Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Whimsy Winner

It's time to announce the winner of yesterday's Whimsy Advent Calendar giveaway. That means that it is Jodi (My Creative Expressions).
Congratulations Jodi. Please contact me via the e-mail address on my profile and I will arrange for the Whimsy Holiday Postmark stamps to be sent out to you.

Happy Christmas!
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Advent Calendar Day 22

Welcome to Day 22 of the Whimsy Advent Calendar. I wish I'd made a really snowy card for inspiration for you today, but to be honest I think we've had enough snow on the ground here in the UK this week. I hope everyone is keeping warm and safe in these cold weather conditions.
As you may know, Whimsy Stamps is hosting a Whimsy December Advent Event, in which every day till Christmas, one Whimsy stamp will be given away by a member of the DT! Make sure to visit the Whimsy Stamps website daily to see some wonderful creations as well as for a chance to enter some stamp goodness.
It's my turn to host the prize today and I have a fabulous set of the holiday circle postmarks to give away to one of you lovely people that leave a comment on this post.

I've used the Christmas postmark on a couple of my cards recently and I'm sure if you scroll down my blog you will see it in action. This is a really useful set of holiday sentiments and well worth trying to win. But if you're not lucky and would like to purchase them you can do so here.
Today my card shows that even the normal Whimsy animal stamps can be dressed up for a Christmas card. These stamps are just so versatile! I chose the Whimsy Cat and Fish stamp and made the image a bit jokey by pretending that the fish was a Christmas present from 'mouse'. I must stress that no animals were harmed in the creation of this card. :)
For more inspiration with Whimsy please pop over to ANN'S BLOG because she also has something special to show you today.

Don't forget that Whimsy Stamps are looking for two guest designers for February and March 2010. If you'd like to apply you can do so here.
Please pop back tomorrow to see who has won the Holiday Circles Sentiments - and remember that all you need to do is leave me a comment on this post to be in with a chance.

Thanks for looking and Good Luck!
Sharon xx

Monday, 21 December 2009

Recycled Christmas

This is one of the shortest posts I've ever done (I've not been feeling too well).
Today's card is for the challenge of
that the lovely Shelley has set for the One Stop Craft Challenge.
I found some Christmas cards from a couple of years ago and made a topper from one of them. To add a bit of glitz to the topper I sprinkled some glamour dust onto the snowmen. This was a really quick and easy card to do.....I may have to recycle more! Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Christmas Tilda

Okay, I've been naughty again! Today's card is not only my Colour Create DT card, but I'm also going to enter it into the Just Magnolia challenge. It seems an age since I coloured Tilda up and I really enjoyed making this card.
The Just Magnolia challenge theme is 'It's Christmas' and I wanted to turn Tilda with Rose into a Christmas card because I think she is versatile enough to take it.

The Colour Create Challenge is a gorgeous combination of PINK, BURGUNDY and IVORY and our optional extra is Roses. These have been picked by our mega talented Dena - thanks Dena, they were a joy to work with. Don't these colours suit Tilda so well! I hope this second photo shows the glittery glamour dust added to Tilda's dress (to turn it into her Christmas Party Dress) She has been coloured with Pro Markers and I distressed the edge with Tattered Rose distress ink.
The flowers and bling swirls are Prima. The patterned paper is Basic Grey 'Eva' and the pink paper has been run through the Cuttlebug 'Divine Swirls' embossing folder.
We're sponsored by Heidi at Simon Says Stamp! and she has given us a $25 credit voucher as a prize.
I hope you'll all find time to join in with the challenge over the Christmas holidays. Don't forget to take a peek at the fantastic creations that the design team have made with these colours.

Thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Whimsy Advent Calendar - Day 15

Oooooh! After today there are only another 9 days of the Whimsy Advent Calendar to go and then Christmas will be here. I hope everyone has posted all their cards and have the preparations well under way - well, I hope you've bought most of your presents anyway to avoid the last minute rush.

Today my Whimsy Advent Calendar inspiration is a get well card for a man. I've used the Rough Day Sentiments and the Whimsy Dog and Sign to make this card. The papers are Basic Grey and the buttons and fibres are ones I had lying around in my stash.
I roughed up the edges of the paper because I thought that fit in well with the sentiment. The papers have also been distressed around the edges using peeled paint distress ink. The sentiment was made up from two of the sentiments in the set - 'feel better' and 'rough day?'. I just masked out the words I didn't use before stamping the ones I did.

We have one of Whimsy's fantastic frog stamps as the prize today, so if you'd like to enter for the candy draw hop over to Vicki's blog (and good luck!)

I'll keep updating my sidebar for the the remainder of the advent calendar so you can either go to the Whimsy site or click on one of the links in my side bar to see the inspiration and enter the candy draws.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Chrstmas Love in acetate

I've scheduled this post because I'm having a weekend away. How nice is that? You bet I'll be shopping till I drop during the days and eating good food till I'm stuffed in the evenings. Hopefully I'll be able to make a huge dint into the list of presents I need to buy.
Today's card is an acetate fronted card. As well as this being my DT card for One Stop Craft Challenge, where I picked the theme this week of Christmas love, I'll also be entering it into the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge (when I get home) where the theme is Monochrome.

When I picked the theme of 'Christmas Love' I had imagined making a sumptuous, plush, red and romantic Christmas card for my hubby. What happened? I have no idea - I just went mad with brown and cream instead.
The Penny Black image has been coloured with a mix of distress inks and promarkers. I added texture to the image with some Polar White Flowersoft and also sprinkled some glamour dust in with it to make the snow sparkle.
I created my own background again. This was a really quick and simple one, but I love how it turned out. I used distress inks in antique linen and brushed corduroy to randomly stamp the Love Fluff Large Hampton Art stamp and tea dye distress ink for the Stampendous Ornate Heart stamp. Then I used a little more antique linen to define the edge of the cream card and mounted it onto dark brown card.

The 'Xmas love' letters are a Hero Arts set called pattern alphabet that my friend Janiel sent me for my birthday - Thanks Janiel ((big wave)). These have been stamped in the same distress inks as the background.
Please take a look at the challenge blog for some inspiration from the rest of the One Stop DT and for details of this week's prize.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Two cards in non-traditional colours

I thought I would have a look around the challenges to see if any of the cards I've made this week will fit any of them. Oh my! There are a host of challenges that I could enter these two cards into; but I've picked just a few. These are two of my completely non traditional colour Christmas cards - one for the card makers (in pink), and one for people who like things a bit simpler.

So here we go.....
Creative Inspirations want to see Non-Traditional colours - both cards fit this challenge.

Papertake Weekly say 'Red and Green must not be seen' - both cards fit that too.

The Pink Elephant want to see your favourite Christmas Colour Combo - lilac/purple and blue is my favourite so the angel card fits that one

Kaboodle Doodles want to see Snowflakes - my pink card has snowflakes on it

Whimsy stamps are asking for Die Cuts - the snowflakes are a cuttlebug die

Okay, I could make these fit a few more challenges .... but I don't want to be too greedy :) and it's just really lovely to have time to enter some challenges for a change.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Advent Calendar Winner

I've been doing some serious crafting since the weekend - 78 Christmas cards later and the mojo is still a-flowin' (thank goodness). Although I think I did hit a peak yesterday and it is starting to waiver a little now. Come on mojo...just a little longer to go. :o)

Okay, I'd best announce the winner of yesterday's Whimsy advent calendar prize. Thank you to everyone that took part in it.

That means the winner of the Soccer Connor stamp is:
Congratulations Debby,
Please could you e-mail me your address details (e mail addy is on my profile) and I'll arrange for your stamp to be sent out to you.

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Advent Calendar - Day 8 giveaway

Welcome to Day 8 of the Whimsy Advent Calendar.

How are you liking the calendar inspiration from the DT so far? Brilliant, isn't it.

Are you ready for a prize?

Today it is my turn to host the prize and I have a lovely Soccor Conner stamp to give away. This stamp is one of the handiest I have in my stamp collection for making boys cards. It's one of those stamps that you'll always be reaching for.

Okay, to win this stamp, just leave a comment on this post and tomorrow I will pick one lucky person at random to be the winner.

Here's my inspiration for you today. A little Christmas card using the Whimsy Penguin and Seal stamp.

This card has another home made background of smudged ink, I stamped some holly swirls from an Inkadinkado Christmas Border set around the edge, embossed it with the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder and stickled all the dots. The image is coloured with promarkers and some glamour dust has been added to the ice puddle. The sentiment is one of the Whimsy Holiday Circles postmarks. Then I simply matted the two pieces of paper onto some blue paper, added a ribbon and the card was made. A really easy card to make.

Don't forget that Whimsy also have a holiday card contest which is still open until 12 Dec - just click on the link on my sidebar and it'll take you to the details.

Thanks for looking and Good Luck!

Sharon xx

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Explode a card!

What a fantastic weekend this is! Why is it different from any other? Well, I have the week off from work next week - oooooh! bliss! I have lots of things planned. One of the highlights is going to see the show 'Here Comes The Girls!' Oh yes....just a little bit of Lulu, Chaka Khan and Anastasia (You bet I'll be singing my heart out! - at top volume! Everyone else should bring ear plugs, lol)

Anyway, before that I have to show you today's card. This is a DT card for the One Stop Craft Challenge, but I am also entering it into the Crafty Calendar Club challenge and the Stamp Something challenge
Okay, for the One Stop Craft Challenge, Maggie has set us the theme of 'fancy folds' - thank you so much Maggie - I love doing that. Fancy folding is a favourite of mine and today, just for a change, I've created an 'Explosion Card' which explodes when you open it.
For the Crafty Calendar Club - the theme is Winter Sparkle - yep, think I've covered that too with my glittery embossing
and for Stamp Something, they want to see Glitzy somethings. Well, we have glittery embossing and the holographic accented border I've applied too.

Right, for the One Stop Craft Challenge of a fancy fold - my explosion......this is something I saw on Create and Craft TV a while back. I am so glad that I quickly followed the instructions on the demo and saved it for a 'rainy day' (boy! are we having some of those in the UK at the moment!)

When the card is not opened, the folded paper looks like this:

and then when you open it up.........

it explodes outwards!
What a fab interior to a card! This is one of those cards that, once people have received one, gets requested again and again.
I'm not sure if people are interested in these....but if you are, just let me know by leaving a comment and if it is something that you'd all like to try I'll put some instructions together.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Lilac and Aqua Thanks

Okay, I'm starting to's already December and I haven't bought a single Christmas present yet. Why is it that I seem to get more disorganised every year? Mind you, the turkey is already on order, so we won't go hungry.
Today, I'm giving Christmas a miss - well, as far as the card making goes. For my Colour Create DT card this week I've made another 'Thank You' card for those wonderful nurses.
Our fabulous Deanne picked the colours of Lilac or Purple with Aqua, Black and White for the challenge (oooh! I love lilac and aqua together) and she gave us this picture for inspiration.
There's no optional extra this week so everyone is free to do what they want to and use anything they like. We have a couple of lovely stamps as the prize for this challenge that have been donated by:
Thanks Michelle!
I wanted to use something unique on my card again - so, you guessed it - I made a masterboard and used it as the background.
First I stamped the Hampton Art Love Fluff Large heart stamp in clear ink onto white card and heat embossed it with Stampendous Stamp'n Stuff Kaleidoscope embossing powder (it really twinkles). Then I smudged Adirondack Lights ink in Aqua and Ink It Up! Lavender ink all over the card and sprayed with a water mister. Once dry, I stamped the Debbi Moore Heart Swirl stamp in the Aqua and Lavender ink and finally stamped a few tiny hearts from the Basic Grey Love Swirl in black Stayzon.

The other stamps used are Penny Black Kindness sentiment, Woodware 'Must Have' Retro Words and the large central heart is an Anita's one.

You should see the amazing creations made by the rest of the DT - I love the way we all use slightly different shades and styles and we have everything from bold and bright to soft and subtle.
I hope you'll find time to join in again this week - and thanks to everyone for joining in the last challenge too.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Whimsy Advent Calendar and Creative Card Crew

I have a couple of announcements today.
Firstly, I am saying a sad farewell to Creative Card Crew. I have had a wonderful time helping to run the challenge and working with the really talented ladies on the design team. However, I've struggled so much to catch up with things this year that I've decided to take a bit of a break. I will really miss making my items for the challenge but it is going so strong at the moment that I know the girls will continue taking it to new heights. Thanks for all your support over the past months ladies - it was an absolute pleasure working with you all. And I wish you every success for the future.

My item today is for the fabulous Nicola's challenge at Creative Card Crew and the theme she picked is
I made a little lumineria using one of the stamps that is being offered as a prize.

For the second announcement.....
This is a double DT item because today I am helping to kick off the Whimsy Advent Calendar event.

Every day up to Christmas the Whimsy DT will be posting cards and projects for the Advent Calendar and there will be a prize given away each day.

Today it is not my turn to host the prize, but please hop over to the Whimsy site to see details of the event and a link to where the prize is.
So today you have a double chance to win a Whimsy stamp!
Two (of my favourite) stamps are the prize on Creative Card Crew and,
another stamp is the prize on the Whimsy Advent Calendar.

Good luck everyone.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx