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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
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 - 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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Friday, June 29, 2018

Nautical Birthday

Today's card is for a friend to give to her brother - she requested a nautical theme but something modern.

Okay!

I chose a red white and blue colour theme and kept it simple...



The patterned paper is from a nautical pad from The Range, and the embossing folder and dies are unbranded, though the dies are very similar to the SU Swirly Bird dies.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Catz #423 - wet or dry embossing
Crafting With Friends - anything goes
Shopping Our Stash #360 - anything goes
Simply Papercraft #59 - anything goes
Seize The Birthday - anything goes
As You Like It - favourite type of embossing - wet or dry? Definitely dry. I don't do rubber stamping so I haven't even tried wet embossing but I love the quickness of using an embossing folder and the perfect results every time.

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Christmas In June

OK - so it's 26 degrees outside and I've been inspired to make a Christmas card for my friend to give her son...

I'm not normally this organised but I was at The Range and I spied a mahoosive pack of Hunkydory's Christmas decoupage and toppers for £6 - started life at £25 so I got myself a bargain. They are beautiful quality - sturdy card and foiled highlights and there's enough to make about 30 cards. I've never been this excited since I found a Radley handbag in a charity shop for £3!!



I used an 8x8 inch silver base card and  some silver 'firework' patterned paper from my stash to give the effect of a blizzard. I added various bits of one of the topper sheets and the greeting was done using unbranded dies from my collection.

So easy but I have a real sense of achievement making Christmas cards in the summer!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #400 - quick/easy Christmas TOP 5
Watercooler Wednesday's #176 - all about Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Challenge - ag (Christmas)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - what's that up in the sky?
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Santa
Crafting By Designs - get ready for Christmas (June)

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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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 - TOP 5!
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 WINNER
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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