Monday, 29 March 2010

Bunny Basket

Phew! It has taken me all night to get this post onto my blog. At first I couldn't see any photographs on any blogs and then when the photos finally were viewable I tried to write a post....but I just couldn't upload a photo. Never mind, better late than never. This little bunny basket has been made with a tutorial in mind. You can find the tutorial here.
I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:
Fussy and Fancy - Easter
Challenge Up Your Life - Easter everything but a card
Pals Paper Arts - Anything but a card
Pile It On - Animal-riffic

Thanks for looking.
Sharon xx

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Recipe Holder from a freebie

Today I have a recipe holder that is made from a freebie template. What could be better than a freebie? I found it really easy to use too. This one is a papertrey inc. Timeless Template by Lauren Meader. I hope this link works. It's the recipe wrap that you can download to try out. This is my DT item for the One Stop Craft Challenge where the lovely Shelley has picked the theme of 'Feeling Fruity'. I have used strawberry brads, a strawberry charm, Berry Tilda and of course, the recipes tie in with the frut theme too.
I'm entering this into a couple of challenges:
Basic Grey - Tutti Fruity (I've used Basic Grey paper on the front)
Cupcake Challenge - Food and Drink
When the holder is opened out there are 6 pockets inside for your favourite recipes. I only added 3 recipes so that you could see the papers behind.
Please take a look at the fruity makes by the rest of the fab design team.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 26 March 2010

See-through Easter makes

Good morning! No waffle from me today for a change because I have a few pictures of this pretty Easter sweetie box and card to show you.

I'm entering these into a few challenges and these are all linked up at the bottom of this post.

These are my DT projects for the Frosted Designs challenge which today is all about Acrylic, Transparent or Vellum. I've gone for the transparent option and used some acetate in both my little box and my card.

This is a little peep box so that when the lid is lifted up you can see the sweeties through the acetate window

I also added a couple of the pearls to the inside of the acetate so that the butterfly glued to the outside looked complete when you saw it from the inside.

I've just realised that I took the photo before I'd stamped the Easter sentiment onto the card.

Here is a close-up of the box lid when it is closed

Don't forget to pop over to see what amazing things the talented Frosted Designs team have made for this challenge.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:

Pals Paper Arts - Anything but a card
Challenge Up Your Life - Flower Compliment

Our Creative Corner - Think Easter

Magical Crafts - Easter or Spring

Incy Wincy - Easter or Spring

C.R.A.F.T. - Easter

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Easter Baskets and a Spring Card

Hi Everyone. Here is the start of my 3d and non-card items with a few cards thrown in as well. Today it is the Colour Create challenge and the beautiful colours this week inspired me to make some Easter baskets and a Spring card.

The colours for the challenge are "Your Choice of Pastels" and the optional extra is "Easter or Spring". That's a nice easy one for everyone to join in with.

Of course I'm going to enter these items into some challenges:

Sophisticat Challenge - Mint Green, Lilac and 1 other colour (Pastel Yellow for me) with flowers

Sketch Saturday - The wonderful sketch I followed

Stamp with fun - Easter (the easter baskets)

Incy Wincy - Easter or Spring

Items used:

For the card:

ching-chou kuik's The Serene Night image

Bearly mine papers

Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Dusky Concorde, Skattered Straw.

Gold Ink,

Ribbons and flowers from my stash.

For the baskets:

Pastel coloured card.

Stickles, flowers, lace, buttons, brads and ribbon from my stash

Distress inks: Dusky Concorde, Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick.

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by our very own Di of Di's Digi Downloads and she'll be giving the winner 5 images.

Please take a look at the amazing 3d projects and cards made by the rest of the awesome design team. They are a talented bunch!

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Really Exciting News!

Woo Hoo! I've been dancing around the house for a few days itching to tell everyone my good news, but I had to wait until the official announcement. Boy, that was such a hard thing to do. And here's a public apology to one of my friends (you know who you are)....sorry I had to ignore your call yesterday but I couldn't trust myself to answer it and keep the secret!

Anyway, the announcement has been made and I can tell you all now that:

I made the DT for

Here is the new DT line-up for the next 6 months:

Senior team
**Design Team Leader -Katie Tate from Both Sides of The Paper
*ArTish from All Things ArTishtic
*Anne from Anne's Hobbyblog
*Peggy from Beautiful Greetings
*Risa from Life's Simple Pleasures
*Pam from Stamps Inc.
Denise from Stamping with Denise
Sharon from Cards N Greetings (me)
Tanya from Random Acts of Krafting
Katarina from kamadesign- Confessions of a crafter
*Indicates a returning member

Junior Team
Denise from KC242 Designs by Denise
Davi from Alstromeria's Artistry
Erin from Scrap, Stamp and Be Merry
Tracey from Scrappin' Trackside
Cheryl from Cheryl's Creative Cards and ATCs
Adrina from Adrina's Fun

Congratulations to all the other ladies; I'm so happy to be working with you all.

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

LOTV 49, Digital Whimsy and a DT call

I've had a few days off from posting things to my blog and the reason why will become clear at the end of this week. Let's just say that there are a few 3d and non-card items coming up (some of them do have a card too).

But today I have just a card for the Lili of the Valley challenge where there is a fantastic sketch to follow. I loved this sketch so I may well be back next week using it again (with a LOTV image).

I think this card would be perfect for a little girl's birthday, so I'm going to stash it away for when one of my daughters spring the surprise of a "I need a card tomorrow for...."

Items Used:

Image and Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps

Papermania Papers

Prima flowers

Hobbycraft raffia ribbon

Hobbycraft dragonfly punch


Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint

Ribbon from my stash.

Oh, before I sign off..... EXCITING NEWS!!!

Whimsy will be introducing a digital line of images in a few weeks. So for those of you that prefer digital, you can read all about it HERE.

Also, one of the Whimsy illustrators, Crissy Armstrong, is starting up a new digital challenge and she is holding a DT call at the moment. You can find out more about the Sundays with Crissy HERE.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Let It Shine!

Okay! I admit it! I've been a really bad blogger recently. Work has been pretty intense and it's left me with little time to comment and browse everyone's blogs (also not helped my my intermittent Internet access this last week). Anyway, I'm going to put that right starting today and starting with everyone that leaves me a comment. I'll be hopping around on and off today, leaving comments wherever I can, and I'll keep it up throughout the week too.

Well, that's my confession over so I'll get to today's card. This one is my OSCC DT card where I set the challenge this week called:

Let It Shine!

We'll be looking for lovely shiny projects all full of gloss, glitter or glaze etc. So get that sparkly, shiny stuff out and have some fun!

The true shine shows up better in the picture below. This card was inspired by a fantastic tutorial by the uber talented Kim Piggott. She is one amazing crafter and I would love to make a card as beautiful as hers....(must keep practicing). Thanks so much for the tips Kim.

I'm going to enter this one into the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew - Going Dotty (The background paper has swirls made of dots and the dark blue paper is dotty too)

Crafty Creations - Spots and Dots (The background paper has swirls made of dots and the dark blue paper is dotty too)

Sophisticat Challenge - New Beginnings

Pollycraft Challenge - Sparkly Things

Items Used:

Image: Whimsy Stamps 'Proud Momma'. The two sentiments and the swirl come with this stamp.

Papers: Bearly Mine

Charm: Whimsy Stamps

Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo

Glamour Dust

Prima Roses

Hearts, fibre ribbon and mini star buttons from my stash

We're sponsored today by Whimsy Stamps and the lovely Denise will be giving a $15 gift certificate to this week's winner.

Please take a look at the lovely shiny things that the rest of the talented DT have created.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 19 March 2010

Love is gone

Hello everyone. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth......just had a few connection problems this week. So here's a quick post with my Frosted Design card.
The theme this week is Spring Flowers. Now, I know I have at least one daffodil stamp.......somewhere. And there are spring flower papers ...... somewhere. But could I find them? Oh no, of course not. Not until after I had made this card - then they all came bouncing out of their hiding places. Typical! So, I made some little snowdrops and added them to the bottom corners of this card. There are loads of snowdrops out here at the moment, so I consider them a spring flower.
The image I've used is Ching-Chou Kuik's "Love is Gone". The border has been stamped with a prima 'make a bauble' stamp and I love the way that the shape echos the fairy wings.
I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - A Splash of Green
Creative Inspirations - Colour Challenge - Yellow, Green and White
Tellen's Place - Spring is in the air
Please take a look at the wonderful projects that the rest of the design team have made - they are far more full of spring flowers than my project.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 15 March 2010

Sweet Pea

I thought I'd share with you my first Sweet Pea card. Oh My! I have really fallen in love with these image; they are gorgeous. I had such fun colouring this one up, but a bit more practice is needed with the skin tones, me thinks. Anyway, you can probably expect to see a few of these stamps on this blog over the coming weeks.
I'm going to enter this into a few challenges.

Challenge up your life - a flower compliment

Charisma Cardz - Beautiful Butterflies (They have a DT call running - but I am not entering this into that)

Creative Inspirations - Charms - (a 2nd entry) You can just make out the tiny lock and key.

Paper Cutz challenge - Anything Goes

Items used:
Papers: DoCrafts. Card Stock: The Paper Mill
Image: Sweet Pea - Ching-chou kuik's Dark Siren
Sentiment - Sweet Pea
Cuttlebug Swirls Folder
Martha Stewart Doiley Lace Punch
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Dusky Concorde, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Weathered Wood, Brushed Denim
Prima Flowers, Charms, Pearls, Glamour dust, lace and pearl beading from my stash

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 14 March 2010

A Ride on the Merry-Go-Round

Round and Round and Round we go. What a fantastic ride on the Merry-go-round this is! Haven't the DT made some gorgeous creations with these new stamps?

If you've landed here from Nikki's Blog you are at the right stop.

If you have just hopped on the merry-go-round at my blog, then you may want to start the ride from the beginning at Bev's Blog.

The hop will run until Wednesday, March 17th at noon EST

The Whimsy DT are celebrating the launch of some new stamp sets in the Crissy Armstrong Collection. There are 3 new stamps:
Spring Stepping
Proud Momma
Wings of Hope ($1 from every sale will go to the American Red Cross)

For my card I've used Spring Stepping.

I'm also going to enter it into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday - the fab sketch (which I've taken a liberty with by moving some items. lol)
The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations Challenge - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Horse
Cupcake Challenge - Flower Power
Stamp with fun - Spring
Creative Inspirations - Charms

This is such a gorgeous stamp! And so much fun to colour in. The stamping round the edge of the card is one of the accessories that come with this carousel horse.

I decided to decoupage the horse - only 3 layers but it looks really effective.

I'd better let you have a look at the prize for this hop. It's a full set of the new stamps, two pieces of satin ribbon, a package of ICE sticky gems, and 10 two-tone pink Prima roses. Please remember to leave all the DT a comment on your way round to be in with a chance of winning this prize.

Whimsy Stamps will be offering a special promotion from noon EST on Sunday until noon EST on Monday. The first 25 orders placed at Whimsy, regardless of total, will receive free shipping. Shipping will be charged at checkout, but if your order was one of the first 25 orders in that 24 hour period, you will receive a shipping credit. This is a one day only special promotion during our new release!

To carry on the Merry-go-round ride hop on again and your next stop is our new teamie Chris's Blog

Don't forget that Whimsy are looking for a couple of GDT members and you can find the details here.

Have fun and thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 13 March 2010

And the winner is.......

Thank you to everyone that entered my candy draw yesterday. Don't forget that more of the Whimsy DT are showing some sneak peeks today and they have more candy to give away.

I hope you'll all join us for a ride on the merry-go-round tomorrow
(UPDATED: - due to daylight savings time in the USA - this is now scheduled for 4 p.m. UK time)
where we will all be showing the new stamps in all their glory.

Do you want to know who the lucky winner is of that gorgeous Whimsy Stamps Wings of Hope rubber stamp?

The winner is:

Drum roll please .....................................

That means it is you Paula. Congratulations!

Please contact me by the e-mail address you will find on my profile and let me know your snail mail address so that I can pass it on to Denise at Whimsy Stamps.

Have a great weekend,

Sharon xx

Hippo Birthday

Woo Hoo! What a great way to start a post off! Why am I saying Woo Hoo? Well, I forgot to say a BIG THANK YOU to the lovely DT over at Tellen's Place because they picked one of my creations as a winner. Thank you so much ladies, and I'm sorry it has taken me so long to say Thanks.

Today's card is my DT card for One Stop Craft Challenge. Our lovely Nikki has chosen a fantastic theme of

Spots and Dots

I loved this theme and I have polka dot papers for spots and a big dotty pattern in my flower for the dots.

I'm going to enter this card into:
Mojo Monday - the fantastic sketch
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Die Cuts R Us - Make your own paper flowers
Crafty Creations - Make Your Own Flowers
Pixiedust Studio - Buttons and Flowers

I apologise for the photo - it was one that I took by electric light and I didn't have time to re-take it.

This is also another sneak peek - I bet you're wondering how! See those fantastic swirls on the pink layer? That is one of the accessories that will come with one of the new Whimsy carousel horses that are launched tomorrow. Aren't they fab? Don't forget that some of the Whimsy DT are giving away some candy again today.

Items used:
Bearly Mine papers
Whimsy Hippo stamp
Whimsy Sentiment
Nestie Scallop Circles
Distress inks: Black Soot, Tattered Rose
Hobbycraft leaf punch
Papermania button
Pebbles Inc. Ribbons
Gems, pins and thread from my stash.

I hope you'll have the chance to join in with the challenge this week. Please take a look at the beautiful creations that the rest of the talented design team have made. (sending big get well hugs to Gina!)
I'll be back later with the winner of my candy from yesterday.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Candy is closed

Just to let you know that my candy draw is now closed. I'll be back later today with the winner.


Friday, 12 March 2010

Candy Time and a Sneak Peek

This morning I have a DT card that I'm also entering into challenges, news about events that are happening over the next few days, a sneak peek.........and I'm giving away some candy, but you have to be quick for that - the candy draw will close at 7 am (UK time) tomorrow morning (Saturday 13th March).
Today I'm showing my DT card for Frosted Designs. The challenge this week is to
Stamp your own background.
How fortunate that I showed everyone how I do these masterboard backgrounds last week. :o)
If you want to be reminded how make the 'tutorial' tab at the top of my blog.
I hope you'll be able to join in the challenge this week. Please take a look at the beautiful and creative backgrounds that the rest of the talented Frosted Designs DT have created.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges: Paper Piercing (holes)
Crafty Calendar Club: Flower Power
Cupcake Challenge - Flower Power
Paperplay Challenge - Seeing Double (I've doubled up on the paper pierced sides and the background has the same stamps appearing more than once)

This card is also a SNEAK PEEK. Okay, I know you've seen the digital image of the Wings of Hope Carousel Horse before....but it is coming out in RUBBER!!! This weekend! Yes, there is a launch of some new Carousel Horses happening on Sunday.
Some of the Whimsy DT are doing sneak peeks of the new stamps today and tomorrow and some of us are also giving away some candy. The Whimsy DT links are on the sidebar of my blog so, when you've finished here, head on over to get a peek at the new stamps and enter the candy. You will love the new images! There will also be a hop happening on Sunday with another chance to win. Don't forget that Whimsy Stamps are also running a guest designer call at the moment.
To celebrate the launch,
I'm giving away the Wings of Hope Carousel Horse in rubber stamp format.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it, is to
leave a comment on this post before 7am (UK Time) tomorrow morning.
The winner will be posted on this blog tomorrow.
Thanks for looking - and Good Luck!
Sharon xx

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Mint Chocolate dreaming

Good morning everyone. I do hope that you're all having a great week. Today I have my Colour Create DT card for you....but avert your eyes if you're on a diet. This inspiration picture won't be good for you! Our fabulous Heather picked the colours today of MINT, CHOCOLATE and CREAM with an optional extra of TEXTURE. Wow! what a fantastic combination. Thanks Heather.

We are saying a sad farewell to Heather this week. She has been a rock on the Colour Create DT and will be missed terribly by everyone. Not only are her cards always beautiful and full of inspiration, but she has been totally committed to the challenge, supported everyone and been a good friend too. It's always sad to see someone leave who was there at the start of the challenge. I wish you all the best for the future Heather.

Well, I'd best get to my card for the challenge, which is also going to be entered into:

The Sweet Shop - the fab sketch that I followed (with a bit of artistic license)
Lili of the Valley - an Easel Card
The Pixie Cottage - The Colour Green
Allsorts Challenge - Just for Men
Die Cut Dreams - No Flowers Allowed
Crafty Catz - Shades of Green

I had intended keeping this card for my grandson Oscar's first birthday...but his mum needed a card this week, so off this one went. Ah well, I can never keep hold of a male card for too long.

Items used:
Image: Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
Papers: Bearly Mine
Cuttlebug Folders: Script and Swiss Dots
Circle and Scallop Nesties.
Screw Head Brads, String, Button and Tim Holtz ideology corner from my stash
Distress inks - quite a few, and I can't remember them all now, sorry.

We're welcoming 2 guest designers to the challenge this week: Victoria and Eileen. Please take a look at the gorgeous work they created for us, and at all the inspiration from the rest of the talented DT.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

GDT call and a sale

Hi everyone. I'm afraid there's no card from me today because I've had a few too many commission cards to do this week. So, instead, I thought I'd let you know about a GDT call and a sale....well, it's good to share this info isn't it? And everyone likes a bargain.

Head on over to the Whimsy site because there is a GDT call for 2 designers to join the team in April and May. The GDT call is open until 26th March, so there is plenty of time to enter.

While you're at the Whimsy site, make sure you click the link on the sidebar to take you to the Whimsy Store. There is a Winter sale on until the end of March - or until the products run out if that happens to be before the end of March. Grab yourself a winter bargain!!

Sharon xx

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Happy Cake Day

Well, here's a fruity little number today. I had a bit of spare time on Sunday so I headed into the craft room and this is what I created.
I'm entering this one into the Crafts 4 Eternity challenge where there is a sketch and a recipe of adding a ticket and some ribbon.

I'm also stretching this one to be for Saturday Spotlight - Hey Girlfriend - because this is on it's way to one of my friends. Well, it's nice to remember their birthdays, isn't it? Do I get away with that one? I used that old favourite of mine, the Love Fluff Heart stamp to create a border around my backing paper by just inking up the top of the heart. I've also added some glamour dust to the image, but I couldn't pick up all the shimmer with the camera.

Items used:
Image stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie
Love Fluff Large heart stamp
Magnolia strawberry paper and strawberry brad
Bearly mine red spotty paper and ticket
White satin ribbon, netting and flowers from my stash.
Distress inks: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Fired Brick
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 8 March 2010

Snail Mail

Thank goodness it's Monday. No, I haven't gone mad, it's just been a really busy weekend. It was lovely to have my daughter home. Mind you, listening to what they all got up to on Saturday night was a scream. Did you ever watch 'Absolutely Fabulous'? One of the girls 'did an Edina' and plunged face first out of the taxi when she opened the door to get out! Appalling behaviour - but so funny!

Anyway, I'd best get to my card for today which I am entering into:

Sketch Saturday - the sketch

Stamping for the weekend - Monochromatic

Paperplay Challenges - Just Because

This is a just for fun card. I bought this digi image ages ago and now I can't remember where I got it from. If anyone knows, please leave me a comment with the site name because I'd love to give them the credit. It's such a funny image.

Items used:
Bearly Mine papers
Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder
Distress inks: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Tea dye
Digi Image
Penny Black border stamp
Whimsy postmark and sentiment
Hobbycraft Butterfly punch

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Layers and Layers

I woke up to brilliant sunshine again today; I love it when the sun shines because everyone seems so happy. That makes 3 days of sun in a row now so it seems like spring is finally on its way. Woo Hoo!

I'm so pleased that I had time to make a card for the following challenges:

Penny Black - Easel Card

Create 4 Fun - the sketch layout

Polkadoodles - Wings

Today's card has lots and lots of layers in it and instead of using lots of different papers, colours and patterns, I've used the same paper for each layer and I'm pleased with the way it has turned out. This another one that is going to be popped into the Christmas box (and I think I already know who will receive it- but I can't tell you)

Items used:
Penny Black - Angel Cat
Stampendous - Joy to the world
Inkadinkado Christmas Borders
Papers Bearly Mine
McGill 1-1.5 inch Pine Punch
Kaleidoscope Embossing powder
Distress Inks: Dried Marigold, Black Soot, Weathered Wood, Antique Rose
Glamour Dust.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Saturday, 6 March 2010

KK Skating

This year I'm determined to keep a few Christmas cards coming each month because I really don't want to be the stressed out wreck that I was last Christmas :) It was all my own fault for not being organised, so this year is going to be different.
My card today is a DT card for the One Stop Craft Challenge where our lovely Maggie has picked the theme of Sew Simple.
I'm also going to enter this into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Buttons, Bows, Brads and Bling (any combination of these. I've got 3 of those 4 - just haven't got a button)
I've used one of the lovely images by our sponsor this week The Stamping Boutique. She is called KK Skating and I loved colouring her up. I had to use some silver stickles on the 'fur' of her outfit and I love the way that it looks like tinsel.

I've used another masterboard for the background of this card, in the same way as yesterday's card and tutorial, only I used different coloured inks and stamps.

Items used:
The Stamping Boutique - KK Skating
Bearly Mine CD 1 Bonus Tickets
Silver Stickles
Martha Stewart border punch
Pearls, Eyelets, Ribbons, Brads and Charm from my stash
Distress inks: Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap
Masterboard stamps are a mixture of different snowflake stamps.

Please take a look at the fantastic projects that the OSCC DT ladies have made; they are gorgeous this week.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 5 March 2010

Favourite Technique

UPDATE: You can find the tutorial for the masterboard on my tutorial page. Just click HERE

Well, I'm sorry I didn't post a card yesterday. It's been a busy week again (outside of card making). But I am posting a card today for the Frosted Designs challenge. The theme today is:

Your favourite technique

This is one of those challenges that really sets me a challenge; there are so many techniques that I like to which one do I pick. Oh the choices! ;o) I settled on one that has been a firm favourite with me since I first saw it - The masterboard technique. I love to use masterboards as the background papers to my cards. I've taken photos of how this particular masterboard was created and I'll be posting the tutorial when I get home from work tonight.

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

Creative Inspirations - Lace, Pins & Pearls

Simon Says Stamp - Mother's Day / Girly (a pretty, girly card)

Spoonfull of Sugar - Beads

I think this masterboard turned out really feminine, and I'm going to send this card to a colleague who has just undergone some surgery. It'll wish her a speedy recovery.

Items used:
All the stamps and inks will be detailed in the tutorial to come later today.
Prima bling swirls.
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder
Grey card stock from the paper mill
Whimsy stamps sentiment
Prima e-line flower
Celebrations organza ribbon
Lace, pearl pins, pearl beading trim and gold/pearl button from my stash.

Please take a look at the favourite techniques of the other fab girls on the Frosted Designs DT. There is so much to inspire you on the blog.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Here's a tutorial on how I made the masterboard that I used as the backing paper on this card.

Step 1.

I randomly stamped a Tim Holtz paisley stamp onto cream card in versamark ink and then heat embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

Step 2.

Using a blender, I smudged the card in random blotches with Tattered Rose and Weathered Wood distress ink. The I misted the card with water and waited for it to dry.


I took a Papermaina stamp and inked it with Polar Blue versamark ink then stamped randomly on the card.

Step 4.

The final stamp I used was a tiny one from a Laura Ashley set. This was inked in Versamark Orchid and randomly stamped over the card.

Tip: Make sure to stamp over the edge of the card with some of the shapes so that only parts of the stamp are on the card.

The tutorial photos were taken by electric light so the colours are showing up stronger. In daylight this colours are more subtle as you can see in the card.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Rose Tutorial

Handmade Rose Tutorial.

I'll start by saying that I cannot take credit for the original idea behind these flowers. I saw an article in Craft Stamper magazine where designer Hels Sheridan made some roses from grungepaper. As I didn't have any grungepaper I decided to try the technique out on normal card stock and this is the result. So thank you to Hels for the inspiration.

White Card.
Black permanent dye ink pad
Flower stamp
Acrylic block (Optional depending on the stamp type)
Distress ink pads and blending tool

Step 1.

Stamp up some flowers onto white card. You will need 5 flower shapes for a single rose.Tip: when using distress inks, an inkpad like Momento is best as it will not smudge.

Step 2.
Cut the flower shapes out.
Step 3.
Colour the flower shapes with two colours of distress inks. Colour the whole flower with the lighter colour and then blend the edges of the petals with the darker colour.

Step 4.

Make some cuts into the flower shapes as shown in the red shapes below. (From the bottom - Keep 2 flowers with no cuts, the middle flower has a cut between two of the petals that goes to the centre of the shape, the 4th one has one petal removed (you will not use that single petal), and the top one is cut into two so that there is a 3-petal and a 2-petal shape.)

Step 5.

Colour the back of the two petal shape. Curl the petals as shown using either an embossing ball tool, a flower shaper, or a bone scoring tool. It is important to leave one complete flower shape and the 2-petal shape without any curling.

Step 6.

Add glue to the petals indicated below. Stick the adjacent petal (after the gap or the snip to the centre) on top of the petal with the glue and peg these together until they dry. With the 2-petal shape, just roll it up and glue the edge to make the centre of the flower.

Step 7
When the glue is dry, apply stickles to the edges of the petals.

Step 8
Glue the petal shapes, one on top of the other, to make the rose. You may need to trim the bottom of the rose centre so that is doesn’t stick up too much.
These flowers also look gorgeous when misted with glimmermist rather than using the stickles.

Thanks for looking.

Sharon xx