Reach for the Stars!

Hi all,

I have a  fun card to share with you today that stretches the use of your supplies! I made a little tutorial on this for you all so that you can see just how easy it is! You can check the tutorial out here over on the Sarah Hurley blog!

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I hope you enjoy the little step by step today and that it inspires you to get more from your supplies!!


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File Folders Fun!

I have a fun storage solution to share with you all today! I used some of the Crafty Cutting magazine files to decorate up for some pretty storage in my craft room. These magazine file folders are amazing value with a pack of 10 only €12.50 – that is some amazing crafty organisation for your room at a super affordable price!

For my first one I decorated the folder with some pretty papers I had been hoarding. I figured it was about time to use them all, and what better than to use them on something I would be displaying on my shelves every day! I used some fun stickers from my stash to add some places for dates/notes etc. This are perfect for storing more than just magazines. I tend to store a huge range of things in mine – notebooks, print outs of craft templates, stickers, A4 paper and card stock, paint sample pots and much more!

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I also decided to create a themed folder to get myself super organised. I figured this could have 2 uses (at least) – I could store my Christmas albums or journals etc in it. Or store my Christmas themed papers in it also. I used some really pretty papers again on this, I am really working on not hoarding my papers so much!

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Thanks for stopping by today and if you are up near Belfast make sure to check out the Crafty Cutting stand at the Craft Show at the Kings Hall Belfast!


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Merry Christmas Sign

So here it is…my first Christmas post! I decorated this amazing Merry Christmas sign from Crafty Cutting. You can find it in their Christmas section here along with lots of other lovely Christmassy stuff. I painted the sign a lovely deep red paint front and back. I then waited for it to dry before stamping all over it with a background crackle stamp. I used a gorgeous gold shimmer ink for this. I then sealed it all with a clear shimmer spray – this spray seals your projects but adds a lovely sparkly shine to them.

I then left it at that as I wanted the sign to sparkle and shine and didn’t want any embellishments to take away from it. I love the glimmer and shine you get from it when light hits it just right. I can picture this on my mantle piece with some pretty candles reflecting on it nicely.

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed!

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! I have not crafted nor blogged in ages, there has been too much going on. I did get into my craft room this morning and brought a Halloween napkin with me……and made this quick and simple journal page….

pic 1 I cut the pumpkins out from the napkins and used two of them on the page. I didn’t worry about getting them glued down totally wrinkle free either as pumpkins are always warty and wrinkly in real life!pic 2 I embossed this raven from La Blanch stamps on the page, this is actually one of my favorite stamps!pic 3 I used alphabet stamps to stamp out the quote and highlighted it with white ink.pic 4


Quick, easy and fun – and just the crafty fix I needed!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a safe and fun Halloween.

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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!

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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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