Monday 29 September 2014

P-P-P pick up a Penguin!

Pop quiz - who remembers the title phrase as the advertising line for a certain lovely little chocolate flavour bar that we used to have as kids?  Hmmm - I wonder if they are still around? If so, I bet like everything else we had as kids, they are a lot smaller now!!

Enough reminiscing and on to my card today, which is a gorgeous Tiddly Inks stamp (all the more gorgeous for being free with a magazine!) featuring Wrynn and some cutie tootie little penguins.
I have coloured everything in with my Spectrums and thrown in a little glitter too……as befits the occasion.

My papers we offcuts left over from one of my Do Crafts Christmas pads and I love the slightly different take on Christmas colours, which was inspired by the colours in the bit of stripey paper.

I have also thrown in a bit of ric arc ribbon (which turned out to be a bit curled up and needed flattening!) and finished off with some lovely candy dots.

So the Christmas challenges are coming thick and fast now, so here are some challenges that I would like to enter today:

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a good week.  :-)

Sharon x

Monday 22 September 2014

Scruffy Little Cat and all the trimmings

Well I finally got around to colouring some of my Scruffy Little Cat stamps…it has taken a while but there is a reason, which I will come to in a minute. That said, I really wanted to do this particular image for my Sister In Law as she is an all round glamourous kind of gal!

So I started off by colouring her with my Spectrum Noirs but…the reason why I waited to dive in to these images was because I was getting some Spectrum Noir pencils for my birthday, and, once they were in my possession, I was able to do this……. 

Wow - I love those pencils….my photography doesn't show it too much but they make such a difference and are really easy to use!

Once the image was done I felt like I needed to go to town on the card a bit too, and I ended up printing some lovely papers and tags from the Scruffy Cat CD and then going to town with my Centura Pearl Black card and my dies…….and this was the result.
You know sometimes you make a card and you just want to look at it for a couple of days before you give it away and never see it again? Well that was the case with this one, so I propped it up on my sideboard for a few days so I could relish the moment. Luckily for me, the card will be ever imortalised on my blog now too!!!

So hopefully this card is worthy of a few challenges, and here they are:

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday 21 September 2014

Thinking of you with Stamp Addicts

It certainly seems like Autumn is coming in now…the leaves are changing all of a sudden and the nights are getting a little chillier!

So I thought I would post an autumnal card today, using some lovely shades of gold, orange and brown.

Stamp Addicts have a lovely stamp see containing lots of lovely flowers which you can stamp individually and I used one of those flowers to create this daisy chain effect. I have used distress inks for the stamping and the same colour to distress the edges, before colouring in with pro markers.

Here are some of the challenges this week.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Wednesday 17 September 2014

And this card is for……….???

Well it's for Jack of course!

Now this card may not look particularly special but it represents a bit of land mark for me as it involved me going in to Serif and actually manipulating things rather than just importing images, or papers and sizing them, ready for cutting out / colouring.

For this card I created the frame and digitally layered the papers, embedded the image (plus a bit of decoupage as well of course) and personalised the ballon with the name. Not only that but, the shadow that you can see is a digital trick too. Not bad for a technophobe!

I have to say that, by the time I had it all figured out, I probably would have been able to do it quicker the old fashioned way……cutting and colouring! But the good news is that I saved all the elements so, if I happen to come across another two year old Jack (and that's not so far fetched as I had two of them this year!) I will be able to whip up a personalised card in a jiffy!

So, although not my most impressive card, I thought the effort involved made it worthy of entering in to a few challenges, so here they are:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be back again soon with something a bit more inky!

Sharon x

Thursday 11 September 2014

Party Paws Decoupage

There's nothing like a cute little bear to lift your spirits and this one is no exception. He is Party Paws from Crafters Companion and, just for a change I have made use of some of the lovely decoupage from the CD to build up this lovely image.

Every time I do some preprinted decoupage I always think to myself that I must come back to it more often….it si such a satisfying and relaxing way to spend and evening.

Challenge wise, I am never sure if a challenge is for stamping only, (as most of the DTs I have been on are all about stamping), bit I think the challenges below fir the bill for this cute little chap…..and I certainly don't want to leave him hiding in my draft posts forever!!!

Thanks for stopping by today….not long until the weekend now!

Sharon x

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Away with the fairies

I thought I would pop another card on my blog today, and I came across this lovely image from Sugar Nellie, which is the central focus of a card I made a little while ago. She had obviously hidden under that mushroom as I had forgotten tat I had made this card….although I do now remember what a fine time I had colouring it all in with my Copics!

This is a very frugal card as it was made up entirely of leftovers…….the backing paper was part of a sheet printed  from one on my Flower Fairy CDs (how appropriate), the image was stamped on to an odd square of leftover neenah card, the border….also left over from a Crafters Companion CD, and of course a little scrap of ribbon which, contrary to appearances, does not go all the way down the back of the image panel!

So a very CAS card…but sometimes those are the best don't you think?

Here are some challenges that I would like to enter today….

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Thursday 4 September 2014

A bit of bling is the thing

Hi there everyone and welcome to the latest Crafty Little Fairies challenge for which we have a theme of 'sparkles and bling'. Now I am more of what you would call a subtle bling person…..I love a bit of glitter (OK quite a lot of glitter!) ad some pearls and gem, but I am not an all out 'blinger'! So for my card I have just added a little bit of glitter for a touch of sparkle. This was very east to do as I just doodled somwswirls with a glue pen and then sprinkled away….hopefully they look OK.

My image of choice for this card was a beautiful Rachelle Ann Miller stamp from Crafters Companion and I had to say I just loved colouring it in as it fulfilled two of my colouring obsessions -a cute little animal and the never ending challenge of hair. When I start on hair, I am never sure how it is going to turn out, but I think I did OK this time.

The cuddly toy was also fun to colour as I could play around with my blender pen to get a bit of a furry texture going on.

Finally, isn't the backing paper gorgeous? It was a freebie from a magazine and was designed by a lady called Jennifer Ellory. I am not sure if you can actually buy papers designed by her….if anyone knows please can they send me a comment as I would love to get hold of some.

And finally some other challenges to enter this week:

So that's my little card for today, which I hope you all like, and I hope you will come and join us over at Crafty Little Fairies for our September challenge.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Preparing for the coming season

 Well September is upon us so it's time to start thinking ahead to least from a crafty point of view anyway!

I made this card using a freebie stamp that came with a magazine this month and, to be honest I couldn't wait to stamp it out as I love Tiddly Inks.
I wanted some nice bold colour so I hot out my Graph It pens as they are a bit more opaque and set to work with some festive greens and reds.

Friday sketches had a sketch that is right up my street this week, so I used that for the layout and grabbed a few of my Do Crafts backing papers to finish the job.

So - now it's time to enter a few challenges and here they are:

Well that's all from me for today. Thanks for visiting and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the next Crafty Little Fairies challenge.

Sharon x