Sunday 30 October 2011

Something Seasonal (but not Christmas!)

As promised, here is something 'non Christmassy', and yet spookily seasonal!

This is a quick little gift that I threw together yesterday afternoon  as my son was going to a Halloween party and, although it wasn't a 'present giving' party, I didn't want him to turn up empty handed.

So I made this little goodie bag in super quick time, using my Sundae of Seasons CD from Polkadoodles and some lovely scrap book paper that I bought from Stamp Addicts last year.

My son had a great time at the party, but unfortunately I was then up with him till 2am as he was too scared to sleep. Not due to the spooky antics and stories that went on at the Halloween party, but because he was freaked out by the make up and the robotic moves that Little Mix were doing on the X Factor!!! Strange the things that get to people isn't it??

Anyway, I ended up sleeping on the floor in his room till I woke up at 6am and crawled back in to my own bed feeling very stiff!

As for my little angel - still!!!

Bye for now.

The very tired and slightly zombiefied Sharon xx

Saturday 29 October 2011

Ho Ho Ho!!

As you will have noticed, I have not been blogging much lately, as I have been very busy creating cards for the shortly to be released stamp sets from Stamp Addicts. I dropped my samples off today and I'm allowed to show you some sneak peaks so watch out for those, appearing soon!

In the mean time, here is a little Christmas card for you, using a lovely stamp from the Christmas Goirdano's at Joanna Sheen. As well as the main image, the little bear and the holly sprigs also come with the stamp set, so this is very versatile. Also, I have given my alcohol pens a little rest, and gone for my Whispers water colour pens instead.

I hope you like it, and I promise to come back tomorrow with something 'non Christmassy'!



Sunday 23 October 2011

Baby stuff

I have been busy, busy, busy this weekend, getting crafty with some lovely new stamps from the Stamp Addicts team - trying to catch up on my deadlines after being out of action last weekend!

Unfortunately that means I haven't had time to enter any challenges this week but I have got one card offering along the rheme of babies. My next door neighbour just gave birth to her second child, and so I couldn't resist inking up one of my lovely baby type stamps as I don't oftern get the chance to use them!

So this very simple card is made using one of the lovely Humphrey's corner stamps, coloured very simply with my Pro Markers.

Hope you like it. I am going to enter it for the following challenges:

CES Challenge  - New Beginnings
Cute Card Thursday - Something Cute
One Stop Craft - No designer paper.

Thanks for looking!!

Sharon x

Sunday 16 October 2011

Lovely Autumn Colours

Me and my Lemsip were watching a bit of Joanna Sheen on TV yesterday and I suddenly had the urge to colour a few House Mice (guess the Lemsip must have kicked in for a couple of hours!)

So here is the result.......

The cute backgound paper comes from the Giordano Christmas CD and I thought it went perfectly with this image, plus I had the right colour Promarkers to tone in with it perfectly.

As you can see, I have stamped out the main image, which was a bit daunting in appearance, but was actually remarkably easy to colour in. I also stamped out the leaf from the same set, four times and decoupaged this randomly on to the card.

I am quite pleased with how this card turned out, particularly as I was fuzzy headed at the time!

PS - I am feeling a lot better today (although still reliant on the cold and flu remedies!) No doublt I will be fighting fit in time to go back to work tomorrow! Thanks you to those of you who left me get well wishes on my blog. You are such lovely folk and it really cheered me up. I just can't imagine life without all my blog land buddies these days!!

I'm going to enter this card in to a few challenges too, so here goes.....

Thanks for looking once again, and reading my endless waffle!

Sharon x

Halloween is Coming!

I can't believe that Halloween is just around the corner already, and we have got through half a term of school in what seems like the blink of an eye!!

I love Halloween from a crafty point of view as I love all the cute little images that you can get, plus the lovely colours associated with this time of year.

I don't have much reason to make Halloween cards, but this year I have made one for my son, as he is still young enough to love dressing up and going out Trick or Treating so I thought that this digi image from Squiggle Stamps would be just perfect for the job.

I have coloured this image using my lovely Promarkers and the papers are from my scrapbooking stash. I am ashamed to say that I give in to the urge to buy a few Halloweeen papers every year, but never get round to scrapping the pictures if my son and his this year I decided to dust of a couple of sheets and this is the result.

As there are plenty of autumn / halloween challenges at the moment, I am going to enter this card for the following:

Thanks for looking everyone - back in a moment with another Autumn themed post.

Sharon x

Saturday 15 October 2011

Feeling a bit sorry for myself.....

Hello everyone - it's a lovely bright autumn day outside and I am stuck in side the house, nursing a box of tissues and a mug of Lemsip! I can't believe that I am missing out on what may be the last of the sunshine, but I came down with a horrible head cold yesterday, and today I am hot/ cold aching and all of that other lovely stuff. Fingers crossed I will be over the worst by tomorrow - lol !!

Anyway, I thought I would post a quick card that I made when I first became a  Stamp Addicts DT member, as I hadn't got round to showing yet, although it did appear on the C&C show last month (yay!!!).

The theme over at Cute Card Thursday this week is Tree-mendous, so I thought I would enter this card. It's a bit of a loose interpretation, but there are definitely trees, and I think the snowman is cute anyway!

I have also cheered myself up a bit this morning by ordering the complete SWALK Winter Cheer set from Crafters Companion....and even better, it didn't cost me a penny as I had a loyalty voucher to use up! I have been recording all the shows since yesterday on Create and Craft so no doubt me and my Lemsip will have a lovely time watching some of the shows later......aaahh life's not so bad after all!!

Bye for now.....

Sharon x

Thursday 13 October 2011

Blog Candy from my SIL

My Sister in Law has some lovely blog candy up for grabs in the shape of a great digital scrapbooking kit from My Memories, and you can see it right here.......

Why not pop over to her blog and have a look.

She tells me it is a really great package......and you have to be in it to win it!

Good luck everyone!


Christmas Critters

The Promarker challenge has a lovely theme this week, entitled Christmas Critters.

This gave me the perfect excuse to crack out y Humphrey Christmas Stamps.

I don't know about you, but I think that these stamps are so gorgeous that they need very little to go with them, so they look lovely on a very simple layout.

Here I have used some freebie paper that I got with a magazine, a bit of grosgrain ribbon and some candy dots....couldn't be easier.

I am a big fan of the lovely detailed cards, full of embellies, that other people make, but I'm just not very good at it myself, soI'm really glad to have a stamp that can be the focal point of the card, without too much fuss!!

So, I'm going to enter this card for the following challenges:

Thank you once again for looking, and a pleasant evening to you all.

Sharon x

Hand Made Flowers

The  theme over at Polka Doodles this week is to use hand made flowers, and I quite fancied having a go at this as I haven't made all that many before.

So, as you can see, I went a liitle bit mad with my grand calibur and cut out lots of scalloped circles to create this card, along with some die cut flowers, which I edged and curled before adding the to the card.

I think a bit more practivce is required though.

I'm going to enter this card for the following challenges:

Thanks for looking - back with another quick post in a minute!

Sharon x

Sunday 9 October 2011

Lots of Little Penguins

Well it's a grey and gloomy Sunday morning here in MK but I don't care as, after a busy old day yesterday, I don't have to feeling guilty about sitting here blogging in my PJ's! (Yes it's 10am, and I still have my PJ's lazy am I!!!)

Yesterday I received a bunch of dtamps from Stamp Addicts, which will form part of their new range in November. There are are really nice ones in there, so I can't wait to get started with them, but of course I won't be able to show them for a while.

In the mean time though, I thought I would go back to something I made with the lovely Penguins set that they sent me last time round. As you can see, I made a hanging chain using a variety of the stamps and of course my lovely nesties.

Here are a few close ups:

So we have the cute little fishing penguins - easy to stamp and mega quick to colour as all of the black comes out as part of the stamp.

Next we have the penguin buddies. As you can see I have also punched a few snowflakes from pearlescent paper and added some blue pearl gems that I found in my stash for the centres. (I have a feeling that these were from Do Crafts)

Lastly we have the snow ball penguin, and of course, on all three I just had to add a bit of doodle stitching  around the edges.

The hardest part of this was getting tje decorative ribbon to sick to the disks, but, since then I have got some of the super sticky tape..... wouldn't be without it now!!!

Well thanks for looking and I hope you all have a lovely relaxing Sunday.

Sharon x

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Something Girly

Here's a card that I made over the weekend, specifically to fit in with the sketch over on the Saturday sketch challenge. I had big plans for some card making over the weekend but, with one thing and another, this was the only one that I managed to get finished, so I have a nice pack of half finished cards to play around with if I can keep my eyes open over the next couple of evenings!

So - back to today's card. The stamped image is from the Crafter's Companion Popcorn's Pals range. I don't know if this range is particularly well known but I think that this little rag doll is so cute, and she's really fun to colour  too. All of the papers have also come from the matching CD from the range. A handy little tip - rather than ruining a whole sheet of backing paper for my punched borders, I printed a sheet of borders , cut a couple of strips off, and the punched on to the edges of those. Easy! Plus it saves on precious printer ink too.

I have coloured the imafe using my Spectrums - I am really starting to enjoy these pens and they have some really lovely colours - I will definitely try to collect the whole range over time.

So - on to the challenges. I'm going to enter this card for the following.......

Sketch Saturday.
ABC - Anything goes
CES challenge - Totally Gorgeous / Pretty Girls

I'm looking out of the window now, and the wind is blowing and the sky is grey. Looks like our bonus summertime could now be over, so I guess my Christmas mojo will soon be returning!

Thanks for looking.

Sharon x

Saturday 1 October 2011

Pretty Little Girls

Morning all. I can't believe that we are just entering October and it feels like a hot summer's day abroad. I for one am not complaining as I am loving the sunshine and I could take a little more of this before we start to see those temperatures drop. The only trouble is, that it's put me right off doing my Christmas cards for now, but I am sure my Christmas mojo will soon return!

So today, I have a card using a gorgeous LOTV stamp coupled with some lovely NitWits papers. A nice simple layout this time so that the focus is on that gorgeous little image.

I'm going to enter this for a couple of nice 'girly 'challenges this week.

CES Challenge - Totally Gorgeous / Pretty Girls
Allsorts Challenge - Flowers.

On another note, I seem to be having trouble commenting today. I type my comment and then when I submit it, it just disappears completely. Is anyone else having the same trouble and if anyone has found a solution, please can you send me a comment and let me know how you did it? It's so frustrating when you take the time to type something nice for someone and then it disappears in to oblivion!!!!

Anyway, time for me to go now - ironically I need to go to the shops and pick up some winter boots that I have ordered!

Enjoy the Indian Summer everyone!

Sharon x