Challenge Winning cards

Monday, July 26, 2021

Christmas Sleigh

 It's Monday which means there is a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges ...


The very appropriate challenge this week is:

***Christmas in July***

As always the design team have come up with some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing - here's my card:




What I used:


Image - Hobby House topper

Papers - from my stash (from the Range) 

Greeting - Lili of the Valley

Snowfake/swirl dies - Sara Davies signature

Flat-backed pearls - The Range


I'm entering this card into the 'CHRISTMAS IN JULY' challenges at:

Crafty Gals Corner #221

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday July Challenge

Cards for Gals #151

Creative Friday #286

Dragonfly Dreams

Creative Craft Cottage #142

So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning a prize.

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Green Gwen

 A very simple retro style card today for a friend whose favourite colour is green (but she isn't called Gwen!)...



What I used:

Image - Gwen from Vera Lane Stamps

Patterned Paper - DCWV

Coloured with - Promarkers

Greeting - created in Publisher using Penelope font


She's delightfully quirky isn't she! I've decoupaged her hat and added tiny pearls to make it really stand ot - the card design is very simple because I wanted Gwen to be the star of the show. The greeting is of course from Dr Seuss.


I'm playing along with the challenges at:


Gem Of A Challenge #15 - anything goes

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

Crafting Happiness #105 - anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2129 - anything goes

Allsorts Challenge #633 - for a lady

Inkspirational #244 - spots/dots








Thanks for popping in

Sharon

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Happy Bee Day

 Who doesn't love bees - I was so happy when I saw this week's challenge at The Paper Players #50 - I recently got a bee die and couldn't wait to use it!. I have also just caught this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #494







What I used:

Bee die - The Range

Honeycomb die - unbranded (Ali Express)

Letter dies - Diamondpress

Happy die - this month's Simply Cards & Papercraft

Coloured card - from stash

White laid card 6x6 base


I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

The Alphabet Challenge - H is for 'Happy' - use the word happy


Thanks for popping in

Sharon

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Season's Tweetings

I'm back after a short break and because it's July I've made a quick Christmas card - as you do.

I've used an A5 card base so although I've used strips of patterned paper, there is still a lot of 'white space'.


What I've used:

Stamps and Greeting - Clearly Besotted

Patterned strips - Dovecraft's Little Red Robin collection

Coloured with Pro-markers.


I'm playing along with the challenges at:



Less Is More #447





Addicted to CAS #201





Thanks for visiting

Sharon

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Monday, July 05, 2021

So Much Cake!

Not a lot of card making got done at the weekend after the excitement and the hangover of the England match! I did, however, stamp and colour some cute cupcake images.




What I used:

Cake Stamp - from a set by Angela Poole

Colured Card - from stash

Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens

Greeting - computer generated using Paper Roses font

Flat-backed pearls - The Range


I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Pammie's Inky Pinkies - anything goes

Gem of a Challenge #14 - anything goes

Creative Fingers #211 - anything goes

A Bit More Time To Craft July - anything goes 

Colour My Heart #450 - inspiration photo











Thanks for looking

Sharon

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Pink Birdie

 Today's card is a quick cute make using a gorgeous wooden bird topper I have had some time...


What I used:

Cerise pink card base - from stash

Textured off white card - Ross Papercrafts

Branch die - came with SC & P magazine no 216

Wooden bird - The Range

Sentiment - unknown digi


I'm playing along with the challenges at:

The Sisterhood of  Crafters 2021/06 - anything goes

Crafty Creations #422 (June) - anything goes

Crafty Sentiments 2021/06- anything goes

Creative Fingers #211 - anything goes

Cupcake Inspirations #522 - oh birdie








Thanks for visiting - stay safe

Sharon

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Coconut Cocktails

 It's Monday which means there is a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges ...


This week we are being sponsored by The Paper Shelter - one of my favourite sources of cute girly images.

As always the design team have come up with some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing - here's my card:




What I used:

Coconut Girl image - The Paper Shelter
Cocktail image - Clearly Besotted
Papers - The Range
Coloured with Spectrum Noir pens

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Red, white and blue

Di's Digi Challenge - Summertime 

Inkspirational Challenge #242 - Maritime

Allsorts Challenge #630 - use design paper

Crafty Catz #557 - Summer

My Time To Craft #460 - all things beachy

So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning a prize.


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Happy Beer Day

 Today's card is one for the boys...


I really struggle with masculine cards but I got a pad of 'industrial grunge' patterned papers - woodgrain and metal effects which I couldn't wait to use. They look great against the kraft card base. The decoupage real ale image is unbranded and I got the letter stickers from a stationery shop. I added a die cut 'happy' greeting and some wooden stud effect brads from Docraft's Bare Basics range.

I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Mod Squad Challenge - masculine

Crafty Gals Corner #220 - for the boys

Dragonfly Dreams June Challenge - for the boys

Incy Wincy Designs - for the men/kraft

Try It On Tuesday - for the men in your life


Thanks for popping in

Sharon

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Daisy Daisy

 It's Monday which means there is a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges ...


This week we are being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps

who have kindly provided images for us to use


As always the design team have come up with some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing - here's my card:






What I used:

Daisy paper - free with a magazine
Sentiment - Bugaboo Stamps
Daisy Die
Yellow linen card

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafting Happiness #100 - anything goes

Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2124 - anything goes

The Paper Shelter #473 - flower power

Creative Knockouts #405 - anything goes

Catch The Bug June wk 1 - anything goes


So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning a prize.

Thanks for stopping by

Sharon
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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Wedding Heart

 I was asked to make a 'pretty' Wedding Day card by a work colleague for the upcoming wedding of her Niece...



What I used...

Linen card - The Range

Peach card - Core-dinations

Fancy border die - Spellbinders

Heart Die - Apple Blossom

Greeting - Neuton Cursive font

Flat-backed pearls - The Range


I kept the overall design simply but glammed it up with the fancy dies and pearls.


I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Always Fun Challenge #217 - layers

Creative Knockouts #405 - anything goes

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

Everybody Art Challenge #492 - dies

Creative Moments #216 - anything goes

Crafty Creations (June) - anything goes


Thanks for popping in today

Sharon

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Sunday, June 06, 2021

Hip Hound

 I needed a dog themed card for a dog mad friend and decided to use these cute toppers and papers that came with a magazine. I used the current challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday #208/209 as my layout inspiration:



Here's what I made


How cute is he!


What I used:

Hip Hounds toppers and papers - Making Cards Magazine April 2014

Ivory linen card - Craft Sensations

Flat backed pearls - The Range


I'm also playing along with the 'anything goes' challenges at:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies #51

Cute Card Thursday #689

Creative Fingers #209

Crafty Catz #554

Crafty Calendar Challenge - June


Thanks for visiting

Sharon

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Thursday, June 03, 2021

New Job - Hunkydory

The Range have been selling off a load of craft stuff very cheaply so I picked up some Hunkydory foiled Toppers and patterned card sets suitable for a variety of occasions...



What I used...

Sparkly topper and decorative strip - Hunkydory

Patterned papers - Hot Off The Press

Greeting - die cut circles and black peel-off letters

Matting - dull gold embossed paper


A simple design but the kit only cost 50p and I made 3 cards out of it.


I'm playing along with the 'anything goes' challenges at:

The Crafter's Cafe - June

A Bit More Time To Craft #141

Paper Funday Challenge #30 (optional sparkle)

Creative Moments #215

Through The Craft Room Door

Crafty Creations #422


thanks for looking


Sharon

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Monday, May 31, 2021

All Dressed Up - Country Girl

 It's Monday which means there is a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges ...


This week we are being sponsored by the lovely Wendy at All Dressed Up stamps who has kindly provided images for us to use



As always the design team have come up with some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing - here's my card:



What I used:

Digi - Country Girl from All Dressed Up

Coloured with Spectrum Noir markers

Papers - from a Kay Miller Scrapbook kit

Greeting - computer generated using Chickens Lovers font


I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Sentiments - anything goes

Crafty Gals Corner #219 - for the ladies

Addicted To Stamps #406 - make your mark HONORABLE ADDICT

Simon Says Stamp - anything goes

As You Like It - favourite colouring medium - always markers -  I use a couple of brands (Spectrum noir and Pro-markers) that mix and match well and there's such a wide choice of colours. Also they dry immediately and are easy to store. 

So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning Marlene's prize.

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Cherry Blossom

 I've been bitten by the stamping bug - thanks to Tim Holtz!

I very rarely do rubber stamping as I tend to have two left hands - I get smudges everywhere! But when I finally used a stamping platform (Christmas prezzie) last week, and got pretty good results I dug out all my stamp sets that I've gotten free with magazines... 




What I used:

Stamp and Die set - free with Simply Cards and Papercrafts #215

A5 linen card base

Pink patterned paper - from stash

Sentiment - free with a magazine

Flat backed pearls - The Range


I'm playing along with the current challenges at:

Stamping Sensations (May) - beautiful blooms


Paper Players Challenge:








Handstamped Sentiments Challenge #364








Thanks for looking

Sharon

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Cheers!

 So today I had a day off work and as the weather has been dreadful, I played with some unused stash...



Some time last year I won a blog challenge and the prize was a voucher for Clearly Besotted. Now I'm not a natural rubber stamper but their images were so cute I couldn't resist the Mix It Up set with matching dies.

Today they had their first inking!

I'm not a confident stamper but I find using Tim Holtz's Stamp Platform greatly helps!

What I used:

Stamps - Clearly Besotted - Mix it Up (with matching dies)

Coloured with - Spectrum Noir markers

Patterned striped paper - The Range

Circle dies - Spellbinders nesties

Die sentiment - Paper Smooches

Embellishments - flat-backed pearls - The Range


Perfect for a girly birthday!


I'm playing along with the challenges at:

Stinkin' Inkers - Girls just wanna have fun

Aud Sentiments #275 - for the girls (with sentiment) 

Passion For Markers #592 - use spots or stripes WINNER

Addicted to Stamps #405 - dies or stencils

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - use die/punches


Thanks for popping in


Sharon

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Rory's Showers

 It's Monday which means there is a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges ...


Today's theme is:

Favourite Colours


and the challenge is sponsored by Colour Of Love - fabulous artwork and designs by Heather Valentin.



Well my favourite colour for cards is always going to be pink! I make so many cards for ladies and girlfriends it seems to be my go to colour. I usually use it with grey, black or green.

As always the design team have come up with some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing - here's my card:




I just love her hair! I chose the pretty pink polka dot patterned paper first then coloured her raincoat to match.

What I used:

7 x 7 card base
Grey card
Grey flat-backed pearls
Digi - Colour of Love - Rory's Showers
Coloured with Spectrum Noir markers
Papers - Craft Sensations - Pink Highlights collection
Greeting - computer generated using Splendid


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

Crafter's Castle - AG May Challenge #41

Crafter's Cafe #266 - girls or ladies

Creative Crafters #40 - AG

Creations In Pink #34 - AG (in pink) TOP 3

Papercraft Challenges #70 - AG

Polkadoodles #20 - AG

So have a pop over at the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see some more lovely inspiration from my teamies on the design team and have a chance at winning a great prize.

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, May 10, 2021

On Safari

I finally had some time to make a card today and had a play with the gorgeous pastel papers and decoupage toppers from Papermania's On Safari range.

My main inspiration was one of the sketches at the current Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge :


This is what I made:


These images are so sweet - they would also be great for baby cards/nursery decor.

What I used:

15cm x 15cm white base card

On Safari decoupage and papers - Papermania

Blue and peach flat-backed pearls

Unbranded bow die


I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Creative Knockouts #400 - anything goes

Cute Card Thursday #685 - anything goes

Creative Fingers #207 - anything goes

Just Us Girls #583 - layers








Thanks for visiting

Stay safe

Sharon

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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Snappy Birthday

 After a stressful week dealing with family stuff it was nice to do something crafty this afternoon. My head is all over the place and this certainly influenced my card!

Firstly I was inspired by the unusual challenge at Less Is More


So I really sat and (over) thought about this one. I remembered I had a crab die and some glittery crab patterned paper. Being mindful to leave plenty of white space I created this...



Obviously the blue patterned card with glittery crabs represents the sea and the yellow circle represents the sand! After googling 'crab cards' I could see that 'snappy birthday' is the go to greeting for crabs so I used that for my greeting.

And of course coming up to June Birthdays this may be useful for someone whose star sign is Cancer (the crab). Yes - I thought a lot about this one!

What I used:

Linen card base

Crab patterned card - Deco Time

Crab die - Cut and Make

Greeting - created using KG Payphone font

Embellished with 2 googly eyes.


I'm also playing along with the challenges at:

Creative Friday #280 - clean and simple

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - AG with a critter

Pearly Sparkles #62 - clean and simple


Thanks for visiting

Sharon

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