Monday, 2 March 2015

What I do in my spare time - AKA - how I avoid housework!

So it's another quick post from me - this time with something a little different. I taught myself how to do Amigurumi crochet las year, and decided to challenge myself to make some toys for the 'little' people in my life. I have notched up a few creatures now, so you may be seeing a few more posts like this, but here is the first 'big' project that I finished.


He's called a pillow pal and the idea is that he can be cuddled (or layer on!) in bed cos he's nice and flat like a pillow.

The pictures aren't too great as they were taken in the run up to Christmas when it was very dark, and he wouldn't fit on my windowsill which is where I normally take pictures of my cards!

I have to sa, I had a few scary moments with this guy, but, once he was done, it was very hard to part with him!

I am going to enter him in to a few challenges, but really I am just pleased to have him immortalised in blog land!!

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/challenge-49.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/its-march-and-anything-goes.html

Thanks for visiting!

Sharon

E is for……..exceptionally enchanting elephant!


Well I was so busy crafting over the weekend that I had no time for blogging…..I guess you can't do it all, right?

I have so many cards to make this month, 5 birthdays, tow mothers day….not to mention Easter and DT stuff! So I thought I had better crack on this weekend and I am pleased to say I have made a dent but have not won the battle by any means!

Meanwhile, here's a card that I made a while ago, but neglected to post, using a gorgeous stamp from The Crafters Companion Rachelle Ann Miller range.

I was particularly taken with this little elephant for some reason and , in the end he was used for a Leaving card with a comment of 'We won't forget you!'.

As you can see, I have kept this really clean and simple and have followed the same colouring style as the artwork, which is adding lots of little white dots on the main character. I really like this effect as it's a little bit quirky I think!

I hope you like my very simple offering today, and here's a few challenges that I would like to enter:

http://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/week-285letters-of-alphabet.html
http://ilovepromarkers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-258-animals.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-95.html
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-139-clean-simple.html
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/its-march-and-anything-goes.html
http://abc-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/e-is-for-exceptionally-cute.html
http://eclecticellapu.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/march-already.html
craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog

Thanks for popping by to visit today.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

It's the end of February……but there's still a chance of snow.


It's time for another challenge over at Fab n Funky and this week the theme is 'Christmas - Let's See Some Snow'!

So in honour of the occasion, I decided to leave my stamps alone for a while and start snipping with my scissors instead, using a lovely image from my Joanna Sheen House Mouse Christmas CD.

It took a little while……those pearls to a fair bit of cutting…..but look at those cute little faces! every time I look at them, they make me smile!

This is an A5 card and contains about 5 or 6 layers, although I could have gone up to 8 or 9!

So - even though it is February, over at Fab n Funky we are all looking forward to getting festive with you once again, so I hope you will come over and join us. we look forward to seeing you there.

Meanwhile, here are some other challenges that I would like to enter:

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-94.html
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/chnc-challenge-extra-for-february-2015.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-48.html
http://gruffiesandguests.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/ch14-love-is-all-around-option-of.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-192-make-it-digital_25.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/take-your-pick.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-98-our-furry-friends.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-216.html

Bye for now and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Never too young to be glamourous!

Well I can't believe it's Sunday already….so much to do…so little time!

So I thought I would take a few minutes out to post a card that I have made using a gorgeous image from Lily of the Valley. I don't know about you, but I can certainly relate to this image….in my younger days a feather boa and a tutu would have been my idea of heaven!


I have deliberately kept the colours on tis card very muted to give a bit of a vintage feel and I have even thrown in some pearls and lace to add to the vintage theme.

The little lady herself is coloured with Promarkers and I have got busy (and maybe a little heavy handed) with the distress inks around the edge of the image.

I hope you like her…..personally I think she's a little sweetie.

I would love to enter a few challenges with her today, so here they are:

http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-47.html
http://promarkerchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/week-284perfect-pearls.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-215.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-94.html
http://fantasystampers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/30-pretty-in-pink.html
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-138-childrens-playtime.html

Thanks for visiting today, and a happy Sunday to you all.  :-)

Sharon x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Bunnies are not just for Easter


Well, with Valentines day out of the way, I guess that many of us crafters are turning our thoughts to Easter and Spring Bunnies.

As for me - I'm not quite finished with my Christmas rabbits yet…mostly because the Bebunni Christams decoupage on the Bebunni Christmas Cd is so sweet. It's also really large, as you can see from the 8x8 card!

This was a really relaxing card to make as the decoupage was so easy to cut out and the lovely blues were so easy to match with some backing papers.

The final result was really lovely and, as per usual with me, the final photo just doesn't do justice to the beautiful imagery.

There are still some very nice, Christmas themed challenges out there so here are a few that I would like to enter.

http://christmasblogchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/for-child.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-93.html
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/week-298-any-occasion-than-birthday.html
http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-11-inspiration-photo.html
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/chnc-challenge-extra-for-february-2015.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-47.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-191-animal-magic.html

A short but sweet post today, but thanks for stopping by!

Sharon x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

How Charming!

 It's time for a new challenge over at Fab n Funky and this week the theme is 'charms', so you need to be using a charm somewhere on your creation.

Now I don't know about you but I have a fair few charms in my collection.....and do you know why? Well, I buy them, and then I can't bear to part with them as I generally save them for 'special' cards!

Ironically, the one I have used on this card was a freebie from a magazine, but it has made me think that I really need to get those charms out and make use of them, so you might see a few more of them popping up in future posts!

For this card I have made good use of my Grand Nestabilities for the matting and layering, and I have printed a gorgeous Besties image which I have coloured with promarkers and decoupaged up in three layers.
I was going for a pastel appearance but I am not sure if I have gone  too far and made it a bit wishy washy!!

There are lots of other lovely cards for you to feast your eyes on over at Fab n Funky so I do hope you will come over and join us.

Finally - let's not forget about some of the other fun challenges out there:

http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/crafty-calendar-february-challenge.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-92.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-46.html
http://bestieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/welcome-to-challenge-3-hearts-or-arrows.html
http://bestieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/welcome-to-challenge-3-hearts-or-arrows.html
http://mybestiesuk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/besties-uk-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/hearts-flowers.html


Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Anniversary Garland

Hi everyone. It's a lovely Sunday boring here in the UK. It's pretty chilly but the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Plus I noticed yesterday that the snowdrops at the end of my garden have started to bloom, and I always  take that as a sign that winter is on it's way out a Spring is on the way. Happy days!!

I am hoping to get down to a bit of crafting today, but before I do, I thought I would post this 'card' made entirely from paper with no stamps at all.

Everything that you see comes from the Polkadoodles Hollypond hill CD which is entirely made up of lots of lovely soft pastel images, based around a family of rabbits.

I used this one to make an anniversary card, and, in the end it turned out to be a bit of a labour of love….you have no idea how long it took to cut out all those flowers and layer them up!
But the end result was well worth it and it is a shame that it was such a dull day when I took the photos, as they are not the best, but hopefully they give you a feel for the dimension.
I would like to enter this card in to a few challenges, so here goes:

http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/week-6-flower-power-polkadoodles.html
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/week-297-love-is-all-around.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/crafty-calendar-february-challenge.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-92.html
http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/challenge-45.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/anything-goes.html

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x