Quote of the Week.....

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts"
Winston Churchill

Saturday, 28 March 2009

The Big Demo Weekend

Hiydy Hi Blogers,

Just a wee reminder to let you know that next weekend 04th & 05th April is the BIG Demo weekend at the Dawn Bibby Design Studio.

The weekend will be held over two locations as Dawn has so much to show you....

The DB Design Studio

Oswaldtwistle Mills

There is so much going on....... to date this is the plan, however with new products arriving every day things could change.....

Dawn Bibby showcasing the brand new Brights Alcohol Inks and the Melting pot

Amy and the Cuttlebug

Paula and the Slice

Lindsay Mason with her own line of fantastic new stamps

Leonie and some lovely new Crafty Individuals stamps and paper pads

Brenda and the new Penny Black Rubber Stamps

Jo - not sure what Jo's using at the mo?

Gill using some very exciting large flower punches doing fab things

ME with Hero arts new stamps, and some lovely SEI papers and possibly the Bind it all!

Shena and her range of beautiful scene stamps

I must have forgotten something or someone!!!

Just come along for some FUN!

See you there!

Love Sarah xxxx

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Saturday May 23rd - Cards for Men Workshop

Just a quick post to let you know that I still have a few places left on the Making Cards for Men workshop @ The Dawn Bibby Design Studio.
Saturday 23rd May 2009
We will make cards for all the different age groups.....
Baby Boy
Young Boy
Young Adult
+ a couple of male ATC's to finish!
Also I would like to know if people are intrested in a Class I did last year, it included an ATC Folder and ATC's?
Please email me or leave a comment to let me know if you would be intrested?
my email address is
Also I have been working on some new Easter Cards, will post these later too!
Love Sarah xxx

Saturday, 14 March 2009

RND 2009, Todays Class, New Worshop Dates & EBay Phew!

Hello Everyone, Well have I got news for you?

First of all I would like to let you know that we have a wonderful time at the Party Night last Thursday we had a lot of fun and raised over £200 for Red Nose Day 2009.

We had loads going on, the delightful Lindsay Mason and her lovely new stamp designs, the glamorous Dawn doing a bit of everything!
I was lucky enough to play with the New Hero Arts stamps, Cute little Brenda was doing make and takes, gorgeous Gill using the Cuttlebug and new Gemstone papers, last but not least the fantastic Jo with the “I must have” new stamps from Penny Black.

We all worked really, really and everyone seems to enjoy themselves….. Here are a few pics…..


Now then, my workshop today was jam packed full of mini notelet cards, tag techniques, playing with spray Inks, New Penny Black Rubber Stamps, White Staz on using acetate…….

Here are a few snaps of everybody working so hard. Well done ladies…….

Just to let you know that I have now added some more dates in for workshops at the Dawn Bibby Design Studio………………

July 18th Craft Day with Sarah FULL DAY 10.30am -12.30pm break for lunch then 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Morning session - Birthday Book with cards
Afternoon session - Stamping and colouring techniques
Each session is £13.50

August 16th Creative cards with Sarah 1.00pm – 4.00pm £15.00

September 19th Creative cards with Sarah 1.00pm – 4.00pm £15.00

Can I also just wish David, Lindsay’s husband some best wishes I hope that he’s feeling better soon xx

Ebay Notice…….
Just another quick note…. To make some room in my ever increasing craft room, I have very grudgingly put some of my older stuff on ebay! Check out Sarahthecrafter as you may wish to pick up a few bargains. Keep checking in as I am filtering through stuff and getting it on as soon as I can.
Will catch up with you soon, Love Sarah xxx

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Gift Wrap & Matching Tags

As promised here are some sneek peeks at the beautiful Gift Wrap and matching tag ideas that I have been working on.

I used some brown Kraft paper that you can buy in rolls at WH Smith, Asda, Tesco etc for a couple of quid.

The lovely stamps from Hero Arts, Leafs, Flowers. Inks by Tim Holtz, Distress collection: Walnut Stain, Shabby Shutters, Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy.

Here is a wee set of note cards to match, lovely for a gift

Here is a card we will be doing on Saturday a wee box using the gift wrap and tag

Here are the Pink and Brown designs I was going to post over the weekend for you.....

Hope that you like them,

Love Sarah xxx

Monday, 9 March 2009

Bye Bye Eily, Love you lots xxx Also Hello to Jane B

As you all know our dear sister Eily was over for a few days with us, as this brings us joy it also brings a few tears when she goes back.
So when we were caught in a wee traffic jam on the M6 going to Liverpool Airport, it made our goodbyes shorter and less upsetting.
We has the best time with her and love her very much.
She is one of the nicest, intelligent, and most beautiful person, and I'm so glad she is my
sister-in-Law we miss her loads.
Anyway I had a text from the lovely Jane Bettie yesterday.
She's another fab person, who attends workshops, Demo weekends, Party's at Dawn's Studio.
We all miss her too, and wish her the speedest recovery.
Looking forwards to seeing you soon honey....
Will post again later with Gift Rap and Gift tag sneek peeks.
These will be on my workshop this Saturday.
See you on Thursday's Demo evening if you can make it!
Love Sarah xxx

Friday, 6 March 2009

Dinner with Dawn & Trafford Centre with Ewan and Eily!

Morning All,

Here are just a few photos from Dinner with Dawn on Wednesday night, we had a fab time laughing and joking, talking craft and planning next Thursday's Demo Evening at the studio in Church.....

As you can see we had a wonderfull time.....

I am going to be working with the lovely new Hero Arts Clear stamps, white staz-on, some fab new papers just in from America.
If you are thinking of coming along, please just call the shop to put your name down, it Free, but we need to check form number etc!
Theres loads going on, make and takes, Dawn Bibby, Jo Gill, Brenda & the lovely Lindsay Mason. And a huge sale table!

5 -9.30pm Thursday 12th March

Yesterday me, Ewan and Eily went to the trafford centre in Manchester, bought some lovely cakes from Selfridges, music for Ewan, Bowling and had a wonderful meal at Tampopo (South East Asia) Heres a few snaps of the Orient......

Will show some new cards later, pinks and browns!
Take Care Love Sarah XXX

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Tutorial - Tone on Tone Mini Cards

Here are the products I have used for the collection of mini
tone on tone cards.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Shabby Shutters, Brushed
    Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Antique Linnen
  • Hero Arts Clear Scalloped Borders Stamps
  • Hero Arts Leaves, Flowers and Leaf Sprigs Rubber
  • Colour Box Queue Inks in browns and Blues.
  • Cream Kraft Card 12" x 12"

1. Trim Down your Base card to 9cm x 9cm square. (9cm x 18cm then folded)

2. Attach the Scalloped Border Stamp to a clear block and Ink up with Brushed Corduroy
3. Stamp the image to the open end of the card, taking care to match it to the end.

4. Cut out your stamped impression

5. Take the leaf stamp ink up with Antique Linen and stamp randomly over the card, masking off your stamped border edge

6. On a spare piece of Kraft Card, stamp a flower in the Colour box Queue Iris Blue and two leaves in Chestnut Roan

7. Cut of the leaves and Flower leaving a small border. 8. Attach the leaves flat to your card and the Fower on 3d foam pads.

9. Attach Gems, Ribbon, Prima Flowers or string to complete the look.

For Amy.......

My darling Husband Ewan often offers my services to friends and work colleagues, which I don't mind as it gives me an excuse to craft.

Here is a card I whipped up this morning for a little girl called Amy, who loves Glitter, Pink and Princesses........ I think I caught most of the criteria.

I used the beautiful princess girl from papernation (43301) + backing paper. Chipboard letters with Ultra Think Embossing powder in Sugar Plum, Pink Bazzil and Pink Bazzil bling, gemstones, and some Disney Princess stickers to finish....

Be sure to check in later I have a tutorial for some of the little muted toned cards.
Love Sarah xxx

Monday, 2 March 2009

Hero Arts and Kraft Card + Eily McCrossan

Evening All,
As promised yesterday here are some cards which I designed last night with some of last years and this years Hero Arts Stamps.
Flower, Leaf, and leaf sprigs set of 3.

Also Hero Arts scalloped borders clear stamps New 2009 and Scallop Flourish.

I used muted colours, mostly browns, creams, greens and the occaisional navy blue to acheive a subtle effect. Other materials I used were: Kraft card, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Versa Mark, string and a few Gems.

Let me know what you think?

Also my darling sister in law Eily (Eileen) is coming over to stay with us for a few days, we can't wait, she is so beautiful and fun, we'll have a scream. Of course I'll post some pics.
This is me and Eily Christmas 2008 Ireland!

Have a nice evening all,

Love Sarah xxx

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Dawn Bibby's New Blog

Evening All,

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I have been a little under the weather, I have a nasty Wisdom Tooth coming through and it was really bad, it even made me take to my bed for a few days!

Anyway I have some new cards to share with you so I'll post them tomorrow, it's dark now and I can't get a good shot with the camera.

So would you like to keep up to date with Mrs Bibby herself?

Well here is a link to her brand new Blog

Check it out!

Love S xxx