Monday, 28 December 2009

Another challenge card or two!!

I am on a roll today haha. Feel like I have come out of hibernation.

Here are 2 cards following the other sketch over at The Pink Elephant challenge blog.

Challenge card for The Pink Elephant

Finally got time to craft after a hectic month! I have started a new job, kids and all been ill and then kindly passed their bugs onto me!!! Charming, thats just typical, you get run down looking after them and how do they thank you... by passing on their nasty little germs thats how!!

Anyway, I have made this card for one of the sketches on The Pink Elephant challenge blog. There is a choice of 2 sketches you can enter.

MME Wild Asparagus papers which the lovely Rozzy from Trimcraft sent to me.
WOJ stamped image coloured in using Promarkers
Sentiment Penny Black.

WIN 6 Pink Gem stamps!!!

Janet over at Pink Gem is being extremely generous by offering a chance to win 6 of Pink Gem stamps of your choice (subject to avaailabiity). Don't miss your chance to win 6 of the wonderful stamps (I have a few of their stamps and they are FAB!!).

For a chance to win post the photo from their blog on this link, leave a comment and cross your fingers (and whatever else you do to bring you luck).

Good luck everyone!!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Saturday, 26 September 2009

ABC Design team call

ABC Challenge blog is holding a DT call.
I've only done one challenge and that was the "D ois for... Die Cut" I really enjoyed it as it is that little bit differenct from so many of the other challenge blogs

To apply, here's what you need to do.........

1. Post about this on your blog and link it back.

2. Choose your 3 favourite cards and add them to the post.

Show in these cards what you determine your style to be.

Oh gosh, now I have to pick the favourite cards I have made....

Sketch card

Hi all

Here is a card I made for a sketch challenge over on Trimcraft - BUT I was too late to enter it hahaha just typical of my week that! Anyway, loved using the sketch anyway and needed to make a card for my next door neighbour who has just had a knee op.

I am entering it into other challenges (which I hope I am not too late for)

C.R.A.F.T blog is no backing paper, thought this would be harder than it actually was, just made me think a bit harder!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

A Spoonful of Sugar sketch card + others

Hi all

I have made this card as part of a friendship swap (I hope she isn't peeking in here...)

Once again I am entering into a few challenges (not that I have ever won any LOL!!)

The sketch I followed is A Spoonful of Sugar (challenge 68), it was a really nice sketch to work with.
ABC challenge which this week is "D is for Die cuts" and as I have used my nesties and punched flowers I am good to go!!
Stamp Something is asking for a creation using your favourite embellishment.... well thats easy Prima flowers are my fave, oh wait the nesties are too and and and....

I have taken a couple of piccies if the inside of the card too, thanks for looking.

Papers are MME Roam
Flowers Prima and the patterned ones are punched, brads are Basic Grey.
Stamps are Sarah Kay (Spring Blossom), bird and branch are Hero Arts (Hello Birdie) - coloured in with Pro Markers and distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
Nestabilities Labels 1

Friday, 11 September 2009

Friday Sketcher and WOJ challenge

I have always been a night owl but this is a ridiculous time to be up when I have to get up sooo early for work tomorrow! The buses are on strike (grrrr) which means that I will have to get my older boys to secondary school after dropping the younger 2 off at breakfast club, then on to do a full days work, I can feel the bags straining under my eyes now LOL!

Here is a card again using orange and teal, the colours for WOJ challenge this week, layout is a sketch from Friday Sketchers challenge.

I prefer the darker tones on this card than the card I made earlier, well yesterday now!

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Yet another challenge card and some luck came my way!!

Hi all

Well after having a rough few weeks life has a funny way of turning around... I came home from work today to find out I won yesterdays Blog Candy from the lovely Jude at Crafts International, it is a large square Woodware punch.... whoo hoo how lucky am I??

Pop on over to to Judes blog to find out more about her fundraising for Alzheimer's (click the blinkie on my sidebar to take you to the post.

On to the card....

This card was made for the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge which was to use orange, teal and pink.

Not sure if I really like the outcome, I think it is a bit bright and busy for my taste, but hey ho time is not on my side AGAIN!! So I will have to live with it. I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday I had decided to submit a different card for the DT call but time was not my friend this weekend!! Oh well, wish me luck -)

2 Redbananas challenge this week is "Stripes and Dots", don't they look FAB together!

I used:

Whiff of Joy stamp coloured with Pro Markers
Free backing papers from a magazine
Ribbon and ric rac from stash
Sentiment stamp again free with a magazine

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Devine new blog + candy!!!

To celebrate a new blog called The Devine Influence, they are offering some Gorjuss candy which is available until 2nd August, they are also looking for people wanting to have their crafty creations featured on the new blog.

To find out more click on the banner below:

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Another challenge card

Hi all

Well for a change it is a lovely sunny day today, there is no sign of rain... yet!

I have made this card for a couple of challenges, Lee-anne from Trimcraft sketch and the Basic Grey inspirational picture challage and A Spoonful of Sugar "distressing" now as I am not really a ripped paper sort of gal I opted for the using inks for the distressed look LOL! Also entered this card into the FAB Charisma Cardz Challenge which this week is "Swirls and Curls"

The papers are MME from the Roam and Classic collections.
Flower stamp is Basic Grey Insignia, stamped using Versamark watermark and coloured with chalks.
Flowers are Mulberry Street by Petaloo, punched flowers and Just Pots Funky Flowers. The pearl beads were coloured with the lemon Pro Marker.
Sentiment and swirl are Studio G clear stamps.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Eid Card

Hi all

It has been a while since I got chance to make a card :-( but I am onto making my Eid cards at the moment - left it late really as Eid is on 21st September... better get cracking!

Here is one I have made, for the shape I used the "Rocking the Kasbah" template from Craft Stamper magazine, the medallion stamp is from Basic Grey, used a border stamp stamped in gold, the card stock has a "linen" texture and I swiped Distress ink over it, the Eid Mubarak sentiment I wrote using an embossing pen and heat embossed in bronze.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Sketch challenge card

Hi all

Well we are off to hopefully "sunny Wales" camping for a week tomorrow! My husband and kids were laughing at me trying to pack and get this card made for the Friday Sketchers challenge.

The paper are Nana's Nursery, the lovely fairy Mimi stamp arrived this morning from Pinkgems (super fast service), Prima flowers, fibres and brad from stash, images coloured with promarkers and glamour dust.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 7 August 2009

Bizzy Becs Creatalicious sketch

Here is my card for the sketch DT challenge at Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Blog

The photo is a bit rubbish as the lighting in my house at night is not great for photography!!

The papers were from a RAK, WOJ stamp, flowers from stash, the sunflower one at the top left is the middle of a silk flower (which I dismantled) from a local garden centre! Image coloured in using pro markers and the stamp is Basic Grey.

The sketch was lovely to work with and one I will almost certainly use again:

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

The Crafty Pad sketch challenge card

Hi all

Here is my entry for the sketch challenge on The Crafty Pad following the sketch I posted about on 2nd August. I have turned the sketch and instead of adding a separate snetiment have put it on my stamped image (hope this is OK as she was a little bit too tall for the sentiment to go underneath!) The stamp is from WOJ (coloured in using my new promarkers and using Bristol Board which is the only card I have used so far which doesn't bleed at all), papers are DCWV Floral prints, lace I won in a recent sketch challenge from Tracey AKA Lalkygirl as is the flower, brads from stash!

Thanks as alway for looking and for any wonderful comments which I may receive... I truly do appreciate them!

Sarah x

Monday, 3 August 2009

Another WOJ challenge card!

Hi all

Again this is another card using the lovely Whiff of Joy stamps, they really are a joy to ink up and work with! The papers were free with a craft magazine, flowers and brads from my stash.

I am entering this again into a few challenges!
Pile it On Challenge - At least 3 flowers!
WOJ Challenge - Lots of florals!
The layout is following Lee-anns sketch on Trimcraft

Following this sketch:

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Sketch challenge and blog candy to be won!!!

Hi all

Over at the Crafty Pad they are running a sketch challenge.

The prize will be a GDT spot with The Crafty Pad and you will get to use the same stamp as the DT members do.

Here is the wonderful sketch:

You can enter as many times as you like and this challenge is running from 2nd August until Saturday 15th August 8pm BST

Linked to this is the chance to win some FAB blog candy from the lovely Rozzy available until 29th August, visit her blog for all the details!!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Birthday card - change of style for this one!

Hi all

I was asked by a colleague to make a birthday card for her sister, I always ask what they like etc and was told "include the words "miss you lots", nothing too girly or flowery and no cute images" one tall order for me that! This is not my usual style but I quite enjoyed making it.
This is what I came up with, my colleague was really pleased with it as her sisters fave colours are red and black, phew!

and the inside...

I rarely use peel offs but as I was told she likes Champagne I had some peel offs which fit the bill. I coloured in the "champagne" and then used clear heat embossing all over the "cut out" parts.

Funny this was when I gave the card to my colleague she said it is lovely but do you kno the "happy birthday" is upside down, I thought thats impossible I am a bit dense sometmes but surely I couldn't do something like that hahaha.... well no I hadn't she was holding the card on its side (portrait)!!!!!!

New challenge blog + candy!!

Hi all

Have found out about a brand new challenge blog. Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges will be "opening its doors" on 15th August 2009. They are also looking for 2 DT members and have some FAB candy to give away until the 13th August. Pay them a visit by clicking on the banner below for all the details!!!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

WOJ challenge card

Hi all

This is my card for 2 challenges WOJ following their sketch, the prize is being their guest designer for August. Also the Crafty Pad "something new" I have used my new Promarkers and also the first time I have inked up this lovely WOJ stamp!

Thanks for looking!

Pink and green challenge

Hi all

Here is the card I made for this weeks challenge over at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge blog

I love the pink and green colour combo it looks soooo nice!

Also entered onto Papertake Weekly Challenge and Friday Sketchers

Friday, 24 July 2009

Pre order Whiff of Joy and FABBY candy!!

Hi all

Check out the new Whiff of Joy fall kits you can pre-order. The Kit is open until August 7th. It includes 5 brand new main character stamps, 3 large accessory stamps (all designed by Elisabeth Bell) and 6 text stamps - in English (designed by Katharina Frei)

You can also visit Katharinas blog before Sunday 26th July for a chance to win one of these yummy, delicious, beautiful stamp kits.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Another teacher thank you card

Hi all

Here is the second teacher thank you card, this time it is for my daughters teacher Mrs Saeed who my daughter describes as "dresses fancy" LOL! She is a lovely teacher and my daughter has really come out of her shell whilst under the guidance of Mrs Saeed!

I also decorated the inside and adapted a teacher poem to incorporate the teachers "self confessed love of bling" LOL!!!

The backing papers were free with a craft magazine, orange polka dot ribbon papermania, Magnolia Tilda with slate stamped image coloured with pro markers and whispers pens, green ribbon reused from Lush gift wrapped packaging, prima flowers, "rose", sentiment and everything else from my ever growing stash!!! Oh, almost forgot nestabilities frames 1 and scalloped circle.

I am entering this card into a few challenges this week:

Trimcraft - Sketch challenge
Trimcraft weekly challenge - Recycled (reused ribbon from a package from Lush)
Just Magnolia - Buttons
Pile it On - Mostly orange and combine with at least one other challenge
Allsorts challenge blog - one of anything
2 red bananas - "Reduce, Recycle and Reuse" (again I reused the green ribbon from a bath bomb gift wrapped package from Lush - the ribbon still smells all yummy LOL)
365 cards - You raise me up!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Quick card!

Hi all

Managed to get a quick card done today after work and before the kids came home! This is a Pink Petticoat image which I received in a swap, Swiss dots embossing folder and magazine freebies for the flower ribbon and backing papers. The image I coloured with Whispers and water colour pencil and highlighted with Glamour Dust for a bit of sparkle.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Thank you card for my sons teacher

Hi all

Mixed weather today, started off lovely and sunny, then as soon as my washing was nearly dry the heavens opened! Now though it is hot and sunny again.... I can't keep up with it!

I have made this card following another sketch by Lee-Ann on Trimcraft.

Not sure what I did before I was introduced to working from sketches though as they make life so much easier when planning layouts.

I used the PC to create the backing paper text and coloured the text in using pencils and Whispers pens. When I had put the backing paper on the card my son kindly pointed out that I had missed number 5 off the bottom row... wonder if Mrs Pyke will notice! Whiff of Joy Oakley stamp was used and coloured in using watercolour pencils, usually he is holding a wooden plaque but today I made it into a blackboard, embellishments are die cut, ribbon another freebie from a magazine!

I am also entering it into the Whiff of Joy Challenge which is 3 patterned papers, 3 flowers and 1 ribbon, although I replaced the flowers with apples, I hope this is ok. If not I enjoyed making it anyway!

Thanks for looking and I welcome your comments.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Just Magnolia challenge card

This is the first time I have entered a challenge on Just Magnolia Challenge Blog

The stamp is one I received in a swap, papers were free with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine. I think I am getting addicted to working from a sketch!!

Thanks for looking, and please feel free to leave a comment!

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Sketch challenge card

I have been busy today as I had 2 of my nephews as well as my own 4 kids! Still when they went out with my husband and my nephews went home me and my daughter had some crafting time which was great!

I had entered Lee-Anns layout challenge over at Trimcraft I had forgotten to make the card until I got a gentle nudge and reminder from Lee-ann hahaha. I made this card in no more than half an hour and the glue was still wet when I took the photo LOL!!!

I find it really fun to follow a sketch and to see everyone elses interpretation on the same sketch!

The card is using free backing paper, DCWV (Nana's Nursery) green polka dots and strawberry cardstock, Whiff of Joy stamp and sentiment, punched daisy from the polka dot cardstock.

Thanks for looking, I am really pleased to 1) be able to make a card in such a short amount of time as I usually faff about with papers, flowers etc that I discover in my stash LOL and 2) that although it was rushed it actually turned out OK!!

Fathers Day card

Here is the card I made for my Dad for Fathers day, he loves fly fishing so this will really appeal to him (I hope). I had wanted the stamps happen its only a game (frustrated golfer) stamp for his card but it was either out of stock everywhere or REALLY pricey for something I would probably only use once.

Anyway the stamp I used is "Best Fishes" by Sugar nellie, the papers were free with a card making magazine, I used Bazzil cardstock and embossed it with the swirls cuttlebug folder.

I decorated the inside with the same free fishes paper and frames 1 nestabilities distressed with Tim Holtz distressing ink in frayed burlap. I have started decorating the inside and find this is a great way of using up all those scrap bits of offcuts!!

Colleagues 40th Birthday card

Hi all

This is a card I made for a colleagues 40th Birthday card. The papers are Making Memories (fresh anthology), Whiff of Joy stamped image coloured with Cosmic Shimmer and the lace and flowers from my stash!

I am entering this into the One Stop Craft Challenge - the criteria for entries this week is numbers.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Great Birthday Blog candy up for grabs!

Hi all

Jude over at Crafts International has some great blog candy up for grabs to celebrate her daughters birthday. Thanks to Judes generosity there are loads of items in the list. Here is a photo of it all but for a full list visit Judes blog.

Sarah (Sahara007 Trimmie)

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Sons friends 13th birthday card

Hi again

Kids, who'd av em?? My 2nd eldest was getting ready for bed last night and announced that he'd forgotten to ask me to make a card for his friend Frank who is 13 today!!! Talk about short notice so I said "can't we just buy him a card?" to which he looked horrified and said but Mum please make him one as yours are so much better and all my mates talk about them LOL!!!

Frank is onto Basketball so here is the card I came up with for him.

The detail of the embossing hasn't shown up on the image though. I put clear embossing powder on the trainers, number on his top and on the sentiment.

My son loved it!

Blog Candy Challenge Card

Hi all

Well it a gorgeous day here, the sun is shining, I have already put 2 loads of washing out, cleaned the kitchen floor.....

Anyhow, enough of the mundane. I have just finished the card I made for Mojo Monday Challenge blog