Saturday, 16 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' ~ Last Minute Christmas

Hey there pals, I'm swinging in today with an extra post, because I'm starting to accumulate unblogged cards! This one I made with the cutest bear and penguins from Some Odd Girl and I was about to send it off to its new home when I realised I hadn't blogged it yet! So I'm crashing the party and joining Team Susan this week for their 'Last Minute Christmas' challenge at Sweet Stampin'. A brilliant challenge I think, as I'm well and truly the last minute Christmas crafter! 

How cute is this wee trio?! I just love this polar bear, I have coloured him up several times and I love him a little more each time. I still have another card I created with him, I've yet to blog, so will post that soon too. But today, he shares the limelight with these two cuties! I gotta tell ya, I just LOVE the way Kristy draws animals. They're enchanting, I mean completely, totally and utterly enchanting! I cannot get enough of these sweet critters. I need more hours in the day to colour! You can check out the previous make I used this sweet bear on here.

I masked the cute bear after stamping him, added the two penguins and then added the 'North Pole' between the first penguin and the bear. I just thought this was a fun touch. Hubby likes to point out that the bear and penguins would NOT be hanging out together at the North Pole, but we'll chalk that up to creative license! LOL.

The image is so super quick to colour, as it's primarily a few cool tone greys and a couple of icy blues for the bear! Simples! I kept the card design very pared back, so these cuties have centre stage. A little scallop to the black mat, some embossing on the red and a bigger scallop at the bottom (kinda wish I'd done the top now too!) and job done. I added the sentiment straight to the image panel, so as not to detract from the embossing on the red panel.

This adorable 'Winter Friends' stamp set is out of stock now at Some Odd Girl, but Kristy has some super cute 'Critters' as digital images. So check out her store for more details.

This is our final challenge at Sweet Stampin' before Christmas. We've had an awesome year with loads of fun themes and it's been wonderful to see all the gorgeous entries each week. Head over to our challenge blog to see what my incredibly talented teamies got up to with this theme. I'll be back before the year's out with my next Sweet Stampin' DT creation, but for now, from me and my lovely Sweet Stampin' teamies, Merry Christmas and see you for one final challenge this year on the 30th before we roll in the New Year!!! Big hugs, Wends xoxo

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge ~ Penguin Party

Hey there lovelies, it's time for our next Whimsy Stamps Challenge and would you believe it's the last one for the year?!! This year has whipped by at break neck speed for me! I can't believe Christmas is only 10 days away!! Eeeek! I really am NOT ready!! I have been raced off my feet this week, with my kiddies end of school year activities, which included a graduation ceremony that my wee girlie got a prize in, yay, so proud of her! Half the week included hubby and I helping her prep her farewell speech for her teacher that was leaving the school after 12 years. Quite an honour to be the only student invited to do this in front of the whole school. It went incredibly well, so that was a win and she sang a duet with another student too! So it's just as well I was ready with this cute card for todays Challenge! Hehe. I've had great fun colouring up a rather gorgeous Penguin Party. How cute are they?!!! You can find these cuties here in the Whimsy Stamps Store. I've coloured them with my Copics and kept their coats quite light as I wanted the lovely texture that's in the stamp to show.

This trio are super cute and I thought I'd take it one step further on the cute scale and make it look like they're standing on the edge of an ice rink. So if you look closely, they have shadows in the ice!! I wasn't brave enough to colour their shadows, I didn't want to ruin it, but I might have to give it another go and try that. I ran a few cool tone copics along the page to create the ice 'edge' that they're standing on. I can't take all the credit for this idea, it was actually hubby, who was showing me fun 'shadow' ideas on the computer when I was merging the paper and image. We both had an 'aha' moment and then I just kinda ran with it. I love it! So fun.

I added the sentiment which is from the Christmas Wishes set onto the paper digitally. I then drew over it with a glue pen and sprinkled fine loose glitter on top to give the sentiment an icy appearance. Totally got my 'Elsa' on doing it. Hehe. As always, it's not easy to capture the sparkle, but in reality, it looks fab!

I decided to keep the design completely plain, so that the 'shadows' wouldn't be lost in embellishments, but felt it needed something interesting going on around the edge, so I cut a pretty frame shape, distressed the edges and added it to a card base using the same frame shape. This is a Go Kreate XXL shape called Frilly #9. The fab 'snowy' paper is a gorgeous Whimsy Stamps digital paper created by Crissy Armstrong called Distressed Polka Dots. Those adorable penguins are of course also penned by Crissy Armstrong. She draws the cutest penguins!

Our challenge is 'Anything Goes with a Whimsy Image' as always. So you have free reign to create whatever you're inspired to, as long as you use a Whimsy Stamps image. It's so easy now they have such a huge and utterly gorgeous range of digital images in addition to their extensive range of fabulous rubber and clear stamp images. So I hope you'll be inspired to share your Whimsy Stamps creations with us. I can't wait to see what you do! I'll be back next Wednesday with my next Whimsy Wednesday Inspirational post, but the challenge runs for a whole month, so you have into the New Year to create! Have fun and I'll see you soon. Hugs, 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Christmas Tags

Hey there lovely crafty pals, you can see I'm still on a Christmas wrapping kick right now. I've been having such fun creating beautiful wrapping with these lovely Whimsy Stamps Digital Papers. I particularly love this fabulous tartan set for wrapping. I just love the way this looks for Christmas parcels. So I've made a tag to dress up a bottle of wine and one for a parcel, which I wrapped in the same paper. 

I've used a double layer of tags, a larger one in the tartan and then layered the white tag on top with the image and sentiment which I merged onto the same page before printing. I added a strip of hessian ribbon behind the white tag for a bit of interest and used hessian twine to attach the tag to the bottle. I added a couple of vintaged jingle bells to the tag for a big of jingle and interest. I've added shine to the poinsettia and to the candle flame with Wink of Stella. I also added some clear Nuvo Crystal drops to the berries and middle of the poinsettia for depth and dimension.

I printed the fab tartan paper full A4 size to create wrapping paper and made the tags to match with the same tartan paper. I really do love this set. There are two fabulous gingham and plaid sets in the December paper release. The paper I used is from the Christmas Gingham 2 set. The lovely sentiments and images are from the Christmas Wish Digital Sentiments Set.

You can pop up the shots above by clicking on them to get a better peek at the details. The wink of stellar shows up better at this angle in the sun. So I held them back a little to get the sheen to show. Such simple designs, but so lovely I think. The sentiments were merged under the images to create these tags and then diecut and embellished. 

Head on over to the Whimsy Stamps Store to check out more of the December New Digital Releases, there are just so many fab digital products and all so perfect for those last minute Christmas creations. Thanks for popping in today and I'll be back again very soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, enjoy the Advent countdown and happy crafting! Big hugs, 

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Whimsy Wednesday ~ Christmas Wish List

A warm hello to you all out there in the blogosphere today. I have my Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration post to share with you today and I gotta tell ya, this was a bit of a trick in the making. I had to ruminate on this one for quite a while to work out how to get my vision on the page! But man am I glad I stuck at it. I know have a very gorgeous Christmas Planning Diary.

This beautiful paper is part of a range of digital papers that Whimsy just released called Winter Wonderland and this set is FULL of the most divine Winter scenes. I just couldn't figure out which paper to work with at first as they're all so delish! But I had a definite vision of what I wanted to do with the paper. I have wanted a Christmas Diary for the longest time, one where I can write Christmas card lists and pressie idea lists. I had a 'ready to decorate' kraft diary in my stash with little divider tabs down the side, so this gorgeous paper was the perfect thing to jazz up this plain diary. What took me the longest time, was to work out a design that didn't cover the gorgeous paper but enhanced it. What I settled on I'm really pleased with. It's very CAS as I didn't want to loose any of the gorgeous image. I did have to trim the image down a little on the sides to fit, but otherwise the paper is fully visible. 

 Shot in soft focus to show the sparkle

All I've done is add a sprinkling of loose glitter over the design, to enhance the existing snowfall in the paper and then I added a sentiment cut from silver glitter cardstock using two Whimsy dies. The 'believe' die is part of a lovely set of dies from Whimsy called Wonderland Word Die Set and the Christmas Large Word Die is a stand alone die.

I wanted the sentiment to say 'Believe in Christmas', as lately, my littlies growing up are questioning the magic of it and although they 'know', I still want to encourage the mystery and magic of Christmas for as long as their lil' hearts will allow. I added the 'in' part of the sentiment, by masking off a sentiment I had in my stash leaving that portion of it visible, inking it up with Versamark ink and then adding Hero Arts fine silver embossing powder and melting it with my heat gun. It's almost impossible to capture well the sparkle and glitter of this notebook design, but in reality it's lovely and sparkly. I tied some old organza ribbon that used to part of a scrunchy hair tie of my daughters, which broke. I had kept all the ribbon to use for just such an occasion. I love how this came out!

A softer shot taken in the shade without the harsh shadows of the first pic.

Head on over to the Whimsy Stamps Store to see what else they have in their New Digital Release line up, there are just so many gorgeous paper sets and lovely sentiments sets. All perfect for that quick download and instant use! I love digital elements for last minute Christmas crafting. There are some fab 'pre-coloured' sets of images and sentiments too, which are super handy for those hasty last minute Christmas makes. I hope you enjoyed my inspiration post today and I'll be back again next Wednesday with my next Whimsy Wednesday Inspiration Post. See you all again very soon with another crafty adventure. Big hugs to you all and happy crafting!

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Gals Corner: #152 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
Aud Sentiments: #194 ~ Christmas + Sentiment
Colour Crazy Challenge: #48 ~ Anything Goes
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration
Crafting From The Heart: #186 ~ Anything Goes
Come And Get It Challenge: Christmas Challenge
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas
Dragonfly Journeys: #106 ~ Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
Crafty Catz: #396 ~ Anything Goes + White With One Other Colour

Fab 'n' Funky ~ All Tied Up

Hey there lovelies. It's been a long and tiring day today. My wee girlie is on her EOTC this week (Education Outside The Classroom) which is super exciting, but very tiring, both for her and her mama running around and prepping things for her! She went snowboarding on Tuesday, Snorkeling today, she's off Mountain Biking and Adventure Climbing tomorrow and then on Friday they'll spend the day at Parakai Natural Hotsprings! What a week!! It's also my Swedich best mate's birthday today, so I am emotionally 'somewhere else' all day! I miss her like crazy and yes, I'm getting a little choked up typing that. So I'm a little behind with this post, forgive me. But I have been SOOO looking forward to sharing this card with you and this week is the perfect opportunity as we have a new challenge at Fab 'n' Funky, which is being hosted by our lovely Chris. She's chosen the theme 'All Tied Up', which gives you plenty of scope to create with ribbon, twine and anything else you can think of that can be tied in a bow!

Now if you have a sense of déjà vu looking at this card, let me explain why! I followed the most fabulous tutorial by Mindy Baxter in a bid to improve my colouring skills and this is what I created. So, you may have seen Mindy's card with this image and yes, mine is coloured just as her tutorial guides, so very similar to hers, but I promise, all my own colouring work! LOL. I'm so proud of this and so happy I discovered Mindy's tutorials. I just find her voice so very soothing and her tutorials so easy to follow! I loved it so much, I signed up for another (and then another!). So I'll have plenty more to share soon.

This gorgeous image is by Make It Crafty, the lovely Zoe provided the image for the tutorial at a discounted rate and it is just so lovely to work with. Those pleats were a challenge, but so fun! I adore this most especially because that green, is 'my' green. I wear this colour ALOT! So I was in my own little Heaven colouring this wonderful image in colours I adore. I hand drew the snowbanks following Mindy's instructions and then coloured the sky in that soft gradient. LOVE that sky! So fun and very relaxing to do. I loved colouring this up so much, I didn't want to detract from the colouring, so I kept my card design very CAS.

All it needed was a snowy mat and some delish Christmas paper in just the right hue of green and voila, done. Okay, I added some twine, because Chris made me, LOL. Love that green twine though, how perfect is that for this image and paper?! It was a little plain with just the twine, so I added a couple of vintaged jingle bells and then I was done. Happily... done... smiling a very satisfied smile... like a silly cheshire cat, hehe, get me! So nice to 'love' something we create so much.

The rest of my uber talented teamies, lead on by our lovely Chris, have created some utterly stellar creations for this challenge, so do head over and check out what they've done for this fab theme. So much deliciousness in one place! I hope you'll join us this week with your own 'All Tied Up' creation. I can't wait to see what you're inspired to do! I'll be back again VERY soon with another crafty adventure. Until then, happy crafting and big hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Crafty Catz: #396 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: #152 ~ Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create: #204 ~ Christmas/Winter
Colour Crazy Challenge: #48 ~ Anything Goes
Simons Says Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration
Crafting From The Heart: #186 ~ Anything Goes
Come And Get It Challenge: Christmas Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #71 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge: #356 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge: #284 ~ Winter/Christmas

'You're All Awesome' Candy

Hey there my lovely blogging buddies

I've been dangling a carrot in front of you all for weeks now!

So it's finally time to reveal my candy.

I am so grateful to have found this wonderful hobby
and I recently discovered, that my followers had crept up to over 100!
Which was an awesome surprise and I have to say I'm humbled and excited!!

As a thank you to my followers, who leave me lovely
encouraging comments, which always totally make my day...

I am offering 4 separate gift candies

You can enter them all
But I wanted to do them separately
So that those who enter for the candies
will actually love the one they win!

You can enter just one or two
if you're only keen on a couple of them
or you can enter them all

I need you to leave me a comment
with your choice or choices of candy.
If you want to enter them all, just write ALL please
If you want to enter a specific candy only,
comment with the number of that candy

This is 'Daisy' by Elisabeth Bell
from Elisabeth's Elphine House Release
I have scoured the globe for this sweet image
So when I finally found Daisy, of course I grabbed two!
Yes, she's a little yellow, but that's because she's 'vintage' baby!
Brand new, never used, vintage photopolymer stamp
straight from the Elphine House vault!


This is a sentiment set from
I love Kristy's fun bold designs
So I grabbed a spare when I bought my one


Who doesn't love Stamping Bella?!
I love this image and sentiment set so much
I think it's the perfect way to say
'thank you' to my awesome


Final stamp in the candy
Another from the Stamping Bella range
I am a little bit dotty about this wee chick
Too dang cute and the perfect sentiment to match


So... choose your candy
Leave me a comment with your choices
Let me know the number of each candy or write ALL
if you wouldn't mind winning any of them

My candy is open only to my followers
(new followers are always welcome)

I will draw this candy on
December 6th 2017 CLOSED
The Winner's will be posted under each
image here on this original post.
So pop back here to look
Good luck!

Thank you for sticking with me during a
hit and miss year. I know there have been lots of gaps
in my blogging, but that's all about to change...

Hugest hugs, Wends xoxo

Wends xoxo

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Whimsy Stamps ~ Release Week Day 3

Hey there lovelies. I'm back as promised with my second post for our New Digital Release at Whimsy Stamps. I don't think I've posted so many times in one week before, hehe. It's been a super busy day today too. I took Georgie to archery first thing this morning, stopped in for a cuddle with Paddington Bear at Newmarket Station where they were running a promo for the day, went to a special movie screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off with Georgie and one of my besties and then prom' dress shopping for Georgie. It's all on right now! Hubby took our wee lad to a Christmas party we were all supposed to be attending. Talk about everything happening in one day! Phew!! The sun is still shining, so I think it's Pimm's o'clock whilst I write my blog post, hehe.

I'm firmly in Christmas creating mode given the chance. So today, I have created a fun gift bag with one of the images from our latest digital release. There are just so many gorgeous papers and images and sentiments too. It's hard to know what to work with first! I'd planned to create something with a completely different paper set, because, it is divine and you're so gonna LOVE it! But this lil' guy, just begged to be coloured up and once I started colouring him, the whole project came together so easily. So this became my second DT post for our new release week and I'll post the other creation in the next couple of weeks.

I've coloured this cute elf from the Santa's Helpers Set from Whimsy Stamps with my copics and as I still have a limited supply of colours, I've used the more yellow green copics to colour along with my reds. But I love the way this turned out. Not the bright greens I would usually reach for when Christmas crafting, but I love this green, so I'm really pleased with this creation. I even masked and used a fun Scandinavian design stamp I had in my stash to create the patterns on some of the parcels. So fun! The spots on the parcel were created with Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal drops. There is a shimmer to the red on the 'Sweet' sentiment which in reality looks sparkly, as I used a Wink of Stella pen in red to ink this. The candy in the word 'Holiday' has glossy accents over it for sheen and dimension.

I also decorated a wee tag for the bag, which I've edged with red ink then added a cut down doily, so that it better fit the circle and one of the sentiments from another one of the gorgeous sentiment sets from the new release. This set is called Christmas Trimmings and it has some really lovely sentiments. I thought this one fit so well with the cute elf picture. I added a wee gingham bow and a little red heart brad to finish the tag. Sweet and simple.

Head on over to the Whimsy Stamps Facebook page where the rest of my teamies will be posting their new release creations for a peek at what these talented crafters created with this wonderful new digital release. Click the design team logo above to take you straight to the Whimsy Stamps Store where you can see the fabulous line up of the new digital designs release. Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed my 'release week' inspiration posts and I'll be back on Wednesday with my usual Whimsy Stamps Inspiration post. So watch this space!

Hugs to you all and happy crafting,

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