Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Elaine's Kitty

As promised in the Creative Blogger's Hop where I gave a sneaky peak of this creation, I'm back with the write up and full reveal of this card.

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I made this card for a lovely blog buddy of mine, who was having a very special birthday this year. To say she has a thing for cats is probably somewhat of an understatement for those who know her. So I just HAD to try and work in a kitty into the card design somewhere! Back in March, when I first started thinking about putting this card together. I came across a fabulous UK based craft store MaddyLisa Crafts, that was having a special on their Sarah Kay stamps. I love Sarah Kay, her imagery and wistful hat tip to a yesteryear. So when I saw this image, called Josephine cuddling her pet cat Kiki, I knew this was the one for Elaine's card. Funny that a couple of extra Sarah Kay stamps just happened to find their way into my basket too! How does that happen?! MaddyLisa Crafts is having a big sale right now, so do pop on over and have a looksy. If you want to see what's left of their Sarah Kay collection, you need to put that into the search box.

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Here's a close up of the little details. The lovely chocolate coloured seam binding ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts along with the natural cotton lace. The border edge I made with a Martha Stewart edge punch and the eggshell blue ribbon was from a stash of ribbons I won in a challenge last year. The flower is a Prima fabric flower, which I had no foliage for, so I cut up one of my Wild Orchid Crafts white poinsettia flowers to create the foliage and inked it with one of my Promarkers to create the eggshell blue leaves. It came out a little darker than I'd have liked, but it still works. The chocolate coloured flat back pearls are from Flourish with a Bling. The paper with the pretty kitties is from Raspberry Road. I had initially intended to use a Maja Design paper for Elaine's card, as like me, she's a big fan of their papers. But I came across this paper when I was making another card and knew instantly I wanted to use it for the sweet little kitties on it. Some of the colours were a little 'louder' than I'd have chosen ordinarily, but the eggshell blue was there, in the design, so I think it worked really well. I purposefully kept the bottom right corner bare to allow those sweet little kitties to feature in the design.

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I have a fondness for 'close colouring'. Using colours that match, merge and compliment each other. My shading is always subtle, but it's there! I kept the colour palette in the image very close as there was so much colour in the paper. Elaine has just had her craft room redone in this gorgeous eggshell blue, so I wanted to feature that in the card. So I picked out the eggshell blue in her sweater. All the rest was done in tones of brown and earthy shades. I even inked the image up in brown rather than black as I wanted softer lines. I wanted the shadows to be subtle too, so I only shaded certain areas rather than the strong shadow I put around the whole image at times. I really liked this subtle effect.

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Finally all that remains to say about this card, is that for once, I've also embellished the inside of the card! I don't do this often as I'm never keen to use too much of my pretty papers, but this needed the right finish. So there it is just visible inside and the following pic is the full inside page. Forgive my wonky picture taking skills!

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If you've never been over for a visit to my crafty bud's place, please go check her blog out. Her inky skills are nothing short of magic and you'll be so pleased you stopped in for a visit, I know it. You can find her here at A Technophobes Blog.

Thanks for popping in on my wee corner of the blogosphere today. So love it when you pop in. Hang about, grab a cuppa, check the back catalogue and hang out a bit. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Divas by Design: Pretty Pearls
Crafty Little Fairies: Cute & Cuddly
Creative Inspirations: #277 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #71 ~ Anything Goes
I <3 Promarkers: Photo Inspiration (colours in my papers)
Moving Along With The Times: Feeling A Little Vintage: (Vintage = Sarah Kay)
As You Like It: Favourite Two Embellishments & Why ~ I love flat back pearls! I use them loads in both fussy and CAS designs. One of my absolute fav' embellies. I also love lace and ribbon. I use them together usually, though sometimes ribbon on it's own. Technically that's three, but there you have it! :)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dream Valley ~ Flowers

It's time for a new Dream Valley challenge and it's a fun and simple one this week. Flowers! How easy is that?!! I know most of us use some floral touches on our creations. So come on over and join in with us!

My challenge card I also made for a family birthday and it came together very quickly. I used a lovely floral topper that I picked up some years ago from the Alexandra Palace Craft fair in London from a store called 'Every Craft's A Pound'. They had some gorgeous papers and I found a really lovely set of vellum and paper floral toppers and some Christmas toppers. This floral image was amongst them. 

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I wanted to use a fun 'patchwork' paper as the person I was giving this to is a quilter, so I thought this would appeal to her. It's from a pretty paper pad that came with one of my favourite craft magazines. I used a Martha Stewart edge punch on the base layer of the image mat which I tied with a gold organza ribbon. I've rounded most of the corners to reflect the curved lines in the base card. I have quite a few sets of beautiful wooden buttons from Prima, so I found one that matched well with the papers and tied a bow through it and added a birthday tag. The main sentiment is an older digital sentiment, from DigiStamp Boutique.

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The Dream Valley girls have been hard at work putting together their Design Team cards for your inspiration, so do pop on over to the challenge blog and have a look at all their wonderful creations. They have mad talent those girlies and I constantly count myself blessed to be amongst them. 

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Thanks for popping in on my wee blog today. I love it when you visit! I'll be popping round to see you all after a wee bit of a snoozy. It's after midnight here, so I'm off to bed. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Try It On Tuesday: Use Your Stash!
Baffies Challenge: #35 ~ Buttons & Ribbons
Bunny Zoe's August Challenge: Summer Colours
Sister Act Card Challenge: #71 ~ Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox: #76 ~ Spring or Autumn
Crafty Calendar Challenge: August ~ Anything Goes
Come & Get It Challenges: Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Milk Coffee: Add Stripes (stripey paper behind image and stripes in quilted paper pattern)
Crafty Creations Challenges: #270 ~ Use Something Old From Your Stash (Floral Topper)
Loves Rubber Stamps: #118 ~ Two or More Patterned Papers (there's a stripey paper mat behind the image as well as the patchwork paper)

Update: My card won the 'Loves Rubberstamps' challenge! Woop woop. :)



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - For the Kids

Woop woop, it's time for a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog. We've an exciting one this week too, it's 'For the Kids'. Which means you can pull out all your stamps that make perfect kids creations. Better still check out the stamps from our amazing sponsor this challenge. Kenny K has a fabulous variety of stamps for sale, from the saucy and sassy through to the 'cool kids' stamps that the DT will be showcasing during this challenge. There's something for everyone. I've been a long time fan of Kenny's fabulous digi stamps, so I pulled something out of the archive which I really should have used before now. I love it when a challenge has me using something I've loved but was yet to get around to creating with.

Here is my DT offering for the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #226 using the fantastic 'Rock Chick' from Kenny K. She has that sassy look he's known for and will suit being a gift for my daughter on the right occasion. As she's also known to wield an axe like this rock chick thanks to her talented papa's inspiration. I'll share some pics of her later. First up, let me show you my creation. 

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Told you she was sassy! I just love his take on these 'teenage chicks', so full of attitude and cheek. Just what I imagine my Georgie will be like in a few years, given her nature now. Every now and then, she'll come out with something sassy and I think, yup, there's my future teenager! I'm in for a world of trouble with that one. So strong willed, just like her mama. Thank goodness she has a beautiful heart to balance it.

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The pic above focuses on the little details. I've used a cool paper that I discovered in my stash tonight when unpacking some bits and pieces I'd yet to from our UK shift. I've still a few bits to sort into better homes. When I saw this paper, I thought of rock concert tickets and figured it was a good match for this image. Better still, it came with the strips of tickets which I've used behind the image and tagged onto the sentiment. I've cropped the word 'Rock' from a cool Birdie Brown sentiment. I wanted to use the banner stax from MFT and the whole sentiment didn't fit, so I cropped it and added the 'you' above using a sweet wooden heart from a Freckled Fawn set I bought through the fabulous New Zealand based boutique craft store Paper Doll.

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I had a lovely shimmery white paper to mat the image, but it needed some colour, so I inked around the edge of the mat with my Navy Blue Flexmarker using the flat nib. I wasn't sure the shimmery paper would absorb the ink, but it worked a treat. The number of times I've done this trick and it always amazes me how fantastically it works. Love my Letraset pens! The rest of the image was of course inked in a mix of Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The guitar was a fantastic 'hot pink' until I added the Glossy Accents to give the axe some sheen and it turned an orangey red! I so have to remember this happens with Glossy Accents. But I'm still pleased with the overall effect. The metallic bits on the guitar were inked with a Letraset Metallic Marker in Silver. 

Beccy is my wonderful teamie running the show this challenge, so pop on over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge and have a read through her write up, check out the other DT girlies fabulous creations and go on, give it a go, join in!

Thanks for popping in today and I'll be back soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursdays: CAS
Papertake Weekly: To Die For
Bunny Zoe Crafts: Summer Colours
KennyK's Krafty Krew: #178 ~ Kids
The Squirrel & The Fox: - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #85 ~ Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart: #32 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes!
Wednesday Creative Inspiration Challenges: Anything Goes + Option of Sketch
Crafty Creations Challenges: #270 ~ Use Something Old from your Stash (paper)
Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes (with stamping as a focal element of your work)

For those of you who made it all the way to the end, here's my very own axe wielding maniac!






With a little (couch) drum solo and ukelele down at the beach thrown in at the end!
Yes I did say the beach, that's my Grandpa's farmland that leads onto the beach. :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

Creative Bloggers Hop...

(This is a sticky post from the 11th - 18th August 2014, Scroll down for DT posts.)

Have you heard of the Creative Bloggers Hop? Do you know what it's all about? I was really touched when one of my favourite blog pals asked me recently to take part in this blog hop. It's a way of sharing our favourite bloggers and their fabulous creations with a wider audience. I had never heard of this until Elaine asked me. But I'm so happy to take part in it, as I have some lovely blog buddies, whose work I adore, which I'd love to share with you. 

I'm a little shy about my own crafty makes actually. I never feel I'm 'good enough' for any attention or acclaim. But I love to be creative and so enjoy the process. So these past couple of years has been a whole new world for me. Admiring those of you out there in creative blog land, who make the most stunning cards and other paper crafts. I feel very lucky and blessed to have made some really fabulous 'online' friendships with some truly lovely people who share similar passions for creativity. Had my invite come another way, Elaine would have been one of the first I thought of to share this hop with. Her work is stunning and right up my alley. I LOVE the clean lines of her creations. They're always elegant and understated, allowing her incredible talents with ink to take centre stage. I DREAM one day of being able to colour the way Elaine does. If you've not checked out her blog, then this is your first stop along the way on this blog hop, visit her here at A Technophobes Blog. I totally fell in love with Elaine's amazing ink skills and gorgeous card designs when she was on the Sugar Nellie Design Team, my favourite stamps! Here is a little taste of her enchanting crafty skills using some of my favourite Sugar Nellie stamps.


Elaine and I share a love for Maja papers and Lil' Inkers dies. It's been wonderful getting to know her better this past year. There are some people who you just 'click' with in life, despite all your differences. She's mad about cats, me not so much. She loves Magnolia images, I love the dies. She lives in England, I live in New Zealand. But I feel like she's always been part of my life. The smiles come easily and so does the witty banter! I <3 your style Elaine. Thank you for inviting me to join this blog hopping journey!

Part of this journey is the personal reveal. So here are the questions which you must answer as part of the blog hop. 

What am I working on:


I have had the pure joy of being invited onto 3 design teams this past year and to contribute as a guest designer to a fourth. I never expected to be invited onto one, let alone 4, so this has been a full and fun year, adding my contributions to my 3 regular design teams and occasional GDT posts to the fourth. There have been the last minute quick makes and the better thought through pieces, but all have been fun and challenging for me. I am enjoying the process very much and I'm currently preparing two pieces for two different challenges, which will post in this next week, so all will be revealed very soon!

I'm also working on cataloguing my stamps. I seem to have quite a collection building and I'm determined to have them in a more accessible storage, so I can find what I want easily. Otherwise I find I forget I've bought things and forget to use them! So I've chosen the 'laminated pages' approach and so far so good. Big binders with my Sugar Nellies, Saturated Canary's, Lili of the Valleys, Whiff of Joy etc all nicely sorted and protected in sturdy (pretty red) binders. I'm also filling a 'CD storage case' with my smaller metallic dies, on little squares of magnetic card. This is working really well, so I'll be moving onto the next storage brain-storm very soon as there's always more stash to be contained!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?


Something I hugely admire, is crafters who have a strong identity, a particular style and signature look. This is NOT me. I have no particular style and love to try my hand at a huge number of different styles. I admire greatly the stunning CAS lines of some of my favourite crafters and occasionally try to emulate that in some of my makes, but I also love the stunning shabby chic crafters out there, who make such stunning cards with generous applications of embellishments and make it look oh so easy! I have tried, (and failed miserably) to emulate them. My talent lies somewhere between the two. I love to use dies, I have a gazzillion and I tend to use lace and ribbon on most of my creations. But sometimes, I just want to keep it simple, so it's down to a good edge die and some pearls. I do love those flat back pearls! I'm trying to be more adventurous this year and use different shaped cards in my makes, as I've fallen back on the 6x6 square a lot this past year. My style is ever evolving and it's all about the person I am creating for. I don't make cards for challenges without someone in mind when I do. So for me, I'll be led, by their likes and passions as much as my own. I like to 'personalise' a card as much as possible for the person I'm creating for, which occasionally takes me outside my creative comfort zone! But I think that's how we grow in our craft.

Why do I write/create what I do?


I'm a chatty soul. I always have been, so writing about my creative process is great fun for me. I like to share the journey of my creating, the beautiful stamps and embellies I've used and where they've come from, in the hope it helps another crafter, the way it did me when I first joined in this wonderful world of crafty bloggers. Reading others blogs and their creative process has really helped me with my own crafting, and so I share what I can to help others embarking on this fun journey. Blogging my makes, is also a way for me to 'catalogue' my process and progress in my craft. There's a wide gap already from my early days to now and it's fun to reflect on all I've learned. It's also been a way for me to connect with others who have similar interests and creative expression. There's something quite special about discovering your have a 'kindred spirit' on the other side of the world!

How does your creative process work?


If I'm creating for a challenge. It starts with the image we've been given (if there is one) and the challenge theme. I usually am creating for a specific person too, so I take all these things into account and go from there. I usually start with the image and use whatever I'm drawn to colour wise often forgetting to first match my papers! If I'm being clever, I first pic the papers and then colour accordingly. I have an utter paper fetish. I love pretty papers and I do have a few (including my Maja Design papers) which are 'stroke only'! I very rarely use them as I can't stand to cut into them. Loving paper as I do, does often influence my layouts, as I want to show as much of the paper as possible. So I tend to be reserved with the number of embellishments I use or design the layout to showcase a part of the paper in particular. The birthday card I made for Elaine this year is case and point of this. Knowing she loves her kitties, I chose a paper with a sweet cat duo on it and kept this area of the paper clear of embellishments to show this off. Here's a sneaky peek, so you can see what I mean. I'll be blogging this properly soon.

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Now all that remains is for me to introduce the three crafty pals I'm tagging for this blog hop. They will be posting their Creative Bloggers post next Monday, but go check out their sites in the meantime. They are all amazing! Be sure to pop back in next Monday for their instalment in the Creative Bloggers Hop.

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First up is the multi talented Annette from Netty's Cards. I came across Annette's talents a couple of years ago in my early blogging days. I was hunting for a sentiment I could use on a card as none of my rubber stamps were quite fitting the bill. Good old google took me to her wonderful site. Where I not only found a fabulous sentiment to work with my card, but Annette was offering them 'free to a good home'! I have been so taken with her talents over the years, as she is often trying and doing new things I've not seen before. Stamping on canvas, making bags, clocks, off the page creations I could only dream about! Her style is one I love, with pretty papers and just the right selection of embellishments to really showcase a pretty stamp. Here's a little line up of her gorgeous talents.


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Next up is one of my favourite 'Shabby Chic' crafters and my lovely blog-buddy Becky from Cards by Becky, AKA Attic Crafter (Extraordinaire!). Becky's talents with Frantage, Gesso, Lace and pretty blooms is legendary. As is her skill with ink. Her cards always look effortlessly cool and her ability to cut into Maja papers without even batting an eyelid have me in total awe! LOL. If you've never discovered Becky's amazing blog, get on over there, you won't regret it a minute! Her talent is awe inspiring and she has some really fabulous video tutorials she's done lately which will have you falling for her sweet North Eastern English accent too. Here's a little line up of her stunning creativity using another of my favourite stamp companies - Saturated Canary.


Plus a close up of a gorgeous card Becky sent me earlier this year. I was so excited when it arrived and it still graces my craft room in the hopes that some of her magical crafty mojo might one day rub off on me! LOL. I can't bear to throw away letters from friends, but even more so when they are little works of art like this! Thank you Becky. I love it to bits!


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Finally, my lovely Kiwi pal and Blog-mumma on the Southern Girls Challenge Blog is the very lovely Louise of PunknScrap. I was super excited when she invited me to join the Southern Girls Challenge Design Team earlier this year. I heart this crafty Kiwi mama big time. She is a down to earth Kiwi mama with a big heart and I love her mad talent with Project Life layouts and Scrapbook layouts in general. I have wild ambitions of being able to keep a Scrapbook of all my kiddos adventures, but Lou actually does it! She makes it happen, captures the memories and in such style! She somehow finds time to have those fun adventures with her kiddos, capture them in wonderful keepsake layouts and run the fabulous Southern Girls Challenge Blog too. Check out this talented Kiwi mama and all her crafty adventures on her blog. Here's a snippet to wet your appetite.


Another thought before I finish this blog post, is to mention three other crafters whose work has hugely influenced mine and whose blogs I really enjoy reading. I discovered them early in my crafting journey and owe a lot to them for their inspiration and quite often for the awesome tutorials they've offered. First, Bev Rochester, who I found first in one of my favourite crafty magazines in the UK and hunted her down on the net when I finally discovered blogging. Her style is utterly fabulous and I have gained huge inspiration from her. Secondly, Pops Morfitt, who has just taken a break from blogging, but deserves my thanks none the less, as she has been a huge influence on my crafting and a really lovely friend in the blog world. I already miss her amazing creativity. You can see an example of her gorgeous talent here. Finally Lou Daubney, who is quite frankly one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet in blog world. This crafty mama has a piece of my heart. Her wit and humour and her fabulous crafty makes have made her one of my favourite people in blogworld. So go check these gorgeous crafty girlies blogs out too. I've no doubt you'll be as inspired as I have been.

Thanks for visiting today and congratulations if you made it all the way to the end of this mammoth post! I hope you've found some crafty gems along the way, you are sure to if you visit the wonderful blog buddies I've linked to today. Hugs to you all, Wends x

P.S. If you've done this Creative Bloggers Hop before and would like to show this in your sidebar, I came across a button for just such an occasion that was made by a lovely crafter called Darnell Knauss in the States. I'll be posting mine. This will identify you as having joined the hop to those who might be yet to post. Pop on over to Darnell's blog for some backstory and a bit of a giggle, she's quite the wordsmith!


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fairy Wishes & Birthday Kisses

Time has rolled around again for another Southern Girls Challenge. Time is just flying by this year and we have just had a Design Team call for the next term. We have a fantastic lineup of talent joining us this next term, and I'm so happy that Lou and the crew have invited me to do a second term at Southern Girls. It's such a cool crew with a fabulous design team and it's about to get really interesting with a huge range of crafty talent joining us. I'm really having fun on this Design Team so it's lovely to be staying on. Now let me take this opportunity to extend a very warm welcome to all the new crew!

Our latest Southern Girls Challenge is a 'Texture Challenge'. So we want to see anything on your card that adds dimension, adds texture and interest. So bring out your embossing folders, your glitter glues and glossy accents, and those chunky embellishments! We are sponsored by the sweet All Dressed Up Stamps range for this challenge and were given a couple of images to play with that are really fun. I chose the sweet fairy as I had a wee birthday girlie in mind for this make. She's going to love this sweet character. 

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The sweet fairy I've used is called 'Fairy Magic' and is such a cute image. The sentiment comes right alongside the image, but you could fussy cut this to add it elsewhere in the design. I had real trouble with the light on my photoshoot for this card. It was a grey day and the sparkle just wouldn't show in her wings. It also doesn't show up the colour of her hair very well, which is actually candy floss pink! So you'll just have to 'imagine' the right colour. Here are some of the details close up.

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I used an embossing folder to make the Happy Birthday sentiment from a strip of paper matching the main background. Then I rounded the corners. The clouds were also made from an embossing folder and then fussy cut around a few of the shapes to make a smaller cluster. I was really happy with the 'textured' effect that these two embossing folders gave this card. The flowers also add texture. These are from Wild Orchid Crafts, my favourite place to buy my mulberry paper flowers from. They are white Tulips, white Cosmo Daisy and pink edged Hellebore. The lovely velvet ribbon was a gift from one of my sisters and the white cotton lace is from the Warehouse here in New Zealand.

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Here's the wee cutie closer up, so you can see the shading I've done on the dress and the butterflies (though not as visible as I'd hoped). You can also see the generous helping of Stardust Stickles I added to her wings, though it really is sparklier in reality! You can also tell her hair is pink here, though it's actually candy pink, not the muted pink that it looks like here. Really must sort out a better setup for taking my pics. Winter natural light, just isn't cutting it! Any advice out there?

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A slightly different angle above, better shows off the sparkly wings and you can see some of the Waterfall Stickles that I used on the butterflies too.

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The pretty designer paper I've used is the Aquarelle page from the Prima Fairy Belle range by Jody Lee Designs. I cut this paper along with all the other mats, with my Go Create Frilly #10 die and my eBosser. I'm so happy I bought my eBosser before leaving the UK. It's a brilliant die-cutting tool. I still love my Big shot for smaller die cutting jobs, but the eBosser is the bomb for all the large dies and large embossing folders too.

Thanks for popping in on my blog today. Come back in a couple of days, as I've finally worked out how to do the 'sticky post' thingy and I've just hit 50 followers, so I'll be offering a little candy. That's all I'm saying, you'll have to pop back to see. Do stop into the Southern Girls Challenge blog and check out the gorgeous work the rest of the team have done, even some of our new crew joined in, so there's quite a feast for the eyes over there. Why don't you come on over and enter with your own 'textured creation' we'd love to see what your interpretation of the brief is. See you soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Girls Challenge: #24 ~ Anything Goes
Card Mania Challenge: #53 ~ Birthday Party!
Crafting From The Heart: #31 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #269 ~ Flower Power
Crafty Calendar Challenge: August ~ Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenges: #172 ~ Animal Friends (Beautiful Butterflies)
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge: #178 ~ Favourite Colour Combination. (I love using tones of the same colour in my makes. It could be tones of any colour, but today it's greeny blues.)
Inky Chicks Challenge: #35 ~ Photo Inspiration. (Used the colours of the eye as the main colours in my creation and the skin colours in the designer papers.)
Sunday Sketch & Stamp: #214 ~ Louise's Sketch. (I've turned the sketch 90 degrees and then flipped the sentiment, so it runs horizontal rather than vertical, otherwise all the elements are there, plus a few clouds!)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Bengali Princess

I've posted the winners from our last challenge over on the Dream Valley challenge, which means it's now time for a new challenge. This week, for challenge 88, we want to see your crafty makes that have been created for weddings. We are sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Stamps this challenge.

One of my best pals got married recently to another one of my best pals. They are such a gorgeous couple, a really brilliant match. It was such a special day and it seemed even the heavens wanted to make this the perfect day. The sun shone, but not too hot, the surf was calm and beautiful and the moon was full and huge as the evening started. A most magical day in every way. 

Before this magical day that we all got to share in, our friends celebrated their wedding in London, Bengali style. My pal looked every bit the Bengali Princess that day and as we weren't able to be there for that celebration, I sent her a card to give her our love and best wishes. I had found a beautiful image drawn by a talented artist from DeviantArt called Jade Dragonne. It was the perfect image to use for a Mehndi night celebration card.

I was really happy with how it came together. I used some wrapping paper that my lovely sister in law had wrapped a present in for me, that I just loved. It had paisley's and gold foil and looked to me to be a perfect fit for the creation I wanted to make. I managed to obscure the sections that the sticky tape had torn off, so it looked pretty good in the finish. I love it when I get to recycle elements. I'm a big recycler, so I love it when it works it's way into my crafting too. Hubby not so happy, mumblings of hoarding and never letting anything go. But then, this is why!

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I kept the card design quite simple as it had to be posted to the UK, so no sticky outy embellishments, or it wouldn't post easily. I matted the image onto red and then white card, which you'll be forgiven for thinking is gold! It's actually white card, that when I realised I had no gold, pulled out my fabulous metallic markers from Letraset and inked to get that lovely gold edged finish. I was really pleased with the effect and all the card needed in addition to the gorgeous backing paper, was a few flat back pearls placed in the corners to finish. 

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I used a lovely stitched edge die from Lil' Inkers to cut the image and would have stopped happily at just the grey edge around the image for dimension, except, I decided I wanted to make her veil shimmer, so I fussy cut a mask and sprayed just the veil of the image with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist. Then I added Glossy Accents to the jewels on the veil and her earrings. It would have been perfect to stop there, except that when I was drawing the ink around her some of it splashed from the pen and I was left with grey splodges where they weren't meant to be. So out came my White Opal Liquid Pearls and I dotted those around to give a hopefully magical atmosphere. I think I got away with it, what do you think?

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I really loved creating this card. I loved the image and was so pleased with how the Perfect Pearls Mist looked on the veil. It was worth all the thumb cramp from fussy cutting to get that look! When my daughter saw this image, she asked why I would send the card with this image for their wedding, so we talked about the Mehndi ceremony and the celebration of their wedding that would be happening in England, before they returned to New Zealand for the wedding we could share in. Soon after this, she had the opportunity to have some Henna art done on her hands and my wee girlie jumped at the chance to be like one of her favourite 'adopted Aunties'. So sweet and here is her pic from this.

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Thanks for popping in today and do go over to the Dream Valley challenge blog and check out what all my talented team mates have been up to. Come join us in the challenge too if you can. See you again really soon, Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Anything Goes
The Squirrel & The Fox: #75 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #69 ~ Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: August Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps: Anything Goes with a twist (of stripes)
Live and Love Crafts Inspiration Challenge: #26 ~ Stitching Real or Faux
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything Goes with the option of Torn Paper
A Little Bit Crafty: Sew What? (Sewing real or faux or sewing related stamps or items)
Crafting Musketeers: #16 ~ 1-2-3 (1 backing paper, 2 image mats, 3 types of pearl embellishments, medium red, small white and liquid pearls.)
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