Quote of the Week.....

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

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Demonstration Day at Samuel Taylor's Leeds

Good Morning Bloggers,

Just wanted to remind you that I am going to be at Samuel Taylor's Leeds on Saturday 5th February, on behalf of Personal Impressions working with fantastic stamps from Hero Arts......

Also I will be teaching two classes on Saturday 12th February at the Leeds store...
  • Making the most out of your Die Cutting equipment for the morning session
  • Using the fantastic New Hot Pick Stamps from Paper Artsy for the afternoon session

To book your place on these workshops please call the Leeds store direct on 0113 2480044

Hope to see you then,

Hugs Sarah and Bump xxx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

New 2011 Catalogue from Hero Arts

Good Morning Bloggers,

Well here it is the new 2011 Hero Arts Catalogue, they have as always some very exciting new designs. The range covers Clings, Woodblock and clear, so whatever your preference there are collections of stamps for everyone. I still personally like woodblock but I do like the convenience of the Clings, as they are still the trusty old red rubber.

Anyway here are some of my hot pick, which I cant wait to get my hands on............

Personal Impressions will be shipping the lovely new designs to retailers in the next few weeks, so not long now to get our hands on great new designs.

See ya soon,

Sarah and Bump xxx

Monday, 24 January 2011

New Products from Sir Tim and Ranger

Good Afternoon Bloggers,

Here are some of the lovely new product releases from Tim Holtz and his teams at Ranger, Sizzix and Stampers Anonymous.

I have long been a fan of the Ranger Distress Ink Pads and now they are launching Distress Ink Stains. How cool is that? I think it will be a month of two before we get them here in the UK, but I'm sure all the new produces about the be launched next week at CHA will be in stores here very soon......
Obviously with every CHA launch Tim releases new stamp designs, he has 11 new sets coming out, I have to say they contain are some of my fave designs from Tim in a long while, really usable images, and with the added bonus of a index sticker and his new Grid Blocks, stamping Tim's way is gonna get a little more interesting this year!

One of my loves is to match card to the colour of ink that I'm using, well this new release of CO-Ordinations card stock in all the Distress Colours and some of the Adirondack pallet is right up my street. The fact that I love to us the sandable textured card is just great news!

Check out Tim's blog for an exciting video viewing of all his new lines........

Take Care
Sarah and Bump xxx

Friday, 21 January 2011

New Paper Collections from Bo Bunny

Good Morning Bloggers,

It's that time of year when all the American companies release new product lines at CHA winter 2011. This is the twice annually Trade show over in the US, which one day I might attend, but hey we have our version which is Stitches in February (can't wait, as I'm going to be attending a very special workshop wooooooo) And as the bump is starting to get a little bigger I think I'll stay home for now!
Anyway over the next few days/weeks I'll be sharing with you some of the lovely new product lines which have caught my eye and can't wait to work with.

Starting this series of posts are the lovely new paper collections from Bo Bunny

Check out the full collections at Bo Bunny's Blog, they are just all lovely. I think my fave is "Time Piece", but I'll try some of each of the new ranges, I'll also slip them into my Spring 2011 workshops.
Back tomorrow with new products from Ranger! Yummy!
Hugs Sarah and Bump xxx

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Demo Day at Samuel Taylor's Leeds

Good Morning Bloggers!

After enjoying a nice peaceful break over the Christmas period, things are beginning to hot up again, demonstrations, workshops and the Spring show season is now nearly upon us once more!

Kicking of the season I'll be on the Samuel Taylor's stand at the Manchester GMEX, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th February. Demonstrating all the lovely new designs from "Go Kreate" die cutting systems

Then I'll be demonstrating at Samuel Taylor's Leeds on Saturday 5th February 10-4pm on behalf of Personal Impressions. I'll be working with Hero Arts Stamps, Martha Stewart Punches and much more!

Hope that you can make it?

Love Sarah and Bump xxx

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Making Cards Magazine February Issue

Good Morning Bloggers,
Just picked up the February Issue of Making Cards Magazine and I have three articles published this time, wowzers!
One collection focuses on the use of Alcohol Inks to create individual backgrounds using rustic colours of Cranberry, rust and gold incorporating Tim Holtz Stamps from Personal Impressions Stockists.

Another is a collection for Babies using the fab papers from Making Memories Pitter Patter, all so cute and very, very versatile. Papers available from Card Craft Plus in Preston.

The last one is in the Made for Men section of the magazine, using the unique papers from Bo Bunny - Mamma Razzi. I love how these sophisticated papers can be both vintage and modern at the same time. Bo Bunny available from Portfolios in Blackburn.

Over the next few months I have some really exciting new projects to share with you all featured in Making Cards Magazine!

Love Sarah and Bump xxx

Monday, 17 January 2011

The Big FISH Fight

Good Morning Bloggers,
I rarely encourage thoughts or ideas onto other people, however after watching a whole week of programmes on Channel 4 dedicated to looking into the state the fishing industry I am urging you to have a look on the Channel 4 website read the interviews, watch the "4OD" programmes and sign the petitions.
Ewan and I are truly disgusted in the way we not only catch Fish, but more importantly "DISCARDED" back into the sea!!! Not to mention the barbaric and utterly disgusting way sharks are being murdered simply for the fins. Last nights programme "Gordan Ramsey's shark tail" was disturbing in so may ways. Huge sharks are being caught, brought on deck, having their fins sliced off and then thrown back into the sea to die a long and painful death. This can not go on, for the sake of a £90 bowl of shark fin soup! Disgraceful!
It is such an important campaign, fronted by some of the country's well known celebrity chefs, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Heston Blumenthal. This is one time I believe the general public can help make the Fisheries commission change the way quotas are set to protect our fish stocks but more importantly reduce the amount of "wastage". The amount of dead fish thrown back into the seas due to unrealistic quotas is shameful, it could feed so many people, not enough people eat fresh fish as due to the ever increasing cost, forced to rise by 'again' the quotas!
Anyway better get off my soap box now, and get back to work but Cceck out http://www.fishfight.net/
Love Sarah and Bump xxx

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Sneek Peek

Good Morning Bloggers,
After a two month absence from making cards and the craft world, I am now back with the creative juices flowing.
I've been designing for magazine articles, demonstration days and upcoming workshops, its been such fun!
It's also been great to get back in to my craft room, which will soon be turning into the Nursery for baby McCrossan so I'm making the most of it while I still have my little craft haven!
Anyway here is a sneak peek at one of the magazine articles which will be featured in Making Cards over the next few months! I'll apologies for the poor quality of photograph, my camera has finally given up the ghost and since my current shopping list contains, cots, prams and other baby items I don't think I will be getting a new camera this month!
Hope you like?................
Hugs Sarah and Bump xxx

Sunday, 9 January 2011

New Card Making Dies

Good Morning Bloggers,

Well as it's the new year I thought I would share some NEW product lines with you.

This is one of my favorite products at the moment The New Cards Making Dies by GO Kreate, exclusive to Samuel Taylor's I love shaped card bases but they can be so expensive to buy, well now you can cut your own in any colour.

When Blogger decides to upload my photos, I'll post lovely finished samples using this unique die.

Catch you later,
Love Sarah xx