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Monday 7 September 2009


Many thanks for all your great entries for our 2nd challenge complimentary colours! It was easier than it looked wasn't it lol! I hope you might have learnt a little bit from looking at colours and will stride forward with added confidence and know why things might not look quite right and know how to fix them, a dot of another colour can instantly balance a card!
Firstly the winners of challenge 2 (complimentary colours)
Many many thanks to La Pashe and Cardmaking with Imag-e-nation for their Flippin' fabulous prize, we have 25 entries (Vicky, Janet, Tracy, fabric butterfly, Kathleen, Phantos02, Alison Mc, Caro, Heather, Weejenhen, Aimee, Critchley creations, Crazycraftshed, Kat, Josephine, Looby, Tracey, Aunty Sue, Val, Sophie, Carol, Mandy, Snooptigger, Jemma and Janice)

Random.org says the winner is......
Well Done to Snooptigger (Catherine) Please email me with your details so I can post your prize!

Our TOP 3 picks this week and winners of the highly prized blinkie go to in no particular order....

Well Done ladies and here is your blinkie!

Onto our 3rd challenge which is again sponsored by the delightful Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher to her online store which is FREE P&P worldwide on most items! Joanna has quite a few new bits and bobs such as the new promarker colours and is currently offering a mega deal on all of the new colours, 56 pens for £69.99 making it £1.25 per pen!

Also check out her new favourite flowers range of stamps including wild roses and dancing poppies!

Thanks once again Joanna!

Our next challenge is an easy peesy sketch. Follow it quite literally or put your own spin on it! If you've never come across a sketch before here is a link to a sketch tutorial.
If you've never done one before just remember a sketch is simply a pattern. If you're a more established crafter combine it with one of the many challenges on offer for example Stamp Something blog want to see your favourite stamp this week. Stampin' for the weekend want to see you use Orange, teal and pink and they DO look fabulous together (Entries by 10th Sept)

Here's our sketch, remember the "flower" embellishment can be anything such as stars etc. Post your entries below or email them by 12 noon GMT 21st September. Have fun!

And our Design Team examples (Thanks ladies again for your hard work & commitment!)
The card is all from my stash, the background paper is from Joanna Sheen which I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Curls and Swirls folder. The boat stamp is from Stamps Away and the Sentiment stamp from DoCrafts. The die cuts were sent to me ages ago by a friend.

Stamp - Aspects of Design 52 - Japanese Plum Blossom, White card for base. Orange, Green and Purple card. Whisper pens, Waterbrush, Spotty ribbon sticker, Silver peel off - sentiment (coloured with peels off pens)Rub on Gems from stash.

(Well Done Joy on your 1st sketch!)


I made this card following the sketch provided, I used a blue card and used orange paper which I ripped along the edges using my ruler with a jaggered edge - I only had one blue flower so i coloured the other one in !!! I didnt have a blue and orange sentiment either so i printed one on publisher - the image is a Sarah Kay one. I added the little stars as i thought the card did not look finished. I am very happy with this card, and i feel that doing this blog is actualy helping me with my cards big time. Thanks for looking everyone.

I started with a coloured deckled edge card, not normally my thing I always use white or cream cards. I chose the paper I wanted from a forever friends stack and then cut to size, I stamped the image, which is from a set of paper nation stamps I bought and have hardly used. I coloured in the stamped image with metallic pencils. Finished the card of with a Happy Birthday stamp and jewels. I find a sketch gives a great starting point for any card.

Sugar Nellie gorjuss girl stamp, coloured with promarkers, glamour dust added to the wings and distress inks used around the image. Used both sides of a double sided paper by My Mind's Eye - starburst 'little blossom' dots/ brown, with coredinations cardstock, all edged with distress inks. Flowers and roses sprinkled with glamour dust and a little charm on a chain added to the back of one of the flowers. Circular sentiment stamped in clear ink and embossed in white, cut out with nestabilities circles. Finished off with some tiny flower beads, including one in her hair.

The papers are from Basic Grey Lemonade and Lime Rickey collections. The owl is a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I embossed it on Core'dinations cardstock and sanded some of the design away to reveal the lighter green colour beneath. I highlighted the swirl with a Clear Sakura Glitterpen from Joanna Sheen.The spotty flowers are Flora Doodles also from Joanna Sheen and the daisies are Primas. Craftwork Cards card candy in the centre finishes them off nicely. The sentiment is a rubber stamp from a little owl set by Hero Arts

Here is my Challenge Layout #3 from the Sketch. I loved working with this sketch. It was simple but so effective for a beautiful page. I used Websters Pages paper, so I couldn't go wrong with that. I used a 5X7 photo. My layout is 12X12. I used lace and some Prima flowers, punched some butterflies and layered them with pearls in the center. Very easy! I love how this layout turned out.

I turned the sketch 90 degrees as I wanted to use this image which is a digital stamp by Mo Manning called "End of Summertime" I coloured it with promarkers using vanilla and pastel pink for the skin and vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and shale for the hair. The top is apple and emerald and the jeans are pastel blue and sky blue, I added a grey to areas I wanted a bit darker and blended in. Papers are MME and the blue is a freebie printable. Flowers are flora doodles (Cape gold, peach, green and blue box)

Now over to our special guest designer, Rowena (Crafty Pagan)

Rowena's name might be familiar if you hop around blogland - She is on the design team for Sugar Nellie, Quixotic Paperie & Stamp Something and has been past/guest designer on Pile it on and the Delicious Divas.

Her work is very distinctive, you will notice how awesome it looks but look closer and you'll see she uses mainly little scraps of paper and general bits and bobs and a lot of imagination!


  1. Thank you so much for asking me to be your guest designer was lots of fun and I hope everyone has fun with the sketch-if you never tried using a sketch this a great one to start with and you'll soon be addicted!

  2. Found you whilist bloghopping today! I love a good sketch!
    Heres my card
    Thanks for looking!

  3. I just want to get my hands on the stamps you use Rowena! DT, the samples are fabulous! Great challenge! Here's mine

  4. wow thanks for making me the top 3. yey!
    Great dt cards again i'm off to make mine now.
    Rachel xx

  5. Great sketch and fabby DT work.

    here is my card


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  7. Lovely cards. I really liked your sketch. Sorry about the last comment - couldn't get it to link.

    here's mine


  8. Hiya. i've finished mine now. here it is
    Rachel xx

  9. Thank you for doing a tutorial on sketches, as I really didn't understand what they were. This blog is great for a true beginner like me. I love all your enteries.

    Here's Mine

  10. Great sketch and wonderful DT cards. You'll find mine Here Thanks for looking.

  11. Great DT cards esp the GDT
    Here's my entry


    Sarah x

  12. Brilliant cards everyone keep them coming xx

  13. I blog-hopped here from Rowena's blog. Lovely sketch. Here's my card


  14. Hi there .... this is the first time I've managed to enter as I've been really bizzzy the past couple of weeks :-) Loe teh new blog and it's a great challenge and fab DT cards. Here's mine - thanks for looking!
    Pauline x

  15. oh wow the DT cards and your entries are all fab. I am such a novice still - eek. But here's my entry anyway - these challenges are helping me learn a lot :-)

  16. Beautiful sketch! Gorgeous cards from the DT and GDT!

    Here's my card: Belle Sitting with Teddy

  17. Gorgeous entries from everyone. here is my attempt. http://carocrafts.blogspot.com/2009/09/holiday-part-3.html

  18. Great work from the DT :) Here is mine.

  19. Thanks, I needed some motivation and the sketch and design cards did that.
    Here’s my card

  20. Hello...loved the sketch, you can find my entry here
    hugs carol

  21. What a great sketch, it was a dream to work with. Here's my card
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  22. fab sketch and hope you like my card. You can find it HERE

  23. Fantastic sketch and I really enjoyed using it to make my card.

    Lisa x

  24. Thank you so much for the wonderful prize from last week really enjoyed making this card.

    Here's my card

  25. Hi Ladies
    My card is now done for this week's challenge,
    All cards are brilliant and Rowena your card is gorgeous as usual,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  26. This is my first time here. I love the sketch. Here is my card. http://cardwithd.blogspot.com/2009/09/two-challenges-one-card.html

  27. WOW. Thanks for making me the top 3. First ever blinkie. I like the sketch and fab cards DT. Kathleen

  28. I love your challenge sketch this week so i thought id give it a go.Its my first time here on your blog and i love it.
    Here is my card for you.
    angel wishes tracey x

  29. Here's my card for this week's sketch guy's..

  30. hello
    just like to say what a delightful challenge blog you have,just had to join in the fun, the design team have made some realy lovely samples
    you can find my entry here
    happy crafting julie-anne

  31. I just found your blog ,, fabulous DT cards ,, will be back later with an entry :-) Just wanted to say hello :-)
    Lols x x

  32. Fabulous DT cards and 3rd challenge lucky for me as life is now getting back to normal.
    HERE is my take on this super sketch.
    Nicola -x-

  33. Fab sketch and great DT cards, have added mine to my blog - it is called Tilda witch My Card is Here,

  34. great card from the DT this is my first time you can see my card
    here love cheryl xxx

  35. I'm fairly new to sketches so I tend to follow them exactly. Here's my card. Great DT sketches, I love seeing how some of you change the sketches around a bit

  36. Well, there is a first time for everything, and this is a first for me. Well, two firsts really, never followed a sketch, and never entered into a challenge.
    Hope I am doing this right. Here is the link to my blog - http://crafterscorner16.blogspot.com/2009/09/challenge-in-more-ways-than-one.html

    Not sure that will work, as I had to type it in, couldn't paste it for some reason.


  37. I found your the other week and wanted to play along! Wonderful sketch!!! The samples are all so lovely!
    here's mine:
    ... Joyful Stamper: The Digi Shack Bat....
    Blessings, Maria

  38. brilliant cards everyone, well done xx

  39. Oops I messed up big time, sorry girls.
    HERE is the correct link to my card.
    Nicola -x-

  40. Great DT cards. i am cutting fine on this one as didn;t realise I only had until tomorrow to get it done....where does the time go.
    You can see my card HERE

    ~ Shell x

  41. oops sorry the link is wrong this is it

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  43. I love sketches and the DT have made some great cards. Rowena has worked her magic as usual.

    Here's mine

    Kat x

  44. Gorgeous cards again girls, thanks for the challengeyou can find my card here
    hugs Mandy xx


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