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Friday, January 31, 2020

Masculine 40th

It's my partner's brother's 40th in a couple of weeks time and I wanted to make something special without it looking fussy.



So I've gone for texture - a lot of it - in shades of charcoal. The background paper is actually a piece of very expensive wallpaper. the other two black and white papers are from The Range.

I've used linen textured silver paper for the matting and added a die-cut greeting in shiny white card.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Daring Cardmakers - layer it up
Creative Fingers #178 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts - birthday wishes
Krafty Chicks #492 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon - aw, man!

Thanks for visiting...

Sharon
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Retro Bauble

My New Year Resolution continues...

This is the third Christmas card I have made this month - baby steps but I hope to keep up the good work!

I've used some sparkly retro patterned paper from a pad from The Range - the pattern is the same  but in two different scales of size.




I've die-cut a coordinating bauble in turquoise and used pearls to embellish. I've also added a red heart and a tiny die cut bow.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:


The Holly and Ivy Challenge #64 - anything Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #474 - anything goes
Corrosive Challenge #1 - anything goes
Crafty Friends #127 - anything goes
ABC Christmas Challenge  - B is for bingo (paper, layers, die) 










Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Fantastic Fiftieth

I was asked to make a card for my friend at work to give her Sister-in-law on her big 50th Birthday...




The digi image is of course Digistamp Boutique. I miss that store so much! I've coloured her with promarkers and used glittery pink and black patterned papers from The Range as backing papers - girly but sophisticated as well. I do love this image - I have a dress just like this but with straps - it's great for holidays and parties (btw - I am not that shape!). 

The sentiment was created in Publisher and I've embellished the card with a die-cut '50' and some black gems.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Time Out #153 - item in your wardrobe
Southern Girls - anything goes team Lou
Aud Sentiments #243- anything goes plus sentiment
Krafty Chicks #491 - all occasions
QKR Stampede #382 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Celebrate Stepper Card

I've been to a Ross Papercraft show this morning and have acquired load of stuff I 'need' - sometimes I think my real hobby is buying card making stuff rather than actually making cards!

One of my buys was a pack of ready cut stepper card bases - I couldn't wait to use these...



I've had these cute Tutti Cuti girl toppers for a while. One of those buys I just didn't know what to do with. I picked out the gingham on her tights to use a backing paper, matted on black paper.

The greeting is a very old digi - it might be Lili of the Valley. I've then embellished with some die-cut balloons and some clack card candi.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #123 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - what's new (the card base) WINNER
Corrosive Challenge #1 2020 - anything goes
Moving Along with The Times - all things new 
Creations In Pink - anything goes mainly pink
Double D Challenges - fun with balloons



Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, January 18, 2020

New Year Resolutions

Each year one of my New Year resolutions is to start making Christmas cards early -  this year I am determined to keep it! I usually make a dozen or so 'Mam' cards for people at work as they aren't easy to find in the shops (even here in the North East)...



I used an unbranded circle wreath die I bought from Wish and filled the 'holes' with various shiny papers, mirri-card and pearls. For the greeting matting and borders I've used a lovely linen textured silver paper. Finally, I've added a ready made sequin bow from The Range.

Everything is soooo shiny - it was quite difficult to photograph well!

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - anything goes
Crafter's Cafe #234 - clean and simple
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - anything Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for anything goes
Creative Fingers #177 - anything goes
CRAFT Challenge #540 - anything goes
Little Red Wagon #532 - After Christmas is before Christmas
613 Avenue Create #229   - make it shiny 

One down - about 50 to go...

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Golden Anniversary Heart

Today's card is for a friend to give her In-laws on their Golden (50th) Anniversary.



I've used a variety of dies cut with the same bright white linen card used for the base card. Golden highlights have been added with dull gold backing paper and die-cut numbers.

I've added some die-cut scrolls and white pearls as embellishments.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Crafty Cardmakers #248 - anything goes
Make My Monday #113 - anything but a square
A Bit More Time To Craft #108 - anything goes
Watercooler Wednesdays #254 - all about occasions
Creative Crafters Challenge #24 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Fabulous 40 Z-shaped Card

I was asked to make 'something a bit different' for a friend to give her cousin whose turning 40...




I love z-shaped cards - they are so simple to do but look so fancy.

The image is an old one - Party Rach from the sadly missed Digistamp Boutique, coloured with pro-markers and layered on an intricate die-cut square. The patterned paper is Dovecraft.

I've added some die-cut red numbers, and some sparkly gems. The message inside fits neatly under the image when the card is shut.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

CRAFT Challenge #540 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts #332 - celebrations
QKR Stampede  #380 - anything goes
Just Us Girls #518 - create dimension
Seize The Birthday #180 - layer it
Creative Craft Cottage #125 - anything goes
Watercooler Wednesday #253 - feminine


Thanks for popping in!

Sharon
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Saturday, January 04, 2020

LOTV Lavender Wedding

A quick tidy round in my craft room and I came upon a box of Lili Of The Valley 'Art Pads' in my stash which they sadly no longer make. As these are pre-coloured they are great for quick cards - though I did add some lavender highlights and coloured the flowers to co-ordinate with the colour of the backing card (and the wedding colours)...



The die is an old favourite from Spellbinders and I've added some pearls and ready made paper flowers.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Allsorts #553 - use soft pastel colours
Gem Of A Challenge week 1 - anything goes
Brown Sugar January Challenge #297 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts #331 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #615 - anything goes

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

No January Blues!

Happy 2020 everybody!






Pantone have released their colour for 2020 - 'classic blue' - so I have gathered a few bits and bobs together to make a card in the next few days inspired by this beautiful colour.

However no January blues for today's card - I've gone very colourful!



It's my Mam's birthday on the 3rd January and she likes bright and bold rather than pale and pastel so I've used an Anita's decoupage cake image with some rainbow striped backing paper. The card is very large - 7in x 7in - so it will really stand out! I've created the greeting in Publisher and added some tiny yellow gems as flames on the candles to add an extra bit of sparkle.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Watercooler Wednesdays #252 - anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #107 - anything goes
The Crafters Cafe - something beginning with 'c' (cake)
A Perfect Time To Craft January - anything goes
Crafty Creations #405 - anything goes
Make My Monday #112a - female birthday

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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