Saturday, 31 October 2009

NCBOTB!

LOL! no I haven't lost the plot! ;)
NCBOTB = New Challenge Blog On The Block! (or should that be "in blogland" instead)
and I am on the Design Team!! Woohooooooooo!



Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog is the brainchild of the lovely Emma Lockley, a UK Stampin Up demonstrator, based in the West Midlands.
Emma & I have become great blog buddies since the very first time she sponsored Sketch Saturday, so I was delighted when she gave me an outline of what she wanted & asked me to do the graphics for her new challenge blog for people who love Stampin Up products :)
and I was even more delighted (and a little bit shocked) when she asked me to be on her design team too!

The colour theme for Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog is based around 4 beautiful Stampin Up colours: Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive.

These are the colours that we want you to use if you wish to apply to join the design team alongside Emma & myself (more details below)
Ideally you will already have some Stampin Up products in your craft supplies, but if you don't have any yet, or need to buy more (and who doesn't!!) then Emma can supply whatever you need - if you live in the UK of course.
Emma can also supply you with a 2009-2010 SU catalogue to drool over for the incredibly low price of just £2.50 and this includes postage too!
Details found on her blog HERE
While you are there, take a look at Emma's card using the blogs colours... Fabulous!!


I made a card using the same 4 colours too...


SU products:
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, & Whisper White
Stamp set - Pocket Silhouettes
Inks (image) - Pink Passion, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Ink (sentiment) - Tempting Turquoise
Tools - Eyelet border punch & Spiral punch

Non-SU products:
white gel pen (faux stitching)
white satin ribbon
Cropodile (to punch the holes to thread the ribbon)



DT Call!
So.... a new Challenge Blog means a new Design Team!
We are looking for 4 DT members to join Emma & myself.
You would need to commit yourself for 6 months and take part in the weekly challenges.
If you would like to be considered for the DT this is what we would like you to do...

1) Add yourself as a follower of Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog

2) Add our blinky to your sidebar (you can find the code in the sidebar of the blog)

3) Enter the 'Colour Combo Challenge' leaving a direct link to your DT entry & tell us in your comment that you would like to be considered as a DT member.

The deadline for Design Team entry is Midnight (UK time) Wednesday 18th November

Here's the colour combo chart...



If you do not wish to be considered for the DT you can still take part in this weeks
'Colour Combo' Challenge, we'd love you to take part!!

PLUS, if you use a Stampin Up! product on your entry we want to know about it, giving you an extra chance of winning.
You will need to leave us 2 comments, One with a direct link to your entry and the other stating which Stampin Up! product you have used on your entry

The deadline for the 'Colour Combo Challenge' is Midnight (UK time) Friday 20th November.
This challenge will last for 3 weeks because of the DT call, but there will be a challenge winner chosen at random of this fabulous SU prize...



after this one there will be a new challenge set each Saturday, with a monthly prize draw for one lucky challenger, all you have to do is take part in at least one challenge throughout the month! easy peasy eh?
However, the more challenges through the month that you enter, the bigger the chance you have of winning the monthly prize draw!

Happy Crafting! xx

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!
This weeks challenge over at Sketch Saturday is sponsored by The Craft Barn :)
and this week Sandy is offering a fab cuttlebug embossing folder with a Halloween theme...

not only that, the lucky challenge winner will also receive a surprise stamp too ;)



Here is my card...


I don't have much Halloween stash, but then I remembered this lovely freebie image that I had downloaded from Mo's digital pencil. Look at the cute dog in his black cat costume!... love it!
Thank you Mo for such a fab image.
I coloured Bella & Bronte with ProMarkers, I have bought a few more colours last week to add to my collection, still need loads more though!
The patterned paper is by Paper cellar, the cardstock is from my stash, it is navy blue with a lovely gold shimmer to it.
The sentiment is hand written, and the bats, pumpkin and little sweet are also drawn by hand, then coloured with ProMarkers.

I hope you are able to find time to join us this week, and also see the amazing cards and projects that the design team have created for you this week.

Happy crafting! enjoy your weekend,
and remember to have fun but stay safe if you go trick or treating tonight. xx

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Sketch Saturday #74

This weeks Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Quixotic Paperie, a treasure trove of papercrafting stash with stamps from all over the world. The prize this week being one from that huge selection of stamps... an adorable Belles & Whistles stamp :)

Here is my card...


Lots of dots on this one!
I have used SU kraft cardstock, layered with a scrap piece of pink card that I embossed with my swiss dots folder, I used the debossed side as the side on show though, adding a pretty white bottom edge with my new SU eyelet border punch.
The pink dotty strips are from Paper Cellar's 'Wedding' collection. I sponged the edges with SU close to cocoa ink.
The Forever Friends image and sentiment was given to me by my friend Fi (Magick Diva), Thanks again Fi! xx
I coloured this cute little bear with distress inks.
The flowers were made using my SU boho blossoms punch, adding pink gems to the centres & white martha stewart branch punch leaves.


Please stop by the blogs of my fellow DT members, their cards are awesome!
Hope you enjoy working with this weeks sketch.

TFL, enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

That's another one done!

I've made another Christmas card using this weeks sketch over at Sketch Saturday :)
This week we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, who are offering a fantastic $25.00 gift certificate prize to our winner!

Here is my card...



The backing paper on this card is by Basic Grey, the name is 'Dasher', i've had this a while so unfortunately I don't know if it is still available to buy.
The holly pieces were handstamped with a stamp from a £1 Dovecraft clear stamp set and then coloured in with ProMarkers.
The sentiment is also Dovecraft, but from a different set.
'Snowflurry Tilda' was coloured with ProMarkers too, with glitter added to highlight the snowflakes and her wings.
I must extend my ProMarkers collection, the same colour schemes are getting quite tedious now.
Anyway, you will see much better cards than this if you visit my fellow DT members blogs, you can visit each one by clicking on their name in my sidebar :)

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend! xx

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Did you lose your background?

Firstly, if you did, I'm sorry for any inconvenience to you.
I do not have a photobucket pro account, and my free photobucket account resets on the 25th of each month. I was aware of getting close to my 10GB limit, but honestly did not think it would exceed this as my reset date was less than 24hrs away.
I host the backgrounds myself so that you do not have to change the settings on your own photobucket account.
Obviously the more popular all of your blogs are, the more backgrounds that are viewed (and there are quite a few saved to my account), therefore this is using up my bandwidth.

If you would like to host your background yourself then please let me know and I will send you the background image to save to your pc, alternatively, you can grab the image from the code you inserted in your blog.

How to upgrade the settings on your photobucket account
Log into your account and view the upload page,
underneath the large button that says "Upload images & videos" you will see the following text
'Use CTRL to select multiple files (more options)'
Click on more options and then select '1 megabyte file size' from the list, remember to SAVE.


now you can upload your background to your photobucket account and the background won't get resized.
just exchange the direct url for your blog background from the one hosted by my account for the one that is now hosted in yours.

If you need any help please EMAIL ME. Thank you.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Ria's DT week on Sketch Saturday :)

This week it is the turn of the lovely Ria to give you all a sketch for this weeks challenge over at Sketch Saturday.
It is Pet's Day in Holland today and Ria would like to honour our furry or feathered companions by dedicating this weeks challenge to them :)
She has lined up not one but TWO sponsors, so that means 2 winners! YAY!

Ideally Ria would like us all to make our cards with a pet theme, but I desperately need to make more christmas cards and the only animal themed christmas stamp I have at hand at the moment was the one I used last week, and that is too big for Ria's gorgeous sketch.
So I used Tilda instead, just as cute as a pet, but not so furry :D
hmmmm, she does have wings though! ;)
anyway, I hope Ria will forgive me for not using an animal themed stamp.
I must get out the rest of my christmas stamps, I need them!

Here is my card, I flipped Ria's sketch...


All the papers are by Stampin Up, yes the same 'ski slope' collection I used last week.
I used the same paper to back onto the clear buttons that I used in the centre of the flowers too.
Hmmmm, I wish I had added some leaves now, maybe I will do that before I send this card.

Thanks for stopping by, please go visit the fab DT's blogs too, all the links to their blogs are in my sidebar, over there >>>>>>>
and also in the sidebar on the Sketch Saturday blog too.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Our new design team members

We would like to thank everyone who entered the Sketch Saturday DT call.
This has not been an easy decision to make, but we could only choose 5,
So, in alphabetical order, we are proud to announce that the following ladies have been welcomed to our Design Team...

Louise
Maya
Paula
Simonne
Terry

I'm so looking forward to working with these talented ladies! :)