Saturday, 30 June 2012

Home Sweet Home

Good morning everyone!

It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' today
and it's also my final day as a guest designer...

I have really enjoyed the challenges this month and I'd like to thank all the Sweet Stampin' girls for making me feel so welcome :)

The challenge this week is 'scallops'

For this card I used the new Echo Park 'So happy together' paper pad
and the Dots & Stripes 'Soda fountain' essentials collection.
The image is from Squiggle Stamps coloured with Copics and the sentiment is a Kaisercraft stamp.
I doodled faux stitching around the squares with a Sigma Micron 02 black pen.

After making the card I realised that the roof of the house has scallops!
It wasn't intentional though lol.

Copic colours used - Yellows: Y21,Y17         Greens: G00,G21      Blues: B02,BG05
Pinks/Reds: RV10,R32,R35     Background: BG10       Blender: 0

I pierced 4 holes through the gingham ribbon and spotty paper and then added white brads to hold the ribbon in place.

There are some wonderful prizes to be won so click here for some inspiration and to link up your project.  Don't forget to include some stamping!

Thanks for stopping by today and a big hello to my new followers.
You're very welcome!
I'll have more projects to share soon and I'm going to introduce you to the newest member of our those who know me ~ don't faint with shock when you see him! lol
Sarah xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Card and box gift set for teacher

Good Morning!

I'm back again with the little gift Phoebe gave to her teacher yesterday.
It was really fun to make and is made with a cut file from My Time Made Easy.

Using the Cameo I cut the box from a sheet of 12x12" yellow card and before assembling it I added a 2" strip of Cosmo Cricket 'Material Girl' paper along the bottom. Next I added a strip of 'apple' patterned ribbon.
Following the instructions sent with the file I taped the box together and curled the petals at the top with a bone folder.
It's best to use a really strong double sided tape for the box ~ I use this one.

 I filled the box with sweets and tied the top closed with 3 lengths of Divine twine.

I cut two apples with the Cameo and layered the little pieces together adding some detail with Stampin' Up markers.  Then I glued them to the back and front of the pencil top.

 I added text to the little banner using print and cut with the Cameo and wrapped it around the pencil. This is the text on the back.

I used matching paper for the card, and the Wryn image and sentiment are from Tiddly Inks.
I coloured the image with Copics and then fussy cut around it.
Next I cut a white rectangle from white card, sponged distress inks (Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick) around the edges and layered the Wryn image on top with foam pads.
I added glamour dust to the icing on the cupcake and glossy accents to the cherry on her head.
(although you can't see it in the photo very well!)

I also cut the sentiment with an oval nestabilities die and sponged it with the same distress inks while still in the die.
Before layering the card together, I tied seam binding around the measuring tape paper and popped a red button on the bow.

The card is 6"x6" and the box is just slightly taller.

It's just a simple gift but I wanted to let Mrs Lockhart know that Phoebe really enjoyed school this year ~ and that means a lot to me!
  She has taught primary 3 for quite a few years and then had to change to teach primary 1 this year so it can't have been easy!

Thanks for coming to visit again today!
I better try and get something done before I've to start the school runs ~ the day goes so quick doesn't it?

Hope you're having a good one :)
Take care
Sarah xx

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
MIM ~ anything goes linky party
Scrapbook Sisters ~ anything goes
City Crafter Challenge ~ make a gift
PTT ~ anything goes
Bunny Zoes ~ girls girls girls
Daisy Doodles ~ anything goes
My Grafico ~ bright summer colours
Sentimental Sundays ~ cute and girly
The Squirrel & the Fox ~ make it sparkle
Great Impressions ~ die cuts or punches
Creative Belli ~ anything but a card (everything is old!)

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Teacher card and gift

Good Afternoon!

Only a day and a half of school left and then no more packed lunches or homeworks to do
for 9 whole weeks :))

As the children have given their gifts to the teachers, I can now share them here.

This is what Caleb gave to his.
He has had a temporary teacher since Easter as his usual teacher went off on maternity leave.
It's the first time he's had a male teacher and he has loved it. It has also been a real change for me to make a male themed card and present!

 The image is from Tiddy Inks and I coloured it with Copics
Then I cut it out with a rectangle nestie and the blue layer with a scalloped nestie.
The papers are from a gorgeous Me and My Big Ideas paper pad.

 I added shiny card candy to the top of the banner.
The sentiment is computer generated using 'bracketfeet' font.

 This adorable little mouse is included as an extra when you buy the 'genius' digi stamp.
I added the sentiment from a Stampin' Up set positioning it with the stamp-a-ma-jig.

This is a box I made with the Cameo! 
You can also buy the file for other machines or print a pdf pattern and cut it out yourself.
You can buy it at My Time Made Easy.
 I used 2 sheets of Bazzill embossed dot card to make the box and Me and My Big Ideas paper for the t-shirt.

 I added text to the badge using print and cut with the Cameo and cut extra layers in white and blue card.
I printed 'from Caleb' in size 6 font on the computer and used the SU jewellery tag punch to cut it out.
Then tied Divine twine around the box.

 I layered the bottom of the box with tissue paper and filled with chocolate eclair sweets.
Silly me forgot to take a photo of the box opened!

 This last photo gives an idea of the size.  Sometimes it's hard to tell isn't it?
The card is approx 6"x 6" and the box is roughly the same height and is approx 2" deep.

We originally were going to go with a shirt and tie idea but the teacher is young so we thought this would suit him better :)

Now that the workbooks are coming home from school we've been having a good laugh at some of Caleb's sentences until I came across this one....
'There is loads of fluff under my mat' ......LOADS!!!!

Seeing my horrified expression Caleb meekly said,
'Well I had to think of a sentence with the word fluff in it'.....

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
I haven't got caught up on commenting yet as I've been making a project for a blog hop on 3rd July.
I am excited about it and I hope you'll love my project when you see it too!

I'll be back tomorrow with the gift set for Phoebe's teacher.
Take care :)
Sarah xx

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Daisy Doodles ~ anything goes
Crafty Boots ~ sport
Desmet Designs ~ for the men & boys
Divas by Design ~ die cuts
Paper Make-Up Stamps ~ anything goes (must use digi)
Incy Wincy ~ anything goes
Love to Create ~ anything goes
Cutie Pie challenge ~ one for the boys
Robyn's Fetish ~ no flowers anywhere
Allsorts ~ dies to die for
Creative Belli ~ anything but a card (entering the box only)
Make it Monday ~ anything goes linky party
Simon Says Stamp ~ anything but a card

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Ribbons and Bows at Sweet Stampin'

Good Morning :)

That's another week gone already and I'm back to share with you my GDT card for

This week we'd like to see Ribbons and Bows on your projects.
It's another favourite theme for me as I just love adding ribbons to my cards:)

I made this one using Echo Park 'Life is Good' papers.

The little image is Daisy from Squiggle stamps and I've coloured her with Copics and paper pieced her dress and hairband with matching papers.
The flourishes are cut with the Cameo and the flowers are punched.
I added dots of Pebeo 3D paint at the bottom and around the top corner of the image. 

The ribbon is wide pink satin and I tied some pink twine through a brown button and attached it to the bow with a glue dot.

There has been a serious lack of posts this week but I'm glad to say I'm finally getting on top of things.
The teachers' cards and gifts are now made and I'll post pics of them soon.
I'm off to a sewing class today to make another applique square for my quilt
but I'll be round to visit you all later!

Don't forget to link up your entries to the Sweet Stampin' challenge this week.
Hope you're having a good weekend :)
Take care
Sarah xx

Monday, 18 June 2012

More Father's Day cards using the Silhouette

Hello again,

I'm just posting these cards that I made for my own Dad now that I've got the photos.

I cut the words out of navy card using the Silhouette Cameo.
I tied 'airmail' divine twine around the card a few times before layering on a 7"x 5" white card blank with foam pads.
I finished off by rounding the corners of the card with a Corner Chomper and adding a red heart button to the bow.

The Grandpa card from the 3 children.

Using the Cameo again, I cut out the stick man (grandpa) from black card.
I glued him on white card, then rounded the corners. I printed and cut out the sentiment and threaded raffia through each side and layered on green card.

I then matted it on black card with foam pads and layered that on a white card blank.

To finish I added faux stitching around the edges and glossy accents to his glasses.
I'm pleased to say that Dad loved his (very simple) cards :)

Right....I'm off to bed ~ it's Caleb's sports day tomorrow and Phoebe has a school trip to a farm
so it'll be all systems go in the morning to get them organised and out in time!

Still haven't the teacher cards made  (just in case you were wondering lol)
Night night
Sarah xx

Father's Day cards

Good morning everyone :)

Well,  thankfully I managed to get the Father's Day cards made for yesterday
and I had two little helpers who wanted to make their own ~ so all done in no time!

It's been a few weeks since I've had time to enter the Less is More challenge
and this week the theme of 'something shiny' was perfect for making Richard's card.

 My Silhouette got a good workout as I hadn't time for any colouring at all.

The white base card is 7"x 5" folded landscape. I printed the sentiment (Rod font) on white card and matted it on silver card.  Then I cut circles from silver and white card and layered them together. The tools were cut with the Cameo and glued to the circles.  I then matted the completed rectangle to the card with foam pads.

This 2nd card is the one I made for Lydia to give to her Dad.

It's also cut out with the Cameo from Bazzill kraft card and I highlighted the sentiment by decoupaging with paper from DCWV green stack.
I tied some yellow Divine twine around the 'D' and added a tiny button.
Then I doodled some faux stitching around the outside to frame it all.

That's it for now!
I also made 2 cards for my own Dad but I still have to take a photo of them.
I'll upload them as soon as I've that done.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I really must make a start on the teacher cards, I've put it off long enough...
'See you later!'
Take care :)
Sarah xx

I'd like to enter my 2nd card in the following challenges:
Amusing challenges ~ father's day
Dream Valley ~ for that special guy
Robyn's fetish ~ anything goes
My Sheri Crafts ~ father's day
Card Makin Mamas ~ father's day
Delicious Doodles ~ for the fellas
MIM ~ anything goes linky party

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Fun in the sun at Sweet Stampin'

Good Morning,

That's another week flown by and I have my next GDT card for Sweet Stampin'

The theme this week is 'Summer Fun'

Looking at our British weather you might find it hard to remember what the sun looks like!

But let's brighten up our day with some fun summer cards :)

This is the one I made...

The little digi image was a freebie from Digistamp Boutique last year which I coloured with Copics.
Then I cut it out with rectangle nestabilities dies.
The patterned paper is one of my favourite summer papers and it's the 'Snorkel' collection
by Cosmo Cricket.
I cut the waves and the sun using the Silhouette. Then to finish off I tied baker's twine around the card and tied a bow through the button.

I added glossy accents to the goggles and sunglasses and some stardust stickles around the sun.

I have loads to try and catch up on today...I still haven't attempted the teacher's cards yet...
it's Father's day tomorrow and I haven't started that yet....
a graduation card for my nephew...
birthday cards....
I've a list as long as your arm and the more I look at it, the more tired I feel...
Do you ever get days like that?  Maybe I'm just in a lazy  :)

I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll be back on Monday to share my Father's day cards
(providing I get them made of course......)
All the best,
Sarah xx

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
MIM #93 ~ anything goes
Divas by Design #39 ~ summer theme
Just keep on creating #2 ~ anything goes
Freshly brewed #100 ~ anything goes
The Paper Shelter #68 ~ anything goes
Stamp & Create ~ bold & bright
Fashionista #3 ~ simply summer
Craft Your Passion #114 ~ anything goes

Friday, 15 June 2012

Another scrapbook page

Happy weekend!

This is the last of my projects using CCW's June kit.

It's a scrapbook page of my youngest daughter.
I've kept it very simple and I've even added journaling in my own handwriting...
Not something I do very often as I don't like my untidy writing!

I sponged the edge of the frame with Mister Huey's misting spray in Calico White.
Then used American Crafts Thickers to spell the words 'cutie'.  I added clear adhesive gems around the circle frame and to the little flower which is punched with a Stampin' Up Boho Blossom punch.

In the photo below you can just about see the two dashed cut lines about an inch from the edge.
I did this with the Silhouette to frame the page.

The banners and heart were also cut with the Silhouette but could be done by hand or with punches.

For the journaling I used this template by 'The Crafter's Workshop' to draw the lines and I used the holes in the scallops to evenly space the row of adhesive gems on the top of the layout (you can see them in the first photo).

I'm panicking a bit now as there is less than 2 weeks until the end of term here and I still have teacher cards and gifts to make!
Any ideas are very welcome :) lol

I hope you're not washed out with this terrible weather.  The only consolation is that it's perfect crafting weather!
Thank you visiting my blog today and for the lovely comments you've been leaving.
I will be round to visit you all later :)
As tomorrow is Saturday, I'll be back with my next GDT card for Sweet Stampin'
Take care
Sarah xx

I'd like to enter this in the following challenge:
Frosted Designs ~ sketch
Crafty Ann's #67 ~ it's a girl thing

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Altered Paperchase notebook

Good Morning!

I'm nipping a few minutes at the computer before I have to get the children ready for school.....

This little project is a mini notebook from Paperchase
and I covered it with paper from CCW's June kit.
The jar was cut from the papers and I added glossy accents to the hearts.
I coloured the AC Thickers with a Copic marker and wiped off the excess with kitchen roll.
Then layered it on a strip of vellum.

This is the plain notebook .
I removed the black elastic as I thought it would be too stark against the paler papers.

To replace the black elastic,
I measured a length of white 3mm elastic (from Tesco's sewing section) and stapled the two ends with TH mini staples. 

Hope you have a great day
Take care :)
Sarah xx

Ps. Phoebe's sports day stayed dry until the last race, yay!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Scrapbook layout ~ American Crafts Dear Lizzy collection

Good Morning!

Last Friday I posted the mini badge book I'd made for Creative Craft World using the June kit and this is the second project I made.

It's a layout of Caleb and Phoebe using a photo I took a couple of years ago.
Everything on this page is from the kit except for the tiny buttons.
The papers are American Crafts 'Dear Lizzy Neapolitan' layered on Bazzill card.
I cut holes around the outline of the layout with the Silhouette and threaded the ribbon through,
tying them at each of the corners.
Some of the banner stickers from the kit to which I added tiny buttons.
I made the title with American Craft thickers.
I love this ephemera flower and the detail on it is amazing,
and it comes ready made with a self adhesive sticker on the back!

Just a quick post today ~ it's junior sports day this morning and I have to go and cheer on Phoebe :)
I really hope the rain stays away but looking at the forecast I'm not too hopeful!
Lydia hopes it pours on Friday so hers will be cancelled  ~ I can't say I blame her......  lol

I'll be back tomorrow with a little altered notebook using the same kit.
Hope you have a lovely day,
take care :)
Sarah xx

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Enjoy Your Day card ~ Penny Black stamp

Good Morning :)

It's my second GDT card for Sweet Stampin',
and this week it's another great challenge, one of my favourites :)

It's stitching!

We'd love to see some faux, hand or machine stitching on your projects.

I thought I'd try out one of the fancy stitches on my machine (they rarely get used otherwise)
but it looks like I'd definitely need more practise turning corners!
It's much easier to sew on fabric than card..... lol
Most of the elements I've used on this card, I've had for a while.
  The papers are Bo Bunny 'Persuasion' and Bo Bunny 'double dot'
The image is this stamp by Penny Black and I coloured her with Copic markers.
Skin ~ E00, E11, R20       Hair ~ E29, E31, E57       Dress RV000, RV02, RV04 RV10, YG03, YG11
Shadow & Ground ~ BG10, C3, C5
Blender Pen 0

 I stamped the image on white card and cut it out using Nestabilities Labels  8.
While the card was still in the die, I sponged around the edges with Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar distress inks.
The sentiment is computer generated with 'atype' font, then I trimmed each word to the same size and added faux stitching around the edges.
The pink brads are Basic Grey and the ribbon is from my stash.

I added Glamour Dust to her jewellery, her bag, the bottom of her dress and the tails on her scarf.
Once I get started with a glue pen it's hard to stop!

I hope you enjoy my card today and will enter the challenge yourself.
I'd love to see what you create :)

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
Have a great weekend  :)
Take care
Sarah xx

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Craft Punked ~ happy birthday/celebration
Crafty Ann's ~ it's a girl thing
Frosted Designs ~ stitching
Totally Papercrafts ~ doodle on it (around the sentiment)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Mini Badge Book

Good Afternoon!

Oh my goodness the days are flying by! Where does the week go???
The children were off school for a few days for the Jubilee
and during that time the Olympic torch also passed by.
A very memorable long weekend!

I've completed a lot of projects lately but with other commitments I just haven't had time to blog them. 
I thought I'd better make a start today!

Every month Creative Craft World sells a 12"x12"large kit and a 6"x6" mini kit.
They're excellent value and well worth a look here!
It was my turn last month to make the projects for June's large kit.
I made 2 scrapbook layouts, a mini badge book and altered a notebook.

This is the mini badge book...

It's made with clear name badges that I bought in 'Around a Pound'
The paper inside is approx 4"x 3" and the finished book size is  41/2" x 3"

The papers throughout the book are all from the kit ~ I love cutting bits and pieces from paper and layering them :)
 I stamped the word 'growing up' with Doodlebug alphabet stamps.
The butterfly is punched with a Martha Stewart punch and I added tiny gems on it's body.
 The theme of the book is Phoebe and I'll explain why at the end of the post!
She was born by elective c/s one week early and this photo was taken the day she came home from hospital. She had a full head of black hair and it was so thick she had to have it blow dried.
I can't believe it was nearly SIX years ago! 

 My little rascal!
My niece (Phoebe's cousin)  had a baby girl when Phoebe was 18 months old and this photo was taken the day we went to see her.  Such excitement!
(I wasn't too keen on being a Great-Auntie though....)
I added doodling around the words to make them stand out a bit more and mini gems to the strips of patterned paper.

 Aww, I remember this day ~ my 'baby' started nursery school.
She loved it even though it was only for 2 hours a day!
I used EKSuccess edger punch for a notebook look and the butterflies and flowers were cut with the Silhouette.  Stamping was with the Doodlebug stamps again.

The reason for the theme of the book is to do with this photo....
Regular readers of my blog will know that I had a bit of a reaction to new tablets a while back and I wasn't quite 'with it'.
During that time Phoebe's teacher had been sending home notes in her homework diary asking for 4 photos of birth, toddler, nursery and P1 which I hadn't read (and neither had her Dad)
When I finally discovered the notes I had a bit of a flurry to find some (I'm not organised where my photos are concerned and they are on various computers)
The most recent one, I had to take that morning before school and print it off, which is why her hair is flying loose in the photo and then I tied it in bunches while the photo was printing.
You can imagine the morning I had....

Anyway....Since I had all the photos together and I knew I had this project to do,
rather than search for more photos I resized them and printed them off again.

The 'you are 5' letters are AC Thickers (in the kit) and I coloured them with a pale green Copic marker.  The jar image had a heart hanging on it and I cut around it with a craft knife and slipped the photo under it ~ I hope that makes sense!

For the back of the book I used a Woodware stamp from this set.
All the pages are tied together with peach ribbon from the kit and seam binding from my stash.

The kit!

Thank you for making it to the end of this very long post!
If you're interested in the other projects I'll be posting them very soon.

Tomorrow though, I'll be back with my next GDT card for Sweet Stampin'.
Hope you have a great weekend!
Take care
Sarah xx
I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons#21 ~ butterflies & bows
MAWTT ~ anything but a card
Just keep on creating ~ anything goes
Papertake Weekly ~ anything goes
Bunny Zoe's ~ anything goes
Make it Monday ~ anything goes
Inspire Me Fridays ~ anything goes