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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #185-141 Sponsor DigiStamp Boutique

Merry Christmas 
New Zealand

Only 6 more sleeps to go and I do hope everyone is well on your way with all your preparations.  As it's the start of our summer here in New Zealand I've included a couple of photo's of our New Zealand Christmas Tree it's a Pohutukawa and these trees line our coast lines and beaches.  They have these wonderful red flowers as you can see.  When they fall off these wonderful trees the beaches, roads and pathways are a blanket of red flower needles.  Their leaves are bright green on one side and silver grey on the other.  They also make wonderful shelter when sitting on the beach from the sun.
Here is napkin ring and napkin on my table one Christmas with a piece of fresh Pohutukawa tree and the flower it looked lovely.

I don't have to remind you  that today is Wednesday which means it's 
Congratulations to our winner and our top 3 cards lovely work ladies.  This week we have a blast from the past a recycled sketch which we used on 15 February 2012 and believe it or not our sponsor that week was DigiStamp Boutique and this week is DigiStamp Boutique.

Sketch #185-141

This isn't a hard sketch and look awesome when finished.

I have two card this week my mauve and purple card I made for my Design Team card this week.  I was so happy how it turned out that I was asked that same week to make a card for one of our teachers at school that was leaving but I knew she wasn't into mauve or purple as she had taught both of my boys.  I made this second card and the only difference is that they ribbon is under my squares rather than being on top like it should be as per Arlana's sketch.

Here is my card I made in February this year for Sketch #141.  This time round I was determined to make a better card than this one as I hated it after I finished it, I think it was because I used Pink and Brown together.  I was working outside my comfort zone but I still don't like it I prefer brighter colours and I think that shows in my work.

This week our sponsor is the lovely 
Sally-Ann Hancock 
the owner of
DigiStamp Boutique in the UK.

A Little Bit About 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.

She has been sponsoring Sweet Sketch Wednesday once a month since we started which is totally amazing and Sally-Ann is very generous with her prizes.

This week our winner will receive

Prize: 6 free digi images

from DigiStamp Boutique Shop

Wow Sally-Ann is just so generous and all of us here at
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 
really appreciate Sally-Ann generosity which is very much appreciated by all of us especially when we select our images to use.

Don't forget to drop by DigiStamp Boutique and see what's new over there.  Every month Sally-Ann is updating here vast array of amazing images and there's always something for everyone there.  If you haven't used Digi Images before Sally-Ann always has a monthly freebie for you to try before you buy.  You can check it out here.

 Don't forget to drop by Sweet Sketch Wednesday and check out what the rest of the design team have created for you this week.

Challenges I'm Entering:

Card Recipe:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Purple Bazzill
3. Design Paper: Mauve Gingham it was a free download I got years ago.
4. Image: Bunch of Flowers which is an old image that's been discontinued. 
5. Colour Medium: Copic's
6. Technique: I coloured two sets of flowers and have layered them on top of each other for that 3D effect.
7. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Classic Oval, Lacey Oval, Classic Squares, Scollped Squares, Lacey Punch I've had for years,  My new corner die which I love, Pop Dots, Glue Dots.

8. Inside my card which is similar as the outside layout.
9. Embellishments: Square lacey punch I've had for years sorry unknown source.  My new corner dies which I love, Ribbon and Gems all from my stash.

My Second Card:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Pisttasio Green from Kaisercraft.
3. Design Paper: Kaisercraft Green with white dots from the La De Da Collection
4. Image: 2012 Mother's Day Set
5. Colour Medium: Copic's

6. Technique: Paper Pieced Vase
7. Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Classic Oval, Floral Frame Oval, Classic Squares, Scollped Squares, Lacey Punch I've had for years,  My new corner die which I love, Pop Dots, Glue Dots.  Glossy Accents from the orange flowers.

8. Inside my card which is similar as the outside layout and the wording is from our Principal.
9. Embellishments: Square lacey punch I've had for years sorry unknown source.  My new corner dies which I love, Ribbon and Gems all from my stash.

Wishing everyone a very
Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
If you have time happy crafting.


Sally Dube said...

Wow Kathie - your cards a gorgeous!! Love the die you used for the squares and the gingham paper is so perfect - beautifully done!! Also, thanks for sharing the pics of the New Zealand Christmas Tree!! I have never seen anything quite like it - so very beautiful!!
Wishing you and your family a most wonder-filled Christmas!!
Love & Hugs - Sally

Sherryn said...

your cards look awesome. It is a great sketch. Merry christmas xx

mulberry station said...

Wow, that New Zealand Christmas tree is gorgeous. I can't believe the blooms. They are beautiful. I love bothof your cards. Did you use glossy accents of the one? The colors schemes are so yummy and I love your dies. happy belated anniversary. I hope you had a wonderful one. And Merry Christmas.
Hugs, Nancy

Lisa Lynn said...

Kathie, Your cards are gorgeous. Love your corner die. Have a Merry Christmas!!! Love the picture of the tree - WOW it is so vibrant- we are to get between 1-2 feet of snow tonight that they have already cancelled school for tomorrow.

Amy Johnson said...

What beautiful cards! Thanks for playing the DTC this week!

Heide said...

Such pretty cards. Love the lacy square that you used and the corner. That tree looks amazing. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Hugs, Heide

Crafting Vicky said...

wow those are some totally wonderful cards and pictures! I wish it was that green here lol ;) We only started with the snow storms and it's already a mess...

Thanks for joining us as Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Linda Anderson said...

Your two cards are absolutely gorgeous Kathie!! As are your photos - what a stunning tree. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


Desire Fourie said...

Kathie I love your cards which are very creative. NZ Xmas tree is nature at its best. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Tammys Scrapin Corner. Good luck. Hugs DesĂ­re {Tammys Scrapin Corner DT Member} {Doing Life - my personal blog}

Nela said...

Gorgeous creations in beautiful colours!
Thanks for playing with us Bearly Mine Challenge!
Nela xx

Misty's said...

Hi Kathie
I saw your lovely creations on MIM and came to take a closer look. What a selection of fantastic cards! Love them all! Great take on the sketch and use of all the beautiful elements you used to create these beauties.
Michaela xx

Suze said...

Merry Christmas Kathie. Just been to visit my brother in Auckland and he has a lot of Pohutukawa near him. Made me feel very Christmassy. Love the square punch you used on your cards.


Gorgeous and beautiful card Kathie love the colour's thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Challenges
Hugs Dianne xx

Ria Zonnestraaltje said...

Gorgeouss cards :) thanks for joining A Gem Of A Challenge :) hugs Ria

Christine said...

Gorgeous lavender creation, gingham always looks so fresh lovely image & design.

Thanks for sharing with us at AGOAC
smiles Christine x