Monday, 3 December 2012

Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Challenge - It's Christmas!

Good Morning Lovely Crafters!

Gosh can you believe it's December already? I still have so many Christmas cards to make!  I do have all my pressies bought and wrapped now though so I can get on with the cards this week.

It's challenge time over at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog and it's a nice easy one for this time of year;

It's Christmas!!

Yes we would like to see all of your Christmas cards and projects this month please.

The prize on offer is 50 metres of Bakers Twine.

I decorated a couple of gift bags for the challenge, for a couple of little people that I needed to buy gifts for. 

This first one is for my next door neighbour's Grandaughter, she is such a little chatterbox, whenever we are outside gardening she does love to come and chat to us, and she loves to come along on dog walks too.

I thought this large pre- coloured die cut from the Hobby House was perfect for the bag, I mounted it onto some patterned paper and cut around it with some scalloped scissors.

The flowers are a mixture of gardenias, red cherry blossoms and hip rosebuds along with these gorgeous Kort and Godt berries and a few die cut holly leaves.

 The double bow is made from red silky crush ribbon which just ties the most beautiful bows, I think it is my most favourite ribbon.

The second bag is for a dear friend's son - it will be his first Christmas (such a special time!) and I have bought him a gorgeous little outfit  to pop inside this bag.

This is another die cut pre coloured image from the Hobby house - great for quick makes.  I layered up some Christmas papers and stitched them together and then decorated with some Christmas mix twine and some  little jingle bells.

The felt snowflakes were recycled from some packaging. No bows for a little boy but I couldn't resist putting ribbon onto the gift bag somewhere so I added a strip of stitched grosgrain in cream and red.

Do pop over to the blog and have a look at my team mates wonderful cards and try and join us in the challenge we love to visit you all and see what you have made.

Challenges I'd like to enter;

Creative Inspirations - Traditional Christmas Colours
Crafts and Me - Ribbon or Trim
Allsorts challenge - Advent
Totally Papercrafts - Anything Christmassy - not a card

Thanks for popping by

Sarah x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Bride And Groom

Hello there!

Today I have a wedding card to share with you, I am trying to get my Christmas cards made but I also have a lot of Birthdays in November and December and also a Wedding just before Christmas.  So this week I am trying to get all of those ticked off my 'to do' list.

Please excuse my wonky photography skills LOL!  I promise you the card is perfectly straight.

I decided on simplicity for this card, and chose a white on white design with this gorgeous embellishment. I haven't even used my sewing machine on this card as I decided less is more.  I love this vintage wallpaper stamp  for wedding cards, I used a white pearl embossing powder (unfortunately you can't see how pretty this is in the photo)

The Bride and Groom stamp is from   Big Day Additions from Waltzingmouse stamps - this is a wonderful little set I have used it so often, it is great value for money too. I embossed it with WOW fine detail silver embossing powder, I always use fine detail powder for sentiments.

I gathered a piece of white silky crush ribbon and then added this beautiful bow embellishment, I think it adds a special touch to a wedding card. I decided against glueing this embellishment onto the ribbon, instead I used some fine silver thread to stitch it on with.

Ribbon, vintage wallpaper stamp, WOW embossing powders available from Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenge;

Less is More - Hardware

Thanks for visiting
Sarah x

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Another Sketch Card

Hi there

I'm trying to get all my November and December Birthday cards made so that I can concentrate on finishing off the Christmas card list.  I've used this week's Waltzingmouse sketch for my card today;

Here is my interpretation

I've used the Hyacinth stamp from the Vintage Garden Flowers set from Waltzingmouse, I really love this stamp set! As my colouring skills are non existent I have paper-pieced the image instead.

 I kept the card clean and simple using a border punch for the decorative edge and finishing off with some blue organza ribbon and a few blue pearls, both from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.

I'd also like to enter this into the following challenge;

Charisma Cards - Cool Colours
Stampin for the weekend - All Stitched up

Thanks for visiting,
Sarah x 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

Hi there,

Now don't faint I know blogging twice in one week is unheard of here!!

I need to get on with making my Christmas cards so what better way than to use a good sketch to get the inspiration going.  It's a while since I participated in the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge but this week's sketch is such a lovely one it would have been rude not to play along.

I did turn the sketch on it's side for my card but I think that's allowed (hope so!)

Now I'm not sure just how festive this card is, I usually use lots of red and green for Christmas cards so this is a bit different for me.    I used Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees, this is such a versatile set with endless possibilities. I thought these trees had a Christmas tree kind of shape so opted for them, I sponged some distress ink onto the stamp to give it this softer effect then sponged a background using a piece of torn paper as a mask and various shades of green ink. I was really pleased with how this turned out.

I added some Stampendous shabby white embossing enamel which I heated from underneath to give the snowy effect.  I should have used a plainer scallop for my edges as I think this is a bit too fussy with the floral oval die.  Some button twine from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop finishes off the card.  The sentiment is also from the  Teeny Tree set.

A quick reminder that there is a design team call over at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop blog, if you like using ribbons and pretty embellishments then check out the details HERE.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenge;

Creative Craft Challenges - Special Occasion (not Birthday)
Cupcake Challenge - Get Krafty

Thanks for popping by,
Sarah x 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Challenge - Die Cuts/punches, Ribbon and Charms

Hello and welcome to my sadly neglected blog.  I'm sorry I haven't been around much but I have been so busy lately, hopefully this month I'll have more time to show some of my cards.

Before I show my card for this month's challenge I wanted to let you know that there is a Design Team call over at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop blog, so if you like using ribbon and other pretty products go check out the details HERE

Right back to the challenge at the  Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog This month it's my lovely teamie Liz's challenge and she has chosen;

Die cuts/Punches, Ribbon and Charms

A nice easy one for us and the team have made some wonderful cards this month, all Christmas themed, so do pop over and get some inspiration from them.

The prize this month is this little lot of Christmas goodies;

My card features a new stamp I bought to make my Christmas cards with this year by Stampendous called Snowy Postcard.  I have to say I love it!

 For this card I trimmed the image to fit inside a floral ovals nestie.  It fits really well into the largest die, and I used some Vintage Photo Distress ink to highlight some areas of snow scene.  It's difficult to see in the photo but I then sprinkled some Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel onto the image and heated it from underneath, this gives a lovely festive effect. It's my new favourite product!!  You can see it more clearly in the photo below. Although it's predominantly white it also has gold chunks in it and some gold glitter too.  I'm definitely going to ask for some of the other colours in my letter to Santa this year.

My background is a scrap of kraft card topped with some of this gorgeous glittered vellum which I had left over from last year, I think it was from Papermania. To embellish I used these gorgeous cherry blossom flowers which are new in at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop and some little holly leaves which I cut out from a strip of satin holly trim also from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop. I love the embossed detail on them.

Lastly I added a triple bow made from 15mm Burgundy Satin Ribbon and decorated it with a little snowflake charm.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges;

Creative Inspirations - Let's Celebrate
Moving Along With the Times - Stitch Up
St Lukes Charity Challenge - Traditional Christmas Card
Live and Love Craft Inspiration challenge - Christmas

Do pop over to the blog and checkout my team mates creations, you wont be disappointed and we'd love to see you join in with us this month!

Thanks for visiting
Sarah xx 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Clean and Simple

Hi there

It's a while since I made a clean and simple card, but my Husband asked me to make a card for a friend of his at work whose Wife as just had a baby girl.  I have to admit it's a long time since I made a New Baby card so I had to rummage through my craft room to find something suitable.

I decided to go for a clean and simple card after I found some pretty Melissa Frances stickers in a drawer. I thought this Little Princess sticker was perfect, I mounted it onto a couple of layers of card. 

 I used a strip of pink card from my scraps mountain (which just seems to get bigger and bigger every day!!) and adhered a piece of gorgeous guipure lace from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop to it with a thin piece of pink grosgrain ribbon. To embellish I used some pink self adhesive pearls on the lace and the crown.  This card only took minutes to put together, which makes a change for me as I often take hours to finish one card.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges;

Crafts and Me challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

thanks for visiting
Sarah x

A quick reminder that for the whole of October the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop have 15% off everything in their Christmas shop HERE.

Monday, 1 October 2012


Hi there,

It's time for another challenge at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog and this month Jane has chosen

Autumn Colours

The prize this month is a Halloween Selection of Goodies

I love this challenge as it has so much scope, but especially as I could make a Halloween project, I love Halloween so much! This year will be a bit different for me as usually all the preparations for trick or treat are shared with my daughter who has now gone off to University.  We carve pumpkins together and decorate our front porch with cobwebs and spiders and our pumpkins ready for all the little ones who visit, but this year I will have to do it all alone. 

I have made a card and treat pail for the challenge, for the card I have used a selection of paper scraps that I had in my scraps box, the main image is a Melissa Frances sticker (love these stickers!) which I have had in my collection for a long while).  the bow is made from black seam binding which I have distressed by rolling a length in my hands for a few seconds, The centre of the bow has on old  recycled button I had saved from a pair of gloves tied onto it.

My next project is an altered pail. I intend to fill this with lots of treats and then post it with the card to my Daughter as a little Halloween surprise.

I covered the pail (from Sainsburys) with this polka dot paper (apologies I can't remember where this came from) and then added another Melissa Frances sticker from the same sheet.  I then adhered buttons all around the top using a strip of super sticky tape (I swear that stuff would stick anything together!!) and lastly added more of the distressed seam binding and the button from the other glove! there is a little tag tied onto the pail with a sentiment on it but I didn't fit it into the photo properly.

Do pop over to the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog and see all my team mates creations they really are inspirational!  And we'd love to see all your autumn cards entered into our challenge too.

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop have a Sale in the Christmas Shop until 10th October, included are some lovely festive ribbons, charms, twine, pearls and rhinestones. Do pop over and have a look HERE

Thanks for visiting my sadly neglected blog!
Sarah x

Monday, 3 September 2012

Lace and Pearls

Good Morning

As it's the first Monday of the month it's time for the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop challenge!

This month Teresa has chosen a favourite of mine;

Lace and Pearls

If you care to join us you could be in with a chance of winning one of the new Bumper Satin Ribbon Packs- 18 metres of 16mm double sided ribbon in 18 different colours (available in the special offers section)

My card is slightly pink overload this month, but it's for a special little one who loves all things pink.  I started with the hot pink backing and then found  these pretty papers from MME in my collection.
The image is a pre cut topper from the Hobby House.

 The lace is gorgeous 22mm guipure lace, I have used super sticky tape to secure it with - the 3mm width is perfect and is such a strong adhesive.

The ribbon is pink sheer ruffle edge and I have added a rose and some pearl string too. I finished off with a few pearls .

Please do pop over to the blog and see what the rest of the team has made, they really are so inspirational.
We'd love to see you join in with us too!

Thanks for stopping by
Sarah x 

Monday, 13 August 2012

Another Sketch!

Hello there

Gosh another card made with a sketch, this is becoming a bit of an addiction.  
I made a card using the sketch at the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge which my lovely Teamie Sasha is Guest Designer for at the moment. It's such a lovely sketch and although I don't yet have any Flourishes stamps it's ok still  to join in with the challenge!

Here is the fabulous sketch

and here is my interpretation of it;

I started with the oval cut from a nestie and then stamped this rose and leaves from a Waltzingmouse stamp set, adding a few pearls to embellish. Next I chose this pretty paper for the background, it's been sitting in my scraps box for the longest time so I was happy to be able to use it up.I also used a few other scraps for the other details. The sentiment is also from Waltzingmouse stamps.

I have been wanting to use this gorgeous guipure lace from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop on a card and I thought it went well with this design, isn't it delicate?  Lastly I added a triple bow made from white seam binding. I'm quite happy with the result of this one.

Thanks for visiting
Sarah x

Friday, 10 August 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch

Good Morning,

Are you still watching the Olympics? only a few days left now and things are going so well for Team GB! Makes you so proud to be British!

I actually managed to make a card this week, I haven't joined in with many challenges for such a long time, but I love the sketch this week at Waltzingmouse Sketches so I thought I would have a go.

I'm starting to think about Christmas already, I do so love making Christmas cards and tags.  This card was very quick and easy to make.

I've had this Martha Stewart branch punch for a long long time and never really used it, so I thought it was about time to give it a dusting.  I punched out lots and lots of branches and stuck then to a circle which I cut with a nestie to make a wreath. I had already stamped on the sentiment (Waltzingmouse - Compliments of the |Season). The branches look better if adhered to the front and back of the circle, it seems to give a little bit of dimension to the wreath.  The berries are red self adhesive flat back pearls from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.

I used another Martha Stewart punch for the border and topped this with some red gingham ribbon (my favourite ribbon for Christmas projects).  I'll be making a lot more Christmas cards on the next month or so as I like to get them finished as early as possible.

Challenges I'm also entering this card into;

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Favourite colours (red and green)
Christmas card Challenges - Use something new - Pearls
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Thanks for Visiting
Sarah x

Monday, 6 August 2012

Add Some Bling

Good Morning everyone

Are you enjoying the Olympics? I've been glued to the TV since the opening ceremony and WOW how fabulous are Team GB?  

So it's the first Monday of the month which means it's time for our challenge at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop blog and this month it was my turn to choose and I decided on;

Add some Bling or Sparkle

Come and join in with the fun we have a pretty prize up for grabs

Well we all love a bit of bling on our cards don't we? I did manage to make 2 cards for this challenge between the rowing and diving and swimming LOL!

This isn't quite my usual style but I wanted to try out these toppers from the Hobby House. I think I am the only cardmaker in existence who doesn't own any copics so the great thing about these toppers is that they are already coloured so you are ready to put your card together straight away (which is helpful when you cannot take one eye of the TV for 2 weeks!)  I used scraps of paper that were in my Christmas paper box and then added a strip of gorgeous moss green silky crush ribbon topped with organza sheer polka dot ribbon in parrot green.

  The poinsettia flowers have been sitting in a jar on my shelf for a long while so I was happy to be able to use one on this card. lastly I added the candy canes charm and my bling in the form of some red rhinestones.

My next card is more my usual style of card and I do love making these cards in a pocket.  I have a lot of wedding cards to make this year so this is one of quite a few that are on my 'to do' list.

This card is quite simple I wanted the bow and embellishment to be the main feature.  I made the pocket first   I stamped the Vintage Wallpaper stamp( this stamp is in the sale) onto cream pearlescent card and then heat embossed it with a translucent embossing powder to give a subtle pattern to the front of my pocket. I then used the sentiment stamp (from Waltzingmouse Stamps) and to finish I cut a semi circle out at the top of the pocket using a nestie.

I  then made the insert card using the same design  and stamp set, adding a large double bow of silk wrinkle ribbon in Ivory which ties the most beautiful bows and added this gorgeous embellishment to finish with. Here's a close up of the embossing.

Do pop over to the blog and have a look at my team mates fabulous designs, we'd love to see you joining in with the fun!

thanks for visiting 
Sarah x 

Friday, 20 July 2012

It's Stopped Raining!!

Good Morning,

Well it has finally stopped raining here! I've never known such a wet and rainy summer. While its been raining I've been doing a bit of cardmaking, trying to fill up my card box as it's looking a bit sad and empty.

This little card was made using up some scraps lying around my desk, I stitched them together randomly. Sorry the photo is not very good on this one!

I cut out a Picot edge circle and then sponged the circle with pink ink. The sentiment was then stamped on 
top and I embellished with these sweet little sugar and spice pearls from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop.  The siam pink seam binding was another scrap lying around on my desk, I tied a triple bow and then attached it to my card. More pearls to finish with.

I have a few more projects on the go so I'll be back to share them soon.

Sentiment Stamp - Waltzingmouse
Seam binding and pearls - Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

I'm entering this card into the following challenges;

Crafts and Me -Ribbon and a bow
Moving along with the Times - Pink, Pearly and Pretty
Stampalot challenge - Crafty Passions - pretty papers, seam binding and pearls

Thanks for visiting
Sarah x

Monday, 2 July 2012


Good Morning

It's time for  July's challenge over at the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop blog and this month's challenge is a favourite of mine;


We'd like to see you make a tag or include a tag somewhere on your project/card.

And if you join in this month you have a chance to win this pretty collection of ribbons and embellishments;

For me this challenge was simple as I really love making tags, I think they are a great way to use up all of those little scraps that us crafters cant bear to throw away! I always have a lot of paper and ribbon scraps on my desk so I tried to use some of these.

I love how this tag turned out as it has lots of different textures on it, I am having a bit of a fetish for felt at the moment so I used some pink felt to make the rolled roses which are layered onto some green Prima leaves and some hand cut burlap leaves (recycled from an old broken shopping bag).  I also layered some white felt underneath the paper matting.  Next I sewed on the row of buttons and then finally added a double bow of white seam binding, finished off with a button and a tiny round tag.

My second tag uses up lots of scraps, I thought this would be nice with a new home gift.  I made the house out of a couple of chipboard squares which I have had forever!  I added a felt heart to this and then finished off with seam binding and some lace, a tiny tag secured with a button and some natural twine.

My last tag uses some Fancy Pants felt (again I have had this for a long time) which I have layered up to make some pretty flowers. I used my sewing machine to sew the stems and finished this one off with more white seam binding, pink bakers twine and some little white satin leaves.

Please do pop over to the challenge blog to see what the Design Team have created, I promise you wont be disappointed.  We'd love to see you join in with our challenge too.

All seam binding, lace, buttons and twine from the Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

Thanks so much for visiting

Sarah x 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Festive June?

Hello there,

I have a couple of Christmas cards to share today, I know its far too early in the year but they are my very favourite type of cards to make, and I want to try and keep up with the Waltzingmouse Christmas challenge this year. I am a bit behind at the moment but hopefully I will catch up in the next day or so as I have a bit of crafting time planned this week.

February's challenge used a photo to inspire us (I can't copy it for you to see but I chose to use the colours red and green from the photo for my card)

I decided on a simple design so that I could make a few of these at the same time, I also wanted to experiment on making flatter cards to keep postage costs down at Christmas as we have had such a huge increase in our Royal Mail prices here.

The stamps used on this card are Oval classic frames and the sentiment came from Very Vintage Christmas.

I used some old papers for this card, then added some natural twine and embellished with some red 3mm pearls. I'm not entirely happy with this card, it's very difficult to make a flat card using the type of products I like to craft with!

Stamps - Waltzingmouse
Twine and pearls - Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

My next card is made for May's challenge - incorporate some chipboard on your Christmas card. 
I have been crafting for a long time now and chipboard is one of those products that was so popular a few years ago so of course I have tons of it tucked away in my craftroom because I bought a ridiculous amount of it and then never used it!! It was actually fun to find my chipboard box in the craft cupboard and rummage through it to find some festive shapes.

  These snowflakes were plain grey chipboard so I heat embossed them first with white embossing powder and then again with sparkling snow powder.  They look lovely and sparkly now!

This card came together very quickly, I bought the gorgeous vellum last year, I always stitch it into place as I don't like any adhesives to show through. I then used the 'Let it Snow' sentiment from Compliments of the Season stamp set which was embossed in silver onto a Fancy Tags die cut. Finally I tied a triple bow using white seam binding and attached that to the corner of the card and adhered my chipboard snowflakes into place. 
I'm really pleased with how this card turned out.

Stamps - Waltzingmouse
embossing powders, seam binding and gems - Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

Thanks so much for visiting,
Sarah x