Saturday 31 May 2014

Soft and Subtle with CBS... Sketch Saturday Week #312 and a Blog Hop :)

Hello everyone!! :)

Well, I can hardly believe it but I am here to share my fifth and final Sketch Saturday GDT card with you... and as it is Sketch Saturday's 6th Birthday, there's something a little special going on this week... a blog hop which I am pleased to be joining in with... more details after the card!! lol Also this week, as it is the fifth week in the month, you can choose which sketch you want to use from the SS archives... from as far back as #215 to the present so plenty of choice!! :) I went with a sketch of Jen's which I loved when I first saw it a couple of months ago but didn't have chance to use at the time... here's my card...

I pulled out a few more CBS items for this one- all from the SMS (Shop My Stash for any newcomers- have a look at the tab at the top to know more!) drawer, though some had been there longer than others!! :) I kept it nice and simple as I haven't had a lot of energy this week but the addition of some designer paper (as part of my ongoing SMS challenge, I am also trying to use more of the consumables in my stash- like the tons of cardstock and papers I have- as well as using all my never before used stamps and dies) kept it interesting :) I also added a couple of lines of stitching with my brand new and utterly fabulous (*TEAL*... this makes me ridiculously happy!!! lol) sewing machine!! :)

I love the soft and summery look this has with the colours and oh so pretty flowers :) Oh, yes- and my fave ever sentiment stamps made another appearance too!! lol

{The List}

Cardstock - Papermill - Rich Cream Linen
Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Bridal Bouquet and Fabulous Fuschias
Dies - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Bridal Bouquet Die Collection and Lovely Labels Die Collection
Inks - VersaMagic - Thatched Straw, Persimmon, Sea Breeze, Turquoise Gem & Aspen Mist (blended on stamp), Aloe Vera & Tea Leaves (blended on stamps), Pink Grapefruit
Papers - First Edition - Boho Chic
Tools - Cuttlebug, my new (teal! ;D) Sewing Machine

The sponsor over at SS this week is Little Miss Muffet Stamps...

...and here's the sketch I used...

... though don't forget, you can choose your own favourite :)

I hope you can join in and take part in the blog hop too!! :) Here's the list for you...

All that's left is to say thank you to Jen and the other SS ladies for having me as their guest designer this month... I have had a lot of fun!! :) It's also Jen's final week on the SS DT... I know I will miss her sketches!! :)

Thanks for stopping by folks (and for reading what turned out to be a rather mammoth post!! :S ) ... I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! :)

Saturday 24 May 2014

Good Times... Sketch Saturday Week #311 :)

Morning everyone!! :)

Well, it's time for the fourth and penultimate of my GDT posts for Sketch Saturday... this month is really flying by!! :) This sketch is really very me and I was excited to sit down to create with it... somehow still found myself slightly flumoxed by the number of layers, though, so kept things as simple as possible by sticking pretty much exactly to the sketch!! lol

I actually made this several weeks ago... I was trying to get ahead knowing that I wouldn't have much time or energy for crafting with my friends staying... but I made a mistake with the sketches and thought this was the second week's so had to go back and get another one made quick-smart when Jen set me right!! Luckily we realised we were talking at cross-purposes about design ideas while on Skype!! lol Anyway... when I made this, Jen had just brought me my first ever packs of SU! cardstock and I was just dying to have a play... such scrummy colours!!!! :)

I'd also been itching to use this CBS bike stamp and the sketch was just perfect for it... I used one half of the flowery tree from the Design A Tree set to come out of the bike's basket and then added a few butterflies from Good Times, too... love how it all came together!! :) I also kept things simpler by avoiding using any patterns and making one of the strips on the sketch a layer of vellum :)

{The List}

Cardstock - Papermill Direct - White Plain; Stampin' Up! - Perfect Plum, Coastal Cabana
Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Good Times, Design a Tree
Dies - Clearly Besotted - Scalloped Edge Die Collection; MFT - Fishtail Banners
Inks - Hero Arts Shadow Inks - Soft Granite, Soft Purple, Soft Pool, Soft Pink, Soft Blue; VersaMark
Papers - Forever Friends - Springtime 6x6" Pad; DoCrafts Anita's - Vellum
Tools - Cuttlebug, Heat Tool
Embellishments - Docrafts Anita's 3mm gems
Finishing Touches - Wink of Stella Clear; Stickles - Frosted Lace and Crystal
Extras - Embossing Powder - Crafter's Companion White

This week's sponsor at over at Sketch Saturday is Bugaboo...

... and here's the sketch...

I hope you'll join in and please stop by the SS blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with!! :) Hope you're all well and have a lovely weekend!! :)

Also, thank you so much to the lovely folk who've left comments recently... I'm sorry I've not been making it back around to visit people but I am still having to take things a bit easy after my friends' visit and in preparation for some work on the house starting in the next week or so... but I'll try and get round to people asap!! :)

Friday 23 May 2014

Just Peachy... :)

Hello!! :)

I'm just flying by with a quick post for a couple of challenges- CBS' colour challenge and LIM, where the theme is flowers :) 

Yep, I just couldn't resist another little play with the stunning Love Blossoms set from the latest CBS release!! :) Steph and Jenny seem to manage to come up with  a new contender for 'My Favourite CBS Set Ever' with practically every release!! lol

I kept it simpler this time and also managed to keep a bit better to the CBS colour palette... peach is not a colour I normally like so these ink pads don't get a huge amount of use... but I have to say, now they're made, I really like the colour combo!! :) A few green leaves really lifted it and provided some additional interest, too :)

A gratutitous close-up... just 'cause the cherry blossoms are soooo pretty!! lol 

{The List}

Cardstock - SU! - Old Olive; Papermill Direct - White Plain
Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Love Blossoms, Paired Up (leaves) and Fabulous Fuschias (sentiment)
Dies - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Love Blossoms Die Collection
Inks - VersaMagic - Pixie Dust, Pink Grapefruit and Tea Leaves
Tools - Cuttlebug
Embellishments - Docrafts Anita's - Pearls and Gems; random sequin from my stash

Challenges: Clearly Besotted Challenge - Colour Palette :) ; Less Is More - Flowers :)

Okay, I'm off to link up now... thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back tomorrow to see my take on the next sketch at Sketch Saturday!! :) Happy Friday folks!! ;)

Saturday 17 May 2014

Beautiful Blossoms... Sketch Saturday Week #310 :)

Hello!! :)

It's time for another Sketch Saturday GDT card from me... the sketch was again a little out of my usual CAS comfort zone this time so the card(s - I made two in the end!!) have come out rather busier than my recent norms... but... I really love it in the end!! :) Plus, I got to use my new (and utterly, amazingly gorgeous!!) CBS Love Blossoms Stamps and Dies on the day they arrived!! lol So, here they are...

I mainly stuck with the dies for these cards to save on time/energy as I am still feeling rather exhausted after my friends' visit last week and I used some beautiful papers which came free in Craft Seller magazine a few months ago... oh but they are soooo pretty!! :)

I shaped the flowers slightly by pressing them into my cupped palm and then they, of course, got the WoS and Stickles treatment for a bit of sparkle :)

The sentiments are layered for extra impact (as were the branches actually) - thank you to whoever came up with the stacked die cuts idea... love it!! :) The underneath layers are just cheap white card so I edged them with co-ordinating ProMarkers... fiddly but it looks so much better!! lol

{The List}

Cardstock - 6x6in scalloped card blanks, Core'dinations - Super Assortments Nostalgia
Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Love Blossoms, A Little Sentimental
Dies - Clearly Besotted Stamps - Love Blossoms Die Collection, Birthday Word Die, Thanks Word Die
Inks - Memento - Espresso Truffle
Colouring Mediums - ProMarkers to edge the diecut layers
Papers - Craft Seller Magazine Freebie - Oriental Garden Collection
Tools - Cuttlebug, scissor blade for distressing; Martha Stewart Punch - Butterflies
Embellishments - Anita's - 2mm Pearls
Finishing Touches - Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles - Crystal

This week's sponsor at Sketch Saturday is the fab Bunny Zoe's Crafts...

... and here's the sketch for you...

Challenges: Clearly Besotted Stamps - Colour Challenge (I have the peachy-pinks and brown... hope that's enough!!) ; Papertake Weekly - Pretty Pastels :)

I'm going to keep this short and sweet as I really don't have a lot of energy at the mo' and my arms are exhausted just typing this much but I hope you'll join in and pop over to the SS blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with!! :) Have a good week!! :)

Saturday 10 May 2014

Birthday Balloons... Sketch Saturday Week #309

Hello everyone!! :)

I'm back with my second Sketch Saturday GDT card... the sketch is a little more out of my typical comfort zone this time but I had fun with the card and am pleased with the end result... plus, it's another in the box that will be suitable for those oh-so-tricky men!! lol Here it is...

I went with my new Balloons die set for the main elements (Jen picked this up for me from the lovely Sally at Craft Mojo while she was at the Leigh show a few weeks ago... we allowed ourselves a teeny cheat on our papercrafts buying ban as she was going to be surrounded by stash all day... and I was very happy that Sally ahd a stall there for me to cheat with!! lol) and cut a sentiment out of them to keep the whole thing as simple as possible :)

I really like the bright, fun colours of this one an think it will do for male or female, young or old in the end :)

{The List}

Cardstock - 6x6 inch card blank - Craftwork Cards; Core'dinations Gemstones for balloons and mat layer
Stamps - Clearly Besotted - A Little Sentimental
Dies - Paper Smooches - Balloons; PTI - Block Alphabet Lowercase and Numbers
Inks - Memento - Bamboo Leaves; VersaMagic - Tea Leaves
Papers - Papermania Forever Friends - Party Time 6x6in pad
Tools - Cuttlebug
Embellishments - DoCrafts Anita's - 3mm Gems
Finishing Touches - Sakura Clear Stardust pen; Sakura Clear Glaze Pen

The sponsor at SS this week is Simon Says Stamp...

... and here's the sketch for you...

I am hopefully resting up after a wonderful week with my friends (they left yesterday to head off to their friends' wedding), so fingers crossed Blogger plays nice and posts this for me!! :) I hope you can join in and pop over to the SS blog to see what Jen and the rest of the DT have come up with!! :) Have a great weekend folks!! :)

Saturday 3 May 2014

Summer Butterfly... Sketch Saturday Week #308 :)

Hello!! :)

So... a while ago, Jen asked me if I would like to be a Guest Designer for the month of May over at Sketch Saturday... and- funnily enough!- I said 'Yes!!'... so here I am today very happily sharing my first GDT card using a fab sketch by Jen... which is also a birthday card for a wonderful and butterfly-loving crafty friend...

This is a simple card... just a piece of DP, one die cut butterfly and some vellum- with a touch of sparkle and a few pearls added, of course!!- but I was really pleased with how it came out... I have shied away from sketches recently but felt like my layouts were getting a bit stale, so I'm glad Jen's offer gave me a push to try something different :)

Told you there was 'a touch' of sparkle... the butterfly was cut from a glittered paper... but I still added several coats of amazing Wink of Stella to the rest... and then couldn't resist adding a bit more to the background piece, which was also already glittered!! lol

{The List}

Cardstock - Papermill - Pale Turquiose Smooth
Stamps - Clearly Besotted - Dandelion Dreams (sentiment)
Dies - Clearly Besotted - Elegant Butterflies Die Collection
Inks - Hero Arts Shadow Inks - Soft Pool
Papers - First Edition - Summer Breeze; DoCrafts Anita's - Vellum
Tools - Cuttlebug, half a broken pair of scissors for distressing edges, Heat Tool, my teeny-tiny sewing machine
Embellishments - Flat-backed Pearls
Finishing Touches - Clear Wink of Stella
Extras - Embossing Powder - WOW! Clear Semi-Dull

This week's sponsor over at Sketch Saturday is Whimsy Stamps...

... and here's the sketch for you...

Whew... I'd forgotten how much more there was to add to DT posts!! lol I do hope you'll join in, though, and you should definitely pop over to the SS blog to see what Jen and the rest of the regular DT have come up with!! :)


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