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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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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sailing In The Deep Blue Sea

I'm sharing a bit of an unusual(for me) card today. 

I bought a pad of lovely glittery patterned 'summer' papers from Aldi or Lidl (to me they are the same shop) at the weekend. I needed to make a card for a toddler about to have his first birthday and used a cut-off of one of the papers as a sea scene background, with a Digistamp Boutique image 'floating' against it....




I've fussy cut the image after colouring with pro-markers and attached using foam pads. I've also cut a couple of boats from leftover paper and raised them on foam pads aswell. The greeting was made in Publisher using Cheri font. Finally I've die-cut a number '1' and added this to the sail.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #10 - male or dad 
Crafty Cardmakers #190 - special man/boy
Send A Smile 4 Kids - AG for kids
Pattie's Creations #135 - for the boys
CCEE Stampers - world oceans day
Passion For Pro-markers #399 - add a sentiment


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Birthday Cocktails

Today's card was a request from a friend to make a birthday card with girls drinking cocktails. I knew the perfect stamp for this one...


The stamp is of course a much loved Uptown Girls image from Stampin' Bella - my go to image for girly birthdays. I've coloured the image with pro-markers and paper-pieced the dresses using pretty pink and green papers from Craft Sensations Pink Highlights pad (from the Range).

I've cut five fancy stars to make the border on the image and added a greeting using The Urban Way font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Catz #374 - AG with dies/punches
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #419 - inspired by a film (Cocktail!)
The Paper Shelter #297 - flower power
Watercooler Wednesday #122 - feminine
Inky Chicks #84 - use 3 patterned papers
Stinkin' Inkers - girls just wanna have fun

Enjoy the weekend folks

Sharon
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dad's 70th Birthday

Today's card was a request from a friend for her Dad who's turning 70 this week.
 

I used Tattered Lace's big table numbers with some dull silver mirri card I found in my Christmas 'stuff', with a blue shadow. I've added a blue die-cut frame so the numbers didn't look lost on the blue gingham patterned background, and to embellish, I've created fancy corners using a quartered cog die (bought ages ago and forgotten about!!). Finally, I've added a greeting in Formal 435 BT font and some peel-off rivets.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Fab N Funky #354 - marvellous men 
Unicorn Challenge #22 - for the guys
The Paper Players #347 - birthday
Dies R Us #74 - masculine
Shopping Our Stash #306 - dude
Crafty Cardmakers #190 - special man or boy

Thanks for looking!

Sharon
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Christmas in June

I'm trying to make at least 3 Christmas cards each month and as so far all my efforts have been either general or feminine I thought I'd make on with a more masculine feel today...



I found some Christmas stickers in a bargain bin at the last craft fair I attended, and it just so happened I already had the matching Dovecraft patterned paper pack! The crafty Gods were certainly looking down on me!

I've kept the design simple, just die-cut mounts and a plain font for the greeting (Copperplate Gothic) and some die-cut corner shapes which made me think of  a deer head ant antlers.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge #418 - Christmas in June
Just Us Girls #396 - die-cuts
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas # 336 - anything Christmas
Craft Rocket Challenges #38 - for the men/boys
Crimbo Crackers #133 - anything goes
Sparkles Christmas Challenge #77 - non-traditional colours

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Great Granddaughter

Today's card is for a lady who has just become a Great Grandmother - a really special occasion!




I've used a really cute digi image from The Digistamp Boutique, coloured with Pro Markers, with gorgeous papers from Papermania's Honey & Hugs pad. I've used various dies as embellishments and some pink flat-backed pearls to add some texture.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

The Paper Shelter #296 - make it digital 
I ♥ Pro Markers #336 - superheroes or child
Inky Chicks #83 - baby card
Brown Sugar #253 - celebrations
Di's Digi Designs - tic tac toe (middle vertical or middle horizontal)


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, 29 May 2017

Decoupaged Cake

Today's card was made with one of the Anita's Foiled Decoupage kits...




I like these kits - they are very easy to put together and are great for quick cards. My only gripe is that they don't come with sentiments and I hate to see a card without a sentiment! Luckily I had some blue card the same colour as the background, and printed a greeting with a yellow rim to echo the line around the image.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Glitter n Sparkle #241 - anything goes
Ooh La La Creations #229 - food or drink
Crafting From The Heart #161 - anything goes
Creative Fingers #131 - anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #58 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Fabulous Fifty

Happy Friday - and it's another Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK which means an extra day off work for most folk!


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. No sponsor today - the challenge is just for fun.




Lots of different dies have been used here and the lovely patterned paper is from Dovecrafts Perfectly Pink Back to Basics pack. I've added some co-ordinating flat-backed pearls and the greeting was made in Publisher using The Urban Way font. 

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Time Out - Flowers & friends make life a garden
The Crazy Challenge - birthday
Crafting With an Attitude - anything goes
The Crafter's Café - birthday
Through The Purple Haze - 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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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Live Long And Prosper

Every now and you get asked to make a crazy or weird card - today is that day.

This one is for a Star Trek fan...



It was very quick to make as it's such a simple design. I used a blue card base (the same colour as Spock's jumper) and printed the outline of the 'badge' on yellow card. This was fussy cut and attached using foam pads. I made the circles symbol using two ring dies and the greeting was done in Publisher.

I'm entering this card into the 'Anything Goes' challenges at: 

Inspiration Destination #128
Crafty Creations #342
Creative Inspirations #275
Creative Moments #118
Always Fun #7


Thanks for visiting

Live Long and Prosper...

Sharon
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Starting Early

Each year I'm always full of good intentions when it comes to Christmas cards - this year I mean it!!
This afternoon I got the Christmas supplies out and made a start...




I've used a large 8x8 rad base card and added a 7x7 square of tartan patterned paper. I can't remember 100% what make the decoupage is - possibly Craft Creations. Finally I added die cut letters (SON) and a punched snowflake. Very simple design but it really stand out because of the size.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Hiding In My Craft Room #301 - masculine
Creative Friday #179 - card for a man
C R A F T Challenge - Christmas - WINNER!
Merry Christmas Challenge - gingerbread Top Pick!
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #334 - anything Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - anything Christmas

Only 7 months to go...

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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