Monday 30 November 2015

Away with the fairies

Once again I have been away for a while…..I think I need to campaign for something more than a 24 hour day…….or something less than a 5 day working week…..I can but dream!

Meanwhile, did any of you catch the 6 hour Spectrum Noir deal on C&C? If so, you will have seen sound fabulous Morgan Fitzsimons stamps and I was lucky enough to be able to have a play with them and provide some samples.

Here is the first of my cards, made with two of the lovely images.
I had such fun colouring these characters (plus they are quite sizeable too) so I wanted to make them the main focus of my card, so here is lovely lady number one…….
And here is the cute little girl who is looking over her shoulder at the butterflies.

As per usual my photography leaves a lot to be desired so, sadly, you cannot pick up on their sparkly wings, but I used a clear sparkles pen on top on my spectrum noirs and, in real life, they have the most beautiful sparkle.  :-)

I hope you like my card for today…there will be a few more to follow!

Meanwhile, I must, of course enter some challenges.  :-)

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Something a little different using Sheena's stuff.

A little while ago I was asked to create some samples using Sheena's Elf and bauble sets, so I decided to try something a liitle different.

After a bit of digging in to my craft cupboard, out came some shrink plastic and, as if by magic a pair of Christmas bauble earings came in to being!
I stamped the baubles with Stayzon and the coloured with my Spectrum Noir pencils before shrinking with my heat gun......very quick and easy really.

I wanted them to be presented nicely so I stamped the Elf and his scroll and coloured them in with my Spectrum Noir pens.

Oh - and I may have used a bit of spray and sparkle just to jazz up those earings a bit!

I hope you like my 'something different' today. Thanks for stopping by and here are a few challenges to finish of with:

Thanks for visiting!

Sharon x

Wednesday 18 November 2015

White on White at Fab N Funky

This week's challenge over at Fab n Funky is a theme that usually strikes fear in to my heart. I love white on white…….I love what everyone else does……but I can't seem to do it myself!

So, I got started with just colouring my image whilst pondering, what an earth am I going to do about this? Then I thought about my lovely embossing folders……. then I thought about my lovely poinsettia dies and finally my lovely Chloe Endean stamps and sparkly silver embossing powder. Suddenly there was a plan and this was the result.

In the end I had such a fun time with this and the end result was oh so sparkly. Such a pity I had to photograph it on a very dark and dingy  day so I can't really get that sparkle to shine.

In then end I was really pleased with this card and I really loved getting the embossing powders out and enjoying that embossing magic that never gets old!

So now I'm going to invite you to join in at Fab N Funky with your own white creations and I'm really looking forward to all the lovely inspiration that you will give me.

Before I go though, a few more challenges to enter of course!

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Friday 13 November 2015

Getting busy with Fizzy Moon and Serif.

Today it's time to post a non stamped card once again - this time made entirely from digital images sourced from my fizzy moon Serif CD Rom.

It took a bit of fiddly to set up the layers, shadowing, sizing etc, but it was fun to play and I came out with a very nice, personalised little card.

You can't really see from the picture but I printed the image out a few times and decoupaged him for extra lift.

What a little cutie he is!!

Thanks for coming to visit me today!

Sharon x

Thursday 12 November 2015

Stamp Addicts purple sparkly wine glasses

A very quick post using a Wine glass stamp from Stamp Addicts.

The glass comes as part of a set so I simply stamped it out 3 times and then stamped again so the I could decoupage the glass part and fill it with lots of bubbly, made from glitter of course!

A very quick and simple card, which could be used for many occasions.

Hope you like it.

Sharon x

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Another diversion from paper craft!

Another day, another craft! A picture I have had stashed in my blog archive for nearly a year now, as it was a Christmas present that I made for a family member last year.

I would love to take credit for this design, but I can't as it was made from a kit that I picked up from Spoilt Rotten Beads , a lovely little site with some gorgeous ears and some great kits to get you going.
I loved the colours on this bracelet, and look at that fabulous clasp……needless to say, this one nearly didn't make it to it's new home!

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Tuesday 10 November 2015

Because I 'felt' like it

I recently had a hankering to play with felt…don't know why but it reminds me a lot of needlework during my school days, and felt is so easy to work with, it very relaxing I think.

So, many months ago I bought a cute set of patterns from , printed it……..and then left it sitting in a folder!

Finally, I managed to find the time to make my first felt character and here he is. He was made very easily during and evening, whilst watching TV. Once i had made him, I was hooked, so since then I have been dabbling with other Christmas characters and some little baubles too.

I think crafting is all about fun, and you shouldn't feel tied to one particular thing…sometimes I want to paper craft…sometimes I want to sew or crochet, or make jewellery. It's all good as far as I am concerned, just us long as you are being creative and getting a little buzz of satisfaction from whatever you are doing.

So…..even though this is a paper craft blog…'s my little felt snowman, with not a scrap of paper in sight.

I hope he has brought you a little smile today.

Sharon x

Monday 9 November 2015

Clarity children decorating tree

I've been having a little  fun time with some Clarity Stamps lately and here is one of my first attempts.

I followed the techniques that Barbara has shown so many times on her shows and came up with this, using just two stamp pads, and a white gel pen.

I think there is plenty of room for improvement but it was really fun getting inky and doing something a bit different to my usual colouring.

Whilst I had my stuff out, and my fingers were 'inky' I made a bunch of other cards too, so I am sure I will be posting some more cards on this theme in the run up to Christmas.

A very short post, but thanks for visiting today!

Oh - and some challenges I would like to enter…..

Sharon x

Sunday 8 November 2015

Sheena's Fairy

I little while ago I was lucky enough to get to play with Sheena's diary stamps and dies and here is one of the cards that I made with the fairy.

As you can see, I have gone for a snow globe effect, using some oval dies, some acetate and some sticky pads. I created the base using a smaller oval which I then cut in half.

You can create a similar effect with circular nesting dies too, and the best thing is that you can then create a globe to fit any size of stamp.
Now back to the fairy…the technique is to die cut the base shape first and the apply the cut piece to the stamp. This is down by putting the stamp face up on the table and then putting your card on ti it, so you can see where it fits and make little adjustments if you need to. Totally opposite to anything we have been told before but it really works!!

Finally I coloured my little fairy with my spectrum noirs and applied plenty of sparkle to the wings…that must be where the fairy dust comes from of course!!!

I hope you like my little fairy, and I would like to enter her in to a few challenges:

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Use your Dies and Punches at Fab N Funky

 It's time for a new challenge over at Fab n Funky and this week the challenge is to use your dies and punches, so I have taken this to heart and used dies for almost every part of my goes:

  • The main card has been made using my Tattered Lace side stepper die, and the holly panels have been cut from the insert dies.
  • The main image has been matted and layered using Spellbinders scalloped square dies.
  • The holly embellishments are cut from Marianne dies.
  • And finally, the sentiment is a Tonic die.
Not bad huh?

Let's not forget our sponsor though, and this week it is Stitchy Bears who provided me with this lovely Christmassy image. I really enjoyed colouring this with my Spectrum Noirs and finally adding a bit of magical sparkle with my glitter.

So that's my card for today, and I hope you will get your dies out, and come and join us over at Fab n Funky.

Bye for now.

Sharon x