Wednesday 28 November 2012

A girly moment.....

Much as I love Christmas and all the craftiness that goes with it, it's really nice to get away from it occassionally, and this girly card does just that.

This lovely little girl is a digi image from the Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet CD and the backing papers are from the same place. I chose the papers first, for their lovely colours which reminded me of Spring, and then I coloured in the girl to match using a combination of Promarkers and Sketch Markers. The embellishments are lovely Candy dots and a scrap of velvet ribbon.

I couldn't let this change of theme go by without entering a few challenges, so here they are:

Cute Card Thursday - Girls Only
Make in Monday
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - Girls

That's all for me today. I'm off now to do something a little different - stiching together a jumper that I have made for one of my great nephews for Christmas. It has taken me a while to do it, and I am worried that it won't fit him for long, so I need to sew it up quick, and give it as an earlier than planned Christmas present I think!!!

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Still Nuts!

Here's my second nutty card created this weekend, using the 'Go Nuts' squirrel. As you can see, he comes complete with his own sentiment....which is very appropriate!

This time I have used papers from the Docrafts Woodland set, which, I have to admit, is one of my favourite Docraft packs.  I have gone for a red squirrel this time, and embellished with more nuts, much to the disgust of my garden wildlife!

Once again I have some challenges to enter for this card.......

Make it Monday
Stampin for the Weekend - Use Texture
Creatalicious - Winter
Friday Sketch Challenge

That's enough Squirrel Business for today I think!


Caution - May Contain Nuts!

Yes - this card really does contain nuts......nicked from my bird (and squirrel) feeder!

I received this stamp from Stamp Addicts, to have a little play with and for some reason, I felt the need to stick actual nuts to it.

The squirrel stamp is so lovely as he looks like he's been caught in the act, whilst stealing that hazelnut (reminds me of my son's face when he has raided the biscuit tin!)

I have followed a sketch from the Sweet Stop for this card and used some snowflake paper in an unusual colour to represent the winter, without being to obvious.

There are a few challenges that I would like to enter this card in to.......

Make it Monday
The Sweet Stop - Sketch
Stampin for the Weekend - Use Texture
Creatalicious - Winter

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharon x

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Snowy People

Here's a card that I made using another gorgeous Digistamp Boutique image.

I love all the sweet smiley faces!!

I have coloured them in with  my promarkers and added lots of sparkly glitter.

The backing papers are from a lovely NitWits set, appropriately named Winter Mittens, and I have used a memory box corner dies which I got at the Hobbycraft shows earlier this month.

Here's a close up of the characters:

I would like to enter this for the following challenges:

My Mum's Craft Shop
Creatalicious Challenges
Sweet Stamping
The Squirrel and the Fox
Crafty Calendar Challenge
Bearly Mine
Make it Monday

That's it for me today......dinner's ready.....time to go!!!

Sharon x

Saturday 17 November 2012

True or Faux???

Hi all. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend, despite the grey and gloomy weather that we are having today.

I thought I would opt for a bit of snowy cheerfulness today with this cute little digi image from Digistamp Boutique.

It's lovely and simple to colour and took no timeat all, so I invested a bit of time in making some more paper beads for the embellishments. Now that I know roughly what size and shape of paper I need to roll the right size beads, I can make them out of almost any paper, and in this case I have used some left over scraps of Nitwits digital paper.

I have also added a bit of faux stictching to create a frame and not forgetting the essential ingredient........GLITTER!!!!!!!

I have a few lovely challenges to enter today:

Christmas Card Challenge - Snowmen
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
My Mums Craft Shop - Winter Wonderland
Anything Goes - Stitching - Real or Faux
Creatalicious - Winter

Right, time for me to go out and tackle tescos now, before a night or relaity TV entertainment!!

Sharon x

Wednesday 14 November 2012

The Mulberry Moose

I never thought I would see the day when I would be raving about a stamped image of a moose, and yet that day has now arrived!

I really love the Mulberry Wood range and for some reason I have a particular soft spot for these mooses (is that how you say more than one moose - I kinda wanna say 'mice' but I know that's not right!

Here's a close up of them......

As I have had a few days off work I have had a chance to get some of my stamps out and my printer churning, and here is the first result. The papers arfe all from the Mulberry Wood CD and, I have to admit, I wasn't too sure about them when I first printed them off, but I am really pleased with how the card came together in the end, particularly as it is way out of my colour comfort zone.

I have colured these two buddies with alcohol pens and added a bit of glitter (it's mandatory for snowy scenes!), before putting the card together following a lovely sketch featuring on Cupcake Craft this week.

My son really liked this card, as it is a departure from my usual pinks and pastels, so I think this one may be earmarked for family Christmas card down....a zillion to go!!!

Here are the challenges that I am entering today......

Cupcake Craft - Sketch
Make it Monday
Catch the Bug - Things with Tails
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
I love Promarkers - Christmas Trees
My Mums Craft Shop - Winter Wonderland
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

So that's all from me today. Back soon with some cards featuring a new technique for me.....paper beads. All of a sudden I am a little hooked on these, as I can't belive how a little slip of paper can turn in to a decorative beaded........I  may be a bit gluey fingered but I am certainly happy!!

Until next time.

Sharon x

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Autumn Colours - Digi style

Hi all. I'm about to launch full swing in to Christmas, so, before I do, it's time for one last autumnal challenge.

I have used a lovely digi image from Stamp Addicts called Bear Inked, and coloured him in 'flat' style with my promarkers.

Everything else on the card is also digital. The beautiful papers and the gorgeous tree are all from my NitWits Go Nuts FQB, and the toadstools are from the Polka Doodles Sundae of Seasons CD.

So here are the challenges that I am going to enter today:

One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamping - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - Things with Tails
Di's Digi Designs - Fall Colours
Make it Monday

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sharon x

Saturday 10 November 2012

Getting Sentimental

So, after very good intentions of blogging earlier this morning,it is now 5.30pm and I have finally got a chance to load something up to show you.

I would like to say that I have been busy crafting all day - alas no! - but I have had a lovely day all the same, and I am very pleased with myself as I came across a very unusual, but perfect Christmas present, whilst I was out on my walk abouts.....can't really say any more about that now....nudge nudge, wink wink!!

I also got some very nice 'condiment' type pressies whilst at our local garden centre today so I am feeling that I have achieved something towards the festive season!!!!

Back to today's card though. As you can see, it's really simple and it's made using a lovely Polkadoodles stamp, very simply coloured in with Promarkers, on a 4 inch square card.

As you can see, I have pulled out my trusty sentiments sheet, to stamp a very simple 'thank you' at the bottom.

Simple....but sweet - I hope you will agree!!

So there are plenty of challenges that fit with this card, and here they are.....

Papertake - Anything Goes
My Mum'sCraft Shop - Sentiments
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas - Thank you
Passion for Promarkers - In the Garden
Less is More - 1 layer, houses

Well that's my card for today.

I am DETERMINED to colour some stamps at some time SWALKs and Mulberrys are calling this space!

Thanks for dropping by.

Sharon x

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Mr Fox is back again!

I'm back again today with a second card featuring the Foxy stamp from Stamp Addicts.

This time I have pulled out some old Blonde Moments papers from the coffers, and I have to admit, I had forgotten that I had them. Ain't it great when you rediscover something!!!!

I thought these papers were great for a boy card and a really nice colour combination.

Having picked the papers first, I coloured in my Foxy with my Promarkers, to complement the papers.

Once again I have followed a sketch for this challenge, and here is the list of challenges that I would like to enter today:

By the Cute and Girly - Twinkle Little Star
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Sketch Saturday
Allsorts - For Men Only
Papertake - Anything Goes
Make it Monday

So I'm going to sit back and chill out now. Tomorrow is my last day of work this week as I am off to Hobbycraft on Thursday and then I have a few more days off........bliss!

Have a good evening everyone.

Sharon x

Sunday 4 November 2012

Feelin' foxy.....

Yesterday I received this stamp in the post form Stamp Addicts. Entitled 'Foxy' it's going to be featured in one of the Create and Craft shows coming up this month.

So here is the product of my efforts of last night (in conjunction with watching the X Factor of course!)

I have followed a sketch from the Papertake challenge this week, but rotated it around by 90 degrees as the toadstools needed to be on the ground!!

I have coloured Mr Fox 'flat' with promarkers and the papers are all from the lovely Do Crafts Woodland pack.

Ooooh and not forgetting the lovely toadstools which I had printed from my Sunday of Seeasons CD (Polkadoodles of course!)

Here are the challenges for today:

Make it Monday
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Papertake - Sketch
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers - Cute
The Papershelter - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Men Only

Thanks for stopping by today. I am gearing myself for a short working week this week as I am off to Hobbycraft on Thursday - whahoooooooo!!!!!!

Sharon x

Saturday 3 November 2012

Giving myself a Tea Break!

Well it's been a typical Saturday so far for me today. Firstly dragging myself out of bed ( I have to admit I need a bit of encouragement to drag myself out of my bed on a Saturday morning!)

Anyway, once I got going I have been getting on with the usual tasks that a working mum does on a weekend......washing, cleaning and all that fun stuff! Usually I try to get everything done and then find I have run out of time to craft and blog, so I end up posting at about 11pm or something ridiculous! So today I have decided to give myself a tea break and post at 11ish in the morning instead!

There are lots of 'anything goes' type challenges out there this week and also a 'manly' one from Allsorts so I decided to go with the boys for today.

As you may know, my beloved printer gave up on me earlier this week, and I can't tell you how badly I am missing it. Everything I want to do craft wise, seems to involve my Printer somewhere along the line, since the majority of my papers are of the digital variety these days! So I have decided to venture out to PC world this afternoon and get myself a new printer......then comes the scary bit of trying to get it connected to my laptop, which is now a bit of a dinosaur, running on Windows Vista. Oh well, one step at a time as they say!

In the meantime, the card I am blogging today was made with digital images and papers from the fabulous Pretty Tough CD form staple source on inspiration for just about any boy between 5 and 21!!!

As you can see, my Skater boy is coloured with promarkers, but the skateboard and greeting are printed directly from the CD, pre-coloured.......a little bit of a cheat but I hope I have got away with it!

Here are all the challenges that I am going to enter today:

Crafters Companion - Favourite Colour combination.....I have loads of favourites but the blue and burgundy is probably my favourite for a boy card.

Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
By the Cute and Girly - Twinkle Little Star
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Men Only
Make it Monday

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you all a restful and crafty weekend!

Sharon x

Thursday 1 November 2012

Flowers Galore

Here's a card that I made a little while ago, using a lovely bear stamp from Stamp Addicts. I wanted the bear to be standing under a floral archway so I had to make this base card from scratch, creating a double thickness card arch way which I secured to the front and back of the base, in the hopes that it would stand upright once the card was finished.

All ofthe lovely pastel flowers came from one of my Nitwits DigiKits. I didn't make a note of which one I actually used, but you will find flowers like these in most of their FQB sets.

As you can imagine, I spent a fair amount of time cutting out those flowers, but oddly I find it quite relaxing.

The bear is coloured 'flat'  with my promarkers, and I have finished off with a little scrap of satin ribbon.

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

Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Flowers Galore
I Love Promarkers - Cute
The Paperlane - Anything Goes
Make it Monday
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes

That's all for me today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x