Sunday, 27 April 2014

The boys are back in town

It's been quite a while since I put a 'boy' card on my blog, so I thought I would put that right today. Now we are not really a football family…intact you could write what I know about football on a postage stamp…..but I think this lads kit might resemble West Ham, is that right?

Everything that you can see from this card is sourced my Polkadoodles Pretty Tough CD which has been a gem of a purchase for me since I bought it when it first came out as it rally has been my 'go to' source for anything boyish.

I have coloured him in with y Spectrum Noirs this time and tried to make sure that I grounded him as he looked like he was flying before I put the grass in!
So on to a few challenges to enter today:

Thanks for visiting me today.

Sharon x

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Trying something new

As you all know, card making is my thing, but I have wanted to try something else for such a long time and finally I plucked up the courage. I have to say I am hooked (excuse the pun!)
Yes - I wanted to learn how to crochet. I bought a book of Amurigumi animals what must be a couple of years ago and have looked longingly at it many times since. Finally, after seeing a pattern fir some cute looking chicks in a magazine recently, I decided to take the plunge and this little chappy is the result. He is my first ever attempt at crochet and I have to admit I am really quite proud! He is far from perfect, but he came out so much better than I expected.

Having tried unsuccessfully to learn to double crochet, magic ring, increase and decrease from a book, I resorted to You Tube and hey presto, it all fell in to place…even though I am left handed and the videos are for right handers.

But back to the card - which along with the chick, was a present for one of my great nephews. I used the wonderful Fizzy Moon set from Daisy Trail to  size and decoupage the main character, plus some gorgeous backing papers from Nitwits Just Hatched which I thought matched just perfectly  :-).

Finally, out came the Promarker Trias to do some fine faux stitching around the edges.

I hope my little efforts have brought a smile to your face - even if it is just to laugh at my dodgy chick!

As usual though, lots of lovely challenges to enter so here goes:

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend.

Sharon x

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:

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:

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….

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sharon x