Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated each fortnight if not sooner as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at our fortnightly challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and see what they have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
Hugs to everyone



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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Animals Went Two by Two Sketch #69 Sweet Sketch Wednesday

"The Animals Went Two By Two"

Here it is another wonderful Wednesday the sun is shinning which mean Spring is finally here and that its another Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge. This time next week I'll be enjoying the sunshine on the Gold Coast in Australia for 8 days then we move up to Cairns in Australia where it gets really hot, so I'm really looking forward to a family break. We leave this Friday and are back in NZ on the 19th October. Hopefully scheduler works for me and you'll still get my weekly posting for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. If it doesn't work you'll understand that I did something wrong!!!D. Please don't be disappointed if I don't get around to everyone's blogs to comment as I'll have limited access to a computer but I'll be thinking of you all.

This week we have another wonderful sketch from our very busy and talented Arlana. Isn't she amazing with her sketches each week? I just love working with them and they are so easy to follow.

This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday our Sponsor is
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a Christian didi stamp company offering a wide variety of hand drawn digital stamp designs and sentiments for the digital stamper or scrapbooker. We stated out as a clear stamp company back in November 2007 and made the change over to all digital in February 2010. We have hundreds of fabulous digis to choose from starting at just $0.99. Check us our at http://sweetnsassystamps.com
This week Sweet 'n Sassy stamps are offering the lucky winner a
$10.00 Gift Certificate.
So what are you waiting for? You've got to be in to win!!!
Now you've had a look at my creation its time to see what the rest of my very talented team mates have come up with.
Card Recipe:
Base: White SU Card Stock.
Papers: Light Blue and Medium Blue Craft Creations Paper and Navy Blue Bazzill
Design Paper: Very Old Scrapbook walls Sunny Bias Plaid
Images: Noah's Ark from Sweet ' n Sassy Stamps
Colour Medium: Copic Markers, White and Black Embossing pens
Embellishments: Ribbon and Giraffes are from my stash
Sentiment: PC generated using Peggy Font
Tools: Cuttlebug, Fancy Labels, Corner Punch, Baby Blue Ink for sponging the edges.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

"With Love" Sweet Sketch Wednesday #68

"With Love"
Good morning its another Sweet Sweet Wednesday and we all know what that means we have another weekly challenge for you at Sweet Sketch Wednesday this week.
Well I can't say it's such a sweet month of September here in New Zealand they call it the Spring Equinox well this is the first time in my life that September has been so changeable. With Earthquakes, Snow, more Earthquakes, more Snow, Sunshine, Flooding and now Storms and very high winds, I'm so glad that we are only getting the storm where we live. It's meant to be spring the daffodil's are out and they baby lambs a being born and its been so cold in the South Island its snowing and the lambs are dieing. I'm so glad we are off to Australia on the 1st of October its very hot over there and I'm looking forward to some warmer weather.
Now lets have a look at what Sweet Sketch Wednesday has in store for you this week.
This card this week is completely out of my comfort zone and I tried a totally different colour combination for me but I just love this image.

"With Love" I just love this button I found it was perfect with this image.

Another wonderful Sketch from our very own Arlana
This week Sweet Sketch Wednesday are lucky enough to have Christy Croll from
Christy is offering our lucky winner this week a Gift Voucher to the
Value of
What a wonderful prize as there is just so many awesome images to choose from.
So what are you waiting for start crafting.
Now go and check out the wonderful Eye Candy the rest of my Teamies have in store for you this week you won't be disappointed.
Card Recipe:
Base: White SU card stock.
Card: Dark Chocolate Brown Bazzill
Design Papers: Orange and Chocolate spot from Magnolia Papers and the Chocolate and White Polka Dot is from Summer Driggs Summer Time Design, Sweet Cup Cake Design Digital Papers. As each of the Polka Dots were white with the Chocolate background I coloured each dot with E50 Copic Marker to make it Cream.
Image: Annie's Heart from Tiddlyinks
Colour Medium: Copic Markers, Orange Gel Pen for the lace on her Apron.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle, Fancy Label, Martha Stewart Frond punch.
Embellishments: Ribbon, Flowers, Brad, Gold Braid, Pot Dots, and Pearl from my stash.

A Spoonfull of Sugar = Challenge #122 Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew Challenge = Autumn or Fall!
Digital Tuesday = Challenge #77 It's all about the girls (plus a digi)
Stamp Something = September Digi Day Challenge
Allsorts= At least 3 punches
Secret Crafter= Challenge #101 Anything Goes

I do hope everyone has a great weekend and my boys finish school on Friday and are on two weeks holiday but mine will have three weeks as we are going overseas they are getting really excited.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

"Cocktail Anyone" Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch # 67

"Cocktail Anyone" a card with Bling
Good morning everyone here it is another wonderful wet Wednesday here again oh roll on Summer. Well if it's Wednesday that means it's another Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
Oh what a week I didn't have a computer for 3 days that was like have my left arm chopped off as I'm very left handed!!! After cursing this computer and spending hours trying to sort it out, and was told by the computer experts ha ha that I needed a new Modem/ Router which I went out and bought!!! and didn't work as the ADSL light didn't come on!!! A little man with his tool kit arrived yesterday went out side looked at the telephone wiring said that one of my wires was corroded and was fixed in 5 minutes NO JOKING!!!

On to some good news I went to Junior and Youth prize giving on Saturday for both of my sons, and they both got one of the top awards in their respective teams for Sportsmanship I was so proud of both of them and very unexpected.

We have another wonderful sketch from our very own talented Arlana thanks so much Arlana.

This week our Sponsor is Sally-Ann Hancock


Digistamp Boutique

Sally- Ann is offering our lucky winner this week

10 free Digital Images that right !!! 10 free Digital Images

Isn't that a wonderful prize ???

You've got to be in to win so what are waiting for???
For my card this week, I chose an image that didn't have a lot of detail or colouring in, not that I was being lazy I wanted to see what I could do with this image as I had to make it work. I even had a couple of nights laying in bed thinking what I would do. Firstly it was a tropical island and drinks. No that didn't work. So I decided to Bling the card up looking at having Cocktails in a Nightclub!!! Well that what I thoughts anyway.

Card Recipe:

Base: White SU card.
Papers: Plain Aqua paper and Pattern Aqua Paper form Magnolia Papers and the silver paper from Rosie's Studio and Aqua Bazzill Bling.
Image: Summer Quencher from Digistamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Coloured with copic markers, the glass was coated all over with Glass Finish, when that dried I coated areas with Kindy Glitz so that it looks like a sparkly glass. The straw was coated with a coat of white glass coat.
Tools: Martha Stewart Lacy Doily punch.
Embellishments: Peacock ribbon, flowers, gems from my stash and the Silver Corners are from Peel Craft.

I put the Cherries to the side of the glass as I thought it looked a little bare and white space there. I want some Cherries could I find any, no way not on your life. In the end I found a WHITE that's right white Cherry button why would they make a white one and I had to colour it with my copics cut the back off and mounted it with a foam pop dot.

Now you've seen my card pop over to my wonderful team mates at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and see what wonderful eye candy they have put together for you this week!!!

1. The Crafty Calender Challenge - Blue & Flowers
2. My Partner In Crafting Crime - Recipe 3,2,1
3- Embellishments
2- Design Papers
1- Non Traditional item used, Peel Craft Corners
3. Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for joining me this week and don't forget to visit Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
Have a great week and weekend.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Skiing Mouse Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #66

"Skiing Mouse"
Good morning and here it is another wonderful, warm Wednesday and you all know what that means it's Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
Firstly I would like to thank everyone that has sent me emails making sure that I'm OK over here in New Zealand after the Earthquake that struck at 4.30am on Saturday morning registering 7.1. It was in the South Island in Christchurch and I'm situated in the upper North Island but thank you so much for your concerns, we are all fit and well.
My prayers are with all the people in Christchurch and the surrounding areas, there is just so much damage to properties, the infer structure, schools, businesses and sports complexes. We are just so lucky that it happened at 4.30am in the morning rather than midday on Friday when people were shopping having lunch or even on Friday night out to dinner with families and friends. One resturant owner said they had been completely full that night and that resturant has been flattened to the ground. So far their have been no fatalities and that is because of what time the quake struck. They are still having lots of aftershocks and the largest being 5.1 this morning.
Well enough of the bad news and lets look forward to another wonderful Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Sketch #66
This week we have another wonderful sketch for our very own talented Arlana. Great sketch Arlana.
This is what you have to follow to be in to win a wonderful prize from this weeks Sponsor.
Our Sponsor this week is
Melissa Jenkins
from Meljen's Designs
Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical digital images inspired by her kids and family. The Meljen's Designs store officially launched on April 1 and is steadily growing! Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Monday and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog. Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at the WHIMSY STAMPS STORE to browse and enjoy Melissa's wonderful images!
Melissa has been kind enough to give our lucky winner this week
4 Digi Designs of your choice.

Good luck you've got to be in to win!!!

Now grab a cuppa and take a seat at your computer and visit my friends and team mates at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and look at their wonderful eye candy they've designed for you this week they always surprise and delight me.
Card Recipe:
Card: White SU card.
Paper: Aqua Paper from Craft Creations.
Design Papers: Aqua and White Spots from Magnolia and Aqua and White Stripes from One Heart One Mind.
Image: Skiing Mouse from Meljen's Designs.
Colour Medium: Copics, Silver Gel Pen, Black and White Glaze pens.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Oval, Scalloped Classic Oval, Carl Snowflake Punch and Glass Coat.
Embellishments: Flowers I made from Cuttlebug Flowers, Net and Ribbon from my stash, Martha Stewart white glitter for the snow which is so hard to photograph and the Ice Cube and puddles have been Glass Coated and so are the ski goggles. These really stand out to give a 3 D effect.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit the rest of the teams work.
Wishing everyone a great weekend ahead.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Surfs Up

Suns Up for Surfin
Good morning another wonderful Spring morning a little cooler this morning hey it's Spring who cares it means we're getting closer to summer. I made this card last week for my sons 11th birthday he adores the out doors, he's a great swimmer and last season started Surf Life Saving and knew that this image would be him. He's currently on a mountain Spring skiing at present for his Year 6 Ski Camp lucky boy!!! Don't kids have great camps and school trips now days???
I came across a Challenge Blog the other day and thought I would try it out it looks really interesting. This weeks Challenge is #79 and one for the guys that's right Masculine Cards which is great!!! As I'm surrounded by men in my house hold and this Sunday is Fathers Day in New Zealand it's always the 1st Sunday in September.
Card Recipe:
Card: White SU card for the base.
Papers: Orange and Aqua papers from Craft Creations and the Floral Orange paper and the Aqua spot papers are from Magnolia Papers.
Image: This image is Alfie Surfin from Digistamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Copic Markers, Baby Blue Ink Sponged for the background.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Square, circle punch
Embellishments: Ribbon from American Crafts, Brads and paper clip from my stash, Handmade Sticker Ocean Summer from KB and the Beach Ball was handmade by me, punched in white card, coloured with copic makers, circle punched and mounted on chipboard and a foam pot dot.
  1. Cards for Men "Long Summer Days Challenge #18"
  2. The Corrosive Challenge #79 One for the Men

Thanks so much for dropping by and please feel free to have a look at my other postings.

Wishing everyone a great weekend.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Fancy Sunbonnets With Flowers Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #65

Fancy Sunbonnets With Flowers

Good morning it's a really Sweet Wednesday morning for me 1st September and it's the first day of Spring here in New Zealand down in the Southern Hemisphere!!! I'm so looking forward to summer. My eldest son just 11 is on a School Camp this week skiing about a 4 hour drive from our home. The weather is delightful for spring skiing 15cm of new snow in the last 4 days what more would he want?

I was delighted that our design team would be using Bugaboo Stamps this week. We all had to choose an image and I think everyone chose a different image but there is an amazing selection to choose from.
As soon as I saw this image which is
Fancy Sunbonnets With Flowers

I knew that was the image I would use to go with this weeks sketch. This image brings back childhood memeories of Holly Hobbie which I collected when I was about 8 years old. I still have a vase that my older sister gave me when I was about 9 with Holly Hobbie on it and ther verse reads
"The Time To Be Happy Is Now"

This week we have another wonderul sketch which our very talented Arlana designed. It's an amazing sketch to work with I loved it and it was perrrrfect with my image.

This week our Sponsor is Jodi from Bugaboo Stamps
Jodi is offering the lucky winner
of this week challenge
7 Digi Stamp Valued at $21.00
I really wish that was me!!!

Get cracking and get your cards made you've got to be in to win!!! I can't wait to visit all of your blogs.
Don't forget to pop over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday to check out what the rest of the team have been up to with their Bugaboo Images you won't be disappointed.
I'm going to enter this card into a few challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenge
Allsorts: Park Inspirations
Stampin for the Weekend Anything Goes

Card Recipe
Card: White SU Card Stock, Mauve Bazzill.
Papers: Pavlova Paper Lime Scroll & Dots I used the Dots side and Barry Patch Basic Backgrounds Kiwiberry Dot.
Image: Fancy Sunbonnets With Flowers by Bugaboo Stamps
Colour Medium: Copic Markers
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Petite Scalloped
Embellishments: Ribbon, Lace, Flowers and Gems from my stash.

I've used a fine Broderie Anglaise on this card as I feel all little Bonnets have
Broderie Anglaise around the brim of them!!!

Thanks for coming by and checking my posting.
Wishing everyone a great end to your week and enjoy your weekend.

Pretty Sunflowers

Good morning it's the first day of spring here in New Zealand and it's a lovely sunny morning with some lovely wispy clouds in the sky. This card I made on Sunday night for my husbands PA that was leaving after 4 1/2 years and anther 3 years before that part time. He's really going to miss her we always joke with our partners that they spend more time together during the day than her husband and I do with them. They were a great team but she was ready for a change.

Card Recipe

Base: White SU card stock. Papers: Aqua Magnolia paper, yellow card I had in my stash and Magnolia Pattern Paper inside the card. Image: Is Sunflowers from the very talented Chris Dark at Sketching Stamper. Chris has some amazing images and they are wonderful to colour and so easy to use. Colour Medium: Copic Markers and Glass finish for the Vase and the centres of the Sunflowers to give a 3D effect. Tools: Cuttlebug and Textile Texture Embossing Folder. Embellishments: Ribbon and Crystals from my stash.

Challenges I'm going to enter with this card:

Cupcake Craft Challenge one colour theme and Allsorts Challenge Park Inspiration. Stampin for the Weekend Anything goes.

Thank you for dropping by to have a look at my creations wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.