Saturday, 27 February 2010

Tim Holtz and Tilda are Optimistically Pink

Today I'm using the Tilda stamp which was in the prize I won from the Basic Grey Challenge. She is gorgeous! I've also used 2 more of my new Tim Holtz stamps. Normally I wouldn't think of using Tim's stamps with Tilda but on this card they just seem to work together.

This is my DT card for the OSCC where the amazing Itzuvit has chosen the theme of:

Get Optimistically Pink

As pink is an optimistic colour the brief was to have pink on your creation.

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:

Basic Grey Challenge - Colours: Maroon, Pink and Lemon
Paperplay Challenge - For A Mother
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Distress inks (Tilda is coloured with them, used on the butterflies and the tickets and leaves are stamped in them)
Crafty Catz - Ribbon and a fancy edge (fancy edges - the line of tickets and the nesties)

Items Used:
Papers: Basic Grey
Burgundy Card Stock
Image: Magnolia Berry Tilda
Tim Holtz Tickets and Pine Branch stamps
Woodware Must Have Retro Words (the sentiment)
Distress inks: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Aged Mahogany, Frayed Burlap, Black Soot, Worn Lipstick
Charm from Whimsy Stamps
Woodware Butterfly punch
Mark Richards Pearls
Stamping Up! Slot Punch
Ribbon and various flowers from my stash.

Please pop over to see the beautifully optimistic pink creations from the rest of the talented design team and I hope you'll be able to join us this week.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 26 February 2010

Your Love Shines Through

Well, talk about the 11th hour! I almost didn't have a card ready for today's Frosted Designs challenge. Honestly, I've been hunting high and low for my mojo all week, but the little devil has been playing hide and seek! I could hear it giggling away like a naughty little kiddie, but I just couldn't find it. Mind you, I think that choccie biccie I put on my craft desk did the trick and coaxed it out just long enough to make this card. :D

Today's Frosted Designs challenge is to incorporate your own handwriting into your project. I had high hopes of creating a written background or a fantastic tag, but in the end a couple of small hearts won out.

Of course, I'm going to enter this into a few challenges too.

Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon-tastic (threaded through the lace)
C.R.A.F.T - Ribbons and Sparkle (ribbon in the lace, glamour dust on the hearts and image, and sparkly tiny beading trim)
Crafty Creations - Cut it out and pop it up (the flower)

Items Used:
Papers - DCWV, Basic Grey and Now That's Funky CD
White and Grey card stock
Image - Penny Black
Hearts - X Cut die
Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood
Glamour Dust, Lace, Beading trim, Pink beads, Ribbon, and flowers from my stash

Hop on over to the Frosted Designs challenge blog for more inspiration from the talented DT on creative ways to incorporate your own handwriting into your projects.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Colour Create...And My Blog Candy Winner

Hi everyone. Well, I sort of fell of the face of the earth for a couple of days, didn't I? Sorry about that but real life things have kind of taken over at the moment. Anyway, I'm back today with my blog candy winner and my Colour Create card.

I won't keep you in suspense over who has won those gorgeous Whimsy carousel horse stamps and the charms....... The winner is:

Rachel (Allsorts and Everything)

Congratulations Rachel. Would you contact me by the e mail address on my profile and I'll arrange for the goodies to be sent to you.

As usual, I'm entering my card into a few challenges:

Friday Sketchers - the Sketch I followed
Saturday Spotlight - Do the Mess Around (Distressing)
Stamp with fun - Stitching
The Corrosive Challenge - Wings
A Spoonfull of Sugar - distress inks
Simon Says Stamp - Vintage with flowers

Before I get to my card, I have to say a fond farewell to two of my Colour Create teamies who it has been an honour and privilege to work with for the past year. Sadly, Jo and Chris are stepping down from the DT. They have both been fantastic friends (both of them have saved my bacon at least once!), have worked so hard and supported me with the challenge and well, you all know how amazing and inspirational their creations have been! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for blessing the challenge with your talents ladies. I wish you good luck and every success for the future. You really will be missed, but I'm sure we'll all pop over to see each other from time to time.

Okay, on to my card. This is my DT card for Colour Create Challenge where our wonderful Janiel has chosen the colours Red, Black and Off White with the optional extra of Silver or Pewter Brads.

We are sponsored by Whimsy stamps today and there is a $15 gift certificate for the prize.

I just had to use one of the new Whimsy Mythical Collection stamps for my card. This is Water Lily. Isn't she gorgeous? She has been designed by Katie Sowa. The sentiment is also from the Whimsy collection designed by Ann (Raindropecho). This one is from the Oval Snippets.

Items Used:
Whimsy Stamps Image and Sentiment
Bearly Mine Papers
Silver Papermania brads
Distress inks: Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Black Soot
Peg stamp lily
All the other bits and pieces were from my stash.

Don't forget that some of the Colour Create DT will also be drawing their CC Birthday candy today, so hop over to their blogs to see who has won. Don't forget to stop off at the challenge blog either because there are more winners on there and all the DT inspiration can be seen in the one place.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Saturday, 20 February 2010

A Wall Hanging

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful half term and are ready for a great weekend. I do get envious of people that have time off at school holidays - I have no excuse now that my kids are grown up. Mind you, the journey into work has been a breeze for the past week.

Okay, enough chatter. I'd better show you my make for the fab theme that the wonderful Gina set us at the One Stop Craft Challenge this week. She'd like to see people make:

a wall hanging.

After a major mojo loss during the week, I think I've finally managed to coax it back. It did cost me a couple of Tim Holtz stamps that were on offer for an unbelievably cheap price at a local craft shop!! Well, I couldn't leave them on the shelf at the price they had on them. And of course, I NEEDed them. lol. I've used one of the Tim backgrounds on this creation.

Items used:

Main image from 100 beautiful silhouettes

Tim Holtz Background stamp



Computer Printed sentiment

Black Satin Ribbon

White and Black card

Black Soot distress ink and Momento Black Tuxedo ink

Mixed flowers from my stash

Please take a look at the fabulous wall hangings that the rest of the wonderful design team have made.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 19 February 2010

Frosted Designs

Now, what seems to have been the recurring theme on my blog for the past week or so? Yes, you guessed it....I have another 'Woo Hoo' and thank you to make. I should have done this yesterday but time was completely against me. So, a big THANK YOU goes out to the lovely ladies at La-la-land Crafts Challenge for picking the Frosted Designs DT card I made last week in their top 3. It was a pleasure to enter your challenge and I am honoured that you picked my card.

Well, I'd better show you this week's Frosted Designs Challenge DT card where the theme today is:

Polka dots and Plaids.

I thought this one was going to be a real challenge for me, but luckily I found the perfect papers so it wasn't as difficult at all. I really enjoyed this challenge and I love the way this card has turned out.

I'm also entering this into:

Sketch Saturday - the fabulous sketch
Crafty Creations - Stitching
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Spring is in the Air (The fairy looks like she is smelling the first flowers of spring)
Papertake - Check this out (the plaids are checks)
Pile it on - Let's See Flowers (The hydrangeas and flowers on the image)
The Pink Elephant - Ribbon (It's all laced up)
Cute Card Thursday - Metal Mania (eyelets and charm)
I love the delicate way the glamour dust adds some sparkle to the flowers in the corner - now why haven't I thought about using that before? I think it also makes the fairy look like she is covered with pixie dust too.

Items used:
Image: Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
Paper: Bearly Mine
Fairy Charm: Whimsy Stamps
Distress Inks: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed
Mark Richards Pearls
Prima Hydrangeas
Glamour Dust
Eyelets and ribbon from my stash

It would be lovely to see some of you entering this challenge this week to see the creative way you handle polka dots and plaids. I can't wait to see what the rest of the DT have done with this challenge. Please head over there to take a look and leave them some love.

Thanks for looking
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Magical Mythical Tour

Welcome to the Magical Mythical Tour. If you've arrived here from Nikki's blog you are right on track. If you have landed here from anywhere else and would like to take the whole tour then please click here to start at Simonne's blog.

Today we're showing the new Mythical Collection release from Whimsy Stamps.

I am also entering this card into The Pink Elephant Challenge - Ribbons

Unfortunately it is a bit late to enter this into the La-la Land Challenge - No Designer Paper, but that challenge was the inspiration behind this card. Never mind.

The prize for the randomly drawn winner is: the complete new release set of stamps (total of 4 image stamps and 3 sentiment sets) and an assortment of flowers and charms (Don't forget that Whimsy are now stocking flowers and charms in their online store). The winner's name will be posted on Saturday 19th Feb at the Whimsy site.

There is also a second chance to win some candy by visiting the Whimsy Inspirations Blog. That candy chance is open from now until Sunday, February 28th at noon EST (5 p.m. UK time)

This Mythical Collection images have been designed by Katie Sowa and they include 4 stamps:

Pretty Peartunia (I used her on yesterday's card)


Water Lily

Splashy Sabrina - on my card today

There is also a Sentiments Collection designed by Raindrop Echo Designs which includes 3 stamp sets:

Oval Snippets

Snippets Set 1

Snippets Set 2

Rightie-ho, on to the next stop. Please stop by Erin's blog to continue the tour and please don't forget to leave the DT a comment along the way.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A full peek, a challenge entry and .....

.... another 'Thank You'. This time I'm saying thanks to the Die Cut Dreams Challenge DT for picking my card in their top 5 for challenge 34. Such an honour ladies; I am really humbled and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Okay, today you get a full peek at one of the new images Whimsy Stamps will be releasing tomorrow. I'm also going to enter this card into the following challenges:

The Sweet Shop - the fab sketch that I've followed

Paperplay Challenge - A Birthday for someone special (this is going to my oldest and dearest friend)

The Corrosive Challenge - Sew it up (on the background paper)

I love, love, love this image. She really is cheeky (excuse the pun!). It is so tempting to put a naughty sentiment with her - but I behaved myself for this card.

Don't forget to take a look at the Whimsy Inspirations blog to see who else is doing some sneak peeks today.

Items Used:
Basic Grey Papers
Whimsy Image - Pretty Peartunia (designed by Katie Sowa)
Prima Hydrangeas
Mark Richards Pearls
Glamour Dust
Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Pink Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed
Ribbon and other flowers from my stash
Sentiment - computer printed

Thanks for looking and don't forget to pop back tomorrow (at 5 p.m. UK time) to join in the Magical Mythical Tour.

Sharon xx

Monday, 15 February 2010

Sneak Peek No 1

Well, I promised you a sneak peek today, didn't I? I have a couple of pictures for you to tease you with the fab new mythical collection that Whimsy Stamps are launching on Wednesday. I think this one is one of my favourites out of the collection because she has such a cheeky look on her face. It's the kind of face that my granddaughter pulls when she knows she's being a bit naughty. :D Just look at that smile! Those pearly whites had to be glittered up with glamour dust, didn't they? I love those beautiful eyes too. Now...what IS her face leaning against? Any guesses?
oooh! What is that big green thing by the wings? Is that a bit of Basic Grey paper I spy?Hmmmm ..... All will be revealed tomorrow - maybe.

I think I like this stamp so much because she is versatile....she can be funny but she can also be a serious card.

Well, if you want more....go check out the links on the Whimsy stamps website....the rest of the DT are bound to have a few more peeks for you. There are 4 stamps and 3 new sentiment sets, so there are lots of things to view.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you'd like to see the whole card tomorrow.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Some more news

Hi everyone. Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I had a wonderful day yesterday visiting my daughter at her new flat. The furnishings are really coming together nicely now. We had a walk along part of the harbour at Newhaven (her flat is right on the seafront) and found a fabby fishmongers so I came home with some lovely fresh fish. We also had a trip into Eastbourne because she needed some new net curtains for her bedroom. But all I kept thinking was, we're going the wrong way! You see, if we had travelled inland instead of along the coast we would have ended up at the Glitterpot. Oh, so near and yet so far! Never mind, I'll have to fit that into the next trip ;o)

When I arrived home last night I did my usual thing.....turn the PC on and (as fast as possible) look at what challenge themes have been posted for the day. What a double surprise I got! The first surprise came when I clicked on the link to the Penny Black challenge - Woo Hoo! My name had been pulled out of the random generator. Thank you so much ladies. I have been trying to win that challenge since I started my blog in September 2008. Mind you, I always have fun when I enter that challenge because the themes are fab.

Then I clicked on Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential. The new home card that I had made for my daughter had been picked in the top three! What a fantastic end to the day. Thanks to the DT for picking my card. What an honour.

Now for the good news ......... you'll probably all be very relieved to hear that I'll be taking it a bit easy with challenges this week. That's not to say I won't be posting cards, because I will, but I won't be entering quite so many challenges. I've had a wonderful run of luck recently and I'm really thankful for all my winnings and the recognition my cards have received. But now it is someone else's turn to be lucky.

More News. Whimsy Stamps have a fabulous new release of stamps coming out this week, so tomorrow and Tuesday I'll be giving you some sneak peeks and so will some of the other Whimsy DT members. I love sneak peeks! I do hope you can pop back to have a look. The new stamps will be available on Wednesday 17th February.

Sharon xx

Saturday, 13 February 2010

One post, Two Cards, a DT and a GDT triangular easel card

I have two cards for you today, one is a DT card and I also won a GDT slot so I'm showing the card I made for that too (both challenges go live at the same time). I think my blog is getting as busy as my life!
The first card is also being entered into the following challenges:
Stamp Something - Something Cute
Cute Card Thursday - In the name of Love
Daring Cardmakers - Have A Heart
Polka Doodles - Hearts and Flowers
This is my DT card for the One Stop Craft Challenge. Today our wonderful Chrissie has given us a superb sketch to follow and it is definitely one that I will use again and again. The girlies on the DT have made some superb creations this week so it is definitely worth popping over to the challenge blog to take a look.

Items used:
Basic Grey paper
Penny Black image
Martha Stewart punch
Prima bling swirls
Flowers, mini bling, ribbon from my stash
Distress inks: Black soot, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick.

Susie and Vikki's Christmas Club GDT Card
My second card is a GDT card for Susie and Vikki's Christmas Club Challenge where the theme for this week is 'Anything Goes'.
This card is a result of one of those light bulb moments. You all know how I love my easel cards, don't you? Well, I decided to try out a triangular shaped easel card. This shaped card would make a fantastic Christmas Tree card and I'm sure someone will get around to making a tree card before I have the time.

Susie and Vikki are being sponsored by Elephantastic and I've used one of their images (Sketchy Snowman) for this card
Items Used:
Bearly Mine papers and the calendar
Elephantastic digi image
Silver elasticated ribbon
Penny Black snowflake stamp
Inkadinkado border stamp
Starlight embossing powder
Distress inks
Glamour Dust,
Thanks for looking,

Friday, 12 February 2010

Acetate Baby Card

Hi everyone. Hope you've all had a good week. I have to say a quick Woo Hoo! and a thank you to the ABC Christmas Challenge because they picked one of my cards in their top 3. How fab! Thanks so much ladies, I am really honoured.
Well, it's almost the weekend and that means it is time for another Frosted Designs challenge.The theme for today is to use a star on your creation.
I'm also entering this into:
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - Digi Colouring

I've made an acetate baby girl card. I so wanted to make a matching boy card but I've run out of time. Everything is ready for the boy card, image coloured, acetate cut out......but I just didn't get a minute to cut the stars out and put it together. Never mind. I've used another of the digital images from The Stamping Boutique (yesterday's card also uses one of their digi images) They have a sale on at the moment so it's worth popping over to have a look.
Please take a look at the fabulous makes by the rest of the Frosted Designs DT; it's worth the visit.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Party Time!!!

The candy draw is now closed
It's time for a party today. Colour Create is one year old (Woo Hoo!) and we have lots of prizes and DT candy to give away. I hope you'll all join in our celebrations.

Before I get to the celebrations I should mention that today's card is also being entered into:
Basic Grey - the fab sketch (I've used basic Grey papers)
Simon Says Stamp - Love (the hearts and charm)
Stamping Royalty - Love/Valentines (the hearts and charm)
Stamp with Fun - Hearts (the stamped hearts, heart pin and hearts charm)
Stamping for the Weekend - Valentines Preparations

The colours for the Colour Create challenge were picked by our wonderfully talented Di and once again the DT adored working with them. She picked RED, WHITE/OFF WHITE, CHOCOLATE and PINK. with the optional extra of hearts and silver. Here is my card.

To help celebrate our birthday we have a special guest of honour too. It was fab to see one of her cards on the challenge post again. Thanks Tara!

Pop over to the challenge for some inspiration, to see all the prizes we are offering this week and please leave a comment on the DT blogs because they are celebrating with candy draws too. Here are their links:

For my candy draw I am offering the two Whimsy carousel horse stamps and accessories and some charms.

To enter into this candy draw please just leave me a comment below - simple as that.

The candy draw is now closed

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

The Sweet Shop

Hello my lovelies! How is everyone today? If you're feeling a bit down I hope that my card will bring a little ray of sunshine to you, or a warm glow at least. I'm sure my little mishap will bring a smile to your face - so read on.

Today I'm entering a card into a challenge for the first time. This one is for:

The Sweet Shop - the sketch

I've looked at their challenge for a few weeks now but have struggled to find the time to join in. Not so this week! I just couldn't resist the round shape on the sketch.
Well, I had a laugh with this card. This was one of those rare occasions where everything you pick up works perfectly together and the card turns out just the way you imagined it would. So, after I put it all together, I brought it downstairs to photo but it was impossible to take the picture. Why? It kept rolling over to one side so the image was sideways on! No matter what I did, it wouldn't stand straight.

You see, I just didn't think about how heavy those little pearls would be and what with the ribbon being off centre just wouldn't stand up straight. I had tears of laughter rolling down my face. The poor little owl looked like he'd had one tipple too many!!

I had a brainwave though, and whoever receives this card will be a penny richer. I carefully peeled the image away from the foam pads and after a few tries, I got a penny to stick in just the right place to balance the card!!! Honestly, the things we crafters have to do! So the moral is....if you are making a round card, be sure to think about how your embellishments will balance on the finished item!

I also need to give you a bit of news, seeing as I've used the Whimsy Owl image. Whimsy are using their old challenge blog as an Inspirations Blog for Whimsy stamps. We're kind of under construction at the moment, but the idea is to eventually have a Whimsy creation posted to that blog every single day of the month. There will be projects made by the Whimsy DT as well as by Whimsy customers. We hope that you'll find lots of ideas there.

Another bit of news is that Whimsy stamps are now carrying charms in the shop. So when you head over to purchase your stamps, you can add a few charms to the order too! If the charms sales take off, there could be other embellishments added too.

Items Used:
Image: Whimsy Owl
Papers: Now That's What I Call Funky CD (Funky Hand)

Ribbon: Pebbles Inc
Leaf and flower punches - Woodware
Pearls: Prima e-line and Mark Richards
Leaf stamp: Anitas
Lace from my stash
Distress inks: Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo.

Thanks for looking .......... and please pop back tomorrow because I have a surprise for you!
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Friday Sketchers and La-La Land

I fell in love with the colours over at die cut dreams last week but I didn't have time to enter the challenge. However, because I liked the colours so much, I still made a card which is loosely based on them and I can still enter it into this week's challenge, so that's okay.

This card is being entered into:
Friday Sketchers - The Sketch
La-la Land Crafts - Hearts (Brads and on the pink paper)
Die Cut Dreams - Have a Heart (Heart brads and on the pink paper)

I added some glamour dust around the edge of Tilda's circle and on her wings. But I learnt that I'm no good at sewing in a circle. Oh dear!

Items used:
Papers: Clare Curd's and Papermania
Sentiment: Clare Curd's
Image: Magnolia
Red, Black and White Card from the Papermill
Distress inks: Fire Brick Red, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Black Soot
Bling, Ribbon and brads from my stash.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 8 February 2010

A sketch with pearls and pins

What a busy weekend it has been. I just didn't get into a really crafty mood and everything took an age to make; but so far I have 4 cards ready for this week and one partly made one too.

After yesterday's bit of a back to basics card it's a cute card day again today. Well, it's a sweet card really. This one is for two challenges:

Penny Black Challenge - Pearls and Pins

This has to be one of my favourite penny black images. I love it! Apart from the pearls (which will really show up in the picture below) I've kept the other embellishments to a minimum and my border/background stamping is quite subtle using Arctic Blue Versacolour.
Items used:
Image: Penny Black
Border stamp: Inkadinkado
Flourish stamp: Penny Black Footnote
Distress inks: Weathered Wood, Broken China, Faded Denim, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Black Soot, and Brushed Corduroy.
Actic Blue Versacolour Ink
Mark Richards Pearls
White satin ribbon coloured with Midnight Blue Promarker

Flowers, pearls and pins from my stash.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Daring Cardmakers to Get Sketchy in a Secret Spotlight!

I'm late!! Guess who forgot to press the 'publish' button for this post and just left it in draft format? Doh!

I'll get straight to it today and say Woo Hoo! Yes, I have to say thank you to some people before I get on to my card. That lucky streak hadn't quite gone away after all. I'd had the 'icing on the cake' last week with several winnings, but yesterday I got the 'sprinkles' and 'the cherry on the top'!!! Can you guess I'm hungry as I write this? :) I had 2 more wins yesterday so a big thank you goes to Suzi and Vikki's Christmas Challenge for picking one of my cards as the winner for challenge number 2. I'll be doing a 1 week GDT spot with them this coming Saturday. Thanks ladies. Then I had the mega surprise of winning the Basic Grey Challenge and a heap of Magnolia goodies. Wow! Thanks so much; I can't wait to get inky with those. How lucky can one girl get????I was also going to post an award that I've won today, but I'll save that for tomorrow.

Phew! Back to reality now. That lucky streak must be over with.

Today's card is for :

Get Sketchy Challenge - the sketch (rotated by 90 degrees)

Saturday Spotlight - Teeny Tiny (small stamps and pearls)

The Secret Crafter - Monochrome tones of one colour and white (Hope you forgive the little bit of green that crept in there).

This is the New Home card I made for my daughter. It's a bit of a 'back to basics card' with no distressing, roughed edges or sewing. It made a lovely change to do something like this.

Items Used:
Stamp: Freebie with Craft Stamper Magazine September 2009
Card Stock: 3 shades of purple from the Papermill
Prima Hydrangeas and Roses
Lilac Stickles
Distress inks: Dusty Concorde, Milled Lavender, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy
Leone Em Ash Branch punch
Computer printed sentiment
tiny 3mm pearls

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Saturday, 6 February 2010

ASOS meets LOTV, WOJ and a colour challenge

Well, here we are at another weekend. I just can't believe how quickly these days and weeks are flying by! This weekend we are moving my daughter out (for the second time). She's got a new job near Brighton and she moves into her flat today. How exciting for her. There are keys to pick up, beds arriving, things to collect from Argos (plates, glasses, saucepans, bins etc). Cleaning products and food to buy. Phew! Exhausting! And at the end of it.....I'll be an 'empty nester' again. :( Anyway, I'll be showing the New Home card I made her over the next few days.

But, today it is the One Stop Craft Challenge and, because my DT card also fits the following challenges I am entering it into:

A Spoonfull of Sugar - the sketch layout (it is fantastic!)

Lili of the Valley - Valentines

Whiff of Joy - Love

Crafty Calendar Club - Love and Friendship

The challenge that our talented Suzi has set is to use the colours

Apple Green, Chocolate and Clotted cream.

What a fantastic colour combo this is. I had a wonderful time using these colours, so thanks for a brilliant challenge Suzi. Here is my card:

Items used
Image: Whiff of Joy
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps Holiday Sentiments
Swirls: Creative Expressions
Papers: A mix of Bearly mine and Basic Grey
Flowers: Prima (both the hydrangeas and the roses)
Ribbon: Celebrate
Distress inks: Skin: Antique Linen and Tattered Rose. Hair: Antique Linen, Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw. Clothes: Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Brushed Corduroy.
Papermill dark brown card, Pearls

The prize for the winner of this challenge is £25 to spend at the One Stop Craft Store. Don't forget that Shelley also has some Blog candy that you can still enter today.

Please take a look at the amazing creations that the rest of the talented DT have made.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 5 February 2010

A Non-traditional Valentine

When I was at school (oh that was SUCH a long time ago), I remember my Art teacher telling me that I was completely scared of colour. I know I did like black and white or pencil drawings at the time so most of my art work did consist of that. I have to laugh about it now. Looking back over the cards I've posted to my blog, he could hardly say the same thing about me now. My goodness - the crazy colour combinations I've used, and most of the time the bolder the colour the more I want to use it!

Today is a bold colour day!

The challenge at Frosted Designs this week is to make a Valentine card without using pink or red.
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges (in alphabetical order):
ABC Challenge - N is for New (The base yellow card is new - and so is the PB sentiment stamp)
Charisma Cardz Challenge - I Love You
C.R.A.F.T. - Valentines or Love
The Corrosive Challenge - All you need is love
Pile it on - enough of winter colours
Polka Doodles Challenge - Non Traditional Valentine
For my DT card I've gone for a really dramatic colour combo of BRIGHT yellow and black. This card was actually inspired by one I made in blue a few weeks ago. I wanted to see what would happen if I used the same elements, a different colour and rearranged things a bit. This is the result, and I actually like it.

Item s Used:
Background paper made using Hampton Art Love Fluff Large, The heart stamp from the 6 free spring stamps with Card Making and Paper Craft Magazine (last year), Basic Grey Love Swirl
Main heart image: Stampendous Ornate Heart
Sentiment: Penny Black Reward of Love
Disco Black embossing powder
Mustard Seed Distress ink
McGill Pine Branch punch
Hobbycraft Raffia Ribbon
Pearls, Button and Ribbon from my stash.

I can't wait to see how creative the talented Frosted Design girls have been with this challenge. Do take a look at their work and I hope we'll see you joining in the challenge.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A fabulous week!

Oh my goodness. I've had such a fabulous week this week. I must have been on a really lucky streak for the past few days (most unlike me) :) So I need to say thank you to a few people.

On 29th January, I made First Place at the Polka Doodles Challenge. Oh My! How special did I feel with a 'First'! Thank you so much ladies; you really made my day.

Next, a big thanks goes to all the DT at the Cupcake Challenge because they picked l'il old me to be in their top five on Monday. Woo Hoo!

Then on Tuesday, I won the Spoonfull of Sugar challenge. Woo Hoo again! I was so excited to see my name as the winner of the challenge! Thanks for picking my number out girls!

Finally, yesterday, one of my cards made it into the Whimsy Stamps newsletter. Thanks for picking that one out Denise!

I feel so lucky and it is so nice to have some 'icing on the cake' because, to be honest.... I just love making cards and all this is just a lovely bonus. Well, I suppose that's my good luck streak over for a while....I do hope some of the luck rubs off on you!

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Friday Sketchers and Untamed Love

I've overdone the chatter, the photos and the explainations on the last two posts, haven't I? So today it's a really short post with one photo!
This card is for the Friday Sketchers challenge where I've used their gorgeous sketch and rotated it by 180 degrees.
I'm not sure what happened with this photo (must be the electric light) because this card is actually pink irl!!
Items used:
Whimsy Stamps Untamed Love
Hampton Art - Dream
Penny Black - Snow Scroll
Paper Cellar papers - Wedding
Distress Inks Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint and Brushed Corduroy
Mark Richards pearls
Woodware flower punch

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Penny Black meets Lili Of The Valley

Good morning everyone. Well, there seems to be a bit of a theme going on with me again this week. This is the second beige/orangy red colour combo card. Sorry; it's just that I had so many papers out when starting to make my Magnolia card
that I had to use some of them on another card.

Okay, so the title of this one gives it away........I'm entering this card into:

Penny Black Challenge - Someone Special
Lili of the Valley - Sketch (I've rotated it by 90 degrees)
I really fancied using some ripped and embossed vellum for a change and I love the way the background paper shows through it.

I've used quite a lot of different techniques/elements on this card.

The tag and the image were distressed slightly with Dried Marigold blended around the edges. I then used a Tim Holtz stamp inked up in Versacolour (Bisque) to make a background (I had to mask over the main image to do this). After colouring the main image with distress ink, and stamping the sentiment and swirls onto the tag, I covered them both with crackle glaze.

The other techniques I've used are embossing, ripped edges, sewing, distressing. Hopefully all these give a bit of added dimension to what could have been quite a 'flat' card.

Items Used:
Penny Black - Delights
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Eclectic Collages
Do Crafts Whispers Words
Personal Impressions Swirls and Flourishes
DCWV Far East paper
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder
Prima Hydrangeas
Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Dried Marigold.
Versacolour inks: Bisque and Brown
Velum, Crackle Glaze, pin, ribbon, eyelet and fibres from my stash.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Monday, 1 February 2010

Janice and Marty's Snowy Day

I was asked recently what my favourite crafting product was and I answered that is had to be my inks. Ever since then I have barely used ink (typical, eh?) except to maybe blend a couple of edges. However, starting with yesterday's card, I picked up the distress inks again and started colouring my images with them. I've coloured today's image with them too.

I'm entering today's card into the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious - The layout with the optional extra of stitching.
ABC Christmas - C is for Candy (Candy canes have been used)
Susie and Vikki's Christmas Club - Non-traditional (now when do I ever use traditional colours - I love a splash of pink at Christmas) :)
UPDATE - It has also been made as a DT example for the Whimsy challenge at SNR - WSC04 Lots of Frills
I hope by the time Christmas comes most of my friends will know how to set up these easel cards; I'm sure they must be foxing one or two people.
I decided to try stamping and glittering on acetate for this card and here are the snowflakes I made using this method. I love them! They are such a delicate embellishment no matter what size you use. The stamps were inked up with white stayzon and glittered with glamour dust.

Items used:
Whimsy Stamps Janice and Marty's Snowy Day
Penny Black Guiding Star (large Snowflake)
Debbi Moore Snowflake (the small one)
Stampendous Christmas Joy sentiment
Woodware Clear collection Traditional Christmas Greetings (small sentiment and the candy canes)

Papers from Bearly Mine Vol 3
Polar White flowersoft
Glamour Dust, Acetate, White Stayzon, Black Momento Ink, Lace, Gems and Silver elastic from my stash.
Distress inks used: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concorde, Faded Denim, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx