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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Georgia's Christening

Just a quick post to show you a Christening card I have made for Sunday. I'm really into die-cutting at the moment and I think this card demonstrates this...



Lots of different dies have been used, the background is a trellis embossing folder and I've finished off with a flat-back pearl.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Dies R Us Challenge - anything goes
Paper Creator #60 - something for the kids
Fab N Funky #361 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #305 - punches and dies
Crafting With Dragonflies #87 - embossing

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Polka Dots and Daisies

Today's card is for my Niece, Lucy who is turning 9 later this month. She'll be in Disney World in Florida for her birthday so I needed to make this early...




I've used lots of dies on this one! I was inspired by a card I made a few months ago using a Crafts-U-Print design. I wanted to make something that looks a bit more 'handmade' though. The blue and lemon polka dot papers are from my ridiculous stash of paper pads and I've used peel-offs for the name.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #63 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #428 - name or number (both!)
Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything goes
Cardz 4 Gals #53 - pretty pastels
Crafty Sentiments - pearls or strass (what's strass??)
Crafty Gals Corner #135 - bingo (2 papers, free, flowers)











Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Fabulous 50

Today's card is for a friend of mine from work who is 50 today. She has always been a bit of a Goth - her wedding dress was black and purple - so I thought this would be the ideal colour scheme for her card...


I've used a selection of fancy dies cut in plain purple card and black rose patterned card. The central die cut in white linen cards really pops against the background. The number are cut in the same card used for the background and I've embellished with some purple coloured gems. To add a touch of shine I've also added some mirri card bits cut from a corner die.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Fingers #135 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #428 - name or munber
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #428 - anything goes
Watercooler Wednesdays #131 - all about birthdays
Crafty Creations #347 - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christmas Bauble

I've spent most of this week enjoying the World Athletics Championships on the TV and I've taken the opportunity to make some basic Christmas cards for the family while I'm watching...



These papers and topper came with a very old edition of Making Cards. It's nothing fancy design wise but but I've added a bit of bling with a gold gem on the big bauble and white glittery highlights on the smaller baubles. In real life it looks much shinier than it does in the photo as I've used gold glitter paper for the matting. I made a batch of 5 the same which took about an hour and a half - very quick!!

I'm entering this quick make into the challenges at:

Merry Christmas Challenge #29 - anything goes 
Glitter n Sparkle #251 - monochrome
ABC Christmas Challenge - Q is for quick
The Holly And Ivy Christmas Challenge #12 - anything goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #63 - Christmas in July


Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

#SK8

Another card for a 12 year old - this time with a skateboard theme... or to get down with the kids #sk8!!

I really do need to get more masculine stash! I struggled again to find a suitable image but as always Google is your friend. I printed 3 copies of this pre-coloured image and decoupaged bits to add some depth.



The backing paper is from a really old Trimcraft pack and I created the greeting on the computer. The silver letters and numbers are from a pack from The Range. I've also used a Memory Box die to create the 'tread' effect - the actual die is rectangle shaped but I rough cut it in two for a more 'urban/grafitti' look.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Craftoholics R Us - die cuts
Crafty Creations #347 - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - boys to men (2nd entry)
Crafting By Designs - August anything goes
Paper Creator - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #362 - masculine

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

BMX Silhouette

Arrgh - cards for boys! I think we all dread them a little bit!

Today I needed to make a card for a friend for her BMX bike loving 12 year old...




I searched through all my digi images and decoupage stuff to no avail - I simply couldn't find anything suitable. Then I had a light bulb moment - Mr Google helped me find a free silhouette. I printed the image directly onto the patterned paper. Some parts of the pattern still showed through so I carefully coloured over the image with a black pro-marker and a fine liner.

Yay - a very simple card but exactly what was needed!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

The Corrosive Challenge #7 - anything goes July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - July challenge 
Crafty Ladybirds - July anything goes 
Paper Creator #59 - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - boys to men
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #62 - anything goes
Brown Sugar #261 - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Penelope in Green


Happy Friday everyone!

It's a mild, sunny day up here in the North East - certainly no sign of rain yet.
There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Lizzy Love at the Oddball Art Company - a lovely Etsy store to pick up some seriously cute, and weirdly creepy digital stamps...



This is what I have created using a Oddball image called Penelope...:



I've used some newly acquired pretty papers from a pad of glittery papers The Range, matted on black paper. I've coloured the image using co-ordinating pro-markers and added some paper flowers from a mixed pack  as embellishments. The scroll leaves are from a Cheery Lynn die and I've added various coloured flat-backed pearls from my stash. The greeting is a digi stamp from Lili Of The Valley.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Through The Purple Haze #130 - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps #252 - make your mark
Cute Card Thursday #488 - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #361 - girlfriends
Crafty Gals Corner #133 - anything goes
Southern Girls #165 - flower power
Crafty Creations #346 - anything goes

So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Monday, 24 July 2017

Butterfly Stripes

I'm still on a mission to use up some of the stuff I have received free with magazines over the years..




I think this butterfly topper and coordinating patterned paper and sentiment came with Complete Cardmaking when it was around - I've certainly had them for more than 5 years!

I used a white linen card base and I've tried to keep as much 'white space' as possible while still showing off the gorgeous striped paper. For a touch of bling I've added a strip of silver peel-off and some shiny gems.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Less Is More #338 - no stamps 
Through The Purple Haze - things with wings
Country View Challenges - things with wings

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Anniversary Bling

I seem to be making a lot of anniversary cards lately but I guess that 'cos there's lots of weddings during the summer months!

I've used my favourite filigree heart die again, in super shiny mirri card - very bling!




I've used some dull silver leaf patterned paper for the background and added a greeting created in Publisher using Monotype Corsiva font. I've used a thick cream linen base and some of the same to mount the heart.

Simple but it has an 'expensive' look to it in real life!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Get Creative Challenges - clean and simple
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #338 - anything goes
Try It On Tuesday - let it shine
Crafty Sentiments - clean and simple
Crafty Creations #346 - anything goes
Fab N Funky #360 - use patterned paper

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Deco Lady in Blue

Today's card is a further attempt to use up my ridiculous pile of stash - I've used a Crafts U Print freebie that came with a magazine. It's not my usual style of card but the colour and image really caught my eye.



I do love blue - unfortunately it isn't the most popular colour to use in card making. I've layered this decoupaged image using foam pads then added a little personal touch - some coloured art deco style peel-offs. I've also added a little bling on the head-dress with some tiny pearls coloured blue with a pro-marker. The image is mounted on some blue marble effect patterned paper and the greeting came with the decoupage sheet.

I'm currently making a mixture of cards for an older lady and I'm sure this is ideal.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Creations #345 - anything goes
Paperminutes #495 - women 
Watercooler Wednesdays #127 - all about birthdays
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #337 - anything goes
Always Fun Challenge #14 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

New Home

Today's card is for a colleague at work who is about to move into her first home...



I used one of my favourite house digis from Digistamp Boutique - they are so cute and a dream to colour. My colour scheme was inspired by the challenge this week at Sweet Stampin' TOP 3!

and also by the mood board at Double D Challenges



I used some pastel patterned papers from a pack from The Works, some pale coffee-coloured lace and some heart-shaped pearls coloured to match.

I've also entered this into the challenges at:

The Paper Shelter - going digital
Creative Fingers #134 - anything goes
Crafty Catz #378 - anything goes with lace TOP 3!

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Thomas is Two!

Today's card is for a little boy about to turn 2... 




The dotty background paper is from a really old scrapbook kit. I die-cut balloons from co-ordinating patterned paper and added die-cut bows and peel-off 'strings'.The large number was created in Publisher using the WordArt function and carefully hand cut then matted.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Fingers #134 - anything goes
Crafty Gals #130 - anything goes
Colour Crazy #27 - anything goes
Fab n Funky #358 - little boys and girls
Aud Sentiments #183 - for a child
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - July 2017

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, 3 July 2017

Tutti Cuti Birthday

So... finding an unlabelled folder in a carrier bag in my craft room I was quite surprised to find a collection of decoupage images that were all assembled ready to use but forgotten about!

This cutie is from the same company who make the Gorjuss range (Santoro)...




I've used various dies - the polka dot backing paper was cut to the same shape as the card base and matted on candy pink paper. I've added a very old digi sentiment cut with a circle die and three hearts using heart shaped nesting dies. Very simple in style, but a useful addition to my emergency birthday card stash.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Dies R Us #76 - lots of layers
Dragonfly Dreams - anything goes
Crafting With Dragonflies #84 - punches or dies
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - H is for 'hearts'
Crafting From the Heart #166 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting folks

Sharon
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Friday, 30 June 2017

Dias De Los Muertos Wedding

Yay - it's Friday - although we're having a bit of a wet one here in the North East of England - I think Summer might be over!

There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's wonderful sponsor is Nikki - aka Melonheadz






What a wonderfully weird image but as it's for a bit of a strange couple I think it's perfect!

 

I've coloured the image using pro-markers and used a range of pink and grey patterned papers from my stash. I've added some die cut flowers with black pearl centres as embellishments and added a sentiment created in Publisher.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Sweet Stampin' - lots of layers
Die Cuttin' Divas - wedding/anniversary
Deep Ocean Challenge #158 - lots of layers
4 Crafty Chicks #357 - anything goes
Double D Challenge - anything wedding
(Pin)spirational Challenge #193 - photo below













So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Merry Christmas Uncles

I've now managed to make a start on my regular Christmas orders....

Each year I make a card for my friend's son (Evan) to give to his uncle and his husband - not a card that would be readily available on the High Street.




I've used a really cute robins couple digital image from the Digistamp Boutique. It's coloured with pro-markers, and mounted on dark red paper with a scallop down one side. The co-ordinating patterned paper is from a really old Trimcraft pack and I've added a simple greeting with a solitary gem. There's a sprinkle of white glitter on the hats as well which was really difficult to catch in the photo.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:


ABC Christmas Challenge - L for love / M for more than one
Crafting By Designs - get ready for Christmas
Fab N Funky #357 - Christmas Crackers 
Inky Chicks #85 - Christmas 
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #9 - AG

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Reading

Today's card was a request for a friend who wanted a girl reading or surrounded by books...




The image was from a company called Rosey Hearts who I think is now defunct. The pile of books is cut from a bookworm digi from Robyn's Fetish. This is exactly why I love digis - you can mix and match images!

I've coloured the images with pro-markers and mounted on dark red card. The patterned paper in the background is a subtle gold spot design and I've added some bling in the form of red diamante gems.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Addicted To Stamps and More #247 - make your mark 
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - add a sentiment
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #334 - anything goes
Hiding In My Craftroom #305 - feminine
Kraftin' Kimmie - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 16 June 2017

Penguin Party

Today's card is an order from a friend at work who wanted something penguin themed - I do seem to make a lot of penguin cards!!




I've used this very sweet digi image from 2 Cute Ink - coloured with pro-markers and mounted on scalloped die-cut circles.

I've used a large square 8x8 white base so this card will really stand out! The backing papers are from my stash and I created the greeting using Candy Round font. Finally, I've added some coloured pearls to mimic the polka dots in the backing paper.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Mod Squad Challenges - make it square 
Crafting By Designs - things with wings
The Crafty Addicts #37 - AG/use die-cuts 
Create And Makes #12 - AG/use yellow
Dream Valley #158 - square cards only
Deep Ocean Challenge#157 - dies/punches/chipboard
Use Your Stuff #267 - warm summer colours
Inky Chicks #84- use 3 patterned papers (2nd entry)
Cutie Pie Challenge #112 - all creatures great and small

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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