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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!!!


Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sketch Saturday #360

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

In order to see how I have coped with Vannessa's fabulous sketch this week you may need to tilt your head to one side.   


I needed to make a card for my little sister and her husband  and this adorable image called "Meant to be" from Lily of the Valley which you can find here looked much better with the oval cut this way round.  I also wanted to retain the double row of hearts so my horizontal stripes are much higher than those in our sketch.  I coloured my image with Copics and my papers are by 5th and Frolic.
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 Papertake Weekly and Loves Rubber Stamps; and 
Let's Get Sentimental at Simon Says Stamp
I was looking for an LOTV challenge.  Does anyone out there know if LOTV still have challenges and where I can find them?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Sketch Saturday #359

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

I love images from our wonderful sponsor and this week I have used this gorgeous "Balloon-frog" which you can find here for a card for a male friend of mine overseas.  The greeting in side is of course Hoppy Birthday.  
When I saw Niki's fun sketch I knew I wanted to opt for the UK's Union Flag as the background and I also remembered I had the perfect papers called Portobello Road from Papermania.  Typically all of the Union Flag papers had been used (I suspect at a jubilee party at my neighbours' in 2012) and so I had to make my own flag by cutting the various shapes out myself.  It's a really tricky flag - much trickier than it looks and I daresay I've got it wrong but there is no missing what it's supposed to represent.   The cute frog has some paper pieced bloomers to coordinate and was coloured in 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 fellow Saturdays too.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes; and 
Creative Inspirations - Cute Critters


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 called Clever Koi and is available here.  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