Sunday, 30 December 2012

My favourite Things

The challenge over at Natalie and Amy's this week is to show some of your favourite things, and for me, House Mouse is ranking right up there at the moment.
Here is a card that I made for my mother in law, using a House mouse decoupage set from the Joanna Sheen project CD. My MIL's favourite flower is a poppy, so this image was just perfect for her.
This is an A5 card as the image is quite big, and I have kept it really simple so that the focus is on the image. I was tempted to glitter it a bit., but managed to hold back!!
Also, no prizes for my photography here - as you can see there is a wooden duck peaking over the top of the card!!!
Here are the challenges that I am entering today......
Natalie and Amy - Favourite Things
Thanks for stopping by today
Sharon x

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

I couldn't resist one more quick post, whilst sitting here in my PJ's blogging!!

Here is a card that I made using a Denami Mimi stamp, which I water coloured for a change. I have mebellished with another gorgeous holly die, cut from pearlescent card and embellished with peal paint for the berries.

The base carda nd marring has all been made suing my Grands Nesties, and I could'nt let this one go without a bit of last minute glitter sprinkling!

And here are some more challenges:

Papertake - Pick of the Year - Anything Goes
Ecclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft - A Christmas Carol  Oh Christmas Tree
Make it Monday

That's all from me for now!

Sharon x

Something 'tweet'

Well, despite my best intentions, my plan to blog profulsely over the Christmas period never came to pass......there was just too much to do!

If you have seen my older posts, you will know that I had quite a list of crafty activities to complete ready for Christmas, and so I ended up still finishing up at midnight on Christmas Eve (or would that be Christmas Day once the clock struck 12!) - so it was a pretty close call.

I didn't help myself by deciding that I would make two more necklaces on the 23rd......I guess I just can't help myself!

So here is one of my cards which I made using  this cute Robin miage from Digistamp Boutique. I coloured him in with Promarkers and added some glitter (which for once you can actually see in the photo), before matting him up on some paper which I already had in my stash.....I think they were magazine freebies, but they are quite nice don't you think?

I finally topped it up with some gorgeous delicate die cuts..........I have to say I still have a momoent of amazement when you see how beautifully these come out when they are run through the machines,

So it's time to enter a few challenges goes:

Papertake Pick of the Year - I chose 'Anything Goes'
Make it Monday
Ecclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
The paper Shelter - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Animals in the Snow
One Stop Craft - A Christmas Carol - Inspired by 'The Holly and the Ivy'

So that's my post for today. I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all my visitors. I hope that you had enjoyed the festive season and I look forward to a Crfty New Year with you all.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

We could be doing this soon!

Rumour has it that there could be some snow on the way in these parts, in the not too distant future.......and if that's the case, we could see a bit of sledging activity going on!

Aside from all the problems of getting on with daily life, a decent snow fall can work wonders for getting the kids outside....and my son is no exception. For once he is willing to put down his PC game controls in favour of some fun the old fashioned way........sledges, snowballs and freezing yourself to pieces, but not really caring!

This image really puts me in mind of that. It came from Digi Stamp boutique and is one of the last things that I printed before my old printer gave up the ghost.

I coloured it really simply with flat colouring and then mounted it on to some lovely papers from the NitWits Winter Mittens set.

Finally I have finished of with someglitter and a snow flake border cut from my Memory Box die.

Simple but sweet, I hope you will agree!

So here are the challenges that I would like to enter today:

The paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Make it Monday
Stamptacular Sunday - Christmas Time
Come and Get It - Merry Christmas
Ecclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - Christmas
Papertake Fav' Challenge - Anything Goes

So that's the end of another post. Only a few days of Pre Christmas panic left now! Hope your plans are are working out  - I'm off now to do some more wrapping.........fa la la la laaaaaa!! :o)

Sharon x

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Winter Friends

Here I am - back with my second post of the evening, this time with no stamping!

This time I delved in to my gorgeous Mulberry Wood CD  to dig out the lovely decoupaged owls. I think they are my favourite characters on the CD as they look so cute perced on their little bracnch.

The backing papers are also from the CD and even the buttons and the paper beads came from the same place. I have to say I am right in to the paper beads now....there'something very satisfying about taking a flat piece of paper and making it in to a 3d bead.

And now on  to my challenges:

Crafters Companion - Winter Friends (of course!)
Make it Monday
Come and Get It - Anything Christmas
The Squirrel and the Fox - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Pick of the Year - Anything Goes
Ecclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - So charming

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x

I'm on the Wagon

I am pleased to say that I have been alcohol free for two weeks now......I'm not talking about drinking, as I'm actually tee-total.....but what I am talking about is my beloved collection of alchohol pens!

So I thought it was about time that I got down to entering a few challenges once again, and here is my first card for that purpose.

As you can see, the Mimi stamp that I used has been water coloured, and I got busy with my grand nestabilities to make the backing card, and of course my gorgeous memory box tree die to make the background.

I thought I would enter this card in to the following challenges:

Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles - Young Adult
Make it Monday
Papertake Weekly - Pick of the Year - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking.

Sharon x

I can't believe that I have left them alone for all this time. It wasn't a deliberate thing  - it's just that I have been really busy with other stuff....a lot of decoupage, knitting jumpers, making beaded name it, I've been doing it.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Clean and Simple

As you will have noticed, I have been absent from blogging for a while now - unfortunately too much to do and too little time!!

So today I thought I would do a quick post to show a very simple card that I made using a lovely Mimi stamp from Denami and a random senitment stamp which I happened to come across im my stash.

Just for a change I have coloured using water colour pencils and I have used one of my new favourites - 4x4 inch cards.....small certainly can be beautiful!

There are a few challenges that I would like to enter and they are the ones:

Make it Monday
Papertake Weekly - Snow White
Card Crafters Circle - December Celebrations
Less is More - One Layer

So that was short and sweet for me today. Hopefully it won't be too long before I am back again!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Countdown has Begun.....

Unbelieveably, here we are in December already! I have been making various Christmas cards for ages, but none the less, the fact that Christmas is a little over three weeks away has still come as a bit of a shock!

I am very organised for me, as I have already bought most of my Christmas presents.....even the 'difficult' ones. However, there is quite a lot of crafting involved in my Christmas planning this year and, on that I am laggng sadly behind!

I have the following to make:
  • 7 beaded bracelets (beautiful pearls that I just want to keep looking at....I don't know if I will be able to part with them)
  • a load of Thomas Kinkaid decoupage cards for a number of family members who are coming to a special family gathering in 2 weeks time.
  • A knitted jumper for my oldest great nephew (luckily I have already finished the one for the youngest)
  • A load of gift tags as I brought my wrapping paper with the smart idea that I could make coordinating tags (cos I have got all the time in the world!)
  • Decorated gift boxes for the aforementioned bracelets.
It will indeed be a Christmas miracle if I manage to get all ofthis done! When will I ever learn???

Still, if you can't go a bit craft crazy at Christmas, then when can you?????

In the meantime, here are a few challenges that I am going to enter with this very simple Christmas card.

I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Simon Say Stamp - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Christmas is Coming
Ready Teddy Go - Clean and Simple
Eclectic Ellapu - Santa Paws

That's all for me now.....need to get back to ticking some items of that Christmas craft list!!

Sharon x

In Pieces........

Apologies for the quality of the picture (it was taken on one of those dayswhen we nevver seem to see any daylight) but I wanted to show a card today that uses paper piecing.
This cute little stamp is from Stamping's one that I have had for ages but, for one reason or another, never quite got round to using.
I needed to make this card in a bit of a hurry, so I decided to save a bit of time on colouring by doing a bit of ppr piecing instead. Who knew that it would take me longer to cut out the fiddly bits than to do the colouring! Her dress, under skirt and handbag have all been cit from the background papers. Here's her close up..........


Of course the rest of her is coloured with my trusty promarkers.

I couldn't let this one go without entering a few challenges, so here they are:

A Gem of a Challenge - Paer Piecing
I Love Promarkwes - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - Clear it Out

Sorry about the terrible spelling on the links - I am sure you get the idea anyway!

Sharon x