Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sarah Hurley 365

Happy Sunday Morning All. It’s been a little quiet here on my blog but unfortunately my little ones have both been poorly (again). So amongst other things I have been on additional cuddle duty and apart from a quick play after their bedtimes I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging.

Anyhoo I have had chance to play with some goodies from Sarah’s shop. I used pennies I was given for Christmas to treat myself to some lovely stamps and masks. The results of my play can be found over on the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

Here’s a sneaky little peak…

Surprise (3)

While you are there don’t forget to take a look at the current challenge which is ‘Giving Thanks’ as there is still time to get your entries in.

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Basket of Bunnies

Basket of Bunnies (5)

It’s my turn to share some inspiration over on the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge blog and as I’m dreaming of spring weather I’ve used an adorable digi called Basket of Bunnies released by Crissy’s Digis last spring but still available over at the Whimsy Stamps store.

Basket of Bunnies (2)

In my family I have a lot of female birthdays at this time of year, so I have made a cute little spring themed easel card.

Basket of Bunnies (4)


  • Image: Basket of Bunnies
  • Colouring Medium: ProMarkers
  • DP: Papermania Vintage Notes 6x6 pad
  • Card: Bazzill Basics Kraft and Joanna Sheen Elegance Ice White 300gsm
  • Stamps: Whimsy Mini Ticket Sentiments
  • Ink: Brilliance ‘Coffee Bean’ Inkpad
  • Dies & Punches: EK Success Border Punch
  • Embellishments: Viva Decor Pearl Pen, Stickles Diamond, gems and raffia

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


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Saturday, 18 January 2014

For the Boys

Dragon Josh (1)
It’s time for a new challenge over at A Gem of a Challenge  and our theme this fortnight is:
For the Boys
I have used Dragon Josh
Dragon Josh (2)
I’m getting ahead for once as this card will be for my little boy and his birthday isn't until February.
  • Image: Dragon Josh by Pink Gem Designs  
  • Colouring Medium: ProMarkers
  • DP: Pink Paislee Old School 6x6 pad
  • Card: Brown card from stash
  • Dies & Punches: Zig-Zag MS Border Punch, Quickutz Star, Spellbinders Labels 31, Memorybox Parker Numbers and ‘Happy Birthday’ All Occasion Dies
  • Embellishments: Stickles.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
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Friday, 17 January 2014

Buttons & Bows at Jellypark

Girl with Bow In Hair (7)

It’s time for a new challenge over at Jellypark Friends and our theme this fortnight is:

Buttons & Bows

I have used Girl with a bow in her hair

Girl with Bow In Hair (2)

And I've also added a second ribbon bow and button as an embellishment.


  • Image: Girl with a bow in her hair by Jellypark
  • Colouring Medium: ProMarkers
  • DP: Book print is Graphic 45 (I think) and a scrap from a Magazine freebie
  • Card: Bazzill Kraft Cardstock
  • Stamps: Personal Impressions Think Big sentiments
  • Dies & Punches: Spellbinder plain and floral ovals
  • Embellishments: Ribbon, button, gems, Viva Decor Pearl pen, Platinum Stickles and doodling with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Something New at Whimsy

CD Penguin Party (5)

Hello. We have a new challenge starting today at Whimsy Inspirations Challenge and our theme this month is…

Something New

My new things are dies and patterned paper (that were Christmas Presents) and I’ve teamed them with a fabulous digi from Crissy’s Digis called Penguins Party

CD Penguin Party (1)  

This month our prizes are…first winner:

Second winner:

And third and final winner:

A Mystery Rubber Stamp

This was a tough card for me to make as I’m trying some new card and my normal technique wasn’t working and the ink was bleeding too much, I persevered and I think it turned out OK but I’m definitely going to keep practising…

CD Penguin Party (2)

Please hop across to Whimsy Inspirations Challenge to see what the other designers have created and to check out the challenge rules.


  • Image: Penguins Party by Crissy Armstrong
  • Colouring Medium: ProMarkers

  • DP: MME (will update on which pad)

  • Card: Crafters Companion Neenah Card and red card from stash

  • Dies: Spellbinders and Whimsy Stamps

  • Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Circle Pennants

  • Ink: Brilliance ‘Graphite Black’

  • Embellishments: Card Candi (coloured to match with a ProMarker)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Thanks Sew Much


It’s a New Year and a new look over at Hurley HQ…

Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog becomes... Sarah Hurley 365!

Please click on the link above to read all about the changes, but it’s definitely a blog to bookmark because we will be offering loads more inspiration on top of the challenges. And speaking of the challenges it’s time for the first of the year. As most of our thoughts tend to be around giving thanks for all the gifts and festivities of the Christmas period we have a theme of…

Thank You

I didn’t really feel like making a card as I always feel a little glum  this time of year. The house feels so empty with all the Christmas Decorations packed away (despite the mountains of toys the children were given). It’s also tinged with sadness and memories of my Nan and Gran who both passed away at this time of year. So instead I just spread some stash across my desk and had a little play, no plan of what I was making and this is what I created…


I have made a wall hanging using papers from both A Few of My Favourite Things Volume One 8x8 Paper Collection and All Sewn Up A5 Paper Pack, a heart stamp from the Hand drawn Roses Stamp Set and a few more bits from my stash.


I stamped with a heart stamp and bubble wrap using Shimmering Acrylic Glazes (keep your eyes peeled for the March issue of Papercraft Essentials as there will be an article in there on these paints). My metallic Thickers from American Crafts look a bit too shiny so I sanded them back a bit and daubed them with Picket Fence Distress Stain.


And to finish some doodling, a few pearls, lines and splatters of the shimmery paint, some raffia, button and twine.

A little bit different from usual style so I would love to know what you think.

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Top 5 Christmas Cards of 2013

Happy New Year all. Hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas? Ours was busy and hectic, but great fun and the children had a fabulous time which was the best part.

Now you may have noticed a lack of blog posts from me during December…well the children and I caught a virus that just wouldn’t go away and it took all my energy looking after them and preparing for Christmas and it really didn’t leave me the time or the energy for anything else.

So in trying to catch up I wanted to join in with Debby from A Scrap Journey with her yearly roundup…

Now like every year I dither and dither some more over my faves but here we go with my top 5 (click on the pictures to visit the original posts):

1. I love Pink Gem Design (especially Chloe and Andy) and this was two images merged together. I was really pleased with my colouring on this one

Chloe and Andy with Snowman (4)

2. This is a Whimsy Stamps digi from Lia Stampz. I was just pleased with how the card came together.

Lia Stampz Snowmen (2)

3. Another Pink Gem Designs image. In October I was lucky enough to be a Guest Designer at I Love ProMarkers and this was one of the cards I made for them.

Snowflake Chloe (4)

4. This stamp set was a magazine freebie. Again it was another card I made for I Love ProMarkers (I think October was my top Christmas Card making month!)

Don Ice Skating (3)

5. And lastly another Whimsy Stamps digi, this time from Crissy’s Digis. I like the unusual colour scheme.

CD Snowman Country Cute (4)

I really am quite indecisive so here are a few more little pictures of some other Christmas cards I made. In truth I made a lot more but I never got round to photographing and blogging them before I sent them ;-)

Merry Christmas Chloe (6)Are You Ready My Friend (1)DS4J Snowman (2)DSC04134Pink Gem Bears (7)Snowman (2)Rick St Dennis Winter Friends (2)Poinsettia (1)KKD Santa Mouse (8)Andy on Sledge (5)Ice Skating Pengy (3)

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Whimsy January Digi Stamp Release Blog Hop

Lia Stampz Birthday Princess (3)

Welcome to the January digital release blog hop!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by:

16afb1b5d6ad49460714fdb2a9dd3e35.image.150x150 Lia Stampz 

All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality. You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project.

Here is my card using the wonderful new Birthday Princess by Lia Stampz

Lia Stampz Birthday Princess (1) 

I have coloured the image with my ProMarkers.

To find all of today's new fabulous new digital releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store.

Whilst you are hopping don't forget to leave comments on each blog along the way as there will be two mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice. The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop Judith. This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the Whimsy Stamps Store.

The hop will run for one week and end on Friday 10th November at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced on the Whimsy Blog.

Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Michelle Oatman

  2. Andrea Tulley

  3. Kelly Mannix

  4. Ruza Rebel

  5. Jackie Randolph

  6. Valou Allard

  7. Charlene Brown

  8. Morgyn Mlinarek

  9. Suzi McKenzie

  10. Me

  11. Audrey aka Hippieaud

  12. Judith Hall 

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