Saturday, 20 February 2016

I've moved

Hello friends! It's been a long time since we've seen each other.

I've just popped on here to let you know that I've started a new NEW BLOG.  

Well, It had been too long a break to start this blog up again.

Many things have happened in the intervening years including selling my house and moving lock, stock and barrel yo a new country. So it really was time for a fresh start.

It would be wonderful if some of you would pop over to see me from time to time. It would be even better still if you'd join the new site and follow me again.

Hope to see you soon,
Sharon xxx

Monday, 29 April 2013

Still here

The last year has been so busy that I have had no time to blog, but the card making has carried on in the background. I've just been to a local craft group for the first time this evening and had such a lovely time that it made me think it was about time I started putting a few items up here again.  Hopefully I'll manage to do it in the next week or so :)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Here Comes The Summer!

I'm loving the Colour Create Colours this week; they remind me of those balmy summer days at the beach. Well,  I suppose the amazing inspiration picture that our fabulous Sharon L picked helps with that image too. Roll on summer!
The colour choice she's given us this week is:
Yellow, Blue and White with the optional extra of Shells.

I got down and dirty with the inks this week. It was great fun. 

This is the first card I made.  It looks really simple but it took ages to make.  I applied the ink direct to the card blank, using masking tape to create the bands. Each band has a couple of shades of ink applied and I also used sequin waste, stamps and a Tim Holtz compass mask to create the texture and interest. When I was happy with the ink I coated each band with clear ink and heat embossed them with clear powder (a quick way of adding a glossy finish).  I stamped the shells a couple of times and added some dimension by layering them.
I'm entering this top one into the following challenges:
Paper and Such Challenge - Clean and Simple
Crazy 4 Challenges - Blue, White and 1 other colour

In this second one I created the yellow background by ink blending, stamping and masking but I didn't add the glossy coat.  The image is a real sweetie and I love using her. I coloured her with distress inks and added some stickles to the 'sand' so that it sparkles.

And I even made an insert to match the background I created on the front. It's been ages since I did an insert as I've been stamping direct onto the inside of the card for ages.  I like the way the insert gives a more luxurious feel to the finished item.

There She Goes - Ribbon Time
Let's Ink It Up - Distressing

Items Used:
Stamps:  Stamps Happen Inc - Collecting Sea Shells, Rubber Stampede - Seashells, Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Grunge, Papertrey Ink Sentiment
Tim Holtz Mask- Compass
Sequin Waste, String, Satin Ribbon, Versamark clear ink, clear embossing powder, stickles, 3mm gold metallic pearls
The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by

gif maker
and we have a fab £10 gift certificate as the prize for this week.
I hope you can join us and please take a look at the wonderful items the design team have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Going Going....Gone!

Gone! That's what some of these stamps will be in 2 days time because 4 of the sets will be retired on 31st March. What a shame!! (If you like the images, I've added a link at the bottom of this post in my items used section). They are sold as Christmas Baubles sets but I hope I've shown some of the versatility of the images here.

There's less waffle and more pictures in today's post because I went a little OTT with the gorgeous colour pallet that our brilliant Julie gave us for the Colour Create Challenge theme this week. The colours are:


and the optional extra is BOWS.

The end result is that little lot of 6 cards.

These first 2 cards use images from the sets that are not being retired so you have plenty of time to pick these sets up if you like them.

The first card uses the "De Morgan Baubles Set" and I'm entering it into the Stamp n Doodle challenge = Embossing

This second uses the "Morris Baubles" set. This one is entered into Kaboodle Doodles - Circles and Squares, and Paper Creatons Ink - Things with wings

Now we move onto the sets that are being retired.
This one uses the "Klemscott Baubles"and it is entered into Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes

and the the fourth uses "Beardsley Baubles" . This is entered into Made Especially for You - Distressed Ink.

The 5th is"Mackintosh Baubles" A lovely Art Deco image. I'm entering this into The Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes

And the final one is the "Klimt Baubles". This is entered into Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Items Used:
Stamps from
Chocolate Baroque (look in the Thrd of a Sheet - DL section)
Promarkers: Amythyst, Purple, Aubergine, Lemon, Pastel Green, Grass, Emerald, Lush Green
Distress Inks: Sage, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
"Happy Birthday" Sentiments from Papertrey Ink
Papers: These were a win and I don't have the details of the pack they came from (sorry).

Hope you'll be able to join in with us at the Colour Create Challenge this time. The prize will be a 2 challenge Guest designer slot. Don't forget to peek at the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team while you are at the challenge blog.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Something Ripped or Torn

I've managed to stay vertical for a whole week. Woo Hoo! That might not mean much to you, but it's a big deal for me. Okay, I admit it, I haven't walked very far at all but who could blame me after getting 2 broken noses in a month and a few hurts elsewhere (hand/knees).

Erm, ... I said that wrong, didn't I? ....

I meant after falling and breaking my nose twice, in a month. If I'm not careful, the council will sue me for damage to their pavements!!!

Anyway, enough of my mishaps because that's NOT what the 'ripped or torn' in the post title is about. Let's get onto the 2 different cards that I have to show today.

It's Colour Create Challenge day and these are my DT makes. The challenge colours are:


The optional extra is:


I kept things simple again with pretty classic layouts. I was really pleased with how this first card turned out. Yep - still using up those scrap supplies; can you tell?

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lollipop Crafts - White with a splash of colour
Creative Belli Blog - Clean and Simple
Papertake Weekly - One for the girls
Quirk Crafts - Circles, Flowers, Gems or Pearls for a special lady (Circles in the swiss dots, & the gem bling centre)

Here's a front view of the card

Items used:
Co'ordinations Colour Core Card Stock - Distress Collection (scraps from)
Vellum embossed with Swiss Dots embossing folder
Distress Ink: Weathered Wood
Dies: Memory Box- Amira Flourish, Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Garland, TH On the edge - Ornate and TH Autumn Gatherings
Bling (yes, I did straighten the wonky gem) :-)
Stamp: Docrafts, Whispers Words


Okay, here's my second card.

I made this when I was still feeling sorry for myself after the last bad fall. That must have swayed the sentiment that I used,eh?

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sweet Stamps - Think Spring
Let's Ink It Up - Show us your flowers
Allsorts - Say it with flowers

Items used:
Stamps: Lavinia Stamps Nigela Damascena
Distress Inks: Broken China and Bundled Sage
Stickles. Organza ribbon, Scraps of card stock and an unmarked rubber stamp.

I hope you'll find time to join in the colour create challenge. There's a top-notch prize to be won and the DT have created some beautiful items with the colours.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 12 March 2012

Misty Floral Script - Lim 58

A one layer card with script on it; that is the challenge over at the Less is More challenge this week. Couldn't resist having a go at this one and the result surprised me because I set out to do something manly in red and black. How on earth I ended up with a soft and misty floral card is beyond me. I suppose sometimes you just have to 'go with the creative flow', eh?

This may look simple and really quick to make, but there were a couple of bits of masking necessary to achieve this look. The stamping was a little difficult as I have a poorly hand at the moment, and I had to sponge rather than distress with the lilac ink. But I like the misty effect this created. Not too sure about the symmetrical layout (doesn't seem exciting enough), but Hey Ho! that's the way it turned out.

Items used:
Stamps: Script is from Waltzing Mouse, Sentiment from Papertrey Ink, Flower was a challenge prize (sorry don't know the make)
Inks: Versa Color - 19 Cyan, 36 Heliotrope, 17 Violet
Watercolour pencils: Derwent - 30 Smalt Blue, 38 Kingfisher Blue, 1 Zinc Yellow, 2 Lemon Cadmium, 5 Deep Cadmium, 17 Pink Madder Lake

Huge thanks again for the comments on the cards I made for the last LIM challenge. When I visited your blogs to return the favour it was lovely to see all the gorgeous makes you all made.

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx .

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

A Cream Hat Trick

Hee Hee! I'm combining 3 recent LIM challenges in this card: Neutrals, Scraps, Die Cuts. That's a Hat trick, isn't it? (not good on sporting terms!)

Think I was on a roll again at the weekend. I was churning out the cards like there was no tomorrow and there are a few that I actually like. Today's card is one of those.

It must have been all the wonderful creations that I'd seen earlier in the week that inspired me because I ended up with a selection of CAS, Brayered and Distressed cards on Sunday evening. Thanks to everyone for the inspiration.

Hope the photos are okay - we had a snow shower just as I went to snap these!

This card is a variation on the 'white on white' cards; I just went for 'cream on cream' for a change. In part this is because I was sorting out neutral scraps (thanks to the LIM challenge) and the cream ones really caught my eye.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Less Is More - Neutrals
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Mother's Day
Lollipop Crafts - Clean and Simple
Love to Create - Monochromatic

Items used:
Shiny Cream Card - from my scrap bag (think it was Papermania)

Plain cream card - from The PaperMill
Dies: Memory Box "Prim Poppy", Cuttlebug Alphabet "Curls and Swirls"
Embossing Folder: Craft Concepts "Diamond Shadows" (a £1 bargain at the craft show - brilliant!)
Cream Satin Ribbon.

Right, that's my Mum's card sorted for this year. I'll have to dip out of any more Mother's day challenges (unless I get some orders).

Thanks again for all the marvellous comments. It warms the cockles of your heart!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xxx

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Inspired by Shirley

And now for something a little different.

Whilst hopping around the blogs leaving comments last week, I came across this lovely card with butterflies by Shirley (Paper Creations by Shirley), and it really inspired me to get my distress inks out and have play with them. It seems such a long time since I made a card in this style and it was great fun. Thanks Shirley.

I thought it was time to ring the changes because I've made a few CAS cards recently, so I'm peppering the blog up with something a little different.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Rogue Redhead Designs - Use a stamped background
Phindy's Place - Distressing
Make it Colourful - Autumn Colours (the inspiration pictures are gorgeous and I think I captured the main colours)
Fun with Shapes and More - Self-made Paper
Crafty Catz - Punches and Dies

Items Used:
Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade
Distress Stain: Picket Fence
Momento Ink
Stamps: Waltzing Mouse 'Text It', Clear stamp flourishes, Impression Obsession Clear stamps 'Flourishes', and a Crackle background (sorry I don't know the make as I bought it second hand)
Dies: Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Garland and the branch bits from Autumn Gatherings
Perfect Pearls mister - Bronze
Gold Liquid Pearls
Green square brads, Raffia and Ribbon from my stash

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I'm off to rescue (or probably re-make) a project that went wrong in the overnight drying process.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Shades of Black

...Penny Black that is. Couldn't resist having a play along with the Less is more challenge again this week. Today it's all about neutral colours and that gave me the chance to have a little play with some Penny Black stamps that I picked up recently.

And I'm still being good ladies - I'm using the last LIM challenge theme and picking bits out of my scrap bags to continue chipping away so that I can get them down to a manageable size. I made the topper out of scraps. I blinged the flowers on the topper with a little glamour dust but it isn't showing too well. I don't normally use cream and black, but I do like the way they complement each other.

Items used:
Penny Black transparent stamps: Allegro
Spellbinders Fleur-de-Lis squares
Momento Black ink
Dragonfly punch
Tiny bit of vellum for the dragonfly
Papermania Heart gems
Crystal Glamour Dust

A HUGE thank you to everyone that commented on my LIM makes last week. I think you've all helped me to pick up the craft tools again in earnest! I am deeply grateful for all your support.

Okay, I'm off to take a peek at the LIM entries this week and leave a bit of love.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 2 March 2012

Celebrate Scrap

Another quickie post that'll go live as I'm heading off to work and once again I've been using up those scraps as we've been challenged to do by Less Is More. Everything on this is from the scrap pile (except for the card blank and the teeny-tiny gold gems)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Less Is More - Don't scrap it (My final entry ladies - promise!)
Divas by Design - spots or stripes
The Perfect Sentiment -Anything goeswith a die cut and a sentiment on the front
House of Gilli - Green
Sassy Cheryls - Seeing Spots

Items used:
Scrap - BG paper DCWV Linen Closet (I remember it so well because I loved it!)
Scrap -paper for the flower, left over from stamping at Xmas
Scrap - Green card for the mat
Scrap - White paper for the punched leaves
Stamp: Waltzing Mouse 'Say It Loud' sentiment
Die for the flower: Spellbinders
Pirate Gold Embossing powder
Tiny Gold Bling and Ribbon (unknown manufacturers)
Distress Ink - Pine Needles
Gold Stickles

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Daisy Fields

Hello folks!
Well, I'm back with card Nos 3, 4 and 5 this week - all in this post and all are DT items too!

I think I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things. I even have another card ready but no photo yet, so I'm hoping to snap a picture of it for a post tomorrow.

Firstly I'd like to identify the challenges I'm entering these cards into:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes (Top card)
Tuesday Throwdown - Paper Tearing - (Middle card)
Stamp n doodle - embossing of any kind (music has heat embossing on middle card)
Less is more - Don't scrap it (Bottom Card - scrap yellow/orange paper)
Clear it out Challenge - Birthday card using up bling (bottom card)

I make that 3 cards, entry into 5 challenges (and my DT items for another)

Well, our amazing Mina has pulled a real corker this week! What a fantastic colour combination she's picked for the Colour Create Challenge:
Yellow, Grey and White or Cream with an optionl extra of flowers.
Mmmmm. Beautiful!

I did go a bit mad with this combo didn't I? All 3 of these cards uses a different balance of the colours, and all 3 are based around a single stamp. I love the way the stamp looks so different in each one.

The top card is brayered, the middle has the full image stamped singly and the bottom is different sections of the image.

This bottom card was a real find. When sorting through my scrap I came across several background papers that I'd created with my distress inks - and for some reason I'd just thown them in the scrap pile! Go figure! The yellow/orange paper on this one is one of those scraps.

Thanks for all the comments on my LIM entry earlier this week. I have returned the favour. As this post goes live while I'm getting ready for work I'll be back to comment later tonight.

Items used:
Adirondack Inks: Butterscotch, Pitch Black
Distress Inks: Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed
Stamps: Penny Black- Daisy Filds
Some clarity stamps bull rushes and grasses stamps on the top card.
A peg stamp and Waltzing mouse musical backgrounds stamp on the middle one
A crackle stamp and
Waltzing Mouse Say it loud sentiment stamps on the bottom one.
Glamour Dust
Martha Stewart corner punch
Bling gems
Dagonfly embellishment
Grey & Yellow Ribbon

Please take a look at the wonderful items the Colour Create DT have created; it's well worth the trip.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Fairy Tree

Brayering and stamping - my favourite! One of the things that caught my eye at the Farnborough craft show was this amazing tree stamp. Isn't it lush! It's from Lavinia stamps and I'll be honest with you (because it's pretty obvious).....I made the tree taller on this card because I wanted it to be a real statement. All 3 of the Lavinia stamps are purchases that I made at the show (and they were broken into on the night I got home!!).

The background that I also brayerd on the main card has been liberally spritzed with Antique Gold perfect pearls mister and it shimmers beautifully. I wish the camera would pick the sparkle up.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - It's Your Choice
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Bold and Bright
Cute Card Thursday - Winged Things
Always Crafting - Anything goes
Paper Creations Ink - Show us your style with your favourite technique

Items Used:
Lavinia Stamps: 3 small dancing fairies, Sender Mushrooms, I can't find the tree in the store.
Adirondack Inks: Aubergine, Cranberry, Butterscotch
Memory Box die
Perfect Pearls Mister: Antique Gold.

Thanks so much for looking.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Totally ashamed

Are any of you hanging your heads in shame at the moment? I am. Why am I ashamed? Well, Chrissie and Mandi over at Less Is More have challenged us to make a CAS card using our scrap supplies......and I have 3 huge bags of scrap! How wasteful am I?

Here's entry No 1 (There may be a few entries from me this week!)
I thoroughly enjoyed making this card, and even though I bought a shed-load of new stamps and dies at the Farnborough craft show this week, I couldn't bring myself to use any of them yet. I feel so guilty at the amount of scrap that I have just waiting to be used up. Mind you, there is one 'new' thing on the card; the bakers twine.

And to prove that the paper was scrap here's a snap of it in a pile of papers I've pulled out and I'm going to use these up before I break into anything new.

Thanks for nudging my conscience ladies!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 16 February 2012

For Mum

Oh My Goodness! Another 2 weeks have just flown by and here we are again; it's time for another Colour Create Challenge.

Well, Sabrina has picked a corker of a challenge for us this time. Such pretty items have been made by the DT.

The colours she picked are Lilac, Blue,Kraft and White - gorgeous!

The optional extra is a new thing for me - create a charm, but the charm has made of paper. What a great way to add an embellishment!

Items used:
Kraft Card blank
Parchment card wrap with sentiment embossed in white from Papertrey Ink
Distress ink re-inkers; Milled Lavender and Tumbled Glass
Dies: Marianne Design die "Frame and Leaves", Sizzix Sizzlitd die "Phrase Mother". Tim Holtz die "Festive Greenery"
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Alterations "Damask"
Flower: The Hobby House
Stickles: Stardust

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crazy Amgo Challenge - Hearts
Drunken Stampers -Texture
Inky Impressions - Punches or Dies (I used dies)
My Craft Spot - A Girly Girl projects

Please stop by the Colour Create blog for some incredible inspiration from the design team.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Confession time!

Okay, it's confession time......I've been a total idiot. I was so, so pleased with myself, thinking that I'd used the sketch over at Less is More in my Colour Create DT card. There I am, patting myself on the back 'cos I do love entering Chrissie & Mandi's challenge and it has been oh so long since I last made the effort.

Oh yeah! Real clever of me.......I didn't use the sketch properly! The sentiment is in the wrong place and I've committed the crime of turning the sketch by 90% too. Grrrr! Must read instructions properly in the future ;o) Ah well, the best laid plans and all that!

So, here's my Colour Create card. Our wonderful monochrome colours of White or Cream and Light Brown and Dark Brown have been picked by the fabulous Shanna this time. She's also give us the optional extra of hearts.

Items used:
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs
Stamps: all of these are over 6 months old. The wooden one is positively ancient!! Basic Grey Love Blush (swirly hearts). Waltzing Mouse Text-it (Heat embossed on the vellum). Sentiment - and unmarked wood one (sorry)
Punches & Dies: Martha Stewart Lace Heart punch. Sizzix Sizzlets 'Flower Layers Set'
Diamonte floral centre is something I picked up at a craft show from the Hobby House

I'd like to enter this into:
Crafty Sentiments - Punches and/or dies
Cooking it up with Katie - Punch, Emboss, Heart
Oldie but a goodie - Hearts
The House that Stamps Built - Embossing
Whimsical Designs - Bringing out the old

I hope that you'll join in with use at Colour Create this time.The girls have made some super projects - take a look here.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Lady Victoria

Hi everyone - sorry for the late post but this is the first chance I've had to write a post since I got back yesterday (been away for a few days for my father-in-law's funeral). So this'll be a quick post today.

Here's my card for the Colour Create Challenge No 88. The wonderful colour combo of Pink and Green has been picked by our talented Suzie this time and her optional extra is handmade flowers. The design team have made some really beautiful cards today.

We're sponsored by:

and they gave us some images to play with - I adore this image (Lady Victoria) because she is so sassy!

I hope I've done her justice.

Items used:
Image: Kenny K - Lady Victoria
Stamps: Creative Expressions - Vintage Treasures and Vintage Illusion, Waltzing Mouse text stamp (on the vellum flower)
Embossing folder: Tim Holtz Alterations Retro Circles
Distress inks: Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick and Antique Linen
Papers: Tim Holtz pad - ColourCore Distress Collection (green), Brazzill Basics - Chandler (pink), Vellum (white and green)
Other items: Clear gloss, clear ink pad and white detail embossing powder. Ribbon, Beads, pearls and punched leaf from my stash

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crop Stop - Distressed, vintage or shabby chic (Distressed for me)

Delightful Challenges - Distressed/vintage

Fab n Funky - Bingo (Handmade Embellishment, digi image and 2 different papers)Stamptacular Sunday - Texture Please

Sugar Creek Hollow -Embossing

I hope you have time to join in the challenge this week. Please hop over to the blog to see the brilliant cards by the design team.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 9 January 2012

I'm late, I'm late....

....for a very important date!

Oh dear, I missed posting my DT creations for the first Colour Create Challenge in 2012 (slap my wrist!). Actually, there are very good reasons for it; I won't bore you with the details - I'll just say that 2012 has not had a particularly good start for me so far - but at least things should only get better from here onwards. Anyway, a happy new year to all of you!

So, these are my items for the fantastic challenge that our wonderful Edna set for us. Using a fabulous colour combo of Sage, cream and red with the optional extra of buttons. I think I have been way too inspired by doing the Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas (didn't get round to posting all those either - but I did make them) because I have gone tag crazy ever since! This time it is a birthday tag.

I've gone crazy adding dimension too after making loads of 'flat' Christmas cards to save on postage costs. As usual, the backing paper is something I created myself using Bundled Sage and Peel Paint distress inks, clear embossing powder, some swirl and music score stamps. My favourite thing to do!

I'd like to enter these into a few challenges:
Paper Creations Ink - Die Cuts and/or punches
Birthday Sundaes - Birthday Card Challenge
Catered Crop - Buttons
Challenge up your life - Bingo (Ribbons, Buttons, Die Cuts)
One Stop Craft Challenge - Bingo (Distressing, Lace/ribbon, Flowers)

Items used:
Hampton Arts Clear Stamps 'Flourish & Bloom', Waltzing Mouse Stamps 'Musical Backgrounds',
Inks: Tim Holtz distress inks in Bundled Sage and Peel Paint
Dies: Spellbinders 'Labels Four', Sizzix Sizzlits 'Flower Layers Set', Tim Holtz On the edge die 'Ornate', Tim Holtz Alterations die 'Festive Greenery'
Other: Red Liquid pearls, various buttons, ribbon and lace from my stash. Perfect pearls (Pearl) on tag, a feather

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by Mo Manning this week and there is a fantastic prize of a gift certificate for one lucky winner.

Please take a look at the samples by the fab CC design team for more inspiration using this wonderful colour combo.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas Projects

Ahhhh! Christmas! You've got to love it. I spend part of yesterday watching my granddaughter being the Angel Gabriel at the Christmas play. Brilliant! That's what Christmas is all about - it's so lovely to see children play out the nativity.

I've been really busy this year making advent calendars. My first calendar was made with the Colour Create Challenge theme in mind. The challenge colours this time are set by the fantastic Sharon L and they are Blue, Silver and White. The optional extra is embossing. Unfortunately I forgot to do the embossing on the calendar so I made the card above to cover that option off.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Anything Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge - Blue and White
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Sparkly things (Don't look at the light)
Addicted to Stamps - Snowflakes
Gingerloft Challenge - Winter and Christmas
Lollipop Crafts - Happy Holidays

I almost wore my distress inks out with these creations - thank goodness for re-inkers. The blue one is in use with my grandson and my granddaughter wanted a pink and purple one....hey presto!

I think these bottom two are my favourites - the colours are so rich!

I'm entering the red and green ones into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - Y for Yippee! It's almost Christmas
Heart Song Inspirations - Snowflakes and/or Doileys
Ooh La La Creations - Anything but a card
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas Projects
Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
The Pixie Cottage -Anything Goes Christmas Style

The colour create challenge is sponsored by Michelle's scrapbooking and she has given a $30 gift certificate for the winner of this challenge.

I want to send a big thank you to Michelle for her fantastic monthly sponsorship.

I also want to thank all our other sponsors for their support in 2011.

And last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to the fantastic design team, both past and present, for your sharing your amazing talent with us throughout 2011.

Thanks for looking - and don't forget to peek at the other incredible creations by the Colour Create design team.

Happy Christmas
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Day 2 - 12 Tags of Christmas

Well, here is my version of Tag 2 from Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas.

Again, there was lots of improvisation but that was half the fun. I really wish I'd had some canvas because it'd be lovely to use that on the reindeer and distress it, but Hey Ho, all I had was a little wooden reindeer. I think it looks just fine and dandy as an alternative.

So, now that I've ordered my hammer texture kit before they all sell out because it has been discontinued (can see there will be oodles of things to do with that!) I'll be able to batter the brads around a bit to make them all distressed. For this tag I used my screw head brads, which gives it a bit of a manly touch.

For the gold paint I substituted a gold promarker and I must admit that it 'weathered' down really well.

This shot shows the colours on the background a little better. Sorry for the dodgy camera work but I did take these on a really overcast and rainy day.

I'd like to enter this one into the following challenge:
Our Craft Lounge - Tag - You're it
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Lost the stabilisers! Tag 5

Well, I had intended to learn the techniques Tim Holtz is giving us in his 12 days of Christmas event, by making tags as close to his as possible and then going back to 'do my own thing' with the technique.........but I was so blown away with today's technique for Tag 5 that I threw away the stabilisers and just went for it.

I still took inspiration from Tim's tag - the leaves from his wreath and the pearls, but that was about it. This is not as shabby or vintage as I wanted it to be, but I'm pretty pleased with the results all the same., if only Santa would deliver some more Tim products........ ;-)

I really apologise for the rubbish photos but it is 10.30 at night over here in the UK, so electric light is all I can capture this by at the moment. Well, I'm off to leave a few comments before I head off to bed - work again tomorrow (groan).

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

12 Days of Christmas Tags (Day 1)

As promised yesterday, here is another of the 4 tags I made over the weekend following the Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas. This one is for Day 1. I'm so glad that I found out about this event - it is wonderful to learn all these new techniques.

Part of the fun of joining in with this is learning the fabulous techniques as you craft along with the photos provided on the Tim Holtz Blog. The other bit of fun comes in the form of searching around your stash and getting creative when you don't have one of Tim's products. (There's plenty of that on this tag!)

For a start - I haven't got the NOEL die. Then, I don't have the tattered Pine cone die either (that's on my wish list now). On top of that, I don't have the festive greenery or tattered banners dies either (They are now on my wish list too).

So, what do I have of Tim's that I used on this tag? Distress inks, Tim Holtz Coredinations Distress Ink colour paper stack, and a Flourish die cut! But hey, I'm really pleased with my 'make do and mend' crafting using normal punches, sizzix individual letters, glue and a pair of scissors. Not a patch on Tim's gorgeous creation...but all the same, it's not bad, eh?

Hopefully this shot give you some idea of the dimension on these tags - amazing!

I'd like to enter this one into the following challenges:
Cooking it up with Katie - Anything Goes
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Christmas Carols (The First Noel)
Just For Fun - Winter (no cute)
Crafty Ribbons - Make a tag
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas (A great place to get the items for the tags of Christmas - they have a link on their blog!)

Thanks for looking - I'll be back tomorrow with a tag for Day 2.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sheer Bliss!!!!

Hello everyone. How has your weekend been? I've had THE BEST weekend for a very long time. I had the luxury of some spare time all to myself - what bliss! So I spent some of that time crafting for pleasure and tagging along with the Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas. Ha Ha...Tagging - Tag - get it? ((GROAN)).

As this is the first time that I've come across this event (I know - it's amazing that someone could have their head so far in the sand that they miss this!), I thought I'd give it a go and just try to emulate one of the tags Tim has done - just to learn the techniques. Well - FOUR tags down (will be posting the others during the coming week) and I am totally smitten. This one is Day 4's tag.

Even my hubby remarked:
"Those are a bit posh, aren't they? We'll have to use them again next year - make sure you don't write on them!"
Men! Honestly!

We get a whole month to post our tags, so I think I'll do one of each "a la Tim" and then go back and create a few of my own in some of the different styles over the Christmas break - yes...that is how much fun it is to make these tags.

While I'm here I'd like to enter this into a couple of challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Bingo (Pearls, Stickles, Ribbon)
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas Projects
Come and get it challenge - Anything Christmas
Craft Your Days Away - Buttons or Bows
One Stop Crafts - Let it Snow.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Snowfall Snowflake

It's December!!!! Only 25 days until the big man in the red suit has been to visit us all. Have you been good this year? Hope so.

Today is Colour Create Challenge day and the amazing Sylvia has set a wonderful Christmas challenge for us.

The Colours are
with the optional extra of SNOWFLAKES.

Well, I didn't quite get the right shade of green on my first attempt because I was so excited at the Bo-Bunny snowflake stamp and the Tim Holtz limited edition Winter distress inks landing on my doormat that I had to use the Evergreen Bough ink straight away. It's a gorgeous, icy green colour (the lighter card) but it's just not the right shade for the challenge. So my second card used the Shabby Shutters ink.

Oooooh! I love this snowflake stamp. It's probably one of the best purchases I've made this year. I did a search a couple of nights ago and here are the links I found where they still had some of the items in stock:

Bo Bunny Stamp Set - Snowfall : available at Charmed Cards and Crafts, also at That's Crafty and Oyster Stamps

Tim Holtz Limited Edition Winter Distress Inks - available at Oyster Stamps and several other stores (but I've not ordered from those stores before).

Snowflake charm from Bunny Zoes

The bling is something I picked up at the Farnborough craft show earlier this year and the papers are freebies with Card Making and Papercraft magazine. It's been AGES since I used papers that I haven't made myself!

I fancied adding a small stick of cinnamon to my card and boy, does it smell Christmassy!

I'd like to enter my cards into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp! - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Winter
Craft Your Passion - 'Tis the Season
Crafty Cardmakers - Heat Embossing
Addicted to stamps - Christmas Card

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by:

And the wonderful prize is these stamps!

High Hopes are also offering a 25% discount on their dragon stamps in the first week of December. Read about the offer and get the discount code from the Colour Create Challenge blog, and then hop over to High Hopes Stamps to put your order in.

While you're at the challenge blog, don't forget to have a look at the fabulous creations that the rest of the design team have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx