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Monday, 8 August 2016

And now for something completely different...

Some lovely friends have become engaged.   They happen to be very fond of daisies and I made them a card using this Papertrey Ink One Liners die as a sentiment on which to ground (and dangle) my minimalist design elements.

I used an oversized embossing folder for the polkadots and I cut the daisies with a variety of punches and topped them with Craftworks Candy and little pearls. The tiny tag punch from Stampin Up is one of my faves!  I am entering my card into the challenges at Papertrey Ink Make it Monday who are showcasing stamped grounded sentiments, Simon Says - Fabulous Florals and Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer Florals.

I wish my photograph was better quality!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Simon Says Make My Monday with Aud Sentiments, Hanna and Friends

I must say I am enjoying the opportunity to scout around for challenges to inspire me.  Today I am playing along with:
Simon Says - Things with Wings
Make My Monday - Sentimental
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes (with a sentiment and a DT call); and 
Hanna and Friends - Animals (which hopefully includes birds)

I decided to try out a slightly different style (for me) with this card.   When I saw this Poppy Stamps Jumbled Alpha die (which you can buy here at Dies to Die for), my eyes saw A B C D E F G H I, but my brain really only saw the last two letters.   Then I bought a cute Stamping Bella stamp called Sweaty Chicks and masking off the other two chicks, I used only this little guy with a Word  Processed sentiment.  I cut the white letters out using the die and then popped them back in.  The orange ones are stuck on top but next time I shall insert them for a flat finish.  It's unlike me to make a card with so much white space but I rather like it.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Day for Daisies with Sketch Saturday #421

This is only my second posting since I left the lovely Sketch Saturday team and I miss them so much I thought I would play along with their sketch this week. 

I used this adorable image from A Day for Daisies called "Hello Baby Giraffe" which you can find here with my favourite Theresa Collins papers and a cute little flower embellishment.  
















I've coloured my image in Copics and I realised I have taken a terrible photograph.  I'm sure my colouring looked better IRL!  Hey ho!  The sentiment is by LOTV and I have used some Papertrey Ink banner dies too.  
I am entering my card into the challenge at Sketch Saturday;
ADFD where I have CASEd the colours of this pretty card by their teamie, Juliana; and the "Any image" challenge at The Ribbon Girl.  

Friday, 24 June 2016

Mo's Digital Pencil 4 Mummys and Daddys

My Mother has been poorly of late.  After a brief spell in hospital and another stay at my house she is back in her own home and that seemed a good enough reason to make her a card.

Maurie Manning of Mo's Digital Pencil produced gorgeous new images recently with Fathers' Day in mind of a child holding a card for Daddy but, after a special request from me, she was kind enough to provide the same image holding a card for Mummy and that is what I have used here 4 Mummy Girl S.    I am so grateful, Mo.  Thank you!!!      
You can find all of Mo's lovely images on this theme which include a boy and a girl and a choice of straight or curly hair for each here.

I made mine in a round shape with a Go Kreate die and I'm entering it into the following challenges:
Anything Goes with a Mo image - DP2 Challenge
Any image - The Ribbon Girl;
Show us your Shapes at  - Sweet Stampin;
 and Anything goes at Crafty Creations

In addition to Mo's lovely image which is coloured in Copics and paper pieced, I used "Felicity" papers by Glitz and a Wonky Stitched die from MFT Die-namics, a Marianne die and a Stampin Up "hello". My flowers are by Recollections.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Sketch Saturday #417

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

This week I made a card for one of my two lovely great nieces using a precoloured LOTV image which I overcoloured a little to make brighter and combined with this perfect mushroom die LR0372 from Marianne Designs Creatables.  The number four is a Die-namics die and the stars on the mushroom are cutouts from a Papertrey Ink banner.

Today is a bit of a sad day for me.   I have been a very proud member of the Sketch Saturday team for pretty much exactly 4 years and I've decided to step down.   I can't tell you how much I have loved being part of this team of super ladies; past and present and I will absolutely continue to scooch some space on my work table and play along with the Sketch Saturday challenges.  I hope you will play along this week with Debra's wonderful sketch...

I am entering my card into the challenges at
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes as long as it's a card
ABC - J is for Just as you Like
Creative Inspirations - Spring into Summer
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe (I used dies, image, birthday from the central column)

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Sketch Saturday - #415

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

I had to make a reasonably quick card for an anniversary so I over coloured an already pre-coloured LOTV image from one of their art pads.   I like these pads but the colour palette is very limited and the depth of the printing isn't very vibrant so I find by overcolouring I get a little more umph in the image.   I'm still taking pants photos though.

I teamed this one with a Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die and a Tim Holtz Alterations scripted sentiment die from the "Love" set.  My papers are Prima Stationer's Desk.

And here is Alex's fabulous sketch which I may be guilty of modifying ever so slightly!   There is lots of lovely inspiration on our challenge blog and I know my teamies would be happy if you were to pay a visit to their personal blogs before you scooch some space on your work desk and come and play along with us!
 
I'm entering my card into the challenges at Fussy and Fancy Friday for "Anniversary or Wedding"; and ABC where "I is for Important"

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #414

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

You're going to need to tilt your head to one side to see how my card works with Debra's beautifully CAS sketch.  I used First Edition dies with MME Lost & Found Union Square papers and my Papertrey Ink Birthday die.   I love the simplicity (and the speed of making) this card.   It's not my week to make a card at Sketch Saturday but I loved Debra's sketch and I hope you will scooch some space on your craft table and play along with us this week too.
I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - 156 Anything goes with a sentiment
Deep Ocean - 129 Vintage or Shabby Chic
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - 113 Masculine
Creative Inspirations - 252 Anything goes with an optional sketch


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #413

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

A dear sweet woman I know happens to have a penchant for all things piggy and when I saw a card in a store with this image by Patience Brewster I felt I had to get it for her even though I NEVER buy store-bought cards these days.  So this card has been upcycled from a brand new card - I simply cut the front panel off and trimmed it down.  I couldn't improve on the image but I enjoyed using these pretty papers, flowers and die-cut leaves and words to spruce it up.  

There is a ton of wonderful  inspiration from my teamies on the Sketch Saturday blog and our friends at The Paper Shelter are offering a fabulous prize so why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along.

 I am cheekily entering my card into the challenge for "birdhouse" at Curtain Call.   They have this inspiration photo
 I realise they probably meant the wooden kind of bird house but technically a nest IS a bird house...
And I'm also entering the challenges at The Ribbon Girl (where I was a winner last week - Yippee - thank you Mary and Andrea and Maja Design) for "Any Image on Any Project" and at Bunny Zoe's Crafts for "Lovely Layers"



Saturday, 14 May 2016

New Home!

I started to make a card for Sketch Saturday for today's sketch and then realised it's not my week to post a card so I went off on a tangent about half way through and ended up with a stepped card with a simple Hero Arts house stamped on the front panel with a PTI sentiment.

The recipient had a neutrals theme accented with copper in mind for her new living room so I incorporated some DCWV copper card in my "parquet flooring" and also in the individually laid bricks cut with a Tim Holtz die (I think) for the sides.

My image has been coloured with Copics.


I am entering my card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Creative Inspirations - Shape it Up (they don't want to see a regular square)
Cute Card Thursday - More than one Fold; and Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Sketch Saturday #411

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

I didn't have time to find and print or stamp an image for this week's card so I used one from one of my LOTV art pads and over-coloured it with my Copics and Promarkers.  The additional colouring widens the palette of the pre-printed image and makes the image a little more vibrant.  I gotta improve my photography though - I seem to be taking horrible quality photos!

I used Crate Paper "Party Day" with some DCWV for the backgrounds and popped a large ribbon banner across the centre in keeping with Kathy's fun sketch this week.   I think the "happy" is either a Stampin Up or Yellow Bicycle die.   I used Dienamics dies for the numbers and my Cricut for the "th".  Flowers are from my stash and the leaves are a Martha Stewart Punch.

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.

I'm entering my card into the challenges at The Ribbon Girl where it's anything goes on a card, and Deep Ocean who want to see Flowers Everywhere.


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #410 Pick-A-Sketch

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

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 #409.  You can find many of our past sketches here or of course you can scroll through our blog at SS. Just let us know which one you used by including a copy of the sketch in your post. 
I used Sketch #396 from January this year.  I absolutely LOVE this sketch!  I teamed it with these fun cupcake papers from Crate Paper (I think) and this adorable House Mouse "Birthday Cupcake" stamp.  I think my photo is a bit blurred.  Sorry!




I am entering my card into the following three challenges:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Animals + Sentiment; and 
House Mouse - Favourite way to spend the day - what would be better than with a cupcake?

Please come and play along with us at Sketch Saturday this week - we love to see you join in!  











Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #409

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

I'm sorry I'm late with my post today - my pc kept refusing to action any and every command I made and I've had to shut it down and reboot several times in order to be able to do anything at all.  Anyway, here is my card today using some pretty papers from my stash and this adorable little "Birthday Mermaid" which you can find here










I'm going to keep this post super short incase my screen freezes up again but we would love 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:
Stamping Sensations - one for the girls and
Simon Says Stamp - make it girlie



Saturday, 9 April 2016

Sketch Saturday #407

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

I've used this fabulous image by Mo Manning called "Sheep" before. You can find it here.  I have also previously combined it with this sentiment.  I like the sentiment so much that I deliberately made this card late just so that I could use it!   I hope you like my interpretation of Niki's fun sketch.  My teamies have come up with some fab inspiration for you.  Do go and share some love with them if you can.

I coloured "Sheep" with Copics and spent loads of time trying to cut the film strip in which to frame it and lining up the sentiment so that it printed within the sprocket holes.   I added a little Tim Holtz film as a banner.   I hope you will join us at Sketch Saturday for this week's sketch.

I am entering my card into the following challenges at:
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday (and Happy 7th Birthday to you SSS!)
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes as long as it's a card
Mo's Digital Pencil - Anything Goes with a Mo Image
Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday or 6 (and Happy 6th Birthday to you AS!)
ABC - E is for Everything (anything goes); and
Cute Card Thursday - Something Shiny (the film strip banner)

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Sketch Saturday - #405

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by the lovelies at
Digi Stamp Boutique

Today's card uses some Poppy Stamp banners, a Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder, sunny papers called DIY Shop by Crate Paper and my image is "Hush" by Mo Manning.  You can buy him here.







And here is the recipient.  Poor lamb - he was exhausted when this photo of him was taken asleep on the floor in the exact position of Mo's lovely image!


We would be super happy 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 great sketch.  

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - Any image; and Simon Says Stamp - Rain or Shine (my papers and embossing)

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Sketch Saturday #404

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

I was so sad to learn that Bunny Zoe's is to close down. We are going to lose a wonderful regular sponsor and the craft world is going to lose a wonderful supplier!  There is, however, a store-wide sale so I urge you to get on over there to pick up some bargains before they all go.  This week's sketch is one of my own so I hope you like it.   I didn't make a card.  I used some Papertrey Ink silhouette "man & wife dies" which you can find here and a large flower to make a box to hold some bubble wands for a friend's wedding.
Here is the front of the box and just one of the bubble wands which I decorated with ribbons, tags and little doves.   I decorated all of the wands like this one but the next photograph shows the inside of the box before the wands were decorated.  To be honest, I really struggled to get them all in the box after decorating them.


I made a belly band from ribbon and a Stampin Up sentiment and punch to fasten the box once it was closed and I finished my project with a little tag.  I know my fellow Saturdays would be delighted with a visit from you to their blogs and then why not scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  I look forward to seeing what you do with my sketch.
Sorry I'm a little late posting this.  I was travelling this morning, having just returned from a little trip! I am entering my project into the Flower Power challenge at Stamping Sensations.