Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Acetate, Glitter and Lace

Isn't it funny, that when you are really pleased with something you've made and you know it looks incredible in real life, you proudly take a photo and add it to your blog, then you're on pins waiting for everyone else to recognise how wonderful the item is....and you wait.....and you wait.....and you wait. Ha ha! I think this may be one of those items for me. I LOVE this completely acetate box and it does look incredible, but it is SO HARD TO PHOTO so people probably won't comment on it. Never mind.

I do have a little CAS card to go with it with another of the acetate flowers I made on it.

This was made without any challenges in mind, apart from looking back at the Colour Create ones that I missed making a DT item for recently. So, I've scrabbled around and come up with the following challenges that'll fit these items.
Fairytale Challenge Everything BUT a card - so I'm only entering the box into that one.
Fun with shapes Sparkle and something punched or die cut (the flowers are die cut)
Fresh Brewed - Anything But a card (The Box ONLY is entered)
Delicious Doodles - Lovely Lace
Finally Off The Wall Craftiness - Who had the picture below for inspiration and the colours are blue, brown and white.

Hope you don't mind the little bit of pink to represent the flesh in the inspiration.

Okay, now for the confession. I punched the leaves using a normal lever punch....big mistake! I almost (but not quite) broke it! So, take it from me; it's not a good idea to use a punch for acetate.

Tha picure below will hopefully show all the glitz that the stickles I added to the acetate flowers and leaves brin. They really do look fab and well worth the wait for the glitter glue to dry.

Well, thank you once again for looking. I do hope this has inspired someone to make something really amazing with acetate.
See you tomorrow with something more pretty and romantic.
Sharon xx

Monday, 30 May 2011

Three Beautiful Maidens

From the soft, delicate, romantic and pretty card of yesterday we're onto a contrast of a set of 3 CAS and more dramatic cards today. I made the first card and loved it so much that I decided to create a couple more. The dramatic red is just glorious!

Unfortunately, I think these Lilac Lemon design rubber stamps have been discontinued now. I adore Art Deco and Art Noveaux ladies but I don't often colour these particular stamps up; I really should use them more often.

Anyway, I'm rambling, so let's have a close up of the ladies showing the glamour dust added to the images and also get these entered into a few challenges.

The image above is one of my particular favourites.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge - Stamp Something
Secret Crafter - Clean and Simple
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Crafting for All Seasons - First Challenge is Anything Goes
Divas By Design - One for the Girls
For Fun Challenges - Patriotic Colours (Red and White for England)
Paper Pretties Birthday Card

All the images are coloured with ProMarkers and they have some glamour dust added just to add a little interest and catch the light.

The gorgeous sentiments are by Papertrey Ink.

Hope everyone in the UK is enjoying their bank holiday weekend. I've heard it'll be raining when this post pops onto my blog so with a bit of luck I'll be making the most of that and I'll be squirrelled away in my craft room. {{Grins}}

Thanks for looking and see you tomorrow.
Sharon xx

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Always & Forever

Finger's crossed....is Mr Blogger behaving today? If this posts then that's a big, fat 'Yes'. Phew! It worked! Hope it got the spacing right too - I seem to have had a particular problem with that recently. This card is for fun; it makes such a lovely change to get the chance for some additional crafting time so that you can enter some challenges for fun. Kind of makes me wish we had an extra day as holiday at least once a month!

This card has been inspired by some new stamps, teamed up with some old stamps, added in a sketch and a bit of my favourite thing to do.....create my own background papers. This background is so pretty and subtle irl but the camera managed to pick up all the elements.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Things with wings
Speedy the Cat's - Ivory and Lace
Stamp Something - Use a Sentiment
Totally Papercraft - Pink and Girly
Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenge - The sketch

Items used:

Stamps: Musical Backgrounds, Say it Loud, Victorian Frippery
Distress inks: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar
Stickles: Stardust
Punches: Tonic Studios & Martha Stewart
Circle Nesties.
Ribbon, Beading, Sewing cotton, Feather, Pearls & Pearl spray from my stash

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Here Comes The Sun

Now how did that happen? The counter of unique hits on this blog has tripped over the 35000 mark without me noticing! Looks like it's time to sort out some blog candy soon. Best get the thinking cap on for something to offer up.

Anyway, back to today's card. It's my DT item for the Pixie Cottage Challenge. The sketch this week was such fun to do, and the theme is 'Here Comes the Sun'.....so off I went to find a Pixie Cottage stamp that I could use in a different way and make it fit this challenge.

Ah Ha! How about using the Halloween stamp called 'Spooky Tree Background' by Sandra Hammer and changing the moon into the sun? Yes, that works a treat. All I did to show that this stamp can be that versatile was to colour the 'moon' yellow and add a pale blue sky so that it looks more sunny, punch some leaves out to add to the bare branches of the tree and add a bit of screwed up tissue paper to represent blossom. Job Done! I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Bows and Berries - Blue, Bright Pink, Yellow, White and Black

Crafty Cardmakers - Embossing (Heat embossed white on the panels)

Daring Cardmakers - Inspired by the Snow Patrol song called 'Chasing Cars (I chose the line, "Show me a garden that's bursting into life")

Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Kaboodle Doodles - Distress, Rip, Tear, Crumple (Torn & Crumpled blossoms)

I make that 5 entries.

Please take a look at the rest of the DT items; the are fabulous.
Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

A Set of Sweet Treats

I said it would be something different on here today, didn't I? I've made a whole set of things because I got so inspired by some new stamps.

I've dotted the challenges that I'm entering the different items into throughout the post but hopefully it's easy enough for everyone to follow.

Okay, the whole set are my DT items for the Colour Create Challenge

The Colour Create Challenge has been set by Sylvia and she picked White, Cream and Brown as the colours to use today. The optional extras are to use one other colour of your choice, flowers and buttons. Hmmmm, in my excitement, I forgot the buttons but I did manage everything else.

We're sponsored by High Hopes stamps and there is a fab prize of 5 stamps for the winner of this challenge.

I'm also going to enter the full set of items into the Truly Scrumptious challenge of Anything Goes

Now, how yummy does this choc chip muffin look? Such a shame it's just ink, acrylic paint, ribbon, card, beads and tissue paper! These two photos give a close up of the new WMS gingham & co stamps that inspired me so much; this set is brilliant and as you can see - it's really versatile. The gingham check is stamped up in Peeled Paint distress ink. The polka dot is stamped in brown Versacolour. I couldn't resist adding beads to the polka dots to make it a choc chip - see below for the half finished photo.

I've made this cupcake in honour of Waltzing Mouse Stamps 2nd birthday (because they are the stamps that inspired this whole set).

You can read all about the WMS Birthday Tea Party here and there's still a couple of days left to enter. There's a HUGE prize and you don't have to purchase any of the WMS items to enter because they do have some free templates that will fit.

I used the cuppie love template to make this cake - just changed the topping to suit what I wanted to do, then added 2 'candles' for the 2nd birthday.

Next up is a little box of cookies.

I've made this one for A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
I used masking with post-it notes to get the two colours of ink onto the label. I hope I managed to give it an aged 'thin wood' appearance because that was what I set out to achieve.

Now one of my favourite items; the tea cup. Who in their right mind would stamp it up in gingham.....me, that's who! Looks so cute though, doesn't it?

This type of paper crafting is not my usual thing to do because as a rule I don't get enough time, but I must admit I love this type of thing and it is the 3rd time I've used this particular template. Here's a link to one I made earlier

I also made a matching card; once again mixing the sentiment from 2 labels in the Rescue Remedies set.

I'm entering this card into the Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenge because it is based on the sketch that they've created for this week.

And finally, the little Tea Baggie which has been made for the

One Stitch At A Time Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes.

Again I did more masking with post it notes so that the label themes in with the rest of the items today.

I hope you'll take a look at all the amazing projects from our design team at colour create this week; they all made incredibly feminine cards this week and they are all gorgeous.

We're sponsored by High Hopes Stamps this time around and there's a brilliant prize of 5 stamps.

Thanks so much for looking and I do hope you enjoyed these items,

Sharon xx

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Go Potty!

Now, I'm not being rude....honest! That's the fun name of the cute little stamp that I've used today; it's so sweet, isn't it? I thought I'd keep this card fairly simple to show off the image. This card is my DT item for the Pixie Cottage Challenge today where there's another great sketch and the theme is pink and girly.

So, Go Potty by Precious Stamps by Lisa is available to purchase by clicking here. I used distress inks to colour the toddler, promarkers on the hair and then just glittered up the potty and booties.

I'm entering this into the following challenges.

Tuesday Throwdown - Card for baby/child

Craft Your Passion - Cutie Patootie

Crafty Cardmakers - Embossing

Magical Monday - Embossing

Dream Valley - Dig out the old to use with the new (Old = Potty stamp, new = gingham stamp)

Stamptacular - PINK-a-Licious

Thanks for looking and I'll hopefully see you with something totally different tomorrow.

Sharon xx

Monday, 16 May 2011

Just a note....

....to say that I'm back and will be blogging again this week. I've missed blogging so much! Has it really been over a month?

Anyway, before I start blogging in earnest, here's a card that should have posted last Wednesday. It was a DT item for the Pixie Cottage challenge where the themes were a fantastic sketch and 'Tags'. The bird stamp used on this card is called Hummingbird by ARTish and is available to purchase by clicking here.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx