Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #191 With A New Sponsor Birdie Brown

Beautiful Harbour 
Native Bush

Images of Auckland the City of Sails in New Zealand

This is Kathie  hosting this week for SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY, from the wonderful City Of Sails from Auckland New Zealand and we're in the middle of a very hot summer.    We've had totally amazing weather which is a contrast from last summers weather which was raining and windy.  Yesterday and today the temperature where we live was 35c at our home which is appropriately 96 F that's pretty warm for us as a lot of homes don't have Air Con here in 
New Zealand.  

I apologise for not commenting on your blogs and Sweet Sketch Wednesdays blog over the last month but we've been away on an amazing family holiday and I created my cards in advance.  Now I'm back and ready to start again for 2013.

Now, on with introducing our new sponsor this week.
We are happy to announce

Birdie Brown

Intro about Birdie Brown

Hello everyone! I'm Torico, the owner of Birdie Brown. I'm a mom to two kids who live in Japan. I've been loving doodling since I was a child, and have a passion for card making now! 
At my Etsy shop, Birdie Brown, I'm offering whimsical and cute (Japanese "kawaii") digital stamps created from my original illustrations. I love "simple & cute" designs. So, most of my digital stamps are designed to match such a style. If you also like "simple & cute" style, you'll find something you have been wanting on Birdie Brown!!

Torico is offering our very lucky winner 

3 Digital Images of the winners choice.
Check out Birdie Brown images you'll just love them and you can find them here.

Before we see our fabulous cards from our very talented Design Team, I would like to announce last week's winner.
Our Grand Prize Winner this week $10 Gift Certificate  from Floppy Latte is

***********         KAREN #24           **********

to receive your $10 Gift Certificate.
Please include this subject at the beginning of your email.
Subject:  Floppy Latte and SSW January 2013 Winner

Be sure to grab your winner's badge from the sidebar to display proudly on your blog.

Our Top Three are:



3.  LISA LYNN #15


 Be sure and grab your Top Three badge for your blog

Here is our fabulous sketch from Sally

Now for our wonderful Design Team's cards:

We hope these samples inspire you to create and join our challenge this week.
Here are the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge rules for playing along:

1. Create a card using the sketch of the week. If you have a Birdie Brown image, we'd love to see what you can do with them. However, you may use any stamp or element you have to create your card.

2. If you are posting to an online gallery, please use Sweet Sketch Wednesday 

#191 as your label or tag.

3. ADD the sketch of the week to your blog and include a link back to

 Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

4. Post your card on your blog along with the link to SSW.

5. Sign in to Inlinkz and add a direct link back to your card on your site.

6. Be sure to leave a comment here on this site and please remember that this is one of the rules to be considered for the Grand Prize.

Have a fabulous week creating!

Note: The challenge closes on Tuesday evening, 7:00 pm MST.

We can't wait to see your wonderful creations and comment on your cards.
Wishing you a great week




  1. gorgeous photos Kathy. i am so very jealous. i want to be in NZ now.

    well done to Karen and the top 3.

    i loved my image from birdie brown this week and all the DT creations are amazing.

    Good Luck everyone.

    holly x

  2. What a gorgeous photo of the Auckland Harbour Bridge Kathie. You picked a really good day to take that one. Love the other one with all the ferns in it too. Some beautiful DT cards there this week - I'm ready to think about my card for this week now.

  3. Fab DT Cards.

    My card can by seen by at the following

    Cant see a linky thingy

  4. Good morning rock this week. The cards are all so cute!! Congrats to our winners. And, Kathie, I love your post. I would love to be in NZ right now too. It is really a beautiful place. Thanks to Torico at Birdie Brown for being our sponsor this week. I hope you love what we have created with your cute images.
    Hugs, Nancy

  5. Great post Kathie, and welcome back...we missed you!
    Sounds like a grand vacation. The Midwest in the States is getting all the rain this winter.
    Thanks to Torico for being our sponsor.
    Congrats to the winner and top 3, another week of hard to pick cards! Have a super week everyone.

  6. Welcome back Kathie!! Gorgeous photos and so glad you had great weather for your vacation!! Congrats to last week's winner and Top Three!! So many awesome cards!! Love the images from our new sponsor Birdie Brown!! Great cards ladies!!
    Blessings to all!!

  7. Thanks for choosing my card for last week for the top 3. Wonderful samples from the DT. Torico has some incredible images. Another fun sketch that is truly unique.

  8. Thank you for inviting me as a sponsor for your challenge! I love this weeks sketch and all and each DT cards are FABULOUS!!!

    Birdie Brown ~Torico

  9. Whenever I use your sketches, I'm really pleased with the outcome. Each dt member follows the sketch really well and gives me new ideas besides. THanks for the inspiration!

  10. Sorry I am late commenting this week! Wednesday we had a power outage for an hour and since then we have been without internet and phone service until this evening. I adore this sketch, Sally. All of the cards turned out so sweet! Thank you, Torico, for sponsoring us this week and for stopping by! Kathie, it's nice to have your back from your vacation! Thanks for sharing a part of your sunny warm world with us! I think we are all ready to come visit. Joanna, we are happy to have you back from your little break!

  11. THANK YOU for picking me for the top three last week!! I am thrilled!! Can't wait to play again this week!!!!

  12. Adore this sketch and everyone's cards so far!

  13. this one was a little "challenging"! making squares all fit and work together was something different, but it gives good ideas for future cards. Thank you!

  14. Hi Everyone I'm so sorry I'm so late commenting this week but now I'm back from holiday and I think back to normal and in my routines again. Congratulations to our winner and top 3 cards from last week great week. Thank you to Torico the owner of Birdie Brown for being our sponsor loved working with my image as it was so cute. Thanks Sally for a great sketch.
    Wishing everyone a great week crafting and I do love commenting on your cards.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  15. Gorgeous pics of NZ!!
    Beautiful creations by the DT, too!!
    Thanks for a great challenge!!

  16. Thanks for the wonderful sketch this week.

  17. Thank you for the sketch - though it was a bit of a toughie for me! THe DT aced it however.