Sunday 25 September 2011

DT call

*Please scroll down for this weeks challenge sponsored by The Craft Barn*

We are looking for 2 new design team members to join Sketch Saturday! :)
Initially on a 3 month trial, with a view to a permanent position we hope.

We can't offer you any freebies as that isn't what we are about, although occasionally a sponsor will give us free images which is wonderful and very much appreciated.
But we can offer you friendship, we have a lovely DT (even if I do say so myself!)

What is required:

You MUST have your own personal blog and be prepared to post each week.

You must be able to make a card each week, and upload it before midnight on the Friday before the challenge goes live.
You will get the sketches well in advance, so you will have plenty of time to create.
You can use any craft materials you like to make your DT work (except copyright protected images of course),
The only *rule* is that you stick as close as possible to the sketch, but of course artisitc licence plays a part and is welcomed, you don't have to be 'spot on' but the sketch design needs to be seen within your work.
You must post about our challenge on your own blog each week, leaving links to SS and to our sponsors on all posts.

You must be prepared to leave comments for challengers, currently 1 challenger in every 10, although you are of course allowed to leave comments for more should you have the time to do so.

You will be expected to take a turn hosting a DT week.
DT weeks are the first Saturday of each month, the DT member is asked to make their own sketch for the challenge, arrange a sponsor, and arrange the guest designer (GD) too. You will be expected to type up the post for this week.
DT week is only for one week, but your GD will be with us for the whole month, so would be expected to make a card for each Saturday in the month you would be DT host. You are responsible for uploading your GD's cards each week before the deadline.
You must also type up the winners post the following week after your DT week, and arrange for your winner to receive their prize from your sponsor.

Sketch Saturday is a challenge blog like any other, we have no problem with our DT members being on other challenge blog DTs too.
We expect ALL of our DT members to treat SS with the same respect as others.
If you are currently on other DTs then please do apply to join us if you want to be a part of our team too, however, if it is going to be a problem for you to make a card for us if you have deadlines from other DTs to keep to, then please do not apply if this means that SS could be pushed to one side because you need to make your card for another challenge blog instead. This would not not fair to the rest of us.
We are equally as important as a challenge blog who gives you freebies to use, and expect all of our members to treat SS with the same respect.
If you are able to make a card for other DTs then you are able to make a card for us too. Fair's fair.

If you would like to join Sketch Saturday, please email myself (Jo) and Jilli with THREE of what you consider to be your favourite cards to date.
Please provide links to just the 3 blog posts of the cards you would like us to see. No more than 3.
DO NOT just give us your blog address, we can look through your blogs anyway, we only want specific posts please.

We want to arrange our new DT members asap, so if you could get your emails to us sometime over the next week, then that would be fab, thank you.

We look forward to receiving your emails! :)

Jo & Jilli xx

Saturday 24 September 2011

Week #174 - 24th September - Sponsored by The Craft Barn

Hello everyone, it's Saturday morning, so that means it must be time for another Sketch Saturday challenge.
Thank you for joining us last week, not as many entries as we normally get, but that means you have more of a chance of winning! please scroll down to see if it's you :)

But before we do we have some sad news to share, we are saying goodbye to Lisa who has decided to step down from the Design Team :(
Lisa, thank you so much, we will miss your sometimes quirky but always colourful creations, and we all wish you much love and happiness & best wishes for your store, The Crafts Meow xx

So onto our challenge and this week we are sponsored by...

The Craft Barn

"We are a UK based business selling a wide range of craft supplies including stamps, dies and embossing folders, punches, an extensive range of items to alter and decorate and much more for your scrapbooking and card making projects. We are committed to providing the best, most up to date craft products at great prices, coupled with first class service.

Some of the leading companies that we stock include Stamping Bella, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Crafty Individuals, Martha Stewart, Katzelkraft stamps, Nestabilities, Craftwork Cards, Copic Pens, House Mouse, Viva Décor, Eco Green crafts and Cosmic Shimmer to name but a few.

We are constantly adding new products to our range of craft supplies so be sure to add us to your browser favourites so you can pop back and see us."

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 the NEW SPECTRUM NOIR marker pens,
the latest Crafty Individuals products,
Crafts Too embossing folders,
& the new LaBlanche silicone stamps.

and here's a date for your diary...

Christmas Card Minifest at The Craft Barn
Saturday, October 1st 2011

A fabulous FREE demo day with loads of ideas and oodles of inspiration for Christmas cards and much more.
Please join Jenny Mayes, Neil Walker, Carol Cockbain, Chris Dark, Helen Meighan, Kathy Byrne & Jane Collman and feel inspired.
The demos are very informal and the demonstrators are always happy to answer any questions you have about things you are finding challenging and to explain techniques and equipment.

If you do have the time to go to any of their FREE demo days, then please do. They are very popular events, and very worthwhile, you may pick up some crafting tips and meet up with fellow crafters too
And of course you will be able to see the full range of wonderful products available from The Craft Barn.

This weeks challenge prize is a corker!

Our lucky winner will receive one Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp (of their own choice)
These are the best etched stamps ever, and you can stamp what it suggests.. a whole card front or background paper. How fab is that?!

Not only will you get a stamp, but you also get a Mega Mount acrylic block to use with it :)
The acrylic block is a 6" x 6" slightly curved acrylic block with a handle designed by Impression Obsession to fit perfectly with the stamps which measure 5.75" x 5.75"
You can of course also use the block with your unmounted and clear stamps too.
I can see this is going to be a must-have tool!

You can see what The Craft Barn's own DT have made with these stamps and acrylic block by reading the recent posts on their blog.

please note that YOU get to choose the stamp you want, you may want the swirl one shown here, but you do have loads to choose from, please take a look.

This prize package is worth just a smidge under £30... told you it was a corker! ;)
Our thanks, as always, goes to The Craft Barn for this very generous prize xx

Here's this weeks sketch...

Here is the gorgeous, final card by our
guest designer Jessica Fick!
Thank you Jessica for sharing your talent with us throughout September xx

Here are the equally stunning cards made by The Saturdays...

Lisa's final DT card
Thank you Lisa, take care xx


Thank you so much for joining us again this week.  If you have time to play with us and you want to win this weeks amazing prize, then please leave a DIRECT LINK to your work with MR. Linky below ....

Winner of challenge #173

The winner of a £10 shopping spree, generously donated by Bunny Zoe's Crafts is...

Mo! (Mo's Wunderwelt)

with this beautiful winning card...

Congratulations Mo!
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.

Jo xx

Saturday 17 September 2011

Week #173 - 17th September - Sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts

Happy Saturday everyone, time for another Sketch Saturday challenge! :)

And this week we are sponsored once again by the very lovely Nikki from Bunny Zoe's Crafts

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Here are the latest arrivals available right now...
*NEW 6x6" Paper Pads - Echo Park
*NEW 6x6" Paper Pads - Fancy Pants
*NEW Tickled Pink Stamps - Lil Victorian Christmas
*NEW September Whimsy Stamps release
*NEW Card Only No. 21 Sept/Oct
*NEW Cosmo Cricket - Clementine & Dear Mr. Claus
*NEW S.E.I Paper Pad - Silver Valley
*NEW Kaisercraft Paper Pads
*PRE-ORDER your Tim Holtz Tote Bag!!!
*NEW Wild Rose Studio Christmas Stamps
*NEW September C.C. Designs
*NEW Whiff of Joy Princess Collection
*NEW Autumn/Winter Stampavie
*NEW September The Greeting Farm
*NEW Crate Paper 6x6" Paper Pads
*NEW Limited Edition My Minds Eye Paper Pads
*NEW Dies - Marianne D, Nellie’s Multi Frame and cART-Us
*NEW Paper Pads – Marianne Design and cART-Us
*NEW Marianne D Vintage Lace Packs
*NEW Christmas Bildmalarna

And remember... Bunny Zoe's Crafts ship worldwide, and if you live in mainland UK or Northern Ireland and your order is more than £40.00, you get FREE shipping :)

This weeks challenge winner will win a generous £10.00 shopping spree at Bunny Zoe's Crafts :)

Here's this weeks sketch...

Here is the lovely card created
by our Guest Designer Jessica Fick!

Look at what the amazing Design team have made!...


(Jo says...I think i'm in love with Jilli's card)









Another fantabulous sketch for this weeks challenge.  I hope you have time to play along with us again ... if you do please leave a DIRECT LINK to your creation with Mr. Linky below ...

Winner of challenge #172

Note: Please scroll down to see the NEW winner of #170, the prize is still yet to be claimed!

The winner of last weeks challenge (#172) who wins a fabulous $25 shopping spree at  Simon Says Stamp is...

Coops! (coops cluttered corner)

with this stunning card...

How adorable is that image?.. and beautifully coloured too.

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

Jo xx

Friday 16 September 2011

REDRAWN (AGAIN!!): Winner of challenge #170

Hi everyone
Please remember to check our winners posts to see if it is you who wins a prize!
Otherwise you could miss out on getting your hands on some fantastic craft stash :(
The original winner of challenge #170 didn't come forward, so I went back to and got another winners name, unfortunately for them, this person hasn't claimed the prize either!

so hopefully, third time lucky... here is the winner of challenge #170...
Francesca! (Kraftylady Cards)

and here is her winning card...

I hope that Francesca sees this post and claims her prize.

Francesca, please take a look at the Crafts Too embossing folders that are available at The Craft Barn and choose 3 of them that you would like :)

Then please EMAIL ME with your choice of 3, giving me your full postal address so that I can let Sandy know.
Thank you, have fun choosing!

Jo xx

Saturday 10 September 2011

Week #172 - 10th September - Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Good morning sketch fans!
Did you all enjoy playing with Lisa's fab sketch last week?
Thank you for joining us if you did.

This weeks challenge, is sponsored by 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

Their exclusive Simon Says Stamp range are HERE

Not forgetting their HUGE Magnolia range HERE

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

They have yummy Copics HERE

and right now, SSS have a fab range of autumnal and Halloween themed stash - you'll be spoilt for choice!

Did you know that you can buy e-gift cards too?
any amount from $5.00 - $100.00 is available, ideal to send to a crafty friend if you're unsure of what to buy them eh?

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

Thank you to everyone at SSS xx

Here is this weeks sketch...

Here is the beautiful card created by
our Guest Designer Jessica Fick

You'll love what The Saturdays have created for your inspiration this week!...

Come and join in the fun with this weeks sketch.  To get your hands on the fab prize please leave a DIRECT LINK to your creation with Mr. Linky below x ....

Winner of Challenge #171

Hi all! It's Lisa popping back in to announce the winner of last week's sketch challenge. There were so many wonderful entries! I wish I could give each of you a prize. ;) But has had its say, and the winner is:

who made this beautiful card:

Congratulations Melodie!!! Please email me at with your choice of The Craft's Meow stamp set and your mailing address and I'll send your prize right out to you! 

I truly enjoyed hosting the challenge. Thanks to all for playing with us, and thanks to those who came and took a peek at my wee store! Have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday 3 September 2011

Week #171 - 3rd September - Sponsored by The Craft's Meow

Hello all... Happy Saturday! It's Lisa here, taking a turn at hosting our sketch challenge. I'm especially excited because my new store... The Craft's our sponsor for this week's challenge! Woo hoo!!!

The Craft's Meow

Opening The Craft's Meow is a dream come true for me. We offer a line of stamps exclusive to TCM designed by the likes of Nina Brackett (Nina B Designs), Jenny Suchin (Jenny Suchin Designs) and Michelle Bertuzzi (Jiroken), with new illustrators joining us soon. We also offer exclusive card kits and a variety of paper crafting bits and bobs to make your crafting more fun! And this is just the beginning!

We ship internationally and offer first class mailing to keep costs down. We refund overpayment of postage when the check-out system over-estimates the cost. For orders of $65 US or more, shipping is free within the US; for international orders, we will refund $6.50 US from the actual postage cost.

The prize up for grabs for playing in this week's challenge is a TCM stamp set of choice!!!

Without further ado, here is this week's sketch:

My guest designer this month is the lovely Jessica Fick. She created this gorgeous card featuring Butterfly Kisses and It's a Banner Day.

Behold the cards created by the Sketch Saturday design team ladies:



Simonne ~ using TCM Little Frieda at the Seashore stamp

Jo using Little Frieda & Lulu 'My Girl' by The Craft's Meow

Jeanette using Little Frieda's Daisy by The Craft's Meow:

Lisa using It's a Banner Day and Happy H'owl'oween
We hope you have lots of fun with this week's sketch.  For a chance of winning Lisa's fantastic prize, please leave a DIRECT LINK to your card below with Mr. Linky ....