Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Include Flowers.....and not just on the backing paper!

We have a new challenge over at Fab n Funky, and the theme is to use flowers....but we have a twist in the we don't want you to just use a flowery backing paper!

So for my card I have gone very CAS and I have used a lovely Sheena Douglas Orchid stamp, which I embossed in white embossing powder and then coloured using the water flooding technique and Spectrum Aquas.
This is a really simple technique which is just perfect for natural objects, such as flowers, and the results are so satisfying!

I continued my flower theme by embossing my pearlescent backing card with flowers too, so add to the flower theme without over powering the delicate orchid.

Not my usual style but I really hope you like it!

PS - Don't forget to pop over to Fab n Funky and join in the fun.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Friday, 15 September 2017

Colour Crazy Challenge Sponsored by Little Miss Muffet

 Hi there. I am back with another challenge post today, this time for Colour Crazy, where the theme is always anything goes, as long as you show off your colouring!

This week, we are sponsored by Little Miss Muffet, and I have chosen this gorgeous Dexter in Love image to colour up and get an early start on my Christmas cards.
I have coloured this cute little pair with my Spectrum Noir pens and created my own background using Sheena Douglas's glycerine technique, which I think is totally fabulous!

A very CAS card, but hopefully bright and cheery too!

Thanks for visiting today, and keep on colouring!

Sharon x

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Banners and Flags as Cute Card Thursday

 Hi everyone. I have been absent for a while but I am back again today with a new challenge for Cute Card Thrusday, sponsored by All Dressed Up. Look at this little cutie - I think she is just adorable, and I had great fun colouring her in soft colours with my Copic markers.

Now on to the theme, which is Banners and Flags. I thought this would be the perfect opprotunity to get out on of my Tattered Lace Greetings Banners which, I thought went perfectly with this image, without over powering it.
I have made my card up in a 7 x 7 size, using some gorgeous Tilly Daydream papers from Docrafts. I really love this set of papers, and I will be very sad when they are gone!

So that's my card for today. Hoping that you like it and I look forward to seeing you over at the Cute Card Thursday challenge.

Bye for now.

Sharon x


Sunday, 3 September 2017

A sparkly sunset

Hi there. Happy Sunday to all. I hope you are having a lovely day, doing whatever you like to do on a Sunday!

I decided to spend a few minutes doing a blog post as, apart from my scheduled DT posts, I haven't actually posted anything for ages.

Here is a card that I made a while back, having watched a Sheena Douglas show where she showed how to make a background with sparkle pens. So I decided to experiment a bit myself and made about 4 backgrounds using this technique.

Here is the result of one of them which I finished iff using a variety of Lavinia and Inkylicious stamps.

This version was on water colour card, which made the spreading of the sparkle pen a bit easier, but the down side was that the fairy stamp did not come out quite as solid as I would have liked. Also,  the water colour paper curled and no amount of flattening under books etc would get it perfectly flat again, so it took a bit of effort to get it stuck down on the card!

None the less, it was a very fun and creative few hours for me, and I will definitely be doing this again.

Thanks for visiting today!

Sharon x


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Too Cute at Cute Card Thursday

Hi there, I'm back again with this week's challenge from Cute Card Thursday which happens to be......Too Cute!

Now there are many, many images I could have chosen from to fit this theme, but in the end I opted for this lovely little pair from Lili of the Valley - just because I could!

I have coloured them in with distress markers, and then challenged myself to use some older papers from my stash - I thought these ones worked out quite nicely with their little descriptive words.

Hope you like this little dose of cuteness and that you will join us over on Cute Card Thursday and share your own idea of cute!

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Colour Crazy Challenge - sponsored by Crafty Ribbons

Hi there - it's time for an new challenge at Colour Crazy where the theme, as always is Anything Goes.

We are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons this week, so I have added a delicate accent to my card using some 5mm silk ribbon with a lovely picot edging ( at least I think that's what you call it!)

For my image I have gone with a beautiful LOTV design which I have coloured with Distress Markers and Zig Real Colour Pens.
Finally I teamed the image up with some beautiful papers from Wild Rose Studio - the Blackberry Lane 6x6 paper pad, and I made some die cut dailies to match the theme.

This was one of those cards where I was just able to relax and enjoy the process. Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Embossing at Cute Card Thursday

It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday and this week we are sponsored by onw of our regular sponsors - All Dressed Up.

The theme this week is embossing so I chose to use an embossing folder and I found this beautiful one with dandelion seeds which i think is a perfect match to the lovely image.

I have coloured my image with Spectrum Noirs and I used Spectrum Aquas and glycerine to colour my embossed background.

Finally I added a little bit of magic in the form of glitter on the seed heads.  :-)

Thanks for visiting today, and don't forget to some and join in the fun at Cute Card Thursday!


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Cute Card Thursday sponsored by Bugaboo

Hi there,

We have a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday, and this week we are sponsored by Bugaboo stamps. Our theme is anything goes, so this week I decided to do a little Christmas preparation, using this lovely Christmas tree image for Bugaboo.

I love how all the tress are in a row, and they are really fun to colour as each one is just a little different. I used my Spectrum Noirs to colour these in, and you can see the list below.

Look forward to seeing you over at Cute Card Thursday.

Sharon x

Spectrum Noir Colours used: BT1, BT2, CR7, DR6, CT2, CT4, CG2, CG4, JG6, EB6, EB8

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Delighted to be a Guest DT at Christmas with the Cuties this month!

 Hi there. I was absolutely delighted to be asked to join the Christmas with the Cuties team as a guest DT this month. As you can imagine Cuteness and Christmas tick all my boxes so I felt like a kid in a sweet shop!!
I was given this lovely image from Papernest Dolls  to play with and I had a lovely time colouring it in with my Spectrum Noirs, plus a little help from my Faber Castell pencils for the hair.

Unusually for me I went with fairly traditional colours, and the old die cutting machine got a good work out too. The card based and mats were all made from the a Spellbinders giant nesting die and the holly comes from  the new White Christmas range at Tattered Lace.

So, my final world is to say thank you very much to Lisa and the rest of the Cuties DT for making me so welcome this month, and letting me join in the fun on both the Cutie Pie and the Christmas with Cuties challenges this month!

Bye for now.


Friday, 21 July 2017

Surfing on the Net

It's challenge time once again at Colour Crazy and this time we are sponsored by the wonderful Lemon Shortbread company.

Whilst the theme is always 'Anything Goes' for our participants, here on the DT we are adopting a Surfer theme this week, and between us we have been playing with boy and girl surfer images.

I picked the little girl, as I thought that would be a little out of the ordinary!

This image comes with the lovely background that you see, so I set to work colouring everything in, in flat colour, using my Spectrum Noir pens. But then I thought it looked a little too flat, so I went over the top with my Faber Castell pencils to add some depth, and also to make the surfboard look like it had some wood grain showing through (even though it is red!).

I then created a frame for my card using teal card, and this frame actually sits over the top of the design paper for a change so it is a little different.

I also decoupaged the little girl and her board, to make her a bit more prominent. If you look closely you might be able to see the shadows.  :-)

Thanks very much for visiting today, and I look forward to seeing you over at Colour Crazy this week.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Patterned papers at Fab n Funky

 Hi there. It's my turn to host the challenge over at Fab n Funky this week, and I have chosen a nice easy theme - use a patterned paper.

We are sponsored by Lia Stamps this week, who kindly provided us with this gorgeous little girl to play with. I think she is just adorable.
I coloured my little girl in with my Spectrum Noir pens and then added Polychromos pencil over the top to add some shading. This is a technique that I have only recently started to use, and I really like it. For examples the deep shadows in the folds of the skirt are made with a grey pencil and the highlights in her hair are with white pencil.

I found some lovely papers in my stash - they are Tilly Daydream by Do Crafts, and, as you can see they have some beautiful patchwork papers and a coordinating apple paper - so I made sure to colour my little girl to match. In the end I am feeling like it is a little bit of a harvest festival type theme.

So that's my card for today. Hope you like it and that you will come and share some of your much loved patterned papers over at Fab n Funky this week.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Guest DT at The Cutie Pies

I am delighted that I was recently asked, by the lovely Lisa, to be a guest DT at The Cutie Pies challenge!

They are midway through their challenge this week, which has a theme of 'Here Come the Girls' and is sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who do indeed have the cutest little images.

So here is what I created for the challenge:

I wanted my little cutie to be relaxing in her beautiful bathroom and feeling pampered, so I have created this 3d card to give that effect. I'm not sure what you call this style of card, but I had seen some examples made this way recently, and thought I would give it a go.
For my little girl, I printed her twice and coloured her with Spectrum Noirs, before decoupaging the shower cap , the bath and some of the bubbles to add some lift. The towels and loofah were also part of the image, and make some nice accessories.

So - I hope you like my card today and that you will join in with the fun over at The Cutie Pies.

Thanks very much to Lisa and the team for letting me join in with the fun!

Sharon x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A match made in heaven

And that match would be Cute Card Thursday and All Dressed Up digital stamps!
This week, at Cute Card Thursday, we are very lucky to be sponsored once again by All Dressed Up.

As you may know, this is one of my digital designers of choice, so I was very happy to have an excuse to spend some time colouring in this lovely little lady using my Spectrum Colourblend pencils.

As per usual, I have chosen my papers before I coloured my image and I settled on some gorgeous 6x6 papers from Wild Rose Studio, called dancing daisies. So here is my finished card.....

Our theme this week is ribbons and bows, but I decided to 'think out of the box' a bit this time, and I have gone for a faux ribbon effect with my daisy die cut border and my stripey paper. 😉

So - that's my card for this week. I hope you will come and join us over at Cute Card Thursday. We love to see what you have made.

Bye for now and thanks for visiting!

Sharon x


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Little Boys and Little Girls at Fab n Funky

It's time for a brand new challenge at Fab n Funky and this week we have a theme of Little Boys and Little Girls, sponsored by Pink Gem designs.

I have loved these little characters for a very long time, so it was lovely to dig out one of my stamps and play with it again.

I love the simplicity and innocence of these images, so I decided to colour this image very simply, without shading, to maintain that innocent appearance.

I have used a fantastic Tonic die set yo make my shaped card and I have found some old papers in may stash to mat and layer (they were woodland papers from Do Crafts but sadly I don't think you can get them any more.)

So that's my card for today.

Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you will come and join in the fun over at Fab n Funky this week.

Sharon x

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday

It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday and this week the theme is Anything Goes.

It's a little bit off season but I have chosen to colour this lovely Easter image from Molly Harrison, just because I could!!
I have used Spectrum Colorblend Pencils for the entire picture and gone for a very soft effect. There is a hint of sparkle on those wings too, but sadly my photography skills are not good enough to pick that up.

I can't wait to see what you come up with , so I look forward to seeing you over at Cute Card Thursday.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Cute Card Thursday sponsored by Star Stampz

 It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday and this week we are sponsored by Star Stampz.

I decided to do some water colouring for my card today, so I printed this little cutie on to water colour card, and used making gum to cover her so that I could paint a water  colour sky in the background.

For  the little girl I used Spectrum Aquas for her clothes and skin, and used my Zig Real colours for her hair.

Finally I made the dandelion backing card by stamping and embossing the dandelions in white embossing powder before using a mix of aqua blend pens and glycerine to blend on the colour using a round blending tool.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Sharon x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Colour Crazy Challenge - sponsored by Polkadoodles

It's time for a new challenge at Colour Crazy, and this time we are sponsored by the wonderful Polkadoodles. Now this was a challenge in itself as trying to choose one image from my accumulated stash of Polkadoodles images was not easy (it's not a case of what have I got.......more like what haven't I got!!)

So in the end I decided to go for one of the more recent releases, which is only available via download (rather than in CD format).
This little lady is called Primrose and she comes from the Darling Buds set which is a set of beautiful girls, all based around the theme of flowers. I think she is so beautiful and would work really well as a bride.

I wanted to keep the colours very soft ans I imagined that dress to be made of flowing silk, so I used by Spectrum Colourblend pencils and blending solution to achieve this.

I also had a very lucky find among some old magazines.....the perfect backing paper to go with this image....only one sheet though, so I had to make sure I didn't mess it up!

Finally, I kept the card very CAS, as I wanted all the focus to be on that gorgeous image.

Hope you like my card for today. Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

It's a swishy tail kinda day!!

Hi. I am back again as we have a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this week's theme is Sea and Sand. I have been collecting mermaid images lately so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use one. This image is from the Ula images by Polkadoodles, and I absolutely love her!
As you can see, there is lots of colouring space and she would also be quite easy to cut out and decoupage (a plan for another day perhaps!)

I was very brave and made the background myself by randomly scribbling Spectrum Noirs in aquas and greens, and the same with the sand.

My little shells were some tiny stamps that I already had, and proved to be most useful!

Finally, I made my seaweed using some offcuts from a large tonic foliage die.

So that's my card for today. Hope you like it and thanks for visiting!

Sharon x


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Feisty Females with Crafts and Me

Thanks for dropping in. I am back today with a new challenge from Fab N Funky, sponsored by Crafts and Me.

This is a new company to me, and I have to say that I really enjoyed colouring this image, using my Spectrum Noir pens. The theme this week is feisty females and I think this lady, called Genevieve, really fits the bill!

I also made the backing paper using Sheena Doug;ass's technique  where you mix Spectrum Aquas with glycerine and apply with a blending tool. It's a really fun and satisfying technique and, if you look closely you can see a little bit of metallic sparkle. I did this by splattering Gansai Tambi metallic paint on the paper......again, sooooooooo satisfying!!

I hope that you will come and join us at Fab n Funky this week, and remember - keep it feisty!!

Sharon x

Sunday, 18 June 2017

An unlikely pair of friends

I have realised it has been quite some time since I posted......not sure why, but at least I can say I have had some lovely colouring time over the last week or two.

So here is one of the results of my labours, in the shape of the lovely Horace and Boo from Polkadoodles.
I have to say that, when I printed this out, I made it fairly large, and then had one of those 'I can't do it' moments, but, once I had tentatively kicked off with Horace's ear, I was well away and loved every minute of colouring this image!

To finish off my card, I used some pare pieces of NitWits paper that I had printed some time ago. I love it when I am able to use something that I already have to hand.  :-)

Anyway, I hope you like my card for today. I will try not to be away for so long before my next post1

Thanks for stoping by.

Sharon x


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Boys or Dads at Cute Card Thursday

It's time for a new challenge at Cute Card Thursday, and this week the theme id Boys or Dads.
I decided to use this love image from Lili of the Valley.....he reminds me very much of the boy that was in the Hovis adverts, back in the day. (You would have to be of a certain age to remember those!) Anyway, with that in mind I decided to go with a vintage appearance, so I have used very muted Colorblend pencils and I have distressed all my papers before mounting them on to Kraft Card.

I hope you like my card for today and I look forward to seeing what you have made over at Cute Card Thursday.

Bye for now!

Sharon x


Friday, 26 May 2017

Time for a new challenge at Colour Crazy

 It's time for a new challenge over at Colour Crazy, and this week I have been playing with the cutest little bear from Di's Digistamps.
This lovely little chaps looks so happy to be sitting on top of that cup cake, and my immediate thought was that he would be perfect for a child's party invitation or birthday card. So I opted for very soft pastel colours, using my Spectrum Noirs and Spectrum Illustrators, and matched them perfectly with Sara's Signature range for the backing papers.

I don't know if you can see but I decoupaged the bow too, just for that little bit of extra lift.

Hope you ike my card today. Look forward to seeing you over at Colour Crazy.

Sharon x


Thursday, 25 May 2017


It's time for a new challenge over at Cute card Thursday, and this week the theme is Clean and Simple. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite styles as it is great for one of those days when you don't want to think too just want to colour!

For my card today, I have used a lovely digital image for Tiddly Inks and used my Colourblend pencils to colour it in, along with a little bit of clear sparkle pen.

I pulled out my desert island Dotty stubby stamp by Stamps by Judith to create the dotty background using some random inks, and i finished of with a few pearl dots.

And that, as they say, is that!

Hope you like it. I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely CAS creations over on the blog.

Bye for now.

Sharon x



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Let's Get Sporty with Kenny K

 We have a brand new challenge over at Fab n Funky and this week we are sponsored by Kenny K, with a theme of Let's Get Sporty.

I have chosen Skater Boy for my card and I have tried to give the impression of a skate park with my background papers.
My skater boy is coloured with Sprectrum Noirs and I have mounted him on foam pads so he is lifted from the page.

I hope you like my card this week, and I look forward to seeing you over at Fab n Funky.



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Messy old furry friend.

Sometimes, when I go digging through my craft stash I find the odd little gem that I haven't used for ages or......dare I admit it.....I haven't used at all!

This lovely Messy Rabbit stamp from Joanna Sheen was still in it's pristine uncut rubber state (shame on me!) so of course I had to cut him out and get colouring.
I used my Kuretake real colour pens for this image, on water colour paper to get a nice blend coming. Even though these are water colour pens they give a really strong and vibrant colour, so I was quite pleased how he came out.

I finished the card with some freebie paper from a magazine and a scrap of ribbon, for a nice CAS card.

Hope you like him, and thanks for stopping by today!

Sharon x


Sunday, 14 May 2017

What's not to love about House Mouse ?

I absolutely LOVE House Mouse!  There is just something about those cute little faces that always makes me smile, and there seems to be an image for just about every occasion.

I have some of the lovely House Mouse CDs, and this is one of the gorgeous images and matching papers which I simply printed and decoupaged to get some instant gratification!

So  - a very quick post for today, but I hope it brought a smile to your face, just like it did to mine.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

New Challenge at Fab N Funky - Kids and Teenager Birthdays

I'm back today with a very special challenge for Fab n Funky, where the theme is Kids and Teenagers Birthdays. we are sponsored this week by.......
Lili of the Valley are celebrating their own birthday - 13 years old today! They are celebrating by releasing some gorgeous new stamps and digis between now and 20th May.

In honour of the occasion they allowed us to play with some of their lovely new digi's, and I was lucky enough to receive this beautiful little girl to colour in She is called Fairy Wings and she is a little sneak peak of what you can look forward to in the new release.

For my card I have opted for an Easel with some beautiful soft pastel colours to complement the delicate tutu and fairy wings.

I have used my Spectrum Colorblends and blending solution to achieve a very soft look and I have toped it off with some clear Sparkle pen for a little bit of twinkle!

I hope you like my card for today. Don't forget to pop over to Lili of the Valley to check out their lovely new range in the coming weeks....I know I will be doing a bit of shopping!

Thanks for visiting today.

Sharon x