Saturday, 30 April 2011

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch #153

Good morning to you all on this gorgeous, if a tad windy, sunny day in the UK!  I had a lovely relaxing day yesterday watching the Royal Wedding and texting my beautiful friend who was watching the celebrations in Trafalgar Square!

This weeks challenge is sponsored by our generous regular sponsor The Craft Barn

"We are a UK based business selling a wide range of craft supplies including stamps, dies and embossing folders, punches, an extensive range of items to alter and decorate and much more for your scrapbooking and card making projects. We are committed to providing the best, most up to date craft products at great prices, coupled with first class service.
Some of the leading companies that we stock include Stamping Bella, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Crafty Individuals, Martha Stewart, Katzelkraft stamps, Nestabilities, Craftwork Cards, Copic Pens, House Mouse, Viva D├ęcor, Eco Green crafts and Cosmic Shimmer to name but a few.
We are constantly adding new products to our range of craft supplies so be sure to add us to your browser favourites so you can pop back and see us."

The Craft Barn offer a wide range of goodies for all crafters from all things 'Cuttlebug' to grunge paper, from cottage cutz dies to cosmic shimmers, then there's your essentials like cardstock and papers and adhesives.  Not forgetting their HUGE stock of clear and rubber stamps to tantalise you!  

For all the latest products that have been added to the site PLEASE CLICK HERE, including their range of COPIC pens.

Would you like to spend a crafty day at The Craft Barn?
They are hosting a First Saturday Demo Day on Saturday 7th May with Karen Maccoy, Carole Cann and Lina McDermott, who will be focusing on masculine cards and gifts ready for Father’s day. This will be such a benefit for anyone who struggles with ideas for the men in our lives.

Also, over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June they will be holding another EXTRAVAGANZA weekend, these are really exciting and have 24 demonstrators in attendance! This year the theme will be 'The Best of British', focussing on products manufactured in the UK.
The demonstrations are great for picking up tips and techniques, and best of all the demos are FREE, and run continuously throughout both days, so you don't need to book in advance - just turn up and watch! :)

So this weeks challenge ... The Craft Barn are offering TWO Tatty Button stamps to this weeks lucky winner!
Sandy, Thank you for your generosity! (I so want these)


And all you have to do to be in with a chance of inking up those little beauties is to make a card using this weeks sketch...

and this is what i did with it ....

I know Easter was last weekend, but i'm chasing my tail here slightly.  I just don't know where all my days are going too.  I still have Easter images all coloured up ready to go on cards LOL!  I think I can salvage a couple and use them on birthday cards with a clever sentiment from Create with TLC

To make this box I used:~
1 x Tea Bag Box
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Sammy D ~ Easter Kit
Image ~ Magnolia Tilda in Egg
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
 Flowers, Pearls & Raffia ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps, Sansodor, Butterfly Die, Chocolate Easter Egg Mould, Cello Bags, Chocolate & Sweeties 

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch #152

Happy St George's Day and  Happy Birthday to my lovely teamie Sandra! xx

This week we are being sponsored by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.

Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps is a rubber stamp company owned and run by Sparkle Smith.

"My name is Sparkle, and yes it's my real name. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 and soon after moved to Denver, Colorado. In 2008, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest and am now happily living in Maple Valley, Washington with my wonderful and supportive husband, Brent.

I love to craft, make cards, scrapbook, make notebooks and journals, paint, rubber stamping, and just about anything else along those lines. I have been crafting for the last 12 years and I am so happy to have opened my own stamp company, Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps."

To celebrate Easter, Sparkle has decided to have a SALE. Everything in the store is 15% off and the sale will run through midnight on Sunday, April 24th.

But before you dash off to her store to fill your baskets, make a note of this weeks sketch so that you can make your entry for this weeks challenge, because this weeks winner will win 2 Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps:

Here is this weeks sketch...

... and my card ...

To make this card I used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Miaaow! Paper from HERE
Image ~ Sparkle Creations ~ Josh with Kitty
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Eyelets and  Gems ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps, Sansodor

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch #151

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Paper Makeup Stamps!

Paper Makeup Stamps is a rubber stamp company, founded and owned by Katie Cotton, which carries cute, whimsical and wonderful designs in both rubber and digi, from gorgeous fairies, to awesome monsters, to wonderful wordart.

If you hop on over to the PMS blog, you will find all the details of the MASSIVE annual inventory reduction SALE!  Over 100 stamps are currently on sale, some up to 80% off!! The majority of the stamps on sale are 40% off BUT the catch is that there are limited quantities on sale. This is not a liquidation, but a stock evener, so once the set quantity on the stamp has been reached, it will return to it's regular price.  CLICK HERE to start shopping in the PMS sale!  Before you start shopping, you may want to 'like' our PMS Facebook page as there's something special posted just for our FB fans! 

Paper Makeup Stamps next release date will be May 7th, but to see their March/April releases, please click here.

PMS is very kindly offering one lucky winner a $20 gift certificate to the PMS store - thank you Katie!

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, here's this weeks sketch for you to use in your entries...

and my card ....

To make this card I used:~
CS ~ Stash
Image ~ Rex ~ Paper Makeup Stamps
Sentiment ~ Dragons & Dinosaurs ~ Create with TLC
Buttons ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Sansador, Blending Stumps, Pencil Crayons

Friday, 15 April 2011

Just Magnolia Challenge #102 ~ Happy Birthday

This weeks challenge is a special one . ... It's a 'Happy Birthday' challenge. Why is it so special,  it's Just Magnolia's 2nd Birthday!! 

The Sponsor is Simon Says Stamp. One lucky participant will win a whopping $50 gift certificate!!

This card was made for a friends birthday and of course I had to make a matching box of choccies to go with it.  Pernod flavoured creme's would you believe!?! ... I don't half have some strange requests!

To make the card and choccie box I used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Shelley Rae ~ Polka Treat
Image ~ Magnolia Tilda
Sentiments ~ Create with TLC
Pearls, Flowers & Brads ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Sansador, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Sketch Saturday Challenge #150

This week's challenge is sponsored by our regular sponsor, Simon Says Stamp!

"With over 100,000 items in stock, Simon is proud to offer the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, Altered Art, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world!"

To see all the latest products instore please click HERE

including their Hero Arts new for spring 2011 products!

To see the exclusive Simon Says Stamp range, please click HERE

Their HUGE Magnolia range can be found HERE
All things Tim Holtz including newly released products can be found HERE

They have all new Copic colours for 2011 HERE

and not forgetting the new Spellbinders for 2011 HERE

As always a very generous $25 gift certificate will be awarded to our lucky winner this week to spend on goodies in the SSS store!
HUGE THANKS to Heidi, Steph and all at SSS for their continued support of our challenge blog.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, here's this weeks sketch for you to use in your entries...

..... and my card ....

To make my card I used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ No Reimer Reason ~ Free Download
Image ~ Maurie Manning
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Pearls, Ribbon & Staples ~ Stash
Tools ~ Diamond Stickles, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday ....

This is the first time at saving my soul LOL ... and i'd like to share a song that as of Thursday has been playing  frighteningly loud in my car, enjoy!....

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch #149

As it's the first Saturday of the month, it's DT week at Sketch Saturday and this week it's Simonne's turn to host the challenge. is her fab sketch ...

This weeks challenge is being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!

Whimsy Stamps is a family owned business and online store located in the United States. We carry a line of whimsical and fun rubber stamps made from deeply etched red rubber and mounted on EZ mount foam. We also have a digital stamp collection with new releases on the 1st of each month. We've recently added an online gallery for our DT and registered users where you can find lots of samples using our stamps. We also have an inspirations blog with daily postings and product info and our featured stamper Saturdays!

The winner this week will win this amazing prize package of 3 rubber stamps/sets and a coordinating Whimsy Shapeology die worth in a total a whopping $31! 

Balloon Sentiments rubber stamp set

Balloon Die Set (coordinates with the Balloon Sentiments)

Birthday Wish List rubber stamp

Club Kid rubber stamp set

And here is my card ...

To make my card I used :~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Puppy Breath from HERE
Image ~ Whimsy Stamps ~ Dog
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC (created specifically for this image by the fab Paulette)
Pearls & Button ~ Stash
Tools ~ Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps, Sansodor, Sewing Machine