>> Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Here is my card for this weeks Papertake challenge. It was a lovely sketch to work with; the papers I used are from a pack of handmade papers I bought on holiday a couple of years ago. I used my Artifacts 'Thank You' stamp to stamp directly onto the card and the punched flowers have a sequin and gemstone in the centre. The sentiment is raised on sticky fixers.
>> Tuesday, 24 June 2008
I'm going to have very little time to craft this week but I'm going to try and meet all the challenges. First one completed this week is for Cute Card Thursday. The challenge was to make a birthday card which seems easy but without too many constrictions I can spend AGES trying to decide on colours/layout etc. Anyway, this is what I've come up with: I chose my paper first and then went from there. I've used a Penny Black stamp coloured with distress ink, watercolour pencils and H2O's.
>> Friday, 20 June 2008
Finally I got around to completing the Papertake challenge! The challenge this week was to create a card using hot colours. Well I hope orange, pink and blue are hot enough! I was also going to enter this card into the Cute Card Thursday challenge when I realised that its Friday already! Where do the days go!
>> Tuesday, 17 June 2008
I've completed two challenges so far this week. The first was for the new Penny Black challenge using the first PB stamp you bought. I love this stamp and it's still one of my favourites. I've coloured him in a light grey which isn't very clear on the scanned picture and used my new Basic Grey papers. The little butterfly has also been highlighted with glitter glue.
>> Friday, 13 June 2008
This will be a very quick entry as I have so much to get done in the next few hours before I drive to my parents house. I finished my Dad's birthday card yesterday. I took inspiration for the layout from the Papertake blog and one of their DT, Dawn. Luckily my goodies arrived from the Glitter Pot really quickly so I was able to use my new 'Edwin' stamp.
And today I completed a 1st Fathers Day card for Dave. I took a few snapshots of Thomas and Benji yesterday in black and white and then designed the card around the picture. I wanted to keep the colours simple and my new Basic Grey papers were perfect. I stamped some swirls onto the paper and then layered the card and paper. The pricked effect around the horizontal strip was made using a tool I bought from a sewing shop. I don't know what its called but its a handy little tool to have. The sentiment was printed from my computer and I shaded it with chalks.
Oh, and just as a footnote, Thomas crawled properly today for the first time! He's been rocking on his hands and knees for a couple of weeks but today he moved forward a few steps before collapsing!
>> Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Two cards in two days! I did cheat a bit because I coloured the Lily & Milo image a couple of days ago. I'm really pleased with the way it has turned out; the colouring (water colour pencils) took me about an hour as I wanted to get the shading right and the papers are from Crate Paper.
>> Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Sharon, I'm 38 and married to David. We have a son, Thomas, and a furry baby - our dog Benji!
I've been making cards now for about 2 years and I'm hooked. I mainly make them for friends and family but I also sell a few too. Our tiny 3rd bedroom is my craft (& junk) room and I love disappearing up there whenever I can to make cards or ATC's. Since giving birth to our son 7 months ago I haven't had much time to craft but I'm hoping that, by keeping this blog as my creative diary, I will make the time and start to experiment a bit more. I've stumbled across some great crafting blogs; there are some fantastic card makers out there so hopefully I can take a bit of inspiration from them!
So often I sit at my desk to make a card and my mind goes blank. I have some lovely new papers or stamps to play with but I can't think what to do with them! Which is why the Papertake weekly challenge is so great. They give you a different layout each week so all you have to do is choose your papers/stamps/embellishments and away you go. And tonight I have completed my first 'challenge' card! I used Doodlebug papers and my new Penny Black alphabet stamps. Hope you like it!