Monday, 28 February 2011

3 Squares - take 2

Morning! I thought I'd quickly post the revisions to my Less is More challenge card from yesterday before I head off to work.

Now, aren't these 2 cards much better? Thanks to everyone for the feedback; it really was appreciated. I knew there was a decent card somewhere in the idea but it was just out of my grasp. lol - it was one of those Doh! moments when people started talking about the colour of the ribbon and adding crystals instead of pearls. Makes much more sense.

I love the idea of the white die cut letters - still think my alphabet set is a bit too large and curly. I also tried a small stamp in detail white, iridescent and stardust embossing powder but the die cuts look better than the embossing.

Shame the glittered dst didn't work out; I really liked that idea.

Okay, have a great day everyone,
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 27 February 2011

The Hardest Recipe

This card is published to help me learn.
(UPDATE: I have learnt and I have 2 more cards that I want to blog if I get some daylight photos - Thanks ladies!)

Do you know, sometimes I'm convinced that if I put a lot of preparatory thought into something before I start making it (instead of just going with my creative flow in the moment), it ends up being really, really difficult to make something presentable.

This is one of those occasions and I SO want to crack the idea I had that I need some constructive criticism, please.

The Less is More challenge is a recipe of 'take 3 squares' this week. Now, I'm pretty sure I could create something half decent if I coloured 3 images and played around until they looked 'right' but I want to do a technique too. I had this bright idea that 'take 3 squares' would look absolutely brilliant using the 'spotlight' technique. Hmm....I'm still convinced it would, but actually doing it is flooring me. Maybe I'm using the wrong images? Maybe it only works well with circles? Maybe I was using too much colour?

Anyway, this card is take 6.
Takes 1 - 3 were a 'three wise men' image - but it was way too ornate once I'd put the card together.
Takes 4 & 5 was some bamboo - again it was too fussy and I just couldn't get something to balance the card.

So here we are at take 6.

I like the footsteps image - simplicity
I like the squares with the added glamour dust for the 'spotlighting' - again, simplicity.

My Thoughts on Things to improve:
I think the ribbon is way too thick (but I can't find a thinner Christmas ribbon).
I also think I need 3 horizontal lines. Maybe that's the 'symmetry' part of me kicking in again - thought process: 3 pearls, 3 squares so of course it needs 3 lines.
I think the squares are not quite straight (That bit is so, so difficult with this footsteps image)
Not really sure about the pearls either. Do they balance it?

Can I just say Thank You to Chrissie and Mandi for this particular challenge. It is fantastic to come across a challenge that really makes me sit down and think hard about what I'm doing. For me, a CAS card needs lots thought put into it.

Okay - over to you now. What could I do to improve this card? I'd love to come back with a mark 2, better version.
(I'll be back to comment on some of the other amazing entries into the challenge in a bit....but for now...I just have to give this concept/card another go.)

Thanks for looking,
Sharon x

Friday, 25 February 2011

Just Less Is More

I've had a wonderful time today because I've been like the proverbial kiddie in a sweetie shop; I went to my very first craft fair, Make It at Farnborough. Way too much temptation there for me - but I did come hope with about 50p left in my purse so I did well, eh?

Whilst there I had the absolute pleasure of bumping into the 'Less Is More' ladies, Chrissie and Mandi and also the fab Julia from the Stamping Ground (woyww). Those ladies are a scream! I've been trying to get time to have a coffee with Chrissie for about a year and a half now, so it was wonderful to actually meet her!
Anyway, I felt so guilty at not having had time to enter the LIM challenge this week that I said I'd do something for their SPRING challenge when I got home, and here it is:

Hope it's springy enough - I ran out of money searching for spring stamps. lol.

I'm prepared to read a barrage of 'constructive criticism' in any comments I get from Chrissie or Mandi about this card. (You both know I just went for it and didn't really think about it, don't you? Firstly, it's got one of the stamps you caught me holding this afternoon at the craft fair and secondly I've been home for less than a hour!). Go for it ladies! But please note .... I'm unbalanced....Oh, strike that; I mean I tried to learn and made the card unbalanced - no symmetry. Hey, maybe I am unbalanced too. Who knows?

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx
Psst! I found the bling Mandi!!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Kenny K with Fruit

I love the challenge at Colour Create this week; it's right up my street. It's a shame that I'm putting everyone on a diet after the wonderful calorie filled inspiration picture we had last time, but what the uber-talented girls on the DT and our surprise High Hopes Guest Designers have created this week is amazing! So, if I like the challenge, you just know it has to full of colour, right? I'm not often subtle with my colour pallets (wish I was).

This week I challenge you to pick 3 fruit colours from the fruity picture on the blog (there is a list of fruits) and the optional extra is to include fruit in your project. Even that is easier than you think. Bet almost everyone has a charm, button paper or image with a little bit of fruit on it.

The fruits I chose are: Orange, Apple and Cherry

I'm entering this into the following challenges (a few new challenges in this list!):
CardmadFairy's Digi Days Challenge - Use a Digi and Distressing
Creative Craft Challenges - Cards for a Teen
Desert Island Crafter's Challenge - Use 3 or more items from an itinerary. I picked Buttons, Red and No flowers)
Fussy and Fancy - something sweet on or with your project
Make It Colourful - Smooth Gradients (Used ProMarkers)
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Res-Q Challenge - Make a project with something that makes you happy (Colour!!)
Simply Create - It's Bright In Here (Bright Colours)
Sketch Saturday - The sketch I followed
Stamps R Us - For The Girls
Stamp Something - Something Funky

This week I used a Kenny K digi Image called All That and I think she is brilliant!

I hope you'll all take a look at the fabulous creations this week and let our designers and guest designers know what you think of their cards. We'd love it if you all joined in this week - there is a prize of 5 high hopes stamps for the winner!! (Thanks Bethany)

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Cute Baby

My PC is on a bit of a 'go slow' as I write this post. Actually, I think it must just be me getting impatient because it only seems to go slowly when I'm trying hard to catch up with comments and write my blog posts. More haste and less speed! my Mum always says.

So here we are with another fab Pixie Cottage challenge where there is a sketch and this week the challenge is CUTE. Now what can be more cute than a baby card? Today I've used Baby Blake by Precious Stamps by Lisa. This is such an adorable stamp.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Papercrafting Journey - Anything goes

Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show Us What You Got

Most of the items that I've used in this card came from my stash.

The design team have made some real cutsie cards this time and you'll enjoy having a look at them. Those girls wow us every week.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 21 February 2011

A new little bundle

It has been quite a few days since I last posted a card and I have no idea where the time ran away to. I have a couple of cards coming up later this week, but I was asked to create a baby card for a girl last night so I scurried off to my craft room and made a mess - again!

I'm entering this card into:

Waltzing Mouse Challenge - the sketch that I followed
Ooh La La! - Pink, Pink and more Pink
My Time To Craft - Going around in circles
Drunken Stampers - Absolutely to Die for (use Dies)
Whoopsi Daisy - For Someone Special (any baby is special!)
2 Sisters - Embossing

Items Used:
: Waltzing Mouse 'Victorian Frippery', Papertrey Ink 'Signature Greetings', Personal Impressions 'Baby'.

Papermania Ink
Pink embossing powder
Pink Satin Ribbon
Mark Richards 3mm pearls

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The Secret is Out!

I've been like the proverbial cat on that old hot tin roof for the past few days. Keeping secrets is not something that comes easy - well, unless it's a secret bit of stash that needs hiding away before use! But now the secret is out, the sticking plaster over my mouth has been lifted and I can say.......

I made it onto the design team of the new monthly challenge:

How fab....using Glitter, Spritz, Gems, Bling and all that super shiny, sparkly stuff will be legitimate!
Click on the blinkie and you'll be taken to the challenge blog where you can see who else made the team. Congrats to my new teamies and thanks to Shell and Pattie for asking me to join them.
Hope you'll all join us for our first's shaping up to be a real corker!
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

What's in a name?

Now here's a quote:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet "
W. Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)

I'm always reminded of those lines when I use this stamp. It is clearly such a pretty stamp and when the cards are finished I can almost smell the scent and feel the velvety touch of the petals. The stamp is called 'Simply the Best' by ArTish. It is superb, and one of my favourite stamps at the moment!

Today is the Pixie Cottage Challenge day and our themes this week are a sketch and/or embossing. I've been looking forward to using this sketch for months because I love the symmetry of the elements. As a few of my recent cards have been heat embossed I thought I'd do some dry embossing on this card. I used parchment paper and hand embossed & pricked the corners (oooh, so relaxing and satisfying to do that) and I ran a second smaller piece through an embossing folder.

The image was stamped on watercolour paper with an Aironidack ink. I then water coloured the rose with the same ink. The deeper accents are actually a whispers stokes felt pen and the highlight around the rose is a ProMarker.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's - Spring - Flowers Everywhere
Create4fun - Sketch
Drunken Stampers - A loss for words (no sentiment)

Incy Wincy - Colour Me Wonderful (min of 2 different colouring mediums - I used Ink, Promarker, Pen)
Lolipop Crafts - Use your favourite colouring medium (distress inks)
Just Add Ink - Just Add Love
Secret Crafter - A Stamped Flower
Stamp and Create - Love
Stamping with the Dragon - Anything Goes
Whoopsidaisy - Free and Easy
Woodware USA - Embossing

You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep my hands away from the stickles....I just wanted to attack the rose and the paper edges with it, but the rose looks so pretty it didn't need the stickles and the edges are nicely ripped so glitter would have hidden that. My fingers are still twitching now....but I am resisting.

Please take a look at all the amazing cards the fabulously talented Pixie DT have made. They are so wonderful. Hope you'll find the time to join in with the Pixie Cottage Challenge this week.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Tutorial - Inked Background Panel

Did everyone have a lovely Valentines Day yesterday? I do hope so.

Today I thought I'd post the tutorial that I promised last week on how I created my inked background panels such as on this card here.

Step 1. Take an A4 sheet of card, fold it in half and using low tack masking tape, mask off the edges of the card.
Step 2. Brush your card with a little talcum powder making sure to brush off all the excess. This ensures that the number of stray flecks of embossing powder is minimised.

Step 3. Stamp your background heart image and sentiment in clear ink, apply gold embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat emboss.

Step 4. Taking another heart stamp ink it randomly across the card using 2 light shades of pink ink. Make sure you stamp some hearts off the edge and onto the masking tape.

Step 5. Take a tiny heart stamp and again stamp it randomly over the card in a darker pink ink. Again. make sure you stamp a few hearts slightly off the card.

Step 6. Using a sponge or cotton wool ball and a red ink, sponge the edges of the panel.

Step 7. Carefully remove the masking tape and the card will look something like this.

Step 1. I inked another heart in red and then I covered it with iridescent embossing powder and heat embossed that.

The card was completed by adding gold peel-offs around the outside of the panel and to the edge of the card. 6 gold gems were added inside the panel. The red heart was cut out and stuck on with 3mm sticky fixers and a tiny red bow and gold gem on the heart finished it all off.

I hope you found this useful and that you try this technique out because it is easy to do. Please let me know if you do try it because I'd love to come and visit your blog to see what you made.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Speedy Gonzales......

.....well, speedy for me, anyway. 2 hours + 2 challenges = 3 cards and a box! (and several false starts).

Mind you, it took another 30 mins to iron the black background for the photos and another 30 mins to photo and blog these. lol. Still, a least my duvet is ironed now - so that's a bonus.

The two challenges that inspired this little lot are:

Less Is More - A One Layer Card with the theme of 'Flower' or 'Tree'

Simplicity One Layer Wednesday - Two for the Show (2 image stamps and no sentiment)

I think I'd better enter this first card into those two challenges because it has the least decoration on it - just a few 3mm pearls on the bottom corner and a doodled border. I used a brilliance ink pad so the sheen may have been picked up in these photos.

After making that first card, I wanted to do one which had a bit more 'interest' so I removed part of the front and punched a border, then added some relief colour to the inside of the card (so, this one is not strictly a OLC)

Finally I spotted some lilac satin ribbon, so that just had to be used, didn't it? I wanted to make a simple box to go with the last card, so I found an origami box I'd made a while ago, copied the folds and voila! A little gift set.

Items used:
Stamps: Kanban Garden Vista clear stamps
Ink: Brilliance ink pad in Twilight
Punch: Martha Stewart
Lilac Satin Ribbon and Mark Richards 3mm pearls from The Papermill.

Okay, I'm off to change my bed now it's been ironed, make some wedding invites and try oh-so-hard NOT to open the package that the postman has just delivered before I've finished those 2 things. Yep, those stamps I was waiting for have just turned up.

................I must not open the package...I must not open the package....I must not open the package....I must .....
(tee hee)

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Love is a Wonderful Thing - CASEd card

The fussy has been packed away again and I'm off creating something from single sheet of cream card. Just 2 shades of ink, 3 stamps, a nestability heart and a piece of ribbon were all it took...... oh and some awesome inspiration from one of my 'One Layer Card heroines'.

I've CASEd a card today for my Colour Create DT item. The challenge colours today were set by our wonderful Mina and she picked yummy CHOCOLATE, STRAWBERRY and CREAM with an optional extra of RIBBON. This was a dream to work with.

Okay, onto the CASEd bit. CASE means to Copy And Share Everything. Obviously it's not a complete like-for-like copy with the same stamps, and hopefully I've added a bit of my own spin to it with the ribbon. The original cards were created by uber-talented Sarita and you can see Sarita's cards here. Now, that's some inspiration, huh? I hope she's flattered by my attempt at turning her breathtaking Christmas cards into a Valentines card.

This is what I made.

I'm entering this into the following challenges
(and if by chance it wins anything, I'll share it with you Sarita!):

Cooking It Up With Katie - Show me your red ribbon corners (hope this qualifies)
Creative Card Crew - For A Loved One
Do You Stack Up - Ribbons
For Fun Challenges - Hearts
The Sisterhood of Crafters - In Love with Valentines
Stampin' Royalty - Heart, Hearts and more Hearts
Stamptacular - Hearts Gone Wild
Woodware USA Clear Stamps - Use Ribbon or Bows

So to share everything here's how I made it:
1. A Nestability heart placed onto a card blank. I'd recommend using removable or low tack tape to secure it - but I just held it in place with one finger.
2. I took a cotton wool ball and dabbed on a Fired Brick Distress Ink pad, then gently smudged all around the heart. Remove the hestability heart.
3. The swirls are from the Stempleglede Grunge Flourish Hearts stamps set and they were stamped in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
4. I dotted small red hearts around the flourishes (from the Basic Grey Two Scoops Heart Smudge Set). I added 3 more hearts in the bottom right corner for a little extra balance to the ribbon.
5. The sentiment, from the Crafty Secrets Cherish set, was also stamped in brushed corduroy ink
6. Finally I tied a bow and left 2 long tails The bow was glued to the top left corner of the card. When the glue on the bow was dry, I twisted the tails one at a time, dabbed little bits of glue onto the card where the twists touched it and left that glue to dry. You may need to put something heavy onto the end of the tail until the glue is dried.

Job Done!

The Colour Create Challenge is sponsored by our monthly sponsor, Michelle's Scrapbooking and More and she's given us a wonderful background stamp for the prize. It's perfect to match up with your Magnolia's, Whiff of Joy's, Kenny K's.

Please take a look at the awesome creations that the DT have created for inspiration this week and we hope to see you all joining in the challenge,

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Love in Pink

I wonder....... if I leave enough of these Valentines cards lying around the house, do you think my hubby might even remember this year? (Huge guffaw...not a hope! Bless him - and I wouldn't have him any other way.)

There's a lot of romance in the air out here in blog land this week, isn't there? Well, it is that time of year after all. I'm still carrying on the love/romance theme with my card today and I'm back to my glitzy, sparkly and 'fussy' style. Hmmm, I may be flipping between the fussy and the clean and simple for a little while longer yet. This one is most definitely a girl's card (oooh! PINK!), but it could also be used as a wedding or anniversary card.

It's the Pixie Cottage challenge day today and the themes are a sketch and/or ribbons (oh yes! we all love our ribbons, don't we?) I've used both in this card.
I love this little stamp (May I Have This Dance - by ArTish); it looks fab coloured but I kept colour to the minimum this time around - just a few stickles for a glitzy shine.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Let's see some love
If the shoe Fits - Get Your Pink On!
My Time To Craft - Hearts and Flowers
Ooh La La - For Someone Special
Papertake Weekly - Have a Heart
Sew Many Cards - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Valentine/love
The Pink Elephant - Be My Valentine
Two Sisters - The World is our Oyster (pearls)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you will head over to the challenge blog to see how the talented DT have got creative with their ribbons this week; lots of inspiration for everyone.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 7 February 2011

A Trio of Hearts

I was like a woman possessed this weekend. Hubby working, no kiddies or grandchildren visiting (awww missed them all) and I had the house completely to myself; I got inky all over - pure bliss! Actually, at some points my hands were so covered in red ink it looked like I had committed a crime!Loads of cards were made - just not all the ones I should have been working on - my order book still has a few items in it that remain untouched. Hey ho.
I think all this creativeness was born out of pure frustration as I've been waiting over 3 weeks for some stamps that haven't arrived yet. I have all fingers crossed that they will make an appearance some time this week.

Oh, the camera was playing up; sorry. All these photos were taken within a couple of minutes but you wouldn't believe it from the difference in each of them - some look like they were taken at night!

This little trio of cards came out of playing with my stempleglede stamps. I do love these and don't think I will ever tire of using them.

This first card was based on the sketch by Waltzing Mouse. If you look carefully you can see it. This angled shot, although not great in the lighting department, does show off the tiny 2mm gold bling gems around the heart.

I'm entering this first card into:
Passion for Papertrey challenge - Sweet Inspiration - a hearts inspirational picture (the bottom card is also entered into this challenge)

I'm entering all the cards into these challenges:
Bunny Zoe's - Love is in the Air (I got my stempleglede stamps from her)
By the Cute and Girly - Red is all around us
Crazy 4 Challenges - Valentine
Gingerloft - Seeing Red
Paperplay - Stamp It Out!
Secret Crafter - Valentine
Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes
Stampin' for the weekend - St Valentines Day
Stamptacular - Hearts gone Wild
The Crafty Pad - Love is in the air
Whoopsidaisy - Give us your heart

I took photos as I created this card above, so I can post a tutorial on creating the background panel direct on your card blank when I get the time. Maybe towards the back end of this week.

I loved seeing the different ways these cards turned out with all the heart stamps. Each one is slightly different. I adore the glossy look of the heat embossed one below.

Hope you like these and thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Feel the Love - Papertrey Contest Day 2 - And inking direct to card

Looks like I'm on a roll and full of creative juices at the moment. Ahhhh! It's such a lovely feeling to be out of that rotten old crafter's block. ((big grin)). I'm so fired up that I'm inking direct onto the card base. No master boards, background layers or papers for me at the moment. Just "going for it" and having the time of my life.

It's Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink Anniversary celebrations and Nichole has provided a set of anniversary tags as a free no excuse for people not to join in the contest today. Just download the tags and make a project using them. You can enter up to 9 cards today - don't worry, I doubt I'll make 9 so you won't be seeing 9 posts from me today. lol. You can read all about today's contest by clicking HERE

I can't miss the opportunity of entering this into a few challenges:

Allsorts - Love, Love, Love
Basic Grey - All Heart (Heart Smudge stamps from two scoops range)
One Stitch At A Time - Do it with a digi
Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the Air
Tuesday Taggers - Feel the Lurrrvvvveeee

Items used:
Papertrey Ink - free download anniversary tag digi
Basic Grey - Two Scoops Heart Smudge
Stempleglede - Grunge Flourish Hearts and Grunge Ornamental Circle
Crafty Secrets - stamp from the Cherish set
Distress inks - Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Broken China
VersaColour - Violet
Stayzon - Onyx Black
Silver Tinsel embossing powder
2mm bling gems
Border peeloffs (Didn't think I'd be using those again, but they gave a nice finish to the card).

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Papertrey Customer Contest

Here's the 3rd post today. Please scroll down for my other cards.

Happy 4th Anniversary Papertrey Ink!

I just spotted that Papertrey are really pushing the boat out and celebrating their anniversary in Big Style. Today is Day 1 of the festivities and they have asked their customers to share their favourite project from 2010. All the news about it can be found by clicking HERE.

Nichole has put up an Uber-prize (I nearly fainted when I saw how much crafting goodness is in that prize).
So, I've gone back a few months and found a project I had lots of fun doing. The sentiment is a Papertrey Ink one from their Signature Greetings range. Isn't it glorious!

I hope the Papertrey ladies have a wonderful anniversary month, and here's to the next 4 years!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Less is more - Simplicity

2 posts in one day! Sorry folks, but I couldn't resist doing a second post today for a card that I've just made as a bit of support for a brand new challenge blog that has started up today. Chrissie (who I've worked with on the OSCC) and Mandi (who I've admired for ages) have started their Less Is More challenge blog today. Go take a look - it is sure to be fun for those that like the CAS style.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Less is More - Black, White and Pink
Simplicity (OLW 39) - A One Layer Card with an image, a border stamp and bling

The whole point of these challenges is to make and enter CLEAN and SIMPLE cards - a style I'm trying hard to master at the moment (so you may see a lot of me girls as I bring you along on my journey to true CASness) ;o)

The theme picked buy Less is More this week is BLACK, WHITE and PINK. Yummy! Love that colour combo. Good luck with the challenge ladies. Those of you that know me also know I love doing the non-trad Xmas colours - so with these colours what could I do but make my first Christmas card for 2011.

The theme picked by Simplicity is a one layer card, No sentiment can be used - just an image, a border and some bling. Gulp! (but I did it!)

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Lots of numbers

Three CAS cards and a Kenny K for you today. Yes, I'm still flirting with the CAS style and the more I try it, the more I like it. I know these are plain, but they look fab irl. Look at all that white space! That would have made me shudder a few months ago - but I'm getting used to seeing white now.

Now, this Kenny K card may look a bit strange. Is it really suitable for a 60 year old? You bet it is in this case. One of our friends turned 60 last week and he still behaves like he is still in his 20's. He loves music, so this drummer image was spot on for him.

So, what's with all the numbers? The One Stop Craft Challenge this week is all about numbers. I made the CAS style cards as DT items for the numbers challenge. There are a couple of changes over at the challenge. Not only will a top 3 be picked along with the prize winner each week, but there will also be a chance each week to become a guest designer. So lots of ways to win with the OSCC.

I'm also entering them into the following challenges:

Paperplay challenge - Stamp it out
My Time To Craft - Flourishes (the paper pricking)
Sew Many Cards - Anything Goes

These cards are so easy to do and they would be suitable for a birthday, or if you pick the right colours, they are also suitable for an anniversary card.

The paper pricked swirl adds just a hint of texture.

Items used:
Stempleglede grunge heart
Marianne Designs brass template
Prima e-line pearls
Various ribbons from my stash.
Sizzix alphabet die for the numbers (I think it is Curlz)

Please take a look at the cards that the rest of the amazing DT have made - they are brilliant.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Blue Butterflies

There are new stamps on the way!!!! Woo Hoo!! Can't wait to get my sticky little mitts on some of these beauties. You can take a peek at the new stamps by clicking HERE. They are on pre-sale at the moment and there's also a chance to win some too.

Well now, here we are in the middle of the week again and it's time for another Pixie Cottage card. I was really busy making my own backing paper for this one and I think it turned our pretty well! The best thing about making your own backing paper is that it matches in perfectly with your image (if you used the same ink).

Today's Pixie Cottage Challenge is a sketch and/or Buttons. I used some teeny tiny star shaped buttons on the image (on Hannah's dress) and some more on the butterflies. I also used the sketch as a base...but for the diamonds, please imagine my butterflies.

I'm entering this into:
Craft Cardmakers - Flowers
Crafty Catz - Flowers
The Corrosive Challenge - button it up!
Fab n Funky - Chocolate and Blue
Little Red Wagon - Kraft
Moving Along With The Times - Spring
Oh La La Creations - Three of a kind
Pear Tree Designs - Flowers
Pile It On - Punches
Sketchy Colours - Blue Brown and White
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Punches
Stampin' Royalty - Colour Challenge
Stamptacular - Whateva!
Totally Gorjuss - As You Like It

The image I used is Springtime Hannah with butterflies. She's a peach isn't she?

The distress inks I used were: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Denim, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters. I coloured the hair with promarkers.

Hope you all had a look at the gorgeous DT work for this week's Pixie Challenge when you peeked at the new stamps. Didn't everyone make some gorgeous things? Hope you get the chance to join us this week.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx