Sunday, 31 January 2010

Magnolia Multi-Challenge Card

As I'm sat here typing this post the sun is streaming through the windows - it really makes you feel good to see the sun, doesn't it? I love it. Okay, it may not be sunny when the post pops up; (it is Saturday morning now and I'm scheduling this for tomorrow) but it is glorious now.

Another reason to be cheerful is that I've had the time to make a birthday card for the Just Magnolia challenge, and on top of that, it fits 6 other challenges too (that's an absolute record for me!).

So I'm entering this card into:
Just Magnolia - Hearts and Flowers
Just Christmas and Birthday cards - the sketch (this is a birthday card)
Stamp Something - Delightfully Delicious Somethings (mmmm, look at that gingerbread!)
Cute Card Thursday - Blooming Gorgeous
A Spoonfull Of Sugar- Anything Goes

I had a fantastic time with distress inks on this card. I attacked paper edges, added distress ink swirls, stamped the sentiment in it, hit the flowers with some and water coloured the image in distress inks too. Distress ink overload alert! :D

Items used:
Bearly Mine Papers
Prima Hydrangeas
Magnolia Image
Whimsy Stamps sentiment
Basic Grey swirl stamps
Crystal Stickles, gold wire, gold thread, pearls, crackle glaze, Glimmer Mist (gold), InkEssential pen and Pearls from my stash.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Make It Personal - A bag, a card and a keepsake

Good morning everyone. I have so much to show you today....a bag, a card and a keepsake card. The keepsake was for the wedding that happened last weekend, and the bag and card are for someone who's birthday I missed. What a bad person I am...fancy missing someones birthday! How can we card makers do that? Do you know.......I keep diaries, and reminders all over the place - yet still I miss one or two birthdays. Shocking, isn't it?.

Anyway, the challenge today at the One Stop Craft Challenge is to 'Make It Personal'. So all the items today fit the bill.

My first 2 makes I am also entering into the Cupcake challenge - a matching set
Both items I am entering into the PixiDust Studio - 3d makes
The Keepsake make will be a second entry into:
My Time To Craft - Elegant Roses (what a bridal bouquet of roses I have on that one).
Crafty Creations - Celebration (a wedding)

This first set is a My Timeless Templates by Lauren Meader bag and a card that was inspired by the beautiful makes of Sarita (boy - I wish I could make something to her standard! You really should take a look at her incredibly inspiring cards).

For this set I made the black and white paper using the same Laura Ashley stamp that I used embossed on yesterday's creation. I love this stamp; it can be dramatic or subtle, but I mostly use it in a dramatic way.

The card stock is from the papermill (Teal), Laura Ashley Stamp, the pearls are also from the papermill (Mark Richards 3mm self adhesive pearls - I LOVE these). The sentiment is a See D's and the butterfly punch is a hobby craft one.

My next make is a keepsake that the bride's mother asked me to make for her. Love them or hate them, it is a bookatrix.

I wanted to do something a bit different from the normal bookatrix's that I make, so I made this one into a card.

and here is the inside.

We're sponsored by Di today at the One Stop Craft Challenge and she has been SO generous! Take a look at the number of downloads that she is offering to the winner of this week's challenge! While you are there, have a look at the fantastic makes by the rest of our talented design team...and also browse around Di's store(she has some fab images).

I hope that you will all find time to join us again this week.

Thanks for looking

Sharon xx

Friday, 29 January 2010

Let's Emboss

Today my card is a DT card for Frosted Designs and I'm also entering it into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Blooming Gorgeous (my flower combo)
Crafty Creations - Celebrate (this is celebrating friendship)
The theme for today's Frosted Designs challenge is Embossing.
I made the background paper using a Laura Ashley stamp which I inked up with watermark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The other embossing on this card uses the cuttlebug swirls folder. The image and sentiment have also been heat embossed. I used promarkers to colour and the Martha Stewart Doiley Lace punch. All the other bits n pieces were lying around my craft room.

Please pop over to see what the other talented girls have made; there are some fabulous makes .....and we'd love to see some of you entering this challenge if you can.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Two for the price of one!

Well, I didn't have time to post a card last night (still too poorly) so to make up for it today, here are two cards. Our fantastic Jo at the Colour Create Challenge has given us the most wonderful colour combination to work with.

Soft Pink, Soft Blue, White and Silver.


The cards made by the rest of the uber talented DT are wonderful. Take a look here!

I know the blue is a little strong on this first card but as soon as I saw what the colours were for this week, I knew I just had to use this image. It's adorable! I think I was a little rough with the distress ink on the sky but all in all I'm pleased with this card. I left it without a sentiment because I'm not sure if it'll be used for an engagement, anniversary or valentines card. I'm just keeping the options open. :o)

My second card uses one of the images from the sponsor of this week's challenge ( When I saw this one I just knew it had to be a kissy, kissy, pucker up....MWAH! card.

I've used the layout from Sketch Saturday for this card - just rotated it by 90 degrees.

So I'm entering it into that challenge.

Thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

I'm back!

YAY! I'm back in the land of the living again - well just about. This is just a quick apology to friends, DT colleagues and challenge entrants to say sorry I've been too poorly to comment over the past few days. BUT....I have a HUGE cup of tea beside me (in a Latte cup) and a box of tissues, and I'm all settled in to start the catch-up now. You never know....if I manage to catch up with everything I may even be back later with a card. :o)
Sharon xx

Monday, 25 January 2010

Simon Says - Punch it!

I'm scheduling this post from my sickbed. Yep, I succumbed to a rotten cold and feel weak so I've had to take to my bed. I'm sure I'll be back to normal in a day or two and it's just one of those winter things. Luckily we have a laptop and I had some cards made for this week so I can carry on publishing things for this week.

When I saw that the Simon Says Stamp Challenge had a theme of Punch It!! It gave me the inspiration I needed to make the final card for the wedding that happened Saturday. I was completely stuck for something different to do before that. Now the wedding is over I can show this card to you.

All the leaves and flowers on the horseshoe (except the prima roses) are made with punches. The bride's dress was ivory, so I used a pearlised paper to punch the shapes and also used it as the backing. I added the bride and groom's initials each side of the sentiment. The easel card shape is a perfect way to display a lucky horseshoe.

I'm entering this into:

La-La Land Crafts - fancy folds

Items Used:

Pearlised paper

Hobby Art sentiment stamp embossed in silver tinsel.

Woodware punches (a blue one with retro flower shaped mini flowers (it punches 5 different sizes in one go) and 2 yellow ones)

Strings of pearl beads

Prima e-line pearls

Heart pin



There is still one day left to enter the Simon Says Stamp Challenge DT call if you are interested!

Thanks for looking

Sharon xx

Sunday, 24 January 2010

It's a Snowball Fight!


SPLAT!!! I wasn't quick enough. You got me!

Welcome to the Snickerdoodles Kids Collection Snowball Fight! And the name of the new image that I'm sharing with you today is ......"Ready, Set, Duck!" What a brilliant name for this little beauty. The little girl is called Janice and she will be used on a lot of my cards next Christmas because I love her cheeky face.

Yes, Whimsy Stamps have launched a new collection of stamps today and we're having a snowball fight to celebrate.

If your snowball was thrown from Deb's blog you're on track and Deb's blog is also the start of this snowball fight.

There are LOADS of prizes to be won.

The big prize is a $50 gift certificate to shop at the Whimsy store. WOW! How generous is that!

There will be 3 chances to win one of the new collection of stamps from some of the DT. It's a surprise as to who will give a stamp away so be sure to leave a comment on all their blogs to be in with a chance.

Finally, there will be a fun game posted in the SNR Whimsy group page where there could be the chance of winning some more prizes.

I'm also entering this card into the Secret Crafter Challenge where the picture they have for inspiration uses the same colours as my card.

Are you ready to throw another snowball?

Take your aim and throw one at STACEY

This snowball fight runs from Sunday 24th January to Saturday 30th January at noon EST ( UK time)

Items used:
Whimsy Stamps 'Ready, Set, Duck!' Image
PaperMania Contemporary Christmas papers
The Paper Mill 'Purple Grape' card
Prima Poinsettia and leaves
Inkadinkadoo Christmas Borders
Glamour Dust
Polar White Flowersoft
Inkessentials White Pen

Thanks for looking .... and Good Luck with the prizes!
Sharon xx

A Sneak Peek

It's a busy weekend on this blog. Two cards posted yesterday (isn't the Wings of Hope image gorgeous???)'s a sneak peek of another new image. Hope you can pop back at 5 p.m. UK time today to join in the fun of an event and see the full image.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Whimsy 'Wings of Hope' for Haiti

Whimsy stamps are helping Haiti.

This special "Wings of Hope" digital stamp, illustrated by Crissy Armstrong, is being released by Whimsy Stamps and will only be available to purchase in digital form from now until the end of February. This "Wings of Hope" image will be sold for $4 and all proceeds from the sales of this digital image will be sent to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Please help us help the people of Haiti by purchasing this limited edition digital image.

WOW! What a totally gorgeous image this is! I can't make a card without entering it into a challenge now, can I? .....And it'll help more people see this image.
So this one is for the Basic Grey challenge where the theme is Animals. I've used the Basic Grey Porcelain pad for the background.

I hope you'll be inspired by the cards that the Whimsy DT have created with this special image and decide to purchase it too. It's great to know that your money is going to a good cause, isn't it?
I have links to the other Whimsy DT members' blogs on my sidebar so please go take a look at what they have made; their work is awesome!
Make sure you pop over to Chrissy's blog - there is a surprise over there!

If you'd like to purchase this digital image you can do so here (click on new products).

I hope you like my golden creation. Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Love and Kisses

I'm back to cute again today and I'm back with bright colours. Hope you haven't hidden your sunglasses away for the winter because you may need them for this card ;o) This is my little bit of sunshine in mid winter and we could probably all do with a bit of that.
The theme for today is 'LOVE and HUGS'. Thanks for picking such a wonderful theme for the One Stop Craft Challenge Shelley; it was brilliant to work with. Mind you, I did have a panic attack moment rummaging through my images for something to fit the theme, but I found this Stamping Bella one and it fits the bill perfectly.
I'm also going to enter this into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - Hearts and Flowers
and it's going to make a second entry for me into:
Creative Belli Blog - Hearts (I have more hearts on this card than on the previous one)
The papers are from the Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush' pad. I've used various flowers (Prima, Hobby Craft and I can't remember where the smaller ones were from). Martha Stewart punch. Dried Marigold distress ink, Promarkers and other bits from my stash.
The other girls on the DT have made some amazing cards this week; they really are a talented lot! (and they are keeping me on my toes!) ;o) Please take a look at their work here.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 22 January 2010

Frosted Chipped Love

Wow! This week has flown by so quickly! It's been hectic at work and hectic at home too, which is always good because you don't get the chance to get bored. I have a really hectic weekend coming up too, with a wedding and several outings but I still have some crafty makes ready for next week.

Today is my debut, along with all the other new DT members, at Frosted Designs. I must say a big "thanks" to Meg and Jamie for picking me for their DT and "Hi" to all the other girls. I'll be along to see what you've all created later today because this post will go live whilst I'm leaving for work.
Today's challenge is CHIPBOARD. We'd like to see people using chipboard on their creations.
I did say that one or two of the challenges would take me outside my comfort zone, didn't I? This was one of them because I don't think I've ever used chipboard on my cards.
I'm also entering it into:
Crafty Ann's Challenge - embossing (I've got embossed paper on the bottom)
Creative Belli Blog - Hearts (The heart shaped Pin)
PolkaDoodles Challenge - Love (sentiment 'With Love'.....I may be too late for that challenge though)

I think you can see that the chipboard I've used are the paisley shapes. These were completely undecorated and a greyish colour when I started. So, I painted them with white acrylic paint and whilst that was still wet, I took a swirly background stamp and stamped into the acrylic paint. This gives an indented impression of the swirls - kind of like reverse heat embossing.
When the paint was dry, I used a promarker to colour in the indented lines. The chipboards were finished off with a little glossy accent. To complete the card the papers were slightly roughed up at the edges and sewn, pleated a satin ribbon and used lots of flowers and pearls.
This shot should show how 3d the flowers are. Sorry it's a but dark (still need some photography lessons).
Please take a look at what the rest of the incredibly talented DT have made There is bound to be everything from cards to scrap pages - so, something for everyone.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Untamed Love

Well, here I am, back again. It looks like I really have managed to get back into the swing of things at last. I'd almost forgotten what fun it is to make so many cards and enter lots of challenges.
My card today uses a stamp called 'Untamed Love' (what a fab name that is! and a gorgeous stamp) and I'm entering it into a couple of challenges:
Allsorts Challenge wants to see the colour combo of Pink and Brown
Crazy for Challenges is the sketch layout I used (I rotated it by 90 degrees)
It's my first time entering both of these challenges.
Sorry - there are two pics again. The top one shows the true colours and the bottom one picks up the stickles. I really should take a photography course!

Items Used
Papermania The Big One paper
Sentiment stamped using some tiny individual letter stamps
Whimsy Stamps 'Untamed Love' stamp
Oval nesties
Stamping Up! Slot punch
X-cut punch flowers
Leone Em Ash Branch punch (I cut the leaves up into smaller pieces to fit the flower size)
Bling gems
Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A little bit of fun!

Here's a card that I made as a little bit of fun. I adore this image but it always gets coloured up in greens and browns, so when I saw:
I just had to try this l'il dragon coloured up in pink and enter those challenges.
Awww....I think it looks so sweet!

I've had to take a shot with a bit of sunshine on it to show the stickles on the dragon and the 'K' in the sentiment. Luckily it also picked up some of the layers too. My cards always look so flat when I take the photo from in front but there is always at least one or two things that stick up.
Items used:
Now That's Funky CD - backing paper
Grey card was coloured up with my promarkers (to match the image)
Sleeping Dragon by Funstamps
Distress inks Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick
Everything else was from my stash.

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx

Monday, 18 January 2010

A Whiff of Bells

I've resorted to blue again for today's card, but most of the cards this week will use totally different colours. This is a three challenge card and I'm entering it into:
Whiff of Joy - the incredible sketch layout
ABC Christmas - B is for Bells
Stamp Something - the colour combo of blue and white. I've taken a second photo when the sun was shining to show the shadows on the layers., but it didn't quite pick up all the stickles I added.
Items Used:
Brazill Basics card
Bearly Mine CD paper
Image WOJ Charlotte Riding Reindeer
Sentiment Docrafts Stamp
Border Inkadinkadoo Christmas Borders
Hobbycraft ribbon, punches
Stickles and Promarkers

Rightie ho - that is two Christmas cards in the box now. I'm feeling all ahead of myself.
I have some exciting news to share with you today. I will very shortly (this Friday) begin a DT slot with Frosted Designs. Their DT call really appealed to me because it mentioned making different things using different products and techniques each week. Well, anyone that knows me knows that I love to do new stuff whenever I can. We have some amazing challenges coming up in the next 3 months and I know one or two of them will take me out of my comfort zone - maybe not too far out of the comfort zone, but it won't a 45 min creation for me. I hope you'll pop back on Friday to see what I created for them, and I also hope that you'll get time to join in some of the challenges.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Simon Says....Shabby Chic

How could I resist entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week when they have such a fantastic theme as Shabby Chic? I couldn't. This is one of my all time favourite styles of card and I have so much fun making them.

I know I don't often show these cards on my blog, but that is only because I like to use sentiment stamps on the front and unfortunately I don't own lots of those. I'd hate to bore you with the same sentiments all the while. However, I'm in the middle of making lots of wedding cards at the moment and I'd splashed out on this little beauty of a stamp. I thought this stamp would be really handy for weddings, engagements, valentines and anniversaries.

I've kept this card pretty clean for some reason. Normally I distress the flowers, leaves and papers, but I thought the roughed up edges, the inked lace and the shabby, loose sewing was enough to hit the shabby chic look.

Items used:
Burgundy card stock
Paper Cellar Victorian Burgundy papers
Inca Stamp Co. Love Poem stamp
Prima e-line pearls
Prima Painterly Petals Hydrangeas
McGill Pine Branch Punch
Embroidery thread, lace, inks and organza ribbon from my stash

The Simon Says Stamp Challenge are running a DT call at the moment and it closes on Tuesday 26th January. Have you all entered? If you haven't, head over there now.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Fancy Edges and Corners

I promised my next cards wouldn't be blue, didn't I? And I've stuck to it for today and tomorrow at least. I won't make any promises for Monday because I haven't made that card yet. The majority of my crafting gets completed at the weekends and I maybe finish one or two cards during the week. But hey! I've managed a card every day this week!

We have some really exciting news today at the One Stop Craft Challenge. There are 4 new DT members! These girls are fabulous, not only in their creations but they are also such fun and enthusiastic people. I'm really going to enjoy working with them.

A warm welcome goes out to the talented (in alphabetical order):
Itzuvit and
Please pop along to their blogs to view their lovely work and say Hi while you are there.

This week I set the challenge and I'd love to see:
fancy edges and corners.

Please interpret this theme as you'd like.

My card is a simple baby card. For the fancy edges I've used the Martha Stewart heart border punch, and the nesties also have a fancy edge. I've added some embossed hearts to the corners (a Debbi Moore stamp) and cut the corners away.

The main image is a Personal Impressions stamp and for a bit of textural interest I used the swiss dots cuttlebug folder.

Hop on over to the challenge to see the fab cards made by the rest of our extended design team. The girls have some fabulous inspiration for you.

Shelley has donated a wonderful prize of a selection of scrapbook papers worth £10 - so why not join in the challenge if you have time.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 15 January 2010

Papertake with Promarkers

Did you spot the (deliberate) mistake yesterday? I only spotted it when I came to post this card........ and I promise that this will be the last blue card on my blog for a few days. I seem to have got in a crafting loop recently...just reaching for blue papers all the time.
Right, what was that deliberate mistake? Yesterday's card wasn't for the Papertake Weekly Challenge - This one is!!! DOH! Sorry ladies but I was a dipstick.
Okay, so today's card is for the
Papertake Weekly Challenge - where I have actually used their fab sketch, and
Passion for ProMarkers - Cool Aqua and Cocoa (first time I've entered that challenge)

I think almost everything came out of my stash today. The papers were from my stash - one was a RAK and the aqua one was from the bearly mine CD. The image was another RAK; she's lovely to colour up with ProMarkers. The sentiment is a Whispers one. Thanks to my Secret Santa for the cool metal flower centre!!!
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Summer Day Emma

I said it would be a week of opposites, didn't I. After the full on distressing yesterday I'm back with clean lines and a sweet image. I wish it was summer as depicted in the image on my card because, even though it looks pretty, I'm getting a little fed up with the snow now. Brrrrr! Roll on those balmy summer days.

Today it is Colour Create day and the lovely Chris has picked a gorgeous colour combo for us. The colours are KRAFT, BLUE and WHITE with an optional extra of texture.

I'm also entering this card into:
the Papertake weekly challenge because I used their wonderful sketch as a basis for the card.
The Cupcake Craft Challenge - this week's theme is girly (I think my image is lovely and girly) I have opposites in my texture too. Softness in the flowersoft, organza and the fluffy fibre. Hardness in the metal charm & pearls, scratchiness in the stickles and bumpiness in the embossing.

I'd seen a brilliant tutorial in this month's Craft Stamper Magazine on grungepaper roses. I don't have any grungepaper but I thought I'd try the technique out on normal white card, with distress inks, glimmer mist and a flower stamp. Here is the result.
The challenge is sponsored by the Rubber Room and there is a $20 Canadian to be won to spend in their store.
Please look at the fantastic cards made by the design team. Those girls just keep on amazing me with their beautiful work every challenge.

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different

With that title on my post, I wonder how many of you will spend the rest of the day with the Monty Python theme tune in your head. I know I probably will.
I'm going to enter my card into a few challenges:
PaperPlay Challenge - Precious metals
Frosted Designs - Ink Challenge

Today's card is not just a step away from my normal 'style''s a giant leap! I thought I would really give my distress inks a work-out, and at the same time try out a different style of card. To say I'm nervous about posting pictures of this card is an understatement. But here we go.
Shocked? I was. I know I've over embellished (or wrongly embellished) this but for a first attempt I was bound to get something wrong. That's the way I learn; I give it a go and see what I did wrong, then try not to do the wrong things again.
However, my eldest daughter absolutely loves this card and she wants it for one of her friends - so it can't be that bad.

I have to show a close-up of the dragonfly wings. I love the effect on them but you may need to zoom the picture to see it properly. This is what you get if you use crackle glaze and whilst it is still wet, use a heat gun until it starts to bubble.
I won't begin to list the items I used on this card - there are far too many.

Thanks for looking, and if you have any hints or tips for this style of card I will gladly receive them because I'm sure I will try this style again.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

An Angel for Amelia

This year I am going to try really, really hard to 'Get Ahead and Stay Ahead'. For me, that means making sure I have all my family cards made in plenty of time - because I always make them at the last minute and they end up really rushed. It also means trying to get ahead with my DT items. Let's hope I can keep to this throughout 2010.
So, here is my first family Christmas card for 2010 and I'm entering it into two challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for Angel
Sketch Saturday - the sketch layout

A is for Angel and it's also for our angel of a granddaughter Amelia. I had to make something soft and girly for her so an angel and this colour scheme was perfect. I made a few of my own backgrounds for last Christmas and this was one that I had put aside for something special but I didn't get round to using it. I think it suits the heavenly WOJ angel so well.

I had to take 2 photos (sorry). The top one hopefully shows a bit of the glitz in the stickles on the image and the crystal embossing powder I used on the border stamping around the edge of the card.
This second one may just show a few shadows for the layers. Why is it that I just can't get both things in one photograph?

Right, that's one family card where should I store it so that I don't lose it between now and Christmas??

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 11 January 2010

ABC and Penny Black

It's going to be a busy week on my blog because I had lots of time to craft over the weekend so I have made a card for almost every day. It's going to be a week of opposites too because some cards are simple with clean lines and others are fussy and have lots of distressing.

The card I have to show today is for two challenges:

Penny Black Challenge - the sketch layout
ABC - L is for layering.

I kept the embellishments really simple and sparse on this card because I thought the layers would be covered up if I added to much to the lovely sketch.
Just for a change I made a tent card. The papers are from the Paper Cellar. Penny Black image is called Surprise. The leaves have been made from the petals of one of those enormous bloom flowers and the roses were from Hobbycraft. The sentiment is Papermania, ribbons and stickles were from my stash. The distress ink I used for the edges of the papers is Shabby Shutters.
It's funny, but now that the card is finished I feel like I need to add something else to it....but I am restraining myself from doing so because I'll only spoil it.
Thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Whimsy Blog Hop

For the Whimsy 'Come Ride With Us' blog hop please click HERE

A night at the movies

I've done my bit to make people laugh in the snow...well anyone that was in Winchester at 9.10am on Thursday morning by the traffic lights on Jury Street near the theatre will have had a massive giggle. Yep, you guessed it, I had a Charlie Chaplin moment on the ice; both feet flew up in front of me, I was horizontal in the air for a few seconds before my whole body slammed down onto the pavement. (blush!) Luckily I've escaped with only a few bruises and a massively bruised composure. lol! Needless to say, I'm staying indoors now.
But, the upshot of the story is that I was too stiff and sore to finish off my creation for the One Stop Craft Challenge. Our lovely Maggie has provided the excellent theme of:
A night at the movies
So I decided to make both a card and a popcorn container but the card remains unfinished on my desk, and I didn't venture out to buy the popcorn. Thanks for this theme Maggie; it was such fun to work with.
I'm also going to enter this into the My Time To Craft challenge because their theme is 'Blue and Brown'
I think it is more luck than anything else that the popcorn container looks about the right shape because I didn't have a template to follow. The striped pattern is actually pale blue and brown but the photo has made it look brown and white. The image is something I found in my clip art files. The tags and tickets were made from blank ones on the Bearly Mine CD.
Shelley has given us this fabby Popcorn Bear stamp for the winner of this week's challenge. I used this stamp on my DT card last week.

Please take a look at the creative ways that the rest of the DT have interpreted the theme this week; they made me smile.

And a big thank you to everyone that entered our DT call. Watch out for some new talent joining us in the coming weeks.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Blue 'Sweet' Heart

It looks like I am getting back into the swing of things this year, even if I'm not up to top speed yet. Hopefully it won't be too long before I have a card to post nearly every day.
Today's card is for the Spoon Full Of Sugar Challenge where the theme this week is HEARTS. There are Hearts galore on my card - but you will need to look at the inside to find the sweet element.

I thought I'd make a male Valentine card, but I think this one has ended up being a little too 'fussy' for a man. Well, you know what they are like. On the inside I've added the 'sweet' element of the little birds.
Here's an 'artistic' shot of the heart on the front. I was trying to show the layers and the curving of the sentiment.

Once again I've made my own backing paper using a mixture of heart stamps.
Hope you're all having a good week and that those of you in the UK are keeping warm in the snowy weather.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 4 January 2010

Mojo Monday with Spotlight Potential

Hi Folks. Well I won't quite say that normal service has resumed on my blog, but I do intend to do a few more things than just DT work this week. So tonight I set aside time to enter a couple of challenges.
I took the wonderful sketch from Mojo Monday
and teamed it with the theme on Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential (Calendars)
to come up with this calendar of love!

I also couldn't wait to use my free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine so that has made an appearance as the image.
The paper is home made again, using a few of my heart shaped stamps in white emboss, pink and red ink. These were stamped onto pastel pink paper which I had distressed with Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Ink (Thanks to my Secret Santa!). The punch is Martha Stewart and the brads are Papermania.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Come Ride With Us!

Come take a carousel ride with us and see the brand new Carousel Horse Collection stamps released by Whimsy Stamps.

To celebrate the new release the Whimsy DT are holding a come ride with us blog hop with a fab candy prize at the end of it.

If you've landed here from Sue's blog you are exactly where you should be.

If you'd like to start from the very beginning, then hop on the carousel ride over at Chrissy's Blog

Oh WOW!!!!! Do I love this new line of carousel horse stamps from Whimsy stamps? You bet I do! They are so gorgeous! Chrissy is such an incredible artist and I can't wait to see what other carousel horses she comes up with for this collection, which will celebrate holidays and seasons throughout the year.

I'm entering my cards into some challenges too. Please see the bottom of my post for that info.

But there is more news from Whimsy stamps.........

We have 2 new DT members Crystal Irwin and Maddy Hill and 2 new Event Designers; Sue Morris and Janna Sicard. A huge welcome to you all ladies. You are so talented that you will be such an asset to the design team.

Also......the lovely Bev Rochester is staying on as our Special Guest Designer for a little while longer. That is fantastic too.

And, all the other designers that joined the Whimsy team around the time that I did have all agreed to stay with Whimsy for the next 6 months. Phew! Did I forget anything?

For my first card using the Winter Carousel horse I kept the layout really simple because I wanted the image to do all the work and be the whole focus. It is coloured with promarkers and I've used glamour dust for a bit of bling and polar white flowersoft for the trim on the horses coat.

The way I've coloured this reminds me of the 'My Little Pony' that one of my daughters used to have. That one was lilac with a purple mane and tail. :)

My second card is one that I will keep for next Christmas. Well, it's never too early to start making our Christmas cards is it? This time I used a blue white and silver colour scheme.

The polar white flowersoft really adds a nice texture to the trim and snowflakes.

Okay, do you want to see what you can win as a prize for the blog candy at the end?
The candy consists of:
1 of each of the new stamp sets. That gives you 2 main image stamps and 4 accessory stamps
an assorted packet of 6 x 6 papers
spool of ribbons
misc. embellishments

You can purchase the new stamps here.

Good luck everyone. This hop is open until midday EST on 9th Jan 2010 (That's 5 p.m. UK time).

And your next stop on the carousel ride is:

I'm entering these cards into the following challenges:

My time to craft - Anything goes

Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes (Hi girls!)

Stamp Something - something new (new stamps and the blue/silver star ribbon has not been used yet)

Crafty Ann's Challenge - Be inspired by something new (new stamps)
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - New (New stamps)

Crafty Calendar Club - Keeping Warm (the horse is cosy and warm in it's coat)

Charisma Cardz - Celebrations (Christmas is a celebration)

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx