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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #414

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by our wonderful friends at
Bunny Zoe's Crafts

You're going to need to tilt your head to one side to see how my card works with Debra's beautifully CAS sketch.  I used First Edition dies with MME Lost & Found Union Square papers and my Papertrey Ink Birthday die.   I love the simplicity (and the speed of making) this card.   It's not my week to make a card at Sketch Saturday but I loved Debra's sketch and I hope you will scooch some space on your craft table and play along with us this week too.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - 156 Anything goes with a sentiment
Deep Ocean - 129 Vintage or Shabby Chic
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - 113 Masculine
Creative Inspirations - 252 Anything goes with an optional sketch


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #413

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the cuties at
The Paper Shelter

A dear sweet woman I know happens to have a penchant for all things piggy and when I saw a card in a store with this image by Patience Brewster I felt I had to get it for her even though I NEVER buy store-bought cards these days.  So this card has been upcycled from a brand new card - I simply cut the front panel off and trimmed it down.  I couldn't improve on the image but I enjoyed using these pretty papers, flowers and die-cut leaves and words to spruce it up.  

There is a ton of wonderful  inspiration from my teamies on the Sketch Saturday blog and our friends at The Paper Shelter are offering a fabulous prize so why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along.

 I am cheekily entering my card into the challenge for "birdhouse" at Curtain Call.   They have this inspiration photo
 I realise they probably meant the wooden kind of bird house but technically a nest IS a bird house...
And I'm also entering the challenges at The Ribbon Girl (where I was a winner last week - Yippee - thank you Mary and Andrea and Maja Design) for "Any Image on Any Project" and at Bunny Zoe's Crafts for "Lovely Layers"



Saturday, 14 May 2016

New Home!

I started to make a card for Sketch Saturday for today's sketch and then realised it's not my week to post a card so I went off on a tangent about half way through and ended up with a stepped card with a simple Hero Arts house stamped on the front panel with a PTI sentiment.

The recipient had a neutrals theme accented with copper in mind for her new living room so I incorporated some DCWV copper card in my "parquet flooring" and also in the individually laid bricks cut with a Tim Holtz die (I think) for the sides.

My image has been coloured with Copics.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Creative Inspirations - Shape it Up (they don't want to see a regular square)
Cute Card Thursday - More than one Fold; and Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #411

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
StarStampz

I didn't have time to find and print or stamp an image for this week's card so I used one from one of my LOTV art pads and over-coloured it with my Copics and Promarkers.  The additional colouring widens the palette of the pre-printed image and makes the image a little more vibrant.  I gotta improve my photography though - I seem to be taking horrible quality photos!

I used Crate Paper "Party Day" with some DCWV for the backgrounds and popped a large ribbon banner across the centre in keeping with Kathy's fun sketch this week.   I think the "happy" is either a Stampin Up or Yellow Bicycle die.   I used Dienamics dies for the numbers and my Cricut for the "th".  Flowers are from my stash and the leaves are a Martha Stewart Punch.

Do please share some love with my fellow Saturdays and then scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.

I'm entering my card into the challenges at The Ribbon Girl where it's anything goes on a card, and Deep Ocean who want to see Flowers Everywhere.


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #410 Pick-A-Sketch

It's Saturday and time for another great challenge at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by those cuties at
Bugaboo

As today is the fifth Saturday in the month, it's a Pick-A-Sketch week. You can use any sketch from Sketch Saturday's previous sketches between #215 and #409.  You can find many of our past sketches here or of course you can scroll through our blog at SS. Just let us know which one you used by including a copy of the sketch in your post. 
I used Sketch #396 from January this year.  I absolutely LOVE this sketch!  I teamed it with these fun cupcake papers from Crate Paper (I think) and this adorable House Mouse "Birthday Cupcake" stamp.  I think my photo is a bit blurred.  Sorry!




I am entering my card into the following three challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Animals + Sentiment; and 
House Mouse - Favourite way to spend the day - what would be better than with a cupcake?

Please come and play along with us at Sketch Saturday this week - we love to see you join in!  











Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #409

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Drawn with Character

I'm sorry I'm late with my post today - my pc kept refusing to action any and every command I made and I've had to shut it down and reboot several times in order to be able to do anything at all.  Anyway, here is my card today using some pretty papers from my stash and this adorable little "Birthday Mermaid" which you can find here










I'm going to keep this post super short incase my screen freezes up again but we would love you to scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - one for the girls and
Simon Says Stamp - make it girlie



Saturday, 9 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #407

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the lovelies at
Simon Says Stamp

I've used this fabulous image by Mo Manning called "Sheep" before. You can find it here.  I have also previously combined it with this sentiment.  I like the sentiment so much that I deliberately made this card late just so that I could use it!   I hope you like my interpretation of Niki's fun sketch.  My teamies have come up with some fab inspiration for you.  Do go and share some love with them if you can.

I coloured "Sheep" with Copics and spent loads of time trying to cut the film strip in which to frame it and lining up the sentiment so that it printed within the sprocket holes.   I added a little Tim Holtz film as a banner.   I hope you will join us at Sketch Saturday for this week's sketch.

I am entering my card into the following challenges at:
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday (and Happy 7th Birthday to you SSS!)
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes as long as it's a card
Mo's Digital Pencil - Anything Goes with a Mo Image
Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday or 6 (and Happy 6th Birthday to you AS!)
ABC - E is for Everything (anything goes); and
Cute Card Thursday - Something Shiny (the film strip banner)

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Sketch Saturday - #405

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the lovelies at
Digi Stamp Boutique

Today's card uses some Poppy Stamp banners, a Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder, sunny papers called DIY Shop by Crate Paper and my image is "Hush" by Mo Manning.  You can buy him here.







And here is the recipient.  Poor lamb - he was exhausted when this photo of him was taken asleep on the floor in the exact position of Mo's lovely image!


We would be super happy if you would share some love with all of the Saturdays and then why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Niki's great sketch.  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - Any image; and Simon Says Stamp - Rain or Shine (my papers and embossing)

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Sketch Saturday #404

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Bunny Zoe's Craft 

I was so sad to learn that Bunny Zoe's is to close down. We are going to lose a wonderful regular sponsor and the craft world is going to lose a wonderful supplier!  There is, however, a store-wide sale so I urge you to get on over there to pick up some bargains before they all go.  This week's sketch is one of my own so I hope you like it.   I didn't make a card.  I used some Papertrey Ink silhouette "man & wife dies" which you can find here and a large flower to make a box to hold some bubble wands for a friend's wedding.
Here is the front of the box and just one of the bubble wands which I decorated with ribbons, tags and little doves.   I decorated all of the wands like this one but the next photograph shows the inside of the box before the wands were decorated.  To be honest, I really struggled to get them all in the box after decorating them.


I made a belly band from ribbon and a Stampin Up sentiment and punch to fasten the box once it was closed and I finished my project with a little tag.  I know my fellow Saturdays would be delighted with a visit from you to their blogs and then why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  I look forward to seeing what you do with my sketch.
Sorry I'm a little late posting this.  I was travelling this morning, having just returned from a little trip! I am entering my project into the Flower Power challenge at Stamping Sensations.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Sketch Saturday #403

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Simon Says Stamp

Well, peeps, you will need to tilt your head for this one.   You will also need to have x-ray vision to see the card through the flowers in order to spot the sketch but it is there.    I used Mo Manning's absolutely brilliant image called Modern Alice which you can find here and coloured her with Copics.
My papers are Graphic 45 "Halloween in Wonderland".  I love the keyhole background paper and little playing card characters from Lewis Carroll's book.   My sentiment is Word processed.  I always attribute my sentiments where possible but I can't find the author for this one. I thought it was splendidly ironic with the image.  I have seen a great deal of my mum in the last 4 weeks and she must think I sometimes come across a bit like the Duchess' demanding piglet/baby.    I used an entire packet of Recollections flowers to pretty my card up for Mum.
Now we would like you to scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  Don't forget to share some love with my fellow Saturdays.
I am entering my card into the "Anything Goes" challenges at

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well looky here - two cards in two days!  I haven't done that in forever but I wanted to stop by to say
Happy Valentine's Day
and to share the card I made for The Hubster.

My image is Penny Black 4033K Cupid at Work, coloured with Copics.   The hearts have additionally been glazed with Glossy Accents.   The sentiment is PTI and has been heat embossed and I've used two embossing folders:  Cuttlebug hearts and a giant Fiskers dot.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges
Make My Monday - "Arrows"
Creative Inspirations - "Hugs & Kisses"
Aud Sentiments - "Use a Love Sentiment"
Cute Card Thursday - "Sweet Valentines"
Deep Ocean - "Hearts"
Stamping Sensations - "Anything Goes", and of course
Penny Black - "Use hearts and or red" 

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Sketch Saturday #399

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Simon Says Stamp

This week was one of those weeks which should come with a warning that some cards were harmed in the making of this one.  Niki sooooooooo taxed me with her incredible sketch this week and I wasted at least 6 hours, wrecked 5 sheets of DP and chucked out two nearly finished cards whilst trying to produce something for this week.   Then, all of a sudden, in a case of mad serendipity it all came together in my head (and on my desk) and I made this which I absolutely love.  I now can't work out why I found it so difficult in the first place!

There is a cloudy Stampin Up embossing folder (which you can't actually tell are clouds but it doesn't really matter) behind my rainbow strips - all of which came from my scraps drawer. The main feature is made with a Papertrey Ink sentiment, Sunshine die from the PTI Scene It set and pop-up trees from the PTI Petite Places set together with a Sizzix stitched curved die.  I loved how I found Craftworks candy to match every one of my rainbow DPs too.
In the end I absolutely LOVED Niki's sketch and I'm sure you will too so please scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  There is loads of lovely inspiration on the Sketch Saturday blog and don't forget to share some love with my super teamies.
I am entering my card into the Anything Goes as long as it's a card challenge at The Ribbon Girl
and

Papertrey Ink Create Along With us where I was inspired by Laurie's lovely card here


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Sketch Saturday #398

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
A Day for Daisies

As soon as I saw this fabulous A Day for Daisies image called Flamingo Couple (which you can find here) I knew I wanted it.  I also had what I thought was THE perfect paper pack - I think it's called Felicity by Glitz - to accompany it.

With a bit of fussy cutting I managed to squeeze these fun birds onto some Spellbinder ovals and added Fiskers and Martha Stewart punched heart borders together with a Marianne stamp and die cut heart in the centre.
And here is this week's sketch...
We would love it if you would scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  Don't forget to share some love with my fellow Saturdays.
Not surprisingly, there are loads and loads of heart/love challenges this week and I've chosen some of my favourite challenge blogs in which to enter my card...
ADFD #140 "All my Love"
Aud Sentiments #148 "Use a Love Sentiment" (the central heart reads "Sweetheart")
Simon Says - "Have a Heart"
Cute Card Thursday #411 "In the Pink"
ABC "A is for Animals", and last but not least
Creative Inspirations #344 "Hugs & Kisses"

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Sketch Saturday #397 Pick-A-Sketch

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
The Paper Shelter

As today is the fifth Saturday in the month, it's a Pick-A-Sketch week. You can use any sketch from Sketch Saturday's previous sketches between #215 and #396.  You can find many of our past sketches here or of course you can scroll through our blog at SS. Just let us know which one you used by including a copy of the sketch in your post. 


I used The Paper Shelter's "Snug but Stylish" image which you can find here, teamed with some papers and a sentiment tag from my stash.  I have seated my image against a background photograph taken last year in The Lake District when I went to visit best matey, Julie.
I opted for Alex' fab sketch #382 from October last year.   Even with all of our great sketches to use, I still didn't manage to make my card the right way up so you will need to tilt your head to one side to see the sketch.  
I also think I have committed a fashion faux pas by giving my image black tights, shoes and handbag with that brown hat and coat!!!  What was I thinking?
Now we would like you to scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  Don't forget to share some love with my fellow Saturdays.
I am entering my card into the "Anything Goes" challenge at Simon Says Stamp

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Sketch Saturday #396

It was my birthday on Friday and I have spent the last 3 days celebrating.
Now it's SUNDAY which means I'm a whole date late for our great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Drawn with Character

I loved, loved, loved Debra's sketch.   I loved it so much, you are going to see more of it over the next months.
The recipient of my card received a camera for his birthday present so I just had to use this adorable Penny Black image called "Snap Shot", coloured with Copics, with my spellbinders Curved Borders One dies and Glitz "Sunshine in my Soul" papers.  I can't remember if my "SMILE" die is Stampin Up or Yellow Bicycle but it went beautifully with the metal camera embellishment I found in my stash!
I hope you can spare some time to check out the lovely work of my teamies and then scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.
There were so many challenges I could have entered this week and I've chosen six of them...
The Ribbon Girl - Any image
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes with an optional sketch (which I didn't use)
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes with a DT call
Simon Says - Create with Critters
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes with a die;
and I so rarely use PB stamps that I just had to enter into
Penny Black - Anything Goes

Happy crafting everyone!