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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Autumn Floral Birthday Card

A friend at work asked me to make a floral card for her Mum's birthday using reds and burgundy shades...


I used and old digital image from The Digistamp Boutique (now defunct) and coloured the image using pro-markers. I've kept the layout simple to show off the image and kept embellishments to a minimum by just using a few red pearls.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:


QKR Stampede # 318 - anything goes
Addicted To Stamps And More #314 - clean and simple
I Love Pro Markers #370 - anything goes/birthday
Creative Fingers #153 - anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - birthdays
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
As You Like It - clean and simple or fussy and fancy - always clean and simple for me. I like clean lines and I have trouble matching different papers and embellishments. I also like cards that are flat and fit in envelopes without bumps and lumps!

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Gingerbread Couple

I love using pre-coloured toppers for Christmas cards - there's so many to make and this really speeds up the process.

Today's card is made with a very cute topper from the Gingerbread Wishes set from Hobby House...




I've matted the image on red card and used coordinating gingerbread patterned paper as one of the background papers. For embellishments I've added tiny red gems and a die-cut snowflake with a pearl. The greeting was computer generated and matted using oval dies.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

The Creative Crafters Challenge #9 - anything goes
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Oct 15 to November 15
A Perfect Time To Craft #10 - anything goes 
Crimbo Crackers #169 - anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas #391 - food
A Bit More Time To Craft #78 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Special Reindeer Couple

And so it begins - for the next month I am mostly making Christmas cards. The Christmas patterned papers box is out, the glitter is on standby and I've got Love Actually on in the background (yes - it is a Christmas film!!)





This cute offering was made using a basic kraft and red colour scheme with a Digistamp Boutique image, coloured with pro-markers. The papers are from a Christmas Kraft pad from The Range and I've embellished with two tiny red pearls for the noses.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

My Time To Craft - use kraft
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - October Challenge
Passion For Pro-markers #465 - animals
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #38 - anything Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #486 - Christmas
Merry Christmas Challenge Sept 15 to Oct 14 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting today

Sharon
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Friday, October 05, 2018

Simple Baptism Card

I needed to make a quick card for a baby girl's baptism this weekend and was inspired by some unbranded dies I recently received from the slow boat from China (Ali Express!).

All my card seem very plain and simple at the moment (ie boring) - I just can't seem to get into the glittery glitzy mode I need to be in to make Christmas cards.



I think white on white cards always look good for religious events so I just layered the different dies to add interest. The greeting was computer generated and I added a few pale pink pearls to show it's for a baby girl.

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



Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, October 01, 2018

Will You...

I've hardly had time to craft lately - September and the beginning of the academic year is such a busy time for me! Today's card is for a friend to give to her niece to ask her to be her bridesmaid at her forthcoming nuptials. It was quick to make but I hope it's cute enough for this special request!







I used an old Memory Box dress die cutting a bottom layer from a small scrap of pale pink card and a second layer from a piece of  tracing paper to give the illusion of a net petticoat. I trimmed and attached the tracing paper layer with a strip of pastel pink ribbon and added a tiny pearl on the neckline. I mounted the dress on a white circle and found a perfect sized piece of pink polka dot patterned paper in my scraps box for the backing. The three pearls in the top left corner balance the greeting in the bottom right corner.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #78 - dies or punches
Dream Valley Challenge #187 - pearls or gems
Pixie's Snippets Playground #336 - use snippets
Crafting With Dragonflies #114 - clean and simple
Aud Sentiments #213 - use a two word sentiment
Southern Girls Challenge - spots and dots

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Stripy Sixteenth

I'm back in the craft room today after a lovely holiday in Tunisia - nothing like an all-inclusive break in a beautiful hotel to get my mojo back!

Today's card is a last minute make for a neighbour to give to her grandson...




I used grey textured card for the base and added a wide strip of grey and whited striped patterned paper with a black border. I die-cut and matted some stars and added the die-cut numbers for the age of the birthday boy. The greeting was created in Publisher and I added some black gems to the points of the star.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Watercooler Wednesdays - masculine anything goes
The Corrosive Challenge #9 - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - you're the man
Avenue 613 Create - anything goes / CAS
Craft Rocket Challenges #52 - boys or men
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #90 - anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges #453 - cards with a number

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Fabulous 50 Polka dots

Today I'm going to share the card I made for my other half - he recently turned 50...




I've used a burgundy A5 card base and added a panel of burgundy polka dot patterned paper mounted with a white border.

The numbers and greeting have been die cut in white then mounted on golden mirri card die cuts to create a golden shadow.

I'm entering this card into the 'Anything Goes' challenges at:


Crafting By Designs - September
Crafting With An Attitude #43
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #89
Dragonfly Dreams - September
Through The Craftroom Door - 4th September
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #396
Creative Inspirations - September

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Tiny Dancer

Today's card is for my niece Lucy who has just turned 10...



The image is from a topper sheet by Buzzcraft that I got at a recent Ross Papercraft fair. It's very cute and ideal for a little girl who loves dancing. I matted the image on a subtly pink patterned paper and mounted on panels of the patterned paper that came with the image.

I added a greeting created using Candy Round font and added the age using small number dies.

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

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #418
Creates And Makes Challenge #24
Crafty Sentiments Designs #28
Watercooler Wednesdays #185
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #395
Through The Craftroom Door week 8-27-18
Crafty Gals Corner #173


Thanks for popping in!

Sharon
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Flying Scotsman

Today's card was a request from a friend for a card for her Dad's 80th birthday with a vintage train theme...




I found a die-cut decoupaged image of the Flying Scotsman, put it together and mounted it on a cream linen background. I mounted this on some sepia striped patterned paper to add to the vintage feel, and added a greeting created in Publisher using Copperplate Gothic font. Finally, I added the die-cut number and a couple of bunting pennants with coloured card candy.

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

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #88 - anything goes
Crafty Calendar Challenge - dots or stripes
Crafty Creations Challenge #373 - anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges #449 - masculine
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #394 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

20th Birthday

A lady at work asked me to make a bright card for her grandson's 20th birthday - she couldn't find anything suitable in the shops! Here's my effort...





I used a scrap of star patterned paper from my large scraps box to die cut a circle and added a die-cut border and numbers in coordinating colours. For the background I used zigzag washi tape and added a few enamel dots. The wording was created in Publisher using Formal 365 font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Cut It Up Challenge #155 - ABC or 123
Crafty Creations #373 - anything goes
Crafty Addicts Challenge #51 - boys or men
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
Double D Challenges - moon or stars
Creative Fingers #151 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Fantastic Creatures

Oh gosh - where has the last week gone? Cards have been made but I'm not getting the time to photo them and post!

Today's offering is for a young lad who loves unicorns...




 I found the die and the patterned paper at The Range and I've tried to use as little of the pinky/lilac colour as possible to make it less 'girly'. The die really is super cute and it was only a pound!

I've mounted the unicorn onto matted star-shaped die-cuts and added a greeting in 'Mountains of Christmas' font created in Publisher.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

613 Avenue Create #212 - fantasy/magic
The Paper Shelter #349 - punches or dies WINNER!
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #88 - anything goes
That's Crafty Challenge - animal magic
Hiding In My Craftroom #366 - use die-cuts
Brown Sugar Challenge #281 - fairies and fantasy
Craftaholics R Us #33 - anything goes


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, August 13, 2018

Isla's Baptism

Today I'm sharing a plain and simple baptism card I made for a baby girl who was baptised yesterday. I've kept the design very simple but used stripe embossed base card to add some interest.




I think the both the crucifix die and the scalloped oval die were from Marianne. I've mounted the cross on some pale pink card, fussy cut and added a criss-cross ribbon and pearl. The sentiment was done in Publisher using Formal 365 font.

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

Incy Wincy Designs - ribbon or lace
Through The Purple Haze #147 - make it CAS
Craft Rocket Challenge #51 - AG
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #210- CAS
Creative Fingers #151 - AG
Addicted To Stamps And More #304 - CAS
Crafter's Castle #8 - AG (elegant)


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Game Boy

I'm back in my craft room after a lovely few days in Glasgow watching the Women's European Gymnastics Championships and generally larking about eating and drinking and sightseeing!

I've made this card for a friend to give to her son who is turning 13...




I used this fabulous digi image from Mo's Digital Pencil, coloured with Pro-markers. The papers are from an old issue of Making Cards Magazine and the greeting was made in Publisher using 'The Urban Way' font.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Back To Basics - use a digi image
The Male Room - birthday
Allsorts Challenge - from boys to men
Di's Digi Challenge - 2 or more papers
Colour Crazy Challenge #32 - anything goes
Moving Along With The Times #77 - for the boys

Thanks for visiting

Sharon






Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Good Luck at School

A friend at work is also a child minder and one of the children she looks after is due to start school in September - here's a 'good luck' card I made for her...



The cute schoolgirl image is an old one from Digistamp Boutique and I created the border of pencils in Publisher - both are coloured with pro-markers.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:


Make My Monday #76 - coloured image

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Jurassic World

A quick share today - a card with a Jurassic theme for my friend's little boy Oscar...





I found the film logo on line and printed it and mounted it using foam pads. The papers are from my stash - from packs from Lidl or Aldi.

I had a party hat digi that I coloured, fussy-cut and stuck artistically (!) on the dinosaur's head. the greeting was printed using a Jurassic font.

It didn't take long but works well for a dinosaur mad soon-to be 8 year old.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Catz #427 - ATG (use yellow)
Moving Along With The Times - wild animals TOP 5
Seize The Birthday - ATG (use stripes)

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

A Great Big Thanks

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my friend's son to give to his teacher...



The apple patterned paper and the pencil and apple images came from an old issue of Making Cards magazine. The letter stickers have been in my stash for at least 10 years - a couple weren't the right colour so I coloured over the original colour with pro-markers.

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




Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Butterflies and Gingham

I've recently purchased some shaped border dies and decides to have a bit play about...



I used some pretty coral gingham patterned paper for the bottom half of the card and used a matching pro-marker to colour some scraps of card to die-cut the butterflies. The greeting was made in Publisher using white font against a black background. I've also added some thin silver peel-off strips and some flat-backed pearls.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Jo's Scrap Shack #242 - anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky #402 - gingham TOP 3
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - July Challenge
Moo Mania Challenge - butterflies
Creative Fingers #150 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Simple Masculine Doggy Card

I needed a distraction from the tension of the football tonight, so made a start on using some fabulous doggy images and papers that came with the April issue of Making Cards magazine.



How cute! I love that the dogs are wearing specs!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #66 - anything goes
Create and Makes Challenge #22 - anything goes
Sunny Day Crafting #26 - any animal 
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #28 - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

14th Birthday - Spots and Stripes

I was asked to make a simple card for a friend to give her son on his 14th birthday - 'nothing fussy - just a big number - his favourite colour is red'...

I do like an easy task...



I created the big numbers in Microsoft Publisher, printed them back to front on the back of the striped patterned paper then carefully cut out. They were mounted on red paper then carefully cut out again to give a border. I mounted the numbers using foam pads on to a spotty patterned paper fro the same pad. The greeting was also created in Publisher.

Very simple but as the base card is 8 x 8 inches it will really stand out.

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



Thanks for popping in

Sharon
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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Pink Stripes and Flowers

Today I was greatly inspired by the Muse challenge:



Pink and green is probably my favourite colour combo and I loved the strrpes and green border. Here's what I came up with:



I loved the way Ardyth created the pink stripes on her card, so I created my own with a ruler and a pale pink pro-marker. This ensured that the stripes were the same colour as the flowers - a lovely digi image from The Digi Stamp Boutique. The green die-cut borders imitate the green leaf border on the inspiration card and to finish off I added some tiny pearls to the flower centres.

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

The Paper Players #400 - celebration - congratulations on reaching your 400th challenge and wow at the prizes you are offering!

Just Us Girls #447 - wild card week - anything goes

Moving Along With The Times #74 - June blooms

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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