Sunday, 12 April 2015

That's what little boys are made of….

I decided to delve in to the back of my craft cupboard recently and look what I found…..a gorgeous SWALK stamp. These are no longer produced by Crafters Companion, but I think I collected pretty much every stamp along the way, and I wasn't until now that I had the chance to use this lovely little boy stamp which i thought would be prefect for my great nephew's 3rd birthday.

Luckily I had a pre-cut stepper card at my disposal so it was nice and easy to cover it with some lovely bright backing papers and then colour the little boy to match with my Promarkers.

As you know, alcohol markers have long been my favourite colouring medium, and I have to say the Promarkers and Spectrums would be my pens of choice…between the two of them I probably have the complete spectrum of colour and then some!

So I had great fun colouring this little chap, and particularly enjoyed doing his hair this time, which came out just as I wanted it.

So that's my card for today, which I hope you like.  :-)

Of course there are some great challenges to enter this week, so here they are:

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-86-all-about-boys.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/anything-goes.html
http://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/week-291all-about-birthdays.html
http://sugarandbetty.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/anything-goes-or-layers.html
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-264-ink-it-up.html
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/favourite-alcohol-markers-or-distress.html
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/84-birthday-wishes-imagine-that.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-198-birthday-with-sentiment.html
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/crafty-catz-274-2-or-more-patterned.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/crafty-calendar-april-challenge-add.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-101.html
http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk
http://disdigidesignschallenge.blogspot.co.uk


Thanks for visiting today and I hope you all have a happy and sunny Sunday.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Comical fun with Dr Digi at Fab N Funky

Welcome to another Wednesday with Fab n Funky where we have a great new challenge sponsored by Dr Digi.

I have to admit it is a particularly fab wednesday for me personally as I have a week off of work this week……bliss!

I have managed a couple of firsts with my card today:

1) This is the first time I have used a Dr Digi image. I really like this one as it makes a nice change to do something a bit humorous and this reminds me very much of those little cartoon strips that you see in newspapers. If any one has a good comment to put in a speech bubble do let me know!

2) This is the first time of trying out Spectrum Aquas….and I have to say I totally love them! As you know I love alcohol markers but they really are more about precision and careful blending. With these you can be much more slap dash and still get  great colour variation, so it's a really good way to get colouring on those days when you think that sitting with your alcohol pens is just a bit too intense.
As  you can see I have made an easel cad to create a kind of a scene and all of my papers are from a NitWits digi set, appropriately called 'TailWags'. The little dog tag and the faux ribbon are also from the same set.

I have also gone a bit mad with my dies, using a water lily die, which I turned in to sunflowers, and a picket fence (both from La la Land). I also used a Marianne icicles dies to create the grass. All of these were cut from white card and coloured with…..yes, you guessed it….Spectrum Aquas.

The challenge at F&F is all about Bingo, and I chose a vertical line for this card, containing a shaped card, a digi and some dies. Hopefully I have ticked all the boxes.  :-)

Meanwhile, here are some other lovely challenges that  I would like to enter:

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-offcial-100th-challenge.html
http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/wk-14-springtime-sponsored-by-crafty.html
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/week-14-use-die-polkadoodles-crafting.html
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-273.html
http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-73-anything-goes.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/crafty-calendar-april-challenge-add.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/anything-goes.html
http://www.spectrumnoir.com/new-challenge-april-lots-winners/
http://sugarandbetty.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/anything-goes-or-layers.html

Thanks very much for visiting today and for your lovely comments which I truly appreciate.

Sharon x


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Amigurumi Dog - My little flat friend

Hi there. I am diverting from paper craft today to blog one of my other crafting passions, in the shaper of Amigurumi. I taught myself the basics of crochet about a year ago, specifically so that I could make toys, as I was really drawn to them.

After tackling a few chicks and rabbits, this was my first more ambitious project which was destined to be a Christmas present for a two year old member of my family.
The idea is that he is a bit like a pillow, so you can cuddle him, lay on him, have him as a comforter etc.
He took a little while to make but he was really worth it…..in fact he nearly didn't leave my home!!

Anyway, I hope you like him, and thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharon x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Easter Bunny has arrived!

Happy Easter everyone! Well, after lots of frenzied (or should I say panicked!) Card making, cookie baking, chocolate molding, flower picking and eater egg buying (which kind of explains my lack of blogging lately!) - we have finally reached Easter morning and at last all is calm  :-)

We are finally seeing some better weather here in my part of the UK…since the start of English Summertime last week, it has been more like winter around here -  and I am sitting at my computer, enjoying the view of the bits in my garden and finally enjoying a bit of blog time.

So here is the first of my Easter cards, using Bebunni and some of the digital papers from the Bebunni floral CD. I do love this little chap, and Easter is certainly the time for him to come out of the stamp box so you will see him popping up a few times in various guises.
I have coloured him in using Spectrum Noir pens and used one of my favourite dies to create the lovely lacy border.  Unfortunately I got a little snap happy with the scissors and accidentally cut a notch out of the bottom edge of the card so I had to do a little bit of a cover up with an extra paisley shape which i thought looked a bit like a petal!

Finally I had to add a little bit of sparkle with some dabs of pearl paint which add a little bit of a lift I think.

There are loads of challenges to enter this week, so here goes………..

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-53.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-100-easterspring-and.html
http://digichoosday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/wk-13-ovalseaster-digi-choosday.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/make-card-for-april.html
http://emeraldfaeries.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-66-spring-flowers-easter.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-221-and-dt.html
http://southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-107-punching-above-your-weight.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-197-easter-time.html
http://4craftychicks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/4-cc-240-easter.html
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/83-diecutpunch-frenzy-stitchy-bear-digi.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-offcial-100th-challenge.html
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-273.html
http://fantasystampers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/midway-motivation-easter-time.html
http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-73-anything-goes.html
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/week-305-easter.html
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/anything-goes-challenge.html

well, it's time for me to get back to my Eastter Bunny duties and deliver a few eggs, so I wish you all a happy and restful Easter.

Thanks for hopping by  :-)

Sharon x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Signs of Snow in March


Well the sun was shining and not a cloud in the at the weekend, but there were still signs of snow at my house, as I needed to make a Christmas card for my DT project, Fab n Funky have a new challenge today which is......Christmas!

We are lucky enough to have Bugaboo sponsoring us this week, and these happy little chaps are on of literally 'zillions' of images that you can find over on their website.

I am a big fan of snowmen, so this image was a no brainer for me, but I wanted to do something a little different so I wanted to stick with shades of blue to match my backing papers...apart from carrot noses and beaks of course.

I had printed out the image three times.....expecting disaster, but this seemed to come together really easily on the first attempt and it was really fun to do.

I finished off with some paper layering for the snowy ground, some punched snowflakes to create the arch, and a bit of glitter, plus some pearl paint (you just have to get the glitter and pearls out for Christmas!!)

Finally - this was originally intended to be a 6 by 6 card, but at the last minute I decided to emboss an 8 x 8 card and mount my image on to that, to make it a bit more special.

The observant among you will see that the embossing is actually flowers, but hopefully I have got  away with it!

Thanks for visiting me today, and I hope ypu will come and join us over at Fab n Funky this week.

Oh and last but not least….some other great challenges that I would like to enter:

http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-73-anything-goes.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/its-march-and-anything-goes.html
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/march-challenge.html
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/chnc-challenge-extra-for-march-2015.html
http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/march-already.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-52.html
http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/christmas-card-challenges-16-anything.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/a-cut-above.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-306-feathered-friends-animals.html


Bye for now.

Sharon x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Layering up with Angelica and Friends


Well if my resolution this year was to leave making of cards for special occasions to the last minute, I would be doing very well at keeping it - lol!

Last month I had young twins to make cards for (a  boy and a girl) and I have so much lovely stuff that would have suit them, that I just couldn't decide what to do. I kept changing my mind, and changing my mind, until finally I realised I was out of time, so, instead of doing a time consuming stamped image, I had to opt for decoupage instead.

So this card was for the little boy, and was taken from the Crafters Companion Angelica and Friends CD.

I picked the backing papers from a Card Companion sheet and printed it out a few times so I could layer it up properly. It even came with a greeting at the ready which was just perfect.

I then picked one of  the lovely decoupage sheets and the rest, as they say is history.

So finally, here are some of the challenges that I would now like to enter,

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-51.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/happy-anything.html
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-98-pastel-hues.html
http://southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/boys-boys-boys.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-98.html
http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-73-anything-goes.html
http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/march-already.html

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Guess what is creeping up on us?

Easter is coming…….and it always seems to catch me by surprise!

No doubt this year will not be any different,but I though I would take the opportunity to show one  of the cards I made last year….previously un-blogged!

As you can see this is some super sweet decoupage which I sized up on Serif and matched up with some  of my lovely NitWits digi papers. How cute is he in his little bunny suit?

This was so fun and relaxing to make and the addition of those little chicks was to complement the calorie free gift, which you can see in the picture below.
This was little chap was my first ever attempt at Amigurumi crochet….I was dead chuffed with him at the time, and I have to admit he still looks pretty cute now!

So - on to some lovely challenges  that I would like to enter, and here they are:

http://withoutwordschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/march-bunny-is-coming-easter.html
http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-73-anything-goes.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/its-march-and-anything-goes.html
http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/march-already.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-51.html
http://craftingforallseasons.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-98-pastel-hues.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-97.html

So that's my little crafty post done for today….hope you like what you see and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sharon x