Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Challenge 392: Add A Charm


This is the first time I will be designing for our Passion For ProMarkers challenges, and I am SUPER excited to be part of the team!

The theme for the week is ADD A CHARM, chosen by our talented Kitty, and the prize is being sponsored by ALL DRESSED UP STAMPS.




I have made an 'Envelope Card'.  I cut the envelope by hand, after lots of measuring and planning on scrap paper.  My papers are from the Maja Design Vintage Romance pack.  I have used an assortment of flowers, including Prima and Tim Holtz.  The pearl swirl is Bella! Bling, and the pale blue cameo is Nellie Snellen.  The resin dress form is from the Prima Shabby Chic Treasures collection.  I also added a few odd pearls, and a nice big brad to the centre of the envelope.

I have used two charms for this week's theme: a ballet dancer and ballet shoes.


My image is an All Dressed Up Stamps digi, called The Gorgeous Bride, and she has been coloured with ProMarkers.  I did her tiny blue flowers with gel pens, and the white 'spray' with Liquid Pearls.  I inked around her with Distress Ink and a sponge, and the whole image has been cut out using a Spellbinders die.  I have recut the die in paper from the same paper pack, to form a frame on the back of the stamped card, where I can write my message.













Well now its over to you!  I can't wait to see what wonderful creations you come up with this week!

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

Allsorts Challenge Week 412: I Spy... Something beginning with B: Ballet shoes!
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 156: Anything Goes (JFF)
Creative Moments Challenge 116: Anything Goes (Optional Spring Has Sprung)
Deep Ocean Challenge #153: Spring
Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge #236: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by, and remember to check out the rest of the beautiful stamps available at ALL DRESSED UP STAMPS!

Linda

Monday, April 24, 2017

POLKADOODLES CHRISTMAS

I have used a Polkadoodles digi from the Winnie Winterland collection, called Mr & Mrs Claus, and coloured it with ProMarkers.  My papers are from the DCWV Merry Little Christmas stack, and I have distressed all the edges.  I have added a die cut tag from a fantastic Xcut tag die set.  The tree and mittens are Jolee's.  There's also a strip of Ultimate Crafts lace and the red twirly strip was in my stash.




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

Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Craft Challenge Week 16: Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More! Challenge #238: Holiday
Creative Knockouts Challenge #190: Lots of Layers
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday Challenge #185: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Linda

Saturday, April 22, 2017

SENTIMENTAL ROWENA



Let me begin by saying, I LOVE steampunk!  I love the obvious 'cold' metal effect, but also the clothing style!  If only.....  

I have included lots of pics in this post, because I tried out my new Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Wax, and I thought I'd take a few 'progress pics' to show the transformation.  I also wanted to add some close-ups of the details on the card.

I began with Rowena, a Paper Shelter digi, and coloured her with ProMarkers.  I then dug out everything that could possibly be used with her:


I chose 2 colours of foiled cardstock by DCWV, which I embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I also used Tim Holtx gears and compass; Bo Bunny brads; KaiserCraft wooden embellishments; an Art C metal corner (bottom right); a Ribtex metal key; and Prima metallic beads.

Then came the messy part!




And then some finishing touches:





I LOVE how the resin turned out!




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

The Paper Shelter Challenge #290: Sentimental
I ♥︎ ProMarkers Challenge #333: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 325: Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart Challenge 155: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #119: Embellish It
Through The Craft Room Door Challenge Week of April 18th: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

You can see the rest of my cards on my Pinterest page

Linda


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PRECIOUS WEDDING



This image is from Silhouette Design Studio.  It is a 'print and cut' image called Precious Moments Dancing Bride and Groom.  I love the Precious Moments characters, but I don't like how pale the colours print in this set.  I apologise for the quality of this photograph.  My camera seemed to battle with the different depths of the card, but the close-up pics are clearer.  

Anyway...

My papers are from the Heartfelt Creations Botanic Orchid Collection.  I have cut the card shape and all the smaller frames from a set of Spellbinders Grand Nestibilities.  The top right pearl swirl is Bella! Bling; the pearl string around the flowers, and the heart lace is Simplicity.  The flowers are an assortment, including KaiserCraft and Prima.  The horse and carriage is a Poppy Crafts die cut.  The dangly hearts are buttons from my stash.





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

Artistic Inspirations Challenge 177: Anything Goes (optional: Add ribbon or lace) 
Craft Rocket Challenge #36: Inspired by a Book or Movie (Cinderella of course!)



PASSION FOR PROMARKERS DESIGN TEAM!


I am very proud to announce that I have joined the extremely talented Passion For ProMarkers Design Team.  




I am going to be part of Team 2, along with

Lorraine, and


In Team 1 we have

Sue, and

Please pop on over to their blogs too, to see what these talented ladies are sharing this week.

Also, if you love using your ProMarkers as much as we all do, be sure to enter the latest challenge at Passion for ProMarkers.  This week the theme is Going Dotty!, chosen by Lisa.  Our generous sponsor this week is DigiStamp Boutique, and they are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store!   You can enter using any type of creation - it doesn't have to be a card.  Just be sure to use your Winsor & Newton (formerly Letraset) products (ProMarkers, flex markers, trim markers, aqua markers or metallic markers) and of course, follow the theme.



Be sure to check back next week for my first contribution to the Design Team's fabulous inspiration for the next challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Linda

Monday, April 17, 2017

BAKED WITH LOVE

This card is a double-fold card, with a centre opening.  I have used 3 digi stamps from the Polkadoodles Baked With Love collection, and coloured them with ProMarkers.  I've added glitter to the purple ribbon and hearts, and Glossy Accents to the 'icing' on the gingerbread people.  The ribbon bow and bells are Docrafts.  'JOY' is a Jolee's sticker, and the candy cane and sweets are Martha Stewart stickers.  My paper is from the Bo Bunny Tis The Season pack.  




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

Winter Wonderland: Cute Christmas
Lil Patch of Craft Friends Challenge #56: Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge Week 15: Anything Goes

Saturday, April 15, 2017

GIRL POWER!



I have used a Paper Shelter digi stamp, called Just Roll With It, and coloured it with ProMarkers.  My papers and message tag are from the Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage collection.  The Eiffel Tower was cut from a Poppy Crafts die.  The little birdie flag is Bo Bunny, and the cat is a Dress It Up button.  The purse is a Twin Seven foam sticker, and the lamppost and coffee cup are Creative Mates stickers.




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

The Paper Shelter Challenge #298: Girl Power
Creatalicious Challenge #113: Anything Goes + Optional Birthday 
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #237: Make Your Mark (ProMarkers)
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday Challenge #184: Anything Goes





BECCY'S NOT BEARY HAPPY!


I have used a Beccy's Place freebie, called Not Beary Happy, and coloured him with ProMarkers.  He has the cutest little sad face and weepy eyes, and I knew the moment I saw him, that he REALLY needed a cuddle!  

My papers are all from the Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics pack.  The two top tags were cut from Poppy Crafts dies.  The heart charm is by Solid Oak, Inc.  I have added two paper doilies, some pearls and an assortment of flowers, including Green Tara and Petaloo.

 




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

Beccy's Place April Challenge


Thursday, April 13, 2017

SPRING MAGNOLIA


This little cutie is called Lacy Tilda, and I have coloured it with ProMarkers.  The frame around her is a Spellbinders die.  I have also used a Rambling Lace die from Ultimate Crafts (left), and a frames tree die from Poppy Crafts (right).  My pink background paper is from the Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage collection.  I have added strips of cheesecloth and lace.  The toadstools are Prima wood embellishments, and I have primed them with white Gesso paint, and then added a tiny bit of Prima Art Alchemy Metallique wax.  I didn't fully cover them, because I didn't want them to come out too dark.  The flowers are an assortment, including Petal and Green Tara, and the butterfly is Solid Oak, Inc.





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

Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge #234: Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart Challenge 154: Anything Goes
A Snowflake's Promise Challenge 39: Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door April 11 - 17: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 324: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #118: Pastel Colours


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MY CARDING JOURNEY


I would have preferred to have just added this to my saved profile, but I see I'd be restricted to 1200 characters, and I suspect I have more to say than that, so it has to be a full 'post'.

I was born in, and grew up in South Africa.  Until the end of 2007, we lived in the Johannesburg area, and nearby, I had a small, very well stocked, commercial card shop.  Celebratory events were very important to me: Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, etc, and I loved giving 'just the right card'.  I would visit the card shop for hours at a time, with my list of upcoming events, read through every card, and choose 'just the right card' for each person.  What was important to me was the message inside.  I didn't really care about the picture or decoration on the outside of the card.  

At the end of 2007, we moved to the coast, to a small town north of the Durban area, and while we loved the more isolated location, I hated the fact that I no longer had access to my little card shop.  There was a near-enough card shop, but it had one, maybe 2 options per celebration: so if I wanted a card for my sister-in-law, they had one option only, maybe 2 if it was for a mother.  I couldn't find anything that said exactly what I wanted to say, and I decided I would have to make my own cards.

I didn't own anything remotely creative to make the cards, but since the most important thing to me was the message inside, my cards didn't really need much creativity.  I spent many hours searching the internet for sites with messages to write inside cards, and found a few fantastic sites.  My favourite is Joanna Fuchs's Poemsource, because her poems have depth and meaning regarding relationships.  I found many other sites too, and I was on my way.

Mid 2009:

My first few cards were simply printed onto light cardstock, with one of my own photographs printed on the outside.  We had a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean from our property, and I took daily photographs of dolphins swimming by.  Those photographs made their way onto the front of my cards.  Soon I wanted to make something with a slightly different feel, and I went in search of goodies to decorate my cards with.  I didn't know of a single store which sold the kinds of things we all use today, so I started with my local stationery store, which also stocked party items, and bought foil confetti, etc.  They also had mix packs of what looked like offcuts of printed paper, and I bought those too.  The first real crafty thing I found, was a strip of peel-off stickers.  I downloaded a few cute images from the internet, and created this card for my brother-in-law.  It has never made its way into public view before, for obvious reasons, but it's the first card I made, that I kept a photograph of, because it didn't have one of my own photographs on.  The thought of sharing it used to make me cringe, but in this card lies the birth of a hobby that today takes up most of my time, that I love, and that I share with all those dear to me.


Remember: It was about the message INSIDE the card!

From then on, I searched every store I went into for goodies I could use to make cards, and slowly the outside of the card became more important to me.  I found a few sticker sets in the back of an odds-and-ends store, and then my sister in UK mentioned that my sister in the USA had a Cricut machine, that could be used to MAKE MY OWN STICKERS!!!  I told my husband that if I had one of those, I would never need to buy stickers again!  Poor guy... What we all know is that you never have enough craft equipment, stash, pretty stuff.  I didn't know that then though.

South Africa isn't the hub of anywhere, and finding anything imported readily available for purchase was tough.  I did eventually find a store that sold Cricut machines, and when I did, we drove out that same day to buy it.  It came with 2 cartridges, and I thought I'd made it into 'Craft Heaven'!  I soon discovered that those 2 cartridges weren't going to be sufficient to make every imaginable sticker, and not only would I still have to buy the odd sticker set 😉, but an obsession with Cricut cartridges had also been born!  

Craft magazines were my next discovery, and the freebies they often came with started me on a creative journey.  I would absorb every picture, technique, idea and word, look up every site, try every card.  

Late 2011:

In 2011 my sister visited from the UK, and gave me a precious gift - a few Magnolia stamps.  I already had a few freebie stamps from craft magazines, but I had no idea what to do with them, so I simply had them stored in a drawer.  She taught me about mounting blocks and ink pads, and I began the next obsession.

This was my first stamped card, and it was coloured with pencil crayons:


The first stamps I actually bought were Lili of the Valley, and the postage and import duties to South Africa made them more than twice as expensive as they should have been, but by then I had imported loads of Cricut cartridges, and even some Jolee's stickers through Amazon.  Crafting was not inexpensive for me!

Mid 2012: 

What probably had the greatest impact on my crafting, was the discovery of a few digital freebies available in one of the crafty magazines: KennyK!!!  I had already downloaded whatever was available in the magazines - mainly toppers and a few odd pictures I hadn't yet used, but KennyK opened up a whole new world to me.  I began searching feverishly for digi stamp shops, which made so much sense to me!  I no longer had to pay import duties and postage from far-off places, and wait months to get my anticipated package.  I could have my image immediately, and at the same price as anyone else!  Was there ever a better creation???  

This was my first KennyK card - using a freebie digi image:


And as you can probably tell, it was coloured with markers - also introduced to me by my sister in the UK - Letraset ProMarkers!  and unfortunately also not available in South Africa - yet another thing to import.  Well, I don't do things halfway, so I slowly built up my supply of markers to the full set, and I've never looked back.  

Now it would be wrong to ignore the paper obsession that had crept in along the way.  Oh my word, do I LOVE PAPER!  You may think you love paper, but I can assure you, you DO NOT have as many paper packs as me!  My husband has teased that the craft suppliers will soon contact me to replenish their stock, instead of the other way around!  Did I mention that I really love paper???

In June 2012, myself and 3 sisters, across 3 countries, began a Sisterhood Card Challenge.  We took turns choosing a theme for the week and on the due date we'd all sit at our computers and email our pics and info to each other, and chat and comment on each other's cards.

In 2013 I started my Pinterest page, purely out of a sense of integrity - I had gained so much inspiration from other creations online, that I thought I needed to share my own cards online for others to gain inspiration too.  It felt a little strange.  I'm sure any card maker can identify with this: every card you make has a bit of your soul in it.  It's not just time and money that goes into producing a card, it's thought, creativity and consideration of the recipient.  It's a piece of me.  Every time someone 'pinned' or 'saved' one of my cards, I felt a little mixture of pride and invasion at the same time.  It's ok, I'm over that now!

In 2014, I added my first card to this blog.  I had created the blog in 2008, but honestly couldn't think of any reason anyone would ever visit it, so I couldn't imagine what I would post on it.  Actually, I felt blogs were a little self-indulgent until that point, (maybe I still do - a little), but as it says in my profile, my sisters Amanda and Patsy were rather insistent, so I went ahead and began adding my creations to my blog.  

In 2015 we left South Africa, and moved to Australia, and suddenly I had access to things I'd struggled to find for years!  I am truly in heaven!  I have a craft shop I can order just about everything from, and I can buy my ProMarkers straight off the shelf at the art store!

In late November 2016, I entered my first online card challenge, at The Paper Shelter.  There are 3 things I love about entering online challenges: The inspiration gained by looking over Design Team and entrant creations, the themes and the deadlines!  If my family members had to describe me in one word, they'd probably all choose 'organised'!  I love knowing what I'm working towards, and when it's due.  Since participating in challenges, my stock of cards has grown dramatically, and along the way I get to pretend that I'm working towards something, when all I'm actually doing is having fun, doing what I have come to love doing.

I have never considered myself as creative.  I love doing all sorts of creative things - cooking, baking, knitting, painting, etc.  But I've always felt that the most important skill in each, is reading - if you can read a recipe, you can cook, right?  If you can read a pattern, you can knit.  But I think carding has given me a sense of creative accomplishment.  I feel creative.  And there's nothing like the reaction of someone opening one of your cards, and loving it - especially another carder - someone who knows what went into it: your time, and especially, your soul.  

My 2 daughters still live at home, and I love getting their thoughts on my work-in-progress.  Sometimes you're doubting a little something in the design, and just need that little 'mmm...', to let you know (depending on the tone) that you're on the right track, or that you need to make changes.  My husband doesn't have too much to say, other than an occasional, "Don't give that away," which in girl speak is: "Oh wow!  That's stunning!  Too good to give away!" Could there be a greater compliment?  And of course there's the teeny fact that I haven't worked (for a salary) since the day we got married, but have the best stocked craft room I've ever seen!  Could there be greater support for my hobby?

So as I look around my craft room today, I have the important equipment: computer; original treasured Cricut, awesome Cameo, new Cricut Explore Air (which is fantastic with the online software, but what if my internet is down😳), and eBosser.  And then the boxes: flowers, stamps, punches, embossing folders, dies, lace, ribbons, brads, eyelets, buttons (I love buttons!), ink and paints, pearls, gems, washi tape, charms, embellishments, Cricut cartridges, paper, paper, paper (did I mention I love paper?)  Patsy and Amanda, you created this monster!

That's been my carding journey - talk about self-indulgent!  If you've stayed this long, thanks for joining me!

It wouldn't be right to have typed out this LONG post, without a list of great links, so pop on over to a few of the places I love to go:

KennyK Stamps - where digital dreams are born
The Paper Shelter shop
Lili of the Valley - who now sell digi stamps!

Fantastic online craft shopping in Australia: Craft Online

and a few great challenges to enter:

Club KennyK Facebook challenge (join the group on Facebook) 

Monday, April 10, 2017

SWEET ANGELICA


This sweet little image is a Sylvia Zet Wee Stamps digi, called Angelica, and I have coloured it with ProMarkers.  I have embossed a plain white sheet with a snowflake embossing folder, by Creative Expressions, and then inked it.  You can't see much of them, but there are two papers from the First Edition Christmas Promise pack, beneath the cheesecloth.  I have added a strip of KaiserCraft lace and a strip of Simplicity pompom balls.  The flowers are 49 and Market, and Magnolia.  The top corner die is by Poppy Crafts, and the image and message frames are Sizzix Framelits dies.  The message is an Apple Blossom stamp.  I have added a few pompoms to the image and message tag, as snowballs.







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

I ♥︎ ProMarkers Challenge #332: Embossing
Winter Wonderland: Christmas Animals or Birds
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #85: Dies and/or punches
Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday Challenge #183: Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #245: Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #4 April: Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 26: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #365: Anything Goes (Optional: Easter - which I haven't used)

The rest of my cards can be viewed on my Pinterest page