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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Sketch Saturday #376 Pick-A-Sketch

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

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 #375.  You can find our past sketches here. Just let us know which one you used by including a copy of the sketch in your post. 
I opted for Cathy's sketch #344 from January this year replacing the oval with a circle so that I could use these fabulous Papertrey Ink "Skyscapes and Everyday Scene-it" Dies with PTI "Petite Places Church" teamed with Dovecraft First Edition papers and MFT Die-namics By the Letters Alphabet dies.

Our daughter's SIL/BIL baptised their two little girls recently on the Greek Island of Crete.  Sadly I couldn't go to the celebrations because my mum was poorly (if it's not one thing - it's your mother!). 


It's a shame I didn't manage any decent photos!!!


I love what my fellow Saturdays have come up with to inspire you this week.    We would love to see you scooch some space on your craft table and play along.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes; and
P is for pink at ABC

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Sketch Saturday #374

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

So here is my card for this week using Tiffany Reading a Book from our sponsor, Milk Coffee.  I can't seem to find the image in the shop at the moment but if I spot it later, I'll edit this post and add a link.

I used Basic Grey papers, Spellbinders banners and a Tim Holtz brick wall die.  Tiffany is sitting on a drawn wall in the original image.


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:
Simon Says - Food or drink
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes; and 
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes with a stamp and a die

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' August 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
Penguins or Polar Bears
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Sweet Pea Stamps

I have used theis absolutely delightful Snow Pals image from Mo Manning's Digital Pencil.  You can find it here.   I coloured mine with Copics, sparkled it within an inch of it's life and teamed it with one of my oldest and most favourite K&Co paper packs for the side and inside panels.  The image was masked off in order to heat emboss a Cover A Card Impression Obsession snowflake stamp as background.   


I used a number of Memory Box Dies too.  The Merry Christmas is one of my favourites and I just love the penguins. It's called Playful Penguins and is available here.  You get three different ones in the set and I cut white and black versions and then mounted them up and coloured the faces on.  

There is one on the inside too, together with a Memory Box swirly snowflake die.  I love this die and I forget that I have it!!!    My sentiment, framed within Spellbinders Labels 18 - my favourite Nestie - is by Papertrey Ink  

My fellow CASSettes have produced lovely inspiration for you to start making those Christmas cards early.  We would all be delighted if you would share some love with them and then come and join in the fun this month.

I am entering my card into the challenges at 
Whimsy Stamps - Christmas in July
The Ribbon Girls - Anything Goes

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Sketch Saturday #373

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


This is NOT my colour work!   I needed a card in a bit of a hurry and I already had 4 other cards to make so I opted to use one of my lovely LOTV pre-coloured artpads for ease. Of course nothing is ever easy for me in cardmaking but with some help from Stampin Up tiny tag and bird stamps and punches, Go-Kreate tag die, Sizzix Tim Holtz bird house die and embossing folder combo, and some papers from K&Co "Wild Raspberry"and Sizzix I got there in the end!  The photo looks a bit dodgy but hey ho!
Alex came up with a splendidly easy sketch which I looked at with my head tilted to one side as is so often the case.   My fellow Saturdays have lots of 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.

I am entering my card into the following challenges: 
O is for Open - ABC
Anything Goes with a Stamp and a Die - Stamping Sensations
Anything Goes - Papertake Weekly; and 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sketch Saturday #372

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

I love this cute kitty with his birdie messenger from our sponsor, A Day for Daisies.  The image is called "A little birdie told me" and you can find it here.  Mine has been coloured with Copics and a white gel pen and teamed with some Basic Grey DP, a wooden bird embellishment and a Papertrey Ink die cut "hello".
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, 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.