Wednesday 27 December 2017

Holiday Crafting


I hope you had a wonderful Christmas - did Santa bring you any crafty goodies?!  We have just finished our family visiting and entertaining so I have had the opportunity to play in my craft room for a few hours today and am looking forward to lots more craft time over the next few days.

I really like Anita's sketch at Less is More so decided to play along with some of the fab new stamps from Uniko's pre Christmas release....

I used my Indian Flower stencil (which you can get from my Folksy shop) and inked through with some oxides.  I then stamped the fabulous large sentiment from Uniko's Big and Bold Hugs.
Here is the sketch:

On this card I stamped and masked the glorious roses from Uniko's Pure Florals - they come in both solid and outline designs.  I added a leaf stencil for a bit of greenery and the same sentiment from Big and Bold Hugs.  I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes this week.
I hope to have more creations to share with you later this week.  In the meantime, have a lovely time over the festive season.....
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x

Sunday 17 December 2017

Birds in Flight


I was inspired by the challenge at Less is More this weekend - birds/feathers.  I decided to play with my new Sizzix dies:

I coloured some watercolour card with a range of blue sparkle pens and die cut the birds from it.  I stuck the birds on the card base and splattered with blue ink.  A very simple design but I like the sense of movement that the birds give.

I made a second card with the negative of the die cuts and stuck a further positive bird at the top corner.  I shall link this up at Happy Little Stampers December Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

Finally, here is a Christmas card that I made using a stamp from Woodware.  Again, I used sparkle pens for the background and added some highlights to the image by removing some colour with water.
I will link this up at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is Make Your Mark and at Simon's Monday Challenge where the theme is Christmas/Winter Holidays.
I hope you have had a good weekend....just one left to go!
Sarah x

Saturday 16 December 2017



I am just stopping by to share a few Christmas gifts that I have made by stamping on to candles.  It is super easy to do but I think it makes a really pretty gift. 

I used a lovely Woodware floral image, coloured it with pencils on tissue paper and then transferred it on to the candle with wax paper.  I shall link this candle up at The Flower Challenge where they are looking for creations which are anything but a card.

I went for a more rustic look with my second candle and stamped some fern images from Woodware in a range of greens. 

Finally, I used a lovely image from Penny Black to create another floral candle.
Hopefully these quick makes will come in handy over the festive season :) 
Thanks, as always, for stopping by,
Sarah x

Thursday 14 December 2017

Time Out Reminder


I hope your week has been going well :)  I was laid low with a particularly nasty flu bug last week so am relieved to be feeling much more human again and able to do some crafting.....However, it does now mean that my Christmas preparations are further behind than ever.  We haven't even put our decorations up yet!

I have another festive card to share with you as a reminder to play along with us at Time Out:

I have embossed one of my mdf snowflakes in pearl embossing powder and put it against a panel of wood grain paper.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th and a few white nuvo drops complete the design.  It is a really simple card but I was still inspired by the white shapes against the woodgrain in the inspiration photo:

I hope you find time to play along with us at this busy time of year.  It would be great to see what you make with this fab inspiration image!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Thursday 7 December 2017

Guest Designer at Time Out!


Today is a new challenge at Time Out and I am so excited to be the GD.....I used to be a member of the DT and it remains one of my fave challenges in blogland.  This time we have a Home Sweet Home photo inspiration and it is perfect for all those of us who are still trying to get our Christmas cards made :)

Isn't this just a delight?!  I was inspired by the woodgrain and white Christmas icons on the hooks and also by the red and green colour combo on the stockings below:

I inked with versamark through my stags head stencil (available to buy in my folksy store) and white embossed it on a piece of woodgrain patterned paper.  A stamped Christmas banner from Avery Elle and a touch of holly complete the design and bring in the red and green.
In addition to Time Out, I will link this card up at AAA Cards where the theme is Christmas and at Happy Little Stampers December Christmas challenge where it Anything Goes with the optional twist of using a stencil which I have done.
You have 2 weeks to play along with us at Time Out - I hope you check out the amazing designs from the talented DT and join in with the fun!
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Green and Red and Exciting News :)


I wanted to play along with the colour challenge over at Less is More this week as it gave me another chance to keep working through my festive card making back log.  Red and green is such a classic combo and this is what I came up with:

I used a Penny Black wreath die in two shades of green and embellished it with some nuvo drops.  A little red bird perches on the sentiment to complete the design. 

I used a Memory Box pine tree border coloured in sparkle pens and popped against a white landscape die.  Some little pops of red and glitter added with a quickie glue pen keep things festive.  I shall link this card up at Addicted to Stamps where Anything Goes
And...before I go, I wanted to let you know that I will be joining the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog DT from the new year.  I am so excited!!  It is a fabulous magazine and blog and I am so honoured to be joining the super talented DT line up :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday 3 December 2017

Round and Bright!


I have been playing with my long neglected alcohol inks this weekend....and was inspired to make some Christmas cards in non-traditional colours after seeing Cathy's gorgeous card over at AAA Cards.  Here is what I have made:

I die cut a Memory Box bauble and backed it with some acetate that I had coloured with vibrant alcohol inks.  I topped the bauble with a die cut bow from Penny Black and a string of gold nuvo drops.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I will also link up at CASology where this week's cue card is Round.

I used the rest of the alcohol ink with some die cut trees - backing them with white card makes the colours really pop.  A gold sun and mini mdf star complete the design along with a sentiment from Hero Arts. 
I like these bright Christmas cards - I hope they make you smile too :)
Thanks for stopping by,
Sarah x