Thursday, 30 April 2009

A Spoon full of ABC

Here's a quickie card that I needed to make for someone. And I've been really naughty and doubled up my challenges - not like me at all, nowadays. This one is for:
Spoonfull of sugar - Blue and Green (lovely colours)
ABC L is for List - 1 ribbon, 3 flowers 6 brads.

I used one of Sally Ann's Grab-a-doodle-do Cupcake downloads for this card - love these because they are so yummy. Now that I've added the card to my blog I am free to add the person's name to it.

Basic Grey Wisteria papers - had to break into the pad or I would have just stroked it for months!
Grab-a-doodle-do image. Coloured with ProMarkers
Prima Obsessions and Got Flowers Part Deux
Ribbon and pearl brads from stash.

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A New Sketch Challenge Blog

I made a card to support one of my DT colleagues who has started up a brand new stamping and sketch challenge. Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge is a fortnightly challenge and they have a lovely sketch designed by my friend Maggie for their launch.

Here's wishing all the DT every success with this new venture.
Oh - here's a tip. I ran out of white opaque marker when I was half way around this card doodling the stitching. So, if anyone else gets stuck in the same way and has some Tippex hanging around - just use that instead.

Papermania and basic grey papers. Nesties labels, Tilda stamp, ribbon, Papermania flowers and stick-on-pearls. Martha Stewart Doiley punch. Suede trim. Charm. Opaque pen/tippex.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Creative Card Crew Sketch

I had a lovely 'girly night' with my daughter last night - so, no crafting and no post yesterday. I think we all need a little break now and again, don't we? However, I'm back today with the Creative Card Crew Challenge. This week it is my turn to set the challenge so I've given you all this sketch to work from. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Also, I'd like to extend a big welcome to Joey, who joins us for her first week on the design team. Great to have you on board Joey. Also a big welcome goes to Nicola, who is joining us as guest designer for the next month. If you haven't visited Joey or Nicola I would recommend having a look at their blogs because their work is wonderful.

On to my cards for my sketch. Yes, I was greedy and made 2 cards this week.

Here's my cute one:

And here's a more striking monochrome one:


Cute Card: Penny Black Kickin', Basic Grey Two Scoops Heart Smudge and Clare Curd's signature range sentiments
Monochrome Card: Hampton Art - Dream, Creative Expressions Oasis

All other bits were from my stash

Hope you'll find time to join in the fun this week.

Sharon xx

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Colour Create - Week 13

Well, you all loved the pink, black and white with polka dots challenge over atColour Create last week, didn't you? We were overwhelmed by the number of entries. A big "Thanks" to everyone who entered and supported us. The lovely Jo has a great combination and optional extra for us again this week. Here's the picture for inspiration: The colours are Orange, Green and Brown with an optional extra of making a male card. I used to be scared of making male cards but I find I enjoy them more and more each time I do one. These colours are perfect for the men.

I went to town with my Clare Curd men's range of stamps on this card. I knew I had to use the fisherman because orange suited the wetsuit-like trousers. Mind you, irl I'm sure a bright orange would scare the fish away! I drew tiny scales on the fish stamps using sakura stardust pens - just to get a glittery effect and then I added some glossy accents to the fish and the water to make them look wet.

Instead of a ribbon I added some white netting that the fish could be caught onto - and the obligatory bit of string. I finished the front with some paper pricking, doodling and a charm.

I loved doing the inside. I used more glossy accents and sakura stardust pens on the fish hanging off the 'gone fishing' sign, and 2 more of the larger fish on the opposite side. This one has been set aside for my f-i-l for Father's day.

Clare Curd's Signature Range stamps "Stamping For Him"
Basic Grey Papers (I think these were from the Archaic pad - but I seem to have put it 'somewhere safe' - in other words, I've put it down somewhere and can't find it so I can't check)
Brown and Orange Card.
Sakura Stardust pens, Water colour Pencils.
Anita's Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz distress inks (Tea Dye and Vintage Photo)
Net, Dolphin charm, Gold Brad and string from my stash.

Do pop over to the challenge blog. There's tons of inspiration for male cards from the wonderful creations made by the rest of the DT. They amaze me each week with their creativity.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge No 26

Hurray! It's Saturday again and another weekend, and that means it's time for the One Stop Craft Challenge. The lovely Maggie has picked the theme this week which is

'Something New'

Maggie would like everyone to try something new on their projects, this could be a new technique they have been meaning to try, or a new product they haven't got round to using or maybe just a new stamp that hasn't been inked yet, the decision is yours.

Oh boy! Did we have fun with this one. For me, it was the chance to try something out that I'd been meaning to do ever since I saw the technique on a card that Nicola had made a while back. She had some beautiful embroidery in the background to her card - so off I trotted to a local shop and I bought myself a little template to prick and sew. This was my idea of heaven - combining my love of card making with my passion for embroidery.

I kept the card fairly simple so that the focus would be on the sewn image and the sentiment.

Brazzill Basics Card in pink and green
Far East Mat Stack
Creative Expressions Sentiment Stamp
Kars Bling Bling Doodles template Marianne Design No BD8702
Raffia Ribbon, Flact back pearls and heart charm from my stash.

Do pop over to see what the rest of the DT made for this challenge - they all had loads of fun making their creations.
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Spoon Full of Sugar

Oh I am such a dip-stick sometimes! I made this card on Tuesday night and Wrote the post last night, but I forgot to publish it!

I made this for the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge. There is a wonderful sketch by Caryn this week, but I'm not sure I've done it justice. I thought it would be great to add a bit of stickles to my swirls and in real life they do look good - the camera makes them look pretty rubbish though (sorry).

The stickle blobs added to the satin flowers actually look a bit like diamante - but the camera let me down again.

Brazzill Basics card, Basic Grey Euphoria papers
Penny Black Hearts Away stamp
Sizzix Flower and Vines #2 (swirls)
Just Pots Funky Flowers, Crystal Ice stickles
Nesties, Watercolour pencils, Blue Ink it Up! pad
Navy ribbon.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Creative Card Crew 7

This week the challenge for Creative Card Crew has been set by the lovely Paula and she has chosen the theme of circles.

For my card, I thought I would try doodling lots of tiny circles as borders, so if you zoom in you'll be able to see them around the edges of the papers and the nesties.

We're sponsored this week by Crafty Addicts and Heather has donated a very unusual, but gorgeous stamp set for the lucky winner.

I've left the inside of my card without a sentiment because I'm not sure what occasion it will be used for as yet.

Papermaina Spring Burst papers
Whiff of Joy Champagne stamp
L-Em Ash Branch punch and stamens punch
X-cut flower punch
Pebbles Inc ribbon
Ice Crystal Stickles
Polka dot brads from my stash

I know that we had a few technical issues with the challenge site last night, so I'm hoping that this week's challenge went live as planned. If it didn't at least those of you who visit my blog will know what the theme is and you can start preparing your cards. Unfortunately, as this post is scheduled and I'm at work I am unable to stop it going live.
Sharon xx

Monday, 20 April 2009

Penny Black Challenge and a Grrrrr!

Before I show my card for today, can I just say....Grrrrrrrrrrr! Cameras! Grrrrrrrrrr! I took some lovely photos of this card in the sunshine yesterday, came to upload them onto the PC this evening - and...nothing happened. The PC wouldn't even recognise the USB had something in it. I tried a second USB.....nothing. I put the memory card back into my camera and......"memory card error" was happily displaying on the camera screen. I did that slow motion "Noooooooooooooooooooooo! I need to take a decent pic of a DT card tonight! You can't do this to me!" All to no avail.

So, I try a second memory card in my camera and snap these pics by electric light. Not good, but at least I have the pictures. I put the card back into my camera to take better ones.........yep - you guessed it...."Memory Card Error"

So, I'm afraid these dingy photos will have to do for now.

This is my card for the Penny Black Challenge No 45 - a wonderful sketch by Nat. At first I thought it would be quite a difficult one - but with the right papers everything just fell into place and this card made itself (clever that! lol). Thanks Nat for a fab sketch, I can see I'll use this one again.

Penny Black "Delights"
Basic Grey Paper
Prima Flowers
Papermania pearl brads
Everything else from my stash.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Colours Create Week 12

This week's Colour Create challenge has been set by the lovely Chris. She is one very talented lady and I'm sure many of you will be familiar with her beautiful creations. Chris has given us this fabulous photo for inspiration:
So the colours are a gorgeous Pink, Black and White with an optional extra of Polka dots. I love this combination!

I've made my card for one of our other DT members, who has their birthday today. Happy Birthday Kim! Hope you have a wonderful day.

As Chris has chosen the colours and theme for the challenge she has decided to offer two free digi purchases from her online store to one lucky participant. All we ask is that you do not combine our challenge with any other for this week if you would like to be entered into the prize draw.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Just Magnolia - Challenge 1

What a fantastic new challenge the Just Magnolia Challenge is. This is their first week and already there are a mass of entries. The DT is amazing and their cards are sensational.

Well, I couldn't resist. Not only is it a new challenge but to start them off there is a sketch by Donalda. I adore her sketches, so my evening last night was all sorted!

I've rotated Donalda's sketch by 180 degrees and I decided to go for a pale blue and peach colour scheme, although the peach has ended up being quite strong and almost orangy coloured.

Thanks girls! I hadn't inked this Tilda up in ages so I had a real fun last night. Here's wishing you all every success with your new challenge.

Sharon xx

An experiment that went wrong

I know I should have made another card but time has been so limited this week that it just wasn't possible. I saw the challenge theme for this week on the DT blog for One Stop Craft Challenge and had one of those "I bet I could do something like......." moments. (You know the should always ignore them).

The theme set by the lovely Donna this week is Decorative Edges/Cuts. So do I use a punch, fancy scissors or a scallop nestie? - not on your life! Old (not so) clever clogs here had to do it the hard way and go for a fancy die cut edge, using the Sizzix Scribbles Swirl, all around the outside of my card. It ended up looking like a blooming ornate picture frame. lol!

Never mind - I'm sure someone will take this idea one stage further, and using the right diecut shape, they will make an amazing card. So - here's your inspiration everyone, I wonder what you can come up with? If you make something amazing do leave me a little comment so that I can come and see it.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Friday Sketchers 48

Wow! I managed to complete a challenge on the day it was posted. It has been ages since I have done that!

This one is for the Friday Sketchers Challenge. Kristine from Norway has given us a wonderful sketch this week (thanks Kristine). I was really pleased when I saw the sketch because it gave me a chance to move away from the square cards again. I so enjoyed making this DL card.

Papers: Basic Grey, DCWV and BoBunny
Stamps: Clare Curd's Signature Range
All other bits from my stash

Oriental Beauty

Another quick post to let you all know the full instructions and links to items used in this card are on the One Stop Card Crafts blog. I loved these items so much that I made 3 cards, so this is the last in this series from me. This one shows the toppers off against the gorgeous raspberry background foiled card.

Also, an apology. I've been really busy sorting out place settings and other bits and pieces for the annual Spring Ball that is going to be held on Saturday. My blogging time has been severely limited, but I'm sure all will be back to normal on Sat or Sunday. I hope you don't all fall out with me before then ;o)

Sharon xx

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Charisma Cardz Challenge - Little Black Dress

Well, it is my last week on the Charisma Cardz Challenge DT and this week Carly has set the theme of :

Little Black Dress

The DT have made some gorgeous cards for this one. I'd like to send them all a 'thank you' for the inspiration they gave me whilst I was with them and wish every one of them all the best and every success for the future.

Don't forget that the Charisma DT call ends at 7 p.m. GMT today - so you still have a chance to enter it if you want to.

Papers: Bearly Mine. Black card and white card.
Stamp: Creative Expressions
Nesties, and Nestie swirl
Ribbon, Handbag Charm, Gems, paperclip and pens for doodling from my stash.

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Oriental Elegance

Here is my second Oriental DT card for One Stop Card Crafts - the full instructions for this card are now available on Shelley's blog. I must tell you all that these toppers are so beautiful and the floral background card is all foiled- it is sumptuous. I think this image looks so elegant.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Oriental Reflections, and some candy

Just a really quick post to let you know that the full instructions for this card, along with links to the items used, is now on the One Stop Card Crafts blog.

Also, if you go over to visit, why not enter Shelley's blog candy while you are there? Shelley is celebrating 5000 hits on her blog, and there are 7 new stamps for one lucky winner.

Creative Card Crew Challenge 6

Oh my goodness! I'm having one of those days, you know the ones where you just don't get anything done? I've taken the week off work to do some spring cleaning and the first real day I've had to make a start was today. So, 1) I oversleep - great start! 2) My daughter phones and needs a lift to the Doctor's surgery. 3) She now has to take some medication that means she can't stray too far from the loo - and with a 13 month old baby who's into everything (mostly my crafty stash when I'm not looking!) and just trying to walk, that means they'll be spending the day at Nanny's house so Nanny can look after the toddler. Ah well - spring cleaning may have to start tomorrow.

Anyway, enough waffle. It's Creative Card Crew Challenge No 6 today - but for some strange reason the challenge went live last night. So, here's my apparently late card.

Tasha set the challenge of monochrome this week and I thought I would do some white stamping and heat embossing on black card. I've used my Laura Ashley Love Song stamps for this one. And for another change I made an A5 card instead of my normal square ones.

Sorry about the shadow on the picture of the inside, I just couldn't get the table far enough out from the gazebo canopy. I did my best.

Black A4 Card, White card, White Vellum
Stamps: Laura Ashley Love Song, Creative Expressions Sentiment (Outside), Clare Curd Signature Range Sentiments (Inside)
Martha Stewart Punch
Opaque White embossing powder, clear ink and black stayzon
Black organza ribbon, brad, white pearlised heard and dangly bead bits from my stash.

Hope you can join us this week for the challenge, there are 2 design slots and an Anya stamp as prizes.

Sharon xx

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Colour Create Challenge

Happy Easter everyone. I hope that you all received lots of eggs and chocolates today. Tab has chosen the theme for Colour Create this week, and I must say it couldn't have been timed better! Our colours this week are lovely chocolaty ones - brown, cream and beige. The optional extra this week is distressing.From what I saw of the DT cards before I went away, there will be some tremendous inspiration over at the challenge site today. I love distressing but normally have a tendency to overdo it. I thing I reigned myself in enough this week.

Papers: Papermania - Antique Cream tones and cream embossed card
Image: Sarah Kay
Flowers: Prima and Papermania
Ink: Tim Holtz distress ink - vintage photo
Ribbon, pearls, wire, doodling pen and water colour pencils from my stash.
I hope to be back online at some point today so that I can catch up with some commenting.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 11 April 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge 24

Challenge 24 at One Stop Craft Challenge has been set by the owner of the One Stop Card Crafts store, Shelley. She has set the challenge of:


I suppose you could say that I have done faux tearing on my card. I wasn't sure if my idea would work, and I didn't have time to make a second card if it went wrong. I thought I only had a tiny piece of the white and black paper left (but since making the card I have found more) so I sliced the tears for the flowers and feather to poke through. Now that I have tried it out I would be quite prepared to really tear the paper if I made a similar card again. Ingredients:
KanBan Enamel Glazed Card - Paisley Negative
Vine Paper
Marabou Feather
Kanban bling gems

Sharon xx

Friday, 10 April 2009

My Candy Links

This post will stay at the top of my blog until all my candy has closed. Please scroll down for my new cards.

My 50th Birthday candy can be found here - closes midnight UK time on 9 October 2009

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter

Just a quick note to let everyone know that I am away for a few days without Internet access, and even worse - without any crafty stash! (How will I survive?) I have a couple of posts that are scheduled to appear while I'm away and I promise to return any comments received when I get back.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter and I'll be back blogging next week.
Sharon xx

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Charisma Cardz Challenge 14

There is a design team call for Charisma Cardz Challenge running at the moment because I have asked to be released from the DT due to some personal commitments I have to fulfil in the coming weeks. Next week will be my final week on the team.

However, it's Joy's turn to pick the challenge at Charisma Cardz Challenge this week and she's chosen the theme:

Purple and Green.

I always reach for these Making Memories Meg papers when I need purple and green because I love the fresh mint green in them. For this card I used the wide stripe and paisley papers from the collection.

My Tilda hasn't seen the light of day for months - so I inked her up, coloured her with watercolour pencils and cut her out using my Nesties. If you zoom you may be able to make out the little brass bee in the flowers.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge 5

Today is the Creative Card Crew challenge and Linda has picked the theme for us this week. We're also delighted to be joined by the talented Kim who agreed to be our guest designer.

The DT card that I made for the challenge gave me all sorts of bother and has turned out nothing like the card I set out to make. Linda's theme is Easter, and as I needed to make a religious Easter card for my MIL, I used my DT make to create it.

I stamped and heat embossed the Papermania cross several times with silver embossing powder. I layered it up, and placed the main cross on the front and inside is the full cross with all the swirly bits on the full stamp.
I don't have any religious text stamps as yet, so I finished the inside with a simple Happy Easter.

Stamp: Papermania Cross (PMA 10056). Do Crafts sentiment (PMA 10050)
Swirly double sided card from my stash. Silver, yellow and orange card
Prima Got Flowers with yellow stickles centres
Sizzix Scribbles Swirls die
Heat it up Silver embossing powder
Orange chalk.
Ribbon trim from my stash
Sharon xx

Monday, 6 April 2009

Basic Grey Challenge 29

Okay - don't faint! I said I was determined to enter a few challenges for myself this week - and here is number two. This bright and cheerful Easter card is for the Basic Grey challenge number 29. The theme this week is Easter/Spring. I didn't think I needed too many Easter cards but it's amazing how many you do need when you tot all the recipients up.
Paper: Basic Grey Sultry pad (perfect for spring and Easter)
Stamp - Bootiful Stampz
Sentiment - computer printed
Hobby Craft Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Anita's Sticky Ribbon (green daisy), Nesties
Punches. Woodware leaf punch and Martha Stewart Doily Lace (sorry - I know I'm overdoing this one but I love it)
Sharon xx

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Penny Black Challenge 43

I'm so determined to enter a few challenges myself this week, just for a change, and it has been a while since I entered this particular challenge. Here's a little card I made for the Penny Black Easter challenge. I thought I'd use a few pastel shades to make this card. I'll take it up to my Mum when I visit her next weekend.

Stamps: PB 12 days of Christmas (goose), Laura Ashley Love Song (on backing) and Do Crafts Sentiment.
Paper: Forever Friends.
Ink: Tim Holtz distress ink Milled Lavender. Whispers strokes pen for the doodled corners.
Candy hearts, ribbon, bow and flowers from my stash.

Sharon xx

Colour Create Week 10

A really big 'Thank You' to all the people that entered last week's Colour Create Challenge. You did such an amazing job with my choice of colours. I was completely blown away by all the beautiful things you made. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

This week it is the lovely Judy's turn to pick the challenge colours and theme. Here is the picture she gave us for inspiration:

The colours are Duck Egg Blue and Rose. Such a pretty combination! The optional extra this week is stitching. The design team have given some superb inspiration again. This week we're joined by Nicky as our GDT. Please pop over to see her too.

Stitching is something that I love to do on my cards. I especially love hand stitching but rarely have the time to do this. However, I pulled out the stops and hand stitched my Colour Create DT card for this week's challenge.

Once again I've experimented with my new-found style of cards. I do like these type of cards, they look so pretty.

The rose colours are spot on (I know because I used Tim Holtz tattered rose on the papers and it blended so well). Unfortunately I didn't really have duck egg blue so I got as close as possible.

I opted for crystal beads and a crystal heart (which I made into a charm) as embellishments, along with diamond stickles on the champagne glasses.

I haven't decided yet if I will use this card for an engagement, wedding or anniversary, so I've left the middle blank for the time being.

Papers: Papermania double-sided silk screen paper. The blue paper was a RAK. Rose paper and pale blue card.
Sizzix Champagne glasses
Multi-shaper punch
Hobbycraft Ribbon
Clare Curd's sentiments stamp used with pick flock.
Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distres Ink
Diamond Sitckles
Crystal beads and heart from my stash
Hope you'll find time to join in with us again this week.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 4 April 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge - Stitched up Box

This week has been absolutely crazy. Earlier in the week I had 3 challenges running on separate challenge blogs where I had set the theme! I'm so sorry if it has taken me a while to comment on every one's blog; I am trying really hard to catch up. Anyway, this is the last challenge that I am setting for a while.

Over at the One Stop Craft Challenge I've set the theme of:

All Stitched Up!

So this week, we'd like to see stitching on your projects. It can be faux, doodled, stamped, machine or hand stitched. I hope you'll all give it a go.

My project is this chocolate box. I have zig-zag stitching on the purple paper and back stitch on the glitter flower in the centre. Mmmm! Yummy chocolates!

The box itself is made using a template. I just happened to spot it and thought it would come in useful. It's a Rayher Scrapbooking Line Stencil - Pentagon. I found it so easy to use and the result is fab. It's much larger than the other boxes I've made and 15 chocolate fitted into it with no trouble at all. I could have fitted more if I had them!

Sentiment - Penny Black - Kindness
Glitter Card (box lid and largest part of the flower on the top.
White Card (for the bottom)
Flower combo, purple pearls and thread from my stash.
Tools: Embossing tool and Pricking tool