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Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunshine Style 30th

Oh my - where has the last week gone!!

A quick post tonight to share a card I've made for a friend's 30th birthday...



It's for a man but I wanted something bright and cheerful - most of my male cards are navy or brown.

I teamed up various scraps of mustard and black and white patterned papers from my stash and created a hand-cut  a sunshine effect behind the number - time-consuming rather than difficult!

This is such a fab way to use up those small scraps of patterned paper we all keep.

Everything else was die-cut which helped!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #59 - anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #82 - anything goes
Pixie's Snippets Playground #326 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #468 - Happy Birthday
Seize The Birthday - just a number
Crafting From The Heart #207 - anything goes


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Penguin Love

When did penguins become such a thing - I'm always being asked to make penguin themed cards!!

This one is for a work colleague to give to her other half on their wedding anniversary...



The penguin image is free clip art I downloaded from the web, simply coloured with pro-markers. I've matted the image on to a grey scalloped die-cut then mounted it 'off the page'. The diamond embossing folder is a very old Sissix folder and I've added the heart with a tiny foam pad to give some depth. The greeting was created in Publisher using Bebas font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #58 - dry embossing
Crafty Cardmakers #211 - no patterned paper
Crafty Catz challenge #416 - anything goes (cute)
Crafty Calendar May Challenge - things with wings 
Aud Sentiments #203 - cute and a sentiment
Crafty Friends Challenge #83 - animals
Watercooler Wednesdays - all about occasions
CAS On Friday #132 - CAS and cute

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Princess Robyn

Today's card was a request for a little girl who is about to turn 4...




I used an image of Disney Princess Aurora I found via Pinterest and layered it on die-cut circles. The backing papers are from my ever increasing stash and the greeting was printed in Publisher.

It's soooo pink!! I'm sure it will be very appealing to a 4 year old!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at: 

Seize The Birthday - just a number
Creates And Makes #21 - anything goes 

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Hey Mickey You're So Fine

Today's card was inspired by a tune I heard on the radio this morning...



I got a load of Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuff from the craft selection at Poundland a few weeks ago and with this annoying tune going through my head made some birthday cards for my box at work.

Cute or what!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 - anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge Blog #5 - anything goes
Crafty Friends #83 - animals
Crafting From The Heart #205 - anything goes
Hiding In My Craftroom #351 - freestyle
Creative Fingers #146 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Lillies and Lace

Today's card is made with a decoupage lily image that I put together some time ago and was sitting in my 'ready to use' box. I do love decoupage, it's one of my favourite crafting techniques, especially the die cut kits.



I've kept it simple, mounting the image onto some sage green leaf patterned paper then mounting with foam pads on to some lighter daisy polka dot paper. The sentiment is an old one by Desert Diva

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafter's Castle #5 - anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #144 - pearls or lace
Always Happy Birthday (May) - anything goes (flowers)
Watercooler Wednesdays - anything goes (feminine)
Pause Dream Enjoy #18 - lots of layers

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Best Wishes Orange Flower

Today's card was inspired by this gorgeous photo at Just Us Girls:

I loved the colours, the flowers, the patterns - what a marvellous start point for crafty inspiration!

I focused on the background colour, the black and white pictures and the orange flower and produced this:



I used solid moss green textured card for the background and die cut squares of various black and white patterned papers from my stash, The greeting is an unbranded die and I punched the orange flower, adding a yellow pearl for the centre. I rounded all the corners to add my own touch to the design.

I'm also entering this card into the challenges at:

2 Sisters On The Blog #15 - 3 of a kind (the squares)
Crafting By Designs (May) - anything goes
Creative Inspirations May Challenge - Clean & simple or Fussy & Fancy
Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Scruffy Little Cat

I'm in the process of sorting a huge pile of craft magazines going back for years and I came across an issue of Creative Cardmaking (now defunct) from 2014 with some lovely Scruffy Little Cat toppers...



I matted the topper on black card and mounted it using foam pads on DCWV patterned papers. I've added a handmade flower embellishment which I made using circles of dress-lining silk burnt around the edges with a flame - a wonderful idea I got from Jen at Wear Crafts - a local craft company. The leaves are punched and the flower centre (from the wedding section at Home Bargains) coordinates with the strips of gems.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Friday #204 - for a woman
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Crafty Friends #82 - flowers
Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #210 - birthdays
Crafting From The Heart #204 - anything goes
Always Fun Challenge #56 - flowers

Thanks for popping in

Sharon
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Birthday Mix-Tape

Do you remember trying to tape the Top 40 on a Sunday evening as a teenager (in the 80s!) - having to make sure everyone was quiet and trying to stop taping before the DJ started to talk?! Recording all your favourite tunes on one cassette tape to listen to over and over again.

Well when I got asked to make a card for someone who loved 80s music, instead of using an image of a singer or group from that era, this is what inspired me...




I used some fabulous patterned paper that came in a mixed pad from The Range and I created the tape myself with various basic die shapes and a hole punch.

The greeting and the name on the tape were created in Publisher and I used a sheet of grey linen effect A4 card to make an A5 sized base.

I've put a further greeting inside - 'if it was still the 80s I'd make you a mix-tape'!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #210 - birthdays - TOP 5!
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #377 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #336 - die-cuts
Die Cuttin Divas #366 - birthdays - SHOWCASE PICK!
The Paper Players #390 - sketch below:




Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Shoes

Last week at the Ross Papercraft Show I came across these fabulous toppers by BuzzCraft - the pastel colours are lovely!




So this morning, I was up with the larks and I made some more cards for my box at work - here's one of them...




I used some mottled patterned paper in the same shade as the shoes to mat the image and the greeting and layered this on a very girly pink striped patterned paper. Finally, I added some matching pearls and a die-cut bow.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge Blog #464 - use pearls
Crafting With Friends #65 - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy #210 - add a die-cut
Craftaholics R Us #16 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #335 - a birthday card
Back To Basics #1 - matting and layering

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bright Flowers With Stripes

I have the whole weekend to myself to craft - the other half has gone off on a Grand National weekend with his mates! And tomorrow I'm off to a Ross Papercraft Show at Nissan where I'll no doubt pick up some more goodies to play with - life is good! 

Here's one of the cards I've made today...





I used a really old Marianne die for the flowers, cutting the shapes in vibrant shades of pink orange and yellow. The leaf is an unbranded die and the greeting die came free with a magazine. The black and white diagonal striped paper is from a Project Life pack from Becky Higgins.

Looking at this with a critical eye, I'm pleased with the way the black background really makes the bright flowers 'pop' but I should really have placed the flowers about a centimetre lower - it would look more balanced!

I was inspired by the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #201 - use a birthday sentiment
Seize The Birthday - vibrant colours
Craft Rocket Challenges #47 - flowers
The Paper Shelter #334 - flowers
Just Us Girls:



Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cute Bear With Polka Dots

Today I have been making some cards for the large number of birthdays coming up - this is one of the cuter cards made with an image and papers given away free with Making Cards magazine many moons ago.




The papers are exactly the same but in different coordinating colourways and I've matted each layer on red paper.

I've added two die cut daisies to echo the daisy in the image and added a greeting created in Publisher using Candy Round font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creates and Makes Challenge Blog #20 - AG
Always Fun Challenge #53 - AG
Allsorts Challenge #462 - be there or be square
Creative Knockouts #240 - AG
Cute Card Thursday #524 - AG
Craftaholics R Us #14 - birthday card


Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Shades of Grey

Today's card is for a friend who has recently lost a close relative...





I've used a vase of flowers digi image from Digistamp Boutique coloured using pro-markers in various shades of grey. The image has been matted on black paper with some grey floral papers from my stash as backing papers.

Very simple and suitably sombre.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
I ♥ ProMarkers #356 - monochrome - TOP 3
Addicted to Stamps #286 - anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #14 - colour it
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #79 - anything goes - TOP 3
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April challenge - say it with flowers
Crafty Creations #363 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Cute Kokeshi Doll

After our huge traditional Good Friday lunch of cod and chips, I had to waddle to my craftroom to play with some newly acquired Kokeshi Doll digi images from Digistamp Boutique...



Isn't she adorable!I coloured her with pro-markers and mounted her on a tic tac toe style background - 9 squares die-cut from some pretty floral patterned paper. I've mounted these on gold mirri-card then on black card.

The greeting was created in Publisher using white font on a black background.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

My Favorite Things Sketch #378



Daring Cardmakers - something digi
QKR Stampede #289 - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet #185 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #332 - use a digital image
Words 2 Craft By #51 - Phenomenal Woman


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Birthday Bags

One of my friends at work asked me to make a version of a card she has seen all over Pinterest...



She asked for it in shades of pink so I used some of my favourite patterned papers from NitWits.

The bags themselves were pretty straightforward to make - just lots of scoring and folding. For the handles I made good use of some of those ribbons that you always find in tops and t-shirts and added some flat-backed pearls to cover the edges.

Finally, I created a greeting in Publisher and added a strip of die-cut border. To add 'filling' to the bags i used some small pieces of net gauze.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Always Happy Birthday - use patterned paper
Through The Craft Room Door - anything goes March 27
Creative Craft Cottage #105 - make it feminine
Everybody Art Challenge #422 - pink/green
Creative Moments #139 - anything goes
Dream Valley Challenge #175 - spring colours
Time Out Challenges #105 - inspired by the words below:





Thanks for visiting


Sharon
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Inspired by Mondrian

Before I went on holiday I discovered a website (https://www.aliexpress.com/) which sells very cheap unbranded metal dies from China with free postage - the only catch is that delivery can take a while! So I'm very sceptical about internet shopping in general and part of me did not believe I would ever receive my orders which is why I only spent about 8 pounds....

Imagine my surprise when I got back from holiday to find 4 small packages in the post from China! This is what I made with one of the dies...



As soon as I saw this die it made me think of paintings by the artist Piet Mondrian, I cut the shape in 4 colours; black, red, yellow and blue, then pieced some red, yellow and blue shapes into the black frame. The greeting die is from The Range.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Pile It On Challenge - circles or squares
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #372 - anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs - no more than 3 colours
Southern Girls Challenge - die-cuts
Cards In Envy - no patterned paper
Craft Rocket Challenges - something new (my die!)

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Potty About You

I've been back in my craft-room this weekend after a lovely long break in Mexico - while the rest of the UK was battling the Beast from the East, I was on a sun-bed in the Caribbean sipping cocktails - I feel so much better for it.

So I was asked to make an anniversary card with a pool playing penguin - I have some weird friends right!

This is what I created...




The pool cue was an inspiration - a wooden kebab stick, coloured with a pro-marker and decorated with a silver peel-off strip. The penguin digi is one of my favourite images from Blackberry Jelly, and the greeting was created in Publisher.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Craftaholics R Us - use something green
Createful Heart Designs - AG use some green
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #78 - AG
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #371 - AG
Crafty Gals Corner #161 - make it green

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cricket Mad

Today's card in for my cricket loving brother-in-law...




I used a decoupage cricketer from Papermania's It's a Mans' World kit and various patterned papers from my stash. I've matted all the patterned papers on black paper and added a couple of clouds as embellishments.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #76 - anything goes
Creatilicious Challenges #133 - anything goes/for the boys 
Crafty Calendar Challenge - February 2 or more layers 
4 Crafty Chicks #390 - lots of layers
Southern Girls Challenge - 3 or more papers
Tic Tac Toe Challenge #35 - oval plaid green




Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hunkydory Cheers

Today's card was made using a new Hunkydory kit that came free with a magazine recently that I haven't yet had the chance to play with.

Like most crafters I struggle a bit with male cards so the beer theme and funky colour scheme was very useful...




I used some of the patterned card in the kit for the background and mounted one of the die-cut toppers using foam pads. I then fussy cut a bottle image from another topper and mounted this with pads in the bottom left corner. 

I do like the quality of Hunkydory products but the greetings that came with this kit were useless - far too small and hard to read fonts! So instead I used a Paper Smooches 'Cheers' die for the greeting - a gold layer mounted on a black layer to create a shadow.

I haven't exactly re-created the wheel but this will be useful to add to my very small stash of masculine cards.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Creatalicious Challenges #133 - anything goes/for a man
2 Sisters On The Blog #12 - for a man
Unstampabelles Challenge #67 - anything goes
Fab N Funky #381 - babies children or men
Crafty Creations #360 - anything goes


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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