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Saturday, June 23, 2018

CASE'd Penguin Birthday Card

Needing to make a penguin themed birthday card I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found a gorgeous card to CASE...


It's quite an old card by Teneale Williams but I love it!

I was inspired by the layout, the cute die-cut penguin and the balloons.


Here's my interpretation...


i didn't have a penguin die so I adapted an owl die by cutting the ears off! The gorgeous papers are from a pad from The Range and rather than use real ribbon I used a cute bow die.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafting With Friends #70 - anything goes
Aud Sentiments #206 - anything goes
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Craft Rocket Challenges #49 - birthday
Crafty Creations #368 - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #168 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cheers Jim!

Another quick male card to share using the super blokey 'Jim' from the Digistamp Boutique (not sure if he is still available)...



I've coloured him using pro-markers, matted then re-matted on black then white card and used a co-ordinating scrap of red, white and blue striped card from The Range. The 'cheers' greeting die is from China.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Digi Stamps 4 Joy #149 - AG + for the men 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #84 - AG
Pearly Sparkles #29 - masculine
QKR Stampede Challenge #300 - AG
Daisy Chain Challenge #20 - for the men
Crafty Catz #421 - AG

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Classic Car

Today's card is to add to my growing collection of male cards...



The car image is from a Buzz Craft topper sheet and I've used a checked patterned paper from my stash. I've used a cream linen card for the base to add a more 'vintage' feel.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Craft Cottage #108- anything goes
Daisy Chain Challenges #20 - for the boys/men
Create and Inspire #75 - anything goes
Always Happy Birthday (June) - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #238 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Embossed Birthday Cake

I love decoupage and one of my favourite brands is Anita's Die cut - they are so quick to put together. Today's card is made with one such topper, mounted on an embossed birthday greetings panel...



It looked a bit basic so I added a single piece of bunting and a number of sparkling gems.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #83 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts #249 - anything goes
CAS On Friday #134 - embossing
Crafting With Friends #69 - anything goes
Jo's Craft Shack #237 - anything goes


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Birthday Ties

A work colleague asked me to make a card for her brother which gave me the perfect opportunity to use a tie die that came with last month's Papercraft Essentials. Following the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches I made this...




I've used some glittery black and white patterned papers from The Range and a large dot embossing folder for the background.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Freshly Made Sketches - sketch



Crazy 4 Challenges #438 - masculine
Crafty Friends Challenge #85 - happy birthday
Crafty Calendar (June) - 3 of something
Unicorn Challenge #33 - masculine
Get Creative #70 - monochrome

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, June 04, 2018

Retirement

Today's card is a clean and simple quickie for a work colleague who is retiring...




I've printed the greeting directly onto white card then simply added a fussy-cut image of 'Jim' (from the Digistamp Boutique) using foam pads. He's coloured with Pro-markers - a nice bright turquoise to match the border colour. It's quite a large card (A5) so the image was very easy to neatly cut - it's about 4 inches tall!

Sorry for the bad pic - the light is so bad here with the fog!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Cardmakers #213 - for a man/boy
Dream Valley Challenge #180 - for a man/boy
Crafting By Designs - for the boys
Simply Create Too - for a male
Scribbles Designs Challenge #65 - make it masculine


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grandma's Birthday

A friend from work asked me to make a cute card her young son could give to his Grandma for her birthday...



I used a very cute digi from The Digistamp Boutique (called Joe) and coloured him with pro-markers. I then fussy-cut the image and using foam pads attached it to a split background -  part patterned paper from my stash and part white embossed. I printed the greeting in a very large font (The Urban Way) to make it the focal point of the card. This was die cut in a circle and framed.

Finally I added a trio of die-cut hearts.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Digi Choosday #22 - anything goes
A Gem Of A Challenge #220 - use 3 of something (hearts)
Passion For Pro-Markers #446 - anything goes
Through The Craft Room Door - anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas #371 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Grey Anniversary

Today's card is for a friend to give her parents on their anniversary...




I found some gorgeous grey textured card at a craft fair recently which is lovely to use - I used it for the A5 card base and the die cut pieces. The backing paper is from a pad from The Range and I've used dome heart pearls as the main embellishments with some smaller ones dotted about.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Craft Rocket Challenge #48 - use embellishments (pearls)
Crafty Creations #367 - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack #235 - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Creates and Makes #21 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunshine Style 30th

Oh my - where has the last week gone!!

A quick post tonight to share a card I've made for a friend's 30th birthday...




It's for a man but I wanted something bright and cheerful - most of my male cards are navy or brown.

I teamed up various scraps of mustard and black and white patterned papers from my stash and created a hand-cut  a sunshine effect behind the number - time-consuming rather than difficult!

This is such a fab way to use up those small scraps of patterned paper we all keep.

Everything else was die-cut which helped!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #59 - anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #82 - anything goes
Pixie's Snippets Playground #326 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #468 - Happy Birthday
Seize The Birthday - just a number
Crafting From The Heart #207 - anything goes


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Penguin Love

When did penguins become such a thing - I'm always being asked to make penguin themed cards!!

This one is for a work colleague to give to her other half on their wedding anniversary...



The penguin image is free clip art I downloaded from the web, simply coloured with pro-markers. I've matted the image on to a grey scalloped die-cut then mounted it 'off the page'. The diamond embossing folder is a very old Sissix folder and I've added the heart with a tiny foam pad to give some depth. The greeting was created in Publisher using Bebas font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #58 - dry embossing
Crafty Cardmakers #211 - no patterned paper
Crafty Catz challenge #416 - anything goes (cute)
Crafty Calendar May Challenge - things with wings 
Aud Sentiments #203 - cute and a sentiment
Crafty Friends Challenge #83 - animals
Watercooler Wednesdays - all about occasions
CAS On Friday #132 - CAS and cute

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Princess Robyn

Today's card was a request for a little girl who is about to turn 4...




I used an image of Disney Princess Aurora I found via Pinterest and layered it on die-cut circles. The backing papers are from my ever increasing stash and the greeting was printed in Publisher.

It's soooo pink!! I'm sure it will be very appealing to a 4 year old!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at: 

Seize The Birthday - just a number
Creates And Makes #21 - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Monday, May 07, 2018

Hey Mickey You're So Fine

Today's card was inspired by a tune I heard on the radio this morning...



I got a load of Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuff from the craft selection at Poundland a few weeks ago and with this annoying tune going through my head made some birthday cards for my box at work.

Cute or what!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #81 - anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge Blog #5 - anything goes
Crafty Friends #83 - animals
Crafting From The Heart #205 - anything goes
Hiding In My Craftroom #351 - freestyle
Creative Fingers #146 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Lillies and Lace

Today's card is made with a decoupage lily image that I put together some time ago and was sitting in my 'ready to use' box. I do love decoupage, it's one of my favourite crafting techniques, especially the die cut kits.



I've kept it simple, mounting the image onto some sage green leaf patterned paper then mounting with foam pads on to some lighter daisy polka dot paper. The sentiment is an old one by Desert Diva

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafter's Castle #5 - anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #144 - pearls or lace
Always Happy Birthday (May) - anything goes (flowers)
Watercooler Wednesdays - anything goes (feminine)
Pause Dream Enjoy #18 - lots of layers

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Best Wishes Orange Flower

Today's card was inspired by this gorgeous photo at Just Us Girls:

I loved the colours, the flowers, the patterns - what a marvellous start point for crafty inspiration!

I focused on the background colour, the black and white pictures and the orange flower and produced this:



I used solid moss green textured card for the background and die cut squares of various black and white patterned papers from my stash, The greeting is an unbranded die and I punched the orange flower, adding a yellow pearl for the centre. I rounded all the corners to add my own touch to the design.

I'm also entering this card into the challenges at:

2 Sisters On The Blog #15 - 3 of a kind (the squares)
Crafting By Designs (May) - anything goes
Creative Inspirations May Challenge - Clean & simple or Fussy & Fancy
Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Scruffy Little Cat

I'm in the process of sorting a huge pile of craft magazines going back for years and I came across an issue of Creative Cardmaking (now defunct) from 2014 with some lovely Scruffy Little Cat toppers...



I matted the topper on black card and mounted it using foam pads on DCWV patterned papers. I've added a handmade flower embellishment which I made using circles of dress-lining silk burnt around the edges with a flame - a wonderful idea I got from Jen at Wear Crafts - a local craft company. The leaves are punched and the flower centre (from the wedding section at Home Bargains) coordinates with the strips of gems.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Friday #204 - for a woman
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Crafty Friends #82 - flowers
Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #210 - birthdays
Crafting From The Heart #204 - anything goes
Always Fun Challenge #56 - flowers

Thanks for popping in

Sharon
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Birthday Mix-Tape

Do you remember trying to tape the Top 40 on a Sunday evening as a teenager (in the 80s!) - having to make sure everyone was quiet and trying to stop taping before the DJ started to talk?! Recording all your favourite tunes on one cassette tape to listen to over and over again.

Well when I got asked to make a card for someone who loved 80s music, instead of using an image of a singer or group from that era, this is what inspired me...




I used some fabulous patterned paper that came in a mixed pad from The Range and I created the tape myself with various basic die shapes and a hole punch.

The greeting and the name on the tape were created in Publisher and I used a sheet of grey linen effect A4 card to make an A5 sized base.

I've put a further greeting inside - 'if it was still the 80s I'd make you a mix-tape'!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Gals Corner #164 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #210 - birthdays - TOP 5!
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #377 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #336 - die-cuts
Die Cuttin Divas #366 - birthdays - SHOWCASE PICK!
The Paper Players #390 - sketch below:




Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Shoes

Last week at the Ross Papercraft Show I came across these fabulous toppers by BuzzCraft - the pastel colours are lovely!




So this morning, I was up with the larks and I made some more cards for my box at work - here's one of them...




I used some mottled patterned paper in the same shade as the shoes to mat the image and the greeting and layered this on a very girly pink striped patterned paper. Finally, I added some matching pearls and a die-cut bow.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge Blog #464 - use pearls
Crafting With Friends #65 - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy #210 - add a die-cut
Craftaholics R Us #16 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #335 - a birthday card
Back To Basics #1 - matting and layering

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bright Flowers With Stripes

I have the whole weekend to myself to craft - the other half has gone off on a Grand National weekend with his mates! And tomorrow I'm off to a Ross Papercraft Show at Nissan where I'll no doubt pick up some more goodies to play with - life is good! 

Here's one of the cards I've made today...





I used a really old Marianne die for the flowers, cutting the shapes in vibrant shades of pink orange and yellow. The leaf is an unbranded die and the greeting die came free with a magazine. The black and white diagonal striped paper is from a Project Life pack from Becky Higgins.

Looking at this with a critical eye, I'm pleased with the way the black background really makes the bright flowers 'pop' but I should really have placed the flowers about a centimetre lower - it would look more balanced!

I was inspired by the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments Challenge #201 - use a birthday sentiment
Seize The Birthday - vibrant colours
Craft Rocket Challenges #47 - flowers
The Paper Shelter #334 - flowers
Just Us Girls:



Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cute Bear With Polka Dots

Today I have been making some cards for the large number of birthdays coming up - this is one of the cuter cards made with an image and papers given away free with Making Cards magazine many moons ago.




The papers are exactly the same but in different coordinating colourways and I've matted each layer on red paper.

I've added two die cut daisies to echo the daisy in the image and added a greeting created in Publisher using Candy Round font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creates and Makes Challenge Blog #20 - AG
Always Fun Challenge #53 - AG
Allsorts Challenge #462 - be there or be square
Creative Knockouts #240 - AG
Cute Card Thursday #524 - AG
Craftaholics R Us #14 - birthday card


Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Shades of Grey

Today's card is for a friend who has recently lost a close relative...





I've used a vase of flowers digi image from Digistamp Boutique coloured using pro-markers in various shades of grey. The image has been matted on black paper with some grey floral papers from my stash as backing papers.

Very simple and suitably sombre.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
I ♥ ProMarkers #356 - monochrome - TOP 3
Addicted to Stamps #286 - anything goes
Pause Dream Enjoy Challenge #14 - colour it
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #79 - anything goes - TOP 3
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April challenge - say it with flowers
Crafty Creations #363 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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