Saturday, 31 October 2009

Christmas Come Early!

Today I spent the whole day crafting with some of my lovely ladies who came to my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. We certainly made good use of our time. We made 5 cards and our Noel decoration, oh and we stopped for lunch too (my homemade sweet carrot and lentil soup).

We used the lovely Merry Moments papers and the Perfect Presents stamp set to create this lovely selection of cards.
Sorry for the poor quality of the photos but they were taken after dark and the lighting wasn't perfect!!

I've another busy weekend so I'll be back on Monday with news of a FREEBIE!!!!!
Sarah x

Friday, 30 October 2009

Matchbox Gift

As I promised here is one of the gifts I'm making for the Christmas fair I'm doing in November. I have used the Christmas pud I made using the Stampin'Up punches as a topper.

I've also used the small tag punch to make a cute gift tag too.
You will be able to get hold of these punches FREE in when you spend £45 on Stampin'Up goodies in the Christmas Gift Guide, so watch this space!!

And here's a sneak peak at whats inside!!! Sshhhhh!!

Oh and just one other thing I wanted to share with you. I got this in the post today (yes we had post today!).

My lovely promotion certificate for reaching Bronze 2!!!! And a lovely pin badge too!!

All I need to do now is find somewhere to put it. I think I might frame it! If I had a craft room I'd have somewhere to hang it, so maybe I'll just sit it on my desk instead.

Sarah x

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Christmas Pud Tutorial

Yes, I've been playing with my punches again!! This time I have come up with something suitable for Christmas, a Christmas pudding.
So punches at the ready, here goes the tutorial!

You need a 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, oval punch and 1/4" circle punch, Close to Cocoa ink pad, sponge dauber, Close to Cocoa, Real Red and Basic Black markers. Don't forget the glue!

Punch a large circle out of Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla card stock, an oval from Going Gray card and 3 1/4" circles from Real Red card.

Use the sponge dauber to lift ink from the ink pad and gently sponge the edges of the brown circle.

Use the markers to add dots of varying sizes to represent the fruit in the pudding.

The using the scallop circle punch and the Very Vanilla circle, cut the custard/sauce for your pud. Position the circle in the punch as shown above.

This should be the result.

Time to assemble the pud. Stick the custard/sauce on to the top of the pudding. Then add the cherries. I stuck the first 2 on with glue, then stuck the 3rd on with a pieces of dimentional foam. Then stick your pud onto the plate ready to serve!

I think I'm going to be making a few of these to decorate Christmas gifts for the fair I'm doing in November.
Hopefully I shall show you one tomorrow!

Sarah x

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Don't Forget......

........ there is still time to book your place at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack this Saturday 10:30 til 3:30pm.
Make loads of cards, gift tags and a gift box and this very special decoration for the bargain price of £12 including lunch and refreshments!!

To book your place just email

Hope you can join us!
Sarah x

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Frog Tutorial

After a few requests, here is the tutorial for making a frog from Stampin'Up punches.

You need an oval punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 1/2" circle punch and 1/4" circle punch, scissors, black pen, Old Olive card stock and ink, a sponge dauber and Very Vanilla card stock. Don't forget the glue or adhesive of your choice.

Cut 2 ovals, 1 large circle, 2 1/2" circles and a flower using Old Olive card and 2 1/4" circles from Very Vanilla card.
Cut 1 oval in half length ways, discard one of the halves. Cut the flower in half.

Use the dauber to lift ink off the ink pad and gently sponge the edges of all the Old Olive shapes.

Stick the whole oval onto the large circle to create the head and body.

Then stick the 2 small Old Olive circles to the top of the frogs head, overlapping slightly. Stick the 2 small Very Vanilla circles on the small Old Olive circles. Then stick the half oval to the bottom of the body at the back to form his feet.

Then stick the half flowers to the sides of his body at the back to form his hands. It is easiest to stick them on the back then turn him over and adjust them from the front.

When you are happy with the position of your body parts, use your pen to add the features and other detail.
And there have you it, one cute frog!!
My appologies for the darkness of the pictures but it has been a very gloomy day here! I hope the instructions are ok for you all to follow! Again I am happy for you all to use my tutorial, all I ask in return is that you link to my blog to show where you found the tutorial.
Happy punching, can't wait to see what you all create with your froggy friend.
I'm off to try and come up with some other punch friends.
Sarah x

Share The Fun!

(Please note this post will remain at the top, please scroll down for new posts Thanks!)

Do you fancy joining me in sharing the Stampin' fun? Do you want to share it with your friends?

Well NOW is the perfect time to join my Stampin'Up team as a demonstrator. Sign up with me between 22nd October and 13th November and you get an extra 10% off the starter kit. So you will get a fabulous kit worth OVER £240 for the wonderful price of £125!!!

As you can see the kit includes everything you need to get started as a demonstrator and of course you will have full support from me, offering all the help and advice I can. I am part of a wonderful team of ladies and you could be part of that too, including a craft retreat once a year.
Don't forget the discounts and commision plus other benefits.

Interested?, want to chat about it? email me

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Sarah x

Monday, 26 October 2009


I'd like to introduce you to another little friend of mine. Samuel named him "Sammy".

This cute little frog is made entirely out of Stampin'Up punches and is so easy to make.
He is cut from Old Olive card stock and the edges are inked using Old Olive ink pad and a sponge dauber. His cute features were added using a black pen.

Hopefully I'll be back with a tutorial for him tomorrow! That is if you want one???

The boys are enjoying their week off school. Tomorrow we are off shopping for some new clothes for Samuel as he has grown, again!!!
Hopefully later in the week we are off to the cinema.

Sarah x

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Frosty Forest

I decided that it was time I used some of my other new stamp sets from the new Stampin'Up catalogue.
I can't believe I still hadn't used Trendy Trees!!!
So here is my first card, inspired by the autumn weather, I created a frosty forest (any excuse to use some glitter!).
I also added a little forest friend too!!

The earth tone family of colours is perfect for this type of card and the torn paper makes a great forest floor.

Sorry it's only a short post today, my sister has been up for the weekend so we have been out for the day.
I shall be back again next week with some more punch friends (maybe a tutorial or 2) and hopefully some party invitations.

Sarah x

Friday, 23 October 2009

Autumn Notes Gift Box

As promised here is the gift box that holds the autumn note cards we made at last night class.
I used a combination of Old Olive card stock, Chocolate Chip ribbon, the NEW Perfect Plum papers and some vellum, and of course the Fresh Cut note cards and stamp set.

Here is another 3 cards I made, same colours etc, different designs. All perfectly fit the little gift box with the envelopes.

I think I may do a few more of these sets ready for the Christmas fair I'm doing in November.
Well it's officially half term in this house. The boys were off today and are off next week too. I have a few things planned to keep them entertained. Today they spent the morning relaxing in their pj's and then filled the lounge floor with their Thomas train track.
Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a quick post.
Sarah x

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Autumn Notes

I love autumn. The leaves turning and falling, the wonderful warm colours and wonderful warming food.
So inspired by this wonderful season I have created these Fresh Cut autumn note cards for tonights card class using Old Olive, Perfect Plum and Chocolate Chip.

These colours are so yummy together. I added some vellum, rhinestone brads, buttons and ribbon to create the perfect finishing touches.

These cute note cards fit perfectly into a little gift box, but you'll have to wait til tomorrow to see that!
Right, I'm off to finish preparing for my card class tonight.
Sarah x

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Panda Tutorial

For those of you that asked so nicely, here is the panda tutorial. I hope it's easy enough for you to follow.

To make a cute panda of your own you need 1 3/8" circle punch, oval punch, 1/2" circle punch and 1/4" circle punch, Basic Black ink pad, dauber, white gel pen and Stampin'Up chalks. You will also need adhesive of your choice, scissors and a black pen.
Cut 2 white circles using the 1 3/8" punch, 1 white 1/2" circle, 2 black ovals, 2 black 1/2" circles and 2 black 1/4" circles.
Using the sponge dauber lift ink off the black ink pad and gently sponge the edges of the 2 larger white circles. Don't put too much ink on the one to be used for his face (left circle).

Using the large circle that has the least amount of ink on, stick the 2 black 1/2" circles toward the top of the head for ears. Again I found it best to attach them to the back of the head then adjust from the front. Then stick the 2 smallest black circles for eyes.

Add the small white circle so that it overlaps the eyes to create the shape shown above.

Then stick the head to the body, again attach at the rear and adjust from the front.

Using the scissors, cut the 2 black ovals in half. These are now the arms and legs.
Attatch the arms first then the legs. Here is a picture from the rear so you can see how it all fits together. Again it's probably best to stick them on at the back and adjust them from the front.
When you are happy, use the white gel pen to start adding the detail, eyes, ears and paws.
Then use a small amount of pink chalk, I used Pink Passion, to add a rosey glow to his cheeks.
Then use a black pen to give your little friend a nose.

And there he is your own little panda.
Don't forget if you need any of the materials I've used you can order them through me, just send me an email.
I hope you like the tutorial. Remember I'm happy for anyone to use my design, all I ask in return is that you link to my blog and mention my name. Happy punching!!
Sarah x

Monday, 19 October 2009

Punched Panda!

My friend Susanne loves pandas, though I think that may be an understatement!! She loved the penguin I made using Stampin'Up punches and asked for a panda.
So here he is. He is rather cute, the only thing missing is a bamboo cane, but I might still play around and make one yet.

So the question is do you want a tutorial again??

Sorry for the short post, both Ben is a little under the weather today, hope he's not going to be ill over half term!

Sarah x

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Happy Birthday Choo you!

It's a special little boy's birthday party tomorrow, to which we are invited, so of course I've made a special card.
William was 2 yesterday, Happy Birthday William!

Just like many typical boys he loves cars, trucks, trains, anything with wheels and even better if it makes a noise!! So of course I had to make a card using the Choo Choo stamp set.
I love this shape and style of card. It's only the second one I've made!!!

I used the On Track SU wheel to stamp the track in Chocolate Chip. The rest of the colours are from the Bold Brights family which are perfect for toddler/kids cards. I used the All in the Family Accessories stamp set to add presents and balloons to the train and I added dimentionals to lift them off the card.

Here's a side view so you can see the dimention.
The number 2 was cut on my Cricut and added to a circle and scallop circle and raised up on dimentionals to create a stopper for the card.
I hope William likes it!!
We've been out for a lovely autumn walk this afternoon and got some lovely photos. The boys had great fun kicking through the leaves.
We have another very busy Sunday so I'll be back on Monday.
Enjoy your weekend.
Sarah x

Friday, 16 October 2009

Seeing Stars!!

I'm trying to get myself organised for Christmas so I decided I would play around with designs for our family Christmas card.
I've used one of my fav Christmas sets Wonderous Gift and inspired by the picture used in the new catalogue for this set I created this!

I've used Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Close to Cocoa and Whisper White as the colour scheme.

Here's (a not so good!!!) arty angle so you can see where I added the dimention and you can just make out the glitter on the snow, which was made using the SU scallop edge punch.

I've made a few cards with this design but I'm still not sure that I've found the perfect Christmas card yet.

Busy day today running about catching up on jobs and delivering SU goodies to my customers then it's over to Elaine's (my SU sister and friend) for pizza, yum!!
Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with a card to show you.

Sarah x