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Friday, 19 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 19 August 2016

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "LET'S GO NEUTRAL" ie white, cream, browns or greys.

This week the Design Team have the topic of "anything goes".
 As you can see I have made a Pocket Letter.  I love making these.

I have used the images called "Petals of Rainbow", "Enter the Woods", "Hello Magnolia" and "Come Softly".  I have coloured the images in with Promarkers and inked around the edges with Tim Holtz's Victorian Velvet distress ink.

I have used various stamps for the remaining pocket letter fronts.

The two butterflies in the front are metal butterflies which I have coloured with alcohol inks and once dry I rubbed over some Stickles glitter glue.

The two butterflies at the bottom are made of acetate.  I have coloured the acetate with the same alcohol inks as the metal butterflies, then I have cut the butterflies out, added some Stickles glitter glue and adhered to the front of the pocket letter for something different.
 Here are the envelopes on the back.  They include ribbon, confetti, pearls, a rubber stamp, gems, fabric butterflies, die-cuts, sequins and the all important letter.

I am this Pocket Letter into the following challenges: 

Whoopsi Daisy - Pink and girly
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Animal kingdom (butterflies)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
The Pencil Case - Anything goes
Allsorts - Butterflies
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Love to Create - Anything creative/mixed media goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
World Wide  Open Design Team Challenge - Anything goes
Love to Scrap! - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Anything but a card
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/use die-cuts
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Things with wings (butterflies)
In the Pink - Make it sparkle (use of Stickles glitter glue on the butterflies)
Cardz for Galz - Butterflies and dragonflies (I have used butterflies)
Crafty Catz - Anything goes with the optional twist of birthdays
Graph'it - Anything goes
Art by Miran - Anything goes
Morgan's Artworld - Anything but a card

Monday, 15 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store - New Releases and Special Offer

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 The image is called "Dream of Dhalia" and is available for $3 at a special introductory offer instead of $4.  This offer ends on 20 August 2016.  

There is also a SPECIAL DISCOUNT going on in the Etsy Store.  

If you use the code August21 you can get an amazing 21% of all the digital stamps in the store.  

Hurry along to the Etsy Store as this offer ends on 20 August 2016.

PLEASE NOTE:  this discount DOES NOT cover original artwork. 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Happy 24th Birthday to our Son

 This day 24 years ago I gave birth to our eldest son.  It's amazing to think he is now 24  and has been left home 4 years.

Our son is always concerned about his appearance, especially his hair, so I thought this character was a fun image to make a card for him because as time moves on the wrinkles will start to appear!!

I bought this image in an 8x8 card kit by Gillian Hutchinson at CraftsUPrint.  The kit is called "Another Year, another wrinkle".
I cut out all the various items from the kit.  I used various paw and bone stamps to make a background and coloured the bones in with various Promarkers.

When layering together the main topper I thought the dog would benefit from a wobbly head so I folded a piece of acetate into a "M" shape and stuck the last two layers onto the head on the main topper.
Hopefully you can see from this photograph you can see the dog's head at a different angle.  If you gently shake his head he is all wobbles and wrinkles!!

I have finished the card off with some black ribbon, cream ribbon and then I got three plain wooden embellishments, wrote on the letters "S, O and N" onto them and triple embossed  to give a bit of sparkle.

I'm not sure what my son will think about this card but he does have a good sense of humour!!

Happy birthday to our very special son Kevin.  We are so proud of you.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
CRAFT Challenge - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Animal kingdom
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of circles (circles - tennis ball and pieces of wood used for sentiment)
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the option of emboss it (triple embossing on the wooden sentiments pieces)
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes

Friday, 12 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 12 August 2016

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "LET'S GO NEUTRAL".
 For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Rainbow in Eyes" and I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and highlighted areas with my white Posca pen.

The backing papers I have used are from my stash.

I have finished the card off with a doily coloured with a pink Pan Pastel, satin ribbon, ruched ribbon, stamped sentiment, punched flowers and Nuvo pearl drops.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Craft - August anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a digi or stamp
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything goes
Whoopsi Daisy - Pink and girly
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes wit the option of sea/beach
Love to Scrap - Take two (I have used two different ribbons
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of circles
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the option of emboss it
In the Pink - Anything goes with pink - Happy 4th birthday to all those involved with the In the Pink Challenge Blog
The Pencil Case - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Hip to be square
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Birthday
CRAFT Challenge - Anything goes
Not Just Cards Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store - New Releases

 Today sees the arrival of two new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 The set of two new images are another in the collection called "Halloween Girl with Skeleton Images" and are available in the Etsy Store.  

The images are called "Pick a Pumpkin" and "Not Just a Pumpkin".  

Friday, 5 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 5 August 2016

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "LET'S GO NEUTRAL" ie white, cream, browns or greys.

Here is my inspiration post with this theme.
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Purple Woods" (this comes in a set with three gorgeous other images).  I printed the image off onto some kraft card and coloured in with tones of brown Promarkers.

The backing papers are from my stash.

I have finished the card off with some animal print ribbon, stamped ticket sentiment, gem, Prima butterfly, frayed hessian, leafy style stamped decoration by Stamps by Chloe (heat embossed onto acetate and glitter added afterwards) and some die-cut flowers made out of parcel wrapping paper finished off with some gorgeous brads from a friend.

 I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Love to Craft - August anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
Crafts and Me - Anything goes
Delicious Doodles - All creatures great and small
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a digi or stamp
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes wit the option of sea/beach
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Unicorn Challenge - Animal kingdom
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - My favourite things (flowers, ribbon, using Ching-Chou Kuik images and colouring with Promarkers)
Tuesday Throwdown - Tic-tac-toe (I have used the diagonal line of flower, marker (Promarkers) and ribbon or twine)
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simon Says - Fabulous florals
Crafty Gals Corner - Birthdays/celebrations
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of circles
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes with the option of emboss it
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
The Crafter's Cafe - Flowers
Cards 4 Galz - Monochrome
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Star in my Pocket - Add a sentiment
Art by Miran - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Things with wings (butterfly and cat)
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Graph'it - Anything goes

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store - New Releases

 Today sees the arrival of two new images in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 The set of two new images called "Halloween Girl with Skeleton Images" are available in the Etsy Store.  

The images are called "Halloween Dusk" and "Halloween Trio".  

Monday, 1 August 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Challenge - August 2016 - The Four Seasons

 It is time for another challenge over at the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

The challenge for August 2016 is "THE FOUR SEASONS",

Even though I am in the Blog Design Team I have decided to play along as well.

My choice was Winter and I decided to make a Christmas card.
 For my Christmas card I have used one of my all time favourite Ching-Chou Kuik's image "Holly Fairy" (Holly Fairy comes in a set of 4 images - the other images are Cherish Christmas, Poinsettia Fairy and Merry Season) and I have coloured her with Promarkers and added Glossy Accents to the holly berries for some dimension.  I have inked around the edge of the image with Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint distress ink.

The backing papers are from various Debbi Moore CDs.

bright and cheerful summery card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Blue Sea Illusion".

I have finished the card off with scrunched ribbon, sentiment from my Christmas Creative Crafting World CD, die-cut holly with chalk ink added to the edges and some red mirri card candi,

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Christmas in July
Digi Choosday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Simon Says - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Just for fun
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Anything goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
Graph'it - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July
The Pencil Case - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas - Anything goes as long as it is Christmas
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Love to Craft - August anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Use a digi or stamp
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper August Challenge - Anything goes
Noor Design UK - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New Release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
 The image is called "Radiant Soul" and is available at a special introductory price of $2.80 instead of $4.  

This offer ends on 31 July 2016.  

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store - New Release

 Today sees the arrival of a new image in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store:
  The image is called "Breaking Dawn" and is available at a special introductory price of $3.00 instead of $4.  

This offer ends on 30 July 2016.  

Friday, 22 July 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 22 July 2016

 
Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR".

The week the Design Team have been given the topic of "anything goes".

I have still used "my favourite colour" purple for my card.
For my card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Orchid in Spring".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, highlighted areas with my gold Graph'it pen and chalked the background.

The backing papers I have used are designed by my friend Lozzy.  The set I have used is called "Lilac Delight"'

I have finished the card off with a doily, satin ribbon, stamped sentiment and Nuvo purple pearl dots.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
My Crafting Stories - Birthday
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
The Pencil Case - Yellow/anything goes
The Ribbon Girl - July any image challenge
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of colour challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Just for fun
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Favourite embellishments (I have a number of favourite embellishments but here are some, ribbon and Nuvo pearl drops)
Passion for Promarkers - Summer flowers
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Ribbon/s
Creative Moments - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/friends
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Craft Rocket - Spots and/or stripes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes and sentiment
Graph'it Challenge - Anything goes
Art by Miran - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A VERY Special day for my Husband and I Today

Today is a VERY special day for my husband and I.
 For those of you that are old enough, what were you doing 25 years ago today?
 25 years ago was the day we became husband and wife.  It hasn't been an easy time as most of our 25 years, apart from a few years, I have been ill but we have "weathered the storm" and today we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.
Here is a picture of us all dressed up for a "black tie night" on our first cruise last September.  We paid for a photograph to be taken with the Captain as I bought a posh dress.
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Well onto my card for today.  I Love making easel cards but hate having to get on the floor to try and get a photograph!!  I have used a card kit that I purchased from Crafts U Print.  The kit was by Sandie Burchell but I can't seem to find it.  It included everything to make the card as is but obviously I took it further using my own white card and mirri card.
I have finished the card off with a Glossy Accents on the glasses of champagne, ribbon bow, heart button, flowers (these were die-cut from some gorgeous tissue paper from Hobbycraft, scrunched, held together with a brad and finally Stickles glitter glue rubbed over them for some sparkle and shine), Sue Wilson die-cut greenery (Pine Twig - CED3054) and Nuvo silver pearl drops.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Ooh La La Creations - Add some texture (ribbon and Nuvo pearl drops)
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Just for fun
Get Creative - Celebration
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with the optional twist of colour challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Favourite embellishments (Ribbon, Nuvo pearl drops and a button)
Digi Choosday - Flowers
Creative Moments - Anything goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/friends
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Gruffies and Guest Challenge Blog - July 2016 - Anything goes or the option of "Summer"

Today it is time for me to show you another card for the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.

 The topic for April 2016 is "anything goes with the option of "Summer".

As mentioned before there will be no sponsors for the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog in 2016.  Instead members of the Design Team will be offering prizes.

This month it is the turn of Vickie to sponsor the challenge.  She is offering the winner 3 Paper Studio embossing folders.  Now who wouldn't want to win that?

Today is a sad day for me as it is my last post as a member of the Gruffies and Guests Design Team.  It has been a wonderful Design Team to be part of since January 2014.  I wish you all the very best with the Design Team.  I will never forget my love of House Mouse, Gruffies and Happy Hoppers!!
Here is a card I have made for a male. I have use some of my Joanna Sheen decoupage and used this gorgeous boot image and decoupaged it up.

The backing papers I have used are from my stash.

I have finished the card off with some natural twine, flowers die-cut from brown parcel paper for a rustic feel and also to be suitable for a male, Nuvo pearls drops for some bling/shine for the centre of the flowers and a stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper July Challenge - Anything goes
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
My Crafting Stories - Birthday
Crafty Calendar - Punches and/or dies
Paper Creator - Just for men
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Add a sentiment
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Add some bling (Nuvo pearl drops for me)
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
Crafting with Friends - Always anything goes
Simply Papercrafts - Always anything goes
House Mouse and Friends - Female birthday/anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Inspiration Post - Friday 15 July 2016

 Here is my weekly inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog. 

The week the Design Team have been given the topic of "make your own background".

Before I do I'd like to remind you that our challenge this month is "YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR".
 I decided to make a mixed media canvas.  I used my very unloved Lyra Watercolour crayons to colour the canvas in various shades of blue to representa a watery background and left to dry overnight.  I then used a dotty mask and some Dutch Doobadoo texture paste which I mixed in some Cosmic Shimmer Aqua Lagoon Pixie Powder to make a light blue paste.  I then left this overnight to dry and then used a Crafter's Companion Textures Stamp and Tim Holtz's Chipped Sapphire distress ink and stamped around the canvas.
Here is a close-up of an area that has the background coloured, the texture paste and then the stamped details.

The image that I have used is Ching-Chou Kuik's "Lilies Commitment" and I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and highlighted areas with my Wink of Stella clear pen and then cut around the image.

The canvas has then been finished off with some cheesecloth, mesh, real shells, die-cut shells/seahorses/greenery, stamped sentiment, pearls and ribbon.

 I am entering this mixed media project into the following challenges: 

Crafty Calendar - Punches and/or dies
Delicious Doodles - Beside the Sea
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Creative Ladybirds - Anything goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything goes mixed media
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything goes
Little Claire's Challenge - Anything goes
The Pencil Case - Whatever/anything goes
Come and Get It - Make your own background
Robyn's Fetish - Anything with water
The Corrosive Challenge - Nature/animals
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Not Just Cards - Colour scheme 
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
A Snowflake's Promise - Summertime (when I think of summer I think of things to do with the seabeach)
Passion for Promarkers - Summer days (when I think of summer I think of things to do with the sea/beach)
Digi Choosday - For the girls
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything goes
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
As You Like It - Your trademark style and why (I love making CAS cards/projects for those that have to be posted but for those that are hand-delivered or people appreciate the work involved in cardmaking/project making I really prefer/love making more fussy and fancy cards/projects.  Yes they can take a long time to plan/execute but they are so worth it)
Cute Card Thursday - Embossing (all the die-cuts I have used have been embossed)
Aud Sentiments - For a girl and sentiment
QKR Stampede - By the seaside
Crafty Catz - Add some bling (pearls for me)
Polkadoodles - Summer  (when I think of summer I think of things to do with the sea/beach)
Crafting with Friends - Always anything goes
The East Wind - Photo inspiration
Simply Papercrafts - Always anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
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