Sunday, 1 May 2016

Prom Queen

Good morning everyone!

Hope this post finds you well and, if you celebrate May Day, you are enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend. Hope you've not been affected by the weather madness either ... I am fed up of hail and chilly winds, after all it is May now!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It's new challenge time over at Feeling Sketchy and I must confess that, although I like the end result of my project this time, it was rather a challenge!


We've got the lovely Jodie from Bugaboo Stamps as our sponsor for this challenge. She has so many amazing digis to suit all tastes that I'm confident our lucky prize winner will have no difficulty in enjoying their prize pack!


So here's Michelle's sketch for this challenge:



And here's my "take" on it:



I have created my very first scrapbook page! And it's wholly digital to boot!!!!!!!!


When eldest Bambino left High School last summer, I promised her that we would work together and scrap memories from Year 11. Well this sketch was just the impetus I needed to start scrapping! She helped me with it by choosing the photos and also the font on the journal card and banner.


My project recipe is as follows:
  • Base layer - is Light Gray Flourish paper and it comes from a set from the sadly closed Summertime Designs called Dryer Lint at Tiffany's. I'm a bit of a techno numpty when it comes to PhotoShop, so I've used Microsoft Word to do the whole thing. I inserted the paper into Word as a picture, and then sized it to 15cm square, which will fit the scrapbook Bambino has got.
  • Journal Cards - are from Winter Arabesque - Journal Cards kit by Melo Vrijhof at Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking. I've used the Banners Journal Card and the Flag Journal Card to which we've added the date and venue by using a text box with "no fill" and "no lines". The font Bambino chose is called Harrington.
  • Ribbons - are the Floral Ribbon from Melo's Winter Arabesque - Elements kit at Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking
  • Flower Paperclips - are from the retired Dryer Lint at Tiffany's kit by Summer at Summertime Designs. I've used Paperclip 13 which is a nice dark teal colour, toning in with Bambino's dress.
  • Sentiment Banner - is another Word text box, this time with a grey fill and no line. The font Bambino chose is Harrington again.
Using the Word Picture Format tools, I was able to insert a drop shadow behind all the elements to give a 3D impression to the page.

So now all I have to figure out is how to print is out so the photos don't lose any definition, and then we'll pop it into Bamino's scrapbook!


If Michelle's sketch has got you stumped too, please head over to the Feeling Sketchy blog and see the other amazing creations by my wonderful teamies. Then don't forget to come back and show us your take on our sketch for a chance to be our lucky prize winner this time, or in the DT's Top 3! We'll be back with our new challenge on 15th May 2016.


I would like to enter this scrapbook layout into the following challenges:



Have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Shell Seekers

Hello friends and hope this post finds you well.

You woudn't believe it's nearly the end of April ... after a balmy week weather wise last week, we seem to have had all 4 seasons in one day here with sun, rain, wind, hail and even a quick flurry of snow!

I'm bringing you my second post on behalf of Incy Wincy Designs and to recap, we'd like you to be Inspired by a Song, Book or Movie. So, make sure your creation represents your favourite and don't forget to tell us what it is!!!

We've got 2 lovely sponsors lined up for you with 2 great prizes and, I have to say, most of the DT are showcasing both sponsors because (like me) they simply couldn't choose which sponsor's images to use :oD!!!!!!!



Our first sponsor is the lovely Sami from Sami Stamps who is offering a prize pack to our first random winner.






Our second sponsor is new to us here at Incy Wincy, but has been around blogland for a while - welcome to Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating. Nikki is offering our second random winner a bundle from her store.




For this card, I've been inspired by one of our favourite Disney songs "Under the Sea" (eldest Bambino reliably informs me this song comes from the film The Little Mermaid!) and I'm featuring one of Sami's gorgeous images. One of my best memories of this song is a number of years ago, and we'd spent a rather chilly October half term in Yorkshire sorting out my late Grandmother's house. The Bambinos had been with us, and a Disney cassette was one of the most played in the car. We were rolling along the M62 with this song playing out full blast and each of us singing one of the parts ... it was almost like the car joined in as we rocked down the road!!!!!!



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Card Base - is a pre-made 14.8cm square card base in whie
  • Papers - are by Melo Vrijhof at Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking and are from a set called Summer Splash. I've used the Multicolor Dots and Navy Splash Zentangle papers which I have layered together digitally in my word processing programme.
  • Image - is the beautifully serene Shell Mermaid 1 from the Ocean section at Sami Stamps. I have brought this girl of the ocean and her little friend to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours together with my Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen before die cutting it with my second largest Sizzix Framelits Fancy Labels die
    • Mermaid's SkinFS2, FS4, FS9, FS3, TN4, FS8
    • Mermaid's Hair - CT1, CT2, CT4, GB8
    • Mermaid's Top and Tail - GT1, GT2, GT3
    • Shell - CR3, PP3, CR5, DR6
    • Seahorse and Starfish - OR1, OR2, OR3
    • Sand - TN2, EB2, TN3, EB3 (I got the idea for doing the sand like this from this month's Project Class at Kit & Clowder and I'm pretty please with the way it turned out!)
  • Sentiment - is another design from Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking, this time by Marisa Lerin and it comes from the Ocean Words Kit. I die cut this using my second smallest Sizzix Framelits Ovals die and then mounted it on my card.
If you're in need of more inspiration to take part in this challenge, please head over to Incy Wincy Designs where my very talented teamies have a bevy of delights for you to savour. Don't forget to come back and link up your project which is Inspired by a Song, Book or Movie ... just be sure to tell us what your inspiration is! This challenge ends on Sunday 1st May 2016, and we'll be back with our next challenge on Monday 2nd May.

Don't forget that Incy Wincy Designs is also on Facebook and we've got a DT Call on at the moment ... all the details for that are in this post.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Hope you have a great afternoon!

Hugs, Helen x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

All Aboard!

Good evening crafty friends!

I hope, like me, that you've been enjoying some very seasonal spring-like weather. My poor washing machine is in a state of shock as I've been doing so much laundry!

It's new challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we'd like you to be Inspired by a Song, Book or Movie. So, make sure your creation represents your favourite and don't forget to tell us what it is!!!

We've got 2 lovely sponsors lined up for you with 2 great prizes and, I have to say, most of the DT will be showcasing both sponsors because (like me) they simply couldn't choose which sponsor's images to use :oD!!!!!!!



Our first sponsor is the lovely Sami from Sami Stamps who is offering a prize pack to our first random winner.






Our second sponsor is new to us here at Incy Wincy, but has been around blogland for a while - welcome to Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating. Nikki is offering our second random winner a bundle from her store



For this card, I have been inspired by youngest Bambino and my favourite Christmas film of all time .... The Polar Express. Both before Christmas and during the holidays it's our "snuggle up together" film! And like The Polar Express, this card keeps on surprising as it's a "Never-ending" card:

First side:


Second side:


Third side:


Fourth side:


My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is white cardstock which I've cut, scored and folded, using my Ultimate Pro following this tutorial which I found on SplitCoast Stampers. I will say that the written instructions once the 2 layers are stuck together are exceedingly difficult to follow, however once I'd watched the video the folds made complete sense!
  • Papers - are from the Nordic Christmas CD-Rom, which I believe is out of stock or has been retired at Crafter's Companion. I've cut the papers to size for each panel of the card following the tutorial.
  • Images - are from the North Pole Express Set by Nikki at Melonheadz Illustrating. I wanted to use the whole set so that my never-ending card told the story of the film, so the children on side 2 are three separate images which I've put together; on side 3 I've put the elf and present together, and also Santa and his sack. These images are all pre-coloured and are also .png files, which means they have no background so can be layered onto something else straightaway. Because I wanted a small white border around each image, I have printed these separately to my papers and then fussy cut each image out.
  • Sentiments - the "Believe" sentiment is by Paulette at Create with TLC and was a goodie from the 2011 Christmas Club. The lower sentiment is computer generated using a free downloadable front called Scriptina.
So there you have it, my card inspired by my favourite film. Soon, I will be bringing you a card featuring an image by our other sponsor which has been inspired by one our my favourite songs. 

In the meantime though, do head over to Incy Wincy Designs to see how my very talented teamies have been Inspired by a Song, Book or Movie and then come back and show us your projects. Just don't forget to tell us which Song, Book or Movie you've been inspired by ... otherwise you won't be able to qualify for one of our prizes :o(

We've also got a DT Call on at the moment too - all the details are on this post. Don't forget that you don't have to have had DT experience (we all started somewhere!) we'd rather that you are a fun person who enjoys crafting!

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


Whatever you're up to this evening, have fun!

Hugs, Helen x

Friday, 15 April 2016

Flowers and Swirls

Hello friends! Hope this post finds you fine and dandy!




It's new challenge day at Feeling Sketchy and this time we're being sponsored by the lovely Nikky and her team from Polkadoodles who are offering a prize pack to our lucky winner.




We've got another great sketch for you by Michelle:


We're not using any sponsor images this time, so here's my take on the sketch using my stash:



Of course, never one to do things by halves I made a trio of cards ... although we needed 3 "Thank you" cards as eldest Bambino's 3 Ranger Guide Leaders left the Unit yesterday and the whole Unit went out for a celebratory meal.


My card recipes are as follows:

  • Card bases - are from white cardstock which I've cut, scored and folded to make a 9.9cm square cards
  • Design Papers - are from the Mixed Media collection from the now sadly closed Bearly Mine Designs. I've used 3 different papers from the collection
  • Flowers - are die cut using the middle and smallest petals from my Die'sire Flowers for All Occasions die. I've cut these from regular printer paper, and then (spurred on by a demo by Sheena Douglass that I saw on TV over the Easter hols) have then coloured them using Distress Inks as watercolours. The DIs I used were (from left in the above photo or in order in the photos below) Shaded Lilac & Milled Lavender; Salty Ocean & Seedless Preserves; and Vintage Photo & Milled Lavender. I finished the flowers with a clear gem in the middle. I think I need to practice this technique a bit, but as the paper was wet, they were quite easy to shape into pretty blooms!
  • Sentiment border - has been cut using my Die'sire Edgeables Lattice die. I've cut this from white cardstock and then stamped the sentiment from the Swirly String Sentiments by LOTV directly onto the cardstock.
Here are some closeups of the cards, quite simple but pretty effective:





I hope I've inspired you to play along with our sketch, but if you're in need of more inspiration my incredibly talented teamies have come up with beautiful projects ... please go to the Feeling Sketchy blog and check out the gallery!


I would like to enter the following challenges:
That's it from me ... hope you have a great weekend!

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A Golden Time!

Hello all!


Hope you've had a good start to the week. Yesterday was "back to school" day for us at Casa Mia - not too many poorly peeps for the first day back, so I managed to get some admin bits and bobs tied up! 


Although I made this card last month, somehow I just didn't get around to blogging it and as a few challenges have popped up in my blogger feed I thought now would be a great time to air this beauty!


A good friend asked me to make a card celebrating her parents' Golden Wedding Anniversary, and gave me free rein to do what I wanted .... eeeeeek!!!!!!!! This was the result ... a double gatefold card:




My card recipe is as follows:

  • Images - are from freebie stamp set which came with a Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine some time ago. I've stamped these onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using VersaMark Ink and then given them a liberal coating of gold embossing powder which I then heated. Once dry and cool, I fussy cut around the images and attached them to the front panels of my card with foam pads.


















  • Sentiment - is another stamp from the Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine set, which I've stamped directly onto the rear panel using gold ink
  • Ribbon - is from my stash and I've attached this to the outside of the rear panel of the card, and then threaded it behind the stem of the champagne flute so that it stays in place when the card is open.

Sorry this post is very "photo heavy", but I wanted to show you all the golden elements that went into this card ;o)!


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

That's it from me for today. I've got a few errands to run now, and then I might get to "play" a little later on. Whatever you're up to today, I hope you get some crafty time.

Hugs, 
Helen x

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Look out ... they're behind you!!!!!!!!

Hello friends, and a very warm welcome to my newest follower, Karen Lunagirl - hope you enjoy following my crafty journey.

Regular readers will be pleased to know that me and "the automatic car" returned to the garage safe and in one piece, and I have been reunited with my own car, which didn't need any work doing - phew!!!!! Mind you, I got took some stick from PapaMia when youngest Bambino blabbed about my efforts at getting "the automatic car" onto the drive yesterday :oD!!!!!! If you're intrigued, please read yesterday's post and all will be revealed ........

After my embarrassment at nearly forgetting my brothers' Birthdays on Monday, I thought I should do something about it and maybe have some masculine cards in stock. So when a challenge reminder popped up in my blog feed and it coincided with the launch of a Facebook Challenge too, I knew what I was going to do.

Ta daaaaaaaaaaa:



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card base - is Centura Pearl Snow White Silver which I've cut, scored and folded to make a 10.5cm x 14.8cm card with the fold at the top.
  • Embossed Strip - is a further piece of Centura Pearl Snow White Silver onto which I've embossed part of my Embossalicious Birthday Text folder, before sticking this onto my card base. 
  • Image - is by Wendy at All Dressed Up and these fun monsters are freebies on the blog! They do have some text with them already, but I masked this out using my word processing programme before printing them, as I didn't want the text showing on this card. I have brought this wobbly trio to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours, before hand cutting them out and attaching them to my card with foam pads to make them stand out.
    • Spider - TN3, EB3, EB8
    • Middle Monster - LY3, GB4, GB7, TN4, TN3, EB3, EB8
    • Bottom Monster - TB1, TB4, TB8, TB6, LY3, GB4, GB7, TN4
    • Grounding - IG1, IG3
  • Sentiment - is by Paulette at Create with TLC and I think this one might have been a freebie on her blog in April last year. Again, I've hand cut the sentiment out to the right size, and stuck it to my card with foam pads.

I've been inspired by and would like to enter the following challenges:
I would also like to enter the following challenge:
That's about it from me today - the Bambinos and I are off to town to have lunch at the big blue & yellow Swedish store ... yum, yum plus no washing up!

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

Hugs, Helen x

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Hey there Cowboy!

Good morning friends!

Hope you're well this morning - gentle hugs winging their way around for anyone who's in need of them.

My car's in the garage for it's annual service today and I've been loaned a 2 seater Smart car - looks like the bambinos will be confined to barracks until I get my car back, as I'm not sure it's legal to put one of them in the boot ;o) ! It's the first time in nearly 30 years of driving that I've found myself behind the wheel of an automatic car, and how many times did I go for the clutch and gearstick .... ? It's quite an experience, especially as I couldn't select reverse gear once home. Unknown to me, the bambinos were in the front window laughing hysterically as I struggled to get onto the drive. I managed to engage reverse properly just once, to turn in the road entrance next to our house, and then resorted to driving around the block to come back at my drive and have just driven onto it. I'm hoping that even if I can't get reverse again, the "fall" of the drive will be enough to let me come off it backwards - if not, I'll be pushing the car off and hoping that the neighbours aren't around :oD !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, enough waffle. My brothers celebrated their birthdays yesterday and I (like the bad sister I am) totally forgot, so had to quickly whip something up. Luckily, I remembered that I had this cutie from The Paper Shelter (I chose her as part of a blog challenge win earlier in the year), so I quickly printed her up.



My card recipe is as follows:

  • Card Base - is a 15cm square card in Kraft Cardstock
  • Image and Papers - are from The Adorable Cowgirl set by Veronica at The Paper Shelter. As time was of the essence, I have used the Composition which is everything you see on the card (apart from the sentiment and buttons) is ready laid out for you, which makes it oh-so-easy to whip up a great looking card in no time at all! I've inked the edge of the composition with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, just to highlight the edges.
  • Sentiment - is from the Happy Birthday Sentiments Set by Debbie at The Crafty Pad Designs. The sentiment comes as a .jpeg file, but by importing it into my word processing package, I've been able to use the "Picture Formatting" options to set the background as a transparent colour which means that I've been able to superimpose it over the tag on the composition.
  • Buttons - are from my stash, and I was thrilled to find that one of the buttons (the middle one if you're wondering) is stamped with the name of a certain "jeans" company - unless I'm mistaken they had the advert where the chap took his jeans off in the launderette .... think you will have to be of a "certain age" to remember this, or look on You Tube if you're younger ;o) !!!
So there is my quick and easy Birthday card and, if you read this Fratello Mia "the younger" Happy Birthday to you!



I have been inspired by and would like to enter this card into the following challenge:
I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

I'm off to get ahead on my DT makes for the next couple of weeks, and also try to catch up on some of the projects that I've complete, but not got around to blogging yet!

Hope you have a great day!

Hugs, Helen x