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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sketch Saturday #332

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

I thought I might get on the Halloween bandwagon using Debra's fabulous sketch this week and I opted for Mo Manning's lovely Little Witch which you can find here.   I seem to keep forgetting to hit my "publish" button these days - sorry I'm a bit late with this post.


I really enjoyed colouring up this cutie with my Copics in these bright Halloween colours taken from my DCWV papers.  I could have added more spooky elements but I thought the image needed nothing more than a little candy to finish her off.
Now scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us. 
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Loves Rubber Stamps - Pretty Woman
Simon Says Stamp - Colour Coordinates (not sure if my entry fits the challenge)
Sweet Stampin' - Halloween; 
and ABC Challenge - V is for vibrant



Saturday, 11 October 2014

Sketch Saturday #331

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

I wanted to use some new papers I bought called Cape Cod by the Paper Studio for my card this week so as per usual I had to play around with the sketch.  I rotated it and made the two panels different sizes because the strip with the boat on it was only an inch and a half deep but it looked soooooo good with my chosen image - this gorgeous little guy from Mo Manning's Sailor Boys set which you can find here.

I didn't have access to my craft room when I made this card and I was initially sad that I have so many nautical embellishments that I couldn't use but in the end, I made the card all about the image itself and even if I do say so myself and shouldn't - I'm really pleased with it.  I also did my first ever machine sewing on a card.  It's a bit wonky but I think that adds to the charm!  

We would love to see you play along with Alex' fun sketch so scooch some space on your craft table and join in!  And don't forget to share some love with my fabulous teamies all of whom have made lovely cards for your inspiration.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Babies and Children;
Papertake WeeklyLoves Rubber Stamps and Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes; and
Hanna and Friends - Blue, Cream + one other colour (red)


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' October

When I wrote this post, I was on time for
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our October challenge is
Snowflakes
and we are delighted to be sponsored by 
StampArt by Kathryne

Sadly, I appear to have neglected to hit the "publish" button and I only just realised that my card never appeared on my own blog.

I used two new dies for my card:  SNOW by Papertrey Ink and this cute little bird and birdhouse which I appear to have "misfiled"  and can't actually find at the moment!!!  I combined them with this vintagey DCWV Christmas paper and some liquid applique.  The "ready, set" sentiment stamp is also PTI.  Now it would make my fellow CASSettes really happy if you would share some love with them and play along with us.  

I am entering my card into the following challenge:
Deep Ocean - Christmas in October;





Saturday, 4 October 2014

Sketch Saturday #330

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

who very kindly supplied me with this adorable Swings 'n Slides image called Lil' Spook which you can find here
Carla came up with our brilliant sketch and I used some DCWV papers and coloured this cutie with Copics.  My spider web and pumpkin punches are from Martha Stewart.  

Now scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  
I am entering my project into the following challenges: 
Crafty Creations - #273 Use Orange;
ABC Challenge - U is for Unique;
Make My Monday - Die Cuts and Punches; and
Whimsy - #76 Anything Goes



Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sketch Saturday #329

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

But first I have to apologise for my sudden recent absence.  I have just got over the bug that kept on giving. I didn't get out of bed for the first 8 days.  I was even too sick to go to Alexandra Palace with best matey Julie last Sunday and that was 2 weeks after I first became ill.   So I'm sorry I didn't even post the sketches for Sketch Saturday and I hope you played along with my teamies anyway.

This week I have made a card using one of Mo Manning's magnificent dwarves.  There are several to choose from. This one is imaginatively (sorry Mo!) called Dwarf4 and can be found here.

He is coloured with Copics.  My papers are Graphic 45 - Le Cirque, I think, but I've mixed up the pads so I'm not entirely sure.  The little tool belt embellishment I found in my stash and I Word processed the sentiment.  Inside it reads "and one in seven is Grumpy!".  I cut my square panels with a Spellbinders square die and overlaid them with a Martha Stewart Punch.

And here is Vannessa's fabulous sketch which I seem to have flipped without even realising it.

Now scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us. 
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations and Make My Monday Autumn Colours
Simon Says Anything Goes; and
Cute Card Thursday dies and/or punches
I'm also going to pop it in Bella and Bronte's clubhouse for Mo's monthly anything goes Facebook challenge.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' September challenge

I have been such a bad bad CASSette this year and I am sooooo pleased that my teamies have been sooooo nice about it.    I've been horribly ill this week too which hasn't helped.   Hopefully, with Christmas only a terrifying 15 weeks away, I will be a good CASSette from now on or else I may have to move Christmas to January or February in order to be fully prepared for it!  

We are now having just one post each month at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
and this month our challenge is
Christmas Critters
We are delighted to be sponsored by 
The Hobby House
and we really want
YOU
to come and play along with us.

Best matey Julie and I went to the Sanddown craft show last weekend and I bought this cute image called "Robin" by The House of Zandra.  I coloured him with Copics, framed him in a Nestie and used American Crafts "Wonderland Collection" papers for the DPs.  My letters are cut from a DCWV stack using a long Tim Holtz die called "Stacked Words - Christmas"which I forgot that I had and which is absolutely going to get lots of use in the lead up to Christmas.   The holly sprigs are cut with a Joanna Sheen die, also purchased last weekend.    Sadly, I seem to have picked up a Monster Bug last weekend too and I have barely made it out of bed since Sunday afternoon.

We would all be very appreciative if you would share some love with my fellow CASSettes and then come and play along with us.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:  
#120 at Loves Rubber Stamps - "glitter or sparkle"
#280 "anything goes" at Creative Inspirations
September's Stamping Sensations for "Things with Wings"; and
#150 Crafts and Me "Time for Anything"




Saturday, 6 September 2014

Sketch Saturday #326

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
 our very own 
Lizy
a Stampin Up demonstrator
who has designed this week's fabulous sketch and is giving away a wonderful Stampin Up prize!

I'm just getting back into the swing of things after lots of trips and I played fast and loose with our sketch this week and made two wedding cards.  I was inspired by the stitching to make clothes... in heart shapes as I have seen other bloggers do from time to time.  And this is my version...

In the card above I used a Stampin Up embossing folder for my background and a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the man's shirt. The bow tie is by Die-namics and the hearts are cut with two different Memory Box dies.  My sentiment is by PTI and is mounted on a Sizzix banner.  This card is for my nephew whose bride has chosen silver, white and purple for her wedding colours.


My second card is for a very dear friend who is marrying his partner today.  I was invited to the wedding which is in Amsterdam and I'm sure it is going to be a magnificent day but sadly I am unable to attend.  I have no idea what colours the guys have chosen for their special day but their invitation was red and black and white so I opted for the same colours.  This time I heat embossed the lapels of the jackets.  I used Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder for the background and a houndstooth folder for the shirts.  My sentiment is LOTV and I have used another Sizzix banner.  I hope Lizy doesn't mind me being so loose with her sketch but it really did inspire me!

I am entering my cards into the challenge for "Embossing" at Sweet Stampin.  I think I'm just in time;
 "Anything Goes" at Papertake Weekly
"Any Sentiment Except Birthday" at Aud Sentiments; and
"Dies or Punches" at My Mum's Craft Shop

Now do scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us! 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #325 Pick-A-Sketch

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

As August is one of those months with five Saturdays in it - this week you can Pick-A-Sketch from any of Sketch Saturday's previous sketches between #215 and #324.  You can find our past sketches here.  You just need to let us know which one you used by including a copy of the sketch in your post.

My image is Elisabeth Bell Tania Baking, coloured in Copics.  Papers are First Edition I think and the banners are by Joanna Sheen.  And here is the sketch I used for my card but remember you can use any Sketch Saturday Sketch from our archive.  
Now scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us!



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #324

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

This has been a very busy month for me with a family wedding in Cornwall (in the south west of England), a trip to Prague in the Czech Republic and a longer visit to the Greek Island of Crete and I simply didn't manage to make cards as well.  So once again I only have this week's wonderful sketch to share with you and not an actual card.

Please share some love with my fellow Saturdays, scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Vannessa's fab sketch.   See you next Saturday if not before!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #323

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

My sweet Great Niece now has a baby sister and this is the card I made for her using American Crafts 5th & Frolic and Echo Park Springtime Papers with this lovely Sugar Nellie "Bambino" from Funky Kits which you can find here.


The "baby" die is by PTI as is the little "welcome" sentiment and the teddy and safety pin are Martha Stewart punches.  "Bambino" has been coloured in Copics and Promarkers.

Alex has provided a fabulous sketch for us this week and my fellow Saturdays are overflowing with inspiration so scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  
I am entering my card into the "Anything Goes" challenge at Stamping Sensations

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #322

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

Debra has created a wonderful layout for you this week and I would have loved to have played along but I've been away and I just didn't manage it.

It would be fabulous if you would share some love with my fellow Saturdays, scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #321

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

What with one thing and another I have totally failed to make a card this week but don't let that stop you from scooching some space on your craft table and playing along with this lovely sketch by Laura.

And don't forget to check out my teamies' blogs for inspiration and share some love.





Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #320

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

I almost didn't make it again this week.   I am having problem after problem with my equipment.   My pooter can't read my SD card when it's in the camera connected to the computer by the camera cable or when it's in the computer directly. My pooter can't read my SD card from my card reader or from the hubster's card reader when it's connected to my computer but the hubster can read the card from his computer.  Sadly, he has a Mac and I can't just eject him from his seat, I need him to work the computer for me too.    A hellish combination of overheating (I mean me - not the computer - it's been extraordinarily hot here in Surrey for the last week) and hormones are making it impossible for me to deal rationally with my technical problems without ranting, jumping up and down and ending in a puddle of tears on the floor! And to top it all off I keep loosing my internet connection! But I got there in the end with this cute Baking Bea (Teddy Bea 063) image from Teddy Bo and co which you can find here.


I coloured my image in a combination of Promarkers and Copics and used these lovely Theresa Collins papers.  Clever cutting of the horizontal panel means that 8 and August feature prominently and this just happens to be the date of the recipient's birthday.  I hope she doesn't look at my blog!  I also just realised that my main DP should have been smaller and the border bigger.  Sorry Vannessa!

Share some love with my fellow Saturdays.  Scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Vannessa's fun sketch this week.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl who want to see turquoise/aqua
A Creative Romance - Lets do Lunch
Deep Ocean - Lots of Layers
Hanna and Friends - We Celebrate


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #319

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

Who supplied this divine image called Talking With the Moon which you can find here.  My papers are Fancy Pants Park Bench.




Share some love with my fellow Saturdays.  Scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Cathy's lovely sketch.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #318 12th July

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

I made my card for this week's challenge back in the first week of April.  It was a sympathy card made with Prima Almanac papers and a Stampin Up sentiment.  I know this because I started to write this post at the same time I made the card. Since making it, however, I broke my camera (my trolly was squooshed in the closing doors of an elevator at Gatwick airport on 8 April causing my hand luggage to fall to the floor and my camera was in the hand baggage at the time and the lens broke). I was using my SD card in the hubster's camera until 20 April when it ran out of space. I have just spent the last 3 hours trying to find the SD card and just when I had given up and written an apology here - I had a brain wave and found it.  

 And here is Debra's fabulous sketch.
It would be great if you would all come and play along with us!