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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Sketch Saturday #340

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

It will come as no surprise that I rotated Debra's wonderful sketch this week when making this card for a dear friend of ours. I appear to have placed my hanging basket (the star in the sketch) on the wrong side of the window too!  My image is by the fabulously talented Maurie J Manning and is called Max at Hanukkah. You can find him here.  
I used two Spellbinder's banner dies (one for the wording and a different one for the ends) and a Word processed sentiment  with my Memory Box/Poppy Stamps window and hanging basket.  The flowers are cut with a little Fiskars punch I have and the leaves are from a Memory Box tree.  Fiddly little wotsits they were too!  My brick wall is an embossing folder by Design Objectives and I coloured my image in Copics. I did it well too so it's a bit of a shame that most of Max is obscured behind the window. Darn it but I didn't think to use the   window on the actual base card opened through to the inside and have Max inside the card.  Hey ho...next time. 
Why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.
Sketch Saturday is taking a Christmas Break so you have two weeks to enter.
 We'd love to see you!
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Mo's Digital Challenge - Gettog Krafty
Crafty Creations - Something to Die For
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Paper Play

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' December Challenge

It's the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our December theme is
Winter Sports
and we are delighted to be sponsored by 
Iva Nova Chest

I'm sorry (AGAIN) for the poor photo quality.  I take good pictures on my camera when I'm not trying to photograph my cards.  I just don't understand why my card photography is so rubbish.


I have used some old papers from my stash and Spellbinders Labels 18 to frame this pretty winter scene using the Cheery Lynn Winter Neighborhood Border B323 die and Marianne's ice skates. What will you use if you decide to participate in our challenge this month?  Sleds, skis, a snowball fight or something else?   My fellow CASSettes and I would love to see you! 

I am entering my card into the following Anything Goes challenges at
Winter Wonderland at Stamping Sensations and 
Christmas/Holidays at Simon Says Stamp

I am thinking of making some more of these in an all white theme so you may see something similar again on my blog in future.  

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Sketch Saturday #339

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

I am as pleased as punch with my make this week.  That's quite rare for me but I just loved this image called Lola Cabaret by Mi Ran Jung which you can find here.  She looks like the recipient of my card, she was a delight to colour and she worked perfectly with Vannessa's great sketch.  I'm particularly happy with her nose - Lola's that is, not Vannessa's - (although Vannessa's nose is lovely too!).   It was a complete fluke and I daresay I am unlikely to be able to repeat it but it's one of the best noses I've ever coloured!
I used Copics for my colouring medium and added Spica sparkle and a little white gel pen to Lola's hair ornament.  Her feather boa has been lightly fun flocked.  My sentiment (including the "YOU") is by Papertrey Ink and the die cut corner and zip are by Marianne.  I drew an open zip last year and sent it to Marianne suggesting it would make a good die.  She agreed and I received one of the first ones off the press.  My design papers are K&Co and Farm House. I've added some DCWV corrugated card, a couple of feathers and some netting behind the open section of the zip.
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 "Anything Goes" challenges:
ArtbyMiRan and Whimsy Inspires -and Papertake Weekly 

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Sketch Saturday #338 Pick-A-Sketch

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

As November 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 #337.  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 played fast and loose with our challenge this week as my finished card is very much an interpretation of the sketch rather than a replica.
We have a dear friend who entertains at a posh dining establishment we frequent and my card is for him.    He is a great singer and wonderful pianist and he plays at a grand piano with a bar shelf all around it and little tealights on the top.  The hubster and I have spent many a lovely evening sipping a cocktail around his piano and he and his family have welcomed us into their lovely home too.
So I was inspired by this sketch 
and this piano (you can just see the reflection of The Hubster and me in the corner) using memory box dies for the keyboard and music and upside down craft works candy with some gems for the tealights.  

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:
Creative Card Crew - stripes (my keys are stripes!) and
Anything goes at Simon Says

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Sketch Saturday #337

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


I so enjoy the humour of Bugaboos.  This week I have used JJ Coffee to Go for my sentiment and image, coloured in Copics, and I decided to have a go at making a coffee shop cup card. having been inspired by a number of similar ones I spotted on Pinterest recently.    I cut the shape on my Cricut using one flower pot which I elongated for the cup and another which I squished (and flipped upside down) for the lid. It sounds easy but it actually took me a long time. I really struggle with my Cricut Studio and I couldn't get the "lid" and the "cup" to merge for the base.  I then embossed the cup section with my Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder and added some dimension to the lid.  My corrugated papers are by DCWV and I see that I mounted them the wrong way round so that my vertical is the longest strip whereas the horizontal is the longest in the sketch.  Oops!  I added some twine for the Bugaboo challenge and a Stampin Up tiny tag.  I think I might add a coffee shop gift card to the inside.  And here is our lovely 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 Bingo challenge at Catch the Bug
I used embossing, twine and a Bugaboo image

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Sketch Saturday #336 - Cocoa is for mugs!

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


Cathy created this week's fabulous sketch and I so enjoyed colouring up this cute A Day for Daisies image called Hot Cocoa Fairy and teaming her with these pretty Dovecraft Curiosity Corner papers.
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:
Papertake Weekly 2 or 4 legs and
A Creative Romance winter warmers (cocoa)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' November Challenge

It's the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our November theme is
Snowpeople
and we have a great goody bag to give to one lucky winner.


I had no access to my craft room for the whole of October and I am very behind in my Christmas cards.  I'll probably be sending out more shop bought ones again this year which is a crime given how much Christmas stash I own.  But here is one more in the bag.


I used an oldie snowman image by Sassy Cheryl
I can't remember the paper design.  I suspect it was from a pack shared with my best matey, Julie, and I don't have the cover.  I used a couple of Sizzix dies for my snowflake.

We would love it if you would share some love with my fellow CASSettes and join in the fun with our challenge this month.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Anything Goes at Sassy Cheryl's Facebook Page
 and
A Recipe at Crafty Creations.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Sketch Saturday #335

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


I really enjoyed Debra's fun sketch this week using this cute Totally Stampalicious Bugaboo stamp of Scarlette for a belated birthday card.  My papers are Park Bench by Fancy Pants.  The "oopsy daisy" was part of the Bugaboo stamp set and I added a Stampin Up tiny tag punch hanging from the flower centre with the word processed apology.
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:
Anything Goes at Catch the Bug (I hope I'm just in time); and
Aud Sentiments - put sentiment on a tag (attached to my flower centre)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sketch Saturday #334 - CAS Happy Anniversary

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

Our fabulous teamie, Marzena, always produces absolutely stunning interpretations of our sketches and this week she has come up with a stunning sketch for us all.    ...And surprise surprise I have followed it REALLY closely!!!   Sadly I photographed it in horrible light in the dark but I'm very pleased with it in real life.     I used a Papertrey Ink die and stamp set and a variety of Stampin' Up inks to create my honeycomb.  The sentiment is a PTI stamp from a completely different set but I thought it went well and I added a little bee from a wooden stamp I picked up in a charity store.  I almost never make CAS cards and when I do I am usually unhappy with them but I like this one which reads "Happy Anniversary" on the inside.  

Now we would like 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.
Aud Sentiments - "two or three word sentiment" and
Simon Says - "Anything Goes"


Sunday, 26 October 2014

A late running Sketch Saturday #333

I didn't actually make my project in time for this week's
Sketch Saturday
challenge, sponsored by the fabulous
Sir Stampalot

But I was very keen to use Vannessa's great sketch (which I rotated) to produce...



My take on Vannessa's sketch is in fact a little Halloween carton filled with cute Lindor pumpkin and ghost chocolates.

  I used some DCWV 12x12 papers for the carton with Martha Stewart web and railing punches for the trim, a little spider stamp on a Nestie label and some store bought embellishments and ribbon.
And I made three in total which is why I'm so late...

I am entering my projects into the challenges at
Sweet Stampin' - Anything but a card;
Creative Inspirations - Happy Halloween;
Sir Stampalot - Warm Autumn Colours;
Cute Card Thursday - Trick or Treat; and
Charisma Cardz - Anything but a card

and we would love for you to play along with us too.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sketch Saturday #333

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

Edited: I did make it afterall and I reposted above.

Sadly, I don't have a card for you today and I really AM sad because Vannessa has come up with a great sketch.  

So in spite of the fact that I have rather let the side down.  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.


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