Friday, 30 April 2010

A Colour Challenge

Hi everyone. Once again we are at Friday and that means it is Frosted Designs day. I've behaved myself this week, I think. Time has been so short that I've not really been able to play. Anyway, the challenge this week is a colour challenge and the combo to use is:

Lime, Aqua and Brown.

I love these colours together and for a change I've used a dark brown background to show off the Lime and Aqua.

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp - buttons, bows and bling
Magical Crafts Challenge - something for the girls
Sweet Pea Stampers - Under the sea
Aifactory - Buttons (the gold pearl buttons at the corners)

The photos really don't pick up the richness of the dark brown lace. I love the shape of the bling swirls because they make me think of waves.

I hope this close-up shows the glittery sparkle I added to the image. This one has been coloured with Promarkers.

Please take a look at the other creations that the Frosted Designs girls have made; they are fab.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Scottish Maggie with flowers

It's time for another Pixie Cottage challenge and today we're joined by an uber-talented guest designer - Jacques. Jacques has created a fantastic sketch for us, and the theme is 'floral frenzy'. If you're joining in with the challenge remember you don't have to do both the sketch and the theme, one or the other will be fine.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Die Cut Dreams - Make Your Own Flowers - (the multi coloured ones and the 'grape hyacinths' have been made by me)

Pollycraft Challenge - Make Your Own Flowers - (the multi coloured ones and the 'grape hyacinths' have been made by me)

Today I've used The Pixie Cottage Stamp - Girls of The World, Scottish Girl Maggie by Lisa Schmidt. I've coloured her with distress inks (Dusky Concorde, Pine Needles, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Walnut Stain). I also added a little Stickles Glitter Glue
to highlight the tartan and the flower on her hat.

I made the rainbow coloured flowers by punching two different sizes and colouring them with Brilliance ink pads. The edges were inked with Walnut stain and glittered with stickles. The 'Grape Hyacinth' type flowers are just small beads glued to some wire. I love making these now because they add so much dimension to a card.

Please take a look at the wonderful creations by the rest of the talented DT and oogle at the gorgeous one that Jacques created for us too.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Sunrise - or Sunset?

Get yourself ready for balmy summer days and sultry, hot evenings or a lovely spring sunset .... my card today really evokes one of those hot summer sunrises or sunsets for me. It really makes me long for a holiday! The image is just something that happened as I was playing around with my brayer and I'm pleased with the way it turned out.

This is my DT card for the One Stop Craft Challenge where the theme today is 'Metallic' as chosen by our talented Itzuvit. The metallic bits on my card are the eyelets, silver chain, fab butterfly charm and the black dragonfly brad.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamp Something - Charmed Somethings

Simon Says Challenge - Things with wings (the dragonfly and the butterfly)

Paperplay Challenges - No patterned papers

Twisted Thursday - Spring has sprung with a flower twist (spring flowers on the stamped silhouette)

This card was quite easy to make.

Step 1 - Making the image.

The background is brayered with the Big and Juicy pad 'Soothing Sunset', using just the yellow and orange portions of the ink, onto glossy card. I then stamped the grass/wildflower image (Kodomo Inc 'Autumn Flower' stamp set) 3 times at different heights using stayzon. I ripped a piece of paper and masked off the top of the image so that I could ink the bottom with black stayzon. Then I highlighted parts of the stamped grass/flowers using an inkessentials white pen. The final thing added to the image was a black dragonfly brad.

Step 2 - Making the backgound

I embossed a piece of orange card with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder and added black eyelets to the corners. The edges of the orange card were inked with the black stayzon. The chain with the butterfly charm attached (a fantastic charm I received as a RAK from my Secret Santa - thanks whoever you are because it is gorgeous) was threaded through one of the eyelets and secured on the back.

Step 3 - Assembling the card

The orange card is mounted onto yellow card, and that is all mounted onto a black card blank.

The image was then attached with 3d foam pads.

Please take a look at the fantastic ways the metallic theme has been interpreted by the rest of the talented DT - loads of inspiration for you to be found at the challenge blog.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Have you seen Rach's candy?

OMG! Hanglar Stanglar stamps! Tim Holtz Ideology paper pad (that one is Deeeeeeeee-lish!). Well Rach, you've put together one gorgeous candy treat there. Congrats on the new blog, it looks superb hunny - but mainly that is because you are so talented and your cards are just amazing.

Okay folks...hop over to Rach's blog and get yourself entered into the candy draw and while you are there feast your eyes on her amazing cards.
Sharon xx

Friday, 23 April 2010

Masked Shabby Vintage

I love making cards for the frosted designs challenge because I can really let myself go and try something completely new or just indulge in pure crafty artiness. Today's card is my first real step into building up a collage and I took photos along the way so that I would remember how I did it.....but they now make a great step by step guide for everyone.

The challenge today at frosted designs is MASKING. I did actually mask a couple of bits on this image which you'll see if you stay with the step by step photo's below. The finished card turned out a lovely cross between Shabby and Vintage and I do like this look.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations - Distressing

Just Add Ink - Just Add Vintage

Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge - Tag You're It! (Tiny tag in the top right corner)

Die Cut Dreams - Tear it up (see the newspaper part on the image)

Now to the step-by step. Firstly I took a small piece of glossy paper and glued some newspaper to on corner. When the newspaper was dried I ripped the loose part off so that it left a nice ripped edge for the image.

Next I added a bit of white acrylic paint in the centre and textured it up a bit. When that was dried I sponged China Blue and Scattered Straw distress inks randomly over the card trying to leave a bit of the centre as white.

Now I punched a circle from a post it note and stuck it over the white area to mask it. I added more scattered straw around the circle mask.

Next I took a Tim Holtz mask of some barbed wire and stick that over the card. I added some Vintage photo ink over the whole of the card to blend everything together.

Then I stamped a few random swirls and motifs in Versafine Brown ink - leaving the masks in place

And finally I removed the masks and stamped the Tim Holtz little girl image onto the card in Stayzon. And voila! The image is complete.

All that was left to do was to distress the edges a tiny bit and add it to the card. I hope you found this useful and that it gives you a bit of confidence to try something like this out. I didn't have a clue what I was doing when I started this image....I just kept going until I was happy with the final outcome.

Please hop over to the frosted designs blog to see what other types of masking the DT have done - there's bound to be glimmer mists, ink and paint along with masking template both homemade and purchased, I bet you'll find some inspiration over there.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Burnt Orange with Nostalgia

Well, I love my card today. The wonderfully talented Karen has given this fab cat picture for inspiration and a fantastic colour combination to work with over at the Colour Create Challenge today. I wasn't sure how I'd get on with it at first after the soft pastels we've had for the last two challenges...but once I got started I really enjoyed using the colours.

So the combination today is: Burnt Orange, Black and Cream with an optional extra of Checks. I do hope some of you will try this -it is a brilliant combination. Just wait till you see the fantastic projects the rest of the talented DT have created with it; they are sure to inspire you.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - Desert Island (Items I wouldn't be without: A sweet pea stamp, distress inks, glamour dust, lush papers, prima flowers, Martha Stewart punches, foliage punches, beads, ribbon and some sewing thread)

Allsorts Challenge - In Stitches

Tellen's Place - Ink Distressing

ABC - S is for Sparkle (Sparkle on her dress)

Crafty Creations - Distressing (Edges distressed with Dried Marigold and Walnut Stain distress inks)

Items used:

Sweetpea image: Nostalgia

Distress inks: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Black soot, Walnut Stain

Glamour Dust

Gold Pen

Prima flowers

Martha Stewart lattice Punch

McGill Pine Branch punch

Velvet ribbon

Black glass seed beads

Papers: DCWV The Linen Closet, PaperMania Capsule Collection Sunshine Paper Pack, free check paper from an Internet search.

We're sponsored today by The Rubber Room and there is $20 Canadian to spend in the store as a prize.

I'd like to send a personal thank you to Victoria and Eileen for being such wonderful guest designers at the Colour Create Challenge. Thanks ladies!

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Pixie Cottage 15

It's time for another Pixie Cottage challenge. We have the sketch and a theme so you can still choose to do either one of those or both of them together. The theme for this challenge is Mother's Day or Special Lady.

Now, as Mother's day has been and gone in the UK for this year, my card is a birthday card for a special lady - and who is more special than a mother? And what more appropriate image than the fabulous rose stamp by ArTish called "Simply the Best". You can purchase this stamp here.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Creative Belli Blog - Die Cuts (the oval and square are die cut)

SophistiCat Challenge - So distressing (I really did scratch those edges up)

AiFactory - Make a Birthday card and/or gift

Rosie D's Challenge - Red and White for St George (even got the English rose too!)

Die Cuts R Us - Earth Day, an earth or nature embellishment (The dragonfly and flower embellishments).

Please take a moment to have a look at the amazing projects created by the Pixie design team.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Thousand Years Waiting ATC

I don't know if I will be in time for this, but I'll try to get the post finished in time.
This is an ATC (something I never make) for the Sweet Pea Stamps April Customer Challenge.

The unusual embellishment I've used is some dried lavender (in the bottom left hand corner) so not only does it look smells fabulous too!

The rules are:
1. Using ONLY Sweet Pea Stamps,
2. Create an ATC (2.5" x 3.5") Card.
3. Use Purple and Pink.
4. Include an 'Odd' Embellishment.
Upload and add the link to your blog during the week of April 11-17.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

The Secret Garden

Before I show my card today, I need to do another quick woo-hoo! with two 'thank you's'. I think I must be going around the bend because I made a card for a challenge that posted to my blog last Monday and didn't notice that I had won the previous week's challenge. Doh! So, Thank you to Friday Sketchers for picking my card as winner of challenge 96. Also, my Sweet Pea cards were shown in a customer submissions post on the Sweet Pea Stamps blog. Thank you so much; it was an honour to see my cards on your blog.

Right, today we have a 'Things With Wings' challenge over at the One Stop Craft Challenge and the theme was picked by the lovely Gina. It was fantastic to get my dragonflies out after a long time of them gathering dust at the bottom of a drawer.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

The Creative Cottage - Things with wings
Cupcake Challenge - Childhood Memories
Stamp Something - Something Layered

Now, this image evokes a childhood memory for me - spending long summer hours playing at the bottom of the garden amongst the blackcurrent, redcurrent, whitecurrent and gooseberry bushes. It was such a magical place as a child.

Today we are sponsored by Stef - Glitterbabe and the fantastic image that I used on my card is one of Stef's. It was a joy to colour in.

Please take a look at the fab projects from the OSCC DT and the gorgeous images from Steph that they have used.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 16 April 2010

Playing with a brayer

I've been playing around again. This time I was inspired to pick up my brayer and big and juicy ink pad (which hadn't been used since I bought them last year). It's all thanks to catching the tail end of a program that featured Barbara Grey from Clarity Stamps on Create and Craft TV last weekend. I was amazed at the beautiful things she created. So I took the plunge and for a first go....I'm really pleased with the result. Okay, I know I need practice but it was my first try.

This is my DT card for the Frosted Designs challenge where the theme this week is 'Tree'

I'm entering this into:

Stamping Royalty Challenge - KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie)

MelJens Designs Challenge - 3d elements (the acetate)

Because I didn't really trust myself to make the foreground without completely messing the image up.....I cheated. I made a raised wrapper for the card with some acetate on which I stamped some bamboo. Well, it does the trick and I really like the extra 3d effect it gives.

Items used:
Stamps: Tree from Kanban Autumn Silhouettes. Bamboo stamp doesn't have a name on it.
Big and Juicy pad: Waterfall
Airondack Pitch Black ink

Thanks for looking and please take a look at the lovely designs by the rest of the talented DT.
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Barnie in spring

I have to do a quick thank you and say 'Woo Hoo!'. My first DT card for the Pixie Cottage last week made the top 5 at MelJens first challenge. Thanks so much for chosing that card to showcase ladies.

You are going to be blown away by the cards that the DT have made for this week's Pixie Cottage Challenge; they are gorgeous!

Remember that you can use the sketch / the theme/ or both to enter the challenge. We have a fantastic sketch by our guest designer this week and the theme is buttons. For my DT card I used the sketch and added tiny flower buttons all around the scallop.
I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

My Time to Craft - Pretty Petals

C.R.A.F.T. - Buttons

Allsorts - Petals and Pearls

Crafty Ann's - Let the sun shine in (without the sun Barnie wouldn't be outside smelling the flowers)

Items used:
Image: Barnie in Spring
Nestabilities - Oval, Circles and Scallop Circles
Papers: Tim Holtz Ideology Vintage Shabby
Prima flowers: Hydrangea and roses
Magnolia flower
Leone Em Maidenhair punch
Pearls, silver cord and ribbon from my stash
Distress Inks

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll find time to play with the Pixies this week.
Sharon xx

Monday, 12 April 2010

Digital Stamp Collection Release Party

Hope you are all having fun with this Whimsy digital release party. The images are fabulous, aren't they?

Anyway, if you've arrived here from Janna's blog you are on track.

If you've landed here from anywhere else then you might want to start the release hop at the beginning; that's at Crissy's blog.

My card will be entered into a a couple of challenges and they are linked up at the bottom of the post.

I've used the wonderful 'Hang In There' image designed by Crissie Armstrong (it's so cute!) and one of the sentiments that Anne designed for the Gift Horse image. I glossed up the turtle's shell with 3d gloss.

The release hop will run from noon EST Monday April 12th (that's 5 p.m. in the UK) through until Friday 16th April at noon EST (again, 5 pm in the UK).

There is a fantastic Whimsy blog candy prize for all you hoppers to enter. The candy consists of:

a $15 gift certificate to the Whimsy Store

Crissy Armstrong's Digi "Pebbles the Cat"

Katie Sowa's Digi "Awww, So Tweet!"

Ann Vento's Sentiments "Mother's Day Sentiments"

Whimsy Digi "Princess Coach"

How fantastic is that!

Ann has also created a freebie sentiment set that blog hop participants can download

The new digital collection has exclusive designs from Crissy Armstrong, Katie Sowa, and Ann Vento as well as some others from Whimsy's previous rubber stamp collections. All will be available for download upon completion of purchase. Each download will contain a zip file with 3 versions of the image, a JPEG, TIFF, and PNG all at 300dpi resolution. Images can be flipped, rotated, or resized to fit project needs.

Okay, it's time carry on the hop. Head over to Deb's blog and don't forget to leave the DT a little comment on the way.

My card is entered into the following challenges:

Friday Sketchers - the sketch I followed.

Papercutz Challenge - use 3 patterned papers (I hope the embossed pattern on the centre panel counts)

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Release Party - later today

Just a quick note to let you all know that the release party for the Whimsy digi images will be happening later today. I hope you can pop back at 5 p.m. UK time (noon EST) to join in the fun.

See you all later,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Misty Reflections

Okay, it is time for my Sweet Pea fix. I can't go too many days without making a card with one of these images. This card was made without any challenges in mind - it was just for the fun of colouring up the image.

However, it will fit in with the Sir Stampalot Challenge of Fantasy

The image has been coloured with a mix of promarkers and distress inks and her clothes have been 'blinged' with Diamond Stickles. I mounted her onto a white piece of card that had been cut with my Martha Steward Punch around the page and distressed with some gold ink. The card was finished with some gold corner stamping and doodling with stickles. This image is Ching-Chou Kuik's Misty Reflections.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Love Bunnies

Another sneak peek for you all today, the inside of my card has one of the new digi images by Whimsy Stamps called Love Bunnies that will be available for everyone to buy on Monday.

I've made a swing (or flip-flop card) and all the instructions for these cards are available on Splitcoast Stampers. I made my card bigger than the instructions. The front looks quite normal and elegant but when it swings round you see the fabby cute image of the love bunnies.

This is my DT card for One Stop Craft Challenge where our fantastic Chrissie has chosen the theme "On The Move". So we're looking for cards and projects with movement this week.

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:

Polkadoodles - Wedding Celebration
One Stitch at a time - Anything Goes

Please take a look at all the inspiration cards with some fantastic movement in them over at the challenge blog.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 9 April 2010

Turn a boy into a girl

It's been quite a busy week on this blog so far and it's not over yet. Today I have my Frosted Designs DT card and a new image that is in fact a boy image...but I turned it into a girl, just to show the stamp is versatile.

So, at Frosted Designs, the challenge is 'DREAM'.
I had lots of ideas about making a dream card...but when the stamp 'Baby Blake' popped through my letterbox with this sentiment, the card was already made (in my head). What is more dream-y than a baby?

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Sketch n Stash - the sketch and I used my new stamps and punch around the page punch
Stamptacular - Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
MelJens challenge 2 - Let's see some girly colours
Rosie D's Challenge - Blessings (babies are a blessing)

I made the Baby Blake image girly by colouring it in pink and adding some gathered lace for a bonnet. This is a versatile stamp. I've coloured it up in several colours now (pink, blue, lemon, pastel green) so I can have a baby card at hand ready for when they are needed at short notice.

I also love the sentiment stamp. That just sums up what the birth of a baby is all about.

Please take a look at the dream-y creations that the other frosted design girls have put together; they are fantastic!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Colour Create Challenge 42

Hi Everyone,

It's Colour Create day again today and our fantastic Mina has chosen a gorgeous combo and optional extra for us again. I just don't know where the girls keep coming up with these beautiful colour combos - but I'm really glad that they do. This is the fab picture that she picked for inspiration. The colours are Lilac, Grey and white with the optional extra of gingham. Gorgeous!

I will be entering my card into some challenges but I'll have to add those when I get home from work tonight (I'm writing this post way past my bed time!)

The papers were ones that I found as a free download but I had to alter the colour in photoshop from pink to lilac. Luckily my (pretty bad) photoshop skills came good this time because the paper matches my card stock really well.

The image is called Juliet from Girl About Town from charmed cards and crafts. She is coloured with distress inks (Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde, Black soot and Old Paper). I distressed the edge of the image and then went over it with 2 peg stamps in milled lavender and dusty concorde. The lilac card is embossed with the Stylized Flowers cuttlebug embossing folder. Ribbons, buttons, bling and Tim Holtz photo corner are from my stash.

We're sponsored this week by Michelle's scrapbooking and she has donated one of her new Pixie cottage stamps and a $15 gift voucher.

I hope you'll find time to join our challenge and please take a moment to look at the fantastic creations from the amazing DT.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Hannah with Butterflies

Hello everyone. It's the debut of the new DT members at The Pixie Cottage today and boy have they made some gorgeous cards for you!

I should mention that from today The Pixie Cottage Challenge will now be set on a weekly basis, every Wednesday.

Not only that, but you get to 'Take Your Pick' every week because we will be setting both a sketch challenge and a theme each week. You can take your pick and enter just using the sketch, or just using the theme or using both! It's entirely up to you.

This week there is a beautiful sketch and the theme is embossing. I used the sketch and embossed the background paper using the cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I'm going to enter my DT card into the following challenges:

Polka Doodles - Birthday Challenge
and a second entry into the following challenges:
Just Add Ink - Just Add ... Ink
MelJens Designs - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Pollycraft Challenge - Anything Goes
S2G Challenge - Have Fun and Anything Goes

Items Used:
For my card I've used the new Hannah with butterflies stamp which you can purchase here. Isn't she gorgeous!
I stamped her up using Momento Tuxedo Black Ink.
The base paper I've used is from the DCWV The Linen Closet Paper Pad.
She has been coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Faded Jeans, Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Roses, Pearl Sprays, Stick on pearls and Butterfly punch from Hobbycraft.
The other paper is Papermania Capsule Collection
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Folder
Card Candy was a RAK
McGill Pine Branch Punch

Please take a look at the cards made by the other DT members - I'm sure they'd love you to pop over to their blogs and leave a little love for them. While you're over at the challenge blog, don't forget to enter the blog candy; you'll find the link in the sidebar. The new stamps are also in stock so stop by the store too and feast your eyes on them.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 5 April 2010

Sneak Peek Time

As promised, I'm back with my sneak peek.

You may have heard the news that Whimsy Stamps are introducing a new digital line of images, woo hoo!, and what a sensational set of images they are. This week the Whimsy DT will be giving you sneak peeks at some, or all, of them. Keep an eye out on the Whimsy Inspirations blog and the Whimsy DT blogs for these teasers. (The DT blogs are linked on my sidebar).

None of the images are on sale just yet....but they will be on April 12th. That's not too long to wait, is it?

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

AI Factory - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Animal Magic
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
For Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Fancy Folds
Just Add Ink - Just Add ... Ink
Magical Crafts - Animal Magic
MelJens Designs - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Pile it on - An Easel Card
Pollycraft Challenge - Anything Goes
S2G Challenge - Have Fun and Anything Goes

I've used the image called 'Awww, So Tweet!' What a fab and different wedding card this makes. I love this cutie image and just had to make a happy, sunny coloured card with it; something a little different from the white and silver or white and gold that I normally choose for weddings.

The embossed background has been spritzed with Glimmer Mist to give it a bit of extra sparkle.
Anne (Raindropecho) has created several fantastic sentiment sets to match up with the new images, and those will be available soon too. I've used one of the sentiments on this card

Items Used:
Whimsy Stamps digital 'Awww, So Tweet!' image and sentiment
'Victoria' Cuttlebug Folder
K & Co Daffodil Pad
Glimmer Mist - 'Marshmallow'
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed and Tattered Rose
Stampin' Up! Slot Punch
Everything else came from my crafty stash.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

New Stamps!!

Morning everyone,

Just thought I do a quick post about some new stamps and some sneek peeks that'll be coming your way this week. I do have a card coming later today (around about midday UK time) that will be a sneak peek (well, a full reveal really) of one of the images that'll be on sale from 12th April. So please pop back later today to have a look.

But for this post I'm letting you know that the NEW PIXIE COTTAGE STAMPS are in the store now. There are some fantastic stamps in this release ....... I know because I was colouring some of them up last night - and they are a dream to take your inks, or pens, or watercolours to. Go take a look here. There are new images by ArTish, Sandra Hammer, Alisa Ramirez, Janneke, Lisa Schmidt and Tina Akonom

Look out for a card with the new Hannah image with the butterflies on this blog soon (she is gorgeous!!!)

See you later for a sneak peek at a new Whimsy image.

Sharon x

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Sarah Kay in Polka Dots

I had so much fun making my card for today because it's a technique that I hardly ever use and I'd forgotten how much I like paper piecing. This little Sarah Kay looks so sweet in her polka dot outfit and the card turned out prettier that I had anticipated.

This is my One Stop Craft Challenge card where Suzi has picked the theme of Paper Piecing for us this week.

I'm also entering this into the following challenges:

Friday Sketchers - the wonderful sketch

Incy Wincy Challenge - Stitching (hand stitching this time)

Items Used:

Image: Sarah Kay
Papers: DCWV The Linen Closet
Big rose: Magnolia tulle rose
Small roses: Hobbycraft
Distress inks: Old Paper, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw, Weathered Wood, Faded Denim, Walnut stain
Everything else from my stash.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Friday, 2 April 2010

Frosted Designs with glitz

I'm so looking forward to this long Easter weekend! Don't care if the weather is bad because it'll be lovely to have a couple of extra days away from work....and I may even get some extra crafting in too! Bliss!
Today I have my DT card for Frosted Designs, and this week is a colour challenge of
Phew!!! The pink on this card is HOT, HOT, HOT!
I'm also going to enter it into:
Crafts and Me - their first challenge is Fairies or Wings (I have wings) (( Big Wave to Gina!!))
Sweet Pea Stampers - their first challenge is all that glistens is gold (Glistening gold glamour dust)
Incy Wincy - Stitching (this is faux stitching). For anyone interested...they are running a design team call at the moment.
Cooking it up with Katie - Something Old (the satin ribbon) Something New (the cuttlebug folder and the maidenhair leaf punch) and Something Sweet (Sweet Pea image)
Simon Says Stamp - It's so distressing (Distressed the raised areas on the cuttlebug embossing with Black Soot. Used distress inks to colour. Distressed the edges with distress ink)

I have a couple of new items on this card. The fab cuttlebug folder and the Leone Em Maidenhair leaf punch. I love them both.
The image is a Sweet Pea one and it is glittered up to the nines with glamour dust. Couldn't quite pick it all out in the photos though but it is there one the swirls, the bodice, the necklace and around the edge.
Items Used:
Image: Ching-Chou Kuik - Red Hearts
Hot pink, Lime Green and Black card stock from the Papermill
Victoria Cuttlebug folder
Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Old Paper, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Black Soot, Walnut Stain
Glamour Dust
Hobby Craft Roses and flower punch,
Leone Em Maidenhair leaf punch
Satin Ribbon

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Been Playing Around

I was playing around with crackle glaze last weekend and I just love this little set that I made. I had no idea if this would work or what it would turn out like but I'm really pleased with the results.
I can even enter these into a couple of challenges!
Papertake Weekly - Fill Your Boots (Anything Goes)
Simon Says Stamp - It's so distressing
Creative Card Crew - Vintage/Aged
Crafty Creations - Anything goes

I made the card as an aperture and stuck the piece that made the window on the front onto the inside with some scrolly, swirly stamps around it.

I made the backing card for both these items by firstly painting the card with crackle glaze (all over). Then, when the crackle glaze was dried, I added vintage photo distress ink all over the crakleglaze and then wiped over the whole surface with a baby wipe. Next I went over the crackle glaze once again using Weathered Wood distress ink....and this is the result I achieved.

Hope you like them too.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx