Monday, 16 May 2016

Once Upon a Snowy Night

Good morning friends and I hope life has been treating you well.

It's new challenge time at Incy Wincy Designs and this time we're going all Touchy Feely because we'd like you to add texture to your card.

We've got 2 great sponsors lined up this week who are each offering a prize.

Firstly, is Krista from Drawn with Character who is offering our first lucky prize winner 2 digis or sets from her store.


Our second lucky prize winner will receive 3 digital images from our own Nikki at Limited Runs Digital Stamps or, if the winner has used a Limited Runs digi on their creation, the prize will be 5 digital images! Now if that isn't a good reason to go on a wee shopping spree, then I don't know what is! Limited Runs also has a Facebook page, and Nikki is also offering a freebie over there for every 50 people who join the group. So why not head over there, join up and also tag your crafty friends!


Nikki has been kind enough to let me showcase one of her gorgeous digis so without further ado, here's my card:



My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base card - is a pre-made 14.8cm square (approx) card base in white
  • Snowflake layer  - black card onto which I've stencilled through a homemade star stencil (it's not perfect but I'm pretty happy with the results!) with homemade texture paste ... and yes, I'm still crafting frugally ;o) !!!! I then sprinkled and rubbed some white glitter into the texture paste before it dried to give the stars some sparkle. Click on the photo to supersize it and check out that sparkle!
  • Image - is the oh-so-cute Winter Fairy by Nikki at Limited Runs Digital Stamps. I've brought this patient percher to life using my Spectrum Noir Pens in the listed colours (I was inspired by a Christmas candle and holly image in the Kit and Clowder Elements of Nature Class), before fussy cutting the image out.
    • Skin - FS2, FS4, FS9, FS3, TN4, FS8
    • Hair - TN3, EB3, EB8
    • Hairband - DG6, DG7
    • Dress - LY3, GB4, GB7, TN4
    • Wings - DG2, DG3, JG5, JG7
    • Moon - IG1, IG2, IG3


I hope you'll come over to Incy Wincy Designs and go all Touchy Feely too, however if you're need of further inspiration, please have a look at the brilliant creations by my talented teamies. We're also welcoming GintarĂ© to the team as a DT member this week, so please come over to say "Hello" to her! This challenge closes on Sunday 5th June 2016 (so you've got 3 weeks to enter this time!), and we'll be back with our next challenge on Monday 6th June 2016.


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


Whatever you're up to this week, I hope you fit in some crafty time!

Hugs, Helen x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

An English Country Garden

Hello blogging buddies and an especially warm welcome to Gabriella who is my newest follower! I hope you have fun on this crafty journey!


Hope you are well this weekend. I think the weather here is better than the forecast and my washing line is full, again! We've been having a bit of a clear out of stuff that's accumulated in eldest Bambino's wardrobes (ahem, it's not my crafty stash!) prior to us dismantling them and repainting her room in a couple of weeks, so I'm having a bit of an eBay weekend ;o)


It's also new challenge time over at Feeling Sketchy and this time we're being sponsored by Deedee from the now sadly closed Deedee's Digis. However, Deedee was determined to honour her sponsorship of this challenge, so she's let us have 2 digi sets for the lucky winner of this challenge.


Here's the sketch we're challenging you to create with this time:

and here's my take on it:



This is the card we gave to my M-i-L for her birthday which was yesterday, however she's in France at the mo (on an exchange trip with her church) so I've no idea if she likes it! I had fun making though and got a bit carried away with glue and sticky bits ;o)


My card recipe is as follows:
  • Base card - is a pre-made 12.5cm square cream card blank
  • Mat and Layer card - is Kraft Cardstock
  • Papers - are from the Crafter's Inspiration Magazine Issue 10 (Spring 2016) CD-Rom and are a sneak peak from Sara Davies' newest Signature Collection - English Country Garden. Aren't these papers just dreamy? I've used a blue butterflies paper on a creamy background as my base layer, and then used a pale blue wood panel to use as my border.
  • Sentiment - is from the Swirly String Sentiments Set by Lili of the Valley and I've stamped this directly onto the paper using Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  • Flowers - are die cut and quilled using the Die'sire Stamen die and Kraft Cardstock (mental note to self: kraft cardstock is tough to quill!), together with the Die'sire Dahlia die and a floral pink paper from Sara's English County Garden Signature Collection. I've finished each flower by adding a clear gem to the centre.
  • Leaf Sprays - are die cut from Kraft Cardstock using my Die'sire Classiques Delicate Flower die, and before I removed the card from die, I ran it back through my Big Shot to emboss the vein on the leaf.
  • Doily - is by Papermania which was sent to me by my lovely blogging buddy Rachel ... thanks honey 'cos it's perfect for this project!

I hope I have inspired you to play along with this sketch, but if you are in need of any further inspiration please head over to the Feeling Sketchy blog and check out the other wonderful creations by my talented teamies! Then don't forget to come back and share your creations with us. We'll be back with our next challenge on 1st June 2016.


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


Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Hugs, Helen

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Frosty the Snowlady .....

Yup, I'm bursting into song again ... but I don't think my new title will beat the original! ;)

Good morning crafty friends and hope this post finds you fine and dandy. Well, the weather did it's usual thing for a Bank Holiday in the UK didn't it. On the plus side, Saturday and Sunday were fine and dry here so I got quite a bit of washing done and even managed to wash my car ... I won't be parking under a certain tree at the gym again! I'll leave that one to your imagination .... :oD !!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I'm a little late bringing you this post  as I got carried away over the weekend (apologies) as yesterday saw the start of our new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs and this one is right up my street as we're looking for your Clean and Simple creations.




This challenge is being kindly sponsored by Rick St Dennis who is offering a prize of 2 digital images to our lucky prize winner. Rick's Zibbet shop features his cute, fashion, whimsical and unusual images ... there's bound to be at least a couple of images there to suit everyone's tastes! 





Rick was kind enough to let each DT member choose an image to showcase for this challenge, so here's my card for you featuring one of Rick's images:



My card recipe is as follows:




I hope that I have inspired you to keep it Clean and Simple and share your creations with us at Incy Wincy Designs this time. However, if you're in need of further inspiration, please head over to the blog and check out the other great projects by my teamies. We'll be back with our next challenge on Monday 16th May 2016.


Don't forget that we've still got a DT Call on - all the details are on this post. Ever wanted to join a Design Team but nervous of taking that first step? Don't worry, we are a very easy going but incredibly supportive team. Go on, drop us an email - YOU could be the very person we're looking for!


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

Whatever you're up to this week, I hope you manage to squeeze in some crafty time! Take care.

Hugs, Helen x

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