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

Friday, 10 June 2011

Flying High

Thank goodness it's Friday! The weekend is almost here and it'll be time to relax a little bit. Wow, this week has just flown by because things have been so busy. It's great being busy, but it'd be lovely to be able to keep on top of blogging too. Still - there will be time to catch up tonight or tomorrow.

The last two evenings have been fab because my grandchildren have been staying with us. What a joy they have been - certainly kept me in stitches with laughter. Oh to see the world in such simple terms ;o) I've loved walking in the door after work and both of them come running to me with arms wide open and a big cuddle when they reach me. Brilliant! It's been exhausting but such fun!

Anyway, to today's card. It's a simple layout and the colours of the border stamp I used remind me of the waves in the sea. I think this one is okay for the men.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Craft Us Crazy - Masculine colours/theme
Do You Stack Up - Birthday
Paperplay - Father's day/Mans card
Some Odd Girl - Manly
Crafty Creations - Over the Rainbow (this'll be the end where the Wizard flies off without Dorothy)
Fab n Funky - Magnificent Men
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Celebrate Dad/the Man in your life
The Paper Variety - for the guys

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Thursday, 9 June 2011

You are a star!

Cogs and clocks are usually found on steampunk cards. Well, I haven't had a try at steampunk yet and I really admire those of you that can make steampunk cards. But the way I look at it is........don't be put off, just use the stamps the way you want to. So I did. I teamed them up with some stars and a couple of other paper artsy type background stamps of splodges and lines and crackles. I only used one ink pad on this card - faded denim. I was scared of messing things up completely by adding a second colour. I added a different sentiment on the back of the tag; simple but it makes a point

I'm entering the card into the following challenges:
The Stamping Boutique - For Men Only
Bows and berries - Masculine
Crazy Challenge - Father's Day
Lexi's Creations - Father's Day
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Tag
Magical Monday - Masculine
Come and Get It - Masculine
Creative Inspirations - Father's Day

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Shape it up

I thought I'd have a try at a centre step card for today's make and I'm sure I'll be making more of these because it was fun to do. I had real fun with the image too and may have got a bit carried away! I stamped and coloured it 3 times, then I cut around the flower petals on 2 of the images. Now, instead of doing a normal decoupage or layered up image, I scrunched up the middle of the 2 cut-out images and shaped them into a 3d flower and glued them on top of the main image. I then dotted bits of clear glue onto the petals to represent the dew drops and added a few pearls to the centre.

This is my DT card for the Pixie Cottage Challenge where we have a sketch and a theme of shaped cards. The image I've used is Dew Drop Dahlia by ARTish.
I'm entering this into:
Bunny Zoes - Lace
Craft Room Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Embellish your main image
Make It Monday - Link Party
Paperplay - Summer Citrus Splash
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes (didn't do the optional extra)
Penny Black - Doodlebug (PB Sentiment used)
Sugar Creek Hollow - Paper Flowers, Vintage Lace & Bling - Flowers = made my own from the image. Lace = at least 25 years old! Bling = on the dragonfly charm
Top Tip Tuesday - More than One Fold

Stamps used:
Image: Pixie Cottage,
Sentiment: Penny Black,
Background: Anna Griffin
Distress Inks: Old Paper, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade

The Pixie Cottage DT girls have made some fantastic shaped cards for inspiration this week; it's worth a visit to take a peek at them.

Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

One that almost got away!

Am I really going to show you the mess that was on my craft desk at the weekend? Well, I was ..... but tidy crafters could have been scarred for life and have nightmares for weeks on end after seeing the shambles that I crafted in this weekend just gone. In my defence, time was limited and I only had the odd 10 mins here and there, and tidying up became a luxury, not a necessity. So, it's probably safest for all of us if I keep the mess to myself.

Why would I even consider showing my desk? Because this card is made from my scrap paper (which I will show you) and under normal circumstances that would be thrown away. So the card almost didn't get made, and it's a perfectly good card!

What's all this about then? Well, two things really:
Firstly - Jo Capper-Sandon and her article in Craft Stamper magazine this month ("Accidentally On Purpose") started it all off
Then Stamp, Scrap and Doodle came along with a challenge of "What's on your desk right now?" and the temptation to have a go was too much for me.

So the idea is to use what is on your desk, and in particular for me, that was the scrap paper I'd been using to protect things. Here it is, although it is partially obscured by some parchment paper.
Who would have thought it? I am now completely hooked on this idea! I actually made 3 cards from the scrap pieces on my desk. So thanks to Jo and thanks to Stamp, Scrap and Doodle. I won't be wasting any more scrap in future.

In time when I get a bit more comfortable with this idea I can see that I'll be adding all sorts of stamped elements on top of the scraps and resisting the urge to add lots of layers, stickles and flowers, but this humble start is a pretty good first attempt (I think)

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Stamp Scrap and Doodle - Use what's on your desk right now.
Stampin Sisters In Christ - Use something new (a new idea of using your inky scrap paper)
Card Makin Mamas - Use Your Scraps
Scrappy Frogs - Birthdays

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Monday, 6 June 2011

More Acetate and Parchment

Morning everyone. Well, here we are at the start of another week and I hope everyone is well rested and from the weekend. I have a card that I'm entering into 3 challenges today and it's another of those hard to photograph ones. Honestly, a health warning is needed on the packs of acetate - just to remind us that it's difficult to take a picture of the finished item. lol. Only kidding. Acetate looks so stunning that we just have to use it now and again, don't we?

For this card, I stamped the motif in white stayzon onto the acetate sheet and cut out a window in the card blank to set it into. The parchment wrap has tiny sentiments added to in white stayzon - hopefully the picture below shows those a bit clearer but in case it's hard to read they say 'together', 'ever after' and 'foreverness'. and then one group of flowers and a bow finish it off. I thought this would make a nice wedding or anniversary card.

Okay, so the inspiration for this card comes from:
Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge - the fab sketch
Allsorts Challenge - All White
A second entry into:
Less is More - Monochromatic (can't get more monochromatic than all white!)

It's a busy week for me this week so I have my posts all ready to go and I'm going to be returning comments for those kind enough to comment on my posts when I get home from work each night - but I may not have time to do too much general blog hopping I'm afraid. Never mind, things will quieten down again in a couple of weeks or so.

Items Used:
Stamps Waltzing Mouse: Victorian Frippery and Say it Loud.
White Stayzon
White card, Parchment and Acetate.
Paper flowers and ribbon bow.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Thanks; you've been wonderful

How's your weekend going folks? Are you resting? Spending time with loved ones? Enjoying good weather? I'm having to do some work through most of mine.........bleah! But I'm nipping up to the craft room every now and then for a 10 minute crafty fix. :o) That means a lot of my cards this week will probably be on the CAS side - but I am so enjoying this style that it's a joy to keep trying it out. After searching for a 'style' for a couple of years now, it's starting to feel like I'm 'coming home' so to speak. Don't get me wrong....there's still a long way to go and a lot to learn, but it just feels more comfortable than cute and fussy (still like doing those too).

Anyway, I digress.
These 2 cards are for the Less is More Challenge where the theme this week is 'monochrome'. Now, after a late entry into last week's challenge I thought I'd get my skates on this week. So we have a Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet sponged panel that's over-stamped grass and flower stamps. The sentiment is split across the left and right edges and a freehand wiggly line edges the sponged panel. Finished off with punched and glittered dragonflies and a ribbon (it does colour match - you can see the true shade a bit better on the bottom card as I used the same ribbon on both cards).

After making the cream base card I thought I'd try a pink base card. However, I used a bit of worn lipstick in the over-stamping which, in my opinion, is a bit too bright.
Would love to hear what you all think. Do you prefer the cream base too?

Thanks so much for looking
Sharon xx

Saturday, 4 June 2011

A CASE Competition

There's a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) competition going on at the moment and there are another 5 and a bit days left to enter. You can read all about it by clicking here.

The idea is to CASE one of the SOAP cards that the Design Team have made over the last 4 days. Now, I hope this card qualifies because I've actually been inspired by 2 of the Design team. The first one is a card by Niki Estes and you can see that card by clicking on her name. I loved the stamped musical background that she made. The second card is by Tosha Leyendekker and you can see that one by clicking on her name. It's the second one in her post (loved the diagonal part).

So, that's the copy part over and here's the share everything. I used Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord distress inks and randomly sponged a piece of paper. I let this dry completely before going on to the next stage.

Once the paper was totally dry, I took the 4 stave music stamp from the Waltzing Mouse Musical Backgrounds set and stamped it up in versamark then heat embossed it with Silver embossing powder. I stamped on stamp the 'right way up' then underneath I rotated the stamp by 180 degrees so that the stamp was upside down - it just gives the impression that the music is different (for those that can read music and are not looking too closely!)

I cut the paper to size and added some stickles glitter glue to the edges.

Next I cut a piece of parchment and stamped the sentiment from the Say It Loud set in Momento Ink. To say that I'm LOVING this set is a real understatement - I just can't stop using those sentiments at the moment.

I then put the card together wrapping the parchment around the music paper with a little lace added to the top and bottom of the parchment. This was backed onto silver mirri board and put onto the card blank. The final touches were a Prima flower and some punched leaves that were lightly distressed with walnut stain distress ink.

Hope you like it, and that it does qualify for the CASE competition because I really had fun making this one.

This card also fits the following challenges:
Speedy the Cats - Flowers
Our Daily Bread - Sentiment Only
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Stampinsanity - Anything Goes

I'll be back sometime tomorrow with either my Less is More or my WMSC card.
Thanks so much for looking,
Sharon xx

Friday, 3 June 2011

Pick a square for Less is More

This card almost didn't get posted. I arrived home from work last night and suggested that hubby and I went out for a meal. Great idea! We never seem to spend enough time together, so off we toddled in the car and found a lovely pub that did food. Had a wonderful meal....but the portion size was so large I think I had to be rolled into the car to come home! lol. You know what it's like when you over-indulge...all you want to do is go to sleep. So, here I am, fighting off the urge to be a couch potato and shut my eyes. ;o) zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Anyway, this card is for the Less is More challenge where the theme is 'pick a square'. Loved that idea ladies! Now, apart from it being a really busy week on this blog this week, I was a little stumped as to what to do until I opened one of my crafting drawers and found several of these flowers in different colours. I made them at Christmas time using a scallop nestie and put them away ....... and forgot all about them. So, long story short....I've only just made the deadline for the challenge even though this card was made last Sunday!

Items Used:
Scallop Nesties
Inks: Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Marvy Blending Blox Shades of Green
Individual Sentiment stamps Waltzing Mouse - Say it Loud set
Leaf Swirl Clarity Stamps

As always - feedback is gratefully received as I'm always looking to improve.

Thanks so much for looking and hopefully I'll be back with something else tomorrow (haven't decided which thing to post yet).

Sharon xx

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Here come the boys!

Never mind "Here come the girls", this week it's all about the boys, isn't it? Well, I suppose it is that time of year here in the UK and in the US too. Time to show our appreciation for our Dads.

So our fantastic Sharon L has set the optional extra over at the Colour Create Challenge of FATHER's DAY/MASCULINE. She's picked one of my favourite colour combos too: PURPLE, BLUE and SILVER.

I was inspired by one of the challenges this week, because they've challenged us to use a Faux Linen technique (link below and there is a link to a video of the technique on the challenge site). Wow! I loved trying this out and the finished result is fab (well I think so). Definitely something that I'll try again and I'd reccommend that everyone who likes stamping should try it too; you'll be amazed at what you can do. I think this one will make a good retirement card, so I'll keep it ready for when I need one.

I'm entering this into:
Come and Get It Challenges - Faux Linen Technique
Sparkles Challenge - Something metal
Sweet Stamps - Masculine
Craft Your Passion - What a Guy

I also made a CAS Father's day card.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Here Come The Boys - Father's Day/ Hubby/Partner
Craft Your Days Away - Father's Day/Special Man
Lexi's Creations - Father's Day / Man's card

This photo is a little darker, but it does show the silver.

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Please take a look at the wonderful masculine creations of the design team, after all, we can always do with some more inspiration for creating that something special for the men in our lives.

Thanks for looking, and I'll be back with another creation tomorrow (busy week, huh?),
Sharon xx

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Shrink Plastic, A Basket and Greetings

This is such a pretty set that I hope that the photos on here do it justice. I've decided that I should just relax and 'go with the flow' so to speak when I sit down to craft. Been a bit guilty of getting stressed out about doing things the way that everyone else does and it's started to stifle the old creativity. So more of my hand made backing papers are a key part of the projects today - along with a first play at shrink plastic; now that was fun!

These are my DT items for the Pixie Cottage Challenge where there is a gorgeous sketch and a theme of anything but a card. As I wanted to make a set of things today, I've used the sketch on the card and made a matching basket for the non-card item.

The gorgeous stamp that I used as the main focus of the card is 'Greetings' by ARTish. These flower stamps that she created for the Pixie Cottage Store are amongst some of my favourites because they are really versatile. I also stamped the image up onto shrink plastic and made some matching embellishments. I wanted to create a bit of interest with the shrink plastic, so whilst it was still warm I made sure it curled like a flower rather than laid flat. I'll definitely be using this medium again because these are such sweet embellishments.

I'm entering these into the following challenges:
Two Sisters Challenge - Anything Goes
Creations by Gill M - Pink & Green and flowers
Crafty Catz - Pink & Green
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes plus your favourite...for me it's making DPs
Paper Play Challenge - Blossoms & Blooms

Items Used:
Stamps: The Pixie Cottage, Laura Ashley, Waltzing Mouse and My Minds Eye
Distress Inks: Bundled Sage & Tattered Rose

Please pop over to the Pixie Cottage Challenge to see the brilliant work of the DT. We'd also love to see you entering the challenge this week if you can.

Thanks for looking,
Sharon xx