Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Christmas Catalogue is here!

It's been along time since I blogged, I'm sorry life has just got in the way.  But I'm back with the new Autumn/Winter catalogue which is full of gorgeous goodies.

Keep checking back for new projects inspired by some of the products ready for Autumn, Halloween and Christmas.

Sarah xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Inspiring Inkin Annual Catalogue 2014-2015 Launch Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my Blog, Paper, Stamps and Sticky Things and our Inspiring Inkin Blog Hop!

Well it's that time of year again where we get our new annual catalogue full of gorgeous craft goodies, new products, colours and papers.
Here's my creation using some of the new products available on July 1st, exciting!
I've created a scrapbook layout featuring my eldest daughter getting stuck in the mud on an Autumn walk up a our local hill.
I created the background using the Gorgeous Grunge set to give it a splattered mud effect.  I then added the tiny flowers from the new set, Something to Say using one of our new "In" colours, Lost Lagoon.

I wanted to frame the photographs as the layout looked to plain with just the stamped back ground, I mounted them onto the new paperstack Moonlight which is full of gorgeous prints and patterns and the new "in colours" palette, I love it!
The journaling cards are from the Project Life Set, Everyday Adventure, the quote and dates are from the stamp sets Remember This and Day to Day.  These three items are all featured on the Project Life pages of the new catalogue. 
The title of the my layout was created using the letter stickers from the Project Life Accessory Pack which I have changed to match my layout using Early Espresso ink.
I hope I have tempted you into trying out scrapbooking some of your favourite pictures.
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop.
Sarah xx

Friday, 20 June 2014

Painswick Friday

Another week has gone by and I am back again with my lovely ladies in Painswick this week we created a little mini card using the Hip Hip Hooray cardstock.
We created the gorgeous flower using the Scalloped Circle Punch and the Flower Shop Bundle. 
I have loved this set since I first saw it in the catalogue pre order last year and I am so glad that it is making a return in this years catalogue.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Hip Hip Hooray Kit (stamp inc in the kit)
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Whisper White, Afternoon Picnic
Embellishments:  Naturals Designer Buttons
Accessories:  13/4 Scallop Circle Punch, 11/4 Circle Punch, Pansy Punch
Sarah xx

Monday, 9 June 2014

Retirement List is here....

I'm sorry my list is going up a bit later than some of the other Demo's as I have been sunning myself in Gran Canaria, catching up on some good books and eating far to much Tapas.
But I'm back in the UK and ready to get crafting!
It's always sad to see some of my favourite stamps retiring but I always know there are some new and exciting things to come.
If you would like to purchase items from the retirement list go to my online shop HERE to view a full list of retired stamps and accessories.

Once you have checked out the list you can order directly from my shop or call me on 07551979745.

Sarah xx


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

One for the Boys Class

Male cards can be so difficult so I ran a class to with the special men in our lives in mind.
The projects we created included a Fathers Day card but the greeting on this could be changed to use for a birthday.

The colour palette is taken from the Retro Fresh paper set and did you spot some new stamps in there?
Yes, the middle card is show casing the new Photopolymer stamps, they are fab!
Supplies used:

Stamps:  Chalk Talk, Hip Hip Hooray Kit, Show and Tell Photopolymer set (FREE with £60.00 order), Simply Stars, Gorgeous Grunge.
Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Costal Cabana
Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Costal Cabana, So Saffron
Embellishments:  Watercolour Wonder Washi Tape, Natural Designer Buttons, Burlap Ribbon, Retro Fresh Washi Tape.
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Envelope Punch Board, Score Board, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 3/4 Circle Punch.
Sarah xx

Saturday, 31 May 2014

One Sheet Wonder

I love this technique of taking a blank sheet and using your stamps and inks to create a unique piece of patterned paper .
I have used these three gorgeous colours, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Wisteria Wonder.
I then randomly stamped using the sets, Secret Garden, Papaya Collage and Petit Petals.
We created three projects including the pop up box card which is all over Pinterest at the moment.

As the box card is quite tricky I wanted to keep the other two projects nice and simple. 
The measurement and putting the box together can be quite tricky and all my class were not confident with making one of these back at home so I created this short tutorial.
Hope you like it xxx

Friday, 30 May 2014

Another Painswick Friday

It was pink, pink, Painswick this week!
Here is the card we created with Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple and it was definitely a hit with the ladies.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Everything Eleanor, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks:  Raspberry Ripple
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Silver Glimmer Paper
Embellishments: Dollies, Pink Pirouette, Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestones
Accessories:  Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch.
Sarah x 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Weekly Wednesday Deals

WOW another amazing offer from Stampin Up!
Each Wednesday throughout May Stampin Up will be offering products at a discounted rate for ONE WEEK ONLY.
Click HERE to see this weeks deal in my online shop
This post will be at the top of the blog so be sure to check in each Wednesday for new deals

Happy Shopping xxx

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Sarah x

Telford Regional Training

What a busy weekend I have had!
 Last Saturday was regional training with 300 other Stampin Uppers.  It was a great day meeting up with other Demo's sharing ideas, swapping projects and just having a day of crafting fun.

I was lucky enough to win one of the prize patrols and the fact that it was Project Life was even better I cant wait to see this in the new catalogue .
 No Peeking all will be revealed through out May xx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Frozen Party

The new Disney animation Frozen has caused quite a stir in our house, we have watched it I don't know how many times and the soundtrack is either being played or sung by one of the girls.

Chloe's friend had a Frozen themed party at the weekend and I was asked to come up with something for them all to create.

I knew a face painter was coming along and the faces that she creates are amazing, so I thought it would be nice for the children to have something to keep the pictures from this special day in.

I decorated a box from for them to put a picture in from the day, it was full of icicles, shimmer, sparkle and rhinestones.

Just the ticket for a Disney party.

We stamped the Smokey Slate background paper with the Silver Metallic Encore Pad using the Festive Flurry, I didn't think I would be getting this set out in the middle of May!
We then stamped and die cut more of the snowflake images to decorate around the photograph.
We finished off with some dazzling diamonds sparkle and lots of Rhinestones.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Festive Flurry
Ink: Encore Metallic Pad
Paper:  Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Costal Cabana
Embellishments:  Rhinestones
Accessories:  Festive Flurry Dies
Sarah xx

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Tidy Up Time

My craft space had got into a bit of a pickle and needed some essential TLC.
So today was the day as I needed to get organised and sort out all of my mismatched paper,  embellishments and all of the items that haven't seen daylight for the last 12 months because they at the back of the cupboard.
I eventually finished and I am sooo pleased with the finished result.

Now for some organised crafting!
Sarah xx

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Scrapbook Sunday

Well it was the 1st Saturday of the month so that means Craft Club where we spent time crafting and chatting over a cuppa.
It's great to spend a morning with like minded people for some uninterrupted craft time.  If you live in the Gloucester area we meet on the first Saturday of each month at Hucclecote Community Centre, bring your projects along, all crafts are welcome.
I was in the mood for scrapbooking and created this layout using the Calypso Coral Celebration Basics Add on Kit. 
Hope you like it xx
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Beautifully Baroque
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Add on Kit, Antique Brads, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon
Accessories:  Ribbon Border Punch
Sarah xx

Friday, 2 May 2014

Retro Sketch #112

I decided to play along with this weeks Retro Sketch Challenge, here is the sketch we got to play with
and here is my take on it.
I picked out the Watercolour Wonder DSP, with is bright colours it really does, as the card suggests, make you feel happy.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Hello Lovely
Inks: Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Watercolour Wonder DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Embellishments: Subtles Candy Dots
Accessories: Pansy Punch (co-ordinates with the Flower Shop Stamp Set)
Sarah xx

Friday Class

Another Friday with my Painswick ladies, no husbands this week.
As I had run a Daisy inspired class that week I decided to run this with my Friday ladies as well although I simplified the card slightly. 
They all enjoyed the class and were pleased with their finished cards although one lady wanted to see more pink so that colour is definitely on the colour scheme for this weeks class.
Here is the card we created.
Supplies Used:
Inks:  Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Secret Garden
Paper:  Natural White, Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Gold Foil Sheet
Embellishments:  Gold Sequin Trim
Accessories:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch, Blossom Party Originals Die, Blender Pens
Sarah xx

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Butterflies and Daisies

The sun has been shining and what a great way to spend an
 evening, crafting with 11 lovely ladies where we created two gorgeous cards and a little gift box.

Butterflies and Daisies were the inspiration for the evening.  I have used the Papillion Potpourri set which is a favourite among my class and teamed it with Gorgeous Grunge.  This card was one I made for the "Colour Throwdown" Challenge and so many liked it, it was definitely one we needed to make.  I created a mini box to match the card using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

Secondly we created a Daisy inspired card, using the gorgeous grunge and the Blossom Party Die.
The daisies look like they are just opening up to the sunshine and the Feel Goods sentiment worked perfectly to finish this card.
Below is a list of supplies used.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Papillion Potpourri, Feel Goods, Secret Garden
Inks:  Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Natural White, Baked Brown Sugar
Embellishments:  Natural Thread, Rhinestones, Gold Sequin Trim
Accessories:  Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Blossom Party Die, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Blender Pens.
Sarah x

Monday, 28 April 2014

New member cards

I had three new recruits join my team through Sale-a-bration, I made each of them a new demonstrator goodie bag which they all loved. 
I made each of their packs different but kept the same stamp set, petite petals for each design.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Petite Petals, Fabulous Phrases
Inks:  Crumb Cake, Real Red
Paper:  Fresh Prints DSP stack, Crumb Cake, Pool Party , Whisper White
Embellishments:  Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon
Accessories:   1 3/4 Scallop Circle Punch
Sarah xx

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Scrapbook Sunday

Another instalment of Scrapbook Sunday for all of you scrapbookers out there.  I really enjoy scrapbooking and it was one of the reasons I joined Stampin Up! as everything co-ordinates perfectly. 
I wanted to create a clean and simple layout ready for my first scrapbook class on Saturday.  Although the ladies coming are all cardmakers they are all new recruits to the world of scrapbooking and I wanted the layout to be one that everyone could have a go at.
So I decided on the Retro Fresh paper which I love, its fun and funky and can be used for a number of photographs and occasions.  
I have created a grid where 4 small photographs can be added.  I then added the Banner Blast bunting, but it was just missing something and that's where the amazing Washi Tape just tied everything together.

If you would like to create this layout below is a list of supplies.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hello Lovely
Inks:  Costal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Costal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Retro Fresh
Embellishments:  Washi Tape, Gold Sequin Trim
Accessories:  Banner Punch
Sarah xx

Aargh! Technology

The laptop has been poorly yet again and had to visit PC world so there has been no blogging from me for the last week.  I have so many projects to show you so keep tuned for projects and inspiration from the last week xx

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wednesday Deals

Here is this weeks deals and what a great bunch Stampin Up! goodies you can get at a discount.
Afternoon Daydream Kit -- Digital Download Christmas Ornament Punch Fun Flowers Bigz L Die - by Stampin' Up!I Am Me Designer Series Paper
In Color Boutique Details Modern Medley Designer Series PaperStampin' Write Marker New Color Kit
If you would like to order any of these great items contact me on 01452 619753/ 07551979745 xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hoppy Easter Everyone

I hope the Easter Bunny has been to visit you all today.  I know he has been to our house so chocolate is definitely on the menu.  We have a great day planned spending time with our families  I am cooking up a storm in the kitchen with Roast Beef and all the trimmings, then we will be joining Tim's parents and sister for an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden.
Well on my Pinterest search for an Easter Bunny I came a across a post by Stickstickcut who had made a bag into a bunny.  So out came my Stampin Up! Kraft bags and I followed the instructions to create this delightful little bunny, complete with pink bunny ears and a little heart nose.

We are enjoying a busy Easter Sunday, how are you spending yours?

Sarah x

Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Good Friday

A quick post from me today as we are out and about enjoying Good Friday.  Hopefully if the sunshine that we have been enjoying lasts until this afternoon we will be enjoying a BBQ with friends and playing giant Jenga, I love a bank holiday!
So on to the crafting, here is a spring inspired class I ran with my ladies and gents (yes I had a husband tag along) last Friday at Painswick.

We created the little tag using the Scallop Tag Punch and to celebrate the sunshine we used the gorgeous yellow paper from the Polka Dot Parade Collection.
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Simply Sketched
Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar
Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, DSP Polka Dot Parade
Embellishments:  White Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim
Accessories:  Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Scallop Tag Punch

Hope you all enjoy bank holiday weekend.
Sarah xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Fantastic Deal

Wow! the special offers this week are amazing, there is something for everyone.
Whether it's a new punch, that "In Colour" ribbon or some of our Designer Series Paper, take a look there will definitely be something that sparks your inspiration.
Afternoon Picnic Designer Series PaperCrisp Cantaloupe 3/8 Ruffle Stretch TrimFancy Flower Punch - by Stampin' Up!Polka Stampin' Around Builder WheelSilver Glimmer Paper - by Stampin' Up!This and That Epic Day Designer Series PaperFloral District Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Take a look in my online shop, or call 07551979745 to place an order with me xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Silver 1

I am over the moon that I have recently been promoted to Silver 1.  I've been a demonstrator for the past year and I never thought I would have achieved this title within this space of time, I am absolutely  loving being apart of Stampin Up!
I have met so many lovely people, gained new friends and a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. 

I created this gorgeous silver inspired card as a celebration to me, I think a scrapbook page is definitely on the cards.  I'm just waiting for my new pin, hopefully it's a bit sparkly!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hip Hip Hooray, Simply Stars, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Silver Encore Pad, Basic Grey, Versamark
Paper: Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Embellishments:  White Grosgrain, Rhinestones
Accessories:  Pewter Embossing Powder, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Sarah xx