Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sweet Scribblers!

Hello my crafty friends - hope this post finds you well. I'd like to welcome my newest followers, Lori and Christine ... hope you enjoy the crafty delights that I'll be showing!!!!! ;o)


I can't believe we're over half way through the half term break, however I do feel that I've had a good rest, and I'm ready for the onslaught of poorly students in the next couple of weeks! If you've been on hols this week, hope you've had a good rest too and have been able to enjoy a little bit of sunshine.


Last weekend, a post from one of my Incy Wincy teamies popped up in my blog feed and really piqued my interest. It was for a brand new designer of digi stamps who has set up a store and was looking for DT members. Well, a couple of emails to and fro later, and I'm the newest DT member for Sophia's Sweet Scribbles showcasing the beautiful digis of Larissa.


You can purchase Larissa's delightful digis via the Sophia's Sweet Scribbles Blog and join in the fun at our Sweet Scribblers Facebook Group, where you will find inspiration, new releases, sneak peeks and when there are enough fans, there'll be a monthly challenge too!


Today, I'm showcasing one of Larissa's newer images, Hummingbird:




My card recipe is as follows:


I have been inspired by and would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  • Sketch Challenge #302 at Tuesday Morning Sketches
  • Challenge #28 - Tic Tac Toe at Creative Knockouts I'm claiming the bottom left to top right diagonal of Flowers (on image, paper and die cut), Sentiment, Die Cut/Punches
I would also like to enter this card into these challenges:

I hope that you'll come over to both the Blog and Facebook Group - say "Hi" to my other teamies and to Larissa (the "scribbler" behind the gorgeous digis), and get your scribbling fix!

Until next time,
Hugs, Helen x

Monday, 25 May 2015

Sunflower Border

Good Morning my crafty friends and a warm welcome  to Larissa who is my newest follower - hope you enjoy my madcap crafting journey!!!!


If you're in the UK, I do hope you're enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend. From having not alot planned for this weekend, PapaMia and I decided to re-jig one of the borders in the garden, so we had a garden centre trip and then a planting afternoon yesterday. Not sure what's on the agenda for today, but I might be able to fit in a little extra "me" time ... aka crafting!!!!!!!


Is anyone else struggling with Blogger at the mo? Whenever I pull up posts, I can't seem to see all the pictures in that post and it's taking me several goes to get my own photos into a post. Any of you lovely computer-literate peeps out there got any suggestions as to how I can rectify this?


Anyway, whining over! It's new challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs and this week we'd like you to either go for All or Nothing! This means either lots of layers or no layers at all ... I bet regular readers can guess which I've gone for before they even look at my card! ;o)


We're being sponsored this week by the lovely Sandy at Scribbles Designs who is offering $10 of digital images to our lucky winner this week. Here's a little about Sandy and her work:
And welcome to Sandy's world of her funky imagination and quirky characters.Sandy's has had a pencil in her hand since she was "knee-high to a grasshopper" and started on her artistic journey with her first family ball & stick figures portrait at age 3. We'll have to find the piece of work in the family history trunk and post it...
Back to the regular scheduled program! Sandy has loved art, drawing, water coloring and doodling for many years... and with the digital image world she can now share it with all of you. Brrr (Penguin) was her first main character and her other quirky images followed not long after. We hope you enjoy the enduring images and look around and add Sandy's images to your digital stamp collections...
If you head over to Sandy's store, you'll also find that she sometimes has a Friday freebie up for grabs too ... :o)


Sandy has very kindly given the DT some images to use this week for inspiration, but I have gone back through my digi files as I was lucky enough to win a couple of Sandy's images last year and, shame on me (blushing wildly here!) they haven't seen the light of day, or the ink of my printer! So here goes, my one layer card (did you guess right?) featuring one of Sandy's pretty images:



This card has already gone to eldest bambino's Form Tutor as the students are now on reduced timetable/study leave due to their GCSE exams, so I'm very safe in posting it here today. Who knows, the Tutor might even take a peek ... let me know Miss R.!


My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base card - is Neenah Solar White Card, onto which I printed my design, scored as an A4 tri-fold card and then cut the last third to leave a DL sized card when folded.
  • Image - is #603 - Sunflowers 3 drawn by Sandy at Scribbles Designs. I printed this directly onto my base card and then brought it all to life using my Spectrum Noir Pencils in the listed shades following this technique tutorial by Nicky over at the Spectrum Noir Website - thanks for a great tute Nicky, I finally feel as though I've done an image some justice with my pencils!
    • Sunflowers - 012, 018, 023, 093
    • Leaves - 012, 056, 047, 023, 093
    • Sky - 067, 023
    • Tendrils and dots - Gold Gel Pen
  • Sentiment - is a clear stamp from Hobbycraft although it no longer appears on their website. I stamped this in Versamark ink, sprinkled with some gold embossing powder and then heated it.

I hope I've inspired you to have a go with no layers, but don't forget to pop over to Incy Wincy Designs and see which of my extremely talented teamies have gone for All or Nothing! Then come back and show us your creations as we love visiting you - this challenge ends on Sunday 31st May 2015.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
We're on half term now for the rest of the week, so a chance to recharge my batteries for the next half term ... if you're on holiday this week too, I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time ....

Hugs, Helen x


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Chilly Oasis?

Hells bells - I'm running late, yet again! Sorry teamies!

I can't believe it's another week and that this time next week will be half term ... phew! Hope you all had a good weekend - I managed a session on the "trotmill" and notched up 5km, and then had a very successful shopping trip with eldest bambino to get sparkly sandals to go with her Prom dress.




It's new challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs and this week we'd like to see Exotic Animals. We're being sponsored by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet who are supplying the prize package this week. They have also very kindly allowed the DT their choice of image to use for this challenge and here is my card featuring a very exotic meerkat:






My card recipe is as follows:


I think I might put this card by for next month, and then I can send it to my Dad for Father's Day ... as long as I remember where that "safe place" is!



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

Whatever you're doing for the rest of the day, have a good one. I think I might get stuck into next week's DT card, so there's a fighting chance it might be on my blog at the right time on the right day! ;o)

Catch you soon!

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I Love the Rain!

Well I don't mind the rain as it is what keep's this country nice and green, but according to Papa Mia's weather station we've already had 2.6cm of rain this month ... and I think most of that fell last week when we had some torrential downpours!


Hello crafty friends! Hope this post finds you all well ... if not, hugs are winging their way to you.


I'm a wee bit tardy in posting this, as Mr Blogger's gremlin friends decided that they wouldn't let me put photos into my post - how dare they! Fingers crossed that it all works this time! Anyway, you're not too late to be joining in with the new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs this week, which finds us celebrating The Great Outdoors. Plenty of scope for some fabby projects me thinks!




As ever, Chris has lined up a wonderful sponsor for this challenge and we've teamed up with Sami Siemers Ratliff from Sami Stamps who has offered a lovely prize to this week's lucky winner. Even if you don't win the prize, Sami has some totally beautiful digi stamps in her store and, while you're there, go and check out the "Deals" section and treat yourself to some gorgeous-ness which won't break the bank! 





Sami has very generously given each DT member their own choice of digi to use for this challenge, and here is my card for you this week featuring one of Sami's oh-so-pretty images:




My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - pre-made 14.7 cm square card blank in white which I've scored and folded to make a twisted easel card. I've also used a square of Snow White Silver Centura Pearl to make my easel panel.
  • Papers - are from a kit by Marisa Lerin at Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking called Rainy Day Mini Kit, and they're perfect for this image don't you think? I've used Rainy Day Paper 01, Rainy Day Paper 02 and Rainy Day Paper Floral 03. I put a digital border to give a faux mat around the raindrops and umbrella papers and, to continue the rainy theme as I thought this looked the ripples in a puddle, I used one of the built in embossing borders on my Ultimate Pro to create the wavy line on the floral paper, which I then cut out by hand. 
  • Image - has been beautifully drawn by Sami at Sami Stamps and she is called I Love the Rain. Unfortunately, I can't give you a direct link to her in Sami's store as she appears to have been retired ;o( I've brought her to life very simply using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours, before die cutting her using a die from the Die'sire Essentials Squares set.
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, FS6
    • Hair - GB8, GB10, EB5 (I think my hair skills definitely have room for improvement!)
    • DressTB1, TB3
    • Umbrella - paper pieced using the Rainy Day Paper Floral 03 paper, Silver Gel Pen
    • Raindrops - Silver Gel Pen
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and this was a freebie on her blog in March. I've cut this out using a die from the Die'sire Essentials Rectangles set.

I hope I've inspired you to create a project celebrating The Great Outdoors and don't forget to head over to the Incy Wincy Designs blog and check out the fabulous projects by my very talented teamies. Then come back and show us your creations - this challenge will end on Sunday 17th May.



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

Hope you have a great day!
Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's ........

.... my weekly post for Incy Wincy DesignsIt's new challenge time and this week we're helping our crafty friends in the US and Canada spoil their Mum as our challenge this week is Mom's the Word




We're being sponsored this week by the very lovely Heather Valentin from Lacy Sunshine who is offering a prize of 3 of her gorgeous digis to our lucky prizewinner! Heather also very kindly gave each DT member their choice of image to use for this challenge. Back to the post title then ... Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's Glitter Girl Superhero - perfect for all those superhero Mums out there!!!!!!!





Now I'm in a bit of a pickle - firstly, my Mum is no longer with us and secondly we've already celebrated Mothering Sunday here in the UK .... so I've just gone for a very "girly" card in the hopes that it inspires you to make a creation for your Mum/Mom!





My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card Base - is a pre-made white card base, around 14.7cm square
  • Papers - the Paisley Print paper is from a set by Summer at Summertime Designs called Angel Mother. The lovely Medium Pink glitter paper comes from a set at Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking called Glitters by Dreamn4ever Designs - I think this set must be retired now, as I can't find it on the site. I've digitally added a brown border to both papers to give a faux mat and layer.
  • Image - this very sparkly one is called G3 Glitter Girl Superhero and she comes from the pen of Heather at Lacy Sunshine Stamps. I've brought her to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours before die cutting her using one of my Sizzix Framelits Ovals
    • Skin - FS2, FS3, FS6, EB5, DR7
    • Eyes - GB10 DG2, Blender Pen
    • Hair - GB8, GB10, EB5, EB8
    • Clothes - PP4, PP5, PP6, DG2, DG3, DG4, DR1, DR3, Silver Gel Pen, GB3, GB4
    • Bag and Boots - PP1, PP3, Silver Gel Pen
    • Glitter Cascade - Silver Gel Pen, White Glitter
  • Sentiment - is by my favourite sentiment designer, Paulette at Create with TLC and was diecut using a die from my Die'sire Essential Rectangles set. Some "bling" in opposing corners finished this off.
  • Ribbon and button - are from my stash and both came from separate "bargain grab bags" from Hobbycraft some time ago. I've attached the button to the bow by way of some silver thread from my (languishing) lacemaking stash!

I'm not 100% happy with this card (hence why I'm a bit late joining in with this week's challenge), but it's done now! I hope you'll come over to Incy Wincy Designs and check out the fabulous creations by my lovely teamies, and while you're there please give Judy (our newest teamie) a warm welcome. Then come back and show us your creations for Mom/Mum. This challenge closes on Sunday 10th May.


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

If, like us, you're suffering with strong winds and heavy rain showers I hope you stay safe! And if you're celebrating Mother's Day this weekend, I hope you get spoilt by your loved ones!

Have a great week!

Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 1 May 2015

Bebunni Baby

Good evening friends and hope this post finds you well. Before I go any further, I would like to warmly welcome Judy (who is our newest teamie at Incy Wincy Designs) to my crafty musings ... hope you enjoy the journey! I can't believe it's May 1st already - where is the year disappearing too!


I'm sharing a non-DT card this evening as I know it's reached it's recipient! On Tuesday I found some fab news in my FB feed that one of our teachers from school had given birth to a beautiful baby girl. The teacher and I are both in the Staff Band (no, we can't come up with a more inspirational name!) and as Tuesday afternoons are when we practice, I thought it would be nice if we all signed a card to the new "family". So, I set to work creating and this was the result:




My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card base - is a pre-made 14.7cm square base in white
  • Paper - is from a retired set from Bearly Mine Designs called "Plain and Simple" - I've used this gorgeous lavender colourway (called Plain 18) to tone in with Bebunni's balloons. The paper is already distressed, but I added some tool distressing too, just to give a bit of texture. This was matted and layered onto dark purple Core'dinations Cardstock
  • Image - is the gorgeous Bebunni, and this topper comes from the Crafter's Inspiration Magazine 4 (Spring 2014) CD-Rom. I've die cut the topper using the second largest Die'sire Essentials Circles Die and this is matted and layered onto the dark purple Core'dinations Cardstock, cut with the largest Die'sire Essentials Scalloped Circles Die
  • Sentiment - is from a stamp set Special Occasion Stamps which was a cover freebie with Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. Again this was matted and layered onto the dark purple Core'dinations Cardstock, cut with the ticket shaped die from the Die'sire Just the Ticket set.
  • Cord - is from a bargain bag which I bought from Hobbycraft, heaven only knows when! It was a thicker and silky cord which I unravelled, and this is just one strand of it.
  • Banners - are from another retired Bearly Mine Designs set called "Mixed Media" and this is one corner of paper MM026. I love the extra "texture" it lends to the project in tonal colours. I topped these banners with pearls.

I know the recipient loves this card and I have to say that I was pretty pleased with it too - not bad for a couple of hours work, eh?


I was inspired by and would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Hope you have a great weekend, and enjoy the Bank Holiday if you're in the UK!

Hugs, Helen x


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Faking It ... again!!!!

Good afternoon my crafty friends, and I do hope that this post finds you well and (if you're in the UK) enjoying the beautiful Spring weather we've got! If you've not got sunshine, let me know and I'll package some up and post it to you :oP !!!!!!!!! The start of the new term wasn't bad on Monday - as today's been my day off, I headed to the gym this morning and managed a 4km run on the "trotmill" before stretching out in a yoga class.


If you were here on Monday, you'll remember that the DT at Incy Wincy Designs are on a mission to find your best suggestions for making our projects look like a million dollars but safe in the knowledge that we only spent pence creating them as our challenge for you this week is Faux Techniques! Now if you need a bit of inspiration, why don't you head over to SplitCoast Stampers and have a look at some of the amazing tutorials their designers have come up with? 



This is my second project for this challenge, and I found this fan-tas-tic tutorial by Dina at SplitCoast Stampers for making a background look like embossed vintage tin ... however, I can assure you that nothing more than an old cereal bar packet, kitchen foil, PVA glue, acrylic paint, a die and an embossing folder were used to make this. 




Obviously, this effort deserves some reward doesn't it, and this week we've got 2 kind sponsors. This time I'm showcasing an image by Megan of Dilly Beans as I shared a project featuring an image by Emma Canning of  Flat Friends Boutique on Monday - to see that post, click here.





So, without further ado, here is my vintage-y project.



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is a 9.9 cm square card from Kraft cardstock. I quite like making these smaller cards as they fit (opened out) into a regular DL sized envelope, and you can get 3 cards out of an A4 sheet.
  • Background - is a 8.9 cm piece of cereal bar packet onto which I stuck a sheet of kitchen foil using PVA glue. I then used my rolling pin (as I don't have a brayer) to ensure that the foil was stuck down. But I think I might have used a wee bit too much glue as the glue "seeped" (OK, more like flowed) out of ALL the edges and went over the rolling pin, kitchen side, me .... I'm sure you get the idea :oD ! Unlike me, you might want to watch the tutorial video on the above link first, before you get stuck in!!!!!!!! Once dry, I die cut a square from the foil/packaging sandwich using my largest Die'sire Essentials Squares die and then painted this with a coat of Pearl White Acrylic Paint. Once dry I ran this through my Embossalicious Spring Meadow folder (I got mine from Crafter's Companion, but they don't appear to be stocking it any more). I added a final touch by wiping some Dark Brown Craf-T Chalk over my tile with a finger tip, just to give a more aged appearance.
  • Image - is by Megan at Dilly Beans and is called Doodle Flower 3. I printed this up quite big (deliberately) and then tried to stick with a muted colour scheme by colouring it with my Spectrum Noir Pens in the colours listed, before fussy cutting it out and adhering it to the front of my "tin tile":
    • Flower - PP1, PP3, PP5
    • Leaves - DG2, DG3, DG4
    • Outline - BT1
  • Lace - is from my stash, and I think came from a local haberdashery store and I attached it to my card base so that the scalloped edge of the lace overhangs the side of the card.

I really like this card and am so pleased with the way this project turned out - think it could be one of those cards that goes in my box labelled "Never Give Away"!!!! Hope you like it too, and that I've inspired you to have a go at a Faux Technique yourself. Please check out the wonderful projects by my very clever teamies at Incy Wincy Designs and our challenge ends on Sunday 26th April 2015.


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

That's it from me for today - hope you have a great evening!

Hugs, Helen x