Saturday, 5 April 2014

Tweet Tweet ...

Challenge 91 - Stitches (Real or Faux)

Ria has set the challenge for us over our newly redesigned and sleek blog Sarah Hurley 365.

We would like you to include any form of stitching on your project, and as a little inspiration for you, I decided to get out my sewing machine (to sew the blue binding tape), and also my needle & thread.

I sewed the birdcage, leaf design and doily all onto the backing blue felt. The as a little of fun I stamped and embossed the cute little birds (from our very own Jaines' special edition stamp set, 'Tweet Tweet') and hand sewed with coloured thread around their outline (hopefully you can see this from the close up photo below). It is a fabulous and different way to embellish and use your stamps.

Both the bird cage and the birds were stamped and embossed with a moonshine embossing powder that I have had for years and it made a refreshing change to root through my supplies and use something different. The leaf stamps were an exclusive stamp from Sarah A Few of My Favourite Things kit back in October 2013. Although this kit has sold out, you can use this link HERE to check out the club where Sarah delights us monthly with new designs

Thanks for joining me I hope you like what I have made, and I look forward to seeing you over at the challenge.


Friday, 14 March 2014

Discover......Sarah's Stamps

Good Morning, do you remember the post the other week where I started a journal to catalogue my un-mounted stamps, well I thought I would revisit and add some more sets.

Here is a sneaky peak, and if you want to see more head over to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog for more pictures.

While I was in the mood, I had made this little tag for the project too, but eventually changed my mind about adding it. I was chuffed with the colours and didn't want it to disappear into the depths of my 'bit box' never to be seen again, so I stamped my youngest son's name, added the stamped paper planes from another of Sarah's set (Be can find it here in Sarah's shop) and turned it into a little book mark. he has just really discovered that there are words to be read EVERYWHERE, not only in his bed time stories or school reading books. We have very bizarre conversations in the car where he has read something I have missed (from a passing lorry etc.) and we are at complete cross those little memories and milestones in their growing up. x

Thanks again for coming over to visit, remember to head over to Sarah's blog to see more of the project. have a good weekend.


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Speech Bubbles ...

We have another challenge with Sarah Hurley to introduce you to. The theme for this month is 

I have seen some fabulous designs on my travels through blogland using speech bubbles, they can add a real up to date twist to any project, but I have never really used them myself until now, and that makes it a perfect challenge for me too, and once I had formulated my plan I really enjoyed putting this together.

Card Recipe
Card blank - self scored kraft card (6x4")
Black detail embossing powder

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and I hope you have enjoyed what I've shared with you. Looking forward to seeing your creations over at the challenge.



Organise your Stamps...

Hi there I have a quick post here today to show you an idea I have had to catalogue all those sheets of clear stamps that you probably have in your crafty stash.

I have taken to storing them on these cling sheets and in the binders from Crafter's Companion, which is great of course, but not necessarily easy to look through when you are wondering what to use.

 I set about using Sarah Hurley's two newest stamp releases Be Mine... and a journal book, and used every stamp on the sheet to create a double page journal spread.

I hope you like what I have created, and if you'd some more details and a closer look, head over to Sarah Hurley's inspiration blog HERE (

Thanks for looking x


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Serene Wetlands ....

Hi, as I promised myself at the beginning of the year, I am making sure that my crafting this year revolves around the things I enjoy the most, and here I have again made another couple of cards with more stamps. 
These stamps were a pure indulgence buy, having hankered after them for a fair while. 

I had day out over the Christmas period, where I was able to go out and just watch the birds sitting out on the estuary, uninterrupted,  just like I used to do when I was younger (and before having children  Lol!)

. This stamp reminded me of the scenes that I have spent many many hours just watching over as they go about their business (as some of you may people watch!), and perhaps hoping to spot something I haven't seen before.
It's one of the most peaceful past times,  (even on those days when the weather has been less than sitting on a Norfolk beach on New Year's Day!)  These days its mostly limited to the kitchen window, and watching the skies and hedgerows as I drive, but it never leaves you. Its amazing what you can see if you just keep your eyes peeled.

  • I have used a few new techniques to make the card too. Initially I coloured some watercolour paper with watered down stamping ink. Then to make the colours more subtle and add some texture I added a thin layer of gesso through a stencil, and allowed it to dry.
  • Before stamping the birds, I added a 'swipe' of distress ink for the waterline.
  • To finish I embellished simply by stamping with faux washi tape stamps, added a sentiment, then doodled the outside frame with a fine black liner.

Using the same two sets of stamps, and very similar techniques (Stampin Up -Wetlands, & Stampin Up - Tape It sets), I also made this card.

Mounting them both onto a soft grey card base, keeps it all very calm. I think that even with the colours I have used, they would be great for a mans card too, especially for someone with an interest in nature.

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you like what I have made.

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Repeat Stamping Technique....

Hello, I am here today with a card that created just because I wanted to. I have collected up a good selection of new stamps and inks and was pleased to have the opportunity to play.

It is very simply stamped, and is just one layer, but I do love the 'faux' effect of the stitching and of the washi tape. Also for me, I am so tempted by all the beautifully coloured and patterened washi tapes available to us at the moment, but I can never make up my mind which to a set of 8 stamps by 'Stampin Up' imitating washi tape is just perfect.

Card Recipe
Card blank - Grey Stampin Up card 
Inks - Stampin Up colours strawberry slush, coastal cabana, summer starfruit, midnight muse
Stamps - Stampin Up, Tape it stamps.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and join me

I would like to enter the following challenge
Craft Stamper, Make it Take it Challenge - The Repeat Stamping Technique, (#7)

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Butterflies for Valentine's Day...

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Good Morning, well what an eventful week it has been. Firstly I never imagined i would spend Valentines morning shovelling gravel in a flooded drive to clear the drains !!!!  None the less it was very satisfying, when I did find it, uncovered it and 'whooosh', the water was gone. Who would have thought after everything that was thrown at us the other day, we would wake up to yet more heavy rain and gales this morning. Unfortuantly I cannot solve our TV problem quite as easily. The hurricane force storm that hit on on Wednesday, causing complete chaos has knocked our dish out of kilter it would seem (as well as flattening many of the large trees in our area), and we can't get and engineer for 10 days......oh no that means we'll be missing Eastenders !!!!!! Can't complain I guess, we at least have our power and water back to normal.

So onto my make for the day. I have posted this card over at Sarah Hurley 365 blog, so it would be great if you could pop over, there is also a reminder about the challenge that is running this month too.

On the theme of Valentine's I have used Sarah's heart stamp from the latest 'Few of my Favourite Things' monthly kit, and stamped them to make butterflies

By playing around with different colours and adding solid lines with a black fine line marker, I could create a few different looks.... gorgeous aren't they, I'm quite chuffed with them. The ones I havn't used on the card I have kept for another time.

Card Recipe
Kraft Card
Artist Gesso
Sarah Hurley Stamps, backing paper & washi tape
Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Linen)
Tim Holtz Stencil (sunburst)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Stampin Up inks
Craftwork Cards sentiment

I hope you like the Valentine's card I have shared with you today, and would love to see your entries into the challenge over at Sarah's blog, where you will also find many more posts from the rest of the team.

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