Saturday, 30 May 2015

I'm so Smitten with Scruffy Little Kitten

You may remember, a few weeks back I was delighted to shout from the roof tops that I had been invited to join the Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir TV Design Team. Well since then, I have been a busy little bee preparing lots of samples for the latest Crafters Companion Release…Scruffy Little Kitten.

Well the day is finally here when we can start to blog our cards so here is my first (of many!)

As you can see, these are the childhood version of the Scruffy Little Kitten range and they are right up my street! There will be a CD ROM and 12 gorgeous stamps, featuring both boys and girls, and you'll be able to get your hands on them from Monday as they will be featuring as a 4 day deal on Create and Craft.
So here's the full card for you and a quick run down of what I used:

  • A gorgeous Scruffy Little Kitten image, coloured with Spectrum Noir pens of course, and highlights added using the Spectrum Noir pencils.
  • Sentiment - part of the stamp set  :-)
  • Backing papers from the Scruffy Little Kitten CD
  • Circle and scalloped dies from the CC essential Dies range
  • Butterflies - CC butterfly dies.
  • And of course I had to add a bit of glitter for some sparkle, plus a bit of ribbon and a few buttons from my stash.
So I hope you like my first snarky peak and you will be tempted to tune in to one of the shows next week. I have seen the samples from the other ladies on the DT and, believe me, they are fabulous!

Finally, I want to spread the love a little bit more by entering a few challenges:
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-61.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-315-pastel-shades.html
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/its-all-about-hair-colour-challenge-and.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-229.html
http://carabbiemomentsofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-69-anything-goesinside-out.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-375-too-cute.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-108.html
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/week-21-girly-but-no-pink-polkadoodles.html

Thanks for stopping by today and a happy weekend to all.

Sharon x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Hearts and Flowers


I don't know about you, but I am always inspired by the kind of cards that you can make using only inks and stamps, as opposed to my usual style which includes a whole lot of colouring.

I have collected a lovely batch of little stamps over the years, from both Stamps by Judith and Cardio…they are real staples in my world as I use them a lot for fillers and backgrounds, but occasionally I will go for it and make a card using just the stamps. Call it my attempt at being artistic!!

So here's a card I made a while back now, using Stamps by Judith stamps and 'sticks'.

The heart is free form stamped using a little sprig stamp which I used to create first and second generation images. To create the effect I made a heart template out of scrap paper and then put  it on the card and stamped around the edges to get a basic shape. I then removed the template and filled the heart out before adding flowers and pearls for the centres.

Finally I used a what is actually a little snowflake stamp to make the border, but if you press it down harder it looks like one of those spiky flowers.

I hope you like my attempt at 'art', and here are some challenges that I would like to enter:

http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-51-pearls.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/with-heart.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-228.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-314-anything-goes-option-of.html
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/90-sentimentally-yours-stamping-boutique.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge107_22.html
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-68-its-spring.html

Thanks for visiting  :-)

Sharon

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Flora and Fauna at Fab N Funky


Wednesday has arrived once again which means it's time for another challenge over at Fab N Funky, and this week the theme is Flora and Fauna.

Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bears and I opted to go for Fauna, in the form of this very happy dinosaur.

Because of his very cartoony nature, I decided I wanted to colour him flat, like the comics that we used to get, and make him nice and bright.

I used some NitWits papers for te TailWags FQB, so the paw prints that you see are actually dog paws rather then dinosaur tracks, but I think a little poetic licence is allowed!

If you pop on over to the Fab n Funky website you will see some other lovely designs from the team in a variety of styles, so I do hope you will take a little visit and join our challenge.

And last but not least, some more challenges which match with my theme:

http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/wk-20-anything-square-colouring.html
http://mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-292-sketch-it.html
http://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/week-297special-anniversary-challenge.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-314-anything-goes-option-of.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-228.html

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Magical mice and my 'Spec'-tacular news!

Hi everyone. Once again I have been absent from blogland for a while, but I have been a busy little be…mostly due to some fabulous crafty news  that I received earlier this week. I am very lucky to have been asked to join the Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir TV DT!

As you know I am a big fan of both these brands, but you could have knocked me over with a feather when I got the news!

So, I have been very busy, colouring away, ready for a show coming up on 1st June…but unfortunately I can't show you any of the samples yet…it's top secret, lol!!
Meanwhile, in honour of all things Crafters Companion, I thought it would be appropriate to post this Makey Bakey Mice card today, made from one of the cutest stamps, papers from the CD Rom and , of course, coloured with Spectrum Noirs!

I thought these little guys needed a bit of a vintage appearance due to that old fashioned sewing machine. Plus, I've added a bit of haberdashery in there with some of my precious lace and ribbon.

Hope you like it. :-)

Finally a few challenges to enter before I disappear of for a bit more colouring time!

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-87-layer-it-up.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-59.html
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/animal-challenge.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-373-lovely-lace.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-106.html

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sharon x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hulk Smash!


 Well I'm back today with something quite different for me……an Incredible Hulk decoupage card, which I made especially for one of my son's friends.

I have to admit that I  am quite the comic hero fan myself and, as a family, we love to go to the pictures and see a super hero film.

I love the look of this particular decoupage  though because it's really retro - just like the old comics used to be, so it keeps a certain authenticity about it…and I am sure there are loads of 'older boys' out there who would like this style too.

So not much to say about this, other than to enter a few challenges…….


Thanks for stopping by today.

Sharon x











Saturday, 9 May 2015

It's been a while…...

Well it has been a few weeks since I have done any blogging, or anything else for that matter, as I had the misfortune to be hit with a nasty case of Bronchitis - yuck! I am normally blessed with good health and I was really shocked how sudden and how debilitating this illness can be. I know that there are those of you out there who suffer this kind of thing on a regular basis and, believe me you have my sympathy!

Anyway, hopefully it's onwards and upwards for me now…..slow and steady wins the race as they say, and today is the first time I have felt enough energy to post on my blog so here it is.


I made this card for my parents' wedding anniversary which was a few weeks ago - there was something about those two mice that seemed just right for the occassion.
I created the background first, using my  E sprayer and a paper template that I made. I then masked the bottom of the heart so that the mushroom would fit in just nicely, before colouring the whole thing in.

I am not usually one for mirri card these days but, on this occasion, it seemed like just what was needed, so i did a nice bit of matting and layering to finish off.

So finally a few challenges for me to enter before I pop off for today:

http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/anything-goes.html
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-268-anything-goes.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-103-flowers.html
http://southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-110-animal-crackers.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-226.html
http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/wk-19-anything-square-graphit-colouring.html
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/theme-challenge-in-garden.html

Thanks for visiting today and a happy weekend to all.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Fab N Funky Challenge - Use Lace

Today we have a fabulous new challenge over at Fab n Funky and this week the theme is to use lace.

Now I love my lace but it's yet another one of those things that I buy and then can't bear to part with…..especially this particular lace which is an unusual lemon yellow colour.

None the less, the lace had to come out and the result was the card that you see here…..a bright and colourful combination using NitWit papers, a Rachelle Ann Miller stamp and my Spectrum Noir pencils.
As per usual I had already picked out the papers so I tried to colour the image to match and, as such, this little girlie ended up with slightly reddish hair - quite a departure for me!

In the end this card cam together really easily, which is unusual for me, and I even managed to fit in a sentiment….all boxes ticked I think!

I hope you will come and join us over at Fab n Funky this week. I would love to see if any of you have managed to part with some of your beloved lace too!

As usual there are some other challenges that I would like to enter and here they are:

http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/85-texture-day-for-daisies.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-102.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/crafty-calendar-april-challenge-add.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-56.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/cute-as-button.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/challenge-310-anything-goes-option-of.html

Thanks for stopping by today and look forward to seeing you over at F&F.

Sharon x