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

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Heartfelt Wishes

Well it has been a while since my last blog post as I have been away on holiday in beautiful Annecy, France. But now I am back in good old Blighty and have had a chance to catch up with blog land and see all the wonderful inspiration out there!

My card for today is using a gorgeous digi from Tiddly Inks which I made quite large so I could use it on an 8 x8 card. The papers were the first choice that I made and the image was then coloured in to match them.
One thing I love about Tiddly Inks characters is their lovely flowing hair, which gives me a chance to practice my colouring…..still some practice needed I think!!

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

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-70.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://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-anything-goes-shaker-card.html
http://tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-139-anything-goes.html

Thanks for visiting me today.  :-)

Sharon x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cute and Cuddly is the name of the day.

Well it's time for another challenge over at Crafty Little Fairies and this month's theme is 'Cute and Cuddly'. So take a look at this little chap from Lili of The Valley….I don't think you can get much more cute and cuddly than that!

As you will see from my card, I wanted to keep the focus on this simple little character - I just felt like he might get lost amongst patterned papers etc so I have gone for a very CAS card in icy colours to match his environment.

To top it off I have used one of the tag stamps, also from LOTV, which is super useful for all seasons, and mounted it with a little pearly sequin which I happened to find lurking in my stash.

So I have have gone with a cute Christmas theme for this card, but of course you can use any sort of cuteness you like on our challenge, and I am hoping that this theme will be a popular one so that I can enjoy a bit of 'oooh '  and 'aaaahhhh' time looking at all your creations.

Meanwhile there are a few other challenges that I would like to enter and here they are:

http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-127-anything-goes.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/anything-goes.html
http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-74anything-goes.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/pennys-challenge-188-winners-and-top-3.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-24.html

Look forward to seeing you at our challenge blog.

Sharon x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Another Wedding Card

It seems that my theme for the weekend must be weddings as I am posting a wedding card for the second day in a row.

This time my card was made using a lovely digi stamp from Bugaboo, which I printed 3 times and decoupaged for a bit of depth. I have also dragged out my nests and a gorgeous embossing folder from Crafters Companion and I have added a sprinkling of glitter as it is a special occasion.

Finally I made sure to use colours to match the wedding invitations so it would fit with the colour theme for the wedding.

Once again, there are a few challenges that I would like to enter:

http://thelittlestamper.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/stamp-addicts-gold-congrats-card.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/summer-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-23.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-67.html

well that's a very quick post from me as we are about to head out for a BBQ. Have a happy Sunday everyone!

Sharon x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Stamp Addicts Gold Congrats card - champagne glasses

My first post of the day, and this time it's a quick one to show a card that I made for Stamp Addicts sometime ago using their congratulations set. All the elements that you see on the card were included in the set, plus some smaller glasses as well. I decided to get my sparkle embossing powder and my heat gun out for this card and made a simple wedding congrats card…but you could easily take away the ring and use the rest of the elements for graduations or any other celebrations.

Here are some challenges that I would like to enter today:

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challlenge-74-love-and-marriage.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/summer-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-23.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-67.html
http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/week-182-anything-goes.html

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Humphrey and Reindeer card - Christmas in July.

How ironic to be sitting her on the hottest day of the year so far, literally melting and posting a Christmas card!
However, it being July and past the half way point in the year, our crafty minds do tend to start looking towards Christmas because we need lots of time to get our mojo going.

So here's a card that I put together using some very traditional Christmas colours. The papers that you see are digital ones from Bearly Mine and of course Humphrey is from Crafters Companion.

It took a little while to colour this one as there are quite a lot of elements and colour changes involved, but it is well worth the effort as the final image is just adorable.


Plus, this colour combination also gave me the opportunity to use some of my "ho ho ho'" ribbon which  I had been 'saving' for some reason…ever since I bought it about three years ago!

So there are a lot of Christmas challenges around this week, and here are a few that I would like to enter:

http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/ch58-christmas-in-july.html
http://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/week-256-theme.html
http://laineyscraftyspace-justforfun.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/anything-goes-challenge-1.html
http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-33-christmas-in-july.html
http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-72midway-reminder.html
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-268-17th-of-july-christmas.html
http://graphitmarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/wk-29christmas-colours-graphit.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/challenge-66.html

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sharon x