Saturday, 25 June 2011

Sketch Saturday Challenge #161

It's Saturday! So time for another sketch challenge.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by one of our regular sponsor

"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!

There really is something for everyone :)

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

I want to tell you about 2 events that are going on at The Craft Barn in July...
2nd July - FREE Demo Day - with Di Oliver from Tando Creative, plus Carole Cann & Jane Collman
16th July - Courtyard Fun Day - free wine and beer tasting at the Homebrew shop, live music in the courtyard, special snacks at browsers, plus free craft demos in store with the Craft Barn house team

The fantastic prize is a Kanban clear stamp set of the winners choice worth £9.99

Here is this weeks sketch...

and what I did with it ....

 I used one of my favourite creature stamps ... House Mouse ~ Splish Splash a Citrus Bath

I took the 2 photos cos i wanted you to see the glossy accents on the glass and the first photo i felt didn't show if off too well!

To make this card I used:-
CS ~ Stash
Image ~ House Mouse
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Buttons and Silver thingys (dunno what they're called) ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending stumps, Sansodor, Glossy Accents

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Have the Faith of a Bird ....

Yep, don't faint, I've made another card!  This one is for my very empty "just in case" box.  

I saw this gorgeous image at Pollycraft which Paula is giving away FREE for anyone to use to enter her DT call competition.   Yep, they are extending their little Pollycraft family... Its been over a year since the last DT call and a few farewell's have been said since then ... so now looks like as good a time as any!

There is a choice of 2 images but i preferred the look of little old blue ...

I coloured him with my Pencil Crayons and Sansodor ...

To make this card I used :-

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Raspberry Road Designs ~ Love Bird Collection
Image ~ Pollycraft ~ Blue's Branch
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Flowers, Pearls & Ribbon ~ Stash
Tools ~ Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps, Sansodor, Woodware Leaf Punch, Sewing Machine, Nesties, Cuttlebug Corner Die, Cuttlebug

Talking of birds, I gave breadmaking a whirl this week in my SLOW COOKER (Crockpot) and this is how it turned out ....

It was/is delicious too ... only have half of it left!  I was a bit dubious as to whether it was going to work but was pleasantly surprised by the outcome!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Smile It's Free Therapy ....

I have a sad girlie here, although she does seem to have cheered a little, unless she's hiding her hurt well!  After 18 months and talk of buying a house together our youngest daughter has been dumped unceremoniously by her cretin of a so called boyfriend cos he needs to be single to go on holiday with his mates to Ayia Napa next month .... hmmm wonder what horrible diseases he will return with (if we wish hard enough).

So to bring a smile back to her miserable face (which i might add she's had for the past 12 months, so clearly wasn't really happy with him anyhow) I made her a card to let her know we still love her!

I used a fab image from Maurie Manning called Two Jill who has a similiar face to Ellie's at the minute ...

 ... and I used a fab sketch from one of Claudia's cards ...

... to make this card I used :-

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Magnolia and Pink Petticoat Gingham
Image ~ Two Jill ~ Digital Pencil Too
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Pearls, Brad, Net Stuff & Button ~ Stash
Border ~ Paper Cellar Shaped Border Tape (cut in half)
Tools ~ Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps, Sewing Machine, Carla Craft Corner Punch

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Sketch Saturday Challenge #160

Here we are with another sketch challenge for you all,
and this week we are sponsored by Pollycraft

and the prize for one lucky winner is:
All 3 sets of Swings and Slides Digital Stamps
Thats 18 Stamps!

WOW! what an amazing prize!
Thank you Paula xx 

Have you seen the adorable NEW Spencer & Claudia digi stamps?
Like all Pollycraft images they are priced at just 99p each or you can buy all 6 images for just £4.00

If you're looking for an even bigger bargain, and want to get a head start on your christmas cards, why not take a look at their half price christmas images - just 49p each!

Not only is there a wide range of digis available, but you can also buy the lovely Sonny Honeycloud in clear rubber too :)

Perhaps you need to buy some Promarkers?
well they are available from Pollycraft as single pens (so you can choose exactly which colours you need), priced at just £1.65 each,
and if you live in the UK and spend over £10, postage is FREE!

Always a bargain to be had at Pollycraft!

So onto this weeks challenge, here is the sketch...

 and my card ...

Ingredients ....

CS ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Pearls ~ Stash
Tools ~ Blending Stumps, Sansador, Pencil Crayons, Sewing Machine, Nesties

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch #159

This week's sketch challenge is sponsored by our regular sponsor,

"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

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

Not forgetting their HUGE Magnolia range HERE
All things Tim Holtz including newly released products can be found HERE

They have new Copic colours HERE

Did you know that SSS have e-gift cards too?
any amount from $5.00 - $100.00 is available, ideal to send to a crafty friend if you're unsure of what to buy them eh?

A very generous $25 gift certificate will be awarded to our lucky winner this week to spend on goodies in the SSS store!

Here is this weeks sketch...

and my card ...

To  make this card I used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs
Image ~ Lili of the Valley
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Eyelets & Cord ~ Stash
Tools ~ Eyelet Setter, Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps, Sansodor

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch #158

As it is the first Saturday of the month, Jo is taking a well deserved rest and Jeanette is hosting the challenge!   We hope you will be have fun playing with the sketch  Jeanette created for all of us to play along with! ... I know I did!!!


This weeks sponsor is My Favorite Things Stamps!   Here is a little more about them:

“From our passionately popular Who’s That Girl line, to the sweet Pure Innocence & Jolinne characters, MFT has a little something for everyone, and a lot of something different!
My Favorite Things is thrilled to introduce Die-namics. Our EXCLUSIVE, American made, line of steel dies that we are sure will be an essential ingredient in your paper crafting from THIS moment forward!
You’ve found a stamping home with your MFT Family, there’s fun & friendship to be had in addition to the best stamps and stamping products around.
And…with Brand Spankin’ New Releases every month, there’s always something worth coming back for!”
Wanna see the complete line? Visit!

MFT will be giving away this gift voucher! 


Here is the sketch. Have fun and we can’t wait to see all of your creations! 

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This is what I did ....

I made this for my 2 gorgeous boys (grandbabies) to give to their Great Grandad (my Dad) on his 79th birthday, which was Monday!

To make this card I used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~  Raspberry Road Designs ~ Travelogue 
Image ~ Magnolia Edwin with Binoculars
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Charms, String & Starfish ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps, Sansodor, Glossy Accents (incase you can't see where I used it .. on Edwins Buttons and the lens of the binoculars)

Party Bag Candy Winner!

The lucky lady and winner of my Party Bag Candy is ......



Well done honey, can you please email me your details and i shall get your box with its contents posted to you asap!