Thank You!

I have a post up on the Sarah Hurley blog today showing you how I made this card. I had fun with my new Silhouette and the fabulous cut file, and created a shaker card with it….head on over to see how!

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A whale of a time!

I have a little step by step up over on the Sarah Hurley blog today on how I used up scraps to create this fun little tag. Pop on over to check it out and see how I made this quick and easy tag….Thanks for stopping by today!

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Silhouette Fun!

I got a superb birthday present and have been having lots of fun with it….you can see a blog post about this card here on the Sarah Hurley blog. But I had lots of fun with my new Silhouette Cameo making this…

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It really is a dream of a machine to use, I was hooked from the first cut! Now if you excuse me I am off to cut some more! I will be back soon with the winner of my little blog candy too :D

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Birthday Blog Candy!

Hi all,

So today is my birthday but I thought I would celebrate by offering you a gift! I have a extra die set of the Critters in the Snow by Lawn Fawn thanks to Make the Day Special Stamp Store. If you have not come across the store before you should check it out, they stock all of the American supplies that we love over here but that we find hard to get our hands on. I apologise in advance for enabling you!!

I have the Critters in the Snow set and got the matching die set from Make the Day Special for Christmas. I really love the set and I didn’t want to have to wait until next Christmas to get to use it again. So I took it out and had a look. I decided that the penguins would go to the beach. And that the deer would go for a run in the park….

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For the penguin card I started by colouring and die cutting some of the critters. I turned the igloo into a sand castle! I created sand by tearing cordinations paper and created the sea by using an on the edge die. The sun I made from a scallop and a circle die.

pic 1 pic 2 For the deer I hand cut a grassy hill and a grassy strip and die cut a fence. I coloured the reindeer all brown and left him very textured to give a fur effect.pic 3 For the penguin card I also die cut some clouds from a speech bubble die and cut it in half to make them flat bottomed clouds. I cut some tiny circles and made them little pebbles on the beach. I made a little star into a star fish. I love how cute and summery this turned out. I needed a card like this with all of the bad weather we have been having lately!pic 4 For the deer I posed him jumping over the fence looking happy and merry to be frolicking through the green fields with beautiful blue sky’s. Again I am suffering nice weather withdrawal I think!pic 5 So for the giveaway I have the die set you see in the picture below and a mixed bag of some of my favourite colour flowers too. I am really willing summer and sunshine along here! To be in with a chance to win enter your details on the Inlinkz below the image. The closing date is the 10th of April. Good luck and have a slice of cake on me!!pic 6

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Blog Planning

Hi all,

I have a post on using a free blog planning kit by Sarah Hurley up on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog today. To find out how to get the free kit head on over andcheck it out!

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Wherever you go….

I have not been blogging much of late, and not getting to craft much either. Life has a way of getting hectic at times and I am in one of those phases! But when I do have some free time and energy I do like to get some crafting on and this is a piece I did for a Crafty Cutting design team project using their chipboard hearts. I don’t usually work with gold, so I don’t know what inspired me on this one, but I just went with it and enjoyed the process and let loose. My only plan on this was to have fun and use up some supplies I had been hoarding and enjoy using them. I certainly enjoyed it so it was a success!

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I hope you like it and remember, wherever you go, go with all your heart!

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Canvas tag

Hi everyone,

I am sharing a fun project I have over on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog, using a scrap of canvas to make a fun tag using tone on tone stamping.

I started with some canvas that is actually designed to be printed on but you could use any type of canvas you have for this step. I die cut it into a tag shape but you coould hand cut it too if you don’t have a die. I also cut a kraft tag as you will need something to reinforce the canvas tag.

 

I sprayed the canvas using turquoise mist and added in some white in places to tone it down and give a nice splotchy effect. Make sure to protect your work surface when doing this step!

 I then took the open hexagon from the Sarah Hurley Tickets and Labels stamp set and stamped in peacock feathers distress ink onto my canvas tag once it was dry. The peacock feathers gives a nice tone on tone effect. I repeat stamped to create a pattern.

 After a few rows I stamped the congratulations from the Sentiments Stamp set in vintage photo distress ink. I then kept on stamping the pattern.

 I took the solid hexagon and stamped in some of the solid hexes in a few random spots….

 I then distressed up the edges of the canvas tag.

I inked up the edges of the tag and then stapled it to the kraft tag for support.I added a kraft tag reinforcer too.

 I added a little bit extra to the sentiment using some of the little words from one of Sarah’s kits (Curio)

 The turquoise colour of peacock feathers is hard to photo true to colour! But you can see the completed tag below, a bit off colour. I kept it really simple as I wanted the stamping to really be the focus!

I hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by today!

 

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Pencil Holder with a Heart!

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I love recycling objects instead of throwing them out and this is one of those items. I had a tin that was not really sharp on top so it was perfect to be put to use for something else. I needed a pencil holder in work so I decided that would be what I would turn it into.

Here is how it looked when it started…

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I coated it in a layer of gesso and then coated the tin roughly with distress crackle paint in broken china. I spread this on with a pallet knife in a rough way and made it thicker at the bottom and thinner as it spread up towards the top.pic 2 When this was dry (I left it overnight) I painted on a coat of silks acrylic glaze in a lovely shimmery brown. I love the effect this gives over the blue.pic 3 I took a wooden heart from crafty cutting and painted it in this brown colour also. When the paint was dry I painted it in clear rock candy crackle paint for a cracked distressed look.pic 4a

I took a piece of paper and tore it to fit the area I wanted. I then crumpled and inked it up to highlight the crumple marks. I unfolded it and adhered it to the side of the tin. The wings are grungeboard wings that I painted in the brown silks and added some blue silks are highlights to. I went with the wings as the tin was reminding me of dragon scales at this point so wings seemed like a good fit! I glued them down with the heart on top. I wrapped twine around the tin and the heart and tied it in the middle.pic 4I had a clay seal that I had made, so I snapped it in half and stuck it above this twine knot to finish it off. And voila called it done…a rather unusual pencil holder!pic 5 I love the texture from the crackle, twine and grungeboard, it is so fabulous all together…pic 6 The heart is the perfect touch for on the piece to really finish it off and it is amazing quality too. pic 7

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Valentines Mini Cards…

I have a tutorial up over on the Sarah Hurley blog today showing how I made these mini valentines cards. You can find the posting here. Check it out to see the step by step, and the kit I used!

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Scrappy Fun!

So this month I already created a card using the Sarah Hurley wood grain background texture stamp which you can find here, and the Sarah Hurley sentiment stamp set that you can find here. When I sat down to create this card I thought it would be fun to use the same two sets but to try and get a totally different look!

To start with I used the wood grain stamp to cover the background of a kraft card base.

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I then used a Lawn Fawn die set to die cut lots of speech bubbles from scraps of Sarah Hurley papers. I picked out really fun and bold papers and paid them on the kraft as I cut them so I could make sure they all contrasted nicely.pic 3 I stamped lots of the baby related sentiments from the sentiment set onto the speech bubbles. This set is really great as there is a sentiment for everything and in this case sentiments plural! The sentiments look great stamped in bold black ink on the coloured paper too.pic 4

 

I arranged all of these onto the card along with some die cut hearts and the die cut birds from the lawn fawn coordinating stamp set. I love how simple yet fun this card is. I hope you enjoy it too!pic 5

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