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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Last Christmas Card of the Year

Today I'm sharing my last Christmas card of 2015 - in all I made about 55 cards for various people and I'm now ready to tidy away the Christmas stash for another year!




I've used a favourite Christmas digi which was a freebie from The Alley Way Stamps - these trees are fabulous to colour and fussy cut. I've coloured the images with pro markers and mounted them on a die-cut fancy square. The swirly patterned paper came with Making Cards Magazine some years ago. I've also added some die-cut stars and a heart. the font for those who need to know such important stuff is Copperplate Gothic.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Card Crew - anything goes
Passion For Pro-Markers - mega Christmas Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge Blog - use at least 1 die cut
Crafting From The Heart - anything goes

Thanks as always for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Pink 40th

Today's card is very pink and sparkly! It's for a friend who is about to turn 40 and I've gone for a very girly look with glittery patterned paper and pink gems.



The fancy dies are by Spellbinders and the numbers dies are My Favourite Things. The font is Zipty Do.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything but Christmas
Inkspirational - Bah Humbug!
Crafty Friends Challenge Blog - anything goes
That's Crafty Challenge Blog - anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Anything but Christmas
2 Crafty Girls - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas Party Shoes

Hello folks...

Another fortnight has passed which means it's time for the last challenge of 2015 at:


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in!

This week we are being sponsored by Bugaboo who are providing a marvellous digi prize for our lucky winner.




Foe my design team card I have used this gorgeous Christmas shoe digi by Bugaboo:





I've created an easel card using black card to co-ordinate with these awesome shoes. To add some Christmas sparkle, Ive used foiled backing paper, some gems on the holly and a touch of glossy accents on the holly berries.

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

Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Crafty Addicts Challenge - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything goes 
Moving Along With The Times - to a special person 

So - get yourselves over to Simply Papercrafts and share your wonderful creations with us!


  Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas Stockings

Oh my - where has the last week gone? It's not that I haven't made any cards - I have! It's just finding the time between work and Christmas shopping and meals with friends - oh and it feels like it's dark 24/7. There's about an hour a day when the light is right for photos!



Enough of my griping - here's today's card. A one layer card inspired by the 'What's in my stocking?' challenge at Less is More. The image is from Pink Petticoat. It's coloured with pro markers. I've added a touch of white glitter and some red gems as berries. That's about it really - it took all of 10 minutes and that includes recovering the green pro marker from under the couch when the cat knocked my crafting table!!

Thanks for looking folks

Sharon
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Peace and Joy

The making of Christmas cards is nearing the end in the Glittertastic house... just as well as the cat is starting to sparkle in the light with the amount of glitter in his fur. He does like to 'help'.

Today's card has been made using a lovely wreath digi from Pink Petticoat. I've always loved the style of the images from this company - modern and contemporary yet very easy to colour.





This one is for my friend's Nanna. I've used some of my favourite linen textured card for the base. The image has been coloured using pro markers and I've decoupaged the ribbon. I've also added a blue gem on the ribbon and some peel-off glittery dots amongst the holly.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Less Is More - green and blue
Addicted to CAS - joy
Allsorts Challenge Blog - clean and simple

Thanks for lookin'

Sharon
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Thinking Of You

Good Morning Everyone!
 Simply Papercraft


Welcome to another 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Simply Papercraft and this week we are being sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps


I've used an image kindly provided by Stitchy Bear for my design team card...



I've printed the pre-coloured image onto pearlescent vellum, added a circular die-cut dull silver frame and mounted this using foam pads onto a mottled pink background, also matted onto dull silver cards. Finally I've added 3 pale pink gems. The greeting is in Monotype Corsiva font.

I've also entered this card into the 'Anything Goes' challenges at:

Papertake Weekly
Crafting With An Attitude
Crafty Girls Creations
Inspiration Destination #62
Crafty Gals Corner #48


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Silver Sparkling Tree

Today's card was made using a very useful die-cut Christmas tree from Kanban. I found them at a craft fair last week for 50p a sheet so it would have been rude not to buy a handful of sheets - a mixture of trees and baubles ready to add colour or bling to.



I added various sized gems (the pound shop) and layered the tree on a die-cut fancy shape and dull silver card.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #108 - AG/use a die cut
Craft For the Craic - something glittery 
Winter Wonderland - sparkle and bling
Fairytale Challenge - Christmas without red & green
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenges - use die-cuts
Christmas Cards all Year Round - use a tree  

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Birthday Penguin

Today's theme at Less Is More is

NUMBERS

I had another request for a 1st Birthday card for a nephew so using my favourite penguin digi from Blackberry jelly, I created this:



I don't usually use patterned paper on CAS cards but as I've only used it on the balloon and as a border I think I might have got away with it, especially as it's such a tiny pattern. The font I've used is 'Hey Pretty Girl'.

Back to the Christmas cards...

thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 20 November 2015

Enjoy Your Day

Hello folks...

Another fortnight has passed which means it's time for another challenge at:

Simply Papercraft


This week we have some marvellous sponsorship from:



A Day For daisies are offering a shop voucher as a prize for one lucky entrant so pop over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun. Our 'anything goes ' challenges are so easy to play along with!

I decided to use one of the A Day For Daisies freebie images produced this:



What a gorgeous image to work with! I found some lovely scraps of green and pink striped paper in my 'box of bits' and coloured the image in the same shades. I've kept the layout simple so that the image is the star of the show. I've coloured the image with pro-markers and matted it on some pale green card.

The greeting was done on the computer using a sweet font called Hey pretty Girl and I've matted this using the same striped paper.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:


CCEE Stampers - feature a child playing
Chalk N Stock - anything goes
Addicted To Stamps # 171 - anything goes
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #254 - anything goes
Crafty Gals Challenge #46 - use scraps


Thanks for looking - don't forget to join in the fun at Simply Papercraft!

Sharon


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Arrrrgh!

Today's card is for a friend's little boy who is turning five. He is pirate mad and especially loves Captain Hook, so I came up with this creation for him...




I found the image of Captain Hook and the treasure chest on Google images. I created an aged paper effect background using some mottled yellow paper and a brown pro-marker with random cuts around the edge.  You can just make out the feint map I drew with a very pale yellow marker. The greeting was created using a pirate style font. I hope he likes it!

I have entered this card into the 'anything goes' challenges at:

Crafty Girls Creations #9
Inspiration Destination #60
Creative Moments #81
Crafting With An Attitude #9


Thanks for popping in !

Sharon
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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Ho Ho Ho

Christmas has already started in the Glittertastic house - I've been making Crimbo cards for a few weeks now and I'm well on schedule! Today's card is for a teenage boy - a difficult group of folk to make for so I kept it simple... very simple!

It's one layer week at Less Is More and inspired by their Santa theme I made this using an embroidery image from Urban Threads...




I used heavy white linen card for the base which I feel always adds a bit of texture to one layer cards and it's lovely to colour as the texture shows through.  I've used pro markers to colour him, and a silver gel pen for the buckle.  Peel-off circles were used for the boot buttons and I've finished it off with a tiny cotton wool ball for the pom-pom. The greeting was created using Candy Square BTN Striped font.

I've also entered this card into the challenges at:

Brown Sugar - no patterned paper
Alphabet Challenge Blog - 'Tis the season


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Cute Giraffe

Today's card was an order from one of my regular customers who wanted a cute birthday card for her kids to give to their soon-to-be one year old cousin (I remember making 'new baby' cards this time last year! Where has this year gone??)

I used the ever so cute Georgie the Giraffe digi from Lacy Sunshine. I coloured the image using pro-markers and decoupaged parts of the image to give it some depth. the spotty papers are from my stash. I've also added embellishments in the form of pearls and lace.


I'm entering this card into the challenges at:  

Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes - Lace/pearls
Cute Card Thursday - Birds/animals
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Pearl and/or lace
Ooh La La Challenge Blog - Pearls and lace

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 6 November 2015

Penguin Couple

Good Morning Everyone!
 Simply Papercraft


Welcome to another 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Simply Papercraft and this week we are being sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps
 


 and also by Deedee's Digis:




And as if that isn't enough.... also by... Sassy Studio Designs... 


All three companies are providing some marvellous prizes so join in the fun and you might get lucky!


I've used an image called 'Merry and Bright'  kindly provided by DeeDee's Designs for my design team card...



To compliment the pre-coloured image I've used some really old patterned paper from Dovecraft and used a mottled green paper for matting. A green ribbon adds some texture.

I've also entered this card into the challenges at:

Southern Girls Challenge - tape, twine or ribbon
Creative Moments Challenge - anything goes
Fab N Funky - use a die cut

 
Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Lady in Blue

I finally found my way back into my craftroom this morning after a wonderful week in Glasgow watching the World Gymnastics Championships.

Inspired by the paper piecing challenge at Less Is More and the colour blue challenge at Dream Valley Challenges I made this...






The gorgeous digi is from A Day For Daisies  - I printed the image onto a linen base card then printed the image onto some pale blue spotty card. I also added a decorative strip in the same pattern down the side of the card. The body and hair were coloured with pro markers and I added a bit of bling with some pale blue gems.

The greeting was some freebie word art from Create With TLC. 

I've also entered this into the 'anything goes' challenges at:

Glitter 'N' Sparkle
Crafty Gals Corner

Thanks for visiting!

Sharon
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Stained Glass Window

Good Morning Everyone!



Welcome to another 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Simply Papercraft and this week we are being sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps

 


 and also by The Stamping Boutique


 


Both companies are providing some marvellous prizes so join in the fun and you might get lucky!


I've used an image kindly provided by Stitchy Bear for my design team card...


I've printed the image onto cream vellum then coloured it in Autumnal shades using pro-markers. I've created a 'frame' to get a window effect and added a computer printed greeting.

I've also entered this card into the challenges at:

My Time To Craft - Autumnal Colours
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - Autumnal Colours
Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark 
Moo Mania and More - Autumn Mood
The Crafty Addicts - Autumn Colours

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Step - Poppy

Now in my time I have been asked to put some weird and wonderful things on the front of cards as a greeting........... here's a new one for me! My work colleague asked for a masculine looking 60th birthday card for her 'Step - Poppy' (step father?)...


I've used a large 8x8 kraft card base to help the card stand out. The lovely patterned papers are from Papermania, the centre and numbers are die-cut and I've added a navy grosgrain ribbon for some texture.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Creative Moments - AG using spots and/or stripes
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge - AG
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Die-lirious and Punchy
Crafty Gals Corner - ribbons or flourishes
Creative Card Crew - ribbon
Through The Craft-room Door - AG

Thanks for popping in!

Sharon
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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Fabulous 50

Tonight's card was a request from a work colleague - a 50th birthday card for her 'Mam' as we say here in the North East...



The numbers are die-cut - a pink layer slightly displaced on a black layer. To add some shine I covered the numbers in glossy accents then added a flat-backed pearl. The background was made in Publisher - I repeated the greeting with a small heart between each repeat. This is a great way to make a newspaper effect backing paper.

The main greeting is done in the same font but larger and I've added a couple of stars and pearls.

Very quick and simple to make!

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes (option to use pink)
Crafting From The Heart - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 11 September 2015

Snow Gets In Your Eyes

Today's 'Anything Goes' challenge at Simply Papercrafts is sponsored by the most wonderful artist, Morgan Fitzsimons at Morgan's Art World.



 


There is the super prize of 3 digis for the lucky winner of this week's challenge so pop over and join in with the fun!

I've used one of Morgan's images to add to my ever growing pile of Christmas cards. I just love this image of a girl with a snowflake in her eye. It was just asking to be coloured in an icy colour.....





I wanted to make the card fancy without using lots of embellishment so dug out this gorgeous die with fancy corners I've had for a while. I've built up layers using oval nesties and used a foiled icy green patterned paper as a backing. The image is coloured with the palest aqua/green pro-markers and a couple of gems on the greeting add a touch of bling.

I've also enterered this card into the challenges at:




C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
Time Out Challenges - make your mark + monochrome
Crafting For All Seasons - tic tac toe (die cuts/digi/sentiment)
Crafty Gals Corner - bingo (2+ layers/hand coloured digi/die cuts)
Inky Impressions - fancy corners
A Snowflake's Promise - Christmas/winter

So get yourself over to Simply Papercrafts to join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Merry Christmas Die-cut

Today's card was made using a fabulous free die that came with a recent issue of Papercraft Essentials...




Using the 'green and gold' colour theme at Less is More, I used a holly embossing folder for the 'frame', and tiny gold gems for the berries.

I've also entered this card into the challenges at:

Bloggers Challenge - ovals or circles 
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #153 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - clean and simple
AAA Cards - spectacular embossing









 Thanks for popping in

Sharon
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