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 monthly if not sooner as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at our monthly 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 August 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #169


 " Let's Go Fishing "

Good morning everyone, I've woken up this morning to a wonderful sunny day, a little bit brisk this morning but the sky is blue and the sun is shinning.  
Well my eldest son Liam turned 13 on Monday now I have a """"TEENAGER""""
on my hands.
It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday today and we have 4 new surprises for you.

Prunus campanulata 'Superba' 
We have about 6 of this particular trees at our home and this is one in full bloom and our biggest, as soon as it's in bloom one of our native birds the Tui pictured here below flock to this tree because of the nectar.  On Sunday I counted 25 birds in the one tree and the nectar is like a drug to these birds and they get rather tipsy and really funny after over -indulging.

The Tui a Native Bird
The tui is one of the world's most intelligent birds (file)
Our Feature this week is on Prunus campanulata 'Superba' is commonly known as The Tui Tree, due to the fact that the birds absolutely love the nectar. Tuis are a wonderful addition to a garden - especially for native bird lovers - so planting the species that they can feed on is the way to attract them on site. Countrywide, these wonderful trees are already in bloom, bringing a burst of pinkness to the wintry landscape.
When the Superba is in bloom the Tuis tend to congregate in the trees in large numbers and there is often a lot of squabbling and bickering that goes on as they jockey for position to get the best of the nectar. They tend to over-indulge in the abundance of the sweetness and can get quite tipsy. They stagger around, never quite finishing their songs, losing the plot, hanging drunkenly from one foot, and frequently falling right out of the trees! 
Tuis are usually such dignified and somewhat shy birds, preferring privacy to public displays of drunken behaviour. As they fall out of the trees when they are in their cups, they lie about looking a bit embarrassed and much the worse for wear!

These Tui's get rather loud while I'm trying to concentrate typing my blog in the office I look straight out the window at them.  
If they were Breathalyzed they would be done for Drunken Flying.
Congratulations to our winner and our top 3 cards this week, great work ladies.
  I would like to welcome Sally, Helen and Joanna our 3 new Design Team Diva's congratulations and welcome to our wonderful team and they'll be featuring their cards on
 Sketch #170.
Also a big congratulations to Jeannie she is now working behind the scenes with Judi as one of our coordinators.

Our Sketch this week is 
Sketch #169

Here are my cards using our new Sponsor 
Milk Coffee
This image is 'Let's Go Fishing'

As I said we have a new Sponsor this week which is Milk Coffee and Esmeralda and Nathaza our the amazing designers behind these wonderful images.

A Little Bit About Milk Coffee
Milk Coffee is a digital image shop specialized in cute and girly images.There are 2 people behind this shop, Esmeralda and Nathaza. We are best buddies from our childhood with a common thing that we love so much: drawing. What we try to do is drawing various styles that suits different kind of tastes, so a lot of people with different style can still play along with our image for their cards.
Right now we have 8 talented DT ladies who always help us to have fun together with our weekly challenge at our challenge blog here. Also we have monthly colour challenge at our main blog. You can check it here. It's very nice to see a lot of people join and have fun at our challenge.
In the future we still want to make more cute images that is loved and used happily by many people.

Milk Coffee are offering our lucky winner:

Prize:  3 Free digis from Milk ‘n Coffee Shop

If you haven't already visited Milk 'Coffee Shop here are the links you'll just love their images just like I do.

Don't forget to drop by the rest of the Sweet Sketch Wednesday design team check our their wonderful creations this week made especially for you and show them a little love as they  love receiving comments just like you.

Corrosive Challenge #156 Cute as a Button
Make It Mondays Challenge #104 With Cupcake Cards and Crafts

Card Ingredients:
1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Chocolate Kaiser Card, Orange and Green Bazzill
3. Design Papers: The Great Out Doors "Gone Fishing" by Three Bugs In A Rug
4. Image: Let's Go Fishing by Milk Coffee
5. Colour Medium: Copics, Black Embossing Pen, Silver Gel Pen
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Rectangle, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Tacky Glue
7. Embellishments: I made this card second I found this paper and ribbon and loved it so much that  I had to make a second card.  The silver mesh is to represent a fishing net with my
fish button.

 Card Ingredients #2
I tried to keep this card more natural with the out doors.
 1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Kraft Card and Green handmade paper.
3. Design Papers: Fish it's quite old and can't remember.
4. Image: Let's Go Fishing by Milk Coffee
5. Colour Medium: Copics, Black Embossing Pen, Gold Gel Pen
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Rectangle Deckled, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Tacky Glue

 7. Embellishments: Brass fishing connections not sure what they are, and two silver charms, twine and wax coated thread.
Rather than using paper behind my image I used Hessian with a green wax thread, threaded through it.
 Here's my fish charm it's not a pretty fish but found it hard to find a fish charm.

Take care everyone wishing you a wonderful week and have fun crafting.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #168-121

 Stella 'One More Candle' from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

Welcome to another wonderful Wednesday which means it's 
Where did that last week go too?  This weekend is the last weekend for the boys Soccer and we'll have about a months break and then into our Summer Sports.

Congratulations to our winner this week and our Top 3 cards.
Great work ladies and it was also nice to see new entrants.

This week Arlana has one of my favourite sketches from a blast from the past Sketch # 121

This week's Sketch is 
Sketch #168-121

This week's card using 
Stella from Bugaboo 'One More Candle'

This is the same sketch different sponsor 
back on
28th September 2011

This week our wonderful Sponsor is 
Jodie Mackrell the owner of 
Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

A little about Jodie and Bugaboo Digi Stamps

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.

Jodie is offering our very lucky winner 

7 Digi Stamps
to the Value of 
This is a awesome and very generous prize.  I love Bugaboo images so if you want to be into win come and join us this week with this great sketch and if you have one of Bugaboo's Images it would be great if you could use it as well.  There's no excuse not to have any Bugaboo images as Jodie has new FREEBIE
posted on her site every Friday and you can find it here so your able to try before you buy.

Catch the bug Challenge blog

Don't forget to drop by my Colleagues over at 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday and see what their
creative juices did this week using our sponsors images.

Challenges I'm Entering:
This is my Inspiration for colours.

3 Papers and 3 Gems

Card Ingredients:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Tangerine Orange and Yellow card from Kaisercraft
3. Design Paper: K & Company (Sorry don't know the name but I love this paper)
4. Image: Stella 'One More Candle' from Bugaboo
5. Colour Medium: Copics, at You Copics, Black and Silver embossing pens..
6. Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Tacky Glue, Glossy Accents, Silver Liquid Pearls.

7. Embellishments: Mauve Gems from Kaisercraft and my ribbon and flower from my stash.

Take care everyone, wishing you a wonderful safe week and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #167

Who Doesn't Love Blue & White China?
It's not Willow Pattern or Spode China.

Welcome to my blog and thank you for all your lovely comments this week, for your questions and support.  I was so excited this week when I got an email from Judy Thompson from Digi Doodle Shop wanting to know if she could Spotlight my Marigold card which I made a few weeks ago for 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday on her store blog which you can see here.

Congratulations to our Winner and our Top 3 cards awesome work ladies.

This week Arlana has a stunning sketch which I absolutely adore. 

Sketch #167

Here's my card using our sponsors image from the
Coffee Break Collection

Our Sponsor this week is 
DigiStamp Boutique

A Note from Sally-Ann Hancock 
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.

This week Sally-Ann is offering our very lucky winner 

6 Free Digi's

 of the Winners Choice

You can check out DigiStamp Boutique shop here

Sally-Ann always has new images every month and has an amazing array of images to choose from.  Each month she also has a free image in her freebies so you can try before you buy if you're new to Digital Images.

Don't forget to drop by our wonderful design team ladies and check out what they have created especially for you this week over at
Our Ingredients: 

 1. Base = White SU
2. Coloured Card =  Navy Blue Kaisercraft and White SU
3. Design Papers = Bought on Etsy Marine by Now and Then Designs
4. Image = Coffee Break from DigiStamp Boutique
5. Colour Medium = Navy Blue Copic Marker and Silver Gel Pen
6. Tools= Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Lacy Circle, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents and
Tacky Glue.
 7. Embellishments = Kaisercraft Seed  and Large Pearls, Navy Blue Satin Ribbon and White and Silver Organza ribbon, a selection of Roses from my stash.  
Hat Pin I made using Blue, Silver and White beads.

Take care happy crafting everyone.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Don't You Just Love Bugaboo Characters???

Here it is Friday evening in New Zealand and hopefully we'll have a nice fine sunny weekend.

Tonight I'm sharing a card with you a made for a friend and colleague of my husbands that was turned 60 recently.  He has a great sense of humor and has gone through a lot recently with cancer.  This card was for you
Happy 60 th Birthday.

With his great sense of humor I knew I could use a wonderful Bugaboo Image as I just adore Gus and knew he would be perfect for the occasion. 

I'm entering this card into some challenges that Bugaboo are sponsoring this week.

Card Ingredients:
1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Navy Blue Bazzill
3. Paper: Gold Paper
4. Card: Glitter from Roses Creations
5. Deign Paper: Pavalova Papers printed in New Zealand
6. Images: Gus's Birthday Collecting Wrinkles and Spontaneous
7. Colour Medium: Copics and Black embossing pen, gold glitter pen
8. Sentiments: From Bugaboo and my own computer generated using Papyrus.
9. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Rectangle, Scalloped Rectangle, Fancy Labels, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents, Martha Stewart Punch
Inside the card left and right sides.

Sentiment on the outside of the card computer generated. 

10. Embellishments: Fancy Label from Spellbinders, gold braid, and gems all from my stash.
11. The back of my card my finishing touch.

Take care everyone wishing you a happy weekend and a great week crafting.


Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #166

Welcome to another wonderful Wednesday.  Wednesday seems to come around each week quicker than our Saturday's and Sunday's well that's my theory anyway.  That can only mean one thing that it's 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Congratulations to our winner and our Top 3 cards.  Oh where oh where did all our entries go to this week.  I know it's summer in the Northern Hemisphere and your all enjoying those wonderful summers evenings.   I've noticed that our evenings are getting longer 6pm last night and it was still daylight and it's won't be long before we put our clocks forward for daylights saving.  It seems to be getting warmer as our winter hasn't been that cold this year.
This week Arlana has another great sketch to work with.  I know you'll just love this one and it looks awesome once finished.

Sketch #166

Here's my card the image is Creative Genius using  our Sponsors Image
 Elisabeth Bell

A Note About Elisabeth Bell Digital Collection

Elisabeth Bells Digital Collection features enchanting, whimsical, Digital stamps for all of your paper-crafting projects!
Although Elisabeth illustrates for several stamp companies, no one except Elisabeth Bell herself has a collection of sweet digital stamps, this is a perfect way to get your instant gratification.

With a growing catalog of high-quality digi stamps, Elisabeth offers a multitude of themes. Such as holidays, special occasions, childrens adorable characters, and just the everyday cuteness that Elisabeth is famous for producing.

These Digi Stamps are available in standard black and white line art, and are great for resizing, and rotating to suite your needs.

Inspiration, by her very own Design Team, is posted, and shared daily, on Elisabeth’s “Digi Bells Blog” using Elisabeth Bell’s digital art.

Here are Elisabeth Bell's watermarked images the
Sweet Sketch Wednesday design team used and our winner this week will get the choice of 2 of these lovely images.


Creative Genius

Toot Toot

Don't forget to drop by and see for yourself what amazing images you can purchase from the 
Elisabeth Bell collection.

Now I have your attention don't forget to drop by the

Card Ingredients:
1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Mediterranean Blue and Peach Bazzill
3. Design Papers: Kaisercarft 6x6 Paper Pad Tea at Elsie's Collection
4. Image: Creative Genius from Elisabeth Bell
5. Colour Medium: Copics
6. Tools: Cuttlebug Spellbinders Nestabilities Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle, Glue Dots, Pop Dots, Tack Glue, Liquid Pearls.
7. Embellishments: Flower and Ribbon from my stash.
Flower leave are Rose Leaf punch by Martha Stewart, Peach Ribbon
Leafy Flourish from Bosskut which I've never used and had for years
 and Liquid Pearls.  

Take care everyone enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting.