Hi all,

It is Nicole here with a fun Halloween tag project. I used the fun Spook Street kit for some embellishments and the fabulous crackle background stamp on this one.

I die cut a black and a purple tag. I had some orange card left over so tore up a strip of that also.

I stamped the crackle background on the purple tag.

I then layered all the cut out embellishments on the tag, using a combo of glue and foam tape.

I then laid the orange strip over the bottom of all this.

I added a fun little panel for the sentiment…

I stuck a cobweb up in the top corner and trimmed off the excess.

I added a long orange ribbon and left it at that. This will be fun tied onto a little trick or treat bag, or even as some decor.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you got some Halloween inspiration!


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Halloween Door Hanger

I am over on the Sarah Hurley blog today to share a little step by step with you all. You may have seen my tag over on the challenge post a few weeks ago? I created a tag shaped door hanger for Halloween decor. Today I want to share the way I created the background.

I started off by paper piecing the image together. I coloured the flesh in a pink and green tone and added in the hair and dress.

I then gathered up a lot of my Halloween paper scraps and tore them into strips…

I then glued these all onto a piece of black card stock…

I then die cut a tag from this page using a Tim Holtz tag die…

I added a fun message from the stamp set…mmmm….brains!

I added my zombie girl and used a combination of glue and foam pads to mount it…

And here it is complete again. I don’t know what happened to the colours on this final photo unfortunately but you get the idea!!


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Challenge 97 – Halloween!!

Hi all,

Just sharing my project for the Sarah Hurley 365 blog. Our fun theme this month is Halloween! I have made a fun door hanging using the zombie doodle doll - love this set!  I made it a tag style and used lots of layers of scrap papers to build up the background. I then added a nice long ribbon to hang it on the door handle – perfect for Halloween decor!

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Hi all,

I am dropping by today with my second post for the new Crafty Cutting design team. Let  me tell you – I had fun with these projects! I love making Halloween decor and the Crafty Cutting Halloween die cut pieces are just perfect to work with. You can find them all HERE – I will wait while you go check them all out!

Ok, you are back then? Lets get started so…

My first project is a piece I made from the Pumpkin diecut. I painted the pumpkin a coppery orange colour and then stenciled over this using a crackle/spider web effect stencil, using black paint. I then stuck a layer of velum in behind the mouth, noes and eyes. I then stuck another pumpkin to the back to make it look better from behind. I then cut a slip of wood and made a groove in it to let my pumpkin stand up in it. In behind the pumpkin then goes an electric tealight (please don’t try using a real candle!). I love the spooky effect it gives!

pumpkin 1 This picture is with the lights o just to give you a better look at the colours and texture on the pumpkin.pumpkin 2

My next project was a door hanging. I love putting these out on the front door as decoration! I used black and orange paper to create the background, tearing off the bottom for a grungy look. I painted one of the spiders red and then used a crackle paint on it and then painted over it in black. This gave me a black spider with red cracks coming through the body. It certainly creeps me out – but then I do have an awful spider phobia! I also added glow in the dark dots to the spider for more fun!

door 1 You can see some of the dots glowing in this photo, I had to turn some lights off so the photo is not the best, apologies!door 2

Finally, what home is decorated without a banner? I made my banner in a similar fashion to the door hanging but used bats and spiders on it.


So that is it for now. I have a few other Halloween projects in the works that I will hopefully share soon!

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Stamping Fun

Hi all,

Just stopping by here today to share a fun project using the Sarah Hurley Sentiments stamp set! I really love all the sentiments in this set and decided I wanted to use as many of the stamps in the set as possible.

I die cut 3 tags and on two of them stamped as many of the sentiments related to birthday and celebration as would fit. On the third tag I made a cake by stamping the cake from the wedding stamp set and fussy cutting and paper piecing it.

I then created a card base and mounted my 3 tags onto it using foam adhesive.

I loved being able to use so many of the stamps for a super fun look!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today,

Happy Friday!!

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Lookbook Volume 5

Hi all, I am a bit late blogging this but have you seen that Volume 5 of the Sarah Hurley Lookbook is out? You can read it HERE. It is full of inspiration using Sarah’s wonderful products and the design team really pulled out all the stops on their creations!



Here is one of my projects from the Lookbook…. I made a fun dimensional card using the Woodland Wonders kit – this is the cutest kit, full of critters including rabbits – based on my own pair of rabbits. What is not to love about that! I build up quite a lot of dimension on this card, using foam squares and layering. I love making fun scenes like this, and the critters in this set make it hard to resist using!

woodlands card side view


I made this a simple hello card as I like to send cards just because at times. I know just the person I am sending this card to also and I think they will love it!woodlands card front


Make sure to stop by and read the Lookbook for even more inspiring ways to use Sarah Hurley’s fabulous products!!

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Crafty Cutting Design Team

Hey, and thanks for stopping by today! I have not been blogging a lot lately, life is a bit hectic! But I am here today with a creation made for Crafty Cutting!! I have been a big fan of their products for ages and am delighted to be on their team along with some other super talented and lovely ladies!

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For my first project I used one of the new 6*6 grey board frames to create a fun summer themed piece.

Photo: How many people would LIKE to see this 6*6 Greyboard photo frame make it to the Craftycutting Website? One idea would be to decorate three frames and connect them with ribbon, and hang on a wall or door. Any other ideas?

I used the ships wheel shape from the Crafty Cutting Nautical mdf embellishments. I inked it up in bronze. I then added some copper and verdigris embossing powders over it in random places for a old worn feel.

pic 1 I then cut some nautical themed Graphic 45 papers to fit the front. I stamped a crackle stamp on these and embossed with the copper embossing powder. I also added some of the verdigris powder in random places.pic 2 I cut a journaling card from the papers and added it inside the frame. I had to add a bit of paper underneath it to make sure the greyboard didn’t show through. I then added foam tape all around the edges. I made sure to leave it in from the edges a few millimeters as I wanted to wrap twine around the outer edges.pic 3 I then put the frame together. I glued the steering wheel on the top of the frame opening. I love how it sits up above the image in behind.pic 4 I added some starfish embellishments and some pearls and gems. I also cut some words and images from the papers and added these all on also.pic 5 The beach rules notice and the main sentiment banner was also cut from the papers. You can see in the image below the twine I wrapped around the edge of the frame. It gives a lovely rustic and nautical look.pic 6 Here is a view of the entire piece. There is some lovely shimmer off the copper embossing powder in real life!pic 7I hope you like my first design team project for Crafty Cutting, I am looking forward to sharing more with you all!

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Autumn Card

I have a fun step by step up over on the Crafting Ireland blog today. I show how I created this autumn themed card that can be used for any occasion. It is full of texture and dimension and pretty autumn colours. Head on over and check out the step by step if you want to see how I created this card.

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Hi all! It is time for another challenge over on the Sarah Hurley blog. The theme this month is buttons….I went a bit wild with my interpretation! I took a sheet of card and glued down a lot of buttons, really A LOT. I used gel medium to glue them in place. I then coated them with some gesso and then a layer of a teal paint wash. I then went over this with gold ink. I added a white layer in being and some white flourishes and some gold painted flowers. The word blocks are from Sarah’s Steampunk collection, they are a brilliant sheet of words for projects. I mounted these on white card too in order to make them pop a bit more. I added some twine and adhered to a kraft base and called it done!!

Make sure to check out the rest of the teams creations for some more button inspiration!button card



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Hap-bee Birthday!

My husband and my brothers birthdays are on the same day so I have the fun of  making two cards for two very different people! I used this cute bee image from Meljens. I used woodgrain paper as my husband is getting into wood working lately. I used lots of blue on this also as it is his favourite colour. I kept it quite simple apart from the paper layers and let the image do the talking.

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I filled the inside of the card with bee puns then too for a bit more of a fun element! Thanks for stopping by today, hope your Mondays go fast!!

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