Tuesday, 31 March 2009

An Award!

A big thank you to my lovely matey Donna for thinking of me and passing this award on. Thanks so much hunny it means a lot to get it from you.

Now I have to pass this on to 5 people. I don't like making these choices, but this time I've decided to pass it on to people that have really inspired me and always inspire me when I visit their blogs. So, I choose to pass it on to Sarita, Faye, Kim, Pauline and Tab. Thanks for all your inspiration ladies.

Creative Card Crew Challenge 4

It's "Texture" time over at the Creative Card Crew Challenge and this week we're very proud to be sponsored by:

There are lots of ways to add texture to your cards. Why not try some flocking, 3d Gloss or sanding. Maybe add some material, lace, fluffy stuff or a feather. Of course there is always embossing, wire, beads, glitter card or brads. The possibilities are endless.

Join in and have some fun - but please note, the conditions of the sponsorship this week are that you cannot combine your entry with any other challenge.

My card is not over fussy because it is for my youngest daughter and this will be right up her street. She'll be taking her driving test soon so I do hope she passes. This Stamping Bella image is absolutely perfect for that occasion, isn't she?

Texture has been added to my card by adding a soft black feather, embossing some black magic card and then sanding it and the red backing paper has a linen texture on it.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Colour Create Challenge 9

It is my choice today over at Colour Create Challenge. I have an unusual combination of colours for you, but as you'll see from the marvellous cards the DT and our guest designer Pat have made, the combination works and is very pretty. The inspiration came from this photo of a tropical fish.
The colours are Lilac and Blue and the optional extras are Ribbons and Swirls. I'm sure it's the optional extras that really make this colour combo work.

This week Tara has also put up a super prize for the winner.
See those larger ribbons? The blue one is the same as I've used in my card.
I think I'm finally settling into a style for cards that don't use a stamped image or topper - I've made a few cards in this style now. It's only taken me 11 months to find a style! Hmmm...must start thinking about getting some candy together to celebrate my first year of card making ..... keep your eyes open in early May for that.

I absolutely adore this card. The photo's really do not do it justice. I keep getting this card out and looking at it and thinking 'that is so pretty' - how sad is that?

The last picture shows the 3d effect of the card. Although my camera just didn't like the bright sunshine so the colours look a little bit off.


Papers: DCWV Old World Stack for the blue swirls, hand cut heart and flowers and the darker MS Punched piece. DCWV Floral stack for the lilac papers.

Punches: Martha Stewart Doiley Lace Punch. Woodware punches for the flowers (yellow and green punches). Leone Em Stamens punch.

Ribbons: Hoppycraft Organza ribbon. The lilac zigzag effect ribbon came from creative crafts.

Sizzix scribbles swirls die.

Pearls and lilac ink pad from my stash.

Don't forget to take a look at the other DT cards. And I do hope you'll join us this week and give this colour combo a whirl.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Bling it on! for One Stop

The weekend is here again - how do those weeks go past so quickly? Hope you're all enjoying your well earned rest if you work, and hope you're enjoying time with your loved ones (who work) if you don't.

Today, the lovely Paula set the challenge over at One Stop Craft Challenge and her theme is:


oooooh we all love bling don't we?

This week I've made a card using decoupage - just for a change. Well, you know me, I like to 'ring the changes'. Unfortunately I forgot that the photos I took of the card last weekend really don't show the layers (sorry).

I nearly cried when I cut into the toppers - but I kept reminding myself that it is called a decoupage sheet. The trouble is the images are so beautiful. I added a couple of bling swirls, bling earrings and a bling gems on the headdress and the bow.

Kanban Egyptian Queen Decoupage Sheet in Red
Papermania Simply Elegant paper
Laura Ashley Ribbon
Bronze gems from my stash

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Kim's Candy

My lovely, lovely DT colleague Kim who I know from Colour Create Challenge, is also GDT for WOJ has some fabulous Whiff of Joy candy on offer. You must see her cards because they are absolutely amazing. I wish I had her knack of choosing the perfect papers, embellishments and layouts for the image. Stop by Kim's blog to feast your eyes. Kim's candy is open until 2 April.

Charisma Cardz Challenge

Today I got to choose the theme at charisma cardz challenge (well, I actually chose this week's theme about 10 weeks ago, but that is by the by), and as a thank you to everyone that joins in challenges week in and week out, my way of saying 'thank you' to all of you is to challenge you to actually have loads of fun making something this week. The theme is:

My Favourite Things

So go on, indulge yourselves and make something that uses your favourite things. It could be a technique, a style, your favourite papers, or image or embellishments. Whatever you like.

The best bit is, if you enter, the prize this week is a grab-a-doodle download and a GDT slot for 2 weeks!

The thing that I love most of all is trying something new. That's probably why I haven't actually settled down into my own 'style' as yet - I just have to keep trying out new styles and techniques. It's the old adage - Jack of all trades and master of none ;o)

So for my favourite thing I tried this tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers for a swing (flip flop) card.

I found the tutorial easy to use and the card was made in no time at all. I am kicking myself for not trying it out before now. You really must give these type of cards a try out.

It was an incredibly sunny day when I took these photo (last weekend) so the glare lost the inking around the edges of the images. I had to take the last photo so that the inking showed up.

The other things I used that are my favourites are swirly Basic Grey stamps and my new Laura Ashley stamps - love those to bits.

Red White and Blue Card
Tim Holtz China Blue Distress Ink
Basic Grey Two Scoops Heart Smudge Stamps
Laura Ashley Love Song Stamps
White and red Ink it Up! ink
Dragonfly brad, Bow, flower and gem from my stash.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Happy Birthday Donna

As promised earlier, here is the card I made for my friend Donna. Hope you've had a great day and that Mr Postie brought you lots of goodies.

I adore these beautiful organza ribbons and I just can't stop using them at the moment. I can feel a shopping trip coming on soon so that I can add a whole rainbow of these colours to my stash. (Thanks for getting me hooked Tara).

I remembered to take a picture of the inside again, which was made using the left-over bits.

Papers: DCWV Once Upon a Time and Old World Mat Stack. Blue Card.
Archetectural Accents Sizzix die
Martha Stewart Doiley Lace punch (I may wear it out soon!!)
Hobbycraft Organza wired ribbon
Flower, brad, lace, gems and ric rac from my stash.
Anita's Happy Birthday sentiment

Kanban Ladies Advert Card

Here's a card I made for One Stop; I call her my Martini Time Lady. I forgot to post it to my blog last week (sorry Shelley). However, the full instructions and list of things you need to make this card can be found ......


The backing paper is amazing, but my camera just didn't do it justice.

I hope to be back later today with a picture of the birthday card I sent to my DT matey, Donna (as long as she tells me it reached her). Happy Birthday Donna.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge 3

It's Tuesday, so that means it's time for the third Creative Card Crew Challenge.

We've been joined this week by Donna as guest designer. She has some lovely cards on her blog so I please pop over to view them.

This week's challenge has been set by Paula and she's chosen:

Warm colours

Just what we need in this weather...those shades make me think of warm sunny days.

My card is a tangerine "dream" (just in case you can't read the sentiment.)

Papers - Basic Grey ambrosia
Sentiment from Creative Expressions U-mount Swirls
Image - Creative Expressions - Oasis
Heart pin - RAK from Tara
Stars - a RAK from Gina
Mini flowers and pearls from my stash

Monday, 23 March 2009

Friday Sketchers meets Crafty Creations

I can't believe how organised I am this week. I have a card to enter into a challenge! Woo Hoo! Not just one challenge though, this one fits two challenges.

I've used the wonderful sketch by Bea over at Friday Sketchers as a basis to this card. Thanks Bea, it was a brilliant sketch to work with.

I wanted to do an Easter card for my granddaughter, so as Easter is celebrated in Spring - it fits the Crafty Creations Challenge. They want to see spring cards this week. For those of you interested in DT calls - Crafty creations are doing one at the moment so make your spring cards to enter.

I think this is a sunny happy card with those canary colours. A big thanks goes to Tara as I've used papers that she sent me recently. I remembered to take a picture of the inside again. I think this card will go lovely with the Easter basket I made for Colour Create the other week.

Papermania Spring Time pack
Messy Rabbit - Butterflies stamp set
Punches. Martha Stewart Doiley Lace and Leone Em Ash Branch
Ribbons and flowers from my stash
Swiss dots folder
Green card

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Colour Create Challenge 8

It's Sunday and that means it's Mothers Day. Hmmmm...bet my lot forget (again) that I love crafty things. Never mind, if they remember to get me a card I'll be over the moon. As it's Sunday it also means that it is time for the Colour Create challenge. I absolutely love working with the ladies on the DT because they are all so incredibly talented. Each week they inspire and awe me. This week.....well, you really do have to look at the blog; their cards are sensational.

The lovely Sarita has set our challenge this week. The colours are Navy, Turquoise and Lime Green. Not something I would have chosen to put together, being the scaredy pants I am, but it works incredibly well. The optional extra this week in no designer papers. I quaked when I saw that. How on earth could I make a card with no designer papers?? I panicked even more because when I set out to make the card I was in the middle of mojo loss. But Sarita's challenge rocked - it kick started my mojo again last weekend.

Here's my card. Direct inspiration was taken from the master of no designer papers herself (Sarita). Out came my blending blox (haven't used them for an age), my Martha Stewart punch and some fab ribbon that Tara had sent me (thanks hun), my new Laura Ashley stamps and off I went.

I love this card. I know it's not as sensational as the other DT member's cards, but I was so pleased with the result that I've been like a cat on a hot tin roof waiting to put it onto my blog.

I tried to team the inside of the card to blend with the front by repeating the stamped image and adding the MS border around the sentiment.

Needless to say, No 1 daughter spied it and 'bagsied' it immediately. I really should start to charge those daughters of mine.
Stamps: Laura Ashley Connemara, Debbi Moore sentiments (front and inside).
Inks: Dee Gruenig signature series Blending Blox - Shades of the Caribbean and a lime green Ink it Up! pad
Marths Stewart Doiley Lace Punch
Papermania Aqua stick on pearls
Papermania Aqua Glitter Ribbon
Hobbycraft Lime Green Ribbon
Navy Blue Card and White paper

Have a great Sunday.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 21 March 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge 21

The sun is shining and it's a beautiful spring day where I am. I hope you're all enjoying lovely weather like me at the moment.

Today's challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge has been set by the lovely Nikki. The theme she has chosen is 'Tag it'. It doesn't matter what size or shape your tag is as long as there is a tag on your creation this week you'll be good to enter.

There is a fab prize of a Crafter's Companion Vintage Life CD Rom to be won this week.

I decided that I would emboss some acetate to make a little pocket on the card for my tag. I've done this before and liked the result because it allows the papers to show through when the tag is taken out of the pocket.

The tag itself is just a Kanban topper mounted onto some plain card with a greeting stamped on the reverse. A simple and quick type of card to make.

Acetate run through the swiss dots folder
Adhesive pearls and ribbons/fibres from my stash.

It would be lovely if you could come and join us this week.
Sharon xx

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Bev's fab candy

oooooH! The incredibly talented Bev has some fab candy on offer. She has that adorable snail!!! and papers, crochet flowers, spacers.....I won't spoil the surprise with all of it. Pop over to see her and her amazing cards.

Charisma Cardz Challenge 11

Good morning everyone. Well, I finally have
a Mother's day card on it's way to my Mum. I thought I was going to run out of time!

Luckily, the lovely Jo has set a sketch as the theme for this week's Charisma Cardz Challenge. So I used it to make sure my Mum receives a card on time. The DT have made some beautiful cards this week; they all look incredibly pretty. Mind you, I suppose that is against all the wonderfully manly items we made last week.

I've fallen in love with this rose stamp. I only bought it last Saturday and I've used it on 4 cards already. It's not a new image because it is dated 1994!! Unfortunately, there is no name stamped on the wooden block, just Petaluma, CA and the number G-1180. I can see that this will get a lot of use from me.

Papers: Papermania special effects embossed card, and Scrumptious paper
Rose Stamp, water coloured with glamour dust added
Clare Curd's signature range sentiment stamp (Can't stop using those either at the moment)
Flowers are making memories mini blossoms. The centres are tiny pieces of daisy lace edging
Ribbons and heart candy from my stash

I hope you'll find time to join in the challenge this week.

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Friday Sketchers 43 - Tara's Brithday card

Another quick post because I'm at work and this is my lunch hour. I made this card for my friend Tara's birthday. It was based on the lovely sketch by Carole over at Friday Sketcher's Challenge.

Once again I was really good and I didn't over-embellish it or cover it with stitching, doodling and distressing. I like the result and I'm pleased to say that Tara does too.

I even managed to remember to take a picture of the inside, for once.

Papers: Papermaina Spring Burst
Image WOJ Kneeling Willow
Sentiment: Clare Curd's Signature Range - Sentiments
Flowers, a mix of prima, papermania and a paper rose
Lilac gems and ribbon from my stash
Purple Ink it up! ink pad and clear embossing powder

Sharon xx

Creative Card Crew Challenge 2

Hope everyone is having a great week. Isn't it lovely when you get sunny days? Sure feels like spring has arrived.

Anyway, it's Tuesday so that means it's time for the second Creative Card Crew Challenge. Boy, what a fab challenge it is this week. The theme is:

No paper - Keep it clean

My first thought was - 'gulp - this is scary' but once I got going I really enjoyed the challenge. It was great fun to work with no papers. This was completely outside my comfort zone, but Hey Ho, I'll give anything a try and I think I've started to bring this style inside my comfort zone.

I interpreted the 'keep it clean' part of the challenge as having lots of white space. I have no idea how everyone else will interpret that bit, so it will be interesting to see the entries this week.

For my card, I stamped directly onto the cardstock, matted an image with blue and black card, added a ribbon and some adhesive pearls. This really is crafting on a budget - but I love the result.

Stamps: Hampton Art Tall Watercolour Flower for the main image.
Laura Ashley Connemara clear stamps set for the border above and below the ribbon.
Clare Curd's Signature Range Sentiments stamp
Papermania Adhesive pearls in black and aqua
Blue Organza Ribbon
Blue Ink it Up! pad.

Hope you like it.
Sharon xx

Monday, 16 March 2009

Commission card

Just a quick post today. I made this card for a lady who lost her mother last year and this will be the first Mother's day without her. She wanted a card to put onto the grave. Unfortunately I didn't get enough notice to be able to laminate the card (she needed it yesterday as she's travelling up this week) - but I did add acetate onto the inside so that the verse would last the weather for a while. The acetate was added like a flap so that the lady could still write something on the card. I also added some 3d gloss to the main image to help protect it and make it last a bit longer.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Colour Create 7

Well, Sunday is here again. Hope you're all having a great weekend whatever you are up to.
As it is Sunday, it means there is another colour create challenge. My DT friends have made absolutely incredible cards again this week.

The picture at the top is the one we have been given to take inspiration from. This means the colours are:

Red and Green

and the optional extra this week is

You could use animals and insects that have wings, aeroplanes, angels or one of our well-loved characters who have little wings.

For once I remembered to take a picture of the inside of my card too.

Papers: Basic Grey Boxer and Euphoria
Butterfly Image from Debbi Moore's Oriental stamp set
Sizzix Architectural corner
Circular sentiment was received in a RAK.
Inside sentiment from Clare Curd's sentiment stamps
Flowers are a mixture of Prima and Papermania
Papermania buckle and pearl brads
Papermaina ribbons
Leone Em Ash branch punch

Please come and join the challenge again this week.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Georgia's Birthday card and Paula's Candy

Paula is celebrating almost reaching 5000 hits on her blog with some gorgeous candy. Well done Paula. I love the cards that Paula makes so I hope you'll pop over to her blog to take a look and leave her some comments. Her lovely candy is open until 27th march and it consists of:

Clare Curds Men's Set of Clear Stamps
Clare Curds Sentiment Set of Clear Stamps
Basic Grey 6x6 Paper Pad Archaic
Basic Grey Brads Archaic
Paper Mania Flowers Egg Shell White
Eno Craft Football 3D Sticker's
A Spool of Green Ribbon
And 3 Meters of Assorted Ribbon

This is the card I made for Georgia's Birthday (made before the mojo went away). I really like this card and I hope you did too Georgia. I'm just praying I got your age correct because I forgot to double check that with your mum.

One Stop Craft Challenge

Maggie has set a sketch challenge with the twist of doodles for this week's One Stop Craft Challenge.

Unfortunately my mojo went on holiday last Sunday before I'd made my cards for this weeks challenge. It still doesn't seem to have returned and I'm hoping it does soon because I have 6 Mother's Day cards to complete today.

I do hope you'll join the challenge this week to show me how to doodle properly on cards. There is a lovely regency stamp set up for grabs as the prize.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Charisma Cardz - for the guys

Honestly, were all the men I know born in Feb and March? Well, actually the answer is "No" but a fair few of them were. I've had a real run on male cards in the past few weeks and with Vee choosing

Something for the guys

as this week's challenge theme for the Charisma Cardz Challenge, she really did me a favour. I had the excuse to get another male card out of the way. Actually, this one is needed in April and it's for my granddaughter and her half sister to give to their Daddy.

Papers: Basic Grey Granola
Navy blue card
Image was a RAK so I don't know it's title (sorry)
Sizzix Architectural Accent # 2
Daddy cut with Sizzix 'Yarn' alphabet

I hope you'll take a look at the other DT makes this week - we all need inspiration for those male cards, don't we? My DT colleagues have made some super male cards.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge 1

Good morning everyone! It's the launch of the Creative Card Crew Challenge today. It would be fabulous if some of you could join in the fun with us. Today the challenge is to create something with Green as the main colour - and if you could be green, by recycling something on your creation that would be even better.

We're joined this week by Shelley from One Stop Card Crafts. She is the guest designer and she is also sponsoring the prize which is a wonderful set of swirl stamps (I know, because I have this set and it is really useful). Thank you Shelley.

We also have another little surprise. Jasmine has also joined us as guest designer this week. I hope you'll visit her blog too.

For my card I wanted to do something that was extremely distressed, but pretty looking at the same time. I'm not sure I got the look completely right but I am pleased with how it turned out.

Papermania Olivine Essence Papers
Distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink
The large flower is from my stash, the middle of that flower is from a Prima bauble and the stamens are something I picked up in a local craft store.
Creativity International pearls.
The tiny pearlised flowers came free in a magazine (sorry I've forgotten which one)
Ribbon from my stash.
Stitching - care of a very old sewing machine (28 years old!) that is now on it's last legs and just will not get the tension right no matter what I try. Poor thing, I need to retire it.

Hope you find time to join us and wow us with your green creations.

Sharon xx

Monday, 9 March 2009

Pauline's Candy and a little plug

It's a busy night tonight! I wanted to let you all know about my friend Pauline's blog candy. She's celebrating over 11,000 hits on her blog. WTG Pauline. So if you like the new Pickles and Onion, Daisy and Dandelion and Bubbles and Squeak range then hop over to visit her. Her candy is open until 19th March and it consists of:
1 set of "Pickles & Onion" clear stamps (cute elephants!)
1 set of "Daisy & Dandelion" stickers
1 set of "Bubbles & Squeak" stickers
1 D&D A5 paper collection pack
2 packs of Papermania paper flowers - pink & blue
1 pack of Doodlebug sugar coated sparkly brads in pastel.

Make sure you have a browse around Pauline's cards too. It is worth the visit.

Now to the little plug...........

..........Hope to see you all bright and early in the morning for the very first Creative Card Crew Challenge. Yay!!! We're so looking forward to seeing your entries into our first challenge.

Basic Grey Challenge No 25

It seems like an absolute age since I entered the Basic Grey challenge. Well, it certainly has been a while because I've been chasing my tail for quite a few weeks now. Anyhow, I manage to do an entry this week.

This is a quicky make because No 1 daughter gave me very little notice (again). So I took the lovely sketch on BG challenge as the starting point, got hold of my BG Granola pad and the stickers from Do Crafts Creativity Mag issue 14 and set to work.

I kept it fairly simple because this card is for a little boy and he's only 2.

Papers: Basic Grey Granola
Stickers & sticky ribbon: Daisy and Dandelion
Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch
Circles cut using my X-cut shape system
Tiny star buttons from my stash.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Colour Create 6

It's week 6 at the Colour Create Challenge and there's another amazing challenge for you. My DT colleagues have made some incredible things again this week. I am bowled over by the inspiration they give and I'm sure that each week they get better and better. Here's the picture we used for inspiration:
The colours are Orange, Yellow and Green.......and the optional extra is 'Not A Card'. Of course, you don't need to include the optional extra because we'd be delighted to see cards and scrap pages as well as anything else you'd like to make.

My offering is this little Easter basket crammed full of yummy chocolate - mmmmmm. I had a hard time keeping that chocolate out of my mouth, I can tell you!

It was surprisingly easy to make. The base is the largest Nestie scallop circle. I folded up the scallops and glued them to a tube of yellow card that I'd already punched and added the backing paper to. The handle is just a strip of card, punched on both edges and attached to the body of the basket using eyelets. All I had left to do then was decorate it with a few ribbons, a flower, a tag,and some chocolates and 'Bob's your Uncle' it was complete.

Yellow Card (Papermania)
Orange paper (DCWV Pocket Full of Posies)
Flowers: Large yellow one bought from Mad about cards, Papermania Green flower and the tiny orange one from a plastic spray of flowers I bought just to use them as tiny centres.
Papermania eyelets (green)
Martha Stewart embossed diamond punch
L-Em Rock Fern Punch
Tag cut with a sizzix die
'Clare Curds Signature Range Sentiments
Ribbons from my stash.

Hope you'll join us again this week and inspire us with your beautiful makes.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge

A big 'Thank You' to our guest designer Tasha for setting the One Stop Craft Challenge this week. I've had another change of style for this one. I love keeping you all guessing about what I'll do for each of my challenges. ;o)

Tasha wants us all to create an item with the theme of:


Mine is a 'Sorry I missed your birthday' card. I always need plenty of those. I get so involved with creating cards for challenges that I sometimes forget to make the cards I need to.

Burgundy Leather Effect card and Gold Hammered card came in a mixed pack of 10 for £1 (a real bargain). I'm sure the card in the packs probably varies, but I wasn't disappointed.

Kanban Gems

Flower Sprays from One Stop Card Craft (sorry I couldn't find the link)

Pink Roses

'Sorry' peel off created from several different peel off phrases

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Charisma Cardz Challenge Number 9

The theme for this week's Charisma Cardz Challenge is Pretty cards for Mum.

My card hasn't quite turned out how I expected it to...but I was trying out a different style, so I probably need a bit more practice at this style. I've been so in awe of the wonderful Sarita's cards because she stamps straight onto the card stock and leaves lots of white space; her work is incredibly beautiful. Sorry Sarita - I'm nowhere near your league - but at least I tried.


Main Image: Debbie Moore clear stamp coloured with distress inks and Pro Markers. Matted onto lilac and blue card with a darker blue piece of paper punched with my new MS lace punch. Attached to the card with 3d foam pads.

Background: Papermania Clare Curd's signature range doodles stamp. Inked in blue and lilac, stamped direct onto the card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Celebrate Lilac ribbon and Mother's Day peel-off from my stash. Corner dots made with a Pro Marker.

Once again I forgot to take a picture of the inside - but I stamped the 'paisley' doodle image on the inside with the lilac and blue colours and added a 'With Love' sentiment from Clare Curd's Sentiments stamps.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Karen's Candy

Just a quick update tonight to let you all know that Karen (one of my favourite sites to visit when I'm blog hopping) is celebrating 10,000 hits on her blog with some wonderful candy. Congratulations Karen, but I'm not surprised you have so many hits, your work is truly amazing.

Karen's candy includes:
25 sheets of our fabulous Nekossa linen card stock, 5 of each 5 colors
Scor-it mini
4 pkgs peel-offs
Twinkling H2o's 6 pk
Designer Ribbon, 1 yd of each 10 colors
Sunshine designs Nuggitz spring cube
Stamp Barn best friends stamp
Stamp Barn friends sentiment
High Hopes Heart and flower background stamp
High Hopes Sunny days ahead stamp
Magenta Deco bouquet stamp

And it is open until 9th March. Make sure you feast your eyes on her amazing work - it sure is worth popping over to her blog.

Creative Card Crew

I thought it was time I let you all know about Creative Card Crew. We're just a group of 4 friends who love craft, having fun and challenges so we're starting up a challenge blog which will be a little place where we can indulge ourselves. The fun all starts next week on March 10th. I hope some of you will be able to join us.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge

I made this card for the Sketch and Stash challenge No 5 . The small picture at the top shows the colours when the flash went off on my camera - they are close to real life, but what it doesn't show is the depth in the card. So I've taken this picture in electric light without the flash so that the layers show up better.

From my brand new stash I've used the Clare Curd Signature Range doodles stamp to make the flowers, and a cuttlebug script embossing folder.
The butterfly is from stash that I've had for ages, but never used.
The papers are from stash that I bought in the summer last year from Create and Craft and never got around to using them.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Some Candy and an Award

Phew! I'm still playing a game of catch up after my busy week last week. I haven't got round to all those blogs I need to leave comments on but I am working on it. I'm really hoping to have caught up with everything by tomorrow night.

Anyway, I thought I'd tell you about my friend Georgia's blog candy. She's celebrating becoming a teenager on 13 March. I'll wish you a happy birthday on the right day Georgia! She has some lovely candy on offer that includes:

A fifty-sheet paper pack including two Mother's Day designs,
A sheet of sticky pink pearl stars,
A sheet of flower dome stickers,
Three coils of pastel ribbon in pink, blue and yellow,
A packet of pink 'grass',
A paper rose bunch in creamy pink.

Please go to visit her because she's a lovely girl and she makes some beautiful cards.

Also, I've been given this beautiful award by Nicki

Thank you so much for thinking of me Nicki I am really chuffed to receive this. I have to pass this on to 10 people, but I'm going to have a think about it and I'll be back later with my list of recipients.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Colour Create No 5

It's week five already at Colour Create Challenge and I loved using this week's combination of colours and the optional extras. Poor Willow didn't know what hit her - she's been masked and paper pieced for this card.

The inspiration photo for the Challenge 5 items is this lovely tea set photo.

The colours are blue and brown (no prizes for guessing that) and the optional extras are lace and pearls.

I just knew immediately that I wanted to paper piece Willow with some lace paper I've had lying around for a while. This is my first attempt at paper piecing and even though lace paper was probably not an ideal medium for a first attempt because it is fiddly working around the holes, I am pleased with the result. The other thing I did was to mask her lantern and then string some tiny pale blue pearl beads together to make it look like she was carrying a string of pearls.

Spot the sentiment? That's one of Clare Curd's new signature range stamps. I was naughty when I went to the range for party bag items - I have no idea how those stamps fell into my basket! lol!

Papers: K and Co, Lace paper from a local shop
Stamps: Whiff of Joy Willow with Lantern, Papermania Clare Curd's Signature Range Sentiments
Flowers: Papermania (new range)
Papermania Pearl Brads,
Brown Pearls from Creativity International
Ribbon from stash.

The DT have once again made some beautifully inspiring creations. Please have a look at them and join us in the challenge if you can - remember, you can use our challenge with other challenges. Also - please say a big Hello to Kim who joins us on the DT - we've all been waiting patiently for her to come on board. I, for one, can't wait to see all her lush creations gracing the challenge blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. My manic week has at last come to an end and I feel like I have room to breathe again. I'll be on a blog hop at some point today to start leaving comments and finding out what lovely things I missed through being so busy. Hope you all for give me for being a bit absent this week.