Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Dark Fairy Tales Challenge

This is the current challenge theme over at Poisoned Peas Please blog.
It was fun combining the cute Audrey digi from TSB with the Dark Fairy tales theme.
Poor Little Red Riding Hood a.k.a Audrey 
isn't set for a Happily Ever After I don't think.

Supplies used:
Copic markers
Graphic from internet

smiles Wendy

TSB Challenge #48 Birthday Related

The challenge for this week at The Stamping Boutique is
ANYTHING GOES - BIRTHDAY RELATED
Supplies used:
Copic markers
Pink gemstones
Happy birthday ribbon
Pink and white cardstock

Please come and join us for this challenge over at the TSB Challenge blog
If you need some inspiration you will be sure to find some there,
 taking a peek at the other Design Team members creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenge
- Pixie Dust Studio - yummy food

smiles Wendy


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #113

This week's challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is "Colour Crazy"
Use colours you normally wouldn't use
and the challenge sponsor this week is

Supplies used:
Dilly Duck in the rain digital stamp (Digital Delights)
Deckled rectangles (Nesties)
Copic markers
Sheet music, paints, stamps to make Serendipity background
White, purple and yellow cardstock
Life in the rain stamp (Kaszazz)
Purple inkpad (Vivid)

Please come and join us for this challenge over at 

If you need some inspiration you will be sure to find some there,
 taking a peek at the other Design Team members creations.

smiles Wendy

Monday, 27 August 2012

Flutterby Fairy

Edited 1 Sept 2012


Sketch challenges are always fun to play along with 
and this week at Meljens Challenge Blog, the sketch is a particularly pretty one.

Supplies used:
Flutterby fairy digi stamp (Meljens)
Copic markers
Pinks, yellow and white cardstock
Pink dotted paper (Kaszazz)
Birthday saying (Kaszazz)
Pink ribbon
Pink heart buttons

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

Cards for Dudes

I have found out, I am not the only cardmaker 
who finds it hard coming up with card themes for "dude" aka male cards.

I came across this digi from Dude Time Doodles which made me laugh 
so decided to make a card with it.
I thought it could be sent as a birthday or Fathers day card.
(Fathers day here in New Zealand is in September)

Supplies used:
Arnie in the loo digital stamp (Dude Time Doodles)
Copic markers
Red, yellow, blue and white cardstock
Star buttons

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Whoooo Loves Owls ?

Whooooo Loves Owls ?
I know I do. 
Cute, realistic, in between .... love them all !!

Supplies used:
Owl stamp (Kaisercraft)
House stamp (Inkadinkadoo)
Water colour crayons (Lyra)
Branch patterned paper (We R Memory Makers)
Green and black inkpads (Stazon)
Stormy Sky and Pine Needles Distress inkpads (Ranger)
Blending tool (Ranger)
White cardstock

I am entering this ATC into the following challenge

Smiles Wendy

Thinking of you

Have a floral theme running through my latest creations - wonder if the slightly warmer weather here and the prospect of spring arriving soon, having anything to do with it ? Definitely loving the thought of SUMMER !!


SUPPLIES USED:
Hydrangea digital stamp (Stitchy Bear)
Copic markers
Lacey ovals (Nesties)
White and purple cardstock
Patterned green paper
Thinking of you rubon (Pebbles)
Green spiral clip

I am entering this card into the following challenge

smiles Wendy

Friday, 24 August 2012

Bingo and Bling

Over at Catch A Bug challenge blog, there is a BINGO challenge, where you get to choose a "row" and include those things on your challenge card.
I choose Bold & bright; pearl and sentiment and this is the card I came up with.

Supplies used:
Violet can digi (Bugaboo)
Copic markers
Red, white and yellow cardstock
Patterned paper (Kaszazz)
Pink ribbon (Kaszazz)
Pearls (Kaszazz)
Sentiment sticker (unknown)

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

TSB Challenge #47 Banner Days

The challenge for this week at The Stamping Boutique is Banner days 
How creative can you be with BANNERS?

Supplies used:
I used AJ with a heart banner from TSB
Watercolour crayons (Lyra)
Red, white and blue cardstock
Yellow patterned paper (Kaszazz)
Blue and yellow ribbon (Kaszazz)
Alphabet beads

Please come and join us for this challenge over at the TSB Challenge blog
If you need some inspiration you will be sure to find some there,
 taking a peek at the other Design Team members creations.

smiles Wendy



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #112

This week's challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is "Hip to be square" (lots of squares)
and the challenge sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique

Supplies used:
Copic markers
Purple and white cardstock
Gold foil
Butterfly embossing folder (Craft Concepts)
Yellow ribbon (Kaszazz)
Purple gems


Please come and join us for this challenge over at 
the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog

If you need some inspiration you will be sure to find some there,
 taking a peek at the other Design Team members creations.


smiles Wendy


The Joy of Spring

Another journal background technique I wanted to try as a result of the 
Art Journal Chat at Outlaw Womens (yahoo group)
This time its using the Serendipity technique which is loads of fun.

Here's the background which evolved 
before I put the finishing foreground touches to it

I used pages of old sheet music for the base and then applied watered down acrylic paints and stamps using Stazon and Distress inkpads
 - from memory I did 4 different pages.
Then I cut them up into strips and then randomly 
glued them onto my blank journal pages.

Heres the finished page spread
The quote is one from Brian Andreas 
and the birds and body of the girl are from Crowabout Studio

I am entering this into the following challenges

Hopefully spring isn't too far away here in New Zealand !
I am definitely over these cold wintery days!

smiles Wendy

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Friends have a song...

This mixed media canvas was inspired by a poem called Friends Have A Song.

Friends have a song that they sing together
Whether they sing in mind or spirit 
And though others aren't aware of it 
Hearts in tune to each other can hear it

 You sang with me when I felt like singing
There was joy in my heart and you sang along. 
You continued my song when my heart was empty 
When I forgot the words...you remembered my song!

 I know that now your heart is aching
And singing is too much for you to bear
I will always be here for you 
For in your every sorrow I will share.

 Now my song is quieted by your sadness 
And I softly hum for you 
Praying as I gently hum our song

Prayers of healing just for you
 In your sorrow dearest friend, I share 
Feeling so strongly your fear and pain 
And I shall stay in spirit with you

Until we both can sing again
 We shall sing together when things are better 
And once again our voices will blend 
For our hearts are joined together

Heart to heart and friend to friend!


Unfortunately I do not know the authors name 
and have been unable to find it on the internet.
If someone knows the author's name, 
please let me know so I can acknowledge same.


I have utilised lots of scraps and both positives and negatives 
of die cuts and punches which reinforces the adage 
- "never to throw anything away" !!

Supplies used:
6 x 6 inch canvas
white gesso
yellow and orange acrylic paint
sheet music and old text
positive and negative die cuts and punches
Dusty Concord and Spiced Marmalade distress inkpads (Tim Holtz)
Copic markers
Buttons
Chipboard hearts
Yellow and white cardstock
Alphabet stamps
Black inkpad (Stazon)

I am entering this canvas into the following challenges

Almost the start of another week here 
So whatever you have planned
I hope it goes well for you
smiles Wendy


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Dream till you Drop

This is a fun ATC using a free digital stamp from Dude Time Doodles, 
called Youth Football.
Other supplies used :
Blue and white cardstock
Copic markers
Broken china distress inkpad (Tim Holtz)
Distressing tool
Blending tool
Blue ribbon (Kaszazz)
Dream till you drop stickers

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

Live Love Laugh

What a GREAT mantra to live by - to live, love and laugh !!
Brought out my watercolour crayons as a change to my copics today 
and really love the effect it brings to this digital stamp.
Also lots of layers with dry embossed effects using my trusty ole Cuttlebug.

Supplies used:
Live love laugh digital stamp (Bugaboo)
Water colour crayons (Lyra)
Purple and white cardstock
Various embossing folders
Butterfly punch (Kaszazz)
Spiral clip
Gems

I am entering this card into the following challenges

May your weekend be fill of love and laughter
smiles Wendy

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

School Days

School days; hanging out with friends; just having fun, carefree days of childhood.
Oh the memories !!!

Supplies used:
AKVBBQ3kids digital stamp (Bugaboo)
Copic markers
Green patterned paper
Green, orange and white cardstock
Curved rectangles (Nesties)
Spiral clips
Saying stamp (Kaszazz)
Corner punch

I am entering this card in to the following challenge

smiles Wendy

Poppies for Remembrance

Whenever I see poppies they always bring to mind "Remembrance" and also ANZAC day here in New Zealand where a poppy is worn as a sign of support and remembrance for our Armed Forces.
I think this card could be used as a Sympathy or Thinking of You card.

Supplies used:
Copic markers
Victorian rectangles (Nesties)
Swiss dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Red patterned border paper
White and Different shades of red cardstock
Red ribbon (Kaszazz)

I am entering this card into the following challenge

smiles Wendy

Wish you were here - Summer!

This summer inspired card is a reminder to me 
that winter hopefully is coming to an end.
Although it's still cold and rainy some days, 
the day light hours seem to be getting a little longer 
and before too long spring and then summer will be here again!

Supplies used:
Coloured pencils
Yellow and white cardstock
Yellow patterned paper
Beach punch (Martha Stewart)
Wish you were here saying (computer generated)

I am entering this card into the following challenge

smiles Wendy

TSB - Challenge #46 - Show me the presents

In keeping with the party spirit and the 3rd birthday celebrations for
this weeks challenge is "Show me the presents"

I used the Happy birthday car digi from TSB for my card

Other supplies used:
Copic markers
Curved rectangles (Nesties)
Green, orange and white cardstock
Patterned paper (We R Memory Keepers)
Happy birthday rubon (Pebbles)
Orange ribbon (Kaszazz)

Please come and join us for this challenge over at the TSB Challenge blog
If you need some inspiration you will be sure to find some there,
 taking a peek at the other Design Team members creations.

smiles Wendy


Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Tuesday Throwdown - Sweet Treats

This weeks challenge theme at Tuesday Throwdown is "sweet treats"
and the sponsor is My Grafico

Supplies used :
lss pp strawberry jam digital stamp - My Grafico
Copic markers
Recipe from the internet

For more details about the current challenge please visit
and take a look at the other Design Team member's creations too.
 I look forward to you joining us.

Smiles Wendy

Hang in there card

Edited - 22 August 2012
There are times in life when a simple but heartfelt 
- "hang in there ; I'm thinking of you" sentiment 
can really lift someones day. 
I created this card with that in mind.

Supplies used:
MD Little possum digi (Meljens)
Copic markers
Manilla tag
Various patterned papers
Brown, white and orange cardstock
Tree embossing folder (Sizzix)
Hang in there stamp
Brad and ribbons (Kaszazz)

I am entering this card into the following challenge

smiles Wendy

Monday, 13 August 2012

Summer Santa

Really trying this year to get some Christmas cards made ahead 
of the early December rush (read as PANIC) 
- and I just know it will be here before I realise it again!!

Supplies used:
trop Santatube (Bugaboo)
Striped paper (Kaiser)
Copic markers
Red, white and green cardstock
Green and red ribbon (Kaszazz)
Merry Christmas saying (Kaszazz)

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

Where would we be without our 4 legged friends 
who come into our homes and our hearts ?
Supplies used:
Ava swing digi (Bugaboo)
Lacey ovales and Victorian rectangles(Nesties)
Brick wall embossing folder (Sizzix)
Copic markers
Happy birthday rubon (Pebbles)
White swirl ribbon (Kaszazz)
Purple, pink and white cardstock

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The Stamping Boutique Birthday Celebrations

TSB is turning three and there was a GREAT party over at The Crafters Cafe earlier on today.
You are still able to enter three challenges that were announced during the party; using TSB images.

I am also excited to announce I am now on the Design Team for The Stamping Boutique!!

Here are my 3 samples for the three challenges


Birthday card
Supplies used:
Cynthia on a birthday cake digi (TSB)
Copic markers
Happy birthday embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Victorian rectangle nesting dies
Make a wish ribbon
Pink dotted paper (Kaszazz)
Purple, pink and white cardstock


 3d project - coffee cup
Supplies used:
Zombie girl with teacup (TSB)
Scorpal coffee cup template
patterned paper
copic markers
orange ribbon (Kaszazz)


Use the TSB store colours as your inspiration
Supplies used:
Bubble fairy (TSB)
Curved rectangles nesties
Copic markers
Thinking of you stamp (Kaszazz)
Apricot, brown, white and turquoise cardstock
Turquoise ribbon

Look forward to seeing what you come up with and also over at the TSB Challenge blog 
this coming week for the next challenge.

smiles Wendy

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Frankie and his bride ATC

The theme this week over on Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge blog is
Frankie and his bride.

Here's my take on the theme

Supplies used:
Martin digital stamp (Dilly Beans)
Copic markers
Orange and white cardstock
Sayings stickers
Cogs embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Spiced marmalade distress inkpad (Tim Holtz)

I am entering this ATC into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

Life is ...

Another inky fingers morning here - I had a background technique that I wanted to try, that was discussed at the Art Journal chat on Outlaw Women's yahoo group. (thanks Robyn)

Again its another creation which doesn't have a full supplies list as when I get into the creating zone, especially with journal pages, I just grab and grab things and create.
Some of the supplies used include gesso, acrylic paints, colour wash spray, embossing folders,
washi tape, distress inkpads, blending tool, computer generated saying.

I must also acknowledge the two amazing steampunk themed digital images which I got from Vince over at his Crafty Moments blog - he has some AMAZING free digital images there.


I am entering this creation in to the following challenges
Pixie Dust Studio blog - vintage
Scrap It with a song - Go your own way
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Coming Up Orange

Hope you get to have inky fingers this weekend too
smiles Wendy

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Funky Birthday Card

Love this digi from Bugaboo and it just screamed to be coloured in funky bright colours.

SUPPLIES USED:
Happy birthday digi (Bugaboo)
Copic markers
Pink,blue and purple cardstock
Blue dotted ribbon (Kaszazz)

I am entering this card into the following challenge

Smiles Wendy

Guardian Angel Tag

hmmm I seem to be going through a purple themed phase today and I have purple inky fingers to prove it!
This is an oversized tag measuring approximately 4 x 6 1/2 inches and I am thinking it would look GREAT as the focus point on a journal cover or the like.


and a close up of the flowers which started off a cream colour
Apologies, there is no supply list for this one. 
It just evolved and I was busily pulling all sorts of things out of my craft room 
 without taking much notice of what I was using in the end.
Suffice to say there are colour sprays, distress inkpads, gesso, 
patterned papers,washi tape,
ribbons, flowers and other embellishments in amongst it all.

I am entering this tag into the following challenges

smiles Wendy

Monocromatic Card

I love to challenge myself to make monocromatic cards - this time round I decided to do that using different shades of purple (one of my favourite colours).
Supplies used:
Happy birthday swirls digi & Mouse with flower (Meljens)
Deckled rectangles (Nestabilities)
Copic markers
Milled lavender and Dusty concord distress inkpads (Tim Holtz)
Blending tool (Tim Holtz)
Spiral clip, ribbon and gems
Purple and white cardstock

I am entering this card into the following challenge

smiles Wendy

Just A Note ....

This card could be sent for a multitude of reasons 
- thinking of you, thank you, get well soon... anything really.

Supplies used : 
Robins tune digi (Broken Box Stock)
Copic markers
Blue, white and yellow cardstock
Blue dotted ribbon (Kaszazz)
Computer generated saying
Blue brads (HOTP)

I am entering this card into the following challenge 

Enjoy your day !!
smiles Wendy

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The Rhythm Of the Sea

Over on the Art With No Boundaries blog, the current fortnightly challenge is The Rhythm of the Sea; 
along with Anything goes.

As anything ocean and beach related is dear to my heart, 
I couldn't wait to create something for this challenge. 
I was browsing through the local discount store 
and spotted a small plastic treasure chest in the toy section 
and seeing it got me inspired.

And this is the result.
I didn't have to do anything to the outside of the chest
- I think it looks aged and perfect 
for the look I was going for as it is.


And here is the inside 
Supplies used:
Discover new oceans digital stamp - CS Designs
Copic marker
Toy plastic treasure chest
Corrugated iron patterned paper
Gauze
Colour sprays - sailboat blue, lettuce (Ranger)
Green pigment ink diluted with water in spray bottle
Distressing tool (Tim Holtz)
Vintage photo distress stain (Tim Holtz)
Eyelet yarn
Shells and driftwood

I really enjoyed making this piece 
and I think I will be frequenting the discount stores
with a very open mind, from now on.


smiles Wendy

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge

Firstly I am excited to announce I have just joined the Design Team for 

This weeks challenge theme is "On The Move" (add a moving part) 
and the sponsor is Robyn's Fetish.

This is the card I made for the challenge.
It's a pop up card with the digi used both on the front and inside of the card.
Supplies used:
Choochoo Charlie digital stamp (Robyns Fetish)
Blue, white, red and black cardstock
Red patterned paper
Striped border paper
Tumbled glass distress inkpad (Tim Holtz)
Blending tool (Ranger)
Copic markers
Happy birthday and Celebrate rubons (Stickopotamus)

For more details about the current challenge please visit
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog

and take a look at the other Design Team member's creations too.
 I look forward to you joining us.

Smiles Wendy

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Travel Birthday Card

I love getting inky fingers and just playing with colours, inks and water and seeing what happens.
Every resulting background is different and fun.
This is what evolved from using 3 different colours of distress stains, a water spritzer and some white gloss card. I then added different travel themed stamps to made a vintage style male birthday card.

Supplies Used:
Distress stains - vintage photo, wild honey and shabby shutters (Tim Holtz)
Gloss white card, brown and green cardstock
Compass, clock, biplane and saying stamps (Kaszazz)
Cotton twill (Kaszazz)
Toffee crunch, Pistachio and Rich Cocoa inkpads (Memento)

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

smiles Wendy

Take Time for You ATC

What do you think of when you think of relaxation ?
I can think of nothing better when I need some "me" time than to go and sit at the beach and listen to the waves and other sounds related to the ocean.
It's a great place to take some time out, think things through and just feel at peace.


SUPPLIES USED:
Beach stamp (Rubadubadoo)
Saying stamp (unknown)
Pistachio inkpad (Memento)
Jet black inkpad (Stazon)
Water colour crayons
White and green cardstock
Tumbled glass distress inkpad (Ranger)
Blending tool
H20 brush

I am entering this card in to the following challenge:

Roll on summer, I say, so I can spend more time at the beach !!

smiles Wendy


Saturday, 4 August 2012

WISH IT WAS SUMMER

It's another wet, wintry day here and it's days like this I wish summer was nearer to being here.
Can't wait to be able to go to the beach in sunny weather again !!

This card was inspired by the challenge theme over at Robyn's Fetish - "summer fun"


Supplies used:
Shells4sale digi (Robyns Fetish)
Copic markers
Black, white and orange cardstock
Border, sand and sun patterned papers
Warm wishes stamp (Kaszazz)
Flower, flip flops and sunglasses buttons

I am entering this card into the following challenges

smiles Wendy


Thursday, 2 August 2012

TSB PARTY AT CRAFTERS CAFE


The party is Saturday, August 11th, from 8pm-10pm EST.(USA time/date)
Come join us for all the fun - challenges, prizes and much more !!

Here is the link: 

Come along and help us celebrate
The Stamping Boutique turning THREE !!

Hope to see you there,

smiles Wendy



Wednesday, 1 August 2012

One More Candle birthday card

Edited 5 August 2012
It's always good to have some birthday cards made up ahead of time, especially for mailing overseas.
I love this digi stamp and sentiment set from Bugaboo.
It always makes me smile when I see it.
Supplies used:
SB One more candle digi and sentiment set (Bugaboo)
Copic markers
White, yellow and black cardstock
Yellow patterned paper
Yellow dotted ribbon (Kaszazz)

I am entering this card into the following challenge

smiles Wendy

Thinking of you Pixie

It's fun to experiment and try out new ideas and techniques.
This challenge over at A Day for Daisies blog, called for "adding a script".
Brilliant idea #1 wasn't so brilliant and jammed the printer with a page from a book (smiles)
so on to idea #2 of stamping a script background stamp onto a printer sized piece of white cardstock and then printing the digital stamp over the top 
- as you can see by the card below - that worked out better (smiles)
The dry embossing of the leaves on the black cardstock unfortunately doesn't show up very well on the scan.
Supplies used:
Vine pixie digi (A day for Daisies)
Reason Season Lifetime script stamp (Kaszazz)
Rich cocoa inkpad (Memento)
Water colour crayons
Orchid chalk inpad (Colorbox)
Thinking of you rubon (Pebbles)
Pink, white and black cardstock
Leaves embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Distressing tool (Ranger)

I am entering this card into the following challenge

So hard to believe it's August already.
Should I mention it will be Christmas before we know it lol

smiles Wendy