31 January 2010

All Sorts Challenge - Week 37

Well here I am again folks... Sunday evening and I'm really bushed after a hectic weekend of running around and catching up on the oh so lovely ironing - ugh!  Never mind, I managed to find time to make a few cards with all the challenges on the go and here's my little number for the All Sorts Challenge.  They have an interesting sketch this week and it's a DT call.
The base of my card is a lovely lemon coloured cardstock from Brazill from my new stash. The DP I bought ages ago and have been dying to use it and this was the perfect moment. Everything just fell into place with my colour scheme. The lovely PenPal by Elisabeth Bell was coloured in with my Copics and the colours were chosen to blend in with the DP. I even found a lovely chipboard sentiment to match, now isn't that cute?  Further embellishments are a rose, butterfly and rhinestones from my stash.  The colour in the photographs is a bit disappointing for me, as in real life they are so much prettier.

I think this is my last card for this evening... going to call a friend for a chat before I retire to the land of Nod !  Wishing all the working ladies a good week and for those who are fortunate enough to sit at home and craft all day - I envy you... you have FUN now!  I'll catch up with you again sometime in the week. Thanks for all the visits and comments, as you know, they make this all worthwhile.  Tons of hugs, Sharon x

Whiff of Joy Challenge # 64

Good Afternoon all... very few visits today I see... must be because everyone is busy crafting!  I notice that the weather is not too good in Scotland, snowy, windy and terribly cold... a lovely day to stay indoors and craft!

For those of you who did visit me yesterday (thank you ladies ;), you will have read about the gorgeous Design Paper I purchased. I couldn't wait to get busy and this is my little creation for the Whiff of Joy challenge which is based on a sketch by their talented DT member, Gio.
Recipe for this card
Base of card: Bazill in a dark marroon
DP: Both DP's are from the Love Struck range by Making Memories - aren't they gorgeous?
Image: WoJ's Melinda Blowing Hearts, coloured in with Copics. Stamped on gorgeous paper which I purchased from the Scrapnook.  The right paper is the key to showing off your colouring to perfection.
Embellies:  Lovely roses from my stash. Used my new leaf cutter to punch out somes leaves to rest the roses on.  Gorgeous maroon coloured ribbon was used for the corner to make a nice bow.  Further added red rhinestones in the corners.
Sentiment:  The sentiment is from a mixed set of 79 mixed die-cuts by Making Memories which I also purchased yesterday.
Another shot to show you the inside of the card. I just used plain white card paper to keep it simple and for someone to write a nice long message of love (hehe).  I just added one of the die-cut hearts on the top.

Hope you like this little creation and if you do, I'd love for you to leave a comment as I always enjoy reading them.  Tons of hugs, Sharon

Before I leave, I must share some very good news with you all... my friend Paola is now a member of the Whiff of Joy Challenge Design Team.  Isn't that fabulous?  Congrats my friend. We're so proud of you!

Isn't she a Sweet 'n Sassy Girl?

I just adore Sweet 'n Sassy by Elisabeth Bell.  I find her the cutest little button ever and never tire of colouring her in.  I thought she would suit the challenge at Cute Card Thursday perfectly as their challenge #97 is Blooming Gorgeous and to me she is just that!!!  As time is of the essence in this very busy world of ours, I've combined this challenge with Colour Create Challenge and coloured her in using soft pinks, blues, greys and whites. I've used this overall colour scheme for my card as well.  The DP is very old stash which has come in very handy now. I didn't want to detract from the DP so the embellishments are few but still effective.  A few roses in keeping with CCThursday's feature for flowers... Added a pale soft organza ribbon in keeping with CCChallenge's request to keep it feminine and pretty. Please note the gorgeous Sparkles in each corner which I received today from AnnaBelle Stamps. This is what I chose with the voucher I won in their challenge. The colour is Blossom. They have an amazing range of colours, it was a very difficult decision to make, but now that I have it in my hands, I'm pleased with my choice. I hope you like this card as much as I enjoyed making it and I'd love to read your comments, if you'd like to leave one.

Here's a peek at the inside... as per usual I've used the gorgeous DP for the inside.

And here's another angle to show off the roses which I've glittered for some sparkle.

It's 12h45 Sunday morning for me.  I look forward to catching up with you later during the day and wish you all a blessed Sunday, hugs Sharon x

30 January 2010

Just some ramblings from a very happy Crafter...

Hello my lovely friends... thought I would just post a quick piccie (above) of the prize I received from Annabelle Stamps which I collected from the postbox today.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Can't wait to ink and make a card.  Thanks to Andrea!

As you can see I went shopping today and here's some pics of the stash I purchased. Lovely DP, Bazill cardstock which was going ever so cheaply from our local Scrapbook shop in Durbanville.


Aren't these DP's absolutely gorgeous.  The colours are richer when viewed in person.  I can't wait to make some cards to show them off to you....

Last but by no means least, I got this nifty little crafty tool carrier on sale... so what was a girl to do... BUY it of course!!!!  I haven't managed to fill it yet, but just thought I would take a quick piccie to share with you all...

Now I'm off to phone a friend for a natter and then I'm hoping to check out all the challenges...  toodles until next time, hugs Sharon xxx

29 January 2010

Teddy Stampers Challenge - Dry Embossing

I can't believe this is our final challenge for January's challenges at Teddy Stampers.  I've been visiting some of your blogs and you've been creating some amazing cards.  Well done and thank you so much for taking part.  We hope you will continue to be inspired and that you will encourage your friends to do likewise.  Today's challenge was to make a card using Dry Embossing.  Here is my interpretation, I hope it will inspire you to get those crafty tools out, so that you can play along with us...


I have used a lovely chocolate brown as the base of my card (I love my browns!).  The DP is from K&Company. I used a shimmery dark fawn colour for the middle of my card.  Glued on top of that is a piece of orange and white spotted ribbon from American Crafts. I was so fortunate to find this gorgeous piece of embossed off-white paper from some leftover stash I had and matted this onto a piece of chocolate brown paper for depth. The image is one of Vera's designs from Heartland Creek Graphics, which I've used plenty times before and was coloured in using my Copics. I'm not happy with my colouring in, as this was done ages ago and I think I have improved since then (wink wink), but she was just too cute not to share with you all.  Vera is one of our Sponsors, aren't we lucky?  The gorgeous flowers and rhinestones are from the Scrapnook.  The sentiment is a rubber stamp from a local company in South Africa.

Just thought I would add another angle of the card so that you can get a glimpse of the inside.

I hope you feel inspired to join us at Teddy Stampers today.  Please take a browse through the other Design Team Member's blogs, they have created some beautiful work for you.  Take care... all comments welcomed as usual.  Happy crafting and as Teresa likes to remind  us... most importantly have fun!  Blessings, Sharon

28 January 2010

House of Sketches Challenge #9

Hello friends... hope you have all had a wonderful week.  Tomorrow is Friday and that means it's weekend again... YAY!  Is it my imagination or did this week pass by quickly ?  There are so many challenges to take part in, I thought I'd better start early.  Found a new challenge blog called House of Sketches.  My Dutch friends Elly and Ilonka are on their Design Team and I thought I would support them this week.  Please pay House of Sketches a visit as they have a lovely little sketch for you to follow.  Here is my interpretation thereof.

Base: Navy cardstock
DP: A South African brand called Fab Scraps, this one is called Girly Stripes. I will have to get some more, as I just have a small piece left.
Image:  This beautiful Butterfly Teddy is a digistamp, drawn by the very talented Vera.  Vera offered her as a freebie on her blog and I jumped at the opportunity. I fell in love with this little Teddy almost immediately and couldn't wait to colour her in. I've done so with Copics. I just had to outline her wings with some beautiful fine silver glitter from the Scrapnook.
Embellies:  For my regular visitors, you will have noticed that for the Totally Gorjuss challenge I made a card with a Gorjuss Girl, also lovely DP with hearts and flowers. As I did not have a heart cutter, I mentioned that I had drawn the hearts myself and cut them out, albeit a bit skew.  Well... a very kind friend gave me a Fiskars Heart Shaped Cutter as a gift and I spent one evening cutting out different coloured hearts from scraps of paper which I have in my stash.  As you can see, they have been used on this card and they look soooo much better than my hand-made ones ;)   They also give a little touch of Valentine-ness to my card.  Thanks so much Alison, this was so kind of you. I'll be dropping off a Thank You card for you shortly.

As I am typing this post, the wind is howling outside, so much so that my windows are rattling.  I think we are in for a storm later.  They certainly don't call Cape Town the Cape of Storms for nothing.  Shew, in Winter we can really get them fierce and strong. I don't think this one will create much chaos though.

That's it for tonight folks... wishing you all a fab evening and I'll catch up with you later over the weekend.  I have been blog-hopping and all of you have been creating some beautiful cards.  It really inspires me to see such beautiful work.  Take care... tons of hugs Sharon x

24 January 2010

Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge # 20

Hello again... pop over to the Sunday Sketch & Stamp Challenge blog. Geraldine has designed a lovely sketch to work with.  Here's my take on it.


I bought a pad of new design paper from our local CNA (Central News Agency) store today, all autumn shades and I just had to share it with you all.  I coloured the lovely Sitting Willow from Whiff of Joy about a week ago and she had to come out to play!  I thought she would complement the DP perfectly with her peach top.  I'm afraid the blue jeans don't go so well with the colour scheme, but what the heck, next time I'll tell her to wear brown ones - hehe!!!  Furthermore, I used a lovely brown and silver organza ribbon and my new flat backed peach and brown pearls as embellishments, not forgetting the lovely gold rose!

Told you I love my new DP, so of course I had to use it for the inside of the card as well where the message will be written. Doesn't it look absolutely fab!  There are about 3 or 4 12x12 sheets of this paper and I can see that I will be using it often.  I am thrilled with the comments I receive about the inside of my cards and I hope it will inspire you to do the same.

Wishing you all a good night and a wonderful week ahead.  May the sun shine brightly for you your end of the world.  We're doing just fine here.


OK, I just had to post this pic before I leave you.  This is what my Kendall made me for afternoon tea - hmmm yummy pancakes drizzled with cinnamon and sugar and a bit of honey which was enjoyed with a lovely cup of Date and Honey Tea.   Hope you had a nice "tea" this afternoon.  Take care... tons of hugs, Sharon 

All Sorts & Totally Gorjuss Challenges

Hello my dear friends... thank you to each and every one of you who have visited me over the past few days.  Your lovely comments have made me smile again and I thank you for your good wishes for my father. Each day he seems to be getting better! 

I thought I would combine 2 challenges today, the first from All Sorts Challenge, their recipe asks for a creation with Hearts & Flowers and I had the perfect paper for this one, see below.  Please visit their blog, their DT have created some awesome projects, which is hugely inspiring.  As I have some new Gorjuss Girl stamps, I can now early double points (hehe) when taking part in the Totally Gorjuss challenges, so I couldn't wait to ink and colour this gorgeous girl. Their recipe asks that you create Dimension in your project.  I'll explain as I share my creation with you.


Base: A lovely navy cardstock. I must really get some more darker coloured cardstock as they just give more depth to your card, don't you agree?
DP:  A stunning piece of pink Design Paper with Flowers and Hearts on it, helloooo.... am I lucky or what, fits perfectly with the theme.
Image: Gorjuss Girl with Teddy coloured in with Copics. I purchased some stunning paper from Paola's Scrapnook as well as a Momento Inkpad for stamping my images.  It really makes the world of difference when colouring in with the Copics, the colours just blend much better than on the usual white card I was using before.  Thanks to everyone for commenting on my colouring, now you know why it's looking so great!  If you have the right tools, you can create wonders!
Embellies: Once again from Paola's Scrapnook, a lovely heart charm to keep in tune with the theme and pink spotted organza ribbon.  The pearl hatpin I purchased from a lovely scrappy shop at Parow Centre and I am definitely going to purchase some more. They just add a bit of class to one's creation, don't you think?  I do not have a heart shaped cutter, so the hearts were drawn and cut out by myself - please don't look too closely and see how wonky they are ;).  I matted them onto white cardstock and then used double sided tape for dimension.
 

A view of the inside of the card. Once again to complement the outside, I used lovely pink card matted onto white card.  I further embellished by adding 2 more hearts and a pink flower on the top.  Doesn't it make you feel like writing a nice message for a friend?  Sorry it is so blurry, just can't get it right. Maybe I should check the settings on my camera.
 
Thanks so much for visiting, if you like this little creation, I'd love for you to leave a comment.  Enjoy what's left of your Sunday, tons of hugs, Sharon x

Whiff of Joy Challenge # 63

I popped around at Whiff of Joy's blog and they have 2 recipe's for you to choose from for this week's challenge.  I chose to go with 3 patterned paper, 2 bling and 1 flower. Naturally you have to use a Whiff of Joy stamp and I have chosen the delightful Willow.  Here's my creation, I hope you like it as much as I do.



And a quick peek at the inside


A huge thanks to everyone who has been visiting and leaving comments. It means a lot. I'll be popping around to visit you soon, so happy crafting and I wish you a blessed Sunday!  Tons of hugs, Sharon

23 January 2010

Cute Card Thursday and Crazy 4 Challenges


Hello again... I am trying to catch up with the challenges that are on the go at the moment.  I've managed to combine 2 challenges with this card.  Cute Card Thursday's challenge is to create a Fairy Fantastic card.  As you can see my Fairy which is a digistamp from Elisabeth Dulemba is fantastic.  I've used her before.  Crazy 4 Challenges's challenge is to create a card Pretty in Pink.  I think I've complied with both.

The recipe for my card is as follows
Base:  Pink cardstock
DP: Lovely embossed and glittered butterfly paper from old stash that I have
Image: Elisabeth Dulemba's fairy, coloured in with my Copics
Embellies:  Pink spotted ribbon, fairy charm, pink ribbon and a brad.  Rhinestones just completed the glitz and glam.

For the inside of the card I matted white card for the message onto a darker pink card. Then I cut part of a flower and butterfly from the DP and glued onto the top left hand corner.

Thanks for visiting, hope you'll leave a comment as I always enjoy reading them.  Take care... Sharon

Quixotic Paperie Challenge # 10 : Ink Up an Old Stamp

Greetings again everyone... I am slowly but surely finding my feet in blogland again. Thank you so very much for all your warm wishes for my father's health. I saw him again today and he is improving so much. I firmly believe in the Power of Prayer and am hoping he will make a full recovery so that we can celebrate his 75th birthday on the 8th February. My script for my specs was incorrect, so it's being redone and I'll get them back early next week!

I made this card for the Quixotic Paperie Challenge. Their brief was to Ink Up an Old Stamp and make a card.  This stamp was sent to me by a dear friend in Australia and I coloured her in ages ago, but somehow she just didn't make it onto a card.  As I was sifting through my "old" images I thought she deserved to be introduced to all of you and I'm actually quite pleased with the result and hope you are too...


My recipe for this card is as follows
Base: Lovely turquoise cardstock. 
DP:  The DP is from very old stash of mine, a freeby when I purchased a copy of the Papercraft magazine.  I was lucky to find another lovely piece of purple card to matt onto the turquoise.
Nesties: As I don't have all the fabulous tools, my friend Paola kindly cut some out for me. Thanks so much Paola, it's wonderful having all these lovely goodies to enhance my cards with.
Image: As I mentioned earlier, this was stamped by my friend Sammi and coloured in with my Copics. Not that I must say so myself, but I'm sure I've improved since then ;)
Embellies: I've used my new stash from Paola's Shop - flat backed peals in turquoise and lilac.  I have such a variety of colours now, it is just too wonderful for words. I feel very blessed!!!  Hope you like my flowers, aren't they adorable? Just added a few buttons in the right bottom corner, as it looked a bit bare and I didn't want to overdo it by adding more flowers!

That's it for now folks... I must dash.. it's still early (5.32pm) and I've got plenty more challenges to take part in before this weekend is over (inbetween housework too, mind you!). It's lovely being back, missed chatting with you. Thanks for popping by and I look forward to your lovely comments.  Take care... hugs Sharon xx

AnnaBelle Bling & Friday Sketchers Challenges



Hello friends... it has been a while since I posted a card, but my spirit has been so low that I couldn't bring myself to even touch paper.  My dad has not been well and it's been a rather stressful 3 weeks for me. But... I am happy to report that he is looking much better after I visited him last night and although the mojo is a bit dusty, I thought I would try to put a little something together.  Not my best attempt, so please bear with me until I get my creative juices flowing again ...


This little card is based on a sketch over at Friday Sketchers, please pop around and pay them a visit.

My second attempt to get back into the swing of things is based on a lovely sketch over at AnnaBelle Stamps.  Please pay them a visit.


Once again, as per my usual style, I like to give you a little peek of the inside of the card. As the mojo is not back in its full glory, I used C6 size cards instead of my usual square cards.  Must say, I prefer the square, as you have more space to play with.

That's it for now.  Tons of hugs, Sharon

20 January 2010

Blog Award - Thank You



Thank you so much Elly for this lovely award. It is very much appreciated. I need to mention 10 things that make me happy. Here goes...

1. My daughter
2. My family
3. My friends
3. Crafting
5. Blogging
6. Reading each and every lovely comment on my blog
7. Sharing new posts and creations with you
8. Receiving new stash which I order from Paola's Shop
9. The weekends... so that I can relax and spend time creating cards
10. Receiving Blog Awards... they are so special!

I need to pass this on to 3 friends, which is always so difficult.  I have therefore decided to look at my last post and have selected 3 people from that list.  They are:

  • The lovely Peggy, who is always so complimentary.  This Award is for you honey, I so enjoy visiting and reading your posts.  Please pay her a visit, she has a wicked sense of humour too which I  really enjoy. Hugs Sharon x
  • The sweet Ursula who was so nervous about joining Blogland, why I really don't know. She creates the most amazing cards and is doing so well. Enjoy your Award Ursula. Hugs Sharon x
  • And finally, to my special friend Paola who is so talented and from whom I have learnt such a lot.  We chat often on the phone and never run out of conversation.  Enjoy this Award Paola dear.  Hugs Sharon x
I am sorry that I can only pass on this Award to 3 people, as everyone deserves to receive one.   Take care, hugs Sharon

15 January 2010

Teddy Stampers - Challenge # 2

Hi Everyone... and welcome once again to the viewing of my card for the Teddy Stampers Challenge.  The challenge for the next 2 weeks is for you to use 1 ribbon, 2 patterned papers and 3 brads on your card.  Easy enough for you ?  I'm sure it is!  I hope my little creation today will inspire you to get out those crafting tools and I can't wait to see your creations!!!  Our Follower-ship at Teddy Stampers has grown in leaps and bounds, which is wonderful.  On behalf of my fellow Design Team members and myself, thank you so much for your support ;).   Please continue to promote this blog to your friends.  Everyone has at least 1 teddy stamp, right?  Your creations are beautiful and a huge thank you to those crafters who have entered our first challenge.


Here are the ingredients for this card.

Base:  Plain white cardstock
DP:  From Stacy Claire Boyd's Bloomin' Flower Collection, Dainty Daisies.  The other DP didn't have anything printed on it, sorry!   Both DP's were matted onto yellow and green cardstock.
Image:  The image is the loveable Popcorn Bear with Sunflowers, which was a freebie I received when I purchased the new Papercraft Magazine.
Embellies:  The ribbon is from American Crafts and I chose a checked lime green. To finish off I used 3 brads as required and then further embellished with some new orange bling in the corners.
Sentiment: I typed this out myself. 

That's it folks !    All comments are welcome, thanks so much for popping by to visit me... take care, hugs Sharon

13 January 2010

The last of my Stamps have arrived!

A very quick post before I retire for the evening.  My friend Vanessa is on holiday from Hong Kong and she kindly brought my purchase with her.  Thought I would just share it with you. There are stamps from Elisabeth Bell, Gorjuss Girls and Stampendous.  I've got so many now, I'm going to have a ball inking and colouring in.  Don't you think the Angel from Stampendous is absolutely stunning!  Will definitely be using her for Christmas cards this year.





Sweet dreams!  Chat again soon... sleepy *yawn* from Sharon

12 January 2010

Paper Take Weekly Challenge # 32

Hello friends... thank you so much to my new followers who have really made my day by joining. Welcome!  We're getting closer and closer to that Blog Candy now...

Before I retire for the evening, I came across this lovely sketch at Paper Take Weekly.  I just had to make a card and seeing that I have quite a few images that I've coloured in, it went quite quickly. I think I will be using this sketch again soon...


Paper: Base of card is a lovely pale blue, matted a chocolate brown on top of that to create a nice mounted border for my DP
DP: From the pack I purchased at CNA - isn't it coming in handy now?
Image:  One of the lovely Tilda's coloured in with my Copics
Embellies: Flower, ribbon and pearls from my stash
Sentiment: Typed myself

Surely you must agree?  Isn't that a lovely sketch. Better hurry now and visit PTW's blog so that you can enter too...


Once again taken from another angle, to give you a peek of the inside.  I just love this colour combination and hope you do too!   It would be great if you could leave a comment, as I really enjoy reading them and then I can visit you too.  Take care... chat later in the week.  Cheerio Sharon

Over 5000 Hits and still counting...

Greetings friends... my second day at work and I'm settling in ever sooo slooowly - hehe!  The office is still a bit sparce, as the other folk are still enjoying their last few days of bliss.  By the end of this week, I think we'll have a full house again.  It's been so nice catching up with my work buddies though...

I've just noticed that I've had over 5000 hits on my little Blog.  Wow, this is truly amazing!   All I can say is a huge Thank You to all who have visited me these past few months and for those who repeatedly visit, an even bigger Thank You!   I think this needs celebrating, don't you???   But, how about making it really worthwhile...  if my Followership can increase to 50... or even better... to 55, then I think we can celebrate with some Blog Candy, what do you say?  So dear friends... spread the word, let's see if we can achieve this... Tons of hugs, Sharon x

10 January 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge # 41

Greetings Everyone... what a beautiful Sunday evening we're having. Nice and cool for a change. Hope you've all had a wonderful day.  Firstly, thanks to everyone who has been visiting my blog and leaving the most awesome comments, you girls rock!  I am so inspired by your messages, thank you so very much.

Sadly this is my last card created during my annual leave, which has now come to an end. It's back to the old grindstone tomorrow!!  I've had such fun creating cards until late at night and blogging and chatting with all of you... it's been wonderful.  Now my crafting time will be restricted to evenings and weekends only...  ;(

Here is my entry for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. They have a wonderful sketch to work with, I was truly inspired to make a card this evening, even though I hadn't planned to.  The images were coloured in a while ago and I've been waiting for an opportunity to share them with you... this is it!  I really hope you like this one...


Because of the theme I've chosen, I'd like to dedicate this little card to my new friend Catherine at Coin de Catherine.  She's a French lady living in the UK. She is such a honey and so talented and her comments really inspire me to push the boundaries.  J'espère que cette petite carte ne vous fait pas trop le mal du pays mon ami!  No, I do not speak French, Google Translate is an excellent tool!

And the inside complements the outside...

Thank you for popping by... I really enjoy all your visits, so please continue to do so.  I'll be around to visit you soon... tons of hugs, Sharon x

Combined Challenges - All Sorts Challenge # 34 and Quixotic Challenge # 8

Good Day everyone... It's 12:38am as I am typing this post and my windows are wide open to let in the cool air... what bliss!  It is Sunday morning for us and I wish you all a wonderful, blessed day.  We've been invited to my folks for Mom's Spaghetti!!  Looking forward to that later today...

I've managed to create a card combining 2 challenges, I loved the sketch which All Sorts have sketched and Quixotic Paperie's theme inspired the colour thereof.  Here's my little creation for you to enjoy...


Paper:  Base of card is a shimmer Vanilla colour.  I used a bronzy colour for the matting for my design paper.
DP: From the stash I purchased at CNA.  This is 1 sheet which I could cut into strips. Absolutely beautiful.  The brown colour made me think of Hot Chocolate, the pink of Marshmellows and the creamy colour of Whipped Cream.
Image: Willow reading a Book from Whiff of Joy, coloured in with Copics.
Nesties: Kindly cut and supplied by my friend Paola and coloured with pink and brown chalk from my stash.
Embellies:  Rhinestones and Pearls from Paola's Shop. The bow with the rose is from old stash of mine, I love putting the pearl pins through it!  I've threaded a lovely pink satin ribbon through the different layers and finished off with pink brads in each corner.

Here is another view, giving you a glimpse of the inside of the card, which complements the outside.

I really hope this little creation has inspired you to take part in either one or both challenges my friend and I look forward to reading your comments.  Thanks so much for popping by... always nice hearing from you.  Hugs and blessings, Sharon

09 January 2010

Totally Gorjuss Challenge 12

Hello friends... and a very warm welcome to my new followers. Thanks for popping by and joining, I'll be catching up with you soon...  Totally Gorjuss have a fabulous sketch for this week's challenge, pop around and join the fun!!   Here's my little entry for this week, hope you like it.  I had such fun with this one.  Tried something new... check this out


Paper:  Base of my card is an Aqua colour, for matting I used a lovely Chocolate Cocoa Brown and plain Green and Blue
DP: Beautiful designer paper from the pack I purchased at CNA
Image: Beach Tilda... isn't she adorable?  It was love at first sight when I saw this little cutie that I just had to have her and I am so pleased I did.  Coloured her in with my Copics.  I've done a background for the second time on my images, this is a new stamp from a local company purchased from Charmaine's shop. It's a rock on the left side with some grass on the right.  I used another stamp of reeds on the right hand side to give it more balance. So, my Tilda is sitting on the grass.
Embellies: Pearls, ribbon and tiny rhinestones from Paola's Shop.  The rose, leaves and butterfly from my old stock.
Sentiment: Typed myself


Same card taken from another angle, don't you just love that background?  I must admit, I was very pleased with the outcome of this one and will definitely be using it again.

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment, as I always enjoy reading them.  Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and we'll chat again soon... tons of hugs, Sharon

I thought I would just post a quick pic of the pack of DP (Designer Paper) I purchased at CNA. This is what it looks like. I will definitely be looking out for more of these. Very economical!

See all those fabulous designs. Lots of pinks, blues, browns and cream.

08 January 2010

Just Magnolia Monthly Challenge: Paper Pleating

Hi Everyone... geez, I bought new airtime on Wednesday and it's almost up... how on earth can that happen!!?!?!?!  Kendall tells me I will have to ration my airtime for it to last longer... oh hell!!!  Does anyone else have the same problem?? With that said... let me quickly post the card I made for the Just Magnolia Monthly Challenge.  Go visit their blog, they have a wonderful tut for Paper Pleating, so it's a first for me.  Not too shabby, but can improve... will have to try this again some day.  Here's my little creation... hope you like it!






Paper: Base of card is Lilac Cardstock, for the matting I used a purple and turquoise paper
DP: This comes from a Scrapbook paper I purchased ages ago and I love it!!
Image: My new Striped Tilda, coloured in with Copics. Raised her with double sided tape onto a Nestie which I chalked in blue. Perched her on top of the paper pleating.
Embellies:  Roses from my stash, added Sprinkles glitter glue; Leaves punched with my new leaf punch (love this one); Pink and White spotted satin ribbon, pearls and rhinestones - all from Paola's Shop.  (Message to my local friends... if you need anything and you can't find it, please contact Paola. She has the most amazing stuff and her prices are very reasonable!)  Butterfly from my old stash.

I really hope you like this creation.  Must admit though, that you can't appreciate the true colour and loveliness thereof on the blog, much better viewed in person.  We all have that problem, right!  Take care friends, thanks for popping by and as always, all comments are most welcome... tons of hugs, Sharon

07 January 2010

Lizzy likes Sharon's Kardz Korner too...

Morning friends... hope you have a wonderful Thursday... shew, only 2 days left of leave for me... has 4 weeks gone by already?  Far too quickly I might add.  No card with this post, but I am sure you will find this little pic absolutely adorable.  My dear friend from the Netherlands, Marijke, who also makes the most beautiful vintage cards sent me this pic last night of her adorable kitty Lizzy.  Apparently Lizzy also likes viewing Sharon's Kardz Korner.  Kendall and I were oooh'ing and aaah'ing when we saw this and I am sure you will too (well, all the animal lovers out there will, I'm sure).  Thanks Marijke, this really made my day!  Big hugs and kisses for Lizzy.  Love Sharon xxx  p.s. Lizzy gets special place of honour in my sidebar just above Tammy.


06 January 2010

Totally Gorjuss Challenge 11

Totally Gorjuss have a challenge and all they want is that you must create a Thank You card.  Here's my little creation with new stamp and DP... 



Paper: Pale blue cardstock
DP: From my new stash purchased from CNA, white paper has been embossed using Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots
Image: Melinda with basket of Muffins from Whiff of Joy coloured in with my Faber Castell Watercolour pencils
Embellishments: Blue rhinestones, pale blue and white spotted ribbon from Paola's Shop. Flower and leaves from my own stash.
Sentiment: Typed myself


Hope you like this one... thanks for visiting once again, take care Sharon

All Sorts Challenge Week 33

Hi there...  I hope you're all having a fabulous Wednesday. Slightly cooler in Cape Town today, but not enough to relieve us of the heatwave we've been experiencing these past few days. Temps up in the 30 degrees!  Roll on Autumn....

I've found a new Challenge Blog and decided to try out their sketch this week.  Here is my interpretation of the All Sorts Challenge Sketch.  I think the mojo may be back, I was really getting worried a bit there.  Let me know if you agree... hehe!  We've all been there, right!  Forgive all the pics, but to do the card justice, I have to post them all.


The base of my card is a pale green cardstock, which I then matted pink and a darker shade of green onto. The DP is from a pack I bought at our local CNA... real value for money for the local girls, if you want to go check them out.  This was a booklet of 8x8 with such a variety of patterned paper.  As mentioned in a previous post I also got a bargain for a 12x12 booklet - 36 pages for R99-99. Works out to just under R3-00 per page, now isn't that a huge bargain! 


My gorgeous new Tilda was coloured in with my Faber Castell Water Colour Pencils. I added a bit of glitter to glam her up a bit.  Bought a new punch to cut some leaves to complement the roses.  I also added some glitter there with my Sprinkles Glitter Glue. Further embellished with a gorgeous green and white spotted ribbon from American Crafts and the beautiful pink and white ribbon and rhinestones are from Paola's Shop. The pearl pins are new stash which I purchased at the beginning of the holidays.


Here's a pic of the inside which complements the outside.

I hope you like this one, friends... thanks so much to those who have been leaving comments, they really make it all worthwhile... hope you have a wonderful day further. Hugs Sharon x