Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - In Stitches

Hi ya gorgeous peeps. Boy that week flew past! It's time already for another fun and fabulous challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. This week it's my turn to run the challenge, yep, they've let me loose on the blog again! So just for laughs, I thought we'd well, er, have some laughs! This week, we want to see your funny creations, anything that'll give us a giggle.

If you're not finding life funny right now, how about you enter with the alternate play on words and show us your creations using stitching. Better still, do both! Make it funny and use stitching too!!

We are sponsored this week by the fun, quirky and fabulous Dr Digi's House of Stamps. You're sure to find something to make you smile when you visit this store. 


I've used the fun 'Nessie' image from Dr Digi for my DT card this week. Coloured of course with my trusty Promarkers in multiple shades of green. I'm quite chuffed with how it came out as I'm not the most talented with ink. But I do so love my Promarkers, they're just so easy to get a good result from.

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I wanted to include a cheeky quip about being a dinosaur, without being too irreverent as this card is going to my father-in-law! So after quite a bit of searching for an existing digi stamp that said something to that effect and failing miserably, I chose to make my own sentiment. It's not brilliant, and lacks the clever font finishes that bought sentiments have, but it worked in a pinch.

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I hope my father-in-law will see the humour in this, it's written from the kiddies after all! It's a very CAS card for me this week, as I'm packing in preparation for an 8 hour road trip down to our home town to visit my husbands family. His Nana turns 100 soon, so we will be celebrating this great lady this weekend and I've lots to do before then. I've given the card a simple finish, with inked edges, faux stitching courtesy of a fabulous set of stitching stamps from Lili of the Valley and some green tone tartan/plaid paper courtesy of a magazine giveaway, but I believe it's a Nitwits paper. I used the tartan to hat tip that this is actually Dr Digi's Nessie, not some random dinosaur!

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I hope you'll join us this week for our cheeky challenge and that you'll embrace the humourous approach, however you decide to play our challenge this week, we want you to have fun. So grab your crafty stash and come and join us.

We have some great news too over on the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog. Those of you who visit us regularly, will have seen the creations from our lovely GDT's Alison and Helen. I'm delighted to say that they are both joining us at Fab 'n' Funky as permanent DT members. We're so stoked to have you staying on with us ladies. Welcome!

Check out the mad talent from all of our DT crew over on the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog and if you love what they did, be sure to visit their blogs and leave them some love. (We get a kick out of it too!)

Back to my packing! Have a fabulous weekend folks when it rolls around. Ours is a long one, so I'm looking forward to a bit of R&R with the in-laws. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Party Time Tuesdays: #186 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #79 ~ Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Craft Challenges: October ~ Animals
Scribble and Scrap Challenge: #29 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: No Specified Theme (A Day For Daisies Sponsor)

Dream Valley - DT Call

Hey friends, I've some news today. Dream Valley are having a Design Team call and we're keen to get some awesome new crew. If you are interested in joining our DT, you must have an active blog, be willing to make one new creation every two weeks, be willing to comment on your share of challenge entries using a specific rota and pick the Top 3 when it's your turn. You'll need to have your projects posted to our DT blog in time for each new challenge and write your own blog post as well. If you think you can do all this, come on over and throw your hat in the ring to join this fun and laid back group of gals!! 

If you're interested in joining our wonderful Dream Valley Design Team, email our fearless leader Marlene at mvatkinson@talktalk.net with your 3 favourite creations (smaller size pics please), your blog address as well as a wee bit about yourself.

Our team is very much an international team and we have a lot of fun together, so please don't be shy to apply!! Previous DT experience is not required. The DT call will close 22nd of October 2014. We greatly look forward to seeing your entries.

Hugs, Wends x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Dream Valley - Halloween

Time is flying by right now. Before you know it the Christmas season will be here, but before that of course, it's Halloween. Not a big tradition in New Zealand, but I learnt to love it when we were visiting my sister and her family in Los Angeles. They sure know how to do Halloween there! So I've really enjoyed making a couple of Halloween cards lately and today, it's a DT card for Dream Valley. Our new challenge, (no prizes for guessing) is Halloween. It's a fun challenge and we so look forward to seeing all your gorgeous Halloween makes this fortnight. So embrace the fun, pull out your 'sleuky' stamps (Georgie's baby word for spooky, it's kinda stuck in our household) and send them our way. I'm so looking forward to seeing all the wonderful entries you all come up with for our challenge. 

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I have a major soft spot for Sylvia Zet's adorable images. I find them utterly enchanting and she has a sweet lil' witch called Hazel which I have loved for ages. So it was pure pleasure getting to colour this up for our Halloween challenge. You can find her at Whimsy Stamps in rubber and in Sylvia's Wee Stamps Digi Store.

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I have loved looking at Teresa Allday's gorgeous Criss Cross cards, for a while now. So when I was working out what I wanted to do with this challenge, I toyed with the idea of a treat box, or goodie bag and happened to pop into Teresa's blog again for a looksy and found her tutorial on these fabulous Criss Cross cards. So I was inspired to give it a go. I realised after I'd finished adding the papers to the insert, that it would have been clever to add a 'handle like' die cut embellishment to the top, but I thought of it too late, so that's something to try for next time. 

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This is the card without the insert in

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This shows the insert slightly raised up out of the pocket

I embellished both sides of the insert, as I didn't want to have the 'poem' side facing forward and it didn't work to have the purple paper on that side. I wanted to add the purple to balance her hat, as I didn't tie the purple in with anything else until I added the scalloped mat behind the image. It was too plain to have just the paper, so I added the word 'BOO' with a set of Sizzix alphabet dies and dotted some ghosts around for good measure. I love the two in the top right corner as they remind me of the Hattifatteners in my kiddies favourite books and TV Show - the Moomins.

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Here's a little montage of the insert and pocket showing both sides.

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I hunted for ages for a good Halloween poem to use on this card and got so frustrated I just wrote one myself in the end. Nothing fabulous, but it rhymes! I think I was a little heavy handed with the embellishments on this page. Halloween comes but once a year, so I was determined to get as many of my Halloween dies on there as possible! I do love that castle on the hill though. It does have a 'spooky feel' to it, especially with the bats flying around. Those are both CC Designs dies. The cat corner die is Joanna Sheen and the others are Quickutz including the cauldron on the front and ghosts on the flipside of the insert.

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I did go a little crazy with the die cuts on this make, but hidden amongst those, is a lovely wrought iron fence from Impression Obsession. I put this over an orange organza ribbon which you can see peeking out behind the image. I've also added a black organza flower over a black feather and a smaller corner die which comes with the cat die set from Joanna Sheen. You have to look hard to spot that with all the black on black. But it looks good in reality. 

Do go over to the Dream Valley Challenge and check out what my amazing team mates have been up to, there's some really fab designs. Our DT call is still on, so if you fancy joining our fun team, come on over and apply. The DT Call post is at the top of the blog. I'm yawning away here, as it's after midnight and I need to get to bed. So I wish you all a fantastic day and I'll be back again soon with another card. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: October ~ Animals
Crafting Musketeers: #18 ~ Autumn Colours
QKR Stampede Challenge: #109 ~ The Witch Is In
Totally Gorjuss: Show A Feather (Under the Black Flower)
Stamping Sensations: October Challenge ~ Warm Autumn Colours
Loves Rubberstamps Challenges: #122 ~ Pretty Woman (Prettiest Witch)

Update: I was showcased as 'Joni's Favourite' on the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge. Thanks Joni! You made my day. :)


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sugar Nellie Love

Hi folks, here I am again, with another Sugar Nellie make. Yep, can't get enough of them! I just love these enchanting stamps and this one is a real cutie. The stamp is called No Shell Like Home from the Return to Fairy Glen collection from Funky Kits. One of my best buds in the UK has a wee daughter who is turning 5 very soon. A big occasion, as I still remember the early days for our two youngest. We had such a gorgeous journey together through those early baby days with our two young ones and my small boy still talks about 'my girl' when he refers to his little playmate who's now miles away from us. It broke both our mama hearts to separate these two. So I wanted to make something a little bit special for this birthday and you know it had to be Sugar Nellie right?! I used a Sugar Nellie for her big sister's birthday card recently too.

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I coloured this gorgeous fairy with my Promarkers as I always do and then added some Glitter Magic just on the edges and veins of her wings, her underskirt and shoes and the middle of the flowers, just to add a hint of sparkle and magic. I find a fine glue pen really useful to get the very detailed lines of glitter. My favourite is the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. I have had the same pot of Glitter Magic for probably about 10 years now and it's still an almost full pot - a little goes a long way - because I do use it, alot! If only my roller glues would be so obliging!

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I've used a lovely worn wood digital paper on my Kraft card which I cut using my favourite 'Go Create' XXL die shape called Frilly #10. I love the tones in this paper, the mix of paint layers and the wood peeping through and the gorgeous die shape. It just works for me. It's from a lovely Raspberry Road digital paper set called Home for Christmas. I used a sweet Heart Doily which I picked up recently from Live and Love Crafts along with one of their gorgeous Bark Hearts. I've also used one of their Clay Hearts on the tag. The lovely Chrysanthemum is also from Live and Love Crafts, from their Wild Orchid Crafts range. The white tulips and pearl spray and also the seam binding are Wild Orchid Crafts too. 

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I wanted to try something a little different with the ribbon, because I've become so incredibly predictable with my 'double bows' (thanks Jak Heath), so I thought I'd shake it up a bit and use two ribbons! I had tied a ribbon initially on the tag, but there were just altogether too many bows when I did this, so I left the ribbon loose in the end and added the lovely Live and Love Crafts Clay Heart instead. I splashed a little pearl coloured acrylic paint on the heart as I don't own any Gesso.

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I've actually used a beautiful guipure lace on this card too but it's sadly obscured by all the embellies. You see just a hint of it behind the pearl spray. Here's a similar one from The Ribbon Girl. A close up of the tag below shows the sweet sentiment from Zachy to his wee pal which reads 'You're My Sweetheart'. I thought it was perfect when I found it in my stash and the black and white worked well with the tag and sentiment.

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The tag has been cut with a lovely Magnolia Doohickey Vintage Tag die. The stitched circle die is an MFT Stitched Circle Stax and the birdhouse in the bottom right corner is a Marianne Designs Creatables die called Bird & Fence. The lace and seam binding I wrapped around a thin card strip, which I edged with a Martha Stewart Doily Lace border die. You see just a hint in the picture above. I love this border die, I have several different ones, but this is probably my most frequently used border die.

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The 'Blackboard' tag and sentiment are from a lovely My Mind's Eye set called Chalk Studio, which my sister gave me for my birthday this year. Talk about spoilt! It was such a generous gift from my gorgeous sis. So many fabulous pieces. I'm so enjoying using them as it makes me think of the sweet moment she gave them to me and the joy and surprise in that moment. The pic below is my actual stash. Spoilt eh?! She also gave me the washi tape from that same set, which I forgot to photograph here, but it's lovely and I've used it several times already.


I've so got to learn to write concise blog posts! I think I'll try to figure out how to do those 'taggy' things at the bottom of the post, so I don't use so much of the post banging on about each little element. Sorry if I've put you to sleep by now. Have a great weekend. We're already heading into Sunday after a day of Archery lessons for Georgie and Playcentre Bake Sale for the opening of a new kiddies park right beside our centre. The park is fab, with a flying fox and all! (Northern Hemisphere peeps, that's a 'Zipline' to you). See you again really soon. 
Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Papertake Weekly: Super Fly
Loves Rubberstamps: #122 ~ Pretty Woman
Party Time Tuesdays: #185 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: #274 ~ Thinking of You
The Sugar Bowl: #117 ~ Anything Goes with a Sugar Nellie Image
Crafty Calendar Challenge: October ~ Bingo! (Pearls, Sentiment, Diecuts)
Divas By Design: Texture Challenge (Doilies, Bark Hearts, Blooms, Pearl Sprays)
Crafty Little Fairies: October ~ Only One Designer Paper (Raspberry Road Paper)
As You Like It: Favourite Fibre & Why (I love ribbon, of all sorts, seam binding, organza, gingham. It's rare to find a card I've not used ribbon on.)

Update: I won the 'As You Like It' Favourite Fibre challenge! Woohoo!! I won $10 to spend at Joanna Sheens fabulous store. :) :)

Another Update: Woohoohoohoo! I won the Sugar Bowl. Eeep, so excited!!! Four Sugar Nellie Digi's, woop woop, lucky me! :)

DEEP OCEAN CHALLENGE: #94 ~ Favourite Card of 2014 Challenge.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas Bags, Tags & Boxes

The days are whizzing by lately. We've just finished Spring break here in New Zealand and before you know it, the kids will be finishing school and we'll be into our Summer Christmas holidays. But not before I've made a few more Christmas makes and the Fab 'n' Funky crew are keeping me on the straight and narrow with this. Our monthly Christmas challenges have really improved my stack of cards for the Christmas period. So just to keep the stack growing, we thought we'd throw in an extra Christmas challenge this month. A Christmas challenge with a twist. Our lovely Judith has chosen the theme 'Christmas Bags, Tags & Boxes'.


We're being sponsored this time by Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet, who have some really fabulous images, and so many that are perfect for Christmas makes. I was thinking of the fairy who sits atop the Christmas tree as I was coming up with my creation, so chose to work with a gorgeous fairy image from Stitchy Bear called Spari Fairy.  

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I coloured my fairy with her summer flowers and lavender hair with my Promarkers and glittered her liberally, though the lighting was pants when I took the pics, so you can't see the reflection of the glitter too well. Her wand was done with Icicle Stickles, the wings with Diamond Stickles and her shoes were given a dusting of pink fairy dust (from my daughter's childhood stash). 

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I chose to make a box on this occasion as I made a Christmas Gift Bag for our last Fab 'n' Funky Christmas challenge. I have used a hard board pre-covered lovely red fabric gift box to make my creation. I used another of those lovely square doilies as the base layer, and chose Vibeke Spigseth's 'Tis the Season' paper from Panduro Hobby as the colour inspiration.

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I love the way this paper set marries up red and purple. I would never normally go for this colour combination and it certainly wouldn't be my first thought for a Christmas creation. But having used it once before and really loved it, I thought I'd give it another go here, since my box base was red. 

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I used an MFT stitched circle stax die for the round behind the fussy cut fairy. It's hard to see in the photos the stitched edge because of the paper pattern, but it's there and just adds that little extra finish. I didn't add too many extra elements, because I like the way it looked with just the ribbon and the doilies. The sentiment was already on the paper, so I didn't want to cover over that with anything. 

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Thanks for having a looksy at my simple make today, I hope you liked having a peek at my Kiwi Christmas Fairy Gift Box. Do pop into the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog and check out what my amazing teamies came up with for this challenge. We hope you'll join with us in getting ahead of the Christmas rush and make your own 'Christmas Bag, Tag or Box'. See you again really soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Superfly!
Inky Chicks: #40 ~ Christmas
The ABC Challenge: V is for Vibrant
Milk Coffee: Lots of Layers Challenge
Party Time Tuesdays: #185 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #88 ~ Christmas In October
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge: #199 ~ Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Texture Challenge (Doilies, Ribbon & Stickles)
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #80 ~ Perfectly Purple & Completely Cute
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Fibre & Why? (I love all the fibres, hessian, twine, lace, but my all time favourite is ribbon! It's rare to find a card that I don't use it on. I have to be going really CAS for there to be no ribbon. I mean a card is naked without it right? LOL)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Ribbons, Ribbons, Ribbons

Oh dear! Spring break is really messing with my mojo! Love my kiddos and it's awesome hanging out, but there's no time for anything but them really when they're off school and Playcentre. So here I am after the starting gun, with my 'Anything with a Ribbon' make for our latest Fab 'n' Funky Challenge. My teamies really are the best. Their cards were up and looking gorgeous when I checked this morning, so do swing on by the challenge blog and leave them a little love. 

We are super stoked to be sponsored by The Ribbon Girl for this challenge. So it's fitting that Wendy chose the theme 'Anything with a Ribbon' for this challenge. The lucky winner will receive a generous ten pounds to spend at The Ribbon Girl. Who wouldn't love that?!!


I made this card with the gorgeous Lili of the Valley 'All Our Dreams' stamp, which comes with a sweet sentiment. I also have another gorgeous baby stamp from Lili of the Valley and on this occasion used the sweet matching sentiment from that set. I've coloured the image with my fabulous Promarkers as always and added some touches of Stickles here and there around the image for a touch of magic. I utterly adore this enchanting baby stamp and I use it often for newborn cards. I do have other gorgeous ones, but this is definitely my 'go to' stamp.

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I used a very pretty paper for my make from the Fairy Belle collection designed by Jodie Lee for Prima Marketing. These papers are enchanting and I just loved the dark plum shades in this paper. Not colours I would go for first for a baby card, warm deep Autumn shades, but having had a bit of a disaster with my colouring, I chose to colour over my initial baby suit colour with a deeper plum shade, so when I was hunting through my paper stack to find a good fit, this jumped out as a good option and man am I pleased I went with that instinct. I LOVE how the paper worked with this card.  

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Wendy's fabulous theme is all about the ribbons for this challenge. So my sweet baby make has been finished with a lush plum coloured bow using my favourite ever ribbon tie, which as you know (repeat after me) is Jak Heath's Double Bow! I LOVE this ribbon tie, particularly for organza ribbon, it just looks so fabulous and makes the bow that bit more lush and special than an ordinary single bow. Thank you Jak, if only you knew how many times I've used your fabulous tutorial!

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I don't always decorate the insides of my cards, but this was a special make so I went the extra mile. So here's a peek at the inside, which I've decorated with the same divine paper and a square cut the with the same fabulous stitched edge die as I've used on the image. The die is from the stitched edge collection from Lil' Inkers. Which I found thanks to my lovely crafty pal Elaine, who uses these dies occasionally on her divine cards. I've drawn so much inspiration from her gorgeous crafty style, so pop on over for a peek. She's amazing!

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Well that's it folks. I hope you've enjoyed having a looksy at my Fab 'n' Funky DT card today and I hope you'll head on over to the challenge blog and join in with us. It's a fabulously easy challenge this time, ribbons, ribbons, ribbons, so plenty of scope! Until next time, have a fabulous week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries: 
Allsorts Challenge: #279 ~ Autumn
Sweet Stampin' Challenge: Autumn
Lili of the Valley Challenge: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog: #114 ~ Autumn/Fall
Pile It On Challenges: #40 ~ The Colours of Autumn
Scribble & Scrap Crafts Challenge: #28 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies: October ~ Use Only One Designer Paper
Sweet Stampin' Challenges: October ~ Warm Autumn Colours
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #76 ~ Anything Goes in October
The Ribbon Girl: October Card Challenge ~ Glitz & Dazzle (glitter dazzle around image)

Update: A joyous coincidence! I just discovered that I won a lovely prize from the Ribbon Girl who were our sponsors in this challenge!! They were also sponsoring Crafty Little Fairies and I won that prize in their challenge. Woohoo! 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Dream Valley - Anything But a Card

It's time for a new Dream Valley challenge and this fortnight we are challenging you to make 'Anything But a Card'. Who's up for that? We are delighted to be sponsored by the wonderful team from The Paper Shelter and several of our team have used their gorgeous images.


I've been busy making the cover for a photo book, which I put together for one of the mama's who recently left our Playcentre when her daughter graduated and was ready to go to school. Playcentre is unique to New Zealand, though Japan are modelling a new early learning centre on ours. It is essentially an amazing, parent lead learning environment which is fully funded by the New Zealand government. So I'm there three days a week with my son Zac as a parent educator. We receive training and work through levels of education as we are there. It's quite a bit of work, but amazing and so edifying to be there for my small dude this way. The key philosophy there is 'parents as first teachers' and I LOVE it. So this book carried many treasured memories of this wee poppets time with us at Playcentre and for her mummy too, who had been an amazing educator and an inspiration to so many of us.

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The photo book arrived with two really heavy cardboard sheets to protect it in transit, so I figured it was a good idea to have some sort of protection for such a treasured keepsake of this wee poppets years at Playcentre. I started with those two strong sheets of cardboard, found some pretty paper to be the feature page, a sentiment and some lovely hot pink backing paper to form the base and got busy.

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I used a lovely adhesive binding fabric to cover and form the corners of the book cover and also wrapped it around the raw end of the coverslip at the opening, so that it didn't have an unfinished edge. You can see the spine of the book in the photo below as it sits nicely in it's little sheath.

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The pretty patterned paper I used is from a rather old paper block from Joanna Sheen called Haberdashery Backing Papers. It's no longer available through Joanna Sheen, but I found it at Bluebell's online. It's a fabulous set, with a mix of really girly florals and denims and plaids for the boys. I thought this pretty floral was perfect for this photobook cover.

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The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley, which I stamped in green ink to work in with the colour scheme on a little paper tag that I had in my stash. The tag isn't a perfect match, but in similar colours, so I think I got away with it.

Thanks for popping in to look at my wee make tonight. I hope this inspires you to make your own covering for a treasured keepsake, it's a great gift idea and really, so simple to make. If you haven't popped in to the Paper Shelter recently, go check them out now, they have a fabulous Halloween Sale going on! 30% off Halloween images.


Do pop into the Dream Valley Challenge blog too and check out what my talented teamies have been up to. They've made some stunning creations and they're sure to inspire. Come and join the fun this fortnight, with our 'Anything But A Card' challenge. See you all again soon. Have an awesome week! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards Challenges: #03 ~ Anything Goes
Dragon's Lair Designs Challenge: Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Anything But A Card
Crafting From The Heart Challenges: #39 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges: Anything But A Card - Team Tina
Crafting By Designs Challenge: October Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October ~ Anything Goes
Anything But A Card Challenge: Seasons of Change ~ Spring or Autumn (Spring Flowers)

The Sugar Bowl is Back!

I'm so excited that the Sugar Bowl Challenge has returned. I LOVE Sugar Nellie stamps. Just between you and me, I was gutted not to have made it onto the Sugar Bowl DT, but I have to admit, the girlies that did are the bomb, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes out of that little corner of the blogosphere over the next few months.

I'm super excited that the challenges have started up again and of course I want to make sure I have something to enter there, so I have a quick make ready to go while I'm working on another one. I think this stamp is so sweet for girly birthdays. It's called 'Best Day Ever' and it's now available as a digi, for a limited time as it's coming out of license.

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If you like this gorgeous stamp, sprint over to Funky Kits and snap up this cute Sugar Nellie before she's no longer available! There are a bunch of my favourite Sugar Nellie stamps currently coming to the end of their license, these too can be found at Funky Kits for a limited time. Seriously cute rubber peeps, check them out! But not to waffle too long (oh you know I like to!) here's my lil' Sugar Nellie make for today.

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I've used a gorgeous Maja Designs paper from their Vintage Summer Basics range. I loved the buttermilk yellow and pink combo in this paper, which worked well for the creamy card base I had in mind to use. I coloured the image to work in with the paper. I used the reverse of another Maja Design page to be the backing slip for the lace and ribbon. I didn't have quite enough ribbon left to tie a bow, so I drew the ends together and wrapped a charm around it to make a mini bow. I quite like how that worked out.

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Have I said how much I love these Sugar Nellie's? What's not to love about this lil' cutie above? Even the lil' mousie is too dang cute for words. I used Stickles to add glittery accents here and there. I do love to make the shoes sparkly! I kept the colours all very close, so added shade on shade of the same colours using my Promarkers as always.

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The little butterflies were offcuts from a Memory Box butterfly die from the same backing paper as I used to mount the image. The pearls are from a gorgeous Hobby House pack I won from Hazel France a while back, which contained a pack of Hobby House Self Adhesive Pearls in Candy Sugar colour. The shade was perfect for the colours in my card and I loved the varied sizes. The pretty pink lace I picked up from John Lewis in London in their little craft nook in the Brent Cross mall. The pink spotty ribbon was from the same Hobby House pack as the pearls. 

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So there you have it. A very simple make with some gorgeous elements. A bit of distressed edging here and there, a little bit of bling and a touch of glitter and my crafty work is done here. Catch you all again soon. I've had a fun day out with the kiddos and my lovely hubby, my sis and her lovely hubby, so it's back to reality and dinner duty for me! LOL. Big hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Bunny Zoe's Challenge: September ~ Lace
Passion For Promarkers: #267 ~  Make It Feminine
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #283 ~ Lovely Lace
The Sugar Bowl: #117 ~ Anything 'Sugar Nellie' Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #76 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Finishing Touch (Stickles and Charm)
Cute Card Thursday: #341 ~ Spots & Dots (Spotty Ribbon & Dotty Boxes)
As You Like It: Favourite Digital Stamp & Why: (Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE Sugar Nellie and I was super excited when this sweet stamp, originally a rubber stamp, was released as a digi stamp. ALL Sugar Nellies are gorgeous, but there's just something special about the images drawn by Marina Fedotova. I <3 these big time.)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fab 'n' Funky - Halloween

I'm sneaking in for an extra post today. We are down a couple of teamies for various reasons this challenge, so the whole team is rallying to help out. I must confess, no great trial there, as the images we were given to work with are so dang cute! This week we're being sponsored by the wonderful Paper Shelter and they've given us a couple of über cute images to have a play with. I've chosen Halloween Spirit for my card.

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Murphy's law, whenever you try to do anything in a hurry, something goes wrong! I tried to print my image out, and I'd run out of photo ink in my printer, so it wouldn't print in black! It came out a greyed out shadow of it's former self!! Evening, no shops open to replace ink (which in my case wouldn't help anyway, as I have to import the ink from England! Long, expensive story for another time!) So there was nothing to do, but pull up my big girl pants and have a go at my very first EVER 'no lines' colouring. Eeeep! Still trembling in my boots and it has nothing to do with the Halloween theme!

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I had some cute Halloween stash in my kit, a sparkly black foam spider and a sparkly black foam bat, so those came in handy for this make. I love being able to use older stash that I've had for yonks! The bat I layered over some clouds and a glitter edged full moon. The spider I suspended from some Washi Tape bunting using black cotton, it's loose, so it dangles when you move the card. My kiddos loved that bit of the card!

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I also had some black feathers knocking around in my stash, no idea where they came from but thought them perfect for a Halloween card. I won some lovely goodies from Iva Nova Chest a while back and these pumpkin coloured roses were in that win. So I was chuffed to have just the right colour scheme going to include those. The funky orange ric rac ribbon was also from that same win. Which I really loved the look of layered over the black dotty washi tape. 

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The purple image mat and sentiment circle were in my stash pre-cut for yonks, waiting for the right make. I cut them from the inside of a bank envelope, they're often lined with a pattern or colour and I love to recycle, so cut some and put them into the 'one day' basket. So I'm giving myself a little pat on the back at this stage, because I've used so much older stash on this make and some 'little used' stash too like my washi tapes. I love it when that happens, very satisfying. I even managed to sneak in some purple organza fabric which I bought over 10 years ago from Lakeland in London. Darnell would be so proud!

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That's all folks, (as if I haven't already said enough! LOL) Thanks for popping into my wee corner of the blogosphere and I look forward to catching up with all my blog pals makes later today. Do pop on over the the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge blog to check out what my teamies have done with their Halloween makes and leave them some love. My kiddos are off on two weeks Spring break, so I need to get to entertaining the troops. Here's a final look at the full card taken in a different light. Hard to get a good pic of the 'no lines' colouring. See you again soon. Hugs, Wends x

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Challenge Entries:
2CuteInk: #116 ~ Halloween
Crafts & Me: #150 ~ Time for Anything
Brown Sugar Challenge: #113 ~ Anything Goes
A Creative Romance: In The Garden & GDT Call
Simons Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge: #270 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge: #87 ~ Use at Least One Flower
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Finishing Touch Challenge
Stamping Sensations: September Challenge ~ Things with Wings
613 Avenue Create: #91 ~ Anything Goes with option to use a heart
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