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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Sketch Saturday #371

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

I LOVED Debra's great sketch this week.   It allowed me to use this fabulous Marianne Design Collectables Photo Frames polaroid die COL1388 with my image called "Mad about Shoes" from the Papershelter.  You can find her here.  The Papershelter offers coloured and black and white versions of its images, often with coordinating background digital papers too.  My papers are My Minds Eye and my sentiments are Papertrey Ink.   I have used the full coloured version of the image in the "lens" of my wooden camera (over which I used glossy accents) and a lightened version in the miniature polaroid sticking out of the camera.  As the recipient of my card isn't actually all that into shoes I opted to use just a headshot in my Marianne photo frame and this one I coloured with Promarkers and Copics.    Best matey, Julie, let me borrow her photocorner die and I'm not sure of the make but it was the perfect embellishment for my card.    The little red dots on the photo frame are from Stampin Up and I popped a square gem inside the camera for a "flash".
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 lovely teamies too.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes and 
Papertake Weekly - Build it Up;


Saturday, 18 July 2015

Sketch Saturday #370

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

I made two cards for todays sketch.   The first one is a wedding card for the newly married Mr & Mrs Irby and I was delighted how this turned out.  I heat embossed some Stampin Up letters and teamed with SU sentiments, Recollections flowers and a selection of die cut leaves leaves.  
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew - die cuts - I used die cuts for both my cards
Aud sentiments - Anything goes 

The second is for my friend - whose name always reminds me of the chicken licken story and so I have a tendency to send her cards with chickens and/or - as in this case - acorns.   I used a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp and die set for this together with a chicken cut from a longer animal die.  





And here is our fabulous sketch
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 lovely teamies too.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Sketch Saturday #369 (the goose drank wine, the monkey...)

Do you remember that song?   the monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line, the line broke...
Anyway - enough of that...
It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the lovely crew at
Simon Says Stamp

A lack of time has led me once again to opt for an image from my Precoloured LOTV art pads.  They have been such a Godsend in recent weeks! 

Today I teamed up this tasty dish of treats with a Stamping Up "happy" and butterfly and a Papertrey Ink "birthday".  I used my Nestie Labels 18 for the framing.  My papers are once again Prima "Meadow Lark".  From the photograph it is not clear just how well my papers all tied together with the image.  It looks better IRL!

Niki's great sketch really had me foxed but I think I managed it after a small rotation!    My fellow Saturdays have come up with lovely inspiration for you.  Do visit their blogs and share some love with them and then scooch some space on your craft table and join in the fun.


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' in July

It's the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our July theme is
Oh Deer
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the fabulous
Funky Kits

Our theme this month describes my situation perfectly.   I've had to pull out an old card I made but didn't post last year rather than the one I was planning on as my server died.   I don't mean my butler passed away or anything.  I have a computer server where I store EVERYTHING and I couldn't access it last Friday and my 'pooter specialist couldn't access it either.  He has taken it away today.  Sadly I last backed up at the beginning of May so unless he can retrieve the data, I will have lost quite a bit including my original card for today's post.   Still, I did have this card which I like to call 

"Nice Rack"

I made it last Christmas for a guy who I thought would appreciate the masculine feel of this spellbinder die combined with what I think might be Craftworks Card's paper and some extra holly.

Do come and play along with the CASSettes this month.  Christmas is closer than you think!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Hot Days of Summer!

I spotted a challenge at  Mo's Clubhouse blog for "Hot Days of Summer" and I really wanted to play along.    My image is Jeffy in July and he is absolutely perfect for the card I needed to make.

I hand coloured Jeffy with Copics and Promarkers having dropped him into one of my own photographs of Siesta Key beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  I take pictures of cloudy skies whenever I have an opportunity and in fact I merged the sky (which was taken on a bridge in Florida) with my beach scene before adding Jeffy.   My papers are "Uncharted Waters" by Glitz, the sentiment is a Lily of the Valley stamp, the sun is a Papertrey Ink die and the flip flops are Dress it Up buttons. I used a Die-namics "6" too as the very special recipient of my card is about to have his 6th birthday.
In addition to entering at Mo's Clubhouse, I am also entering my card into the following challenges:
Make my Monday - The Sea
The Ribbon Girl - Anything goes (with optional stars and stripes); and 
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes (with optional sketch)

Now I have to dash off and find a Christmas card and I'll be back tomorrow!!!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sketch Saturday #368

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

I'm having some 'pooter trouble at the moment so I'm late with my post and I'm struggling to comment and to enter challenges but I did manage to make this card using Mo Manning's Valerie in Love (which you can find here at Mo's store and which is also available in rubbah in the Stamping Bella range of stamps).   These pretty papers by Simple Stories called Vintage Bliss provided quite an elaborate colour palette for my Copics and I'm delighted with my finished card.


The little sentiment calendars were cut from one of the papers and I opted for a felt heart instead of the star in Debra's fabulous sketch.
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 lovely teamies too.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - anything goes with optional summer

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Sketch Saturday #367

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

This is a precoloured LOTV image which I coloured some more!  I quite like to do that - it's good colouring practice for me and I can often better coordinate the image with my papers by adding a bit of a light colour on top.  I gave this little cutie some bigger eyes and some quite substantial highlights/lowlights in her hair too!
My papers are Prima "Meadow Lark" and I coloured white ribbon with my Copics to coordinate with my papers too.
And here is Alex' fab sketch.   It would be great if you would scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  There is lots more inspiration from the lovely Saturday girls on our blog.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Trio Tastic (three ribbons); and
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Sketch Saturday #366

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

I was so happy to receive this image called Feline Led Balloon from our sponsor Little Miss Muffet this week.   You can find it here.  There'll be no surprise that I rotated Vannessa's fun sketch but I also drastically changed the dimensions of the elements and the layering order.  Just tilt your head to one side and squint ...

My poor Mum has been in hospital for just over a week.  They were going to let her out on Wednesday and she was all dressed and packed ready for me to collect her when the doctors cancelled her parole!  She was so sad not to be released and this is the card I made for her.   I used Promarkers and Copics as my colouring medium and my papers are Heidi Swap "Sugar Chic".

My fellow Saturdays have come up with lovely inspiration for you.  Do visit their blogs and share some love with them and then scooch some space on your craft table and join in the fun with us.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Little Miss Muffet - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Add a quote (mine came with the image!); and 
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Furry Friends

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Sketch Saturday #365

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

I found a Prima paper pack in my stash called "Meadlow Lark" that hasn't been used for a while and which goes really well with these Precoloured LOTV fairies especially when I coloured over this one with my own Copics to give her hair more texture and to tweak the shading a little.    This card is for my Great Niece and I think the fairy looks very pretty with the addition of some extra flowers in her hair, some sparkle on her wings (which isn't visible in the photograph) and the glittery number 3.  A Spellbinder die cut the sentiment banners.

I'm amazed at how well I stuck to the sketch too.  Everything is the right way round and all the elements seem to be in the right place on my card for a change!    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 the Saturdays too.
I am entering my card into the bingo challenge at Aud Sentiments. I used ribbon, patterned paper and a die cut.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' June Challenge

It's the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our June theme is
Christmas Stockings
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Flat Friends


I made my card using this adorable image from LOTV which is coloured in Copics and Promarkers and which I've teamed with LOTV Nitwit Winter Wishes papers.    I can't remember the make of the sentiment stamp - it's part of a set which is no longer in the wrapping so I haven't a clue of its provenance.  The holly die is by Marianne Creatables LR0244.

We have almost arrived at mid-summer's day and in less than 3 weeks time we shall be starting the descent to Christmas.  Now there's a sobering thought!!!  

My fellow CASSettes have produced lovely inspiration for you to start making those Christmas cards early.  We would all be delighted for you to play along this month and be in with a chance to win two digital images from our sponsor at Flat Friends.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Sketch Saturday #364

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

My teamies make wonderful cards each week for your inspiration.  I admire them all but one of our Saturday Girls, Marzena, always puts a really innovative take on our sketches and that's what I have tried to do this week.  I don't have the same flair as her (and darn it I have my elements the wrong way round again) and you do need to view my card with your head tilted to one side but hopefully you can still see Alex' great sketch.
My BIL, Andy Smith, works in an opticians.  I made this card for him with Graphic 45 "Old Curiosity Shop" papers and an internet produced eyesight chart found at www.eyechartmaker.com.  I have relied on the boxy elements of my paper and the glasses (which should have been on the left) and pointing hand (which should have been on the right) to reflect the background in Alex' sketch.  I really like how it turned out!

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 lovely teamies too.
I am entering my card into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp for "Make it Masculine"

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Sketch Saturday #363 Pick-A-Sketch

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

As May 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 #345.  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.   I remember the first time I used Niki's fab sketch #317.   I liked the card I made for it the first time and I like this one too. 

Don't you love it when you find the perfect image for that special card?   This one is for my most treasured friend, Julie, with whom I have been friends for over 40 years.  
Happy Birthday, Julie!!! 
The image is, I think, a retired one from the lovely talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary . If that turns out not to be the case, I shall edit this post and make a link only I couldn't find it in Krista's shop.   She is called 'Sara' and she looks just like Julie!  My papers are by Kate & Co. The long leaves are a Poppy Stamps die, the skeleton leaves are Marianne LR0156, the clock works face is also by Marianne CR1234, the little tags are Papertrey Ink,  and the flowers were a gift to me from ...Julie!


My fellow Saturdays have come up with lovely inspiration for you.  Do visit their blogs and share some love with them and then scooch some space on your craft table and join in the fun with us.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Too Cute
Creative Inspirations - Pastel Shades
Deep Ocean - Bingo (I used Flowers, Doily and Sentiment)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes; and
Stamping Sensations - Flower Power


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sketch Saturday #362

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

Our own lovely Debra produced this fabulously fun sketch but recent travels meant that I couldn't play along myself in time for today's post.   I'd love to see what YOU create with this sketch though so scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  My teamies have posted some awesome inspiration for you and I know they would be delighted if you dropped by their blogs to share some love.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Sketch Saturday #361

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

My cousin likes birds and I made this card for her using Prima "Almanac" papers, Papertrey Ink "Happy" and "Birthday" dies, Marianne Collectibles COL1311 birds dies and this lovely Crafty Individuals "In a Gilded Cage" birdcage die.  

I coloured the tree bough that comes with the cage and the birds with Copics.  The whole card is made with a die I bought which cuts step cards.  Sadly, I threw the packaging away and I simply can't remember the make!

My fellow Saturdays have come up with lovely inspiration for you.  Do visit their blogs and share some love with them and then scooch some space on your craft table and join in the fun with us.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' May Challenge

It's the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our May theme is
Cute Christmas
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Sweet Pea Stamps

I managed to sneak in this month with a pre-coloured LOTV image and the same sketch layout I used in February.  I love these LOTV coloured art pads for emergency makes although I always feel a bit of a cheat when I use them.  I can't seem to get a grip on my Christmas card making this year yet. The four weeks I just spent in the Florida sunshine has something to do with my reticence to get Christmassy I dare say!




My fellow CASSettes have lovely cards to share with you and we would be delighted if you would join in our challenge this month. Christmas is closer than you think!!!