Thursday, 30 July 2009

Colour Create - Hearts

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday but I was completely rushed off my feet making rosettes and decorating a wooden spoon. I have a fun day coming up tomorrow with work and they wanted winners and losers rosettes in the team colours. They took forever to make!

Anyway, today it's another Colour Create Challenge and we're sponsored this time by who have put together a wonderful summer selection bag of ribbons for one lucky winner.

The talented Dena picked the colours and theme for us this week and she chose this picture for inspiration:
and the colours are Pink, Orange and Green with the optional extra of Hearts.
There was one image that immediately sprang to my mind when I saw the optional extra....yep, good old Tilda to the rescue again!

I'm sorry I forgot to take a picture of the inside again.
I've used my lovely heart Martha Stuart Punch again. I spent an age hand sewing and distressing this card with a combination of Tattered Rose, Spiced Marmalade and Pine Needles distress inks.

Hope you like it. The DT cards on the challenge blog are wonderful this week - all so very different from each other. Do have a look, and I hope you can find time to join us again.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Girls having fun

Good Morning everyone. It's challenge 21 at the Creative Card Crew today. Where do those weeks fly to? Thanks to everyone for your fabulous polka dot creations last week. They were all gorgeous.

This time the talented Linda picked the theme for us, and she chose:

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

What a great theme.

The shape of my card is inspired by something another DT colleague (Dena) made a few weeks ago. I searched everywhere for instructions but I couldn't find any, so in the end I made it up as I went along. It probably isn't quite right, but I think it looks okay. Thanks for the inspiration Dena.

I love the clean, fresh colours of these MM Simply Fabulous papers.

All the DT have used images on their creations from the fabulous sponsor this week.
I found them really easy to work with and colour. I themed the three images in their hair colour, clothes and background (even though it must be difficult to roller skate on sand. lol)

We also have a second sponsor who has given us loads of goodies this week including a wonderful stamp.

Items used:
MM Simply Fabulous - Meg papers
The (Victoria Case Art) images are coloured with a mix of watercolour pencils, promarkers and distress ink (mustard seed and broken china)
Punches: L-em rock fern and ash branch and a woodware leaf punch.
Prima flowers
Ribbon from my stash (It was white but the pastel green promarker coloured it beautifully to match the papers)

Hop on over to the challenge blog to see the fabulous creations by the rest of the DT.

Hope you'll find time to join us again this week.

Sharon xx

Monday, 27 July 2009


No card today, but I do have a picture of tiny Oscar. The top one is a close-up of his whole hand holding my daughter's fingertip (ah, how sweet). Maybe that will help to give some scale to how tiny he is. It was taken on a mobile phone so the quality is not great.
In this one he is still not completely devoid of tubes, but it's the best that I've managed to get. That's a premature body suit he's wearing and it still swamps him. Bless his little cotton socks.
Back tomorrow with my Creative Card Crew DT card.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Recipe for a sketch

A really short post today because I'm babysitting my granddaughter - and I need eyes in the back of my head. The other day she managed to get hold of my 12x12 papers and crayon on them. Thank goodness she only chose to crayon on the back and they weren't double sided! lol!

Although I hate doing this, I've combined 2 challenges with this card.

This week at Sketch Saturday there is a fab sketch to follow and it suits the recipe challenge at Secret Crafter perfectly.

The sketch was lovely to work with, and the recipe is for 3 buttons, 2 DPs and 1 ribbon. (I've used star buttons in the flowers - in case you couldn't spot them)
Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Friday Sketchers 62

Here's a card I made for the Friday Sketchers Challenge. The sketch this week is another one that is a dream to work with and the DT have made some really beautiful cards with it.

I thought I'd try to use some of that butterfly satin ribbon that I have in my stash - I seem to have had it forever and I have all sorts of shades in it. I think I bought it and then went off it really quickly. Today I've added a line of crystal stickles for a body and I think it gives the ribbon a new lease of lift.
I took an angled photo because the card looked so flat in the top photo - but (trust me) I've got some of the foam pads showing on this one. I didn't quite manage to pick up all the glittery bits on the card though.
The image was a RAK from my friend Gina. Thanks Gina, I really do love this image.
This week Friday Sketchers are sponsored by Shimmerz! So why not hop over and get your entries into this challenge?
Hope you like it and hope you're all having a great weekend.
Sharon xx

That Santa

Ooops - the automatic posting didn't work for this one.
Here's a quickie card that I made last weekend for the One Stop Craft Challenge. The lovely Nikki has set the challenge of Christmas in July this week, so I just had to crack out 'That Santa Stamp'. I do love this stamp. Pop over to the challenge blog for more Christmas inspiration from the rest of the lovely DT.
Sharon xx

Friday, 24 July 2009

Copper Glitzy Chic

Well, I hope it's chic - ish.

I was walking past a craft shop yesterday lunchtime and my shoes decided to take a detour, the way they do. ;o) Before I knew what was happening I was downstairs in the card making section. Amazing, huh?

Anyway, as I tried to make my shoes walk out of the store, I spotted what I thought was a sheet of toppers but in fact it was a 'create an instant card' package. I fell in love with the toppers, so I figured "no problem - I can still do my own thing with these."

Then my eyes made me look at some glittery sheets (don't you just hate it when your eyes do that?) and the top sheet was all coppery just like the toppers. Oh well, in for a penny.... I came out of that shop with a little carrier bag.

When I got home last night I saw the fantastic sketch on the Truly Scrumptious challengeblog. That's it! I thought, perfect for what my naughty feet and eyes made me buy today. I really think the sketch suits the topper and glitter.
I wish my photo did this justice. It is soooo pretty and sparkly and coppery (such a nice change of colour). The only thing I've added to the sketch is a bow. It needs nothing else at all.

One of the sheets of paper in the card making pack had this beautiful image on it, so I decided to just decorate the inside with that paper. There's enough glitz on the front of the card so I wanted the inside to be simple.
Items used:
Colour Connection Glitter Sheets
The Red Line - make a card today pack (Code 943P)
Black satin ribbon
Black Card
2 x-cut punches for the flowers.

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Thank You Nurses

Yes, it's time to say a big 'Thank You' to the nurses again. My little grandson Oscar finally moved from intensive care in Portsmouth over to Winchester on Monday so we need to send a thank you to the nursing staff at Portsmouth for all the care and attention they gave him. He's still only a tiny thing - just two and a half pounds but he handled the journey incredibly well and has really settled down in the new unit. I'm off to visit him in a minute or two so no blogging for me tonight and I'll have to make up for it tomorrow. Now, if only he's devoid of tubes this evening I may even be able to get a picture.

I used the wonderful sketch over at Inspirational Card Sketches challenge blog as the basis for this card. It's the first time I've entered their challenge and the sketch this week is just fabulous to work with. There is some amazing DT inspiration on the challenge for this sketch, so I hope you go and have a look.
Items used:
See D's and Claire Curd's sentiments
Hampton Art Stamps - Tall Watercolour Flower
K & Co papers,
Promarkers and whispers brush strokes pens.
Flowers and ribbon from my stash.
Hope you're all having a good week.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Dotty Baby Cards

The challenge this week over at Creative Card Crew has been set by l'il old me. We made you work so hard last week creating all those scenes so I thought I'd be kind and pick something a little less stressful for everyone this week. I picked the theme of:


The sponsor of this challenge is Digital Delights by Louby Loo. And the very generous prize that Wendy has donated for one lucky winner is a $10 gift certificate.

My DT cards use one of the digital images from Digital Delights called Teddy Angel. All together now...Aaaahhhhh so cute!
I had so much fun making the blue card I just had to try the image out in pink too.
...and the insides are all ready to write in.

My eldest daughter is at the age where all of her friends are starting families so I just know these cards will come in so handy in the not to distant future.
Pop over to the challenge blog to get more dotty inspiration from the wonderful DT and see some of the digital images you could be picking if you are the winner this week.
Sharon xx

Monday, 20 July 2009

Raspberry Dreams

Here's a little card I made following the wonderful sketch over at Sketch Saturday challenge this week. I loved using this sketch; it was so easy to work with and everything just came together without any effort at all.
Sorry about the wonky photo. The inside has been left plain. I don't think it needs much else. It's just ready for the sentiment.

Items used:
Brazzil Basics Brocade. Bearly Mine Papers
Creative Expressions Oasis stamp
Celebration Ribbon
Prima flowers,
Glamour dust, brad and teardrop gems from my stash.

Sharon xx

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Cuddly Mice

The last of my promarkers arrived last Monday so I now have the full set and I'm having lots of fun using them. I originally coloured in the image on this card a couple of weeks ago whilst I was practicing with my blender and I threw it into a waste pile because the image bled and I'd only blended roughly. (At least I've improved now - see my Skater Ian card)

Anyway, two weeks on, whilst doing a clear out today, I came across it again and saw it with fresh eyes. I actually like the way it had bled and was roughly blended because it looks like fuzzy fur. So, I made a card with it.

Although this isn't a LOTV image, the LOTV challenge this week is 'Animals', so I'm going to enter it into their challenge. Hope that's okay ladies.
I took this second picture to show the different layers on the card.
For those of you thinking the layout looks familiar, I used the sketch at the copics challenge because I liked the look of it. I didn't use copics so it obviously isn't entered into that challenge - but it is a fab sketch to work with.

Sharon xx

Updating the Candy Bar

Just to let you all know that I've added a couple of links to my candy bar on the side.
Fran has an amazing amount of candy celebrating her birthday.
Kirsten is also celebrating her birthday and she has some new Gorguss girls stamps.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 18 July 2009


Welcome to the weekend! Boy it feels good to have a couple of days off work; this week has been pretty full on for me and I'm so looking forward to putting my feet up having some quality crafting time.

Today sees another challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge. My you lot were creative last week with your furry things. I honestly don't thing I've seen so many cute cards for a long time.
Anyway, the lovely Maggie set the challenge for this week and she's chosen the theme of

GSOH (Good Sense Of Humour).

Well, I don't have any stamps that can be used for humorous cards (or so I thought - I've found loads since I made this card though!) so I went for a bad sense of humour.
(Groans even more).

Stamps used are a combination of See D's #17 "Cute as a bug" and a wonderful RAK that I received called "Man Flu"
Plain cardstock
Yellow ribbon
and 'Mustard Seed' Tim Holtz distress ink.

For some humorous inspiration pop over to the challenge blog to see the creations from the design team.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Clean and simple vintage

Time for another Colour Create Challenge and a couple more changes this week. The first one is that all the challenges from now on will be sponsored, so that means prizes for the winners.

Our sponsor this week is :

and they are offering a generous $25 store voucher (with free p&p)

The second change is a warm welcome to the newest team member, Janiel. This lady is one incredibly talented crafter; her blog is full of amazing makes (and not just cards). If you want some inspiration just have a browse through her gorgeous creations. Welcome aboard Janiel.

So, on to the challenge. Mina has chosen a wonderful colour combination and optional extra for us this week. The colours are Blue and White.

The optional extra is Vintage.

I always struggle with vintage and 99.9% of the time I end up over distressing the card so the style is more distressed than vintage. So this week I set out to create something clean and simple. Here it is:

Those peg stamps came in handy again and they create a lovely frame around a vintage photo. I stupidly forgot to photograph the inside of the card so I snapped this quickly last night - hence the lighting is not as good as the picture of the outside.
Items Used:
Tropical Flowers Peg Stamps - inked with Whispers Brush Stroke Pens
Whiff of Joy Sentiment Stamp on the front
Debbi Moore Sentiment Stamp on the inside
Joanna Sheen Photo from the Victorian Romance CD

For oodles of vintage inspiration that covers everything from cute and country vintage to stylish vintage have a look at the amazing creations from the rest of the design team. Their cards look fabulous.

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Yo! Skater Ian

What an amazing week we had last week over at the Creative Card Crew Challenge. Thank you so much for all the amazing entries we received. My, you do all love your ribbons don't you? What a creative lot you all were.

Anyway, on to this week's challenge. The talented Nicola picked the theme of:

Create a scene

I only have one scene stamp so I decided to hand draw a background on my stamped image. I'm no Leonardo Da Vinci but I figured that didn't matter, I could make the background a bit cartoony because it fitted with the image. I actually quite like this card (for a change).

And here's my card.

Oh, I've hand drawn the little snail in the corner and cut it out - just for a bit of added boyish interest.

Apologies to the few people that I just couldn't comment on last week; unfortunately I had a lot of trouble when I added the latest version of Internet Explorer to my PC and I just could not access some blogs. Never mind, I seem to be sorted out now (I've gone back to the previous version of IE).
Sharon xx

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Cuttlebug - The Journey to 1000

Here's something none of you should miss! The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest called "The Journey to 1,000".

The aim is to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and they need your help - but be fast because they have just tipped the 900 follower mark.

To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower, write about the contest on your blog and leave them a link to your post. What could be simpler? You could win an amazing $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (!

Be quick.... they are almost at their goal. Check it out at

Sharon xx

Just Magnolia 13 - pretty in pink

Good Morning everyone. Now don't faint....this is my second non-dt & enter a challenge card in one week! I think I am starting to get back on top of things now (at last!)

Over at the Just Magnolia challenge this week there is a fabulous sketch by my mate Mina. I loved it Mina!
As you can see I rotated the sketch by 180 degrees. I only have a couple of oval cutters so the oval is a bit bigger than I wanted it to be, but I think the card copes with that. I'm disappointed that the black roses didn't photograph very well. Never mind, they look a bit like velvet, don't they?

The inside is not special......but I'm determined to keep decorating the insides with something. It makes it so much easier when someone needs a card in a hurry - just stamp your sentiment and off you go. I love the Bo Bunny paper....delish!

I even managed to get my hand stitching into smaller stitches this time. Usually the stitches are a bit too large. I've completely given up on my sewing machine is time to retire it because the tension has totally broken.
Items Used:
Papers: Brazzill Basics (Candy Pink), Core'dinations Black Magic (Potion No 9) and Bo Bunny (Beau Jardin Blush)
Sizzix Devine Swirls embossing folder
Tilda with flower garland
Antique Rose distress ink
Black roses (on sale at hobbycraft last weekend)
Making Memories pink flowers
Ribbon combo from my stash.
Now....IF ONLY Mr Blogger would let me get onto the Just Magnolia site, I could let them know I've made a card. Grrrrr! Mr Blogger!
Sharon xx

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Furry Things

We have a great challenge over at the One Stop Craft Challenge this week. Shelley picked the theme and it really was fun to work with it. Time to get out all those wonderful stamps and wow us with your

Furry Things

I picked out a little mouse image that was a RAK from my matey Tara (thanks hun). I had so much fun colouring this little beauty in that I really must go and get one of these stamps for myself. I went for a bold colour combination - but I love the way it looks so warm.

Items used:
DCWV Floral Prints and hint of pink papers
Creative Expressions Flourishes stamp set
Spiced Marmalade distress ink
Watercolour pencils
Ribbon from my stash.
Sharon xx

Friday, 10 July 2009

Time for some good news

Well, this year has been a bit of a roller coaster journey for me, hasn't it? I thought it was time to share something a bit cheery with everyone - a little update on my grandson Oscar.

He made the move from one hospital in Portsmouth to the brand spanking new neo-natal unit in without any problems at all. Although this next bit sounds a bit scary I must stress that no babies were put in any danger at any time. We had to laugh - it was all over the news about the "first baby" in the new unit, but in reality our little Oscar made it through the doors before the one they reported on. The news reported on the baby that left the old hospital first, but by all accounts there was a bit of a race between him and Oscar to see who could get there first. The nurses said the two teams had a very quick walk along the corridor to the doors of the new unit and Oscar pipped the other baby to the post! Yep, Oscar's team tried the trusted little trick of overtaking at the last minute.

Anyway, he's settled into the new unit very nicely. He's now reached 2lb 1oz in weight. He's also having 2 hours in every 8 without any assistance breathing, the other 6 hours he's on a CPAP. What a little star. The trouble is, whenever I see him he's always hooked up to one machine or another so the photos I take are still a little traumatic for those not used to seeing them. I promise to post a decent one as soon as I can.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Whiff of Joy 38

Oh it was so nice to make a happy card - I've spent the past 2 evenings making sympathy cards for my family (my cousin lost his battle with cancer in the early hours of Tuesday morning).

And what better happy card than a Whiff of Joy? The wonderful Katharina has created a beautiful sketch to work with this week at the Whiff of Joy Challenge. I really had fun using this sketch. I can't tell you what all the papers are that I've used on this card because they were all part of a RAK. Aren't the colours gorgeous though?

Hope you're all having a wonderful week.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Creative Card Crew 18

Another Tuesday and that means it is time for the Creative Card Crew Challenge. This week we are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons and the lovely Paula has picked the theme for the challenge which, very appropriately is:


My card, as usual, didn't turn out quite the way I expected. I thought I would try adding lots of tiny ribbons to Miss Anya's pom-poms but instead of sewing a few so that they stuck up (no time to do that) I just had to stick them on so they look a little flat.

Okay, can anyone spot my new crafty buy? Well it is the MS punch. Oh, I love this one just as much as I love the doily lace. (Can you tell?)

I haven't put a sentiment on yet because this one could either be used as a congratulations, good luck or a birthday card. I'll add the sentiment when I need to use this card.

Items used on this card:
Papers: Basic Grey Wisteria and Sugared (cream one). DCWV Old World Mat Stack. Brazzil Basics Witch Hazel.
Dies: Sizzix Bigz Flowers and Vine. 2 Woodware flower punches. L-Em Stamens. MS Valentine Lace

Everything else from my stash.

Pop over to the challenge blog to see how all my talented DT colleagues have used ribbons on their projects this week.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Colour Create Challenge

Hello everyone. We have some major changes going on over at Colour Create this week. I won't repeat everything in detail on here. Please hop over to the challenge blog to read all about it.

However, the sad news is that we're losing some of our uber talented DT colleagues. Tara, Tab and Katy have all decided to step down for various personal reasons. All of us left on the DT are incredibly sad to see them go. Tara has been the driving force behind the challenge since it first went live and all 3 ladies have provided wonderful inspiration to both the DT and everyone that has entered our challenges so far. Personally, I am heartbroken to see you all leave but I'm sure that we won't be strangers and that all the friendships made on the DT will carry on strong for many years to come. A huge 'thank you' and an 'All the best for the future' wish is coming from me to all of you. Please don't be strangers.

The other pieces of news is that the challenge will carry on and it will be one challenge every two weeks from now on. So I hope that'll give everyone more time to enter the Colour Create Challenge from now on.

Okay, on to this fortnight's challenge. The colours are grassy green, apple green, sunflower yellow, lemon and white. The optional extra is to decorate the the inside of your card and the envelope too.
I think I went a little mad with the reference to sunflower yellow on my card - sunflowers are everywhere (actually it is a daisy stamp - but I turned it into sunflowers for this card). For my image, I stamped the little dragon, masked it off and then over stamped the sunflowers. I added some sunflowers and the dragon's head to the inside of the cards, and then stamped sunflowers along the bottom of the envelope. I will say that I've made another envelope since the photo was taken - I had a new ink pad where the ink was not evenly distributed so it didn't stamp very well.

The stamps I used are:
Funstamps FN09 Sleeping Dragon
Funstamps FN11 Daisy Border
Funstamps FH65 Take Time (sentiment)
The DT have made some beautiful cards and there's lots of inspiration for envelope decoration too over on the challenge blog. Hope to see you all entering.
Sharon xx