Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Back again

Had a bit of a break recently, haven't I? Still here though. Today is a Pixie Cottage day and the themes this week are a sketch and stitching. I think you can just make out the stitching on this card. The image I've used is called "Hoo Loves You" I'm entering this into the following challenges: 2 Sisters - Make your own embellishments Ladybug Crafts - Handmade flowers The Stamping Boutique - Handmade Flowers Gingerloft - Die Cuts or Punches Let's Ink It Up! - Die cuts or Punches Scrappy Frogs - Flowers and Lace Card Makin' Mama's - Animals.

The DT girls have made some lovely items today so please do pop over and take a look.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Two Hello's, One Goodbye, and a card

I've been chasing my tail this week. Sometimes you get weeks like that, don't you? Last night I spent the whole evening doing the Colour Create post and then doing my own post on here. Why did it take so long; I find it hard to say farewell to a DT teamie, that's why. And that's exactly what we're doing today. Our wonderfully talented Dena has decided that it is time for her to move on and step down from the DT. Boo Hoo! We will all miss her. I've really appreciated everything that she had done for the challenge; all her time and those fabulous creations - Thank you Dena. Here's wishing you the best of luck in everything you do in the future sweetie.

I do have some good news too. I've been lucky enough to secure 2 new fantastically talented ladies for the Colour Create DT: SYLVIA from Norway and KERRY from Australia. I adore their styles and their blogs are a joy to browse around so I hope you'll stop by and leave them some love.

Our mega talented Di set the challenge for us and she picked this amazing inspiration picture!
Isn't it wonderful?

The colours this week are: GREENS/OLIVE GREEN, BROWN, CREAM and BLACK. The optional extra is LEAVES. (I loved using these colours)

So, the card I made uses one of my favourite Lili of the Valley images. I just adore glittering this one up.

I'm entering this into the following Challenges:

Alphabet Challenge - R is for Ribbons
Annabelle Stamps - Say it with love
Card Makin' Mama's - Something Green
Challenge Up Your Life - Fairy Tales
Crafty Pad - Use A Ribbon (it's the green bit in the centre)
Lili of the Valley - Say it with flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Sketch Saturday - the Sketch
Tellen's Place - Embellish, embellish, embellish
Tuesday Throwdown - Use Your Scraps (These all came out of my scrap box - you'll see some of the same papers on this card)

The sponsor over at Colour Create is Michelle's Scrapbooking and she's given us two fab embossing folders as the prize. Michelle is supporting a card drive for a very poorly little girl and you can read all about it on her blog.

Hope you join in with us this week and please take a look at the amazing creations that uber talented Colour Create DT have made. Please stop by and say hello to the new ladies.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Got Rabbits!

Does anyone else have a huge pile of backing papers (as in it'll take you a month to sort through it because you stop every 5 mins to admire one of the pretty papers)? Mine desperately needs clearing out because I can never find the paper pad I'm looking for. Trouble is, all that admiring means I probably won't ever manage to get the whole stack tidied. I lost the paper pad I was looking for again this week; I swear that's why I have to make my own backing papers half the time! However, I did find another pad that I'd completely forgotten about and it is perfect for this time of year (it's full of daffodils and lemon colours). So, pretty lemony paper in hand.....I set about making my DT card.

It's Pixie Cottage Challenge time today and this week we have the sketch as usual and / or a theme of Easter. This little stamp by ArTish called 'Got Rabbits' is perfect for Easter. It's got the bunny and it's got the Easter eggs too. I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Card Cupids - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Lemon, Yellow or Bright and Zingy
Polkadoodles - 3 handmade flowers
Totally Papercrafts - Pearls and Lace

Thought I'd do an 'arty close-up' of the punched and handmade flowers to give an idea of how layered and curled they are.

Okay; that's me done. There's loads more Easter inspiration over at the Pixie Cottage to please take a look at what the other fab DT girls made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Quietly Fishing

Recently I was asked to make a card for a man 'who likes fishing and golf so one of those themes would be good'. Well....couldn't resist that could I? A chance to play with the brayer again.... lovely jubbly. It makes me think I'm creating miniature pieces of artwork. To me, this little scene that I've created just oozes serenity, peace, quietness and a man content with the world!

See the tiny duplicate stamp that I have of the fisherman on the inside? How sweet is that!

Luckily for me, there are a couple of challenges that I can enter this into:

AIFactory - Drop In The Bucket (water related)
Creative Craft World - Card for a Male
Ooh La La! - It's a Man thing

All of the stamps used are Clarity stamps. I used Big 'n Juicy ink pads in Soothing Sunset and Waterfall. I also used black Versamark ink.

.......and my next card will be........cute and fussy!

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Less is More Challenge 5 - Take 2 and 3

Well, I know deep in my heart that my first entry to the Less is More Challenge can't really be called CAS, so I had another try, and then a 3rd try (I will get the hang of this CAS style....eventually). Here are both those tries - and hurray! We have white space this time!

Take 2 - I stamped the LOTV image straight onto the hammered card stock, added some pastel in the form of promarkers (pastel green, blossom and pale pink). Added a touch of glamour dust to the veil, the feather in the bouquet and the ribbon band around the hat. I didn't want to overdo it by colouring too much of the image so I left it there.

All okay, so far.

I stamped the sentiment at the top. Still looking okay.

Then I go and spoil it all by colouring in the loops on the sentiment. Why did I do that? Anyway, when I realised I'd spoilt the card I also realised I'd made a one layer card again. Huh! That's next week's theme.

So, it was back to the drawing board. I cheated and cut the image out of the first card using a nestie. Well, "waste not, want not" as the saying goes. I coloured the second nestie shape with a blossom coloured promarker.

Now, does that wiggly MS punch overdo it and take it away from CAS again?

I tried laying some ribbon over the top but I didn't like that. I also tried pearls and crystals in different areas of the card but didn't like those either. I also think that a sentiment would be too much now it has the mat and the wiggly punch border.

What do you think?

Thanks for all those wonderful constructive comments last week, and all the lovely things you've said about my first card this week. I'm doing my best to have a look at all the entries and leave a little comment myself this week.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Sending You Peace

I'm dedicating this card to a new-found blogging friend who sadly lost a close member of her family this past week. If I had her address I could send the card for real. Anyhow, you know who you are and this one is for you; I hope that you find peace, calm and serenity in the hectic whirl that must be going on around you at the moment.

I was almost finished making this card for the Less Is More challenge when I saw her sad news.

How poignient that I had actually been thinking how the word 'Peace' could be used for a sympathy card as well as a Christmas card and that these colours suited sympathy.

Anyway, as we 'met' through the Less is More challenge, I'm sure that she wouldn't mind if this card was still entered into it. The colour theme this week is 'Pastels'.

I'm not sure if this is actually classed as a CAS card (probably not enough white space and I may need to be disqualified for that) - but compared to my normal style, it sure is CAS for me.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 5 March 2011

It's Goodbye From Me....

... So Long, Farewell, Aufedersein, Goodnight.....

After almost 2 and a half years I've decided that it is time for me to step down from the very first challenge where I was a design team member. It's been such fun being with this challenge from the day it was born until now, but it really is time to step aside from the One Stop Craft Challenge team. Thanks so much to all the OSCC DT girls, both past and present, for making the time there so enjoyable. We have had some giggles! I'll miss you all loads.

So, I'm going out with something I love to do, and that is by making some 3d items.

The OSCC challenge as set by Shelley this week is Black, White and one other colour.

I'm entering these makes into the following challenges:
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Tags (on the teabag)
Aud's Sentiments - Birthday Cards, Gift Packaging or Gifts
Try It On Tuesday - Inspired by a song (Two for Tea)
Crafty Pad - Something Yummy for your tummy
Creative Cottage - Tag you're it (tag on teabag)
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Anything but square
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
Fairy Fun Fridays - Inspired by a song
Papercraft Star - Movie, book or song inspired (Song = Tea for Two)
Stamp Vacation - Create Your Own Challenge - "Make mine a...(drink theme)"
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything But A Card
The Stamp Man - Curls and Swirls
Wags n Whiskers - more than one fold

I was reminded last weekend of the teacup that I made for one of the OSCC challenges a while ago, so I thought I would dig the template out again and make another version of it. This one is far more vibrant than the can see that one here.

This time I've made it more obvious that the cup and saucer are paper crafted, by adding loads of pearls to them.

I've also made a little bag to hold some tea bags. If you're English you'll really appreciate the sentiment. We Brits seem to think a hot, sweet cup of tea will fix anything!

I've also made a little tag for the teabags. Aww how sweet!

Items Used:
Templates: Waltzing Mouse - look under digital items
Stamps: Victorian Frippery by Waltzing Mouse, Tag 'Compliments of the season by Waltzing Mouse, Sentiment on bag is Clarity Stamps
Inks: Spiced Marmalade distress ink and Black Versamark ink
Wild Orchid Crafts Roses
Mark Richards Pearls.
Please take a look at the wonderful items those talented OSCC girls have made.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 4 March 2011

Peace in Dusky Pink

Another non-challenge card and there was no reason to create this apart from practicing my brayering. If I carry on like this I'll have lots of cards ready for Christmas, eh? Bet I don't! It all starts off well at the beginning of the year and then rapidly goes downhill as soon as the weather starts to get warmer.I don't claim that this design is my idea. I saw Barbara Grey do something really similar, if not the same (only hers would have been much better than mine), on Create and Craft in November or December last year. When I saw her cards I just knew I had to get these stamps for my 2011 Christmas cards.

The camera has made the ink on these look a little dark. In real life it's a lovely dusky pink colour.

After I took the picture, I noticed that I'd caught the gold on the right hand side of the central panel. That's fixed now because I went back over it with the gold pen I'd used to create that outline in the first place.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 3 March 2011

No reason..... post this card at all. It wasn't made for a challenge or with anyone in mind to receive it. I just wanted to have a play with one of the stamps I picked up at Farnborough last weekend. I know it's a simple card, but I really am liking this style at the moment. And of course, it gave me a chance to play around with sponging and masking. I quite like the wispy nature of the blue ink although I have to admit it came about as a complete accident. I couldn't find my sponges so I picked up a cotton wool ball instead. I was horrified when it sort of unravelled slightly when I inked it! But I kept on going and the end result is not too bad.

Well, that's me for today. Hope everyone is having a great week.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Spring in lemon and sage

Phew! It's been a busy week so far, eh? CAS cards, Fussy Cards, a challenge launch and it's only Wednesday!

Today I'm back with my Pixie Cottage Challenge DT card where as usual we have a sketch and / or a theme to follow. This week the theme is Spring and my easel card also follows the sketch too. With a theme like that, I just had to use the image by Sandra Hammer called Spring Time Hannah with Butterflies. She's still one of my favourites to colour.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine - Birthday Card
Crazy Challenge - Here Comes Spring
Desert Island Crafters - Brenda's Itinerary. I used: 1. Make it Square, 2. Inspired by Nature,
4. Hand colored image, 5. 2 or more patterned papers, 6. Pearls, 8. No sentiment on the front (does that count as it's an easel card? and 10. Birthday Theme
Die Cut Dreams - Spring Garden Scene
Everybody Art - Spring
House of Gilli - use Green
Incy Wincy - Spring is in the Air
Make It Colourful - Light Source Top Left
Oldie But A Goodie - Spring Is In The Air
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Recipe; 1 image, 2 patterned papers (stripe & swirly) 3 types of embellishment (flowers, Pearls, diamante flower centres)
Top Tip Tuesday - Favourite embellishment - gotta be those pearls!!
Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes

I've used distress inks in Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutters to colour the doily. The image has been painted with Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed, with a tiny bit of tumbled glass.

The skin and hair are coloured with promarkers (hair is Primrose, Vanilla, Mustard and Raw Sienna. Skin is Oatmeal, Sunkissed Pink and Pastel Pink).

The sentiment is a Penny Black and the flowers are Prima.

The pearls are , of course, Mark Richards.

The papers are Bearly Mine and Do Crafts

I hope you'll all take a look at the challenge blog. The wonderful DT have made some gorgeous spring creations this week.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Bling It On - Challenge One!

It's the 1st of March so that means it's LAUNCH DAY for the brand new Bling It On! challenge. Yippee!

2 cards to share and a brand new challenge too!

For our first challenge we're sponsored by:


with 4 prizes to be won from those stores.

On top of that.......
.......there is also some blog candy with prizes in the candy from


Wow! Lots to be won and you can see all the details on the challenge blog. Hope you'll come and join in the fun.

We're easing everyone in gently so the challenge theme for the very first challenge is


with the optional extra of adding a CHARM.

You can use as much or as little bling as you like. Bling for the purposes of our challenges is any embellishment - buttons, sparkles, pearls, flowers, card candy...............................

Okay for my first card

I've used a Kenny K image from the Glam Gang Set 2. She's called 'Spy Chick'. Isn't she funky? I've coloured her with promarkers and blinged her up with glamour dust (click on the picture for a close up to see the full effect). Just look at that golden metalwork of the engine....she must be a rich spy chick!

I'm entering this first card into:
Friday Sketchers - The sketch for the top card
Card Makin Mama's - Happy Birthday
Fab n Funky - I image, 2 embellishments and 3 papers
Frosted Designs Fab Friday - Use Metal (a charm)
Guylou's Inimitability Challenge - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers - Stitching
Paper Sundays - How Charming
Paper Romance - Anything Goes

My 2nd card is my LOTV card.

I just adore this 'It's My Party' image and as it was my granddaughter's 3rd birthday last Sunday there was no other image that I could use, was there? Moving from the terrible twos into the tantrum threes this sweetie depicts those little girls just perfectly! Actually, she's a really sweet and polite girl most of the time, with just the odd slip up like this image.

This one is coloured with distress inks and promarkers; skin and hair are promarkers. The sparkle on this one is from my beloved stardust stickles (yes....I did buy a job lot last time I purchased them)

I'm entering this LOTV card into:
Lili of the Valley - Circles
(Card Creations and more) So Saturday challenge - Simply Sparkles
Crafty Ann's - Happy Birthday
Paper Pretties - Glittery
Res-Q Challenge - Get Packing! (boxes - present on image and square cards & layers)
Stampin with the Dragon - Birthdays
Stamptacular - You've been framed
Sweet Stampin' - Oh So Girly
Whoopsidaisy - Let's get cute

Okay, I hope you'll come and join in our very first challenge. Please take a look at the incredible things that the awesome design team have made over at the challenge - it is definitely worth the trip.

Thanks for looking,

Sharon xx