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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Football for Girls..

A strange request today... a birthday card commissioned for a friend's sister with a Newcastle United football theme.

I checked the NUFC website to see if there were any images I could use (steal!) but to no avail. Nor could I find any images of girls in footy strips ( well I did find some but they weren't wearing anything else with the footabll shirt if you see what I mean! )

So I used the club crest as the main image and added 'girly' touches with the ribbon, the black diamantes and the scallopped nestie.


A strange card but it ticks all of the boxes... obviously as a life long Sunderland fan I washed my hands thoroughly afterwards!!!

Bizarrely enough this satisfies the requirements for the following challenge...

Charisma Cardz - Black and White with one other colour

Happy crafting!
Sharon x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

First Birthdays...

Two first birthday cards today - both are bright and cheerful. When I looked around the card shops for some inspiration, a lot of the cards were in pastel colours just like new baby cards and personally I thought they were a bit insipid. At one, children are attracted to bright colours and shapes so I've tried to make these stand out.


The first one is made with some pink and purple spotty paper I downloaded from the internet - I think it's from Crafts Beautiful website. The number shape was created in Wordart then printed on to the back of the patterned paper to make it easy to cut out. I finished it off with a ribbon and a flower in coordinating colours.


The second one uses the same method for the number but I've added some balloon peel-offs pieced with the colours of the striped paper, which is from the sweet shop collection by American crafts.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Clean and Simple

Back in my comfort zone today - I discovered some new challenge blogs last night that I hadn't seen before so I had to have a go...


I found this cute digi stamp while I was blog hopping, my new favourite pastime! There's so much talent out there to inspire you as well as a ton of freebies. This cow image is from Janna's Papiersalat blog which is written in English and German but it's easy to find her gorgeous free digi images. The pink daisy paper has been in my stash for years - I got it from Hobbycraft when I first started making cards. I finished off with some googly eyes from the Early Learning Centre and a large X-cut punched daisy.

I've entered this card into the following Challenges:

Clean and Simple - Sketch

Totally Papercrafts - Clean and Simple

Friday, 11 February 2011

A Touch of Magic

There's some lovely free papers with this month's issue of Creative Cardmaking - gorgeous mythical figures in pastel watercoloured shades of green, purple and blue. Not usually my thing but they were so pretty I was inspired to have a go at a style of card that is way out of my comfort zone - look there's no white space!


The image and the greeting are from the magazine. I've layered and embossed some lilac card to go behind the image and finished off with a handmade bow and some punched flowers and leaves. I'm so pleased with those flowers and leaves - I have loads of punches but never use them so they might get a bit more action after this.

I've entered this card into the following challenge:

Charisma Cardz - Mythical/Fantasy

Back to reality now - off to do the shopping!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Another Engagement

It must be 'cos St Valentine's Day is just round the corner but love is definately in the air! Another request for an Engagement card, this time for the daughter of my manager at work.


I wanted to make something delicate and pretty rather than cute and I hope I've managed to do this. The heart shape was lightly hand drawn on the front of the card and then covered in tiny punched flowers. I used tiny circles of lilac vellum for the middle of the flowers then carefully stuck them on with tweezers. My cards aren't complete without ribbon somewhere so I used a lilac white ribbon to finish down the side. The result - a very clean and simple card.

I've entered this card in two challenges:

Papertake Weekly Challenge
- Have a Heart

Craft Cardmakers - Hearts

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Amy's Birthday

My friend, Katherine, has a little girl who has just turned nine and she wanted a card with her name on that she could frame for her bedroom. I though pink was definitely the colour to use...




I was going to use a plain pink background but it looked too pink if that's possible. I finally settled on the white daisies on a pink background. I coloured the centre of the daisies with a pale green promarker to match the butterflies which are from Papermania.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

My First Blog Award......

Wow! I've been sent a blog award by the wonderful Charlee - I'm amazed that anyone even reads my mumblings, never mind sending me blog awards. Thank you so much - I feel honoured to accept it.


This special award, is aimed at bringing unknown good blogs to light, and in accepting the award I have had to agree to the following conditions:

1) You have been tagged, do you want to accept? YES! then create a post on your blog and post the love blog photo.

2) Link back to the person who gave you the award and say if you accept.

3) Choose 3-5 of your favourite blogs to tag, link these in your post too and tell the lucky people they have been tagged.

As the aim of this award is to bring unknown good blogs to light, please don't tag somebody with 3000 followers.

So the bloggers I am awarding it to are:

CARRIE - makes great cards and does very funky stuff with bling and clothing!

SYLVIE - is a very talented lady who does the most wonderful digi images which you can get from her blog

SANDRA - who was my first blogging friend and makes lovely brightly coloured creations.

Hqappy crafting

Sharon
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