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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Sketch Saturday #358

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by our very own
Niki

I'm unusually happy with the way my card turned out today.  I used Mariposa papers by DCWV with, I think, a Memory Box "Happy", a Papertrey Ink "Birthday" and number dies by Die-Namics.  The fish are Memory Box too.  I cut them from silver card and inked them in teal and metallic copper and they change colour quite dramatically depending on the light and look really fishy IRL!  


In retrospect I could have been more clever with my bakers twine.  I missed an opportunity to place a fisherman's hook or fly on the end.  If I do something like this again, I will try that.  The sentiment on the inside does of course refer to Best Birthday Fishes.    And here is Debra's fab sketch.  
We'd love to see you join in with the Saturdays this week so scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along.
I will be entering my card into the following challenges: 
Make my Monday - Earth Day; and 
The Male Room - letters or numbers

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Sketch Saturday #357

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

I have a dear friend (who hopefully doesn't look at my blog) who likes chickens.  This cute Henny Penny digi from our sponsor Little Claire was the perfect image for her.   I used Copics (not terribly successfully) to colour Henny Penny herself and I paper pieced her cushion and the ribbon around her neck from Heidi Swapp's "Sugar Chic" pad; the same papers I used for the background.   

A sentiment which came free with a magazine, a couple of flowers from my stash and some leaves cut with a Poppy Stamp Meadow Leaf die were my finishing touches.
I had fun playing with Alex's lovely sketch.  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 Claire - "Use Kraft Card"
ABC Challenge "H is for Happy Birthday",
Crafty Creations - "Seeing spots" (on the cushion and the hen) and
Whimsy Stamps - "Colour an image"

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Sketch Saturday #356

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


I'm pretty sure my card is blurred which is a real shame because I've mailed it and can't therefore rephotograph it.  I rotated Niki's great sketch this week to showcase this lovely Saturated Canary image called Night Out which you can find here.    My papers are Prima Stationer's Desk and I cut the 50 on my Cricut.
We would love for you to scooch some space on your craft table and play along with us this week.  There is lots of lovely inspiration from my teamies.
I am entering my card into the following challenges
Papertake Weekly, Loves Rubber Stamps and Crafty Creations - all Anything Goes
G is for Go Digital at The ABC challenge
Aud Sentiments - a birthday sentiment and or the number 5

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' April Challenge

Yesterday was the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our April theme is
Candles or Bells
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
All Dressed Up

Sorry I'm late.  
I'm going to have to record that and put it on a loop as, sadly, I seem often to be late for our Christmas challenge and frankly I'm surprised my fellow teamies put up with me!  My recent trip was longer than I anticipated and I am at sixes and sevens trying to get my ducks in a row (and I guess my metaphors unmixed!)
Anyhoo, here is the card I made using Memory Box candles and Britannia small pine cones on a background of Prima Madeline papers.  It's not great I know and my teamies have produced much much prettier cards but it's April and the sun is shining and Christmas is in fact not in my immediate thoughts right now.
Don't let that stop you from playing along with us though.  We love to see what you come up with.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Sketch Saturday #355

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

I have been on a little trip and I've been unable to make my card for this week.  It's a terrible shame because I love Debra's fabulous sketch.  My fellow Saturdays have wonderful inspiration for you.  Do please share some love with them all and then why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sketch Saturday #354

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

And I'm sorry I'm so late.  It's not like I lead a busy life - I just need to use my time more wisely.   I used There's a fairy in my tea! for my card which is for my great niece's 1st birthday.  

She is coloured in Copics and has Stickled wings.  My sentiment is Papertrey Ink and I have used Stampin Up butterflies and punches throughout.   Papers are Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss".
We would love it 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 us.
I am entering my card into "Anything Goes" at Simon Says Stamp and Aud Sentimentsand "Spring Colours at Bunny Zoe's Crafts

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sketch Saturday #353

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

I absolutely loved Cathy's sketch this week and I intend to use it again in a more straightforward interpretation on one of the occasions when there are 5 weeks in a month and we get to choose a sketch.  But for now, I saw the sketch and thought 'wardrobe in a room with a chair rail' - what we, in England, call a dado rail.  See what I mean?  

My wardrobe was one of my very early stamp purchases - at least 5 years ago.  It's by Dimension Fourth Ltd and this was it's first trip outside of the packaging! My Hero Arts for Sizzix chandelier represents the stars in the sketch.  As usual, I had a brain burp and placed it on the opposite side.  I did feel the need to add two extra horizontals at the bottom for a baseboard (skirting) and carpet and although my card is very interpretive - I do still see this sketch and I hope you can too. My papers are Glitz "Sunshine in my Soul".  The hanger is Tim Holtz and my dress is a Stampin Up die from "All Dressed Up" covered in fabric and rickrack with the bodice stamped from another SU set.  The sentiment is also from SU All Dressed Up.
We'd be delighted 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 us.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:  
Crafty Creations - Chevrons or stripes
Whimsy - Use a die cut (my dress)
Make My Monday - A scenic card (mine just happens to be an indoor scene)
Papertake Weekly - Happy Anything

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Sketch Saturday #352

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

We have a new grandson to celebrate and his parents have named him Quinn.   I had great fun playing with some First Edition Up&Away papers with best matey Julie's dies when she came to my house to play.   I especially love the teething ring which looked like the perfect "Q".    


Quinn was born with lots of hair and is the spitting image of his big brother (who is 2).  I used this delightful LOTV baby image which you can find here and added more facial details and hair and I was amazed at how well it turned out.  My colouring medium is Copics.
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:
Cute Card Thursday - Celebrate
Aud Sentments - Two word sentiment (welcome Quinn); and
Stamping Sensations - One for the guys
I was hoping to enter a Lily of the Valley challenge but I couldn't find one.


And here is baby Quinn at  16 days old with his Nana!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Christmas as Sweet Stampin' March Challenge

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

I need to apologise for my horrible photo of this LOTV pre-coloured trio of angels. They didn't start off quite this blue and I Copicfied them to coordinate with my paper which I think are from a DCWV stack but I can't be sure because I found them in my scraps draw.  I coloured the card candy too!  


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


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Sketch Saturday #351

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

Alex gave us a fabulous sketch which, to me, cried out for a clean and simple treatment.  CAS is not something I am comfortable with but I was late sending a card for a friend's birthday and I thought this Mo Manning image called "sheep" was just right when combined with a punny sentiment I saw recently whilst browsing the net.
I coloured my image with Copics, embossed a line above and below my coloured image and Word processed the sentiment. I take photographs of what I consider to be pretty cloudy skies when I get a chance and this image has been merged with one of them.   It would be great 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 us.  We love it when you join in!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Anything Goes at
Papertake Weekly, Loves Rubber Stamps and Hanna and Friends and Green at Creative Card Crew.  Anything Goes with optional animals at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sketch Saturday #350


What a horrible week.  I had to say goodbye to my best buddy kitty who has been my constant loving companion for 16 years; seeing me through every sadness except this one.   My every move in our home revolved around him, literally, and he has left a gigantic hole in my life.   His wake-up call meow is no more, his food bowls are missing from the kitchen floor, his tail is missing from under my chair and he isn't behind me/in front of me/beneath me to shadow my moves.  He is no longer asking to share my dinner (whether I wanted to or not) or calling to me to come and see to him.  He is not here to sit on my lap of an evening or to wait for me to finish on the computer so he could accompany me to bed. 
My heart may never mend.

But it is Saturday and time for one of our fun sketches at
Sketch Saturday
and we are delighted to be sponsored by our very own
Niki
who is kindly offering a wonderful prize to one lucky winner.

I hope the recipient of my card doesn't see it on my blog.  His birthday is a couple of weeks away but I thought this great Kenny K "Policeman" image would be perfect for him as he is a retired Detroit policeman.   My image is a rubber stamp but you can buy the digital version here.   I used Crate Paper "DIY Shop" and "Party Day" and coloured him with Copics.  
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:
Creative Card Crew - Birthday with a Sentiment
The ABC Challenge - D is for Die Cuts (just my nestie ovals in this case)
Simon Says - Anything Goes; and
Whimsy Stamps -  use a sentiment

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Sketch Saturday #349

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

I loved Debra's fabulous sketch this week but I did struggle a little trying to incorporate my chosen image which is for some friends who just became engaged to be married.  I hope you can see that I did make an effort to use the sketch.
I used  Random Fan's Swing into Love which you can find here.  I altered the boy's hair line a little to make the couple look more like the recipients and printed it twice; once on the paper I wanted to colour with my Copics and once on a second sheet of the patterned paper I was using for my background. I didn't want the white background of my coloured sheet to be evident on the card and it was going to be way too hard for me to cut out the coloured images so I opted to cut out the negative space from the version I printed on the design paper and paper pieced this on top of the negative space of my image. The whole thing was then layered exactly on top of a duplicate page of design paper. It was still fiddly but it made it so much easier because I could cut through the image to get to the negative space whereas I would have been unable to cut through the coloured image in order to remove the white space and I would have had to use a craft knife.   I hope you can see what I mean.  I coloured on the inside of the lines of my DP image in case my cutting wasn't perfect and to remind me not to cut the wrong bit!
I know my banner is below the feature panel rather than above the couple on the swing like the sketch  but you can see my DP paper already had banners below and I opted to retain them.  I cut out a duplicate set  and added a sentiment and replaced the star with a brad I found in my stash.  It was the perfect colour.
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:
Whimsy Stamps - Add a sentiment
Deep Ocean - Love is all around; and
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Sketch Saturday #348

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

I'm a bit late posting this morning because I was up late finishing T'ubster's Valentine's card which I hope to show later in the week maybe.

This is a card I made for a special young lady using Mo Manning's gorgeous "Cara Chatting" which you can find here.  My papers are MME "Cambridge Court" and I used some shop bought flowers with a Memory Box (or perhaps it's a Poppy Stamps) leaf and a Little Yellow Bicycle "Smile" die.

Why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us. We'd love to see you join in!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Mo's Digital Pencil - where the challenge is Anything Goes with optional for a boy.  In this case the recipient of my card (and perhaps Cara too) is on the phone talking about boys, boys, boys, boys boys!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' February Challenge

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

My Craft Room runneth over with more stash that I can possibly expect to use in my life time.  In particular abundance are Christmas stamps but that didn't stop me from borrowing this Inkadinkado "Dear Santa Letter" stamp from best matey, Julie, when she came to play at my house.  As you can see, the image has a quill incorporated into it which I covered up with a 3D version.   I stamped a feather using a Papertrey Ink stamp and die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp feather die and teamed it with a Sizzix quill nib die.
The side sentiment is from Lily of the Valley and my flower is Prima and backed with a Marianne die poinsettia for the leaves.  I love my new Labels 18 Nesties used for framing too.  At last I made a Christmas card I really like the look of and in fact I made several of these.
My fellow CASSettes have lovely cards to share with you and we would be delighted if you would join in our challenge this month.   I'm going to enter my card into the following challenges:
CraftyHazelNut - Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas; and
Loves Rubber Stamps - Show me some red

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Sketch Saturday #347

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

I used the same papers as last week for my card today; MME Lost and Found "Oliver" and I love them.  I also love this absolutely adorable image called Hello Baby Giraffe from A Day for Daisies which you can find here.  

There are a number of other giraffes to choose from and as The Hubster has told me that I can't have a real one, I think I might just pop by the store and pick up a few of ADFD's other cuties from the set. I coloured this little guy in a combination of Copics and Promarkers.  A Memory Box wreath surrounds him and my banners were cut with a PTI die.  

We would love it 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 fabulous sketch.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Anything Goes at
Loves Rubber Stamps and Stamping Sensations