Saturday, 19 April 2014

You know when you have found just the right image when…..

……...Crafters Companion bring out a stamp which has knotting and poppies on it!
My MIL loves to knit and her favourite flowers are poppies……so I knew I had to use this stamp for her.

I made an 8 x 8 card and actually got out one of my embossing folders (which is a rarity for me!) to make the background on gorgeous centura pearl card.

I have coloured the image in with my Speccies and the little labels that you see are from Lili of the Valley.


I had such fun colouring this card and tried to follow the colours that Leanne had recently used in a C&C programme for the poppies…I think they came out pretty well in the end, even though that dark red is really scarily dark when you first lay it down!

Time to enter a few challenges now so here goes:

http://www.spectrumnoir.com/new-challenge-april-anything-goes/
http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/weekly-challenge-bloom.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-16.html
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/33-furry-or-feathery-friends-doodle.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-53.html
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-215-tag-it.html

Well I am off now to as my cooker buzzer is beeping and a lovely leg of lamb and roasties awaits me…….mmmmmmmmm.

Sharon x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Besties Easter Bunny Girl

Well here we are, one week away from easter and I am going in to overdrive on my Easter Cards and crafts! As per usual, it has crept up on me and all my plans for moulded chocolates and hand made boxes have gone by the wayside as I try to make the best use of my one and only time to indulge in the many Easter Images that I have collected over the years!

This one is a really sweet Besties digi that I thought would really suit someone I know so I just had to have the image to add to my collection.
As you can see I have decoupaged her up for a bit of extra dimension and I had a lovely time colouring her in with my alcohol pens.

I recently joined an on line class with Kit and Clowder to learn a bit more about face and hair colouring. So far I have only managed to find time to do one lesson which focussed on colouring the face but I learned some really interesting stuff about form, shadow and variation of colours which I have tried to put in to practise. As a result the face has come out a bit brighter than my usual pasty looking people but I am quite pleased how it came out. Still desperately need to nail that hair though!

Anyhow - the rest of the image I coloured to match my chosen digital papers which are from the Nitwits Eggstra Special set, a particular favourite of mine for Spring time cards, and I have finished off with a bit of faux stitching.

Of course I couldn't let all those lovely Easter and Spring themed challenges pass me by, so here comes the list:

http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge65-midway-reminder.html
http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/cwlc-79-easter.html
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-110-anything-goes-for-kids.html
http://mybestiesuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/my-besties-uk-challenge-clean-and-simple.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-153-easter-time.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-316-easter.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-52.html
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/wk-14-animal-magicpolkadoodles-challenge.html
http://littleclairesdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/little-claire-monthly-challenge-44-lots.html
http://acreativeromance.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/eggcellent-spring.html
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/stella-says-sketch.html

Well that's me done for today. Off to enjoy the rest of the sunshine that today has to offer and maybe a little bit of crafting too.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The perfect girly combination…..

Hmmm - what could be described as the perfect 'girly' combination? Well I think flowers, ribbon and lovely pastel colours would tick the box for most of the girls that I know!

So that was the inspiration for this card - something you would give to someone who had done something special for you, but made in a way that would suit lots of tastes. I hope I hit the mark!

The lovely stamp is from Stamp Addicts and, when I stamped and coloured it I just knew I wanted to frame it with lots of lovely ribbon, and so the rosette came to be.

It's a little bit time consuming, but really easy to make. I simply cut out some circles from thick card and the applied little strips of super sticky tape all  around the edges. It's then simply a case of pressing down the ribbon in a pleat fashion - or whatever suits, and then layering everything up with thick sticky pads.

Anyway, I hope you like it :-)

Finally, here are the challenges I would like to enter today….

http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/spring-has-sprung.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-15_3.html
http://totallypapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/tpc-challenge-213-pastels.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-51.html
http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-40-anything-goes.html

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sharon x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Humphrey Easter

Well Spring is certainly in the air round here today….a perfect start to the weekend after a week of pouring rain and freezing cold temperatures. It never ceases to amaze me  how the weather can change so quickly here in the UK.

So, with the improving weather I start to turn my Crafty thoughts to  all things Spring, including flowers in bloom and Easter of course!


So here we have the  first signs of Spring from my crafty stash in the form of  Humphrey and a bunch of tulips and daffodils :-)

The lovely papers that you see happened to be a freebie from a magazine that came out over a year ago, and I think they are really lovely.

But this card was all about the image really and I had great fun colouring in this cute little image with my Alcohol pens.

So - time to enter a few of those Spring challenges I think, and here they are:

http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-212-anything-goes.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-14.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-314-floral-delights.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-50.html
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/wk-13spring-is-in-air-polkadoodles.html
http://acreativeromance.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/spring-flowers.html

Thank you all for stopping by today and I wish you all a wonderful Spring weekend.

Sharon x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Down to the Farm with the Crafty Little Fairies


Time for a new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies and this time our theme is Down on the Farm.

Now I know that this little lovely isn't actually on a Farm but she is surrounded by sweet little chicks, so that's the 'Farm' theme covered - right?

I had real fun with this card - first of all the fantastic Prairie Fairy image, second the chance to use some lovely bright colours and lastly a bit of stamping decoupage - always soooo worth it if you have the time.

I do hope you will come and join us over at CLF this week and join in with the Farmyard fun. I look forward to seeing you over there!

Sharon x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Spring is the time for Bunnies

I can't believe what a lovely day we are having today. The sun is shining, there is not a cloud in the sky and it really feels like Spring is here. Of course…being in the UK…..it could all be gone tomorrow, so I am not going to spend too much time blogging and make the most of the sunshine instead  :-)

So my card for today is a gorgeous LOTV Bunny, coloured in shaes of Lavender for a change. This paper is actually printed from a Flower Fairies CD so it really goes to show that you can mix and match between ranges.

I have put faux stitching all around the edges on this card and I achieved it by pricking holes all around the borders (which did take a while!) and then using my fine liner to join all the holes. It really does give a realistic effect.
My lovely little bunny was coloured with alcohol markers - using the palest shades and lots of blender to get a lovely pastel effect.

So finally - on to some challenges that I would like to enter:

http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-65-autumn-or-spring.html
http://lovetocreatechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-106-anything-goes.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-256-favourite-colour.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-168.html
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-207-animals-no-people-allowed.html
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/favourite-colouring-medium-and-why.html
http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/anything-goes.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-48.html

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sharon x




Thursday, 6 March 2014

Crafty Little Fairies - Saturday Night at the Movies

Wow - I have to say that the Saturday Night at the Movies was a toughie for me…hopefully all of ou out there will have a bit more inspiration than I did - lol!

In the and I came up with a rather tenuous link to the movie "Beethoven'…because it is all about a dog. I also thought of "Cats and Dogs' but then I realised there were no cats on my card!

Luckily - you can also base a card on a song for this challenge so I cam up with 'You ain't nothing but a  Hound Dog', which is quite strange as i am not an Elvis fan, but for some reason that song was just drumming though my head!

Anyway - you get the idea - this week we want to see something that is linked to a film or song in one way or another.

I can't wait to see what you all come up with, so I do hope that you will join in the fun over at Crafty Little Fairies this week.

Finally, here are some of the other lovely challenges that I would like to enter….

http://challenges4everybody.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-39-anything-goes.html
http://createdwithlovechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/cwlc-77-think-spring.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/anything-goes.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-148-anything-goes.html
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/mim181-with-time-for-tea-designs.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/challenge-47.html


Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x