Friday, 28 April 2017

My first post as a DT member for Colour Crazy

I am so excited to finally be able to tell you that I have been invited to join the Colour Crazy challenge team!

This is really an honour for me as I find myself amongst some amazing colourists and it is very humbling to be part of the team....and what a lovely bunch they are too!

So on to my first card for the team, and this week we are sponsored by Dr Digi.

 I have coloured my image - Toolshed Tim, with my Spectrum noir markers and Colourblend pencils.

He is quite a comical character don't you think?
Anyway - I had zoomed in on that little seedling in the pot, and I wanted to find some papers that would go with a growing things / gardening theme. In to my faithful NitWits digi stash I went and, low and behold, I found the Fincey's Garden FQB, which contained everything I needed, including the little seed packets !

So - there is my very first card for the Colour Crazy Team. I hope you will come over and join our challenge - remember you can colour with anything you like, so don't be shy!

Bye for now.

Sharon x


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Family at Cute Card Thursday

We have a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday today, and this week the theme is 'Family'.

Rather than doing an image containing a family, I decided to opt for a family related sentiment :-)

The cute little image that I have chosen is from the Scruffy Little Kitten range by Crafters Companion. I love the toussled hair which is soooooo easy to colour as you basically just squiggle!
I coloured her in with lovely pastel shades using my Spectrum Noir pens and paired her up with papers from the matching CD.

So there we have it! Now I'm looking forward to seeing your interpretation of family over on the challenge blog, so don't forget to join me there!

Bye for now, and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

It's Christmas already at Fab n Funky

 It's time for a new challenge over at Fab n Funky, and this week the theme is Christmas. It's good to have a reason to get started on those Christmas cards good and early don't you think?

Our sponsor this week is Dr Digi and they have a whole range of Christmas inspired digital images.
I decided to go with this very friendly looking Father Christmas  - I think he is just as I imagined he would look when I was a kid.

I love this image of him updating his naughty and nice list, but I found it might be a bit of a challenge because there was a lot of white in there. I tackled this by using variations on whitish shades using my Spectrum Noir pens.

So for the beard and notice board - Ice Gray 1 and 2

For the shirt - some of the paler grays from the BG (Brown Gray) spectrum.

Finally, I decided to make the scroll of paper look like parchment, so I went for EB1 and EB2 to get that look.

Finally, I wanted to make it look like he was in a room in Lapland so I found some digi paper that looks like floor boards and paired it with a beautiful paper from Polkadoodles Winnie's Winter Wonderland, which I thought made wonderfully festive wall paper!

So that is me, one step closer to Christmas!

I can't wait to see all of your lovely makes, so be sure to come and join us over at Fab N Funky.

Thanks very much for visiting today.

Sharon x

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Birthdays at Cute Card Thursday.

It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this week the theme is Birthdays.

For my card, I have decided to go fairly clean and simple, and i have picked a lovely image from Saturated Canary. I just love her raggety wings!
To colour her in I used my Colourblend pencils, with paper stumps and blending fluid and I have jazzed up her wings with a little bit of silver glitter.

I have used my dotty stamp  all around the edge to frame her and thrown in some extra dots of clear glitter, just because I could!

Finally, my lovely sentiment is a Tonic die. I particularly love this one because it is so delicate and swirly, plus it cuts beautifully too.

So that's my card for today. I hope you like it, and that you will join us over at Cute Card Thursday. We look forward to seeing al your lovely creations!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x


Thursday, 13 April 2017

More than one fold at Cute Card Thursday.

So, we have an brand new challenge at Fab n Funky this week and our theme is 'more than one fold' sponsored by All Dressed Up, so I have gone with a stepper card for this theme.
Those of you who visit my blog will have noticed that I am quite a fan of All Dressed Up, although usually I  tend to go for the human characters, so it was really nice to get colouring with one of the animals for a change.

For this little cutie pie, I coloured her with Spectrum Illustrators, and then use my Prismacolour pencils to get all the tiny details on the swing and flowers.

Finally I matched her up with some lovely colourful paper from the NitWits Hello Sunshine digital set.

Thanks for coming to visit today, and I look forward to seeing you over at Cute Card Thursday.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Fantasy time at Fab n Funky

Hi there. I am back with my DT card for Fab n Funky this week, where the theme is fairys, unicorns anything goes if it would fit on to a fantasy world.

I have used this little cutie from All Dressed Up. How tiny she must be to sit underneath those flowers!

I coloured her with my copics so that she would match with my backing paper which comes from one of the Crafters Companion Morgan Fitzsimons CDs.

I have kept it all fairly simple, to focus on that lovely little fairy. But of course I just had to add some fairy dust, with a splash of glitter here and there!

So I hope you will come and join us over at Fab n Funky. I am hoping to see lots more lovely fairies!

Bye for now and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Sunday, 9 April 2017

A four leaf clover for luck!

Hi there. it has been a while since I posted but I am back today with a card that I made for a friend who left work recently. I have known her for a long time, so I wanted to make her a card that represented the things she likes.

This image for Sherri Baldy fitted just perfectly as my friend is Irish, she has a special waist coat that she uses for Morris dancing, and of course the clover represents good luck.

I went to town on the colouring for this one, using both my Spectrum Noir pens and the colour blend pencils for the job. Plus i was  so happy that I managed to achieve a face with a defined nose and a soft blush for a change........just wondering if I will ever be able to do that again!

My backing papers are from Nitwits - I thought that the heart pattern on the right looked a bit like a four leaf clover too.

Four once I had this card prepared in good time, and it was lovely to be able to really take my time and enjoy the process for a change!

That's all from me now...time to hit the Easter cards...yes I am back to my good old 'getting behind' ways once again!  Thank good ness I have a week off work!  :-)

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your weekend.

Sharon x


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Chicks, chicks and more chicks!!!

Hi. I am back today with a whole bunch of cards featuring Tiddly Inks chicks. Cute Card Thursday have an Easter challenge this week, so this seemed to be perfect for the job.

These are so easy to colour and such fun too, as you can add in your own lettering to personalise the message, so I decided to put the recipients names in by digitally adding the letters using Serif Craft Artist. However, you could easily do this by hand with a micron pen if your writing is neat.
My little felt toys were little extra gifts to go with the card, and I made them myself, using on line patterns purchased from Sew Sweet.

Hope you like what you have seen today. I look forward to seeing your Easter designs over at Cute Card Thursday.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

It's Christmas at Fab n Funky

 Christmas time has come around again over at Fab n Funky and this week we are sponsored by the fabulous All Dressed Up.

Wendy is most known for her lovely character images, but has some fantastically cute animals too as you can see from this great bunch of penguins.

I decided to go with a frosty blue and green palette for my card this week, and as luck would have it, I had the perfect scrap of ribbon to fit the occasion!

The images are quite delicate with some tiny detail , so nicely sharpened pencils were the order of the day here. I decided to go with my Prismacolours this time to get some nice vibrant colour going on.

So at Christmas card done and dusted for next Christmas!

Don't forget to come and join in at Fab n Funky. We would love to see what you create.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring has sprung

At Cute Card Thursday we are celebrating that start of Spring this week, so here I am with a fabulous image from Bugaboo which ties up everything that I love about Spring!

This is quite a busy little image when you look at it..such a lot packed in there, but it is such fun to colour with some lovely pastel tones.

I made sure to coordinate with some pastel papers from my stash and finished of with a little bit of ribbon and some Nuvo drops,...job done!

I can't wait to see all of your Spring Time creations, so be sure to pop over to Cute Card Thursday and join in the fun.

See you there!

Sharon x

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

It's rabbits...but not Easter Bunnies!

Hi there. It is certainly the season for rabbits, with easter coming up fast and furious.....but these are Christmas rabbits....and aren't they oh so cute.
This lovely design is from Lili of the Valley and I just love these two little characters.

I coloured my image in using blendable pencils and of course I couldn't resist adding some glitter to make some sparkly snow.

I used some lovely Nitwits digital paper for my background and teamed it with some holly ribbon and some candy dots.

So that's my card for today - hope you like it and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Saturday, 18 March 2017

In to the man cave.......

Hi everyone. I am back today with a man card for a change! I have had birthdays for both my dad and my father in law in the last week or so, so man cards were definitely the order of the day.

Having exhausted both golf and fishing over the years, I opted for this lovely vintage boy at his work bench, which i thought would suit my father in law very well.
The image is from Lili of the Valley and I have coloured it all in with Spectrum Colourblend pencils and blending oil.

My lovely hammers and nails paper came from a very old Messy Rabbit CD that I got from Joanna Sheen....sadly I don't think it is available any more.

As you can imagine, the person for whom this card was intended isn't much in to glitter and ribbons, so I kept it all very clean and simple, although I did indulge myself with a few candy dots!

So that's a difficult card out of the to set my mind on what I am going to do for Father's Day!

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Getting ready for the next big event.

The sun a starting to shine (sometimes!), the snowdrops have been and gone, and the daffodils are starting to bloom. Spring is finally coming and that means...not long until Easter!

I would like to say that I am well ahead with my crafting.....BUT.......this isa n Easter card that I made last year!

It was for one of my nephews, who is in his twenties and probably wouldn't appreciate a cute little bunny. 😛

So I opted for this fab, if slightly grumpy sheep from Hobby Art. I thought the look on his face went perfectly with the sentiment, which is a digital one from the Polkadoodles Winnei Spring CD.

I coloured him with my Spectrum Noirs and the background was blended with distress inks. I wish i could tell you where the paper was from, but it was one of those free pads from a magazine, but i am sure that NitWits do something along similar lines.

So I hope you like my card and slightly less than joyful sheep!! Hopefully I will be back soon with an Easter card from this year's batch.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Fab n Funky - children

It's time for a new challenge over at Fab n Funky today and this week we are sponsored by Digital Delights who provided this ever so cute and cheery digital image called Bugsly.

The theme for this week is 'Children' so it could be cute little kiddies, or a card that would suit a child.

For my card I have kept things ever so simple and coloured Bugsly in lovely pastel colours to match my backing paper.

I hope you will pop over to the Fab n Funky blog  to join in the fun and check out the lovely creations by the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x


Monday, 13 March 2017

The latest thing from Crafters Companion - Foils and Transfers


I have dropped in today with a sneaky peak of the Crafters Companion metallic foils and transfers. You may have seen Sara demonstrating them on You Tube recently, but they will soon be appearing on Hochanda too, so watch out for the TV programmes coming later this week.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Signs of Spring

I don't know if I dare say it, but, it seems we have some signs of Spring today. I have woken up to a beautiful sunny morning and blue skies! I am sure it won't last, but I will enjoy it while it is here!

So, I decided i would blog this card, as it really puts me in mind of Spring. I made it a long time ago, and, to be honest, I had completely forgotten about it, but it has made me think that I really need to get my House Mouse stamps out again as i so love colouring them!

This particular one was a digi from a CD and there were matching papers to go with it.

I coloured it with my Spectrum Noirs and did a little bit of decoupage too....I thought those lovely flowers and mice deserved it!!

My die cut flowers seemed to be a perfect match...they are daisies from Tonic studios.

And finally - I spent a very long time drawing faux stitches on this 8 x 8 card......but i think it was worth it.

I think we can officially say I am in to Spring now so look forward to more pastels and fluffy cuties in the near future!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great weekend everyone.  😊

Sharon x


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Something Oh SoGirly!

I'm back again to remind you that we have a new challenge starting over at Cute Card Thursday today which is Anything favourite kind of challenge!

For my card I have dug around my old CDs and come up with the lovely Angelica and Adam CD (Crafters Companion) which has a whole host of cute boys and girls on it.

As you can see, I have gone to town on the pink for this card, which I made for a little girl who loves to play with her dolls.

I decoupaged the image, which has about four or five layers if i remember rightly, and used some of the backing papers form the CD ROM to go with it.

Finally, as it was a girly card, i just had to fit a bit of glitter in there somewhere, and the sparkly edge around the number made it stand out beautifully don't you think?

Thanks for visiting today.

I'm really looking forward  to seeing what you create over at the Cute Card Thursday blog.

Bye for now!

Sharon x


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Time for babies at Fab N Funky

Hi there. It's time for a new challenge overat Fab N Funky, and this week our challenge is 'Baby', sponsored by A Day for Daisies.

Isn't this image cute?

I have coloured it using Promarkers and matched them to some papers that I had in my stash.

Hope you like it and that you will join us over at Fab n Funky this week.

Bye for now.

Sharon x


Saturday, 25 February 2017

All dressed up pink and blue girl with Spectrum Blendables

I thought that, here in the UK, we needed a little reminder that Spring is coming so I am back today with this little cutie from All Dressed Up. I thought the butterflies and flowers would make me feel more Spring like, rather than the dark, cold and damp weather that I am seeing out of my window right now!

My lovely little girl was coloured using my Spectrum Colourblend pencils and blending solution and the lovely backing papers are a NitWits digital collection.

It's not often that I add sentiments, but I couldn't resist using the Lots of Love banner, which is from Tattered Lace - it seems to add just the finishing touch that I needed.

Looking at the close up, I am wondering if I should have added a little touch of glitter to those butterflies. Oh well, too late now....this card has already gone to a new home!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you all a restful and crafty weekend.

Sharon x


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Floral Abundance with Cute Card Thursday.

We have a new challenge today at Cute Card Thursday, where the theme is 'Floral'.

Now whilst this card may not be exactly cute, it is definitely floral!

It is pretty big - 8 x 8 inches, and i have to say it took 'blooming' ages to colour it all!

The image that you can see came from a Colorista A4 colouring pad, and I coloured everything in with my Colourblend pencils.

It is pretty tropical.....I could do with a bit of that in my life right now!

Hope you like it :-)

Sharon x

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Sneak Peak - Sara's Shabby Chic Butterfly Cards

 Sara's next Signature Collection is coming out soon, and I am delighted to show you some sneak peaks of this great collection.

I'm focussing on the butterflies today, starting with this box card  which I made using the gorgeously delicate butterfly dies and a page from the 6x6 paper pad with I have over stamped with a sentiment from the stamp set.
 Here's another card featuring some more of the papers , the butterfly and the little tag dies which go with the sentiments.
And finally some more butterflies and paper and an embossing edge folder which I used on Coredinations card.

My cards will be winging their way to the USA for the HSN launch now, but I hope you will check out Hochanda to see what  some of my talented DT friends have made for the UK launch.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

No Patterned Papers at Cute Card Thursday.

Well we have another challenge at Cute Card Thursday, where the theme is 'no patterned papers'. Now this sounds simple enough at first, but when I look at my cards it is quite surprising how many of them do have patterned papers...... even if it is just a sneaky little mat here and there!

So I made this card, using my tonic dies and three colours of plain card.

I really like the stark clean look against the delicate fairy.

So now we would really like to see what you create, so don't forget to hop over to Cute Card Thursday and add you creations.

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Fab n Funky - Sponsored by Digistamps for Joy

 Hi there.

I am back with a new card for Fab n Funky, sponored by Digistamps for Joy, who sponsored this lovely image.

I reconnected with some old friends, in the form of my Promarkers for this challenge, and I had a real blast colouring in this image.
In fact, I had so much fun with it that I made up my card without following the challenge theme, which was Bingo. Slap on the wrist for me!!

I hope that you can do a better job of following this week's theme than I did, and I am looking forward to seeing all your creations on te Fab n Funky blog.

Bye for now and thanks as always for visiting.

Sharon x

Wedding Bells Edgeable - the final bit of romance for this week!

And this is my last 'lovey dovey' sample for this week....I think I am all romanced out for now!

This card features another die form the Crafters Companion edgeables range and, although it is actually wedding bells, I think you could get away with this for Christmas too.

Once again the Luxury card stock has come out to play.....if you get a chance to grab some, go for it as there is absolutely loads in the pack.

My wedding bells have been used as both an 'edge' and a standalone die cut, and I have finished off with a die cut sentiment from another one of Sara'a Signature ranges.

So there we are - enough of Valentines...bring on Easter! Watch this space!

Thanks as always for visiting.

Sharon x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines Day - Graceful Heart Edgeable

It's February 14th, so here I am with another Crafters Companion Edgeable die for you too see.

Ince again a very simple card, but this shows that these dies don't just have to be used for edges. You can cut through the bottom part and separate them so they can be used independently.

Aren't the delicate filigrees in these hearts gorgeous?

They would look really good with a bit of contrasting backing paper mounted behind them too.

I have used a combination of luxury card stock and centura pearl card for this sample, which gives a really sturdy card.

By the day - the little decorative corners that you see also come with the heart die.....a perfect little extra for a little bit of wow factor.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Monday, 13 February 2017

Wild About you at Fab n Funky

Not much longer to enter this week's challenge over at Fab n Funky!

This week the theme is 'Wild About You' and we have been playing with some lovely images from The Paper Shelter.

I have decoupaged mine and used the corresponding backing paper.

Thanks for visiting for this very quick post.

I will be back on Wednesday with the next Fab n Funky challenge.


Special Occasion Edgeable

Hi there. I am back with a card that I made for Crafters Companion using their Special  Occasion edgeable die and their luxury glitter card stock.

I have opted for a Wedding card here, but you could change up the colours and use this card for any occasion really.

This is a very quick and simple make, with the pearl dots used for the 'icing'.

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Love is in the air.....

Hi there,

On this cold and dull day I thought I would warm your hearts with this anniversary card that I made using  various items from Stamps by Chloe.

This is a really simple card to make and takes no time at all, but at the same time it looks quite special I think.

First of all I took the Heart Shaped wreath stamp, and stamped and embossed on to pearlescent paper, before adding some gorgeous Wow embossing powder. I also used an embossing pen to eade the card and applied the same powder to make a bit of a frame.

The cute little flowers are also dies form the Chloe range and the perfect size for this heart I think.

Finally I added pearl dots before matting and layering and hey presto...job done!

Hope you like it. I'm off to make the most of the dreary day, and get on with some crafting!

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Sparkles Thanks Dear

Hi all.

I am back with a very quick card, which i made when the Spectrum Sparkles pens first came out.

You may remember that there were some stamps released alongside them at the time and this little deer  was one of them.

Now this is not one of my greatest colouring achievements, and my shabby photo skills made the deer look patchy, rather than sparkly -but it is the background that appealed to me on this one. It is very simple but I wanted to create the effect of a patchwork quilt.

This was very simply achieved by cutting out some simple paper pieces and then edging them with a fine liner pen.

So that's my little card for today.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x