Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Wedding Bouquet

Phew! Isn't the weather gorgeous? I don't do heat and sun very well but I love the summer weather; I just wish my skin did. I suppose I am lucky enough to be in an air conditioned office during the heat of the day so I really appreciate the balmy evenings.
Right, I'd better stop waffling and show you my card for the Creative Card Crew Challenge. The lovely Tasha has set this week's challenge and she chose
as the theme. I set myself a further challenge to make an all white card - I got close but I failed miserably when I added some ivory and red. This card really sparkles but you'll have to look closely to see all the sparkly bits on the glitter card and the leaves.
If you pop over to the challenge blog you'll find more wedding inspiration from the rest of the talented DT. I should mention that behind the scenes some of the girls have been working very hard and have landed a lot of sponsorship. So expect to see some wonderful prizes coming up for our challenges.

Sharon xx

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Sweet n fruity

Well, another week of work is over and it's Saturday again. I've been so hectic this week that my card for One Stop Craft Challenge was so last minute that I had to take the photo by electric light last night - sorry for that. It was my turn to set the challenge this week and when I was deciding on the theme a couple of months ago I thought it would be the perfect time of year for this theme. I chose Fruity Colours. I know this card is pretty plain, but I loved the BoBunny background paper so much that I really didn't want to cover it up. What a fruit bowl of colours there are in that paper; Orange and lemon and gooseberry and greengage and cranberry - oh so yummy.

I hope you'll get time to join us this week - and remember, there is lots of fruity inspiration over at the challenge blog.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 25 June 2009


Wow, isn't the weather gorgeous? At least it is where I am. I'm sure this has influenced some of the cards over at the Colour Create Challenge this week because they all have such a lovely summery feel about them.

Juliet is our host this week and she's picked the gorgeous combo of: Pistachio green, aqua and powder pink. The optional extra this week is buttons.

I got as close as I could to the colours, given the limited time I have and the state all my papers are in (never seem to have the time to clear them up properly at the moment).

As you can see from this card - the bank balance didn't survive recently - I managed to prise it open far enough to get a 2 needle parchment tool and some decent pergamano scissors to make the butterflies with. I'm loving doing parchment - it is so pretty and much easier than I thought it would be. I hope I soon get the hang of the corrugated edges - I'm getting close but I'm not there yet.

As always, there is oodles of inspiration from my really talented DT colleagues over at the challenge blog. Hope you enjoy looking at their creations.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

What Weather?

It's Tuesday so that means it is time for another Creative Card Crew Challenge. This week Joey has set our challenge and I thought I would use this opportunity to get at least one card made ready for the rush that will soon be upon us. This year is just flying past so quickly.

Joey's challenge is:
Whatever the weather

So I opted for snow and ice. Woo Hoo! A Christmas card. Actually I had loads of fun getting all the glittery, sparkly stuff out again. Team it with a bit of ivory flowersoft and that snowy and icy weather is back again.
Just for a bit of fun I made an icicle trim for the top of this card. Easy enough to do - just randomly cut a triangle jagged edge at different levels on a strip of paper and cover the whole lot with glamour dust. This card sure does shine.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Pretty Parchment

I've had a try out at a new technique again. Well, it's been quite a while since I've tried anything new. For a first go, without all the proper tools, I'm fairly pleased with it. I may just have to invest in one or two tools now (hold your breath, bank balance!).

My Hubby is incredibly impressed. He keeps wandering over and saying "Have you done all that by hand? It's pretty clever isn't it?" Hmmm...a seal of approval there then. However, I need SO much practice (and the proper scissors for a start) to really make something impressive.

Anyway, my little parchment card has been made for the One Stop Craft Challenge. Paula set the theme of 'Numbers' this week so I made the central motif into a 21 - ready for the next 21st birthday card I need. Hope you like it, and I really hope that all you experts in parchment craft will turn a blind eye to all the errors made - it is a first try after all.

Hop on over to the challenge blog for more fab numeric inspiration from the rest of the design team.
Sharon xx

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Feeling Fruity - Colour Create

Where do the days fly to? It seems like I've only just blinked and yet another week has gone past. First, a quick update on my grandson Oscar. He's still doing really well. He's been off the ventilator for almost 2 weeks now. The hospital he was born in ring through to the hospital he's in now almost every day to find out how he's doing. They keep asking to take him back because they have room for him now - but I think he needs to be 2lb in weight before he will be moved. We're really hoping he reaches that weight within the next week or so because it'll be easier on everyone having him nearer home..

Anyway, on to today's card. It's Thursday so that means it is Colour Create day. Summer has truly come to colour create this week. Here's our fruity picture for inspiration. This week there is a choice of any 3 colours from strawberry, raspberry, kiwi, tangerine and blackberry. The optional extra is to incorporate fruit into your design.

I searched high an low for a fruity stamp. The best I could come up with is this one I've used before (she has fruit on her hat). I tried to colour her in with distress ink. Not a very good first attempt; it's okay from a distance but for goodness sake don't look close. If you haven't guessed, the 3 colours I chose are tangerine, kiwi and blackberry.
I added glamour dust for an extra sparkle and a couple of oranges - just to get the fruit theme going.
Remember to pop over and see all the other DT members amazing cards. Their fruity creative juices were flowing well this week.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

One plus One

Well, you can certainly see how much time I've spent babysitting from this card. All that time spent in my daughter's house in the evenings after work have been put to use for this DT card. Linda has set the challenge at Creative Card Crew this week and she chose:

Just 2 colours - black plus another

I thought this would be quite a hard challenge - but if you pop over to the challenge blog you'll see that there is everything from cute to stylishly elegant.

I spent my time sewing. I love combining my love of embroidery with cards (when I have time to while away). This is quite striking, so I thought I'd try another much more muted one. Maybe I'll post that later this week.

The inside is left without a sentiment at the moment. I think this would suit quite a few occasions so I'll stamp something in it when I'm ready to use the card.

Black card and Lime Green Coredinations Card
Nestie labels
Kars Bling Bling Doodles pricking template
Black gems
Anchor thread 214
Papermania sentiment

Sharon xx

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Add some sparkle

My Mum asked me to make a card that she could give to her ballroom dancing partner as a thank you for all the help he gave Mum & Dad when Mum had her hip replacement. The only thing she stipulated that she wanted on the card was an image of dancers. Luckily I found some dance toppers that fitted the bill.

Nicki chose the theme at the One Stop Craft Challenge this week as 'Add Some Sparkle' - perfect for the glittered and foiled topper. To finish my DT card I added more glitter into the central parts of the paper ribbon trims too, Ingredients:
Come Dance Kanban Card Toppers
Brazzill Basic card - Black Tie and String of pearls
Silver Glitter, Black Gems and black paper ribbon trim from my stash.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Zinnia Flower Fairy

Ooops! I didn't realise that this card I made as a DT project had already been published on Monday. Never mind. The full card instructions and list of items used (with links) can be found here. What a fabulous fairy this one is. I love the way she colours up, especially when you add some stickles to her and I think she looks great decoupaged.
This card could be used for so many occasions. I've left it without a sentiment so that people can decide which occasion they would like to make it for, and not get stuck with an occasion that I had picked.
Hope you like it. There are lots more projects for you all (with full instructions) here.
A quick update on Oscar. He's still doing okay. We had a bit of a hiccup when we found he had a little heart problem but those wonderful doctors gave him the drugs he needed and they seem to be doing the trick so far. He's gone past his birth weight too (only by 1 oz - but it all counts, eh?) and is now 1lb 9oz. A big "Thank you" to all you wonderful people for all the prayers and good wishes - they seem to be doing the trick so far.
Sharon xx

Colour Create 19 - a lovely colour combo

Oh my goodness, what a fabulous colour combination we have for you this week at the Colour Create Challenge. Tara's daughter, Georgia, picked the image to work from with the colours and the optional extra.... and she's really come up trumps. Well done Georgia! This week it is blush pink, lilac and mossy green. Yummy. The optional extra is 'die cuts'

I'd also like to mention that we've had another new addition to the DT so a big welcome goes out to Dena. What an awesome crafter she is! and such a great addition to the team. Welcome aboard hunny.

I used die cuts in the flower combos on my card and I also counted my nesties as die cuts too. I coloured the nesties with promarkers because I didn't quite have the right shades of plain card.

Just realised that I took a picture of the inside before I added the stamped sentiment. Doh!
Anyway, I hope you like it, and don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog for some fab inspiration from the rest of the DT.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Geometric? Easier than you think.

Hello everyone. Well, I'm still just about hanging in here and just keeping up with making my DT cards. All the spare time I have at the moment goes into making a DT card and doing a post on here - but my head is still just above the water line. lol.

Well it's Tuesday so that means it is Creative Card Crew challenge day. I got to pick the challenge this week and I chose Geometric Patterns as the theme. Before you all run away screaming and tearing your hair out.....it is easier than you think. I looked up 'geometric' in the Oxford English Dictionary and the second definition is:

Geometric - 2. (of design) characterised by or decorated with regular lines and shapes.

So the way I see it, you could use almost any regular repeating patterned paper in from your stash.

I thought the geometric patterns would suit a male card and, because golfers wear checks and diamond patterns, I thought the challenge teamed nicely with the golfer image. The inside is nothing special - but at least you can see that I am still decorating the insides even if I don't always take a photo.

Papers - Basic Grey & Brazzill basics
Stamps - Clare Curds Signature Range (golfer's trousers, cap and shirt paper pieced with Basic Grey)
Distress inks - Tim Holtz
Brads - papermania

Please pop over to the challenge blog for some more geometric inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Sharon xx

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Under Pressure

Morning everyone. Here's a short post to show my card for the One Stop Craft Challenge. The lovely Maggie has chosen the theme this week and it is 'Under Pressure'. So we'd like to see you creations featuring embossing.

For my card I tried the triple embossing technique. This is a technique where layers of ink and embossing powder are built up and on the final layer you stamp the image into the moulten layers. Sorry it doesn't show too well on the photo, I wanted to take another one but I just didn't get any time when it was daylight.

Zinnia Flowers Faries stamp set (sentiment and the flower)
Ruby Slipper Brazzill Basics card
Brads, ribbon, black card and metal butterfly from my stash

Sharon xx

Thursday, 4 June 2009

I can sing a rainbow - Colour Create

Right, I'm sneaking a couple of minutes during my lunch break at work to do this post. Hopefully everyone has remembered that the Colour Create Challenge is now on Thursdays. Today's challenge has given us the following picture for inspiration: So, it's 'Rainbow Colours' and our optional extra this week is to 'Create a scene'.

We're also welcoming our newest DT member Di. Great to have you on board Di. She's made a cracking card for her debut.

We also have some sad news that the talented Judy is leaving the team due to her other commitments. So sorry to see you go Judy and I wish you luck with everything in the future.

Right, onto my card. I think I managed to get all the rainbow colours into the scene - well the song was going through my head as I was colouring this in, so they should be there.

I've used the fab peg stamps again and added liquid pearls in for added dimension on the border. The liquid pearls also feature on the tree in the background of the scene. This is something I've had hanging around in my scrap box since just after Christmas (getting ready for those spring cards) - I just hadn't found the right thing to use it with.

Stamps: WOJ accessory stamp (the hillock) Kodomo Autumn (the trees), Peg stamps Tropical (I think - have to check those out when I'm home)
Daisy and Dandelion Sticker (and the bee is from the same sheet)
Liquid Pearls
ProMarkers and inks

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Just like a bus.....

.......nothing from me for ages and then two cards come along at once! I've been so busy that even though I've made my DT cards I haven't had a minute to post them to my blog. Currently I get up and go to work, as soon as I come home I have to babysit my granddaughter whilst my daughter goes to hospital to see baby Oscar and by the time she gets back and I get home it's time for bed. Oh my! where is the time to craft and blog??

Anyway, Oscar is still doing well. Yesterday he was off the ventilator for 23 hours, but he's so exhausted by all that effort that they've put him back on it for a rest, bless him. Although he was 1lb 8oz at birth, he went down to 1lb 2oz but is now piling the weight back on (thank goodness) and today he weighed in at 1lb 6oz. There's still a long way to go but everyone is pleased with his progress so far.

Okay on to the cards:
This is my card for the Card Crew Challenge. The wonderfully talented Nicola set the challenge of Child's play. So here is my card for a child. I think I might just put this away for my granddaughter; she's a bit young for it yet, but it'll be right one day.

My second card is a very late posting of my DT card for the One Stop Craft Challenge. My fab colleague Donna set the challenge of 'Let's hear it for the boys'. My card is for the biggest boy I know - my Dad. He's an absolute Sinatra nut so when I saw these 'Old Blue Eyes' toppers I knew they would be just perfect for him.

I hope to be back blogging with you all fairly soon.

Sharon xx