Thursday 31 December 2015

Waving goodbye to 2015

And here its is - my very final post of 2015!

I am sure there will be more Christmas cards appearing on my blog, before we are finally done with Christmas, but this particular one seemed quite appropriate as we say goodbye to 2015.

I made this card using techniques learned from the fabulous Barbara Gray - either watching her on TV or picking up snippets from You Tube and her blog.

I ended up wit a lovely wintery scene that I didn't really want to give away!

I hope that 2015 has been filled with happy memories for all my blog friends and that 2016 will be a year of happiness, health and success for all of us.

Happy New Year to All!

Sharon xx

Sheena Fairy and Baubles in shrink plastic on Xmas tree

A very quick post to show you what can be done with Sheena  Douglas's Christmas Fairy and Bauble stamps and a little bit of shrink plastic.
The little fairy ends up being less than two inches high - the perfect size to sit on top of a Christmas Tree.
Then we have the cute little baubles - about 3/4 of an inch....if that!!

It's not the best card you ever saw, but hopefully this might give you a different way to use some of those big stamps in your stash!

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Monday 28 December 2015

Long blog

Oh my goodness - I didn't realise quite how long it had been since my last blog post!! It seems that the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of everything surrounding Christmas and I have had little time for any crafting except for the things that I needed to do to fulfil my commitments!

Four days away from work seemed like a lovely long break, but here i am on the very last day, wondering whee it all per usual!!

I thought I would post a quick card using Clarity stamps, just to keep that Christmas Spirit alive a little bit longer!

Hope you like it and see you all again soon.

Sharon x

Saturday 12 December 2015

Easel does it!

Well I am quite pleased with myself as I have had a very industrious day today - a lot of cleaning, and washing done, and I have even baked some gingerbread! Sometimes a rainy old day is not a bad thing as it helps you to focus on stuff you have been putting off for a while. Added bonus was that I got my 10,000 daily paces in, without even leaving the house!

So now I thought I would have a quick few minutes to sit down and post something on my blog……here it is.

An easel card I made using the oh so sweet mouse from Wild Rose Studios, coupled with one of the fabulous Tonic wreath dies and coloured with my Spectrum Noirs of course.

This is actually quite a small card - probably no more than four inches in diameter, but I think it is quite a special one and I loved every minute of making it.

Here's a close up of little Mr Mouse, so you can really see his cuteness. It took me quite a while to get hold of this stamp as it kept selling out (not surprisingly). I think it was towards the middle of the year when I finally managed to get my hands on one.

So, as you can see, I have used a dotting technique to make the mouse look furry, whilst using light and shade to give the bauble a smooth and round look. Of course, this was crating our for glitter and, for once, you can see it sparkling away on this picture.

So, before I go to ice my gingerbread trees, here are some challenges that I would like to enter:

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Sunday 6 December 2015

The most wonderful time of the year.

Hi there, I'm back again today with some stamped cards with a lot of sparkle!

I love watching Chloe Endean on the TV and I have some of her stamps so I thought it was time to get them out and have a little play. I has been a long time since I did any heat embossing, but seeing Chloe work her magic with the fabulous WOW powders had me digging in my cupboard for my heat gun and acetate.

I made a couple of cards which are almost identical, but just switched the colour of the berries to give a slightly different look.

I stamped the backing card with a beautiful pine branch and embossed with WOW powder in St Tropez Sands. I then stamped my snow flake wreath once on to my centre card and once on to acetate, which I cut out and mound  on to the main card, slightly offset to make the wealth look fuller.

The sentiment is also a Chloe stamp and I was surprised that you can emboss it and still read it, which is always a bonus!

Finally, I created my berries with Nuvo pearl drops which give a lovely pearl shape to create the perfect berry.

I was so pleased with how these cam e out and I am loving the sparkle. I will definitely be making a few more cards like this.

Before I go, of course I must enter some challenges:

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Saturday 5 December 2015

A Snowy Scene

Well Christmas is creeping up on us all too quickly isn't it?

For once I am very much on top of my Christmas shopping……wish I could say the same about my crafty Christmas cards.

I have made quite a lot of cards, but a lot of them  were for samples or charity, and that means I still have my family cards left to do!

None the less, a few weeks ago, I had a great afternoon messing around with my Cardio and Clarity Stamps and this is the result of one of my efforts using Cardio stamps and a Clarity square stencil as a mask.

I had also die cut this lovely reindeer months ago and was just waiting for the right time to use him…I guess this was it!  :-)

I hope you like my wintery festive scene. I have lots of lovely challenges to enter today, so here they are:

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x