Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Christmas Candle

This is possibly my last post before Christmas....but today is my last day at work until the New Year, so maybe I'll find time to make a few cards now. I do hope so. I'm really looking forward to having some time off from everything and then taking a bit of time out to do some crafting too. Bliss!

This card is for the Pixie Cottage Challenge which runs for the next 2 weeks. There is a gorgeous sketch (which I used) and /or the theme of Celebrations.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
A Spoonfull Of Sugar - Christmas Cards
Alota Rubber Stamps - Bling It On
Crafty Ann's - Anything Goes
Drunken Stampers - Christmas Drunken Stamper's Style
Dutch Dare Challenge - Winter
Fresh Brewed - Merry Christmas
Little Paper Shop - Get a Little Square
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Christmas
S2G Twisted Thursday - A month of cheer with the twist of flocking (on the hat)
Sew Many Challenges - Winter
Stampin' for the Weekend - Christmas
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
The Character Cafe - Shiny/Foil (Shiny bells and gems)
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes

Items Used:
Hannah with Candle by Sandra Hammer
Sentiment by Waltzing Mouse
Distress Inks: Pine Needles, Dusty Concorde, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Broken China, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed
White Flocking on Hat trim and trim round dress
Stardust Stickles on the star
White card embossed with a snowflake embossing folder
Bells, Ribbon and Bling from my stash

Please take a look at the fabulous creations that the awesome Pixie girls have made.

Here's wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Have A Sweet Christmas

I'm off on a bling-tastic, glittery, shiny and rebelling against traditional Christmas colours and images today. Oh er! Hope I'm not offending anyone. Don't get me wrong, I love the traditional stuff but I do like to push the boundaries every now and again. I'm glad I pushed them with this creation because I really like it.

This is my DT card for the Pixie Cottage Challenge where there is a fab sketch and/or the theme of sparkle and shine. I have used both, once again and really gone to town on the sparkle and shine (as well as gems there's lots of glitter too! You'll see that in the photo at the bottom.) I'm entering this into:

Just Magnolia - Anything goes with Sparkle
PaperCutz Challenge - Christmas Card with 2 patterned papers and any colours.
Totally Papercrafts - Xmas Punches (Martha Stewart snowflake border punch
Wags n Whiskers - Snowflakes
2 Sisters - Sparkly Christmas
Sew Many Challenges - Snowflakes
Paper Romance - Winter Themed
Dutch Dare - Christmas
Challenge Up You Life - Advent and/or Christmas
Secret Crafter - Christmas
Cupcake Inspirations - The inspiration photo is a cupcake!!! Perfect!
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes

Here's a close-up showing the ultra fine glitter that I added to the cupcakes and cakes in this fantastic image.

The images I used are:

Sweet Shoppe by ArTish (what a clever bunny she is!)

I know everyone is really busy at this time of year, but I hope that you'll find the time to join in with our challenge this week. Please take a look at the wonderful creations that the amazing DT have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

One for the Men

Finally! A Christmas card that is suitable for the men in our lives. I have got so stuck in pretty, sparkly and cute that I was beginning to despair that I would ever make a male card this year.

Thank you so much to some challenges for giving me the inspiration that I needed to create this.

I was saving this card to post on here tomorrow but I've just realised that if I do, I'll miss a couple of the challenges that I made it for. So I'm posting it now. I'm entering this into (in alphabetical order):

A Crafty Little Place - Anything Goes
Cards For Men - Christmas
Crafty Ann's - Sketch and/or Christmas (I just did Christmas)
For Fun Challenges - Make a card that is not square or A2
One Stitch At A Time - Old Stash New Stash (Old is the bearly mine CD that I printed the stripy paper from and the Dovecraft Tag Templates that made the oval tag. New are the stamps - a combination of Waltzing Mouse, Stempleglede and Paula Pascale)
Polka Doodles - All About the sentiment
Stamp and Create - 'Tis the Season
Stamp Something - Christmas Colour Combo
The Crafty Pad - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid - An Old Fashioned Christmas

This type of card is just perfect for layering up. The photo above shows the layers that it has been possible to create on this card.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Love you a Latte!

I had my lovely grandchildren staying with me last night and they didn't sleep very well at all. This is so unusual for them as we normally don't hear a peep out of them all night long. However, Oscar was making a lot of noise rolling around his travel cot and spent most of the night sat upright, standing up or crying (for no apparent reason), and Amelia got upset every time I tried to get back to my own room and bed. Needless to say, I spent all night in their room and I am now totally exhausted! Think it might be back to bed for me for a snooze this afternoon. ;o)

Anyway, I could really do with one of these at the moment!

The theme at the One Stop Craft Challenge is 'Latte' so we're looking for tea and coffee related makes this week.

I've used the brand new stamp by Faith Skrdla called Love you a Latte. This was so easy to colour in; I can see I'll be using this one again and again.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Basic Grey Challenge - Recipe -3 patterned papers, 4 types of embellishment, 1-2 images or sentiments

Papers are from Basic Grey basics manilla and granola pads.

I've used Buttons, a Bow, Bling gems and Square Brads for the embellishments.

2 images of a cup of latte.

Moving Along With The Times - For Someone Special

PaperPlay Challenge - Monochrome

Stampin' for the weekend - Recipe (2 circles, 2 Squares plus buttons and bling)

Theme Thursday - Fun Images

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes

Please take a look at the lovely warming coffee and tea makes that the rest of the fabulous DT have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

A card, A gift and a stamp launch!

Woo Hoo! We're launching a new Pixie Cottage image on the Colour Create Challenge today! Yes, the fabulous Michelle has given us 2 prizes of brand new stamps, one of which has not been seen on any other blog before. And I got the chance to make a card with it! (Do you think I'm tickled pink? You bet I am)

Anyway, I have 2 makes for you today using the challenge colours and themes from Colour Create. The colours this week are:

Grey, Green and White

The optional extra is to use silver or acetate.

This first card uses the brand new image called Hannah's Stocking by Sandra Hammer (which will be available to purchase sometime soon at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More - just keep a look out for it).
This is such a fantastic Christmas image because it just sums up the excitement that every little child has on Christmas Eve. I have put acetate in the window and there is a silver Father Christmas charm and silver glittered snowflakes & stars on this card.

My second make is a little easel card but it also is a gift because it has quite a deep drawer in it that I can use to put some papering body lotions in, or some make-up, or maybe ever some yummy chocolates.
This one uses the lovely Marianne image from Stempleglede. I've used the silver option on this one, with the silver mirror board punched out with the Martha Stewart punch, a silver chain for the drawer handle, and silver metal surrounding the green pearl brads.

I'm entering these into the following challenges

ABC Christmas - Y is for Yuletide
A Crafty Little Place - Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends - Package (the easel drawer package)
Oh La La Challenge - Christmas Song ("So here it is, Merry Christmas" - the first line is " Are you hanging up your stockings on the wall")
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun - Advent
StampsRUs - Holiday Cards
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes

Please take a look at the amazing cards and gifts that the rest of the DT have made.
Oh and before I go - Mina is celebrating her 2nd blogoversary - do pop over to see her for the chance to win some of her wonderful mega candy - there are several prizes to be won.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Christmas Candles

Well it was a cold and chilly day and we even had snow here in the south of the UK yesterday. It didn't lay where I am, but it did look pretty watching the snowflakes out of the window at work. I wonder if it'll snow today too; snow makes me really feel Christmassy.

I have a christmassy card to share today. This is my Pixie Cottage DT card where there is a sketch and/or the theme of Paper Piecing to follow (I did both). It uses the new stamp called Hannah with Candle and I think this is such a lovely image. The papers I've used are DCWV The Linen Closet.I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Fairy Fun Fridays - Buttons and Bows
Fussy and Fancy - Christmas without red and green
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
Speedy The Cats Challenge - Bows
Stampin' B's - Make a holiday card
StampsRUs - Holiday Cards
Sweet Stampin' - Buttons and Bows
The Character Cafe - Use a Natural or Neutral colour and some glitter
The Gingerloft - Bows
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Wee Memories - Bowtiful Ribbon Challenge
Please pop over to the Pixie Cottage to see the other paper piecing masterpieces that the fab DT have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx