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



Followers: If you like looking at my work become a follower I love you visiting. Hugs Kathie

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #160

Stella "Another Drink"

Welcome everyone here it is another wonderful Wednesday and my boys are home for their 3 week school holiday break.  It's so nice having them home and being able to do things together.

Today is my Anniversary with Sweet Sketch Wednesday, I've been on the design team for 2 years this week and the funny part about it is, is that BUGABOO DIGI STAMPS were our sponsor on my first week on the design team.

Sketch #56 for Sweet Sketch Wednesday 
30th June 2010
Here is my card I made for Sketch # 56 on Wednesday 30th June 2010.  I had been entering into SSW each week for some time and I was so excited and proud that I had been chosen for this amazing Design Team and we couldn't do it without Arlana,  Nancy and Judi you are all such amazing sisters and thanks so much for including me into your great team.

Congratulations to our winner and our Top 3 cards, what wonderful work ladies, so many great images, colours, design papers and embellishments.

This week we have another wonderful sketch by Arlana and I know you'll love this one as much as I did.

Sketch #160 

 Here's my card using Stella and Another Drink.
Don't you just love this image.  I had so much fun making my card.  My brother asked me to make a card for a 70th birthday party him and his wife are going too.  I've never met the lady so I'm unsure if she may take offence at this image.  She's a friend of my brother so I feel that she'll have a 
sense of humour just like him.  

This week our sponsor is 

Here's a note from Jodie the owner of 

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. TodayBugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!

If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.

You can catch the Bug here:

Catch the bug Challenge 
Blog: http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/

The winner of this weeks challenge will win

Wouldn't that be great I wouldn't know what images to choose as there are just so many images to choose from as I just adore her images.  Have fun creating and I can't wait to see your creations.

Don't forget to drop by our wonderful Design Team and check out what they have created especially for you this week and say good bye to some of our team over here at
 Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Challenges I'm entering:
Digi Darla' Challenge #17 Summer Time
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #166
I used the Burgundy Bucket and Gold/Cream Ribbon and the Polka Dots.

Pile It On Challenge # 26 Make Your Own Embellishments
Own Embellishments: Frame with Ribbon and Gold Thread, Cream Flower and Cream Roses

Love to Create Challenge #21 Anything Goes

Make It Monday Challenge #95 with Cupcake Cards and Craft 

2 Sisters Challenge #97 Anything Goes

Delightfully Anything Goes

Fat Pages and Cards Challenge Anything Goes

Card Ingredients:

1. Base: White SU card stock.
2. Coloured Card: Burgundy Kaisercraft card.
3. Design Papers: All handmade papers from Rosie's Studios.
4. Image: Stella Another Drink from Bugaboo.
5. Colour medium: Copic's, Silver Gel Pen, Black embossing pen.
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Square and Lacy Square, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Tacky Glue, Glossy Accents, Kindy Glitter.
7. Embellishments: 

Kaisercraft  Burgundy Rose and other assorted handmade roses and flowers I've made, gold thread and cream and gold ribbons all from my stash.

Take care everyone happy crafting and creating.



Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #159

Image: Coffee Break

Welcome everyone to another wonderful Wednesday.  I'm sitting here typing up my posting and my nose and finger tips are icy cold.  We're currently having frosty mornings but today it's rained over night here in New Zealand which you've got to expect for this time of year.
My boys finish school on Friday or after their sports on Saturday for a 3 week break.   Both boys lost their Soccer games on Saturday but Liam won his Water Polo game 13-O which was a great result.  Their team is doing so well this year they have only lost 1 game and only by 1 goal difference. I'm so proud of them all as this team have come such a long way  after starting out not one of them had played a Water Polo game before and now have been playing together for the last 
18 months .

Wonderful Wednesday means it's another 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Congratulations to our winner and to our top 3 cards from last week, awesome work ladies.

This week Arlana
 has another great sketch for you to work with.  I know you'll like this one as it goes together so quickly and shows off those lovely design papers.

Sketch #159

Here's my card using one of the many images from
 Coffee Break by DigiStamp Boutique

By now you would have realised that the wonderful 
Sally-Ann Hancock from DigiStamp Boutique is our sponsor.
Sally-Ann is our regular monthly sponsor, we love working with her images and so appreciative of her ongoing sponsorship and she is so generous with her prizes.
Thanks so much Sally-Ann we love you.

A note from Sally-Ann

All images/designs are created and copyright owned by Sally-Ann Hancock.
 My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - 
often the inspiration for my designs. 

Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating.

DigiStamp Boutique is offering our very lucky winner

6 Digi Images 

of the winners choice.

Wow you'll enjoy picking your image as there are just so many wonderful images to choose from and you can check out
 DigiStamp Boutique shop here

Don't forget to drop by the rest of our wonderful 
Design Team and see what our Diva's have design using DigiStamp Boutique images here.  This weeks a sad week for us as we are loosing not 1 but 2 of our design team members Genevieve who has been with SSW since I arrive two years ago today and Patti it's very sad to see you both go and I do hope you have a visit once and a while so I can comment on your cards.

Bearly Mine Challenge # 40 Flowers
Creative Card Crew Challenge #13 Easy as 1 - 2 -3
1= Ribbon and Image
2= Design Papers
3= Flowers
Papertake Weekly Challenge Bingo = Ribbon, Free, Bloom or Punch, Glitter, Bloom
DigiStamp Boutique Monthly Challenge

Card Ingredients:
1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Bazzill Basics Velvet
3. Design Paper: Sheryl K Alia, Green Glitter paper from Rosies Studio's
4. Image: Coffee Break from DigiStamp Boutique
5. Colour Medium: Copics, Silver Gel pen
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Oval, Lace Oval,  Carnation Dies, Pop Dots, Glue Dots , Glossy Accent and Tacky Glue.
7. Embellishments: Ribbon Olive Green Organza and Gems from my sash.

8. Because I didn't have any flowers to match my paper
I made my own using the Carnation Spellbinders Set.

Take care everyone and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch # 158-45

Sponsor Digi Stamp Character
 Image: Mouse In The House

Welcome to Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Doesn't Wednesdays come around so quickly? I really don't know where my weeks go to.  As I get older our weeks seem to get shorter.

Congratulations to our winners from last week I commented on so many lovely creative cards.  Please remember if you want to be in to win don't forget to comment on 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  I commented on a lot of cards and noticed entrants hadn't commented.

This week we have a blast from the past and Arlana is recycling this sketch that I entered my card on Challenge # 45 back in April 2010

Sketch # 158-45

My Card this week using Mouse In The House

Here is my card back in April 2010 which I entered into 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

This week our sponsor is 
Heather Ellis the owner of

Digi Stamp Character

 A note from Heather Ellis

Hello you talented crafters!

My name is Heather Ellis and I live in Birmingham in the UK with my husband and two children.

I am a writer and illustrator and I come from a very creative family. I have always drawn ever since I can remember. I love creating cute characters and children are my inspiration and hope it shows in my work.

I hope you all enjoy using my characters in your card and scrapbook making. I always enjoy looking at all of your creations when you create with my images and I am always amazed at YOUR talents.

Enjoy creating!

Love Heather Ellis X

You can find Heather's images here:

Prize:  3 Digi images

 from either site

and there are some wonderful images to choose from and I know you'll have some fun with Heather's Images.

Card Ingredients:

1. Base: White SU  card stock
2. Coloured Card: Green Kaisercard stock
3. Design Papers: Hot Pink Textured, Blue Silver Circles and Silver card all from Rosie's Studio's. Pink backing paper is recycled from a pink envelope.
4. Image: Mouse in the House from Digi Stamp Character by Heather Ellis
5. Colour Medium: Copics
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circles, Petite Scalloped Circle, Cuttlebug Circle Embossing folder, Kindy Glitz, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Tacky Glue.

7. Embellishments: Gems, Pink and Silver, Lace, Ribbon, Silver Ribbon spiralled to make my embellishment.

Once I got my image I found this wonderful ribbon which was sheer with hot pink, green, blue and silver circles.  I knew it would work perfectly with this image and I knew this going to be my colour combination for my card.

Take care everyone wishing you a wonderful week crafting and creating.


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #157

Sponsor Saturated Canary
Image: Let It Rain

Wow what a week I'm back after being in Australia on a business trip and conference where it was a little warmer over there than it is here.  Today in parts of the South Island it's snowing thank goodness I live in the North Island.
My computer was in for repairs whilst I was away and took longer than I thought it would, it's back now but it just doesn't feel the same, it's like learning to ride a bike again.  What would we do if we didn't have our computers?  We wouldn't be sending emails or blogging and using Google I would be totally lost.

Today is Wednesday and that means it's the start of the week for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday team.  Congratulations to our winners from last week there are so many very talented ladies out there and your work is beautiful.  This week we have a new sketch for our followers to play with.

Sketch # 157

Here is my card using Sketch #157 and my image is 
Let It Rain from Saturated Canary.
I've loved this image for ages and have been so wanting to make a card with it, 
I'm so glad I've got the right Sketch for this wonderful image and I'm really pleased how this card turned out.

This week our Sponsor is Krista Smith the owner and illustrator
Saturated Canary 
My name is Krista Smith. I am the artist behind the Etsy shop, Saturated Canary Digis. I began working in the stamping world about a year ago when I was hired to create rubber designs for the sweet Scottish company, Sugar Nellie. They launched my artwork under the name 'Simply Sassy.' I moved into the digital world just this past month (it's been a super busy month, indeed!). And-- I love it!! There is a little more freedom here, as I can create anything that pops into my head:)! I am so humbled by the artistic talent of the girls coloring in my designs-- it is truly an inspiration! Likewise, I am so thankful for the friendships I've made in this wonderful and lovely crafty community! It's been a true delight! I'd love for you to stop by my challenge/inspiration blog, Saturated Canary Challenge and join in the fun...And, while you're there, click over to my personal blog (Saturated Canary) and introduce yourself! I am a bit eclectic and touch on everything from family (I've got me a great one!) to fashion (obsessed!)...Please say 'hi!'...I'd love to be friends!:)

Krista is offering our very lucky winner 
2 free digi's from her online shop.  
My problem is I can never make up my mind to which image I want as I want them all.

Please note this is a new shop Link:


Don't forget to drop by the rest of the design team and show them a little love over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday as the design team love to receive comments just like you do.

Challenges I'm entering:

Crafty Boots Bowtastic/Anything Goes
Make It Monday with Pretty Little Ribbon Shop
Creative Card Crew Challenge #12 Song Inspired
Song:  Singing in the Rain
Digital Tuesday Challenge #163 Anything Goes
Saturated Canary Challenge #19 Anything Goes
Digi Darla's Challenge Tic Tac Toe 
I've used: Embossing on the back white panel, Gems and Ribbon or Flowers, Die Cut, Embossing

Card Ingredients:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Boards: Green and Purple Bazzills
3. Design Paper: Digital Paper from Sheryl K Designs Alia pack
4. Image: Let it Rain from Saturated Canary
5. Colour Medium: Copic's, White Gel pen.
6. Tools: Cuttlebug Rectangle dies, Divine Swirl embossing folder, Tacky Glue, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Kindy Glitz
7. Embellishments: Ribbon, flowers and Pearls all from my stash, hat pin I made with beads I've got.  My flowers were a perfect match with my design papers.

Wishing everyone an amazing week and I can't wait to see what your creative juices come up with this week using this great sketch.
Happy Crafting everyone.