Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Party time

Hello my blogging buddies - how are you all? Hope this post finds you well and enjoying your week.

There's a DT call on at All Dressed Up so I thought I would "toss my hat into the ring" and enter it. Regular readers will know that I make no secret of the fact that I love Wendy's images and they are so perfect for girlie cards, which is what I seem to spend most of my time making! 

My typical card making style is Clean and Simple or Uncluttered, as I believe in showcasing the image. I currently work on 2 Design Teams, both have challenges twice a month. I always try to enter DT my projects into a number of challenges to gain maximum exposure for sponsor images. I'd be very happy working on either the Blog Challenge or Facebook team and I really enjoy visiting other crafters' blogs as that's how I sometimes get ideas to try and, let's be honest here, who doesn't enjoy reading a bit of love that's been left on their projects? I know I do!!!!!!! 

Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me, as I entered the last ADU DT call and wasn't successful - hopefully this time will be my chance to become a "Dressy Girl" :o) !!!!!!!!!

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is Centura Pearl Snow White Silver which I have cut, scored and folded to make a 15cm square card
  • Embossed Panel - is some silver mirri card I had in my stash (I think it might have come from a mixed metallic card and paper pack from Hobbycraft?) which I've embossed using a Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder called Curly Swirly, sadly no longer available.
  • Doily - is some matt purple mirri card from the same mixed metallic card and paper pack. I've die cut this using my Die'sire Classical Frame die (another one that's no longer available :o( ) and then embossed it too, so the central part of the frame stands out.
  • Image - is called Party Frock and she is by Wendy at All Dressed Up Stamps, although this gorgeous girl is, very sadly, no longer available. However, there are plenty more digis in Wendy's store to tempt you and your purse! I've brought this girl to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before fussy cutting her and adding her to my card.
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, FS4, TN4, FS8 (blush)
    • Hair - CT1, CT4, GB3, GB7
    • Dress & Shoes - HB1, HB2, HB3, LV2, IG7
    • Outline - BT1

This card was so difficult to photograph nicely as the silver mirri card kept reflecting me, rather than the glorious sunshine we've got down here at the mo! I hope you can still see all the details, even though the photos are a bit dark :o/

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Here are some of the other cards I've made using Wendy's gorgeous images:

Whatever you're up to today, hope you're able to fit in some crafty "you" time!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 5 September 2016

Who's that girl?

Good morning blog friends!

Firstly, I need to make an apology as last week I forgot to welcome Lynsey who is my newest follower and a fellow "Clowdie" - thank you for joining me on my crafty ramblings!

Secondly, hope everyone is in fine fettle. For most households in the UK it's back to school/college this week, although the Bambinos get a few more days respite due to Inset Days. I'm back to the madhouse, ooooops school today getting the office ready for the new academic year.

It's new challenge day at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we're bringing you a Colour Challenge. We've got two lovely sponsors lined up which means 2 lucky winners will get picked by Mr. from our challenge entries and they will each win one sponsor's prize.

Our first sponsor is new to us here at Incy Wincy Towers, and it's Waltraud from Miezo Stamps. They have some funky and quite quirky images, both line art and pre-coloured in the store.

Our second sponsor is Chrishanthi from Ppinky Dolls who is probably best known for creating the Lolita style images of girls!

So, here's your Colour Inspiration and we would like you to use at least THREE of these colours on your project, and our swatch has six colours that shouldn't be too difficult :oD !!! Of course you can also use neutrals and skin tones too!

And here's my card for you, using pale blue, pale pink and yellow from the colour palette above and featuring one of Chrishanthi's images:

My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a 12cm x 29.6cm piece of Snow White Silver Centura Pearl which I then scored and folded to give a 12cm x 12cm stepper card. Into the front step I used a Die'sire "Mini Victoriana" Edge'ables die to cut the standing piece of latticework - the bit it's cut out from is the back part of the front step. This technique, which I've not used before, was demonstrated in Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue 11 and I also saw Sara Davies demo'ing it on TV a few weeks ago, plus I think it looks pretty cool! I think that this die might also have been a past freebie from the same publication, but I can't find which issue it was in at the moment!
  • Frame - is Die'sire Nouveau Stamping Frame which I have die cut from Centura Pearl in a pale baby blue. My cardstock came from a bulk pack called "Pastels" from Crafter's Companion. The closest I can now find in their store is this Fresh Blue which looks quite a bit darker on screen!
  • Image - is the slightly wistful Lonely Sisi by Chrishanthi at Ppinky Dolls. I have brought Sisi to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours and Chrisanthi makes it easy to see where the shadows and highlights should be as she shades the images for you! I then die cut Sisi using the inner rectangle from my Die'sire Nouveau Stamping Frame
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, FS4, FS9, TN4, FS8
    • Hair - CT1, CT4, GB3, GB7
    • Dress - PP1, PP2, PP5 
I have deliberately left this card sentiment free as I think it could be used for several occasions, so it'll go into my box ready to be used.

I hope I have inspired you to come on over to Incy Wincy Designs and join in our Colour Challenge. If you need any more inspiration though, please go over to the blog and check out the fantastic showcase of cards from my teamies - there are a variety of cards to suit all tastes! Then don't forget to come back and show us your creations using our colour swatch as your inspiration.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

  • Challenge #212 - Girlie at Ooh-La-La Creations
  • O is for Open at ABC Challenge
  • Challenge #128 - Anything Goes with the Twist of Colour Challenge at DigiStamps4Joy - I've used Baby Blue for the frame, Yellow in her hair, and Fuschia Pink on her dress
  • Game #72 - New to You Technique at AAA Cards - using an Edge'able die to cut across a fold and leave a portion standing up is my "new to me technique"

I hope you have a great day!

Hugs, Helen x

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Hey kitty, kitty !

Good morning friends and hope you are well.

Can you believe that it's the 1st of September today - only 4 months of 2016 left!!!!!!! It's the last few days of summer freedom here at Casa Mia too as I start back at school on Monday with youngest Bambino returning the next day, and eldest Bambino returns to college on Friday.

Today sees the start of our new challenge over at Feeling Sketchy. Our sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful Jodie from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, who is offering the lucky winner from this challenge a prize pack. Don't forget though that everyone is a winner with Jodie's Friday Freebies and also her new releases are usually 50% off during launch week!

Onto the sketch, and this is what Michelle (our talented sketch designer) has given us to work to for this challenge:

And this is my card using the sketch as inspiration for a card featuring some of Jodie's fun images:

Now I have to confess that I really, really, really don't like cats. This stems back to my student days when I used to babysit for a couple once a month, looking after their two children, oh and the 4 (yes, FOUR) cats! Now 3 of the cats were fine, but one cat sure had the devil in him. He used to sit on my lap and make out that he was being friendly, and then dig all 4 sets of claws into my thighs. If I stood up, he wouldn't let go and I ended up with wounds on my legs where he'd drawn blood! And the worst thing was that the youngest child's bedroom was just off the lounge, so I couldn't even shout or swear at the thing!!!!!!! I resorted to wearing my jodhpurs under my jeans, with Nora Batty tights under them - yup 3 layers! Nora Batty was a character from a BBC show called "Last of the Summer Wine" played (I think) by Kathy Staff who used to wear really thick denier tights, and they were always falling down! And, whenever the cat came near me, I used to stand up so if it wanted to get me, it had to launch itself at me!
One of my neighbour's cats is doing his best to wheedle his way into my affections - we were next door recently and he came onto the back of the sofa where I was sitting, and rubbed his head against mine purring all the time. There may be hope for me yet, but deep down I am really a large dog girl ;o) !
Anyway, back to this card and my recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is Ivory Centura Pearl which has been cut, scored and folded to make a 15cm square card
  • Design Papers - are from a Mini Kit called Kitty Kat by Marisa Lerin at Pixel Scrapper. I've inked the edges of both papers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, just to give a bit of definition without the bulk of matting and layering
  • Images - are from the Mini Set - Cat Blocks by Jodie at Bugaboo Digi Stamps. I've used 4 of 7 images and, as these are already framed, they are perfect for this project. I've brought this slightly shy feline to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before cutting each frame out and adding it to my card.
    • Face - GB8, GB9, GB10
    • Ears - CR3, GB8, GB9, GB10
    • Nose - CR5
    • Body and Tail - GB8, GB9, GB10 and TN2, TN3, TN4, EB3
    • Background - TB2, Colourless Blender
    • Frames - I used a Black Gel Pen to "block in" the corners
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and this was a freebie on her blog some time ago. I've had a quick peek in her store, but sadly can't find this sentiment in there. I've layered this onto another piece of the "Meow" paper which has been gently distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Ball of Wool Elements - are also from the Kitty Kat set. I've superimposed these onto my sentiment (had to flip one of them first!) and then cut round both the sentiment and fussy cut round the wool before fixing it to my card.
I hope that you'll have a go at this sketch, but if you need any more inspiration just head over to the Feeling Sketchy blog where my very talented teamies  have great versions of it! Then come back and link up your creations. We'll be back with our next challenge on 15th September 2016.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

That's all from me for now. Hope you have a great day!
Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Jar of Love

Hello again friends!

This week seems a bit like "blog post fest", as my two DT's coincide with having new challenges launching!

This time, I'm sharing the new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we'd like to see your creations that say Get Well or With Sympathy

We're being sponsored this time by the lovely Tammy from A Day for Daisies, who is offering the random winner of this challenge a $12 Gift Certificate to the store. And even if you're not the lucky winner of this challenge do drop by the store as Tammy sometimes has some freebies on offer .... ;o) ! And there's always plenty of inspiration from the ADFD Design Team at A Day for Daisies Blog.

Tammy has also kind been enough to give each member of our DT their choice of image to showcase for this challenge, so here's my With Sympathy card, featuring an image from A Day for Daisies:

I don't know about you, but I always find sympathy cards the hardest to create and they take me a really long time. Maybe it's because I'm trying too hard to make something that's right for the occasion. I've kept this one really uncluttered and I shall keep it stashed safely so that the next time I need a sympathy card, I'll be able to send it straight away instead of being a day or two late whilst I create!

My card recipe is as follows:

I hope I've inspired you to have a go at making either a Get Well or With Sympathy project. If you're in need of further inspiration, then do head over to Incy Wincy Designs and feast your eyes on the projects which have been made by my fabbie teamies. Then don't forget to come back and share your creations with us. This challenge ends on Saturday 3rd September 2016 and we'll be back on Monday 5th September 2016 with our next challenge.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Whatever you're up to today, I hope you have fun!

Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 15 August 2016

Under 'de Sea

Well howdy crafters! Hope you're all well and, if you're in the UK, enjoying both the fantastic weather and tremendous performances of our Olympians!

Sorry it's been sooooo long since there was a post from me, but the end of the summer term brought the usual frenetic madness to Casa Mia, and then we flew straight off on a holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida to "do" the theme parks! I think everything that could go wrong did in our first 24 hours, from a suitcase being damaged on arrival, to there not being a live booking for us at the car rental company, 2 out of 3 credit cards being declined at the supermarket to my mobile going in to "lost/stolen" mode!!!!!!! Anyway, by the time we got most of these sorted out on our second day (the hire car took several emails overnight and then 2 hours of me being rather assertive before we left with a car for the remainder of our holiday!) we were ready to go a have fun with Mickey & Co., plus going to the many other parks in the area.

There were so many highlights, from accompanying "adrenaline junkie" eldest bambino on the most terrifying rollercoasters I think I've ever seen, to the magical parades at the Magic Kingdom, "mum dancing" with Mr Incredible (fortunately there are no photos of that one ;o)!) and the most amazing time swimming with Okai the dolphin at Discovery Cove.

Phew, think I've come back home for a rest because we sure had an action packed 2 weeks away!

Today sees the start of a new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and as usual we've got a great sketch for you.

Our sponsor this time is the lovely Nikky and team from Polkadoodles who are offering the lucky winner of this challenge a prize. And even if you're not our winner, go and check out the website as there are always some great offers on ....... !

So here's the sketch:

and here's my project using it:

I've compiled a digital layout, featuring some holiday snaps ;o) !

My layout recipe is as follows:
  • Base layer - is the Wood Paper from Marisa Lerin's Coastal Papers Kit available at Pixel Scrapper
  • Photograph Frames - are from the July 2015 Crafter's Companion Club Inspire monthly download called Sea Breeze. Into these frames, inserted some photos from our holiday: from left to right, going "Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid" ride at Disney's Magic Kingdom, a Disney "stock" photo from our PhotoPass of Ariel in the "Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade", and the 2 Bambinos on a "meet and greet" with Ariel in her clam shell. I then digitally layered the frames together and added a shadow to make them stand out from the wood paper.
  • Starfish Brad - is another element from the Club Inspire monthly download Sea Breeze. I've just layered this onto the paper, and added a shadow underneath it.
  • Journal Card - is also from the Sea Breeze download. I've added a blank text box over the top of the journal card and then added the wording so it sits within the lines of the card.

This sketch is perfect for both scrapbookers and cardmakers alike, but if you're in need of further inspiration, then do head over to the challenge blog and see the other great creations (both cards and layouts) by my wonderful teamies. I hope that I've inspired you to play along at Feeling Sketchy - don't forget that you can change the shapes of elements and rotate the sketch to suit your project ... we just need to see that you've been inspired by sketch! We'll be back with our next challenge on 1st September 2016.

I have been inspired by and would like to enter the following challenges:

I'll be along later with another challenge post - no holiday photos though, promise!!!!!

Whatever you're up to today, I hope you have fun.

Hugs, Helen x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

"I've nearly beaten my high score ..... !"

Hi everyone and a very warm welcome to Tee who is my newest follower!

Wow it seems ages since I last posted and this one should have been up last week - apologies for the delay. I always think I'm in control towards the end of the summer term and then I usually get several curved balls slung at me all at the same time. Well, this year is no exception and time just seems to be totally running away with me! I'm just hoping that one of them doesn't fall out of the sky and clobber me :o) !!!

Anyway, our challenge this time at Incy Wincy Designs is Fancy Folds, where we're looking for your cards that have more than one fold, and the fancier the better! 

As usual we've got a couple of great sponsors with amazing prizes up for grabs!

Our first sponsor is Craft Classes Online who are offering our first lucky prize winner 1 seat in an online class of your choice. 

Craft Classes Online (CCO) brings multiple Creative Arts Instructors together on one site to provide students with the best choice in online craft workshops. Our instructors offer online workshops that are engaging, affordable, and time-saving. Students from across the globe can learn any number of techniques and creative projects from the comfort of their home and on their schedule. 

Make sure to check out our blog, Everyday Moodlings, which offers a theme of the week and challenges us to use all of our craft supplies during the coming year. We offer ideas, tips, tutorials, and crafty inspiration. 

We are excited to be sponsoring Incy Wincy Challenge Blog. You can view our class list on our website at[http://.]. We continuously update our website with new workshops, so check back often.

Become a subscriber to our newsletter and gain access to our FREE class, “Ink Essentials”! Come visit us on our Facebook page, too. One lucky winner will receive a free seat to an online workshop valued at $25 or less. Good Luck!

Our second sponsor is Brigzy and the team at Doctor Digi House of Stamps who are offering our second lucky prize winner 2 digital images of their choice.

DR Digi's House of stamps is a site that aims to bring you digi stamps with a sense of humour. We're not your average digi site, you wont find flowers and teddy bears.  Well you might.. but it'll be holding a bloody big chainsaw!

Dr Digi's have also been kind enough to give all the DT an image of their choice to showcase on their project with folds, so without further ado, here is my card:

My card recipe is as follows:

I hope I've inspired you to come over to Incy Wincy Designs and join in the fun with Fancy Folds but if you're lacking inspiration, please check out the wonderful array of makes by my clever teamies! This challenge ends on Saturday evening (UK time) and we'll be back with our next challenge on Monday.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Until next time, take care!

Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 1 July 2016

The Butterflies and the Bee .... !

Good morning crafty friends, and no this is not going to be a biology lesson ;o) !!!!!!

Hope that this post finds you well. Given that it is now the 1st of July, can anyone in the Northern Hemisphere please explain where summer has disappeared to? I know that the tennis at Wimbledon has started and that this usually heralds rain, but I've resorted to jeans and jumpers again this week. Much more and the heating will have to go back on!

It's new challenge time at Feeling Sketchy and we've got another fabby sketch in store for you. 

We've also got a fabby sponsor and this time it's the lovely Jodie from Bugaboo Digital Stamps and she'll be offering a prize pack to our lucky winner. Having been lucky enough to have had a couple of recent wins on challenges that Jodie has sponsored, I know that the prizes she offers are great! And don't forget that even if you don't win the main prize, everyone's a winner with Bugaboo's legendary "Friday Freebies"!

So, here goes with the sketch created as usual by Michelle:

And here's my take on it, using images from Bugaboo Digital Stamps:
My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is made from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver which I cut, scored and folded to make a 12.5cm x 15cm card base. To make sure the card base shape matched the die cut shapes, I scanned the die and then increase the size to suit. I printed out the resulting shape and used this as a template to cut my card base with a craft knife and ruler.
  • Mat & Layer - is made from plain black card and I created a further template to ensure this was the correct size by measuring in 0.5cm on each edge of the card base template and then ruling the lines. I cut along these lines, and used the resulting shape as my template.

  • Images - are the lovely Rose Block Trio by Jodie at Bugaboo Digital Stamps. These come in monochrome and are set into squares. However, I wanted to use these pretty Diamond Press Stitched Hexagon Dies which came with Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue 10, so I increased the size of the blocks. Once the roses had been die cut, I laid them out in this lovely offset pattern. I then stamped the sweet little bumble bee (from the stamp set included with Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue 10) twice in Versamark Ink (the second time I masked the little bee, so it's only the trail that shows) and then heat embossed this using Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Flowers - are die cut from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver using the middle and smallest dies in the Die'sire Essentials Flowers for all Occasions set. I die cut these and then ran them back through my machine to emboss the details. Before removing the flowers from the dies, I applied my Versamark Pen to the raised areas, then quickly removed each flower from the die, applied Silver Embossing Powder and heated to highlight the centre of the petals.
  • Butterfly - is also die cut from Centura Pearl Snow White Silver using a die from the Die'sire Essentials Beautiful Butterflies set. The silver accents were added exactly the same way as for the flowers.
  • Sentiment - comes from the Swirly String Sentiments set at Lili of the Valley. Again, this was stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed this using Silver Embossing Powder.

I hope that I've inspired you to have a go with this sketch but if you're in need of any further inspiration then please come over to Feeling Sketchy and have a peek at the fabby creations made by my clever teamies. Then come back and show us your take on our sketch - don't forget, you can change the shapes, rotate the sketch etc. ... we just need to be able to see that our sketch was the inspiration for your project! We'll be back with our next challenge on 15th July 2016.

I'm off to the Year 11 Prom this evening straight from school as our Staff Band is playing. But I'll be back in the morning to link up to these challenges:
  • Anything Goes with the Additional Topping of Birds, Bees or Butterflies at Seize the Birthday - I've got some butterflies and one bee on my project
  • Challenge #305 - Anything Goes at 4 Crafty Chicks
  • Challenge #148 - All about the Flowers at Creative Knockouts

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Hugs, Helen x