Quote of the Week.....

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

Monday, 28 December 2009

My New Fav stamp.............

................... and guess what it's a Hero Arts................... Design Block!
S5264 Antique Flower Background.
Please check out the Personal Impressions Website for stockists near you.

Anyway here is a quick tutorial for a shabby background using this impressive stamp.
You will need:
Hero Arts Antique Flower Background stamp S5264
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Walnut stain.
Ranger Mini Mister or Water bottle
White Linen Card
1. Ink up the stamp will all three colours of Inks, starting with the lightest colour first

2. Spray the stamp lightly with water

3. Stamp your background onto the linen card. Make sure you press down firmly all over the image as it is a large stamp.

4. Your background image is complete.

Check out the March issue of "Making Cards Magazine" for a series of cards for men using this stamp.
Love Sarah xxx

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas

Evening Everyone,
Just wanted to wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you to all my regular class attendants, blog readers and friends, may I wash you all the very best for 2010.
Looking forward to crafting with you next year.
With lots of Love Sarah xxx

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

New Hero Arts Catalog

Good Morning Everyone, OMG how excited am I?

The new Hero Arts Catalog is now out, go to the Hero Blog to download a online version.
I am gonna have to save, save, save for the next few weeks there are so many new stamp designs in both cling and wood mounted that I NEED!!!!!

Here's a few to tempt you....

Wowzers... Catch you later

Love Sarah xxx

Monday, 21 December 2009

New Distress Colours Ink Pads............ Dawn & JJ's Christmas Party

Good Morning Everyone
What a weekend?

It first Started off with Eamon McCrossan's Passing out parade, we were all so very proud if him. It was a lovely day and ended with a meal at the Royal Phoenix in Oswaldtwistle, the meal was great.
Friday was our first Christmas Day, as many of you know we have 2 Christmas Day's every year, one with Ewan's Family (usual in Ireland) and one with mine here in Oswaldtwistle.

This year we had Eamon, Mum and Dad and Mini Egg (Erin) all at our house for a fantastic weekend.
Topped off by a smashing party at Dawn and JJ's house. I missed last years party, so this year I took Mini Egg and we had a right giggle. Dawn and JJ are such good hosts, they looked after us so well.
Now then, I was looking at Tim's Blog and guess what...... well as many of you know I LOVE all the distress inks and have all the CURRENT colours....... well 12 new colours are going to be launched new year. This is what they look like.

My first purchase will be the Crushed Olive green I think. Just one problem - I have the Distress Ink metal holder, and I can't fit any more in, DOH!!!!!!!
Check out Tim's Blog for other new TH products released 2010!
Catch you all later
Love Sarah xxxx

Sunday, 13 December 2009

For Sale................

Just a quick one
I have a set of the new Christmas Borders embossing folders by cuttlebug for sale, I purchased these and have had a go and found they are really not for me.

I have the receipt but have chucked away the packaging so I can't take them back for a refund.
They RRP at about £10.00, and they are brand new so I am looking for £7.50 + £1.00 p & p

Drop me a line on the below email address is you are interested, (or leave me a comment) it will be on a first come first served basis. I take payment by paypal and will send them first class.
Love Sarah xxx

Busy Old Weekend......................

Good Evening everyone,
After spending a day working at the Dawn Bibby Design Studio on Saturday you would think I was going to give myself a break today, well no such luck.
First it was Christmas shopping, then ironing, then sat at the computer typing card instructions for magazine articles!
It has just been non stop since I came back from Ireland.
I have a really busy week at work lined up too, I am launching a 2010 calendar for my safety scheme, using hand drawn images from School Children in Blackburn with Darwen, so a launch party on Tuesday and still needs lots of organising!
Anyway back to cards, here are some cards that I have been selling this year, I have to say not many people have managed to order from me as I have been so busy, just my Nana, and a few work colleagues who have been on bended knee for a few sets. I don't know.
Anyway I only have 3 packs of 5 left, so I think I'm gonna use these for some of my dear crafting friends...............

I have some nice designs to share with you soon, so keep your eyes peeled this week.

Take Care
Love Sarah xxx

Thursday, 10 December 2009

L'Occitane Hand Cream

Morning Everyone,

Here is just a quick post, I have just purchased yesterday a tube of hand cream from L'Occitane, and as many of you know I have very dry skin and in particular on my hands due to eczema.

I am currently battling, as the cold weather is so harsh and the steroid creams do get unbearable.

However I have found a miracle cream.

Its only £16.50 for 150ml and to me it's worth £0000. Already after just a few applications my hands are looking loads better, and they smell nice too!

It's worth a try!

Love Sarah xxx

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Workshops and updates.....

Good Evening everyone,
Sorry I have been AWOL for the past week, but this time of year seems to be non stop!

Here are are a few snaps from my workshop last weekend, we did have some fun as well as getting down to the very serious business of making 7 cards.

In between scoffing Ewan's Chocolate Brownies and Dorothy's delicious Carrot cake, we did manage the do the job in hand and learn some new techniques and have a play with new Bo Bunny Papers and Hero Arts Stamps......

As modled by the Lovely Margret, my beautiful new scarf handmade by Dee Pilling, I love it!

I've got a really busy week ahead too, not only is it Eamon's Passing out parade on the 17th December, but then we will have Ewan's Mum, Dad, Brother & one of his sisters Erin coming down to stay with us!
On top of that I still need to do some Christmas Shopping, visit Nana and Granddad, See Uncle Chris and Aunt Babs plug work full time and decorate the living room.......... I just don't know where I am.

Anyway hope your all working hard on your Christmas cards, I know I am - tonight I need to finish off an order for my Nana!
So Take Care, promise I'll do the You Tube Demo this weekend!!!!
Love Sarah xx