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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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Friday, 19 May 2017

3rd Anniversary Penguin


Today's card is for my friends' 3rd wedding anniversary. They are mad on penguins so I usually go with this theme for their cards...





I've used a very old freebie digi image from Blackberry Jelly, coloured with pro-markers and mounted on a fancy die-cut heart. I've used plain grey card for the backing with some coordinating polka dot patterned paper. To add a bit of interest on the background I've added some decorative dies in the same colour - this gives a faux embossing effect.

The balloon and bow are also dies and I've added a bit of bling with the mirri number sticker. I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Creations - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge # 329 - anything goes
Aud Sentiments # 180 - anything goes with a sentiment
Creative Fingers #130 - anything goes

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Highest Kite

Today's card is my second inspired by the wonderful mood board at Double D Challenges: - WINNER!
 


I really do love using a red white and blue colour scheme on cards but today I've used a made a much cleaner card as I was also inspired by the one layer challenge at Less Is More:



My first challenge was to find an image with both spots and stripes! I've used a very old digi from TLC - a great site for freebies, especially vintage images and word art. I've coloured it with pro-markers and used 300gsm linen card so there is no bleeding through. The sentiment is a quote I found by simply googling 'kite quotes' - as for most things the internet is your friend.


 Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Beautiful Day

I've got a lot of friends' birthdays coming up towards the end of May and in June so I'd best get cracking with some girly cards...

Today's make is using the gorgeous 'So Pretty' digital stamp form The Paper Shelter - isn't she a stunner! She goes perfectly with this lipstick patterned paper from Dovecraft's 'Kiss & Make Up' pack.



I've used a black card base and folded back the front of the card for a change. The image is coloured using pro-markers and I've mounted it on a scalloped circle die-cut. I've also added a greeting and a short verse inside.



To add a bit of girly bling I've used a red pearl for her earring, some red gems under the greeting and some red glitter heart stickers from Papermania.

I'm entering this card in the challenges at:

4 Crafty Chicks #350- celebrate women Chick pick!
Pattie's Creations Challenge #134 - for the girls
Simply Create Too #127 - use a digital image
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #415 - birthday
Crafty Gals Corner # 122 - bling
Die Cuttin' Divas #316 - feminine
Always Fun #5 - feminine
Passion For Pro-markers #394 - bingo (birthday, bling, punches or dies)



Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Yellow Flowers

Today's card was inspired by the following challenges:


Less Is More:


http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/challenge-327-yellow-grey.html


Crafting When We Can - clean and simple
Crafty Gals Corner - clean and simple
Passion For Promarkers - make it bloom
Aud Sentiments - flowers and a sentiment




I made a card base from linen embossed card and die cut the flowers and butterfly using the same card to continue the texture. I coloured the die-cuts using pro-markers - two shades of yellow (mustard and saffron) and a cool grey for the stems. 

The stem die is from Memory Box (I cut off the original flowers), the flowers dies are I think Marianne (they are purple?) and the tiny butterfly die came with a magazine.

The middle of the flowers are brads and I've added 2 tiny yellow pearls on the butterfly - both embellishments are from The Range.

The sentiment was created in Publisher using Follow You Into The World font.

Thanks for visiting

Sharon


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Red White and Blue 18th

Another special order - an 18th birthday card for 'Ross'...




My colour scheme was inspired by the mood board at Double D Challenges:





You gotta love red white and blue - it lends itself very well to masculine cards and I think stars are a great theme for men.

The papers are from a mixed pad from The Range and I used Tattered Lace 'table' numbers dies cut in two colours to create a shadow effect. The greeting was made in Publisher using Copperplate Gothic font and I've gone old school by using a hand punch for the stars.

Hopefully this card will really stand out as I've used a 7x7 inch base card.

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

Southern Girls #159 - use an actual punch
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Unicorn Challenges #21 - special occasions


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Super Shiny Silver Wedding

Today's card was an order from a friend at work - a personalised Silver Wedding Anniversary card for 'Ruth and Gary'...




I used a free heart die that came with a die-cutting magazine and silver mirri card. It's so shiny it was very difficult to photograph. The subtley patterned paper is from a Dovecraft pack and I created the greeting in Publisher using  Monotype Corsiva font.


I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafting By Designs - May anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #43 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon #392 - time to celebrate 
A Perfect Time To Craft #5- open challenge- DT Favourite
Crafty Addicts #36 - anything goes use die cuts


Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Friday, 28 April 2017

Party Animal

Happy Friday - and it's a 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. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo - a lovely place to pick up some crazy images and fun digital stamps...





This is what I have created using an image kindly provided by Bugaboo......



Aren't these shoes fabulous!! I'm not 100% sure which jungle animal the shoes represent but as I had some jungle papers I've gone with cheetah/leopard!

I've coloured the image using pro-markers and used the animal print patterned paper that I got from The Range. I  made a greeting in Publisher using The Urban Way font and embellished with a strip of coordinating card and a die cut bow. Finally, no card is complete without a gem or pearl!!

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Craft Rocket - movie or book (the Jungle Book!)
Seize The Birthday - anything goes 
Crafting When We Can #142 - one for the girls
Crafty Gals Corner #120 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #291 - birthday card
Digi Choosday #17 - anything goes
Creative Inspirations #273 - one for the girls

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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