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Saturday, 30 January 2016

Happy February Sale

There is a celebration going on over at Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store - a Happy February Sale.
If you use the code "FEB20" you will get an amazing 20% off all your digital stamp purchases.

This offer ends on 7 February 2016.

Please note:  this offer is for digital stamps ONLY and not original artwork.

Hurry on over to the Etsy Store and grab some bargains.
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Happy Birthday

Here is a birthday card I have made using a Conie Fong image.  Her images used to be sold at Sweet Pea Stamps and that is where I first grew to love her images.  Sadly Sweet Pea Stamps closed but Conie is shortly going to be opening her own Etsy Store so her images will be for sale again very shortly.

For my card I used this little girl image and coloured in with my Spectrum Noir pens and chalked the background.

The backing papers are from my First Edition Love Letters paper pad.

I have finished the card off with a doily, lace, die-cut flowers, stamped sentiment, ribbon, button and some pearls.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Graph'it - Lace and pearls
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Show me the pink with ribbon or trim
A Gem of a Challenge - In the pink
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - In bloom
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Spectrum Noir Challenge - Anything goes (using my Spectrum Noir pens I got for Christmas)
Conie Fong's Facebook Group Challenge - Anything goes
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Penny's Paper Challenge - Celebrations
Create and Inspire - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

REMINDER - Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog - Current Challenge

Just a reminder that you have a week left to enter the current Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge of "to use a tag on your card/project".

This was the project that I made:
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Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps

Here is a weekly reminder to tell you that Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps are available from her Etsy Store.  You will see a wonderful array of beautiful images for all occasions and there will be more added on a weekly basis so remember to go and have a look.

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store can be found HERE.
There is an Inspiration and Monthly Challenge Blog.  Here you will find a challenge topic for each month.  
There will be a Monthly Blog Challenge Winner who will get to pick two digital images as their prize from the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store.  This winner will be picked by Random.org.
There is also a Monthly "Artist's Choice Award" and this means that anyone that has entered the Monthly Blog Challenge using an image from Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Etsy Store will be in with a chance of winning 5 digital images of their choice award.  This winner will be picked by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

The Monthly Blog Challenge Topic for January 2016 is "Use something new".
We now have a Guest Designer each month.  If you would like to be a Guest Designer please put “GDT” after your name.  You will be contacted ASAP if you are successful.  If you don’t get in the first time make sure you keep trying!!

Daily you will also find inspiration for Weeks 1, 2 and 3 from the Design Team members Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself.
For Weeks 4 each day there will be a card/creation showcased that a crafter has entered into the monthly blog challenge or shared on the Facebook Group or entered into the monthly Facebook Challenge.
If you would like to have a look at these images made into cards why don't you join the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Facebook Group.  This Group can be found HERE.

Here you will also find details of the monthly challenge they have. Anyone can also post cards/creations on here that they have made from Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps and you will see creations made by the Monthly Challenge Blog Design Team (Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Bonnie, Ann-Marie, Laura and, Samantha).
Ching-Chou Kuik is now a proud sponsor over at the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group.

Why not pop on over and take a look.
Over at Kit and Clowder you will find details of various on-line classes that you can buy and participate in. Ching-Chou Kuik is one of the sponsors. At the moment the various classes are as follows:

Alcohol Markers - Skin and Hair Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - Clothing Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - Lightsource Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - All About Animals Class
Alcohol Markers - Creative Confidence Class
Alcohol Markers - Whimsical Class
Watercolours - Distress Ink Class

If you want to find out a bit more about colouring techniques pop on over to Kit and Clowder and have a look.
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Thinking of You Cards

Sadly there are times when we all need Thinking of You/With Sympathy cards.  For my cards I have used for the last few years some images by Rebecca Sinz that were available at Sweet Pea Stamps.  Unfortunately Sweet Pea Stamps has closed but I have found that the images are still available to purchase from ElvenstarArt Tube Shop.
 For the first card I have used the image called "Despair"
For the second image I have used the image called "Hope".

Both images have been coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens.

Personally I don't find it respectful going for lots of embellishments on sympathy/thinking of you cards so both cards have been finished off with some lace, pearls and some ribbon.

I am entering these cards into the following challenges: 

Creative Inspirations - Anything goes and option of a sketch
Crafting for all Seasons - Ribbons and pearls
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/elegance
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Graph'it - Lace and pearls
Sweet Stampin - Vintage/shabby chic
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Ribbon or lace
Get Creative - Fantasy or mythological
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes
  
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps - New Releases and Sale

Today sees the arrival in the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store of some new images:
Here is a new set of 4 images with the theme of "Circle Kimono Lady Images" images.  In the set you will get "The Seahorse", "The Moth", "The Dragonfly" and "The Koi".  They are available in the Etsy Store for c$12.30 depending on currency rate.

SALE

You can also get 20% off all digital stamps in the store by the end of 28 January 2016.

Use the coupon code "JAN20" to get your 20% off a minimum spend of $10.

Please note:  this offer only apply to digital stamps and not original artwork.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Monthly Challenge Blog - Kym's Inspiration Post - Friday 22 January 2016

It is time for me to show you my inspiration post for the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Inspiration and Challenge Blog.  This week the Design Team have been given the theme of "anything goes" so that is a nice easy one.
For my birthday card I have used the Ching-Chou Kuik image called "Green Moth Maiden".  I have coloured the image in with my Promarkers and kept to the colour theme of purple and teal blue.

The backing papers were all from my stash.

I have finished the cards off with some die-cut flowers, Nuvo crystal drops for the centres of flowers, Craftwork Cards sentiment and some die-cut butterflies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges: 

Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Pile it on
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of thank you
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Use die-cuts
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of create a stylish and elegant card
Come and Get It - Embossing
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything goes with a twist to make it girly
Passion for Promarkers - Flower power
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of "let it snow"
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/elegance
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Julia Spiri - Anything goes/pocket letters
Moving Along with the Times - Embossing (wet or dry)
The Stamping Boutique - Use die-cuts/punches
QKR Stampede - I'm feeling blue
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog - 21 January 2016 - Add a tag to your card/project

It is time for another challenge over at the Jade's Sparkling Butterflies Challenge Blog.  This fortnight the topic is "to use a tag on your card/project".
This month we are lucky to be sponsored by "The Stamping Boutique".
One thing I said I was going to do more in 2016 is to do more mixed media creations.  I have done quite a lot but there are more things I would like to try.

For my project I have used The Stamping Boutique imaged called "Guitar Digital Stamp".  I have coloured the image in with Promarkers, chalked the background, added my gold Graph'it sparkle pen to the centre of the flowers and distressed around the edge with Tim Holtz's Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade distress inks.

I have used a piece of corrugated card and painted over with white gesso.  Once that was dry I swiped all around the edge of the card with alternating swipes of Tim Holtz's Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade distress inks.

The backing papers I have used are from Summertime Designs.

One item for this project that took a while to make was my Susan Tierney sunflower.  I watched the U-tube video and got some further ideas how to do the layers.  I didn't have an orange Pan Pastel so I used the gold Pan Pastel and then on top a normal orange chalk for the centre of the sunflower petals.  The middle of the sunflower was hard with all those tiny pieces needing gluing and sticking in place - definitely a labour of love.  I've finished the flower off with some of the die-cut leaves and added dark brown chalk to the centre of the sunflower.

I have finished this project off with two tags from a "Love Letters" paper pad, ribbon, Craftwork Cards die-cut sentiment and some buttons.

I am entering this project into the following challenges: 

Crafting with Friends - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Pile it on
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Ribbon or lace (I have used ribbon)
Craft Your Passion - Always anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/twist of thank you
Love to Create - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Lots of layers
Simply Papercraft - Anything goes
CCC Digi Creations - Use die-cuts (lots and lots and lots of die-cut pieces to make the sunflower!!!
My Time to Craft - Tag it!
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist of create a stylish and elegant card
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Always anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Flower power
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Fab n Funky - Buttons or bows or both (I have used buttons)
Creative Moments - Anything goes with the optional twist of "let it snow"
Crafty Addicts - Anything goes/elegance
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Use something new (my new sunflower dies)
Inspiration Destination - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Fabulous flowers
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps

Here is a weekly reminder to tell you that Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps are available from her Etsy Store.  You will see a wonderful array of beautiful images for all occasions and there will be more added on a weekly basis so remember to go and have a look.

Ching-Chou Kuik's Etsy Store can be found HERE.
There is an Inspiration and Monthly Challenge Blog.  Here you will find a challenge topic for each month.  
There will be a Monthly Blog Challenge Winner who will get to pick two digital images as their prize from the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Etsy Store.  This winner will be picked by Random.org.
There is also a Monthly "Artist's Choice Award" and this means that anyone that has entered the Monthly Blog Challenge using an image from Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Etsy Store will be in with a chance of winning 5 digital images of their choice award.  This winner will be picked by Ching-Chou Kuik herself.

The Monthly Blog Challenge Topic for January 2016 is "Use something new".
We now have a Guest Designer each month.  If you would like to be a Guest Designer please put “GDT” after your name.  You will be contacted ASAP if you are successful.  If you don’t get in the first time make sure you keep trying!!

Daily you will also find inspiration for Weeks 1, 2 and 3 from the Design Team members Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself.
For Weeks 4 each day there will be a card/creation showcased that a crafter has entered into the monthly blog challenge or shared on the Facebook Group or entered into the monthly Facebook Challenge.
If you would like to have a look at these images made into cards why don't you join the Ching-Chou Kuik's Digital Stamps Facebook Group.  This Group can be found HERE.

Here you will also find details of the monthly challenge they have. Anyone can also post cards/creations on here that they have made from Ching-Chou Kuik's digital stamps and you will see creations made by the Monthly Challenge Blog Design Team (Aurora, Dianne, Linda, Lozzy, Sylvia, Vannessa and myself) and the Facebook Design team (Bonnie, Ann-Marie, Laura and, Samantha).
Ching-Chou Kuik is now a proud sponsor over at the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook Group.

Why not pop on over and take a look.
Over at Kit and Clowder you will find details of various on-line classes that you can buy and participate in. Ching-Chou Kuik is one of the sponsors. At the moment the various classes are as follows:

Alcohol Markers - Skin and Hair Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - Clothing Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - Lightsource Technique Class
Alcohol Markers - All About Animals Class
Alcohol Markers - Creative Confidence Class
Alcohol Markers - Whimsical Class
Watercolours - Distress Ink Class

If you want to find out a bit more about colouring techniques pop on over to Kit and Clowder and have a look.
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