Sunday, 31 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps ~ Sensational Sunday Blog Hop

Hey there crafty pals. It's time for another Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has been busy creating some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Click on each link in the Hop and leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning the mystery prize. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments! So come hop along with us and be inspired to create.


This week I've used another gorgeous Elisabeth Bell image, but from her Whimsy Stamps range. I wanted to make something sunny and sweet, as it's cold and rainy here in New Zealand this week, so I was chasing the sunshine through my crafting. You should have arrived here to my blog from Rebecca Billard. Such a fabulous creation this week. So talented isn't she? Your next stop in the Hop after mine is Nick. You're gonna love what she has in store for you! So fab! Have fun hop hop hoppity hopping! :)


The paper I've used is from a My Mind's Eye paper pad called Hootenanny from their Six by Six range. The candy coloured stripes were a great fit for my little sunshiney make today. Laura has some gorgeous My Mind's Eye paper pads in the store right now too. I had my first play with Wink of Stella pens for this make. I used it on the balloons, her ring and the spine of the butterflies on her dress. Just a lovely touch of sparkle. Love them! The image is coloured with my Promarker Alcohol Markers.


Card Recipe:
Ribbons: Ric Rac & Taffeta
Spellbinders ~ A2 Curved Borders One
My Mind's Eye Paper: Hootenanny from the Six by Six range
Sentiment: Little Darlings ~ Warm Fuzzies Sentiment Sets - Friendship
Glitter Pen: Zig - Wink of Stella ~ Glitter Blue Marker & Glitter Yellow Marker

My awesome teamies have some incredible creations to share with you tonight. These girlies have such amazing talent, so go check out their makes and be inspired. Follow the hop links below to be in with a chance to win the fabulous Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop Candy! You never know where the sweet spot will be!

Pam DeChellis
Loves Rubberstamps Store

Have fun on the hop tonight and I'll be back soon with my next crafty adventure. Still a few days left of our current challenge theme, so come play with us in the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge. See you real soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Cute Card Thursday: #375 ~ Too Cute
Inky Impressions: #211 ~ Ribbon or Lace
I <3 Promarkers: #271 ~ Anything But Square
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #229 ~ Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #83 ~ Anything But A Square Card
Fussy & Fancy: #140 ~ Fun In The Sun (I coloured this to be a very 'sunny' card)
As You Like It: Favourite Period & Why (I have two thoughts on this challenge. My favourite period of the year is Christmas, hands down. I LOVE Christmas and all the festive joy it brings. But I was thinking about an 'era' and I've used a lot of Elisabeth Bell images in my creations lately, I'm going through a bit of a phase, but the reason I love these, is because they remind me of a gentler, sweeter bygone era. So I think this card fits in well with this challenge as a celebration of that bygone era.)

Update: So honoured to have been named in the Top 3 for the I <3 Promarkers Challenge AND won their randomly generated prize. So excited, yippee!



Second Update: I was placed in the Top 3 at Penny's PaperCrafty Challenge. Thanks Mandy! xxx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas

Oh my goodness, this week has whipped by in record time! I have been especially busy these past couple of weeks, with a little man turning 5! We had a graduation and farewell ceremony with his Playcentre friends, then of course starting school. He's coped so well with that, I'm really proud of his transition from preschooler to big school boy. We celebrated his birthday with family friends and then had a big party for Zac a week after he started school, so it's been full on for the past two weeks preparing and hosting these events. But so many lovely memories were made. It's been a very special time. Yesterday was my hubby's birthday and we have his folks visiting this week, so things haven't slowed down yet. My poor hubby was so poorly on his birthday though, he was barely up. But we'll be having a special dinner tonight to celebrate. At least he managed cake and candles! The kids would have been so sad not to do that on papa's birthday.

It's time for a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky and our lovely hostess this week is Wendy. It's our Christmas challenge this week. Are you getting ahead with yours? I've managed to put a few together the last couple weeks, so I'm glad of that. I've used a sweet Lili of the Valley image for my make today which is sadly now retired. I've coloured the image with my Promarkers.


Pretty simple card really, some pretty Christmas paper from the Papermania Home for Christmas collection, a doily, a fun Marianne Design diecut sentiment called Winter Wishes, a sweet Joy Crafts Snowflake die and a 'wax seal' sticker I bought in Sweden, which says Merry Christmas in Swedish. I edged all the papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, added some Stickles to the snow and a little Marvy Uchida Snow Marker to the little Santa Mouse's coat and hat. Finally I added a little red sticky back pearl to the sentiment to finish the card. Sweet and simple.


Our sponsor for this weeks challenge is Di's DigiStamps, so the winner is in for a super cute prize. Do come and join our fun challenge this week and get ahead with your Christmas crafting. I'll be back soon with my next crafty adventure. In the meantime, head on over to the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge and check out what all my talented teamies have been up to with their Christmas crafting. I look forward to seeing what you make for our Christmas challenge. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Scribble & Scrap: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' Christmas Challenge: Cute Christmas
Creative Corner Challenge: Team Mel ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: Make Your Own Challenge: Column One
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Things with Wings (2 little Robins on my card)
Passion for Promarkers: #298 ~ Come Fly with Me (2 sweet Robins on my card)
Papertake Weekly:  Take Your Pick = Product ~ Use Glitter (Stickles - Glitter Glue)
Brown Sugar Challenge: #147 ~ Favourite Colour Combo (I love Red & White for Xmas)

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Coffee, Tea or Favourite Beverage

Hey there lovely blog buddies. Today is my hubby's birthday, so I am swinging in here very quickly to tell you about our latest challenge that goes live today on the Loves Rubberstamps Blog! Our lovely Holly has chosen the theme this week and she would like to see all your stamps and papers that have anything to do with 'Coffee, Tea or another Favourite Beverage'. How cool is that?! Very I think. 


I have used a gorgeous Elisabeth Bell image called Willow with Hot Chocolate for today's creation. I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and she's coloured in Alcohol Ink. I love this sweet image, the pose she's in is just so sweet and relaxed and I can almost feel how comforting that warm drink must be on a cold day just from looking at it! 


I've made this up for my daughter's best childhood friend from England, who now lives in Switzerland. She's become quite the ski bunny, so I thought this would be a really sweet Christmas card to send to her. The papers were a gift from issue 120 of Papercraft Inspirations. They're called Gingerbread Lane by Jenny Ellory and fit this sweet scene so well. I've lifted the image off the paper with a double layer of Foam Pads for some extra dimension. I love this effect!


This card, is all about the fishtails! I've used Die-namics Fishtail Flag Layers Stax Die set to cut the fishtail panels for the image and behind. I've also cut a smaller one to use as the sentiment tab. Which I've kept loose, so the full sentiment can be read when pulled out. Obscured, it reads 'Special Friend, at Christmas'. 


I've edged all the backing papers with Memento Ink in New Sprout. CAS design, but I love the simple finish. I hope you enjoyed seeing my crafty make today. Do pop on over to the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge to check out what the rest of the amazing DT have been up to there. They're such a talented crew and  you're sure to leave inspired! Come join us for the challenge this week too. See you again soon, right now though, I'm off to celebrate the hubby. Hugs, Wends x

*Come and hop along in our weekly Blog Hop. Just visit each blog from our Design Team for a chance to win the hidden prize! Start the hop at the Sensational Sunday Inspirations Blog. If you would like to see what companies the Loves Rubberstamps Store carries, visit  the store here.

Challenge Entries:
Scribble & Scrap: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays: #198 ~ Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge: #107 ~ Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge: K is for Keep It Simple
Creative Corner Challenges: Team Mel ~ Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Take Your Pick = Colour Challenge ~ Green
Winter Wonderland: Festive Food (Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Houses)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Sensational Sunday Blog Hop

Hi my lovely blog buddies, it's time for another Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Click on each link in the Hop and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments! Some come hop along with us and be inspired to create.


You should have arrived here to my blog from Rebecca Billard. Such a fabulous creation this week, love those beautiful blooms. Awesomely talented isn't she? Your next stop in the Hop after mine is Nick. You're gonna love what she has in store for you! Too cute! Have fun hop hop hoppity hopping! :)


I've used a sweet Elisabeth Bell image for this weeks Blog Hop from her Whiff of Joy range. I'm trying to get ahead with my Christmas makes, so thought I'd sneak one in this week. You can find a gorgeous range of Elisabeth Bell stamps here at the Loves Rubberstamps Store. Laura has a huge selection and they're all gorgeous!


I've used a lovely white poinsettia from Wild Orchid Crafts for this make and Mahogany Seam Binding also from Wild Orchid Crafts. The lovely snowflake die is from Whimsy Stamps. The shaped frame is a Spellbinders die called Lattice Rectangles. I gotta tell ya too, that I love, love, LOVE my Spellbinder's Tool 'n' One. I cannot cut a die now without using this tool. It's one of my best 'tool' investments this past year. The pretty papers are from BoBunny's Silver & Gold Collection and Carta Bella's Christmas Day by Carina Gardner. I used foam pads to raise the image and the base paper mat and sentiment, for a little added dimension. It's not captured well in the pics, but looks fab in reality. The sweet sentiment is from Magnolia


My awesome teamies have some incredible creations to share with you tonight. These girlies have some truly mad talent, so go check out their makes and be inspired. Follow the hop links below to be in with a chance to win the fabulous Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop Candy! You never know where the sweet spot will be!

Pam DeChellis

Have fun on the hop tonight and I'll be back on Tuesday with my Loves Rubberstamps Challenge DT card. So watch this space and come play with us in the Loves Rubberstamps Challenge. See ya'll again soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Scribble & Scrap: #45 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Things with Wings
Completely Christmas: #64 ~ Include a Lantern or Candle
52 Christmas Card Throwdown: Stash Challenge ~ Ribbon
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra: Anything Christmas Goes

Update: I won the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Stash Challenge! Thank you ladies, I'm honoured.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Birds and/or Bees

Hey lovely blogging pals. It's time again for a new challenge over on the Sweet Stampin' blog. The DT girlies have been hard at work creating some gorgeous projects to inspire you this week. I had fun with a sweet Elisabeth Bell image, that featured some cute lil' bees. So I thought it perfect for this challenge. This lovely image is from an eBook that Elisabeth recently released and is called Honey Honey. If you've been following me a while, you'll know Distress Inks are a new adventure for me, so I'm still learning how to use them. Let's just say, I got a little carried away trying to create a sunny hue around the image! LOL. I'll go a little lighter in my approach next time I try this. It's hard to tell in the pic, but there's a blue hue around the image too.


Our sponsors for this challenge are... the Sweet Stampin' Girlies themselves! It's a surprise goody bag, and let me tell ya, you're gonna love it! So come and join in the fun with us this week, with your interpretation of our Birds & Bees challenge.


That zingy yellow ribbon was rescued from one of the kiddies Easter goodies this year and I thought would really bring the sunshiney feel I was trying to go for, into the card. The lovely border die, is from Spellbinders, which I initially wanted to use across the top, without coming down onto the image, but my backing paper was too short! So after multiple tries at alternate placement, I came up with the idea of tucking it behind the image. The sweet sentiment is an Inkadinkado called Mother, Thanks Expressions mini cling stamp and the papers are My Mind's Eye.


I'm a little behind tonight with my post, as it's been my lil' man's birthday party. Pirates and Princesses. What's not to love, when you're five?! A huge amount of time and energy went into planning and prepping the party and it was enjoyed by all, which was a real joy for me after all that hard work. Just in case you'd like a peak into what my day was about, here are a couple of pics of the Pirate fun and Piratey foods we ate.

Skull & Crossbones - Aarrgh

Little Orange Wedge Boats on Blue Jello

 The treasure chest cake before it was cut

 After the cake was cut with all the jewels (gourmet jelly beans) spilling out

So that's a little of my day, thanks for going the distance if you made it all the way down here. Hope to see some of  your fab creativity in our 'Birds & Bees' challenge and I'll be back with another crafty adventure tomorrow. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz Challenge: #280 ~ Kids
Loves To Scrap: #54 ~ Anything Goes
Crafts & Me Challenges: #156 ~ Circles
Creative Corner Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Challenge: XYZ ~ Yellow!
Dream Valley: #106 ~ Things With Wings (Hi girlies x)
Papertake Weekly: With A Heart (Little heart on the honey pot)
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenges: #83 ~ Anything but a square card

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Sensational Sunday Bloghop - Wee Wyanet

Woop woop, it's time for another Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments! Some come hop along with us and be inspired to create.

You should have arrived here to my blog from Rebecca Billard. Such a fabulous creation this week. She's so talented. Your next stop in the Hop after mine is Nick. Have fun hop hop hoppity hopping! :)

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I hope you're enjoying the Blog-Hops as much as I am since joining the team. I've made a sweet card for a friend today who lives in Canada, so I couldn't resist this gorgeous Sylvia Zet image for this project. You can find the stamp here in the Loves Rubberstamp's Store. I've coloured the image with alcohol inks and used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the edges. The delish papers are My Mind's Eye ~ Oliver from their Lost & Found 3 collection. The sweet Kraft card sentiment tab is from a La La Land die set called Stitched Tabs Die. I mounted the sentiment tab and image with Foam Pads for that little bit of extra dimension.

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I had some little real feathers left over from some thank you gifts I'd made for my daughter Georgie's archery party when she turned 10 this year, so seeing the sweet feathers in the image, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. My only regret is that I didn't have any little turquoise beads to add to the feather necks, I think this would have looked really cool!

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My awesome teamies have some incredible creations to share with you tonight. These girlies have some truly mad talent, so go check out their makes and be inspired. Follow the hop links below to be in with a chance to win the fabulous Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop Candy! You never know where the sweet spot will be!

Thanks for popping in on my blog tonight. I'll have another crafty adventure for you soon, so check back in a bit. Below is a quick reference to the stash I used. Have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends x

Card Recipe:
Kraft Card Tent Fold Card
Coloured with Alcohol Ink Markers
Image Frame ~ MFT - Stitched Rectangle Die
Papers edged with 'Vintage Photo' Distress Ink Pad
Dimensional Foam Pads ~ Craftwork Cards Candi Fix
Sentiment Die: La La Land Stitched Tabs Die ~ Set of 3
Papers: My Mind's Eye ~ Oliver - Lost & Found 3 Collection
Sentiment: CC Designs ~ Amy R Stamps Collection - Rumour Has It
Fishtail Behind Feathers ~ Dienamics - Fishtail Flags Layers Stax Die Set

Challenge Entries:
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #87 ~ Layer It Up
Party Time Tuesdays: #198 ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl: May Colour Challenge - Aqua
Scribble & Scrap Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #124 ~ Anything Goes (Nature as the best teacher)
Sentimental Sundays: #259 ~ Funny and/or cute sentiments (I think mine is pretty cute)
Crafty Catz: #279 ~ Let's Feel The Music (This image makes me think of Pocahontas, so I have 'Colours of the Wind' running through my head. Can you hear it?)
ABC Challenges: J is for Jewels (I love Turquoise, it's a beautiful stone and imagine this is what this wee girlie is wearing in this image, in her headdress and round her neck.)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Fab 'n' Funky - Tag You're It!

It's time for a new challenge over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog and the lovely Pat is our hostess today. She's chosen the theme 'Tags' for this challenge. So as I never seem to have enough Christmas tags, I thought I'd make one of those, especially as I've been wanting this cute Dr Digi's image for a while and as luck would have it, they are our sponsor for this challenge. This fun Santa image is called 'Naughty or Nice'.


It's my little boy's 5th birthday tomorrow and I've been caught up with school visits, buying his new uniform, preparing for his birthday party and winding up my commitments to Playcentre. So it's been a huge couple of weeks and this tag unfortunately got missed on the 'To Do List'. Ironic when the Santa in the image is holding a list! But I've whipped one up double quick time tonight. I was organised with my colouring as I did this the same night as I painted the Lacy Sunshine card that I blogged on Tuesday. So it was a matter of choosing some cardstock and trimmings. I chose navy blue cardstock as my distress ink surround for santa was a dark blue. I was a little heavy handed with the surround on this image, but I'm still learning. I've only done two sittings of Distress Ink painting a couple of images a time. So I'm happy with my progress so far. Live and learn as they say.


Those of you who have been following my blog for a while, know how much I love gingham, red gingham in particular. I don't use it that often on my cards, but love it when I do. I needed a Christmassy detail since I was in a hurry, so some self adhesive gingham fabric strips were perfect to finish the card along with a lovely gingham ribbon to thread the tag. I used a tiny heart punch to do the heart border. Don't look too closely, it's a little wobbly! I had some diecut offcuts which I taped behind with some more of the gingham fabric to fix in place as it made the little hearts stand out better with the white behind. The punched border is a Martha Stewart punch. Voila, sweet and simple. 

I hope you will come and join in the fun on the Fab 'n' Funky challenge blog. My teamies have been hard at work preparing their gorgeous tag themed creations, so go check those out on the blog. I"ll be back with another crafty adventure soon, but not until I've cut some cake with my big 5 year old!

Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Sparkles Christmas Challenge: #52 ~ Tag You're It!
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': Cute Christmas (I think my Santa is pretty cute, hope you do too!)

Update: So delighted to have won the Sparkles Christmas 'Tag It' challenge. I have 7 lovely Bugaboo stamps now from them. Thanks ladies!


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Add A Sentiment

Hey there lovely blogging pals. I have such a happy post to do today. I have been invited to join the Loves Rubberstamps Design Team for a term and I am so excited about this! You may have read this news already, as I've done two of their weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hops, but this is my first official post for the challenge design team. So I'm pretty stoked to be here! The challenge this week is to 'Use a Sentiment'.

We have a fabby sponsor on the blog this week, it's the wonderful Lacy Sunshine Stamps and the design team were given some gorgeous images to work with for this challenge. This wee sweetie is called Daisy Delite. You can find the fabulous Lacy Sunshine rubber stamps in the Loves Rubberstamps Store.


I've only used Distress Inks to colour an image once before and I'm still learning how it's done, so don't peak too close. This said though, I am so pleased with how this came out, especially the blue background. I'm really enjoying experimenting with these inks and the markers make it so easy to lay down the colour. You can check out the range in store.


I had grand ideas of adding lots of dies to this card. I even had them all cut out, but this My Mind's Eye paper is so gorgeous, I just didn't want to cover it, so I have actually kept it quite sparse. I seriously love My Mind's Eye papers, they have such a fabulous range and they coordinate so well together. I'm looking forward to creating with the ones Laura currently has in the store.


I decided I wanted to try a different card style for this creation. So I chose an accordian fold where the front panel is shorter than the back, so I could create a bit of dimension to the card and also so you can see all of the gorgeous paper that's behind the image, which would normally be more than half covered by it. I did want to add some dies, I had a couple of gorgeous Magnolia ones lined up, a lamp and a pretty window with shutters, but when I tried them, I felt they covered too much of the paper and detracted from the pretty image. So there it is my rather CAS fancy fold card. I did think it would look rather gorgeous to have a few extra blooms around the image, so that was my only embellishment to the image besides the sweet little sentiment from a Little Darlings Warm Fuzzies set called Friendship Sentiments. The ink bled a bit on the watercolour paper, note to self, use alcohol ink paper next time! But I think I got away with it, just. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my first creation for the Loves Rubberstamps Design Team. Do go and check out what my wildly talented teamies have done for this challenge too, you're sure to leave inspired! Come and join us for our 'Use a Sentiment' challenge, I look forward to coming and visiting your blogs. Big hugs, Wends x

Card Recipe:
Accordian Fold Card
Coloured with Distress Ink Markers
Papers edged with 'Crushed Olive' Distress Ink
Sentiment Die: La La Land Stitched Tabs Die ~ Set of Three
Sentiment: Little Darlings ~ Warm Fuzzies - Friendship Sentiments
Papers: My Mind's Eye ~ Miss Caroline - Howdy Doody and 6x6 - Vanity Fair
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Chrysanthemums, Cosmo Daisies, Helebore (Out of stock)

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: In The Garden
The Cutie Pie Challenge: #87 ~ Layer it up
Stamping Sensations: May ~ Flower Power
Party Time Tuesdays: #198 ~ Anything Goes
Scribble & Scrap Challenge: #44 ~ Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge: #144 ~ More than One Fold
Buckwell's Crafty Challenge: Spots or Stripes (spots on headband & stripes on shirt.)
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite - Land or Sea? (Oh wow, that's a hard choice! I love them both, but there is something gorgeous about lush gardens and florals on cards, so I think land is my choice.)

Update: So honoured to have been placed in the Top 3 in the As You Like It Challenge. Thank you ladies! x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Sensational Sunday

Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments! Some come hop along with us and be inspired to create.

You should have arrived here to my blog from Rebecca Billard. Don't you just love what she did this week?! Crazy talented. Your next stop in the Hop after mine is Nick. Have fun hop hop hoppity hopping! :)

I've chosen a gorgeous stamp from The Greeting Farm for my creation today. The stamp is called 'Anya Celebrates'. I gotta tell ya, I'm getting quite a collection of these gorgeous 'big girl' stamps from The Greeting Farm. I LOVE these girlies. So watch out for more makes with these from me. If you like what you see, check out the gorgeous collection of Greeting Farm stamps Laura has in the shop here.

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I've used alcohol markers to colour the image and edged the image with Walnut Stain Distress Ink from Ranger, which you can find here in the store. I find I really need to use the right paper to get the best results from my alcohol markers, my favourite is an English paper you can find here. The Crafter's Companion paper has never let me down.

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The sentiment I've used for this card is a lovely one from a Stamping Bella stamp set called Maybelline Loves Mail from their Uptown Girls range. I just love the sentiments that come with these sets. Each stamp comes with it's own sentiment, sometimes the option of two. They're brilliant paired with the images in the set, but as you can see work really well with other images too. Check out the collection here.


I've kept the card pretty CAS for this make, as I wanted the stamp to be the feature and the long tall nature of this stamp lends itself really well to a long tall card shape. So I folded a long strip of cardstock, added a simple washi tape strip behind the image and mounted the image on foam pads to give a little dimension. I used some pretty baker's twine for a simple finish. I love baker's twine and there are so many gorgeous colours in the store right now. Check out the range here.

My awesome teamies have some incredible creations to share with you tonight. These girlies have some mad talent, so go check out their makes and be inspired. Follow the hop links below to be in with a chance to win the fabulous Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop Candy! You never know where the sweet spot will be!

Thanks for popping in on my blog tonight. I'll have another crafty adventure for you soon, so check back in a bit. Have an awesome week. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
On A Stampage: Mynette's Birthday Challenge

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sweet Stampin' - Spring Flowers

It's a big couple of weeks coming up for me as I've two special fellas who have birthdays in May. My little one is soon to turn 5 and I just can't quite believe how fast these past five years have gone. I so am going to be crying in my coffee when I take him to school on his first day. He has his second visit this Tuesday and was fine on his first, so I don't anticipate any issues there. It will all be mama issues! Speaking of mama issues, it's Mother's Day here tomorrow and my two littlies ran off with papa today on a very hush hush covert mission, so I'm rather looking forward to tomorrow morning! In the meantime, I thought I'd share a card I made for my mummy.


We are celebrating Spring Flowers at Sweet Stampin' this week and I made an easel card for Mother's Day for my mummy. Purple is her favourite colour, so I went all out on the purple hues and used a lovely purple organza ribbon to tie up the design. The beautiful image is Mother's Day, Daughter by Saturated Canary. I love this image of Krista's. It was really fun to colour.


I found a fabulous Etsy site some years back which made these gorgeous handmade buttons and fitting in with my purple theme and being heart shaped, I thought this button worked really well to be the anchor for my easel. I used a lovely sentiment which I picked up from the Ally Pally Craft Fair years ago. So appropriate for a celebration of family and motherhood. 


Do stop by the Sweet Stampin' blog and check out what my wonderful teamies have been up to. They're such an inspiring and talented bunch. Join in our 'Spring Flowers' challenge too. It's such a lovely theme and we have a wonderful sponsor - Crafts U Love. We're looking forward to coming and visiting your Spring themed creations. See you all soon. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Deep Ocean Challenge: #103 ~ Flowers
A Gem of a Challenge: #144 ~ More Than One Fold
Stamping Sensations: May Challenge ~ Flower Power

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Southern Girls - Animals

It's time for a new challenge at Southern Girls today and we're being sponsored by the fabulous Oak Pond Creations. The design team were given some fun images to work with for this challenge and so I chose this cheeky chappy, as I had an idea in mind the minute I saw him! 

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My baby brother is heading overseas soon with his lovely wife, to explore that side of the world. So my hubby and I were telling them of a fabulous restaurant experience that we had while in France at this great little bistro in Les Halles called Au Chien Qui Fume. My hubby is a real joker, but he doesn't speak a word of French, so I thinking I was really clever ordered off the menu thinking I was going to be served up a lovely leg of pork, but my hubby not prepared to go with anything unknown decided he'd try the 'Coq au Vin' which of course was fantastic! I however became the butt of the joke when my order arrived and turned out to be 'foot of pork' not leg of pork and I was left with a gluey knuckle-boney yucky meal. Which the local Frenchmen at the table beside us, who'd ordered this dish on purpose, thought was hilarious. So my hubby, not knowing any real French, looked at them, and wryly came out with 'Viva le Poulet'. Well we were great friends by the end of the night, as they tried to converse with us in broken English and we tried in broken French. It was a really fun night even the waiters were joining in and all thanks to my hubby's sense of humour and his chicken joke. So when I saw this lil' fella, I knew I had to make a 'happy travels' card for my brother and his wife, who we'd recently shared this fun travel story with.


I've used a gingham paper to hint at the traditional French gingham bistro tablecloths and some fabulous Raspberry Road digital paper, the brick and travel postcard scene from their 'Travelogue' paper collection. I needed to tie in the 'Cog au Vin' and couldn't find a digital stamp that had anything like what I was looking for, so I translated an English recipe into French and printed it out in a nice font, onto another page from the Travelogue set, which had a nice aged tea-stain look to it, and then stamped the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink using a LOTV edge set called 'Grunge Corners'. I edged all the papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The Eiffel Tower die is from a Magnolia Doohickey Magazine as is the little tag die, which I inked with another LOTV stamp set called 'Background Bits - Industrial'. It has a fab French themed stamp in there. The 'Have Fun' sentiment is an old LOTV stamp I finished off this Parisian themed card with a splodge of hot sealing wax and a seal with a parchment and feather pen, though this detail is lost in this photo sadly. 

Well that's it, me being quick, LOL. I do try! Dinner guests arriving shortly and I need to get cracking with prep. so I'll catch you again soon with another crafty adventure. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps: #143 ~ Holiday
I <3 Promarkers: #268 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times: Birds and/or Feathers
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge: #226 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Let's Get Sentimental
Crafting Musketeers: #25 ~ Use A Diecut (Happy Birthday Crafty Musketeers!)

Monday, 4 May 2015

National Scrapbook Day Bloghop!

It's an exciting day today for all the Southern Girls Design Team, as we've been asked to play along with a wonderful sponsor Spiegelmom Scraps, for the (Inter)National Scrapbook Day Blog Hop. The lovely Jody of SpiegelMom Scraps gave us some yummy stash to showcase from her wonderful Etsy store. Jody has a few words of her own, to introduce this event...

Happy NSD all! We are totally excited that you’ve joined us this weekend for this extra special blog hop. SpiegelMom Scraps and the Southern Girls Challenge Blog owners and Design Teams have united and are aspiring to inspire YOU! This hop has such a wide variety of paper crafting styles and media being used that it’s sure to knock your socks off. Jody Spiegelhoff, yours truly, owns SpiegelMom Scraps! And one of my lovely Design Team Sparklers, Louise is an owner of the Southern Girls Challenge Blog. Louise and I thought having our Design Teams join forces for this weekend would rock! I think we were right. So, it’s time to grab your favorite beverage (depending on the time of day where you live), a yummy treat and get ready to click & scroll your way to some fabulous inspiration!

You’ll be starting your inspiration adventure on the SpiegelMom Scraps blog. Be sure to join Jody's blog to stay up to date with SpiegelMom news and adventures. Now here's the blog-train line-up! Happy NSD all! 

SpiegelMom Scraps!


















You should have arrived at my blog from Sarah Nancarrow's blog. Don't you just love what she did with that sketch? Utterly inspiring. Your next stop on the 'Hop' will be Brenda Morgan who regularly dazzles us with her stunning layouts on the Southern Girls Challenge blog, so you're in for a treat! But first a peak at my crafty adventure with the fabulous sketch Kat Benjamin created for our hop. I've never blogged a layout before, so it was fabulous to have Kat's wonderful sketch to follow.



Jody kindly provided us with some really amazing stash from her wonderful store for this challenge. I highly recommend you go and have a look at her fab Etsy shop. She has such gorgeous embellishments for both scrapbooking and cardmaking. Needless to say, I had great fun shopping in preparation for this hop, as you know despite the massively generous bundle Jody sent us, there was SO much more I wanted!! Just look at my gorgeous DT parcel, eeep!


To create my layout, I've used papers from the Kaisercraft Homemade Collection - Cosy Cottage, Friendly Family & Warm Welcome plus a tiny hearts vellum overlay. I used a lovely sentiment to take the place of my fourth photo in the sketch from one of the Kaisercraft pages, as I loved how the words from this tied together my layout. The tag I have tucked up the top behind the pretty doily contains my journalling about this sweet day with my family in Queen's Wood in London. I've backed a luggage tag with one of the Kaisercraft papers and added a bit of seam binding to finish it. The luggage tag, doily, woodchip sentiments, cork hearts and sweet little sequins are all available from Jody's wonderful Etsy Store - SpiegelMom Scraps. Jody is offering a 15% discount until the end of May using this special discount code created for this Blog Hop - NSD15 - so go fill your basket!

As if you need any further encouragement to come and join this fun bloghop, but I did think I'd share this piccie of the gorgeous stash that's up for grabs to one lucky person who joins in the hop, so be sure to leave a comment so we know you've visited.


Enjoy the rest of the hop. Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
Simon Says Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks Challenge: #26 ~ Anything Goes (No Cards)
Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge: May ~ Flowers (mine on background paper)
Challenge Yourself: #17 ~ Around Here (An everyday thing we took for granted when living in London - a visit to the woods)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Loves Rubberstamps - Sensational Sunday Blog Hop!

Eeeek! I've some super exciting news to share with you today. I've been invited to join the Loves Rubberstamps Design Team and I couldn't be happier! I so love their challenges and Laura's fabulous store, so I'm tickled pink to be joining in tonight with my first post for the Loves Rubberstamps Sensational Sunday Blog Hop. So without further ado, let's see what all the Design Team have been up to. Here's the Hop lineup. Make sure you start at the beginning and leave some love for all the design team to have a chance at the fabulous Blog Hop Prize.
Welcome to the Loves Rubberstamps weekly Sensational Sunday Blog Hop! The Design Team has created some gorgeous projects for your Inspiration. Check out each link and leave a comment. If you get lost along the way, each stop will have a full list of links. One of the Design Team posts is the hop's Sensational Sunday Sweet Spot and a name will be drawn from that list of comments to be in a monthly drawing for a $20 Loves Rubberstamps Gift Voucher! We will draw the winner of the Voucher the 1st Sunday of each month from all the comments left on the design team blogs! Remember, you have until 8:00 pm CST Saturday to leave your comments!

You should have arrived at my blog from Rebecca Billard. Don't you just love her poppies? That butterfly is stunning too! 


I've used a gorgeous Whimsy Stamps image by Crissy Armstrong called Crown of Daisies for my Blog Hop creation. It's such an enchanting image and this will be my little niece's birthday card later this year. So I'll tuck it away safely until that time. I've used Alcohol markers to colour the image and Memento Black Tuxedo to ink the image and sentiment. I created the blue sky by masking the image and using a stencil brush to add Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Not a cloud to be seen!


I used a gorgeous Heart Doily Border die from La La Land dies to create the lattice like edge and added Trailing Ivy from a Magnolia Doohickey die and some gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts blooms. I've used Cosmo DaisiesTulips and a Gardenia. The Birdcage die and the little Sentiment Tag are Magnolia Doohickey dies again. These three dies are from a beautiful collection of dies available exclusively through the Magnolia Doohickey Magazine. These ones are from the 3rd Volume 'Ooh La La' collection. I just love the little bird cage, it's enchanting. They're limited release and once they're gone, they're gone! So snap one up from Loves Rubberstamps while you can. 


Your next stop on the Hop will be Nick, who's cookin' up some goodness for ya'll! Be sure you stop by all the design teams blogs to be in with a chance of winning the $20 gift voucher to Loves Rubberstamps fabulous store. You just don't know where the 'Sweet Spot' will be! See you again soon with another crafty adventure. Enjoy the rest of the Hop! Hugs, Wends x

Challenge Entries:
The ABC Challenge: I is for 'Inspire' Us
Stamping Sensations: May ~ Flower Power
The Ribbon Girl Challenge: Mother/Female Themed Card
Allsorts Challenge: #309 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge: #82 ~ Colour An Image
As You Like It Challenge: Favourite Embossing Style (mine is dry embossing. I love the texture it gives and I don't have to get messy in the process! LOL)
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