Monday, 31 August 2009

Whimsy Pre-order Collection and Summer Sale

Hi everyone, I just thought that I'd let you know about the end of summer sale and pre-order pet collection offer at Whimsy Stamps.

End of Summer Sale:

Use the code SUMMER25 and save 25%. This offer is available on in stock merchandise and the PRE-ORDER bundle (see below) while supplies last. The offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
Sale ends September 6th, 2009

Whimsy Animals Collection - Pre-order

Aren't these just too cute!!!

Whimsy have a PRE-ORDER for 3 of the new Pet Collection stamps and a set of sentiment stamps. This is available to PRE-ORDER from today, 31st August until 15th September. For this week only, use code SUMMER25 and save money on the collection.

Shipping for the pre-order stamps will begin in the first week of Oct. 2009.

Mixed identity

Just a quick post this morning because I'll be back later today with more projects. One challenge I haven't entered for a while is the Papertake Weekly Challenge. What a gorgeous sketch they have over there - and I think I've only just made this card in time too!

This is a bit of a mixed identity card. The image and colours are pretty good for the men, but the floral pattern and the bow are good for the women. Actually I have a female friend who likes vintage images so this will be ideal for her.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Love it or hate it?

It really is dangerous when I have a bit of crafting time. I just can't help myself - I have to mess around with stamps, or card shapes, or materials or whatever else takes my fancy. This card is the result of some messing around with one of my favourite stamps. It's one of those results that you're not quite sure if you love it or hate it. I look at it once and love it, then I look back at it and I'm not sure again. I think I love it deep down (because it is different). I created the card for the ABC challenge this week which is 'C is for Circles'. The circles are on the pinky/lilacy backing paper, the image is stamped on circle nesties and if I push the theme, the gems and pearl brads are also circles. lol.
I love to see Santa's face in black ink on white card because it really brings out the fine details of the stamp. I also think that when Santa's face is coloured up it brings the image to life. I'm still not sure this layering technique works well with this image; but I gave it a try.
Bearly Mine Papers
Prima Flowers
Papermania Gems and Brads
Woodware Leaf Punch
Rubber Stampede Santa Collage Stamp
Thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Another DT call

Hi folks,
Hope you're enjoying your weekend. I just popped on here to let you know about another DT call for a new challenge blog that is starting in October. This one is looking for 7 (yes, SEVEN) new DT members.

The challenge will be a monthly one, run by the daughter of my friend Tara. But I won't be telling you any more about it on here, so pop over to the Crafty Calendar Challenge to read all about it.

Bye for now,
Sharon xx

Cute and Cuddly

Cute and Cuddly - that's the theme for today. I opted to try out the freebie stamp set that came in this month's Cardmaking and Papercraft mag. Well, it is titled "7 Cute Xmas Stamps". Maggie chose this lovely theme for the One Stop Craft Challenge. Doesn't the stamp look cute all coloured up? I just love the smug expression on the little cat's face.

I went totally mad and decided to have a try out at making my own pins. I'm so pleased with the way they turned out even if one does look a bit wonky.
So who's noticed the mistake I made? I left room at the bottom of the image so that I could stamp the sentiment - then I completely forgot to do it. Doh!

Anyway, the prize this week is a Golfing Popcorn Bear stamp set.

So hop over to the challenge to see what the other talented DT ladies made and get your card entered for a chance to win.

Thank goodness it's a bank holiday weekend here in the UK - it'll give me the chance to catch up with my blogging.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 28 August 2009

Cutting it fine!

Talk about cutting it fine! I've had this item laid out in pieces for 4 days now. Well the images have been coloured for 4 days, the papers were chosen at the same time, but the sketch only came along on Tuesday. Anyway, I kept hearing this little voice from my craft room saying 'put me together please...or you'll be too late!' Not that I could do much about it. The voice called as I passed each morning on my way out to work, and then again at night when I got in from babysitting as I went up the stairs to bed.

So - I was naughty! I took some of my flexi time from work yesterday and went home an hour early so that I could do the final assembly. I'm so glad I did.

This card is based on the Inspirational Card Sketchesfabulous sketch this week. The only thing I added to the sketch was the trail of tiny punched flowers. I was so tempted to add some leaves too but I held back before I ruined the card

I'm also entering it into the Penny Black Challenge because their theme was stitching and i just couldn't resist that. Sorry I didn't have time to do my embroidery stitching. When I added the PB Hedgies to the card the white on their tummies stood out like a sore thumb. So I had to go over that white with a blush promarker.

I am in love with these bearly mine papers. I now have all 3 designer extreme volumes and the designer extreme inserts too. The papers are just sooooooo pretty! I'm so spoilt for choice every time I load one of the CDs.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential

A new challenge blog. A DT call. And some blog candy! Yep, thought I just had to let you all know that Vicki is starting up a new challenge blog based upon 2 regular features that she runs on her blog. She has a DT call running for 3-5 divas, and there is also some delicious blog candy that she's offering.

Tempted? I bet you are. Hop over to the new blog to read all about it. It looks like it's going to be a winner!

Sharon xx

Colour Create 26

You'll be so glad to hear we have a much easier and far more beautiful colour combination for you this week over at the Colour Create Challenge. The previous challenge proved difficult for the DT so we know how everyone struggled to get an entry together for that challenge. Anyhow, we have a few challenges coming up which use less colours.

Our uber talented Chris chose the colour combination, picture for inspiration and the optional extra this time. Thank you so much Chris - the colours are gorgeous. Here's the picture she chose:

The colours are RUBY, CREAM and GOLD. The optional extra is GEMS.

Our regular monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp! has given us another $25 voucher as a prize. Thanks Heidi!

This, I can promise you, will be the last of my non-cute cards for a little while. I now have a batch of these types of cards just sitting there, ready and waiting for the next time my daughter raids me ;o)

Don't forget to look at the challenge blog to see what those amazing ladies have created with the colour combination this week. It's brilliant work, as usual.

Hope you'll find time to join us.

Thanks for looking

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Have you seen.....

Before I get to the 'have you seen...' bit, I've updated my sidebar with a couple of DT calls that close pretty soon, for anyone interested in taking part in them.

So, have you seen.........the wonderful inspiration that Vicki has on her blog? You really should make an effort to view her 'hidden potential' features. She takes one item, like a stamp, and creates several cards from it using different techniques or colours or whatever takes her fancy. Each card looks fantastic and they all look so different. She is one talented lady. I am sure to be a regular visitor there.

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

A Sketch

Today Nicola set the challenge over at Creative Card Crew and she chose one of my sketches. I'm not really happy with the way my card turned out and I can't quite put my finger on why.

I hope this shot shows the shadows enough so that you can see it isn't all flat and there are raised layers on it.

This week we're sponsored by

Hop over to the challenge to see the cards the rest of the DT made with this sketch. I hope you'll all find time to join in the challenge.
Thanks for looking
Sharon xx

Monday, 24 August 2009

Happy Birthday Mother in Law

A quick post because I was away at the weekend and I'm still trying to catch up. Here is a card that I've made for my MIL's birthday this week. I'm entering it into the Friday Sketchers and the Stamp Something challenges. It uses the sketch from Friday Sketchers and the challenge at Stamp Something is 'birthday somethings' The papers are from Bearly Mine. The flower image is from the Zinnia flower fairy stamp set. It has been coloured with Promarkers and glittered with stickles. The big flowers are from my stash.

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, 22 August 2009

I Believe In Angels......

That reminds me of the Abba song. Now that takes me back.

Today the fabulously talented Donna picked the theme at One Stop Craft Challenge and and she picked the theme:

I Believe In Angels (and Fairies)

Fab theme Donna! If anyone knows who wrote the poem that I've used please leave me a comment because I'd love to update this post and give them the credit. I've used the poem a couple of times on Christening cards and I love it.

My card is stamped and heat embossed in 'pirate gold'. Isn't that just a fantastic name for an embossing powder? I carried the swirly theme through to the inside too.

Okay, so if you believe in Angels or Fairies we'd love to see you enter the challenge. It's even a chance to get a head start with those Christmas Angel cards.

Thanks for looking.

Sharon xx

Friday, 21 August 2009

I've been raided!

It's amazing what you can find when you start looking, isn't it? I was having a browse around my CDs looking for some inspiration when Bang! ..... there was the perfect paper I needed for my entry into the ABC challenge. I'm also entering this one into the Inspirational Card Sketches challenge which has a wonderful sketch to follow.

And I was raided last night! It's coming to something when your own family raids you when you're not at home. Daughter No 2 cleaned me out of what she calls 'funky' cards last night (by that she means ones without cute images). This card was included in the raid so I'm really pleased I got the photo before it was kidnapped. Anyway, I need to make another batch of these type of cards for the next time she raids my card stock when I'm not at home. ;o)

This week at ABC it is B is for Buttons. Look! I found a bearly mine button paper. I honestly hadn't noticed it before. But not only that, there are 2 button papers on there.

I spent an age twisting little stamens together and attaching them to the dark purple flower shaped buttons. I also found some really weird confetti flowers which I've backed the buttons onto and cut a few vellum leaves.

I hope you can see that each of the teal coloured squares are mounted on 3d pads to give depth to the card. I'm really into depth (or height) at the moment. Flat cards just look too, well, flat to me now. No doubt I'll change my thinking when it comes to making the Christmas cards that need to be posted. lol. Gotta save on the postage fees, haven't we?

Thanks for looking.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 20 August 2009

A card and a photo

I can't believe I'm being brave enough to do this. I'm one of those people who absolutely hates their photo being taken - yet here I am sharing a picture of me with little Oscar (not so little now though!) that was taken last night. Yep - I'm caught out now. My blogging profile photo was taken about 10 years ago so I've sprouted a few wrinkles since then and boy do I need a hair cut! . :o( But look at the little fella - proper baby sized now! Enough of that. Here's a wallet card that I've made for a friend. I'm entering this one into the Sketch and Stash Challenge. I followed the lovely sketch they have and I used one of my newest stamps from Whimsy.
I'm not sure if it'll show up in a close-up but the turtle and the water have been covered with glossy accents. The image has been coloured with promarkers. I used Making Memories papers, prima flowers and everything else was from my stash.
Thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

I won! I won! I won!

Woooooo Hooooo! I just can't believe it! I'm usually one of the unluckiest people on this planet when it comes to competitions and the like but luck was with me today. I won the ABC challenge!
I love this challenge but recently I haven't had much time to enter. They've just started going through the alphabet again (this week is the letter 'B') so I will try to keep up with them this time around. I'd love to do a full alphabet! Your should have a go at this challenge if you haven't already. It's great fun and there is some amazing inspiration in their DT members.

Thanks ABC!!
Sharon xx

One frazzled blogger

It's been one of those nights as I write this post for scheduling. It seems I get less and less time to do the things I need to every night now. By the time I'm home from work, finish a few bits of crafty stuff for friends, done some cleaning and maybe a bit of washing or ironing, and either babysiting or, like tonight, answering the phone to my sister, then prepared, cooked and eaten tea, it's at least 10.30pm before I know it. So after creating a post on my blog it's off to bed again. I keep thinking things will calm down soon and I'll get time to do some proper blogging (or just have time to relax) but life takes over every single night and I'm chasing my tail again. Never mind - surely it can only get better.

The good news is that my grandson Oscar is now 4lb 2oz and he's out of an incubator and in a cot. He's also been promoted out of intensive care into special care and today he had his first real bath. Kind of puts everything in perspective when I hear how the little fella is coming along. It's been a long old slog but he's really improving by the day now.

Okay, enough chatter. This card was made for the Sketch Saturday (a wonderful sketch) and the Penny Black (colours: blue cream and tan) challenges. I loved making this card and was surprised at the end of it to see that I hadn't used a single piece of patterned paper. I even managed to keep the image coloured in the gorgeous PB challenge colours. I quite like that look.

Hope you're all have a fab week.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Christmas Mice

We wish you a merry Christmas...La la la la la la la la...Well, this card has certainly got me in the mood for Christmas. It's Creative Card Crew Challenge today and the fab Paula has chosen the challenge theme of

Christmas In August.

We have 2 sponsors this week so that means there are prizes for 2 lucky people.

All That Scraps have given us a CC Designs Stamp set or 3 single stamps of your choice.

Bunny Zoe Crafts has given us a hot-off-the-press Christmas Popcorn Bear stamps set and some Christmas charms.

So it's definitely worth joining in the fun. This is my DT card.

Items used:
Anita's Christmas Papers
Silver Card
Papermania Clear Stamps Christmas sentiment
Silver Tinsel embossing powder
The PB image was a RAK from my friend Tara (I loved using it, thanks hunny)
Glamour dust

Flowersoft (on the garland and one of the stockings)
Gems and ribbon from my stash and some Prima leaves

Hope you like it. Remember to head over to the challenge blog for more inspiration from the talented DT members.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 17 August 2009

A frog and a mouse

I've been busy again; I have two more cards to show you all today. This first one was born from me playing about with some of my Whimsy images. I love this is so cute!

I've made this card for the ABC Challenge which is A for "Anything goes" and they think it would be nice if the card incorporated animals. The layout is based loosely on the BG sketch because I enjoyed it so much when I made the second card in this post. Cards always look so flat when the pictures are taken from the front, so here's another snap that shows the layers.

Items Used:
Whimsy Frog Stamp
DCWV Far East papers
Distress inks: Broken China and Pine Needles.
Butterfly stamp from the Papermania Candyfloss and Marshmallow stamp set.
Whispers Words Sentiment
Papermania square brad
Ribbons from my stash.
Glamour Dust

This next card is for the following challenges:
Whiff of Joy - colour challenge of Pink and Brown
Basic Grey Challenge- Sketch Challenge - loved it!
LOTV challenge - Charmed (It is there under the flower. I've only just noticed the wind made it swing sideways on)

Items used:
Henry Mouse Whiff Of Joy Stamp
Basic grey papers: Sugared and Offbeat
Clare Curd's Sentiment Stamp
Flowers and ribbons from my stash.

Thanks for looking.

Sharon xx

Sunday, 16 August 2009

2 cards today

I have been so busy over the last couple of days that this is the first time I've had the opportunity to post anything.

This first card is the the Spoonful of Sugar challenge.

I'm not sure the image is sweet enough for the challenge - but I think it's a cute dragon. I tried using crackle glaze on the dragon because I'd hoped it'd give a scale effect; I think I made the layer a bit too thin though. There are a few cracks but it isn't as good as I had hoped for.

This second card is a late posting of my One Stop Craft Challenge DT card. There is a pink and black colour challenge there this week, set by the lovely Shelley. It's okay to use white on the card too because the rules were 'as long as there is pink and black' on the card it is okay. Unfortunately all my pink card and paper was way too garish and strong in the shades of pink, so I decided to stamp as subtler background in paler pink on the white card stock.

Hope you're all having a great weekend.
Sharon xx

Thursday, 13 August 2009

She sells sea shells

As you can see from my card today, I'm still persevering with the ProMarkers. Getting a little closer to colouring a dress the way I'd like to...but I still need a lot of practice.

It's Colour Create Challenge time again today. And the colours are Blue, Sand, Silver and Black. Our optional extra theme is Summertime.
I'd like to welcome Deanne to the Colour Create DT. She is one amazing crafter who very rarely uses a stamped image. I take my hat off to her because I, personally, think that those type of cards are the hardest to make. She's just what our DT needs and I'm sure she will inspire everyone that enters our challenge. I love her style of cards. Welcome aboard hunni.

This challenge is sponsored by Handy Hippo and there a 5 Handy Hippo vouchers being given away as prizes.

I decided to make a feature of the colours in the combination that some of the design team had a little bit of trouble with. So a very bold black and silver background was born, which I think focuses everything in onto the image. The silver is a Hampton Art stamp called 'Love Fluff Large' which is heat embossed with silver tinsel embossing powder.

The main image is a Stamps Happen Inc stamp called 'Collecting Sea Shells'. The background was coloured with distress inks (Broken China and Antique Linen) and I sprinkled some glamour dust onto the 'sand'. The main image is coloured in promarkers. I love this image - it reminds me of my little granddaughter.

I hope you'll all still find time to join us again this week.

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Happy Birthday Daughter

It's my youngest daughter's birthday today so I thought I'd share some of the cards I made for her with you.

This first one is a challenge entry into the Sketch Saturday challenge. The sketch was a really good one to use. This card will be sent by my other daughter's children and as they are both under 2 years old I made it a cutsie one. It uses the bubbles and squeak stamp set. These next two are ones in the style and colours that my daughter absolutely loves. She likes what she calls 'grown up cards without any fuss'. Hmmm - she thinks the cute ones are a bit to babyish for a 22 year old. Never mind, it takes all sorts to fill this world with different people, doesn't it. Thank goodness we don't all have the same taste.

Sorry about the reflection in this last one - but what can you do with good old mirror card, eh?

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

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

A princess party bag

I think I'm finally beginning to get the hang of these Promarkers. It's taken some perseverance but I think I've got the knack of colouring the hair (well at least in this colour). I'll keep at it though, because I know that one day I'll manage to do a dress that I'm happy with.

This little item is for the Creative Card Crew Challenge where the theme of
Princess Party
has been chosen by the wonderful Tasha this week. So it's time to get out your prince and princess images.

We have a fabulous stamp set from Simon Says Stamp! as the prize. It's one of their exclusive stamp set designs.

This is a little double pocket bag. There's a tutorial for making one of these bags here, although the fastenings for the handles are a little different to the one I used.

Here is the view looking down from the top.

Hope you all have a try at these types of bags; they are so sweet and really easy to make.
Sharon xx

Monday, 10 August 2009

Fishing Popcorn

I had a bumper weekend of card making and I really surprised myself. I made 5 DT items, 1 challenge card, 3 birthday cards for my daughter, a wedding card and 2 christening cards. Normally it takes me a whole day faffing about with papers and images before I'm ready to make one card! I bet I pay for the surge of creativity next weekend though.

This little card was one of my DT items. I received this fabulous Popcorn Bear stamp set in my DT kit. He's so cute!
This card will appear on the One Stop Craft blog along with the step by step instructions on how to make it. I'm not exactly sure when the post will be popped on there because Shelley is in the middle of moving house from one end of the country to the other, but I'm sure it won't be too long.

Hope you like it.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Sepia Tilda

Last night I remembered what card making is all about. I had such fun making this card. I loved every minute of picking the papers & image, colouring and embellishing it. Seems to me that sometimes all the stresses of life spill over into my crafting and I forget to just have fun. I'm going to try to leave the stresses at the craft room door from now on.

So here's the card that was a joy to make. It's for the Just Magnolia challenge this week. There is a wonderful sketch by Martine to follow. I went for a full on sepia effect on this card and I actually quite like the result. I went mad and even coloured the image using distress ink! I think I've improved on my last attempt at doing that.
Items used:
Papermania Exquisite papers
Tim Holtz distress ink: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo
Stamps: Magnolia, Hampton Arts (Happy Place sentiment) Anita's (Leaf), Clare Curd's signature Range (Small Sentiment).

This card will be heading your way tomorrow Kim - as a small thank you for keeping me happy by continually visiting my blog through the difficult time I've been having. I really appreciate that you haven't got fed up with me being too tied up to return the favour most of the time (you know I'll get back to normal at some point though).

Hope you like it.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Roses are silver.....and a 25% off deal

Good morning everyone. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you planned. Mine will be consisting of lots of babysitting again with a bit of crafty time in between.

It was my turn to set the challenge this week at the One Stop Craft Challenge. My choice was based on some of the fabulous flowers in my garden, so I picked 'Roses' as the theme. Well, we may not have gorgeous sunny days all the time, but the roses still look pretty and smell wonderful.

Shelley has given us a beautiful and really versatile prize this week of a u-mount floral rubber stamp die set. I love this stamp set.

For my card I tried to keep things simple. The beautiful silver rose vellum is so pretty that I wanted it to be seen on my card. This vellum comes in white, blue, silver and gold and it is perfect for wedding cards.

Don't forget that there is 25% off everything at One Stop Card Crafts at the moment because Shelley is moving and the stock must go.

Sharon xx

Friday, 7 August 2009

How naughty do I feel?

Yes, I'm still alive; I've just had one of those weeks where life completely takes over and leaves you no time for crafting. But I did find a little bit of time last night.

Now, those of you that know me, know that I absolutely hate to combine challenges. So how naughty do I feel with this card? I've managed to get 5 challenges into the one card (hangs head in shame). Well, I figured that if I didn't have much time I'd better make it count. So I'm really sorry if you think I've been cheeky with this...but it probably wont happen again for at least 6 months.

Anyway, the challenges that this card is entered into are:

Whiff of Joy - Jacqui's fabulous sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Teal and Red colours
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - Florals (this one may be pushing it a bit - but I do have flowers on the card and the backing paper has a floral motif (not snowflakes) on it)
Papertake Weekly - Seasons (obviously Winter)
Creative Inspirations - Doodling (it's around the edges of the paper)

Right, I'm off to give myself a good telling off now and to remind myself that I don't like combining.

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

I can't believe it!

Just how good can things get? I'm having a wonderful week so far despite only having internet access for a maximum of 1 minute in every 15 at the moment. So apologies to everyone that I can't blog hop again tonight. The phone company say there is a major problem at my local exchange and it could take another 24 hours to fix.

Okay, so back to the good news ....... After Denise said that she wanted me to be the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Season Guest Designer, I had another message from her yesterday to say that another one of the full DT members is leaving in September. That's a real shame for Whimsy but absolutely fantastic news for me, because she now wants me to join the full design team starting in September for 6 months. Of course I said ‘Yes’. Woo Hoo!!!!! I just can’t believe my luck this week.

Oh - and my grandson Oscar now weighs in at 3lb 1oz and he is completely off oxygen and breathing normal air! What a star!

Sharon xx

Under The Sea

So sorry this is a late post peeps. I had no Internet access at home last night and today it is a very intermittent access so the line keeps dropping and we lose connection. It's taken my hubby hours to e-mail these pictures over to me so that I can do the post. Never mind.

It's Creative Card Crew Challenge day today. The fabulous Joey has picked a cracking theme for this week's challenge and it is:
Under the sea.

So I hoe we'll get to see all your mermaid, dolphin, seal, crab, fish and shell images - or whatever else you have that can be found under the sea.

We have another fabulous sponsor, The Cutting Cafe offering a prize again this week.

This is the card I made for the challenge.

It is really 3d but that didn't show up too well in the top photo so I took another one looking down from the top.

I'll update this post when I get home this evening to let you know the names of the stamps I've used.

Sharon xx

Sunday, 2 August 2009

A Card, Candy Links and.... just gets better and better. I finally have a craft room and I moved in properly today. Yep, the old hubster cracked under the pressure of papers, gems, ribbons and crafty machines all over the place downstairs. Actually, I think it was the glitter that sealed it. lol. He even put up shelves for me! Okay, so there isn't any flooring down - but who cares! It's my crafty room.

Enough chat - here's the second card I made in my new craft room (big cheesy smile on face. You'll see the first one on Tuesday.) This card follows the wonderful sketch by the talented Jacqui for this week's Lili of the Valley Challenge. I thought I'd do something that can be used for the boys, so out came the manly colours. I used the little Sugar Nellie owl stamp that came free in July's Craft Stamper magazine. I think he looks great layered up.
The papers are a mix of Laura Ashley and Basic Grey. That trusty old Leone-Em Ash Branch punch came in handy again. The main part of the branch is hand drawn.

I've also come across quite a few Candy draws today so I'll start updating my sidebar soon. However, that uber talented girl Rach has some fabby candy on offer at the moment and it is open until 9 August. Just look at these Martha Stewart punches.

And, my lovely friend Sarita is celebrating her blogoversary with this beautiful candy. Do pop over to her blog to see her amazing creations. Sarita has a most unique style which is awesome.

Exciting News!

I have some very exciting news to share with you all today. That old Flash Dance music has been playing again in my house because "I'm so excited....."

Starting in October, and for a 3 month period, I will be the holiday season's guest designer for

Woo Hoo! How fantastic is that? !!!! Thank you for picking me Denise Lynn.

I will be lucky enough to be working with some soon to be released holiday themed stamps to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! I can't wait to get started. I know it's a couple of months away but ideas are tumbling into my head already and I haven't even seen the new stamps yet! I'd best go and write a few of the ideas down - and try to calm myself down a little.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Pearls and Swirls

It's time for the One Stop Craft Challenge again and this week the talented Paula has set the theme for us. She's chosen the wonderful combination of pearls and swirls.

I love using pearls and swirls. For my card I decided to keep things fairly simple because I've made a few cards recently that seem to have an "explosion" of papers and strong colours on them.

The first thing I did was to stamp the big corner swirl from the Creative Expressions Swirl stamp set. I used a Tim Holtz Antique Linen ink pad, and because it turned out a lovely pale golden colour on the white card, I chose that as the colour scheme. I filled in to the edge of the card with one of my peg stamps in the same ink.

The sentiment stamp is a Penny Black one called 'Kindness', again stamped in Antique Linen ink (with the peg stamp again around the outside). This was matted onto some gold mirror card and attached at a jaunty angle with Stix 3d foam pads. The swirls in the top corners are from part of a paper pricking brass stencil and I've used gold embroidery thread to sew the pricked hole pattern.

The stick on pearls are from my stash and I used several different sizes. The organza ribbon is a Laura Ashley one.

Hope you like it. Hop over to the challenge blog for some more pearl and swirl inspiration from the rest of the fabulous design team.

Sharon xx