Sunday, 12 November 2017

Whipper Snappers Doggy Pile

Hi there. I am back today with a really old stamp of mine that I love! It dates back to the times when you could only get wood mounted stamps and it comes from Whipper Snappers. Sadly, as this is an American company these stamps are quite card to get hold of, and I am not sure if you can even get them anymore so this really is a little treasure for me.
When I first got this stamp, alcohol markers weren't on the scene so I used Tombows to colour my images, but of course these days we have lots of amazing mediums to use and I managed to get a much more vibrant effect using my Spectrum Noirs.

I don't know if you can tell from the close up but these lovely little chaps are decoupaged. It was a little bit time consuming but so worth it in the end, especially as this was a special card for my dad!

My backing papers are the perfect match and are digital papers from NitWits, in what i would call muted autumnal colours.

Finally, I decided that the background behind the dogs was too white so I dulled it down with a touch of distress ink, and random dots using a Stamps by Judith stubby.

Hope you like my card for today.

Thanks for stoping by!

Sharon x


Friday, 10 November 2017

Colour Crazy sponsored by All Dressed Up

It's time for another challenge over at Colour Crazy, and this week we are sponsored by All Dressed Up.

I have used this little cutie called Christmas Present, but I felt like this didn't have to be restricted to Christmas. so I used her to make a birthday card instead, using some lovely vintage tones.

I found the backing paper in a freebie pack from an old magazine, and I decided to use that as the basis for my colouring. Of course, there are fairy wings, so there HAD to be glitter , but for everything else I have kept it all fairly muted.

My lots of love die is an old favourite from Tattered Lace and my swirly sentiment is from Lili of the Valley, and i am glad to say I am no longer afraid to use this in a finished card due to the fabulous Misti tool!

So that's my card for today...stepping away from Christmas for just a little while.

Hope you like it and that you will come and join us on Colour Crazy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A little birdie told me that Christmas is coming......

I am back for another DT post today, and this week and this time it is for Cute Card Thursday, where the theme is Anything Goes.

We are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps who have some of the cutest Christmas images so I chose this one which is called Nice Friends 2. And see the little guy with the Christmas hat on? He is a tiny little stamp from Gerda Steiner....I just thought he needed to be there!

I created the background with my distress ink pads - Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans, and coloured the image with my Spectrum Noirs, before adding a finishing spritz of glitter........well you have to don't you??!!

Finally i have mounted the image on to some Red Mirri Card which comes in the Crafters Companion Luxury red cardstock pack. You will see this on a lot of my cards at the moment, as I think it gives the finished card a lovely little lift, that you can only get away with at Christmas.

So that's my card for today. I hope you will come and share your makes at Cute Card Thursday.

Thanks for visiting.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

It's all about fashion

Hi there. We have new challenge over at Fab n Funky this week, and our theme is Fashion, sponsored by Lemon Shortbread.

I have decided to use this lovely little lady, called Heart Sunglasses, and coloured her in with my Spectrum Noirs.

I have gone for a very clean and simple card this time, using some old scraps of patterned paper that I found in my stash and a little bit of ribbon.

Thanks for visiting today, and don't forget to come and join us over at Fab n Funky.

Sharon x


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Something fishy is going on........

Did I mention a little while that i had a little bit of a thing about mermaids at the moment? I don't know why, but I am really drawn to them. Luckily for me, Polkadoodles brought out a whole range of digital mermaid images earlier this year, and i have to say I just love them.

I think there are about twelve all in all......I have them all, but didn't colour any for a while as I just couldn't decide which one to do first!

Anyway, I settled on this little cutie, which i coloured in with my copics, but the best part about this one is that the background is pre-coloured. I admit I was a little bit dubious about this, as I  thought it would be obvious where the colouring ended and the printing began, but actually I don't think you can really tell.

That makes me really happy as you end up with a really nice topper in half the time, and because you have coloured in the main image, it doesn't feel like you have 'cheated',

So this little lady ended up on a 7 x 7 card and I made the base paper using spectrum aquablends and glycerin, followed by a splattering of gold and pearl white paint. I was really happy with the final result. :-)

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

Sharon x


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

It's all about paper piecing

Hi there, I have a couple of cards today, all based around our Fab N Funky challenge this week, which is paper piecing.

I have chosen some very simple outline images from Digi Stamp Boutique for my card, and paper pieced the petals using some NitWits digital papers.
The nice thing about this is  that I have used the same paper on the petals as some of the background, so this is a really nice and simple way to pull a card together.

I look forward to seeing you over at Fab n Funky.

Sharon x

Friday, 13 October 2017

A New Challenge at Colour Crazy

 It's time for a new challenge at Colour Crazy and this week we are sponsored by Oddball Art, who have some lovely quirky images which are perfect for the Halloween season.
This little lady looks very zombiefied doesn't she? I didn't want to use girly colours on this occasion so I went for blues and greens instead, to tone in with the backing papers that I chose. I wanted everything to be a bit offset to match with her stumbling along in a zombie fashion!

I've also added some faux stitching to bring the background together with the character.

This is a really unusual image for me, but I really enjoyed colouring her. I hope that you will come and join as at Colour Crazy and share your colourful creations too.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes with Whimsy Stamps

Another day, another challenge.........and today I am back for Cute Card Thursday who are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps with a theme of Anything Goes.

I am starting to feel a little bit Christmasy now, and I do love some fairy lights, so I chose this gorgeous little penguin for my card and matched him up with some very appropriate Nitwits digital papers. You probably can't see the wording on the green paper too well, but it actually has 'Deck the Halls' written al over it.
For me it was really nice to do a penguin without all the usual icy blues. We have a much warmer colour palette here, which I based around the backing papers.

My image is coloured with Spectrum Noirs and I have added some pale yellow, as opposed to the usual grey outlining, as I wanted to give impression of a glow coming from the little fairy lights.

I have to say there are lots of things I love about this image.......his little feet,,,,,,his podgy little belly.....and his ever so cute face. I will definitely be using this little guy again!

Thanks very much for visiting me today, nd I do hope that you will pay a visit to Cute Card Thursday too.

Bye for now.

Sharon x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Fab N Funky - Pretty In Pink with All Dressed Up

It's time for another challenge over at Fab n Funky, and this week we are lucky to be sponsored by a company that I really love - All Dressed Up.

This lovely little image is one that I return to time and time again as she is so sweet, and imagine how tiny she must be to be able to sit under those flowers!
The theme this week is pretty in pink, but I didn't want to go for a monochrome effect so I have paired up my pinks with some pastel blues, and of course there is the obligatory glitter on the fairy wings!

I have kept my card clean and simple, but paired it up with a lovely piece of ribbon which I got from Polkadoodles and some gorgeous Nitwits papers.

I hope you like my card for today and I look forward to seeing you over at Fab n Funky.

Sharon x

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Trick or Treat at Cute Card Thursday

Hi there! Withe the creepy season fast approaching it's time to get going with some Halloween Cards, so this week at Cute Card Thursday we have a theme of Trick or Treat, sponsored by Bugaboo.

They have absolutely tonnes of images in store, but I had to go with this one as the bat  with the googly eyes really made me laugh.

I have coloured this pair in with my  Spectrum Noirs, and I have added the faintest hint of lilac on the mummy so that he tones in with the purple background.

I hope you like this fun iamge and I look forward to seeing you over at Cute Card Thursday this week.

Sharon x

Monday, 25 September 2017

What's up chick?

Hi there.

I'm back with a very quick post today. It's a very simple CAS card using a very cute digi stamp with I coloured with my Spectrum Noirs.

I left my card sentiment free, but I think it could be used for any number of reasons, just by adding a sentiment: 'Sorry I forgot', 'Feel Better Soon', 'Just a Little Note to Say......'

With that cute little face I think this lovely chick is perfect for all sorts of occasions!

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Sharon x

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Trees and Sparkle

Hi there. I am back today with a Christmas card, as it seems that it is the time of year when crafters' minds are turning in that direction!

This is a card that I made for last Christmas, using all sorts of lovely things from Stamps by Chloe.

I have created the background sheet using an pine tree sprig stamp and lots of WOW embossing powder, and I used a lovely branch on acetate to create the golden embellishments.  
Now on to the trees, which are another set of Chloe's stamps.As you can see I have paper pieced them, and I have raised the central tree for some perspective. Finally chunky glitter and faux snow were the perfect finish for this card.

Hope you like my card for today and thanks for visiting!


Sharon x

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