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Hi,

Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will find some inspiration for your projects as I have from many lovely people. This is just a little space for me to share some of my cards, scrap book pages and maybe even some of my embroidery and quilting projects.

Enjoy and stop back often.

Sharon



Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Stampin' Up - Heart of Christmas - Week 14



Well I can't believe how close it is to ..... well you know, my wedding anniversary! LOL! No My Birthday! Ok I'm not telling you how many days or weeks it is to Christmas but as my wedding anniversary is 3 days after Christmas and my birthday is 4 days after Christmas it is 6 weeks and 2 days until my wedding anniversary. Very exciting I know, this year will be 27 years married! I think we are doing not too bad for young people 😃😃

Tonight the Heart of Christmas blog hop is being hosted by my lovely friend and super creative Kate Morgan so make sure you go over to her blog to see what she has created and see the list of participants for tonight's hop.

Tonight I have for you a card made from the first frost bundle on page 37 of your holiday catalogue. It is so gorgeous! Here is my card.
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 I saw this design for a birthday card on Melissa Giffords blog and I  thought I would totally CASE it  and make a Christmas card with this design.


Here is a closer look at the  details especially at the tin tile band in cherry cobbler underneath the gorgeous flowers that have been stamped in cherry cobbler also.  I have cut the leaves out in vellum and the branches in whisper white card. The sentiment that comes with the gorgeous stamp set was cut out using the stitched shape framelits.

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This card is so easy to replicate and would look fantastic in whatever colour you chose. I only had a chance to make one today, bit of a busy day with appointments but I think I will be revisiting it to make some more in other colours. What colours do you think you would like to make?

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the card for tonight, you would like to purchase some of the goodies to make the cards or if you would like to join my team.

Thank you for spending some of your time with me today
Take Care

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Stampin' Up - Hear of Christmas - Week 13


Tonight for week 13 I have used a card sketch for my inspiration. The reason I have done this is because in a couple of weeks the monthly team blog hop is a sketch challenge and it is a tricky one so I thought I would google a sketch and give it a try. Here is the sketch I chose.
I didn't think it was too bad and set about to try and make a Christmas card that I could replicate numerous times for my church group as it is our final get monthly get together for the year this week and I always like to give them a Christmas card and a little treat. This is how it turned out.
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The card on the left is the original card that I made and I used my stampin' blends to colour in the 3 wise men. I embossed the star and sentiments in copper and used daffodil delight to make the star shine.
I thought to make 20 of these cards and to colour them in by Thursday night I might not make it so I the made the card on the right with the wise men embossed in copper.
To make multiple cards I cut everything out first then stamped and heat embossed then put everything together.
Lining everything up on the Stamparatus is the way to go. It is the perfect tool for this job that is for sure.
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I ran out of room on my board for all 20 but they look good together.

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The little treats are perfect in the little 3x6" gusseted cellophane bags.

To make these treats I have cut the bags down to 4 1/2 inches and then on both sides of the bag put on some tear and tape. 
Using a 12x3 inch piece of  DSP  making sure you have the opeing of the bag at the end of the DSP and then adhere the bag to the DSP.
I then used a 1x3 inch piece of DSP and wrapped it around the  chocolates and added them to the bag.
I Used the gold cord to tie the bag shut and the decorated the top with the star and sentiment and cut them out with the 2" circle punch and the starbust punch.

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Now to finish making all 20 treat bags for tomorrow night.

I almost forgot to tell you the DSP that I used tonight is the Dashing along DSP and it was a special free gift in September if your party reached or your own purchases reached $250. Well Stampin' Up are bringing it back as there have been some popular items that are nearly sold out of the holiday catalogue so if you would like this gorgeous DSP and weren't able to get it before you can now purchase it for just $19.25

Thanks for spending some time with me now pop on over to Claire's Blog to see who is hopping along tonight.

If you would like some more information do not hesitate to contact me.


Take Care


Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Stampin' Up - Heart of Christmas - Week 12


Tonight is week 12 of the Heart of Christmas and I have added a little twist to the top corner of my card tonight.

I was looking around for some different layouts and sketches that I might be able to use but then I saw this little twist that I hadn't come across before so I thought I would use it for my Christmas card this week.
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As you can see it has a little bit of a fancy twisted corner. I had not seen this twist before but it is kind of cool and it is so easy to do. Check out the end of my post for the photo tutorial!

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Here is the corner without anything behind it. Rather a bit fancy.
For the Bauble I have stamped it in memento ink and used my Stampin' Blends to colour it in matching the colours from the Under the Mistletoe DSP that I have used on the card, which is in the Annual Catalogue! I then decided they were a little bit bold so I muted it slightly with the Frost White Shimmer Paint which I applied using a sponge dauber. I cut the bauble out with the stitched shape framelits and popped it up on some dimensionals and added the shimmery black organza ribbon. It has become one of my favourite ribbons from the holiday catalogue!

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I have layered the inside of the card and stamped this beautiful saying. When you close the card the layers look fantastic in the top corner.
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Hope you have enjoyed this weeks Heart of Christmas card. Make sure you pop on over to my lovely friend Claire Daly's blog and see who else is hopping along with some Christmas inspiration.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any craft supplies of would like help in making this card.

Now for a look at how to make the corner of your card.
I actually folded my card base in half just so I could get my head in the correct spot where the twist needed to be. I have photographed in Night of Navy so you can see the contrast.
This is the top corner that you will need to cut. The whisper white square is the size of the square that that needs to be cut. It is 7.5 cm square. I cut it as a guide so you could see what I was doing.

It this first cut I turned the over so that the middle fold of the card base is to your right hand side and the edge of your card is lined up with 7.5 on your trimmer.


Now move your blade to the 1 cm mark DO NOT CUT DOWN TO THE MARK just move to that spot. You will start cutting from this spot.

Now cut down to the 7.5 cm mark

 Now flip your card back over so that it looks like this with the cut mark at the bottom and the fold line still on the right hand side and line the edge of your card up at the 7.5 cm mark on your trimmer.
Now repeat the steps that we did before.


Move your blade down to 1 cm mark. DO NOT CUT. We will start cutting from here.

Cut down to the 7.5 cm mark.


Now your card should look like this with the cuts joining up.

Fold your card base back over so that the cut is in the tip right hand corner of your card.

Now swing the cut card through the hole that you have created and then use your bone folder to burnish the 2 little corners


After you have decorated your card front to your liking adhere down the part of the card base that you have swung through so that it stays down and you can decorate it in anyway you like.

There you go. Let me know if you need help with these instructions. Let me know if you try to make this card yourself. I would love to see what you have made.

Thank you for spending some time with me tonight.
Take Care,

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Stampin' Up - Art With Heart Colour Creations Blog Hop Week 22 - Grapefruit Grove


I am having a lot of fun when I get the chance to hop along with the Art With Heart team and challenge myself with the next colour in the list of gorgeous colours that Stampin' Up has to offer. This week it is Grapefruit Grove and it is one of the new In Colours for 2018-2020.
It is a very vibrant and gorgeous colour and I think you are going to like it a lot.
I have done a very simple and quick card for you tonight. I know you had better sit down. It is not a fancy fold card. 
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For this card I have embossed the Grapefruit Grove card stock twice. The first time through the big shot I embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder ( DTIEF) and then I put it through the big shot a second time using the Tufted DTIEF.

Here is an up close look at the card stock so you can see both impressions.

It really looks gorgeous adding that extra bit of texture to the already beautiful Tufted DTIEF.

For the gorgeous Designer Series Paper I have used Nature's Poem I really love Blackberry bliss and the Petal Pink that is in this particular piece. Grapefruit Grove is one of the colours that is featured in the Nature's Poem DSP.

The Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon is just beautiful and is perfect to be the backdrop for the greeting that I have used from the stamp set Petal Palette and cut out using the Petals and More Thinlits that coordinate with this gorgeous stamp set. I popped it up on a few dimensionals.

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To get the design on the front of the card I have simply cut the embossed piece of grapefruit grove card stock on an angle and then the piece I had left I cut the little extra bit to add as well.

Make sure you hop on over to the lovely Cathy Proctor so that you can see more inspiration for the colour Grapefruit grove. 

Don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help in making this card or for any of your craft need.

Thank you for spending some time with me today.
Take Care
Sharon

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Stampin' Up - Art With Heart Team Blog Hop October 2018 - Theme - Colour Challenge - Pnik


Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the colour pink. We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative with the various shades of pink that Stampin’ Up! offer in our collection of 53 different colours available

I have created 4 cards for you tonight. I wanted to try a couple of techniques I hadn't done for a while and thought "thinking pink" would be a perfect time to try them out.

For my first card tonight I wanted to try the "spotlight technique".  It is where you basically high light a part of your card.
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I have used the rose from the In every season stamp set and stamped it in memento black ink cascading across the whisper white front of the card. I had already cut out the circle using the layering circle framelits and placed it temporarily on the card before stamping. 
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Once stamped I coloured in the rose in pink using my Stampin' Blends ( Flirty Flamingo, and shaded spruce) and then popped it on a basic black circle. Simple yet elegant thank you card with the added polka dot tulle ribbon and silver and petal pink bakers twine to finish off. The Thanks you was from the Love what you do stamp set.

My next card I wanted to try another technique I hadn't done in a while and it is emboss resist.
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I have done this card 2 ways. A simple version and then a slightly stepped up version.
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In this first version I have used my Thick whisper white card stock as my base card and masked off a panel to make sure I only stamp and ink in between that area. I heat embossed in white the dandelions then with Melon Mambo and my sponge dauber I inked up the panel. I then rubbed off the ink from the white dandelions. Memento black ink for the get well message that come in this great stamp set called Dandelion wishes.

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In this stepped up version I  cut a panel of thin whisper whit card stock and heat embossed in white the dandelions and repeated the same process as I had done for the previous card. This time I popped it on a basic black panel and added some basic rhinestones for some extra bling.

While I had the Melon Mambo out I had to make a pink card although I didn't ink in melon mambo.
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Again, I have used the thick whisper white card base, and layered basic black, melon mambo and garden impressions DSP. I am really loving the stampin' blends for all my colouring that I have been doing lately and I have used, pink pirouette dark and light and flirty flamingo for the flowers. After wrapping the polka dot tulle ribbon around the flower I popped the thank you up on a couple of dimensionals.

Hope you have enjoyed my pink cards tonight, now it is time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented and my lovely friend Kate Morgan

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:


Thank you for spending a bit of your time with me tonight, happy crafting.
Take care,

Stampin' Up - Heart of Christmas - Week 14

Well I can't believe how close it is to ..... well you know, my wedding anniversary! LOL! No My Birthday! Ok I'm not telling you...