Friday, 23 June 2017

Colour Crazy Challenge - sponsored by Polkadoodles

It's time for a new challenge at Colour Crazy, and this time we are sponsored by the wonderful Polkadoodles. Now this was a challenge in itself as trying to choose one image from my accumulated stash of Polkadoodles images was not easy (it's not a case of what have I got.......more like what haven't I got!!)

So in the end I decided to go for one of the more recent releases, which is only available via download (rather than in CD format).
This little lady is called Primrose and she comes from the Darling Buds set which is a set of beautiful girls, all based around the theme of flowers. I think she is so beautiful and would work really well as a bride.

I wanted to keep the colours very soft ans I imagined that dress to be made of flowing silk, so I used by Spectrum Colourblend pencils and blending solution to achieve this.

I also had a very lucky find among some old magazines.....the perfect backing paper to go with this image....only one sheet though, so I had to make sure I didn't mess it up!

Finally, I kept the card very CAS, as I wanted all the focus to be on that gorgeous image.

Hope you like my card for today. Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

It's a swishy tail kinda day!!

Hi. I am back again as we have a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this week's theme is Sea and Sand. I have been collecting mermaid images lately so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use one. This image is from the Ula images by Polkadoodles, and I absolutely love her!
As you can see, there is lots of colouring space and she would also be quite easy to cut out and decoupage (a plan for another day perhaps!)

I was very brave and made the background myself by randomly scribbling Spectrum Noirs in aquas and greens, and the same with the sand.

My little shells were some tiny stamps that I already had, and proved to be most useful!

Finally, I made my seaweed using some offcuts from a large tonic foliage die.

So that's my card for today. Hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

Sharon x


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Feisty Females with Crafts and Me

Thanks for dropping in. I am back today with a new challenge from Fab N Funky, sponsored by Crafts and Me.

This is a new company to me, and I have to say that I really enjoyed colouring this image, using my Spectrum Noir pens. The theme this week is feisty females and I think this lady, called Genevieve, really fits the bill!

I also made the backing paper using Sheena Doug;ass's technique  where you mix Spectrum Aquas with glycerine and apply with a blending tool. It's a really fun and satisfying technique and, if you look closely you can see a little bit of metallic sparkle. I did this by splattering Gansai Tambi metallic paint on the paper......again, sooooooooo satisfying!!

I hope that you will come and join us at Fab n Funky this week, and remember - keep it feisty!!

Sharon x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

An unlikely pair of friends

I have realised it has been quite some time since I posted......not sure why, but at least I can say I have had some lovely colouring time over the last week or two.

So here is one of the results of my labours, in the shape of the lovely Horace and Boo from Polkadoodles.
I have to say that, when I printed this out, I made it fairly large, and then had one of those 'I can't do it' moments, but, once I had tentatively kicked off with Horace's ear, I was well away and loved every minute of colouring this image!

To finish off my card, I used some pare pieces of NitWits paper that I had printed some time ago. I love it when I am able to use something that I already have to hand.  :-)

Anyway, I hope you like my card for today. I will try not to be away for so long before my next post1

Thanks for stoping by.

Sharon x


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Boys or Dads at Cute Card Thursday

It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this week the theme id Boys or Dads.
I decided to use this love image from Lili of the Valley.....he reminds me very much of the boy that was in the Hovis adverts, back in the day. (You would have to be of a certain age to remember those!) Anyway, with that in mind I decided to go with a vintage appearance, so I have used very muted Colorblend pencils and I have distressed all my papers before mounting them on to Kraft Card.

I hope you like my card for today and I look forward to seeing what you have made over at Cute Card Thursday.

Bye for now!

Sharon x


Friday, 26 May 2017

Time for a new challenge at Colour Crazy

 It's time for a new challenge over at Colour Crazy, and this week I have been playing with the cutest little bear from Di's Digistamps.
This lovely little chaps looks so happy to be sitting on top of that cup cake, and my immediate thought was that he would be perfect for a child's party invitation or birthday card. So I opted for very soft pastel colours, using my Spectrum Noirs and Spectrum Illustrators, and matched them perfectly with Sara's Signature range for the backing papers.

I don't know if you can see but I decoupaged the bow too, just for that little bit of extra lift.

Hope you ike my card today. Look forward to seeing you over at Colour Crazy.

Sharon x


Thursday, 25 May 2017


It's time for a new challenge over at Cute card Thursday, and this week the theme is Clean and Simple. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite styles as it is great for one of those days when you don't want to think too just want to colour!

For my card today, I have used a lovely digital image for Tiddly Inks and used my Colourblend pencils to colour it in, along with a little bit of clear sparkle pen.

I pulled out my desert island Dotty stubby stamp by Stamps by Judith to create the dotty background using some random inks, and i finished of with a few pearl dots.

And that, as they say, is that!

Hope you like it. I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely CAS creations over on the blog.

Bye for now.

Sharon x



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Let's Get Sporty with Kenny K

 We have a brand new challenge over at Fab n Funky and this week we are sponsored by Kenny K, with a theme of Let's Get Sporty.

I have chosen Skater Boy for my card and I have tried to give the impression of a skate park with my background papers.
My skater boy is coloured with Sprectrum Noirs and I have mounted him on foam pads so he is lifted from the page.

I hope you like my card this week, and I look forward to seeing you over at Fab n Funky.



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Messy old furry friend.

Sometimes, when I go digging through my craft stash I find the odd little gem that I haven't used for ages or......dare I admit it.....I haven't used at all!

This lovely Messy Rabbit stamp from Joanna Sheen was still in it's pristine uncut rubber state (shame on me!) so of course I had to cut him out and get colouring.
I used my Kuretake real colour pens for this image, on water colour paper to get a nice blend coming. Even though these are water colour pens they give a really strong and vibrant colour, so I was quite pleased how he came out.

I finished the card with some freebie paper from a magazine and a scrap of ribbon, for a nice CAS card.

Hope you like him, and thanks for stopping by today!

Sharon x


Sunday, 14 May 2017

What's not to love about House Mouse ?

I absolutely LOVE House Mouse!  There is just something about those cute little faces that always makes me smile, and there seems to be an image for just about every occasion.

I have some of the lovely House Mouse CDs, and this is one of the gorgeous images and matching papers which I simply printed and decoupaged to get some instant gratification!

So  - a very quick post for today, but I hope it brought a smile to your face, just like it did to mine.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

New Challenge at Fab N Funky - Kids and Teenager Birthdays

I'm back today with a very special challenge for Fab n Funky, where the theme is Kids and Teenagers Birthdays. we are sponsored this week by.......
Lili of the Valley are celebrating their own birthday - 13 years old today! They are celebrating by releasing some gorgeous new stamps and digis between now and 20th May.

In honour of the occasion they allowed us to play with some of their lovely new digi's, and I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful little girl to colour in She is called Fairy Wings and she is a little sneak peak of what you can look forward to in the new release.

For my card I have opted for an Easel with some beautiful soft pastel colours to complement the delicate tutu and fairy wings.

I have used my Spectrum Colorblends and blending solution to achieve a very soft look and I have toped it off with some clear Sparkle pen for a little bit of twinkle!

I hope you like my card for today. Don't forget to pop over to Lili of the Valley to check out their lovely new range in the coming weeks....I know I will be doing a bit of shopping!

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday

Hi there. I am back with a new challenge from Cute Card Thursday and this week their theme is Anything Goes.

So I have chosen to go with flowers this week, using the fabulous Lilac stamps and dies from Sheena Douglas. Now before you say anything, I know lilacs grow on large bushes, but I thought these also looked like hyacinths so I decided to put them in to a rustic tub.

The tub is 3D - it sticks out about an inch, which enabled me to really layer up my flowers and leaves.

I dies cut all the shapes and stamped them in Versafine, before colouring them with Spectrum Noir Vintage Sparkle pens. This was really simple to do - just a case of splodging on some colour and smooshing it around a bit!

I hope you like my card for today. See you over at Cute Card Thursday!

Sharon x


Monday, 1 May 2017

Guest Designer at My Besties International

And here is another message of excitement from me as I have been asked to join the My Besties International Team as a guest designer for May.

Their challenge them this month is to use ribbon and /or lace.....and of course you need to use a Sherri Baldi image.

Foe my card I decided to use this fantastic troll, which was just crying out for green hair in my mind.....don't ask me why!!!

Look at that happy little face....don't you just want to pinch those chubby cheeks??

So I coloured her in using my Spectrum Noir pens and Colourblend  pencils and finished up by making a fairly CAS card, in keeping with my style.

Thanks very much to the team at My Besties for letting me join you this month. It has been a blast!

Sharon x

Friday, 28 April 2017

My first post as a DT member for Colour Crazy

I am so excited to finally be able to tell you that I have been invited to join the Colour Crazy challenge team!

This is really an honour for me as I find myself amongst some amazing colourists and it is very humbling to be part of the team....and what a lovely bunch they are too!

So on to my first card for the team, and this week we are sponsored by Dr Digi.

 I have coloured my image - Toolshed Tim, with my Spectrum noir markers and Colourblend pencils.

He is quite a comical character don't you think?
Anyway - I had zoomed in on that little seedling in the pot, and I wanted to find some papers that would go with a growing things / gardening theme. In to my faithful NitWits digi stash I went and, low and behold, I found the Fincey's Garden FQB, which contained everything I needed, including the little seed packets !

So - there is my very first card for the Colour Crazy Team. I hope you will come over and join our challenge - remember you can colour with anything you like, so don't be shy!

Bye for now.

Sharon x


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Family at Cute Card Thursday

We have a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday today, and this week the theme is 'Family'.

Rather than doing an image containing a family, I decided to opt for a family related sentiment :-)

The cute little image that I have chosen is from the Scruffy Little Kitten range by Crafters Companion. I love the toussled hair which is soooooo easy to colour as you basically just squiggle!
I coloured her in with lovely pastel shades using my Spectrum Noir pens and paired her up with papers from the matching CD.

So there we have it! Now I'm looking forward to seeing your interpretation of family over on the challenge blog, so don't forget to join me there!

Bye for now, and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

It's Christmas already at Fab n Funky

 It's time for a new challenge over at Fab n Funky, and this week the theme is Christmas. It's good to have a reason to get started on those Christmas cards good and early don't you think?

Our sponsor this week is Dr Digi and they have a whole range of Christmas inspired digital images.
I decided to go with this very friendly looking Father Christmas  - I think he is just as I imagined he would look when I was a kid.

I love this image of him updating his naughty and nice list, but I found it might be a bit of a challenge because there was a lot of white in there. I tackled this by using variations on whitish shades using my Spectrum Noir pens.

So for the beard and notice board - Ice Gray 1 and 2

For the shirt - some of the paler grays from the BG (Brown Gray) spectrum.

Finally, I decided to make the scroll of paper look like parchment, so I went for EB1 and EB2 to get that look.

Finally, I wanted to make it look like he was in a room in Lapland so I found some digi paper that looks like floor boards and paired it with a beautiful paper from Polkadoodles Winnie's Winter Wonderland, which I thought made wonderfully festive wall paper!

So that is me, one step closer to Christmas!

I can't wait to see all of your lovely makes, so be sure to come and join us over at Fab N Funky.

Thanks very much for visiting today.

Sharon x

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Birthdays at Cute Card Thursday.

It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this week the theme is Birthdays.

For my card, I have decided to go fairly clean and simple, and i have picked a lovely image from Saturated Canary. I just love her raggety wings!
To colour her in I used my Colourblend pencils, with paper stumps and blending fluid and I have jazzed up her wings with a little bit of silver glitter.

I have used my dotty stamp  all around the edge to frame her and thrown in some extra dots of clear glitter, just because I could!

Finally, my lovely sentiment is a Tonic die. I particularly love this one because it is so delicate and swirly, plus it cuts beautifully too.

So that's my card for today. I hope you like it, and that you will join us over at Cute Card Thursday. We look forward to seeing al your lovely creations!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x


Thursday, 13 April 2017

More than one fold at Cute Card Thursday.

So, we have an brand new challenge at Fab n Funky this week and our theme is 'more than one fold' sponsored by All Dressed Up, so I have gone with a stepper card for this theme.
Those of you who visit my blog will have noticed that I am quite a fan of All Dressed Up, although usually I  tend to go for the human characters, so it was really nice to get colouring with one of the animals for a change.

For this little cutie pie, I coloured her with Spectrum Illustrators, and then use my Prismacolour pencils to get all the tiny details on the swing and flowers.

Finally I matched her up with some lovely colourful paper from the NitWits Hello Sunshine digital set.

Thanks for coming to visit today, and I look forward to seeing you over at Cute Card Thursday.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Fantasy time at Fab n Funky

Hi there. I am back with my DT card for Fab n Funky this week, where the theme is fairys, unicorns anything goes if it would fit on to a fantasy world.

I have used this little cutie from All Dressed Up. How tiny she must be to sit underneath those flowers!

I coloured her with my copics so that she would match with my backing paper which comes from one of the Crafters Companion Morgan Fitzsimons CDs.

I have kept it all fairly simple, to focus on that lovely little fairy. But of course I just had to add some fairy dust, with a splash of glitter here and there!

So I hope you will come and join us over at Fab n Funky. I am hoping to see lots more lovely fairies!

Bye for now and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Sunday, 9 April 2017

A four leaf clover for luck!

Hi there. it has been a while since I posted but I am back today with a card that I made for a friend who left work recently. I have known her for a long time, so I wanted to make her a card that represented the things she likes.

This image for Sherri Baldy fitted just perfectly as my friend is Irish, she has a special waist coat that she uses for Morris dancing, and of course the clover represents good luck.

I went to town on the colouring for this one, using both my Spectrum Noir pens and the colour blend pencils for the job. Plus i was  so happy that I managed to achieve a face with a defined nose and a soft blush for a change........just wondering if I will ever be able to do that again!

My backing papers are from Nitwits - I thought that the heart pattern on the right looked a bit like a four leaf clover too.

Four once I had this card prepared in good time, and it was lovely to be able to really take my time and enjoy the process for a change!

That's all from me now...time to hit the Easter cards...yes I am back to my good old 'getting behind' ways once again!  Thank good ness I have a week off work!  :-)

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your weekend.

Sharon x


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Chicks, chicks and more chicks!!!

Hi. I am back today with a whole bunch of cards featuring Tiddly Inks chicks. Cute Card Thursday have an Easter challenge this week, so this seemed to be perfect for the job.

These are so easy to colour and such fun too, as you can add in your own lettering to personalise the message, so I decided to put the recipients names in by digitally adding the letters using Serif Craft Artist. However, you could easily do this by hand with a micron pen if your writing is neat.
My little felt toys were little extra gifts to go with the card, and I made them myself, using on line patterns purchased from Sew Sweet.

Hope you like what you have seen today. I look forward to seeing your Easter designs over at Cute Card Thursday.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

It's Christmas at Fab n Funky

 Christmas time has come around again over at Fab n Funky and this week we are sponsored by the fabulous All Dressed Up.

Wendy is most known for her lovely character images, but has some fantastically cute animals too as you can see from this great bunch of penguins.

I decided to go with a frosty blue and green palette for my card this week, and as luck would have it, I had the perfect scrap of ribbon to fit the occasion!

The images are quite delicate with some tiny detail , so nicely sharpened pencils were the order of the day here. I decided to go with my Prismacolours this time to get some nice vibrant colour going on.

So at Christmas card done and dusted for next Christmas!

Don't forget to come and join in at Fab n Funky. We would love to see what you create.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Spring has sprung

At Cute Card Thursday we are celebrating that start of Spring this week, so here I am with a fabulous image from Bugaboo which ties up everything that I love about Spring!

This is quite a busy little image when you look at it..such a lot packed in there, but it is such fun to colour with some lovely pastel tones.

I made sure to coordinate with some pastel papers from my stash and finished of with a little bit of ribbon and some Nuvo drops,...job done!

I can't wait to see all of your Spring Time creations, so be sure to pop over to Cute Card Thursday and join in the fun.

See you there!

Sharon x

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

It's rabbits...but not Easter Bunnies!

Hi there. It is certainly the season for rabbits, with easter coming up fast and furious.....but these are Christmas rabbits....and aren't they oh so cute.
This lovely design is from Lili of the Valley and I just love these two little characters.

I coloured my image in using blendable pencils and of course I couldn't resist adding some glitter to make some sparkly snow.

I used some lovely Nitwits digital paper for my background and teamed it with some holly ribbon and some candy dots.

So that's my card for today - hope you like it and thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Saturday, 18 March 2017

In to the man cave.......

Hi everyone. I am back today with a man card for a change! I have had birthdays for both my dad and my father in law in the last week or so, so man cards were definitely the order of the day.

Having exhausted both golf and fishing over the years, I opted for this lovely vintage boy at his work bench, which i thought would suit my father in law very well.
The image is from Lili of the Valley and I have coloured it all in with Spectrum Colourblend pencils and blending oil.

My lovely hammers and nails paper came from a very old Messy Rabbit CD that I got from Joanna Sheen....sadly I don't think it is available any more.

As you can imagine, the person for whom this card was intended isn't much in to glitter and ribbons, so I kept it all very clean and simple, although I did indulge myself with a few candy dots!

So that's a difficult card out of the to set my mind on what I am going to do for Father's Day!

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x