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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Hearts and flowers and Love!

Well 3 days and I haven't lot any weight! Well I haven't tried that hard yet. I am breaking myself in slowly!!!!!!!

Here is a card I made using a Tilda, Magnolia stamp which I have coloured with Promarkers. I decided to use blues again. The big heart I have embossed and put on some tiny gems. The flowers are from my stash and the leaves I made with a punch I have had forever. I penned in some faux stitching and distressed the edges of the Papermania, Capsule papers and voila!!!!

I am entering this for:

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Totally Gorjuss #15 - paper piecing

Hope your weekend has started off well. Mine has as I received my blog candy win , a lovely stamp from Juls and also a beautiful card from her too. Thanks Juls

Well pop over to Totally Gorjuss as we have a great theme this week....paper piecing. Have a look at what the DT have done. Some super cards I can tell you. Hope you like mine.
I used Whiff of Joy stamp from the Fall collection. The paper and flowers are Papermania Capsule collection and Promarkers.

We had a whopping 80 entries last week!!!!!! Come on girls ( and boys too) lets see if we can make 100 this week. The entries were all fantastic, and some were stunning Thanks for all your hard work.

Love Sarah XXX

other challenges

Friday, 29 January 2010

Kellies Mega Candy

Denise at Crafty Den has told us that there is a great blog candy on offer at Kellie Winnell.It is C.C. Designs Sugarplum Spring Kit and it looks fantastic. Just pay her a visit and check out her rules. Candy open until 18thFebruary ans winner announced 19th February.
Love sarah XXX

Lemonade Stand award and blog candy winner!

What a great surprise to receive a lovely award from Susielou. I also received the same award from Freckleface
It is the Lemonade Stand award.
The rules of acceptance are -
Put the lemonade stand on your blog within your post.
Nominate at least 10 other bloggers.
Let the nominees know they have received the award.
Link the nominees within your post.
Share the love and link the person from whom you received the award. ( I hope you don't mind Susie but I copied these rules straight from your blog)
so here are my nominees:
  1. Jane
  2. Squirrel
  3. Juls
  4. Denise
  5. Lisa
  6. Dawn
  7. Net
  8. Angela
  9. Kjerstin
  10. Sarah
There were so many people to choose from but I narrowed it down tto these 10. Thanks for all your visits and lovely comments. I really do appreciate them.

And here is my first ever blog candy win thanks to the lovely Juls at the Glitter Chick.
I was so excited about winning this lovely Funky Kits stamp. Thanks Juls.

Consultants update
Well I visited the consultant yesterday. He looked in my throat and said "WOW". Was this a good wow or a bad wow?
Turns out my tonsils are enormous for a women my age and there is not much space at the back of my throat (never stops me eating though!!!) I need to have them removed and something else cut away. BUT to make the op. effective I need to lose...........about 2 stone!!!!!
Well girls I will have to do it. I am 12 stone 4Lb at the moment. So I need your help. Keep telling me to be good. I will keep you informed on my progress
Love ( An overweight) Sarah XXX

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Passion for Promarkers

Well my son is still talking to me after I used his face to grace the cover of a magazine for the Digital Doodling challenge ( just scroll down to see his face... If you dare!). Well he has always wanted to be famous.
He took it in good spirit so that was good and I did ply him with drinking chocolate. Works every time.

Here is my card for Passion for Promarkers where the colour combo this week is pastel green and blossom. My stamp is from Funky Kits. The papers are Cosmo Cricket and I have embossed the red piece. Flowers are from my stash.
Hope you are all keeping warm. I am frozen!
Love Sarah XXXX

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Digital Doodling: another challenge but with a difference

I stumbled across this great challenge Digital Doodling. It involves putting a photo you have onto the front cover of a magazine. I have used a pic of my son Dan ( I may not be his mother much longer when he sees this!!!). We were in Central Park last summer. Right from a little boy he has always made silly faces when I take photos. This is what you get for messing with mum.
The site you have to visit is 'Magmypci'
The pic can be funny, cute or romantic. Guess which one this is???!!!
The prize is 2 Sugar Nellie stamps.
Are 2 Sugar Nellie stamps worth the loss of my son????? Depends what mood he is in. He is still a teenager after all.
Really would love to read your comments on this one
Love sarah XXX

Anyone for Anya - heart 4 heart's sake

Tomorrow I have to go see a consultant to see if I need a minor op on the back of my throat. Just a quick day job.....shame, no time off work!!!!! Will it stop me talking and eating.....Nah!!!!! Probably need plenty of Ice Cream though.

What a great theme at Anyone for Anya - hearts. I have used a digital Anya image coloured with Promarkers.. The heart shape is cut with a Sizzix dies, embossed and then sanded. The tickets are also a digital download. The chipboard flowers I have covered with crackle glaze.
Love Sarah XXX

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Papertake Weekly challenge - sketch #33

There is a nice to sketch to follow at Papertake Weekly.
I have used a digital image ( I think it was Grabadoodledo now Digistamp Boutique) which I have coloured with Promakers.The papers are Papermania and the sentiment computer generated. I have used my paper edge distresser on all the papers.
Have a good evening
Love Sarah XXX

p.s. I am hoping to set up a web shop selling Sizzix dies. Would anyone out there be interested?

Simon says - punch it and DT call

This is my second entry for the Simon Says Challenge and DT call. Instead of a card I have made a table decoration using punches. It is my flower cupcake. The case is a Sizzix die. the flowers are held onto a polystyrene ball with pearl headed pins
What do you think of it? I am going to try a few more ideas with this later. I have already told my ladies who come to card class that we will be doing these soon. They seemed to like the idea.
Love sarah XXX

A spoonful of sugar - freestyle

A spoonful of sugar has a great challenge...Freestyle basically anything you like. How about that. Well I have made a little gift box/bag using my new Sizzix scoreboard die - box with flap. I have used chipboard covered in Co'ordinations cardstock which I have sanded. The flowers are Martha Stewart punch and the image is Kid Manga from Funky Kits coloured with Promarkers. Keep watching as I will be doing more of these bags/boxes

If you click on the photo you can see it better
Love sarah XXX

Monday, 25 January 2010

second post of the day

Another lovely sketch at the Sugar Bowl and it has to include "distressing". I have used a new stamp I had from Funky Kits. I coloured her with Promarkers and layered her with K & Co papers., the edges of which have been distressed with my distress inks.
Hope you like her
Love Sarah XXX

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Just Magnolia - Jay Jay's sketch and other challenges

What a great sketch at Just Magnolia . I made this card whilst on the phone to a friend in Swindon who I met at a camp site nearly 40 years ago. Have you ever tried making a card with a phone stuck in your neck? Quite tricky I can tell you
Anyway I think this sketch is lovely and here is my take on it.
Love sarah XXX

Other challenges:

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Totally Gorjuss and other challenges

This week at Totally Gorjuss we want dimension. So get out your foam pads and silicone glue. I have used a Gorjuss Girl stamp and have 3D her legs and head/hair. I have also layered the butterfly which was cut using a Nesties die with vellum. The border is also a Nesties die. The girl is coloured with Copics, which I bought from Sarah at Hotshotcrafts. I basically kept to the 2 colours that are in the background paper. It is finished off with rhinestones.
Happy crafting
Love Sarah XXX
Also entering

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Linda's blog candy

Linda at Linda's crafty creations has some fab candy on offer. Just become a follower and post a link on your blog back to hers and that's it. Oh and leave her a lovely comment too.

Love sarah XXX

My first ever L Letterpress card + Sharons blog candy

I recently bought the new L Letterpress by Quickutz from QVC. I was really excited about out as it gives you professional de-bossed and inked cards. However the reviews are not so good. The idea is great but the elements involved not so good. The "dies" are from quite flimsy plastic which have broken for several people. You don't get any specialist cleaning equipment and the adhesive tape that you stick on the back of the Dies to hold them in place comes of the dies and stays stuck to the plate! Very annoying I can tell you. A good video demo is available here Letterpress tool review
That said and done I am quite pleased with my first card using the background plate and a couple of the individual dies all inked in black ink.
What do you think of it? It's a shame the photo doesn't give justice to the de-bossing, What about my fancy setting!!??!!
Love Sarah XXX

Sharon at Gramma's House of Cards is giving away some candy. She now has over 400 followers and has reached a whopping 160,000+ hits. I can only dream of that!!!!
Anyway if you leave a comment and post a link in your side bar you are entered with a chance. It is a great stash
Love Sarah XXX

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Cats Whiskers blog candy

There is some blog candy available at Cats Whiskers. All you have to do is post a link to the blog and add your name to Mr Linky. You could one one of the new Whiff of Joy Charlotte with mailbox stamps. Closes Friday 22nd January

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Floral Fantasies - Mega Candy Blog Hop - 1st February

Brenda over at Floral Fantasies is giving away Mega candy. What it is we, we don't know but, she says it is somerhing we would all want in our craft rooms!!! All you have to do is:
  • give the challenge a plug on your blog
  • Add the logo above with a link back here to your sidebar
  • The winner of this prize will be drawn by on 31st January..

Passion for Promarkers - any colour girls,girls,girls - and other challenges

It has been ages since I entered Passion for Promarkers challenge. The theme there this week is any colour ( great) and 'girls, girls, girls.' Sounds like an Elvis movie!!!!. Some of you are far to young to know what I am on about.
Here is my card. I have coloured the beautiful Anya with Promarkers and paired her up with my Cupcake stamps. The papers are Papermania 'Capsule'. I'm pleased with how she turned out. I might go over the icing on the cupcakes with Glossy Accents.
Hope you think she's 'sweet'.
I am also entering her for:
Love Sarah XXX

Project Tuesday - mini pizza box #2

Enjoyed this so much I have another box for Project Tuesday. This time there is a Card to go inside it too
The hearts were cut with Nestabilities and then I used Distress inks around the edges
Hope you like it
Love Sarah XXX

Project Tuesday - mini pizza box

It's been ages since I entered a challenge over at Project Tuesday. The theme is to make a mini pizza box. So here's my entry.
I have used The Greetings Farm Princess stamp which I have coloured with Promarkers. The papers are Papermania.
It makes a great little gift box for jewellery.
Keep checking my blog as I will soon post a Tutorial on how to make it.
Love Sarah XXX

Monday, 18 January 2010

Whiff of Joy GDT call

There is a great sketch at Katharina's blog, and with it is the possibility of being a Guest Designer for 2 months!!!. What a fab chance is that. So I thought I would give it a go. I have entered load of challenges and never won one. So lets see how I do with this one. Actually I love making cards anyway for no particular reason. It stops me causing trouble somewhere else. Oh and from doing the ironing, cooking, cleaning, gardening........................................... You know what I mean.

Anyway here is the sketch and I have used the Whiff of Joy winter love two birds stamp.
I have coloured it with Promarkers and the papers are Brenda Pinnick. I have also used distress inks around the edge of the card and my paper edge distresser on the papers too.
Thanks for all the comments that i have received. I love reading them
Love Sarah XXX

Craft tip of the day #2

When you stamp an image it usually still has some ink left on it.
Keep a packet of Post It notes in your craft box, stamp the inked image onto a piece of Post it note and keep it safely in a box.
You have a ready made stamp mask for when you need it without wasting Ink!!
See my masking tutorial
Happy stamping
love Sarah XXX

Friday, 15 January 2010

Anyone for Anya - That's charming

Well its ages since I entered an Anya challenge. I had 4 new stamps this week so thought I better put them to the test
The theme is to use a charm and I have gone for a big one. It's the same size as the stamp!!! so you wont miss it.
The image is coloured with Copics that I bought from Sarah at Hotshot crafts. She has all the sets in and at a great price too.
The paper is from my stash and the ticket, which I coloured with Promarkers, is a digital download.
Thank you for looking and I hope you will leave a comment
Love sarah XXX

Totally Gorjuss challenge and others too

There is a new challenge over at Totally Gorjuss- monochrome
Here is my DT entry. I have coloured my Gorjuss girl with Promarkers, various shades of gray.
The papers are the new papermania Capsule Collection. I have distressed the edges of the base paper. I have added rhinestones to the 4 squares of paper, and glitter to her dress and the flowers.
I am also entering this card for:

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Craft tip for the day #1

I have decided to post a daily craft tip ( it might not appear every day)
Today's tip is:
#1. Save money by buying a packet of double sided sticky foam pads ( about 8 sheets) with a roll of double sided foam tape from Poundland ( or similar shop) for £ 1. Each sheet has about 32 foam pads. ( approx 256 foam pads in all)
Cut each pad into between 2 - 6 pieces ( dependant on what you are using it for). This will give you plenty of small foams pads for £ 1 , between 512 and 1536 double sided foam pad. Far better value than if you buy 1 sheet of foam pads from a craft shop for the same money.
You will also still have a whole roll of tape to cut up and use.

I use Fiskars non -stick childrens' scissors as they are half the price of say X Cut adult non - stick scissors. I bought them from Hobbycraft. When I have finished with them I just wipe them over with a hot flannel

happy sticking
Love Sarah XXX

Dozens of samples for the craft shows

Well Sarah at Hotshotcrafts has kept me busy these last 3 days. Just as well it's too cold and icy to go out!. I have made nearly 70 cards for her to display at the crafts shows as they start their run very soon. Included in the cards are a whole range of Kanban. The quality of the card is exquisite. There are also Dufex, 3D Anya and much more. If you click on the photo's you will get a better look. Next week I should be doing more samples with the new square JustRite Stampers. So check back to have a look and I will also let you know the prices
Love Sarah XXX

High Hopes rubber stamps and Dustin Pike

I have long been a fan of Dustin pike. He does great animal images especially dragons. Well he has joined High Hopes rubber stamps and there is a chance to win some goodies. All you have to do is become a follower of the blog, leave a comment with a link to your blog and place their blinkie on your side bar . The contest ends on 22nd January. Of course they would like you to spread the word.
Love Sarah XXX

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Fantastic Blog candy

The lovely Dawn at All Pink Girl has some great candy on offer. All you have to do is become a follower, if you haven't already ( and if not why not? Her cards are fab).
Place a picture and a link to her blog candy on your blog and that's it. "Simples".
There are some great items included.

Love Sarah XXX

p.s. I am now off to play board games with my son! ( He's 19)!!!!!. The snow affects all of us in different ways you know!!!!!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Sad News

Sadly today I got the news that a girl Daniel went to junior school with died at the weekend. It wasn't a message I wanted to give Daniel when he got home from work. As you can imagine we were all upset and shocked. All our thoughts and prayers are with her family to help them get through these dark days.
I hope all of you and your families are safe and well
Sarah X

Friday, 8 January 2010

Totally gorjuss time - a sketch

There is a sketch by the lovely Net to follow over at Totally Gorjuss. You don't have to use a Gorjuss girl stamp but if you do, you get a double entry!!
We have had more people enter the last few challenges, which has been great. Please could you spread the word on your blogs and feel free to display our banner ( see my side bar). Don't forget there is a prize every week.
For my card I used a Mo Manning baby stamp. Isn't it cute? I coloured it with Copics. The card stock is cuttlebug folder embossed and sanded.
I'm looking forward to your creations
speak to you soon, if I don't freeze first!!!!
Keep warm and safe.
Love Sarah XXX

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Grungepaper flower tutorial

For those of you who follow my blog you will know that I have said that I will be posting some exciting tutorials. Well here is the first one a flower made from Grungepaper which I bought from Craft Obsessions. It is used by the amazing Tim Holtz who does a lot of altered art. I had the opportunity to watch the man in action at the Trade show at the NEC last year, courtesy of Hotshot crafts. Thank you Sarah. I had a great day there.
This paper is amazing if you haven't come across it yet. Don't mix it up with Grungeboard which is thicker. This paper wont tear or rip but you can cut it with scissors or use it in a Die cutting machine. I use Sizzix Big Shot.
You can also colour it with ink pads, distress inks, stamp on it, emboss it and shape it.

First though I must state that the actual flower tutorial is not my idea. I have merely taken it a step further. The original tutorial is by the amazing Michele Roos.

Below is also a picture of the paper flowers I have made following this tutorial .
At the top of this post are pictures of the flower made with the Grungepaper

So now for the tutorial. There are quite a few pictures to help you through, but it is very easy and I am sure you will agree very affective.
1. The items you will need

2. Using Sizzix flowers die cut out 2 large and 4 small flowers. Draw a circle about the size of a 5p in the middle of each one.
3. I have distress inked both sides of the flowers with a lighter shade of green.
4. I then go around the edges with a darker shade, again on both sides.
5. Stamp whatever you wish onto the flowers. I stamp only on one side and I use Versafine ink. I have used a flourish stamp but a sentiment stamp would be nice too.
6. Cut each petal down to the circle you drew on it earlier.
7. Curl the petals. I use Joanna Sheen long tweezers, but you could use a cocktail stick, or pencil. the grungepaper shapes easily.

8.Turn the flowers over and do the same with the other side of the petal
9. Punch a hole in the center of each flower and layer them up as shown
10. Fix with a brad.

11. You could add Stickles glitter for mare sparkle.

12. You could also add a brooch fitting on the back so that you can wear you creation.

13. Why not attach it to a hat, handbag, pair of shoes or necklace.

If you have other ideas let me know.
So there it is. What do you think?.
It doesn't take long to make. putting on this tutorial took longer than making it!!!!
If you have a go or have any questions let me know. I would love to see your creations.
Love Sarah XXX

p.s. keep checking back for more tutorials or join my list of followers so that you don't miss out


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