Tuesday, 31 May 2011

SCRSC45: Colour Challenge


Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to a brand new Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge! This week we have a COLOUR CHALLENGE for you this week -  red   aqua   white .

I used SHOPPING EMILY from the most recent release for my card:


Sparkle Creations challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen, and they will receive a SCRS rubber stamp. [In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.]

Do pop along to the rest of the SCRS DT's blogs to take a peek at their awesome challenge creations:


Thanks for dropping by! Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Hugs,

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Sketch Saturday - Candy Alert!

Today is a VERY special day for Sketch Saturday as it's our 3rd BIRTHDAY!!! WOO-HOO!!

To celebrate, we have some wonderful prizes to give away, but as we want to say thank you to all our wonderful SS challengers for supporting us and making Sketch Saturday such a success, you can only enter our prize draws if you enter this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge #157. And here is the sketch:


The Craft Barn is sponsoring the main prize for this week's challenge and one lucky winner will win an amazing £50 Craft Barn gift voucher! WOW!



The Craft Barn is holding their June Extravaganza weekend on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th of June.  There will be FREE craft demos from 24 demonstrators, with a theme of 'The Best of British' featuring designers and demonstrators from the UK and wherever possible promoting products manufactured in the UK.  Further details about their June Extravaganza can be found here: http://www.thecraftbarn.co.uk/section.php/570/1/extravaganza-june-2011

In addition, some of the DT are hosting their own blog candy draws on their own blogs, so make sure you visit all the DT's blogs this week once you've made your challenge creation to enter our draws!

~~ PLEASE NOTE You are only allowed to enter our individual DT blog candy draws if you have taken part in this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge #157 ~~


As I mentioned before, many of the fabulous Sketch Saturday DT members are offering Party Bag Candy (PBCs) draws on their personal blogs (including me!) to say thank you to YOU, our lovely Sketch Saturday challengers!

My Party Bag Candy prize is the bag I have made above filled with a few goodies, plus a FANTASTIC Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Postage Stamps rubber stamp set, kindly sponsored by Denise at Whimsy Stamps (huge thank you, Denise, *mwah*!).


If you would like to be included in the draw to win my bag and this awesome stamp set, please:

1. Make a new creation following SS Sketch #157 and enter it into the SS 157 challenge over at the SS blog.

2. Come back here and enter my blog candy draw by adding (a) the URL of your own blog post showing your Sketch Saturday #157 make, (b) your name, (c) your email address, into InLinkz below.

3. Leave me a comment (please!). This is optional, but also just in case InLinkz has a wobbly!


(NB One entry per person please. To make it fair, all entries that have not followed the above rules will be removed from the draw.)

My PBC draw ends at 08:00 (UK time) on Friday 3rd June 2011. I will draw a winner using random.org later that day.  All winners will be announced on the Sketch Saturday blog at 07:50 (UK time) on Saturday 4th June just before our new challenge goes live (I shall also announce the winner of my PBC on my blog at the same time).

Finally, I'd just like to pop a little note of thanks here to Jo, our tireless SS leader.  Jo, your commitment, support, appreciation and all-round awesomeness is SO appreciated by us all. THANK YOU for being you!  You are Sketch Saturday, and we think you're AMAZING!

Hugs,


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Winner of my Whimsy Stamps May Blog Hop Mini Candy

Hi everyone!

Just popping by to announce the winner of my Whimsy Stamps May Blog Hop Mini Candy draw.

I plugged the numbers into random.org and it came out with...


Which means it's ... Penni from Lazy Cats Cards!

Congratulations Penni! You have won these two gorgeous new rubber Whimsy Stamps:


Please email me with your full mailing details and I will pass these onto Denise so that she can mail out your prize!

Thank you to everyone who hopped along with us!

Hugs,

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

SCRSC44: 365 Cards Challenge


Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to a brand new Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge! As Sparkle is sponsoring 365 Cards Challenge all week, we thought it would be a great idea to use their challenge for today which is HATS!  So we would like to see a hat featured somewhere on your challenge entry, and as lots of SCRS characters wear headgear of some sort, I'm sure this will be a fairly easy challenge!

For my card I used 4 DIFFERENT CHLOE stamps (from left to right):


Don't forget that all Chloe stamps are on special at 15% off until 27th May!

I also decided to follow the 365 Cards Challenge sketch from Sunday (rotating it 90 degrees to the left).


I created the sentiment on the computer (although I can't take credit as the author of the phrase, LOL!). It's a very clean and simple card, but I have to say I'm really pleased with how it turned out!  As soon as I saw the sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to do - love it when that happens!! :o)

Sparkle Creations challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen, and they will receive a SCRS rubber stamp. [In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.]

Do pop along to the rest of the SCRS DT's blogs to take a peek at their awesome challenge creations:


Thanks for dropping by! Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Hugs,

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Fragrant Rose...


Hi everyone!

Today I would like to share my Sketch Saturday #156 make with you. We are being sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts this week and here is the fabby sketch for you to follow:


I used one of the beautiful stamps from the Whimsy Stamps Fragrant Rose stamp set for my card.  You can buy this stamp set (which comes already mounted on cling) for $12.00 straight from the Whimsy Store HERE or if you are in the UK/Europe you can buy it from Elaine at Quixotic Paperie HERE.  

I paired it with some gorgeous Crate Paper 'Portrait' 6x6 paper (available to buy HERE from Quixotic Paperie).  I absolutely adore this paper pad, and I think I need to get another purely so that I can squirrel it away for the future, LOL!

Here is the full recipe:

STAMP: Whimsy Stamps Fragrant Rose
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad ~ Distress Ink Pad 'Vintage Photo'
COPICS: E43 E41 E40 ~ G21 YG63 YG67 ~ Y21 YR23 Y35 E35 ~ R20 R22 R27
PAPER: Crate Paper 'Portrait' 6x6 paper pad
CARD: SU Kraft
TOOLS: Martha Stewart border punch 'Doily Lace' ~ Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4 ~ Spellbinders Parisian Accents dies
EMBELLIES: Cream ribbon ~ 5mm Cappuccino flatback pearls ~ 4mm Cappuccino flatback pearls

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

- Copic Creations #50 Yellow
- Fairy Knoll Flowers
- CCEE1120 Flowers
- Aud Sentiments #28 No Sentiment
- Papertake Weekly Bloom & Grow
- PWC154 Flowers
- Crafty Creations #119 May Flowers
- Crafts & Me #35 Anything Goes (optional Kraft)
- Cupcake #142 In the Garden

If you haven't already, do hop on over to the Sketch Saturday blog and see what gorgeousness my SS DT sistahs have made!

Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs,

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Whimsy Stamps May Rubber Release BLOG HOP


Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps May new rubber release BLOG HOP!

We have 18 fabulous new Whimsy Stamps plus 2 new wonderful dies to show you today! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Beate Johns, Deb Routledge, Deb Mitchell and Elaine Hughes.

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 5 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!  On Monday I posted a card using the new Meljen's Design Gruffy Little Gnome and then yesterday I posted a set of wee cards using Ann's amazing Celebration Pennants stamp set. Here they are again [click on the pics to be taken to the posts]:


Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies being released today:

5 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Baby of Mine ~ Mystic ~ Thunder Lizzy ~ Wee Snippet ~ Wee Snippet & Mystic

4 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Birthday Cake Mouse ~ Birthday Cup Mouse ~ Gruffy Little Gnome ~ Happy Little Gnome

4 stamps from Kenny K
Devastatia ~ Hockey Girl ~ Queens Cutie ~ Super Mom

5 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Celebration Pennants ~ Film Strip Sentiments ~ Magical Mini Letter Seals ~ Street Art BG ~ Welcome Baby Sentiments

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Film Strip Die ~ Welcome Baby Die Set

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Donna's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Lori’s blog.

The hop starts today (Wednesday May 18th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday May 25th at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have not one but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps. Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us. We also have 4 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp....and I'm hosting one of the 4 mini candies! YIPPEE!



If you would like to be entered into the draw to win Baby of Mine AND Mystic rubber stamps (shown above), just pop your details into InLinkz at the end of this post.  You don't have to leave me a comment to enter (although I would love to hear from you *grin*) but it may be a good idea to leave one just in case InLinkz decides to wander off, LOL!

PHEW!  Okay, with all that out of the way, I finally get to show you my blog hop creation! :o) I used one of the new Whimsy Stamps Kenny K rubber stamps called SuperMomI used some October Afternoon 'Modern Homemaker' paper and created the sentiment badge myself in MS Word using a couple of free fonts.  I used the 12x12 size paper and cut out some of the pictures and popped them up on foam tape in the bottom right corner.  A few handpunched flowers to echo the flower print on the oven glove and voila!


I'd like to enter my SuperMom card into a few challenges: Kenny K's Krafty Girlz #45 ~ Crafty Creations #119 ~ My Mum's Craft Shop #6 ~ Truly Scrumptious #57 ~ ASFOS #152

So all that remains is for you to ENTER MY MINI CANDY BELOW and then once you've done that, continue the hop by hopping on over to Vicki's blog.

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new release!

Hugs,


Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peek Day 5 - DT's Choice

**This is my 2nd post of the day. Please scroll down to see my Sparkle Creations Challenge post.**


Hello again!

Ooh, are you getting excited?  Only one more sleep until the Whimsy Stamps May rubber and die release  - WOO-HOO!!  

For the past 4 days the Whimsy DT have been posting sneak peeks of some of the fabby new stamps and dies, and today we are sharing sneak peeks of whatever we want as it's 'DT's choice sneak peek day'!

I originally wanted to sneak peek today's creation on Friday when it was 'Sentiments & Dies' sneak peek day, but I have been not-so-patiently having to wait for some white embossing powder to arrive in the mail.  I ordered it on Tuesday from an online shop who always post the same or next day 1st class.  Well, they kept to their usual posting schedule ... but stupid Royal Mail have taken until yesterday to deliver it! Booooo!! RM have increased their cost of postage by 12-13% this year, but it seems their service has declined by way more than that (well, in our area of the UK at least!). Anyway, moan over!  LOL!

For today's sneak peek I have used the Celebration Pennants stamp set by Raindrop Echo Designs and created a set of four 96x96mm birthday cards.  [This stamp set actually coordinates perfectly with the Banner Pennants Die Set released in March.] As soon as I saw the DT sneak of this stamp set way back in April I knew instantly what I wanted to do with it. I don't know about you, but the ideas I create in my head don't always work in real life, but I am really pleased that they did this time! :o)

[Lots of pics as I found it difficult to photograph them all together front on!]








To create these cards I used:

- 96x96mm white card bases
- Woodware corner rounder
- Cardstock and designer paper
- Versamark and WOW Opaque bright white super fine embossing powder
- Foam tape
- Various Versamagic Dew Drop Chalk ink pads
- Coordinating 4mm flat back pearls

I'm still trying to decide whether to make a presentation box for these and give them away (or perhaps pop them on Etsy), or keep them as a stash of birthday cards for men or those people who appreciate a less cutesy style card!

Be sure to stop by my Whimsy DT sistahs' blogs for more 'final day sneak peeks' of the soon-to-be-released rubber stamps and dies:


Hope you have a great Tuesday and hope to see you tomorrow for our new release hop at 12 noon EST (5pm UK time)!

Hugs,

SCRSC43: April Flowers bring May Flowers


Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to a brand new Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge! This week we have a theme for you to follow - April Flowers bring May Flowers - so we would like to see you add flowers to your project.

Sparkle is sponsoring this week's Stamp Something challenge's 3 year anniversary blog hop with Turntable Josh and Scooter Chloe!  SCRS is also sponsoring today's brand new Midnight Madness sketch #104, and as I am a sucker for a good sketch, I decided to follow today's fabulous MMSC104 for my SCRSC43 card:


I used Celebrating Chloe for today's card and paired her with some yummy Echo Park 6x6 Springtime.  paper.  [Full supply list is at the end of this post.]



Chloe is our featured character for the month of May, and all Chloe stamps are currently 15% off until May 27th! How fab is that? :o)  And if you haven't signed up for our newsletter yet, you'll find the sign up box in the sidebar of the SCRS blog!


Sparkle Creations challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen, and they will receive a SCRS rubber stamp. [In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.]

Do pop along to the rest of the SCRS DT's blogs to take a peek at their awesome challenge creations:


Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs,


Supplies
STAMP: Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp Celebrating Chloe ~ sentiments computer generated
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
COPICS: E11 E00 E000 R20 ~ E55 E53 E51 ~ R85 R81 ~ V12 V15 V17 ~ C0 C1 C2
PAPEREcho Park 6x6 Springtime
CARD: Rymans 200gsm bright white coated card (for Copics), SU Whisper White, Core'dinations 12x12 Colorcore G020 RIch Amethyst and O010 Exotic Orchid
EMBELLIES: Prima flower, gem brad, 4mm purple flatback pearls, Divine Twine Cotton Candy
TOOLS: SU Scallop border punch

Monday, 16 May 2011

Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peek Day 4 - Meljen's Designs

Happy Monday everyone!

Whimsy Stamps next rubber and die release is only a few days away - yippee!!  On 18 May we will be releasing a mega stash of wonderful *NEW* rubber stamps plus a couple of darling new dies. 

In the lead up to release day on Wednesday, the Whimsy DT are posting sneak peeks of some of the fabby new stamps and dies, and today we are sharing sneak peeks of some of the new Meljen's Designs rubber stamp collection.

For my card I used Gruffy Little Gnome.  I just adore his gruff (but totally adorable) nature! Hee hee!  I thought this would make a perfect "I'm sorry" type of card!  I have added a full list of the supplies I used to make this card at the bottom of this post.

I followed Jen's fabulous Deconstructed Sketch #1 for my card, and I would also like to enter it into the following challenges:

- Deconstructed Sketch #1
- Basic Grey #44 Mix & Match
- Totally Gorjuss #80  Not square
- My Mum's Craft Shop #5 Dies
- Fabulous Friday Challenge Ribbon or Twine (I've used both!)
- Crafty Sentiments Buttons
- Craft Us Crazy #8 Fave embellie and/or something new (brand new stamp!)
- Papertake Weekly Punch
- Tuesday Throwdown #48 Die Cuts
- Use it Tuesday #7 Bling

Be sure to stop by my Whimsy DT sistahs' blogs for more peeks of the soon-to-be-released Meljen's Designs rubber stamps:


Hope you have a great Monday!

Hugs,


Supplies
Stamp: Whimsy Stamps 'Gruffy Little Gnome' rubber stamp (released 18 May 2011)
Sentiment: Computer generated
Paper: Basic Grey 12x12 Max & Whiskers 'Patches'
Card: Core'dinations 12x12 Colorcore 'French Roast' & SU Whisper White
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4 and Labels 4 Small; Martha Stewart 'Daisy' border punch
Embellies: Yellow grosgrain ribbon, Divine Twine 'Orange', YNS Glittered Skittles 'Chocolate Drops', Button, Prima flower, Basic Grey Bling It 'Silver-Diamond' Rhinestone Dots, 3d foam pads
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Copics:
Skin/Face: E000 E00 E02 E11 R20
Shoes: E51 E53 E53 E55 E57 E59
Trousers: BG000 BG01 BG05 BG09
Top: G21 YG6 G94 G99
Hat: E35 YR23 Y35 Y21 ~ YR00 YR02 YR04 YR07 E08

Saturday, 14 May 2011

SS155 & Sparkle Creations: RELEASE DAY!

Hello everyone and welcome to Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps release day!

Today, the DT (along with our May guest designer Danni), are showcasing the second of 2 brand new SCRS stamps that are available to buy RIGHT NOW from the SCRS store! So without further ado, I am pleased to introduce ... RELAXING CHARLOTTE ...


This darling stamp comes with a sentiment stamp that reads "pamper yourself".

This is also my Sketch Saturday make! We have another amazing sketch by Jo and this week we are being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.



Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Relaxing Charlotte. Sparkle will be giving away Relaxing Charlotte to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designer's Relaxing Charlotte blog posts (links listed below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Relaxing Charlotte post there. You have until midnight EST today to comment and the lucky winner will be announced tomorrow!

Alice Wertz
Danni Bindel {May Guest Designer}
Kim Yu
Peggy Toole {Sponsorship Coordinator}
Shaela Odd
YOU ARE HERE ---> Simonne Clay <--- YOU ARE HERE
Sparkle Smith
Stephanie Kraft
Suzanne Bier {Newsletter Coordinator}
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Blog


And of course, be sure to hop on over to Sketch Saturday to see what the girls have done with Jo's fabby sketch!

Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs,


Supplies
PAPER: Prima 'Reflections' 6x6 paper pad
CARD: SU Kraft, Core'dinations 12x12 Colorcore
INK: Memento Tuexdo Black ink pad, Tim Holtz 'Vintage Photo' distress ink pad
EMBELLIES: Wild Orchid Crafts flowers
TOOLS: Spellbinders Parisian Accents dies

Friday, 13 May 2011

Sparkle Creations: Introducing...Shopping Emily

Hello everyone and welcome to the first day of our Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps new release sneak peeks!

Today, the DT (along with our May guest designer Danni), are showcasing the first of 2 brand new SCRS stamps that will be released tomorrow. So without further ado, I am pleased to introduce ... SHOPPING EMILY ...


Shopping Emily come with a darling sentiment stamp that reads "with the right accessories you can do anything". Cute! :o)

I followed this week's TPE challenge #99 which is a sketch.  I'd also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

- TPE#99 sketch
- Crafts & Me #34 Punches
- Crafty Creations #118 Anything Goes
- Creative Belli #117 Anything starting with an 'S'
- The Paper Variety #33 Movie Inspiration (I have chosen one of my all time favourite movies, Pretty Woman. Shopping Emily is in fact Vivian when she is shopping up a storm on Rodeo Drive, LOL!)
- Fabulous Friday Challlenge  Ribbon or Twine (I have used both - have attached the charm using twine!)
- Stamp Something Anything Goes
- Southern Girls Challenge Let's Hear it for the Girls
- Stamp & Fun = Creativity #46 Dots

Be sure to visit all rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Shopping Emily. Sparkle will be giving away Shopping Emily to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designer's Shopping Emily blog posts (links listed below). Then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Shopping Emily post there. ETA: Because of the problems with blogger, you have until the end of the weekend to comment and the lucky winner will be announced on Monday!

Alice Wertz
Danni Bindel {May Guest Designer}
Kim Yu
Peggy Toole {Sponsorship Coordinator}
Shaela Odd
YOU ARE HERE ---> Simonne Clay <--- YOU ARE HERE
Sparkle Smith
Stephanie Kraft
Suzanne Bier {Newsletter Coordinator}
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Blog

Have you signed up for the new SCRS monthly newsletter yet?  Each month we will be featuring one of the darling SCRS characters and Chloe is our featured character for May.  So sign up to learn more about our darling Chloe and to receive an exclusive sale coupont! All the Chloe stamps will be 15% off from release day (tomorrow) until May 27th. 

Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you tomorrow for release day!

Hugs,

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