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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' September challenge

I have been such a bad bad CASSette this year and I am sooooo pleased that my teamies have been sooooo nice about it.    I've been horribly ill this week too which hasn't helped.   Hopefully, with Christmas only a terrifying 15 weeks away, I will be a good CASSette from now on or else I may have to move Christmas to January or February in order to be fully prepared for it!  

We are now having just one post each month at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
and this month our challenge is
Christmas Critters
We are delighted to be sponsored by 
The Hobby House
and we really want
YOU
to come and play along with us.

Best matey Julie and I went to the Sanddown craft show last weekend and I bought this cute image called "Robin" by The House of Zandra.  I coloured him with Copics, framed him in a Nestie and used American Crafts "Wonderland Collection" papers for the DPs.  My letters are cut from a DCWV stack using a long Tim Holtz die called "Stacked Words - Christmas"which I forgot that I had and which is absolutely going to get lots of use in the lead up to Christmas.   The holly sprigs are cut with a Joanna Sheen die, also purchased last weekend.    Sadly, I seem to have picked up a Monster Bug last weekend too and I have barely made it out of bed since Sunday afternoon.

We would all be very appreciative if you would share some love with my fellow CASSettes and then come and play along with us.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:  
#120 at Loves Rubber Stamps - "glitter or sparkle"
#280 "anything goes" at Creative Inspirations
September's Stamping Sensations for "Things with Wings"; and
#150 Crafts and Me "Time for Anything"




Saturday, 6 September 2014

Sketch Saturday #326

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
 our very own 
Lizy
a Stampin Up demonstrator
who has designed this week's fabulous sketch and is giving away a wonderful Stampin Up prize!

I'm just getting back into the swing of things after lots of trips and I played fast and loose with our sketch this week and made two wedding cards.  I was inspired by the stitching to make clothes... in heart shapes as I have seen other bloggers do from time to time.  And this is my version...

In the card above I used a Stampin Up embossing folder for my background and a Tim Holtz embossing folder for the man's shirt. The bow tie is by Die-namics and the hearts are cut with two different Memory Box dies.  My sentiment is by PTI and is mounted on a Sizzix banner.  This card is for my nephew whose bride has chosen silver, white and purple for her wedding colours.


My second card is for a very dear friend who is marrying his partner today.  I was invited to the wedding which is in Amsterdam and I'm sure it is going to be a magnificent day but sadly I am unable to attend.  I have no idea what colours the guys have chosen for their special day but their invitation was red and black and white so I opted for the same colours.  This time I heat embossed the lapels of the jackets.  I used Couture Creations Tied Together embossing folder for the background and a houndstooth folder for the shirts.  My sentiment is LOTV and I have used another Sizzix banner.  I hope Lizy doesn't mind me being so loose with her sketch but it really did inspire me!

I am entering my cards into the challenge for "Embossing" at Sweet Stampin.  I think I'm just in time;
 "Anything Goes" at Papertake Weekly
"Any Sentiment Except Birthday" at Aud Sentiments; and
"Dies or Punches" at My Mum's Craft Shop

Now do scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us! 

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #325 Pick-A-Sketch

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

As August 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 #324.  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.

My image is Elisabeth Bell Tania Baking, coloured in Copics.  Papers are First Edition I think and the banners are by Joanna Sheen.  And here is the sketch I used for my card but remember you can use any Sketch Saturday Sketch from our archive.  
Now scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us!



Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #324

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

This has been a very busy month for me with a family wedding in Cornwall (in the south west of England), a trip to Prague in the Czech Republic and a longer visit to the Greek Island of Crete and I simply didn't manage to make cards as well.  So once again I only have this week's wonderful sketch to share with you and not an actual card.

Please share some love with my fellow Saturdays, scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Vannessa's fab sketch.   See you next Saturday if not before!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #323

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

My sweet Great Niece now has a baby sister and this is the card I made for her using American Crafts 5th & Frolic and Echo Park Springtime Papers with this lovely Sugar Nellie "Bambino" from Funky Kits which you can find here.


The "baby" die is by PTI as is the little "welcome" sentiment and the teddy and safety pin are Martha Stewart punches.  "Bambino" has been coloured in Copics and Promarkers.

Alex has provided a fabulous sketch for us this week and my fellow Saturdays are overflowing with inspiration so scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.  
I am entering my card into the "Anything Goes" challenge at Stamping Sensations

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #322

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

Debra has created a wonderful layout for you this week and I would have loved to have played along but I've been away and I just didn't manage it.

It would be fabulous if you would share some love with my fellow Saturdays, scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sketch Saturday #321

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

What with one thing and another I have totally failed to make a card this week but don't let that stop you from scooching some space on your craft table and playing along with this lovely sketch by Laura.

And don't forget to check out my teamies' blogs for inspiration and share some love.





Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #320

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

I almost didn't make it again this week.   I am having problem after problem with my equipment.   My pooter can't read my SD card when it's in the camera connected to the computer by the camera cable or when it's in the computer directly. My pooter can't read my SD card from my card reader or from the hubster's card reader when it's connected to my computer but the hubster can read the card from his computer.  Sadly, he has a Mac and I can't just eject him from his seat, I need him to work the computer for me too.    A hellish combination of overheating (I mean me - not the computer - it's been extraordinarily hot here in Surrey for the last week) and hormones are making it impossible for me to deal rationally with my technical problems without ranting, jumping up and down and ending in a puddle of tears on the floor! And to top it all off I keep loosing my internet connection! But I got there in the end with this cute Baking Bea (Teddy Bea 063) image from Teddy Bo and co which you can find here.


I coloured my image in a combination of Promarkers and Copics and used these lovely Theresa Collins papers.  Clever cutting of the horizontal panel means that 8 and August feature prominently and this just happens to be the date of the recipient's birthday.  I hope she doesn't look at my blog!  I also just realised that my main DP should have been smaller and the border bigger.  Sorry Vannessa!

Share some love with my fellow Saturdays.  Scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Vannessa's fun sketch this week.

I am entering my card into the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl who want to see turquoise/aqua
A Creative Romance - Lets do Lunch
Deep Ocean - Lots of Layers
Hanna and Friends - We Celebrate


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #319

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

Who supplied this divine image called Talking With the Moon which you can find here.  My papers are Fancy Pants Park Bench.




Share some love with my fellow Saturdays.  Scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with Cathy's lovely sketch.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #318 12th July

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

I made my card for this week's challenge back in the first week of April.  It was a sympathy card made with Prima Almanac papers and a Stampin Up sentiment.  I know this because I started to write this post at the same time I made the card. Since making it, however, I broke my camera (my trolly was squooshed in the closing doors of an elevator at Gatwick airport on 8 April causing my hand luggage to fall to the floor and my camera was in the hand baggage at the time and the lens broke). I was using my SD card in the hubster's camera until 20 April when it ran out of space. I have just spent the last 3 hours trying to find the SD card and just when I had given up and written an apology here - I had a brain wave and found it.  

 And here is Debra's fabulous sketch.
It would be great if you would all come and play along with us!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Sketch Saturday #317

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

I needed a card for a very special little boy and I opted to use this little sailor guy from Mo Manning's fabulous Digital Pencil.  You can find him with some friends here.  My papers are Fair Skies by Farmhouse 


It would be lovely if you would share some love with my fellow Saturdays. They have provided some wonderful inspiration for you. Then 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:
Anything goes at
Papertake Weekly, Loves Rubber Stamps, Creative Inspirations and Aud Sentiments
and Reach for the Stars at Cute Card Thursday
and at the request of Aunty Sue...
Crafty Catz who want stars or stripes or both


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Sketch Saturday #316 with All Dressed Up

It's Saturday and time for another great sketch at
We are delighted to have a new sponsor ...
All Dressed Up,
a fabulous sketch from Cathy
and, perhaps, a glimpse of my own returning mojo.

I actually coloured an image this week.  I struggled a bit but I had to bite the bullet.  It seems like a long time since I did any colouring and we had some lovely images from All Dressed Up to play with.  This one is part of "Love to Shop" which you can find here and it's a fabulous bargain because this image has three ladies and a sentiment (which I didn't use on this occasion). I've just used one of the pretty girls and coloured her with Copics. 

The horizontal banner is word processed and mounted on a wooden flag and the vertical banner is a Stampin Up stamp and flag punch.  I'm very proud of my handbag which I designed and made myself using a small portion of two nesting dies for the handle and two different sized Go Kreate tag dies for the body of the purse. I also made the little circular embellishment on the left which covers up a smudge of pink ink which somehow appeared on my gold panel!  Now if only I could sew, I would be tempted to make myself an outfit just like this.  I really like these colours!

My teamies have all made super pretty cards so please drop by and share some love with them.  Then scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us.   I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp
Fave Colour combo at Deep Ocean (love the black, gold and turquoise)
Bunny Zoe's - Layers; and 


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Mid-Month Inspiration

It's time for the mid-month post at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
where our challenge is
Christmas Fairies
and we are lucky enough to be sponsored by the lovely
Funky Kits




I don't know why but I suddenly seem to have an aversion to colouring.  I think it's just that I haven't done it for a while - none of my recent makes have been coloured by me although I have added a little extra colour to some of them, including this one who started out with a grey top and a much paler skirt. I have added some "fluff" to her scarf and some sparkle to her wings although you can't see it in the photo.   She is one of last year's LOTV pre-coloured Christmas images and I think she is perfect for our Christmas Fairies challenge this week.  A mix of DPs, a fancy corner punch, some pretty ribbon and the addition of a Cheery Lynn holly flourish made this a quick and easy make.

We would love for you to come and play along with the CASSettes and make a start on your festive cards. With the longest day behind us now the nights will be drawing in and Christmas will be here sooner than you think!


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Whoops! ... Sketch Saturday #315

Every day since we got back from our recent trip, the Hubster has said to me "is it Saturday today?"  Well, everyday except yesterday which WAS Saturday and time for another great sketch at
and we are delighted to be sponsored by
Whimsy & Stars Studios

I actually thought yesterday was Friday!  And we've just got back from seeing The Eagles at the O2 stadium in London (they were BRILLIANT!) so now it's actually Sunday and I'm sorry I'm sooooo late!    
I have so many stamps and so many digis and yet here I am cheating again with a pre-coloured LOTV image but I have been away from my Craft Space for well over 3 weeks and I feel the need to get back to crafting gently.   This is one of LOTV's magical fairies from their art pads and she was just right for a quick make for my Great Niece who just turned 2.

My DP is Prima Meadow Lark and I used a Go Kreate die for the card shape and a nestie for the image frame.  Debra has given us a fabulous easy peasy sketch so scooch some space on your craft table and come and play along with us this week.

I am entering my card into the challenges at Creative Card Crew for Fairy Day;
 and A Creative Romance for Girly :




Saturday, 14 June 2014

Sketch Saturday #314

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

I needed a couple of thank you cards and Vannessa's wonderful sketch this week made my work easy using some DCWV burlap, some Prima Madeline papers and some Recollections embellishments.    I also used a PTI chevron die and a Memory Box "Thank you" for both makes. 


And I made a pink one too although now that I have mailed the cards, I see that my photos are rubbish!

I am entering my card into the Anything Goes challenge at Stamping for the Weekend

and I hope YOU will play along with our challenge this week.