Saturday, 27 February 2010

Simple lines

Hey there,

I had a really good day on Saturday for making cards. (I mean I eventually got at least an hour or two on my own!). This is the second one I made which I really enjoyed. I followed the Friday Sketchers sketch which I will use again. I used a Magnolia stamp which will fit in with the Just Magnolia challenge of birthdays.

I ended up having to buy a new guillotine, I had a Fiskars one for years but I needed to change the blades so frequently. I opted to buy the new Woodware rotary cutter that was rated in a crafting mag a while back. What a really good cutter it is. If your thinking about updating yours or in need of a shop, have a look at Cardcraft-UK - they are really worth having a little look at (if you call into the shop, their prices are even cheaper!)

I won't list the items used as they are always the same as before apart from the bobbly flowers - I got them today at The Works.

Take care,

Sarah x

A little oriental

Hi there,

What a lovely day it was today, a little cold but sunny here in the NW of the UK, oooh roll on summer! Hope you all enjoyed your Saturday.
My card today is a little oriental in theme - it fits two challenges:-
Colour Create - Red, Black and off white
(Opt extra of Silver / pewter brads)
I had quite a mind block doing this card, it didn't help with my daughter wanting to "craft" at the same time and pinching my bits and bobs cheek! I've even given her her own crafting box! But anyway after a bit of coaxing and bribing to stick her own card and not mine, I managed to get this little number done.

Items used:-

Sugar Nellie Stamp, Promarkers & Copics, MS Lattice boarder punch, oriental papers from Cardcraft plus, card - Papermill, flowers & brads/spacers & charm - stash

Thanks for taking time to take a peek.

Sarah x

Friday, 26 February 2010


Good Evening ladies,
Sorry another dodgy photo! - I need more daylight hours
- by the time I'm ready to use my camera its pitch black!
A Spoonful of Sugar - Distressed Inks, Pearls & Glitter.
Simon Says Challenge - Vintage with Flowers
This is my first attempt at vintage, shabby chic!
I've tried all different methods on this card.
The image was coloured and edged with distressed inks . Cosmic Shimmer
powders were then applied over the end (it's given a little more shine than I'd hoped - yes I watched QVC! bet you did too).
I ordered some Raffia lace from BunnyZoe's crafts which I added along the bottom - wow what fast efficent service- well worth a visit.
Items used:-
Sugar Nellie stamp, Nellie Snellen die, Blossom nestie flower & Prima flower,
Tim Holtz distressed inks, cosmic shimmer powders,
Raffia lace, woodware tag punch, raffia twine.
Unknown backing papers, stickles.
Thanks for taking a peek,
Sarah x

Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

I'm running late again - here is my card for Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Don't know whether it'll be included but I thought I'd show it anyway.
These little girls remind me of a photo of my aunties way back when.
I've used my promarkers (after buying one or two more, can get a little more shading in there!)
Items used:-
Martha Stewart doily punch and frond, Papermania bacing paper, card from Papermill
rose and stickles - stash
Anyway thans for looking.
Sarah x

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Friday Sketchers.

Hi there,
As always, I'm posting this rather late, it seems to be the only time that I can get to the computer without any interuptions after the kids have gone to bed.

This card is for Friday Sketchers Challenge.

There are so many fab cards and inspiration so take a look at their blogs.
I've left mine quite simple and plain - yes its for a boy!
Items used:-
Promarkers / Diamond Glaze on the TV / LOTV Stamp /
Backing papers, button from stash /
alphabet stamp set (unknown)
Note to self - don't put diamond glaze over promarkers as the colour changes - the car was a really bright red colour and now looks orange!
Thanks for taking a peek,
Sarah x

Friday, 19 February 2010

Simple Fairy

Good evening ladies,
Well after my last fiasco, this card turned without any hiccups and in record time! I managed to get everything linked together in colour tones.

This card fits into 3 challenges:-
A Spoonful of Sugar - Springtime
Cute Card Thursday - Charms / Brads.
Items used:-
Nellie Snellie circle die, Martha Stewart heart doily punch, freebie backing papers,
sizzlits for the flourish, charms/brads and roses from GMEX, ribbon from stash, stickles.
Well its weekend so hope you enjoy.
Sarah x

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Whiff of Joy challenge.

Oh what "fun" I had making this card. There seemed to be one mishap after another. First I decided to use one of my 3 Whiff of Joy stamps. On inking it up, I somehow managed to drop the stamp pad - yes you guessed it upside down on my clothes - duh. I then decided to use some paints that I had been given. I don't know the name of them but they are a little like the H20's. Well on painting my image, the image started to disappear!!! I then had to redraw the image over the top of the paints before all the lines completely went.

Next - the challenge is to use pearls and swirls - I don't have any pearls. On looking at other blogs they have made their own pearl swirls and I thought I'd join the club, but...... I don't have any pearls only pearl beads .......... yes I cut all the beads in half. Well I didn't know whether to laugh or cry - the beads were pinging and popping everywhere. I nearly decided not to continue but perseverance got the better of me. Now after cutting all my beads in half (very precariously with my craft knife) - what do I use to glue them on - my glue pen didn't work, so out came the silicon. A little squeeze too much and it got all over my hands, the tweezers kept getting stuck up with the silicon, the paper was getting too gloopy. I felt like I did at primary school and needed someone to clean me up!

Anyway after another big debate on the flowers and thinking I need to purchase some larger ones I put together a little ensemble. So here it is..

Ta da ........ what do you think - honestly .......

Well that's enough of the waffling for now - husband just rolls his eyes at me, but I know that you kind soles can relate to this on some level!

Sarah x

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Papertake Weekly.

Check this out, I managed to make my new punch into a daisy boarder - not exactly perfect but I'm working on it. I've been looking at all the new crafting items I would like to have ...... there is so much ....... must slow down on my purchases .... my purse is empty too often.

Anyway onto this card, "check this out" for the Papertake Weekly challenge - I decided to use this lovely doublesided backing paper in the check design, unfortunately I don't know who is is made by.
Items used:-
Magnolia stamp / Martha Stewart boarder punch / Nellie Snellie star flower
Marriane Design fronds / Pearly doodles / Promarkers
Who else is watching the Brits at the moment? Don't know whether to turn it over or to watch it. My family is divided as to who should win what!!!! I'll just carry on watching my daughter do her wiggling dancing!
Thanks for taking a peek.
Sarah x

Passion for Promarkers

Hi again,

I've bought a new punch and decided to put it to good use on this card. The challenge at Passion for Promarkers is buttons and bows. I found some watermark bp which I thought would tone in with my image. Again I'm trying to use some of my old crafting items so pulled out my corner deco scissors - all the corners were cut, but unfortunately I have covered them up with my tags and flowers!On looking at my ribbon collection to put a bow on this card, I did actually wonder what I was thinking of when I bought quite a few of them - so I chose a simple little pink number for this.

Anyway thanks for taking a peek.

Sarah x

The Sugar Bowl Challenge.

Good evening ladies,
Have you had your pancakes then? (don't tell anyone but I had a couple too!) Now I feel so full I can hardly move - that gives me an excuse to upload this card.

Pop along to The Sugar Bowl Challenge to see the sketch to use and fab DT cards.

I've used one of my favourite Sugar Nellie stamps - this was one of my first buys from the company. This is a great sketch for using up all your odd bits of bp's. I found a gorgeous button from my button tin and cut off the shank. The colour blends well with my design (does everyone have a button tin?)

Items used:-

Sugar Nellie Stamp / Promarkers / bp, flowers and button from stash /

Martha Stewart fond punch

Thanks for stopping by.

Sarah x

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Love my Dolly

Last one for today before I go and make my own tea! after being together for 25 years thought he might of got the hint to be romantic today!!! Still I love him for all his faults!!!!!! lol

This card fits into a few challenges:-
Colour Create Challenge - Red/White(or off white)/chocolate and Pink
Optional extra of silver and hearts
Cute Card Thursday - In the name of Love (who didn't love their dolly)
I pulled out another old Fiskars punch to use - they're no patch on the Martha Stewart punches are they! I've been looking at other blogs and the mediums they use so thought I'd try the distressing inks - think I might try this again.
Items used:-
Papermania & freebie bps - Heart punch, Fiskars lace punch, distressing inks.

Thanks for looking.
Sarah x

Sugar Love

Good afternoon ladies,

Did you all get pampered today, breakfast in bed and a lovely card - Romance? Nah neither did I, hubby did give me a lovely "bought" card and choccies, but is now in the garage rebuilding a motorbike, daughter has pinched a couple of choccies so it looks like i'm making the tea then!!!! Might as well upload another card.

This card fits into two challenges:
A Spoonful of Sugar - 1 Patterned paper, 1 embossing, 1 button and 1 ribbon.

I've even decided to lookin in my drawers and see if I could use some of my older "stuff" - I found some mulberry paper with gold tinsel in it. I've been trying to sort my drawers out and thinking "it'll come in some day" so it goes back in the drawers - are you like that too?

Tilda has been coloured in with COPICS! - all from the skin tones pack (apart from her wings which were coloured with a sakura glitter gel pen and the shadow).

My bargin was the tag punch I got yesterday from a cheapy store where I live - a Friskars squeeze punch for only £1.

Hope you enjoy your day whatever your doing.

Sarah x

Friday, 12 February 2010

All loved up

Hello girls,
Have you all got someone in mind to send a card to?
Aren't there so many lovely valentines cards out there - I thought I'd make a fun one for a change.
The image is Joanna Sheen. I'm going to enter it into the following challenges:-
Simon Says - Love
The bp is from Papermania, (including the sentiment) the scalloped heart was cosmic shimmered and cut freehand with scalloped scissors.
Hope you all have a smoochy romantic Valentines Day.
Hugs Sarah x

Whiff of Joy challenge.

Hi there,

I thought i'd try another Whiff Of Joy challenge - I love this image, I've used her previously on many cards, with all different colours. I've coloured her in with copics and promarkers. On looking at this uploaded image, the pink strips look really wonky - irl they are only millimeters out! Going to have to get a decent camera and not rely on my mobile!

The backing paper is a freebie from a magazine. I really like these papers, they are quite fresh and a bit summery.

I love looking at all the blogs out there and seeing the different seasons, celebrations and trends coming and going - i'm really looking forward to being able to craft in my craftroom with the sun blazing in (oh ok - shining in) and not having to rely on my little heater!

Thanks for looking.
Sarah x

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Just for fun

Hello again,
Just thought that I'd show you my latest card - coloured in with copics - do you like the hair and the shine? Still practicing but it's not too bad. I also tried a little shading on her dress to.

I've bought Promarkers and copics, I still can't decide which I prefer..... I have taken a lot of inspiration from my good friend Liz's creative corner and another great blog Marcea's crafting corner and quite a few more (too many to mention - I spend more time looking through the blogs than crafting...!) Items used:-
The stamp is a gorguss girl from Sugar Nellie and the flowers are a new die, Marianne designs

As the card is quite plain and simple, I felt it could take the large flowers - yes you've got to try it to decide whether you like it - and I'm quite happy with the way it has turned out.

Well I suppose that's my weekend over with, so have a good evening.
Sarah x

Boy oh Boy

Hello peeps,
Isn't it a shame that weekends don't seem to last long enough? No sooner have I done all my jobs then settle down for a little "me time" then its already 8.00 O'clock! Just time to do a blog or two!This card has been made to fit the Friday Sketchers Sketch, but also fits the Cute Card Thursday challenge - spots and dots. I dared to do a male card! Young males are not too bad to craft for, its when they reach teenage years and beyond I seem to get a little stuck, but looking at all those fabulous blogs out there, there is quite a lot of inspiration to take in.

Items used:-
Dovecraft backing papers, coredination paper run through an cuttlebug embossing folder.
Martha Stewart lattice punch, Lili of the Valley stamp,
Promarkers, distressing inks and leaf from stash.
Thanks for looking.
Sarah x

Thursday, 4 February 2010

All Creatures Great and Small.

Hello again,
Sorry this picture is a little dark, I took the picture quite late on so had to rely on my craft light! - Roll on summer, I bet we all could do with a little sun to lift our spirits.

Anyway my card for today is for Passion for Promarkers - "all creatures great and small". When I went to Manchester Central last weekend I purchased a few more Promarkers - so put them to good use here.I use a few Magnolia stamps in this card, I think they are all from the Butterfly collection apart from the Tilda. Tilda, and the big ladybug and big butterfly were 3d'd with silicon glue (it's a shame cause it looks quite good irl!)

Anyway onwards and upwards...

Take care,
Sarah x


Hello there,
It's taken me quite a while to make this card with all the interuptions of family life. No sooner had I solved one dilemma then I had to deal with another - gosh draining isn't in it - good job crafting can take your mind off of things.

I managed to get a few more magnolia stamps - I know they are of the older ones but I still love them all the same. I've even tried stitching this card ... (yes its white pen!) I even think I'm getting the hand of the shading - just look at her socks!


Just Magnolia Challenge - Hearts and flowers.

A Spoonful of sugar - Sketch

ABC Design - Sweetheart

Papertake Weekly - Love Actually

Lili of the Valley - Valentine.

Items used:-

Magnolia stamp - Promarkers to colour, bp - unknown, Martha Stewart doily punch,

Papermill card and paper, stickles, glittercard and flower from stash.

Thanks you for looking.

Sarah x

Monday, 1 February 2010

Aww so cute.

Happy Monday everyone. Just thought I'd show you two of my new purchases. I went to Manchester Central (GMEX) at the weekend and spent my Christmas money which I had saved!

I bought this new Lili of the Valley stamped image and a Martha Stewart punch around. Isn't she just adorable? Just wish I could have bought more, but hey there's another day.

This card fits a couple of challenges:-

A Spoonful of Sugar - Freestyle

Simon Says Challenge - New Baby (baby's first)

Items used:-

Lili of the Valley Stamp, Promarkers, Glitter card from stash,

Martha Stewart punch, Papermania bp, safety pin from stash.

Card from Samuels Taylor.

Take care and thanks for looking

Sarah x