Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Card Concept #127- Cozy Cabin

I am very late in joining The Card Concept challenge this week! I have had the flu and all the fevers and chills that go along with it. Yes, I had the flu shot. Being a Type 1 diabetic it is highly recommended but sadly didn't seem to make a difference this season.  I am finally feeling better and getting around to showing you what I made for this fun challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. 

Even though there is snow in that photo, it still seems to look cozy, doesn't it? My clean and layered card (clean lines, lots of layers, fresh looking) was inspired by the pillows- the plaid and the deer pattern on them all. 

I'm going to keep my description short and sweet so I can go back to napping...still getting my energy back! On an A2 white card base I adhered patterned paper, and then the die cut deer head (cut twice and off-set) with foam tape. The sentiment was heat embossed on grey cardstock and cut with the coordinating die. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Simple Strips (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Versamark 
Dies: Simple Strips (Taylored Expressions); Deer head (We R Memory Keepers)
Paper: white card base (Gina K Designs); brown cardstock (My Favorite Things); patterned paper (Recollections)
Other: foam tape

Thursday, January 9, 2020

CAS(E) this Sketch #354 Guest Designer

I am guest designing for CAS(E) this Sketch this week and am excited to show you the fun sketch and my card! Love is in the air and valentine cards are in full production at my house so that is what I have for you today.

I heat embossed a part of the You Are background from Simon Says Stamp in white embossing powder onto a white A2 card base. Using a circle mask I created from thin cardstock, I blended Bubble Gum ink from Hero Arts over a section of the embossing for a spotlight look. Fun fact- only a day or two later the awesome masking stencils from Taylored Expressions arrived in the mail and they would have been faster and more convenient to use! The 'love' sentiment was cut and trimmed from the Peace & Love die set by CZ Designs and paired with a heat embossed sentiment also from CZ Designs. Silver glitter die cut hearts were added in a vertical row and silver sequins were adhered as a final touch. 

Here is the sketch I followed.


Thanks to CAS(E) this Sketch for having me as a guest designer this week and thanks for stopping in! I hope you all have a great day. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Seasons Givings Blog Hop Winner

I have two winners to announce for the Seasons Givings Blog Hop! 


Thank you to all that commented for a chance to win one of my two prize packs. I asked you if you had a guiding word for 2020 and you had some really wonderful ones...gratitude, balance, hope and positivity were recurring words for many of you. I hope the year brings you that! Others had more practical words like create, organize, production and focus. Some of you don't choose a word and that's OK too! Either way, I loved reading your responses and some of them really touched me.

Both winners have been contacted in multiple ways- as a reply to your blog comment, and through email or Facebook as needed as to prevent confusion.

The winner of the brand new goodies is Susan.
The winner of the gently used goodies is MadebyMeghanK.

Thank you and have a great day! 

The Card Concept #126- Time to Celebrate

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. Is that sparkly and fun? I love New Year's Eve even though I'm usually asleep by midnight. :) This girl can't party like she used to...lol.


My classy and elegant card features a LOT of sparkle and shine just like the photo above. Sometimes I ask myself, "Marcie, do you NEED all these glittery, sparkly, shimmery papers in all the shades of silver and gold?" Yes. I do. 

To make this card, I die cut a bunch of the Eucalyptus Leaves from Simon Says Stamp from various papers and adhered them to a black A2 card base. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on gold shimmer paper and popped it up with foam tape over top of the leaves. I have never had great luck with black embossing powder so my trick is to just stamp in Versafine Onyx Black (a pigment ink) and clear emboss over top, or in this case use a glittery embossing powder. Even though it's a simple card to put together it screams elegance with all that silver and gold. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Greetings Mix 1 (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: (Versafine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies: Eucalyptus Leaves (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Black, silver sparkle (Simon Says Stamp); matte gold, gold mirror (Papertrey Ink); black sparkle (misc.); gold sparkle (DCWV); silver mirror (My Favorite Things)
Other: Clear sparkle embossing powder (WOW); foam tape

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Seasons Givings Blog Hop


Thank you so much for stopping in today and joining me as part of the Seasons Giving blog hop
I am so grateful that you spend a part of your day or week regularly checking out my creations and leaving me lovely comments. My giveaway today is my thanks to you all. :) Each and every stop on the blog hop today is hosting a generous giveaway, so be sure to visit them all! Thanks so much to Latisha Yoast for organizing this yearly event. 

If you aren't a regular follower of my blog, here's a bit about me...


I'm a fun-loving, dance party enthusiast from Ontario that fills my time with creativity! My children keep me busy with their interests and my husband and I enjoy geocaching and watching baseball games with them as a family. I'm an avid reader and lead the book club at our local library. I enjoy creating felt flower creations and spray-painting and adding rainbow colours/glitter to anything in our house the family will allow. My cardmaking style adapts to whatever mood I'm in, but I particularly love bold designs with pops of colour and sparkle.


Under my profile picture along the right sidebar you will find links to my Sharp Designs Facebook page, Instagram, Pinterest (direct to my cards), and my email.
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This year had a few crafty highlights. In March I was able to meet up with friends at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas and spend a few days laughing and creating with them. It is SO good for the soul to be able to do this! 


In August and in December I had a booth at the Downtown Dresden Night Market which is one of my local communities. This was a fun way to share my creations with others and I networked and made a lot of new friendships in the process! 


As with every year for the last 5 years or so, I have chosen a word to guide me through 2020. Instead of a resolution, it's something to guide me and help me focus on what is important. 
For the next year my word is...


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On to the giveaways! I have two separate packages to send out to lucky commenters. The first is an assortment of brand new clear stamps and dies. These are new in package, never used, collected just for an occasion like this! Package includes product from Concord & 9th, Pretty Pink Posh, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp and MORE.


The second giveaway is a pile of clear stamp sets that are gently used. 
As with most clear stamps, there will be some staining that does not affect how the stamp works. Some of the sets included are from Simon Says Stamp, Sweet Stamp Shop, Avery Elle, Paper Smooches, Neat and Tangled and MORE! 

You have until Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 10am EST to comment and tell me if you have chosen a word to guide you through the next year. I can't wait to hear what you came up with! 

Here are all the amazing companies and designers participating this year! Have fun hopping along. Thanks for all your support and I hope your holiday season has been fabulous. Love to you all! 

Marcie Sharp (you are here)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Card Concept- Holiday 2019

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! Our last challenge for 2019 is to share a photo of your Christmas tree OR favourite card you made this year. I chose to share my favourite card below. 


My classy and elegant card was created only a week or so ago, but it quickly became my favourite of the year! Alcohol ink is a medium I just love to create with and the background for this card was made in just a few minutes using only one ink colour (plus a metallic brass). 

Using alcohol inks and brass  I created a background on Yupo paper and let it dry. Once totally dry I used the Snow Flurry die to cut out the centre piece (and saved it for another project!) and backed it on blue cardstock. Then I stamped and heat embossed the coordinating snowflake stamp through the cut out piece. The panel was adhered to a pale pink A2 card base. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold on white cardstock, trimmed, and adhered with foam tape. A few rose gold sequins finish the card off. 

Why it's my favourite? Shimmer, shine, sparkle, pretty pinks and purples, sequins...I love it ALL. :) 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Snow Flurry (Concord & 9th); Peace Love Joy (Right at Home)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); BV17 refill (Copic); Brass (Jacquard)
Dies: Snow Flurry (Concord & 9th)
Paper: Sweet Blush, white (Papertrey Ink); Yupo; Blue Violet (Simon Says Stamp)
Other: sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); gold embossing powder (Hero Arts)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Card Concept #125- Home for the Holidays

It's time for another The Card Concept challenge! I created my card based on the inspiration photo below. What a homey and delightful looking porch! So festive and trendy with the black and white plaid with pops of red and greenery. Love it! 



My classy and elegant card today plays on all the colour and pattern influences of the inspiration photo, as well as that perfect little truck with a tree in the back of it. I HAD to substitute a VW van though because that's what my family is all about. :) 


The Christmas Care-a-Van set by The Greetery was absolutely perfect for this challenge. I stamped and die cut all the elements and assembled them together. The greenery and tree on top have a touch of sparkle on them from Stickles glitter. The van is popped up with foam tape on a die cut rectangle, which is also popped up with foam tape (lots of dimension on this card!) onto a plaid piece of designer paper. White embossing on black is such a crisp look and I used a sentiment from the Bitty Holiday Wishes set (my FAVE sentiment set by far this holiday season!) by My Favorite Things. Some tiny silver sequins finish it off. 

Head on over to The Card Concept blog to see how the rest of the team was inspired and what styles they used on their cards. Play along with us using any of the styles we highlight...I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Supplies: 
Stamps: Christmas Care-a-Van (The Greetery); Bitty Holiday Wishes (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Lobster (Lawn Fawn); Fairy Dust (WPlus9); Charcoal, Forever Green, Cup a Joe (Hero Arts); Beanstalk Green (Simon Says Stamp); Versamark (Tsukineko); Copic markers
Dies: Christmas Care-a-Van (The Greetery); Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX-retired (My Favorite Things)
Paper: white, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Christmas Plaids 6x6 (Recollections)
Other: Stickles glitter glue (Ranger); silver sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)