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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Birthday Stripes

It's a few weeks since I've had time for crafting on a Saturday but with time on my hands this afternoon I headed over to Less Is More to see this lovely challenge:


I was also very happy to see this colour challenge at CAS-ual Fridays - it's one of my favourite combos:
 

I used a 3 inch long thin oblong die, cut 7 shapes and coloured 4 of them pink. I used foam pads to give some height and lined them up in the centre of a navy base card.



The Happy Birthday die is from Dee's Distinctively and to add a bit bling I used some coloured pearls.

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

Everybody Art - blue and one other colour (pink!!) 
Brown Sugar #247 - use a die cut

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Digital Daisy

Now for all I love using digital images and I use my computer to create word art and greetings sentiments for my cards, I've never been a great lover of CDs or digi kits. However, needing an 80th birthday card with a daisy theme I came across this kit by Crafts-U-Print...



As far as kits go it was easy to put together, a good size and the image was sharp when I printed it out. I've tried to add my own touches to it by decoupaging the bunting, adding some gems to the flowers, adding glitter to the numbers and creating my own sentiment. But, it is what it is...


On the plus side, the kit comes with a full set of numbers so if I ever need a quick card for any age of birthday, it's just a matter of printing off the components. 



I'm pleased with the end result as it's just what the customer asked for but I'm not sure I could do this type of crafting often - it felt a bit like cheating!!

I'm entering this card into the 'anything goes' challenges at:


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Birthday Girl

Happy Good Friday folks!

And what a wonderfully lazy day it's been - a lovely long lie-in this morning, beautiful cod for lunch and we broke into one of the Easter eggs this afternoon! I found time to have a little play in the craft room and made a quick card using an old digi from I think Heather Ellis. I've used patterned paper from The Range (my new fave shop ever since they opened a store in Sunderland) and I think the greeting stamp is LOTV.




The image is coloured with pro-markers, and I've used rows of pearls to embellish.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Cards and More #182 - monochrome
In The Pink #117 - pearls
Seize The Birthday - use 2 patterned papers
Crafting By Design - girls or flowers
The Paper Shelter #289 - girl power
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Neon Butterfly

Flicking through blogland this afternoon, I was glad I was still within the deadline for this lovely sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch...



I love the nice clean lines! I dug out some grey and white striped paper (Papermania's Festive Spots and Stripes Capsule Collection) - subtle colours but a clearly defined stripe. To offset the pastel background I used a neon green butterfly from The Range with some coordinating flat backed pearls. The 'thanks' die is from Whimsey Stamps and I've layered it 3 times.



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

Always Fun Challenge #1 - anything goes
Crafting From The Heart #154 - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers #186 - things with wings 
Crafty Creations #339 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Wedding Birds

There's a few people I know getting married this year so I've made a start on some cards for my box...



I do like making easel cards - there's definitely a wow factor with them!

I've used a really cute wedding birds decoupage from Kanban. For matting, I've used some coordinating polka dot patterned paper and the die-cut greeting is from Diamondpress. Finally, I've created a faux embossing effect with some floral corner dies and added tiny lilac pearls as embellishments.

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

Crafting From The Heart #153 - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - anything goes
Brown Sugar #245 - anything goes
Crafty Friends #55 - animals or birds
Crafting With An Attitude #26 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

In Deepest Sympathy

Not a good week so far...

When I got to work yesterday morning I found out that over the weekend, two of the lovely ladies I work with had had family bereavements.

I do try to have a few cards in stock for such occasions but my boss asked if I could make her some special cards...





I wanted something classy and simple.

The butterfly die came with a magazine and the ivory linen base card isn't as harsh on the eyes as white would have been. The greeting has been done in Formal436 font and the embellishments are black opaque gems.

This card is for the 'anthing goes' challenges at:



A sad card to make but I think it's essential to let people who have suffered a loss know that your thoughts are with them

Carpe Diem

Sharon
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Some Bunny Loves Ya xx

Today's card is inspired by the challenges at:


Freshly Made Sketches




and

The Paper Players







I've used three strips of washi tape and a cute glittery bunny sticker from The Range. For embellishments, I've added some shiny pearls in coordinating colours. The greeting was created in Publisher.

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 31 March 2017

Auntie's 60th Birthday

Today's card was made for a friend for her auntie who is coming up 60.

I used a variety of intricate dies which work really well together...




The numbers are also dies and I've added some red gems for a bit of bling. The pretty floral patterned paper is from a pad from The Range

I'm entering this into the 'anything goes' challenges at:



Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Framed

Today's card was a quickie as I nearly forgot my friend's birthday tomorrow!!...




The outer frame is a digi from Delicious Scraps - it coordinates perfectly with the inner digi from The Digistamp Boutique. I used some lovely linen card to add some texture and coloured the image using pastel pro-markers. The tiny pearl embellishments are from The Range. The greeting was printed using Hey Pretty Girl font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Less is More - use a frame 
Glitter n Sparkle - for a special lady 
Creative Friday - flowers
Fab n Funky - flowers
CAS-ual Friday - no dies allowed

Thanks for visiting...

Sharon
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Friday, 24 March 2017

A Special Lady

Happy Friday everyone - not long now until the weekend!


There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Morgan Fitzsimmons at Morgan's ArtWorld - a lovely place to pick up some gorgeous fantasy images and digital stamps...




This is what I have created using one of Morgan's images...


I'm so please with how this has turned out - I think I'll give it to one of our Mams on Mother's Day this Sunday.

I've used some mint green polka dot paper from my stash and coloured the image using co-ordinating pro-markers - a die cut circle in the patterned paper gives the effect of a mount.

As a border around the circle, I've used various die-cut leaf swirls and punched daisies with coloured flat-backed pearls from my stash as centres. The greeting is a digi stamp I've had for years by Hannelie at Desert Diva.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Moving Along With The Times - die-cut flowers
Creative Inspirations #271 - anything goes
Inky Chicks #80 - flower embellishments
Crafty Cardmakers #184 - for a special woman
Fab n Funky Challenges - use flowers
Passion For Pro-markers - girl power 
Morgan's ArtWorld - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - more than 1 die/punch
 
So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Triplet's Christening

Today's card was made out of necessity as it was impossible for to find something similar in the shops/on line... any anyway - it's so much nicer to be able to personalise a hand-made card




I didn't want the card to be fussy as it's for baby boys, so the only embellishments I've added are some leaf scroll dies and a blue gem on the crucifix

I've entered this into the current challenges at:

4 Crafty Chicks - use dies/punches- WINNER
Crafting From The Heart #151 - anything goes
Southern Girls - use a die cut
Moo-Mania Challenge - in triplicate (3 babies!!)
AAA Cards - CAS and die-cuts

Thanks for visiting...

Sharon
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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Peter and Nichola's Wedding

Today's card is for a wedding that took place yesterday - I didn't want to post it until after the event!



I've used some grey and white polka dot paper for the background - this will coordinate with the wedding wallet posted earlier. The bird die is new from Sissix bought at a recent craft fair  and as I didn't have a wing die, I've improvised with a leaf punch. The leaf die actually has 3 leaves on, but I cut it twice and cut a leaf off each. The heart and greeting oval are also die-cuts.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

The Paper Players - cut it out
Naughty or Nice #37 - feature a creature
Dies R Us #68 - something new (bird die)
Creative Knockouts #183 - die/punch frenzy

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Wedding Gift

Today's make isn't a card, but a special wallet to hold money for a wedding gift...



I scored and folded an A4 sheet of thin charcoal card to make the wallet shape and sealed the sides using double sided tape on the inside. I covered the 'flap' with grey and white polka dot patterned card and added a pink border strip.

The image is a sticker from a very old wedding scrapbook kit and I've mounted it on a die cut tag. I then added a piece of white grosgrain ribbon using a slip knot. Finally, I added three coordinating epoxy hearts.


On the back of the wallet, I've added a pink address label.

This was so easy to make!

I'm entering my creation into the challenges at:

Crafty Gals Corner #112 - add ribbon
The Crafty Addicts - clean and simple
Die Cutting Divas #306 - ribbons and bows
Stamp, Ink, Paper #88 - anything but a card
Everybody Art #397 - envelopes

Thanks for stopping by

Sharon
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Monday, 27 February 2017

Gorjuss Foxy

Today's card is for a lovely girl I work with called Angela who loves foxes. It's her birthday on Saturday (same day as mine) so the perfect image to use on a birthday card for her is Gorjuss Foxy by Santoro. I love all of the Gorjuss girls but this is definitely one of my faves...



I've coloured her using Pro-markers and used some lovely glittery papers from a pack from The Range. I've added some strips of black shiny pearls as embellishments and added a digi greeting which I think was a freebie from Pink Cat Studio many moons ago.

I'm entering this into the challenges at - 

Crafting from the Heart # 148- AG
Stamping Sensations - animal magic
Brown Sugar #239 - AG
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - February Challenge
Glitter n Sparkle #228 - AG

Thanks for popping in

Sharon
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Saturday, 25 February 2017

Nanna's 70th Birthday

Today's card is for one of best friend's kids to give to her Mam (their Nanna) who is 70 next week.

I used the lovely sketch at Less Is More for the layout...





I've used some glittery cake patterned paper from The Range to represent the 3 lines and the cute cake image is from The Digistamp Boutique..



Finally, I've added some coordinating flat-backed pearls as embellishments.

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

QKR Stampede #232 - birthday cards
In The Pink - use dies (circle dies used)
Inky Chicks #79 - happy birthday

thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 24 February 2017

Pretty Penelope

Happy Friday everyone!

It's a mild, sunny day up here in the North East - certainly no sign of storm Doris that the media has threatened this week.
There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Lizzy Love at the Oddball Art Company - a lovely Etsy store to pick up some seriously cute, and weirdly creepy digital stamps...



This is what I have created using a Oddball image called Penelope...:



I've used some newly acquired pretty papers from a Happiness and Sunshine paper pack from The Range, matted on black paper. I've coloured the image using co-ordinating pro-markers and added some paper flowers from a mixed pack as embellishments. The leaves are punched and I've added various sized flat-backed pearls from my stash. The greeting is a digi stamp I've had for years.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:


Creative Inspirations #269 - petals and pearls
Passion For Promarkers - use something new (papers) 
Through The Craftroom Door - AG for week of 21/02
Classic Design Team Open - AG February
Alphabet Challenge - Y for you choose

So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Orange Bouquet

Orange is one of my favourite colours to used in cards - it's so vibrant. I've been making a stash of Mother's Day cards to take into work (very popular with the men who can't be bothered to go card shopping) and I've made a few in this design but this orange and pink one is my favourite...


The image and sentiment are from the wonderful Digistamp Boutique and I've kept it very simple with just a few orange pearls as embellishments.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #404 - Mother's Day
Cute Card Thursday #466 - florals 
Southern Girls #154 - nature inspired 
Creative Inspirations #269 - petals and pearls
Sweet Stampin' - flowers

thanks for visiting

Sharon
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