Tuesday, 31 August 2010

A DT Call

Hi everyone. Just a short post tonight to let you all know about a DT call. If you click on the link HERE it'll take you to the post where you can find out all the details. The deadline for submissions is 12th September.

Good luck everyone!
Sharon xx

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Sweet Baby

I'm really in the cute zone today. I love this sweet image and it makes a perfect baby card. I was starting to run out of these cards so I thought I'd make a few more. Luckily, the fab colours that Dena picked for the current Colour Create Challenge are perfect. She picked

Pastel Lilac, Pastel Yellow and Pastel Mint. The optional extra is to use a doily (or a doily punch).

I'm also entering the card into the following challenges:

Friday Sketchers - the sketch
Fairy Fun Fridays - Punch it (corner punches used). Thank you ladies for picking one of my card in the top 3 last week!
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes

Items used:
Papers: Making Memories Siply Fabulous Collection - Meg
Image: Baby Blake
Prima pearls, roses and velvet leaves
Distress inks: Mustard Seed, Antique Linen and Tattered Rose
Stardust Stickles
Safety Pin brad was a RAK (it's so sweet!)

The talented Colour Create DT have made some gorgeous cards with this colour combo. Please take a look at them.

We're sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts for this challenge (She's having a summer sale at the moment!)and there is a fab £15 gift certificate to be won. So I hope you'll all join in.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Apple Hannah

Did I make this card on a grey, rainy day when I was wishing for some lovely yellow sunshine? Probably. But the reason I chose these colours are because they really remind me of school uniforms. As lots of people are getting ready to send their children back to school, that is one of the themes at the Pixie Cottage challenge today. The other part of the challenge (optional) is a lovely sketch. I had to use Apple Hannah as the image for my DT card because every good boy and girl should give their teacher an apple.

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:
Frosted Designs - Back to school challenge
The Character Cafe - Dimensional Glaze (on the boots and apples)
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Stampin' for the weekend - Anything Goes
Theme Thursday - Children

Items used:
Image: Pixie Cottage, Apple Hannah
Papers: Tim Holtz and Laura Ashley
Prima flowers
Distress inks: Mustard Seed, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Black Soot, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick Red, Brushed Corduroy
Glossy Accents
Ribbon from stash.

The rest of the Pixie Cottage DT have really gone to town on their back to school makes; I think they were a bit inspired by the non-card creations from the last challenge. There are some fabulous things that they have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Fancy a cuppa?

Now this really is different. I've been scratching my head for ages trying to think of something different to make. So after a stroll around a few craft sites and ending up at one particular one, I finally found what I'd been searching for. A new digi template!

This make is for the One Stop Craft Challenge where I had the pleasure of setting the theme for this week, and I picked:

Not A Card

Luckily, there are a few other challenges that I can enter this make into too.

Stampin' for the weekend - Anything Goes

Polka Doodles - Vintage (this looks a bit vintage to me)

Paper Cutz - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp - Make a gift

Stamp Something - August Digi Day (a digital template was used)

Items Used:
Waltzing Mouse digi template
Ivory Linen Card Stock
Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Stayzon Saddle Brown Ink
Kanban Autumn Silhouettes Clear Stamp Swirl

Please take a look at the fab non-card creations that the rest of the talented OSCC design team have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Trick or Treat?

Isn't this image a little beauty? This is one of the new stamps at the Pixie Cottage store and it's called Pumpkin Fairy Hannah. She's one of those images that was crying out for a little glitter. Okay, let's face it, at the moment most images make me want to use glitter, but the sparkles from the wand just had to be glitzed up. Today is not a card. In fact the Pixie challenge includes a sketch and/or anything but a card as the themes. I didn't quite manage to get the full sketch, but the not a card option is covered because this is a chocolate bar wrapper. Now what a nice way that is to treat the kiddies at Halloween.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Stamp Something - Fairy tale somethings (all good fairy tales have a fairy)

Secret Crafter - What are little girls made of? (Chocolate of course!!)

Lili of the Valley - Four Seasons - (oops! did they forget Autumn?)

Creative Card Crew - Sparkle and Shine

The Prairie Fairy - Inspiration photo from which I used the colours.

One Stitch At A Time - pack a punch

Items used:
Pumpkin Fairy Hannah image
DCWV The Linen Closet 8x8 papers
Prima Flowers Innosence Honeysuckle
Hobbycraft leaf punch
Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks
White ribbon

I hope you'll all stop by the challenge and take a look at what my talented teamies have created this week. We'd love to see you joining in too.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Home, Sweet Home

It's going to be a much shorter post today. There are no instructions or template to share today - just a card. This card has been made for my youngest daughter who has recently moved into a new flat. It's her birthday today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIOBHAN! I wish I'd remembered to photograph her birthday card. doh! It was a mad creation! I used a stamp of her favourite film star, Audrey Hepburn, and gave it an Andy Warhol treatment. Hope she liked it.

Today's card is my DT creation for the Colour Create Challenge where our fab Julie has given us the most gorgeous combination of colours to use

IVORY, DUCK EGG BLUE and ONE OTHER COLOUR FROM THE INSPIRATION PICTURE (hop over to the blog to see the picture).

The optional extra she chose was SHABBY CHIC. Well this is definitely shabby, and it's more distressed than chic, but I like it.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away - Favourite Things (Glimmer Mist)
Wild Orchid Challenge - One For The Girls

The winner of the Colour Create Challenge this week will receive 2 of the brand new Pixie Cottage Stamps. Please visit the challenge blog for some awesome inspiration from the incredibly talented design team.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Pyramid Card With Instructions / Template

I've seen these little pyramid boxes around so I decided to make my own template for one and also turn it into a card. I'm sharing these instructions/template with you all today (well, we all love freebies, don't we?).

This is my DT card for the Pixie Cottage challenge. I've used the sketch in the centre of this creation and the other optional part of the challenge is to use fancy folds. Hmm...maybe I stretched that a bit because this is more fancy cutting than folding.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

A Pocket Full Of Posies - All That Glitters (Lots of glitter on the image)
Charisma Cardz - Teddy Bears
Crafty Cardmakers - Birthdays
Ohh La LA Creations - Spots and Dots
Rosie D's Challenge - More than one fold (I took the challenge ladies and I actually have 8)
Stamp Something - Inspiration photo (I went with the birthday theme and the pink colours plus the triangles echo the hat shape)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Pretty In Pink

I think this actually works as a card. I propped it up by folding the top triangle backwards - kind of like a reverse easel card. But if you don't like the card look, the instructions and template work for a pyramid box as well.

I've used the Baby Maisy image in my creation today.

Here are the instructions.

Take a 12" piece of cardstock and draw (very lightly in pencil) lines at 4" and 8" across the top and down the side. This gives you 9 4"square boxes.

In each of the outside middle boxes draw (very lightly again) lines from the central square corners to the 6" mark on the outside edges. That creates the triangles.

Next, on 2 of the triangles draw some little flaps like this:

Now score the lines shown in red

And finally cut the shape out around the blue lines. Rub out any pencil lines with an eraser.


To close the box/card, add eyelets at the top of all the triangles and feed ribbon or fibres through them. It is best to close the 2 sides with the flaps first and then close the other 2 sides.

Hope you find this useful. Don't forget to pop over to the Pixie Cottage Challenge to see all the fantastic fancy folding that my fellow teamies have done.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Monday, 9 August 2010

Thank You and More Candy

Well, I haven't quite dropped off the face of the earth, and I finally have a couple of cards to show later this week. I thought I would pop on here now to say 'Thank You' to a couple of challenges and let you all know about some candy that you could all be in a chance of winning.
The 'Thank You's' go to Crafty Ann's Challenge blog and the Crafts and Me challenge for picking two of my cards in their top 3. Thank you so much; it is a real honour.
Now for the candy. Michelle is running some candy throughout August with a chance for 2 people to win. Pop over to the blog to see what you need to do - those new stamps she has are fantastic!

See you later this week.
Sharon xx