Wednesday, 28 January 2015

It's still Christmas at Fab n Funky!

Well Christmas is well and truly over now.....unless you are a crafter that is - in which case there's no time like the present to get started on your batch of hand made cards for Christmas 2015!

With this in mind - the challenge over at Fab n Funky this week is - you guessed it  - Christmas!

Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bears and I was lucky enough to receive this lovely digital bear to play with....which you can find right  here.

I've kept my card very CAS this time around and I have coloured the bear without shading as I thought he looked nicer that way!

I did print his head twice just to add a bit of dimension.....I'm not sure if you can really see this on the picture though!

I hope you will join in with usover at Fab n Funky this week.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Alfs shed

I am quite a fan of the 'Alf' character from Digistamp Boutique - he has a very friendly face and I think you could relate him to a lot of dads out there.

This image worked particularly well for me as I have a family member who loves  to potter around in the garden and of course in his shed too!

I opted for an easel card and used some nice grungy paper that I found in my scrapbooking stash.


I then went to town with my pro marker to try and achieve a woody effect……looks like my shed has recently been painted with Cuprinol doesn't it? - lol!!!

Of course with the stable door and the awning, this image was just begging to be decoupraged, so that it would look like Alf was actually inside the shed - so that's just what I did.

I created the cloudy background with a stencil and some pan pastels which was really fun to do and something I will definitely be doing again in future.

Finally I couldn't leave out a lovely picket fence which I die cut and added just a hint of colour with the pan pastels once again.

So on to the challenges that I  would like to enter:

http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-45-anything-goes.html
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-252-hobbies.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-296-anything-goes-option-of.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/a-new-year-and-new-challenge-anything.html
http://buckwellscraftychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/buckwells-crafty-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-89.html
http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/masculine.html
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-136-birthday-card-for-boy.html

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Some 'Fab' news


Finally, I can let the cat out of the bag and announce that I am delighted to be joining the Fab and Funky Blog Design Team.

This is a really fun challenge that I participated in regularly as a blogger and so you can imagine how pleased I was to be invited to join. The hard bit has been keeping it under my hat as I was lucky enough to receive the invite last month, just as the Crafty Fairies blog was coming to a close.

So I guess it's true when the say 'as one door closes, another door opens'.

I'm really looking forward to joining in with the fun this year, and the first challenge of 2015 starts today. The theme is 'Something New' and our sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps.

You can find the blog right here so it would be lovely if you popped along to look at all the lovely cards and join in with the challenge.

Meanwhile, my card is made using a very cute Di's Digi Stamp and some lovely papers from Bearly Mine's floral range (sadly these are no longer available as the shop has now been closed due to the new VAT laws on digi's).

I hope you like my card, and look forward to seeing you over at Fab and Funky!

Sharon x

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Something New

Well it's my first post for 2015 and, as usual at this time of year, everyone is thinking about new beginnings etc, so I thought I would post up a New Baby card.

I love to make these kind of cards, but don't often get the opportunity, so this lovely SWALK image had it's first outing when I stamped this card, even though I had bought it years ago!

As you can see from the close up image, I stamped and paper pieced the mother's dress and them coloured the rest of the card to coordinate with the backing papers that I had chosen.
I kept the card very simple to focus on the image and managed to part with the very last of my dummy charms…something which I had picked up years ago and never seen again!

I enjoyed using this colour combination as it was a little different from the usual pastel pinks, blues and yellows, and could be for either a boy or a girl I think.

There are lots of lovely challenges to enter this week so here they are:

http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-70-new-beginning.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ch63-4th-anniversary-anything-goes.html
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-250-anything-goes.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/a-new-year-and-new-challenge-anything.html
http://abc-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/a-is-for-anything-goes.html
http://buckwellscraftychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/buckwells-crafty-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-354-anything-goes.html
http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/week-1-shiny-and-new-graphit-colouring.html
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/were-back-january-anything-goes.html
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/happy-new-year-1st-chall-theme-of.html
http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/challenge-273-all-things-new.html

A happy new year to everyone reading this post, and thank you for stopping by today.

Sharon x

Monday, 29 December 2014

Bebunni Christmas Megapage




I love the cute Bebunni images and really wanted to use one to make a card for one of my baby nephews, but of course, I eventually ran out of time for stamping and colouring, so instead I opted for some of the beautiful megapage on the CD ROM.

This card is a fabulous 8x8 size so, you can see the the decoupage is indeed quite sizeable, but the joy in the is that it is really simple to cut out.

This example has about 6 layers so it makes for something quite spectacular in real life.

I have k pet the layout really simple here and die cut some snowflake ornaments for a little bit of embellishment.

This is what I like to call a 'happy' card, because that image really makes me smile!

I have a few challenges to enter today and here they are:

http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-93-christmas-is-all-around.html
http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/christmas-card-challenge-4-anything-goes.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-87.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ch63-4th-anniversary-anything-goes.html

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

A very Victorian Christmas


Well Christmas Eve is hereat last (much to my son's relief!) and for me it's a lovely lazy day as I have a day off work.

I thought I would post something very traditional today in the for of a beautiful Thomas Kinkade scne which I have decoupaged.

I have kept the card very simple as the main image is so detailed so it doesn't really need anything else.

The decoupage itself was a bit of a labour of love as it is very detailed and quite fiddly, but the final result is so worth it!

I think this will be my final card before Christmas so I am going to enter this one in to the following challenges:

http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-147-icy-winter-days.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/christmas-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-294-christmas-new-year.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-93-christmas-is-all-around.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-208.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ch63-4th-anniversary-anything-goes.html

It just remains for me to wish all of my visitors a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sharon x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Walking in a winter wonderland


Hi all. Well it's Sunday evening and it's been a very busy weekend, Christmas wise. I am really chuffed that I had a 'wrapathon' yesterday afternoon and now have all of my presents wrapped up and bagged up  :-)

I have also gotten a bit domestic, done a tonne of housework and managed to bake gingerbread cookies with my son.

Last night I was out with friends until the small hours as we said good bye to one of our friends who is moving to Australia in the New Year.

And this morning, I managed to get two big Christmas cards finished for the babies in my family.

The bad news is, that I still have a few family cards to make…..as in not even started……and I am starting to feel like there won't be enough hours in the day.

I guess the thing is, no matter how organised you try to be, Christmas always come down to a bit of last minute panic - otherwise it just wouldn't be Christmas would it?!!

So here is one card that I DID manage to finish. It's very CAS and I made it using a selection of my Cardio stamps.

There's not too much to say about this one really, other than, I hope you like it, and here are some challenges that I would like to enter.

http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-146-create-scene.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ch63-4th-anniversary-anything-goes.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/christmas-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-294-christmas-new-year.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-93-christmas-is-all-around.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-208.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/challenge-87.html
http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/december-challenge-winter-wonderland.html

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x