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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Peace Love Joy

Today's card was inspired by the current challenge at Muse: Christmas Visions 



What really caught my eye with this card was the sentiment. You can never make Christmas cards too early so I made another to add to my box:



I used some lovely striped embossed card I got at a recent craft fair for the base and added a square of embossed gold paper just off centre. The bauble and ribbon are from my ever-growing die colletion and I've added some gold flat-backed pearls.

The sentiment was created using gold peel-off letters in Hobo font.

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

The Merry Christmas Challenge #34 - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #433 - Christmas

The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - picture inspiration (inspired by the baubles)



Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Captain America

Just a quick post before bed...

Here's a Captain America themed card I made for a friend to give to her teenage son...




Red, white and blue thin card and various circle and star dies were all that I needed - oh and thin silver peel-off strips.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Watercooler Wednesday - all about birthdays
Sisterhood of Crafters - 'oh boy' (masculine)
Crafty Sentiments - dies/punches
Fairy Tale Challenges - men only
Cuttlebug Mania - AG/dies


Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Sunday, 10 September 2017

CASE-ing Channin

Today's card has been inspired by the challenge at CASual Fridays...



I chose to CASE (Copy and share everything) this card by the wonderful Channin



It looked so easy - NOT! Who'd have thought it was so difficult to 'copy' a card!! I don't stamp so I used dies for the flowers using white card and white vellum. I cut the 'thanks' die three times and carefully stuck the layers together and the 'with' was made using white peel-off letters.




Of course I realised pretty quickly I shouldn't have used striped paper that had a white stripe in it - it means the flower and wording doesn't pop out as much as I wanted.

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

Crafty Friends #66 - dies or punches
Crafty Catz #383 - AG/optional thanks
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - September 2017
Dies R Us #80 - die cut handmade flowers 
Glitter n Sparkle #256 - AG

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Retro Football Badge

Another very CAS masculine card - this time the brief was 'something Sunderland related'...


I've printed the image of the badge a number of times then decoupaged certain elements. I've then mounted the image on white and silver matting on a white A5 card base. The sentiment was done in Publisher using Copperplate Gothic font.

I've entered this card into the 'anything goes'challenges at:





Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Joe!

Joe's birthday card - quick and simple!




I've used some diagonally striped patterned card from a pack from The Range, a strip of red washi tape and tag and letter dies for the name. I've added some red pearl embellishments and the greeting is done in Hobo font in Publisher.

Very simple but I like cards for men to be quite plain.

I've entered this card into the ANYTHING GOES challenges at:


Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Puppy Love

Happy Friday - and it's the final Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK until Christmas which means an extra day off work for most folk!


There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo - a lovely place to pick up some crazy images and fun digital stamps...





This is what I have created using an image kindly provided by Bugaboo......



Isn't she gorgeous!!

I've coloured the image using pro-markers and used some glittery patterned paper from a pack I got at Lidl. I  made a greeting in Publisher using The Urban Way font and embellished with some more flowers fussy cut from the paper. Finally, no card is complete without a gem or pearl - I've added black flat-backed gems to the flower centres.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - anything goes 
The Crafty Addicts #39 - anything goes/girly
Creative Moments #125 - anything goes
Ooh La La Creations #235 - use some flowers
Seize the Birthday  - anything goes
Digi Choosday #34 - anything goes


So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Pink 70th

I've had a successful night - I've made a birthday card for my friend to give her Mam and two Christmas cards made and I've sorted out a pile of crafty stash that hasn't been looked at in months!

The birthday card was a quick one using my favourite fancy dies...



I've used some glittery trellis patterned paper from The Range throughout and added some pink gems for an extra bit of shine.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Crafty Gals Corner #137 - punches or dies
Crafty Creations #348 - anything goes
Die Cuttin' Divas #331 - birthday celebrations - Showcase pick!
Fairytale Challenges #174 - numbers
Paper Shelter #306 - pearls, gems or enamel dots

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Georgia's Christening

Just a quick post to show you a Christening card I have made for Sunday. I'm really into die-cutting at the moment and I think this card demonstrates this...



Lots of different dies have been used, the background is a trellis embossing folder and I've finished off with a flat-back pearl.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Dies R Us Challenge - anything goes
Paper Creator #60 - something for the kids
Fab N Funky #361 - anything goes
The Paper Shelter #305 - punches and dies
Crafting With Dragonflies #87 - embossing

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Polka Dots and Daisies

Today's card is for my Niece, Lucy who is turning 9 later this month. She'll be in Disney World in Florida for her birthday so I needed to make this early...




I've used lots of dies on this one! I was inspired by a card I made a few months ago using a Crafts-U-Print design. I wanted to make something that looks a bit more 'handmade' though. The blue and lemon polka dot papers are from my ridiculous stash of paper pads and I've used peel-offs for the name.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #63 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #428 - name or number (both!)
Send A Smile 4 Kids - anything goes
Cardz 4 Gals #53 - pretty pastels
Crafty Sentiments - pearls or strass (what's strass??)
Crafty Gals Corner #135 - bingo (2 papers, free, flowers)











Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Fabulous 50

Today's card is for a friend of mine from work who is 50 today. She has always been a bit of a Goth - her wedding dress was black and purple - so I thought this would be the ideal colour scheme for her card...



I've used a selection of fancy dies cut in plain purple card and black rose patterned card. The central die cut in white linen cards really pops against the background. The number are cut in the same card used for the background and I've embellished with some purple coloured gems. To add a touch of shine I've also added some mirri card bits cut from a corner die.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Creative Fingers #135 - anything goes
Allsorts Challenge #428 - name or number
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #428 - anything goes
Watercooler Wednesdays #131 - all about birthdays
Crafty Creations #347 - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Christmas Bauble

I've spent most of this week enjoying the World Athletics Championships on the TV and I've taken the opportunity to make some basic Christmas cards for the family while I'm watching...



These papers and topper came with a very old edition of Making Cards. It's nothing fancy design wise but but I've added a bit of bling with a gold gem on the big bauble and white glittery highlights on the smaller baubles. In real life it looks much shinier than it does in the photo as I've used gold glitter paper for the matting. I made a batch of 5 the same which took about an hour and a half - very quick!!

I'm entering this quick make into the challenges at:

Merry Christmas Challenge #29 - anything goes 
Glitter n Sparkle #251 - monochrome
ABC Christmas Challenge - Q is for quick
The Holly And Ivy Christmas Challenge #12 - anything goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #63 - Christmas in July


Thanks for looking

Sharon
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

#SK8

Another card for a 12 year old - this time with a skateboard theme... or to get down with the kids #sk8!!

I really do need to get more masculine stash! I struggled again to find a suitable image but as always Google is your friend. I printed 3 copies of this pre-coloured image and decoupaged bits to add some depth.



The backing paper is from a really old Trimcraft pack and I created the greeting on the computer. The silver letters and numbers are from a pack from The Range. I've also used a Memory Box die to create the 'tread' effect - the actual die is rectangle shaped but I rough cut it in two for a more 'urban/grafitti' look.

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Craftoholics R Us - die cuts
Crafty Creations #347 - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - boys to men (2nd entry)
Crafting By Designs - August anything goes
Paper Creator - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #362 - masculine

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

BMX Silhouette

Arrgh - cards for boys! I think we all dread them a little bit!

Today I needed to make a card for a friend for her BMX bike loving 12 year old...




I searched through all my digi images and decoupage stuff to no avail - I simply couldn't find anything suitable. Then I had a light bulb moment - Mr Google helped me find a free silhouette. I printed the image directly onto the patterned paper. Some parts of the pattern still showed through so I carefully coloured over the image with a black pro-marker and a fine liner.

Yay - a very simple card but exactly what was needed!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

The Corrosive Challenge #7 - anything goes July
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - July challenge 
Crafty Ladybirds - July anything goes 
Paper Creator #59 - anything goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - boys to men
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends #62 - anything goes
Brown Sugar #261 - anything goes 

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Penelope in Green


Happy Friday everyone!

It's a mild, sunny day up here in the North East - certainly no sign of rain yet.
There's a new challenge over at Simply Papercraft today ...


As usual the challenge is 'Anything Goes' which makes it so much easier to join in. Today's sponsor is the fabulous Lizzy Love at the Oddball Art Company - a lovely Etsy store to pick up some seriously cute, and weirdly creepy digital stamps...



This is what I have created using a Oddball image called Penelope...:



I've used some newly acquired pretty papers from a pad of glittery papers The Range, matted on black paper. I've coloured the image using co-ordinating pro-markers and added some paper flowers from a mixed pack  as embellishments. The scroll leaves are from a Cheery Lynn die and I've added various coloured flat-backed pearls from my stash. The greeting is a digi stamp from Lili Of The Valley.

I've entered this card into the challenges at:

Through The Purple Haze #130 - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps #252 - make your mark
Cute Card Thursday #488 - anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks #361 - girlfriends
Crafty Gals Corner #133 - anything goes
Southern Girls #165 - flower power
Crafty Creations #346 - anything goes

So get yourselves over to Simply Papercraft and join in the fun - it's only a click away!

Thanks for visiting
Sharon
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Monday, 24 July 2017

Butterfly Stripes

I'm still on a mission to use up some of the stuff I have received free with magazines over the years..




I think this butterfly topper and coordinating patterned paper and sentiment came with Complete Cardmaking when it was around - I've certainly had them for more than 5 years!

I used a white linen card base and I've tried to keep as much 'white space' as possible while still showing off the gorgeous striped paper. For a touch of bling I've added a strip of silver peel-off and some shiny gems.

I'm entering this into the challenges at:

Less Is More #338 - no stamps 
Through The Purple Haze - things with wings
Country View Challenges - things with wings

Thanks for visiting

Sharon
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Anniversary Bling

I seem to be making a lot of anniversary cards lately but I guess that 'cos there's lots of weddings during the summer months!

I've used my favourite filigree heart die again, in super shiny mirri card - very bling!




I've used some dull silver leaf patterned paper for the background and added a greeting created in Publisher using Monotype Corsiva font. I've used a thick cream linen base and some of the same to mount the heart.

Simple but it has an 'expensive' look to it in real life!

I'm entering this card into the challenges at:

Get Creative Challenges - clean and simple
Penny's Paper-crafty Challenge #338 - anything goes
Try It On Tuesday - let it shine
Crafty Sentiments - clean and simple
Crafty Creations #346 - anything goes
Fab N Funky #360 - use patterned paper

Thanks for looking

Sharon
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