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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

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Sketch Saturday #346 - 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 January 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 #345.  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 remember the first time I used Carrie's fab sketch #253.   I liked the card I made for it back in April 2013 and I like this one too. 

I used Valentine's Monster Love 2 which you can find here.  The image comes with the monsters standing separately; each with their own balloon but I merged one in front of the other and removed one of the balloons.  We wanted to send love to the recipient but not go overboard because he's a guy.  The monsters are supposed to represent the hubster and me.  I'm the fat yellow one!  I thought these guys were just crying out for googly eyes and I especially like how 'mine' turned out.    My papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found "Oliver".  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the fence and a Papertrey Ink die for "birthday".  And here is the sketch I used but remember you can use any of the ones in our archive...
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 Stamp - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - hearts 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sketch Saturday #345 - Dreaming of warmer climes

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

My delightful and beautiful Goddaughter is travelling to Australia having "done Europe" last year.   She also celebrates a birthday and I chose this lovely image called "Nadia Daydreaming" from Mo Manning which you can find here for a card for her.   I added some pictures of Australia to Nadia's magazine. 
I have, in my usual style, flipped the sketch.  I sometimes think that my brain sees things as if through a mirror as I rarely manage to get the sketch elements the right way round for my cards. 
I love these "Something for All Seasons" papers from Authentique.   My birthday sentiment and the frame for it are by Papertrey Ink (I'm not sure which set my Bon Voyage sentiment is from) and the leaves on my flowers are from a Marianne 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!
Given that whilst we Brits are freezing my Goddaughter is going to be  experiencing (and Nadia on my card is daydreaming) of fabulous winter warmth and sunshine down under, I am entering my card into the following challenges and I hope to get away with it!
Mo's DP2 Challenge - Anything Goes with optional warm
Deep Ocean - Winter dreams 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Sketch Saturday #344

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

I have been really miserable for the last couple of weeks.   I am still flooded with cold and gloopiness on my chest and I'm well and truly fed up with it.  Worse than that, my dearest and most treasured friend moved away and I'm gutted although of course I wish her and her family every happiness in their new home.
I have to confess to stretching the sketch a little with my make this week. You can definitely see that I followed it here using this entirely WordProcessed and Photoshopped sentiment (I had to Photoshop the white letters on to the green banner because I don't know how to do that in Word) and some papers from MME "Bloom" and 5th & Frolic "Dear Lizzy"

I also made a version using a central rectangle instead of an oval with my Poppy Stamps small window die and Memory Box village.  My papers here are a scrap of Graphics 45 for the stripes and "Seasons" from Authentique.
But both of these photos are just panels in a bigger project.   I have seen several of these types of boxes on blogs and this isn't the first one I've made but gosh I find them tricky.   The box bit is okay although there is rather a lot of it to decorate inside and out but I find fixing the "bouquet" of items inside really difficult.  I like all my waving elements
 but I failed in the engineering and they are all a bit jumbled and floppy.  If anyone out there has a way of arranging them more easily I would love to learn about it.  Here is one more shot showing some of the more hidden elements.  My bouquet includes Marianne dies, Hero Arts and PTI dies too.    

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 the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations and Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes;
and a photo inspiration from Curtain Call from which I drew on the colours and the wrap around theme of their scarves.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Bethlehem Inn - No Vacancies - Christmas at Sweet Stampin' January Challenge

It's the second Wednesday of the month and time for our new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our January theme is
Nativity
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Funky Kits
Sadly, my bose (that's "nose" to all you people out there who don't have a horrible cold) is still completely yukky and all that gloop has dropped down to the top of my chest where it is whistling and bubbling and making breathing even more difficult.  I have some antibiotics now so hopefully I will soon be on the mend.  In the meantime though I have had to make a card for our Nativity theme at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and I'm afraid I don't like it at all!

I picked this cute stamp from Stamposaurus called Bethlehem by Andrea Neville as my main feature and I really liked the idea of teaming it up with this great Waltzing Mouse Seasonal Remedies  sentiment stamp.  When it came to making the finished card, I thought it needed an actual nativity scene (outside of Bethlehem because of course Joseph and Mary were unable to stay at the town Inn) so I put this Die-sire Nativity die cut on a stepped panel at the front of my card.  I don't much like the mix of modern and traditional but I have been feeling too poorly to have another go so it is what it is.
My fellow teamies have done very much better and there is a splendid selection of cards to see over at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'.   We'd love you to join in with us too!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Sketch Saturday #343

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

I have the cold from Hell.  Seriously - I can't ever remember a worse one.  I am either completely stuffed up so that my head is pounding, my teeth are throbbing and my mouth is permanently open in order to breathe (which makes eating and even talking kind of tricky) or my nose, and astonishingly - my eyes, are streaming like I have a cartoon tap over the bridge of my nose and it's on full burst.   There doesn't seem to be a transition between the two states - I just go from stuffed up to pouring. The Hubster keeps telling me I don't look like me.   Gee - thanks!


Anyway... I used this fun Mo Manning image of The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz which you can find here.  He is coloured with Copics and teamed with papers from Graphic 45.     I struggled a bit trying to work out how to use my image with Debra's delightfully trendy sketch so I just used it behind my image.  My rather lame sentiment was Wordprocessed.   Forgive me.  I'm sick!
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 Inspirations - Finished with a Bow
and of course
Mo's Digital Pencil - Anything Goes