Monday, 20 November 2017

It's penguin-ing to look a lot like Christmas!

Sad to say , I have been neglecting my blog a little bit lately, but I have been busy with my crafting and now I can start to show you some of my makes without getting told off for mentioning that C word!!

I am totally hooked on Lawn Fawn (amongst others!) at the moment - there is something about the cute but simple images that gives me a little buzz of happiness....especially the winter ones.

So here I am with a sweet little card that I created using some of the penguins and a bunch of dies.

I coloured my penguins in with my spectrum noirs and cut them out with the matching dies, which I love, love love!

I then used a crafters companion dies from the Sara release  last year to create the houses in the background and used another wavy die to create the second layer which I highlighted with tumbled glass distress ink to give it some depth.

For the sky, i used my distress inks and glycerine to get a love blend, and then I sprinkled with water and blotted to get the snowflakes.

Finally, I added the musical note which are part of the stamp set.

Oh - and I nearly forgot to mention the sentiment, which is right up my street, as I do love a bit of word play. It's really simple in style so it doesn't overwhelm the card but it's the perfect finishing touch to bring everything together.

Hope you like my cheery card for today, and thanks very much for visiting.

Sharon x

Challenges:


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Whipper Snappers Doggy Pile

Hi there. I am back today with a really old stamp of mine that I love! It dates back to the times when you could only get wood mounted stamps and it comes from Whipper Snappers. Sadly, as this is an American company these stamps are quite card to get hold of, and I am not sure if you can even get them anymore so this really is a little treasure for me.
When I first got this stamp, alcohol markers weren't on the scene so I used Tombows to colour my images, but of course these days we have lots of amazing mediums to use and I managed to get a much more vibrant effect using my Spectrum Noirs.

I don't know if you can tell from the close up but these lovely little chaps are decoupaged. It was a little bit time consuming but so worth it in the end, especially as this was a special card for my dad!

My backing papers are the perfect match and are digital papers from NitWits, in what i would call muted autumnal colours.

Finally, I decided that the background behind the dogs was too white so I dulled it down with a touch of distress ink, and random dots using a Stamps by Judith stubby.

Hope you like my card for today.

Thanks for stoping by!

Sharon x

Challenges:
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/week-441-colours-of-autumn.html
http://a-step-in-the-darkness.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-68.html
https://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/wk-45-anything-goes-crafting-challenge.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/autumn-colours-november-challenge.htmlhttp://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/craftyhazelnuts-patterned-paper.html

Friday, 10 November 2017

Colour Crazy sponsored by All Dressed Up

It's time for another challenge over at Colour Crazy, and this week we are sponsored by All Dressed Up.

I have used this little cutie called Christmas Present, but I felt like this didn't have to be restricted to Christmas. so I used her to make a birthday card instead, using some lovely vintage tones.

I found the backing paper in a freebie pack from an old magazine, and I decided to use that as the basis for my colouring. Of course, there are fairy wings, so there HAD to be glitter , but for everything else I have kept it all fairly muted.

My lots of love die is an old favourite from Tattered Lace and my swirly sentiment is from Lili of the Valley, and i am glad to say I am no longer afraid to use this in a finished card due to the fabulous Misti tool!

So that's my card for today...stepping away from Christmas for just a little while.

Hope you like it and that you will come and join us on Colour Crazy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A little birdie told me that Christmas is coming......

I am back for another DT post today, and this week and this time it is for Cute Card Thursday, where the theme is Anything Goes.

We are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps who have some of the cutest Christmas images so I chose this one which is called Nice Friends 2. And see the little guy with the Christmas hat on? He is a tiny little stamp from Gerda Steiner....I just thought he needed to be there!

I created the background with my distress ink pads - Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans, and coloured the image with my Spectrum Noirs, before adding a finishing spritz of glitter........well you have to don't you??!!

Finally i have mounted the image on to some Red Mirri Card which comes in the Crafters Companion Luxury red cardstock pack. You will see this on a lot of my cards at the moment, as I think it gives the finished card a lovely little lift, that you can only get away with at Christmas.

So that's my card for today. I hope you will come and share your makes at Cute Card Thursday.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

It's all about fashion


Hi there. We have new challenge over at Fab n Funky this week, and our theme is Fashion, sponsored by Lemon Shortbread.

I have decided to use this lovely little lady, called Heart Sunglasses, and coloured her in with my Spectrum Noirs.

I have gone for a very clean and simple card this time, using some old scraps of patterned paper that I found in my stash and a little bit of ribbon.

Thanks for visiting today, and don't forget to come and join us over at Fab n Funky.

Sharon x

Challenges:
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/46-remember-remember-our-challenge-for.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-316-digital-delight.html
http://creativeladybirdscreations.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-31.html
https://digichoosday.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/wk-44-digi-choosday-anything-goes.html

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Something fishy is going on........

Did I mention a little while that i had a little bit of a thing about mermaids at the moment? I don't know why, but I am really drawn to them. Luckily for me, Polkadoodles brought out a whole range of digital mermaid images earlier this year, and i have to say I just love them.

I think there are about twelve all in all......I have them all, but didn't colour any for a while as I just couldn't decide which one to do first!

Anyway, I settled on this little cutie, which i coloured in with my copics, but the best part about this one is that the background is pre-coloured. I admit I was a little bit dubious about this, as I  thought it would be obvious where the colouring ended and the printing began, but actually I don't think you can really tell.

That makes me really happy as you end up with a really nice topper in half the time, and because you have coloured in the main image, it doesn't feel like you have 'cheated',

So this little lady ended up on a 7 x 7 card and I made the base paper using spectrum aquablends and glycerin, followed by a splattering of gold and pearl white paint. I was really happy with the final result. :-)

So that's my card for today. Hope you like it, and thanks for visiting!

Sharon x

Challenges:
https://digichoosday.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/wk-42-digi-choosday-challenge-anything.html
https://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/wk-42-anything-goes-crafting-challenge.html
http://craftyfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-69-and-winners-of-challenge-68.html
http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/craftycatz-challenge-389atg-with.html
http://crafting-with-friends.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/challenge-53.html



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

It's all about paper piecing

Hi there, I have a couple of cards today, all based around our Fab N Funky challenge this week, which is paper piecing.

I have chosen some very simple outline images from Digi Stamp Boutique for my card, and paper pieced the petals using some NitWits digital papers.
The nice thing about this is  that I have used the same paper on the petals as some of the background, so this is a really nice and simple way to pull a card together.

I look forward to seeing you over at Fab n Funky.

Sharon x