Saturday 26 February 2011

Week #144 - 26th February - Sponsored by The Craft Barn

It's Saturday! so time for a new sketch challenge :)
This weeks challenge is sponsored by our 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.

VAGABOND MACHINE and Sizzix dies

Resembling a well-traveled suitcase on the outside, the Vagabond Machine easily opens up to reveal a portable yet powerful machine that takes you to imaginative new places.
Upon closer examination, the Vagabond impresses for its uncanny ability to effortlessly cut and emboss many different materials and thicknesses.
Can you think of anything better to bring on your creative journey?

Included with the Vagabond Machine is a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, as well as the Solo Platform & Shim, which make all Sizzix components compatible with the Vagabond Machine.

This week, The Craft Barn are very generously giving our challenge winner TWO Sarah Kay stamps of their own choice!
Brilliant prize eh? Thank you Sandy!

Here is this weeks sketch...

This fabulous card has been made by our talented guest designer for February, Debbie.
Thank you Debbie for sharing your  beautiful creations with us.

Feast you eyes on these fab creations from our design team...







Hope you had fun with this weeks sketch, please leave your entry with Mr Linky ...

Winner of challenge #143

The winner of last weeks challenge who gets to spend $10.00 at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps is...

Winner didn't come forward to claim the prize, a new winner has been chosen, details are HERE

Please EMAIL ME so that I can pass this onto Jessica at Stitchy Bear, who will then send you details of how to claim your prize. Thank you.

Jo xx

Sunday 20 February 2011

Security warning message

Hi everyone, it has been brought to my attention that some of you are having security warning messages when clicking on some photos and this weeks sketch. The message is something like this...

This website has been reported as unsafe  
We recommend that you do not continue to this website.
Go to my home page instead
This website has been reported to Microsoft for containing threats to your computer that might reveal personal or financial information.

It seems to only happen to those of you who use internet explorer and
the error message appears only for images stored at
Any images that are stored on other blogspot servers (1.bp, 2.bp, 3.bp) are fine.
Can I just reassure you all, that there is no problem with SS, none that i'm aware of anyway. It seems to be just a problem with IE users and mainly those using Windows 8.

I've done a bit of checking on this and it seems that Microsoft are claiming that one of the blogger servers where the photos are stored is malware, which it clearly isnt. Their spam detection software is falsely marking the 4.bp server as spam.
It only seems to be affecting Microsoft IE, it's a fault with their (Microsoft) detection engine. Nothing that anyone at Google/Blogger can do until Microsoft fix the problem at their end.
This happened with bloggers 3.bp server too until Microsoft fixed the issue.

This weeks sketch was on the 4.bp server, I have since uploaded the sketch again and it is now on the 1.bp server so this message shouldn't appear.

Thank you to those challengers who alerted this problem to me, I don't use IE myself so I didn't get the error messages.

Happy crafting everyone :)

Saturday 19 February 2011

Week #143 - 19th February - Sponsored by Stitchy Bear

Good morning everyone, it's time for a new challenge here at Sketch Saturday, and we have a new (for us) sponsor too! :)

This week our challenge is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps!

"Hi my name is Stitchy and I am Co-Owner of Stitchy Bear Stamps...we started this store April 1st, No Fooling haha..I live in upstate New York with my husband and two TEENAGE adults haha, I do say that loosely as they think they run the show here, NOT...

I been creating stamps for a little less than a year now and I am totally addicted to the craft..I started about 4 years ago making digital scraps and I knew there was much more out there, so a friend of mine introduced me to digital stamps...and the rest they say is history...I look forward to seeing all the beautiful creations come through...good luck everyone..stitchy xoxox"

New stamps are added almost daily to their site, each month you can take advantage of their 99 cent specials too!

Not forgetting the free collab that you will receive with a minimum purchase of $10.00, this changes each month, so every month when you go shopping with Stitchy, you get freebies! woohoooo!

This weeks Challenge winner will win a $10.00 shopping spree at Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps! :)

Thank you Stitchy!

So without further ado, here is this weeks sketch...

This beautiful card has been made by our talented Guest Designer, Debbie

And here are more beautiful cards made by the design team...


Terry using In His Hands by Stitchy Bear

Jo using Pearls N Leather by Stitchy Bear



Maya using Ice Princess by Stitchy Bear


Simonne using Butterfly Love by Stitchy Bear



Have fun with this weeks sketch, please leave you entry with Mr Linky ....

Winner of challenge #142

The winner of a fabulous $25 shopping spree at  Simon Says Stamp is...

Deena! (A Deena Card)

and here is her fab & fun winning card...

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

Jo xx

Saturday 12 February 2011

Week #142 - 12th February - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Hi everyone :)
Thank you to those of you who joined in last week for Maya's DT week, great sketch wasn't it?

This week's challenge is sponsored by our 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

And you can pre order Wendy Vecchi studio 490 products HERE

A $25 gift certificate will be awarded to our lucky winner this week to spend on goodies in the SSS store!

And with LOADS of goodies available to suit all styles you're bound to have that $25 soon spent!

So without further ado, here is this weeks sketch...

Here's what our fab guest designer,Debbie, has made this week...

And here are the cards made by our lovely design team...




Hope you have fun with this weeks sketch, please leave your entries with Mr Linky..

Winner of challenge #141

The winner of 3 Digi stamps of their own choice from Tickled Pink Stamps is....

And here is the gorgeous winning card;

Please email Kellie and she will get your prize out to you :)
Thank you.
Maya :)

And a huge thank you to Kellie, for sponsoring the wonderful prize :)