Wednesday, 17 September 2014

And this card is for……….???


Well it's for Jack of course!

Now this card may not look particularly special but it represents a bit of land mark for me as it involved me going in to Serif and actually manipulating things rather than just importing images, or papers and sizing them, ready for cutting out / colouring.

For this card I created the frame and digitally layered the papers, embedded the image (plus a bit of decoupage as well of course) and personalised the ballon with the name. Not only that but, the shadow that you can see is a digital trick too. Not bad for a technophobe!

I have to say that, by the time I had it all figured out, I probably would have been able to do it quicker the old fashioned way……cutting and colouring! But the good news is that I saved all the elements so, if I happen to come across another two year old Jack (and that's not so far fetched as I had two of them this year!) I will be able to whip up a personalised card in a jiffy!

So, although not my most impressive card, I thought the effort involved made it worthy of entering in to a few challenges, so here they are:

http://withoutwordschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/september-its-celebration.html
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-229-show-us-number.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-26.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-338-too-cute.html
http://acreativeromance.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/anything-goes.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-74.html

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be back again soon with something a bit more inky!

Sharon x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Party Paws Decoupage





There's nothing like a cute little bear to lift your spirits and this one is no exception. He is Party Paws from Crafters Companion and, just for a change I have made use of some of the lovely decoupage from the CD to build up this lovely image.

Every time I do some preprinted decoupage I always think to myself that I must come back to it more often….it si such a satisfying and relaxing way to spend and evening.

Challenge wise, I am never sure if a challenge is for stamping only, (as most of the DTs I have been on are all about stamping), bit I think the challenges below fir the bill for this cute little chap…..and I certainly don't want to leave him hiding in my draft posts forever!!!

http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/nutcrafter-challenge-76.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-338-too-cute.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-73.html
http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/add-ribbons-card-challenge.html

Thanks for stopping by today….not long until the weekend now!


Sharon x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Away with the fairies



I thought I would pop another card on my blog today, and I came across this lovely image from Sugar Nellie, which is the central focus of a card I made a little while ago. She had obviously hidden under that mushroom as I had forgotten tat I had made this card….although I do now remember what a fine time I had colouring it all in with my Copics!

This is a very frugal card as it was made up entirely of leftovers…….the backing paper was part of a sheet printed  from one on my Flower Fairy CDs (how appropriate), the image was stamped on to an odd square of leftover neenah card, the border….also left over from a Crafters Companion CD, and of course a little scrap of ribbon which, contrary to appearances, does not go all the way down the back of the image panel!

So a very CAS card…but sometimes those are the best don't you think?

Here are some challenges that I would like to enter today….


Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A bit of bling is the thing

Hi there everyone and welcome to the latest Crafty Little Fairies challenge for which we have a theme of 'sparkles and bling'. Now I am more of what you would call a subtle bling person…..I love a bit of glitter (OK quite a lot of glitter!) ad some pearls and gem, but I am not an all out 'blinger'! So for my card I have just added a little bit of glitter for a touch of sparkle. This was very east to do as I just doodled somwswirls with a glue pen and then sprinkled away….hopefully they look OK.

My image of choice for this card was a beautiful Rachelle Ann Miller stamp from Crafters Companion and I had to say I just loved colouring it in as it fulfilled two of my colouring obsessions -a cute little animal and the never ending challenge of hair. When I start on hair, I am never sure how it is going to turn out, but I think I did OK this time.

The cuddly toy was also fun to colour as I could play around with my blender pen to get a bit of a furry texture going on.

Finally, isn't the backing paper gorgeous? It was a freebie from a magazine and was designed by a lady called Jennifer Ellory. I am not sure if you can actually buy papers designed by her….if anyone knows please can they send me a comment as I would love to get hold of some.

And finally some other challenges to enter this week:

http://withoutwordschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/september-its-celebration.html
http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-77-twos-companyand-dt-call.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/anything-goes.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-172-stars-andor-hearts.html

So that's my little card for today, which I hope you all like, and I hope you will come and join us over at Crafty Little Fairies for our September challenge.

Bye for now.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Preparing for the coming season

 Well September is upon us so it's time to start thinking ahead to Christmas....at least from a crafty point of view anyway!

I made this card using a freebie stamp that came with a magazine this month and, to be honest I couldn't wait to stamp it out as I love Tiddly Inks.
I wanted some nice bold colour so I hot out my Graph It pens as they are a bit more opaque and set to work with some festive greens and reds.

Friday sketches had a sketch that is right up my street this week, so I used that for the layout and grabbed a few of my Do Crafts backing papers to finish the job.

So - now it's time to enter a few challenges and here they are:
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-193.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-85-something-sweet.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-336-anything-goes.htmlhttp://fridaysketchchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/sketch-77-by-carole.html
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/favourite-season-tell-us-why.html
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/wk-35-get-organised-for-christmas.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/week-274-early-christmas-makes.html
http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-40-anything-goes.html

Well that's all from me for today. Thanks for visiting and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the next Crafty Little Fairies challenge.

Sharon x










Saturday, 30 August 2014

Whimsical Wings

Well it is Saturday morning and I am so glad to have reached the weekend again. Why is it that the first week at work after a holiday always seems to be the toughest?

Unfortunately I have little energy for crafting this week but here is some thing I made during my time off - experimenting with my Spectrum Noir pens and a dotty background.

I don't know about you but, when I get out my CDs to print paper for a card I am making, I always get a bit carried away and end up printing a lot of papers of for future cards that i 'plan' to do, but either never get round to, or I forget was the 'plan' was in the first place. Well for this card I was determined to use up some of those left over papers. I didn't follow my usual pattern of finding the paper and then colouring to match….i just went ahead and coloured this first. So I was delighted to find not only some matching paper, but also a perfectly matching ribbon too.  :-)
I coloured the owls and made them a little bit whimsical….you don't often see owls with pink tummies! And check out the little caterpillars - aren't they cute?

So of course I would like to enter a few callings and here they are:

http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-85-something-sweet.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-336-anything-goes.html
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/52-whimsical-wings-sweet-n-sassy-stamps.html
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-274-28th-of-august-animalpet.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-72.html
http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.co.uk following sketch 239.

Well thanks for stopping by today and reading all my waffle.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Sharon x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Beautiful Besties and a Pastel moment

My husband recently came home from work and asked me if I could make a card for one of his work colleagues to give to his niece. I didn't know anything about either of these people, so the only guidance that I had was that he had liked a card that I had recently made for my sister's birthday, using a Bestie image. Not much to go on, but, after dinner was out of the way I decided to crack on and try to get creative as the card was needed for the very next day.

Three and a half hours later (and at 11.30pm I might add!) this was the result. A sweet little bestie,, decoupaged in to 3 layers and coloured in pro marker, with a lilly bit of bling for good measure.
The colouring and cutting out took forever……especially post 10pm when I was becoming a little bleary eyed.  I kept the background fairly simple as I wanted the image to stand out.

Luckily the card was very well received. The only problem was that (and I didn't know this at the time) the guy was going to have to post it. It was an 8 x 8 card with some quite thick decoupage……he had to send it by special delivery….it must have cost him an arm and a leg! Oh well….at least he got the card for free :-).

Oh, and of course, the new card turned out nothing like the one I had made for my sister in the end…this is the one that I had made for her……

So now it just remains for me to enter a few of the lovely challenges that are out there this week:

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-76-cute-with-buttons-bows.html
http://bestieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-17use-your-favorite-color.html
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-anything-goes-shaker-card.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-277-anything-goes-option-of.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-25.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/pennys-challenge-190-winners-and-top-3.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/crafty-calendar-august-challenge.html
http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/august-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-71.html

Thanks for stopping by today and, for those of you that have a long Bank Holiday weekend to look forward to…..have a good one!

Sharon x