Sunday 30 December 2018

Hearts and Flowers


I hope that you have had a wonderful christmas and are gearing up for the new year festivities :) 

In case you didn't know I have a sale on at my online shop - - where everything is 25% off when you use the code FFSALE25 before 7 Jan.  That includes a discount on new stencils that I have been working with over the last few days.  I am always adding new designs to the store!

Here is one of them - this new Floral Lace Heart stencil has lovely detail and can be used as a stand alone element or within the stencil frame that comes with it.  

I simply sprayed over the stencil with Abandoned Coral and Fossilised Amber Distress Sprays, mopped up the excess and, once dry, stamped the bold sentiment from Hobby Arts.  A simple and striking card which is easy to make!

On this next card I placed the floral heart in its stencil aperture so that I could use it with texture paste on wood veneer.

Once dry, I die cut the heart and die cut the sentiment from wood veneer too - the sentiment is from Stamplorations.

I will link up at Time Out where the theme is celebrate, family, life, and friends and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

I hope you like them and stop by my shop to pick up some stencils in the sale :)

Sarah x

Friday 14 December 2018

Teal Joy


I am just stopping by with a christmas card that I have made using my layered christmas tree and shooting stars stencils - yes, I am still making christmas cards!  I don't think that I am going to get enough made this year :(

I inked through the base tree with peacock feathers and then went over the striped layer with sparkle texture paste.  I then cut the tree out, attached to the snowy ground.  I silver heat embossed the shooting star stencil on the base card panel and combined it with an mdf star.  The sentiment is from Concord and 9th.

I shall link up at Time Out for a second time as this fits with their joyful theme and at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is christmas.

I hope you like this glittery christmas card!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Christmas Cards


I wanted to share a few of my Christmas cards with you which feature laser cut mdf ornaments that I have made.  They can be detached from the card itself after Christmas and kept as a decoration.  

Patterned paper combined with a simple sentiment completes the design.  I shall link up at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge where the optional twist is snow.

I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Christmas and at Inkspirational where Anything Christmas Goes.  

I hope you like these designs :)

Sarah x

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Uniko December Release


How exciting....Uniko has a cheeky December release going live at 9pm today :)  There are two fab stencil designs and three stamp sets.  I have had lots of fun playing with all of them and here are a few of the things that I have made:

I used the wonderful In the Forest stencil with green glitter paste with one of my mdf christmas trees and a sentiment from Uniko.

I inked the snowflake stencil with cracked pistachio and tumbled glass distress oxides along with the fab Big and Bold Snow sentiment.  I added a few nuvo drops dusted with glitter.

I inked the Wonderful Day florals in the corner of the card panel - i love the quirky doodly look of these flowers :)

I white embossed the snowflake serenade stamp on vellum, cut it out and wound it round the die cut joy sentiment (from Concord and 9th).  I shall link this card up at Time Out where the challenge is Joy.

I have more designs to share with you over the next few days but am conscious that the fab DT have lots more inspiration to share with you on the release blog hop.  If you comment along the hop you will be in with a chance to win the entire release!

Enjoy the release :)

Sarah x

Monday 3 December 2018

All in Blue


I hope your week has got off to a good start.  I wanted to stop by to share a cute stencil that I made this weekend - these mini daschunds are so much fun :)

I inked them up in Faded Jeans distress oxides and stamped a punny sentiment with an old wooden alphabet set that I have - I like the quirky look that it gives!  

I shall link up at Simon's Monday Challenge where the prompt is 'B is For' - in my case, B is for blue!!  I will also link up at Time Out where the challenge is to use black, white and one colour.

You can find the stencil in my online store....

I have a 10% discount off everything in the store this week while I am the sponsor of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Just quote COFFEE10 at checkout :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday 1 December 2018

One Layer Christmas


The challenge over at Less is More is to create a one layer christmas card.  Stencils are perfect for one layer cards so I decided to use my Geometric Star stencil through an ornament aperture:

I simply die cut 2 different sizes of a bauble out of some acetate to use as a temporary stencil and inked through it using my geometric star pattern.  I used Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch distress oxides.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the small highlight stamps are from Uniko's Seeing Stars stamp set.

I shall also link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

You can find this geometric star stencil in my online shop :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Friday 30 November 2018

Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


I am delighted to be one of the sponsors for the ever popular coffee lovers blog hop :)  Are you looking forward to a caffeine fuelled winter?!

I have 2 cards to share with you using my coffee bean heart stencil:

I went over the stencil with some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium - Strawberry Jam and added a cool sentiment from Altenew and some holly dies from Paper Smooches.

I shall link this card up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

I decided to go with some cooler shades and used some blue shimmery texture paste from Izink and another sentiment from Altenew.

I am giving away 3 stencils from my online shop to a participant in the blog hop.  

While the hop is live I am also offering 10% off everything in store with the code COFFEE10 so check out the range of stencils and mdf items that I have for sale :)

I hope you enjoy the hop!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Golden Stars


I hope that your week is going is very wet and chilly here :(  

I have a new starburst stencil that I wanted to share with you which I think works well for the current challenge over at Less is More which is to feature metallics on our CAS designs:

I simply went over the stencil with Tonic Gold Nuvo Glitter paste and popped the panel behind a circle aperture to keep the design CAS.  I topped it off with one of my mdf stars to provide a focal point.

I shall also sneak in with a last minute entry to Simon's Wednesday Challenge where All that Glitters is Gold!

You can buy this stencil in my online shop - 

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday 12 November 2018

Awesome Birthday


Here is another new stencil that I have used to make a simple birthday card :)

I simply inked through the stencil with Picked Raspberry and Blueprint Sketch distress oxides.  The sentiment is by Altenew.  I echoed the hexagons in this geometric design with the die cut hexagon aperture.

I am going to link up at Seize the Birthday where the optional twist is CAS and at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.

I hope you like this stencil which you can find now in my online store:

Thank you for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Saturday 10 November 2018

Geometric Star


I have a lovely new stencil in my shop called Geometric Star.  It isn't a specifically festive design but it does work well with christmas projects!  I made this card in traditional green and gold:

I simply gold embossed the pattern and die cut a square from the centre to create an aperture.  The stencilled card is combined with a sentiment from Uniko and a beautiful snowflake die from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I shall link up at the November Anything Goes with Dies Challenge at Happy Little Stampers and at Simon's Monday Challenge where we are making our own backgrounds.

Here is the stencil design:

I hope you like it.  It is available in my shop now :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday 3 November 2018

Bear Hugs


I hope you are having a good weekend :)  I wanted to share a few cards that I have made with my geometric bear stencil.  I shared a card recently with the bear in white for a festive card but here I have gone with brown and it has a very different look:

I have to admit that I love this card!  I used my sunray stencil with copper embossing paste to create the background and cut out the stencilled bear and popped him on with foam tape for added dimentsion.  I splattered the background and used a sentiment from MFT.  The geometric elements of the bear are enhanced with a bit of pencil shading too.

I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

This card features the bear on kraft card against an autumnal background created with the Falling Leaves stencil by Clearly Besotted.  The sentiment is from MFT.  

I hope you like what I have done with the bear stencil!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Geo Diamonds


I have a new stencil to share with you today which I really love :)  The geo diamonds can be used as a background in so many ways and here I have made both a bold, masculine card and a more feminine one:

I simply inked up the stencil in Tattered Rose Distress Oxide and combined it with a diamond die cut (I think it is from MFT) and a sentiment from WPlus9.  I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where Anything Goes.

For my second card I inked up with some Blueprint Sketch and a touch of Black Soot and added a stacked up die cut sentiment from Stamplorations which I had glazed with ultra thick embossing powder.  I adhered it over a square of vellum to soften the pattern behind it.

I hope you like this stencil - you can buy it from my Folksy store!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sarah x

Tuesday 30 October 2018

New Uniko Release - DT Blog Hop


Uniko's latest stamp and stencil release goes live today :)  I have to say that these designs have kick started my christmas card making (although not all of them are christmas specific).  I have a selection of cards that I have made over the weekend.  I struggled to stop to be honest.....

First up is a card that I have made using the stunning Christmas Folk Snowflake stencil.  I white heat embossed it on to red and on to kraft card.  I then cut out the middle diamond from the kraft and popped that up in the centre of the red panel and added the fabulous bold Merry sentiment.

I then decided to make a slightly more CAS design using the stencil and used white texture paste through it on dark grey card which I think complements the scandi look.  I stamped and masked the stripey border from the new Background Builders set in a square as a frame for the central panel and then popped it up on foam tape.  A new block sentiment completes the design.

I will link this card up at Less is More where we are making CAS cards with texture.

And here is another card made using the Folk Snowflake on dark blue.  I die cut a square aperture from the centre of the panel and popped the blue panel up on foam tape.  I added a die cut from Craft Stash in the centre of the aperture.  I think the blue and white looks nice and crisp.

Finally, I have used the lovely Scandinavian Christmas stencil with one of my Christmas Tree stencils.  I simply embossed the stencil in aqua and then inked the tree shape.  I have combined this with festive Uniko stamps from previous releases to complete the design.

I hope this selection of cards inspires you to get your hands on some of the fab stamps and stencils that Uniko are releasing.  The rest of the talented DT have designs to share with this new release and if you hop along with us there is a chance to win the entire release :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Monday 29 October 2018

Uniko Introducing....Big and Bold Merry and Background Builders Christmas 18


Welcome to the last day of introducing posts before the new Uniko release goes live tomorrow morning.   The two stamp sets that we are sharing today are gorgeous....I can't stop using them!

Firstly I repeat stamped the cool Ho Ho Ho border repeatedly across the front of an A6 card blank before stamping and cutting out the Merry in black and popping it over the top on foam pads.  I think this makes a cool Christmas card!

I have gone for more traditional green and gold on this card and stamped a selection of the borders with a gap in the centre for the sentiment.  The nordic border caught some of the gold embossing powder and I really liked the variegated look it created.

I have more ideas to share with these stamp sets tomorrow when we have our traditional release day DT blog hop.  I hope you will hop along with us :)

Thanks for stopping by, 

Sarah x

Sunday 28 October 2018

Uniko Introducing....Sweet Broom and Quilted Stencil


We are back with more fabulous designs from the new Uniko Release which will be available to buy from Tuesday.  Today it is the turn of the Quilted Stencil and Sweet Broom stamp set.

The quilted stencil is a delicate and versatile design:

I went over the stencil with red sparkle paste on kraft card.  I added one of my mdf christmas trees that has been painted with acrylics and one of the new Uniko block sentiments.

On this card I white embossed the stencil on to dark red card and added a die cut wreath from Tonic Studio along with a Uniko block sentiment.  There is nothing festive about the stencil so it can be used all year round.

I haven't had as much time to craft this week as I would like but couldn't resist inking up the beautiful Sweet Broom stamp set.  It is a layering stamp set.  I have no idea what Broom looks like but this set will add great foliage for lots of designs.    I stamped the Broom in two shades of green and added the Scattered Hexagon stencil in Mustard Seed Distress Oxide.

We have another fab day of inspiration for you tomorrow with more products from the release so I hope you stop by again.  However, the rest of the DT have more great designs to share over on the Uniko blog today too :)

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sarah x

Saturday 27 October 2018

Uniko Introducing.....


I am so excited to be introducing two new stencils and a stamp set from Uniko which will be part of the release that goes live on Tuesday, 30 October :)

Both stencils have a lovely nordic/folk feel to them.  I have made a card with Scandinavian Christmas to share with you today:

I white heat embossed the stencil on to kraft card and added this beautiful sentiment (another part of the release) in gold on vellum.  It was a very quick card to make but looks very pretty!

I also absolutely love the Christmas folk snowflake design - it is really cool and has a geometric style which makes it very versatile:

And the stamp set is a further addition to the ever popular block sentiments series.  They are always great for finishing off a card design:

The rest of the talented DT have lots more inspiration showcasing these products over on the Uniko blog and I will have more cards to share with you tomorrow :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday 21 October 2018

Stars at Night


This week's challenge at Simon's Monday Challenge is Starry Night which seemed like the perfect opportunity to use my Shooting Stars stencil:

I made a galaxy background by using brightly coloured colour bursts on watercolour card and colouring over them with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide and Black Soot Distress Ink.  I splattered with water and with white paint.  Once dry I then pounced through my shooting star stencil with flitterglu and used silver gilding flakes.  Finally, I used ultra thick embossing powder on some of my mdf stars in silver and purple.  The sentiment is by Uniko and is white embossed.

I really liked this effect - it was a lot of fun to make :)

You can find the stencil in my Folksy store:

Shooting Stars Laser Cut Mylar Stencil

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Saturday 20 October 2018

Taking Flight


I had a piece of brightly coloured card on my desk from playing with colour bursts and decided to use it to play along with the current challenge at Time Out which is Colourful.

I used my birds in flight stencil with some black gloss texture paste and a fab sentiment from Stamplorations which is a wonderfully grungy look to it!  It was very simple to do but nice to see a piece of random card made in to a card using colours that I would not usually put together!

The bird stencil is, of course, available in my Folksy store.....

Birds in Flight Stencil

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah x

Friday 19 October 2018

Sticker Kitten Love


I have recently joined the DT at Sticker Kitten :) I absolutely love their products and the way that they release coordinated sets of stamps, papers and embellishments.  They are quirky, cute and fun!  

A great case in point is their Alpaca Wishes christmas release.  We all love an alpaca and this range is gorgeous.  I love the colour combo on the patterned paper too which is a soft and pretty alternative to traditional christmas colours.

For my first project I decided to use the release to make hanging christmas ornaments:

I simply painted some mdf hearts and baubles with white gesso and trimmed the paper from the Alpaca Wishes pad to size.  I stuck them down with mat medium and sanded around the edges.  I then added embellishments from the die cut pack and some sequins.  The mdf alpacas are so lovely - I whitewashed this one with diluted acrylic paint and added some clear shimmer over the top.  The little christmas tree is from my range of mdf but fits perfectly.

I hope you like my hanging hearts and head over to Sticker Kitten to check out their fab products!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Thursday 18 October 2018

Ombre Stag


I wanted to share a simple card that I have made with my stag stencil.  I have inked through it with distress oxide inks:

It was simply paired with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink and a snowflake stencil.  Ombre washi tape from Hobbycraft completes the card.

I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where the theme is Animal Antics.

You can find the stencil in my Folksy store.

Thank you for stopping by,


Tuesday 16 October 2018

Christmas Card and Gift Combo


I have been making Christmas cards which feature a detachable Christmas ornament that the recipient can keep.  The ornament is laser cut from mdf:

I have used the ornament with a lovely wreath stamp from Papertrey Ink.  It is painted red and glazed with ultra thick embossing powder.

I shall enter the Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers for a second time.  Hopefully the twine will be classed as ribbon for the purpose of the optional twist!

On this card I have painted the ornament with gold starlight paint and combined it with patterned paper and a pine branch stamp from Altenew.

I hope you like these simple designs!

Let me know if you would like any mdf ornament designs to decorate - I shall be adding them to my Folksy store soon :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sarah x

Sunday 14 October 2018

Moonlit Bats


I hope you have had a good weekend :)  I have had a lovely day with Bev and the Uniko team at Stamp Magic in Doncaster.  I wanted to share a card that I have made with my Bats in Flight stencil:

I masked a moon on the card panel and created an inky sunset with distress oxides.  The branches are from Penny Black and then I used black glossy texture paste from Sweet Poppy Stencils through my stencil.  

I will link up at The Library Challenge where our book is Dracula and at the new challenge at AAA Cards where the theme is Moonlight.  

I hope you like it!  The stencil is available in my Folksy store.

Bats in Flight Stencil

Sarah x

Thursday 11 October 2018

Mixing it up with Uniko


I wanted to share a mdf stand that I have decorated with Uniko stamps, stencils, acrylic paints and inks for more of a mixed media effect:

I painted the mdf with Dylusions paints and then lifted some of the colour through Uniko's lattice stencil with a wet wipe.  I then created a shadow effect by going back over the lattice with blue paint.  The stamps are from the Happy Succulents set, Bee Happy and Spring Botanicals Daffodil.  I added highlights with a white paint marker and touches of yellow paint on the bees.  

I shall link up at Simon's Wednesday Challenge where we are creating anything but a card.

I sell these mdf stands in my Folksy shop - they are a great way of creating small, freestanding artworks for around your house or as gifts without the extra effort of framing them.  You can move them where you want whenever you want :)

I hope you like the different look that I have created with Uniko's products :)

Thanks for stopping by, Sarah x