Category Archives: Challenges

Pollycraft Monday Challenge

poppicraftsHi folks!

Here’s my entry to the Pollycrafts Monday Challenge.  I learn’t about this challenge and DT call over on Ria’sblog (If you want inspiration drop by her blog, it’s crammed full of beauties). 

 I have combined the sketch and use of free download papers as I would like to be considered for the DT. My printer ran out of ink, but I managed to print the papers I wanted…phew!

The sketch has been provided by Paula (from Pollycrafts).  The DP are a free download from the blog.  I have also used green microflute card.  The character is one of Pollycrafts beautiful designs.  I used Prismas and sansodor to colour as well as a touch of pearlidoodles.  poppicraft-aThe stamp I used on the panel the character is matted onto if from my collection, Hmmm… think it’s a Basic Grey one but not 100% sure.  I made the flowers with punches, wire and pearlidoodles.  The sentiment is K&Co and sheer ribbon is from my ribbon mountain.

I have enjoyed making this card.  Thanks for looking.  Any comments would be greatfully received.


Sandra xx


Sketch Saturday #26

sketch-saturday-26-aHi folks!!

Saturdays seem to roll around quicker and quicker these days.  Which is great as it’s Sketch Saturday time again. This week Jo has come up with another fabulous sketch. I’ve used the opportunity to add to my little pile of Christmas cards for those special folk in my life.

The patterned paper and wine textured cardstock is all DCWV.  I distressed the edges using a dewdrops ink pad.  I embossed a gold panel using my Cuttlebug. The little girl and baubles at the top are from the latest Tilda club collection.  

sketch-saturday-26-bI cut round the baubles and layered them onto circles (die cut with my trusty Nestabilities) using glue gel to add dimension and so that I could adhere the tiny coils of wire I made to the top of each one.  I coloured the image with Prismas, sansodor and paper stumps. The sentiment is a peel off and I have accented this panel with coloured faux gems.  Looking at the photo I think I’ll add some glitter to highlight her wing. (will I ever learn when to stop ‘tinkering’ with a card?)


If you’re free today and want to come and chat/craft… I’m demoing at The Craft Barn all day today.  Hopefully see you there!


Sandra xx

Sketch Saturday #25

sketch-saturday-25-aHi folks!!

Last week was busy busy for me, the weekend carried on at a cracking pace, hence my late posting for my Sketch Saturday DT contribution.  Hope I am forgiven ;o)

Just had to ink up my new Tilda stamps for this card and aren’t these two just adorable!  Due to my tight schedule this card was made in a record couple of hours… that’s a quicky card for me. Following Jo’sfabulous sketch I covered the base card with white glitter card. I used the crafters companion quick cards for christmas cd rom to print out the snowflake pattern straight onto 160gsm card. For the white vertical layer I embossed the snowflake pattern using my cuttlebug.sketch-saturday-25-b  I rounded all the corners with my pretty pink x-cut corner punch. I matted two of the blue layers with silver mirriboard.  I coloured the ice-skating couple with my prisma pencils, sansodor and paper stumps except for all the bits I left white when I then glittered (didn’t come up in the photo’s but I promise you it sparkles) The sentiment is a peel-off… only about a million more of those to use up ;o)

I pleased to say that my sister-in-law saw a pic of this card on my camera and loved it so much that I’ve already popped her name in it for Christmas.

If you head on over to Sketch Saturday there are some Christmas goodies up for grabs as well as some stunning inspiration from my fabulously talented fellow DT members.


Tagged:  I’ve been tagged by Jo (thank you Sweetie) If you really wanna read 7 bits of info on me then scroll down to October 4th my last ‘tag deposit’ is there.

Take care, hope you are all having a more relaxing November than me!!


Sandra xx

A multiple challenge card.


Hello folks!

I had fun making this one, love the fairy image ,Celeste,(Stamp Galaxy) and her fur collar makes her perfect for wintry cards.  Please excuse my poor photography, haven’t got a clue what went wrong, these two shots were the best of a bad bunch.

I followed this weeks sketch on Friday Sketcher, Cute Card Thursday wanted to see our Angels and fairies this week and I also think this card would be ideal for a teenager which is the requirement for Lili of the Valley challenge.

Quite an easy card to make (once I had finally decided what I was going to use to colour with) I embossed friday-sketcher-lotv-cct-athe white base layer of the card using my Cuttlebug and fiskars texture plate, as I did with the blue layers.  I glittered over the snowflakes on the white layer. The large white snow flake is a CB cut & emboss folder (also glittered) and the brad Papermania.  I coloured the fairy’s face and hands with prismas, sansodor and paper stumps. her hair and dress are cosmic shimmer watercolours. The accents on the dress and the star on the wand are stickles.  Her fur collar and shoes are liquid pearls and her wings are cosmic shimmer glitter paint. (phew!!) I finished off the card with a peel off sentiment (I know, I know… but I’ve still got hundreds of these to use up) and a ribbon bow, I think this ribbon was the freebie from a magazine.

Take care and keep crafting!


Sandra xx

Sketch Saturday #24

sketch-saturday-24-aHello folks!

It’s Sketch Saturday time again and this week Jo has come up with a fabulous sketch.  I’m still a bit behind with my Christmas card making so I thought I’d use the opportunity to make another one… that and my new Stamp Galaxy stamps had arrived and I just had to use this little cutie. 

There is also a prize up for grabs this week.  One of my fellow DT members, Debbie, has generously donated a Sarah Kay Christmas stamp.

For this card I used Bo Bunny papers, cardstock stickers and faux buttons.  The gold card I embossed using my Cuttlebug and fiskars texture plate.

sketch-saturday-24-bI coloured the image with my Prisma pencils, Sanaodor and paper stumps.  For added detail I stamped, coloured, cut out and layered the holly adorning his collar.  I used red liquid pearls to add lustre and dimension to the tiny berries. I think the close up photo has just about picked up the glossy accents that I used on the eyes to add that ‘dewdrop’ look.

Take care and keep crafting!


Sandra xx

Kadoodle Blog Candy ‘James’ & Friday Sketchers


Hi folks!

I thought I’d have a go at this weeks challenge over on Friday Sketchers.  I’ve used the totally scrummy ‘James & Holly’ stamp, designed by my friend the uber talented Christine Dark.  As you can see, I wanted my James to hold a Christmas stocking so off came the holly.  This stamp is so versatile as he could hold all-sorts… I can picture him holding a lantern or a big sack of pressies.  It’s great to be able to make cute, boy, Christmas cards.

friday-sketchers-james-holly-aThe papers I used are DCWV.  The Oval I cut with my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities.  I used a Fiskars texture plate to emboss it. The large snowflake is a Cuttlebug cut and emboss die.  The snowflake brad and ribbon are from my stash.  I finished this one off with some sparkly glitter on the oval and large snowflake.

Pop on over to the Kadoodle blog …. James is the blog candy for this week!!

Have fun


Sandra xx

Sketch Saturday #23, Kadoodle & Classes

Huge apology that I haven’t been around much lately.  We’re having a big move-around in our house.  The stash mountain had to be moved.  We’ve got family coming to stay so I’ve graciously ( :ol )  given up my craft room.  Can you imaging what it’s been like housing (let alone moving) nearly 15 years worth of stash mountain building( :oO )  So with that, decorating and the kids being on half term we’ve been busy.

Anyway, back to crafting!

Here’s my DT card for this weeks Sketch Saturday Challenge.  With everything going on I forgot someones birthday so I thought Kerry Steptoe’s little character, teamed with Coco’s fantastic sketch would be perfect for a belated birthday wishes card. 

The patterned papers are all K&Co.  I have layered the circle and curved pieces onto gold glitter card. (Remind me to use better quality glitter card in future… everything was covered in the stuff by the end of the project). I edged the patterned paper with black ink and the ribbon is from my craft stash.  I wrote the letters on free hand with a gold metallic pen…. not sure if I’m happy with the end result. Maybe I’ll stick to rub ons.  The character I coloured in with my trusty Prisma pencils, Sansodor and paper stumps.  I then cut him out and adhered him using glue gel to add dimension.  I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a great sketch  and Coco has done a fabulous job in creating it….it’s her first one you know.  Pop along to the Sketch Saturday Challenge blog and you can see the beautiful cards my fellow designers have made for this weeks challenge.


Thank you to  Claire Mackaness who had awarded Sketch Saturday the following:

  We are all thrilled that you are finding SS such an inspiration.

More News!!!!

Do you want to remember warmer sunnier times??  Then Come and join me at The Craft Barn on Monday 3rd November.  I have 2 classes running where we will be having some good ol’ seaside fun making cards with my ‘seaside’ Kadoodle characters.  Don’t delay! Book Today!!  HERE

Even More News!!

Don’t forget to check out the Kadoodle blog.  You have until Monday to enter for your chance to win my Polly Pumpkin stamp.  

   Remember… if you want her sitting on anything else… just chop that Pumpkin off. Pop on over to the Kadoodle blog to see a stunning card made by DT member Bev. 

Please excuse the looooooooong post… I just had so much to share with you.

take care and keep crafting!!


Sandra xx