Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas Projects

Ahhhh! Christmas! You've got to love it. I spend part of yesterday watching my granddaughter being the Angel Gabriel at the Christmas play. Brilliant! That's what Christmas is all about - it's so lovely to see children play out the nativity.

I've been really busy this year making advent calendars. My first calendar was made with the Colour Create Challenge theme in mind. The challenge colours this time are set by the fantastic Sharon L and they are Blue, Silver and White. The optional extra is embossing. Unfortunately I forgot to do the embossing on the calendar so I made the card above to cover that option off.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Anything Christmas
Everybody Art Challenge - Blue and White
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Sparkly things (Don't look at the light)
Addicted to Stamps - Snowflakes
Gingerloft Challenge - Winter and Christmas
Lollipop Crafts - Happy Holidays

I almost wore my distress inks out with these creations - thank goodness for re-inkers. The blue one is in use with my grandson and my granddaughter wanted a pink and purple one....hey presto!

I think these bottom two are my favourites - the colours are so rich!

I'm entering the red and green ones into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - Y for Yippee! It's almost Christmas
Heart Song Inspirations - Snowflakes and/or Doileys
Ooh La La Creations - Anything but a card
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas Projects
Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
The Pixie Cottage -Anything Goes Christmas Style

The colour create challenge is sponsored by Michelle's scrapbooking and she has given a $30 gift certificate for the winner of this challenge.

I want to send a big thank you to Michelle for her fantastic monthly sponsorship.

I also want to thank all our other sponsors for their support in 2011.

And last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to the fantastic design team, both past and present, for your sharing your amazing talent with us throughout 2011.

Thanks for looking - and don't forget to peek at the other incredible creations by the Colour Create design team.

Happy Christmas
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Day 2 - 12 Tags of Christmas

Well, here is my version of Tag 2 from Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas.

Again, there was lots of improvisation but that was half the fun. I really wish I'd had some canvas because it'd be lovely to use that on the reindeer and distress it, but Hey Ho, all I had was a little wooden reindeer. I think it looks just fine and dandy as an alternative.

So, now that I've ordered my hammer texture kit before they all sell out because it has been discontinued (can see there will be oodles of things to do with that!) I'll be able to batter the brads around a bit to make them all distressed. For this tag I used my screw head brads, which gives it a bit of a manly touch.

For the gold paint I substituted a gold promarker and I must admit that it 'weathered' down really well.

This shot shows the colours on the background a little better. Sorry for the dodgy camera work but I did take these on a really overcast and rainy day.

I'd like to enter this one into the following challenge:
Our Craft Lounge - Tag - You're it
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Lost the stabilisers! Tag 5

Well, I had intended to learn the techniques Tim Holtz is giving us in his 12 days of Christmas event, by making tags as close to his as possible and then going back to 'do my own thing' with the technique.........but I was so blown away with today's technique for Tag 5 that I threw away the stabilisers and just went for it.

I still took inspiration from Tim's tag - the leaves from his wreath and the pearls, but that was about it. This is not as shabby or vintage as I wanted it to be, but I'm pretty pleased with the results all the same., if only Santa would deliver some more Tim products........ ;-)

I really apologise for the rubbish photos but it is 10.30 at night over here in the UK, so electric light is all I can capture this by at the moment. Well, I'm off to leave a few comments before I head off to bed - work again tomorrow (groan).

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

12 Days of Christmas Tags (Day 1)

As promised yesterday, here is another of the 4 tags I made over the weekend following the Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas. This one is for Day 1. I'm so glad that I found out about this event - it is wonderful to learn all these new techniques.

Part of the fun of joining in with this is learning the fabulous techniques as you craft along with the photos provided on the Tim Holtz Blog. The other bit of fun comes in the form of searching around your stash and getting creative when you don't have one of Tim's products. (There's plenty of that on this tag!)

For a start - I haven't got the NOEL die. Then, I don't have the tattered Pine cone die either (that's on my wish list now). On top of that, I don't have the festive greenery or tattered banners dies either (They are now on my wish list too).

So, what do I have of Tim's that I used on this tag? Distress inks, Tim Holtz Coredinations Distress Ink colour paper stack, and a Flourish die cut! But hey, I'm really pleased with my 'make do and mend' crafting using normal punches, sizzix individual letters, glue and a pair of scissors. Not a patch on Tim's gorgeous creation...but all the same, it's not bad, eh?

Hopefully this shot give you some idea of the dimension on these tags - amazing!

I'd like to enter this one into the following challenges:
Cooking it up with Katie - Anything Goes
Rainbow Lady's Challenge - Christmas Carols (The First Noel)
Just For Fun - Winter (no cute)
Crafty Ribbons - Make a tag
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas (A great place to get the items for the tags of Christmas - they have a link on their blog!)

Thanks for looking - I'll be back tomorrow with a tag for Day 2.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sheer Bliss!!!!

Hello everyone. How has your weekend been? I've had THE BEST weekend for a very long time. I had the luxury of some spare time all to myself - what bliss! So I spent some of that time crafting for pleasure and tagging along with the Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas. Ha Ha...Tagging - Tag - get it? ((GROAN)).

As this is the first time that I've come across this event (I know - it's amazing that someone could have their head so far in the sand that they miss this!), I thought I'd give it a go and just try to emulate one of the tags Tim has done - just to learn the techniques. Well - FOUR tags down (will be posting the others during the coming week) and I am totally smitten. This one is Day 4's tag.

Even my hubby remarked:
"Those are a bit posh, aren't they? We'll have to use them again next year - make sure you don't write on them!"
Men! Honestly!

We get a whole month to post our tags, so I think I'll do one of each "a la Tim" and then go back and create a few of my own in some of the different styles over the Christmas break - yes...that is how much fun it is to make these tags.

While I'm here I'd like to enter this into a couple of challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Bingo (Pearls, Stickles, Ribbon)
Let's Ink It Up - Christmas Projects
Come and get it challenge - Anything Christmas
Craft Your Days Away - Buttons or Bows
One Stop Crafts - Let it Snow.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Snowfall Snowflake

It's December!!!! Only 25 days until the big man in the red suit has been to visit us all. Have you been good this year? Hope so.

Today is Colour Create Challenge day and the amazing Sylvia has set a wonderful Christmas challenge for us.

The Colours are
with the optional extra of SNOWFLAKES.

Well, I didn't quite get the right shade of green on my first attempt because I was so excited at the Bo-Bunny snowflake stamp and the Tim Holtz limited edition Winter distress inks landing on my doormat that I had to use the Evergreen Bough ink straight away. It's a gorgeous, icy green colour (the lighter card) but it's just not the right shade for the challenge. So my second card used the Shabby Shutters ink.

Oooooh! I love this snowflake stamp. It's probably one of the best purchases I've made this year. I did a search a couple of nights ago and here are the links I found where they still had some of the items in stock:

Bo Bunny Stamp Set - Snowfall : available at Charmed Cards and Crafts, also at That's Crafty and Oyster Stamps

Tim Holtz Limited Edition Winter Distress Inks - available at Oyster Stamps and several other stores (but I've not ordered from those stores before).

Snowflake charm from Bunny Zoes

The bling is something I picked up at the Farnborough craft show earlier this year and the papers are freebies with Card Making and Papercraft magazine. It's been AGES since I used papers that I haven't made myself!

I fancied adding a small stick of cinnamon to my card and boy, does it smell Christmassy!

I'd like to enter my cards into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp! - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Winter
Craft Your Passion - 'Tis the Season
Crafty Cardmakers - Heat Embossing
Addicted to stamps - Christmas Card

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by:

And the wonderful prize is these stamps!

High Hopes are also offering a 25% discount on their dragon stamps in the first week of December. Read about the offer and get the discount code from the Colour Create Challenge blog, and then hop over to High Hopes Stamps to put your order in.

While you're at the challenge blog, don't forget to have a look at the fabulous creations that the rest of the design team have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 17 November 2011

All that glitters.....

Hello folks! How is everyone? Did you all have fun at the recent craft fairs? One of these days I'll get to one of the bigger ones, I hope, but I'm so scared of spending too much money at those events. Can you imagine how many things would leap into my shopping trolly? It's bad enough that they all fight their way in on a website! Perhaps a car trailer would be needed to go around the NEC ;-)

Anyway, its Colour Create Challenge time again and our wonderful Kerry has picked such a pretty combo this time
with the optional extra of
Here's the inspiration picture:

Now, normally I make all my own card blanks, but a set of gold card blanks launched themselves into my shopping basket on a recent trip to a well known craft store. So it would've been rude not to use one of them wouldn't it? I also fancied a little break from the Christmas card making, so I picked out some butterfly and a floral stamp to maka a base for a Birthday card.
My bling comes in the form of some gold gems and the gold embossing, as well as that blingy gold ribbon.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
ABC Challenge - D is for Dazzle
Heartsong Inspirations - Gold or Glitter
The Pink Elephant - Embossing
Just Us Girls - Ghosting Technique
Sassy Cheryl's - Stump the boss (Anything Goes)

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by our regular monthly sponsor and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to spend in store

Michelle's Scrapbooking & More is now carrying La Blanche stamps, La La Land stamps and have just released a new line from The Pixie Cottage. Stop by and see the wonderful selection of stamps, copics, dies, embossing folders and more. Check out their clearance section for some really great deals! They also offer gift certificates for the perfect holiday gift!

Don't forget to take a look at the wonderful items created by the Colour Create design team.
The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to spend in store

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Talk about an Arty shot! Anyone would think I'd been having photography lessons. I can't believe how dramatic I made my card look.

Today is Colour Create Challenge Day and we have some new design team members to introduce to everyone. So firstly here's a big warm welcome to:

It's great to have you on the team. I'd also like to say a huge 'Thank You' to everyone else that entered the DT call; you made the choice hard for us.

Our challenge today has been picked by Julie and she has given us an awesome combination.

Turquoise, Deep Pink and Ivory

The optional extra is Glitter.

I was so inspired by the colours that I made a card I'm really pleased with!!!! I was going to leave the background just brayered but I'm so glad I took the chance and embossed it and glittered up the edge. It made all the difference.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges.

Ladybug Crafts - Non Traditional Christmas

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Stamp and doodle - Emboss it

Heart Song Inspirations - Embossing and/or 3 layers

Pollycraft - Anything Goes

Items Used:
Clarity Stamps: Ornate Star Stamp, Peace On Earth Stamp, Clarity Paper and Card
Inkadinkadoo Christmas Borders Clear stamp set
Inks - Adirondack
Stamp n Stuff Embossing Powders - Kaleidoscope, Stardust
Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Embossing Folder - Rays
Glitter and Bling gems

Please take a look at the fantastic inspiration that the design team at Colour Create have given us with today's colours.

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by:

gif maker

and she's give a £10 gift certificate for the prize. Thanks Nikki!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Take 2 stamps

Today's set of cards are some quick and easy Christmas cards. They are variations on a colourway and all use the same stamps. The colours are taken from this weeks Colour Create Challenge - Burgundy, Gold, Green and Cream. The optional extra on the challenge is to add some dimension so I popped out the trees with 3d foam pads.

The first card uses burgundy as the main colour with stamping done in Pirate Gold embossing powder. I think this one looks rather rich.

The second card has gold for the card blank on which the swirl was embossed with clear embossing powder. The background behind the trees was made with alcohol inks.

The final card is a cream base that has been embossed once again and a little bit of glitter glue was added to the middle tree.

Stamps Used:
Papermania Joyeux Noel clear stamp set
Fiscars Continuous Stamp - Elegant VineSwirl
Papermania - PMA10038 Merry Christmas

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Layer it up
Crafting When We Can - it's Christmas almost
Stamptacular - You Choose

Please take a look at the wonderful creations that the rest of the Colour Create Design team have created.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 6 October 2011

I've been a bad blogger!

........there's no excuse for it - apart from spending my time relaxing on holiday, knitting, cleaning the house and reading (amongst other things). In other words, I've allowed lots of other stuff to tear me away from card-making. Now I know that will seem really alien to most of you cardmakers, but I think I needed some time away to re-charge the mojo. Added to which, I can't actually get into my craft room very easily because we're shifting a lot of stuff around in the house since my daughter and grandchildren moved back home. Guess which room has some of the storage things in it? Yep, the craft room.

Anyway, I managed to get the brayer, a couple of stamps and some inks out so that I could make a DT card for this week's Colour Create Challenge. (To be honest, the stamps are new and didn't even make it into the craft room!) The challenge colours have been picked by Mina and they look terrific together. It's LILAC, GREY and WHITE with the optional extra of SNOWFLAKES.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Christmas Inspiration - Birds or Flowers (bird silhouetted against the moon)

Craft 4 Eternity - Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with the option of something punched (snowflake on the ribbon)

Thanks for looking - and please don't forget to take a peek at the other DT creations,

Sharon xx

Thursday, 22 September 2011

A DT Call !!!!

It's time to do that DT call we mentioned over at the Colour Create Challenge a few weeks ago!!
Do you fancy joining our design team?
Can you create a project using challenge colours and an optional extra?
Are you willing to comment on a proportion of the entries to the challenge?
Are you willing to set a challenge by picking an inspirational picture?
Can you work to a deadline?
Do you have an active blog?

If the answer to the above questions is 'Yes' we'd like to hear from you.

To be considered for the design team, simply make a creation based on this week's challenge colours and optional extra.

Let us know you are interested in the DT call by either adding the letters 'DT' to your link in Mr Linky or, you can e-mail us at (remember to tell us what your Mr Linky number is and please title your e-mail 'DT CALL').

As a DT member you will need to make one project for this challenge every 2 weeks. The project needs to include both the challenge colours and the optional extra. We are not aligned to any company so you'll be free to use any images or products that you like in your creations. We do have a rota for commenting so you will need to comment on the entries assigned to you.

The DT call will close on Wednesday 5th October at 6.00 p.m. GMT and it is open to everyone world wide. Please don't be put off if you don't normally make cards because this call is open to everyone and we'd love to see some other types of projects represented on our DT.

The final decision will be made by everyone on our design team and I bet you all make it really hard for us! ;o)

Good Luck!

Hop on over the the challenge if you'd like to enter!!!!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Medieval Knights

Are you ready for a bit of medieval, masculine madness? Here's the olde recipe: Add a sprinkling of knights in shining armour, a splash of blood spattering, dollop in a wax seal, blend a fleur-de-lis, mix with a wonderful colour combination, bake in papers that you create yourself and this is what you end up with! I actually love this set of masculine cards!

These are the Colour Create DT items that I've created for today's challenge. Our fab Kerry picked the amazing combination of RED, KRAFT and WHITE/CREAM with an optional extra of CREATE YOUR OWN PAPERS.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Masculine Cards
Cards For Men - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - Red or Ribbon or Roses
Sparkles Forum Challenge - One For The Boys
Lollipop Crafts - Make it masculine
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes

Card 1: Sizzix Bigz Fleur-de-lis die. Waltzing Mouse text stamp (on the fleur-de-lis).Kraft paper embossed with forever friends black and gold embossing folder. Red backing paper created by stamping and clear embossing various birthday sentiments at right angles. White embroidery thread. Fleur-de-lis wax seal and brass coloured brads finish the card off.

Card 2: Background: Waltzing Mouse text stamp in brown ink, a Crackle Background stamp embossed in white detail embossing powder and 'blood splatters' added by a paper artsy splatter stamp.
Main Image from Tanda Stamps medieval set - embossed in red. Brads and red ribbon from stash

Card 3. Red Background: Watermelon, Cranberry and Gold Alcohol inks. Over stamped with a small Fleur-de-lis stamp embossed in detail white.
Kraft Background: stamped with Waltzing Mouse text stamp
Main Image: Tanda Stamps
Ribbon, Embroidery Floss and Wax seal.

Hope you can join us for the challenge over at Colour Create; the design team have made some stunning creations this time.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Catching Up!

It's time to do a catch-up! My goodness, there have been no posts on here for over a month, so it's definitely time to correct that situation and add a couple of the items that have been made in the interim. There are some health reasons for the interruption in service but the details of that are not important; the important thing is that things should start improving from now onwards.

Anyway, let's start with a couple of Colour Create items. This first one is for the current challenge which has been set by Liz and has the amazing colour combination of Blue, Green, White, Brown and Red with the optional extra of Texture. What a fab combination that is!

This card was made for my daughter's birthday (on Friday 12th Aug) so as she has now received it, it is safe for me to post the image on here. She's nuts about Audrey Hepburn so I'm always on the look-out for Audrey stamps.

Next up is the little recipe holder that I made for the previous challenge. That one had the theme of Pink, Green and White with the optional extra of Cooking.

I couldn't find any 'cooking' stamps so I interpreted the theme with the recipe holder and then thought it'd be good to have one of these specifically for French cuisine. Hence the Eiffel Tower and the 'Bon Appetit' stamps

Inside there are little pockets for slipping the recipes into, and the whole thing wraps up small enough so that it can be stored. The template for this recipe holder is free from Papertrey Ink and you can access it by clicking HERE.

I need to say a quick Thank-you to Di who is stepping down from the Colour Create design team so that she can create a challenge for her own line of digi stamps. Good Luck Di and thank you so much for the inspiration and wonderful things you created for Colour Create.

Sharon xx

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Sweet of you

Is everyone having a good week? It all seems to be going incredibly fast once more; one blink and here we are, almost at the weekend again.

Anyway, it's Colour Create day today and I had to pick the colours this week so I chose Fuchsia, Green and White with the optional extra of making your own flowers. Well, all I can say is I'm so glad that Fuchsia flowers cover a whole range of colours from pink through to purple because I just couldn't seem to colour match to the inspiration picture!

Time was tight so I've opted for a simple style again, but I did manage a card and a little treat handbag. I love the cute handbag template; it's a Lauren Meader timeless template one and is so easy to use. The little bit of embossing on the top is all that was needed (I felt)to offset the large handmade flower.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges - Flowers
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers
Scrap Creations Challenge - Anything but a card
Bows and Berries - Thank You/Appreciation
Digi Design House - Handmade Flowers
Hooked on Crafts - Show us your flowers
Secret Crafter - Embossing
Glitter Geeks - Handbags and gladrags

I hope you'll find time to take a look at the incredibly beautiful items that the talented design team made this week - they are super! And we'd love it if you found time to join in the challenge.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Queens Cutie on a Pixie Porch

Hi everyone. What happened to the last 2 weeks? Where did they go? Did a little imp came along and steal the days when I wasn't looking? Well, there's some news to share today so let's make up for lost time.

We have some new design team members over at the Pixie Cottage! YAY! Welcome to all the new girls. If you take a look at the sidebar, there are links to all their blogs on there, so please pop over and leave them some love.

The challenge today is a sketch and/or 'Strawberries and Cream'. I've used the sketch and the colours I picked for my card are a muted strawberry and cream theme. The stamp I used today is PLEASANT PORCH by ARTish and it has been teamed up with a Kenny K image. Just goes to show that these Pixie Cottage background images suit lots of the character stamps and digis around nowadays.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge - Summer Birthdays
Creative Craft Challenge - Make your own backing papers
Creative Inspirations - Stitching (Real or faux)
The Shabby Tea Room - My favourite things (making my own backing papers)

Please take a look at the gorgeous creations from the design team by clicking HERE.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Vellum and Parchment Greetings

Just one photo? That makes a change for me. Well you see, I only had a chance to photograph things last Sunday and it was bucketing down with rain at the time. I've been busy ever since, so this is the best of the bunch.

Today is Colour Create Challenge day and the amazing Mina picked the colours of Grey, Blue and White with the optional extra of Vellum. We all had loads of fun with these colours. I got out my Kars Bling, Bling Doodles templates and did a little embroidery on the grey card stock in white and pale blue thread.

For the vellum option I tore the edges of one piece and wrapped it around the card.
The main image (Greetings by ARTish available from our sponsor The Pixie Cottage) was stamped in white stayzon onto parchment, I added blue to the petals on the reverse of the parchment using a pergamano pencil crayon and the edges of the petals were feathered with an embossing tool. Ice cool clear gems, a piece of ribbon and a best wishes sentiment finished this card off.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge - Parchment
Pollycraft - Ribbon & Flowers
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Distressed/Torn Edges
Magical Monday - Pick Two (Ribbon and Flower)
Frosted Design Fabulous Friday challenge - Stitching

There is some amazing inspiration on the Colour Create challenge blog, please take a look at the items the wonderful DT have made.

Last but certainly not least, we're saying a very sad farewell to our amazing Janiel. She's been a part of our little team for so long now and we will miss her so much! From the bottom of my heart I thank her for all the wonderful things she created for the challenge and for the incredible commitment and friendship she gave everyone. Take care hunni!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Party Straws

Slurp, Slurp, mmmmmmm! Nothing better than a refreshing glass of lemonade in the summer, is there? It really helps to cool us down in the sunshine. So with that in mind, here's a fun way to add a little brightness to a kiddies summer party.

Challenge links are at the bottom of this post.

These are my DT items for the Pixie Cottage Challenge where the theme today is 'grab a glass of lemonade' and there's also a sketch challenge if you want to do that instead/as well. For once, I just used the theme.

I think I may have given poor Katie a heart attack with this little lot. She usually links to the specific images that we've used on the challenge blog. oops!

Well here are the links to the stamps I used on these straws.

Hannah on Stepping Stones by Sandra Hammer
Barney in Spring by ARTish

Pumpkin Molly
by Elaine Gutierrez
Gone Fishing by Di Carubia

Baby Maisy by Di Carubia
Got Rabbits by ARTish

These were so easy to make. Use a standard circle nestability die for the image, the next size larger in the Lacy Circles nestability, and a size larger in the scallop circle nestabilities. The images were coloured using Promarker Pens and attached to a straw.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Anything Goes Challenge - Here Comes Summer
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Theme
Creative Stamp Friends - Birthday
Hooked on Crafts - Anything Goes
KB Cute Mondays - Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Lemon & Lime
Totally Papercrafts - Summer
Moving Along With The Times - Anything But A Card
Do You Stack Up - Birthday

We hope to see you all entering the Pixie Cottage Challenge this week (don't forget to take a peek at the fab items created by the design team this week).

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Just An Illusion

Hello everyone. Hope you are all keeping warm and dry. It's like the depths of winter here so perhaps that's why I ended up making a Christmas card. I can't believe that we've had to have the central heating on today - it's 12th June! Crazy, huh? On the plus side, all my washing has got dried on the radiators!

Here's a quick-ish card for the Less Is More challenge where the theme is a One Layer Card and Frames. Notice the title of this post? This card is actually one layer but it has the illusion of being matted. (Well, it would have that illusion if I could get a half-decent picture {grin}).

For anyone that may be sceptical, below is a photo of the way I made the 'mat look'. It was just done with a few bits of low-tack masking tape and sponged with some ink pads. Then, the last thing I did was add stickles to both sides of the lines. Easy-peasy. It's similar to a card I made last year, but so much flatter to post and it weighs less too.

I'm also entering this into:
Annabella stamps - Say it with Sponging & Masking
Crafty Sentiments - Sparkle
Less is More - OLC and Frames

I'm not sure that I'll have a chance to make a second entry this week; it's a case of make cards and post them on here or blog hop and comment; so this week the blog-hopping and commenting HAS to be the focus. The only exception to that is a couple of DT items.

As always - feedback on how to improve this card is always welcome.
Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx