Sunday, 21 December 2014

Walking in a winter wonderland

Hi all. Well it's Sunday evening and it's been a very busy weekend, Christmas wise. I am really chuffed that I had a 'wrapathon' yesterday afternoon and now have all of my presents wrapped up and bagged up  :-)

I have also gotten a bit domestic, done a tonne of housework and managed to bake gingerbread cookies with my son.

Last night I was out with friends until the small hours as we said good bye to one of our friends who is moving to Australia in the New Year.

And this morning, I managed to get two big Christmas cards finished for the babies in my family.

The bad news is, that I still have a few family cards to make… in not even started……and I am starting to feel like there won't be enough hours in the day.

I guess the thing is, no matter how organised you try to be, Christmas always come down to a bit of last minute panic - otherwise it just wouldn't be Christmas would it?!!

So here is one card that I DID manage to finish. It's very CAS and I made it using a selection of my Cardio stamps.

There's not too much to say about this one really, other than, I hope you like it, and here are some challenges that I would like to enter.

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

In the Deep Midwinter

Hello everyone!

It seems I have been a little absent from blogland lately…..not sure why but can't seem to find enough hours in the day at the moment.

None the less I was determined to get a card posted this morning, so here I am, sitting in my PJ's, loading this up before I crack on with whatever else is waiting for me today.

I made this card a while back and it was really a colouring experiment with my Spectrum Noir pens where I decided to get a bit brave with my background. There are some very dark colours in there and I could do with refining the technique but I thought it came out pretty well for a first shot. It kind of looks a bit stormy don't you think?

I had already found the Bps in amongst my very old stash and coloured to match, resulting in an unusual colour combination for me but one that I really liked in the end.

The beautiful image is a stamp from Crafters Companion, and I have to say I think it is just adorable!

Time to enter some challenges again I think, so here goes:

Thanks for visiting today and a happy weekend to you all.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Time for a bit of snow and holly…...

It's challenge time once again over at Crafty Little Fairies and this month the them is Holly and / or Ivy.

For this theme I have gone with a smile but lovely background paper for my Holly, rather than my usual choice of die cuts etc. Both the papers that you see are digi papers and have come from my Polka Doodles CDs…my favourite Xmas CD for this year, 'Here Comes Christmas'.

For the image I used a gorgeous Tiddly Inks Image which I printed a few times and decoupaged her.
As you can see from her close up, I have had my pearl paints out, in silver and white, for the snow, and I managed to throw in a bit of glitter for good measure too! I guess we need to make the most of glitter right now as Christmas will soon be passing us by, and it will be time to get back to the sublet stuff again!

Finally - a few other great challenges that I would like to enter:

I hope you like my card today and that you will feel inspired to join us over at CLF….we really lovel to see your creations so don't be shy!

Thanks for stopping by today.  :-)


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Decking the Halls

Hi everyone. I hope you are all having a lovely weekend with plenty of crafting time to look forward too.  :-)

I have been busy with my Cardio Stamps and spent a happy afternoon a couple of weeks ago stamping out lots of images to make up in to some clean and simple cards.

The thing I like about this style of stamping is that you don't have to be precise and fading and irregularity all adds to the overall effect…in other words you really can't go wrong! It is really quite liberating to just let yourself go and just stamp away without having to worry about smudging or colouring something in wrong.

Here's one of the cards that i made using a couple of packs of stamps that I have. The owner of Card-io has inspired me with her use of black ink as a main colour this year as it really seems to tick a box in terms of cards that you could give to a man…something that I often stubble with (although why they don't like cute little bears, and whimsical little girls and boys, I really can't imagine!!)

If I am honest, this card probably took about 5 minutes to stamp out….instant gratification. Probably the longest part of the process was the matting and layering part, but I had a kind of manufacturing process for that and sat sticking together a bunch of cards together whilst watching something on TV, so the whole process was very relaxing.

I thought I would go ahead and enter a few challenges with this card, and here they are:

Thanks for stopping by today.   :-)

Sharon x

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Humphrey Dressing Up

Hello everyone. Look what I found in the depths of my photo archive…a Christmas card from last year, as yet not blogged!

This is a card that I made for one of the little ones in my family, using the adorable Humphreys Corner stamps and a lovely traditional backing paper from Bearly Mine.

The colour on this is quite unusual for me as I rarely go for gold on my cards and the paper has a distinctlyVictorian Vintage feel…..again a step out of my usual comfort zone.
My cute littles Ellies in their dress up suits we both clouded with Spectrum Noirs so they are looking lovely and vibrant, and of course I couldn't resist throwing a splash of colour in there!

Hopefully I will have time to load up a few more recent Christmas efforts this weekend, but in the mean time I hope this one floats your Christmas boat  :-)

Here are some lovely challenges that I would like to enter today:

Thanks for visiting today.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Keeping things simple…….

Today I thought I would post a very CAS card, focusing on a lovely…..and quite large Poinsettia stamp from Stamp Addicts.

This is a 6 x 6 card so you can see that the stamp is more than 3 inches wide - a focal point indeed.

So for this card I kept to the traditional flower colours and coloured this in using my promarkfers before layering the flower so that it stood a little proud.

The matting and layering couldn't be simpler really. I created the dotty background using one of my embossing folders and matted on to bright red card before adding a scrap of ribbon as a balancing accent.

So in summary - very clean and VERY simple!

Before I go, I would just like to enter a few challenges, and here they are:

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A little extra baggage

There are times when you just want to make something other than a card and as I managed to get my hands on some 6x6 plain white bags a few weeks back, I had it in mind that I would throw together a few gift bags.

This one was made using a gorgeous stamp from the Party Paws Xmas range  and my lovely Spectrum Noir pens.

The image is quite detailed and took a while to colour but not that hard to do as it turned out. I seem to have found a good batch of colours to colour black areas, which give the appearance of black without losing the contrast (it was a variety of shades from the IG range). I was a bit worried about colouring the tree but this turned out to be really easy in the end as I just used a light base colour to colour all over and the 'blobbed' a mid and dark shade here and there to get a bit of shading in.

You can also just about see a bit of sparkle in there - this was achieved using a Graph It glitter pen which has a very subtle sparkle.

As you can see, I went to town a bit with the dies on this one, and they were all cut from white card originally, before colouring them with my Spectrums to get a perfect colour match.

So that's my little gift bag which I hope you like :-)

I now have lots of lovely Christmassy challenges to enter and here they all are:

Thanks for visiting me today and a happy Sunday to you all.

Sharon x