Saturday 29 January 2011

Week #140 - 29th January - Sponsored by The Craft Barn

Good Morning SS friends!

This weeks challenge is sponsored by our generous regular sponsor

The Craft Barn offer a wide range of goodies for all crafters from all things 'Cuttlebug' to grunge paper, from cottage cutz dies to cosmic shimmers, then there's your essentials like cardstock and papers and adhesives.

Not forgetting their HUGE stock of clear and rubber stamps to tantalise you!
There really is something for everyone :)

For all the latest products that have been added to the site PLEASE CLICK HERE, including their range of COPIC pens.

They have the latest Crafty Secrets and My Paper World stamps in store NOW

And it's a set of Crafty Secrets stamps that you could be using real soon if you are our challenge winner!

Crafty Secrets Cherub Clear Art Stamps include 17 separate designs in the set with 3 beautiful cherubs, a pair of wings, the word "Love", a decorative heart and lots of swirly design elements from a big 3.5" long flourish to smaller swirls and embellishing designs you can mix and build from.
The cherubs were drawn in 1904 and the detail and shading are superb!
One is holding an old camera, the other is writing in a journal book and the third cherub is tying a big bow and stands 2.5" tall.

Perfect! and just in time to make that special Valentine card eh? ;)

Here is this weeks sketch...

Barbara has been our Guest Design Team member this month and here is her final card ...

Thank you Barbara for sharing you cards with us.

Here are the fabulous cards made by the Design Team...


Thanks for stopping by, we hope you have fun with the sketch,
Please leave your entries with Mr Linky...

Winner of challenge #139

The winner of SEVEN single digis of their own choice, courtesy of Bugaboo Stamps is...

Sian! (Mad thoughts of a crafty cow)

and here is her beautiful winning card!...

Congratulations hunni! Please choose your 7 digis from the site, then EMAIL JODIE at Bugaboo so that she can send you your prize :)
Thank you.

Jo xx

Wednesday 26 January 2011

And our 2 new DT members are....

... Bente and Karita

Congratulations ladies! and a warm welcome to our design team! :)
we hope that you will enjoy working with us as much as we are looking forward to working with you :)

Bente and Karita will share their first cards as SS DT members on Saturday 5th February :)

Can I just say a huge thank you on behalf of all the design team to everyone who entered our DT call,
You are all wonderful cardmakers, it's a shame that we can only choose just 2 of you.

Many thanks!
Jo xx

Saturday 22 January 2011

Week #139 - 22nd January - Sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps

Good Morning!
Thank you for joining in the challenge last week, it's time for a new sketch :)
This week we are sponsored by the wonderful... Bugaboo Stamps.

A fabulous place for cute and whimsical digi stamps, and sassy ladies too! ;)
You are bound to find the perfect image for that special card
The images print very crisp and clear and are an absolute dream to colour!

go ahead...make someone smile.

Have you seen the Love/Valentine digis?
There's images suitable for young and old alike.

If you are our challenge winner this week, you can choose SEVEN single digis, courtesy of Jodie from Bugaboo Stamps.

WOW! thank you Jodie! xx

Here is this weeks sketch...

Guest Designer
Here's Barbara's beautiful card...

And from the fabulous Design Team...

Please leave your challenge entries with Mr Linky,
but please remember to leave the link to your blog POST, and not just your blog so that you will be eligible for the prize draw.

Winner of challenge #138

The winner of a £10 shopping spree at Bunny Zoe's Crafts is...

 Coops! (Coops Cluttered Corner)

and here is her fabulous winning card...

Congratulations! Please EMAIL ME so that I can let Nikki know, and she will contact you with details of how to claim your prize :)
Thank you xx

Friday 21 January 2011


Our DT call is now closed, Thank you to all of you who have applied (there's been lots!), we will be going through all of the links that you have sent, and we will be making the decision as a team.
I could be emailing YOU really soon!
We will announce the new Design Team members once the new members have been confirmed.

Once again, many thanks for your response :)

Jo xx

Saturday 15 January 2011

Week #138 - 15th January - Sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts

Good Morning!

Firstly, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have joined our new facebook page, please continue to recommend us to your crafting friends :)

OK! it's time for a new challenge :)
And this week we are sponsored by the lovely Nikki and Bunny Zoe's Crafts

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Here's the latest news from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...
*Coming Soon - Kraftin' Kimmie's January release - 16th JAN
*Magnola Ink Magazine, Will you be my Valentine?
Tickled Pink Valentine Designs

WOW! and much, much more in store!
with so many amazing products available to let loose your imaginative and creative side.

Would you like £10.00 to spend in store?
course you would! ;)
and that is exactly what this weeks challenge winner will win!
a generous £10.00 of goodies from Bunny Zoe's Crafts :)

Thank you Nikki xx

So to get you started, here's this weeks sketch...

And here is what our talented GD Barbara has made this week...

Awesome colouring & gorgeous papers, it is indeed "way cool" ;)

Here's more inspiration from the lovely Design Team...


Please leave a link to your blog post (not just your blog) with Mr Linky, thanks xx...

Winner of challenge #137

The winner of the $25.00 gift certificate, kindly donated by Simon Says Stamp! is....

Mina! (pink puds)

and here is her very chic winning card...

Congratulations Mina!
Please EMAIL ME so that I can let you know how you can claim your prize. Thank you.
Happy Shopping!

Jo xx

Monday 10 January 2011

DT call

Calling all card makers!
We are looking for 2 new design team members :)

Here's a bit of info about joining SS...

As we are a sketch challenge blog, we don't have freebies to give our DTs,
I don't ever ask for freebies either, I want people to sponsor us and be happy to donate a prize for our winner without thinking they have to give to us too,
so freebies, for us, isn't an issue, although when we are offered them we are extremely grateful of course! :)

Duties would be:

We would require you to make a DT card each week, using the sketch provided.

Your card will need to be ready each Friday before the challenge goes live on the Saturday. If Friday's are busy for you then you can of course upload it earlier. If you are worried about uploading direct to SS then you can upload your pic to our private DT blog where one of us will upload it for you.

I give the Design Team weeks of sketches in advance, so you won't be asked for any last minute cards

We would need you to leave comments each week too, currently 10 comments per 100 entrants, but of course you can comment on more if you wish to, I appreciate that we all lead busy lives so this is why you will be allocated a group of numbers to leave comments for our fab challengers.

You would be required to design a sketch of your own when it's your DT week, currently once a year, although you wouldn't get a DT week until next year as this year is already arranged. Gives you time to see how we do it ;)
When you do have a DT week, I can help you digitise your sketch if you need me to, but the design will be yours and you take the credit.

You would be required to find a sponsor for your DT week, and arrange the prize, email the winner etc.

You would also need to find a Guest Designer for your DT week and for the rest of the month that your DT week falls in. If you are unsure who to ask, I suggest that your GD be someone who actually takes part in our challenges already, as this is a nice way to say thank you.

If you have any questions please ask!

Anyone interested in joining our team please EMAIL ME (Jo) with links to TWO posts from their blog of cards that they consider their best work.

Please do not send just pictures, we want to see the card in it's blog post (hence we want the URL), and please send a maximum of only 2 links, and for only 2 cards (not to a post listing your top 5 or top 10)
It will be a difficult decision anyway, and to keep it fair to everyone who applies i'd like to keep it to two links/cards please. Thank you.

Closing date for entries is 10am (UK time) Friday 21st January.

We will take a look at all the blog links, we will then visit the blogs to see more work by the entrants, and then we will choose the new members as a team.

Thank you xx

Saturday 8 January 2011

Week #137 - 8th January - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Happy Saturday everyone!
Thank you to those of you who took part in Jilli's first DT week.

This week's challenge is sponsored by our generous regular sponsor Simon Says Stamp!

"With over 100,000 items in stock, Simon is proud to offer the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, Altered Art, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world!"

To see all the latest products instore please click HERE including the NEW 2011 Hero Arts products!

To see the exclusive Simon Says Stamp range, please click HERE

Not forgetting their HUGE Magnolia range HERE

All things Tim Holtz including newly released products can be found HERE

A $25 gift certificate will be awarded to our lucky winner this week to spend on goodies from their amazing store!

That would give your craft stash a kick start for 2011 eh? ;)

Here is this weeks sketch...

Here is the beautiful card made by Barbara, our fab GD for the month of January
gorgeous isn't it?

and here is the equally gorgeous cards by the fab design team...



Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy using this weeks sketch :)

Please leave your entries with Mr Linky...