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Monday, June 29, 2015

WANTED!!!!!

Hello -  I'm back again with another fab new release over at My Whimsical Little World - 2 adorable little western characters - Howdy Partner and Howdy Lass!
 
Me being a girly girl decided I would use the Howdy Lass cowgirl but with a twist I have made her quite girly:

 
She is colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers and I just had to use pink! However some girls can be real trouble causers and she is certainly ready to draw those guns so I had to add a bit of  naughtiness to the card
 
 
So here she is Wanted - dead or alive! I die cut the image with a tonic die and then inked the edges. I then used a spellbinder cattails die to cut the embellishments using Kraft card. I printed the sentiment on the backing paper using my PC and matted this onto more Kraft card.
So she is a Badass cowgirl who loves pink!
 
Why not go and check out the other new release - a cowboy - they could ride off to the sunset together!
 
Whilst your checking out My Whimsical Little World don't forget that this month's freebie is still available a delicious double cupcake with a cherry on top!
 
 
And if that's not enough you can pop by the Facebook group and enter the progressive challenge
If you haven't got your stamp yet head on over the Etsy store for this month's stamp - Little Prince where he is available at half price whilst the challenge is running. Once you have completed your project upload it to the challenge album here. the prize is a set of 3 digi stamps and you will also receive July's challenge digi stamp free!
 
Thanks for stopping by and I would appreciate
 if you could leave a comment - I love to read what people think of my makes :)
 
 
 I have entered this into the following challenges
 Graph-its coloring challenge Pretty in pink


 
 
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

More than one fold

Good morning. It's been a busy week for me and I'm still trying to play catch up with blogging but will get there by the end of today :)
 
Today is the start of the next challenge over at Wags and Whiskers and I got to play with another of their gorgeous images!
 
The theme this time is more than one fold. The prize is a Wags and Whiskers rubber stamp.  You can use any stamp for the challenge however, if you use a Wags and Whiskers stamp you will be entered into a second draw to win a digistamp.
 
Rules are
You can enter any type of paper-craft project.
You can enter 2 times per challenge.
You must use a new project - no back linking.
Follow the theme.
You link must be a direct link to your entry.
 
I decided to do an easel pink and girly easel card
 
 
The image is Tiny Dancer - isn't she just adorable :) I have colored her using Spectrum Noir markers and used a die to cut her into a circle. The card is a Craftwork cards pre shaped card blank with the scalloped cut-out. I have matted pink card onto this and used Lili of the Valley backing paper. The die-cuts were made using the same pink card and a die which was a freebie in a magazine. I typed the sentiment on my PC and printed it in pink ink. Again matting this onto the pink card.
A simple but adorable card!
 
If you love what you see please leave me a comment before hopping over to the Wags and Whiskers blog and entering our challenge.
 
 I have entered this into the following challenges
 Graph-its coloring challenge Pretty in pink

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cards purse

Good morning - I have seen some gorgeous little purses all over Facebook recently so investigated how to make them. I am about to share with you how to make them -  I can't take credit for this as I found the original tutorial on You Tube done by  Crafty Hallett. I have broken the video down in to pictures of the steps I followed that I hope are easy for you to follow too.
 
To start with let me show you what I am talking about
 
 
This little purse hold 6 cards and envelopes and is made totally from cardstock - and here's how:
 
To start with you need the following pieces of card
 
 
I made a booboo when photographing there should be 3 12x1/2 inch strips.
The paper is from Echo Park Homegrown range and the card is Core'dinations.
 
You start by making the base, score a half inch around all sides of the 2.5x5.25 piece like so:
 
 
Then cut into one side of each of the corner squares and add tape:
 
 
These are then folded and stuck on the outside to form a box, it's important you stick on the outer edge as you don't want to see them inside the finished purse
 
 
Put this to one side and then tape all (3) of the 12x1/2 inch strips
 
 
With the patterned side facing you stick one of the strips to the top of main body of the purse (patterned paper 3.5x12 inch strip)
 
 
Turn this over and apply tape along the bottom and the right edge
 
 
The starting at the middle of one of the longer sides of your base box stick the main body around the base - ensuring you keep the bottom edge of the main body level with the bottom of the base.
 
It is important that you don't crease or fold the main body as you wrap it around the base
 
 
Continue until you have completely wrapped the base then stick the side edges together
 
 
Your purse should now look like this.
The next step is to cover the bottom edge with another of the 12x1/2 inch strips. This will hide any parts where you may have not covered the base
 
Again make sure you don't crease or fold the strip as this will take away the shape of the purse
 
You have now almost finished - It just needs straps adding.
 
 
I have chosen to add these with brads but you could glue the straps inside and add pearls /gems to look as faux fasteners.
The straps are made from the 6 x 3/8 inch strips. First of all curl then slightly (as you would curling ribbon)  to make them easier to work with.
 
If using brads pierce your bag twice on each side using your judgment of where to put the straps. Then pierce the straps about 1/4 of an inch from each end. Push the brad through the bag and then the strap fixing at the back. repeat this for all 4 strap ends.
 
 
This is where the 3rd 12x1/2 inch strap comes in carefully stick this around the top of the inside of the bag covering the ends of the straps and brad tails
 
 
That's your bag finished!!!
 
Onto the cards
I have used So Suzy Stamps Peony stamp and the Beautiful sentiment
 
 
 In order for these to fit in your bag they must be 4x4inches. Here's what I used to make them
 
 
I started with a 4x8 piece of white card and folded this in half. I matted the card and patterned paper (that I had used to make the purse) onto the card. I then stamped the Beautiful sentiment onto the bottom right corner of a piece of white card. Two of the peonies where stamped onto white card using Evergreen Bough Distress ink which matched perfectly with the green card. I then fussy cut these out. After fixing the white card onto my base I then arranged the peonies onto this. I glued the fist one flat and then used foam tape on the second one to add dimension. A crystal gem in the center of each flower just added a finishing touch.
I then made envelopes in a tonal match paper
 
 
 
These can be made using any paper:
 
 
 Here's one I've done using Kraft card and the Dandelion and Dandelion fluff set with the some see a wish sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and before you leave hit the June tab on the top right of the So Suzy Stamp blog and enter our challenge. If you don't have a blog - don't worry you can enter over at our Facebook group
 
For more inspiration why not check So Suzy out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
New this month So Suzy has also ventured out to Flickr so check that out too!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Take a bow - Goodbye Scribble and Scrap!

Good morning! There is some sad news in blog land - Today is the start of the last ever Scribble and Scrap challenge - Yes Alyx has decided to close her challenge - it has been a fun time designing for her but she's moved on to much bigger and better things.
The challenge rules still apply for this last challenge and you can find them here. You can enter anything you want as long as you hand crafted it!
 
So today's card is a bow to everyone who has entered the passed challenges and a Thank you to Alyx for running a superb blog!
 

 
This little darling is Baby Bow from Stamping Bella. It comes with 2 sentiment stamps, the one I've used and the other is you deserve to take a bow! I purchased this from my local craft store Haveman's Hardware - Diane the owner has some scrumptious stamps and lots of adorable papers and other crafty goodies. If you look carefully in the store you will also find a few of my samples :)
 
I have colored the little miss using my Spectrum Noir markers and mounted the image onto 2 different shades of pink card. I really didn't think that anything else was needed as the image is just so adorable.
 
So I now need you to pop on over to the Scribble and Scrap blog. Leave some love in the comments and enter the last ever challenge - you never know you might win!!!
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Baby boy

Good morning! it's time for another new stamp release over at My Whimsical Little World and there are 3 fab digi-stamps this week. As always these images are adorable we have a sweet little girl - thinking of you, a boy on his phone - Hey There and a baby newborn- Baby Boy!
 
I have chosen to showcase the adorable baby which has challenged me as I had more skin to color!
 
 
Doesn't he look so sweet in his oversized cap! I have colored him with my Spectrum Noir Markers and then fussy cut him. The card blank has been matted with blue card and this gorgeous paper which is from Lili of the Valley. It makes it look like the little man is fast asleep on his comforter.  The sentiment is from a very old stamp collection which is no longer available and I have die cut this using a Spellbinder die. The baby shapes have also been die cut from Memory Box dies and glued in place around the "comforter"
 
My Whimsical Little World have a Progressive challenge over on Facebook , If you haven't got your stamp yet head on over the Etsy store for this month's stamp - Little Prince where he is available at half price whilst the challenge is running. Once you have completed your project upload it to the challenge album here. the prize is a set of 3 digi stamps and you will also receive July's challenge digi stamp free!
Also... stop by our FREEBIE section and grab your free cupcake of the month.  Please pin only the watermarked image not the file you download. 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Almost good enough to eat

Good evening, it's been a rainy day here so the kids and I have had a TV day. That's not to say that I didn't get any crafting in!!
 
Over at My Whimsical Little World blog there is a monthly digi stamp freebie which for June is a gorgeous stack of cupcakes.
 

 
You can get it here but please respect the designers copyright and do not share or pin the digi.
 
I couldn't resist coloring it:

 
I have used Spectrum Noir Markers and just had to make them chocolate cupcakes! I have then added a fabulous sentiment which is a So Suzy Stamp and made a pair of cherries from Skittles just to balance the design. It has then been matted onto a deep pink card and added to a white card blank.
 
My Whimsical Little World has a fab Facebook page where you can enter our progressive challenge as well as get further inspiration from my design team members!
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, June 12, 2015

CAS is so easy!

It's another stormy morning! I woke today and had to check the alarm clock twice as it is so dark outside! Not  a problem it just means I get to stay in door and craft with Mollie :)
 
Today is the start of the next challenge over at Wags and Whiskers and I got to play with another of their gorgeous images!
 
The theme this time is CAS/One layer cards. The prize is a Wags and Whiskers rubber stamp.  You can use any stamp for the challenge however, if you use a Wags and Whiskers stamp you will be entered into a second draw to win a digistamp.
 
Rules are
You can enter any type of paper-craft project.
You can enter 2 times per challenge.
You must use a new project - no back linking.
Follow the theme.
You link must be a direct link to your entry.
 
I love making CAS cards - so was in my element making today's design team showcase:
 
 
The gorgeous image is called Say a Prayer, I have colored her with my Spectrum Noir pens and added some glitter to her wings.
 
Once colored I added the sentiment using my PC, this is a new font I have added called A Gentle Touch and I think it will be one I use a lot!!
Once finished I matted the image onto some pink and blue card to coordinate with the colors I used on this darling little angel. I added pink pearls to balance the card nothing else was needed as the image is the main focus!
 
If you love what you see please leave me a comment before hopping over to the Wags and Whiskers blog and entering our challenge.
 
 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Happiness is a Butterfly

Good morning from a sunny Michigan we have had a week of good weather - a bit misty at times but the sun broke through eventually.
 
I just adore using So Suzy's Stamps and the card I am showcasing today is no exception
 
 
 I stamped the Fancy Butterfly onto white card but instead of using a solid color I used four different memento dye inks and stamped using my fab new tool the MISTI. I then used the Happiness Is.... stamp before running the card through my printer to add the verse which was typed up on my PC. I wanted the card to remain clean and simple so I matted the image onto card of 2 colors chosen from the butterfly then added pearls in the lovely citrus green color I also used to stamp the image.
 
Thanks for stopping by and before you leave hit the June tab on the top right of the So Suzy Stamp blog and enter our challenge. If you don't have a blog - don't worry you can enter over at our Facebook group
 
For more inspiration why not check So Suzy out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
New this month So Suzy has also ventured out to Flickr so check that out too!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Schools out -It's Graduation time!!!

Good morning, I am full of exciting news for my blog lately and today is no exception. I have joined My Whimsical Little World's design team - The team are a fab bunch of girls headed up by Paolo who designs all gorgeous little images that I will be using!
 
At this time of the year there is no better way to start than with School Graduation. Mollie has graduated from Kindergarten and James will be a Junior when he goes back to school so high school graduation isn't too far away for him! 
 
Each Monday there are New releases over at the My Whimsical Little World Store and this week they are adorable little grad students. I have chosen to color up the fab Grad Boy image:
 
 
Isn't he adorable!
I have used my Spectrum Noir markers to color him. As our local school colors are red and gold for boys I have used these. I have followed the color theme through my mats and used a piece of patterned paper from my stash. The stamped sentiment is from a Keepsake Stamp collection (which unfortunately is no longer available) and I have also added some red skittles.
 
My Whimsical Little World also run a progressive challenge over on their Facebook group. This month's digi is our "Little Prince".  Create a project with him and upload him to our PC album (here) and you will be enter to win 3 digis as well as receiving next month's PC digi for FREE. :) If you participated in May you will be receiving "The Little Prince" for FREE. Even if you didn't participate in May you can still join by heading over to the MWLW digi shop where you can pick him up for half off.
 

Also... stop by our FREEBIE section and grab your free cupcake of the month.  Please pin only the watermarked image not the file you download. 
 
 
Thank you for stopping by! :) 
 
 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Too Cute

Good morning, we've had some gorgeous weather here this past week but it's all due to end today with thunder storms!
 
It's the start of Challenge 46 over at Scribble and Scrap today!
 As always it's anything goes as long as you have physically crafted it - no digital entries. The rules are simple and you can find them here.
 
There will be a random generated winner receiving some fab goodies and the top 3 will be showcased on the Scribble and Scrap blog!
 
On to my Design Team card for inspiration:
 
 
This little darling is called Elfie and she is a rubber stamp from C.C. Designs I have colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers and added glitter to hers and the adorable ladybug's (she is holding) wings. I then chose a coordinating paper from a 6x6 pad which is part of the Angelica and Adam range made by Crafter's Companion. This and the image have been matted onto bright orange card from my stash.
I chose green pearls for the corners of the card to coordinate with the green dots on her hat.
She has a friend called Pixie who I will be showcasing later this week :)
 
Thanks for stopping by and before you leave go check out the challenge over at Scribble and Scrap and if you enjoyed your visit here I would appreciate it if you would leave me some love!
 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Christmas every month of the year

Hello and welcome to the third post from me today!
 
Exciting new is abound today - I have joined another  challenge design team and this is my first post for them!!!
 
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up
 
The idea behind this design team is that you can stop panicking in December about all the Christmas cards you have to make - join our challenge and make your Christmas cards over the course of the year whilst also having the chance of winning some great images from our sponsors.
 
For each challenge you enter a Christmas card and we also have a monthly theme. This month the theme is Vintage
 
The sponsor for this theme is Luna Girl
 
 
The prize she is offering is a $15.00 gift card to one randomly chosen link up that has followed the challenge theme.
 
We also have a second sponsor Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
 
 
Prize being offered: One free digital paper to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge.  Cards can be anything goes for this prize, you only have to follow the theme if you want a chance the main prize.  The mini set of six digital papers called A Grungy Christmas, will also be offered up as a prize to one random winner.
If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
 
On to my make for the challenge:
 
 
I have used an image from the Luna Girl's Dreaming of a Pink Christmas collage sheet and the Grungy Christmas paper's from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles. First I inked the edges of my card blank with distress ink and then used the papers as mats. The lace was again inked with the distress ink to "vintage" it and placed across the card. I the distressed the edges of a further piece of grungy Christmas paper as well as the image. These were placed on an angle on the card. The card candi was colored with the same ink and place on opposing corners.
 
So come and enter our challenge - It's easy just check out the details here
 
 
 


So Suzy Blog Hop

Good morning - Gosh it's June already and that can only mean one thing -Yes the new So Suzy Stamps design team!!!
Welcome to the new members of our team and a sad goodbye to those that are leaving us!
 
To honor the new members we are having a blog hop. If you follow the hop and comment on each of our blogs the you could be in with a chance of winning a $15 gift certificate. The lucky winner will be chosen at random from those that have commented on all the blogs and will be announced on the So Suzy blog and the Facebook group on June 5th.
 
The hop starts at the So Suzy Blog but you should be arriving here from the Lovely Amy D's blog if you stumbled in from elsewhere then check out the list below for all the design team members:
 
Sharon (that's me)
 
On to my card to celebrate the hop:
 
 
I have chosen to use the Wedding Dress and Groom stamps which are great classic stamps for a wedding congratulations card. I have stamped them with Spectrum Aqua pens which meant I could color coordinate the bow tie with the dress. I then used a Crafter's Companion Sentimentals set for my sentiment again stamping with the pens. I wanted to keep the card clean and simple so I used black card to mat the image onto. I chose a swirly patterned paper from my stash and again matted this onto black card. I then used black pearls as buttons on the Groom stamp and around the card for a touch of embellishment.
 
Thank you for stopping by and if you are following the blog hop you need to hop on over to Martha's blog to see what fab make she has designed. Oh and don't forget to stop by either the So Suzy Facebook group or the blog and enter our challenge!
Before I go, did you know that So Suzy Stamps can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr and Twitter. She also has a showcase Facebook Group - So Suzy Stamps Flaunt it if you made it - where you can show your own designs (and enter our challenge) made with these fab stamps.
 
 

Gone fishing

Good morning and welcome to the first of many posts from me today.
 
There is some exciting news happening in blog land today. Firstly it's new stamp release day over at So Suzy Stamps! Yep check out her website for some gorgeousness!!! And there is even more if you order today you get free shipping - INTERNATIONAL INCLUDED!!! Yes my friends from across the pond you can have free shipping too!!!!
I'm not finished yet - The new challenge starts today too the theme this month is celebration. All you have to do to enter is make a card with her delicious stamps and added it either via the linky on the blog or on the Facebook group page!
 
On to my make for the release:
 
 
This adorable little fisherman is sitting in his boat hoping to catch the fish! The sun is shining and looks so happy! Both of these are from the new release - aren't they gorgeous!
I have colored the stamps with my Spectrum Noir Markers and used the SVG (that you can get free) to cut the boy out.
On white piece of card I used die cut cloud shapes to ink around to make the sky. I then used a scalloped edge die - keeping the negative part of the die cut - to make the waves with card from my stock. I then used a curved edge die for the grass on the river bank!
 
 
The easel was made using a square card blank with the front folded in half again to which I attached the fishing scene. The little fish is a freebie clipart which I shrank and fussy cut for my stopper. The sentiment is a stamp that I have had forever!!!
 
There are other adorable stamps in the same theme under the new release tab on the So Suzy Stamp website some of which will also be shown by my colleagues on the new release blog post!
 
Thanks for stopping by and before you leave hit the June tab on the top right of the So Suzy blog and enter our challenge. If you don't have a blog - don't worry you can enter over at our Facebook group
 
For more inspiration why not check So Suzy out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
New this month So Suzy has also ventured out to Flickr so check that out too!!