Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Woo Hoo! I'm a DT Member!

Oh My Goodness. It has been sooooooooooo hard to keep this to myself today, but I promised I wouldn't publish anything until the announcement was made on the website. I am 'chuffed to bits', 'tickled pink', 'over the moon' and all those other phrases, because I'm now on the design team for Onestopcardcrafts. The One Stop Card Crafts blog is here and the shop is here.

I've been doing that 'What a feeling' dance all over the house this afternoon (Flashdance has nothing on me!! lol!)

Congratulations to the rest of the design team:
Donna Ferguson - Luvocardz
Nikki Austin - Its the day to
Angela Cox - Angiec-crafting
Margaret Woodward Maggiebob
Paula Cross
Eleanor Docherty

Don't forget to check out the Onestopcardcrafts blog. All the DT members will be posting their DT creations on the blog. I'll leave a note on this blog when we have our first ones up there.

Also, go check out the shop - discounts vary from 10% for orders of over £5 up to a whacking 30% discount. They also have daily specials for those crafting on a budget..... and it's free P& P in the UK and EU for all orders.

Wish me luck!

Basic Grey Challenge No 4

This week Susie has created a sketch for the Basic Grey Challenge blog. There are some fantastic submissions so far, and the design team's inspiration is great as usual. All this made me nervous about my card because it is one that I thought I wasn't happy with......but it is growing on me. I think I should have swapped the papers around so that the large swirly pattern is at the bottom and I may try to re-make it that way. However, I'll give it another day and I'll probably be happy with the way it looks now.


Anyway, here is the card I came up with for this challenge.



Items used:
  • Basic Grey 'Two Scoops' paper
  • Lemon and green card
  • Image was gifted to me by my friend Gina G from DoCrafts. I water coloured it.
  • Papermania Rik Rak and gold brads
  • Gold border peel-offs
  • PC printed sentiment.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon

Penny Black Saturday Challange - Seasons - Second card

I did say I would try to complete all the seasons this week for the Penny Black challenge - so 'We're all going on a summer holiday...' go on, sing along.

This one is purely just for fun. A summer postcard.




  • Backing Paper - created by me to match the......
  • DCWV wordstack summer words - these were glued to the backing.
  • Kickin' PB stamp water coloured (the glass is 3d using Anita's clear gloss but it doesn't really show on the photos). I would have added a mix of flock and glitter for the sand...if I had any flock!
  • Cotton wool candy floss, inked with pink ink
  • Home made windmill - 2 colours of green card and a brad
  • Cocktail stick.

...and there you have it. All I need now is the ice cream. lol! That's two seasons done; just Spring and Autumn to go. Please check back..Spring will be in the air tomorrow.

Sharon

Papertake Weekly No 12 - Clearly Christmas

Here I go again.....doing something new for me; is there nothing I'm scared of?
This is my first acetate card and I'm really pleased with it. My daughter was so impressed with this one that she's given me an order to make 50 acetate cards for her to give out at Christmas (all free to her of course!).

Okay, so the wonderful Katharina has come up with a great sketch for the Papertake Weekly challenge this week, and I'm sorry Katharina but I have taken a bit of a liberty and only used part of your sketch. However, as soon as I saw the layout I knew it was right for my Kanban toppers and some acetate I got in a goody bag.

Here's the card I made:


Items used:
Kanban Naughty and Nice Topper and sentiment (on the front)
Acetate sheet and patterned paper from the DoCrafts goody bag
Computer printed sentiment inside
Deep red ink pad
Celebrate Ribbon (it's actually a beautiful green and gold)

I hope you like it Katharina - even though it only uses part of your sketch.
Thanks for looking

Coming later today:

  • Penny Black seasons - a second card to depict Summer (complete with candy floss and windmill!)
  • Basic Grey challenge


Sharon


Monday, 29 September 2008

3 More Blog Candy Alerts - be quick!

Blog candy at the lovely Nice Star Blogspot is a scrapbook kit with stickers, embellishment and papers. Just mention Martha on your blog and leave a comment with a link to your favourite card that you've made before 1 October.

Vicky at Vixx-a-craftin blogspot has some candy including papers, stamps, glitter and embellishments. Just leave her a message by 3 October. While you're there check out her lovely blog and cards.

And by no means least, Alison is celebrating 10,000 hits at Crafting Up A Storm blogspot with buttons, ribbons, flowers, papers.......well just see for yourself and be sure to check out the rest of her blog for some inspiring creations. You have until 9pm on 1 October.

Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 5

Kaboodle Doodles challenge this week is for you to use the free downloadable paper that they have created especially for the challenge. I decided to use the paler of the two patterns to created this card. I also wanted to try something new (for me) again so this card has a piece that opens on the front of it.

















Items used on this card:
  • Kaboodle Doodles free download paper
  • Pink paper and black card
  • Black organza ribbon and pink velvet ribbon
  • Black gems
  • Kreaxions punch
  • Sentiment pinched from a card sent to me and printed in MS Word.
  • 'Flash' edging scissors.
I hope you like it. Let me know if you would like a tutorial on this card (they really are so easy to do).



Thanks,


Sharon

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 16

Challenge 16 at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge is all about Seasons this week.

"You can choose any 'Season' - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
as always it is entirely up to you what you make...a card, atc, altered art etc....just as long as it features at least one Penny Black image".


I think I might try to make one card for each season this week because it is so nice to use my own layouts instead of following a sketch. However, I wanted to start with Winter because that is the easy one for me to do. This is the first Christmas card I've made this year using the traditional colours of Red, Gold and Green.

Items used:

Anita's Traditional Christmas papers. Red and green card. 'Night Before Christmas' PB stamp, water coloured and glamour dust added to the white fur. Green glittered Prima flowers and holly leaves. Papermania gold brads, Red Christmas ribbon from a DoCrafts goody bag. Gold border peel-offs.

This was a good way yo use up all those tiny bits of gold border peel-off that are too small to be used as borders. I just added an 'icicle fringe' across the top of the card. Now the card is made I don't know why I've resisted using these colours so far this year. This card gives the feeling of Christmas so much more than the others I've made.

Hope Christmas qualifies as WINTER.


Thanks for looking


Sharon

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Blog Candy Alert.

3 lots of blog candy!

Anki is getting close to 10,000 hits! Well done Anki. She is offering 2 gorgeous Hanglar Stanglar stamps as the blog candy. Pop over to her blog and check out her lovely cards while you are there. This draw closes on 4 October.

Michelle is celebrating a whopping 25,000 hits by giving away the cutest donkey stamps you have ever seen. Well done Michelle. Check out her fab blog and cards; it is worth the visit. Her draw will be done on 8 October.

Hans is celebrating 20,000 hits on Wed 1 October with some beautiful papers, images, ribbons, gems and more. Again, this is another lovely blog worth visiting.

Sharon

Friday Sketchers No 21


The fabulously talented Murmur has produced a beautiful layout for the Friday Sketchers Challenge this week.

I have rotated her sketch by 90 degrees.


Items used: DCWV The Wedding Prints Stack. Papermania Raspberry Champagne. Plain pink card from stash. Making Memories Wildflower Blueberry Blossoms. Papermania Brads. See D's clear leaf stamp from the Thank You Kit. Dusky pink ribbon and peel-off sentiment from my stash. Image downloaded from PC Crafter.

Thanks for looking.
Sharon

Saturday, 27 September 2008

My time to craft - Blue

Over at My time to craft challenge/ this week's theme is 'Blue' - Use any shade of blue you like but no other colours are allowed only white! You can make whatever you want using this theme. ATC, card, tag, inchie etc.

"Mum you have 10 mins to make a card - 15 mins tops!" exclaimed my 21 year old "tiny bit of bling and funky 60's type flowers" was her brief.

Well, thank goodness for the blue challenge and a set of blue bits I bought in a sale from Craftwork cards for 50p. So here's my REAL quickie make for this challenge.


Thanks for looking.

Sharon

Friday, 26 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 29


I just had to have a go at this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge.


This week the theme for the challenge is Lots of sparkle! You can add bling, glitter, baubles, stickles, anything that makes your card sparkle! Well, what girl can resist a bit of sparkle? AND I broke into that beautiful Pocket Full Of Posies paper pad that I've been stroking for ages.

What sparkles on my card? Pocket Full of posies orange paper comes already glittered. Black glitter card. Glitter on an organza prima flower (in the orange flower combo). Tiny stick on gems in the middle of the flowers on the image, as well as a tiny heart as a necklace and that blue flower gem in the corner. I also chalked the sky with a glittery blue chalk.

I love this card! I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon

Another award!

My friend Pauline has passed me the JAVABLU award! I just can't believe this. I've only been blogging for 3 weeks and already have 2 awards. How lucky can a girl get? It is an honour to receive this award from Pauline as she is a person who constantly inspires and supports me, even though we've only known each other for a few weeks. Do pop over to see her gorgeous cards. When I saw Pauline's blog I knew I had to create a blog of my own....so she's the reason I'm blogging at all.




The rules are:
1. The winner can put the logo in her/his blog.
2. Put a link back to the person who gave you the award.
3. Nominate at least 5 persons with a blog, but first you have to tell why you want to give it to those persons.
4. Put a link to those you have nominated.
5. Visit the blogs to the nominees and tell them you gave them an award!

I'd like to nominate Heather at http://ricas-haven.blogspot.com/ for her wonderful encouragement. She spurs me on to create new tutorials. Thanks Heather.

Tara at http://happilyevercrafting.blogspot.com/ - once again for the endless inspiration she gives me

Ruth at http://craftywanderings.blogspot.com/ - For setting me a challenge without even knowing it (I'm still trying to work out how to create the curvy card on her blog.

Mrs Wonka at http://mrswonkas.blogspot.com/ for cheering me up when I was feeling down - check out her song for my favourite things; it's great

5th person to be added as soon as I find them.

Thanks again Pauline.

Sharon

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Passing on the Wylde Women Award.

It's time to pass on my Wylde Women Award. Sorry it's taken me a few days to make my decision - there are so many deserving people out there, many of whom already have the award.
I'd like to pass this award on to:
Clare Curd - designer for DoCrafts - she ticks the boxes for all the purpose of this award; she brightens my day, teaches me new things and lives her life with generosity and joy.
Pauline - for all her support and encouragement and brightening my days
Tara - for her wonderfully inspiring cards that teach everyone.
Kathleen - for brightening my days (she was the first to respond to my tag!) and for her links to inspiring sites that she comes across.
Kerry a.k.a. Pickle - for her wonderfully inspiring cards that teach everyone.
and
Kirsten - again for being an inspiration and brightening my days.

Okay ladies, this is your award.



It's call the Wylde Women Award and the purpose of it is to send love to and acknowledge women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

The rules are:
1 You can give it to one or one hundred and any number in between - your choice.
2. Make sure you link to their site.
3. Link back to this blog site http://www.tammyvitale.com/ so Tammy can visit all these wonderful women.
4. Remember the purpose of the award.

My sincere thanks again to Heather a.k.a. Rica for passing the award on to me.

Sharon

Saturday Sketchers No 17 ?? .....possibly

Well, here's a card that didn't turn out at all as I expected. I found a fabulous 3D Christmas tree tutorial at Crafti-n-est and thought I would try it out using a different shape. I began by being true to the tutorial, except using a star shape instead of a Christmas tree, but the card started to get blindingly yellow. So, making an alteration, I kept the 3d effect on it's own and the card just made itself to the Sketch Saturday Layout Challenge.









I'm not sure I can enter it because it hasn't got a stamped image.....but the sketch doesn't say 'image' on it anywhere so maybe I'll have a go. I'm sure they'll let me know if it isn't allowed by deleting the comment I leave! Here's a pic of the sketch layout.


Papers: Papermania The Big One, and Papermania Naughty and Nice. Yellow Card, Gold Border Peel-off's, Gold confetti stars, snowflake stamp embossed with Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Fiskars Border Punch. Ribbon.

Later
Okay, I'll be back later with a Daring Cardmakers Tues challenge - how many cards can you make from 3 sheets of paper. Here's a sneaky peek at how it's going.












Thanks for looking.


Sharon

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Blog Candy Alert

Beth has some fantastic forever friends blog candy up for grabs until 5 October
Pop over and see her and her lovely blog here

And Crafty Hazel is celebrating 20,000 hits since installing her sitemetre. Way to go Hazel! Check out her blog and her candy at My crafty Outlook. This one closes in the evening of Sunday 28 Sept.

Basic Grey Challenge No 3



This week the basic grey challenges blogspot want to see distressing on projects. The only proviso for this challenge is that at least one element on the card has to be a Basic Grey item.

I just can't seem to get the hang of distressing no matter what I do. Everything ends up being over-distressed. But, that wasn't going to put me off so I had a go at this week's challenge. Last night I thought I had over-distressed this card (again) but I'm actually really pleased with the way it looks in daylight.

Basic Grey elements used: Two Scoops 6x6 paper and Two Scoops Heart Smudge clear stamps.
The image used in my card was gifted to me by my new friend Pauline so I don't know the name of it, and it was coloured with watercolour pencils and Sakura Stardust blue on the butterfly. (Have a look at Pauline's site as she has some wonderful cards on there.)

To make this card you will need:

Two Scoops 6x6 paper, DCWV Wedding Stack paper, Silver paper, white pearlised vellum, small piece of white paper, stamped and coloured image.

Two Scoops heart smudge clear stamps, clear embossing powder, whispers brush strokes pen, Ink it up! ink, Tea dye distressing ink.

Seed pearls beads, pearlised hearts, Prima flower and leaves, pearlised circle confetti, silver brad.

Tools: DST, Glue, Scissors, Cocktail stick, ruler, heat embossing tool, Acrylic block.

Instructions.
1. On a card blank measuring 15cm by 20cm, mat a piece of silver paper measuring 14.5cm by 19.5cm. On top of this add some Wedding Stack paper (grey stripe) measuring 14 cm by 19 cm that has already been softly distressed by lightly inking the paper edges with a sponge containing distress ink.

2. Take a pale pink piece of Basic Grey Two Scoops paper measuring 12cm by 17cm and distress it. The best tutorial I have found on distressing is on the Me and L'il G site here. Cut a piece of Basic Grey Two Scoops heart smudge paper to measure 8.5cm by 15cm. Only distress this by inking the edges - don't tear it. Draw on some faux stitching with a whispers brush stokes pen. Attach these two papers on top of the grey stripe paper as in my photo.

3. Cut a piece of white pearlised vellum so that it is 0.5 cm bigger in length and width than your coloured image. Cut a piece of silver paper 0.5cm bigger in length and width than the pearlised vellum. Mat the coloured image onto the vellum and then onto the silver paper. Attach these onto your card.

4. Ink up one of the clear stamps using a deep pinky/red colour and randomly stamp onto your card. Be sure to cover part of the image and go over onto the other papers. It doesn't matter if you smudge or miss tiny bits of the stamp because that just adds to the distressed look. Stamp the sentiment onto some white paper, and while the ink is still wet, heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. Cut the sentiment out using a punch (I did it freehand) and mat it onto a silver paper circle that is 0.5cm larger. Stick the sentiment onto your card.

5. Finally place 4 pearlised confetti circles onto a silver brad and place these onto a prima flower. Stick the flower to your card. Stick 2 prima leaves onto the card so that the ends are tucked under the flower petals. Randomly glue seed pearls onto the plain pink paper. Glue 3 pearlised hearts into the remaining 3 corners.

Well - did I get the distressed look about right this time? Thanks for looking.

Sharon

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Newsflash

Woo Hoo! A new background and header.
UPDATE.......and working with siggi-shop.com (who are being incredibly helpful and providing superb service!!) to get the background right for my PC screen. I'm an awkward person who has a big screen and a high screen resolution so although this probably looks fine on your PC it looks a bit different on mine.
Thanks so much Jo for putting up with me and all the hard work I'm causing you.


UPDATE No2 -
Fan-dabby-dozee! (Is that how you spell it?) What absolutely gorgeous work Jo at Siggi-shop has done. Now this site looks as pretty for me as it does for everyone else. I can't thank Jo enough - or recommend her highly enough. Pop over to see her if you ever feel the need for a funky header or background, or an elegant one, or a pretty one..... I've put a button on the right hand side of this site that will link direct to her site.
Thanks again Jo; superb design and an after sales service that is second to none.

Secret Middle Card Tutorial

Amaze your friends with a secret middle card. These cards are SO easy to make - and everyone that sees them wants to handle them to find out how it works. Kiddies think they are magic cards.

For this tutorial I'm showing you the basic card and only doodling on it to show you how they work. Look at the bottom of this post for another example I have made that is fully decorated.

You will need

2 pieces of A4 Card in contrasting colours

Scoreboard or other scoring tool

Ruler

Pencil

Scissors

Embellishments



INSTRUCTIONS

1. Trim a piece of A4 card to be 28 cm by 21 cm. Score a line 14cm in from one edge. Turn your card over and make 2 more score lines, each one is 7cm in from the nearest outside edge, so that you have 4 even sections.

2. Fold the card in half along the first scoreline you made. Make 2 cuts, each at 7 cm in from the top and bottom edges, through the middle fold to the score line as in this photo.


3. Cut 2 pieces of contrasting card to the size of 21 cm by 6.8 cm.


4. Open up the white card so that it is flat. Thread the first piece of contrasting card through the cuts made at step 3 so that it goes over the first section, under the second section and over the third section. Take the other piece of contrasting card and thread this through the cuts so that it goes under the first section, over the second and under the third. It should end up looking like this.

That is the basic card finished. To show you how the card works, here are my doodles.

When you fold the card into a 'T' shape you can carefully take the middle piece and prise the white sections apart (see below) - I do this by moving the top white square towards the back of the card and the middle white square towards the front of the card. The more you open and close the middle bit, the easier it gets.


Here is the middle section opened - I've been caught out! I only used red paper for this demo and you can see the flower doodle through the paper!!

Now decorate it as you want.


Here's one I did with Papermania Naughty and Nice sheets and chipboard elements.
Tip: For this card, instead of contrasting card, I cut 4 pieces of paper (2 in each pattern) and stuck the like patterns back to back so the pattern shows on both sides.

Front of card:

















First page of the card:


The secret middle section:



















The back page:




When opened entirely flat it looks like this on each side:

















....and here are views from the top with
Secret middle closed and










secret middle opened

Hope you found this useful.
Tips and feedback are welcome, as always.

Cheers,
Sharon

Monday, 22 September 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Children In Need

What a fabulous thing to be involved in. Quick Cards made easy magazine are trying to break the record for the worlds biggest handmade card, for BBC Children in Need.

Papertake Weekly Challenge are getting involved too. Send your YELLOW cards in to them and they will donate 25p to Children In Need and pass the cards on to the magazine. Pop over to check this out and get your yellow papers and embellies out girls!


Here's the first yellow card that I've done for this fabulous cause.

I made this one completely yellow because I want to be sure that at least one of my cards make it onto the record breaking card.

Hope you like it,

Sharon

Sarah Kay Wallet Card

I am absolutely certain that it is safe to put a picture of this card onto my blog now. It was posted off as first class post last Thursday morning so it must have arrived by now. Unfortunately the lady that is the recipient is having trouble contacting me by private message on a craft site, so I haven't had absolute confirmation that it reached her. However, every other card that I have ever posted first class has reached the recipient the following day. The only exception was over a weekend where the card arrived on the Monday.

I just love this image.

Thinking back on what I used....
Papers: Making Memories Vintage Hip Collection 'dots', Papermania Olivine Essence, the stripy paper is now discontinued but it is a 2007 Buzzcraft paper. Papermania ribbons and buttons. Flowers, funky fibres and heart candy from my stash. The image, Sarah Kay 'Pen pal' was gifted to me by my friend Georgina and coloured with watercolour pencils. Ink it Up turquoise ink pad.

Thanks for looking.

Sharon

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 15

This week's Penny Black Challenge is to "decorate the inside of your card". Well, I always do put a little decoration in the middle of my cards, so I thought I'd have a go at this challenge and try out something new (for me). I hadn't made one of those cards with a dangly middle bit yet and this seemed the perfect thing to try. Okay, I have learnt from the experience - namely don't use a piece of acetate that is too wide (as I have done) because it can clearly be seen. I was worried that the weight of the Xmas tree would drag it down too much so I made the acetate wider than necessary. We live and learn. eh?

For this challenge I used the Penny Black 'Xmas Constellation' Christmas tree stamp.

This is the front of the card:



And here is the inside:



Front of card: Penny Black Xmas Constellation stamp heat embossed with silver tinsel Heat it up embossing powder. Papers: Blue glitter card from onestopcardcrafts, Anita's Classic Christmas Blue Papers Let it snow, Silver textured and silver mat from a grab bag of offcuts at my local stockist. Dovecraft 3mm baby blue satin ribbon. Ink it up! turquoise ink. Plain blue paper, Snowflake brads, Silver wire and Silver sequins from my stash.

Inside Card: Penny Black Xmas Constellation stamp heat embossed with silver tinsel Heat it up embossing powder onto Papermania plain blue vellum. Backing paper with sentiment created in Microsoft Publisher using a snowflake clip art. Papermaina ribbon for edging. Clear acetate strip.

Thanks for looking.......and thanks for the challenge - yet another Christmas card completed!

Tomorrow. I hope to have another tutorial for you tomorrow. This one will show how to make one of those cards that has a secret middle bit.

There may even be a couple of freebie embellishments to go with the backing papers I gave you last Friday - but that depends on whether I have time to finish them.

Sharon





Sunday, 21 September 2008

Daring Cardmakers - All Mixed Up

Phew! It's a busy day today - an award, an update on freebies and now another card!

This week's Daring Cardmakers challenge is a bit of a tricky one, well I thought it was.

"This week's theme is All Mixed Up. How come the majority of girls' cards are pink and flowery and the boys are blue and have absolutely no flowers at all? What about cars for girls??? hmmm? This week Tracie wants you to mix up those genders and create cards with a little bit of something not normally found for that sex."

I kept my card in manly colours because I think it would be really difficult to get away with pink flowers on a man's card. My feminine elements are ribbons, flowers and a couple of heart brads. I think I can just about get away with this for a man.




This card also continues on from the 'colouring the dots' card I did last Tuesday (16 September). This time I swiss dotted some red card, made it into a frame and coloured the dots in with black whispers pens. I mounted the frame onto black card and cut the middle aperture and added it to the card with 3d foam pads. Ribbons, Flowers, Brads and Peel-offs were the only other things needed. A quickie card make.


I did try to do a 'Girl Racer' card too, in blue with a silver motorbike on it - but it turned out way too butch so I won't be sharing that one.

Sharon

Freebie Embellishments

Thanks to everyone that downloaded my freebie papers on Friday. The response completely surprised me - in a good way. Just to let you all know that I'm currently working on some embellishments to go with the papers and I'll upload them as soon as they are ready.

Sharon

My First Award - A Wylde Women Award

I am so incredibly 'chuffed' to receive my first award from an extremely talented and a very funny lady; Heather . When you stop by to see her amazing cards be sure to check out her facts on the 'I've been tagged post' - you will giggle.

Here's the award that she's given me:

It's call the Wylde Women Award and the purpose of it is to send love to and acknowledge women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

The rules are:
1 You can give it to one or one hundred and any number in between - your choice.
2. Make sure you link to their site.
3. Link back to this blog site http://www.tammyvitale.com/ so Tammy can visit all these wonderful women.
4. Remember the purpose of the award.

Thank you so much Heather, it means a lot to me to a) receive an award when I am so new to blogging and b) to get it from someone as incredibly talented as you is absolutely wonderful. You must check out Heather's cards they are so stunning and always made to such a high standard.

I'll have a think about who I can pass this award on to. There are several people that spring to mind, but I need to check if they already have it. I'll make my decision within the next couple of days and post my list on here.

Thanks again Heather,

Sharon

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Blog Candy Alert

Blog Candy is up for grabs at Stardustgemsandribbons until Thursday 25 September . The prize includes…
A brand new ( still in sealed packet) Magnolia Tilda in cherry dress stamp, 6×6 Papermania Naughty and Nice paper pack, Papermania sparkly trims, brads, StarDust glitter, paper tags and two sheets of bazzill cardstock. Why not pop over to this blog to see the amazing creations.

MORE CANDY
Pretty Pressings has some yummy Halloween blog candy up for grabs. The winner will be picked on Saturday 27 September. Pop over to see the candy and more amazing cards.

Friday Sketchers Challenge No 20

I really enjoyed this Friday Sketch Challenge . It was something different to have 3 ribbons and most of them hidden under a different layer. Made me think a bit. I've tried to team everything in by adding 3 colours into my brads, ribbons and eyelets.

Papers: Making Memories Boho Chic Multipack Olivia. Image gifted to me by Pauline - Thanks hun! All edges lightly inked with Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink. Glittery green chalk added round image and Glamour Dust added to champagne bubbles (sorry these do not show up in photo). Prima flowers, brads, eyelets and ribbons from my stash. Faux sewing added using a pin and Whispers Brush Strokes.
Thanks for looking
Sharon


Saturday update

My 6 month old granddaughter had a sleepover at our house last night. It's has been wonderful looking after her. However, I'm busy changing nappies, singing songs and generally looking after her this morning. I'll be back later with the Saturday update.

Sharon

Friday, 19 September 2008

I've been tagged!

For those wanting the freebie download it is in the post under this one - but I've been tagged by Pauline so had to add another posting. Oh my goodness. This is the first time I've been tagged so luckily the rules are...you post the rules on your site before you tag someone else. Panic over, I've got the rules from Pauline.

Here are the rules:1. Link your tagger and list the rules on your blog 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs 4. Let them know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Well, in for a penny as the saying goes.....

1) I take the price tags off my crafting goodies before I get home from my shopping trips .... just in case my husband is there, so he doesn't see what I've spent (until he looks at the bank balance lol!)
2) My body is allergic to the sun and sun creams - but I love hot climates and sunshine holidays
3) I gained my Queens Guide Award in the Girl Guides
4) I have double-jointed hips
5) I have lived and worked in Norfolk, London, Manchester and Hampshire
6) I really love seafood but my husband hates it so I rarely get to treat myself
7) I'm dreading reaching a point where I need to give away some blog candy...because I'll want to keep it for myself.

Now for the really hard part. I've got to tag 7 people and I've only been blogging for under 2 weeks! So I'm struggling to find 7 people that a) I think may respond and b) I know the real names of. I've come up with 6 and I'll add a 7th when I can.

I'm going to tag
Kirsten
Tara
Ruth
Debs
Kathleen
Rica

I have no idea if they will play along or not...I hope they will.

Sharon

Freebie Friday

Freebies! Freebies! Freebies! We all love freebies, don't we? Here at Cardsngreetings it's Freebie Friday with 10 free backing papers for you to download. Since I went over the 500 hits on this site at just before midnight I've posted this before my normal time so all you early birds can get your downloads first.

Well I had such fun creating these background papers that I may just have to start doing lots more designs for my cards. Here's a card that I created using some of these freebie papers:


I just love that quote; it's one that I put on the inner of my friendship swap card this month. I don't normally put quotes onto my the front of my cards, but having completed last weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge I thought I'd have a go at another quote.


How do you like the papers? I'm calling this one my 'Freshness Collection' (ooooh errr I'm turning into a graphic designer. lol!) because I think the colours are fresh and crisp. There are 10 papers to download in a combination of flowery, swirly, plain, polka dot and stripes. Remember: this is my first attempt at creating backing papers - so I am bound to improve with practice. However, I'm pretty please for my first attempt at ever doing something like this.


Please leave me a comment if you like these and also let me know if you

a) want more backing papers and/or

b) want some embellishments to go with the papers

I really need your feedback as this is my first lot of backing papers.


Okay, here are the links. If you just want one A4 paper you just need to click on the picture of the paper you want and it'll take you to the download page. I've listened to some feedback, so now you can get the papers in a zip file and at either 6x6 or A4 size.

6x6 zip file6x6 Freshness Collection.zip

A4 zip fileA4 Freshness Collection.zip





Have fun and happy crafting!


Sharon

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