Thursday, 11 September 2014

Party Paws Decoupage





There's nothing like a cute little bear to lift your spirits and this one is no exception. He is Party Paws from Crafters Companion and, just for a change I have made use of some of the lovely decoupage from the CD to build up this lovely image.

Every time I do some preprinted decoupage I always think to myself that I must come back to it more often….it si such a satisfying and relaxing way to spend and evening.

Challenge wise, I am never sure if a challenge is for stamping only, (as most of the DTs I have been on are all about stamping), bit I think the challenges below fir the bill for this cute little chap…..and I certainly don't want to leave him hiding in my draft posts forever!!!

http://nutcrafters.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/nutcrafter-challenge-76.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-338-too-cute.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-73.html
http://ribbongirls.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/add-ribbons-card-challenge.html

Thanks for stopping by today….not long until the weekend now!


Sharon x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Away with the fairies



I thought I would pop another card on my blog today, and I came across this lovely image from Sugar Nellie, which is the central focus of a card I made a little while ago. She had obviously hidden under that mushroom as I had forgotten tat I had made this card….although I do now remember what a fine time I had colouring it all in with my Copics!

This is a very frugal card as it was made up entirely of leftovers…….the backing paper was part of a sheet printed  from one on my Flower Fairy CDs (how appropriate), the image was stamped on to an odd square of leftover neenah card, the border….also left over from a Crafters Companion CD, and of course a little scrap of ribbon which, contrary to appearances, does not go all the way down the back of the image panel!

So a very CAS card…but sometimes those are the best don't you think?

Here are some challenges that I would like to enter today….


Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A bit of bling is the thing

Hi there everyone and welcome to the latest Crafty Little Fairies challenge for which we have a theme of 'sparkles and bling'. Now I am more of what you would call a subtle bling person…..I love a bit of glitter (OK quite a lot of glitter!) ad some pearls and gem, but I am not an all out 'blinger'! So for my card I have just added a little bit of glitter for a touch of sparkle. This was very east to do as I just doodled somwswirls with a glue pen and then sprinkled away….hopefully they look OK.

My image of choice for this card was a beautiful Rachelle Ann Miller stamp from Crafters Companion and I had to say I just loved colouring it in as it fulfilled two of my colouring obsessions -a cute little animal and the never ending challenge of hair. When I start on hair, I am never sure how it is going to turn out, but I think I did OK this time.

The cuddly toy was also fun to colour as I could play around with my blender pen to get a bit of a furry texture going on.

Finally, isn't the backing paper gorgeous? It was a freebie from a magazine and was designed by a lady called Jennifer Ellory. I am not sure if you can actually buy papers designed by her….if anyone knows please can they send me a comment as I would love to get hold of some.

And finally some other challenges to enter this week:

http://withoutwordschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/september-its-celebration.html
http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-77-twos-companyand-dt-call.html
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/anything-goes.html
http://thepapershelter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/challenge-172-stars-andor-hearts.html

So that's my little card for today, which I hope you all like, and I hope you will come and join us over at Crafty Little Fairies for our September challenge.

Bye for now.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Preparing for the coming season

 Well September is upon us so it's time to start thinking ahead to Christmas....at least from a crafty point of view anyway!

I made this card using a freebie stamp that came with a magazine this month and, to be honest I couldn't wait to stamp it out as I love Tiddly Inks.
I wanted some nice bold colour so I hot out my Graph It pens as they are a bit more opaque and set to work with some festive greens and reds.

Friday sketches had a sketch that is right up my street this week, so I used that for the layout and grabbed a few of my Do Crafts backing papers to finish the job.

So - now it's time to enter a few challenges and here they are:
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-193.html
http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-85-something-sweet.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-336-anything-goes.htmlhttp://fridaysketchchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/sketch-77-by-carole.html
http://asyoulikeitchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/favourite-season-tell-us-why.html
http://polkadoodle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/wk-35-get-organised-for-christmas.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/week-274-early-christmas-makes.html
http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-40-anything-goes.html

Well that's all from me for today. Thanks for visiting and don't forget to come back tomorrow for the next Crafty Little Fairies challenge.

Sharon x










Saturday, 30 August 2014

Whimsical Wings

Well it is Saturday morning and I am so glad to have reached the weekend again. Why is it that the first week at work after a holiday always seems to be the toughest?

Unfortunately I have little energy for crafting this week but here is some thing I made during my time off - experimenting with my Spectrum Noir pens and a dotty background.

I don't know about you but, when I get out my CDs to print paper for a card I am making, I always get a bit carried away and end up printing a lot of papers of for future cards that i 'plan' to do, but either never get round to, or I forget was the 'plan' was in the first place. Well for this card I was determined to use up some of those left over papers. I didn't follow my usual pattern of finding the paper and then colouring to match….i just went ahead and coloured this first. So I was delighted to find not only some matching paper, but also a perfectly matching ribbon too.  :-)
I coloured the owls and made them a little bit whimsical….you don't often see owls with pink tummies! And check out the little caterpillars - aren't they cute?

So of course I would like to enter a few callings and here they are:

http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-85-something-sweet.html
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-336-anything-goes.html
http://creativeknockouts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/52-whimsical-wings-sweet-n-sassy-stamps.html
http://trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-274-28th-of-august-animalpet.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-72.html
http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.co.uk following sketch 239.

Well thanks for stopping by today and reading all my waffle.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Sharon x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Beautiful Besties and a Pastel moment

My husband recently came home from work and asked me if I could make a card for one of his work colleagues to give to his niece. I didn't know anything about either of these people, so the only guidance that I had was that he had liked a card that I had recently made for my sister's birthday, using a Bestie image. Not much to go on, but, after dinner was out of the way I decided to crack on and try to get creative as the card was needed for the very next day.

Three and a half hours later (and at 11.30pm I might add!) this was the result. A sweet little bestie,, decoupaged in to 3 layers and coloured in pro marker, with a lilly bit of bling for good measure.
The colouring and cutting out took forever……especially post 10pm when I was becoming a little bleary eyed.  I kept the background fairly simple as I wanted the image to stand out.

Luckily the card was very well received. The only problem was that (and I didn't know this at the time) the guy was going to have to post it. It was an 8 x 8 card with some quite thick decoupage……he had to send it by special delivery….it must have cost him an arm and a leg! Oh well….at least he got the card for free :-).

Oh, and of course, the new card turned out nothing like the one I had made for my sister in the end…this is the one that I had made for her……

So now it just remains for me to enter a few of the lovely challenges that are out there this week:

http://cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-76-cute-with-buttons-bows.html
http://bestieschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-17use-your-favorite-color.html
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-anything-goes-shaker-card.html
http://cinspirations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-277-anything-goes-option-of.html
http://4kraftygirlzchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-25.html
http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/pennys-challenge-190-winners-and-top-3.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/crafty-calendar-august-challenge.html
http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/august-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-71.html

Thanks for stopping by today and, for those of you that have a long Bank Holiday weekend to look forward to…..have a good one!

Sharon x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Heartfelt Wishes

Well it has been a while since my last blog post as I have been away on holiday in beautiful Annecy, France. But now I am back in good old Blighty and have had a chance to catch up with blog land and see all the wonderful inspiration out there!

My card for today is using a gorgeous digi from Tiddly Inks which I made quite large so I could use it on an 8 x8 card. The papers were the first choice that I made and the image was then coloured in to match them.
One thing I love about Tiddly Inks characters is their lovely flowing hair, which gives me a chance to practice my colouring…..still some practice needed I think!!

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

http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-70.html
http://craftycalendarchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/crafty-calendar-august-challenge.html
http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/august-challenge-anything-goes.html
http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-anything-goes-shaker-card.html
http://tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/challenge-139-anything-goes.html

Thanks for visiting me today.  :-)

Sharon x