax die. Don't ya just love the little circular lanterns too?!

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The lush papers are from Crafts Too, from their Oriental Paper Pack. They are all such lush designs, it was a bit of a trick to get two that might work okay together, because I really had my heart set on paper piecing this image. I chose the simpler design for the paper piecing, so that I could add shading with my Promarkers where it was needed, without it getting swamped by the pattern. I think it worked quite well. But it's 'very green', which I didn't originally set out to be my feature colour. But that was the paper that best leant itself to being paper pieced. I did want to use a stronger pattern for the background and it was a toss up between two. The other was also a green paper, which I think would have been colour overkill! But the pattern was beautiful. I decided to opt for the red, which I think made a lush contrast and with the fans kept the circular theme going. There is a lot of colour yes! So you sort of need to take in the 'little details' on this card.

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Here is the divine Lacy Sunshine image all paper pieced and coloured up where appropriate with my Promarkers. I think I just got away with the patterns from the actual stamp blending with the patterns on the paper. I didn't add any colour to the stamp designs, as I thought it was best left as is. But I did shade heavily the folds and undersides of the Kimono. I also shaded heavily around her head on the umbrella. The fussy cutting on this image was intense! So she lost a few strands of very fine hair, which I had to hand draw back in (following as precisely as I could the original image) directly onto the pearl card mat. Phew, think I 'just' got away with that! I wanted her hair to be black, but I didn't want to use grey as the accent colour, as quite frankly, we older ladies, need no reminding that we're greying! So I opted for blues, which I think works incredibly well with dark hair. I've used it once before and really loved it. You can see that image here.

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I love these little lanterns. They're a memory box die called Paper Lanterns. How perfect do they look cut out in this paper?! I just love them. I know they're a bit of colour overkill again, and I perhaps could have gone for a plain lantern, but it just felt wrong with all that beautiful japanese inspired Crafts Too paper there. I think my only mistake really with these, was to put my 'topper' together, before choosing my card base. I ended up choosing a much bigger card than I'd originally intended, so once the 'topper' was mounted onto the mat and then base, it was quite apparent, that I should have added the lanterns and umbrellas after this and given a little more space to the image. But, oh well, live and learn. There's no moving them once the Pinflair has set. Trust me to do it all backwards! 

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The final touch on this card, was the first thing I thought of when I knew which image I'd be working with from Lacy Sunshine stamps. I saw Emily in her Kimono and thought, paper umbrella's! I find these wee umbrella's so cute. I much prefer them in crafts though than in drinks to be fair. I never know where to put them when I'm drinking a cocktail! Which quite frankly doesn't happen nearly enough!! So they found their place very easily on this card and the little red organza bow was just the finish I needed.

Well that's my card for today folks. I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about my process and I'd love to know what you make of all the colours and different papers. Did I get away with it? Come on over to Southern Girls Challenge and show us what you can do with our 'Circles' challenge. I'm so looking forward to seeing what your take on this challenge is! Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
613 Avenue Create: #78 ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge: #237 ~ Anything Goes

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