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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.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Sketch Saturday #364

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

My teamies make wonderful cards each week for your inspiration.  I admire them all but one of our Saturday Girls, Marzena, always puts a really innovative take on our sketches and that's what I have tried to do this week.  I don't have the same flair as her (and darn it I have my elements the wrong way round again) and you do need to view my card with your head tilted to one side but hopefully you can still see Alex' great sketch.
My BIL, Andy Smith, works in an opticians.  I made this card for him with Graphic 45 "Old Curiosity Shop" papers and an internet produced eyesight chart found at www.eyechartmaker.com.  I have relied on the boxy elements of my paper and the glasses (which should have been on the left) and pointing hand (which should have been on the right) to reflect the background in Alex' sketch.  I really like how it turned out!

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 challenge at Simon Says Stamp for "Make it Masculine"

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Sketch Saturday #363 Pick-A-Sketch

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

As May 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 Niki's fab sketch #317.   I liked the card I made for it the first time and I like this one too. 

Don't you love it when you find the perfect image for that special card?   This one is for my most treasured friend, Julie, with whom I have been friends for over 40 years.  
Happy Birthday, Julie!!! 
The image is, I think, a retired one from the lovely talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary . If that turns out not to be the case, I shall edit this post and make a link only I couldn't find it in Krista's shop.   She is called 'Sara' and she looks just like Julie!  My papers are by Kate & Co. The long leaves are a Poppy Stamps die, the skeleton leaves are Marianne LR0156, the clock works face is also by Marianne CR1234, the little tags are Papertrey Ink,  and the flowers were a gift to me from ...Julie!


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:
Cute Card Thursday - Too Cute
Creative Inspirations - Pastel Shades
Deep Ocean - Bingo (I used Flowers, Doily and Sentiment)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes; and
Stamping Sensations - Flower Power


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.