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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Diamond Wedding

My friend's parents are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this week. 60 years married - how wonderful is that!!



I've made a personalised card for them complete with names and the date. I've used a very subtle green trellis patterned paper for the background and used a fancy border square die to mount the Memory box delicate die-cut heart. To emphasize the diamond theme I have arranged the square as a diamond and used tiny gems to decorate the heart.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Friends Challenge #136 - add embellishments
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #132 - anything goes
Get Creative Challenge #91 - make it sparkly
Incy Wincy Challenge (May 30) - anything goes
Dream Valley Challenge #226 - add some sparkle

Thanks for popping in - Stay safe

Sharon
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tulips

There's some lovely tulip images and papers in the latest issue of Making Cards magazine...


I've used two of the matching papers with this lovely image, matted on red card. The layout has been kept simple and the only embellishments are 3 tiny pearls. The greeting has been created in Publisher using Formal font.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Incy Wincy Designs - anything goes
All Fun Challenges #8 - anything goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #135 - flowers
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #132 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #571/2 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Stay safe

Sharon
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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Really Old Stash - Butterfly Birthday

Today's card is another birthday card for my work box (when I eventually go back to 'work'!!).

I've used some really old stash - Hot Off The Press papers that came free with a magazine years ago. Here is the last card I made with them.

I used my lovely new butterfly die again - I am totally loving butterflies at the moment...





I used ivory linen card for the base - I think white would have been too stark. I cut two butterflies - one in patterned paper and the other in the same red paper used for the circle matting and the scallopped border.I love the background paper - different stripes of tape, patterns and stars.

Finally I added a greeting in KG Sorry Not Sorry font that I created in Publisher.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Creations #409 - anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #54 - use dies
The Sisterhood of Crafters - birds, bees or butterflies
Through the Craft Room Door (May 12th) - anything goes WINNER
AAA Birthday #13 - things with wings




Thanks for visiting - stay safe

Sharon
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Monday, May 11, 2020

Gorjuss Blue Birthday

Today's card uses one of the many cute Gorjuss decoupage characters I have in my stash in my favourite shades of blue...



There's something a bit Christmassy about her so I think this card will be great for a Winter birthday.

I used a scallopped oval diecut shape to mount the decoupaged image onto . The background patterned papers - different shades of blue and white polka dots - are from my stash. 

I added more die cut decoration with scallopped borders and star shaped corners. Finally I added the greeting which was created in Publisher using KG Sorry Not Sorry font and some black opaque gems.

I'm playing along with the ANYTHING GOES challenges at:

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2019 
All Fun Challenge #8
Gem Of A Challenge #10
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #131
Crafter's Castle May Challenge #29

Thanks for visiting
Stay safe

Sharon
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Friday, May 08, 2020

Birthday Wishes

I loved this simple sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 as soon as I saw it...



I do love a nice symmetrical sketch! I can't cope with complicated sketches with odd squiggly bits on them!



I used some grey and white polka dot patterned  paper for the background. The stem and leaves are part of a Memory Box die. I cut the original flowers off and instead used some flowers created from a set of Marianne dies. I used dull silver brads for the centre of the flowers and some pink flat backed pearls as embellishments. I also added some tiny die cut butterflies with pearl 'bodies'. The sentiment was created in Publisher using Marketing Script font.

My colour combo was inspired by today's challenge at Just Add Ink




I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Moving Along With The Times #118 - flowers
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #555 - Birthdays (Happy 11th birthday!!) WINNER

Thanks for visiting today...

Sharon
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Sugar and Spice Butterfly

Another card today using 'old' stash - Dovecraft's Sugar and Spice paper collection which must be about 5 years old...


I used an aqua colored piece of A4 linen card for the base and added three strips of patterned paper from the pack.


I used a die-cut butterfly from a set of place cards I found in the wedding section of Home Bargains, which I coloured  using an aqua pro marker so it matched the base card. I then mounted this on die cut circles and added some flat-backed turquoise pearls as embellishments. The greeting was created in Publisher.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Use Your Stuff #397 - flowers or butterflies
AAA Birthday Challenge #13 - things with wings
Paper Minutes #639 - butterflies
Allsorts Challenge #570 - butterflies
Friendship Challenge #53 - everything that can fly

Thanks for visiting and stay safe

Sharon
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Sunday, May 03, 2020

Celebrate With Cake

As being confined to the house has stopped me making my weekly trip to The Range I am having to use up some of the mountain of stash I already own...



I found a die cut set of cake images from Kanban I have owned for at least five years! I mounted three of the images using die cut circles and used some lovely red and white spotty patterned paper for the background.

The greeting came with the set and I added some peel-off border for a further touch of silvery sheen.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

A Bit More Time To Craft #115 - AG
The Crafter's Cafe #241 - AG
2 Sisters On The Blog #39 - baking or cooking
Crafty Catz #504 - AG
Creative Fingers #185 - AG
Seize The Birthday #189 - food or drink

Thanks for visiting

Stay safe

Sharon
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Monday, April 27, 2020

Pink Butterfly

Today's card was inspired by the wonderful sketch at The Paper Players...




I went down the pink and feminine route with this one:







I used a pink marbled designer card for the background (The Range)- it also has a glittery embossed stripe on it - it's very pretty in the sunlight. I die-cut two of the butterflies - one in a pink card similar to the background and one in a pink and silver patterned card and layered them. For the 'body' I used silvery grey flat-backed pearls. 

I mounted the butterfly on white linen card matted on a dull silver paper - I cut the greeting in the same paper - it's from a die set I found in The Works.

I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Catz #503 - anything goes
Crafty Calendar - April - add a butterfly
Creations In Pink #21 - anything goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #130 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting - stay safe

Sharon
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Happy Birthday Flowers

Another quick card for my box - I should have a good supply by the time I get back to work...




I've used 3 different patterned papers from my stash, some dark pink card and a variety of flower and circle dies. The greeting is also die cut and I've added silver Card Candi for the centres of the flowers - I really wish  Craftwork Cards still made Candi!

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Friends Challenge #133 - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - happy birthday
Allsorts Challenge #568 - flowers or showers
Crafty Sentiments Challenge - happy birthday

thanks for visiting
stay safe

Sharon
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Monday, April 20, 2020

Tartan Stag

I decided to make a couple of Christmas cards this afternoon - as you do on a lovely sunny afternoon in April ...





I used cream linen base card and a lovely festive tartan check patterned paper. Everything is die cut and I created the greeting in Publisher.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Christmas Crafts All Year Round (April) - anything goes 
Fezziwig's Festive Frolics - festive animals FEZZIWIG FAVE
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #130 - anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs - image with my first initial (Stag and Sharon)

Thanks for visiting - stay safe

Sharon
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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lilies

I've been trying to make a card every other day during isolation to build up my stocks. Some are better than others - this is one I actually like...



I love die-cut decoupage - this image was from Create and Craft and was very quick to put together with tiny foam pads. I used delicately patterned paper in shades of green as backing and added a die-cut scallop border down one edge.  The greeting was created in Publisher and I added three flat-backed pearls as embellishments.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - flowers
Paper Girls Challenge #197 - florals
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes
Make My Monday #120 - spring flowers

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Deadpool

So today's card is for a slightly older boy - it's for my friend to give to her teenage son who loves all things Marvel but especially the Deadpool movies. I've never seen any of these movies so I had to Google the characters...




I decided to use a very graphical representation of the Deadpool character using various die-cut shapes. The greeting is also die-cut.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

CAS on Friday #177 - black, white & 1 other colour
Just Add Ink #500 - use a die-cut word
Sisterhood of Crafters - kids cards

Thanks for visiting folks - stay safe

Sharon

Monday, April 06, 2020

Football Bear

Working from home is the pits! Everything seems to take twice as long and I'm really missing the social aspect of work and my colleagues.

Crafting is keeping me sane! Or at least moving and touching my stash is - I'm struggling to make cards but I'm loving sorting my stuff!

I came across a very old decoupage sheet from La Pashe and couldn't resist making this cutie for a small boy...



I do love decoupage. I know it's a bit old school but I get a lot of satisfaction from the cutting out. I've used the patterned paper that came with the image as backing and added some blue matting. The strip of wood patterned paper under the image is to mirror the fence in the image. I couldn't resist adding a couple of cute die cut clouds as embellishments. I used a sticker for the greeting.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Craft Rocket Challenge #69 - furry friends TOP 5
Aud Sentiments #248 - AG with a sentiment
Seize The Birthday #186 - cards for kids

Thanks for visiting and stay safe

Sharon
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

CAS Flowers

Today's card was made with bits from my scraps box...
 

I've used a scrap of patterned paper, a strip of corrugated paper and two die-cut flowers (Memory Box die). The greeting was created in Publisher.

Isn't it funny how colours photograph a slightly different shade! The base card and the corrugated strip are the same colour in real life!

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

QKR Stampede #391 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts #343 - anything goes
Crafty Friends #132 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Marvellous Minnie

Today's card celebrates a very cute mouse we all know...



I'm now on my 6th day of working from home and my daily routine has totally changed. I'm still getting out of bed at the same time but because I no longer have a commute I have more time for crafting! I made this early this morning before I started work.

The Minnie sticker is actually a wall sticker (the set was from Poundland) - I love these stickers because they are matt rather than shiny. I've used some red and white polka dot patterned paper (the same pattern of the dress Minnie usually wears) and I've added a row pearls (one is a mouse head), also from Poundland. I've had these items in my stash for a couple of years now - time to use them!

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Allsorts Challenge #564 - animal kingdom
Creative Moments #187 - anything goes
Always Fun Challenge #155 - birthday wishes
Lil Patch of Crafy Friends #128 - anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #415 - happy birthday

Thanks for visiting

Stay safe

Sharon
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Paper-pieced Blooms

What a mad week - I haven't had a spare moment to craft as I have started to work from home. My dining table now is covered with files, a monitor a keyboard and a laptop - no room for crafting! Still, nothing stops us playing with our stash for long - a small table in the living room is my new crafting area (and I can watch TV while I craft!).







Today's card is a birthday card for a friend to give to her Aunt. I've used an old digi-image from Digistamp Boutique which I have paper-pieced using floral patterned papers.from Dovecraft's Floral Muse collection. They have a lovely vintage feel to them. I've embellished using some coordinating ribbon and flat-backed pearls.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Craft Rocket Challenges - flowers
Time Out Challenge #157 - birthdays
Cardz 4 Gals #117 - spring flowers
QKR Stampede #390 - anything goes
Crafty Catz #498 - use ribbon
Daring Cardmakers - floral focus
Shopping Our Stash #416 - birthdays

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Andy's 40th

Oh my poor neglected blog! That's what happens when you have a lovely long break in Morocco then come back to a ton of work! The crafting takes a back seat.

Never mind - I'm back playing with paper now!

I had a request for a strange card - for a lorry driver who likes boxing. Hmmm - how to combine those two things...



So I found an outline of a truck online to use as a digi stamp I coloured and fussy cut the image and created a background scene using subtly patterned green and light blue papers. To incorporate the boxing element, I included some dangly boxing gloves in the truck window (do these things have a name - I remember people had fluffy dice in the 70s!)

Finally I added a number plate with the recipient's name and '40' on it and some clouds in the sky.

To my uber-critical eye this card looks a bit amateurish but the person who ordered it was delighted!

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2010 - anything goes
Watercooler Wednesdays #262 - all about occasions
QKR Stampede #389 - anything goes
Mod Squad Challenge - must have wheels TOP 3 WINNER
Arty Divas #17 - anything goes
Crafty Creations #407 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Star Embossed 21st

Today's card is for a work colleague to give to her Grandson for his 21st birthday - the brief was to make something in navy and aqua - the colours of his Sunday morning football team!

I've used a navy card base with aqua star embossed card with white matting. The silver star has also been embossed with a random square folder, Finally I've added die cut navy numbers and a wavy line die under the star.


I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Creatilicious Challenges #181 - AG with embossing
Allsorts Challenge #559 - dies or punches
Watercooler Wednesdays #258 - all about occasions
A Place To Start - Feb - masculine card
Crafty Calendar February - use dies or punches

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, February 09, 2020

Floral Trellis

I was greatly inspired by the gorgeous colour combo today at The Paper Players:



I love using pink anyway but the added red white and black go so well together! I decided to make a feminine birthday card to add to my box at work...



The flower dies are very old - Marianne Designs I think and the black hexagon trellis die is an unbranded one from China. The greeting was created in Publisher and to add a bright pop of white i used some white Card Candi in the centre of the flowers.

I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Watercooler Wednesdays #257 - AG + feminine twist WATERCOOLER ROCKER
Creative Fingers #179 - AG
Crafty Calendar February - use dies/punches
The Paper Girls #193 - Birthdays

thanks for visiting

Sharon
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